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American States Water (AWR) Q3 Earnings & Revenues Miss Mark

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American States Water Company (AWR - Free Report) reported third-quarter 2020 operating earnings of 72 cents per share, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 75 cents by 4%. Also, the bottom line improved 4.3% from year-ago quarter’s adjusted earnings of 69 cents.

Total Revenues

Operating revenues of $133.7 million missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $136 million by 1.7%. Also, the top line dipped 0.6% from $134.5 million in the prior-year quarter. Total revenues decreased primarily due to lower revenues in Electric and Contracted services segments.

Operational Update

In the quarter under review, American States Water’s total operating expenses were $93.9 million, up 2.3% year over year.

Operating income was $39.8 million, down 6.8% year over year.

Interest expenses were $6.2 million, down 1.9% year over year. Also, interest income was $0.3 million, down from $0.8 million in the prior-year quarter.

Segment Details

Earnings in the Water segment were 57 cents, up from 53 cents in the prior-year quarter.

Earnings in the Electric segment of 4 cents were up from 3 cents in the year-ago quarter.

Earnings in the Contracted Services segment were 10 cents, down from 12 cents in the year-ago quarter.

Financial Update

As of Sep 30, 2020, American States Water’s cash and cash equivalents were $8.1 million compared with $1.3 million as of Dec 31, 2019.

As of Sep 30, 2020, the company’s long-term debt wa s$440.3 million, up from $281 million as of Dec 31, 2019.

Zacks Rank

American States Water currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Upcoming Releases

American Water Works Company, Inc. (AWK - Free Report) will post third-quarter 2020 earnings on Nov 4, 2020. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at $1.38 per share.

California Water Service Group (CWT - Free Report) will post third-quarter 2020 earnings on Nov 6, 2020. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at $1.14 per share.

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (CWCO - Free Report) will post third-quarter 2020 earnings on Nov 10, 2020. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at 15 cents per share.

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