|In our base natural gas business, we continue to benefit from growing global natural gas demand. Our assets are well positioned to serve growing domestic markets and export locations for LNG and Mexico. Our status as a low methane emitter within our sector also positions us well to capitalize on increasing demand for responsibly-sourced or certified natural gas. And with 700 billion cubic feet of high deliverability natural gas storage capacity, we are also very well-positioned to move gas domestically when and where it?s needed most, whether during extreme weather events or more routinely to support intermittent renewable power generation. Overall, we are looking forward to continued strong performance and exciting new opportunities in our current businesses and through the evolution of energy markets,? Kean concluded.
?Our financial performance during the quarter was strong, as we generated third quarter earnings per share of $0.22, a 10% increase over the $0.20 earnings per share achieved in the third quarter of 2020,? said KMI President Kim Dang. ?At $0.44 per share, DCF per share was down $0.04 from the third quarter of 2020, primarily due to higher sustaining capital expenditures in the third quarter of 2021 versus the third quarter of 2020. During the quarter, we generated $397 million of excess DCF above our declared dividend.
?In August, we closed on the acquisition of Kinetrex Energy announced last quarter, and saw progress on the construction of its three new landfill-based renewable natural gas (RNG) facilities. We expect all three to be operational by the end of next year,? continued Dang. ?With North American RNG demand projected to triple during the next two decades, we see a great deal of potential growth here that dovetails nicely with our interconnected network of assets and strong customer relationships. Based on our experience so far, we currently forecast both Kinetrex and the Stagecoach acquisition that we also announced last quarter to slightly outperform our acquisition models for the year.?
For the first nine months of 2021, KMI reported net income attributable to KMI of $1,147 million, compared to a net loss attributable to KMI of $488 million for the first nine months of 2020; and DCF of $4,367 million, up 30% from $3,347 million for the comparable period in 2020. The increases compared to the prior period are primarily related to KMI?s strong performance during the February winter storm and are therefore largely nonrecurring.
For 2021, KMI expects to generate net income attributable to KMI of $1.7 billion and declare dividends of $1.08 per share, a 3% increase from the 2020 declared dividends. Consistent with our guidance in the second quarter earnings call, we currently anticipate generating 2021 DCF of $5.4 billion and Adjusted EBITDA of $7.9 billion. KMI also expects to end 2021 with a Net Debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA ratio of 4.0.
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