NiSource (NI) to Report Q3 Earnings: What's in the Offing?

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NiSource, Inc NI is scheduled to release third-quarter 2020 earnings on Nov 2, before the market opens. The company delivered an earnings surprise of 85.71% in the last reported quarter.

Let’s discuss the factors that are likely to get reflected in the upcoming quarterly results.

Factors to Consider

Amid the pandemic and lockdown restrictions, demand from NiSource’s residential customers grew significantly, accounting for 59% of the utility’s revenues. This uptrend is likely to have continued in the third quarter too. Also, with easing of shutdown constraints, demand from the commercial and industrial group is expected to have bettered. Moreover, new gas ratesthat were effective during the September quarter are also expected to boost the upcoming earnings results.

Further, the negative impact of the company’s payment flexibility initiatives to support its customers during the pandemic might have been offset by cost-management and regulatory solutions.

Q3 Expectations

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for third-quarter 2020 sales is pegged at $971.65 million, which indicates an increase of 4.31% from the year-ago quarter’s reported figure. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for third-quarter earnings per share is pegged at 2 cents.

What Our Quantitative Model Predicts

Our proven model predicts an earnings beat for NiSource this time around. The combination of a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the chances of an earnings beat, which is the case here as you will see below. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

NiSource, Inc Price and EPS Surprise

NiSource, Inc Price and EPS Surprise
NiSource, Inc Price and EPS Surprise

NiSource, Inc price-eps-surprise | NiSource, Inc Quote

Earnings ESP: NiSource has an Earnings ESP of +150.00%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

Zacks Rank: Currently, NiSource carries a Zacks Rank #3.

Other Stocks to Consider

Here are some other companies worth considering from the same sector, which according to our model, have the right combination of elements to beat on earnings in the upcoming releases.

CMS Energy CMS is set to release third-quarter 2020 results on Oct 29. It has an Earnings ESP of +0.15% and is Zacks #3 Ranked, presently.

Southern Company SO is set to release third-quarter 2020 results on Oct 29. It has an Earnings ESP of +0.54% and is a #3 Ranked player at present.

SJW Group SJW is set to release third-quarter 2020 results on Nov 4. It has an Earnings ESP of +2.15% and a Zacks Rank of 3 at present.

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