American Water Works beats third-quarter profit, revenue estimates

(Reuters) – American Water Works on Wednesday beat analysts’ estimates for third-quarter profit and revenue, buoyed by the drinking water and waste water management services provider’s efforts to raise prices.

The company, which serves residential and industrial consumers in North America, reported a quarterly profit of $1.66 per share, compared with analysts’ average estimates of $1.64, as per LSEG data.

It had filed rate cases in several states in the U.S. to increase pricing of water utilities.

The New Jersey-based company said it has general rate cases in progress in five jurisdictions and an infrastructure surcharges case in one jurisdiction, reflecting a total annualized revenue request of $194 million.

Warm, dry weather during the quarter resulted in a favorable impact of 6 cents per share, the company said.

American Water Works reaffirmed its full-year profit forecast of between $4.72 and $4.82 and established 2024 profit forecast of between $5.10 and $5.20 per share, compared with analysts’ estimates of $5.14.

Third-quarter revenue was up 7.85% at $1.17 billion, beating expectation of $1.14 billion, as per LSEG data.

(Reporting by Aishwarya Jain; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)