YORK, Pa., March 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The York Water Company's (Nasdaq:YORW) President, Jeffrey R. Hines, announced today the Company's fourth quarter and 2012 earnings. President Hines reported that operating revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased $320,000 and net income increased $275,000 over the fourth quarter of 2011. Higher operating revenues and lower maintenance expenses offset higher income taxes and increased depreciation resulting in higher net income for the fourth quarter of 2012. Earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $0.02 higher than the fourth quarter of 2011. President Hines also reported that annual operating revenues for 2012 increased $818,000 and that net income increased $219,000 as compared to 2011. Higher revenues were due to an increase in the Distribution System Improvement Charge (DSIC) and growth in the customer base, mainly through acquisitions. The DSIC is a surcharge allowed by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for the replacement of aging infrastructure. In addition to the increased revenue, lower expenses for power, the provision for doubtful accounts, tank remediation and insurance contributed to higher 2012 net income. Earnings per share for 2012 were $0.01 higher than 2011. During the year, the Company invested $11.5 million in capital projects for upgrades to its water treatment and enterprise software systems, as well as various scheduled replacements of infrastructure. During 2012, the Company replaced or relined over 40,000 feet of pipe to improve its distribution system, reduce ongoing expenses, and improve customer service. In addition, the Company invested $661,000 in the acquisitions of water and wastewater systems. President Hines reported that York Water plans to invest approximately $14.1 million in 2013 and $14.0 million in 2014, excluding acquisitions, for expansion and improvements to its pipes, facilities, and dams 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 December 31|
|In 000's (except share and per share)|
|Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding||12,893||12,772||12,847||12,734|
|Basic Earnings Per Common Share||$0.18||$0.16||$0.72||$0.71|
|Dividends Paid Per Common Share||$0.1383||$0.1336||$0.5391||$0.5266|