ETRN and EQM Announce Second Quarter 2019 Results

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#EQM–Equitrans Midstream Corporation (NYSE: ETRN) and EQM Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: EQM) today announced financial and operational results for the second quarter 2019.

Q2 2019 Highlights:

  • Generated 88% of transmission operating revenue from firm reservation fees
  • Generated 52% of gathering operating revenue from firm reservation fees
  • Delivered second quarter adjusted EBITDA ahead of Q2 guidance

“Our strong second quarter results were driven by solid operations and cost discipline,” said Thomas F. Karam, chairman and chief executive officer of ETRN and EQM. “As we navigate the reality of low commodity prices and slowdown in production growth, our efforts to deliver efficient, cost-effective services to our customers becomes even more important.”

Diana M. Charletta, president and chief operating officer, added, “Since closing the asset acquisition in April, I am particularly pleased with the work that’s been done to safely and successfully integrate the Eureka and Hornet assets into our processes and programs. We remain focused on being the low-cost provider across all aspects of our business, and in doing so, we must continue to manage costs and effectively deliver innovative midstream solutions for our customers.

“At the same time, we will remain vigilant in the activities surrounding MVP, our largest organic growth project. Along with ongoing efforts to resolve MVP’s few remaining legal and regulatory challenges, construction is continuing in all permitted areas and total project work is more than 85% complete,” Charletta continued.

SECOND QUARTER 2019 RESULTS

ETRN announced net income attributable to ETRN of $74.5 million for the second quarter 2019; and ETRN will receive $136.0 million in cash from its ownership in EQM. During the quarter, ETRN also directly incurred $1.3 million of expenses.

For the second quarter 2019, net income attributable to EQM was $152.4 million; adjusted EBITDA was $327.9 million; net cash provided by operating activities was $349.3 million; and distributable cash flow was $238.7 million. The Non-GAAP Disclosures section of this news release provides reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures from their most comparable GAAP financial measure.

ETRN and EQM net income for the second quarter was impacted by an $80.1 million impairment expense related to the write-down of non-core, FERC-regulated, low-pressure gathering assets. The impairment was triggered by a change in asset groupings in the second quarter 2019 related to regulatory rate making changes and the current focus on high-pressure gathering assets. As a result of the impairment, the assets carry no book value.

For the second quarter 2019, EQM operating revenue increased by $31.5 million, or 8.4%, compared to the same quarter last year. The increase in revenue was primarily related to higher contracted firm gathering capacity, as well as the addition of the newly acquired Eureka Midstream (Eureka) and Hornet Midstream (Hornet) assets, and was partly offset by lower water services revenue. Operating expenses increased by $109.9 million compared to the second quarter 2018, with $80.1 million related to the impairment of long-lived assets and $10.0 million related to transaction costs. The remaining increase was primarily related to the inclusion of the acquired Eureka and Hornet assets, as well as higher system throughput and additional assets placed in-service, which is consistent with the growth in the business.

EQM’s second quarter 2018 results have been retrospectively recast to include the pre-acquisition results of Rice Midstream Partners LP (RMP), as well as the Olympus gathering system and 75% of the Strike Force gathering system (Drop-Down Entities), all of which came under common control in 2017.

QUARTERLY DIVIDEND AND DISTRIBUTION

ETRN

For the second quarter 2019, ETRN will pay a quarterly cash dividend of $0.45 per share on August 22, 2019 to ETRN shareholders of record at the close of business on August 13, 2019.

EQM

For the second quarter 2019, EQM will pay a quarterly cash distribution of $1.16 per common unit on August 13, 2019 to EQM common unitholders of record at the close of business on August 2, 2019.

EQM EXPANSION AND ONGOING MAINTENANCE CAPITAL EXPENDITURES

Expansion

Expansion capital expenditures and capital contributions to Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (MVP JV) were $413 million for the second quarter 2019 and $734 million year-to-date.

$MM

 

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2019

 

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2019

 

Full-year 2019 Forecast

Mountain Valley Pipeline

 

$150

 

$292

 

$1,000

Gathering(1)(2)

 

$235

 

$386

 

$950

Transmission(3)

 

$19

 

$38

 

$75

Water

 

$9

 

$18

 

$50

Total

 

$413

 

$734

 

$2,075

(1)

Does not reflect approximately $8.9 million and $58.6 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019, respectively, related to non-operating assets acquired by EQM from ETRN that primarily support EQM’s gathering activities (Shared Asset Transaction).

(2)

Includes 60% of Eureka expansion capital expenditures from April 10, 2019 through June 30, 2019 and for the 2019 full-year forecast.

(3)

Includes capital contributions to MVP JV for the MVP Southgate project

Ongoing Maintenance

Ongoing maintenance capital expenditures are cash expenditures made to maintain, over the long-term, EQM operating capacity or operating income. EQM ongoing maintenance capital expenditures net of expected reimbursements and excluding the non-controlling interest share of Eureka were $8.2 million for the second quarter 2019 and $17.5 million year-to-date. EQM forecasts full-year 2019 ongoing maintenance capital expenditures of $65 million, excluding the non-controlling interest share of Eureka.

OUTLOOK

ETRN

In 2019, ETRN expects to pay a quarterly dividend of $0.45 per share, resulting in an annual dividend of $1.80 per share. ETRN expects to increase the quarterly per share dividend annually during the first quarter of every year and reiterates an annual ETRN dividend growth target of 8%.

EQM

The third quarter and full-year 2019 forecast provided below reflects the acquisition of 60% of Eureka and 100% of Hornet, which closed on April 10, 2019. Financial results of the Eureka joint venture are consolidated in EQM and ETRN financial statements for accounting purposes.

$MM

Q3 2019

 

Full-year 2019

Net Income attributable to EQM

$235 – $255

 

$900 – $950

Adjusted EBITDA

$315 – $335

 

$1,310 – $1,360

  • Annual distribution per unit growth target of 6%
  • Long-term distribution coverage target greater than 1.2x
  • Long-term debt to EBITDA target of 3.5x – 4.0x
  • Current project backlog expected to be funded with retained cash flow and debt capacity

BUSINESS AND PROJECT UPDATES

Water Services

In response to continued lower natural gas prices, several producer customers have modified their well development plans, which impacts the expected timing of EQM’s fresh water delivery services. As a result, EQM now forecasts full-year 2019 water EBITDA of $50 million and water expansion capital expenditures of $50 million.

Mountain Valley Pipeline

The MVP JV is working through several alternatives to resolve the project’s remaining legal and regulatory challenges. The MVP JV targets a mid-2020 full in-service date at an overall project cost of $4.8 billion to $5.0 billion, of which EQM would fund approximately $2.4 billion.

MVP Southgate

On November 6, 2018, the MVP JV filed the MVP Southgate certificate application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). On July 26, 2019, the FERC issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project, and the Final Environmental Impact Statement is expected in December 2019. The approximately 70-mile pipeline is expected to receive gas from the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) in Virginia and transport the gas to new delivery points in Rockingham and Alamance Counties, North Carolina. With a total project cost estimate of $450 million to $500 million, MVP Southgate is backed by a 300 MMcf per day firm capacity commitment from PSNC Energy and, as designed, the pipeline has expansion capabilities up to 900 MMcf per day of total capacity. Subject to the FERC and other regulatory agency approvals, MVP Southgate is targeting a fourth quarter 2020 in-service date. EQM has a 47.2% ownership interest in MVP Southgate and will operate the pipeline.

Hammerhead Pipeline

Hammerhead is a gathering header pipeline that will span approximately 64 miles from southwestern Pennsylvania to Mobley, West Virginia, where both MVP and the Ohio Valley Connector originate. With a total estimated project cost of $555 million, the pipeline is expected to provide 1.6 Bcf per day of capacity, of which 1.2 Bcf per day is contracted under a firm capacity commitment by EQT Corporation (EQT). In the first half of 2019, EQM invested approximately $153 million in Hammerhead and expects to invest approximately $200 million in the project for the remainder of 2019. A portion of Hammerhead is expected to be operational by year-end 2019 and will provide interruptible service until MVP is placed in-service, at which time the firm capacity commitment will begin.

Eureka Midstream and Hornet Midstream Acquisition

On April 10, 2019, EQM completed the acquisition of a 60% interest in Eureka and a 100% interest in Hornet. The Eureka assets consist of a 190-mile gathering header pipeline system in Ohio and West Virginia that services both dry Utica and wet Marcellus production. The Hornet pipeline is a 15-mile, high-pressure gathering system in West Virginia that connects to the Eureka system.

Equitrans Expansion Project

A portion of Equitrans Expansion Project (EEP) is expected to commence operations with interruptible service in the third quarter 2019. EEP will provide capacity of approximately 600 MMcf per day and offer access to several markets through interconnects with Texas Eastern Transmission, Dominion Transmission, and Columbia Gas Transmission. EEP will also provide delivery into MVP and once MVP is placed in-service, firm transportation agreements for 550 MMcf per day of capacity will commence under 20-year terms.

Q2 2019 Earnings Conference Call Information

ETRN and EQM will host a joint conference call with security analysts today, July 30, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss second quarter 2019 financial results, operating results, and other business matters. An audio live stream of the call will be available on the Internet via the Investors page at www.equitransmidstream.com and www.eqm-midstreampartners.com. Security analysts may access the call: U.S. tollfree at (866) 393-4306; and internationally at (734) 385-2616. The ETRN/EQM joint conference ID is 7177601.

Call Replay: For 14 days following the call, an audio replay will be available at (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406. The ETRN/EQM conference ID: 7177601.

ETRN and EQM management speak to investors from time-to-time and the presentation for these discussions, which is updated periodically, is available via the companies’ respective websites at www.equitransmidstream.com and www.eqm-midstreampartners.com.

NON-GAAP DISCLOSURES

EQM Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow

As used in this news release, EQM adjusted EBITDA means net income plus net interest expense, depreciation, amortization of intangible assets, impairment of long-lived assets, payments on EQM’s preferred interest in EQT Energy Supply, LLC (Preferred Interest), non-cash long-term compensation expense and separation and other transaction costs less equity income, AFUDC – equity, adjusted EBITDA attributable to noncontrolling interest and adjusted EBITDA of assets prior to acquisition. As used in this news release, distributable cash flow means EQM adjusted EBITDA less net interest expense excluding interest income on the Preferred Interest, capitalized interest and AFUDC – debt, ongoing maintenance capital expenditures net of expected reimbursements, and cash distributions earned by Series A preferred unitholders. The impact of noncontrolling interests is also excluded from the calculation of adjustment items to distributable cash flow. Distributable cash flow should not be viewed as indicative of the actual amount of cash that EQM has available for distributions or that EQM plans to distribute and is not intended to be a liquidity measure. Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are non-GAAP supplemental financial measures that management and external users of ETRN’s and EQM’s consolidated financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies, use to assess:

  • EQM’s operating performance as compared to other publicly traded partnerships in the midstream energy industry without regard to historical cost basis or, in the case of adjusted EBITDA, financing methods;
  • the ability of EQM’s assets to generate sufficient cash flow to make distributions to EQM unitholders;
  • EQM’s ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures; and
  • the viability of acquisitions and other capital expenditure projects and the returns on investment of various investment opportunities.

ETRN and EQM believe that adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow provide useful information to investors in assessing ETRN’s and EQM’s financial condition and results of operations. Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow should not be considered as alternatives to net income, operating income, net cash provided by operating activities or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow have important limitations as analytical tools because they exclude some, but not all, items that affect net income, operating income and net cash provided by operating activities. Additionally, because adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow may be defined differently by other companies in ETRN’s and EQM’s industry, ETRN’s and EQM’s definitions of adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing the utility of the measures. The table below reconciles adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow from net income and net cash provided by operating activities as derived from EQM’s statements of consolidated operations and cash flows to be included in EQM’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended June 30, 2019.

ETRN and EQM are unable to provide a reconciliation of EQM’s projected adjusted EBITDA from projected net income, the most comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP, because EQM does not provide guidance with respect to the intra-year timing of its or the MVP JV’s capital spending, which impact AFUDC – debt and – equity and equity earnings, among other items, that are reconciling items between adjusted EBITDA and net income. The timing of capital expenditures is volatile as it depends on weather, regulatory approvals, contractor availability, system performance and various other items. EQM provides ranges for the third quarter of 2019 and full-year 2019 forecasts of net income attributable to EQM and adjusted EBITDA to allow for the variability in the timing of cash receipts and disbursements, capital spending and the impact on the related reconciling items, many of which interplay with one another. Therefore, the reconciliation of projected adjusted EBITDA from projected net income is not available without unreasonable effort.

Reconciliation of EQM Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

(Thousands, except coverage ratio)

2019

 

2018

Net income

$

156,471

 

 

$

234,685

 

Add:

 

 

 

Net interest expense

49,717

 

 

23,065

 

Depreciation

56,515

 

 

42,110

 

Amortization of intangible assets

13,750

 

 

10,387

 

Impairment of long-lived assets

80,135

 

 

 

Preferred Interest payments

2,746

 

 

2,746

 

Non-cash long-term compensation expense

 

 

140

 

Separation and other transaction costs

15,358

 

 

5,350

 

Less:

 

 

 

Equity income

(36,782

)

 

(10,938

)

AFUDC – equity

(2,107

)

 

(1,072

)

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to noncontrolling interest (1)

(7,916

)

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to the Drop-Down Entities prior to acquisition

 

 

(17,270

)

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to RMP prior to merger

 

 

(79,695

)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

327,887

 

 

$

209,508

 

Less:

 

 

 

Net interest expense excluding interest income on the Preferred Interest (5)

(50,521

)

 

(22,336

)

Capitalized interest and AFUDC – debt (5)

(7,564

)

 

(1,940

)

Ongoing maintenance capital expenditures net of expected reimbursements (5)

(8,151

)

 

(7,115

)

Series A Preferred Unit distributions (4)

(22,979

)

 

 

Distributable cash flow (2)

$

238,672

 

 

$

178,117

 

 

 

 

 

Distributions declared (3):

 

 

 

Limited Partner

$

232,531

 

 

$

131,295

 

General Partner

 

 

70,510

 

Total

$

232,531

 

 

$

201,805

 

Coverage ratio

 

1.03x

 

 

 

0.88x

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

349,270

 

 

$

338,950

 

Adjustments:

 

 

 

Capitalized interest and AFUDC – debt (5)

(7,564

)

 

(1,940

)

Principal payments received on the Preferred Interest

1,157

 

 

1,093

 

Ongoing maintenance capital expenditures net of expected reimbursements (5)

(8,151

)

 

(7,115

)

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to noncontrolling interest (1)

(7,916

)

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to the Drop-Down Entities prior to acquisition

 

 

(17,270

)

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to RMP prior to merger

 

 

(79,695

)

Series A Preferred Unit distributions (4)

(22,979

)

 

 

Other, including changes in working capital

(65,145

)

 

(55,906

)

Distributable cash flow (2)

$

238,672

 

 

$

178,117

 

(1)

Reflects adjusted EBITDA attributable to noncontrolling interest associated with the third-party ownership interest in Eureka. Adjusted EBITDA attributable to noncontrolling interest for the three months ended June 30, 2019 was calculated as net income of $4.9 million plus depreciation of $2.2 million and interest expense of $0.8 million.

(2)

EQM believes that calculating distributable cash flow without deducting separation and other transaction costs provides investors with greater insight into the period-to-period ability of EQM’s ongoing assets and operations to generate cash flow. If separation and other transaction costs were deducted from the calculation, EQM’s distributable cash flow for the three month periods ended June 30, 2019 and 2018 would have been $223.3 million and $172.8 million, respectively.

(3)

Reflects cash distribution of $1.160 per common unit for the second quarter of 2019 and 200,457,630 common units outstanding as of June 30, 2019.

(4)

Reflects the pro rata distribution to EQM’s Series A preferred units based on the closing of the private placement of such units on April 10, 2019. The Series A preferred unitholders’ distribution is payable on August 13, 2019.

(5)

Does not reflect amounts related to the non-controlling interest share of Eureka

Water EBITDA

As used in this news release, water EBITDA means the earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of EQM’s water services business. Water EBITDA is a non‐GAAP supplemental financial measure that management and external users of EQM’ s consolidated financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies, use to assess the impact of EQM’s water services business on EQM’s operating performance and EQM’s ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures. Water EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to the operating income of EQM’s Water segment, EQM’s net income or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP. Water EBITDA has important limitations as an analytical tool because the measure excludes some, but not all, items that affect water operating income. Additionally, because water EBITDA may be defined differently by other companies in EQM’s industry, the definition of water EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing the utility of the measure.

EQM has not provided a reconciliation of projected water EBITDA from projected water operating income, the most comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP. EQM does not allocate certain costs, such as interest expenses, to individual assets within its business segments. Therefore, the reconciliation of projected water EBITDA from projected water operating income is not available without unreasonable effort.

About Equitrans Midstream Corporation:

Equitrans Midstream Corporation (ETRN) has a premier asset footprint in the Appalachian Basin and is one of the largest natural gas gatherers in the United States. With a rich 135-year history in the energy industry, ETRN was launched as a standalone company in 2018 and, through its subsidiaries, has an operational focus on gas gathering systems, transmission and storage systems, and water services assets that support natural gas producers across the Basin. ETRN is helping to meet America’s growing need for clean-burning energy, while also providing a rewarding workplace and enriching the communities where its employees live and work. ETRN owns the non-economic general partner interest and a majority ownership of the limited partner interest in EQM.

Visit Equitrans Midstream Corporation at www.equitransmidstream.com

About EQM Midstream Partners:

EQM Midstream Partners, LP (EQM) is a growth-oriented limited partnership formed to own, operate, acquire, and develop midstream assets in the Appalachian Basin. As one of the largest gatherers of natural gas in the United States, EQM provides midstream services to producers, utilities, and other customers through its strategically located natural gas transmission, storage, and gathering systems, and water services to support energy development and production in the Marcellus and Utica regions. EQM owns approximately 950 miles of FERC-regulated interstate pipelines and also owns and/or operates approximately 2,400 miles of high- and low-pressure gathering lines.

Visit EQM Midstream Partners, LP at www.eqm-midstreampartners.com

Cautionary Statements

Disclosures in this news release contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Statements that do not relate strictly to historical or current facts are forward-looking. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, forward-looking statements contained in this news release specifically include the expectations of plans, strategies, objectives and growth and anticipated financial and operational performance of ETRN and its subsidiaries, including guidance regarding EQM’s and its subsidiaries’ gathering, transmission and storage and water services revenue and volume growth; projected revenue (including from firm reservation fees) and expenses; the weighted average contract life of gathering, transmission and storage and water service contracts; infrastructure programs (including the timing, cost, capacity and sources of funding with respect to gathering, transmission and storage, and water expansion projects); the cost, capacity, timing of regulatory approvals, final design and targeted in-service dates of current projects; the ability of the MVP JV to satisfy the applicable federal agencies’ land exchange procedures and consummate the land exchange on a timely basis or at all; the ultimate terms, partners and structure of the MVP JV, and EQM’s ownership interests therein; projected shipper reimbursement obligations under MVP-related contracts; expansion and integration and optimization projects in EQM’s operating areas and in areas that would provide access to new markets; EQM’s ability to provide produced water handling services and realize expansion and optimization and integration opportunities and related capital avoidance; acquisitions and other strategic transactions, including joint ventures and the completed acquisition of interests in Eureka and Hornet, and ETRN’s and EQM’s ability to identify and complete transactions, and effectively integrate transactions (including Eureka and Hornet) into EQM’s operations, and achieve anticipated synergies, system optionality and accretion associated with any transactions, including through increased scale; EQM’s ability to access commercial opportunities and new customers for its water services business; credit rating impacts associated with the Mountain Valley Pipeline, customer credit ratings, acquisitions and financings and changes in EQM’s credit ratings; expected cash flows and minimum volume commitments; internal rate of return (IRR); compound annual growth rate (CAGR); capital commitments; projected capital contributions and capital and operating expenditures, including the amount and timing of reimbursable capital expenditures, capital budget and sources of funds for capital expenditures; liquidity and financing requirements, including sources and availability; ETRN’s and EQM’s and its subsidiaries’ respective abilities to service debt under, and comply with the covenants contained in, their respective credit agreements; expectations regarding production volumes in EQM’s areas of operation; the effect and outcome of pending and future litigation and regulatory proceedings; dividend and distribution amounts, timing, rates and growth; effects of the conversion, if at all, of EQM securities; effect of commodity prices; projected net income, projected adjusted EBITDA, projected firm project EBITDA, projected water EBITDA and fresh water deliveries (and the timing thereof), projected distributable cash flow, projected leverage and projected coverage ratio; projected SG&A and separation and transaction costs; the timing and amount of future issuances of securities; impacts of a change of control of EQT Corporation; the effects of government regulation and tariffs; the effect of seasonality; and tax position.

Contacts

Analyst inquiries:

Nate Tetlow – Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations

412-553-5834

ntetlow@equitransmidstream.com

Media inquiries:

Natalie Cox – Director, Communications and Corporate Affairs

412-395-3941

ncox@equitransmidstream.com

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