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The York Water Company Reports Three Months Earnings

YORK, Pa., May 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The York Water Company's (YORW) President, Jeffrey R. Hines, announced today the Company's financial results for the first quarter of 2019.

President Hines reported that first quarter operating revenues of $11,831,000 increased $187,000, and net income of $2,813,000 increased $219,000 compared to the first quarter of 2018. Basic and Diluted Earnings per share of $0.22 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 income was partially offset by higher operation and maintenance expenses and depreciation. Income taxes decreased due to higher deductions from the IRS tangible property regulations and lower state income taxes.

During the first three months of 2019, the Company invested $3.3 million in construction expenditures for various replacements and improvements to infrastructure. The Company estimates it will invest an additional $17.0 million in 2019, excluding acquisitions, for additional main extensions, dam 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.

Three Months Ended
March 31
In 000's (except per share)

2019

2018

Operating Revenues

$

11,831

$

11,644

Net Income

$

2,813

$

2,594

Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding

12,942

12,877

Basic and Diluted Earnings per Common Share

$

0.22

$

0.20

Dividends Declared Per Common Share

$

0.1733

$

0.1666

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

717-718-2953

or

Matthew E. Poff, Chief Financial Officer

717-718-7549

Phone:

717-845-3601

jeffh@yorkwater.com
matthewp@yorkwater.com