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 PetroQuest Energy Announces 2015 Year-End And Fourth Quarter Results
   Wednesday, March 02, 2016 4:28:00 PM ET

PetroQuest Energy, Inc. (PQ ) announced today a net loss to common stockholders for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 of $(64,744,000), or $(0.98) per share, compared to fourth quarter 2014 net income available to common stockholders of $1,745,000, or $0.02 per share. For the year ended December 31, 2015, the Company reported a net loss to common stockholders of $(299,977,000), or $(4.61) per share, compared to net income available to common shareholders of $26,051,000, or $0.39 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2014. The three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015 included ceiling test write-downs totaling $51,944,000 and $266,562,000, respectively.

Discretionary cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $3,239,000 as compared to $26,382,000 for the comparable 2014 period. For the year ended December 31, 2015, discretionary cash flow was $26,092,000 compared to $126,461,000 for 2014. 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 fourth quarter of 2015 were $23,096,000 as compared to $47,988,000 in the fourth quarter of 2014. For the year ended December 31, 2015, oil and gas sales decreased 48% to $115,969,000 as compared to $225,021,000 for the year ended December 31, 2014. Production for the year ended December 31, 2015 was 21% lower than 2014. The decrease in production was due primarily to the divestiture of our Arkoma assets in June 2015 and normal production declines at our Gulf Coast fields. Stated on an Mcfe basis, unit prices received during the fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2015 were lower by 19% and 35%, respectively, as compared to the prices received during the comparable 2014 periods.

Lease operating expenses during 2015 totaled $40,130,000, a 17% reduction from 2014. Lease operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015 were $1.19 per Mcfe as compared to $0.99 per Mcfe in the fourth quarter of 2014. Lease operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2015 were $1.17 per Mcfe as compared to $1.12 for the year ended December 31, 2014. The increase in per unit lease operating expenses during the 2015 periods are primarily due to the Arkoma sale in June 2015, which included properties with a lower relative per unit cost, as well as normal production declines and downtime at certain of the Company’s Gulf Coast fields.

Depreciation, depletion and amortization ("DD&A") on oil and gas properties for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $1.57 per Mcfe as compared to $2.05 per Mcfe in the fourth quarter of 2014. For the year ended December 31, 2015, DD&A on oil and gas properties decreased to $1.82 per Mcfe from $1.99 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 $51,944,000 and $266,562,000 in the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015, respectively.

Interest expense for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $8,770,000, as compared to $7,215,000 in the fourth quarter of 2014. For the year ended December 31, 2015, interest expense was $33,766,000 compared to $29,281,000 for 2014. The increase in interest expense during the 2015 periods was the result of lower capitalized interest on the Company’s reduced unevaluated property balance, which was primarily the result of the Arkoma sale in June 2015.

General and administrative expenses during 2015 totaled $20.8 million, an approximate 10% reduction from 2014. Fourth quarter of 2015 general and administrative expense was $391,000 higher than the comparable 2014 period. For the year ended December 31, 2015, general and administrative expenses were $2,093,000 lower than 2014. The decline in general and administrative expense during the 2015 period was primarily the result of lower employee related costs including stock compensation expense.

Production taxes for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled $167,000, as compared to $1,249,000 in the fourth quarter of 2014. For the year ended December 31, 2015, production taxes were $2,470,000, as compared to $5,927,000 for the comparable period of 2014. The decrease in total production taxes for the 2015 periods was primarily due to lower commodity prices for our production during the 2015 periods as compared to the 2014 periods, as well as certain severance tax refunds in East Texas.

The following table sets forth certain information with respect to the oil and gas operations of the Company for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014:

                         Three Months Ended December 31,           Twelve Months Ended December 31,
                         2015                 2014 (1)             2015                   2014 (1)
Production:
Oil (Bbls)               106,990              159,998              528,529                802,509
Gas (Mcf)                5,023,288            7,994,417            25,501,851             31,027,671
Ngl (Mcfe)               1,028,847            2,295,516            5,487,239              7,482,310
Total Production (Mcfe)  6,694,075            11,249,921           34,160,264             43,325,035
Daily Production (MMcfe) 72.8                 122.3                93.6                   118.7
Sales:
Total oil sales          $      4,918,298     $    13,896,729      $      26,532,240      $       78,176,377
Total gas sales          15,755,693           27,143,468           75,070,130             114,613,267
Total ngl sales          2,422,460            6,947,208            14,367,024             32,231,090
Total oil and gas sales  $    23,096,451      $    47,987,405      $    115,969,394       $    225,020,734
Average sales prices:
Oil (per Bbl)            $             45.97  $             86.86  $               50.20  $               97.41
Gas (per Mcf)            3.14                 3.40                 2.94                   3.69
Ngl (per Mcfe)           2.35                 3.03                 2.62                   4.31
Per Mcfe                 3.45                 4.27                 3.39                   5.19
(1) Production and related oil and gas revenues associated with the Arkoma assets sold during June 2015 totaled 4.6 Bcfe and  $12.8 million, respectively, during the fourth quarter of 2014 and 16.4 Bcfe and $56.7 million, respectively, for the annual 2014 period.

The above sales and average sales prices include increases to revenue related to the settlement of gas hedges of $5,832,000 and $565,000, oil hedges of $606,000 and $2,128,000, and Ngl hedges of $182,000 and $268,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. The above sales and average sales prices include increases (reductions) to revenue related to the settlement of gas hedges of $15,940,000 and ($4,237,000), oil hedges of $644,000 and $897,000, and Ngl hedges of $530,000 and $296,000 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

Guidance

The following initiates guidance for the first quarter of 2016:

                                                                Guidance for
Description                                                     1st Quarter 2016
Production volumes (MMcfe/d)                                    72 - 76
Percent Gas                                                     74 %
Percent Oil                                                     6 %
Percent NGL                                                     20 %
Expenses:
Lease operating expenses (per Mcfe)                             $1.20 - $1.30
Production taxes (per Mcfe)                                     $0.06 - $0.10
Depreciation, depletion and amortization (per Mcfe)             $1.35 - $1.45
General and administrative (in millions)*                       $3.6 - $4.0
Interest expense (in millions)                                  $7.8 - $8.2
* Includes non-cash stock compensation estimate of $0.6 million

Management’s Comment

"Our 2016 business plan is focused on preserving liquidity and strengthening our balance sheet. To this end we are working toward reducing 2016 cash costs by 25%, assessing additional deleveraging and maturity extension options relative to our remaining 2017 notes and evaluating additional asset sale opportunities and joint venture structures," said Charles T. Goodson, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President.

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, 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 our ability to pay dividends on our Series B Preferred Stock, our ability to satisfy the continued listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange with respect to our common stock or to cure any continued listing standard deficiency with respect thereto, 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 post additional collateral to satisfy our offshore decommissioning obligations, our ability to reduce leverage or refinance our remaining 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)
                                                                                                                        December 31,    December 31,
                                                                                                                        2015            2014
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                               $     148,013   $       18,243
Revenue receivable                                                                                                      6,476           16,485
Joint interest billing receivable                                                                                       49,374          46,778
Derivative asset                                                                                                        1,508           8,631
Other current assets                                                                                                    3,874           6,413
Total current assets                                                                                                    209,245         96,550
Property and equipment:
Oil and gas properties:
Oil and gas properties, full cost method                                                                                1,310,891       2,222,753
Unevaluated oil and gas properties                                                                                      12,516          109,119
Accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization                                                                    (1,157,455)     (1,648,060)
Oil and gas properties, net                                                                                             165,952         683,812
Other property and equipment                                                                                            11,229          14,953
Accumulated depreciation of other property and equipment                                                                (8,737)         (10,313)
Total property and equipment                                                                                            168,444         688,452
Other assets, net of accumulated amortization of $3,842 and $3,448, respectively                                        1,630           1,106
Total assets                                                                                                            $     379,319   $     786,108
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable to vendors                                                                                             $       97,999  $     102,954
Advances from co-owners                                                                                                 16,118          12,819
Oil and gas revenue payable                                                                                             18,911          22,333
Accrued interest and preferred stock dividend                                                                           12,795          12,764
Asset retirement obligation                                                                                             6,015           2,756
Accrued acquisition costs                                                                                               4,409           17,690
Other accrued liabilities                                                                                               2,585           5,394
Total current liabilities                                                                                               158,832         176,710
Bank debt                                                                                                               --              75,000
10% Senior Notes                                                                                                        347,008         345,213
Asset retirement obligation                                                                                             36,541          52,214
Other long-term liability                                                                                               53              62
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 65,641 and 64,721 shares, respectively 66              65
Paid-in capital                                                                                                         290,382         285,957
Accumulated other comprehensive income                                                                                  947             5,420
Accumulated deficit                                                                                                     (454,511)       (154,534)
Total stockholders’ equity                                                                                              (163,115)       136,909
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity                                                                              $     379,319   $     786,108
PETROQUEST ENERGY, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
                                                   Three Months Ended December 31,  Twelve Months Ended December 31,
                                                   2015         2014                2015           2014
Revenues:
Oil and gas sales                                  $  23,096    $ 47,988            $  115,969     $ 225,021
Expenses:
Lease operating expenses                           7,967        11,152              40,130         48,597
Production taxes                                   167          1,249               2,470          5,927
Depreciation, depletion and amortization           10,811       23,394              63,497         87,818
Ceiling test write-down                            51,944       --                  266,562        --
General and administrative                         4,233        3,842               20,777         22,870
Accretion of asset retirement obligation           752          735                 3,259          2,958
Interest expense                                   8,770        7,215               33,766         29,281
                                                   84,644       47,587              430,461        197,451
Other income:
Gain on sale of assets                             (422)        --                  21,937         --
Other income                                       105          77                  390            679
                                                   (317)        77                  22,327         679
Income (loss) from operations                      (61,865)     478                 (292,165)      28,249
Income tax expense (benefit)                       1,594        (2,552)             2,673          (2,941)
Net income (loss)                                  (63,459)     3,030               (294,838)      31,190
Preferred stock dividend                           1,285        1,285               5,139          5,139
Net income (loss) available to common stockholders $ (64,744)   $   1,745           $ (299,977)    $   26,051
Earnings per common share:
Basic
Net income (loss) per share                        $    (0.98)  $    0.02           $      (4.61)  $      0.39
Diluted
Net income (loss) per share                        $    (0.98)  $    0.02           $      (4.61)  $      0.39
Weighted average number of common shares:
Basic                                              65,382       64,593              65,022         64,204
Diluted                                            65,382       65,298              65,022         64,225
PETROQUEST ENERGY, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Amounts in Thousands)
                                                                                         Year Ended
                                                                                         December 31,
                                                                                         2015            2014
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income (loss)                                                                        $ (294,838)     $  31,190
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
Deferred tax expense (benefit)                                                           2,673           (2,941)
Depreciation, depletion and amortization                                                 63,497          87,818
Ceiling test write-down                                                                  266,562         --
Accretion of asset retirement obligation                                                 3,259           2,958
Gain on sale of assets                                                                   (21,937)        --
Share based compensation expense                                                         4,617           5,248
Amortization costs and other                                                             2,259           2,188
Payments to settle asset retirement obligations                                          (2,776)         (3,623)
Changes in working capital accounts:
Revenue receivable                                                                       10,009          10,083
Prepaid drilling and pipe costs                                                          --              (370)
Joint interest billing receivable                                                        223             (20,276)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities                                                 (9,352)         50,243
Advances from co-owners                                                                  3,299           11,850
Other                                                                                    2,610           3,840
Net cash provided by operating activities                                                30,105          178,208
Cash flows provided by (used in) investing activities:
Investment in oil and gas properties                                                     (90,218)        (174,633)
Investment in other property and equipment                                               (454)           (926)
Sale of oil and gas properties                                                           271,769         11,908
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities                                      181,097         (163,651)
Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities:
Net payments for share based compensation                                                (199)           (75)
Deferred financing costs                                                                 (1,094)         (253)
Payment of preferred stock dividend                                                      (5,139)         (5,139)
Proceeds from bank borrowings                                                            70,000          17,500
Repayment of bank borrowings                                                             (145,000)       (17,500)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities                                      (81,432)        (5,467)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents                                     129,770         9,090
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period                                           18,243          9,153
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period                                                 $  148,013      $  18,243
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
Cash paid during the period for:
Interest                                                                                 $    36,217     $  37,174
Income taxes                                                                             $           --  $       270
PETROQUEST ENERGY, INC.
Non-GAAP Disclosure Reconciliation
(Amounts In Thousands)
                                               Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended
                                               December 31,           December 31,
                                               2015        2014       2015         2014
Net income (loss)                              $ (63,459)  $   3,030  $ (294,838)  $   31,190
Reconciling items:
Deferred tax expense (benefit)                 1,594       (2,552)    2,673        (2,941)
Depreciation, depletion and amortization       10,811      23,394     63,497       87,818
Ceiling test write-down                        51,944      --         266,562      --
(Gain) loss on sale of assets                  422         --         (21,937)     --
Accretion of asset retirement obligation       752         735        3,259        2,958
Non-cash share based compensation expense      595         1,223      4,617        5,248
Amortization costs and other                   580         552        2,259        2,188
Discretionary cash flow                        3,239       26,382     26,092       126,461
Changes in working capital accounts            3,837       26,686     6,789        55,370
Settlement of asset retirement obligations     (950)       (721)      (2,776)      (3,623)
Net cash flow provided by operating activities $    6,126  $ 52,347   $    30,105  $ 178,208
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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