Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Leased Properties

Leased Properties
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2014
Leases [Abstract]  
Pinedale LGS
Our subsidiary, Pinedale Corridor, LP ("Pinedale LP"), owns a system of gathering, storage, and pipeline facilities (the "Liquids Gathering System" or "Pinedale LGS"), with associated real property rights in the Pinedale Anticline in Wyoming.
Physical Assets
The Pinedale LGS consists of more than 150 miles of pipelines with 107 receipt points and four above-ground central gathering facilities. The system is leased to and used by Ultra Petroleum Corp. ("Ultra Petroleum") as a method of separating water, condensate and associated flash gas from a unified stream and subsequently selling or treating and disposing of the separated products. Prior to entering the Pinedale LGS, a commingled hydrocarbon stream is separated into wellhead natural gas and a liquids stream. The wellhead natural gas is transported to market by a third party. The remaining liquids, primarily water, are transported by the Pinedale LGS to one of its four central gathering facilities where they pass through a three-phase separator which separates condensate, water and associated natural gas. Condensate is a valuable hydrocarbon commodity that is sold by Ultra Petroleum; water is transported to disposal wells or a treatment facility for re-use; and the natural gas is sold or otherwise used by Ultra Petroleum for fueling on-site operational equipment. To date, no major operational issues have been reported with respect to the Pinedale LGS.
The asset is depreciated for book purposes over an estimated useful life of 26 years. The amount of depreciation recognized for the leased property for each of the three-month periods ended March 31, 2014 and March 31, 2013 was $2.2 million.
See Note 4 for further information regarding the Pinedale Lease Agreement.
Non-Controlling Interest Partner
Prudential Financial, Inc. ("Prudential") funded a portion of the Pinedale LGS acquisition and as a limited partner, holds 18.95 percent of the economic interest in Pinedale LP. The general partner, Pinedale GP, holds the remaining 81.05 percent of the economic interest.
Pinedale LP borrowed $70 million pursuant to a secured term credit facility with KeyBank National Association ("KeyBank") serving as a lender and the administrative agent on behalf of other lenders participating in the credit facility. The credit facility will remain in effect through December 2015, with an option to extend through December 2016. The credit facility is secured by the LGS. See Note 13 for further information regarding the credit facility.
Portland Terminal Facility
On January 21, 2014, we completed a follow-on equity offering of 7,475,000 shares of common stock, raising approximately $49 million in gross proceeds at $6.50 per share (net proceeds of approximately $46 million after underwriters’ discount). Concurrently, our subsidiary, LCP Oregon, used the net proceeds from the offering to close on a Purchase and Sale Agreement to acquire a petroleum products terminal facility and certain associated real property rights located in Portland, Oregon ("Portland Terminal Facility") (the “Acquisition”) for $40 million in cash. LCP Oregon also entered into a long-term triple net Lease Agreement relating to the use of the Portland Terminal Facility (the “Portland Lease Agreement”) with Arc Terminals Holdings LLC ("Arc Terminals"), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Arc Logistics Partners LP ("Arc Logistics").
The Portland Terminal Facility is a rail and marine facility adjacent to the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. The 42-acre site has 84 tanks with a total storage capacity of approximately 1,500,000 barrels. The Portland Terminal Facility is capable of receiving, storing and delivering crude oil and refined petroleum products. Products are received and delivered via railroad or marine (up to Panamax size vessels). The marine facilities are accessed through a neighboring terminal facility via an owned pipeline. The Portland Terminal Facility offers heating systems, emulsions and an on-site product testing laboratory as ancillary services.
We anticipate funding an additional $10 million of terminal-related improvement projects in support of Arc Terminals’ commercial strategy to optimize the Portland Terminal Facility and generate stable cash flows, including: i) upgrade a portion of the existing storage assets; ii) enhance existing terminal infrastructure; and iii) develop, design, engineer and construct throughput expansion opportunities. As of March 31, 2014, additional spending on terminal-related projects totaled approximately $585 thousand.
See Note 4 for further information regarding the Portland Lease Agreement (as defined therein) related to the Portland Terminal Facility assets.
Eastern Interconnect Project (EIP)
Physical Assets
The EIP transmission assets are utilized by the lessee to move electricity across New Mexico between Albuquerque and Clovis. The physical assets include 216 miles of 345 kilovolt transmission lines, towers, easement rights, converters and other grid support components. Originally, the assets were depreciated for book purposes over an estimated useful life of 20 years. Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement discussed in Note 4, the Company reevaluated the residual value used to calculate its depreciation of the EIP, and determined that a change in estimate was necessary. The change in estimate resulted in higher depreciation expenses beginning in November of 2012 through the expiration of the lease in April 2015.
The amount of depreciation expense related to the EIP leased property for each of the three-month periods ended March 31, 2014 and March 31, 2013 was $570 thousand.
See Note 4 for further information regarding the PNM Lease Agreement (as defined therein) related to the EIP transmission assets.