WEC Energy Group (WEC - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings of 63 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 59 cents by 6.8% and the year-ago figure of 57 cents by 10.5%.
WEC Energy’s total revenue amounted to $1,631.5 million, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,592 million by 2.5%. Reported revenues also surpassed the year-ago figure of $1,602 million by 1.8%.
Highlights of the Release
Residential consumption of electricity in the first half of 2017 was down 1.1% year over year. Electricity utilized by small commercial and industrial customers also dropped 1% year over year. Electricity used by large commercial and industrial customers, excluding the iron ore mines in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, declined 0.5%.
Total operating expenses in the quarter under review was $1,269.3 million compared with $1,269.9 million.
Operating income in the reported quarter was $ 362.2 million, up 9.1% from $332.1 million a year ago.
The company’s interest expenses in the second quarter increased 1.8% year over year to $101.9 million.
WEC Energy's utilities expanded the customer base in the reported quarter. At the end of second-quarter 2017, the company had an additional 9,000 electric and 13,000 natural gas customers compared with the year-ago quarter.
As of Jun 30, 2017, WEC Energy had cash and cash equivalents of $36.5 million compared with $37.5 million as of Dec 31, 2016.
As of Jun 30, 2017, WEC Energy’s long-term debts of $8.8 billion, decreased almost 3.9% from the 2016-end level.
In the first half of 2016, cash flow from operating activities was $1,268.0 million, marginally higher than $1,224.1 million in the year-ago period.
WEC Energy’s capital expenditure in the first half of 2016 was $790.0 million, 26.1% higher than the comparable year-ago period.
The company reaffirmed its 2017 earnings guidance in the range of $3.06 to $3.12, with the expectation of closing the year in the upper end of the range.
WEC 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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