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Williams Reports First-Quarter 2014 Financial Results

04/30/2014
  • First-Quarter 2014 Net Income is $140 Million, $0.20 per Share; Results Impacted by Bluegrass Project Write-off and Related Costs, Lower NGL Margins vs. Year-Ago Period
  • Adjusted Net Income $190 Million or $0.28 per Share
  • Williams Partners’ Fee-based Revenue Up $63 Million or 9% vs. 2013
  • Continue to Expect More Than 50% Growth in Adjusted Segment Profit + DD&A for 2015 vs. 2013
  • Reaffirming Cash-Dividend Growth of 20% in each of 2014 and 2015
  • Williams, Williams Partners Analyst Day Set for May 14; Management to Present on Businesses and Provide 2016 Guidance

TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Williams (NYSE: WMB):

Quarterly Summary Financial Information     1Q 2014   1Q 2013
Per share amounts are reported on a diluted basis. All amounts are attributable to The Williams Companies, Inc.

millions

 

per share

millions

 

per share

(Unaudited)
Income from continuing operations $ 140 $ 0.20 $ 162 $ 0.23
Income (loss) from discontinued operations   -   -   (1 )   -
Net income $ 140 $ 0.20 $ 161   $ 0.23
                   
Adjusted income from continuing operations* $ 190 $ 0.28 $ 152   $ 0.22
 

* A schedule reconciling income from continuing operations to adjusted income from continuing operations (non-GAAP measures) is available at www.williams.com and as an attachment to this news release.

 

Williams (NYSE: WMB) has announced unaudited first-quarter 2014 net income attributable to Williams of $140 million, or $0.20 per share on a diluted basis, compared with net income of $161 million, or $0.23 per share on a diluted basis for first-quarter 2013.

The decline in net income during first-quarter 2014 was primarily due to $86 million of charges related to the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline project primarily reflecting the write-off of development costs that were previously capitalized and other costs that were incurred or accrued during the first quarter. At Williams Partners, increases in fee-based revenues more than offset lower natural gas liquids (NGL) margins.

Adjusted Income from Continuing Operations

Adjusted income from continuing operations was $190 million, or $0.28 per share, for first-quarter 2014, compared with $152 million or $0.22 per share for first-quarter 2013.

The $38 million increase in after-tax results attributable to Williams for the quarter was driven by $63 million growth in Williams Partners’ fee-based revenues, as well as $63 million in higher Geismar results (including the benefit of expected business interruption insurance recoveries and planned plant expansion), partially offset by $38 million lower NGL margins and other changes.

Adjusted income from continuing operations reflects the removal of items considered unrepresentative of ongoing operations and is a non-GAAP measure. A reconciliation to the most relevant GAAP measure is attached to this news release.

CEO Comment

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

“Williams’ core businesses performed well in the first quarter, generating a 14 percent increase in adjusted segment profit plus DD&A versus the prior year as we continued our trend of posting significant quarterly increases in fee-based revenues.

“From an execution perspective, we completed or made significant progress on several large-scale projects in the first quarter. We added a second fractionator to our Moundsville, West Virginia facility, substantially completed the Keathley Canyon deepwater pipeline and prepared Gulfstar One for commissioning. Additionally, the Geismar olefins plant is expected to begin the startup of its expanded production in June.

“We’re excited about the accelerating pace of expansion projects at Transco, including Atlantic Sunrise, Dalton Expansion and our newly announced Gulf Trace project. The Atlantic Sunrise and Gulf Trace projects will serve as important infrastructure for future LNG export facilities at Cove Point and Sabine Pass.

“We believe the Bluegrass Pipeline project remains the best long-term solution in the marketplace for transporting NGLs from the northeast to the Gulf Coast and we continue to pursue support for the project. However, we are exercising financial discipline by suspending capital expenditures as we seek to secure the necessary customer commitments to move forward. Williams will focus its capital investments on the large portfolio of investment opportunities where the returns are more attractive relative to risks.

“Our strong performance, steadfast execution and constantly growing business opportunities give us confidence in our continuing expectation to grow adjusted segment profit plus DD&A by 50 percent in 2015 versus 2013 with minimal Williams Partners’ equity issuances in 2014 and none planned for 2015. Growing cash flows are shifting financing toward debt while we continue to maintain investment grade credit metrics.”

Business Segment Results

Williams’ business segments for financial reporting are Williams Partners, Williams NGL & Petchem Services, Access Midstream Partners, and Other.

The Williams Partners segment includes the consolidated results of Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE:WPZ). Following the dropdown of Williams’ currently operational Canadian assets to Williams Partners in February 2014, Williams NGL & Petchem Services segment is comprised of various developmental-stage projects. Access Midstream Partners includes the company’s equity earnings from its 50-percent interest in privately held Access Midstream Partners GP, L.L.C. and an approximate 23-percent limited-partner interest in Access Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ACMP). Prior period segment results have been recast to reflect our contribution of certain Canadian assets to Williams Partners.

     
      1Q  
Segment Profit (Loss) Adj. Segment Profit (Loss)**
Amounts in millions 2014 2013 2014   2013
 
Williams Partners $ 503 $ 494 $ 563 $ 488
Williams NGL & Petchem Services (100 ) (2 ) (5 ) (2 )
Access Midstream Partners * 6 - 6 -
Other   3     (5 )   3     (5 )
 
Total Consolidated Segment Profit $ 412   $ 487   $ 567   $ 481  
 

* Segment results for Access Midstream Partners for 1Q 2014 and 1Q 2013 includes $15 million and $17 million, respectively, of non-cash amortization of the difference between the cost of Williams’ investment and the company’s underlying share of the net assets of Access Midstream Partners.

** A schedule reconciling segment profit to adjusted segment profit (non-GAAP measure) is available at www.williams.com and as an attachment to this news release.

Williams Partners

Williams Partners is focused on natural gas transportation, gathering, treating, processing and storage; natural gas liquids fractionation, storage and transportation; olefins production; and oil transportation.

For first-quarter 2014, Williams Partners reported segment profit of $503 million, compared with $494 million for first-quarter 2013. The increase in segment profit is primarily due to an increase in fee-based revenues, partially offset by lower NGL margins and higher operating costs (primarily depreciation) associated with ongoing growth in Williams Partners’ Northeast operations.

WPZ raised its first-quarter cash distribution by 1.3 percent compared to the prior quarter. There is a more detailed description of Williams Partners’ business results in the partnership’s first-quarter 2014 financial results news release, also issued today.

                 
Williams Partners 2013 2014
Key Operational Metrics

1Q

2Q

3Q

4Q

1Q

1Q Change
Year-over-year Sequential
Fee-based Revenues (millions) $ 685 $ 705 $ 721 $ 754 $ 748 9 % -1 %
 
NGL Margins (millions) $ 144 $ 117 $ 131 $ 127 $ 106 -26 % -17 %
Ethane Equity sales (million gallons) 23 43 57 24 33 43 % 38 %
Per-Unit Ethane NGL Margins ($/gallon) $ 0.03 $ 0.02 -$0.01 $ 0.02 $ 0.20 567 % 900 %
Non-Ethane Equity sales (million gallons) 163 157 153 134 113 -31 % -16 %
Per-Unit Non-Ethane NGL Margins ($/gallon) $ 0.87 $ 0.75 $ 0.85 $ 0.94 $ 0.88 1 % -6 %
 
Olefin Margins (millions) $ 150 $ 117 $ 23 $ 12 $ 28 -81 % 133 %
Geismar ethylene sales volumes (millions of lbs.) 246 211 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Geismar ethylene margin ($/pound) $ 0.37 $ 0.33 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
 

Williams NGL & Petchem Services

As previously mentioned, following the dropdown of Williams’ currently operational Canadian assets to Williams Partners in February 2014, Williams NGL & Petchem Services segment is comprised of various developmental-stage projects in Canada and the Gulf Coast.

Williams NGL & Petchem Services reported segment loss of $100 million for first-quarter 2014, compared with segment loss of $2 million for first-quarter 2013.

The decline in segment profit during first quarter was primarily due to charges of $95 million related to the proposed Bluegrass project, including equity losses associated with the write-off of development costs at Bluegrass that were previously capitalized and other costs incurred or accrued during the first quarter.

Access Midstream Partners

The first-quarter 2014 segment profit of $6 million for Access Midstream Partners includes $21 million of equity earnings recognized from Access Midstream Partners, L.P. reduced by $15 million noncash amortization of the difference between the cost of Williams’ investment and the company’s underlying share of the net assets of Access Midstream Partners, L.P. In the first-quarter of 2014, Williams received a regular quarterly distribution of $31 million from Access Midstream Partners, L.P.

ACMP raised its first-quarter cash distribution by 3.6 percent compared to the prior quarter.

Recent Operational Achievements

Northeast G&P

Williams Partners steadily increased the Northeast gathered volumes in first-quarter 2014 despite difficult winter weather conditions, reaching a new monthly average record of 2.3 billion cubic feet per day in the Utica-Marcellus. Average daily gathered volumes increased 38 percent in first-quarter 2014 versus first-quarter 2013. The Susquehanna Supply Hub grew volumes by 37 percent, Ohio Valley Midstream grew volumes by 63 percent and Laurel Mountain grew volumes by 29 percent during the quarter.

Williams Partners completed installation of additional fractionation capacity and is on track to install a de-ethanizer and stabilizer in the first half of 2014 at Ohio Valley Midstream to keep pace with producer demand.

Atlantic-Gulf

In the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Williams Partners positioned the floating spar and completed the installation of the platform of Gulfstar One, the first-of-its-kind floating production spar, on schedule to start serving our deepwater customers in the third quarter of 2014. The turn-key product, which is part of the partnership’s offshore field development program, combines production handling services with export pipeline, oil and gas gathering and processing services.

In the Gulf of Mexico, Williams Partners completed installation of the 215-mile Keathley Canyon Connector 20-inch deepwater pipeline. The $460 million project, which includes a new shelf platform and an onshore methanol extraction plant, is due to be completed and ready to receive production within the fourth quarter of 2014.

Timely expansions to the Transco pipeline system drove record-breaking volume deliveries in areas stretching from Mississippi to New York City. Transco set a three-day delivery record Jan. 6-8, 2014 when it delivered an average of 11.12 million dekatherms per day.

Williams Partners announced that the Atlantic Sunrise expansion project received binding commitments from nine shippers for 100 percent of the 1.7 million dekatherms of daily firm transportation capacity. The project includes 15-year shipper commitments from producers, local distribution companies and power generators. Williams Partners expects to bring Atlantic Sunrise into service in the second half of 2017, assuming all necessary regulatory approvals are received in a timely manner.

West

The Willow Creek processing plant in the Piceance Basin achieved a new quarterly average daily inlet volume throughput record of 479 million cubic feet per day in the first quarter.

NGL & Petchem Services

Williams Partners continues to rebuild, turnaround and expand the Geismar Olefins plant, which is expected to begin startup in the latter half of June 2014. The expansion will increase the ethylene production capacity by 600 million pounds per year to a total capacity of 1.95 billion pounds per year. Williams Partners’ share of the total capacity is approximately 1.7 billion pounds per year.

Guidance

The company continues to expect to increase the full-year dividend it pays shareholders by 20 percent in each 2014 and 2015 – to per-share amounts of $1.75 and $2.11, respectively. Williams' full-year dividend for 2013 was $1.44 per share. The expected quarterly increases in Williams' dividend are subject to quarterly approval of Williams' board of directors. Williams has paid a common stock dividend every quarter since 1974.

Williams expects strong cash flow growth from Williams Partners and Access Midstream Partners to drive the cash dividend growth through the 2014 to 2015 guidance period and beyond.

Williams Partners’ consolidated profitability and cash flow guidance ranges are unchanged from guidance issued on February 19, 2014. Williams Partners expects adjusted segment profit + DD&A to grow by nearly 50 percent for 2015 versus 2013. Several key drivers and assumptions are embedded in this estimate. The largest risks to achieving this growth in 2014 are:

a. Natural gas and natural gas liquids prices that drive assumed NGL margins and drilling activities, as well as olefins prices and margins.

b. Recovery of business interruption insurance proceeds offsetting the majority of the Geismar plant outage in 2014, which assumes a June startup.

c. The timely completion and producer startup of the Gulfstar One project and Discovery’s Keathley Canyon System.

d. The delivery of new facilities in the Marcellus producing region along with expected volume growth.

e. The in-service date for Transco’s Rockaway Lateral.

Williams Partners has $500 million of combined business interruption and property damage insurance related to the Geismar incident (subject to deductibles and other limitations) that is expected to significantly mitigate the financial loss. Based on commodity pricing assumptions and property damage estimates, the company estimates approximately $430 million of cash recoveries from insurers related to business interruption losses and approximately $70 million related to property damage. In first-quarter 2014, the insurers paid a second installment of $125 million and the total amount received to date is $175 million.

The assumed expanded plant restart date and repair cost estimate are subject to various uncertainties and risks that could cause the actual results to be materially different from these assumptions. The assumed property damage and business interruption insurance proceeds are also subject to various uncertainties and risks that could cause the actual results to be materially different from these assumptions.

Capital expenditures for Williams included in guidance for 2014 and 2015 have been decreased by approximately $1.2 billion due to the elimination of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline project. This decrease is offset somewhat by approximately $250 million of higher estimated capital expenditures at Williams Partners during this period, which primarily relates to new projects.

Williams is removing the proposed Bluegrass project from its financial guidance and will focus current capital expenditures on the large portfolio of investment opportunities where the returns are more attractive relative to risks.

Williams’ current guidance for its earnings and capital expenditures are displayed in the following table:

     
Williams Guidance 2014 2015
Dollars in millions Low   Mid   High Low   Mid   High
Adjusted Segment Profit (1) $ 2,200 $ 2,400 $ 2,600 $ 2,820 $ 3,070 $ 3,320
 
Adjusted Segment Profit + DD&A (1) $ 3,185 $ 3,410 $ 3,635 $ 3,945 $ 4,220 $ 4,495
 
Capital & Investment Expenditures
Williams Partners $ 3,305 $ 3,590 $ 3,875 $ 2,195 $ 2,450 $ 2,705
Williams NGL & Petchem Services 405 455 505 380 430 480
Other 50 55 60 25 25 25
Total Capital & Investment Expenditures $ 3,760 $ 4,100 $ 4,440 $ 2,600 $ 2,905 $ 3,210
 
Adjusted Earnings Per Share (1) $ 1.00 $ 1.10 $ 1.20 $ 1.35 $ 1.50 $ 1.65

(1) Adjusted Segment Profit and Adjusted Diluted EPS are adjusted to remove items considered unrepresentative of ongoing operations and are non-GAAP measures. Adjusted Segment Profit + DD&A is also a non-GAAP measure. Reconciliations to the most relevant GAAP measures are attached to this news release.

Williams, Williams Partners Analyst Day Set for May 14

Williams (NYSE: WMB) is scheduled to host its annual Analyst Day event May 14. During the event, Williams' management will give in-depth presentations covering all of Williams' and Williams Partners L.P.'s (NYSE:WPZ) energy infrastructure businesses and provide 2016 guidance. The event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. EDT.

On the day of the event, www.williams.com and www.williamslp.com will feature presentation files for download along with a link to a live webcast. A replay of the Analyst Day webcast will be available for two weeks following the event.

First-Quarter Materials to be Posted Shortly, Q&A Webcast Scheduled for Tomorrow

Williams’ first-quarter 2014 financial results will be posted shortly at www.williams.com. The information will include the data book and analyst package.

Williams and Williams Partners L.P. will host a joint Q&A live webcast on Thursday, May 1, at 9:30 a.m. EDT. A limited number of phone lines will be available at (888) 949-2165. International callers should dial (719) 325-4855. A link to the live first-quarter webcast, as well as replays of the webcast in both streaming and downloadable podcast formats, will be available for two weeks following the event at www.williams.com and www.williamslp.com.

Form 10-Q

The company plans to file its first-quarter 2014 Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week. Once filed, the document will be available on both the SEC and Williams websites.

Non-GAAP Measures

This news release includes certain financial measures – adjusted segment profit, adjusted segment profit + DD&A, adjusted income from continuing operations (“earnings”) and adjusted earnings per share – that are non-GAAP financial measures as defined under the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Adjusted segment profit, adjusted earnings and adjusted earnings per share measures exclude items of income or loss that the company characterizes as unrepresentative of its ongoing operations. Management believes these measures provide investors meaningful insight into the company's results from ongoing operations.

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 widely accepted financial indicators used by investors to compare a company’s performance. In addition, management believes that these measures provide investors an enhanced perspective of the operating performance of the company and aid investor understanding. Neither adjusted segment profit, adjusted segment profit + DD&A, adjusted earnings, nor adjusted earnings per share measures are intended to represent an alternative to segment profit, net income or earnings per share. 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 (NYSE: WMB)

Williams is one of the leading energy infrastructure companies in North America. It owns interests in or operates 15,000 miles of interstate gas pipelines, 1,000 miles of NGL transportation pipelines, and more than 10,000 miles of oil and gas gathering pipelines. The company's facilities have daily gas processing capacity of 6.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas, NGL production of more than 200,000 barrels per day and domestic olefins production capacity of 1.35 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of propylene per year. Williams owns approximately 66 percent of Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ), one of the largest diversified energy master limited partnerships. Williams Partners owns most of Williams' interstate gas pipeline and midstream assets. Williams also owns certain domestic olefins pipelines assets, as well as a significant investment in Access Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ACMP), a midstream natural gas services provider. The company's headquarters is in Tulsa, Okla. For more information, visit www.williams.com, where the company routinely posts important information.

The Williams Companies, Inc.

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  • Amounts and nature of future capital expenditures;
  • Expansion and growth of our business and operations;
  • Financial condition and liquidity;
  • Business strategy;
  • Cash flow from operations or results of operations;
  • The levels of dividends to stockholders;
  • Natural gas, natural gas liquids and olefins, supply, prices 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 in this report. 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 we have sufficient cash to enable us to pay current and expected levels of dividends;
  • Availability of supplies, market demand and volatility of prices;
  • Inflation, interest rates, fluctuation in foreign exchange rates, and general economic conditions (including future disruptions and volatility in the global credit markets and the impact of these events on our 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 execute investment opportunities;
  • Ability to acquire new businesses and assets and successfully integrate those operations and assets into our existing businesses, as well as successfully expand our facilities;
  • Development of alternative energy sources;
  • The impact of operational and development hazards and unforeseen interruptions;
  • Costs of, changes in, or the results of laws, government regulations (including safety and environmental regulations), environmental liabilities, litigation, and rate proceedings;
  • 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 our debt agreements, future changes in our credit ratings 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;
  • Acts of terrorism, including cybersecurity threats and related disruptions;
  • Additional risks described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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 to 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 in this announcement. 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.

Investors are urged to closely consider the disclosures and risk factors in our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on Feb. 26, 2014, and each of our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q available from our offices or from our website at www.williams.com.

 
 
Reconciliation of Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations Attributable to The Williams Companies, Inc. to Adjusted Income
(UNAUDITED)
           
 
2013 2014
(Dollars in millions, except per-share amounts)     1st Qtr   2nd Qtr   3rd Qtr   4th Qtr   Year 1st Qtr
                             
Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to The Williams Companies, Inc. available to common stockholders $ 162     $ 149     $ 143     $ (13 )   $ 441   $ 140  
Income (loss) from continuing operations - diluted earnings per common share $ .23     $ .22     $ .20     $ (.02 )   $ .64   $ .20  
Adjustments:

Williams Partners

Net loss (recovery) related to Eminence storage facility leak $ $ (5 ) $ 5 $ (2 ) $ (2 ) $
Share of impairments at equity method investee 7 7
Contingency loss (gain) (6 ) 9 16 19
Loss related to Geismar Incident 6 4 4 14
Geismar Incident adjustment for insurance and timing (35 ) 118 83 54
Loss related to compressor station fire                               6  
Total Williams Partners adjustments (6 ) 1 (17 ) 143 121 60

Williams NGL & Petchem Services

Write-off of abandoned project 20 20
Bluegrass Pipeline project development costs - (100% consolidated) 19
Bluegrass Pipeline and Moss Lake project development costs (50% equity investment losses) 6
Equity investment losses related to Bluegrass Pipeline and Moss Lake write-offs                               70  
Total Williams NGL & Petchem Services adjustments 20 20 95

Access Midstream Partners

Gain associated with ACMP equity issuance         (26 )           (5 )     (31 )    
Total Access Midstream Partners adjustments         (26 )           (5 )     (31 )    
Adjustments included in segment profit (loss) (6 ) (25 ) (17 ) 158 110 155

Adjustments below segment profit (loss)

Reorganization-related costs 2 2
Interest income on receivable from sale of Venezuela assets - Other (13 ) (13 ) (11 ) (13 ) (50 ) (13 )
Allocation of adjustments to noncontrolling interests   5       4       9       (46 )     (28 )   (25 )
(6 ) (9 ) (2 ) (59 ) (76 ) (38 )
Total adjustments (12 ) (34 ) (19 ) 99 34 117
Less tax effect for above items 1 10 4 (39 ) (24 ) (47 )
Adjustments for tax-related items [1]   1       4       2       101       108     (20 )
Adjusted income from continuing operations available to common stockholders $ 152     $ 129       130     $ 148     $ 559   $ 190  
Adjusted diluted earnings per common share [2] $ .22     $ .19     $ .19     $ .22     $ .81   $ .28  
Weighted-average shares - diluted (thousands) 687,143 686,924 687,306 687,712 687,185 688,904
 
[1]   The fourth quarter of 2013 includes a favorable adjustment to reflect taxes on undistributed earnings of certain foreign operations that are no longer considered permanently reinvested. The first quarter of 2014 includes an unfavorable adjustment related to completing the dropdown of certain Canadian operations to Williams Partners.
[2] Interest expense, net of tax, associated with our convertible debentures has been added back to adjusted income from continuing operations available to common stockholders to calculate adjusted diluted earnings per common share.
Note: 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 GAAP “Segment Profit (Loss)” to Non-GAAP “Adjusted Segment Profit (Loss)” and “Adjusted Segment Profit + DD&A”
(UNAUDITED)    
           
 
2013* 2014
(Dollars in millions)     1st Qtr   2nd Qtr   3rd Qtr   4th Qtr   Year 1st Qtr
                             
Segment profit (loss):
 
Williams Partners $ 494 $ 427 $ 411 $ 345 $ 1,677 $ 503
Williams NGL & Petchem Services (2 ) (1 ) (4 ) (25 ) (32 ) (100 )
Access Midstream Partners 29 6 26 61 6
Other   (5 )     1       (1 )           (5 )   3  
Total segment profit (loss) $ 487     $ 456     $ 412     $ 346     $ 1,701   $ 412  
 
Adjustments:
 
Williams Partners $ (6 ) $ 1 $ (17 ) $ 143 $ 121 $ 60
Williams NGL & Petchem Services 20 20 95
Access Midstream Partners (26 ) (5 ) (31 )
Other                                
Total segment adjustments $ (6 )   $ (25 )   $ (17 )   $ 158     $ 110   $ 155  
 
Adjusted segment profit (loss):
 
Williams Partners $ 488 $ 428 $ 394 $ 488 $ 1,798 $ 563
Williams NGL & Petchem Services (2 ) (1 ) (4 ) (5 ) (12 ) (5 )
Access Midstream Partners 3 6 21 30 6
Other   (5 )     1       (1 )           (5 )   3  
Total adjusted segment profit (loss) $ 481     $ 431     $ 395     $ 504     $ 1,811   $ 567  
 
Depreciation and amortization (DD&A):
Williams Partners $ 196 $ 191 $ 201 $ 203 $ 791 $ 208
Williams NGL & Petchem Services
Access Midstream Partners** 17 15 16 15 63 15
Other   5       7       6       6       24     6  
Total depreciation and amortization $ 218     $ 213     $ 223     $ 224     $ 878   $ 229  
 
Adjusted segment profit (loss) + DD&A
Williams Partners $ 684 $ 619 $ 595 $ 691 $ 2,589 $ 771
Williams NGL & Petchem Services (2 ) (1 ) (4 ) (5 ) (12 ) (5 )
Access Midstream Partners 17 18 22 36 93 21
Other         8       5       6       19     9  
Total adjusted segment profit (loss) + DD&A $ 699     $ 644     $ 618     $ 728     $ 2,689   $ 796  
 
* Recast due to the dropdown of the Canadian operations to Williams Partners in the first quarter of 2014.
** DD&A adjustment for Access Midstream Partners reflects the amortization of the basis difference between Williams’ investment and its proportional share of the underlying net assets.
 
Note:   Segment profit (loss) includes equity earnings (losses) and income (loss) from investments reported in other investing income - net in the Consolidated Statement of Income. Equity earnings (losses) results from investments accounted for under the equity method. Income (loss) from investments results from the management of certain equity investments.
               
 
2014 Forecast Guidance—Reported to Adjusted
 
April 30 Guidance
Reported Adjustment Adjusted
(Dollars in millions, except earnings per share) Low     High Items Low     High
                               
Segment profit $ 2,215 $ 2,615 $ (15 ) $ 2,200 $ 2,600
Net interest expense (565 ) (595 ) (565 ) (595 )
General corporate/other/rounding   (122 )       (132 )   (13 )   (135 )       (145 )
Pretax income 1,528 1,888 (28 ) 1,500 1,860
Provision for income tax   (390 )       (510 )   (25 )   (415 )       (535 )
Income from continuing operations $ 1,138 $ 1,378 $ (53 ) $ 1,085 $ 1,325
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (422 )       (522 )   32     (390 )       (490 )
 
Amounts attributable to Williams:
Income from continuing operations $ 716       $ 856   $ (21 ) $ 695       $ 835  
Diluted EPS $ 1.03       $ 1.23   $ 1.00       $ 1.20  
   
 
Segment Profit Guidance—Reported to Adjusted
    April 30 Guidance
2014     2015
(Dollars in millions)     Low   Midpoint   High Low   Midpoint   High
                             
Reported segment profit:    
Williams Partners $ 2,275 $ 2,455 $ 2,635 $ 2,610 $ 2,830 $ 3,050
Williams NGL & Petchem Services (115 ) (113 ) (110 ) 80 90 100
Access Midstream Partners 25 43 60 65 85 105
Other   30       30       30     65     65     65
Total Reported segment profit $ 2,215     $ 2,415     $ 2,615   $ 2,820   $ 3,070   $ 3,320
 
Adjustments:
Williams Partners-Loss related to compressor station fire $ 6 $ 6 $ 6 $ $ $
Williams Partners-Geismar Incident adjustment for insurance and timing (116 ) (116 ) (116 )
Williams NGL & Petchem Services - Bluegrass Pipeline project development costs (100% consolidated) 19 19 19
Williams NGL & Petchem Services - Bluegrass Pipeline and Moss Lake project development costs (50% equity investment losses) 6 6 6
Williams NGL & Petchem Services - Equity investment losses related to Bluegrass Pipeline and Moss Lake impairments 70 70 70
Access Midstream Partners
Other                          
Total Adjustments $ (15 )   $ (15 )   $ (15 ) $   $   $
 
Adjusted segment profit (loss):
Williams Partners $ 2,165 $ 2,345 $ 2,525 $ 2,610 $ 2,830 $ 3,050
Williams NGL & Petchem Services (20 ) (18 ) (15 ) 80 90 100
Access Midstream Partners 25 43 60 65 85 105
Other   30       30       30     65     65     65
Total Adjusted segment profit (loss) $ 2,200     $ 2,400     $ 2,600   $ 2,820   $ 3,070   $ 3,320
 
Depreciation and amortization (DD&A):
Williams Partners $ 895 $ 920 $ 945 $ 1,010 $ 1,035 $ 1,060
Williams NGL & Petchem Services 5 5 5 25 25 25
Access Midstream Partners* 60 60 60 60 60 60
Other   25       25       25     30     30     30
Total depreciation and amortization $ 985     $ 1,010     $ 1,035   $ 1,125   $ 1,150   $ 1,175
 
*Amortization adjustment for Access Midstream Partners reflects the amortization of the basis difference between Williams’ investment and its proportional share of the underlying net assets.
 
Adjusted segment profit (loss) + DD&A
Williams Partners $ 3,060 $ 3,265 $ 3,470 $ 3,620 $ 3,865 $ 4,110
Williams NGL & Petchem Services (15 ) (13 ) (10 ) 105 115 125
Access Midstream Partners 85 103 120 125 145 165
Other   55       55       55     95     95     95
Total adjusted segment profit + DD&A $ 3,185     $ 3,410     $ 3,635   $ 3,945   $ 4,220   $ 4,495
 
 
Reconciliation of Forecasted Reported Income from Continuing Operations to Adjusted Income from Continuing Operations
   
April 30 Guidance
2014     2015
(Dollars in millions, except earnings per share)     Low   Midpoint   High Low   Midpoint   High
                             
Reported income from continuing operations $ 716   $ 786   $ 856 $ 965   $ 1,070   $ 1,175
Adjustments—pretax 4 4 4
Adjustments—taxes   (25 )     (25 )     (25 )          
Adjustments—after tax (21 ) (21 ) (21 )
Adjusted income from continuing ops $ 695     $ 765     $ 835   $ 965   $ 1,070   $ 1,175
Adjusted diluted EPS $ 1.00     $ 1.10     $ 1.20   $ 1.35   $ 1.50   $ 1.65
 
Note: All amounts attributable to Williams

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