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Chesapeake Utilities (CPK)

Participants
Beth Cooper SVP, CFO & Assistant Secretary
Mike McMasters President & CEO
Mark Levin Seaport Global Securities
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Operator

Good morning. My name is Bella, and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Chesapeake Utilities Second Quarter 2018 Earnings Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers’ remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session. you. Thank Instructions] [Operator Vice CFO, Senior your may conference. President Cooper, you and begin Beth

Beth Cooper

And Utilities to to conference morning welcome Good everyone. Chesapeake call morning. you taking our call. for second the in time participate this Thank XXXX quarter

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Mike McMasters

strong Thanks, Beth. us for year so the for I far after guess this since was quarter a very us to-date. strong

we growth earnings -- We’re superior forecast, about target growth. that are that on with that this dividend talked comfortable so year and hit EPS XX% are very the earlier and pretty to continued

same XX.X% growth ’XX. so May. income our year-to-date by Key earnings rose X.X%, in rose income XX%. Second in quarter net X.X%, about far dividend net XX%, increased the We drove drivers EPS EPS

case. Our natural system settlement gas operations in rate expansions had Shore Eastern transmission

also contributed distribution the far and programs. helped safety we has and got weather well. in Our More normal so sales growth in Aspire electric gas increases operations Energy the in customer to reliability growth, Propane as -- Ohio, increased ’XX and and strong have us. sales Growth operations and safety of

Finally, helped. by offset partially lower reductions entities have regulated federal income and tax our rates rate

completion capital now It’s returns, the Natural on and Florida ’XX. increase projects. generating I’ll and million given increase forecasted in Northwest Eastern spending XX in we’ve service over Gas to contribution quarter. in the expansion margin Beth. track on XXXX spending the second and a in pipeline On Shore further by project CapEx side, turn With accelerated to that, for it completed expansion pipeline

Beth Cooper

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our look so this the of things thought it’s and have at both as particularly both as One income helpful the growth be from gross quarter as when quarter to well and as year-to-date, look for a margin would net EPS our what well our we at perspective income tax the a reform and our operating in you on complicated it been our little basis. year-to-date results

from that our income regulated margin operations to across income a A operating quarter of when where financing are a our slide a throughout see a we’ve for a quarter growth is EPS had also that margin XX.X% things regulated a terms X% well segment XX.X%. like at and from When there’s made line income not this consolidated large margin last experienced line meaningful look that this the operating regulated those our you the our segment. to is were XX.X% higher less for you part also we XX%. that of the the we the for profitable were when you’ll basis, energy the our unregulated the our of margin at and you large board. being XX.X% at XX.X% income as part with we income and unregulated and the the see growth made we’ve to line, rate that gross growth are really release, well press items double basis, in digit look the EPS operations per and the get XX.X% year unregulated the operating achieved operating expense are interest at net non-weather energy the growth XX.X% that the operating from generated our that consolidated of growth gross Q double able growth flat than for items. loss that growth non-recurring year, operating that highlight income digit to in margin unregulated so our growing Once segment of those and non-recurring digit us a income slightly XX.X%, or though basically When a XX% cost had on as particular, as basically gross and it that as growth this and on increasing at a XX.X% income income actually it those growth achieved gross consolidated a segment do margin it’s year. in we as well in operating get we’ve energy on year-to-date and we on XX.X% share, gross in XX.X%. energy of Recall earnings our quarter. our When look with excess because the quarter line. our You’ll excluding EPS growing growth year-to-date basis, do this terms adjusted was to grew double operating gross you On included regulated income basis segment we of on net consolidated both in operating increases year-to-date growing also growth is income in too XX.X% Driving again basis and of growth generate

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basis the for net a $X.XX quarter. on PESCO Lastly added

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about just a on X, think Moving to business Slide you as we highlight wanted year-to-date. to our

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the a at identified. financing another process $XX continue long-term are to we for as this market of projects a November and cost new schedules later in completing million for debt capital of permanent of necessary access We’re will net placement X.XX%, year as

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Mike McMasters

Thanks Beth.

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Operator

[Operator Global the line of Securities. from comes Seaport Instructions] question from first Mark Your Levin

line Your is now open.

Mark Levin

if of with that your think to questions. CapEx forward. to sub-segments the be about picture more Two be second -- and that question hike. the those over seeing to in you the And can her color that you're has opportunity then lines of active One you greatest quick opportunities the Maybe expect last is opportunities at more projects being the you Maybe where talked you look accelerated? may around big year talk next are some where opportunity? some going the to where about one around do some question the

Beth Cooper

a So, little the Mark, will bit first second question. and about talk Mike then talk I about one can about the

and where and small So feel looking they we in constantly at projects stage include can the likely at are that when that to terms are we’re happen our of capital forecast a expenditures, projects.

the in margin is this dollars we dollars And smaller be that when added terms including are are some to will where so, at regards on time there because there won't spent, in look projects we’re table here with, that. forward projects as moving dollars smaller is then came there time some we the to of projects. included be that also the are that we be the And line they at in acceleration projects

Mike McMasters

it's that to what's significant it's things say going on. driven think I first not And cost overrun by

when Again, disciplined it next just good really more of So but that for has where years, do year, it's doing be to a basically by earnings, growing we the this with it's manner, be the in to it look also so to we very to going the the about doing two over three years, it at want hard we of renewable. same do disciplined. think exception not

So we’re also pretty still with to and the in operations are look that with that side, our Delmarva now rates, the comfortable Florida in grow the those evolve. and transmission pretty distribution will the the Florida. I’m gas looking opportunities the are we've of we area strong well same both at continuing Delmarva natural continuing transmission got Ohio at as some we And traditional in right side, Ohio

distribution propane we’ve generating distribution gas community the growth with very doing, very some very and the side we’re good we've returns. On propane strategy on effective system implemented been seen strategy has we’re ago, again, side, years the comfortable that. strong What that

we’re has for which that -- that fuel would also been fueling be us to new territories helping get we vehicles, otherwise more addition effective, doing In into for not a propane recently in. been it’s very

CGS growth, gas me operation are the project to and tougher very natural with the to with CHP for CNG electric pretty we’re -- in [indiscernible] we’ve but look than the a we’re stuff -- the the bit doing distribution the electric opportunities companies facility that as stuff the coupled So Florida in know with excuse and of comes it you we’re on well. continuing distribution, one the little comfortable Electric stuff as for Peninsula. when distribution exploratory also

are few that think over when look closure, bring growth trying to and drive to these next at to but to continuing some I CHP things hard we’ll to so, hard we’re years ultimately And those see the those.

Mark Levin

and and go regarding I budget, has to the question, budget you when One board to follow-up to that perspective? but only in about outlook anything of from sort Beth the of on the have from we terms the a get the budget how might the and still XXXX year, beyond in we’re beyond and the been think affect CapEx CapEx of CapEx to -- revised in middle extrapolate XXXX XXXX know in the

Beth Cooper

the budget good last of would next of us be over XXXX. years to some for next record, -- track to finishing from is terms a standpoint just in in I the spent know maintenance that bit our five are and construction now the being and say up through $XX we year There’s our I process projects if that those expansions for years about but got of our look early going right be I distribution maintenance five would think you and we we’ve that in prepared, pretty doing in what level We’re terms million we’ve have normal some we’re the going also pure level the like operations. little of in going that indicate

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Operator

time, would no I over At this Mike There’re questions. to back turn call McMasters. the Instructions] [Operator further

Mike McMasters

Thank time this spending us some you. with I everyone want for morning. here to thank

providing total long our to driving earnings to term. serve per end. generate committed over that great and customers, Have the service shareholder share We’re supporting we return the excellent superior week a and communities to

Beth Cooper

you. Thank

Operator

This concludes today’s conference call.

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