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Gulfport Energy Corporation Provides Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Operational Update

OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:GPOR) (“Gulfport” or the “Company”) today provided an operational update for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2016. Key information includes the following:

  • Net production during the fourth quarter of 2016 averaged 787.0 MMcfe per day, a 7% increase over the third quarter of 2016 and a 22% increase versus the fourth quarter of 2015, averaging at the high-end of Gulfport’s previously provided fourth quarter 2016 guidance of 765 MMcfe per day to 790 MMcfe per day.
  • Net production during the full-year of 2016 averaged 719.8 MMcfe per day, a 31% increase over the full-year of 2015.
  • Realized natural gas price, before the impact of derivatives and including transportation costs, averaged $1.85 per Mcf during 2016, a $0.61 per Mcf differential to the average trade month NYMEX settled price, compared to Gulfport’s previously provided full-year of 2016 differential guidance of $0.61 to $0.66 per Mcf below NYMEX settlement prices.
  • Realized oil price, before the impact of derivatives and including transportation costs, averaged $38.18 per barrel during 2016, a $5.18 per barrel differential to the average WTI oil price, compared to Gulfport’s previously provided full-year of 2016 differential guidance of $5.50 to $6.50 per barrel below WTI.
  • Realized natural gas liquids price, before the impact of derivatives and including transportation costs, averaged $15.37 per barrel during 2016, or $0.37 per gallon, compared to Gulfport’s previously provided full-year of 2016 realization guidance of $0.25 to $0.29 per gallon.
  • Increased hedge position to approximately 555 MMcf per day of natural gas fixed price swaps during 2017 at an average price of $3.18 per Mcf and 346 MMcf per day of natural gas fixed price swaps during 2018 at an average price of $3.10 per Mcf.

Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Production and Realized Prices
Gulfport’s net daily production for the fourth quarter of 2016 averaged approximately 787.0 MMcfe per day. For the fourth quarter of 2016, Gulfport’s net daily production mix was comprised of approximately 87% natural gas, 9% natural gas liquids and 4% oil. Gulfport’s net daily production for the full-year of 2016 averaged approximately 719.8 MMcfe per day. For the full-year of 2016, Gulfport’s net daily production mix was comprised of approximately 86% natural gas, 9% natural gas liquids and 5% oil.

Gulfport’s realized prices for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $0.41 per Mcf of natural gas, $32.41 per barrel of oil and $0.52 per gallon of NGL, resulting in a total equivalent price of $0.88 per Mcfe. Gulfport's realized prices for the fourth quarter of 2016 include an aggregate non-cash derivative loss of $139.3 million. Before the impact of derivatives, realized prices for the fourth quarter of 2016, including transportation costs, were $2.34 per Mcf of natural gas, $45.15 per barrel of oil and $0.56 per gallon of NGL, for a total equivalent price of $2.67 per Mcfe.

Gulfport’s realized prices for the full-year of 2016 were $1.12 per Mcf of natural gas, $35.65 per barrel of oil and $0.35 per gallon of NGL, resulting in a total equivalent price of $1.46 per Mcfe. Gulfport's realized prices for the full-year of 2016 include an aggregate non-cash derivative loss of $323.3 million. Before the impact of derivatives, realized prices for the full-year of 2016, including transportation costs, were $1.85 per Mcf of natural gas, $38.18 per barrel of oil and $0.37 per gallon of NGL, for a total equivalent price of $2.13 per Mcfe.

GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
PRODUCTION SCHEDULE
(Unaudited)
                   
      Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
       December 31,    December 31,
Production Volumes:       2016     2015     2016     2015
                   
Natural gas (MMcf)         63,362       48,942       227,594       156,151
Oil (MBbls)         451       675       2,126       2,899
NGL (MGal)         44,345       43,700       161,562       185,792
Gas equivalent (MMcfe)         72,404       59,233       263,430       200,089
Gas equivalent (Mcfe per day)       786,998       643,832       719,753       548,188
                   
Average Realized Prices                  
(before the impact of derivatives):              
                   
Natural gas (per Mcf)     $   2.34   $   1.62   $   1.85   $   2.08
Oil (per Bbl)     $   45.15   $   36.38   $   38.18   $   42.29
NGL (per Gal)     $   0.56   $   0.34   $   0.37   $   0.31
Gas equivalent (per Mcfe)     $   2.67   $   2.00   $   2.13   $   2.53
                   
Average Realized Prices:                  
(including cash-settlement of derivatives and excluding non-cash derivative gain or loss):    
                   
Natural gas (per Mcf)     $   2.49   $   2.48   $   2.45   $   2.79
Oil (per Bbl)     $   45.37   $   43.00   $   43.29   $   45.41
NGL (per Gal)     $   0.55   $   0.34   $   0.36   $   0.31
Gas equivalent (per Mcfe)     $   2.80   $   2.79   $   2.69   $   3.13
                   
Average Realized Prices:                  
                   
Natural gas (per Mcf)     $   0.41   $   2.94   $   1.12   $   3.25
Oil (per Bbl)     $   32.41   $   44.63   $   35.65   $   48.91
NGL (per Gal)     $   0.52   $   0.37   $   0.35   $   0.32
Gas equivalent (per Mcfe)     $   0.88   $   3.21   $   1.46   $   3.54

Derivatives
Gulfport has hedged a portion of its expected production to lock in prices and returns that provide certainty of cash flow to execute on its capital plans. The table below sets forth the Company's hedging positions as of January 17, 2017.

  GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
  COMMODITY DERIVATIVES - HEDGE POSITION
  (Unaudited)
                       
         
          1Q2017   2Q2017   3Q2017   4Q2017
  Natural gas:                  
    Swap contracts (NYMEX)                
    Volume (BBtupd)       487         527       568       635
    Price ($ per MMBtu)   $   3.16     $   3.22   $   3.17   $   3.17
                       
    Swaption contracts (NYMEX)                
    Volume (BBtupd)       45         65       65       65
    Price ($ per MMBtu)   $   3.19     $   3.11   $   3.11   $   3.11
                       
    Basis Swap Contract  (Tetco M2)                
    Volume (BBtupd)       50       -     -     -
    Differential ($ per MMBtu)   $   (0.59 )   $ -   $ -   $ -
  Oil:                    
    Swap contracts (LLS)                
    Volume (Bblpd)         2,000         2,000       1,500       1,500
    Price ($ per Bbl)   $   51.10     $   51.10   $   53.12   $   53.12
                       
    Swap contracts (WTI)                
    Volume (Bblpd)         1,033         3,330       4,500       4,500
    Price ($ per Bbl)   $   55.15     $   55.18   $   54.89   $   54.89
                       
  NGL:                    
    C3 Propane Swap Contracts                
    Volume (Bblpd)         500         2,000       2,000       2,000
    Price ($ per Gal)     $   0.63     $   0.61   $   0.61   $   0.61
                       
    C5 Pentane Swap Contracts                
    Volume (Bblpd)         250         250       250       250
    Price ($ per Gal)     $   1.17     $   1.17   $   1.17   $   1.17
                       
                       
                       
            2017       2018     2019    
  Natural gas:                  
    Swap contracts (NYMEX)                
    Volume (BBtupd)       555         346       5    
    Price ($ per MMBtu)   $   3.18     $   3.10   $   3.37    
                       
    Swaption contracts (NYMEX)                
    Volume (BBtupd)       60       65     -    
    Price ($ per MMBtu)   $   3.12     $ 3.33   $ -    
                       
    Basis Swap Contract  (Tetco M2)                
    Volume (BBtupd)       12       -     -    
    Differential ($ per MMBtu)   $   (0.59 )   $ -   $ -    
  Oil:                    
    Swap contracts (LLS)                
    Volume (Bblpd)         1,748       -     -    
    Price ($ per Bbl)   $   51.97     $ -   $ -    
                       
    Swap contracts (WTI)                
    Volume (Bblpd)         3,353       899     -    
    Price ($ per Bbl)   $   54.98     $ 55.31   $ -    
                       
  NGL:                    
    C3 Propane Swap Contracts                
    Volume (Bblpd)         1,630       -     -    
    Price ($ per Gal)     $   0.61     $ -   $ -    
                       
    C5 Pentane Swap Contracts                
    Volume (Bblpd)         250       -     -    
    Price ($ per Gal)     $   1.17     $ -   $ -    

About Gulfport
Gulfport Energy Corporation is an Oklahoma City-based independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company with its principal producing properties located in the Utica Shale of Eastern Ohio and along the Louisiana Gulf Coast. In addition, Gulfport holds a sizeable acreage position in the Alberta Oil Sands in Canada through its 25% interest in Grizzly Oil Sands ULC.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that Gulfport expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, future capital expenditures (including the amount and nature thereof), business strategy and measures to implement strategy, competitive strength, goals, expansion and growth of Gulfport's business and operations, plans, market conditions, references to future success, reference to intentions as to future matters and other such matters are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by Gulfport in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments as well as other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. However, whether actual results and developments will conform with Gulfport's expectations and predictions is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, general economic, market, credit or business conditions; the opportunities (or lack thereof) that may be presented to and pursued by Gulfport; Gulfport’s ability to identify, complete and integrate acquisitions of properties and businesses; competitive actions by other oil and gas companies; changes in laws or regulations; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Gulfport. Information concerning these and other factors can be found in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this news release are qualified by these cautionary statements and there can be no assurances that the actual results or developments anticipated by Gulfport will be realized, or even if realized, that they will have the expected consequences to or effects on Gulfport, its business or operations. Gulfport has no intention, and disclaims any obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future results or otherwise.

Investor & Media Contact:
Jessica Wills – Manager, Investor Relations and Research
jwills@gulfportenergy.com
405-252-4550

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