Piedmont Natural Gas fiscal 3Q loss narrows
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Piedmont Natural Gas Co. said Friday that its fiscal third-quarter loss narrowed, helped by added utility customers and lower costs for natural gas.
For the quarter ended July 31, Piedmont posted a loss of $4.6 million, or 6 cents per share, compared with a loss of $8.7 million, or 12 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.
The loss was smaller than Wall Street expected. Analysts, on average, expected a loss of 8 cents per share, according to a FactSet poll.
Revenue fell 18 percent to $161.1 million from $197.3 million.
The Charlotte, N.C.-based company said its utility profitability improved, helped by increases in commercial and residential customers, higher base utility rates in Tennessee and increased services in its power generation markets.
The company's cost of gas dropped 35 percent to $74.7 million. An overabundance of natural gas on the market, coupled with lower winter demand, has resulted in record-low natural gas prices this year.
Piedmont backed its full-year profit prediction of $1.58 to $1.68 per share, adding that it's likely that the earnings will fall in the middle of that range. Analysts expect $1.57 per share.
Piedmont shares rose 8 cents to $32.08 in morning trading.
Business Photo Galleriesview all
- 20835Oklahoma medical examiner reports cause of deaths in Grand Lake boat crash
- 17666Oklahoma City Thunder: Amnesty Kendrick Perkins?
- 12055Rockets guard Patrick Beverley bombarded with hateful Tweets after Thunder get eliminated
- 10703Rx drug bills sent to Oklahoma governor
- 9067Report: OSU blocking Wes Lunt from transferring to the SEC, Big 12 and Southern Miss
- 8577Tulsa man tells police he smashed woman's head in self-defense
- 8462Oklahoma football: Sooners get pair of commitments