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Jutia Group  Apr 27  Comment 
[Business Wire] - 3M Critical and Chronic Care Solutions today announces the launch of its new 3M™ Tegaderm™ CHG Chlorhexidine Gluconate I.V. Port Dressing, designed for patients with implanted port devices under their skin and connected to a...
DailyFinance  Mar 4  Comment 
CH Energy Group, Inc. (CH Energy Group), indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS), announced today it has completed the sale of subsidiary Griffith Energy Services, Inc. (Griffith) to Star Gas Partners, L.P....
DailyFinance  Feb 28  Comment 
SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwired - February 28, 2014) - CHG Healthcare Services companies are winners of Inavero's 2014 Best of Staffing® Talent Award. CompHealth, Foundation Medical Staffing, RNnetwork, and Weatherby Healthcare each...
DailyFinance  Jan 16  Comment 
SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwired - January 16, 2014) - CHG Healthcare Services is one of the top employers in America, according to FORTUNE magazine's 2014 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. CHG ranks number 16, marking the...
Reuters  Jun 13  Comment 
New York utility regulators on Thursday approved Canadian power company Fortis Inc's $1.5 billion purchase of CH Energy Group Inc, the parent of New York power company Central...
Benzinga  May 30  Comment 
Fortis Inc. ("Fortis" or the "Corporation") (TSX:FTS) and CH Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: CHG), parent company of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, today filed a letter with the New York State Public Service Commission offering additional...
Forbes  Mar 28  Comment 
CH Energy Group Incorporated (CHG) maintained its quarterly dividend of 55.5 cents per share. The dividend is payable May 1, 2013, to holders of record on April 10, 2013.
Benzinga  Feb 15  Comment 
CH Energy's (NYSE: CHG) Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation has called for the redemption of its two outstanding series of preferred stock to occur on March 21, 2013. Registered holders of 4 1/2% Cumulative Preferred Stock (4.50...
Forbes  Jan 4  Comment 
Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 1/8/13, CH Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: CHG) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.555, payable on 2/1/13. As a percentage of CHG's recent stock price of $65.26,...
Benzinga  Dec 14  Comment 
Below are the top diversified utilities stocks on the NYSE in terms of earnings estimate for the next quarter. UGI (NYSE: UGI) is estimated to post earnings of $1.51 per share in the March quarter is. UGI's trailing-twelve-month revenue is...




 
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CH Energy Group (NYSE: CHG) is an investor-owned holding corporation that owns two subsidiaries, Central Hudson and CHEC. The company makes money by providing electric and gas power to New York State. The company serves a territory extending about 85 miles along the Hudson River and about 25 to 40 miles east and west of the Hudson River.[1] Because the Mid-Atlantic region of the US experiences seasonal fluctuations in temperature, the end uses of space heating and air conditioning directly affects the sales volumes CH Energy may participate in.

Business Growth

CH Energy Group derives the majority of its revenues, roughly 90%, from Central Hudson. However, besides electricity generation in New York State, CH Energy's CHEC subsidiary participates in cogeneration, wind generation, biomass energy projects, landfill gas projects and alternate fuel and energy production projects in New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and a corn-ethanol plant in Nebraska.[2] As a result, the company is still heavily tied to the Mid-Atlantic population for utilities generation.

While other companies such as UniSource Energy (UNS) have started to diversify their power plant offerings into Renewable Energy, CH Energy has started to divest some of their alternative energy holdings.[3] For example, Duke Energy Corporation (DUK) has recently in May 2011 agreed to purchase the eight-turbine wind farm 30 miles south-east of Green Bay from CHG.[4] Instead though, the company is focusing on managing its existing clients' efficiency. The town of Red Hook, the village of Red Hook and the village of Tivoli for example are working together to launch a pilot project to help residents and small business owners better manage their energy use and to reduce electric usage during periods of peak demand, a win-win for both parties.[5]

As for the company's top line, revenues have been increasing by 4.4% in FY2010, after decreasing roughly 18.2% in FY2009. With gross profit margins still holding at around 40%-50% though, it is apparent that the company has been able to control its costs in lieu of declining business from a weakened economy.[6]

Trends and Forces

Storms and Other Catastrophic Events Stunt CHG's Operations

The Mid-Atlantic region is often wrought with catastrophic risk from hurricane damage. Failure of critical equipment from such events will halt service to CHG's customers, which in turn lead to directly lowered sales volumes. Furthermore, the infrastructure that receives damage from catastrophic risk would lead to disruptions, which if not resolved in a timely manner or is not alleviated through insurance policies will lead to severely reduced cash flows, thereby hurting the company's ability to pay back its debt.

Gas and Electricity Segments Smooth CHG's Income

A coastal region like the Mid-Atlantic brings humid summers and snowy winters. As such, air conditioning is heavily used in the summer time (requiring electricity), and heating is heavily used in the winter (requiring natural gas). Because CHG is heavily invested in both natural gas and electricity, the combination of two operating segments tend to smooth out earnings better than companies that focus solely on one or the other. Regardless, both sources are heavily dependent upon several key inputs such as Natural Gas, Coal and Oil. The price at which CHG may acquire these inputs determine how much the company may charge to its customers.

Competition

To date, the primary source of competition is solar net metered systems, which are currently capped at 12 MW.[7] Central Hudson is authorized by the PSC to defer lost revenues attributable to photovoltaic net metering, so solar energy continues to be its greatest threat.

  • First Solar (FSLR) is engaged in the manufacture and sale of solar modules with an advanced thin film semiconductor technology, and it designs, constructs and sells photovoltaic (PV) solar power systems.[8]
  • SunPower (SPWRA) is a vertically integrated solar products and services company that designs, manufactures and delivers solar electric systems worldwide for residential, commercial and utility-scale power plant customers.[9]




References

  1. CHG Form 10-K FY2010, Pg 3
  2. CHG Form 10-K FY2010, Pg 5
  3. CH Energy Group sells off subsidiary
  4. Duke Energy to buy 20MW wind farm
  5. Central Hudson to launch energy saving pilot project in Red Hook
  6. CHG, EDE, UTL: Long and Short Ideas in Electric Utilities
  7. CHG Form 10-K FY2010, Pg 11
  8. FSLR Business Description
  9. SPWRA Business Description
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