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OGE Energy Meets Q3 Earnings Estimates, Beats Revenues - Analyst Blog

OGE Energy Corp. ( OGE ) reported third-quarter earnings of 94 cents per share, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Reported earnings, however, were lower than the previous-year figure of $1.08 by 13%. The year-over-year decline was primarily due to a cooler summer during the quarter.

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Total Revenue

OGE Energy's operating revenues of $754.7 million in the third quarter of 2014 was ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.2%. Operating revenue also increased from the prior-year figure of $723.2 million by 4.4%. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to higher operating revenue generated from the Electric Utility.

Operational Highlights

Total sales in the reported quarter were 8.6 million megawatt-hour (MWH) versus 8.3 million MWH in the prior-year quarter. The upside resulted from higher off-system sales. The company's customer count increased by roughly 1% in the reported quarter as compared to the prior-year quarter.

Cost of sales in the reported quarter was $305.3 million, up 11.8% year over year. The rise in cost of sales was due to higher cost of sales of the Electric Utility.

Total operating expenses in the quarter under review increased 6.3% year over year to $201.3 million. Operating expenses increased on account of higher operation and maintenance, and depreciation and amortization expenses. Operating income declined 4.9% to $248.1 million from the year-ago figure of $260.9 million.

Interest expenses were $37.2 million in the reported quarter, up 10.4% year over year.

Other Highlights of the Release

OGE Energy reported net income of $187 million in the third quarter, down 13% from the prior-year figure of $215 million.

OG&E reported net income of $157 million in the third quarter, down 8.7% from $172 million in the year-ago quarter. The decline mainly resulted from higher operating and interest expenses, and a milder weather, and was partially offset by higher revenues resulting from new customer additions.

Natural Gas Midstream Operations ' net income of $28 million in the reported quarter was lower than the prior-year figure of $46 million.

Guidance

OGE Energy expects its consolidated earnings for 2014 to be at the low end of the previously estimated range of $1.94 to $2.06 per average diluted share.

OG&E, the regulated utility, is expected to earn lower than the previous guidance of $1.46 to $1.52 per share in 2014 primarily due to lower revenues on account of a milder summer.

OGE Energy's 2014 earnings guidance assumes normal weather for the remaining year and the dilution associated with the initial public offering of Enable Midstream Partners ( ENBL ).

Other Peer Releases

PG&E Corp's ( PCG ) adjusted operating earnings of $1.73 per share in the third quarter of 2014 comfortably surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.15 by 50.4%.

Edison International ( EIX ) reported solid third-quarter 2014 results wherein its adjusted earnings of $1.52 per share came ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.35 by 12.6%.

Our Take

OGE Energy's results were in line with our expectations but the mild summer played havoc and resulted in a sharp year-over-year decline in its earnings. However, total sales increased 3.6% in the reported quarter. The company also benefitted substantially from the addition of more than 8000 customers.

OGE Energy currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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