Endeavour International Management Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript - TheStreet

Endeavour International (END)

Q2 2012 Earnings Call

August 02, 2012 10:00 am ET


K. Darcey Matthews - Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

William L. Transier - Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President

Carl D. Grenz - Executive Vice President of International

J. Michael Kirksey - Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President


Neal Dingmann - SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., Research Division

Michael Kelly - Global Hunter Securities, LLC, Research Division

Steven Karpel - Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division

Irene O. Haas - Wunderlich Securities Inc., Research Division



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Good day, and welcome to the Endeavor International Corporation Second Quarter 2012 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast. Today's call is being recorded. At this time, for opening remarks and introductions, I'd like to turn the conference over to Ms. Darcey Matthews, Director of Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

K. Darcey Matthews

Thank you, Cindy. Good morning -- good afternoon, everyone and thank you for joining us today for Endeavor's 2012 second quarter earnings conference call. On the phone today, we have Bill Transier, our Chief Executive Officer; Mike Kirksey, our Chief Financial Officer; and Carl Grenz, Executive Vice President for International Operations. Jim Emme, Executive Vice President for North America -- excuse me, North American Operations, is not available for this call.

Before we begin, let me remind everyone that our comments today reflect our current information and understanding. However, there a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from what we present here today. For the risk factors associated with our business, please read our full disclosures and our latest 10-K and 10-Q. The second quarter 10-Q is expected to be filed early next week.

Now for some opening comments, I'll turn the call over to Bill.

William L. Transier

Thank you, Darcey. Good morning to all of you, and happy to have you on with us for this quarter. As you can tell from our release this morning, it was a busy and very productive quarter for the company. Just in terms of things that we accomplished during the quarter, we completed the Alba portion of the acquisition from ConocoPhillips. We completed an equity offering to provide some cushion against any further delays in the completion of our capital plans for 2012 that seem to be on track for us.

We've completed 2 letter of credit facilities for decommissioning security in the U.K. North Sea in a revolving credit agreement. We also added a new member of our senior leadership, Ralph Midkiff our Senior VP and General Counsel. And then just in the days following the end of the quarter, we also -- as you saw in the announcement this morning, announced the second well in our Bacchus development program that we're extremely excited about. And then, we also took the rig to start our drilling at Rochelle.

Let me just comment on a few things here to begin with, and then we'll go to Mike and Carl to give you some more updates. First about the Alba transaction. No question that the completion of this purchase of this additional interest from ConocoPhillips was a major accomplishment for the company. At our call last quarter, you might remember I was fairly reserved about our ability to come to an agreement with the existing partners regarding how to handle the decommissioning security. It's important to note that we do not expect to incur any decommissioning costs for many years at Alba, based upon what we see in the reservoir and the activities that are planned going forward.

However, the best practice in the U.K. North Sea is for the partners in any asset to enter into a decommissioning security agreement. These disagreements, if you're not familiar with them, required the partners to provide decommissioning security. The amount, the type of security determined is through a complex formula, unique to every field and correlated to each company's credit quality.

In our case and in Alba, we issued a cash collateralized letter of credit from a major international bank, and we pay a fee to investors who cash collateralized that LC. This transaction is simple in concept, but it was very difficult in execution, as you know. It took us right to the last minute that get that deal done. But we were able, as a team to get the deal done. That was through a fair amount of perseverance, appropriate financial structuring for the company and the transaction that we were looking at, and, I think, most importantly, a strong belief that the Alba transaction was worth the effort that we had to go through to get it done.

We also believe that the nominal value of that letter of credit that we put in place will be significantly reduced next year as the U.K. Treasury implements the already announced certainty around decommissioning tax deductibility.

As to MacCulloch and Nicol, as you we might remember, the ConocoPhillips asset acquisition was in 2 phases. The first phase was to get the Alba transaction done, which we accomplished and I just talked about. The second phase was MacCulloch and Nicol. Once we got the Alba transaction done right at the end of May, we focused all of our attention on the second phase of the asset purchase from ConocoPhillips. The process involves for us to transfer operatorship from Conoco to Endeavor. It also requires us to come to an understanding with the other partners on the decommissioning security, should it be required, but not, in our opinion, a field-wide DSA as we executed on the Alba transaction.

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