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The energy company reported on May 4 first-quarter earnings of $331 million, or 51 cents a share, down from year-earlier earnings of $350 million, or 54 cents.
"SE reported EPS of $0.51 in line with our estimate but below consensus of $0.55 and $0.54 in 1Q11," Deutsche Bank analysts wrote in a report Sunday. "Western Canada gathering and processing business revenue improved by $30 mm from expansions in the Horn River area, and Field services improved yoy as a result of higher gas throughput. On the other hand, the warm weather lead to lower earnings at the U.S. Transmission and Distribution while a lower NGL margin drove poor results at the Empress natural gas liquids (NGL) business. Management noted the NGL margin is typically lower in the first quarter. In the quarter, SE received distributions of $89mm from DCP Midstream."
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