ISELIN, N.J., Aug. 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Middlesex Water Company (Nasdaq:MSEX) ("Middlesex" or the "Company") today reported net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 of $4.7 million as compared to $4.5 million for the same period in 2013. Basic and diluted earnings per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 were $0.29, up from $0.28 in 2013. For the six months ended June 30, 2014, net income increased to $7.9 million as compared to $7.7 million for the same period in 2013.
Second Quarter Operating Results
Operating revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2014 increased $0.1 million to $29.2 million as compared to $29.1 million for the same period in 2013. In our Delaware system, which includes Tidewater Utilities, Inc. ("Tidewater"), revenues increased $0.6 million, primarily due to increased customer demand, increased fees for new water customer connections and the February 2014 6.5% interim base rate increase. Revenues from the Company's Middlesex System in New Jersey decreased $0.7 million primarily due to the loss of the Borough of Sayreville as a wholesale customer in August 2013. Revenues from other systems increased $0.2 million.
Operating income for the three months ended June 30, 2014 increased $0.6 million from the same period in 2013, primarily due to lower employee benefit plan costs.
Middlesex Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis W. Doll said, "While various factors impacted our operating revenues, we are pleased to report overall positive financial results as we continue to work to manage operating costs, make prudent investments in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, grow our customer base and demonstrate technical expertise and industry leadership in the water and wastewater arena," said Doll. "We are also pleased we were able to achieve a July 20, 2014 effective date relative to the recent settlement of our New Jersey rate case, in time to potentially add value in the 3rd quarter. This is typically when water consumption in our regulated water utilities is at its highest," added Doll.
Six Month Operating Results
Consolidated operating revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2014 increased $0.2 million to $56.4 million from the same period in 2013 primarily due to increased demand and an interim rate increase in our Tidewater System offset by decreased general metered service and contract sales in our Middlesex System.
For the six months ended June 30, 2014, basic and diluted earnings per share increased to $0.49, as compared to $0.48 and $0.47, respectively, for the same period in 2013.
Quarterly Dividend Declared
The Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.19 per share, payable September 2, 2014 to common shareholders as of August 15, 2014.
About Middlesex Water Company
Middlesex Water Company is a provider of water, wastewater and related services, primarily in New Jersey and Delaware. Organized in 1897, the Company provides regulated and unregulated water and wastewater utility services through various subsidiary companies. For additional information regarding Middlesex Water Company, visit the Company's Web site at www.middlesexwater.com or call (732) 634-1500.
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, among others, our long-term strategy and expectations, the status of our acquisition program, the impact of our acquisitions, the impact of current and projected rate requests and the impact of our capital program on our environmental compliance. There are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements including: general economic business conditions, unfavorable weather conditions, the success of certain cost-containment initiatives, changes in regulations or regulatory treatment, availability and the cost of capital, the success of growth initiatives and other factors discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
|MIDDLESEX WATER COMPANY|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME|
|(In thousands except per share amounts)|
|Three Months Ended June 30,||Six Months Ended June 30,|
|Operating Revenues||$ 29,190||$ 29,102||$ 56,363||$ 56,140|
|Operations and Maintenance||14,563||15,148||30,000||30,578|
|Total Operating Expenses||20,443||20,931||41,649||42,104|
|Other Income (Expense):|
|Allowance for Funds Used During Construction||66||89||133||127|
|Total Other Income, net||46||78||104||203|
|Income before Income Taxes||7,278||6,711||12,200||11,546|
|Preferred Stock Dividend Requirements||36||51||79||103|
|Earnings Applicable to Common Stock||$ 4,692||$ 4,430||$ 7,818||$ 7,555|
|Earnings per share of Common Stock:|
|Basic||$ 0.29||$ 0.28||$ 0.49||$ 0.48|
|Diluted||$ 0.29||$ 0.28||$ 0.49||$ 0.47|
|Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding :|
|Cash Dividends Paid per Common Share||$ 0.1900||$ 0.1875||$ 0.3800||$ 0.3750|
CONTACT: Bernadette Sohler, Vice President - Corporate Affairs Middlesex Water Company 1500 Ronson Road Iselin, New Jersey 08830 www.middlesexwater.com (732) 638-7549
Source:Middlesex Water Company