South Jersey Industries prices stock offering at slight discount

The gas and energy company South Jersey Industries, which last week said it would look to raise about $200 million, on Monday told regulators it would sell its new shares at $26.25 each, a slight discount to where the shares were trading last week. The company expects to raise about $204 million after expenses and if the banks selling the stock exercise their so-called ‘greenshoe’ option to buy shares, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The proceeds from the stock sale will be used to invest in infrastructure for the company’s South Jersey Gas utility business, as well as paying down some of its debt, according to the filing.

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South Jersey Gas to raise around $200 mln in share offer

Local gas utility company, South Jersey Gas, on Tuesday told regulators it plans to sell up to 7.5 million shares–worth around $200 million based on the company’s $27.60 share price before the offer was announced. You can see the full prospectus here on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s site, along with a presentation to analysts and investors,  but here are some factoids on the regional gas provider that we gleaned from the announcement:

The company, known as South Jersey Industries and headquartered in Folsom, Atlantic County, had revenue of nearly $1 billion last year and a core profit of $157 million. South Jersey Industries operates throughout Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties and also covers parts of Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties. Most of the company’s money comes from its gas utility business, but it also operates “South Jersey Energy Solutions”, which offers HVAC and meter-reading services as well as energy generation. According to the prospectus, the company is planning to invest in this business and earn more money from it in the future.

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