Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Partnership Equity and Distributions

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Partnership Equity and Distributions
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2014
Partners' Capital Notes [Abstract]  
Partnership Equity and Distributions

(6)  Partnership Equity and Distributions

 

Our Minimum Quarterly Distribution

Our partnership agreement provides for a minimum quarterly distribution of $0.17 per unit for each whole quarter, or $0.68 per unit on an annualized basis. The payment of the full minimum quarterly distribution on all of the common units and subordinated units to be outstanding require us to have cash available for distribution of approximately $26 million per quarter, or $105 million per year.

On February 2, 2015, we announced the board of directors of our general partner had declared a cash distribution of $0.0943 per common unit for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. This amount represents the prorated minimum quarterly distribution of $0.17 per unit, or $0.68 per unit on an annualized basis. 

The board of directors of our general partner has adopted a policy pursuant to which distributions for each quarter will be paid to the extent we have sufficient cash after establishment of cash reserves and payment of fees and expenses, including payments to our general partner and its affiliates. Our ability to pay the minimum quarterly distribution is subject to various restrictions and other factors.

Our partnership agreement generally provides that we distribute cash each quarter during the subordination period in the following manner:

·

first, to the holders of common units, until each common unit has received the minimum quarterly distribution of $0.1700 plus any arrearages from prior quarters;

·

second, to the holders of subordinated units, until each subordinated unit has received the minimum quarterly distribution of $0.1700; and

·

third, to the holders of common units and subordinated units pro rata until each has received a distribution of $0.1955.

If cash distributions to our unitholders exceed $0.1955 per common unit and subordinated unit in any quarter, our unitholders and our general partner, as the holder of our incentive distribution rights (“IDRs”), will receive distributions according to the following percentage allocations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marginal Percentage

 

 

 

Interest in

 

 

 

Distributions

 

 

 

 

 

General Partner

 

Total Quarterly Distribution

 

 

 

(as holder of

 

Target Amount

 

Unitholders

 

IDRs)

 

above $0.1955 up to $0.2125

    

85 

%  

15 

%  

above $0.2125 up to $0.2550

 

75 

%  

25 

%  

above $0.2550

 

50 

%  

50 

%  

 

Subordinated Units

 

Antero owns all of our subordinated units. The principal difference between our common units and subordinated units is that, for any quarter during the subordination period, holders of the subordinated units are not entitled to receive any distribution from operating surplus until the common units have received the minimum quarterly distribution from operating surplus for such quarter plus any arrearages in the payment of the minimum quarterly distribution from prior quarters. Subordinated units will not accrue arrearages. When the subordination period ends, all of the subordinated units will convert into an equal number of common units.

 

To the extent we do not pay the minimum quarterly distribution on our common units, our common unitholders will not be entitled to receive such arrearage payments in the future except during the subordination period. To the extent we have cash available for distribution from operating surplus in any future quarter during the subordination period in excess of the amount necessary to pay the minimum quarterly distribution to holders of our common units, we will use this excess cash to pay any distribution arrearages on common units related to prior quarters before any cash distribution is made to holders of subordinated units.