ONEOK Announces Second-quarter 2015 Results

- Natural gas liquids gathered and fractionated volumes increased 51 and 7 percent, respectively;

- Natural gas gathered and processed volumes increased 17 and 16 percent, respectively;

- Cash flow available for dividends increased 15 percent; all compared with second-quarter 2014 results; and

- Operating income and equity in net earnings from investments increased 33 percent, compared with first-quarter 2015 results.

Aug 04, 2015, 16:10 ET from ONEOK, Inc.

TULSA, Okla., Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE: OKE) today announced second-quarter 2015 financial results.

SECOND-QUARTER AND YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

2015

2014

2015

2014

(Millions of dollars, except per share and coverage ratio amounts)

Net income attributable to ONEOK

$

76.5

$

61.6

$

137.3

$

155.1

Net income per diluted share

$

0.36

$

0.29

$

0.65

$

0.74

Distributions declared from OKS

$

171.2

$

156.5

$

340.3

$

302.5

Cash flow available for dividends (a)

$

149.6

$

130.0

$

301.7

$

341.4

Dividend coverage ratio (a)

1.18

1.09

1.19

1.45

(a) Cash flow available for dividends and dividend coverage ratio are non-GAAP measures. Reconciliations to relevant GAAP measures are attached to this news release.

"As the pure-play general partner of ONEOK Partners, ONEOK's second-quarter results benefited from increased natural gas liquids (NGL) and natural gas volumes at ONEOK Partners," said Terry K. Spencer, president and chief executive officer of ONEOK. "ONEOK Partners expects significant volume growth in the second half of the year. With the first half of 2015 complete, we have increased confidence the partnership will reach its natural gas gathering and processing volume guidance expectations, and we expect ONEOK to be within its 2015 financial guidance ranges as well.

"Sustained low commodity prices continued in the first half of 2015 and impacted our financial results," continued Spencer. "However, we remain focused on making prudent financial decisions that will benefit ONEOK shareholders for the long term. Our balance sheet remains strong, allowing us flexibility during the current market conditions."

SECOND-QUARTER AND YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

Second-quarter 2015 results increased, compared with the second quarter 2014, due primarily to higher natural gas and natural gas liquids volumes at ONEOK Partners (NYSE: OKS).

Variances in financial performance in the first six months of 2015, compared with the same period in 2014, are primarily a reflection of significantly higher weather-related seasonal demand in the Midwest, resulting in higher prices for propane and natural gas, due to severely cold weather during the first quarter 2014 and sustained lower commodity prices through the first half of 2015.


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2015


2014


2015


2014


(Millions of dollars)









Operating income

$

272.7



$

251.3



$

469.2



$

545.4


Operating costs

$

165.4



$

172.0



$

344.4



$

321.1


Depreciation and amortization

$

87.0



$

72.1



$

172.9



$

139.5


Equity in net earnings from investments

$

30.0



$

25.4



$

61.0



$

59.1


Capital expenditures

$

285.6



$

392.7



$

629.4



$

822.2


Increases in second-quarter 2015 operating income reflect:

  • Higher NGL exchange-services volumes from recently connected natural gas processing plants in the Williston Basin, Powder River Basin and Mid-Continent regions, and additional revenues from minimum volume obligations;
  • Higher NGL transportation margins, primarily from the acquisition of the West Texas LPG pipeline system; and
  • Higher margins due to changes in contract mix and higher natural gas volumes gathered, processed and sold, and higher NGL volumes sold, in the natural gas gathering and processing segment; offset partially by
  • Lower net realized NGL, natural gas and condensate prices.

Operating costs and depreciation and amortization increased in the second quarter 2015, compared with the same period last year, due primarily to the growth of the partnership's operations related to completed capital-growth projects and acquisitions.

Second-quarter 2015 equity in net earnings from investments increased, compared with the second quarter 2014, due primarily to higher volumes delivered to the Overland Pass Pipeline from the Bakken NGL Pipeline.

ONEOK's future cash payments associated with the released natural gas transportation and storage capacity from the former energy services segment are expected to be approximately $31 million on an after-tax basis, which consists of approximately $9 million to be paid in the remainder of 2015; $11 million in 2016; $6 million in 2017; and $5 million over the period 2018 through 2023.

2015 SECOND-QUARTER EARNINGS PRESENTATION AND KEY STATISTICS:

Additional financial and operating information that will be discussed on the second-quarter 2015 conference call is accessible on the ONEOK and ONEOK Partners websites, www.oneok.com and www.oneokpartners.com, or by selecting the links below.

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ONEOK AND ONEOK PARTNERS HIGHLIGHTS:

ONEOK:

  • Reaffirming its 2015 cash flow available for dividends guidance range of $570 million to $650 million and free cash flow guidance range of $90 million to $120 million provided on Feb. 23, 2015;
  • Receiving $95.8 million in distributions from the company's general partner interest and $73.3 million in distributions from the company's limited partner interest in ONEOK Partners in the second quarter 2015; and
  • Declaring in July 2015 a quarterly dividend of 60.5 cents per share, or $2.42 per share on an annualized basis, a 5 percent increase compared with the second quarter 2014.

ONEOK Partners:

  • Reaffirming its 2015 adjusted EBITDA guidance range of $1.51 billion to $1.73 billion; its DCF guidance range of $1.08 billion to $1.26 billion; and its net income guidance range of $845 million to $1.01 billion provided on Feb. 23, 2015;
  • Announcing in July the WesTex Transmission Pipeline expansion, an investment of $70 million to $100 million to construct two compressor stations and upgrade three existing compressor stations. The expansion project will complement the Roadrunner Gas Transmission pipeline joint venture and provide markets in Mexico access to upstream supply basins in West Texas and the Mid-Continent;
  • Adding two new third-party natural gas processing plant connections to the partnership's NGL system, one each in the Williston Basin and Mid-Continent;
  • Adding two new compressor stations totaling 28,000 horsepower to the partnership's natural gas gathering system, both in McKenzie County, North Dakota;
  • Completing the sale of approximately 5.5 million common units through the partnership's at-the-market (ATM) equity program in the second quarter. The net proceeds, including ONEOK's contribution to maintain its 2 percent general partner interest, were approximately $208.1 million, which resulted in ONEOK's aggregate ownership interest in ONEOK Partners decreasing to 36.8 percent at June 30, 2015, from 37.6 percent at March 31, 2015. As of June 30, 2015, the partnership had approximately $238 million of common units available to issue through its $650 million ATM program; and
  • Declaring in July 2015 a second-quarter 2015 distribution of 79 cents per unit, or $3.16 per unit on an annualized basis, a 4 percent increase compared with the second quarter 2014.

BUSINESS-SEGMENT RESULTS:

Key financial and operating statistics are listed in the tables.

Natural Gas Liquids Segment

The natural gas liquids segment benefited from volume growth of NGLs gathered and fractionated during the second quarter 2015 and through the first six months of the year. NGLs transported on gathering lines increased approximately 50 percent for each period compared with 2014, primarily due to new Permian Basin volumes transported on the acquired West Texas LPG pipeline system. Recently connected natural gas processing plants across ONEOK Partners' system, including two new third-party plant connections in the second quarter, also contributed to volume growth. NGLs fractionated increased 7 percent for the second quarter 2015, compared with 2014.


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2015


2014


2015


2014


(Millions of dollars)









Operating income

$

196.5



$

159.0



$

342.1



$

335.7


Operating costs

$

77.4



$

76.1



$

159.7



$

141.2


Depreciation and amortization

$

39.4



$

31.1



$

78.7



$

58.2


Equity in net earnings from investments

$

9.7



$

4.5



$

16.7



$

9.2


The increase in second-quarter 2015 operating income, compared with the second quarter 2014, primarily reflects:

  • A $57.2 million increase in exchange-services margins, resulting primarily from increased volumes from recently connected natural gas processing plants in the Williston Basin, Powder River Basin and Mid-Continent regions, and higher revenues from customers with minimum volume obligations; and
  • A $22.2 million increase in transportation margins, primarily from new Permian Basin NGL volumes from the acquired West Texas LPG pipeline system; offset partially by
  • A $19.1 million decrease related to lower isomerization volumes, resulting from narrower NGL product price differentials between normal butane and iso-butane; and
  • A $9.7 million decrease in optimization and marketing margins, which resulted from a $14.3 million decrease due primarily to narrower realized NGL product price differentials and a $1.0 million decrease in marketing margins, offset partially by a $5.7 million increase due primarily to wider NGL location price differentials.

The increase in operating income for the six-month 2015 period, compared with the same period last year, primarily reflects:

  • A $122.2 million increase in exchange-services margins, resulting primarily from increased volumes from recently connected natural gas processing plants, higher fees for exchange-services activities resulting from contract negotiations, and higher revenues from minimum volume obligations; and
  • A $41.0 million increase in transportation margins, primarily from higher volumes on the acquired West Texas LPG pipeline system; offset partially by
  • An $83.0 million decrease in optimization and marketing margins related primarily to the increased demand for propane experienced during the first quarter 2014;
  • A $20.4 million decrease related to lower isomerization volumes; and
  • A $10.5 million decrease resulting from ethane rejection, which impacted NGL volumes.

Operating costs and depreciation and amortization increased in the three- and six-month 2015 periods, compared with the same periods in 2014, due primarily to completed capital-growth projects and acquisitions.

Equity in net earnings from investments increased in the three- and six-month 2015 periods, compared with the same periods in 2014, due primarily to higher volumes delivered to the Overland Pass Pipeline from the Bakken NGL Pipeline.

Natural Gas Pipelines Segment

The natural gas pipelines segment experienced fairly normal operating conditions during the second quarter 2015. Variances in financial performance between the six-month 2015 period and the same period in 2014 were primarily a reflection of significantly higher weather-related seasonal demand resulting in higher natural gas prices during the first quarter 2014.


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2015


2014


2015


2014


(Millions of dollars)









Operating income

$

38.1



$

37.3



$

69.2



$

92.4


Operating costs

$

25.2



$

27.3



$

52.4



$

54.7


Depreciation and amortization

$

10.8



$

10.9



$

21.6



$

21.7


Equity in net earnings from investments

$

15.4



$

15.9



$

35.1



$

39.3


Operating income, operating costs, depreciation and amortization, and equity in net earnings from investments were relatively flat in the second quarter 2015, compared with the second quarter 2014.

The decrease in operating income for the six-month 2015 period, compared with the same period in 2014, primarily reflects:

  • A $13.0 million decrease from lower short-term natural gas storage services, due primarily to increased weather-related seasonal demand associated with severely cold weather in the first quarter 2014; and
  • A $9.1 million decrease from lower net retained fuel due to lower natural gas prices and lower natural gas volumes retained; offset partially by
  • A $4.6 million increase due to higher transportation revenues, primarily from increased rates on intrastate pipelines and higher rates at Viking Gas Transmission Company.

Operating costs decreased for the six-month 2015 period, compared with the same period in 2014, primarily as a result of lower costs for materials and supplies.

Equity in net earnings from investments decreased for the six-month 2015 period, compared with the same period in 2014, due primarily to decreased natural gas park-and-loan services on Northern Border Pipeline, resulting from increased weather-related seasonal demand due to severely cold weather in the first quarter 2014.

Natural Gas Gathering and Processing Segment

The natural gas gathering and processing segment experienced significant volume growth in the second quarter 2015 and through the first six months of the year, primarily from the completion of growth projects in the Williston Basin and Mid-Continent areas. Natural gas gathered volumes increased more than 17 percent for each period, and natural gas processed volumes increased approximately 16 percent and 22 percent in the three- and six-month 2015 periods, respectively, compared with 2014. Despite this volume growth, the segment continued to experience impacts from sustained lower commodity prices throughout the first half of 2015.


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2015


2014


2015


2014


(Millions of dollars)









Operating income

$

37.8



$

66.1



$

57.5



$

126.0


Operating costs

63.5



$

59.4



$

132.8



$

124.2


Depreciation and amortization

$

36.0



$

29.4



$

71.7



$

58.3


Equity in net earnings from investments

$

4.9



$

5.1



$

9.2



$

10.6


The decrease in second-quarter 2015 operating income, compared with the second quarter 2014, primarily reflects:

  • A $45.6 million decrease due primarily to lower net realized NGL, natural gas and condensate prices; offset partially by
  • A $16.3 million increase due primarily to natural gas volume growth in the Williston Basin and Cana-Woodford Shale, resulting in higher natural gas volumes gathered, compressed, processed, transported and sold, higher NGL volumes sold and higher fees; and
  • An $11.5 million increase due primarily to changes in contract mix resulting from higher fees.

Operating income for the six-month 2015 period decreased, compared with the same period last year, which reflects:

  • A $99.4 million decrease due primarily to lower net realized NGL, natural gas and condensate prices; offset partially by
  • A $33.3 million increase due primarily to natural gas volume growth in the Williston Basin and Cana-Woodford Shale, resulting in higher natural gas volumes gathered, compressed, processed, transported and sold, higher NGL volumes sold and higher fees; and
  • A $19.4 million increase due primarily to changes in contract mix resulting from higher fees.

Operating costs and depreciation and amortization increased in the three- and six-month 2015 periods, compared with the same periods in 2014, due primarily to completed capital-growth projects.

The following table contains equity-volume information for the periods indicated:


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,

Equity-Volume Information (a)

2015


2014


2015


2014









NGL sales (MBbl/d)

21.1



15.9



19.0



16.8


Condensate sales (MBbl/d)

3.1



3.1



3.1



3.3


Residue natural gas sales (BBtu/d)

155.5



105.3



144.3



96.9


(a) - Includes volumes for consolidated entities only.








The natural gas gathering and processing segment is exposed to commodity price risk as a result of percent-of-proceeds contracts, where the segment receives a percentage of volumes processed, or equity volumes, in exchange for services. ONEOK Partners is actively pursuing opportunities to convert its percent-of-proceeds contracts to fee-based contracts or increase the fee component of these contracts.

The partnership executes hedges to mitigate its commodity price risk. The tables below provide hedging information as of July 2015 for equity volumes in the natural gas gathering and processing segment in the periods indicated. NGLs hedged reflect propane, normal butane, iso-butane and natural gasoline only. The ethane component of the natural gas gathering and processing segment's equity NGL volume is not expected to significantly impact the results of operations.


Six Months Ending December 31, 2015


Volumes
Hedged


Average Price


Percentage
Hedged

NGLs - excluding ethane (MBbl/d) - Conway/Mont Belvieu

14.1



$

0.66


/ gallon


72%

Condensate (MBbl/d) - WTI-NYMEX

2.0



$

55.14


/ Bbl


68%

Natural gas (BBtu/d) - NYMEX and basis

123.0



$

3.88


/ MMBtu


88%

 


Year Ending December 31, 2016


Volumes
Hedged


Average Price


Percentage
Hedged

NGLs - excluding ethane (MBbl/d) - Conway/Mont Belvieu

3.9



$

0.58


/ gallon


18%

Condensate (MBbl/d) - WTI-NYMEX

1.5



$

62.65


/ Bbl


45%

Natural gas (BBtu/d) - NYMEX and basis

107.9



$

3.10


/ MMBtu


69%

All of the natural gas gathering and processing segment's commodity price sensitivities are estimated as a hypothetical change in the price of natural gas, NGLs and crude oil as of June 30, 2015, excluding the effects of hedging and assuming normal operating conditions. Condensate sales are based on the price of crude oil.

The natural gas gathering and processing segment estimates the following sensitivities:

  • A 10-cent-per-MMBtu change in the price of residue natural gas would change 12-month forward net margin by approximately $5.3 million;
  • A 1-cent-per-gallon change in the composite price of NGLs would change 12-month forward net margin by approximately $4.0 million; and
  • A $1.00-per-barrel change in the price of crude oil would change 12-month forward net margin by approximately $1.7 million.

These estimates do not include any effects on demand for ONEOK Partners' services or natural gas processing plant operations that might be caused by, or arise in conjunction with, price changes. For example, a change in the gross processing spread may cause a change in the amount of ethane extracted from the natural gas stream affecting natural gas gathering and processing margins for certain contracts.

GROWTH ACTIVITIES:

The natural gas liquids segment completed the following projects in 2014 and 2015:

Completed Projects

Location

Capacity

Approximate Costs (a)

Completion Date




(In millions)


Ethane/Propane Splitter

Texas Gulf Coast

40 MBbl/d

$46

March 2014

Sterling III Pipeline and reconfigure Sterling I and II

Mid-Continent Region

193 MBbl/d

$808

March 2014

Bakken NGL Pipeline expansion - Phase I

Rocky Mountain Region

75 MBbl/d

$75-$90

September 2014

Niobrara NGL Lateral

Powder River Basin

90 miles

$70-$75

September 2014

West Texas LPG pipeline system (b)

Permian Basin

2,600 miles

$800

November 2014

MB-3 Fractionator

Texas Gulf Coast

75 MBbl/d

$520-$540

December 2014

NGL Pipeline and Hutchinson Fractionator infrastructure

Mid-Continent Region

95 miles

$110-$125

April 2015

(a) Excludes AFUDC.

(b) Acquisition.

The partnership has announced approximately $190 million to $220 million of capital-growth projects in the natural gas liquids segment, which include the following:

Projects in Progress

Location

Capacity

Approximate

 Costs (a)

Expected Completion Date




(In millions)


Bakken NGL Pipeline expansion - Phase II

Rocky Mountain Region

25 MBbl/d

$100

Second quarter 2016

Bear Creek NGL infrastructure

Williston Basin

40 miles

$35-$45

Third quarter 2016

Bronco NGL infrastructure

Powder River Basin

65 miles

$45-$60

Suspended

Demicks Lake NGL infrastructure

Williston Basin

12 miles

$10-$15

Suspended

(a) Excludes AFUDC.

The partnership has announced approximately $520 million to $600 million of projects in the natural gas pipelines segment, which include the Roadrunner Gas Transmission pipeline system, a 50 percent-owned joint venture equity method investment project and the WesTex Transmission Pipeline expansion, a wholly owned project.

Projects in Progress

Location

Capacity

Approximate

 Costs (a)

Expected Completion Date




(In millions)


WesTex Transmission Pipeline Expansion

Permian Basin

260 MMcf/d

$70-$100

First quarter 2017

Roadrunner Gas Transmission Pipeline - Phases I, II, III (b)

Permian Basin

640 MMcf/d

$450-$500

Various

-Phase I

Permian Basin

170 MMcf/d

$200-$220

First quarter 2016

-Phase II

Permian Basin

400 MMcf/d

$220-$240

First quarter 2017

-Phase III

Permian Basin

70 MMcf/d

$30-$40

2019

(a) Excludes AFUDC.

(b) 50-50 joint venture. Approximate costs represent total project costs.

The natural gas gathering and processing segment completed the following projects in 2014:

Completed Projects

Location

Capacity

Approximate

Costs (a)

Completion Date




(In millions)


Rocky Mountain Region



Garden Creek II processing plant and infrastructure

Williston Basin

100 MMcf/d

$300-$310

August 2014

Garden Creek III processing plant and infrastructure

Williston Basin

100 MMcf/d

$300-$310

October 2014

Mid-Continent Region





Canadian Valley processing plant and infrastructure

Cana-Woodford Shale

200 MMcf/d

$255

March 2014

(a) Excludes AFUDC.

 

The partnership has announced approximately $1.8 billion to $2.6 billion of capital-growth projects in the natural gas gathering and processing segment, which include the following:


Projects in Progress

Location

Capacity

Approximate

Costs (a)

Expected

Completion Date




(In millions)


Rocky Mountain Region



Sage Creek infrastructure

Powder River Basin

Various

$50

Fourth quarter 2015

Natural gas compression

Williston Basin

100 MMcf/d

$80-$100

Fourth quarter 2015

Lonesome Creek processing plant and infrastructure

Williston Basin

200 MMcf/d

$550-$680

Fourth quarter 2015

Stateline de-ethanizers

Williston Basin

26 MBbl/d

$60-$80

Third quarter 2016

Bear Creek processing plant and infrastructure

Williston Basin

80 MMcf/d

$230-$330

Third quarter 2016

Bronco processing plant and infrastructure

Powder River Basin

50 MMcf/d

$130-$200

Suspended

Demicks Lake processing plant and infrastructure

Williston Basin

200 MMcf/d

$475-$670

Suspended

Mid-Continent Region





Knox processing plant and infrastructure

SCOOP

200 MMcf/d

$240-$470

Suspended

(a) Excludes AFUDC.

EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST:

ONEOK and ONEOK Partners executive management will conduct a joint conference call at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (10 a.m. Central Daylight Time) on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.  The call also will be carried live on ONEOK's and ONEOK Partners' websites.

To participate in the telephone conference call, dial 888-263-2884, pass code 5859762, or log on to www.oneok.com or www.oneokpartners.com.

If you are unable to participate in the conference call or the webcast, the replay will be available on ONEOK's website, www.oneok.com, and ONEOK Partners' website, www.oneokpartners.com, for 30 days.  A recording will be available by phone for seven days.  The playback call may be accessed at 888-203-1112, pass code 5859762.

LINKS TO EARNINGS TABLES AND PRESENTATION:

Tables:
http://www.oneok.com/~/media/ONEOK/EarningsTables/2015/OKE_Q2_2015_earnings_5MSD3Z1.ashx

Presentation:
http://www.oneok.com/~/media/ONEOK/EarningsTables/2015/OKE_OKS_Q2_2015_EarningsPresentation_HD94J2.ashx

NON-GAAP (GENERALLY ACCEPTED ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES) FINANCIAL MEASURE:

ONEOK has disclosed in this news release cash flow available for dividends, free cash flow and dividend coverage ratio, which are non-GAAP financial metrics, used to measure the company's financial performance and are defined as follows:

  • Cash flow available for dividends is defined as net income less the portion attributable to non-controlling interests, adjusted for equity in earnings and distributions declared from ONEOK Partners, and ONEOK's stand-alone depreciation and amortization, deferred income taxes, stand-alone capital expenditures and certain other items;
  • Free cash flow is defined as cash flow available for dividends, computed as described above, less ONEOK's dividends declared; and
  • Dividend coverage ratio is defined as cash flow available for dividends divided by the dividends declared for the period.

These non-GAAP financial measures described above are useful to investors because they are used by many companies in the industry as a measurement of financial performance and are commonly employed by financial analysts and others to evaluate our financial performance and to compare our financial performance with the performance of other companies within our industry.  ONEOK cash flow available for dividends, free cash flow and dividend coverage ratio should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP.

These non-GAAP financial measures exclude some, but not all, items that affect net income.  Additionally, these calculations may not be comparable with similarly titled measures of other companies.  A reconciliation of cash flow available for dividends and free cash flow to net income is included in the tables.

ONEOK, Inc. (pronounced ONE-OAK) (NYSE: OKE) is the general partner and as of June 30, 2015, owns 36.8 percent of ONEOK Partners, L.P. (NYSE: OKS), one of the largest publicly traded master limited partnerships, which owns one of the nation's premier natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, connecting NGL supply in the Mid-Continent, Permian and Rocky Mountain regions with key market centers and is a leader in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas in the U.S. ONEOK is a FORTUNE 500 company and is included in Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500 Stock Index.

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Some of the statements contained and incorporated in this Quarterly Report are forward-looking statements as defined under federal securities laws.  The forward-looking statements relate to our anticipated financial performance (including projected operating income, net income, capital expenditures, cash flow and projected levels of dividends), liquidity, management's plans and objectives for our future growth projects and other future operations (including plans to construct additional natural gas and natural gas liquids pipelines and processing facilities and related cost estimates), our business prospects, the outcome of regulatory and legal proceedings, market conditions and other matters.  We make these forward-looking statements in reliance on the safe harbor protections provided under federal securities legislation and other applicable laws.  The following discussion is intended to identify important factors that could cause future outcomes to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.

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One should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.  Known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by forward-looking statements.  Those factors may affect our operations, markets, products, services and prices.  In addition to any assumptions and other factors referred to specifically in connection with the forward-looking statements, factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in any forward-looking statement include, among others, the following:

  • the effects of weather and other natural phenomena, including climate change, on our operations, demand for our services and energy prices;
  • competition from other United States and foreign energy suppliers and transporters, as well as alternative forms of energy, including, but not limited to, solar power, wind power, geothermal energy and biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel;
  • the capital intensive nature of our businesses;
  • the profitability of assets or businesses acquired or constructed by us;
  • our ability to make cost-saving changes in operations;
  • risks of marketing, trading and hedging activities, including the risks of changes in energy prices or the financial condition of our counterparties;
  • the uncertainty of estimates, including accruals and costs of environmental remediation;
  • the timing and extent of changes in energy commodity prices;
  • the effects of changes in governmental policies and regulatory actions, including changes with respect to income and other taxes, pipeline safety, environmental compliance, climate change initiatives and authorized rates of recovery of natural gas and natural gas transportation costs;
  • the impact on drilling and production by factors beyond our control, including the demand for natural gas and crude oil; producers' desire and ability to obtain necessary permits; reserve performance; and capacity constraints on the pipelines that transport crude oil, natural gas and NGLs from producing areas and our facilities;
  • difficulties or delays experienced by trucks, railroads or pipelines in delivering products to or from our terminals or pipelines;
  • changes in demand for the use of natural gas, NGLs and crude oil because of market conditions caused by concerns about climate change;
  • the impact of unforeseen changes in interest rates, equity markets, inflation rates, economic recession and other external factors over which we have no control, including the effect on pension and postretirement expense and funding resulting from changes in stock and bond market returns;
  • our indebtedness could make us vulnerable to general adverse economic and industry conditions, limit our ability to borrow additional funds and/or place us at competitive disadvantages compared with our competitors that have less debt, or have other adverse consequences;
  • actions by rating agencies concerning the credit ratings of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners;
  • the results of administrative proceedings and litigation, regulatory actions, rule changes and receipt of expected clearances involving any local, state or federal regulatory body, including the FERC, the National Transportation Safety Board, the PHMSA, the EPA and CFTC;
  • our ability to access capital at competitive rates or on terms acceptable to us;
  • risks associated with adequate supply to our gathering, processing, fractionation and pipeline facilities, including production declines that outpace new drilling or extended periods of ethane rejection;
  • the risk that material weaknesses or significant deficiencies in our internal controls over financial reporting could emerge or that minor problems could become significant;
  • the impact and outcome of pending and future litigation;
  • the ability to market pipeline capacity on favorable terms, including the effects of:

          –  future demand for and prices of natural gas, NGLs and crude oil;|           –  competitive conditions in the overall energy market;           –  availability of supplies of Canadian and United States natural gas and crude oil; and           –  availability of additional storage capacity;

  • performance of contractual obligations by our customers, service providers, contractors and shippers;
  • the timely receipt of approval by applicable governmental entities for construction and operation of our pipeline and other projects and required regulatory clearances;
  • our ability to acquire all necessary permits, consents or other approvals in a timely manner, to promptly obtain all necessary materials and supplies required for construction, and to construct gathering, processing, storage, fractionation and transportation facilities without labor or contractor problems;
  • the mechanical integrity of facilities operated;
  • demand for our services in the proximity of our facilities;
  • our ability to control operating costs;
  • acts of nature, sabotage, terrorism or other similar acts that cause damage to our facilities or our suppliers' or shippers' facilities;
  • economic climate and growth in the geographic areas in which we do business;
  • the risk of a prolonged slowdown in growth or decline in the United States or international economies, including liquidity risks in United States or foreign credit markets;
  • the impact of recently issued and future accounting updates and other changes in accounting policies;
  • the possibility of future terrorist attacks or the possibility or occurrence of an outbreak of, or changes in, hostilities or changes in the political conditions in the Middle East and elsewhere;
  • the risk of increased costs for insurance premiums, security or other items as a consequence of terrorist attacks;
  • risks associated with pending or possible acquisitions and dispositions, including our ability to finance or integrate any such acquisitions and any regulatory delay or conditions imposed by regulatory bodies in connection with any such acquisitions and dispositions;
  • the impact of uncontracted capacity in our assets being greater or less than expected;
  • the ability to recover operating costs and amounts equivalent to income taxes, costs of property, plant and equipment and regulatory assets in our state and FERC-regulated rates;
  • the composition and quality of the natural gas and NGLs we gather and process in our plants and transport on our pipelines;
  • the efficiency of our plants in processing natural gas and extracting and fractionating NGLs;
  • the impact of potential impairment charges;
  • the risk inherent in the use of information systems in our respective businesses, implementation of new software and hardware, and the impact on the timeliness of information for financial reporting;
  • our ability to control construction costs and completion schedules of our pipelines and other projects; and
  • the risk factors listed in the reports we have filed and may file with the SEC, which are incorporated by reference.

These factors are not necessarily all of the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any of our forward-looking statements.  Other factors could also have material adverse effects on our future results.  These and other risks are described in greater detail in Part 1, Item 1A, Risk Factors, in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in our other filings that we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which are available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and our website at www.oneok.com.  All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors. Any such forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and, other than as required under securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or change in circumstances, expectations or otherwise.

Analyst Contact:

T.D. Eureste

918-588-7167

Media Contact:

Brad Borror

918-588-7582

 

SOURCE ONEOK, Inc.



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