Dover, Delaware — Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) (“Chesapeake Utilities” or the “Company”) today announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2020. The Company’s net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 was $11.0 million, or $0.66 per share, compared to $8.3 million or $0.50 per share, for the same quarter of 2019. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2020 was $39.9 million, or $2.42 per share, compared to $37.0 million, or $2.25 per share, for the same period in 2019, representing an increase of 7.6 percent.
Earnings for the second quarter reflect increased gross margin from higher customer consumption driven primarily by colder weather, pipeline expansion projects, increased margin from Marlin Gas Services, LLC (“Marlin Gas Services”), higher retail propane margins per gallon, organic growth in the natural gas distribution operations, and contribution from the Boulden, Inc. (“Boulden”) acquisition. These increases were offset by the net unfavorable impact of a novel strain of coronavirus (“COVID-19”), after including the Federal income tax benefit associated with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act.