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Archrock Partners Reports First Quarter 2017 Results

HOUSTON, May 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Archrock Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:APLP) today reported a net loss of $4.3 million, or $0.07 per diluted common unit, for the first quarter of 2017, compared to a net loss of $14.0 million, or $0.22 per diluted common unit, for the fourth quarter of 2016 and net income of $0.5 million, or $0.01 per diluted common unit, for the first quarter of 2016.

EBITDA, as adjusted (as defined below), was $61.1 million for the first quarter 2017, compared to $69.0 million for the fourth quarter 2016 and $69.4 million for the first quarter 2016.

Revenue was $137.3 million for the first quarter 2017, compared to $135.4 million for the fourth quarter 2016 and $151.4 million for the first quarter 2016. Gross margin was $81.0 million, or 59% of revenue, in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $84.0 million, or 62% of revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $93.6 million, or 62% of revenue, in the first quarter of 2016.

Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) were $20.3 million for the first quarter of 2017 compared to $18.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 and $23.7 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Cash flows from operating activities were $60.7 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared to $39.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 and $66.0 million for the first quarter of 2016.

Distributable cash flow (as defined below) was $34.4 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared to $41.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 and $43.9 million for the first quarter of 2016. Distributable cash flow coverage was 1.80x for the first quarter of 2017, compared to 2.16x for the fourth quarter of 2016 and 2.51x for the first quarter of 2016.

“Archrock Partners’ revenue continued to stabilize in the first quarter,” said Brad Childers, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Archrock Partners’ managing general partner. “During the quarter, industry activity improved considerably, and we captured our highest level of new orders since the fourth quarter of 2014. Relatedly, higher order activity drove an increase in labor and make-ready expense as we prepare to meet higher demand.”

“As a later cycle participant, we believe 2017 will be a transition year as the current cycle turns from contraction to expansion,” continued Childers. “During this transition period, we will work to balance cyclical lows in pricing and utilization with the need to invest in resources and equipment to meet the expected growth ahead.”

“Archrock Partners’ strong new order activity as well as the expected increase in demand for natural gas has given us confidence in the long-term positive outlook for our business. Our existing idle capacity as well as investment in our compression fleet will enable us to capitalize on opportunities as the predicted growth in U.S. natural gas production occurs,” concluded Childers.

Net income, excluding the items listed in the following sentence, for the first quarter of 2017 was $2.2 million, or $0.03 per diluted common unit. The excluded items consisted of a non-cash long-lived asset impairment of $6.2 million and debt extinguishment costs of $0.3 million. Net income, excluding the items listed in the following sentence, for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $10.1 million, or $0.16 per diluted common unit. The excluded items consisted of a non-cash long-lived asset impairment of $23.8 million as well as restructuring charges and expensed acquisition costs totaling $0.4 million. Net income, excluding the items listed in the following sentence, for the first quarter of 2016 was $11.1 million, or $0.18 per diluted common unit. The excluded items consisted of a non-cash long-lived asset impairment of $6.3 million as well as restructuring charges and expensed acquisition costs totaling $4.3 million.

Conference Call Details

Archrock, Inc. and Archrock Partners, L.P. will host a joint conference call on Thursday, May 4, 2017, to discuss their first quarter 2017 financial results. The call will begin at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

To listen to the call via a live webcast, please visit Archrock’s website at www.archrock.com. The call will also be available by dialing 1-888-771-4371 in the United States and Canada or +1-847-585-4405 for international calls. Please call approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and reference Archrock conference call number 4474 8336.

A replay of the conference call will be available on Archrock’s website for approximately seven days. Also, a replay may be accessed by dialing 1-888-843-7419 in the United States and Canada, or +1-630-652-3042 for international calls. The access code is 4474 8336#.

EBITDA, as adjusted, a non-GAAP measure, is defined as net income (loss) excluding income taxes, interest expense, depreciation and amortization expense, long-lived asset impairment, restructuring charges, expensed acquisition costs, debt extinguishment costs, other items and non-cash SG&A costs. A reconciliation of EBITDA, as adjusted, to net income (loss), the most directly comparable GAAP measure, appears below.

Distributable cash flow, a non-GAAP measure, is defined as net income (loss) (a) plus depreciation and amortization expense, long-lived asset impairment, restructuring charges, expensed acquisition costs, non-cash SG&A costs, debt extinguishment costs, and interest expense (b) less cash interest expense (excluding amortization of deferred financing fees, amortization of debt discount and non-cash transactions related to interest rate swaps) and maintenance capital expenditures, and (c) excluding gains or losses on asset sales and other items. Distributable cash flow coverage is defined as distributable cash flow divided by total distributions declared. A reconciliation of distributable cash flow to cash flows from operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, appears below.

Gross margin, a non-GAAP measure, is defined as total revenue less cost of sales (excluding depreciation and amortization expense). Gross margin percentage is defined as gross margin divided by total revenue. A reconciliation of gross margin to net income (loss), the most directly comparable GAAP measure, appears below.

Net income (loss), excluding items, a non-GAAP measure, is defined as net income (loss) plus long-lived asset impairment, restructuring charges, expensed acquisition costs and debt extinguishment costs. A reconciliation of net income (loss), excluding items, to net income (loss), the most directly comparable GAAP measure, appears below.

About Archrock Partners

Archrock Partners, L.P., a master limited partnership, is the leading provider of natural gas contract compression services to customers throughout the United States. Archrock, Inc. (NYSE:AROC) owns an equity interest in Archrock Partners, including all of the general partner interest. For more information, visit www.archrock.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements in this release (and oral statements made regarding the subjects of this release) other than historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of uncertainties and factors, many of which are outside Archrock Partners’ control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to: Archrock Partners’ financial and operational strategies and ability to successfully effect those strategies; Archrock Partners’ expectations regarding future commodity prices, demand for natural gas and economic and market conditions; Archrock Partners’ financial and operational outlook and ability to fulfill that outlook; statements about Archrock Partners’ distributions; demand for Archrock Partners’ services; expectations regarding Archrock Partners’ ability to utilize its idle fleet and invest in its compression fleet to capitalize on anticipated future opportunities; and Archrock Partners’ cost reduction plans.

While Archrock Partners believes that the assumptions concerning future events are reasonable, it cautions that there are inherent difficulties in predicting certain important factors that could impact the future performance or results of its business. Among the factors that could cause results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are: local, regional and national economic conditions and the impact they may have on Archrock Partners and its customers; changes in tax laws that impact master limited partnerships; conditions in the oil and gas industry, including a sustained decrease in the level of supply or demand for oil or natural gas or a sustained decrease in the price of oil or natural gas; changes in safety, health, environmental and other regulations; the financial condition of Archrock Partners’ customers; the failure of any customer to perform its contractual obligations; and the performance of Archrock, Inc.

These forward-looking statements are also affected by the risk factors, forward-looking statements and challenges and uncertainties described in Archrock Partners Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, and those set forth from time to time in Archrock Partners’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at www.archrock.com. Except as required by law, Archrock Partners expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

ARCHROCK PARTNERS, L.P.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per unit amounts)
           
           
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
  2017   2016   2016
           
Revenue $ 137,295     $ 135,406     $ 151,424  
           
Costs and expenses:          
Cost of sales (excluding depreciation and amortization expense) — affiliates 56,277     51,387     57,860  
Depreciation and amortization 36,885     37,790     39,237  
Long-lived asset impairment 6,210     23,751     6,315  
Restructuring charges     16     4,139  
Selling, general and administrative — affiliates 20,311     18,380     23,679  
Interest expense 20,223     19,774     18,742  
Debt extinguishment costs 291          
Other (income) loss, net 112     (2,614 )   838  
Total costs and expenses 140,309     148,484     150,810  
Income (loss) before income taxes (3,014 )   (13,078 )   614  
Provision for income taxes 1,302     943     94  
Net income (loss) $ (4,316 )   $ (14,021 )   $ 520  
           
General partner interest in net income (loss) $ (86 )   $ (279 )   $ 14  
           
Common units interest in net income (loss) $ (4,230 )   $ (13,742 )   $ 506  
           
Weighted average common units outstanding used in income (loss) per common unit (1):          
Basic 65,418     62,400     59,740  
           
Diluted 65,418     62,400     59,740  
           
Income (loss) per common unit (1):          
Basic $ (0.07 )   $ (0.22 )   $ 0.01  
           
Diluted $ (0.07 )   $ (0.22 )   $ 0.01  
           
(1) Basic and diluted income (loss) per common unit is computed using the two-class method. Under the two-class method, basic and diluted income (loss) per common unit is determined by dividing net income (loss) allocated to the common units after deducting the amounts allocated to our general partner (including distributions to our general partner on its incentive distribution rights) and participating securities (unvested phantom units with nonforfeitable tandem distribution equivalent rights to receive cash distributions), by the weighted average number of outstanding common units excluding the weighted average number of outstanding participating securities during the period.


ARCHROCK PARTNERS, L.P.
UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
(In thousands, except per unit amounts, percentages and ratios)
           
           
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
  2017   2016   2016
           
Revenue $ 137,295     $ 135,406     $ 151,424  
           
Gross margin (1) $ 81,018     $ 84,019     $ 93,564  
Gross margin percentage 59 %   62 %   62 %
           
EBITDA, as adjusted (1) $ 61,115     $ 69,004     $ 69,418  
  % of revenue 45 %   51 %   46 %
           
Capital expenditures $ 14,090     $ 11,400     $ 22,542  
Less: Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment (4,187 )   (13,444 )   (149 )
Net capital expenditures $ 9,903     $ (2,044 )   $ 22,393  
           
Cash flows from operating activities

$ 60,715     $ 39,328     $ 66,003  
Distributable cash flow (2) $ 34,432     $ 41,325     $ 43,947  
           
Distributions declared for the period per common unit $ 0.2850     $ 0.2850     $ 0.2850  
Distributions declared to all unitholders for the period $ 19,101     $ 19,107     $ 17,517  
Distributable cash flow coverage (3) 1.80x   2.16x   2.51x
           
  March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
  2017   2016   2016
           
Debt (4) 1,347,357     $ 1,342,724     $ 1,428,710  
Total partners' capital $ 500,429     522,173     507,369  
           
(1) Management believes EBITDA, as adjusted, and gross margin provide useful information to investors because these non-GAAP measures, when viewed with our GAAP results and accompanying reconciliations, provide a more complete understanding of our performance than GAAP results alone. Management uses these non-GAAP measures as supplemental measures to review current period operating performance, comparability measures and performance measures for period-to-period comparisons.
(2) Management uses distributable cash flow, a non-GAAP measure, as a supplemental performance and liquidity measure. Using this metric, management can quickly compute the coverage ratio of estimated cash flows to planned cash distributions.
(3) Defined as distributable cash flow for the period divided by distributions declared to all unitholders for the period.
(4) Carrying values are shown net of unamortized debt discounts and unamortized deferred financing costs.


ARCHROCK PARTNERS, L.P.
UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
(In thousands, except per unit amounts)
           
           
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
  2017   2016   2016
           
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Information:          
           
Net income (loss) $ (4,316 )   $ (14,021 )   $ 520  
Depreciation and amortization 36,885     37,790     39,237  
Long-lived asset impairment 6,210     23,751     6,315  
Restructuring charges     16     4,139  
Selling, general and administrative — affiliates 20,311     18,380     23,679  
Interest expense 20,223     19,774     18,742  
Debt extinguishment costs 291          
Other (income) loss, net 112     (2,614 )   838  
Provision for income taxes 1,302     943     94  
Gross margin (1) 81,018     84,019     93,564  
Expensed acquisition costs (in Other (income) loss, net)     351     172  
Non-cash selling, general and administrative — affiliates 520     400     199  
Less: Selling, general and administrative — affiliates (20,311 )   (18,380 )   (23,679 )
Less: Other income (loss), net (112 )   2,614     (838 )
EBITDA, as adjusted (1) 61,115     69,004     69,418  
Less: Provision for income taxes (1,302 )   (943 )   (94 )
Less: (Gain) loss on sale of property, plant and equipment (in Other (income) loss, net) 148     (2,946 )   53  
Less: Loss on non-cash consideration in March 2016 Acquisition         635  
Less: Cash interest expense (18,254 )   (18,600 )   (18,018 )
Less: Maintenance capital expenditures (7,275 )   (5,190 )   (8,047 )
Distributable cash flow (2) $ 34,432     $ 41,325     $ 43,947  
           
Cash flows from operating activities $ 60,715     $ 39,328     $ 66,003  
Provision for doubtful accounts (278 )   (395 )   (1,025 )
Restructuring charges     16     4,139  
Expensed acquisition costs (in Other (income) loss, net)     351     172  
Deferred income tax provision (1,302 )   (972 )   (96 )
Payments for settlement of interest rate swaps that include financing elements (581 )   (714 )   (812 )
Maintenance capital expenditures (7,275 )   (5,190 )   (8,047 )
Change in assets and liabilities (16,847 )   8,901     (16,387 )
Distributable cash flow (2) $ 34,432     $ 41,325     $ 43,947  
           
Net income (loss) $ (4,316 )   $ (14,021 )   $ 520  
Items:          
Long-lived asset impairment 6,210     23,751     6,315  
Restructuring charges     16     4,139  
Expensed acquisition costs     351     172  
Debt extinguishment costs 291          
Net income, excluding items $ 2,185     $ 10,097     $ 11,146  
           
Diluted income (loss) per common unit $ (0.07 )   $ (0.22 )   $ 0.01  
Adjustment for items per common unit 0.10     0.38     0.17  
Diluted earnings per common unit, excluding items (1) $ 0.03     $ 0.16     $ 0.18  
           
(1) Management believes EBITDA, as adjusted, diluted income per common unit, excluding items, and gross margin provide useful information to investors because these non-GAAP measures, when viewed with our GAAP results and accompanying reconciliations, provide a more complete understanding of our performance than GAAP results alone. Management uses these non-GAAP measures as supplemental measures to review current period operating performance, comparability measures and performance measures for period-to-period comparisons.
(2) Management uses distributable cash flow, a non-GAAP measure, as a supplemental performance and liquidity measure. Using this metric, management can quickly compute the coverage ratio of estimated cash flows to planned cash distributions.


ARCHROCK PARTNERS, L.P.
UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
(In thousands, except percentages)
           
           
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
  2017   2016   2016
           
Total available horsepower (at period end) (1) (2) 3,267     3,290     3,301  
           
Total operating horsepower (at period end) (1) (3) 2,826     2,874     2,891  
           
Average operating horsepower 2,861     2,816     2,961  
           
Horsepower utilization:          
Spot (at period end) 87 %   87 %   88 %
Average 88 %   86 %   89 %
           
Total available horsepower of Archrock, Inc.
and Archrock Partners (at period end) (2)
3,795     3,819     4,044  
           
Total operating horsepower of Archrock, Inc.
and Archrock Partners (at period end) (3)
3,079     3,115     3,325  
           
(1) Includes compressor units leased from Archrock, Inc. with an aggregate horsepower of approximately 4,000, 1,000, and 400 at March 31, 2017, December 31, 2016, and March 31, 2016, respectively. Excludes compressor units leased to Archrock, Inc. with an aggregate horsepower of approximately 6,000, and 100 at December 31, 2016, and March 31, 2016, respectively. No units were leased to Archrock as of March 31, 2017.
(2) Defined as idle and operating horsepower. New units completed by a third party manufacturer that have been delivered to us are included in the fleet.
(3) Defined as horsepower that is operating under contract and horsepower that is idle but under contract and generating revenue such as a standby revenue.


For information, contact:

David Skipper, 281-836-8155

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