Fortis Inc (FTS) Surpasses Expectations, Reports $0.72 Adjusted EPS for Q4
Fortis Inc. (TSX/NYSE: FTS), a leading North American utility company, recently unveiled its financial results for the fourth quarter and the full year of 2023, marking a period of robust growth and significant achievements.
Fortis reported a solid finish to 2023, with annual net earnings of $1.5 billion, translating to $3.10 per common share. This performance underscores a year of solid execution against the company’s regulated growth strategy, highlighting a notable increase from the $2.78 per common share recorded in 2022. Capital investments for the year amounted to $4.3 billion, aimed at enhancing reliability, modernizing the grid, and delivering cleaner energy solutions.
Notably, the sale of Aitken Creek in November 2023 for approximately $470 million has further solidified Fortis’s balance sheet, underscoring its strategic financial management and commitment to strengthening its core utility operations.
Fortis Inc (FTS) Outperforms in Q4 2023
When compared to the expectations set for the quarter, Fortis’s performance reveals a narrative of outperformance and strategic achievement. Analysts had anticipated earnings per share (EPS) of $0.52 and revenue projections of $2.25 billion for the quarter. Fortis’s reported adjusted EPS of $0.72 for the fourth quarter significantly surpassed these expectations, reflecting the company’s ability to exceed market predictions and deliver enhanced shareholder value. This overachievement can be attributed to rate base growth, successful regulatory proceedings, and strategic investments that have collectively driven earnings growth beyond anticipated levels.
Fortis has laid out a comprehensive guidance that underlines its growth trajectory and strategic priorities. The company remains committed to its $25 billion five-year capital plan, aiming to support an annual dividend growth guidance of 4-6% through 2028. This plan is poised to fund various projects focused on infrastructure resilience, grid modernization, and clean energy initiatives. Fortis’s guidance reflects confidence in its regulated utility model and the anticipated rate base growth, expected to drive sustainable long-term earnings and dividends for shareholders.
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