ONE Gas OGS reported third-quarter 2019 earnings of 33 cents per share, which lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 34 cents by 2.94%.
Nevertheless, the figure rose 6.45% from the year-ago quarter’s level driven by new rates and residential customer growth.
The company recorded total revenues of $249 million in the third quarter, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $254 million by nearly 1.97%.
However, revenues improved 4.62% from the year-ago quarter’s level. The upside can be attributed to higher natural gas sales volumes and natural gas transportation volumes.
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Total operating expenses in the reported quarter increased 6.2% from the year-ago quarter’s figure to $160.2 million.
Operating income in the reported quarter increased 7.2% year over year to $38.8 million.
The company incurred interest expenses of $15.8 million, up 27.6% from the prior-year quarter’s figure. Increase in expenses was caused by refinancing of the company's senior notes.
At the end of third quarter, ONE Gas had cash and cash equivalents of $12.6 million compared with $21.3 million at 2018-end.
Long-term debt (excluding current maturities) was $1,285.9 million as of Sep 30 2019, up from Dec 31, 2018 level of $1,285.5 million.
The company’s cash flow from operating activities in the first nine months of 2019 was $288.5 million compared with $436.8 million in the year-ago period.
ONE Gas has maintained its guidance declared on Jul 29, 2019 with net income projected in the range of $180-$190 million. The earnings per share (EPS) guidance is in the range of $3.39-$3.57. The midpoint of management’s 2019 EPS guidance is $3.48, lower than the current Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.5 for the period.
The company has set its capital expenditures guidance, including asset removal costs, at nearly $450 million in 2019. Out of this, 70% of these expenditures will be directed toward system integrity and replacement projects.
Currently, ONE Gas 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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Sempra Energy SRE is scheduled to release third-quarter 2019 results on Nov 1. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Earnings is pegged at $1.49.
Atmos Energy Corporation ATO is lined up to release third-quarter 2019 results on Nov 7. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Earnings is at 48 cents.
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