Chesapeake Utilities (CPK)

Beth Cooper Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Corporate Secretary
Jeff Householder President & Chief Executive Officer
Jim Moriarty Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Risk & Compliance Officer
Kevin Webber Senior Vice President and President, Florida Business Unit
Tate Sullivan Maxim Group
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Good morning. My name is Chino and I’ll be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Chesapeake Utilities Second Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference 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

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Beth Cooper

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Jeff Householder

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Beth Cooper

Jeff. Thanks, Yes.

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late conversions by we per margin Natural $X.X gas Energy Gas distribution million gross assets Services Unregulated gross customer in and segment growth million share. from impacted old margin XXXX. $X.XX positively The in Marlin and the was $X.X that or added acquired Sandpiper propane

experienced and expenses reflective I'm costs territory. talk quarter. payroll-related of and amortization expense footprint offset did million. Michael facility fully continuing operating depreciation, weather $X.X to our expenses that and during of growth related the taxes The warmer the the Lower in investment are level expand costs higher outside our services, to to funding in on our slide. Hurricane next service restoration further related increased going to about Interest

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are working with the strategies We possible. quickly PESCO implement restore profitability team as to as that

debt slide eight, record financed in capital approximately to up to of million beneficial Turning show the was breakdown investment be to million $XXX of borrowing long-term short-term $X.X program debt. with half the it year-to-date expense. year-to-date compared our as we thought increase Average would we first of interest year last and the both

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intermediate XXXX. tremendous required of in $XX Our in million debt efforts early due issuance the also restoration

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target our expect of latter that to through into year we move the migrate this part We structure as closer XXXX. and to

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to growth approach dividend in shareholder to and opportunities growth driven return, our the Our disciplined and by goal above-average resulting investment provide earnings is per share.

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Jeff Householder

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Jim Moriarty

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Thank remarks. turn Jeff to I'll for you your for the and back floor closing time

Jeff Householder

Jim. Thanks

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in you and Jim this appreciate may that interest Beth, your happy and will Chesapeake any address be We questions your morning. time to I have.


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Tate Sullivan

you. morning. Thank Hi. Good

Beth Cooper

Good morning.

Tate Sullivan

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Beth Cooper

XX% that with a XX% it small There's associated -- piece some of is to yes, looking there we're about the at. Aspire for Tate, of Marlin, in and working that is related also It's but initiatives Marlin. is projects on, that

Tate Sullivan

mean slide -- -- is see And additional is infrastructure-related as to is please? costs for on -- is Marlin Okay. trailer other that that it I trailers or adding well car fleet the the I that

Beth Cooper

some fleet. And other at that as help that. we're about we access markets be in can facilities to looking of able adding the that talked the us and primarily serve equipment those is to will Jeff It ways

and us. would us anything on add joining line is there that? to Webber Kevin is with you And like Kevin as well the about

Kevin Webber

is compression stations, right. and It pursue to exactly it it help you're unload those equipment is tankers think the all more but and activities. more new reg I is

Tate Sullivan


to example follow-up worked you As recently job specific can give a of us that has a a Marlin on?

Kevin Webber

are on. an recently awful jobs there lot worked of Marlin Well, that has

and of South hit a shut contractor. for where turned back out customers having We have by on. risk off customers recent aligned Florida was those all most is -- going a ones was And one of to be the it in at of hold XXXXX

that the that customers. system we did lose so hook area, not so were and maintain up, get And tankers able into to they those

Tate Sullivan

and Great. Thank you that partner is the Callahan project? real a you. on approval start and development? like how did Jeff under project long process the a looking teaming up it And at When on with Pipeline, quickly, that

Jeff Householder

time Savannah so. Southern dates or probably a Well, looking back to that Natural for the at of down build years literally opportunities pipe a XX off the We've actual decade. Georgia through been development comes transmission of pipe out

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gone looking the -- two last the been put ground for it Emera decade. for on the with real a So, but probably we've literally development has before in at shovel this a we project years

Tate Sullivan

that. I'll the Thank you. Thank for you line. get back Okay. in

Beth Cooper

Thanks Tate.


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Tate Sullivan


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Jeff Householder

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Tate Sullivan


Jeff Householder

no our indicator division really largest northwest didn't the back there in because on is there. issue houses are largest and It's come anymore customers or there that the really that

Tate Sullivan

instance the approval about then is faster for And is in backdrop? process intrastate it Florida building okay. it pipeline terms in or regulatory it -- similar and much Delaware for regulatory is of Okay, a gas Callahan natural

Jeff Householder

commission Florida that Shore It FERC. in in opposed off Delaware is transition to pipeline. FERC-regulated by and pipes pipe as the is Peninsula Pipeline Eastern And regulated build different. The we the so-called Florida of are the intrastate coming intrastate

regulatory don't process time intrastate go requirements a or through for Florida you I Oversight that how delicately of can is layer in there this? FERC the significant to put pipe. -- see So there

Tate Sullivan

Callahan you regulatory of Okay. finishing I in seems project. the the asked and because it getting then terms fast approval just

for so quick like because no it's that? XX-XX no the net margin is margin that, there's So there's accounting -- minority partnership like net slight on it's for -- or -- the interest self and real anything Beth a

Beth Cooper

own correct. jointly that's we not own it. -- is the correct, that joint venture. a -- It not jointly project. is That's There's we both it both -- is is this It

accounted and for -- we had Tate that So our account shows done our and is another ours in we it financial investment our unlike we project past for have not up as in statement. the margin

Tate Sullivan

And the update you. me I can -- rest last Thank Community sorry higher of on an System missed the propane Okay. then for If than seeing bifurcate Gas growth it is, the give in if you on that strategy. propane strategy Are you business? you still can that please?

Beth Cooper

in I we service in mean, of core well of outside Systems as that continuing having legacy our areas evaluate opportunities our service growth So territory, Gas relationships because are we've to are our as built. the Community projects to see we both even

well. So propane when business strategy growth business as out that's look really within our you today, happening -- a there's that multipronged it's

continuing CGS, the have which grow. to is You

start-ups growth the years, occurring. initiated several still that organic have You you're that's having were where

area. beyond of You into moving being will new peninsula the that's by Baltimore to into both is us western have in also our and which opening we opening growing on up be here on Pennsylvania start-up AutoGas also Maryland. Florida driven business, the shore -- and locations. a that And We're

growth in for a of here beyond Tate even that there's business. opportunities and lot So

Jeff Householder

being down is I CGS it's it first areas. that get you beach the Delaware propane over the of in gas, working couldn't an a where quite expansions mean, that toward now had I too our natural of as mover number we're to mentioning opportunities in to part strategy the seeing was systems of CGS natural the worth kind convert relative place we've well. area to put existing into those significant think the gas that in

is to what or obviously, do propane path And this then would business And path. exactly which same our a us when we is so down that's years so what doing. find several years, more started we moves the the and see down over next that ago thing CGS hope exactly we dozen the

pretty at So that's and this working comes -- that strategy when the nice out perfectly it's planning is point. together much

Tate Sullivan

all all day. Thank very a That’s you rest me. the Okay. Have Thank tips. of the for much you. for good

Beth Cooper

Tate. you, Thank


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You may continue.

Jeff Householder

All Thank a how nice to the do we appreciate tell good third quarter. appreciate look if quarter time forward questions, joining to I in today. a I is and want you good you. your and We had us there other report again And you day. we much are

Beth Cooper

Thank you.

Jim Moriarty

you. Thank

Kevin Webber

you. Thank


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