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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON DC 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

(Mark One)

x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 or 15 (d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934.

For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2013

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934.

For the transition period from                      to                     

Commission File Number 1-6659

 

 

AQUA AMERICA, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Pennsylvania   23-1702594
(State or other jurisdiction of   (I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization)   Identification No.)

 

762 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr,

Pennsylvania

  19010 -3489
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(610) 527-8000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former Name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report.)

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12(b)-2 of the Exchange Act.:

 

Large accelerated filer   x    Accelerated filer   ¨
Non-accelerated filer   ¨  (do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ¨    No  x

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of July 26, 2013: 141,170,775

 

 

 


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AQUA AMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

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     Page  
Part I – Financial Information   

Item 1. Financial Statements:

  

Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited) – June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012

     2   

Consolidated Statements of Net Income (unaudited) - Six Months Ended June 30, 2013 and 2012

     3   

Consolidated Statements of Net Income (unaudited) - Three Months Ended June 30, 2013 and 2012

     4   

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (unaudited) – Six and Three Months Ended June  30, 2013 and 2012

     5   

Consolidated Statements of Capitalization (unaudited) – June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012

     6   

Consolidated Statement of Equity (unaudited) – Six Months Ended June 30, 2013

     7   

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow (unaudited) – Six Months Ended June 30, 2013 and 2012

     8   

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)

     9   

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     27   

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     35   

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

     35   
Part II – Other Information   

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

     35   

Item 1A. Risk Factors

     38   

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

     39   

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

     39   

Item 6. Exhibits

     40   

Signatures

     41   

Exhibit Index

     42   

 

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AQUA AMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

     June 30,     December 31,  
     2013     2012  
Assets     

Property, plant and equipment, at cost

   $ 5,184,113      $ 5,050,400   

Less: accumulated depreciation

     1,158,975        1,114,237   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net property, plant and equipment

     4,025,138        3,936,163   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

     4,272        5,521   

Accounts receivable and unbilled revenues, net

     98,313        92,921   

Income tax receivable

     16,082        16,082   

Deferred income taxes

     46,164        37,818   

Inventory, materials and supplies

     12,542        11,757   

Prepayments and other current assets

     15,166        10,372   

Assets of discontinued operations held for sale

     29,047        86,423   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     221,586        260,894   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Regulatory assets

     563,466        521,264   

Deferred charges and other assets, net

     50,584        49,852   

Investment in joint venture

     46,218        38,620   

Funds restricted for construction activity

     23,183        23,572   

Goodwill

     28,142        28,152   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 4,958,317      $ 4,858,517   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
Liabilities and Equity     

Aqua America stockholders’ equity:

    

Common stock at $.50 par value, authorized 300,000,000 shares, issued 142,225,713 and 140,943,621 in 2013 and 2012

   $ 71,113      $ 70,472   

Capital in excess of par value

     747,763        718,482   

Retained earnings

     635,210        611,303   

Treasury stock, at cost, 1,146,883 and 776,355 shares in 2013 and 2012

     (26,124     (14,668

Accumulated other comprehensive income

     163        115   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Aqua America stockholders’ equity

     1,428,125        1,385,704   

Noncontrolling interest

     194        188   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity

     1,428,319        1,385,892   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Long-term debt, excluding current portion

     1,489,842        1,543,954   

Commitments and contingencies (See Note 13)

     —          —     

Current liabilities:

    

Current portion of long-term debt

     46,542        45,038   

Loans payable

     112,087        80,383   

Accounts payable

     46,960        55,506   

Accrued interest

     14,458        14,026   

Accrued taxes

     16,048        28,214   

Dividends payable

     26,802        —     

Other accrued liabilities

     26,259        27,360   

Liabilities of discontinued operations held for sale

     17,559        23,637   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     306,715        274,164   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Deferred credits and other liabilities:

    

Deferred income taxes and investment tax credits

     800,997        723,367   

Customers’ advances for construction

     71,825        71,595   

Regulatory liabilities

     241,913        241,363   

Other

     151,037        157,978   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total deferred credits and other liabilities

     1,265,772        1,194,303   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Contributions in aid of construction

     467,669        460,204   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 4,958,317      $ 4,858,517   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements beginning on page 9 of this report.

 

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AQUA AMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET INCOME

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

     Six Months Ended  
     June 30,  
     2013     2012  

Operating revenues

   $ 375,690      $ 355,714   

Operating expenses:

    

Operations and maintenance

     139,169        128,396   

Depreciation

     58,783        54,485   

Amortization

     2,728        2,453   

Taxes other than income taxes

     26,784        21,509   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
     227,464        206,843   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

     148,226        148,871   

Other expense (income):

    

Interest expense, net

     38,484        38,787   

Allowance for funds used during construction

     (1,042     (2,565

Loss (gain) on sale of other assets

     17        (506

Equity loss (earnings) in joint venture

     1,810        (249
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

     108,957        113,404   

Provision for income taxes

     14,178        44,735   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations

     94,779        68,669   

Discontinued operations:

    

Income from discontinued operations before income taxes

     8,331        17,994   

Provision for income taxes

     2,959        7,314   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from discontinued operations

     5,372        10,680   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to common shareholders

   $ 100,151      $ 79,349   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations per share:

    

Basic

   $ 0.67      $ 0.49   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

   $ 0.67      $ 0.49   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from discontinued operations per share:

    

Basic

   $ 0.04      $ 0.08   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

   $ 0.04      $ 0.08   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income per common share:

    

Basic

   $ 0.71      $ 0.57   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

   $ 0.71      $ 0.57   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Average common shares outstanding during the period:

    

Basic

     140,560        138,935   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

     141,278        139,577   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash dividends declared per common share

   $ 0.54      $ 0.33   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements beginning on page 9 of this report.

 

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AQUA AMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET INCOME

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

     Three Months Ended  
     June 30,  
     2013     2012  

Operating revenues

   $ 195,655      $ 191,690   

Operating expenses:

    

Operations and maintenance

     70,858        63,571   

Depreciation

     29,524        27,739   

Amortization

     1,358        1,332   

Taxes other than income taxes

     13,250        12,016   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
     114,990        104,658   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

     80,665        87,032   

Other expense (income):

    

Interest expense, net

     19,209        19,540   

Allowance for funds used during construction

     (490     (1,235

Loss (gain) on sale of other assets

     109        (64

Equity loss (earnings) in joint venture

     1,154        (249
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

     60,683        69,040   

Provision for income taxes

     7,135        27,260   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations

     53,548        41,780   

Discontinued operations:

    

Income (loss) from discontinued operations before income taxes

     29        (176

Provision for income taxes

     (9     159   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

     38        (335
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to common shareholders

   $ 53,586      $ 41,445   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations per share:

    

Basic

   $ 0.38      $ 0.30   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

   $ 0.38      $ 0.30   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from discontinued operations per share:

    

Basic

   $ 0.00      $ 0.00   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

   $ 0.00      $ 0.00   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income per common share:

    

Basic

   $ 0.38      $ 0.30   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

   $ 0.38      $ 0.30   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Average common shares outstanding during the period:

    

Basic

     140,786        139,108   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

     141,662        139,843   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash dividends declared per common share

   $ 0.365      $ 0.165   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements beginning on page 9 of this report.

 

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AQUA AMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(In thousands of dollars)

(UNAUDITED)

 

     Six Months Ended     Three Months Ended  
     June 30,     June 30,  
     2013     2012     2013     2012  

Net income attributable to common shareholders

   $ 100,151      $ 79,349      $ 53,586      $ 41,445   

Other comprehensive income, net of tax:

        

Unrealized holding (loss) gain on investments (1) (2)

     (42     97        (33     (21

Reclassification adjustment for loss (gain) reported in net income (3) (4) (5) (6)

     90        (166     90        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

   $ 100,199      $ 79,280      $ 53,643      $ 41,424   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(1) Amounts are net of tax (benefit) of $(23) and $51 for the six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively.
(2) Amounts are net of tax (benefit) of $(18) and $(12) for the three months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively.
(3) Amounts are net of tax (benefit) of $(49) and $90 for the six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively.
(4) Amount is net of tax (benefit) of $(49) for the three months ended June 30, 2013.
(5) Amount of pre-tax loss (gain) of $139 and $(256) reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income to loss (gain) on sale of other assets on the consolidated statements of net income for the six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively.
(6) Amount of pre-tax loss of $139 reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income to loss on sale of other assets on the consolidated statements of net income for the three months ended June 30, 2013.

See notes to consolidated financial statements beginning on page 9 of this report.

 

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AQUA AMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CAPITALIZATION

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

          June 30,     December 31,  
          2013     2012  

Aqua America stockholders’ equity:

       

Common stock, $.50 par value

      $ 71,113      $ 70,472   

Capital in excess of par value

        747,763        718,482   

Retained earnings

        635,210        611,303   

Treasury stock, at cost

        (26,124     (14,668

Accumulated other comprehensive income

        163        115   
     

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Aqua America stockholders’ equity

        1,428,125        1,385,704   

Noncontrolling interest

        194        188   
     

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity

        1,428,319        1,385,892   
     

 

 

   

 

 

 

Long-term debt:

       

Long-term debt of subsidiaries (substantially secured by utility plant):

    

Interest Rate Range

  

Maturity Date Range

            

0.00% to 0.99%

   2024 to 2031      2,830        2,884   

1.00% to 1.99%

   2014 to 2035      28,278        27,251   

2.00% to 2.99%

   2024 to 2031      15,811        17,120   

3.00% to 3.99%

   2016 to 2047      141,907        107,477   

4.00% to 4.99%

   2020 to 2048      398,545        367,657   

5.00% to 5.99%

   2014 to 2043      308,758        320,729   

6.00% to 6.99%

   2015 to 2036      64,913        64,903   

7.00% to 7.99%

   2022 to 2027      35,361        35,660   

8.00% to 8.99%

   2021 to 2025      19,461        19,632   

9.00% to 9.99%

   2013 to 2026      29,388        34,547   

10.40%

   2018      6,000        6,000   
     

 

 

   

 

 

 
        1,051,252        1,003,860   

Notes payable to bank under revolving credit agreement, variable rate, due March 2017

     —          100,000   

Unsecured notes payable:

    

Notes at 3.57% due 2027

     50,000        50,000   

Notes ranging from 4.62% to 4.87%, due 2013 through 2024

     193,000        193,000   

Notes ranging from 5.01% to 5.95%, due 2013 through 2037

     242,132        242,132   
     

 

 

   

 

 

 
        1,536,384        1,588,992   

Current portion of long-term debt

     46,542        45,038   
     

 

 

   

 

 

 

Long-term debt, excluding current portion

     1,489,842        1,543,954   
     

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total capitalization

   $ 2,918,161      $ 2,929,846   
     

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements beginning on page 9 of this report.

 

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AQUA AMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF EQUITY

(In thousands of dollars)

(UNAUDITED)

 

                              Accumulated                
            Capital in                 Other                
     Common      Excess of     Retained     Treasury     Comprehensive      Noncontrolling         
     Stock      Par Value     Earnings     Stock     Income      Interest      Total  

Balance At December 31, 2012

   $ 70,472      $ 718,482     $ 611,303     $ (14,668   $ 115      $ 188      $ 1,385,892  

Net income

     —           —          100,151       —          —           6        100,157  

Other comprehensive income, net of income tax of $26

     —           —          —          —          48        —           48  

Dividends paid

     —           —          (49,192     —          —           —           (49,192

Dividends declared

          (26,802     —          —           —           (26,802

Sale of stock (236,308 shares)

     114        6,448       —          254       —           —           6,816  

Repurchase of stock (379,057 shares)

     —           —          —          (11,710     —           —           (11,710

Equity compensation plan (34,800 shares)

     17        (17     —          —          —           —           —     

Exercise of stock options (1,019,513 shares)

     510        20,152       —          —          —           —           20,662  

Stock-based compensation

     —           2,698       (250     —          —           —           2,448  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Balance At June 30, 2013

   $ 71,113      $ 747,763     $ 635,210     $ (26,124   $ 163      $ 194      $ 1,428,319  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements beginning on page 9 of this report.

 

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AQUA AMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW

(In thousands of dollars)

(UNAUDITED)

 

     Six Months Ended  
     June 30,  
     2013     2012  

Cash flows from operating activities:

    

Net income

   $ 100,151     $ 79,349  

Income from discontinued operations

     5,372       10,680  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations

     94,779       68,669  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjustments to reconcile income from continuing operations to net cash flows from operating activities:

    

Depreciation and amortization

     61,511       56,938  

Deferred income taxes

     17,724       38,933  

Provision for doubtful accounts

     2,012       1,751  

Stock-based compensation

     2,694       2,848  

Gain on sale of utility system

     (1,025     —     

Loss (gain) on sale of other assets

     17       (506

Net increase in receivables, inventory and prepayments

     (5,475     (10,289

Net (decrease) increase in payables, accrued interest, accrued taxes and other accrued liabilities

     (10,662     4,221  

Other

     (2,788     (6,318
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating cash flows from continuing operations

     158,787       156,247  

Operating cash flows from (used in) discontinued operations, net

     620       (10,905
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash flows from operating activities

     159,407       145,342  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

    

Property, plant and equipment additions, including allowance for funds used during construction of $1,042 and $2,565

     (134,880     (169,303

Acquisitions of utility systems and other, net

     (10,721     (103,998

Additions to funds restricted for construction activity

     (5     (2,080

Release of funds previously restricted for construction activity

     394       35,896  

Net proceeds from the sale of utility system and other assets

     113       4,727  

Investment in joint venture

     (9,800     (9,608

Other

     (343     (1,092
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Investing cash flows used in continuing operations

     (155,242     (245,458

Investing cash flows from discontinued operations, net

     51,282       72,379  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash flows used in investing activities

     (103,960     (173,079
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

    

Customers’ advances and contributions in aid of construction

     2,164       3,710  

Repayments of customers’ advances

     (951     (1,428

Net proceeds (repayments) of short-term debt

     31,704       (48,079

Proceeds from long-term debt

     172,069       168,076  

Repayments of long-term debt

     (226,914     (45,106

Change in cash overdraft position

     (1,330     (20,375

Proceeds from issuing common stock

     6,816       6,429  

Proceeds from exercised stock options

     20,662       7,873  

Stock-based compensation windfall tax benefits

     —          409  

Repurchase of common stock

     (11,710     (1,132

Dividends paid on common stock

     (49,192     (45,872
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Financing cash flows (used in) from continuing operations

     (56,682     24,505  

Financing cash flows (used in) from discontinued operations, net

     (14     75  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash flows (used in) from financing activities

     (56,696     24,580  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

     (1,249     (3,157

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

     5,521       8,204  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

   $ 4,272     $ 5,047  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements beginning on page 9 of this report.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

Note 1 Basis of Presentation

The accompanying consolidated balance sheets and statements of capitalization of Aqua America, Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) at June 30, 2013, the consolidated statements of net income and comprehensive income for the six and three months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012 the consolidated statements of cash flow for the six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012 and the consolidated statement of equity for the six months ended June 30, 2013 are unaudited, but reflect all adjustments, consisting of only normal recurring accruals, which are, in the opinion of management, necessary to present fairly the consolidated financial position, the consolidated changes in equity, the consolidated results of operations, and the consolidated cash flow for the periods presented. Because they cover interim periods, the statements and related notes to the financial statements do not include all disclosures and notes normally provided in annual financial statements and, therefore, should be read in conjunction with the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012. The results of operations for interim periods may not be indicative of the results that may be expected for the entire year. The December 31, 2012 consolidated balance sheet data presented herein was derived from the Company’s December 31, 2012 audited consolidated financial statements, but does not include all disclosures and notes normally provided in annual financial statements. Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the reporting of discontinued operations (see Note 4).

 

Note 2 Goodwill

The following table summarizes the changes in the Company’s goodwill, by business segment:

 

     Regulated               
     Segment     Other      Consolidated  

Balance at December 31, 2012

   $ 24,031      $ 4,121       $ 28,152   

Reclassifications to utility plant acquisition adjustment

     (10     —           (10
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Balance at June 30, 2013

   $ 24,021      $ 4,121       $ 28,142   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

The reclassification of goodwill to utility plant acquisition adjustment in the table above results from a mechanism approved by the applicable public utility commission. The mechanism provides for the transfer over time, and the recovery through customer rates, of goodwill associated with certain acquisitions upon achieving certain objectives.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

Note 3 Acquisitions

In March 2013, the Company acquired the water and wastewater system assets of Total Environmental Solutions, Inc. located in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania serving approximately 4,200 customers. The total purchase price consisted of $10,350 in cash.

May 2012, In the Company purchased all of the stock of the subsidiary that holds American Water Works Company, Inc.’s regulated water and wastewater operations in Ohio serving approximately 59,000 customers. The total purchase price consisted of $102,154 in cash plus certain assumed liabilities, including debt of $14,281.

 

Note 4 Discontinued Operations and Other Disposition

Discontinued Operations – In September 2012, the Company began to market for sale its water and wastewater operations in Florida, which serve approximately 38,000 customers, and the Company’s wastewater treatment facility in Georgia. In December 2012, the Company entered into a definitive agreement to sell 80 of its water and wastewater systems in Florida to the Florida Governmental Utility Authority (“FGUA”). These 80 systems represented approximately 56% of our customers served in Florida. In March 2013, the Company completed its sale to FGUA. In addition, in March 2013, the Company sold 15 of its Florida water and wastewater systems representing approximately 9% of our customers served in Florida in separate transactions with separate buyers. Further, in April 2013, the Company sold its water and wastewater systems in DeSoto County, Florida to DeSoto County representing approximately 2% of our customers served in Florida. The Company received total net proceeds from these sales of $52,276, and recognized a net gain on sale of $5,469 ($3,555 after-tax). Lastly, in June 2013, the Company entered into a definitive agreement to sell its water and wastewater systems in Sarasota, Florida to Sarasota County for cash at closing of $36,800, which is subject to certain contingencies and adjustments. In July 2013, the Company received a threat of a legal challenge to this transaction that may delay or ultimately terminate this transaction. The Company still believes that the sale of its Sarasota, Florida operation is probable, and that we will be able to complete the sale of these assets by either the fourth quarter of 2013 or the first quarter of 2014, which will conclude the Company’s operations in Florida. The Company has accounted for its Sarasota, Florida operations and its wastewater treatment facility in Georgia as businesses held for sale, and the sale of the Company’s wastewater treatment facility in Georgia will conclude the Company’s operations in this state.

In July 2011, the Company entered into a definitive agreement with Connecticut Water Service, Inc. to sell its operations in Maine, which served approximately 16,000 customers, for cash at closing plus certain assumed liabilities, including debt of $17,364. On January 1, 2012, the Company completed the sale for net proceeds of $36,870, and recognized a gain on sale of $17,699 ($10,821 after-tax).

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

In July 2011, the Company entered into a definitive agreement with American Water Works Company, Inc. to sell its operations in New York for its book value at closing plus certain assumed liabilities, including debt of approximately $23,000. On May 1, 2012, the Company completed the sale for net proceeds of $36,688 in cash as adjusted pursuant to the sale agreement based on book value at closing. During the second quarter of 2012, the Company recognized a loss on sale of $2,736 ($1,874 after-tax), resulting from charges incurred from the sale. The Company’s New York operations served approximately 51,000 customers. In conjunction with the sale of our New York operations, we acquired additional utility systems (and approximately 59,000 customers) in Ohio, one of the larger states in Aqua America’s portfolio.

The operating results, cash flows, and financial position of the Company’s operations named above, during the periods owned, have been presented in the Company’s consolidated statements of net income, consolidated statements of cash flow, and consolidated balance sheets as discontinued operations. These operations were included in the Company’s “Regulated” segment.

A summary of discontinued operations presented in the consolidated statements of net income include the following:

 

     Six Months Ended     Three Months Ended  
     June 30,     June 30,  
     2013     2012     2013     2012  

Operating revenues

   $ 8,418      $ 19,374      $ 2,408      $ 8,243   

Total operating expenses

     5,556        16,001        1,396        6,257   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

     2,862        3,373        1,012        1,986   

Other (income) expense:

        

(Gain) loss on sale

     (5,469     (14,713     982        2,410   

Other, net

     —          92        1        (248
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) from discontinued operations before income taxes

     8,331        17,994        29        (176

Provision for income taxes

     2,959        7,314        (9     159   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

   $ 5,372      $ 10,680      $ 38      $ (335
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

The assets and liabilities of discontinued operations presented in the consolidated balance sheets include the following:

 

     June 30,      December 31,  
     2013      2012  

Property, plant and equipment, at cost

   $ 46,729       $ 128,463   

Less: accumulated depreciation

     19,892         48,856   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net property, plant and equipment

     26,837         79,607   

Current assets

     2,050         4,656   

Regulatory assets

     160         2,034   

Other assets

     —           126   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Assets of discontinued operations held for sale

     29,047         86,423   

Current liabilities

     7,968         2,074   

Deferred income taxes and investment tax credits

     1,406         5,166   

Contributions in aid of construction

     7,356         15,560   

Other liabilities

     829         837   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities of discontinued operations held for sale

     17,559         23,637   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net assets

   $ 11,488       $ 62,786   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Other Dispositions – In June 2013, the Company sold a water and wastewater utility system for net proceeds of $3,400. The sale resulted in the recognition of a gain on sale of these assets, net of expenses, of $1,025. The utility systems represented approximately 0.04% of the Company’s total assets. This disposition has not been presented as discontinued operations in the Company’s consolidated financial statements as the Company does not believe that disclosure of this disposed water and wastewater utility system as discontinued operations is meaningful to the reader of the financial statements for making investment decisions, either individually or in the aggregate. The gain is reported in the consolidated statements of net income as a reduction to operations and maintenance expense.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

The City of Fort Wayne, Indiana (the “City”) has authorized the acquisition by eminent domain of the northern portion of the utility system of one of the Company’s operating subsidiaries in Indiana (the “Northern Assets”). In January 2008, the Company reached a settlement with the City to transition the Northern Assets in February 2008 upon receipt of the City’s initial valuation payment of $16,911. The settlement agreement specifically stated that the final valuation of the Northern Assets will be determined through a continuation of the legal proceedings that were filed challenging the City’s valuation. On February 12, 2008, the Company turned over the Northern Assets to the City upon receipt of the initial valuation payment. The proceeds received by the Company are in excess of the book value of the assets relinquished. No gain has been recognized due to the contingency over the final valuation of the assets. The net book value of the Northern Assets has been removed from the consolidated balance sheet and the difference between the net book value and the initial payment received has been deferred and is recorded in other accrued liabilities on the Company’s consolidated balance sheet. Once the contingency is resolved and the asset valuation is finalized, through the finalization of the litigation between the Company and the City of Fort Wayne, the amounts deferred will be recognized in the Company’s consolidated statement of net income. On March 16, 2009, oral argument was held on certain procedural aspects with respect to the valuation evidence that may be presented and whether the Company is entitled to a jury trial. On October 12, 2010, the Wells County Indiana Circuit Court ruled that the Company is not entitled to a jury trial, and that the Wells County judge should review the City of Fort Wayne Board of Public Works’ assessment based upon a “capricious, arbitrary or an abuse of discretion” standard. The Company disagreed with the Court’s decision and appealed the Wells County Indiana Circuit Court’s decision to the Indiana Court of Appeals. On January 13, 2012, the Indiana Court of Appeals reached a decision upholding the Wells County Indiana Circuit Court decision. On February 10, 2012, the Company filed a petition for transfer requesting that the Indiana Supreme Court review the matter. On April 11, 2013, the Supreme Court of Indiana ruled that the statute at issue gives the Company the right to a full evidentiary hearing before a jury regarding the value of the assets and remanded the case to the trial court for a proceeding consistent with that ruling. The Company continues to evaluate its legal options with respect to this decision. Depending upon the outcome of all of the legal proceedings, including the planned transaction below, which would resolve this litigation, the Company may be required to refund a portion of the initial valuation payment, or may receive additional proceeds. The Northern Assets relinquished represents approximately 0.40% of the Company’s total assets.

In addition, in December 2012, the Fort Wayne City Council considered an ordinance that sought to declare it a “public convenience and necessity” to acquire certain of the Company’s water utility system assets located in the southwest section of the City and in Allen County (the “Southern Assets”), and if negotiations with Fort Wayne officials were to fail, to condemn the Southern Assets. The first public hearing on the ordinance was held on January 22, 2013 and a subsequent hearing scheduled for February 5, 2013 was not held due to ongoing settlement discussions between the parties. On July 2, 2013, the Company’s operating subsidiary and the City signed a letter of intent, which among other items, addresses many of the terms by which the City would purchase the Company’s Southern Assets, will resolve the litigation between the Company and the City with respect to the Northern Assets, and will establish the terms by which the Company’s operating subsidiary will treat wastewater sent to it by the City. The letter of intent states that the City agrees to pay the Company $50,100 in addition to the $16,911 paid to the Company by the City in 2008 as an initial valuation payment for the Northern Assets (for a total payment of $67,011). The letter of intent is conditioned on the Company’s Board of Directors and City Council approving the final terms of the possible transaction, and the Company and the City entering into several definitive agreements that cover the subject matter of the letter of intent. Further, the completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory requirements and approval. If this transaction is consummated, the Company will expand its sewer customer base in the City. The completion of the transaction is not expected to close until 2014. The Company continues to evaluate its legal and operational options on an ongoing basis.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

Note 5 Long-term Debt and Loans Payable

In May 2013, the Company’s Ohio operating subsidiary, Aqua Ohio, Inc., issued $85,000 of first mortgage bonds, of which $35,000 is due in 2033, $30,000 in 2044, and $20,000 in 2048 with interest rates of 3.75%, 4.18%, and 4.43%, respectively.

 

Note 6 Fair Value of Financial Instruments

The Company follows the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) accounting guidance for fair value measurements and disclosures, which defines fair value and establishes a framework for using fair value to measure assets and liabilities. That framework provides a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value. The hierarchy gives highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1 measurements) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (Level 3 measurements). The three levels of the fair value hierarchy are as follows:

 

   

Level 1: unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the Company has the ability to access;

 

   

Level 2: inputs other than Level 1 that are observable, either directly or indirectly, such as quoted market prices in active markets for similar assets or liabilities, quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in non-active markets, or other inputs that are observable or can be corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the assets or liabilities; or

 

   

Level 3: inputs that are unobservable and significant to the fair value measurement.

The asset’s or liability’s fair value measurement level within the fair value hierarchy is based on the lowest level of any input that is significant to the fair value measurement. Valuation techniques used need to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs. There have been no changes in the valuation techniques used to measure fair value or asset or liability transfers between the levels of the fair value hierarchy for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Financial instruments are recorded at carrying value in the financial statements and approximate fair value as of the dates presented. The fair value of these instruments is disclosed below in accordance with current accounting guidance related to financial instruments.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

The fair value of funds restricted for construction activity and loans payable are determined based on their carrying amount and utilizing Level 1 methods and assumptions. As of June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, the carrying amount of the Company’s funds restricted for construction activity was $23,183 and $23,572, which equates to their estimated fair value. As of June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, the carrying amount of the Company’s loans payable was $112,087 and $80,383, which equates to their estimated fair value. The fair value of cash and cash equivalents, which is comprised of a money market fund, is determined based on the net asset value per unit utilizing Level 2 methods and assumptions. As of June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, the carrying amounts of the Company’s cash and cash equivalents was $4,272 and $5,521, which equates to their fair value.

The carrying amounts and estimated fair values of the Company’s long-term debt is as follows:

 

     June 30,      December 31,  
     2013      2012  

Carrying Amount

   $ 1,536,384       $ 1,588,992   

Estimated Fair Value

     1,595,550         1,702,997   

The fair value of long-term debt has been determined by discounting the future cash flows using current market interest rates for similar financial instruments of the same duration utilizing Level 2 methods and assumptions. The Company’s customers’ advances for construction have a carrying value of $71,825 as of June 30, 2013, and $71,595 as of December 31, 2012. Their relative fair values cannot be accurately estimated because future refund payments depend on several variables, including new customer connections, customer consumption levels, and future rate increases. Portions of these non-interest bearing instruments are payable annually through 2028 and amounts not paid by the respective contract expiration dates become non-refundable. The fair value of these amounts would, however, be less than their carrying value due to the non-interest bearing feature.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

Note 7 Net Income per Common Share

Basic net income per common share is based on the weighted average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted net income per common share is based on the weighted average number of common shares outstanding and potentially dilutive shares. The dilutive effect of employee stock-based compensation is included in the computation of diluted net income per common share. The dilutive effect of stock-based compensation is calculated using the treasury stock method and expected proceeds upon exercise or issuance of the stock-based compensation. The following table summarizes the shares, in thousands, used in computing basic and diluted net income per common share:

 

     Six Months Ended      Three Months Ended  
     June 30,      June 30,  
     2013      2012      2013      2012  

Average common shares outstanding during the period for basic computation

     140,560         138,935         140,786         139,108   

Dilutive effect of employee stock-based compensation

     718         642         876         735   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Average common shares outstanding during the period for diluted computation

     141,278         139,577         141,662         139,843   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

For the six and three months ended June 30, 2013, all of the Company’s employee stock options were included in the calculations of diluted net income per share as the calculated cost to exercise the stock options was less than the average market price of the Company’s common stock during these periods. For the six and three months ended June 30, 2012, employee stock options to purchase 878,789 shares of common stock, were excluded from the calculations of diluted net income per share as the calculated cost to exercise the stock options was greater than the average market price of the Company’s common stock during these periods.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

In May 2013, the Board of Directors of the Company approved a five-for-four stock split to be effected in the form of a 25% stock distribution effective September 1, 2013 to shareholders of record on August 16, 2013. Aqua America’s par value of $0.50 per share will not change as a result of the common stock distribution, and as a result, on the distribution date an amount will be transferred from capital in excess of par value to common stock to record the stock split. Common shares outstanding, in thousands, as adjusted for the effect of the stock split at June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, would have been 176,349 and 175,209, respectively. The share and per share data contained in this quarterly report on Form 10-Q have not been adjusted to give effect to this stock split. The following table shows the pro forma effect on the Company’s historical net income per share and average common shares outstanding during the period in thousands:

 

     Six Months Ended      Three Months Ended  
     June 30,      June 30,  
     2013      2012      2013      2012  

Pre-split average common shares outstanding during the period, as reported:

           

Basic

     140,560         138,935         140,786         139,108   

Diluted

     141,278         139,577         141,662         139,843   

Pre-split net income per common share, as reported:

           

Basic

   $ 0.71       $ 0.57       $ 0.38       $ 0.30   

Diluted

     0.71         0.57         0.38         0.30   

Pro forma post-split average common shares outstanding during the period:

           

Basic

     175,701         173,669         175,983         173,885   

Diluted

     176,598         174,471         177,078         174,804   

Pro forma post-split net income per common share:

           

Basic

   $ 0.57       $ 0.46       $ 0.30       $ 0.24   

Diluted

     0.57         0.45         0.30         0.24   

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

Note 8 Stock-based Compensation

Under the Company’s 2009 Omnibus Equity Compensation Plan (the “2009 Plan”), as approved by the Company’s shareholders to replace the 2004 Equity Compensation Plan (the “2004 Plan”), stock options, stock units, stock awards, stock appreciation rights, dividend equivalents, and other stock-based awards may be granted to employees, non-employee directors, and consultants and advisors. The 2009 Plan authorizes 5,000,000 shares for issuance under the plan. A maximum of 50% of the shares available for issuance under the 2009 Plan may be issued pursuant to stock awards, stock units and other stock-based awards and the maximum number of shares that may be subject to grants under the Plan to any one individual in any one year is 200,000. Awards under the 2009 Plan are made by a committee of the Board of Directors. At June 30, 2013, 3,675,302 shares underlying stock-based compensation awards were still available for grants under the 2009 Plan. No further grants may be made under the 2004 Plan.

Performance Share Units – A performance share unit (“PSU”) represents the right to receive a share of the Company’s common stock if specified performance goals are met over the three year performance period specified in the grant, subject to certain exceptions through the respective vesting period, which range from two to three years. Each grantee is granted a target award of PSUs, and may earn between 0% and 200% of the target amount depending on the Company’s performance against the performance goals. The following table provides compensation costs for stock-based compensation related to performance share units:

 

     Six Months Ended      Three Months Ended  
     June 30,      June 30,  
     2013      2012      2013      2012  

Stock-based compensation for performance share units within operations and maintenance expenses

   $ 1,681       $ 1,042       $ 965       $ 602   

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

The following table summarizes nonvested PSU transactions for the six months ended June 30, 2013:

 

     Number     Weighted  
     of     Average  
     Share Units     Fair Value  

Nonvested share units at beginning of period

     331,225      $ 23.52   

Granted

     133,275        33.60   

Performance criteria adjustment

     —          —     

Forfeited

     (9,040     25.67   

Vested

     (14,400     24.38   

Share unit awards issued

     —          —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Nonvested share units at end of period

     441,060      $ 26.49   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

A portion of the fair value of PSUs was estimated at the grant date based on the probability of satisfying the market-based conditions associated with the PSUs using the Monte Carlo valuation method. The other portion of the fair value of the PSUs is based on the fair market value of the Company’s stock at the grant date, regardless of whether the market-based condition is satisfied. The per unit weighted-average fair value at the date of grant for PSUs granted during the six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012 was $33.60 and $23.89, respectively. The fair value of each PSU grant is amortized monthly into compensation expense on a straight-line basis over their respective vesting periods, which range from 24 to 36 months. The accrual of compensation costs is based on our estimate of the final expected value of the award, and is adjusted as required for the portion based on the performance-based condition. The Company assumes that forfeitures will be minimal, and recognizes forfeitures as they occur, which results in a reduction in compensation expense. As the payout of the PSUs includes dividend equivalents, no dividend yield assumption is required in calculating the fair value of the PSUs. The recording of compensation expense for PSUs has no impact on net cash flows.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

Restricted Stock UnitsA restricted stock unit (“RSU”) represents the right to receive a share of the Company’s common stock. RSUs are eligible to be earned at the end of a specified restricted period, generally three years, beginning on the date of grant. In some cases the right to receive the shares is subject to certain performance goals established at the time the grant is made. The Company assumes that forfeitures will be minimal, and recognizes forfeitures as they occur, which results in a reduction in compensation expense. The following table provides compensation costs for stock-based compensation related to restricted stock units:

 

     Six Months Ended      Three Months Ended  
     June 30,      June 30,  
     2013      2012      2013      2012  

Stock-based compensation for restricted stock units within operations and maintenance expenses

   $ 396       $ 301       $ 221       $ 172   

The following table summarizes nonvested RSU transactions for the six months ended June 30, 2013:

 

     Number     Weighted  
     of     Average  
     Stock Units     Fair Value  

Nonvested stock units at beginning of period

     68,468      $ 22.36   

Granted

     38,500        29.10   

Vested

     (15,600     22.29   

Forfeited

     —          —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Nonvested stock units at end of period

     91,368      $ 25.21   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

The per unit weighted-average fair value at the date of grant for RSUs granted during the six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012 was $29.10 and $22.49, respectively.

Stock Options – The fair value of stock options is estimated at the grant date using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model. The following table provides compensation costs for stock-based compensation related to stock options granted in prior periods:

 

     Six Months Ended      Three Months Ended  
     June 30,      June 30,  
     2013      2012      2013      2012  

Stock-based compensation for stock options within operations and maintenance expenses

   $ 30       $ 365       $ —         $ 123   

Income tax benefit

     323         272         85         141   

There were no stock options granted during the six months ended June 30, 2013 or 2012.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

The following table summarizes stock option transactions for the six months ended June 30, 2013:

 

           Weighted      Weighted         
           Average      Average      Aggregate  
           Exercise      Remaining      Intrinsic  
     Shares     Price      Life (years)      Value  

Options:

          

Outstanding at beginning of period

     2,497,282      $ 20.81         

Granted

     —          —           

Forfeited

     —          —           

Expired

     (7,627     29.46         

Exercised

     (1,019,513     20.27         
  

 

 

   

 

 

       

Outstanding and exercisable at end of period

     1,470,142      $ 21.14         4.0       $ 14,927   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Restricted Stock – The following table provides compensation costs for stock-based compensation related to restricted stock:

 

     Six Months Ended      Three Months Ended  
     June 30,      June 30,  
     2013      2012      2013      2012  

Stock-based compensation for restricted stock within operations and maintenance expenses

   $ 586       $ 1,132       $ 494       $ 739   

The following table summarizes nonvested restricted stock transactions for the six months ended June 30, 2013:

 

     Number     Weighted  
     of     Average  
     Shares     Fair Value  

Nonvested shares at beginning of period

     117,728      $ 19.23   

Granted

     12,800        31.36   

Vested

     (80,528     19.36   

Forfeited

     —          —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Nonvested shares at end of period

     50,000      $ 22.13   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

The per unit weighted-average fair value at the date of grant for restricted stock granted during the six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012 was $31.36 and $23.09, respectively.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

Note 9 Pension Plans and Other Postretirement Benefits

The Company maintains qualified defined benefit pension plans, nonqualified pension plans and other postretirement benefit plans for certain of its employees. The net periodic benefit cost is based on estimated values and an extensive use of assumptions about the discount rate, expected return on plan assets, the rate of future compensation increases received by the Company’s employees, mortality, turnover, and medical costs. The following tables provide the components of net periodic benefit costs:

 

     Pension Benefits  
     Six Months Ended     Three Months Ended  
     June 30,     June 30,  
     2013     2012     2013     2012  

Service cost

   $ 2,892      $ 2,404      $ 1,446      $ 1,254   

Interest cost

     6,330        6,162        3,165        3,168   

Expected return on plan assets

     (7,386     (6,399     (3,693     (3,399

Amortization of prior service cost

     114        139        57        77   

Amortization of actuarial loss

     4,032        3,280        2,016        1,595   

Capitalized costs

     (2,117     (1,783     (1,117     (919
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net periodic benefit cost

   $ 3,865      $ 3,803      $ 1,874      $ 1,776   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
     Other  
     Postretirement Benefits  
     Six Months Ended     Three Months Ended  
     June 30,     June 30,  
     2013     2012     2013     2012  

Service cost

   $ 850      $ 609      $ 425      $ 310   

Interest cost

     1,334        1,241        667        616   

Expected return on plan assets

     (1,120     (982     (560     (529

Amortization of transition obligation

     —          18        —          —     

Amortization of prior service cost

     (148     (104     (74     (36

Amortization of actuarial loss

     690        511        345        268   

Amortization of regulatory asset

     —          68        —          34   

Capitalized costs

     (378     (324     (196     (166
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net periodic benefit cost

   $ 1,228      $ 1,037      $ 607      $ 497   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The Company made cash contributions of $15,954 to its defined benefit pension plans during the first six months of 2013, which completes the Company’s 2013 cash contributions. In addition, the Company expects to make cash contributions of $2,875 for the funding of its other postretirement benefit plans during the remainder of 2013.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

Note 10 Water and Wastewater Rates

During the first six months of 2013, the Company’s operating divisions in Texas, Ohio, and Virginia were granted base rate increases designed to increase total operating revenues on an annual basis by $9,271. Further, during the first six months of 2013, the Company’s operating divisions in Illinois and Ohio received infrastructure rehabilitation surcharges designed to increase total operating revenues on an annual basis by $985. Lastly, in July 2013, the Company’s operating subsidiary in New Jersey received an infrastructure rehabilitation surcharge designed to increase total operating revenues on an annual basis by $1,084.

In February 2012, two of the Company’s operating divisions in Texas began to bill interim rates in accordance with authorization from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (the “TCEQ”). The additional revenue billed and collected prior to the TCEQ’s final ruling is subject to refund based on the outcome of the rate case. The rate case concluded with the issuance of an order on June 3, 2013, and no refunds of revenue previously billed and collected were required.

 

Note 11 Taxes Other than Income Taxes

The following table provides the components of taxes other than income taxes:

 

     Six Months Ended      Three Months Ended  
     June 30,      June 30,  
     2013      2012      2013      2012  

Property

   $ 12,998       $ 9,432       $ 6,461       $ 5,387   

Capital stock

     1,112         1,648         579         869   

Gross receipts, excise and franchise

     5,657         4,095         2,959         2,718   

Payroll

     4,108         3,708         1,668         1,614   

Other

     2,909         2,626         1,583         1,428   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total taxes other than income

   $ 26,784       $ 21,509       $ 13,250       $ 12,016   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

Note 12 Segment Information

The Company has identified twelve operating segments and has one reportable segment named the “Regulated” segment. The reportable segment is comprised of ten operating segments for the Company’s water and wastewater regulated utility companies which are organized by the states where we provide these services. In addition, two segments are not quantitatively significant to be reportable and are comprised of the businesses that provide sludge hauling, septage and grease services, backflow prevention services, certain other non-regulated water and wastewater services, and non-utility raw water supply services for certain firms in the natural gas and oil drilling industry. These segments are included as a component of “Other” in the tables below. Also included in “Other” are corporate costs that have not been allocated to the Regulated segment and intersegment eliminations. The following table presents the Company’s segment information for its continuing operations:

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

     Three Months Ended      Three Months Ended  
     June 30, 2013      June 30, 2012  
     Regulated      Other     Consolidated      Regulated      Other     Consolidated  

Operating revenues

   $ 191,485       $ 4,170      $ 195,655       $ 186,968       $ 4,722      $ 191,690   

Operations and maintenance expense

     68,245         2,613        70,858         60,857         2,714        63,571   

Depreciation

     29,395         129        29,524         28,000         (261     27,739   

Operating income

     79,804         861        80,665         85,216         1,816        87,032   

Interest expense, net of AFUDC

     17,208         1,511        18,719         16,893         1,412        18,305   

Income tax expense (benefit)

     7,864         (729     7,135         27,411         (151     27,260   

Income (loss) from continuing operations

     54,762         (1,214     53,548         40,976         804        41,780   
     Six Months Ended      Six Months Ended  
     June 30, 2013      June 30, 2012  
     Regulated      Other     Consolidated      Regulated      Other     Consolidated  

Operating revenues

   $ 367,373       $ 8,317      $ 375,690       $ 347,173       $ 8,541      $ 355,714   

Operations and maintenance expense

     134,439         4,730        139,169         122,325         6,071        128,396   

Depreciation

     59,119         (336     58,783         55,008         (523     54,485   

Operating income

     145,654         2,572        148,226         146,968         1,903        148,871   

Interest expense, net of AFUDC

     34,296         3,146        37,442         33,486         2,736        36,222   

Income tax expense (benefit)

     15,283         (1,105     14,178         45,830         (1,095     44,735   

Income (loss) from continuing operations

     96,157         (1,378     94,779         67,902         767        68,669   

Capital expenditures

     134,471         409        134,880         168,925         378        169,303   

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

     June 30,      December 31,  
     2013      2012  

Total assets:

     

Regulated

   $ 4,713,838       $ 4,566,327   

Other and eliminations

     244,479         292,190   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Consolidated

   $ 4,958,317       $ 4,858,517   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

Note 13 Commitments and Contingencies 

The Company is routinely involved in various disputes, claims, lawsuits and other regulatory and legal matters, including both asserted and unasserted legal claims, in the ordinary course of business. The status of each such matter, referred to herein as a loss contingency, is reviewed and assessed in accordance with applicable accounting rules regarding the nature of the matter, the likelihood that a loss will be incurred, and the amounts involved. As of June 30, 2013, the aggregate amount of $12,930 is accrued for loss contingencies and is reported in the Company’s consolidated balance sheet as other accrued liabilities and other liabilities. These accruals represent management’s best estimate of probable loss (as defined in the accounting guidance) for loss contingencies or the low end of a range of losses if no single probable loss can be estimated. For some loss contingencies, the Company is unable to estimate the amount of the probable loss or range of probable losses. While the final outcome of these loss contingencies cannot be predicted with certainty, and unfavorable outcomes could negatively impact the Company, at this time in the opinion of management, the final resolution of these matters are not expected to have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial position, results of operations or cash flows. Further, the Company has insurance coverage for certain of these loss contingencies, and as of June 30, 2013, estimates that approximately $1,915 of the amount accrued for these matters are probable of recovery through insurance, which amount is also reported in the Company’s consolidated balance sheet as deferred charges and other assets, net.

In addition to the aforementioned loss contingencies, the Company self-insures its employee medical benefit program, and maintains stop-loss coverage to limit the exposure arising from these claims. The Company’s reserve for these claims totaled $1,771 at June 30, 2013 and represents a reserve for unpaid claim costs, including an estimate for the cost of incurred but not reported claims.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(UNAUDITED)

 

Note 14 Income Taxes

During the six months ended June 30, 2013, the Company’s Federal net operating loss carryforward (“NOL”) decreased by $17,176. In addition, during the six months ended June 30, 2013, the Company’s state NOL carryfoward increased by $11,275. As of June 30, 2013, the balance of the Company’s Federal NOL is $198,409. The Company believes its Federal NOL carryforward is more likely than not to be recovered and requires no valuation allowance. As of June 30, 2013, the balance of the Company’s state NOL is $386,573, a portion of which is offset by a valuation allowance of $7,818 because the Company does not believe the NOLs are more likely than not to be realized. The Company’s Federal and state NOL carryforwards begin to expire 2030 and 2021, respectively.

On June 7, 2012, the Company’s Pennsylvania operating subsidiary (“Aqua Pennsylvania”) reached a settlement agreement in its rate filing with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which in addition to a water rate increase, provided for the flow-through accounting treatment of certain income tax benefits should Aqua Pennsylvania change its tax accounting method to permit the expensing of certain utility asset improvement costs that have historically been capitalized and depreciated for book and tax purposes (the “Repair Change”). In December 2012, Aqua Pennsylvania implemented the Repair Change, and recognized a tax deduction for 2012 infrastructure investments that were formerly capitalized for tax purposes, and the impact was recorded in the fourth quarter of 2012. In addition, the income tax benefits for qualifying capital expenditures made prior to 2012 (“catch-up adjustment”) have been deferred as of December 31, 2012 and, based on the settlement agreement, a ten-year amortization of the income tax benefits began in the first quarter of 2013. In accordance with the settlement agreement, the amortization is expected to reduce income tax expense during periods when certain qualifying parameters are met. As a result of the adoption of the Repair Change, prior to the receipt of Aqua Pennsylvania’s next rate order, the Repair Change results in a substantial reduction in income tax expense and greater net income and cash flows. The Company’s effective income tax rate for the first six months of 2013 and 2012, for its continuing operations, was 13.0% and 39.4%, respectively, and for the second quarter of 2013 and 2012, for its continuing operations, was 11.8% and 39.5%, respectively.

In April 2013, the Internal Revenue Service completed its examination of tax years 2010 and 2011. The statute of limitations for these tax years remains open until 2014 and 2015, respectively.

 

Note 15 Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In February 2013, the FASB issued updated accounting guidance to improve the reporting of reclassifications out of accumulated other comprehensive income (“AOCI”). The update requires an entity to present information about the amounts reclassified from AOCI in their financial statements in either a single note or parenthetically on the face of the financial statements. The updated guidance is effective prospectively for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2012. The Company adopted the provisions of the updated guidance for its quarterly reporting period beginning January 1, 2013, and the adoption of the revised guidance did not have an impact on the Company’s consolidated results of operations or consolidated financial position.

 

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MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF

FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

 

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Forward-looking Statements

This Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and other sections of this Quarterly Report contain, in addition to historical information, forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements address, among other things: our belief in our ability to renew our short-term lines of credit; the impact and the actions we may need to take if we are unable to obtain sufficient capital; the projected impact of various legal proceedings; the projected effects of recent accounting pronouncements; prospects, plans, objectives, expectations and beliefs of management, as well as information contained in this report where statements are preceded by, followed by or include the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “future,” “potential,” “probably,” “predictions,”“intends,” “will,” “continue” or the negative of such terms or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions concerning future events, and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: the effects of regulation, abnormal weather, changes in capital requirements and funding, acquisitions, changes to the capital markets, and our ability to assimilate acquired operations, as well as those risks, uncertainties and other factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and elsewhere in such report. As a result, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

General Information

Nature of Operations—Aqua America, Inc. (“we” or “us”), a Pennsylvania corporation, is the holding company for regulated utilities providing water or wastewater services to what we estimate to be almost three million people in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, Florida, Indiana, Virginia, and Georgia. Our largest operating subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., provides water or wastewater services to approximately one-half of the total number of people we serve, who are located in the suburban areas in counties north and west of the City of Philadelphia and in 26 other counties in Pennsylvania. Our other subsidiaries provide similar services in nine other states.

In addition, we provide water and wastewater service through operating and maintenance contracts with municipal authorities and other parties close to our utility companies’ service territories, as well as sludge hauling, septage and grease services, backflow prevention services, certain other non-regulated water and wastewater services, and non-utility raw water supply services for certain firms in the natural gas and oil drilling industry.

 

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MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF

FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

 

In July 2011, we entered into a definitive agreement to sell our operations in Maine, which served approximately 16,000 customers. The sale of our utility in Maine closed in January 2012, concluding our regulated operations in Maine. Also, in July 2011, we entered into a definitive agreement to purchase all of American Water Works Company, Inc.’s regulated operations in Ohio (the “Ohio acquisition”), which served approximately 59,000 customers, and to simultaneously sell our regulated water and wastewater operations in New York, which served approximately 51,000 customers. In May 2012, we completed this transaction, concluding our regulated operations in New York. The Ohio acquisition was initially financed by short-term debt. The proceeds from the dispositions of our operations in New York and Maine were used to paydown a portion of our short-term debt and other general corporate purposes. In September 2012, we began to market for sale our water and wastewater operations in Florida, which serves approximately 38,000 customers, and our waste water treatment facility in Georgia. In March and April 2013, we completed the sale of certain of our water and wastewater utility systems in Florida totaling approximately 67% of our customers served in Florida, and in June 2013, we entered into a definitive agreement to sell our remaining Florida water and wastewater systems in Sarasota, Florida to Sarasota County. In July 2013, we received a threat of a legal challenge to this transaction that may delay or ultimately terminate this transaction, however, we still believe that the sale of our Sarasota, Florida operation is probable, and that we will be able to complete the sale of these assets by either the fourth quarter of 2013 or the first quarter of 2014, which will conclude the Company’s operations in Florida. We have accounted for the sale of our water and wastewater operations in New York, Maine, and Florida and planned disposition of our wastewater operation in Georgia as discontinued operations.

In January 2008, we reached a settlement agreement with the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana, (the “City”) to transition the northern portion of the utility system of one of the Company’s operating subsidiaries in Indiana (the “Northern Assets”), upon receipt of the City’s initial valuation payment of $16,911. The settlement agreement specifically stated that the final valuation of the Northern Assets will be determined through a continuation of the legal proceedings that were filed challenging the City’s valuation. In February 2008, we turned over the Northern Assets to the City upon receipt of the initial valuation payment. The proceeds received by the Company are in excess of the book value of the assets relinquished. No gain has been recognized due to the contingency over the final valuation of the assets. In December 2012, the Fort Wayne City Council considered an ordinance that sought to declare it a “public convenience and necessity” to acquire certain of our water utility assets located in the southwest section of the City and in Allen County (the “Southern Assets”), and if negotiations with Fort Wayne officials were to fail, to condemn the Southern Assets. In July 2013, we signed a letter of intent with the City, which among other items, addresses many of the terms by which the City will purchase our Southern Assets, will resolve the litigation between us and the City with respect to the valuation of the former Northern Assets, and will establish the terms by which our Indiana operating subsidiary will treat wastewater sent to it by the City. The letter of intent states that the City agrees to pay us $50,100 in addition to the $16,911 paid to us by the City in 2008 as an initial valuation payment for the Northern Assets (for a total payment of $67,011). The letter of intent is conditioned on our Board of Directors and City Council approving the final terms of the possible transaction, and the Company and the City entering into several definitive agreements that cover the subject matter of the letter of intent.

 

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MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF

FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

 

Further, the completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory requirements and approval. If this transaction is consummated, the Company will expand its sewer customer base in the City. The completion of the transaction is not expected to close until 2014. We continue to evaluate our legal and operational options on an ongoing basis.

Aqua America, Inc., which prior to its name change in 2004 was known as Philadelphia Suburban Corporation, was formed in 1968 as a holding company for its primary subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., formerly known as Philadelphia Suburban Water Company. Since the early 1990s, we have embarked on a growth-through-acquisition strategy focused on water and wastewater operations. Our most significant transactions to date have been the merger with Consumers Water Company in 1999, the acquisition of the regulated water and wastewater operations of AquaSource, Inc. in 2003, the acquisition of Heater Utilities, Inc. in 2004, and the acquisition of American Water Works Company, Inc.’s regulated operations in Ohio in 2012. Since the early 1990s, our business strategy has been primarily directed toward the regulated water and wastewater utility industry and has extended our regulated operations from southeastern Pennsylvania to include operations in nine other states.

Beginning in 2010, and continuing into 2013, we pursued a portfolio rationalization strategy to focus our operations in areas where we have critical mass and economic growth potential and to divest operations where limited customer growth opportunities exist, or where we are unable to achieve favorable operating results or a return on equity that we consider acceptable. In 2012, we sold our operations in Maine and New York, in 2011 we sold our operations in Missouri, and in 2010 we sold our operations in South Carolina. In connection with the sale of our New York and Missouri operations, we acquired additional utility systems (and customers) in Ohio and Texas, two of the larger states in Aqua America’s portfolio. Initiated in 2012, we began to market for sale our Florida utility operations and we believe, subject to certain contingencies, adjustments, and a legal challenge, the sale of our remaining operations in Florida will conclude in either the fourth quarter of 2013 or first quarter of 2014.

In 2011, one of our subsidiaries entered into a joint venture with a firm that operates natural gas pipelines and processing plants for the construction and operation of a private pipeline system to supply non-utility raw water to certain natural gas well drilling operations in Pennsylvania. The operation of the private pipeline system commenced in the second quarter of 2012 and marks an expansion of our growth venture in serving the raw water needs of firms in the natural gas and oil drilling industry.

 

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MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF

FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

 

Financial Condition

During the first six months of 2013, we had $134,880 of capital expenditures, issued $172,069 of long-term debt, and repaid debt and made sinking fund contributions and other loan repayments of $226,914. The capital expenditures were related to improvements to treatment plants, new and rehabilitated water mains, tanks, hydrants, and service lines, well and booster improvements, and other enhancements and improvements. The issuance of $172,069 of long-term debt was comprised principally of the funds borrowed under our revolving credit facility of $87,000 and the issuance of $85,000 of first mortgage bonds.

At June 30, 2013 we had $4,272 of cash and cash equivalents compared to $5,521 at December 31, 2012. During the first six months of 2013, we used the proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt, internally generated funds, the sale of certain water and wastewater utility systems, the sale of other assets, and the sale or issuance of common stock through our equity compensation plan and dividend reinvestment plan, to fund the cash requirements discussed above and to pay dividends.

At June 30, 2013, our $150,000 unsecured revolving credit facility, which expires in March 2017, had $125,040 available for borrowing. At June 30, 2013, we had short-term lines of credit of $160,500, of which $48,413 was available for borrowing. One of our short-term lines of credit is an Aqua Pennsylvania $100,000 364-day unsecured revolving credit facility with three banks, which is used to provide working capital, and as of June 30, 2013, $4,994 was available for borrowing.

Our short-term lines of credit of $160,500 are subject to renewal on an annual basis. Although we believe we will be able to renew these facilities, there is no assurance that they will be renewed, or what the terms of any such renewal will be. The United States credit and liquidity crisis that occurred in 2008 and 2009 caused substantial volatility in capital markets, including credit markets and the banking industry, generally reduced the availability of credit from financing sources, and could reoccur in the future. If in the future, our credit facilities are not renewed or our short-term borrowings are called for repayment, we would have to seek alternative financing sources; however, there can be no assurance that these alternative financing sources would be available on terms acceptable to us. In the event we are not able to obtain sufficient capital, we may need to reduce our capital expenditures and our ability to pursue acquisitions that we may rely on for future growth could be impaired.

The Company’s consolidated balance sheet historically has had a negative working capital position whereby routinely our current liabilities exceed our current assets. Management believes that internally generated funds along with existing credit facilities and the proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt and common stock will be adequate to provide sufficient working capital to maintain normal operations and to meet our financing requirements for at least the next twelve months.

 

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MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF

FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

 

On June 7, 2012, the Company’s Pennsylvania operating subsidiary (“Aqua Pennsylvania”) reached a settlement agreement in its rate filing with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which in addition to a water rate increase, provided for the flow-through accounting treatment of certain income tax benefits upon Aqua Pennsylvania changing its tax accounting method to permit the expensing of certain utility asset improvement costs that have historically been capitalized and depreciated for book and tax purposes (the “Repair Change”). In December 2012, Aqua Pennsylvania implemented the Repair Change. As a result of the adoption of the Repair Change, prior to the receipt of Aqua Pennsylvania’s next rate order, the Repair Change results in a substantial reduction in income tax expense and greater net income and cash flow, and as a result will allow the Company to suspend any Distribution System Improvement Charges (“DSIC”) in 2013 and lengthen the amount of time until the next Aqua Pennsylvania rate case is filed.

In May 2013, the Board of Directors of the Company approved an approximately 9% increase to the Company’s quarterly cash dividend effective with the September 1, 2013 dividend payment. The Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.190 per share for the September 1, 2013 dividend, up from $0.175 per share as compared to the Company’s dividend paid on June 1, 2013. In addition, the Board of Directors approved a five-for-four stock split to be effected in the form of a 25% stock distribution effective September 1, 2013 to shareholders of record on August 16, 2013. Aqua America’s par value of $0.50 per share will not change as a result of the common stock distribution, and as a result, on the distribution date an amount will be transferred from capital in excess of par value to common stock to record the stock split.

Results of Operations

Analysis of First Six Months of 2013 Compared to First Six Months of 2012

Unless specifically noted, the following discussion of the Company’s results of operations for the first six months of 2013 refers to the Company’s results of operations from continuing operations.

Revenues increased $19,976 or 5.6% primarily due to additional revenues associated with increased water and wastewater rates of $24,161 and additional water and wastewater revenues of $13,802 associated with a larger customer base due to acquisitions, offset by a decrease in infrastructure rehabilitation surcharges of $11,211, and a decrease in customer water consumption largely due to unfavorable weather conditions in many of our service territories during the second quarter of 2013. The decrease in infrastructure rehabilitation surcharges results from the January 1, 2013 suspension of Aqua Pennsylvania’s DSIC as a result of the implementation of the Repair Change.

 

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FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

 

Operations and maintenance expenses increased by $10,773 or 8.4% primarily due to operating costs associated with acquired utility systems and other growth ventures of $7,437 and the effect of the recognition in the second quarter of 2012 of a regulatory asset resulting from a completed rate case which when compared to the first six months of 2013 resulted in an increase to operations and maintenance expense by $3,356, offset by the June 2013 gain on the sale of a utility system of $1,025.

Depreciation expense increased $4,298 or 7.9% due to the utility plant placed in service since June 30, 2012, and the utility plant added due to our acquisition in Ohio in May of 2012.

Amortization increased $275 primarily due to the amortization of costs associated with, and other costs being recovered in, various rate filings.

Taxes other than income taxes increased by $5,275 or 24.5% primarily due to an increase in property taxes of $3,566 associated with our acquisition in Ohio and the effect of a favorable adjustment recorded in the first quarter of 2012 related to gross receipts, excise and franchise taxes for one of our operating subsidiaries of $824 which had the effect of increasing the first six months of 2013’s taxes other than income taxes.

Allowance for funds used during construction (“AFUDC”) decreased by $1,523 primarily due to a decrease in the average balance of proceeds held from tax-exempt bond issuances that are restricted to funding certain capital projects.

(Loss) gain on sale of other assets totaled $(17) during the first six months of 2013 and $506 during the first six months of 2012. The decrease of $523 is principally due to the timing of sales of an equity investment, land and other property.

Equity loss in joint venture totaled $1,810 during the first six months of 2013, and reflects a decline in water sales, due to sluggish well drilling activity, in connection with serving the raw water needs of certain firms in the natural gas and oil drilling industry.

Our effective income tax rate was 13.0% during the first six months of 2013 and 39.4% during the first six months of 2012. The effective income tax rate decreased due to Aqua Pennsylvania’s adoption in December 2012 of the Repair Change. The Repair Change reduced the Company’s income tax expense for the first six months of 2013 due to the flow-through treatment afforded by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s June 2012 rate order, thereby increasing net income. There was no corresponding Repair Change tax deduction in the first half of 2012, as the adoption of the Repair Change began in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Income from continuing operations increased by $26,110 or 38.0%, in comparison to the same period in 2012 primarily as a result of the factors described above. On a diluted per share basis, income from continuing operations increased $0.18 reflecting the change in income from continuing operations and a 1.2% increase in the average number of common shares outstanding.

 

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AQUA AMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF

FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

 

Income from discontinued operations decreased by $5,308 or $0.04 per diluted share, in comparison to the same period in 2012 primarily as a result of the effect of the prior year recognition of the gain on sale of our Maine operating subsidiary net of income taxes of $10,821, offset by the net gain on sale recognized on the sales of our Florida operations in 2013, net of income taxes, of $3,555 and the effect of the prior recognition of charges incurred from the disposal of our New York subsidiary of $2,069.

Net income attributable to common shareholders increased by $20,802 or 26.2%, in comparison to the same period in 2012 primarily as a result of the factors described above. On a diluted per share basis, earnings increased $0.14 reflecting the change in net income attributable to common shareholders and a 1.2% increase in the average number of common shares outstanding. The increase in the number of shares outstanding is primarily a result of the additional shares sold or issued through our equity compensation plan and dividend reinvestment plan.

Analysis of Second Quarter of 2013 Compared to Second Quarter of 2012

Unless specifically noted, the following discussion of the Company’s results of operations for the second quarter of 2013 refers to the Company’s results of operations from continuing operations.

Revenues increased $3,965 or 2.1% primarily due to additional revenues associated with increased water and wastewater rates of $10,955 and additional water and wastewater revenues of $3,689 associated with a larger customer base due to acquisitions, offset by a decrease in customer water consumption largely due to unfavorable weather conditions in many of our service territories during the second quarter of 2013 and a decrease in infrastructure rehabilitation surcharges of $4,971. The decrease in infrastructure rehabilitation surcharges results from the January 1, 2013 suspension of Aqua Pennsylvania’s DSIC as a result of the implementation of the Repair Change.

Operations and maintenance expenses increased by $7,287 or 11.5% primarily due to the effect of the recognition in the second quarter of 2012 of a regulatory asset resulting from a completed rate case which when compared to the second quarter of 2013 resulted in an increase to operations and maintenance expense by $3,356, operating costs associated with acquired utility systems and other growth ventures of $2,047, and normal increases in other operating costs, offset by the June 2013 gain on the sale of a utility system of $1,025.

Depreciation expense increased $1,785 or 6.4% due to the utility plant placed in service since June 30, 2012, and the utility plant added due to our acquisition in Ohio in May 2012.

Taxes other than income taxes increased by $1,234 or 10.3% primarily due to an increase in property taxes of $1,074 associated with our acquisition in Ohio.

 

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AQUA AMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF

FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (continued)

(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

 

AFUDC decreased by $745 primarily due to a decrease in the average balance of proceeds held from tax-exempt bond issuances that are restricted to funding certain capital projects.

Equity loss in joint venture totaled $1,154 during the second quarter of 2013, and reflects a decline in water sales, due to sluggish well drilling activity, in connection with serving the raw water needs of certain firms in the natural gas and oil drilling industry.

Our effective income tax rate was 11.8% in the second quarter of 2013 and 39.5% in the second quarter of 2012. The effective income tax rate decreased due to Aqua Pennsylvania’s adoption in December 2012 of the Repair Change. The Repair Change reduced the Company’s second quarter 2013 income tax expense due to the flow-through treatment afforded by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s June 2012 rate order, thereby increasing net income. There was no corresponding Repair Change tax deduction in the second quarter of 2012, as the adoption of the Repair Change began in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Income from continuing operations increased by $11,768 or 28.2%, in comparison to the same period in 2012 primarily as a result of the factors described above. On a diluted per share basis, income from continuing operations increased $0.08, reflecting the change in income from continuing operations and a 1.3% increase in the average number of common shares outstanding. The increase in the number of shares outstanding is primarily a result of the additional shares sold or issued through our equity compensation plan and our dividend reinvestment plan.

Income from discontinued operations increased by $373 in comparison to the same period in 2012 primarily as a result of the effect of charges incurred from the disposal of our New York subsidiary of $1,874 in the second quarter of 2012, offset by the second quarter of 2013 loss on sale recognized for the sale of one of our Florida operations net of income taxes of $638.

Net income attributable to common shareholders increased by $12,141 or 29.3%, in comparison to the same period in 2012 primarily as a result of the factors described above. On a diluted per share basis, earnings increased $0.08 reflecting the change in net income attributable to common shareholders and a 1.3% increase in the average number of common shares outstanding. The increase in the number of shares outstanding is primarily a result of the additional shares sold or issued through our equity compensation plan and dividend reinvestment plan.

Impact of Recent Accounting Pronouncements

We describe the impact of recent accounting pronouncements in Note 15, Recent Accounting Pronouncements, of the consolidated financial statements.

 

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Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

We are subject to market risks in the normal course of business, including changes in interest rates and equity prices. There have been no significant changes in our exposure to market risks since December 31, 2012. Refer to Item 7A of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 for additional information.

 

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

(a) Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

Our management, with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, evaluated the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based on that evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report are effective such that the information required to be disclosed by us in reports filed under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is (i) recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms and (ii) accumulated and communicated to our management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding disclosure.

(b) Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

No change in our internal control over financial reporting occurred during our most recent fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

Part II. Oth er Information

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

There are various legal proceedings in which we are involved. Although the results of legal proceedings cannot be predicted with certainty, there are no pending legal proceedings, other than as set forth below, to which we or any of our subsidiaries is a party or to which any of our properties is the subject that we believe are material or are expected to have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows. Dollar amounts disclosed is this section, Item 1. Legal Proceedings are presented in whole dollars, not thousands of dollars.

 

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The City of Fort Wayne, Indiana (the “City”) authorized the acquisition by eminent domain of the northern portion of the utility system of one of the Company’s operating subsidiaries in Indiana (the “Northern Assets”). In January 2008, we reached a settlement with the City to transition the Northern Assets in February 2008 upon receipt of the City’s initial valuation payment of $16,910,500. The settlement agreement specifically stated that the final valuation of the Northern Assets will be determined through a continuation of the legal proceedings that were filed challenging the City’s valuation. On February 12, 2008, we turned over the Northern Assets to the City upon receipt of the initial valuation payment. The proceeds received by the Company are in excess of the book value of the assets relinquished. No gain has been recognized due to the contingency over the final valuation of the assets. The net book value of the Northern Assets has been removed from the consolidated balance sheet and the difference between the net book value and the initial payment received has been deferred and is recorded in other accrued liabilities on the Company’s consolidated balance sheet. Once the contingency is resolved and the asset valuation is finalized, through the finalization of the litigation between the Company and the City of Fort Wayne, the amounts deferred will be recognized in the Company’s consolidated income statement. On March 16, 2009, oral argument was held before the Allen County Circuit Court on certain procedural aspects with respect to the valuation evidence that may be presented and whether we are entitled to a jury trial. On October 12, 2010, the Wells County Indiana Circuit Court ruled that the Company is not entitled to a jury trial, and that the Wells County judge should review the City of Fort Wayne Board of Public Works’ assessment based upon a “capricious, arbitrary or an abuse of discretion” standard. The Company appealed the Wells County Indiana Circuit Court’s decision to the Indiana Court of Appeals. On January 13, 2012, the Indiana Court of Appeals reached a decision upholding the Wells County Indiana Circuit Court decision. On February 10, 2012, the Company filed a petition for transfer requesting that the Indiana Supreme Court review the matter. On April 11, 2013, the Supreme Court of Indiana ruled that the statute at issue gives the Company the right to a full evidentiary hearing before a jury regarding the value of the assets and remanded the case to the trial court for a proceeding consistent with that ruling. The Company continues to evaluate its legal options with respect to this decision. Depending upon the outcome of all of the legal proceedings, including the planned transaction below, which would resolve this litigation, the Company may be required to refund a portion of the initial valuation payment, or may receive additional proceeds.

In addition, in December 2012, the Fort Wayne City Council considered an ordinance that sought to declare it a “public convenience and necessity” to acquire certain of the Company’s water utility system assets located in the southwest section of the City and in Allen County (the “Southern Assets”) and, if negotiations with Fort Wayne officials were to fail, to condemn the Southern Assets. The first public hearing on the ordinance was held on January 22, 2013 and a subsequent hearing scheduled for February 5, 2013 was not held due to ongoing settlement discussions between the parties. On July 2, 2013, the Company’s operating subsidiary and the City signed a letter of intent, which among other items, addresses many of the terms by which the City will purchase the Company’s Southern Assets, which will resolve the litigation between the Company and the City with respect to the Northern Assets, and will establish the terms by which the Company will treat wastewater sent to it by the City.

 

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The letter of intent states that the City agrees to pay the Company $50,100,000 in addition to the $16,910,500 paid to the Company by the City in 2008 as an initial valuation payment for the Northern Assets (for a total cost of $67,010,500). The letter of intent is conditioned on the Company’s Board of Directors and City Council approving the final terms of the possible transaction, and the Company and the City entering into several definitive agreements that cover the subject matter of the letter of intent. Further, the completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory requirements and approval. If this transaction is consummated, the Company will expand its sewer customer based in the City. The completion of the transaction is not expected to close until 2014. The Company continues to evaluate its legal and operational options on an ongoing basis.

An appeal of a jury verdict for one of the Company’s subsidiaries, Aqua Utilities Florida, Inc., by a husband and wife who lived in a house abutting a percolation pond at a wastewater treatment plant owned by the Company’s subsidiary in Pasco County, Florida was voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiffs in 2011. The lawsuit was originally filed in August 2006 in the circuit court for the Sixth Judicial Circuit in and for Pasco County, Florida and has been amended several times by the plaintiffs. The lawsuit alleged our subsidiary was negligent in the design, operation and maintenance of the plant, resulting in bodily injury to the plaintiffs and various damages to their property. Subsequent amendments to the complaint included additional counts alleging trespass, nuisance, and strict liability. A trial of this matter during January 2011 resulted in a judicial dismissal of the count for strict liability and jury verdicts in favor of the Company on the remaining counts. On June 16, 2011, the plaintiffs agreed to dismiss their appeals and to release all claims against our subsidiary and the Company, which resulted in the conclusion of the original plaintiffs’ litigation against our subsidiary. In the third quarter of 2008, thirty-six additional plaintiffs, associated with approximately eight other homes in the area, filed a second lawsuit with the same court and represented by the same attorneys making similar allegations against our subsidiary with respect to the operation of the facility. The court has severed the litigation so that the plaintiffs will be grouped by the houses in which they lived and a separate trial will be held for each of the households. Some of these plaintiffs testified in the trial of the original lawsuit in which all allegations were resolved in the Company’s favor. The claims from the first of these households were expected to go to trial in May 2013. However, the parties are in the process of implementing a confidential comprehensive agreement to settle the claims of all thirty-six plaintiffs. The settlement is dependent upon all plaintiffs signing releases, which has not yet occurred. The settlement is covered by the Company’s insurance coverage. At this time, the Company’s reserves are adequate and the Company believes that the estimated amount of any potential loss would not be material to the Company’s consolidated results of operations or consolidated financial condition.

 

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One of the Company’s subsidiaries, South Haven Sewer Works, acquired in 2008 has been operating under a Consent Decree with the EPA and the United States Department of Justice entered into in 2003 while under ownership of a previous owner. Although substantial improvements to the system have been made to significantly reduce the number of sanitary sewer overflows at the sewer system since the Company’s acquisition of the subsidiary, the EPA and Department of Justice proposed revisions to the Consent Decree to address purported sanitary sewer overflow violations since the date of the original Consent Decree. On April 15, 2013, the Company’s subsidiary and the EPA and Department of Justice submitted a proposed modification of the Consent Decree for approval by the Northern District of Indiana US District Court. The Court entered the modification on April 25, 2013. The modification includes the provision of operational compliance and implementation of a Capacity, Management, Operations, and Maintenance program for one year and a civil penalty in the amount of $254,250. The Company had withheld payment of a certain amount of shares payable to the sellers as a contingent indemnification offset related to the proceedings. Pursuant to further agreement with the sellers, the Company retained a portion of those shares in an amount covering the stipulated penalty amounts and anticipated attendant costs, and released a certain number of shares to the sellers. The Company intends to release a final designated amount of shares to the seller that were withheld to cover contingent increases prior to entry of the final modification in the absence of such contingent increases.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors

There have been no material changes to the risks disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 (“Form 10-K”) under “Part 1, Item 1A – Risk Factors.”

 

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Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds 

The following table summarizes Aqua America’s purchases of its common stock for the quarter ended June 30, 2013:

 

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

 

Period

   Total
Number of
Shares
Purchased (1)
     Average
Price Paid
per Share
     Total
Number of
Shares
Purchased
as Part of
Publicly
Announced
Plans or
Programs
     Maximum
Number of
Shares that
May Yet be
Purchased
Under the
Plan or
Programs (2)
 

April 1 - 30, 2013

     —         $ —           —           548,278   

May 1 - 31, 2013

     15,651       $ 31.73         —           548,278   

June 1 - 30, 2013

     305,188       $ 31.36         —           548,278   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

     320,839       $ 31.38         —           548,278   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) These amounts consist of shares we purchased from employees who elected to pay the exercise price of their stock options (and then hold shares of the stock) upon exercise by delivering to us (and, thus, selling) shares of Aqua America common stock in accordance with the terms of our equity compensation plans that were previously approved by our shareholders and disclosed in our proxy statements. This feature of our equity compensation plan is available to all employees who receive stock-based compensation under the plans. We purchased these shares at their fair market value, as determined by reference to the closing price of our common stock on the day of vesting of the restricted stock awards or on the day prior to the option exercise.
(2) On August 5, 1997, our Board of Directors authorized a common stock repurchase program that was publicly announced on August 7, 1997, for up to 1,007,351 shares. No repurchases have been made under this program since 2000. The program has no fixed expiration date. The number of shares authorized for purchase was adjusted as a result of the stock splits affected in the form of stock distributions since the authorization date.

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

Not applicable

 

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Item 6. Exhibits

The information required by this Item is set forth in the Exhibit Index hereto which is incorporated herein by reference.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be executed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

August 7, 2013

 

        Aqua America, Inc.

                             Registrant

        Nicholas DeBenedictis

            Nicholas DeBenedictis
            Chairman, President and
            Chief Executive Officer

        David P. Smeltzer

            David P. Smeltzer

            Executive Vice President and

            Chief Financial Officer

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit No.

  

Description

31.1    Certification of Chief Executive Officer, pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934.
31.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer, pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934.
32.1    Certification of Chief Executive Officer, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350.
32.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350.
101.INS    XBRL Instance Document
101.SCH    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101.CAL    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101.DEF    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
101.LAB    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
101.PRES    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

 

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