HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Noble Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: NBLX) (Noble Midstream or the Partnership) today reported first quarter 2018 financial and operational results.
The Partnership’s results are consolidated to include the non-controlling interests in the Partnership’s development companies (DevCos) retained by Noble Energy, Inc. (Noble Energy); however, certain results are shown as “attributable to the Partnership,” which excludes the non-controlling interests in the DevCos retained by Noble Energy. Noble Midstream believes the results “attributable to the Partnership” provide the best representation of the ongoing operations from which the Partnership’s unitholders will benefit.
Volumes from Black Diamond Gathering, LLC (Black Diamond Gathering) are included in the Partnership’s financial statements subsequent to the January 31, 2018 acquisition of Saddle Butte Rockies Midstream, LLC and certain affiliates (Saddle Butte). The Partnership’s 54.4% ownership of Black Diamond Gathering will be consolidated for accounting purposes and held through its wholly owned subsidiary, Laramie River DevCo. Greenfield Midstream, LLC owns 45.6% of Black Diamond Gathering, which is also included in non-controlling interests.
First Quarter Highlights include:
- Net Income of $39 million attributable to the Partnership
- Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities of $46 million
- Adjusted EBITDA1 of $58 million, or $54 million attributable to the Partnership, an increase over the prior quarter of 13% attributable to the Partnership
- Distribution per unit of $0.5110, a 4.7% increase from the fourth quarter 2017 distribution and 36% above the minimum quarterly cash distribution; this represents a 24% year-over-year increase
- Distributable Cash Flow (DCF)1 attributable to the Partnership of $47 million, resulting in distribution coverage1 of 2.3x
- Oil and gas gathering volumes of 162 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBoe/d), up 33% versus fourth quarter 2017 volumes
- Record throughput on the Advantage Pipeline system of 88 MBbl/d, 47% above fourth quarter 2017 volumes
- With the startup of the Coronado and Billy Miner II central gathering facilities (CGF), current Delaware Basin oil and gas gathering capacity is 90 MBoe/d from four CGFs
- Commenced fresh water deliveries for Noble Energy’s Mustang development in the DJ Basin in March 2018, through Green River DevCo
- Extended the maturity date of the revolving credit facility by 18 months to March 2023 and increased the facility size to $800 million, with an additional $350 million accordion
“The Partnership is off to a strong start executing on our 2018 growth projects, further reinforcing confidence in business fundamentals and our recently enhanced outlook through 2022. We remain on track to increase oil and gas capacity in the Delaware Basin to 115 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day, with five central gathering facilities expected to be online by mid-year. In the DJ Basin, construction progress on backbone infrastructure in the Green River DevCo is well underway while Black Diamond operatorship successfully transitioned to Noble Midstream during the quarter. I’m very pleased with the continued strength of our business, supporting organic 20% annual distribution growth while maintaining best in class coverage and leverage,” Terry R. Gerhart, Chief Executive Officer of Noble Midstream stated.
First Quarter 2018 Results and Recent Highlights
Gathering throughput as well as fresh water delivery volumes were consistent with or above guidance ranges for the first quarter.
In the gathering business, combined throughput for oil, gas and produced water was up 22% compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. Oil and gas gathering volumes grew across all DevCos, with the largest growth realized in the Blanco River and Laramie River DevCos. First quarter gathering volumes reflect two months of oil throughput on Black Diamond Gathering. Produced water gathering volumes were down slightly compared to the fourth quarter of 2017 due to timing of wells coming online.
In the Delaware Basin, construction of the Coronado CGF was completed on March 30, 2018, with throughput commencing in early April 2018. The Billy Miner II CGF began operations on April 20, 2018, and the Collier CGF remains on track for start-up in May 2018.
In addition, the company commenced compression services in the Delaware Basin for Noble Energy through the Trinity River DevCo, with new build installed horsepower anticipated to total 18,000 by mid-year.
Strong customer demand continued at the Advantage Pipeline System in the first quarter, with quarterly volumes nearly tripling versus levels at the time of acquisition close. April 2018 nominations were 108 MBbl/d and May 2018 nominations grew to 120 MBbl/d.
With the Black Diamond Gathering connection to Tallgrass completed during the first quarter, the system currently connects to all four major oil takeaway outlets in the DJ Basin. In addition, during the quarter, the Partnership’s legacy third party gathering system in Laramie River was connected to Black Diamond Gathering at the Lucerne Terminal. May Black Diamond nominations are 58 MBbl/d, up over 5% from throughput at the end of January.
Average fresh water delivered in the first quarter was 12% above of the high end of guidance at 168 thousand barrels of water per day (MBw/d). The Partnership delivered water to 3 completion crews on dedicated acreage in the DJ Basin during the quarter, compared to approximately 2.5 in the fourth quarter of 2017.
First quarter investment income is primarily comprised of approximately $830 thousand from the Partnership’s minority ownership in White Cliffs Pipeline LLC and approximately $2 million from the Partnership’s 50% ownership in the Advantage Joint Venture.
Net income attributable to the Partnership for the first quarter was $39 million, or $0.97 per limited partner unit. Net income was below guidance due to higher than expected depreciation and amortization; the increase was driven by the amortization of intangible assets, related to customer relationships and contracts that were acquired during our Saddle Butte acquisition.
Adjusted EBITDA1 was $58 million in the first quarter, or 12% above the prior quarter, while Adjusted EBITDA1 attributable to the Partnership grew 13% above the fourth quarter to $54 million, or $40 million excluding fresh water delivery. Quarterly adjustments include approximately $6 million in transaction expenses associated with the Saddle Butte acquisition.
In the first quarter, cash interest expense attributable to the Partnership was $2.4 million and maintenance capital expenditures attributable to the Partnership totaled $4.5 million, resulting in DCF1 attributable to the Partnership of $47 million and a distribution coverage ratio1 of 2.3x.
Organic capital expenditures in the first quarter totaled $249 million, or $128 million attributable the Partnership, primarily due to the following items:
- Laramie River DevCo – The Partnership connected 74 wells during the quarter. Laramie River capital now reflects capital associated with Black Diamond Gathering operations.
- Blanco River DevCo – Completion of the third CGF, Coronado, as well as construction capital for the Billy Miner II and Collier CGFs.
- Trinity River DevCo – Equipment procurement for expansion of the Advantage Pipeline nameplate capacity to 200 MBbl/d from 150 MBbl/d. Capital also reflects the initial funding of the compression segment in the Delaware Basin.
- Colorado River DevCo – 31 combined well connections in Noble Energy’s Wells Ranch and East Pony development areas.
- Green River DevCo – Construction on fresh water delivery infrastructure expansion in Noble Energy’s Mustang area and procurement and construction on the oil, gas and produced water gathering systems. The gathering system is expected to be operational by mid-year 2018.
|1Q 2018 Capital Expenditures|
Total Organic Capital Expenditures
|Acquisition Capital Expenditures||$||206||$||112|
|Total Capital Expenditures||$||455||$||240|
As of March 31, 2018, the Partnership had $390 million of liquidity with $25 million in cash on hand and $365 million undrawn under its $800 million unsecured revolving credit facility.
On April 26, 2018, the Board of Directors of Noble Midstream’s general partner, Noble Midstream GP LLC, declared a first quarter cash distribution of $0.5110 per unit, a 4.7% increase from the fourth quarter 2017.
The first quarter distribution is payable on May 14, 2018, to unitholders of record as of May 7, 2018.
Second Quarter 2018 and Full Year Guidance
Ahead of the startup of projects driving second half volume growth, gathering volumes in the second quarter are expected to grow from the first quarter driven primarily by throughput increases at Laramie River as well as growth projects in the Blanco River DevCo. As previously indicated, fresh water delivery volumes are anticipated to be down in the second quarter due to timing of customer completion activity and expected to rebound in the second half of the year. Second quarter net EBITDA will be impacted by a fresh water delivery mix shift as Noble Energy moves completion activity from Colorado River DevCo (100% owned) to Green River DevCo (25% owned).
Full year 2018 gross oil and gas gathering volumes remain unchanged at 200 to 235 MBoe/d and the Partnership continues to expect volumes growth acceleration in the second half of the year, as customers increase activity and multiple new projects are expected to be placed in service.
Given strong demand at the Advantage Pipeline system, we now expect volumes to average at least 100 MBbl/d compared to prior guidance of 90 – 100 MBbl/d. These volumes are not included in our oil and gas gathering volume guidance given accounting treatment classification as equity from investment income.
Full year net income is now anticipated to be between $175 million and $210 million. Full year 2018 Adjusted EBITDA is unchanged at between $275 million and $315 million, or $215 million and $235 million attributable to the Partnership.
Noble Midstream’s 2018 organic capital budget is $500 – $535 million, or $270 – $285 million attributable to the Partnership, primarily related to growth projects in the DJ Basin and the Delaware Basin.
|Oil Gathered (MBbl/d)||130||160 – 175||165 – 190|
|Gas Gathered (MMcf/d)||191||195 – 215||215 – 265|
|Oil and Gas Gathered (MBoe/d)||162||190 – 210||200 – 235|
|Produced Water Gathered (MBw/d)||47||75 – 90||80 – 110|
|Fresh Water Delivered (MBw/d)||168||110 – 130||130 – 190|
|Net Income||$39||$34 – $39||$175 – $210|
|Gross Adjusted EBITDA1||$58||$58 – $63||$275 – $315|
|Net Adjusted EBITDA1||$54||$46 – $51||$215 – $235|
|Distributable Cash Flow1||$47||$37 – $42||$180 – $195|
|Distribution Coverage Ratio1,2||2.3x||1.7x – 1.9x||1.9x – 2.1x|
Gross Capital, Excluding Acquisitions
|$249||$145 – $165||$500 – $535|
|Net Capital, Excluding Acquisitions||$128||$60 – $70||$270 – $285|
Further details with respect to the first quarter results and guidance can be found in the supplemental presentation on the Partnership’s website, www.nblmidstream.com.
1 Results “attributable to the Partnership” exclude the non-controlling interests in the DevCos retained by Noble Energy. Adjusted EBITDA, DCF and Distribution Coverage Ratio are not Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) measures. Definitions and reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP reporting measures appear in Schedule 4 of the financial tables which follow.
2 Assumes 20% distribution growth
Noble Midstream will host a webcast and conference call today at 1:00 p.m. Central Time to discuss first quarter 2018 financial and operational results and updated 2018 guidance. The live audio webcast and related presentation material is accessible on the ‘Investors’ page of the Partnership’s website at www.nblmidstream.com. Conference call numbers for participation are 877-883-0383, or 412-902-6506 for international calls. The passcode number is 8073382. A replay of the conference call will be available at the same web location following the event.
About Noble Midstream Partners
Noble Midstream Partners LP is a growth-oriented master limited partnership formed by Noble Energy, Inc. to own, operate, develop and acquire domestic midstream infrastructure assets. Noble Midstream currently provides crude oil, natural gas, and water-related midstream services in the DJ Basin in Colorado and the Delaware Basin in Texas. For more information, please visit www.nblmidstream.com.
This news release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities law. Words such as “anticipates”, “believes”, “expects”, “intends”, “will”, “should”, “may”, “estimates”, and similar expressions may be used to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not statements of historical fact and reflect the Partnership’s current views about future events. No assurances can be given that the forward-looking statements contained in this news release will occur as projected and actual results may differ materially from those projected. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and assumptions that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks include, without limitation, our customers’ ability to meet their drilling and development plans, changes in general economic conditions, competitive conditions in the Partnership’s industry, actions taken by third-party operators, gatherers, processors and transporters, the demand for crude oil and natural gas gathering and processing services, the Partnership’s ability to successfully implement its business plan, the Partnership’s ability to complete internal growth projects on time and on budget, the price and availability of debt and equity financing, the availability and price of crude oil and natural gas to the consumer compared to the price of alternative and competing fuels, and other risks inherent in the Partnership’s business, including those described under “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Statements” in the Partnership’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These reports are also available from the Partnership’s office or website, www.nblmidstream.com. Forward-looking statements are based on the estimates and opinions of management at the time the statements are made. Noble Midstream does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements should circumstances, management’s estimates, or opinions change.
This news release also contains certain non-GAAP measures of financial performance that management believes are good tools for internal use and the investment community in evaluating Noble Midstream’s overall financial performance. Please see the attached schedules for reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this news release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.
This release serves as a qualified notice to nominees and brokers as provided for under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b) that 100% of the Partnership’s distributions to foreign investors are attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, the Partnership’s distributions to foreign investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest effective tax rate. Nominees, and not the Partnership, are treated as withholding agents responsible for withholding on the distributions received by them on behalf of foreign investors.
|Noble Midstream Partners LP|
|Revenue and Throughput Volume Statistics|
|Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Colorado River DevCo LP|
|Crude Oil Gathering Volumes (Mbbl/d)||67||44|
|Natural Gas Gathering Volumes (BBtu/d)||208||146|
|Produced Water Gathering Volumes (Mbbl/d)||16||9|
|Fresh Water Delivery Volumes (Mbbl/d)||102||74|
|Gathering and Fresh Water Delivery Revenues — Affiliate (in thousands)||$||52,274||$||36,211|
|San Juan River DevCo LP|
|Fresh Water Delivery Volumes (Mbbl/d)||—||56|
|Gathering and Fresh Water Delivery Revenues — Affiliate (in thousands)||$||447||$||12,517|
|Green River DevCo LP|
|Fresh Water Delivery Volumes (Mbbl/d)||22||—|
|Fresh Water Delivery Revenues — Affiliate (in thousands)||$||3,444||$||—|
|Blanco River DevCo LP|
|Crude Oil Gathering Volumes (Mbbl/d)||14||—|
|Natural Gas Gathering Volumes (BBtu/d)||40||—|
|Produced Water Gathering Volumes (Mbbl/d)||26||—|
|Gathering Revenues — Affiliate (in thousands)||$||6,887||$||—|
|Laramie River DevCo LP|
|Crude Oil Sales Volumes (Mbbl/d)||5||—|
|Crude Oil Gathering Volumes (Mbbl/d)||49||—|
|Produced Water Gathering Volumes (Mbbl/d)||5||—|
|Fresh Water Delivery Volumes (Mbbl/d)||44||—|
|Gathering and Fresh Water Delivery Revenues — Third Party (in thousands)||$||32,454||$||—|
|Trinity River DevCo LLC (Delaware Basin)|
|Natural Gas Compression Volumes (BBtu/d)||27||—|
|Gathering Revenues — Affiliate (in thousands)||$||384||$||—|
|Total Gathering Systems|
|Crude Oil Sales Volumes (Mbbl/d)||5||—|
|Crude Oil Gathering Volumes (Mbbl/d)||130||44|
|Natural Gas Gathering Volumes (BBtu/d)||248||146|
|Barrels of Oil Equivalent (Boe/d)||162||63|
|Produced Water Gathering Volumes (Mbbl/d)||47||9|
|Natural Gas Compression Volumes (BBtu/d)||27||—|
|Gathering Revenues (in thousands)||$||71,704||$||28,409|
|Total Fresh Water Delivery|
|Fresh Water Delivery Volumes (Bbl/d)||168||130|
|Fresh Water Delivery Revenues (in thousands)||$||24,186||$||20,319|
|Noble Midstream Partners LP|
|Consolidated Statement of Operations|
|(in thousands, except per unit amounts, unaudited)|
|Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Midstream Services Revenues|
|Crude Oil, Natural Gas and Produced Water Gathering — Affiliate||$||43,024||$||28,409|
|Crude Oil, Natural Gas and Produced Water Gathering — Third Party||6,570||—|
|Fresh Water Delivery — Affiliate||20,284||20,319|
|Fresh Water Delivery — Third Party||3,902||—|
|Crude Oil Treating — Affiliate||955||1,267|
|Crude Oil Sales — Third Party||22,110||—|
|Other — Affiliate||—||319|
|Other — Third Party||888||—|
|Costs and Expenses|
|Cost of Crude Oil Sales||21,439||—|
|Depreciation and Amortization||11,329||2,449|
|General and Administrative||10,442||2,742|
|Total Operating Expenses||60,358||16,592|
|Other (Income) Expense|
|Interest Expense, Net of Amount Capitalized||1,033||267|
|Total Other Income||(1,835||)||(798||)|
|Income Before Income Taxes||39,210||34,520|
|Income Tax Provision||74||—|
|Less: Net (Loss) Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests||(225||)||10,178|
|Net Income Attributable to Noble Midstream Partners LP||39,361||24,342|
|Less: Net Income Attributable to Incentive Distribution Rights||819||—|
|Net Income Attributable to Limited Partners||$||38,542||$||24,342|
|Net Income Attributable to Limited Partners Per Limited Partner Unit — Basic and Diluted|
|Weighted Average Limited Partner Units Outstanding — Basic|
|Total Limited Partner Units||39,586||31,806|
|Weighted Average Limited Partner Units Outstanding — Diluted|
|Total Limited Partner Units||39,601||31,812|
|Noble Midstream Partners LP|
|Consolidated Balance Sheet|
|(in thousands, unaudited)|
|March 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||$||24,924||$||18,026|
|Accounts Receivable — Affiliate||27,584||27,539|
|Accounts Receivable — Third Party||15,778||2,641|
|Other Current Assets||4,076||389|
|Total Current Assets||72,362||86,100|
|Property, Plant and Equipment|
|Total Property, Plant and Equipment, Gross||1,161,012||706,039|
|Less: Accumulated Depreciation and Amortization||(50,142||)||(44,271||)|
|Total Property, Plant and Equipment, Net||1,110,870||661,768|
|Intangible Assets, Net||334,435||—|
|Accounts Payable — Affiliate||$||3,968||$||1,616|
|Accounts Payable — Trade||211,399||109,893|
|Other Current Liabilities||3,110||2,876|
|Total Current Liabilities||218,477||114,385|
|Asset Retirement Obligations||11,791||10,416|
|Other Long-Term Liabilities||3,758||3,727|
|Common Units (23,758 and 23,712 units outstanding, respectively)||655,602||642,616|
|Subordinated Units (15,903 units outstanding)||(159,203||)||(168,136||)|
|Total Partners’ Equity||497,218||475,000|
|Total Liabilities and Equity||$||1,711,678||$||829,758|
Noble Midstream Partners LP
Reconciliations of GAAP Financial Measures to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This news release, the financial tables and other supplemental information include Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow, and Distribution Coverage Ratio, all of which are non-GAAP measures which may be used periodically by management when discussing our financial results with investors and analysts.
We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income before income taxes, net interest expense, depreciation and amortization, transaction expenses and unit-based compensation. Adjusted EBITDA is used as a supplemental financial measure by management and by external users of our financial statements, such as investors, industry analysts, lenders and ratings agencies, to assess:
- our operating performance as compared to those of other companies in the midstream energy industry, without regard to financing methods, historical cost basis or capital structure;
- the ability of our assets to generate sufficient cash flow to make distributions to our partners;
- our ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures;
- and the viability of acquisitions and other capital expenditure projects and the returns on investment of various investment opportunities.
We define Distributable Cash Flow as Adjusted EBITDA less estimated maintenance capital expenditures and cash interest expense. Distributable Cash Flow is used by management to evaluate our overall performance. Our partnership agreement requires us to distribute all available cash on a quarterly basis, and Distributable Cash Flow is one of the factors used by the board of directors of our general partner to help determine the amount of available cash that is available to our unitholders for a given period. We define Distribution Coverage Ratio as Distributable Cash Flow divided by total distributions declared. The Distribution Coverage Ratio is used by management to illustrate our ability to make our distributions each quarter.
We believe that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow, and Distribution Coverage Ratio provide information useful to investors in assessing our financial condition and results of operations.
Noble Midstream Partners LP