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Hiland Holdings GP, LP 10-Q 2009

Documents found in this filing:

  1. 10-Q
  2. Ex-10.1
  3. Ex-31.1
  4. Ex-31.2
  5. Ex-32.1
  6. Ex-32.2
  7. Ex-32.2

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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

 

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

x

 

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED MARCH 31, 2009

 

OR

 

o

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

FOR THE TRANSITION PERIOD FROM               TO              

 

Commission file number:  001-33018

 

Hiland Holdings GP, LP

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

DELAWARE

 

76-0828238

(State or other jurisdiction of

 

(I.R.S. Employer

incorporation or organization)

 

Identification No.)

 

 

 

205 West Maple, Suite 1100

 

 

Enid, Oklahoma

 

73701

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

(580) 242-6040

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.     x   Yes    o   No

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).       Yes    x     No    ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer o

 

Accelerated filer x

 

 

 

Non-accelerated filer o

 

Smaller reporting company o

(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

 

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  o  Yes  x  No

 

The number of the registrant’s outstanding equity units as of May 5, 2009 was 21,607,500 common units.

 

 

 



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HILAND HOLDINGS GP, LP

 

INDEX

 

PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements (Unaudited, except December 31, 2008 Balance Sheet)

Consolidated Balance Sheets

Consolidated Statements of Operations

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Partners’ Equity

Condensed Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risks

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

Item 1A. Risk Factors

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

Item 4. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

Item 5. Other Information

Item 6. Exhibits

SIGNATURES

Certification of CEO under Section 302

Certification of CFO under Section 302

Certification of CEO under Section 906

Certification of CFO under Section 906

 

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HILAND HOLDINGS GP, LP

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except unit amounts)

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

4,091

 

$

1,733

 

Accounts receivable:

 

 

 

 

 

Trade - net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $304

 

17,093

 

23,864

 

Affiliates

 

2,579

 

2,346

 

 

 

19,672

 

26,210

 

Fair value of derivative assets

 

8,852

 

6,851

 

Other current assets

 

1,829

 

1,936

 

Total current assets

 

34,444

 

36,730

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

 

351,544

 

349,159

 

Intangibles, net

 

39,241

 

40,780

 

Fair value of derivative assets

 

5,869

 

7,141

 

Other assets, net

 

1,599

 

1,750

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

$

432,697

 

$

435,560

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND PARTNERSHIP EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

16,870

 

$

22,833

 

Accounts payable-affiliates

 

3,784

 

7,823

 

Fair value of derivative liabilities

 

1,210

 

1,439

 

Accrued liabilities and other

 

5,815

 

3,168

 

Total current liabilities

 

27,679

 

35,263

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 9)

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt

 

268,294

 

256,466

 

Asset retirement obligation

 

2,512

 

2,483

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partners’ equity:

 

 

 

 

 

Common unitholders (21,607,500 units issued and outstanding)

 

7,361

 

12,386

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income

 

5,807

 

5,233

 

Total limited partners’ equity

 

13,168

 

17,619

 

Noncontrolling partners’ interest in Hiland Partners

 

121,044

 

123,729

 

Total partners’ equity

 

134,212

 

141,348

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities and partners’ equity

 

$

432,697

 

$

435,560

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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HILAND HOLDINGS GP, LP

Consolidated Statements of Operations

For the Three Months Ended (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per unit amounts)

 

 

 

March 31,

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

Midstream operations

 

 

 

 

 

Third parties

 

$

50,111

 

$

89,253

 

Affiliates

 

1,032

 

1,021

 

Compression services, affiliate

 

1,205

 

1,205

 

Total revenues

 

52,348

 

91,479

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

Midstream purchases (exclusive of items shown separately below)

 

17,771

 

42,451

 

Midstream purchases -affiliate (exclusive of items shown separately below)

 

13,445

 

26,167

 

Operations and maintenance

 

7,695

 

6,769

 

Depreciation, amortization and accretion

 

10,258

 

9,216

 

Property impairments

 

950

 

 

General and administrative

 

3,827

 

2,684

 

Total operating costs and expenses

 

53,946

 

87,287

 

Operating (loss) income

 

(1,598

)

4,192

 

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

Interest and other income

 

13

 

104

 

Amortization of deferred loan costs

 

(171

)

(156

)

Interest expense

 

(2,357

)

(3,506

)

Other income (expense), net

 

(2,515

)

(3,558

)

Net (loss) income

 

(4,113

)

634

 

Less: Noncontrolling partners’ interest in (loss) income of Hiland Partners

 

(1,214

)

(206

)

Limited partners’ interest in net (loss) income

 

$

(2,899

)

$

840

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income per limited partners’ unit - basic

 

$

(0.13

)

$

0.04

 

Net (loss) income per limited partners’ unit - diluted

 

$

(0.13

)

$

0.04

 

Weighted average limited partners’ units outstanding - basic

 

21,608

 

21,603

 

Weighted average limited partners’ units outstanding - diluted

 

21,608

 

21,609

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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HILAND HOLDINGS GP, LP

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

For the Three Months Ended (Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

 

 

March 31,

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

Net (loss) income

 

$

(4,113

)

$

634

 

Closed derivative transactions reclassified to income

 

(1,708

)

2,055

 

Change in fair value of derivatives

 

2,282

 

(2,516

)

Comprehensive (loss) income

 

$

(3,539

)

$

173

 

Less: Comprehensive loss attributable to noncontrolling interest in Hiland Partners

 

(981

)

(400

)

Comprehensive (loss) income attributable to limited partners

 

$

(2,558

)

$

573

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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HILAND HOLDINGS GP, LP

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

For the Three Months Ended (Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

 

 

March 31,

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income

 

$

(4,113

)

$

634

 

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

10,219

 

9,184

 

Accretion of asset retirement obligation

 

39

 

32

 

Property impairments

 

950

 

 

Amortization of deferred loan cost

 

171

 

156

 

Loss (gain) on derivative transactions

 

(384

)

401

 

Unit based compensation

 

356

 

409

 

Increase in other assets

 

(11

)

(91

)

(Increase) decrease in current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable - trade

 

6,770

 

(5,569

)

Accounts receivable - affiliates

 

(233

)

80

 

Other current assets

 

107

 

(1,310

)

Increase (decrease) in current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

(2,307

)

3,665

 

Accounts payable - affiliates

 

(4,038

)

2,681

 

Accrued liabilities and other

 

2,641

 

473

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

10,167

 

10,745

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(15,683

)

(10,403

)

Proceeds from disposals of property and equipment

 

 

6

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(15,683

)

(10,397

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from long-term borrowings

 

12,000

 

9,000

 

Increase in deferred offering cost

 

 

(7

)

Debt issuance costs

 

(9

)

(317

)

Proceeds from Hiland Partners, LP unit options exercise

 

1

 

611

 

Distributions held in trust refunded to Hiland Partners on forfeited unvested restricted common units

 

12

 

 

Payments on capital lease obligations

 

(165

)

(107

)

Cash distributions to noncontrolling partners of Hiland Partners, LP

 

(1,803

)

(3,134

)

Cash distributions to unitholders

 

(2,162

)

(5,513

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

7,874

 

533

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase for the period

 

2,358

 

881

 

Beginning of period

 

1,733

 

10,602

 

End of period

 

$

4,091

 

$

11,483

 

Supplementary information

 

 

 

 

 

Cash paid for interest, net of amounts capitalized

 

$

2,460

 

$

3,226

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements

 

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HILAND HOLDINGS GP, LP

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Partners’ Equity

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2009 (Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noncontrolling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated

 

Partners’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

Interest in

 

 

 

 

 

Common

 

Comprehensive

 

Hiland

 

 

 

 

 

Unitholders

 

Income

 

Partners

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance, January 1, 2009

 

$

12,386

 

$

5,233

 

$

123,729

 

$

141,348

 

Periodic cash distributions

 

(2,162

)

 

(1,803

)

(3,965

)

Unit based compensation

 

36

 

 

320

 

356

 

Distributions held in trust refunded to Hiland Partners on 2,750 forfeited unvested restricted common units

 

 

 

12

 

12

 

Other comprehensive income reclassified to income on closed derivative transactions

 

 

(1,708

)

 

(1,708

)

Change in fair value of derivatives

 

 

2,282

 

 

2,282

 

Net loss

 

(2,899

)

 

(1,214

)

(4,113

)

Balance March 31, 2009

 

$

7,361

 

$

5,807

 

$

121,044

 

$

134,212

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of this consolidated financial statement.

 

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HILAND HOLDINGS GP, LP

CONDENSED NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)

 

THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2009 and 2008

(in thousands, except unit information or unless otherwise noted)

 

Note 1: Organization, Basis of Presentation and Principles of Consolidation

 

Unless the context requires otherwise, references to “we”, “us,” “our,” “Hiland Holdings” or the “Partnership” are intended to mean the consolidated business and operations of Hiland Holdings GP, LP. References to “Hiland Partners” are intended to mean the consolidated business and operations of Hiland Partners, LP and its subsidiaries.

 

Hiland Holdings GP, LP, a Delaware limited partnership, was formed in May 2006 to own Hiland Partners GP, LLC, the general partner of Hiland Partners, LP, and certain other common and subordinated units in Hiland Partners. Hiland Partners GP, LLC was formed in October 2004 to hold the 2% general partner ownership interest in Hiland Partners and serve as its general partner. Hiland Partners GP, LLC manages the operations of Hiland Partners. In connection with the closing of our initial public offering, all of the membership interests in Hiland Partners GP, LLC were contributed to us. Hiland Partners GP, LLC constitutes our predecessor.

 

Our general partner, Hiland Partners GP Holdings, LLC manages our operations and activities, including, among other things, paying our expenses and establishing the quarterly cash distribution levels for our common units and reserves that our general partner determines, in good faith, are necessary or appropriate to provide for the conduct of our business, to comply with applicable law, any of our debt instruments or other agreements or to provide for future distributions to our unitholders for any one or more of the upcoming four quarters.

 

Hiland Partners, a Delaware limited partnership, was formed in October 2004 to acquire and operate certain midstream natural gas plants, gathering systems and compression and water injection assets located in the states of Oklahoma, North Dakota, Wyoming, Texas and Mississippi that were previously owned by Continental Gas, Inc. (“CGI”) and Hiland Partners, LLC. Hiland Partners commenced operations on February 15, 2005, and concurrently with the completion of its initial public offering, CGI contributed a substantial portion of its net assets to Hiland Partners. The transfer of ownership of net assets from CGI to Hiland Partners represented a reorganization of entities under common control and was recorded at historical cost. CGI was formed in 1990 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Continental Resources, Inc. (“CLR”).

 

CGI operated in one segment, midstream, which involved the purchasing, gathering, compressing, dehydrating, treating, processing and marketing of natural gas and fractionating and marketing of natural gas liquids, or NGLs. CGI historically has owned all of Hiland Partners’ natural gas gathering, processing, treating and fractionation assets other than the Worland,  Bakken, Kinta Area and Woodford Shale gathering systems. Hiland Partners, LLC historically owned the Worland gathering system and compression services assets, which Hiland Partners acquired on February 15, 2005, and the Bakken gathering system. Since its initial public offering, Hiland Partners has operated in midstream and compression services segments. On September 26, 2005, Hiland Partners acquired Hiland Partners, LLC, which at such time owned the Bakken gathering system, consisting of certain southeastern Montana gathering assets, for $92.7 million, $35.0 million of which was used to retire outstanding Hiland Partners, LLC indebtedness. On May 1, 2006, Hiland Partners acquired the Kinta Area gathering assets from Enogex Gas Gathering, L.L.C., consisting of certain eastern Oklahoma gas gathering assets, for $96.4 million.  Hiland Partners financed this acquisition with $61.2 million of borrowings from its credit facility and $35.0 million of proceeds from the issuance to Hiland Partners GP, LLC, its general partner, of 761,714 common units and 15,545 general partner equivalent units, both at $45.03 per unit. Hiland Partners began construction of the Woodford Shale gathering system in the first quarter of 2007 and commenced initial start-up of its operations in April 2007. As of March 31, 2009, Hiland Partners has invested approximately $40.2 million in the Woodford Shale gathering system.  Hiland Partners began construction of the North Dakota Bakken gathering system in the fourth quarter of 2008 and commenced initial start-up of its operations in April 2009. As of March 31, 2009, Hiland Partners has invested approximately $18.9 million in the North Dakota Bakken gathering system.

 

The unaudited financial statements for the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008 included herein have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The interim financial statements reflect all adjustments, which in the opinion of our management, are necessary for a fair presentation of our results for the interim periods. Such adjustments are considered to be of a normal recurring nature. Results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2009 are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations that will be realized for the year ending December 31, 2009.  The accompanying consolidated financial statements and notes thereto should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008.

 

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Principles of Consolidation

 

Because we own the general partner of Hiland Partners, the consolidated financial statements include our accounts, the accounts of Hiland Partners GP, LLC and the accounts of Hiland Partners and its subsidiaries. All significant intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

Concentration and Credit Risk

 

Financial instruments that potentially subject us to concentrations of credit risk consist principally of cash and cash equivalents and receivables.  Hiland Partners places cash and cash equivalents with high-quality institutions and in money market funds. Hiland Partners derives its revenue from customers primarily in the oil and gas and utility industries. These industry concentrations have the potential to impact Hiland Partners’ overall exposure to credit risk, either positively or negatively, in that its customers could be affected by similar changes in economic, industry or other conditions. However, we believe that the credit risk posed by this industry concentration is offset by the creditworthiness of Hiland Partners’ customer base. Hiland Partners’ portfolio of accounts receivable is comprised primarily of mid-size to large domestic corporate entities.  The counterparties to Hiland Partners’ commodity based derivative instruments as of March 31, 2009 were BP Energy Company and Bank of Oklahoma, N.A.  The counterparty to Hiland Partners’ interest rate swap as of March 31, 2009 is Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

Our financial instruments, which require fair value disclosure, consist primarily of cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, financial derivatives, accounts payable and long-term debt. The carrying value of cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable and accounts payable are considered to be representative of their respective fair values, due to the short maturity of these instruments. Derivative instruments are reported in the accompanying consolidated financial statements at fair value in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (“SFAS”) No. 133, “Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities,” as amended (“SFAS 133”). Fair value of our derivative instruments is determined based on management estimates through utilization of market data including forecasted forward natural gas and NGL prices as a function of forward New York Mercantile Exchange (“NYMEX”) natural gas and light crude prices and forecasted forward interest rates as a function of forward London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) interest rates. The fair value of long-term debt approximates its carrying value due to the variable interest rate feature of such debt.

 

Interest Rate Risk Management

 

Hiland Partners is exposed to interest rate risk on its variable rate bank credit facility. Hiland Partners manages a portion of the interest rate exposure by utilizing an interest rate swap to convert a portion of variable rate debt into fixed rate debt. The swap fixes the one month LIBOR rate at the indicated rates for a specified amount of related debt outstanding over the term of the swap agreement. Hiland Partners has elected to designate the interest rate swap as a cash flow hedge for SFAS 133 accounting treatment. Accordingly, unrealized gains and losses relating to the interest rate swap are recorded in accumulated other comprehensive income until the related interest rate expense is recognized in earnings. Any ineffective portion of the gain or loss is recognized in earnings immediately.

 

Commodity Risk Management

 

Hiland Partners engages in price risk management activities in order to minimize the risk from market fluctuation in the prices of natural gas and NGLs. To qualify as an accounting hedge, the price movements in the commodity derivatives must be highly correlated with the underlying hedged commodity. Gains and losses related to commodity derivatives that qualify as accounting hedges are recognized in income when the underlying hedged physical transaction closes and are included in the consolidated statement of operations as revenues from midstream operations. Gains and losses related to commodity derivatives that are not designated as accounting hedges or do not qualify as accounting hedges are recognized in income immediately and are included in revenues from midstream operations in the consolidated statement of operations.

 

SFAS 133 establishes accounting and reporting standards for derivative instruments, including certain derivative instruments embedded in other contracts, and for hedging activities. SFAS 133 requires that an entity recognize all derivatives as either assets or liabilities in the statement of financial position and measure those instruments at fair value. However, if a derivative does qualify for hedge accounting, depending on the nature of the hedge, changes in fair value can be offset against the change in fair value of the

 

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hedged item through earnings or recognized in other comprehensive income until such time as the hedged item is recognized in earnings. To qualify for cash flow hedge accounting, the cash flows from the hedging instrument must be highly effective in offsetting changes in cash flows due to changes in the underlying item being hedged. In addition, all hedging relationships must be designated, documented and reassessed periodically. SFAS 133 also provides that normal purchases and normal sales contracts are not subject to the statement. Normal purchases and normal sales are contracts that provide for the purchase or sale of something other than a financial instrument or derivative instrument that will be delivered in quantities expected to be used or sold by the reporting entity over a reasonable period in the normal course of business.

 

Currently, Hiland Partners’ derivative financial instruments that qualify for hedge accounting are designated as cash flow hedges. The cash flow hedge instruments hedge the exposure of variability in expected future cash flows that is attributable to a particular risk. The effective portion of the gain or loss on these derivative instruments is recorded in accumulated other comprehensive income in partners’ equity and reclassified into earnings in the same period in which the hedged transaction closes. The assets or liabilities related to the derivative instruments are recorded on the balance sheet as fair value of derivative assets or liabilities. Any ineffective portion of the gain or loss is recognized in earnings immediately.

 

Long Lived Assets

 

In accordance with SFAS No. 144, “Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets”, Hiland Partners evaluates its long-lived assets of identifiable business activities for impairment when events or changes in circumstances indicate, in management’s judgment, that the carrying value of such assets may not be recoverable. The determination of whether impairment has occurred is based on management’s estimate of undiscounted future cash flows attributable to the assets as compared to the carrying value of the assets. If impairment has occurred, the amount of the impairment recognized is determined by estimating the fair value of the assets and recording a provision for loss if the carrying value is greater than the fair value. For assets identified to be disposed of in the future, the carrying value of these assets is compared to the estimated fair value less the cost to sell to determine if impairment is required. Until the assets are disposed of, an estimate of the fair value is re-determined when related events or circumstances change.

 

When determining whether impairment of one of Hiland Partners’ long-lived assets has occurred, Hiland Partners must estimate the undiscounted future cash flows attributable to the asset or asset group. The estimate of cash flows is based on assumptions regarding the volume of reserves providing asset cash flow and future NGL product and natural gas prices. The amount of reserves and drilling activities are dependent in part on crude oil and natural gas prices. Projections of reserves and future commodity prices are inherently subjective and contingent upon a number of variable factors, including, but not limited to:

 

·   changes in general economic conditions in regions in which the Partnership’s assets are located;

·   the availability and prices of NGLs and NGL products and competing commodities;

·   the availability and prices of raw natural gas supply;

·   our ability to negotiate favorable marketing agreements;

·   the risks that third party oil and gas exploration and production activities will not occur or be successful;

·   our dependence on certain significant customers and producers of natural gas; and

·   competition from other midstream service providers and processors, including major energy companies.

 

Any significant variance in any of the above assumptions or factors could materially affect our cash flows, which could require us to record an impairment of an asset.

 

In March 2009, as a result of volumes declines at natural gas gathering systems located in Texas and Mississippi, combined with significantly reduced natural gas prices, Hiland Partners recognized impairment charges of $950.  No impairment charges were recognized during the comparable period in 2008.

 

Net Income (Loss) per Limited Partners’ Unit

 

Net income (loss) per limited partners’ unit is computed based on the weighted-average number of common units outstanding during the period. The computation of diluted net income (loss) per limited partner unit further assumes the dilutive effect of restricted units. Net income (loss) per limited partners’ unit is computed by dividing net income (loss) applicable to limited partners by both the basic and diluted weighted-average number of limited partnership units outstanding.

 

Noncontrolling Partners’ Interest in Hiland Partners

 

The noncontrolling partners’ interest in Hiland Partners presented in partners’ equity on our consolidated balance sheets as of March 31, 2009 and December 31, 2008 reflects the outside ownership interest of Hiland Partners. This noncontrolling partners’ interest in Hiland Partners presented as “Minority interests” in the mezzanine section of the balance sheet at December 31, 2008 has been reclassified to the partners’ equity section on the consolidated balance sheet in accordance with SFAS No. 160, “Noncontrolling

 

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Interests in Consolidated Financial Statements — an amendment of ARB No. 51” (“SFAS 160”). The noncontrolling partners’ interest in income (loss) of Hiland Partners is calculated by multiplying the noncontrolling partners’ proportionate ownership of limited partner units in Hiland Partners by the limited partners’ allocation of Hiland Partners’ net income (loss). Hiland Partners’ net income (loss) is allocated to its limited partners and its general partner based on the proportionate share of the cash distributions declared for the period, with adjustments made for incentive distributions specifically allocated to its general partner. All amounts we have received from Hiland Partners’ issuance and sale of limited partner units have been recorded as increases to the noncontrolling partners’ interest in Hiland Partners in the partners’ equity section on the consolidated balance sheet.

 

Contributions to Subsidiary

 

The Partnership directly and indirectly owns all of the equity interests in Hiland Partners GP, LLC, the general partner of Hiland Partners. Hiland Partners GP, LLC is required to make contributions to Hiland Partners each time Hiland Partners issues common units in order to maintain its 2% general partner ownership in Hiland Partners. Hiland Holdings was required to contribute $1 and $12 for the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

On April 1, 2009, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Staff Position No. FAS 141(R)-1, “Accounting for Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed in a Business Combination That Arise from Contingencies” (“FSP141(R)-1”).  FSP 141(R)-1 amends and clarifies SFAS 141, revised 2007, “Business Combinations” to address application issues on initial and subsequent recognition, measurement, accounting and disclosure of assets and liabilities arising from contingencies in a business combination.  FSP 141(R)-1 is effective for assets and liabilities arising from contingencies in business combinations for which the acquisition date is on or after the first annual reporting period beginning on or after December 15, 2008. FSP 141(R)-1 was adopted effective January 1, 2009 and did not have a material impact on our financial statements and disclosures therein.

 

On April 25, 2008, the FASB issued Staff Position No. FAS 142-3, “Determination of the Useful Life of Intangible Assets” (“FSP 142-3”).  FSP 142-3 amends the factors that an entity should consider in developing renewal or extension assumptions used in determining the useful life of recognized intangible assets under FASB Statement No. 142 (“SFAS 142”), “Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets”. In determining the useful life of an acquired intangible asset, FSP 142-3 removes the requirement from SFAS 142 for an entity to consider whether renewal of the intangible asset requires significant costs or material modifications to the related arrangement. FSP 142-3 also replaces the previous useful life assessment criteria with a requirement that an entity considers its own experience in renewing similar arrangements. If the entity has no relevant experience, it would consider market participant assumptions regarding renewal.  FSP 142-3 was adopted effective January 1, 2009 and will apply to future business combinations.

 

On March 19, 2008, the FASB issued SFAS No. 161, “Disclosures about Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities”, an amendment of SFAS 133 (“SFAS 161”). SFAS 161 is intended to improve transparency in financial reporting by requiring enhanced disclosures of an entity’s derivative instruments and hedging activities and their effects on the entity’s financial position, financial performance, and cash flows. SFAS 161 is effective prospectively for financial statements issued for fiscal years and interim periods beginning after November 15, 2008, with early application encouraged. SFAS 161 encourages, but does not require, comparative disclosures for periods prior to its initial adoption. SFAS 161 amended the qualitative and quantitative disclosure requirements for derivative instruments and hedging activities set forth in SFAS 133 and generally increased the level of aggregation/disaggregation required in an entity’s financial statements. SFAS 161 was adopted effective January 1, 2009 and did not have a material impact on our financial statements and disclosures therein.

 

On March 12, 2008, the Emerging Issues Task Force (“EITF”) reached consensus opinion on EITF Issue 07-4, “Application of the two-class method under FASB Statement No. 128, Earnings per Share, to Master Limited Partnerships” (“EITF 07-4”), which the FASB ratified at its March 26, 2008 meeting.  EITF 07-4 requires the calculation of a Master Limited Partnership’s (“MLPs”) net earnings per limited partner unit for each period presented according to distributions declared and participation rights in undistributed earnings as if all of the earnings for that period had been distributed. In periods with undistributed earnings above specified levels, the calculation per the two-class method results in an increased allocation of such undistributed earnings to the general partner and a dilution of earnings to the limited partners.  EITF 07-4 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2008, and is to be applied retrospectively to all periods presented.  EITF 07-4 was adopted effective January 1, 2009 and did not have a significant impact on our financial statements and disclosures therein.

 

In December 2007, the FASB issued SFAS No. 141(R), “Business Combinations” (“SFAS 141(R)”). SFAS 141(R) amends and replaces SFAS 141, but retains the fundamental requirements in SFAS 141 that the purchase method of accounting be used for all business combinations and an acquirer be identified for each business combination. SFAS 141(R) provides for how the acquirer recognizes and measures the identifiable assets acquired, liabilities assumed and any noncontrolling interest in the acquiree. SFAS 141(R) provides for how the acquirer recognizes and measures the goodwill acquired in the business combination or a gain from a bargain purchase. SFAS 141(R) also determines what information to disclose to enable users to be able to evaluate the nature

 

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and financial effects of the business combination. The provisions of SFAS 141(R) apply prospectively to business combinations for which the acquisition date is on or after the beginning of the first annual reporting period beginning on or after December 15, 2008. SFAS 141(R) was adopted effective January 1, 2009 and will apply to future business combinations.

 

 In February 2007, the FASB issued SFAS No. 159, “The Fair Value Option for Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities” (“SFAS 159”). SFAS 159 expands opportunities to use fair value measurement in financial reporting and permits entities to choose to measure many financial instruments and certain other items at fair value. SFAS 159 is effective for fiscal years beginning after November 15, 2007. SFAS 159 was adopted effective January 1, 2008, at which time no financial assets or liabilities, not previously required to be recorded at fair value by other authoritative literature, were designated to be recorded at fair value.  As such, the adoption of SFAS 159 did not have any impact on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

 

In September 2006, the FASB issued SFAS No. 157, “Fair Value Measurements” (“SFAS 157”).  SFAS 157 defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date, establishes a framework for measuring fair value in generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) such as fair value hierarchy used to classify the source of information used in fair value measurements (i.e., market based or non-market based) and expands disclosure about fair value measurements based on their level in the hierarchy.  SFAS 157 applies to derivatives and other financial instruments, which SFAS 133 requires be measured at fair value at initial recognition and for all subsequent periods. SFAS 157 establishes a fair value hierarchy which requires an entity to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs when measuring fair value. SFAS 157’s hierarchy defines three levels of inputs that may be used to measure fair value. Level 1 refers to assets that have observable market prices, level 2 assets do not have an “observable price” but do have inputs that are based on such prices in which components have observable data points and level 3 refers to assets in which one or more of the inputs do not have observable prices and calibrated model parameters, valuation techniques or management’s assumptions are used to derive the fair value. SFAS 157 is effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after November 15, 2007 and interim periods within those fiscal years. We elected to implement SFAS 157 prospectively in the first quarter of 2008 with the one-year deferral permitted by FASB Staff Position (FSP) 157-2 for nonfinancial assets and nonfinancial liabilities measured at fair value, except those that are recognized or disclosed on a recurring basis (at least annually). The deferral applies to nonfinancial assets and liabilities measured at fair value in a business combination; impaired properties, plants and equipment; intangible assets and goodwill; and initial recognition of asset retirement obligations and restructuring costs for which we use fair value. SFAS 157 was adopted effective January 1, 2009 and did not have a material impact on our financial statements.  See Note 6 “Fair Value Measurements.”

 

In December 2007, the FASB issued SFAS No. 160, “Noncontrolling Interests in Consolidated Financial Statements — an amendment of ARB No. 51” (“SFAS 160”). SFAS 160 establishes accounting and reporting standards that require the ownership interests in subsidiaries held by parties other than the parent (minority interest) be clearly identified, labeled and presented in the consolidated balance sheet within equity, but separate from the parent’s equity. SFAS 160 requires the equity amount of consolidated net income attributable to the parent and to the noncontrolling interest be clearly identified and presented on the face of the consolidated income statement and that changes in a parent’s ownership interest while the parent retains its controlling financial interest in its subsidiary be accounted for consistently and similarly as equity transactions. Consolidated net income and comprehensive income are now determined without deducting minority interest; however, earnings-per-share information continues to be calculated on the basis of the net income attributable to the parent’s shareholders.  Additionally, SFAS 160 establishes a single method for accounting for changes in a parent’s ownership interest in a subsidiary that does not result in deconsolidation and that the parent recognize a gain or loss in net income when a subsidiary is deconsolidated.  SFAS 160 is effective for fiscal years beginning on or after December 15, 2008. SFAS 160 was adopted effective January 1, 2009 and did not have a material impact on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

 

Certain adjustments have been made to prior period information to conform to current period presentation related to our adoption of SFAS 160, which establishes new accounting and reporting standards for the noncontrolling partners’ interest in Hiland Partners.  Specifically, SFAS 160 requires the recognition of a noncontrolling interest (minority interests) as equity in the consolidated financial statements and separate from our limited partners’ equity.  The amount of net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest will now be included in consolidated net income on the face of the statement of operations.  SFAS 160 also includes expanded disclosure requirements regarding our limited partners’ interest and the noncontrolling partners’ interest.  The adoption of SFAS 160 on January 1, 2009 did not have a significant impact on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.  However, it did result in certain changes to our financial statement presentation, including the change in classification of noncontrolling interest (minority interests) from liabilities to equity on the consolidated balance sheet.

 

Upon adoption of SFAS 160 effective January 1, 2009, we reclassified $125,851 from minority interests liabilities to noncontrolling partners’ interest in Hiland Partners, of which $123,729 is a separate component of equity and $2,122 is an increase to accumulated other comprehensive income, also a component of equity, in our consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2008.  In addition, we reclassified $209 of minority interest in loss of Hiland Partners to net loss attributable to noncontrolling partners’ interest

 

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in loss of Hiland Partners in our consolidated statement of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2008.  Net income per limited partner unit has not been affected as a result of the adoption of SFAS 160.

 

Note 2: Recent Events

 

On April 20, 2009, the conflicts committee of the board of directors of the general partner of each of the Partnership and Hiland Partners received a letter from Harold Hamm amending his January 15, 2009 proposal to acquire all of the outstanding common units of each of the Partnership and Hiland Partners that are not owned by Mr. Hamm, his affiliates or Hamm family trusts.  Under the revised terms proposed by Mr. Hamm, the Partnership unitholders would receive $2.40 in cash per common unit, reduced from $3.20 in cash per common unit under the January 15, 2009 proposal.  Hiland Partners unitholders would receive $7.75 in cash per common unit, reduced from $9.50 in cash per common unit under the January 15, 2009 proposal.  Other than the reduced merger consideration, Mr. Hamm has not modified the original proposals. Consummation of each transaction is conditioned upon the consummation of the other and subject to the approval of a majority of the public unitholders of each of the Partnership and Hiland Partners.  The proposals contemplate a merger of each of the Partnership and Hiland Partners with a separate new acquisition vehicle to be formed by Mr. Hamm and the Hamm family trusts.  Mr. Hamm is the Chairman of the board of directors of the general partner of each of the Partnership and Hiland Partners.  Mr. Hamm, either individually or together with his affiliates or the Hamm family trusts, beneficially owns 100% of Hiland Partners GP Holdings, LLC, the general partner of the Partnership, and approximately 61% of the outstanding common units of the Partnership.  The Partnership owns 100% of Hiland Partners’ outstanding subordinated units and approximately 37% of Hiland Partners’ outstanding common units.

 

The conflicts committee of the board of directors of the general partner of each of the Partnership and Hiland Partners is considering the proposals and any potential alternative available to each of the Partnership and Hiland Partners.  In reviewing the proposals and potential available alternatives, each conflicts committee has retained its own financial advisers and legal counsel to assist in its work. Each conflicts committee of the boards of directors is reviewing its respective proposal and no decisions have been made by either conflicts committee of either board of directors with respect to the response of either us or Hiland Partners to the proposals.  There can be no assurance that any agreement will be executed or that any transaction will be approved or consummated.

 

Two unitholder class action lawsuits were recently filed in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware challenging the proposal made by Mr. Hamm to acquire all of the outstanding common units of each of the Partnership and Hiland Partners that are not owned by Mr. Hamm, his affiliates or Hamm family trusts.

 

On May 1, 2009, a unitholder of the Partnership and Hiland Partners filed a complaint alleging claims on behalf of (i) a purported class of common unitholders of the Partnership and (ii) a purported class of common unitholders of Hiland Partners against the Partnership, Hiland Partners, the general partner of each of the Partnership and Hiland Partners, and the members of the board of directors of each of the Partnership and Hiland Partners. The complaint alleges, among other things, that the original consideration and revised consideration offered by Mr. Hamm is unfair and inadequate, that the board of directors of the general partner of each of the Partnership and Hiland Partners cannot be expected to act independently, and that Mr. Hamm and the management of the Partnership and Hiland Partners have manipulated their public statements to depress the price of the common units of the Partnership and Hiland Partners. The plaintiffs seek to enjoin the Partnership, Hiland Partners, and their respective board members from proceeding with any transaction that may arise from Mr. Hamm’s going private proposal, along with compensatory damages.

 

On February 26, 2009, a unitholder of the Partnership and Hiland Partners filed a complaint alleging claims on behalf of a purported class of common unitholders of the Partnership and Hiland Partners against the Partnership, Hiland Partners, the general partner of each of the Partnership and Hiland Partners, and certain members of the board of directors of each of the Partnership and Hiland Partners.  The complaint alleges, among other things, that the consideration offered is unfair and grossly inadequate, that the conflicts committee of the board of directors of the general partner of each of the Partnership and Hiland Partners cannot be expected to act independently, and that the management of the Partnership and Hiland Partners has manipulated its public statements to depress the price of the common units of the Partnership and Hiland Partners.

 

The plaintiffs in each lawsuit seek to enjoin the Partnership, Hiland Partners, and their respective board members from proceeding with any transaction that may arise from Mr. Hamm’s going private proposal, along with compensatory damages.  We cannot predict the outcome of these lawsuits, or others, nor can we predict the amount of time and expense that will be required to resolve the lawsuits.

 

Note 3: Property and Equipment and Asset Retirement Obligations

 

Property and equipment consisted of the following for the periods indicated:

 

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As of

 

As of

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

Land

 

$

295

 

$

295

 

Construction in progress

 

21,563

 

15,583

 

Midstream pipeline, plants and compressors

 

416,205

 

410,330

 

Compression and water injection equipment

 

19,418

 

19,391

 

Other

 

4,754

 

4,621

 

 

 

462,235

 

450,220

 

Less: accumulated depreciation and amortization

 

110,691

 

101,061

 

 

 

$

351,544

 

$

349,159

 

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008, we capitalized interest of $62 and $131, respectively. Hiland Partners recognized $950 of property impairment charges related to natural gas gathering systems in Texas and Mississippi during the three months ended March 31, 2009. Hiland Partners incurred no impairment charges during the three months ended March 31, 2008.

 

In accordance with SFAS No. 143, “Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations” (“SFAS 143”), we have recorded the fair value of liabilities for asset retirement obligations in the periods in which they are incurred and corresponding increases in the carrying amounts of the related long-lived assets. The asset retirement costs are subsequently allocated to expense using a systematic and rational method and the liabilities are accreted to measure the change in liability due to the passage of time. The provisions of SFAS 143 primarily apply to dismantlement and site restoration of certain of Hiland Partners’ plants and pipelines. We have evaluated its asset retirement obligations as of March 31, 2009 and have determined that revisions in the carrying values are not necessary at this time.

 

The following table summarizes our activity related to asset retirement obligations for the indicated period:

 

Asset retirement obligation, January 1, 2009

 

$

2,483

 

Less: obligation extinguished

 

(10

)

Add: accretion expense

 

39

 

Asset retirement obligation, March 31, 2009

 

$

2,512

 

 

Note 4:   Intangible Assets

 

Intangible assets consist of the acquired value of customer relationships, existing contracts to purchase, gather and sell natural gas and other NGLs and compression contracts, which do not have significant residual value. The customer relationships and the contracts are being amortized over their estimated lives of ten years. We review intangible assets for impairment whenever events or circumstances indicate that the carrying amounts may not be recoverable. If such a review should indicate that the carrying amount of intangible assets is not recoverable, we reduce the carrying amount of such assets to fair value based on the discounted probable cash flows of the intangible assets. No impairments of intangible assets were recorded during the three months ended March 31, 2009 or 2008.

 

Intangible assets consisted of the following for the periods indicated:

 

 

 

As of

 

As of

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

Gas sales contracts

 

$

32,564

 

$

32,564

 

Compression contracts

 

18,515

 

18,515

 

Customer relationships

 

10,492

 

10,492

 

 

 

61,571

 

61,571

 

Less accumulated amortization

 

22,330

 

20,791

 

Intangible assets, net

 

$

39,241

 

$

40,780

 

 

During each of the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008, we recorded $1,539 of amortization expense. Estimated aggregate amortization expense for the remainder of 2009 is $4,619 and $6,157 for each of the four succeeding fiscal years from 2010 through 2013 and a total of $9,994 for all years thereafter.

 

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Note 5: Derivatives

 

Interest Rate Swap

 

Hiland Partners is subject to interest rate risk on its credit facility and has entered into an interest rate swap to reduce this risk. Hiland Partners entered into a one year interest rate swap agreement with its counterparty on October 7, 2008 for the period from January 2009 through December 2009 at a rate of 2.245% on a notional amount of $100.0 million. The swap fixes the one month LIBOR rate at 2.245% for the notional amount of debt outstanding over the term of the swap agreement.  During the three months ended March 31, 2009, one month LIBOR interest rates were lower than the contracted fixed interest rate of 2.245%.  Consequently, Hiland Partners incurred additional interest expense of $443 upon monthly settlements of the interest rate swap agreement.

 

The following table provides information about Hiland Partners’ interest rate swap at March 31, 2009 for the periods indicated:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Value

 

 

 

Notional

 

Interest

 

Asset

 

Description and Period

 

Amount

 

Rate

 

(Liability)

 

Interest Rate Swap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2009 - December 2009

 

$

100,000

 

2.245

%

$

(1,210

)

 

Commodity Swaps

 

Hiland Partners has entered into certain derivative contracts that are classified as cash flow hedges in accordance with SFAS 133 which relate to forecasted natural gas sales in 2009 and 2010. At December 31, 2008, the mark-to-market cash flow derivative related to forecasted natural gas sales in 2010 did not qualify for cash flow hedge accounting.  In January 2009, Hiland Partners entered into derivative contracts related to the same forecasted natural gas sales in 2010 whereby Hiland Partners receives a floating NYMEX index price less fixed differentials and pays a floating price based on a Colorado Interstate Gas (“CIG”) index price for the same relevant volumes and contract period as the underlying natural gas is sold.  The coupled derivative contracts for natural gas sales in 2010 qualify for cash flow hedge accounting in accordance with SFAS 133 for the remainder of their respective contract periods.  Hiland Partners entered into these financial swap instruments to hedge forecasted natural gas sales against the variability in expected future cash flows attributable to changes in commodity prices. Under these swap agreements with its counterparties, Hiland Partners receives a fixed price and pays a floating price based on certain indices for the relevant contract period as the underlying natural gas is sold.

 

Hiland Partners formally documents all relationships between hedging instruments and the items being hedged, including its risk management objective and strategy for undertaking the hedging transactions. This includes matching the natural gas futures, the “sold fixed for floating price” or “buy fixed for floating price” contracts, to the forecasted transactions. Hiland Partners assesses, both at the inception of the hedge and on an ongoing basis, whether the derivatives are highly effective in offsetting changes in the fair value of hedged items. Highly effective is deemed to be a correlation range from 80% to 125% of the change in cash flows of the derivative in offsetting the cash flows of the hedged transaction. If it is determined that a derivative is not highly effective as a hedge or it has ceased to be a highly effective hedge, due to the loss of correlation between changes in natural gas reference prices under a hedging instrument and actual natural gas prices, Hiland Partners will discontinue hedge accounting for the derivative and subsequent changes in fair value for the derivative will be recognized immediately into earnings. Hiland Partners assesses effectiveness using regression analysis and ineffectiveness using the dollar offset method.

 

Derivatives are recorded on our consolidated balance sheet as assets or liabilities at fair value. For derivatives qualifying as hedges, the effective portion of changes in fair value is recognized in partners’ equity as accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and reclassified to earnings when the underlying hedged physical transaction closes. The ineffective portions of qualifying derivatives are recognized in earnings as they occur. Actual amounts that will be reclassified will vary as a result of future changes in prices. Hedge ineffectiveness is recorded in income while the hedge contract is open and may increase or decrease until settlement of the contract. Realized cash gains and losses on closed/settled instruments and hedge ineffectiveness are reflected in the contract month being hedged as an adjustment to our midstream revenue.

 

On May 27, 2008, Hiland Partners entered into a financial swap instrument related to forecasted natural gas sales in 2010 whereby Hiland Partners receives a fixed price and pays a floating price based on NYMEX Henry Hub index pricing for the relevant contract period as the underlying natural gas is sold. At December 31, 2008, this financial swap instrument did not qualify for hedge accounting as there was inadequate correlation between NYMEX Henry Hub index prices and actual prices received for the natural gas sold. On January 13, 2009 and January 15, 2009, Hiland Partners entered into two derivative contracts related to forecasted natural gas sales in 2010 whereby Hiland Partners receives a floating NYMEX Henry Hub index price less differentials of $2.25 and $2.13, respectively, and pays a CIG index price for the same relevant volumes and contract period as the underlying natural gas related to the May 27, 2008 derivative contract is sold.  The coupling of these derivative contracts related to forecasted natural gas sales in 2010 are classified as cash flow hedges in accordance with SFAS 133 for the remainder of their respective contract periods.

 

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The following table summarizes Hiland Partners’ activity related to derivative transactions for the indicated periods:

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

Net gains (losses) on closed/settled transactions reclassified from (to) accumulated other comprehensive income

 

$

1,708

 

$

(2,055

)

Increases (decreases) in fair values of open derivatives recorded to (from) accumulated other comprehensive income

 

$

2,282

 

$

2,516

 

Unrealized non-cash gains (losses) on ineffective portions of qualifying derivative transactions

 

$

384

 

$

(401

)

 

At March 31, 2009, Hiland Partners’ accumulated other comprehensive income was $5,807. Of this amount, Hiland Partners anticipates $5,629 will be reclassified to earnings during the next twelve months and $178 will be reclassified to earnings in subsequent periods.

 

The fair value of derivative assets and liabilities are as follows for the indicated periods:

 

 

 

As of

 

As of

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

Fair value of derivative assets - current

 

$

8,852

 

$

6,851

 

Fair value of derivative assets - long term

 

5,869

 

7,141

 

Fair value of derivative liabilities - current

 

(1,210

)

(1,439

)

Fair value of derivative liabilities - long term

 

 

 

Net fair value of derivatives

 

$

13,511

 

$

12,553

 

 

The terms of Hiland Partners’ derivative contracts currently extend as far as December 2010. Hiland Partners’ counterparties to its commodity-based derivative instruments are BP Energy Company and Bank of Oklahoma, N.A. The counterparty to Hiland Partners’ interest rate swap is Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

 

The following table provides information about Hiland Partners’ commodity derivative instruments at March 31, 2009 for the periods indicated:

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed

 

Fair Value

 

Description and Production Period

 

Volume

 

Price

 

Asset

 

 

 

(MMBtu)

 

(per MMBtu)

 

 

 

Natural Gas - Sold Fixed for Floating Price Swaps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2009 - March 2010

 

2,136,000

 

$

7.55

 

$

8,852

 

April 2010 - December 2010

 

1,602,000

 

$

8.31

 

5,869

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

14,721

 

 

Note 6:   Fair Value Measurements

 

We adopted SFAS No. 157, “Fair Value Measurements” (“SFAS 157”) beginning in the first quarter of 2008.  We adopted FSP 157-2 for nonfinancial assets and nonfinancial liabilities measured at fair value, except those that are recognized or disclosed on a recurring basis (at least annually) effective January 1, 2009, which applies to nonfinancial assets and liabilities measured at fair value in a business combination; impaired properties, plants and equipment; intangible assets and goodwill; and initial recognition of asset retirement obligations and restructuring costs for which we use fair value. SFAS 157 defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date, establishes a framework for measuring fair value in GAAP such as fair value hierarchy used to classify the source of information used in fair value measurements (i.e., market based or non-market based) and expands disclosure about fair value measurements based on their level in the hierarchy.  SFAS 157 establishes a fair value hierarchy which requires an entity to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs when measuring fair value. SFAS 157’s hierarchy defines three levels of inputs that may be used to measure fair value. Level 1 refers to assets that have observable market prices, level 2 assets do not have an “observable price” but do have inputs that are based on such prices in which components have observable data points and level 3

 

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refers to assets in which one or more of the inputs do not have observable prices and calibrated model parameters, valuation techniques or management’s assumptions are used to derive the fair value.

 

SFAS 133 requires derivatives and other financial instruments be measured at fair value at initial recognition and for all subsequent periods.  We use the fair value methodology outlined in SFAS 157 to value assets and liabilities for our outstanding fixed price cash flow swap derivative contracts. Valuations of our natural gas derivative contracts are based on published forward price curves for natural gas and, as such, are defined as Level 2 fair value hierarchy assets and liabilities. We value our interest rate-based derivative on a comparative mark-to-market value received from our counterparty. The following table represents the fair value hierarchy for Hiland Partners’ assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis at March 31, 2009:

 

 

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commodity—based derivative assets

 

$

 

$

14,721

 

$

 

$

14,721

 

Interest—based derivative liabilities

 

 

 

(1,210

)

(1,210

)

Total

 

$

 

$

14,721

 

$

(1,210

)

$

13,511

 

 

The following table provides a summary of changes in the fair value of Hiland Partners’ Level 3 interest rate-based derivatives for the three months ended March 31, 2009:

 

Balance, January 1, 2009

 

$

(1,439

)

Cash settlements from other comprehensive income

 

443

 

Change in fair value of derivative

 

(214

)

Balance, March 31, 2009

 

$

(1,210

)

 

In accordance with SFAS No. 144, “Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets,” Hiland Partners reviews properties for impairment when events and circumstances indicate a possible decline in the recoverability of the carrying value of such property. Hiland Partners compares each property’s estimated expected future cash flows to the carrying amount of the property to determine if the carrying amount is recoverable. If the carrying amount of the property exceeds its estimated undiscounted future cash flows, the carrying amount of the property is reduced to its estimated fair value. Fair value may be estimated using comparable market data, a discounted cash flow method, or a combination of the two.  In the discounted cash flow method, estimated future cash flows are based on management’s expectations for the future and include estimates of future oil and gas reserves, commodity prices based on commodity futures price strips as of the date of the estimate, operating and development costs, and a risk-adjusted discount rate.

 

As a result of volumes declines combined with significantly reduced natural gas prices, Hiland Partners determined that carrying amounts totaling approximately $950 related to natural gas gathering systems located in Texas and Mississippi were not recoverable from future cash flows and, therefore, were impaired at March 31, 2009.  Hiland Partners reduced the carrying amounts of these nonrecurring level 3 hierarchy assets to their estimated fair values of approximately $249 by using the discounted cash flow method described above, as comparable market data was not available.

 

Note 7: Long-Term Debt

 

Long-term debt consisted of the following for the indicated periods:

 

 

 

As of

 

As of

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

Hiland Partners-revolving credit facility

 

$

264,064

 

$

252,064

 

Hiland Holdings-revolving credit facility

 

705

 

705

 

Capital lease obligations

 

4,886

 

5,051

 

 

 

269,655

 

257,820

 

Less current portion:

 

 

 

 

 

Capital lease obligations

 

656

 

649

 

Hiland Holdings-revolving credit facility

 

705

 

705

 

Long-term debt

 

$

268,294

 

$

256,466

 

 

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Hiland Partners Credit Facility

 

Hiland Partners borrowing capacity under its senior secured revolving credit facility, as amended, is $300 million consisting of a $291 million senior secured revolving credit facility to be used for funding acquisitions and other capital expenditures, issuance of letters of credit and general corporate purposes (the “Acquisition Facility”) and a $9.0 million senior secured revolving credit facility to be used for working capital and to fund distributions (the “Working Capital Facility”).

 

In addition, Hiland Partners senior secured revolving credit facility provides for an accordion feature, which permits Hiland Partners, if certain conditions are met, to increase the size of the Acquisition Facility by up to $50 million and allows for the issuance of letters of credit of up to $15 million in the aggregate. The senior secured revolving credit facility also requires Hiland Partners to meet certain financial tests, including a maximum consolidated funded debt to EBITDA ratio of 4.0:1.0 as of the last day of any fiscal quarter; provided that in the event that Hiland Partners makes certain permitted acquisitions or capital expenditures, this ratio may be increased to 4.75:1.0 for the three fiscal quarters following the quarter in which such acquisition or capital expenditure occurs; and a minimum interest coverage ratio of 3.0:1.0. The credit facility will mature in May 2011. At that time, the agreement will terminate and all outstanding amounts thereunder will be due and payable.

 

Due to the recent decline in natural gas and NGL prices, Hiland Partners believes that its cash generated from operations will decrease for the remainder of 2009 relative to comparable periods in 2008. Hiland Partners’ senior secured revolving credit facility requires it to meet certain financial tests, including a maximum consolidated funded debt to EBITDA covenant ratio of 4.0:1.0 as of the last day of any fiscal quarter; provided that in the event that Hiland Partners makes certain permitted acquisitions or capital expenditures, this ratio may be increased to 4.75:1.0 for the three fiscal quarters following the quarter in which such acquisition or capital expenditure occurs. Hiland Partners met the permitted capital expenditure requirements for the four quarter period ended March 31, 2009 and elected to increase the ratio to 4.75:1.0 on March 31, 2009. During this step-up period, the applicable margin with respect to loans under the credit facility increases by 35 basis points per annum and the unused commitment fee increases by 12.5 basis points per annum. Unless this ratio is amended, Hiland Partners’ debt is restructured or Hiland Partners receives an infusion of equity capital, management expects that Hiland Partners will be in violation of the maximum funded debt to EBITDA covenant ratio contained in its senior secured revolving credit facility as early as the second quarter of 2009.  Management has initiated discussions with certain lenders under Hiland Partners’ credit facility as to potential ways to address the expected covenant violation. While no potential solution has been agreed to, Hiland Partners would expect that any solution would likely require the assessment of fees and increased rates, the infusion of additional equity capital or the incurrence of subordinated indebtedness by Hiland Partners, and the suspension of distributions for a certain period of time. There can be no assurance that any such agreement will be reached with the lenders or that any required equity or debt financing will be available to Hiland Partners.

 

Upon the occurrence of an event of default as defined in the credit facility, the lenders may, among other things, be able to accelerate the maturity of the credit facility and exercise other rights and remedies as set forth in the credit facility.

 

Hiland Partners’ obligations under the credit facility are secured by substantially all of its assets and guaranteed by Hiland Partners, and all of its subsidiaries, other than Hiland Operating, LLC, its operating company, which is the borrower under the credit facility.

 

Indebtedness under Hiland Partners’ credit facility will bear interest, at its option, at either (i) an Alternate Base Rate plus an applicable margin ranging from 50 to 125 basis points per annum or (ii) LIBOR plus an applicable margin ranging from 150 to 225 basis points per annum based on its ratio of consolidated funded debt to EBITDA. The Alternate Base Rate is a rate per annum equal to the greatest of (a) the Prime Rate in effect on such day, (b) the base CD rate in effect on such day plus 1.50% and (c) the Federal Funds effective rate in effect on such day plus  1/2 of 1%. Hiland Partners has elected for the indebtedness to bear interest at LIBOR plus the applicable margin. A letter of credit fee will be payable for the aggregate amount of letters of credit issued under the credit facility at a percentage per annum equal to 1.0%. An unused commitment fee ranging from 25 to 50 basis points per annum based on our ratio of consolidated funded debt to EBITDA will be payable on the unused portion of the credit facility. During the step-up period, the applicable margin with respect to loans under the credit facility will be increased by 35 basis points per annum and the unused commitment fee will be increased by 12.5 basis points per annum. At March 31, 2009, the interest rate on outstanding borrowings from Hiland Partners’ credit facility was 3.15%.

 

Hiland Partners is subject to interest rate risk on its credit facility and has entered into an interest rate swap to reduce this risk. See Note 5 “Derivatives” for a discussion of Hiland Partners’ interest rate swap.

 

The credit facility prohibits Hiland Partners from making distributions to unitholders if any default or event of default, as defined in the credit facility, has occurred and is continuing or would result from such distributions. In addition, the credit facility contains various covenants that limit, among other things, subject to certain exceptions and negotiated “baskets,” Hiland Partners’ ability to incur indebtedness, grant liens, make certain loans, acquisitions and investments, make any material changes to the nature of its

 

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business, amend its material agreements, including its Omnibus Agreement, which contains non-compete and indemnity provisions with affiliates, or enter into a merger, consolidation or sale of assets.

 

The credit facility defines EBITDA as Hiland Partners’ consolidated net income (loss), plus income tax expense, interest expense, depreciation, amortization and accretion expense, amortization of intangibles and organizational costs, non-cash unit based compensation expense, and adjustments for non-cash gains and losses on specified derivative transactions and for other extraordinary or non-recurring items.

 

The credit facility limits distributions to Hiland Partners’ unitholders to available cash, as defined by the agreement, and borrowings to fund such distributions are only permitted under the revolving working capital facility. The revolving working capital facility is subject to an annual “clean-down” period of 15 consecutive days in which the amount outstanding under the revolving working capital facility is reduced to zero.

 

As of March 31, 2009, Hiland Partners had $264.1 million outstanding under this credit facility and was in compliance with its financial covenants.

 

Hiland Holdings Credit Facility

 

On September 25, 2006, concurrently with the closing of our initial public offering, we entered into a three-year $25.0 million secured revolving credit facility. The credit facility will permit us, if certain conditions are met, to increase borrowing capacity by up to an additional $25.0 million. The credit facility is secured by all of our ownership interests in Hiland Partners and its general partner, other than the 2% general partner interest and the incentive distribution rights.

 

The credit facility will mature on September 25, 2009, at which time all outstanding amounts thereunder become due and payable.

 

Indebtedness under the credit facility bears interest, at our option, at either (i) an Alternate Base Rate plus an applicable margin ranging from 100 to 150 basis points per annum or (ii) LIBOR plus an applicable margin ranging from 200 to 250 basis points per annum in each case based on our ratio of consolidated funded debt to EBITDA. The Alternate Base Rate is equal to the greatest of (a) the prime rate in effect on such day, (b) the base CD rate in effect on such day plus 1.50% and (c) the federal funds effective rate in effect on such day plus 1/2 of 1%. We have elected for the indebtedness to bear interest at LIBOR plus the applicable margin. A letter of credit fee will be payable for the aggregate amount of letters of credit issued under the credit facility at a percentage per annum equal to 2.0%. A commitment fee ranging from 25 to 50 basis points per annum based on our ratio of consolidated funded debt to EBITDA will be payable on the average daily unused portion of the credit facility for the quarter most recently ended. At March 31, 2009, the interest rate on outstanding borrowings from our credit facility was 2.55%.

 

The credit facility contains several covenants that, among other things, require the maintenance of two financial performance ratios, restrict the payment of distributions to unitholders, and require financial reports to be submitted periodically to the financial institutions.

 

The credit facility also contains covenants requiring a maximum consolidated funded debt to EBITDA ratio of 3.0:1.0 for the four fiscal quarters most recently ended and a minimum interest coverage ratio of 3.0:1.0.

 

The amount we may borrow under the credit facility is limited to the lesser of: (i) 50% of the sum of the value of the Hiland Partners common and subordinated units and certain other assets held by us and certain of our subsidiaries at the end of each fiscal quarter and (ii) the maximum available amount of the credit facility (currently $25.0 million).  For purposes of this calculation, the value of (i) the Hiland Partners common units on any date shall be the closing price for such units as reflected on the NASDAQ National Market on any date and (ii) the Hiland Partners subordinated units on any date shall be deemed to equal 85% of the value of the Hiland Partners common units on such date.  At March 31, 2009, the borrowing base was $19.8 million.

 

The credit facility prohibits us from making distributions to unitholders if any default or event of default, as defined in the credit facility, has occurred and is continuing or would result from such distributions. In addition, the credit facility contains various covenants that limit, among other things, subject to certain exceptions and negotiated “baskets,” our ability to incur indebtedness, grant liens, enter into agreements restricting our ability to grant liens on our assets or amend the credit facility, make certain loans, acquisitions and investments or enter into a merger, consolidation or sale of assets.

 

The credit facility limits distributions to our unitholders to our available cash, as defined in our partnership agreement. Restricted payments under the credit facility are subject to an annual “clean-down” period of 15 consecutive days in which the amount outstanding that relates to funding the restricted payments under the credit facility must be reduced to zero.

 

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As of March 31, 2009, we had $0.7 million outstanding under this credit facility and were in compliance with our financial covenants. The outstanding $0.7 million, which matures on September 25, 2009, is included in accrued liabilities and other in the balance sheet.

 

Capital Lease Obligations

 

During the third quarter of 2007, Hiland Partners incurred two separate capital lease obligations at its Bakken and Badlands gathering systems. Under the terms of a capital lease agreement for a rail loading facility and an associated products pipeline at its Bakken gathering system, Hiland Partners has agreed to repay a counterparty a predetermined amount over a period of eight years. Once fully paid, title to the leased assets will transfer to Hiland Partners no later than the end of the eight-year period commencing from the inception date of the lease. Hiland Partners also incurred a capital lease obligation to a counterparty for the aid to construct several electric substations at its Badlands gathering system which, by agreement, will be repaid in equal monthly installments over a period of five years.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008, Hiland Partners made principal payments of $165 and $107, respectively, on the above described capital lease obligations.  The current portion of the capital lease obligations presented in the table above is included in accrued liabilities and other in the balance sheet.

 

Note 8:  Share-Based Compensation

 

Hiland Holdings GP, LP Long Term Incentive Plan

 

Hiland Partners GP Holdings, LLC, the general partner of Hiland Holdings, adopted the Hiland Holdings GP, LP Long-Term Incentive Plan for its employees and directors of its general partner and employees of its affiliates. The long-term incentive plan consists of three components: unit options, restricted units and phantom units. The long-term incentive plan limits the number of units that are permitted to be delivered pursuant to awards to 2,160,000 units. The plan is administered by the board of directors of our general partner or the compensation committee of the board of directors of our general partner. The plan will expire upon the first to occur of its termination by the board of directors or the compensation committee, the date when no units remain available under the plan for awards or the tenth anniversary of the date the plan is approved by our unitholders. Awards then outstanding will continue pursuant to the terms of their grants.

 

The board of directors of our general partner and the compensation committee of the board may terminate or amend the long-term incentive plan at any time with respect to any units for which a grant has not yet been made. Our board of directors and the compensation committee of the board also have the right to alter or amend the long-term incentive plan or any part of the plan from time to time, including increasing the number of units that may be granted subject to unitholder approval as may be required by applicable law or stock exchange rules. However, no change in any outstanding grant may be made that would materially reduce the benefits of the participant without the consent of the participant. Restricted common units granted vest and become exercisable in one-fourth increments on the anniversary of the grant date over four years. A restricted unit is a common unit that is subject to forfeiture, and upon vesting, the grantee receives a common unit that is not subject to forfeiture. Distributions on unvested restricted common units are held in trust by our general partner until the units vest, at which time the distributions are distributed to the grantee.

 

As provided for in the long-term incentive plan, each non-employee board member of Hiland Partners GP Holdings, LLC on each anniversary date of the initial reward is entitled to receive an additional 1,000 restricted common units. We issued no restricted units during the three months ended March 31, 2009. Non-cash unit based compensation expense related to restricted units issued is to be recognized over their respective four-year vesting period on the graded vesting attribution method. The following table summarizes information about our restricted units for the three months ended March 31, 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Value

 

 

 

 

 

At Grant

 

Restricted Units

 

Units

 

Date ($)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unvested at January 1, 2009

 

16,500

 

$

22.52

 

Granted

 

 

 

 

Vested

 

 

 

 

Forfeited

 

 

 

 

Unvested at March 31, 2009

 

16,500

 

$

22.52

 

 

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We recorded non-cash compensation expense related to the restricted units of $36 and $35 for the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively. We will record additional non-cash unit based compensation expense of $181 over the next four years.

 

Hiland Partners, LP Long Term Incentive Plan

 

Hiland Partners GP, LLC, the general partner of Hiland Partners, adopted the Hiland Partners, LP Long-Term Incentive Plan for its employees and directors of its general partner and employees of its affiliates. The long-term incentive plan currently permits an aggregate of 680,000 of Hiland Partners common units to be issued with respect to unit options, restricted units and phantom units granted under the plan. No more than 225,000 of the 680,000 common units may be issued with respect to vested restricted or phantom units. The plan is administered by the compensation committee of Hiland Partners GP, LLC’s board of directors. The plan will continue in effect until the earliest of (i) a date determined by the board of directors of the general partner; (ii) the date that common units are no longer available for payment of awards under the plan; or (iii) the tenth anniversary of the plan.

 

Hiland Partners GP, LLC’s board of directors or compensation committee may, in their discretion, terminate, suspend or discontinue the long-term incentive plan at any time with respect to any units for which a grant has not yet been made. Hiland Partners GP, LLC’s board of directors or its compensation committee also has the right to alter or amend the long-term incentive plan or any part of the plan from time to time, including increasing the number of units that may be granted, subject to unitholder approval if required by the exchange upon which the common units are listed at that time. No change in any outstanding grant may be made, however, that would materially impair the rights of the participant without the consent of the participant. Under the unit option grant agreement, granted options of common units vest and become exercisable in one-third increments on the anniversary of the grant date over three years. Vested options are exercisable within the option’s contractual life of ten years after the grant date. Restricted common units granted vest and become exercisable in one-fourth increments on the anniversary of the grant date over four years. A restricted unit is a common unit that is subject to forfeiture, and upon vesting, the grantee receives a common unit that is not subject to forfeiture. Distributions on unvested restricted common units are held in trust by Hiland Partners’ general partner until the units vest, at which time the distributions are distributed to the grantee. Granted phantom common units are generally more flexible than restricted units and vesting periods and distribution rights may vary with each grant. A phantom unit is a common unit that is subject to forfeiture and is not considered issued until it vests. Upon vesting, holders of phantom units will receive (i) a common unit that is not subject to forfeiture, cash in lieu of the delivery of such unit equal to the fair market value of the unit on the vesting date, or a combination thereof, at the discretion of Hiland Partners’ general partner’s board of directors and (ii) the distributions held in trust, if applicable, related to the vested units.

 

Phantom Units.   On February 4, 2009, 2,500 phantom units granted on February 4, 2008 to Matthew S. Harrison, our Chief Financial Officer, vested and Mr. Harrison settled 2,500 phantom units for 2,500 common units.  On February 25, 2009, 625 phantom units granted on February 25, 2008 to an employee vested and the employee settled 625 of the phantom units for 625 common units.

 

The following table summarizes information about Hiland Partners’ phantom units for the three months ended March 31, 2009:

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Value

 

 

 

 

 

At Grant

 

Phantom Units

 

Units

 

Date ($)

 

Unvested at January 1, 2009

 

50,794

 

$

47.74

 

Granted

 

 

 

 

Vested and converted

 

(3,125

)

$

49.37

 

Forfeited

 

(500

)

$

48.80

 

Unvested at March 31, 2009

 

47,169

 

$

47.62

 

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008, Hiland Partners incurred non-cash unit based compensation expense of $244 and $279, respectively, related to phantom units. Hiland Partners will recognize additional expense of $1,211 over the next four years, and the additional expense is to be recognized over a weighted average period of 2.7 years.

 

Restricted Units.   Hiland Partners issued no restricted units during the three months ended March 31, 2009.  On March 13, 2009, Dr. David L. Boren, a member of Hiland Partners’ board of directors, resigned and thus forfeited 2,750 restricted units.  The following table summarizes information about Hiland Partners restricted units for the three months ended March 31, 2009.

 

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Weighted

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Value

 

 

 

 

 

At Grant

 

Restricted Units

 

Units

 

Date ($)

 

Unvested at January 1, 2009

 

18,500

 

$

48.73

 

Granted

 

 

 

 

Vested

 

 

 

 

Forfeited

 

(2,750

)

$

46.85

 

Unvested at March 31, 2009

 

15,750

 

$

49.06

 

 

Non-cash unit based compensation expense related to Hiland Partners restricted units was $75 and $84 for the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively. As of March 31, 2009, there was $296 of total unrecognized cost related to Hiland Partners unvested restricted units. This cost is to be recognized over a weighted average period of 2.2 years.

 

Unit Options.   The following table summarizes information about Hiland Partners’ common unit options for the three months ended March 31, 2009:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

Remaining

 

Aggregate

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise

 

Contractual

 

Intrinsic

 

Options

 

Units

 

Price ($)

 

Term (Years)

 

Value ($)

 

Outstanding at January 1, 2009

 

33,336

 

$

37.79

 

 

 

 

 

Granted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercised

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forfeited or expired

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding and exercisable at March 31, 2009

 

33,336

 

$

37.79

 

6.7

 

 

 

Note 9: Commitments and Contingencies

 

We maintain a defined contribution retirement plan for our employees under which we make discretionary contributions to the plan based on a percentage of eligible employees’ compensation. Contributions to the plan are 5.0% of eligible employees’ compensation and resulted in expense for the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008 of $89 and $75, respectively.

 

We maintain our health and workers’ compensation insurance through third-party providers. Property and general liability insurance is also maintained through third-party providers with a $100 deductible on each policy.

 

The operation of pipelines, plants and other facilities for gathering, compressing, treating, or processing natural gas, NGLs and other products is subject to stringent and complex laws and regulations pertaining to health, safety and the environment. Our management believes that compliance with federal, state or local environmental laws and regulations will not have a material adverse effect on our business, financial position or results of operations.

 

Although there are no significant regulatory proceedings in which we are currently involved, periodically we may be a party to regulatory proceedings. The results of regulatory proceedings cannot be predicted with certainty; however, our management believes that we presently do not have material potential liability in connection with regulatory proceedings that would have a significant financial impact on our consolidated financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 

Hiland Partners leases certain equipment, vehicles and facilities under operating leases, most of which contain annual renewal options. We and Hiland Partners also lease office space from a related entity. See Note 11 “Related Party Transactions.” Under these lease agreements, rent expense was $843 and $616, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

 

Two unitholder class action lawsuits were recently filed in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware challenging the proposal made by Mr. Hamm to acquire all of the outstanding common units of each of the Partnership and Hiland Partners that are not owned by Mr. Hamm, his affiliates or Hamm family trusts.

 

One complaint alleges, among other things, that the original consideration and revised consideration offered by Mr. Hamm is unfair and inadequate, that the board of directors of the general partner of each of the Partnership and Hiland Partners cannot be expected to act independently, and that Mr. Hamm and the management of the Partnership and Hiland Partners have manipulated their public statements to depress the price of the common units of the Partnership and Hiland Partners. The plaintiffs seek to enjoin the Partnership, Hiland Partners, and their respective board members from proceeding with any transaction that may arise from Mr. Hamm’s going private proposal, along with compensatory damages.

 

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The second complaint alleges, among other things, that the consideration offered is unfair and grossly inadequate, that the conflicts committee of the board of directors of the general partner of each of the Partnership and Hiland Partners cannot be expected to act independently, and that the management of the Partnership and Hiland Partners has manipulated its public statements to depress the price of the common units of the Partnership and Hiland Partners.

 

The plaintiffs in each lawsuit seek to enjoin the Partnership, Hiland Partners, and their respective board members from proceeding with any transaction that may arise from Mr. Hamm’s going private proposal, along with compensatory damages. Although we strongly believe these lawsuits have no merit, we cannot predict the outcome of the lawsuits, or others, nor can we predict the amount of time and expense that will be required to resolve the lawsuits. See Note 2 “Recent Events”.

 

Note 10: Significant Customers and Suppliers

 

All of Hiland Partners’ revenues are domestic revenues. The following table presents Hiland Partners’ top midstream customers as a percent of total revenue for the periods indicated:

 

 

 

For the Three Months
Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

Customer 1

 

19

%

8

%

Customer 2

 

17

%

19

%

Customer 3

 

12

%

7

%

Customer 4

 

8

%

10

%

Customer 5

 

6

%

15

%

Customer 6

 

5

%

21

%

 

Customer 2 above is SemStream, L.P., a subsidiary of SemGroup, L.P., who filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on July 22, 2008.  On March 20, 2009, Hiland Partners received a good faith deposit from SemStream, L.P. for $3,000 in lieu of renewing a letter of credit to our benefit.  The $3,000 deposit received is included in accrued liabilities and other in the balance sheet.

 

All of Hiland Partners’ purchases are from domestic sources. The following table presents Hiland Partners’ top midstream suppliers as a percent of total midstream purchases for the periods indicated:

 

 

 

For the Three Months
Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

Supplier 1 (affiliated company)

 

43

%

38

%

Supplier 2

 

17

%

15

%

Supplier 3

 

16

%

19

%

 

Note 11: Related Party Transactions

 

Hiland Partners purchases natural gas and NGLs from affiliated companies. Purchases of product from affiliates totaled $13,445 and $26,167 for the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively. Hiland Partners also sells natural gas and NGLs to affiliated companies. Sales of product to affiliates totaled $1,032 and $1,021 for the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively. Compression revenues from affiliates were $1,205 for each of the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

 

Accounts receivable-affiliates of $2,579 at March 31, 2009 include $2,281 from one affiliate for midstream sales. Accounts receivable-affiliates of $2,346 at December 31, 2008, includes $2,083 from one affiliate for midstream sales.

 

Accounts payable-affiliates of $3,784 at March 31, 2009 include $2,773 due to one affiliate for midstream purchases. Accounts payable-affiliates of $7,823 at December 31, 2008 include $6,682 payable to the same affiliate for midstream purchases.

 

Hiland Partners utilizes affiliated companies to provide services to its plants and pipelines and certain administrative services. The total expenditures to these companies were $174 and $152 during the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

 

We and Hiland Partners lease office space under operating leases directly or indirectly from an affiliate. Rent expense associated with these leases totaled $39 and $38 for the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

 

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Note 12: Reportable Segments

 

Hiland Partners has distinct operating segments for which additional financial information must be reported. Hiland Partners’ operations are classified into two reportable segments:

 

(1)     Midstream, which is the purchasing, gathering, compressing, dehydrating, treating, processing and marketing of natural gas and the fractionating and marketing of NGLs.

 

(2)     Compression, which is providing air compression and water injection services for oil and gas secondary recovery operations that are ongoing in North Dakota.

 

These business segments reflect the way Hiland Partners manages its operations. Hiland Partners’ operations are conducted in the United States. General and administrative costs, which consist of executive management, accounting and finance, operations and engineering, marketing and business development, are allocated to the individual segments based on revenues.

 

Hiland Partners’ midstream assets totaled $407,435 at March 31, 2009. Assets attributable to Hiland Partners’ compression operations totaled $25,263. All but $27 of the total capital expenditures of $12,015 for the three months ended March 31, 2009 was attributable to midstream operations. All but $14 of the total capital expenditures of $8,130 for the three months ended March 31, 2008 was attributable to midstream operations.

 

The tables below present information for the reportable segments for the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008.

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

 

 

Midstream

 

Compression

 

 

 

Midstream

 

Compression

 

 

 

 

 

Segment

 

Segment

 

Total

 

Segment

 

Segment

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

$

51,143

 

$

1,205

 

$

52,348

 

$

90,274

 

$

1,205

 

$

91,479

 

Operating costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midstream purchases (exclusive of items shown separately below)

 

31,216

 

 

31,216

 

68,618

 

 

68,618

 

Operations and maintenance

 

7,695

 

 

7,695

 

6,541

 

228

 

6,769

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

10,258

 

 

10,258

 

8,321

 

895

 

9,216

 

Property impairments

 

950

 

 

950

 

 

 

 

General and administrative

 

3,739

 

88

 

3,827

 

2,654

 

30

 

2,684

 

Total operating costs and expenses

 

53,858

 

88

 

53,946

 

86,134

 

1,153

 

87,287

 

Operating income

 

$

(2,715

)

$

1,117

 

(1,598

)

$

4,140

 

$

52

 

4,192

 

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest and other income

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

 

 

 

 

104

 

Amortization of deferred loan costs

 

 

 

 

 

(171

)

 

 

 

 

(156

)

Interest expense

 

 

 

 

 

(2,357

)

 

 

 

 

(3,506

)

Net (loss) income

 

 

 

 

 

4,113

)

 

 

 

 

634

 

Less: Noncontrolling partners’ interest in (loss) income of Hiland Partners

 

 

 

 

 

(1,214

)

 

 

 

 

(206

)

Limited partners’ interest in net (loss) income

 

 

 

 

 

$

(2,899

)

 

 

 

 

$

840

 

 

Note 13: Net Income (Loss) per Limited Partners’ Unit

 

The computation of basic net income (loss) per limited partners’ unit is based on the weighted-average number of common units outstanding during the period. The computation of diluted net income (loss) per unit further assumes the dilutive effect of restricted units. Net income (loss) per unit applicable to limited partners is computed by dividing net income (loss) applicable to limited partners by the weighted-average number of limited partnership units outstanding. The following is a reconciliation of the limited partner units used in the calculations of net income (loss) per limited partner unit—basic and net income (loss) per limited partner unit—diluted assuming dilution for the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008:

 

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For the Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

 

 

(Loss)

 

 

 

 

 

Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to Limited

 

Limited

 

 

 

to Limited

 

Limited

 

 

 

 

 

Partners

 

Partner Units

 

Per Unit

 

Partners

 

Partner Units

 

Per Unit

 

 

 

(Numerator)

 

(Denominator)

 

Amount

 

(Numerator)

 

(Denominator)

 

Amount

 

(Loss) income per limited partner unit -basic:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) income attributable to limited partners

 

$

(2,899

)

 

 

$

(0.13

)

840

 

 

 

$

0.04

 

Weighted average limited partner units outstanding

 

 

 

21,607,500

 

 

 

 

 

21,603,000

 

 

 

Income (loss) per limited partner unit - diluted: Restricted units

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) income attributable to limited partners plus assumed conversions

 

$

(2,899

)

21,607,500

 

$

(0.13

)

$

840

 

21,609,000

 

$

0.04

 

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2009, approximately 57,000 restricted units were excluded from the computation of diluted earnings attributable to limited partner units because the inclusion of such units would have been anti-dilutive.

 

Note 14: Partners’ Capital and Cash Distributions

 

Hiland Holdings

 

Our unitholders (limited partners) have only limited voting rights on matters affecting our operations and activities and, therefore, limited ability to influence our management’s decisions regarding our business. Unitholders did not select our general partner or elect the board of directors of our general partner and effectively have no right to select our general partner or elect its board of directors in the future. Unitholders’ voting rights are further restricted by our partnership agreement, which provides that any units held by a person that owns 20% or more of any class of units then outstanding, other than the general partner, its affiliates, their transferees and persons who acquired such units with the prior approval of the board of directors of our general partner, cannot be voted on any matter. In addition, our partnership agreement contains provisions limiting the ability of our unitholders to call meetings or to acquire information about our operations, as well as other provisions limiting a unitholders’ ability to influence the manner or direction of our management.

 

Our partnership agreement requires that we distribute all of our cash on hand at the end of each quarter, less reserves established at our general partner’s discretion. We refer to this as “available cash.” Our only cash-generating assets are our interests in Hiland Partners from which we may receive quarterly distributions. The amount of available cash may be greater than or less than the minimum quarterly distributions.

 

On April 27, 2009, we announced the suspension of quarterly cash distributions beginning with the first quarter distribution of 2009 and Hiland Partners announced the suspension of quarterly cash distributions on its common and subordinated units beginning with the first quarter distribution of 2009 due to the impact of lower commodity prices and reduced drilling activity on Hiland Partners’ current and projected throughput volumes, midstream segment margins and cash flows combined with future required levels of capital expenditures and the outstanding indebtedness under Hiland Partners’ senior secured revolving credit facility. Under the terms of the Hiland Partners partnership agreement, the Hiland Partners common units will carry an arrearage of $0.45 per unit, representing the minimum quarterly distribution to the Hiland Partners common units for the first quarter of 2009 that must be paid before Hiland Partners can make distributions to the Hiland Partners subordinated units. All distributions paid by us to our common unitholders from January 1, 2008 forward, including amounts paid to affiliate owners, were as follows (in thousands, except per unit amounts):

 

Date Cash

 

Per Unit Cash

 

 

 

Distribution

 

Distribution

 

Total Cash

 

Paid

 

Amount

 

Distribution

 

02/19/08

 

$

0.2550

 

$

5,513

 

05/19/08

 

0.2800

 

6,053

 

08/19/08

 

0.3050

 

6,593

 

11/19/08

 

0.3175

 

6,866

 

02/18/09

 

0.1000

 

2,162

 

 

 

$

1.2575

 

$

27,187

 

 

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Hiland Partners

 

The unitholders (limited partners) of Hiland Partners have only limited voting rights on matters affecting its operations and activities and, therefore, limited ability to influence its management’s decisions regarding its business. The Hiland Partners unitholders did not select Hiland Partners GP, LLC as general partner or elect its board of directors and effectively have no right to select a general partner or elect its board of directors in the future. The Hiland Partners unitholders’ voting rights are further restricted by Hiland Partners’ partnership agreement, which provides that any units held by a person that owns 20% or more of any class of units then outstanding, other than the general partner, its affiliates, their transferees and persons who acquired such units with the prior approval of Hiland Partners GP, LLC’s board of directors, cannot be voted on any matter. In addition, Hiland Partners’ partnership agreement contains provisions limiting the ability of its unitholders to call meetings or to acquire information about its operations, as well as other provisions limiting a unitholder’s ability to influence the manner or direction of Hiland Partners’ management.

 

Hiland Partners’ partnership agreement requires that it distribute all of its cash on hand at the end of each quarter, less reserves established at Hiland Partners GP, LLC’s discretion. Hiland Partners refers to this as “available cash.” The amount of available cash may be greater than or less than the minimum quarterly distributions described below. In general, Hiland Partners will pay any cash distribution made each quarter in the following manner:

 

·         first, 98% to the common units, pro rata, and 2% to Hiland Partners GP, LLC, until each common unit has received a minimum quarterly distribution of $0.45 plus any arrearages from prior quarters;

 

·         second, 98% to the subordinated units, pro rata, and 2% to Hiland Partners GP, LLC, until each subordinated unit has received a minimum quarterly distribution of $0.45; and

 

·         third, 98% to all units, pro rata, and 2% to Hiland Partners GP, LLC, until each unit has received a distribution of $0.495.

 

If cash distributions per unit exceed $0.495 in any quarter, Hiland Partners GP, LLC as general partner will receive increasing percentages, up to a maximum of 50% of the cash Hiland Partners distributes in excess of that amount. Hiland Partners refers to these distributions as “incentive distributions.”

 

The distributions on the subordinated units may be reduced or eliminated if necessary to ensure the common units receive their minimum quarterly distribution.  Subordinated units do not accrue arrearages. The subordination period will extend until the first day of any quarter beginning after March 31, 2010 that each of the following tests are met:  distributions of available cash from operating surplus on each of the outstanding common units and subordinated units equaled or exceeded the minimum quarterly distribution for each of the three consecutive, non-overlapping four-quarter periods immediately preceding that date; the “adjusted operating surplus” (as defined in the partnership agreement) generated during each of the three consecutive, non-overlapping four-quarter periods immediately preceding that date equaled or exceeded the sum of the minimum quarterly distributions on all of the outstanding common units and subordinated units during those periods on a fully diluted basis and the related distribution on the 2% general partner interest during those periods; and there are no arrearages in payment of the minimum quarterly distribution on the common units.  In addition, if the tests for ending the subordination period are satisfied for any three consecutive four quarter periods ending on or after March 31, 2008, 25% of the subordinated units will convert into an equal number of common units.  On May 14, 2008 these tests were met and accordingly, 1,020,000, or 25%, of the subordinated units converted into an equal number of common units.

 

On April 27, 2009, Hiland Partners announced the suspension of quarterly cash distributions on its common and subordinated units beginning with the first quarter distribution of 2009 due to the impact of lower commodity prices and reduced drilling activity on Hiland Partners’ current and projected throughput volumes, midstream segment margins and cash flows combined with future required levels of capital expenditures and the outstanding indebtedness under Hiland Partners’ senior  secured revolving credit facility. Under the terms of the Hiland Partners partnership agreement, the Hiland Partners common units carry an arrearage of $0.45 per unit, representing the minimum quarterly distribution to the Hiland Partners common units for the first quarter of 2009 that must be paid before Hiland Partners can make distributions to the Hiland Partners subordinated units.  We own 3,060,000 of the Hiland Partners subordinated units which will not receive a cash distribution until the distribution arrearage to the Hiland Partners common units is paid. Presented below are cash distributions to the Hiland Partners common and subordinated unitholders, including amounts to affiliate owners and regular and incentive distributions to Hiland Partners GP, LLC paid by Hiland Partners from January 1, 2008 forward (in thousands, except per unit amounts):

 

Date Cash

 

Per Unit Cash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution

 

Distribution

 

Common

 

Subordinated

 

General Partner

 

Total Cash

 

Paid

 

Amount

 

Units

 

Units

 

Regular

 

Incentive

 

Distribution

 

02/14/08

 

$

0.7950

 

$

4,169

 

$

3,243

 

$

182

 

$

1,492

 

$

9,086

 

05/14/08

 

0.8275

 

4,364

 

3,376

 

194

 

1,789

 

9,723

 

08/14/08

 

0.8625

 

5,446

 

2,639

 

208

 

2,107

 

10,400

 

11/14/08

 

0.8800

 

5,574

 

2,694

 

214

 

2,268

 

10,750

 

02/13/09

 

0.4500

 

2,849

 

1,377

 

86

 

 

4,312

 

 

 

$

3.8150

 

$

22,402

 

$

13,329

 

$

884

 

$

7,656

 

$

44,271

 

 

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Presented below are cash distributions by Hiland Partners to us and Hiland Partners GP, LLC from January 1, 2008 forward (in thousands, except per unit amounts):

 

Date Cash

 

Per Unit Cash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution

 

Distribution

 

Common

 

Subordinated

 

General Partner

 

Total Cash

 

Paid

 

Amount

 

Units

 

Units

 

Regular

 

Incentive

 

Distribution

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02/14/08

 

$

0.7950

 

$

1,035

 

$

3,243

 

$

182

 

$

1,492

 

$

5,952

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

05/15/08

 

0.8275

 

1,077

 

3,376

 

194

 

1,789

 

6,436

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08/14/08

 

0.8625

 

2,003

 

2,639

 

208

 

2,107

 

6,957

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/14/08

 

0.8800

 

2,043

 

2,694

 

214

 

2,268

 

7,219

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02/13/09

 

0.4500

 

1,045

 

1,377

 

86

 

 

2,508

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

3.8150

 

$

7,203

 

$

13,329

 

$

884

 

$

7,656

 

$

29,072

 

 

Note 15:   Supplemental Information

 

Following are the financial statements of Hiland Holdings which are included to provide additional information with respect to Hiland Holdings’ financial position, results of operations and cash flows on a stand-alone basis.

 

HILAND HOLDINGS GP, LP

Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except unit amounts)

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

360

 

$

561

 

Accounts receivable-affiliates

 

 

2

 

Other current assets

 

455

 

351

 

Total current assets

 

815

 

914

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment in subsidiary

 

(15

)

4,195

 

Property and equipment, net

 

3,192

 

3,304

 

Intangibles, net

 

4,963

 

5,138

 

Other assets, net

 

44

 

66

 

Total assets

 

$

8,999

 

$

13,617

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

761

 

$

363

 

Accounts payable-affiliates

 

172

 

163

 

Other current liabilities

 

705

 

705

 

Total current liabilities

 

1,638

 

1,231

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partners’ equity

 

 

 

 

 

Common unitholders (21,607,500 units issued and outstanding)

 

7,361

 

12,386

 

Total partners’ equity

 

7,361

 

12,386