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Notes and Analysis from EEI’s 2024 Wall Street Briefing

The Edison Electric Institute’s 2024 Wall Street Briefing was held on February 20, 2024.  The meeting came after the electric utility sector’s disappointing performance in 2023.  The EEI Index, a composite total return measure for all 39 EEI member companies, … Continue reading

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New Jersey Resources (NJR) 23Q4 Update

23Q4 GAAP EPS was $0.38 and net financial earnings per share (NFEPS), a non-GAAP measure, was $0.30 per basic share.  That compares with 22Q4 GAAP EPS of $0.56 and NFEPS of $0.50.  I had anticipated GAAP EPS of $0.30 and … Continue reading

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Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) 23Q3 Update

Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) reported 23Q3 operating revenues of $2.46 billion, up 8.1% from $2.27 billion in 22Q3.  PSE&G’s operating revenues rose 2.4% to $1.99 billion.  PSEG Power & Other’s revenues increased 43.3% $0.5 billion, due to a decline … Continue reading

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American Water Works (AWK) 23Q3 Update

AWK reported 23Q3 EPS of $1.44, up from $1.63 in 22Q3 and my estimate of $1.61.  This quarter’s results included a $0.04 benefit from warm, dry weather.  22Q3’s weather benefit was $0.06.  Operating revenues increased 7.9% to $1.17 billion.  Billed … Continue reading

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New Jersey Resources (NJR) 23Q3 Update

23Q3 GAAP EPS was $0.02 and net financial earnings per share (NFEPS), a non-GAAP measure, was $0.10 per basic share.  That compares with 22Q3 GAAP EPS of $0.14 and NFEPS of –$0.04.  I had anticipated a GAAP loss of $0.07 … Continue reading

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Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) 23Q2 Update

Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) reported 23Q2 operating revenues of $2.42 billion, up 16.6% from $2.08 billion in 22Q2.  PSE&G’s operating revenues were flat at $1.66 billion.  PSEG Power & Other’s revenues increased 40% $0.9 billion, due to a large … Continue reading

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American Water Works 23Q2 Update

AWK reported 23Q2 EPS of $1.44, up from $1.20 in 22Q2 and my estimate of $1.18.  This quarter’s results included a $0.07 benefit from warm, dry weather.  Operating revenues increased 17.1% to $1.1 billion.  Billed water service volumes increased 3.7%, … Continue reading

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New Jersey Resources (NJR) 23Q2 Update

NJR reported 23Q2 GAAP net income of $1.13 per diluted share and net financial earnings (NFE), a non-GAAP measure, of $1.16 per basic share.  That compares with 22Q2 GAAP net income of $1.00 per share and NFE per basic share … Continue reading

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Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) 23Q1 Update

Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) reported 23Q1 operating revenues of $3.76 billion, up 62.3% from $2.31 billion in 22Q1.  The increase was due to a $1.64 billion surge in net mark-to-market gains on derivatives at PSEG Power, which more than … Continue reading

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American Water Works (AWK) 23Q1 Update

AWK reported 23Q1 EPS of $0.91, compared with $0.87 in 22Q1 and my estimate of $0.83.  Operating revenues increased 11.4% to $938 million.  Billed water service volumes increased 0.4%, with gains among industrial and commercial customers more than offsetting a … Continue reading

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New Jersey Resources (NJR) 23Q1 Update

NJR reported 23Q1 GAAP net income of $1.19 per diluted share and net financial earnings (NFE), a non-GAAP measure, of $1.14 per basic share.  That compares with 22Q1 GAAP net income of $1.16 per share and NFE per basic share … Continue reading

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American Water Works (AWK) 22Q4 Update

AWK reported 22Q4 EPS of $0.81, compared with $3.56 in 21Q4 (or $0.86 excluding a $2.70 gain for the sale of the Homeowner Services (HOS) business).  Operating revenues decreased 2.1% to $931 million.  Besides the sale of HOS, 22Q4’s lower … Continue reading

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2022 Large Cap Performance Analysis

Large cap stocks, as measured by the Lark Research Large Cap Index (the “Index”)[1] which mirrors the S&P 500, posted a decline of 19.5% in 2022.  As in previous years, most of the performance was driven by a handful of … Continue reading

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New Jersey Resources (NJR) 22Q4 Update

NJR reported 22Q4 GAAP net income of $0.56 per diluted share and net financial earnings (NFE), a non-GAAP measure, of $0.50 per basic share.  That compares with the 21Q4 GAAP loss of $0.01 per share and NFE per basic share … Continue reading

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American Water Works (AWK) 22Q3 Update

AWK reported 22Q3 EPS of $1.63, up 6.5% from $1.53 in 21Q3 and above my estimate of $1.52.  Operating revenues decreased 0.9% to $1.08 billion, as regulatory rate increases were more than offset by lost revenues from the sales of … Continue reading

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Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) 22Q3 Update

Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) reported 22Q3 operating revenues of $2.27 billion, up 19.4% from 21Q3.  The increase in revenues was due mostly to higher gas supply sales to third parties at PEG Power and higher commodity revenues, including higher … Continue reading

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Initiating Coverage of New Jersey Resources Corp (NJR)

NJR reported 22Q3 GAAP net income of $0.14 per diluted share and a net financial loss (a non-GAAP measure) of $0.04.   That compares with the 21Q3 GAAP loss of $1.16, owing to an impairment charge on its investment in the … Continue reading

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Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) 22Q2 Update

Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) reported 22Q2 operating revenues of $2.08 billion, up 10.8% from 21Q2.  GAAP EPS was $0.26 vs. a loss of $0.35 a year ago.  Most of last year’s loss was related to a net $457 million … Continue reading

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American Water Works (AWK) 22Q2 Update

American Water Works Company (AWK) reported 22Q2 EPS of $1.20, up 5% from $1.14 in 21Q2.  Operating revenues decreased 6.2% to $937 million, mostly due to the sale of the Homeowner Services (HOS) and New York American Water (NYAM) businesses, … Continue reading

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The Drivers of Large Cap Stock Performance in 2021

Estimated Returns by Sectors, Industry Groups and Industries Large cap stocks, as measured by the Lark Research Large Cap index (the “Index”) which currently mirrors the S&P 500, turned in another impressive performance in 2021.  The Index posted a price … Continue reading

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SJI 21Q3 Update

SJI reported a 21Q3 GAAP net loss of $25.8 million or $0.23 per share, wider than 20Q3’s net loss of $10.3 million or $0.10.  On an economic earnings basis, which adjusts for fluctuations in the fair market value of derivatives … Continue reading

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PSEG’s 2021 Investor Day

Public Service Enterprise Group held its 2021 Investor Day on Sept. 27, 2021.  At the meeting, management offered the following guidance:

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So. Jersey Industries: High Dividend Yield With Moderate Upside Price Potential

SJI’s utility businesses – South Jersey Gas Company (SJG) and Elizabethtown Gas Company (ETG) – are its core growth engines.  Representing 70%-80% of consolidated profits, they have grown by pursuing regulatory-approved infrastructure investment programs and gaining customers from new construction … Continue reading

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American Water Works 21Q2 Update

2021 Second Quarter Results in Line with Expectations. Maintaining Neutral Rating. AWK reported 21Q2 EPS of $1.14, up 17.5% from 20Q2.  Operating revenues increased  7.3% to $999 million.  Operating income rose 5.4% to $330 million.  Operating margin eased 60 bp … Continue reading

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PSEG: A Possible Rocky Transition to T&D

It has been a year since PSEG announced a strategic review to explore divesting its fossil fuel generating assets.  Since then, management has said that it is pleased with the interest shown by potential buyers in its 6,750+ MW portfolio … Continue reading

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2021 Market Outlook – Part 2: S&P 500 Sector Analysis

2020 was of course dominated by the impact of the pandemic on the economy and specifically on the revenues and profits of each of the S&P 500 constituents.  There was a sharp stock market sell-off in March-April, followed by a … Continue reading

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NJR Adjusts to Meet Its Challenges and Opportunities

Under new CEO Steve Westhoven, the business portfolio of New Jersey Resources (NJR) has evolved as it typically does in response to changes in its operating environment.  Its regulated utility operations, New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) and its Midstream segment, … Continue reading

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American Water Works (AWK) 2019 Update

American Water Works Company (AWK) has delivered superior operating, financial and stock price performance over the past eight years. Its 2018 performance did not match the eight year average in either absolute or relative terms. However, management is confident in … Continue reading

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SJI Outlines Its Vision

SJI’s stock has underperformed peers due in part to disappointing guidance for 2018 given at its recent analyst meeting. However, if management is able to deliver on its 2019 guidance, the stock should have reasonable upside, especially since it is trading at a discount to its peer group. Continue reading

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Consolidated Water 18Q1 Update

CWCO reported first quarter net earnings attributable to stockholders $2.1 million or $0.14 cents per diluted share.  That compares with 17Q1 net income of $2.6 million or $0.18 per diluted share.  Revenues declined 2.2% to $15.7 million.

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PSEG Dances to Stay Fit

Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) is a public utility holding company whose principal direct operating subsidiaries include Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G), which serves 2.2 million electric customers and 1.8 million gas customers along a northeast to southwest swath … Continue reading

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Update on Consolidated Water (CWCO)

Shares of Consolidated Water (CWCO) have struggled over the past several months, extending a period of underperformance vs. peers that stretches back for more than a year. Year-to-date (through 12/9), CWCO has posted a loss (including dividends) of 6.4%. That … Continue reading

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The Coal Industry Goes Bust

Very few industries have suffered a decline as steep as coal’s. In just five years, the coal industry has gone from relatively healthy to almost entirely bankrupt. Major coal producers – including Peabody Energy, Arch Coal, and Alpha Natural Resources … Continue reading

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American Water Works (AWK) Update

2015 has been another strong year for the stock of American Water Works (AWK).  Year-to-date (through Dec. 18), it is up 11.7% on price and has delivered a 14.5% total return.  By comparison, the S&P 500 is down 2.6% on … Continue reading

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Consolidated Water (CWCO) 2015 Third Quarter Update

Consolidated Water (CWCO) reported 2015 third quarter earnings of $0.12 per share, compared with $0.13 per share in the prior year comparable quarter. Revenues of $14.6 million, were down 14% from $17.0 million last year.  Both earnings and revenues fell … Continue reading

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