By Adriano Marchese
Emera Inc. on Monday reported an increase in fourth-quarter earnings and said it expects growth of up to 8% through 2024 thanks to a new investment plan.
The Halifax, Nova Scotia-based energy holding company said earnings per share were C$1.24, the equivalent of 97 US cents, compared to C$1.09 in the comparable quarter a year ago. year.
Reported net income was C$324 million, compared to C$273 million a year ago.
Adjusted earnings were C$0.64 per share, down from C$0.75 per share.
Looking ahead, the company said it has an investment plan to invest $8.4 billion over the period from 2022 to 2024, adding that there is also an additional $1 billion in investments. capital potential over the same period.
As a result, Emera said it expects rate base growth of 7% to 8% through 2024.
The plan will be funded primarily by internally generated cash flow and new debt raised.
Equity requirements in support of the investment plan should be funded through a dividend reinvestment plan as well as through the issuance of shares.
Emera also expects its annual dividend to increase by 4% to 5% over the same period.
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