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Ultra Petroleum Corp Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

July 30, 2010 | About:

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Ultra Petroleum Corp (UPL) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2010-06-30.

Ultra Petroleum Corp has a market cap of $6.65 billion; its shares were traded at around $43.7 with a P/E ratio of 20.3 and P/S ratio of 9.9. Ultra Petroleum Corp had an annual average earning growth of 52.2% over the past 10 years.UPL is in the portfolios of Private Capital of Private Capital Management, Columbia Wanger of Columbia Wanger Asset Management, Ron Baron of Baron Funds, Ruane Cunniff of Ruane & Cunniff & Goldfarb Inc, Bruce Kovner of Caxton Associates, Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC, Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors.
This is the annual revenues and earnings per share of UPL over the last 10 years. For detailed 10-year financial data and charts, go to 10-Year Financials of UPL.


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During the quarter ended June 30, 2010, production increased 18% on a gas equivalent basis to 52.4 Bcfe from 44.5 Bcfe for the same quarter in 2009 attributable to the Company’s successful drilling activities during 2009 and in the first six months of 2010. Realized natural gas prices, including realized gains and losses on commodity derivatives, decreased 4% to $4.83 per Mcf in the second quarter of 2010 as compared to $5.04 per Mcf for the same quarter of 2009. During the three months ended June 30, 2010, the Company’s average price for natural gas was $4.09 per Mcf, excluding realized gains and losses on commodity derivatives as compared to $2.71 per Mcf for the same period in 2009. The increase in production and the increase in average natural gas prices, excluding commodity derivatives, contributed to a 75% increase in revenues to $228.4 million as compared to $130.3 million in 2009.

During the three months ended June 30, 2010, production taxes were $22.5 million compared to $12.7 million during the same period in 2009, or $0.43 per Mcfe compared to $0.29 per Mcfe. The increase in per unit taxes is attributable to increased sales revenues as a result of increased natural gas prices, excluding the effects of commodity derivatives, during the quarter ended June 30, 2010 as compared to the same period in 2009. During the three months ended June 30, 2010, the Company’s average price for natural gas was $4.09 per Mcf, excluding realized gains and losses on commodity derivatives, as compared to $2.71 per Mcf for the same period in 2009. Production taxes are calculated based on a percentage of revenue from production and were 9.8% of revenues for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 and 2009.

Interest expense increased to $11.4 million during the quarter ended June 30, 2010 compared to $9.9 million during the same period in 2009 as a result of increased borrowings during the period ended June 30, 2010. At June 30, 2010, the Company had $1.2 billion in borrowings outstanding. In addition, the Company capitalized $5.2 million in interest expense for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 related to unevaluated oil and gas properties and on work in process relating to gathering systems that are not currently in service (See Note 3). There was no capitalized interest for the same period in 2009.

During the six months ended June 30, 2010, production increased 17% on a gas equivalent basis to 100.9 Bcfe from 86.6 Bcfe for the same quarter in 2009 attributable to the Company’s successful drilling activities during 2009 and in the first six months of 2010. Realized natural gas prices, including realized gains and losses on commodity derivatives, increased 7% to $5.09 per Mcf in the six months ended 2010 as compared to $4.76 per Mcf for the same period in 2009. During the six months ended June 30, 2010, the Company’s average price for natural gas was $4.71 per Mcf, excluding realized gains and losses on commodity derivatives as compared to $3.31 per Mcf for the same period in 2009. The increase in average natural gas prices along with the increase in production contributed to a 68% increase in revenues to $501.5 million as compared to $298.3 million in 2009.

DD&A expenses increased to $108.1 million during the six months ended June 30, 2010 from $105.6 million for the same period in 2009, attributable to a lower depletion rate due mainly to a lower depletable base as a result of the ceiling test write-down during the first quarter of 2009 and partially offset by increased production volumes. On a unit of production basis, DD&A decreased to $1.07 per Mcfe for the six months ended June 30, 2010 from $1.22 for the six months ended June 30, 2009. The Company recorded a $1.0 billion non-cash write-down of the carrying value of the Company’s proved oil and gas properties at March 31, 2009 as a result of ceiling test limitations. The write-down reduced earnings in the first quarter of 2009 and results in lower DD&A expense in future periods.

At June 30, 2010, the Company reported a cash position of $8.3 million compared to $9.3 million at June 30, 2009. Working capital deficit at June 30, 2010 was $135.5 million compared to working capital of $19.4 million at June 30, 2009. At June 30, 2010, we had $146.0 million in outstanding borrowings and $354.0 million of available borrowing capacity under the credit facility. In addition, the Company had $1.0 billion outstanding under its Senior Notes (See Note 4). Other long-term obligations of $48.7 million at June 30, 2010 is comprised of items payable in more than one year, primarily related to production taxes and asset retirement obligations.

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