Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (Policies)

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Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (Policies)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2017
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies  
Basis of Presentation

(a) Basis of Presentation

 

These consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”).  In the opinion of management, these statements include all adjustments considered necessary for a fair presentation of the Partnership’s financial position as of December 31, 2016 and 2017, and the results of our operations and our cash flows for the years ended December 31, 2015, 2016, and 2017.  The combined consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income, partners’ capital, and cash flows for 2015 have been prepared on a combined basis of accounting. The Partnership has no items of other comprehensive income or loss; therefore, net income is identical to comprehensive income.

 

Certain costs of doing business incurred by Antero Resources on our behalf have been reflected in the accompanying consolidated financial statements. These costs include general and administrative expenses attributed to us by Antero Resources in exchange for:

 

business services, such as payroll, accounts payable and facilities management;

 

corporate services, such as finance and accounting, legal, human resources, investor relations and public and regulatory policy; and

 

employee compensation, including equity‑based compensation.

 

Transactions between us and Antero Resources have been identified in the consolidated financial statements (see Note 3 – Transactions with Affiliates).

 

As of the date these consolidated financial statements were filed with the SEC, we completed our evaluation of potential subsequent events for disclosure and no items requiring disclosure were identified, except the declaration of a cash distribution to unitholders, as described in Note 7  – Partnership Equity and Distributions.

Revenue Recognition

(b)Revenue Recognition

 

We provide gathering and compression and water handling and treatment services under fee-based contracts primarily based on throughput or at cost plus a margin. Under these arrangements, we receive fees for gathering oil and gas products, compression services, and water handling and treatment services. The revenue we earn from these arrangements is directly related to (1) in the case of natural gas gathering and compression, the volumes of metered natural gas that we gather, compress and deliver to natural gas compression sites or other transmission delivery points, (2) in the case of oil gathering, the volumes of metered oil that we gather and deliver to other transmission delivery points, (3) in the case of fresh water services, the quantities of fresh water delivered to our customers for use in their well completion operations, (4) in the case of wastewater treatment services, the quantities of wastewater treated for our customers, or (5) in the case of flowback and produced water, the third party out-of-pocket costs plus 3%. We recognize revenue when all of the following criteria are met: (1) persuasive evidence of an agreement exists, (2) services have been rendered, (3) prices are fixed or determinable and (4) collectability is reasonably assured.

Use of Estimates

(c)Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of the consolidated financial statements and notes in conformity with GAAP requires that management formulate estimates and assumptions that affect revenues, expenses, assets, liabilities and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. Items subject to estimates and assumptions include the useful lives of property and equipment and valuation of accrued liabilities, among others. Although management believes these estimates are reasonable, actual results could differ from these estimates.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

(d)Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

Prior to September 23, 2015 Antero Water was owned and funded by Antero Resources. Net amounts funded by Antero Resources are reflected as “Deemed distribution to Antero Resources, net” on the accompanying Statements of Consolidated Cash Flows.

 

We consider all liquid investments purchased with an initial maturity of three months or less to be cash equivalents. The carrying value of cash and cash equivalents approximates fair value due to the short-term nature of these instruments.

Property and Equipment

(e)Property and Equipment

 

Property and equipment primarily consists of gathering pipelines, compressor stations and fresh water delivery pipelines and facilities stated at historical cost less accumulated depreciation. We capitalize construction-related direct labor and material costs. We also capitalize interest on capital costs during the construction phase of the water treatment facility, currently undergoing testing and commissioning. We capitalized interest of $4 million and $12 million for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2017, respectively. Maintenance and repair costs are expensed as incurred.

 

Depreciation is computed using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives and salvage values of assets. The depreciation of fixed assets recorded under capital lease agreements is included in depreciation expense. Uncertainties that may impact these estimates of useful lives include, among others, changes in laws and regulations relating to environmental matters, including air and water quality, restoration and abandonment requirements, economic conditions, and supply and demand for our services in the areas in which we operate. When assets are placed into service, management makes estimates with respect to useful lives and salvage values that management believes are reasonable. However, subsequent events could cause a change in estimates, thereby impacting future depreciation amounts.

 

Our investment in property and equipment for the periods presented is as follows (in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Estimated

 

December 31,

 

 

    

useful lives

    

2016

    

2017

 

Land

 

n/a

 

$

11,338

 

 

15,382

 

Fresh water surface pipelines and equipment

 

5 years

 

 

39,562

 

 

46,139

 

Above ground storage tanks

 

10 years

 

 

4,301

 

 

4,301

 

Fresh water permanent buried pipelines and equipment

 

20 years

 

 

443,453

 

 

472,810

 

Gathering systems and facilities

 

20 years

 

 

1,551,771

 

 

1,781,386

 

Construction-in-progress

 

n/a

 

 

400,096

 

 

654,904

 

Total property and equipment

 

 

 

 

2,450,521

 

 

2,974,922

 

Less accumulated depreciation

 

 

 

 

(254,642)

 

 

(369,320)

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

 

$

2,195,879

 

 

2,605,602

 

 

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets

(f)Impairment of Long‑Lived Assets

 

We evaluate our long‑lived assets for impairment when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the related carrying values of the assets may not be recoverable.  Generally, the basis for making such assessments are undiscounted future cash flows projections for the asset group being assessed.  If the carrying values of the assets are deemed not recoverable, the carrying values are reduced to the estimated fair value, which are based on discounted future cash flows using assumptions as to revenues, costs and discount rates typical of third party market participants, which is a Level 3 fair value measurement. 

 

During the year ended December 31, 2017, we recorded a $23.4 million impairment charge for the carrying value of property and equipment related to condensate gathering lines which Antero Resources no longer uses. These lines were part of our gathering and processing segment.

Asset Retirement Obligations

(g)Asset Retirement Obligations

 

We are under no legal obligations, neither contractually nor under the doctrine of promissory estoppel, to restore or dismantle our gathering pipelines, compressor stations, water delivery pipelines and water treatment facility upon abandonment. Our gathering pipelines, compressor stations and fresh water delivery pipelines and facilities have an indeterminate life, if properly maintained. Accordingly, we are not able to make a reasonable estimate of when future dismantlement and removal dates of our pipelines, compressor stations and facilities will occur. It has been determined by our operational management team that abandoning all other ancillary equipment, outside of the assets stated above, would require minimal costs. For the reasons stated above, we have not recorded asset retirement obligations at December 31, 2016 or 2017.

Litigation and Other Contingencies

(h)Litigation and Other Contingencies

 

An accrual is recorded for a loss contingency when its occurrence is probable and damages can be reasonably estimated based on the anticipated most likely outcome or the minimum amount within a range of possible outcomes. We regularly review contingencies to determine the adequacy of our accruals and related disclosures. The ultimate amount of losses, if any, may differ from these estimates.

 

We accrue losses associated with environmental obligations when such losses are probable and can be reasonably estimated. Accruals for estimated environmental losses are recognized no later than at the time a remediation feasibility study, or an evaluation of response options, is complete. These accruals are adjusted as additional information becomes available or as circumstances change. Future environmental expenditures are not discounted to their present value. Recoveries of environmental costs from other parties are recorded separately as assets at their undiscounted value when receipt of such recoveries is probable.

 

As of December 31, 2016 and 2017, we have no recorded liabilities for litigation, environmental, or other contingencies.

 

Equity-Based Compensation

(i)Equity‑Based Compensation

 

Our consolidated financial statements reflect various equity-based compensation awards granted by Antero Resources, as well as compensation expense associated with our own plan. These awards include profits interests awards, restricted stock, stock options, restricted units, and phantom units. We recognized expense in each period for an amount allocated from Antero Resources, with the offset included in partners’ capital. See Note 3—Transactions with Affiliates for additional information regarding Antero Resources’ allocation of expenses to us.

 

In connection with our Initial Public Offering (“IPO”), the Antero Midstream Partners LP Long-Term Incentive Plan (“Midstream LTIP”) was adopted, pursuant to which certain non-employee directors of our general partner and certain officers, employees and consultants of our general partner and its affiliates are eligible to receive awards representing equity interests in the Partnership. An aggregate of 10,000,000 common units may be delivered pursuant to awards under the Midstream LTIP, subject to customary adjustments. For accounting purposes, these units are treated as if they are distributed from us to Antero Resources. Antero Resources recognizes compensation expense for the units awarded to its employees and a portion of that expense is allocated to us. See Note 6—Equity-Based Compensation.

Income Taxes

(j)Income Taxes

 

Our consolidated financial statements do not include a provision for income taxes as we are treated as a partnership for federal and state income tax purposes, with each partner being separately taxed on its distributive share of our items of income, gain, loss, or deduction.

 

Fair Value Measures

(k)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.

 

The carrying values on our balance sheet of our cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable—Antero Resources, accounts receivable—third party, prepaid expenses, other assets, accounts payable, accounts payable—Antero Resources, accrued liabilities, other current liabilities, other liabilities and the revolving credit facility approximate fair values due to their short-term maturities.

 

Investment in Unconsolidated Entities

(l)Investments in Unconsolidated Entities

 

The Partnership uses the equity method to account for its investments in companies if the investment provides the Partnership with the ability to exercise significant influence over, but not control, the operating and financial policies of the investee. The Partnership’s consolidated net income includes the Partnership’s proportionate share of the net income or loss of such companies. The Partnership’s judgment regarding the level of influence over each equity method investee includes considering key factors such as the Partnership’s ownership interest, representation on the board of directors and participation in policy-making decisions of the investee and material intercompany transactions. See Note 11–Equity Method Investments.

Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements

(m)Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncement

 

On August 26, 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-15, Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments, which removes diversity in practice for how certain cash receipts and payments are presented and classified in the statement of cash flows, including the presentation of distributions received from equity method investees.  We elected to early adopt the standard during 2017.

 

As permitted by this standard we made an accounting policy election to account for distributions received from equity method investees under the “nature of the distribution” approach.  Under the nature of the distribution approach, distributions received from equity method investees are classified on the basis of the nature of the activity or activities of the investee that generated the distribution as either a return on investment (classified as cash inflows from operating activities) or a return of investment (classified as cash inflows from investing activities).  No changes were necessary to our historical financial statements as a result of adopting ASU No. 2016-15.