Dover, Delaware — Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) (“Chesapeake Utilities” or the “Company”) today announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2020. The Company’s net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 was $9.3 million, or $0.56 per share, compared to $5.6 million or $0.34 per share, for the same quarter of 2019. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 was $49.1 million, or $2.97 per share, compared to $42.6 million, or $2.59 per share, for the same period in 2019, representing an increase of 14.7 percent. In terms of continuing operations, the Company’s EPS for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 totaled $0.56 per share, an increase of $0.18 per share over the same quarter of 2019. For the nine months ended September 30, 2020, EPS from continuing operations totaled $2.96 per share, an increase of $0.29 per share or 10.9 percent, over the same period in 2019.
Earnings for the third quarter of 2020 reflect increased earnings from the approval of the Hurricane Michael regulatory settlement by the Florida Public Service Commission (“PSC”), pipeline expansion projects, organic growth in the natural gas distribution operations and increased margin from Marlin Gas Services, LLC (“Marlin Gas Services”). These increases were offset by lower customer consumption driven primarily by weather and the unfavorable net impact of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic.
Year-to-date earnings were impacted by the factors noted above as well as higher retail propane margins, and contributions from the acquisitions of Boulden, Inc. (“Boulden”) and Elkton Gas Company (“Elkton Gas”) and by gains from two property sales totaling $2.3 million on an after tax basis. The property sales were made possible due to changes in the consolidation of certain operations.