OGE Energy Corp.’s (OGE - Free Report) third-quarter 2018 earnings of $1.02 per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 96 cents by 6.25%. Moreover, the reported figure improved 10.9% from 92 cents registered in the year-ago quarter. Higher gross margin buoyed by warmer-than-normal weather drove the company’s bottom-line performance.
OGE Energy’s operating revenues of $698.8 million declined 2.5% from the prior-year quarter’s $716.8 million. The downside can be attributed to year-over-year lower residential, industrial, oilfield and transmission revenues.
Total sales in the reported quarter amounted to 8.5 million megawatt-hours (MWh), up from 8.1 million MWh in the prior-year quarter. The upside was driven by higher system sales, which increased 6.7% year over year. Meanwhile, the company’s customer count inched up 0.75% to 846,817.
Cost of sales summed $244.4 million compared with $255.7 million in the prior-year quarter.
Total operating expenses rose 7.1% year over year to $227.1 million on account of higher operation and maintenance expenses along with higher depreciation and amortization expenses. Operating income decreased 8.7% to $227.3 million from the year-ago quarter’s $249.1 million.
Interest expenses totaled $38.7 million in the third quarter, up from $35.9 million a year ago.
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