Utility giant Southern Company of Atlanta beat Wall Street expectations for third quarter earnings by five cents, benefiting from continued customer growth.
The Atlanta-based company also said it was helped by solid results from its competitive generation business and rate hikes in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi.
In the third-quarter, Southern Company earned $595 million, or 84 cents a share, on revenue of 3.25 billion. Analysts were expecting 79 cents a share, according to Thomson First Call.
The latest results compare with the company's earnings of $554 million, or 80 cents a share, on revenue of 3.16 billion last year.
Southern Company said it remains on track to meet or exceed its full-year earnings target of $1.74 a share. The year outlook mirrors Wall Street's consensus estimate and tops last year's 64 cents a share.
Southern Company provides electricity to nearly four million customers in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Georgia.