AES Corporation’s (AES - Free Report) third-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings per share of 35 cents surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 29 cents by 20.7%. Moreover, the bottom line soared 52.2% from the year-ago period’s figure.
Barring one-time adjustments, the company delivered GAAP earnings of 15 cents in the reported quarter compared with 22 cents in the prior-year period.
Highlights of the Release
AES Corp generated total revenues of $2,837 million in the third quarter, up 5.3% year over year. However, the top line lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,559 million by 20.3%.
Total cost of sales was $2,166 million in the third quarter, up 5.5% year over year. General and administrative expenses were $43 million, 17.3% lower than the year-ago quarter’s level of $52 million.
Operating income grew 4.8% year over year to $671 million.
Interest expenses in the quarter under review were $255 million, lower than $297 million in the year-earlier period.
The AES Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
AES Corp reported cash and cash equivalents of $1,187 million as of Sep 30, 2018 compared with $949 million as of Dec 31, 2017.
Non-recourse debt totaled $14,273 million as of Sep 30, 2018, up from $13,176 million as of Dec 31, 2017.
In the third quarter, cash from operating activities was $767 million compared with the year-ago period’s $739 million.
Total capital expenditure in the third quarter was $598 million, which came in above $464 million that the company incurred a year ago.
For 2018, AES Corp reaffirmed its adjusted earnings per share outlook in the range of $1.15-$1.25.
AES Corp has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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