PANHANDLE EASTERN PIPE LINE COMPANY, LP
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Tabular dollar amounts are in millions)
ORGANIZATION AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION
Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, LP (“PEPL”) and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”) primarily operate interstate pipelines that transport natural gas from the Gulf of Mexico, South Texas and the Panhandle region of Texas and Oklahoma to major United States markets in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions and natural gas storage assets and are subject to the rules and regulations of the FERC. The Company’s subsidiaries are Trunkline Gas Company, LLC (“Trunkline”), Sea Robin Pipeline Company, LLC (“Sea Robin”) and Pan Gas Storage LLC (“Southwest Gas”).
Southern Union Panhandle LLC, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of ETP, owns a 1% general partner interest in PEPL and ETP indirectly owns a 99% limited partner interest in PEPL.
Basis of Presentation
The unaudited financial information included in this Form 10-Q has been prepared on the same basis as the audited consolidated financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017. In the opinion of the Company’s management, such financial information reflects all adjustments necessary for a fair presentation of the financial position and the results of operations for such interim periods in accordance with GAAP. All intercompany items and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in annual consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP have been omitted pursuant to the rules and regulations of the SEC.
Use of Estimates
The unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared in conformity with GAAP, which includes the use of estimates and assumptions made by management that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues, expenses and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities that exist at the date of the consolidated financial statements. Although these estimates are based on management’s available knowledge of current and expected future events, actual results could be different from those estimates.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) (“ASU 2016-02”), which establishes the principles that lessees and lessors shall apply to report useful information to users of financial statements about the amount, timing, and uncertainty of cash flows arising from a lease. In January 2018, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2018-01, which provides an optional transition practical expedient to not evaluate under Topic 842 existing or expired land easements that were not previously accounted for as leases under Topic 840. The Company expects to adopt ASU 2016-02 and elect the practical expedient under ASU 2018-01in the first quarter of 2019 and is currently evaluating the impact that adopting this new standard will have on the consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.
In February 2018, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2018-02, Reclassification of Certain Tax Effects from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income, which allows a reclassification from accumulated other comprehensive income to retained earnings at partners’ capital for stranded tax effects resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The Company elected to early adopted this ASU in the first quarter of 2018. The effect of the adoption was not material.