PG&E (NYSE:PCG) is often overlooked by utility investors mainly because there has been much uncertainty regarding various legal proceedings that have circled this company like a vulture since the tragic gas pipeline transmission incident in San Bruno back in 2010. Management is much more focused on creating safety for its consumers and that could soon bode well for investors interested in a turnaround story. PG&E recently beat bottom- and top-line earnings estimates, and its 4.3% dividend is hard not to get excited about. At the end of the day Q114 lawsuits could hurt growth, but that does seems largely baked into present share valuation. The real news investors should focus on is the upcoming November 19 general rate case decision which, if favorable for PG&E, would allow the company to move forward but pass along modernization and safety costs to consumers during 2014-2016.
John Licata is the Founder & Chief Energy Strategist of Blue Phoenix Inc. You can follow John on Twitter @bluephoenixinc
- Nov 22, 2013 at 9:33AM
- Energy, Materials, and Utilities