Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), reported net income for the second quarter of 2010 of $6.9 million, compared to net income of $3.1 million in the same quarter of 2009. Earnings per share were 26 cents in the quarter, compared to 12 cents per share in the second quarter of 2009.

For the first six months of 2010, net income was $50.5 million, or $1.90 per share, compared to $1.90 per share on net income of $50.4 million in the first six months of 2009.

“Our second quarter results were strong, primarily due to weather that was 49 percent colder than last year and lower expenses,” said Gregg Kantor, NW Natural’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “I am pleased with our performance in the core utility and our ability to remain nimble as we pursue our non-utility projects.”

SECOND QUARTER FINANCIAL AND OPERATING RESULTS

Net income and earnings per share

Consolidated results of operations produced net income of $6.9 million, or 26 cents per share, compared to $3.1 million, or 12 cents per share, in the second quarter of 2009. Results from utility operations are typically low during the second quarter due to reduced use of natural gas in spring and early summer months. In this year’s quarter, however, temperatures were well below normal late in the quarter.

The company’s utility operations earned net income of $4.6 million (17 cents per share), compared to net income of $0.4 million (2 cents per share) in 2009. Gas storage also contributed net income of $2.1 million (8 cents per share), compared to $2.7 million (10 cents per share) last year. Other non-utility activities added $0.1 million (1 cent per share), compared to a small loss in 2009.

Customer growth

NW Natural’s customer growth for the trailing 12-month period ending June 30, 2010, was 1.0 percent, with the company serving more than 669,000 customers. This compared to an annual customer growth rate of 0.7 percent at March 31, 2010, and 0.8 percent at June 30, 2009.

Operational results remain on target

NW Natural’s utility gas sales and transportation deliveries in the second quarter of 2010, excluding deliveries of gas stored for others, were 233 million therms, up 12 percent from 209 million therms in 2009. The increase in usage was due mainly to weather that was 49 percent colder than a year ago and 25 percent colder than average. Margin from utility operations in 2010’s second quarter increased 11 percent to $66.9 million from $60.1 million, with the increase mainly driven by higher usage among all categories of customers in the quarter, partially offset by lower gains from our gas cost incentive sharing mechanism in Oregon.

Volumes sold to residential and commercial customers in the second quarter of 2010 were 120 million therms, up 18 percent from 102 million therms in 2009, primarily due to colder weather and customer growth. Utility margin from residential and commercial customers in the quarter totaled $57.7 million, compared to $49.7 million in the second quarter of 2009. The increase was due to colder weather. NW Natural’s weather normalization and decoupling mechanisms in Oregon adjusted margin down by $0.8 million in the second quarter of 2010, compared to a negative $0.1 million adjustment in the second quarter of 2009.

Gas deliveries to industrial customers in the second quarter were 113 million therms, compared to 108 million therms in 2009, up 5 percent, reflecting a slight improvement in the manufacturing sector over last year. Margin was up 9 percent to $7.1 million, reflecting the higher volumes and increases in higher margin rate schedules.

NW Natural provides gas storage services to customers in the interstate and intrastate markets from its Mist gas storage field in Oregon, primarily using storage capacity that has been developed in advance of core utility customers’ requirements. Earnings from gas storage in the second quarter of 2010 were $2.1 million (8 cents per share), compared to second quarter earnings in 2009 of $2.7 million (10 cents per share). These results include income from gas storage services as well as income from a contract with an unaffiliated energy marketing company that optimizes NW Natural’s unused storage and pipeline transportation capacity when these assets are not serving the company’s core utility customers. The decrease was mainly due to start-up expenditures at the Gill Ranch Storage facility.

2010-11 customer rate forecast and Oregon incentive sharing mechanism

Utility rates in Oregon and Washington are adjusted each year to reflect changes in the expected cost of natural gas purchases. The company expects gas rates for the coming heating season, starting Nov. 1, 2010, to remain relatively unchanged, or slightly lower, compared to the current heating season. In Oregon, the annual Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA) mechanism includes an incentive commodity cost sharing component. The company has the option to select either an 80:20 or 90:10 percent customer and shareholder sharing component annually. In early August, the company selected a 90:10 percent sharing of higher or lower gas costs of unhedged gas purchases for the 2010-11 gas contract year. Results for the second quarter of 2010 included gas cost savings of approximately $0.5 million, compared to $2.6 million in 2009’s second quarter. There has been no change to the Washington PGA mechanism, which passes through 100 percent of all cost differences to customers.

Operations and maintenance costs

Operations and maintenance expenses in the second quarter of 2010 were $28.4 million, compared to $30.2 million in 2009. The main reason for the decrease was reduced payroll expense due to fewer employees in the current period compared to last year and lower bad debt expense.

YEAR-TO-DATE (SIX-MONTH) FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS

For the six months ended June 30, 2010, net income was $50.5 million, or $1.90 per share, which compares to $50.4 million, or $1.90 per share, for the same period in 2009. Year-to-date earnings were comparable to last year’s record earnings, partly due to colder weather in the second quarter than a year ago, and the net impact of the property tax ruling added $6.1 million (pre-tax) in the first quarter. Last year’s results benefitted significantly from higher gas cost savings of $11.1 million (pre-tax). Gas cost savings have totaled $0.7 million this year. In addition, the company benefited from a $4.0 million regulatory adjustment for income taxes paid versus collected in rates so far this year, compared to $2.9 million last year.

NW Natural’s utility operations contributed net income of $45.5 million ($1.71 per share), compared to $45.7 million ($1.72 per share), in the first six months of 2009. Gas storage contributed $4.6 million (18 cents per share), which compares to $4.8 million (18 cents per share) in the same period last year. Other non-utility activities contributed $0.3 million, compared to a negligible loss last year.

Operating results

NW Natural’s utility gas sales and transportation deliveries in the first six months of 2010, excluding deliveries of gas stored for others, were 567 million therms, compared to 621 million therms in 2009, due mainly to weather that was 4 percent warmer than last year and 3 percent warmer than average. Margin from utility operations was $192.4 million, compared to $198.2 million in 2009, due mainly to gas cost savings.

Gas sales to residential and commercial customers in the first six months of 2010 were 333 million therms, compared to 383 million therms in 2009, due primarily to weather that was significantly warmer in the first quarter of 2010, when weather has a larger impact on customer usage.

Gas deliveries to industrial customers in the first six months of 2010 were 234 million therms, versus 237 million therms in the same period last year. Contribution to margin from sales and transportation in these markets was $14.2 million, compared to $13.9 million last year.

As noted earlier, during the first six months of the year, gas purchases were made at prices close to those embedded in rates. Under the company’s 90:10 sharing mechanism in Oregon for the current year, this contributed a $0.7 million benefit to margin in the first six months of 2010, compared to an $11.1 million benefit to margin in the first six months of 2009. In Washington, all gas costs are passed through to customers.

Regulatory adjustment for taxes paid

Based on NW Natural’s regulated operations through June 30, 2010, the company recognized $4.0 million of pre-tax income, representing a difference of $3.8 million of federal and state income taxes paid in excess of taxes collected in rates, plus accrued interest of $0.2 million. For the six months ended June 30, 2009, the company recognized pre-tax income of $2.9 million for this regulatory adjustment, which also included accrued interest of $0.2 million.

Operations and maintenance costs

Operations and maintenance costs for the six-months ended June 30, 2010, were $59.1 million, versus $64.1 million in the 2009 period. The 8 percent O&M decrease was primarily due to lower payroll costs and lower accruals for bad debts. Bad debt expense as a percent of revenues billed remained well below 1 percent at 0.16 percent for the 12 months ended June 30, 2010.

Project development updates

The company’s underground gas storage development facility near Fresno, Calif., called Gill Ranch, began construction in January 2010. The project is being developed under a joint agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric. The company’s initial share of the project represents 75 percent of the total cost of the initial development, which includes an estimated 20 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of gas storage capacity and about 27 miles of gas transmission pipeline. The development of Gill Ranch remains on target to be in-service by October 2010. The company’s share of project costs remains estimated at between $185 million and $205 million.

Palomar update

NW Natural learned in May that the majority shipper on the Palomar pipeline and the company working to develop the Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal along the Columbia River suspended work on their project and filed for bankruptcy protection. Palomar Gas Holdings (PGH), of which NW Natural is a 50 percent owner with a subsidiary of TransCanada, is evaluating the impact of the bankruptcy on the development of a pipeline, through its subsidiary Palomar, to connect TransCanada’s intrastate pipeline in Central Oregon with NW Natural’s distribution system in the Willamette Valley. In July, Palomar provided an update on the project’s status to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Palomar is continuing to work on permitting activities and on parts of its permit application with FERC, as well as holding discussions with prospective regional shippers to evaluate and focus on the east segment of this key regional infrastructure project.

Income tax expense

Income taxes increased $4.1 million in the six months ended June 30, 2010, compared to 2009, primarily due to a higher corporate income tax rate in Oregon and an increase in the amortization of regulatory tax assets, which are essentially covered in utility rates or the regulatory adjustment for taxes paid. The current effective tax rate in 2010 is 40.5 percent, up from 37.5 percent for the same period in 2009.

Cash flows and capital structure

Cash provided by operations in the first six months of 2010 was $104.3 million, compared to $199.8 million in 2009. The decrease is principally related to temporary differences in deferred gas costs and other working capital amounts. Cash requirements for investing activities totaled $90.4 million, up from $58.6 million in the same period of 2009, with the increase primarily reflecting Gill Ranch development costs.

NW Natural’s capitalization at June 30, 2010, reflected 48.2 percent common equity, 41.2 percent long-term debt and 10.6 percent short-term debt and current maturities of long-term debt. This compared to 49.2 percent common equity, 44.0 percent long-term debt and 6.8 percent short-term debt at June 30, 2009.

Outlook for 2010 reaffirmed

NW Natural today reaffirmed that it expects full-year 2010 earnings per share guidance will be in the range of $2.60 to $2.75. The company's earnings guidance assumes normal weather conditions, continued customer growth, no significant changes in prevailing regulatory policies and no material earnings impact from the Gill Ranch storage project. The company's outlook does not include forecasts of future gains or losses that may occur from the company's commodity cost sharing mechanism in Oregon, since the company cannot predict future gas cost increases or decreases with reasonable certainty. The company continues to target a dividend payout ratio of 60 to 70 percent of earnings.

Dividend declaration

The Board of Directors of Northwest Natural Gas Company has declared a quarterly dividend of 41.5 cents a share on the company's common stock. The dividends will be paid Aug. 13, 2010, to shareholders of record on July 30, 2010. The indicated annual dividend rate is $1.66 per share.

Presentation of results

In addition to presenting results of operations and earnings amounts in total, NW Natural has expressed certain measures in this press release on an equivalent cents per share basis. These amounts reflect factors that directly impact the company's earnings. In calculating these financial measures, we allocate income tax expense based on the effective tax rate. NW Natural believes this per share information is useful because it enables readers to better understand the impact of these factors on its earnings.

Conference call arrangements

As previously reported, NW Natural will conduct a conference call and webcast starting at 8 a.m. Pacific Time (11 a.m. Eastern Time) on August 4th, to review the company's 2010 second quarter and year-to-date financial and operating results.

To hear the conference call live, please dial 1-877-317-6789 within the United States, and 1-412-317-6789 from international locations. From Canada, please dial 1-866-605-3852. The pass code is 442257#.

To access the replay recording, please call 1-877-344-7529 and enter the conference identification pass code (442257#). To hear the replay from all international locations, please dial 1-412-317-0088.

To hear the conference by webcast, log on to NW Natural's corporate website at www.nwnatural.com or through www.InvestorCalendar.com.

Forward-Looking statements

This report, and other presentations made by NW Natural from time to time, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “seeks,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects” and similar references to future periods. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the following: plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events, estimated project expansion, project costs and completion dates, commodity costs, financial positions, customer growth, customer rates, depreciation rates, workforce levels or job creation, performance, regulatory actions, litigation, earnings expectations, expected dividend payout ratios, and other statements that are other than statements of historical facts.

Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions regarding our business, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Our actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. We caution you therefore against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. They are neither statements of historical fact nor guarantees or assurances of future performance. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are discussed by reference to the factors described in Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors”, and Part II, Item 7 and Item 7A “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosure about Market Risk” in the company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in Part I, Items 2 and 3 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk,” and Part II, Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” in the company’s quarterly reports filed thereafter.

All forward-looking statements made in this report and all subsequent forward-looking statements, whether written or oral and whether made by or on behalf of the company, are expressly qualified by these cautionary statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law. New factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for the company to predict all such factors, nor can it assess the impact of each such factor or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.

About NW Natural

NW Natural is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and serves about 669,000 residential and business customers in Oregon and southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. The company has more than $2.4 billion in total assets, which includes about 16 Bcf of underground gas storage capacity within its service territory at Mist, Ore. NW Natural has increased its dividends paid on common stock for 54 consecutive years. The company is presently building a 20 Bcf underground gas storage facility near Fresno, Calif., and is working on a pipeline development project in Oregon.
 
NORTHWEST NATURAL GAS COMPANY
Comparative Income Statement
(Consolidated - Unaudited)
                         
 
Three Months Ended

(Thousands, except per share amounts)
06/30/10 06/30/09 Change % Change
Gross Operating Revenues $ 162,365 $ 149,060 $ 13,305 9 %
Net Income $ 6,888 $ 3,086 $ 3,802 123 %
 
Diluted Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding 26,641 26,607 34 -
Basic Earnings Per Share of Common Stock $ 0.26 $ 0.12 $ 0.14 117 %
Diluted Earnings Per Share of Common Stock $ 0.26 $ 0.12 $ 0.14 117 %
 
Six Months Ended

(Thousands, except per share amounts)
06/30/10 06/30/09 Change % Change
Gross Operating Revenues $ 448,894 $ 586,415 $ (137,521 ) (23 %)
Net Income $ 50,496 $ 50,449 $ 47 -
 
Diluted Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding 26,621 26,603 18 -
Basic Earnings Per Share of Common Stock $ 1.90 $ 1.90 $ - -
Diluted Earnings Per Share of Common Stock $ 1.90 $ 1.90 $ - -
 
Twelve Months Ended

(Thousands, except per share amounts)
06/30/10 06/30/09 Change % Change
Gross Operating Revenues $ 875,190 $ 1,045,322 $ (170,132 ) (16 %)
Net Income $ 75,169 $ 73,509 $ 1,660 2 %
 
Diluted Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding 26,594 26,582 12 -
Basic Earnings Per Share of Common Stock $ 2.83 $ 2.78 $ 0.05 2 %
Diluted Earnings Per Share of Common Stock $ 2.83 $ 2.77 $ 0.06 2 %
 
       
NORTHWEST NATURAL GAS COMPANY
Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)

June 30,
June 30,
Thousands     2010    

2009
Assets:
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 7,142 $ 31,107
Restricted cash 929 15,822
Accounts receivable 42,781 26,779
Accrued unbilled revenue 16,419 18,122
Allowance for uncollectible accounts (2,577 ) (3,520 )
Regulatory assets 56,804 89,179
Derivative assets 1,495 5,293
Inventories:
Gas 68,735 69,183
Materials and supplies 8,714 9,681
Other current assets   9,823     10,766  
Total current assets   210,265     272,412  
Non-current assets:
Property, plant and equipment 2,482,826 2,263,325
Less accumulated depreciation 710,732   679,977  
Property, plant and equipment - net 1,772,094 1,583,348
Regulatory assets 329,197 270,044
Derivative assets 453 289
Other investments 68,393 62,315
Other non-current assets   15,159     16,103  
Total non-current assets   2,185,296     1,932,099  
Total assets $ 2,395,561   $ 2,204,511  
Capitalization and liabilities:
Capitalization:
Common stock $ 339,394 $ 336,001
Retained earnings 357,173 325,506
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)   (5,772 )   (4,260 )
Total stockholders' equity 690,795 657,247
Long-term debt   591,700     587,000  
Total capitalization   1,282,495     1,244,247  
Current liabilities:
Short-term debt 106,875 90,610
Current maturities of long-term debt 45,000 -
Accounts payable 81,675 50,055
Taxes accrued 13,008 10,807
Interest accrued 5,397 3,876
Regulatory liabilities 29,524 30,789
Derivative liabilities 34,463 70,052
Other current liabilities   31,900     33,343  
Total current liabilities   347,842     289,532  
Deferred credits and other liabilities:
Deferred tax liabilities 316,152 273,384
Regulatory liabilities 251,585 238,264
Pension and other postretirement benefit liabilities 120,185 116,844
Derivative liabilities 16,917 8,844
Other non-current liabilities   60,385     33,396  
Total deferred credits and other liabilities   765,224     670,732  
Total capitalization and liabilities $ 2,395,561   $ 2,204,511  
   
 
NORTHWEST NATURAL GAS COMPANY
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)     June 30,     June 30,
Thousands (six months ended)     2010     2009
Operating activities:
Net income $ 50,496 $ 50,449
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operations:
Depreciation and amortization 31,927 30,887
Undistributed earnings from equity investments (728 ) (734 )
Non-cash expenses related to qualified defined benefit pension plans 4,131 4,848
Contributions to qualified defined benefit pension plans (10,000 ) (25,000 )
Deferred environmental costs (4,286 ) (5,227 )
Settlement of interest rate hedge - (10,096 )
Other (1,264 ) (2,002 )
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Receivables 88,920 141,173
Inventories 3,508 17,203
Income taxes receivable - 20,811
Accounts payable (39,323 ) (44,177 )
Accrued interest (38 ) 1,091
Accrued taxes (8,029 ) (1,648 )
Deferred gas savings - net (18,336 ) 15,616
Deferred tax liabilities 15,979 15,405
Other - net   (8,694 )   (8,786 )
Cash provided by operating activities   104,263     199,813  
Investing activities:
Capital expenditures (125,966 ) (54,428 )
Restricted cash 34,614 (10,803 )
Other   964     6,587  
Cash used in investing activities   (90,388 )   (58,644 )
Financing activities:
Common stock issued - net 1,613 (720 )
Long-term debt issued - 75,000
Change in short-term debt 4,875 (170,241 )
Cash dividend payments on common stock (22,035 ) (20,937 )
Other   382     (80 )
Cash used in financing activities   (15,165 )   (116,978 )
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (1,290 ) 24,191
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period   8,432     6,916  
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $ 7,142   $ 31,107  
                             
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
Interest paid $ 20,370 $ 17,828
Income taxes paid     $ 21,100         $ 1,500  
 
 
NORTHWEST NATURAL GAS COMPANY
Financial Highlights
(Unaudited)
Second Quarter - 2010
                 
3 Months Ended 6 Months Ended 12 Months Ended
June 30, June 30, June 30,
(Thousands, except per share amounts) 2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
Gross Operating Revenues $ 162,365 $ 149,060 9 % $ 448,894 $ 586,415 (23 %) $ 875,190 $ 1,045,322 (16 %)
Cost of Sales 86,301 79,388 9 % 234,862 363,562 (35 %) 482,468 650,200 (26 %)
Revenue Taxes 3,871   3,753   3 % 10,913   14,295   (24 %) 21,274 25,344   (16 %)
Net Operating Revenues 72,193   65,919   10 % 203,119   208,558   (3 %) 371,448 369,778   -
Operating Expenses:
O&M 28,406 30,171 (6 %) 59,072 64,126 (8 %) 122,050 123,188 (1 %)
General Taxes 7,543 6,572 15 % 10,792 15,063 (28 %) 23,982 26,867 (11 %)
D&A 16,026   15,365   4 % 31,927   30,887   3 % 63,854 67,384   (5 %)
Total Operating Expenses 51,975   52,108   - 101,791   110,076   (8 %) 209,886 217,439   (3 %)
Income from Operations 20,218 13,811 46 % 101,328 98,482 3 % 161,562 152,339 6 %
Other Income and Expense - net 1,613 732 120 % 4,636 1,622 186 % 6,728 3,255 107 %
Interest Expense - net 10,617 10,006 6 % 21,106 19,376 9 % 42,367 38,592 10 %
Income Tax Expense 4,326   1,451   198 % 34,362   30,279   13 % 50,754 43,493   17 %
Net Income $ 6,888   $ 3,086   123 % $ 50,496   $ 50,449   - $ 75,169 $ 73,509   2 %
Common Shares Outstanding:
Average for Period - basic 26,569 26,506 26,553 26,504 26,535 26,482
Average for Period - diluted 26,641 26,607 26,621 26,603 26,594 26,582
End of Period 26,576 26,513 26,576 26,513 26,576 26,513
Earnings per Share:
Basic $ 0.26 $ 0.12 117 % $ 1.90 $ 1.90 - $ 2.83 $ 2.78 2 %
Diluted $ 0.26 $ 0.12 $ 1.90 $ 1.90 $ 2.83 $ 2.77
Dividends Paid Per Share $ 0.415 $ 0.395 $ 0.830 $ 0.790 $ 1.64 $ 1.56
Book Value Per Share - end of period $ 25.99 $ 24.79 $ 25.99 $ 24.79 $ 25.99 $ 24.79
Market Closing Price - end of period $ 43.57 $ 44.32 $ 43.57 $ 44.32 $ 43.57 $ 44.32
Balance Sheet Data - end of period:
Total Assets $ 2,395,561 $ 2,204,511 $ 2,395,561 $ 2,204,511 $ 2,395,561 $ 2,204,511
Common Stock Equity $ 690,795 $ 657,247 $ 690,795 $ 657,247 $ 690,795 $ 657,247
Long-Term Debt $ 636,700 $ 587,000 $ 636,700 $ 587,000 $ 636,700 $ 587,000
(including amounts due in one year)
Operating Statistics:
Total Customers - end of period 669,405 662,475 1.0 % 669,405 662,475 1.0 % 669,405 662,475 1.0 %
Gas Deliveries (therms)
Res. & Comm. Customers 119,931 101,653 332,647 383,159 617,948 657,548
Industrial Firm 8,625 8,568 18,778 20,605 37,620 42,847
Industrial Interruptible 13,924 17,368 30,248 40,267 62,506 79,910
Transportation 90,907   81,606   185,117   176,474   359,576 389,063  
Total 233,387 209,195 566,790 620,505 1,077,650 1,169,368
Gas Revenues
Res. & Comm. Customers $ 128,128 $ 114,802 $ 377,812 $ 497,209 $ 729,144 $ 873,300
Industrial Firm 6,782 7,949 15,400 21,653 35,154 44,879
Industrial Interruptible 8,196 13,280 18,577 35,219 45,474 68,505
Transportation 3,363 3,481 6,718 6,805 13,548 13,833
Regulatory adjustment for income taxes 1,034 (626 ) 4,018 2,887 7,015 4,265
Other Revenues 9,599   4,290   15,640   12,203   24,603 21,865  
Total $ 157,102 $ 143,176 $ 438,165 $ 575,976 $ 854,938 $ 1,026,647
Cost of Gas Sold - Utility $ 86,292 $ 79,359 $ 234,840 $ 363,523 $ 482,405 $ 650,111
Revenue Taxes $ 3,871 $ 3,753 $ 10,913 $ 14,295 $ 21,274 $ 25,344
Net Operating Revenues (Utility Margin) $ 66,939 $ 60,064 $ 192,412 $ 198,158 $ 351,259 $ 351,192
Degree Days
Average (25-year average) 683 683 2,549 2,549 4,265 4,265
Actual 857 577 2,484 2,598 4,269 4,334
Colder (warmer) than Average 25 % (16 %) (3 %) 2 % - 2 %
 

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