ONEOK Annual Meeting
The 2017 annual meeting of shareholders will be held Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 9 a.m. Central Daylight Time at ONEOK Plaza, 100 West Fifth Street, Tulsa, OK.
Two Warren Place
6120 South Yale Avenue, Suite 1850
Tulsa, OK 74136
Direct Stock Purchase and Dividend Reinvestment Plan
ONEOK’s Direct Stock Purchase and Dividend Reinvestment Plan provides investors the opportunity to purchase shares of common stock without payment of any brokerage fees or service charges and to reinvest dividends automatically.
Transfer Agent, Registrar, Dividend-paying Agent and Distribution-paying Agent
Wells Fargo Shareowner Services
P.O. Box 64874
St. Paul, MN 55164-0854
ONEOK: 866-235-0232 ONEOK Partners: 866-605-8639
Tax Package Support
ONEOK Partners, L.P.
P.O. Box 799060
Dallas, TX 75379-9060
|S&P Global Ratings||BB+||BBB|
|Moody’s Investors Service||Ba1||Baa2|
T.D. Eureste, director – investor relations, by phone at 918-588-7167 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan Patterson, supervisor – investor relations, by phone at 918-561-5325 or by email at email@example.com.
Non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) Financial Measures
ONEOK and ONEOK Partners have disclosed in this annual report adjusted EBITDA, cash flow available for dividends, free cash flow and dividend coverage ratio, and ONEOK Partners distributable cash flow and distribution coverage ratio, which are non-GAAP financial metrics, used to measure the company’s financial performance and are defined as follows:
- Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income adjusted for interest expense, net of capitalized interest, depreciation and amortization, impairment charges, income taxes and allowance for equity funds used during construction and certain other noncash items;
- Cash flow available for dividends is defined as cash distributions declared from ONEOK’s ownership in ONEOK Partners adjusted for ONEOK’s standalone interest expense, corporate expenses, excluding certain noncash items, payments related to released contracts from ONEOK’s former energy services business, capital expenditures and equity compensation reimbursed by ONEOK Partners;
- Free cash flow is defined as cash flow available for dividends, computed as described above, less ONEOK’s dividends declared;
- Dividend coverage ratio is defined as cash flow available for dividends divided by the dividends declared for the period;
- Distributable cash flow is defined as ONEOK Partners adjusted EBITDA, computed as described above, less interest expense, maintenance capital expenditures and equity earnings from investments, adjusted for cash distributions received and certain other items; and
- Distribution coverage ratio is defined as ONEOK Partners distributable cash flow to limited partners per limited partner unit divided by the distribution declared per limited partner unit for the period.
These non-GAAP financial measures described above are useful to investors because they are used by many companies in the industry as a measurement of financial performance and are commonly employed by financial analysts and others to evaluate our financial performance and to compare our financial performance with the performance of other companies within our industry. ONEOK cash flow available for dividends, free cash flow and dividend coverage ratio, and ONEOK Partners distributable cash flow and distribution coverage ratio, should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP.
These non-GAAP financial measures exclude some, but not all, items that affect net income. Additionally, these calculations may not be comparable with similarly titled measures of other companies. Reconciliations of adjusted EBITDA, cash flow available for dividends and free cash flow to net income are included in the tables.
Some of the statements contained and incorporated in this annual report are forward-looking statements as defined under federal securities laws. The forward-looking statements relate to our anticipated financial performance (including projected operating income, net income, capital expenditures, cash flow and projected levels of dividends and distributions), liquidity, management’s plans and objectives for our future growth projects and other future operations (including plans to construct additional natural gas and natural gas liquids pipelines and processing facilities and related cost estimates), our business prospects, the outcome of regulatory and legal proceedings, market conditions, statements about the benefits of the Merger Transaction involving ONEOK and ONEOK Partners and other matters. We make these forward-looking statements in reliance on the safe harbor protections provided under federal securities legislation and other applicable laws. The following discussion is intended to identify important factors that could cause future outcomes to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements include the items identified in the preceding paragraph, the information concerning possible or assumed future results of our operations and other statements contained or incorporated in this annual report identified by words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “should,” “goal,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “could,” “may,” “continue,” “might,” “potential,” “scheduled” and other words and terms of similar meaning.
One should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. Those factors may affect our operations, markets, products, services and prices. In addition to any assumptions and other factors referred to specifically in connection with the forward-looking statements, factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in any forward-looking statement include, among others, the following:
- the ability to obtain the requisite approvals from ONEOK’s shareholders or ONEOK Partners’ unitholders relating to the Merger Transaction;
- the risk that ONEOK or ONEOK Partners may be unable to obtain governmental and regulatory approvals required for the Merger Transaction, if any, or required governmental and regulatory approvals, if any, may delay the Merger Transaction or result in the imposition of conditions that could cause the parties to abandon the Merger Transaction;
- the risk that a condition to closing of the Merger Transaction may not be satisfied;
- the timing to consummate the Merger Transaction;
- the risk that the cost savings, tax benefits and any other synergies from the Merger Transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected;
- disruption from the Merger Transaction may make it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers;
- the possible diversion of management time on Merger Transaction-related issues;
- the impact and outcome of pending and future litigation, including litigation, if any, relating to the Merger Transaction;
- the effects of weather and other natural phenomena, including climate change, on our operations, demand for our services and energy prices;
- competition from other United States and foreign energy suppliers and transporters, as well as alternative forms of energy, including, but not limited to, solar power, wind power, geothermal energy and biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel;
- the capital intensive nature of our businesses;
- the profitability of assets or businesses acquired or constructed by us;
- our ability to make cost-saving changes in operations;
- risks of marketing, trading and hedging activities, including the risks of changes in energy prices or the financial condition of our counterparties;
- the uncertainty of estimates, including accruals and costs of environmental remediation;
- the timing and extent of changes in energy commodity prices;
- the effects of changes in governmental policies and regulatory actions, including changes with respect to income and other taxes, pipeline safety, environmental compliance, climate change initiatives and authorized rates of recovery of natural gas and natural gas transportation costs;
- the impact on drilling and production by factors beyond our control, including the demand for natural gas and crude oil; producers’ desire and ability to obtain necessary permits; reserve performance; and capacity constraints on the pipelines that transport crude oil, natural gas and NGLs from producing areas and our facilities;
- difficulties or delays experienced by trucks, railroads or pipelines in delivering products to or from our terminals or pipelines;
- changes in demand for the use of natural gas, NGLs and crude oil because of market conditions caused by concerns about climate change;
- conflicts of interest between ONEOK, ONEOK Partners, ONEOK Partners GP and related parties of ONEOK, ONEOK Partners and ONEOK Partners GP;
- the impact of unforeseen changes in interest rates, equity markets, inflation rates, economic recession and other external factors over which we have no control, including the effect on pension and postretirement expense and funding resulting from changes in equity and bond market returns;
- our indebtedness could make us vulnerable to general adverse economic and industry conditions, limit our ability to borrow additional funds and/or place us at competitive disadvantages compared with our competitors that have less debt, or have other adverse consequences;
- actions by rating agencies concerning the credit ratings of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners;
- the results of administrative proceedings and litigation, regulatory actions, rule changes and receipt of expected clearances involving any local, state or federal regulatory body, including the FERC, the National Transportation Safety Board, the PHMSA, the EPA and CFTC;
- our ability to access capital at competitive rates or on terms acceptable to us;
- risks associated with adequate supply to our gathering, processing, fractionation and pipeline facilities, including production declines that outpace new drilling or extended periods of ethane rejection;
- the risk that material weaknesses or significant deficiencies in our internal controls over financial reporting could emerge or that minor problems could become significant;
- the impact and outcome of pending and future litigation;
- the ability to market pipeline capacity on favorable terms, including the effects of:
- future demand for and prices of natural gas, NGLs and crude oil;
- competitive conditions in the overall energy market;
- availability of supplies of Canadian and United States natural gas and crude oil; and
- availability of additional storage capacity;
- performance of contractual obligations by our customers, service providers, contractors and shippers;
- the timely receipt of approval by applicable governmental entities for construction and operation of our pipeline and other projects and required regulatory clearances;
- our ability to acquire all necessary permits, consents or other approvals in a timely manner, to promptly obtain all necessary materials and supplies required for construction, and to construct gathering, processing, storage, fractionation and transportation facilities without labor or contractor problems;
- the mechanical integrity of facilities operated;
- demand for our services in the proximity of our facilities;
- our ability to control operating costs;
- acts of nature, sabotage, terrorism or other similar acts that cause damage to our facilities or our suppliers’ or shippers’ facilities;
- economic climate and growth in the geographic areas in which we do business;
- the risk of a prolonged slowdown in growth or decline in the United States or international economies, including liquidity risks in United States or foreign credit markets;
- the impact of recently issued and future accounting updates and other changes in accounting policies;
- the possibility of future terrorist attacks or the possibility or occurrence of an outbreak of, or changes in, hostilities or changes in the political conditions in the Middle East and elsewhere;
- the risk of increased costs for insurance premiums, security or other items as a consequence of terrorist attacks;
- risks associated with pending or possible acquisitions and dispositions, including our ability to finance or integrate any such acquisitions and any regulatory delay or conditions imposed by regulatory bodies in connection with any such acquisitions and dispositions;
- the impact of uncontracted capacity in our assets being greater or less than expected;
- the ability to recover operating costs and amounts equivalent to income taxes, costs of property, plant and equipment and regulatory assets in our state and FERC-regulated rates;
- the composition and quality of the natural gas and NGLs supplied to ONEOK Partners’ gathering system, processed in ONEOK Partners’ plants and transported on ONEOK Partners’ pipelines;
- the efficiency of our plants in processing natural gas and extracting and fractionating NGLs;
- the impact of potential impairment charges;
- the risk inherent in the use of information systems in our respective businesses, implementation of new software and hardware, and the impact on the timeliness of information for financial reporting;
- our ability to control construction costs and completion schedules of our pipelines and other projects; and
- the risk factors listed in the reports we have filed and may file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which are incorporated by reference.
These factors are not necessarily all of the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any of our forward-looking statements. Other factors could also have material adverse effects on our future results. These and other risks are described in greater detail in Part I, Item 1A, Risk Factors, in this annual report and in our other filings that we make with the SEC, which are available via the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and our websites at www.oneok.com or www.oneokpartners.com. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors. Any such forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and other than as required under securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or change in circumstances, expectations or otherwise.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT
This communication is not a solicitation of any vote, approval, or proxy from any ONEOK shareholder or ONEOK Partners unitholder. In connection with the proposed transaction, ONEOK filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4, which includes a preliminary joint proxy statement of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners and that also constitutes a preliminary prospectus of ONEOK. These materials are not yet final and will be amended. Each of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners may also file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. ONEOK and ONEOK Partners will each mail the joint proxy statement/prospectus to their respective shareholders and unitholders. This document is not a substitute for any prospectus, proxy statement or any other document which ONEOK and ONEOK Partners may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction. ONEOK and ONEOK Partners urge investors and their respective shareholders and unitholders to read the registration statement, including the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus that is part of the registration statement and the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus, and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction when they become available, as well as other documents filed with the SEC, because they contain or will contain important information. You may obtain copies of all documents filed with the SEC regarding this transaction (when they become available), free of charge, at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov). You may also obtain these documents, free of charge, from ONEOK’s website (www.oneok.com) under the tab “Investors” and then under the heading “Financial Information” and “SEC Filings.” You may also obtain these documents, free of charge, from ONEOK Partners’ website (www.oneokpartners.com) under the tab “Investors” and then under the heading “Financial Information” and “SEC Filings.”
PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION
ONEOK, ONEOK Partners and their respective directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be soliciting proxies from ONEOK shareholders and ONEOK Partners unitholders in favor of the proposed transaction and related matters. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of ONEOK shareholders and ONEOK Partners unitholders in connection with the proposed transaction is contained in the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus and will be set forth in the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus when it becomes available. You can find information about ONEOK’s executive officers and directors in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on April 5, 2017. You can find information about ONEOK Partners’ executive officers and directors in its annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on Feb. 28, 2017. Additional information about ONEOK’s executive officers and directors and ONEOK Partners’ executive officers and directors can be found in the above-referenced Registration Statement on Form S-4 and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available. You can obtain free copies of these documents from ONEOK and ONEOK Partners using the contact information above.
Reconciliation of ONEOK Partners’ Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow - Unaudited (millions of dollars)
|Interest expense, net of capitalized interest||366.8||338.9||281.9|
|Depreciation and amortization||388.6||352.2||291.2|
|Income tax expense||13.9||4.1||12.7|
|Allowance for equity funds used during construction and other||(1.3)||8.1||(14.9)|
|Interest expense, net of capitalized interest||(366.8)||(338.9)||(281.9)|
|Equity in net earnings from investments, excluding noncash impairment charges||(139.7)||(125.3)||(117.4)|
|Distributions received from unconsolidated afﬁliates||196.7||155.9||139.0|
|Distributable cash ﬂow||1,412.9$||1,136.7$||1,169.5$|