UPDATE 1-Canada’s Enbridge falls short of profit estimates on higher costs

(Reuters) – Enbridge Inc (ENB.TO), Canada’s largest pipeline operator, posted quarterly profit below analysts’ estimates on Friday, as higher operating costs ate into the company’s earnings.

The company transported 2.728 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil on its Mainline system during fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, up from 2.685 million bpd a year earlier. However, adjusted core earnings from its Mainline system fell 3.7%.

Adjusted earnings before income tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in its gas transmission and midstream unit decreased C$4 million ($3.02 million), partly hurt by lower gas prices and higher operating costs linked with the Texas Eastern natural gas pipeline blast in Kentucky in August.

The blast near Danville, Kentucky on the Texas Eastern system followed an explosion in Ohio in January last year, that injured at least two people.

The company reported a 5.3% rise in adjusted earnings to C$1.23 billion.

On a per share basis, the company earned 61 Canadian cents, below analysts’ expectations of 63 Canadian cents, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Reporting by Shanti S Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu

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