Equity Method Investments
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2017
|Equity Method Investments|
|Equity Method Investments||
(11)Equity Method Investments
In the second quarter of 2016, the Partnership exercised its option to purchase a 15% equity interest in Stonewall, which operates the 67-mile Stonewall pipeline on which Antero is an anchor shipper.
On February 6, 2017, we formed the Joint Venture to develop processing and fractionation assets in Appalachia with MarkWest, a wholly owned subsidiary of MPLX. We and MarkWest each own a 50% equity interest in the Joint Venture and MarkWest operates the Joint Venture assets. The Joint Venture assets consist of processing plants in West Virginia, and a one-third interest in a MarkWest fractionator in Ohio.
Our consolidated net income includes the Partnership’s proportionate share of the net income of the Joint Venture and Stonewall. When the Partnership records its proportionate share of net income, it increases equity income in the consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income and the carrying value of that investment on its balance sheet. When distributions on its proportionate share of net income are received, they are recorded as reductions to the carrying value of the investment on the balance sheet. The Partnership uses the equity method of accounting to account for its investments in Stonewall and the Joint Venture because the Partnership exercises significant influence, but not control, over the entities. Our judgment regarding the level of influence over our equity investments includes considering key factors such as the Partnership’s ownership interest, representation on the board of directors and participation in policy-making decisions of Stonewall and the Joint Venture.
The following table is a reconciliation of our investments in these unconsolidated affiliates (in thousands):
The entire disclosure for the information summarizing investments in and advances to majority-owned subsidiaries, other controlled companies, and other affiliates. It reflects specified information about ownership, financial results from, and financial position in such entities.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef