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Chesapeake Utilities (CPK)

Participants
Beth Cooper EVP, Chief Financial Officer & Assistant Corporate Secretary
Jeff Householder President & Chief Executive Officer
Jim Moriarty EVP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Chief Policy and Risk Officer
Tate Sullivan Maxim
Brian Russo Sidoti
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Operator

Welcome to Chesapeake Utilities Corp.

Second Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded, Thursday, August 6, 2020. I would now like to turn the conference over to Beth Cooper, EVP and CFO. Please go ahead.

Beth Cooper

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Jeff Householder

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Beth Cooper

Jeff. Thanks,

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indicated We and earnings reinvestment target plans, and the beyond have Retirement contribution this equity stock we our back Plan to time, capital closer increase utilized dividend purchase our equity and plans. our the issue traditional XXX(k) our year Over incentive will stock retained structure. Supplemental through plans we move our have to

call are opportunities. and I Jeff current like line year-to-date discuss growth now future to would our this. actions back with Our turn the in to to

Jeff Householder

Thank you, Beth.

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Jim Moriarty

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Jeff Householder

Jim. Thanks,

Just a final of couple comments.

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Operator

from of question Tate Our Sullivan the first line with Maxim. [Operator Instructions] comes

Tate Sullivan

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Beth Cooper

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CNG that at mentioned also also And Marlin some both RNG. in we've we're working arena, to point for here. hopefully, looking LNG we'll the into expand in We be some also and other have projects on in the that past

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Jeff Householder

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revenue an a us in provides our think come for business. And we've some well. I that we have Mid-Atlantic so we're of pretty the margin And quite marketing stable of stream work increase And more to that with and some this opportunities opportunity significant especially seeing here the reflective that in been the the Southeast that know seeing doing, you're is way. utilities

Tate Sullivan

while. was many the else Okay. in among Great. within unregulated a propane given besides both margin Yes. I too. margin in XQ unregulated was Marlin, and very think were one Because your operating it thing, mean I in other? notable others, operating Marlin's that everything income Were there a going other income quite on, -- XQ contributor? was positive strength there And highest

Beth Cooper

Yes.

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us for at consummated recall, acquisition The of you'll the the we end that thing other is, happened the year. Boulden

quarter. during add strongly And very so to the Boulden continued

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overall, unregulated so fared very the quarter. well And again during

Tate Sullivan

the the the any concern shouldn't be customer I jump in mean, all that that, organic Is an seemed at including Delmarva converted Or before a of And -- distribution, but Yes. growth which back X% for very just is or it natural figures, queue, -- the that gas there just looking customers some that I year-over-year. portion? on side propane high I and meaningful regulated on don't number?

Beth Cooper

in a I activity is a some a not we see expansion. is mean, There of part but customer not it -- conversion there, significant significant it. it's lot to of continue

Delaware, to which Delaware, basically and being of it's continues of I are in expand. the our grow are are Dover, areas the like expanding distribution new the Wilmington, beach communities Middletown north as know. pathway developments As of the area in that system, areas, bedroom -- But

in markets. so and very growth area strong And it's be two to principally our continued Delaware those

as of that's some that's as are driven And conversions. by it's but than driver. the much more there not the so There happening growth customer those,

Jeff Householder

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and natural years of at multiple in you're them. start those all we looking of So gas, get will gas front converting before developments service

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Operator

the question Sidoti. Brian Our Russo comes next from line with of

Brian Russo

investment that project with $X or RNG what tied is the margin Bioenergy on contribution, Just CleanBay? million specific to gross or

Beth Cooper

announced, that That first the project for completely done. are is but associated is now right partially we not with projects all associated both contracts with,

And estimates higher so that margin for out come is will that is more we the a all likely, of once preliminary finalized. those a will refined, estimate with everything contracts impact of

Brian Russo

then... And it. Okay. Got

Jeff Householder

just and the add mentioned agreements. earlier, we're, that said, Bioenergy to made, It's one a, processing in these at thing. We've I'll of things, as combination we gas we're making and investment an said, contract Beth as she equipment working It's facility. refine a as DevCo

and Gas margins so are will there associated And through for there support those new some that. gas be And associated with transportation Marlin to margins activities. There again equipment the Services. also we're transporting investment

Brian Russo

Okay.

dollar to So using... kind back what investment of, just of into assume just or back into the should we envelope, what ROE XX.X% XX% an amount type

Jeff Householder

always mad but question, that gets answer do. me would at I Beth I when

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Beth Cooper

of to would targeting what as above return still the yes, I say that, return not for mean, we've But a underway. that's it, always, I LDC and regulated should we're Brian, some point, know that done business. also because a be yet, I you, what as going contracts is Jeff at are Well, mentioned this mentioned

we've investment the estimates dollars. out some some of included on So

adjust you make then do And continue out so information you additional what look disclose there. a with dollars are what at at from to we a projects, return associated is utility like there, I these is as can assumption And are would that above return. investment

Brian Russo

of services Okay. storm? those the Great. tropical dispatched have that, has terms Understood. response in And to Gas, Marlin in been

Jeff Householder

know obviously, discussed went certainly had further Delmarva, knowledge, shouldn't in but believe Delmarva no we've I hold have in utilities a dispatched X, impact any I storm on not I repair virtually in north X, my transmission any or that issues for and purposes then to systems. system if had but Peninsula anything to on know directly that, of don't say we gas we've result no that either. as Florida. distribution we we And any not the And Marlin that or of our

Brian Russo

the Southeast. Okay. I the mid-Atlantic or just was curious in in

Jeff Householder

we any any substantive seen systems really of gas dispatch. Yes. that Marlin to actually just, to require will We the damage haven't

Brian Russo

I'm because benefits Understood. CARES expense a expenses? curious. good a a you Okay. job done it impact, of so Is you've tax and why curious, filed of you such haven't deferral the the it that net file Just Is COVID offsetting of And offsetting elsewhere? with for kind you're that?

Beth Cooper

? to Jeff, want to or would me that take you do you like

Jeff Householder

ahead. Go sure. Yes,

Beth Cooper

standpoint our right continued has evolve. situation, From now, Brian, we the as about, talked to

be everybody pandemic, time think this be thought, normal. to going to okay, it's this will amount initially and I of back then everybody

we don't, we what do continuing We're evaluate be is want what so to And able to the to on really projections. magnitude. work our

as We as are packages. of that about result looking already at other potential a the filings future stimulus might that are as come regulatory the changes organization other considering underway well We're overall.

sure don't we we make And to we quick and We going the the what make is necessary want so think to then that deliberate, we'll filings. evaluate want the gate. impact we're to be be to

evaluation, the looking continues overall analysis to again, as it so and just evolve. And and at it's situation

Jeff Householder

believe expectation reasonable a it agencies be number. a will net certainly, it's to you that And looking regulatory as indicated, for

other to as versus effects. from the colleagues different impacts need or we do in our so that And What's COVID figure across net that's [indiscernible] out, just is. country many what of weather due to

Brian Russo

is conclusion quarter? Florida, schedule? On the the occur that And Hurricane can Michael it you what confidence third gives the proceedings by on in

Jeff Householder

is it schedule. have, on we Well,

We a date that the hearing commission September has have established.

just hearing. the Public staff, Office will to can for getting track to a there, that of And issue. of begin agreement know to Service settlement move sort we with usual on we'll going any to we Counsel we're where so the if reach that deal point I the the need now conversation don't see our Public get and prepare for the that and but close the hearing this staff down Commission between would eliminate there's

Brian Russo

that the sheet then the that debt flow interest long-term lower just look statement, And retiring plan balance sheet with part debt? you earlier? balance are quick or the at management a cash Okay. you briefly Is Great. of taking rate, mentioned short-term

Beth Cooper

-- when the as mean, current we're mean, balance through retired, but together, debt I are said, the through also channels through extent to borrowings you time, growing, that our getting it's funded using stock to is so as long-term normal either at to -- that either fund -- speak, also same short-term Well, comes I getting sheet our things.

several that of Brian, different would levers is at say, day, end I are ultimately, So the the what happening. there's

that's long-term have retired. We being debt

debt issuing have We're some of using. equity also long-term We total to And beginning then $XX since our also up issuing the that year. that's of we're this short-term moved we've equity been million the capitalization debt year.

that. of all it's So

Brian Russo

the XXXX. charts, it When projects you under Great. gross the as you're the RNG And margin high completion, if then of pushing then potential course one through of last the projects, end towards near already pipeline of at look updated development CAGR and seems that question. EPS

roll So on curious might then And there. to XXXX? thoughts your when might over get when we -- you

Beth Cooper

we're Well, color around come add Jeff Jim review what and strategic and up process I'll this. then I say would here But -- going the our I know can into planning through coming further as we is start, typically will fall. certainly some we

earnings our what growth like over looking investment And next the will the capital like what over looks plan so trajectory years. years, include that X of X our at at next part looks review looking

to annual look put not is, to I guidance. we point, what guidance, out -- but And kind would do of some expect to so an will new Chesapeake go at likely

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Operator

a with the question. Tate from line your Maxim. Please Our with proceed is question of Sullivan next follow-up

Tate Sullivan

agreements for just renewable are? two $X deals biodigester? it current it and CleanBay, the the multiple announced, so does Thank X Or my million those you've facilities? Hi. On up. X taking follow what represent -- with margin and that in gross you natural frame biodigester you Bioenergy Can those gas, both is of

Jeff Householder

Beth And DevCo for finalize working to contract Seaford. facility we're agreements at with actually the as Sure. said, the Bioenergy are, we

the saying. get executed The at letter some will a a of of lays of -- out million Beth most for intent through me working have mad We of the that $X is deal, we're that still terms again, details. but

a will be of variety almost placeholder it's different from believe So margins a what for coming sources. we

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in interconnect of We will $X will Eastern mentioned, that will Eastern the are, Shore. that Shore million that are ultimately in those build million investment, we not Eastern on $X bring Shore gas margins into that that, be included

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Tate Sullivan

detail regulatory it on happened the the month that approval you All follow-up received community that what was put just was last the is systems. And regulatory, Jeff, the gas No. Okay. in? that to great. something one

Jeff Householder

conversion value of begin assets from earning natural on sort value that propane value contention, enter those well, customers. Yes. one happens the actually have into it's buying you worked assets, utility market the that's frankly, how state underground, purchase going We, the gas always what book the that to propane of of acquired issues by it those long-standing those that's into And gas the Delaware propane at of being when when rate if an to for by the any one the you're ever a And the underground I've base natural depreciated level asset is of course, pay of something been a a assets. asset base. closer those that ever of you're company, And been everywhere of you do I've you And an a utility things bring worked, is, would in Public in, the rate into position come you Service Commission, actually utility. point every rate basically and asset and base system. regulated is and acquiring of a

be gas asset were system. if in into value the negotiate, it bring get to that in value were able a So assets market forward what And you would possibly if at approved rate want you able is building natural distribution replacement to at we that base we to those Delaware new bring can.

we're value that put significantly frankly. It's a rate accomplishment, So and significant the the earn it able on. base pretty increases assets to into of ultimately

Operator

are there call turn remarks. to closing continue will [Operator your the at Householder, no back I now Mr. please you, with further Instructions] questions this time.

Jeff Householder

your you. interest in Thank forward always, We this and with we again as Chesapeake thank hanging Utilities there soon. you you just this again speaking And Goodbye. all in time. afternoon look us appreciate to joining for and

Operator

for the participation, you your call lines. thank and ask does please for We conference today. your That conclude disconnect you