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CONE Midstream Reports First Quarter Results

CANONSBURG, Pa., May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CONE Midstream Partners LP CNNX, -0.39% ("CONE Midstream" or the "Partnership") today reported financial and operational results for the three months ended March 31, 2016. [(1)]

First Quarter Results

Highlights of first quarter 2016 results attributable to the Partnership as compared to the first quarter of 2015 include:

  • Net income of $24.8 million as compared to $14.2 million
  • Average daily throughput volumes of 850 billion Btu per day (BBtu/d) as compared to 549 BBtu/d
  • Adjusted EBITDA [(2)] of $27.7 million as compared to $16.2 million
  • Distributable cash flow (DCF) [(2)] of $24.6 million as compared to $14.1 million
  • Cash distribution coverage of 1.69x on an as declared basis

Management Comment

"CONE Midstream is pleased to report very strong financial and operational results for the first quarter," said John T. Lewis, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of CONE Midstream GP LLC (the "General Partner"). "Net throughput volumes increased by 55% from the first quarter of 2015, and net income attributable to the partnership grew by 75% from a year ago. Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow increased by 71% and 74%, respectively, as compared to first quarter last year.

"We view our strong balance sheet and distribution coverage as positive differentiators for CNNX," continued Mr. Lewis. "With a debt to trailing-twelve months EBITDA ratio of 0.8x, we have the financial capacity to sustain our growth through an appropriate combination of investment in organic projects, third party business development, and asset dropdowns or acquisitions. I'd also like to point out that we were free-cash-flow positive during the first quarter, as cash from operations exceeded our total capital investments and cash distribution payments. Our balance sheet and robust distribution coverage have us well positioned for the future."

Quarterly Distribution

As previously announced, the Board of Directors of the General Partner declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.245 per unit with respect to the first quarter of 2016. The distribution payment will be made on May 13, 2016 to unitholders of record at the close of business on May 4, 2016. The distribution, which equates to an annual rate of $0.98 per unit, represents an increase of 3.7% over the prior quarter and an increase of 15.3% over the distribution paid with respect to the first quarter of 2015.

Capital Investment and Resources

CONE Midstream's allocated first quarter 2016 share of investment in expansion projects was $9.0 million. Total expansion capital investment at the three development companies in which CONE Midstream holds controlling interests was $19.6 million. CONE Midstream's respective share of maintenance capital expenditures for the three development companies for the first quarter 2016 was $2.8 million. Maintenance capital expenditures in the aggregate for the development companies in which CONE Midstream holds controlling interests totaled $4.8 million.

As of March 31, 2016, CONE Midstream had outstanding borrowings of $74.0 million under its $250 million revolving credit facility and a cash balance of $14.3 million.

First Quarter Financial and Operational Results Conference Call

A conference call and webcast, during which management will discuss first quarter 2016 financial and operational results, is scheduled for May 5, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Reference material for the call will be available on the "Events" page of our website, www.conemidstream.com, shortly before the start of the call. Prepared remarks by members of management will be followed by a question and answer period. Interested parties may listen via webcast by using the link posted on the "Events" page of our website or at www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/998/14490. Participants who would like to ask questions may join the conference by phone at 888-349-0097 (international 412-902-0126) five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time (reference the CONE Midstream call). An on-demand replay of the webcast will be also be available at www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/998/14490 shortly after the conclusion of the conference call. A telephonic replay will be available through May 12, 2016 by dialing 877-344-7529 (international:412-317-0088) and using the conference playback number 10084060.

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(1)

Unless otherwise indicated, the reporting measures included in this news release reflect the unallocated total activity of the three development companies jointly owned by the Partnership and CONE Gathering LLC ("CONE Gathering"). Because the Partnership owns a controlling interest in each of the three development companies, it fully consolidates their financial results. The Partnership's current economic interests in the development companies are: 75% in the Anchor Systems, 5% in the Growth Systems, and 5% in the Additional Systems. CONE Gathering is a midstream joint venture formed by CONSOL Energy Inc. and Noble Energy, Inc. and owns non-controlling interests in the Partnership's development companies.



(2)

Adjusted EBITDA and DCF are not measures that are recognized under accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. ("GAAP"). Definitions and reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to GAAP reporting measures appear in the financial tables which follow.

Contact:

Stephen R. Milbourne


CONE Investor Relations

Phone:

724-485-4408

Email:

smilbourne@conemidstream.com

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CONE Midstream Partners is a master limited partnership formed by CONSOL Energy Inc. CNX, +1.50% and Noble Energy, Inc. NBL, +0.94% referred to as our Sponsors, to own, operate, develop and acquire natural gas gathering and other midstream energy assets to service our Sponsors' production in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Our assets include natural gas gathering pipelines and compression and dehydration facilities, as well as condensate gathering, collection, separation and stabilization facilities. More information is available on our website www.conemidstream.com.

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This press release is intended to be a qualified notice to nominees as provided for under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Brokers and nominees should treat one hundred percent (100.0%) of CONE Midstream's distributions to non-U.S. investors as being attributed to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, CONE Midstream's distributions to non-U.S. investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable effective tax rate. Nominees, and not CONE Midstream, are treated as withholding agents responsible for withholding on the distributions received by them on behalf of foreign investors.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements that are predictive in nature, that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions or that include the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate" and other expressions that are predictions of or indicate future events and trends and that do not relate to historical matters identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict, and there can be no assurance that actual outcomes and results will not differ materially from those expected by our management. Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the results contemplated by such forward-looking statements include, among others: the effects of changes in market prices of natural gas, NGLs and crude oil on our Sponsors' drilling and development plan on our dedicated acreage and the volumes of natural gas and condensate that are produced on our dedicated acreage; changes in our Sponsors' drilling and development plan in the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale; our Sponsors' ability to meet their drilling and development plan in the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale; the demand for natural gas and condensate gathering services; changes in general economic conditions; competitive conditions in our industry; actions taken by third-party operators, gatherers, processors and transporters; our ability to successfully implement our business plan; and our ability to complete internal growth projects on time and on budget. You should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Although forward-looking statements reflect our good faith beliefs at the time they are made, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including the factors described under...


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