Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (CWCO - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter 2017 earnings of 12 cents per share, lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 18 cents by 33.3%.
In the quarter under review, Consolidated Water’s total revenues were $14.7 million, lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $16.0 million by 8.1%. However, reported revenues were higher than the year-ago figure of $14.1 million by 4.3%.
Total revenues in 2017 were $62.3 million compared with $57.9 million in 2016. The year-over-year growth was due to increase in Bulk and Manufacturing revenues.
Yearly Segment Details
Retail Water Operations revenues in 2017 were down 0.9% year over year to $23.3 million.
Bulk Water Operations revenues increased 6.4% from the prior-year quarter to $31.6 million.
Manufacturing revenues were nearly $7 million, up 79.8% year over year.
Services Operations revenues of $0.5 million were down from the year-ago figure by 43.8%.
Highlights of the Release
In 2017, total cost of revenues increased 9.8% year over year to $36.9 million, mainly due to higher cost of revenues in Manufacturing and Bulk Water Operations.
Consolidated Water’s gross profit in 2017 was $25.4 million, up 4.5% from 2016 levels.
The company incurred general and administrative expenses of $19.1 million, up 2.7% from the prior-year figure.
As of Dec 31, 2017, Consolidated Water’s cash and cash equivalents were $47.2 million, up from $39.3 million as of Dec 31, 2016.
Consolidated Water carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Performance of the Peers
Fourth-quarter earnings from its peers in the industry were on the positive side. The water and wastewater service providers like American States Water Company (AWR - Free Report) , Connecticut Water Service Inc. and American Water Works Company (AWK - Free Report) have surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The long-term earnings growth of these companies is presently pegged at 5%, 6% and 7.47%, respectively.
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