Quicksilver Resources (KWK) Q3 2011 Earnings Call November 07, 2011 11:00 am ET Executives Philip W. Cook - Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President Glenn M. Darden - Chief Executive Officer, President and Director John E. Hinton - Vice President of Finance Analysts Pearce W. Hammond - Simmons & Company International, Research Division Kim M. Pacanovsky - McNicoll, Lewis & Vlak LLC, Research Division James Spicer Michael Scialla - Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc., Research Division David Snow - Energy Equities Noel A. Parks - Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., Research Division John C. Nelson - Macquarie Research Marshall H. Carver - Capital One Southcoast, Inc., Research Division Patrick Melia Richard Dearnley - Longport Gil Yang - BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division Brian M. Corales - Howard Weil Incorporated, Research Division Unknown Analyst - David Heikkinen - Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities, Inc., Research Division Presentation Operator
Glenn M. DardenThank you, John. Good morning. Quicksilver Resources reported net income for the third quarter of 2011 of $29 million or $0.17 per diluted share compared to net income of $22 million or $0.13 per diluted share in the prior period. Third quarter 2011 adjusted net income was $6 million or $0.03 per diluted share. Financial results for the current quarter were impacted by noncash gain of $30 million related to mark-to-market impact of long-term derivatives, a noncash gain of $12 million associated with the company's equity interest in BreitBurn Energy Partners' second quarter 2011 derivative adjustments, a gain of $10 million from the sale of BreitBurn units and a loss of $15 million for the acceleration of unamortized debt insurance costs, professional services in connection with strategic transactions, and to settle pending claims associated with the previously disclosed legal litigation. We've made progress on several fronts on the operational and transaction projects, and our investments are beginning to bear fruit. Starting with the Barnett, our production continues to grow and this area has the most impact on overall company growth at this point, which will be approximately 18% year-over-year. We had some frac-ing delays in Lake Arlington which reduced our projected production number, but overall, our Barnett operation is running efficiently. As we recently disclosed, Quicksilver's putting certain of the Barnett assets into a newly formed master limited Partnership. The company is on track to file an S-1 registration document with the SEC in the coming weeks which will outline the details of the MLP. In Canada, most of our efforts and budget have been directed to the Horn River Basin project, where we now have drilled a total of 8 horizontal wells into the Muskwa and Klua formations. We have 4 wells online, which are exceeding our early projections, with the best well projected to have an EUR of close to 20 BCF. Quicksilver will be drilling an additional 4 wells this year before the year end and will plan to complete these by the end of the first quarter of 2012.
These 4 wells will be drilled on 1 central pad and connected to sales. At this point, it looks like we have a high BTU gas well in the 1 Exshaw well we have completed. But we have only completed approximately 30% of the lateral. The well is shut in currently and we intend to complete the remaining lateral section after winter operation. We have recovered just 20% of the frac load, thus far, so we don't yet have a clear picture of what this well can do.We continue to make progress on the infrastructure side of the Horn River, and recently, we executed a memorandum of understanding with KKR, to team up on a joint venture to develop and build a Midstream business in the basin. The proposed deal structure, which is scheduled to close in the next several weeks, provides for a $125 million upfront payment to Quicksilver and financing for buildout of processing and gathering assets in the initial stages of the business. Quicksilver will contribute its midstream assets that are already in place, which comprised a 20-mile, 20-inch pipeline and compression. The JV expects to complete the first train of processing facilities in 2014, which will require approximately $120 million of capital. Each party will own a 50% interest in the entity and Quicksilver will operate. Read the rest of this transcript for free on seekingalpha.com