SOURCE: Quicksilver Resources Inc.

Quicksilver Resources Inc.

November 09, 2009 07:30 ET

Quicksilver Resources Reports Third-Quarter 2009 Results

FORT WORTH, TX--(Marketwire - November 9, 2009) -  Quicksilver Resources Inc. (NYSE: KWK) today reported operating and financial results for the 2009 third quarter. 

Third-Quarter 2009 Highlights

  • Produced volumes of approximately 311 MMcfe per day; up 12% year-over-year
  • Reduced oil and gas production expense to $1.02 per Mcfe; down 22% year-over-year
  • Increased Fort Worth Basin daily production volumes 14% year-over-year
  • Increased Canadian daily production volumes 9% year-over-year
  • Drilled 32 horizontal wells in the Fort Worth Basin
  • Completed successful test of first Horn River Basin well

"For the nine months ended September 30, Quicksilver generated record cash flow through operating activities, reduced unit production costs nearly 30%, and is on pace for a record production year," said Glenn Darden, Quicksilver president and chief executive officer. "All of this has been accomplished while limiting capital expenditures below cash inflows."

Financial Results

Third-quarter 2009 adjusted net income, a non-GAAP measure, was $42.7 million ($.25 per diluted share) compared to adjusted net income of $69.8 million ($.40 per diluted share) in the 2008 period. Adjusted net income excludes the following items:

  • net charges of $49.9 million ($32.5 million after tax) in the 2009 quarter associated with the company's ownership in BreitBurn Energy Partners that included gains related to the early settlement of hedges and interest rate swaps, and a charge for the unrealized mark-to-market loss on oil and gas derivative positions;
  • an income tax expense of $9.6 million in the 2009 quarter associated with the tax rate change to prior quarters;
  • a charge of $103.5 million ($67.3 million after tax) in the 2008 quarter related to the unrealized mark-to-market loss of derivative positions held by BreitBurn Energy Partners, associated with the company's ownership in BreitBurn Energy Partners; and
  • a charge of $9.6 million ($6.2 million after tax) in the 2008 quarter related to the company's settlement of litigation.

Including the items noted above, Quicksilver reported net income of $0.7 million in the 2009 third quarter as compared to a net loss of $3.8 million (a loss of $.02 per diluted share) in the prior-year period. 

Production

For the third quarter of 2009, average daily production was approximately 311 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent (MMcfe) per day compared to approximately 277 MMcfe per day for the same period in 2008, an increase of approximately 12%. Total production for the third quarter of 2009 was approximately 28.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent (Bcfe) compared to approximately 25.5 Bcfe for the third quarter of 2008. The 2009 production volumes were comprised of approximately 71% natural gas, approximately 27% natural gas liquids (NGLs) and approximately 2% crude oil and condensate. Increased activities at the company's Lake Arlington and Alliance projects in the northern portion of its Fort Worth Basin acreage resulted in increased production of dry gas as a percent of total production in the 2009 quarter as compared to the 2008 quarter.

Revenues and Costs

Sales of natural gas, NGLs and crude oil totaled $198.3 million in the third quarter of 2009, down approximately $20.0 million from the prior-year quarter. Sales from increased production volumes attributable to the company's properties in the Fort Worth Basin in Texas and Horseshoe Canyon area in Alberta, Canada were more than offset by lower average realized prices for all commodities, which resulted in an approximate 19% decrease in the average realized price per thousand cubic feet of natural gas equivalent (Mcfe) after hedge consideration. 

Total production expense was $29.1 million for the 2009 third quarter, down $4.0 million from the prior-year quarter even though total production increased more than 12%. Unit production expense, including production, gathering and processing and transportation expense, decreased to $1.02 per Mcfe during the third quarter of 2009, a 22% reduction from $1.30 per Mcfe reported in the prior-year period. Quicksilver's ongoing efforts to reduce and control costs enabled the company to remain one of the lowest-cost operators in North America.

Income from Earnings of Unconsolidated Affiliate

Quicksilver reported a $43.7 million loss attributable to the company's approximate 40% interest in BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P.'s (BBEP) second-quarter 2009 results, including income of $10.1 million from the early settlement of derivative positions and $0.1 million on interest rate derivatives and a loss of $60.2 million on the unrealized mark-to-market of commodity derivative positions. On April 17, 2009, BBEP announced that it was suspending its distributions and, therefore, Quicksilver did not receive any cash distributions from this partnership during the third quarter of 2009. 

Interest Expense and Debt

Third-quarter 2009 interest expense increased to $41.6 million, compared with the 2008 quarter, primarily due to a higher weighted-average interest rate and slightly higher average debt balances. During the 2009 third quarter, the company issued $300 million of senior notes due 2019 and used the proceeds to repay a portion of its senior credit facility. In October, Quicksilver's bank group affirmed the borrowing base under the company's senior secured credit facility at $1 billion. The company currently has approximately $514 million drawn on this facility.

Third-Quarter 2009 Operations

During the third quarter of 2009, Quicksilver drilled 32 (23.7 net) operated wells and connected 11 (9.35 net) operated wells to sales in the Fort Worth Basin. The company currently has five rigs working in the basin, including three rigs dedicated to the Lake Arlington and Alliance areas in Tarrant and Denton counties.

In Canada, the company drilled four (2.9 net) operated wells during the third quarter of 2009 in the Horseshoe Canyon area and expects to drill three (1.8 net) operated wells for the remainder of this year. The company now expects to participate in a total of 145 (42.2 net) wells in this area for the full year of 2009. 

During the third quarter of 2009, the company incurred costs of approximately $139 million, including approximately $79 million for drilling and completion activities, $44 million for midstream activities, approximately $12 million for leasehold and approximately $4 million for other corporate items. The company expects to incur an additional $75 million of capitalized costs during the 2009 fourth quarter. 

Fourth-Quarter 2009 Outlook

Fourth-quarter 2009 production volumes are expected to average in the range of 330 MMcfe to 340 MMcfe per day. Average unit expenses, on a Mcfe basis, are expected as follows:

 • Production $.55 - $.60
 • Gathering and processing .15 - .18
 • Transportation .30 - .35
 • Production taxes .20 - .25
 • General and administrative .55 - .60
 • Depletion, depreciation & accretion 1.55 - 1.60

The company has derivatives covering 190 million Btu (MMBtu) per day of natural gas that have a weighted-average floor price of $8.75 per MMBtu for the fourth quarter of 2009. Details of all of the company's outstanding commodity derivatives are available on the company's website at http://www.qrinc.com/investor_relations/sec_financial_info/financials/Outstanding-web.pdf.

Conference Call

The company will host a conference call to discuss third-quarter 2009 operating and financial results and its outlook for the future at 11:00 a.m. eastern time today.

Quicksilver invites interested parties to participate in the call via the company's website at http://www.qrinc.com or by calling 1-877-313-7932, using the conference ID number 80367983 prior to 10:55 a.m. eastern time. A digital replay of the conference call will be available at 3:00 p.m. eastern time today, and will remain available for 30 days. The replay can be accessed at 1-800-642-1687 and enter the conference ID number 80367983. The replay will also be archived for 30 days on the company's website.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measure

This press release and the accompanying schedule include the non-generally accepted accounting principles ("non-GAAP") financial measure of adjusted net income. The accompanying schedule provides reconciliations of this non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). Our non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered as an alternative to GAAP measures such as net income or operating income or any other GAAP measure of liquidity or financial performance. The company uses cash flow through operating activities and net cash provided by operating activities interchangeably.

Upcoming Corporate Presentations

The company also announced that members of its senior management team expect to present at several upcoming energy conferences, including:

  • Canaccord Adams Global Energy Conference on December 1, 2009;
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch Credit Conference on December 2, 2009; and
  • Capital One Southcoast Energy Conference on December 8, 2009

A link to the live webcast presentations will be available at www.qrinc.com, where a replay will also be available soon after the presentations.

About Quicksilver Resources

Fort Worth, Texas-based Quicksilver Resources is a natural gas and crude oil exploration and production company engaged in the development and acquisition of long-lived, unconventional natural gas reserves, including coalbed methane, shale gas, and tight sands gas in North America. The company has U.S. offices in Fort Worth, Texas; Glen Rose, Texas and Cut Bank, Montana. Quicksilver's Canadian subsidiary, Quicksilver Resources Canada Inc., is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. For more information about Quicksilver Resources, visit www.qrinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
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, natural gas liquids and crude oil prices; failure or delays in achieving expected production from exploration and development projects; uncertainties inherent in estimates of natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil reserves and predicting natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil reservoir performance; effects of hedging natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil prices; fluctuations in the value of certain of our assets and liabilities; competitive conditions in our industry; actions taken or non-performance by third parties, including suppliers, contractors, operators, processors, transporters, customers and counterparties; changes in the availability and cost of capital; delays in obtaining oilfield equipment and increases in drilling and other service costs; 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. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances except to the extent required by applicable law.

 

QUICKSILVER RESOURCES INC.  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS)  
In thousands, except for per share data - Unaudited  
   
  For the Three Months Ended     For the Nine Months Ended  
  September 30,     September 30,  
  2009     2008     2009     2008  
Revenue                              
  Natural gas, NGL and crude oil $ 198,287     $ 218,214     $ 581,156     $ 574,717  
  Sales of purchased natural gas   5,964       -      11,181       -  
  Other   2,406       18,048       6,293       17,063  
    Total revenue   206,657       236,262       598,630       591,780  
                               
Operating expenses                              
  Oil and gas production expense   29,064       33,068       92,938       98,443  
  Production and ad valorem taxes   6,630       4,944       18,437       10,684  
  Costs of purchased natural gas   2,964       -       11,546       -  
  Other operating costs   2,066      878       5,337       2,679  
  Depletion, depreciation and accretion   44,548       51,777       155,210       125,756  
  General and administrative   17,682       25,605       59,452       56,402  
    Total expenses   102,954       116,272       342,920       293,964  
Impairment related to oil and gas properties   -       -       (967,126 )     -  
Operating income (loss)   103,703       119,990       (711,416 )     297,816  
Loss from earnings of BBEP - net   (43,685 )     (89,814 )     (24,669 )     (93,864 )
Other expense - net   (645 )     (2,113 )     (739 )     (1,055 )
Interest expense  (41,619 )     (35,988 )     (149,901 )     (65,521 )
Income (loss) before income taxes   17,754       (7,925 )     (886,725 )     137,376  
Income tax (expense) benefit   (15,595 )     5,295       301,125       (46,041 )
Net income (loss)   2,159       (2,630 )     (585,600 )     91,335  
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (1,429 )     (1,125 )     (4,411 )     (2,621 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Quicksilver $ 730     $ (3,755 )   $ (590,011 )   $ 88,714  
                               
                              
Earnings (loss) per common share - basic $ -     $ (0.02 )   $ (3.49 )   $ 0.55  
                               
Earnings (loss) per common share - diluted $ -     $ (0.02 )   $ (3.49 )   $ 0.55  
                               
Basic weighted average shares outstanding   169,021       164,439       168,917       160,293  
                               
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   170,657       164,439       168,917       171,099  
   
   
QUICKSILVER RESOURCES INC.  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
In thousands, except share data - Unaudited  
              
      September 30,     December 31,  
      2009     2008  
ASSETS              
Current assets              
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,568     $ 2,848  
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts   75,225       143,315  
  Derivative assets at fair value   147,815       171,740  
  Other current assets   57,066       75,433  
    Total current assets   281,674       393,336  
Investment in BBEP   114,733       150,503  
Property, plant and equipment              
  Oil and gas properties, full cost method (including unevaluated costs of $497,301 and $543,533, respectively)   2,261,930       3,142,608  
  Other property and equipment   731,870       655,107  
Property, plant and equipment, net   2,993,800       3,797,715  
Derivative assets at fair value   34,170      116,006  
Deferred income taxes   143,450       -  
Other assets   47,728       40,648  
      $ 3,615,555     $ 4,498,208  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY              
Current liabilities              
  Current portion of long-term debt $ -     $ 6,579  
  Accounts payable   143,989       282,636  
  Income taxes payable   5,583       40  
  Accrued liabilities   152,205       66,923  
  Derivative liabilities at fair value   871       9,928  
  Deferred income taxes   63,394       52,393  
    Total current liabilities   366,042       418,499  
Long-term debt   2,531,632       2,586,046  
Asset retirement obligations   44,902       34,753  
Other liabilities   30,049      12,962  
Deferred income taxes   36,542       234,385  
Stockholders' equity              
  Preferred stock, par value $0.01, 10,000,000 shares authorized, none outstanding   -       -  
  Common stock, $0.01 par value, 400,000,000 shares authorized;          
    173,997,988 and 171,742,699 shares issued, respectively   1,740       1,717  
  Paid in capital in excess of par value   672,475       656,958  
  Treasury stock of 4,700,355 and 4,572,795 shares, respectively   (36,309 )     (35,441 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive income   156,973       185,104  
  Retained earnings (deficit)   (213,523 )     376,488  
    Quicksilver stockholders' equity   581,356       1,184,826  
Noncontrolling interests   25,032       26,737  
  Total equity   606,388       1,211,563  
      $ 3,615,555     $ 4,498,208  
   
   
  
QUICKSILVER RESOURCES INC.  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
In thousands - Unaudited  
                 
        For the Nine Months Ended  
        September 30,  
        2009     2008  
Operating activities:              
  Net income (loss) $ (585,600 )   $ 91,335  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:              
    Impairment related to oil and gas properties   967,126       -  
    Depletion, depreciation and accretion   155,210       125,756  
    Deferred income tax expense (benefit)   (313,556 )     43,322  
    Loss from BBEP in excess of cash distributions, net of impairment   35,770       93,864  
    Non-cash interest expense   40,553       8,085  
    Stock-based compensation   16,007       11,810  
    Non-cash (gain) loss from hedging and derivative activities   2,845      (2,065 )
    Other   684       1,288  
  Changes in assets and liabilities:              
    Accounts receivable   67,555       (16,532 )
    Derivative assets at fair value   54,896       -  
    Other assets   4,490       (4,819 )
    Accounts payable   (34,543 )     (9,619 )
    Income taxes payable   5,542       (46,414 )
    Accrued and other liabilities   33,614       (21,891 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   450,593       274,120  
                     
Investing activities:              
  Purchases of property, plant and equipment   (561,120 )     (985,124 )
  Alliance Acquisition   -       (990,649 )
  Proceeds from sales of property, plant and equipment   221,038       818 
  Return of investment from BBEP   -       31,435  
Net cash used for investing activities   (340,082 )     (1,943,520 )
                     
Financing activities:              
  Issuance of debt   1,377,525       2,472,119  
  Repayment of debt   (1,507,137 )     (781,988 )
  Debt issuance costs   (30,995 )     (24,545 )
  Gas Purchase Commitment, net   54,488       -  
  Noncontrolling interest distributions   (7,344 )     (6,343 )
  Other     (107 )     (1,995 )
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities   (113,570 )     1,657,248  
                     
Effect of exchange rate changes in cash   1,779       (2,609 )
                    
Net decrease in cash   (1,280 )     (14,761 )
                     
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   2,848       28,226  
                     
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 1,568     $ 13,465  
   
   
QUICKSILVER RESOURCES INC.
Production, on a million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent (MMcfe) per day basis, by operating area
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2009 2008 Change 2009 2008 Change
Texas 240.2 211.2 14 % 255.3 175.6 45 %
Other U.S. 3.2 3.3 -3 % 3.2 3.4 -6 %
243.4 214.5 13 % 258.5 179.0 44 %
Canada 67.8 62.5 9 % 66.1 62.5 6 %
Total 311.2 277.0 12 % 324.6 241.5 34 %
 
 
 
QUICKSILVER RESOURCES INC.
Unaudited Selected Operating Results
                 
                 
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    September 30,   September 30,
    2009   2008   2009   2008
Average Daily Production:            
Natural Gas (Mcfd)    221,168     199,820     232,728     167,393
NGL (Bbld)     14,024     11,534     14,074     11,018
Oil (Bbld)     981     1,334     1,236     1,326
  Total (Mcfed)     311,196     277,031     324,590     241,458
                         
Average Realized Prices:                        
Natural Gas (per Mcf)   $ 7.69   $ 8.20   $ 7.41   $ 8.40
NGL (per Bbl)   $ 28.15   $ 53.82   $ 24.57   $ 52.69
Oil (per Bbl)   $ 60.55   $ 84.80   $ 47.44   $ 83.70
  Total (Mcfe)   $ 6.93   $ 8.56   $ 6.56   $ 8.69
                        
Expense per Mcfe:                        
Oil and gas production expense:                        
  Cash expense   $ 0.99   $ 1.26   $ 1.02   $ 1.45
  Stock-based compensation     0.03     0.04     0.03     0.04
Total oil and gas production expense:   $ 1.02   $ 1.30   $ 1.05   $ 1.49
                         
Production and ad valorem taxes   $ 0.23   $ 0.19   $ 0.21   $ 0.16
Depletion, depreciation and accretion   $ 1.56   $ 2.03   $ 1.75   $ 1.90
General and administrative expense:                        
  Cash expense   $ 0.46   $ 0.49   $ 0.45   $ 0.55
  Litigation settlement    0.03     0.38     0.07     0.15
  Equity compensation     0.13     0.13     0.15     0.15
Total general and administrative expense   $ 0.62   $ 1.00   $ 0.67   $ 0.85
   
   
   
QUICKSILVER RESOURCES INC.  
RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME (LOSS) TO ADJUSTED NET INCOME  
In thousands, except per share data - Unaudited  
           
  For the Three Months Ended September 30,     For the Nine Months Ended September 30,  
  2009     2008     2009     2008  
                               
Net income (loss) $ 730     $ (3,755 )   $ (590,011 )   $ 88,714  
                              
Adjustments                            
  Impairment of E&P Properties   -       -       967,126       -  
  Impairment of investment in BBEP   -       -       102,084       -  
  Equity portion of BBEP impairment of E&P properties   -       -       35,044       -  
  Equity portion of early settlement of hedges from BBEP   (10,094 )     -       (28,602 )     -  
  Equity portion of interest rate derivative loss from BBEP   (136 )     -       6,841       -  
  Equity portion of commodity derivative loss (income) from BBEP   60,160       103,520       (78,663 )     126,360  
  Debt termination-related expenses (interest expense)   -       -       27,122       -  
  Legal settlement (G&A)   -       9,633       5,000       9,633  
  Total adjustments before income tax expense   49,930       113,153       1,035,952       135,993  
  Income tax expense for above adjustments   (17,475 )     (39,604 )     (344,896 )     (47,598 )
Adjustments for above adjustments after taxes   32,455       73,549       691,056       88,395  
  Current quarter effect of tax rate change to prior quarters   9,553       -       -       -  
Total adjustments after tax   42,008       73,549       691,056       88,395  
                               
Adjusted net income $ 42,738     $ 69,794    $ 101,045     $ 177,109  
                               
Adjusted net income per common share - Diluted $ 0.25     $ 0.40     $ 0.58     $ 1.04  
                               
Diluted weighed average common shares outstanding   180,474       175,770       179,972       171,099  

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