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What's in Store for CenterPoint Energy (CNP) in Q1 Earnings?

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CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (CNP - Free Report) is set to report first-quarter 2021 results on May 6, before the opening bell.

In the last reported quarter, the company delivered an earnings surprise of 26.09%. Moreover, it surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in the trailing four quarters, the average surprise being 13.50%.

Let’s see how things have shaped up prior to this announcement.

Factors to Consider

At the onset of the first quarter, CenterPoint Energy’s service territories experienced colder-than-normal temperatures accompanied with heavy snowfall. However, toward the latter part of the quarter, above normal temperature prevailed in its service regions. So, overall the impact of weather pattern on the company’s first-quarter revenues can be expected to be more or less neutral.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise

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Meanwhile, CenterPoint Energy has been witnessing increased residential electric usage as individuals continue to stay at home or work remotely. This residential growth is likely to have offset some of the reduction in electricity consumption from the commercial segment of CenterPoint Energy’s business. This must have contributed to its overall top line performance in the soon-to-be-reported quarter.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for first-quarter revenues is pegged at $2.26 billion, indicating a 4.1% improvement from the year-ago quarter’s reported figure.

The company is expected to have incurred incremental expenses, including additional operational expenses and purchase gas costs, in the first quarter due to the February winter storm. This might have had an adverse impact on its earnings performance, offsetting the positive impact of revenue growth.  

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for first-quarter earnings is pegged at 50 cents per share, implying no change from the year-ago quarter’s reported figure.

Moreover, in January 2021, the company recorded a $26 million loss on the early redemption of $250 million of 3.85% senior notes maturing in 2024. The upcoming results should duly reflect this.

Earnings Whispers

Our proven model predicts an earnings beat for CenterPoint Energy this time around. The combination of a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the chances of an earnings beat.

Earnings ESP: The company’s Earnings ESP is +4.52%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

Zacks Rank: CenterPoint Energy carries a Zacks Rank #3, currently. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Stocks to Consider

Here are some players from the Utilities sector with the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat in the to-be-reported quarter.

Consolidated Edison (ED - Free Report) has an Earnings ESP of +0.06% and a Zacks Rank #3.

UGI Corp (UGI - Free Report) has an Earnings ESP of +1.74% and a Zacks Rank #3.

Duke Energy (DUK - Free Report) has an Earnings ESP of +0.16% and a Zacks Rank #3.

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