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Higher operating costs eat into Enbridge’s Q4 profit target

Don Horne   


Enbridge Inc. posted quarterly profit below analysts’ estimates on Friday, as higher operating costs ate into the company’s earnings.

The company transported 2.728 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil on its Mainline system during fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, up from 2.685 million bpd a year earlier, according to Reuters.

However, adjusted core earnings from its Mainline system fell 3.7 per cent.

Adjusted earnings before income tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in its gas transmission and midstream unit decreased $4 million, partly hurt by lower gas prices and higher operating costs linked with the Texas Eastern natural gas pipeline blast in Kentucky in August.


The blast near Danville, Ken. on the Texas Eastern system followed an explosion in Ohio in January last year, that injured at least two people.

The company reported a 5.3 per cent rise in adjusted earnings to $1.23 billion.

On a per share basis, the company earned 61 cents, below analysts’ expectations of 63 cents, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.



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