ONEOK Announces Higher Fourth-quarter and Full-year 2017 Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA
ONEOK, Inc. (OKE) today announced higher fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 operating income and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (adjusted EBITDA), compared with the same periods in 2016. Results primarily benefited from natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) volume growth in the Williston and Permian basins and STACK and SCOOP areas, and higher average fee rates in the natural gas gathering and processing segment.
• Fourth-quarter 2017 operating income and adjusted EBITDA increased 21 and 16 percent, respectively, compared with the fourth quarter 2016;
• Full-year 2017 operating income and adjusted EBITDA each increased 7 percent compared with 2016;
• Fourth-quarter 2017 net income attributable to ONEOK totaled $63.0 million, or 16 cents per diluted share, which includes one-time noncash charges of $141.3 million, or 36 cents per diluted share, related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act;
• Fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 dividend coverage ratios were 1.28 and 1.34, respectively;
• The natural gas gathering and processing segments average fee rate was 86 cents per Million British thermal units (MMBtu) for the full-year 2017, compared with 76 cents per MMBtu in 2016; and
• Fourth-quarter 2017 natural gas volumes processed increased 20 percent and NGL volumes gathered increased 17 percent, compared with 2016.
FOURTH-QUARTER AND FULL-YEAR 2017 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
Three Months Ended
(Millions of dollars, except per share and coverage
Net income attributable to ONEOK (a)
Net income per diluted share (a)
Adjusted EBITDA (b)
Dividend coverage ratio (b)
Depreciation and amortization
Equity in net earnings from investments $
(a) Three-month and full-year periods ending Dec. 31, 2017, include one-time noncash charges of $141.3 million, or 36 cents per diluted share and 47 cents per diluted share, respectively, related to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The full-year ending Dec. 31, 2017, also includes noncash impairment charges of approximately $20.2 million, or 4 cents per diluted share, and approximately $50 million, or 10 cents per diluted share, in one-time and ONEOK and ONEOK Partners merger transaction-related costs.
(b) Adjusted EBITDA; distributable cash flow (DCF); and dividend coverage ratio are non-GAAP measures. Full-year 2017 amounts include transaction-related pretax cash costs of approximately $30 million, or 0.04 times dividend coverage, associated with the ONEOK and ONEOK Partners merger transaction. Reconciliations to relevant GAAP measures are included in this news release.
"Producer activity and production results increased across ONEOKs operating footprint in 2017, driving volume growth and adjusted EBITDA increases compared with 2016," said Terry K. Spencer, ONEOK president and chief executive officer. "We continue to see production growth, largely driven by improved producer drilling economics and higher rig efficiencies.
"ONEOK is investing in our systems to grow with our customers and address their needs for additional capacity," Spencer added. "Weve announced approximately $4.2 billion of organic capital-growth projects with attractive returns since June 2017 that will be highly accretive, complement our existing assets and provide essential services in high-producing regions."
FOURTH-QUARTER AND FULL-YEAR 2017 FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
ONEOKs operating income increased 21 percent in the fourth quarter 2017 and 7 percent for the full-year 2017, compared with the same periods in 2016. Adjusted EBITDA increased 16 percent in the fourth quarter 2017 and 7 percent for the full-year 2017, compared with the same periods in 2016. Higher 2017 results were driven primarily by natural gas and natural gas liquids volume growth in ONEOKs natural gas gathering and processing and natural gas liquids segments, offset partially by higher operating costs associated with the growth of ONEOKs operations and routine maintenance projects.
EARNINGS PRESENTATION AND KEY STATISTICS:
Additional financial and operating information that will be discussed on the fourth-quarter and year-end 2017 conference call is accessible on ONEOKs website, www.oneok.com, or from the links below.
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• Paying in February 2018 a quarterly dividend of 77 cents per share, or $3.08 per share on an annualized basis, an increase of 25 percent compared with the same period in 2017;
• Completing equity issuances through ONEOKs "at-the-market" equity program in the fourth quarter 2017 generating net proceeds of $384 million and completing a public common stock offering in January 2018 resulting in total combined net proceeds of approximately $1.6 billion, which were used to fund recently announced capital-growth projects and repay outstanding indebtedness. ONEOK does not expect to issue additional equity in 2018 and well into 2019;
• Repaying in January 2018 the remaining $500 million of the $1.0 billion term loan agreement due 2019 and short-term borrowings; and
• Having $2.5 billion of borrowing capacity available under its $2.5 billion credit agreement following the January 2018 equity offering.
Since June 2017, ONEOK has announced approximately $4.2 billion of organic capital-growth projects to support increasing production across ONEOKs operating footprint. These projects are expected to generate adjusted EBITDA multiples of four to six times and are backed by a combination of long-term fee-based contracts, volume commitments or acreage dedications.
Based on recent project announcements, ONEOKs 2018 capital-growth expenditures are now expected to range from $1,950 million to $2,300 million, compared with the previously announced range of $1,270 million to $1,530 million. Maintenance capital expenditures of $140 million to $180 million are expected to remain unchanged from ONEOKs original 2018 financial guidance announced on Jan. 22, 2018.
Since June 2017, the natural gas liquids segment has announced more than $3.6 billion of capital-growth projects, which include the following:
(Millions of dollars) Completion
West Texas LPG
120-mile pipeline lateral extension with 110,000 barrels
per day (bpd) of capacity in the Delaware Basin
Sterling III expansion 60,000 bpd pipeline extension from the Mid-Continent to
the Gulf Coast which increases capacity to 250,000 bpd
Elk Creek Pipeline
900-mile pipeline from the Williston Basin to the Mid-
Continent with initial capacity up to 240,000 bpd
Arbuckle II Pipeline
530-mile pipeline from the Mid-Continent to the Gulf
Coast with initial capacity of 400,000 bpd
125,000 bpd fractionator and related infrastructure in Mont $575
Since June 2017, the natural gas gathering and processing segment has announced approximately $560 million of capital-growth projects, which include the following:
Approximate Cost Expected
200 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) processing
plant expansion in the STACK which increases capacity
Demicks Lake plant 200 MMcf/d processing plant and related infrastructure $400
and infrastructure in the core of the Williston Basin
In December 2017, the segment completed a 30-mile natural gas gathering pipeline and related infrastructure to connect with an existing third-party natural gas processing plant in Oklahoma, providing ONEOK access to 200 MMcf/d of additional processing capacity.
Key financial and operating statistics are listed in the tables.
Natural Gas Liquids Segment
The natural gas liquids segments fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 adjusted EBITDA increased 22 and 7 percent, respectively, compared with the same periods in 2016. Volume growth across ONEOKs system from increased supply and increased ethane recovery contributed to higher NGL volumes gathered during the fourth quarter and full year 2017, compared with 2016. Fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 NGLs fractionated increased 18 percent and 6 percent respectively, compared with the same periods in 2016.
As total NGL production increased in 2017, ethane rejection levels on ONEOKs system decreased to an average of more than 150,000 bpd in 2017, compared with approximately 175,000 bpd in 2016. ONEOK expects ethane rejection levels on its system to decrease to approximately 70,000 bpd by the end of 2018 as world-scale petrochemical facilities come online and NGL exporters increase volumes.
Three Months Ended
Natural Gas Liquids Segment 2017
The increase in fourth-quarter 2017 adjusted EBITDA, compared with the fourth quarter 2016, primarily reflects:
• A $51.7 million increase in exchange services due to increased supply in the STACK and SCOOP areas and the Williston Basin from recently connected natural gas processing plants, increased ethane recovery in the STACK and SCOOP areas, and the impact of weather in December 2016, offset partially by lower volumes in the Granite Wash and Barnett Shale; and
• An $11.7 million increase in optimization and marketing due primarily to higher optimization volumes and wider location price differentials, offset partially by narrower product price differentials; offset partially by
• A $12.6 million increase in operating costs due primarily to the timing of routine maintenance projects and higher labor and employee-related costs.
The increase in adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2017, compared with 2016, primarily reflects:
• An $81.5 million increase in exchange services due primarily to increased supply and ethane recovery volumes in the Williston Basin, the STACK and SCOOP areas and the Powder River Basin; offset partially by lower volumes in the Granite Wash and Barnett Shale, and reduced volumes related to Hurricane Harvey;
• A $13.5 million increase in optimization and marketing due primarily to higher optimization volumes and wider location price differentials; and
• A $5.4 million increase in equity in net earnings from investments due primarily to higher volumes delivered to the Overland Pass Pipeline from the Bakken NGL Pipeline and higher volumes and increased ethane recovery from plants connected to the Overland Pass Pipeline; offset partially by
• A $32.2 million increase in operating costs due primarily to the timing of routine maintenance projects, higher property taxes, higher labor and employee-related costs and additional operating costs related to Hurricane Harvey.
Natural Gas Gathering and Processing Segment
The natural gas gathering and processing segments fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 adjusted EBITDA increased 14 and 16 percent, respectively, compared with the same periods in 2016.
Volume growth due to increased drilling activity, enhanced producer efficiencies and the completion of growth projects contributed to increases in natural gas volumes processed of 20 percent and 9 percent in the fourth quarter and full year 2017, respectively, compared with the same periods in 2016. Volume growth for the full year 2017 was offset partially by natural production declines on existing wells and the impact of severe winter weather in the first quarter 2017.
This segment also continues to benefit from higher fee-based earnings, with an average fee rate of 86 cents per MMBtu in 2017, compared with 76 cents per MMBtu in 2016, a 13 percent increase.
Three Months Ended
Natural Gas Gathering and Processing Segment 2017
Fourth-quarter 2017 adjusted EBITDA increased, compared with the fourth quarter 2016, which primarily reflects:
• A $37.8 million increase due primarily to natural gas volume growth in the Williston Basin and the STACK and SCOOP areas, offset partially by natural production declines; offset partially by
-- An $8.0 million decrease due to contract settlements in 2016;
• A $7.2 million increase in operating costs due primarily to higher materials and supplies expenses, and increased employee-related costs; and
• A $4.4 million decrease due primarily to lower realized natural gas and condensate prices.
The increase in adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2017, compared with 2016, primarily reflects:
• A $66.0 million increase due primarily to natural gas volume growth in the Williston Basin and the STACK and SCOOP areas, offset partially by natural production declines and the impact of severe winter weather in the first quarter 2017; and
• A $44.0 million increase due primarily to restructured contracts resulting in higher average fee rates, offset partially by a lower percentage of proceeds (POP) retained from the sale of commodities purchased under POP with fee contracts; offset partially by
• A $23.9 million increase in operating costs due primarily to increased labor and employee-related costs and the growth of ONEOKs operations;
• An $11.9 million decrease due primarily to lower realized natural gas and condensate prices; and
-- An $8.0 million decrease due to contract settlements in 2016.
Natural Gas Pipelines Segment
The natural gas pipelines segments full-year 2017 adjusted EBITDA increased 9 percent, compared with the same period in 2016. Higher fee-based earnings and increased transportation capacity contracted, primarily from the 2016 completion of the WesTex pipeline expansion, contributed to the segments results.
Three Months Ended
Natural Gas Pipelines Segment 2017
Fourth-quarter 2017 adjusted EBITDA was relatively unchanged, compared with the fourth quarter 2016, which primarily reflects increased operating costs due to routine maintenance projects and higher employee-related costs, and lower net retained fuel; offset by higher transportation services and storage revenues.
The increase in adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2017, compared with 2016, primarily reflects:
• A $26.9 million increase from higher transportation services due primarily to increased firm demand charge capacity contracted; and
• A $12.9 million increase in equity in net earnings from investments due primarily to higher firm transportation revenues on Roadrunner Gas Transmission Pipeline; offset partially by
• A $10.6 million increase in operating costs due primarily to routine maintenance projects and higher labor and employee-related costs; and
• A $6.3 million decrease due primarily to gains on sales of excess natural gas in storage in 2016.
EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST:
ONEOK executive management will conduct a conference call at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (10 a.m. Central Standard Time) on Feb. 27, 2018. The call also will be carried live on ONEOKs website.
To participate in the telephone conference call, dial 866-531-8880, pass code 1603660, or log on to www.oneok.com.
If you are unable to participate in the conference call or the webcast, the replay will be available on ONEOKs website, www.oneok.com, for 30 days. A recording will be available by phone for seven days. The playback call may be accessed at 888-203-1112, pass code 1603660.
LINKS TO EARNINGS TABLES AND PRESENTATION:
NON-GAAP (GENERALLY ACCEPTED ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES) FINANCIAL MEASURES:
ONEOK has disclosed in this news release adjusted EBITDA, distributable cash flow and dividend coverage ratio, which are non-GAAP financial metrics, used to measure the companys financial performance and are defined as follows:
• Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income from continuing operations adjusted for interest expense, depreciation and amortization, noncash impairment charges, income taxes, noncash compensation expense, allowance for equity funds used during construction (equity AFUDC), and other noncash items;
• Distributable cash flow is defined as adjusted EBITDA, computed as described above, less interest expense, maintenance capital expenditures and equity earnings from investments, excluding noncash impairment charges, adjusted for cash distributions received from unconsolidated affiliates and certain other items; and
• Dividend coverage ratio is defined as ONEOKs distributable cash flow to ONEOK shareholders divided by the dividends paid for the period.
These non-GAAP financial measures described above are useful to investors because they, and similar measures, are used by many companies in the industry as a measure of financial performance and are commonly employed by financial analysts and others to evaluate our financial performance and to compare our financial performance with the performance of other companies within our industry. Adjusted EBITDA, ONEOK distributable cash flow and coverage ratio should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP.
These non-GAAP financial measures exclude some, but not all, items that affect net income. Additionally, these calculations may not be comparable with similarly titled measures of other companies. Reconciliations of net income to adjusted EBITDA, distributable cash flow and coverage ratio are included in the tables.
ONEOK, Inc. (pronounced ONE-OAK) (OKE) is one of the largest energy midstream service providers in the U.S., connecting prolific supply basins with key market centers. It owns and operates one of the nations premier natural gas liquids (NGL) systems and is a leader in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas. ONEOKs operations include a 38,000-mile integrated network of NGL and natural gas pipelines, processing plants, fractionators and storage facilities in the Mid-Continent, Williston, Permian and Rocky Mountain regions.
ONEOK is a FORTUNE 500 company and is included in Standard & Poors (S&P) 500 index.
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• the risk that cost savings, tax benefits and any other synergies from the ONEOK and ONEOK Partners merger transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected
• the effects of weather and other natural phenomena, including climate change, on our operations, demand for our services and energy prices;
• competition from other United States and foreign energy suppliers and transporters, as well as alternative forms of energy, including, but not limited to, solar power, wind power, geothermal energy and biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel;
-- the capital intensive nature of our businesses;
-- the profitability of assets or businesses acquired or constructed by us;
-- our ability to make cost-saving changes in operations;
• risks of marketing, trading and hedging activities, including the risks of changes in energy prices or the financial condition of our counterparties;
-- the uncertainty of estimates, including accruals and costs of environmental remediation;
-- the timing and extent of changes in energy commodity prices;
• the effects of changes in governmental policies and regulatory actions, including changes with respect to income and other taxes, pipeline safety, environmental compliance, climate change initiatives and authorized rates of recovery of natural gas and natural gas transportation costs;
• the impact on drilling and production by factors beyond our control, including the demand for natural gas and crude oil; producers desire and ability to obtain necessary permits; reserve performance; and capacity constraints on the pipelines that transport crude oil, natural gas and NGLs from producing areas and our facilities;
• difficulties or delays experienced by trucks, railroads or pipelines in delivering products to or from our terminals or pipelines;
• changes in demand for the use of natural gas, NGLs and crude oil because of market conditions caused by concerns about climate change;
• the impact of unforeseen changes in interest rates, debt and equity markets, inflation rates, economic recession and other external factors over which we have no control, including the effect on pension and postretirement expense and funding resulting from changes in equity and bond market returns;
• our indebtedness and guarantee obligations could make us vulnerable to general adverse economic and industry conditions, limit our ability to borrow additional funds and/or place us at competitive disadvantages compared with our competitors that have less debt, or have other adverse consequences;
-- actions by rating agencies concerning our credit;
• the results of administrative proceedings and litigation, regulatory actions, rule changes and receipt of expected clearances involving any local, state or federal regulatory body, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the National Transportation Safety Board, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC);
-- our ability to access capital at competitive rates or on terms acceptable to us;
• risks associated with adequate supply to our gathering, processing, fractionation and pipeline facilities, including production declines that outpace new drilling or extended periods of ethane rejection;
• the risk that material weaknesses or significant deficiencies in our internal controls over financial reporting could emerge or that minor problems could become significant;
• the impact and outcome of pending and future litigation, including litigation, if any, relating to the ONEOK and ONEOK Partners merger transaction;
-- the ability to market pipeline capacity on favorable terms, including the effects of:
-- future demand for and prices of natural gas, NGLs and crude oil;
-- competitive conditions in the overall energy market;
-- availability of supplies of Canadian and United States natural gas and crude oil; and
-- availability of additional storage capacity;
• performance of contractual obligations by our customers, service providers, contractors and shippers;
• the timely receipt of approval by applicable governmental entities for construction and operation of our pipeline and other projects and required regulatory clearances;
• our ability to acquire all necessary permits, consents or other approvals in a timely manner, to promptly obtain all necessary materials and supplies required for construction, and to construct gathering, processing, storage, fractionation and transportation facilities without labor or contractor problems;
-- the mechanical integrity of facilities operated;
-- demand for our services in the proximity of our facilities;
-- our ability to control operating costs;
• acts of nature, sabotage, terrorism or other similar acts that cause damage to our facilities or our suppliers or shippers facilities;
-- economic climate and growth in the geographic areas in which we do business;
• the risk of a prolonged slowdown in growth or decline in the United States or international economies, including liquidity risks in United States or foreign credit markets;
• the impact of recently issued and future accounting updates and other changes in accounting policies;
• the possibility of future terrorist attacks or the possibility or occurrence of an outbreak of, or changes in, hostilities or changes in the political conditions throughout the world;
• the risk of increased costs for insurance premiums, security or other items as a consequence of terrorist attacks;
• risks associated with pending or possible acquisitions and dispositions, including our ability to finance or integrate any such acquisitions and any regulatory delay or conditions imposed by regulatory bodies in connection with any such acquisitions and dispositions;
-- the impact of uncontracted capacity in our assets being greater or less than expected;
• the ability to recover operating costs and amounts equivalent to income taxes, costs of property, plant and equipment and regulatory assets in our state and FERC-regulated rates;
• the composition and quality of the natural gas and NGLs we gather and process in our plants and transport on our pipelines;
• the efficiency of our plants in processing natural gas and extracting and fractionating NGLs;
-- the impact of potential impairment charges;
• the risk inherent in the use of information systems in our respective businesses, implementation of new software and hardware, and the impact on the timeliness of information for financial reporting;
• our ability to control construction costs and completion schedules of our pipelines and other projects; and
• the risk factors listed in the reports ONEOK has filed and may file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), which are incorporated by reference.
These reports are also available from the sources described below. Forward-looking statements are based on the estimates and opinions of management at the time the statements are made. ONEOK undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or changes in circumstances, expectations or otherwise.
The foregoing review of important factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included herein and elsewhere, including the Risk Factors included in the most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and other documents of ONEOK on file with the SEC. ONEOKs SEC filings are available publicly on the SECs website at www.sec.gov.
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