SOURCE: Quicksilver Resources Inc.

October 31, 2006 18:54 ET

Quicksilver Resources Reports Third Quarter 2006 Financial Results

Production Increases 24% Over Prior-Year Period and 6% Over Prior Quarter; Year Over Year Cash Flow From Operations Increases 119%

FORT WORTH, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 31, 2006 --Quicksilver Resources Inc. (NYSE: KWK) today reported net income for the third quarter of 2006 of $22.9 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, on revenues of $99.2 million. Earnings per share for the company's third quarter of 2005 were $0.31 per share on revenues of $83.8 million.

Net income for the first nine months of 2006 was $74.0 million, or $0.91 per diluted share, on revenues of $288.3 million. Earnings per share increased 38 percent in comparison to earnings of $0.66 per diluted share for the first nine months 2005 on net income of $52.7 million and revenues of $207.6 million. For the nine-month period ended September 2006, net cash from operating activities, as presented in the attached Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows, was $187.7 million, compared to $85.9 million for the same period in 2005, which represents an increase of 119 percent.

Production

For the third quarter of 2006, total average production rose to 174.5 million cubic feet equivalent per day (MMcfe/d), a 24 percent increase over the prior-year period of 141 MMcfe/d and a six percent increase over the second quarter 2006 average of 164.2 MMcfe/d. For the nine months ended September 30, 2006, total production averaged 164.4 MMcfe/d in comparison to 137.7 MMcfe/d in the prior-year nine-month period, a 19 percent increase. Production in Canada averaged 49.2 MMcfe/d for the third quarter compared to 40.8 MMcfe/d in the same period in 2005, a 21 percent increase. Texas production increased to an average of 40.5 MMcfe/d in the quarter ended September 30, 2006 as compared to an average of 11.4 MMcfe/d in the comparable prior-year quarter, a 255 percent increase.

President and CEO, Glenn Darden, commented, "Quicksilver's strong production gains come entirely from internally generated projects. We anticipate that this strategy of 'growth by the drillbit' will not only build a significant reserve base but will also generate excellent returns on our capital. We plan to accelerate the Barnett drilling in the Fort Worth Basin which should increase this growth rate."

Production on a Mcfe/d basis for the company's three major production areas for the nine months ended September 30 was as follows:

Area          2005          2006          Change
Canada       39,415        49,018           24%
Texas         7,953        31,490          296%
Michigan     81,130        75,661           (7%)
Natural gas production for the third quarter of 2006 was 13.8 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or an average of 150 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d), as compared to production of 11.8 Bcf, or an average of 128 MMcf/d, for the same period in 2005, a 17 percent increase. The price realized for the company's natural gas production in the third quarter of 2006, after adjusting for the effects of hedging, averaged $5.73 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) as compared to the prior-year period amount of $6.12. Natural gas, including natural gas liquids (NGL), constituted 94 percent of the company's total production in the third quarter of 2006.

Natural gas liquids production for the third quarter of 2006 was 229,000 barrels compared to 64,000 barrels in the third quarter of 2005, an increase of 258 percent over the prior-year third quarter and an increase of 53 percent in comparison to second quarter 2006 NGL production of 150,000 barrels. The increase in the NGL production is directly related to the increased throughput at the company's Cowtown cryogenic gas plant in the Fort Worth Basin. The company realized an average $41.91 per barrel for natural gas liquids in the third quarter of 2006, compared to the average of $35.96 per barrel realized in the third quarter of 2005.

Oil and condensate production for the third quarter of 2006 was 148,000 barrels, or 1,603 barrels per day, as compared to 139,000 barrels of production in the third quarter of 2005. Oil and condensate prices realized for the third quarter of 2006, after adjusting for the effects of hedging, averaged $64.74 per barrel compared to $57.31 per barrel for the prior-year third quarter.

Operations Update

Quicksilver Resources' operations in the Fort Worth Basin Barnett Shale continue to grow with Texas production averaging 40.5 MMcfe/d in the third quarter versus an average of 31 MMcfe/d in the second quarter ended June 30, 2006, a 30% increase quarter to quarter. With 11 rigs currently operating in the Fort Worth Basin, Quicksilver has drilled 94 gross (84 net) wells year to date and is estimated to drill over 100 gross wells this year. Current net production is approximately 53 MMcfe/d with 91 gross (71 net) wells completed and tied into sales.

In Canada, the company has drilled 313 gross (170 net) wells year to date and has tied in 210 gross (110 net) wells into sales. Current net production is 53 MMcf/d. Quicksilver has slowed drilling activity in the Horseshoe Canyon area this year and has redeployed the capital to the Barnett Shale in Texas. This operational change is a result of high Canadian service costs, unusually wet weather in Canada, and the higher rates of return in the Texas project. The company still projects Canadian production growth of 20 percent year over year. Completion operations are progressing for the company's two recently drilled horizontal Mannville wells, and the company anticipates providing results by year-end.

In Michigan, Quicksilver Resources has completed 23 horizontal re-entry wells in the Antrim Shale program year to date, and these re-entries have added to both production and reserves. The company has an additional five wells planned for the remainder of the year. Two new horizontal Antrim wells have been successfully drilled and completed with a Barnett-style hydraulic fracture treatment. Both wells are making gas and are about half way through recovery of the treatment water. A third horizontal well of this type is currently being drilled.

Earnings per Share Calculation

For the quarter, the diluted net income per common share is calculated assuming conversion of the entire $150 million principal amount of outstanding convertible debentures in addition to outstanding in-the-money options. For purposes of this calculation, net income is increased by $475,000 per quarter, which is the interest that was paid on the convertible debentures offset by the related income tax benefit.

Conference Call

The company's conference call to discuss operational and financial results for the third quarter 2006 is scheduled for Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. central time.

Quicksilver invites interested persons to participate in the third quarter call by dialing (877) 313-7932, ID number 4077246 prior to 8:55 a.m. A digital replay of the conference call will be available at 1:00 p.m. central time the same day, and will remain available for one week. The replay can be dialed at (800) 642-1687 and reference should be made to the conference ID number 4077246. The call will also be broadcast live via Internet webcast on the company's website, www.qrinc.com, linking through the "Investor Relations" page and the "Presentations & Conference Calls" link located in the "More Information" box.

About Quicksilver Resources

Fort Worth, Texas-based Quicksilver Resources is a natural gas and crude oil production company engaged in the development and production of unconventional natural gas reserves, including coal bed methane, shale gas, and tight sands gas. It has U.S. offices in Fort Worth, Texas; Granbury, Texas; Gaylord, Michigan; Corydon, Indiana and Cut Bank, Montana. Quicksilver also has a Canadian subsidiary, Quicksilver Resources Canada Inc., located in Calgary, Alberta. For more information about Quicksilver Resources, visit www.qrinc.com.

The statements in this press release regarding future events, occurrences, circumstances, activities, performance, outcomes and results are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although these statements reflect the current views, assumptions and expectations of Quicksilver Resources' management, the matters addressed herein are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual activities, performance, outcomes and results to differ materially from those indicated. Factors that could result in such differences or otherwise materially affect Quicksilver Resources' financial condition, results of operations and cash flows include: changes in general economic conditions; fluctuations in natural gas and crude oil prices; failure or delays in achieving expected production from natural gas and crude oil exploration and development projects; uncertainties inherent in estimates of natural gas and crude oil reserves and predicting natural gas and crude oil reservoir performance; effects of hedging natural gas and crude oil prices; competitive conditions in our industry; actions taken by third-party operators, processors and transporters; changes in the availability and cost of capital; operating hazards, natural disasters, weather-related delays, casualty losses and other matters beyond our control; the effects of existing and future laws and governmental regulations; and the effects of existing or future litigation; as well as other factors disclosed in Quicksilver Resources' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

                        QUICKSILVER RESOURCES INC.
                   Unaudited Selected Operating Results


                                              Three Months    Nine Months
                                                 Ended           Ended
                                              September 30,   September 30,
                                            --------------- ---------------
                                             2006    2005     2006    2005
                                            ------- ------- ------- -------
Production:
  Natural gas (MMcf)                         13,794  11,762  39,430  34,287
  Oil (MBbls)                                   148     139     444     410
  NGL (MBbls)                                   229      64     464     141
    Total (MMcfe)                            16,055  12,975  44,878  37,592

  United States (MMcfe)                      11,528   9,223  31,496  26,832
  Canada (MMcfe)                              4,527   3,752  13,382  10,760
                                            ------- ------- ------- -------
    Total (MMcfe)                            16,055  12,975  44,878  37,592

Average Daily Production:
  Natural gas (Mcfd)                        149,939 127,846 144,431 125,595
  Oil (Bbld)                                  1,603   1,507   1,628   1,501
  NGL (Bbld)                                  2,491     691   1,698     516
  Total (Mcfed)                             174,506 141,033 164,387 137,699

Average Sales Price Per Unit (excluding
 effects of hedging):
  Natural gas (per Mcf)                     $  5.35 $  6.66 $  5.88 $  5.80
  Oil (per Bbl)                             $ 64.74 $ 60.52 $ 62.85 $ 51.86
  NGL (per Bbl)                             $ 41.91 $ 35.96 $ 41.51 $ 34.41
  Total (per Mcfe)                          $  5.79 $  6.86 $  6.22 $  5.99

Average Sales Price Per Unit (including
 effects of hedging):
  Natural gas (per Mcf)                     $  5.73 $  6.12 $  6.05 $  5.24
  Oil (per Bbl)                             $ 64.74 $ 57.31 $ 61.84 $ 49.50
  NGL (per Bbl)                             $ 41.91 $ 35.96 $ 41.51 $ 34.41
  Total (per Mcfe)                          $  6.11 $  6.34 $  6.36 $  5.45

Expense per Mcfe:
  United States production cost             $  1.56 $  1.69 $  1.67 $  1.59
  Canada production cost                    $  1.45 $  1.02 $  1.31 $  1.00
                                            ------- ------- ------- -------
      Total production cost                 $  1.53 $  1.50 $  1.56 $  1.42

  Production and ad valorem taxes           $  0.28 $  0.29 $  0.24 $  0.26
  General and administrative expenses       $  0.39 $  0.41 $  0.40 $  0.35
  Depletion, depreciation and accretion     $  1.24 $  1.07 $  1.24 $  1.04


                        QUICKSILVER RESOURCES INC.
                  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
              In thousands, except for share data - Unaudited



                                              September 30,  December 31,
                                                  2006           2005
                                              -------------  -------------
                  ASSETS
Current assets
  Cash and cash equivalents                   $       3,363  $      14,318
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance for
   doubtful accounts                                 68,373         76,121
  Current derivative assets                          49,472            603
  Current deferred income taxes                           -         14,614
  Other current assets                               20,861          7,928
                                              -------------  -------------
         Total current assets                       142,069        113,584

Investments in and advances to equity
 affiliates                                           8,657          8,353

Properties, plant and equipment - net ("full
 cost")                                           1,500,705      1,112,002

Deferred derivative assets                           12,894              -

Other assets                                         20,782          9,155
                                              -------------  -------------
                                              $   1,685,107  $   1,243,094
                                              =============  =============


    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities
  Current portion of long-term debt           $         376  $      70,493
  Accounts payable                                   78,661         48,409
  Accrued liabilities                                58,106         52,656
  Accrued derivative obligations                        159         40,632
  Current deferred income taxes                      17,058              -
                                              -------------  -------------
         Total current liabilities                  154,360        212,190

Long-term debt                                      797,287        506,039

Derivative obligations                                    -          4,631

Asset retirement obligations                         21,811         20,891

Deferred income taxes                               151,990        115,728

Minority interest                                     4,617              -

Stockholders’ equity
  Preferred stock, $0.01 par value,
   10,000,000 shares authorized,
   0 and 1 share issued and outstanding                   -              -
  Common stock, $0.01 par value, 200,000,000
   and 100,000,000 shares authorized,
   respectively, and 80,113,675 and
   78,650,110 shares issued, respectively               801            787
  Paid in capital in excess of par value            235,084        211,843
  Treasury stock of 2,579,441 and 2,571,069
   shares, respectively                             (10,833)       (10,353)
  Accumulated other comprehensive income
   (loss)                                            62,266        (12,382)
  Retained earnings                                 267,724        193,720
                                              -------------  -------------
Total stockholders’ equity                          555,042        383,615
                                              -------------  -------------
                                              $   1,685,107  $   1,243,094
                                              =============  =============


                        QUICKSILVER RESOURCES INC.
                CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
            In thousands, except for per share data – Unaudited


                                For the Three Months  For the Nine Months
                                        Ended                 Ended
                                    September 30,         September 30,
                                --------------------  --------------------
                                  2006       2005       2006       2005
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Revenues
  Oil, gas and related product
   sales                        $  98,150  $  82,204  $ 285,375  $ 204,887
  Other revenue                     1,063      1,569      2,953      2,675
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
    Total revenues                 99,213     83,773    288,328    207,562
Expenses
  Oil and gas production costs     24,602     19,396     70,232     53,342
  Production and ad valorem
   taxes                            4,502      3,876     10,661      9,866
  Other operating costs               300        249      1,249      1,364
  Depletion, depreciation and
   accretion                       19,933     13,873     55,560     39,262
  Provision for doubtful
   accounts                             -          -          -         88
  General and administrative        6,245      5,381     17,936     13,112
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
    Total expenses                 55,582     42,775    155,638    117,034
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Income from equity affiliates         210        230        318        669
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Operating income                   43,841     41,228    133,008     91,197

Other income-net                     (167)      (253)    (1,015)      (457)
Interest expense                   11,040      5,589     30,808     15,022
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Income from continuing
 operations before income
 taxes and minority interest       32,968     35,892    103,215     76,632
Income tax expense                 10,046     11,199     29,139     24,000
Minority interest expense              61          -         72          -
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Income from continuing
 operations                     $  22,861  $  24,693  $  74,004  $  52,632
Gain from discontinued
 operations, net of income tax          -         62          -         62
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Net income                      $  22,861  $  24,755  $  74,004  $  52,694
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

Basic net income per common
 share
  Continuing operations         $    0.30  $    0.33  $    0.97  $    0.70
  Discontinued operations               -          -          -          -
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
                                $    0.30  $    0.33  $    0.97  $    0.70
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

Diluted net income per common
 share
  Continuing operations         $    0.28  $    0.31  $    0.91  $    0.66
  Discontinued operations               -          -          -          -
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
                                $    0.28  $    0.31  $    0.91  $    0.66
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

Weighted average common shares
 outstanding
  Basic                            77,007     75,781     76,593     75,674
  Diluted                          83,306     82,668     83,056     82,403



                        QUICKSILVER RESOURCES INC.
              CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                         In thousands-Unaudited


                                                           For the Nine
                                                           Months Ended
                                                          September 30,
                                                        ------------------
                                                          2006      2005
                                                        --------  --------
Operating activities:
  Net income                                            $ 74,004  $ 52,694
  Charges and credits to net income not affecting cash
    Depletion, depreciation and accretion                 55,560    39,262
    Deferred income taxes                                 29,095    23,620
    Non-cash compensation                                  4,775       932
    Amortization of deferred loan costs                    1,615     1,061
    Income from equity affiliates                           (318)     (669)
    Minority interest                                         72         -
    Non-cash gain from hedging activities                   (114)     (305)
    Other                                                    232        71
  Changes in assets and liabilities
    Accounts receivable                                    7,748   (32,834)
    Inventory, prepaid expenses and other                (17,921)   (2,498)
    Accounts payable                                      14,844     6,084
    Accrued liabilities and other                         18,114    (1,528)
                                                        --------  --------
Net cash provided by operating activities                187,706    85,890
                                                        --------  --------

Investing activities:
    Development and exploration costs and other
     property additions                                 (429,485) (226,376)
    Return of investment from equity affiliates              558       512
    Proceeds from sale of assets                           5,670     9,301
                                                        --------  --------
Net cash used for investing activities                  (423,257) (216,563)
                                                        --------  --------

Financing activities:
    Issuance of debt                                     483,148   143,094
    Repayments of debt                                  (271,808)     (245)
    Proceeds from exercise of stock options               18,480     1,721
    Minority interest contributions                        4,506         -
    Purchase of treasury stock                              (480)        -
    Payment for fractional shares                              -       (18)
    Debt issuance costs                                   (9,213)     (223)
                                                        --------  --------
Net cash provided by financing activities                224,633   144,329
                                                        --------  --------

Effect of exchange rate changes in cash                      (37)      139
                                                        --------  --------

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents     (10,955)   13,795

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period          14,318    15,947
                                                        --------  --------

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period              $  3,363  $ 29,742
                                                        ========  ========

Contact Information

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