American States Water Company (AWR - Free Report) reported first-quarter 2019 operating earnings of 35 cents per share, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 36 cents by 2.78%. However, the bottom line improved 20.7% from 29 cents registered in the year-ago quarter.
Operating revenues amounted to $102 million, which outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $99 million by 2.76%. The top line also improved 7.4% from $94.7 million in the prior-year quarter. The upside can be primarily attributed to higher revenues in the Contracted services segment, which was up by nearly 28.8%.
In the quarter under review, American States Water’s total operating expenses were $81.5 million, up 7.2% year over year.
Interest expenses were $6.3 million, up 6.6% year over year. Also, interest income totaled $1 million, up 75.7% year over year.
At the Water segment, earnings were 21 cents, up from 20 cents in the prior-year quarter.
Earnings in the Electric segment came in at 3 cents, down from 4 cents in the year-ago quarter.
At the Contracted Services segment, earnings totaled 11 cents, which rallied 120% from the year-ago quarter’s tally.
As of Mar 31, 2019, American States Water’s cash and cash equivalents were $1.8 million compared with $7.1 million as of Dec 31, 2018.
As of Mar 31, 2019, the company’s long-term debts were down at $281 million in line with the debt as of Dec 31, 2018.
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American States Water carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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