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Crestwood Equity Second Quarter 2022 Results

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   |    Wednesday,July 27,2022

Crestwood Equity Partners LP reported its financial and operating results for the three months ended June 30, 2022.

Second Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights:

  • Second quarter 2022 net income of $39.4 million, compared to a net loss of $38.1 million in second quarter 2021
  • Second quarter 2022 Adjusted EBITDA of $179.7 million, compared to $145.7 million in the second quarter 2021, an increase of more than 23% year-over-year
  • Second quarter 2022 distributable cash flow ("DCF") to common unitholders of $108.1 million resulting in a coverage ratio of 1.7x
  • Ended the quarter with approximately $2.9 billion of total debt, including $679 million drawn on its revolving credit facility, resulting in a 3.7x leverage ratio
  • Announced second quarter 2022 cash distribution of $0.655 per common unit, or $2.62 per common unit on an annualized basis, an approximate 5% increase year-over-year, payable on August 12, 2022, to unitholders of record as of August 5, 2022

Recent Developments:

  • On July 1, 2022, Crestwood completed the divestiture of its legacy Barnett assets to EnLink Midstream LLC for $275 million in cash which was used to reduce borrowings under the $1.5 billion revolving credit facility
  • On July 1, 2022, Oasis Petroleum Inc. ("Oasis") and Whiting Petroleum Corporation completed the previously announced merger to create Chord Energy Inc., and as a result, Oasis transferred its Crestwood common units and rights to designate two members to the Crestwood Board of Directors to Chord Energy
  • On July 11, 2022, Crestwood completed the previously announced acquisitions of Sendero Midstream Partners LP ("Sendero") for $600 million in cash, and First Reserve's 50% interest in Crestwood Permian Basin Holdings LLC ("CPJV") for 11.3 million Crestwood common units

Robert G. Phillips, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Crestwood, said: "Earlier this year, Crestwood took further strategic actions to high-grade our asset portfolio and build immediate scale in the Delaware Basin through the successful acquisitions of Sendero and CPJV, and helped efficiently finance these transactions through the divestiture of our non-core Barnett Shale assets. When combined with the Oasis Midstream transaction, which closed in February of this year, Crestwood has delivered on its near-term strategy of creating value through strategic acquisitions and has increased annual cash flow from its core operating basins by greater than 55% since 2019, while maintaining our strong balance sheet. As we look into the second half of 2022 and 2023, the commodity outlook remains very favorable for our top-tier customers in the Williston, Delaware, and Powder River basins and our portfolio is now well positioned to shift our strategy back to harvest mode as we look to leverage our larger asset base to better service our customers' production growth. Over the next twelve to twenty-four months, Crestwood is focused on the integration of the current portfolio to ensure full optimization and value capture of all operational and commercial synergies, and the maximization of free cash flow generation to enhance long-term returns to its investors."

Mr. Phillips continued, "In the second quarter 2022, Crestwood generated $180 million in Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow of $108 million, increases of 23% and 26% year-over-year, respectively. During the quarter, North Dakota experienced two unusually late, extreme winter storms which caused prolonged power outages and other facilities disruptions that impacted Williston Basin production by up to 22%. While Crestwood's second quarter results were adversely affected by the storms, I am very proud of the work that our operations and commercial teams did alongside our producer customers to ensure our assets were back up and running as safely and efficiently as possible. In light of our busy first half of the year, we are revising our full-year 2022E Adjusted EBITDA guidance range to $800 million to $840 million to reflect the Delaware Basin acquisitions completed in the second half of 2022, partially offset by the one-time weather related impacts and the Barnett Shale divestiture. We remain increasingly optimistic in the outlook for our business as our producer customers continue to catch up on completions around our core assets to capitalize on favorable commodity prices, and we shift our focus away from recent M&A and back to maximizing free cash flow growth."

2Q2022 Segment Results and Outlook

Gathering and Processing North (G&P North) segment EBITDA totaled $152.7 million in the second quarter 2022, compared to $103.6 million in the second quarter 2021, an increase of 47% year-over-year. During the second quarter 2022, segment EBITDA increased primarily as a result of the contribution from the Oasis Midstream assets and the continued favorable impact of higher commodity prices on the Arrow system. In the Williston Basin, volumes were negatively affected during the quarter due to two late season winter storms that had a significant impact on basin-wide upstream and midstream operations in April and May. Due to the loss of power at producer facilities, oil, gas, and produced water volumes were impacted resulting in an estimated $13 million impact to Crestwood's quarterly cash flow.

Gathering & Processing South (G&P South) segment EBITDA totaled $31.9 million in the second quarter 2022, compared to $19.9 million in the second quarter 2021, an increase of 60% year-over-year. The second quarter of 2022 excludes a $7.1 million non-cash loss on long-lived assets related to the sale of spare parts inventory associated with our legacy Granite Wash operations. During the second quarter 2022, total gas gathering volumes increased 5% year-over-year, driven largely by producers in Eddy County, New Mexico, who continue to run active drilling programs. As a result, Delaware Basin gas gathering volumes increased 22% year-over-year, gas processing volumes increased 124% year-over-year, and the Orla processing plant achieved new daily processing records during the quarter. G&P South EBITDA also benefited from the integration of Oasis Midstream's Delaware Basin crude oil and produced water gathering assets, as well as the impact of sustained higher natural gas prices on the percent-of-index contracts on the recently divested Barnett Shale assets.

Storage & Logistics (S&L) segment EBITDA totaled $4.6 million in the second quarter 2022, compared to $27.4 million in the second quarter 2021. Both periods exclude the non-cash change in fair value of commodity inventory-related derivative contracts. Second quarter 2021 segment EBITDA includes a $14 million contribution from the Stagecoach Gas Services joint venture that was divested in July 2021 and excludes a $38.5 million impairment recorded by Crestwood's equity investment in Stagecoach Gas Services. Second quarter 2022 segment EBITDA was impacted by financial positions entered into to provide partial protection against significant commodity price swings on our gathering and processing operations. During the second quarter of 2022, the business benefited from increased volumes offset by limited storage opportunities as a result of the backwardated markets. The Tres Palacios gas storage facility has continued to experience favorable storage rates due to its proximity to power generation and Gulf Coast LNG facilities.

Combined O&M and G&A expenses, net of non-cash unit-based compensation, in the second quarter 2022 were $64.5 million compared to $41.0 million in the second quarter 2021. Second quarter 2022 O&M expenses increased due to expanded operations as a result of the merger with Oasis Midstream.

Second Quarter 2022 Business Update

Williston Basin

During the second quarter 2022, the Williston Basin averaged crude oil gathering volumes of 76 MBbls/d, natural gas gathering volumes of 241 MMcf/d, natural gas processing volumes of 268 MMcf/d, and produced water gathering volumes of 165 MBbls/d. Natural gas gathering and processing volumes, and produced water gathering volumes increased 70%, 95%, and 99%, respectively, year-over-year as a result of the successful integration of the Oasis Midstream assets in the basin. Additionally, during the quarter the Arrow system continued to benefit from higher percent-of-proceeds revenue as commodity prices remain elevated. During the quarter, there were four rigs running on acreage dedicated to Crestwood and a total of 16 wells were connected. As a result of the late winter storms and temporary labor shortages for oilfield services in the basin, producer well connect schedules in the second quarter were delayed into the second half of the year. Based on current producer forecasts, Crestwood expects between 80 and 90 incremental wells to be connected throughout the third and fourth quarters.

Crestwood's asset base has continued to benefit from upstream consolidation trends. On July 1, Oasis and Whiting completed their merger to create Chord Energy Corporation, a Williston Basin focused company, and on July 21, Devon Energy Corporation closed on the acquisition of RimRock Oil and Gas's acreage in the Williston Basin. Both transactions further high-grade Crestwood's customer base with larger, better-capitalized counterparties, who both have a long track record of strong execution in the Williston Basin.

During the second quarter 2022, Crestwood invested $26 million in growth capital in the Williston Basin, primarily related to the expansion of the three-product gathering systems for Chord Energy in the City of Williston and Painted Woods areas. Crestwood's commercial teams continue to leverage their strong relationships in the basin to secure incremental third-party agreements and activity to increase utilization of excess operating capacity in 2023.

Delaware Basin

During the second quarter 2022, the Delaware Basin averaged natural gas gathering volumes of 270 MMcf/d, an increase of 22% year-over-year, and processing volumes of 151 MMcf/d, an increase of 124% year-over-year. Gathering volumes on the Willow Lake system in New Mexico increased significantly year-over-year by 131%, as private producers continue to drive activity levels. As of July 22, 2022 there were 48 rigs operating in Eddy County, New Mexico, making it one of the most active counties in the U.S. During the quarter, Crestwood had an average of seven rigs running on its footprint, three of which were located in Eddy County. Produced water gathering volumes averaged 143 MBbls/d during the second quarter across the Desert Hills and Panther systems, a 183% increase year-over-year, and during the quarter both water gathering systems achieved new daily records. Additionally, crude oil gathering volumes on the system acquired from Oasis Midstream averaged 24 MBbls/d as Percussion Petroleum ("Percussion") continues to operate three rigs on its asset footprint.

During the second quarter, 41 wells were connected to the Delaware Basin systems. Including the newly acquired Sendero assets, Crestwood now expects more than 120 well-connects in the Delaware Basin in 2022. In the second quarter, capital investment in the Delaware Basin was focused on the expansion of gathering and compression capacity in New Mexico to support the development plans of Crestwood's producer customers and the expansion of crude oil and water gathering facilities for Percussion. Since closing the Sendero acquisition, Crestwood has made material progress towards completion of the infrastructure projects required to connect the Crestwood system to the Sendero processing plant, providing optionality for processing volumes across the basin and enhancing Crestwood's ability to compete for new third-party volumes.

Powder River Basin

During the second quarter 2022, the Powder River Basin averaged gathering volumes of 108 MMcf/d and processing volumes of 105 MMcf/d, increases of 8% and 9%, respectively, over the second quarter of 2021. During the second quarter 2022, Crestwood completed and began flowing volumes through the Continental Express Pipeline which transports natural gas from Continental Resources' (NYSE:CLR) ("Continental") acreage into the Bucking Horse processing complex. Initial volumes have exceeded internal expectations and Crestwood expects these volumes to increase as Continental continues its active drilling program in the basin. During the second quarter, Crestwood invested $3 million in the Powder River Basin related to the completion of the Continental Express Pipeline and well-connects.

Revised 2022 Financial Guidance

For full-year 2022, Crestwood expects Adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $800 million to $840 million, a $10 million increase at the mid-point. This revised range is driven by the favorable impacts of the Sendero and CPJV acquisitions, partially offset by the divestiture of the Barnett assets, the impacts of the first half of 2022 weather events in North Dakota and timing shifts in well completion activity in the Williston Basin resulting from the winter storms and on-going oilfield services constraints. These projections are subject to risks and uncertainties in the "Forward-Looking Statements" section at the end of this release.

  • Net income of $270 million to $310 million
  • 2022E Adjusted EBITDA of $800 million to $840 million
  • Contribution by operating segment is set forth below:

$US millions


Adj. EBITDA Range

Operating Segment





Gathering & Processing North





Gathering & Processing South





Storage & Logistics





Less: Corporate G&A





FY 2022 Totals





  • Distributable cash flow available to common unitholders of $505 million to $545 million
  • Free cash flow after distributions of $5 million to $45 million
  • Full-year 2022E coverage ratio of 1.9x to 2.1x
  • Full-year 2022E leverage ratio between 3.5x and 4.0x
  • Growth project capital spending and joint venture contributions in the range of $220 million to $240 million
  • Maintenance capital spending in the range of $30 million to $35 million

Growth Capital Update

Crestwood invested approximately $42 million in consolidated growth capital projects and joint venture contributions during the second quarter 2022 (excluding litigation-related capital pertaining to the Bear Den II processing plant). For full-year 2022, Crestwood expects growth capital in a range of $220 million to $240 million, which incorporates the additional capital requirements for Sendero and CPJV. Compared to the original $160 million to $180 million guidance range, this range includes approximately $15 million in Delaware Basin growth capital that was previously funded within CPJV, $20 million related to Sendero for producer well-connects and the integration of the two gathering systems, and $25 million in newly underwritten expansion projects for Delaware Basin producers.

Robert T. Halpin, President and Chief Financial Officer of Crestwood, commented, "In 2022 we have materially increased the scale of our operating footprint in all of our core growth areas. Crestwood's commercial and business development teams have successfully utilized our expanded assets to better service our high-graded customer base and create incremental high-returning investment opportunities which will largely integrate Crestwood's legacy systems with many of the assets we have acquired over the last year. As our customers continue to execute their development plans in this very favorable commodity backdrop, Crestwood is positioned for robust volumetric and cash flow growth in 2023 with substantially lower capital requirements."

Capitalization and Liquidity Update

As of June 30, 2022, Crestwood had approximately $2.9 billion of debt outstanding, comprised of $2.25 billion of fixed-rate senior notes and $679 million outstanding under its revolving credit facility, resulting in a leverage ratio of 3.7x. Pro forma for the closing of the Sendero and CPJV acquisitions and the Barnett divestiture, Crestwood has $3.3 billion of debt outstanding, including $1.1 billion outstanding on its two revolving credit facilities, and more than $650 million of available liquidity.

Crestwood currently has 71.3 million preferred units outstanding (par value of $9.13 per unit) that pay a fixed-rate annual cash distribution of 9.25%, payable quarterly. The preferred units are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and trade under the ticker symbol CEQP-P.

Sustainability Program Update

In June 2022, Crestwood published its fourth annual sustainability report entitled Real Change. In Real Time. The report highlights the achievements the company has made on its first three-year sustainability strategy which culminated in December 2021, as well as outlines details on the next six focus areas that will drive the success of Crestwood's second three-year sustainability strategy. Recently, Crestwood made progress on its carbon management program by collaborating with Bridger Photonics, Inc. to conduct aerial surveys on 100% of its assets in the Williston and Delaware Basins, including the recently acquired Oasis Midstream and Sendero assets. Through these efforts, Crestwood has developed a better understanding of emissions profiles at each asset and is able to further enhance its current continuous monitoring initiatives, which will overtime result in reduced methane emissions.

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