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PG&E Corporation (PCG) Q4 Earnings Miss, Revenues Up Y/Y

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PG&E Corporation (PCG - Free Report) reported adjusted operating earnings per share of 21 cents in fourth-quarter 2020, which exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 19 cents by 10.5%. The bottom line, however, declined 69.1% from the year-ago quarter’s reported figure.

Including one-time items, the company recorded GAAP earnings of 9 cents per share in the fourth quarter against a loss of $1.05 in the prior-year quarter.

For 2020, PG&E Corp.’s adjusted operating EPS came in at $1.61 per share, down 59% from the prior-year quarter’s $3.93. The figure, however, exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.60 by 0.6%.

Revenue Update

PG&E Corp’s total revenues of $4,748 million surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4,675 million by 1.6%. The top line also rose 0.1% from the year-ago quarter.

For 2020, PG&E Corp.’s revenues were $18,469 million, up 7.8% from the prior-year quarter’s $17,129 million. The figure, however, missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $18,790 million by 1.7%.

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Operational Highlights

Total operating expenses as of Dec 31, 2020, totaled $16,714 million, which declined 38.6% from $27,223 million as of Dec 31, 2019. The decrease was due to lower wildfire-related claims, net of insurance recoveries.

The company reported an operating income of $1,755 million as of Dec 31, 2020, against the operating losses of $10,094 million as of Dec 31, 2019.

Interest expenses as of Dec 31, 2020, summed $1,260 million compared with $934 million as of Dec 31, 2019.

2021 Guidance

PG&E Corporation issued 2021 guidance for consolidated GAAP losses of $0.52-$0.38 per share, which includes non-core items.

On a non-GAAP basis, the guidance range for 2021 core earnings was reaffirmed at $0.95-$1.05 per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company’s 2021 earnings, pegged at $1.00 per share, lies at the midpoint of the company’s guided range.

Zacks Rank

PG&E Corp. currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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