10-Q 1 unt-2012930x10q.htm 10-Q UNT-2012.9.30-10Q
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Form 10-Q
[x] QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2012
OR
[ ] TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from              to             
[Commission File Number 1-9260]
UNIT CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Delaware
73-1283193
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
7130 South Lewis, Suite 1000, Tulsa, Oklahoma
74136
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
(918) 493-7700
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
None
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year,
if changed since last report)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
Yes [x]            No [  ]                                                     
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).
Yes [x]            No [  ]                                                     
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
Large accelerated filer [x]                 Accelerated filer [  ]                 Non-accelerated filer [  ]                 Smaller reporting company [  ]
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
Yes [  ]            No [x]                                                     
As of October 22, 2012, 48,565,039 shares of the issuer's common stock were outstanding.



TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
 
Page
Number
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 2.
 
 
 
Item 3.
 
 
 
Item 4.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1.
 
 
 
Item 1A.
 
 
 
Item 2.
 
 
 
Item 3.
 
 
 
Item 4.
 
 
 
Item 5.
 
 
 
Item 6.
 
 
 
 

1


Forward-Looking Statements
This document contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this quarterly report, which address activities, events or developments which we expect or anticipate will or may occur in the future, are forward-looking statements. The words “believes,” “intends,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “estimates,” “predicts,” and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements.
These forward-looking statements include, among others, such things as:
the amount and nature of our future capital expenditures and how we expect to fund our capital expenditures;
the amount of wells we plan to drill or rework;
prices for oil, NGLs, and natural gas;
demand for oil NGLs, and natural gas;
our exploration and drilling prospects;
the estimates of our proved oil, NGLs, and natural gas reserves;
oil, NGLs, and natural gas reserve potential;
development and infill drilling potential;
expansion and other development trends of the oil and natural gas industry;
our business strategy;
our plans to maintain or increase production of oil, NGLs, and natural gas;
the number of gathering systems and processing plants we plan to construct or acquire;
volumes and prices for natural gas gathered and processed;
expansion and growth of our business and operations;
demand for our drilling rigs and drilling rig rates;
our belief that the final outcome of our legal proceedings will not materially affect our financial results;
our ability to timely secure third-party services used in completing our wells;
our ability to transport or convey our oil or natural gas production to established pipeline systems; and
impact of federal and state legislative and regulatory initiatives relating to hydrocarbon fracturing impacting our costs and increasing operating restrictions or delays as well as other adverse impacts on our business.
These statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by us in light of our experience and our perception of historical trends, current conditions, and expected future developments as well as other factors we believe are appropriate in the circumstances. However, whether actual results and developments will conform to our expectations and predictions is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from our expectations, including:
the risk factors discussed in this document and in the documents we incorporate by reference;
general economic, market, or business conditions;
the availability of and nature of (or lack of) business opportunities that we pursue;
demand for our land drilling services;
changes in laws or regulations;
decreases or increases in commodity prices; and
other factors, most of which are beyond our control.
You should not place undue reliance on any of these forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, we disclaim any current intention to update forward-looking information and to release publicly the results of any future revisions we may make to forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

2


PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements

UNIT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)
 
September 30, 2012
 
December 31, 2011
 
(In thousands except share amounts)
ASSETS
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
1,023

 
$
835

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $5,343 both at September 30, 2012 and at December 31, 2011
160,666

 
165,276

Materials and supplies
10,151

 
8,202

Current derivative asset (Note 10)
14,517

 
31,938

Current deferred tax asset
10,936

 
10,936

Prepaid expenses and other
12,791

 
11,278

Total current assets
210,084

 
228,465

Property and equipment:
 
 
 
Drilling equipment
1,469,511

 
1,423,570

Oil and natural gas properties on the full cost method:
 
 
 
Proved properties
3,641,786

 
3,302,032

Undeveloped leasehold not being amortized
578,803

 
185,632

Gas gathering and processing equipment
398,810

 
278,919

Transportation equipment
37,487

 
34,118

Other
53,278

 
37,544

 
6,179,675

 
5,261,815

Less accumulated depreciation, depletion, amortization and impairment
2,660,250

 
2,319,484

Net property and equipment
3,519,425

 
2,942,331

Debt issuance cost
13,767

 
5,671

Goodwill
62,808

 
62,808

Other intangible assets, net
934

 
1,855

Non-current derivative asset (Note 10)
1,948

 
4,514

Other assets
12,117

 
11,076

Total assets
$
3,821,083

 
$
3,256,720


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these
condensed consolidated financial statements.

3


UNIT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED) - CONTINUED

 
September 30, 2012
 
December 31, 2011
 
(In thousands except share amounts)
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
 
 
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
Accounts payable
$
145,362

 
$
143,311

Accrued liabilities (Note 5)
82,709

 
51,733

Income taxes payable
2,002

 
781

Contract advances
5,110

 
2,055

Current portion of derivative liabilities (Note 10)
851

 
2,657

Current portion of other long-term liabilities (Note 6)
11,413

 
12,213

Total current liabilities
247,447

 
212,750

Long-term debt (Note 6)
645,154

 
300,000

Non-current derivative liabilities (Note 10)
1,214

 

Other long-term liabilities (Note 6)
164,170

 
113,830

Deferred income taxes
734,122

 
683,123

Shareholders’ equity:
 
 
 
Preferred stock, $1.00 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized, none issued

 

Common stock, $.20 par value, 175,000,000 shares authorized, 48,565,428 and 48,151,442 shares issued, respectively
9,591

 
9,541

Capital in excess of par value
419,409

 
408,109

Accumulated other comprehensive income
9,912

 
19,026

Retained earnings
1,590,064

 
1,510,341

Total shareholders’ equity
2,028,976

 
1,947,017

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
$
3,821,083

 
$
3,256,720


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these
condensed consolidated financial statements.


4


UNIT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)
 
 
Three Months Ended
September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
(In thousands except per share amounts)
Revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Contract drilling
$
133,420

 
$
128,927

 
$
421,198

 
$
342,098

Oil and natural gas
131,420

 
134,897

 
397,745

 
376,393

Gas gathering and processing
52,935

 
60,688

 
159,977

 
144,820

Other
(15
)
 
(667
)
 
1,160

 
(566
)
Total revenues
317,760

 
323,845

 
980,080

 
862,745

Expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Contract drilling:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating costs
72,988

 
73,004

 
223,980

 
190,086

Depreciation
20,094

 
20,818

 
62,660

 
57,333

Oil and natural gas:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating costs
36,147

 
29,598

 
105,035

 
93,796

Depreciation, depletion and amortization
44,489

 
47,195

 
153,839

 
132,013

Impairment of oil and natural gas properties (Note 2)

 

 
115,874

 

Gas gathering and processing:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating costs
46,267

 
53,299

 
136,243

 
119,143

Depreciation and amortization
5,884

 
4,017

 
16,330

 
11,627

General and administrative
8,434

 
7,800

 
23,814

 
22,188

Interest, net
7,087

 
1,351

 
11,455

 
2,078

Total operating expenses
241,390

 
237,082

 
849,230

 
628,264

Income before income taxes
76,370

 
86,763

 
130,850

 
234,481

Income tax expense (benefit):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current
2,516

 
(3,949
)
 
450

 
(3,949
)
Deferred
27,268

 
37,352

 
50,677

 
94,224

Total income taxes
29,784

 
33,403

 
51,127

 
90,275

Net income
$
46,586

 
$
53,360

 
$
79,723

 
$
144,206

Net income per common share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
$
0.97

 
$
1.12

 
$
1.66

 
$
3.03

Diluted
$
0.97

 
$
1.11

 
$
1.66

 
$
3.01


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these
condensed consolidated financial statements.


5


UNIT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)
 
 
Three Months Ended
September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
(In thousands)
Net income
$
46,586

 
$
53,360

 
$
79,723

 
$
144,206

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Change in value of derivative instruments used as cash flow hedges, net of tax of ($8,838), $27,015, $7,377 and $28,201
(14,137
)
 
43,154

 
11,353

 
45,123

Reclassification - derivative settlements, Net of tax of ($5,523), ($771), ($14,793) and $1,008
(8,720
)
 
(1,232
)
 
(23,296
)
 
1,608

Ineffective portion of derivatives, net of tax of $1,560, ($899), $1,792 and ($1,601)
2,455

 
(1,437
)
 
2,829

 
(2,557
)
Comprehensive income
$
26,184

 
$
93,845

 
$
70,609

 
$
188,380


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these
condensed consolidated financial statements.


6


UNIT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)
 
 
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
(In thousands)
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
Net income
$
79,723

 
$
144,206

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization
234,350

 
201,924

Impairment of oil and natural gas properties (Note 2)
115,874

 

Unrealized (gain) loss on derivatives
4,621

 
(3,611
)
Deferred tax expense
50,677

 
94,224

(Gain) loss on disposition of assets
(1,283
)
 
462

Stock compensation plans
12,271

 
10,780

Other
3,376

 
2,740

Changes in operating assets and liabilities increasing (decreasing) cash:
 
 
 
Accounts receivable
4,516

 
(26,118
)
Accounts payable
(11,753
)
 
(30,439
)
Material and supplies
(1,949
)
 
(1,780
)
Accrued liabilities
20,140

 
13,487

Contract advances
3,055

 
(1,190
)
Other - net
(1,478
)
 
13,166

Net cash provided by operating activities
512,140

 
417,851

INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
Capital expenditures
(584,858
)
 
(541,044
)
Producing property and other acquisitions (Note 3)
(600,321
)
 
(50,525
)
Proceeds from disposition of assets (Note 3)
296,582

 
7,779

Net cash used in investing activities
(888,597
)
 
(583,790
)
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
Borrowings under line of credit
543,700

 
334,100

Payments under line of credit
(593,700
)
 
(441,700
)
Proceeds from issuance of senior subordinated notes, net of debt issuance cost
386,274

 
243,950

Proceeds from exercise of stock options
90

 
644

Book overdrafts
40,281

 
28,746

Net cash provided by financing activities
376,645

 
165,740

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
188

 
(199
)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period
835

 
1,359

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
$
1,023

 
$
1,160


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these
condensed consolidated financial statements.


7


UNIT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

NOTE 1 – BASIS OF PREPARATION AND PRESENTATION
The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements in this quarterly report include the accounts of Unit Corporation and all its subsidiaries and affiliates and have been prepared under the rules and regulations of the SEC. The terms “company,” “Unit,” “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Unit Corporation, a Delaware corporation, and, as appropriate, one or more of its subsidiaries and affiliates, except as otherwise indicated or as the context otherwise requires.
The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements are unaudited and do not include all the notes in our annual financial statements. This quarterly report should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and notes included in our Form 10-K, filed February 23, 2012, for the year ended December 31, 2011.
In the opinion of our management, the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements contain all normal recurring adjustments (including the elimination of all intercompany transactions) necessary to fairly state the following:
• Balance Sheets at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011;
• Statements of Income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011;
• Statements of Comprehensive Income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011; and
• Cash Flows for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011.
Our financial statements are prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). GAAP requires us to make certain estimates and assumptions that may affect the amounts reported in our condensed consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes. Actual results may differ from those estimates. Results for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be realized for the full year in the case of 2012, or that we realized for the full year of 2011.
With respect to the unaudited financial information for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 our auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, reported that it applied limited procedures in accordance with professional standards in reviewing that information. Its separate report, dated November 1, 2012, which is included in this quarterly report, states that it did not audit and it does not express an opinion on that unaudited financial information. Accordingly, the degree of reliance placed on its report should be restricted in light of the limited review procedures applied. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is not subject to the liability provisions of Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 (Act) for its report on the unaudited financial information because that report is not a “report” or a “part” of a registration statement prepared or certified by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP within the meaning of Sections 7 and 11 of the Act.

NOTE 2 – OIL AND NATURAL GAS PROPERTIES
Full cost accounting rules require us to review the carrying value of our oil and natural gas properties at the end of each quarter. Under those rules, the maximum amount allowed as the carrying value is referred to as the ceiling. The ceiling is the sum of the present value (using a 10% discount rate) of the estimated future net revenues from our proved reserves based on the unescalated 12-month average price on our oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and natural gas adjusted for any cash flow hedges, plus the cost of properties not being amortized, plus the lower of cost or estimated fair value of unproved properties included in the costs being amortized, less related income taxes. In the event the unamortized cost of the amortized oil, NGLs, and natural gas properties exceeds the full cost ceiling, the excess amount is charged to expense in the period during which the excess occurs, even if prices are depressed for only a short period of time. Once incurred, a write-down of oil and natural gas properties is not reversible.
For the quarter ended June 30, 2012, the 12-month average commodity prices, including the discounted value of our cash flow hedges, decreased significantly, resulting in a non-cash ceiling test write down of $115.9 million pre-tax ($72.1 million, net of tax). Our qualifying cash flow hedges used in the ceiling test determination as of June 30, 2012, consisted of swaps covering 2.9 MMBoe in 2012 and 4.5 MMBoe in 2013. The effect of those hedges on the June 30, 2012 ceiling test was a $32.5 million pre-tax increase in the discounted net cash flows of our oil and natural gas properties.

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At September 30, 2012 the 12-month average commodity prices, including the discounted value of our cash flow hedges, were at levels that did not require us to take a write-down of our oil and natural gas properties. If there are further declines in the 12-month average prices, including the discounted value of our cash flow hedges, we may be required to record a write-down in future periods.
Our qualifying cash flow hedges used in the ceiling test determination as of September 30, 2012, consisted of swaps covering 1.3 MMBoe in 2012 and 6.9 MMBoe in 2013. The effect of those hedges on the September 30, 2012 ceiling test was a $38.4 million pre-tax increase in the discounted net cash flows of our oil and natural gas properties. Our oil, NGL, and natural gas hedging is discussed in Note 10 of the Notes to our Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
NOTE 3 – ACQUISITIONS AND DIVESTITURES
Year to Date 2012 Acquisitions
On September 17, 2012, we closed on the acquisition of certain oil and natural gas assets from Noble Energy, Inc. (Noble). The acquisition includes approximately 84,000 net acres primarily in the Granite Wash, Cleveland, and various other plays in western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. The amount paid at closing was $594.5 million.
The effective date of the Noble acquisition was April 1, 2012. As of the effective date the estimated proved reserves of the acquired properties were 44 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe). The acquisition adds approximately 25,000 net acres to our Granite Wash core area in the Texas Panhandle with significant resource potential including approximately 600 horizontal drilling locations. The total acreage acquired in western Oklahoma is approximately 59,000 net acres and is characterized by high working interest and operatorship, 95% of which is held by production. We also received four gathering systems as part of the transaction and other miscellaneous assets.
The Noble acquisition is accounted for using the acquisition method under ASC 805, Business Combinations, which requires that the acquired assets and liabilities be recorded at their fair values as of the acquisition date. The following table summarizes the preliminary purchase price and the preliminary estimated values of assets acquired and liabilities assumed. It is based on information available to us at the time these unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements were prepared. We believe these estimates are reasonable; however, the estimates are subject to change as additional information becomes available and is assessed by us (in thousands):
Preliminary Purchase Price
 
Total consideration given
$
594,463

 
 
Preliminary Allocation of Purchase Price
 
Oil and natural gas properties included in the full cost pool:
 
Proved oil and natural gas properties
$
260,798

Undeveloped oil and natural gas properties
355,180

Total oil and natural gas properties included in the full cost pool (1)
615,978

Equipment and facilities
25,163

Asset retirement obligation
(46,678
)
Fair value of net assets acquired
$
594,463

(1) We used a discounted cash flow model and made market assumptions as to future commodity prices, projections of estimated quantities of oil and natural gas reserves, expectations for timing and amount of future development and operating costs, projections of future rates of production, expected recovery rates and risk adjusted discount rates.
Pro Forma Financial Information
The following unaudited pro forma financial information is presented to reflect the operations of the acquired assets as if the acquisition had been completed on January 1, 2012 and 2011, respectively. The unaudited pro forma financial information was derived from the historical accounting records of the seller adjusted for estimated transaction costs, depreciation, depletion and amortization, ceiling test impact, general and administrative expenses, capitalized interest, and interest on the $400.0 million of bonds issued along with additional borrowings under our credit facility to finance the acquisition. The unaudited pro forma financial information does not purport to be indicative of results of operations that would have occurred had the transaction occurred on the basis assumed above, nor is such information indicative of our expected future results of operations.

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The pro forma results of operations do not include any cost savings or other synergies that resulted, or may result, from the acquisition or any estimated costs that will be incurred to integrate these assets. Future results may vary significantly from the results reflected in this pro forma financial information because of future events and transactions, as well as other factors.
 
Three Months Ended
September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
(In thousands, except per share data)
Pro forma:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenues
$
335,394

 
$
354,320

 
$
1,041,350

 
$
964,165

Net income
$
47,186

 
$
60,897

 
$
140,670

 
$
171,445

Net income per common share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
$
0.98

 
$
1.28

 
$
2.94

 
$
3.60

Diluted
$
0.98

 
$
1.27

 
$
2.92

 
$
3.58

Year to Date 2012 Divestitures
We completed the following divestitures to-date in 2012, all of which were accounted for as adjustments to the full cost pool with no gain or loss recognized:
In September 2012, we sold our interest in certain Bakken properties (representing approximately 35% of our total acreage in the Bakken play). The proceeds, net of related expenses were $226.6 million.
In September 2012, we sold certain oil and natural gas assets located in Brazos and Madison counties of Texas, for approximately $44.1 million.
Other
In conjunction with the acquisition and divestitures completed in the third quarter 2012, we took the necessary steps to secure like-kind exchange tax treatment for the transactions under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code.

NOTE 4 – EARNINGS PER SHARE
Information related to the calculation of earnings per share follows:
 
 
Income
(Numerator)
 
Weighted
Shares
(Denominator)
 
Per-Share
Amount
 
(In thousands except per share amounts)
For the three months ended September 30, 2012
 
 
 
 
 
Basic earnings per common share
$
46,586

 
47,938

 
$
0.97

Effect of dilutive stock options, restricted stock and stock appreciation rights (SARs)

 
263

 

Diluted earnings per common share
$
46,586

 
48,201

 
$
0.97

For the three months ended September 30, 2011
 
 
 
 
 
Basic earnings per common share
$
53,360

 
47,687

 
$
1.12

Effect of dilutive stock options, restricted stock and SARs

 
281

 
(0.01
)
Diluted earnings per common share
$
53,360

 
47,968

 
$
1.11



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The following table shows the number of stock options and SARs (and their average exercise price) excluded because their option exercise prices were greater than the average market price of our common stock:
 
 
Three Months Ended
September 30,
 
2012
 
2011
Stock options and SARs
278,901

 
149,665

Average Exercise Price
$
51.57

 
$
58.41


 
Income
(Numerator)
 
Weighted
Shares
(Denominator)
 
Per-Share
Amount
 
(In thousands except per share amounts)
For the nine months ended September 30, 2012
 
 
 
 
 
Basic earnings per common share
$
79,723

 
47,891

 
$
1.66

Effect of dilutive stock options, restricted stock and SARs

 
215

 

Diluted earnings per common share
$
79,723

 
48,106

 
$
1.66

For the nine months ended September 30, 2011
 
 
 
 
 
Basic earnings per common share
$
144,206

 
47,642

 
$
3.03

Effect of dilutive stock options, restricted stock and SARs

 
290

 
(0.02
)
Diluted earnings per common share
$
144,206

 
47,932

 
$
3.01


 
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
2012
 
2011
Stock options and SARs
250,901

 
73,500

Average Exercise Price
$
52.72

 
$
64.43


NOTE 5 – ACCRUED LIABILITIES
Accrued liabilities consisted of the following:
 
 
September 30, 2012
 
December 31, 2011
 
(In thousands)
Employee costs
$
18,941

 
$
22,518

Divestiture related costs
18,246

 

Interest payable
17,148

 
2,647

Taxes
14,211

 
13,480

Lease operating expenses
8,566

 
7,346

Hedge settlements
343

 
1,844

Other
5,254

 
3,898

Total accrued liabilities
$
82,709

 
$
51,733


  

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NOTE 6 – LONG-TERM DEBT AND OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES
Long-Term Debt
As of the dates in the table, long-term debt consisted of the following:
 
 
September 30, 2012
 
December 31, 2011
 
(In thousands)
Credit agreement with an average interest rate of 2.7% at December 31, 2011
$

 
$
50,000

6.625% senior subordinated notes due 2021, net of unamortized discount of $4.8 million at September 30, 2012
645,154

 
250,000

Total long-term debt
$
645,154

 
$
300,000


Credit Agreement. On September 5, 2012, we amended our Senior Credit Agreement (credit agreement) scheduled to mature on September 13, 2016 . The amount available to be borrowed is the lesser of the amount we elect (from time to time) as the commitment amount (amended to $500.0 million from $250.0 million) or the value of the borrowing base as determined by the lenders (amended to $800.0 million from $600.0 million), but in either event not to exceed the maximum credit agreement amount of $900.0 million (amended from $750.0 million). We are charged a commitment fee ranging from 0.375 to 0.50 of 1% on the amount available but not borrowed. The rate varies based on the amount borrowed as a percentage of the amount of the total borrowing base. In connection with this new amendment, we paid $1.5 million in origination, agency, syndication, and other related fees. We are amortizing these fees over the life of the credit agreement.
The amount of the borrowing base, which is subject to redetermination by the lenders on April 1st and October 1st of each year, is based primarily on a percentage of the discounted future value of our oil and natural gas reserves. We or the lenders may request a onetime special redetermination of the borrowing base between each scheduled redetermination. In addition, we may request a redetermination following the completion of an acquisition that meets the requirements set forth in the credit agreement.
At our election, any part of the outstanding debt under the credit agreement may be fixed at a London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). LIBOR interest is computed as the sum of the LIBOR base for the applicable term plus 1.75% to 2.50% depending on the level of debt as a percentage of the borrowing base and is payable at the end of each term, or every 90 days, whichever is less. Borrowings not under LIBOR bear interest at the Prime Rate, which cannot be less than LIBOR plus 1.00%. Interest is payable at the end of each month, and the principal may be repaid in whole or in part at anytime, without a premium or penalty. At September 30, 2012, we did not have any outstanding borrowings under our credit facility.
We can use borrowings for financing general working capital requirements for (a) exploration, development, production and acquisition of oil and gas properties, (b) acquisitions and operation of mid-stream assets, (c) issuance of standby letters of credit, (d) contract drilling services, and (e) general corporate purposes.
The credit agreement prohibits, among other things:
the payment of dividends (other than stock dividends) during any fiscal year in excess of 30% of our consolidated net income for the preceding fiscal year;
the incurrence of additional debt with certain limited exceptions; and
the creation or existence of mortgages or liens, other than those in the ordinary course of business, on any of our properties, except in favor of our lenders.
The credit agreement also requires that we have at the end of each quarter:
a current ratio (as defined in the credit agreement) of not less than 1 to 1; and
a leverage ratio of funded debt to consolidated EBITDA (as defined in the credit agreement) for the most recently ended rolling four fiscal quarters of no greater than 4 to 1.
As of September 30, 2012, we were in compliance with the covenants contained in the credit agreement.
6.625% Senior Subordinated Notes. On May 18, 2011, we completed the sale of $250.0 million of our 6.625% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2021 (the 2011 Notes). The 2011 Notes were issued at par and mature on May 15, 2021. We received net proceeds of approximately $244.0 million after deducting fees of approximately $6.0 million. Those fees are being

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amortized as debt issuance cost over the life of the 2011 Notes. We used the net proceeds to repay outstanding borrowings under our credit agreement, which was $220.3 million on May 18, 2011. The remaining proceeds were used for working capital. The 2011 Notes were registered under the Securities Act.
On July 24, 2012, we completed the sale of $400.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior subordinated notes (the 2012 Notes) due May 15, 2021, which will bear interest at a rate of 6.625% per year. The 2012 Notes were sold at 98.75% of par plus accrued interest from May 15, 2012. We used the net proceeds from the offering to partially finance the acquisition of oil and natural gas properties from Noble. We incurred $8.7 million of fees that are being amortized as debt issuance cost over the life of the 2012 Notes. The 2012 Notes were not registered under the Securities Act.
Under the registration rights agreement filed with the SEC on Form 8-K on July 25, 2012, we are going to offer to exchange the 2012 Notes for additional notes of our existing 2011 Notes, which are registered under the Securities Act and have terms substantially identical to those of the 2012 Notes. After the exchange is completed, the 2012 Notes that are tendered (the Exchanged Notes) will be treated as a single series of debt securities with the 2011 Notes bringing the total to $650.0 million aggregate principal amount of 6.625% senior subordinated notes if all the 2012 Notes are tendered. The interest is payable semi-annually (in arrears) on May 15 and November 15 of each year, and the notes will mature on May 15, 2021.
The 2011 Notes and the 2012 Notes are, and the Exchange Notes will be, guaranteed by our wholly-owned domestic direct and indirect subsidiaries (the Guarantors). Unit, as the parent company, has no independent assets or operations. The guarantees are full and unconditional and joint and several, subject to certain automatic customary releases, including sale, disposition, or transfer of the capital stock or substantially all of the assets of a subsidiary guarantor, exercise of legal defeasance option or covenant defeasance option, and designation of a subsidiary guarantor as unrestricted in accordance with their respective Indentures described below. Any subsidiaries of Unit other than the Guarantors are minor. There are no significant restrictions on the ability of Unit to receive funds from its subsidiaries through dividends, loans, advances or otherwise.
The 2011 Notes were issued under an Indenture dated as of May 18, 2011, between us and Wilmington Trust FSB, as Trustee (the Trustee), as supplemented by the First Supplemental Indenture dated as of May 18, 2011, between us, the Guarantors and the Trustee, establishing the terms and providing for the issuance of the 2011 Notes (as supplemented, the 2011 Indenture). The 2012 Notes were issued under an Indenture dated as of July 24, 2012 between us, the Guarantors and the Trustee, as supplemented by the First Supplemental Indenture dated as of July 24, 2012, establishing the terms and providing for the issuance of the 2012 Notes (as supplemented, the 2012 Indenture). The discussion of the 2011 Notes and the 2012 Notes in this report is qualified by and subject to the actual terms of the 2011 Indenture and the 2012 Indenture, respectively.
On and after May 15, 2016, we may redeem all or, from time to time, a part of the 2011 Notes, 2012 Notes, or Exchanged Notes (collectively, the Notes) at certain redemption prices, plus accrued and unpaid interest. Before May 15, 2014, we may on any one or more occasions redeem up to 35% of the original principal amount of the Notes with the net cash proceeds of one or more equity offerings at a redemption price of 106.625% of the principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the redemption date, provided that at least 65% of the original principal amount of the Notes remains outstanding after each redemption. In addition, at any time before May 15, 2016, we may redeem the Notes, in whole or in part, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount plus a “make whole” premium, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the redemption date. If a “change of control” occurs, subject to certain conditions, we must offer to repurchase from each holder all or any part of that holder’s Notes at a purchase price in cash equal to 101% of the principal amount of the Notes plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of purchase. The 2011 Indenture and the 2012 Indenture contain customary events of default. The Indentures governing the Notes contain covenants that, among other things, limit our ability and the ability of certain of our subsidiaries to incur or guarantee additional indebtedness; pay dividends on our capital stock or redeem capital stock or subordinated indebtedness; transfer or sell assets; make investments; incur liens; enter into transactions with our affiliates; and merge or consolidate with other companies. We were in compliance with all covenants of the Notes as of September 30, 2012.

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Other Long-Term Liabilities
Other long-term liabilities consisted of the following:
 
 
September 30, 2012
 
December 31, 2011
 
(In thousands)
Asset retirement obligation (ARO) liability
$
144,849

 
$
96,446

Workers’ compensation
17,267

 
17,026

Separation benefit plans
7,484

 
6,845

Gas balancing liability
3,263

 
3,263

Deferred compensation plan
2,720

 
2,463

 
175,583

 
126,043

Less current portion
11,413

 
12,213

Total other long-term liabilities
$
164,170

 
$
113,830


Estimated annual principle payments under the terms of debt and other long-term liabilities during each of the five successive twelve month periods beginning October 1, 2012 (and through 2016) are $11.4 million, $23.0 million, $8.4 million, $4.5 million and $3.5 million, respectively.
NOTE 7 – ASSET RETIREMENT OBLIGATIONS
We are required to record the estimated fair value of the liabilities relating to the future retirement of our long-lived assets . Our oil and natural gas wells are plugged and abandoned when the oil and natural gas reserves in those wells are depleted or the wells are no longer able to produce. The plugging and abandonment liability for a well is recorded in the period in which the obligation is incurred (at the time the well is drilled or acquired). None of our assets are restricted for purposes of settling these AROs. All of our AROs relate to the plugging costs associated with our oil and gas wells.
The following table shows certain information about our AROs for the periods indicated:
 
 
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
(In thousands)
ARO liability, January 1:
$
96,446

 
$
69,265

Accretion of discount
3,215

 
2,598

Liability incurred
52,306

(1) 
12,674

Liability settled
(1,606
)
 
(831
)
Liability sold
(1,258
)
 

Revision of estimates
(4,254
)
(2) 
9,096

ARO liability, September 30:
144,849

 
92,802

Less current portion
2,857

 
2,074

Total long-term ARO
$
141,992

 
$
90,728

 
(1)
The liability incurred increased $46.7 million related to the Noble properties acquired in September 2012.
(2)
Plugging liability estimates were revised in March 2012 for updates in the cost of services used to plug wells over the preceding year. Although cost per well increased, a slight decrease in the inflation factor resulted in a decrease in estimated cost. Costs were again reviewed in September 2012 resulting in no change to the March 2012 estimates.


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NOTE 8 – NEW ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS
Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in U.S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). In May 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-04 Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in U.S. GAAP and IFRS. ASU 2011-4 is intended to improve the comparability of fair value measurements presented and disclosed in financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and IFRS. The amendments are of two types: (i) those that clarify FASB’s intent about the application of existing fair value measurement and disclosure requirements and (ii) those that change a particular principle or requirement for measuring fair value or for disclosing information about fair value measurements. The update is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011. Other than modification to disclosure, there was no significant impact on our financial statements.
Presentation of Comprehensive Income. In June 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-05 – Presentation of Comprehensive Income. This ASU amends the Codification to allow an entity the option to present the total of comprehensive income, the components of net income, and the components of other comprehensive income either in a single continuous statement of comprehensive income or in two separate but consecutive statements. ASU 2011-05 eliminates the option to present the components of other comprehensive income as part of the statement of changes in stockholders' equity. The amendments to the Codification in the ASU do not change the items that must be reported in other comprehensive income or when an item of other comprehensive income must be reclassified to net income. ASU 2011-05 should be applied retrospectively. The amendments are effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2011. We chose to present net income and comprehensive income as two consecutive statements in our financial statements.
Testing Goodwill for Impairment. In August 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-08 – Intangibles-Goodwill and Other (ASC 350): Testing Goodwill for Impairment. This ASU is intended to simplify how entities, both public and nonpublic, test goodwill for impairment. ASU 2011-08 permits an entity to first assess qualitative factors to determine whether it is "more likely than not" that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount as a basis for determining whether it is necessary to perform the two-step goodwill impairment test described in ASC 350, Intangibles-Goodwill and Other. The more-likely-than-not threshold is defined as having a likelihood of more than 50%. ASU 2011-08 is effective for annual and interim goodwill impairment tests performed for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2011.

NOTE 9 – STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 , we recognized stock compensation expense for restricted stock awards of $2.9 million and $8.2 million, respectively. For the same period we also capitalized stock compensation cost for oil and natural gas properties of $0.7 million and $2.0 million, respectively. For these same periods, the tax benefit related to this stock based compensation was $1.2 million and $3.2 million, respectively. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 , we recognized stock compensation expense for restricted stock awards and stock options of $2.7 million and $7.7 million, respectively. We also capitalized for the same periods stock compensation cost for oil and natural gas properties of $0.6 million and $1.9 million, respectively. For these same periods, the tax benefit related to this stock based compensation was $1.1 million and $3.0 million, respectively. The remaining unrecognized compensation cost related to unvested awards at September 30, 2012 is approximately $14.5 million of which $2.6 million is anticipated to be capitalized. The weighted average period of time over which this cost will be recognized is 0.8 years.
At our annual meeting of stockholders held on May 2, 2012, our stockholders approved the Unit Corporation Stock and Incentive Compensation Plan Amended and Restated May 2, 2012 (the amended plan).   The amended plan allows us to grant stock-based and cash-based compensation to our employees (including employees of subsidiaries) as well as non-employee directors.  A total of 3,300,000 shares of the company's common stock is authorized for issuance to eligible participants under the amended plan.  The amended plan succeeds the Non-employee Directors' 2000 Stock Option Plan (the option plan), and no new awards will be issued under the option plan.

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The table below shows the estimates of the fair value of these stock options granted to our non-employee directors under the option plan in 2011 using the Black-Scholes model and applying the estimated values also presented in the table:

 
Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2011
Options granted
31,500

Estimated fair value (in millions)
$
0.7

Estimate of stock volatility
0.48

Estimated dividend yield
%
Risk free interest rate
2
%
Expected annual life based on
 
prior experience
5

Forfeiture rate
%

Expected volatilities are based on the historical volatility of our common stock. Within the model, we use historical data to estimate stock option exercise and termination rates and aggregates groups that have similar historical exercise behavior for valuation purposes. To date, we have not paid dividends on our common stock. The risk free interest rate is computed from the LIBOR rate using the term over which it is anticipated the grant will be exercised.
We did not grant any SARs or stock options (other than the non-employee director options discussed above) during either of the three or nine month periods ending September 30, 2012 and 2011.The following table shows the fair value of any restricted stock awards granted to employees and non-employee directors during the periods indicated:  
 
Three Months Ended
September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
Shares granted:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Employees
2,509

 
12,402

 
370,445

 
209,150

Non employee directors

 

 
24,606

 

 
2,509

 
12,402

 
395,051

 
209,150

Estimated fair value (in millions):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Employees
$
0.1

 
$
0.6

 
$
15.7

 
$
10.9

Non employee directors

 

 
1.0

 

 
$
0.1

 
$
0.6

 
$
16.7

 
$
10.9

Percentage of shares granted expected to be distributed:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Employees
95
%
 
95
%
 
94
%
 
93
%
Non employee directors
%
 
%
 
100
%
 
%
The restricted stock awards granted during the first three and nine months of 2012 and 2011 are being recognized over a three year vesting period, except for a portion of those granted to certain executive officers. As to those executive officers, 30% of the shares granted, or 46,441 shares in 2012 and 20,062 shares in 2011 (the performance shares), will cliff vest in the first half of 2015 and 2014, respectively. The actual number of performance shares that vest in 2014 and 2015 will be based on the company’s achievement of certain performance criteria over a three-year period, and will range from 50% to 150% of the restricted shares granted as performance shares. Based on the first year’s results, the participants would receive less than 100% of the performance based shares. Total 2012 awards resulted in stock compensation expense and the capitalized cost related to oil and natural gas properties for the first nine months of 2012 by an aggregate of $5.6 million.



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NOTE 10 – DERIVATIVES
Commodity Derivatives
We have entered into various types of derivative transactions covering some of our projected natural gas, NGLs, and oil production. These transactions are intended to reduce our exposure to market price volatility by setting the price(s) we will receive for that production. Our decisions on the price(s), type, and quantity of our production hedged is based, in part, on our view of current and future market conditions. As of September 30, 2012, our derivative transactions consisted of the following types of hedges:

Swaps. We receive or pay a fixed price for the hedged commodity and pay or receive a floating market price to the counterparty. The fixed-price payment and the floating-price payment are netted, resulting in a net amount due to or from the counterparty.

Collars. A collar contains a fixed floor price (put) and a ceiling price (call). If the market price exceeds the call strike price or falls below the put strike price, we receive the fixed price and pay the market price. If the market price is between the call and the put strike price, no payments are due from either party.
We have documented policies and procedures to monitor and control the use of derivative instruments. We do not engage in derivative transactions for speculative purposes. In August 2012, we determined on a prospective basis, to enter into economic hedges without electing cash flow hedge accounting. Therefore, the change in fair value, on all commodity derivatives entered into after that determination, will be reflected in the income statement and not in accumulated other comprehensive income (OCI).
At September 30, 2012, the following cash flow hedges were outstanding:
 
Term
Commodity
Hedged Volume
Weighted Average Fixed
Price for Swaps
Hedged Market
Oct’12 – Dec’12
Crude oil – swap
6,250 Bbl/day
$97.72
WTI – NYMEX
Jan’13 – Dec’13
Crude oil – swap
5,500 Bbl/day
$99.71
WTI – NYMEX
Oct’12 – Dec’12
Natural gas – swap
30,000 MMBtu/day
$5.05
IF – NYMEX (HH)
Oct’12 – Dec’12
Natural gas – swap
15,000 MMBtu/day
$5.62
IF – PEPL
Jan’13 – Dec’13
Natural gas – swap
60,000 MMBtu/day
$3.56
IF – NYMEX (HH)
Jan’13 – Dec’13
Natural gas – collar
20,000 MMBtu/day
$3.25-3.72
IF – NYMEX (HH)
Oct’12 – Dec’12
Liquids – swap (1)
180,006 Gal/mo
$2.11
OPIS – Conway
Oct’12 – Dec’12
Liquids – swap (2)
310,000 Gal/mo
$0.67
OPIS – Mont Belvieu
 
(1)Types of liquids involved are natural gasoline.
(2)Types of liquids involved are ethane.
After September 30, 2012, we entered into the following non-designated hedges:
 
Term
Commodity
Hedged Volume
Weighted Average Fixed
Price for Swaps
Hedged Market
Jan’13 – Dec’13
Natural gas – swap
20,000 MMBtu/day
$3.94
IF – NYMEX (HH)


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The following tables present the fair values and locations of the derivative transactions recorded in our unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets:
 
 
 
Derivative Assets
 
 
Fair Value
 
Balance Sheet Location
September 30, 2012
 
December 31, 2011
 
 
(In thousands)
Derivatives designated as hedging instruments
 
 
 
 
Commodity derivatives:
 
 
 
 
Current
Current derivative asset
$
14,517

 
$
31,938

Long-term
Non-current derivative asset
1,948

 
4,514

Total derivatives designated as hedging instruments
 
16,465

 
36,452

Total derivative assets
 
$
16,465

 
$
36,452


 
 
Derivative Liabilities
 
 
Fair Value
 
Balance Sheet Location
September 30, 2012
 
December 31, 2011
 
 
(In thousands)
Derivatives designated as hedging instruments
 
 
 
 
Commodity derivatives:
 
 
 
 
Current
Current portion of derivative liabilities
$
851

 
$
2,657

Long-term
Non-current derivative liabilities
1,214

 

Total derivatives designated as hedging instruments
 
2,065

 
2,657

Total derivative liabilities
 
$
2,065

 
$
2,657

If a legal right of set-off exists, we net the value of the derivative transactions we have with the same counterparty in our unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets.
For derivative transactions entered into before October 2012, we recognize in accumulated OCI the effective portion of any changes in fair value and reclassify the recognized gains (losses) on the sales to revenue and the purchases to expense as the underlying transactions are settled. As of September 30, 2012 and 2011, we had a gain of $9.9 million and $37.3 million, net of tax, respectively, in accumulated OCI.
Based on market prices at September 30, 2012, we expect to transfer over the next 12 months (in the related month of settlement) a gain of approximately $8.3 million, net of tax, into OCI. The commodity derivative instruments existing as of September 30, 2012 are expected to mature by December 2013.
Certain derivatives do not qualify as cash flow hedges. As of September 30, 2012, all of our derivatives qualify for cash flow treatment; however, during 2011, we had three basis swaps that did not qualify as cash flow hedges. For those types of derivatives, any changes in the fair value that occurred before their maturity (i.e., temporary fluctuations in value) were reported in the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of income within our oil and natural gas revenues. Changes in the fair value of derivative instruments designated as cash flow hedges, to the extent they are effective in offsetting cash flows attributable to the hedged risk, are recorded in OCI until the hedged item is recognized into earnings. Any change in fair value resulting from ineffectiveness is recognized in our oil and natural gas revenues.

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Effect of derivative instruments on the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of income (cash flow hedges) for the nine months ended September 30:

Derivatives in Cash Flow Hedging
Relationships
Amount of Gain or (Loss) Recognized in
Accumulated OCI on  Derivative (Effective Portion) (1)
 
2012
 
2011
 
(In thousands)
Commodity derivatives
$
9,912

 
$
37,323

Total
$
9,912

 
$
37,323

 
(1) Net of taxes.
Effect of derivative instruments on the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of income (cash flow hedges) for the three months ended September 30:
 
Derivative Instrument
Location of Gain or (Loss) Reclassified 
from Accumulated OCI into Income
& Location of Gain or (Loss) Recognized in Income
Amount of Gain or (Loss)
Reclassified from Accumulated
OCI into Income (1)
 
Amount of Gain or (Loss)
Recognized in Income (2)
 
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
 
(In thousands)
Commodity derivatives
Oil and natural gas revenue
$
14,243

 
$
2,003

 
$
(4,015
)
 
$
2,336

Interest rate swaps
Interest, net

 

 

 

Total
 
$
14,243

 
$
2,003

 
$
(4,015
)
 
$
2,336

 
(1)
Effective portion of gain (loss).
(2)
Ineffective portion of gain (loss).
Effect of derivative instruments on the condensed consolidated statements of income (derivatives not designated as hedging instruments) for the three months ended September 30:
 
Derivatives Not Designated as Hedging
Instruments
Location of Gain or (Loss)
Recognized in Income on
Derivative
Amount of Gain or (Loss) Recognized in
Income on Derivative
 
 
2012
 
2011
 
 
(In thousands)
Commodity derivatives (basis swaps)
Oil and natural gas revenue
$

 
$
(61
)
Total
 
$

 
$
(61
)

Effect of derivative instruments on the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of income (cash flow hedges) for the nine months ended September 30:

Derivative Instrument
Location of Gain or (Loss) Reclassified 
from Accumulated OCI into Income
& Location of Gain or (Loss) Recognized in Income
Amount of Gain or (Loss)
Reclassified from Accumulated
OCI into Income (1)
 
Amount of Gain or (Loss)
Recognized in Income (2)
 
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
 
(In thousands)
Commodity derivatives
Oil and natural gas revenue
$
38,088

 
$
(882
)
 
$
(4,621
)
 
$
4,158

Interest rate swaps
Interest, net

 
(1,734
)
 

 

Total
 
$
38,088

 
$
(2,616
)
 
$
(4,621
)
 
$
4,158


(1)
Effective portion of gain (loss).
(2)
Ineffective portion of gain (loss).

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Effect of derivative instruments on the condensed consolidated statements of income (derivatives not designated as hedging instruments) for the nine months ended September 30:
 
Derivatives Not Designated as Hedging
Instruments
Location of Gain or (Loss)
Recognized in Income on
Derivative
Amount of Gain or (Loss) Recognized 
in Income on Derivative
 
 
2012
 
2011
 
 
(In thousands)
Commodity derivatives (basis swaps)
Oil and natural gas revenue
$

 
$
(1,008
)
Total
 
$

 
$
(1,008
)

NOTE 11 – FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
Fair value is defined as the amount that would be received from the sale of an asset or paid for the transfer of a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants (in either case, an exit price). To estimate an exit price, a three-level hierarchy is used prioritizing the valuation techniques used to measure fair value. The highest priority is given to Level 1 and the lowest priority is given to Level 3. The levels are summarized as follows:
Level 1 - unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities.
Level 2 - significant observable pricing inputs other than quoted prices included within level 1 that are either directly or indirectly observable as of the reporting date. Essentially, inputs (variables used in the pricing models) that are derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data.
Level 3 - generally unobservable inputs which are developed based on the best information available and may include our own internal data.
The inputs available to us determine the valuation technique we use to measure the fair values of our financial instruments. We corroborate these inputs based on recent transactions and broker quotes and compare with actual settlements.
The following tables set forth our recurring fair value measurements:
 
 
September 30, 2012
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
 
(In thousands)
Financial assets (liabilities):
 
 
 
 
 
Commodity derivatives:
 
 
 
 
 
Assets
$
21,851

 
$
4,007

 
$
25,858

Liabilities
(9,054
)
 
(2,404
)
 
(11,458
)
 
$
12,797

 
$
1,603

 
$
14,400

 
 
December 31, 2011
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
 
(In thousands)
Financial assets (liabilities):
 
 
 
 
 
Commodity derivatives:
 
 
 
 
 
Assets
$
9,698

 
$
34,321

 
$
44,019

Liabilities
(9,518
)
 
(706
)
 
(10,224
)
 
$
180

 
$
33,615

 
$
33,795


Certain natural gas fixed price swaps were transferred from Level 3 to Level 2 as of March 31, 2012 because of improvements in our ability to obtain and corroborate observable significant inputs to assess the fair value. Our policy is to recognize transfers either in or out of fair value hierarchy levels as of the end of the quarterly reporting period in which the event or change in circumstances causing the transfer occurred.

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The following methods and assumptions were used to estimate the fair values of the assets and liabilities in the table above.
Level 2 Fair Value Measurements
Commodity Derivatives. We measure the fair values of our crude oil and natural gas swaps using estimated internal discounted cash flow calculations based on the NYMEX futures index.
Level 3 Fair Value Measurements
Commodity Derivatives. The fair values of our natural gas and NGL swaps and collars are estimated using internal discounted cash flow calculations based on forward price curves, quotes obtained from brokers for contracts with similar terms, or quotes obtained from counterparties to the agreements.
The following tables are reconciliations of our level 3 fair value measurements: 
 
Net Derivatives
 
For the three months ended
September 30, 2012
 
For the nine months ended
September 30, 2012
 
Interest Rate
Swaps
 
Commodity
Swaps
 
Interest Rate
Swaps
 
Commodity
Swaps
 
(In thousands)
Beginning of period
$

 
$
8,130

 
$

 
$
33,615

Total gains or losses (realized and unrealized):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Included in earnings (1)

 
2,241

 

 
19,114

Included in other comprehensive income (loss)

 
(4,194
)
 

 
(7,770
)
Settlements

 
(4,574
)
 

 
(21,432
)
Transfers out of Level 3 into Level 2

 

 

 
(21,924
)
End of period
$

 
$
1,603

 
$

 
$
1,603

Total gains for the period included in earnings attributable to the change in unrealized gain relating to assets still held at end of period
$

 
$
(2,333
)
 
$

 
$
(2,318
)
 
(1)
Commodity swaps and collars are reported in the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of income in revenues.

 
Net Derivatives
 
For the three months ended
September 30, 2011
 
For the nine months ended
September 30, 2011
 
Interest Rate
Swaps
 
Commodity
Swaps
 
Interest Rate
Swaps
 
Commodity
Swaps
 
(In thousands)
Beginning of period
$

 
$
11,749

 
$
(1,614
)
 
$
10,868

Total gains or losses (realized and unrealized):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Included in earnings (1)

 
4,046

 
(1,734
)
 
11,923

Included in other comprehensive income (loss)

 
13,182

 
1,614

 
13,264

Settlements

 
(3,848
)
 
1,734

 
(10,926
)
Transfers out of Level 3 into Level 2

 

 

 

End of period
$

 
$
25,129

 
$

 
$
25,129

Total gains for the period included in earnings attributable to the change in unrealized gain relating to assets still held at end of period
$

 
$
198

 
$

 
$
997

 
(1)
Interest rate swaps and commodity swaps are reported in the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of income in interest, net and revenues, respectively.


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The following table provides quantitative information about our Level 3 unobservable inputs at September 30, 2012:
 
 
Fair Value
Valuation Technique
Unobservable Input
Range
 
(In thousands)
 
 
 
Commodity swaps (1)
$
3,835

Discounted cash flow
Forward commodity price curve
$2.76-$3.50
Commodity collars (2)
$
(2,232
)
Discounted cash flow
Forward commodity price curve
$0.07-$0.72
 
(1)
The commodity contracts detailed in this category include non-exchange-traded natural gas swaps that are valued based on regional pricing other than NYMEX. The forward pricing range represents the low and high price expected to be received within the settlement period.
(2)
The commodity contracts detailed in this category include non-exchange-traded natural gas collars that are valued based on NYMEX. The forward pricing range represents the low and high price expected to be received within the settlement period.
Based on our valuation at September 30, 2012, we determined that risk of non-performance by our counterparties was immaterial.
Fair Value of Other Financial Instruments
The following disclosure of the estimated fair value of financial instruments is made in accordance with accounting guidance for financial instruments. We have determined the estimated fair values by using available market information and valuation methodologies. Considerable judgment is required in interpreting market data to develop the estimates of fair value. The use of different market assumptions or valuation methodologies may have a material effect on the estimated fair value amounts.
At September 30, 2012, the carrying values on the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets for cash and cash equivalents (classified as Level 1), accounts receivable, accounts payable, other current assets, and current liabilities approximate their fair value because of their short term nature.
Based on the borrowing rates currently available to us for credit agreement debt with similar terms and maturities and also considering the risk of our non-performance, long-term debt under our credit agreement at September 30, 2012 approximates its fair value. This debt would be classified as Level 2.
The carrying amounts of long-term debt, net of unamortized discount, associated with the Notes reported in the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheet as of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 were $645.2 million and $250.0 million, respectively. We estimated the fair value of these Notes using quoted marked prices at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 which were $674.4 million and $250.6 million, respectively. These Notes would be classified as Level 2.

NOTE 12 – INDUSTRY SEGMENT INFORMATION
We have three main business segments offering different products and services:
 
Contract drilling,
Oil and natural gas, and
Mid-stream
The contract drilling segment is engaged in the land contract drilling of oil and natural gas wells. The oil and natural gas segment is engaged in the development, acquisition, and production of oil, NGLs, and natural gas properties and the mid-stream segment is engaged in the buying, selling, gathering, processing, and treating of natural gas and NGLs.
We evaluate each segment’s performance based on its operating income, which is defined as operating revenues less operating expenses and depreciation, depletion, amortization, and impairment. Our production in Canada is not significant.

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The following table provides certain information about the operations of each of our segments:
 
 
Three Months Ended
September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
(In thousands)
Revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Contract drilling
$
145,561

 
$
140,193

 
$
458,945

 
$
381,982

Elimination of inter-segment revenue
(12,141
)
 
(11,266
)
 
(37,747
)
 
(39,884
)
Contract drilling net of inter-segment revenue
133,420

 
128,927

 
421,198

 
342,098

Oil and natural gas
131,420

 
134,897

 
397,745

 
376,393

Gas gathering and processing
70,394

 
79,919

 
210,550

 
200,821

Elimination of inter-segment revenue
(17,459
)
 
(19,231
)
 
(50,573
)
 
(56,001
)
Gas gathering and processing net of inter-segment revenue
52,935

 
60,688

 
159,977

 
144,820

Other
(15
)
 
(667
)
 
1,160

 
(566
)
Total revenues
$
317,760

 
$
323,845

 
$
980,080

 
$
862,745

Operating income:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Contract drilling
$
40,338

 
$
35,105

 
$
134,558

 
$
94,679

Oil and natural gas
50,784

 
58,104

 
22,997

(2) 
150,584

Gas gathering and processing
784

 
3,372

 
7,404

 
14,050

Total operating income (1)
91,906

 
96,581

 
164,959

 
259,313

General and administrative expense
(8,434
)
 
(7,800
)
 
(23,814
)
 
(22,188
)
Interest expense, net
(7,087
)
 
(1,351
)
 
(11,455
)
 
(2,078
)
Other
(15
)
 
(667
)
 
1,160

 
(566
)
Income before income taxes
$
76,370

 
$
86,763

 
$
130,850

 
$
234,481


(1) Total operating income is total operating revenues less operating expenses, depreciation, depletion, amortization and impairment and does not include non-operating revenues, general corporate expenses, interest expense or income taxes.
(2) In June 2012, we had a non-cash ceiling test write-down of $115.9 million pre-tax ($72.1 million, net of tax).



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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
To the Board of Directors and Shareholders
Unit Corporation
We have reviewed the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet of Unit Corporation and its subsidiaries as of September 30, 2012, and the related condensed consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 and the condensed consolidated statements of cash flows for the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011. These interim financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management.
We conducted our review in accordance with standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). A review of interim financial information consists principally of applying analytical procedures and making inquiries of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters. It is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the objective of which is the expression of an opinion regarding the financial statements taken as a whole. Accordingly, we do not express such an opinion.
Based on our review, we are not aware of any material modifications that should be made to the accompanying condensed consolidated interim financial statements for them to be in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
We previously audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2011, and the related consolidated statements of income, shareholders’ equity and of cash flows for the year then ended (not presented herein), and in our report dated February 23, 2012, we expressed an unqualified opinion on those consolidated financial statements. In our opinion, the information set forth in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet information as of December 31, 2011, is fairly stated in all material respects in relation to the consolidated balance sheet from which it has been derived.
 
/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
 
Tulsa, Oklahoma
November 1, 2012


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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) provides an understanding of our operating results and financial condition by focusing on changes in certain key measures from year to year. We have organized MD&A into the following sections:
 
General;
Business Outlook;
Executive Summary;
Financial Condition and Liquidity;
New Accounting Pronouncements; and
Results of Operations.
Please read the following discussion and our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes with the information contained in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Unless otherwise indicated or required by the content, when used in this report the terms “company,” “Unit,” “us,” “our,” “we” and “its” refer to Unit Corporation or, as appropriate, one or more of its subsidiaries.

General
We operate, manage and analyze our results of operations through our three principal business segments:
 
Contract Drilling – carried out by our subsidiary Unit Drilling Company and its subsidiaries. This segment contracts to drill onshore oil and natural gas wells for others and for our own account.
Oil and Natural Gas – carried out by our subsidiary Unit Petroleum Company. This segment explores, develops, acquires and produces oil and natural gas properties for our own account.
Mid-Stream – carried out by our subsidiary Superior Pipeline Company, L.L.C. and its subsidiaries. This segment buys, sells, gathers, processes and treats natural gas for third parties and for our own account.

Business Outlook
As discussed in other parts of this quarterly report, the success of our consolidated business, as well as that of each of our three operating segments depends, to a large extent, on: the prices we receive for our natural gas, NGLs, and oil production; the demand for oil, NGLs, and natural gas; and, the demand for our drilling rigs which, in turn, influences the amounts we can charge for the use of those drilling rigs. Although all of our current operations (with the exception of a minor amount of production in Canada) are located within the United States, events outside the United States can and do have an impact on us and our industry.
In addition to their direct impact on us, low commodity prices–if sustained for a long period of time–could impact the liquidity of some of our industry partners and customers which, in turn, could limit their ability to meet their financial obligations to us.
In developing our initial overall operating budget for 2012, we used average oil and natural gas prices of $90.00 per Bbl and $3.50 per Mcf. Our budget is subject to possible adjustments for various reasons including changes in commodity prices and industry conditions. We anticipate that our budget will be funded using internally generated cash flow and borrowings under our credit agreement.

Executive Summary
Contract Drilling
The rate at which our drilling rigs were used (“our utilization rate”) for the third quarter 2012 was 57%, compared to 60% and 63% for the second quarter of 2012 and the third quarter of 2011, respectively.
Dayrates for the third quarter of 2012 averaged $19,989, a 1% decrease from the second quarter of 2012 and an increase of 4% over the third quarter of 2011. The decrease from the second quarter 2012 is due primarily to the terminated contracts

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having higher rates. The increase over the third quarter of 2011 was due primarily to new rigs going into service for which we received a higher rate, increased demand for drilling rigs in the 1,000 horsepower range which increased their rates somewhat offset by the decrease in higher dayrates associated with the terminated contracts.
Direct profit (contract drilling revenue less contract drilling operating expense) for the third quarter of 2012 decreased 16% from the second quarter of 2012 and increased 8% over the third quarter of 2011. During the third quarter 2012, we received $6.7 million in termination fees compared to $15.1 million in termination fees during the second quarter of 2012. Each comparative period had three drilling rigs that were under long-term contracts but were terminated early by the operator. Direct profit in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the third quarter of 2011 also benefited from increased dayrates, but to a lesser extent.
Operating cost per day for the third quarter of 2012 increased 1% over the second quarter of 2012 and increased 8% over the third quarter of 2011. The increases were primarily due to higher indirect costs and general and administrative expenses.
Historically, our contract drilling segment has experienced a greater demand for natural gas drilling as opposed to drilling for oil and NGLs. However, with the weakened natural gas market, operators are focusing on drilling for oil and NGLs. With this focus operators are also shifting toward drilling in shallower oil plays, like the Mississippian and Permian plays, potentially resulting in a change in the mix of our working drilling rigs. These shallower plays tend to use drilling rigs with lower horsepower which tend to have a lower dayrate and margin. Today, approximately 98% of our working drilling rigs are drilling for oil or NGLs. Of those, approximately 95% are drilling horizontal or directional wells.
As of September 30, 2012, we had 32 term drilling contracts with original terms ranging from six months to three years. Eleven of these contracts are up for renewal in the fourth quarter of 2012 and 21 are up for renewal in 2013 and later. Term contracts may contain a fixed rate for the duration of the contract or provide for rate adjustments within a specific range from the existing rate. During the first nine months of 2012, we had seven drilling rigs that were under long-term contracts that were terminated early by the operator. The early termination fees associated with these contracts total approximately $22.5 million and are included in revenue for nine months ended September 30, 2012.
During the first quarter of 2012, we sold an idle 600 horsepower mechanical drilling rig to an unaffiliated third-party and we placed a new 1,500 horsepower, diesel-electric drilling rig into service, initially working under a three year contract in Wyoming. Additionally, during the second quarter of 2012, we placed another new 1,500 horsepower, diesel-electric drilling rig in North Dakota (also under a three year contract).
During the third quarter of 2012, we had a fire on one of our rigs in the mid-continent region. The net book value of the damaged equipment on the rig was $3.2 million and we expect that all costs will be recoverable from insurance proceeds. As a result of this loss, this segment has 127 drilling rigs in its fleet.
Our 2012 estimated capital expenditures for this segment are $73.0 million.
Oil and Natural Gas
Third quarter 2012 production from our oil and natural gas segment was 3,499,000 barrels of oil equivalent (Boe), a 5% increase over the second quarter of 2012 and a 12% increase over the third quarter of 2011. These increases came primarily from new wells completed in oil and NGL rich prospects that were brought online and, to a lesser extent, from production associated with acquisitions. Third quarter 2012 oil and NGL production was 44% of our total production compared to 38% of our total production over the third quarter of 2011.
Third quarter 2012 oil and natural gas revenues decreased 1% from the second quarter of 2012 and decreased 3% from the third quarter of 2011. The decreases from the second quarter of 2012 were primarily due to decreases in oil and NGL prices. The decreases from the third quarter of 2011 were primarily due to decreased NGL and natural gas prices somewhat offset by increased production.
Our oil prices for the third quarter of 2012 decreased 2% from the second quarter of 2012 and increased 6% over the third quarter of 2011, respectively. Our NGL and natural gas prices decreased 34% and increased 12%, respectively, from the second quarter of 2012 and decreased 53% and 23%, respectively, from the third quarter of 2011.
During the second quarter of 2012, we recorded a non-cash ceiling test write down of $115.9 million pre-tax ($72.1 million, net of tax). At September 30, 2012, the 12-month average commodity prices, including the discounted value of our cash flow hedges, were at levels that did not require us to take a write-down of our oil and natural gas properties. If there are further declines in the 12-month average prices, including the discounted value of our cash flow hedges, we may be required to record a write-down in future periods.

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Direct profit (oil and natural gas revenues less oil and natural gas operating expense) decreased 4% from the second quarter of 2012 and decreased 10% from the third quarter of 2011. The decreases over the respective periods were primarily attributable to decreases in prices along with increased lease operating expenses. Direct profit in the third quarter of 2011 was higher due to a $4.5 million decrease in gross production taxes from refunds attributable to high cost gas wells.
Operating cost per Boe produced for the third quarter of 2012 increased 4% over the second quarter of 2012 and increased 9% over the third quarter of 2011. Costs were higher between the respective periods due to higher lease operating expenses and gross production taxes.
For 2012 we hedged approximately 6,100 Bbls per day of oil production and approximately 50,000 Mmbtu per day of natural gas production. The oil production is hedged under swap contracts at an average price of $97.55 per barrel. The natural gas production is hedged under swap contracts at a comparable average NYMEX price of $5.09. The average basis differential for the applicable swaps is ($0.28). For 2012 we hedged NGLs of 1,966 Bbls per day in the first quarter, 926 Bbls per day in the second quarter, and 380 Bbls per day in the third and fourth quarters.  The NGLs are hedged under swap contracts at an average price of $42.53 per barrel in the first quarter, $41.15 per barrel in the second quarter, $51.28 per barrel in the third quarter, and $50.28 per barrel in the fourth quarter.
Currently for 2013 we have hedged 5,500 Bbls per day of oil production and 100,000 Mmbtu per day of natural gas production. The oil production is hedged under swap contracts at an average price of $99.71 per barrel. The natural gas production is hedged by swaps for 80,000 Mmbtu per day and a collar for 20,000 Mmbtu per day. The swap transactions were done at a comparable average NYMEX price of $3.65. The collar transaction was done at a comparable average NYMEX floor price of $3.25 and ceiling price of $3.72.
On September 17, 2012, we closed on the acquisition of certain oil and natural gas assets from Noble Energy, Inc. (Noble). The acquisition includes approximately 84,000 net acres primarily in the Granite Wash, Cleveland, and various other plays in western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. The amount paid at closing was $594.5 million.
As of the effective date of April 1, 2012, the estimated proved reserves of the acquired properties were 44 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe), The acquisition adds approximately 25,000 net acres to our Granite Wash core area in the Texas Panhandle with significant resource potential including approximately 600 potential horizontal drilling locations. The total acreage acquired in western Oklahoma is approximately 59,000 net acres and is characterized by high working interest and operatorship, 95% of which is held by production. We also received four gathering systems as part of the transaction and other miscellaneous assets.
Also in September 2012, we sold our interest in certain Bakken properties (representing approximately 35% of our total acreage in the Bakken play). The proceeds, net of related expenses were $226.6 million. In addition, we sold certain oil and natural gas assets located in Brazos and Madison counties of Texas, including Buda and Woodbine production and associated acreage for approximately $44.1 million.
For 2012, we plan to participate in the drilling of 160 to 170 wells and our estimated capital expenditures are $492.0 million (excluding acquisitions). As of September 30, 2012, we completed drilling 129 wells (58.02 net wells). Unit's annual production guidance for 2012, including the impact of the Noble acquisition, is approximately 13.9 to 14.2 MMBoe, an increase of 15% to 17% over 2011.
Mid-Stream
Third quarter 2012 liquids sold per day decreased 8% from the second quarter of 2012 and increased 28% over the third quarter of 2011. During the third quarter 2012, one of our customers completed construction of their own processing plant and moved their volumes off our system resulting in decreases from the second quarter of 2012 in liquids sold, gas gathered and gas processed. The increases over the third quarter of 2011 were primarily the result of upgrades and expansions to existing plants and the connection of new wells. For the third quarter of 2012, gas processed per day decreased 6% from the second quarter of 2012 and increased 28% over the third quarter of 2011. In 2011 and 2012, we upgraded several of our existing processing facilities and added several processing plants which was the primary reason for increased volumes over last year. For the third quarter of 2012, gas gathered per day decreased 8% from the second quarter of 2012 and increased 22% over the third quarter of 2011. The increases were primarily from new well connects.
NGL prices in the third quarter of 2012 increased 5% over the price received in the second quarter of 2012 and decreased 39% from the price received in the third quarter of 2011. Because certain of the contracts used by our mid-stream segment for NGL transactions are percent of proceeds (POP) contracts -- under which we receive a share of the proceeds from the sale of the NGLs--our revenues from those POP contracts fluctuate based on the price of NGLs.
Direct profit (mid-stream revenues less mid-stream operating expense) for the third quarter of 2012 decreased 10% both

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from the second quarter of 2012 and the third quarter of 2011. The decreases were primarily due to decreases in NGL prices between the third quarter of 2012 and the third quarter of 2011 and reduced liquids volumes between the third quarter of 2012 and the second quarter of 2012. Total operating cost for our mid-stream segment for the third quarter of 2012 increased 9% over the second quarter of 2012 due to increases in price for gas purchased and increased field direct cost from the expansion of plants and decreased 13% from the third quarter of 2011 due primarily to decreases in price for gas purchased offset by the increase in field direct cost from the expansion of plants.
During the second quarter of 2012, we completed the installation of our fifth processing plant in our Hemphill County, Texas facility. We now have the capacity to process 160 MMcf per day of our own and third party Granite Wash natural gas production.
At our Cashion facility, we are continuing to connect new wells to the system and due to this activity, we have installed an additional processing plant. The installation of the new 25 MMcf per day high efficiency turbo-expander processing plant has been completed and became operational at the end of March 2012.  With the installation of this new plant, our total processing capacity increased to approximately 45 MMcf per day at our Cashion facility.

In the Mississippian play in north central Oklahoma, a new gas gathering system and processing plant in Noble and Kay counties, known as the Bellmon system, was completed and began operating late in the second quarter. This system consists of approximately 10 miles of 12” and 16” pipe with a 10 MMcf per day gas processing plant that will be upgraded to a 30 MMcf per day gas processing plant in the first quarter of 2013. We are also connecting our existing Remington gathering system to the new Bellmon system. Connecting these two systems will require laying approximately 26 miles of pipeline and installing related compression which is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. Also at our new Bellmon system, we are in the process of extending the system approximately 20 miles to connect to third-party producers. We anticipate this extension will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2012. In addition to these construction projects, we are in the process of laying a liquids line from our Bellmon facility to Medford, Oklahoma. This project consists of approximately 24 miles of 6” pipe and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012.

We are continuing to expand operations in the Appalachian region. Construction continues on an additional gathering facility in Allegheny and Butler counties, Pennsylvania, known as the Pittsburgh Mills system. The first phase of this project consists of approximately seven miles of gathering pipeline and a compressor station. Five wells were brought on during the second quarter of 2012. The current gathered volumes are 15 MMcf per day from six wells connected to this system. Construction of the first phase has been completed and we anticipate connecting five new wells in the fourth quarter of this year. Construction activity for expansion of this pipeline continues as the producer is maintaining its drilling activity.
Our 2012 estimated capital expenditures are $168.0 million.

Financial Condition and Liquidity
Summary
Our financial condition and liquidity depends on the cash flow from our operations and borrowings under our credit facility. The principal factors determining the amount of our cash flow are:
 
the demand for and the dayrates we receive for our drilling rigs;
the quantity of natural gas, oil, and NGLs we produce;
the prices we receive for our natural gas, oil, and NGL production; and
the margins we obtain from our natural gas gathering and processing contracts.

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The following is a summary of certain financial information as of September 30, 2012 and 2011 and for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011:
 
 
September 30,
 
%
Change
 
2012
 
2011
 
 
(In thousands except percentages)
Working capital
$
(37,363
)
 
$
57,914

 
(165
)%
Long-term debt
$
645,154

 
$
305,400

 
111
 %
Shareholders’ equity
$
2,028,976

 
$
1,910,435

 
6
 %
Ratio of long-term debt to total capitalization
24
%
 
14
%
 
71
 %
Net income
$
79,723

 
$
144,206

 
(45
)%
Net cash provided by operating activities
$
512,140

 
$
417,851

 
23
 %
Net cash used in investing activities
$
(888,597
)
 
$
(583,790
)
 
52
 %
Net cash provided by financing activities
$
376,645

 
$
165,740

 
127
 %

The following table summarizes certain operating information:
 
 
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
%
Change
 
2012
 
2011
 
Contract Drilling:
 
 
 
 
 
Average number of our drilling rigs in use during the period
77

 
74

 
4
 %
Total number of drilling rigs owned at the end of the period
127

 
126

 
1
 %
Average dayrate
$19,982
 
$18,663
 
7
 %
Oil and Natural Gas:
 
 
 
 
 
Oil production (MBbls)
2,367

 
1,767

 
34
 %
Natural gas liquids production (MBbls)
2,014

 
1,623

 
24
 %
Natural gas production (MMcf)
34,403

 
32,730

 
5
 %
Average oil price per barrel received
$92.96
 
$86.80
 
7
 %
Average oil price per barrel received excluding hedges
$91.93
 
$93.75
 
(2
)%
Average NGL price per barrel received
$30.70
 
$43.72
 
(30
)%
Average NGL price per barrel received excluding hedges
$29.61
 
$44.65
 
(34
)%
Average natural gas price per mcf received
$3.26
 
$4.33
 
(25
)%
Average natural gas price per mcf received excluding hedges
$2.29
 
$3.94
 
(42
)%
Mid-Stream:
 
 
 
 
 
Gas gathered—MMBtu/day
276,566

 
201,788

 
37
 %
Gas processed—MMBtu/day
166,296

 
102,493

 
62
 %
Gas liquids sold—gallons/day
576,358

 
378,585

 
52
 %
Number of natural gas gathering systems
40

 
34

 
18
 %
Number of processing plants
13

 
10

 
30
 %

At September 30, 2012, we had unrestricted cash totaling $1.0 million and had borrowed none of the $500.0 million we had elected to then have available under our credit facility. Our credit facility is used primarily for working capital and capital expenditures.
On May 18, 2011, we completed the sale of $250.0 million aggregate principal amount of 6.625% Senior Subordinated Notes (the Notes) due 2021. The Notes were issued at par and mature on May 15, 2021. The net proceeds were used to repay outstanding borrowings under our credit facility , which had $220.3 million outstanding as of May 18, 2011. The remaining proceeds were used for general working capital purposes.

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On July 24, 2012, we completed the sale of $400.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior subordinated notes (the 2012 Notes) due May 15, 2021, which will bear interest at a rate of 6.625% per year. The 2012 Notes were sold at 98.75% of par plus accrued interest from May 15, 2012. We used the net proceeds from the offering to partially finance the acquisition of oil and natural gas properties from Noble. We incurred $8.7 million of fees that are being amortized as debt issuance cost over the life of the 2012 Notes. 
On registration, the Exchanged Notes will be treated as a single series of debt securities with our previously issued and outstanding notes bringing the total to $650.0 million aggregate principal amount of 6.625% senior subordinated notes.
On September 5, 2012, we amended our existing credit agreement, increasing the commitment amount from $250 million ($600 million borrowing base) to $500 million ($800 million borrowing base). This was done in conjunction with the closing of our agreement with Noble to acquire certain oil and natural gas assets.
Working Capital
Typically, our working capital balance fluctuates primarily because of the timing of our trade accounts receivable and accounts payable and from the fluctuation in current assets and liabilities associated with the mark to market value of our hedging activity. We had negative working capital of $37.4 million and positive working capital of $57.9 million as of September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. The effect of our hedging activity increased working capital by $8.3 million as of September 30, 2012 and increased working capital by $25.0 million as of September 30, 2011.
Contract Drilling
Many factors influence the number of drilling rigs we are working at any one time as well as the costs and revenues associated with that work. These factors include the demand for drilling rigs in our areas of operation, competition from other drilling contractors, the prevailing prices for oil, NGLs, and natural gas, availability and cost of labor to run our drilling rigs and our ability to supply the equipment needed.
In the first quarter 2011, we increased compensation for drilling personnel in all our divisions. As a result of continued competition to keep qualified labor, we again increased compensation for rig personnel in the Rockies Division during the first quarter of 2012.
With the weakened natural gas market, operators are focusing on drilling for oil and NGLs. With this focus operators are also shifting toward drilling in shallower oil plays, like the Mississippian and Permian plays, potentially resulting in a change in the mix of our working drilling rigs. These shallower plays tend to use drilling rigs with lower horsepower which tend to have a lower dayrate and margin. The future demand for and the availability of drilling rigs to meet that demand will have an impact on our future dayrates. For the first nine months of 2012, our average dayrate was $19,982 per day compared to $18,663 per day for the first nine months of 2011. The average number of our drilling rigs used in the first nine months of 2012 was 77.2 drilling rigs compared with 74.0 drilling rigs in the first nine months of 2011. Based on the average utilization of our drilling rigs during the first nine months of 2012, a $100 per day change in dayrates has a $7,720 per day ($2.8 million annualized) change in our pre-tax operating cash flow.
Our contract drilling segment provides drilling services for our oil and natural gas segment. Depending on the timing of the services, some of the drilling services we perform on our properties are deemed to be associated with the acquisition of an ownership interest in the property. Accordingly, revenues and expenses for those drilling services are eliminated in our income statement, with any profit recognized as a reduction in our investment in our oil and natural gas properties. The contracts for these services are issued under the same conditions and rates as the contracts entered into with unrelated third parties. We eliminated revenue of $37.7 million and $39.9 million for the nine months of 2012 and 2011, respectively, from our contract drilling segment and eliminated the associated operating expense of $24.8 million and $24.9 million during the nine months of 2012 and 2011, respectively, yielding $12.9 million and $15.0 million during the nine months of 2012 and 2011, respectively, as a reduction to the carrying value of our oil and natural gas properties.
Impact of Prices for Our Oil, NGLs, and Natural Gas
Any significant change in oil, NGLs, or natural gas prices has a material effect on our revenues, cash flow and the value of our oil, NGLs, and natural gas reserves. Generally, prices and demand for domestic natural gas are influenced by weather conditions, supply imbalances and by worldwide oil price levels. Domestic oil prices are primarily influenced by world oil market developments. All of these factors are beyond our control and we cannot predict nor measure their future influence on the prices we will receive.
Based on our first nine months of 2012 production, a $0.10 per Mcf change in what we are paid for our natural gas production, without the effect of hedging, would result in a corresponding $365,000 per month ($4.4 million annualized)

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change in our pre-tax operating cash flow. The average price we received for our natural gas production, including the effect of hedging, during the first nine months of 2012 was $3.26 compared to $4.33 for the first nine months of 2011. Based on our first nine months of 2012 production, a $1.00 per barrel change in our oil price, without the effect of hedging, would have a $249,000 per month ($3.0 million annualized) change in our pre-tax operating cash flow and a $1.00 per barrel change in our NGL prices, without the effect of hedging, would have a $212,000 per month ($2.5 million annualized) change in our pre-tax operating cash flow. In the first nine months of 2012, our average oil price per barrel received, including the effect of hedging, was $92.96 compared with an average oil price, including the effect of hedging, of $86.80 in the first nine months of 2011 and our first nine months of 2012 average NGLs price per barrel received, including the effect of hedging, was $30.70 compared with an average NGL price per barrel of $43.72 in the first nine months of 2011.
We account for our oil and natural gas exploration and development activities using the full cost method of accounting. Under this method, all costs incurred in the acquisition, exploration and development of oil and natural gas properties are capitalized. At the end of each quarter, the net capitalized costs of our oil and natural gas properties are limited to the lower of unamortized cost or a ceiling. The ceiling is defined as the sum of the present value (using a 10% discount rate) of the estimated future net revenues from our proved reserves based on the unescalated 12-month average price on our oil, NGLs, and natural gas adjusted for any cash flow hedges, plus the cost of properties not being amortized, plus the lower of cost or estimated fair value of unproved properties included in the costs being amortized, less related income taxes. If the net capitalized costs of our oil and natural gas properties exceed the ceiling, we are required to write-down the excess amount. A ceiling test write-down is a non-cash charge to earnings. If required, it reduces earnings and impacts shareholders’ equity in the period of occurrence and results in lower depreciation, depletion, and amortization expense in future periods. Once incurred, a write-down cannot be reversed.
Because commodity prices have an effect on the value of our oil, NGLs, and natural gas reserves, declines in those prices can result in a decline in the carrying value of our oil and natural gas properties. In the second quarter of 2012, the unamortized cost of our oil and natural gas properties exceeded the ceiling of our proved oil, NGL, and natural gas reserves. As a result, we recorded a non-cash ceiling test write down of $115.9 million pre-tax ($72.1 million, net of tax). At September 30, 2012, the 12-month average unescalated prices were $94.97 per barrel of oil, $48.85 per barrel of NGLs, and $2.83 per Mcf of natural gas, adjusted for price differentials. We were not required to take a write-down in the third quarter of 2012. If there are further declines in the 12-month average prices, including the discounted value of our cash flow hedges, we may be required to record a write-downs in future periods.
Price declines can also adversely affect the semi-annual determination of the amount available for us to borrow under our credit facility since that determination is based mainly on the value of our oil, NGLs, and natural gas reserves. Such a reduction could limit our ability to carry out our planned capital projects.
Our natural gas production is sold to intrastate and interstate pipelines as well as to independent marketing firms and gatherers under contracts with terms generally ranging anywhere from one month to five years. Our oil production is sold to independent marketing firms generally in six month increments.
Mid-Stream Operations
Our mid-stream operations are conducted through Superior Pipeline Company, L.L.C. and its subsidiaries. Superior is engaged primarily in the buying, selling, gathering, processing, and treating of natural gas and operates three natural gas treatment plants, 13 processing plants, 40 gathering systems and 1,143 miles of pipeline. Superior operates in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. This segment enhances our ability to gather and market not only our own natural gas but also that owned by third parties and serves as a mechanism through which we can construct or acquire existing natural gas gathering and processing facilities. During the first nine months of 2012 and 2011, our mid-stream operations purchased $47.5 million and $52.5 million, respectively, of our oil and natural gas segment’s production and provided gathering and transportation services to the oil and natural gas segment of $3.0 million and $3.5 million, respectively. Intercompany revenue from services and purchases of production between our mid-stream segment and our oil and natural gas segment has been eliminated in our condensed consolidated financial statements.
Our mid-stream segment gathered an average of 276,566 MMBtu per day in the first nine months of 2012 compared to 201,788 MMBtu per day in the first nine months of 2011. Processed volumes were 166,296 MMBtu per day in the first nine months of 2012 compared to 102,493 MMBtu per day in the first nine months of 2011. The amount of NGLs we sold was 576,358 gallons per day in the first nine months of 2012 compared to 378,585 gallons per day in the first nine months of 2011. Gas gathering volumes per day in the first nine months of 2012 increased 37% compared to the first nine months of 2011 primarily from an increase in the number of wells connected to our systems between the comparative periods. Processed volumes increased 62% over the comparative nine months and NGLs sold also increased 52% over the comparative period primarily due to the addition of wells connected, recent upgrades to several of our processing systems and the doubling in size

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of our Hemphill facility in the Texas Panhandle.
Our Credit Agreement and Senior Subordinated Notes
Credit Agreement.On September 5, 2012, we amended our Senior Credit Agreement (credit agreement) scheduled to mature on September 13, 2016 . The amount available to be borrowed is the lesser of the amount we elect (from time to time) as the commitment amount (amended to $500.0 million from $250.0 million) or the value of the borrowing base as determined by the lenders (amended to $800.0 million from $600.0 million), but in either event not to exceed the maximum credit agreement amount of $900.0 million (amended from $750.0 million). We are charged a commitment fee ranging from 0.375 to 0.50 of 1% on the amount available but not borrowed. The rate varies based on the amount borrowed as a percentage of the amount of the total borrowing base. In connection with this new amendment, we paid $1.5 million in origination, agency, syndication, and other related fees. We are amortizing these fees over the life of the credit agreement. At October 22, 2012, borrowings were $35.0 million, there were no borrowings at September 30, 2012.
The current lenders under our credit agreement and their respective participation interests are as follows:
 
Lender
Participation
Interest
BOK (BOKF, NA, dba Bank of Oklahoma)
17.00
%
Compass
17.00
%
Bank of Montreal
15.00
%
Bank of America, N.A.
15.00
%
Comerica Bank
8.00
%
Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, London Branch
8.00
%
Wells Fargo Bank, National Association
8.00
%
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
8.00
%
The Bank of Nova Scotia
4.00
%
 
100.00
%
The amount of the borrowing base, which is subject to redetermination by the lenders on April 1st and October 1st of each year, is based primarily on a percentage of the discounted future value of our oil and natural gas reserves. We or the lenders may request a onetime special redetermination of the borrowing base between each scheduled redetermination. In addition, we may request a redetermination following the completion of an acquisition that meets the requirements set forth in the credit agreement.
At our election, any part of the outstanding debt under the credit agreement may be fixed at a London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). LIBOR interest is computed as the sum of the LIBOR base for the applicable term plus 1.75% to 2.50% depending on the level of debt as a percentage of the borrowing base and is payable at the end of each term, or every 90 days, whichever is less. Borrowings not under LIBOR bear interest at the Prime Rate, which cannot be less than LIBOR plus 1.00%. Interest is payable at the end of each month, and the principal may be repaid in whole or in part at anytime, without a premium or penalty. At September 30, 2012, we did not have any outstanding borrowings under our credit facility.
We can use borrowings for financing general working capital requirements for (a) exploration, development, production and acquisition of oil and gas properties, (b) acquisitions and operation of mid-stream assets, (c) issuance of standby letters of credit, (d) contract drilling services, and (e) general corporate purposes.
The credit agreement prohibits, among other things:
the payment of dividends (other than stock dividends) during any fiscal year in excess of 30% of our consolidated net income for the preceding fiscal year;
the incurrence of additional debt with certain limited exceptions; and
the creation or existence of mortgages or liens, other than those in the ordinary course of business, on any of our properties, except in favor of our lenders.

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The credit agreement also requires that we have at the end of each quarter:
a current ratio (as defined in the credit agreement) of not less than 1 to 1; and
a leverage ratio of funded debt to consolidated EBITDA (as defined in the credit agreement) for the most recently ended rolling four fiscal quarters of no greater than 4 to 1.
As of September 30, 2012, we were in compliance with the covenants contained in the credit agreement.
6.625% Senior Subordinated Notes. On May 18, 2011, we completed the sale of $250.0 million of our 6.625% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2021 (the 2011 Notes). The 2011 Notes were issued at par and mature on May 15, 2021. We received net proceeds of approximately $244.0 million after deducting fees of approximately $6.0 million. Those fees are being amortized as debt issuance cost over the life of the 2011 Notes. We used the net proceeds to repay outstanding borrowings under our credit agreement, which was $220.3 million on May 18, 2011. The remaining proceeds were used for working capital. The 2011 Notes were registered under the Securities Act.
On July 24, 2012, we completed the sale of $400.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior subordinated notes (the 2012 Notes) due May 15, 2021, which will bear interest at a rate of 6.625% per year. The 2012 Notes were sold at 98.75% of par plus accrued interest from May 15, 2012. We used the net proceeds from the offering to partially finance the acquisition of oil and natural gas properties from Noble. We incurred $8.7 million of fees that are being amortized as debt issuance cost over the life of the 2012 Notes. The 2012 Notes were not registered under the Securities Act.
Under the registration rights agreement filed with the SEC on Form 8-K on July 25, 2012, we are going to offer to exchange the 2012 Notes for additional notes of our existing 2011 Notes, which are registered under the Securities Act and have terms substantially identical to those of the 2012 Notes. After the exchange is completed, the 2012 Notes that are tendered (the Exchanged Notes) will be treated as a single series of debt securities with the 2011 Notes bringing the total to $650.0 million aggregate principal amount of 6.625% senior subordinated notes if all the 2012 Notes are tendered. The interest is payable semi-annually (in arrears) on May 15 and November 15 of each year, and the notes will mature on May 15, 2021.
The 2011 Notes and the 2012 Notes are, and the Exchange Notes will be, guaranteed by our wholly-owned domestic direct and indirect subsidiaries (the Guarantors). Unit, as the parent company, has no independent assets or operations. The guarantees are full and unconditional and joint and several, subject to certain automatic customary releases, including sale, disposition, or transfer of the capital stock or substantially all of the assets of a subsidiary guarantor, exercise of legal defeasance option or covenant defeasance option, and designation of a subsidiary guarantor as unrestricted in accordance with their respective Indentures described below. Any subsidiaries of Unit other than the Guarantors are minor. There are no significant restrictions on the ability of Unit to receive funds from its subsidiaries through dividends, loans, advances or otherwise.
The 2011 Notes were issued under an Indenture dated as of May 18, 2011, between us and Wilmington Trust FSB, as Trustee (the Trustee), as supplemented by the First Supplemental Indenture dated as of May 18, 2011, between us, the Guarantors and the Trustee, establishing the terms and providing for the issuance of the 2011 Notes (as supplemented, the 2011 Indenture). The 2012 Notes were issued under an Indenture dated as of July 24, 2012 between us, the Guarantors and the Trustee, as supplemented by the First Supplemental Indenture dated as of July 24, 2012, establishing the terms and providing for the issuance of the 2012 Notes (as supplemented, the 2012 Indenture). The discussion of the 2011 Notes and the 2012 Notes in this report is qualified by and subject to the actual terms of the 2011 Indenture and the 2012 Indenture, respectively.
On and after May 15, 2016, we may redeem all or, from time to time, a part of the 2011 Notes, 2012 Notes, or Exchanged Notes (collectively, the Notes) at certain redemption prices, plus accrued and unpaid interest. Before May 15, 2014, we may on any one or more occasions redeem up to 35% of the original principal amount of the Notes with the net cash proceeds of one or more equity offerings at a redemption price of 106.625% of the principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the redemption date, provided that at least 65% of the original principal amount of the Notes remains outstanding after each redemption. In addition, at any time before May 15, 2016, we may redeem the Notes, in whole or in part, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount plus a “make whole” premium, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the redemption date. If a “change of control” occurs, subject to certain conditions, we must offer to repurchase from each holder all or any part of that holder’s Notes at a purchase price in cash equal to 101% of the principal amount of the Notes plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of purchase. The 2011 Indenture and the 2012 Indenture contain customary events of default. The Indentures governing the Notes contain covenants that, among other things, limit our ability and the ability of certain of our subsidiaries to incur or guarantee additional indebtedness; pay dividends on our capital stock or redeem capital stock or subordinated indebtedness; transfer or sell assets; make investments; incur liens; enter into transactions with our affiliates; and merge or consolidate with other companies. We were in compliance with all covenants of the Notes as of September 30, 2012.

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Capital Requirements
Drilling Dispositions, Acquisitions and Capital Expenditures. During the third quarter of 2011, we were awarded two new build contracts for 1,500 horsepower, diesel-electric drilling rigs. These new build drilling rigs are initially working under three year contracts. One was placed into service during the fourth quarter of 2011 and the other was placed into service during the first quarter of 2012.
During the fourth quarter of 2011, we entered into an agreement to build a new 1,500 horsepower, diesel-electric drilling rig which was placed into service in North Dakota in the second quarter of 2012. This new build drilling rig is initially working under a three year contract. During the first quarter of 2012, we sold an idle 600 horsepower mechanical drilling rig to an unaffiliated third-party. We currently have 127 drilling rigs in our fleet.
Our 2012 estimated capital expenditures for this segment are $73.0 million. At September 30, 2012, we had commitments to purchase approximately $1.5 million for new drilling rig components over the next twelve months. We spent $62.9 million for capital expenditures during the first nine months of 2012 compared to $122.3 million in the first nine months of 2011.
Oil and Natural Gas Dispositions, Acquisitions and Capital Expenditures. Most of our capital expenditures for this segment are discretionary and directed toward future growth. Our decision to increase our oil, NGLs, and natural gas reserves through acquisitions or through drilling depends on the prevailing or expected market conditions, potential return on investment, future drilling potential, and opportunities to obtain financing under the circumstances involved, all of which provide us with a large degree of flexibility in deciding when and if to incur these costs. We completed drilling 129 gross wells (58.02 net wells) in the first nine months of 2012 compared to 119 gross wells (62.20 net wells) in the first nine months of 2011. Total capital expenditures for the first nine months of 2012 by this segment, excluding a $45.2 million net increase ARO liability and $575.4 million for acquisitions, totaled $384.2 million. Currently we plan to participate in drilling approximately 160 to 170 gross wells in 2012 and our total estimated capital expenditures (excluding acquisitions) for this segment are approximately $492.0 million. Whether we are able to drill the full number of wells planned is dependent on a number of factors, many of which are beyond our control, including the availability of drilling rigs, availability of pressure pumping services, prices for oil, NGLs, and natural gas, demand for oil, NGLs, and natural gas, the cost to drill wells, the weather and the efforts of outside industry partners.
On July 20, 2011, we acquired certain producing properties from an unaffiliated seller for approximately $12.3 million in cash, after post-closing adjustments, consisting of 30 operated wells and 59 non-operated well interests located in Beaver, Harper, and Ellis Counties in Oklahoma and Lipscomb County, Texas. The purchase price allocation was $8.4 million for proved properties and $3.9 million for acreage. The net proved developed reserves associated with the acquisition are estimated at 6.6 Bcfe (91% natural gas) with production of 1.7 MMcfe per day. The acquisition also included in excess of 12,000 net acres held by production which are available for future development.
On August 31, 2011, we acquired certain producing oil and gas properties for $30.5 million in cash, subject to closing adjustments, from an unaffiliated seller. Included in the acquisition were more than 500 wells located principally in the Oklahoma Arkoma, Woodford, and Hartshorne Coal plays along with other properties located throughout Oklahoma and Texas. The proved reserves associated with the acquisition are approximately 31.2 Bcfe (99% natural gas), 83% of which is proved developed. The acquisition also included approximately 55,000 net acres of which 96% is held by production.
On September 17, 2012, we closed on the acquisition of certain oil and natural gas assets from Noble. The acquisition includes approximately 84,000 net acres primarily in the Granite Wash, Cleveland, and various other plays in western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. The amount paid at closing was $594.5 million.
Also in September 2012, we sold our interest in certain Bakken properties (representing approximately 35% of our total acreage in the Bakken play). The proceeds, net of related expenses were $226.6 million. In addition, we sold certain oil and natural gas assets located in Brazos and Madison counties of Texas, including Buda and Woodbine production and associated acreage for approximately $44.1 million.
Mid-Stream Acquisitions and Capital Expenditures. During the second quarter of 2012, we completed the installation of our fifth processing plant in our Hemphill County, Texas facility. We now have the capacity to process 160 MMcf per day of our own and third party Granite Wash natural gas production.
At our Cashion facility, we are continuing to connect new wells to the system and due to this activity, we have installed an additional processing plant. The installation of the new 25 MMcf per day high efficiency turbo-expander processing plant has been completed and became operational at the end of March 2012.  With the installation of this new plant, our total processing capacity increased to approximately 45 MMcf per day at our Cashion facility.

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In the Mississippian play in north central Oklahoma, a new gas gathering system and processing plant in Noble and Kay counties, known as the Bellmon system, was completed and began operating late in the second quarter. This system consists of approximately 10 miles of 12” and 16” pipe with a 10 MMcf per day gas processing plant that will be upgraded to a 30 MMcf per day gas processing plant in the first quarter of 2013. We are also connecting our existing Remington gathering system to the new Bellmon system. Connecting these two systems will require laying approximately 26 miles of pipeline and installing related compression which is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. Also at our new Bellmon system, we are in the process of extending the system approximately 20 miles to connect to third-party producers. We anticipate this extension will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2012. In addition to these construction projects, we are in the process of laying a liquids line from our Bellmon facility to Medford, Oklahoma. This project consists of approximately 24 miles of 6” pipe and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012.

We are continuing to expand operations in the Appalachian region. Construction continues on an additional gathering facility in Allegheny and Butler counties, Pennsylvania, known as the Pittsburgh Mills system. The first phase of this project consists of approximately seven miles of gathering pipeline and a compressor station. Five wells were brought on during the second quarter of 2012. The current gathered volumes are 15 MMcf per day from six wells connected to this system. Construction of the first phase has been completed and we anticipate connecting five new wells in the fourth quarter of this year. Construction activity for expansion of this pipeline continues as the producer is maintaining its drilling activity.

During the first nine months of 2012, our mid-stream segment incurred $120.3 million in capital expenditures ($18.7 million on four gathering systems acquired in the Noble acquisition) as compared to $59.3 million in the first nine months of 2011. For 2012, our estimated capital expenditures (excluding acquisitions) are $168.0 million. At September 30, 2012, we had commitments to purchase $1.8 million for a processing plant within the next twelve months.

Contractual Commitments
At September 30, 2012, we had certain contractual obligations including the following:
 
 
Payments Due by Period
 
Total
 
Less
Than
1 Year
 
2-3
Years
 
4-5
Years
 
After
5 Years
 
(In thousands)
Long-term debt (1)
$
1,021,281

 
$
43,063

 
$
86,125

 
$
86,125

 
$
805,968

Operating leases (2)
14,794

 
9,695

 
4,643

 
456

 

Drill pipe, drilling components and equipment purchases (3)
3,275

 
3,275

 

 

 

Total contractual obligations
$
1,039,350

 
$
56,033

 
$
90,768

 
$
86,581