HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Noble Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: NBLX) (Noble Midstream or the Partnership) today reported first quarter 2019 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.
First Quarter Highlights include:
- Net Income of $63 million, or $44 million attributable to the Partnership
- Adjusted EBITDA¹ attributable to the Partnership of $63 million, a 14% increase over the first quarter of 2018
- Organic capital expenditures attributable to the Partnership of $36 million, a 72% reduction compared to the first quarter of 2018
- Declared a 20% annual increase in distribution per unit to $0.6132, with a distribution coverage ratio¹ of 1.9x
- Record oil and gas gathering and sales volumes of 287 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBoe/d), up 73% versus first quarter of 2018
- Reported fresh water delivery volumes of 220 thousand barrels of water per day (MBw/d), up 31% from the first quarter of 2018
- Closed transformative Permian equity investments in the EPIC Crude Pipeline (30% interest), EPIC Y-Grade Pipeline (15% interest), and Delaware Crossing joint venture (50% interest)
- Secured a $200 million preferred equity commitment for the EPIC Crude Pipeline, with an initial $100 million funded during the first quarter of 2019
“We continued strong execution and captured meaningful capital efficiencies during the first quarter of 2019, delivering quarterly throughput and EBITDA according to plan on capital that was below expectations. This, combined with closing of our transformative Permian joint ventures, provides a leading growth platform with meaningful geographic, service and customer diversification. We’ve accomplished a lot in a short period to build a business with a strong multi-year cash flow growth profile,” Terry R. Gerhart, Chief Executive Officer of Noble Midstream stated.
First Quarter 2019 Results
Gathering throughput was consistent with expectations while fresh water delivery volumes were above the guided range for the first quarter.
In the gathering business, oil and gas gathering and sales volumes of 287 MBoe/d were up slightly from the fourth quarter of 2018 as an increase in DJ Basin throughput was offset by planned lower volumes in the Delaware Basin. As expected, produced water gathering throughput was down 4% compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 based on the fewer well connections.
Average fresh water delivered in the first quarter was 5% above of the high end of guidance at 220 MBw/d and up 22% compared to the fourth quarter of 2018. The Partnership delivered water to approximately four completion crews on dedicated acreage in the DJ Basin during the quarter, compared to approximately three in the fourth quarter of 2018.
First quarter investment income of $2.3 million was primarily comprised of approximately $3.4 million from the Partnership’s minority ownership in White Cliffs Pipeline LLC and from the Partnership’s 50% ownership in the Advantage Pipeline, L.L.C.; this was offset by a loss from the Delaware Crossing Joint Venture of $1.1 million driven by one-time transaction expenses.
Net income of $63 million was in line with guidance during the quarter. Adjusted EBITDA¹ was $91 million in the first quarter, or 11% above the fourth quarter 2018, while Adjusted EBITDA¹ attributable to the Partnership was up 7% from the fourth quarter of 2018 at $63 million.
In the first quarter of 2019, cash interest expense attributable to the Partnership was $6.6 million and maintenance capital expenditures attributable to the Partnership totaled $6 million, resulting in distributable cash flow¹ attributable to the Partnership of $54 million and a distribution coverage ratio¹ of 1.9x.
1 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.
Green River DevCo
Green River results during the first quarter of 2019 reflect record oil, gas and produced water throughput for Noble Energy’s Mustang development in the DJ Basin. The Partnership turned online 21 wells during the first quarter of 2019, driving average oil and gas gathering throughput to approximately 35 MBoe/d, up 36% from the prior quarter. Average produced water volumes of 10 MBw/d were relatively consistent with the fourth quarter of 2018. Fresh water deliveries at Mustang during the first quarter of 2019 totaled 120 MBw/d, up from 89 MBw/d in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Laramie River DevCo
Oil and gas gathering and sales volumes during the first quarter of 2019 were up 2% compared to the fourth quarter of 2018. First quarter Black Diamond Gathering throughput averaged 92 MBbl/d, representing a 3% decline over the fourth quarter 2018 and a 67% increase since the Black Diamond Gathering acquisition close in January 2018. The Partnership connected a combined 88 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 down 3% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, totaling 86 MBoe/d, with an increase in Wells Ranch offset by a decline in East Pony; no new wells were connected during the quarter.
Blanco River DevCo
As planned, oil and gas gathering volumes at the Blanco River DevCo of 51 MBoe/d for the first quarter of 2019 were down 12% compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 while produced water gathering volumes were down 4% on a sequential basis. The decline in gathering throughput reflects fewer wells coming online during the quarter, with the Partnership connecting 9 wells for Noble Energy. Average central gathering facility (CGF) availability was 99%. Throughput growth is anticipated to resume in the second quarter of 2019.
Trinity River DevCo
Quarterly volumes on the Advantage Pipeline system totaled 95 thousand barrels of oil per day (MBbl/d), compared to 130 MBbl/d during the fourth quarter of 2018 and 88 MBbl/d during the first quarter of 2018. The sequential decline was primarily driven by a key volume commitment shipper temporarily utilizing volume credits earned in 2018.
Capital expenditures in the first quarter primarily reflected spending for customer well connections in the DJ Basin and Delaware Basin. Capital expenditures in the first quarter of $75 million were 35% below the low end of guidance and $36 million attributable to the partnership were 40% below the low end of guidance due primarily to sustainable savings from efficiencies, cost focus and supplier negotiations as well as the timing of customer activity. In addition, the Partnership had additions to investments totaling $271 million during the first quarter of 2019, prior to the preferred financing for the EPIC Crude Pipeline. This included $265 million related to the EPIC Crude ($104 million), EPIC Y-Grade ($123 million) and Delaware Crossing ($38 million) joint ventures.
1Q 2019 Capital Expenditures
|Laramie River *||DJ||100%||$||23||$||16|
|San Juan River||DJ||25%||$||—||$||
|Total Capital Expenditures||$||75||$||36|
|Additions to Investments||$||271||$||271|
|Capital Expenditures and Investments||$||346||$||307|
* Includes capital expenditures for Black Diamond, which is 54.4% owned by Noble Midstream.
Liquidity and Balance Sheet
As of March 31, 2019, the Partnership had $580 million of liquidity with $10 million in cash on hand and $570 million available under its $800 million unsecured revolving credit facility. During the quarter, Noble Midstream secured a $200 million preferred equity commitment for the EPIC Crude pipeline, with an initial $100 million funded during the first quarter and the remaining $100 million available for a one-year period subject to certain conditions precedent. Initial proceeds were used to repay a portion of outstanding borrowings under our revolving credit facility. The preferred equity is perpetual with a 6.5% dividend rate, payable quarterly in cash, with the ability to accrue unpaid dividends during the first two years. During any quarter in which a dividend is accrued, the accreted value of the preferred equity will be increased by the accrued but unpaid dividend. The preferred equity is reported net of offering costs as mezzanine equity on the Partnership’s balance sheet.
Quarterly Distribution and Update on Subordinated Units
On April 25, 2019, the board of directors of Noble Midstream’s general partner, Noble Midstream GP LLC, declared a first quarter cash distribution of $0.6132 per unit, a 20% increase from the first quarter 2018 and 64% above the minimum quarterly cash distribution. The first quarter distribution is payable on May 13, 2019, to unitholders of record as of May 6, 2019. Upon payment of the first quarter 2019 distribution to unitholders on May 13, 2019, the requirements for the conversion of all subordinated units will be satisfied under our Partnership agreement. As a result, the Partnership expects that the subordinated units will convert to common units in accordance with the First Amended and Restated Limited Partnership Agreement of Noble Midstream and participate on terms equal with all other common units in distributions of available cash. The conversion will not impact the amount of the cash distributions paid by the Partnership or the total units outstanding.
Second Quarter 2019 and Full Year Guidance
As planned, and consistent with 2018, the second quarter of 2019 is anticipated to be the lowest quarter for both volumes and financial guidance items. At the midpoint of guidance, gross oil and gas gathering and sales volumes are anticipated to be up slightly; volumes are anticipated to grow sequentially in the Blanco River DevCo and in the Green River DevCo. This is expected to be offset by lower throughput in the Colorado River DevCo, with no new well connections in Wells Ranch until the middle of the second quarter of 2019. At the midpoint of guidance, produced water throughput is anticipated to be up 16% in the second quarter 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2019. Gross fresh water volumes are anticipated to be down quarter over quarter, totaling between 140 and 160 MBw/d, with delivery approximately two crews compared to nearly four during the first quarter of 2019.
Full-year 2019 combined gross oil and gas gathering volumes remain unchanged at 299-325 MBoe/d, which at the midpoint of guidance, represents more than a 40% increase in throughput compared to 2018. The Partnership expects volume growth acceleration in the second half of the year, with the highest number of well connections during the third quarter. This is supported by third-party processing additions in the DJ Basin and with the startup of additional crude oil takeaway capacity in the Delaware Basin.
Full-year 2019 gross produced water gathering volumes are still expected to range between 160 and 190 MBw/d, which at the midpoint of guidance, represents over 70% annual growth compared to 2018.
Fresh water delivery volumes are anticipated to run at lower levels compared to the first quarter 2019 for the remainder of the year, with delivery to between two and three completion crews. Fresh water delivery volumes are anticipated to average between 140 and 170 MBw/d.
For the full-year, the Partnership is incorporating contributions from its equity investments in the EPIC Crude and EPIC Y-Grade pipelines. Including this, full year 2019 net income is anticipated to be between $233 million and $257 million. The Partnership is narrowing full-year 2019 Adjusted EBITDA guidance to between $355 million and $380 million. Adjusted EBITDA attributable to the Partnership is still anticipated to range between $245 million and $270 million.
Based on strong performance relative to guidance in the first quarter of 2019, Noble Midstream is currently tracking towards the low-end to below its 2019 organic capital budget of $335 million – $375 million, or $180 million – $210 million attributable to the Partnership. This provides the Partnership flexibility for any capital associated with additional commercial success or changes in customer activity levels in the balance of 2019. In addition, our equity investments in the Delaware Crossing, EPIC Crude Oil Pipeline, and EPIC Y-Grade Pipeline are still anticipated to total between $570 million and $615 million in 2019, prior to the preferred investment in the EPIC Crude Pipeline.
|Oil Gathered (MBbl/d)¹||228||217 – 227||235 – 255|
|Gas Gathered (MMcf/d)||353||395 – 410||385 – 420|
|Oil and Gas Gathered (MBoe/d)¹||287||283 – 295||299 – 325|
|Produced Water Gathered (MBw/d)||142||160 – 170||160 – 190|
|Fresh Water Delivered (MBw/d)||220||140 – 160||140 – 170|
|Net Income||$63||$45 – $52||$233 – $257|
|Gross Adjusted EBITDA2||$91||$76 – $83||$355 – $380|
|Net Adjusted EBITDA2||$63||$55 – $61||$245 – $270|
|Distributable Cash Flow2||$54||$39 – $46||$190 – $205|
|Distribution Coverage Ratio2,3||1.9x||1.3x – 1.5x||1.5x – 1.6x|
|Gross Capital, Excluding Investments||$75||$80 – $90||$335 – $375|
|Net Capital, Excluding Investments||$36||$40 – $50||$180 – $210|
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 Includes crude oil sales volume
2 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 financial measures calculated in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). For definitions of these non-GAAP measures, see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.
3 Assumes 20% annualized distribution growth
Noble Midstream will host a webcast and conference call today at 10:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss first quarter 2019 financial and operational results. Conference call numbers for participation are 877-883-0383, or 412-902-6506 for international calls. The passcode number is 1549247. The live audio webcast and related presentation material is accessible on the ‘Investors’ page of the Partnership’s website at www.nblmidstream.com. A replay of the conference call will be available at the same web location following the event.
About Noble Midstream
Noble Midstream 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.
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 useful 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 (Bbl/d)||52,668||66,537|
|Natural Gas Gathering Volumes (MMBtu/d)||263,298||207,848|
|Produced Water Gathering Volumes (Bbl/d)||13,380||16,220|
|Fresh Water Delivery Volumes (Bbl/d)||14,147||101,877|
|Gathering and Fresh Water Delivery Revenues — Affiliate (in thousands)||$||43,701||
|San Juan River DevCo LP|
|Fresh Water Delivery Volumes (Bbl/d)||40,236||—|
|Gathering and Fresh Water Delivery Revenues — Affiliate (in thousands)||$||7,271||$||447|
|Green River DevCo LP|
|Crude Oil Gathering Volumes (Bbl/d)||23,123||—|
|Natural Gas Gathering Volumes (MMBtu/d)||90,933||—|
|Produced Water Gathering Volumes (Bbl/d)||10,486||—|
|Fresh Water Delivery Volumes (Bbl/d)||120,451||21,995|
|Gathering and Fresh Water Delivery Revenues — Affiliate (in thousands)||$||21,614||$||3,444|
|Blanco River DevCo LP|
|Crude Oil Gathering Volumes (Bbl/d)||38,479||14,409|
|Natural Gas Gathering Volumes (MMBtu/d)||98,651||39,703|
|Produced Water Gathering Volumes (Bbl/d)||104,246||25,985|
|Gathering Revenues — Affiliate and Third Party (in thousands)||$||17,329||$||6,887|
|Laramie River DevCo LP|
|Crude Oil Gathering and Sales Volumes (Bbl/d) (1)||113,450||53,293|
|Natural Gas Gathering Volumes (MMBtu/d)||5,773||—|
|Produced Water Gathering Volumes (Bbl/d)||14,178||4,773|
|Fresh Water Delivery Volumes (Bbl/d)||44,880||43,871|
|Gathering and Fresh Water Delivery Revenues — Third Party (in thousands)||$||54,096||$||32,454|
|Total Gathering Systems|
|Crude Oil Gathering and Sales Volumes (Bbl/d)||227,720||134,239|
|Natural Gas Gathering Volumes (MMBtu/d)||458,655||247,551|
|Barrels of Oil Equivalent (Boe/d)||286,522||165,976|
|Produced Water Gathering Volumes (Bbl/d)||142,290||46,978|
|Gathering Revenues (in thousands)||$||114,739||$||71,704|
|Total Fresh Water Delivery|
|Fresh Water Delivery Volumes (Bbl/d)||219,714||167,743|
|Fresh Water Delivery Revenues (in thousands)||$||31,396||$||24,186|
|(1)||Includes crude oil gathering volumes as well as crude oil that is sold to customers and transported on our gathering systems.|
Noble Midstream Partners LP
Consolidated Statement of Operations
(in thousands, except per unit amounts, unaudited)
|Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Crude Oil, Natural Gas and Produced Water Gathering — Affiliate||$||63,573||$||43,024|
|Crude Oil, Natural Gas and Produced Water Gathering — Third Party||18,296||6,570|
|Fresh Water Delivery — Affiliate||27,587||20,284|
|Fresh Water Delivery — Third Party||3,809||3,902|
|Crude Oil Sales — Third Party||32,870||22,110|
|Other — Affiliate||836||955|
|Other — Third Party||989||888|
|Costs and Expenses|
|Cost of Crude Oil Sales||30,898||21,439|
|Depreciation and Amortization||19,351||11,329|
|General and Administrative||4,023||10,442|
|Total Operating Expenses||81,709||60,358|
|Other Expense (Income)|
|Interest Expense, Net of Amount Capitalized||5,230||1,033|
|Total Other Expense (Income)||2,889||(1,835||)|
|Income Before Income Taxes||63,362||39,210|
|State Income Tax Provision||107||74|
|Less: Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests||19,696||(225||)|
|Net Income Attributable to Noble Midstream Partners LP||43,559||39,361|
|Less: Net Income Attributable to Incentive Distribution Rights||3,507||819|
|Net Income Attributable to Limited Partners||$||40,052||$||38,542|
|Net Income Attributable to Limited Partners Per Limited Partner Common and Subordinated Unit|
|Weighted Average Limited Partner Units Outstanding — Basic|
|Total Limited Partner Units||39,599||39,586|
|Weighted Average Limited Partner Units Outstanding — Diluted|
|Total Limited Partner Units||39,624||39,601|
Noble Midstream Partners LP
Consolidated Balance Sheet
(in thousands, unaudited)
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||$||9,506||$||10,740|
|Accounts Receivable — Affiliate||43,784||31,613|
|Accounts Receivable — Third Party||21,632||23,091|
|Other Current Assets||4,616||5,875|
|Total Current Assets||79,538||71,319|
|Property, Plant and Equipment|
|Total Property, Plant and Equipment, Gross||1,571,105||1,500,609|
|Less: Accumulated Depreciation and Amortization||(90,469||)||(79,357||)|
|Total Property, Plant and Equipment, Net||1,480,636||1,421,252|
|Intangible Assets, Net||302,237||310,202|
|Other Noncurrent Assets||3,319||3,093|
|LIABILITIES, MEZZANINE EQUITY AND EQUITY|
|Accounts Payable — Affiliate||$||924||$||2,778|
|Accounts Payable — Trade||101,169||92,756|
|Other Current Liabilities||10,514||9,217|
|Total Current Liabilities||112,607||104,751|
|Asset Retirement Obligations||17,553||17,330|
|Other Long-Term Liabilities||641||582|
|Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest, Net||96,750||—|
|Common Units (23,882 and 23,759 units outstanding, respectively)||714,465||699,866|
|Subordinated Units (15,903 units outstanding)||(120,692||)||(130,207||)|
|Total Partners’ Equity||597,280||572,080|
|Total Liabilities, Mezzanine Equity and Equity||$||2,322,462||$||1,997,917|