Altus Midstream Announces Estimated Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter 2019 Results

February 26, 2020

HOUSTON, Feb. 26, 2020 – Altus Midstream Company (Nasdaq: ALTM) today announced its estimated results for fourth-quarter and full-year 2019. 

For the full year, Altus reported an estimated net loss including noncontrolling interests of $1.34 billion. This included $1.37 billion for impairments of Altus gathering, processing and transmission assets to reflect lower volume expectations from Apache Corporation’s Alpine High rich natural gas play and an associated charge related to a valuation allowance on deferred tax assets. Excluding those and certain other items, Altus generated an estimated adjusted EBITDA of approximately $86.3 million for the full year. Gathering and Processing (G&P) volumes averaged 509 million cubic feet per day, approximately 64% of which was rich gas.

For the fourth-quarter 2019, Altus reported an estimated net loss including noncontrolling interests of $1.33 billion, which includes $1.36 billion for impairments and tax charges noted above. Excluding those and certain other items, Altus generated an estimated adjusted EBITDA of approximately $46.2 million. G&P volumes averaged 643 million cubic feet per day for the quarter, approximately 65% of which was rich gas.

“Altus accomplished many of the goals set at the beginning of the year: exercising options in three long-haul joint venture pipelines, securing financing for our capital plans without issuing common equity, and starting up three new processing plants – on time and on budget, and importantly, without injury to our staff and contractors,” said Clay Bretches, Altus Midstream CEO and President. “While operational execution was very strong, our financial results in 2019 were impacted by declining activity levels at Alpine High. Apache has no current plans for future drilling at Alpine High. As a result, Altus took an approximate $1.3 billion impairment charge on its gathering, processing and transmission assets.”

“Mitigating the effects of lower commodity prices on our G&P business, Altus’ ownership in JV pipelines offers a diversity of stable cash flows and long-term contracts across all three commodity streams being produced in the Permian Basin,” Bretches said. 

Altus holds a 16% interest in the Gulf Coast Express natural gas pipeline (GCX), an approximate 27% interest in the Permian Highway natural gas pipeline (PHP), a 33% interest in the Shin Oak natural gas liquids pipeline, and a 15% interest in the EPIC crude oil pipeline.

“During 2019, GCX and Shin Oak volumes exceeded our expectations, contributing to adjusted EBITDA above the midpoint of our guidance for the year, and we are encouraged with prospects going forward. Our G&P business generated adjusted EBITDA at the top end of our full-year guidance,” said Ben Rodgers, Altus Midstream Chief Financial Officer. “This allowed us to exit the Initial Period on our revolver, as we anticipated, increasing our liquidity by $150 million.”

2019 and 2020 Growth Capital

Capital investments in midstream infrastructure totaled $1.5 billion in 2019, including $1.2 billion for JV pipeline projects and approximately $300 million for gathering and processing assets. Including Altus’ gross proportionate share of capital in relation to equity method interests, 2019 growth capital investments were $1.6 billion.  

2020 growth capital investments are expected to range between $300 and $360 million, which is primarily attributable to PHP and EPIC.  

“Altus’ growth capital obligations have come down considerably from last year, following the startup of the Shin Oak natural gas liquids line in early 2019 and GCX in September 2019. With the completion of capital spending on the two remaining long-haul pipeline projects, EPIC crude oil later in the first half of 2020, and PHP in early 2021, Altus will have almost no growth capital obligations and only nominal maintenance capital, which should position the company to generate significant cash flow,” Rodgers said. 

Looking Ahead

“We are aggressively pursuing third-party volumes to replace declining production from Alpine High and maximize throughput at our Diamond processing facility. Altus is uniquely positioned to provide treating, processing and transportation solutions with facilities that offer customers improved netbacks, and we’re expanding value-added services, such as treating sour gas and stabilizing NGLs to meet pipeline specifications,” Bretches concluded. 

Revised Guidance

Altus has updated its guidance for 2020, which is detailed in an updated investor presentation posted to Altus’ website.

Conference Call

Altus will host its estimated fourth-quarter and full-year 2019 results conference call Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at 1 p.m. Central time. The conference call will be webcast from Altus’ website at www.altusmidstream.com/investors, and the webcast replay will be archived there as well. The conference call will also be available for playback by telephone for one week beginning Feb. 27 at approximately 6 p.m. Central time. To access the telephone playback, dial (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 for international calls. The conference access code is 1386169.

About Altus Midstream Company

Altus Midstream Company is a pure-play, Permian-to-Gulf Coast midstream C-corporation. Through its consolidated subsidiaries, Altus owns substantially all of the gas gathering, processing and transmission assets servicing production from Apache Corporation (“Apache”) (NYSE, Nasdaq: APA) in the Alpine High play in the Delaware Basin, owns equity interests in four Permian-to-Gulf Coast pipelines, and has the option to acquire a 50% equity interest in the Salt Creek NGL pipeline. Altus posts announcements, operational updates, investor information and press releases on its website, www.altusmidstream.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Altus’ financial information includes information prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) as well as non-GAAP financial information. It is management’s intent to provide non-GAAP financial information to enhance understanding of our consolidated financial information as prepared in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA, Capital Investments and Growth Capital Investments are non-GAAP measures. This non-GAAP information should be considered by the reader in addition to, but not instead of, the financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Each non-GAAP financial measure is presented along with the corresponding GAAP measure so as not to imply that more emphasis should be placed on the non-GAAP measure.

Forward-looking Statements and Financial Disclosure Advisory

This news release includes certain statements that may constitute “forward-looking statements” for purposes of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements that refer to projections, forecasts or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intends,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “seeks,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “guidance,” “outlook,” “should,” “would,” “will,” and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future plans, expectations, and objectives for Altus Midstream’s and Apache’s operations, including statements about our strategy, future operations, financial position, estimated revenues and losses, anticipated financial and operating results, projected costs, prospects, plans, and objectives of management. While forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and analyses made by us that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances, whether actual results and developments will meet our expectations and predictions depend on a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause our actual results, performance, and financial condition to differ materially from our expectations. See “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 and in our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, when filed) for a discussion of risk factors that affect our business. 

We are currently finalizing our standard financial reporting procedures for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. As a result, all estimated financial data included in this news release is preliminary, unaudited, and subject to change. While we have prepared the estimated financial data included in this news release based on the most current information available to management, actual results for the year ended December 31, 2019 may differ materially from such estimates as a result of the completion of our normal year-end accounting procedures and adjustments, primarily related to the completion of the audit of the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019 of each of the third-party pipelines in which we own an equity method interest. Other factors that could cause our actual results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 to differ materially from the estimates contemplated by the forward-looking statements included in this news release include, but are not limited to, inaccurate assumptions, unrecorded expenses, changes in estimates or judgments, and facts or circumstances affecting the application of the company’s critical accounting policies. During the course of the preparation of our consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019, we or our independent registered public accounting firm may identify items that could cause our final reported results to be materially different from the preliminary financial estimates presented herein. If upon completion of the audit of our consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019, we determine that any of our financial results for the quarter or year ended December 31, 2019 materially deviate from the estimated financial data included in this news release, then we will disclose such deviation under the heading “Updated Earnings Information” in Part I, Item 1 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, which will include our final reported results.

Any forward-looking statement made by us in this news release speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. Should one or more of these factors or events occur, or should underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, then our actual financial and operating results could differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements made by us in this news release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future development or otherwise, except as may be required by law or as otherwise provided herein.

Contacts 

Media:         (713) 296-7276    Phil West
Investors:    (281) 296-6100    Patrick Cassidy    
Website:    www.altusmidstream.com

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