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Western Gas Announces Acquisition And Fourth-Quarter And Full-Year 2015 Results

HOUSTON, Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE: WES) (“WES” or the “Partnership”) today announced that it has agreed to acquire a 100% interest in Springfield Pipeline LLC (“Springfield”) from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for $750.0 million. Springfield’s sole asset is a 50.1% interest in the Springfield oil and gas gathering system (the “Springfield system”), which gathers Anadarko’s and its partners’ Eagleford shale production in South Texas. The Springfield system consists of 548 miles of gas gathering lines with a capacity of 795 MMcf/d and 241 miles of oil gathering lines with a capacity of 130 MBbls/d, located in Dimmit, La Salle, Maverick and Webb Counties in South Texas. The assets to be acquired also include 24 compressor stations with centralized delivery points, 260,000 barrels of oil storage capacity and 75,000 Bbls/d of stabilization capacity.

The Springfield system generates 100% fee-based revenues through gathering agreements with four shippers having primary terms through December 31, 2034. Furthermore, approximately 75% of the annual volume forecast for the system is covered under minimum volume commitments from the four shippers throughout the term of the agreements. The transaction is expected to close by March 15, 2016, and will be immediately accretive to the Partnership, with the acquisition price representing an approximate 5.8 times multiple of the assets’ forecasted 2016 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. “This acquisition is a natural complement to our existing portfolio,” said Chief Executive Officer, Don Sinclair. “It is highly accretive to our distributable cash flow with limited volumetric risk, and marks our entry into the crude oil gathering and stabilization business, which offers us further business diversification.”

The Partnership intends to finance the acquisition through the issuance of $449 million in aggregate amount of 8.5% perpetual convertible preferred units (the “Preferred Units”) to First Reserve Advisors, L.L.C. and Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., at a price of $32.00 per unit, the issuance of 1,253,761 and 835,841 WES common units at a price of $29.91 per common unit to Anadarko and Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (NYSE: WGP) (“WGP”), respectively, and the borrowing of $247.5 million on its revolving credit facility. The Preferred Units issuance includes an overallotment feature that may result in the issuance of up to an additional $252.6 million in aggregate amount of such units over the next 30 days, the net proceeds of which would be used to pay down the revolving credit facility borrowings. The Preferred Units will pay a distribution of $2.72 per year. After two years, the Preferred Units are convertible at the purchasers’ option into WES common units on a one for one basis (subject to customary anti-dilution adjustments), and are convertible at WES’s option in certain circumstances after three years. WGP will fund its WES unit purchase by drawing on a secured revolving credit facility that will close on or before the transaction closing date.

The terms of the acquisition were unanimously approved by the board of directors of the Partnership’s general partner, and by the board’s special committee, which is comprised entirely of independent directors. The Partnership’s special committee engaged Evercore Partners to act as its financial advisor and Bracewell LLP to act as its legal advisor. The WGP special committee engaged Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated to act as its financial advisor and Baker Botts L.L.P. to act as its legal advisor with respect to its purchase of WES common units.

FOURTH-QUARTER AND FULL-YEAR 2015 RESULTS

The Partnership and Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (NYSE: WGP) (“WGP”) today also announced fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 financial and operating results. “2015 was another year in which WES generated strong results,” said Sinclair. “We delivered 15% distribution growth with a solid coverage ratio of 1.1 times, while maintaining investment grade credit metrics. We also exceeded the midpoint of our Adjusted EBITDA guidance despite losing a month of operations at our DBM complex due to the incident at the Ramsey plant and the divestment of our Dew and Pinnacle systems in July.”

Net income (loss) available to limited partners for both the Partnership and WGP includes the following: (i) impairment expense of $236.7 million and $501.1 million for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015, respectively, related to impairments at the Red Desert complex and the Hilight system, (ii) a net gain of $77.3 million associated with the divestiture of the Dew and Pinnacle systems in July 2015 and (iii) $20.3 million of net property losses associated with the incident at the DBM complex in December 2015. These items are excluded from the Partnership’s non-GAAP(1) measures.

WESTERN GAS PARTNERS, LP

Net income (loss) available to limited partners for 2015 totaled $(256.3) million, or $(1.95) per common unit (diluted), with full-year 2015 Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $758.0 million and full-year 2015 Distributable cash flow(1) of $636.4 million.

Net income (loss) available to limited partners for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled $(219.2) million, or $(1.60) per common unit (diluted), with fourth-quarter 2015 Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $188.7 million and fourth-quarter 2015 Distributable cash flow(1) of $162.2 million.

WES paid a quarterly distribution of $0.800 per unit for the fourth quarter of 2015. This distribution represented a 3% increase over the prior quarter’s distribution and a 14% increase over the fourth-quarter 2014 distribution of $0.700 per unit. The full-year 2015 distribution of $3.050 per unit represented a 15% increase over the full-year 2014 distribution of $2.650 per unit. The fourth-quarter 2015 Coverage ratio(1) of 1.06 times was based on the quarterly distribution of $0.800 per unit. The Partnership’s Coverage ratio(1) for full-year 2015 was 1.11 times.

Total throughput attributable to WES for natural gas assets for the fourth quarter of 2015 averaged 3.6 Bcf/d, which was 4% below the prior quarter and 1% above the fourth quarter of 2014. Total fourth quarter throughput was flat with the prior quarter when adjusted for the divestiture of the Dew and Pinnacle systems in July 2015 and the loss of volumes at the DBM complex in December 2015. For the full-year 2015, total throughput attributable to WES for natural gas assets averaged 3.9 Bcf/d, which was 8% above the prior-year average. Total throughput for crude/NGL assets for the fourth quarter of 2015 averaged 142 MBbls/d, which was 2% below the prior quarter and 8% above the fourth quarter of 2014. For full-year 2015, total throughput for crude/NGL assets averaged 138 MBbls/d, which was 19% above the prior-year average.

Capital expenditures attributable to WES, including equity investments but excluding acquisitions, totaled $129.3 million on a cash basis and $119.9 million on an accrual basis during the fourth quarter of 2015, with maintenance capital expenditures on a cash basis of $12.7 million, or 7% of Adjusted EBITDA(1). For the full-year 2015, capital expenditures attributable to WES, including equity investments but excluding acquisitions, totaled $604.3 million on a cash basis and $536.4 million on an accrual basis, with maintenance capital expenditures on a cash basis of $49.3 million, or 7% of Adjusted EBITDA(1).

WESTERN GAS EQUITY PARTNERS, LP

WGP indirectly owns the entire general partner interest in WES, 100% of the incentive distribution rights in WES and 49,296,205 WES common units. Net income (loss) available to limited partners for 2015 totaled $86.1 million, or $0.39 per common unit (diluted). Net income (loss) available to limited partners for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled $(30.8) million, or $(0.14) per common unit (diluted).

WGP paid a quarterly distribution of $0.40375 per unit for the fourth quarter of 2015. This distribution represented a 6% increase over the prior quarter’s distribution and a 29% increase over the fourth-quarter 2014 distribution of $0.31250. The full-year 2015 distribution of $1.49125 per unit represented a 33% increase over the full-year 2014 distribution. WGP received distributions from WES of $89.2 million attributable to the fourth quarter and will pay $88.4 million in distributions for the same period.

2016 WES OUTLOOK

WES and WGP also announced their 2016 outlook:

  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) between $860 million and $950 million
  • Total capital expenditures (including equity investments but excluding acquisitions) between $450 million and $490 million
  • Maintenance capital expenditures between 7% and 10% of Adjusted EBITDA(1)
  • Distribution Coverage ratio(1) of 1.1 times
  • WES distribution growth of 10%
  • WGP distribution growth of 20%

“2016 will be even more challenging for our industry than 2015. However, with the support of Anadarko and the strength of our portfolio, we believe we can continue to deliver meaningful distribution growth even in this commodity price environment,” said Sinclair. “As you would expect, the estimated size of our capital program will be lower than 2015, but even with this decline, we feel very fortunate to have ongoing projects in the prolific Delaware Basin. As commodity prices improve, we expect to see additional projects materialize in our key areas of operation.”

The 2016 outlook includes:

  • Full-year results from the Springfield acquisition;
  • No further acquisitions in 2016;
  • Start-ups of Ramsey Trains IV and V at the DBM complex in the second and third quarters of 2016, respectively;
  • Ramsey Train III returning to limited service in April and full service in conjunction with the start-up of Train IV; and
  • Recovery of all business interruption insurance proceeds related to losses at the DBM complex by the end of the year.

(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.

CONFERENCE CALL TOMORROW AT 11 A.M. CST

WES and WGP will host a joint conference call on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Central Standard Time (12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) to discuss fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 results and the outlook for 2016. Individuals who would like to participate should dial 844-836-8745 (Domestic) or 412-317-5439 (International) approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled conference call time. Pre-registration is available through the investor relations page at www.westerngas.com. Pre-registrants will be issued a personal identification number to use when dialing in to the live conference call, which will enable the participant to bypass the operator and gain immediate access to the call. 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.

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 energy assets. With midstream assets located in the Rocky Mountains, the Mid-Continent, North-central Pennsylvania and Texas, WES is engaged in the business of gathering, processing, compressing, treating and transporting natural gas, condensate, natural gas liquids and crude oil for Anadarko, as well as for other producers and customers.

Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (“WGP”) is a Delaware master limited partnership formed by Anadarko 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.

This news release contains forward-looking statements. Western Gas Partners and Western Gas Equity 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. These factors include the ability to close the acquisition and financing announced in this release; 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; construction costs or capital expenditures exceeding estimated or budgeted costs or expenditures; and the other factors described in the “Risk Factors” sections of WES’s and WGP’s most recent Forms 10-K and Forms 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in their other public filings and press releases. Western Gas Partners and Western Gas Equity Partners undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

WESTERN GAS CONTACT
Benjamin Fink, CFA
SVP, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
832.636.6010
[email protected]

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

Below are reconciliations of (i) WES’s Distributable cash flow (non-GAAP) to net income (loss) attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP (GAAP), (ii) Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP (“Adjusted EBITDA”) (non-GAAP) to net income (loss) attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP (GAAP) and to net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP), and (iii) Adjusted gross margin attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP (“Adjusted gross margin”) (non-GAAP) to operating income (loss) (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) and other applicable performance measures, such as operating income (loss) or cash flows from operating activities.

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, drip condensate and NGLs under our commodity price swap agreements to the extent such amounts are not recognized as Adjusted EBITDA, 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
December 31,


Year Ended
December 31,

thousands except Coverage ratio


2015


2014 (1)


2015


2014 (1)

Reconciliation of Net income (loss) attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP to Distributable cash flow and calculation of the Coverage ratio









Net income (loss) attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP


$

(171,661)



$

94,460



$

(73,538)



$

393,842


Add:









Distributions from equity investees


25,244



23,574



98,298



81,022


Non-cash equity-based compensation expense


979



907



4,402



4,095


Interest expense, net (non-cash settled) (2)


4,480





14,400




Income tax (benefit) expense


(195)



3,460



3,380



11,659


Depreciation and amortization (3)


59,792



53,635



241,556



183,945


Impairments


237,867



653



514,096



3,084


Above-market component of swap extensions with Anadarko


10,533





18,449




Other expense (3)


1,290





1,290




Less:









Gain (loss) on divestiture and other, net


(20,224)





57,020




Equity income, net


12,114



16,514



71,251



57,836


Cash paid for maintenance capital expenditures (3)


12,711



13,009



49,300



48,563


Capitalized interest


1,492



2,485



8,318



9,832


Cash paid for (reimbursement of) income taxes




250



(138)



(90)


Other income (3) (4)




74



219



325


Distributable cash flow


$

162,236



$

144,357



$

636,363



$

561,181


Distributions declared (5)









Limited partners


$

102,862





$

392,077




General partner


49,726





179,610




Total


$

152,588





$

571,687




Coverage ratio


1.06


x



1.11

x




(1)

In March 2015, WES acquired Anadarko’s interest in Delaware Basin JV Gathering LLC, which owns a 50% interest in a gathering system and related facilities (the “DBJV system”). WES will make a cash payment on March 1, 2020, to Anadarko as consideration for the acquisition. The net present value of this future obligation has been recorded on the consolidated balance sheet under Deferred purchase price obligation – Anadarko. Financial information has been recast to include the financial position and results attributable to the DBJV system

(2)

Includes accretion expense related to the Deferred purchase price obligation – Anadarko associated with the acquisition of DBJV

(3)

Includes WES’s 75% share of depreciation and amortization; other expense; cash paid for maintenance capital expenditures; and other income attributable to Chipeta. For the three months and year ended December 31, 2015, other expense also includes $0.4 million of lower of cost or market inventory adjustments at our DBM complex

(4)

Excludes income of zero for each of the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, and zero and $0.5 million for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, related to a component of a gas processing agreement accounted for as a capital lease

(5)

Reflects cash distributions of $0.800 and $3.050 per unit declared for the three months and year ended December 31, 2015, respectively

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 investees, 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.



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended
December 31,

thousands


2015


2014 (1)


2015


2014 (1)

Reconciliation of Net income (loss) attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP to Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP









Net income (loss) attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP


$

(171,661)



$

94,460



$

(73,538)



$

393,842


Add:









Distributions from equity investees


25,244



23,574



98,298



81,022


Non-cash equity-based compensation expense


979



907



4,402



4,095


Interest expense


31,535



21,063



113,872



76,766


Income tax expense




3,460



5,285



11,659


Depreciation and amortization (2)


59,792



53,635



241,556



183,945


Impairments


237,867



653



514,096



3,084


Other expense (2)


1,290





1,290




Less:









Gain (loss) on divestiture and other, net


(20,224)





57,020




Equity income, net


12,114



16,514



71,251



57,836


Interest income – affiliates


4,225



4,225



16,900



16,900


Other income (2) (3)




74



219



325


Income tax benefit


195





1,905




Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP


$

188,736



$

176,939



$

757,966



$

679,352



Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP to Net cash provided by operating activities









Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP


$

188,736



$

176,939



$

757,966



$

679,352


Adjusted EBITDA attributable to noncontrolling interest


2,526



3,661



12,699



16,583


Interest income (expense), net


(27,310)



(16,838)



(96,972)



(59,866)


Uncontributed cash-based compensation awards


(48)



(197)



(214)



(175)


Accretion and amortization of long-term obligations, net


5,402



691



17,698



2,736


Current income tax benefit (expense)


(369)



5,841



(1,448)



1,666


Other income (expense), net (3)


(846)



76



(619)



336


Distributions from equity investments in excess of cumulative earnings


(3,835)



(3,668)



(16,244)



(18,055)


Changes in operating working capital:









Accounts receivable, net


18,490



45,968



(5,614)



(6,691)


Accounts and imbalance payables and accrued liabilities, net


(12,565)



(74,969)



3,154



(39,162)


Other


1,020



1,840



(797)



3,485


Net cash provided by operating activities


$

171,201



$

139,344



$

669,609



$

580,209


Cash flow information of Western Gas Partners, LP









Net cash provided by operating activities






$

669,609



$

580,209


Net cash used in investing activities






$

(466,424)



$

(2,670,998)


Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities






$

(172,206)



$

2,057,115




(1)

Financial information has been recast to include the financial position and results attributable to the DBJV system

(2)

Includes WES’s 75% share of depreciation and amortization; other expense; and other income attributable to Chipeta. For the three months and year ended December 31, 2015, other expense also includes $0.4 million of lower of cost or market inventory adjustments at our DBM complex

(3)

Excludes income of zero for each of the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, and zero and $0.5 million for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, related to a component of a gas processing agreement accounted for as a capital lease

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, and cost of product, plus distributions from equity investees and excluding the noncontrolling interest owner’s proportionate share of revenue and cost of product.



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended
December 31,

thousands


2015


2014 (1)


2015


2014 (1)

Reconciliation of Adjusted gross margin attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP to Operating income (loss)









Adjusted gross margin attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP for natural gas assets


$

242,235



$

229,414



$

971,639



$

876,210


Adjusted gross margin for crude/NGL assets


22,933



22,022



88,642



73,714


Adjusted gross margin attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP


$

265,168



$

251,436



$

1,060,281



$

949,924


Adjusted gross margin attributable to noncontrolling interest


$

3,557



$

4,572



$

16,779



$

20,183


Gain (loss) on divestiture and other, net


(20,224)





57,020




Equity income, net


12,114



16,514



71,251



57,836


Reimbursed electricity-related charges recorded as revenues


13,752



10,764



54,175



39,338


Less:









Distributions from equity investees


25,244



23,574



98,298



81,022


Operation and maintenance


78,134



71,821



296,774



255,844


General and administrative


9,611



10,535



38,108



36,223


Property and other taxes


4,892



4,723



30,533



26,066


Depreciation and amortization


60,448



54,278



244,163



186,514


Impairments


237,867



653



514,096



3,084


Operating income (loss)


$

(141,829)



$

117,702



$

37,534



$

478,528




(1)

Financial information has been recast to include the financial position and results attributable to the DBJV system

 

Western Gas Partners, LP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended
December 31,

thousands except per-unit amounts


2015


2014 (1)


2015


2014 (1)

Revenues and other









Gathering, processing and transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids


$

239,373



$

202,385



$

938,121



$

745,145


Natural gas, natural gas liquids and drip condensate sales


131,075



162,493



617,949



624,233


Other


842



1,839



5,302



13,490


Total revenues and other


371,290



366,717



1,561,372



1,382,868


Equity income, net


12,114



16,514



71,251



57,836


Operating expenses









Cost of product


114,057



123,519



528,435



454,445


Operation and maintenance


78,134



71,821



296,774



255,844


General and administrative


9,611



10,535



38,108



36,223


Property and other taxes


4,892



4,723



30,533



26,066


Depreciation and amortization


60,448



54,278



244,163



186,514


Impairments


237,867



653



514,096



3,084


Total operating expenses


505,009



265,529



1,652,109



962,176


Gain (loss) on divestiture and other, net (2)


(20,224)





57,020




Operating income (loss)


(141,829)



117,702



37,534



478,528


Interest income – affiliates


4,225



4,225



16,900



16,900


Interest expense


(31,535)



(21,063)



(113,872)



(76,766)


Other income (expense), net


(846)



76



(619)



864


Income (loss) before income taxes


(169,985)



100,940



(60,057)



419,526


Income tax (benefit) expense


(195)



3,460



3,380



11,659


Net income (loss)


(169,790)



97,480



(63,437)



407,867


Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest


1,871



3,020



10,101



14,025


Net income (loss) attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP


$

(171,661)



$

94,460



$

(73,538)



$

393,842


Limited partners’ interest in net income (loss):









Net income (loss) attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP


$

(171,661)



$

94,460



$

(73,538)



$

393,842


Pre-acquisition net (income) loss allocated to Anadarko




(3,071)



(1,742)



(16,353)


General partner interest in net (income) loss


(47,581)



(37,041)



(180,996)



(120,980)


Limited partners’ interest in net income (loss)


$

(219,242)



$

54,348



$

(256,276)



$

256,509


Net income (loss) per common unit – basic


$

(1.60)



$

0.42



$

(1.95)



$

2.13


Net income (loss) per common unit – diluted


(1.60)



0.42



(1.95)



2.12


Weighted-average common units outstanding – basic


128,576



124,263



128,345



119,822


Weighted-average common units outstanding – diluted


139,905



128,652



139,459



120,928




(1)

Financial information has been recast to include the financial position and results attributable to the DBJV system

(2)

For the three months and year ended December 31, 2015, includes a net loss of $20.3 million (inclusive of estimated property insurance recoveries) related to an incident at the DBM complex on December 3, 2015

 

Western Gas Partners, LP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)




December 31,

thousands except number of units


2015


2014 (1)

Current assets


$

286,881



$

186,350


Note receivable – Anadarko


260,000



260,000


Net property, plant and equipment


4,289,974



4,571,443


Other assets


1,870,407



1,936,725


Total assets


$

6,707,262



$

6,954,518


Current liabilities


$

199,232



$

239,833


Long-term debt


2,707,357



2,422,954


Asset retirement obligations and other


124,569



157,356


Deferred purchase price obligation – Anadarko


188,674




Total liabilities


$

3,219,832



$

2,820,143


Equity and partners’ capital





Common units (128,576,965 and 127,695,130 units issued and outstanding at December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively)


$

2,588,991



$

3,119,714


Class C units (11,411,862 and 10,913,853 units issued and outstanding at December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively)


710,891



716,957


General partner units (2,583,068 units issued and outstanding at December 31, 2015 and 2014)


120,164



105,725


Net investment by Anadarko




122,509


Noncontrolling interest


67,384



69,470


Total liabilities, equity and partners’ capital


$

6,707,262



$

6,954,518




(1)

Financial information has been recast to include the financial position and results attributable to the DBJV system

 

Western Gas Partners, LP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)




Year Ended
December 31,

thousands


2015


2014 (1)

Cash flows from operating activities





Net income (loss)


$

(63,437)



$

407,867


Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities and changes in working capital:





Depreciation and amortization


244,163



186,514


Impairments


514,096



3,084


Gain (loss) on divestiture and other, net (2)


(57,020)




Change in other items, net


31,807



(17,256)


Net cash provided by operating activities


669,609



580,209


Cash flows from investing activities





Capital expenditures


$

(602,289)



$

(722,443)


Contributions in aid of construction costs from affiliates


461



183


Acquisitions from affiliates


(12,664)



(379,193)


Acquisitions from third parties


(3,514)



(1,523,327)


Investments in equity affiliates


(11,442)



(64,278)


Distributions from equity investments in excess of cumulative earnings


16,244



18,055


Proceeds from the sale of assets to affiliates


925




Proceeds from the sale of assets to third parties


145,855



5


Net cash used in investing activities


(466,424)



(2,670,998)


Cash flows from financing activities





Borrowings, net of debt issuance costs


$

889,606



$

1,646,878


Repayments of debt


(610,000)



(650,000)


Increase (decrease) in outstanding checks


(1,751)



1,693


Proceeds from the issuance of common and general partner units, net of offering expenses


57,353



704,489


Proceeds from the issuance of Class C units




750,000


Distributions to unitholders


(545,143)



(408,621)


Distributions to noncontrolling interest owner


(12,187)



(15,149)


Net contributions from Anadarko


31,467



27,825


Above-market component of swap extensions with Anadarko


18,449




Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities


(172,206)



2,057,115


Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


30,979



(33,674)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


67,054



100,728


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

98,033



$

67,054




(1)

Financial information has been recast to include the financial position and results attributable to the DBJV system

(2)   

For the year ended December 31, 2015, includes a net loss of $20.3 million (inclusive of estimated property insurance recoveries) related to an incident at the DBM complex on December 3, 2015

 

Western Gas Partners, LP

OPERATING STATISTICS

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended
December 31,

MMcf/d except throughput measured in barrels and per-unit amounts


2015


2014 (1)


2015


2014 (1)

Throughput for natural gas assets









Gathering, treating and transportation


1,294



1,607



1,487



1,627


Processing


2,272



1,991



2,331



1,925


Equity investment (2)


196



170



178



171


Total throughput for natural gas assets


3,762



3,768



3,996



3,723


Throughput attributable to noncontrolling interest for natural gas assets


122



153



142



165


Total throughput attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP for natural gas assets (3)


3,640



3,615



3,854



3,558


Total throughput (MBbls/d) for crude/NGL assets (4)


142



131



138



116


Adjusted gross margin per Mcf attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP for natural gas assets (5)


$

0.72



$

0.69



$

0.69



$

0.67


Adjusted gross margin per Bbl for crude/NGL assets (6)


$

1.76



$

1.83



$

1.76



$

1.75




(1)

Throughput has been recast to include throughput attributable to the DBJV system

(2)

Represents WES’s 14.81% share of average Fort Union and 22% share of average Rendezvous throughput. Excludes equity investment throughput measured in barrels (captured in “Total throughput (MBbls/d) for crude/NGL assets” as noted below)

(3)

Includes affiliate, third-party and equity investment throughput (as equity investment throughput is defined in the above footnote), excluding the noncontrolling interest owner’s proportionate share of throughput

(4)

Represents total throughput measured in barrels, consisting of throughput from WES’s Chipeta NGL pipeline, WES’s 10% share of average White Cliffs throughput, WES’s 25% share of average Mont Belvieu JV throughput, WES’s 20% share of average TEG and TEP throughput and WES’s 33.33% share of average FRP throughput

(5)

Average for period. Calculated as Adjusted gross margin attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP for natural gas assets (total revenues and other for natural gas assets less reimbursements for electricity-related expenses recorded as revenue, and cost of product for natural gas assets plus distributions from WES’s equity investments in Fort Union and Rendezvous, and excluding the noncontrolling interest owners’ proportionate share of revenue and cost of product) divided by total throughput (MMcf/d) attributable to Western Gas Partners, LP for natural gas assets

(6)

Average for period. Calculated as Adjusted gross margin for crude/NGL assets (total revenues and other for crude/NGL assets less reimbursements for electricity-related expenses recorded as revenue, and cost of product for crude/NGL assets plus distributions from WES’s equity investments in White Cliffs, the Mont Belvieu JV, TEG, TEP and FRP), divided by total throughput (MBbls/d) for crude/NGL assets

 

Western Gas Equity Partners, LP

CALCULATION OF CASH AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended

thousands except per-unit amount and Coverage ratio

December 31, 2015

Distributions declared by Western Gas Partners, LP:


General partner interest

$

3,005


Incentive distribution rights

46,721


Common units held by WGP

39,437


Less:


Public company general and administrative expense

757


Cash available for distribution

$

88,406


Declared distribution per common unit

$

0.40375


Distributions declared by Western Gas Equity Partners, LP

$

88,389


Coverage ratio

1.00

x

 

Western Gas Equity Partners, LP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended
 
December 31,

thousands except per-unit amounts


2015


2014 (1)


2015


2014 (1)

Revenues and other









Gathering, processing and transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids


$

239,373



$

202,385



$

938,121



$

745,145


Natural gas, natural gas liquids and drip condensate sales


131,075



162,493



617,949



624,233


Other


842



1,839



5,302



13,490


Total revenues and other


371,290



366,717



1,561,372



1,382,868


Equity income, net


12,114



16,514



71,251



57,836


Operating expenses









Cost of product


114,057



123,519



528,435



454,445


Operation and maintenance


78,134



71,821



296,774



255,844


General and administrative


10,369



11,246



41,217



39,439


Property and other taxes


4,893



4,757



30,572



26,100


Depreciation and amortization


60,448



54,278



244,163



186,514


Impairments


237,867



653



514,096



3,084


Total operating expenses


505,768



266,274



1,655,257



965,426


Gain (loss) on divestiture and other, net (2)


(20,224)





57,020




Operating income (loss)


(142,588)



116,957



34,386



475,278


Interest income – affiliates


4,225



4,225



16,900



16,900


Interest expense


(31,535)



(21,066)



(113,874)



(76,769)


Other income (expense), net


(834)



89



(578)



938


Income (loss) before income taxes


(170,732)



100,205



(63,166)



416,347


Income tax (benefit) expense


(195)



3,460



3,380



11,659


Net income (loss)


(170,537)



96,745



(66,546)



404,688


Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests


(139,766)



36,510



(154,409)



165,468


Net income (loss) attributable to Western Gas Equity Partners, LP


$

(30,771)



$

60,235



$

87,863



$

239,220


Limited partners’ interest in net income (loss):









Net income (loss) attributable to Western Gas Equity Partners, LP


$

(30,771)



$

60,235



$

87,863



$

239,220


Pre-acquisition net (income) loss allocated to Anadarko




(3,071)



(1,742)



(16,353)


Limited partners’ interest in net income (loss)


$

(30,771)



$

57,164



$

86,121



$

222,867


Net income (loss) per common unit – basic and diluted


$

(0.14)



$

0.26



$

0.39



$

1.02


Weighted-average number of common units outstanding – basic and diluted


218,916



218,910



218,913



218,910




(1)

Financial information has been recast to include the financial position and results attributable to the DBJV system

(2)

For the three months and year ended December 31, 2015, includes a net loss of $20.3 million (inclusive of estimated property insurance recoveries) related to an incident at the DBM complex on December 3, 2015

 

Western Gas Equity Partners, LP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)




December 31,

thousands except number of units


2015


2014

Current assets


$

289,028



$

187,059


Note receivable – Anadarko


260,000



260,000


Net property, plant and equipment


4,289,974



4,571,443


Other assets


1,870,407



1,936,725


Total assets


$

6,709,409



$

6,955,227


Current liabilities


$

199,309



$

241,058


Long-term debt


2,707,357



2,422,954


Asset retirement obligations and other


124,569



157,356


Deferred purchase price obligation – Anadarko


188,674




Total liabilities


$

3,219,909



$

2,821,368


Equity and partners’ capital





Common units (218,919,380 and 218,909,977 units issued and outstanding at December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively)


$

1,060,842



$

1,260,195


Net investment by Anadarko




122,509


Noncontrolling interests


2,428,658



2,751,155


Total liabilities, equity and partners’ capital


$

6,709,409



$

6,955,227




(1)

Financial information has been recast to include the financial position and results attributable to the DBJV system

 

Western Gas Equity Partners, LP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)




Year Ended
December 31,

thousands


2015


2014 (1)

Cash flows from operating activities





Net income (loss)


$

(66,546)



$

404,688


Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities and changes in working capital:





Depreciation and amortization


244,163



186,514


Impairments


514,096



3,084


Gain (loss) on divestiture and other, net (2)


(57,020)




Change in other items, net


32,080



(17,910)


Net cash provided by operating activities


666,773



576,376


Cash flows from investing activities





Capital expenditures


$

(602,289)



$

(722,443)


Contributions in aid of construction costs from affiliates


461



183


Acquisitions from affiliates


(12,664)



(379,193)


Acquisitions from third parties


(3,514)



(1,523,327)


Investments in equity affiliates


(11,442)



(64,278)


Distributions from equity investments in excess of cumulative earnings


16,244



18,055


Proceeds from the sale of assets to affiliates


925




Proceeds from the sale of assets to third parties


145,855



5


Net cash used in investing activities


(466,424)



(2,670,998)


Cash flows from financing activities





Borrowings, net of debt issuance costs


$

889,606



$

1,648,028


Repayments of debt


(611,150)



(650,000)


Increase (decrease) in outstanding checks


(1,751)



1,693


Proceeds from the issuance of WES common units, net of offering expenses


57,353



691,178


Proceeds from the issuance of WES Class C units




750,000


Distributions to WGP unitholders


(306,477)



(228,481)


Distributions to Chipeta noncontrolling interest owner


(12,187)



(15,149)


Distributions to noncontrolling interest owners of WES


(233,178)



(176,344)


Net contributions from Anadarko


31,467



27,825


Above-market component of swap extensions with Anadarko


18,449




Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities


(167,868)



2,048,750


Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


32,481



(45,872)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


67,213



113,085


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

99,694



$

67,213




(1)

Financial information has been recast to include the financial position and results attributable to the DBJV system

(2)  

For the year ended December 31, 2015, includes a net loss of $20.3 million (inclusive of estimated property insurance recoveries) related to an incident at the DBM complex on December 3, 2015

 

SOURCE Western Gas Partners, LP

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