- Completed annual tariff rate redetermination process and established minimum volume commitments (“MVCs”) for 2025 that imply approximately 10% annualized growth in throughput volumes across gas, oil and water systems from 2023 to 2025.
- Hess Midstream LP expects $600 - $640 million of Net Income and $990 - $1,030 million of Adjusted EBITDA1 in 2023 followed by at least 10% per year expected growth in Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA in each of 2024 and 2025, supported by growth in gas processing and gathering throughput volumes that represent approximately 75% of total affiliate revenues, excluding passthrough revenues.
- Hess Midstream LP expects capital expenditures of approximately $225 million in 2023 and expects capital expenditures in 2024 and 2025 to be stable with 2023 levels.
- Adjusted Free Cash Flow1 is expected to grow by greater than 10% on an annualized basis in both 2024 and 2025, more than sufficient to fully fund targeted growing distributions.
- Hess Midstream LP is extending its annual distribution per share growth target of 5% through 2025 with expected annual distribution coverage of at least 1.4x.
- Hess Midstream LP continues to prioritize financial strength with a long-term leverage target of 3x Adjusted EBITDA.
- Hess Midstream LP expects to generate greater than $1 billion of financial flexibility through 2025 for capital allocation, including potential for incremental shareholder returns beyond targeted distribution growth, funded by excess Adjusted Free Cash Flow beyond targeted distribution growth and leverage capacity with leverage of below 2.5x Adjusted EBITDA expected by the end of 2025.
HOUSTON -- (Business Wire)
Hess Midstream LP (NYSE: HESM) (“Hess Midstream”) today provided 2023 financial and operational guidance and expectations for 2024 and 2025.
“Hess Midstream is well-positioned, generating growing Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Free Cash Flow and distributions, underpinned by expected production growth in the Bakken,” said John Gatling, President and Chief Operating Officer of Hess Midstream. "With our robust balance sheet, unique contract structure, and strong cash flow generation, we have flexibility to deliver ongoing and significant return of capital to our shareholders.”
Full Year 2023 Guidance
Hess Midstream's financial guidance incorporates the outcomes of the year-end tariff rate recalculation and nomination process conducted with Hess Corporation (“Hess”) under Hess Midstream’s commercial agreements with Hess.
Hess Midstream expects full year 2023 net income of between $600 million and $640 million and Adjusted EBITDA of between $990 million and $1,030 million. Gross Adjusted EBITDA Margin2 is targeted to be approximately 75% in 2023. Hess Midstream expects full year 2023 Distributable Cash Flow2 to range between $815 million and $855 million, resulting in a distribution coverage ratio of approximately 1.5x.
In 2023, Hess Midstream expects to generate Adjusted Free Cash Flow of between $605 million and $645 million and approximately $60 million after funding distributions that are targeted to grow 5% per annum on a distribution per share basis.
In 2023, full year gas gathering volumes are anticipated to average 365 to 375 million cubic feet ("MMcf") of natural gas per day and gas processing volumes are expected to average 350 to 360 MMcf of natural gas per day, reflecting Hess’ announced four-rig program in the Bakken.
Crude oil gathering volumes are anticipated to average 95 to 105 thousand barrels ("MBbl") per day of crude oil in 2023, and crude oil terminaling volumes are expected to average 105 to 115 MBbl of crude oil per day.
Water gathering volumes are expected to average 85 to 95 MBbl of water per day for full year 2023.
Full Year 2023 Capital Guidance
Hess Midstream expects 2023 capital expenditures of approximately $225 million, focused on expansion of gas compression capacity and gathering system well connects. Approximately $210 million is allocated to expansion capital expenditures, with an estimated $15 million allocated to maintenance capital expenditures.
Approximately $100 million of the 2023 capital budget is allocated to gas compression, with activities focused on the completion of two new greenfield compressor stations and associated pipeline infrastructure, which are expected to provide, in aggregate, an additional 100 MMcf per day of gas compression capacity when brought online, further enhancing gas capture capability and supporting Hess’ development in the basin. Approximately $110 million is allocated to gathering system well connects to service Hess and third‑party customers and focused optimizations of our existing system.
(1) Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Free Cash Flow are non‑GAAP measures. Definitions and reconciliations of these non‑GAAP measures to GAAP reporting measures appear in the following pages of this release.
(2) Gross Adjusted EBITDA Margin and Distributable Cash Flow are non‑GAAP measures. Definitions and reconciliations, as applicable, of these non‑GAAP measures to GAAP reporting measures appear in the following pages of this release.
Full year 2023 guidance is summarized below:
December 31, 2023
Financials (in millions)
600 – 640
990 – 1,030
Distributable cash flow
815 – 855
Expansion capital expenditures
Maintenance capital expenditures
Adjusted free cash flow
605 – 645
December 31, 2023
Gas gathering - MMcf of natural gas per day
365 – 375
Crude oil gathering - MBbl of crude oil per day
95 – 105
Gas processing - MMcf of natural gas per day
350 – 360
Crude terminals - MBbl of crude oil per day
105 – 115
Water gathering - MBbl of water per day
85 – 95
Minimum Volume Commitments
As part of the annual nomination process set forth in our long-term commercial contracts, Hess’ MVCs were reviewed and updated based on Hess' volume nominations, which are based on Hess’ expectations of its own volumes and third-party throughput volumes contracted through Hess. MVCs are set annually at 80% of Hess’ nomination for the three years following each nomination. Once set, MVCs for each year can only be increased and not reduced.
As part of the process, MVCs for 2025 were set at 80% of nominated volumes, reflecting expected organic throughput volume growth across all systems relative to 2023 volume guidance and providing visibility of expected revenue growth relative to 2023. Hess' 2025 nomination for gas processing set at year-end 2022 was 429 MMcf of natural gas per day, resulting in the MVC of 343 MMcf of natural gas per day at 80% of the nomination. Throughput volume growth is driven primarily by increasing gas capture resulting from planned investments in regional gas compression projects that are expected to commence service over the next several years.
Hess Minimum Volume Commitments
Gas Gathering Agreement- MMcf of natural gas per day
Crude Oil Gathering Agreement- MBbl of crude oil per day
Gas Processing and Fractionation Agreement-
MMcf of natural gas per day
Terminaling and Export Services Agreement -
MBbl of crude oil per day
Water Services Agreement - MBbl of water per day
Long-Term Financial Metrics
Supported by approximately 10% expected annualized growth in physical volumes across gas, oil and water systems from 2023 through 2025 implied by the updated MVCs, Hess Midstream expects at least 10% per year Adjusted EBITDA growth in each of 2024 and 2025. Gas processing and gathering is expected to represent approximately 75% of total affiliate revenues in 2024 and 2025, excluding passthrough revenues. Gross Adjusted EBITDA Margin is targeted to be approximately 75% during this period. Hess Midstream does not expect to pay material cash taxes through 2025.
Adjusted Free Cash Flow is expected to grow by greater than 10% on an annualized basis in both 2024 and 2025, more than sufficient to fully fund targeted distribution growth. Hess Midstream expects capital expenditures for 2024 and 2025 to remain stable with 2023 levels and to be primarily focused on planned investments in regional gas compression projects, gathering well connects and system optimizations to support Hess’ continued development in the basin.
Return of Capital Framework
Hess Midstream continues to prioritize shareholder returns and a strong balance sheet. Hess Midstream expects to generate excess Adjusted Free Cash Flow beyond targeted distributions through at least 2025. Long-term targeted leverage continues to be 3x Adjusted EBITDA and leverage is expected to decrease to below 2.5x Adjusted EBITDA by the end of 2025. This is expected to provide greater than $1 billion of financial flexibility through 2025 for capital allocation, including potential for incremental shareholder returns beyond targeted distribution growth.
Consistent with its stated Return of Capital to Shareholders framework:
Hess Midstream expects to continue to grow its base distribution by extending its annual distribution per share growth target of 5% through 2025 with expected annual distribution coverage of at least 1.4x.
Hess Midstream expects to generate significant flexibility for incremental shareholder returns, including the potential for ongoing unit repurchases through 2025, from excess Adjusted Free Cash Flow beyond targeted distribution growth and leverage capacity relative to long-term targeted leverage.
About Hess Midstream
Hess Midstream LP is a fee‑based, growth-oriented midstream company that owns, operates, develops and acquires a diverse set of midstream assets to provide services to Hess and third‑party customers. Hess Midstream owns oil, gas and produced water handling assets that are primarily located in the Bakken and Three Forks Shale plays in the Williston Basin area of North Dakota. More information is available at www.hessmidstream.com.
Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Non‑GAAP Measures
In addition to our financial information presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), management utilizes certain additional non‑GAAP measures to facilitate comparisons of past performance and future periods. “Adjusted EBITDA” presented in this release is defined as reported net income (loss) before net interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization and our proportional share of depreciation of our equity affiliates, as further adjusted to eliminate the impact of certain items that we do not consider indicative of our ongoing operating performance, such as transaction costs, other income and other non‑cash and non‑recurring items, if applicable. “Distributable Cash Flow” or “DCF” is defined as Adjusted EBITDA less net interest, excluding amortization of deferred financing costs, cash paid for federal and state income taxes and maintenance capital expenditures. DCF does not reflect changes in working capital balances. We define “Adjusted Free Cash Flow” as DCF less expansion capital expenditures and ongoing contributions to equity investments. We define “Gross Adjusted EBITDA Margin” as the ratio of Adjusted EBITDA to total revenues, less passthrough revenues. We believe that investors’ understanding of our performance is enhanced by disclosing these measures as they may assist in assessing our operating performance as compared to other publicly traded companies in the midstream energy industry, without regard to historical cost basis or, in the case of Adjusted EBITDA, financing methods, and assessing the ability of our assets to generate sufficient cash flow to make distributions to our shareholders. These measures are not, and should not be viewed as, a substitute for GAAP net income or cash flow from operating activities and should not be considered in isolation. Reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA, DCF and Adjusted Free Cash Flow to reported net income (GAAP) are provided below. Hess Midstream is unable to project net cash provided by operating activities with a reasonable degree of accuracy because this metric includes the impact of changes in operating assets and liabilities related to the timing of cash receipts and disbursements that may not relate to the period in which the operating activities occur. Therefore, Hess Midstream is unable to provide projected net cash provided by operating activities, or the related reconciliation of projected Adjusted Free Cash Flow to projected net cash provided by operating activities without unreasonable effort. Hess Midstream is unable to project passthrough revenues with a reasonable degree of accuracy. Therefore, Hess Midstream is unable to provide a reconciliation of Gross Adjusted EBITDA Margin without unreasonable effort.
December 31, 2023
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow
and Adjusted Free Cash Flow to net income:
600 - 640
Interest expense, net
Income tax expense
990 - 1,030
Interest, net, and maintenance capital expenditures
Distributable cash flow
815 - 855
Expansion capital expenditures
Adjusted free cash flow
605 - 645
*Includes proportional share of equity affiliates' depreciation
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Information
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws. Words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “could,” “may,” “should,” “would,” “believe,” “intend,” “project,” “plan,” “predict,” “will,” “target,” “imply” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which are not historical in nature. Our forward-looking statements may include, without limitation: our future financial and operational results; our business strategy; our industry; our expected revenues; our future profitability; our maintenance or expansion projects; our projected budget and capital expenditures and the impact of such expenditures on our performance; our ability to deliver ongoing return of capital to our shareholders and future economic and market conditions in the oil and gas industry.
Forward-looking statements are based on our current understanding, assessments, estimates and projections of relevant factors and reasonable assumptions about the future. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our current projections or expectations of future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. The following important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in our forward-looking statements: the ability of Hess and other parties to satisfy their obligations to us, including Hess’ ability to meet its drilling and development plans on a timely basis or at all, its ability to deliver its nominated volumes to us, and the operation of joint ventures that we may not control; our ability to generate sufficient cash flow to pay current and expected levels of distributions; reductions in the volumes of crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids (“NGLs”) and produced water we gather, process, terminal or store; the actual volumes we gather, process, terminal or store for Hess in excess of our MVCs and relative to Hess' nominations; fluctuations in the prices and demand for crude oil, natural gas and NGLs; changes in global economic conditions and the effects of a global economic downturn or inflation on our business and the business of our suppliers, customers, business partners and lenders; the direct and indirect effects of an epidemic or outbreak of an infectious disease, such as COVID-19 and its variants, on our business and those of our business partners, suppliers and customers, including Hess; our ability to comply with government regulations or make capital expenditures required to maintain compliance, including our ability to obtain or maintain permits necessary for capital projects in a timely manner, if at all, or the revocation or modification of existing permits; our ability to successfully identify, evaluate and timely execute our capital projects, investment opportunities and growth strategies, whether through organic growth or acquisitions; costs or liabilities associated with federal, state and local laws, regulations and governmental actions applicable to our business, including legislation and regulatory initiatives relating to environmental protection and health and safety, such as spills, releases, pipeline integrity and measures to limit greenhouse gas emissions and climate change; our ability to comply with the terms of our credit facility, indebtedness and other financing arrangements, which, if accelerated, we may not be able to repay; reduced demand for our midstream services, including the impact of weather or the availability of the competing third-party midstream gathering, processing and transportation operations; potential disruption or interruption of our business due to catastrophic events, such as accidents, severe weather events, labor disputes, information technology failures, constraints or disruptions and cyber-attacks; any limitations on our ability to access debt or capital markets on terms that we deem acceptable, including as a result of weakness in the oil and gas industry or negative outcomes within commodity and financial markets; liability resulting from litigation; and other factors described in Item 1A—Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and any additional risks described in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
As and when made, we believe that our forward-looking statements are reasonable. However, given these risks and uncertainties, caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements since such statements speak only as of the date when made and there can be no assurance that such forward-looking statements will occur and actual results may differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement we make. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise.
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