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PetroQuest Energy Announces Third Quarter Results

LAFAYETTE, La., Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- PetroQuest Energy, Inc. (the "Company") today announced results for the third quarter of 2015.  The following are balance sheet highlights as of September 30, 2015:

  • $159 million of cash
  • Undrawn bank credit facility

The Company is currently evaluating refinancing and deleveraging options with respect to the $350 million of senior notes due 2017 (the "Notes").  Options include using cash to redeem a portion of the Notes at market prices, exchanging a portion of the Notes for secured second lien notes to extend the maturity date or using various combinations of cash and secured second lien notes to reduce indebtedness under the Notes and extend the debt maturity schedule.  In addition, the Company is evaluating new sources of debt capital that could be combined with existing cash to redeem all or a portion of the Notes and extend the debt maturity schedule.

The Company reported a net loss to common stockholders for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 of $51,910,000, or $0.80 per share, compared to third quarter 2014 net income available to common stockholders of $4,671,000, or $0.07 per share. For the first nine months of 2015, the Company reported a net loss to common stockholders of $235,233,000, or $3.62 per share, compared to net income available to common stockholders of $24,306,000, or $0.37 per share, for the 2014 period. The net losses for the 2015 periods included non-cash ceiling test write-downs totaling $40,212,000 and $214,618,000 during the third quarter of 2015 and first nine months of 2015, respectively.

Discretionary cash flow for the third quarter of 2015 was $4,990,000, as compared to $30,438,000 for the comparable 2014 period.  For the first nine months of 2015, discretionary cash flow was $22,853,000, as compared to discretionary cash flow of $100,079,000, for the first nine months of 2014. See the attached schedule for a reconciliation of net cash flow provided by operating activities to discretionary cash flow.

Production for the third quarter of 2015 was 7.4 Bcfe, compared to 11.6 Bcfe for the comparable period of 2014. For the first nine months of 2015, production was 27.5 Bcfe, compared to 32.1 Bcfe for the comparable period of 2014. The reduction in production volumes during the 2015 periods is primarily attributable to the sale of the Company's Arkoma assets in June 2015.

Stated on an Mcfe basis, unit prices including the effects of hedges for the third quarter of 2015 were $3.62  per Mcfe, as compared to $4.88 per Mcfe in the third quarter of 2014.  For the first nine months of 2015, unit prices including the effects of hedges, were $3.38 per Mcfe, as compared to $5.52 per Mcfe for the first nine months of 2014.

Oil and gas sales during the third quarter of 2015 were $26,872,000, as compared to $56,486,000 in the third quarter of 2014. For the first nine months of 2015, oil and gas sales were $92,873,000 compared to oil and gas sales of $177,033,000 for the first nine months of 2014.

Lease operating expenses ("LOE") for the third quarter of 2015 decreased to $10,070,000, as compared to $13,019,000 in the third quarter of 2014.  LOE per Mcfe was $1.35 for the third quarter of 2015, as compared to $1.13 in the third quarter of 2014. Per unit lease operating expenses increased during the 2015 quarter as result of the Oklahoma sale, which included gas properties which typically have lower per unit operating costs. LOE per Mcfe was $1.17 for the first nine months of 2015, as compared to $1.17 in the comparable period of 2014. 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization ("DD&A") on oil and gas properties for the third quarter of 2015 was $1.79 per Mcfe, as compared to $1.89 per Mcfe in the third quarter of 2014. For the first nine months of 2015, DD&A on oil and gas properties was $1.88 per Mcfe compared to $1.98 per Mcfe for the comparable period of 2014. The decrease in the per unit DD&A rate during the 2015 periods is primarily the result of the 2015 non-cash ceiling test write-downs totaling $214,618,000.

Interest expense for the third quarter of 2015 increased to $8,526,000, as compared to $7,050,000 in the third quarter of 2014. For the first nine months of 2015, interest expense was $24,996,000, compared to $22,066,000 for the comparable period of 2014.  During the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2015, capitalized interest totaled $724,000 and $4,100,000, respectively, as compared to $2,704,007 and $7,327,000, respectively, during the 2014 periods. The increase in interest expense during the 2015 periods was the result of lower capitalized interest on the Company's reduced unevaluated property balance. The decline in the Company's unevaluated properties was the result of the Arkoma sale in June 2015.

General and administrative expenses during the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2015 totaled $4,686,000 and $16,544,000, respectively, as compared to expenses of $6,319,000 and $19,028,000 during the comparable 2014 periods.  Capitalized general and administrative costs during the quarter ended September 30, 2015 totaled $1,926,000, as compared to $3,362,000 during the comparable 2014 period. The decrease in general and administrative expenses during the nine months ended September 30, 2015 is primarily due to lower employee related costs.

The following table sets forth certain information with respect to the oil and gas operations of the Company for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2015 and 2014:


Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,


2015


2014


2015


2014

Production:








Oil (Bbls)

123,102


170,014


421,539


642,511

Gas (Mcf)

5,395,789


8,153,145


20,478,563


23,033,254

Ngl (Mcfe)

1,297,566


2,397,236


4,458,392


5,186,794

Total Production (Mcfe)

7,431,967


11,570,465


27,466,189


32,075,114

Avg. Daily Production (Mmcfe/d)

80.8


125.8


100.2


117.1

Sales:








Total oil sales

$   6,073,709


$ 16,670,934


$ 21,613,942


$   64,279,648

Total gas sales

17,737,112


29,109,608


59,314,437


87,469,799

Total ngl sales

3,060,948


10,705,208


11,944,564


25,283,882

Total oil and gas sales

$ 26,871,769


$ 56,485,750


$ 92,872,943


$ 177,033,329

Average sales prices:








Oil (per Bbl)

$          49.34


$          98.06


$          51.27


$          100.04

Gas (per Mcf)

3.29


3.57


2.90


3.80

Ngl (per Mcfe)

2.36


4.47


2.68


4.87

Per Mcfe

3.62


4.88


3.38


5.52

The above sales and average sales prices include increases (decreases) to revenue related to the settlement of gas hedges of $3,603,000 and $337,000, oil hedges of $299,000 and ($125,000) and Ngl hedges of  $191,000 and $28,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively.  The above sales and average sales prices include increase (decreases) to revenue related to the settlement of gas hedges of $10,108,000 and ($4,802,000), oil hedges of $38,000  and ($1,231,000), and Ngl hedges of $348,000 and $28,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

The following provides guidance for the fourth quarter of 2015:

Due to an incident that occurred at a downstream third party production facility in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana on October 8, 2015, the Company currently has five Gulf Coast fields shut-in.  The timing of the restart of the production facility is currently unknown. Therefore, the Company's fourth quarter 2015 production guidance assumes the facility will not be operational for the remainder of the fourth quarter resulting in an approximately 5 MMcfe/d (36% oil) impact on forecasted production volumes.


Guidance for

Description

4th Quarter 2015



Production volumes (MMcfe/d)

67 - 73



Percent Gas

75 %

Percent Oil

9 %

Percent NGL

16 %



Expenses:


Lease operating expenses (per Mcfe)

$1.30 - $1.40

Production taxes (per Mcfe)

$0.06 - $0.10

Depreciation, depletion and amortization (per Mcfe)

$1.60 - $1.70

General and administrative (in millions)*

$5.0 - $5.5

Interest expense (in millions)

$8.4 - $8.8





* Includes non-cash stock compensation estimate of approximately $1.0 million

Operations Update

In East Texas, the Company recently resumed its 2015 horizontal Cotton Valley drilling program and is currently drilling the vertical section of its PQ #19 horizontal Cotton Valley well (WI-75%).  The Company will evaluate drilling plans beyond PQ #19 on a well by well basis dependent upon prevailing market conditions.

In the Gulf Coast, the Company's Thunder Bayou well is currently flowing at approximately 40 MMcfe/d (NRI -37%) and its production profile continues to perform in-line with the Company's original estimate.  In addition, the Company expects to recomplete into the upper section of the Cris R-2 formation (154 net feet of pay) during the first half of 2016.  The Company expects this recompletion to significantly increase the well's current production rate and is forecasted to cost approximately $800,000 (WI-50%).

In Oklahoma,  the Company commenced production from eight new horizontal Woodford wells in its East Hoss field related to its dry gas joint venture. These wells (avg NRI - 11%) achieved an average maximum 24 hour gross rate of approximately 5,200 Mcf of gas. In addition, the Company recently  commenced completion operations on three new wells and has one rig running in the East Hoss field to finish the 38 well pilot program during the fourth quarter of 2015.

Management Statement

"Despite a challenging commodity price environment, we believe we have the assets, experience and liquidity in place to bridge us to the other side of this downturn," said Charles T. Goodson, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. "As always, we plan to remain flexible to adjust to changes in market conditions recognizing that with a modest internally funded capital spend next year in the Cotton Valley and our recompletion at Thunder Bayou, we have the ability to grow the Company during 2016."

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 Texas, Oklahoma, 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.   All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this news release are forward-looking statements. Although PetroQuest believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements are based upon assumptions and anticipated results that are subject to numerous uncertainties and risks. Actual results may vary significantly from those anticipated due to many factors, including the volatility of oil and natural gas prices and significantly depressed oil prices since the end of 2014, our ability to hedge future production to reduce our exposure to price volatility in the current commodity pricing market, our ability to reduce leverage or refinance our senior notes due 2017, our estimate of the sufficiency of our existing capital sources, including availability under our senior secured bank credit facility and the result of any borrowing base redetermination, our ability to raise additional capital to fund cash requirements for future operations, the effects of a financial downturn or negative credit market conditions on our liquidity, business and financial condition, 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 ability to find oil and natural gas reserves that are economically recoverable, the uncertainties involved in prospect development and property acquisitions or dispositions and in projecting future rates of production or future reserves, our ability to realize the anticipated benefits from our joint ventures or divestitures, the timing of development expenditures and drilling of wells, hurricanes, tropical storms and other natural disasters, changes in laws and regulations as they relate to our operations, including our fracking 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 SEC. 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)



September 30,
2015


December 31,
2014

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$   158,572


$     18,243

Revenue receivable

8,667


16,485

Joint interest billing receivable

28,699


46,778

Derivative asset

5,659


8,631

Other current assets

6,936


6,413

Total current assets

208,533


96,550

Property and equipment:




Oil and gas properties:




Oil and gas properties, full cost method

1,285,971


2,222,753

Unevaluated oil and gas properties

28,524


109,119

Accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization

(1,095,002)


(1,648,060)

Oil and gas properties, net

219,493


683,812

Other property and equipment

15,383


14,953

Accumulated depreciation of other property and equipment

(11,367)


(10,313)

Total property and equipment

223,509


688,452

Other assets, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $9,514 and $7,847, respectively

4,929


5,893

Total assets

$   436,971


$   790,895

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable to vendors

$     67,265


$   102,954

Advances from co-owners

24,850


12,819

Oil and gas revenue payable

28,800


22,333

Accrued interest and preferred stock dividend

4,056


12,764

Asset retirement obligation

5,378


2,756

Accrued acquisition cost

4,790


17,690

Other accrued liabilities

4,300


5,394

Total current liabilities

139,439


176,710

Bank debt


75,000

10% Senior Notes

350,000


350,000

Asset retirement obligation

43,217


52,214

Other long-term liability

396


62

Commitments and contingencies




Stockholders' equity (deficit):




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 65,068 and 64,721 shares, respectively

65


65

Paid-in capital

290,066


285,957

Accumulated other comprehensive income

3,554


5,420

Accumulated deficit

(389,767)


(154,534)

Total stockholders' equity (deficit)

(96,081)


136,909

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity (deficit)

$   436,971


$   790,895

 

PETROQUEST ENERGY, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Data) 



Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


September 30,


September 30,


2015


2014


2015


2014

Revenues:








Oil and gas sales

$     26,872


$     56,486


$     92,873


$   177,033

Expenses:








Lease operating expenses

10,070


13,019


32,163


37,445

Production taxes

399


1,709


2,303


4,678

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

13,687


22,294


52,686


64,424

Ceiling test write-down

40,212



214,618


General and administrative

4,686


6,319


16,544


19,028

Accretion of asset retirement obligation

825


724


2,507


2,223

Interest expense

8,526


7,050


24,996


22,066


78,405


51,115


345,817


149,864

Gain on sale of oil and gas properties

828



22,359


Other income

88


198


285


602

Income (loss) from operations

(50,617)


5,569


(230,300)


27,771

Income tax expense (benefit)

6


(389)


1,079


(389)

Net income (loss)

(50,623)


5,958


(231,379)


28,160

Preferred stock dividend

1,287


1,287


3,854


3,854

Income (loss) available to common stockholders

$   (51,910)


$       4,671


$ (235,233)


$     24,306

Earnings per common share:








Basic








Net income (loss) per share

$       (0.80)


$         0.07


$       (3.62)


$         0.37

Diluted








Net income (loss) per share

$       (0.80)


$         0.07


$       (3.62)


$         0.37

Weighted average number of common shares:








Basic

65,035


64,265


64,901


64,073

Diluted

65,035


64,352


64,901


64,128

 

PETROQUEST ENERGY, INC. 
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 
(Amounts in Thousands)



Nine Months Ended


September 30,


2015


2014

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net income (loss)

$ (231,379)


$  28,160

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:




Deferred tax expense (benefit)

1,079


(389)

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

52,686


64,424

Ceiling test writedown

214,618


Accretion of asset retirement obligation

2,507


2,223

Share-based compensation expense

4,022


4,025

Amortization costs and other

1,679


1,636

Payments to settle asset retirement obligations

(1,826)


(2,902)

Gain on sale of oil and gas properties

(22,359)


Changes in working capital accounts:




Revenue receivable

7,818


2,353

Joint interest billing receivable

20,147


1,279

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(36,630)


6,561

Advances from co-owners

12,031


15,881

Other

(414)


2,610

Net cash provided by operating activities

23,979


125,861

Cash flows provided by (used in) investing activities:




Investment in oil and gas properties

(75,818)


(133,048)

Investment in other property and equipment

(430)


(860)

Sale of oil and gas properties

271,891


10,204

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

195,643


(123,704)

Cash flows used in financing activities:




Net payments for share based compensation

422


651

Deferred financing costs

(861)


(204)

Payment of preferred stock dividend

(3,854)


(3,854)

Proceeds from bank borrowings

70,000


10,000

Repayment of bank borrowings

(145,000)


(12,500)

Net cash used in financing activities

(79,293)


(5,907)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

140,329


(3,750)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

$    18,243


9,153

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$  158,572


$    5,403

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:




Cash paid (received) during the period for:




Interest

$    36,137


$  36,606

Income taxes (refunds)

$          (26)


$       132

 


PETROQUEST ENERGY, INC.

Non-GAAP Disclosure Reconciliation

(Amounts In Thousands)



Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


September 30,


September 30,


2015


2014


2015


2014

Net income (loss)

$ (50,623)


$   5,958


$ (231,379)


$   28,160

Reconciling items:








Deferred tax expense (benefit)

6


(389)


1,079


(389)

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

13,687


22,294


52,686


64,424

Ceiling test writedown

40,212



214,618


Gain on Asset Sale

(828)



(22,359)


Accretion of asset retirement obligation

825


724


2,507


2,223

Non-cash share based compensation expense

1,194


1,309


4,022


4,025

Amortization costs and other

517


542


1,679


1,636

Discretionary cash flow

4,990


30,438


22,853


100,079

Changes in working capital accounts

14,003


(5,568)


2,952


28,684

Settlement of asset retirement obligations

(640)


(1,753)


(1,826)


(2,902)

Net cash flow provided by operating activities

$  18,353


$ 23,117


$    23,979


$ 125,861


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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SOURCE PetroQuest Energy, Inc.


Source: PR Newswire (November 2, 2015 - 5:01 PM EST)

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