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SABESP (SBS) Misses Q2 Earnings Estimates, Adds Customers

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SABESP’s (SBS - Free Report) net income in the second quarter of 2018 declined 45.2% year over year to R$181.9 million ($47.1 million). Earnings per share were R$0.27, down from the year-ago figure of R$0.49.

Considering the ADR equivalent of earnings per share, the bottom line in the reported quarter was 8 cents, lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 25 cents by 68%. Also, the results marked a 46.7% decline from the year-ago quarter’s earnings of 15 cents.

Revenues Improve Y/Y

In the reported quarter, SABESP's net operating revenues (including construction revenues) were R$3,672.2 million ($949.9 million), up 5.1% year over year. The figure missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,089 million.
 
However, the year-over-year improvement was driven by favorable impact from the tariff-repositioning index, and an increase in billed-water and sewage volumes.

Highlights of the release

Costs and expenses, which include construction costs, totaled R$2,617.5 million ($677.1), reflecting a 4.8% year-over-year decline.

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were R$1,382.6 million ($357.7 million), up 29.8% year over year.

Billed water and sewage volumes in the quarter grew 3.1% year over year to 931.4 million cubic meters. The company's water connections increased 2.4% in the second quarter of 2018 and sewage connection increased 2.9% from second-quarter 2017 level.

Balance Sheet & Cash Flow

As of Jun 30, 2018, SABESP's cash and cash equivalents were R$2,832.8 million ($732.8 million), up from R$2,283 million ($688.8 million) at the end of 2017. Borrowings and financing grew 12.7% in the first six months of 2018 to R$1,968.9 million ($509.3 million).

Cash generation from operations in the first six months of 2018 was R$2,621.9 million ($762.7 million) versus R$2,369.2 million in the year-ago period.

During the quarter, the company invested R$757.8 million ($195.2 million)

Outlook

SABESP plans to spend nearly R$17,294 million in the 2018-2022 time frame for improving its services. Of this, approximately R$7,120 million will be spent on water, R$7,732 million on sewage collection and R$2,442 million on sewage treatment.

The company aims to add 783,000 new water connections by 2022 and nearly 1.1 million sewage connection within 2022.

Zacks Rank

SABESP currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here

Other Water Supply Utilities’ Release

Here are some other players from the water utility space that have reported second-quarter earnings:

American Water Works Co. (AWK - Free Report) beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2.3%, SJW Group (SJW - Free Report) reported in-line earnings, while American States Water Company (AWR - Free Report) missed the same by 8.3%.

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