Consistent with growth and increased drilling activity, EQT Production 2012 operating expenses rose to $605.9 million, a $201.7 million increase over last year. DD&A was $152.5 million higher; SG&A was $28.5 million higher; production taxes were $9.4 million higher, and included $6.7 million in retroactive Pennsylvania impact fees; and lease operating expense (LOE) was $5.8 million higher than 2011. Per unit LOE was 10% lower year-over-year at $0.18 per Mcfe, due to production sales volumes growing significantly faster than operating costs. LOE including production taxes totaled $0.34 per Mcfe, excluding the $6.7 million retroactive portion of the Pennsylvania impact fee.Production sales volumes totaled 76.2 Bcfe in the fourth quarter 2012, 44% higher than the fourth quarter 2011, and 12% higher sequentially. Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $72.6 million, compared to $106.1 million in the same period last year. Production operating revenues for the quarter were $244.4 million, 14% higher than last year due to the increase in sales volumes; however, partially offset by a 20% lower average wellhead sales price to EQT Production. Operating expenses for the quarter were $171.8 million in 2012, $63.9 million higher than the fourth quarter 2011, consistent with the increase in Marcellus drilling activity. Exploration expense totaled $5.5 million and included $4.4 million of lease impairment charges during the quarter.
EQT Reports 2012 Full-Year Earnings
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