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PG&E Corp (PCG) Q1 Earnings Beat Estimates, Revenues Rise Y/Y

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PG&E Corporation (PCG - Free Report) reported adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of 30 cents in the first quarter of 2022, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 25 cents by 20%. The bottom line also increased 30.4% from the year-ago quarter’s reported figure.

The company reported GAAP earnings of 22 cents per share compared with 6 cents in the prior-year quarter.

Revenue Update

PG&E Corp’s total revenues of $5,798 million rose 22.9% from the year-ago quarter’s $4,716 million. Revenues also exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4,974.7 million by 16.5%.

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Operational Highlights

Operating expenses in the first quarter totaled $5,262 million, which increased 19.3% from $4,412 million in prior-year quarter. The increase was due to the higher costs of natural gas and the increased operation and maintenance expenses along with the higher depreciation, amortization and decommissioning expenses.

The company reported an operating income of $536 million in the first quarter compared with $304 million in the year-ago quarter.

Interest expenses totaled $419 million compared with $408 million in the prior-year quarter.

Financials

As of Mar 31, 2022, cash and cash equivalents totaled $247 million compared with $291 million as of Dec 31, 2021.

Cash flow from operating activities amounted to $1,661 million as of Mar 31, 2022 compared with $1,198 million in the year-ago period.

Capital expenditures were $2,310 million at the end of the first quarter of 2022 compared with $1,778 million at the end of the first quarter of 2021.

The long-term debt was $39,123 million as of Mar 31, 2022 compared with $38,225 million as of Dec 31, 2021.

Guidance

PG&E Corp. reaffirmed its adjusted earnings guidance in the range of $1.07-$1.13 per share for 2022. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2022 earnings, pegged at $1.09 per share, lies below the midpoint of the company’s guided range.

Zacks Rank

PG&E Corp. currently carries 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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