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Atmos Energy (ATO) Q2 Earnings and Revenues Beat Estimates

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Atmos Energy Corporation (ATO - Free Report) posted second-quarter fiscal 2021 earnings of $2.30 per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.05 by 12.2%.

The reported earnings also improved 17.9% from the prior-year figure. The year-over-year improvement in earnings was due to positive rate outcomes in both the segments and customer growth in its distribution segment.

Total Revenues

Total revenues of $1,319.1 million surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,129 million by 16.8%. The top line also increased 34.9% from the year-ago reported figure.

Atmos Energy Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Atmos Energy Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Segment Revenues

Distribution: Revenues from the segment increased 37.5% to $1,282.7 million from $933 million in the prior-year quarter. The improvement was driven by an increase in rates and customer growth.

Pipeline and Storage: Revenues from the segment increased 5.5% to $154.2 million from $146.3 million in the year-ago quarter.

Quarterly Highlights

Purchased gas cost for the quarter was $573.8 million, up 80.5% from the year-ago period. Operation and maintenance expenses for the quarter were $156.4 million, up 5.8% from the year-ago period.

Operating income for the reported quarter was up 15.2% year over year to $381.9 million.

The company incurred interest expenses of $26.1 million, up 17.6% from the year-ago period.

Financial Highlights

As of Mar 31, 2021, Atmos Energy had cash and cash equivalents of $865.3 million compared with $20.8 million on Sep 30, 2020.

Long-term debt was $7.31 billion as of Mar 31, 2021, up from $4.53 billion on Sep 30, 2020.

The company’s cash flow (used in)/from operating activities for the first six months of fiscal 2021 was ($1,402.3) million against $633.8 million recorded in the comparable year-ago period.

It invested $845.7 million in the first six months of fiscal 2021 to strengthen operations. Nearly 87% of the capital spending was associated with system safety and increased reliability of services.

Guidance

Atmos Energy reiterated its fiscal 2021 earnings guidance in the range of $4.90-$5.10 per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2021 earnings is $5.05 per share. It expects capital expenditure in the range of $2-$2.2 billion for fiscal 2021.

Zacks Rank

Atmos Energy 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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