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Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

DOVER, Del., Aug. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) ("Chesapeake Utilities" or the "Company") today announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2021. The Company's net income from continuing operations for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 was $13.8 million, or $0.78 per share, compared to $10.7 million, or $0.64 per share, for the same quarter of 2020. Net income from continuing operations for the six months ended June 30, 2021 was $48.3 million, or $2.75 per share, compared to $39.7 million, or $2.41 per share, for the same period of 2020.

Higher earnings for the second quarter of 2021 reflected favorable regulatory initiatives, pipeline expansion projects, contributions from the 2020 acquisitions of Elkton Gas Company ("Elkton Gas") and Western Natural Gas Company ("Western Natural Gas") as well as organic growth in the natural gas distribution operations. The Company's earnings also reflected increased consumption due to a return to pre-pandemic consumption levels as states of emergencies have been lifted in the Company's service territories.

On a year-to-date basis, earnings were impacted by the positive factors noted above, as well as a return to more normal weather and increased retail propane margins per gallon.

"Our strong operating and financial performance for the first half of 2021 reflects our employees' ongoing dedication to execute our growth strategy.  Our double digit earnings growth was attributable to strong margin growth generated from higher consumption as volumes resumed closer to pre-pandemic levels, incremental margin from pipeline expansion projects, organic natural gas distribution customer growth, contributions from Elkton Gas and Western Natural Gas, increased retail propane margins per gallon and margin from Marlin Gas Services," said Jeff Householder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. "We remain focused on safely operating the business, generating increased shareholder value through top quartile earnings growth driven by strategic investments, identifying new sustainable energy investments, and continuously executing on our business transformation initiatives. Our employees' commitment to excellence, and resilience in this ever-evolving pandemic environment, continue to position us well to meet our 2021 and longer-term capital and earnings guidance." Householder concluded.

In March 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") declared a national emergency due to the rapidly growing outbreak of COVID-19. In response to this declaration and the rapid spread of COVID-19 within the United States, federal, state and local governments throughout the country imposed varying degrees of restrictions on social and commercial activity to promote social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of the illness. These restrictions significantly impacted economic conditions in the United States in 2020 and continued into 2021. Chesapeake Utilities is considered an "essential business," which has allowed the Company to continue operational activities and construction projects while adhering to the social distancing restrictions that were in place. At this time, restrictions continue to be lifted as vaccines have become more available in the United States. For example, the state of emergency in Florida was terminated in May 2021 followed by Delaware and Maryland in July 2021, resulting in reduced restrictions. Despite these positive state orders and in light of the continued emergence and growing prevalence of new variants of COVID-19, the Company continues to operate under its pandemic response plan, monitor developments affecting employees, customers, suppliers, stockholders and take all precautions warranted to operate safely and to comply with the CDC, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in order to protect its employees, customers and the communities.

Capital Expenditures Forecast and Earnings Guidance Update

In February 2021, the Company updated and extended its capital expenditures and EPS forecasts through 2025. As the Company was on the cusp of achieving its 2018-2022 capital expenditures guidance of $750 million - $1 billion of capital expenditures one year early, it initiated new five-year capital expenditures guidance from 2021 through 2025, of $750 million to $1 billion. In conjunction with this new capital expenditures guidance, the Company amended and extended its EPS guidance to $6.05-$6.25 for 2025. The Company continues to review its projections and remains supportive of this guidance.

Operating Results for the Quarters Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

Consolidated Results


Three Months Ended






June 30,





(in thousands)

2021


2020


Change


Percent
Change

Gross margin

$

84,381



$

74,090



$

10,291



13.9

%

Depreciation, amortization and property taxes

20,532



17,093



3,439



20.1

%

Other operating expenses

41,271



39,020



2,251



5.8

%

Operating income

$

22,578



$

17,977



$

4,601



25.6

%

Operating income during the second quarter of 2021 was $22.6 million, an increase of $4.6 million, or 25.6 percent, compared to the same period in 2020. The higher performance in the second quarter of 2021 reflects continued pipeline expansion projects, margin generated from consumption returning to pre-pandemic levels, contributions from 2020 acquisitions, natural gas distribution growth and margin growth from increased investment in the Florida Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program ("GRIP"), and the timing of the impact of the Hurricane Michael regulatory proceeding settlement. The consolidated margin increase was partially offset by higher depreciation, amortization and property taxes related to recent capital investments and operating expenses associated primarily with growth initiatives and a return to pre-pandemic conditions, including payroll, benefits and other employee-related expenses and outside services costs. The operating expense increases were partially offset by $2.2 million of lower pandemic related costs and the regulatory deferral of COVID-19 expenses.

Regulated Energy Segment


Three Months Ended






June 30,





(in thousands)

2021


2020


Change


Percent
Change

Gross margin

$

66,463



$

57,131



$

9,332



16.3

%

Depreciation, amortization and property taxes

16,651



13,769



2,882



20.9

%

Other operating expenses

27,004



25,356



1,648



6.5

%

Operating income

$

22,808



$

18,006



$

4,802



26.7

%

Operating income for the Regulated Energy segment for the second quarter of 2021 was $22.8 million, an increase of $4.8 million, or 26.7 percent, over the same period in 2020. Higher operating income reflects continued pipeline expansions by Eastern Shore and Peninsula Pipeline, increased consumption from a return to pre-pandemic consumption levels, organic growth in the Company's natural gas distribution businesses, operating results from the Elkton Gas acquisition completed in the third quarter of 2020, and timing of the impact of the Hurricane Michael regulatory proceeding settlement, which was settled in the third quarter of 2020. These margin increases were offset by higher depreciation, amortization and property taxes, including amortization of the regulatory asset associated with the Hurricane Michael regulatory proceeding settlement, new expenses associated with Elkton Gas, and higher other operating expenses. The operating expense increases were also partially offset by $1.6 million of lower pandemic related costs and the regulatory deferral of COVID-19 expenses. While the Hurricane Michael settlement positively impacted the quarter, the full year impact for 2021 is expected to be negligible.

The key components of the increase in gross margin are shown below:

(in thousands)


Margin contribution from the Hurricane Michael regulatory proceeding settlement

$

3,145


Eastern Shore and Peninsula Pipeline service expansions

2,259


Increased customer consumption - primarily due to a return to pre-pandemic conditions

1,769


Natural gas growth (excluding service expansions)

752


Margin contribution from the Elkton Gas acquisition (completed in July 2020)

746


Florida GRIP

572


Other variances

89


Quarter-over-quarter increase in gross margin

$

9,332


The major components of the increase in other operating expenses are as follows:

(in thousands)


Facilities and maintenance costs and outside services associated with a return to pre-
pandemic conditions

$

1,568


Payroll, benefits and other employee-related expenses due to growth

1,157


Operating expenses from the Elkton Gas acquisition

510


Reduction in expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic

(811)


Regulatory deferral of COVID-19 expenses per PSCs orders

(748)


Other variances

(28)


Quarter-over-quarter increase in other operating expenses

$

1,648


Unregulated Energy Segment


Three Months Ended






June 30,





(in thousands)

2021


2020


Change


Percent
Change

Gross margin

$

17,952



$

17,032



$

920



5.4

%

Depreciation, amortization and property taxes

3,862



3,303



559



16.9

%

Other operating expenses

14,535



13,448



1,087



8.1

%

Operating income (loss)

$

(445)



$

281



$

(726)



NMF

Operating results for the Unregulated Energy segment for the second quarter of 2021 declined by $0.7 million, compared to the same period in 2020. The operating results for this segment typically exhibit seasonality with the first and fourth quarters producing higher results due to colder temperatures.  The results for the second quarter are not indicative of the results for the entire year.   

Lower operating results during the second quarter were driven by higher operating expenses, depreciation, amortization and property taxes related to recent capital investments, and expenses associated with Western Natural Gas. Lower performance by Marlin Gas Services LLC ("Marlin Gas Services") resulting from reduced customer demand for pipeline integrity and emergency services during the quarter also contributed to this decrease. Operating expenses were partially offset by increased gross margin generated from the Company's acquisition of Western Natural Gas and by Aspire Energy of Ohio ("Aspire Energy") as well as consumption in the propane businesses returning towards pre-pandemic levels.

The major components contributing to the change in gross margin are shown below:

(in thousands)



Propane Operations



Western Natural Gas acquisition (completed in October 2020)


$

389


Increased customer consumption - primarily due to a return to pre-pandemic conditions


204


Marlin Gas Services



Decreased demand for CNG  services


(400)


Aspire Energy



Increased margin including improvements from natural gas liquid processing


677


Other variances


50


Quarter-over-quarter increase in gross margin


$

920


The major components of the increase in other operating expenses are as follows:

(in thousands)


Facilities and maintenance costs and outside services associated with a return to pre-pandemic
conditions

$

705


Operating expenses from the Western Natural Gas acquisition

269


Payroll, benefits and other employee-related expenses due to growth

231


Reduction in expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic

(418)


Other variances

300


Quarter-over-quarter increase in other operating expenses

$

1,087


Operating Results for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

Consolidated Results


Six Months Ended






June 30,





(in thousands)

2021


2020


Change


Percent
Change

Gross margin

$

201,271



$

173,911



$

27,360



15.7

%

Depreciation, amortization and property taxes

41,242



34,128



7,114



20.8

%

Other operating expenses

85,854



79,672



6,182



7.8

%

Operating income

$

74,175



$

60,111



$

14,064



23.4

%

Operating income during the first six months of 2021 was $74.2 million, an increase of $14.1 million, or 23.4 percent, compared to the same period in 2020. The higher performance in 2021 reflects increased consumption driven primarily by colder weather compared to the same period of 2020, expansion projects and acquisitions completed in 2020. Further contributing to the improved performance in the first six months of 2021 were organic growth, consumption returning to pre-pandemic levels, increased retail propane margins per gallon, and the timing of the impact of the Hurricane Michael regulatory proceeding settlement. These margin increases were partially offset by higher depreciation, amortization and property taxes related to recent capital investments and operating expenses associated primarily with growth initiatives and a return to pre-pandemic operating levels, including payroll, benefits and other employee-related expenses and outside services costs. The operating expense increases were partially offset by $2.8 million due to lower pandemic related costs and the regulatory deferral of COVID-19 expenses.

Regulated Energy Segment


Six Months Ended






June 30,





(in thousands)

2021


2020


Change


Percent
Change

Gross margin

$

144,616



$

125,254



$

19,362



15.5

%

Depreciation, amortization and property taxes

33,577



27,527



6,050



22.0

%

Other operating expenses

55,366



51,833



3,533



6.8

%

Operating income

$

55,673



$

45,894



$

9,779



21.3

%

Operating income for the Regulated Energy segment for the first six months of 2021 was $55.7 million, an increase of $9.8 million, or 21.3 percent, over the same period in 2020. Higher operating income reflects continued pipeline expansions by Eastern Shore and Peninsula Pipeline, operating results from the Elkton Gas acquisition completed in the third quarter of 2020, and increased consumption from a return to pre-pandemic consumption levels. Further contributing to the operating income growth was margin from organic growth in the Company's natural gas distribution businesses, increased consumption driven primarily by colder weather compared to the same period of 2020, and the timing of the impact of the Hurricane Michael regulatory proceeding settlement. These margin increases were offset by higher depreciation, amortization and property taxes, including amortization of the regulatory asset associated with the Hurricane Michael regulatory proceeding settlement, new expenses associated with Elkton Gas, and higher other operating expenses. The operating expense increases were partially offset by $2.0 million due to lower pandemic related costs and the regulatory deferral of COVID-19 expenses. While the Hurricane Michael settlement positively impacted the quarter, on an annual basis, the incremental impact year-over-year (2021 vs. 2020) is expected to be negligible.

The key components of the increase in gross margin are shown below:

(in thousands)


Margin contribution from the Hurricane Michael regulatory proceeding settlement

$

5,720


Eastern Shore and Peninsula Pipeline service expansions

5,239


Margin contribution from the Elkton Gas acquisition (completed in July 2020)

2,059


Increased customer consumption - primarily due to a return to pre-pandemic conditions

1,798


Natural gas growth (excluding service expansions)

1,691


Increased customer consumption - primarily weather related

1,314


Florida GRIP

931


Sandpiper Energy infrastructure rider associated with conversions

455


Other variances

155


Period-over-period increase in gross margin

$

19,362


The major components of the increase in other operating expenses are as follows:

(in thousands)


Facilities and maintenance costs and outside services associated with a return to pre-
pandemic conditions

$

2,459


Payroll, benefits and other employee-related expenses due to growth

1,958


Operating expenses from the Elkton Gas acquisition

1,034


Reduction in expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic

(1,078)


Regulatory deferral of COVID-19 expenses per PSCs orders

(944)


Other variances

104


Period-over-period increase in other operating expenses

$

3,533


Unregulated Energy Segment


Six Months Ended






June 30,





(in thousands)

2021


2020


Change


Percent
Change

Gross margin

$

56,728



$

48,814



$

7,914



16.2

%

Depreciation, amortization and property taxes

7,631



6,542



1,089



16.6

%

Other operating expenses

30,437



28,130



2,307



8.2

%

Operating income

$

18,660



$

14,142



$

4,518



31.9

%

Operating income for the Unregulated Energy segment for the six months ended June 30, 2021 was $18.7 million, an increase of $4.5 million, or 31.9 percent, over the same period in 2020. Higher operating income resulted from increased consumption driven primarily by colder weather compared to the first half of 2020, higher retail propane margins per gallon, and contributions from the acquisition of the Western Natural Gas propane assets. These margin increases were partially offset by higher depreciation, amortization and property taxes related to recent capital investments, new expenses associated with Western Natural Gas and higher other operating expenses. The operating expense increases were partially offset by $0.6 million due to lower pandemic related costs.

The major components of the increase in gross margin are shown below:

(in thousands)



Propane Operations



Increased customer consumption - primarily weather related


$

3,701


Increased retail propane margins per gallon driven by favorable supply costs


1,137


Western Natural Gas acquisition (completed in October 2020)


939


Marlin Gas Services



Increased demand for CNG services


331


Aspire Energy



Increased customer consumption - primarily weather related


921


Improved margin including natural gas liquid processing


691


Other variances


194


Period-over-period increase in gross margin


$

7,914


The major components of the increase in other operating expenses are as follows:

(in thousands)


Facilities and maintenance costs and outside services associated with a return to pre-pandemic
conditions

$

921


Payroll, benefits and other employee-related expenses due to growth

723


Operating expenses from the Western Natural Gas acquisition

607


Insurance expense (non-health)

347


Reduction in expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic

(620)


Other variances

329


Period-over-period increase in other operating expenses

$

2,307


*Unless otherwise noted, EPS information is presented on a diluted basis.

**This press release includes references to non-Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") financial measures, including gross margin. A "non-GAAP financial measure" is generally defined as a numerical measure of a company's historical or future performance that includes or excludes amounts, or that is subject to adjustments, so as to be different from the most directly comparable measure calculated or presented in accordance with GAAP. Our management believes certain non-GAAP financial measures, when considered together with GAAP financial measures, provide information that is useful to investors in understanding period-over-period operating results separate and apart from items that may, or could, have a disproportionately positive or negative impact on results in any particular period.

The Company calculates "gross margin" by deducting the cost of sales from operating revenue. Cost of sales includes the purchased fuel cost for natural gas, electricity and propane, and the cost of labor spent on direct revenue-producing activities and excludes depreciation, amortization and accretion. Other companies may calculate gross margin in a different manner. Gross margin should not be considered an alternative to operating income or net income, both of which are determined in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes that gross margin, although a non-GAAP measure, is useful and meaningful to investors as a basis for making investment decisions. It provides investors with information that demonstrates the profitability achieved by the Company under its allowed rates for regulated operations and under its competitive pricing structures for unregulated businesses. The Company's management uses gross margin in measuring its business units' performance.

Environmental, Social and Governance Initiatives

Environmental, Social and Governance ("ESG") initiatives are embedded within Chesapeake Utilities culture and are an integral part of our strategy. ESG is at the core of our well-established culture and our informed business decisions. Over the years, we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions, while responsibly growing our businesses. We have also helped to accelerate the reduction of emissions by many of our customers. Our combined efforts have enhanced the sustainability of our local communities. We look forward to publishing our inaugural Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report later this year. Below we have highlighted several of Chesapeake Utilities initiatives in each area of ESG:

Advancing Environmental Initiatives
Our three-part action plan continues to make progress. We are pursuing a three-part action plan that supports decarbonization and a lower carbon energy future. First, we are taking actions that will continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. For example, we have largely completed our Florida GRIP, as we commonly refer to it, which replaces older portions of our natural gas distribution system. The remaining capital expenditures associated with this program will be invested through 2022. Our Elkton Gas subsidiary also recently reached a settlement agreement with the Maryland PSC to accelerate its Aldyl-A pipeline replacement program and to recover the costs of the plan in the form of a fixed charge rider through a proposed 5-year surcharge. Throughout our pipeline system, we have also implemented improved emission detection technology at our pipeline compressor stations.

The second component of our action plan is providing services and support to our customers who are reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. Our current Del-Mar Energy Pathway Project, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year, will bring natural gas to Somerset County, Maryland for the first time. As part of this project, our services will support the conversion by two significant industrial customers in Somerset County from less environmentally friendly fuel sources, including in one case, wood chips. Similarly, several of our commercial customers continue to convert their vehicle fleet to compressed natural gas or propane, further reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and positively impacting the environment. 

We continue to see significant demand for new natural gas service in both our Delmarva and Florida territories, with our growth rates more than double the industry's growth rates. In many of our local markets, natural gas is a cleaner fuel option than alternative energy sources. Natural gas is an important component of the country's energy transition and we are committed to responsibly expanding the infrastructure in our growing service areas. 

These same markets are also presenting renewable natural gas ("RNG") opportunities with ongoing projects to transform landfill, food, dairy and poultry waste into usable energy. The development of several RNG projects is the third component of our action plan. Our participation in these projects extends from transporting the RNG to market by pipeline or our Marlin Gas Services compressed natural gas trailers, to potential investments in biogas plants and, in some cases, the solar energy facilities to provide electricity to the plants and significantly improve the RNG carbon intensity score. To date, we've announced three projects that, if developed, will introduce RNG into two of our services territories for the first time. We are continuing to actively consider other renewable projects and the potential of increasing the number of RNG projects in our diversified energy portfolio. We are committed to remaining disciplined in our approach by pursuing projects that meet our return thresholds and strategic goals.

We also have several other initiatives underway, including plans to add additional small solar facilities along our system, and our participation in a pilot program to blend hydrogen into the natural gas distribution system that serves our Eight Flags combined heat and power plant. We are optimistic about this pilot program and believe that hydrogen will continue to gain in efficiency and become more price competitive over time. 

To finance these projects, we are working with many of our key banking partners to establish sustainable debt financing capacity at attractive pricing. 

Advancing Social Initiatives
Promoting equity, diversity and inclusion ("EDI").  Our success is the direct result of our employees and our strong culture that fully engages our team and promotes equity, diversity, inclusion, integrity, accountability and reliability. We believe that a combination of diverse team members and an inclusive culture contributes to the success of our Company and to enhanced societal advancement. Our eleven member Board of Directors includes, two female directors, an African American Director and a Director who is of Middle Eastern descent.  

We established an EDI Council in 2020, complementing and broadening the work of the Women in Energy group started years ago. The Council oversees our efforts to improve diversity in recruitment, employee development and advancement, cultural awareness and related policies. These efforts are expanded through the broad reach of our six Employee Resource Groups and other partnerships we have in the community. Employees have access to communications and on-demand learning sessions on an array of topics, including equity, diversity and inclusion, through our "EDI Wise" webinars. We have also expanded our supplier diversity program to gather information that will enable us to further expand, measure and report on the diversity of our suppliers and associated spend.

Safety at the center of Chesapeake Utilities culture and the way we do business.    There is nothing more important than the safety of our team, our customers and our communities. The importance of safety is exhibited throughout our organization, with the direction and tone set by the Board of Directors and our President and Chief Executive Officer. Employees are required to attend monthly safety meetings and incorporate safety moments at operational and other meetings. The achievement of superior safety performance is both an important short and long-term strategic initiative in managing our operations. Our new state-of-the-art training center, named 'Safety Town,' provides employees hands-on training and simulated on-the-job field experiences, further developing our team and enhancing the reliability and integrity of our systems. Safety Town has also expanded our community outreach by offering safety training to many regional first responders. Our second Safety Town facility will be located in Florida and is in the final stages of planning.

Advancing Governance Initiatives
Commitment to sound governance practices. Consistent with our culture of teamwork, the broad responsibility of ESG stewardship is supported across our organization by the dedication and efforts of the Board and its Committees, as well as the entrepreneurship and dedication of our team. As stewards of long-term enterprise value, the Board is committed to overseeing the sustainability of the Company. The Board and Corporate Governance Committee annually reviews our corporate governance documents and practices to ensure that they provide the appropriate framework under which we operate. In recent years, we have received national recognition as the Governance Team of the Year, and also Best for Corporate Governance Among North American Utilities. To learn more about our corporate governance practices and transparency, stakeholder engagement, the experience and diversity of our Board members, and our Business Code of Ethics and Conduct, which highlights our commitment to the highest ethical standards and the importance of engaging in sustainable practices, please view our Proxy Statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 22, 2021. Additionally, please view Chesapeake Utilities historical quarterly earnings conference calls for additional discussions on ESG and our sustainability practices.  

Forward-Looking Statements  

Matters included in this release may include forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Please refer to the Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements in the Company's 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter of 2021, for further information on the risks and uncertainties related to the Company's forward-looking statements.

Conference Call

Chesapeake Utilities will host a conference call on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company's financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021. To participate in this call, dial 877.224.1468 and reference Chesapeake Utilities' 2021 Second Quarter Results Conference Call. To access the replay recording of this call, the accompanying transcript, and other pertinent quarterly information, use the link CPK - Conference Call Audio Replay, or visit the Investors/Events and Presentations section of the Company's website at www.chpk.com.

About Chesapeake Utilities Corporation 

Chesapeake Utilities is a diversified energy company engaged in natural gas transmission and distribution; electricity generation and distribution; propane gas distribution; mobile compressed natural gas services; and other businesses. Information about Chesapeake Utilities and its family of businesses is available at https://www.chpk.com.

Please note that Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is not affiliated with Chesapeake Energy, an oil and natural gas exploration company headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

For more information, contact:

Beth W. Cooper
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Corporate Secretary
302.734.6799

Financial Summary

(in thousands, except per share data)



Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2021


2020


2021


2020

Gross Margin








  Regulated Energy segment

$

66,463



$

57,131



$

144,616



$

125,254


  Unregulated Energy segment

17,952



17,032



56,728



48,814


  Other businesses and eliminations

(34)



(73)



(73)



(157)


Total Gross Margin

$

84,381



$

74,090



$

201,271



$

173,911










Operating Income








   Regulated Energy segment

$

22,808



$

18,006



$

55,673



$

45,894


   Unregulated Energy segment

(445)



281



18,660



14,142


   Other businesses and eliminations

215



(310)



(158)



75


Total Operating Income

22,578



17,977



74,175



60,111


Other income (expense), net

1,456



(279)



1,841



3,039


Interest Charges

5,054



5,054



10,159



10,868


Income from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes

18,980



12,644



65,857



52,282


Income Taxes on Continuing Operations

5,165



1,983



17,570



12,580


Income from Continuing Operations

13,815



10,661



48,287



39,702


Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operations, Net of Tax

(2)



295



(8)



184


Net Income

$

13,813



$

10,956



$

48,279



$

39,886










Basic Earnings Per Share of Common Stock








Earnings from Continuing Operations

$

0.79



$

0.65



$

2.76



$

2.42


Earnings from Discontinued Operations



0.02





0.01


Basic Earnings Per Share of Common Stock

$

0.79



$

0.67



$

2.76



$

2.43










Diluted Earnings Per Share of Common Stock








Earnings from Continuing Operations

$

0.78



$

0.64



$

2.75



$

2.41


Earnings from Discontinued Operations



0.02





0.01


Diluted Earnings Per Share of Common Stock

$

0.78



$

0.66



$

2.75



$

2.42


 

Financial Summary Highlights


Key variances in continuing operations, between the second quarter of 2021 and the second quarter of 2020, included:


(in thousands, except per share data)


Pre-tax

Income


Net

Income


Earnings

Per Share

Second Quarter of 2020 Reported Results from Continuing Operations


$

12,644



$

10,661



$

0.64









Adjusting for Unusual Items:







Gains from sales of assets


1,294



942



0.05


Regulatory deferral of COVID-19 expenses per PSCs orders


748



544



0.03


Absence of the favorable income tax impact associated with the CARES Act
recorded in the second quarter of 2020




(1,669)



(0.10)




2,042



(183)



(0.02)









Increased (Decreased) Gross Margins:







Hurricane Michael Settlement margin impact*


3,145



2,289



0.13


Eastern Shore and Peninsula Pipeline service expansions*


2,259



1,644



0.09


Increased customer consumption - primarily due to a return to pre-pandemic
conditions


1,974



1,437



0.08


Margin contributions from Elkton Gas and Western Natural Gas*


1,135



826



0.05


Natural gas growth (excluding service expansions)


752



547



0.04


Aspire Energy improved margin including natural gas liquid processing


677



493



0.03


Florida  GRIP*


572



416



0.02




10,514



7,652



0.44









 (Increased) Decreased Operating Expenses (Excluding Cost of Sales):







Facilities and maintenance costs and outside services associated with a return
to pre-pandemic conditions


(2,268)



(1,651)



(0.09)


Hurricane Michael settlement agreement - depreciation and amortization
impact


(1,774)



(1,291)



(0.07)


Depreciation, amortization and property tax costs due to new capital
investments


(1,505)



(1,095)



(0.06)


Payroll, Benefits and other employee-related expenses


(1,320)



(961)



(0.05)


Operating expenses for Elkton Gas and Western Natural Gas acquisitions


(939)



(683)



(0.04)


Reduction in expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic


1,465



1,066



0.06




(6,341)



(4,615)



(0.25)









Other income tax effects




214



0.01


Net other changes


121



86




Change in shares outstanding due to 2020 and 2021 equity offerings






(0.04)




121



300



(0.03)


Second Quarter of 2021 Reported Results from Continuing Operations


$

18,980



$

13,815



$

0.78


*See the Major Projects and Initiatives table.

Key variances in continuing operations, between the six months ended June 30, 2021 and the six months ended June 30, 2020, included: 

(in thousands, except per share data)


Pre-tax

Income


Net

Income


Earnings

Per Share

Six Months Ended June 30, 2020 Reported Results from Continuing
Operations


$

52,282



$

39,702



$

2.41









Adjusting for Unusual Items:







Gains from sales of assets


(1,563)



(1,146)



(0.07)


Regulatory deferral of COVID-19 expenses per PSCs orders


944



692



0.04


Absence of the favorable income tax impact associated with the CARES Act
recorded in the second quarter of 2020




(1,669)



(0.10)




(619)



(2,123)



(0.13)


Increased (Decreased) Gross Margins:







Increased customer consumption - primarily weather related


5,936



4,352



0.25


Hurricane Michael Settlement margin impact *


5,720



4,194



0.24


Eastern Shore and Peninsula Pipeline service expansions*


5,239



3,841



0.22


Margin contributions from Elkton Gas and Western Natural Gas*


2,998



2,198



0.12


Increased customer consumption - primarily due to a return to pre-pandemic
conditions


1,744



1,279



0.07


Natural gas growth (excluding service expansions)


1,691



1,240



0.07


Increased retail propane margins per gallon


1,137



834



0.05


Florida GRIP*


931



682



0.04


Aspire Energy improved margin including natural gas liquid processing


691



506



0.03


Sandpiper infrastructure rider associated with conversions


455



334



0.03




26,542



19,460



1.12









 (Increased) Decreased Operating Expenses (Excluding Cost of Sales):







Hurricane Michael settlement agreement - depreciation and amortization
impact


(3,550)



(2,603)



(0.15)


Facilities and maintenance costs and outside services associated with a return
to pre-pandemic conditions


(3,370)



(2,471)



(0.14)


Payroll, benefits and other employee-related expenses due to growth


(3,301)



(2,421)



(0.14)


Depreciation, amortization and property tax costs due to new capital
investments


(3,215)



(2,357)



(0.13)


Operating expenses for Elkton Gas and Western Natural Gas acquisitions


(1,968)



(1,443)



(0.08)


Insurance expense (non-health) - both insured and self-insured


(513)



(376)



(0.02)


Reduction in expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic


1,893



1,388



0.08




(14,024)



(10,283)



(0.58)









Interest charges (1)


765



561



0.03


Other income tax effects




302



0.02


Net other changes


911



668



0.03


Change in shares outstanding due to 2020 and 2021 equity offerings






(0.15)




1,676



1,531



(0.07)


Six Months Ended June 30, 2021 Reported Results from Continuing
Operations


$

65,857



$

48,287



$

2.75


*See the Major Projects and Initiatives table.

(1)

 Interest charges include amortization of a regulatory liability of $0.6 million related to the Hurricane Michael regulatory proceeding settlement.

Recently Completed and Ongoing Major Projects and Initiatives

The Company constantly pursues and develops additional projects and initiatives to serve existing and new customers, and to further grow its businesses and earnings, with the intention to increase shareholder value. The following table includes the major projects/initiatives recently completed and currently underway. Major projects and initiatives that have generated consistent year-over-year margin contributions are removed from the table. In the future, the Company will add new projects and initiatives to this table once negotiations are substantially final and the associated earnings can be estimated.



Gross Margin for the Period



Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


Year Ended


Estimate for

Project/Initiative


June 30,


June 30,


December 31,


Fiscal

in thousands


2021


2020


2021


2020


2020


2021


2022

Pipeline Expansions:















Western Palm Beach County,
Florida Expansion (1)


$

1,172



$

967



$

2,340



$

1,968



$

4,167



$

4,811



$

5,227


Del-Mar Energy Pathway (1) (2)


921



452



1,805



641



2,462



4,134



6,708


Callahan Intrastate Pipeline (2)


2,121



536



4,239



536



3,851



7,564



7,598


Guernsey Power Station


47





94







514



1,486


Winter Haven Expansion














426


    Beachside Pipeline Extension















Total Pipeline Expansions


4,261



1,955



8,478



3,145



10,480



17,023



21,445

















CNG Transportation


1,708



2,107



3,785



3,454



7,231



7,900



8,500

















RNG Transportation












150



1,000

















Acquisitions:















Elkton Gas


746





2,058





1,344



3,992



4,113


Western Natural Gas


389





939





389



2,066



2,251


Escambia Meter Station


83





83







583



1,000


Total Acquisitions


1,218





3,080





1,733



6,641



7,364

















Regulatory Initiatives:















Florida GRIP


4,181



3,609



8,236



7,305



15,178



16,848



17,882


Hurricane Michael regulatory proceeding


3,145





5,720





10,864



11,014



11,014


Capital Cost Surcharge Programs


120



128



257



261



523



1,186



1,985


Elkton Gas STRIDE Plan












45



299


Total Regulatory Initiatives


7,446



3,737



14,213



7,566



26,565



29,093



31,180

















Total


$

14,633



$

7,799



$

29,556



$

14,165



$

46,009



$

60,807



$

69,489




(1)

Includes gross margin generated from interim services.

(2)

Includes gross margin from natural gas distribution services.

Detailed Discussion of Major Projects and Initiatives

Pipeline Expansions

West Palm Beach County, Florida Expansion
Peninsula Pipeline is constructing four transmission lines to bring additional natural gas to the Company's distribution system in West Palm Beach, Florida. The first phase of this project was placed into service in December 2018 and generated $0.2 million and $0.4 million, in additional gross margin for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, respectively, compared to the prior year periods. The Company expects to complete the remainder of the project in phases through the fourth quarter of 2021, and estimates that the project will generate gross margin of $4.8 million in 2021 and $5.2 million annually thereafter.

Del-Mar Energy Pathway
In December 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued an order approving the construction of the Del-Mar Energy Pathway project. Eastern Shore anticipates that this project will be fully in-service by the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2021. The new facilities will: (i) ensure an additional 14,300 Dekatherms per day ("Dts/d") of firm service to four customers, (ii) provide additional natural gas transmission pipeline infrastructure in eastern Sussex County, Delaware, and (iii) represent the first extension of Eastern Shore's pipeline system into Somerset County, Maryland. Construction of the project began in January 2020, and interim services in advance of this project generated additional gross margin of $0.5 million and $1.2 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, respectively. The estimated annual gross margin from this project including natural gas distribution service in Somerset County, Maryland, is approximately $4.1 million in 2021 and $6.7 million annually thereafter.

Callahan Intrastate Pipeline
Peninsula Pipeline completed the construction of a jointly owned intrastate transmission pipeline with Seacoast Gas Transmission in Nassau County, Florida in June 2020. The 26-mile pipeline serves growing demand for energy in both Nassau and Duval Counties. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, the project generated $1.6 million and $3.7 million, respectively, in additional gross margin, which includes margin from natural gas distribution service. The estimated annual gross margin from this project including natural gas distribution service is approximately $7.6 million in 2021 and beyond.

Guernsey Power Station
Guernsey Power Station, LLC ("Guernsey Power Station") and the Company's affiliate, Aspire Energy Express, LLC ("Aspire Energy Express"), entered into a precedent firm transportation capacity agreement whereby Guernsey Power Station will construct a power generation facility and Aspire Energy Express will provide firm natural gas transportation service to this facility. Guernsey Power Station commenced construction of the project in October 2019. In the second quarter of 2021, Aspire Energy Express commenced construction of the gas transmission facilities to provide the firm transportation service to the power generation facility. For the six months ended June 30, 2021, the Company received less than $0.1 million, related to the construction delay of the in-service date of the project. The project is expected to be in service in the fourth quarter of 2021, and produce gross margin of approximately $0.5 million in 2021 and $1.5 million in 2022 and beyond.

Winter Haven Expansion
In May 2021, Peninsula Pipeline filed a petition with the Florida PSC for approval of its Transportation Service Agreement with Central Florida Gas ("CFG") for an incremental 6,800 Dts/d of firm service in the Winter Haven, Florida, area. As part of this agreement, Peninsula Pipeline will construct a new interconnect with Florida Gas Transmission Company and a new regulator station for CFG. CFG will use the additional firm service to support new incremental load due to growth in the area, including providing service most immediately to a new can manufacturing facility, as well as provide reliability and operational benefits to CFG's existing distribution system in the area. In connection with Peninsula Pipeline's new regulator station, CFG is also extending its distribution system to connect to the new station. The Company expects this expansion to generate additional gross margin of $0.4 million beginning in 2022 and beyond.

Beachside Pipeline Extension
In June 2021, Peninsula Pipeline and Florida City Gas entered into a Transportation Service Agreement for an incremental 10,176 Dts/d of firm service in Indian River County, Florida, to support Florida City Gas' growth along the Indian River's barrier island. As part of this agreement, Peninsula Pipeline will construct approximately 11.3 miles of pipeline from its existing pipeline in the Sebastian, Florida, area east under the Intercoastal Waterway and southward on the barrier island. The Company expects this expansion to generate additional annual gross margin of $2.5 million in 2023 and beyond.

CNG Transportation

Marlin Gas Services provides CNG temporary hold services, contracted pipeline integrity services, emergency services for damaged pipelines and specialized gas services for customers who have unique requirements. While margin was slightly down for the quarter by $0.4 million, on a year-to-date basis, Marlin Gas Services generated additional gross margin of $0.3 million. The Company estimates that Marlin Gas Services will generate annual gross margin of approximately $7.9 million in 2021 and $8.5 million in 2022, with the potential for additional growth in future years. Marlin Gas Services continues to actively expand the territories it serves, as well as leverage its patented technology to serve other markets, including pursuing liquefied natural gas transportation opportunities and RNG transportation opportunities from diverse supply sources to various pipeline interconnection points, as further outlined below.

RNG Transportation

Noble Road Landfill RNG Project
In September 2020, Fortistar and Rumpke Waste & Recycling announced commencement of construction of the Noble Road Landfill RNG Project in Shiloh, Ohio. The project includes the construction of a new state-of-the-art facility that will utilize advanced, patented technology to treat landfill gas by removing carbon dioxide and other components to purify the gas and produce pipeline quality RNG. Aspire Energy will construct an approximately 17.5 mile pipeline to inject the RNG from this project to its system for distribution to end use customers. Once flowing, the RNG volume will represent nearly 10 percent of Aspire Energy's gas gathering volumes.

Bioenergy DevCo
In June 2020, the Company and Bioenergy DevCo ("BDC"), a developer of anaerobic digestion facilities that create renewable energy and healthy soil products from organic material, entered into an agreement related to a project to extract RNG from poultry production waste. BDC and the Company are collaborating on this project in addition to several other project sites where organic waste can be converted into a carbon-negative energy source.

Marlin Gas Services will transport the RNG source created from the organic waste from the BDC facility to an Eastern Shore interconnection, where the sustainable fuel will be introduced into the Company's transmission system and ultimately distributed to its natural gas customers.

CleanBay Project  
In July 2020, the Company and CleanBay Renewables Inc. ("CleanBay") announced a new partnership to bring RNG to the Company's Delmarva natural gas operations. As part of this partnership, the Company will transport the RNG produced at CleanBay's planned Westover, Maryland bio-refinery, to the Company's natural gas infrastructure in the Delmarva Peninsula region. Eastern Shore and Marlin Gas Services, will transport the RNG from CleanBay to the Company's Delmarva natural gas distribution system where it is ultimately delivered to the Delmarva natural gas distribution end use customers.

At the present time, the Company expects to generate $0.2 million in 2021 in incremental margin from these RNG transportation projects beginning in 2021. Timing of incremental margin from RNG transportation projects is dependent upon the construction schedules of each project. As the Company continues to finalize contract terms and completes the necessary permitting associated with each of these projects, additional information will be provided regarding incremental margin. In addition to these projects, the Company is continuing to pursue other RNG projects that provide opportunities for the Company across the entire value chain.  

Acquisitions

Elkton Gas
In July 2020, the Company closed on the acquisition of Elkton Gas, which provides natural gas distribution service to approximately 7,000 residential and commercial customers within a franchised area of Cecil County, Maryland. The purchase price was approximately $15.6 million, which included $0.6 million of working capital. Elkton Gas' territory is contiguous to the Company's franchised service territory in Cecil County, Maryland. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, the Company generated $0.7 million and $2.1 million, respectively, in additional gross margin from Elkton Gas and estimates that this acquisition will generate gross margin of approximately $4.0 million in 2021 and $4.1 million thereafter.

Western Natural Gas
In October 2020, Sharp acquired certain propane operating assets of Western Natural Gas, which provides propane distribution service throughout Jacksonville, Florida and the surrounding communities, for approximately $6.7 million, net of cash acquired. The acquisition was accounted for as a business combination within the Unregulated Energy segment in the fourth quarter of 2020. This acquisition generated $0.4 million and $0.9 million in additional gross margin for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, respectively, and Sharp estimates that this acquisition will generate gross margin of approximately $2.1 million in 2021 and growing to $2.3 million in 2022, with additional opportunities for growth.

Escambia Meter Station
In June 2021, Peninsula Pipeline purchased the Escambia Meter Station from Florida Power and Light  and entered into a Transportation Service Agreement with Gulf Power Company to provide up to 530,000 Dts/d of firm service from an interconnect with Florida Gas Transmission to Florida Power & Light's Crist Lateral pipeline. Florida Power & Light's Crist Lateral provides gas supply to their natural gas fired power in Pensacola, Florida. The Company generated $0.1 million in additional gross margin in the second quarter of 2021 and estimates that this acquisition will generate gross margin of approximately $0.6 million in 2021 and growing to $1.0 million in 2022.

Regulatory Initiatives

Florida GRIP
Florida GRIP is a natural gas pipe replacement program approved by the Florida PSC that allows automatic recovery, through rates, of costs associated with the replacement of mains and services. Since the program's inception in August 2012, the Company has invested $178.9 million of capital expenditures to replace 333 miles of qualifying distribution mains, including $13.0 million of new pipes during the first six months of 2021. The Company expects to generate annual gross margin of approximately $16.8 million in 2021, and $17.9 million in 2022.

Hurricane Michael
In October 2018, Hurricane Michael passed through FPU's electric distribution operation's service territory in Northwest Florida. The hurricane caused widespread and severe damage to FPU's infrastructure resulting in 100 percent of its customers in the Northwest Florida service territory losing electrical service.

In August 2019, FPU filed a limited proceeding requesting recovery of storm-related costs associated with Hurricane Michael (capital and expenses) through a change in base rates. In March 2020, FPU filed an update to the original filing to account for actual charges incurred through December 2019, revised the amortization period of the storm-related costs, and included costs related to Hurricane Dorian.

In September 2019, FPU filed a petition, with the Florida PSC, for approval of its consolidated electric depreciation rates. The petition was joined to the Hurricane Michael docket. The approved rates, which were part of the settlement agreement in September 2020 that is described below, were retroactively applied effective January 1, 2020.

In September 2020, the Florida PSC approved a settlement agreement between FPU and the Office of the Public Counsel regarding final cost recovery and rates associated with Hurricane Michael. Previously, the Florida PSC approved an interim rate increase, subject to refund, effective January 1, 2020, associated with the restoration effort following Hurricane Michael. FPU fully reserved these interim rates, pending a final resolution and settlement of the limited proceeding. The settlement agreement allowed FPU to: (a) refund the over-collection of interim rates through the fuel clause; (b) record regulatory assets for storm costs in the amount of $45.8 million including interest which will be amortized over six years; (c) recover these storm costs through a surcharge for a total of $7.7 million annually; and (d) collect an annual increase in revenue of $3.3 million to recover capital costs associated with new plant and a regulatory asset for the cost of removal and undepreciated plant. The new base rates and storm surcharge were effective on November 1, 2020. The following table summarizes the impact of Hurricane Michael regulatory proceeding for the first six months of 2021:


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

(in thousands)

June 30, 2021


June 30, 2021

Gross Margin

$

3,145



$

5,720


Depreciation

(305)



(608)


Amortization of regulatory assets

2,079



4,158


Operating income

1,371



2,170


Amortization of liability associated with interest expense

(310)



(637)


Pre-tax income

1,681



2,807


Income tax expense

457



749


Net income

$

1,224



$

2,058






Capital Cost Surcharge Programs
In December 2019, the FERC approved Eastern Shore's capital cost surcharge which became effective January 1, 2020. The surcharge, an approved item in the settlement of Eastern Shore's last general rate case, allows Eastern Shore to recover capital costs associated with mandated highway or railroad relocation projects that required the replacement of existing Eastern Shore facilities. Eastern Shore expects to produce gross margin of approximately $1.2 million in 2021 and $2.0 million in 2022 from relocation projects, which is ultimately dependent upon the timing of filings and the completion of construction. 

Elkton Gas STRIDE Plan
In March 2021, Elkton Gas filed a strategic infrastructure development and enhancement ("STRIDE") plan with the Maryland PSC. The STRIDE plan proposes to increase the speed of Elkton Gas' Aldyl-A pipeline replacement program and to recover the costs of the plan in the form of a fixed charge rider through a proposed 5-year surcharge. Under Elkton Gas' proposed STRIDE plan, the Aldyl-A pipelines would be replaced by 2023.In June 2021, the Company reached a settlement with the Maryland PSC Staff and the Maryland Office of the Peoples Counsel. The STRIDE plan is expected to go into service in the third quarter of 2021 and is expected to generate less than $0.1 million of margin for the remainder of the year.  The Company expects to generate $0.3 million of additional gross margin from the STRIDE plan in 2022 and $0.4 million annually thereafter.

COVID-19 Regulatory Proceeding
In October 2020, the Florida PSC approved a joint petition of the Company's natural gas and electric distribution utilities in Florida to establish a regulatory asset to record incremental expenses incurred due to COVID-19. The regulatory asset will allow the Company to seek recovery of these costs in the next base rate proceedings. In November 2020, the Office of Public Counsel filed a protest to the order approving the establishment of this regulatory asset treatment, contending that the order should be a reversed or modified and to request a hearing on the protest. The Company's Florida regulated business units reached a settlement with the Office of Public Counsel in June 2021. The settlement allows the business units to establish a regulatory asset of $2.1 million. This amount includes COVID-19 related incremental expenses for bad debt write-offs, personnel protective equipment, cleaning and business information services for remote work. The Company's Florida regulated business units will amortize the amount over two years beginning January 1, 2022 and recover the regulatory asset through the Purchased Gas Adjustment and Swing Service mechanisms for the natural gas business units and through the Fuel Purchased Power Cost Recovery clause for the electric division. This results in annual additional gross margin of $1.0 million that will be offset by a corresponding amortization of regulatory asset expense for both 2022 and 2023.

Other major factors influencing gross margin

Weather Impact
Weather was not a significant factor in the second quarter. For the six-month period, weather conditions accounted for a $5.9 million increased gross margin compared to the same period in 2020, primarily due to an 8.7 percent increase in HDDs that resulted in increased customer consumption. Assuming normal temperatures, as detailed below, gross margin would have been higher by $1.9 million. The following table summarizes HDD and CDD variances from the 10-year average HDD/CDD ("Normal") the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020.


Three Months Ended




Six Months Ended




June 30,




June 30,




2021


2020


Variance


2021


2020


Variance

Delmarva Peninsula












Actual HDD

400



514



(114)



2,586



2,373



213


10-Year Average HDD ("Normal")

396



400



(4)



2,676



2,749



(73)


Variance from Normal

4



114





(90)



(376)




Florida












Actual HDD

69



41



28



572



410



162


10-Year Average HDD ("Normal")

43



43





549



613



(64)


Variance from Normal

26



(2)





23



(203)




Ohio












Actual HDD

676



801



(125)



3,448



3,297



151


10-Year Average HDD ("Normal")

623



593



30



3,582



3,612



(30)


Variance from Normal

53



208





(134)



(315)




Florida












Actual CDD

826



949



(123)



1,010



1,272



(262)


10-Year Average CDD ("Normal")

966



975



(9)



1,161



1,143



18


Variance from Normal

(140)



(26)





(151)



129




Natural Gas Distribution Margin Growth
Customer growth for the Company's natural gas distribution operations, as a result of the addition of new customers (excluding acquisitions) and the conversion of customers from alternative fuel sources to natural gas service, generated $0.8 million and $1.7 million of additional margin for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, respectively. The average number of residential customers served on the Delmarva Peninsula increased 4.4 percent and 4.5 percent for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, while Florida increased by and 5.2 percent and 5.1 percent, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, respectively. A larger percentage of the margin growth was generated from residential growth given the expansion of natural gas into new housing communities and conversions to natural gas as the Company's distribution infrastructure continues to build out. In addition, as new communities continue to build out due to population growth and infrastructure is added to support the growth, there is also increased load from new commercial and industrial customers. The details are provided in the following table:


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30, 2021


June 30, 2021

(in thousands)

Delmarva
Peninsula


Florida


Delmarva
Peninsula


Florida

Customer Growth:








Residential

$

333



$

274



$

823



$

580


Commercial and industrial

102



43



173



115


Total Customer Growth

$

435



$

317



$

996



$

695


Capital Investment Growth and Associated Financing Plans
The Company's capital expenditures were $107.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021. The following table shows a range of the forecasted 2021 capital expenditures by segment and by business line:


2021

(dollars in thousands)

Low


High

Regulated Energy:




Natural gas distribution

$

79,000



$

85,000


Natural gas transmission

55,000



60,000


Electric distribution

9,000



13,000


Total Regulated Energy

143,000



158,000


Unregulated Energy:




Propane distribution

9,000



12,000


Energy transmission

14,000



15,000


Other unregulated energy

8,000



12,000


Total Unregulated Energy

31,000



39,000


Other:




Corporate and other businesses

1,000



3,000


Total Other

1,000



3,000


Total 2021 Forecasted Capital Expenditures

$

175,000



$

200,000


The capital expenditure forecast is subject to continuous review and modification. Actual capital requirements may vary from the above estimates due to a number of factors, including changing economic conditions, capital delays because of COVID-19 that are greater than currently anticipated, customer growth in existing areas, regulation, new growth or acquisition opportunities and availability of capital. Historically, actual capital expenditures have typically lagged behind the forecasted amounts.

The Company's target ratio of equity to total capitalization, including short-term borrowings, is between 50 and 60 percent. The Company's equity to total capitalization ratio, including short-term borrowings, was 52 percent as of June 30, 2021.

The Company may utilize more temporary short-term debt, when the financing cost is attractive, as a bridge to the permanent long-term financing, or if the equity markets are more volatile. The Company utilizes its $375.0 million syndicated revolving line of credit (the "Revolver"), with six participating lenders. The Revolver expires on September 29, 2021 and has a tiered commitment fee and interest rate schedule, based upon a pre-determined spread over LIBOR, depending upon the Company's total capitalization. As of June 30, 2021, the pricing under the Revolver included an unused commitment fee of 0.15 percent and an interest rate of 1.0 percent over LIBOR. The Company's available credit under the Revolver at June 30, 2021 was $200.9 million. In the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company entered into interest rate swaps with notional amount of $60.0 million through December 2021 with pricing of 0.20 and 0.205 percent for the period associated with outstanding borrowing under the Revolver. In February 2021, the Company entered into an additional interest rate swap with a notional amount of $40.0 million through December 2021 with pricing of 0.17 percent. The Company's short-term borrowing is based on the 30-day LIBOR rate. The interest rate swaps are cash settled monthly as the counter-party pays us the 30-day LIBOR rate less the fixed rate.

In terms of equity capital, the Company maintains an effective shelf registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the issuance of shares under its Dividend Reinvestment and Direct Stock Purchase Plan (the "DRIP"). In June 2020, the Company also filed a shelf registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which provides for the issuance of shares of its common stock via a variety of offering types. In August 2020, the Company filed a prospectus supplement under the shelf registration statement for an At-the-Market ("ATM") program under which the Company may issue and sell shares of common stock up to an aggregate offering price of $75.0 million. In the third and fourth quarters of 2020, the Company issued 1.0 million shares of common stock through its DRIP and the ATM programs and received net proceeds of approximately $83.0 million which were added to the Company's general funds and then used to pay down short-term borrowing. Through the second quarter of 2021, the Company issued less than 0.1 million shares of common stock through its DRIP program and received net proceeds of approximately $4.5 million which were added to the Company's general funds.

Depending on the Company's capital needs and subject to market conditions, in addition to other debt and equity offerings, the Company may consider, as necessary in the future, issuing additional shares under the direct stock purchase component of the DRIP, the ATM program, or pursuant to its shelf registration statement. More information about financing activities is included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and the Company's Second Quarter 2021 Form 10-Q.

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except shares and per share data)



Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2021


2020


2021


2020

Operating Revenues








Regulated Energy

$

80,910



$

73,518



$

202,107



$

176,473


Unregulated Energy and other

30,172



23,533



100,161



73,268


Total Operating Revenues

111,082



97,051



302,268



249,741


Operating Expenses








Regulated Energy cost of sales

14,447



16,387



57,491



51,219


Unregulated Energy and other cost of sales

12,254



6,575



43,506



24,611


Operations

36,371



34,605



75,810



70,557


Maintenance

4,259



4,143



8,300



7,979


Gain from settlement



(130)





(130)


Depreciation and amortization

15,298



12,247



30,662



24,500


Other taxes

5,875



5,247



12,324



10,894


Total operating expenses

88,504



79,074



228,093



189,630


Operating Income

22,578



17,977



74,175



60,111


Other income (expense), net

1,456



(279)



1,841



3,039


Interest charges

5,054



5,054



10,159



10,868


Income from Continuing Operations Before
Income Taxes

18,980



12,644



65,857



52,282


Income Taxes on Continuing Operations

5,165



1,983



17,570



12,580


Income from Continuing Operations

13,815



10,661



48,287



39,702


Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operations, Net
of Tax

(2)



295



(8)



184


Net Income

$

13,813



$

10,956



$

48,279



$

39,886


Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:








Basic

17,546,346



16,448,490



17,516,273



16,431,724


Diluted

17,616,496



16,503,603



17,585,006



16,487,807


Basic Earnings Per Share of Common Stock:








Earnings from Continuing Operations

$

0.79



$

0.65



$

2.76



$

2.42


Earnings from Discontinued Operations



0.02





0.01


Basic Earnings Per Share of Common Stock

$

0.79



$

0.67



$

2.76



$

2.43










Diluted Earnings Per Share of Common Stock:








Earnings from Continuing Operations

$

0.78



$

0.64



$

2.75



$

2.41


Earnings from Discontinued Operations



0.02





0.01


Diluted Earnings Per Share of Common Stock

$

0.78



$

0.66



$

2.75



$

2.42


 

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)


Assets


June 30, 2021


December 31, 2020

(in thousands, except shares and per share data)





 Property, Plant and Equipment





Regulated Energy


$

1,643,904



$

1,577,576


Unregulated Energy


309,139



300,647


Other businesses and eliminations


34,767



30,769


 Total property, plant and equipment


1,987,810



1,908,992


 Less:  Accumulated depreciation and amortization


(393,111)



(368,743)


 Plus:  Construction work in progress


78,187



60,929


 Net property, plant and equipment


1,672,886



1,601,178


 Current Assets





Cash and cash equivalents


5,011



3,499


Trade and other receivables


45,206



61,675


Less: Allowance for credit losses


(3,895)



(4,785)


Trade and other receivables, net


41,311



56,890


Accrued revenue


13,370



21,527


Propane inventory, at average cost


6,076



5,906


Other inventory, at average cost


6,524



5,539


Regulatory assets


9,429



10,786


Storage gas prepayments


2,385



2,455


Income taxes receivable


8,371



12,885


Prepaid expenses


9,497



13,239


Derivative assets, at fair value


8,056



3,269


Other current assets


523



436


 Total current assets


110,553



136,431


 Deferred Charges and Other Assets





Goodwill


38,803



38,731


Other intangible assets, net


7,625



8,292


Investments, at fair value


11,745



10,776


Operating lease right-of-use assets


10,020



11,194


Regulatory assets


109,244



113,806


Receivables and other deferred charges


11,464



12,079


 Total deferred charges and other assets


188,901



194,878


Total Assets


$

1,972,340



$

1,932,487


 

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)


Capitalization and Liabilities


June 30, 2021


December 31, 2020

(in thousands, except shares and per share data)





 Capitalization





 Stockholders' equity





Preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share (authorized 2,000,000 shares), no shares
issued and outstanding


$



$


Common stock, par value $0.4867 per share (authorized 50,000,000 shares)


8,550



8,499


 Additional paid-in capital


357,520



348,482


 Retained earnings


374,936



342,969


 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)


558



(2,865)


 Deferred compensation obligation


7,203



5,679


 Treasury stock


(7,203)



(5,679)


 Total stockholders' equity


741,564



697,085


 Long-term debt, net of current maturities


498,450



508,499


 Total capitalization


1,240,014



1,205,584


 Current Liabilities





Current portion of long-term debt


13,600



13,600


Short-term borrowing


169,294



175,644


Accounts payable


49,408



60,253


Customer deposits and refunds


33,983



33,302


Accrued interest


2,697



2,905


Dividends payable


8,433



7,683


Accrued compensation


10,767



13,994


Regulatory liabilities


13,911



6,284


Derivative liabilities, at fair value


351



127


Other accrued liabilities


19,812



15,240


 Total current liabilities


322,256



329,032


 Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities





Deferred income taxes


219,490



205,388


Regulatory liabilities


143,681



142,736


Environmental liabilities


3,904



4,299


Other pension and benefit costs


29,463



30,673


Operating lease - liabilities


8,719



9,872


Deferred investment tax credits and other liabilities


4,813



4,903


 Total deferred credits and other liabilities


410,070



397,871


Environmental and other commitments and contingencies (1)





Total Capitalization and Liabilities


$

1,972,340



$

1,932,487


(1)

Refer to Note 6 and 7 in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for further information.

 

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and Subsidiaries

Distribution Utility Statistical Data (Unaudited)




For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2021


For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2020



Delmarva NG
Distribution


Chesapeake
Utilities Florida
NG Division


FPU NG
Distribution


FPU Electric
Distribution


Delmarva NG
Distribution


Chesapeake
Utilities Florida
NG Division


FPU NG
Distribution


FPU Electric
Distribution

Operating Revenues

(in thousands)















  Residential


$

13,518



$

1,725



$

8,256



$

8,296



$

13,873



$

1,500



$

8,693



$

7,691


  Commercial


7,425



1,942



6,896



8,336



5,630



1,491



4,856



7,126


  Industrial


1,961



3,705



8,175



371



2,066



3,180



5,630



247


  Other (1)


(4,603)



1,074



(168)



1,895



(2,974)



1,060



319



637


Total Operating Revenues


$

18,301



$

8,446



$

23,159



$

18,898



$

18,595



$

7,231



$

19,498



$

15,701



















Volume (in Dts for natural gas and KWHs for electric)













  Residential


734,818



92,090



377,927



67,207



747,431



73,330



376,351



68,781


  Commercial


783,205



1,114,975



409,126



72,409



682,648



1,023,892



296,994



67,309


  Industrial


1,456,548



7,169,776



1,203,824



1,740



1,199,163



7,302,156



1,022,672



770


  Other


70,747





759,930





66,069





700,328




Total


3,045,318



8,376,841



2,750,807



141,356



2,695,311



8,399,378



2,396,345



136,860



















Average Customers















  Residential


87,275



18,684



62,725



25,395



77,573



17,763



59,623



24,952


  Commercial


7,836



1,607



4,092



7,343



7,221



1,583



3,981



7,263


  Industrial


209



16



2,505



2



176



16



2,518



2


  Other


6





6





16





14




Total


95,326



20,307



69,328



32,740



84,986



19,362



66,136



32,217






































For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2021


For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2020



Delmarva NG
Distribution


Chesapeake
Utilities Florida
NG Division


FPU NG
Distribution


FPU Electric
Distribution


Delmarva NG
Distribution


Chesapeake
Utilities Florida
NG Division


FPU NG
Distribution


FPU Electric
Distribution

Operating Revenues

(in thousands)















  Residential


$

49,725



$

3,770



$

20,718



$

17,908



$

42,750



$

3,361



$

19,891



$

14,918


  Commercial


22,773



4,101



15,174



16,077



17,869



3,274



12,833



14,074


  Industrial


4,431



7,598



16,261



859



4,463



6,518



13,295



310


  Other (1)


(4,184)



1,933



(2,133)



2,605



(4,490)



2,555



(1,077)



618


Total Operating Revenues


$

72,745



$

17,402



$

50,020



$

37,449



$

60,592



$

15,708



$

44,942



$

29,920



















Volume (in Dts for natural gas and KWHs for electric)













  Residential


3,332,658



231,786



993,042



143,454



2,656,562



212,519



869,883



133,728


  Commercial


2,669,095



2,380,459



903,216



137,184



2,222,759



2,223,015



795,185



131,988


  Industrial


3,129,681



14,626,721



2,507,984



6,840



2,523,572



15,016,549



2,323,533



12,382


  Other


159,329





1,537,745





142,983





1,255,371




Total


9,290,763



17,238,966



5,941,987



287,478



7,545,876



17,452,083



5,243,972



278,098



















Average Customers















  Residential


86,975



18,621



62,299



25,323



77,222



17,712



59,280



24,923


  Commercial


7,848



1,604



4,099



7,331



7,233



1,582



3,981



7,262


  Industrial


208



16



2,495



2



174



16



2,508



2


  Other


6





6





17





14




Total


95,037



20,241



68,899



32,656



84,646



19,310



65,783



32,187





















(1)

Operating Revenues from "Other" sources include unbilled revenue, under (over) recoveries of fuel cost, conservation revenue, other miscellaneous charges, fees for billing services provided to third parties, and adjustments for pass-through taxes.

 

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