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Investments in Unconsolidated Affiliates

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Investments in Unconsolidated Affiliates
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2021
Investments in Unconsolidated Affiliates  
Investments in Unconsolidated Affiliates

(13) Investments in Unconsolidated Affiliates

The Company has a 15% equity interest in a gathering system of Stonewall Gas Gathering LLC (“Stonewall”), which operates a 67-mile pipeline on which Antero Resources is an anchor shipper.

The Company has a 50% equity interest in the joint venture to develop processing and fractionation assets with MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (“MarkWest”), a wholly owned subsidiary of MPLX, LP (the “Joint Venture”). The Joint Venture was formed to develop processing and fractionation assets in Appalachia. MarkWest operates the Joint Venture assets, which consist of processing plants in West Virginia and a one-third interest in two MarkWest fractionators in Ohio.

The Company’s net income (loss) includes its proportionate share of the net income of the Joint Venture and Stonewall. When the Company records its proportionate share of net income, it increases equity income in the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income and the carrying value of that investment on its balance sheet. When distributions on the Company’s proportionate share of net income are received, they are recorded as reductions to the carrying value of the investment on the condensed consolidated balance sheet and are classified as cash inflows from operating activities in accordance with the nature of the distribution approach under FASB ASC Topic 230, Statement of Cash Flows. The Company uses the equity method of accounting to account for its investments in Stonewall and the Joint Venture because it exercises significant influence, but not control, over the entities. The Company’s judgment regarding the level of influence over its equity investments includes considering key factors such as its ownership interest, representation on the applicable board of directors and participation in policy-making decisions of Stonewall and the Joint Venture.

The following table is a reconciliation of the Company’s investments in these unconsolidated affiliates:

Total Investment

MarkWest

in Unconsolidated

(in thousands)

    

Stonewall

    

Joint Venture

    

Affiliates

Balance at December 31, 2020

$

137,632

584,846

722,478

Additional investments

757

757

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates

1,443

19,301

20,744

Distributions from unconsolidated affiliates

(4,815)

(27,095)

(31,910)

Balance at March 31, 2021

$

134,260

577,809

712,069