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York Water Company Reports 2nd Quarter and Six Months Earnings

YORK, Pa., Aug. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The York Water Company's (YORW) President, Jeffrey R. Hines, announced today the Company's financial results for the second quarter and the first six months of 2019.

President Hines reported that second quarter operating revenues of $13,048,000 increased $1,022,000 and net income of $3,717,000 increased $412,000 compared to the second quarter of 2018. Earnings per share of $0.28 for the three-month period increased $0.02 compared to the same period last year. Increased revenues were primarily due to an increase in rates effective March 1, 2019 partially offset by a reset to zero of the Distribution System Improvement Charge (DSIC). DSIC is a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PPUC) allowed charge that water utilities collect from customers for the replacement of aging infrastructure. Growth in the water customer base also added to revenues. A decrease in per capita consumption reduced the impact of the new customers. The increased revenue was partially offset by higher operation and maintenance expenses and depreciation. Income taxes increased due to lower deductions from the IRS tangible property regulations and higher state income taxes.

President Hines also reported that the first six months operating revenues of $24,879,000 increased $1,209,000 and net income of $6,530,000 increased $631,000 compared to the first six months of 2018. Increased revenues resulted primarily from the March 1, 2019 rate increase and growth in the water customer base partially offset by lower DSIC after its reset to zero and a decrease in per capita consumption. The increased revenue was partially offset by higher operation and maintenance expenses, depreciation, and higher income taxes due to lower deductions from the IRS tangible property regulations and higher state income taxes. Earnings per share of $0.50 for the six-month period increased $0.04 compared to the same period last year.

During the first six months of 2019, the Company invested $8.0 million in construction expenditures for dam improvements as well as various replacements and improvements to infrastructure. The Company estimates it will invest an additional $9.5 million in 2019, excluding acquisitions, for additional main extensions, dam and spillway improvements, expansion of a wastewater treatment plant, and routine improvements to its pipes, service lines, and other facilities to ensure a safe, adequate, and reliable supply of drinking water and to maintain proper handling and disposal of wastewater for the Company’s growing customer base.

Period Ended June 30

In 000's (except per share)

Quarter

Six Months

2019

2018

2019

2018

Operating Revenues

$

13,048

$

12,026

$

24,879

$

23,670

Net Income

$

3,717

$

3,305

$

6,530

$

5,899

Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding

12,956

12,896

12,949

12,886

Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Common Share

$

0.28

$

0.26

$

0.50

$

0.46

Dividends Declared Per Common Share

$

0.1733

$

0.1666

$

0.3466

$

0.3332

This news release may contain forward-looking statements regarding the Company’s operational and financial expectations. These statements are based on currently available information and are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other events which could cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from the results described in this statement. The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement.

Contact:
Jeffrey R. Hines, President
jeffh@yorkwater.com
717-718-2953

or

Matthew E. Poff, Chief Financial Officer
matthewp@yorkwater.com
717-718-7549

Phone: 717-845-3601