Western Gas Announces First-Quarter 2013 Results

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Western Gas Announces First-Quarter 2013 Results

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Western Gas Partners, LP (NYS: WES) ("WES") and Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (NYS: WGP) ("WGP") today announced first-quarter 2013 financial and operating results.

WESTERN GAS PARTNERS, LP


Net income available to limited partners for the first quarter of 2013, which includes results from the 33.75% interest in certain Anadarko-operated Marcellus gathering assets acquired from a third-party (the "Anadarko-Operated Marcellus Interest") beginning in March 2013, totaled $32.4 million, or $0.31 per common unit (diluted). For the first-quarter of 2013, Adjusted EBITDA (1) was $95.9 million and Distributable cash flow (1) was $79.1 million, resulting in a Coverage ratio (1) of 1.13 times for the period.

Total throughput attributable to WES for the first quarter of 2013 averaged 2.9 Bcf/d, flat with the prior quarter and 7% above the first quarter of 2012. These results include the net throughput attributable to the Mountain Gas Resources ("MGR") assets and the 33.75% interest in certain third-party operated Marcellus gathering assets acquired from Anadarko (the "Non-Operated Marcellus Interest") for all periods of comparison, throughput attributable to the additional Chipeta interest beginning in August 2012, and throughput attributable to the Anadarko-Operated Marcellus Interest beginning in March 2013.

Excluding acquisitions, capital expenditures attributable to WES on a cash basis totaled $161.5 million during the first quarter of 2013. Of this amount, maintenance capital expenditures were $6.0 million, or 6% of Adjusted EBITDA (1). Capital expenditures attributable to WES on an accrual basis and excluding acquisitions totaled $159.4 million during the first quarter of 2013.

"Our first quarter operating performance was in line with our expectations," said President and Chief Executive Officer, Don Sinclair. "We are pleased by the volume trajectory of our recently acquired Marcellus assets, the over 50 first-quarter well connections in our liquids-rich areas that will drive throughput growth, and the projected start-up of our Brasada facility in June. We maintain the full-year 2013 guidance that we released in February."

WES previously declared a quarterly distribution of $0.54 per unit for the first quarter of 2013, representing a 4% increase over the prior quarter and a 17% increase over the first-quarter 2012 distribution of $0.46 per unit. The distribution will be paid on May 13, 2013, to unitholders of record at the close of business on April 30, 2013. The first-quarter 2013 Coverage ratio (1) of 1.13 times is based on the quarterly distribution of $0.54 per unit.

WESTERN GAS EQUITY PARTNERS, LP

As of March 31, 2013, WGP indirectly owned the 2% general partner interest and 100% of the incentive distribution rights in WES and 49,296,205 WES common units. Net income available to limited partners for the first quarter of 2013, totaled $27.7 million, or $0.13 per common unit (diluted).

WGP previously declared a quarterly distribution of $0.17875 per unit for the first quarter of 2013, representing an 8% increase over the non-prorated distribution from the prior quarter. The distribution will be paid on May 22, 2013, to unitholders of record at the close of business on April 30, 2013. WGP will receive distributions from WES of $40.0 million attributable to the first quarter and will pay out $39.1 million in distributions for the first quarter of 2013.

CONFERENCE CALL TOMORROW AT 11 A.M. CDT

Western Gas Partners and Western Gas Equity Partners will host a joint conference call on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. Central Daylight Time (12 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time) to discuss first-quarter 2013 results. To participate via telephone, please dial 877.621.4819 and enter participant code 36700946. Please call in 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. To access the live audio webcast of the conference call and slide presentation, please visit www.westerngas.com. A replay of the call will also be available on the website for approximately two weeks following the conference call.

Western Gas Partners, LP ("WES") is a growth-oriented Delaware master limited partnership formed by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation to own, operate, acquire and develop midstream energy assets. With midstream assets in East, West and South Texas, the Rocky Mountains, north-central Pennsylvania and the Mid-Continent, WES is engaged in the business of gathering, processing, compressing, treating and transporting natural gas, condensate, natural gas liquids and crude oil for Anadarko and other producers and customers.

Western Gas Equity Partners, LP ("WGP") is a Delaware master limited partnership formed by Anadarko to own three types of interests in WES: (i) the 2.0% general partner interest, through WGP's 100% ownership of WES's general partner; (ii) all of the incentive distribution rights in WES; and (iii) a significant limited partner interest in WES.

For more information about Western Gas Partners, LP and Western Gas Equity Partners, LP, please visit www.westerngas.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements. Western Gas Partners and Western Gas Equity Partners believe that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions. No assurance, however, can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections, anticipated results or other expectations expressed in this news release. These factors include the ability to meet financial guidance or distribution growth expectations; the ability to safely and efficiently operate WES's assets; the ability to obtain new sources of natural gas supplies; the effect of fluctuations in commodity prices and the demand for natural gas and related products; the ability to meet projected in-service dates for capital growth projects; and construction costs or capital expenditures exceeding estimated or budgeted costs or expenditures, as well as other factors described in the "Risk Factors" sections of WES's and WGP's most recent Forms 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other public filings and press releases by Western Gas Partners and Western Gas Equity Partners. Western Gas Partners and Western Gas Equity Partners undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

(1) Please see the tables at the end of this release for a reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP measures and calculation of the Coverage ratio.

Western Gas Partners, LP Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures

Below are reconciliations of the Partnership's Distributable cash flow (non-GAAP) to net income attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP (GAAP) and Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) to net income attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP (GAAP) and net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP), as required under Regulation G of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Management believes that the Partnership's Distributable cash flow, Adjusted EBITDA and Coverage ratio are widely accepted financial indicators of the Partnership's financial performance compared to other publicly traded partnerships and are useful in assessing the Partnership's ability to incur and service debt, fund capital expenditures and make distributions. Distributable cash flow, Adjusted EBITDA and Coverage ratio, as defined by the Partnership, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Therefore, the Partnership's Distributable cash flow, Adjusted EBITDA and Coverage ratio should be considered in conjunction with net income and other applicable performance measures, such as operating income or cash flows from operating activities.

Distributable Cash Flow

The Partnership defines Distributable cash flow as Adjusted EBITDA, plus interest income, less net cash paid for interest expense (including amortization of deferred debt issuance costs originally paid in cash, offset by non-cash capitalized interest), maintenance capital expenditures and income taxes.

  Three Months Ended
March 31,

thousands except Coverage ratio

  

2013

  

2012(1)

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation of Net income attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP
to Distributable cash flow and calculation of the Coverage ratio
Net income attributable to
Western Gas Partners, LP$50,657$53,651
Add:
Distributions from equity investees5,0064,441
Non-cash equity-based compensation expense8774,066
Interest expense, net (non-cash settled)

-

81
Income tax expense4,2364,429
Depreciation, amortization and impairments (2)31,82426,412
Less:
Equity income, net3,9803,613
Cash paid for maintenance capital expenditures (2)6,0326,315
Capitalized interest3,181657
Cash paid for income taxes

-

72
Other income (2) (3)   277   62 
Distributable cash flow  $79,130  $82,361 
 
Distributions declared (4)
Limited partners$56,759
General partner   13,384    
Total  $70,143    
Coverage ratio   1.13 x  
(1) Financial information has been recast to include results attributable to the Non-Operated Marcellus Interest.
(2)Includes the Partnership's 51% share for the three months ended March 31, 2012, and 75% share for the three months ended March 31, 2013, of depreciation, amortization and impairments; cash paid for maintenance capital expenditures; and other income attributable to Chipeta.
(3)Excludes income of $0.4 million for each of the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, related to a component of a gas processing agreement accounted for as a capital lease.
(4)Reflects distributions of $0.54 per unit declared for the three months ended March 31, 2013.
 

Western Gas Partners, LP Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures, continued

Adjusted EBITDA

The Partnership defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP, plus distributions from equity investees, non-cash equity-based compensation expense, interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation, amortization and impairments, and other expense, less income from equity investments, interest income, income tax benefit, other income and other nonrecurring adjustments that are not settled in cash.

 Three Months Ended
March 31,
thousands 

2013

 

2012(1)

Reconciliation of Net income attributable to 
Western Gas Partners, LP to Adjusted EBITDA
Net income attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP$50,657$53,651
Add:
Distributions from equity investees5,0064,441
Non-cash equity-based compensation expense8774,066
Interest expense11,8119,581
Income tax expense4,2364,429
Depreciation, amortization and impairments (2)31,82426,412
Less:
Equity income, net3,9803,613
Interest income, net - affiliates4,2254,225
Other income (2) (3)  277   62 
Adjusted EBITDA $95,929  $94,680 
 
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to
Net cash provided by operating activities
Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP$95,929$94,680
Adjusted EBITDA attributable to noncontrolling interests2,8464,898
Interest income (expense), net(7,586)(5,356)
Non-cash equity based compensation expense(73)(3,152)
Debt-related amortization and other items, net560511
Current income tax expense(3,112)7,783
Other income (expense), net (3)27862
Distributions from equity investees less than
(in excess of) equity income, net(1,026)(828)
Changes in operating working capital:
Accounts receivable and natural gas imbalance receivable20,75432,827
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and natural gas imbalance payable21,287(13,665)
Other  98   960 
Net cash provided by operating activities $129,955  $118,720 
 
Cash flow information of Western Gas Partners, LP
Net cash provided by operating activities$129,955$118,720
Net cash used in investing activities(771,888)(539,069)
Net cash provided by financing activities  285,468   233,408 
(1) Financial information has been recast to include results attributable to the Non-Operated Marcellus Interest.
(2)Includes the Partnership's 51% share for the three months ended March 31, 2012, and 75% share for the three months ended March 31, 2013, of depreciation, amortization and impairments and other income attributable to Chipeta.
(3)Excludes income of $0.4 million for each of the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, related to a component of a gas processing agreement accounted for as a capital lease.
 
Western Gas Partners, LP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited)
   
Three Months Ended
March 31,
thousands except unit and per-unit amounts 2013  

2012(1)

 
Revenues
Gathering, processing and transportation of
natural gas and natural gas liquids$102,890$91,589
Natural gas, natural gas liquids and
condensate sales121,729128,486
Equity income and other, net  5,128    4,601 
Total revenues  229,747    224,676 
Operating expenses
Cost of product83,08383,156
Operation and maintenance36,73932,121
General and administrative7,66410,274
Property and other taxes5,7854,837
Depreciation, amortization and impairments  32,440    27,067 
Total operating expenses  165,711    157,455 
Operating income64,03667,221
Interest income, net - affiliates4,2254,225
Interest expense(11,811)(9,581)
Other income (expense), net  674    458 
Income before income taxes57,12462,323
Income tax expense  4,236    4,429 
Net income52,88857,894
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests  2,231    4,243 
Net income attributable to
Western Gas Partners, LP$50,657$53,651
Limited partners' interest in net income:
Net income attributable to
Western Gas Partners, LP$50,657$53,651
Pre-acquisition net (income) loss allocated to Anadarko(5,401)(5,488)
General partner interest in net (income) loss  (12,886)   (4,339)
Limited partners' interest in net income$32,370$43,824
 
Net income per common unit - basic and diluted$0.31$0.48
Weighted average common units outstanding - basic and diluted  104,815    90,690 
(1) Financial information has been recast to include results attributable to the Non-Operated Marcellus Interest.
 
Western Gas Partners, LP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
   
March 31,December 31,
thousands except number of units 2013  

2012(1)

 
Current assets$ Read Full Story

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