Legacy Reserves' CEO Discusses Q3 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Legacy Reserves LP (LGCY)

Q3 2011 Earnings Call

November 03, 2011 10:00 AM ET

Executives

Steve Pruett – President, CFO and Secretary

Cary Brown – CEO and Chairman of the Board

Paul Horne – EVP, Operations

Analysts

Kevin Smith – Raymond James & Associates

T.J. Schultz – RBC Capital Markets.

Ethan Bellamy – Robert W. Baird

Presentation

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Legacy Reserves Third Quarter Results Conference Call. Your speakers for today’s call are Cary Brown, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Steve Pruett, President and Chief Financial Officer. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Following the call, there will be a question-and-answer session. As a remainder, this call is being recorded today November 3, 2011.

I would now like to turn the call over to Mr. Pruett.

Steve Pruett

Thank you, Mimi. Welcome to the Legacy Reserves LP’s third quarter earnings call. Before we begin, we would like to remind you that during the course of this call, Legacy management will make certain statements concerning the future performance of Legacy and other statements that will be forward-looking as defined by securities laws.

These statements reflect our current views with regard to future events and are subject to various risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Actual results may materially differ from those discussed in these forward-looking statements and you should refer to the additional information contained in Legacy Reserves LP’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, which will be released on or about November 4th, and subsequent reports as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Legacy Reserves is an independent oil and natural gas limited partnership, headquartered in Midland, Texas, focused on the acquisition and development of long-lived oil and natural gas properties primarily located in the Permian Basin, Rocky Mountain and Mid-Continent regions of the United States.

I’ll now turn the conference over to Cary Brown, Legacy’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Cary Brown

Thanks Steve and thanks to our friends and unit holders for joining us today. During the quarter of economic uncertainty and declining commodity prices, Legacy again produced strong results as we increased production and kept our expenses in line. To the end of October for 2011 acquisitions of producing properties totaled approximately $166 million of which $93.5 million of the acquisitions have closed and $72.5 million of acquisitions are scheduled to close prior to the end of the year. You may have noticed that these acquisitions are gasier than some we’ve done in the past. That’s not a function of pursuing gas per se.

We are an opportunistic buyer and gas is what is on sale today. And so we are able make acquisitions of gas properties without having to pay a lot for the additional upside locations that will get us, as gas prices recover and I believe they will recover in the future. We are still only about 20% gas by revenue, 80% of our income is still coming from oil. We are heavily weighed oil, so we had room to take opportunity as gas properties were on sale to buy some more gas and I am excited about what those transactions will lead to.

On the CapEx front. After a record second quarter, we invested $17.4 million in development capital, we invested $22.8 million in capital in the third quarter, in oil and in geo-rich drilling projects. An increase to our 2011 capital expenditures budget from $60 million to $72 million.

The results of operating Wolfberry program continued to exceed our expectations and we participated in an increase number of non-operated drilling projects that should generate attractive rates return.

We drilled our first horizontal Bone Spring wells in the third quarter, and I am very pleased with the earlier results. It won’t much impact on third quarter if any at all, but if it continues to hold up like the early results that are provided additional 0.5 to 20 drilling opportunities and we believe that CapEx – open up some CapEx opportunities for us next year and in the future if those wells hold up. So I am pretty excited about that. I will say that CapEx at current levels is definitely providing some organic growth. So we see that and we are excited about that.

Based on our quarterly adjusted EBITDA of $52.1 million which is the second highest in our history, we increased our distribution for the fourth consecutive quarter to $0.545 a unit. This will be paid on November 14. On a year-over-year basis, we’ve increased our distribution 4.8%. We’ve generated distributable cash flow during the third quarter of approximately $24.1 million or $0.55 per unit, covering our distribution 1.01 times. I will remind you that that’s with the elevated $22.8 million of CapEx we generally include all of our CapEx when we are looking at that. We know some of that is drilled CapEx and we’ll let you decide what that is.

For the nine months we generated distributed cash flow of approximately $79 million or $1.82 per unit, covering our distribution 1.13 times and again I will remind you that’s all CapEx including the growth CapEx that we are using.

I will now turn over to Steve to go over the numbers in details.

Steve Pruett

Thank you, Cary. We are very pleased with our third quarter results as we increased our production record levels, maintained our adjusted EBITDA at a high level during the period of declining commodity prices and we continue to produce strong drilling results.

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