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Energy provider Dominion posts 4Q profit

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 31, 2014 at 9:45 am •  Published: January 31, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Resources is profitable again in the fourth quarter on gains from its power generation and electric service businesses and as it distanced itself from hefty charges related to the sale of certain power stations.

The Richmond, Va., energy provider on Friday posted earnings of $431 million, or 74 cents per share. That compares with a loss of $659 million, or $1.15 cents per share, a year ago.

In the year-ago period, Dominion recorded more than $1 billion in charges associated with fossil fuel-fired merchant power stations in the Midwest and the Northeast that Dominion decided to market for sale, the permanent shutdown of its Kewaunee nuclear power plant in Wisconsin, storm restoration costs in its Virginia and North Carolina service areas and other charges.

Operating earnings, which Dominion uses as its primary performance measurement, grew to 80 cents per share.

Revenue increased 3 percent to $3.18 billion.

Analysts polled by FactSet expected earnings of 89 cents per share on revenue of $3.16 billion.

Its shares fell 44 cents to $66.61 in morning trading Friday.

Dominion also said it anticipates full-year 2014 operating earnings between $3.35 and $3.65 per share. Analysts expect $3.58 per share.

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