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Atmos Energy Corp (NYSE:ATO)
Q3 2019 Earnings Call
Aug 8, 2019, 10:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Greetings, and welcome to the Atmos Energy Third Quarter Earnings Call. [Operator Instructions]

I would now like to turn the conference over to our host, Jennifer Hills, Vice President of Investor Relations. Thank you. You may begin.

Jennifer Hills -- Vice President of Investor Relations

Thank you, Diego. Good morning, everyone. This is Jennifer Hills, Vice President, Investor Relations. And thank you for joining us. This morning, I'm joined by Mike Haefner, President and CEO; Kevin Akers, Executive Vice President; Chris Forsythe, Senior Vice President and CFO; and Kim Cocklin, Executive Chairman. This call is being webcast live on the Internet, and our earnings release and conference call slide presentation are available on our website at atmosenergy.com under Company and Investor Relations.

As we review these financial results and discuss future expectations, please keep in mind that some of our discussion might contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act and the Securities Exchange Act. Our forward-looking statements and projections could differ materially from actual results. The factors that could cause such material differences are outlined on Slide 27, and are more fully described in our SEC filings.

Our first speaker is Mike Haefner, President and CEO of Atmos Energy. Mike?

Michael E. Haefner -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Jennifer, and good morning, everyone. And happy birthday, Jennifer. In Investor Relations nothing says Happy Birthday more than hosting an earnings call. So congratulations.

Yesterday, we reported our fiscal 2019 third quarter results and I'm pleased to report that we're on track to meet our fiscal 2019 earnings per share guidance, a $4.25 to $4.35, an increased earnings per share for the 17th consecutive year. Capital spending increased 10% during the first nine months of the fiscal year, which demonstrates our commitment to modernizing our system. Approximately 87% of this spending was focused on safety and reliability investments, as we continue to execute our risk-based capital spending program to modernize our distribution and transmission systems.

Through June 30, 2019, we completed $2.1 billion of financing, which has supported our fiscal 2019 capital spending, further strengthened our balance sheet, lowered the cost of financing for our customers, and leaves us very well positioned to maintain our credit ratings for the long term. We continue to invest in technology, our people and processes to achieve operating excellence and scale our capabilities to sustain our safety-driven strategy. With the team we have in place, we're extremely well positioned for continued success into the future.

Yesterday, we announced that I'll step down from my role as President and Chief Executive Officer effective September 30, to focus on my health. I will remain with the Company through the end of the calendar year to support the transition, and I will retire from the Company, and plan to step down from the Board effective January 1, 2020. Also announced yesterday that Kevin Akers, currently Executive Vice President has been appointed by the Board to succeed me as President and CEO, and become a member of the Board effective October 1, of this year. Kim Cocklin will continue as Executive Chairman.

This was a very difficult decision for me, but it's the right decision for the Company, for me and for my family. I've been facing a recent health issue that at this point is alluded a definitive diagnosis. I'm extremely optimistic this will resolve itself favorably in the long run. However, it's requiring an increasing amount of my time, and that necessitates me pulling back on my commitments.

This decision was made a much, much easier for me by the fact that Kevin Akers is ready to assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer. Kevin is a proven leader with broad Company and industry experience, a majority of the nearly 29 years with the Company, have been in senior leadership position. He has deep operating experience, having previously served for over nine years as President of our Kentucky Mid-States Division, five years as President of our Mississippi Division, and more recently took on responsibility for the Company's pipeline and storage operations.

For the past several years, Kevin also oversaw our pipeline safety, supply chain, and customer service functions. And he has been instrumental in driving the process improvement and technology initiatives that has enabled the Company to scale its operations to sustain our success. Many of you already know Kevin from our Analyst Days, the past two years, as well as the AGA Financial Forum, and other investor conferences this year.

Kevin is surrounded by a very seasoned senior leadership team. Chris and the rest of our management committee will continue in their current roles. They worked closely together for many, many years and even prior to being on the management committee. Not only are they respected colleagues, but they're also friends. And Kevin has the full support of our 4,700 employees.

One of our Board's most important responsibility is succession planning, and they've done that master fully over our 36 years as an independent public company. This succession plan has been in place for several years. And just as with prior transitions from our founder Charlie Vaughan to Bob Best to Kim Cocklin to me, the transition to Kevin will be completely seamless. As I mentioned earlier, Kim will continuing the role of Executive Chairman. I'll be forever grateful to him as a great leader, as a mentor and a friend. His continued involvement in the Company as Chairman as well as advisor to Kevin and the rest of the management committee will provide further assurance of the Company's continued success.

And lastly, before I turn the call over to Chris for the financial update, I'd like to thank the investors and analysts I've had the distinct pleasure to get to know over the past four years. Your support and investment of time and capital has been so critical to the success of our safety investment strategy. Your insights and challenging questions have made us a better Company and it may me a better leader.

I'd also like to thank our 4,700 employees for their continued outstanding efforts to improve every day to deliver safe, reliable, affordable, and exceptional natural gas service for the 3.3 million customers we serve in over 1,400 communities in our eight state footprint. They come to work every single day focused on safety, while providing excellent customer service and executing our capital spending program focused on modernizing our system. It's been my greatest honor to serve alongside them for the past 11 years. They are the reason that Atmos Energy will continue to be successful for a long-term.

Chris, over to you.

Christopher T. Forsythe -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Mike, and good morning, everyone. Yesterday, we reported 2019 third quarter net income of $80 million or $0.68 per diluted share compared with $71 million or $0.64 per diluted share in the prior year third quarter. Year-to-date, net income was $453 million or $3.88 per diluted share compared with $564 million or $5.09 per diluted share in the prior year period.

Fiscal 2018 year-to-date results included $166 million or $1.49 per diluted share non-recurring income tax benefit from tax reform. Excluding the tax benefit, adjusted net income was $398 million or $3.60 per diluted share. Our third quarter results were in line with our expectations with many of the drivers underlying our performance during the first half of the year, continuing into the third quarter. Slides 5 and 6 provide details for our quarter and year-to-date results. I will touch in few of the highlights.

In our distribution segment, operating income increased $14.4 million to $48.7 million in the third quarter, as a modest increase in contribution margin was offset by a higher operating expenses. Contribution margin increased up $1 million quarter-over-quarter. We experienced a $7 million increase from new rates and nearly $3 million increase from customer growth.

At 12 months ended June 30, 2019, we added a net 35,000 customers, which represents 1.1% net customer growth. We are on track to exceed 1% net customer growth for the third consecutive year. These increases were offset by a $4 million decrease in customer consumption, primarily due to warmer weather in the third quarter compared to the prior year. As a reminder, most for weather normalization mechanisms end in April, so contribution margin does not cover for most of the quarter.

Operating expenses rose approximately 6% quarter-over-quarter, reflecting higher depreciation expense associated with increased capital spending, and planned 10% increase in O&M expense. As we discussed last quarter, we increased service related headcount in our Mid-Tex Division to support the growth in our DFW market. Additionally, we experienced a 7% quarter-over-quarter increase in line locate, as many of our communities in which we operate continued to experience strong growth.

We continue to rollout new leak survey technology into our operations. This technology is 1,000 times more sensitive than traditional leak survey technology. Therefore, we are finding more potential leak indications which drives the need to hire or contract the people to evaluate and assess these indications. While the deployment of this technology will increase O&M expense in the near term, it plays an important role in our ability to identify and mitigate risk. For example, during the quarter, we had used this technology in several of our jurisdictions that hit by heavy storms to assess or assist for damage.

The performance of our pipeline in storage segment substantially offset the operating income decrease in our distribution segment. Operating income increased $12 million, driven by strong growth in contribution margin, partially offset by higher operating expenses. Contribution margin increased $22 million as a result of APT GRIP filings in 2018 and 2019, combined with the $4.5 million quarter-over-quarter rise in APT's through-system revenue as a result of the ongoing supply and demand dynamics affecting the Permian Basin.

The activity we experienced in the quarter was higher than anticipated due to two unexpected force majeure events on other pipelines, which drove higher than expected volumes into our system. However, as new [Indecipherable] pipeline comes online starting late this summer, we expect the Waha to Katy spread to narrow. Offsetting the growth in contribution margin was a $10 million increase in operating expenses as a result of higher depreciation related to increased capital expenditures and the planned increase in pipeline integrity work.

Year-to-date consolidated capital spending was 10% or increased 10% to $1.2 billion, which is in line with our plan. We continue to focus our spending and improving the safety and reliability of our spending -- of our system or reliability of our systems manually with 87% focused on safety and reliability. Based on work completed year-to-date and planned spending for the remainder of the fiscal year, we continue to expect our fiscal 2019 capital spending to be between $1.65 billion to $1.75 billion.

From a regulatory perspective to-date, we have completed 21 filings, which should add approximately $110 million in annualized operating income over fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2020. And we have six filings pending about -- seeking about $87 million in annualized operating income. We are on track to complete some of these filings during the fourth quarter with rates taking effect in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. Assuming these proceedings are resolved in line with our expectations, we remain on track to meet our target of completing $160 million to $180 million in annualized operating outcomes.

Our balance sheet continues to remain strong and supports our capital spending program. As of June 30, our equity total capitalization was 60%, and we had approximately $2 billion of liquidity under our credit facilities and through our equity forward agreements. Slide 9 summarizes our fiscal 2019 financing activities. Year-to-date, we have completed $2.1 billion of financing, including the issuance of $1.1 billion of long-term debt and $1 billion of equity. During the quarter, we continue to utilize forward agreements under our ATM to help meet our fiscal 2020 needs.

We issued 1.1 million shares at an average price of $101.41. [Phonetic] Aditionally, we settled the forward agreements for 1.1 million shares for net proceeds of approximately $100 million. As of June 30, we had about $410 million remaining under our forward agreements. Details on equity forward activities can also be found on Slide 9.

As Mike mentioned in his opening remarks, we are well positioned to meet our fiscal 2019 earnings guidance range of $4.25 to $4.35 per diluted share. However, given the higher than expected Permian Basin activity we saw during the third quarter, we now expect to be at the higher end of this range. Slides 12 and 13 provides selected information underlying our fiscal 2019 guidance. And we are well positioned to meet our five-year annual EPS growth target of 6% to 8% through fiscal 2023. We'll be rolling forward our five-year plan through 2024 on our fiscal year-end earnings call in November. Thank you for your time this morning.

I will now turn the call over to Kevin for some closing remarks. Kevin?

J. Kevin Akers -- Executive Vice President

Thank you, Chris, and good morning, everyone. Mike, thank you for those kind remarks. We are deeply indebted to you for your leadership, your vision and unwavering dedication and support for Atmos Energy, and every one of our 4,700 employees. I'm very excited about the future of Atmos Energy, and I look forward to continuing the execution of the successful strategy that Kim and Mike have put in place, as we maintain our focus on our vision of being the nation's safest provider of natural gas services.

A key to achieving that vision is to continue the evolution and refinement of our strategy by making investments in safety and reliability, while modernizing our business to sustain our Company for the long term. This straightforward focused improvement strategy benefits all stakeholders as we strive to safely provide excellent customer service in environmentally responsible manner.

As we've discussed before, increasing our spending 9% to 10% per year through fiscal 2023 requires that we also invest in our people and technology. I'm proud to report that during the third quarter, we crossed over the 1 million hour mark for total cumulative hours of training provided at our state-of-the-art Charles K. Vaughan center, which opened in 2010. This training is essential for our employees to become highly qualified gas professionals. We continue to roll out our latest map digital asset data collection solution. Through the first nine months of this fiscal year, we had approximately 35% of our Company and contract construction crews trained on using this important technology. And we continue to systematically roll out our advanced mobile leak detection technology that will enhance our ability to safely operate our system, as Chris mentioned earlier.

Implementing a safety management system is another strategic focus. While we have had components of a safety management system including procedures, policies and practices for many years, the safety management system formalizes what we are doing, and is an integral part supporting our vision of being the safest provider of natural gas services. We've completed our pipeline safety management system assessment, and plan to have our high level road map developed for addressing gas later this fall. These are just a few of the examples of how our investments in training and technology position us for sustained success in the future.

In closing, I would like to thank our 4,700 employees, their dedication to safely operating our system, while providing excellent customer service and giving back to the communities where they work and live. That is the biggest reason Atmos Energy will be successful for the long term.

We appreciate your time this morning. And now, we'll take any questions you may have.

Jennifer Hills -- Vice President of Investor Relations

Operator?

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. At this time, we'll be conducting a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from Christopher Turnure with J.P. Morgan. Please state your question.

Christopher Turnure -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Good morning, everyone. Very sorry to hear the news. Mike, best wishes to you and your family.

Michael E. Haefner -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Chris.

Christopher Turnure -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

As we look forward to fourth quarter earnings and potentially an Analyst Day again this year, how can we think about the outlook for beyond the current plan, kind of 2024, and beyond anything potentially changing there, especially given the acceleration of capex that we saw out of you guys last year?

Christopher T. Forsythe -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yes. Chris, this is Chris Forsythe. And good morning. Our intent this fall is to not have an Analyst Day, but we'll have an extended fiscal year-end earnings call, where we'll cover off the remainder of fiscal '19, and really focused on where we're going to be going into fiscal 2020. And really the story and the strategy remains the same. As we've talked about with you and others on the call, we have a long backlog of work to do, if you will. Just a lot of work to get done in terms of pipe replacement.

So we will be just rolling it forward another year. You expect to see just an increase in line with the increases in capital spending that you've seen from us over the last several years. Financing strategy is going to be pretty consistent with what you've seen as well. We'll update and freshen those numbers on that call. But I think the key takeaway today is that the strategy is the same and will just be a roll forward of what we've demonstrated through 2020 for you at this point.

Christopher Turnure -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Okay. And Chris, that kind of all sounds great, obviously. And you feel like there is no customer bill pressures or even kind of balance sheet constraints, despite the strength of your balance sheet right now that would come into play in that time frame, that would perhaps slow the rate based growth trend?

Christopher T. Forsythe -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

We're not seeing anything from a customer bill perspective. You can go back to our charts that we've shown that our bill is by far the lowest bill in the household from a utility perspective. And you know the strength of our balance sheet and we're committed to maintain the strength of that balance sheet going forward.

Christopher Turnure -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Okay, great. And then my second question is around near term financing, as you mentioned in the remarks, and I think the Q as well, you priced around 1 million shares this quarter, and then you also pulled down around 1 million shares as well from I guess one of the earlier ATMs. So given your prior commentary on not -- I think it was not meeting any more equity this year from the ATM programs. Was there something that changed there or caused you to tap that equity during the quarter?

Christopher T. Forsythe -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

No. I think what we are indicating is that we were -- we didn't have any discrete equity needs. In our last quarter call we said, we had no discrete equity issuances planned through the end of fiscal 2020. We do -- we did have the proceeds available first on the forward arrangements, which as you know expire. Some of the most of the proceeds right now expire at the end of March with about a little over $100 million expiring at the end of September. So we're needing to utilize those proceeds. So we had intended all along to draw it down on those proceeds as capital needs arise or cash and needs arise in that period.

So, all of that again is baked into our fiscal '19 guidance. It's baked into our five-year plan of the $5.40 to $5.80. And as we look forward, we stated in the current five-year plan we have published a $5 billion to $6 billion incremental financing need that we intend to finance that in a balanced fashion using both long-term debt and equity. So, again roll -- well, that strategy is going to look very similar when we roll that forward in November. But again, the financing that we did in the third quarter is not going to [Phonetic] satisfy FY '19 equity needs. That will satisfy or FY '20 needs and beyond.

Christopher Turnure -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Okay. That's clear. Thank you, Chris.

Christopher T. Forsythe -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from Dennis Coleman with Bank of America. Please state your question.

Dennis Coleman -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Yes. Good morning. And let me add my thoughts. Mike, never knew that anyone likes to get so certainly best wishes as you pursue your health and thoughts with your family as well. On the other side, congratulations.

Michael E. Haefner -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you so much. Dennis, I certainly will miss all the opportunities we had to talk in the past. And I'll miss seeing all you guys in the future. But again, as I mentioned in my comments, and I'm very optimistic that if I gear down a gear or two, I have the opportunity to find a good solution for this.

Dennis Coleman -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Great. I hope that's the case. Congratulations also to you Kevin. Best of luck with the new role and responsibilities. Big shoes to fill, but great Company to work with.

J. Kevin Akers -- Executive Vice President

Absolutely. Thank you.

Dennis Coleman -- Bank of America -- Analyst

So a question -- a couple of questions for me. I guess first on the expense side, expenses did run up, certainly a little more than we thought. Can you just talk about sort of I guess the roll forward on the expense side? Some of it seems a bit transient, but any help you can give there, Chris, would certainly be appreciated.

Christopher T. Forsythe -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yes. Sure, Dennis. I mean, like I mentioned in the prepared remarks, it's really continuation of what we've been experiencing and what we've been trying to accomplish from a risk-based perspective. And when we talk about the second quarter going into the third quarter, so that was continuing to roll out the [Indecipherable] technology that Kevin commented on -- we are. And because it's new to us, the indications that came in just require a little bit more assessment. A lot of that work is O&M. But over time, we expect as we gain proficiency that, that should come back in the line with the 2.5% to 3.5% guidelines that we established for the five-year plan last fall.

Additionally, and then we talked about low pressure assessments. And when you get an opportunity with increases in margins, we're always looking to take risk off the table from an O&M expected. So we've been increasing our I guess risk-based O&M work, so that's in line inspections, that's right away maintenance, that's low pressure system assessments, anything we can do to reduce risk in the current period that will benefit for future periods. So that's the type of work that you're seeing in the O&M line item. And we'll just continue to manage that going forward as needs arise and as opportunities arise as well.

Dennis Coleman -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Okay. Thanks for that. And then, I guess on the leak detection technology, obviously, a fair amount said there. I guess I thought I heard you say you've rolled it out to additional markets. I think last quarter it was just mostly Texas space. But can you talk about has it -- have you rolled it out in all markets now?

J. Kevin Akers -- Executive Vice President

Not in -- this is Kevin. Not in all of our markets. We currently had 11 units. Here we rolled addition amount here with plans the next fiscal year to roll some additional units out to our West Texas area. We have an existing unit in Louisiana and one Mississippi as well. So that -- those are the markets that we're talking about there.

Dennis Coleman -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Okay, all right. That's it from me. Thank you.

Christopher T. Forsythe -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Dennis.

Operator

Our next question comes from Ryan Levine with Citi. Please state your question.

Ryan Levine -- Citi -- Analyst

Good morning.

Michael E. Haefner -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Ryan Levine -- Citi -- Analyst

And I wanted to also echo some of the previous comments to that, Mike, sorry to hear about this development. But best of luck to you and your family.

Michael E. Haefner -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Ryan.

Ryan Levine -- Citi -- Analyst

And then I guess in that lies a question. Can you just speak to the transition process, and if this was sudden, -- and what are the steps over the next few quarters as Kevin takes the CEO seat?

Michael E. Haefner -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. This is Mike. Ryan and it's up. As I mentioned in my comments, this succession plan has been in place for quite a while. And even prior to that, the way we operate, I've worked very closely with Kevin and the entire leadership team worked very closely together. Over the last two and a half years, our management committee meets for a half a day and then informally several days a week.

So we're completely in lockstep. And Kevin and I worked side-by-side and all of the initiatives that he has been driving for scale and scope. So -- I mean, in a nutshell, the transition is going to be extremely smooth and uneventful internally since we've been working so closely together all along. As -- whereas I mentioned, and he and I are working even more closely now. But as I mentioned earlier, he'll assume the President and CEO position on October 1. I will be still around and available to him and meet with them on a regular basis through the end of the calendar year.

And also as I mentioned, Jim is -- will continue as Executive Chairman, and he's always been tremendously helpful to all of us as an advisor. So I know it's not similar to many other companies, but at Atmos everybody is in the same -- we're in the same bullpen and dug out, every single day of the week. So it's -- and then strategy, as Chris said, is not going to change. It's a matter of scaling sustaining our success, and just executing well, taking care of our employees in the process, making sure they've got development opportunities, the training they need, we mainly in compliance. And all the things that we talk about regularly, Kevin had the responsibility for, for the last couple of years. Obviously, executed by our division leadership and shared services leadership, but he's got a firm hand on the pillar right now, so it will be a non-event.

Ryan Levine -- Citi -- Analyst

Okay. Thanks for the color. And then a couple of more specific questions. In terms of the O&M cost inflation, over what period of time do you think there'll be some type of elevated level as the more sensitive centers detect an additional opportunity for safety improvement?

Christopher T. Forsythe -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

I think you know we, we're already seeing some improvements in the productivity of the crews. And I would just say that we're going to be back in line with the 2.5% to 3.5% O&M -- a targeted O&M increase over the five-year plan through 2023, and then we'll roll that forward in November through 2024.

Ryan Levine -- Citi -- Analyst

Okay. And what was the impact of the Waha basis differentials to your business this past quarter? I think you disclosed some numbers in previous quarters, so curious what the update there?

Christopher T. Forsythe -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

It was -- the impact quarter-over-quarter is about $4.5 million.

Ryan Levine -- Citi -- Analyst

In income?

Christopher T. Forsythe -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

In the third quarter, quarter-over-quarter in revenue. And that's contribution margin which is effectively revenue for us, so.

Ryan Levine -- Citi -- Analyst

Okay. And -- OK. That's helpful. Appreciate it. Thank you.

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Our next question comes from Stephen Byrd with Morgan Stanley. Please state your question.

Stephen Byrd -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Good morning.

Michael E. Haefner -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Christopher T. Forsythe -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Good morning.

Stephen Byrd -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Mike, I just want to say you will be dearly missed. You're a great executive and a great person, just great to interact with. So we're all wishing for you to address this health issues successfully and we really wish you and your family all the best. Can't thank you enough for all your help over the years. You will be missed.

Michael E. Haefner -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you so much for everything you've done as well, Stephen. Appreciate it.

Stephen Byrd -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

And Kevin, look forward to working with you in your new role. Most of my questions have been addressed. I thought I'd just check really on the financing plan. I think your financing plan is very clear. But just given the -- just a very low interest rate environment that we're in, I just thought I double check in terms of just additional opportunistic ways to kind of lock in lower cost of debt over a long period of time. I think your average duration already pretty long at 22 years, but I just thought I'd check if there just anything else that might be possible?

J. Kevin Akers -- Executive Vice President

Yes. That's a good question, Stephen. And that's something that we're evaluating right now. We're mindful of where the markets have gotten certainly here in the last week or so. You've pointed out our matured average duration is about 22 years. For all in average, our weighted average cost of debt right now is 4.55% after we effectuated the two debt offerings that we've done this -- in this fiscal year. So as we look forward, we're certainly evaluating opportunities to further drive that overall cost of debt down. But nothing specific that I can comment on at this point.

Stephen Byrd -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Understood. That's all I had. Thank you.

J. Kevin Akers -- Executive Vice President

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. There are no further questions at this time. I'll turn it back to Jennifer Hills for closing remarks. Thanks.

Jennifer Hills -- Vice President of Investor Relations

All right. Thank you for joining us today. As a reminder, a recording of this call is available for replay on our website through November 6, 2019. We appreciate your interest in Atmos Energy, and thank you for joining us. Goodbye.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 32 minutes

Call participants:

Jennifer Hills -- Vice President of Investor Relations

Michael E. Haefner -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Christopher T. Forsythe -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

J. Kevin Akers -- Executive Vice President

Christopher Turnure -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Dennis Coleman -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Ryan Levine -- Citi -- Analyst

Stephen Byrd -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

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