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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Form 10-Q
(MARK ONE)
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2021
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from              to               .
Commission File No. 001-35779
USA Compression Partners, LP
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
75-2771546
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
111 Congress Avenue, Suite 2400
Austin, Texas
(Address of principal executive offices)
78701
(Zip Code)
(512) 473-2662
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common units representing limited partner interestsUSACNew York Stock Exchange
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.  Yes ☒  No 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted 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 such files).  Yes ☒  No 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer ☐
Accelerated filer
Non-accelerated filer ☐
Smaller reporting company
Emerging growth company
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  Yes   No ☒
As of October 28, 2021, there were 97,096,137 common units outstanding.



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GLOSSARY
The abbreviations, acronyms and industry terminology used in this Quarterly Report are defined as follows:
COVID-19novel coronavirus 2019
Credit AgreementSixth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement by and among USA Compression Partners, LP, as borrower, USAC OpCo 2, LLC, USAC Leasing 2, LLC, USA Compression Partners, LLC, USAC Leasing, LLC, CDM Resource Management LLC, CDM Environmental & Technical Services LLC and USA Compression Finance Corp., the lenders party thereto from time to time, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as agent and a letter of credit issuer, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, Regions Capital Markets, a division of Regions Bank, RBC Capital Markets and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as joint lead arrangers and joint book runners, Barclays Bank PLC, Regions Bank, RBC Capital Markets and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as syndication agents, and MUFG Union Bank, N.A., SunTrust Bank and The Bank of Nova Scotia, as senior managing agents, as amended, and may be further amended from time to time
DERsdistribution equivalent rights
DRIPdistribution reinvestment plan
EBITDAearnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization
ETEnergy Transfer LP, for periods following its merger with Energy Transfer Operating, L.P., and to Energy Transfer Operating, L.P. for periods prior to such merger
Exchange ActSecurities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended
GAAPgenerally accepted accounting principles of the United States of America
Preferred UnitsSeries A Preferred Units representing limited partner interests in USA Compression Partners, LP
SECUnited States Securities and Exchange Commission
Senior Notes 2026$725.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due on April 1, 2026
Senior Notes 2027$750.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due on September 1, 2027
U.S.United States of America

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PART I.  FINANCIAL INFORMATION
ITEM 1.    Financial Statements
USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS, LP
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
September 30,
2021
December 31,
2020
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$250 $2 
Accounts receivable:
Trade, net of allowances for credit losses of $2,388 and $4,982, respectively
63,077 63,727 
Other40 3,707 
Related party receivables45,004 45,043 
Inventories84,527 84,632 
Prepaid expenses and other assets6,041 2,444 
Total current assets198,939 199,555 
Property and equipment, net2,256,930 2,380,633 
Lease right-of-use assets20,927 22,766 
Identifiable intangible assets, net311,756 333,791 
Other assets7,999 11,955 
Total assets$2,796,551 $2,948,700 
Liabilities, Preferred Units and Partners’ Capital
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$16,564 $13,531 
Accrued liabilities101,319 109,539 
Deferred revenue49,576 47,202 
Total current liabilities167,459 170,272 
Long-term debt, net1,961,697 1,927,005 
Operating lease liabilities19,313 21,220 
Other liabilities13,248 15,239 
Total liabilities2,161,717 2,133,736 
Commitments and contingencies
Preferred Units477,309 477,309 
Partners’ capital:
Common units, 97,096 and 96,962 units issued and outstanding, respectively
143,546 323,676 
Warrants13,979 13,979 
Total partners’ capital157,525 337,655 
Total liabilities, Preferred Units and partners’ capital$2,796,551 $2,948,700 
See accompanying notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.
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USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS, LP
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per unit amounts)
Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,
2021202020212020
Revenues:
Contract operations$151,622 $156,632 $455,947 $492,419 
Parts and service4,122 1,986 7,978 7,770 
Related party2,883 3,048 8,777 9,127 
Total revenues158,627 161,666 472,702 509,316 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of operations, exclusive of depreciation and amortization49,159 46,715 143,391 155,848 
Depreciation and amortization59,265 60,072 179,522 179,172 
Selling, general and administrative13,524 12,716 42,612 45,416 
Loss (gain) on disposition of assets48 1,686 (2,312)(115)
Impairment of compression equipment 1,706 4,953 5,629 
Impairment of goodwill   619,411 
Total costs and expenses121,996 122,895 368,166 1,005,361 
Operating income (loss)36,631 38,771 104,536 (496,045)
Other income (expense):
Interest expense, net(32,222)(32,004)(96,860)(96,297)
Other18 20 88 67 
Total other expense(32,204)(31,984)(96,772)(96,230)
Net income (loss) before income tax expense4,427 6,787 7,764 (592,275)
Income tax expense312 268 590 983 
Net income (loss)4,115 6,519 7,174 (593,258)
Less: distributions on Preferred Units(12,188)(12,188)(36,563)(36,563)
Net loss attributable to common unitholders’ interests$(8,073)$(5,669)$(29,389)$(629,821)
Weighted average common units outstanding – basic and diluted97,085 96,882 97,039 96,776 
Basic and diluted net loss per common unit$(0.08)$(0.06)$(0.30)$(6.51)
Distributions declared per common unit for respective periods$0.525 $0.525 $1.575 $1.575 
See accompanying notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.
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USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS, LP
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Partners’ Capital
(in thousands, except per unit amounts)
For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021
Common unitsWarrantsTotal
Partners’ capital ending balance, December 31, 2020
$323,676 $13,979 $337,655 
Vesting of phantom units391  391 
Distributions and DERs, $0.525 per unit
(50,931) (50,931)
Issuance of common units under the DRIP463  463 
Unit-based compensation for equity classified awards52  52 
Net loss attributable to common unitholders’ interests(11,816) (11,816)
Partners’ capital ending balance, March 31, 2021261,835 13,979 275,814 
Vesting of phantom units277  277 
Distributions and DERs, $0.525 per unit
(50,963) (50,963)
Issuance of common units under the DRIP402  402 
Unit-based compensation for equity classified awards54  54 
Net loss attributable to common unitholders’ interests(9,500) (9,500)
Partners’ capital ending balance, June 30, 2021202,105 13,979 216,084 
Vesting of phantom units9  9 
Distributions and DERs, $0.525 per unit
(50,987) (50,987)
Issuance of common units under the DRIP438  438 
Unit-based compensation for equity classified awards54  54 
Net loss attributable to common unitholders’ interests(8,073) (8,073)
Partners’ capital ending balance, September 30, 2021
$143,546 $13,979 $157,525 
For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020
Common unitsWarrantsTotal
Partners’ capital ending balance, December 31, 2019
$1,166,619 $13,979 $1,180,598 
Vesting of phantom units1,065  1,065 
Distributions and DERs, $0.525 per unit
(50,755) (50,755)
Issuance of common units under the DRIP301  301 
Unit-based compensation for equity classified awards55  55 
Net loss attributable to common unitholders’ interests(614,648) (614,648)
Partners’ capital ending balance, March 31, 2020502,637 13,979 516,616 
Vesting of phantom units659  659 
Distributions and DERs, $0.525 per unit
(50,801) (50,801)
Issuance of common units under the DRIP612  612 
Unit-based compensation for equity classified awards56  56 
Net loss attributable to common unitholders’ interests(9,504) (9,504)
Partners’ capital ending balance, June 30, 2020443,659 13,979 457,638 
Vesting of phantom units20  20 
Distributions and DERs, $0.525 per unit
(50,874) (50,874)
Issuance of common units under the DRIP499  499 
Unit-based compensation for equity classified awards55  55 
Net loss attributable to common unitholders’ interests(5,669) (5,669)
Partners’ capital ending balance, September 30, 2020
$387,690 $13,979 $401,669 
See accompanying notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.
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USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS, LP
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
Nine Months Ended September 30,
20212020
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income (loss)$7,174 $(593,258)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization179,522 179,172 
Provision for expected credit losses(2,400)3,700 
Amortization of debt issuance costs6,866 6,113 
Unit-based compensation expense11,924 4,071 
Deferred income tax expense (benefit)(101)350 
Gain on disposition of assets(2,312)(115)
Impairment of compression equipment4,953 5,629 
Impairment of goodwill 619,411 
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable and related party receivables, net4,878 14,403 
Inventories(10,147)(12,106)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets(3,596)(735)
Other assets2,685 2,445 
Accounts payable3,461 (4,097)
Accrued liabilities and deferred revenue(18,539)(31,161)
Other liabilities 1,829 
Net cash provided by operating activities184,368 195,651 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures, net(29,393)(97,881)
Proceeds from disposition of property and equipment4,168 2,367 
Proceeds from insurance recovery1,559 1,324 
Net cash used in investing activities(23,666)(94,190)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from revolving credit facility528,515 628,804 
Payments on revolving credit facility(496,608)(534,628)
Cash paid related to net settlement of unit-based awards(461)(1,125)
Cash distributions on common units(154,768)(153,541)
Cash distributions on Preferred Units(36,563)(36,563)
Deferred financing costs(164)(3,780)
Other(405)(636)
Net cash used in financing activities(160,454)(101,469)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents248 (8)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period2 10 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$250 $2 
Supplemental cash flow information:
Cash paid for interest, net of capitalized amounts$115,737 $115,973 
Cash paid for income taxes$819 $633 
Supplemental non-cash transactions:
Non-cash distributions to certain common unitholders (DRIP)$1,303 $1,412 
Transfers from inventories to property and equipment$9,807 $13,401 
Changes in capital expenditures included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities$199 $(9,536)
Financing costs included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities$120 $115 
See accompanying notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.
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USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS, LP
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(1) Organization and Description of Business
Unless otherwise indicated, the terms “our,” “we,” “us,” “the Partnership” and similar language refer to USA Compression Partners, LP, collectively with its consolidated operating subsidiaries.
We are a Delaware limited partnership. Through our operating subsidiaries, we provide compression services under fixed-term contracts with customers in the natural gas and crude oil industries, using natural gas compression packages that we design, engineer, own, operate and maintain. We also own and operate a fleet of equipment used to provide natural gas treating services, such as carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide removal, cooling, and dehydration. We primarily provide compression services in a number of shale plays throughout the U.S., including the Utica, Marcellus, Permian Basin, Delaware Basin, Eagle Ford, Mississippi Lime, Granite Wash, Woodford, Barnett, Haynesville, Niobrara and Fayetteville shales.
USA Compression GP, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, serves as our general partner and is referred to herein as the “General Partner.” Prior to April 1, 2021, the General Partner was wholly owned by Energy Transfer Operating, L.P. (“ETO”), an affiliate of Energy Transfer LP. On April 1, 2021, Energy Transfer LP, ETO and certain of their affiliates consummated an internal reorganization. In connection with the reorganization, ETO merged with and into Energy Transfer LP, with Energy Transfer LP surviving the merger (the “ET Merger”). As a result of the ET Merger, the General Partner became wholly owned by Energy Transfer LP.
The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Partnership and its operating subsidiaries, all of which are wholly owned by us.
(2) Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Basis of Presentation
Our accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with GAAP and pursuant to the rules and regulations of the SEC.
In the opinion of our management, such financial information reflects all normal recurring adjustments necessary for a fair presentation of these interim unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements in accordance with GAAP. Operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2021. Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in annual consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP have been condensed or omitted pursuant to the rules and regulations of the SEC. Therefore, these unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with our audited consolidated financial statements contained in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 filed on February 16, 2021 (our “2020 Annual Report”).
Use of Estimates
Our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in conformity with GAAP, which includes the use of estimates and assumptions by management that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues, expenses and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities that existed at the date of the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements. Although these estimates were based on management’s available knowledge of current and expected future events, actual results could differ from these estimates.
Significant Accounting Policies
Cash and Cash Equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents consist of all cash balances. We consider investments in highly liquid financial instruments purchased with an original maturity of 90 days or less to be cash equivalents.
Trade Accounts Receivable
Trade accounts receivable are recorded at the invoiced amount.
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Allowance for Credit Losses
We evaluate our allowance for credit losses related to our trade accounts receivable measured at amortized cost. Due to the short-term nature of our trade accounts receivable, we consider the amortized cost to be the same as the carrying amount of the receivable, excluding the allowance for credit losses.
Our determination of the allowance for credit losses requires us to make estimates and judgments regarding our customers’ ability to pay amounts due. We continuously evaluate the financial strength of our customers and the overall business climate in which our customers operate and make adjustments to the allowance for credit losses as necessary. We evaluate the financial strength of our customers by reviewing the aging of their receivables, our collection experience with the customer, correspondence, financial information and third-party credit ratings. We evaluate the business climate in which our customers operate by reviewing various publicly available materials regarding our customers’ industry, including the solvency of various companies in the industry.
Inventories
Inventories consist of serialized and non-serialized parts used primarily on compression units. All inventories are stated at the lower of cost or net realizable value. Serialized parts inventories are determined using the specific identification cost method, while non-serialized parts inventories are determined using the weighted average cost method. Purchases of inventories are considered operating activities on the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of cash flows.
Property and Equipment
Property and equipment are carried at cost except for (i) certain acquired assets which are recorded at fair value on their respective acquisition dates and (ii) impaired assets which are recorded at fair value on the last impairment evaluation date for which an adjustment was required. Overhauls and major improvements that increase the value or extend the life of compression equipment are capitalized and depreciated over three to five years. Ordinary maintenance and repairs are charged to cost of operations, exclusive of depreciation and amortization.
When property and equipment is retired or sold, its carrying value and the related accumulated depreciation are removed from our accounts and any associated gains or losses are recorded on the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations in the period of sale or disposition.
Capitalized interest is calculated by multiplying our monthly effective interest rate on outstanding debt by the amount of qualifying costs, which include upfront payments to acquire certain compression units. Capitalized interest was approximately $51,000 and $152,000 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, respectively, and approximately $6,000 and $192,000 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively.
Impairment of Long-Lived Assets
Long-lived assets with recorded values that are not expected to be recovered through future cash flows are written-down to estimated fair value. We test long-lived assets for impairment when events or circumstances indicate that the assets’ carrying value may not be recoverable or will no longer be utilized in the operating fleet. The most common circumstance requiring compression units to be evaluated for impairment is when idle units do not meet the desired performance characteristics of our active revenue generating horsepower.
The carrying value of a long-lived asset is not recoverable if it exceeds the sum of the undiscounted cash flows expected to result from the use and eventual disposition of the asset. If the carrying value of the long-lived asset exceeds the sum of the undiscounted cash flows associated with the asset, an impairment loss equal to the amount of the carrying value exceeding the fair value of the asset is recognized. The fair value of the asset is measured using quoted market prices or, in the absence of quoted market prices, based on an estimate of discounted cash flows, the expected net sale proceeds compared to the other similarly configured fleet units we recently sold or a review of other units recently offered for sale by third parties, or the estimated component value of the equipment we plan to use.
Refer to Note 5 for more detailed information about impairment charges during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020.
Identifiable Intangible Assets
Identifiable intangible assets are recorded at cost and amortized using the straight-line method over their estimated useful lives, which is the period over which the assets are expected to contribute directly or indirectly to our future cash flows. The estimated useful lives of our intangible assets range from 15 to 25 years.
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Revenue Recognition
Revenue is recognized when obligations under the terms of a contract with our customer are satisfied; generally this occurs with the transfer of our services or goods. Revenue is measured at the amount of consideration we expect to receive in exchange for providing services or transferring goods. Incidental items, if any, that are immaterial in the context of the contract are recognized as expenses.
Income Taxes
We are organized as a partnership for U.S. federal and state income tax purposes. As a result, our partners are responsible for U.S. federal and state income taxes based upon their distributive share of our items of income, gain, loss or deduction. Texas imposes an entity-level income tax on partnerships that is based on Texas sourced taxable margin (the “Texas Margin Tax”). We have included in the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements a provision for the Texas Margin Tax.
Pass Through Taxes
Sales taxes incurred on behalf of, and passed through to, customers are accounted for on a net basis.
Fair Value Measurements
Accounting standards on fair value measurements establish a framework for measuring fair value and stipulate disclosures about fair value measurements. The standards apply to recurring and non-recurring financial and non-financial assets and liabilities that require or permit fair value measurements. Among the required disclosures is the fair value hierarchy of inputs we use to value an asset or a liability. The three levels of the fair value hierarchy are described as follows:
Level 1 inputs are quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that we have the ability to access at the measurement date.
Level 2 inputs are those other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly.
Level 3 inputs are unobservable inputs for the asset or liability.
As of September 30, 2021, our financial instruments consisted primarily of cash and cash equivalents, trade accounts receivable, trade accounts payable and long-term debt. The book values of cash and cash equivalents, trade accounts receivable and trade accounts payable are representative of fair value due to their short-term maturities. The carrying amount of our revolving credit facility approximates fair value due to the floating interest rates associated with the debt.
The fair value of our Senior Notes 2026 and Senior Notes 2027 were estimated using quoted prices in inactive markets and are considered Level 2 measurements.
The following table summarizes the aggregate principal amount and fair value of our Senior Notes 2026 and Senior Notes 2027 (in thousands):
September 30,
2021
December 31,
2020
Senior Notes 2026, aggregate principal$725,000 $725,000 
Fair value of Senior Notes 2026756,719 761,250 
Senior Notes 2027, aggregate principal750,000 750,000 
Fair value of Senior Notes 2027795,000 800,625 
Operating Segment
We operate in a single business segment, the compression services business.
(3) Trade Accounts Receivable
The allowance for credit losses, which was $2.4 million and $5.0 million as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively, is our best estimate of the amount of probable credit losses included in our existing accounts receivable.
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The following summarizes activity within our trade accounts receivable allowance for credit losses balance (in thousands):
Allowance for Credit Losses
Balance as of December 31, 2020$4,982 
Current-period provision for expected credit losses(2,400)
Writeoffs charged against the allowance(194)
Balance as of September 30, 2021$2,388 
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, we recognized a reversal of $1.1 million and $2.4 million of our provision for expected credit losses, respectively. Improved market conditions for customers due to the recovery in crude oil prices and higher natural gas prices was the primary factor contributing to the decrease to the allowance for credit losses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2020, we recognized a $3.7 million provision for expected credit losses. Low crude oil prices, driven by decreased demand for and global oversupply of crude oil as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, was the primary factor contributing to the higher allowance for credit losses for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.
(4)  Inventories
Components of inventories are as follows (in thousands):
September 30,
2021
December 31,
2020
Serialized parts$43,227 $42,233 
Non-serialized parts41,300 42,399 
Total inventories$84,527 $84,632 
(5)  Property and Equipment, Identifiable Intangible Assets and Goodwill
Property and Equipment
Property and equipment consisted of the following (in thousands):
September 30,
2021
December 31,
2020
Compression and treating equipment$3,507,337 $3,480,660 
Computer equipment54,021 53,887 
Automobiles and vehicles32,084 33,412 
Leasehold improvements8,679 8,218 
Buildings5,334 5,334 
Furniture and fixtures1,105 1,110 
Land77 77 
Total property and equipment, gross3,608,637 3,582,698 
Less: accumulated depreciation and amortization(1,351,707)(1,202,065)
Total property and equipment, net$2,256,930 $2,380,633 
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Depreciation is calculated using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets as follows:
Compression equipment, acquired new25 years
Compression equipment, acquired used
5 - 25 years
Furniture and fixtures
3 - 10 years
Vehicles and computer equipment
1 - 10 years
Buildings
5 years
Leasehold improvements5 years
Depreciation expense on property and equipment and loss (gain) on disposition of assets were as follows (in thousands):
Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,
 2021202020212020
Depreciation expense$51,920 $52,727 $157,487 $157,137 
Loss (gain) on disposition of assets48 1,686 (2,312)(115)
As of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, there was $3.0 million and $2.8 million, respectively, of property and equipment purchases in accounts payable and accrued liabilities.
On a quarterly basis, we evaluate the future deployment of our idle fleet under current market conditions. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, we determined to retire 22 compressor units for a total of approximately 9,600 horsepower that were previously used to provide compression services in our business. As a result, we recorded an impairment of compression equipment of $5.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021.
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, we determined to retire 16 and 27 compressor units, respectively, for a total of approximately 3,900 and 9,000 horsepower, respectively, that were previously used to provide compression services in our business. As a result, we recorded impairments of compression equipment of $1.7 million and $5.6 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively.
The primary causes for these impairments were: (i) units were not considered marketable in the foreseeable future, (ii) units were subject to excessive maintenance costs or (iii) units were unlikely to be accepted by customers due to certain performance characteristics of the unit, such as the inability to meet current quoting criteria without excessive retrofitting costs. These compression units were written down to their respective estimated salvage values, if any.
Identifiable Intangible Assets
Identifiable intangible assets, net consisted of the following (in thousands):
Customer RelationshipsTrade NamesTotal
Net balance as of December 31, 2020$302,952 $30,839 $333,791 
Amortization expense(19,579)(2,456)(22,035)
Net balance as of September 30, 2021$283,373 $28,383 $311,756 
Accumulated amortization of intangible assets was $238.9 million and $216.9 million as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively. The expected amortization of the intangible assets for each of the five succeeding years is $29.4 million.
Goodwill
During the first quarter of 2020 certain potential impairment indicators were identified, specifically (i) the decline in the market price of our common units, (ii) the decline in global commodity prices and (iii) the COVID-19 pandemic; which together indicated the fair value of the reporting unit was less than its carrying amount as of March 31, 2020.
We performed a quantitative goodwill impairment test as of March 31, 2020 and determined fair value using a weighted combination of the income approach and the market approach. Determining fair value of a reporting unit requires judgment and use of significant estimates and assumptions. Such estimates and assumptions include revenue growth rates, EBITDA margins, weighted average costs of capital and future market conditions, among others. We believe the estimates and assumptions used
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were reasonable and based on available market information, but variations in any of the assumptions could have resulted in materially different calculations of fair value and determinations of whether or not an impairment is indicated. Under the income approach, we determined fair value based on estimated future cash flows, including estimates for capital expenditures, discounted to present value using the risk-adjusted industry rate, which reflects the overall level of inherent risk of the Partnership. Cash flow projections were derived from four-year operating forecasts plus an estimate of later period cash flows, all of which were developed by management. Subsequent period cash flows were developed using growth rates that management believed were reasonably likely to occur. Under the market approach, we determined fair value by applying valuation multiples of comparable publicly-traded companies to the projected EBITDA of the Partnership and then averaging that estimate with similar historical calculations using a three-year average. In addition, we estimated a reasonable control premium representing the incremental value that would accrue to us if we were to be acquired.
Based on the quantitative goodwill impairment test described above, our carrying amount exceeded fair value and as a result, we recognized a goodwill impairment of $619.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.
(6)  Other Current Liabilities
Components of other current liabilities included the following (in thousands):
September 30,
2021
December 31,
2020
Accrued sales tax contingencies (1)$44,923 $44,923 
Accrued interest expense5,601 31,125 
Accrued payroll and benefits12,605 8,416 
Accrued unit-based compensation liability16,621 9,183 
Accrued property taxes8,641 4,459 
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(1)Refer to Note 13 for further information on the accrued sales tax contingencies.
(7)  Lease Accounting
Lessor Accounting
We granted a bargain purchase option to a customer with respect to certain compressor packages leased to the customer. The bargain purchase option provided the customer with an option to acquire the equipment at a value significantly less than the fair market value at the end of the lease term.
During the second quarter of 2021, the customer exercised its bargain purchase option resulting in a gain of $1.1 million recognized within loss (gain) on disposition of assets for the nine months ended September 30, 2021.
Prior to the customer exercising its bargain purchase option, revenue and interest income related to the lease was recognized over the lease term. We recognized maintenance revenue within contract operations revenue and interest income within interest expense, net. Maintenance revenue and interest income were as follows (in thousands):
Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,
 2021202020212020
Maintenance revenue$ $323 $323 $968 
Interest income 87 48 316 
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(8)  Long-term Debt
Our long-term debt, of which there is no current portion, consisted of the following (in thousands):
September 30,
2021
December 31,
2020
Senior Notes 2026, aggregate principal$725,000 $725,000 
Senior Notes 2027, aggregate principal750,000 750,000 
Less: deferred financing costs, net of amortization(19,020)(21,805)
Total senior notes, net1,455,980 1,453,195 
Revolving credit facility505,717 473,810 
Total long-term debt, net$1,961,697 $1,927,005 
Revolving Credit Facility
As of September 30, 2021, we were in compliance with all of our covenants under the Credit Agreement. The Credit Agreement has an aggregate commitment of $1.6 billion (subject to availability under our borrowing base), with a further potential increase of $400 million, and has a maturity date of April 2, 2023.
As of September 30, 2021, we had outstanding borrowings under the Credit Agreement of $505.7 million, $1.1 billion of borrowing base availability and, subject to compliance with the applicable financial covenants, available borrowing capacity of $114.3 million. Our weighted average interest rate in effect for all borrowings under the Credit Agreement as of September 30, 2021 was 2.96%, with a weighted average interest rate of 3.01% for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. There were no letters of credit issued as of September 30, 2021. We pay a commitment fee of 0.375% on the unused portion of the Credit Agreement.
The Credit Agreement was amended on August 3, 2020 (the “Amendment Effective Date”) to amend, among other things, the requirements of certain covenants and the date on which certain covenants in the Credit Agreement must be met beginning on the Amendment Effective Date until the last day of the fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2021 (the “Covenant Relief Period”).
The Credit Agreement permits us to make distributions of available cash to unitholders so long as (i) no default under the facility has occurred, is continuing or would result from the distribution, (ii) immediately prior to and after giving effect to such distribution, we are in compliance with the facility’s financial covenants and (iii) immediately prior to and after giving effect to such distribution, we have availability under the Credit Agreement of at least $250 million (reverting to $100 million after the Covenant Relief Period).
The Credit Agreement also contains various financial covenants, including covenants requiring us to maintain:
a minimum EBITDA to interest coverage ratio of 2.5 to 1.0, determined as of the last day of each fiscal quarter, for the annualized trailing three months; and
a maximum funded debt to EBITDA ratio, determined as of the last day of each fiscal quarter, for the annualized trailing three months of 5.25 to 1.00 for the fiscal quarters ending September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2021 (reverting to 5.00 to 1.00 after the Covenant Relief Period). In addition, the amendment provides that the 0.50 increase in maximum funded debt to EBITDA ratio applicable to certain future acquisitions (for the six consecutive month period in which any such acquisition occurs) is available beginning with the fiscal quarter ending September 30, 2021, and in any case shall not increase the maximum funded debt to EBITDA ratio above 5.50 to 1.00.
In addition, during the Covenant Relief Period, the applicable margin for Eurodollar borrowings is increased from a range of 2.00% – 2.75% to a range of 2.25% – 3.00%. The amendment further provides that the Partnership becomes guarantor of the secured obligations of all other guarantors under the Credit Agreement.
The Credit Agreement is a “revolving credit facility” that includes a lock box arrangement, whereby remittances from customers are forwarded to a bank account controlled by the administrative agent and are applied to reduce borrowings under the facility.
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Senior Notes 2026
On March 23, 2018, the Partnership and its wholly owned finance subsidiary, USA Compression Finance Corp. (“Finance Corp”), co-issued the Senior Notes 2026. The Senior Notes 2026 mature on April 1, 2026 and accrue interest at the rate of 6.875% per year. Interest on the Senior Notes 2026 is payable semi-annually in arrears on each of April 1 and October 1.
The indenture governing the Senior Notes 2026 (the “2026 Indenture”) contains certain financial ratios that we must comply with in order to make certain restricted payments as described in the 2026 Indenture. As of September 30, 2021, we were in compliance with such financial covenants under the 2026 Indenture.
The Senior Notes 2026 are fully and unconditionally guaranteed (the “2026 Guarantees”), jointly and severally, on a senior unsecured basis by all of our existing subsidiaries (other than Finance Corp), and will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed, jointly and severally, by each of our future restricted subsidiaries that either borrows under, or guarantees, the Credit Agreement or guarantees certain of our other indebtedness (collectively, the “Guarantors”). The Senior Notes 2026 and the 2026 Guarantees are general unsecured obligations and rank equally in right of payment with all of the Guarantors’, Finance Corp’s, and our existing and future senior indebtedness and senior to the Guarantors’, Finance Corp’s, and our future subordinated indebtedness, if any. The Senior Notes 2026 and the 2026 Guarantees are effectively subordinated in right of payment to all of the Guarantors’, Finance Corp’s, and our existing and future secured debt, including debt under the Credit Agreement and guarantees thereof, to the extent of the value of the assets securing such debt, and are structurally subordinated to all indebtedness of any of our subsidiaries that do not guarantee the Senior Notes 2026.
Senior Notes 2027
On March 7, 2019, the Partnership and Finance Corp co-issued the Senior Notes 2027. The Senior Notes 2027 mature on September 1, 2027 and accrue interest at the rate of 6.875% per year. Interest on the Senior Notes 2027 is payable semi-annually in arrears on each of March 1 and September 1.
The indenture governing the Senior Notes 2027 (the “2027 Indenture”) contains certain financial ratios that we must comply with in order to make certain restricted payments as described in the 2027 Indenture. As of September 30, 2021, we were in compliance with such financial covenants under the 2027 Indenture.
The Senior Notes 2027 are fully and unconditionally guaranteed (the “2027 Guarantees”), jointly and severally, on a senior unsecured basis by the Guarantors. The Senior Notes 2027 and the 2027 Guarantees are general unsecured obligations and rank equally in right of payment with all of the Guarantors’, Finance Corp’s, and our existing and future senior indebtedness and senior to the Guarantors’, Finance Corp’s, and our future subordinated indebtedness, if any. The Senior Notes 2027 and the 2027 Guarantees are effectively subordinated in right of payment to all of the Guarantors’, Finance Corp’s, and our existing and future secured debt, including debt under the Credit Agreement and guarantees thereof, to the extent of the value of the assets securing such debt, and are structurally subordinated to all indebtedness of any of our subsidiaries that do not guarantee the Senior Notes 2027.
We have no assets or operations independent of our subsidiaries, and there are no significant restrictions upon our ability to obtain funds from our subsidiaries by dividend or loan. Each of the Guarantors is 100% owned by us. None of the assets of our subsidiaries represent restricted net assets pursuant to Rule 4-08(e)(3) of Regulation S-X under the Securities Act.
(9)  Preferred Units
We had 500,000 Preferred Units outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively, with a face value of $1,000 per Preferred Unit.
The Preferred Units rank senior to the common units with respect to distributions and rights upon liquidation. The holders of the Preferred Units are entitled to receive cumulative quarterly cash distributions equal to $24.375 per Preferred Unit.
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We have declared and paid quarterly cash distributions to the holders of the Preferred Units of record as follows:
Payment DateDistribution per Preferred Unit
February 7, 2020$24.375 
May 8, 202024.375 
August 10, 202024.375 
November 6, 202024.375 
2020 total distributions
$97.500 
February 5, 2021$24.375 
May 7, 202124.375 
August 6, 202124.375 
2021 total distributions
$73.125 
Announced Quarterly Distribution
On October 14, 2021, we declared a cash distribution of $24.375 per unit on the Preferred Units. The distribution will be paid on November 5, 2021 to the holders of the Preferred Units of record as of close of business on October 25, 2021.
Changes in the Preferred Units balance are as follows (in thousands):
Preferred Units
Balance as of December 31, 2020$477,309 
Net income allocated to Preferred Units36,563 
Cash distributions on Preferred Units(36,563)
Balance as of September 30, 2021$477,309 
Redemption and Conversion Features
The Preferred Units are convertible, at the option of the holder, into common units in accordance with the terms of our Second Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership (the “Partnership Agreement”) as follows: one third are convertible on or after April 2, 2021, two thirds are convertible on or after April 2, 2022, and 100% are convertible on or after April 2, 2023. The conversion rate for the Preferred Units is the quotient of (a) the sum of (i) $1,000, plus (ii) any unpaid distributions on the applicable Preferred Unit, divided by (b) $20.0115 for each Preferred Unit. On or after April 2, 2023, we have the option to redeem all or any portion of the Preferred Units then outstanding, subject to certain minimum redemption threshold amounts, for a redemption price set forth in the Partnership Agreement. On or after April 2, 2028, each Preferred Unitholder will have the right to require us to redeem all or a portion of their Preferred Units, subject to certain minimum redemption threshold amounts, for a redemption price set forth in the Partnership Agreement, which we may elect to pay up to 50% in common units, subject to certain additional limits.
(10) Partners’ Capital
Common Units
The change in common units outstanding was as follows:
Units Outstanding
Number of units outstanding as of December 31, 202096,962,323 
Vesting of phantom units44,679 
Issuance of common units under the DRIP89,135 
Number of units outstanding as of September 30, 202197,096,137 
As of September 30, 2021, ET held 46,056,228 common units, including 8,000,000 common units held by the General Partner and controlled by ET.
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Cash Distributions
We have declared and paid quarterly distributions per unit to our limited partner unitholders of record, including holders of our common units and phantom units, as follows (dollars in millions, except distribution per unit):
Payment DateDistribution per Limited Partner UnitAmount Paid to Common UnitholdersAmount Paid to Phantom UnitholdersTotal Distribution
February 7, 2020$0.525 $50.7 $0.9 $51.6 
May 8, 20200.525 50.8 0.9 51.7 
August 10, 20200.525 50.9 0.8 51.7 
November 6, 20200.525 50.9 0.7 51.6 
2020 total distributions
$2.10 $203.3 $3.3 $206.6 
February 5, 2021$0.525 $50.9 $1.1 $52.0 
May 7, 20210.525 50.9 1.1 52.0 
August 6, 20210.525 51.0 1.1 52.1 
2021 total distributions
$1.575 $152.8 $3.3 $156.1 
Announced Quarterly Distribution
On October 14, 2021, we announced a cash distribution of $0.525 per unit on our common units. The distribution will be paid on November 5, 2021 to common unitholders of record as of the close of business on October 25, 2021.
DRIP
During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, distributions of $1.3 million were reinvested under the DRIP resulting in the issuance of 89,135 common units.
Warrants
As of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, we had two tranches of warrants outstanding, which includes warrants to purchase (i) 5,000,000 common units with a strike price of $17.03 per common unit and (ii) 10,000,000 common units with a strike price of $19.59 per common unit (collectively, the “Warrants”). The Warrants may be exercised by the holders at any time before April 2, 2028.
Loss per Unit
The computation of loss per unit is based on the weighted average number of participating securities, which includes our common units and certain equity-based awards, outstanding during the applicable period. Basic loss per unit is determined by dividing net income (loss) allocated to participating securities after deducting the distributions on Preferred Units, by the weighted average number of participating securities outstanding during the period. Loss attributable to unitholders is allocated to participating securities based on their respective shares of the distributed and undistributed earnings for the period. To the extent cash distributions exceed net income (loss) attributable to unitholders for the period, the excess distributions are allocated to all participating securities outstanding based on their respective ownership percentages.
Diluted loss per unit is computed using the treasury stock method, which considers the potential issuance of limited partner units associated with our long-term incentive plan and Warrants. Unvested phantom units and unexercised Warrants are not included in basic loss per unit, as they are not considered to be participating securities, but are included in the calculation of diluted loss per unit to the extent they are dilutive, and in the case of Warrants to the extent they are considered “in the money.”
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, approximately 889,000 and 801,000 incremental unvested phantom units, respectively, were excluded from the calculation of diluted loss per unit because the impact was anti-dilutive and our outstanding Warrants were not included in the computation as they are not considered “in the money” for either period.
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, approximately 584,000 and 542,000 incremental unvested phantom units, respectively, were excluded from the calculation of diluted loss per unit because the impact was anti-dilutive and our outstanding Warrants were not included in the computation as they are not considered “in the money” for either period.
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(11) Revenue Recognition
Disaggregation of Revenue
The following table disaggregates our revenue by type of service (in thousands):
Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,
2021202020212020
Contract operations revenue$154,554 $159,682 $464,756 $501,685 
Retail parts and services revenue4,073 1,984 7,946 7,631 
Total revenues$158,627 $161,666 $472,702 $509,316 
The following table disaggregates our revenue by timing of provision of services or transfer of goods (in thousands):
Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,
2021202020212020
Services provided over time:
Primary term$103,955 $113,816 $315,729 $349,198 
Month-to-month50,599 45,866 149,027 152,487 
Total services provided over time154,554 159,682 464,756 501,685 
Services provided or goods transferred at a point in time4,073 1,984 7,946 7,631 
Total revenues$158,627 $161,666 $472,702 $509,316 
Contract Assets
We record contract assets when we have completed performance under a contract but our right to consideration is not yet unconditional. We had no contract assets as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020.
Deferred Revenue
We record deferred revenue when cash payments are received or due in advance of our performance. Components of deferred revenue were as follows (in thousands):
Balance sheet locationSeptember 30,
2021
December 31,
2020
Current (1)Deferred revenue$49,576 $47,202 
NoncurrentOther liabilities6,296 8,200 
Total$55,872 $55,402 
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(1)We recognized $1.3 million and $42.1 million of revenue during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, respectively, related to our deferred revenue balance as of December 31, 2020.
Performance Obligations
As of September 30, 2021, we had unsatisfied performance obligations related to our contract operations revenue of $440.6 million. We expect to recognize these remaining performance obligations as follows (in thousands):
2021 (remainder)
202220232024ThereafterTotal
Remaining performance obligations$96,613 $220,819 $82,442 $31,998 $8,684 $440,556 
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(12) Transactions with Related Parties
We provide compression services to entities affiliated with ET, which as of September 30, 2021 owned approximately 47% of our limited partner interests and 100% of the General Partner. Revenue recognized from such affiliated ET entities on our unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations were as follows (in thousands):
Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,
 2021202020212020
Related party revenues$2,883 $3,048 $8,777 $9,127 
We had approximately $81,000 and $120,000 within related party receivables on our unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively, from such affiliated ET entities. Additionally, the Partnership had a $44.9 million related party receivable from ET as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 related to indemnification for sales tax contingencies. See Note 13 for more information related to such sales tax contingencies.
(13) Commitments and Contingencies
(a)Major Customers
We did not have revenue from any single customer representing 10% or more of total revenue for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 or 2020.
(b)Litigation
From time to time, we and our subsidiaries may be involved in various claims and litigation arising in the ordinary course of business. In management’s opinion, the resolution of such matters is not expected to have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
(c)Sales Tax Contingencies
Our compliance with state and local sales tax regulations is subject to audit by various taxing authorities. Certain taxing authorities have either claimed or issued an assessment that specific operational processes, which we and others in our industry regularly conduct, result in transactions that are subject to state sales taxes. We and others in our industry have disputed these claims and assessments based on either existing tax statutes or published guidance by the taxing authorities.
We are currently protesting certain assessments made by the Oklahoma Tax Commission (“OTC”). We believe it is reasonably possible that we could incur losses related to this assessment depending on whether the administrative law judge assigned by the OTC accepts our position that the transactions are not taxable and we ultimately lose any and all subsequent legal challenges to such determination. We estimate that the range of losses we could incur is from $0 to approximately $21.8 million, including penalty and interest. The upper end of this range assumes that all compression services in Oklahoma are taxable, which we believe is remote.
As of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, we have recorded a $44.9 million accrued liability and $44.9 million related party receivable from ET related to open audits with the Office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.
For more information, see Note 17 to the consolidated financial statements included in our 2020 Annual Report.
(14) Recent Accounting Pronouncements
In March 2020, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standard Update (“ASU”) 2020-04, Reference Rate Reform (“Topic 848”): Facilitation of the Effects of Reference Rate Reform on Financial Reporting. The amendment to Topic 848 provides relief from certain contract modification accounting requirements for the transition away from the London Interbank Offered Rate and certain other reference rates. Adoption of the amendments in this update are optional, effective upon issuance and may be adopted during any interim or annual period through December 31, 2022. Modifications to our Credit Agreement during the effective period of this amendment will be assessed and if the modifications meet the criteria for the optional expedients and exceptions, we intend to adopt Topic 848 and apply the amendments as applicable.
In August 2020, FASB issued ASU 2020-06, Debt—Debt with Conversion and Other Options (Subtopic 470-20) and Derivatives and Hedging—Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity (Subtopic 815-40): Accounting for Convertible Instruments and Contracts in an Entity’s Own Equity. ASU 2020-06 changes how entities account for convertible instruments and contracts in
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an entity’s own equity, as well as updates guidance on earnings per unit and other related disclosures. The amendments in this update are effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2021, with early adoption permitted for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020. We plan to adopt this new standard on January 1, 2022. We expect the impact on our disclosures will not be material and there to be no impact to our consolidated financial statements.
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ITEM 2.    Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
DISCLOSURE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This report contains “forward-looking statements.” All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this report are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding our plans, strategies, prospects and expectations concerning our business, results of operations and financial condition. You can identify many of these statements by looking for words such as “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “project,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “continue,” “if,” “outlook,” “will,” “could,” “should,” or similar words or the negatives thereof.
Known material factors that could cause our actual results to differ from those in these forward-looking statements are described in Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors” of our 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as our subsequent filings with the SEC. Important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements include, among other things:
changes in the long-term supply of and demand for crude oil and natural gas, including as a result of uncertainty regarding the length of time it will take for the U.S. and the rest of the world to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the point where applicable authorities are comfortable continuing to ease, or declining to reinstate certain restrictions on various commercial and economic activities; such restrictions are designed to protect public health but also have the effect of reducing demand for crude oil and natural gas;
the severity and duration of world health events, including the COVID-19 outbreak, related economic repercussions, actions taken by governmental authorities and other third parties in response to the pandemic, which has caused and may in the future cause disruptions in the oil and gas industry and negatively impact demand for oil and gas;
changes in general economic conditions, including inflation, and changes in economic conditions of the crude oil and natural gas industries specifically, including the ability of members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (“OPEC”) and Russia (together with OPEC and other allied producing countries, “OPEC+”) to agree on and comply with supply limitations;
uncertainty regarding the timing, pace and extent of an economic recovery in the U.S. and elsewhere, which in turn will likely affect demand for crude oil and natural gas and therefore the demand for the compression and treating services we provide and the commercial opportunities available to us;
the deterioration of the financial condition of our customers, which may result in the initiation of bankruptcy proceedings with respect to customers;
renegotiation of material terms of customer contracts;
competitive conditions in our industry, including competition for employees in a tight labor market;
our ability to realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions;
actions taken by our customers, competitors and third-party operators;
changes in the availability and cost of capital, including changes to interest rates under our Credit Agreement;
operating hazards, natural disasters, epidemics, pandemics (such as COVID-19), weather-related delays, casualty losses and other matters beyond our control;
operational challenges relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus, including logistical challenges, protecting the health and well-being of our employees, remote work arrangements, performance of contracts and supply chain disruptions;
the restrictions on our business that are imposed under our long-term debt agreements;
information technology risks including the risk from cyberattack;
the effects of existing and future laws and governmental regulations; and
the effects of future litigation.
Many of the foregoing risks and uncertainties are, and will be, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and any consequent worsening of the global business and economic environment. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all such factors. Should one or more of the risks or uncertainties described in this Quarterly Report occur, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results and plans could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements.
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All forward-looking statements included in this report are based on information available to us on the date of this report and speak only as of the date of this report. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements.
Operating Highlights
The following table summarizes certain horsepower and horsepower utilization percentages for the periods presented and excludes certain gas treating assets for which horsepower is not a relevant metric.
Three Months Ended September 30,Percent
Change
Nine Months Ended September 30,Percent
Change
2021202020212020
Fleet horsepower (at period end) (1)3,687,601 3,725,053 (1.0)%3,687,601 3,725,053