Entergy Corporation (ETR - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings of 76 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 42 cents by 81%. Moreover, the number improved 145.2% from the year-ago quarter’s figure of 31 cents.
On a GAAP basis, the company reported a loss of $2.66 per share compared with a loss of $9.88 a year ago. The difference between GAAP and operating earnings in the reported quarter was due to the effect of special items.
In 2017, Entergy reported adjusted earnings of $7.20 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $6.91 by 4.2%. Moreover, the number rose 1.3% from the year-ago figure of $7.11.
Utility, Parent & Other: The segment’s quarterly earnings were 41 cents per share compared with 35 cents in the prior-year quarter.
Entergy Wholesale Commodities (EWC): The segment reported operating earnings of 35 cents per share compared with loss of 4 cents in the year-ago quarter.
Highlights of the Release
Interest expenses were $662 million in 2017, down 0.6% from $666 million in the prior year.
In 2017, total retail customers served by the company increased 0.6% to nearly 2.9 million.
As of Dec 31, 2017, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $781 million compared with $1,188 million as of Dec 31, 2016.
Total debt, as of Dec 31, 2017, was $16.7 billion compared with $15.3 billion as of Dec 31, 2016.
For 2017, the company generated cash from operating activities of $2,624 million, down $2,999 million from the prior-year quarter.
For 2018, Entergy issued operational earnings guidance per share in the band of $6.25-$6.85.
The Utility, Parent & Other adjusted earnings are expected in the range of $4.50-$4.90 per share.
Entergy 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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