SOURCE: Quicksilver Resources Inc.

May 02, 2006 18:32 ET

Quicksilver Resources Reports First Quarter 2006 Financial Results

Net Income Increases 156% Over the Prior-Year Period

FORT WORTH, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 2, 2006 -- Quicksilver Resources Inc. (NYSE: KWK) today reported net income for first quarter of 2006 of $27.5 million on revenues of $99.7 million, or $0.34 per diluted share. Net income increased 156 percent in comparison to the company's first quarter of 2005 net income of $10.8 million on revenues of $55.2 million, or $0.14 per diluted share. Net cash from operating activities for the first quarter of 2006 was $63.3 million, which represents a 186 percent increase in comparison to $22.2 million for the first quarter of 2005.

Production

Total average production rose to 154 million cubic feet equivalent per day (MMcfe/d), a 15 percent increase over the prior-year period of 134 MMcfe/d. Quicksilver Resources has now recorded 12 consecutive quarters of production growth.

President and CEO, Glenn Darden, commented, "The growth of Quicksilver's production over the last three years has come entirely from the extensive inventory of projects our team has developed. This growth rate should accelerate as we increase the number of drilling rigs in our Barnett play and should be reflected in all our financial measures."

Natural gas production for the first quarter of 2006 was 12.5 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or an average of 139 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d), as compared to production of 11.1 Bcf, or an average of 123 MMcf/d, for the same period in 2005. The price realized for the company's natural gas production in the first quarter of 2006, after adjusting for the effects of hedging, averaged $6.95 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf). This represents an increase of 61 percent over the prior-year period amount of $4.32. Natural gas, including natural gas liquids (NGL), comprised 94 percent of the company's total production in the first quarter of 2006.

Oil and condensate production for the first quarter of 2006 was 143,000 barrels, or 1,590 barrels per day, as compared to 128,000 barrels of production in the first quarter of 2005. Oil and condensate prices realized for the first quarter of 2006 averaged $58.64 per barrel compared to $46.05 per barrel for the prior year first quarter.

Natural gas liquids production for the first quarter of 2006 was 85,000 barrels compared to 32,000 barrels in the first quarter of 2005, which is an increase of 164 percent over the prior-year first quarter. The company realized an average $39.91 per barrel for natural gas liquids in the first quarter of 2006, compared to the average of $32.93 per barrel realized in the first quarter of 2005.

Operations Update

In the Barnett Shale project in the Fort Worth Basin, current net production is approximately 35 MMcfe/d with 48 wells completed and tied into sales. The company has drilled a total of 71 gross operated wells since inception of the project in 2004 and has drilled 26 gross operated wells for the current year 2006. The company currently has six rigs drilling in the Barnett Shale play, and four more rigs have been contracted to begin drilling before the fourth quarter. The company's natural gas cryogenic plant is currently processing gas, and the company expects to see an increase in its natural gas liquids production in the second quarter of 2006. The plant processes Quicksilver's Barnett gas volumes along with royalty and third-party gas on a fee basis.

In Alberta, Canada, the company has drilled 120 gross (64 net) wells year to date and has tied 98 gross wells (54 net) into sales. Current production is approximately 50 MMcf/d. Spring break-up has halted the movement of heavy equipment in the field, suspending drilling, completions and the installation of pipelines. The company expects to resume drilling in Canada with four rigs once break-up ends, which is anticipated to occur in late May with a target of 270 net wells for the year.

In Michigan, the Antrim shale horizontal re-entry program is continuing to post good results. Production increases from the first 16 wells average 120 Mcf per day per well. An additional 16 wells are planned for the remainder of the year.

Earnings per Share Calculation

The diluted net income per common share is calculated assuming conversion of the entire $150 million principal amount of our outstanding convertible debentures. For purposes of this calculation, net income is increased by $731,000 of interest expense less an income tax benefit of $256,000 and then divided by the diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

Conference Call

The company's conference call to discuss operational and financial results for the first quarter 2006 is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. central time.

Quicksilver invites interested persons to participate in the first quarter call by dialing (877) 313-7932, ID number 4075885 prior to 9:55 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 4075885. 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 acquisition of long-lived natural gas and crude oil properties. The company, widely recognized as a leader in the development and production of unconventional natural gas reserves, including coal bed methane, shale gas, and tight sands gas, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (KWK). It has offices in Fort Worth, Texas; Granbury, Texas; Gaylord, Michigan; Corydon, Indiana; Cut Bank, Montana; and Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 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

                                                For the Three Months
                                                   Ended March 31,
                                                 -------------------
                                                   2006       2005
                                                 --------   --------
Production:
   Natural gas (MMcf)                              12,512     11,070
   Oil and Condensate (MBbls)                         143        128
   NGL (MBbls)                                         85         32
      Total (MMcfe)                                13,878     12,033

   United States (MMcfe)                            9,553      8,516
   Canada (MMcfe)                                   4,325      3,517
                                                 --------   --------
      Total (MMcfe)                                13,878     12,033

Average Daily Production:
   Natural gas (Mcf)                              139,025    122,996
   Oil and Condensate (Bbl)                         1,590      1,427
   NGL (Bbl)                                          939        356
   Total (Mcfe)                                   154,202    133,697

Average Sales Price Per Unit (excluding effects
 of hedging):
   Natural gas (per Mcf)                         $   7.13   $   5.17
   Oil and Condensate (per Bbl)                  $  59.08   $  47.38
   NGL (per Bbl)                                 $  39.91   $  32.93
   Total (per Mcfe)                              $   7.28   $   5.35

Average Sales Price Per Unit (including effects
 of hedging):
   Natural gas (per Mcf)                         $   6.95   $   4.32
   Oil and Condensate (per Bbl)                  $  58.64   $  46.05
   NGL (per Bbl)                                 $  39.91   $  32.93
   Total (per Mcfe)                              $   7.11   $   4.56

Expense per Mcfe:
   United States oil and gas operations cost     $   1.70   $   1.59
   Canada oil and gas operations cost                1.20       0.99
                                                 --------   --------
      Total oil and gas operations cost          $   1.54   $   1.41

   Production and ad valorem taxes               $   0.30   $   0.22
   General and administrative expenses           $   0.45   $   0.26
   Depletion, depreciation and accretion         $   1.27   $   1.03



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

                                                  March 31,  December 31,
                                                    2006         2005
                                                 ----------   ----------
                      ASSETS
Current assets
   Cash and cash equivalents                     $  125,757   $   14,318
   Accounts receivable                               67,653       76,121
   Current deferred income taxes                      1,392       14,614
   Other current assets                              17,820        8,531
                                                 ----------   ----------
      Total current assets                          212,622      113,584

Investments in and advances to equity affiliates      8,506        8,353

Properties, plant and equipment - net
 ("full cost")                                    1,228,226    1,112,002

Other assets                                         21,201        9,155
                                                 ----------   ----------
                                                 $1,470,555   $1,243,094
                                                 ==========   ==========


       LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities
   Current portion of long-term debt             $      376   $   70,493
   Accounts payable                                  50,636       48,409
   Accrued derivative obligations                     6,856       40,632
   Accrued liabilities                               50,331       52,656
                                                 ----------   ----------
      Total current liabilities                     108,199      212,190
Long-term debt                                      769,798      506,039

Deferred derivative obligations                       1,379        4,631

Deferred asset retirement obligations                22,154       20,891

Deferred income taxes                               130,258      115,728

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, 100,000,000
    shares authorized, 79,102,438 and 78,650,110
    shares issued, respectively                         791          787
   Paid in capital in excess of par value           214,515      211,843
   Treasury stock of 2,571,721 and  2,571,069
    shares, respectively                            (10,382)     (10,353)
   Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     12,588      (12,382)
   Retained earnings                                221,255      193,720
                                                 ----------   ----------
Total stockholders' equity                          438,767      383,615
                                                 ----------   ----------
                                                 $1,470,555   $1,243,094
                                                 ==========   ==========



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

                                                For the Three Months
                                                   Ended March 31,
                                                 -------------------
                                                   2006       2005(1)
                                                 --------   --------
Revenues
   Oil, gas and related product sales            $ 98,689   $ 54,840
   Other revenue                                      961        409
                                                 --------   --------
      Total revenues                               99,650     55,249
Expenses
   Oil and gas operations                          21,410     16,975
   Production and ad valorem taxes                  4,173      2,679
   Other operating costs                              403        391
   Depletion, depreciation and accretion           17,673     12,372
   General and administrative                       6,254      3,113
                                                 --------   --------
      Total expenses                               49,913     35,530
                                                 --------   --------

Income from equity affiliates                         188        224
                                                 --------   --------

Operating income                                   49,925     19,943

Other income - net                                   (350)       (86)
Interest expense                                    9,202      4,657
                                                 --------   --------

Income before income taxes                         41,073     15,372
Income tax expense                                 13,538      4,618
                                                 --------   --------

Net income                                       $ 27,535   $ 10,754
                                                 ========   ========

Basic income per common share                    $   0.36   $   0.14
Diluted income per common share                  $   0.34   $   0.14

Basic weighted average shares outstanding          76,039     75,519
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding        82,808     82,041

(1)  Share and per share amounts have been adjusted to reflect a
     three-for-two stock split effected in the form of a stock dividend in
     June 2005.  The split did not affect treasury shares.



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

                                                For the Three Months
                                                   Ended March 31,
                                                 -------------------
                                                   2006       2005
                                                 --------   --------
Operating activities:
   Net income                                    $ 27,535   $ 10,754
   Charges and credits to net income not
    affecting cash
      Depletion, depreciation and accretion        17,673     12,372
      Deferred income taxes                        13,400      4,482
      Non-cash compensation                         1,246         80
      Amortization of deferred loan costs             735        344
      Income from equity affiliates                  (188)      (224)
      Non-cash (gain) loss from hedging activities     18       (212)
      Other non-cash items                             62        (13)
   Changes in assets and liabilities
      Accounts receivable                           8,468     (3,256)
      Current and other assets                    (11,278)    (1,434)
      Accounts payable                              3,262        391
      Accrued and other liabilities                 2,406     (1,102)
                                                 --------   --------
Net cash provided by operating activities          63,339     22,182
                                                 --------   --------

Investing activities:
   Purchases of property, plant and equipment    (139,955)   (60,322)
   Return of investment in equity affiliates          250          -
   Proceeds from sale of properties & equipment       341      1,107
                                                 --------   --------
   Net cash used for investing activities        (139,364)   (59,215)
                                                 --------   --------

Financing activities:
   Issuance of debt                               392,182     27,761
   Repayments of debt                            (198,082)       (78)
   Proceeds from exercise of stock options          1,430          -
   Purchase of treasury stock                         (29)       (18)
   Debt issuance costs                             (8,283)     1,132
                                                 --------   --------
Net cash provided by financing activities         187,218     28,797
                                                 --------   --------

Effect of exchange rates on cash                      246       (352)
                                                 --------   --------

Net increase (decrease) in cash and equivalents   111,439     (8,588)

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

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period       $125,757   $  7,359
                                                 ========   ========

Contact Information

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    Diane Weaver
    (817) 665-4834

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