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Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Reports Increased Results for 2010

March 7, 2011

DOVER, Del., March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

  • A record-high net income of $26.1 million, or $2.73 per share, in 2010, compared to $15.9 million and $2.15 per share in 2009.
  • Excluding the impact of the FPU merger and merger-related costs, Chesapeake’s legacy businesses generated net income of $17.2 million, or $2.44 per share, in 2010, compared to $15.3 million, or $2.20 per share, in 2009. The $0.24 per share increase generated by Chesapeake’s legacy businesses in 2010 represents an 11-percent growth in earnings per share.
  • FPU’s net income increased by $7.5 million as a result of the inclusion of a full year’s results and improved performance, generating an increase of $0.22 per share in 2010.
  • The decrease in merger-related costs added $0.12 per share in 2010.

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) today announced increased financial results for both the year and quarter ended December 31, 2010. The Company’s net income for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $26.1 million, or $2.73 per share, an increase of $10.2 million, or $0.58 per share, compared to $15.9 million, or $2.15 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2009. Excluding the impact of the FPU merger and merger-related costs, Chesapeake’s legacy businesses continued to experience strong earnings growth and generated net income of $17.2 million, or $2.44 per share, in 2010, compared to $15.3 million, or $2.20 per share, in 2009, representing an 11-percent growth in earnings per share. Chesapeake’s legacy businesses generated 41 percent of the increase in consolidated earnings per share for the year. The results of the legacy businesses reflect continued growth and expansions of the natural gas distribution and transmission systems on the Delmarva Peninsula, a rate increase for the Company’s Central Florida Gas division, favorable weather impacts and improved performance in the advanced information services business. These increases were partially offset by a decline in earnings from the natural gas marketing and propane wholesale marketing businesses. Florida Public Utilities Company (“FPU”) added $0.22 per share to the increase in the Company’s overall results in 2010 due to the inclusion of a full year’s results and improved performance. FPU’s results have been included in the Company’s consolidated results since the completion of the merger on October 28, 2009. The decrease in merger-related costs also added $0.12 per share to the increase in 2010.

The Company’s net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 was $7.1 million, or $0.74 per share, an increase of $923,000, or $0.03 per share, compared to $6.2 million, or $0.71 per share, for the same period in 2009. Excluding the impact of the FPU merger and merger-related costs, Chesapeake’s legacy businesses generated net income of $5.4 million, or $0.77 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $5.1 million, or $0.73 per share, for the same period in 2009, representing a five-percent growth in diluted earnings per share. Strong performance by the Delmarva propane distribution operation based on higher volume and retail margins, a rate increase for the Company’s Central Florida Gas division and favorable weather impacts all contributed to the increase generated by Chesapeake’s legacy businesses. FPU’s results for the fourth quarter of 2010, which include an additional accrual of $250,000 for the regulatory risk associated with FPU’s natural gas earnings and recovery of the purchase premium, decreased the earnings per share by $0.05 per share. Discussions with the Florida Office of Public Counsel (“Florida OPC”) and the Florida Public Service Commission (“Florida PSC”) staff regarding such matters are ongoing. Offsetting this decrease in earnings were lower merger-related costs expensed in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009, which added $0.04 per share.

“2010 was an exceptional year for Chesapeake,” stated Michael P. McMasters, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. “We achieved significant growth on the Delmarva Peninsula with our continued efforts to expand the use of natural gas by very aggressively promoting the pricing advantage and environmentally-friendly features of natural gas. We also exceeded our goal to produce earnings accretion in the first year after the FPU merger as a result of cost savings and capitalizing on new integration opportunities in Florida. We are excited about the opportunities to further expand our business, both on the Delmarva Peninsula and in Florida, to ensure continued growth for both our customers and shareholders.”

Highlights for the fourth quarter of 2010 included:

  • Operating income from the Delmarva propane distribution operations for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased by $884,000, compared to the same period in 2009, due primarily to higher volumes from the colder-than-normal weather, the timing of deliveries and increased retail margins.
  • The rate increase for Chesapeake’s Florida division, effective in January 2010, contributed approximately $470,000 to gross margin for the quarter ended December 31, 2010.
  • Three-percent growth in residential customers for the Delmarva natural gas distribution operation generated $115,000 in additional gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009. Gross margin from commercial and industrial customers for the Delmarva natural gas distribution operation also increased by $186,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010, due primarily to the addition of 10 large commercial and industrial customers. Combined with the other new large commercial and industrial customers added during the first three quarters of the year, these new large commercial and industrial customers will generate an estimated annual margin of $748,000, of which $196,000 has been reflected in 2010′s results. The customer additions enable the Company to further extend the Delmarva natural gas distribution and transmission infrastructure, bringing cost-effective and environmentally-friendly natural gas to new areas on the Delmarva Peninsula and creating additional opportunities for future growth.
  • Colder temperatures on the Delmarva Peninsula and in Florida during the fourth quarter and year ended 2010, compared to the same periods in 2009, contributed additional gross margin of $472,000 and $927,000 respectively. Additionally, given that only two months of FPU’s results were included in Chesapeake’s consolidated 2009 gross margin, the appropriate comparison for 2010 for the weather impact on FPU is also normal weather. Higher-than-normal heating and cooling degree-days contributed $3.0 million in margin in 2010. The Company uses historical results as the normal weather for this analysis.
  • Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company (“ESNG”), the Company’s natural gas transmission subsidiary, generated additional gross margin of $140,000 from new transportation services commencing in late 2009 and during 2010. The new transportation services in 2010 will generate estimated annual margin of $332,000, of which $56,000 has been recognized in 2010.

Although not affecting the Company’s results in 2010, ESNG completed the eight-mile mainline extension in December 2010 to interconnect with the Texas Eastern Transmission, LP (“TETLP”) pipeline. ESNG commenced its new transportation services to the Company’s Delaware and Maryland Divisions in January 2011. These new services will generate gross margin of $2.4 million in 2011, $3.9 million in 2012 and $4.3 million annually thereafter. ESNG’s interconnection will provide the Delmarva natural gas distribution operation with access to new sources of natural gas supply from other natural gas production regions, including the Appalachian production region, thereby providing increased reliability and diversity of supply. This new service will also provide the Delaware and Maryland divisions additional upstream transportation capacity to meet current customer demands and to increase their supply options as these divisions plan for sustainable growth.

  • On December 30, 2010, ESNG filed a base rate proceeding with the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission in accordance with the terms of the settlement agreement from its prior base rate base proceeding in 2008. ESNG expects the base rate proceeding to be completed in 2011.
  • Included in FPU’s results for the fourth quarter of 2010 is an additional accrual of $250,000 for the regulatory risk associated with FPU’s natural gas earnings, merger benefits and recovery of the purchase premium. The Company is required to detail known benefits, synergies, cost savings and cost increases resulting from the FPU merger and present the information in a “come-back” filing to the Florida PSC by April 29, 2011 (within 18 months of the merger). We are currently in discussions with the Florida OPC and the Florida PSC Staff regarding the benefits and cost savings of the merger, current and expected earnings levels as well as the recovery of approximately $34.9 million in purchase premium and $2.2 million in merger-related costs. The additional accrual during the fourth quarter, which brings the total accrual to $750,000, was recorded based on management’s assessment of FPU’s current earnings, the regulatory environment in Florida and progress of the current discussions.

The discussions of the results for the periods ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, use the term “gross margin,” a non-Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) financial measure, which management uses to evaluate the performance of the Company’s business segments. For an explanation of the calculation of “gross margin,” see the footnote to the Supplemental Income Statement Data chart. In addition, certain information is presented, which, for comparison purposes, includes only FPU’s results of operations for the periods ended December 31, 2010 and, in some cases, FPU’s results for the same periods in 2009, which were prior to the merger. Certain other information is presented, which, for comparison purposes, excludes results of operations of FPU from the consolidated results of operations and all merger-related costs incurred in connection with the FPU merger for the periods presented. Although non-GAAP measures are not intended to replace the GAAP measures for evaluation of Chesapeake’s performance, Chesapeake believes that the portions of the presentation which include only the FPU results, or which exclude the FPU results for the post-merger period and merger-related costs, provide helpful comparisons for an investor’s evaluation purposes.

Unless otherwise noted, earnings per share information is presented on a diluted basis. Earnings per share information for Chesapeake’s legacy businesses excluding the impact of the FPU merger and merger-related costs is calculated based on weighted average common shares outstanding, which excludes the shares issued in the FPU merger.

Comparative results for the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009

Operating income increased by $18.2 million, or 54 percent, from $33.7 million to $51.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to 2009. Included in operating income for the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 were $18.4 million and $3.5 million in operating income from FPU, respectively. FPU’s results have been included in the Company’s consolidated results since the completion of the merger on October 28, 2009. Also included in operating income for the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 were $660,000 and $1.5 million, respectively, in merger-related costs. Excluding the impact of the FPU merger and merger-related costs, operating income from Chesapeake’s legacy businesses increased by $2.5 million, or eight percent, to $34.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2010, compared to $31.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2009.

Regulated Energy

Operating income for the regulated energy segment for the year ended 2010 was $43.5 million, an increase of $16.6 million, or 62 percent, compared to the same period in 2009. An increase in gross margin of $51.4 million was partially offset by an increase in other operating expenses of $34.8 million. Items contributing to the period-over-period increase in gross margin are listed in the following table:


    (in thousands)
    Gross margin for the year ended December 31, 2009               $74,296
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    Factors contributing to the gross margin increase for
     the year ended December 31, 2010:

        Margin from FPU operations                                   46,239
        Change in rates                                               2,244
        Net customer growth                                           1,116
        New transportation services                                     995
        Favorable weather                                               612
        Other                                                           215
    Gross margin for the year ended December 31, 2010              $125,717
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  • FPU’s natural gas and electric distribution operations generated $37.1 million and $18.4 million, respectively, in gross margin for the year ended December 31, 2010. Gross margin from FPU’s natural gas and electric distribution operations included in the Company’s results in 2009 were $6.4 million and $2.8 million, respectively. Gross margin for FPU’s natural gas distribution operation in 2010 includes a $750,000 accrual for the regulatory risk associated with FPU’s natural gas earnings, merger benefits and recovery of the purchase premium previously described and the impact of the $8.0 million rate increase from the rate settlement in 2009. Gross margin for FPU’s natural gas distribution operation in 2010 also includes $148,000 generated from the 700 new customers added by the purchase of the operating assets of Indiantown Gas Company.
  • An annual rate increase of approximately $2.5 million for Chesapeake’s Florida natural gas distribution operation was approved by the Florida PSC in December 2009 and became effective in January 2010. The rate increase in 2010, net of the impact from the interim rate increase in 2009, generated additional gross margin of $2.2 million for the year.
  • Net customer growth of $1.1 million in 2010 is due primarily to two-percent growth in residential customers on the Delmarva Peninsula, which generated $512,000 in additional gross margin, and $587,000 in gross margin generated from new commercial and industrial customers added on the Delmarva Peninsula. In 2010, the Delmarva natural gas distribution operations added 10 large commercial and industrial customers with total expected annual margin of $748,000, of which $196,000 was recognized in 2010. The addition of certain commercial and industrial customers in 2010 also positioned us to further extend our natural gas distribution and transmission infrastructure in southern Delaware to serve other potential customers in the same area.
  • New transportation services implemented by ESNG in November 2009, May 2010 and November 2010 as a result of system expansion projects generated an additional $1.1 million in gross margin in 2010 compared to 2009. These expansion projects added 9,623 Mcfs of firm service per day with estimated annualized gross margin of $1.6 million, of which $1.2 million has been reflected in 2010′s results. New transportation service for an industrial customer for the period from November 2009 to October 2012 generated additional gross margin of $329,000 in 2010. Offsetting these margin increases were decreased margins of $341,000 for the year resulting from transportation service contracts, which expired in November 2009 and April 2010, and a decrease in interruptible service to an industrial customer.
  • Colder weather on the Delmarva Peninsula generated an additional $365,000 in gross margin for the Delaware division, as heating degree-days increased by 102, or two percent, compared to 2009. Residential heating rates for our Maryland division are weather-normalized, and we typically do not experience an impact on gross margin from the weather for our residential customers in Maryland. Colder weather in Florida also increased gross margin for Chesapeake’s Florida natural gas distribution division by $247,000 in 2010.

Other operating expenses for the regulated energy segment increased by $34.8 million for 2010, largely due to the inclusion of $32.4 million in other operating expenses from FPU’s regulated energy operations for the period. The remaining increase of $2.4 million, or a five-percent increase over operating expenses in 2009, exclusive of other operating expenses of FPU, is attributable to (i) increased payroll and benefits of $705,000 due primarily to annual salary increases and incentive pay; (ii) increased depreciation and asset removal costs of $518,000 from capital investments made in 2010 and 2009; (iii) increased regulatory expenses of $349,000 associated with ESNG’s recent rate case filing and ongoing regulatory discussions involving the merger impact and recovery of the purchase premium in Florida; and (iv) increased non-income-taxes of $63,000 due primarily to increased gross-receipt taxes.

Unregulated Energy

Operating income for the unregulated energy segment for 2010 was $7.9 million, a decrease of $250,000, or three percent, compared to 2009. An increase in gross margin of $6.5 million was offset by an increase in other operating expenses of $6.8 million. A decline in operating income for the unregulated energy segment is largely attributable to the natural gas marketing business, which experienced a decrease in gross margin in 2010 due primarily to the absence of spot sales to one industrial customer. Items contributing to a period-over-period increase in gross margin are listed in the following table:


    (in thousands)
    Gross margin for the year ended December 31, 2009                 $29,565
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    Factors contributing to the gross margin increase for
     the year ended December 31, 2010:

        Margin from FPU operations                                      7,001
        Volume increase - weather and other                             1,077
        Natural gas marketing                                          (1,030)
        Propane wholesale marketing                                      (441)
        Decreases in retail margin per gallon                            (399)
        Miscellaneous fees and other                                      340
    Gross margin for the year ended December 31, 2010                 $36,113
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  • FPU’s unregulated energy operation, which is primarily its propane distribution operation, generated $10.0 million in gross margin in 2010. Gross margin from FPU’s unregulated energy operation and Chesapeake’s Florida propane distribution operation in 2009 was $3.0 million. All of Chesapeake’s Florida propane distribution operations were transferred to FPU after the merger.
  • Increased gross margin from the addition of 436 community gas system customers in 2010 and 1,000 additional customers acquired in February 2010 as part of the purchase of the operating assets of a propane distributor serving Northampton and Accomack counties in Virginia contributed $170,000 and $235,000 to 2010 gross margin, respectively. Also contributing to the increase in gross margin was two-percent colder weather on the Delmarva Peninsula in 2010, as compared to 2009, as well as the timing of propane deliveries to bulk customers. The cumulative impact of the colder weather and the timing of deliveries resulted in increased gross margin of $672,000.
  • In 2010, gross margin for the Company’s unregulated natural gas marketing subsidiary, PESCO, decreased by $1.0 million. Spot sales decreased from 2009, due primarily to the absence of spot sales to one industrial customer. Spot sales are not predictable and, therefore, are not included in our long-term financial plans or forecasts.
  • The Company’s propane wholesale marketing subsidiary, Xeron, experienced a $441,000 decrease in gross margin in 2010 as a result of a 13-percent decrease in trading volume.
  • Inventory and swap adjustments for the 2008/2009 winter Pro Cap program of $1.8 million as a result of a sharp decline in inventory prices in late 2008, lowered the propane inventory cost of our Delmarva propane distribution operation during the first half of 2009 and generated higher retail margins during this period. During 2010, the retail margins returned to more normal levels, resulting in a lower retail margin per gallon, and decreasing gross margin by $399,000 for the Delmarva propane distribution operation.
  • Other fees increased by $340,000 in 2010, due primarily to continued growth and increased customer participation in various customer pricing programs offered by the Delmarva propane distribution operation.

Other operating expenses for the unregulated energy segment increased by $6.8 million in 2010 due primarily to an increase of $6.0 million associated with the inclusion of FPU’s unregulated energy business. The remaining increase of $771,000 in other operating expenses over 2009, or a four-percent increase, exclusive of Florida operations, was attributable to (i) increased payroll and benefit costs of $446,000; (ii) increased non-income-related taxes of $315,000 due primarily to increased sales tax; and (iii) increased vehicle fuel costs of $166,000 due to increased propane deliveries and higher fuel costs. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in bad debt expense of $245,000 for the natural gas marketing operation as a result of expanded credit and collection initiatives.

Other

Operating income for the “Other” segment for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $513,000, compared to an operating loss of $1.3 million for the same period in 2009. This increase in operating income of $1.8 million resulted from an increase in gross margin of $747,000 primarily from BravePoint, the Company’s advanced information services subsidiary, and a decline in other operating expenses of $1.1 million, primarily due to lower merger-related costs expensed in 2010 compared to 2009.

BravePoint reported operating income of $759,000 for 2010, compared to an operating loss of $229,000 for 2009. Gross margin from BravePoint increased by $801,000 due to a seven-percent increase in billable consulting hours and higher revenue from its professional database monitoring, support solution services and product sales.

Other operating expenses decreased by $1.1 million in 2010 compared to 2009. The decrease in other operating expenses was attributable primarily to lower merger-related costs expensed in 2010 compared to 2009, and cost containment actions, including layoffs and compensation adjustments, implemented by BravePoint in 2009.

Interest Expense

Interest expense for the year ended December 31, 2010 increased by approximately $2.1 million, or 29 percent, compared to the same period in 2009. The primary drivers of the increased interest expense are related to FPU, including:

  • An increase in long-term interest expense of $1.3 million is related to interest on FPU’s first mortgage bonds.
  • Interest expense from a new term loan facility was $491,000 for the year. In January 2010, we redeemed two series of FPU bonds, the 4.9 percent and 6.85 percent series, by using $29.1 million of this new short-term loan facility to reduce the amount of the FPU secured long-term debt and to maintain compliance with the covenants in our unsecured senior notes.
  • Additional interest expense of $730,000 is related to interest on deposits from FPU’s customers.

Offsetting the increased interest expense from FPU was lower non-FPU-related interest expense from Chesapeake’s unsecured senior notes, as a result of scheduled repayments, and lower additional short-term interest expense due to the timing of capital expenditures and reduced working capital requirements, partially as a result of the increased bonus depreciation in 2010.

Chesapeake has entered into an arrangement with an existing unsecured note holder to refinance the new short-term loan facility as Chesapeake unsecured senior notes. If this facility is refinanced prior to July 8, 2011, these new unsecured senior notes will be issued at 5.68 percent and result in annual long-term interest expense of $1.7 million, representing additional interest of $1.2 million, compared to the interest expense of $491,000 on the new short-term loan facility in 2010.

Comparative results for the quarters ended December 31, 2010 and 2009

Operating income increased by $1.5 million, or 12 percent, to $14.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $12.7 million for the same period in 2009. Included in operating income for the quarters ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 were $4.2 million and $3.5 million, respectively, in operating income from FPU. FPU’s results have been included in the Company’s consolidated results since the completion of the merger on October 28, 2009. Also included in operating income for the fourth quarter of 2010 and 2009 were $481,000 and $948,000 in merger-related costs, respectively. Excluding the impact of the FPU merger and merger-related costs, operating income from Chesapeake’s legacy businesses increased by $385,000, or four percent, to $10.4 million from $10.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 compared to 2009.

Regulated Energy

Operating income for the regulated energy segment for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $11.1 million, an increase of $803,000, or eight percent, compared to the same period in 2009. An increase in gross margin of $6.2 million was offset by an increase in other operating expenses of $5.4 million. Items contributing to the period-over-period increase in gross margin are listed in the following table:


    (in thousands)
    Gross margin for the three months ended December 31, 2009 $27,017
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    Factors contributing to the gross margin increase for the
     three months ended December 31, 2010:

        Margin from FPU operations                              4,958
        Increased customer consumption                            332
        Net customer growth                                       326
        Change in rates                                           325
        Favorable weather                                         212
        New transportation services                               112
        Other                                                     (21)
    Gross margin for the three months ended December 31, 2010 $33,261
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  • FPU’s natural gas and electric distribution operations generated gross margin of $9.8 million and $4.4 million, respectively, for the quarter ended December 31, 2010. Gross margin from FPU’s natural gas and electric distribution operations included in the Company’s results in the fourth quarter of 2009 were $6.4 million and $2.8 million, respectively. Colder temperatures in Florida in November and December 2010, compared to the same period in 2009, generated $422,000 in additional gross margin. Gross margin for FPU’s natural gas distribution operation in the fourth quarter of 2010 also includes $99,000 generated from the 700 new customers added in conjunction with the purchase of the operating assets of Indiantown Gas Company. Gross margin for FPU’s natural gas distribution operation in the fourth quarter of 2010 reflects the additional accrual of $250,000 recorded for the regulatory risk associated with FPU’s natural gas earnings, merger benefits and recovery of the purchase premium previously described.
  • Increased consumption, particularly by commercial and industrial customers on both the Delmarva Peninsula and in Florida, generated additional gross margin of $332,000 for the quarter.
  • Three-percent growth in residential customers for the Delmarva natural gas distribution operation generated $115,000 in additional gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009. Gross margin from commercial and industrial customers for the Delmarva natural gas distribution operation also increased by $186,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010, due primarily to the addition of 10 large commercial and industrial customers. Combined with other new large commercial and industrial customers added during the first three quarters of the year, these new large commercial and industrial customers will generate an estimated annual margin of $748,000, of which $196,000 has been reflected in 2010′s results. Also contributing to this increase is $25,000 in additional gross margin generated from customer growth in Chesapeake’s Florida natural gas distribution division.
  • Gross margin for Chesapeake’s Florida division increased by $470,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009, from an annual rate increase of approximately $2.5 million approved by the Florida PSC in 2009 (effective in January 2010). Changes in customers’ rates and rate classifications, primarily for certain Delmarva natural gas distribution commercial and industrial customers with negotiated rates, lowered gross margin by $150,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010.
  • New transportation services implemented by ESNG in November 2009, May 2010 and November 2010 as a result of its system expansion projects generated an additional $200,000 to gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009. These expansion projects added 9,623 Mcfs of service per day with estimated annual gross margin of $1.6 million. New transportation service for an industrial customer for the period from November 2009 to October 2012 generated additional gross margin of $25,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009. Offsetting these margin increases were decreased margins of $58,000 for the year resulting from transportation service contracts, which expired in November 2009 and April 2010, and a decrease in interruptible service to an industrial customer.
  • Colder weather on the Delmarva Peninsula generated an additional $146,000 of gross margin as heating degree-days increased by five percent for the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009. Colder weather during the fourth quarter of 2010 contributed to an increase in gross margin of $66,000 by Chesapeake’s Florida division.

Other operating expenses for the regulated energy segment increased by $5.4 million in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010, largely due to the increase of $4.1 million in other operating expenses from FPU’s regulated energy operations for the period. Other operating expenses from FPU’s regulated energy operations for the fourth quarter of 2010 include increased non-income-related taxes, due primarily to the $265,000 accrual for sales tax. The remaining increase of $1.3 million, or a 13-percent increase from operating expenses in 2009, exclusive of other operating expenses of FPU, is attributable to (i) increased payroll and benefits by $255,000 due primarily to annual salary increases and incentive pay; (ii) increased depreciation and asset removal costs by $123,000 from capital investments made in 2010 and 2009; (iii) increased regulatory expenses by $257,000 associated with ESNG’s recent rate case filing and ongoing regulatory discussions involving the merger impact and recovery of purchase premium in Florida; (iv) increased costs related to pipeline integrity of $192,000; (v) increased non-income-related taxes of $170,000 associated with increased gross-receipt taxes; and (vi) increased bad debt expense of $58,000.

Unregulated Energy

The unregulated energy segment reported operating income for the fourth quarter of 2010 of $3.2 million, compared to operating income of $2.9 million for the same period in 2009. An increase in gross margin of $1.6 million was partially offset by a $1.3 million increase in other operating expenses. Items contributing to the period-over-period increase in gross margin are listed in the following table:


    (in thousands)
    Gross margin for the three months ended December 31, 2009  $9,272
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    Factors contributing to the gross margin increase for the
     three months ended December 31, 2010:

        Volume increase - weather and other                       853
        Margin from FPU operations                                648
        Increase in retail margin per gallon                      630
        Natural gas marketing                                    (451)
        Propane wholesale marketing                              (292)
        Miscellaneous fees and other                              175
    Gross margin for the three months ended December 31, 2010 $10,835
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  • Increased gross margin for the Delmarva propane distribution operation resulted from the addition of 444 community gas system customers and approximately 1,000 customers added by the acquisition of the operating assets of a propane distributor in Virginia in February 2010, which generated $38,000 and $91,000 in gross margin for the fourth quarter, respectively. Five-percent colder weather on the Delmarva Peninsula, as well as the timing of propane deliveries to bulk customers, further increased gross margin by $718,000.
  • FPU’s unregulated energy operation, which is primarily its propane distribution operation, generated $2.6 million in gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2010. Gross margin from FPU’s unregulated energy operation and Chesapeake’s Florida propane distribution operation in the fourth quarter of 2009 was $1.9 million. All of Chesapeake’s Florida propane distribution operation was transferred to FPU after the merger.
  • Higher retail margins per gallon during the fourth quarter of 2010 generated additional gross margin of $630,000.
  • In the fourth quarter of 2009, PESCO benefited from increased spot sales to customers on the Delmarva Peninsula. The absence of spot sales to one industrial customer on the Delmarva Peninsula decreased PESCO’s gross margin by $451,000 during the quarter. Spot sales are not predictable and, therefore, are not included in our long-term financial plans or forecasts.
  • Xeron experienced a $292,000 decrease in gross margin during the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009. Xeron’s trading volumes decreased by 10 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.
  • Other fees increased by $175,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010, due primarily to continued growth and increased customer participation in various customer pricing programs offered by the Delmarva propane distribution operation.

Other operating expenses for the unregulated energy segment increased by $1.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, due primarily to $728,000 of other operating expenses associated with the inclusion of FPU’s unregulated energy business. The remaining increase of $585,000 in other operating expenses, or a 11-percent increase from other operating expenses, exclusive of Florida operations, was attributable to (i) increased payroll and benefit costs of $333,000 due primarily to increased bonuses; (ii) increased non-income-related taxes of $202,000 associated with increased sales tax; and (iii) increased vehicle fuel costs of $61,000 resulting from increased propane deliveries and higher fuel costs.

Other

Operating loss for the “other” segment for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $138,000, compared to $613,000 for the same period in 2009. The reduction in operating loss of $475,000 resulted from an increase of $123,000 in gross margin, primarily from BravePoint, and lower operating expenses of $337,000, as a result of lower merger-related costs in 2010.

BravePoint reported operating income of $236,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to operating income of $219,000 in the same period in 2009. Gross margin from BravePoint increased by $160,000 due to a two-percent increase in billable consulting hours and higher revenue from its professional database monitoring and support solution services, which was partially offset by higher operating expenses of $142,000.

Merger-related costs, net of costs previously deferred, decreased by $447,000 due to lower merger-related costs expensed in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.

Interest Expense

Interest expense for the fourth quarter of 2010 decreased by approximately $108,000, or 4.7 percent, compared to the same period in 2009. The lower interest expense resulted from the lower principal balance of long-term debt and lower short-term borrowings due to the timing of capital expenditures and reduced working capital requirements, partially as a result of the increased bonus depreciation in 2010.

Partially offsetting the decrease in long-term interest expense for 2010 are increased expenses of $175,000 associated with interest on deposits from FPU’s customers and $135,000 in interest expense for the quarter from a new short-term term loan facility. In January 2010, we redeemed two series of FPU bonds, the 4.9 percent and 6.85 percent series, by using $29.1 million of this new short-term loan facility to reduce the amount of the FPU secured long-term debt and to maintain compliance with the covenants in our unsecured senior notes.

             Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and Subsidiaries
          Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
              For the Periods Ended December 31, 2010 and 2009
              (in thousands, except shares and per share data)

                                        Fourth Quarter        Year to Date
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                                          2010       2009      2010       2009
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    Operating Revenues
    Regulated energy                   $72,155    $52,677  $269,934   $139,099
    Unregulated energy                  42,775     36,737   146,793    119,973
    Other                                2,829      2,301    10,819      9,713
    Total Operating Revenues           117,759     91,715   427,546    268,785
    ------------------------           -------     ------   -------    -------

    Operating Expenses
      Regulated energy cost of
       sales                            38,894     25,660   144,217     64,803
      Unregulated energy and other
       cost of sales                    33,386     28,506   116,098     95,467
       Operations                       20,486     15,886    75,335     50,706
       Transaction-related costs           481        948       660      1,478
       Maintenance                       2,096      1,498     7,484      3,430
       Depreciation and amortization     5,040      4,353    20,758     11,588
       Other taxes                       3,188      2,206    11,064      7,577
     Total operating expenses          103,571     79,057   375,616    235,049
     ------------------------          -------     ------   -------    -------
    Operating Income                    14,188     12,658    51,930     33,736
    Other income (loss), net of
     other expenses                        (12)       144       195        165
    Interest charges                     2,222      2,330     9,146      7,086
    Income Before Income Taxes          11,954     10,472    42,979     26,815
    Income tax expenses                  4,841      4,282    16,923     10,918
    -------------------                  -----      -----    ------     ------
    Net Income                          $7,113     $6,190   $26,056    $15,897
    ==========                          ======     ======   =======    =======

    Weighted Average Shares
     Outstanding:
      Basic                          9,516,370  8,659,935 9,474,554  7,313,320
      Diluted                        9,622,832  8,755,998 9,582,374  7,440,201

    Earnings Per Share of Common
     Stock:
      Basic                              $0.75      $0.71     $2.75      $2.17
      Diluted                            $0.74      $0.71     $2.73      $2.15
      -------                            -----      -----     -----      -----

           Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and Subsidiaries
             Supplemental Income Statement Data (Unaudited)
            For the Periods Ended December 31, 2010 and 2009
                 (in thousands, except degree-day data)

                                       Fourth
                                      Quarter         Year to Date
                                      -------         ------------

    Chesapeake and Subsidiaries      2010      2009      2010       2009
    ---------------------------      ----      ----      ----       ----
    Gross Margin (1)
      Regulated Energy            $33,261   $27,017  $125,717    $74,296
      Unregulated Energy           10,835     9,272    36,113     29,565
      Other                         1,383     1,260     5,401      4,654
     Total Gross Margin           $45,479   $37,549  $167,231   $108,515
     ==================           =======   =======  ========   ========

    Operating Income (Loss)
       Regulated Energy           $11,149   $10,346   $43,509    $26,900
       Unregulated Energy           3,176     2,925     7,908      8,158
       Other                         (137)     (613)      513     (1,322)
     Total Operating Income       $14,188   $12,658   $51,930    $33,736
     ======================       =======   =======   =======    =======

    Heating Degree-Days -
     Delmarva Peninsula
      Actual                        1,810     1,726     4,831      4,729
      10-year average (normal)      1,605     1,573     4,528      4,462
      ------------------------      -----     -----     -----      -----

    Heating Degree-Days - Florida
      Actual                          558       297     1,501        911
      10-year average (normal)        325       316       919        863
      ------------------------        ---       ---       ---        ---

    Cooling Degree-Days - Florida
      Actual                          166       336     2,859      2,770
      10-year average (normal)        275       276     2,718      2,694
      ------------------------        ---       ---     -----      -----
    (1) "Gross margin" is determined by deducting the cost of sales from
    operating revenue. Cost of sales includes the purchased fuel cost
    for natural gas, electricity and propane and the cost of labor spent
    on direct revenue-producing activities. Gross margin should not be
    considered an alternative to operating income or net income, which
    is determined in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting
    Principles ("GAAP"). Chesapeake believes that gross margin, although
    a non-GAAP measure is useful and meaningful to investors as a basis
    for making investment decisions. It provides investors with
    information that demonstrates the profitability achieved by the
    Company under its allowed rates for regulated operations and under
    its competitive pricing structure for non-regulated segments.
    Chesapeake's management uses gross margin in measuring its business
    units' performance and has historically analyzed and reported gross
    margin information publicly. Other companies may calculate gross
    margin in a different manner.

              Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and Subsidiaries
               Supplemental Income Statement Data (Unaudited)

    The following presents FPU's results of operations for the three
    months and year ended December 31, 2010, included in Chesapeake's
    consolidated results. The information presented below is for
    comparison purposes and is not intended to replace the GAAP measures
    for the evaluation of Chesapeake's performance.

                                Fourth         Year to
    (in thousands)              Quarter          Date
    --------------             -------          -------
    FPU Stand-alone                 2010           2010
    ---------------                 ----           ----
    Gross Margin (1)
    Regulated Energy
      Natural Gas                 $9,802        $37,057
      Electric                     4,364         18,390
    Unregulated
     Energy
      Propane and other            2,575          9,968
     Total Gross
      Margin                     $16,741        $65,415
     ===========                 =======        =======

    Operating Income
    Regulated Energy
      Natural Gas                 $3,296        $12,323
      Electric                       557          4,475
    Unregulated
     Energy
      Propane and other              368          1,573
     Total Operating
      Income                      $4,221        $18,371
     ===============              ======        =======
    (1) "Gross margin" is determined by deducting the cost of sales from
    operating revenue. Cost of sales includes the purchased fuel cost
    for natural gas, electricity and propane and the cost of labor spent
    on direct revenue-producing activities. Gross margin should not be
    considered an alternative to operating income or net income, which
    is determined in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting
    Principles ("GAAP"). Chesapeake believes that gross margin, although
    a non-GAAP measure, is useful and meaningful to investors as a
    basis for making investment decisions. It provides investors with
    information that demonstrates the profitability achieved by the
    Company under its allowed rates for regulated operations and under
    its competitive pricing structure for non-regulated segments.
    Chesapeake's management uses gross margin in measuring its business
    units' performance and has historically analyzed and reported gross
    margin information publicly. Other companies may calculate gross
    margin in a different manner.

     Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and Subsidiaries
     Distribution Utility Statistical Data (Unaudited)

                        For the Three Months Ended December 31,
                                          2010
                       ----------------------------------------
                                        Delmarva
                                           NG                   Chesapeake
                                      Distribution              Florida NG
                                      ------------               Division
                                                                 --------
    Operating Revenues
    (in thousands)
    --------------
      Residential                                       $11,571       $1,155
      Commercial                                          7,654          971
      Industrial                                          1,144        1,082
      Other (1)                                           5,292          563
      ---------                                           -----          ---
    Total Operating
     Revenues                                           $25,661       $3,771

    Volume (in Mcfs/
     MWHs)
    ----------------
      Residential                                       684,329       97,507
      Commercial                                        559,230      341,672
      Industrial                                      1,000,019    3,206,128
      Other                                              31,940            -
      -----                                              ------          ---
    Total                                             2,275,518    3,645,307

    Average customers
    -----------------
      Residential                                        48,027       13,439
      Commercial                                          5,036        1,166
      Industrial                                            181           59
      Other                                                   4            -
      -----                                                 ---          ---
    Total                                                53,248       14,664
    -----                                                ------       ------


                         For the Three Months Ended December 31,
                                      2010
                        ----------------------------------------
                                             FPU
                            FPU NG        Electric
                         Distribution   Distribution
                         ------------   ------------
    Operating Revenues
    (in thousands)
    --------------
      Residential              $5,197        $10,990
      Commercial                7,883         11,156
      Industrial                2,109          1,708
      Other (1)                 2,225         (2,263)
      ---------                 -----         ------
    Total Operating
     Revenues                 $17,414        $21,591

    Volume (in Mcfs/
     MWHs)
    ----------------
      Residential             311,130         73,363
      Commercial              784,158         81,512
      Industrial              510,577         13,770
      Other                   192,229         (7,175)
      -----                   -------         ------
    Total                   1,798,094        161,470

    Average customers
    -----------------
      Residential              47,525         23,644
      Commercial                4,532          7,366
      Industrial                  658              3
      Other                         -              -
      -----                       ---            ---
    Total                      52,715         31,013
    -----                      ------         ------


                         For the Three Months Ended December
                                       31, 2009
                         -----------------------------------
                                       Delmarva
                                          NG                   Chesapeake
                                                                Florida
                                     Distribution                  NG
                                     ------------              Division
                                                               --------
    Operating Revenues
    (in thousands)
    --------------
      Residential                                    $10,398         $888
      Commercial                                       6,911          792
      Industrial                                       1,140        1,016
      Other (1)                                        3,869          421
      ---------                                        -----          ---
    Total Operating
     Revenues                                        $22,318       $3,117

    Volume (in Mcfs/
     MWHs)
    ----------------
      Residential                                    586,870       66,075
      Commercial                                     502,352      300,450
      Industrial                                     815,685    2,912,077
      Other                                          106,105            -
      -----                                          -------          ---
    Total                                          2,011,012    3,278,602

    Average customers
    -----------------
      Residential                                     46,582       13,197
      Commercial                                       5,011        1,116
      Industrial                                         149           61
      Other                                                8            -
      -----                                              ---          ---
    Total                                             51,750       14,374
    -----                                             ------       ------


                         For the Three Months Ended December
                                       31, 2009
                         -----------------------------------
                                                                    FPU
                                       FPU NG                     Electric
                                     Distribution              Distribution
                                          (2)                        (2)
                                    -------------              -------------
    Operating Revenues
    (in thousands)
    --------------
      Residential                                     $4,172         $13,559
      Commercial                                       6,568          11,198
      Industrial                                       1,898           2,361
      Other (1)                                       (1,498)         (2,241)
      ---------                                       ------          ------
    Total Operating
     Revenues                                        $11,140         $24,877

    Volume (in Mcfs/
     MWHs)
    ----------------
      Residential                                    237,500          70,959
      Commercial                                     682,423          79,269
      Industrial                                     440,797          13,130
      Other                                          172,722          (3,631)
      -----                                          -------          ------
    Total                                          1,533,442         159,727

    Average customers
    -----------------
      Residential                                     46,461          23,600
      Commercial                                       4,448           7,423
      Industrial                                         564               3
      Other                                                2               -
      -----                                              ---             ---
    Total                                             51,475          31,026
    -----                                             ------          ------
    (1) Operating revenues from "Other" sources include unbilled revenue,
    under (over) recoveries of fuel cost, conservation revenue, other
    miscellaneous
       charges, fees for billing services provided to third-parties and
       adjustments for pass-through taxes .
    (2) Operating revenue, volume and average customer information for
    FPU-Natural Gas Distribution and FPU-Electric Distribution are
    presented for
          comparative purposes only.  They represent the FPU results from the
          period prior to the merger with Chesapeake, which are not
          included in Chesapeake's consolidated results.

     Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and Subsidiaries
     Distribution Utility Statistical Data (Unaudited)

                        For the Twelve Months Ended December 31,
                                          2010
                       -----------------------------------------
                                        Delmarva
                                           NG                    Chesapeake
                                      Distribution               Florida NG
                                      ------------                Division
                                                                  --------
    Operating Revenues
    (in thousands)
    --------------
      Residential                                        $46,041       $4,716
      Commercial                                          27,896        3,726
      Industrial                                           3,766        4,610
      Other (1)                                            3,162        1,847
      ---------                                            -----        -----
    Total Operating
     Revenues                                            $80,865      $14,899

    Volume (in Mcfs/
     MWHs)
    ----------------
      Residential                                      2,881,073      392,845
      Commercial                                       2,145,143    1,314,146
      Industrial                                       3,020,907   13,490,494
      Other                                              232,653            -
      -----                                              -------          ---
    Total                                              8,279,776   15,197,485

    Average customers
    -----------------
      Residential                                         47,638       13,427
      Commercial                                           5,048        1,135
      Industrial                                             172           59
      Other                                                    5            -
      -----                                                  ---          ---
    Total                                                 52,863       14,621
    -----                                                 ------       ------


                          For the Twelve Months Ended December 31,
                                       2010
                         -----------------------------------------
                                              FPU
                             FPU NG        Electric
                          Distribution   Distribution
                          ------------   ------------
    Operating Revenues
    (in thousands)
    --------------
      Residential              $23,026        $51,498
      Commercial                35,280         45,332
      Industrial                 8,433          7,705
      Other (1)                 (1,240)       (10,452)
      ---------                 ------        -------
    Total Operating
     Revenues                  $65,499        $94,083

    Volume (in Mcfs/
     MWHs)
    ----------------
      Residential            1,329,598        347,040
      Commercial             3,156,894        332,323
      Industrial             2,066,605         66,580
      Other                     12,723         (6,287)
      -----                     ------         ------
    Total                    6,565,820        739,656

    Average customers
    -----------------
      Residential               47,626         23,589
      Commercial                 4,498          7,374
      Industrial                   622              3
      Other                          -              -
      -----                        ---            ---
    Total                       52,746         30,966
    -----                       ------         ------


                          For the Twelve Months Ended December
                                        31, 2009
                          ------------------------------------
                                        Delmarva
                                           NG                    Chesapeake
                                                                  Florida
                                      Distribution                   NG
                                      ------------               Division
                                                                 --------
    Operating Revenues
    (in thousands)
    --------------
      Residential                                      $51,309       $3,682
      Commercial                                        31,943        3,043
      Industrial                                         3,696        4,260
      Other (1)                                          2,268        1,376
      ---------                                          -----        -----
    Total Operating
     Revenues                                          $89,216      $12,361

    Volume (in Mcfs/
     MWHs)
    ----------------
      Residential                                    2,747,162      318,417
      Commercial                                     2,073,884    1,157,931
      Industrial                                     2,446,993   13,264,646
      Other                                            373,825            -
      -----                                            -------          ---
    Total                                            7,641,864   14,740,994

    Average customers
    -----------------
      Residential                                       46,717       13,267
      Commercial                                         5,019        1,114
      Industrial                                           143           62
      Other                                                 10            -
      -----                                                ---          ---
    Total                                               51,889       14,443
    -----                                               ------       ------


                       For the Twelve Months Ended December
                                     31, 2009
                       ------------------------------------
                                                                  FPU
                                      FPU NG                    Electric
                                   Distribution              Distribution
                                         (2)                       (2)
                                   -------------             -------------
    Operating Revenues
    (in thousands)
    --------------
      Residential                                   $20,248        $43,805
      Commercial                                     30,293         39,139
      Industrial                                      6,600          7,555
      Other (1)                                      (2,789)        (8,335)
      ---------                                      ------         ------
    Total Operating
     Revenues                                       $54,352        $82,164

    Volume (in Mcfs/
     MWHs)
    ----------------
      Residential                                 1,157,074        316,306
      Commercial                                  2,942,812        316,412
      Industrial                                  1,795,756         64,950
      Other                                          28,641          6,250
      -----                                          ------          -----
    Total                                         5,924,283        703,918

    Average customers
    -----------------
      Residential                                    46,781         23,679
      Commercial                                      4,466          7,405
      Industrial                                        539              2
      Other                                               -              -
      -----                                             ---            ---
    Total                                            51,786         31,086
    -----                                            ------         ------
    (1) Operating revenues from "Other" sources include unbilled revenue,
    under (over) recoveries of fuel cost, conservation revenue, other
    miscellaneous
       charges, fees for billing services provided to third-parties and
       adjustments for pass-through taxes .
    (2) Operating revenue, volume and average customer information for
    FPU-Natural Gas Distribution and FPU-Electric Distribution are
    presented for
          comparative purposes only.  They represent the FPU results from the
          period prior to the merger with Chesapeake and, therefore, they are
          not
          included in Chesapeake's consolidated results.


            Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and Subsidiaries

            Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  (Unaudited)

                                             December    December
     Assets                                  31, 2010    31, 2009
     ------                                 ---------   ---------
     (in thousands, except shares and per share data)

     Property, Plant and Equipment
       Regulated energy                       $500,689    $462,061
       Unregulated energy                       61,313      61,334
       Other                                    16,989      16,049
     Total property, plant and equipment       578,991     539,444
     Less:  Accumulated depreciation and
      amortization                            (121,628)   (107,318)
     Plus:  Construction work in progress        5,394       4,461
     Net property, plant and equipment         462,757     436,587
     ---------------------------------         -------     -------

     Investments, at fair value                  4,036       1,959
     --------------------------                  -----       -----

     Current Assets
       Cash and cash equivalents                 1,643       2,818
       Accounts receivable (less allowance for
        uncollectible
          accounts of $1,194 and $1,609,
           respectively)                        88,074      69,773
       Accrued revenue                          14,978      12,838
       Propane inventory, at average cost        8,876       7,901
       Other inventory, at average cost          3,084       3,149
       Regulatory assets                            51         448
       Storage gas prepayments                   5,084       6,144
       Income taxes receivable                   6,748       2,614
       Deferred income taxes                     2,191         724
       Prepaid expenses                          4,613       5,853
       Mark-to-market energy assets              1,642       2,379
       Other current assets                        245         147
     Total current assets                      137,229     114,788
     --------------------                      -------     -------

     Deferred Charges and Other Assets
       Goodwill                                 35,613      34,095
       Other intangible assets, net              3,459       3,951
       Long-term receivables                       155         440
       Regulatory assets                        23,884      20,100
       Other deferred charges                    3,860       3,891
     Total deferred charges and other
      assets                                    66,971      62,477
     --------------------------------           ------      ------

     Total Assets                             $670,993    $615,811
     ============                             ========    ========

          Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and Subsidiaries

          Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  (Unaudited)

     Capitalization and Liabilities           December 31,  December 31,
     ------------------------------                   2010          2009
                                                      ----          ----
     (in thousands, except shares and per share data)

     Capitalization
       Stockholders' equity
         Common stock, par value $0.4867 per share
           (authorized 25,000,000 and
            12,000,000 shares, respectively)        $4,635        $4,572
         Additional paid-in capital                148,159       144,502
         Retained earnings                          76,805        63,231
         Accumulated other comprehensive
          loss                                      (3,360)       (2,524)
         Deferred compensation obligation              777           739
         Treasury stock                               (777)         (739)
     Total stockholders' equity                    226,239       209,781

     Long-term debt, net of current
      maturities                                    89,642        98,814
     Total capitalization                          315,881       308,595
     --------------------                          -------       -------

     Current Liabilities
       Current portion of long-term debt             9,216        35,299
       Short-term borrowing                         63,958        30,023
       Accounts payable                             65,541        51,462
       Customer deposits and refunds                26,317        25,046
       Accrued interest                              1,789         1,887
       Dividends payable                             3,143         2,959
       Accrued compensation                          6,784         5,341
       Regulatory liabilities                        9,009         8,295
       Mark-to-market energy liabilities             1,492         2,514
       Other accrued liabilities                    10,393         7,017
     Total current liabilities                     197,642       169,843
     -------------------------                     -------       -------

     Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities
       Deferred income taxes                        80,031        66,008
       Deferred investment tax credits                 243           335
       Regulatory liabilities                        3,734         4,393
       Environmental liabilities                    10,587        11,104
       Other pension and benefit costs              18,199        15,088
       Accrued asset removal cost -
        Regulatory liability                        35,092        33,214
       Other liabilities                             9,584         7,231
     Total deferred credits and other
      liabilities                                  157,470       137,373
     --------------------------------              -------       -------

     Total Capitalization and
      Liabilities                                 $670,993      $615,811
     ========================                     ========      ========

Matters discussed in this release may include forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Please refer to the Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements in the Company’s report on Form 10-K for further information on the risks and uncertainties related to the Company’s forward-looking statements.

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is a diversified utility company engaged in natural gas distribution, transmission and marketing, electric distribution, propane gas distribution and wholesale marketing, advanced information services and other related services. Information about Chesapeake’s businesses is available at www.chpk.com.


    For more information, contact:
    Beth W. Cooper
    Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
    302.734.6799

SOURCE Chesapeake Utilities Corporation


Source: newswire



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