Fortis (FTS) Tops Q3 EPS by 7c
Fortis (NYSE: FTS) reported Q3 EPS of $0.65, $0.07 better than the analyst estimate of $0.58.
- Continued to deliver safe and reliable service throughout the pandemic
- Delivered third quarter 2020 net earnings of $0.63 per common share and adjusted net earnings2 of $0.65 per common share
- Execution of $4.3 billion annual capital plan on track with $2.9 billion invested through September
- Released new five-year capital plan of $19.6 billion, up $0.8 billion from prior five-year plan
- Announced common share dividend increase of 5.8%, marking 47 years of consecutive increases
- Established new corporate-wide carbon emissions reduction target of 75% by 2035
"Our teams have been keeping the health and safety of employees, customers and communities top of mind as we continue to deliver reliable service during the pandemic. The Fortis business model, with its use of local teams and focus on local decision making, has never been more valuable," said Barry Perry, President and Chief Executive Officer, Fortis. "With our new five-year capital plan and substantially all of our assets focused on the transmission and distribution of energy, Fortis is in a strong position to continue to grow and deliver on a cleaner energy future. We are excited by the opportunities ahead."
While uncertainty exists due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Corporation's long-term outlook remains unchanged. Fortis continues to enhance shareholder value through the execution of its capital plan, the strength of its diversified portfolio of utility businesses, and the growth opportunities within and proximate to its service territories.
The Corporation's $19.6 billion five-year capital plan is expected to increase rate base from $30.2 billion in 2020 to $36.4 billion by 2023 and $40.3 billion by 2025, translating into three- and five-year compound annual growth rates of 6.5% and 6.0%, respectively. Beyond the five-year capital plan, Fortis continues to pursue additional energy infrastructure opportunities including: further expansion of liquefied natural gas infrastructure in British Columbia; the fully permitted, cross-border, Lake Erie Connector electric transmission project in Ontario; and the acceleration of cleaner energy infrastructure investments across our jurisdictions.
Fortis expects long-term growth in rate base will support earnings and dividend growth. The Corporation is targeting average annual dividend growth of approximately 6% through 2025. This dividend growth guidance is premised on the assumptions listed under "Forward-Looking Information" below, including the continued performance of the Corporation's utilities, no material impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, the expectation of reasonable outcomes for regulatory proceedings and the successful execution of the five-year capital plan.
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