MDU Resources Group Inc. (MDU - Free Report) delivered fourth-quarter 2018 operating earnings of 39 cents per share, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 42 cents by 7.14%. Operating earnings were 33.8% lower than the year-ago quarter’s level.
In 2018, the company posted operating earnings of $1.38 per share compared with $1.45 in 2017.
Total revenues in the fourth quarter were $1,209.9 million, up 3.8% from $1,165.2 million in the year-ago quarter.
Operating revenues in the electric, natural gas distribution and regulated pipeline as well as the midstream segments fell 4.5% to $361.5 million. However, revenues in the non-regulated pipeline and midstream, construction materials and contracting, construction services and other segments increased 7.8% to $848.4 million.
In 2018, the company generated revenues of $4,531.6 million compared with $4,443.4 million in 2017.
Highlights of the Release
In the quarter under review, operating expenses amounted to $836.6 million, up 7.1% from the prior-year quarter’s figure of $781.1 million.
Operating income was $118.3 million, down 4.5% year over year.
The company incurred interest expenses of $22.4 million, up from $20.8 million in the prior-year quarter.
As of Dec 31, the construction services business had backlog of $939 million, up 33% from the year-ago tally.
The construction materials business had backlog of $706 million, up 45% from the prior-year figure.
Total debt amounted to $2,109 million as of Dec 31, 2018, up from $1,715 million as of Dec 21, 2017.
The company’s net cash flow from operating activities in 2018 was $499.9 million, up from $448 million in 2017.
MDU Resources expects 2019 earnings per share in the range of $1.35-$1.55, whose mid-point of $1.45 is below the current Zacks Consensus Estimate for the period of $1.53.
The company plans to invest $ 2,659 million through 2019-2023.
MDU Resources carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Other Utility Releases
NextEra Energy, Inc (NEE - Free Report) delivered fourth-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings of $1.49 per share, which lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.51 by 1.3%.
American Electric Power Co., Inc (AEP - Free Report) generated fourth-quarter 2018 operating earnings of 72 cents, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Xcel Energy Inc (XEL - Free Report) posted fourth-quarter 2018 operating earnings of 42 cents per share, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
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