Just how much damage is Covid-19 fallout doing to corporate earnings, dividends and balance sheets? We’ll get our best indication yet over the next month or so, as the vast majority of coverage universe companies report calendar Q2 results and update guidance.
The good news is regulated utilities appear to be tracking the expectations management communicated during Q1 earnings calls. Conservative Holding Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) in late June actually raised the mid-point of its 2020 earnings guidance from $7.10 to $7.50 per share.
If you own shares of Conservative Holding Brookfield Renewable Partners (TSX: BEP-U, NYSE: BEP), you’ll soon notice they currently trade in the low 40s, versus a low 50s price just a few days ago. Don’t despair. The price change is the result of a uniquely structured 5-to-4 stock split. The overall value of your Brookfield position has not changed.
Elections have consequences, especially for highly regulated industries like electric utilities. And a prospective Biden Administration could actually get most of the way to its energy goals because utilities are already quickly moving in this direction.
It’s been a little more than 141 years since Thomas Edison threw the first switch on his famous light bulb. What at one time were literally thousands of electric operating companies have merged into just a few dozen of consequence. And not one deal failed to create a financially stronger utility, a record no other industry can match.
In March 2008, Southern Company (NYSE: SO) became the eighth US electric company within a year to announce construction of new nuclear reactors. A dozen years later, Southern’s pair of 1.1 gigawatt capacity reactors at the Vogtle site in Georgia are the only AP1000s under construction in America.
It’s no surprise that both the US and China’s political rhetoric is ratcheting up as the US approaches November elections. COVID-19 recriminations are just the latest catalyst for worsening what were already tense relations. Nonetheless, I’m staying with three Chinese essential service stocks.
The numbers were never going to be pretty for North American energy midstream companies. Management teams warned this spring that Covid-19 fallout was crushing volumes on both the upstream and downstream ends of the business. But with Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI) clearly managing these turbulent times, investors can afford to remain patient with this sector.
Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX) and Sunrun Inc (NSDQ: RUN) are weathering industry challenges far better than most rivals, positioning them on the leading edge of a building wave of energy mergers and acquisitions.
The key for investors isn't the fate of one pipeline or another. It's how well-positioned companies are to handle a setback at an asset they own or are building. We win by focusing on the handful of companies that are best-positioned to emerge from this shakeout.
After a robust decade and a half following 1996 deregulation, large US telecom M&A had virtually evaporated. The exception: T-Mobile US’ (NSDQ: TMUS) merger with Sprint, which closed April 1, 2020.
From shuttered stores and offices to surging unpaid rents, US landlords have suffered a body blow this year. And there’s more turbulence ahead, from short-term cash shortfalls to big changes in tenant preferences. But American property is hardly down for the count.
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