IDACORP, Inc. (IDA - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2018 operating earnings of $1.23 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.08 by 13.9%. Quarterly earnings increased 24.3% from 99 cents in the year-ago quarter.
The year-over-year improvement in earnings was due to strong customer growth combined with higher overall usage per customer.
Highlights of the Release
In the second quarter, customer growth increased operating income by $1.8 million year over year, as the number of Idaho Power customers grew 2.2% in the past 12 months.
Net income increased $12.5 million in the second quarter of 2018, primarily due to higher net income at Idaho Power.
IDACORP upwardly revised its 2018 earnings guidance to the range of $4.20-$4.30 from earlier expectation of $4.10-$4.25 per share.
The company reiterated its operating and maintenance expenses for 2018 in the range of $345-$355 million.
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Currently, IDACORP carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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