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Pattern Energy (PEGI) Q4 Earnings & Revenues Beat Estimates

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Pattern Energy Group reported earnings of 54 cents per share in fourth-quarter 2019, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 25 cents by 116%. The company had reported a loss of 15 cents per share in the year-ago quarter.

Total Revenues

Fourth-quarter revenues amounted to $147 million, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $143 million by 2.8%. Total revenues were 30% higher than the prior-year figure, primarily due to increased electricity sales.

Pattern Energy Group Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Pattern Energy Group Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Quarterly Highlights

Pattern Energy sold 2,179,090 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity on a proportional basis compared with 1,966,677 MWh in the year-ago quarter. The 11% improvement was primarily caused by volume increase resulting from acquisitions and less favorable wind conditions in 2018.

Total operating expenses amounted to $20 million, reflecting an increase of 42.9% from the year-ago level.

The company incurred interest expenses of $33 million compared with $28 million in the year-ago quarter.

During the fourth quarter, the company entered into a definitive merger agreement with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Through this merger agreement, the company will acquire Pattern Energy in an all-cash transaction for $26.75 per share.

Financial Highlights

As of Dec 31, 2019, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $156 million compared with $101 million in the corresponding period of 2018.

Its long-term debt was $2,887 million as of Dec 31, 2019, up from the Dec 31, 2018 level of $2,004 million.

The company’s cash flow from operating activities in 2019 was $167 million, down from $279 million recorded a year ago.

Guidance

Pattern Energy, taking into consideration the expected closing of the merger agreement, did not provide a target range of cash available for distribution for 2020.

Zacks Rank

Currently, Pattern Energy has a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).

You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Other Utility Releases

FirstEnergy Corporation FE reported fourth-quarter 2019 operating earnings of 55 cents per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 48 cents by 14.6%.

Xcel Energy Inc. XEL posted fourth-quarter 2019 operating earnings of 56 cents per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 53 cents by 5.6%.

WEC Energy Group WEC reported fourth-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings per share of 77 cents, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 72 cents by 6.9%.

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