Exelon Corporation’s (EXC - Free Report) fourth-quarter 2017 operating earnings of 55 cents per share lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 62 cents by 11.3%. However, quarterly earnings were 25% higher than the year-ago figure of 44 cents.
On a GAAP basis, quarterly earnings were $1.94 per share compared with 22 cents in the year-ago quarter. The difference between GAAP and Operating earnings in the reported quarter was due to some one-time gains and losses.
Exelon's operating revenues of $8,381 million surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $7,596 million by 10.3%.
Quarterly revenues also improved 6.4% from $7,895 million reported in the year-ago quarter.
Exelon's total operating expenses increased 3.7% year over year to $7,336 million. The rise was primarily due to higher purchasing power and fuel expenses, and operating and maintenance expenses.
Interest expenses were $365 million compared with $356 million in the year-ago quarter.
Exelon's hedging program involves hedging of commodity risks for expected generation, typically on a ratable basis, over a three-year period. The proportion of expected generation hedged as of Dec 31, 2017, was 85-88% for 2018, 55-58% for 2019, and 26-29% for 2020.
Exelon provided 2018 earnings guidance per share in the range of $2.90-$3.20. The guidance takes into consideration the benefits of U.S. tax reform and strong utility growth among others.
The company plans to invest a total of $21 billion to strengthen its existing infrastructure in the next few years. The capital expenditure and tax reforms are expected to drive annual rate base growth of 7.4% through 2021, exceeding growth expectations of 6.5% for 2017-2020 projected a year ago.
Exelon has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
American Electric Power Co., Inc. (AEP - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter 2017 operating earnings per share of 85 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 81 cents by 4.9%.
NextEra Energy, Inc.(NEE - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings of $1.25 per share, lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.31 by 4.6%.
Dominion Energy Inc. (D - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter 2017 operating earnings of 91 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 88 cents by 3.4%.
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