Enbridge Inc. (ENB - Free Report) reported third-quarter 2018 earnings per share of 42 cents, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The bottom line improved from the year-ago quarter’s 39 cents.
Total revenues, however, fell to $8,681 million from $9,227 million a year ago.
Higher throughput volumes and key developments, that have recently started operating, supported the third quarter results. The surge in expenses and operational complications in some wind units partially negated the positives.
Distributable Cash Flow (DCF)
Through the July-to-September quarter of 2018, the company managed to raise its DCF from C$1,334 million a year ago to C$1,585 million.
Liquids Pipelines: Adjusted operating income at this segment was C$1,633 million, up almost 21% from C$1,353 million a year ago. Higher throughput volumes from the Canadian Mainline and Lakehead System led to the improvement.
Gas Transmission and Midstream: The segment reported earnings of C$1,038 million, up from C$941 million in third-quarter 2017. New developments that were online either last year or through the first nine months of 2018 aided the segment.
Gas Distribution: This business unit reported profit of C$259 million, up more than 8% from C$238 million in the July-September 2017 quarter. Improved distribution charges and an expanded customer base attributed to the growth.
Green Power and Transmission: This segment saw earnings of C$73 million, higher than C$68 million in the prior-year quarter. The increase in wind resources helped the segment. However, a drop in production from the company’s prior expectations, following operational complications in certain wind units, partially offset the positives.
Energy Services: The segment reported earnings of C$10 million against a loss of C$24 million in third-quarter 2017.
During the third quarter, the company reported total operating expenses of C$10,491 million, up 35.6% from C$7,737 million in the July-September quarter of 2017.
Dividend Reinvestment Plan Suspension
The company has agreed to stop its dividend reinvestment plan, reflecting its strengthening financials. The stockholders are expected to start getting dividends only in the form of cash effective Dec 1.
Zacks Rank and Other Stocks to Consider
Enbridge currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). Other prospective players in the energy space areMurphy Oil Corporation (MUR - Free Report) , Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM - Free Report) and Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. or Petrobras (PBR - Free Report) . All the stocks carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
ExxonMobil will likely see earnings growth of 29% in 2018.
Murphy has average positive surprise of 96.5% for the last four quarters.
Petrobras’ bottom line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the trailing four quarters.
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