Category Archives: Utilities

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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Lack of Comprehensive Energy Policy May Prove Costly to U.S.

Last week, I attended the annual presentation of the American Gas Association (AGA) to the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). The AGA represents companies that deliver natural gas to residential, commercial and industrial customers across the U.S. The … 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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A Quick Look at Connecticut Water (CTWS) and American States Water (AWR)

Recently, at the Three Part Advisors East Coast IDEAS Conference, I had the opportunity to sit in on the presentations given by two water utility companies, Connecticut Water Service (CTWS) and American States Water (AWR).

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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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Notes from the Aqua America Analyst Meeting

Aqua America (WTR) is the nation’s second largest publicly-traded water utility, serving three million people in eight states. It held an analyst meeting at the NYSE on Jan. 14, its first under new CEO Christopher Franklin.  He is a 20+ … 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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