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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
 
 
 
 FORM 10-Q
 
 
 
 (Mark One)
ý
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the Quarterly Period Ended September 30, 2015
or
¨
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Commission file number 001-35917
 
 
 
 
 Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
 
 
Delaware
 
 
 
46-1972941
(State or other Jurisdiction of Incorporation or Organization)
 
 
 
(IRS Employer Identification Number)
 
 
 
 
 
4200 W. 115th Street, Suite 350
 
 
 
 
Leawood, Kansas
 
 
 
66211
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
 
 
 
(Zip Code)
(913) 928-6060
(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.    Yes  ý    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  ý    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 the definitions of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer”, and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
Large accelerated filer
 
¨
  
Accelerated filer
 
x
 
 
 
 
Non-accelerated filer
 
¨  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
  
Smaller reporting company
 
¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ¨    No  ý
On November 4, 2015, the Registrant had 60,578,488 Common Units and 834,391 General Partner Units outstanding.




TALLGRASS ENERGY PARTNERS, LP
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 




Glossary of Common Industry and Measurement Terms
Bakken oil production area: Montana and North Dakota in the United States and Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada.
Barrel (or bbl): Forty two U.S. gallons.
Base Gas (or Cushion Gas): The volume of gas that is intended as permanent inventory in a storage reservoir to maintain adequate pressure and deliverability rates.
BBtu: One billion British Thermal Units.
Bcf: One billion cubic feet.
British Thermal Units or Btus: the amount of heat energy needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.
Condensate: A NGL with a low vapor pressure, mainly composed of propane, butane, pentane and heavier hydrocarbon fractions.
Contract barrels: Barrels of crude oil that our customers have contractually agreed to ship in exchange for assurance of capacity and deliverability to delivery points.
Delivery point: the point at which product in a pipeline is delivered to the end user.
Dry gas: A gas primarily composed of methane and ethane where heavy hydrocarbons and water either do not exist or have been removed through processing.
Dth: A dekatherm, which is a unit of energy equal to 10 therms or one million British thermal units.
End-user markets: The ultimate users and consumers of transported energy products.
EPA: The United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Fee Based Processing Contracts: Natural gas processing contracts that are primarily based upon a fixed fee and/or a volumetric-based fee rate, which is typically tied to reserved capacity or inlet volumes.
FERC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Firm transportation and storage services: Those services pursuant to which customers receive firm assurances regarding the availability of capacity and deliverability of natural gas on our assets up to a contracted amount at specified receipt and delivery points. Firm transportation contracts obligate our customers to pay a fixed monthly reservation charge to reserve an agreed upon amount of pipeline capacity for transportation regardless if the contracted capacity is used by the customer during each month. Firm storage contracts obligate our customers to pay a fixed monthly charge for the firm right to inject, withdraw and store a specified volume of natural gas regardless if the contracted storage capacity is actually utilized by the customer.
Fractionation: The process by which NGLs are further separated into individual, more valuable components including ethane, propane, butane, isobutane and natural gasoline.
GAAP: Generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America.
GHGs: Greenhouse gases.
Header system: Networks of medium-to-large-diameter high pressure pipelines that connect local gathering systems to large diameter high pressure long-haul transportation pipelines.
HP: Horsepower.
Interruptible transportation and storage services: Those services pursuant to which customers receive only limited assurances regarding the availability of capacity and deliverability in transportation or storage facilities, as applicable. Under interruptible service contracts, our customers pay fees based on their actual utilization of assets for transportation and storage services. These customers are not assured capacity or service.
Keep Whole Processing Contracts: Natural gas processing contracts in which we are required to replace the Btu content of the NGLs extracted from inlet wet gas processed with purchased dry natural gas.




Line fill: The volume of oil, in barrels, in the pipeline from the origin to the destination.
Liquefied natural gas or LNG: Natural gas that has been cooled to minus 161 degrees Celsius for transportation, typically by ship. The cooling process reduces the volume of natural gas by 600 times.
Local distribution company or LDC: LDCs are involved in the delivery of natural gas to consumers within a specific geographic area.
MMBtu: One million British Thermal Units.
Mcf: One thousand cubic feet.
MMcf: One million cubic feet.
Natural gas liquids or NGLs: Those hydrocarbons in natural gas that are separated from the natural gas as liquids through the process of absorption, condensation, adsorption or other methods in natural gas processing or cycling plants. Generally such liquids consist of propane and heavier hydrocarbons and are commonly referred to as lease condensate, natural gasoline and liquefied petroleum gases. Natural gas liquids include natural gas plant liquids (primarily ethane, propane, butane and isobutane) and lease condensate (primarily pentanes produced from natural gas at lease separators and field facilities).
Natural Gas Processing: The separation of natural gas into pipeline-quality natural gas and a mixed NGL stream.
Non-contract barrels (or walk-up barrels): Barrels of crude oil that our customers ship based solely on availability of capacity and deliverability with no assurance of future capacity.
No-notice service: Those services pursuant to which customers receive the right to transport or store natural gas on assets outside of the daily nomination cycle without incurring penalties.
NYMEX: New York Mercantile Exchange.
Park and loan services: Those services pursuant to which customers receive the right to store natural gas in (park), or borrow gas from (loan), our facilities on a seasonal basis.
Percent of Proceeds Processing Contracts: Natural gas processing contracts in which we process our customer’s natural gas, sell the resulting NGLs and residue gas and divide the proceeds of those sales between us and the customer. Some percent of proceeds contracts may also require our customers to pay a monthly reservation fee for processing capacity.
PHMSA: The United States Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
Play: A proven geological formation that contains commercial amounts of hydrocarbons.
Receipt point: The point where production is received by or into a gathering system or transportation pipeline.
Reservoir: A porous and permeable underground formation containing an individual and separate natural accumulation of producible hydrocarbons (crude oil and/or natural gas) which is confined by impermeable rock or water barriers and is characterized by a single natural pressure system.
Residue gas: The natural gas remaining after being processed or treated.
Shale gas: Natural gas produced from organic (black) shale formations.
Tailgate: The point at which processed natural gas and NGLs leave a processing facility for end-user markets.
TBtu: One trillion British Thermal Units.
Tcf: One trillion cubic feet.
Throughput: The volume of natural gas or crude oil transported or passing through a pipeline, plant, terminal or other facility during a particular period.
Uncommitted shippers (or walk-up shippers): Customers that have not signed long-term shipper contracts and have rights under the FERC tariff as to rates and capacity allocation that are different than long-term committed shippers.
Wellhead: The equipment at the surface of a well that is used to control the well’s pressure; also, the point at which the hydrocarbons and water exit the ground.




Working gas: The volume of gas in the storage reservoir that is in addition to the cushion or base gas. It may or may not be completely withdrawn during any particular withdrawal season. Conditions permitting, the total working capacity could be used more than once during any season.
Working gas storage capacity: The maximum volume of natural gas that can be cost-effectively injected into a storage facility and extracted during the normal operation of the storage facility. Effective working gas storage capacity excludes base gas and non-cycling working gas.
X/d: The applicable measurement metric per day. For example, MMcf/d means one million cubic feet per day.




PART 1—FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements
TALLGRASS ENERGY PARTNERS, LP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
(UNAUDITED)
 
September 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
(in thousands)
ASSETS
 
Current Assets:
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
18,705

 
$
867

Accounts receivable, net
52,926

 
39,768

Receivable from related party

 
73,393

Gas imbalances
862

 
2,442

Inventories
14,132

 
13,045

Derivative assets at fair value
218

 

Prepayments and other current assets
3,678

 
2,766

Total Current Assets
90,521

 
132,281

Property, plant and equipment, net
1,948,821

 
1,853,081

Goodwill
343,288

 
343,288

Intangible asset, net
98,502

 
104,538

Deferred financing costs, net
4,496

 
5,528

Deferred charges and other assets
15,649

 
18,481

Total Assets
$
2,501,277

 
$
2,457,197

LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS’ EQUITY
 
 
 
Current Liabilities:
 
 
 
Accounts payable (including $8,132 and $45,534, respectively, related to variable interest entities)
$
19,627

 
$
62,329

Accounts payable to related parties
3,672

 
3,915

Gas imbalances
2,629

 
3,611

Accrued taxes
16,624

 
3,989

Accrued liabilities
8,736

 
9,384

Deferred revenue
19,786

 
5,468

Other current liabilities
3,664

 
7,872

Total Current Liabilities
74,738

 
96,568

Long-term debt
696,000

 
559,000

Other long-term liabilities and deferred credits
5,461

 
6,478

Total Long-term Liabilities
701,461

 
565,478

Commitments and Contingencies

 

Equity:
 
 
 
Common unitholders (60,576,357 and 32,834,105 units issued and outstanding at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively)
1,625,516

 
800,333

Subordinated unitholder (0 and 16,200,000 units issued and outstanding at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively)

 
274,133

General partner (834,391 units issued and outstanding at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014)
(352,478
)
 
(35,743
)
Total Partners’ Equity
1,273,038

 
1,038,723

Noncontrolling interests
$
452,040

 
$
756,428

Total Equity
$
1,725,078

 
$
1,795,151

Total Liabilities and Equity
$
2,501,277

 
$
2,457,197


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.
1



TALLGRASS ENERGY PARTNERS, LP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(UNAUDITED)
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
 
(in thousands, except per unit amounts)
Revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sales of natural gas, NGLs, and crude oil
$
20,252

 
$
49,130

 
$
62,132

 
$
141,887

Natural gas transportation services
29,431

 
30,745

 
90,620

 
95,418

Crude oil transportation services
81,928

 

 
206,331

 

Processing and other revenues
6,557

 
10,078

 
26,730

 
24,747

Total Revenues
138,168

 
89,953

 
385,813

 
262,052

Operating Costs and Expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of sales (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown below)
18,186

 
45,767

 
54,959

 
131,187

Cost of transportation services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown below)
14,862

 
3,329

 
39,069

 
13,734

Operations and maintenance
14,071

 
9,961

 
36,054

 
28,029

Depreciation and amortization
20,802

 
10,071

 
61,762

 
27,905

General and administrative
11,807

 
7,448

 
37,947

 
21,221

Taxes, other than income taxes
5,521

 
1,797

 
16,547

 
5,392

Loss on sale of assets

 

 
4,483

 

Total Operating Costs and Expenses
85,249

 
78,373

 
250,821

 
227,468

Operating Income
52,919

 
11,580

 
134,992

 
34,584

Other (Expense) Income:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest expense, net
(3,871
)
 
(1,058
)
 
(11,204
)
 
(4,492
)
Gain on remeasurement of unconsolidated investment

 

 

 
9,388

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated investment

 

 

 
717

Other income, net
502

 
731

 
1,983

 
2,400

Total Other (Expense) Income
(3,369
)
 
(327
)
 
(9,221
)
 
8,013

Net income
49,550

 
11,253

 
125,771

 
42,597

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests
(6,871
)
 
191

 
(5,874
)
 
1,256

Net income attributable to partners
$
42,679

 
$
11,444

 
$
119,897

 
$
43,853

Allocation of income to the limited partners:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income attributable to partners
$
42,679

 
$
11,444

 
$
119,897

 
$
43,853

Predecessor operations interest in net loss (income)

 
1,134

 

 
(1,508
)
General partner interest in net income
(12,146
)
 
(1,435
)
 
(30,614
)
 
(2,912
)
Common and subordinated unitholders' interest in net income
30,533

 
11,143

 
89,283

 
39,433

Basic net income per common and subordinated unit
$
0.50

 
$
0.24

 
$
1.54

 
$
0.92

Diluted net income per common and subordinated unit
$
0.50

 
$
0.23

 
$
1.52

 
$
0.90

Basic average number of common and subordinated units outstanding
60,576

 
46,855

 
57,917

 
42,770

Diluted average number of common and subordinated units outstanding
61,536

 
47,948

 
58,884

 
43,771


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.
2



TALLGRASS ENERGY PARTNERS, LP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(UNAUDITED)
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2015
 
2014
 
(in thousands)
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
 
 
 
Net income
$
125,771

 
$
42,597

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash flows from operating activities:
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
64,624

 
28,946

Gain on remeasurement of unconsolidated investment

 
(9,388
)
Noncash compensation expense
3,988

 
3,724

Loss on sale of assets
4,483

 

Changes in components of working capital:
 
 
 
Accounts receivable and other
(11,538
)
 
2,592

Gas imbalances
388

 
1,392

Inventories
(5,265
)
 
(4,661
)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
6,786

 
(14,990
)
Deferred revenue
13,995

 
1,459

Other operating, net
(5,748
)
 
(4,427
)
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities
197,484

 
47,244

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
 
 
 
Capital expenditures
(65,146
)
 
(642,216
)
Acquisition of Pony Express membership interest
(700,000
)
 
(27,000
)
Acquisition of Trailblazer

 
(150,000
)
Acquisition of additional equity interests in Water Solutions

 
(7,600
)
Issuance of related party loan

 
(270,000
)
Other investing, net
(4,625
)
 
(2,268
)
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities
(769,771
)
 
(1,099,084
)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
 
 
 
Proceeds from public offering, net of offering costs
551,243

 
319,588

Borrowings under revolving credit facility, net
137,000

 
433,000

Contributions from Predecessor Entities, net

 
312,125

Distributions to unitholders
(113,260
)
 
(46,454
)
Contribution from Tallgrass Development, LP

 
27,488

Contributions from noncontrolling interests
19,303

 
5,429

Other financing, net
(4,161
)
 
1,549

Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities
590,125

 
1,052,725

Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents
17,838

 
885

Cash and Cash Equivalents, beginning of period
867

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents, end of period
$
18,705

 
$
885

 
 
 
 
Schedule of Noncash Investing and Financing Activities:
 
 
 
Property, plant and equipment acquired via the cash management agreement with Tallgrass Development, LP
$
120,254

 
$
32,479

Contributions from noncontrolling interests settled via the cash management agreement with Tallgrass Development, LP
$
43,401

 
$

Distribution to noncontrolling interests settled via the cash management agreement with Tallgrass Development, LP
$
44,142

 
$

Increase in accrual for payment of property, plant and equipment
$

 
$
2,903


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.
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TALLGRASS ENERGY PARTNERS, LP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EQUITY
(UNAUDITED)
 
 
 
Limited Partners
 
General Partner
 
Total Partners’ Equity
 
Noncontrolling Interests
 
Total Equity
 
 
Common
 
Subordinated
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(in thousands)
Balance at January 1, 2015
 
$
800,333

 
$
274,133

 
$
(35,743
)
 
$
1,038,723

 
$
756,428

 
$
1,795,151

Net income
 
84,103

 
5,180

 
30,614

 
119,897

 
5,874

 
125,771

Issuance of units to public, net of offering costs
 
551,243

 

 

 
551,243

 

 
551,243

Distributions to unitholders
 
(82,382
)
 
(7,857
)
 
(23,021
)
 
(113,260
)
 

 
(113,260
)
Noncash compensation expense
 
7,325

 

 

 
7,325

 

 
7,325

LTIP units tendered by employees to satisfy tax withholding obligations
 
(6,562
)
 

 

 
(6,562
)
 

 
(6,562
)
Contributions from noncontrolling interest
 

 

 

 

 
110,553

 
110,553

Distributions to noncontrolling interest
 

 

 

 

 
(44,543
)
 
(44,543
)
Acquisition of additional 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express
 

 

 
(324,328
)
 
(324,328
)
 
(375,672
)
 
(700,000
)
Acquisition of noncontrolling interests
 

 

 

 

 
(600
)
 
(600
)
Conversion of subordinated units
 
271,456

 
(271,456
)
 

 

 

 

Balance at September 30, 2015
 
$
1,625,516

 
$

 
$
(352,478
)
 
$
1,273,038

 
$
452,040

 
$
1,725,078

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Predecessor Equity
 
Limited Partners
 
General Partner
 
Total Partners’ Equity
 
Noncontrolling Interests
 
Total Equity
 
 
Common
 
Subordinated
 
 
 
 
 
(in thousands)
Balance at January 1, 2014
$
247,221

 
$
455,197

 
$
274,666

 
$
14,078

 
$
991,162

 
$
317,939

 
$
1,309,101

Net income (loss)
1,508

 
24,181

 
15,252

 
2,912

 
43,853

 
(1,256
)
 
42,597

Issuance of units to public, net of offering costs

 
319,588

 

 

 
319,588

 

 
319,588

Noncash compensation expense

 
7,443

 

 

 
7,443

 

 
7,443

Distributions to unitholders

 
(28,117
)
 
(16,524
)
 
(1,813
)
 
(46,454
)
 

 
(46,454
)
Contribution from Tallgrass Development, LP

 

 

 
27,488

 
27,488

 

 
27,488

(Distributions to) Contributions from Predecessor Entities, net
(97,887
)
 

 

 

 
(97,887
)
 
410,012

 
312,125

Contributions from noncontrolling interest

 

 

 

 

 
5,429

 
5,429

Distributions to noncontrolling interest

 

 

 

 

 
(37
)
 
(37
)
Issuance of general partner units

 

 

 
263

 
263

 

 
263

Acquisition of Trailblazer
(91,090
)
 
14,023

 

 
(72,933
)
 
(150,000
)
 

 
(150,000
)
Acquisition of Water Solutions

 

 

 

 

 
1,400

 
1,400

Acquisition of 33.3% Pony Express membership interest
(59,752
)
 
3,000

 

 
(8,654
)
 
(65,406
)
 
38,406

 
(27,000
)
Balance at September 30, 2014
$

 
$
795,315

 
$
273,394

 
$
(38,659
)
 
$
1,030,050

 
$
771,893

 
$
1,801,943



The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.
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TALLGRASS ENERGY PARTNERS, LP
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(UNAUDITED)
1. Description of Business
Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP ("TEP" or the "Partnership") is a publicly traded, growth-oriented limited partnership formed to own, operate, acquire and develop midstream energy assets in North America. "We," "us," "our" and similar terms refer to TEP together with its consolidated subsidiaries. We currently provide natural gas transportation and storage services for customers in the Rocky Mountain and Midwest regions of the United States through the Tallgrass Interstate Gas Transmission system, a FERC-regulated natural gas transportation and storage system located in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Wyoming (the “TIGT System”), and a FERC-regulated natural gas pipeline system extending from the Colorado and Wyoming border to Beatrice, Nebraska (the “Trailblazer Pipeline”). We provide crude oil transportation to customers in Wyoming, Colorado, and the surrounding regions through our membership interest in Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline, LLC ("Pony Express"), which owns a crude oil pipeline commencing in Guernsey, Wyoming and terminating in Cushing, Oklahoma (the “Pony Express System”). We also provide services for customers in Wyoming at the Casper and Douglas natural gas processing facilities and the West Frenchie Draw natural gas treating facility, or, collectively, the Midstream Facilities, and we provide water business services to customers in Colorado and Texas through BNN Water Solutions, LLC ("Water Solutions"). Our operations are strategically located in and provide services to certain key United States hydrocarbon basins, including the Denver-Julesburg, Powder River, Wind River, Permian and Hugoton-Anadarko Basins and the Niobrara, Mississippi Lime, Eagle Ford and Bakken shale formations.
Our reportable business segments are:
Natural Gas Transportation & Logistics—the ownership and operation of FERC-regulated interstate natural gas pipelines and integrated natural gas storage facilities;
Crude Oil Transportation & Logistics—the ownership and operation of a crude oil pipeline system; and
Processing & Logistics—the ownership and operation of natural gas processing, treating and fractionation facilities, as well as water business services provided primarily to the oil and gas exploration and production industry.
The table below summarizes our equity ownership as of September 30, 2015:
Unit Holder
 
Limited Partner Common Units 
 
General Partner Units
 
Percentage of Outstanding Limited Partner Common Units
 
Percentage of Outstanding Common and General Partner Units
Public Unitholders
 
34,220,877

 

 
56.49
%
 
55.72
%
Tallgrass Equity, LLC
 
20,000,000

 

 
33.02
%
 
32.57
%
Tallgrass Development, LP
 
6,355,480

 

 
10.49
%
 
10.35
%
Tallgrass MLP GP, LLC (1)
 

 
834,391

 

 
1.36
%
Total
 
60,576,357

 
834,391

 
100.00
%
 
100.00
%
(1) 
Tallgrass MLP GP, LLC (the "general partner") also holds all of TEP's incentive distribution rights ("IDRs").
The term "Trailblazer Predecessor" refers to Trailblazer Pipeline Company LLC ("Trailblazer") for the period from November 13, 2012 to its acquisition by TEP on April 1, 2014, and the term "Pony Express Predecessor" refers to Pony Express for the period from November 13, 2012 to September 1, 2014, the date on which TEP acquired a controlling 33.3% membership interest. Trailblazer Predecessor and Pony Express Predecessor are collectively referred to as the Predecessor Entities, as further discussed in Note 2Summary of Significant Accounting Policies. Financial results for all prior periods have been recast to reflect the operations of the Predecessor Entities. Predecessor Equity as presented in the condensed consolidated financial statements represents the capital account activity of Trailblazer Predecessor prior to April 1, 2014 and of Pony Express Predecessor prior to September 1, 2014. For additional information regarding these acquisitions, see Note 4Acquisitions.

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2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Basis of Presentation
These unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014 were prepared in accordance with the accounting principles contained in the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Codification, the single source of generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“GAAP”) for interim financial information. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete financial statements. The year-end balance sheet data was derived from audited financial statements but does not include all disclosures required by GAAP for annual periods. The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014 include all normal, recurring adjustments and disclosures that we believe are necessary for a fair presentation of the results for the interim periods. In this report, the Financial Accounting Standards Board is referred to as the FASB and the FASB Accounting Standards Codification is referred to as the Codification or ASC. Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current presentation.
Our financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the full year ending December 31, 2015. The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with our audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2014 (“2014 Form 10-K/A”) filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on June 4, 2015.
The condensed consolidated financial statements of TEP include historical cost basis accounts of the assets of Trailblazer for the periods prior to April 1, 2014, the date TEP acquired Trailblazer from Tallgrass Development, LP ("TD"), and Pony Express for the periods prior to September 1, 2014, the date TEP acquired a controlling 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express, and include charges from TD for direct costs and allocations of indirect corporate overhead. Management believes that the allocation methods are reasonable, and that the allocations are representative of costs that would have been incurred on a stand-alone basis.
As further discussed in Note 4Acquisitions, TEP closed the acquisition of Trailblazer on April 1, 2014 and the acquisition of a 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express effective September 1, 2014. As the acquisitions of Trailblazer and the initial 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express are considered transactions between entities under common control, and a change in reporting entity, the financial information presented for prior periods has been recast to include Trailblazer and the initial 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express for all periods presented. The acquisition of the additional 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express represents a transaction between entities under common control and an acquisition of noncontrolling interests. As a result, financial information for periods prior to March 1, 2015 have not been recast to reflect the additional 33.3% membership interest.
The condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of TEP and its subsidiaries and controlled affiliates. Significant intra-entity items have been eliminated in the presentation. Net equity contributions of the Predecessor Entities included in the condensed consolidated statements of cash flows represent transfers of cash as a result of TD’s centralized cash management systems prior to April 1, 2014 for Trailblazer and September 1, 2014 for Pony Express, under which cash balances were swept daily and recorded as loans from the subsidiaries to TD. These loans were then periodically recorded as equity distributions. Pony Express participates in a cash management agreement with TD, which holds a 33.3% common membership interest in Pony Express, under which cash balances are swept periodically and recorded as loans from Pony Express to TD.
Net income or loss from consolidated subsidiaries that are not wholly-owned by TEP is attributed to TEP and noncontrolling interests. This is done in accordance with substantive profit sharing arrangements, which generally follow the allocation of cash distributions and may not follow the respective ownership percentages held by TEP. Concurrent with TEP's acquisition of an initial 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express effective September 1, 2014, TEP, TD, and Pony Express entered into the Second Amended and Restated Limited Liability Agreement of Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline, LLC ("the Second Amended Pony Express LLC Agreement"), which provided TEP a minimum quarterly preference payment of $16.65 million (prorated to approximately $5.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2014) through the quarter ended September 30, 2015. Effective March 1, 2015 with TEP's acquisition of an additional 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express, the Second Amended Pony Express LLC Agreement was further amended (as amended, "the Pony Express LLC Agreement") to increase the minimum quarterly preference payment to $36.65 million (prorated to approximately $23.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2015) and extend the term of the preference period through the quarter ending December 31, 2015. The Pony Express LLC Agreement provides that the net income or loss of Pony Express be allocated, to the extent possible, consistent with the allocation of Pony Express cash distributions. Under the terms of the Pony Express LLC Agreement, Pony Express distributions and net income for periods beginning after December 31, 2015 will be attributed to TEP and its noncontrolling interests in accordance with the respective ownership interests.

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A variable interest entity ("VIE") is a legal entity that possesses any of the following characteristics: an insufficient amount of equity at risk to finance its activities, equity owners who do not have the power to direct the significant activities of the entity (or have voting rights that are disproportionate to their ownership interest), or equity owners who do not have the obligation to absorb expected losses or the right to receive the expected residual returns of the entity. Companies are required to consolidate a VIE if they are its primary beneficiary, which is the enterprise that has a variable interest that could be significant to the VIE and the power to direct the activities that most significantly impact the entity’s economic performance. We have presented separately in our condensed consolidated balance sheets, to the extent material, the assets of our consolidated VIE that can only be used to settle specific obligations of the consolidated VIE, and the liabilities of our consolidated VIE for which creditors do not have recourse to our general credit. Pony Express is considered to be a VIE under the applicable authoritative guidance. Based on a qualitative analysis in accordance with the applicable authoritative guidance, we have determined that we are the primary beneficiary as we have the power to direct matters that most significantly impact the activities of Pony Express and have the right to receive benefits of Pony Express that could potentially be significant to Pony Express. We have consolidated Pony Express accordingly. For additional information see Note 3Variable Interest Entities.
Use of Estimates
Certain amounts included in or affecting these condensed consolidated financial statements and related disclosures must be estimated, requiring management to make certain assumptions with respect to values or conditions which cannot be known with certainty at the time the financial statements are prepared. These estimates and assumptions affect the amounts reported for assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses during the reporting period, and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements. Management evaluates these estimates on an ongoing basis, utilizing historical experience, consultation with experts and other methods it considers reasonable in the particular circumstances. Nevertheless, actual results may differ significantly from these estimates. Any effects on our business, financial position or results of operations resulting from revisions to these estimates are recorded in the period in which the facts that give rise to the revision become known.
Income Taxes
Prior to September 1, 2014, TEP was comprised solely of limited liability companies that have elected to be treated as partnerships for income tax purposes. As discussed above, effective September 1, 2014 TEP acquired a 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express, which in turn owned 99.8% of Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline (Colorado), Inc. ("PXP Colorado"), a C corporation. At that time, PXP Colorado was in the process of constructing the lateral in Northeast Colorado and had not yet commenced operations or generated any income. PXP Colorado was subsequently merged into Pony Express prior to the commencement of commercial operations on the lateral in Northeast Colorado.
On September 14, 2015, TEP, through its membership interest in Pony Express, formed a new C corporation, Tallgrass Colorado Pipeline, Inc. ("Tallgrass Colorado"), which is 99.8% owned by Pony Express. The remaining 0.2% interest in Tallgrass Colorado is held by direct and indirect wholly owned subsidiaries of TEP. Tallgrass Colorado was formed for the purpose of the potential construction of a lateral pipeline that would interconnect with the Pony Express System's existing lateral in Northeast Colorado and has not yet commenced operations or generated any income. Accordingly, no provision for federal or state income taxes has been recorded in the financial statements of TEP.
Accounting Pronouncements Issued But Not Yet Effective
Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") No. 2014-09, "Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606)"
In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606). ASU 2014-09 provides a comprehensive and converged set of principles-based revenue recognition guidelines which supersede the existing industry and transaction-specific standards. The core principle of the new guidance is that an entity should recognize revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. To achieve this core principle, entities must apply a five step process to (1) identify the contract with a customer; (2) identify the performance obligations in the contract; (3) determine the transaction price; (4) allocate the transaction price to the performance obligations in the contract; and (5) recognize revenue when (or as) the entity satisfies a performance obligation. ASU 2014-09 also mandates disclosure of sufficient information to enable users of financial statements to understand the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from contracts with customers. The disclosure requirements include qualitative and quantitative information about contracts with customers, significant judgments and changes in judgments, and assets recognized from the costs to obtain or fulfill a contract.
The amendments in ASU 2014-09 are effective for public entities for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017, and for interim periods within that reporting period. Early application is permitted for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016. We are currently evaluating the impact of ASU 2014-09.

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ASU No. 2014-12, "Compensation - Stock Compensation (Topic 718), Accounting for Share-Based Payments When the Terms of an Award Provide That a Performance Target Could Be Achieved after the Requisite Service Period"
In June 2014, the FASB issued ASU No. 2014-12, Compensation - Stock Compensation (Topic 718), Accounting for Share-Based Payments When the Terms of an Award Provide That a Performance Target Could Be Achieved after the Requisite Service Period. ASU 2014-12 provides explicit guidance on accounting for share-based payments requiring a specific performance target to be achieved in order for employees to become eligible to vest in the awards when that performance target may be achieved after the requisite service period for the award. The ASU requires that such performance targets be treated as a performance condition, and should not be reflected in the estimate of the grant-date fair value of the award. Instead, compensation cost should be recognized in the period in which it becomes probable that the performance target will be achieved.
ASU 2014-12 is effective for annual periods and interim periods within those annual periods beginning after December 15, 2015. Early adoption is permitted. The adoption of ASU 2014-12 is not expected to have a material impact on our financial position and results of operations.
ASU No. 2015-02, "Consolidation (Topic 810): Amendments to the Consolidation Analysis"
In February 2015, the FASB issued ASU No. 2015-02, Consolidation (Topic 810) - Amendments to the Consolidation Analysis. ASU 2015-02 will change the analysis that a reporting entity must perform to determine whether it should consolidate certain types of legal entities. ASU 2015-02 will modify the evaluation of whether limited partnerships and other similar legal entities are considered VIEs or voting interest entities, eliminate the presumption that a general partner should consolidate a limited partnership, and change certain aspects of the consolidation analysis for reporting entities that are involved with VIEs, particularly for those with fee arrangements and related party relationships.
The amendments in ASU 2015-02 are effective for public entities for annual periods and interim periods within those annual periods beginning after December 15, 2015. Early application is permitted, including adoption in an interim period. We are currently evaluating the impact of ASU 2015-02.
ASU No. 2015-11, "Inventory (Topic 330): Simplifying the Measurement of Inventory"
In July 2015, the FASB issued ASU No. 2015-11, Inventory (Topic 330), Simplifying the Measurement of Inventory. ASU 2015-11 establishes a "lower of cost and net realizable value" model for the measurement of most inventory balances. Net realizable value is the estimated selling prices in the ordinary course of business, less reasonably predictable costs of completion, disposal, and transportation.
The amendments in ASU 2015-11 are effective for public entities for annual periods and interim periods within those annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016. Early adoption is permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact of ASU 2015-11.
3. Variable Interest Entities
TEP does not have the obligation to absorb losses from Pony Express during the preference period as a result of the minimum quarterly preference payments as discussed in Note 4Acquisitions. In addition, for the period from our acquisition of the initial 33.3% membership interest effective September 1, 2014 to our acquisition of an additional 33.3% membership interest effective March 1, 2015, TEP, as the managing member of Pony Express, had voting rights disproportionate to its ownership interest. As a result, we determined that Pony Express is a VIE of which TEP is the primary beneficiary and consolidated Pony Express accordingly.
We have not provided any additional financial support to Pony Express other than our initial capital contribution of $570 million and have no contractual commitments or obligations to provide additional financial support. In the event that the costs of construction of the Pony Express System's mainline and its lateral in Northeast Colorado exceed the $270 million retained by Pony Express as discussed in Note 4Acquisitions, TD is obligated to fund the remaining costs. As of September 30, 2015, the costs to complete construction have exceeded the amount retained, and as such TD will continue to fund any remaining costs associated with construction of the mainline and lateral in Northeast Colorado. Although TEP has no obligation to provide further financial support to Pony Express, it is expected that future capital projects would be funded by TEP and TD on a pro rata basis in accordance with the Pony Express LLC Agreement.

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The carrying amounts and classifications of the Pony Express assets and liabilities included in our condensed consolidated balance sheets at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014 are as follows:
 
September 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
(in thousands)
Current assets
$
57,527

 
$
93,019

Noncurrent assets
1,385,989

 
1,300,816

Total assets
$
1,443,516

 
$
1,393,835

Current liabilities
$
41,682

 
$
52,547

Total liabilities
$
41,682

 
$
52,547

4. Acquisitions
TEP Acquisition of Trailblazer
On April 1, 2014, TEP closed the acquisition of Trailblazer from a wholly owned subsidiary of TD for total consideration valued at approximately $164 million, consisting of $150 million in cash and the issuance of 385,140 common units (valued at approximately $14 million based on the March 31, 2014 closing price of TEP’s common units). On that same date, the general partner contributed additional capital in the amount of approximately $263,000 in exchange for the issuance of 7,860 general partner units in order to maintain its 2% general partner interest. The acquisition of Trailblazer represents a change in reporting entity and a transaction between entities under common control. The excess purchase price over the net book value of Trailblazer's assets and liabilities was accounted for as a deemed distribution as discussed further in Note 11Partnership Equity and Distributions.
TEP Acquisitions of 66.7% of Pony Express
Effective September 1, 2014, TEP acquired a controlling 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express for total consideration of approximately $600 million. At closing, Pony Express, TD, and TEP entered into the Second Amended Pony Express LLC Agreement, which set forth the relative rights of TD and TEP as the owners of Pony Express. Of the total consideration of $600 million, TEP directly paid TD $30 million, consisting of $27 million in cash and 70,340 TEP common units with an aggregate fair value of approximately $3 million, in exchange for the transfer by TD to TEP of a 1.9585% membership interest in Pony Express (computed before giving effect to the issuance of the new membership interest by Pony Express to TEP). TEP also contributed cash of $570 million to Pony Express in exchange for a newly issued membership interest which, when combined with the membership interest transferred from TD and the parties' entry at closing into the Second Amended Pony Express LLC Agreement, constituted TEP's 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express, which represented 100% of the preferred membership units issued by Pony Express. Of the $570 million cash consideration received by Pony Express, $300 million was immediately distributed to TD at closing and $270 million was retained by Pony Express to fund the estimated remaining costs of construction for the Pony Express System and the lateral in Northeast Colorado. The $270 million cash balance was subsequently swept to TD under a cash management agreement between Pony Express and TD and was recorded as a related party loan which bears interest at TD's incremental borrowing rate. There was no remaining balance outstanding on the related party loan at September 30, 2015.
The terms of TEP's first acquisition of a 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express provided TEP a minimum quarterly preference payment of $16.65 million through the quarter ended September 30, 2015 (prorated to approximately $5.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2014) with distributions thereafter shared in accordance with the terms of the Second Amended Pony Express LLC Agreement. At the effective date of that transaction, TEP determined that Pony Express was a VIE of which TEP was the primary beneficiary, and consolidated Pony Express accordingly. For additional discussion and disclosure, see Note 3Variable Interest Entities. The acquisition of the initial 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express represented a transaction between entities under common control and a change in reporting entity.
Effective March 1, 2015, TEP acquired an additional 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express for cash consideration of $700 million. At closing, Pony Express, TD, and TEP entered into the Pony Express LLC Agreement, which sets forth the relative rights of TD and TEP as the owners of Pony Express. The terms of the transaction increased the minimum quarterly preference payment provided to TEP to $36.65 million through the quarter ending December 31, 2015 (prorated to approximately $23.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2015) with distributions thereafter shared in accordance with the terms of the Pony Express LLC Agreement.

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Upon the effective date of the second acquisition, TEP reevaluated its VIE assessment and determined that Pony Express continues to be considered a VIE of which TEP is the primary beneficiary. The acquisition of the additional 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express represents a transaction between entities under common control and an acquisition of noncontrolling interests. As a result, financial information for periods prior to the transaction have not been recast to reflect the additional 33.3% membership interest.
Formation of BNN Water Solutions, LLC
On November 26, 2013, TEP, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Tallgrass Energy Investments, LLC ("TEI"), entered into a joint venture agreement with BNN Energy LLC ("BNN") to form Grasslands Water Services I, LLC ("GWSI"), which subsequently built and began operating an intrastate water pipeline in Colorado. TEP accounted for its 50% equity interest in GWSI as an equity method investment. On May 13, 2014, TEI entered into a contribution agreement with BNN and several other parties to form a new entity known as Water Solutions. Under the terms of the contribution agreement, TEI agreed to contribute its existing 50% interest in GWSI, along with $7.6 million cash, in exchange for an 80% membership interest in Water Solutions. As part of the transaction, GWSI was renamed BNN Redtail, LLC ("Redtail"), became a subsidiary of Water Solutions, and issued preferred equity interests to TEI. Among the assets contributed by BNN and the other parties to the transaction were the other 50% interest in Redtail and a 100% equity interest in Alpha Reclaim Technology, LLC ("Alpha"), a company which sources treated wastewater from municipalities in Texas. Alpha is wholly-owned by Redtail.
Upon closing of the transaction, TEP obtained a controlling financial interest in Water Solutions and accordingly has accounted for the transaction as a step acquisition under ASC 805. On the acquisition date, TEP remeasured its previously held 50% equity interest in Redtail to its fair value of $11.9 million, recognized a gain of $9.4 million, and consolidated Water Solutions. The 20% equity interest in Water Solutions held by noncontrolling interests was recorded at its acquisition date fair value of $1.4 million. The fair values of the previously held equity interest and the noncontrolling interest were determined using a discounted cash flow analysis. These fair value measurements are based on significant inputs that are not observable in the market and thus represent fair value measurements categorized within Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy under ASC 820.
At December 31, 2014, the assets acquired and liabilities assumed in the acquisition were recorded at provisional amounts based on the preliminary purchase price allocation. During the three months ended June 30, 2015, the preliminary purchase price allocation with respect to Water Solutions was finalized with no material adjustments.
On May 20, 2015, TEP acquired an additional 12% equity interest in Water Solutions from NR2, LLC for cash consideration of $600,000, which was accounted for as an acquisition of noncontrolling interest. As of September 30, 2015, TEP's aggregate membership interest in Water Solutions was 92%.
5. Related Party Transactions
We have no employees. TD, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Tallgrass Operations, LLC ("Tallgrass Operations"), provided and charged us for direct and indirect costs of services provided to us or incurred on our behalf including employee labor costs, information technology services, employee health and retirement benefits, and all other expenses necessary or appropriate to the conduct of our business. We recorded these costs on the accrual basis in the period in which TD incurred them. On May 17, 2013, in connection with the closing of TEP’s initial public offering, TEP and its general partner entered into an Omnibus Agreement with TD and certain of its affiliates, including Tallgrass Operations (the "Omnibus Agreement"). The Omnibus Agreement provides that, among other things, TEP will reimburse TD and its affiliates for all expenses they incur and payments they make on TEP’s behalf, including the costs of employee and director compensation and benefits as well as the cost of the provision of certain centralized corporate functions performed by TD, including legal, accounting, cash management, insurance administration and claims processing, risk management, health, safety and environmental, information technology and human resources in each case to the extent reasonably allocable to TEP.
TEP’s general and administrative costs under the Omnibus Agreement were $5.2 million and $16.1 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015, respectively, excluding costs attributable to Pony Express. Pony Express had general and administrative costs under the Omnibus Agreement of $5.2 million and $15.5 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015, respectively. TEP also pays a quarterly reimbursement to TD for costs associated with being a public company, which was $635,000 for the third quarter of 2015. These amounts will be periodically reviewed and adjusted as necessary to continue to reflect reasonable allocation of costs to TEP.
Due to the cash management agreement discussed in Note 2Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, intercompany balances at the Predecessor Entities were periodically settled and treated as equity distributions prior to April 1, 2014 for Trailblazer and prior to September 1, 2014 for Pony Express. Balances lent to TD under the Pony Express cash management agreement effective September 1, 2014 are classified as related party receivables in the condensed consolidated balance sheets. During the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014 we recognized interest income from TD of $0.4 million and $0.5 million, respectively, on the receivable balance under the Pony Express cash management agreement.

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Totals of transactions with affiliated companies are as follows:
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
 
(in thousands)
Cost of transportation services
$
7,180

 
$

 
$
17,771

 
$

Charges to TEP: (1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Property, plant and equipment, net
$
958

 
$
7,926

 
$
3,859

 
$
14,534

Operation and maintenance
$
6,077

 
$
4,701

 
$
17,325

 
$
13,657

General and administrative
$
9,541

 
$
5,783

 
$
28,112

 
$
14,670

(1) 
Charges to TEP, inclusive of Pony Express, include directly charged wages and salaries, other compensation and benefits, and shared services.
Details of balances with affiliates included in "Receivable from related party" and "Accounts payable to related parties" in the condensed consolidated balance sheets are as follows: 
 
September 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
(in thousands)
Receivable from related party:
 
 
 
Tallgrass Operations, LLC
$

 
$
73,393

Total receivable from related party
$

 
$
73,393

Accounts payable to related parties:
 
 
 
Tallgrass Operations, LLC
$
3,618

 
$
3,894

Rockies Express Pipeline LLC
20

 
21

Tallgrass Equity, LLC
$
34

 
$

Total accounts payable to related parties
$
3,672

 
$
3,915

Balances of gas imbalances with affiliated shippers are as follows:
 
September 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
(in thousands)
Affiliate gas balance receivables
$

 
$
275

Affiliate gas balance payables
$
269

 
$
455

6. Inventory
The components of inventory at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014 consisted of the following:
 
September 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
(in thousands)
Crude oil
$
2,534

 
$
581

Materials and supplies
5,852

 
3,049

Natural gas liquids
345

 
519

Gas in underground storage
5,401

 
8,896

Total inventory
$
14,132

 
$
13,045


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7. Property, Plant and Equipment
A summary of net property, plant and equipment by classification is as follows:
 
September 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
(in thousands)
Crude oil pipelines
$
1,159,002

 
$
939,536

Natural gas pipelines
556,924

 
548,482

Processing and treating assets
238,356

 
241,671

General and other
63,910

 
42,719

Construction work in progress
45,051

 
139,873

Accumulated depreciation and amortization
(114,422
)
 
(59,200
)
Total property, plant and equipment, net
$
1,948,821

 
$
1,853,081

8. Goodwill
Annual Goodwill Impairment Analysis
We evaluate goodwill for impairment on an annual basis and whenever events or changes in circumstances necessitate an evaluation for impairment. Examples of such facts and circumstances include changes in the magnitude of the excess of fair value over carrying amount in the last valuation or changes in the business environment. Our annual impairment testing date is August 31st. We evaluate goodwill for impairment at the reporting unit level, which is an operating segment as defined in the segment reporting guidance of the Codification, using either the qualitative assessment option or the two-step test approach depending on facts and circumstances of the reporting unit. If we, after performing the qualitative assessment, determine it is “more likely than not” that the fair value of a reporting unit is greater than its carrying amount, the two-step impairment test is unnecessary. When goodwill is evaluated for impairment using the two-step test, the carrying amount of the reporting unit is compared to its fair value in Step 1 and if the fair value exceeds the carrying amount, Step 2 is unnecessary. If the carrying amount exceeds the reporting unit’s fair value, this could indicate potential impairment and Step 2 of the goodwill evaluation process is required to determine if goodwill is impaired and to measure the amount of impairment loss to recognize, if any. When Step 2 is necessary, the fair value of individual assets and liabilities is determined using valuations, or other observable sources of fair value, as appropriate. If the carrying amount of goodwill exceeds its implied fair value, the excess is recognized as an impairment loss.
We did not elect to apply the qualitative assessment option during our 2015 annual goodwill impairment testing, instead we proceeded directly to the two-step quantitative test. In Step 1 of the two-step quantitative test, we compared the fair value of each reporting unit with its respective book value, including goodwill, by using an income approach based on a discounted cash flow analysis. For the purpose of goodwill impairment testing, goodwill was allocated to our reporting units based on the enterprise value of each reporting unit at the date of acquisition. The fair value of each reporting unit was determined on a stand-alone basis from the perspective of a market participant and included a sensitivity analysis of the impact of changes in various assumptions. This approach required us to make long-term forecasts of future operating results and various other assumptions and estimates, the most significant of which are gross margin, operating expenses, general and administrative expenses, long-term growth rates and the weighted average cost of capital. The fair value of the reporting units was determined using significant unobservable inputs, considered Level 3 under the fair value hierarchy in the Codification. For each reporting unit, the results of the Step 1 impairment analysis indicated no potential impairment as the fair value of the reporting units was greater than their respective book values. As a result, in accordance with the Codification guidance, Step 2 of the impairment analysis was not necessary as part of the annual impairment analysis in 2015. Unpredictable events or deteriorating market or operating conditions could result in a future change to the discounted cash flow models and cause impairments in the future. We continue to monitor potential impairment indicators to determine if a triggering event occurs and will perform additional goodwill impairment analyses as necessary.
9. Risk Management
We occasionally enter into derivative contracts with third parties for the purpose of hedging exposures that accompany our normal business activities. Our normal business activities directly and indirectly expose us to risks associated with changes in the market price of crude oil and natural gas, among other commodities. For example, the risks associated with changes in the market price of natural gas include, among others (i) pre-existing or anticipated physical natural gas sales, (ii) natural gas purchases and (iii) natural gas system use and storage. We have elected not to apply hedge accounting and changes in the fair value of all derivative contracts are recorded in earnings in the period in which the change occurs.

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Fair Value of Derivative Contracts
The following table summarizes the fair values of our derivative contracts included in the condensed consolidated balance sheets: 
 
Balance Sheet
Location
 
September 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
 
 
(in thousands)
Energy commodity derivative contracts
Current assets
 
$
218

 
$

As of September 30, 2015, the fair value shown for commodity contracts was comprised of derivative volumes for short natural gas fixed-price swaps totaling 0.6 Bcf. As of December 31, 2014 there were no derivative contracts outstanding.
Effect of Derivative Contracts in the Statements of Income
The following table summarizes the impact of derivative contracts for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014:
 
 
 
Amount of Gain (Loss) Recognized in Income on Derivatives
 
Location of gain (loss) recognized
in income on derivatives
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
 
(in thousands)
Derivatives not designated as hedging contracts:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Energy commodity derivative contracts
Sales of natural gas, NGLs, and crude oil
 
$
252

 
$
9

 
$
211

 
$
(449
)
Credit Risk
We have counterparty credit risk as a result of our use of derivative contracts. Our counterparties consist of major financial institutions. This concentration of counterparties may impact our overall exposure to credit risk, either positively or negatively, in that the counterparties may be similarly affected by changes in economic, regulatory or other conditions.
We maintain credit policies that we believe minimize our overall credit risk. These policies include (i) evaluation of potential counterparties’ financial condition (including credit ratings), (ii) collateral requirements under certain circumstances and (iii) the use of standardized agreements which allow for netting of positive and negative exposure associated with a single counterparty. Based on our policies and exposure, we do not currently anticipate a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations, or cash flows as a result of counterparty performance.
Our over-the-counter swaps are entered into with counterparties outside central trading organizations such as futures, options or stock exchanges. These contracts are with financial institutions with investment grade credit ratings. While we enter into derivative transactions principally with investment grade counterparties and actively monitor their credit ratings, it is nevertheless possible that from time to time losses will result from counterparty credit risk in the future. The maximum potential exposure to credit losses on TEP's derivative contracts at September 30, 2015 was:
 
Asset Position
 
(in thousands)
Gross
$
218

Netting agreement impact

Cash collateral held

Net Exposure
$
218


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In addition, when the market value of our derivative contracts with specific counterparties exceeds established limits, we are required to provide collateral to our counterparties, which may include posting letters of credit or placing cash in margin accounts. Accordingly, entity valuation adjustments are necessary to reflect the effect of our own credit quality on the fair value of our net liability position with each counterparty. The methodology to determine this adjustment is consistent with how we evaluate counterparty credit risk, taking into account current credit spreads for its comparative industry sector, as well as any change in such spreads since the last measurement date. As of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, we did not have any outstanding letters of credit or cash in margin accounts in support of our hedging of commodity price risks associated with the sale of natural gas nor did we have margin deposits with counterparties associated with energy commodity contract positions.
Fair Value
Derivative assets and liabilities are measured and reported at fair value. Derivative contracts can be exchange-traded or over-the-counter ("OTC"). Exchange-traded derivative contracts typically fall within Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy if they are traded in an active market. We value exchange-traded derivative contracts using quoted market prices for identical securities.
OTC derivatives are valued using models utilizing a variety of inputs including contractual terms and commodity and interest rate curves. The selection of a particular model and particular inputs to value an OTC derivative contract depends upon the contractual terms of the instrument as well as the availability of pricing information in the market. We use similar models to value similar instruments. For OTC derivative contracts that trade in liquid markets, such as generic forwards and swaps, model inputs can generally be verified and model selection does not involve significant management judgment. Such contracts are typically classified within Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.
Certain OTC derivative contracts trade in less liquid markets with limited pricing information; as such, the determination of fair value for these derivative contracts is inherently more difficult. Such contracts are classified within Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy. The valuations of these less liquid OTC derivatives are typically impacted by Level 1 and/or Level 2 inputs that can be observed in the market, as well as unobservable Level 3 inputs. Use of a different valuation model or different valuation input values could produce a significantly different estimate of fair value. However, derivative contracts valued using inputs unobservable in active markets are generally not material to our financial statements.
When appropriate, valuations are adjusted for various factors including credit considerations. Such adjustments are generally based on available market evidence. In the absence of such evidence, management’s best estimate is used.
The following table summarizes the fair value measurements of our energy commodity derivative contracts as of September 30, 2015 based on the fair value hierarchy established by the Codification:
 
 
 
Asset Fair Value Measurements Using
 
Total
 
Quoted prices in
active markets
for identical
assets
(Level 1)
 
Significant
other observable
inputs
(Level 2)
 
Significant
unobservable
inputs
(Level 3)
 
(in thousands)
As of September 30, 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Energy commodity derivative contracts
$
218

 
$

 
$
218

 
$

10. Long-term Debt
The following table sets forth the available borrowing capacity under our revolving credit facility as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014:
 
September 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
(in thousands)
Total capacity under the revolving credit facility
$
850,000

 
$
850,000

Less: Outstanding borrowings under the revolving credit facility
(696,000
)
 
(559,000
)
Available capacity under the revolving credit facility
$
154,000

 
$
291,000


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The revolving credit facility contains various covenants and restrictive provisions that, among other things, limit or restrict our ability (as well as the ability of our restricted subsidiaries) to incur or guarantee additional debt, incur certain liens on assets, dispose of assets, make certain distributions (including distributions of available cash, if a default or event of default under the credit agreement then exists or would result from making such a distribution), change the nature of our business, engage in certain mergers or make certain investments and acquisitions, enter into non-arms-length transactions with affiliates and designate certain subsidiaries as "Unrestricted Subsidiaries." In addition, we are required to maintain a consolidated leverage ratio of not more than 4.75 to 1.00 (which will be increased to 5.25 to 1.00 for certain measurement periods following the consummation of certain acquisitions) and a consolidated interest coverage ratio of not less than 2.50 to 1.00. As of September 30, 2015, we are in compliance with the covenants required under the revolving credit facility.
The unused portion of the revolving credit facility is subject to a commitment fee, which ranges from 0.300% to 0.500%, based on our total leverage ratio. As of September 30, 2015, the weighted average interest rate on outstanding borrowings was 1.97%.
Fair Value
The following table sets forth the carrying amount and fair value of our long-term debt, which is not measured at fair value in the condensed consolidated balance sheets as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, but for which fair value is disclosed:
 
Fair Value
 
 
 
Quoted prices
in active markets
for identical assets
(Level 1)
 
Significant
other observable
inputs
(Level 2)
 
Significant
unobservable
inputs
(Level 3)
 
Total
 
Carrying
Amount
 
(in thousands)
 
 
September 30, 2015
$

 
$
696,000

 
$

 
$
696,000

 
$
696,000

December 31, 2014
$

 
$
559,000

 
$

 
$
559,000

 
$
559,000

The long-term debt borrowed under the revolving credit facility is carried at amortized cost. As of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, the fair value approximates the carrying amount for the borrowings under the revolving credit facility using a discounted cash flow analysis. We are not aware of any factors that would significantly affect the estimated fair value subsequent to September 30, 2015.
11. Partnership Equity and Distributions
February Public Offering
On February 27, 2015, we sold 10,000,000 common units representing limited partner interests in an underwritten public offering at a price of $50.82 per unit, or $49.29 per unit net of the underwriter's discount, for net proceeds of approximately $492.4 million after deducting the underwriter's discount and offering expenses paid by TEP. TEP used the net proceeds from the offering to fund a portion of the consideration for the acquisition of an additional 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express as discussed in Note 4Acquisitions. Pursuant to the underwriters' option to purchase additional units, TEP sold an additional 1,200,000 common units representing limited partner interests to the underwriters at a price of $50.82 per unit, or $49.29 per unit net of the underwriter’s discount, for net proceeds of approximately $59.3 million after deducting the underwriter’s discount and offering expenses paid by TEP. TEP used the net proceeds from this additional purchase of common units to reduce borrowings under its revolving credit facility, a portion of which were used to fund the March 2015 acquisition of an additional 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express as discussed in Note 4Acquisitions.
Distributions to Holders of Common Units, Subordinated Units, General Partner Units and Incentive Distribution Rights
Our partnership agreement requires us to distribute our available cash, as defined generally below, to unitholders of record on the applicable record date within 45 days after the end of each quarter. Our partnership agreement provides that available cash, each quarter, is first distributed to the common unitholders and the general partner on a pro rata basis until each common unitholder has received $0.2875 per unit, which amount is defined in our partnership agreement as the minimum quarterly distribution ("MQD").

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The following table shows the distributions for the periods indicated:
 
 
 
 
Distributions
 
 
  
 
 
 
Limited Partners
Common and
Subordinated Units
 
General Partner
 
 
 
Distributions
per Limited
Partner Unit
Three Months Ended
 
Date Paid
 
Incentive Distribution Rights
 
General Partner Units
 
Total
 
 
 
 
 
(in thousands, except per unit amounts)
 
 
September 30, 2015
 
November 13, 2015(1)
 
$
36,347

 
$
11,567

 
$
660

 
$
48,574

 
$
0.6000

June 30, 2015
 
August 14, 2015
 
35,135

 
10,418

 
627

 
46,180

 
0.5800

March 31, 2015
 
May 14, 2015
 
31,322

 
6,934

 
530

 
38,786

 
0.5200

December 31, 2014
 
February 13, 2015
 
23,782

 
4,039

 
473

 
28,294

 
0.4850

September 30, 2014
 
November 14, 2014
 
20,092

 
1,208

 
363

 
21,663

 
0.4100

June 30, 2014
 
August 14, 2014
 
18,596

 
758

 
330

 
19,684

 
0.3800

March 31, 2014
 
May 14, 2014
 
13,288

 
126

 
274

 
13,688

 
0.3250

(1) 
The distribution declared on October 5, 2015 for the third quarter of 2015 will be paid on November 13, 2015 to unitholders of record at the close of business on October 30, 2015.
Subordinated Units
Under the terms of TEP's partnership agreement and upon the payment of the quarterly cash distribution to unitholders on February 13, 2015, the subordination period ended. As a result, the 16,200,000 subordinated units then held by TD converted into common units on a one for one basis on February 17, 2015.
General Partner Units
As of September 30, 2015, the general partner owns an approximate 1.4% general partner interest in TEP, represented by 834,391 general partner units. Under TEP’s partnership agreement, the general partner may at any time (but is under no obligation to) contribute additional capital to TEP in order to maintain or attain a 2% general partner interest.
Incentive Distribution Rights
The general partner also owns all of the IDRs. IDRs represent the right to receive an increasing percentage (13%, 23% and 48%) of quarterly distributions of available cash from operating surplus after the MQD and each target distribution level has been achieved. The general partner may transfer these rights separately from its general partner interest, subject to restrictions in TEP’s partnership agreement.
The following discussion related to incentive distributions assumes that TEP’s general partner holds a 2% general partner interest and continues to own all of the IDRs.
If for any quarter:
TEP has distributed available cash from operating surplus to all of the common unitholders (and during the subordination period, to the subordinated unitholders) in an amount equal to the MQD for each outstanding unit for such quarter; and
TEP has distributed available cash from operating surplus on outstanding common units in an amount necessary to eliminate any cumulative arrearages in the payment of the MQD to common unitholders;
then, TEP will distribute additional available cash from operating surplus for that quarter among the unitholders and the general partner in the following manner:
first, 98% to all unitholders, pro rata, and 2% to TEP’s general partner, until each unitholder receives a total of $0.3048 per unit for that quarter (the "first target distribution");
second, 85% to all unitholders, pro rata, and 15% to TEP’s general partner, until each unitholder receives a total of $0.3536 per unit for that quarter (the "second target distribution");
third, 75% to all unitholders, pro rata, and 25% to TEP’s general partner, until each unitholder receives a total of $0.4313 per unit for that quarter (the "third target distribution"); and
thereafter, 50% to all unitholders, pro rata, and 50% to TEP’s general partner.

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Definition of Available Cash
Available cash generally means, for any quarter, all cash and cash equivalents on hand at the end of that quarter:
less, the amount of cash reserves established by TEP’s general partner to:
provide for the proper conduct of TEP’s business (including reserves for future capital expenditures, for anticipated future credit needs subsequent to that quarter, for legal matters and for refunds of collected rates reasonably likely to be refunded as a result of a settlement or hearing related to FERC rate proceedings);
comply with applicable law or regulation, or any of TEP’s debt instruments or other agreements; or
provide funds for distributions to unitholders and to TEP’s general partner for any one or more of the next four quarters (provided that TEP’s general partner may not establish cash reserves for distributions if the effect of the establishment of such reserves will prevent TEP from distributing the MQD on all common units and any cumulative arrearages on such common units for the current quarter);
plus, if TEP’s general partner so determines, all or any portion of the cash on hand on the date of distribution of available cash for the quarter, including cash on hand resulting from working capital borrowings made subsequent to the end of such quarter.
Other Contributions and Distributions
During the nine months ended September 30, 2015, TEP was deemed to have made a noncash capital distribution of $324.3 million to the general partner, which represents the excess purchase price over the carrying value of the additional 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express acquired effective March 1, 2015. See Note 4 - Acquisitions for additional information regarding the transaction. TEP also recognized contributions from noncontrolling interests of $110.6 million, which consisted primarily of contributions from TD to Pony Express to fund construction of the lateral in Northeast Colorado, and distributions to noncontrolling interests of $44.5 million.
During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, TEP received net contributions of $312.1 million$27.5 million, and $5.4 million from the Predecessor Entities, TD, and noncontrolling interests, respectively. Net contributions of $312.1 million from the Predecessor Member is composed of net contributions of $612.1 million relating to the cash management agreements with TD, as well as a cash distribution of $300 million of the proceeds from the issuance of the preferred membership interest to TEP from Pony Express to TD pursuant to the Pony Express Contribution and Sale Agreement. As discussed in Note 2 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, prior to April 1, 2014 for Trailblazer and September 1, 2014 for Pony Express, the net amount of transfers for loans made each day through the centralized cash management system with TD, less reimbursement payments under the agency agreement described in Note 5 - Related Party Transactions, was recognized as net equity contributions or distributions during that time period. There were no equity contributions or distributions made to TD subsequent to Trailblazer's acquisition by TEP on April 1, 2014 or the acquisition of Pony Express effective September 1, 2014. The $27.5 million contribution from TD represents the difference between the carrying amount of the Replacement Gas Facilities required as part of the Pony Express Abandonment, as discussed in Note 14 - Regulatory Matters, and the proceeds received from TD as reimbursement for the costs to construct those assets. The $5.4 million contribution from noncontrolling interests represents the cash contributed to Pony Express from TD to fund the quarterly preference payment to TEP for the third quarter of 2014 as discussed in Note 4 - Acquisitions.
During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, TEP was deemed to have made a noncash capital distribution of $72.9 million to the general partner, which represents the excess purchase price over the carrying value of the Trailblazer net assets acquired on April 1, 2014. Also during the nine months ended September 30, 2014, TEP was deemed to have made a noncash capital distribution of $8.7 million to the general partner, which represents the excess purchase price, consisting of $27 million in cash and limited partner common units valued at $3.0 million issued directly to TD, over the net book value of the 1.9585% membership interest in Pony Express transferred from TD to TEP in accordance with the Pony Express Contribution and Sale Agreement. See Note 4 - Acquisitions for additional information regarding the Trailblazer and Pony Express acquisitions.
12. Net Income per Limited Partner Unit
The Partnership’s net income is allocated to the general partner and the limited partners, including the holders of the subordinated units, in accordance with their respective ownership percentages, after giving effect to incentive distributions paid to the general partner. Basic and diluted net income per limited partner unit is calculated by dividing limited partners’ interest in net income, less general partner incentive distributions, by the weighted average number of outstanding limited partner units during the period. As discussed in Note 11Partnership Equity and Distributions, the subordinated units were converted to common units effective February 17, 2015.
We compute earnings per unit using the two-class method for Master Limited Partnerships as prescribed in the FASB guidance. The two-class method requires that securities that meet the definition of a participating security be considered for inclusion in the computation of basic earnings per unit. Under the two-class method, earnings per unit is calculated as if all of the earnings for the period were distributed under the terms of the partnership agreement, regardless of whether the general partner has discretion over the amount of distributions to be made in any particular period, whether those earnings would actually be distributed during a particular period from an economic or practical perspective, or whether the general partner has other legal or contractual limitations on its ability to pay distributions that would prevent it from distributing all of the earnings for a particular period.
We calculate net income available to limited partners based on the distributions pertaining to the current period’s net income. After adjusting for the appropriate period’s distributions, the remaining undistributed earnings or excess distributions over earnings, if any, are allocated to the general partner and limited partners in accordance with the contractual terms of the partnership agreement and as further prescribed in the FASB guidance under the two-class method.
The two-class method does not impact our overall net income or other financial results; however, in periods in which aggregate net income exceeds our aggregate distributions for such period, it will have the impact of reducing net income per limited partner unit. This result occurs as a larger portion of our aggregate earnings, as if distributed, is allocated to the incentive distribution rights (which are currently held by our general partner), even though we make distributions on the basis of available cash and not earnings. In periods in which our aggregate net income does not exceed our aggregate distributions for such period, the two-class method does not have any impact on our calculation of earnings per limited partner unit.
Basic earnings per unit is computed by dividing net earnings attributable to unitholders by the weighted average number of units outstanding during each period. Diluted earnings per unit reflects the potential dilution of common equivalent units that could occur if equity participation units are converted into common units.
All net income or loss from Trailblazer prior to its acquisition on April 1, 2014 and Pony Express prior to its acquisition effective September 1, 2014 is allocated to predecessor operations in the table below. Historical earnings of transferred businesses for periods prior to the date of those common control drop-down transactions are solely those of the general partner and, therefore we have appropriately excluded any allocation to the limited partner units when determining net income available to common and subordinated unitholders. We present the financial results of any transferred business prior to the drop down transaction date in the line item "Predecessor operations interest in net (income) loss" in the table below.
The following table illustrates the Partnership’s calculation of net income per common and subordinated unit for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014:
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
 
(in thousands, except per unit amounts)
Net income
$
49,550

 
$
11,253

 
$
125,771

 
$
42,597

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests
(6,871
)
 
191

 
(5,874
)
 
1,256

Net income attributable to partners
42,679

 
11,444

 
119,897

 
43,853

Predecessor operations interest in net loss (income)

 
1,134

 

 
(1,508
)
General partner interest in net income
(12,146
)
 
(1,435
)
 
(30,614
)
 
(2,912
)
Common and subordinated unitholders' interest in net income
$
30,533

 
$
11,143

 
$
89,283

 
$
39,433

Basic net income per common and subordinated unit
$
0.50

 
$
0.24

 
$
1.54

 
$
0.92

Diluted net income per common and subordinated unit
$
0.50

 
$
0.23

 
$
1.52

 
$
0.90

Basic average number of common and subordinated units outstanding
60,576

 
46,855

 
57,917

 
42,770

Equity Participation Unit equivalent units
960

 
1,093

 
967

 
1,001

Diluted average number of common and subordinated units outstanding
61,536

 
47,948

 
58,884

 
43,771


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13. Equity-Based Compensation
For additional information regarding our Long-term Incentive Plan ("LTIP"), see Note 15 – Equity-Based Compensation to our Consolidated Financial Statements included in Part II of the 2014 Form 10-K/A.
The following table summarizes the changes in the equity participation units ("EPUs") outstanding for the nine months ended September 30, 2015:
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015
 
Equity Participation Units
 
Weighted Average
Grant Date Fair Value
Beginning of period
1,525,750

 
$
18.75

Granted
338,591

 
40.01

Vested (1)
(477,387
)
 
(19.30
)
Forfeited
(56,160
)
 
(16.99
)
End of period
1,330,794

 
$
24.12

(1) 
During the nine months ended September 30, 2015, approximately 342,252 common units (net of tax withholding of approximately 135,135 common units) were issued in connection with the settlement of vested awards.
14. Regulatory Matters
There are currently no proceedings challenging the currently effective rates of Pony Express, Tallgrass Interstate Gas Transmission, LLC ("TIGT"), or Trailblazer. Regulators, as well as shippers, do have rights, under circumstances prescribed by applicable regulations, to challenge the rates that we charge at our regulated entities. Further, the statute governing service by Pony Express allows parties having standing to file complaints in regard to existing tariff rates and provisions. If the complaint is not resolved, the FERC may conduct a hearing and order a crude oil pipeline to make reparations going back for up to two years prior to the date on which a complaint was filed if a rate is found to be unjust and unreasonable. We can provide no assurance that current rates will remain unchallenged. Any successful challenge could have a material, adverse effect on our future earnings and cash flows.
TIGT
Pony Express Abandonment – FERC Docket CP12-495
On August 6, 2012, TIGT filed an application to: (1) abandon for FERC purposes approximately 433 miles of mainline natural gas pipeline facilities, along with associated rights of way and other related equipment (collectively, the "Pony Express Assets"), and the natural gas service therefrom, by transferring those assets to Pony Express, which subsequently converted the Pony Express Assets into crude oil pipeline facilities; and (2) construct and operate certain replacement-type facilities necessary to continue service to existing natural gas firm transportation customers following the conversion, which we refer to as the Replacement Gas Facilities. This project is referred to as the "Pony Express Abandonment." The FERC abandonment does not constitute an abandonment for accounting purposes. Pursuant to the terms of the Purchase and Sale Agreement filed with the FERC and cited by the FERC in approving the Pony Express Abandonment, Pony Express is required to reimburse TIGT for the net book value of the Pony Express Assets plus other TIGT incurred costs required to construct the Replacement Gas Facilities and to arrange substitute gas transportation services to certain TIGT shippers.
The Pony Express Abandonment and completion of the Pony Express Project by Pony Express re-deployed existing pipeline assets to meet the growing market need to transport oil supplies while at the same time continuing to operate TIGT’s natural gas transportation facilities to meet all current and expected needs of its natural gas customers. By a FERC order issued September 12, 2013, TIGT was granted authorization to abandon the Pony Express Assets and construct the Replacement Gas Facilities. On October 7, 2013 TIGT commenced the mobilization of personnel and equipment for the construction of the Replacement Gas Facilities necessary to complete the Pony Express Abandonment to continue service to existing TIGT customers. In December 2013, TIGT removed the Pony Express Assets from gas service and sold those assets to Pony Express. On May 1, 2014, TIGT commenced commercial service through all of the Replacement Gas Facilities, with the exception of Units 3 and 4 at the Tescott Compressor Station. Service through Units 3 and 4 at the Tescott Compressor Station commenced on May 30, 2014.

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Cost and Revenue Study – FERC Docket RP11-1494
On October 3, 2015, TIGT submitted a cost and revenue study in compliance with Article IV of the Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement filed on May 5, 2011 in FERC Docket No. RP11-1494 (“2011 Settlement”) and approved by the FERC on September 22, 2011. Consistent with the 2011 Settlement, the cost and revenue study demonstrates that TIGT is under-recovering its cost of service. The study was based on the unadjusted actual costs, revenues and volumes for a 12-month base period ended June 30, 2015, that complies with Section 154.303(a)(1) of the FERC’s regulations. The cost and revenue study did not propose any change to TIGT’s currently effective rates. Instead, TIGT has filed a general rate case under Section 4 of the Natural Gas Act, as discussed further below.
General Rate Case Filing – FERC Docket RP16-137
On October 30, 2015, TIGT filed a general rate case with the FERC pursuant to section 4 of the Natural Gas Act. The rate case proposes a general system-wide increase in the maximum tariff rates for all firm and interruptible services offered by TIGT. In addition, TIGT proposed certain changes to the transportation rate design of its system to replace the current rate zone structure with a single “postage stamp” rate. TIGT also proposed new charges, including (i) a charge for deliveries made to points without certain electronic flow measurement equipment, and (ii) a charge to completely or partially reimburse TIGT for certain integrity related expenses and costs it incurs to comply with anticipated new PHMSA and EPA regulations. TIGT also proposed to replace its fixed fuel and lost and unaccounted for (“FL&U”) charge with a FL&U tracker that would compensate TIGT for its actual FL&U expenses and adjust each year to reflect the previous period’s under or over collection and the forecasted FL&U expense for the upcoming period. Finally, TIGT proposed certain revisions to its FERC Gas Tariff addressing a number of other rate and non-rate matters. Under the NGA and the FERC’s regulations, TIGT’s shippers and other interested parties, including the FERC’s Trial Staff, have a right to challenge any aspect of TIGT’s rate case filing or raise other issues under Section 5 of the Natural Gas Act for which only prospective relief is available.
Trailblazer
2013 Rate Case Filing - Docket No. RP13-1031
On January 22, 2014, Trailblazer, the FERC’s Trial Staff, and the active parties in the pipeline’s general rate case finalized a settlement in principle resolving the pending rate issues, including: (i) establishing transportation rates, as well as fuel and lost and unaccounted for charges; (ii) providing a limited profit sharing arrangement for certain revenues earned from interruptible and short-term firm transport; and (iii) setting the minimum and maximum time that can elapse before Trailblazer’s next rate case at the FERC. Trailblazer filed a motion with the FERC’s Chief Administrative Law Judge to accept the settlement rates on an interim basis ("Interim Rates") while the participants finalized a definitive settlement. The Chief Administrative Law Judge accepted the Interim Rates effective February 1, 2014. On February 24, 2014, Trailblazer filed an uncontested offer of settlement ("Stipulation and Agreement") among active party shippers. The Stipulation and Agreement established the Interim Rates as final settlement rates effective February 1, 2014, subject to the issuance of refunds to certain shippers for January 2014 transportation services and revised fuel and lost and unaccounted for rates, effective July 1, 2014. On March 11, 2014, the Presiding Administrative Law Judge certified the Stipulation and Agreement. On May 29, 2014, the FERC approved the Stipulation and Agreement. On June 30, 2014, Trailblazer filed tariff sheets to implement the Stipulation and Agreement effective July 1, 2014. Estimated refunds were reserved from revenues recorded in January 2014. On July 1, 2014, Trailblazer submitted refunds to its customers for amounts collected in excess of amounts that would have been collected under the Settlement Rates, with interest, and on July 18, 2014, filed a report of refunds with the FERC. The FERC issued orders accepting the tariff sheets with the requested effective date of July 1, 2014 and accepting the refund report filing on July 25, 2014 and August 7, 2014, respectively.
2015 Annual Fuel Tracker Filing - Docket No. RP15-841-000
On April 1, 2015, Trailblazer made its annual fuel tracker filing with a proposed effective date of May 1, 2015 in Docket No. RP15-841-000. This filing incorporates the revised fuel tracker and power cost tracker mechanisms agreed to in the 2013 Rate Case Filing settlement, which resolves all outstanding issues related to Trailblazer fuel recoveries. The FERC approved this filing on April 23, 2015.
Pony Express
On September 19, 2014, Pony Express filed with the FERC to adopt a tariff for initial local non-contract rates as well as initial Rules and Regulations in accordance with the Interstate Commerce Act to be effective starting on October 1, 2014. Local Contract Tariff rates were filed with the FERC on October 29, 2014 to be effective starting November 1, 2014. Joint Contract Tariff rates for oil received into the Pony Express System from the Belle Fourche Pipeline were filed on October 16, 2014 to be effective starting November 1, 2014. Joint Contract Tariff rates for oil received into the Pony Express pipeline system from Hiland Pipeline Company were filed on February 27, 2015 and effective April 1, 2015.

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On May 18, 2015, Pony Express filed with the FERC to implement tariff contract rates for Pony Express’ newly constructed lateral in Northeast Colorado effective June 1, 2015.
On May 29, 2015, tariff filings were made with the FERC in Docket No. IS15-492-000 to increase the Pony Express local contract rates for service from the Guernsey origin, and for local non-contract rates from all origins, by amounts reflecting the FERC annual index adjustment of approximately 4.6% effective July 1, 2015. A tariff filing was also made in Docket No. IS15-493-000 on that date to increase joint tariff contract rates for service on Pony Express, Belle Fourche Pipeline Company, and Bridger Pipeline, LLC by approximately 4.6% effective July 1, 2015.
On October 29, 2015, Pony Express made a tariff filing with the FERC in Docket No. IS16-42-000 to increase the contract rates under its Local Pipeline Tariff for transportation from receipt points on its lateral in Northeast Colorado to various delivery points in Oklahoma, by an amount reflecting the most recent FERC annual index adjustment of approximately 4.6% effective December 1, 2015.
15. Legal and Environmental Matters
Legal
In addition to the matters discussed below, we are a defendant in various lawsuits arising from the day-to-day operations of our business. Although no assurance can be given, we believe, based on our experiences to date, that the ultimate resolution of such routine items will not have a material adverse impact on our business, financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
We have evaluated claims in accordance with the accounting guidance for contingencies that we deem both probable and reasonably estimable and, accordingly, had reserves for legal claims of approximately $0.8 million and $0.6 million as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively.
Prairie Horizon
On July 3, 2014, Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy LLC ("Prairie Horizon") filed an action in the District Court of Phillips County, Kansas against TIGT seeking damages from an alleged intrusion of foreign material and oil from TIGT into Prairie Horizon's ethanol plant. The matter was removed to the US District Court for the District of Kansas. Prairie Horizon asserted that this intrusion caused substantial damage to Prairie Horizon's ethanol production facilities and resulted in corresponding business income losses. Prairie Horizon also claimed that the intrusion was a violation of TIGT's FERC gas tariff. On September 25, 2015, TIGT and Prairie Horizon reached a settlement agreeing to dismiss all claims with prejudice and releasing TIGT from any further liability.
Environmental, Health and Safety
We are subject to a variety of federal, state and local laws that regulate permitted activities relating to air and water quality, waste disposal, and other environmental matters. We believe that compliance with these laws will not have a material adverse impact on our business, cash flows, financial position or results of operations. However, there can be no assurances that future events, such as changes in existing laws, the promulgation of new laws, or the development of new facts or conditions will not cause us to incur significant costs. We had environmental reserves of $5.0 million and $5.3 million at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively.
TMID
Casper Plant, U.S. EPA Notice of Violation
In August 2011, the U.S. EPA and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality ("WDEQ") conducted an inspection of the Leak Detection and Repair ("LDAR") Program at the Casper Gas Plant in Wyoming. In September 2011, Tallgrass Midstream, LLC ("TMID") received a letter from the U.S. EPA alleging violations of the Standards of Performance of Equipment Leaks for Onshore Natural Gas Processing Plant requirements under the Clean Air Act. TMID received a letter from the U.S. EPA concerning settlement of this matter in April 2013 and received additional settlement communications from the U.S. EPA and Department of Justice beginning in July 2014. Settlement negotiations are continuing, including attempted resolution of more recently identified LDAR issues and the possible inclusion of TIGT as a party to any possible settlement as a result of TIGT owning a compressor that is located adjacent to the Casper Gas Plant site.
Casper Mystery Bridge Superfund Site
The Casper Gas Plant is part of the Mystery Bridge Road/U.S. Highway 20 Superfund Site also known as Casper Mystery Bridge Superfund Site. Remediation work at the Casper Gas Plant has been completed and we have requested that the portion of the site attributable to us be delisted from the National Priorities List.

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Casper Gas Plant
On November 25, 2014, WDEQ issued a Notice of Violation for violations of Part 60 Subpart OOOO related to the Depropanizer project (wv-14388, issued 7/9/13) in Docket No. 5506-14. TMID had discussed the issues in a meeting with WDEQ in Cheyenne on November 17, 2014, and submitted a disclosure on November 20, 2014 detailing the regulatory issues and potential violations. The project triggered a modification of Subpart OOOO for the entire plant. The project equipment as well as plant equipment subjected to Subpart OOOO was not monitored timely, and initial notification was not made timely. Settlement negotiations with WDEQ are currently ongoing.
TIGT
System Failure
On June 13, 2013, a failure occurred on a segment of the TIGT pipeline system in Goshen County, Wyoming, resulting in the release of natural gas and the issuance of a Corrective Action Order ("CAO") by PHMSA. The line was promptly brought back into service and the failure did not cause any known injuries, fatalities, fires or evacuations. Pursuant to a letter dated August 14, 2015, PHMSA informed TIGT that it had complied with the terms of the CAO and declared the case closed. We do not believe the total cost to complete the remediation activities will be material.
Trailblazer
Pipeline Integrity Management Program
Trailblazer recently completed smart tool surveys and preliminary analysis on segments of its natural gas pipeline to evaluate the growth rate of corrosion downstream of compressor stations. Trailblazer currently believes that approximately 25 - 35 miles of pipe will likely need to be repaired or replaced in order for the pipeline to operate at its maximum allowable operating pressure of 1,000 pounds per square inch, or psig. Such repair or replacement may occur over a period of years, depending upon final assessment of corrosion growth rates and the remediation and repair plan adopted by Trailblazer. Until then, Trailblazer is operating at a reduced pressure, public notice of which was first provided in June 2014. The current pressure reduction is not expected to prevent Trailblazer from fulfilling its firm service obligations at existing subscription levels and to date it has not had a material adverse financial impact on TEP.
During 2015, Trailblazer completed 23 excavation digs at an aggregate cost of approximately $1.1 million (all of which was included in Trailblazer’s 2015 budget) based on preliminary analysis of the smart tool surveys performed in 2014. Segments of the Trailblazer Pipeline that require full replacement are currently expected to cost in the range of approximately $2.2 million to $2.7 million per mile. Repair costs on sections of the pipeline that do not require full replacement are expected to be less on a per mile basis. Trailblazer is currently devising a remediation and repair plan, which involves, among other things, finalizing cost recovery options, establishing project scope and timing and setting an overall project budget. Trailblazer is currently exploring all possible cost recovery options. It may not ultimately be able to recover any or all of such out of pocket costs unless and until Trailblazer recovers them through a general rate increase or other FERC-approved recovery mechanism, or through negotiated rate agreements with its customers.
In connection with TEP’s acquisition of the Trailblazer Pipeline, TD agreed to contractually indemnify TEP for any out of pocket costs TEP incurs between April 1, 2014 and April 1, 2017 related to repairing or remediating the Trailblazer Pipeline, to the extent that such actions are necessitated by external corrosion caused by the pipeline’s disbonded Hi-Melt CTE coating. The contractual indemnity provided to TEP by TD is currently capped at $20 million and is subject to TEP’s first paying an annual $1.5 million deductible.
Pony Express
System Failures
On August 31, 2014, a leak occurred at the Sterling Pump Station on the Pony Express System in Logan County, Colorado, which resulted in a release of approximately 200 bbls of crude oil. The spill was entirely contained on our property and the costs to remediate were not material. In April 2015, PHSMA granted our request to consider the Sterling Pump Station incident closed with no further action.
On March 12, 2015, an event occurred at the Yoder Pump Station in Goshen County, Wyoming, related to repair and replacement activities resulting in a spill of approximately 300 bbls of crude oil. We have presented our incident investigation findings to PHMSA and are currently working with PHMSA to resolve the matter. We do not believe the cost of anticipated remediation activities will be material.

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16. Reporting Segments
Our operations are located in the United States. We are organized into three reporting segments: (1) Natural Gas Transportation & Logistics, (2) Crude Oil Transportation & Logistics, and (3) Processing & Logistics.
Natural Gas Transportation & Logistics
The Natural Gas Transportation & Logistics segment is engaged in ownership and operation of FERC-regulated interstate natural gas pipelines and integrated natural gas storage facilities that provide services to on-system customers (such as third-party LDCs), industrial users and other shippers. As discussed in Note 2 Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, results for prior periods have been recast to reflect the operations of Trailblazer.
Crude Oil Transportation & Logistics
The Crude Oil Transportation & Logistics segment is engaged in ownership, construction, and operation of the Pony Express System, which is a FERC-regulated crude oil pipeline serving the Bakken Shale and other nearby oil producing basins. The mainline portion of the Pony Express System was placed in service in October 2014. The Pony Express System also includes a lateral pipeline in Northeast Colorado, which interconnects with the Pony Express System just east of Sterling, Colorado and was placed in service in April 2015. As discussed in Note 2 Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, results for prior periods have been recast to reflect the operations of Pony Express.
Processing & Logistics
The Processing & Logistics segment is engaged in ownership and operation of natural gas processing, treating and fractionation facilities that produce NGLs and residue gas that is sold in local wholesale markets or delivered into pipelines for transportation to additional end markets, as well as water business services provided primarily to the oil and gas exploration and production industry.
Corporate and Other
Corporate and Other includes corporate overhead costs that are not directly associated with the operations of our reportable segments, such as interest and fees associated with TEP’s revolving credit facility, public company costs reimbursed to TD, and equity-based compensation expense.
These segments are monitored separately by management for performance and are consistent with internal financial reporting. These segments have been identified based on the differing products and services, regulatory environment and the expertise required for their respective operations.
We consider Adjusted EBITDA our primary segment performance measure as we believe it is the most meaningful measure to assess our financial condition and results of operations as a public entity. We define Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, as net income excluding the impact of interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, non-cash income or loss related to derivative instruments, non-cash long-term compensation expense, impairment losses, gains or losses on asset or business disposals or acquisitions, gains or losses on the repurchase, redemption or early retirement of debt, and earnings from unconsolidated investments, but including the impact of distributions from unconsolidated investments.
The following tables set forth our segment information for the periods indicated:
 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2015
 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2014
Revenue:
Total
Revenue
 
Inter-
Segment
 
External
Revenue
 
Total
Revenue
 
Inter-
Segment
 
External
Revenue
 
(in thousands)
 
(in thousands)
Natural Gas Transportation & Logistics
$
33,636

 
$
(1,346
)
 
$
32,290

 
$
33,520

 
$
(1,430
)
 
$
32,090

Crude Oil Transportation & Logistics
83,272

 

 
83,272

 

 

 

Processing & Logistics
22,606

 

 
22,606

 
57,863

 

 
57,863

Total Revenue
$
139,514

 
$
(1,346
)
 
$
138,168

 
$
91,383

 
$
(1,430
)
 
$
89,953


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Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2014
Revenue:
Total
Revenue
 
Inter-
Segment
 
External
Revenue
 
Total
Revenue
 
Inter-
Segment
 
External
Revenue
 
 
 
(in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
(in thousands)
 
 
Natural Gas Transportation & Logistics
$
98,215

 
$
(4,036
)
 
$
94,179

 
$
107,091

 
$
(4,015
)
 
$
103,076

Crude Oil Transportation & Logistics
208,872

 

 
208,872

 

 

 

Processing & Logistics
82,762

 

 
82,762

 
158,976

 

 
158,976

Total Revenue
$
389,849

 
$
(4,036
)
 
$
385,813

 
$
266,067

 
$
(4,015
)
 
$
262,052

 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2015
 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2014
Adjusted EBITDA:
Total
Adjusted
EBITDA
 
Inter-
Segment
 
External
Adjusted
EBITDA
 
Total
Adjusted
EBITDA
 
Inter-
Segment
 
External
Adjusted
EBITDA
 
(in thousands)
 
(in thousands)
Natural Gas Transportation & Logistics
$
15,983

 
$
(1,346
)
 
$
14,637

 
$
17,152

 
$
(1,430
)
 
$
15,722

Crude Oil Transportation & Logistics
47,526

 
1,346

 
48,872

 
(22
)
 

 
(22
)
Processing & Logistics
3,046

 

 
3,046

 
8,615

 

 
8,615

Corporate and Other
(703
)
 

 
(703
)
 
(625
)
 

 
(625
)
Reconciliation to Net Income:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Less:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest expense, net of noncontrolling interest
 
 
 
 
(3,872
)
 
 
 
 
 
(1,414
)
Depreciation and amortization expense, net of noncontrolling interest
 
 
 
 
(18,826
)
 
 
 
 
 
(9,568
)
Non-cash gain related to derivative instruments
 
 
 
 
259

 
 
 
 
 
395

Non-cash compensation expense
 
 
 
 
(734
)
 
 
 
 
 
(1,475
)
Distributions from unconsolidated investment
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
(184
)
Net income attributable to partners
 
 
 
 
$
42,679

 
 
 
 
 
$
11,444


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Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2014
Adjusted EBITDA:
Total
Adjusted
EBITDA
 
Inter-
Segment
 
External
Adjusted
EBITDA
 
Total
Adjusted
EBITDA
 
Inter-
Segment
 
External
Adjusted
EBITDA
 
(in thousands)
 
(in thousands)
Natural Gas Transportation & Logistics
$
51,820

 
$
(4,036
)
 
$
47,784

 
$
52,080

 
$
(4,015
)
 
$
48,065

Crude Oil Transportation & Logistics
119,352

 
4,036

 
123,388

 
(22
)
 

 
(22
)
Processing & Logistics
18,841

 

 
18,841

 
23,722

 

 
23,722

Corporate and Other
(2,374
)
 

 
(2,374
)
 
(1,875
)
 

 
(1,875
)
Reconciliation to Net Income:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Add:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated investment
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
717

Non-cash loss allocated to noncontrolling interest
 
 
 
 
9,377

 
 
 
 
 

Gain on remeasurement of unconsolidated investment
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
9,388

Less:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest expense, net of noncontrolling interest
 
 
 
 
(11,205
)
 
 
 
 
 
(4,848
)
Depreciation and amortization expense, net of noncontrolling interest
 
 
 
 
(57,661
)
 
 
 
 
 
(26,246
)
Non-cash gain related to derivative instruments
 
 
 
 
218

 
 
 
 
 
140

Non-cash compensation expense
 
 
 
 
(3,988
)
 
 
 
 
 
(3,724
)
Non-cash loss from asset sales
 
 
 
 
(4,483
)
 
 
 
 
 

Distributions from unconsolidated investment
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
(1,464
)
Net income attributable to partners
 
 
 
 
$
119,897

 
 
 
 
 
$
43,853

 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
Capital Expenditures:
2015
 
2014
 
(in thousands)
Natural Gas Transportation & Logistics
$
10,858

 
$
16,616

Crude Oil Transportation & Logistics
40,579

 
617,687

Processing & Logistics
13,709

 
7,913

Total capital expenditures
$
65,146

 
$
642,216

Assets:
September 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
(in thousands)
Natural Gas Transportation & Logistics
$
713,754

 
$
716,106

Crude Oil Transportation & Logistics
1,444,231

 
1,394,793

Processing & Logistics
337,522

 
340,620

Corporate and Other
5,770

 
5,678

Total assets
$
2,501,277

 
$
2,457,197


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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
As used in this Quarterly Report, unless the context otherwise requires, "we," "us," "our," the "Partnership," "TEP" and similar terms refer to Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP, together with its consolidated subsidiaries. The term our "general partner" refers to Tallgrass MLP GP, LLC. References to "TD" refer to Tallgrass Development, LP. Historical periods have been recast to reflect the operations of Trailblazer Pipeline Company LLC ("Trailblazer"), which was acquired on April 1, 2014, and Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline, LLC ("Pony Express"), of which TEP acquired a controlling 33.3% membership interest effective September 1, 2014. TEP's subsequent acquisition of an additional 33.3% membership interest in Pony Express on March 1, 2015 represents an acquisition of noncontrolling interests. As a result, financial information for periods prior to that transaction have not been recast to reflect the additional 33.3% membership interest. In certain circumstances and for ease of reading we discuss the financial results of these entities prior to their respective acquisitions as being "our" financial results during historic periods, although Trailblazer was owned by TD from November 13, 2012 to March 31, 2014, and Pony Express was wholly-owned by TD from November 13, 2012 to August 31, 2014.
The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes thereto included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report. Additionally, the following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with the audited financial statements and notes thereto, the related "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," the discussion of "Risk Factors" and the discussion of TEP's "Business" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2014 (our "2014 Form 10-K/A") filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on June 4, 2015 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended June 30, 2015 filed with the SEC on July 30, 2015.
A reference to a "Note" herein refers to the accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements contained in Item 1.Financial Statements. In addition, please read "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" for information regarding certain risks inherent in our business.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This Quarterly Report and the documents incorporated by reference herein contain forward-looking statements concerning our operations, economic performance and financial condition. Forward-looking statements give our current expectations, contain projections of results of operations or of financial condition, or forecasts of future events. Words such as "could," "will," "may," "assume," "forecast," "position," "predict," "strategy," "expect," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "project," "budget," "potential," or "continue," and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, forward-looking statements contained in this Quarterly Report include our expectations of plans, strategies, objectives, growth and anticipated financial and operational performance, including guidance regarding our and TD’s infrastructure programs, revenue projections, capital expenditures and tax position. Forward-looking statements can be affected by assumptions used or by known or unknown risks or uncertainties. Consequently, no forward-looking statements can be guaranteed.
A forward-looking statement may include a statement of the assumptions or bases underlying the forward-looking statement. We believe that we have chosen these assumptions or bases in good faith and that they are reasonable. However, when considering these forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements in this Quarterly Report. Actual results may vary materially. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. You should also understand that it is not possible to predict or identify all such factors and should not consider the following list to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the results contemplated by such forward-looking statements include:
our ability to complete and integrate acquisitions from TD or from third parties, including our acquisition of an additional 33.3% interest in Pony Express that was completed in March 2015;
changes in general economic conditions;
competitive conditions in our industry;
actions taken by third-party operators, processors and transporters;
the demand for natural gas transportation, storage and processing services and crude oil transportation services;
our ability to successfully implement our business plan;
our ability to complete internal growth projects on time and on budget;
the price and availability of debt and equity financing;

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the availability and price of natural gas and crude oil, and fuels derived from both, to the consumer compared to the price of alternative and competing fuels;
competition from the same and alternative energy sources;
energy efficiency and technology trends;
operating hazards and other risks incidental to transporting crude oil and transporting, storing and processing natural gas;
natural disasters, weather-related delays, casualty losses and other matters beyond our control;
interest rates;
labor relations;
large customer defaults;
changes in tax status;
the effects of existing and future laws and governmental regulations;
the effects of future litigation; and
certain factors discussed elsewhere in this Quarterly Report.
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made. While we may update these statements from time to time, we are not required to do so other than pursuant to the securities laws.
Overview
TEP is a publicly traded, growth-oriented limited partnership formed in 2013 to own, operate, acquire and develop midstream energy assets in North America. We currently provide natural gas transportation and storage services for customers in the Rocky Mountain and Midwest regions of the United States through the Tallgrass Interstate Gas Transmission system, a FERC-regulated natural gas transportation and storage system located in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Wyoming (the “TIGT System”), and a FERC-regulated natural gas pipeline system extending from the Colorado and Wyoming border to Beatrice, Nebraska (the “Trailblazer Pipeline”). We provide crude oil transportation to customers in Wyoming, Colorado, and the surrounding regions through our membership interest in Pony Express, which owns a crude oil pipeline commencing in Guernsey, Wyoming and terminating in Cushing, Oklahoma (the “Pony Express System”). We also provide services for customers in Wyoming at the Casper and Douglas natural gas processing facilities and the West Frenchie Draw natural gas treating facility, or, collectively, the Midstream Facilities, and we provide water business services to customers in Colorado and Texas through BNN Water Solutions, LLC ("Water Solutions"). Our operations are strategically located in and provide services to certain key United States hydrocarbon basins, including the Denver-Julesburg, Powder River, Wind River, Permian and Hugoton-Anadarko Basins and the Niobrara, Mississippi Lime, Eagle Ford and Bakken shale formations.
We intend to continue to leverage our relationship with TD and utilize the significant experience of our management team to execute our growth strategy of acquiring midstream assets from TD and third parties, increasing utilization of our existing assets and expanding our systems through construction of additional assets. Our reportable business segments are:
Natural Gas Transportation & Logistics—the ownership and operation of FERC-regulated interstate natural gas pipelines and integrated natural gas storage facilities;
Crude Oil Transportation & Logistics—the ownership and operation of a crude oil pipeline system; and
Processing & Logistics—the ownership and operation of natural gas processing, treating and fractionation facilities, as well as water business services provided primarily to the oil and gas exploration and production industry.

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Recent Developments
Distribution Declared
On October 5, 2015, the Board of Directors of our general partner declared a cash distribution for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 of $0.60 per common unit. The distribution will be paid on November 13, 2015, to unitholders of record on October 30, 2015.
U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Supply and Demand Dynamics
Crude oil, natural gas and products derived from both continue to be critical components of energy supply and demand in the United States. Although crude oil and natural gas prices have declined in the latter part of 2014 and into 2015, and may remain at or near current levels for the foreseeable future, we believe that the long-term prospects for continued crude oil and natural gas production increases are favorable and will be driven in part by increased domestic demand resulting from population and economic growth, higher industrial consumption in the U.S. and a desire to reduce domestic reliance on imports. We expect natural gas to continue to displace coal-fired electricity generation due to the low prices of natural gas and stricter environmental regulations on the mining and burning of coal. For additional information, please read Item 3. – Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.
How We Evaluate Our Operations
We evaluate our results using, among other measures, contract profile and volumes, operating costs and expenses, Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow. Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are non-GAAP measures and are defined below.
Contract Profile and Volumes
Our results are driven primarily by the volume of crude oil transportation capacity under firm contracts, the volume of natural gas transportation and storage capacity under firm contracts, the volume of natural gas that we process and the fees assessed for such services.
Operating Costs and Expenses
The primary components of our operating costs and expenses that we evaluate include cost of sales, cost of transportation services, operations and maintenance and general and administrative costs. Our operating expenses are driven primarily by expenses related to the operation, maintenance and growth of our asset base.
Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow
Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are non-GAAP supplemental financial measures that management and external users of our consolidated financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies, may use to assess: