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Gulfport Energy Announces Proposed Acquisition Of Additional Utica Acreage And Provides Operational Update

Grizzly's independent engineering firm, GLJ Petroleum Consultants, estimated the Thickwood Thermal Project will ultimately recover approximately 107 million barrels of bitumen in their report dated December 31, 2011. With the submission of this application, Grizzly expects that a significant portion of the contingent resource assigned to the Thickwood property will be reclassified as probable reserves by GLJ Petroleum Consultants.

The Thickwood Thermal Project area is located approximately 58 kilometers northwest of Fort McMurray and near an established SAGD oil sands development at Southern Pacific McKay. Grizzly discovered the Thickwood Thermal Project area during the 2006 – 2007 winter drilling season and has subsequently drilled a total of 59 core holes and shot 3-D seismic on the acreage.

2013 Commodity Hedges

Gulfport recently expanded its 2013 hedging program, consisting of fixed price swaps for January 2013 through June 2013 of 5,000 barrels of oil per day at a weighted average price of $101.96 and fixed price swaps for July 2013 through December 2013 of 5,000 barrels of oil per day at a weighted average price of $99.86.

Guidance

Gulfport estimates its 2012 production to be in the range 2.55 million to 2.60 million BOE. Gulfport currently expects 2013 production to be in the range 7.40 million to 7.70 million BOE. Capital expenditures for exploration and production activities during 2013 are estimated to be in the range of $390 million to $410 million, excluding potential capital expenditures relating to Grizzly.

For 2013, Gulfport projects lease operating expense to be in the range of $5.00 to $6.00 per BOE, general and administrative expense to be between $1.50 and $2.50 per BOE, production taxes to be between 8% and 9% of revenues, and depreciation, depletion and amortization expense to be in the range of $33.00 to $35.00 per BOE.
   
GULFPORT ENERGY CORPORATION
2013 GUIDANCE
   
  Year Ending
  12/31/2013
Forecasted Production  
Oil Equivalent - BOE 7,400,000 - 7,700,000
Average Daily Oil Equivalent - BOEPD 20,274 - 21,096
   
Projected Year-Over-Year Production Increase¹ 187% - 199%
   
Projected Cash Operating Costs per BOE  
Lease Operating Expense - $/BOE $5.00 - $6.00
Production Taxes - % of Revenue 8.0% - 9.0%
General and Administrative - $/BOE $1.50 - $2.50
   
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization per BOE $33.00 - $35.00
   
Budgeted Capital Expenditures - In Millions:²  
West Cote Blanche Bay $42 - $45
Hackberry $24 - $26
Utica $322 - $336
Thailand $2.0 - $2.5
Total Budgeted E&P Capital Expenditures $390 -- $410
  .
¹ Based upon 2012 estimated production of 2.575 million BOE and the 2013 forecasted production 
² Excludes amounts for infrastructure, vertical integration projects and acquisitions 
 

About Gulfport

Gulfport Energy Corporation is an Oklahoma City-based independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company with its principal producing properties located along the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Gulfport has also acquired acreage positions in the Utica Shale of Eastern Ohio and the Niobrara Formation of Western Colorado. In addition, Gulfport holds a sizeable acreage position in the Alberta Oil Sands in Canada through its interest in Grizzly Oil Sands ULC and has interests in entities that operate in the Permian Basin in West Texas and in Southeast Asia, including the Phu Horm gas field in Thailand.

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