Altus Midstream Announces Second-Quarter 2020 Results

July 29, 2020
  • Continued focus on improving gathering and processing margin, delivering 10% and 23% reductions in operating costs from 1Q 2020 and 4Q 2019, respectively;
  • Free cash flow expected in 2021 following startup of Permian Highway natural gas pipeline; and
  • Updated 2020 and 2021 guidance.

HOUSTON, July 29, 2020 – Altus Midstream Company (Nasdaq: ALTM) today announced its results for the three-month period ending June 30, 2020. 

The company reported second-quarter 2020 net income, including noncontrolling interests, of $17.7 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter 2020 was $43.6 million. Gathering and processing (G&P) throughput volumes for the period averaged 434 million cubic feet (MMcf) per day, approximately 75% of which was rich gas. Volumes were impacted by curtailments of approximately 110 MMcf per day due to commodity pricing and unscheduled downtime.

Capital investments during the quarter were approximately $74 million, which included $2 million for G&P infrastructure and $72 million for joint venture (JV) pipelines, comprising capital calls for ownership in the Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP).
 
CEO Comment

“Altus Midstream has a healthy balance sheet and diversified cash flow streams from JV pipelines and its gathering and processing businesses. We remain well-positioned to meet the headwinds facing our industry due to COVID-19 and the associated market shocks. We anticipate generating free cash flow with the startup of the Permian Highway Pipeline in early 2021,” said Clay Bretches, Altus Midstream CEO and president. “I’m proud to share that, in April, our dedicated team achieved a full year without a recordable injury at our operated facilities. That period included construction, commissioning and operation of three state-of-the-art cryogenic gas processing plants, new procedures to address COVID-19, and a laser focus on cost reduction that has yielded tremendous results. Our G&P operating costs are down 10% and 23% compared to the first quarter of 2020 and fourth quarter of 2019, respectively. We will continue to focus on safe operations, cost control, and bringing in additional third-party business.”

Infrastructure Update

“The Gulf Coast Express natural gas pipeline continues to make steady contributions to Altus’ quarterly results thanks to its minimum volume commitments,” Bretches continued. 

Reduced drilling activity and production curtailments in the Permian Basin, along with low NGL prices, impacted second-quarter volumes on the Shin Oak Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline. 

“We expect higher volumes and EBITDA contributions from Shin Oak during the third quarter as production activity across the basin resumes and margins remain favorable for producers to recover and ship ethane,” Bretches added. 

The EPIC crude line, which went into full service on April 1, is supported by a combination of acreage dedications and minimum volume commitments. EPIC continues to attract volumes from operators looking for access to storage and ship-loading facilities in the Corpus Christi area.  

PHP, a natural gas pipeline that will connect West Texas to the Gulf Coast near Houston, remains on schedule for startup in early 2021 and forecasted project costs remain within 5% of the original budget.

CFO Comment

“Looking ahead, we don’t see a need to access any external capital sources to execute our plans,” said Ben Rodgers, Altus Midstream chief financial officer. “We are raising the lower end of our 2020 EBITDA guidance, resulting in a new expected range between $160 million and $190 million and have updated 2021 guidance, including an EBITDA range of $220 million to $260 million.”

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

Conference Call

Altus will host its second-quarter 2020 results conference call Thursday, July 30, 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 July 30 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 5487776.

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 the gas gathering, processing and transmission assets servicing production from Apache Corporation (“Apache”) (Nasdaq: APA) in the Alpine High play in the Delaware Basin and owns equity interests in four Permian-to-Gulf Coast pipelines. 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, Capital Investments and Growth 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, 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. Wherever a non-GAAP financial measure is disclosed in this earnings release, the non-GAAP 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

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, 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 Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, and in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of risk factors that affect our business. 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. 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.

Contacts

Media:         (713) 296-7276    Phil West
Investors:    (281) 302-2286 Patrick Cassidy        


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