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SJW Corp (SJW) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call Transcript

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SJW Corp  (NYSE: SJW)
Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call
Feb. 21, 2019, 1:00 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the SJW Group Q4 2018 Financial Results Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, we will conduct a question-and-answer session, and instructions will follow at that time. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, today's call is being recorded.

I would now like to introduce your host for this conference call Ms. Suzy Papazian, General Counsel. You may begin.

Suzy Papazian -- General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Thank you, operator. Welcome to the full year and fourth quarter 2018 financial results conference call for SJW Group. Presenting today are Eric Thornburg, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer; and James Lynch, Chief Financial Officer.

For those who would like to follow along, slides accompanying these remarks are available on our website at www.sjwgroup.com.

Before we begin today's presentation, I would like to remind you that this presentation and related materials posted on our website may contain forward-looking statements. These statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by the company in light of its experience, historical assumption, trends, current conditions, expected future developments, as well as other factors that the company believes are appropriate under the circumstances. Many factors could cause the company's actual results and performance to be different from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. For a description of those factors, you can look at our Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which may be available on our website. All forward-looking statements are made as of today and SJW Group disclaims any duty to update or revise such statements.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. As a reminder, this webcast is being recorded and an archive of the webcast will be available until April 22, 2019. You can access the press release and the webcast on our corporate website.

I will now turn the call over to Eric.

Eric Thornburg -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Suzy. Welcome, everyone, and thank you for joining us. I'm Eric Thornburg and it is my honor to serve as Chairman, President and CEO of SJW Group. I'm very pleased to be here with Jim Lynch, Chief Financial Officer of SJW Group, and Palle Jensen, Executive Vice President of San Jose Water.

SJW delivered strong results for the quarter and year from recurring operations. In addition to the strong financial results, there were a number of significant accomplishments that stand out, including the addition of $136 million to utility plant through our sensible and systematic infrastructure investment program, the completion of San Jose Water's Montevina Water Treatment Plant retrofit project, the processing of our general rate case for San Jose Water, setting rates for the years 2019 through 2021, further enhancements to our customer and stakeholder communications program and another successful year of meeting high drinking water standards and environmental regulations, delivering on our commitment to public health and environmental stewardship, which we discussed in our sustainability report accessible on our website.

SJW also continues to pursue our compelling combination with Connecticut Water Service Incorporated. As we noted in yesterday's press release, after a thorough review of our regulatory approach, together with Connecticut Water we've decided to file new applications with the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, or PURA, and the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

As you know, in December of 2018, PURA issued a proposed final decision denying our July 2018 application to combine with Connecticut Water and then subsequently denied our request to reopen the record to allow additional time to demonstrate the benefits of our combination. Upon consultation with our financial and legal advisors, we then withdrew our pending applications before PURA and the Maine Public Utilities Commission to evaluate what path forward would be in the best interests of our stakeholders and shareholders. We spent the last several weeks closely reviewing PURA's stated concerns in the proposed final decision and we have concluded that pursuing this compelling combination remains the best path forward.

To that end, SJW intends to address PURA stated concerns in a new application for our combination with Connecticut Water and expects to file new applications in both Connecticut and Maine in Q2. Both SJW and Connecticut Water believe we can adequately demonstrate to the Commissions that our combination is in the public interest with the potential to provide important and unique benefits for customers, communities, the environment and all of our employees across the combined organization.

We also believe the new company will be a market leader in innovative technology, customer service and employment opportunities, and will continue to be fiscally sound and more than capable of providing safe, reliable and environmentally responsible water service to all of our customers. We do think that Connecticut and Maine commissions, the public advocate offices in both states, and the respective staff members for their time and efforts throughout these proceedings.

I will now turn the call over to Jim, who will review our financial results. After Jim's remarks, I will address key operational regulatory and other business matters. Jim?

James Lynch -- Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Thank you, Eric. Our fourth quarter operating results reflect the positive impact of higher customer water usage and rate increases in both California and Texas, partially offset by the impact of our cost of capital decision in California and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act or the Tax Act. In addition, we experienced higher water cost due primarily to wholesale price increases and higher usage, partially offset by increased production of lower cost surface water. Our results also reflect transaction costs incurred in connection with our proposed acquisition of Connecticut Water Services.

Fourth quarter revenue was $98.7 million or $5.2 million increase over the fourth quarter of 2017. Net income for the quarter was $8.8 million or $0.38 per diluted share. This compares with $17.3 million or $0.84 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2017. The decrease in diluted earnings per share for the quarter was $0.46. Rate increases contributed $0.09 per share. Increased availability of surface water contributed $0.08 per share, and higher balancing and memorandum account revenue contributed $0.04 per share. These increases were offset by acquisition costs incurred in connection with our CTWS transaction of $0.12 per share, higher depreciation and amortization expense of $0.05 per share, and an increase in other expense items of $0.09 per share. In addition, in the fourth quarter of 2017, we've recognized a gain of $0.41 per share on the sale of Texas Water Alliance or TWA. Those similar sale occurred in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Rate increases for the quarter resulted in $8 million of additional revenue. San Jose Water implemented a 4.2% general rate increase on January 1, 2018, as provided for in our 2015 California general rate case decision. The company also implemented a 3.6% rate increase, effective July 1, 2018, to recover a 9% increase in purchase water cost and a 10% increase in ground water pump taxes implemented by the Santa Clara Valley Water District, or the District. The rate increases were offset by a $1.5 million rate decrease from our 2018 cost of capital proceeding and a decrease of $3.8 million from implementation of the Tax Act.

Recall that the company was directed by both our California and Texas Regulatory Commissions to pass Tax Act benefits from regulated company activities to our regulated customers. In addition, a net increase in our balancing and memorandum accounts added $1.3 million in new revenue and new customers added $827,000.

Water production expenses increased $3.8 million during the quarter. The increase was primarily due to higher per unit costs for purchased water and power of $3.9 million. The impact of cost recovery balancing and memorandum accounts of $1.7 million and increased customer usage of $455,000. These increases were partially offset by an increase in lower cost surface water production of $2.3 million.

Other operating expenses increased $3.1 million for the quarter, primarily due to $3.6 million in CTWS acquisition cost and $1.6 million in higher depreciation related to utility plant additions, partially offset by a decrease in administrative and general expenses of $1.4 million and a decrease of $1 million in maintenance expenses.

For the year, 2018 revenue was $397.7 million, which represented a 2% increase over the same period of last year. Net income in 2018 was $38.8 million or $1.82 per diluted share compared to $59.2 million or $2.86 per diluted share in 2017. Diluted earnings per share decreased by $1.04.

The net decrease was driven by many of the same factors as the quarter: Rate increases contribute $0.83 per share, increased availability of surface water contributed $0.35 per share, increased customer usage contributed $0.34 per share, and new customers contributed an additional $0.11 per share. These increases were offset by merger related costs of $0.69 per share and balancing and memorandum account changes of $0.64 per share, primarily due to Water Conservation Memorandum Account or the WCMA, the impact of the California cost of capital proceeding and the impact of the Tax Act. In addition, higher water production expenses were $0.57 per share, depreciation and amortization costs increased $0.20 per share, and other items reduced earnings per share by $0.04.

Recall also then in 2017, the sale of TWA and real estate sales contributed $0.38 per share and $0.15 per share, respectively. No similar sales occurred in 2018.

Rate increases year-to-date resulted in $28.9 million of additional revenue, offset by a $4.3 million rate decrease from our 2018 cost of capital proceeding and a $7 million decrease from the federal income tax rate change related to implementation of the Tax Act. Increased usage added in $7.8 million of additional revenue year-to-date and new customers added another $2.6 million. These increases were partially offset by a net $19.3 million reduction in balancing and memorandum account revenue due to changes in the WCMA, implementation of the Tax Act, and a lower return on rate base authorized in our California cost of capital proceeding.

Water production expenses increased $10.6 million in 2018. The increase was primarily due to a $14.9 million of higher per unit cost for purchased water and power, and $5.1 million in increased customer usage. This increase was partially offset by an increase in lower cost surface water production of $8 million and the impact of cost recovery balancing and memorandum accounts of $1.4 million.

Other operating expenses increased $26.3 million in 2018, primarily due to $18.6 million in CTWS acquisition costs and $6.3 million in higher depreciation expenses, along with $1.3 million in other expenses.

Other operating expense in 2017 included a pre-tax gain of $12.5 million related to the sale of TWA to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority. A pre-tax gain of $6.3 million related to the sale of 444 West Santa Clara Street Limited Partnership's interest in a commercial building and land that the Partnership owned and a pre-tax gain of $580,000 on the sale of undeveloped land, which SJW Land Company owned. As I mentioned, no similar transactions occurred in 2018.

Turning now to our capital expenditure program. We added $38.2 million in capital funded utility plant in the fourth quarter of 2018, bringing total company funded additions for the year to $136 million. Our 2018 cash flows from operations decreased 10% over 2017. The decrease was primarily the result of a $5.5 million reduction in the collection of balancing and memorandum accounts, decreased accrued water production expenses of $4.2 million, and a $3.7 million reduction in working capital and net income after adjustment for non-cash items. These decreases were partially offset by a $3.6 million increase in income tax receivable. At the end of the quarter, we had $45 million available on our bank lines of credit for short-term financing of utility plant additions and other operating activities.

Lastly, in 2018, we issued approximately 7.8 million shares, new SJW shares, in an offering that closed on December 5, 2018. The share issuance raised approximately $412 million of net proceeds that we intend to use to finance approximately 50% of the CTWS purchase price or in the absence of the transaction for general corporate purposes.

With that, I will stop and turn the call back over to Eric.

Eric Thornburg -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Jim. California's water supply outlook remains very favorable owing to a recent series of atmospheric rivers that increased local precipitation levels and the Sierra snowpack, in reality the state's largest reservoir, to above average for this time of the year. Locally, groundwater levels in the Santa Clara Valley remain in their normal range, signifying a full water bank is available.

SJW Group's ability to deliver safe, high quality and reliable water service is inextricably linked to the health of our environment, both locally and beyond. As previously reported, we reaffirmed our long-standing commitment to protecting and preserving our environment through the creation of a Board Sustainability Committee. This committee will provide guidance to the Board on key aspects of our corporate social responsibility program, including health and safety, environmental stewardship, and water supply as we look to further cement our status as industry leaders in water treatment, operations and service delivery.

Sustainability has always been a critical part of the company's culture. As water service providers, we understand our stewardship role in the protection of this vital resource and our investments in innovative technologies like Acoustic Leak Detection using high tech acoustic sensors and satellites to pinpoint water leak locations in our system before they actually surface, an environmentally sensitive design build approaches to new facilities are all evidence of our continued commitment to a sustainable future.

We also recognized that sustainability touches every aspect of our business from information technology to water quality and to operations. While we can be proud of what has already been accomplished, we must also look forward and ask what more can we do to further demonstrate our commitment. To that end, I'm proud to announce that SJW has published its first Corporate Sustainability Report. This comprehensive report will document our successes and also recognize areas where we can further engage in our role as stewards of the environment for both today's and future generations of customers and employees.

Turning now to regulatory affairs, both the California and Texas Public Utilities Commission's have historically recognize the need for continued investments in water system infrastructure and accordingly have enabled regulated water utilities to make those investments. It is especially noteworthy that SJW's 2018 consolidated capital program exceeded $136 million. In the last decade, more than a $1 billion has been invested in our water systems and the communities we serve. Over the long term, these investments benefit customers, communities and shareholders as they enhance SJW's ability to deliver safe, high quality and reliable water service and increase shareholder value.

San Jose Water received a final decision on its 2018 general rate case covering the years 2019 through 2021. The decision lowered sales levels and validates the company's capital program. Key provisions of the decision include a 4.6% rate increase for 2019, a three-year capital program totaling $320 million with allowance for additional investments, a shift in cost recovery, allowing 40% of total revenue to be collected through the fixed charge and sales numbers that align nicely with current actual consumption. In general, the decision supports San Jose Water's efficient regional utility business model and provides a realistic opportunity for the company to earn its authorized rate of returns. The new rates became effective on January 1, 2019.

San Jose Water also received approval to issue refunds to customers for proration of service charge, rate changes, covering the period of June 2011 through December 2016, totaling approximately $2 million. A typical residential customer will receive a one-time refund of about $6.40. We also continue to cooperate with the CPUC's investigation into this matter to reach a fair resolution and anticipate concluding this matter in September of 2019.

SJWTX, Inc., our Texas water and wastewater utility, enjoyed another year of robust growth. Since its acquisition in 2006, the 6,500 connections have grown to over 16,000. Total growth in 2018 was approximately 16%, resulting from the previously reported Deer Creek Ranch water system acquisition as well as the strong organic growth and what continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. With a diverse portfolio of water supplies, a growing wastewater business and continued additions to customer base through organic growth and acquisitions, we remain optimistic about the prospects for SJWTX and its increased contributions to consolidated earnings.

Demonstrating the company's strong commitment to our shareholders, in January of 2019, the Board authorized a 7.1% increase in SJW's 2019 dividend to $1.20 per share as compared to the total dividends paid in 2018. This dividend increase continues SJW's strong record of returning capital to shareholders and raises the dividend payout ratio, bringing us more in line with our target dividend payout of between 50% and 60% of recurring earnings. We have continuously paid our dividend for over 75 years and the annual dividend has increased in each of the last 51 years, delivering value to our shareholders. This was a track record to be proud of.

Lastly, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Commissioner, Genevieve Shiroma, to the California Public Utilities Commission and express our appreciation to outgoing Commissioner, Carla Peterman, for her service. We look forward to working with Commissioner Shiroma and her colleagues and their staff to address the many water-related issues facing California's regulated water utilities.

With that, I'd like to turn the call back to the operator for questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

(Operator Instructions) Our first question comes from Durgesh Chopra with Evercore ISI.

Durgesh Chopra -- Evercore ISI Institutional Equities -- Analyst

Hey, guys. Good afternoon.

Eric Thornburg -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Hello, Durgesh.

Durgesh Chopra -- Evercore ISI Institutional Equities -- Analyst

Hi. I actually have two questions, both on the merger. Just in terms of the timeline, so you said in the release and I think you said in your commentary early on, Eric, that you're going to file again in the second quarter here this year. So, then the commission has how much time to actually rule on that decision?

Eric Thornburg -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Thank you for your question, Durgesh. The filing is ultimately made, we'll provide a new timeline for that, so that you can track it carefully. But just for background purposes, the Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority has a 120-day statutory period, in which to reach its decision. The Maine Public Utility Commission does not have a specific statutory period, but it typically runs about the same length of time. So, once we file and actually have a beginning date, then we can update the schedule and project when we might close if we get regulatory approval by both states.

Durgesh Chopra -- Evercore ISI Institutional Equities -- Analyst

Perfect. Thank you. And then just the California review of the merger, is that still ongoing or how does that tie into all of this?

Eric Thornburg -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. The California Public Utility Commission had launched what we refer to as an OII, or Order Instituting Investigation, and we are, I think, pretty close to wrapping that up. There was a public input session just a few weeks ago here in San Jose and by all accounts we feel that that went very well and gave the Public Utility Commission here a view of our customers' thoughts in this area. And so, the next step would be a decision that would come from the California PUC, it's possible that, as we've announced our decision to refile, that they may wait and hold to see, but again their review is nearly wrapped up.

Durgesh Chopra -- Evercore ISI Institutional Equities -- Analyst

Perfect. Thank you. And then just one last. You mentioned in your commentary that in an event that the merger doesn't close you're going to use the money that you've raised for corporate purposes. I was wondering, if you could elaborate on that a little bit? What is that? Like, what are the options that you have?

James Lynch -- Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Hey, Chopra -- Durgesh, this is Jim. So in our S-3, we had mentioned that in the event that the transaction doesn't go through, we would use the money for general corporate purposes and that could include acquisitions or dividends or a stock buyback. At this point, we've not had any discussions with our Board in terms of what alternatives they may be considering in terms of disposition of the money, but I can tell you that we all are committed to maintaining an efficient capital structure and without the acquisitions, certainly, a capital structure with equity of about 67% is not what we would consider efficient. So that's about all we can give by way of guidance at this point.

Durgesh Chopra -- Evercore ISI Institutional Equities -- Analyst

That's perfect. Thank you for that color.

Eric Thornburg -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks for your questions.

Operator

Our next question comes from Michael Gaugler with Janney Montgomery Scott.

Michael Gaugler -- Janney Montgomery Scott -- Analyst

Good morning, everyone.

Eric Thornburg -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Hey. Good morning, Michael.

Michael Gaugler -- Janney Montgomery Scott -- Analyst

Congrats on the quarter. Just had one question. I'm wondering if either SJW or its California service territory has or you can foresee any negative impacts from PG&E's filing?

James Lynch -- Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

I don't think we do. Certainly the fire issue has elevated the concern around met properly managing watershed lands and the like. So -- but from a standpoint of general impact on us, we don't see any particular impact there, Michael.

Michael Gaugler -- Janney Montgomery Scott -- Analyst

Okay. And a follow-up since you mentioned the watershed. I know many, many years ago, SJW tried to clear out its watershed and was not allowed to do so, can we look for something like that going forward now or is that still pretty much off the table?

Eric Thornburg -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

We would work very, very carefully with all constituencies if we were to pursue that, again. It certainly was controversial. We had great intentions, we wanted to properly steward that resource and take care of it and -- but clearly raised some concerns among local property owners. We've got a really great group of people that works closely with regulators and fire officials in the area. And so, we understand our role in this and we worked very carefully with all those parties to make sure that we met their concerns, but also took good care of the watershed.

Michael Gaugler -- Janney Montgomery Scott -- Analyst

Perfect. Go ahead, gentlemen. Thank you.

Eric Thornburg -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Michael.

Operator

(Operator Instructions) Our next question comes from Jonathan Reeder with Wells Fargo.

Eric Thornburg -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Hi, Jon.

Jonathan Reeder -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Good morning, gentlemen. Eric, I was hoping you could elaborate a little bit on what led you to conclude the refile the merger application? I know you specified that you think you can address curious concerns, but have you had any conversations with decision makers in the state that lead you to believe there are going to look at it with -- through a fresh set of lenses as opposed to coming with the bias of the previous proposed decision in denying it?

Eric Thornburg -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Thank you, Jonathan. I appreciate the question. The draft decision made very clear what PURA's areas of focus were and that was extremely helpful to us. We were straight talking. So our filing will be intended to specifically address those areas of focus. I remember when I worked in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Commission staff actually filed evidence and testimony in proceedings and so you're able to get a view of kind of where they were early in the process, but every Commission is different. And so, for us, when we were -- when we finally did receive the proposed final decision, then it became very clear to us what those areas were. So having taken a careful look at that and consulting with other experts and some fresh eyes, we believe that we can adequately address those, but we respect the Commission process and we recognize that coming back in, we have that burden to make sure that we alleviate their concerns and address those issues. So, I do believe and feel very confident that we can, but again that's a process that we have to respect with the Commission and make sure we answer any other questions that remain.

Jonathan Reeder -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Right. I mean, some of those concerns are obviously addressable, others are kind of beyond your control, local ownership concerns, stuff like that, so do you have any insight, which concerns weigh greater importance with the state, with the Commission, than others, because you can do all you want to address 80% of the concerns, but it -- there is 20% that just simply can't be addressed, is that still enough to keep them from blocking the deal?

Eric Thornburg -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

I respect for the process. I won't go into real specifics, Jonathan, on how we intend to address those concerns, but we do actually believe we have the ability to address some of those concerns, like local control, and so we will craft our proposal and our evidence accordingly and then make our best case before the Commission, both in Connecticut and in Maine.

Jonathan Reeder -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Okay. And then any insight on who govern them on in terms of nominate to the PURA seat -- I don't think I've seen any indication at this juncture?

Eric Thornburg -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

We've not heard any names for that as well. We intend to go ahead and proceed with our filing in Q2, it's quite possible that by the time we're in hearings, the third Commissioner will be appointed, but the Acting Commissioner -- Acting Chair, Betkoski and Commissioner Caron, both very experienced and long-serving and so we believe that it's prudent to get forward and get back in front of the Commission there in the second quarter.

Jonathan Reeder -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Okay. So, I guess, you don't need to wait for a third Commissioner to be appointed and in your mind and you don't know, I guess, the timeline with which the appointment is going to be made?

Eric Thornburg -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

That's right. You've got a new Governor. So lots going on with the new Governor there and -- but the Commission can't proceed with two Commissioners in place and we look at the draft decision as reflecting PURA's focus and areas that we need to address and that whether there is a new Commissioner appointed at the time or not, we believe the evidence and the information that we put forward will be -- we will be able to address those concerns. So to wait for a third Commissioner to be appointed, we don't control that. And so -- but we believe we can address the concerns right now.

Jonathan Reeder -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Okay. And then, if there are just two Commissioners, then you would needed two votes, in theory, to get approval?

Eric Thornburg -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, we would need two votes regardless. So, that's right, we would need -- if there were just two Commissioners, we need an unanimous decision in that scenario.

Jonathan Reeder -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Okay. And then just lastly going back to Durgesh's question on the CPUC's proceeding, right, what exactly would an order even be saying or addressing? I mean, is it just concluding whether or not they have jurisdiction or would it be attaching to sort of conditions to the merger or how should we be thinking about that?

Palle Jensen -- Executive Vice President

Hi, Jonathan, this is Palle here. Our expectation would be that it would address whether the Commission has jurisdiction over the transaction and then determine whether there would be any rate impact on customers of San Jose Water Company and how such rate impact should to be addressed. We don't want to get in front of -- we don't want to get ahead of any Commission decision, but all the evidence has been submitted, in the case all the procedural matters have been completed and the only steps that are in front of the Commission right now is a proposed decision followed by a decision and that could come at any time at this point. So those would be the major issues that would be -- we would expect the Commission to address in their proposed decision.

Jonathan Reeder -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Okay. So it would address both though. It wouldn't just say, hey, we have jurisdiction (technical difficulty) we want to give another proceeding to figure out how we want to do any rate impacts. It would handle both and get back cleared all the way, so it's not, I guess, an additional outstanding issue...

Palle Jensen -- Executive Vice President

That would be the expectation. Traditionally, the Commission has addressed transaction impacts on customers in California in any following general rate cases of the utility. So, that has been the traditional manner in which the Commission has addressed the rate impact issue.

Jonathan Reeder -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Okay. You're saying that you would wait until the next general rate case to do it, but they might signal in the OII that they would be (multiple speakers)

Palle Jensen -- Executive Vice President

Our expectation would be that the Commission would seek through or address how these rate matters would be addressed and traditionally it has been done in future rate cases.

Jonathan Reeder -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Okay. Got you. All right. Thanks, Palle. Sorry for the confusion there.

Palle Jensen -- Executive Vice President

Sure.

Jonathan Reeder -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

I appreciate you guys taking the questions today.

Eric Thornburg -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan, we appreciate your participation today and we're glad to have you on as you've recently initiated coverage. So, we look forward to working with you.

Jonathan Reeder -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Definitely.

Operator

And I'm not showing any further questions at this time. I'd like to turn the call back over to Eric.

Eric Thornburg -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Very good. Thank you, everybody, for participating on our call today. We are very excited about the future of our company. We are 152-year-old company, but we're just getting started. We appreciate your interest in our company and support and look forward to working with you in the future. Thank you very much.

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, this does conclude today's presentation. You may now disconnect, and have a wonderful day.

Duration: 36 minutes

Call participants:

Suzy Papazian -- General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Eric Thornburg -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

James Lynch -- Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Durgesh Chopra -- Evercore ISI Institutional Equities -- Analyst

Michael Gaugler -- Janney Montgomery Scott -- Analyst

Jonathan Reeder -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Palle Jensen -- Executive Vice President

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