Consolidated Edison Inc. (ED - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings of 61 cents per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 57 cents by 7%. The bottom line also improved 5.2% from 58 cents per share in the year-ago period.
Barring a one-time benefit, the company posted GAAP earnings of 60 cents per share, reflecting an annual improvement of 5.3%. The year-over-year upside was driven by higher revenues.
In the reported quarter, total revenues of $2,696 million outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,642 million by 2%. The reported figure improved 2.4% from $2,633 million registered in the year-ago quarter.
Electric revenues totaled $1,951 million, down 0.7% from the prior-year period figure of $1,965 million. Gas revenues were up 12.4% to $489 million. Steam revenues rose 9.1% to $96 million. Non-utility revenues amounted to $160 million, up 10.3% from $145 million recorded in the year-ago quarter.
Total operating expenses in the second quarter increased 4.6% year over year to $2,270 million.
Gas purchased for resale, other operation and maintenance, depreciation and amortization as well as taxes and other than income taxes was up 30.2%, 3.3%, 6.6%, and 5.7%, respectively, from the prior-year quarter number. However, purchase power expenses decreased 4.9% year over year, while fuel expenses remained flat at $38 million.
Cash and temporary cash investments as of Jun 30, 2018 summed $866 million compared with $797 million as of Dec 31, 2017.
Long-term debt was $15,255 million as of Jun 30, 2018 compared with $14,731 million at 2017 end.
At the end of second-quarter 2018, cash from operating activities amounted to $655 million compared with $1,234 million in the year-ago period.
For 2018, the company continues to expect adjusted earnings per share in the $4.15-$4.35 range.
Consolidated Edison 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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