Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Business and Organization

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Business and Organization
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2017
Business and Organization  
Business and Organization

(1)   Business and Organization

Antero Midstream GP LP (“AMGP”) was originally formed as Antero Resources Midstream Management LLC (“ARMM”) in 2013 to become the general partner of Antero Midstream Partners LP (“Antero Midstream”), a master limited partnership that is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: AM). On May 4, 2017, ARMM converted from a Delaware limited liability company to a Delaware limited partnership and changed its name to Antero Midstream GP LP in connection with our initial public offering (“IPO”). Unless the context otherwise requires, references to “we” and “our” refer to: (i) for the period prior to May 4, 2017, ARMM, and (ii) beginning on May 4, 2017, AMGP. We own 100% of the membership interests of Antero Midstream Partners GP LLC (“AMP GP”), which owns the non-economic general partner interest in Antero Midstream, and we own all of the Series A capital interests (“Series A Units”) in Antero IDR Holdings LLC (“IDR LLC”), which owns the incentive distribution rights (“IDRs”) in Antero Midstream. IDR LLC also has Series B profits interests (“Series B Units”) outstanding that entitle the holders to receive up to 6% of the distributions that Antero Midstream makes on the IDRs in excess of $7.5 million per quarter, subject to certain vesting conditions (see Note 4—Long-Term Incentive Plans). We are taxed as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes and we refer to our outstanding limited partner interests as common shares.

Our only income results from distributions made on the IDRs of Antero Midstream. The Antero Midstream IDRs entitle holders to receive cash distributions from Antero Midstream when distributions exceed certain target amounts (see Note 5 – Distributions from Antero Midstream).

We are managed by our general partner, AMGP GP LLC (“AMGP GP”), which establishes the quarterly cash distribution for our common shares payable to shareholders. AMGP GP has a board of directors appointed by certain former members of Antero Resources Investment LLC (“Antero Investment”), the former sole member of ARMM prior to its liquidation on October 31, 2017. Following the completion of our IPO, certain of our directors and executive officers own AMGP common shares as well as Series B Units in IDR LLC. In addition, certain of our directors and executive officers own a portion of Antero Resources Corporation’s (“Antero Resources”) (NYSE: AR) common stock and Antero Midstream’s common units. We have an agreement with Antero Resources, under which Antero Resources provides general and administrative services to us for a fee of $0.5 million per year, subject to annual inflation adjustments. We also incur recurring direct expenses for the costs associated with being a publicly traded entity.

IDR distributions earned by us through May 9, 2017, net of any related liabilities including income taxes through that date and expenses of the IPO, were distributed to Antero Investment prior to its liquidation.

Antero Midstream was formed by Antero Resources to own, operate and develop midstream energy assets to service Antero Resources’ oil and gas producing assets. Both Antero Midstream and Antero Resources’ assets are located in the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale located in West Virginia and Ohio. Antero Midstream’s assets consist of gathering pipelines, compressor stations, interests in processing and fractionation plants, and water handling and treatment assets, which provide midstream services to Antero Resources under long term, fixed fee contracts. Antero Midstream also has a 15% equity interest in the gathering system of Stonewall Gas Gathering LLC (“Stonewall”) and a 50% equity interest in the Joint Venture to develop processing and fractionation assets with MarkWest Energy. Our results of operations, financial position and cash flows are dependent on the results of operations, financial position and cash flows of Antero Midstream. As a result, these consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with Antero Midstream’s combined consolidated financial statements and notes thereto presented in its Annual Report on Form 10‑K for the year ended December 31, 2017