ROANOKE, Va. (May 5, 2022)–RGC Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: RGCO) announced consolidated Company net loss of $24,494,429 or $2.89 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2022. The net loss reflects an after-tax impairment charge of approximately $29,600,000 related to RGC Midstream, LLC’s investment in the Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC. Underlying net income, a non-GAAP measure that excludes the impairment, was $5,077,546 or $0.60 per share, which compares to consolidated earnings of $4,767,478 or $0.58 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2021. CEO Paul Nester stated, “The 6.5% underlying net income growth in the second quarter was driven by the strength of our core Roanoke Gas utility business. Operating income improved 5% in the quarter due to investment in infrastructure replacement programs, customer growth, and a large customer that has significantly increased their natural gas usage.”
Net loss for the twelve months ending March 31, 2022 was $20,298,579 or $2.42 per share. Underlying net income for the same period was $9,273,396 or $1.11 compared to $10,368,023 or $1.27 per share for the twelve months ended March 31, 2021. The decline in underlying net income is due to the $3.5 million non-cash MVP AFUDC decline, net of a 14% increase in operating income. Nester attributed the operating income growth to strong utility margins. “The utility margin increase was favorably impacted by infrastructure replacement revenue, weather adjusted revenues and customer growth.”
RGC Resources, Inc. provides energy and related products and services to customers in Virginia through its operating subsidiaries Roanoke Gas Company and RGC Midstream, LLC.
Utility margins is a non-GAAP measure defined as utility revenues less cost of gas. Underlying net income removes the effect of the after-tax impairment charge from the results of operations to enhance the comparability of financial results between periods. Management considers these non-GAAP measures to provide useful information to both management and investors for purpose of such comparability and in evaluating operating performance, but they should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results.
Net income and underlying net income for the three months ended March 31, 2022 is not indicative of the results to be expected for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022 as quarterly earnings are affected by the highly seasonal nature of the business and weather conditions generally result in greater earnings during the winter months.
The statements in this release that are not historical facts constitute “forward-looking statements” made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties. In order to comply with the terms of the safe harbor, the Company notes that a variety of factors could cause the Company’s actual results and experience to differ materially from any expectations expressed in the Company’s forward-looking statements, including regarding customer growth, infrastructure investment and margins. These risks and uncertainties include gas prices and supply, geopolitical considerations and regulatory and legal challenges and those set forth in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2022. Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectations only as of the date they are made. The Company assumes no duty to update these statements should expectations change or actual results differ from current expectations except as required by applicable laws and regulations.
Past performance is not necessarily a predictor of future results.
Summary financial statements for the second quarter and twelve months are as follows: Second Quarter Financial Statements ending 3/31/2022.