Williams Reports Third-Quarter 2017 Financial Results

  • 3Q 2017 Net Income of $33 Million
  • 3Q 2017 Adjusted EBITDA of $1.113 Billion
  • Williams Partners Placed 4 Transco Expansions (Gulf Trace, Hillabee Phase 1, Dalton Expansion, and New York Bay Expansion) Into Service to Date in 2017; Design Capacity Up 25%
  • Company Continues to Significantly Improve Credit Profile; Consolidated Net Debt (Long-term Debt Less Cash) Reduced by $3.3 Billion Since Jan. 1, 2017
  • Williams Partners Achieved Key Milestones for Atlantic Sunrise Project
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 4:15 pm EDT

Dateline:

TULSA, Okla.

TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Williams (NYSE: WMB) today announced its financial results for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2017.

       
Williams Summary Financial Information 3Q YTD
Amounts in millions, except per-share amounts. Per share amounts are reported on a diluted basis. All amounts are attributable to The Williams Companies, Inc. 2017     2016 2017     2016
       
GAAP Measures
Cash Flow from Operations $ 569 $ 628 $ 1,837 $ 2,097
Net income (loss) $ 33 $ 61 $ 487 ($409 )
Net income (loss) per share $ 0.04 $ 0.08 $ 0.59 ($0.55 )
 
Non-GAAP Measures (1)
Adjusted income from continuing operations $ 124 $ 148 $ 351 $ 320
Adjusted income from continuing operations per share $ 0.15 $ 0.20 $ 0.42 $ 0.43
Adjusted EBITDA $ 1,113 $ 1,192 $ 3,371 $ 3,313
Cash Flow available for Dividends and other uses $ 355 $ 441 $ 1,095 $ 1,303
Dividend Coverage Ratio 1.43x 2.94x 1.47x 1.17x
 

(1) Schedules reconciling adjusted income from continuing operations, adjusted EBITDA, Cash Available for Dividends and Dividend Coverage Ratio (non-GAAP measures) are available at www.williams.com and as an attachment to this news release.

 

Third-Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Williams reported unaudited third-quarter 2017 net income attributable to Williams of $33 million, an unfavorable change of $28 million from third-quarter 2016. The unfavorable change was driven primarily by the absence of results associated with the Geismar olefins facility, which was sold July 6, 2017, and our former Canadian business, which was sold in September 2016. In addition, results were negatively impacted by impairments of assets, largely offset by the gain related to the sale of the Geismar facility.

Year-to-date, Williams reported an unaudited net income of $487 million, an improvement of $896 million over the same period in 2016. The favorable change was driven primarily by increased fee-based revenues from expansion projects, and gains on the sale of assets and equity investments. These favorable results were partially offset by higher impairment losses on assets between the periods and the decrease related to the previously mentioned sale of the Geismar olefins facility and the September 2016 sale of our former Canadian operations. Provision for income taxes also increased, driven by higher pre-tax income, partially offset by a $127 million benefit associated with the expected utilization of a capital loss carryover.

Williams reported third-quarter 2017 Adjusted EBITDA of $1.113 billion, a $79 million decrease from third-quarter 2016. The unfavorable change was driven primarily by the absence of $101 million of Adjusted EBITDA contribution from the Williams Partners segment associated with the previously described assets sold. Williams Partners' remaining businesses increased Adjusted EBITDA by approximately $13 million including an unfavorable impact of approximately $8 million from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Year-to-date, Williams reported Adjusted EBITDA of $3.371 billion, an increase of $58 million over the corresponding nine-month reporting period in 2016. The improvement is primarily associated with favorable changes in Williams' Other segment. The Williams Partners segment reported an improvement of $8 million over the corresponding period with increased Adjusted EBITDA from current businesses of approximately $118 million, being partially offset by $110 million of reduced EBITDA resulting from the previously described assets sold.

CEO Perspective

Alan Armstrong, president and chief executive officer, made the following comments:

“The large-scale, competitive positions we've established continue to generate long-term value as evidenced once again this quarter as we maintained our strong results with year-to-date Adjusted EBITDA comparable for the Williams Partners segment to 2016 results despite the impact of two hurricanes and the sale of over $3 billion in assets. We've substantially reduced our direct exposure to commodities and, as a result, our current businesses' steady growth is being driven by consistent fee-based revenue growth.

“Our strategic focus on natural gas volumes continues to deliver results. So far in 2017, we've placed four of our 'Big 5' Transco expansion projects into service including Gulf Trace, Hillabee Phase 1, Dalton Expansion and New York Bay Expansion with the fifth of the 'Big 5' expansions - the Virginia Southside II project - expected to be placed in service during fourth-quarter 2017. The incremental capacity from the fully-contracted Transco expansion projects going in service so far this year reflects a 25 percent increase in Transco’s design capacity. And, year-to-date, Transco's transportation revenues have increased $74 million, a 7 percent increase over last year.

“Our existing asset footprint and the efficient incremental expansions available to us have also been highlighted in Williams Partners' Northeast G&P and West Operating Areas. Our recently announced agreement to expand our services in the Northeast for our valued customer, Southwestern Energy, showcases how well-positioned our Northeast G&P segment is to serve the growing gas production in the Marcellus and Utica. We are also positioned to capture growth in the Haynesville where in August, we completed the Springridge South plant expansion, and in Wyoming where we are able to bring more volumes onto our Wamsutter system after placing our Chain Lake compressor station into service in October to meet the growing demand of a customer.

“I’m also extremely pleased that even as we continue to deliver on our growth strategy by successfully executing on expansion projects across our operational map, we have strengthened our balance sheet and credit profile, significantly reducing our debt and continued to lower expenses. Year-to-date in 2017, total adjusted SG&A expenses have been reduced by about $40 million when compared to the same period in 2016.”

Business Segment Results

Williams’ business segments for financial reporting are Williams Partners and Other. In September 2016, Williams announced organizational changes aiming to simplify our structure, increase direct operational alignment to advance our natural gas-focused strategy, and drive continued focus on customer service and execution. Effective, Jan. 1, 2017, Williams implemented these changes which combined the management of certain of our operations and reduced the overall number of operating areas managed within our business. As a result of this realignment and the sale of our Canadian operations, the Williams NGL & Petchem Services reporting segment has been eliminated and the remaining assets are reported with Other.

   
Williams     Modified and Adjusted EBITDA
Amounts in millions 3Q 2017     3Q 2016     YTD 2017     YTD 2016
Modified

EBITDA

    Adjust.     Adjusted
EBITDA
Modified

EBITDA

    Adjust.     Adjusted

EBITDA

Modified

EBITDA

    Adjust.     Adjusted

EBITDA

Modified

EBITDA

    Adjust.     Adjusted

EBITDA

Williams Partners $ 1,000     $ 101     $ 1,101 $ 1,070     $ 119     $ 1,189 $ 3,208     $ 114     $ 3,322 $ 2,629     $ 685     $ 3,314
Other   (61 )       73       12   (67 )       70       3   (60 )       109       49   (534 )       533       (1 )
Totals $ 939       $ 174     $ 1,113 $ 1,003       $ 189     $ 1,192 $ 3,148       $ 223     $ 3,371 $ 2,095       $ 1,218     $ 3,313  
 
Definitions of modified EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA and schedules reconciling to net income are included in this news release.
 

Williams Partners Segment

Comprised of our consolidated master limited partnership, WPZ, Williams Partners segment includes gas pipeline and midstream businesses. The gas pipeline business includes interstate natural gas pipelines and pipeline joint project investments. The midstream business provides natural gas gathering, treating, processing and compression services; NGL production, fractionation, storage, marketing and transportation; deepwater production handling and crude oil transportation services; and is comprised of several wholly owned and partially owned subsidiaries and joint project investments.

Williams Partners reported third-quarter 2017 Modified EBITDA of $1 billion, a decrease of $70 million from third-quarter 2016. Adjusted EBITDA decreased by $88 million to $1.101 billion. The unfavorable change in Modified EBITDA was driven primarily by the absence of results associated with the Geismar olefins facility, which was sold July 6, 2017, and the partnership's former Canadian business, which was sold in September 2016. In addition, results were negatively impacted by impairments of assets, largely offset by the gain related to the sale of the Geismar facility. The impairments and gain on sale are excluded from Adjusted EBITDA. The current year also reflected an unfavorable impact of approximately $8 million from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Year-to-date, Williams Partners reported Modified EBITDA of $3.208 billion, an increase of $579 million over the same nine-month reporting period in 2016. Adjusted EBITDA was $3.322 billion, an $8 million increase over the corresponding nine-month reporting period. The favorable change in Modified EBITDA was driven primarily by increased fee-based revenues from expansion projects and gains on the sale of assets and equity investments. The current year also benefited from improved commodity margins, higher fee-based revenues, lower selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses and increased proportional EBITDA from joint ventures. These favorable results were partially offset by higher impairment losses on assets between the periods and the reduced contribution related to the previously mentioned sales.

Williams Partners’ complete financial results for third-quarter 2017 are provided in the earnings news release issued today by Williams Partners.

Other Segment

Williams’ Other segment reported third-quarter 2017 Modified EBITDA of ($61) million, an improvement of $6 million from third-quarter 2016 due primarily to the absence of unfavorable results from certain former Canadian operations that were sold in September 2016, partially offset by a $68 million impairment of an NGL pipeline in the Gulf Coast region in 2017. Adjusted EBITDA realized a $9 million improvement to $12 million.

Year-to-date, Williams’ Other segment reported Modified EBITDA of ($60) million, an increase of $474 million primarily reflecting the absence of a $406 million impairment charge in 2016 associated with our former Canadian business, partially offset by $91 million of impairments in 2017, including the previously described impairment of an NGL pipeline. The increase also reflects the absence of unfavorable results from our former Canadian operations and a decrease in expenses associated with our evaluation of strategic alternatives. Adjusted EBITDA realized a $50 million improvement to $49 million.

Atlantic Sunrise Update

On Sept. 18, 2017, Williams Partners reported that construction is now underway in Pennsylvania on the greenfield portion of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project - an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline to connect abundant Marcellus gas supplies with markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S. The partnership anticipates pipeline and compressor station construction to last approximately 10 months, weather permitting. Additionally, Williams Partners also placed a portion of the project into early service on Sept. 1, 2017, providing 400,000 dth/day of firm transportation service on Transco's existing mainline facilities to various delivery points as far south as Choctaw County, Alabama. The partial service milestone is the result of recently completed modifications to existing Transco facilities in Virginia and Maryland designed to further accommodate bi-directional flow on the existing Transco pipeline system.

Additional Notable Recent Accomplishments

On Oct. 12, 2017, Williams Partners announced the execution of agreements with Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) (“Southwestern”) to expand its services to Southwestern in the Appalachian Basin of West Virginia where Williams Partners has established a strong operational footprint. The agreements call for Williams Partners to deliver gas processing, fractionation, and liquids handling services in Southwestern’s Wet Gas Acreage in the Marcellus and Upper Devonian Shale along with gas gathering services for Southwestern in its South Utica Dry Gas Acreage. Williams Partners will provide Southwestern with 660 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of processing capacity to serve a 135,000-acre dedication in Southwestern’s Wet Gas Acreage in the Marcellus and Upper Devonian Shale in Marshall and Wetzel counties in West Virginia. As a result of this agreement, Williams Partners expects to further build out its Oak Grove processing facility for Southwestern’s expanding production of wet gas. The Oak Grove processing facility has the ability to expand by an additional 1.8 Bcf/d of gas processing capacity.

On Oct. 9, 2017, Williams Partners announced that it has placed into service an expansion of its Transco pipeline system to increase natural gas delivery capacity to New York City by 115,000 dekatherms per day in time for the 2017/2018 heating season. The New York Bay Expansion provides additional firm transportation capacity for much-needed incremental natural gas supplies to National Grid, the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S. The company provides service to 1.8 million customers in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. The New York Bay Expansion is the fourth of Williams Partners’ projected five fully-contracted Transco expansion projects to be placed into service this year, combining with Gulf Trace, Hillabee Phase 1 and the Dalton Expansion to add more than 2.5 million dekatherms per day capacity to the Transco pipeline system so far in 2017. The partnership continues to target a fourth-quarter 2017 in-service date for its fifth Transco expansion this year - the Virginia Southside II project.

Williams' Credit Profile Improvement including Debt Reduction Update

The company continued to strengthen its balance sheet and credit profile during the quarter with $144 million reduction of the Williams Companies' corporate-level debt in addition to the nearly $2.1 billion debt reduction at Williams Partners. As of the end of third-quarter 2017, Williams had corporate level debt of $4.6 billion, in addition to Williams Partners' debt of $16.5 billion. Year-to-date, consolidated cash and cash equivalents increased by $1.0 billion to $1.17 billion, which the company intends to use primarily to fund growth capital expenditures and long-term investments at Williams Partners.

Guidance

The Guidance previously provided at our Analyst Day event on May 11, 2017, remains unchanged. Williams plans to announce its 2018 Guidance as part of the release of its fourth-quarter 2017 financial results.

Williams’ Third-Quarter 2017 Materials to be Posted Shortly; Q&A Webcast Scheduled for Tomorrow

Williams’ third-quarter 2017 financial results package will be posted shortly at www.williams.com . Note: the analyst package is included at the back of this news release.

Williams and Williams Partners will host a joint Q&A live webcast on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time (8:30 a.m. Central Time). A limited number of phone lines will be available at (877) 830-2641. International callers should dial (785) 424-1809. The conference ID is 8089866. The link to the webcast, as well as replays of the webcast, will be available for at least 90 days following the event at www.williams.com .

Form 10-Q

The company plans to file its third-quarter 2017 Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this week. Once filed, the document will be available on both the SEC and Williams websites.

Non-GAAP Measures

This news release may include certain financial measures – Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted income (“earnings”), adjusted earnings per share, cash available for dividends and other uses, WMB economic DCF, dividend coverage ratio, and economic coverage ratio – that are non-GAAP financial measures as defined under the rules of the SEC.

Our segment performance measure, Modified EBITDA, is defined as net income (loss) before income (loss) from discontinued operations, income tax expense, net interest expense, equity earnings from equity-method investments, other net investing income, impairments of equity investments and goodwill, depreciation and amortization expense, and accretion expense associated with asset retirement obligations for nonregulated operations. We also add our proportional ownership share (based on ownership interest) of Modified EBITDA of equity-method investments.

Adjusted EBITDA further excludes items of income or loss that we characterize as unrepresentative of our ongoing operations. Management believes these measures provide investors meaningful insight into results from ongoing operations.

Cash available for dividends and other uses is defined as cash received from our ownership in WPZ and Adjusted EBITDA from our Other segment, less interest, taxes and maintenance capital expenditures associated with our Other segment. We also calculate the ratio of cash available for dividends to the total cash dividends paid (dividend coverage ratio). This measure reflects our cash available for dividends relative to actual cash dividends paid. We further adjust these metrics to include Williams’ proportional share of WPZ’s distributable cash flow in excess of distributions, resulting in WMB economic DCF and economic coverage ratio.

This news release is accompanied by a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their nearest GAAP financial measures. Management uses these financial measures because they are accepted financial indicators used by investors to compare company performance. In addition, management believes that these measures provide investors an enhanced perspective of the operating performance of the Company’s assets and the cash that the business is generating.

Neither Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted income, or cash available for dividends and other uses are intended to represent cash flows for the period, nor are they presented as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operations. They should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for a measure of performance prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles.

About Williams

Williams (NYSE: WMB) is a premier provider of large-scale infrastructure connecting U.S. natural gas and natural gas products to growing demand for cleaner fuel and feedstocks. Headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., Williams owns approximately 74 percent of Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ). Williams Partners is an industry-leading, large-cap master limited partnership with operations across the natural gas value chain including gathering, processing and interstate transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids. With major positions in top U.S. supply basins, Williams Partners owns and operates more than 33,000 miles of pipelines system wide – including the nation’s largest volume and fastest growing pipeline – providing natural gas for clean-power generation, heating and industrial use. Williams Partners’ operations touch approximately 30 percent of U.S. natural gas. www.williams.com

Forward-Looking Statements

The reports, filings, and other public announcements of The Williams Companies, Inc. (Williams) may contain or incorporate by reference statements that do not directly or exclusively relate to historical facts. Such statements are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (Securities Act), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (Exchange Act). These forward-looking statements relate to anticipated financial performance, management’s plans and objectives for future operations, business prospects, outcome of regulatory proceedings, market conditions, and other matters. We make these forward-looking statements in reliance on the safe harbor protections provided under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included herein that address activities, events or developments that we expect, believe or anticipate will exist or may occur in the future, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can be identified by various forms of words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “seeks,” “could,” “may,” “should,” “continues,” “estimates,” “expects,” “forecasts,” “intends,” “might,” “goals,” “objectives,” “targets,” “planned,” “potential,” “projects,” “scheduled,” “will,” “assumes,” “guidance,” “outlook,” “in-service date” or other similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management and include, among others, statements regarding:

  • Expected levels of cash distributions by Williams Partners L.P. (WPZ) with respect to limited partner interests;
  • Levels of dividends to Williams stockholders;
  • Future credit ratings of Williams, WPZ, and their affiliates;
  • Amounts and nature of future capital expenditures;
  • Expansion and growth of our business and operations;
  • Expected in-service dates for capital projects;
  • Financial condition and liquidity;
  • Business strategy;
  • Cash flow from operations or results of operations;
  • Seasonality of certain business components;
  • Natural gas and natural gas liquids prices, supply, and demand;
  • Demand for our services.

Forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions, uncertainties and risks that could cause future events or results to be materially different from those stated or implied herein. Many of the factors that will determine these results are beyond our ability to control or predict. Specific factors that could cause actual results to differ from results contemplated by the forward-looking statements include, among others, the following:

  • Whether WPZ will produce sufficient cash flows to provide expected levels of cash distributions;
  • Whether we are able to pay current and expected levels of dividends;
  • Whether WPZ elects to pay expected levels of cash distributions and we elect to pay expected levels of dividends;
  • Whether we will be able to effectively execute our financing plan;
  • Whether we will be able to effectively manage the transition in our board of directors and management as well as successfully execute our business restructuring;
  • Availability of supplies, including lower than anticipated volumes from third parties served by our business, and market demand;
  • Volatility of pricing including the effect of lower than anticipated energy commodity prices and margins;
  • Inflation, interest rates, and general economic conditions (including future disruptions and volatility in the global credit markets and the impact of these events on customers and suppliers);
  • The strength and financial resources of our competitors and the effects of competition;
  • Whether we are able to successfully identify, evaluate and timely execute our capital projects and other investment opportunities in accordance with our forecasted capital expenditures budget;
  • Our ability to successfully expand our facilities and operations;
  • Development and rate of adoption of alternative energy sources;
  • The impact of operational and developmental hazards, unforeseen interruptions, and the availability of adequate insurance coverage;
  • The impact of existing and future laws, regulations, the regulatory environment, environmental liabilities, and litigation, as well as our ability to obtain necessary permits and approvals, and achieve favorable rate proceeding outcomes;
  • Our costs and funding obligations for defined benefit pension plans and other postretirement benefit plans;
  • Changes in maintenance and construction costs;
  • Changes in the current geopolitical situation;
  • Our exposure to the credit risk of our customers and counterparties;
  • Risks related to financing, including restrictions stemming from debt agreements, future changes in credit ratings as determined by nationally-recognized credit rating agencies and the availability and cost of capital;
  • The amount of cash distributions from and capital requirements of our investments and joint ventures in which we participate;
  • Risks associated with weather and natural phenomena, including climate conditions and physical damage to our facilities;
  • Acts of terrorism, including cybersecurity threats, and related disruptions;
  • Additional risks described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Given the uncertainties and risk factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, we caution investors not to unduly rely on our forward-looking statements. We disclaim any obligations to and do not intend to update the above list or announce publicly the result of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements to reflect future events or developments.

In addition to causing our actual results to differ, the factors listed above may cause our intentions to change from those statements of intention set forth herein. Such changes in our intentions may also cause our results to differ. We may change our intentions, at any time and without notice, based upon changes in such factors, our assumptions, or otherwise.

Because forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, we caution that there are important factors, in addition to those listed above, that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. For a detailed discussion of those factors, see Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 22, 2017.

 
 

Williams

 
Non-GAAP Reconciliations,
Financial Highlights, and Operating Statistics
 
(UNAUDITED)
 
Final
 
September 30, 2017
 
 
Reconciliation of Income (Loss) Attributable to The Williams Companies, Inc. to Adjusted Income

(UNAUDITED)

 
    2016     2017
(Dollars in millions, except per-share amounts)     1st Qtr     2nd Qtr     3rd Qtr     4th Qtr     Year 1st Qtr     2nd Qtr     3rd Qtr     Year
                                                       
                           
Income (loss) attributable to The Williams Companies, Inc. available to common stockholders $ (65 )     $ (405 )     $ 61       $ (15 )     $ (424 ) $ 373       $ 81       $ 33       $ 487  
 
Income (loss) - diluted earnings (loss) per common share $ (.09 )     $ (.54 )     $ .08       $ (.02 )     $ (.57 ) $ .45       $ .10       $ .04       $ .59  
Adjustments:

Williams Partners

Estimated minimum volume commitments $ 60 $ 64 $ 70 $ (194 ) $ $ 15 $ 15 $ 18 $ 48
Impairment of certain assets 389 22 411 1,142 1,142
Ad valorem obligation timing adjustment 7 7
Organizational realignment-related costs 24 24 4 6 6 16
Loss related to Canada disposition 32 2 34 (3 ) (1 ) 4
Severance and related costs 25 12 37 9 4 5 18
Constitution Pipeline project development costs 8 11 9 28 2 6 4 12
Potential rate refunds associated with rate case litigation 15 15
ACMP Merger and transition costs 5 5 4 3 7
Share of impairment at equity-method investments 6 19 25 1 1
Gain on asset retirement (11 ) (11 ) (5 ) (5 )
Geismar Incident adjustments (7 ) (7 ) (9 ) 2 8 1
Gain on sale of Geismar Interest (1,095 ) (1,095 )
Gains from contract settlements and terminations (13 ) (2 ) (15 )
Accrual for loss contingency 9 9
Gain on early retirement of debt (30 ) 3 (27 )
Gain on sale of RGP Splitter (12 ) (12 )
Expenses associated with Financial Repositioning 2 2
Expenses associated with strategic asset monetizations                           2         2     1         4                 5  
Total Williams Partners adjustments 105 461 119 (122 ) 563 (15 ) 28 101 114

Other

Impairment of certain assets 406 8 414 23 68 91
Loss related to Canada disposition 33 (1 ) 32 1 1
Canadian PDH facility project development costs 34 11 16 61
Gain on sale of certain assets (10 ) (10 )
Expenses associated with strategic alternatives 6 13 21 7 47 1 3 5 9
ACMP Merger and transition costs 2 2
Severance and related costs 1 4 5
Expenses associated with Financial Repositioning                                       8                         8  
Total Other adjustments   33         430         70         18         551     10         26         73         109  
Adjustments included in Modified EBITDA 138 891 189 (104 ) 1,114 (5 ) 54 174 223
 

Adjustments below Modified EBITDA

Impairment of equity-method investments - Williams Partners 112 318 430
Gain on disposition of equity-method investment - Williams Partners (27 ) (27 ) (269 ) (269 )
Interest expense related to potential rate refunds associated with rate case litigation - Williams Partners 3 3
Accelerated depreciation related to reduced salvage value of certain assets - Williams Partners 4 4
Change in depreciable life associated with organizational realignment - Williams Partners (16 ) (16 ) (7 ) (7 )
Interest income on receivable from sale of Venezuela assets - Other (18 ) (18 ) (36 )
Allocation of adjustments to noncontrolling interests   (83 )       (154 )       (41 )       (76 )       (354 )   77         (10 )       (28 )       39  
14 (172 ) (68 ) 230 4 (199 ) (10 ) (28 ) (237 )
Total adjustments 152 719 121 126 1,118 (204 ) 44 146 (14 )
Less tax effect for above items (61 ) (202 ) (39 ) 19 (283 ) 77 (17 ) (55 ) 5
Adjustments for tax-related items (1) 34 5 39 (127 ) (127 )
                                             
Adjusted income available to common stockholders $ 26       $ 146       $ 148       $ 130       $ 450   $ 119       $ 108       $ 124       $ 351  
Adjusted diluted earnings per common share (2) $ .03       $ .19       $ .20       $ .17       $ .60   $ .14       $ .13       $ .15       $ .42  
Weighted-average shares - diluted (thousands) 751,040 751,297 751,858 752,818 751,761 826,476 828,575 829,368 828,150
(1)   The second and third quarters of 2016 include a favorable adjustment related to the reversal of a cumulative anticipatory foreign tax credit. The first quarter of 2017 includes an unfavorable adjustment related to the release of a valuation allowance.
(2) The sum of earnings per share for the quarters may not equal the total earnings per share for the year due to changes in the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding.
 
 

Reconciliation of "Net Income (Loss)" to “Modified EBITDA” and Non-GAAP “Adjusted EBITDA”

(UNAUDITED)

 
    2016     2017
(Dollars in millions)     1st Qtr     2nd Qtr     3rd Qtr     4th Qtr     Year 1st Qtr     2nd Qtr     3rd Qtr     Year
                                                       
Net income (loss) $ (13 )     $ (505 )     $ 131     $ 37     $ (350 ) $ 569     $ 193     $ 125     $ 887
Provision (benefit) for income taxes 2 (145 ) 69 49 (25 ) 37 65 24 126
Interest expense 291 298 297 293 1,179 280 271 267 818
Equity (earnings) losses (97 ) (101 ) (104 ) (95 ) (397 ) (107 ) (125 ) (115 ) (347 )
Impairment of equity-method investments 112 318 430
Other investing (income) loss - net (18 ) (18 ) (28 ) 1 (63 ) (272 ) (2 ) (4 ) (278 )
Proportional Modified EBITDA of equity-method investments 189 191 194 180 754 194 215 202 611
Depreciation and amortization expenses 445 446 435 437 1,763 442 433 433 1,308
Accretion for asset retirement obligations associated with nonregulated operations   7         8         9         7         31     7         9         7         23  
Modified EBITDA $ 918       $ 174       $ 1,003       $ 1,227       $ 3,322   $ 1,150       $ 1,059       $ 939       $ 3,148  
 
Williams Partners $ 955 $ 604 $ 1,070 $ 1,235 $ 3,864 $ 1,132 $ 1,076 $ 1,000 $ 3,208
Other   (37 )       (430 )       (67 )       (8 )       (542 )   18         (17 )       (61 )       (60 )
Total Modified EBITDA $ 918       $ 174       $ 1,003       $ 1,227       $ 3,322   $ 1,150       $ 1,059       $ 939       $ 3,148  
 
Adjustments included in Modified EBITDA (1) :
 
Williams Partners $ 105 $ 461 $ 119 $ (122 ) $ 563 $ (15 ) $ 28 $ 101 $ 114
Other   33         430         70         18         551     10         26         73         109  
Total Adjustments included in Modified EBITDA $ 138       $ 891       $ 189       $ (104 )     $ 1,114   $ (5 )     $ 54       $ 174       $ 223  
 
Adjusted EBITDA:
 
Williams Partners $ 1,060 $ 1,065 $ 1,189 $ 1,113 $ 4,427 $ 1,117 $ 1,104 $ 1,101 $ 3,322
Other   (4 )               3         10         9     28         9         12         49  
Total Adjusted EBITDA $ 1,056       $ 1,065       $ 1,192       $ 1,123       $ 4,436   $ 1,145       $ 1,113       $ 1,113       $ 3,371  
(1)   Adjustments by segment are detailed in the "Reconciliation of Income (Loss) Attributable to The Williams Companies, Inc. to Adjusted Income," which is also included in these materials.
 
 
Dividend Coverage Ratio

(UNAUDITED)

 
    2016     2017
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)     1st Qtr     2nd Qtr     3rd Qtr     4th Qtr     Year 1st Qtr     2nd Qtr     3rd Qtr     Year
                                                       
Distributions from WPZ (accrued / “as declared” basis) (1) $ 513       $ 513       $ 522       $ 597       $ 2,145   $ 421       $ 421       $ 421       $ 1,263  
Other Segment Adjusted EBITDA (2) (14 )     (12 )     (13 )     (4 )     (43 ) 28     9     12     49
Corporate interest   (66 )       (67 )       (68 )       (67 )       (268 )   (66 )       (65 )       (66 )       (197 )
Subtotal 433 434 441 526 1,834 383 365 367 1,115
WMB cash tax rate 0 % -1 % 0 % 1 % 0 % 0 % 0 % 2 % 1 %
WMB cash taxes (excludes cash taxes paid by WPZ) 2 3 (7 ) (2 ) (7 ) (7 )
Other Segment Maintenance Capital   (6 )       (4 )               (1 )       (11 )   (3 )       (5 )       (5 )       (13 )
WMB cash available for dividends and other uses (3) $ 429 $ 433 $ 441 $ 518 $ 1,821 $ 380 $ 360 $ 355 $ 1,095
WMB dividends paid   (480 )       (481 )       (150 )       (150 )       (1,261 )   (248 )       (248 )       (248 )       (744 )
Excess cash available after dividends $ (51 ) $ (48 ) $ 291 $ 368 $ 560 $ 132 $ 112 $ 107 $ 351
 
Dividend per share $ 0.6400 $ 0.6400 $ 0.2000 $ 0.2000 $ 1.6800 $ 0.3000 $ 0.3000 $ 0.3000 $ 0.9000
 
Coverage ratio (1)(4) 0.89 0.90 2.94 3.45 1.44 1.53 1.45 1.43 1.47
(1)   Cash distributions for the first quarter of 2016 was increased by $10 million in order to exclude the impact of the IDR waiver associated with the WPZ merger termination fee from the determination of coverage ratios. Cash distributions for the third quarter of 2016 was increased by $150 million in order to exclude the impact of the IDR waiver associated with the sale of the Canadian operations.
(2) For periods prior to 2017, includes only former Williams NGL & Petchem Services segment.
(3) As previously announced, effective with the third quarter of 2016, Williams reduced its regular dividend from $0.64 per share to $0.20 per share to support Williams' plan to reinvest a portion of the cash available for dividends and other uses into Williams Partners. Effective with the first quarter of 2017, Williams increased its regular dividend from $0.20 per share to $0.30 per share as part of the Financial Repositioning announced in the first quarter of 2017.
(4) WMB cash available for dividends and other uses / WMB dividends paid.
 
 
Consolidated Statement of Operations

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    2016     2017
(Dollars in millions, except per-share amounts)     1st Qtr     2nd Qtr     3rd Qtr     4th Qtr     Year 1st Qtr     2nd Qtr     3rd Qtr     Year
                                                       
Revenues:                            
Service revenues $ 1,229 $ 1,202 $ 1,247 $ 1,493 $ 5,171 $ 1,261 $ 1,282 $ 1,310 $ 3,853
Product sales   431         534         658         705         2,328     727         642         581         1,950  
Total revenues   1,660         1,736         1,905         2,198         7,499     1,988         1,924         1,891         5,803  
Costs and expenses:
Product costs 318 401 461 545 1,725 579 537 504 1,620
Operating and maintenance expenses 391 394 394 401 1,580 368 389 400 1,157
Depreciation and amortization expenses 445 446 435 437 1,763 442 433 433 1,308
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 221 158 177 167 723 161 153 138 452
Gain on sale of Geismar Interest (1,095 ) (1,095 )
Impairment of certain assets 8 802 1 62 873 1 25 1,210 1,236
Other (income) expense - net   15         23         92         5         135     4         6         24         34  
Total costs and expenses   1,398         2,224         1,560         1,617         6,799     1,555         1,543         1,614         4,712  
Operating income (loss) 262 (488 ) 345 581 700 433 381 277 1,091
Equity earnings (losses) 97 101 104 95 397 107 125 115 347
Impairment of equity-method investments (112 ) (318 ) (430 )
Other investing income (loss) - net 18 18 28 (1 ) 63 272 2 4 278
Interest incurred (306 ) (306 ) (304 ) (301 ) (1,217 ) (287 ) (280 ) (275 ) (842 )
Interest capitalized 15 8 7 8 38 7 9 8 24
Other income (expense) - net   15         17         20         22         74     74         21         20         115  
Income (loss) before income taxes (11 ) (650 ) 200 86 (375 ) 606 258 149 1,013
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   2         (145 )       69         49         (25 )   37         65         24         126  
Net income (loss) (13 ) (505 ) 131 37 (350 ) 569 193 125 887
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests   52         (100 )       70         52         74     196         112         92         400  
Net income (loss) attributable to The Williams Companies, Inc. $ (65 )     $ (405 )     $ 61       $ (15 )     $ (424 ) $ 373       $ 81       $ 33       $ 487  
 
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share:
Net income (loss) (1) $ (.09 ) $ (.54 ) $ .08 $ (.02 ) $ (.57 ) $ .45 $ .10 $ .04 $ .59
 
Weighted-average number of shares (thousands) 750,322 750,649 751,858 750,954 750,673 826,476 828,575 829,368 828,150
 
Common shares outstanding at end of period (thousands) 750,484 750,599 750,757 750,934 750,934 826,239 826,398 826,723 826,723
Market price per common share (end of period) $ 16.07 $ 21.63 $ 30.73 $ 31.14 $ 31.14 $ 29.59 $ 30.28 $ 30.01 $ 30.01
Cash dividends declared per share $ .64 $ .64 $ .20 $ .20 $ 1.68 $ .30 $ .30 $ .30 $ .90
(1)   The sum of earnings (loss) per share for the quarters may not equal the total earnings (loss) per share for the year due to changes in the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding.
 
 
Williams Partners

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    2016     2017
(Dollars in millions)     1st Qtr     2nd Qtr     3rd Qtr     4th Qtr     Year 1st Qtr     2nd Qtr     3rd Qtr     Year
                                                       
Revenues:                            
Service revenues $ 1,226 $ 1,210 $ 1,252 $ 1,485 $ 5,173 $ 1,256 $ 1,277 $ 1,304 $ 3,837
Product sales   428       530       655       705         2,318   727         642         581         1,950  
Total revenues 1,654 1,740 1,907 2,190 7,491 1,983 1,919 1,885 5,787
 
Segment costs and expenses:
Product costs 317 403 463 545 1,728 579 537 504 1,620
Operating and maintenance expenses 374 379 377 386 1,516 353 376 387 1,116
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 181 139 147 163 630 156 154 140 450
Gain on sale of Geismar Interest (1,095 ) (1,095 )
Impairment of certain assets 6 396 1 54 457 1 2 1,142 1,145
Other segment costs and expenses   10       10       43       (13 )       50   (44 )       (11 )       9         (46 )
Total segment costs and expenses 888 1,327 1,031 1,135 4,381 1,045 1,058 1,087 3,190
Proportional Modified EBITDA of equity-method investments   189       191       194       180         754   194         215         202         611  
Modified EBITDA 955 604 1,070 1,235 3,864 1,132 1,076 1,000 3,208
Adjustments   105       461       119       (122 )       563   (15 )       28         101         114  
Adjusted EBITDA     $ 1,060     $ 1,065     $ 1,189     $ 1,113       $ 4,427 $ 1,117       $ 1,104       $ 1,101       $ 3,322  
Statistics for Operated Assets
Interstate Transmission
Throughput (Tbtu) 1,132.8 983.9 1,040.0 1,073.1 4,229.8 1,158.1 1,053.0 1,094.9 3,306.0
Avg. daily transportation volumes (Tbtu) 12.5 10.8 11.3 11.7 11.6 12.8 11.6 11.9 12.1
Avg. daily firm reserved capacity (Tbtu) 15.0 14.5 14.6 14.7 14.7 15.8 16.2 17.1 16.4
 
Gathering and Processing
Gathering volumes (Bcf per day) - Consolidated (1) 8.24 8.13 8.39 8.21 8.25 7.86 7.98 8.20 8.02
Gathering volumes (Bcf per day) - Non-consolidated (2) 3.74 3.69 3.67 3.80 3.73 4.10 4.12 3.87 4.03
Plant inlet natural gas volumes (Bcf per day) - Consolidated (1) 3.46 3.40 3.66 3.47 3.50 2.92 2.98 3.08 2.99
Plant inlet natural gas volumes (Bcf per day) - Non-consolidated (2) 0.56 0.54 0.60 0.60 0.57 0.54 0.53 0.39 0.49
 
Consolidated (1)
Ethane margin ($/gallon) $ .08 $ .02 $ .06 $ $ .04 $ .03 $ .01 $ .03 $ .02
Non-ethane margin ($/gallon) $ .20 $ .36 $ .25 $ .39 $ .29 $ .45 $ .41 $ .45 $ .44
NGL margin ($/gallon) $ .15 $ .20 $ .18 $ .27 $ .20 $ .33 $ .25 $ .29 $ .29
 
Ethane equity sales (Mbbls/d) 22 26 23 15 22 11 17 17 15
Non-ethane equity sales (Mbbls/d)   35       29       40       34         34   29         26         25         27  
NGL equity sales (Mbbls/d) 57 55 63 49 56 40 43 42 42
 
Ethane production (Mbbls/d) 49 61 56 48 54 40 53 49 47
Non-ethane production (Mbbls/d)   103       100       120       107         108   90         93         99         94  
NGL production (Mbbls/d) 152 161 176 155 162 130 146 148 141
 
Non-consolidated (2)
NGL equity sales (Mbbls/d) 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 5
NGL production (Mbbls/d) 17 19 21 21 20 21 22 22 22
 
Petrochemical Services
Geismar ethylene sales volumes (million lbs) 423 391 419 405 1,638 266 300 566
Geismar ethylene margin ($/lb) (3) $ .13 $ .15 $ .21 $ .15 $ .16 $ .19 $ .13 $ $ .16
Canadian propylene sales volumes (million lbs) 33 8 46 87
Canadian alky feedstock sales volumes (million gallons) 7 2 6 15
 
Overland Pipeline Company (2)
NGL transportation volumes (Mbbls) 16,814 18,410 18,535 18,078 71,837 18,338 20,558 21,015 59,911
(1)   Excludes volumes associated with equity-method investments that are not consolidated for financial reporting purposes.
(2) Includes 100% of the volumes associated with operated equity-method investments.
(3) Ethylene margin and ethylene margin per pound are calculated using financial results determined in accordance with GAAP, which include realized ethylene sales prices and ethylene COGS. Realized sales and COGS per unit metrics may vary from publicly quoted market indices or spot prices due to various factors, including, but not limited to, basis differentials, transportation costs, contract provisions, and inventory accounting methods.
 
 
Capital Expenditures and Investments

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    2016     2017
(Dollars in millions)     1st Qtr     2nd Qtr     3rd Qtr     4th Qtr     Year 1st Qtr     2nd Qtr     3rd Qtr     Year
                                                       
Capital expenditures:                            
Williams Partners $ 463 $ 518 $ 491 $ 472 $ 1,944 $ 509 $ 540 $ 638 $ 1,687
Other   50         38       17       2       107   2         5         6         13  
Total (1) $ 513       $ 556     $ 508     $ 474     $ 2,051 $ 511       $ 545       $ 644       $ 1,700  
 
Purchases of investments:
Williams Partners $ 63 $ 59 $ 10 $ 45 $ 177 $ 52 $ 27 $ 24 $ 103
Other                                                        
Total $ 63       $ 59     $ 10     $ 45     $ 177 $ 52       $ 27       $ 24       $ 103  
 
Summary:
Williams Partners $ 526 $ 577 $ 501 $ 517 $ 2,121 $ 561 $ 567 $ 662 $ 1,790
Other   50         38       17       2       107   2         5         6         13  
Total $ 576       $ 615     $ 518     $ 519     $ 2,228 $ 563       $ 572       $ 668       $ 1,803  
 
Capital expenditures incurred and purchases of investments:
Increases to property, plant, and equipment $ 525 $ 495 $ 448 $ 444 $ 1,912 $ 569 $ 591 $ 666 $ 1,826
Purchases of investments   63         59       10       45       177   52         27         24         103  
Total $ 588       $ 554     $ 458     $ 489     $ 2,089 $ 621       $ 618       $ 690       $ 1,929  
 
(1) Increases to property, plant, and equipment $ 525 $ 495 $ 448 $ 444 $ 1,912 $ 569 $ 591 $ 666 $ 1,826
Changes in related accounts payable and accrued liabilities   (12 )       61       60       30       139   (58 )       (46 )       (22 )       (126 )
Capital expenditures $ 513       $ 556     $ 508     $ 474     $ 2,051 $ 511       $ 545       $ 644       $ 1,700  
 
 
Depreciation and Amortization and Other Selected Financial Data

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    2016     2017
(Dollars in millions)     1st Qtr     2nd Qtr     3rd Qtr     4th Qtr     Year 1st Qtr     2nd Qtr     3rd Qtr     Year
                                                       
Depreciation and amortization:                            
Williams Partners $ 435 $ 432 $ 426 $ 427 $ 1,720 $ 433 $ 423 $ 424 $ 1,280
Other   10         14         9         10         43   9         10         9         28
Total $ 445 $ 446 $ 435 $ 437 $ 1,763 $ 442 $ 433 $ 433 $ 1,308
 
Other selected financial data:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 164 $ 135 $ 77 $ 170 $ 639 $ 1,918 $ 1,172
 
Total assets $ 48,807 $ 48,124 $ 47,288 $ 46,835 $ 47,512 $ 48,770 $ 46,120
 
Capital structure:
Debt
Commercial paper $ 135 $ 196 $ 2 $ 93 $ $ $
Current $ 976 $ 786 $ 785 $ 785 $ $ 1,951 $ 502
Noncurrent $ 23,701 $ 24,394 $ 23,932 $ 22,624 $ 21,825 $ 21,325 $ 20,567
Stockholders’ equity $ 5,691 $ 4,830 $ 4,860 $ 4,643 $ 8,444 $ 8,306 $ 8,109
Debt to debt-plus-stockholders’ equity ratio 81.3 % 84.0 % 83.6 % 83.5 % 72.1 % 73.7 % 72.2 %
 
Cash distributions received from interests in:
Williams Partners L.P.
General partner $ 15 $ 216 $ 224 $ 78 $ 533 $ $ $ $
Limited partner   289         288         289         295         1,161   597         421         422         1,440
$ 304 $ 504 $ 513 $ 373 $ 1,694 $ 597 $ 421 $ 422 $ 1,440

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or
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