EPS expected to be flat
Kinder Morgan (KMI) is expected to report its 3Q17 earnings on October 18, 2017. Analysts expect it to post EPS (earnings per share) of $0.15, which is the same as the company’s 3Q16 adjusted EPS. However, the 3Q17 expected EPS is 7% higher than its 2Q17 EPS. Kinder Morgan beat its EPS estimate in only three of the last ten quarters. It met estimates in two quarters while missed its EPS estimates in five out of the last ten quarters.
The above graph shows KMI’s EPS estimates and adjusted EPS over the last ten quarters.
Lower Eagle Ford volumes may continue to hamper KMI’s Natural Gas Pipelines segment’s earnings in 3Q17. On the other hand, improved commodity prices compared to the year-ago quarter may positively impact its CO2 segment’s performance for the quarter. Expansion projects should contribute to the company’s earnings for the quarter.
In this series
In this series, we’ll discuss analysts’ expectations from Kinder Morgan’s 3Q17 earnings and what may drive earnings. We’ll also discuss key factors to watch in KMI’s 3Q17 earnings. The series focuses on KMI’s expected segmental performance and leverage as well.
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Let’s begin with estimates for KMI’s 3Q17 net income and possible drivers.