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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
 
 
 
 
 
FORM 10-Q
 
 
 
 

x
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended: September 30, 2017
OR
¨
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from                       to                      
Commission File Number: 001-11590 
 
 
 
CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
 
 

Delaware
 
51-0064146
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
909 Silver Lake Boulevard, Dover, Delaware 19904
(Address of principal executive offices, including Zip Code)
(302) 734-6799
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15 (d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
Large accelerated filer
 
x
  
Accelerated filer
 
¨
 
 
 
 
Non-accelerated filer
 
¨
  
Smaller reporting company
 
¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ¨    No  x
Common Stock, par value $0.486716,344,442 shares outstanding as of October 31, 2017.



Table of Contents
 




GLOSSARY OF DEFINITIONS

ARM: ARM Energy Management, LLC, a natural gas supply and supply management company servicing commercial and industrial customers in Western Pennsylvania, which sold certain natural gas marketing assets to PESCO in August 2017
ASC: Accounting Standards Codification
ASU: Accounting Standards Update
Aspire Energy: Aspire Energy of Ohio, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities
CDD: Cooling degree-day, which is a measure of the variation in weather based on the extent to which the daily average temperature (from 10:00 am to 10:00 am) is above 65 degrees Fahrenheit
Chesapeake or Chesapeake Utilities: Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, and its direct and indirect subsidiaries, as appropriate in the context of the disclosure
Chesapeake Pension Plan: A defined benefit pension plan sponsored by Chesapeake Utilities
Chesapeake Postretirement Plan: An unfunded postretirement health care and life insurance plan sponsored by Chesapeake Utilities
Chesapeake SERP: An unfunded supplemental executive retirement pension plan sponsored by Chesapeake Utilities
Chipola: Chipola Propane Gas Company, Inc., a propane distribution service provider in Northwest Florida, which sold certain assets to Flo-gas in August 2017
CIAC: Contributions from customers that are used to construct facilities
CGC: Consumer Gas Cooperative, an Ohio natural gas cooperative
CHP: Combined heat and power plant
Columbia Gas: Columbia Gas of Ohio, an unaffiliated local distribution company based in Ohio
Company: Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, and its direct and indirect subsidiaries, as appropriate in the context of the disclosure
CP: Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity
Credit Agreement: The Credit Agreement dated October 8, 2015, among Chesapeake Utilities and the Lenders related to the Revolver
Deferred Compensation Plan: A non-qualified, deferred compensation arrangement under which certain of our executives and members of the Board of Directors are able to defer payment of all or a part of certain specified types of compensation, including executive cash bonuses, executive performance shares, and directors’ retainers
Degree-Day: A degree-day is the measure of the variation in the weather based on the extent to which the average daily temperature (from 10:00 am to 10:00 am) falls above or below 65 degrees Fahrenheit
Delaware Division: Chesapeake Utilities' natural gas distribution operation serving customers in Delaware
Delmarva Peninsula: A peninsula on the east coast of the United States of America occupied by Delaware and portions of Maryland and Virginia
DNREC: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Dt(s): Dekatherm(s), which is a natural gas unit of measurement that includes a standard measure for heating value
Dts/d: Dekatherms per day
Eastern Shore: Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company, a wholly-owned natural gas transmission subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities
EGWIC: Eastern Gas & Water Investment Company, LLC, an affiliate of ESG



Eight Flags: Eight Flags Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of Chesapeake OnSight Services, LLC, which owns and operates a CHP plant on Amelia Island, Florida
EPA: United States Environmental Protection Agency
ESG: Eastern Shore Gas Company and its affiliates
FASB: Financial Accounting Standards Board
FERC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, an independent agency of the United States government that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil
FDEP: Florida Department of Environmental Protection
FGT: Florida Gas Transmission Company
Flo-gas: Flo-gas Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of FPU
FPU: Florida Public Utilities Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities
FPU Medical Plan: A separate unfunded postretirement medical plan for FPU sponsored by Chesapeake Utilities
FPU Pension Plan: A separate defined benefit pension plan for FPU sponsored by Chesapeake Utilities
GAAP: Accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America
GRIP: The Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program, a natural gas pipeline replacement program in Florida pursuant to which we collect a surcharge from certain of our customers to recover capital and other program-related costs associated with the replacement of qualifying distribution mains and services
Gulf Power: Gulf Power Company, an unaffiliated electric company that supplies electricity to FPU
Gulfstream: Gulfstream Natural Gas System, LLC, an unaffiliated pipeline network that supplies natural gas to FPU
HDD: Heating degree-day, which is a measure of the variation in weather based on the extent to which the daily average temperature (from 10:00 am to 10:00 am) is below 65 degrees Fahrenheit
JEA: The unaffiliated community-owned utility located in Jacksonville, Florida, formerly known as Jacksonville Electric Authority
Lenders: PNC, Bank of America N.A., Citizens Bank N.A., Royal Bank of Canada, and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, which are collectively the lenders that entered into the Credit Agreement with Chesapeake Utilities
MDE: Maryland Department of Environment
MetLife: MetLife Investment Advisors, an institutional debt investment management firm, with which we entered into the MetLife Shelf Agreement
MetLife Shelf Agreement: An agreement entered into by Chesapeake Utilities and MetLife in March 2017 pursuant to which Chesapeake Utilities may request that MetLife purchase, through March 2, 2020, up to $150.0 million of unsecured senior debt at a fixed interest rate and with a maturity date not to exceed 20 years from the date of issuance
MGP: Manufactured gas plant, which is a site where coal was previously used to manufacture gaseous fuel for industrial, commercial and residential use
MWH: Megawatt hour, which is a unit of measurement for electricity
NYL: New York Life Investors LLC, an institutional debt investment management firm, with which we entered into the NYL Shelf Agreement
NYL Shelf Agreement: An agreement entered into by Chesapeake Utilities and NYL in March 2017 pursuant to which Chesapeake Utilities may request that NYL purchase, through March 2, 2020, up to $100.0 million of unsecured senior debt at a fixed interest rate and with a maturity date not to exceed 20 years from the date of issuance



OPT ≤ 90 Service: Off Peak ≤ 90 Firm Transportation Service, a tariff associated with Eastern Shore's firm transportation service that enables Eastern Shore to forgo scheduling service for up to 90 days during the peak months of November through April each year
OTC: Over-the-counter
Peninsula Pipeline: Peninsula Pipeline Company, Inc., Chesapeake Utilities' wholly-owned Florida intrastate pipeline subsidiary
PESCO: Peninsula Energy Services Company, Inc., Chesapeake Utilities' wholly-owned natural gas marketing subsidiary
PNC: PNC Bank, National Association, the administrative agent and primary lender for our Revolver
Prudential: Prudential Investment Management Inc., an institutional investment management firm, with which we have entered into the Prudential Shelf Agreement
Prudential Shelf Agreement: An agreement entered into by Chesapeake Utilities and Prudential pursuant to which Chesapeake Utilities may request that Prudential purchase, through October 7, 2018, up to $150.0 million of Prudential Shelf Notes at a fixed interest rate and with a maturity date not to exceed 20 years from the date of issuance
Prudential Shelf Notes: Unsecured senior promissory notes that we may request Prudential to purchase under the Prudential Shelf Agreement
PSC: Public Service Commission, which is the state agency that regulates the rates and services provided by Chesapeake Utilities’ natural gas and electric distribution operations in Delaware, Maryland and Florida and Peninsula Pipeline in Florida
RAP: Remedial Action Plan, which is a plan that outlines the procedures taken or being considered in removing contaminants from a MGP formerly owned by Chesapeake Utilities or FPU
Retirement Savings Plan: Chesapeake Utilities' qualified 401(k) retirement savings plan
Revolver: Our unsecured revolving credit facility with the Lenders
Rights Plan: A plan designed to protect against abusive or coercive takeover attempts or tactics that are contrary to the best interests of Chesapeake Utilities' stockholders
Sandpiper: Sandpiper Energy, Inc., Chesapeake Utilities' wholly-owned subsidiary, which provides a tariff-based distribution service to customers in Worcester County, Maryland
Sanford Group: FPU and other responsible parties involved with the Sanford MGP site
SEC: Securities and Exchange Commission
Senior Notes: Our unsecured long-term debt issued primarily to insurance companies on various dates
Sharp: Sharp Energy, Inc., Chesapeake Utilities' wholly-owned propane distribution subsidiary
SICP: 2013 Stock and Incentive Compensation Plan
TETLP: Texas Eastern Transmission, LP, an interstate pipeline interconnected with Eastern Shore's pipeline
Xeron: Xeron, Inc., an inactive subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities, which previously engaged in propane and crude oil trading



PART I—FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
 
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
 
 
September 30,
 
September 30,
 
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
(in thousands, except shares and per share data)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regulated Energy
 
$
69,703

 
$
70,019

 
$
238,353

 
$
226,630

 
Unregulated Energy and other
 
57,233

 
38,329

 
198,827

 
130,356

 
Total Operating Revenues
 
126,936

 
108,348

 
437,180

 
356,986

 
Operating Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regulated Energy cost of sales
 
22,794

 
24,644

 
87,206

 
81,184

 
Unregulated Energy and other cost of sales
 
44,066

 
28,183

 
145,325

 
85,142

 
Operations
 
29,667

 
30,126

 
92,990

 
85,370

 
Maintenance
 
2,737

 
3,542

 
9,370

 
8,925

 
Gain from a settlement
 

 

 
(130
)
 
(130
)
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
9,362

 
8,209

 
27,267

 
23,493

 
Other taxes
 
4,071

 
3,488

 
12,572

 
10,725

 
Total Operating Expenses
 
112,697

 
98,192

 
374,600

 
294,709

 
Operating Income
 
14,239

 
10,156

 
62,580

 
62,277

 
Other income (expense), net
 
239

 
(28
)
 
(643
)
 
(68
)
 
Interest charges
 
3,321

 
2,722

 
9,133

 
7,996

 
Income Before Income Taxes
 
11,157

 
7,406

 
52,804


54,213

 
Income taxes
 
4,324

 
2,990

 
20,781

 
21,401

 
Net Income
 
$
6,833

 
$
4,416

 
$
32,023


$
32,812

 
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
16,344,442

 
15,372,413

 
16,334,210

 
15,324,932

 
Diluted
 
16,389,635

 
15,412,783

 
16,378,633

 
15,365,955

 
Earnings Per Share of Common Stock:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
$
0.42

 
$
0.29

 
$
1.96

 
$
2.14

 
Diluted
 
$
0.42

 
$
0.29

 
$
1.96

 
$
2.14

 
Cash Dividends Declared Per Share of Common Stock
 
$
0.3250

 
$
0.3050

 
$
0.9550

 
$
0.8975

 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.



- 1



Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)
 
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
 
September 30,
 
September 30,
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
(in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Income
 
$
6,833

 
$
4,416

 
$
32,023

 
$
32,812

Other Comprehensive (Loss) Income, net of tax:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Employee Benefits, net of tax:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amortization of prior service cost, net of tax of $(8), $(8), $(23) and $(23), respectively
 
(11
)
 
(12
)
 
(35
)
 
(37
)
Net gain, net of tax of $69, $66, $212 and $200, respectively
 
102

 
100

 
297

 
300

Cash Flow Hedges, net of tax:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unrealized (loss)/gain on commodity contract cash flow hedges, net of tax of $(15), $38, $(376) and $360, respectively
 
(104
)
 
51

 
(643
)
 
548

Total Other Comprehensive (Loss) Income
 
(13
)
 
139

 
(381
)
 
811

Comprehensive Income
 
$
6,820

 
$
4,555

 
$
31,642

 
$
33,623

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.


- 2


Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
 
Assets
 
September 30,
2017
 
December 31,
2016
(in thousands, except shares and per share data)
 
 
 
 
Property, Plant and Equipment
 
 
 
 
Regulated Energy
 
$
1,050,332

 
$
957,681

Unregulated Energy
 
207,331

 
196,800

Other businesses and eliminations
 
26,061

 
21,114

Total property, plant and equipment
 
1,283,724

 
1,175,595

Less: Accumulated depreciation and amortization
 
(267,138
)
 
(245,207
)
Plus: Construction work in progress
 
69,053

 
56,276

Net property, plant and equipment
 
1,085,639

 
986,664

Current Assets
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
3,386

 
4,178

Accounts receivable (less allowance for uncollectible accounts of $912 and $909, respectively)
 
52,775

 
62,803

Accrued revenue
 
14,307

 
16,986

Propane inventory, at average cost
 
5,226

 
6,457

Other inventory, at average cost
 
12,711

 
4,576

Regulatory assets
 
9,761

 
7,694

Storage gas prepayments
 
6,876

 
5,484

Income taxes receivable
 
26,741

 
22,888

Prepaid expenses
 
10,899

 
6,792

Derivative assets, at fair value
 
1,526

 
823

Other current assets
 
4,797

 
2,470

Total current assets
 
149,005

 
141,151

Deferred Charges and Other Assets
 
 
 
 
Goodwill
 
21,944

 
15,070

Other intangible assets, net
 
4,608

 
1,843

Investments, at fair value
 
6,380

 
4,902

Regulatory assets
 
75,793

 
76,803

Receivables and other deferred charges
 
3,381

 
2,786

Total deferred charges and other assets
 
112,106

 
101,404

Total Assets
 
$
1,346,750

 
$
1,229,219

 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

- 3


Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
 
Capitalization and Liabilities
 
September 30,
2017
 
December 31,
2016
(in thousands, except shares and per share data)
 
 
 
 
Capitalization
 
 
 
 
Stockholders’ equity
 
 
 
 
Preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share (authorized 2,000,000 shares), no shares issued and outstanding
 
$

 
$

Common stock, par value $0.4867 per share (authorized 25,000,000 shares)
 
7,955

 
7,935

Additional paid-in capital
 
252,722

 
250,967

Retained earnings
 
208,402

 
192,062

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
(5,259
)
 
(4,878
)
Deferred compensation obligation
 
3,366

 
2,416

Treasury stock
 
(3,366
)
 
(2,416
)
Total stockholders’ equity
 
463,820

 
446,086

Long-term debt, net of current maturities
 
201,248

 
136,954

Total capitalization
 
665,068

 
583,040

Current Liabilities
 
 
 
 
Current portion of long-term debt
 
12,136

 
12,099

Short-term borrowing
 
203,098

 
209,871

Accounts payable
 
53,284

 
56,935

Customer deposits and refunds
 
32,493

 
29,238

Accrued interest
 
3,361

 
1,312

Dividends payable
 
5,312

 
4,973

Accrued compensation
 
8,544

 
10,496

Regulatory liabilities
 
5,338

 
1,291

Derivative liabilities, at fair value
 
1,732

 
773

Other accrued liabilities
 
13,972

 
7,063

Total current liabilities
 
339,270

 
334,051

Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities
 
 
 
 
Deferred income taxes
 
252,273

 
222,894

Regulatory liabilities
 
42,915

 
43,064

Environmental liabilities
 
8,382

 
8,592

Other pension and benefit costs
 
32,059

 
32,828

Deferred investment tax credits and other liabilities
 
6,783

 
4,750

Total deferred credits and other liabilities
 
342,412

 
312,128

Environmental and other commitments and contingencies (Note 4 and 5)
 

 

Total Capitalization and Liabilities
 
$
1,346,750

 
$
1,229,219

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.


- 4


Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
 
 
Nine Months Ended
 
 
September 30,
 
 
2017
 
2016
(in thousands)
 
 
 
 
Operating Activities
 
 
 
 
Net income
 
$
32,023

 
$
32,812

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
27,267

 
23,493

Depreciation and accretion included in other costs
 
5,989

 
5,357

Deferred income taxes
 
29,520

 
12,004

Realized gain on commodity contracts/sale of assets/investments
 
(2,817
)
 
(405
)
Unrealized gain on investments/commodity contracts
 
(695
)
 
(243
)
Employee benefits and compensation
 
1,212

 
1,217

Share-based compensation
 
1,608

 
1,887

Other, net
 
(39
)
 
42

Changes in assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
 
Accounts receivable and accrued revenue
 
12,912

 
(3,835
)
Propane inventory, storage gas and other inventory
 
(8,256
)
 
(2,179
)
Regulatory assets/liabilities, net
 
927

 
(3,326
)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
(2,860
)
 
485

Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities
 
4,515

 
7,187

Income taxes (payable) receivable
 
(3,810
)
 
14,897

Customer deposits and refunds
 
3,255

 
(314
)
Accrued compensation
 
(2,030
)
 
(2,293
)
Other assets and liabilities, net
 
(349
)
 
(1,053
)
Net cash provided by operating activities
 
98,372

 
85,733

Investing Activities
 
 
 
 
Property, plant and equipment expenditures
 
(130,137
)
 
(109,589
)
Proceeds from sales of assets
 
601

 
119

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired
 
(11,707
)
 

Environmental expenditures
 
(210
)
 
(260
)
Net cash used in investing activities
 
(141,453
)
 
(109,730
)
Financing Activities
 
 
 
 
Common stock dividends
 
(14,780
)
 
(12,964
)
Issuance of stock for Dividend Reinvestment Plan
 
254

 
600

Stock issuance
 
(10
)
 
57,306

Tax withholding payments related to net settled stock compensation
 
(692
)
 
(770
)
Change in cash overdrafts due to outstanding checks
 
(3,013
)
 
2,466

Net repayment under line of credit agreements
 
(3,760
)
 
(21,379
)
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt
 
69,800

 

Repayment of long-term debt and capital lease obligation
 
(5,510
)
 
(2,581
)
Net cash provided by financing activities
 
42,289

 
22,678

Net Decrease in Cash and Cash Equivalents
 
(792
)
 
(1,319
)
Cash and Cash Equivalents—Beginning of Period
 
4,178

 
2,855

Cash and Cash Equivalents—End of Period
 
$
3,386

 
$
1,536

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

- 5


Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity (Unaudited)
 
 
Common Stock (1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(in thousands, except shares and per share data)
Number  of
Shares(2)
 
Par
Value
 
Additional  Paid-In
Capital
 
Retained
Earnings
 
Accumulated  Other Comprehensive
Loss
 
Deferred
Compensation
 
Treasury
Stock
 
Total (2)
Balance at December 31, 2015
15,270,659

 
$
7,432

 
$
190,311

 
$
166,235

 
$
(5,840
)
 
$
1,883

 
$
(1,883
)
 
$
358,138

Net income

 

 

 
44,675

 

 

 

 
44,675

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 
962

 

 

 
962

Dividend declared ($1.2025 per share)

 

 

 
(18,848
)
 

 

 

 
(18,848
)
Retirement savings plan and dividend reinvestment plan
36,253

 
17

 
2,225

 

 

 

 

 
2,242

Stock issuance (3)
960,488

 
467

 
56,893

 

 

 

 

 
57,360

Share-based compensation and tax benefit (4) (5)
36,099

 
19

 
1,538

 

 

 

 

 
1,557

Treasury stock activities

 

 

 

 

 
533

 
(533
)
 

Balance at December 31, 2016
16,303,499

 
7,935

 
250,967

 
192,062

 
(4,878
)
 
2,416

 
(2,416
)
 
446,086

Net income

 

 

 
32,023

 

 

 

 
32,023

Other comprehensive loss

 

 

 

 
(381
)
 

 

 
(381
)
Dividend declared ($0.9550 per share)

 

 

 
(15,683
)
 

 

 

 
(15,683
)
Dividend reinvestment plan
10,771

 
5

 
731

 

 

 

 

 
736

Stock issuance

 

 
(10
)
 

 

 

 

 
(10
)
Share-based compensation and tax benefit (4) (5)
30,172

 
15

 
1,034

 

 

 

 

 
1,049

Treasury stock activities

 

 

 

 

 
950

 
(950
)
 

Balance at September 30, 2017
16,344,442

 
$
7,955

 
$
252,722

 
$
208,402

 
$
(5,259
)
 
$
3,366

 
$
(3,366
)
 
$
463,820

 

(1) 
2,000,000 shares of preferred stock at $0.01 par value have been authorized. None has been issued or is outstanding; accordingly, no information has been included in the statements of stockholders’ equity.
(2) 
Includes 90,588 and 76,745 shares at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively, held in a Rabbi Trust related to our Deferred Compensation Plan.
(3) 
On September 22, 2016, we completed a public offering of 960,488 shares of our common stock at a price per share of $62.26. The net proceeds from the sale of common stock, after deducting underwriting commissions and expenses, were approximately $57.4 million.
(4) 
Includes amounts for shares issued for Directors’ compensation.
(5) 
The shares issued under the SICP are net of shares withheld for employee taxes. For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, and for the year ended December 31, 2016, we withheld 10,269 and 12,031 shares, respectively, for taxes.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.


- 6


NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
 
1.    Summary of Accounting Policies
Basis of Presentation
References in this document to the “Company,” “Chesapeake Utilities,” “we,” “us” and “our” are intended to mean Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, its divisions and/or its subsidiaries, as appropriate in the context of the disclosure.
The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in compliance with the rules and regulations of the SEC and GAAP. In accordance with these rules and regulations, certain information and disclosures normally required for audited financial statements have been condensed or omitted. These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto, included in our latest Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. In the opinion of management, these financial statements reflect normal recurring adjustments that are necessary for a fair presentation of our results of operations, financial position and cash flows for the interim periods presented.
Due to the seasonality of our business, results for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of results for the entire fiscal year. Revenue and earnings are typically greater during the first and fourth quarters, when consumption of energy is highest due to colder temperatures.
We reclassified certain amounts in the condensed consolidated statement of cash flows for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 to conform to the current year’s presentation. These reclassifications are considered immaterial to the overall presentation of our condensed consolidated financial statements.
Acquisitions

In August 2017, PESCO acquired certain natural gas marketing assets of ARM. We have accounted for the purchase of these assets as a business combination. The acquired assets complement PESCO’s current asset portfolio and will expand our regional footprint and retail demand in a market where we have existing pipeline capacity and wholesale liquidity. In connection with the acquisition, we recorded a contingent liability of $2.5 million, which represents the expected payment of contingent consideration to ARM. The payment, which is expected to be paid in 2019, is contingent upon the achievement of certain gross margin targets during the 2018 calendar year. The recorded liability is based upon our most recent gross margin projections for the acquired business and is subject to change based on actual performance or changes in our gross margin projections.

In August 2017, Flo-gas acquired certain operating assets of Chipola, which provides propane distribution service to approximately 800 residential and commercial customers in Jackson, Calhoun, Gadsden, Liberty, Bay and Washington Counties, Florida.
 
The revenue and net income from these acquisitions that we included in our condensed consolidated statements of income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, were not material. The amounts recorded in conjunction with our acquisitions are preliminary and subject to adjustment based on additional valuations performed during the measurement period.

FASB Statements and Other Authoritative Pronouncements
Recently Adopted Accounting Standards
Inventory (ASC 330) - In July 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-11, Simplifying the Measurement of Inventory. Under this guidance, inventories are required to be measured at the lower of cost or net realizable value. Net realizable value represents the estimated selling price less costs associated with completion, disposal and transportation. We adopted ASU 2015-11 on January 1, 2017, on a prospective basis. Adoption of this standard did not have a material impact on our financial position or results of operations.

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Recent Accounting Standards Yet to be Adopted
Revenue from Contracts with Customers (ASC 606) - In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. This standard provides a single comprehensive revenue recognition model for all contracts with customers to improve comparability within industries, as well as across industries and capital markets. The standard contains principles that entities will apply to determine the measurement of revenue and when it is recognized. The underlying principle is that an entity will recognize revenue to depict the transfer of goods or services to customers at an amount that the entity expects to be entitled to in exchange for those goods or services. The guidance also requires a number of disclosures regarding the nature, amount, timing, and uncertainty of revenue and the related cash flows. In March 2016, FASB issued ASU 2016-08, Principal versus Agent Considerations (Reporting Revenue Gross versus Net), to clarify the implementation guidance on principal versus agent considerations. For public entities, this standard is effective for interim and annual financial statements issued beginning January 1, 2018.
We have completed our evaluation of our revenue sources and will continue assessing the impact on our financial position, results of operations and cash flows during the fourth quarter of 2017. In tandem, we have developed and documented accounting policies and position papers, which are intended to meet the requirements of this new revenue recognition standard. We have also completed our plan to update our internal controls. In the third quarter of 2017, we began providing additional training to our employees and implementing system and process changes that are associated with the adoption of the standard. We plan to utilize the modified retrospective transition method upon adoption of this standard.
Based on our current assessment, we believe that the implementation of this new standard will not have a material impact on the amount and timing of revenue recognition except for one long-term contract for which we will delay the recognition of revenue of approximately $407,000 in 2018. Since we have not yet finalized our assessment, we will continue to monitor and subsequently disclose future identified material impacts, if any, in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017. In addition, the AICPA Power and Utilities Industry Task Force is addressing issues specific to our industry, including CIAC, and has concluded that CIAC is outside of the scope of this standard; accordingly, our Regulated Energy segment accounting for CIAC will not change as a result of ASC 606.
Leases (ASC 842) - In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-02, Leases, which provides updated guidance regarding accounting for leases. This update requires a lessee to recognize a lease liability and a lease asset for all leases, including operating leases, with a term greater than 12 months on its balance sheet. The update also expands the required quantitative and qualitative disclosures surrounding leases. ASU 2016-02 will be effective for our annual and interim financial statements beginning January 1, 2019, although early adoption is permitted.
We have assessed all of our leases and have concluded that a majority of our operating leases would continue to fall within the category of operating leases; however, we may have some leases that qualify for the short-term lease exception. We will record the right to use of assets and the lease liability related to the operating leases, but we do not believe that this will have a material impact on our financial position, results of operations and cash flows. During the fourth quarter of 2017, we intend to quantify the overall impact that may result from early adoption of the standard and implementation of the overall process. This guidance will be applied using the modified retrospective transition method for leases existing at, or entered into after, the beginning of the earliest comparative period presented in the financial statements.
Statement of Cash Flows (ASC 230) - In August 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-15, Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments, which clarifies how certain transactions are classified in the statement of cash flows. ASU 2016-15 will be effective for our annual and interim financial statements beginning January 1, 2018, although early adoption is permitted. We believe that the implementation of this new standard will not have a material impact on our statement of cash flows.
Intangibles-Goodwill (ASC 350) - In January 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-04, Simplifying the Test for Goodwill Impairment, which simplifies how an entity is required to test goodwill for impairment by eliminating Step 2 from the goodwill impairment test. ASU 2017-04 will be effective for our annual and interim financial statements beginning January 1, 2020, although early adoption is permitted. The amendments included in this ASU are to be applied prospectively. We believe that the implementation of this new standard will not have a material impact on our financial position or results of operations.
Compensation-Retirement Benefits (ASC 715) - In March 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-07, Improving the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Cost and Net Periodic Post Retirement Benefit Cost. Under this guidance, employers are required to report the service cost component in the same line item or items as other compensation costs arising from services rendered by the pertinent employees during the period. The other components of net benefit costs are required to be presented in the income statement separately from the service cost component and outside a subtotal of income from operations. The update allows for capitalization of the service cost component when applicable. ASU 2017-07 will be effective for our annual and interim financial statements beginning January 1, 2018, although early adoption is permitted. The presentation of the service cost and other components in this update are to be applied retrospectively, and the

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capitalization of the service cost is to be applied prospectively on or after the effective date. Aside from changes in presentation, we believe that the implementation of this new standard will not have a material impact on our financial position or results of operations.
Compensation - Stock Compensation (ASC 718) - In May 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-09, Scope of Modification Accounting, to clarify when to account for a change in the terms or conditions of a share-based payment award as a modification. Under this guidance, modification accounting is required only if the fair value, the vesting conditions or the award classification (equity or liability) changes as a result of a change in the terms or conditions of the award. The guidance is effective for our annual financial statements beginning January 1, 2018, although early adoption is permitted. The amendments included in this standard are to be applied prospectively. We believe that the implementation of this new standard will not have a material impact on our financial position or results of operations.
Derivatives and Hedging (ASC 815) - In August 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-12, Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities, to better align an entity’s risk management activities and financial reporting for hedging relationships through changes to both the designation and measurement guidance for qualifying hedging relationships and the presentation of hedge results. Among other changes to hedge designation, ASU 2017-12 expands the risks that can be designated as hedged risks in cash flow hedges to include cash flow variability from contractually specified components of forecasted purchases or sales of non-financial assets. ASU 2017-12 requires the entire change in fair value of a hedging instrument included in the assessment of hedge effectiveness be presented in the same income statement line that is used to present the earnings effects of the hedged item for fair value hedges and in other comprehensive income for cash flow hedges. For disclosures, ASU 2017-12 requires a tabular presentation of the income statement effect of fair value and cash flow hedges, and it eliminates the requirement to disclose the ineffective portion of the change in fair value of hedging instruments. ASU 2017-12 will be effective for our annual and interim financial statements beginning January 1, 2019, although early adoption is permitted. We are evaluating the effect of this standard on our future financial position and results of operations.

2.
Calculation of Earnings Per Share

 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
 
September 30,
 
September 30,
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
(in thousands, except shares and per share data)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Calculation of Basic Earnings Per Share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Income
 
$
6,833

 
$
4,416

 
$
32,023

 
$
32,812

Weighted average shares outstanding
 
16,344,442

 
15,372,413

 
16,334,210

 
15,324,932

Basic Earnings Per Share
 
$
0.42

 
$
0.29

 
$
1.96

 
$
2.14

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Calculation of Diluted Earnings Per Share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reconciliation of Numerator:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Income
 
$
6,833

 
$
4,416

 
$
32,023

 
$
32,812

Reconciliation of Denominator:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted shares outstanding—Basic
 
16,344,442

 
15,372,413

 
16,334,210

 
15,324,932

Effect of dilutive securities—Share-based compensation
 
45,193

 
40,370

 
44,423

 
41,023

Adjusted denominator—Diluted
 
16,389,635

 
15,412,783

 
16,378,633

 
15,365,955

Diluted Earnings Per Share
 
$
0.42

 
$
0.29

 
$
1.96

 
$
2.14

 

3.
Rates and Other Regulatory Activities
Our natural gas and electric distribution operations in Delaware, Maryland and Florida are subject to regulation by their respective PSC; Eastern Shore, our natural gas transmission subsidiary, is subject to regulation by the FERC; and Peninsula Pipeline, our intrastate pipeline subsidiary, is subject to regulation by the Florida PSC. Chesapeake Utilities' Florida natural gas distribution division and FPU’s natural gas and electric distribution operations continue to be subject to regulation, as separate entities, by the Florida PSC.

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Delaware
Rate Case Filing: In December 2015, our Delaware Division filed an application with the Delaware PSC for a base rate increase and certain other changes to its tariff. The Delaware Division, Delaware PSC Staff, the Division of the Public Advocate and other intervenors met and reached a settlement agreement in November 2016. The terms of the settlement agreement included an annual increase of $2.3 million in base rates. The order became final in December 2016, and the new rates became effective January 1, 2017. Amounts collected through interim rates in excess of the respective portion of the $2.3 million increase through December 31, 2016 were accrued as of that date. In January 2017, we filed our proposed refund plan with the Delaware PSC and subsequently issued refunds to customers in March 2017.
Maryland
There were no material rates and other regulatory activities for our Maryland division during the period.
Sandpiper
There were no material rates and other regulatory activities for Sandpiper during the period.
Florida
Cost Recovery for the Electric Interconnect Project: In September 2015, FPU’s electric division filed to recover the cost of the proposed Florida Power & Light Company interconnect project through FPU's annual Fuel and Purchased Power Cost Recovery Clause filing. The interconnect project would enable FPU's electric division to negotiate a new power purchase agreement to mitigate fuel costs for its Northeast division. FPU's proposal was approved by the Florida PSC at its Agenda Conference held in December 2015. In January 2016, however, the Office of Public Counsel filed an appeal of the Florida PSC's decision with the Florida Supreme Court. The Florida Supreme Court reversed the Florida PSC decision in March 2017, after consideration of the parties' legal briefs and oral arguments. As a result, FPU excluded the recovery of these costs from its 2018 Fuel and Purchased Power Cost Recovery Clause and included the costs for recovery in the limited proceeding filing described below.
Surcharge Associated with Modernization of Electric Distribution System Project: In February 2017, FPU’s electric division filed a petition with the Florida PSC requesting a temporary surcharge mechanism to recover costs and generate an appropriate return on investment associated with an essential reliability and modernization project for its electric distribution system. We requested approval to invest approximately $59.8 million, over a five-year period, associated with the modernization project. In February 2017, the Office of Public Counsel intervened in this petition. The Florida PSC requested that FPU file a limited proceeding to include these investments in base rates instead of seeking approval of a temporary surcharge. In April 2017, FPU voluntarily withdrew its petition and subsequently filed the limited proceeding described in the next paragraph.
Electric Limited Proceeding: In July 2017, FPU’s electric division filed a petition with the Florida PSC, requesting approval to include $15.2 million of certain capital project expenditures in its rate base and to adjust its base rates accordingly. These expenditures are designed to improve the stability and safety of the electric system while enhancing the capability of FPU’s grid. Included in the $15.2 million is the interconnection project with Florida Power & Light Company, which enables FPU to mitigate fuel costs for its electric customers. This petition is scheduled for the Florida PSC's December 2017 Agenda.
Northwest Florida Expansion Project: Peninsula Pipeline and FPU's natural gas division are constructing a pipeline in Escambia County, Florida that will interconnect with FGT's pipeline. The project consists of 33 miles of 12-inch transmission line from the FGT interconnect that will be operated by Peninsula Pipeline and 8 miles of 8-inch lateral distribution lines that will be operated by Chesapeake Utilities' Florida natural gas division. We have entered into agreements to serve two large customers and are marketing to other customers close to the facilities.

New Smyrna Beach, Florida Project: Peninsula Pipeline is constructing a pipeline in Volusia County, Florida that will interconnect with FGT's pipeline. The project consists of 14 miles of transmission line from the FGT interconnect that will be operated by Peninsula Pipeline and will serve FPU natural gas distribution customers.
Eastern Shore
White Oak Mainline Expansion Project: In July 2016, Eastern Shore received FERC authorization to construct, own and operate certain expansion facilities designed to provide 45,000 Dts/d of firm transportation service to an electric power generator in Kent County, Delaware ("White Oak Mainline Project"). Eastern Shore constructed approximately 5.4 miles of 16-inch diameter pipeline looping in Chester County, Pennsylvania and increased compression capability at Eastern Shore’s existing Delaware City compressor station in New Castle County, Delaware. At the end of March 2017, the entire project was placed into service. The total cost to complete the project was approximately $42.0 million.

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System Reliability Project: In September 2016, the FERC approved Eastern Shore's application to construct, own and operate approximately 10.1 miles of 16-inch pipeline looping and auxiliary facilities in New Castle and Kent Counties, Delaware, and a new compressor at its existing Bridgeville compressor station in Sussex County, Delaware. Eastern Shore further proposed to reinforce critical points on its pipeline system. Previously, in July 2016, the FERC granted Eastern Shore’s pre-determination of rolled-in rate treatment absent any significant change in circumstances.
As of June 2017, the entire project was placed into service. The total cost to complete the project was approximately $38.0 million. We began to recover the project's costs in August 2017, coinciding with the proposed effectiveness of new rates, subject to refund, pending final resolution of the base rate case described below.
2017 Expansion Project: In May 2016, Eastern Shore submitted a request to the FERC to initiate the pre-filing review procedures for Eastern Shore's 2017 expansion project (the “2017 Expansion Project”). The 2017 Expansion Project's facilities include approximately 23 miles of pipeline looping in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware; upgrades to existing metering facilities in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; installation of an additional compressor unit at Eastern Shore’s existing Daleville compressor station in Chester County, Pennsylvania; approximately 17 miles of new mainline extension and two pressure control stations in Sussex County, Delaware. In May 2016, the FERC approved Eastern Shore’s request to commence the pre-filing review process. Eastern Shore entered into Precedent Agreements with seven existing customers, including three affiliates of Chesapeake Utilities, for a total of 61,162 Dts/d of additional firm natural gas transportation service on Eastern Shore’s pipeline system with an additional 52,500 Dts/d of firm transportation service at certain Eastern Shore receipt facilities.
In December 2016, Eastern Shore submitted an application for a CP seeking authorization to construct the expansion facilities. Six of Eastern Shore's existing customers timely intervened to become parties. In February and March 2017, Eastern Shore submitted responses to the FERC staff's data requests.
In October 2017, FERC issued a CP authorizing Eastern Shore to construct and operate the proposed 2017 Expansion Project. The estimated cost of the 2017 Expansion Project is approximately $115.0 million
Eastern Shore is preparing its implementation plan, which will be filed with the FERC, addressing the actions Eastern Shore will undertake to meet the Environmental Conditions set forth in the FERC's order. Eastern Shore anticipates placing certain facilities into service by the end of the year and completing the entire project in 2018.
2017 Rate Case Filing: In January 2017, Eastern Shore filed a base rate proceeding with the FERC, as required by the terms of its 2012 rate case settlement agreement. Eastern Shore's proposed rates were based on the mainline cost of service of approximately $60.0 million resulting in an overall requested revenue increase of approximately $18.9 million and a requested rate of return on common equity of 13.75 percent. The filing includes incremental rates for the White Oak Lateral Project and White Oak Mainline Expansion Project, which benefits a single customer. Eastern Shore also proposed to revise its depreciation rates and negative salvage rate based on the results of independent, third-party depreciation and negative salvage value studies. In March 2017, the FERC issued an order suspending the tariff rates for the usual five-month period.
On August 1, 2017, Eastern Shore implemented new rates, subject to refund based upon the outcome of the rate proceeding.  Eastern Shore recorded incremental revenue of approximately $1.0 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, and established a regulatory liability to reserve a portion of the total incremental revenues generated by the new rates until the rate case is resolved. Settlement discussions continue among the other parties to the case.

4. Environmental Commitments and Contingencies
We are subject to federal, state and local laws and regulations governing environmental quality and pollution control. These laws and regulations require us to remove or remediate, at current and former operating sites, the effect on the environment of the disposal or release of specified substances.

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MGP Sites
We have participated in the investigation, assessment or remediation of, and have exposures at, seven former MGP sites. Those sites are located in Salisbury, Maryland, Seaford, Delaware and Winter Haven, Key West, Pensacola, Sanford and West Palm Beach, Florida. We have also been in discussions with the MDE regarding another former MGP site located in Cambridge, Maryland.
As of September 30, 2017, we had approximately $9.7 million in environmental liabilities, related to FPU’s MGP sites in Florida, which include the Key West, Pensacola, Sanford and West Palm Beach sites. FPU has approval to recover, from insurance and from customers through rates, up to $14.0 million of its environmental costs related to its MGP sites. Approximately $10.9 million has been recovered as of September 30, 2017, leaving approximately $3.1 million in regulatory assets for future recovery of environmental costs from FPU’s customers.
Environmental liabilities for our MGP sites are recorded on an undiscounted basis based on the estimate of future costs provided by independent consultants. We continue to expect that all costs related to environmental remediation and related activities, including any potential future remediation costs for which we do not currently have approval for regulatory recovery, will be recoverable from customers through rates.
The following is a summary of our remediation status and estimated costs to implement clean-up of our MGP sites:
Jurisdiction
MGP Site
Status
Cost to Clean up
Recovery through Rates
Florida
West Palm Beach
Remedial actions approved by FDEP have been implemented on the east parcel of the site. Similar remedial actions expected to be implemented on other remaining portions.
Between $4.5 million to $15.4 million, including costs associated with the relocation of FPU’s operations at this site, which is necessary to implement the remedial plan, and any potential costs associated with future redevelopment of the properties
Yes
Florida
Sanford
In January 2007, FPU and the Sanford group signed a Third Participation Agreement. FPU's share of remediation costs under the Third Participation Agreement is set at five percent of a maximum of $13.0 million, or $650,000, which has been paid to an escrow account.

The EPA issued a preliminary close-out report in December 2014. Groundwater monitoring and statutory five-year reviews to ensure performance of the approved remedy will continue on this site.
FPU's remaining remediation expenses, including attorneys' fees and costs, are estimated to be approximately $24,000
Yes
Florida
Winter Haven
Remediation is ongoing.
Not expected to exceed $425,000, which includes costs of implementing institutional controls at the site
Yes
Delaware
Seaford
Proposed plan for implementation approved by DNREC in July 2017.
$273,000 to $465,000
Yes
Maryland
Cambridge
Currently in discussions with MDE
Unable to estimate
N/A

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5.
Other Commitments and Contingencies
Natural Gas, Electric and Propane Supply
We have entered into contractual commitments to purchase natural gas, electricity and propane from various suppliers. The contracts have various expiration dates. In 2017, our Delmarva natural gas distribution operations entered into asset management agreements with PESCO to manage a portion of their natural gas transportation and storage capacity. The agreements were effective as of April 1, 2017, and each has a three-year term, expiring on March 31, 2020. Previously, the Delaware PSC approved PESCO to serve as an asset manager.
In May 2013, Sandpiper entered into a capacity, supply and operating agreement with EGWIC to purchase propane over a six-year term ending in May 2019. Sandpiper's current annual commitment is estimated at approximately 2.8 million gallons. Sandpiper has the option to enter into either a fixed per-gallon price for some or all of the propane purchases or a market-based price utilizing one of two local propane pricing indices.
Also in May 2013, Sharp entered into a separate supply and operating agreement with EGWIC. Under this agreement, Sharp has a commitment to supply propane to EGWIC over a six-year term ending in May 2019. Sharp's current annual commitment is estimated at approximately 2.8 million gallons. The agreement between Sharp and EGWIC is separate from the agreement between Sandpiper and EGWIC, and neither agreement permits the parties to set off the rights and obligations specified in one agreement against those specified in the other agreement.
Chesapeake Utilities' Florida natural gas distribution division has firm transportation service contracts with FGT and Gulfstream. Pursuant to a capacity release program approved by the Florida PSC, all of the capacity under these agreements has been released to various third parties, including PESCO. Under the terms of these capacity release agreements, Chesapeake Utilities is contingently liable to FGT and Gulfstream should any party that acquired the capacity through release fail to pay the capacity charge.
FPU’s electric fuel supply contracts require FPU to maintain an acceptable standard of creditworthiness based on specific financial ratios. FPU’s agreement with JEA requires FPU to comply with the following ratios based on the results of the prior 12 months: (a) total liabilities to tangible net worth less than 3.75 times and (b) a fixed charge coverage ratio greater than 1.5 times. If either ratio is not met by FPU, it has 30 days to cure the default or provide an irrevocable letter of credit if the default is not cured. FPU’s electric fuel supply agreement with Gulf Power requires FPU to meet the following ratios based on the average of the prior six quarters: (a) funds from operations interest coverage ratio (minimum of 2 times) and (b) total debt to total capital (maximum of 65 percent). If FPU fails to meet the requirements, it has to provide the supplier a written explanation of actions taken, or proposed to be taken, to become compliant. Failure to comply with the ratios specified in the Gulf Power agreement could also result in FPU having to provide an irrevocable letter of credit. As of September 30, 2017, FPU was in compliance with all of the requirements of its fuel supply contracts.
Eight Flags provides electricity and steam generation services through its CHP plant located on Amelia Island, Florida. In June 2016, Eight Flags began selling power generated from the CHP plant to FPU pursuant to a 20-year power purchase agreement for distribution to its retail electric customers. In July 2016, Eight Flags also started selling steam an industrial customer that owns the property on which the CHP plant is located pursuant to a separate 20-year contract. The CHP plant is powered by natural gas transported by FPU through its distribution system and Peninsula Pipeline through its intrastate pipeline.

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Corporate Guarantees
We have issued corporate guarantees to certain vendors of our subsidiaries, primarily PESCO. These corporate guarantees provide for the payment of propane and natural gas purchases in the event that PESCO defaults. PESCO has never defaulted on its obligations to pay its suppliers. The liabilities for these purchases are recorded when incurred. The aggregate amount guaranteed at September 30, 2017 was approximately $71.9 million, with the guarantees expiring on various dates through September 2018.
Chesapeake Utilities also guarantees the payment of FPU’s first mortgage bonds. The maximum exposure under this guarantee is the outstanding principal plus accrued interest balances. The outstanding principal balances of FPU’s first mortgage bonds approximate their carrying values (see Note 13, Long-Term Debt, for further details).
Letters of Credit
As of September 30, 2017, we have issued letters of credit totaling approximately $5.8 million related to the electric transmission services for FPU's electric division, the firm transportation service agreement between TETLP and our Delaware and Maryland divisions, and to our current and previous primary insurance carriers. These letters of credit have various expiration dates through June 2018. There have been no draws on these letters of credit as of September 30, 2017. We do not anticipate that the letters of credit will be drawn upon by the counterparties, and we expect that the letters of credit will be renewed to the extent necessary in the future.
Other
We are involved in certain other legal actions and claims arising in the normal course of business. We are also involved in certain legal and administrative proceedings before various governmental agencies concerning rates. In the opinion of management, the ultimate disposition of these proceedings will not have a material effect on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

6.
Segment Information
We use the management approach to identify operating segments. We organize our business around differences in regulatory environment and/or products or services, and the operating results of each segment are regularly reviewed by the chief operating decision maker (our Chief Executive Officer) in order to make decisions about resources and to assess performance. The segments are evaluated based on their pre-tax operating income. Our operations are comprised of two reportable segments:
Regulated Energy. The Regulated Energy segment includes natural gas distribution, natural gas transmission and electric distribution operations. All operations in this segment are regulated, as to their rates and services, by the PSC having jurisdiction in each operating territory or by the FERC in the case of Eastern Shore.
Unregulated Energy. The Unregulated Energy segment includes propane distribution as well as natural gas marketing, gathering, processing, transportation and supply. These operations are unregulated as to their rates and services. Effective June 2016, this segment includes electricity and steam generation through Eight Flags' CHP plant. Through March 2017, this segment also included the operations of Xeron, our propane and crude oil trading subsidiary that began winding down operations at the end of the first quarter of 2017.
Other operations are presented as “Other businesses and eliminations,” which consist of unregulated subsidiaries that own real estate leased to Chesapeake Utilities, as well as certain corporate costs not allocated to other operations.

Our operations are entirely domestic.


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The following table presents financial information about our reportable segments:
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
 
September 30,
 
September 30,
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
(in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Revenues, Unaffiliated Customers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regulated Energy segment
 
$
67,257

 
$
68,899

 
$
232,519

 
$
224,382

Unregulated Energy segment and other businesses
 
59,679

 
39,449

 
204,661

 
132,604

Total operating revenues, unaffiliated customers
 
$
126,936

 
$
108,348

 
$
437,180

 
$
356,986

Intersegment Revenues (1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regulated Energy segment
 
$
2,446

 
$
1,120

 
$
5,834

 
$
2,248

Unregulated Energy segment
 
5,009

 
2,593

 
15,801

 
3,759

Other businesses
 
194

 
240

 
581

 
705

Total intersegment revenues
 
$
7,649

 
$
3,953

 
$
22,216

 
$
6,712

Operating Income
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regulated Energy segment
 
$
15,168

 
$
13,115

 
$
51,915

 
$
52,660

Unregulated Energy segment
 
(989
)
 
(3,080
)
 
10,504

 
9,267

Other businesses and eliminations
 
60

 
121

 
161

 
350

Total operating income
 
14,239

 
10,156

 
62,580

 
62,277

Other income (expense), net
 
239

 
(28
)
 
(643
)
 
(68
)
Interest charges
 
3,321

 
2,722

 
9,133

 
7,996

Income before Income Taxes
 
11,157

 
7,406

 
52,804


54,213

Income taxes
 
4,324

 
2,990

 
20,781

 
21,401

Net Income
 
$
6,833

 
$
4,416

 
$
32,023


$
32,812

 
(1) 
All significant intersegment revenues are billed at market rates and have been eliminated from consolidated operating revenues.
(in thousands)
 
September 30, 2017
 
December 31, 2016
Identifiable Assets
 
 
 
 
Regulated Energy segment
 
$
1,084,961

 
$
986,752

Unregulated Energy segment
 
233,785

 
226,368

Other businesses and eliminations
 
28,004

 
16,099

Total identifiable assets
 
$
1,346,750

 
$
1,229,219



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7.
Stockholder's Equity
Preferred Stock
We had 2,000,000 authorized and unissued shares of preferred stock, $0.01 par value per share, as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016. Shares of preferred stock may be issued from time to time, by authorization of our Board of Directors and without the necessity of further action or authorization by stockholders, in one or more series and with such voting powers, designations, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other special rights and qualifications as the Board of Directors may, in its discretion, determine.

Common Stock Public Offering
In September 2016, we completed a public offering of 960,488 shares of our common stock at a public offering price per share of $62.26. The net proceeds from the sale of common stock, after deducting underwriting commissions and expenses, were approximately $57.4 million, which were added to our general funds and used primarily to repay a portion of our short-term debt under unsecured lines of credit.
Stockholders' Rights    
Pursuant to authority granted under Delaware law and our Certificate of Incorporation, our Board of Directors previously declared a dividend of one preferred stock purchase right (each, a "Right," and, collectively, the "Rights") for each outstanding share of our common stock held of record on September 3, 1999, as adjusted for our stock split in September of 2014, and for additional shares of common stock issued since that time. The description and terms of the Rights are set forth in the Rights Plan. Unless exercised, the Rights trade with our common stock and are evidenced by the common stock certificate. In general, each Right will become exercisable and trade independently from our common stock upon a person or entity acquiring a beneficial ownership of 15 percent or more of our outstanding common stock.
Each Right, if it becomes exercisable, initially entitles the holder to purchase one fiftieth of a share of our Series A Participating Cumulative Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share, at a price of $70 per unit, subject to anti-dilution adjustments. Upon a person or entity becoming an "acquiring person," each Right (other than the Rights held by the acquiring person) will become exercisable to purchase a number of shares of our common stock having a market value equal to two times the exercise price of the Right. The Rights expire on August 20, 2019, unless they are redeemed earlier by us at the redemption price of $0.01 per Right. We may redeem the Rights at any time before they become exercisable and thereafter only in limited circumstances.
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss
Defined benefit pension and postretirement plan items, unrealized gains (losses) of our propane swap agreements, call options and natural gas futures contracts, designated as commodity contracts cash flow hedges, are the components of our accumulated other comprehensive loss.
The following tables present the changes in the balance of accumulated other comprehensive loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016. All amounts are presented net of tax.

 
 
Defined Benefit
 
Commodity
 
 
 
 
Pension and
 
Contracts
 
 
 
 
Postretirement
 
Cash Flow
 
 
 
 
Plan Items
 
Hedges
 
Total
(in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
 
As of December 31, 2016
 
$
(5,360
)
 
$
482

 
$
(4,878
)
Other comprehensive income/(loss) before reclassifications
 
(9
)
 
322

 
313

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss)
 
271

 
(965
)
 
(694
)
Net current-period other comprehensive income/(loss)
 
262

 
(643
)
 
(381
)
As of September 30, 2017
 
$
(5,098
)
 
$
(161
)
 
$
(5,259
)

- 16


 
 
Defined Benefit
 
Commodity
 
 
 
 
Pension and
 
Contracts
 
 
 
 
Postretirement
 
Cash Flow
 
 
 
 
Plan Items
 
Hedges
 
Total
(in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
 
As of December 31, 2015
 
$
(5,580
)
 
$
(260
)
 
$
(5,840
)
Other comprehensive income before reclassifications
 

 
641

 
641

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss)
 
263

 
(93
)
 
170

Net prior-period other comprehensive income
 
263

 
548

 
811

As of September 30, 2016
 
$
(5,317
)
 
$
288

 
$
(5,029
)
The following table presents amounts reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive loss for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016. Deferred gains or losses for our commodity contracts cash flow hedges are recognized in earnings upon settlement.
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
 
September 30,
 
September 30,
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
(in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amortization of defined benefit pension and postretirement plan items:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prior service credit (1)
 
$
19

 
$
20

 
$
58

 
$
60

Net loss(1)
 
(171
)
 
(166
)
 
(509
)
 
(500
)
Total before income taxes
 
(152
)

(146
)
 
(451
)

(440
)
Income tax benefit
 
61

 
58

 
180

 
177

Net of tax
 
$
(91
)
 
$
(88
)
 
$
(271
)

$
(263
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gains and losses on commodity contracts cash flow hedges
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Propane swap agreements (2)
 
$
198

 
$

 
$
663

 
$
(322
)
Natural gas swaps (2)
 
1

 

 
1

 

Natural gas futures (2)
 
(852
)
 
105

 
929

 
464

Total before income taxes
 
(653
)
 
105

 
1,593


142

Income tax benefit (expense)
 
248

 
(41
)
 
(628
)
 
(49
)
Net of tax
 
(405
)
 
64


965

 
93

Total reclassifications for the period
 
$
(496
)
 
$
(24
)

$
694

 
$
(170
)
 
(1) These amounts are included in the computation of net periodic costs (benefits). See Note 8, Employee Benefit Plans, for additional details.
(2) These amounts are included in the effects of gains and losses from derivative instruments. See Note 11, Derivative Instruments, for additional details.
Amortization of defined benefit pension and postretirement plan items is included in operations expense, and gains and losses on propane swap agreements and call options are included in cost of sales, in the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of income. The income tax benefit is included in income tax income (expense) in the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of income.


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8.
Employee Benefit Plans
Net periodic benefit costs for our pension and post-retirement benefits plans for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 are set forth in the following tables:
 
 
Chesapeake
Pension Plan
 
FPU
Pension Plan
 
Chesapeake SERP
 
Chesapeake
Postretirement
Plan
 
FPU
Medical
Plan
For the Three Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
(in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest cost
 
$
103

 
$
105

 
$
623

 
$
635

 
$
22

 
$
23

 
$
11

 
$
11

 
$
13

 
$
14

Expected return on plan assets
 
(127
)
 
(131
)
 
(699
)
 
(625
)
 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of prior service credit
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
(19
)
 
(20
)
 

 

Amortization of net loss
 
107

 
103

 
131

 
133

 
22

 
22

 
17

 
16

 

 

Net periodic cost (benefit)
 
83

 
77

 
55

 
143

 
44

 
45

 
9

 
7

 
13

 
14

Amortization of pre-merger regulatory asset
 

 

 
191

 
191

 

 

 

 

 
2

 
2

Total periodic cost
 
$
83

 
$
77

 
$
246

 
$
334

 
$
44

 
$
45

 
$
9

 
$
7


$
15

 
$
16


 
 
Chesapeake
Pension Plan
 
FPU
Pension Plan
 
Chesapeake SERP
 
Chesapeake
Postretirement
Plan
 
FPU
Medical
Plan
For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
(in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest cost
 
$
309

 
$
315

 
$
1,870

 
$
1,894

 
$
66

 
$
68

 
$
31

 
$
32

 
$
38

 
$
41

Expected return on plan assets
 
(381
)
 
(392
)
 
(2,098
)
 
(2,027
)
 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of prior service credit
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
(58
)
 
(60
)
 

 

Amortization of net loss
 
319

 
309

 
392

 
389

 
65

 
66

 
50

 
51

 

 

Net periodic cost (benefit)
 
247

 
232

 
164

 
256

 
131

 
134

 
23

 
23

 
38

 
41

Amortization of pre-merger regulatory asset
 

 

 
571

 
571

 

 

 

 

 
6

 
6

Total periodic cost
 
$
247

 
$
232

 
$
735

 
$
827

 
$
131

 
$
134

 
$
23

 
$
23

 
$
44

 
$
47


We expect to record pension and postretirement benefit costs of approximately $1.6 million for 2017. Included in these costs is approximately $769,000 related to continued amortization of the FPU pension regulatory asset, which represents the portion attributable to FPU’s regulated energy operations for the changes in funded status that occurred, but were not recognized, as part of net periodic benefit costs prior to the FPU merger in 2009. This was deferred as a regulatory asset by FPU prior to the merger, to be recovered through rates pursuant to a previous order by the Florida PSC. The unamortized balance of this regulatory asset was approximately $1.5 million and approximately $2.1 million at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively.
Pursuant to a Florida PSC order, FPU continues to record, as a regulatory asset, a portion of the unrecognized pension and postretirement benefit costs related to its regulated operations after the FPU merger. The portion of the unrecognized pension and postretirement benefit costs related to FPU’s unregulated operations and Chesapeake Utilities' operations is recorded to accumulated other comprehensive loss.

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The following tables present the amounts included in the regulatory asset and accumulated other comprehensive loss that were recognized as components of net periodic benefit cost during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016:
 
For the Three Months Ended September 30, 2017
 
Chesapeake
Pension
Plan
 
FPU
Pension
Plan
 
Chesapeake SERP
 
Chesapeake
Postretirement
Plan
 
FPU
Medical
Plan
 
Total
(in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prior service credit
 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
(19
)
 
$

 
$
(19
)
Net loss
 
107

 
131

 
22

 
17

 

 
277

Total recognized in net periodic benefit cost
 
107

 
131

 
22

 
(2
)
 

 
258

Recognized from accumulated other comprehensive loss (1)
 
107

 
25

 
22

 
(2
)
 

 
152

Recognized from regulatory asset
 

 
106

 

 

 

 
106

Total
 
$
107

 
$
131

 
$
22

 
$
(2
)
 
$

 
$
258


    
For the Three Months Ended September 30, 2016
 
Chesapeake
Pension
Plan
 
FPU
Pension
Plan
 
Chesapeake SERP
 
Chesapeake
Postretirement
Plan
 
FPU
Medical
Plan
 
Total
(in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prior service credit
 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
(20
)
 
$

 
$
(20
)
Net loss
 
103

 
133

 
22

 
16

 

 
274

Total recognized in net periodic benefit cost
 
103

 
133

 
22

 
(4
)