CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (CNP - Free Report) reported first-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of 46 cents per share, lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 50 cents by 8%. The bottom line also declined 16.4% from the year-ago quarter’s 55 cents.
The company’s GAAP earnings came in at 28 cents per share compared with 38 cents registered in the prior-year quarter.
CenterPoint Energy’s total revenues in the quarter were $3.53 billion, which lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.85 billion by 8.3%. However, the reported figure was 11.9% higher than $3.15 billion a year ago.
Increased contribution from both utility and non-utility segments led to the year-over-year top-line growth.
Total expenses during the first quarter increased 13.2% to $3,286 million.
The company’s operating income declined 2.4% to $245 million from $251 million in the year-ago quarter.
Interest and other finance charges increased to $121 million from $78 million a year ago.
The Electric Transmission & Distribution segment reported operating income of $84 million in the first quarter compared with $115 million in the year-ago quarter.
The Indiana Electric segment operating loss was $9 million in the period of Feb 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2019.
The Natural Gas Distribution segment reported operating income of $167 million compared with $156 million in the year-ago quarter.
The Energy Services segment reported operating income of $33 million against operating loss of $26 million in the year-ago quarter.
The midstream investments segment reported $62 million of equity income compared with $69 million a year ago.
The Corporate and other Operations segment incurred operating loss of $14 million against operating income of $6 million in the prior-year quarter. The decline can be primarily attributed to high merger-related expenses.
As of Mar 31, 2019, CenterPoint Energy had cash and cash equivalents of $255 million, down significantly from $4,231 million as on Dec 31, 2018.
Total long-term debt was $13,759 million as on Mar 31, 2019, compared with $8,682 million as on Dec 31, 2018.
At the end of first-quarter 2019, the company’s net cash from operating activities was $271 million, down from $484 million in the previous year’s quarter.
Further, CenterPoint Energy’s capital expenditure totaled $528 million in the first quarter, up from $323 million a year ago.
CenterPoint Energy, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
The company reaffirmed its 2019 earnings guidance. The company expects to generate earnings of $1.60-$1.70 per diluted share, excluding certain impacts associated with its merger with Vectren.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2019 earnings is pegged at $1.64, which lies below the mid-point of the company’s guided range.
CenterPoint Energy currently 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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