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Chesapeake Utilities (CPK)

Participants
Beth Cooper Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Householder President and Chief Executive Officer
Jim Moriarty Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer
Brian Russo Sidoti
Tate Sullivan Maxim Group
Roger Liddell Clear Harbor Asset Management
Call transcript
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Operator

Welcome to Chesapeake Utilities Corp Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call.

During the presentation, all participants will be in a listen-only mode. Afterwards, we will conduct a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded, Thursday, November 5th, 2020. I would now like to turn the conference over to Beth Cooper, Chief Financial Officer. ahead. go Please

Beth Cooper

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are me shown Vice President Jeff Slide Secretary today participating and the As and President, Executive Officer. Risk Compliance Corporate Householder, with Chief Moriarty, on Officer; on Counsel, Executive and and Chief call X, Jim General

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today third COVID-XX results, provide on for to insight outlook numerous the objective our our progress business our on estimated call the as to-date future. and as on into an Our for our initiatives well year-to-date update is impact and strategic quarter the of

X, to that discussed include remind this would to matters uncertainties. may I involve forward-looking conference you call risks that Moving in statements and Slide like

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Jeff Householder

all our Thank for Good quarter you thank you, third call. joining afternoon and Beth.

for accomplishments quarter. third the we achieved we significant reflected the that call, on during As prepared this Company the

that accomplishments several business of occurred development initiatives start key me our by highlighting some this Let and quarter.

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with which distribution systems gas Recycling rate on commercial, low-carbon gas renewable Energy communities contributes agricultural continue Waste is projects Westover subsidiary renewable projects Peninsula. Maryland, but gas a Our to We're growth pipeline the These for project and and natural bioenergy that will support landfill at our customers and utilities. average development for significantly partnering that with other long-term Eastern to Delaware, natural and In finalized chicken distribution the We're a above in long-term for footprint recently waste energy a broader of the both to facility purchase support midst natural RNG interconnect. participation the Gas evaluating for the Ohio. gas We in from firms not in of several The Rumpke mitigating pipeline Aspire the and rate for Ohio, emissions. into landfill system gas, excited only support Westover, add local in transport we renewable quality Fortistar and RNG developing with environmental waste agricultural & of disposal methane to Delmarva a a biogas project. will agreements challenge the from Maryland. produce organic pipeline Renewables in We're we plant take negotiations to our produced will in fertilizer of renewable of partnered the partnered future, Services natural also for facility. facility CleanBay Shore the landfill Most waste. gas a potential Marlin our

a XX-mile pipeline transport build our system. into RNG gathering will Aspire to the

During equity end were reflective included the issued Index at-the-market equity its our program Gas ATM business the acquisition steady, and Elkton of to million Elkton plans. closed third July Commission purchase of the way and the Utilities access shares Company growth. of growth. the SmallCap XXX on of of we're this continues was seeing be integrating million to at-the-market the Year-to-date In Gas. late in and the enhanced SmallCap Maryland resulted the in to the equity Chesapeake quarter, Cecil honored the quarter. this we Chesapeake talented the direct its time $XX.X through offering ultimately $XX of to already into our equity well at able established end our reliable Service into which We added September, stock execute our to support S&P And Maryland of capitalization increased Index. and strong stock dividend approved Public We September, the through team end stock over We family. new growth provide of manage into S&P an capital sale to new was welcomed October, Near that on area. to increased of Chesapeake County, our at continued are earnings in and program to At Chesapeake XXX, transaction an the Elkton same the sheet Gas our market and the end its balance as went structure. has

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CNG our facility rebalanced equity debt has end the additional on that this and for The continued frame build year $XXX balance to Port is of capital filling our expected at meet growth. Gas a a Lastly, ratio at the our renewed strong and September, a debt Savannah, we needs an well the provides of Atlanta positioned in Also interim station partnership a lending from announced bank time quarter, access our we group short-term amended ahead to Georgia. Light million sheet with third equity we're and our basis. of to offering with syndicated

site this and subsidiary a will mobile our new facility, expanding Georgia Marlin transport locate Carolinas. at logistics the in CNG Our services into markets

acquisition cost very workplace Service that a ninth two was earnings. million Florida approximately X,XXX this Western propane by employees. of honor. the this in consecutive Florida I week right, Counsel approved For of settlement propane this Company, only from subsequently In the agreement our one year Michael our customers. it's proceeding, Natural a appreciative they based distinguished in And, was out which for has We as $X.X Chesapeake the Commission. The retailer. named yes, generated Gas the Public Office said top in their Energy company that announced incremental the Sharp the of fact that subsidiary Natural Utilities Delaware, Gas reached in of propane We're are with of recognition companies year-to-date Western agreement Jacksonville, serves representing but recovery earlier Public earned Florida Hurricane name,

and expands are growing presence We Duval it the propane counties. about as our this and markets excited St. Johns acquisition in

years. share. dividend a accomplishments declared XX $X.XX now COVID-XX operational Directors These today, significant business Finally paid of amazing of XXXX our January impact We've given our perhaps for per pandemic our Board are consecutive dividend even on a as Chesapeake milestone continues. It's earlier the notable, the Utilities. for

a which Later enable guidance. our initiatives performance the in these XXXX on $XX margin our EPS discuss major initiatives moment third forecasts now want XXXX and of we'll strong third results. our in of commitment our margin All and generate capital spend us I just to projects our and given projects quarter and contributions and specifically to to in table $XX million million quarter of XXXX to a margin reaffirm announced year-to-date today. presentation,

above the GAAP quarter earnings per for XXXX third reported period. That's was prior share from per $X.XX. $X.XX quarter Our share $X.XX $X.XX earnings as GAAP Year-to-date increased to results. third our

worked working our entire results keep COVID-XX of as that businesses. energy hard not the hard indicated testament has to our to for just but the growing projects meeting expectations It's our we're only earnings. contractors Our contribute keep we I executing continue dedication future also and face growth drive reliable will suppliers our service, and to team to the a of customer our strong employees, and pandemic are that delivery in

essential was million conditions, Speaking travel for personnel. estimated primarily partially driven has equipment services bad nine personal the our costs and a higher operating three and delivery debt by support additional times. are the income work frontline financing respectively. line. the these helped commercial energy, and that impacts and reduced simultaneously ongoing the Company as during our $X.X including The incremental unprecedented costs with a by largely these negative Lower and the Fed's associated protective the for The industrial cost due expenses related operations incurred in actions expenses COVID-XX, expense, tax of of COVID-XX the Company's COVID-XX, reductions. sectors, the result expenses expenses moment on XXth, pay September impact lower other consumption of were restricted for have of federal related to CARES Act premium impacts of Those and months $XXX,XXX operating XXXX, remote to bottom the reduced had net earnings COVID-XX offset ended

associated is have with pandemic regulatory and however, COVID-XX net to Company has still the these establish regulatory assets incremental the Florida expense impacts. in established the do, regulatory not authority As Delaware,. Maryland We ongoing, assets.

determine results. and communicate regulatory Beth scope net recovery turn on the quarter We a the I'll we more Beth? deferral in updates of as our discuss second of to timing on back call timely basis, the any or our detail to COVID-XX impact actions. expense will

Beth Cooper

Thanks, Jeff.

year. to X, the of in were compared tax second million was as net in the $XX.X of with Act rates resulting XX% million CARES year. the rate the $X.X CARES Slide to quarter last XX% The last of years this higher to benefit was Turning Act income million in in federal carry quarter million losses enabled back to a for quarter. result a $XX.X to The same $X.X operating compared tax year for us net Year-to-date compared $X.X XXXX. income recorded million year-to-date earnings

the $X.X per in terms quarter same In year EPS $X.XX release year compared the grew after last $X.XX compared our third for performance the expansions Pipeline margin contributed year-to-date the to earnings Callahan quarter. settlement million and $X.X share. operations, while detail growth new Shore's and drivers shortly to third Gross Auburndale continuing $X.XX issued for the close. X quarter after $X.XX as $X Hurricane by from third County, of We quarter Pathway in from the per summarizes the project. service margin of from quarter. $XXX,XXX Slide period market We share the initiating from the additional Energy of EPS million. projects happened again last from $X.XX of third recognized to by Natural million. Michael to gross Eastern key this million grew our $XXX,XXX yesterday Western that proceeding added described gas our $X.X Pipeline, increased generated Peninsula Palm Beach Del-Mar to customers end

customer above average. growth for growth our national customer organic the the reached significantly X.X% residential And rates Our Delmarva for remain example, quarter.

operating businesses Infrastructure our Boulden resulted additional in by projects And acquisitions, services Gas in managing and growth million mostly as normal. gross amortization as and its Services generated favorable Our and gross increasing new contracts. in in expenses well. this inception. $XX Elkton gross business, since expenses lastly increased Management Michael margin CNG with The the associated quarter of and $XXX,XXX in of margin XX% demand increased traditional operating Hurricane new by acquisitions Florida growth Gas gain resulted contributed Reliability for driven several margin or associated this our contributed has $XXX,XXX while the depreciation margin Gas with in GRIP over $XXX,XXX settlement. new Marlin gross were Program, cost

reduced increased you expenses second Hurricane material. in see accrued first and new $X you Michael first gross resulted and to We exclude customer well the and margin expenses of amortization, not If depreciation with settlement. Unusual for acquisitions as in recognized Interim margin unfavorable impact reserved gross a that net quarters operating quarter those associated can million the consumption items previously million. rates was tied quarters. second $X.X $XXX,XXX. were the COVID-XX this our and as benefit of Decreased in and increase the

personal for focus including continue to unwavering recommendations Slide new and remote in business the with on normal our we customers masks, Center adherence administrative to X, or of this protecting operate CDC social to and Moving utilization Control protective equipment. distancing, our services employees of Disease continued and our

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impact analysis continue have looked various at to projections assess to related recoverability. We this and and

we forecast approximately for further capital remains The for provide $XXX will assessment. expenditures We our update target million. complete XXXX on as

shown Our now really narrowed and X band a to Slide has $XXX represents $XXX as on million.

over year-to-date notice projections XXXX from distribution our will to in capital majority basis, our of and remainder capital million. year. and a the we expenditures have lower of remains for million regulated invested end estimated On under just we investments our million $XXX the spending moved $XXX to our given You businesses. The $XXX of that transmission date the XX%

would on We would carried next be attributable to and this track to timing any construction year. are over achieve and well largely variations forecast capital to be

and Slide portion on XXth, of of billion, long-term September XX% debt see stockholders' comprised at capitalization of XX% outstanding As short-term and borrowings under long-term fixed total as revolver equity, you rate debt. the $X.XX including XX was can debt XX%. current short-term our

that Our strides capitalization total at recent to would basis. and in our total have us we our significant pro issuances of end target be approximately had back migrating regard. to the capitalization XX% range ratio able on Recall target equity low equity moved a that that XX%. of We were equity forma to indicated began we make to

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Jeff Householder

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Jim Moriarty

Jeff you, and good afternoon everyone. Thank Hi.

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Jeff Householder

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Operator

of Instructions] you. comes question Russo with the proceed Brian questions. Please first Thank Sidoti. from your [Operator with Our line

Brian Russo

afternoon. Good Hi.

Beth Cooper

Good afternoon, Brian.

Brian Russo

Hey.

million capitalization? it $XX ATM to $XX of you where it is are are really on the Just like program accomplished, million with the the the opportunistically – that issue $XX even to curious looks equity of look you remaining or million necessary possibly just not going with the, given out

Beth Cooper

Sure.

about and dividend issued million In under we $XX reinvestment ATM inclusive our that of so September to So did just under October the issue plan. closer total and and total million $XX.X direct maybe though were stock a program. for highlight, issued that's we purchase to shares

You're right, Brian.

mentioned to comments, the our low of enabled end to us it I As closer in my back move target range.

I adjust range. that opportunities So we as stay new capital as time-to-time can from to appropriate, continue our so undertake us that you see stay close to we think will try around And our make we'll structure target. to we that sure target continue to

we consider So not from debt that doesn't equity we're make but may time-to-time, that to now, and there sure capital structure both issuing stays capital balanced. our right mean

Brian Russo

projects on of a that relationships perspective bit opportunities specifically the The in Okay. is earlier. flexibility a maybe then more you to discussed growth what have from size flexibility versus XXXX. now regulated could in relative seems Great. a you – your to just opportunities recently little you've just And pursue it RNG and follow-up maybe on done existing unregulated talk expansion with you

Beth Cooper

up, that then just in, what that our and if opportunities say I'll to is year anything growth. But begin distribution projects Brian, the Company. have in that mix the you time; you're we regulated Jeff think from we're the to to to that going foundation is same going don't of see the to unregulated investments over mix to and also that throughout I happen wants We're because of to there not regard. can there you're growth when to to continue there's have, we've We've got business to is potentially core table, acquisitions, he to after some our look Marlin and anywhere pipeline to we've continue similar have from XX% some propane of But to be consistently pipeline the But to our projects regulated experienced I opportunities see. also the continue mean to us I at grow not going new we have a And of that's jump regulated and included organic on system that's XX% would add. going look We're simultaneously that we've I you done. end I that, is that opportunities services. level the going think investment, businesses projects continue what in at every going we're are capital to would start-ups out to you'll we're of to all utility looking of you is with continue doesn't going we've see Because year been side, there when at. in a of that fortunate expansion, because expanding ask margin year. there see that kind finish going that you of expect on get growth time. over

So I there know add. is that's not you want anything don't going to if be to Jeff, changing.

Jim Moriarty

covered it No, that effectively. pretty

Brian Russo

Great. And the Fortistar RNG in announcement month. Great. then made Thanks. earlier just on

that related You else. impacts touched Fortistar any if financial to discuss that. but Are mentioned that I'm something there on this time? GHG, You sure or or was could implications at not you

Beth Cooper

out We've add to domain. the them not come any in the at have of year-end put end project that this financial table That is related will Fortistar, information our forthcoming point you'll margin us was our public with Jim that Yes, participating. at as information of additional the that actually around Aspire gross we the Rumpke where see were out result. But comments year. the made to we

Brian Russo

very you Thank Great. much. Okay.

Beth Cooper

Sure.

Operator

this line further Please the no your are next proceed comes question. with Maxim Instructions] [Operator question registered Group. questions with Tate of from at time. There Sullivan Our

Tate Sullivan

Florida Hi. the total on mix that and the propane propane meaningfully after Florida? the expand than a opportunity you. the then, you you into can company now Thank different And Mid-Atlantic acquisition identify Jeff, please? did operating to Florida, acquisition, of customer Why is your propane talk in how about just business in

Jeff Householder

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Tate Sullivan

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Jeff Householder

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Tate Sullivan

all. the you, a Have Thank good rest Okay. of night.

Beth Cooper

you. Thank

Operator

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Roger Liddell

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Jeff Householder

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Roger Liddell

appreciate texture interesting. future calls. the very in have Yeah, in that I'm I'll That's sure and other answer questions

Jeff Householder

Sure. Sure.

Operator

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Jeff Householder

Chesapeake. attending our much appreciate quarter you for very thank Well, interest third call. Okay. in always as the We

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give a Thank much. us very you just So Good call. evening.

Operator

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