Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2017
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies  
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

(2)   Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

(a)   Basis of Presentation

The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). In the opinion of management, the accompanying consolidated financial statements include all adjustments (consisting of normal and recurring accruals) considered necessary to present fairly our financial position as of December 31, 2016 and 2017, and our results of operations and cash flows for the years ended December 31, 2015, 2016, and 2017. We have no items of other comprehensive income; therefore, our net income or loss is identical to our comprehensive income.

As of the date these 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 6 – Cash Distributions.

(b)   Principles of Consolidation

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of AMGP, AMP GP (its wholly-owned subsidiary), 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 results. 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 Antero Midstream. Antero Resources owns approximately 52.9% 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 rights for gathering and compression, and water handling and treatment, services to Antero Midstream on a fixed-fee basis. Such dedications cover a substantial portion of Antero Resources’ current acreage and future acquired acreage, in each case, except for acreage that was already dedicated to other parties prior to entering into the service contracts or that was acquired subject to a pre-existing dedication. 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 control 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. Additionally, 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 significant 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 indirect ownership of the IDRs of Antero Midstream entitles us to receive cash distributions from Antero Midstream when distributions exceed certain target amounts. Our ownership of these interests does 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 the 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 the 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. Income related to the IDRs is recognized as earned and increases our capital account and equity investment. When these distributions are paid to us, they reduce our capital account and our equity investment in Antero Midstream. See Note 5—Distributions from Antero Midstream.

(d)   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 income, expenses, assets, and liabilities. Changes in facts and circumstances or discovery of new information may result in revised estimates, and actual results could differ from those estimates.

(e)   Income Taxes

We regularly review our tax positions in each significant taxing jurisdiction during 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.

(f)   General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative costs incurred during 2016 and pre-IPO in 2017 primarily relate to legal and other costs incurred in connection with our IPO. Post-IPO general and administrative expense consists 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, which are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly.

(h) Net Income per Common Share


Net income per common share – basic for each period is computed by dividing net income attributable to common shareholders by the basic weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Net income per common share – diluted for each period is computed after giving consideration to the potential dilution from outstanding Series B units, calculated using the if converted method. During the periods in which AMGP incurs a net loss, diluted weighted average shares outstanding are equal to basic weighted average common shares outstanding because the effect of all equity awards is anti-dilutive.


At December 31, 2017, there were 4,777,759 shares to be issued upon assumed conversion of the Series B Units. The effect of these awards is anti-dilutive for 2017, and thus our diluted net income per common share for the year ended December 31, 2017 is equal to our basic net income per common share.