Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. PEG, or PSEG, reported fourth-quarter 2019 adjusted operating earnings of 64 cents per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 62 cents by 3.2%. The bottom line also improved 14.3% on a year-over-year basis.
Including one-time adjustments, the company reported quarterly earnings of 86 cents per share compared with 39 cents in fourth-quarter 2018.
For 2019, the company reported adjusted operating earnings of $3.28 per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.26 by 0.6%. The full-year bottom line also improved 5.1% from a year ago and exceeded the mid-point of the company’s projected range of $3.20-$3.30 per share.
The upside can be attributed to Public Service Enterprise’s continued focus on operating excellence and cost discipline.
Revenues of $2,478 million in the quarter missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,854 million by 13.2%. However, the figure inched up 0.4% from the year-ago quarter’s $2,468 million.
Highlights of the Release
During the fourth quarter of 2019, the company reported operating income of $507 million, up from $501 million in the year-ago quarter. Total operating expenses were $1,971 million, up 0.2% from the year- ago quarter.
Interest expenses in the reported quarter were $152 million.
PSE&G: Segment earnings were $276 million, up from $239 million in the prior-year quarter. PSE&G’s results in the quarter were driven by enhanced investments in transmission..
PSEG Power: Segment adjusted earnings were $52 million compared with $57 million in the prior-year quarter. The downside was due to scheduled decline in capacity prices in PJM and ISO-New England in the second half of 2019.
PSEG Enterprise/Other: Segment adjusted earnings were $2 million against loss of $12 million in the prior-year quarter. The year-over-year upside can be attributed to lower taxes.
The company issued its 2020 guidance. Adjusted earnings are projected to be $3.30-$3.50 per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings is currently pegged at $3.36, lower than the mid-point of the company’s guided range.
PSE&G’s operating earnings are anticipated to be $1,310-$1,370 million. The company expects PSEG Power operating earnings to be $345-$435 million.
PSEG 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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