Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Long-Term Debt

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Long-Term Debt
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2020
Long-Term Debt.  
Long-Term Debt

(10)  Long-term Debt

The Company’s long-term debt as of December 31, 2019 and 2020 was as follows:

December 31,

(in thousands)

2019

2020

Credit Facility (a)

    

$

959,500

    

613,500

5.375% senior notes due 2024 (b)

650,000

650,000

7.875% senior notes due 2026 (c)

550,000

5.75% senior notes due 2027 (d)

650,000

650,000

5.75% senior notes due 2028 (e)

650,000

650,000

Total principal

2,909,500

3,113,500

Unamortized debt premiums

5,142

4,261

Unamortized debt issuance costs

(22,393)

(26,135)

Total long-term debt

$

2,892,249

3,091,626

(a)

Antero Midstream Partners Revolving Credit Facility

Antero Midstream Partners, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Antero Midstream Corporation, as borrower (the “Borrower”), has a senior secured revolving credit facility (the “Credit Facility”) with a consortium of banks. Lender commitments under the Credit Facility are currently $2.13 billion. As of December 31, 2019, the Borrower had outstanding borrowings under the Credit Facility of $960 million with a weighted average interest rate of 3.15%. As of December 31, 2020, the Borrower had outstanding borrowings under the Credit Facility of $614 million with a weighted average interest rate of 1.66%. No letters of credit under the Credit Facility were outstanding as of December 31, 2019 and 2020. The maturity date of the facility is October 26, 2022. The Credit Facility includes fall away covenants and lower interest rates that are triggered if and when the Borrower is assigned an Investment Grade Rating (as defined in the Credit Facility).

The Credit Facility contains certain covenants including restrictions on indebtedness, and requirements with respect to leverage and interest coverage ratios. The Credit Facility permits distributions to the holders of the Borrower’s equity interests in accordance with the cash distribution policy previously adopted by the board of directors of the general partner of the Borrower, provided that no event of default exists or would be caused thereby, and only to the extent permitted by the Borrower’s organizational documents. The Borrower was in compliance with all of the financial covenants under the Credit Facility as of December 31, 2019 and 2020.

Principal amounts borrowed are payable on the maturity date with such borrowings bearing interest that is payable quarterly or, in the case of Eurodollar Rate Loans, at the end of the applicable interest period if shorter than six months. Interest is payable at a variable rate based on LIBOR or the base rate, determined by election at the time of borrowing, plus an applicable margin rate. Interest at the time of borrowing is determined with reference to the Borrower’s then-current leverage ratio subject to certain exceptions. Commitment fees on the unused portion of the Credit Facility are due quarterly at rates ranging from 0.25% to 0.375% (subject to certain exceptions) based on the leverage ratio then in effect.

(b)

5.375% Senior Notes Due 2024

On September 13, 2016, Antero Midstream Partners and its wholly owned subsidiary, Finance Corp (together with Antero Midstream Partners, the “Issuers”), issued $650 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.375% senior notes due September 15, 2024 (the “2024 Notes”) at par.  The 2024 Notes were recorded at their fair value of $652.6 million as of March 12, 2019, the closing date of the Transactions, and the related premium of $2.6 million will be amortized into interest expense over the life of the 2024 Notes. The 2024 Notes are unsecured and effectively subordinated to the Credit Facility to the extent of the value of the collateral securing the Credit Facility.  The 2024 Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed on a joint and several senior unsecured basis by Antero Midstream Corporation, Antero Midstream Partners’ wholly owned subsidiaries (other than Finance Corp) and certain of its future restricted subsidiaries.  Interest on the 2024 Notes is payable on March 15 and September 15 of each year.  Antero Midstream Partners may redeem all or part of the 2024 Notes at any time at redemption prices ranging from 102.688% as of December 31, 2020 to 100.00% on or after September 15, 2022.  If Antero Midstream Partners undergoes a change of control followed by a rating decline, the holders of the 2024 Notes will have the right to require Antero Midstream Partners to repurchase all or a portion of the 2024 Notes at a price equal to 101% of the principal amount of the 2024 Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest.

(c)

7.875% Senior Notes Due 2026

On November 10, 2020, the Issuers issued $550 million in aggregate principal amount of 7.875% senior notes due May 15, 2026 (the “2026 Notes”) at par.  The 2026 Notes are unsecured and effectively subordinated to the Credit Facility to the extent of the value of the collateral securing the Credit Facility.  The 2026 Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed on a joint and several senior unsecured basis by Antero Midstream Corporation, Antero Midstream Partners’ wholly owned subsidiaries (other than Finance Corp) and certain of its future restricted subsidiaries.  Interest on the 2026 Notes is payable on May 15 and November 15 of each year.  Antero Midstream Partners may redeem all or part of the 2026 Notes at any time on or after May 15, 2023 at redemption prices ranging from 103.938% on or after May 15, 2023 to 100.00% on or after May 15, 2025.  In addition, prior to May 15, 2023, Antero Midstream Partners may redeem up to 35% of the aggregate principal amount of the 2026 Notes with an amount of cash not greater than the net cash proceeds of certain equity offerings, if certain conditions are met, at a redemption price of 107.875% of the principal amount of the 2026 Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest.  At any time prior to May 15, 2023, Antero Midstream Partners may also redeem the 2026 Notes, in whole or in part, at a price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the 2026 Notes plus a “make-whole” premium and accrued and unpaid interest.  If Antero Midstream Partners undergoes a change of control followed by a rating decline, the holders of the 2026 Notes will have the right to require Antero Midstream Partners to repurchase all or a portion of the 2026 Notes

at a price equal to 101% of the principal amount of the 2026 Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest.

(d)

5.75% Senior Notes Due 2027

On February 25, 2019, the Issuers issued $650 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.75% senior notes due March 1, 2027 (the “2027 Notes”) at par.  The 2027 Notes were recorded at their fair value of $653.3 million as of March 12, 2019, the closing date of the Transactions, and the related premium of $3.3 million will be amortized into interest expense over the life of the 2027 Notes. The 2027 Notes are unsecured and effectively subordinated to the Credit Facility to the extent of the value of the collateral securing the Credit Facility.  The 2027 Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed on a joint and several senior unsecured basis by Antero Midstream Corporation, Antero Midstream Partners’ wholly owned subsidiaries (other than Finance Corp) and certain of its future restricted subsidiaries.  Interest on the 2027 Notes is payable on March 1 and September 1 of each year.  Antero Midstream Partners may redeem all or part of the 2027 Notes at any time on or after March 1, 2022 at redemption prices ranging from 102.875% on or after March 1, 2022 to 100.00% on or after March 1, 2025.  In addition, prior to March 1, 2022, Antero Midstream Partners may redeem up to 35% of the aggregate principal amount of the 2027 Notes with an amount of cash not greater than the net cash proceeds of certain equity offerings, if certain conditions are met, at a redemption price of 105.75% of the principal amount of the 2027 Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest.  At any time prior to March 1, 2022, Antero Midstream Partners may also redeem the 2027 Notes, in whole or in part, at a price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the 2027 Notes plus a “make-whole” premium and accrued and unpaid interest.  If Antero Midstream Partners undergoes a change of control followed by a rating decline, the holders of the 2027 Notes will have the right to require Antero Midstream Partners to repurchase all or a portion of the 2027 Notes at a price equal to 101% of the principal amount of the 2027 Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest.

(e)5.75% Senior Notes Due 2028

On June 28, 2019, the Issuers issued $650 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.75% senior notes due January 15, 2028 (the “2028 Notes”) at par.  The 2028 Notes are unsecured and effectively subordinated to the Credit Facility to the extent of the value of the collateral securing the Credit Facility.  The 2028 Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed on a joint and several senior unsecured basis by Antero Midstream Corporation, Antero Midstream Partners’ wholly owned subsidiaries (other than Finance Corp) and certain of its future restricted subsidiaries.  Interest on the 2028 Notes is payable on January 15 and July 15 of each year.  Antero Midstream Partners may redeem all or part of the 2028 Notes at any time on or after January 15, 2023 at redemption prices ranging from 102.875% on or after January 15, 2023 to 100.00% on or after January 15, 2026.  In addition, prior to January 15, 2023, Antero Midstream Partners may redeem up to 35% of the aggregate principal amount of the 2028 Notes with an amount of cash not greater than the net cash proceeds of certain equity offerings, if certain conditions are met, at a redemption price of 105.75% of the principal amount of the 2028 Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest.  At any time prior to January 15, 2023, Antero Midstream Partners may also redeem the 2028 Notes, in whole or in part, at a price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the 2028 Notes plus a “make-whole” premium and accrued and unpaid interest.  If Antero Midstream Partners undergoes a change of control followed by a rating decline, the holders of the 2028 Notes will have the right to require Antero Midstream Partners to repurchase all or a portion of the 2028 Notes at a price equal to 101% of the principal amount of the 2028 Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest.

(f)

Senior Notes Guarantors

The Company and each of the Company’s wholly owned subsidiaries (except for the Issuers) has fully and unconditionally guaranteed the 2024 Notes, 2026 Notes, 2027 Notes and 2028 Notes (collectively the “Senior Notes”).  In the event a guarantor is sold or disposed of (whether by merger, consolidation, the sale of a sufficient amount of its capital stock so that it no longer qualifies as a Restricted Subsidiary (as defined in the applicable indenture governing the series of Senior Notes) of the Issuer or the sale of all or substantially all of its assets) and whether or not the guarantor is the surviving entity in such transaction to a person that is not an Issuer or a Restricted Subsidiary of an Issuer, such guarantor will be released from its obligations under its guarantee if the sale or other disposition does not violate the covenants set forth in the indentures governing the applicable Senior Notes.

In addition, a guarantor will be released from its obligations under the applicable indenture and its guarantee, upon the release or discharge of the guarantee of other indebtedness under a credit facility that resulted in the creation of such guarantee, except a release or discharge by or as a result of payment under such guarantee; if the Issuers designate such subsidiary as an unrestricted subsidiary and such designation complies with the other applicable provisions of the indenture governing the applicable Senior Notes or in connection with any covenant defeasance, legal defeasance or satisfaction and discharge of the applicable Senior Notes.

During the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2020, all of the Company’s assets and operations are attributable to the Issuers and its guarantors.