OGE Energy Corp.’s ( OGE Quick Quote OGE - Free Report) systematic capital investment plan for infrastructure development and emission reduction will further drive its performance. Given its strong growth opportunities, OGE makes for a solid investment option in the utility sector. Let’s focus on the factors that make this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company a strong investment pick at the moment. Growth Projections & Surprise History
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for OGE’s 2023 earnings per share (EPS) has increased 0.5% to $2.02 in the past 30 days.
OGE’s long-term (three- to five-year) earnings growth rate is 3.65%. It delivered an average earnings surprise of 3.8% in the last four quarters. Return on Equity
Return on equity (ROE) indicates how efficiently a company has been utilizing its funds to generate higher returns. Currently, OGE Energy’s ROE is 10%, higher than the industry’s average of 5.5%. This indicates that the company has been utilizing its funds more constructively than its peers in the electric power utility industry.
The company has been consistently increasing shareholders’ value by paying dividends. It will continue to grow its dividend in the next five years. Currently, its quarterly dividend is 41.41 cents per share. This results in an annualized dividend of $1.6564 per share. The company’s current dividend yield is 4.65%, better than the Zacks S&P 500 Composite's average of 1.45%.
Currently, OGE’s total debt to capital is 52.07%, better than industry’s average of 61.13%.
The time to interest earned ratio at the end of second-quarter 2023 was 3.7. The ratio, being greater than one, reflects the company’s ability to meet future interest obligations without difficulties. Systematic Investments
OGE Energy is the largest electric utility in Oklahoma and is pursuing an aggressive investment strategy to upgrade its infrastructure and provide seamless services to its customers. The company plans to spend $4.75 billion between 2023 and 2027. For 2023, OGE has allocated $950 million, which includes $720 million for strengthening its transmission, distribution and grid expansion operations. With these capital investments, the company aims to maintain and improve the safety, resiliency and reliability of its distribution and transmission grid and generation fleet.
In the past month, OGE’s shares have rallied 5.3% compared with the
industry’s average growth of 0.2%. Image Source: Zacks Investment Research Other Stocks to Consider
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