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NRG Energy's (NRG) Investments, Clean Energy Goals Bode Well

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NRG Energy’s (NRG) focus on emission reduction along with the strategic takeover of Direct Energy is likely to boost its operations further.

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September 6, 2021 3 min read

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NRG Energy NRG is likely to benefit from the Direct Energy acquisition and its completed three-year Transformation Plan. Also, focus on cleaner energy generation is likely to enhance its existing operations.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2021 earnings per share is pegged at $5.18, indicating a 115.8% rise from the year-ago reported figure while that of 2022 stands at $5.95, suggesting 14.8% growth from the prior-year reported number. Also, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2021 revenues is pegged at $18.16 billion, implying a 99.76% surge from the year-earlier reported figure while that of 2022 is pegged at $13.62 billion, hinting at a 25.02% drop from the year-ago reported figure.


NRG Energy continues to benefit from its three-year Transformation Plan, which was designed to strengthen earnings, increase cost savings and boost shareholder value. Also, in January this year, the utility closed the buyout of Direct Energy for a net value of $3.42 billion. This deal will advance its customer-focused strategy and enhance data and analytics besides creating recurring synergies worth $300 million and reducing integration costs by $202 million.

The company does not depend on a single customer as none of its customers contributed more than 10% to revenues as of Dec 31, 2020. Thus, the loss of any particular customer will not significantly impact its earnings.

Though the company’s debt is higher than the industry average, its transformational activities are generating enough funds to meet its current-debt obligations. Plus, it is making efforts to slowly lower the proportion of debt in its capital mix.

NRG Energy is focusing on clean generation to lower greenhouse gas emissions. It targets a 50% emission cut by 2025 and net-zero emissions within 2050 from the 2014 baseline. Apart from the company, utilities like Duke Energy DUK, DTE Energy DTE and Avista Corporation AVA have plans in place to curb the carbon footprint for a pollution-free environment.


Intense competition in the wholesale power markets along with stringent government regulations might hurt the margins. Moreover, NRG Energy’s operations are subject to cyber-based security and integrity risks. Unplanned outages in old facilities might impede growth as well.

Price Performance

Shares of the company have gained 31.7%, outperforming the industry’s increase of 2.7% in the past thtee months.

Three Months’ Price Performance

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Zacks Rank

The utility carries a Zacks Rank#3 (Hold) at present. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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