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Chesapeake Utilities (CPK) Beats on Q1 Earnings & Revenues

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Chesapeake Utilities Corporation CPK reported first-quarter 2018 operating earnings of $1.40 per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.34 by 4.48%.

The company reported GAAP earnings of $1.64 per share, which improved from the year-ago quarter’s figure of $1.17 by 40.2%. Adjustments included a realized MTM gain of 24 cents.

Total Revenues

Chesapeake Utilities’ total revenues of $239.4 million beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $207 million by 15.6%. Further, revenues rose 29.3% from $185.2 million in the prior-year quarter.

The top line improved on higher revenues in Regulated Energy, Unregulated Energy and other segments.

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

 

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise | Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Quote

Quarterly Highlights

Chesapeake Utilities’ operating expenses were $198.9 million, up 32.6% from $150 million in the year-ago quarter.

The company incurred interest expenses of $3.6 million, up 33.7% from $2.7 million in the prior-year quarter.

Operating income came in at $40.4 million, up 15.1% from $35 million in the prior-year quarter.  

Financial Condition

As of Mar 31, 2018, Chesapeake Utilities had cash and cash equivalents of $5.99 million compared with $5.61 million as of Dec 31, 2017.

Long-term debt (excluding current maturities) was $222 million as of Mar 31, 2018, up from the 2017-end level of $197.4 million.

Zacks Rank

Chesapeake Utilities carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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