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PetroQuest Energy Announces First Quarter 2014 Results And Provides Operations And Hedging Update

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SOURCE PetroQuest Energy, Inc.

LAFAYETTE, La., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- PetroQuest Energy, Inc. (NYSE: PQ) today announced results for the first quarter of 2014.  The following compares certain first quarter 2014 metrics to those of the first quarter of 2013, highlighting the Company's recent growth driven by its acquisition of certain Gulf of Mexico assets in July 2013 ("Gulf of Mexico Acquisition") as well as stronger natural gas prices:

  • Oil production increased 93%
  • Net income increased 285%
  • Discretionary cash flow increased 85%
  • Oil and gas revenues up 67%

Net income available to common stockholders for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was $10,043,000, or $0.15 per share, compared to first quarter 2013 net income available to common stockholders of $2,607,000, or $0.04 per share. Net income for the first quarter of 2014 exceeded net income for the entire year ended December 31, 2013.

Discretionary cash flow for the first quarter of 2014 was $34,488,000, as compared to $18,632,000 for the comparable 2013 period.  See the attached schedule for a reconciliation of net cash flow provided by operating activities to discretionary cash flow.

Oil and gas sales during the first quarter of 2014 were $59,966,000, as compared to $35,976,000 in the first quarter of 2013. Production for the first quarter of 2014 was 9,769,110 Mcfe, as compared to 8,255,580 Mcfe in the first quarter of 2013.  

Oil and NGL volumes comprised approximately 26% of the Company's total production during the first quarter of 2014 as compared to 22% during the first quarter of 2013.  Included in the increase in liquids production was a 93% increase in oil production since the first quarter of 2013.  Stated on an Mcfe basis, unit prices received during the first quarter of 2014 were 41% higher than the comparable 2013 period, including a 58% increase in realized natural gas prices.

Lease operating expenses ("LOE") for the first quarter of 2014 totaled $12,258,000, as compared to $9,719,000 in the first quarter of 2013. LOE per Mcfe was $1.25 in the first quarter of 2014, as compared to $1.18 in the first quarter of 2013.

Depreciation, depletion and amortization ("DD&A") on oil and gas properties for the first quarter of 2014 was $2.06 per Mcfe as compared to $1.53 per Mcfe in the first quarter of 2013. The increase in the per unit DD&A rate is primarily the result of the Gulf of Mexico Acquisition, which had a higher cost per unit as compared to the Company's overall amortization base.

General and administrative expenses during the first quarter of 2014 totaled $6,242,000, as compared to $4,716,000 during the 2013 period. The increase in general and administrative costs is primarily due to higher employee related costs including share based compensation during the 2014 period. Included in first quarter 2014 and 2013 general and administrative expenses were share based compensation costs of $1,762,000 and $698,000, respectively.

Interest expense for the first quarter of 2014 increased to $7,636,000, as compared to $2,864,000 in the first quarter of 2013. The increase in interest expense was primarily the result of the issuance of $200 million of 10% senior notes due 2017 in July 2013 to finance the Gulf of Mexico Acquisition. 

The following table sets forth certain information with respect to the oil and gas operations of the Company for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2014 and 2013:


Three Months Ended March 31,


2014

2013

Production:



Oil (Bbls)

242,283

125,723

Gas (Mcf)

7,184,130

6,436,595

Ngl (Mcfe)

1,131,282

1,064,647

Total Production (Mcfe)

9,769,110

8,255,580

Average Daily Production (MMcfe)

108.5

91.7

Sales:



Total oil sales

$ 24,140,656

$ 13,144,310

Total gas sales

29,557,335

16,723,032

Total ngl sales

6,268,406

6,108,946

Total oil and gas sales

$ 59,966,397

$ 35,976,288

Average sales prices:



Oil (per Bbl)

$          99.64

$        104.55

Gas (per Mcf)

4.11

2.60

Ngl (per Mcfe)

5.54

5.74

Per Mcfe

6.14

4.36

The above sales and average sales prices include increases (reductions) to revenue related to the settlement of gas hedges of ($2,969,000) and $532,000 and oil hedges of ($434,000) and ($145,000) for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. 

The following initiates guidance for the second quarter of 2014:                                                               


Guidance for

Description

2nd Quarter 2014



Production volumes (MMcfe/d)

116 - 120



Percent Gas

70%

Percent Oil

14%

Percent NGL

16%



Expenses:


  Lease operating expenses (per Mcfe)

$1.15 - $1.25

  Production taxes (per Mcfe)

$0.15 - $0.20

  Depreciation, depletion and amortization (per Mcfe)

$2.05 - $2.15

  General and administrative (in millions) (1)

$6.0 - $6.5

  Interest expense (in millions)

$7.5 - $8.0



(1)Includes non-cash stock compensation estimate of $1.3 mm

Operations Update

In the Woodford, the Company recently established production on three wells in its West Relay field.  These three wells (average NRI – 31%) achieved an average per well maximum 24-hour gross rate of 3,476 Mcf of gas and 528 barrels of natural gas liquids. In addition, the Company recently completed two additional wells (NRI – 35%), which are in the early stages of flowback and has commenced drilling on a three well pad (NRI – 30%). The company expects first production from all five wells to be established at the end of this month. The Company plans to add a second rig to its West Relay program in July.

Substantial improvement has been made on drilling time in the liquids rich Woodford shale.  The Company's initial six wells in West Relay averaged 14 drilling days per well, while the most recent seven wells averaged 10 days per well.  This compares to the average drilling time of the last 10 wells in the Company's North Relay field of 15 days.

In East Texas, the Company expects to commence completion operations on a two well (PQ #10 & PQ #11 – NRI - 41%) horizontal Cotton Valley pad this week. In addition, the Company expects to complete its PQ #12 well (WI - 100%) in a couple of weeks; has recently reached total depth on its PQ #13 well (WI - 100%) and expects to spud its PQ#14  (WI -100%) and PQ#15 (WI – 55%) wells before month end. The Company has two rigs running in the trend and expects to drill six gross wells during 2014.

In the Gulf Coast, the Company recently completed its Thunder Bayou sell-down program and has reached its goal of an approximate 50% working interest in the project.  The Company has completed the surface location work and has contracted a rig with an estimated June 1, 2014 spud date.  

The Company recently commenced drilling its Eagle Crest prospect located in Assumption Parish.  The well is currently drilling at 7,000 feet towards a proposed total depth of 10,700 feet.  The Company has an approximate 50% working interest in this oil focused prospect.

Hedging Update

The Company recently initiated the following commodity hedging transaction:



Instrument





Production Period


Type


Daily Volumes


Price

Oil:







July 2014 - Dec 2014


Swap


250 Bbls


$100.90 (1)















(1)  LLS Index

Management Statement

"Our decision to focus within our three core areas has resulted in significant increases in production, reserves, cash flow and earnings," said Charles T. Goodson, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. "Our latest results in the liquids rich Woodford reinforces our belief that this recently acquired 35,000 acre position provides us with a substantial inventory of predictable and low-risk rich gas drilling locations.  When combined with our East Texas and high impact Gulf Coast Basin drilling activities, this year's capital program is expected to deliver record results as we work toward our goal of making 2014 a transformational year for the Company."

About the Company

PetroQuest Energy, Inc. is an independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development, acquisition and production of oil and natural gas reserves in the Arkoma Basin, Texas, South Louisiana and the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  PetroQuest's common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker PQ.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected.  Among those risks, trends and uncertainties are our ability to integrate our acquisitions with our operations and realize the anticipated benefits from the acquisitions, any unexpected costs or delays in connection with the integration of the acquisitions, our ability to find oil and natural gas reserves that are economically recoverable, the volatility of oil and natural gas prices, the uncertain economic conditions in the United States and globally, the declines in the values of our properties that have resulted in and may in the future result in additional ceiling test write-downs, our ability to replace reserves and sustain production, our estimate of the sufficiency of our existing capital sources, our ability to raise additional capital to fund cash requirements for future operations, the uncertainties involved in prospect development and property acquisitions or dispositions and in projecting future rates of production or future reserves, the timing of development expenditures and drilling of wells, hurricanes and other natural disasters, changes in laws and regulations as they relate to our operations, including our fracing operations or our operations in the Gulf of Mexico, and the operating hazards attendant to the oil and gas business.  In particular, careful consideration should be given to cautionary statements made in the various reports PetroQuest has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. PetroQuest undertakes no duty to update or revise these forward-looking statements.

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PETROQUEST ENERGY, INC.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Amounts in Thousands)






March 31, 2014


December 31, 2013

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$            11,991


$                     9,153

Revenue receivable

24,104


26,568

Joint interest billing receivable

23,872


26,556

Derivative asset

27


521

Prepaid drilling costs

520


477

Other current assets

8,176


8,132

Total current assets

68,690


71,407

Property and equipment:




Oil and gas properties:




Oil and gas properties, full cost method

2,068,266


2,035,899

Unevaluated oil and gas properties

102,707


98,387

Accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization

(1,573,147)


(1,553,044)

Oil and gas properties, net

597,826


581,242

Other property and equipment

14,251


13,993

Accumulated depreciation of other property and equipment

(9,226)


(8,901)

Total property and equipment

602,851


586,334

Other assets, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $6,216 and $5,689, respectively

8,783


9,449

Total assets

$          680,324


$                 667,190

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable to vendors

$            42,713


$                   47,341

Advances from co-owners

7,002


969

Oil and gas revenue payable

29,710


22,664

Accrued interest and preferred stock dividend

4,224


12,909

Asset retirement obligation

3,390


3,113

Derivative liability

4,541


1,617

Other accrued liabilities

9,810


8,924

Total current liabilities

101,390


97,537

Bank debt

75,000


75,000

10% Senior Notes

350,000


350,000

Asset retirement obligation

45,780


45,423

Other long-term liability

180


135

Commitments and contingencies




Stockholders' equity:




Preferred stock, $.001 par value; authorized 5,000 shares; issued and outstanding 1,495 shares

1


1

Common stock, $.001 par value; authorized 150,000 shares; issued and outstanding 64,035 and 63,664 shares, respectively

64


64

Paid-in capital

282,965


280,711

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(4,514)


(1,096)

Accumulated deficit

(170,542)


(180,585)

Total stockholders' equity

107,974


99,095

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$          680,324


$                 667,190







PETROQUEST ENERGY, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)




Three Months Ended,


March 31, 2014


March 31, 2013

Revenues:




Oil and gas sales

$           59,966


$           35,976





Expenses:




Lease operating expenses

12,258


9,719

Production taxes

1,477


1,028

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

20,428


12,871

General and administrative

6,242


4,716

Accretion of asset retirement obligation

791


332

Interest expense

7,636


2,864


48,832


31,530

Other income (expense):




Other income

189


227

Derivative expense

-


(437)


189


(210)

Income from operations

11,323


4,236

Income tax expense

-


349

Net income

11,323


3,887

Preferred stock dividend

1,280


1,280

Net income available to common stockholders

$           10,043


$             2,607

Earnings per common share:




Basic




Net income per share

$               0.15


$               0.04

Diluted




Net income per share

$               0.15


$               0.04

Weighted average number of common shares:




Basic

63,846


62,834

Diluted

63,902


63,029







PETROQUEST ENERGY, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Amounts in Thousands)




Three Months Ended,


March 31, 2014


March 31, 2013

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net income

$           11,323


$             3,887

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Deferred tax expense

-


349

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

20,428


12,871

Accretion of asset retirement obligation

791


332

Share based compensation expense

1,389


556

Amortization costs and other

557


200

Non-cash derivative expense

-


437

Payments to settle asset retirement obligations

(718)


(72)

Changes in working capital accounts:




Revenue receivable

2,464


2,592

Prepaid drilling and pipe costs

(43)


778

Joint interest billing receivable

2,684


6,331

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

246


(27,344)

Advances from co-owners

6,033


10,742

Other

135


(2,539)

Net cash provided by operating activities

45,289


9,120

Cash flows used in investing activities:




Investment in oil and gas properties

(41,792)


(31,275)

Investment in other property and equipment

(205)


(49)

Sale of oil and gas properties

-


19,652

Net cash used in investing activities

(41,997)


(11,672)

Cash flows used in financing activities:




Net proceeds (payments) for share based compensation

911


(84)

Deferred financing costs

(81)


(21)

Payment of preferred stock dividend

(1,284)


(1,284)

Proceeds from bank borrowings

5,000


25,000

Repayment of bank borrowings

(5,000)


(15,000)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(454)


8,611

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

2,838


6,059

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

9,153


14,904

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$           11,991


$           20,963

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:




Cash paid during the period for:




Interest

$           18,131


$             7,845

Income taxes

$                 -


$                  41






PETROQUEST ENERGY, INC.

Non-GAAP Disclosure Reconciliation

(Amounts In Thousands)




Three Months Ended



March 31,



2014


2013

Net income


$ 11,323


$ 3,887






Reconciling items:





      Deferred tax expense 


-


349

      Depreciation, depletion and amortization


20,428


12,871

      Accretion of asset retirement obligation


791


332

      Share based compensation expense


1,389


556

      Non-cash derivative expense


-


437

      Amortization costs and other


557


200

Discretionary cash flow


34,488


18,632

      Changes in working capital accounts


11,519


(9,440)

      Settlement of asset retirement obligations


(718)


(72)






Net cash flow provided by operating activities


$ 45,289


$ 9,120






Note:

Management believes that discretionary cash flow is relevant and useful information, which is commonly used by analysts, investors and other interested parties in the oil and gas industry as a financial indicator of an oil and gas company's ability to generate cash used to internally fund exploration and development activities and to service debt.  Discretionary cash flow is not a measure of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net cash flow provided by operating activities.  In addition, since discretionary cash flow is not a term defined by GAAP, it might not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

 

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