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Legacy Reserves LP Announces Fourth Quarter 2012 Results, Annual 2012 Results and 2013 Guidance

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MIDLAND, Texas, Feb. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Legacy Reserves LP ("Legacy") (Nasdaq:LGCY) today announced annual and fourth quarter results for 2012 as well as financial guidance for 2013. Financial results contained herein are preliminary and subject to the audited financial statements included in Legacy's Form 10-K to be filed on or about February 27, 2013.

A summary of selected financial information follows. For consolidated financial statements, please see accompanying tables.

Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, September 30, December 31,
2012 2012 2012 2011
(dollars in millions)
Production (Boe/d) 15,729 14,772 14,811 13,071
Revenue $90.5 $84.2 $346.5 $336.9
Adjusted EBITDA (*) $51.6 $49.5 $197.6 $201.4
Development capital expenditures $19.7 $19.6 $68.2 $71.6
Distributable Cash Flow (*) $24.7 $23.7 $104.5 $107.8
* Non-GAAP financial measure. Please see Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow table at the end of this press release for a reconciliation of these measures to their nearest comparable GAAP measure.

2012 highlights include:

  • 13% increase in production to 14,811 Boe/d from 13,071 Boe/d in 2011 primarily due to (i) $635.4 million of acquisitions of producing properties during 2012, which only includes twelve days of production from our $502.6 million Permian Basin acquisition from Concho Resources Inc. ("2012 COG Acquisition"), (ii) a full-year impact of our 2011 acquisitions, and (iii) $68.2 million of development capital expenditures during 2012.
  • 31% increase in year-end proved reserves to 83.2 MMBoe (88% PDP, 68% liquids) compared to 63.4 MMBoe (85% PDP, 68% liquids) as of year-end 2011 primarily driven by a 27.0 MMBoe increase from acquisitions partially offset by a 5.4 MMBoe decrease from production and a 2.4 MMBoe decrease from lower commodity prices.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $197.6 million, the second highest in our history despite lower realized commodity prices and higher workover and other unusual well failure expenses.

Q4 2012 highlights include:

  • 6% increase in production to 15,729 Boe/d from 14,772 Boe/d in the prior quarter primarily due to $519.8 million of acquisitions during the quarter including twelve days of production (approximately 640 Boe/d for the quarter) from our 2012 COG Acquisition, our development activity in the Wolfberry, and an outstanding horizontal Bone Spring well that began producing in November.
  • 4% increase in Adjusted EBITDA to $51.6 million from $49.5 million during the third quarter.
  • Ninth consecutive increase in our quarterly distribution, ending the year at $0.57 per unit which represents 3.6% year-over-year growth.
  • To finance our recent acquisition and prepare for potential future acquisitions, (i) closed our largest equity offering in November providing $218.0 million in net proceeds, (ii) gained first-time access to the high yield market through our $300 million 8% senior notes offering, and (iii) increased our borrowing base for the third time in 2012 to $800 million with a newly-expanded 20-member bank group.

Cary D. Brown, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Legacy Reserves GP, LLC, the general partner of Legacy, commented: "2012 was a landmark year for Legacy, as we closed the largest acquisition in our history on December 20, the $502.6 million acquisition of Permian Basin properties from Concho. These properties are in some of the most prolific fields in the Permian Basin. With the exception of the Lower Abo, these properties provide us with a strong set of mature PDP assets with modest production decline rates as well as a very strong portfolio of proved and unproved drilling locations and developed, non-producing projects. Our integration of this acquisition is going smoothly thus far, and since assuming operations on January 1, our operations group is even more excited about the asset potential they are seeing.

"The Concho acquisition helped us set a Company record in proved reserves with 83.2 MMBoe and, despite closing the transaction at the very end of the year, we also set annual and quarterly production records of over 14,800 Boe/d during 2012 and over 15,700 Boe/d during the fourth quarter. We generated Adjusted EBITDA of $197.6 million, the second highest in our history, in the face of challenging Midland-to-Cushing crude oil differentials and unusually high well failure expenses. A market has developed to hedge the Midland-to-Cushing differential and we have now hedged a significant portion of our exposure during 2013. On the development front, we continue to be pleased with our results from our Wolfberry drilling and are excited about the results from our new horizontal Bone Spring well that began producing in November. Due to our acquisitions, strong development results and promising outlook, we increased our distribution every quarter during 2012, resulting in year-over-year distribution growth of 3.6%. We have now increased our distribution for the last nine consecutive quarters. For the year, assuming we had used $50.0 million of our development capital expenditures as maintenance capital expenditures (approximately 25% of our Adjusted EBITDA), our 2012 coverage ratio was 1.11 times. Using $13 million as maintenance capital expenditures (roughly 25% of Adjusted EBITDA) and excluding the impact of the Concho acquisition and our associated year-end capital raises, our fourth quarter distributable cash flow per unit would have been approximately $0.64 per unit, covering our $0.57 distribution by 1.12 times.

"Due to our recent strong drilling results and our newly-expanded development inventory, in January our board approved a 2013 capital budget of $90 million. We consider $68 million of our budget to be maintenance capital. With our multi-year, oil-weighted drilling inventory, our recently closed Concho acquisition and our strong ongoing acquisition efforts, we are excited about our opportunities in 2013 and beyond."

Dan Westcott, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, "We are very pleased with our acquisition efforts and growth in 2012. To finance the Concho acquisition, we completed our largest equity offering and issued $300 million of senior notes during the fourth quarter. In addition, our now 20-member bank group redetermined our borrowing base at $800 million. As of February 25, we had $500 million of debt outstanding under our revolving credit facility, giving us approximately $300 of current availability (another Company record) for future acquisitions and development projects. With favorable conditions in the capital markets and ample availability under our credit facility, we look forward to another year of strong results and the pursuit of additional acquisitions."

2013 Guidance

The following table sets forth certain assumptions being used by Legacy to estimate its anticipated results of operations for 2013. These estimates do not include any acquisitions of additional oil or natural gas properties. In addition, these estimates are based on, among other things, assumptions of capital expenditure levels, current indications of supply and demand for oil and natural gas and current operating and labor costs. The guidance set forth below does not constitute any form of guarantee, assurance or promise that the matters indicated will actually be achieved. The guidance below sets forth management's best estimate based on current and anticipated market conditions and other factors. While we believe that these estimates and assumptions are reasonable, they are inherently uncertain and are subject to, among other things, significant business, economic, regulatory, environmental and competitive risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those we anticipate, as set forth under "Cautionary Statement Relevant to Forward-Looking Information."

($ in thousands unless otherwise noted) FY 2013E Range
Production:
Oil (MBbls) 4,330 -- 4,470
Natural gas liquids (MGal) 13,300 -- 13,750
Natural gas (MMcf) 14,050 -- 14,500
Total (MBoe) 6,988 -- 7,214
Average daily production (Boe/d) 19,146 -- 19,765
Weighted Average NYMEX Differentials: (1)
Oil (per Bbl) ($7.50) -- ($9.00)
NGL realization (2) 1.00% -- 1.15%
Natural gas (per Mcf) $1.25 -- $1.35
Expenses:
Oil and natural gas production expenses ($/Boe) $18.30 -- $19.20
Ad valorem taxes (% of revenue) 3.25% -- 3.50%
Production and other taxes (% of revenue) 6.00% -- 6.50%
Cash G&A expenses (3) $25,400 -- $26,650
(1) Based on current NYMEX strip pricing. Excludes the impact of commodity derivatives. Q1 2013 oil differentials are projected to be materially wider ($11.75--$13.50) primarily driven by recent Midland-to-Cushing differentials which have since narrowed considerably.
(2) Represents the projected percentage of WTI crude oil prices divided by 42, as we report NGLs in gallons.
(3) Consistent with our definition of Adjusted EBITDA, these figures exclude LTIP expenses. Cash settlements of LTIP (not included herein) impact Distributable Cash Flow.

Annual Financial and Operating Results – 2012 Compared to 2011

  • Production increased 13% to 14,811 Boe/d from 13,071 Boe/d primarily due to (i) $635.4 million of acquisitions of producing properties during 2012, which only includes twelve days of production from our 2012 COG Acquisition, (ii) a full-year impact of our $136.7 million of acquisitions of producing properties during 2011, and (iii) $68.2 million of development capital expenditures during 2012 which was the second highest annual total in our history and was primarily focused on our Wolfberry locations as well as major workovers in the Permian Basin and Wyoming. By commodity, our daily oil production increased by 13% in 2012 due to acquisitions and oil-focused development projects. Our daily natural gas production increased by 17% in 2012 due primarily to the full-year impact during 2012 of our 2011 acquisitions which were natural gas-weighted and, to a lesser extent, production from our 2012 acquisitions and development activities, as the Wolfberry play primarily produces oil but also a significant amount of casinghead natural gas, which is rich in natural gas liquids ("NGL"). Daily NGL production was flat (+0.1%) in 2012.
  • Average realized prices, excluding commodity derivatives settlements, were $63.91 per Boe in 2012, down 9% from $70.61 per Boe in 2011. Average realized oil prices decreased 4% to $85.78 per Bbl in 2012 from $89.62 per Bbl in 2011. This decrease of $3.84 per Bbl is primarily attributable to an increased weighted-average oil differential of $2.75 per Bbl as well as a slightly lower weighted-average West Texas Intermediate ("WTI") crude oil price. This increase in our oil differential was driven largely by the record increase in the Midland-to-Cushing/WTI differential, which averaged approximately $2.99 per Bbl in 2012 compared to $0.50 per Bbl in 2011. In addition, average realized natural gas prices decreased 28% to $4.38 per Mcf in 2012 from $6.05 per Mcf in 2011. Our average realized natural gas prices are favorably impacted by the NGL content in our Permian Basin natural gas. Our lower realized natural gas price reflects a lower weighted-average Henry Hub natural gas price, which decreased by approximately $1.24 per MMBtu in 2012, as well as a lower, positive differential in 2012 that reflects the lower average prices of the NGL content in our Permian Basin natural gas. Finally, our average realized NGL price decreased 23% to $1.00 per gallon in 2012 from $1.30 per gallon in 2011.
  • Production expenses, excluding ad valorem taxes, increased 18% to $103.4 million in 2012 from $87.6 million in 2011. On an average cost per Boe basis, production expenses increased 4% to $19.08 per Boe in 2012 from $18.37 per Boe in 2011. Production expenses increased primarily because of (i) $5.1 million related to increases in workover and other unusual well failure expenses due to both increases in number of incidents as well as average cost per job, and (ii) production expenses from our acquisitions, including $0.8 million for the twelve days of activity related to the 2012 COG Acquisition.
  • Legacy's general and administrative expenses excluding Long-Term Incentive Plan ("LTIP") compensation expense increased to $21.0 million from $19.1 million. The $1.9 million increase stems from a $3.3 million increase from salaries due to the hiring of additional personnel commensurate with the growth in our asset base, partially offset by lower acquisition-related costs of $1.3 million in 2012. Legacy's total general and administrative expenses were $24.5 million and $23.1 million for 2012 and 2011, respectively. In addition to the factors above, Legacy's unit-based/LTIP compensation was $0.5 million lower in 2012 due to decreases in our unit price between December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2012.
  • Cash settlements received on our commodity derivatives during 2012 were $5.9 million, as the $16.1 million received on our natural gas hedges was partially offset by $10.2 million paid on our oil hedges. This $5.9 million in cash settlements received compared to $0.6 million received during 2011. Our production was 68% hedged in 2012 compared to 71% hedged in 2011.
  • Development capital expenditures decreased to $68.2 million in 2012 from $71.6 million in 2011, as we continued with our one-rig Wolfberry operated drilling program for most of 2012, drilled our first new horizontal Bone Spring well in late 2012, and increased our capital workover activity in the Permian Basin and Wyoming relative to 2011. Our non-operated capital expenditures were 23% of our total capital expenditures in 2012 as compared to 25% in 2011.

2012 Financial and Operating Results – Fourth Quarter Compared to Third Quarter

  • Production increased by 6% to 15,729 Boe/d compared to 14,772 Boe/d in the prior quarter primarily due to recent acquisitions including twelve days of production (approximately 640 Boe/d for the quarter) from our 2012 COG Acquisition, our development in the Wolfberry, and an outstanding horizontal Bone Spring well that began producing in November. Production in the fourth quarter continued to be hampered by high pressures in natural gas gathering lines in the Permian Basin primarily due to extensive development in the area. In addition, natural gas and NGL production was down in the Texas Panhandle in the fourth quarter due to plant downtime.
  • Average realized prices, excluding commodity derivatives settlements, were $62.51 per Boe in the fourth quarter, up 1% from $61.95 per Boe in the third quarter. Average realized oil prices decreased by 3% to $80.69 per Bbl in the fourth quarter from $83.54 per Bbl in the third quarter. This decrease was attributable to a drop in average WTI crude oil prices, as an increase in the Midland-to-Cushing differential was offset by a significant decrease in our Rockies differentials during the fourth quarter. In addition, average realized natural gas prices increased 15% to $4.71 per Mcf in the fourth quarter from $4.10 per Mcf in the third quarter and average realized NGL prices increased 15% to $1.05 per gallon in the fourth quarter from $0.91 per gallon in the third quarter.
  • Production expenses, excluding taxes, remained flat at $28.3 million in the fourth quarter from $28.2 million in the third quarter, as production expenses associated with recent acquisitions, including $0.8 million associated with the twelve days of activity from the 2012 COG Acquisition, were offset by lower workover and other well failure related expenses, which were still roughly $1.0 million above normal levels but approximately $1.1 million lower than those expenses during the third quarter. Production expenses per Boe decreased 6% to $19.59 per Boe in the fourth quarter from $20.76 per Boe in the third quarter.
  • Legacy's general and administrative expenses excluding unit-based/LTIP compensation expense totaled $6.0 million during the fourth quarter compared to $4.9 million in the third quarter. This increase was attributable to acquisition-related and year-end compliance and other costs. Legacy's total general and administrative expenses were $5.9 million during the fourth quarter compared to $7.0 million during the third quarter. LTIP expense decreased to a $0.1 million benefit in the fourth quarter compared to a $2.1 million expense in the third quarter primarily due to fluctuations in our unit price.
  • Cash settlements received on our commodity derivatives during the fourth quarter were $3.9 million compared to $6.1 million received during the third quarter. The decline in WTI crude oil prices between September and December resulted in a negative one-month lag effect on our crude oil hedges, with our cash settlements received being approximately $1.4 million lower during the fourth quarter. In contrast, this lag effect caused our cash settlements received on our oil hedges to be approximately $2.7 million higher during the third quarter due to rising oil prices during that period.
  • Development capital expenditures were relatively flat at $19.7 million in the fourth quarter compared to $19.6 million in the third quarter, making it the second highest quarter for development capital expenditures in Legacy's history. Our development capital expenditures in the fourth quarter included our Wolfberry drilling program as well as an operated horizontal Bone Spring well that began producing in November. The results of our Wolfberry drilling program continue to meet or exceed expectations, and the results of our horizontal Bone Spring well have clearly exceeded expectations.

Commodity Derivatives Contracts

We have entered into the following oil and natural gas derivatives contracts, including swaps and three-way collars, to help mitigate the risk of changing commodity prices. As of February 25, 2013, we had entered into derivatives agreements to receive average NYMEX WTI crude oil and Waha, ANR-Oklahoma, and CIG-Rockies natural gas prices as summarized below starting with January 2013 through December 2017:

Crude Oil (WTI):

Calendar Year
Volumes (Bbls)
Average
Price per Bbl
Price
Range per Bbl
2013 2,155,693 $90.92 $80.10 -- $108.65
2014 1,520,764 $91.54 $87.50 -- $103.75
2015 545,351 $91.98 $88.50 -- $100.20
2016 228,600 $87.94 $86.30 -- $99.85
2017 182,500 $84.75 $84.75

We have also entered into multiple NYMEX WTI crude oil derivative three-way collar contracts as follows:

Calendar Year
Volumes (Bbls)
Average Short
Put Price
Average Long
Put Price
Average Short
Call Price
2013 1,228,170 $65.53 $90.97 $105.85
2014 1,453,880 $65.54 $90.73 $110.65
2015 1,308,500 $64.67 $89.67 $112.21
2016 621,300 $63.37 $88.37 $106.40
2017 72,400 $60.00 $85.00 $104.20

Additionally, we have entered into swaps for the Midland-to-Cushing/WTI crude oil differential with the following attributes:

Time Period
Volumes (Bbls)
Average
Price per Bbl
Price
Range per Bbl
Q1 2013 180,000 ($1.25) ($1.25)
Q2 - Q4 2013 2,200,000 ($1.47) $(1.25) -- $(1.75)

Natural Gas (WAHA, ANR-Oklahoma and CIG-Rockies hubs):

Calendar Year
Volumes (MMBtu)
Average
Price per MMBtu
Price
Range per MMBtu
2013 9,240,654 $4.31 $3.18 -- $6.89
2014 7,431,254 $4.34 $3.61 -- $6.47
2015 1,339,300 $5.65 $5.14 -- $5.82
2016 219,200 $5.30 $5.30

Location and quality differentials attributable to our properties are not reflected in the above prices. The agreements provide for monthly settlement based on the difference between the agreement fixed price and the actual reference oil and natural gas index prices.

Annual Report on Form 10-K

Our consolidated, audited financial statements and related footnotes will be available in our annual 2012 Form 10-K which will be filed on or about February 27, 2013.

Conference Call

As announced on January 22, 2013, Legacy will host an investor conference call to discuss Legacy's results on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. (Central Time). Those wishing to participate in the conference call should dial 877-266-0479. A replay of the call will be available through Saturday, March 2, 2013, by dialing 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406 and entering replay code 92534708. Those wishing to listen to the live or archived web cast via the Internet should go to the Investor Relations tab of our website at www.legacylp.com. Following our prepared remarks, we will be pleased to answer questions from securities analysts and institutional portfolio managers and analysts; the complete call is open to all other interested parties on a listen-only basis.

About Legacy Reserves LP

Legacy Reserves LP is an independent oil and natural gas limited partnership headquartered in Midland, Texas, focused on the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties primarily located in the Permian Basin, Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. Additional information is available at www.legacylp.com.

Cautionary Statement Relevant to Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to our operations that are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections about its operations. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "targets," "projects," "believes," "seeks," "schedules," "estimated," and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond our control and are difficult to predict. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are: realized oil and natural gas prices; production volumes, lease operating expenses, general and administrative costs and finding and development costs; future operating results and the factors set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" in our annual and quarterly reports filed with the SEC. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. The reader should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Unless legally required, Legacy undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

LEGACY RESERVES LP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(UNAUDITED)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, September 30, December 31,
2012 2012 2012 2011
(In thousands, except per unit data)
Revenues:
Oil sales $ 74,157 $ 70,173 $ 286,254 $ 264,473
Natural gas liquids (NGL) sales 3,850 3,492 14,592 18,888
Natural gas sales 12,448 10,531 45,614 53,524
Total revenues 90,455 84,196 346,460 336,885
Expenses:
Oil and natural gas production 30,929 30,728 112,951 96,914
Production and other taxes 5,737 5,137 20,778 20,329
General and administrative 5,922 6,993 24,526 23,084
Depletion, depreciation, amortization and accretion 29,102 24,833 102,144 88,178
Impairment of long-lived assets 14,510 7,277 37,066 24,510
(Gain) loss on disposal of assets 568 260 (2,496) (625)
Total expenses 86,768 75,228 294,969 252,390
Operating income 3,687 8,968 51,491 84,495
Other income (expense):
Interest income 5 3 16 15
Interest expense (6,003) (5,285) (20,260) (18,566)
Equity in income of partnership 23 30 111 138
Realized and unrealized net gains (losses) on commodity derivatives 4,409 (27,177) 38,493 6,857
Other (31) (51) (118) 152
Income (loss) before income taxes 2,090 (23,512) 69,733 73,091
Income tax expense (218) (54) (1,096) (1,030)
Net income (loss) $ 1,872 $ (23,566) $ 68,637 $ 72,061
Income (loss) per unit --
basic and diluted $ 0.04 $ (0.49) $ 1.40 $ 1.63
Weighted average number of units used in computing net income (loss) per unit --
Basic 52,416 47,869 48,991 44,093
Diluted 52,454 47,869 48,991 44,112
LEGACY RESERVES LP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)
(dollars in thousands)
December 31,
2012 2011
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,509 $ 3,151
Accounts receivable, net:
Oil and natural gas 37,547 35,489
Joint interest owners 27,851 10,299
Other 551 204
Fair value of derivatives 15,158 7,117
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,294 3,525
Total current assets 87,910 59,785
Oil and natural gas properties, at cost:
Proved oil and natural gas properties using the successful efforts method of accounting 2,078,961 1,389,326
Unproved properties 65,968 20,063
Accumulated depletion, depreciation, amortization and impairment (573,003) (450,060)
1,571,926 959,329
Other property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $4,618 and $3,530, respectively 2,646 3,310
Operating rights, net of amortization of $3,531 and $3,034, respectively 3,486 3,983
Fair value of derivatives 15,834 10,188
Other assets, net of amortization of $7,909 and $6,337, respectively 7,804 6,611
Investment in equity method investee 393 282
Total assets $ 1,689,999 $ 1,043,488
LIABILITIES AND UNITHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 1,822 $ 3,286
Accrued oil and natural gas liabilities 50,162 45,351
Fair value of derivatives 10,801 18,905
Asset retirement obligation 29,501 20,262
Other 11,437 9,646
Total current liabilities 103,723 97,450
Long-term debt 775,838 337,000
Asset retirement obligation 132,682 100,012
Fair value of derivatives 5,590 18,897
Other long-term liabilities 1,886 1,794
Total liabilities 1,019,719 555,153
Commitments and contingencies
Unitholders' equity:
Limited partners' equity - 57,038,942 and 47,801,682 units issued and outstanding, respectively 670,183 488,264
General partner's equity (approximately 0.03% and 0.04%, respectively) 97 71
Total unitholders' equity 670,280 488,335
Total liabilities and unitholders' equity $ 1,689,999 $ 1,043,488
LEGACY RESERVES LP
SELECTED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, September 30, December 31,
2012 2012 2012 2011
(In thousands, except per unit data)
Revenues:
Oil sales $ 74,157 $ 70,173 $ 286,254 $ 264,473
Natural gas liquids sales 3,850 3,492 14,592 18,888
Natural gas sales 12,448 10,531 45,614 53,524
Total revenues $ 90,455 $ 84,196 $ 346,460 $ 336,885
Expenses:
Oil and natural gas production $ 28,343 $ 28,207 $ 103,409 $ 87,626
Ad valorem taxes $ 2,586 $ 2,521 $ 9,542 $ 9,288
Total oil and natural gas production including ad valorem taxes $ 30,929 $ 30,728 $ 112,951 $ 96,914
Production and other taxes $ 5,737 $ 5,137 $ 20,778 $ 20,329
General and administrative excluding LTIP $ 6,046 $ 4,855 $ 20,980 $ 19,063
LTIP expense (benefit) $ (124) $ 2,138 $ 3,546 $ 4,021
Total general and administrative $ 5,922 $ 6,993 $ 24,526 $ 23,084
Depletion, depreciation, amortization and accretion $ 29,102 $ 24,833 $ 102,144 $ 88,178
Realized commodity derivative settlements:
Realized gains (losses) on oil derivatives $ 738 $ 2,108 $ (10,211) $ (11,335)
Realized gains on natural gas derivatives $ 3,146 $ 4,000 $ 16,113 $ 11,972
Production:
Oil (MBbls) 919 840 3,337 2,951
Natural gas liquids (MGal) 3,670 3,821 14,607 14,559
Natural gas (MMcf) 2,643 2,571 10,417 8,842
Total (MBoe) 1,447 1,359 5,421 4,771
Average daily production (Boe/d) 15,729 14,772 14,811 13,071
Average sales price per unit (excluding commodity derivatives):
Oil price (per Bbl) $ 80.69 $ 83.54 $ 85.78 $ 89.62
Natural gas liquids price (per Gal) $ 1.05 $ 0.91 $ 1.00 $ 1.30
Natural gas price (per Mcf) $ 4.71 $ 4.10 $ 4.38 $ 6.05
Combined (per Boe) $ 62.51 $ 61.95 $ 63.91 $ 70.61
Average sales price per unit (including realized commodity derivative gains/losses):
Oil price (per Bbl) $ 81.50 $ 86.05 $ 82.72 $ 85.78
Natural gas liquids price (per Gal) $ 1.05 $ 0.91 $ 1.00 $ 1.30
Natural gas price (per Mcf) $ 5.90 $ 5.65 $ 5.93 $ 7.41
Combined (per Boe) $ 65.20 $ 66.45 $ 65.00 $ 70.74
NYMEX oil index prices per Bbl:
Beginning of Period $ 92.19 $ 84.96 $ 98.83 $ 91.38
End of Period $ 91.82 $ 92.19 $ 91.82 $ 98.83
NYMEX gas index prices per Mcf:
Beginning of Period $ 3.32 $ 2.82 $ 2.99 $ 4.41
End of Period $ 3.35 $ 3.32 $ 3.35 $ 2.99
Average unit costs per Boe:
Oil and natural gas production $ 19.59 $ 20.76 $ 19.08 $ 18.37
Ad valorem taxes $ 1.79 $ 1.86 $ 1.76 $ 1.95
Production and other taxes $ 3.96 $ 3.78 $ 3.83 $ 4.26
General and administrative excluding LTIP $ 4.18 $ 3.57 $ 3.87 $ 4.00
Total general and administrative $ 4.09 $ 5.15 $ 4.52 $ 4.84
Depletion, depreciation, amortization and accretion $ 20.11 $ 18.27 $ 18.84 $ 18.48

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release, the financial tables and other supplemental information include "Adjusted EBITDA" and "Distributable Cash Flow", both of which are non-generally accepted accounting principles ("non-GAAP") measures which may be used periodically by management when discussing our financial results with investors and analysts. The following presents a reconciliation of each of these non-GAAP financial measures to their nearest comparable generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") measure.

Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are presented as management believes they provide additional information and metrics relative to the performance of our business, such as the cash distributions we expect to pay to our unitholders. Management believes that both Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are useful to investors because these measures are used by many companies in the industry as measures of operating and financial performance, and are commonly employed by financial analysts and others to evaluate the operating and financial performance of the Partnership from period to period and to compare it with the performance of other publicly traded partnerships within the industry. Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure of other publicly traded limited partnerships or limited liability companies because all companies may not calculate Adjusted EBITDA in the same manner.

"Adjusted EBITDA" and "Distributable Cash Flow" should not be considered as alternatives to GAAP measures, such as net income, operating income, cash flow from operating activities, or any other GAAP measure of financial performance.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus:

  • Interest expense;
  • Income taxes;
  • Depletion, depreciation, amortization and accretion;
  • Impairment of long-lived assets;
  • (Gain) loss on sale of partnership investment;
  • (Gain) loss on disposal of assets;
  • Equity in (income) loss of partnership;
  • Unit-based compensation expense (benefit) related to LTIP unit awards accounted for under the equity or liability methods; and
  • Unrealized (gains) losses on oil and natural gas derivatives.

Distributable Cash Flow is defined as Adjusted EBITDA less:

  • Cash interest expense including the accrual of interest expense related to our senior notes which is paid on a semi-annual basis;
  • Cash income taxes;
  • Cash settlements of LTIP unit awards; and
  • Development capital expenditures (*).

* Beginning in the first quarter of 2013, Legacy intends to deduct only maintenance capital expenditures instead of total development capital expenditures in the computation and presentation of Distributable Cash Flow, which will result in the measure of Distributable Cash Flow not being comparable from period to period.

The following table presents a reconciliation of our consolidated net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow:

Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, September 30, December 31,
2012 2012 2012 2011
(dollars in thousands)
Net income (loss) $ 1,872 $ (23,566) $ 68,637 $ 72,061
Plus:
Interest expense 6,003 5,285 20,260 18,566
Income tax expense 218 54 1,096 1,030
Depletion, depreciation, amortization and accretion 29,102 24,833 102,144 88,178
Impairment of long-lived assets 14,510 7,277 37,066 24,510
(Gain) loss on sale of assets 568 260 (2,496) (625)
Equity in income of partnership (23) (30) (111) (138)
Unit-based compensation expense (benefit) (124) 2,138 3,546 4,021
Unrealized (gains) losses on oil and natural gas derivatives (525) 33,285 (32,591) (6,220)
Adjusted EBITDA $ 51,601 $ 49,536 $ 197,551 $ 201,383
Less:
Cash interest expense 6,991 5,283 21,387 19,044
Cash settlements of LTIP unit awards 184 990 3,555 2,916
Development capital expenditures 19,693 19,565 68,150 71,589
Distributable Cash Flow $ 24,733 $ 23,698 $ 104,459 $ 107,834

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