Rice Midstream Partners Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2015 Results

24 Feb, 2016, 17:00 ET from Rice Midstream Partners LP

CANONSBURG, Pa., Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Rice Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: RMP) ("RMP" or the "Partnership") today reported fourth quarter and full-year 2015 financial and operational results. Highlights to date include:

  • Fourth quarter average daily throughput of 703 MDth/d, a 36% increase relative to fourth quarter 2014
  • 2015 average daily throughput of 647 MDth/d, a 71% increase relative to full-year 2014 volumes
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $19.1 million and $63.8 million for the fourth quarter and full-year, respectively
  • Distributable cash flow ("DCF")(1) of $17.0 million and $56.9 million for the fourth quarter and full-year, respectively
  • DCF coverage ratio of 1.22x for the fourth quarter
  • Increased fourth quarter distribution to $0.1965 per common unit
  • Leverage of 2.1x (net debt / LTM 2015 Adjusted EBITDA)
  • Increased acreage dedication in Western Greene County, Pennsylvania to 93,000 gross acres from Rice Energy (NYSE: RICE) ("Rice Energy")

Commenting on the results, Daniel J. Rice IV, Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are pleased to deliver strong fourth quarter and full year results, despite a challenging commodity environment. Our strong results and consistent execution demonstrate the strength and resiliency of our business, which is driven by a disciplined and aligned sponsor, excellent third party dedications, and a concentrated footprint in the core of some of the lowest breakeven gas areas in the country."

Fourth Quarter 2015 Results

Average daily throughput for the fourth quarter was 703 MDth/d, a 36% increase relative to fourth quarter 2014, with 18% attributable to third-party volumes. Water services volumes totaled 202 million gallons, with 58% attributable to third-party volumes. Operating revenues were $29.3 million, and operation and maintenance expenses totaled $4.9 million. We reported net income attributable to limited partners of $12.5 million, or $0.18 per limited partner unit. Adjusted EBITDA and DCF were $19.1 million and $17.0 million, respectively. Estimated maintenance capital expenditures totaled $1.1 million and cash interest expense was $0.9 million.

Full Year 2015 Financial Results

For the year ended December 31, 2015, average daily throughput was 647 MDth/d, with 16% attributable to third-party volumes. Water services volumes totaled 777 million gallons with 23% attributable to third-party volumes. Operating revenues were $114.5 million, and operation and maintenance expenses were $14.9 million. We reported net income attributable to limited partners of $52.5 million, or $0.76 per limited partner unit. Adjusted EBITDA and DCF were $63.8 million and $56.9 million, respectively. Estimated maintenance capital expenditures totaled $4.5 million and cash interest expense was $2.4 million.

During 2015, RMP invested approximately $170 million to develop its gas gathering and compression assets, and $4.5 million for estimated maintenance capital.

1.

Please see "Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for a description of Adjusted EBITDA and DCF.

Average Daily Throughput (MDth/d)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

Gathering Assets

December 31, 2015

December 31, 2015

Washington County System

571

485

Greene County System

132

162

Total

703

647

% Third-party

18%

16%

Capacity (MMgal/d)

Water Assets

Year Ended December 31, 2015

Pennsylvania Water

7.7

Ohio Water

10.7

Total

18.4

 

Western Greene County Midstream Update

Subsequent to year-end, Rice Energy renegotiated its third party gas gathering agreement for acreage acquired from Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C. in August 2014 to increase the acreage dedication from Rice Energy to RMP by 19,000 gross acres to approximately 93,000 gross acres. RMP will gather all production above the first 40 MDth/d, as well as pursue additional third party gathering and water opportunities surrounding this dedication.

Financial Position and Liquidity

As of December 31, 2015, we had $307 million of undrawn capacity on our revolving credit facility and $8 million of cash on hand, resulting in $315 million of total liquidity to fund our 2016 capital budget.

Quarterly Cash Distribution

On January 22, 2016, we declared a quarterly distribution of $0.1965 per unit for the fourth quarter 2015, an increase of $0.003 per unit relative to third quarter 2015. The distribution was payable on February 11, 2016 to unitholders of record as of February 2, 2016.

Conference Call

RMP will host a conference call on February 25, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time (10:00 a.m. Central time) to discuss fourth quarter and full-year 2015 financial and operating results. To listen to a live audio webcast of the conference call, please visit RMP's website at www.ricemidstream.com.  A replay of the conference call will be available following the call for two weeks and can be accessed from www.ricemidstream.com.

Rice Energy will host a conference call on February 25, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time (8:30 a.m. Central time) to discuss fourth quarter and full-year quarter 2015 financial and operating results and we encourage RMP investors to listen-in. To listen to a live audio webcast of the conference call, please visit Rice Energy's website at www.riceenergy.com. A replay of the conference call will be available for two weeks and can also be accessed from Rice's homepage.

Please visit www.ricemidstream.com to view a presentation containing fourth quarter and full-year 2015 information.

About Rice Midstream Partners

Rice Midstream Partners LP is a fee-based, growth-oriented limited partnership formed by Rice Energy Inc. (NYSE: RICE) to own, operate, develop and acquire midstream assets in the Appalachian basin. RMP provides midstream services to Rice Energy and third-party companies through its natural gas gathering, compression and water assets in the rapidly developing dry gas cores of the Marcellus and Utica Shales.

For more information, please visit www.ricemidstream.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This release includes forward-looking statements that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. All statements, other than historical facts included in this release, that address activities, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will or may occur in the future, including such things as, forecasted gathering volumes, revenues, Adjusted EBITDA, distribution growth, and distributable cash flow, the timing of completion of midstream projects, future capital expenditures (including the amount and nature thereof), the acquisition of the water services business and the concurrent private placement, business strategy and measures to implement strategy, competitive strengths, goals, expansion and growth of our business and operations, plans, market conditions, references to future success, references to intentions as to future matters and other such matters are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. Although we believe that the plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements are reasonable, there is no assurance that these plans, intentions or expectations will be achieved. Therefore, actual outcomes and results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied or forecast in such statements.

We caution you that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control, incident to the exploration for and development, production, gathering and sale of natural gas and oil. These risks include, but are not limited to: commodity price volatility; the availability of capital on an economic basis; inflation; lack of availability of drilling and production equipment and services; environmental risks; drilling and other operating risks; legislative and regulatory changes adversely affecting the industry; transportation capacity constraints and interruptions; the uncertainty inherent in estimating natural gas reserves and in projecting future rates of production, cash flow and access to capital; and the timing of development expenditures. Furthermore, the acquisition of the water services business by the Partnership, the concurrent private placement by the Partnership and related transactions may not be completed as described or at all. Information concerning these and other factors can be found in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this news release are qualified by these cautionary statements and there can be no assurances that the actual results or developments anticipated by us will be realized, or even if realized, that they will have the expected consequences to or effects on us, our business or operations. We have no intention, and disclaim any obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future results or otherwise.

 

Rice Midstream Partners LP

Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

 December 31,

(in thousands, except per unit data)

2015

2014

2015

2014

Operating revenues:

Affiliate (1)

$

21,379

$

1,626

$

93,668

$

1,863

Third-party

7,935

1,743

20,791

4,585

Total operating revenues

29,314

3,369

114,459

6,448

Operating expenses:

Operation and maintenance expense

4,882

1,353

14,910

4,773

General and administrative expense

3,072

2,374

13,394

11,106

Incentive unit (income) expense (2)

(4)

1,689

1,044

13,480

Equity compensation expense

1,185

410

4,501

816

Depreciation expense

5,944

1,553

16,399

4,165

Acquisition costs

1,519

1,519

Amortization of intangible assets

408

408

1,632

1,156

Other expense

51

543

Total operating expenses

15,538

9,306

52,423

37,015

Operating income (loss)

13,776

(5,937)

62,036

(30,567)

Other (expense) income

(110)

11

(110)

Interest expense (2)

(1,094)

(1,824)

(3,164)

(13,571)

Amortization of deferred finance costs

(144)

(576)

Income (loss) before income taxes

12,538

(7,871)

58,307

(44,248)

Income tax (expense) benefit

(17)

2,935

(5,812)

12,920

Net income (loss)

$

12,521

$

(4,936)

$

52,495

$

(31,328)

Net income attributable to limited partners

$

11,529

$

1,162

$

45,199

$

1,162

Weighted average limited partner units (in millions)

Common units (basic)

36.5

30.7

Common units (diluted)

36.7

30.8

Subordinated units (basic and diluted)

28.8

28.8

Net income attributable to RMP per limited partner unit (basic and diluted) (3)

Common units

$

0.18

$

0.76

Subordinated units

$

0.18

$

0.76

Adjusted EBITDA(4)

$

19,065

N/M

$

63,780

N/M

Distributable cash flow (5)

$

16,997

N/M

$

56,944

N/M

Quarterly distribution per unit

$

0.1965

$

0.7680

Distribution declared:

Limited partner units - Public

$

8,284

Limited partner units - RICE

5,651

Total distribution declared

$

13,935

DCF coverage ratio

1.22

x

1.

Prior to our IPO, we did not charge a gathering fee to affiliates, including Rice Energy, other than a fee charged on a single receipt point pipeline in Greene County in which we own a 60% working interest.

2.

Prior to our IPO, we were allocated our proportionate share of incentive unit expense, equity compensation expense, and interest expenses initially recognized by Rice Energy. Additionally, prior to their acquisition, the Water Assets were also allocated incentive unit expense, equity compensation expense and interest expense initially recognized by Rice Energy. These non-cash charges are described in more detail in Note 9 to the consolidated financial statements in our 10-Q.

3.

Net income per limited partner unit is presented only for the period subsequent to our initial public offering and does not include results attributable to the Water Assets prior to their acquisition as these results are not attributable to our limited partners.

4.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest expense, depreciation expense, amortization expense, non-cash equity compensation expense, amortization of deferred financing costs and other non-recurring items. Please read Supplemental "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

5.

We define distributable cash flow as Adjusted EBITDA less interest expense, and estimated maintenance capital expenditures. Please read Supplemental "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

 

Rice Midstream Partners LP

Segment Results of Operations

(Unaudited)

Gathering and Compression Segment

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

(in thousands)

2015

2014

2015

2014

Affiliate gathering volumes (MDth/d)

577

473

547

345

Third-party gathering volumes (MDth/d)

126

44

100

33

Total gathering volumes (MDth/d)

703

517

647

378

Operating revenues:

Affiliate

$

16,434

$

1,626

$

61,180

$

1,863

Third-party

4,739

1,743

16,031

4,585

Total operating revenues

21,173

3,369

77,211

6,448

Operating expenses:

Operation and maintenance expense

2,021

1,093

6,006

3,956

General and administrative expense

2,617

2,066

9,961

9,857

Incentive unit expense

1,448

11,974

Equity compensation expense

965

363

3,925

741

Depreciation expense

1,778

1,005

6,310

2,856

Acquisition costs

1,519

1,519

Amortization of intangible assets

408

408

1,632

1,156

Other expense

492

Total operating expenses

7,789

7,902

28,326

32,059

Operating income (loss)

$

13,384

$

(4,533)

$

48,885

$

(25,611)

 

Water Services Segment

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

(in thousands)

2015

2014

2015

2014

Water service volumes (MMgal)

202

777

Operating revenues:

Affiliate

$

4,945

$

$

32,488

$

Third-party

3,196

4,760

Total operating revenues

8,141

37,248

Operating expenses:

Operation and maintenance expense

2,861

260

8,904

817

General and administrative expense

455

308

3,433

1,249

Incentive unit (income) expense

(4)

241

1,044

1,506

Equity compensation expense

220

47

576

75

Depreciation expense

4,166

548

10,089

1,309

Other operating expense

51

51

Total operating expenses

7,749

1,404

24,097

4,956

Operating income (loss)

$

392

$

(1,404)

13,151

$

(4,956)

 

Rice Midstream Partners LP Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited)

Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure that is used by management and external users of our consolidated financial statements, such as securities analysts, investors and lenders. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest expense, depreciation expense, amortization expense, non-cash stock compensation expense, amortization of deferred financing costs and other non-recurring items.  Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of net income as determined by GAAP.

Distributable cash flow is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure that is used by management and external users of our consolidated financial statements, such as securities analysts, investors and lenders. We define distributable cash flow as Adjusted EBITDA less cash interest expense, and estimated maintenance capital expenditures. Distributable cash flow does not reflect changes in working capital balances and is not a presentation made in accordance with GAAP.

Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are non-GAAP supplemental financial measures that management and external users of our consolidated financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies, may use to assess the financial performance of our assets, without regard to financing methods, capital structure or historical cost basis; our operating performance and return on capital as compared to other companies in the midstream energy sector, without regard to historical cost basis or, in the case of Adjusted EBITDA, financing or capital structure; our ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures; the ability of our assets to generate sufficient cash flow to make distributions to our unitholders; and the viability of acquisitions and other capital expenditure projects and the returns on investment of various investment opportunities.

We believe that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow will provide useful information to investors in assessing our financial condition and results of operations. The GAAP measures most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are net income and net cash provided by (used in) operating activities. Our non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow should not be considered as an alternative to GAAP net income or net cash provided by operating activities. Each of Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow has important limitations as an analytical tool because it excludes some but not all items that affect net income and net cash provided by operating activities. You should not consider either Adjusted EBITDA or distributable cash flow in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Because Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow may be defined differently by other companies in our industry, our definitions of Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing its utility.

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

(in thousands)

December 31, 2015

December 31, 2015

Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation to loss from continuing operations:

Net income

$

12,521

$

52,495

     Interest expense

1,094

3,164

     Income tax expense

17

5,812

     Depreciation expense

5,944

16,399

     Amortization of intangible assets

408

1,632

     Non-cash equity compensation expense

1,185

4,501

     Incentive unit (income) expense

(4)

1,044

     Amortization of deferred finance costs

144

576

     Other expense

51

543

     Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Water Assets prior to acquisition(1)

(2,295)

(22,386)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

19,065

$

63,780

Adjusted EBITDA

$

19,065

$

63,780

     Cash interest expense

(948)

(2,356)

     Estimated maintenance capital expenditures

(1,120)

(4,480)

Distributable cash flow

$

16,997

$

56,944

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Cash used in operating activities:

Adjusted EBITDA

$

19,065

$

63,780

     Interest expense

(1,094)

(3,164)

     Other income (expense)

(51)

(543)

     Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Water Assets prior to acquisition(1)

2,295

22,386

     Changes in operating assets and liabilities which used cash

(1,426)

(12,453)

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

18,789

$

70,006

1.

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to the Water Assets prior to their acquisition is excluded from our adjusted EBITDA calculation as these amounts are not attributable to our limited partners. For the three months ended December 31, 2015, the Adjusted EBITDA attributable to the Water Assets prior to acquisition was calculated with net income of $1.0 million, plus interest expense of $0.1 million, depreciation expense of $1.1 million and non-cash equity compensation of $0.1 million. For the year ended December 31, 2015, the Adjusted EBITDA attributable to the Water Assets prior to acquisition was calculated with net income of $7.3 million plus interest expense of $0.8 million, income tax expense of $5.8 million, depreciation expense of $7.0 million, non-cash equity compensation of $0.4 million and $1.0 million of incentive unit expense.

 

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