Note 3 - QEP Midstream
QEP Midstream is a publicly traded master limited partnership that was formed by QEP to own, operate, acquire and develop midstream energy assets. QEP Midstream's assets currently consist of ownership interests in four gathering systems and two FERC regulated pipelines, which provide oil and gas gathering and transportation services. These assets are located in, or within close proximity to, the Green River Basin located in Wyoming and Colorado, the Uinta Basin located in eastern Utah, and the Williston Basin located in North Dakota.
Initial Public Offering
On August 14, 2013, QEP Midstream completed its initial public offering (the IPO) of 20,000,000 common units, representing limited partner interests in QEP Midstream, at a price to the public of $21.00 per common unit. QEP Midstream received net proceeds of $390.7 million from the sale of the common units, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions, structuring fees and offering expenses of approximately $29.3 million. Following the IPO, the underwriters exercised their over-allotment option to purchase an additional 3,000,000 common units, at a price of $21.00 per common unit, providing additional net proceeds of $58.9 million, after deducting $4.1 million of underwriters' discounts and commissions and structuring fees, to QEP Midstream.
QEP Midstream used the net proceeds to repay its outstanding debt balance with QEP, which was assumed with the assets contributed to QEP Midstream, pay revolving credit facility origination fees and make a cash distribution to QEP, a portion of which was used to reimburse QEP for certain capital expenditures it incurred with respect to assets contributed to QEP Midstream. The following table is a reconciliation of proceeds from the IPO (in millions):
Total proceeds from the IPO
Net proceeds from the IPO
QEPM revolving credit facility origination fees
QEPM repayment of outstanding debt with QEP
Net proceeds distributed to QEP from the Offering
QEP Midstream Partners GP, LLC (the General Partner), a wholly owned subsidiary of QEP, serves as the general partner of QEP Midstream. QEP owns a 57.8% interest in QEP Midstream and consolidates QEP Midstream for financial reporting purposes with the portion not owned by QEP reflected as a reduction to net income and equity as a noncontrolling interest.
The following agreements were entered into between QEP and QEP Midstream in connection with the IPO.
Contribution, Conveyance and Assumption Agreement
On August 14, 2013, in connection with the closing of the IPO, QEP entered into a Contribution, Conveyance and Assumption Agreement (the Contribution Agreement) with QEP Field Services, the General Partner and QEP Midstream Partners Operating, LLC (the Operating Company). Immediately prior to the closing of the IPO, the following transactions, among others, occurred pursuant to the Contribution Agreement:
QEP Field Services contributed to the General Partner, as a capital contribution, a limited liability company interest in the Operating Company with a value equal to 2.0% of the equity value of QEP Midstream at the closing of the IPO;
the General Partner contributed to QEP Midstream, as a capital contribution, the limited liability company interest in the Operating Company in exchange for (a) 1,090,000 general partner units representing the continuation of an aggregate 2.0% general partner interest in QEP Midstream and (b) all the incentive distribution rights of QEP Midstream;
QEP Field Services contributed to QEP Midstream, as a capital contribution, its remaining limited liability company interests in the Operating Company in exchange for (a) 6,701,750 common units representing a 12.3% limited partner interest in QEP Midstream, (b) 26,705,000 subordinated units representing a 49.0% limited partner interest in QEP Midstream and (c) the right to receive a distribution from QEP Midstream; and
the public, through the underwriters, contributed $420.0 million in cash (or $390.7 million, net of the underwriters' discounts and commissions, structuring fees and offering expenses of approximately $29.3 million) to QEP Midstream in exchange for the issuance of 20,000,000 common units.
Subsequent to the IPO, the underwriters exercised their over-allotment option to purchase an additional 3,000,000 common units in QEP Midstream, which reduced QEP's limited partner common unit interest in QEP Midstream from 12.3% to 6.8% and QEP's total ownership interest from 63.3% to 57.8%.
In connection with the IPO, QEP entered into an Omnibus Agreement (the Omnibus Agreement) with QEP Midstream on August 14, 2013, that addresses the following matters:
QEP Midstream's payment of an annual amount to QEP, initially in the amount of approximately $13.8 million, for the provision of certain general and administrative services by QEP and its affiliates to QEP Midstream, including a fixed annual fee of approximately $1.4 million for providing certain executive management services by certain officers of the General Partner. The remaining portion of this annual amount reflects an estimate of the costs that QEP and its affiliates expect to incur in providing the services;
QEP Midstream's obligation to reimburse QEP for any out-of-pocket costs and expenses incurred by QEP in providing general and administrative services (which reimbursement is in addition to certain expenses of the General Partner and its affiliates that are reimbursed under QEP Midstream's partnership agreement), as well as any other out-of-pocket expenses incurred by QEP on QEP Midstream's behalf; and
an indemnity by QEP for certain environmental and other liabilities, and QEP Midstream's obligation to indemnify QEP and its subsidiaries for events and conditions associated with the operation of QEP Midstream's assets that occur after the closing of the IPO.
As long as QEP controls the General Partner, the Omnibus Agreement will remain in full force and effect. If QEP ceases to control the General Partner, either party may terminate the Omnibus Agreement, but the indemnification obligations will remain in full force and effect in accordance with their terms.