HOUSTON, Feb. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE: WES) ("WES" or the "Partnership") and Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (NYSE: WGP) ("WGP") today announced fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 financial and operating results.
WESTERN GAS PARTNERS, LP
Net income (loss) available to limited partners for 2018 totaled $99.2 million, or $0.55 per common unit (diluted), with full-year 2018 Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $1.2 billion and full-year 2018 Distributable cash flow(1) of $958.7 million. Net income (loss) available to limited partners for the fourth quarter of 2018 totaled $18.7 million, or $0.10 per common unit (diluted), with fourth-quarter 2018 Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $347.5 million and fourth-quarter 2018 Distributable cash flow(1) of $257.3 million. These results were primarily impacted by lower than anticipated throughput and margins at our West Texas complex caused by the combined effect of: (i) unplanned weather-related and operational downtime in the field, (ii) operational constraints downstream of the West Texas complex, and (iii) less than optimal recoveries partially associated with the startup of Mentone Train I. Additionally, Adjusted EBITDA(1) includes a non-cash net increase to revenue of $27 million associated with the revenue recognition accounting standard adopted effective January 1, 2018 for certain cost of service contracts, which will be recognized as cash over the life of the applicable contracts.
"The Partnership remains acutely focused on closing the announced simplification transaction and strategic asset acquisition and delivering on our 2019 growth expectations," said Chief Executive Officer, Robin Fielder. "In 2018 we successfully completed the majority of our Delaware basin gathering backbone and placed into service the first train at the Mentone processing facility. With the premier footprint, scalable capacity, and operational leverage of our assets in the Delaware and DJ basins, we remain excited about the future growth and reiterate our full-year 2019 guidance announced in November."
WES paid a quarterly distribution of $0.980 per unit for the fourth quarter of 2018. This distribution represented a 2% increase over the prior quarter's distribution and a 7% increase over the fourth-quarter 2017 distribution. The full-year 2018 distribution of $3.830 per unit represented a 7% increase over the full-year 2017 distribution of $3.590 per unit. The fourth-quarter 2018 Coverage ratio(1) of 1.10 times was based on the quarterly distribution of $0.980 per unit. The Partnership's Coverage ratio(1) for the full-year 2018 was 1.05 times.
Total throughput attributable to WES for natural gas assets for the fourth quarter of 2018 averaged 3.9 Bcf/d, which was 2% higher than the prior quarter and 13% higher than the fourth quarter of 2017. Total throughput for crude oil, NGLs and produced water assets for the fourth quarter of 2018 averaged 434 MBbls/d, which was 3% higher than the prior quarter and 81% higher than the fourth quarter of 2017. For full-year 2018, total throughput attributable to WES for natural gas assets averaged 3.8 Bcf/d, which was 6% higher than the prior-year average. For full-year 2018, total throughput for crude oil, NGLs and produced water assets averaged 365 MBbls/d, which was 82% higher than the prior-year average.
Capital expenditures attributable to WES, including equity investments but excluding acquisitions and capitalized interest, totaled $303.7 million on a cash basis during the fourth quarter of 2018, with maintenance capital expenditures on a cash basis of $29.9 million. For full-year 2018, capital expenditures attributable to WES, including equity investments but excluding acquisitions and capitalized interest, totaled $1,304 million on a cash basis, with maintenance capital expenditures on a cash basis of $91.1 million.
WESTERN GAS EQUITY PARTNERS, LP
WGP indirectly owns the entire general partner interest in WES, 100% of the incentive distribution rights in WES and 50,132,046 WES common units. Net income (loss) available to limited partners for 2018 totaled $369.4 million, or $1.69 per common unit (diluted). Net income (loss) available to limited partners for the fourth quarter of 2018 totaled $93.4 million, or $0.43 per common unit (diluted).
WGP previously declared a quarterly distribution of $0.6025 per unit for the fourth quarter of 2018. This distribution represented a 1% increase over the prior quarter's distribution and a 10% increase over the fourth-quarter 2017 distribution. The full-year 2018 distribution of $2.34875 per unit represented a 12% increase over the full-year 2017 distribution of $2.1050 per unit. WGP received distributions from WES of $134.4 million attributable to the fourth quarter of 2018 and will pay $131.9 million in distributions for the same period.
SIMPLIFICATION TRANSACTION AND STRATEGIC ACQUISITION
The special meeting of WES unitholders to vote on the WGP and WES merger transaction will be held on February 27, 2019. WGP and WES expect the merger and strategic asset acquisition transactions to close during the first quarter of 2019, subject to certain closing conditions under the terms of the merger agreement, including receipt of the required approval by WES's unitholders. Upon closing of the transactions, and as part of the merger, WGP will change its name to Western Midstream Partners, LP and its common units will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the "WES" ticker symbol.
CONFERENCE CALL TOMORROW AT 11 A.M. CST
WES and WGP will host a joint conference call on Friday, February 15, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. Central Standard Time (12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) to discuss fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 results. Individuals who would like to participate should dial 877-883-0383 (Domestic) or 412-902-6506 (International) approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled conference call time, and enter participant access code 8494579. To access the live audio webcast of the conference call, please visit the investor relations section of the Partnership's website at www.westerngas.com . A replay of the conference call will also be available on the website for two weeks following the call.
ABOUT WESTERN GAS
Western Gas Partners, LP ("WES") is a growth-oriented Delaware master limited partnership formed by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation to acquire, own, develop and operate midstream assets. With midstream assets located in the Rocky Mountains, North-central Pennsylvania, Texas and New Mexico, WES is engaged in the business of gathering, compressing, treating, processing and transporting natural gas; gathering, stabilizing and transporting condensate, natural gas liquids and crude oil; and gathering and disposing of produced water for Anadarko, as well as for third-party customers. In addition, in its capacity as a processor of natural gas, WES also buys and sells natural gas, NGLs and condensate on behalf of itself and as agent for its customers under certain of its contracts.
Western Gas Equity Partners, LP ("WGP") is a Delaware master limited partnership formed by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation to own the following types of interests in WES: (i) the general partner interest and all of the incentive distribution rights in WES, both owned through WGP's 100% ownership of WES's general partner, and (ii) 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 .
Important Information for Investors and Unitholders
This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval.
In connection with the proposed merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby (the "Simplification Transaction"), WGP filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") a registration statement on Form S-4, which includes a prospectus of WGP and a proxy statement of WES. WES and WGP also plan to file other documents with the Commission regarding the proposed Simplification Transaction. WES mailed a definitive proxy statement/prospectus to the unitholders of WES on January 28, 2019. INVESTORS AND UNITHOLDERS OF WES ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS (INCLUDING ALL AMENDMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE PROPOSED SIMPLIFICATION TRANSACTION THAT HAVE BEEN OR WILL BE FILED WITH THE COMMISSION CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED SIMPLIFICATION TRANSACTION. Investors and unitholders will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents containing important information about WES and WGP from the Commission, through the website maintained by the Commission at http://www.sec.gov . Copies of the documents filed with the Commission by WES and WGP will be available free of charge on their internet website at www.westerngas.com or by contacting their Investor Relations Department at 832-636-6000.
Participants in the Solicitation
WES, WGP, their respective general partners and their respective general partners' respective directors and certain of their executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the unitholders of WES in connection with the proposed Simplification Transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of WES is set forth in WES's Annual Report on Form 10-K which was filed with the Commission on February 16, 2018. Information about the directors and executive officers of WGP is set forth in WGP's Annual Report on Form 10-K which was filed with the Commission on February 16, 2018. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, are contained in the proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the Commission when they become available. Free copies of these documents can be obtained using the contact information above.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements. For example, statements regarding future financial performance, future competitive positioning and business synergies, future acquisition cost savings, future market demand, future benefits to unitholders, future economic and industry conditions, the proposed Simplification Transaction (including its benefits, results, effects and timing) and whether and when the Simplification Transaction will be consummated, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. WES, WGP and their respective general partners believe that their 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. Such factors include, but are not limited to: the failure of the unitholders of WES to approve the proposed Simplification Transaction; the risk that the conditions to the closing of the proposed Simplification Transaction are not satisfied; the risk that regulatory approvals required for the proposed Simplification Transaction are not obtained or are obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the announcement or completion of the proposed Simplification Transaction; uncertainties as to the timing of the proposed Simplification Transaction; competitive responses to the proposed Simplification Transaction; the inability to obtain or delay in obtaining cost savings and synergies from the proposed Simplification Transaction; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the proposed Simplification Transaction; the outcome of pending or potential litigation; the inability to retain key personnel; uncertainty of the expected financial performance of WGP following completion of the proposed Simplification Transaction; and any changes in general economic and/or industry specific conditions.
WES and WGP caution that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in WES's and WGP's most recently filed Annual Reports on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other Commission filings, which are available at the Commission's website, http://www.sec.gov . All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning WES, WGP, the proposed Simplification Transaction or other matters attributable to WES and WGP or any person acting on their behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of the particular statement. Except as required by law, WES, WGP and their respective general partners undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.
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Western Gas Partners, LP Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures
Below are reconciliations of (i) net income (loss) attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP (GAAP) to WES's Distributable cash flow (non-GAAP), (ii) net income (loss) attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP (GAAP) and net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP) to Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP ("Adjusted EBITDA") (non-GAAP), and (iii) operating income (loss) (GAAP) to Adjusted gross margin attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP ("Adjusted gross margin") (non-GAAP), as required under Regulation G of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Management believes that WES's Distributable cash flow, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted gross margin, and Coverage ratio are widely accepted financial indicators of WES's financial performance compared to other publicly traded partnerships and are useful in assessing its ability to incur and service debt, fund capital expenditures and make distributions. Distributable cash flow, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted gross margin and Coverage ratio, as defined by WES, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Therefore, WES's Distributable cash flow, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted gross margin and Coverage ratio should be considered in conjunction with net income (loss) attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP and other applicable performance measures, such as operating income (loss) or cash flows from operating activities.
Western Gas Partners, LP Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures, continued
Distributable Cash Flow
WES defines Distributable cash flow as Adjusted EBITDA, plus interest income and the net settlement amounts from the sale and/or purchase of natural gas, condensate and NGLs under WES's commodity price swap agreements to the extent such amounts are not recognized as Adjusted EBITDA, less Service revenues – fee based recognized in Adjusted EBITDA (less than) in excess of customer billings, net cash paid (or to be paid) for interest expense (including amortization of deferred debt issuance costs originally paid in cash, offset by non-cash capitalized interest), maintenance capital expenditures, Series A Preferred unit distributions and income taxes.
Western Gas Partners, LP Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures, continued
Adjusted EBITDA Attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP
WES defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP, plus distributions from equity investments, non-cash equity-based compensation expense, interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, impairments, and other expense (including lower of cost or market inventory adjustments recorded in cost of product), less gain (loss) on divestiture and other, net, income from equity investments, interest income, income tax benefit, and other income.
Western Gas Partners, LP Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures, continued
Adjusted Gross Margin Attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP
WES defines Adjusted gross margin as total revenues and other (less reimbursements for electricity-related expenses recorded as revenue), less cost of product, plus distributions from equity investments, and excluding the noncontrolling interest owner's proportionate share of revenue and cost of product.
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