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Western Midstream Announces First-Quarter 2021 Results

HOUSTON, May 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Western Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: WES) ("WES" or the "Partnership") announced first-quarter 2021 financial and operating results. Net income (loss) available to limited partners for the first quarter of 2021 totaled $181.8 million, or $0.44 per common unit (diluted), with first-quarter 2021 Adjusted EBITDA(1) totaling $443.1 million, first-quarter 2021 Cash flows provided by operating activities totaling $261.6 million, and first-quarter 2021 Free cash flow(1) totaling $213.8 million.

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Awarded first place in the division-one category by the GPA Midstream Association for outstanding safety performance in 2020
  • Repaid the 5.375% Senior Notes due 2021 at par value, for total consideration of $431 million
  • Repurchased 1,115,808 common units for aggregate consideration of approximately $16.2 million during the first quarter as part of the recently announced buyback program of up to $250 million of the Partnership's common units through December 31, 2021

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(1)

Please see the definitions of the Partnership's non-GAAP measures at the end of this release and reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures.

On May 14, 2021, WES will pay its first-quarter 2021 per-unit distribution of $0.315, which represents a 1.3-percent increase over the prior quarter's distribution and is consistent with an annualized distribution growth of 5-percent. First-quarter 2021 Free cash flow after distributions totaled $82.5 million.

"Thanks to the dedication of our employees, we ended the first quarter by winning GPA Midstream Association's first-place safety award in the large category for the second consecutive year," said Michael Ure, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. "I'm proud of our team's work to strengthen our safety culture and environmental performance while providing continuous, reliable service for our customers."

Mr. Ure continued, "Although our first-quarter results were impacted from Winter Storm Uri, we remain optimistic about current activity levels in the Delaware and DJ basins and expect total throughput and EBITDA to increase through the remainder of 2021 and into 2022. We remain comfortable with our previously-stated full-year guidance targets."

"Since becoming a standalone organization, we have been immensely focused on our financial policy. This shift to free-cash-flow generation has led to a trifecta of results, including the authorization of a unit buyback program, retirement of upcoming debt maturities, and an increase in our distribution. Through the unit buyback program and Anadarko note exchange, we have repurchased 31.34 million units to date, which represents over 7-percent of our outstanding units as of the filing of our second-quarter 2020 10-Q. We believe our ability to generate significant free cash flow will continue to deliver value to our stakeholders for the foreseeable future."

As a result of depressed upstream investment in 2020 and Winter Storm Uri, our first-quarter 2021 volumes declined relative to fourth-quarter 2020. First-quarter 2021 total natural-gas throughput(1) averaged 4.0 Bcf/d, representing a 2-percent sequential-quarter increase. Declining natural-gas volumes were offset by an additional third-party connection to Latham II at the DJ Basin complex beginning January 1, 2021. First-quarter 2021 total throughput for crude-oil and NGLs assets(1) averaged 604 MBbls/d, representing a 2-percent sequential-quarter decrease. First-quarter 2021 total throughput for produced-water assets(1) averaged 595 MBbls/d, representing a 9-percent sequential-quarter decrease.

First-quarter 2021 capital expenditures(2) totaled $58.3 million.

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(1) 

Represents total throughput attributable to WES, which excludes (i) the 2.0% Occidental subsidiary-owned limited partner interest in WES Operating and (ii) for natural-gas throughput, the 25% third-party interest in Chipeta, which collectively represent WES's noncontrolling interests.

(2) 

Accrual-based, includes equity investments, excludes capitalized interest, and excludes capital expenditures associated with the 25% third-party interest in Chipeta.

CONFERENCE CALL TOMORROW AT 2:00 P.M. CDT
WES will host a conference call on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time (3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time) to discuss first-quarter 2021 results. To participate, individuals should dial 877-883-0383 (Domestic) or 412-902-6506 (International) 15 minutes before the scheduled conference call time and enter participant access code 7924735. To access the live audio webcast of the conference call, please visit the investor relations section of the Partnership's website at www.westernmidstream.com. A replay of the conference call also will be available on the website following the call.

ABOUT WESTERN MIDSTREAM
Western Midstream Partners, LP ("WES") is a Delaware master limited partnership formed to acquire, own, develop, and operate midstream assets. With midstream assets located in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania, WES is engaged in the business of gathering, compressing, treating, processing, and transporting natural gas; gathering, stabilizing, and transporting condensate, natural-gas liquids, and crude oil; and gathering and disposing of produced water for its customers. In its capacity as a natural-gas processor, WES also buys and sells natural gas, natural-gas liquids, and condensate on behalf of itself and as an agent for its customers under certain contracts.

For more information about Western Midstream Partners, LP, please visit www.westernmidstream.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements. WES's management believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions. No assurance, however, can be given that such expectations will prove correct. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections, anticipated results, or other expectations expressed in this news release. These factors include our ability to meet financial guidance or distribution expectations; the ultimate impact of efforts to fight COVID-19 on the global economy and the timeline for a recovery in commodity demand and prices; our ability to safely and efficiently operate WES's assets; the supply of, demand for, and price of oil, natural gas, NGLs, and related products or services; our ability to meet projected in-service dates for capital-growth projects; construction costs or capital expenditures exceeding estimated or budgeted costs or expenditures; and the other factors described in the "Risk Factors" section of WES's most-recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other public filings and press releases. WES undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

WESTERN MIDSTREAM CONTACTS
Kristen Shults
Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications
Kristen.Shults@westernmidstream.com
832.636.6000

Abby Dempsey
Investor Relations Supervisor
Abby.Dempsey@westernmidstream.com
832.636.6000

Western Midstream Partners, LP
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

WES defines Adjusted gross margin attributable to Western Midstream Partners, LP ("Adjusted gross margin") as total revenues and other (less reimbursements for electricity-related expenses recorded as revenue), less cost of product, plus distributions from equity investments, and excluding the noncontrolling interest owners' proportionate share of revenues and cost of product.

WES defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss), plus (i) distributions from equity investments, (ii) non-cash equity-based compensation expense, (iii) interest expense, (iv) income tax expense, (v) depreciation and amortization, (vi) impairments, and (vii) other expense (including lower of cost or market inventory adjustments recorded in cost of product), less (i) gain (loss) on divestiture and other, net, (ii) gain (loss) on early extinguishment of debt, (iii) income from equity investments, (iv) interest income, (v) income tax benefit, (vi) other income, and (vii) the noncontrolling interest owners' proportionate share of revenues and expenses.

WES defines Free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities less total capital expenditures and contributions to equity investments, plus distributions from equity investments in excess of cumulative earnings. Management considers Free cash flow an appropriate metric for assessing capital discipline, cost efficiency, and balance-sheet strength. Although Free cash flow is the metric used to assess WES's ability to make distributions to unitholders, this measure should not be viewed as indicative of the actual amount of cash that is available for distributions or planned for distributions for a given period. Instead, Free cash flow should be considered indicative of the amount of cash that is available for distributions, debt repayments, and other general partnership purposes.

Below are reconciliations of (i) operating income (loss) (GAAP) to Adjusted gross margin (non-GAAP), (ii) net income (loss) (GAAP) and net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP) to Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP), and (iii) net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP) to Free cash flow (non-GAAP), as required under Regulation G of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Management believes that Adjusted gross margin, Adjusted EBITDA, and Free cash flow are widely accepted financial indicators of WES's financial performance compared to other publicly traded partnerships and are useful in assessing WES's ability to incur and service debt, fund capital expenditures, and make distributions. Adjusted gross margin, Adjusted EBITDA, and Free cash flow as defined by WES, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Therefore, WES's Adjusted gross margin, Adjusted EBITDA, and Free cash flow should be considered in conjunction with net income (loss) attributable to Western Midstream Partners, LP and other applicable performance measures, such as operating income (loss) or cash flows provided by operating activities.

 

Western Midstream Partners, LP

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES (CONTINUED)

 

Adjusted Gross Margin

   

Three Months Ended

thousands

 

March 31,
2021

 

December 31,
2020

Reconciliation of Operating income (loss) to Adjusted gross margin

       

Operating income (loss)

 

$

292,336

   

$

372,954

 

Add:

       

Distributions from equity investments

 

61,189

   

69,231

 

Operation and maintenance

 

140,332

   

144,204

 

General and administrative

 

45,116

   

37,303

 

Property and other taxes

 

14,384

   

11,077

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

130,553

   

106,398

 

Impairments

 

14,866

   

3,314

 

Less:

       

Gain (loss) on divestiture and other, net

 

(583)

   

12,285

 

Equity income, net – related parties

 

52,165

   

49,962

 

Reimbursed electricity-related charges recorded as revenues

 

17,312

   

18,161

 

Adjusted gross margin attributable to noncontrolling interests (1)

 

15,258

   

15,669

 

Adjusted gross margin

 

$

614,624

   

$

648,404

 

Adjusted gross margin for natural-gas assets

 

$

432,389

   

$

436,294

 

Adjusted gross margin for crude-oil and NGLs assets

 

133,145

   

152,909

 

Adjusted gross margin for produced-water assets

 

49,090

   

59,201

 
   

(1)

For all periods presented, includes (i) the 25% third-party interest in Chipeta and (ii) the 2.0% Occidental subsidiary-owned limited partner interest in WES Operating, which collectively represent WES's noncontrolling interests.

 

Western Midstream Partners, LP

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES (CONTINUED)

 

Adjusted EBITDA

   

Three Months Ended

thousands

 

March 31,
2021

 

December 31,
2020

Reconciliation of Net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA

       

Net income (loss)

 

$

191,235

   

$

270,776

 

Add:

       

Distributions from equity investments

 

61,189

   

69,231

 

Non-cash equity-based compensation expense

 

6,734

   

5,935

 

Interest expense

 

98,493

   

101,247

 

Income tax expense

 

1,112

   

2,206

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

130,553

   

106,398

 

Impairments

 

14,866

   

3,314

 

Other expense

 

1,218

   

 

Less:

       

Gain (loss) on divestiture and other, net

 

(583)

   

12,285

 

Gain (loss) on early extinguishment of debt

 

(289)

   

862

 

Equity income, net – related parties

 

52,165

   

49,962

 

Other income

 

   

412

 

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to noncontrolling interests (1)

 

10,997

   

11,606

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

443,110

   

$

483,980

 

Reconciliation of Net cash provided by operating activities to Adjusted EBITDA

       

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

$

261,550

   

$

505,525

 

Interest (income) expense, net

 

98,493

   

101,247

 

Accretion and amortization of long-term obligations, net

 

(2,088)

   

(2,172)

 

Current income tax expense (benefit)

 

555

   

1,303

 

Other (income) expense, net

 

1,207

   

(413)

 

Cash paid to settle interest-rate swaps

 

   

6,440

 

Distributions from equity investments in excess of cumulative earnings – related parties

 

12,141

   

10,410

 

Changes in assets and liabilities:

       

Accounts receivable, net

 

30,182

   

1,350

 

Accounts and imbalance payables and accrued liabilities, net

 

16,467

   

(106,623)

 

Other items, net

 

35,600

   

(21,481)

 

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to noncontrolling interests (1)

 

(10,997)

   

(11,606)

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

443,110

   

$

483,980

 

Cash flow information

       

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

$

261,550

     

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(46,472)

     

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

(603,624)

     
   

(1)

For all periods presented, includes (i) the 25% third-party interest in Chipeta and (ii) the 2.0% Occidental subsidiary-owned limited partner interest in WES Operating, which collectively represent WES's noncontrolling interests.

 

Western Midstream Partners, LP

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES (CONTINUED)

 

Free Cash Flow

   

Three Months Ended

thousands

 

March 31,
2021

 

December 31,
2020

Reconciliation of Net cash provided by operating activities to Free cash flow

       

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

$

261,550

   

$

505,525

 

Less:

       

Capital expenditures

 

59,783

   

50,829

 

Contributions to equity investments – related parties

 

86

   

371

 

Add:

       

Distributions from equity investments in excess of cumulative earnings – related parties

 

12,141

   

10,410

 

Free cash flow

 

$

213,822

   

$

464,735

 

Cash flow information

       

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

$

261,550

     

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(46,472)

     

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

(603,624)

     

 

Western Midstream Partners, LP

OPERATING STATISTICS

(Unaudited)

 
   

Three Months Ended

   

March 31,
2021

 

December 31,
2020

Throughput for natural-gas assets (MMcf/d)

       

Gathering, treating, and transportation

 

519

   

521

 

Processing

 

3,237

   

3,170

 

Equity investments (1)

 

439

   

429

 

Total throughput

 

4,195

   

4,120

 

Throughput attributable to noncontrolling interests (2)

 

150

   

149

 

Total throughput attributable to WES for natural-gas assets

 

4,045

   

3,971

 

Throughput for crude-oil and NGLs assets (MBbls/d)

       

Gathering, treating, and transportation

 

279

   

292

 

Equity investments (3)

 

337

   

339

 

Total throughput

 

616

   

631

 

Throughput attributable to noncontrolling interests (2)

 

12

   

12

 

Total throughput attributable to WES for crude-oil and NGLs assets

 

604

   

619

 

Throughput for produced-water assets (MBbls/d)

       

Gathering and disposal

 

607

   

670

 

Throughput attributable to noncontrolling interests (2)

 

12

   

13

 

Total throughput attributable to WES for produced-water assets

 

595

   

657

 

Per-Mcf Adjusted gross margin for natural-gas assets (4)

 

$

1.19

   

$

1.19

 

Per-Bbl Adjusted gross margin for crude-oil and NGLs assets (5)

 

2.45

   

2.69

 

Per-Bbl Adjusted gross margin for produced-water assets (6)

 

0.92

   

0.98

 
                 

(1) 

Represents the 14.81% share of average Fort Union throughput (until divested in October 2020), 22% share of average Rendezvous throughput, 50% share of average Mi Vida and Ranch Westex throughput, and 30% share of average Red Bluff Express throughput.

(2) 

For all periods presented, includes (i) the 2.0% Occidental subsidiary-owned limited partner interest in WES Operating and (ii) for natural-gas assets, the 25% third-party interest in Chipeta, which collectively represent WES's noncontrolling interests.

(3) 

Represents the 10% share of average White Cliffs throughput; 25% share of average Mont Belvieu JV throughput; 20% share of average TEG, TEP, Whitethorn, and Saddlehorn throughput; 33.33% share of average FRP throughput; and 15% share of average Panola and Cactus II throughput.

(4) 

Average for period. Calculated as Adjusted gross margin for natural-gas assets, divided by total throughput (MMcf/d) attributable to WES for natural-gas assets.

(5) 

Average for period. Calculated as Adjusted gross margin for crude-oil and NGLs assets, divided by total throughput (MBbls/d) attributable to WES for crude-oil and NGLs assets.

(6) 

Average for period. Calculated as Adjusted gross margin for produced-water assets, divided by total throughput (MBbls/d) attributable to WES for produced-water assets.

 

Western Midstream Partners, LP

OPERATING STATISTICS (CONTINUED)

(Unaudited)

 
 

Three Months Ended

 

March 31,
2021

 

December 31,
2020

Throughput for natural-gas assets (MMcf/d)

Delaware Basin

1,133

   

1,196

 

DJ Basin

1,344

   

1,197

 

Equity investments

439

   

429

 

Other

1,279

   

1,298

 

Total throughput for natural-gas assets

4,195

   

4,120

 

Throughput for crude-oil and NGLs assets (MBbls/d)

         

Delaware Basin

162

   

178

 

DJ Basin

82

   

78

 

Equity investments

337

   

339

 

Other

35

   

36

 

Total throughput for crude-oil and NGLs assets

616

   

631

 

Throughput for produced-water assets (MBbls/d)

         

Delaware Basin

607

   

670

 

Total throughput for produced-water assets

607

   

670

 

 

Western Midstream Partners, LP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

 
   

Three Months Ended 

March 31,

thousands except per-unit amounts

 

2021

 

2020

Revenues and other

       

Service revenues – fee based

 

$

572,275

   

$

701,396

 

Service revenues – product based

 

31,652

   

15,921

 

Product sales

 

70,805

   

56,649

 

Other

 

242

   

347

 

Total revenues and other

 

674,974

   

774,313

 

Equity income, net – related parties

 

52,165

   

61,347

 

Operating expenses

       

Cost of product

 

88,969

   

103,270

 

Operation and maintenance

 

140,332

   

159,191

 

General and administrative

 

45,116

   

40,465

 

Property and other taxes

 

14,384

   

18,476

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

130,553

   

132,319

 

Long-lived asset and other impairments

 

14,866

   

155,785

 

Goodwill impairment

 

   

441,017

 

Total operating expenses

 

434,220

   

1,050,523

 

Gain (loss) on divestiture and other, net

 

(583)

   

(40)

 

Operating income (loss)

 

292,336

   

(214,903)

 

Interest income – Anadarko note receivable

 

   

4,225

 

Interest expense

 

(98,493)

   

(88,586)

 

Gain (loss) on early extinguishment of debt

 

(289)

   

7,345

 

Other income (expense), net (1)

 

(1,207)

   

(1,761)

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

192,347

   

(293,680)

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

 

1,112

   

(4,280)

 

Net income (loss)

 

191,235

   

(289,400)

 

Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

5,444

   

(32,873)

 

Net income (loss) attributable to Western Midstream Partners, LP

 

$

185,791

   

$

(256,527)

 

Limited partners' interest in net income (loss):

       

Net income (loss) attributable to Western Midstream Partners, LP

 

$

185,791

   

$

(256,527)

 

General partner interest in net (income) loss

 

(3,993)

   

5,131

 

Limited partners' interest in net income (loss)

 

$

181,798

   

$

(251,396)

 

Net income (loss) per common unit – basic and diluted

 

$

0.44

   

$

(0.57)

 

Weighted-average common units outstanding – basic and diluted

 

413,104

   

443,971

 

 

Western Midstream Partners, LP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

 

thousands except number of units

 

March 31,
2021

 

December 31,
2020

Total current assets

 

$

611,160

   

$

943,064

 

Net property, plant, and equipment

 

8,639,538

   

8,709,945

 

Other assets

 

2,184,345

   

2,177,018

 

Total assets

 

$

11,435,043

   

$

11,830,027

 

Total current liabilities

 

$

490,262

   

$

960,935

 

Long-term debt

 

7,416,001

   

7,415,832

 

Asset retirement obligations

 

267,962

   

260,283

 

Other liabilities

 

318,698

   

297,765

 

Total liabilities

 

8,492,923

   

8,934,815

 

Equity and partners' capital

       

Common units (413,062,133 and 413,839,863 units issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021,
and December 31, 2020, respectively)

 

2,821,455

   

2,778,339

 

General partner units (9,060,641 units issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021, and
  December 31, 2020)

 

(16,033)

   

(17,208)

 

Noncontrolling interests

 

136,698

   

134,081

 

Total liabilities, equity, and partners' capital

 

$

11,435,043

   

$

11,830,027

 

 

Western Midstream Partners, LP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

 
   

Three Months Ended 

March 31,

thousands

 

2021

 

2020

Cash flows from operating activities

       

Net income (loss)

 

$

191,235

   

$

(289,400)

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities and
changes in assets and liabilities:

       

Depreciation and amortization

 

130,553

   

132,319

 

Long-lived asset and other impairments

 

14,866

   

155,785

 

Goodwill impairment

 

   

441,017

 

(Gain) loss on divestiture and other, net

 

583

   

40

 

(Gain) loss on early extinguishment of debt

 

289

   

(7,345)

 

Change in other items, net

 

(75,976)

   

(39,105)

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

$

261,550

   

$

393,311

 

Cash flows from investing activities

       

Capital expenditures

 

$

(59,783)

   

$

(172,816)

 

Acquisitions from related parties

 

(2,000)

   

 

Contributions to equity investments - related parties

 

(86)

   

(10,960)

 

Distributions from equity investments in excess of cumulative earnings – related parties

 

12,141

   

5,052

 

Decreases to materials and supplies inventory and other

 

3,256

   

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

$

(46,472)

   

$

(178,724)

 

Cash flows from financing activities

       

Borrowings, net of debt issuance costs

 

$

100,000

   

$

3,586,173

 

Repayments of debt

 

(531,085)

   

(3,470,139)

 

Increase (decrease) in outstanding checks

 

(22,017)

   

(7,308)

 

Distributions to Partnership unitholders

 

(131,265)

   

(281,786)

 

Distributions to Chipeta noncontrolling interest owner

 

(276)

   

(1,738)

 

Distributions to noncontrolling interest owners of WES Operating

 

(2,551)

   

(5,807)

 

Net contributions from (distributions to) related parties

 

1,627

   

20,489

 

Finance lease payments

 

(1,816)

   

(2,151)

 

Unit repurchases

 

(16,241)

   

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

$

(603,624)

   

$

(162,267)

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

$

(388,546)

   

$

52,320

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

444,922

   

99,962

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

56,376

   

$

152,282

 

 

(PRNewsfoto/Western Midstream Partners, LP)

 

 

SOURCE Western Midstream Partners, LP


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