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Form 10-Q for COMPRESSCO PARTNERS, L.P.


10-May-2013

Quarterly Report


Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

The following discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with our unaudited consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes included in this Quarterly Report. In addition, the following discussion and analysis also should be read in conjunction with our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 11, 2013. This discussion includes forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties.

Business Overview

We are a provider of compression-based production enhancement services, which are used in both conventional wellhead compression applications and unconventional compression applications, and, in certain circumstances, well monitoring and sand separation services. We provide our services to a broad base of natural gas and oil exploration and production companies operating throughout many of the onshore producing regions of the United States. Internationally, we have significant operations in Mexico and Canada and a growing presence in certain countries in South America, Eastern Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.

Over time, oil and natural gas wells exhibit declining pressure and production. Production enhancement technologies are designed to enhance daily production and total recoverable reserves. Our conventional compression-based production enhancement services are utilized to increase production by deliquifying wells, lowering wellhead pressure, and increasing gas velocity. Our conventional applications include production enhancement services for dry gas wells and liquid-loaded gas wells, and backside auto injection systems ("BAIS") for liquid-loaded gas wells. Our unconventional applications are utilized primarily in connection with oil and liquids production and include vapor recovery and casing gas system applications. In certain circumstances, in connection with our primary production enhancement services, we also provide ongoing well monitoring services and automated sand separation services. While our conventional applications are primarily associated with mature gas wells with low formation pressures, they are also effectively utilized on newer gas wells that have experienced significant production declines. Our field services are performed by our highly trained staff of regional service supervisors, optimization specialists, and field mechanics. In addition, we design and manufacture most of the compressor units we use to provide our services, and, in certain markets, we sell our compressor units to customers.

The level of our production enhancement services operations is generally dependent upon the demand for, and prices of, natural gas in the locations in which we operate. Domestic natural gas prices increased over the second half of 2012 and continued to increase during the first quarter of 2013. Combined with increased unconventional applications, strengthening natural gas prices contributed to increased domestic services revenues compared to the prior year period. However, any prolonged substantial reduction in natural gas prices could result in a decline in demand for our production enhancement services.

Overall, our total revenues increased during the three months ended March 31, 2013, compared to the corresponding prior year period. This increase reflects:

increased compression and well monitoring services in Latin America;

growth of the fleet within our other international operations; and

improved overall utilization of the existing fleet, including for our unconventional applications.

The increased activity in Latin America has required investments in fixed assets and working capital and resulted in additional personnel and related administrative services provided through the Omnibus Services Agreement with TETRA. In addition, our ability to maintain the increased activity in Latin America is subject to potential volatility relating to our Mexico operations as addressed in more detail under "Liquidity and Capital Resources - Cash Flows."

How We Evaluate Our Operations

Operating Expenses. We use operating expenses as a performance measure for our business. We track our operating expenses using month-to-month, year-to-date, and year-to-year comparisons, and as compared to budget. This analysis is useful in identifying adverse cost trends and allows us to investigate the cause of these trends and implement remedial measures if possible. The most significant portions of our operating expenses are the labor costs of our field personnel, repair and maintenance of our equipment, and the fuel and other supplies consumed while providing our services. Other materials consumed while performing our services, ad valorem


taxes, other labor costs, truck maintenance, rent on storage facilities, and insurance expenses comprise the significant remainder of our operating expenses. Our operating expenses generally fluctuate with the level of activities performed.

Our labor costs consist primarily of wages and benefits for our field personnel, as well as expenses related to their training and safety. Additional information regarding our operating expenses for the three month period ended March 31, 2013, is provided within the results of operations sections below.

EBITDA. We view EBITDA as one of our primary management tools, and we track it on a monthly basis, both in dollars and as a percentage of revenues (compared to the prior month, prior year period, and to budget). We define EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. EBITDA is used as a supplemental financial measure by our management and by external users of our financial statements, including investors, to:

assess our ability to generate available cash sufficient to make distributions to our unitholders and General Partner;

evaluate the financial performance of our assets without regard to financing methods, capital structure, or historical cost basis;

measure operating performance and return on capital as compared to our competitors; and

determine our ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures.

EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to net income, operating income, cash flows from operating activities, or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP. Our EBITDA may not be comparable to EBITDA or similarly titled measures of other entities, as other entities may not calculate EBITDA in the same manner as we do. Management compensates for the limitations of EBITDA as an analytical tool by reviewing the comparable GAAP measures, understanding the differences between the measures, and incorporating this knowledge into management's decision-making processes. EBITDA should not be viewed as indicative of the actual amount we have available for distributions or that we plan to distribute for a given period, nor should it be equated with "available cash" as defined in our partnership agreement.

The following table reconciles net income to EBITDA for the periods indicated:

                                                  Three Months Ended
                                                      March 31,
                                                  2013          2012
                                                    (In Thousands)
                Net income                     $  4,539      $ 2,767
                Provision for income taxes          722          489
                Depreciation and amortization     3,473        3,089
                Interest (income) expense, net       58          (12)
                EBITDA                         $  8,792      $ 6,333

The following table reconciles cash flow from operating activities to EBITDA:

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