New Jersey Resources (NYSE: NJR) today reported earnings for the third quarter and first nine months of fiscal 2011 and reaffirmed its net financial earnings guidance for fiscal 2011.

A reconciliation of NJR’s net income to net financial earnings for the three and nine months ended June 30 in fiscal years 2011 and 2010 is provided below:
                     
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
(Thousands) 2011 2010 2011 2010
Net income (loss) $ 20,374 $ (10,177 ) $ 108,810 $ 115,942
Add:

Unrealized (gain) loss on derivativeinstruments and related transactions, netof taxes
(2,875 ) 15,886 33,835 3,936

Effects of economic hedging related tonatural gas inventory, net of taxes
  (7,800 )   5,878     (36,787 )   (16,867 )
Net financial earnings $ 9,699   $ 11,587   $ 105,858   $ 103,011  
 
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding
Basic 41,381 41,239 41,338 41,424
Diluted   41,597     41,239     41,551     41,703  
 
Basic earnings (loss) per share $ 0.49   $ (0.25 ) $ 2.63   $ 2.80  
Basic net financial earnings per share $ 0.23   $ 0.28   $ 2.56   $ 2.49  
 

Net financial earnings is a financial measure not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) of the United States as it excludes all unrealized, and certain realized, gains and losses associated with derivative instruments. For further discussion of this financial measure, as well as reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measure, please see the explanation below under “Additional Non-GAAP Financial Information.”
  • NJR Year-to-Date Net Financial Earnings Per Share Increase 2.8 Percent

Year-to-date net financial earnings at NJR totaled $105.9 million, or $2.56 per share, compared with $103 million, or $2.49 per share, during the same period last year. The increased earnings were driven by improved results at New Jersey Natural Gas, Midstream Assets and NJR Home Services as well as investment tax credits generated from solar investments at NJR Clean Energy Ventures. For the three-month period ended June 30, 2011, net financial earnings were $9.7 million, compared with $11.6 million during the same period last year. The decrease was due primarily to expected lower results from NJR Energy Services partially offset by improved contributions from NJR Clean Energy Ventures and NJR Home Services.

“The steady performance of our core business, New Jersey Natural Gas, and our solar investments have put us on a firm track to achieve our 20 th consecutive year of improved financial results,” said Laurence M. Downes, chairman and CEO of New Jersey Resources. “Our infrastructure-based businesses are expected to contribute up to 90 percent of fiscal 2011 net financial earnings. As always, I thank our employees for their leadership and dedication, which continues to drive our ability to meet the needs of our stakeholders.”

  • Lower End of Net Financial Earnings Guidance Raised

Subject to the risks and uncertainties identified below under “Forward-Looking Statements,” NJR is adjusting its fiscal 2011 net financial earnings guidance to $2.55 to $2.65, from the previously announced range of $2.50 to $2.65 per basic share. The increase to the lower end of the range reflects continued strong results at New Jersey Natural Gas as well as better-than-expected results at NJR Energy Services, resulting from recent increased volatility in the wholesale natural gas markets due to hot weather in July and the impact of a tax settlement. The following chart represents the expected contributions from NJR subsidiaries:
           
Company       Expected Fiscal 2011 Net Financial Earnings Contribution  
New Jersey Natural Gas       65 to 70 percent  
NJR Clean Energy Ventures       10 to 20 percent  
NJR Energy Services       10 to 20 percent  
Midstream Assets       5 to 10 percent  
NJR Home Services       2 to 5 percent  
     
  • New Jersey Resources Board of Directors Declares Dividend

On July 13, 2011, the board of directors of NJR unanimously declared a quarterly dividend on its common stock of $.36 per share. The dividend will be paid on October 3, 2011, to shareowners of record on September 15, 2011. NJR has paid quarterly dividends continuously since the company’s inception in 1952.
  • New Jersey Natural Gas Earnings Remain Strong

At New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG), the company’s regulated utility subsidiary, fiscal 2011 year-to-date net income was $74.4 million, compared with $70.1 million for the first nine months of 2010, an increase of 6.1 percent. This increase was due primarily to customer growth and incentive programs, as well as the continued impact of accelerated infrastructure programs. Net income in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $6 million, compared with $6.1 million in the same period last year.

During the first nine months of fiscal 2011, NJNG added 4,610 new customers, compared with 3,938 through the same period last year, an increase of 17 percent. An additional 453 existing non-heat customers converted to natural gas heat. In total, these new customers are expected to contribute approximately $2.4 million to utility gross margin annually. NJNG is on target to add approximately 12,000 to 14,000 new customers during fiscal years 2011 and 2012 combined. (For more information on utility gross margin, please see Non-GAAP Financial Information below.)

NJNG’s gross margin-sharing incentive programs, which include off-system sales, capacity release, storage optimization and financial risk management programs, generated $7.7 million of gross margin for the nine month period ended June 30, 2011, compared with $7.4 million for the same period last year. The increase in gross margin was due primarily to an increase in capacity release volumes. NJNG shares the gross margin earned from these incentive programs with customers and shareowners, according to a gross margin-sharing formula authorized by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU). On July 25, 2011, NJNG, the BPU and Rate Counsel executed a Stipulation to extend NJNG’s margin-sharing incentive programs for four years through October 31, 2015, under the same terms of its previous agreement with respect to margin-sharing percentages. This agreement also permits NJNG to annually propose a process to evaluate and discuss alternative incentive programs. BPU approval is expected before the beginning of fiscal 2012.
  • Accelerated Infrastructure Program Ensures Safety; Benefits State Economy

Designed to expedite previously planned capital expenditures, NJNG’s Accelerated Infrastructure Program (i.e., AIP I and AIP II) continues to help ensure the safety and integrity of the company’s distribution system. Several of the 14 approved AIP I projects have been completed to date, representing an investment of $67.8 million of the overall approved cost of $70.8 million, with completion of the remaining AIP I projects expected by late summer 2011.

Additional projects under AIP II, which was approved on March 30, 2011, will begin no later than December 31, 2011, with an expected completion date of October 31, 2012. NJNG expects to invest $60.2 million of capital investment in nine new projects and immediately earn an overall return of 7.12 percent, which includes a 10.3 percent return on equity.

On June 1, 2011, NJNG filed with the BPU for an increase of $4.7 million for recovery of expenditures associated with the capital investments made under AIP I and AIP II. It is expected that these AIP I and AIP II projects will also lend significant support to New Jersey’s economy directly through the creation of construction jobs and indirectly through the creation of jobs to meet the demand for ancillary services related to the increased construction activity.
  • New Jersey Natural Gas Regulatory Update

Recently, NJNG submitted a series of filings to the BPU, which included changes to its Conservation Incentive Program, AIP (as discussed above) and Basic Gas Supply Service (BGSS) that would result in an overall decrease of 9.3 percent in the average residential heating customer’s bill, effective October 1, 2011. Any change in the BGSS has no effect on NJNG’s earnings.

On June 16, 2011, NJNG submitted a filing with the BPU seeking authority to invest up to $15 million to build between seven and 10 compressed natural gas vehicle refueling stations in Monmouth, Ocean and Morris counties.

“By making natural gas more accessible to the transportation sector, we can give our state and its residents a cleaner, more environmentally friendly, alternative fuel choice,” said Laurence M. Downes, chairman and CEO of New Jersey Resources. “As demand for alternative fuel vehicles increases, we not only reduce our dependency on imported petroleum-based fuels, we also help to preserve our natural resources by lowering greenhouse gas emissions.”

The construction of the new refueling infrastructure would support the economy through job opportunities for local equipment manufacturers, suppliers and other businesses. If approved, NJNG would begin construction of these stations immediately.

Costs associated with this project would be recovered as incurred at NJNG’s weighted average cost of capital of 7.76 percent, which includes a 10.3 percent return on equity. Proceeds from the delivery of the associated natural gas, along with any available federal and state incentives, will be credited back to the customers to help offset the cost of this investment.

Finally, on July 15, 2011, NJNG submitted a filing to the BPU requesting approval to extend its highly successful The SAVEGREEN Project® through December 31, 2012. Since its launch in 2009, SAVEGREEN has invested over $20 million in the local economy through rebates and incentives, including 9,400 high-efficiency rebates, and has completed 9,300 energy audits. These customer incentives and rebates are recovered through a rider mechanism for up to five years and earn a return at NJNG’s weighted average cost of capital of 7.76 percent, including a 10.3 percent return on equity.
  • NJR Clean Energy Ventures Announced Three New Commercial Solar Projects; The Sunlight AdvantageTM Residential Solar Lease Program Continues to Grow

Currently, NJR Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV) has four operational commercial solar projects, totaling approximately 4 megawatts. Since going into service, these buildings have generated 880 Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs).

Additionally, in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, NJRCEV announced three new commercial solar projects with an aggregate generating capacity of over 22 megawatts, representing a capital investment of over $100 million.

NJRCEV will invest $18 million in its first ground-mounted solar system, a 3.6 megawatt project in Manalapan, N.J. The power generated by the system will be used to serve the wholesale electric market. An additional $23.7 million will be invested to develop, own and operate a 4.7 megawatt, ground-mounted solar system in Vineland, N.J. The solar array is expected to produce 7.2 million kilowatt-hours annually. Both the Manalapan and Vineland projects are expected to be operational in the fall of 2011.

NJRCEV will invest $60 million to develop a ground-mounted solar array on the East Windsor, N.J., campus of McGraw Hill. This 14.1 megawatt system will be the largest privately-owned, net-metered solar system in the Western Hemisphere. NJRCEV expects the project to be completed in two phases, with 50 percent capacity expected to be operational in December 2011, and the remainder in March 2012.

The Sunlight Advantage TM, NJR’s residential solar lease program has executed 466 leases since its inception in January 2011. With an average system size of 7.6 kilowatts each, the leases represent a potential capital investment of approximately $14.4 million, of which approximately $9.4 million is expected to be invested in fiscal 2011.

“We are committed to renewable energy and the opportunities it presents for our shareowners, customers and state,” said Laurence M. Downes, chairman and CEO of New Jersey Resources. “The development of these three new solar sites, along with our existing commercial and residential solar projects, is a perfect fit with our core energy strategy.”

Fiscal year-to-date earnings for NJRCEV totaled $5.5 million of which $6.8 million related to investment tax credits associated with qualifying solar projects. NJR’s annual effective tax rate will be significantly influenced by the amount of investment tax credits earned during the fiscal year. GAAP requires NJR to estimate its annual effective tax rate and use this rate to calculate its year-to-date tax expense/benefit. The estimate is based on information and assumptions, which are subject to change, and which may have a material impact on quarterly and annual net financial earnings. Factors considered by management in estimating completion of projects during the fiscal year include, but are not limited to, board of directors’ approval, execution of various contracts, including power purchase agreements, construction logistics, permitting and interconnection completion. See the “Forward-Looking Statements” section of this news release for further information regarding the inherent risks associated with solar investments.
  • NJR Energy Services Third-Quarter Results

Net financial earnings at NJR Energy Services (NJRES), the wholesale energy services subsidiary of NJR, were $19.4 million during the first nine months of fiscal 2011, compared with $29.3 million in the same period last year. Net financial earnings for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 were $213,000 compared with $3.3 million in the same period in 2010. The expected decrease in both periods reflects the lack of opportunity to generate margin from the optimization of transportation and storage assets due primarily to an increased supply of natural gas in the northeast market area. NJRES is currently expected to contribute between 10 and 20 percent of consolidated net financial earnings in fiscal 2011. During the third quarter of fiscal 2011, NJRES recognized a $2.4 million tax benefit, net of federal taxes and fees, resulting from a settlement with the state of New Jersey for tax years 2004 through 2007 regarding income earned outside the state. This settlement effectively concludes all outstanding tax disputes related to this matter.
  • Growth Continues at Midstream Assets

Net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2011 at Midstream Assets, the company’s natural gas storage and pipeline segment, were $5.7 million compared with $5.2 million during the same period in 2010. The Midstream Assets segment consists of Steckman Ridge, a 12 Bcf working natural gas storage facility in southwestern Pennsylvania, which contributed $3.5 million, and a 5.53 percent equity investment in Iroquois Pipeline, which contributed $2.2 million.
  • NJR Home Services Announces Higher Results

Net financial earnings for NJR’s Retail and Other, which consists primarily of NJR Home Services (NJRHS), the company’s appliance service subsidiary, greatly improved during the first nine months of fiscal 2011. Fiscal year-to-date earnings at NJRHS were $568,000 compared with a loss of $1.1 million in the same period last year. For the three months ended June 30, 2011, earnings at NJRHS were $1.3 million compared with $587,000 in the third quarter of fiscal 2010. The increase in both periods was due primarily to aggressive marketing of comprehensive Premier Service Plans and equipment installations as well as operational improvements. Prior year results also included an after-tax charge of $237,000 associated with Medicare Part D as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enacted in March 2010.

Webcast Information

NJR will host a live webcast to discuss its financial results today at 9 a.m. ET. A few minutes prior to the webcast, go to www.njliving.com and select “New Jersey Resources” from the top navigation bar. Choose “Investor Relations,” then click just below the microphone under the heading “Latest Webcast” on the Investor Relations home page.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. NJR cautions readers that the assumptions forming the basis for forward-looking statements include many factors that are beyond NJR’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as estimates of future market conditions and the behavior of other market participants. Other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the company’s expectations include, but are not limited to, weather; economic conditions; NJR dependence on operating subsidiaries; demographic changes in NJNG’s service territory; rate of customer growth; volatility of natural gas commodity prices and its impact on customer usage, NJRES operations and the company’s risk management efforts; changes in rating agency requirements and/or credit ratings and their effect on availability and cost of capital to the company; the impact of volatility in the credit markets that would result in the increased cost and/or limit the availability of credit at NJR to fund and support physical gas inventory purchases and other working capital needs at NJRES, and all other non-regulated subsidiaries, as well as negatively affect cost and access to the commercial paper market and other short-term financing markets by NJNG to allow it to fund its commodity purchases, capital expenditures and meet its short-term obligations as they come; the company’s ability to comply with debt covenants; continued failures in the market for auction rate securities; the impact to the asset values and resulting higher costs and funding obligations of NJR’s pension and post-employment benefit plans as a result of downturns in the financial market, and the impacts associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; the ability to maintain effective internal controls; accounting effects and other risks associated with hedging activities and use of derivatives contracts; commercial and wholesale credit risk, including the availability of creditworthy customers and counterparties and liquidity in the wholesale energy trading market; the company’s ability to obtain governmental approvals and/or financing for the construction, development and operation of its non-regulated energy investments; risks associated with our investments in solar energy projects, including the availability of regulatory and tax incentives, logistical risk and potential delays related to construction, permitting, regulatory approvals and electric grid interconnection, the availability of viable projects and NJR’s eligibility for federal investment tax credits (ITCs) and the future market for Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) that are traded in a competitive marketplace in the state of New Jersey; risks associated with the calculation of NJR’s effective tax rate; risks associated with the management of the company’s joint ventures and partnerships; the level and rate at which costs and expenses are incurred and the extent to which they are allowed to be recovered from customers through the regulatory process in connection with constructing, operating and maintain NJNG’s natural gas transmission and distribution system; dependence on third-party storage and transportation facilities for natural gas supply; operational risks incidental to handling, storing, transporting and providing customers with natural gas; access to adequate supplies of natural gas; the regulatory and pricing policies of federal and state regulatory agencies; the cost of compliance with present and future environmental law, including potential climate change-related legislation; the ultimate outcome of pending regulatory proceedings, the disallowance of recovery of environmental-related expenditures and other regulatory changes; and environmental-related and other litigation and other uncertainties. NJR does not, by including this paragraph, assume any obligation to review or revise any particular forward-looking statement referenced herein in light of future events. More detailed information about these factors is set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” in NJR’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) including its most recent Form 10-K and its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2011.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release includes the non-GAAP measures net financial earnings (losses), financial margin and utility gross margin. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and reported in accordance with GAAP, can be found below. As an indicator of the company’s operating performance, these measures should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, operating income as determined in accordance with GAAP.

Net financial earnings (losses) and financial margin exclude unrealized gains or losses on derivative instruments related to the company’s unregulated subsidiaries and certain realized gains and losses on derivative instruments related to natural gas that has been placed into storage at NJRES. Volatility associated with the change in value of these financial and physical commodity contracts is reported in the income statement in the current period. In order to manage its business, NJR views its results without the impacts of the unrealized gains and losses, and certain realized gains and losses, caused by changes in value of these financial instruments and physical commodity contracts prior to the completion of the planned transaction because it shows changes in value currently as opposed to when the planned transaction ultimately is settled. NJNG’s utility gross margin represents the results of revenues less natural gas costs, sales and other taxes and regulatory rider expenses, which are key components of the company’s operations that move in relation to each other. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures as supplemental measures to other GAAP results to provide a more complete understanding of the company’s performance. Management believes these non-GAAP measures are more reflective of the company’s business model, provide transparency to investors and enable period-to-period comparability of financial performance. A reconciliation of all non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and reported in accordance with GAAP, can be found below. For a full discussion of NJR’s non-GAAP financial measures, please see NJR’s most recent Form 10-K, Item 7.

About New Jersey Resources

New Jersey Resources, a Fortune 1000 company, provides safe, reliable and natural gas services and renewable energy including transportation, distribution and asset management in states from the Gulf Coast to the New England regions, including the Mid-Continent region, the West Coast and Canada, while investing in and maintaining an extensive infrastructure to support future growth. With over $2.5 billion in annual revenues, NJR safely and reliably operates and maintains 6,800 miles of natural gas transportation and distribution infrastructure to serve nearly half a million customers; develops and manages a diverse portfolio of 1.54 Bcf/day of firm transportation and over 59 Bcf of firm storage capacity; offers low carbon solutions of clean energy through its commercial and residential solar programs, and provides appliance installation, repair and contract service to nearly 150,000 homes and businesses. Additionally, NJR holds investments in midstream assets through equity partnerships including Steckman Ridge and Iroquois. Through Conserve to Preserve®, NJR is helping customers save energy and money by promoting conservation and encouraging efficiency. For more information about NJR, visit www.njliving.com.
 
 
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP PERFORMANCE MEASURES
NEW JERSEY RESOURCES
                     
A reconciliation of Net income at NJR to net financial earnings, is as follows:
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
(Thousands) 2011 2010 2011 2010
Net income (loss) $ 20,374 $ (10,177 ) $ 108,810 $ 115,942
Add:
Unrealized (gain) loss on derivative instruments and related transactions, net of taxes (2,875 ) 15,886 33,835 3,936
Effects of economic hedging related to natural gas, net of taxes   (7,800 )   5,878     (36,787 )   (16,867 )
Net financial earnings $ 9,699   $ 11,587   $ 105,858   $ 103,011  
 
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding
Basic 41,381 41,239 41,338 41,424
Diluted   41,597     41,239     41,551     41,703  
 
Basic net financial earnings per share $ 0.23   $ 0.28   $ 2.56   $ 2.49  
 
 
NJR ENERGY SERVICES
 
The following table is a computation of financial margin at Energy Services:
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
(Thousands) 2011 2010 2011 2010
Operating revenues $ 500,413 $ 364,800 $ 1,504,262 $ 1,207,166
Less: Gas purchases 483,017 393,166 1,461,009 1,125,160
Add:
Unrealized (gain) loss on derivative instruments and related transactions (4,612 ) 26,068 53,393 2,833
Effects of economic hedging related to natural gas inventory   (12,335 )   10,245     (58,178 )   (26,641 )
Financial margin $ 449   $ 7,947   $ 38,468   $ 58,198  
 
A reconciliation of Operating income at Energy Services, the closest GAAP financial measurement, to the financial margin is as follows:
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
(Thousands) 2011 2010 2011 2010
Operating income (loss) $ 13,071 $ (31,721 ) $ 31,822 $ 70,674
Add:
Operation and maintenance expense 4,055 3,268 10,535 10,246
Depreciation and amortization 15 37 46 136
Other taxes   255     50     850     950  
Subtotal – Gross margin 17,396 (28,366 ) 43,253 82,006
Add:
Unrealized (gain) loss on derivative instruments and related transactions (4,612 ) 26,068 53,393 2,833
Effects of economic hedging related to natural gas inventory   (12,335 )   10,245     (58,178 )   (26,641 )
Financial margin $ 449   $ 7,947   $ 38,468   $ 58,198  
 
A reconciliation of Energy Services Net income to net financial earnings, is as follows:
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
(Thousands) 2011 2010 2011 2010
Net income (loss) $ 10,930 $ (18,823 ) $ 22,407 $ 44,262
Add:
Unrealized (gain) loss on derivative instruments and related transactions, net of taxes (2,917 ) 16,281 33,761 1,952
Effects of economic hedging related to natural gas, net of taxes   (7,800 )   5,878     (36,787 )   (16,867 )
Net financial earnings $ 213   $ 3,336   $ 19,381   $ 29,347  
 
 
RETAIL AND OTHER
 
A reconciliation of Retail and Other Net income to net financial earnings, is as follows:
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
(Thousands) 2011 2010 2011 2010
Net income (loss) $ 1,401 $ 725 $ 913 $ (3,481 )
Add:
Unrealized (gain) loss on derivative instruments, net of taxes   -     (411 )   -     1,840  
Net financial earnings (loss) $ 1,401   $ 314   $ 913   $ (1,641 )
 
 
 
NEW JERSEY RESOURCES
                     
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
(Thousands, except per share data) 2011 2010 2011 2010
OPERATING REVENUES
Utility $ 138,149 $ 105,130 $ 862,073 $ 794,311
Nonutility   510,020   374,764     1,476,235   1,213,475
Total operating revenues   648,169   479,894     2,338,308   2,007,786
OPERATING EXPENSES
Gas purchases
Utility 74,385 47,665 469,835 478,719
Nonutility 482,735 393,126 1,460,600 1,114,842
Operation and maintenance 38,811 37,077 114,123 110,386
Regulatory rider expenses 6,518 6,160 47,520 41,017
Depreciation and amortization 8,514 8,136 25,445 23,936
Energy and other taxes   10,024   6,516     60,138   50,275
Total operating expenses   620,987   498,680     2,177,661   1,819,175
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) 27,182 (18,786 ) 160,647 188,611
Other income 1,176 1,311 2,426 3,458
interest expense, net   4,744   5,238     15,085   15,946
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES AND EQUITY IN EARNINGS OF AFFILIATES 23,614 (22,713 ) 147,988 176,123
Income tax provision (benefit) 6,197 (10,555 ) 48,662 68,066
Equity in earnings of affiliates   2,957   1,981     9,484   7,885
NET INCOME (LOSS) $ 20,374 $ (10,177 ) $ 108,810 $ 115,942
 
EARNINGS (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE
BASIC $ 0.49 $ (0.25 ) $ 2.63 $ 2.80
DILUTED $ 0.49 $ (0.25 ) $ 2.62 $ 2.78
 
DIVIDENDS PER COMMON SHARE $ 0.36 $ 0.34   $ 1.08 $ 1.02
 
AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING
BASIC 41,381 41,239 41,338 41,424
DILUTED   41,597   41,239     41,551   41,703
 
 
 
NEW JERSEY RESOURCES
                     
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
(Thousands, except per share data)         2011 2010 2011 2010
Operating Revenues
Natural Gas Distribution $ 138,149 $ 105,130 $ 862,073 $ 802,358
Energy Services 500,413 364,800 1,504,262 1,207,166
Midstream Assets - - - -
Clean Energy Ventures 328 - 328 -
Retail and Other   10,951     10,058     26,903     19,803  
Sub-total 649,841 479,988 2,393,566 2,029,327
Eliminations   (1,672 )   (94 )   (55,258 )   (21,541 )
Total $ 648,169   $ 479,894   $ 2,338,308   $ 2,007,786  
 
 
Operating Income (Loss)
Natural Gas Distribution $ 11,799 $ 11,114 $ 127,800 $ 120,798
Energy Services 13,071 (31,721 ) 31,822 70,674
Midstream Assets (186 ) (138 ) (464 ) (590 )
Clean Energy Ventures (624 ) - (2,103 ) -
Retail and Other   2,034     1,209     658     (5,068 )
Sub-total 26,094 (19,536 ) 157,713 185,814
Eliminations   1,088     750     2,934     2,797  
Total $ 27,182   $ (18,786 ) $ 160,647   $ 188,611  
 
 
Equity in Earnings of Affiliates
Midstream Assets $ 3,891 $ 2,538 $ 11,871 $ 10,261
Eliminations   (934 )   (557 )   (2,387 )   (2,376 )
Total $ 2,957   $ 1,981   $ 9,484   $ 7,885  
 
 
Net Income (Loss)
Natural Gas Distribution $ 5,979 $ 6,109 $ 74,375 $ 70,087
Energy Services 10,930 (18,823 ) 22,407 44,262
Midstream Assets 1,847 1,828 5,705 5,218
Clean Energy Ventures 259 - 5,484 -
Retail and Other   1,401     725     913     (3,481 )
Sub-total 20,416 (10,161 ) 108,884 116,086
Eliminations   (42 )   (16 )   (74 )   (144 )
Total $ 20,374   $ (10,177 ) $ 108,810   $ 115,942  
 
 
Net Financial Earnings (Loss)
Natural Gas Distribution $ 5,979 $ 6,109 $ 74,375 $ 70,087
Energy Services 213 3,336 19,381 29,347
Midstream Assets 1,847 1,828 5,705 5,218
Clean Energy Ventures 259 - 5,484 -
Retail and Other   1,401     314     913     (1,641 )
Total $ 9,699   $ 11,587   $ 105,858   $ 103,011  
 
 
Throughput (Bcf)
NJNG, Core Customers 9.9 8.8 63.1 57.9
NJNG, Off System/Capacity Management 23.5 16.1 79.2 60.2
NJRES Fuel Mgmt. and Wholesale Sales   117.9     90.6     348.5     255.0  

Total
  151.3     115.5     490.8     373.1  
 
 
Common Stock Data
Yield at June 30 3.2 % 3.9 % 3.2 % 3.9 %
Market Price
High $ 46.29 $ 39.01 $ 46.29 $ 39.01
Low $ 41.22 $ 34.07 $ 38.94 $ 33.49
Close at June 30 $ 44.61 $ 35.20 $ 44.61 $ 35.20
Shares Out. at June 30 41,392 41,201 41,392 41,201
Market Cap. at June 30 $ 1,846,497   $ 1,450,275   $ 1,846,497   $ 1,450,275  
 
 
NATURAL GAS DISTRIBUTION
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
(Unaudited) June 30, June 30,
(Thousands, except customer & weather data)         2011 2010 2011 2010
Utility Gross Margin
Operating revenues $ 138,149 $ 105,130 $ 862,073 $ 802,358
Less:
Gas purchases 76,772 48,401 527,371 492,489
Energy and other taxes 7,826 4,738 53,604 43,955
Regulatory rider expense   6,518     6,183     47,520     41,103  
Total Utility Gross Margin $ 47,033   $ 45,808   $ 233,578   $ 224,811  
 
Utility Gross Margin and Operating Income
Residential $ 28,725 $ 28,556 $ 152,282 $ 150,384
Commercial, Industrial & Other 8,568 8,530 38,461 38,202
Firm Transportation   8,103     6,613     34,869     28,573  
Total Firm Margin 45,396 43,699 225,612 217,159
Interruptible   113     103     287     265  
Total System Margin 45,509 43,802 225,899 217,424
Off System/Capacity Management/FRM/Storage Incentive   1,524     2,006     7,679     7,387  
Total Utility Gross Margin 47,033 45,808 233,578 224,811
Operation and maintenance expense 26,129 25,856 78,072 77,551
Depreciation and amortization 8,192 7,939 24,650 23,321
Other taxes not reflected in gross margin   913     899     3,056     3,141  
Operating Income $ 11,799   $ 11,114   $ 127,800   $ 120,798  
 
Throughput (Bcf)
Residential 5.0 4.6 39.6 37.5
Commercial, Industrial & Other 1.0 0.9 7.7 7.6
Firm Transportation   1.7     1.3     11.0     9.0  
Total Firm Throughput 7.7 6.8 58.3 54.1
Interruptible   2.2     2.0     4.8     3.8  
Total System Throughput 9.9 8.8 63.1 57.9
Off System/Capacity Management   23.5     16.1     79.2     60.2  
Total Throughput   33.4     24.9     142.3     118.1  
 
Customers
Residential 430,468 439,659 430,468 439,659
Commercial, Industrial & Other 26,259 26,957 26,259 26,957
Firm Transportation   38,485     24,052     38,485     24,052  
Total Firm Customers 495,212 490,668 495,212 490,668
Interruptible   43     45     43     45  
Total System Customers 495,255 490,713 495,255 490,713
Off System/Capacity Management*   37     52     37     52  
Total Customers   495,292     490,765     495,292     490,765  
*The number of customers represents those active during the last month of the period.
Degree Days
Actual 389 338 4,662 4,338
Normal   551     561     4,681     4,706  
Percent of Normal   70.6 %   60.2 %   99.6 %   92.2 %
 
 
ENERGY SERVICES
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
(Unaudited) June 30, June 30,
(Thousands, except customer and megawatt)         2011 2010 2011 2010
Operating Income
Operating Revenues $ 500,413 $ 364,800 $ 1,504,262 $ 1,207,166
Gas Purchases   483,017     393,166     1,461,009     1,125,160  
Gross Margin 17,396 (28,366 ) 43,253 82,006
Operation and maintenance expense 4,055 3,268 10,535 10,246
Depreciation and amortization 15 37 46 136
Energy and other taxes   255     50     850     950  
Operating Income (Loss) $ 13,071   $ (31,721 ) $ 31,822   $ 70,674  
 
Net Income (Loss) $ 10,930   $ (18,823 ) $ 22,407   $ 44,262  
 
Financial Margin $ 449   $ 7,947   $ 38,468   $ 58,198  
 
Net Financial Earnings $ 213   $ 3,336   $ 19,381   $ 29,347  
 
Gas Sold and Managed (Bcf)   117.9     90.6     348.5     255.0  
 
 
MIDSTREAM ASSETS
 
Equity in Earnings of Affiliates $ 3,891   $ 2,538   $ 11,871   $ 10,261  
 
Operation and Maintenance $ 127   $ 137   $ 402   $ 586  
 
Interest Expense $ 803   $ 380   $ 2,428   $ 2,037  
 
Net Income $ 1,847   $ 1,828   $ 5,705   $ 5,218  
 
 
CLEAN ENERGY VENTURES
 
Operating Revenues $ 328   $ -   $ 328   $ -  
 
Operating (Loss) $ (624 ) $ -   $ (2,103 ) $ -  
 
Net Income $ 259   $ -   $ 5,484   $ -  
 
Solar Renewable Energy Certificates Generated   880     -     880     -  
 
Megawatts Installed   0.6     -     2.7     -  
 
Megawatts Under Construction   27.8     -     27.8     -  
 
 
RETAIL AND OTHER
 
Operating Revenues $ 10,951   $ 10,058   $ 26,903   $ 19,803  
 
Operating Income (Loss) $ 2,034   $ 1,209   $ 658   $ (5,068 )
 
Net Income (Loss) $ 1,401   $ 725   $ 913   $ (3,481 )
 
Net Financial Earnings (Loss) $ 1,401   $ 314   $ 913   $ (1,641 )
 
Total Customers at June 30   135,937     147,893     135,937     147,893  
 

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