American Electric Power Co., Inc. AEP reported fourth-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings per share of 60 cents, which came in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. However, the bottom line declined 16.7% from 72 cents in the year-ago quarter.
The company reported GAAP earnings of 31 cents per share compared with the year-ago quarter’s 74 cents.
The year-over-year downside can be attributed to lower revenues.
For 2019, the company reported adjusted earnings of $4.24 per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.22 by 0.5%. The full-year earnings increased 7.3% from the prior year and came in line with the higher end of the guided range of $4.14-$4.24 per share.
American Electric’s fourth-quarter revenues of $3.6 billion missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.1 billion by 12.2%. The reported figure declined 5.3% from the year-ago quarter’s $3.8 billion.
For 2019, the company reported revenues of $15.6 billion, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $16 billion by 2.5%. The reported figure also declined 3.7% from the year-ago figure of $16.2 billion.
Operating expenses in the quarter were $2,038.7 million compared with $1,912.8 million a year ago.
Operating income was $471.4 million, down 16.3% from $563.1 million in the year-ago quarter.
Vertically Integrated Utility Operations: Operating earnings in the quarter increased to $136.5 million from $130.5 million a year ago.
Transmission & Distribution Utilities: Operating earnings were $71 million, down from $132.1 million a year ago.
AEP Transmission Holdco: This segment generated operating income of $111.5 million, down from $791.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Generation and Marketing: Operating earnings were $0.1 million, down from $35.2 million in the year-ago quarter.
Corporate & Other: Operating losses were $25 million compared with operating loss of $34.9 million in the year-ago quarter.
As of Dec 31, 2019, American Electric had cash and cash equivalents of $246.8 million compared with $234.1 million as of Dec 31, 2018.
Long-term debt was $25.13 billion as of Dec 31, 2019, compared with $21.65 billion as of Dec 31, 2018.
Cash flow from operations was $4.27 billion during 2019 compared with $5.22 million in 2018.
American Electric reaffirmed 2020 operating earnings guidance in the range of $4.25-$4.45 per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2020 earnings, pegged at $4.39, lies above the mid-point of the company’s guidance.
American Electric 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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