Utility company Duke Energy (DUK) released its fourth quarter financial results before the opening bell on Wednesday. Here’s what the results mean for mutual fund investors.
Inside DUK's Results
Net income came in at $97 million, or 14 cents per share, down from $688 million, or 97 cents per share. Adjusted earnings came in at 86 cents per share – below analysts’ estimate of 88 cents per share.
Revenue rose 5% to $23.93 billion from $22.76 billion last year. Analysts expected to see revenue of $25.59 billion.
Looking ahead to FY2015, the company expects to see EPS between $4.55 and $4.75. Analysts expected to see EPS of $4.76.
International Energy Segment Cutting into Profits
Duke Energy noted that it has completed a strategic review of its international energy segment, which has been dragging down profits for the company. In its most recent quarter, the segment swung to a $301 million loss, primarily due to droughts in Brazil.
DUK may be a good choice for investors seeking a defensive dividend stock, as it currently offers a dividend yield around 4% and has as a strong history of dividend increases.
Mutual Funds to Watch
Investors interested in DUK may be interested in the funds listed below. These funds currently have the largest stakes in the company.
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The Bottom Line
The funds listed above allow investors to gain exposure while remaining diversified. Investors interested in DUK may also be interested in Southern Company (SO) and PG&E Corporation (PCG).