Crosstex Energy (XTXI)

Q3 2011 Earnings Call

November 04, 2011 11:00 am ET


Jill McMillan - Director of Public and Industry Affairs

William W. Davis - Chief Operating Officer of Crosstex Energy Gp Llc - General Partner of Crosstex Energy Gp, L.P.- General Partner and Executive Vice President of Crosstex Energy Gp Llc - General Partner of Crosstex Energy Gp, L.P.- General Partner

Barry E. Davis - Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Executive Officer of Crosstex Energy GP LLC, President of Crosstex Energy GP LLC and Director of Crosstex Energy GP LLC


Barrett Blaschke - RBC Capital Markets

Sharon Lui - Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Research Division

John D. Edwards - Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc., Research Division

Gabriel P. Moreen - BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division

Darren Horowitz - Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Research Division



Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Third Quarter 2011 Crosstex Energy LP Earnings Conference Call. My name is Keanna, and I will be your coordinator today. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, today's call is being recorded. I would now like to turn the call over to your hostess for today, Ms. Jill McMillan of Crosstex Energy. Please proceed.

Jill McMillan

Thank you, Keanna, and good morning everyone. Thank you for joining us today to discuss Crosstex third quarter 2011 results. On the call today are Barry Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer; Bill Davis, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; and Mike Garberding, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Our third quarter 2011 earnings release was issued early this morning. For those of you who didn't receive a copy, it is available on our website at If you want to listen to a recording of today's call, you have 90 days to access the replay by phone or webcast on our website.

I will remind you that any statements that might include our expectation or predictions should be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of assumptions and uncertainties that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these statements. And we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. We encourage you to review the cautionary statements and other disclosures made in our SEC filings, specifically those under the heading Risk Factors.

I will now turn the call over to Barry Davis.

Barry E. Davis

Thank you, Jill. Good morning, everyone, and thank you all for joining us on the call today to discuss our third quarter 2011 results. I want to begin by outlining the areas we will focus on during today's call. First, we will provide an overview of our third quarter results and expectations for the remainder of the year. Next, we will give you an update on our growth projects, and finally, we will discuss how we think about our distributions and dividends and provide some thoughts around growth.

Moving to our third quarter results. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $50.1 million, and distributable cash flow was $25.8 million. This compares with adjusted EBITDA of $47.8 million and distributable cash flow of $22.6 million for the third quarter of 2010. So we had solid year-over-year growth. At this time, we anticipate fourth quarter EBITDA and DCF to be about flat with the third quarter. Our core assets continue to provide us with a strong cash flow platform, and our growth projects come online beginning in 2012.

We maintain the quarterly distribution at $0.31 per unit and the dividend at $0.10 per share. We expect these rates will remain flat through the fourth quarter of 2011 prior to the growth projects starting up in 2012. With the temporary operational challenges and a continued contribution from the commodity-based opportunities, we kept the distribution and dividend flat in the third quarter at $0.31 and $0.10 per share, respectively. This still represents a year-to-year date -- year-to-date increase in distributions of approximately 19% and dividends of approximately 25%.

Our distribution so far this year have put it us in a position to exceed the top end of our distribution and dividend guidance. It's important for you to take away that we remain committed to distribution growth while maintaining disciplined balance sheet management. Because of the importance of distributions and dividends, Mike will go into greater detail regarding our plans and the process we go through to set them. However, I want to emphasize that we set them at the level we believe is appropriate given the results of the quarter and forward projections and not in the motive of quarter-by-quarter increases, which are not justified by actual results.

Before I give an update on growth projects, I want to discuss the current industry environment. As you know, there has been significant activity in our industry sector this quarter. We think this indicates great optimism that the natural gas industry will continue to grow and highlights the value of our franchise positions in North Texas and throughout Louisiana, as well as our capabilities to provide infrastructure and services in new basins.

Today's market price for natural gas is about $3.50 per MMBtu with expectations that it will remain in this range for some time. Crude has been trading around $90 per barrel with weighted average natural gas liquids prices trading around $1.35 per gallon. The relative low gas price compared to crude and NGL prices has caused a shift to rich gas and crude. And the oil and gas rig count in North America tell the story.

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