July 31, 2018 - 4:01 PM EDT
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PetroQuest Energy, Inc. Announces Review of Alternatives Related to its Capital Structure, Engagement of Advisors and Second Quarter 2018 Earnings Release Date

LAFAYETTE, La., July 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PetroQuest Energy, Inc. (the "Company") (OTCQX:PQUE) announced today that the Company is analyzing and evaluating various alternatives with respect to its capital structure, including the Company’s significant amount of indebtedness, liquidity and upcoming cash interest payment on its Second Lien Senior Secured Notes due 2021, which is due on August 15, 2018.  To assist the Board of Directors and management team in analyzing and evaluating these alternatives, the Company has retained Seaport Global Securities as its financial advisor and Porter Hedges LLP as its legal advisor.  The Company does not intend to disclose or comment on developments related to its review unless and until the Board has approved a specific alternative or transaction or otherwise determined that further disclosure is appropriate.  There can be no assurance that the review will result in any alternative or transaction, or any assurance as to its outcome or timing.

In addition, the Company plans to release second quarter 2018 financial results after the market closes on August 6, 2018.  The Company will not host a conference call associated with the earnings release and intends to suspend future quarterly earnings conference calls due to the ongoing review described above.

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 Texas and Louisiana. PetroQuest's common stock trades on the OTCQX market under the symbol PQUE.

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 our ability to identify, evaluate and complete any alternative or transaction with respect to our capital structure and to refinance or restructure our indebtedness or improve our liquidity position; the impact of the announcement of our review of such alternatives or transactions on our business, including our financial and operating results, or our employees, suppliers and customers; the potential need to seek bankruptcy protection; our indebtedness and the significant amount of cash required to service our indebtedness, including the August 15, 2018 cash interest payment on our second lien senior secured  notes due 2021; our estimate of the sufficiency of our existing capital sources, including availability under our multi-draw term loan facility, to fund our exploration and development activities and to service our indebtedness, including the August 15, 2018 cash interest payment on our second lien senior secured notes due 2021; the volatility of oil and natural gas prices; our receipt of a cash refund with respect to our offshore bonds and the timing and amount of the same; our ability to hedge future production to reduce our exposure to price volatility in the current commodity pricing market; our ability to raise additional capital to fund cash requirements for future operations and to service our indebtedness; our ability to fund and execute our Cotton Valley and Austin Chalk development programs as planned; our ability to increase recoveries in the Austin Chalk formation and to increase our overall oil production as planned; our estimates with respect to fracked Austin Chalk wells in Louisiana, including production, EURs and costs; our estimates with respect to production, reserve replacement ratio and finding and development costs; our responsibility for offshore decommissioning liabilities for offshore interests we no longer own; our ability to find, develop and produce oil and natural gas reserves that are economically recoverable and to replace reserves and sustain and/or increase production; ceiling test write-downs resulting, and that could result in the future, from lower oil and natural gas prices; our ability to fund our capital needs and respond to changing conditions imposed by our multi-draw term loan facility and restrictive debt covenants; approximately 43% of our production being exposed to the additional risk of severe weather, including hurricanes, tropical storms and flooding, and natural disasters; losses and liabilities from uninsured or underinsured drilling and operating activities; changes in laws and governmental regulations as they relate to our operations; the operating hazards attendant to the oil and gas business; the volatility of our common stock price; and the limited trading market for our common stock. In particular, careful consideration should be given to cautionary statements made in the various reports the Company has filed with the SEC. The Company undertakes no duty to update or revise these forward-looking statements. 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.

Click here for more information: http://www.petroquest.com/news.html?=BizID=1690&1=1

For further information, contact:Matt Quantz, Manager-Corporate Communications
 (337) 232-7028, www.petroquest.com

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