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Western Midstream Announces First-Quarter 2022 Results

WES

Announces 2022 Revised Guidance

  • Reported first-quarter 2022 Net income attributable to limited partners of $301.9 million, generating first-quarter record-breaking Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $539.1 million.
  • Reported first-quarter 2022 Cash flows provided by operating activities of $276.5 million, generating first-quarter Free cash flow(1) of $200.3 million.
  • Increased 2022 Adjusted EBITDA(2) guidance range to $2.125 billion to $2.225 billion, total capital expenditures(3) range to $550 million to $600 million, and Free cash flow(2) range to $1.25 billion to $1.35 billion.
  • The distribution guidance of at least $2.00(4) per unit remains unchanged.

Today Western Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: WES) (“WES” or the “Partnership”) announced first-quarter 2022 financial and operating results. Net income (loss) attributable to limited partners for the first quarter of 2022 totaled $301.9 million, or $0.75 per common unit (diluted), with first-quarter 2022 Adjusted EBITDA(1) totaling $539.1 million, first-quarter 2022 Cash flows provided by operating activities totaling $276.5 million, and first-quarter 2022 Free cash flow(1) totaling $200.3 million.

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Executed long-term amendments to Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s (“Occidental”) gas-processing agreement in the Delaware Basin to provide up to 250 MMcf/d of additional firm-processing capacity supported by up to 200 MMcf/d of minimum-volume commitments.
  • Executed a long-term agreement with ConocoPhillips Company in the Delaware Basin to provide up to 150 MMcf/d of firm capacity to service dedicated volumes.
  • Executed a multi-year amendment to DCP Midstream’s (“DCP”) gas-processing agreement in the DJ Basin to provide DCP with an additional 60 MMcf/d of firm-processing capacity, fully supported by a minimum-volume commitment, with DCP’s option to add an incremental 40 MMcf/d of capacity.
  • Sanctioned a new 300 MMcf/d cryogenic processing plant at our Mentone Plant in our West Texas complex (“Mentone Train III”) with an estimated in-service date of fourth-quarter 2023.
  • Repurchased 225,355 common units for aggregate consideration of $5.1 million during the first quarter as part of the previously announced buyback program of up to $1.0 billion of the Partnership’s common units through December 31, 2024.
  • Retired $502.2 million of Senior notes due 2022 in April of 2022.

On May 13, 2022, WES will pay its first-quarter 2022 per-unit distribution of $0.500, which represents a 52.9-percent increase over the prior quarter’s distribution and is consistent with the Partnership’s previously disclosed annualized regular quarterly distribution (“Base Distribution”) target of $2.00 per unit. First-quarter 2022 Free cash flow after distributions totaled $65.6 million. First-quarter 2022 capital expenditures(3) totaled $86.5 million.

First-quarter 2022 total natural-gas throughput(5) averaged 4.1 Bcf/d, representing a 3-percent sequential-quarter decrease. First-quarter 2022 total throughput for crude-oil and NGLs assets(5) averaged 675 MBbls/d, representing a 4-percent sequential-quarter decrease. First-quarter 2022 total throughput for produced-water assets(5) averaged 751 MBbls/d, representing an 5-percent sequential-quarter decrease.

“WES achieved record-breaking Adjusted EBITDA during the first quarter from lower operational costs, strong plant performance, and increased commodity prices,” said Michael Ure, President and Chief Executive Officer. “On a sequential-quarter basis, our throughput declined due to producer well completion timing and inclement weather in the Delaware Basin coupled with reduced throughput in the DJ Basin and from equity method investments. Despite these declines, our gross margin benefited from favorable contract structures and the rapid improvement in the commodity-price environment experienced during the quarter.”

“Our commercial team created tremendous value for our partnership in the first quarter by executing multiple long-term agreements with new and existing customers and securing additional offload arrangements,” said Craig Collins, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We continue to attract incremental volumes from Occidental and third parties due to our superior position in the Delaware Basin, improved cost structure, and commitment to customer service.”

Mr. Collins continued, “Securing these long-term, firm-processing agreements underpins our decision to sanction an additional gas-processing train in the Delaware Basin and enables us to generate significant, sustainable value for our unitholders. Our offload arrangements will provide bridge capacity to service these expected volumes during the construction of Mentone Train III.”

REVISED 2022 GUIDANCE

Revised 2022 guidance is based on results achieved to-date and customer-provided production-forecast information obtained by WES. Updated guidance is as follows:

  • Adjusted EBITDA(2) expected to range between $2.125 billion to $2.225 billion, representing a $200 million increase to the midpoint of guidance previously issued with WES’s fourth-quarter 2021 earnings results (“Prior Guidance”).
  • Total capital expenditures(3) expected to range between $550 million to $600 million, representing a $150 million increase to Prior Guidance. Total year capital expenditures include capital attributable to a portion of Mentone Train III and additional well connect and expansion capital to support increased producer activity in the Delaware Basin.
  • Free cash flow(2) expected to range between $1.25 billion to $1.35 billion, representing a $50 million increase to Prior Guidance.
  • The distribution guidance of at least $2.00(4) per unit remains unchanged.

“Increased producer activity levels, continued commercial success, and strong commodity prices have all contributed to the increase in expected 2022 Adjusted EBITDA,” Ure said. “Additionally, we expect continued successes as our engineering and operations teams continue to focus on cost and capital efficiencies during the current inflationary environment.”

Mr. Ure continued, “We are pleased to be the midstream-provider-of-choice for a growing portfolio of producers in the Delaware Basin, and we look forward to continuing to provide excellent customer service through our asset base expansion and processing capacity additions. This operational success further enables us to generate strong unitholder returns through efficient capital allocation, continued debt reduction, and the return of excess Free cash flow to unitholders.”

CONFERENCE CALL TOMORROW AT 2:00 P.M. CT

WES will host a conference call on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. Central Time (3:00 p.m. Eastern Time) to discuss first-quarter 2022 results. To participate, individuals should dial 844-200-6205 (Domestic) or 929-526-1599 (International) fifteen minutes before the scheduled conference call time and enter participant access code 131945. 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.

For additional details on WES’s financial and operational performance, please refer to the earnings slides and updated investor presentation available at www.westernmidstream.com.

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 any related impact on 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.

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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.

(2)

A reconciliation of the Adjusted EBITDA range to net cash provided by operating activities and net income (loss), and a reconciliation of the Free cash flow range to net cash provided by operating activities, is not provided because the items necessary to estimate such amounts are not reasonably estimable at this time. These items, net of tax, may include, but are not limited to, impairments of assets and other charges, divestiture costs, acquisition costs, or changes in accounting principles. All of these items could significantly impact such financial measures. At this time, WES is not able to estimate the aggregate impact, if any, of these items on future period reported earnings. Accordingly, WES is not able to provide a corresponding GAAP equivalent for the Adjusted EBITDA or Free cash flow ranges.

(3)

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

(4)

Subject to Board review and approval on a quarterly basis based on the needs of the business.

(5)

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.

Western Midstream Partners, LP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

thousands except per-unit amounts

2022

2021

Revenues and other

Service revenues – fee based

$

631,598

$

572,275

Service revenues – product based

40,867

31,652

Product sales

85,589

70,805

Other

243

242

Total revenues and other

758,297

674,974

Equity income, net – related parties

49,607

52,165

Operating expenses

Cost of product

72,848

88,969

Operation and maintenance

128,976

140,332

General and administrative

48,602

45,116

Property and other taxes

18,442

14,384

Depreciation and amortization

134,582

130,553

Long-lived asset and other impairments

14,866

Total operating expenses

403,450

434,220

Gain (loss) on divestiture and other, net

370

(583

)

Operating income (loss)

404,824

292,336

Interest expense

(85,455

)

(98,493

)

Gain (loss) on early extinguishment of debt

(289

)

Other income (expense), net

106

(1,207

)

Income (loss) before income taxes

319,475

192,347

Income tax expense (benefit)

1,805

1,112

Net income (loss)

317,670

191,235

Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

8,953

5,444

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

$

308,717

$

185,791

Limited partners’ interest in net income (loss):

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

$

308,717

$

185,791

General partner interest in net (income) loss

(6,783

)

(3,993

)

Limited partners’ interest in net income (loss)

$

301,934

$

181,798

Net income (loss) per common unit – basic

$

0.75

$

0.44

Net income (loss) per common unit – diluted

$

0.75

$

0.44

Weighted-average common units outstanding – basic

403,254

413,104

Weighted-average common units outstanding – diluted

404,460

413,446

Western Midstream Partners, LP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

thousands except number of units

March 31,
2022

December 31,
2021

Total current assets

$

906,293

$

684,764

Net property, plant, and equipment

8,475,196

8,512,907

Other assets

2,064,384

2,075,408

Total assets

$

11,445,873

$

11,273,079

Total current liabilities

$

1,337,126

$

1,140,197

Long-term debt

6,188,750

6,400,616

Asset retirement obligations

297,187

298,275

Other liabilities

352,003

338,231

Total liabilities

8,175,066

8,177,319

Equity and partners’ capital

Common units (403,333,810 and 402,993,919 units issued and outstanding at March 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021, respectively)

3,134,018

2,966,955

General partner units (9,060,641 units issued and outstanding at March 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021)

(5,062

)

(8,882

)

Noncontrolling interests

141,851

137,687

Total liabilities, equity, and partners’ capital

$

11,445,873

$

11,273,079

Western Midstream Partners, LP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

thousands

2022

2021

Cash flows from operating activities

Net income (loss)

$

317,670

$

191,235

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

Depreciation and amortization

134,582

130,553

Long-lived asset and other impairments

14,866

(Gain) loss on divestiture and other, net

(370

)

583

(Gain) loss on early extinguishment of debt

289

Change in other items, net

(175,424

)

(75,976

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

276,458

$

261,550

Cash flows from investing activities

Capital expenditures

$

(83,971

)

$

(61,783

)

Contributions to equity investments - related parties

(2,070

)

(86

)

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

9,925

12,141

Proceeds from the sale of assets to third parties

383

(Increase) decrease in materials and supplies inventory and other

4,116

3,256

Net cash used in investing activities

$

(71,617

)

$

(46,472

)

Cash flows from financing activities

Borrowings, net of debt issuance costs

$

$

100,000

Repayments of debt

(531,085

)

Increase (decrease) in outstanding checks

(7,088

)

(22,017

)

Distributions to Partnership unitholders

(134,749

)

(131,265

)

Distributions to Chipeta noncontrolling interest owner

(1,984

)

(276

)

Distributions to noncontrolling interest owner of WES Operating

(2,805

)

(2,551

)

Net contributions from (distributions to) related parties

409

1,627

Unit repurchases

(5,149

)

(16,241

)

Other

(7,225

)

(1,816

)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

$

(158,591

)

$

(603,624

)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

$

46,250

$

(388,546

)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

201,999

444,922

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

248,249

$

56,376

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) gross margin (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 gross margin or cash flows provided by operating activities.

Western Midstream Partners, LP

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES (CONTINUED)

(Unaudited)

Adjusted Gross Margin

Three Months Ended

thousands

March 31,
2022

December 31,
2021

Reconciliation of Gross margin to Adjusted gross margin

Total revenues and other

$

758,297

$

719,210

Less:

Cost of product

72,848

72,040

Depreciation and amortization

134,582

144,225

Gross margin

550,867

502,945

Add:

Distributions from equity investments

55,795

60,054

Depreciation and amortization

134,582

144,225

Less:

Reimbursed electricity-related charges recorded as revenues

18,404

19,783

Adjusted gross margin attributable to noncontrolling interests (1)

18,090

17,192

Adjusted gross margin

$

704,750

$

670,249

Adjusted gross margin for natural-gas assets

$

488,909

$

488,220

Adjusted gross margin for crude-oil and NGLs assets

148,247

114,733

Adjusted gross margin for produced-water assets

67,594

67,296

(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)

(Unaudited)

Adjusted EBITDA

Three Months Ended

thousands

March 31,
2022

December 31,
2021

Reconciliation of Net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA

Net income (loss)

$

317,670

$

250,849

Add:

Distributions from equity investments

55,795

60,054

Non-cash equity-based compensation expense

7,743

6,842

Interest expense

85,455

89,472

Income tax expense

1,805

Depreciation and amortization

134,582

144,225

Impairments

1,345

Other expense

216

Less:

Gain (loss) on divestiture and other, net

370

(234

)

Equity income, net – related parties

49,607

45,308

Other income

106

392

Income tax benefit

14,210

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to noncontrolling interests (1)

13,917

12,453

Adjusted EBITDA

$

539,050

$

480,874

Reconciliation of Net cash provided by operating activities to Adjusted EBITDA

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

276,458

$

661,858

Interest (income) expense, net

85,455

89,472

Accretion and amortization of long-term obligations, net

(1,782

)

(1,762

)

Current income tax expense (benefit)

673

(2,165

)

Other (income) expense, net

(106

)

(390

)

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

9,925

11,310

Changes in assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable, net

165,134

(147,139

)

Accounts and imbalance payables and accrued liabilities, net

14,292

(58,392

)

Other items, net

2,918

(59,465

)

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to noncontrolling interests (1)

(13,917

)

(12,453

)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

539,050

$

480,874

Cash flow information

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

276,458

$

661,858

Net cash used in investing activities

(71,617

)

(70,251

)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(158,591

)

(489,470

)

(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)

(Unaudited)

Free Cash Flow

Three Months Ended

thousands

March 31,
2022

December 31,
2021

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

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

276,458

$

661,858

Less:

Capital expenditures

83,971

95,917

Contributions to equity investments – related parties

2,070

752

Add:

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

9,925

11,310

Free cash flow

$

200,342

$

576,499

Cash flow information

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

276,458

$

661,858

Net cash used in investing activities

(71,617

)

(70,251

)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(158,591

)

(489,470

)

Western Midstream Partners, LP

OPERATING STATISTICS

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

March 31,
2022

December 31,
2021

Throughput for natural-gas assets (MMcf/d)

Gathering, treating, and transportation

406

437

Processing

3,325

3,409

Equity investments (1)

479

513

Total throughput

4,210

4,359

Throughput attributable to noncontrolling interests (2)

152

155

Total throughput attributable to WES for natural-gas assets

4,058

4,204

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

Gathering, treating, and transportation

315

323

Equity investments (3)

374

393

Total throughput

689

716

Throughput attributable to noncontrolling interests (2)

14

14

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

675

702

Throughput for produced-water assets (MBbls/d)

Gathering and disposal

766

808

Throughput attributable to noncontrolling interests (2)

15

16

Total throughput attributable to WES for produced-water assets

751

792

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

$

1.34

$

1.26

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

2.44

1.78

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

1.00

0.92

(1)

Represents the 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,
2022

December 31,
2021

Throughput for natural-gas assets (MMcf/d)

Delaware Basin

1,326

1,370

DJ Basin

1,321

1,349

Equity investments

479

513

Other

1,084

1,127

Total throughput for natural-gas assets

4,210

4,359

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

Delaware Basin

192

199

DJ Basin

88

92

Equity investments

374

393

Other

35

32

Total throughput for crude-oil and NGLs assets

689

716

Throughput for produced-water assets (MBbls/d)

Delaware Basin

766

808

Total throughput for produced-water assets

766

808

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