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Gulfport Energy Corporation Provides Fourth Quarter 2017 Operational Update

OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:GPOR) (“Gulfport” or the “Company”) today provided an update for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2017. Key information includes the following:

  • Net production for the fourth quarter of 2017 averaged 1,263.3 MMcfe per day, a 5% increase over the third quarter of 2017 and 61% increase versus the fourth quarter of 2016.
  • Realized natural gas price for the fourth quarter of 2017, before the impact of derivatives and including transportation costs, averaged $2.32 per Mcf, a $0.61 per Mcf differential to the average trade month NYMEX settled price.
  • Realized oil price for the fourth quarter of 2017, before the impact of derivatives and including transportation costs, averaged $53.71 per barrel, a $1.68 per barrel differential to the average WTI oil price.
  • Realized natural gas liquids price for the fourth quarter of 2017, before the impact of derivatives and including transportation costs, averaged $0.76 per gallon, equivalent to $31.92 per barrel, or approximately 58% of the average WTI oil price.
  • Capital expenditures for fourth quarter of 2017 totaled approximately $262 million.
  • Gulfport turned-to-sales 15 gross (11.8 net) operated wells in the Utica Shale and 5 gross (4.4 net) operated wells in the SCOOP during the fourth quarter of 2017.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Production and Realized Prices
Gulfport’s net daily production for the fourth quarter of 2017 averaged approximately 1,263.3 MMcfe per day. For the fourth quarter of 2017, Gulfport’s net daily production mix was comprised of approximately 89% natural gas, 7% natural gas liquids and 4% oil.

Gulfport’s realized prices for the fourth quarter of 2017 were $3.26 per Mcf of natural gas, $32.04 per barrel of oil and $0.63 per gallon of NGL, resulting in a total equivalent price of $3.42 per Mcfe. Gulfport's realized prices for the fourth quarter of 2017 include an aggregate non-cash derivative gain of $59.1 million. Before the impact of derivatives, realized prices for the fourth quarter of 2017, including transportation costs, were $2.32 per Mcf of natural gas, $53.71 per barrel of oil and $0.76 per gallon of NGL, for a total equivalent price of $2.80 per Mcfe.

 
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
PRODUCTION SCHEDULE
(Unaudited)
                 
    Three Months Ended    Twelve Months Ended 
     December 31,     December 31, 
Production Volumes:   2017   2016   2017   2016
                 
Natural gas (MMcf)     103,049     63,362     350,061     227,594
Oil (MBbls)     730     451     2,579     2,126
NGL (MGal)     61,555     44,345     224,038     161,562
Gas equivalent (MMcfe)     116,225     72,404     397,543     263,430
Gas equivalent (Mcfe per day)     1,263,319     786,998     1,089,159     719,753
                 
Average Realized Prices                
(before the impact of derivatives):              
                 
Natural gas (per Mcf)   $ 2.32   $ 2.34   $ 2.42   $ 1.85
Oil (per Bbl)   $ 53.71   $ 45.15   $ 48.29   $ 38.18
NGL (per Gal)   $ 0.76   $ 0.56   $ 0.61   $ 0.37
Gas equivalent (per Mcfe)   $ 2.80   $ 2.67   $ 2.78   $ 2.13
                 
Average Realized Prices:                
(including cash-settlement of derivatives and excluding non-cash derivative gain or loss):    
                 
Natural gas (per Mcf)   $ 2.50   $ 2.49   $ 2.49   $ 2.45
Oil (per Bbl)   $ 51.93   $ 45.37   $ 49.88   $ 43.29
NGL (per Gal)   $ 0.70   $ 0.55   $ 0.58   $ 0.36
Gas equivalent (per Mcfe)   $ 2.91   $ 2.80   $ 2.85   $ 2.69
                 
Average Realized Prices:                
                 
Natural gas (per Mcf)   $ 3.26   $ 0.41   $ 3.08   $ 1.12
Oil (per Bbl)   $ 32.04   $ 32.41   $ 46.99   $ 35.65
NGL (per Gal)   $ 0.63   $ 0.52   $ 0.54   $ 0.35
Gas equivalent (per Mcfe)   $ 3.42   $ 0.88   $ 3.32   $ 1.46
                 

The table below summarizes Gulfport’s 2017 production by asset area:

 
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
PRODUCTION BY AREA
(Unaudited)
           
      Three Months Ended    Twelve Months Ended 
       December 31,     December 31, 
      2017   2017
Utica Shale           
Natural gas (MMcf)     90,374   309,450
Oil (MBbls)     107   473
NGL (MGal)     33,875   139,634
Gas equivalent (MMcfe)     95,854   332,238
           
SCOOP(1)          
Natural gas (MMcf)     12,648   40,501
Oil (MBbls)     401   1,083
NGL (MGal)     27,660   84,283
Gas equivalent (MMcfe)     19,008   59,038
           
Southern Lousiana           
Natural gas (MMcf)     19   75
Oil (MBbls)     210   974
NGL (MGal)     -   -
Gas equivalent (MMcfe)     1,280   5,917
           
Other          
Natural gas (MMcf)     8   35
Oil (MBbls)     12   50
NGL (MGal)     20   121
Gas equivalent (MMcfe)     84   351
           
(1) SCOOP production adjusted for closing date of February 17, 2017. 
           

Fourth Quarter 2017 Capital Expenditures
For the quarter ended December 31, 2017, Gulfport estimates total capital expenditures to be approximately $262 million, including approximately $220 million on drilling and completion capital expenditures, $7 million on midstream capital expenditures and $35 million on leasehold capital expenditures. Higher than expected capital expenditures were driven by spending associated with prior activity during the year and spending related to preparation for our 2018 development activities.  

SCOOP Woodford Production Results
During its initial 90 days of production, the EJ Craddock 8-28X21H has cumulatively produced 942.6 MMcf of natural gas and 51.5 thousand barrels of oil. Based upon the composition analysis, the gas being produced is 1,171 BTU gas and yielding 47.0 barrels of NGLs per MMcf of natural gas and results in a natural gas shrink of 16%. On a three-stream basis, the EJ Craddock 8-28X21H produced at an average 90-day production rate of 15.2 MMcfe per day, which is comprised of approximately 58% natural gas, 23% oil, and 19% natural gas liquids.

During its initial 90 days of production, the Pauline 8-27X22H has cumulatively produced 973.3 MMcf of natural gas and 59.8 thousand barrels of oil. Based upon the composition analysis, the gas being produced is 1,210 BTU gas and yielding 58.8 barrels of NGLs per MMcf of natural gas and results in a natural gas shrink of 19%.  On a three-stream basis, the Pauline 8-27X22H produced at an average 90-day production rate of 16.6 MMcfe per day, which is comprised of approximately 53% natural gas, 24% oil, and 23% natural gas liquids.

During its initial 90 days of production, the Pauline 6-27X22H has cumulatively produced 989.7 MMcf of natural gas and 57.3 thousand barrels of oil. Based upon the composition analysis, the gas being produced is 1,216 BTU gas and yielding 57.4 barrels of NGLs per MMcf of natural gas and results in a natural gas shrink of 22%.  On a three-stream basis, the Pauline 6-27X22H produced at an average 90-day production rate of 16.2 MMcfe per day, which is comprised of approximately 53% natural gas, 24% oil, and 23% natural gas liquids.

During its initial 90 days of production, the Pauline 5-27X22H has cumulatively produced 977.6 MMcf of natural gas and 56.6 thousand barrels of oil. Based upon the composition analysis, the gas being produced is 1,216 BTU gas and yielding 57.4 barrels of NGLs per MMcf of natural gas and results in a natural gas shrink of 22%. On a three-stream basis, the Pauline 5-27X22H produced at an average 90-day production rate of 16.0 MMcfe per day, which is comprised of approximately 53% natural gas, 24% oil, and 23% natural gas liquids.

During its initial 90 days of production, the Pauline 4-27X22H has cumulatively produced 849.6 MMcf of natural gas and 47.2 thousand barrels of oil. Based upon the composition analysis, the gas being produced is 1,212 BTU gas and yielding 57.3 barrels of NGLs per MMcf of natural gas and results in a natural gas shrink of 18%. On a three-stream basis, the Pauline 4-27X22H produced at an average 90-day production rate of 14.1 MMcfe per day, which is comprised of approximately 55% natural gas, 22% oil, and 23% natural gas liquids.

During its initial 90 days of production, the Pauline 3-27X22H has cumulatively produced 422.9 MMcf of natural gas and 20.0 thousand barrels of oil. Based upon the composition analysis, the gas being produced is 1,212 BTU gas and yielding 57.3 barrels of NGLs per MMcf of natural gas and results in a natural gas shrink of 18%. On a three-stream basis, the Pauline 3-27X22H produced at an average 90-day production rate of 6.8 MMcfe per day, which is comprised of approximately 56% natural gas, 20% oil, and 24% natural gas liquids.

The following table summarizes the Company’s recent well results:

 
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
SCOOP WELL RESULTS SUMMARY
(Unaudited)
                           
    Phase  Stimulated  Wellhead NGLs % Product Mix(1) Average Prod. Rates (Mmcfepd)
   County  Window  Lateral  BTU Per MMcf Shrink Gas NGLs Oil 24-Hr 30-Day 60-Day 90-Day
Lauper 4-26H SE Grady Springer Oil 4,527 1,418 120.8 34 % 10 % 11 % 79 % 4.7 - - -
Serenity 5-22H S Grady Sycamore 5,980 1,143 39.2 13 % 70 % 19 % 11 % 15.7 - - -
EJ Craddock 8-28X21H Central Grady Woodford Wet Gas 7,961 1,171 47.0 16 % 55 % 19 % 26 % 19.7 17.3 16.1 15.2
Pauline 3-27X22H Central Grady Woodford Wet Gas 4,322 1,212 57.3 18 % 49 % 21 % 30 % 8.8 8.0 7.4 6.8
Pauline 4-27X22H Central Grady Woodford Wet Gas 7,978 1,212 57.3 18 % 52 % 22 % 26 % 17.3 16.1 15.0 14.1
Pauline 5-27X22H Central Grady Woodford Wet Gas 7,929 1,216 57.4 22 % 50 % 22 % 28 % 22.2 19.1 17.4 16.0
Pauline 6-27X22H Central Grady Woodford Wet Gas 7,273 1,216 57.4 22 % 50 % 22 % 28 % 22.9 19.6 17.7 16.2
Pauline 8-27X22H Central Grady Woodford Wet Gas 7,658 1,210 58.8 19 % 51 % 22 % 27 % 18.4 18.6 17.6 16.6
Vinson 2-22X27H SE Grady Woodford Wet Gas 8,539 1,118 35.7 11 % 79 % 19 % 2 % 16.5 15.7 14.4 13.4
Vinson 3R-22X27H SE Grady Woodford Wet Gas 8,475 1,118 35.7 11 % 79 % 19 % 2 % 19.0 18.7 17.3 16.3
Winham 7-22H S Grady Woodford Wet Gas 4,898 1,146 40.0 13 % 64 % 18 % 18 % 23.4 - - -
                           
Note: All well results presented are based upon three-stream production data and assume contractual ethane recovery.          
1. Product mix calculated utilizing 24-hr initial production rate.                    
                     

Derivatives
Gulfport continues to hedge 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 29, 2018.

 
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
COMMODITY DERIVATIVES - HEDGE POSITION 
(Unaudited)
                   
     
      1Q18   2Q18   3Q18   4Q18
Natural gas:                
  Swap contracts (NYMEX)                
  Volume (BBtupd)   850     880   950   950
  Price ($ per MMBtu)   $ 3.18     $ 3.02   $ 3.02   $ 3.02
                   
  Swaption contracts (NYMEX)                
  Volume (BBtupd)   20     50   50   50
  Price ($ per MMBtu)   $ 2.91     $ 3.13   $ 3.13   $ 3.13
                   
  Basis Swap Contract  (NGPL MC)                
  Volume (BBtupd)   50     -   -   -
  Differential ($ per MMBtu)   $ (0.26 )   $ -   $ -   $ -
                   
Oil:                  
  Swap contracts (LLS)                
  Volume (Bblpd)   -     2,000   2,000   2,000
  Price ($ per Bbl)   $ -     $ 56.22   $ 56.22   $ 56.22
                   
  Swap contracts (WTI)                
  Volume (Bblpd)   5,967     4,170   4,500   4,500
  Price ($ per Bbl)   $ 54.95     $ 54.59   $ 53.72   $ 53.72
                   
NGL:                  
  C3 Propane Swap Contracts                
  Volume (Bblpd)   4,000     4,000   4,000   4,000
  Price ($ per Gal)   $ 0.69     $ 0.69   $ 0.69   $ 0.69
                   
  C5 Pentane Swap Contracts                
  Volume (Bblpd)   500     500   500   500
  Price ($ per Gal)   $ 1.11     $ 1.11   $ 1.11   $ 1.11
                   
               
             
      2018   2019        
Natural gas:                
  Swap contracts (NYMEX)                
  Volume (BBtupd)   908     312        
  Price ($ per MMBtu)   $ 3.06     $ 2.92        
                   
  Swaption contracts (NYMEX)                
  Volume (BBtupd)   43     135        
  Price ($ per MMBtu)   $ 3.10     $ 3.07        
                   
  Basis Swap Contract (NGPL MC)                
  Volume (Bbtupd)   12     -        
  Differential ($ per MMBtu)   $ (0.26 )   $ -        
                   
Oil:                  
  Swap contracts (LLS)                
  Volume (Bblpd)   1,507     -        
  Price ($ per Bbl)   $ 56.22     $ -        
                   
  Swap contracts (WTI)                
  Volume (Bblpd)   4,779     2,000        
  Price ($ per Bbl)   $ 54.29     $ 57.75        
                   
NGL:                  
  C3 Propane Swap Contracts                
  Volume (Bblpd)   4,000     -        
  Price ($ per Gal)   $ 0.69     $ -        
                   
  C5 Pentane Swap Contracts                
  Volume (Bblpd)   500     -        
  Price ($ per Gal)   $ 1.11     $ -        
                     

About Gulfport
Gulfport Energy is an independent natural gas and oil company focused on the exploration and development of natural gas and oil properties in North America and is one of the largest producers of natural gas in the contiguous United States. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Gulfport holds significant acreage positions in the Utica Shale of Eastern Ohio and the SCOOP Woodford and SCOOP Springer plays in Oklahoma. In addition, Gulfport holds an acreage position along the Louisiana Gulf Coast, has an approximately 25% equity interest in Mammoth Energy Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:TUSK) and has a position in the Alberta Oil Sands in Canada through its 25% interest in Grizzly Oil Sands ULC. For more information, please visit www.gulfportenergy.com.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release includes “forward-looking statements” for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of 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 that might affect the timing and amount of the repurchase program; 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 press 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 – Director, Investor Relations
jwills@gulfportenergy.com
405-252-4550

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