Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Equity Method Investments

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Equity Method Investments
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2018
Equity Method Investments  
Equity Method Investments

(13) Equity Method Investments

In the second quarter of 2016, we exercised our option to purchase a 15% equity interest in Stonewall, which operates the 67-mile Stonewall pipeline on which Antero Resources 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, LP. 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 net income includes our proportionate share of the net income of the Joint Venture and Stonewall. When we record our proportionate share of net income, it increases equity income in the condensed consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income and the carrying value of that investment on its balance sheet. When distributions on our proportionate share of net income are received, they are recorded as reductions to the carrying value of the investment on the balance sheet and are classified as cash inflows from operating activities in accordance with the nature of the distribution approach under ASU No. 2016-15. We use the equity method of accounting to account for our investments in Stonewall and the Joint Venture because we exercise 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 our 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):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MarkWest

 

Total Investment in

 

 

Stonewall

 

Joint Venture

 

Unconsolidated Affiliates

Balance at December 31, 2017

$

67,128

 

236,174

 

303,302

Additional investments

 

 —

 

17,389

 

17,389

Equity in net income of unconsolidated affiliates

 

2,738

 

5,124

 

7,862

Distributions from unconsolidated affiliates

 

(870)

 

(6,215)

 

(7,085)

Balance at March 31, 2018

$

68,996

 

252,472

 

321,468