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Eversource (ES) Earnings and Revenues Beat Estimates in Q2

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Eversource Energy (ES - Free Report) delivered second-quarter 2018 operating earnings of 76 cents per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 75 cents by 1.3%. The bottom line also improved 5.6% year over year.

Total Revenues

Eversource’s second-quarter revenues of $1,854 million topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,813 million by 2.3% and also improved 5.2% from the year-ago figure of $1,763 million.

Highlights of the Release

In the reported quarter, natural gas distribution increased 11.3% to 18,932 million cubic feet of gas.

Operating expenses increased nearly 11.3% year over year to $1,462.5 million, primarily owing to higher expenses from purchased power, fuel and transmission plus depreciation expenses.

Operating income was down 12.7% to $391.4 million and interest expenses were up 17.8% year over year to $126.4 million.

Net income in the quarter under review was $244.7 million, up 5.2% from the year-ago period’s tally.

Segmental Performance

Electric Distribution: Earnings from this segment were down 16.9% to $101.3 million. This downside was on account of divestiture of New Hampshire generation assets, higher property tax expense and the timing of electric revenues.

Electric Transmission: This segmental bottom line increased 16.9% year over year to $112.7 million. The upside was primarily attributable to higher level of investment in Eversource’s electric transmission system.

Natural Gas Distribution: Here, the earnings improved 11.1% to $5 million. The year-over-year rise was primarily due to cold weather in 2018.

Water Distribution: Eversource Energy’s water distribution segment, created after Eversource acquired Aquarion Water Company in December 2017, earned $7.2 million in second-quarter 2018.

Eversource Parent & Other Companies: The segment earned $16.6 million compared with the year-ago quarter’s bottom lines of $7.9 million.

Guidance

Eversource reaffirmed 2018 earnings guidance in the range of $3.20-$3.30. Long-term earnings growth is projected in the 5-7% band.

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Zacks Rank

Eversource carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Upcoming Releases

Ameren Corporation (AEE - Free Report) is scheduled to report second-quarter 2018 results on Aug 3. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings the quarter to be reported is pegged at 79 cents.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (CNP - Free Report) is scheduled to report second-quarter 2018 results on Aug 3. The consensus estimate for the to-be-reported quarter’s bottom line stands at 32 cents.

Exelon Corporation (EXC - Free Report) is scheduled to report second-quarter 2018 results on Aug 2. The consensus mark for earnings in the impending quarterly results is 61 cents.

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