Altus Midstream Announces Second-Quarter 2019 Results

July 31, 2019
  • Placed first two cryogenic natural gas processing plants in service on time and on budget; both have demonstrated ability to process gas with more than 99 percent ethane recovery and above nameplate capacity;
  • Exercised and closed two largest joint venture (JV) pipeline options: Shin Oak and Permian Highway; and 
  • Executed financing of $625 million of preferred equity and increased revolver capacity to $650 million, which secures external financing needs for the foreseeable future.

HOUSTON, July 31, 2019 – Altus Midstream Company (NASDAQ: ALTM) today announced its results for the three-month period ending June 30, 2019.

The company reported a second-quarter 2019 net loss including noncontrolling interests of $5.5 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter 2019 was $4.1 million. Gathering and processing volumes for the period averaged 363 million cubic feet per day, approximately 65 percent of which was rich gas.

Capital investments in midstream infrastructure during the quarter were $417 million, which includes $97 million for gathering and processing infrastructure and $320 million for the joint venture pipelines, comprising the exercise of the Permian Highway natural gas pipeline option in May, a 1 percent equity increase in the Gulf Coast Express pipeline, and continued capital calls for ownership in GCX and EPIC pipelines. In July, the company also exercised and closed its option on the Enterprise-operated Shin Oak NGL Pipeline.

CEO Comment

“Altus is building a strong foundation by continuing to execute on the plan it set at the beginning of 2019,” said Clay Bretches, Altus Midstream CEO and president. “We are successfully transitioning from mechanical refrigeration to efficient, state-of-the-art cryogenic gas processing, we have secured financing to meet our capital needs, and we have exercised our four equity options in long-haul Permian Basin takeaway pipelines.”

Infrastructure Update

The first two of Altus’ three new cryogenic processing plants entered service on budget and on schedule in May and July, respectively. Cryo unit three is currently under construction and on schedule to process gas around year-end when its required connection to the power grid is completed. Each unit has a nameplate capacity of 200 million cubic feet per day.

Bretches continued, “Our team has made excellent progress on the cryo plant build-out. The first two units are operating and both exceeded nameplate capacity as we commissioned and ramped up production. Together, they can process more than 400 million cubic feet per day.

“The first plant demonstrated more than 99 percent ethane recovery operating in full recovery mode, with 100 percent recovery of propane, butanes and heavier liquids, and the second cryo plant is on track to match that performance.

“With the closing of our option on the Shin Oak NGL Pipeline, we are very pleased to be an owner in four premier Permian Basin takeaway pipelines. These JV pipeline equity interests provide customer and cash flow diversification and comprise a significant portion of our forecasted EBITDA in the coming years.”

Altus Midstream and/or its subsidiaries now own equity interests in four long-haul Permian Basin takeaway pipelines, including:

  • Gulf Coast Express: 16 percent interest in a natural gas pipeline to Agua Dulce; operated by Kinder Morgan, expected in-service date in late September 2019.
  • Permian Highway: 27 percent interest in a proposed natural gas pipeline to Katy/Agua Dulce; operated by Kinder Morgan, expected in-service date of October 2020.
  • Shin Oak: 33 percent interest in the NGL line to Mont Belvieu; operated by Enterprise Products Partners. This line is currently in service.
  • EPIC Crude: 15 percent interest in a crude oil pipeline to Corpus Christi; expected in-service date for the permanent line is in the first quarter of 2020.

Altus also holds an option for a 50 percent equity interest in the Salt Creek NGL Line, a regional pipeline connecting Alpine High to Waha.

CFO Comment

“To fund our 2019-2020 growth capital, we issued $625 million of preferred equity in a private placement during the quarter and expanded our revolver to $650 million during our credit facility’s Initial Period,” said Ben Rodgers, Altus Midstream chief financial officer. “Our capital program remains focused on our long-haul JV pipelines, with approximately 75 percent of our estimated growth capex in 2019 and 2020 related to those projects. These are highly economic projects that diversify Altus’ asset base.”

“Apache deferred production at Alpine High beginning in April in response to price weakness at the Waha Hub. The impact of these lower volumes was partially offset in the second quarter by cost savings resulting from Altus’ disciplined cost management. Much of the previously curtailed rich gas was brought online with the two new cryo plants, and we expect all lean gas to be back online when GCX is in service,” continued Rodgers.

For updated 2019 financial guidance, please refer to the investor presentation released today at www.altusmidstream.com/investors.

Conference Call

Altus will host its second-quarter 2019 results conference call Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, 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 Aug. 1 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 6589559.

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 transportation assets servicing production from Apache Corporation (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 percent equity interest in the Salt Creek NGL pipeline. Altus posts announcements, operational updates, investor information and press releases on its website, www.altusmidstream.com.

Additional information

Additional information follows, including a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and Capital Investments (non-GAAP financial measures) to the GAAP measures.

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 and 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

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Contacts

Media:      (713) 296-7276 Phil West
Investors: (281) 302-2286 Gary Clark  
Website:   www.altusmidstream.com

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