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AGL share price lower on profit guidance update

The AGL Energy Ltd (ASX: AGL) share price is down 0.7% on a day when the wider S&P/ ASX200 (ASX: XJO) is also down after the electricity retailer updated investors on operating performance. 

For the financial year ending June 30 2019 it still expects to deliver adjusted or “underlying” profit after tax between $780 million to $800 million. The comparable amount in fiscal 2018 was $1,040 million with AGL attributing this year’s falls to due a power outage at its Loy Yang unit slicing $80 million to $100 million off profit.

Over fiscal 2018 it delivered $1.19 per share in 80% franked dividends to investors 

On average analysts are tipping $1.03 in dividends over FY 2020 to put it on an estimated 5.3% yield plus the partial franking credits. 

The company is also facing government pressure to bring down residential power bills and hopes to offset some of this by cutting operating costs from its business. 

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