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PPL Corp's (PPL) Q4 Earnings Beat Estimates, Revenues Up Y/Y

PPL Corporation PPL delivered fourth-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of 57 cents, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 53 cents by 7.5%. The figure improved 9.6% year over year, primarily due to higher earnings in the Pennsylvania and Kentucky Regulated segments.

On a GAAP basis, the company generated EPS of 48 cents compared with 57 cents in the year-ago quarter.

In 2019, the company delivered adjusted earnings of $2.45 per share, up 2% from $2.40 in 2018.

Total Revenues

PPL Corp posted revenues of $1,954 million in the fourth quarter, which inched up 0.8% year over year.

In 2019, the company posted revenues of $7,769 million down 0.2% from $7,785 million in 2018.

PPL Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise


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Segment Results

U.K. Regulated: Adjusted earnings increased 9.4% from the prior-year quarter’s tally to 35 cents per share. The upside was primarily supported by higher prices and higher pension income.

Kentucky Regulated: Adjusted earnings were 10 cents, down from 11 cents in the year-ago quarter.  The decline was primarily caused by higher operation and maintenance expenses, lower sales volumes primarily due to weather, higher depreciation expenses and higher interest expenses.

Pennsylvania Regulated: Adjusted earnings improved 23% from the prior-year quarter’s tally to 16 cents. The results benefited from returns on additional capital investments in transmission as well as lower operation and maintenance expenses.

Corporate and Other: The segment reported a loss of 4 cents in the quarter, which was in line with the prior-year quarter’s figure.

Operational Highlights

PPL Corp’s total operating expenses inched down 1.6% year over year to $ 1,261 million in the reported quarter.

The company reported operating income of $693 million, up 5.5% than $657 million in the prior-year quarter.

Interest expenses inched up 1.2% to $248 million from the year-ago quarter’s tally of $245 million.

Financial Position

As of Dec 31, 2019, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $815 million compared with $621 million as of Dec 31, 2018.

Long-term debt (excluding debts due within a year) was $20,721 million as of Dec 31, 2019 compared with $20,069 million at the end of 2018.

Net cash flow from operating activities at the end of 2019 was $2,427 million compared with $2,821 million in 2018.


PPL Corp announced guidance for 2020 EPS from ongoing operations in the range of $2.40-$2.60 with a midpoint of $2.50, which is lower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.54.

The company also updated its 2021 EPS guidance in the range of $2.40 -$2.60 per share from the prior range of $2.50- $2.80, reflecting lower expected foreign currency exchange rate forecasts.

Zacks Rank

Currently, PPL Corp carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Other Utility Releases

FirstEnergy Corporation FE released fourth-quarter 2019 operating earnings of 55 cents per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 48 cents by 14.6%.

Dominion Energy Inc. D reported fourth-quarter 2019 operating earnings of $1.18 per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.16 by 1.7%.

Exelon Corporation’s EXC fourth-quarter 2019 operating earnings of 83 cents per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 73 cents by 13.6%.

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