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CMS Energy (CMS) Q3 Earnings Beat, Revenues Increase Y/Y

CMS Energy Corporation CMS reported third-quarter 2021 adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of 54 cents from continuing operations, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 51 cents by 5.9%. The reported figure, however, declined 25% on a year-over-year basis.

The company also reported GAAP earnings of 54 cents, down from 73 cents generated in the year-ago quarter.

The year-over-year decline in the bottom line can be attributed to higher operating expenses.

Operational Performance

For the quarter under review, CMS Energy’s operating revenues were $1,725 million, which exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,605 million by 7.5%. The top line also improved 14.5% on a year-over-year basis.

CMS Energy’s interest charges were $125 million, down 3.9% from the year-ago period.

CMS Energy Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

CMS Energy Corporation price-consensus-eps-surprise-chart | CMS Energy Corporation Quote

Financial Condition

CMS Energy had cash and cash equivalents of $102 million as of Sep 30, 2021, up from $32 million at the end of 2020.

As of Sep 30, 2021, total debt, capital leases and financing obligations (excluding securitization debt) were $12,499 million, up from $12,166 million at the end of 2020.

During the first nine months of 2021, the company generated cash from operating activities worth $1,483 million compared with $1,144 million in the first nine months of 2020.

2021 Guidance

CMS Energy tightened its 2021 adjusted earnings per share guidance range to $2.63-$2.65 from the prior band of $2.61-$2.65. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company’s 2021 earnings is currently pegged at $2.68, higher than the company’s newly guided range.

Zacks Rank

CMS Energy currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Recent Utility Releases

NextEra Energy, Inc. NEE reported third-quarter 2021 adjusted earnings of 75 cents per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 72 cents by 4.2%.

Avangrid, Inc. AGR reported third-quarter 2021 earnings of 34 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 30 cents by 13.3%.

DTE Energy Company DTE reported third-quarter 2021 operating earnings per share of $1.72, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.83 by 6%. The bottom line also declined 19.6% from the year-ago quarter’s $2.14.

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