In a May 13 research note, iA Securities analyst Jeremy Rosenfield reported that Enbridge Inc. (ENB:NYSE; ENB:TSX) had a good start to 2019, with its Q1/19 results coming in above expectations.
"Solid performance across all business segments" drove Enbridge's Q1/19, highlighted Rosenfield. The company reported adjusted EBITDA of $3,769 million, higher than iA's CA$3,353 million projection and consensus' CA$3,447 million forecast. Adjusted earnings per share was CA$0.81, above iA's CA$0.79 projection and the Street's CA$0.73. Discounted cash flow was CA$1.37 per share, also higher than iA's CA$1.25 estimate and consensus' CA$1.21.
Enbridge's near-term growth and longer-term potential upside "remain on track," Rosenfield noted. The company intends to put about CA$16 billion into secured growth projects through 2023 and increase discounted cash flow (DCF) per share at an annual rate of about 5–7%.
"We continue to see longer-term potential upside from additional growth initiatives, which could support an extension of the existing DCF/share growth rate, without the need for external equity," the analyst added.
Enbridge reiterated its financial guidance for 2019.
Rosenfield concluded that Enbridge offers investors stable earnings and cash flows; visible, low-risk organic growth; attractive income characteristics; and upside. IA Securities has a Buy rating and a CA$60 per share price target on Enbridge Inc. The company's stock is currently trading at about CA$49.41 per share.[NLINSERT]
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