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(5) Revenue

All of the Company’s gathering and compression revenues are derived from an operating lease agreement, and all of the Company’s water handling revenues are derived from service contracts with customers. The Company currently earns substantially all of its revenues from Antero Resources.

(a)

Gathering and Compression

Pursuant to the gathering and compression agreement with Antero Resources, Antero Resources has dedicated substantially all of its current and future acreage in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania to the Company for gathering and compression services except for acreage subject to third-party commitments or pre-existing dedications. The Company also has an option to gather and compress natural gas produced by Antero Resources on any additional acreage it acquires during the term of the agreement outside of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania on the same terms and conditions. In December 2019, the Company and Antero Resources agreed to extend the initial term of the gathering and compression agreement to 2038 and established a growth incentive fee program whereby low pressure gathering fees will be reduced from 2020 through 2023 to the extent Antero Resources achieves certain quarterly volumetric targets during such time. Antero Resources did not earn any rebates from the Company for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 since Antero Resources did not achieve any volumetric targets during the first, second and third quarters of 2021. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, Antero Resources earned rebates of $12 million and $36 million, respectively, from the Company by achieving the first level volumetric target during the first, second and third quarters of 2022. Upon completion of the initial contract term, the gathering and compression agreement will continue in effect from year to year until such time as the agreement is terminated, effective upon an anniversary of the effective date of the agreement, by either the Company or Antero Resources on or before the 180th day prior to the anniversary of such effective date.

Under the gathering and compression agreement, the Company receives a low pressure gathering fee, a high pressure gathering fee and a compression fee, in each case subject to annual Consumer Price Index (“CPI”)-based adjustments, or a cost of service fee, at the Company’s election when such assets are placed in-service. In addition, the agreement stipulates that the Company receives a reimbursement for the actual cost of (i) electricity used at its compressor stations where the compression services are provided based on a compression fee and (ii) operating expenses for all services provided for a cost of service fee.

The Company determined that the gathering and compression agreement is an operating lease as Antero Resources obtains substantially all of the economic benefit of the asset and has the right to direct the use of the asset. The gathering system is an identifiable asset within the gathering and compression agreement, and it consists of underground low pressure pipelines that generally connect and deliver gas from specific well pads to compressor stations to compress the gas before delivery to underground high pressure pipelines that transport the gas to a third-party pipeline, third-party plant or Joint Venture (as defined in Note 13— Investments in Unconsolidated Affiliates) plant. The gathering system is considered a single lease due to the interrelated network of the assets. When a modification to the gathering and compression agreement occurs, the Company reassesses the classification of this lease. The Company accounts for its lease and non-lease components as a single lease component as the lease component is the predominant component. The non-lease components consist of operating, oversight and maintenance of the gathering system, which are performed on time-elapsed measures.

The gathering and compression agreement includes certain fixed fee provisions. If and to the extent Antero Resources requests that the Company construct new low pressure lines, high pressure lines and/or compressor stations, the gathering and compression agreement contains options at the Company’s election for either (i) minimum volume commitments that require Antero Resources to utilize or pay for 75% of the high pressure gathering capacity and 70% of the compression capacity of such new construction for 10 years or (ii) a cost of service fee that allows the Company to earn a 13% rate of return on such new construction over seven years, which election is made individually for each piece of equipment placed in service. All lease payments under the

minimum volume commitments and cost of service fees are considered to be in-substance fixed lease payments under the gathering and compression agreement.

The Company recognizes lease income from its minimum volume commitments and cost of service fees under its gathering and compression agreement on a straight-line basis. Additional variable operating lease income is earned when volumes in excess of the minimum commitments are delivered under the contract. The Company recognizes variable lease income when low pressure volumes are delivered to a compressor station, compression volumes are delivered to a high pressure line and high pressure volumes are delivered to a processing plant or transmission pipeline. Minimum volume commitments for high pressure gathering capacity and compression capacity are aggregated such that there is a single minimum volume commitment for the respective service each year. The Company invoices the customer the month after each service is performed, and payment is due in the same month. The Company is not party to any leases that have not commenced.

Minimum future lease cash flows to be received by the Company under the gathering and compression agreement as of September 30, 2022 are as follows (in thousands):

Remainder of year ending December 31, 2022

$

45,492

Year ending December 31, 2023

298,655

Year ending December 31, 2024

299,473

Year ending December 31, 2025

285,175

Year ending December 31, 2026

271,762

Thereafter

562,414

Total

$

1,762,971

(b)

Water Handling

The Company is party to a water services agreement with Antero Resources, whereby the Company provides certain water handling services to Antero Resources within an area of dedication in defined service areas in West Virginia and Ohio. The initial term of the water services agreement runs to 2035. Upon completion of the initial term in 2035, the water services agreement will continue in effect from year to year until such time as the agreement is terminated, effective upon an anniversary of the effective date of the agreement, by either the Company or Antero Resources on or before the 180th day prior to the anniversary of such effective date. Under the agreement, the Company receives a fixed fee for fresh water deliveries by pipeline directly to the well site, subject to annual CPI-based adjustments. In addition, the Company also provides other fluid handling services. These operations, along with the Company’s fresh water delivery systems, support well completion and production operations for Antero Resources. These services are provided by the Company directly or through third-parties with which the Company contracts. For these other fluid handling services provided by third-parties, Antero Resources reimburses the Company’s third-party out-of-pocket costs plus 3%. For these other fluid handling services provided by the Company, the Company charges Antero Resources a cost of service fee.

The Company satisfies its performance obligations and recognizes revenue when (i) the fresh water volumes have been delivered to the hydration unit of a specified well pad or (ii) other fluid handling services have been completed. The Company invoices the customer the month after water services are performed, and payment is due in the same month. For services contracted through third-party providers, the Company’s performance obligation is satisfied when the service to be performed by the third-party provider has been completed. The Company invoices the customer after the third-party provider billing is received, and payment is due in the same month.

Transaction Price Allocated to Remaining Performance Obligations

The Company’s water service agreement with Antero Resources has a term greater than one year. The Company is not required to disclose the transaction price allocated to remaining performance obligations if the variable consideration is allocated entirely to a wholly unsatisfied performance obligation. Under the Company’s service contracts, each unit of product delivered to the customer represents a separate performance obligation; therefore, future volumes are wholly unsatisfied and disclosure of the transaction price allocated to remaining performance obligations is not required.

The remainder of the Company’s water service contracts, which relate to contracts with third parties, are short-term in nature with a contract term of one year or less. Accordingly, the Company is exempt from disclosure of the transaction price allocated to remaining performance obligations if the performance obligation is part of a contract that has an original expected duration of one year or less.

Contract Balances

Under the Company’s water service contracts, the Company invoices customers after the performance obligations have been satisfied, at which point payment is unconditional. Accordingly, the Company’s water service contracts do not give rise to contract assets or liabilities.

(c)

Disaggregation of Revenue

In the following table, revenue is disaggregated by type of service and type of fee and is identified by the reportable segment to which such revenues relate. For more information on reportable segments, see Note 14—Reportable Segments.

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

(in thousands)

2021

2022

2021

2022

    

Reportable Segment

Type of service

Gathering—low pressure

$

87,139

92,091

265,206

273,188

Gathering and Processing (1)

Gathering—low pressure rebate

(12,000)

(36,000)

Gathering and Processing (1)

Compression

49,765

52,364

147,273

155,462

Gathering and Processing (1)

Gathering—high pressure

51,812

53,185

154,065

159,504

Gathering and Processing (1)

Fresh water delivery

33,004

38,445

108,113

111,609

Water Handling

Other fluid handling

20,752

24,617

60,059

67,673

Water Handling

Amortization of customer relationships

(9,271)

(9,271)

(27,813)

(27,814)

Gathering and Processing

Amortization of customer relationships

(8,397)

(8,397)

(25,191)

(25,190)

Water Handling

Total

$

224,804

231,034

681,712

678,432

Type of contract

Per Unit Fixed Fee

$

188,716

197,640

566,544

588,154

Gathering and Processing (1)

Gathering—low pressure rebate

(12,000)

(36,000)

Gathering and Processing (1)

Per Unit Fixed Fee

33,004

38,921

108,113

112,722

Water Handling

Cost plus 3%

16,952

19,346

48,727

51,384

Water Handling

Cost of service fee

3,800

4,795

11,332

15,176

Water Handling

Amortization of customer relationships

(9,271)

(9,271)

(27,813)

(27,814)

Gathering and Processing

Amortization of customer relationships

(8,397)

(8,397)

(25,191)

(25,190)

Water Handling

Total

$

224,804

231,034

681,712

678,432

(1) Revenue related to the gathering and processing segment is classified as lease income related to the gathering system.

The Company’s receivables from its contracts with customers and operating leases as of December 31, 2021 and September 30, 2022, were $81 million and $79 million, respectively.

Lessor, Operating Leases

(5) Revenue

All of the Company’s gathering and compression revenues are derived from an operating lease agreement, and all of the Company’s water handling revenues are derived from service contracts with customers. The Company currently earns substantially all of its revenues from Antero Resources.

(a)

Gathering and Compression

Pursuant to the gathering and compression agreement with Antero Resources, Antero Resources has dedicated substantially all of its current and future acreage in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania to the Company for gathering and compression services except for acreage subject to third-party commitments or pre-existing dedications. The Company also has an option to gather and compress natural gas produced by Antero Resources on any additional acreage it acquires during the term of the agreement outside of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania on the same terms and conditions. In December 2019, the Company and Antero Resources agreed to extend the initial term of the gathering and compression agreement to 2038 and established a growth incentive fee program whereby low pressure gathering fees will be reduced from 2020 through 2023 to the extent Antero Resources achieves certain quarterly volumetric targets during such time. Antero Resources did not earn any rebates from the Company for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 since Antero Resources did not achieve any volumetric targets during the first, second and third quarters of 2021. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, Antero Resources earned rebates of $12 million and $36 million, respectively, from the Company by achieving the first level volumetric target during the first, second and third quarters of 2022. Upon completion of the initial contract term, the gathering and compression agreement will continue in effect from year to year until such time as the agreement is terminated, effective upon an anniversary of the effective date of the agreement, by either the Company or Antero Resources on or before the 180th day prior to the anniversary of such effective date.

Under the gathering and compression agreement, the Company receives a low pressure gathering fee, a high pressure gathering fee and a compression fee, in each case subject to annual Consumer Price Index (“CPI”)-based adjustments, or a cost of service fee, at the Company’s election when such assets are placed in-service. In addition, the agreement stipulates that the Company receives a reimbursement for the actual cost of (i) electricity used at its compressor stations where the compression services are provided based on a compression fee and (ii) operating expenses for all services provided for a cost of service fee.

The Company determined that the gathering and compression agreement is an operating lease as Antero Resources obtains substantially all of the economic benefit of the asset and has the right to direct the use of the asset. The gathering system is an identifiable asset within the gathering and compression agreement, and it consists of underground low pressure pipelines that generally connect and deliver gas from specific well pads to compressor stations to compress the gas before delivery to underground high pressure pipelines that transport the gas to a third-party pipeline, third-party plant or Joint Venture (as defined in Note 13— Investments in Unconsolidated Affiliates) plant. The gathering system is considered a single lease due to the interrelated network of the assets. When a modification to the gathering and compression agreement occurs, the Company reassesses the classification of this lease. The Company accounts for its lease and non-lease components as a single lease component as the lease component is the predominant component. The non-lease components consist of operating, oversight and maintenance of the gathering system, which are performed on time-elapsed measures.

The gathering and compression agreement includes certain fixed fee provisions. If and to the extent Antero Resources requests that the Company construct new low pressure lines, high pressure lines and/or compressor stations, the gathering and compression agreement contains options at the Company’s election for either (i) minimum volume commitments that require Antero Resources to utilize or pay for 75% of the high pressure gathering capacity and 70% of the compression capacity of such new construction for 10 years or (ii) a cost of service fee that allows the Company to earn a 13% rate of return on such new construction over seven years, which election is made individually for each piece of equipment placed in service. All lease payments under the

minimum volume commitments and cost of service fees are considered to be in-substance fixed lease payments under the gathering and compression agreement.

The Company recognizes lease income from its minimum volume commitments and cost of service fees under its gathering and compression agreement on a straight-line basis. Additional variable operating lease income is earned when volumes in excess of the minimum commitments are delivered under the contract. The Company recognizes variable lease income when low pressure volumes are delivered to a compressor station, compression volumes are delivered to a high pressure line and high pressure volumes are delivered to a processing plant or transmission pipeline. Minimum volume commitments for high pressure gathering capacity and compression capacity are aggregated such that there is a single minimum volume commitment for the respective service each year. The Company invoices the customer the month after each service is performed, and payment is due in the same month. The Company is not party to any leases that have not commenced.

Minimum future lease cash flows to be received by the Company under the gathering and compression agreement as of September 30, 2022 are as follows (in thousands):

Remainder of year ending December 31, 2022

$

45,492

Year ending December 31, 2023

298,655

Year ending December 31, 2024

299,473

Year ending December 31, 2025

285,175

Year ending December 31, 2026

271,762

Thereafter

562,414

Total

$

1,762,971

(b)

Water Handling

The Company is party to a water services agreement with Antero Resources, whereby the Company provides certain water handling services to Antero Resources within an area of dedication in defined service areas in West Virginia and Ohio. The initial term of the water services agreement runs to 2035. Upon completion of the initial term in 2035, the water services agreement will continue in effect from year to year until such time as the agreement is terminated, effective upon an anniversary of the effective date of the agreement, by either the Company or Antero Resources on or before the 180th day prior to the anniversary of such effective date. Under the agreement, the Company receives a fixed fee for fresh water deliveries by pipeline directly to the well site, subject to annual CPI-based adjustments. In addition, the Company also provides other fluid handling services. These operations, along with the Company’s fresh water delivery systems, support well completion and production operations for Antero Resources. These services are provided by the Company directly or through third-parties with which the Company contracts. For these other fluid handling services provided by third-parties, Antero Resources reimburses the Company’s third-party out-of-pocket costs plus 3%. For these other fluid handling services provided by the Company, the Company charges Antero Resources a cost of service fee.

The Company satisfies its performance obligations and recognizes revenue when (i) the fresh water volumes have been delivered to the hydration unit of a specified well pad or (ii) other fluid handling services have been completed. The Company invoices the customer the month after water services are performed, and payment is due in the same month. For services contracted through third-party providers, the Company’s performance obligation is satisfied when the service to be performed by the third-party provider has been completed. The Company invoices the customer after the third-party provider billing is received, and payment is due in the same month.

Transaction Price Allocated to Remaining Performance Obligations

The Company’s water service agreement with Antero Resources has a term greater than one year. The Company is not required to disclose the transaction price allocated to remaining performance obligations if the variable consideration is allocated entirely to a wholly unsatisfied performance obligation. Under the Company’s service contracts, each unit of product delivered to the customer represents a separate performance obligation; therefore, future volumes are wholly unsatisfied and disclosure of the transaction price allocated to remaining performance obligations is not required.

The remainder of the Company’s water service contracts, which relate to contracts with third parties, are short-term in nature with a contract term of one year or less. Accordingly, the Company is exempt from disclosure of the transaction price allocated to remaining performance obligations if the performance obligation is part of a contract that has an original expected duration of one year or less.

Contract Balances

Under the Company’s water service contracts, the Company invoices customers after the performance obligations have been satisfied, at which point payment is unconditional. Accordingly, the Company’s water service contracts do not give rise to contract assets or liabilities.

(c)

Disaggregation of Revenue

In the following table, revenue is disaggregated by type of service and type of fee and is identified by the reportable segment to which such revenues relate. For more information on reportable segments, see Note 14—Reportable Segments.

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

(in thousands)

2021

2022

2021

2022

    

Reportable Segment

Type of service

Gathering—low pressure

$

87,139

92,091

265,206

273,188

Gathering and Processing (1)

Gathering—low pressure rebate

(12,000)

(36,000)

Gathering and Processing (1)

Compression

49,765

52,364

147,273

155,462

Gathering and Processing (1)

Gathering—high pressure

51,812

53,185

154,065

159,504

Gathering and Processing (1)

Fresh water delivery

33,004

38,445

108,113

111,609

Water Handling

Other fluid handling

20,752

24,617

60,059

67,673

Water Handling

Amortization of customer relationships

(9,271)

(9,271)

(27,813)

(27,814)

Gathering and Processing

Amortization of customer relationships

(8,397)

(8,397)

(25,191)

(25,190)

Water Handling

Total

$

224,804

231,034

681,712

678,432

Type of contract

Per Unit Fixed Fee

$

188,716

197,640

566,544

588,154

Gathering and Processing (1)

Gathering—low pressure rebate

(12,000)

(36,000)

Gathering and Processing (1)

Per Unit Fixed Fee

33,004

38,921

108,113

112,722

Water Handling

Cost plus 3%

16,952

19,346

48,727

51,384

Water Handling

Cost of service fee

3,800

4,795

11,332

15,176

Water Handling

Amortization of customer relationships

(9,271)

(9,271)

(27,813)

(27,814)

Gathering and Processing

Amortization of customer relationships

(8,397)

(8,397)

(25,191)

(25,190)

Water Handling

Total

$

224,804

231,034

681,712

678,432

(1) Revenue related to the gathering and processing segment is classified as lease income related to the gathering system.

The Company’s receivables from its contracts with customers and operating leases as of December 31, 2021 and September 30, 2022, were $81 million and $79 million, respectively.