Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

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9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2014
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(1)Organization

 

(a)Business and Organization

 

Antero Resources Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries (collectively referred to as the “Company,” “we,” or “our”) are engaged in the exploitation, development, and acquisition of natural gas, natural gas liquids (“NGLs”), and oil properties in the Appalachian Basin in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. We target 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. We also have gathering and compression and fresh water distribution operations in the Appalachian Basin. Our corporate headquarters are in Denver, Colorado.

 

Our consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Antero Resources Corporation and its subsidiaries, Antero Resources Midstream LLC (“Antero Midstream”) and Antero Midstream LLC (“Midstream Operating”).

 

(b)Corporate Reorganization and Initial Public Offering

 

Prior to October 16, 2013, the Company’s predecessor, Antero Resources LLC, filed reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Antero Resources LLC was formed in October 2009 by members of the Company’s management team and its sponsor investors. Antero Resources LLC owned 100% of the outstanding shares of Antero Resources Appalachian Corporation, which was formed in March 2008 and renamed Antero Resources Corporation in June 2013. In connection with our initial public offering (“IPO”) completed on October 16, 2013, all of the ownership interests in Antero Resources LLC were exchanged for similar interests in a newly formed limited liability company, Antero Resources Investment LLC (“Antero Investment”), and Antero Resources LLC was merged into Antero Resources Corporation. As a result of this reorganization, Antero Investment owned 100% of the issued and outstanding 224,375,000 shares of common stock of Antero Resources Corporation prior to the IPO.

 

On October 16, 2013, Antero Resources Corporation issued 37,674,659 additional shares of its common stock at $44.00 per share in the IPO, resulting in proceeds to the Company, net of underwriter discounts and expenses of the offering, of approximately $1.6 billion.

 

In 2013, the Company formed a subsidiary, Antero Midstream.  Prior to its initial public offering, the Company owned all of the common economic interest in Antero Midstream and Antero Investment indirectly owned a special membership interest. In connection with the initial public offering of Antero Midstream, the Company intends to contribute gathering and compression assets to Antero Midstream and intends to enter into commercial arrangements for services from Antero Midstream.  Following the initial public offering, the special membership interest will entitle Antero Investment to own the general partner interest in the MLP, which will allow Antero Investment to manage Antero Midstream’s business and affairs.  Antero Investment will also indirectly hold the incentive distribution rights in the MLP.  Antero Midstream will have an option to purchase the Company’s fresh water distribution systems at fair market value. 

 

In October 2014 Antero Midstream commenced the initial public offering and on November 4, 2014, Antero Midstream Partners LP (successor to Antero Midstream “the Partnership”) announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 40,000,000 common units representing limited partner interests in the Partnership at $25.00 per common unit.  The Partnership has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 6,000,000 common units.  The offering is expected to close on November 10, 2014, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.  For more information, please refer to the Partnership’s final prospectus filed with the SEC.

 

(c)Stock Compensation Charge in Connection with the Reorganization

 

In connection with its formation in October 2009, Antero Resources LLC issued profits interests to Antero Resources Employee Holdings LLC (“Employee Holdings”), which is owned solely by certain of our officers and employees. These profits interests provide for the participation in distributions upon liquidation events meeting certain requisite financial return thresholds. In turn, Employee Holdings issued membership interests to certain of our officers and employees. The Employee Holdings interests in Antero Resources LLC were exchanged for similar interests in Antero Investment in connection with the corporate reorganization on October 16, 2013.

 

The limited liability company agreement of Antero Investment provides a mechanism that demonstrates how the shares of the Company’s common stock will be allocated among the members of Antero Investment, including Employee Holdings. As a result of the adoption of the Antero Investment Limited Liability company agreement, the satisfaction of all performance and service conditions relative to the profits interests awards held by Employee Holdings in Antero Investment became probable. Accordingly, we recognized approximately $433 million of stock compensation expense for the vested profits interests from the date of the IPO through September 30, 2014 and will recognize approximately an additional $53 million over the remaining service period.  Stock compensation expense for the profits interests during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 was $15.7 million and $68.5 million, respectively.  Because consideration for the profits interests awards is deemed given by Antero Investment, the charge to stock compensation expense is accounted for as a capital contribution by Antero Investment to the Company and credited to additional paid-in capital.