NRG Energy Earnings: Here’s Why Investors are Ambivalent Now

NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG) had a loss and missed Wall Street’s expectations, BUT beat the revenue expectation. The revenue beat is a positive sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company.

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NRG Energy, Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased to $-1.02 in the quarter versus EPS of $-0.92 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 11.76% to $2.08 billion from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: NRG Energy, Inc. reported adjusted EPS loss of $1.02 per share. By that measure, the company missed the mean analyst estimate of $-0.28. It beat the average revenue estimate of $1.92 billion.

Quoting Management: “As we satisfy our financial targets for the quarter, we remain intensely focused across our company on fulfilling our strategic objectives for 2013, particularly in the area of post-GenOn asset synergies and solar monetization,” said David Crane, NRG President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to sharing more details with you of our plans in these important areas by the end of the second quarter.”

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue increased 0.87% from $2.06 billion in the previous quarter. EPS increased to $-1.02 in the quarter versus EPS of $-0.14 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.02 to a profit $0.13. For the current year, the average estimate has moved up from a profit of $0.63 to a profit of $0.91 over the last ninety days.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)

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