It has been about a month since the last earnings report for Dominion Energy (D - Free Report) . Shares have lost about 0.2% in that time frame, underperforming the S&P 500.
Will the recent negative trend continue leading up to its next earnings release, or is Dominion Energy due for a breakout? Before we dive into how investors and analysts have reacted as of late, let's take a quick look at its most recent earnings report in order to get a better handle on the important catalysts.
Dominion Q2 Earnings Beat on Cove Point Contribution
Dominion Energy Inc. reported second-quarter 2018 operating earnings of 86 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 78 cents by 10.3%. Operating earnings exceeded the guided range of 70-80 cents per share.
Operating earnings increased 28.4% from 67 cents reported a year ago. The year-over-year improvement was attributable to contribution from the Cove Point Liquefaction project, which started operation in the second quarter, and absence of a refueling outage at the Millstone Power Station.
GAAP earnings were 69 cents per share compared with 62 cents in the year-ago quarter. The difference between GAAP and operating earnings was due to one-time adjustments of 17 cents.
Dominion’s total revenues came in at $3,088 million, marginally beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,080 million by 0.3% and improving 9.8% year over year.
Highlights of the Release
Total operating expenses increased 13.9% year over year to $2,346 million due to higher electric fuel prices, and increase in other operations and maintenance expenses.
Interest and related charges in the reported quarter were $361 million, up 17.2% from the year-ago quarter.
In the reported quarter, Power Delivery’s electric customer base increased by 26,251 from the prior-year quarter. Electricity consumption volumes also improved 5.8% year over year to 20,789 GWh in the second quarter.
Net income in the reported quarter was $560 million, up 33.1% year over year.
Power Delivery: Net income from this segment was $145 million, up 14.2% year over year.
Power Generation: Net income from this segment was $276 million, up 15.0% year over year.
Gas Infrastructure: Net income from this segment was $249 million, up 52.8% year over year.
Corporate and Other: The segment’s net loss was $110 million compared with a loss of $109 million in the year-ago quarter.
Cash and cash equivalents as of Jun 30, 2018 was $190 million compared with $120 million on Dec 31, 2017.
Long-term debt as of Jun 30, 2018 was $26.68 billion compared with $25.59 billion at the end of 2017.
Cash from operating activities in the first half of 2018 was $2.42 billion, up 2.5% from $1.36 billion in the first half of 2017.
For third-quarter 2018, Dominion expects operating earnings within 95 cents to $1.15 per share compared with $1.04 in third-quarter 2017. Positive drivers include commercial operation of the Cove Point Liquefaction project and benefit of tax reform.
For the full year, Dominion reiterated its earnings per share guidance in the range of $3.80-$4.25.
How Have Estimates Been Moving Since Then?
In the past month, investors have witnessed a downward trend in fresh estimates. The consensus estimate has shifted -7.58% due to these changes.
Currently, Dominion Energy has a subpar Growth Score of D, however its Momentum Score is doing a lot better with an A. However, the stock was allocated a grade of C on the value side, putting it in the middle 20% for this investment strategy.
Overall, the stock has an aggregate VGM Score of C. If you aren't focused on one strategy, this score is the one you should be interested in.
Our style scores indicate that the stock is more suitable for momentum investors than value investors.
Estimates have been broadly trending downward for the stock, and the magnitude of these revisions indicates a downward shift. Notably, Dominion Energy has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). We expect an in-line return from the stock in the next few months.