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Legacy 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, Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States.I will now turn the conference over to Cary Brown, Legacy’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer. Cary Brown Thanks, Jim, and thank you to our friends and unitholders joining us today. It was an interesting second quarter for us. Good operational results and strong acquisition efforts were over showed by several factors that negatively impacted our adjusted EBITDA. We saw swing from high in the first quarter to the low in the second quarter approximately $30 in oil prices and that create some usual things that look little different for us. Due to WTI average oil prices of approximately $106 in March and $82 in June, we had an unusually large negative oil lag effect about $5.2 million burdened our adjusted EBITDA on second quarter. In addition, our realized oil price in the second quarter were impacted by increased average oil differentials, we saw the Permian and Midland-to-Cushing differential with all to about $5, historically that’s been about a $50. Those are -- that’s a space where we are unhedged and gave us little bit concern, we are happy to report that it already back inside of what it was back to the norms in the first quarter. So it’s down from $5 differentials on oil Midland-to-Cushing to about $50 or even inside that. So that could have been the long-term impact. It was a short-term impact affected us in the quarter. Also saw some issues around Wyoming differentials but those were also coming back. These factors combined with the impact of falling commodity prices on the portion of our quarterly production that was unhedged were the primary contributors to our decline in adjusted EBITDA from the first quarter to the second quarter.
On a positive note, we think those are short-term issues because the refineries are backup until one of those differentials are back to normal.On the acquisition front, we closed seven acquisitions of producing properties for about $105 million, we believe to be highly accretive, including our acquisition of oil properties in North Dakota and Montana, these are new states for us, we are growing at Rocky Mountain division and feel good about being up there. Our $105 million of acquisitions in the second quarter makes that one of our strongest quarters ever and our best since the fourth quarter of 2010 on acquisitions. The production from these acquisitions along with several successful workovers in Wyoming and Permian Basin helped keep our production relatively flat during the second quarter despite not drilling any of our operated Wolfberry locations during March and April. In addition, we continued to keep expenses in line and made larger than expected investments in some several attractive non-operated drilling projects in the quarter. Overall, the performance for the first half of 2012 was strong, as we generated $95 million of adjusted EBITDA and $55 million of distributable cash flow. We look forward to realizing the full impact of our acquisitions during the second half of 2012, and we feel good about our pipeline of potential acquisitions and our inventory of development projects. Based on these results over the first half of ‘12 and our positive long-term outlook, we increased our quarterly distribution for the seventh consecutive quarter to $0.56 per unit, which was paid on August 10, 2012. Since the second quarter of 2011, we have increased our quarterly distribution about 3.7%. So, all in all, we feel really good about where we are. On slide might be that first quarter was as good as, it might look, and the same quarter is not as bad as you look, but when you look the full half -- first half of year and you look those results will run on track with where we expected to be and with continued commodity prices in this level, we see good things for the rest of the year. Read the rest of this transcript for free on seekingalpha.com