Evergy, Inc. (EVRG - Free Report) reported first-quarter 2019 operating earnings of 44 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 40 cents by 10% and improving from the year-ago figure by 29.4%.
The year-over-year improvement of the bottom line is attributable to favorable weather, and lower operating and maintenance expenses.
Evergy’s total revenues came in at $1,216.9 million, improving 102.8% year over year. The top line also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,197 million by 1.7%.
Evergy Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Highlights of the Release
Total operating expenses increased 111.3% year over year to $1,007.3 million due to higher fuel and purchased power, along with operation and maintenance costs.
Interest and related charges in the reported quarter were $91.1 million, up 108% from the year-ago level.
During the quarter, the company repurchased shares worth $578.3 million and paid dividend of $119.8 million.
Cash and cash equivalents as of Mar 31, 2019 were $133.6 million compared with $160.3 million on Dec 31, 2018.
Long-term debt as of Mar 31, 2019 was $7.12 billion compared with $6.64 billion on Dec 31, 2018.
Cash from operating activities in the first quarter of 2019 was $362.1 million, up 39.5% from $259.6 million a year ago.
Currently, Evergy has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
NextEra Energy, Inc. (NEE - Free Report) reported first-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of $2.20 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.01 by 9.4%.
FirstEnergy Corporation (FE - Free Report) reported first-quarter 2019 operating earnings of 67 cents per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 66 cents by 1.52%.
American Electric Power Co., Inc. (AEP - Free Report) reported first-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings per share of $1.19, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.10 by 8.2%.
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