Black Hills Corporation BKH posted fourth-quarter 2019 operating earnings of $1.13 per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.09 by 3.67%. The bottom line improved 7.6% from $1.05 in the year-ago quarter.
For 2019, the company reported earnings of $3.53 compared with $3.54 in 2018.
Black Hills’ fourth-quarter revenues of $478 million missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $516 million by 7.35%. Revenues fell 4.6% from the prior-year quarter’s tally of $501.2 million.
Black Hills’ total operating revenues for 2019 totaled $1,734.9 million, down 1.1% from $1,754.3 million in 2018.
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In 2019, the company invested $850 million.
Depreciation and amortization increased primarily due to higher asset base driven by prior and current-year capital expenditures.
Operating income in the reported quarter increased 6.4% from the prior-year quarter’s tally to $121.4 million.
Total interest expenses amounted to $35.2 million compared with $35.1 million in the year-ago quarter.
On Dec 11, Wyoming Gas received approval of consolidated rate review settlement agreement.
On Nov 26, the $71-million 60-megawatt wind generation project placed in service.
Black Hills reaffirmed 2020 earnings per share guidance in the range of $3.55-$3.75 whose mid-point of $ 3.65 is lower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.71 for 2020 earnings.
The company expects to invest $669 million in 2020.
Black Hills carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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