Profit, revenue up at Piedmont Natural Gas

Charlotte-based Piedmont Natural Gas said Friday that its second-quarter profits rose 12 percent, to $63 million, as revenues surged during often-chilly spring weather.

Revenue was up 16 percent during the quarter ended April 30, compared to the same period last year, rising to $462 million.

The number of new customers added by Piedmont rose 22 percent during the quarter, to 3,716, driven by a 19 percent increase in new residential construction.

A rate increase in North Carolina and Tennessee also contributed to the company’s positive results, Piedmont said.

The results follow a strong first quarter for Piedmont, when profits rose 14 percent.