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Williams Partners Reports Strong Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Expects to Maintain Current Cash Distribution Level Through 2017

Provides Financial Update and Announces Actions to Strengthen Credit Profile and Fund Fee-based Growth Portfolio

  • Cash Flow from Operations is $741 Million for 2Q 2016; $1.665 Billion Year-to-Date, Up Approximately 12% over First Half 2015
  • Continued Strong Financial Performance; Significant Cost Reductions Achieved in 2Q
  • Expects to Maintain Quarterly Cash Distribution of $0.85 per Unit or $3.40 Annualized through 2017
  • Expects to Implement Distribution Reinvestment Program (DRIP)
  • Williams Intends to Reinvest Approximately $1.7 Billion into Williams Partners through 2017
  • Planned Asset Sale on Track to Close During the Second Half of 2016
  • Strengthening Credit Profile; Maintaining Commitment to Investment Grade Credit Ratings

Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) today reported second quarter 2016 financial results that included strong cash flow from operations and affirmed the partnership intends to maintain its quarterly cash distribution of $0.85 per unit, or $3.40 annualized, through 2017 with planned distribution growth beyond. Additionally, the partnership announced actions it is taking to strengthen its position as the premier provider of large-scale natural gas infrastructure by maintaining a healthy credit profile, increasing its financial flexibility and driving long-term growth.

       
Summary Financial Information 2Q YTD
Amounts in millions, except per-unit amounts. Per unit amounts are reported on a diluted basis. All amounts are attributable to Williams Partners L.P.   2016       2015   2016       2015  
   
 
GAAP Measures
Cash Flow from Operations $ 741 $ 796 $ 1,665 $ 1,493
Net income (loss) ($90 ) $ 300 ($40 ) $ 389
Net income (loss) per common unit ($0.49 ) $ 0.14 ($0.74 ) ($0.16 )
 
Non-GAAP Measures (1)
Adjusted EBITDA $ 1,065 $ 1,008 $ 2,125 $ 1,925
DCF attributable to partnership operations $ 737 $ 701 $ 1,476 $ 1,347
Cash distribution coverage ratio 1.02 0.97 1.02 0.93
 

(1) Adjusted EBITDA, distributable cash flow (DCF) and cash distribution coverage ratio are non-GAAP measures. Reconciliations to the most relevant measures included in GAAP are attached to this news release

 

Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Due primarily to a $341 million non-cash pre-tax impairment charge associated with held-for-sale Canadian operations, Williams Partners reported second quarter 2016 unaudited net loss of $90 million, a $390 million unfavorable change from second quarter 2015 net income. The decrease also reflects the absence of $126 million of Geismar insurance proceeds from the prior year and a $48 million impairment charge in 2016 related to a gathering system. These changes were partially offset by lower costs and expenses, as well as a foreign tax provision impact associated with the Canadian impairment charge.

Year-to-date Williams Partners reported unaudited net loss of $40 million, an unfavorable change of $429 million for the same six-month reporting period in 2015 due primarily to the items affecting the second quarter. The year-to-date decrease also reflects the first quarter impairment of certain equity-method investments and higher interest expense, partially offset by improved olefins margins and increased contributions from Discovery’s Keathley Canyon Connector.

Williams Partners reported second quarter 2016 Adjusted EBITDA of $1.065 billion, a $57 million increase over second quarter 2015. The increase is due primarily to $55 million lower G&A and operating expenses, despite additional assets being in service. Fee-based revenues, which were steady versus second quarter 2015, were impacted by a $34 million reduction at Gulfstar One resulting from a planned shutdown to connect the Gunflint tieback, partially offset by higher revenues from Transco expansion projects.

Year-to-date, Williams Partners reported Adjusted EBITDA of $2.125 billion, an increase of $200 million over the same six-month reporting period in 2015. The increase is due primarily to $75 million of higher olefins margins, $61 million of higher fee-based revenues, $61 million of lower operating and G&A expenses and $52 million of higher proportional EBITDA from joint ventures. Partially offsetting these increases were certain unfavorable items including a $15 million change in foreign currency exchange gains and losses.

Distributable Cash Flow and Distributions

For second quarter 2016, Williams Partners generated $737 million in distributable cash flow (DCF) attributable to partnership operations, compared with $701 million in DCF attributable to partnership operations for the same period last year. The $36 million increase in DCF for the quarter was driven by a $57 million increase in Adjusted EBITDA, partially offset by $38 million higher interest expense. The cash distribution coverage was 1.02x versus 0.97x in second quarter 2015.

Year-to-date, Williams Partners generated $1.476 billion in DCF, an increase of $129 million in DCF over the same six-month reporting period in 2015. The increase was due to a $200 million increase in Adjusted EBITDA partially offset by $75 million higher interest expense. The cash distribution coverage for the first six-month reporting period was 1.02x versus 0.93x for the same six-month period in 2015.

Williams Partners recently announced a regular quarterly cash distribution of $0.85 per unit for its common unitholders.

CEO Perspective

Alan Armstrong, chief executive officer of Williams Partners’ general partner, made the following comments:

“We own the premier natural gas focused asset base, and our strong performance in the second quarter once again demonstrates that our strategy positions Williams like no other company to benefit from growing natural gas demand. In fact, we currently have projects in negotiation or execution to add 7.6 Bcf per day of capacity to markets served by Transco through 2020, which amounts to 65 percent of Wood Mackenzie’s 5-year projected demand growth for natural gas along Transco’s corridor. In 2018, we expect to have twice as much fully-contracted capacity on Transco as we did in 2010. Quarter after quarter, the significant advantages of increased fee-based revenues are evident as we bring demand-driven projects into service. Additionally, as we execute on current projects, our assets continue to attract a steady number of requests for new market area capacity.

“Early in 2016 we embarked on several actions, including cost reduction initiatives, to address the realities of slower growth in key supply areas. We executed quickly on these actions and are already realizing the benefits of these efforts in the current quarter and expect additional traction in subsequent quarters.

“As we move forward, our organization is fully aligned, energized and focused on simplifying the way we operate and make decisions. We are committed to executing on our projects, lowering our overall risk, and driving stockholder value by delivering on our growth strategy and strengthening our balance sheet.”

Business Segment Performance

                           
Williams Partners Modified and Adjusted EBITDA
Amounts in millions 2Q 2016 2Q 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2015

Modified
EBITDA

  Adjust.  

Adjusted
EBITDA

Modified
EBITDA

  Adjust.  

Adjusted
EBITDA

Modified
EBITDA

  Adjust.  

Adjusted
EBITDA

Modified
EBITDA

  Adjust.  

Adjusted
EBITDA

Atlantic-Gulf $ 357 $ 8 $ 365 $ 389 $ - $ 389 $ 733 $ 31 $ 764 $ 724 $ - $ 724
Central 134 112 246 160 72 232 291 181 472 293 157 450
NGL & Petchem Services (261 ) 341 80 158 (125 ) 33 (208 ) 345 137 164 (124 ) 40
Northeast G&P 216 - 216 183 22 205 430 5 435 368 33 401
West 158 - 158 150 - 150 313 4 317 311 1 312
Other   -       -     -   13     (14 )     (1 )   -       -     -   10     (12 )     (2 )
Total $ 604   $ 461 $ 1,065 $ 1,053   ($45 ) $ 1,008   $ 1,559   $ 566 $ 2,125 $ 1,870 $ 55   $ 1,925  
 

Definitions of modified EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA and schedules reconciling these measures to net income are included in this news release.

 

Atlantic-Gulf

Atlantic-Gulf operating area includes the Transco interstate gas pipeline and a 41-percent interest in the Constitution interstate gas pipeline development project, which Williams Partners consolidates. The segment also includes the partnership’s significant natural gas gathering and processing and crude oil production and handling and transportation in the Gulf Coast region. These operations include a 51-percent consolidated interest in Gulfstar One, a 50-percent equity method interest in Gulfstream and a 60-percent equity-method interest in the Discovery pipeline and processing system.

Atlantic-Gulf reported Modified EBITDA of $357 million for second quarter 2016, compared with $389 million for second quarter 2015. The $32 million decrease is due primarily to $34 million lower fee-based revenues at Gulfstar One caused by a planned month-long shutdown to connect the Gunflint tieback, and other activity by producers on their wells partially offset by $17 million higher fee-based revenues in other areas – primarily from Transco’s new expansion projects. Results also reflect an increase in operating costs.

Year-to-date, Atlantic-Gulf reported Modified EBITDA of $733 million, an increase of $9 million over the same six-month reporting period in 2015. The increase was primarily due to $28 million higher proportional EBITDA from Discovery due to increased contributions from Keathley Canyon Connector and $55 million higher fee-based revenues on Transco primarily associated with expansion projects. These increases were partially offset by $41 million of lower fee-based revenues from Gulfstar One, primarily from the second quarter 2016 month-long shutdown to connect the Gunflint tieback and other activity by producers on their wells. Results were also unfavorably impacted by potential rate refunds associated with litigation, severance-related costs, and Constitution project development costs, all of which are excluded from Adjusted EBITDA.

Central

Central operating area includes operations that were previously part of the former Access Midstream segment located in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. These operations became the Central operating area effective Jan. 1, 2016 and prior period segment disclosures have been recast to reflect this change. Central provides gathering, treating and compression services to producers under long-term, fee-based contracts. The segment also includes a non-operated 50 percent interest in the Delaware Basin gas gathering system in the Mid-Continent region.

The Central operating area reported Modified EBITDA of $134 million for second quarter 2016, a decrease of $26 million from second quarter 2015. The decrease is due primarily to a $48 million impairment charge related to a gathering system. The impairment was partially offset by lower operating and G&A expenses. The non-cash impairment charge is excluded from Adjusted EBITDA.

Year-to-date, the Central operating area reported Modified EBITDA of $291 million, a decrease of $2 million from the same six-month reporting period in 2015. The decrease was primarily due to the previously mentioned impairment charge, partially offset by lower operating and G&A expenses due to cost reduction efforts and the absence of certain merger and transition costs in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA improved by $22 million, excluding the impairment charge and benefits from the absence of prior year merger and transition costs.

NGL & Petchem Services

NGL & Petchem Services operating area includes an 88.5 percent interest in an olefins production facility in Geismar, La., along with a refinery grade propylene splitter and pipelines in the Gulf Coast region. This segment also includes midstream operations in Alberta, Canada, along with an oil sands offgas processing plant near Fort McMurray, 261 miles of NGL and olefins pipelines and an NGL/olefins fractionation facility at Redwater. This segment also includes the partnership’s energy commodities marketing business, an NGL fractionator and storage facilities near Conway, Kan. and a 50-percent equity-method interest in Overland Pass Pipeline.

NGL & Petchem Services operating area reported Modified EBITDA of ($261) million for second quarter 2016, compared with Modified EBITDA of $158 million for second quarter 2015. The $419 million decrease was due primarily to the previously discussed impairment charge associated with Canadian operations and absence in second quarter 2016 of the $126 million business interruption proceeds, partially offset by higher fee-based revenues and olefins margins. Geismar olefins margins for second quarter 2016 were favorable by $12 million, reflecting strong operational production levels negatively impacted by lower ethylene prices. Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the impact of the impairment charge and insurance proceeds, increased by $47 million reflecting the higher fee-based revenues and olefins margins.

Year-to-date, NGL & Petchem Services operating area reported Modified EBITDA of ($208) million compared with $164 million during the same six-month reporting period in 2015. The decrease was due primarily to the previously discussed impairment charge and absence in second quarter 2016 of the $126 million business interruption proceeds and $15 million of unfavorable foreign exchange activity related to the partnership’s Canadian business. Partially offsetting these unfavorable items were $72 million favorable olefins margins at Geismar and $30 million favorable fee-based revenues due primarily to new fees associated with Williams’ Canadian offgas processing plant that came online in first quarter 2016 at CNRL’s upgrader. Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the impairment charge and insurance proceeds, increased by $97 million.

Northeast G&P

Northeast G&P operating area now includes the Marcellus South, Bradford and Utica midstream gathering and processing operations that were within the former Access Midstream segment. These operations became part of Northeast G&P effective Jan. 1, 2016 and prior period segment disclosures have been recast to reflect this change. Northeast G&P also includes the Susquehanna Supply Hub and Ohio Valley Midstream, as well as its 69-percent equity investment in Laurel Mountain Midstream, and its 58.4-percent equity investment in Caiman Energy II. Caiman Energy II owns a 50 percent interest in Blue Racer Midstream.

Northeast G&P operating area reported Modified EBITDA of $216 million for second quarter 2016, compared with $183 million for second quarter 2015. The quarter to quarter increase was due primarily to $25 million lower operating and G&A expenses and the absence of $20 million in certain asset impairment charges recorded in second quarter 2015. Adjusted EBITDA increased by $11 million and excludes the prior year impairments.

Year-to-date, Northeast G&P operating area reported Modified EBITDA of $430 million, an increase of $62 million over the same six-month reporting period in 2015. The increase is due primarily to lower operating and G&A expenses, increased proportional Modified EBITDA of equity-method investments, higher fee-based revenues, and the absence of certain 2015 impairment charges. Adjusted EBITDA increased by $34 million and excludes the prior year impairment charges.

West

West operating area includes the partnership’s Northwest Pipeline interstate gas pipeline system, as well as gathering, processing and treating operations in Wyoming, the Piceance Basin and the Four Corners area.

West operating area reported Modified EBITDA of $158 million for second quarter 2016 compared with $150 million for second quarter 2015. The $8 million increase was due primarily to lower operating and G&A expenses.

Year-to-date, the West operating area reported Modified EBITDA of $313 million compared with $311 million over the same six-month reporting period in 2015. The increase was due primarily to lower operating and G&A expenses. Year-to-date, the West operating area reported Adjusted EBITDA of $317 million compared with Adjusted EBITDA of $312 million over the same six-month reporting period in 2015.

Williams Partners Expects to Implement Distribution Reinvestment Program (DRIP) in Third Quarter 2016; Williams Intends to Reinvest Approximately $1.7 Billion into Williams Partners through 2017

Williams Partners and Williams announced immediate measures designed to enhance value, strengthen Williams Partners’ credit profile and fund the development of a significant portfolio of fee-based growth projects at Williams Partners, while maintaining flexibility to review financial and operational plans.

Williams intends to reinvest approximately $1.7 billion into Williams Partners through 2017.

Williams plans to reinvest $500 million into Williams Partners in 2016 including $250 million in the third quarter via a private purchase of common units with the balance reinvested in the fourth quarter via the DRIP. An additional $1.2 billion is planned to be reinvested in 2017 via the DRIP.

The DRIP is expected to be activated in the third quarter of 2016 and available for the quarterly cash distribution that will be paid to limited partners in November of 2016. Williams Partners expects the DRIP will enable limited partner unitholders to reinvest all or a portion of the quarterly cash distributions they would receive from their ownership of limited partner units to purchase common units.

Ongoing Initiatives Continue to Strengthen Williams Partners’ Credit Profile

In addition to the implementation of the DRIP program, the partnership confirmed that:

  • Williams and Williams Partners expect to finalize the agreement on the sale of their Canadian business during the third quarter of 2016, with expected combined proceeds in excess of $1 billion, with Williams Partners’ share in excess of $800 million, further reducing external capital-funding needs;
  • Williams Partners continues to make significant progress on its ongoing cost reduction program, with $55 million in lower adjusted costs for second quarter 2016 versus the prior year period despite additional assets being in service; additional cost-savings initiatives are expected in the balance of the year;
  • Williams Partners plans to access the public equity market via Williams Partners’ ATM program or other means and may access the public debt market as needed while maintaining investment grade credit metrics.

Guidance

Current guidance for 2016 is set out in the following table:

           
Williams Partners 2016 Williams Partners 2016 2017
(Amount in billions) (Amount in billions)
 
Net income $ 0.9 Growth Capital & Investment Expenditures $ 1.9 $ 3.1
Adjusted EBITDA (1) $ 4.3 Growth Capital for Transco (2) $ 1.3 $ 2.4
Distributable Cash Flow (1) $ 2.8
 

(1)

 

Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are non-GAAP measures; reconcilations to the most relevant measures are attached in this news release.

(2)

The numbers listed reflect 68% of total growth capex in 2016 and 77% of total growth capex in 2017.

 

Second-Quarter 2016 Materials to be Posted Shortly; Q&A Webcast Scheduled for Tomorrow

Williams Partners’ second quarter 2016 financial results package will be posted shortly at www.williams.com.

Williams and Williams Partners plan to jointly host a Q&A live webcast on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 9:30 a.m. EDT. A limited number of phone lines will be available at 800-723-6604. International callers should dial 785-830-7977. The conference ID is 4335926. A link to the webcast, as well as replays of the webcast in both streaming and downloadable podcast formats, will be available for two weeks following the event at www.williams.com.

Form 10-Q

The company plans to file its second quarter 2016 Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week. Once filed, the document will be available on both SEC and Williams websites.

Definitions of Non-GAAP Measures

This news release may include certain financial measures – adjusted EBITDA, distributable cash flow and cash distribution coverage ratio – that are non-GAAP financial measures as defined under the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Our segment performance measure, modified EBITDA, is defined as net income (loss) before income tax expense, net interest expense, equity earnings from equity-method investments, other net investing income, impairments of equity investments and goodwill, depreciation and amortization expense, and accretion expense associated with asset retirement obligations for nonregulated operations. We also add our proportional ownership share (based on ownership interest) of modified EBITDA of equity-method investments.

Adjusted EBITDA further excludes items of income or loss that we characterize as unrepresentative of our ongoing operations and may include assumed business interruption insurance related to the Geismar plant. Management believes these measures provide investors meaningful insight into results from ongoing operations.

We define distributable cash flow as adjusted EBITDA less maintenance capital expenditures, cash portion of interest expense, income attributable to noncontrolling interests and cash income taxes, plus WPZ restricted stock unit non-cash compensation expense and certain other adjustments that management believes affects the comparability of results. Adjustments for maintenance capital expenditures and cash portion of interest expense include our proportionate share of these items of our equity-method investments.

We also calculate the ratio of distributable cash flow to the total cash distributed (cash distribution coverage ratio). This measure reflects the amount of distributable cash flow relative to our cash distribution. We have also provided this ratio calculated using the most directly comparable GAAP measure, net income (loss).

This news release is accompanied by a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their nearest GAAP financial measures. Management uses these financial measures because they are accepted financial indicators used by investors to compare company performance. In addition, management believes that these measures provide investors an enhanced perspective of the operating performance of the Partnership's assets and the cash that the business is generating.

Neither adjusted EBITDA nor distributable cash flow are intended to represent cash flows for the period, nor are they presented as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operations. They should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for a measure of performance prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles.

About Williams Partners

Williams Partners (NYSE: WPZ) is an industry-leading, large-cap natural gas infrastructure master limited partnership with a strong growth outlook and major positions in key U.S. supply basins and also in Canada. Williams Partners has operations across the natural gas value chain from gathering, processing and interstate transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids to petchem production of ethylene, propylene and other olefins. Williams Partners owns and operates more than 33,000 miles of pipelines system wide – including the nation’s largest volume and fastest growing pipeline – providing natural gas for clean-power generation, heating and industrial use. Williams Partners’ operations touch approximately 30 percent of U.S. natural gas. Tulsa, Okla.-based Williams (NYSE: WMB), a premier provider of large-scale North American natural gas infrastructure, owns 60 percent of Williams Partners, including all of the 2 percent general-partner interest. www.williams.com

Forward-Looking Statements

The reports, filings, and other public announcements of Williams Partners L.P. (WPZ) may contain or incorporate by reference statements that do not directly or exclusively relate to historical facts. Such statements are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (Securities Act) and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (Exchange Act). These forward-looking statements relate to anticipated financial performance, management’s plans and objectives for future operations, business prospects, outcome of regulatory proceedings, market conditions and other matters.

All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this report that address activities, events or developments that we expect, believe or anticipate will exist or may occur in the future, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can be identified by various forms of words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “seeks,” “could,” “may,” “should,” “continues,” “estimates,” “expects,” “forecasts,” “intends,” “might,” “goals,” “objectives,” “targets,” “planned,” “potential,” “projects,” “scheduled,” “will,” “assumes,” “guidance,” “outlook,” “in service date” or other similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management and include, among others, statements regarding:

Expected levels of cash distributions with respect to general partner interests, incentive distribution rights and limited partner interests;

Our and our affiliates’ future credit ratings;

Amounts and nature of future capital expenditures;

Expansion of our business and operations;

Financial condition and liquidity;

Business strategy;

Cash flow from operations or results of operations;

Seasonality of certain business components;

Natural gas, natural gas liquids, and olefins prices, supply, and demand;

Demand for our services.

Forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions, uncertainties and risks that could cause future events or results to be materially different from those stated or implied in this report. Many of the factors that will determine these results are beyond our ability to control or predict. Specific factors that could cause actual results to differ from results contemplated by the forward-looking statements include, among others, the following:

Whether we have sufficient cash from operations to enable us to pay current and expected levels of cash distributions, if any, following the establishment of cash reserves and payment of fees and expenses, including payments to our general partner;

Whether we will be able to effectively execute our financing plan including the establishment of a distribution reinvestment plan (DRIP) and the receipt of anticipated levels of proceeds from planned asset sales;

Availability of supplies, including lower than anticipated volumes from third parties served by our midstream business, and market demand;

Volatility of pricing including the effect of lower than anticipated energy commodity prices and margins;

Inflation, interest rates, fluctuation in foreign exchange rates and general economic conditions (including future disruptions and volatility in the global credit markets and the impact of these events on customers and suppliers);

The strength and financial resources of our competitors and the effects of competition;

Whether we are able to successfully identify, evaluate and timely execute our capital projects and other investment opportunities in accordance with our forecasted capital expenditures budget;

Our ability to successfully expand our facilities and operations;

Development of alternative energy sources;

Availability of adequate insurance coverage and the impact of operational and developmental hazards and unforeseen interruptions;

The impact of existing and future laws, regulations, the regulatory environment, environmental liabilities, and litigation as well as our ability to obtain permits and achieve favorable rate proceeding outcomes;

Williams’ costs and funding obligations for defined benefit pension plans and other postretirement benefit plans;

Our allocated costs for defined benefit pension plans and other postretirement benefit plans sponsored by our affiliates;

Changes in maintenance and construction costs;

Changes in the current geopolitical situation;

Our exposure to the credit risk of our customers and counterparties;

Risks related to financing, including restrictions stemming from debt agreements, future changes in credit ratings as determined by nationally-recognized credit rating agencies and the availability and cost of capital;

The amount of cash distributions from, and capital requirements of, our investments and joint ventures in which we participate;

Risks associated with weather and natural phenomena, including climate conditions and physical damage to our facilities;

Acts of terrorism, including cybersecurity threats and related disruptions;

Additional risks described in our filings with the SEC.

Given the uncertainties and risk factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, we caution investors not to unduly rely on our forward-looking statements. We disclaim any obligations to and do not intend to update the above list or announce publicly the result of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements to reflect future events or developments.

In addition to causing our actual results to differ, the factors listed above and referred to below may cause our intentions to change from those statements of intention set forth in this report. Such changes in our intentions may also cause our results to differ. We may change our intentions, at any time and without notice, based upon changes in such factors, our assumptions, or otherwise.

Limited partner units are inherently different from the capital stock of a corporation, although many of the business risks to which we are subject are similar to those that would be faced by a corporation engaged in a similar business. You should carefully consider the risk factors discussed below in addition to the other information in this report. If any of the following risks were actually to occur, our business, results of operations and financial condition could be materially adversely affected. In that case, we might not be able to pay distributions on our common units, the trading price of our common units could decline, and unitholders could lose all or part of their investment.

Because forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, we caution that there are important factors, in addition to those listed above, that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. For a detailed discussion of those factors, see Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 26, 2016 and in Part II, Item 1A. Risk Factors in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q available from our office or from our website at www.williams.com.

               
Williams Partners L.P.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures
(UNAUDITED) (UNAUDITED)
   
2015   2016  
(Dollars in millions, except coverage ratios)   1st Qtr   2nd Qtr   3rd Qtr   4th Qtr   Year 1st Qtr   2nd Qtr   Year
                                       
Williams Partners L.P.
Reconciliation of GAAP "Net Income (Loss)" to Non-GAAP "Modified EBITDA", "Adjusted EBITDA", and "Distributable cash flow”
 
Net income (loss) $ 112 $ 332 $ (167 ) $ (1,635 ) $ (1,358 ) $ 79 $ (77 ) $ 2
Provision (benefit) for income taxes 3 1 (3 ) 1 1 (80 ) (79 )
Interest expense 192 203 205 211 811 229 231 460
Equity (earnings) losses (51 ) (93 ) (92 ) (99 ) (335 ) (97 ) (101 ) (198 )
Impairment of equity-method investments 461 898 1,359 112 112
Other investing (income) loss (1 ) (1 ) (2 ) (1 ) (1 )
Proportional Modified EBITDA of equity-method investments 136 183 185 195 699 189 191 380
Impairment of goodwill 1,098 1,098
Depreciation and amortization expenses 419 419 423 441 1,702 435 432 867
Accretion for asset retirement obligations associated with nonregulated operations   7       9       5       7       28     7       9       16  
Modified EBITDA 817 1,053 1,021 1,112 4,003 955 604 1,559
 
Adjustments
Estimated minimum volume commitments 55 55 65 (175 ) 60 64 124
Severance and related costs 25 25
Potential rate refunds associated with rate case litigation 15 15
Merger and transition related expenses 32 14 2 2 50 5 5
Constitution Pipeline project development costs 8 8
Share of impairment at equity-method investment 8 1 17 7 33
Geismar Incident adjustment for insurance and timing (126 ) (126 )
Loss related to Geismar Incident 1 1 2
Impairment of certain assets 3 24 2 116 145 389 389
Loss (recovery) related to Opal incident 1 (8 ) 1 (6 )
Gain on extinguishment of debt (14 ) (14 )
Expenses associated with strategic alternatives               1       1       2                  
Total EBITDA adjustments   100       (45 )     79       (48 )     86     105       461       566  
Adjusted EBITDA 917 1,008 1,100 1,064 4,089 1,060 1,065 2,125
 
Maintenance capital expenditures (1) (54 ) (80 ) (114 ) (114 ) (362 ) (58 ) (75 ) (133 )
Interest expense (cash portion) (2) (204 ) (207 ) (219 ) (214 ) (844 ) (241 ) (245 ) (486 )
Cash taxes (1 ) (1 )
Income attributable to noncontrolling interests (3) (23 ) (32 ) (27 ) (29 ) (111 ) (29 ) (13 ) (42 )
WPZ restricted stock unit non-cash compensation 7 6 7 7 27 7 5 12
Plymouth incident adjustment   4       6       7       4       21                  
 
Distributable cash flow attributable to Partnership Operations   646       701       754       718       2,819     739       737       1,476  
 
Total cash distributed (4) $ 725 $ 723 $ 723 $ 725 $ 2,896 $ 725 $ 725 $ 1,450
 
Coverage ratios:
Distributable cash flow attributable to partnership operations divided by Total cash distributed   0.89       0.97       1.04       0.99       0.97     1.02       1.02       1.02  
 
Net income (loss) divided by Total cash distributed   0.15       0.46       (0.23 )     (2.26 )     (0.47 )   0.11       (0.11 )     0.00  
Notes:
(1)   Includes proportionate share of maintenance capital expenditures of equity investments.
   
(2) Includes proportionate share of interest expense of equity investments.
 
(3) Income attributable to noncontrolling interests for the fourth quarter 2015 excludes allocable share of impairment of goodwill.
 
(4) In order to exclude the impact of the IDR waiver associated with the WPZ merger termination fee from the determination of coverage ratios, cash distributions have been increased for the 2015 third quarter, fourth quarter, and year by $209 million, $209 million, and $418 million, respectively, and by $10 million in the first quarter of 2016.
               
Williams Partners L.P.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP “Modified EBITDA” to Non-GAAP “Adjusted EBITDA”
(UNAUDITED)
      2015   2016  
(Dollars in millions)   1st Qtr   2nd Qtr   3rd Qtr   4th Qtr   Year 1st Qtr   2nd Qtr   Year
                                       
Modified EBITDA:
Central $ 133 $ 160 $ 163 $ 384 $ 840 $ 157 $ 134 $ 291
Northeast G&P 185 183 189 196 753 214 216 430
Atlantic-Gulf 335 389 414 385 1,523 376 357 733
West 161 150 169 77 557 155 158 313
NGL & Petchem Services 6 158 85 72 321 53 (261 ) (208 )
Other   (3 )     13       1       (2 )     9                
Total Modified EBITDA $ 817     $ 1,053     $ 1,021     $ 1,112     $ 4,003   $ 955   $ 604     $ 1,559  
 
Adjustments:

Central

Estimated minimum volume commitments $ 55 $ 55 $ 65 $ (175 ) $ $ 60 $ 64 $ 124
Severance and related costs 6 6
ACMP Merger and transition costs 30 14 2 2 48 3 3
Impairment of certain assets         3             8       11         48       48  
Total Central adjustments 85 72 67 (165 ) 59 69 112 181

Northeast G&P

Severance and related costs 3 3
Share of impairment at equity-method investments 8 1 17 7 33
ACMP Merger and transition costs 2 2
Impairment of certain assets   3       21       2       6       32                
Total Northeast G&P adjustments 11 22 19 13 65 5 5

Atlantic-Gulf

Potential rate refunds associated with rate case litigation 15 15
Severance and related costs 8 8
Constitution Pipeline project development costs 8 8
Impairment of certain assets                     5       5                
Total Atlantic-Gulf adjustments 5 5 23 8 31

West

Severance and related costs 4 4
Impairment of certain assets 97 97
Loss (recovery) related to Opal incident   1             (8 )     1       (6 )              
Total West adjustments 1 (8 ) 98 91 4 4

NGL & Petchem Services

Severance and related costs 4 4
Loss related to Geismar Incident 1 1 2
Impairment of certain assets 341 341
Geismar Incident adjustment for insurance and timing         (126 )                 (126 )              
Total NGL & Petchem Services adjustments 1 (125 ) (124 ) 4 341 345

Other

ACMP Merger-related expenses 2 2
Expenses associated with strategic alternatives 1 1 2
Gain on extinguishment of debt         (14 )                 (14 )              
Total Other adjustments 2 (14 ) 1 1 (10 )
                           
Total Adjustments $ 100     $ (45 )   $ 79     $ (48 )   $ 86   $ 105   $ 461     $ 566  
 
Adjusted EBITDA:
Central $ 218 $ 232 $ 230 $ 219 $ 899 $ 226 $ 246 $ 472
Northeast G&P 196 205 208 209 818 219 216 435
Atlantic-Gulf 335 389 414 390 1,528 399 365 764
West 162 150 161 175 648 159 158 317
NGL & Petchem Services 7 33 85 72 197 57 80 137
Other   (1 )     (1 )     2       (1 )     (1 )              
Total Adjusted EBITDA $ 917     $ 1,008     $ 1,100     $ 1,064     $ 4,089   $ 1,060   $ 1,065     $ 2,125  
   
Williams Partners L.P.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures
(UNAUDITED)

 

     
2016
(Dollars in billions)       Guidance
               
Williams Partners L.P.
Reconciliation of GAAP "Net Income (Loss)" to Non-GAAP "Modified EBITDA", "Adjusted EBITDA", and "Distributable cash flow”
 
Net income (loss) $ 0.9
Provision (benefit) for income taxes (0.1 )
Interest expense 0.9
Equity (earnings) losses (0.4 )
Impairment of equity-method investments 0.1
Proportional Modified EBITDA of equity-method investments 0.7
Depreciation and amortization expenses and accretion for asset retirement obligations   1.8  
Modified EBITDA 3.9
 
Adjustments:
Severance and related costs $ 0.025
Potential rate refunds associated with rate case litigation 0.015
Merger and transition related expenses 0.005
Constitution Pipeline project development costs 0.008
Impairment of certain assets   0.389
Total EBITDA adjustments 0.4
 
Adjusted EBITDA 4.3
 
Maintenance capital expenditures (1) (0.4 )
Interest expense (cash portion) (2) (1.0 )
Income attributable to noncontrolling interests, cash taxes and other   (0.1 )
 
Distributable cash flow attributable to Partnership Operations $ 2.8  
 
Notes:

(1) Includes proportionate share of maintenance capital expenditures of equity-method investments.

(2) Includes proportionate share of interest expense of equity-method investments.

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Source: Business Wire (August 1, 2016 - 4:15 PM EDT)

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