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Spire's (SR) Q4 Loss Narrower Than Expected, Revenues Beat

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Spire Inc. (SR - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2021 net economic loss of 32 cents per share, narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 68 cents. The same compares favorably with the year-ago loss of 37 cents.

Revenues

Total revenues came in at $290.2 million, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $234 million by 24%. The top line also improved 15.2% from $251.9 million in the year-ago quarter.

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Highlights of the Release

For the quarter under review, operating expenses of $263.5 million increased 4.6% from the prior-year period’s $251.8 million.

Operating income was $26.7 million, up significantly from $0.1 million in the prior-year quarter.

Net interest expenses increased 11.9% year over year to $28.2 million in the reported quarter.

Financial Highlights

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of fiscal 2021 were $4.3 million compared with $4.1 million at the end of fiscal 2020.

Long-term debt (less current portion) amounted to $2,939.1 million at the end of fiscal 2021 compared with $2,423.7 million at the end of fiscal 2020.

Spire’s net cash provided by operating activities in fiscal 2021 was $249.8 million compared with $469.9 million in fiscal 2020.

Guidance

Spire expectes its NEE per share guidance for fiscal 2022 within $3.70-$4. In the long term, SR expects NEE per share to grow 5-7%. This estimate is based on expected annual rate base growth of 7-8%.

SR also expects its five-year investment plan through fiscal 2026 to be $3.1 billion and aims to invest $570 million for fiscal 2022.

Zacks Rank

Spire currently has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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