Altus Midstream Announces Third-Quarter 2020 Results
- JV pipelines and improvement in G&P business drive results;
- Continued focus on costs leads to fifth consecutive quarter of lower operating expenses; and
- Plan to recommend to the board of directors a quarterly dividend of $1.50 per share beginning in March 2021.
HOUSTON, Nov. 4, 2020 – Altus Midstream Company (Nasdaq: ALTM) today announced its results for the three-month period ending Sept. 30, 2020.
The company reported third-quarter 2020 net income, including noncontrolling interests, of $29 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter 2020 was approximately $53 million, a 21% increase over the preceding quarter. Gathering and processing (G&P) throughput volumes for the period averaged 531 million cubic feet (MMcf) per day, 71% of which was rich gas.
Capital investments during the quarter were approximately $134 million, including $119 million for the Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP). Altus expects growth capital investments for the full-year 2020 to range between $330 million and $360 million.
“Altus Midstream delivered another good quarter as commodity prices improved and operators began returning curtailed volumes to production and increasing activity in the Permian,” said Clay Bretches, Altus Midstream CEO and president. “The startup of the Permian Highway Pipeline in early 2021 will complete our plan to establish Altus as a diversified midstream company with a mix of long-haul pipeline equity ownership and state-of-the-art processing facilities. Expected earnings from our joint venture pipelines and our relentless focus on cost reduction give us a positive financial outlook for the year ahead.
“Following an extensive review of strategic alternatives and with increased confidence in forecasted cash flows, we believe a dividend is the best option to generate shareholder value. Later this year, we plan to recommend to the board of directors a quarterly dividend of $1.50 per share beginning in March 2021.”
PHP is more than 97% mechanically complete and is on schedule to be placed into service early in the first quarter of 2021. The pipeline is fully subscribed under long-term, binding agreements.
The Gulf Coast Express pipeline continued its strong and steady performance during the third quarter, delivering results in line with company forecasts.
As drilling begins to recover in the Permian Basin, Altus expects volumes to gradually ramp up during 2021 for both the Shin Oak NGL pipeline and the EPIC crude oil pipeline.
“We expect capital spending to decline significantly now that PHP is moving into the final phase of project completion,” said Ben Rodgers, Altus Midstream chief financial officer. “With the improved outlook across our portfolio, we are raising the midpoint of our 2020 and 2021 Adjusted EBITDA guidance levels. Should the board approve a quarterly dividend, we will continue to have a sound balance sheet, manageable leverage profile and ample liquidity to address expected capital needs.”
For updated financial guidance, please refer to the investor presentation released today at www.altusmidstream.com/investors.
Altus will host its third-quarter 2020 results conference call Thursday, Nov. 5, 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 Nov. 5 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 3645066.
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 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.
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