Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2017
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies  
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

(2)   Summary of Significant Accounting Policies


(a)   Basis of Presentation


These condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) applicable to interim financial information. The accompanying unaudited condensed financial statements of AMGP have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”) for interim financial information and, accordingly, do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete consolidated financial statements. In the opinion of management, these statements include all adjustments (consisting of normal and recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation of our financial position as of December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2017, and our results of operations and cash flows for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 and 2017. We have no items of other comprehensive income (loss); therefore, our net income (loss) is identical to our comprehensive income (loss). Operating results for the period ended June 30, 2017 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the full year.


As of the date these condensed consolidated financial statements were filed with the SEC, AMGP completed its evaluation of potential subsequent events for disclosure and no items requiring disclosure were identified other than as disclosed in Note 7 – Subsequent Events.


(b)   Principles of Consolidation


The condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Antero Midstream GP LP and its wholly-owned subsidiaries AMP GP and IDR LLC.


(c)   Investment in Antero Midstream


We have determined that Antero Midstream is a variable interest entity (“VIE”) for which we are not the primary beneficiary and therefore do not consolidate. We have concluded that Antero Resources is the primary beneficiary of Antero Midstream and should consolidate its financial statements. Antero Resources is the primary beneficiary based on its power to direct the activities that most significantly impact Antero Midstream’s economic performance and its obligations to absorb losses or receive benefits of Antero Midstream that could be significant to it. Antero Resources owns approximately 58.4% of the outstanding limited partner interests in Antero Midstream and its officers and management group also act as management of Antero Midstream. Antero Midstream was formed to own, operate and develop midstream energy assets to service Antero Resources’ production under long term contracts as described herein. We do not own any limited partnership interests in Antero Midstream and have no capital interests in Antero Midstream. We have not provided and do not anticipate providing financial support to Antero Midstream.

Antero Resources and Antero Midstream have contracts with 20 year initial terms and automatic renewal provisions, whereby Antero Resources has dedicated the gathering and compression rights, water delivery and handling services, and gas processing rights to Antero Midstream on a fee basis on all of its current and future acreage, excluding any pre-existing dedications or third-party commitments. The contracts call for Antero Resources to present, in advance, drilling and completion plans in order for Antero Midstream to put in place gathering and compression, water handling, and gas processing assets to service Antero Resources’ assets. The drilling and completion capital investment decisions made by Antero Resources controls the development and operation of all of Antero Midstream’s assets. Antero Resources therefore controls the activities that most significantly impact Antero Midstream’s economic performance. Because of these contractual obligations and the capital requirements related to these obligations, Antero Midstream has devoted and, for the foreseeable future, will devote substantially all of its resources to servicing Antero Resources’ operations and revenues from Antero Resources will provide substantially all of Antero Midstream’s financial support and therefore its ability to finance its operations. Because of the long term contractual commitment to support Antero Resources’ substantial growth plans, Antero Midstream will be practically and physically constrained from providing any substantive amount of services to third parties.

Our ownership of the non-economic general partner interest in Antero Midstream provides us with significant influence over Antero Midstream, but not control over the decisions that most significantly impact the economic performance of Antero Midstream. Our ownership of IDRs of Antero Midstream entitles us to receive cash distributions from Antero Midstream when distributions exceed certain target amounts. The ownership of these interests and IDRs do not require us to provide financial support to Antero Midstream. We obtained these interests upon our formation for no consideration. Therefore, they have no cost basis and are classified as long term investments. Our share of Antero Midstream’s earnings as a result of our ownership of IDRs is accounted for using the equity method of accounting. We recognize distributions earned from Antero Midstream as “Equity in earnings of Antero Midstream Partners LP” on our statement of operations in the period in which they are earned and are allocated to our capital account. Our long term interest in IDRs on the balance sheet is recorded in “Investment in Antero Midstream Partners LP.” The ownership of the general partner interests and IDRs do not provide us with any claim to the assets of Antero Midstream other than the balance in our Antero Midstream capital account. IDRs are recognized as earned and increase our capital account and equity investment. When these distributions are paid to us they reduce our capital accounts and our equity investment in Antero Midstream. See Note 4—Distributions from Antero Midstream.


(d)   Use of Estimates


The preparation of the condensed consolidated financial statements and notes in conformity with GAAP requires that management formulate estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the condensed consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes. Actual results could differ from those estimates.


(e)   Income Taxes


We regularly review our tax positions in each significant taxing jurisdiction in the process of evaluating our tax provision. We make adjustments to our tax provision when: (i) facts and circumstances regarding a tax position change, causing a change in management’s judgment regarding that tax position; and/or (ii) a tax position is effectively settled with a tax authority at a differing amount.


Equity-based compensation expense of $18.0 million and IPO costs of $5.0 million are not and will not be deductible for federal income tax purposes and, along with the effect of state taxes, account for the difference between the federal tax rate of 35% and the rate at which the income tax expense was provided for the six months ended June 30, 2017.


(f)   General and Administrative Expenses


General and administrative costs incurred during 2016 and 2017 primarily relate to legal and other costs incurred in connection with our IPO. Post-IPO general and administrative expense consist primarily of management fees paid to Antero Resources, and other legal and administrative expenses.


(g) Fair Value Measures


The Financial Accounting Standards Board (the “FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification Topic 820, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures , clarifies the definition of fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value, and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. This guidance also relates to all nonfinancial assets and liabilities that are not recognized or disclosed on a recurring basis (e.g., the initial recognition of asset retirement obligations and impairments of long ‑lived assets). The fair value is the price that we estimate would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. A fair value hierarchy is used to prioritize inputs to valuation techniques used to estimate fair value. An asset or liability subject to the fair value requirements is categorized within the hierarchy based on the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement. Our assessment of the significance of a particular input to the fair value measurement in its entirety requires judgment and considers factors specific to the asset or liability. The highest priority (Level 1) is given to unadjusted quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities, and the lowest priority (Level 3) is given to unobservable inputs. Level 2 inputs are data, other than quoted prices included within Level 1, that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly.