NiSource 1Q16: The Gas & Electric Business is Quite Profitable

NiSource service area
NiSource service area

NiSource and Columbia Pipeline split up last summer (see NiSource/Columbia Pipeline Divorce is Final). Columbia retained the midstream business and is the more active of the two in the Marcellus/Utica Shale. However, NiSource with its Columbia Gas utility business is still an important user of Marcellus/Utica Shale gas–and therefore of interest to us. Yesterday NiSource issued their first quarter 2016 update. Being in the utility business ain’t a bad life. Pretty reliable income, even if it is regulated. In 1Q16 NiSource made $309.5 million before income taxes were paid, compared with $275.4 million in 1Q15 (a 12% increase). Below is the update for NiSource’s natgas and electric utility businesses…

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