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Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. Announces Record Oil Production and Revenues for the First Quarter 2014 and Raises 2014 Oil Production Growth Target to 54%

May 8, 2014



ENP Newswire - 08 May 2014

Release date- 07052014 - HOUSTON - Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRZO) today announced the Company's financial results for the first quarter of 2014 and provided an operational update.

Which included the following highlights:

Record Oil Production of 15,022 Bbls/d, 61% above the first quarter of 2013

Record Oil Revenue of $130.4 million, representing 83% of total revenue, and 49% above the first quarter of 2013

Record Revenue of $157.2 million, 40% above the first quarter of 2013

Income from continuing operations of $6.6 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, and Adjusted Net Income of $23.4 million or $0.51 per diluted share

Adjusted EBITDA of $114.3 million, 23% above the first quarter of 2013

Confirms 60-acre downspacing in the Niobrara

Borrowing base increased to $570 million from $470 million

Raising 2014 crude oil production growth target to 54%

Carrizo reported first quarter of 2014 income from continuing operations of $6.6 million, or $0.15 and $0.14 per basic and diluted share, respectively, as compared to income from continuing operations of $2.5 million, or $0.06 per basic and diluted share in the first quarter of 2013. The income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2014 includes certain items typically excluded from published estimates by the investment community.

Adjusted net income, which excludes the impact of these items as described in the statements of income included below, for the first quarter of 2014 was $23.4 million, or $0.52 and $0.51 per basic and diluted share, respectively, compared to $20.6 million, or $0.52 and $0.51 per basic and diluted share, respectively, in the first quarter of 2013.

For the first quarter of 2014, adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, and depletion and amortization, as described in the statements of income included below ('Adjusted EBITDA'), was $114.3 million, an increase of 23% from the prior year quarter.

Production volumes during the first quarter of 2014 were 2,388 MBoe, or 26,533 Boe/d, roughly flat with the first quarter of 2013. The flat year-over-year production during the quarter was due to the sale of the Company's remaining oil and gas properties in the Barnett Shale on October 31, 2013.

Adjusting for the sale of the Barnett Shale, production increased 48% versus the prior year quarter. Oil production during the quarter averaged 15,022 Bbls/d, while natural gas and NGL production averaged 69,044 Mcfe/d. First quarter of 2014 production exceeded the high end of Company guidance due to strong performance from the Company's Eagle Ford Shale, Utica Shale, and Marcellus Shale assets, which more than offset the impact of weather-related downtime in the Niobrara.

Drilling and completion capital expenditures for the first quarter of 2014 were $170.7 million. Approximately 75% of the first quarter drilling and completion spending was in the Eagle Ford Shale. Land and seismic expenditures during the quarter were $27.3 million. Carrizo is increasing its full-year 2014 drilling and completion capital expenditure guidance by $15.0 million to $665.0-$685.0 million.

The additional capital is expected to fund increased drilling and completion activity, as well as increased spending on facilities, in the Eagle Ford Shale. Carrizo is revising its 2014 land and seismic capital expenditure guidance to $90.0 million from $75.0 million as it has been more successful than expected in acquiring additional Eagle Ford Shale and Utica Shale leasehold. Carrizo expects to allocate the majority of the land and seismic capital to acreage acquisitions in the Eagle Ford and Utica shales.

Due primarily to the continued strong performance from the Company's Eagle Ford Shale assets, Carrizo is increasing its 2014 oil production guidance to a range of 17,500-18,200 Bbls/d from 17,000-17,800 Bbls/d. Using the midpoints of these ranges, the Company's 2014 oil production growth guidance increases to 54% from 50%. For natural gas and NGLs, Carrizo is maintaining its 2014 guidance of 67-75 MMcfe/d. For the second quarter of 2014, Carrizo expects oil production to be 17,100-17,500 Bbls/d and natural gas and NGL production to be 71-77 MMcfe/d.

S.P. 'Chip' Johnson, IV, Carrizo's President and CEO, commented on the results, 'This was another outstanding quarter for Carrizo as we once again delivered crude oil production growth that exceeded our forecast despite continued challenging winter weather. Our operating personnel did an outstanding job maintaining drilling and fracking activities as well as production during abnormally cold weather in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.'

'We continue to expand our deep inventory of oily drilling locations through a combination of lease acquisitions and downspacing. Since year-end, we've added approximately 5,500 net acres in the Eagle Ford Shale and 4,200 net acres in the Utica Shale. We've also confirmed downspacing to at least 60 acres in the Niobrara. This more than offsets the locations we plan to drill this year. And we continue to test further downspacing in the Niobrara and Eagle Ford Shale with results expected later this year, which has the potential to materially increase our inventory.'

'Thanks to our oily production growth, our financial position continues to improve. At quarter-end, our net-debt-to-adjusted EBITDA ratio remained below 2.0x, and our borrowing base was recently increased by $100 million to $570 million. Our revolver was still undrawn at the end of April, providing us with ample liquidity to fund our development plan.'

'We continue to be very pleased with the performance of our initial Utica Shale well in Guernsey County, Ohio, which ranks as one of the best condensate wells in the play. The well flowed to sales on an extended test for 113 days, and produced more than 57 MBbls of condensate, well above what our type curve predicted over the period. We plan to spud our next Utica well later this quarter.'

Operational Update

In the Eagle Ford Shale, Carrizo drilled 15 gross (12.3 net) operated wells during the first quarter, and completed 15 gross (12.2 net) wells. Crude oil production from the play rose to more than 12,700 Bbls/d for the quarter, an increase of 14% versus the prior quarter.

At the end of the quarter, Carrizo had 29 gross (23.5 net) operated Eagle Ford Shale wells waiting on completion, equating to net crude oil production potential of approximately 8,800 Bbls/d. Carrizo is operating three rigs in the Eagle Ford Shale and currently expects to drill approximately 64 gross (51 net) operated wells in the play during 2014, up from 62 gross (47 net) due to improved drilling efficiency.

Carrizo is currently completing its initial 330 ft. downspacing tests in the Eagle Ford Shale, and expects to begin flowback later this month. Carrizo holds a 75% working interest in these wells, which are located in its Irvin Ranch area. If successful, Carrizo believes 330 ft. downspacing could add approximately 230 net locations to its drilling inventory. At current activity levels, this would give the Company an Eagle Ford Shale inventory of more than 17 years.

Carrizo has continued to add bolt-on acres to its position in the Eagle Ford Shale since year-end, with the added acreage located within the volatile oil window in LaSalle County. The Company's position in the trend now stands at approximately 67,700 net acres. Carrizo continues to actively lease acreage in the core volatile oil window of the Eagle Ford Shale.

In the Utica Shale, Carrizo's condensate production during the quarter averaged more than 380 Bbls/d. The Company's first well, the Rector 1H in Guernsey County, Ohio, has recently been shut-in awaiting midstream infrastructure following its long-term stabilized test. The well flowed up casing for 113 days, and produced more than 57 MBbls of condensate on a gross basis, or an average of more than 500 Bbls/d. Prior to being shut-in, the well had recently been flowing at a stabilized rate of approximately 420 Bbls/d of condensate and 1.8 MMcf/d of rich natural gas on a 16/64 in. choke. Carrizo has a 95% working interest in the Rector 1H well.

Carrizo expects to spud its next Utica Shale well, the Brown 1H in northern Guernsey County, later this quarter. Carrizo will be the operator of the Brown 1H, and expects to have a 50% working interest in the well. Carrizo currently expects to drill 9 gross (7 net) operated Utica Shale wells during 2014.

The Company is evaluating midstream solutions for its Utica production, and currently expects to have an agreement in place within the next 1-2 months. This should allow the Company to have midstream infrastructure in place in the fourth quarter.

Carrizo has continued to expand its position in the condensate window of the Utica Shale play since the beginning of the year. The Company's acreage position in the play now stands at approximately 25,700 net acres. The additional bolt-on acreage is located primarily in Guernsey County.

In the Niobrara Formation, Carrizo drilled 7 gross (2.0 net) operated wells during the first quarter, and completed 14 gross (5.5 net) wells. Crude oil production from the Niobrara was approximately 1,900 Bbls/d for the quarter, an increase of 6% versus the prior quarter. Niobrara production during the quarter was once again impacted by adverse weather conditions and other unscheduled downtime, which reduced the Company's production by more than 450 Bbls/d. Carrizo is operating one rig in the Niobrara and currently expects to drill 32 gross (11 net) operated wells during 2014.

Carrizo has been testing multiple downspacing concepts in the Niobrara. The Company tested 60-acre spacing in the B bench at three separate pilots spread across its acreage position. The pilots have now been online for periods ranging from 60 to 120 days. Based on the analysis of these well results, combined with an analysis of non-operated results, Carrizo has adjusted its development plan to include 60-acre spacing vs. 80-acre spacing previously. This adds approximately 120 net locations to the Company's drilling inventory in the play, bringing it to more than 470 net potential locations.

Carrizo continues to participate in further downspacing tests operated by Noble Energy and Whiting Petroleum, which are testing downspacing as tight as 40-acres as well as potential in the A, B and C benches. In addition, Carrizo also has multiple operated 40-acre downspacing tests ongoing. The Company is testing both B-B-B and A-B-A lateral orientations in its 40-acre tests. While Carrizo is not currently including any potential from the A bench in its estimates, it is encouraged by the early results seen in its non-operated wells.

In the Marcellus Shale, Carrizo drilled 3 gross (1.2 net) operated wells during the first quarter, and completed 10 gross (2.7 net) wells. Natural gas production from the Marcellus was 44.5 MMcf/d in the first quarter, up from 39.0 MMcf/d in the prior quarter. The Company's production from the play continued to be impacted by midstream delays during the quarter, and Carrizo estimates its net productive capacity to be in excess of 70 MMcf/d currently.

During the quarter, Carrizo completed its planned 2014 drilling activity, and has released its rig. The Company's remaining activity will be focused on completing its inventory of drilled wells. For the year, Carrizo currently plans to complete 25 gross (7 net) wells.

Recently, some of the midstream constraints that have been impacting the Company's Marcellus Shale production have been lifted, and April production averaged nearly 60 MMcf/d. However, the Company remains concerned over local market pricing in the summer and continues to factor voluntary curtailments into its production guidance.

Carrizo is currently testing downspacing concepts on its northeast Pennsylvania acreage. In Wyoming County, the Company is completing an Upper Marcellus infill test and a Lower Marcellus infill test at its 8-well Plushanski pad; flowback is expected to begin early in the third quarter. Carrizo is the operator of, and expects to hold an average working interest of approximately 23% in these wells.

The Company also recently completed an Upper Marcellus infill test at its Bonnice pad in Susquehanna County; flowback is expected to begin later this month. Carrizo is the operator of the well, and holds a working interest of approximately 40%. If successful, Carrizo believes downspacing has the potential to add approximately 50 gross locations to its Marcellus inventory.

Financial Position and Liquidity

As of March 31, 2014, Carrizo had total debt outstanding of $904.4 million and cash and cash equivalents of $62.4 million. Net Debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA (based on the trailing four quarters) remained less than 2.0x for the first quarter.

Effective April 10, 2014, Carrizo's banking syndicate, led by Wells Fargo as administrative agent, agreed to increase the borrowing base under its senior credit facility to $570 million from $470 million, representing an increase of $100 million. This occurred as part of the Company's regularly scheduled borrowing base review. As of April 30, 2014, Carrizo had nothing drawn on its revolver.

Hedging Activity

Carrizo currently has hedges in place for over 70% of estimated crude oil production for the remainder of 2014 (based on the midpoint of guidance). For the balance of the year, the Company has hedged approximately 13,330 Bbls/d of crude oil at a weighted average floor price of $91.38/Bbl (comprised of 9,830 Bbls/d of swaps at an average price of $92.63/Bbl and 3,500 Bbls/d of collars at an average floor price of $87.85/Bbl).

Carrizo also has hedges in place for over 75% of estimated natural gas and NGL production for the remainder of 2014 (based on the midpoint of guidance). For the balance of the year, the Company has swaps on approximately 57,200 MMBtu/d at a weighted average price of $4.19/MMBtu and also has sold a call option on 10,000 MMBtu/d at $5.50/MMBtu.

Conference Call Details

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss 2014 first quarter financial results on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM Central Daylight Time. To participate in the call, please dial (800) 747-0365 (U.S. & Canada) or +1 (212) 231-2929 (Intl./Local) ten minutes before the call is scheduled to begin. A replay of the call will be available through Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:59 AM Central Daylight Time at (800) 633-8284 (U.S. & Canada) or +1 (402) 977-9140 (Intl./Local). The reservation number for the replay is 21715144 for U.S., Canadian and International callers.

A simultaneous webcast of the call may be accessed over the internet by visiting our website at http://www.carrizo.com, clicking on 'Investor Relations', and then clicking on '2014 First Quarter Conference Call Webcast.' To listen, please go to the website in time to register and install any necessary software. The webcast will be archived for replay on the Carrizo website for 15 days.

Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. is a Houston-based energy company actively engaged in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas from resource plays located in the United States. Our current operations are principally focused in proven, producing oil and gas plays primarily in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, the Utica Shale in Ohio, the Niobrara Formation in Colorado, and the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania.

Statements in this release that are not historical facts, including but not limited to those related to capital requirements, capital expenditure and other spending plans, production, effects of transactions, the ability to acquire additional acreage, midstream infrastructure availability and capacity, timing and levels of production, downspacing, crude oil production potential and growth, oil and gas prices, downspacing results, drilling and completion activities, drilling inventory, including timing thereof, production mix, development plans, growth, midstream matters, use of proceeds, hedging activity, the Company's or management's intentions, beliefs, expectations, hopes, projections, assessment of risks, estimations, plans or predictions for the future, results of the Company's strategies, expected income tax rates and other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that are based on current expectations.

Although the Company believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove correct.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include results of wells and production testing, failure of actual production to meet expectations, performance of rig operators, availability of gathering systems, actions by governmental authorities, joint venture partners, industry partners, lenders and other third parties, actions by purchasers of properties, satisfaction of closing conditions, integration of acquisitions, market and other conditions, availability of well connects, capital needs and uses, commodity price changes, effects of the global economy on exploration activity, results of and dependence on exploratory drilling activities, operating risks, right-of-way and other land issues, availability of capital and equipment, weather, and other risks described in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and its other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

There can be no assurance any transaction described in this press release will occur on the terms or timing described, or at all.

CONTACT:

Jeffrey P. Hayden

Investor Relations

Tel: (713) 328-1044


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