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Chesapeake Utilities (CPK) Misses on Q2 Earnings & Revenues

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Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (CPK - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2018 operating earnings of 48 cents per share, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 49 cents by 2.04%.  However, the figure improved 29.7% year over year. The upside can be attributed to the benefits of investments in system expansions and reliability as well as consistent growth in regulated natural gas and electric operations.

The company reported GAAP earnings of 39 cents, which improved from the year-ago quarter’s figure of 37 cents by 5.4%.

Total Revenues

Chesapeake Utilities’ revenues amounted to $136.7 million, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $141 million by 3%. The figure rose 9.3% from $125.1 million in the prior-year quarter.

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

 

Quarterly Highlights

Chesapeake Utilities’ operating expenses were $123.4 million, up 11.2% from $111 million in the year-ago quarter.

The company incurred interest charges of $3.9 million, up 25.8% from $3.1 million in the prior-year quarter.

Operating income came in at $13.2 million, down 6.4% from $14.1 million in the prior-year quarter.  

Financial Condition

As of Jun 30, 2018, Chesapeake Utilities had cash and cash equivalents of $4.51 million compared with $5.61 million as of Dec 31, 2017.

Long-term debt (excluding current maturities) was $241.6 million as of Jun 30, 2018, up from $197.4 million at the end of 2017.

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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Sempra Energy’s (SRE - Free Report) second-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings per share (EPS) came in at $1.35, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.17 by 15.4%.

MDU Resources Group Inc (MDU - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2018 operating earnings of 22 cents per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 28 cents by 21.43%

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