SJW Corp. (NYSE:SJW) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016. Net income was $16.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, compared to $7.5 million for the same period in 2015. Diluted earnings per share were $0.82 and $0.36 for the quarters ended June 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

Operating revenue was $86.9 million in the quarter compared to $72.4 million in 2015. The $14.5 million increase in revenue was primarily attributable to $8.7 million in true-up revenue recognized as a part of the decision on our 2015 California General Rate Case application, $4.6 million in cumulative rate increases, $3.5 million related to revenue tracked in our Water Conservation Memorandum Account and a $300,000 change in the net recognition of certain other balancing and memorandum accounts. These increases were partially offset by $2.5 million in lower customer usage.

Water production expenses for the second quarter of 2016 were $27.7 million versus $26.8 million for the same period in 2015, an increase of $900,000. The increase in water production expenses was primarily attributable to $3.6 million in higher per unit costs for purchased water, groundwater extraction and energy charges partially offset by $2.8 million in lower expenses due to an increase in the use of available surface water supply. Operating expenses, excluding water production costs, increased $1.1 million to $29.5 million from $28.4 million. The increase was primarily due to $1.0 million of higher depreciation expenses due to assets placed in service in 2015, $210,000 in higher maintenance expenses due primarily to main repairs and $72,000 of higher administrative and general expenses, partially offset by a decrease of $206,000 in property taxes and other non-income taxes due to a property tax refund.

Other expense and income in the second quarter and first six months of 2016 included a pre-tax gain on the sale of 159,151 shares of California Water Service Group stock for $3.2 million. No similar sale occurred in 2015.

The effective consolidated income tax rates were 39% and 37% for the quarters ended June 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

Year-to-date net income was $20.2 million, compared to $12.2 million in 2015. Diluted earnings per share were $0.98 in the first six months of 2016, compared to $0.59 per diluted share for the same period in 2015.

Year-to-date operating revenue increased by $13.5 million to $148.0 million from $134.5 million in the first six months of 2016. The increase was attributable to $8.1 million in cumulative rate increases, a net $6.8 million due to true-up revenue recognized as a part of the decision of our 2015 California General Rate Case application in the current year offset by true-up revenue recognized as part of the 2012 California General Rate Case decision in the prior year, $6.5 million related to revenue tracked in our Water Conservation Memorandum Account, a $900,000 change in the net recognition of certain other balancing and memorandum accounts, and $300,000 in revenue from new customers. These increases were partially offset by $9.0 million in lower customer water usage.

Year-to-date water production expenses increased to $48.3 million from $48.2 million in 2015. The $100,000 increase was attributable to $6.7 million in higher per unit costs for purchased water, groundwater extraction and energy charges, offset by lower customer water usage of $3.8 million and $2.8 million in lower expenses due to an increase in the use of available surface water supply. Operating expenses, excluding water production costs, increased $3.1 million to $59.4 million from $56.3 million. The increase was primarily due to $2.0 million of higher depreciation expenses, $653,000 in higher maintenance expenses, $481,000 in higher administrative and general expenses, offset by $83,000 in lower property taxes and other non-income taxes. The increase in administrative and general expenses was due to an increase in salaries, partially offset by a decrease in pension expense and a decrease in regulatory fees due to lower usage.

The effective consolidated income tax rates were 39% and 37% for the six-month periods ended June 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

The Directors of SJW Corp. today declared a quarterly dividend on common stock of $0.2025 per share. The dividend is payable on September 1, 2016 to shareholders of record on August 8, 2016.

SJW Corp. is a publicly traded holding company headquartered in San Jose, California. SJW Corp. is the parent company of San Jose Water Company, SJWTX, Inc., Texas Water Alliance Limited, SJW Land Company, and SJW Group, Inc. Together, San Jose Water Company and SJWTX, Inc. provide water service to more than one million people in San Jose, California and nearby communities and in Canyon Lake, Texas and nearby communities. SJW Land Company owns and operates commercial real estate investments.

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements including but not limited to statements relating to SJW Corp.'s plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of SJW Corp. to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Results for a quarter are not indicative of results for a full year due to seasonality and other factors. Other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to materially differ are described in SJW Corp.'s most recent reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. SJW Corp. undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
   

SJW Corp.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

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(in thousands, except per share data)
 
Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,
2016   2015 2016   2015
OPERATING REVENUE $ 86,944   72,402   $ 148,056   134,514  
OPERATING EXPENSE:
Production Expenses:
Purchased water 14,485 16,002 24,182 25,286
Power 1,614 1,528 2,851 2,700
Groundwater extraction charges 8,312 6,197 14,760 14,133
Other production expenses 3,272   3,065   6,504   6,062  
Total production expenses 27,683 26,792 48,297 48,181
Administrative and general 11,536 11,464 23,241 22,760
Maintenance 4,054 3,844 7,865 7,212
Property taxes and other non-income taxes 2,684 2,890 5,902 5,985
Depreciation and amortization 11,187   10,202   22,370   20,361  
Total operating expense 57,144   55,192   107,675   104,499  
OPERATING INCOME 29,800 17,210 40,381 30,015
OTHER (EXPENSE) INCOME:
Interest expense (5,469 ) (5,618 ) (10,904 ) (11,270 )
Gain on sale of California Water Service Group stock 3,197 3,197
Other, net 158   274   512   610  
Income before income taxes 27,686 11,866 33,186 19,355
Provision for income taxes 10,911   4,405   13,033   7,199  
NET INCOME 16,775   7,461   20,153   12,156  
Other comprehensive income (loss), net 487 (255 ) 1,017 (270 )
Reclassification adjustment for gain realized on sale of investments, net (1,742 )   (1,742 )  
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME $ 15,520   7,206   $ 19,428   11,886  
 
EARNINGS PER SHARE
Basic $ 0.82 0.37 $ 0.99 0.60
Diluted $ 0.82 0.36 $ 0.98 0.59
DIVIDENDS PER SHARE $ 0.20 0.20 $ 0.41 0.39
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING
Basic 20,438 20,357 20,426 20,342
Diluted 20,579 20,501 20,570 20,491
 

SJW Corp.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

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(in thousands)
   
June 30, 2016 December 31, 2015
ASSETS
Utility plant:
Land $ 17,930 17,853
Depreciable plant and equipment 1,495,627 1,438,321
Construction in progress 64,373 45,573
Intangible assets 23,906   22,675
Total utility plant 1,601,836 1,524,422
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization 509,244   487,659
Net utility plant 1,092,592   1,036,763
 
Real estate investments 62,082 74,641
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization 11,090   13,207
Net real estate investments 50,992   61,434
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents 12,518 5,239
Accounts receivable and accrued unbilled utility revenue 48,041 46,851
Current regulatory assets, net 17,722 16,542
Long-lived asset held-for-sale 9,907
Other current assets 4,526   4,744
Total current assets 92,714   73,376
OTHER ASSETS:
Investment in California Water Service Group 3,493 6,030
Regulatory assets, net 151,619 152,021
Other 7,927   7,701
163,039   165,752
$ 1,399,337   1,337,325
 
CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES
CAPITALIZATION:
Common stock $ 10,648 10,616
Additional paid-in capital 69,748 68,636
Retained earnings 314,040 302,220
Accumulated other comprehensive income 1,586   2,311
Total shareholders' equity 396,022 383,783
Long-term debt, less current portion 364,172   377,187
Total capitalization 760,194   760,970
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Line of credit 55,925 34,600
Current portion of long-term debt 11,621 3,491
Accrued groundwater extraction charge, purchased water and purchased power 10,716 7,163
Accounts payable 23,768 16,196
Accrued interest 6,200 6,193
Other current liabilities 11,852   11,980
Total current liabilities 120,082   79,623
 
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES 208,407 198,775

ADVANCES FOR CONSTRUCTION AND CONTRIBUTIONS IN AID OF CONSTRUCTION
226,574 217,766
POSTRETIREMENT BENEFIT PLANS 73,078 70,230
OTHER NONCURRENT LIABILITIES 11,002   9,961
$ 1,399,337   1,337,325
 

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