Westar Energy, Inc.
) reported third-quarter 2013 earnings per share of $1.04,
beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 4 cents. Quarterly
earnings however declined 5.5% from the year-ago level primarily
due to a cooler summer affecting demand, increased operating and
maintenance (O&M) expenses and lower demand from industrial
Westar Energy posted total revenues of $695 million, brushing
past the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $694 million. Revenue
decreased marginally by 0.1% from the year-ago figure of $695.8
Strong sales from the Wholesale and Transmission segments
offset by a decline in retail revenues as well as from the Other
category led to the marginal decline in the third quarter
The company's total operating cost increased 5.6% year over
year to $470.8 million mainly due to higher O&M expenses as
well as depreciation and amortization costs.
The rise in operating cost dragged down Westar Energy's
operating income by 10.3% year over year to $224.2 million.
Interest expenses increased 1.5% year over year to $45.7
million due to the escalating long-term debt level.
Cash and cash equivalents of Westar Energy as of Sep 30, 2013,
were $9.9 million, up from $5.8 million as of Dec 31, 2012.
The company's long-term debt increased to $2,968.8 million as
of Sep 30, 2013 from $2,819.3 million as of Dec 31, 2012 due to
the issuance of new bonds worth $500 million.
Westar Energy's cash flow from operating activities during the
first nine months of 2013 was $553.1 million, up 21.9% from
$454.0 million in the first nine months of 2012. Cash flow
increased on account of receipts from retail and wholesale
customers, accrual of corporate-owned life insurance proceeds,
gains from treasury yield transaction, lower pension, lower
post-retirement benefit as well as fuel and purchased power
Westar Energy increased its full-year 2013 earnings guidance
to the range of $2.20 to $2.30 per share from the prior $2.05 to
$2.15 per share.
Other Company Releases
) reported third-quarter 2013 earnings of 63 cents per share,
missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 73 cents by 13.7%.
) announced third-quarter 2013 operating earnings of 94 cents per
share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 91 cents.
) reported third-quarter 2013 pro forma earnings per share of 66
cents, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 3 cents.
Westar Energy currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
Topeka, Ks.-based Westar Energy provides electricity to retail
as well as wholesale customers. The company utilizes coal,
natural gas, uranium, wind and landfill gas for electricity
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