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Unit Corporation (UNT)

Q2 2012 Earnings Call

July 31, 2012 11:00 am ET


Larry D. Pinkston – President and Chief Executive Officer

Brad Guidry – Senior Vice President, Exploration-Unit Petroleum Company

John Cromling – Senior Vice President, Drilling Operations

Robert Parks – Manager & President, Superior Pipeline Company

David T. Merrill – Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer


James Rollyson – Raymond James & Associates

Brian T. Velie – Capital One Southcoast

Phillip Jungwirth – BMO Capital Markets



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Welcome to the Unit Corporation Second Quarter 2012 Earnings Conference Call. My name is John and I will be your operator for today’s call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only-mode. Later, we will conduct a question-and-answer session. Please note that this conference is being recorded.

This conference call contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this call that address activities, events, or developments that the company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements.

A number of risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from these statements, including the potential that the acquisition discussed in this conference call may not close, the impact of current decline in wells being drilled will have on product on production and drilling rig utilization, the productive capabilities of the company's wells, future demand for oil and natural gas, future drilling rig utilization and day rates; projected growth of the company's oil and natural gas production; oil and gas reserve information, as well as the ability to meet future reserve replacement goals; anticipated gas gathering and processing rates, and throughput volumes; the prospective capabilities of the reserves associated with the company's inventory of future drilling sites; anticipated oil and natural gas prices; the number of wells to be drilled by the company's exploration segment; development, operational, implementation and opportunity risks; possible delays caused by limited availability of third-party services needed in the course of its operations; possibility of future growth opportunities and other factors described from time to time in the company's publicly available SEC reports. The company assumes no obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

I will now turn the call over to Mr. Larry Pinkston, President and CEO. Mr. Pinkston, you may begin.

Larry D. Pinkston

Thank you, John. Good morning, everyone. I want to thank you for joining us this morning. With me today are David Merrill, Brad Guidry, John Cromling, and Bob Parks. Each of these gentlemen will be providing you with updates concerning their segments. We will take questions after their comments.

We released second quarter results this morning. We reported a net loss of $19.3 million, as a result of a $115 million pre-tax full cost flow ceiling right down on our oil and gas property book values. The write down does not impact cash flow; the write down was recorded as a result of the decline in natural and natural gas liquid prices. Excluding the write down, second quarter net income would have been $52.8 million or $1.10 per share, basically flat with the first quarter of 2012.

The substantial growth in oil, natural gas and natural gas liquid prices had a significant impact in all three of our segments during the second quarter. The unhedged commodity prices we received in the second quarter, which should be somewhat indicative for the industry, were down 11% for oil, 22% for natural gas, and 17% for natural gas liquids in the second quarter as compared to the first quarter.

Our hedges for oil and gas segment, somewhat mitigated to full reduction to our oil and gas revenue base, however, we did not have a 100% of our production hedge. The lower commodity prices started to have more impact to our drilling division in the second quarter with less demand for our drilling rigs, including three rigs that were operating under long-term contracts that were canceled. The contracts had cancellation penalties which we are trying to have acknowledged. In our Midstream segment had we received the same commodity pricing in the second quarter that we realized in the first quarter, our margins would have been about $7 million higher. As commodity prices rebound, the impact should reverse for all three of our segments. We released very exciting news from our oil and gas – from our oil and natural gas division over the last couple of weeks.

Our pending acquisition with the Noble properties will have very significant results for us over the next several years. It is an acquisition that we will realize significant benefits to all three segments of Unit. It provides 600 plus drilling locations that our EMP division will be able to develop for many years. For Midstream division, it will provide immediately one gas gathering operation and at the end of 2014, it will provide an opportunity to gather and process the Granite Wash production for the properties. As we ramp-up the development drilling in 2013, we will be using 7 plus drilling rigs from our contract drilling division.

We will fund the acquisition through a combination of terms received from our $400 million bond offering, and we closed approximately two weeks ago bank debt and property divestitures. We are optimistic at the possibility of selling $200 million to $300 million of oil and gas properties that do not fit with our long-term growth plans. As you can tell, we are very excited about the benefits from this acquisition and look forward to the closing of the acquisition in mid-September.

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