QUOTE AND NEWS
Forbes  Aug 19  Comment 
In afternoon trading on Tuesday, Utilities stocks are the best performing sector, higher by 1.1%. Within that group, NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) and Edison International (NYSE: EIX) are two of the day's stand-outs, showing a gain of 2.0% and 1.6%,...
Benzinga  Aug 15  Comment 
Here's another "If you build it, they will come" story. NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) NRG Energy announced on Thursday it was acquiring Goal Zero, a company that makes portable solar battery chargers. Goal Zero's products include small, hand-held...
New York Times  Aug 14  Comment 
The acquisition of Goal Zero, which makes solar-charged battery packs and mobile generators, puts NRG Energy into the mobile solar business.
Market Intelligence Center  Aug 13  Comment 
MarketIntelligenceCenter.com’s patented option-trade picking algorithm found two trade ideas on NRG Energy Inc (NRG) today after it traded between between $29.07 and $29.52 before closing at $29.20 on Tuesday. For more conservative investors,...
Motley Fool  Aug 12  Comment 
NRG Energy is using a novel approach to raise cash for growth and reward investors with a growing distribution—but is the market too excited about the concept right now?
SeekingAlpha  Aug 7  Comment 
NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) Q2 2014 Earnings Call August 07, 2014 9:00 am ET Executives Chad Plotkin - Vice President of Investor Relations David W. Crane - Chief Executive Officer, President, Executive Director and Member of Nuclear...
Wall Street Journal  Aug 7  Comment 
NRG Energy Inc. swung to a second-quarter loss on higher operating costs. The electricity producer also said it will reorganize the company into three main segments.
newratings.com  Aug 7  Comment 
Forbes  Aug 6  Comment 
Despite an expected dip in profit, analysts are generally optimistic about NRG Energy as it prepares to reports its second-quarter earnings on Thursday, August 7, 2014. The consensus earnings per share estimate is 20 cents per share.Over the past...
Market Intelligence Center  Aug 5  Comment 
NRG Energy Inc (NRG) presents a trading opportunity that offers a 5.87% return in just 165 days. A covered call on NRG Energy at the $31.00 level expiring on Jan. '15 offers an assigned return rate of 5.87% or 12.99% annualized. This trade...
DailyFinance  Aug 4  Comment 
NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG) today announced that it gave the required notice under the governing indenture to redeem for cash all of its remaining 8.50% Senior Notes due 2019 (the “2019 Notes”) on September 3, 2014 (the...




 

NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) is an independent power producer with generation operations in three countries. The company engages in the ownership, development, construction and operation of power generation facilities; the trading fuel and transportation services; trading of energy related products; and the supply of electricity to retail electricity customers in deregulated markets through its retail subsidiaries Reliant Energy and Green Mountain Energy. A majority of the company's revenues come from North America. As an energy producer, the company's earnings are susceptible to commodity prices and electricity demand.


Business Growth

The company earned $477 million on 2010 revenues of $8.84 billion, compared to $942 million on 2009 revenues of $8.95 billion. Contributing factors to the decline in net income are the sustained drop in natural gas prices and overall electricity demand. Also as a result of low gas prices, some of NRG's hedging positions that have hurt margins. NRG has acquired several companies in the renewable energy industry, which have the potential providing sources of future growth and of diversifying operations away from natural gas dependence.

Trends and Forces

Operations Are Tied Directly to Fuel Prices

NRG Energy's operations benefit from low, stable fuel prices (coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear fuel).[1] Because NRG's power station portfolio possess a fleet of diverse fuel sources,[2] price fluctuations in one of any of the above fuels affects NRG operating costs. Some specific trends to track include rising coal prices,[3] and rising oil prices.

To offset volatile natural gas prices and declines in electricity demand, NRG has several hedge positions on commodity prices.[4] When commodity prices fell rapidly in 2008, NRG reported record earnings partially as a result of their hedges.[5] However, these hedges have the potential of straining cash flows when commodity prices remain stable at historical lows.[6]

Additionally, NRG has acquired several renewable energy companies.[7] By diversify its operations, NRG's revenues become less dependent on commodity prices.[8]

Governmental Regulation Incurs Costs and Affects Revenue

Base rates on long-term electricity sales contracts directly impact NRG Energy's revenue.[9] The company's ability to maximize sale prices on contracts especially in California, Texas, and New England depends on local government demand and negotiation for the company's electricity.[10] NRG's competitiveness in these areas of high population density rests in its ability to sustain efficient, consistent operations relative to other area electric utilities.[11]

Additionally, environmental restrictions affect several aspects of NRG's (and the rest of the industry's) operations.[12] Regulation on coal, oil, and natural gas production and sales raises fuel prices.[13]Carbon emission regulation raises NRG's operating costs by forcing expenditures to clean up fossil fuel emissions from coal and oil-based power stations.[14]

Competition

Since NRG is a utility, the company has little competition. Utilities are typically monopolies that are regulated to ensure they are charging fair prices. Income comes from the utility company's contractual sales agreements with local and state governments. NRG competes with the following companies for contracts:



References

  1. 2007 10K, NRG Energy, Part 1, Item 2
  2. 2007 10K, NRG Energy, Part 1, Item 1A
  3. Coal prices seen rising 3 fold, to hit record; Reuters Business News
  4. Foxbusiness.com: S&P Lowers NRG Energy Outlook On Hedges, Low Prices
  5. Foxbusiness.com: S&P Lowers NRG Energy Outlook On Hedges, Low Prices
  6. Foxbusiness.com: S&P Lowers NRG Energy Outlook On Hedges, Low Prices
  7. renewableenergyworld.com: NRG Energy To Develop 500 MW of Solar Thermal
  8. renewableenergyworld.com: NRG Energy To Develop 500 MW of Solar Thermal
  9. NRG 10K SEC Filings 2010
  10. NRG 10K SEC Filings 2010
  11. NRG 10K SEC Filings 2010
  12. Seekingalpha.com:NRG Energy Testifies Before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Reducing Oil Consumption through Electric Vehicle Adoption
  13. Seekingalpha.com:NRG Energy Testifies Before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Reducing Oil Consumption through Electric Vehicle Adoption
  14. Seekingalpha.com:NRG Energy Testifies Before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Reducing Oil Consumption through Electric Vehicle Adoption
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