Start Time: 11:00 End Time: 11:23 Harvest Natural Resources Inc. (HNR) Q2 2012 Earnings Call August 9, 2012 11:00 AM ET Executives Keith Head – Vice President and General Counsel James Edmiston – President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen Haynes – Chief Financial Officer Analysts John Malone – Global Hunter Securities Jason Wangler – Wunderlich Securities Presentation Operator
Actual results may differ materially from the company’s expectations due to changes in operating performance, project or drilling schedules, oil and gas prices as well as other technical, political and economic factors.Additional detailed information concerning a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from today’s information is readily available in the company’s SEC filings under the heading risk factors and disclosure regarding our reserves. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form-10K which is available from the SEC or on our website. At this time, I would like to turn the call over to James Edmiston, Harvest Natural Resources’ President and Chief Executive Officer. James Edmiston Thanks Keith and thank you for joining us this morning. I trust you’ve had a chance to review our earnings release this morning and I’m going to provide a brief operation summary and then Steve is going to go over the second quarter financials. I’ll discuss briefly that our previously announced transaction involving our Venezuela business and after that we’ll open up for questions. So starting with Petrodelta, operationally Petrodelta delivered about 3.3 million barrels of oil or 36,418 barrels of oil per day to PDVSA during the second quarter compared with 2.8 million barrels or 30,680 barrels per day in the same period one year ago. That’s an increase of about 19% year-on-year. Current productions north of 39,000 barrels of oil per day. July averaged about 37,500 barrels of oil per day and on July 17th Petrodelta eclipse the 40,000 barrel a day mark for the first time. Two drilling rigs are currently active in the field, one in El Salto and one in Temblador, while our third rig, a new build modular rig is currently rigging up in the Isleno field and should begin operations in September. Petrodelta is currently scheduled to receive two additional new modular rigs in the remainder of the year. So as we indicated in the previous call we expect both CapEx and production growth to be higher in the second half.
Overall, we are expecting production average in the 40,000 barrel a day range for the year. In the last call we discussed the upside and downsides of that number and at least one of those uncertainty seems to have gone our way as our productivity of the El Salto 44 and 45 wells in the Lower Morichal clearly exceeded our expectations.I cannot overstate the importance of these results given the reserve sides associated with the Lower Morichal formation and the previous uncertainty associated with production rates from this formation. The remaining uncertainties both upside and downside remained to be associated with delivery, commissioning and performance of the new rigs and commissioning of the production facilities in Temblador and El Salto. Moving into our exploration programs, in Gabon we are gearing up towards further drilling on the block in the fourth quarter this year having secured the Scarabeo of three drilling rig with a tentative spud date in October. The Tortue prospect is perspective in three targets, the Gamba, the Madiela and the Dentale. Like most of that are currently mapped prospects on the block, we considered these low to moderate risk prospects. The Tortue well is a key well for us as even a modest success will provide the reserve-base when combined with the pre-existing discoveries to move us into development in 2013. Furthermore, the well will calibrate our 3D and the mapping sets a several other prospects will be structurally de-risked. Once we go into the development mode, we expect to continue to build up the productive capacity in the central portion of the block in a string approval fashion tied back to the initial development facilities. Further on the block, we recently received a time migrated 3D dataset from the seismic which outlaid late last year in conjunction with (inaudible) block. We’ve begun the process of depth-migrating the data in order to image structuring depth. However, what we can say is that the data clearly indicates the structuring in the center of sequence that we were looking to confirm. These structures are near to short and in shallower water and should have somewhat larger target sizes in the present drilling program. Read the rest of this transcript for free on seekingalpha.com