DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: AMID) (the “Partnership”) today announced the acquisition of interests in strategic Gulf of Mexico midstream infrastructure and incremental ownership in Delta House for total consideration of approximately $225 million.
1Indicates a non-GAAP financial measure.
First Quarter 2016 Distribution
The Board of Directors of the Partnership’s general partner today declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.4125 per common unit, or $1.65 per unit on an annualized basis. The first quarter 2016 distribution is equal to the Partnership’s minimum quarterly distribution and represents the nineteenth consecutive quarter of distributions.
In light of continued illiquid and unattractive capital market conditions, the Board of Directors made the decision to reduce the distribution per common unit by $0.24, or approximately 13 percent, on an annualized basis to provide the Partnership with incremental liquidity, including foregone incentive distribution right payments, to fund growth projects or reduce borrowings on the revolving credit agreement.
The distribution will be paid May 13, 2016, to unitholders of record as of the close of business May 4, 2016, together with the general partner of American Midstream. The ex-dividend date is May 2, 2016.
“We are pleased to announce strategic and accretive acquisitions in the midst of a difficult environment that expand our midstream footprint and further diversify our cash flow profile with investment grade-rated producer customers,” commented Lynn Bourdon, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The acquisition of strategic midstream infrastructure serving prolific areas of the Gulf of Mexico is an important step towards transforming American Midstream into a significant and integrated participant in offshore infrastructure, particularly in the deep-water. Our combined interests in the Destin and High Point gathering and transmission systems cover more than 10,000 square miles of active production in the Gulf. In addition, the onshore segment of Destin extends our gas transmission footprint into an active region serving the southeast marketplace. The additional pipeline interests increase our size and scale through incremental fee-based cash flows supported primarily by take-or-pay contracts and life-of-lease dedications. When combined with our onshore gathering, processing, transmission and terminals infrastructure, we remain well positioned to continue operating successfully through the current industry downturn, while positioning the Partnership to achieve significant long-term growth as industry conditions improve.
“In conjunction with completing these strategic acquisitions we have solidified the Partnership’s financial position with significant year-over-year growth of Adjusted EBTIDA and DCF, as well as improved distribution coverage and leverage,” continued Mr. Bourdon. “As part of our 2016 forecast, we intend to pay distributions on all preferred equity at a rate of 50 percent cash and 50 percent PIK for the remainder of 2016, and transition to paying all preferred equity with 100 percent cash beginning next year, resulting in year-end 2017 distribution coverage of approximately 1.2 times. Further, we believe that by re-setting the distribution to the minimum quarterly distribution we are creating additional liquidity to fund growth opportunities, or reduce borrowings on the revolving credit agreement, during a period of significant dislocation in the public equity markets. We are solidly in a position, absent a significant and unforeseen negative event that directly affects the Partnership, to pay at least the minimum quarterly distribution going forward.
“As we look ahead, we are committed to long-term sustainable distribution growth for our unit holders and we intend to invest significant capital during the next several years through a combination of organic growth projects, identified drop-down transactions, and complementary third-party acquisitions like those announced today,” continued Mr. Bourdon. “In the event the capital market dislocation continues and we are unable to access public equity markets, ArcLight has indicated the intent to continue supporting the Partnership by providing American Midstream with access to equity capital. With this continued strong support of ArcLight, we are well positioned to achieve multi-year sustainable cash flow growth that will drive the resumption of distribution growth as early as 2017.”
“The preferred equity transaction is a testament to our strong and continuing support for American Midstream, and the transactions executed today underscore the highly collaborative nature of the working relationship between American Midstream and its sponsor,” said Dan Revers, ArcLight’s Managing Partner. “Looking ahead, we are actively working with the American Midstream team on additional opportunities primarily within the Partnership’s core operating areas that we believe will drive incremental long-term growth for the Partnership, and we remain committed to supporting American Midstream with access to capital until the public capital markets recover.”
The acquisitions were funded with the issuance of $120 million, or 8.6 million, Series C convertible preferred units issued to ArcLight and approximately $105 million in borrowings under the Partnership’s revolving credit facility. The preferred equity was issued at $14 per unit and will receive preferred distributions equal to the greater of $0.4125 per unit or the distribution paid to the common unit holders, paid via cash, paid-in-kind units (“PIK”), or a combination thereof, at the discretion of the board of directors. In addition, the Partnership executed a warrant agreement whereby ArcLight has the right to acquire up to 1.2 million common units (subject to adjustment) at a strike price of $7.25 per unit.
As a result of the acquisitions announced today, the Partnership forecasts Adjusted EBITDA in a range of $125 million to $135 million and DCF in a range of $85 million to $95 million, representing year-over-year growth of approximately 100 percent. The updated 2016 forecast includes the benefit of the acquisitions announced today, partially offset by marginally lower throughput volumes on certain legacy systems and lower-than-expected off-spec volumes at Longview, which combined account for a decrease of approximately 5 percent to the Partnership’s previous 2016 Adjusted EBTIDA forecast.
In addition, the Partnership forecasts fee-based cash flow of greater than 90 percent, distribution coverage of greater than 1.5 times, and leverage of approximately 4.0 times for the full-year 2016. The Partnership is forecasting distributions on all preferred equity will be paid at a rate of 50 percent cash and 50 percent PIK for the remainder of 2016, and intends to pay 100 percent cash distributions on all preferred equity beginning in 2017.
Growth capital expenditures are forecasted in a range of $60 million to $70 million, an increase from the Partnership’s previous forecast as a result of incremental spending on organic growth projects on base assets.
Gulf of Mexico Assets
Destin, Tri-States and Wilprise are complementary to the Partnership’s existing footprint in the Gulf of Mexico and are the primary means of gathering and transportation for Eastern Gulf of Mexico natural gas and NGLs to reach end-markets. The assets include approximately 1.2 billion cubic feet per day (“Bcf/d”) of natural gas gathering and transport capacity supported by fixed and/or dedicated volumes and 120,000 barrels per day (“Bbl/d”) of NGL transport capacity.
Destin Pipeline – The Destin pipeline is a FERC-regulated, 255-mile natural gas transport system with total capacity of 1.2 Bcf/d. The system originates offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and includes connections with four producing platforms, and six producer-operated laterals, including Delta House. The 120-mile offshore portion of the system terminates at the Pascagoula processing plant and is the single source of raw natural gas to the plant. The onshore portion of Destin is the sole delivery point for merchant-quality gas from the Pascagoula plant and extends 135 miles north in Mississippi. Destin currently serves as the primary transport of gas flows from the Barnett and Haynesville shale plays to Florida markets through interconnections with major interstate pipelines. Contracted volumes on Destin are based on life-of-field dedication, dedicated volumes over a given period, or interruptible volumes as capacity permits. The Partnership owns a 49.7 percent interest in Destin and an affiliate of the Partnership’s general partner has an option to acquire an additional 17 percent interest in mid-2017. Enbridge Inc. is the remaining minority interest holder. Destin is currently operated by BP.
Tri-States and Wilprise NGL Pipelines – The Tri-States pipeline is a FERC-regulated, 161-mile NGL pipeline and sole form of transport to Louisiana-based fractionators for NGLs produced at the Pascagoula Plant served by Destin, the Williams Mobile Bay Plant, and the DCP Mobile Bay Plant. Virtually all Eastern Gulf of Mexico natural gas production is processed at one of the plants connecting to the Tri-States pipeline. The pipeline terminates at the Kenner Louisiana Junction where NGLs access Enterprise Product Partner LP’s Norco fractionation facility, the Wilprise pipeline, and/or the Belle Rose NGL pipeline. The Wilprise pipeline is a FERC-regulated, approximately 30-mile NGL pipeline that originates at the Kenner Junction and terminates in Sorrento, Louisiana where volumes flow via pipeline to a Baton Rouge fractionator operated by EPCO. The Partnership owns a 16.7 percent interest in the Tri-States pipeline and a 25.3 percent interest in the Wilprise pipeline. Enterprise Products Partners, LP is the majority interest holder in both pipelines and operator of Wilprise; BP currently operates Tri-States.
Emerald Midstream, LLC, an affiliate of ArcLight, acquired the interests in Destin, Tri-States and Wilprise in March 2016. The Partnership will acquire the interests from the ArcLight affiliate in April 2016.
Chevron Gulf of Mexico Assets
Assets acquired from Chevron expand American Midstream’s existing Gulf of Mexico footprint with the addition of approximately 200 miles of crude, natural gas, and salt water gathering pipelines located onshore- and offshore-Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, including the Henry Gas Gathering System, with multiple deliveries into the Fort Henry/Henry Hub complex and crude pipeline assets that deliver into Texas City, Texas; Erath, Louisiana; and Saint James, Louisiana. The Partnership owns a 60 percent interest in the assets with joint venture partner Panther Offshore Gathering Systems, LLC (“Panther”) owning the remaining 40 percent. Volumes contracted on the gathering systems are primarily take-or-pay with fixed revenue for the first eight years. American Midstream will operate the natural gas and salt water pipelines and an affiliate of Panther will operate the crude oil gathering pipelines.
In September 2015, the Partnership acquired a 12.9 percent interest in Delta House, a fee-based, semi-submersible floating production system and associated oil and gas export pipelines in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico. The Partnership acquired an incremental 1 percent interest from an ArcLight affiliate in April 2016. Delta House is located in the Mississippi Canyon region with nameplate processing capacity of 80,000 Bbl/d of oil and 200 million cubic feet of gas per day (“MMcf/d”), and peak processing capacity of 100,000 Bbl/d and 240 MMcf/d, respectively. Delta House commenced operations in April 2015 and reached nameplate oil capacity in December 2015 with ten wells currently operating. Delta House’s natural gas export pipeline interconnects with Destin, providing the Partnership unique insight to the downstream pipeline system.
Evercore served as exclusive financial advisor to the Conflicts Committee and provided a fairness opinion for the preferred equity transaction. Thompson & Knight LLP served as legal counsel to the Conflicts Committee.
About American Midstream Partners, LP
Denver-based American Midstream Partners, LP is a growth-oriented limited partnership formed to own, operate, develop and acquire a diversified portfolio of midstream energy assets. The Partnership provides midstream services in Texas, North Dakota, and the Gulf Coast and Southeast regions of the United States. For more information about American Midstream Partners, LP, visit www.AmericanMidstream.com.
The Partnership filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 on March 7, 2016 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A copy of the annual report, which contains the Partnership’s audited financial statements, is available for viewing and downloading on the Partnership’s website at www.AmericanMidstream.com. Investors can receive, free of charge, a hard copy of the annual report by emailing IR@AmericanMidstream.com or submitting a written request to American Midstream Partners, LP Attention: Investor Relations 1400 16th Street, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80202.
This press release includes forward-looking statements. These statements relate to, among other things, projections of operational volumetrics and improvements, growth projects, cash flows and capital expenditures. We have used the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “foreseeable,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “potential,” “line-of-sight,” and similar terms and phrases to identify forward-looking statements in this press release. Although we believe the assumptions upon which these forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, any of these assumptions could prove to be inaccurate and the forward-looking statements based on these assumptions could be incorrect. Our operations and future growth involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside our control, and any one of which, or a combination of which, could materially affect our results of operations and whether the forward-looking statements ultimately prove to be correct. Actual results and trends in the future may differ materially from those suggested or implied by the forward-looking statements depending on a variety of factors which are described in greater detail in our filings with the SEC. Construction of growth projects are subject to risks beyond our control including cost overruns and delays resulting from numerous factors. In addition, we face risks associated with the integration of acquired businesses, decreased liquidity, increased interest and other expenses, assumption of potential liabilities, diversion of management’s attention, and other risks associated with growth and acquisitions, if consummated. Please see our Risk Factor disclosures included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, filed with the SEC on March 7, 2016. All future written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the previous statements. The forward-looking statements herein speak as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update any information contained herein or to publicly release the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances that occur, or that we become aware of, after the date of this press release.
This release serves as qualified notice to nominees as provided for under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b)(4) and (d). Please note that 100 percent of American Midstream Partners, LP’s distributions to foreign investors are attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, all of American Midstream Partners, LP ‘s distributions to foreign investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest effective tax rate for individuals or corporations, as applicable. Nominees, and not American Midstream Partners, LP, are treated as withholding agents responsible for withholding distributions received by them on behalf of foreign investors.
Note About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Adjusted EBITDA and DCF are non-GAAP financial measures. Each has important limitations as an analytical tool because it excludes some, but not all, items that affect the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. Management compensates for the limitations of these non-GAAP financial measures as analytical tools by reviewing the nearest comparable GAAP financial measures, understanding the differences between the measures and incorporating these data points into management’s decision-making process.
You should not consider Adjusted EBITDA or DCF in isolation or as a substitute for or more meaningful than our results as reported under GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA and DCF may be defined differently by other companies in our industry. Our definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing their utility.
We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) attributable to the Partnership, plus interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation, amortization and accretion expense, certain non-cash charges such as non-cash equity compensation expense, unrealized losses on commodity derivative contracts, debt issuance costs, return of capital from unconsolidated affiliates, transaction expenses and selected charges that are unusual or nonrecurring, less interest income, income tax benefit, unrealized gains on commodity derivative contracts, and selected gains that are unusual or nonrecurring. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to our performance measure Adjusted EBITDA is net income (loss) attributable to the Partnership.
DCF is a significant performance metric used by us and by external users of the Partnership’s financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks and research analysts, to compare basic cash flows generated by us to the cash distributions we expect to pay the Partnership’s unitholders. Using this metric, management and external users of the Partnership’s financial statements can quickly compute the coverage ratio of estimated cash flows to planned cash distributions. DCF is also an important financial measure for the Partnership’s unitholders since it serves as an indicator of the Partnership’s success in providing a cash return on investment. Specifically, this financial measure may indicate to investors whether we are generating cash flow at a level that can sustain or support an increase in the Partnership’s quarterly distribution rates. DCF is also a quantitative standard used throughout the investment community with respect to publicly traded partnerships and limited liability companies because the value of a unit of such an entity is generally determined by the unit’s yield (which in turn is based on the amount of cash distributions the entity pays to a unitholder). DCF will not reflect changes in working capital balances.
We define DCF as Adjusted EBITDA plus interest income, less cash paid for interest expense, normalized maintenance capital expenditures, and dividends related to the Series A and Series C convertible preferred units. The GAAP financial measure most comparable to DCF is net income (loss) attributable to the Partnership.
The GAAP measure most directly comparable to forecasted Adjusted EBITDA and DCF is forecasted net income (loss) attributable to the Partnership. Net income (loss) attributable to the Partnership is forecasted to be between approximately $20 million to $25 million in 2016.