PPL Corporation (PPL - Free Report) delivered fourth-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of 57 cents, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 53 cents by 7.5%. The figure improved 9.6% year over year, primarily due to higher earnings in the Pennsylvania and Kentucky Regulated segments.
On a GAAP basis, the company generated EPS of 48 cents compared with 57 cents in the year-ago quarter.
In 2019, the company delivered adjusted earnings of $2.45 per share, up 2% from $2.40 in 2018.
PPL Corp posted revenues of $1,954 million in the fourth quarter, which inched up 0.8% year over year.
In 2019, the company posted revenues of $7,769 million down 0.2% from $7,785 million in 2018.
U.K. Regulated: Adjusted earnings increased 9.4% from the prior-year quarter’s tally to 35 cents per share. The upside was primarily supported by higher prices and higher pension income.
Kentucky Regulated: Adjusted earnings were 10 cents, down from 11 cents in the year-ago quarter. The decline was primarily caused by higher operation and maintenance expenses, lower sales volumes primarily due to weather, higher depreciation expenses and higher interest expenses.
Pennsylvania Regulated: Adjusted earnings improved 23% from the prior-year quarter’s tally to 16 cents. The results benefited from returns on additional capital investments in transmission as well as lower operation and maintenance expenses.
Corporate and Other: The segment reported a loss of 4 cents in the quarter, which was in line with the prior-year quarter’s figure.
PPL Corp’s total operating expenses inched down 1.6% year over year to $ 1,261 million in the reported quarter.
The company reported operating income of $693 million, up 5.5% than $657 million in the prior-year quarter.
Interest expenses inched up 1.2% to $248 million from the year-ago quarter’s tally of $245 million.
As of Dec 31, 2019, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $815 million compared with $621 million as of Dec 31, 2018.
Long-term debt (excluding debts due within a year) was $20,721 million as of Dec 31, 2019 compared with $20,069 million at the end of 2018.
Net cash flow from operating activities at the end of 2019 was $2,427 million compared with $2,821 million in 2018.
PPL Corp announced guidance for 2020 EPS from ongoing operations in the range of $2.40-$2.60 with a midpoint of $2.50, which is lower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.54.
The company also updated its 2021 EPS guidance in the range of $2.40 -$2.60 per share from the prior range of $2.50- $2.80, reflecting lower expected foreign currency exchange rate forecasts.
Currently, PPL Corp carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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Exelon Corporation’s (EXC - Free Report) fourth-quarter 2019 operating earnings of 83 cents per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 73 cents by 13.6%.
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