HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Noble Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: NBLX) (Noble Midstream or the Partnership) today reported fourth quarter and full year 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) as well as Greenfield Midstream, LLC’s (Greenfield Midstream) 45.6% ownership of Black Diamond Gathering, LLC (Black Diamond Gathering); however, certain results are shown as “attributable to the Partnership,” which exclude the aforementioned non-controlling interests retained by Noble Energy and Greenfield Midstream. 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.
Fourth Quarter Highlights Include:
- Net Income of $57 million, or $42 million attributable to the Partnership
- Adjusted EBITDA¹ attributable to the Partnership of $59 million, a 23% increase over the fourth quarter of 2017
- Declared a 20% annual increase in distribution per unit to $0.5858, with a distribution coverage ratio¹ of 1.9x
- Set records for gross oil, gas and produced water gathering throughput. Combined gathering and sales volumes for oil, gas and produced water increased 153% from the fourth quarter of 2017
“Noble Midstream reported record operating and financial results in 2018, supporting continued 20% distribution per unit growth with a distribution coverage ratio of approximately two times. Our fourth quarter performance reinforces the strength of our core gathering business and, combined with our recent Permian Basin portfolio additions, I am confident we have a leading growth platform and are well positioned to increase unitholder value in 2019 and beyond,” stated Terry R. Gerhart, Chief Executive Officer of the general partner of Noble Midstream.
Fourth Quarter 2018 Results
Gathering throughput was above guidance across all product streams while fresh water delivery volumes were at the low end of guidance.
In the gathering business, oil and gas gathering and sales volumes of 284 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBoe/d) were up 26% compared to third quarter of 2018 and were up across all DevCos. Oil and gas gathering and sales volumes were up 26% in the DJ Basin and 29% in the Delaware Basin compared to the third quarter of 2018. Produced water gathering throughput of 148 thousand barrels of water per day (MBw/d) was up across all DevCos compared to the third quarter of 2018, growing 21% sequentially.
Average fresh water delivered in the fourth quarter in the DJ Basin was 8% lower than the third quarter of 2018; the previously announced reduction in completion activity from our customers was more pronounced than anticipated at year end. The Partnership delivered water to an average of 1.5 Noble Energy completion crews, primarily in the Green River DevCo, and 1.5 third-party completion crews in the Laramie River DevCo.
Fourth quarter investment income of $5.5 million was primarily comprised of approximately $1 million from the Partnership’s minority ownership in White Cliffs Pipeline LLC and approximately $4.5 million from the Partnership’s 50% ownership in the Advantage Pipeline, L.L.C.
Net income of $57 million was in line with guidance during the quarter. Adjusted EBITDA1 was $82 million in the fourth quarter, or 15% above the third quarter 2018, while Adjusted EBITDA1 attributable to the Partnership was flat from the third quarter of 2018 at $59 million due to the shift in customer activity to DevCos with a lower ownership percentage. The gathering segment represented approximately 87% of total Adjusted EBITDA1 attributable to the Partnership for the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter of 2018, cash interest expense attributable to the Partnership was $5.1 million and maintenance capital expenditures attributable to the Partnership totaled $5.7 million, resulting in distributable cash flow1 attributable to the Partnership of $48 million and a distribution coverage ratio1 of 1.9x.
1 Adjusted EBITDA and DCF 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.
Blanco River DevCo
Oil and gas gathering volumes at the Blanco River DevCo of 58 MBoe/d for the fourth quarter of 2018 were up 29% compared to the third quarter of 2018. The Partnership connected 14 wells during the quarter. Average central gathering facility (CGF) availability was 99.4%.
Trinity River DevCo
Strong customer demand at the Advantage Pipeline system continued during the fourth quarter of 2018, with quarterly volumes of 131 thousand barrels of oil per day (MBbl/d), up 24% from the third quarter of 2018 and 5% above the high end of quarterly guidance. Strong throughput growth during the quarter reflects the startup of services for a new customer in November across the major producing company’s 20,000 acres in the Southern Delaware Basin.
Green River DevCo
Green River results during the fourth quarter of 2018 reflect the significant contribution of oil, gas and produced water spec gathering services for Noble Energy’s Mustang development in the DJ Basin. Despite no new well connections during the fourth quarter of 2018, the continued production ramp of the 30 wells turned online during the second and third quarter of 2018 drove average oil and gas gathering throughput to approximately 25 MBoe/d, up from 7 MBoe/d in the prior quarter. Average produced water volumes of 11 MBw/d were up 35% versus the third quarter of 2018. Fresh water deliveries at Mustang during the fourth quarter totaled 89 MBw/d, up from 50 MBw/d in the third quarter of 2018.
Laramie River DevCo
Oil and gas gathering and sales volumes during the fourth quarter of 2018 were up 32% compared to the third quarter of 2018. Black Diamond Gathering fourth quarter throughput averaged 94 MBbl/d, representing a 32% increase over the third quarter 2018 and a 71% increase since the Black Diamond Gathering acquisition close in January 2018. The Partnership connected a combined 124 wells during the quarter on Black Diamond Gathering’s system and the Partnership’s wholly-owned third party gathering system for oil gathering.
Colorado River DevCo
Colorado River oil and gas gathering volumes were up 1% in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the third quarter of 2018, totaling 89 MBoe/d; the decline in the East Pony development area was offset by 22 new well connections in the Wells Ranch development area during the quarter. The decline in fresh water volumes during the quarter from 72 MBw/d to 14 MBw/d reflects Noble Energy’s transition to Mustang area completions.
Capital in the fourth quarter primarily reflected spending for customer well connections in the DJ Basin and Delaware Basin. Capital in the fourth quarter of $71 million was down 10% on a sequential basis while capital attributable to the Partnership of $38 million was down 6% on a sequential basis. These gross and net capital figures for the fourth quarter include the unplanned treatment of a Black Diamond Gathering line fill expenditure as capital ($5.5 million gross, $3 million net). Gross and net capital by DevCo is as follows:
4Q 2018 Capital Expenditures
|Laramie River *||DJ||100%||$||36||$||26|
|San Juan River||DJ||25%||$||—||$||—|
|Total Organic Capital Expenditures||$||71||$||38|
|Acquisition Capital Expenditures||$||—||$||—|
|Total Capital Expenditures||$||71||$||38|
* Includes capital expenditures for Black Diamond, which is 54.4% owned by Noble Midstream.
As of December 31, 2018, the Partnership had $752 million of liquidity with $12 million in cash on hand and $740 million available under its $800 million unsecured revolving credit facility.
On January 24, 2019, the board of directors of Noble Midstream’s general partner, Noble Midstream GP LLC, declared a fourth quarter cash distribution of $0.5858 per unit, a 20% increase from the fourth quarter 2017 and 56% above the minimum quarterly cash distribution. The fourth quarter distribution was paid on February 11, 2019, to unitholders of record as of February 4, 2019.
Full Year 2018 Financial Results
Net income for the full year was $189 million, up 15% compared to 2017. Adjusted EBITDA attributable to the Partnership of $221 million was up 43% on an annual basis. During 2018, Noble Midstream benefited from an increase in well connections versus 2017, successfully integrated the Black Diamond Gathering system, and executed the busiest capital program in the Partnership’s history. In addition, Noble Midstream realized significant third-party commercial success, including the commencement of third-party gathering in the Delaware Basin and a 40% increase in combined dedicated acres in the Blanco River and Laramie River DevCos. Throughput in 2018 on the Advantage Pipeline system and the Black Diamond Gathering system exceeded their respective acquisition cases. In 2018, the Partnership completed significant new growth projects, including three CGFs supporting Noble Energy’s development in the Delaware Basin, the spec gathering system for Noble Energy’s Mustang development in the DJ Basin, and the expansion of the Advantage Pipeline system’s capacity in the Permian Basin.
Noble Midstream will host a webcast and conference call today at 1:00 p.m. Central Time to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2018 financial and operational results as well as 2019 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 9351622. A replay of the conference call will be available at the same web location following the event.
About Noble Midstream Partners
Noble Midstream is a growth-oriented Delaware master limited partnership formed by Noble Energy, 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.
Forward Looking Statements
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, the Partnership’s 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 ability of third parties to complete construction of pipelines in which the Partnership holds equity interests 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
|Colorado River DevCo LP|
|Crude Oil Gathering Volumes (Bbl/d)||58,177||66,092||62,255||56,531|
|Natural Gas Gathering Volumes (MMBtu/d)||239,007||201,723||221,942||172,284|
|Produced Water Gathering Volumes (Bbl/d)||15,903||20,177||16,984||14,097|
|Fresh Water Delivery Volumes (Bbl/d)||13,531||67,486||47,012||83,856|
|Gathering and Fresh Water Delivery Revenues — Affiliate (in thousands)||$||39,339||$||48,816||$||178,311||$||175,258|
|San Juan River DevCo LP|
|Fresh Water Delivery Volumes (Bbl/d)||—||34,007||—||34,676|
|Fresh Water Delivery Revenues — Affiliate (in thousands)||$||—||$||8,761||$||(325||)||$||37,590|
|Green River DevCo LP|
|Crude Oil Gathering Volumes (Bbl/d)||20,101||—||6,519||—|
|Natural Gas Gathering Volumes (MMBtu/d)||42,084||—||12,934||—|
|Produced Water Gathering Volumes (Bbl/d)||10,981||—||4,874||—|
|Fresh Water Delivery Volumes (Bbl/d)||88,672||—||68,312||—|
|Gathering and Fresh Water Delivery Revenues — Affiliate (in thousands)||$||17,238||$||—||$||49,962||$||—|
|Blanco River DevCo LP|
|Crude Oil Gathering Volumes (Bbl/d)||42,963||11,251||28,235||3,791|
|Natural Gas Gathering Volumes (MMBtu/d)||117,747||26,330||74,120||8,634|
|Produced Water Gathering Volumes (Bbl/d)||108,249||24,053||71,297||7,996|
|Gathering Revenues — Affiliate and Third Party (in thousands)||$||19,741||$||4,300||$||50,728||$||5,876|
|Laramie River DevCo LP|
|Crude Oil Gathering and Sales Volumes (Bbl/d)||111,995||15,806||80,450||5,333|
|Natural Gas Gathering Volumes (MMBtu/d)||415||—||1,091||—|
|Produced Water Gathering Volumes (Bbl/d)||12,727||4,510||8,045||2,338|
|Fresh Water Delivery Volumes (Bbl/d)||77,450||33,747||60,430||37,458|
|Gathering and Fresh Water Delivery Revenues — Third Party (in thousands)||$||55,720||$||4,858||$||204,052||$||14,880|
|Total Gathering Systems|
|Crude Oil Gathering and Sales Volumes (Bbl/d)||233,236||93,149||177,459||65,655|
|Natural Gas Gathering Volumes (MMBtu/d)||399,253||228,053||310,087||180,918|
Barrels of Oil Equivalent (Boe/d)
|Produced Water Gathering Volumes (Bbl/d)||147,860||48,740||101,200||24,431|
|Gathering Revenues (in thousands)||$||113,133||$||46,670||$||394,117||$||146,835|
|Total Fresh Water Delivery|
|Fresh Water Delivery Volumes (Bbl/d)||179,653||135,240||175,754||155,990|
|Fresh Water Delivery Revenues (in thousands)||$||18,905||$||20,065||$||88,611||$||86,769|
Noble Midstream Partners LP
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per unit amounts, unaudited)
Three Months Ended
|Midstream Services Revenues|
|Crude Oil, Natural Gas and Produced Water Gathering — Affiliate||$||63,351||$||44,273||$||207,920||$||142,864|
|Crude Oil, Natural Gas and Produced Water Gathering — Third Party||19,591||2,397||48,387||3,971|
|Fresh Water Delivery — Affiliate||12,492||17,604||69,266||75,860|
|Fresh Water Delivery — Third Party||6,413||2,461||19,345||10,909|
|Crude Oil Sales — Third Party||31,709||—||141,490||—|
|Other — Affiliate||996||1,338||3,976||5,677|
|Other — Third Party||2,101||—||5,136||—|
|Total Midstream Services Revenues||136,653||68,073||495,520||239,281|
|Costs and Expenses|
|Cost of Crude Oil Sales||30,538||—||136,368||—|
|Depreciation and Amortization||19,238||4,470||65,314||12,953|
|General and Administrative||4,624||4,115||24,250||13,396|
|Other Operating Expense||1,806||—||1,806||—|
|Total Operating Expenses||81,192||23,186||312,220||80,356|
|Other (Income) Expense|
|Interest Expense, Net of Amount Capitalized||4,272||642||10,492||1,603|
|Total Other (Income) Expense||(1,192||)||(1,353||)||(5,797||)||(4,731||)|
|Income Before Income Taxes||56,653||46,240||189,097||163,656|
|Income Tax Provision||58||(13||)||221||20|
|Less: Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests||14,423||3,285||26,142||23,064|
|Net Income Attributable to Noble Midstream Partners LP||42,172||42,968||162,734||140,572|
|Less: Net Income Attributable to Incentive Distribution Rights||2,421||520||5,836||835|
|Net Income Attributable to Limited Partners||$||39,751||$||42,448||$||156,898||$||139,737|
|Net Income Attributable to Limited Partners Per Limited Partner Common and Subordinated Unit|
|Weighted Average Limited Partner Units Outstanding — Basic|
|Total Limited Partner Units||39,591||36,579||39,589||34,095|
|Weighted Average Limited Partner Units Outstanding — Diluted|
|Total Limited Partner Units||39,606||36,595||39,604||34,107|
Noble Midstream Partners LP
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, unaudited)
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||$||10,740||$||18,026|
|Accounts Receivable — Affiliate||31,613||27,539|
|Accounts Receivable — Third Party||23,091||2,641|
|Crude Oil Inventory||2,200||—|
|Other Current Assets||2,724||389|
|Total Current Assets||71,319||86,100|
|Property, Plant and Equipment|
|Total Property, Plant and Equipment, Gross||1,500,609||706,039|
|Less: Accumulated Depreciation and Amortization||(79,357||)||(44,271||)|
|Total Property, Plant and Equipment, Net||1,421,252||661,768|
|Intangible Assets, Net||310,202||—|
|Other Noncurrent Assets||3,093||1,429|
|Accounts Payable — Affiliate||$||2,778||$||1,616|
|Accounts Payable — Third Party||92,756||109,893|
|Other Current Liabilities||9,217||2,876|
|Total Current Liabilities||104,751||114,385|
|Asset Retirement Obligations||17,330||10,416|
|Other Long-Term Liabilities||582||3,727|
|Common Units (23,759 and 23,712 units outstanding, respectively)||699,866||642,616|
|Subordinated Units (15,903 units outstanding)||(130,207||)||(168,136||)|
|Total Partners’ Equity||572,080||475,000|
|Total Liabilities and Equity||$||1,997,917||$||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, unit-based compensation and certain other items that we do not view as indicative of our ongoing performance. 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. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio is net income. Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio should not be considered alternatives to net income or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio exclude some, but not all, items that affect net income, and these measures may vary from those of other companies.