Edison International (EIX - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2017 earnings per share (EPS) of 85 cents from continuing operations. The figure came in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Reported earnings, however, fell short of a penny from the year-ago earnings figure.
Edison International's second-quarter revenues came in at $2,965 million, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,817 million by 5.3%. Also, quarterly revenues improved 6.8% from the year-ago figure of $2,777 million.
In the reported quarter, total operating expenses increased 4.2% to $2,496 million, mainly on account of higher purchased power and fuel (10.4%) expenses, as well as depreciation, decommissioning and amortization expenses (1.4%).
On the other hand, operation and maintenance costs dropped 1.9%, while Impairment and other charges declined 23.8%.
Operating income was up 23.1% to $469 million in the reported quarter.
Interest expenses were $159 million, higher than $144 million reported in the second quarter of 2016.
Southern California Edison’s (SCE) second-quarter earnings were 94 cents per share compared with the year-ago earnings of 98 cents. Earnings in the reported quarter declined primarily on account of a prior reduction in California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) revenue.
Parent and Other segment posted second-quarter 2017 loss of 9 cents per share compared with the year-ago loss of 11 cents. The improvement reflects higher income tax benefits related to stock option exercises as well as the 2017 settlement of federal income tax audits for 2007–2012.
As of Jun 30, 2017, cash and cash equivalents were $98 million, reflecting an increase from $96 million as of Dec 31, 2016. Long-term debt was $11.66 billion, higher than the 2016-end level of $10.18 billion.
Net cash from operating activities during the first quarter was $1,433 million, compared with $1,432 million in the year-ago quarter. Total capital expenditure amounted to $1,749 million during the second quarter, down from $1,828 million a year ago.
The company raised its earnings guidance for 2017. Edison International currently expects core earnings in the band of $4.13–$4.33 per share for 2017, up from the earlier guidance range of $4.04–$4.24 per share.
Edison International 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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