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Investing Topics: Electric Utilities

Into the Wilds

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 20, 2021
I’ve been an adult volunteer for Scouting BSA since my oldest son entered Tiger Cubs almost 20 years ago. So I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to accompany my youngest to Philmont Scout Reservation in northern New Mexico earlier this month, my third and likely final trek to scouting’s paradise.

Unlike the highways my oldest son and I took on our cross-country journey in early June, there’s not a lot of connectivity in the backcountry. And I’d never have been able to stay off the grid were it not for the support of Elliott Gue, my partner of more than 8 years at Capitalist Times.

Nonetheless, as with the June trip, I picked up several investment insights I’d like to share with you now.

Three Great Ways to Bet on Utility M&A

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 27, 2021

Exhaustive reviews, impossible public interest standards and no guarantee of eventual success: That’s the consensus outlook for mergers and acquisitions activity under the Biden Administration. Nonetheless, utility M&A is alive and well.

The Great Texas Power Crisis: An Emerging Buying Opportunity

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 23, 2021

When a monthly power bill hits $1,700 plus, people are bound to wonder if there’s a better way to run an electricity market.

 

The Great Texas Power Crisis: Winners and Losers

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 20, 2021

Single digit temperatures, record snowfall, millions of utility customers without service, nearly one-third of the state’s power generating capacity shut down and spiking electricity prices: That’s the damage so far from the Great Texas Power Crisis of 2021, which continues wreak havoc across the Lone Star State.

MDU Resources: Low Risk Bet on an Infrastructure Boom

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 16, 2020

At first glance, MDU Resources (NYSE:MDU) shows a fairly discouraging investment profile. But there are three very good reasons to expect much better in the next 12 months.

California Utilities Clear a Big Hurdle

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 19, 2020

From all indications, 2020 has been the worst wildfire season in California’s history. And the state is hardly alone in its misery, as an unprecedented combination of wind gusts and dry conditions have also inflicted record damages throughout the West and Rocky Mountain states.

Resilient Renewables: Powering Utilities’ Q3 Growth

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 21, 2020

The first three Portfolio electric utilities have announced Q3 results and delivered guidance,  and the common thread for all three companies is they ignited robust underlying earnings growth by deploying new renewable energy generating capacity, despite pandemic-related pressures

Duke/NextEra and Another Wave of Utility M&A

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 2, 2020

Not even rock-solid business resilience to Covid-19 fallout has been enough to swing US electric utilities from laggards to leaders this year. But another wave of mergers and acquisitions just might do the trick.

California’s Burning Again: Here’s What It Means for Utilities

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 16, 2020

Everyone loves a bargain. But when a stock trades at a big discount to market or sector averages, there’s always a reason. And to move to a higher price, the company must face its challenges.

Evergy Inc: The Latest Phase of Utility M&A

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 19, 2020

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.

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