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Reliant Posts Loss of $916 Million in Quarter

IN BRIEF

Earnings

November 11, 2003|From Bloomberg News

Reliant Resources Inc., which produces power in 13 U.S. states, posted a $916.3-million third-quarter loss because plants purchased last year dropped in value. But the company's shares had their biggest gain since April because profit excluding one-time costs beat expectations.

The net loss was $3.11 a share, compared with net income of $50.4 million, or 17 cents a share, a year earlier, Houston-based Reliant said. Sales fell 27% to $3.79 billion.

Excluding one-time costs, profit was 74 cents a share, 31 cents higher than the average estimate in a Thomson First Call survey.

Shares of Reliant rose 63 cents, or 12%, to $5.86 on the New York Stock Exchange.

From Bloomberg News

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