Williams 1Q15: Revenue Up 19%, Net Income Down Big 75%

The midstream behemoth Williams issued an update for first quarter 2015 yesterday. Williams, like other large companies, is split into pieces. There is the mother ship Williams (stock ticker symbol WMB) and Williams Partners (stock ticker symbol WPZ). Since Williams Partners is the active company in the northeast, we’ll limit our focus to the report from that part of the company. Williams merged with (bought out) Access Midstream. Although that process was completed during 1Q15, the numbers reported for Williams Partners are “pre-merger” numbers, excluding the Access Midstream numbers. We expect that will change in 2Q15 when the two will have been joined throughout the entire quarter. The financials show that like drillers, Williams experienced an increase in revenue in 1Q15 compared with a year ago, but a decrease in profit, or net income. Revenue in 1Q15 was $917 million, up 19%. But net income in 1Q15 was $89 million, down a whopping 75%. Here’s the update from Williams Partners, with plenty of references to Access Midstream too…

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