’s (AES - Free Report
) first-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of 28 cents per share missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 30 cents by 6.7%. However, earnings were in line with the year-ago quarter’s figure.
Barring one-time adjustment, the company delivered GAAP earnings of 23 cents per share in the reported quarter compared with $1.03 in the prior-year period.
Highlights of the Release
AES Corp generated total revenues of $2.65 billion in the first quarter, down 3.3% year over year. The top line also lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.72 million by 2.6%.
Total cost of sales was $2,064 million in the first quarter, down 0.96% year over year. General and administrative expenses were $46 million, 17.9% lower than the year-ago quarter’s $56 million.
Operating income stood at $586 million, down from $656 million in the year-ago period.
Interest expenses summed $265 million, down from $281 million in the year-earlier period.
The company signed long-term contracts for 494 MW of renewable capacity, increasing backlog to 6.2 GW. It also signed a 12-year agreement to sell up to 18 TBTU of LNG annually in the Caribbean, beginning 2020.
During the quarter, AES Corp also announced a $100-million incremental annual run rate cost-savings target, which is to be realized by 2022 from digital initiatives.
The AES Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Non-recourse debt totaled $14,550 million as of Mar 31, 2019, up from $13,986 million as of Dec 31, 2018.
In the first quarter of 2019, cash from operating activities was $690 million compared with the year-ago figure of $515 million.
Total capital expenditures during the first quarter amounted to $504 million, which increased from $494 million incurred during the year-ago quarter.
For 2019, AES Corp reaffirmed its view for adjusted earnings of $1.28-$1.40 per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for full-year earnings is pegged at $1.34, which is the mid-point of the company’s guided range.
AES Corp also reaffirms its 2019 Parent Free Cash Flow expectation of $700-$750 million and its average annual growth rate target of 7-9% through 2022.
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