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Gulfport Energy Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2018 Results


Gulfport Energy Corporation
Source: Gulfport Energy Corporation

OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: GPOR) (“Gulfport” or the “Company”) today reported financial and operational results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2018 and provided an update on its 2019 activities.  Key information includes the following:

  • Year end 2018 total proved reserves totaled 4.7 Tcfe.
  • SEC PV-10 value grew to $3.4 billion at year end 2018, as compared to $2.9 billion at year end 2017, an increase of 18% year-over-year.
  • Net production during 2018 averaged 1,360.3 MMcfe per day.
  • Net income of $430.6 million, or $2.45 per diluted share, for 2018.
  • Adjusted net income (as defined and reconciled below) of $321.7 million, or $1.83 per diluted share, for 2018.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (as defined and reconciled below) of $947.8 million for 2018.
  • Reduced unit lease operating expense for 2018 by 10% to $0.18 per Mcfe from $0.20 per Mcfe for 2017.
  • Reduced unit general and administrative expense for 2018 by 15% to $0.11 per Mcfe from $0.13 per Mcfe for 2017.
  • Completed previously announced and expanded stock repurchase program of $200 million during 2018, including deploying $90 million during the fourth quarter of 2018, acquiring 20.7 million shares and reducing shares outstanding by over 10% in 2018.
  • Budgeted 2019 total capital expenditures of $565 million to $600 million to be funded entirely within cash flow.
  • Forecasted 2019 full year net production is estimated to average 1,360 MMcfe to 1,400 MMcfe per day, consistent with the Company’s fourth quarter of 2018 average net production.
  • Forecasted 2019 full year free cash flow in excess of $100 million.
  • Secured 2019 anticipated natural gas production with approximately 1,254 MMcf per day of natural gas fixed price swaps for 2019 at an average fixed price of $2.83 per Mcf.
  • Announced stock repurchase program to acquire up to $400 million of outstanding common stock.

David M. Wood, Chief Executive Officer and President, commented, “2018 continued to show very good encouragement in our two core asset areas and as we enter the new year, the Company has a heightened focus on capital discipline. Our 2019 plan places primary emphasis on returns. During this year, we are building an organization that is focused on disciplined capital allocation, cash flow generation and a commitment to executing a thoughtful, clearly communicated business plan that enhances value for all of our shareholders. We are seeking to maximize results within the core assets we have in the portfolio today and focused on returns that will allow us to operate within our own cash flow, shifting the target from top-line production growth to leading bottom-line debt-adjusted per share growth rates.”

Mr. Wood continued, “With the challenging near-term outlook for North American natural gas and the market increasingly focused on shareholder returns and cash flow generation, we feel that prudent capital spending and disciplined capital allocation are distinguishing features in our business. More importantly, our focus on capital discipline goes beyond this calendar year and should commodity prices improve late this year or in 2020, our macro view is that this will be temporary and we would remain disciplined to our program.”

Financial Results
For the fourth quarter of 2018, Gulfport reported net income of $134.0 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, on oil and natural gas revenues of $416.0 million.  For the fourth quarter of 2018, EBITDA (as defined and reconciled below) was $303.2 million and cash flow from operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities was $218.1 million.  Gulfport’s GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2018 includes the following items:

  • Aggregate non-cash derivative gain of $41.3 million.
  • Aggregate loss of $0.2 million in connection with a litigation settlement.
  • Aggregate gain of $14.6 million in connection with Gulfport’s equity interests in certain equity investments.

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

  • Adjusted oil and natural gas revenues of $374.6 million.
  • Adjusted net income of $78.2 million, or $0.46 per diluted share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $247.4 million.

For the full year of 2018, Gulfport reported net income of $430.6 million, or $2.45 per diluted share, on oil and natural gas revenues of $1.4 billion.  For the full year of 2018, EBITDA was $1.1 billion and cash flow from operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities was $829.3 million. Gulfport’s GAAP net income for the full year of 2018 includes the following items:

  • Aggregate non-cash derivative loss of $65.1 million.
  • Aggregate loss of $1.1 million in connection with a litigation settlement.
  • Aggregate gain of $0.2 million attributable to net insurance proceeds.
  • Aggregate gain of $124.8 million in connection with the sale of Gulfport’s equity interests in certain equity investments.
  • Aggregate gain of $49.9 million in connection with Gulfport’s equity interests in certain equity investments.

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

  • Adjusted oil and natural gas revenues of $1.4 billion.
  • Adjusted net income of $321.7 million, or $1.83 per diluted share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $947.8 million.

Production and Realized Prices
Gulfport’s net daily production for the fourth quarter of 2018 averaged approximately 1,392.8 MMcfe per day and was comprised of approximately 91% natural gas, 6% natural gas liquids (“NGL”) and 3% oil. For the full year of 2018, Gulfport’s net daily production averaged approximately 1,360.3 MMcfe per day and was comprised of approximately 89% natural gas, 7% NGL and 4% oil.

Gulfport’s realized prices for the fourth quarter of 2018 were $2.40 per Mcf of natural gas, $109.01 per barrel of oil and $1.23 per gallon of NGL, resulting in a total equivalent price of $3.25 per Mcfe. Gulfport’s realized prices for the fourth quarter of 2018 include an aggregate non-cash derivative gain of $41.3 million. Before the impact of derivatives, realized prices for the fourth quarter of 2018, including transportation costs, were $3.16 per Mcf of natural gas, $58.45 per barrel of oil and $0.67 per gallon of NGL, for a total equivalent price of $3.45 per Mcfe.

Gulfport’s realized prices for the full year of 2018 were $2.27 per Mcf of natural gas, $58.81 per barrel of oil and $0.73 per gallon of NGL, resulting in a total equivalent price of $2.73 per Mcfe.  Gulfport’s realized prices for the full year of 2018 include an aggregate non-cash derivative loss of $65.1 million. Before the impact of derivatives, realized prices for the full year of 2018, including transportation costs, were $2.53 per Mcf of natural gas, $63.48 per barrel of oil and $0.71 per gallon of NGL, for a total equivalent price of $2.98 per Mcfe.

GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
PRODUCTION SCHEDULE
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
Production Volumes: 2018 2017 2018 2017
Natural gas (MMcf) 116,470 103,049 443,742 350,061
Oil (MBbls) 635 730 2,801 2,579
NGL (MGal) 55,025 61,555 251,720 224,038
Gas equivalent (MMcfe) 128,139 116,225 496,505 397,543
Gas equivalent (Mcfe per day) 1,392,820 1,263,319 1,360,289 1,089,159
Average Realized Prices
(before the impact of derivatives):
Natural gas (per Mcf) $ 3.16 $ 2.32 $ 2.53 $ 2.42
Oil (per Bbl) $ 58.45 $ 53.71 $ 63.48 $ 48.29
NGL (per Gal) $ 0.67 $ 0.76 $ 0.71 $ 0.61
Gas equivalent (per Mcfe) $ 3.45 $ 2.80 $ 2.98 $ 2.78
Average Realized Prices:
(including cash-settlement of derivatives and excluding non-cash derivative gain or loss):
Natural gas (per Mcf) $ 2.63 $ 2.50 $ 2.49 $ 2.49
Oil (per Bbl) $ 51.57 $ 51.93 $ 53.97 $ 49.88
NGL (per Gal) $ 0.64 $ 0.70 $ 0.66 $ 0.58
Gas equivalent (per Mcfe) $ 2.92 $ 2.91 $ 2.86 $ 2.85
Average Realized Prices:
Natural gas (per Mcf) $ 2.40 $ 3.26 $ 2.27 $ 3.08
Oil (per Bbl) $ 109.01 $ 32.04 $ 58.81 $ 46.99
NGL (per Gal) $ 1.23 $ 0.63 $ 0.73 $ 0.54
Gas equivalent (per Mcfe) $ 3.25 $ 3.42 $ 2.73 $ 3.32

The table below summarizes Gulfport’s fourth quarter of 2018 and the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2018 production by asset area:

GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
PRODUCTION BY AREA
(Unaudited)
Three months ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
Utica Shale
Natural gas (MMcf) 99,277 90,374 379,417 309,450
Oil (MBbls) 65 107 299 473
NGL (MGal) 20,990 33,875 113,379 139,634
Gas equivalent (MMcfe) 102,665 95,854 397,406 332,238
SCOOP(1)
Natural gas (MMcf) 17,187 12,648 64,258 40,501
Oil (MBbls) 393 401 1,710 1,083
NGL (MGal) 34,020 27,660 138,261 84,283
Gas equivalent (MMcfe) 24,406 19,008 94,268 59,038
Southern Louisiana
Natural gas (MMcf) (2 ) 19 15 75
Oil (MBbls) 162 210 721 974
NGL (MGal)
Gas equivalent (MMcfe) 968 1,280 4,338 5,917
Other
Natural gas (MMcf) 9 8 51 35
Oil (MBbls) 15 12 72 50
NGL (MGal) 15 20 80 121
Gas equivalent (MMcfe) 100 84 493 351
(1) SCOOP 2017 production adjusted for closing date of February 17, 2017.

2018 Capital Expenditures
For the year ended December 31, 2018, Gulfport’s drilling and completion capital expenditures totaled $695.4 million and leasehold capital expenditures totaled $119.3 million.

Financial Position and Liquidity
As of December 31, 2018, Gulfport had cash on hand of approximately $52.3 million. In addition, as of December 31, 2018, Gulfport’s revolving credit facility was $1.4 billion, under which Gulfport has an elected commitment of $1.0 billion, with outstanding borrowings of $45.0 million and outstanding letters of credit totaling $316.6 million.

As of December 31, 2018, Gulfport’s net debt-to-trailing twelve months EBITDA ratio was 2.15 times.

Completed Previously Announced Stock Repurchase Program
As previously announced, Gulfport repurchased 10.2 million shares during the fourth quarter of 2018 and completed in full the previously announced and expanded authorized program to acquire up to $200 million of the Company’s outstanding common stock during 2018. From the initiation of the share repurchase program in February 2018 through December 31, 2018, Gulfport repurchased 20.7 million shares and reduced its shares outstanding by over 10%.

Newly Authorized Stock Repurchase Program
As previously announced, Gulfport’s board of directors has approved a stock repurchase program to acquire up to $400 million of the Company’s outstanding common stock within the 24 months following the announcement on January 17, 2019. Purchases under the 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 2019 capital development program. This repurchase program is authorized to extend through December 31, 2020 and may be suspended from time to time, accelerated, modified, extended or discontinued by the board of directors at any time.

2019 Capital Budget and Production Guidance
For 2019, Gulfport estimates total capital expenditures will be in the range of $565 million to $600 million, which will be funded entirely within cash flow at current strip pricing. The 2019 budget includes approximately $525 million to $550 million for drilling and completion (“D&C”) activities and approximately $40 million to $50 million for land activities.  With this level of capital spend, Gulfport forecasts its 2019 average daily net production will be in the range of 1,360 MMcfe to 1,400 MMcfe per day, consistent with the Company’s fourth quarter of 2018 average net production of 1,392.8 MMcfe per day.

Utilizing current strip pricing at the various regional pricing points at which the Company sells its natural gas, Gulfport forecasts its realized natural gas price, before the effect of hedges and inclusive of the Company’s firm transportation expense, will average in the range of $0.49 to $0.66 per Mcf below NYMEX settlement prices in 2019. Gulfport expects its 2019 realized NGL price, before the effect of hedges and including transportation expense, will be approximately 45% to 50% of WTI and its 2019 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 full year 2019 guidance:

GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
COMPANY GUIDANCE
Year Ending
12/31/19
Low High
Forecasted Production
Average Daily Gas Equivalent (MMcfepd) 1,360 1,400
% Gas  ~ 90%
% NGL ~ 7%
% Oil ~ 3%
Forecasted Realizations (before the effects of hedges)
Natural Gas (Differential to NYMEX Settled Price) – $/Mcf $ (0.49 ) $ (0.66 )
NGL (% of WTI) 45 % 50 %
Oil (Differential to NYMEX WTI) $/Bbl $ (3.00 ) $ (3.50 )
Projected Operating Costs
Lease Operating Expense – $/Mcfe $ 0.15 $ 0.17
Production Taxes – $/Mcfe $ 0.06 $ 0.07
Midstream Gathering and Processing – $/Mcfe $ 0.53 $ 0.58
General and Administrative – $/Mcfe $ 0.09 $ 0.11
Total
Budgeted D&C Expenditures – In Millions: $ 525 $ 550
Budgeted Non-D&C Expenditures – In Millions: $ 40 $ 50
Total Capital Expenditures – In Millions: $ 565 $ 600
Net Wells Drilled
Utica – Operated 10 11
Utica – Non-Operated 2 3
Total 12 14
SCOOP – Operated 7 8
SCOOP – Non-Operated 1 2
Total 8 10
Net Wells Turned-to-Sales
Utica – Operated 40 45
Utica – Non-Operated 2 3
Total 42 48
SCOOP – Operated 14 15
SCOOP – Non-Operated 1 2
Total 15 17

2018 Operational Update and 2019 Outlook
The table below summarizes Gulfport’s activity for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2018:

GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
ACTIVITY SUMMARY
(Unaudited)
Twelve Months ended
December 31,
2018
Net Wells Drilled
Utica – Operated 19.5
Utica – Non-Operated 4.4
Total 23.9
SCOOP – Operated 12.1
SCOOP – Non-Operated 3.1
Total 15.2
Net Wells Turned-to-Sales
Utica – Operated 35.0
Utica – Non-Operated 9.4
Total 44.4
SCOOP – Operated 12.8
SCOOP – Non-Operated 3.6
Total 16.4

Utica Shale
In the Utica Shale, during the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, Gulfport spud 23 gross (19.5 net) operated wells. The wells drilled during 2018 had an average lateral length of approximately 10,300 feet. Normalizing to an 8,000 foot lateral length, Gulfport’s average drilling days during 2018 from spud to rig release totaled approximately 19.5 days. In addition, Gulfport turned-to-sales 35 gross and net operated wells with an average stimulated lateral length of approximately 8,000 feet.

Net production for the full year of 2018 from Gulfport’s Utica acreage averaged approximately 1,088.8 MMcfe per day, an increase of 20% over the full year of 2017.

During 2019, Gulfport plans to run on average approximately one operated horizontal rig in the Utica Shale. Gulfport has budgeted to drill approximately 13 to 15 gross (10 to 11 net) horizontal Utica wells with an average lateral length of 11,700 feet. In addition, Gulfport plans to turn-to-sales 47 to 51 gross (40 to 45 net) horizontal Utica wells with an average lateral length of 10,000 feet.

Gulfport intends to participate in non-operated activities taking place on its acreage by other operators that plan to drill approximately 2 to 3 horizontal wells and turn-to-sales 2 to 3 horizontal wells, in each case net to Gulfport’s interest.

SCOOP
In the SCOOP, during the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, Gulfport spud 13 gross (12.1 net) operated wells. The wells drilled during 2018 had an average lateral length of approximately 7,900 feet. Normalizing to a 7,500 foot lateral length, Gulfport’s average drilling days during 2018 from spud to rig release totaled approximately 63.4 days, an improvement of 12% from 2017. More recently, when normalized to a 7,500 foot lateral length, Gulfport’s average drilling days during the fourth quarter of 2018 from spud to rig release totaled approximately 51.1 days, an improvement of 29% from 2017. In addition, Gulfport turned-to-sales 15 gross (12.8 net) operated wells with an average stimulated lateral length of approximately 7,750 feet.

Net production for the full year of 2018 from Gulfport’s SCOOP acreage averaged approximately 258.3 MMcfe per day, an increase of 39% from an average of the period February 17, 2017 (the date Gulfport completed its acquisition of the acreage) through December 31, 2017.

During 2019, Gulfport plans to run on average approximately 1.5 operated horizontal rigs in the SCOOP. Gulfport has budgeted to drill approximately 9 to 10 gross (7 to 8 net) horizontal SCOOP wells with an average lateral length of 8,800 feet. In addition, Gulfport plans to turn-to-sales 15 to 17 gross (14 to 15 net) horizontal SCOOP wells with an average lateral length of 8,000 feet.

Gulfport intends to participate in non-operated activities taking place on its acreage by other operators that plan to drill approximately 1 to 2 horizontal wells and turn-to-sales 1 to 2 horizontal wells, in each case net to Gulfport’s interest.

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 February 27, 2019.

GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
COMMODITY DERIVATIVES – HEDGE POSITION
(Unaudited)
1Q2019 2Q2019 3Q2019 4Q2019
Natural gas:
Swap contracts (NYMEX)
Volume (BBtupd) 1,070 1,180 1,380 1,380
Price ($ per MMBtu) $ 2.90 $ 2.82 $ 2.81 $ 2.81
Swaption contracts (NYMEX)
Volume (BBtupd) 50 30 30 30
Price ($ per MMBtu) $ 3.13 $ 3.10 $ 3.10 $ 3.10
Basis Swap Contract (Transco Zone 4)
Volume (BBtupd) 60 60 60 60
Differential ($ per MMBtu) $ (0.05 ) $ (0.05 ) $ (0.05 ) $ (0.05 )
NGL:
C2 Ethane Swap Contracts
Volume (Bblpd) 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
Price ($ per Gal) $ 0.44 $ 0.44 $ 0.44 $ 0.44
C3 Propane Swap Contracts
Volume (Bblpd) 3,250 4,000 4,000 4,000
Price ($ per Gal) $ 0.67 $ 0.69 $ 0.69 $ 0.69
C5 Pentane Swap Contracts
Volume (Bblpd) 500 500 500 500
Price ($ per Gal) $ 1.29 $ 1.29 $ 1.29 $ 1.29
2019 2020
Natural gas:
Swap contracts (NYMEX)
Volume (BBtupd) 1,254 204
Price ($ per MMBtu) $ 2.83 $ 2.77
Swaption contracts (NYMEX)
Volume (BBtupd) 35
Price ($ per MMBtu) $ 3.11 $
Basis Swap Contract (OGT)
Volume (BBtupd) 10
Differential ($ per MMBtu) $ $ (0.54 )
Basis Swap Contract (Transco Zone 4)
Volume (BBtupd) 60 60
Differential ($ per MMBtu) $ (0.05 ) $ (0.05 )
NGL:
C2 Ethane Swap Contracts
Volume (Bblpd) 1,000
Price ($ per Gal) $ 0.44
C3 Propane Swap Contracts
Volume (Bblpd) 3,815
Price ($ per Gal) $ 0.69
C5 Pentane Swap Contracts
Volume (Bblpd) 500
Price ($ per Gal) $ 1.29

Year End 2018 Reserves
Gulfport reported year end 2018 total proved reserves of 4.7 Tcfe, consisting of 4.1 Tcf of natural gas, 21.0 MMBbls of oil and 80.5 MMBbls of natural gas liquids.  Gulfport’s commitment to capital discipline and the shift to funding future activities within cash flow led to adjustments in the Company’s long-term development plan and, as expected, resulted in a decrease in year end 2018 proved undeveloped reserves when compared to year end 2017 proved undeveloped reserves and contributed to lower year end 2018 reserves when compared to year end 2017. The table below provides information regarding the components driving the 2018 net proved reserve adjustments:

GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
DECEMBER 31, 2018 NET PROVED RESERVE RECONCILIATION
(Unaudited)
Gas Equivalent
BCFE
Proved reserve balance at December 31, 2017 5,394.8
Sales of oil and gas reserves in place (44.9 )
Purchases in oil and natural gas reserves in place
Extensions and discoveries 711.2
Revisions of prior reserve estimates:
Reclassification of PUD to unproved under SEC 5-year rule (1,007.5 )
Performance and price revisions 186.2
Current production (496.5 )
Proved reserve balance at December 31, 2018 4,743.3

Proved developed reserves increased by 12% from December 31, 2017 to approximately 2,115.5 Bcfe as of December 31, 2018. At year end 2018, approximately 45% of Gulfport’s proved reserves were classified as proved developed reserves. Proved undeveloped reserves totaled approximately 2,627.8 Bcfe as of December 31, 2018.  The table below summarize the Company’s 2018 net proved reserves:

GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
DECEMBER 31, 2018 NET PROVED RESERVES
(Unaudited)
Natural Gas Gas
Natural Gas Oil Liquids Equivalent
BCF MMBBL MMBBL BCFE
Proved Developed Producing 1,771.8 8.2 38.8 2,054.1
Proved Developed Non-Producing 41.4 1.4 2.0 61.4
Proved Undeveloped 2,320.7 11.5 39.7 2,627.8
Total Proved Reserves 4,133.9 21.0 80.5 4,743.3

The following table presents Gulfport’s 2018 net proved reserves by major operating areas:

GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
DECEMBER 31, 2018 NET PROVED RESERVES BY ASSET AREA
(Unaudited)
2018
BCFE
Utica 3,350.4
SCOOP 1,375.7
Southern Louisiana 15.1
Other 2.1
Total Proved Reserves 4,743.3

In accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission guidelines, at year end 2018, reserve calculations were based on the average first day of the month price for the prior 12 months.  The prices utilized for Gulfport’s year end 2018 reserve report were $65.56 per barrel of oil and $3.10 per MMBtu of natural gas, in each case as adjusted by lease for transportation fees and regional price differentials.  Utilizing these prices, the present value of Gulfport’s total proved reserves discounted at 10% (referred to as “PV-10”) was $3.4 billion at December 31, 2018. PV-10 is a non-GAAP measure because it excludes income tax effects. Management believes that the presentation of the non-GAAP financial measure of PV-10 provides useful information to investors because it is widely used by professional analysts and sophisticated investors in evaluating oil and gas companies. PV-10 is not a measure of financial or operating performance under GAAP. PV-10 should not be considered as an alternative to the standardized measure as defined under GAAP. We have included a reconciliation of PV-10 of proved reserves to the standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows, the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
DECEMBER 31, 2018 PV-10
(Unaudited)
SEC Case
($MM)
Proved Developed Producing $ 2,180
Proved Developed Non-Producing 109
Proved Undeveloped 1,118
Total Proved Reserves $ 3,407

The following table reconciles the standardized measure of future net cash flows to the PV-10 value of Gulfport’s proved reserves:

GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
DECEMBER 31, 2018 PV-10 RECONCILITATION
(Unaudited)
SEC Case
($MM)
Standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows (1) $ 2,983
Add: Present value of future income tax discounted at 10% 424
PV-10 value $ 3,407
1 The standardized measure represents the present value of estimated future cash inflows from proved oil and natural gas reserves, less future development, abandonment, production, and income tax expenses, discounted at 10% per annum to reflect timing of future cash flows and using the same pricing assumptions as were used to calculate PV-10. Standardized measure differs from PV-10 because standardized measure includes the effect of future income taxes.

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 Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. CST to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 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 13686821.  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 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 22% equity interest in Mammoth Energy Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:TUSK) and has a position in the Alberta Oil Sands in Canada through an approximately 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 (gain) loss, litigation settlement, insurance proceeds, gain on sale of equity method investments 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 (gain) loss, litigation settlement, insurance proceeds, gain on sale of equity method investments 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.

General Reserve Information Notes:
Gulfport’s estimated proved reserves as of December 31, 2018 were prepared by Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc. (“NSAI”) and NSAI is an independent petroleum engineering firm.

Investor Contact:
Jessica Wills – Director, Investor Relations
[email protected]
405-252-4550

Media Contact:
Adam Weiner / Cameron Njaa
Kekst CNC
[email protected] / [email protected]
212-521-4800

GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
December 31, December 31,
2018 2017
(In thousands, except share data)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 52,297 $ 99,557
Accounts receivable—oil and natural gas sales 210,200 146,773
Accounts receivable—joint interest and other 22,497 35,440
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 10,607 4,912
Short-term derivative instruments 21,352 78,847
Total current assets 316,953 365,529
Property and equipment:
Oil and natural gas properties, full-cost accounting, $2,873,037 and $2,912,974 excluded from amortization in 2018 and 2017, respectively 10,026,836 9,169,156
Other property and equipment 92,667 86,754
Accumulated depletion, depreciation, amortization and impairment (4,640,098 ) (4,153,733 )
Property and equipment, net 5,479,405 5,102,177
Other assets:
Equity investments 236,121 302,112
Long-term derivative instruments 8,685
Deferred tax asset 1,208
Inventories 4,754 8,227
Other assets 13,803 19,814
Total other assets 254,678 340,046
Total assets $ 6,051,036 $ 5,807,752
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 518,380 $ 553,609
Asset retirement obligation—current 120
Short-term derivative instruments 20,401 32,534
Current maturities of long-term debt 651 622
Total current liabilities 539,432 586,885
Long-term derivative instruments 13,992 2,989
Asset retirement obligation—long-term 79,952 74,980
Deferred tax liability 3,127
Other non-current liabilities 2,963
Long-term debt, net of current maturities 2,086,765 2,038,321
Total liabilities 2,723,268 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, 162,986,045 issued and outstanding in 2018 and 183,105,910 in 2017 1,630 1,831
Paid-in capital 4,227,532 4,416,250
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (56,026 ) (40,539 )
Accumulated deficit (845,368 ) (1,275,928 )
Total stockholders’ equity 3,327,768 3,101,614
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 6,051,036 $ 5,807,752
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
(In thousands, except share data) (In thousands, except share data)
Revenues:
Natural gas sales $ 368,554 $ 239,455 $ 1,121,815 $ 845,999
Oil and condensate sales 37,106 39,230 177,793 124,568
Natural gas liquid sales 37,032 47,072 178,915 136,057
Net (loss) gain on natural gas, oil, and NGL derivatives (26,742 ) 72,091 (123,479 ) 213,679
415,950 397,848 1,355,044 1,320,303
Costs and expenses:
Lease operating expenses 27,497 20,202 91,640 80,246
Production taxes 9,619 6,662 33,480 21,126
Midstream gathering and processing expenses 75,642 72,737 290,188 248,995
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 133,816 109,742 486,664 364,629
General and administrative expenses 13,678 15,016 56,633 52,938
Accretion expense 1,063 463 4,119 1,611
Acquisition expense 1 2,392
261,315 224,823 962,724 771,937
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS 154,635 173,025 392,320 548,366
OTHER (INCOME) EXPENSE:
Interest expense 34,351 33,401 135,273 108,198
Interest income (152 ) (82 ) (314 ) (1,009 )
Litigation settlement 158 1,075
Insurance proceeds (231 )
Gain on sale of equity method investments (124,768 ) (12,523 )
(Income) loss from equity method investments, net (14,622 ) (15,688 ) (49,904 ) 17,780
Other expense (income), net 899 (178 ) 698 (1,041 )
20,634 17,453 (38,171 ) 111,405
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 134,001 155,572 430,491 436,961
INCOME TAX (BENEFIT) EXPENSE (954 ) (69 ) 1,809
NET INCOME $ 134,001 $ 156,526 $ 430,560 $ 435,152
NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE:
Basic $ 0.78 $ 0.85 $ 2.46 $ 2.42
Diluted $ 0.78 $ 0.85 $ 2.45 $ 2.41
Weighted average common shares outstanding—Basic 171,410,309 183,090,659 174,675,840 179,834,146
Weighted average common shares outstanding—Diluted 171,612,471 183,090,659 175,398,706 180,253,024
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA AND CASH FLOW
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
 (In thousands)  (In thousands)
Net income $ 134,001 $ 156,526 $ 430,560 $ 435,152
Interest expense 34,351 33,401 135,273 108,198
Income tax (benefit) expense (954 ) (69 ) 1,809
Accretion expense 1,063 463 4,119 1,611
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 133,816 109,742 486,664 364,629
EBITDA $ 303,231 $ 299,178 $ 1,056,547 $ 911,399
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
 (In thousands)  (In thousands)
Cash provided by operating activity $ 143,532 $ 188,156 $ 752,488 $ 679,889
Adjustments:
Changes in operating assets and liabilities 74,520 8,689 76,847 (48,239 )
Operating Cash Flow $ 218,052 $ 196,845 $ 829,335 $ 631,650
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA
(Unaudited)
 Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended
December 31, 2018 December 31, 2018
 (In thousands)
EBITDA $303,231 $1,056,547
Adjustments:
Non-cash derivative (gain) loss (41,322 ) 65,051
Litigation settlement 158 1,075
Insurance proceeds (231 )
Gain on sale of equity method investments (124,768 )
Income from equity method investments (14,622 ) (49,904 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 247,445 $ 947,770
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET INCOME
(Unaudited)
 Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended
December 31, 2018 December 31, 2018
 (In thousands, except share data)
Pre-tax net income excluding adjustments $ 134,001 $ 430,491
Adjustments:
Non-cash derivative (gain) loss (41,322 ) 65,051
Litigation settlement 158 1,075
Insurance proceeds (231 )
Gain on sale of equity method investments (124,768 )
Income from equity method investments (14,622 ) (49,904 )
Pre-tax net income excluding adjustments 78,215 321,714
Adjusted net income $ 78,215 $ 321,714
Adjusted net income per common share:
Basic $0.46 $1.84
Diluted $0.46 $1.83
Basic weighted average shares outstanding 171,410,309 174,675,840
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 171,612,471 175,398,706


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