Middlesex Water Announces First Quarter 2024 Results


  • First Quarter 2024 Net Income was $10.7 million, as compared to $5.9 million in 2023, an increase of 82.1%
  • First Quarter 2024 Diluted Earnings Per Share were $0.59, as compared to $0.33 in 2023, an increase of 78.8%
  • First Quarter 2024 Revenues were $40.5 million, as compared to $38.2 million in 2023, an increase of 6.2%
  • 2024 Capital Investment Plan Delivery on schedule
  • Dividend of $0.325 per share of common stock payable in June

ISELIN, N.J., May 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Middlesex Water Company (“Middlesex” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:MSEX) a provider of water and wastewater services, today reported first quarter financial results.

First Quarter 2024 Results

Diluted earnings per share were $0.59 for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to $0.33 for the same period in 2023. Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2024 rose to $10.7 million from $5.9 million during the same period in 2023. Most of the increase is attributable to the recovery of operating and carrying costs associated with the prior period construction and operation of the water treatment facilities at Middlesex’s Park Avenue Wellfield. As part of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) approved Middlesex base rate case, which included the impact of the previously disclosed PFOA lawsuit settlement, the NJBPU authorized these operating and carrying costs to be recovered after Middlesex first applied settlement proceeds to the cost of the water treatment facilities at Middlesex’s Park Avenue Wellfield.

Quarterly consolidated operating revenues rose $2.4 million to $40.5 million compared to the same period in 2023. Revenues in our Middlesex System increased $1.6 million due to the NJBPU approved base rate increase which took effect March 1, 2024, and higher commercial and industrial customer billings. In our Delaware system, revenues increased $0.8 million due to increased customer connections and heightened customer demand.

Operation and maintenance expenses for the first quarter of 2024 increased $0.2 million from the same period in 2023. The increase was largely related to an enhanced water treatment process at the Company’s Park Avenue Plant, increased labor costs, and outside professional support services costs. These costs were offset by the cost recovery described above.

Middlesex President and Chief Executive Officer Nadine Leslie said, “We continue to focus on our strategy: infrastructure investments, growth, training, technology to improve service quality and reliability, protect the safety of our employees and customers, enhance efficiencies in our business processes and deliver to our shareholders’ expectations. Our successful New Jersey rate filing, which took effect March 1 in our Middlesex system, provides for recovery of numerous investments made to ensure delivering water services that meets state and federal regulations,” added Ms. Leslie.

Board Declares Dividend
We previously announced that our Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.325 per common share payable on June 3, 2024, to shareholders of record as of May 15, 2024. Middlesex has paid cash dividends in varying amounts continually since 1912 and has increased its annual dividend rate for fifty-one consecutive years.

Virtual Annual Meeting Announced
Middlesex Water will be holding its Annual Meeting virtually online on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. EDT. Shareholders may obtain instructions to access the meeting by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/MSEX2024 and entering the 16-digit control number listed on their Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials or proxy card.


Established in 1897, Middlesex Water Company (NASDAQ: MSEX) serves as a trusted provider of life-sustaining high quality water service for residential, commercial, industrial and fire protection purposes. The Company and its subsidiaries form the Middlesex family of companies, which collectively serve a population of nearly half a million people in New Jersey and Delaware. We offer a full range of water, wastewater utility and related services including municipal and industrial contract operations and water and wastewater system technical operations and maintenance. We are focused on meeting and balancing the needs of our employees, customers, and shareholders. We invest in our people, our infrastructure, and the communities we serve to support reliable and resilient utility services, economic growth and quality of life.  Information about Middlesex Water’s Investment Plan (Direct Share Purchase and Sale and Dividend Reinvestment Plan) is available at https://shareholder.broadridge.com/middlesexwater/

This press release contains “forward‐looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws reflecting the current beliefs or expectations of Middlesex Water Company “MSEX” or the “Company” regarding its future performance, its financial condition, its strategic plans and cash flows, its results of operations as well as any other statements that do not directly relate to any historical or current facts. These statements reflect the Company’s current views and information currently available.  This information is based on estimates, assumptions and analysis that the Company believes, as of the date hereof, provide a reasonable basis for the information contained herein.  Forward‐looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward‐looking words such as “outlook,” “believes,” “expects,” “potential,” “continues,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “approximately,” “predicts,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “foresees.” Actual results, performance or achievements may differ materially from forward‐looking statements, and the assumptions on which forward-looking statements are based.  There can be no assurance that the information contained herein is reflective of future performance, and investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward‐looking statements as a predictor of future performance. Unless otherwise specified, all information contained in this press release speaks only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no duty to update or revise the information contained herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Media Contact:
Bernadette Sohler, Vice President – Corporate Affairs
Middlesex Water Company
(732) 638-7549

(In thousands except per share amounts)
   Three Months Ended March 31,
    2024  2023
Operating Revenues$40,524 $38,156
Operating Expenses:   
 Operations and Maintenance 20,465  20,257
 Depreciation 5,396  5,986
 Other Taxes 4,798  4,423
Total Operating Expenses 30,659  30,666
Operating Income 9,865  7,490
Other Income (Expense):   
 Allowance for Funds Used During Construction 176  813
 Other Income (Expense), net 5,189  898
Total Other Income, net 5,365  1,711
Interest Charges 3,269  2,595
Income before Income Taxes 11,961  6,606
Income Taxes 1,279  738
Net Income 10,682  5,868
Preferred Stock Dividend Requirements 30  30
Earnings Applicable to Common Stock$10,652 $5,838
Earnings per share of Common Stock:   
 Basic$0.60 $0.33
 Diluted$0.59 $0.33
Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding:   
 Basic 17,819  17,652
 Diluted 17,934  17,767