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Pinnacle West (PNW) Beats Q3 Earnings, Issues '18 Guidance

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation PNW reported adjusted earnings per share of $2.46 in the third quarter of 2017, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.33 by 5.6%. Quarterly earnings increased 4.7% year over year.

The year-over-year improvement was due to new electricity rates that became effective during the quarter and higher electricity usage due to increasing customer base.

Total Revenues

In the quarter under review, total revenues of $1,183.3 million increased from the year-ago figure of $1,166.9 million by 1.4%.

Operational Highlights

Higher operations and maintenance expenses adversely impacted earnings by 2 cents per share compared to the prior-year period. The increased expenses were largely due to higher employee benefit costs.

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Despite slightly milder-than-normal overall temperatures, effects of weather variations  positively impacted earnings by 2 cents per share compared to the year-ago period.

Total operating expenses in the third quarter increased 0.2% to $717.2 million, primarily owing to higher operation and maintenance expenses.

In the reported quarter, operating income increased 3.3% year over year to $466.1 million.

Interest expenses were up 8.4% to $55.6 million from $51.3 million a year ago.

Guidance

Pinnacle West Capital maintained its 2017 earnings guidance in the range of $4.15 to $4.30 per share.

The company initiated 2018 earnings guidance in the range of $4.25 to $4.45 per share.

Zacks Rank

Pinnacle West Capital currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Peer Releases

Dominion Energy Inc. D reported third-quarter 2017 operating earnings of $1.04 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny.

NextEra Energy, Inc.NEE reported third-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings of $1.85 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.75 by 5.7%.

FirstEnergy Corporation FE reported third-quarter 2017 operating earnings of 97 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 86 cents by 12.8%.

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