Altus Midstream Co false 0001692787 0001692787 2021-08-04 2021-08-04





Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 4, 2021



Altus Midstream Company

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-38048   81-4675947

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



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One Post Oak Central, 2000 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 100

Houston, Texas 77056-4400

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Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (713) 296-6000



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Class A common stock, $0.0001 par value   ALTM   Nasdaq Global Market

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The information in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1 furnished herewith, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Exchange Act or otherwise subject to the liabilities of Section 18, and shall not be incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, except as set forth by specific reference in such filing.


Item 2.02.

Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On August 4, 2021, Altus Midstream Company issued a press release announcing financial and operating results for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2021. The full text of the press release is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.


Item 9.01.

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)    Exhibits.


Exhibit No.    Description
99.1    Press Release of Altus Midstream Company dated August 4, 2021.
104    Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: August 5, 2021      

/s/ Rebecca A. Hoyt

      Rebecca A. Hoyt

Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer,

and Controller (Principal Accounting Officer)


Exhibit 99.1



Altus Midstream Announces Second-Quarter 2021 Results



Achieved lower operating costs for the eighth consecutive quarter while activity increased;



Gathering and processing (G&P) volumes increased, driven by new well connections; and



2021 G&P volumes and earnings guidance revised upward.

HOUSTON, Aug. 4, 2021 – Altus Midstream Company (Nasdaq: ALTM) today announced its financial and operational results for the three-month period ending June 30, 2021.

The company reported second-quarter 2021 net income including noncontrolling interests of $74 million, which includes a $31 million non-cash unrealized gain related to an embedded derivative in the company’s preferred units. Excluding this and other items, adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter 2021 was $69 million. Growth capital expenditures were approximately $3.6 million, down from $21 million reported for the first quarter. Gathering and processing (G&P) throughput volumes were up 3% from the preceding quarter and averaged 447 million cubic feet (MMcf) per day, approximately 74% of which was rich gas.

CEO Comment

“For the second consecutive quarter, Altus Midstream was cash flow positive. The contributions from our joint venture pipeline projects, combined with an increase in volumes from our gathering and processing business, bolstered our financial results. Our team in the field has delivered outstanding operational performance while maintaining exceptional cost discipline that led to reductions in operating costs for the eighth consecutive quarter,” said Clay Bretches, Altus Midstream CEO and president. “With our competitive, low-cost operating structure, we are well-positioned to achieve year-over-year cost savings in excess of 15%.”

“I’m especially proud of our team’s focus on safety, which has resulted in zero injuries and vehicle incidents through the first half of the year. In April, we achieved two years without a recordable injury.”

CFO Comment

“We are outperforming on all guidance metrics and have adjusted our annual guidance based on our strong performance in the first half of the year,” said Ben Rodgers, Altus Midstream chief financial officer. “We have raised our gathered volume outlook to 415-430 million cubic feet per day, which is supported by new wells recently brought online at Alpine High and an improved outlook for legacy production. For adjusted EBITDA, we have raised the low end of our guidance; the new range is now $260 million to $270 million for the year. With the startup of the Permian Highway natural gas pipeline last quarter, our growth capital obligations are nominal, and we are positioned to generate meaningful free cash flow for the remainder of the year.”


As we announced yesterday, the board of directors declared our third quarterly cash dividend on the company’s Class A common shares. The dividend on Class A common shares is payable Sept. 30, 2021, to stockholders of record on Aug. 27, 2021, at a rate of $1.50 per share.

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 2021 estimated results conference call Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, 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 at approximately 6 p.m. Central time Aug. 5. To access the telephone playback, dial (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 for international calls. The conference access code is 3993384.



About Altus Midstream Company

Altus Midstream Company is a pure-play, Permian-to-Gulf Coast midstream C-corporation. Through its consolidated subsidiaries, Altus owns gas gathering, processing and transmission assets servicing production 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,” “prospects,” “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 Corporation’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 on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, 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.


Media:           (713) 296-7276 Alexandra Franceschi

Investors:       (281) 302-2286 Patrick Cassidy





(In thousands)


     For the Quarter Ended     For the Six Months Ended  
     June 30,     June 30,  
     2021      2020(1)     2021     2020(1)  



Midstream services revenue - affiliate

   $ 32,467      $ 31,616     $ 63,996     $ 72,383  

Product sales - third parties

     3,126        —         5,743       —    













Total revenues

     35,593        31,616       69,739       72,383  















Costs of product sales

     3,351        —         5,344         —  

Operations and maintenance

     7,340        9,508       14,742       20,099  

General and administrative

     3,475        2,988       6,930       7,166  

Depreciation and accretion

     4,009        4,062       8,009       7,976  


     —          —         441       —    

Taxes other than income

     3,812        3,347       7,620       6,790  













Total costs and expenses

     21,987        19,905       43,086       42,031  














     13,606        11,711       26,653       30,352  



Unrealized derivative instrument gain (loss)

     31,006        (10,585     14,477       (72,569

Interest income

     1        2       2       9  

Income from equity method interests, net

     28,466        15,712       50,154       31,554  

Warrants valuation adjustment

     222        (417     (442     1,460  


     3,155        (97     10,699       (274













Total other income (loss)

     62,850        4,615       74,890       (39,820

Financing costs, net of capitalized interest

     2,615        292       5,213       565  














     73,841        16,034       96,330       (10,033

Current income tax benefit

     —          —         —         (696














     73,841        16,034       96,330       (9,337

Net income attributable to Preferred Unit limited partners

     24,004        18,764       43,496       37,026  














     49,837        (2,730     52,834       (46,363

Net income (loss) attributable to Apache limited partner

     38,174        (1,779     40,991       (37,331














   $ 11,663      $ (951   $ 11,843     $ (9,032















This period has been adjusted to reflect the estimated effect of applying the guidance in the SEC’s April 12, 2021 statement related to the valuation of SPAC warrants.




(In thousands)



     For the Quarter Ended     For the Six Months Ended  
     June 30,     June 30,  
     2021     2020     2021     2020  

Net cash provided by operating activities

   $ 57,783     $ 35,259     $ 101,055     $ 86,797  

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

     1,934       (77,680     (11,288     (175,295

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

     (35,931     25,000       (38,863     84,395  



     June 30,     December 31,  
     2021     2020(1)  

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 75,092     $ 24,188  

Other current assets

     23,114       18,581  

Property, plant and equipment, net

     190,792       195,836  

Equity method interests

     1,554,385       1,555,182  

Deferred charges and other

     10,271       5,843  







Total assets

   $ 1,853,654     $ 1,799,630  







Current liabilities

   $ 25,144     $ 29,983  

Long-term debt

     657,000       624,000  

Deferred credits and other noncurrent liabilities

     197,454       209,495  

Redeemable noncontrolling interest - Apache limited partner

     863,063       575,125  

Redeemable noncontrolling interest - Preferred Unit limited partners

     617,191       608,381  

Shareholders’ equity (deficit)

     (506,198     (247,354







Total liabilities, noncontrolling interests, and shareholders’ equity

   $ 1,853,654     $ 1,799,630  









This period has been adjusted to reflect the estimated effect of applying the guidance in the SEC’s April 12, 2021 statement related to the valuation of SPAC Warrants.



     For the Quarter Ended      For the Six Months Ended  
     June 30,      June 30,  
     2021      2020      2021      2020  

Throughput volumes of natural gas (MMcf/d)


Rich wellhead gas

     330        324        324        377  

Lean wellhead gas

     117        110        118        128  













Total throughput

     447        434        442        505  




(In thousands)

Reconciliation of net income (loss) including noncontrolling interest to Adjusted EBITDA

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) including noncontrolling interests before financing costs (net of capitalized interest), interest income, income taxes, depreciation and accretion and adjust such equivalent items from our income from equity method interests. We also exclude (when applicable) impairments, unrealized gains or losses on derivative instruments, and other items affecting comparability of results to peers. Our management believes Adjusted EBITDA is useful for evaluating our operating performance and comparing results of our operations from period-to-period and against peers without regard to financing or capital structure. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income (loss) including noncontrolling interests or any other measure determined in accordance with GAAP or as an indicator of our operating performance or liquidity. Certain items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are significant components in understanding and assessing our financial performance, such as our cost of capital and tax structure, as well as the historic costs of depreciable assets, none of which are components of Adjusted EBITDA. The presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

The GAAP measure used by the Company that is most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA is net income (loss) including noncontrolling interests. Adjusted EBITDA has important limitations as an analytical tool because it excludes some, but not all, items that affect net income (loss) including noncontrolling interests. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP. Our definitions of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies in our industry, thereby diminishing its utility.

Our management compensates for the limitations of Adjusted EBITDA as an analytical tool, by reviewing the comparable GAAP measure, understanding the differences between Adjusted EBITDA as compared to net income (loss) including noncontrolling interests and incorporating this knowledge into its decision-making processes. Our management believes that investors benefit from having access to the same financial measures that the Company uses in evaluating operating results.


     For the Quarter Ended      For the Six Months Ended  
     June 30,      June 30,  
     2021      2020      2021      2020  

Net income (loss) including noncontrolling interests

   $ 73,841      $ 16,034      $ 96,330      $ (9,337



Financing costs, net of capitalized interest

     2,615        292        5,213        565  

Depreciation and accretion

     4,009        4,062        8,009        7,976  


     —          —          441        —    

Unrealized derivative instrument loss

     —          10,585        —          72,569  

Equity method interests Adjusted EBITDA

     48,385        28,231        88,296        51,917  

Warrants valuation adjustment

     —          417        442        —    


     287        —          456        290  



Gain on asset sales

     200        264        276        76  

Interest income

     1        2        2        9  

Unrealized derivative instrument gain

     31,006        —          14,477        —    

Income from equity method interests, net

     28,466        15,712        50,154        31,554  

Warrants valuation adjustment

     222        —          —          1,460  

Income tax benefit

     —          —          —          696  


     —          2        —          2  













Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)

   $ 69,242      $ 43,641      $ 134,278      $ 90,183  













Other midstream actvity


Cash distributions received from our equity method interests

   $ 44,386      $ 19,210      $ 75,736      $ 41,747  



(In thousands)

Reconciliation of costs incurred in midstream activity to capital investments and growth capital investments

Management believes the presentation of capital investments and growth capital investments is useful for investors to assess Altus’ expenditures related to our midstream capital activity. We define capital investments as costs incurred in midstream activities, adjusted to exclude asset retirement obligation revisions and liabilities incurred, while including amounts paid during the period for abandonment and decommissioning expenditures given the uncertainty and timing of when the actual abandonment activity will occur. Management believes total growth capital investments provides a more accurate reflection of Altus’ current-period expenditures related to midstream capital activity and is consistent with how we plan our capital budget.


     For the Quarter Ended      For the Six Months Ended  
     June 30,      June 30,  
     2021      2020(1)      2021      2020(1)  

Costs incurred in midstream activity


Property, plant and equipment, gross

   $ 708      $ 2,276      $ 1,703      $ 9,355  

Equity method interests

     3,633        71,560        24,155        154,387  













Total cost incurred in midstream activity

   $ 4,341      $ 73,836      $ 25,858      $ 163,742  













Reconciliation of costs incurred to midstream capital investment:



Asset retirement obligations incurred and revisions

   $ —        $ —        $ —        $ —    

Asset retirement obligations settled

     —          —          —          —    













Total capital investments

     4,341        73,836        25,858        163,742  

Less: Maintenance capital costs incurred

     (769      —          (1,627      —    













Total growth capital investments

   $ 3,572      $ 73,836      $ 24,231      $ 163,742  















For comparative purposes, the prior periods exclude Altus’ proportionate share of capital investments funded by our partner’s project financing as such amounts are no longer impacting current periods or considered when planning our capital budgets.