Questar Corp. has a market cap of $8.36 billion; its shares were traded at around $47.76 with a P/E ratio of 17.8 and P/S ratio of 2.7. The dividend yield of Questar Corp. stocks is 1.1%. Questar Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 18.1% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Questar Corp. the business predictability rank of 4.5-star.STR is in the portfolios of T Boone Pickens of BP Capital, Irving Kahn of Kahn Brothers & Company Inc., John Keeley of Keeley Fund Management, Stanley Druckenmiller of Duquesne Capital Management, LLC, Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors, Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC, George Soros of Soros Fund Management LLC, Chuck Royce of Royce& Associates.
Highlight of Business Operations: Questar E&P reported net income of $53.8 million in the first quarter of 2010 compared with a loss of $14.9 million in the 2009 quarter. Higher realized crude oil and NGL prices and a 10% increase in 2010 production largely offset lower realized natural gas prices. Changes in unrealized basis-only swaps increased net income $21.8 million in the 2010 quarter compared to a loss of $84.7 million in the year-earlier period. Following is a summary of Questar E&P financial and operating results:
Realized prices for natural gas were lower when compared to the prior year, while realized oil and NGL prices at Questar E&P were higher when compared to the prior-year period. In the first quarter 2010, the weighted-average realized natural gas price for Questar E&P, including the impact of hedging, was $5.72 per Mcf compared to $6.72 per Mcf for the same period in 2009, a 15% decrease. Realized oil and NGL prices in the first quarter of 2010 averaged $61.80 per bbl, compared with $34.09 per bbl during the prior year period, an 81% increase. A regional comparison of average realized prices, including hedges, is shown in the following table:
Questar E&P hedged approximately 80% of first quarter 2010 gas production with fixed price swaps, and 4% with collars. In first quarter 2009, approximately 77% of gas production was hedged with fixed price swaps. An additional 15% of gas production was subject to basis-only swaps in the 2009 quarter. Gas hedging increased Questar E&P first quarter 2010 gas revenues by $45.6 million and first quarter 2009 gas revenues by $139.8 million. Approximately 33% of first quarter 2010 oil production was hedged with fixed price swaps, and 27% with collars. In first quarter 2009, approximately 25% of oil production was hedged with fixed price swaps. Oil hedges decreased revenues $2.0 million in 2010 and increased revenues $4.6 million in 2009. The net effect of natural gas-basis-only swaps is reported in the Consolidated Statements of Income below operating income. Derivative positions as of March 31, 2010, are summarized in Note 8 to the consolidated financial statements in Item 1 of Part I in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.
Processing margin (processing revenue minus plant operating and maintenance expense, which includes processing plant-shrink) increased 124% to $20.8 million in 2010 compared to $9.3 million in 2009. Fee-based gas processing volumes were 53.7 million MMBtu in 2010, a 2% increase compared to 2009. In 2010, fee-based gas processing revenues increased 1% or $0.1 million, while the frac spread from keep-whole processing increased 343% or $12.0 million.
Energy Trading net income was $1.1 million in 2010, a decrease of 80% compared to $5.4 million in 2009 as a result of lower marketing margin. Revenues from unaffiliated customers were $176.2 million in 2010 compared to $114.6 million in 2009, a 54%
Operating and maintenance expenses decreased by 4% to $7.8 million in the first quarter of 2010 compared to $8.1 million in the first quarter of 2009. The decrease was due to lower maintenance costs. General and administrative expenses increased by 23% to $10.6 million in the first quarter of 2010 due to higher overhead costs. Operating, maintenance, general and administrative expenses per dth transported increased to $0.09 in the first quarter of 2010 compared with $0.08 in the first quarter of 2009 because transportation volumes were flat and costs increased 10%. Operating, maintenance, general and administrative expenses include processing and storage costs.
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