CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS) announced today reported net income of $186 million, or $0.67 per share, for the third quarter of 2016 and $474 million, or $1.70 per share, for the first nine months of the year. On an adjusted basis, which excludes a one-time charge of $0.03 per share reflecting the company’s voluntary separation program, the company had net income of $194 million, or $0.70 per share, for the third quarter and $482 million, or $1.73 per share, for the first nine months of the year. Adjusted earnings per share improved by $0.22 for the first 9 months versus the same period last year.
CMS Energy raised its 2016 adjusted earnings per share guidance range to $2.00-$2.02, indicating expected performance at the high end of its plan to grow earnings per share at 5% to 7%. (*See below for important information about non-GAAP measures). Further, CMS Energy introduced 2017 adjusted earnings per share guidance at $2.13-$2.17, reflecting growth of 6% to 8%.
For the first nine months of 2016, CMS Energy achieved high marks for customer satisfaction as it made investments in its gas and electric operations that enabled safety, improved quality and reduced costs.
“We are focused on customer driven investments and best-in-class cost management to create value for Michigan and the communities we serve,” said Patti Poppe, president and chief executive officer for CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy.
Consumers Energy’s natural gas business, the third-largest in the U.S. in terms of annual revenue, is a key growth sector for the company with an 88% forecasted increase in capital investment over the next 10 years versus the previous decade.
Investments are scheduled for projects that strengthen the company’s gas system, including updating transmission and distribution lines, and expand delivery capacity at its major compressor stations. In addition, new gas installations have grown by 141% since 2009.
On clean energy, the company added to its renewable energy portfolio with new community Solar Gardens at Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University. The company also plans to expand its Cross Winds Energy Park in Tuscola County, and has a power purchase contract for a new wind park being constructed in 2017 in Huron County.
While growing its clean energy investment, Consumers Energy is playing a pivotal role as Michigan plans its energy future with fewer carbon emissions. The retirement of the company’s oldest coal plants and its robust energy efficiency programs are cited in two new studies as essential components of the state’s low-cost implementation of the federal Clean Power Plan.
CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS) is a Michigan-based company that has an electric and natural gas utility, Consumers Energy, as its primary business and also owns and operates independent power generation businesses.