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Gulfport Energy Corporation Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:GPOR) (“Gulfport” or the “Company”) today reported financial and operational results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and provided an update on its 2018 activities.  Key information includes the following:

  • Net production averaged 1,288.6 MMcfe per day during the first quarter of 2018.
  • Net income of $90.1 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2018.
  • Adjusted net income (as defined and reconciled below) of $101.9 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2018.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (as defined and reconciled below) of $247.9 million for the first quarter of 2018.
  • Reduced unit operating expense, including lease operating expense, midstream gathering and processing expense, production tax expense and  general and administrative expense, for the first quarter of 2018 by 11% to $0.88  per Mcfe from $0.99 per Mcfe for the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • Completed previously announced stock repurchase program of $100 million during first quarter of 2018 by acquiring 9.7 million shares. 
  • Expanded stock repurchase program to acquire up to an additional $100 million of outstanding common stock during 2018 for a total of $200 million.
  • Sold 25% equity interest in Strike Force Midstream LLC ("Strike Force") for $175 million.
  • Reduced 2018 non-drilling and completion ("D&C") capital expenditures by $20 million following the sale of Gulfport's equity interest in Strike Force.
  • Budgeted 2018 total capital expenditures to be in the range of $750 million to $815 million and funded within cash flow.
  • Increased forecasted 2018 production and estimate 2018 full year net production to average 1,310 MMcfe to 1,340 MMcfe per day, an increase of approximately 20% to 23% over the average daily net production of 1,089.2 MMcfe per day during 2017.
  • Currently estimate second quarter of 2018 net production to average 1,300 MMcfe to 1,320 MMcfe per day.
  • Gulfport's lead lenders have proposed an increase to Gulfport's borrowing base to $1.4 billion from $1.2 billion, subject to the approval of the additional banks within the syndicate, with Gulfport's elected commitment to remain at $1.0 billion.
  • Increased hedge position to approximately 948 BBtu per day of natural gas fixed price swaps during 2018 at an average fixed price of $3.05 per MMBtu and a large base level of 662 BBtu per day of natural gas fixed price swaps during 2019 at an average fixed price of $2.84 per MMBtu.

Chief Executive Officer and President, Michael G. Moore, commented, "Gulfport began the year strong both operationally and financially, delivering on several of our strategic objectives planned for 2018. The outperformance of our base production wedge and new well delivery in the SCOOP positioned us well in the first quarter and led to an increase in our forecasted average daily volumes for the full year, highlighting the quality of our asset base and further bolstering the free cash flow generated from our 2018 activities. Gulfport remains steadfastly committed to funding our total 2018 capital budget from cash flow and estimate that roughly two-thirds of the capital budget will be invested during the first half of the year, with spend decreasing significantly in the third and fourth quarters.

We were opportunistic and aggressive with our stock repurchase program and completed the full $100 million authorization in the open market prior to the end of the first quarter. We remain committed to realizing the most value for our stockholders. As we evaluate the best uses of our available liquidity, we will consider a range of options, including stock repurchases and debt reduction, practicing discipline as we allocate capital to programs and strategic initiatives that we believe have the highest return potential. Furthermore, our commitment to demonstrating capital discipline is highlighted by our board’s decision to include a metric relating to Gulfport's return on average capital employed into Gulfport's 2018 annual incentive plan targets, which are intended to maximize the value of every dollar we invest and our commitment to the Gulfport stockholders."

Stock Repurchase Program
During the first quarter of 2018, Gulfport repurchased 9.7 million shares and completed in full the previously announced authorized program to acquire up to $100 million of the Company's outstanding common stock during 2018. 

Gulfport announced today that its board of directors has expanded the stock repurchase program and Gulfport has been authorized to acquire up to an additional $100 million of its outstanding common stock during 2018 for a total of up to $200 million.  Purchases under the expanded repurchase program may be made from time to time in open market or privately negotiated transactions, and will be subject to market conditions, applicable legal requirements, contractual obligations and other factors. The repurchase program does not require the Company to acquire any specific number of shares. The Company intends to purchase shares under the repurchase program opportunistically with available funds while maintaining sufficient liquidity to fund its 2018 capital development program. This repurchase program is authorized to extend through December 31, 2018 and may be suspended from time to time, modified, extended or discontinued by the board of directors at any time.

Financial Results
For the first quarter of 2018, Gulfport reported net income of $90.1 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, on revenues of $325.4 million.  For the first quarter of 2018, EBITDA (as defined and reconciled below for each period presented) was $236.0 million and cash flow from operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities (as defined and reconciled below for each period presented) was $217.1 million.  Gulfport’s GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2018 includes the following items: 

  • Aggregate non-cash derivative loss of $25.4 million.
  • Aggregate gain of $13.5 million in connection with Gulfport's equity interests in certain equity investments.

Excluding the effect of these items, Gulfport’s financial results for the first quarter of 2018 would have been as follows:

  • Adjusted oil and gas revenues of $350.8 million.
  • Adjusted net income of $101.9 million, or $0.56 per diluted share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $247.9 million.

Production and Realized Prices
Gulfport’s net daily production for the first quarter of 2018 averaged approximately 1,288.6 MMcfe per day. For the first quarter of 2018, Gulfport’s net daily production mix was comprised of approximately 88% natural gas, 8% natural gas liquids ("NGL") and 4% oil.

Gulfport’s realized prices for the first quarter of 2018 were $2.35 per Mcf of natural gas, $48.27 per barrel of oil and $0.75 per gallon of NGL, resulting in a total equivalent price of $2.81 per Mcfe. Gulfport's realized prices for the first quarter of 2018 include an aggregate non-cash derivative loss of $25.4 million. Before the impact of derivatives, realized prices for the first quarter of 2018, including transportation costs, were $2.44 per Mcf of natural gas, $60.36 per barrel of oil and $0.71 per gallon of NGL, for a total equivalent price of $2.95 per Mcfe.

 
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
PRODUCTION SCHEDULE
(Unaudited)
  Three months ended
  March 31,
Production Volumes: 2018   2017
       
Natural gas (MMcf) 102,042     66,284  
Oil (MBbls) 757     514  
NGL (MGal) 65,756     49,667  
Gas equivalent (MMcfe) 115,977     76,461  
Gas equivalent (Mcfe per day) 1,288,631     849,569  
       
Average Realized Prices:      
(before the impact of derivatives):      
       
Natural gas (per Mcf) $ 2.44     $ 2.68  
Oil (per Bbl) $ 60.36     $ 47.52  
NGL (per Gal) $ 0.71     $ 0.63  
Gas equivalent (per Mcfe) $ 2.95     $ 3.05  
       
Average Realized Prices:      
(including cash-settlement of derivatives and excluding non-cash derivative gain or loss):
       
Natural gas (per Mcf) $ 2.60     $ 2.57  
Oil (per Bbl) $ 54.72     $ 47.68  
NGL (per Gal) $ 0.67     $ 0.63  
Gas equivalent (per Mcfe) $ 3.02     $ 2.96  
       
Average Realized Prices:      
       
Natural gas (per Mcf) $ 2.35     $ 3.98  
Oil (per Bbl) $ 48.27     $ 68.75  
NGL (per Gal) $ 0.75     $ 0.68  
Gas equivalent (per Mcfe) $ 2.81     $ 4.36  
       

The table below summarizes Gulfport’s first quarter of 2018 production by asset area:

 
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
PRODUCTION BY AREA
(Unaudited)
  Three months ended   Three months ended
  March 31,   March 31,
  2018   2017
Utica Shale      
Natural gas (MMcf) 87,196     61,152  
Oil (MBbls) 78     132  
NGL (MGal) 35,738     39,311  
Gas equivalent (MMcfe) 92,772     67,559  
       
SCOOP(1)      
Natural gas (MMcf) 14,832     5,115  
Oil (MBbls) 497     135  
NGL (MGal) 30,008     10,322  
Gas equivalent (MMcfe) 22,103     7,398  
       
Southern Louisiana      
Natural gas (MMcf) 7     8  
Oil (MBbls) 169     235  
NGL (MGal)      
Gas equivalent (MMcfe) 1,021     1,416  
       
Other      
Natural gas (MMcf) 7     9  
Oil (MBbls) 12     12  
NGL (MGal) 9     35  
Gas equivalent (MMcfe) 82     88  
       
(1) 2017 SCOOP production included from the February 17, 2017 closing date.
 

First Quarter 2018 Capital Expenditures
For the first quarter of 2018, Gulfport’s D&C capital expenditures totaled $247.9 million and non-D&C capital expenditures totaled $42.9 million. According to plan, the 2018 capital program is heavily weighted to the first half of the 2018 and Gulfport currently estimates approximately two-thirds of the 2018 capital budget will be invested during the first half of 2018.

Strike Force Monetization
On April 26, 2018, Gulfport announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to sell its 25% interest in Strike Force for a purchase price of $175 million in an all cash transaction to EQT Midstream Partners. The transaction closed on May 1, 2018.

2018 Financial Position and Liquidity
As of March 31, 2018, Gulfport had cash on hand of approximately $118.6 million. As of March 31, 2018, $200.0 million was outstanding under Gulfport’s revolving credit facility with outstanding letters of credit totaling $242.8 million.

Expected Borrowing Base Increase to $1.4 Billion
In connection with the scheduled spring redetermination of Gulfport's revolving credit facility, Gulfport's lead lenders have proposed an increase to Gulfport's borrowing base to $1.4 billion from $1.2 billion, subject to the approval of the additional banks within the syndicate. Gulfport's elected commitment under this facility is anticipated to remain at $1.0 billion.

2018 Capital Budget and Production Guidance Update
Gulfport reaffirms its expectation that its 2018 D&C total capital expenditures will be in the range of $630 million to $685 million. Upon completion of the Strike Force monetization, Gulfport's capital obligations associated with its equity interest in Strike Force were eliminated and the Company now forecasts its 2018 non-D&C capital expenditures to be reduced by approximately $20 million. As a result, total non-D&C capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $120 million to $130 million. 

Based on results during first quarter of 2018, Gulfport has increased its production guidance and now forecasts its 2018 average daily net production will be in the range of 1,310 MMcfe to 1,340 MMcfe per day, an increase of 20% to 23% over its 2017 average daily net production of 1,089.2 MMcfe per day. For the second quarter of 2018, Gulfport estimates that its average daily net production will be in the range of 1,300 MMcfe to 1,320 MMcfe per day,

Based on actual results during the first quarter of 2018 and utilizing current strip pricing at the various regional pricing points at which the Company sells its natural gas, Gulfport reiterates its guidance that realized natural gas price differential, before the effect of hedges and inclusive of the Company’s firm transportation expense, will average in the range of $0.58 to $0.72 per Mcf below NYMEX settlement prices in 2018. Gulfport reiterates its guidance that expected 2018 realized NGL price and oil price and forecasts that its 2018 realized NGL price, before the effect of hedges and including transportation expense, will be approximately 45% to 50% of WTI and its 2018 realized oil price will be in the range of $3.00 to $3.50 per barrel below WTI.

The table below summarizes the Company’s updated full year 2018 guidance:

 
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
COMPANY GUIDANCE
  Year Ending
    2018  
  Low   High
Forecasted Production      
Average Daily Gas Equivalent (MMcfepd)   1,310       1,340  
% Gas ~89%
% Natural Gas Liquids ~7%
% Oil ~4%
       
Forecasted Realizations (before the effects of hedges)      
Natural Gas (Differential to NYMEX Settled Price) - $/Mcf $ (0.58 )   $ (0.72 )
NGL (% of WTI)   45 %     50 %
Oil (Differential to NYMEX WTI) $/Bbl $ (3.00 )   $ (3.50 )
       
Projected Operating Costs      
Lease Operating Expense - $/Mcfe $ 0.17     $ 0.19  
Production Taxes - $/Mcfe $ 0.06     $ 0.08  
Midstream Gathering and Processing - $/Mcfe $ 0.57     $ 0.63  
General and Administrative - $/Mcfe $ 0.12     $ 0.14  
       
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization - $/Mcfe $ 0.95     $ 1.05  
       
  Total
Budgeted D&C Expenditures - In Millions:      
Operated $ 490     $ 525  
Non-Operated $ 140     $ 160  
Total Budgeted E&P Capital Expenditures $ 630     $ 685  
       
Budgeted Non-D&C Expenditures - In Millions: $ 120     $ 130  
       
Total Capital Expenditures - In Millions: $ 750     $ 815  
       
Net Wells Drilled      
Utica - Operated   26       29  
Utica - Non-Operated   7       8  
Total   33       37  
       
SCOOP - Operated   10       11  
SCOOP - Non-Operated   4       5  
Total   14       16  
       
Net Wells Turned-to-Sales      
Utica - Operated   33       37  
Utica - Non-Operated   9       10  
Total   42       47  
       
SCOOP - Operated   16       18  
SCOOP - Non-Operated   2       3  
Total   18       21  
               

Operational Update
The table below summarizes Gulfport's activity for the first quarter of 2018 and the number of net wells expected to be drilled and turned-to-sales for the remainder of 2018:

 
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
ACTIVITY SUMMARY
(Unaudited)
             
    Three Months ended        
    March 31,   Remaining Wells   Guidance(1)
    2018   2018   2018
Net Wells Drilled            
Utica - Operated   10.0     17.5     27.5  
Utica - Non-Operated   1.8     5.7     7.5  
Total   11.8     23.2     35.0  
             
SCOOP - Operated   3.8     6.7     10.5  
SCOOP - Non-Operated   2.6     1.9     4.5  
Total   6.4     8.6     15.0  
             
Net Wells Turned-to-Sales            
Utica - Operated   3.0     32.0     35.0  
Utica - Non-Operated   3.1     6.4     9.5  
Total   6.1     38.4     44.5  
             
SCOOP - Operated   6.3     10.7     17.0  
SCOOP - Non-Operated   0.4     2.1     2.5  
Total   6.7     12.8     19.5  
             
(1) Utilizes mid-point of publicly provided 2018 guidance
 

Utica Shale
In the Utica Shale, during the first quarter of 2018, Gulfport spud 13 gross (10.0 net) operated wells. The wells drilled during the first quarter of 2018 had an average lateral length of approximately 9,000 feet. Normalizing to an 8,000 foot lateral length, Gulfport's average drilling days during the first quarter of 2018 from spud to rig release totaled approximately 19.0 days, a decrease of 8% over full year 2017. In addition, Gulfport turned-to-sales three gross and net operated wells with an average stimulated lateral length of approximately 6,600 feet on March 31, 2018.

During the first quarter of 2018, net production from Gulfport’s Utica acreage averaged approximately 1,030.8 MMcfe per day, a decrease of 1% over the fourth quarter of 2017 and an increase of 37% over the first quarter of 2017.

At present, Gulfport has two operated horizontal drilling rigs active in the play.

SCOOP
In the SCOOP, during the first quarter of 2018, Gulfport spud five gross (3.8 net) operated wells.
The wells drilled during the first quarter of 2018 had an average lateral length of approximately 8,900 feet. Normalizing to an 7,500 foot lateral length, Gulfport's average drilling days during the first quarter of 2018 from spud to rig release totaled approximately 69.7 days, a decrease of 3% over full year 2017. In addition, Gulfport turned-to-sales seven gross (6.3 net) operated wells with an average stimulated lateral length of approximately 6,500 feet during the first quarter of 2018.

During the first quarter of 2018, net production from the acreage averaged approximately 245.6 MMcfe per day, an increase of 19% over the fourth quarter of 2017. 

At present, Gulfport has four operated horizontal rigs drilling in the play and it expects to release two rigs mid 2018 as the contracts for these rigs expire.

Southern Louisiana
At its West Cote Blanche Bay and Hackberry fields, during the first quarter of 2018, Gulfport performed 19 recompletions at the fields. Net production during the first quarter of 2018 totaled approximately 11.3 MMcfe per day.

SCOOP Woodford Production Results
Gulfport recently turned-to-sales two gross Woodford wells located in the wet gas window in central Grady County, Oklahoma. The Lilly 3-15X10H has a stimulated lateral length of 6,816 feet and a 24-hour initial production peak rate of 14.1 MMcf per day and 421 barrels of oil per day. Based upon the composition analysis, the gas being produced is 1,157 BTU gas and yielding 43.3 barrels of NGL per MMcf of natural gas and results in a natural gas shrink of 14%. On a three-stream basis, the Lilly 3-15X10H produced at a 24-hour initial production peak rate of 18.4 MMcfe per day, or 2,694 Mcfe per 1,000 foot of lateral, which is comprised of approximately 66% natural gas, 20% NGL and 14% oil.

The Lilly 4-15X10H has a stimulated lateral length of 7,323 feet and a 24-hour initial production peak rate of 10.6 MMcf per day and 447 barrels of oil per day. Based upon the composition analysis, the gas being produced is 1,157 BTU gas and yielding 43.3 barrels of NGL per MMcf of natural gas and results in a natural gas shrink of 14%. On a three-stream basis, the Lilly 4-15X10H produced at a 24-hour initial production peak rate of 14.5 MMcfe per day, or 1,982 Mcfe per 1,000 foot of lateral, which is comprised of approximately 63% natural gas, 19% NGL and 18% oil.

During its initial 60 days of production, the North Cheyenne 3-10X3H cumulatively produced 525.4 MMcf of natural gas and 15.2 thousand barrels of oil. Based upon the composition analysis, the gas being produced is 1,162 BTU gas and yielding 44.1 barrels of natural gas liquids per MMcf of natural gas and results in a natural gas shrink of 15%. On a three-stream basis, the North Cheyenne 3-10X3H produced at an average 60-day production rate of 11.3 MMcfe per day, or 1,563 Mcfe per 1,000 foot of lateral, which is comprised of approximately 66% natural gas, 21% NGL and 13% oil.

During its initial 60 days of production, the North Cheyenne 4-10X3H cumulatively produced 567.1 MMcf of natural gas and 20.3 thousand barrels of oil. Based upon the composition analysis, the gas being produced is 1,162 BTU gas and yielding 44.1 barrels of NGL per MMcf of natural gas and results in a natural gas shrink of 15%.  On a three-stream basis, the North Cheyenne 4-10X3H produced at an average 60-day production rate of 12.6 MMcfe per day, or 1,830 Mcfe per 1,000 foot of lateral, which is comprised of approximately 64% natural gas, 20% NGL and 16% oil.

During its initial 60 days of production, the North Cheyenne 5-10X3H cumulatively produced 771.7 MMcf of natural gas and 26.6 thousand barrels of oil. Based upon the composition analysis, the gas being produced is 1,152 BTU gas and yielding 41.7 barrels of NGL per MMcf of natural gas and results in a natural gas shrink of 14%.  On a three-stream basis, the North Cheyenne 5-10X3H produced at an average 60-day production rate of 16.9 MMcfe per day, or 2,930 Mcfe per 1,000 foot of lateral, which is comprised of approximately 65% natural gas, 19% NGL and 16% oil.

During its initial 60 days of production, the North Cheyenne 6-10X3H cumulatively produced 702.7 MMcf of natural gas and 23.1 thousand barrels of oil. Based upon the composition analysis, the gas being produced is 1,152 BTU gas and yielding 41.7 barrels of NGL per MMcf of natural gas and results in a natural gas shrink of 14%. On a three-stream basis, the North Cheyenne 6-10X3H produced at an average 60-day production rate of 15.3 MMcfe per day, or 2,551 Mcfe per 1,000 foot of lateral, which is comprised of approximately 66% natural gas, 19% NGL and 15% oil.

During its initial 60 days of production, the North Cheyenne 7-10X3H cumulatively produced 553.7 MMcf of natural gas and 18.7 thousand barrels of oil. Based upon the composition analysis, the gas being produced is 1,162 BTU gas and yielding 43.9 barrels of NGL per MMcf of natural gas and results in a natural gas shrink of 15%. On a three-stream basis, the North Cheyenne 7-10X3H produced at an average 60-day production rate of 12.1 MMcfe per day, or 1,904 Mcfe per 1,000 foot of lateral, which is comprised of approximately 65% natural gas, 20% NGL and 15% oil.

During its initial 60 days of production, the North Cheyenne 8-10X3H cumulatively produced 699.0 MMcf of natural gas and 21.9 thousand barrels of oil. Based upon the composition analysis, the gas being produced is 1,162 BTU gas and yielding 43.9 barrels of NGL per MMcf of natural gas and results in a natural gas shrink of 15%. On a three-stream basis, the North Cheyenne 8-10X3H produced at an average 60-day production rate of 15.2 MMcfe per day, or 2,364 Mcfe per 1,000 foot of lateral, which is comprised of approximately 65% natural gas, 20% NGL and 15% oil.

The table below summarizes the Company’s recent SCOOP 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
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  
Lilly 3‐15X10H Central Grady Woodford Wet Gas 6,816 1,157 43.3 14 % 66 % 20 % 14 % 18.4        
Lilly 4‐15X10H Central Grady Woodford Wet Gas 7,323 1,157 43.3 14 % 63 % 19 % 18 % 14.5        
North Cheyenne 3-10X3H Central Grady Woodford Wet Gas 7,218 1,162 44.1 15 % 64 % 20 % 16 % 13.2   12.1   11.3    
North Cheyenne 4-10X3H Central Grady Woodford Wet Gas 6,867 1,162 44.1 15 % 62 % 19 % 19 % 14.6   13.4   12.6    
North Cheyenne 5-10X3H Central Grady Woodford Wet Gas 5,782 1,152 41.7 14 % 64 % 19 % 17 % 20.6   18.4   16.9    
North Cheyenne 6-10X3H Central Grady Woodford Wet Gas 6,002 1,152 41.7 14 % 64 % 19 % 18 % 19.4   16.8   15.3    
North Cheyenne 7-10X3H Central Grady Woodford Wet Gas 6,379 1,162 43.9 15 % 63 % 20 % 17 % 12.3   12.7   12.1    
North Cheyenne 8-10X3H Central Grady Woodford Wet Gas 6,413 1,162 43.9 15 % 62 % 19 % 18 % 17.2   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 % 27 % 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   19.9   19.0   17.9  
Serenity 5-22H S Grady Sycamore 5,980 1,143 39.2 13 % 70 % 19 % 11 % 15.7   15.8   15.4   15.0  
Lauper 4-26H SE Grady Springer Oil 4,257 1,418 120.8 34 % 10 % 11 % 79 % 4.7   3.2   2.9   2.6  
                           
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 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 May 8, 2018.

 
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
COMMODITY DERIVATIVES - HEDGE POSITION
(Unaudited)
  2Q2018   3Q2018   4Q2018
Natural gas:
         
Swap contracts (NYMEX)          
Volume (BBtupd) 920     1,010     1,010  
Price ($ per MMBtu) $ 3.01     $ 3.01     $ 3.01  
           
Swaption contracts (NYMEX)          
Volume (BBtupd) 50     50     50  
Price ($ per MMBtu) $ 3.13     $ 3.13     $ 3.13  
           
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) 4,170     4,500     4,500  
Price ($ per Bbl) $ 54.59     $ 53.72     $ 53.72  
           
NGL:          
C3 Propane Swap Contracts          
Volume (Bblpd) 4,000     4,000     4,000  
Price ($ per Gal) $ 0.69     $ 0.69     $ 0.69  
           
C5+ Swap Contracts          
Volume (Bblpd) 500     500     500  
Price ($ per Gal) $ 1.11     $ 1.11     $ 1.11  
           
  2018   2019    
Natural gas:          
Swap contracts (NYMEX)          
Volume (BBtupd) 948     662      
Price ($ per MMBtu) $ 3.05     $ 2.84      
           
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     1,000      
Price ($ per Bbl) $ 56.22     $ 59.55      
           
Swap contracts (WTI)          
Volume (Bblpd) 4,779     4,000      
Price ($ per Bbl) $ 54.29     $ 58.28      
           
NGL:          
C3 Propane Swap Contracts          
Volume (Bblpd) 4,000     3,000      
Price ($ per Gal) $ 0.69     $ 0.66      
           
C5 Pentane Swap Contracts          
Volume (Bblpd) 500     500      
Price ($ per Gal) $ 1.11     $ 1.29      
                 

Presentation
An updated presentation has been posted to the Company’s website. The presentation can be found at www.gulfportenergy.com under the “Company Information” section on the “Investor Relations” page.  Information on the Company’s website does not constitute a portion of this press release.

Conference Call
Gulfport will hold a conference call on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. CST to discuss its first quarter of 2018 financial and operational results and to provide an update on the Company’s recent activities.

Interested parties may listen to the call via Gulfport’s website at www.gulfportenergy.com or by calling toll-free at 866-373-3408 or 412-902-1039 for international callers.  A replay of the call will be available for two weeks at 877-660-6853 or 201-612-7415 for international callers.  The replay passcode is 13622396.  The webcast will also be available for two weeks on the Company’s website and can be accessed on the Company’s “Investor Relations” page.

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.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure equal to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, plus interest expense, income tax (benefit) expense, accretion expense and depreciation, depletion and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure equal to EBITDA less non-cash derivative loss (gain), acquisition expense and (income) loss from equity method investments. Cash flow from operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities is a non-GAAP financial measure equal to cash provided by operating activity before changes in operating assets and liabilities. Adjusted net income is a non-GAAP financial measure equal to pre-tax net income less non-cash derivative loss (gain), acquisition expense and (income) loss from equity method investments. The Company has presented EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA because it uses these measures as an integral part of its internal reporting to evaluate its performance and the performance of its senior management. These measures are considered important indicators of the operational strength of the Company's business and eliminate the uneven effect of considerable amounts of non-cash depletion, depreciation of tangible assets and amortization of certain intangible assets. A limitation of these measures, however, is that they do not reflect the periodic costs of certain capitalized tangible and intangible assets used in generating revenues in the Company's business. Management evaluates the costs of such tangible and intangible assets and the impact of related impairments through other financial measures, such as capital expenditures, investment spending and return on capital. Therefore, the Company believes that these measures provide useful information to its investors regarding its performance and overall results of operations. EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and cash flow from operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities are not intended to be performance measures that should be regarded as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, either net income as an indicator of operating performance or to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. In addition, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and cash flow from operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities are not intended to represent funds available for dividends, reinvestment or other discretionary uses, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. The EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and cash flow from operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities presented in this press release may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies, and may not be identical to corresponding measures used in the Company's various agreements.

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

   
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
   
  Three months ended March 31,
  2018   2017  
                               
  (In thousands, except share data)  
Revenues:              
Natural gas sales $ 249,399     $ 177,837  
Oil and condensate sales 45,686     24,411  
Natural gas liquid sales 46,836     31,179  
Net (loss) gain on gas, oil and NGL derivatives (16,529 )   99,577  
  325,392     333,004  
Costs and expenses:      
Lease operating expenses 18,906     19,303  
Production taxes 6,854     3,906  
Midstream gathering and processing 64,193     47,941  
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 111,018     65,991  
General and administrative 13,099     12,600  
Accretion expense 1,004     282  
Acquisition expense     1,298  
  215,074     151,321  
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS 110,318     181,683  
OTHER (INCOME) EXPENSE:      
Interest expense 33,965     23,479  
Interest income (37 )   (842 )
(Income) loss from equity method investments, net (13,536 )   4,907  
Other income (95 )   (316 )
  20,297     27,228  
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 90,021     154,455  
INCOME TAX BENEFIT (69 )    
NET INCOME $ 90,090     $ 154,455  
NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE:      
Basic $ 0.50     $ 0.91  
Diluted $ 0.50     $ 0.91  
Weighted average common shares outstanding—Basic 180,714,881     170,272,685  
Weighted average common shares outstanding—Diluted 180,802,301     170,488,519  
           


       
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
       
  March 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
  (In thousands, except share data)
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 118,613     $ 99,557  
Accounts receivable—oil and natural gas 199,457     182,213  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 7,564     4,912  
Short-term derivative instruments 50,906     78,847  
Total current assets 376,540     365,529  
Property and equipment:      
Oil and natural gas properties, full-cost accounting, $2,971,119 and
$2,912,974 excluded from amortization in 2018 and 2017, respectively
9,470,697     9,169,156  
Other property and equipment 89,648     86,754  
Accumulated depletion, depreciation, amortization and impairment (4,264,647 )   (4,153,733 )
Property and equipment, net 5,295,698     5,102,177  
Other assets:      
Equity investments 311,694     302,112  
Long-term derivative instruments 15,769     8,685  
Deferred tax asset     1,208  
Inventories 8,505     8,227  
Other assets 20,186     19,814  
Total other assets 356,154     340,046  
Total assets $ 6,028,392     $ 5,807,752  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 577,548     $ 553,609  
Asset retirement obligation—current 120     120  
Short-term derivative instruments 37,570     32,534  
Current maturities of long-term debt 629     622  
Total current liabilities 615,867     586,885  
Long-term derivative instruments 2,499     2,989  
Asset retirement obligation—long-term 76,267     74,980  
Deferred tax liability 2,884      
Other non-current liabilities 2,963     2,963  
Long-term debt, net of current maturities 2,239,023     2,038,321  
Total liabilities 2,939,503     2,706,138  
Commitments and contingencies      
Preferred stock, $.01 par value; 5,000,000 authorized, 30,000 authorized as
redeemable 12% cumulative preferred stock, Series A; 0 issued and outstanding
     
Stockholders’ equity:      
Common stock - $.01 par value, 200,000,000 authorized, 173,523,487 issued
and outstanding at March 31, 2018 and 183,105,910 at December 31, 2017
1,735     1,831  
Paid-in capital 4,319,034     4,416,250  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (46,042 )   (40,539 )
Retained deficit (1,185,838 )   (1,275,928 )
Total stockholders’ equity 3,088,889     3,101,614  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 6,028,392     $ 5,807,752  


 
 
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA AND CASH FLOW
(Unaudited)
       
  Three months ended March 31,
  2018   2017
                               
   (In thousands)
Net income $ 90,090     $ 154,455  
Interest expense 33,965     23,479  
Income tax benefit (69 )    
Accretion expense 1,004     282  
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 111,018     65,991  
EBITDA $ 236,008     $ 244,207  
       
       
       
       
  Three months ended March 31,
  2018   2017
                               
   (In thousands)
Cash provided by operating activity $ 226,349     $ 142,645  
Adjustments:      
  Changes in operating assets and liabilities (9,299 )   (20,943 )
Operating Cash Flow $ 217,050     $ 121,702  


 
 
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA
(Unaudited)
       
  Three Months ended   Three Months Ended
  March 31, 2018   March 31, 2017
                               
   (In thousands)
EBITDA $ 236,008     $ 244,207  
       
Adjustments:      
Non-cash derivative loss (gain) 25,403     (106,796 )
Acquisition expense     1,298  
(Income) loss from equity method investments (13,536 )   4,907  
       
       
Adjusted EBITDA $ 247,875     $ 143,616  
       


 
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET INCOME
(Unaudited)
         
    Three Months ended   Three Months Ended
    March 31, 2018   March 31, 2017
                                 
     (In thousands, except share data)
Pre-tax net income excluding adjustments   $ 90,021     $ 154,455  
Adjustments:        
Non-cash derivative loss (gain)   25,403     (106,796 )
Acquisition expense       1,298  
(Income) loss from equity method investments   (13,536 )   4,907  
Pre-tax net income excluding adjustments   $ 101,888     $ 53,864  
         
Adjusted net income   $ 101,888     $ 53,864  
         
Adjusted net income per common share:        
         
Basic   $ 0.56     $ 0.32  
         
Diluted   $ 0.56     $ 0.32  
         
Basic weighted average shares outstanding   180,714,881     170,272,685  
         
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   180,802,301     170,488,519  

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