The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q3), Xcel Energy whiffed on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins grew across the board.
Xcel Energy reported revenue of $2.72 billion. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $3.03 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 3.8% lower than the prior-year quarter's $2.83 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.78. The 12 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.72 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.81 for Q3 were 17% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.69 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 41.4%, 420 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 26.4%, 340 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.6%, 270 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $2.77 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.32.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $10.73 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.78.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Xcel Energy is outperform, with an average price target of $29.27.
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