NEWARK, Del., July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Artesian Resources Corporation (Nasdaq: ARTNA) (Artesian) announced today that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of approximately $15 million of its Class A Non-Voting Common Stock. The offering is expected to close on or about July 20, 2011, subject to customary closing conditions. The Company has also granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 15 percent of the amount sold to cover over-allotments, if any. Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated is acting as sole book-running manager and Boenning & Scattergood, Inc. and J. J. B. Hilliard, W. L. Lyons, LLC are serving as co-managers. Artesian currently intends to use the entire net proceeds to fund a paid-in capital contribution in the same amount to its principal subsidiary, Artesian Water Company, Inc. (Artesian Water). Artesian Water intends to use the paid-in capital contribution to repay short-term borrowings incurred primarily to finance expenses associated with its construction program and to fund capital expenditures and other general corporate purposes. These proceeds are expected to reduce Artesian Water's debt to total capitalization ratio. In addition, Artesian may utilize proceeds from this offering to adjust capitalization ratios in its other regulated subsidiaries. The securities described above are being offered by Artesian pursuant to a "shelf" registration statement (including a prospectus) previously filed with and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on May 23, 2011. A prospectus supplement will be filed with the SEC in connection with the offering. Once filed, the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus may be obtained by sending a request to Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, 777 East Wisconsin Avenue, Galleria Level, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202-5391, or by calling 1-800-792-2413. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus, the registration statement, and the other documents that Artesian has filed with the SEC for more complete information about Artesian and this offering. Investors may obtain these documents for free by visiting the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.