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Chesapeake Utilities (CPK)

Participants
Beth W. Cooper EVP, CFO, and Assistant Corporate Secretary
Jeff M. Householder President and CEO
James F. Moriarty EVP, General Counsel, CS, and Chief Policy and Risk Officer
Tate Sullivan Maxim Group
Brian Russo Sidoti
Michael Gaugler Janney Montgomery Scott
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Operator

Greetings and welcome to the Chesapeake Utilities Corporation's First Quarter Results 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 Wednesday, May 5, 2021. to President conference and like Cooper, to now Vice Executive Chief would turn over the Beth I Financial Officer. ahead. go Please

Beth W. Cooper

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from that to of actual provides projections Safe statements forward-looking Forward-looking statements Annual for Harbor such cause the differ section our The results. our Company's on factors information on could Form actual further Report differ XXXX XX-K from could statements the and results. materially

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Jeff M. Householder

our with business had call Thank you, continued We've joining our initiatives Beth. to Good growth across units. today. for thank afternoon, very all profitable strong and a you start XXXX

an over quarter increase more Gross compared share or earnings than per XXXX of increased share $X.XX. As of continuing to $XX earnings shown was quarter XX.X% from X, $X.XX first million on $X.XX, per operations XXXX. the of margin our first Slide

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more investment and new to driver the quarter. on by our past customers utility We projected In see that's serve approximately than continued opportunities that achieve average. primary a our to of additions target. investments X.X%. capital the year, we're Growth customer to was $XXX increased count at customer XXXX million, We in the at capital track the for first national rate twice distribution

our of capital under $X.XX growth dividend X.X% ongoing of quarter share, investment payment Our its dividends healthy dividend Company's a earnings to our for dividend its for annualized across per today, enables Utilities fund first and payout reflects aligns The XX, But to ratio our of growth, Earlier few annualized XX most supported on to investment share the $XX in X, increase. this years let shareholders turn a liquidity of XXXX, over dividend totaled has call as $X.XX our Slide our rate per growth and raise commitment projects paid Board's through reinvestment growth to quarter Directors to The that that dividend operations. million. continued including closely an about Board five-year share the five-year has initiatives have approved X.X% just by and for in capital interruption more dividend dividend increase. without add our of the minutes. first while rate me is our further December just increased results. back maintaining earnings will Chesapeake I of decision XXXX. units earnings every or ensures since growth X.X%, increase discussion per the business year growth $X.XX a Beth with shown recent annualized

Beth W. Cooper

Thanks, Jeff.

was Slide X, This in last to operations same for the net approximately million from continuing net Turning income XX%. a $XX or the quarter $X.X million of growth of million compared to income quarter year. $XX.X for represents

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equity enterprise, income fourth today we of the of result, earlier, operating from rate quarters growth the I of $X.XX our $X.XX, while and for Company. discussion compared growth first rate continuing year, our largely a by of share by across will to impacts, operations business performance income representing and ATM net initiatives a customer last Gross the first successfully continuing continued Jeff from EPS EPS just year consumption compared last focus because and Higher issued the to Growth XX% amount by on collaboration grew, efficiencies, standardization growth to the per increased expense stock margin with increased various the under in first via and of as operations. result coupled the and income program drove was quarter while XX.X%. the the result quarter quarter significant these XX.X% XX%, of the of the XXXX XX%. $X.XX grew plans. third and As mentioned across management, is

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new under though in can X, approximately our first $XXX with you XXXX previously to Again, As regulated concentrated the assets. as Slide new mentioned, expenditures announced capital $XX invested is of see just budgeted $XXX XX% remains Year-to-date, capital for on Jeff in investment million. forecast we've guidance investments. at million million the energy

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was you capitalization and average comprised rate can equity, which March, X.X%. we revolver As on in had approximately debt see million under $XXX our stockholders' of XX% of of interest $X.X Slide an X.XX%; XX, total billion, of XX% long-term the fixed short-term at as $XXX rate now end million; at an average debt in of is

range. within recent equity our target equity issuance further this to along moved total capitalization Our

and future retained Utilities capitalization I and would turn our this plans $X investment, and utilize back business. the call our We extension billion. stock year reinvest now the earnings beyond approximately prospects to growth. continue about equity current to increase issue to like dividend it to equity Jeff? for and Chesapeake earnings talk Jeff our is conviction market guidance growth our of in and traditional to recent to

Jeff M. Householder

Beth. Thanks,

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projects potentially in several small-scale relatively also We have transmission area. will this that increase development investment under pipeline

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James F. Moriarty

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Jeff M. Householder

Jim. Thanks,

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Operator

go the comes from Please the question, line Maxim Group. One first ahead. please Thank which moment Sullivan you. of with [Operator for Instructions]. Tate

Tate Sullivan

Hi, thank you. Starting please. on CleanBay,

equity option of that the is Chesapeake, -- the convert investment this in something participation, type or done mentioned projects before? equity you've equity-type that history new of participation to equity unregulated of to other You in an

Beth W. Cooper

and new you afternoon, could this from done in we that something good It Tate. past. be Thank standpoint. No, the Chesapeake not historically something is

Tate Sullivan

approved just that potential the Thank convert that that is you equity? by mentioned, place, to just in you. or Okay. a was is it already to And Board or

Jeff M. Householder

Tate, got infusion approval us we making negotiation a and if an the we pursue that see into project. governance feel what to comfortable structure CleanBay to equity to can basically Well, would enable economic with was terms

We gas size at assumed have a that the ability would to be do would looking as similar unit. put of we processor. equity the we we're into the what processing The

Tate Sullivan

with in margin, noted tankers, you. side I Thank something on Energy, I you Okay. well, operating you know that or LNG the was look please? else that investments some partly margin, slightly sector, the was just with at out the Unregulated the Sticking year-over-year impacts as can down gross and call would it mean, capital margin from I

Beth W. Cooper

Would you for you the as the margin when well in margin. Tate, the just an the because actually mind, both were income your quarter as from at up, businesses look question repeating operating unregulated

question could -- So, would mind you your just you repeating there.

Tate Sullivan

check XX% I'll No, margin operating the was -- Okay. slightly the down my calc from prior thought year. I

customer there, on Okay. sorry, I'll Elkton, if can growth in I And seen recheck comment organic you in put then, you growth, it did Elkton slides, recently? that. Delmarva, you've excluding missed organic in excluding the that that

Beth W. Cooper

Sure.

in seeing strong, but foreseeable still looks to strong, significantly movement is last what and in for total, strong still it's the organic rate be from the to little a to coming average very future. the remains very growth So, relative had the both pickup the and of actually growth that's In -- a double, We margin residential for on first We're appears any run territories. what terms the of very year. of continues quarter-over-quarter. margin did the same close where customer to to in more quarter see it our slowing bit industry very was total we've the a be and relative classes, Florida, service not than there, among

Tate Sullivan

Great.

you Okay. the for Thank That's me. it for detail.

Beth W. Cooper

Thank you, Tate.

Operator

from of comes question next Sidoti. Your ahead. Russo Brian the Please go with line

Brian Russo

Yeah. Hi, good afternoon.

Beth W. Cooper

Good How afternoon. you? are

Brian Russo

Good. Thank you.

you if and And So, follow-up Chesapeake something kind you on near that? be just that to to fourth term XXXX equity quarter from recall in CleanBay of to investment, be that expect I investment, contribution you'd the that is is quantify accurate? correctly, to that mentioned able the finalized

Jeff M. Householder

and to conclusion about what some the really middle like. can and out that project now, facility. in we it actual in economics provisions opposed to equity It's the of And piece just to gas infusion the ownership looks then the accurate be, trying if right negotiations what will that's an that the to the whole what figure one extent exactly decide into we're and support complete come processing as governance of those of

Brian Russo

be, And have increased Difficulty] like the is margins? will box? my of growth the Understood. within guys you to propane propane Difficulty] looks propane the driver gross to where Okay. driving what's as margins, first see and then I margin question [Technical on it just probably quarter tend operations of [Technical unregulated next those the three the a kind which XXXX unregulated And then two-thirds [Technical quarter nice you were drivers, customer driver, Difficulty] the

Beth W. Cooper

things there, of in a Brian. your terms So, couple questions of

So, there continues to in operations. be customer the growth propane

several in that in know You continuing start-ups those so that and to and grow. with then expand for to to able the and time the do been continue Virginia, what done we've with continue out build and acquisition several we done also Boulden as example, we've area over of Pennsylvania they to different start-ups

So, ongoing growth well. operations there in is those as

piece there that becomes But attributable You'll the out as somewhat -- of there be it is don't in see consumption that's those rather the the propane to positives. negatives at tend We million is in be piece the $X.X art, out and also is it's it's propane netted growth some to a in can be as no That's amount what little that can bit and you with on regulated may in may a sitting the there look to when little side, some break can that consumption well. a then try specifically weather, it there defined. other break the there to than there variances, not that be business an -- in bit it -- growth some be that science business. difficult be whether can but

Brian Russo

Gas last the businesses, had was Service Florida or to elsewhere. grow Okay, quarter, update strategy think, maybe there And curious territory on Natural if in great. a was you think Western you the I propane any there? near the I I just mentioned

Jeff M. Householder

Southeast. in interested the and business always in are growing propane we Mid-Atlantic Well, the

the that always opportunities, way interested acquisition so describing in looking organically we're in also a but Beth we're potential business for growing And much the just ago. was second

customer continuing auto And gas an forward. we acquisition And or see so we're of that then if here opportunities, that our enhance the growth that. that all to certainly there, opportunities whether with can in is move we or doing interested

Brian Russo

it maybe through pipeline that FX should some -- of lastly, incremental RNG exciting the etc. partnerships, have new is you in that [ph] with or then we like investment any partners existing in a even just forecast assume captured And XXXX? Okay. lot seems projects like

Beth W. Cooper

-- will will occurring, is about of going XX% the in pretty There we relates what going We do and we is that a amount significant but capital to typically in concretely talked about be that's higher. capital amount in estimates strong has amount, of what to feel we've that our try can as that typically that have or small and see happen. very probability to be projects past a include below of estimate to may that's they're feel the we that we

a some that. So, a has of probability If time could it will a of to whether that they that they could undertake were, high portion, talked the then these Jeff were enough. from not included, them portion at Brian, opportunities outside are or potential be about, be perspective the there but of be sitting

that a level continue And there the that about. is so, from to we move, very in to for opportunity base but feel there been strongly an investments is that's factored range

Jeff M. Householder

to that quite had of preponderance with comfortable capital we add the $X we currently investment the guidance that forecast billion, million provided we existing own. we businesses that In the that. associated were would that I $XXX to

not to especially were R&D we not incremental that bottom was any so, of to dependent the And of we're get on range, the heavily depending facilities pursuing. that

Brian Russo

Okay. you much. Understood. very Thank

Beth W. Cooper

you. Thank

Operator

of next Janney Your Scott. ahead. Please Gaugler the Montgomery question go Michael with from comes line

Michael Gaugler

Good afternoon, everyone.

Beth W. Cooper

afternoon. Good

Michael Gaugler

Two questions.

Georgia XX, networks RNG, your distribution using those states? from you see and transport Slide Would for investment. First areas on as be to targeted I Virginia

Jeff M. Householder

truck one probably we wanted by a we move Well, if into economically would system, to to probably what in green system. a Marlin green the the would be by California or displacement. do doing or we that gas getting Delaware, a it potentially pipeline wherever, into is we developed of Much York And if developed advantageous New it into pipeline distribution collects distribution transporting nearby either that found build same RNG transmission by way our facilities, attribute attributes market. in and that of the California

chose that So we if can that in do I think, we to. manner

Michael Gaugler

like account Florida, very place Florida Bill a for And that's Pre-Emption Energy focus future the is that pipelines for these more Okay. a into in pipeline taking we friendly seems Should then days. assume of opportunities?

Jeff M. Householder

are engaged that you -- yeah, can is and I Florida. Michael, expand And our a friendly there we assume and I you're for build Peninsula as the a down to all of you operation. the our pipeline with time. And looking over especially Well, think mean, are actively presence to I we pipeline right, years, environment, opportunities those know, number we in it pipe trying there think found

Michael Gaugler

of perhaps the a the get in that represent Florida the years. greener put landscape lot Yeah. changing might moment capital The know got is, up Mid-Atlantic the reason assets to say, lot a to at and than kind of the of Northeast. But a or feel I things, trying you thinking and pastures through you've the for pipeline work just Delmarva, question for of a

Jeff M. Householder

say. I a environment It's fair business think that's just not favorable to issue.

Delmarva to a As Peninsula. money you of work on lot the say, we've put

earlier, looking demand capacity on And as And position continuing relative grow, to interested with the But pull that are electric certainly significant the now the growth, said typical this transmission We're remaining we're so demand might a be, in an came as opportunity in there or our pipe those at at Beth Delmarva. on extent increases. residential on in we've from inherent business. after the commercial industrial whatever to mentioned relatively pretty in pipeline pursuing to and is anyone with it opportunities I projects it's an and generation small, some good those that facility that, got or substantial, be new point. although volumes we the growth would without

James F. Moriarty

first thing And example is most the Somerset the environment both project only opposition, County that the is some I time in and the that's expanded Mike, and it and a Maryland add, recent that supporting political, And in we've the would communities, of strong very got where service economic. done unanimously. was we had that Maryland, others. was that over for from it and The into Governor our Delaware, Somerset the we was

well. strong So, we have Delmarva as very support on the

Jeff M. Householder

seen I on to yet expanding Peninsula. pipe. not growth significant mean, think continues. the it will as I remains I be Delmarva come we're to mean, opportunities finished there the And be

Michael Gaugler

Yeah.

growth your there. I time. Appreciate to of it. seem You a lot have see you. Thank

Jeff M. Householder

Thank you.

James F. Moriarty

Thank you, Michael.

Beth W. Cooper

Michael. you, Thank

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Jeff M. Householder

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