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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

(Mark One)

 

 

 

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2017

 

OR

 

 

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the transition period from                    to                   

 

Commission file number: 001-36120

 

ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

 

Delaware

 

80-0162034

(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)

 

(IRS Employer Identification No.)

 

 

 

1615 Wynkoop Street
Denver, Colorado

 

80202

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

(303) 357-7310

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  ☒ Yes  ☐ No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).  ☒ Yes  ☐ No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company.  See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

 

 

Large accelerated filer ☒

 

Accelerated filer ☐

Non-accelerated filer ☐

 

Smaller reporting company ☐

(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

Emerging growth company ☐

 

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act)  ☐ Yes  ☒ No

The registrant had 315,469,893 shares of common stock outstanding as of July 27, 2017.

 

 

 


 

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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS 

    

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PART I—FINANCIAL INFORMATION 

 

4

Item 1. 

    

Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

4

Item 2. 

 

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

35

Item 3. 

 

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

 

59

Item 4. 

 

Controls and Procedures

 

60

PART II—OTHER INFORMATION 

 

62

Item 1. 

 

Legal Proceedings

 

62

Item 1A. 

 

Risk Factors

 

62

Item 2. 

 

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

 

63

Item 5. 

 

Other Information

 

63

Item 6. 

 

Exhibits

 

64

SIGNATURES 

 

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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

The information in this report includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”).  All statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, regarding our strategy, future operations, financial position, estimated revenues and losses, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management are forward-looking statements.  When used, the words “could,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words.  These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions about future events and are based on currently available information as to the outcome and timing of future events.  When considering forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements described under the heading “Item 1A.  Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 (our “2016 Form 10-K”) on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and in “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

 

Forward-looking statements may include statements about our:

 

·

business strategy;

 

·

reserves;

 

·

financial strategy, liquidity, and capital required for our development program;

 

·

natural gas, natural gas liquids (“NGLs”), and oil prices;

 

·

timing and amount of future production of natural gas, NGLs, and oil;

 

·

hedging strategy and results;

 

·

ability to meet our minimum volume commitments and to utilize or monetize our firm transportation commitments;

 

·

future drilling plans;

 

·

competition and government regulations;

 

·

pending legal or environmental matters;

 

·

marketing of natural gas, NGLs, and oil;

 

·

leasehold or business acquisitions;

 

·

costs of developing our properties;

 

·

operations of Antero Midstream, including the operations of its unconsolidated affiliates;

 

·

general economic conditions;

 

·

credit markets;

 

·

uncertainty regarding our future operating results; and

 

·

plans, objectives, expectations, and intentions.

 

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We caution you that these forward-looking statements are subject to all of the risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control, incident to the exploration for and development, production, gathering, processing, transportation, and sale of natural gas, NGLs, and oil. These risks include, but are not limited to, commodity price volatility and low commodity prices, inflation, availability of drilling and production equipment and services, environmental risks, drilling and other operating risks, marketing and transportation risks, regulatory changes, the uncertainty inherent in estimating natural gas, NGLs, and oil reserves and in projecting future rates of production, cash flow and access to capital, the timing of development expenditures, and the other risks described under the heading “Item 1A.  Risk Factors” in our 2016 Form 10-K on file with the SEC and in “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

 

Reserve engineering is a process of estimating underground accumulations of natural gas, NGLs, and oil that cannot be measured in an exact manner. The accuracy of any reserve estimate depends on the quality of available data, the interpretation of such data, and the price and cost assumptions made by reservoir engineers. In addition, the results of drilling, testing, and production activities, or changes in commodity prices, may justify revisions of estimates that were made previously. If significant, such revisions would change the schedule of any further production and development drilling. Accordingly, reserve estimates may differ significantly from the quantities of natural gas, NGLs, and oil that are ultimately recovered.

 

Should one or more of the risks or uncertainties described in this report occur, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results and plans could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements.

 

All forward-looking statements, expressed or implied, included in this report are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. This cautionary statement should also be considered in connection with any subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements that we or persons acting on our behalf may issue.

 

Except as otherwise required by applicable law, we disclaim any duty to update any forward-looking statements, all of which are expressly qualified by the statements in this section, to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

 

 

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PART I—FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2017

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

December 31, 2016

    

June 30, 2017

 

Assets

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

31,610

 

 

40,190

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,195 in 2016 and 2017

 

 

29,682

 

 

16,494

 

Accrued revenue

 

 

261,960

 

 

218,621

 

Derivative instruments

 

 

73,022

 

 

452,005

 

Other current assets

 

 

6,313

 

 

8,573

 

Total current assets

 

 

402,587

 

 

735,883

 

Property and equipment:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural gas properties, at cost (successful efforts method):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unproved properties

 

 

2,331,173

 

 

2,309,839

 

Proved properties

 

 

9,549,671

 

 

10,493,932

 

Water handling and treatment systems

 

 

744,682

 

 

840,183

 

Gathering systems and facilities

 

 

1,723,768

 

 

1,884,712

 

Other property and equipment

 

 

41,231

 

 

48,537

 

 

 

 

14,390,525

 

 

15,577,203

 

Less accumulated depletion, depreciation, and amortization

 

 

(2,363,778)

 

 

(2,767,358)

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

12,026,747

 

 

12,809,845

 

Derivative instruments

 

 

1,731,063

 

 

1,600,165

 

Investments in unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

68,299

 

 

259,697

 

Other assets

 

 

26,854

 

 

36,631

 

Total assets

 

$

14,255,550

 

 

15,442,221

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Equity

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

38,627

 

 

51,567

 

Accrued liabilities

 

 

393,803

 

 

418,352

 

Revenue distributions payable

 

 

163,989

 

 

203,151

 

Derivative instruments

 

 

203,635

 

 

3,279

 

Other current liabilities

 

 

17,334

 

 

16,711

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

817,388

 

 

693,060

 

Long-term liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt

 

 

4,703,973

 

 

5,291,973

 

Deferred income tax liability

 

 

950,217

 

 

1,100,382

 

Derivative instruments

 

 

234

 

 

172

 

Other liabilities

 

 

55,160

 

 

53,772

 

Total liabilities

 

 

6,526,972

 

 

7,139,359

 

Commitments and contingencies (notes 10 and 13)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; authorized - 50,000 shares; none issued

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value; authorized - 1,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 314,877 shares and 315,448 shares, respectively

 

 

3,149

 

 

3,154

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

5,299,481

 

 

6,435,047

 

Accumulated earnings

 

 

959,995

 

 

1,223,259

 

Total stockholders' equity

 

 

6,262,625

 

 

7,661,460

 

Noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiary

 

 

1,465,953

 

 

641,402

 

Total equity

 

 

7,728,578

 

 

8,302,862

 

Total liabilities and equity

 

$

14,255,550

 

 

15,442,221

 

 

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

 

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ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

Three Months Ended June 30, 2016 and 2017

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

 

    

2016

    

2017

 

Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural gas sales

 

$

229,787

 

 

454,257

 

Natural gas liquids sales

 

 

94,713

 

 

170,819

 

Oil sales

 

 

16,740

 

 

26,512

 

Gathering, compression, water handling and treatment

 

 

3,294

 

 

3,192

 

Marketing

 

 

90,902

 

 

49,968

 

Commodity derivative fair value gains (losses)

 

 

(684,634)

 

 

85,641

 

Total revenue

 

 

(249,198)

 

 

790,389

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lease operating

 

 

12,043

 

 

16,992

 

Gathering, compression, processing, and transportation

 

 

206,060

 

 

266,747

 

Production and ad valorem taxes

 

 

17,458

 

 

22,553

 

Marketing

 

 

125,977

 

 

77,421

 

Exploration

 

 

1,109

 

 

1,804

 

Impairment of unproved properties

 

 

19,944

 

 

15,199

 

Depletion, depreciation, and amortization

 

 

197,362

 

 

201,182

 

Accretion of asset retirement obligations

 

 

620

 

 

649

 

General and administrative (including equity-based compensation expense of $25,816 and $26,975 in 2016 and 2017, respectively)

 

 

60,102

 

 

64,099

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

640,675

 

 

666,646

 

Operating income (loss)

 

 

(889,873)

 

 

123,743

 

Other income (expenses):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

484

 

 

3,623

 

Interest

 

 

(62,595)

 

 

(68,582)

 

Total other expenses

 

 

(62,111)

 

 

(64,959)

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

 

(951,984)

 

 

58,784

 

Provision for income tax (expense) benefit

 

 

376,494

 

 

(18,819)

 

Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) including noncontrolling interests

 

 

(575,490)

 

 

39,965

 

Net income and comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

 

20,754

 

 

45,097

 

Net loss and comprehensive loss attributable to Antero Resources Corporation

 

$

(596,244)

 

 

(5,132)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss per common share—basic

 

$

(2.12)

 

 

(0.02)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss per common share—assuming dilution

 

$

(2.12)

 

 

(0.02)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

281,786

 

 

315,401

 

Diluted

 

 

281,786

 

 

315,401

 

 

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

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ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)

Six Months Ended June 30, 2016 and 2017

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

    

2016

    

2017

 

Revenue and other:

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Natural gas sales

 

 

484,563

 

 

920,921

 

Natural gas liquids sales

 

 

167,778

 

 

365,471

 

Oil sales

 

 

26,919

 

 

53,472

 

Gathering, compression, water handling and treatment

 

 

7,138

 

 

5,796

 

Marketing

 

 

190,118

 

 

115,892

 

Commodity derivative fair value gains (losses)

 

 

(404,710)

 

 

524,416

 

Total revenue and other

 

 

471,806

 

 

1,985,968

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lease operating

 

 

23,336

 

 

32,543

 

Gathering, compression, processing, and transportation

 

 

414,798

 

 

533,576

 

Production and ad valorem taxes

 

 

36,742

 

 

47,346

 

Marketing

 

 

263,910

 

 

167,414

 

Exploration

 

 

2,123

 

 

3,911

 

Impairment of unproved properties

 

 

35,470

 

 

42,098

 

Depletion, depreciation, and amortization

 

 

388,944

 

 

403,911

 

Accretion of asset retirement obligations

 

 

1,218

 

 

1,286

 

General and administrative (including equity-based compensation expense of $49,286 and $52,478 in 2016 and 2017, respectively)

 

 

116,389

 

 

128,797

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

1,282,930

 

 

1,360,882

 

Operating income (loss)

 

 

(811,124)

 

 

625,086

 

Other income (expenses):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

484

 

 

5,854

 

Interest

 

 

(125,879)

 

 

(135,252)

 

Total other expenses

 

 

(125,395)

 

 

(129,398)

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

 

(936,519)

 

 

495,688

 

Provision for income tax (expense) benefit

 

 

371,679

 

 

(150,165)

 

Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) including noncontrolling interests

 

 

(564,840)

 

 

345,523

 

Net income and comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

 

36,459

 

 

82,259

 

Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Antero Resources Corporation

 

 

(601,299)

 

 

263,264

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) per common share—basic

 

$

(2.15)

 

 

0.84

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) per common share—assuming dilution

 

$

(2.15)

 

 

0.83

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

279,418

 

 

315,179

 

Diluted

 

 

279,418

 

 

315,927

 

 

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Equity

Six Months Ended June 30, 2017

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Additional paid-

 

Accumulated

 

Noncontrolling

 

Total

 

 

    

Shares

    

Amount

    

in capital

    

earnings

    

interests

    

equity

 

Balances, December 31, 2016

 

 

314,877

 

$

3,149

 

 

5,299,481

 

 

959,995

 

 

1,465,953

 

 

7,728,578

 

Issuance of common stock upon vesting of equity-based compensation awards, net of shares withheld for income taxes

 

 

571

 

 

 5

 

 

(7,506)

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

(7,501)

 

Issuance of common units by Antero Midstream Partners LP, net of underwriter discounts and offering costs

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

246,585

 

 

246,585

 

Issuance of common units in Antero Midstream Partners LP upon vesting of equity-based compensation awards, net of units withheld for income taxes

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

(1,559)

 

 

 —

 

 

627

 

 

(932)

 

Equity-based compensation

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

47,897

 

 

 —

 

 

4,581

 

 

52,478

 

Net income and comprehensive income

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

263,264

 

 

82,259

 

 

345,523

 

Effects of changes in ownership interests in consolidated subsidiaries

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

1,096,734

 

 

 —

 

 

(1,096,734)

 

 

 —

 

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

(61,869)

 

 

(61,869)

 

Balances, June 30, 2017

 

 

315,448

 

$

3,154

 

 

6,435,047

 

 

1,223,259

 

 

641,402

 

 

8,302,862

 

 

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

 

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ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Six Months Ended June 30, 2016 and 2017

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

    

2016

    

2017

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Net income (loss) including noncontrolling interests

 

$

(564,840)

 

 

345,523

 

Adjustment to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and accretion

 

 

390,162

 

 

405,197

 

Impairment of unproved properties

 

 

35,470

 

 

42,098

 

Derivative fair value (gains) losses

 

 

404,710

 

 

(524,416)

 

Gains on settled derivatives

 

 

616,848

 

 

75,913

 

Deferred income tax expense (benefit)

 

 

(371,679)

 

 

150,165

 

Equity-based compensation expense

 

 

49,286

 

 

52,478

 

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

(484)

 

 

(5,854)

 

Distributions of earnings from unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

 —

 

 

5,820

 

Other

 

 

621

 

 

472

 

Changes in current assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

7,798

 

 

13,188

 

Accrued revenue

 

 

(5,237)

 

 

43,339

 

Other current assets

 

 

1,559

 

 

(2,385)

 

Accounts payable

 

 

13,223

 

 

2,072

 

Accrued liabilities

 

 

(3,362)

 

 

4,204

 

Revenue distributions payable

 

 

5,105

 

 

39,162

 

Other current liabilities

 

 

(474)

 

 

610

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

 

578,706

 

 

647,586

 

Cash flows used in investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additions to proved properties

 

 

 —

 

 

(179,318)

 

Additions to unproved properties

 

 

(58,195)

 

 

(129,876)

 

Drilling and completion costs

 

 

(709,974)

 

 

(629,308)

 

Additions to water handling and treatment systems

 

 

(78,625)

 

 

(95,451)

 

Additions to gathering systems and facilities

 

 

(97,300)

 

 

(155,365)

 

Additions to other property and equipment

 

 

(1,296)

 

 

(6,564)

 

Investments in unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

(45,044)

 

 

(191,364)

 

Change in other assets

 

 

(47,925)

 

 

(12,452)

 

Other

 

 

 —

 

 

2,156

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(1,038,359)

 

 

(1,397,542)

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock

 

 

752,599

 

 

 —

 

Issuance of common units by Antero Midstream Partners LP

 

 

 —

 

 

246,585

 

Proceeds from sale of common units of Antero Midstream Partners LP held by Antero Resources Corporation

 

 

178,000

 

 

 —

 

Borrowings (repayments) on bank credit facilities, net

 

 

(427,000)

 

 

585,000

 

Payments of deferred financing costs

 

 

(96)

 

 

 —

 

Distributions to noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiary

 

 

(31,681)

 

 

(61,869)

 

Employee tax withholding for settlement of equity compensation awards

 

 

(4,819)

 

 

(8,433)

 

Other

 

 

(2,572)

 

 

(2,747)

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

 

464,431

 

 

758,536

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

4,778

 

 

8,580

 

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

 

 

23,473

 

 

31,610

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

 

$

28,251

 

 

40,190

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash paid during the period for interest

 

$

121,128

 

 

125,284

 

Supplemental disclosure of noncash investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and accrued liabilities for additions to property and equipment

 

$

(155,671)

 

 

31,182

 

 

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

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(1)Organization

 

Antero Resources Corporation (individually referred to as “Antero” or the “Parent”) and its consolidated subsidiaries (collectively referred to as the “Company”) are engaged in the exploration, development, and acquisition of natural gas, NGLs, and oil properties in the Appalachian Basin in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  The Company targets large, repeatable resource plays where horizontal drilling and advanced fracture stimulation technologies provide the means to economically develop and produce natural gas, NGLs, and oil from unconventional formations.  Through its consolidated subsidiary, Antero Midstream Partners LP, a publicly-traded limited partnership (“Antero Midstream” or the “Partnership”), the Company has water handling and treatment operations and midstream operations in the Appalachian Basin.  The Company’s corporate headquarters are located in Denver, Colorado.

 

(2)Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

(a)Basis of Presentation

 

These condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the SEC applicable to interim financial information and should be read in the context of the December 31, 2016 consolidated financial statements and notes thereto for a more complete understanding of the Company’s operations, financial position, and accounting policies.  The December 31, 2016 consolidated financial statements have been filed with the SEC in the Company’s 2016 Form 10-K.

 

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of the Company have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”) for interim financial information, and, accordingly, do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete consolidated financial statements.  In the opinion of management, the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements include all adjustments (consisting of normal and recurring accruals) considered necessary to present fairly the Company’s financial position as of December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2017, the results of its operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 and 2017, and its cash flows for the six months ended June 30, 2016 and 2017.  The Company has no items of other comprehensive income or loss; therefore, its net income or loss is identical to its comprehensive income or loss.  Operating results for the period ended June 30, 2017 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the full year because of the impact of fluctuations in prices received for natural gas, NGLs, and oil, natural production declines, the uncertainty of exploration and development drilling results, fluctuations in the fair value of derivative instruments, and other factors.  The Company’s statement of cash flows for the six months ended June 30, 2016 includes reclassifications within current liabilities that were made to conform to the six months ended June 30, 2017 presentation.

 

The Company’s exploration and production activities are accounted for under the successful efforts method.

 

As of the date these financial statements were filed with the SEC, the Company completed its evaluation of potential subsequent events for disclosure and no items requiring disclosure were identified.

 

(b)Principles of Consolidation

 

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Antero, its wholly-owned subsidiaries, any entities in which the Company owns a controlling interest, and variable interest entities (“VIEs”) for which the Company is the primary beneficiary. 

 

We have determined that Antero Midstream is a VIE for which Antero is the primary beneficiary.  Therefore, Antero Midstream’s accounts are included in the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements.  Antero is the primary beneficiary of Antero Midstream based on its power to direct the activities that most significantly impact Antero Midstream’s economic performance, and its obligation to absorb losses or right to receive benefits of Antero Midstream that could be significant to the Partnership. 

 

Antero Midstream was formed to own, operate, and develop midstream energy assets to service Antero’s production under long-term service contracts.  Antero owned 58.4% of the outstanding limited partner interests in Antero Midstream at June 30, 2017.  Antero Midstream GP LP (“AMGP”) indirectly controls the general partnership interest in Antero Midstream as well as Antero IDR Holdings LLC (“IDR LLC”), which owns the incentive distribution rights in Antero Midstream.  AMGP has not provided, and is not expected to provide, financial support to Antero Midstream.  Antero’s officers and management group also act as management of Antero Midstream and AMGP.

 

Antero and Antero Midstream have contracts with 20-year initial terms and automatic renewal provisions, whereby Antero has dedicated the rights for gathering and compression, and water delivery and handling, services to Antero Midstream on a fixed-fee

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basis.  Such dedications cover a substantial portion of Antero’s 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 to present, in advance, its drilling and completion plans in order for Antero Midstream to develop gathering and compression, water delivery and handling, and gas processing assets to service Antero’s operations.  Consequently, the drilling and completion capital investment decisions made by Antero control the development and operation of all of Antero Midstream’s assets.  Because of these contractual obligations and the capital requirements related to these obligations, Antero Midstream has and, for the foreseeable future, will devote substantially all of its resources to servicing Antero’s operations.  Additionally, revenues from Antero provide substantially all of Antero Midstream’s financial support and, therefore, its ability to finance its operations.  As a result of the long-term contractual commitment to support Antero’s substantial growth plans, Antero Midstream will be practically and physically constrained from providing any substantive amount of services to third-parties.  Therefore, Antero controls the activities that most significantly impact Antero Midstream’s economic performance.  Antero does not control AMGP and does not have any investment in AMGP.

 

All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements.  Noncontrolling interest in the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements represents the interests in Antero Midstream which are owned by the public and the holder of Antero Midstream’s incentive distribution rights.  Noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiaries is included as a component of equity in the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheets.

 

Investments in entities for which the Company exercises significant influence, but not control, are accounted for under the equity method.  Such investments are included in Investments in unconsolidated affiliates on the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheets.  Income from equity method investees is included in Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates on the Company’s condensed consolidated statements of operations and cash flows.

 

(c)Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires that management formulate estimates and assumptions which affect revenues, expenses, assets, and liabilities, and the disclosure of contingent 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.

 

The Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements are based on a number of significant estimates including estimates of natural gas, NGLs, and oil reserve quantities, which are the basis for the calculation of depletion and impairment of oil and gas properties.  Reserve estimates, by their nature, are inherently imprecise.  Other items in the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements which involve the use of significant estimates include derivative assets and liabilities, accrued revenue, deferred income taxes, equity-based compensation, asset retirement obligations, depreciation, amortization, and commitments and contingencies.

 

(d)Risks and Uncertainties

 

Historically, the markets for natural gas, NGLs, and oil have experienced significant price fluctuations.  Price fluctuations can result from variations in weather, levels of production, availability of transportation capacity to other regions of the country, and various other factors.  Increases or decreases in the prices the Company receives for its production could have a significant impact on the Company’s future results of operations and reserve quantities.

 

(e)Derivative Financial Instruments

 

In order to manage its exposure to natural gas, NGLs, and oil price volatility, the Company enters into derivative transactions from time to time, which may include commodity swap agreements, basis swap agreements, collar agreements, and other similar agreements related to the price risk associated with the Company’s production.  To the extent legal right of offset exists with a counterparty, the Company reports derivative assets and liabilities on a net basis.  The Company has exposure to credit risk to the extent that the counterparty is unable to satisfy its settlement obligations.  The Company actively monitors the creditworthiness of counterparties and assesses the impact, if any, on its derivative position.

 

The Company records derivative instruments on the condensed consolidated balance sheets as either assets or liabilities measured at fair value and records changes in the fair value of derivatives in current earnings as they occur.  Changes in the fair value of commodity derivatives, including gains or losses on settled derivatives, are classified as revenues on the Company’s condensed consolidated statements of operations.  The Company’s derivatives have not been designated as hedges for accounting purposes.

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(f)Industry Segments and Geographic Information

 

Management has evaluated how the Company is organized and managed and has identified the following segments: (1) the exploration, development, and production of natural gas, NGLs, and oil; (2) gathering and processing; (3) water handling and treatment; and (4) marketing of excess firm transportation capacity.

 

All of the Company’s assets are located in the United States and substantially all of its production revenues are attributable to customers located in the United States.

 

(g)Earnings (Loss) per Common Share

 

Earnings (loss) per common share—basic for each period is computed by dividing net income (loss) attributable to Antero by the basic weighted average number of shares outstanding during the period.  Earnings (loss) per common share—assuming dilution for each period is computed after giving consideration to the potential dilution from outstanding equity awards, calculated using the treasury stock method.  The Company includes performance share unit awards in the calculation of diluted weighted average shares outstanding based on the number of common shares that would be issuable if the end of the period was also the end of the performance period required for the vesting of such awards.  During periods in which the Company incurs a net loss, diluted weighted average shares outstanding are equal to basic weighted average shares outstanding because the effect of all equity awards is antidilutive.  The following is a reconciliation of the Company’s basic weighted average shares outstanding to diluted weighted average shares outstanding during the periods presented (in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

 

2016

 

2017

 

2016

 

2017

 

Basic weighted average number of shares outstanding

 

281,786

 

315,401

 

279,418

 

315,179

 

Add: Dilutive effect of non-vested restricted stock units

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

710

 

Add: Dilutive effect of outstanding stock options

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

Add: Dilutive effect of performance stock units

 

 —

 

 —

 

 —

 

38

 

Diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding

 

281,786

 

315,401

 

279,418

 

315,927

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of outstanding equity awards excluded from calculation of diluted earnings per common share(1):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-vested restricted stock and restricted stock units

 

6,982

 

5,105

 

6,862

 

1,596

 

Outstanding stock options

 

706

 

679

 

713

 

681

 

Performance stock units

 

724

 

1,213

 

471

 

896

 


(1)   The potential dilutive effects of these awards were excluded from the computation of earnings (loss) per common share—assuming dilution because the inclusion of these awards would have been anti-dilutive.  When the Company incurs a net loss, all outstanding equity awards are excluded from the calculation of diluted loss per common share because the inclusion of such awards would be anti-dilutive.

 

(h)Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

The Company considers all liquid investments purchased with an initial maturity of three months or less to be cash equivalents.  The carrying value of cash and cash equivalents approximates fair value due to the short term nature of these instruments.  From time to time, the Company may be in the position of a “book overdraft” in which outstanding checks exceed cash and cash equivalents.  The Company classifies book overdrafts within accounts payable within its condensed consolidated balance sheets, and classifies the change in accounts payable associated with book overdrafts as an operating activity within its condensed consolidated statements of cash flows.

 

(i)Income Taxes

 

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2016, the Company’s overall effective tax rate was different than the statutory rate of 35% primarily due to the effects of noncontrolling interest income and state tax rates.

 

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For the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, the Company’s overall effective tax rate was different than the statutory rate of 35% primarily due to the effects of noncontrolling interest income, state tax rates, and permanent differences on vested equity compensation awards.

 

(3)Antero Midstream Partners LP

 

In 2014, the Company formed Antero Midstream to own, operate, and develop midstream energy assets that service Antero’s production.  Antero Midstream’s assets consist of gathering systems and facilities, and water handling and treatment facilities, through which it provides services to Antero under long-term, fixed-fee contracts.  AMGP indirectly owns the general partnership interest in Antero Midstream as well as IDR LLC, which owns the incentive distribution rights in Antero Midstream.  Antero Midstream is an unrestricted subsidiary as defined by Antero’s senior secured revolving bank credit facility (the “Credit Facility”).  As an unrestricted subsidiary, Antero Midstream and its subsidiaries are not guarantors of Antero’s obligations, and Antero is not a guarantor of Antero Midstream’s obligations (see Note 12).

 

In connection with Antero’s contribution of its water handling and treatment assets to Antero Midstream in September 2015, Antero Midstream agreed to pay Antero (a) $125 million in cash if Antero Midstream delivers 176,295,000 barrels or more of fresh water during the period between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2019 and (b) an additional $125 million in cash if Antero Midstream delivers 219,200,000 barrels or more of fresh water during the period between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2020.

 

The Partnership has an Equity Distribution Agreement (the “Distribution Agreement”) pursuant to which the Partnership may sell, from time to time through brokers acting as its sales agents, common units representing limited partner interests having an aggregate offering price of up to $250 million.  Sales of the common units are made by means of ordinary brokers’ transactions on the New York Stock Exchange, at market prices, in block transactions, or as otherwise agreed to between Antero Midstream and the sales agents.  Proceeds are used for general partnership purposes, which may include repayment of indebtedness and funding working capital or capital expenditures.  The Partnership is under no obligation to offer and sell common units under the Distribution Agreement.

 

During the six months ended June 30, 2017, the Partnership issued and sold 700,031 common units under the Distribution Agreement, resulting in net proceeds of $23.1 million after deducting commissions and other offering costs.  As of June 30, 2017, Antero Midstream had the capacity to issue additional common units under the Distribution Agreement up to an aggregate sales price of $159.9 million.

 

On May 26, 2016, Antero Midstream purchased a 15% equity interest in a regional gathering pipeline.  This investment is accounted for under the equity method, and had a balance of $67.6 million at June 30, 2017.  Antero Midstream’s equity share of the pipeline’s earnings was $5.1 million during the six months ended June 30, 2017.

 

On February 6, 2017, Antero Midstream formed a joint venture (the “Joint Venture”) to develop processing assets in Appalachia with MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (“MarkWest”), a wholly owned subsidiary of MPLX, L.P.  Antero Midstream and MarkWest each own a 50% 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 recently commissioned MarkWest fractionator in Ohio.  The Joint Venture is accounted for under the equity method, and had a balance of $192.1 million at June 30, 2017.  Antero Midstream’s equity share of the Joint Venture’s earnings was $0.8 million during the six months ended June 30, 2017.

 

In conjunction with the formation of the Joint Venture, on February 10, 2017 Antero Midstream issued 6,900,000 common units, including common units issued pursuant to the underwriters’ option to purchase additional common units, generating net proceeds of approximately $223 million.  Antero Midstream used the net proceeds to fund the initial contribution to the Joint Venture, repay outstanding borrowings under its credit facility, and for general partnership purposes.

 

Antero owned approximately 60.9% and 58.4% of the limited partner interests of Antero Midstream at December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2017, respectively.

 

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(4)Accrued Liabilities

 

Accrued liabilities as of December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2017 consisted of the following items (in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

December 31, 2016

    

June 30, 2017

 

Capital expenditures

 

$

159,811

 

 

173,981

 

Gathering, compression, processing, and transportation expenses

 

 

75,223

 

 

83,474

 

Marketing expenses

 

 

52,822

 

 

30,123

 

Interest expense

 

 

35,533

 

 

45,628

 

Other

 

 

70,414

 

 

85,146

 

 

 

$

393,803

 

 

418,352

 

 

 

(5)Long-Term Debt

 

Long-term debt was as follows at December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2017 (in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

December 31, 2016

    

June 30, 2017

 

Antero:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bank credit facility(a)

 

$

440,000

 

 

930,000

 

5.375% senior notes due 2021(b)

 

 

1,000,000

 

 

1,000,000

 

5.125% senior notes due 2022(c)

 

 

1,100,000

 

 

1,100,000

 

5.625% senior notes due 2023(d)

 

 

750,000

 

 

750,000

 

5.00% senior notes due 2025(e)

 

 

600,000

 

 

600,000

 

Net unamortized premium

 

 

1,749

 

 

1,655

 

Net unamortized debt issuance costs

 

 

(37,690)

 

 

(35,131)

 

Antero Midstream:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bank credit facility(g)

 

 

210,000

 

 

305,000

 

5.375% senior notes due 2024(h)

 

 

650,000

 

 

650,000

 

Net unamortized debt issuance costs

 

 

(10,086)

 

 

(9,551)

 

 

 

$

4,703,973

 

 

5,291,973

 


Antero Resources Corporation

 

(a)Senior Secured Revolving Credit Facility

 

Antero’s Credit Facility is with a consortium of bank lenders.  Borrowings under the Credit Facility are subject to borrowing base limitations based on the collateral value of Antero’s assets and are subject to regular semiannual redeterminations.  At June 30, 2017, the borrowing base was $4.75 billion and lender commitments were $4.0 billion.  The next redetermination of the borrowing base is scheduled to occur in October 2017.  The maturity date of the Credit Facility is May 5, 2019.

 

The Credit Facility is ratably secured by mortgages on substantially all of Antero’s properties and guarantees from Antero’s restricted subsidiaries, as applicable.  The Credit Facility contains certain covenants, including restrictions on indebtedness and dividends, and requirements with respect to working capital and interest coverage ratios.  Interest is payable at a variable rate based on LIBOR or the prime rate,  determined by Antero’s election at the time of borrowing.  Antero was in compliance with all of the financial covenants under the Credit Facility as of December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

 

As of June 30, 2017, Antero had a total outstanding balance under the Credit Facility of $930 million, with a weighted average interest rate of 2.99%, and outstanding letters of credit of $706 million.  As of December 31, 2016, Antero had an outstanding balance under the Credit Facility of $440 million, with a weighted average interest rate of 2.44%, and outstanding letters of credit of $710 million.  Commitment fees on the unused portion of the Credit Facility are due quarterly at rates ranging from 0.375% to 0.50% of the unused portion based on utilization.

 

(b)5.375% Senior Notes Due 2021

 

On November 5, 2013, Antero issued $1 billion of 5.375% senior notes due November 21, 2021 (the “2021 notes”) at par.  The 2021 notes are unsecured and effectively subordinated to the Credit Facility to the extent of the value of the collateral securing the

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Credit Facility.  The 2021 notes rank pari passu to Antero’s other outstanding senior notes.  The 2021 notes are guaranteed on a full and unconditional and joint and several senior unsecured basis by Antero’s wholly-owned subsidiaries and certain of its future restricted subsidiaries.  Interest on the 2021 notes is payable on May 1 and November 1 of each year.  Antero may redeem all or part of the 2021 notes at any time at redemption prices ranging from 104.031% currently to 100.00% on or after November 1, 2019.  If Antero undergoes a change of control, the holders of the 2021 notes will have the right to require Antero to repurchase all or a portion of the notes at a price equal to 101% of the principal amount of the 2021 notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest.

 

(c)5.125% Senior Notes Due 2022

 

On May 6, 2014, Antero issued $600 million of 5.125% senior notes due December 1, 2022 (the “2022 notes”) at par.  On September 18, 2014, Antero issued an additional $500 million of the 2022 notes at 100.5% of par.  The 2022 notes are unsecured and effectively subordinated to the Credit Facility to the extent of the value of the collateral securing the Credit Facility.  The 2022 notes rank pari passu to Antero’s other outstanding senior notes.  The 2022 notes are guaranteed on a full and unconditional and joint and several senior unsecured basis by Antero’s wholly-owned subsidiaries and certain of its future restricted subsidiaries.  Interest on the 2022 notes is payable on June 1 and December 1 of each year.  Antero may redeem all or part of the 2022 notes at any time at redemption prices ranging from 103.844% currently to 100.00% on or after June 1, 2020.  If Antero undergoes a change of control, the holders of the 2022 notes will have the right to require Antero to repurchase all or a portion of the notes at a price equal to 101% of the principal amount of the 2022 notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest.

 

(d)5.625% Senior Notes Due 2023

 

On March 17, 2015, Antero issued $750 million of 5.625% senior notes due June 1, 2023 (the “2023 notes”) at par.  The 2023 notes are unsecured and effectively subordinated to the Credit Facility to the extent of the value of the collateral securing the Credit Facility.  The 2023 notes rank pari passu to Antero’s other outstanding senior notes.  The 2023 notes are guaranteed on a full and unconditional and joint and several senior unsecured basis by Antero’s wholly-owned subsidiaries and certain of its future restricted subsidiaries.  Interest on the 2023 notes is payable on June 1 and December 1 of each year.  Antero may redeem all or part of the 2023 notes at any time on or after June 1, 2018 at redemption prices ranging from 104.219% on or after June 1, 2018 to 100.00% on or after June 1, 2021.  In addition, on or before June 1, 2018, Antero may redeem up to 35% of the aggregate principal amount of the 2023 notes with the net cash proceeds of certain equity offerings, if certain conditions are met, at a redemption price of 105.625% of the principal amount of the 2023 notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest.  At any time prior to June 1, 2018, Antero may also redeem the 2023 notes, in whole or in part, at a price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the 2023 notes plus a “make-whole” premium and accrued and unpaid interest.  If Antero undergoes a change of control, the holders of the 2023 notes will have the right to require Antero to repurchase all or a portion of the notes at a price equal to 101% of the principal amount of the 2023 notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest.

 

(e) 5.00% Senior Notes Due 2025

 

On December 21, 2016, Antero issued $600 million of 5.00% senior notes due March 1, 2025 (the “2025 notes”) at par.  The 2025 notes are unsecured and effectively subordinated to the Credit Facility to the extent of the value of the collateral securing the Credit Facility.  The 2025 notes rank pari passu to Antero’s other outstanding senior notes.  The 2025 notes are guaranteed on a full and unconditional and joint and several senior unsecured basis by Antero’s wholly-owned subsidiaries and certain of its future restricted subsidiaries.  Interest on the 2025 notes is payable on March 1 and September 1 of each year.  Antero may redeem all or part of the 2025 notes at any time on or after March 1, 2020 at redemption prices ranging from 103.750% on or after March 1, 2020 to 100.00% on or after March 1, 2023.  In addition, on or before March 1, 2020, Antero may redeem up to 35% of the aggregate principal amount of the 2025 notes with the net cash proceeds of certain equity offerings, if certain conditions are met, at a redemption price of 105.00% of the principal amount of the 2025 notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest.  At any time prior to March 1, 2020, Antero may also redeem the 2025 notes, in whole or in part, at a price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the 2025 notes plus a “make-whole” premium and accrued and unpaid interest.  If Antero undergoes a change of control, the holders of the 2025 notes will have the right to require Antero to repurchase all or a portion of the notes at a price equal to 101% of the principal amount of the 2025 notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest.

 

(f)Treasury Management Facility

 

Antero has a stand-alone revolving note with a lender under the Credit Facility which provides for up to $25 million of cash management obligations in order to facilitate Antero’s daily treasury management.  Borrowings under the revolving note are secured by the collateral for the Credit Facility.  Borrowings under the revolving note bear interest at the lender’s prime rate plus 1.0%.  The note matures on May 1, 2018.  At December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2017, there were no outstanding borrowings under this note.

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Antero Midstream Partners LP

 

(g)Senior Secured Revolving Credit Facility – Antero Midstream

 

Antero Midstream has a secured revolving credit facility (the “Midstream Facility”) with a syndicate of bank lenders.  At June 30, 2017, lender commitments were $1.5 billion.  The maturity date of the Midstream Facility is November 10, 2019.

The Midstream Facility is ratably secured by mortgages on substantially all of the properties of Antero Midstream and guarantees from its restricted subsidiaries, as applicable.  The Midstream Facility contains certain covenants, including restrictions on indebtedness and certain distributions to owners, and requirements with respect to leverage and interest coverage ratios.  Interest is payable at a variable rate based on LIBOR or the prime rate, determined by election at the time of borrowing.  Antero Midstream was in compliance with all of the financial covenants under the Midstream Facility as of December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

As of June 30, 2017, Antero Midstream had an outstanding balance under the Midstream Facility of $305 million with a weighted average interest rate of 2.62%.  As of December 31, 2016, Antero Midstream had a total outstanding balance under the Midstream Facility of $210 million with a weighted average interest rate of 2.23%.  Commitment fees on the unused portion of the Midstream Facility are due quarterly at rates ranging from 0.25% to 0.375% of the unused portion based on utilization.

(h)5.375% Senior Notes Due 2024 – Antero Midstream

 

On September 13, 2016, Antero Midstream and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Antero Midstream Finance Corporation (“Midstream Finance Corp.”) as co-issuers, issued $650 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.375% senior notes due September 15, 2024 (the “2024 Midstream notes”) at par.  The 2024 Midstream notes are unsecured and effectively subordinated to the Midstream Facility to the extent of the value of the collateral securing the Midstream Facility.  The 2024 Midstream notes are guaranteed on a full and unconditional and joint and several senior unsecured basis by Antero Midstream’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, excluding Midstream Finance Corp., and certain of Antero Midstream’s future restricted subsidiaries.  Interest on the 2024 Midstream notes is payable on March 15 and September 15 of each year.  Antero Midstream may redeem all or part of the 2024 Midstream notes at any time on or after September 15, 2019 at redemption prices ranging from 104.031% on or after September 15, 2019 to 100.00% on or after September 15, 2022.  In addition, prior to September 15, 2019, Antero Midstream may redeem up to 35% of the aggregate principal amount of the 2024 Midstream notes with an amount of cash not greater than the net cash proceeds of certain equity offerings, if certain conditions are met, at a redemption price of 105.375% of the principal amount of the 2024 Midstream notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest.  At any time prior to September 15, 2019, Antero Midstream may also redeem the 2024 Midstream notes, in whole or in part, at a price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the 2024 Midstream notes plus a “make-whole” premium and accrued and unpaid interest.  If Antero Midstream undergoes a change of control, the holders of the 2024 Midstream notes will have the right to require Antero Midstream to repurchase all or a portion of the notes at a price equal to 101% of the principal amount of the 2024 Midstream notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest.

 

(6)Asset Retirement Obligations

 

The following is a reconciliation of the Company’s asset retirement obligations for the six months ended June 30, 2017 (in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

Asset retirement obligations—December 31, 2016

 

$

32,736

 

Obligations incurred for wells drilled and producing properties acquired

 

 

2,824

 

Accretion expense

 

 

1,286

 

Asset retirement obligations—June 30, 2017

 

$

36,846

 

 

Asset retirement obligations are included in Other liabilities on the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheets.

 

(7)Equity-Based Compensation

 

Antero is authorized to grant up to 16,906,500 shares of common stock to employees and directors of the Company under the Antero Resources Corporation Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “Plan”).  The Plan allows equity-based compensation awards to be granted in a variety of forms, including stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock awards, restricted stock unit awards, dividend equivalent awards, and other types of awards.  The terms and conditions of the awards granted are established by the

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Compensation Committee of Antero’s Board of Directors.  A total of 7,645,937 shares were available for future grant under the Plan as of June 30, 2017.

 

Antero Midstream is authorized to grant up to 10,000,000 common units representing limited partner interests in Antero Midstream under the Antero Midstream Partners LP Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “Midstream Plan”) to non-employee directors of AMP GP and certain officers, employees, and consultants of Antero Midstream and its affiliates (which include Antero).  A total of 7,667,042 common units were available for future grant under the Midstream Plan as of June 30, 2017.

 

The Company’s equity-based compensation expense, by type of award, was as follows for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 and 2017 (in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

  

2016

  

2017

  

2016

  

2017

 

Restricted stock unit awards

 

$

18,146

 

 

18,681

 

 

35,613

 

 

36,906

 

Stock options

 

 

641

 

 

616

 

 

1,301

 

 

1,236

 

Performance share unit awards

 

 

2,466

 

 

2,748

 

 

3,349

 

 

4,883

 

Antero Midstream phantom unit awards

 

 

4,013

 

 

4,443

 

 

8,001

 

 

8,486

 

Equity awards issued to directors

 

 

550

 

 

487

 

 

1,022

 

 

967

 

Total expense

 

$

25,816

 

 

26,975

 

 

49,286

 

 

52,478

 

 

Restricted Stock Unit Awards

 

Restricted stock unit awards vest subject to the satisfaction of service requirements.  Expense related to each restricted stock unit award is recognized on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period of the entire award.  Forfeitures are accounted for as they occur by reversing the expense previously recognized for awards that were forfeited during the period.  The grant date fair values of these awards are determined based on the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the date of the grant.

A summary of restricted stock unit awards activity for the six months ended June 30, 2017 is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted
average

 

Aggregate

 

 

    

Number of
shares

    

grant date
fair value

    

intrinsic value
(in thousands)

 

Total awarded and unvested—December 31, 2016

 

5,353,447

 

$

31.77

 

$

126,609

 

Granted

 

757,694

 

$

22.23

 

 

 

 

Vested

 

(826,675)

 

$

44.32

 

 

 

 

Forfeited

 

(195,400)

 

$

23.96

 

 

 

 

Total awarded and unvested—June 30, 2017

 

5,089,066

 

$

28.56

 

$

109,975

 

 

Intrinsic values are based on the closing price of the Company’s stock on the referenced dates.  As of June 30, 2017, there was $105.6 million of unamortized equity-based compensation expense related to unvested restricted stock units.  That expense is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of approximately 1.9 years.

 

Stock Options

 

Stock options granted under the Plan vest over periods from one to four years and have a maximum contractual life of 10 years.  Expense related to stock options is recognized on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period of the entire award.  Forfeitures are accounted for as they occur by reversing the expense previously recognized for awards that were forfeited during the period. 

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Stock options are granted with an exercise price equal to or greater than the market price of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant. 

A summary of stock option activity for the six months ended June 30, 2017 is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted
average

 

average
remaining

 

Intrinsic

 

 

    

Stock
options

    

exercise
price

    

contractual
life

    

value
(in thousands)

  

Outstanding at December 31, 2016

 

687,929

 

$

50.46

 

8.12

 

$

 —

 

Granted

 

 —

 

$

 —

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercised

 

 —

 

$

 —

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forfeited

 

(10,458)

 

$