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QEP Resources Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial and Operational Results
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Full Year 2014 Highlights

  • Delivered record annual Adjusted EBITDA
  • Reported record crude oil production of 17.1 MMBbl, up 68% from 2013
  • Increased crude oil production to 32% of total natural gas equivalent production, up from 20% in 2013
  • Acquired Permian Basin oil and gas properties for an aggregate purchase price of $942 million
  • Divested non-core, upstream properties for $788 million
  • Closed the sale of QEP Field Services, including QEP Resources' ownership in QEP Midstream Partners, LP, for approximately $2.5 billion in cash, resulting in a pre-tax gain on sale of approximately $1.8 billion

DENVER, Feb. 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QEP Resources, Inc. (NYSE:QEP) (QEP or the Company) today reported fourth quarter and full year 2014 financial and operating results. The Company reported net income of $665.9 million for the fourth quarter 2014, or $3.72 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $52.0 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter 2013. For the year ended December 31, 2014, QEP Resources reported net income of $784.4 million, or $4.36 per diluted share, compared with $159.4 million, or $0.89 per diluted share, for the comparable 2013 period.

Net income or loss includes non-cash gains and losses associated with the change in the fair value of derivative instruments, gains and losses from asset sales, costs associated with the early extinguishment of debt and impairment charges. Excluding these items, the Company's fourth quarter 2014 Adjusted Net Income (a non-GAAP measure) was $38.6 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared with $52.3 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter 2013. Similarly, for the year ended December 31, 2014, the Company's Adjusted Net Income was $239.1 million, or $1.33 per diluted share, compared with $196.1 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, for 2013.

Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) for the fourth quarter 2014 was $386.3 million, compared with $377.1 million in the fourth quarter 2013. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations in the fourth quarter 2014 was $366.1 million, a 14% increase from the comparable 2013 period. For the year ended December 31, 2014, the Company reported Adjusted EBITDA of $1,582.7 million compared with $1,536.7 million for 2013. The definition and reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income to net income are provided within the financial tables of this release.

"Record fourth quarter operating results demonstrate our successful transformation into a more focused, independent exploration and production company," commented Chuck Stanley , Chairman, President and CEO of QEP Resources. "Our high quality E&P asset portfolio, combined with year-end 2014 net debt of approximately $1.1 billion and an undrawn $1.8 billion revolving credit facility positions us well in the current commodity price environment. While we have ample liquidity, given current commodity price uncertainty, we are substantially reducing our forecasted 2015 capital expenditures by greater than 40% compared with 2014 as we focus on driving down completed well costs and improving operating efficiency across the company," concluded Stanley.

Slides for the fourth quarter 2014 with maps and other supporting materials referred to in this release are posted on the Company's website at www.qepres.com.

QEP Financial Results Summary

Adjusted EBITDA by Segment
 Three Months EndedYear Ended
 December 31,December 31,
 2014 2013 Change2014 2013 Change
  (in millions)          
QEP Energy$ 358.5 $ 302.0 18.7%$ 1,437.0 $ 1,301.8 10.4%
QEP Marketing and Other7.6 18.0 (57.8)%1.3 14.2 (90.8)%
Discontinued Operations20.2 57.1 (64.6)%144.4 220.7 (34.6)%
Adjusted EBITDA(1)$ 386.3 $ 377.1 2.4%$ 1,582.7 $ 1,536.7 3.0%
             
(1) See attached financial tables of this release for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income attributable to QEP.
             

QEP Energy

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 19% to $386.3 million compared with $377.1 in the fourth quarter 2013. The increase was due to, increased oil production, partially offset by decreased natural gas production and increased expenses.
  • Net equivalent production increased by 14% to 85.9 Bcfe in the fourth quarter 2014 compared to 75.1 Bcfe in the fourth quarter 2013. This increase was due primarily to increased crude oil and NGL production in the Williston Basin and the addition of Permian Basin acquisition production, partially offset by decreased production in Haynesville and the divestiture of certain Midcontinent assets during the second quarter 2014.
  • Crude oil and NGL production increased 70% and 22%, respectively, while natural gas production decreased 8%, in the fourth quarter 2014, compared with the fourth quarter 2013.
  • Crude oil and NGL revenues increased 21% compared to the fourth quarter 2013 and represented 69% of field-level revenues.
  • In December 2014, QEP completed the sale of its interests in certain non-core properties in southern Oklahoma for an aggregate sale price of $94.9 million, subject to post-closing purchase price adjustments.
  • In the fourth quarter 2014, QEP recorded an impairment of proven and unproven properties of $1.1 billion primarily in Haynesville and in the Permian Basin due to lower commodity prices.
  • QEP Energy's capital investment (on an accrual basis) for the year ended December 31, 2014, was $1,728.7 million, excluding $941.8 million related to the Permian Basin acquisition, which closed in the first quarter of 2014.

QEP Marketing & Other

  • On December 2, 2014, QEP closed the sale of substantially all of its midstream business (excluding the Haynesville Gathering System), including the Company's ownership interest in QEP Midstream Partners, LP (QEP Midstream), to Tesoro Logistics LP (Tesoro) for total cash proceeds of $2.5 billion, including $230.0 million to refinance debt at QEP Midstream (the Midstream Sale), and recorded a pre-tax gain of $1.8 billion on its Consolidated Statements of Operations. As a result of the Midstream Sale, the QEP Field Services reporting segment, excluding the retained ownership of the Haynesville Gathering System, has been reclassified as discontinued operations in the financial tables contained within this release. For reporting purposes, the retained Haynesville Gathering System has been combined with QEP Marketing and Other.

QEP 2015 Guidance

In response to the current commodity price environment QEP is significantly reducing its forecasted 2015 capital budget compared with 2014. The Company intends to reduce its operated rig count in 2015 by greater than 50% compared with 2014 and as such, expects to see slower oil production growth in 2015.

QEP Resources full year 2015 guidance and related assumptions are shown below. The Company's guidance assumes no asset acquisitions or divestitures, and that QEP will not recover ethane from its produced gas for the entire year. 

Guidance and Assumptions
 2015
 Current Forecast
 QEP Energy oil production (MMBbl) 16.5 - 18.5
 QEP Energy NGL production (MMBbl) 4.0 - 4.5
 QEP Energy natural gas production (Bcf) 155 - 175
QEP Energy total equivalent production (Bcfe) 278 - 313
   
Lease operating and transportation expense (per Mcfe) $1.70 - $1.85
QEP Energy Depletion, Depreciation and Amortization (per Mcfe) $3.00 - $3.30
Production and property taxes, % of field-level revenue 8.5% - 9.0%
   
Figures below in millions
QEP Resources General and Administrative Expense $165 - $185
   
QEP Resources Capital Investment $900 - $1,050

Proved Reserves Summary

QEP Energy's estimated proved reserves totaled 3.9 Tcfe at December 31, 2014, down 3% from year-end 2013, due primarily to the net impact of acquisition and divestiture activity in 2014. Approximately 41% of total proved reserves at year-end 2014 were crude oil and NGL compared to 37% at year-end 2013. Total proved developed reserves comprised 2.2 Tcfe, or 56%, of the total reserves. Extensions and discoveries were 0.3 Tcfe resulting from additions in the Williston Basin and Pinedale. Purchases of reserves in place were 0.4 Tcfe due primarily to the Permian Basin acquisition offset by the sale of reserves in place of 0.5 Tcfe due primarily to the Midcontinent asset sales. A reconciliation of reported quantities of proved reserves is summarized in the table below:

 
Natural Gas

Oil

NGL
Natural Gas
Equivalents
 (Bcf)(MMBbl)(MMBbl)(Bcfe)(1)
Balance at December 31, 2013 2,554.9 148.6 102.6 4,061.9
Revisions of previous estimates 27.1 (4.0) 1.4 11.3
Extensions and discoveries 141.4 16.8 8.6 294.1
Purchase of reserves in place 72.5 35.7 12.3 360.7
Sale of reserves in place (299.4) (7.5) (21.5) (473.4)
Production (179.3) (17.1) (6.8) (322.7)
Balance at December 31, 20142,317.2172.596.63,931.9
(1)  Oil and NGL are converted to natural gas equivalents at the ratio of one barrel of crude oil, condensate or NGL to six Mcf of equivalent natural gas.
         

Details on year-end 2014 and 2013 proved reserves by QEP Energy region/operating area, proved reserve category and percentage of total proved reserves comprised of crude oil and NGL (liquids) are as follows:

         
 Total (in Bcfe)% of totalPUD %% liquids
For the year ended December 31, 2014        
Northern Region        
Pinedale1,450.1 37% 41% 24%
Williston Basin858.9 22% 40% 88%
Uinta Basin623.0 16% 48% 32%
Other Northern94.0 2%—%11%
Southern Region        
Haynesville/Cotton Valley493.9 13% 57%—%
Permian Basin375.7 10% 58% 78%
Midcontinent36.3—%—%19%
Total QEP Energy3,931.9 100% 44% 41%
         
For the year ended December 31, 2013        
Northern Region        
Pinedale 1,563.2 39% 43% 24%
Williston Basin 797.5 20% 59% 94%
Uinta Basin 586.4 14% 53% 35%
Other Northern 92.6 2%—%8%
Southern Region        
Haynesville/Cotton Valley 502.8 12% 55%—%
Permian Basin —%—%—%
Midcontinent 519.4 13% 34% 35%
Total QEP Energy 4,061.9 100% 47% 37%
         

Operations Summary

 Operated CompletionsNon-operated Completions
 Three Months Ended
December 31, 2014
Year Ended
December 31, 2014
Three Months Ended
December 31, 2014
Year Ended
December 31, 2014
 GrossNetGrossNetGrossNetGrossNet
Northern Region                
Pinedale 21 8.8 116 82.4
Williston Basin 15 12.4 88 72.9 56 3.4 111 7.7
Uinta Basin 2 1.0 7 6.0 27 0.1 189 0.5
Other Northern 4 4.0 4 4.0
                 
Southern Region                
Haynesville/Cotton Valley15 1.9 41 3.5
Permian Basin 26 22.8 70 62.91 0.3
Midcontinent1 0.9 3 0.2 31 1.4
                 

Williston Basin

Williston Basin net production averaged approximately 54 Mboed (90% liquids) during the fourth quarter 2014, an 18% increase over the third quarter 2014, and a 95% increase over the fourth quarter 2013. The Company completed and turned to sales 15 gross operated wells during the quarter (average working interest 83%), all in South Antelope. In the second half of 2014 the Company transitioned to larger fracture stimulations (average 1,000 pounds of proppant per lateral foot) and increased the number of stages per completion with very encouraging early results. On average, the wells completed with the enhanced design are exhibiting an uplift in cumulative production volumes after 90 days online of more than 30% compared to offset wells completed with the older stimulation design. QEP also participated in 56 gross outside-operated Bakken/Three Forks wells that were completed and turned to sales during the quarter (average working interest 6%). In the fourth quarter, the Company completed three operated wells utilizing cemented liners with "plug and perf" completion technology to further evaluate optimum stimulation design; production results are still being evaluated.

At the end of the fourth quarter, QEP had 35 gross operated wells waiting on completion (average working interest 78%) and six operated rigs running, all in South Antelope. In addition, the Company had interests in 11 gross outside-operated wells being drilled (average working interest 15%) and 25 gross outside-operated wells waiting on completion (average working interest 3%) at the end of the fourth quarter.

Slides 6-8 depict QEP Energy's acreage and activity in the Williston Basin.

Permian Basin

Daily production during the fourth quarter 2014 averaged 9.7 Mboed (80% liquids). In the fourth quarter, QEP completed and turned to sales 20 vertical and six horizontal wells. The six horizontal operated wells, comprised of four Wolfcamp B, one Spraberry Shale, and one Middle Spraberry, had an average maximum daily production rate of 1,025 Boed and a maximum average 30-day production rate of 758 Boed. The horizontal Spraberry Shale well had a maximum daily rate of 1,556 Boed.

At the end of the fourth quarter, QEP had six operated rigs in the Permian Basin; two drilling vertical Atokaberry wells and four drilling horizontal targets in the Wolfcamp B and Wolfcamp D sections. The Company had six gross operated wells waiting on completion (average working interest of 87%) at end of the fourth quarter comprised of three horizontal and three vertical wells.

Slide 9 depicts QEP Energy's acreage and activity in the Permian Basin.

Pinedale Anticline

During the fourth quarter 2014, QEP's Pinedale net production averaged 285 MMcfed (24% liquids). QEP recovered ethane from Pinedale production throughout 2014 and plans to reject ethane in 2015. While ethane rejection results in 7-8% less natural gas equivalent sales volumes, it has a negligible impact on gross revenues at current ethane prices.

At the end of the fourth quarter, the Company had four rigs operating in Pinedale. In the fourth quarter, drill times from spud to total depth averaged 10.7 days, compared with an average of 12.0 days in 2013. The Company completed and turned to sales 21 gross Pinedale wells during the fourth quarter 2014, including six wells which QEP operates but owns only a small overriding royalty interest. At the end of the fourth quarter, the Company had 45 gross Pinedale wells with QEP working interests drilled, cased and waiting on completion (average working interest 64%).

A new completion design tested on 16 wells has resulted in an average 1.5 MMcfed initial production increase and a 60 day cumulative production increase of over 40% from the older design.

The Company completed 116 gross wells during 2014, including approximately 10 wells for which QEP is the designated operator but owns only a small overriding royalty interest.

Slides 10-11 depict QEP Energy's acreage and activity in the Pinedale field.

Uinta Basin

During the fourth quarter 2014, Uinta Basin net production averaged 81 MMcfed (34% liquids) of which 28 MMcfed (30% liquids) was from the Lower Mesaverde play. QEP recovered ethane from Uinta Basin gas production throughout 2014 and plans to reject ethane in 2015. While ethane rejection results in 7-8% less natural gas equivalent sales volumes, it has a negligible impact on gross revenues at current ethane prices.

At the end of the fourth quarter, QEP had one rig active in the Uinta Basin drilling it's sixth horizontal Lower Mesaverde well.

Slide 12 depicts QEP Energy's activity in the Red Wash Lower Mesaverde play in the Uinta Basin.

Fourth Quarter 2014 and Full Year Results Conference Call

QEP Resources' management will discuss fourth quarter and full year 2014 results in a conference call on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, beginning at 9:00 a.m. EST. The conference call can be accessed at www.qepres.com. You may also participate in the conference call by dialing (877) 869-3847 in the U.S. or Canada and (201) 689-8261 for international calls. A replay of the teleconference will be available on the website at www.qepres.com immediately after the call through March 25, 2015, or by dialing (877) 660-6853 in the U.S. or Canada and (201) 612-7415 for international calls, and then entering the conference ID #13599608. In addition, QEP's slides for the fourth quarter 2014, with updated maps showing QEP's leasehold and current activity for key operating areas discussed in this release, can be found on the Company's website at www.qepres.com.

About QEP Resources, Inc.

QEP Resources, Inc. (NYSE:QEP) is a leading independent natural gas and crude oil exploration and production company focused in two major regions: the Northern Region (primarily the Rockies and the Williston Basin) and the Southern Region (primarily Texas and Louisiana) of the United States. For more information, visit QEP Resources' website at: www.qepres.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "anticipates," "believes," "forecasts," "plans," "estimates," "expects," "should," "will" or other similar expressions. Such statements are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections, which are subject to a wide range of uncertainties and business risks. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding: our liquidity; plans to substantially reduce 2015 capital expenditures; plans to reduce well costs and improve operating efficiency; forecasted production, lease operating and transportation expense, DD&A expense, general and administrative expense, property taxes and capital investment for 2015 and related assumptions for such guidance; plans to reject ethane in 2015; proved reserves; drilling times and completion designs in the Pinedale Anticline; and importance of non-GAAP financial measures. Actual results may differ materially from those included in the forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including, but not limited to: changes in natural gas, NGL and oil prices; the availability of capital; global geopolitical and macroeconomic factors; general economic conditions, including interest rates; changes in local, regional, national and global demand for natural gas, oil and NGL; impact of new laws and regulations, including regulations regarding the flaring of natural gas, the use of hydraulic fracture stimulation and the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act; impact of U.S. dollar exchange rates on oil, NGL and natural gas prices; elimination of federal income tax deductions for oil and gas exploration and development; drilling results; shortages of oilfield equipment, services and personnel; operating risks such as unexpected drilling conditions; transportation constraints; weather conditions; changes in maintenance and construction costs; permitting delays; the availability and cost of credit; outcome of contingencies such as legal proceedings; inadequate supplies of water and/or lack of water disposal sources; and the other risks discussed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Risk Factors section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013. QEP Resources undertakes no obligation to publicly correct or update the forward-looking statements in this news release, in other documents, or on the website to reflect future events or circumstances. All such statements are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Disclosures regarding Estimated Ultimate Recovery (EUR)

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires oil and gas companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose proved reserves that a company has demonstrated by actual production or through reliable technology to be economically and legally producible at specific prices and existing economic and operating conditions. The SEC permits optional disclosure of probable and possible reserves; however, QEP has made no such disclosures in its filings with the SEC. QEP uses certain terms in its periodic news releases and other presentation materials such as "estimated ultimate recovery" or "EUR", "resource potential", and "net resource potential". These estimates are by their nature more speculative than estimates of proved, probable or possible reserves and accordingly are subject to substantially more risks of actually being realized. The SEC guidelines strictly prohibit QEP from including such estimates in filings with the SEC. Investors are urged to closely consider the disclosures about the Company's reserves in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, and in other reports on file with the SEC.

         
QEP RESOURCES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 Three Months EndedYear Ended
 December 31,December 31,
 2014 20132014 2013
REVENUES (in millions, except per share amounts)
Gas sales$ 167.2 $ 168.5$ 776.4 $ 779.0
Oil sales327.5 260.31,368.5 916.6
NGL sales44.0 47.8223.3 192.2
Gathering, processing and other6.0 13.711.1 22.4
Purchased gas, oil and NGL sales254.9 130.01,035.0 774.9
Total Revenues799.6 620.33,414.3 2,685.1
OPERATING EXPENSES        
Purchased gas, oil and NGL expense255.7 133.21,031.2 783.5
Lease operating expense63.1 51.1240.1 181.3
Gas, oil and NGL transport & other handling costs79.1 63.5277.6 222.0
Gathering and other expenses1.9 2.06.7 8.4
General and administrative57.4 43.6204.4 160.4
Production and property taxes44.4 47.6205.2 161.3
Depreciation, depletion and amortization282.2 244.5994.7 963.8
Exploration expenses5.2 2.49.9 11.9
Impairment1,139.6 89.01,143.2 93.0
Total Operating Expenses1,928.6 676.94,113.0 2,585.6
Net gain (loss) from asset sales61.7 (9.9)(148.6) 103.5
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)(1,067.3) (66.5)(847.3) 203.0
Realized and unrealized gains on derivative contracts376.5 7.3363.3 58.9
Interest and other income5.0 (7.5)12.8 15.2
Income from unconsolidated affiliates0.1 0.20.3 0.2
Loss from early extinguishment of debt(2.0)(2.0)
Interest expense(40.7) (40.4)(169.1) (165.1)
INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE INCOME TAXES(728.4) (106.9)(642.0) 112.2
Income taxes (provision) benefit258.6 22.4232.5 (60.1)
NET INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS(469.8) (84.5)(409.5) 52.1
Net income from discontinued operations, net of income tax1,135.7 32.51,193.9 107.3
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO QEP$ 665.9 $ (52.0)$ 784.4 $ 159.4
         
Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share Attributable to QEP        
Basic from continuing operations$ (2.62) $ (0.47)$ (2.28) $ 0.29
Basic from discontinued operations$ 6.34 $ 0.18$ 6.64 $ 0.60
Basic total$ 3.72 $ (0.29)$ 4.36 $ 0.89
Diluted from continuing operations$ (2.62) $ (0.47)$ (2.28) $ 0.29
Diluted from discontinued operations$ 6.34 $ 0.18$ 6.64 $ 0.60
Diluted total$ 3.72 $ (0.29)$ 4.36 $ 0.89
         
Weighted-average common shares outstanding        
Used in basic calculation 179.0 179.3179.8 179.2
Used in diluted calculation 179.0 179.3179.8 179.5
Dividends per common share$ 0.02 $ 0.02$ 0.08 $ 0.08
         
     
QEP RESOURCES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 December 31, December 31,
 2014 2013
ASSETS (in millions)
Current Assets    
Cash and cash equivalents$ 1,160.1 $ 11.9
Accounts receivable, net441.9 330.3
Fair value of derivative contracts339.0 0.2
Gas, oil and NGL inventories, at lower of average cost or market13.7 13.4
Deferred income taxes - Current27.9
Prepaid expenses and other46.8 45.4
Current assets of discontinued operations122.0
Total Current Assets2,001.5551.1
Property, Plant and Equipment (successful efforts method for gas and oil properties)    
Proved properties12,278.7 11,571.4
Unproved properties, net825.2 665.1
Marketing and other293.8 282.8
Materials and supplies54.3 54.3
Total Property, Plant and Equipment13,452.0 12,573.6
Less Accumulated Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization    
Exploration and production6,153.0 4,930.9
Marketing and other67.8 50.2
Total Accumulated Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization6,220.8 4,981.1
Net Property, Plant and Equipment7,231.2 7,592.5
Restricted cash50.0
Fair value of derivative contracts9.9 1.0
Other noncurrent assets44.2 46.6
Noncurrent assets of discontinued operations1,167.7
TOTAL ASSETS$ 9,286.8 $ 9,408.9
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY    
Current Liabilities    
Checks outstanding in excess of cash balances$ 54.7 $ 109.1
Accounts payable and accrued expenses575.4 361.9
Income taxes payable532.1 8.7
Production and property taxes61.7 54.7
Interest payable36.4 37.2
Fair value of derivative contracts26.7
Deferred income taxes84.5
Current liabilities of discontinued operations75.3
Total Current Liabilities1,344.8 673.6
Long-term debt2,218.1 2,997.5
Deferred income taxes1,362.7 1,364.9
Asset retirement obligations193.8 163.3
Other long-term liabilities92.1 94.5
Noncurrent liabilities of discontinued operations238.3
Commitments and contingencies    
EQUITY    
Common stock - par value $0.01 per share; 500.0 million shares authorized; 176.2 million and 179.7 million shares issued, respectively1.8 1.8
Treasury stock - 0.8 million and 0.4 million shares, respectively(25.4) (14.9)
Additional paid-in capital535.3 498.4
Retained earnings3,587.9 2,917.8
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)(24.3) (26.5)
Total Common Shareholders' Equity4,075.3 3,376.6
Noncontrolling interest500.2
Total Equity4,075.3 3,876.8
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY$ 9,286.8 $ 9,408.9
     
     
QEP RESOURCES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS
 Year Ended
 December 31,
 2014 2013
  (in millions)
OPERATING ACTIVITIES    
Net income attributable to QEP$ 784.4 $ 159.4
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest21.6 12.0
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:    
Depreciation, depletion and amortization1,040.6 1,016.0
Deferred income taxes(84.1) 66.1
Impairment1,143.2 93.0
Equity-based compensation27.2 27.1
Amortization of debt issuance costs and discounts6.7 6.4
Net gain from asset sales(1,644.8) (103.0)
Income from unconsolidated affiliates(5.2) (5.8)
Distributions from unconsolidated affiliates and other9.4 7.9
Non-cash loss on early extinguishment of debt4.4
Unrealized (gains) losses on derivative contracts(374.4) 88.7
Changes in operating assets and liabilities613.5 (176.1)
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities1,542.5 1,191.7
INVESTING ACTIVITIES    
Property acquisitions(960.5) (40.9)
Property, plant and equipment, including dry hole exploratory well expense(1,765.9) (1,561.7)
Proceeds from disposition of assets3,296.6 211.1
Acquisition deposit held in escrow50.0 (50.0)
Other investments(42.0)
Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities578.2 (1,441.5)
FINANCING ACTIVITIES    
Checks outstanding in excess of cash balances(54.4) 69.3
Long-term debt issued300.0
Long-term debt issuance costs paid(9.3) (3.2)
Long-term debt repaid(600.0)
Proceeds from credit facility5,455.0 3,085.0
Repayments of credit facility(5,935.0) (3,295.0)
Common stock repurchased and retired(99.7)
Treasury stock repurchased(6.2) (9.3)
Other capital contributions6.0 7.0
Dividends paid(14.6) (14.3)
Excess tax benefit on equity-based compensation(0.5)
Net proceeds from the issuance of common units449.6
Distribution to noncontrolling interest(31.9) (9.3)
Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities(990.6) 279.8
Change in cash and cash equivalents1,130.1 30.0
Beginning cash and cash equivalents30.0
Ending cash and cash equivalents$ 1,160.1 $ 30.0
     
             
QEP Energy - Production by Region
 
 Three Months Ended December 31,Year Ended December 31,
  (in Bcfe)
 2014 2013 Change2014 2013 Change
Northern Region            
Pinedale26.3 24.6 7%98.9 94.7 4%
Williston Basin29.8 15.3 95%91.4 47.2 94%
Uinta Basin7.5 6.8 10%27.3 26.9 1%
Other Northern2.7 2.3 17%10.6 11.9 (11)%
Total Northern Region66.3 49.0 35%228.2 180.7 26%
Southern Region            
Haynesville/Cotton Valley11.0 14.9 (26)%49.9 72.2 (31)%
Permian5.4 —%15.8 —%
Midcontinent3.2 11.2 (71)%28.8 56.1 (49)%
Total Southern Region19.6 26.1 (25)%94.5 128.3 (26)%
Total production85.9 75.1 14%322.7 309.0 4%
             
 
QEP Energy - Total Production
 
 Three Months Ended December 31,Year Ended December 31,
 2014 2013 Change2014 2013 Change
QEP Energy Production Volumes            
Gas (Bcf)44.4 48.3 (8)%179.3 218.9 (18)%
Oil (Mbbl)5,181.5 3,040.9 70%17,146.5 10,209.7 68%
NGL (Mbbl)1,751.3 1,433.9 22%6,769.1 4,811.3 41%
Total production (Bcfe)85.9 75.1 14%322.7 309.0 4%
Average daily production (MMcfe)933.2 815.8 14%884.0 846.5 4%
             
             
QEP Energy - Prices
             
 Three Months Ended December 31,Year Ended December 31,
 2014 2013 Change2014 2013 Change
Gas (per Mcf)            
Average field-level price$ 3.78 $ 3.50  $ 4.33 $ 3.56  
Commodity derivative impact0.15 0.83  (0.09) 0.69  
Net realized price$ 3.93 $ 4.33 (9)%$ 4.24 $ 4.25—%
Oil (per bbl)            
Average field-level price$ 63.21 $ 85.60  $ 79.79 $ 89.78  
Commodity derivative impact12.71 0.50  0.92 (0.22)  
Net realized price$ 75.92 $ 86.10 (12)%$ 80.71 $ 89.56 (10)%
NGL (per bbl)            
Average field-level price$ 25.15 $ 33.34  $ 32.95 $ 39.95  
Commodity derivative impact  
Net realized price$ 25.15 $ 33.34 (25)%$ 32.95 $ 39.95 (18)%
Average net equivalent price (per Mcfe)            
Average field-level price$ 6.28 $ 6.35  $ 7.34 $ 6.11  
Commodity derivative impact0.84 0.55  (0.01) 0.48  
Net realized price$ 7.12 $ 6.90 3%$ 7.33 $ 6.59 11%
             
             
 Three Months Ended December 31,Year Ended December 31,
  (per Mcfe)
 2014 2013 Change2014 2013 Change
             
Depreciation, depletion and amortization$ 3.26 $ 3.23 1%$ 3.05 $ 3.09 (1)%
Lease operating expense0.74 0.68 9%0.74 0.59 25%
Gas, oil and NGL transportation and other handling costs0.93 0.82 13%0.90 0.78 15%
Production taxes0.52 0.63 (17)%0.63 0.51 24%
Total Operating Expenses$ 5.45 $ 5.36 2%$ 5.32 $ 4.97 7%
             

QEP RESOURCES, INC.

NON-GAAP MEASURES

Adjusted EBITDA

This release contains references to the non-GAAP measure of Adjusted EBITDA. Management believes Adjusted EBITDA is an important measure of the Company's performance relative to other oil and gas producing companies. The use of this measure allows investors to understand how management evaluates financial performance to make operating decisions and allocate resources. Management defines Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization (EBITDA) adjusted to exclude changes in fair value of derivative contracts, exploration expenses, gains and losses from asset sales, impairment, and certain other non-cash and/or non-recurring items. The following tables reconcile net income attributable to QEP to Adjusted EBITDA:

           
 

QEP Energy
QEP
Marketing &
Other (1)

Continuing
Operations

Discontinued
Operations

QEP
Consolidated
Three Months Ended December 31, 2014 (in millions)
Net income (loss) attributable to QEP$ (481.8)$ 12.0$ (469.8)$ 1,135.7$ 665.9
Unrealized gains on derivative contracts(304.4)(4.1)(308.5)(308.5)
Net gain from asset sales(61.7)(61.7)(1,793.5)(1,855.2)
Interest and other income(4.4)(0.6)(5.0)(0.3)(5.3)
Income tax provision (benefit)(261.5)2.9(258.6)675.4416.8
Interest expense (income)(2)47.8(7.1)40.70.641.3
Loss on early extinguishment of debt2.02.02.44.4
Depreciation, depletion and amortization(3)279.72.5282.2(0.1)282.1
Impairment1,139.61,139.61,139.6
Exploration expenses5.25.25.2
Adjusted EBITDA$ 358.5$ 7.6$ 366.1$ 20.2$ 386.3
           
Three Months Ended December 31, 2013          
Net income attributable to QEP $ (96.3) $ 11.8 $ (84.5) $ 32.5 $ (52.0)
Unrealized losses on derivative contracts 32.0 1.2 33.233.2
Net loss from asset sales 9.3 0.6 9.9 0.1 10.0
Interest and other income 3.9 3.6 7.5 (3.6) 3.9
Income tax provision (benefit) (29.6) 7.2 (22.4) 17.2 (5.2)
Interest expense (income)(2) 49.2 (8.8) 40.4 0.1 40.5
Depreciation, depletion and amortization(3) 242.1 2.4 244.5 10.8 255.3
Impairment 89.089.089.0
Exploration expenses 2.42.42.4
Adjusted EBITDA $ 302.0 $ 18.0 $ 320.0 $ 57.1 $ 377.1
           
(1) Includes intercompany eliminations.
           
(2) Excludes noncontrolling interest's share of $0.4 million and $0.3 million during the three months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, of interest expense attributable to QEP Midstream.
           
(3) Excludes noncontrolling interests' share of $2.7 million and $3.6 million during the three months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, of depreciation, depletion and amortization attributable to Rendezvous Gas Services, L.L.C. and QEP Midstream.
           
           
 

QEP Energy
QEP
Marketing &
Other (1)

Continuing
Operations

Discontinued
Operations

QEP
Consolidated
For the Year Ended December 31, 2014 (in millions)
Net income (loss) attributable to QEP$ (432.5)$ 23.0$ (409.5)$ 1,193.9$ 784.4
Unrealized gains on derivative contracts(368.2)(6.2)(374.4)(374.4)
Net (gain) loss from asset sales148.6148.6(1,793.4)(1,644.8)
Interest and other income(11.8)(1.0)(12.8)(0.3)(13.1)
Income tax provision (benefit)(246.9)14.4(232.5)708.2475.7
Interest expense (income)(2)210.3(41.2)169.12.3171.4
Loss on early extinguishment of debt2.02.02.44.4
Depreciation, depletion and amortization(3)984.410.3994.731.31,026.0
Impairment1,143.21,143.21,143.2
Exploration expenses9.99.99.9
Adjusted EBITDA$ 1,437.0$ 1.3$ 1,438.3$ 144.4$ 1,582.7
           
For the Year Ended December 31, 2013          
Net income attributable to QEP $ 25.6 $ 26.5 $ 52.1 $ 107.3 $ 159.4
Unrealized (gains) losses on derivative contracts 90.7 (2.0) 88.788.7
Net (gain) loss from asset sales (104.1) 0.6 (103.5) 0.5 (103.0)
Interest and other income (3.6) (11.6) (15.2) 10.0 (5.2)
Income tax provision (benefit) 41.5 18.6 60.1 59.7 119.8
Interest expense (income)(2) 192.6 (27.5) 165.1 (2.2) 162.9
Depreciation, depletion and amortization(3) 954.2 9.6 963.8 45.4 1,009.2
Impairment 93.093.093.0
Exploration expenses 11.911.911.9
Adjusted EBITDA $ 1,301.8 $ 14.2 $ 1,316.0 $ 220.7 $ 1,536.7
           
(1) Includes intercompany eliminations.
           
(2) Excludes noncontrolling interest's share of $1.5 million and $0.4 million during the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, of interest expense attributable to QEP Midstream.
           
(3) Excludes noncontrolling interests' share of $14.6 million and $6.8 million during the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 respectively, of depreciation, depletion and amortization attributable to Rendezvous Gas Services, L.L.C. and QEP Midstream.
           

Adjusted Net Income

This release also contains references to the non-GAAP measure of Adjusted Net Income. Management defines Adjusted Net Income as earnings excluding gains and losses from asset sales, unrealized gains and losses on derivative contracts, costs from early extinguishment of debt and asset impairments. Management believes Adjusted Net Income is an important measure of the Company's operational performance relative to other gas and oil producing companies.

The following table reconciles net income attributable to QEP to Adjusted Net Income:

         
 Three Months EndedYear Ended
 December 31,December 31,
 2014 20132014 2013
  (in millions, except per earnings per share)
Net income (loss) attributable to QEP$ 665.9 $ (52.0)$ 784.4 $ 159.4
Adjustments to net income        
Net (gain) loss from asset sales from continuing operations(61.7) 9.9148.6 (103.5)
Income taxes on net (gain) loss from asset sales from continuing operations(1)21.9 (2.1)(53.8) 55.5
Net (gain) loss from asset sales from discontinued operations(1,793.5)(1,793.4) 0.5
Income taxes on net (gain) loss from asset sales from discontinued operations(2)667.2660.0 (0.2)
Unrealized (gains) losses on derivative contracts from continuing operations(308.5) 33.2(374.4) 88.7
Income taxes on unrealized (gains) losses on derivative contracts from continuing operations(1)109.5 (7.0)135.5 (47.5)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt from continuing operations2.02.0
Income taxes on loss from early extinguishment of debt from continuing operations(1)(0.7)(0.7)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt from discontinued operations2.42.4
Income taxes on loss from early extinguishment of debt from discontinued operations(2)(0.9)(0.9)
Impairment charges from continuing operations1,139.6 89.01,143.2 93.0
Income taxes impairment charges from continuing operations(1)(404.6) (18.7)(413.8) (49.8)
Total after-tax adjustments to net income(627.3) 104.3(545.3) 36.7
Adjusted net income attributable to QEP Resources$ 38.6 $ 52.3$ 239.1 $ 196.1
         
Earnings (Loss) per Common Share attributable to QEP        
Diluted earnings per share$ 3.72 $ (0.29)$ 4.36 $ 0.89
Diluted after-tax adjustments to net income per share(3.50) 0.58(3.03) 0.20
Diluted Adjusted Net Income per share$ 0.22 $ 0.29$ 1.33 $ 1.09
         
Weighted-average common shares outstanding        
Diluted179.0 179.7179.8 179.5
         
Non-GAAP reconciliation of weighted-average common shares outstanding diluted (3)        
Weighted-average common shares outstanding used in GAAP calculation   179.3    
Potential number of shares issuable upon exercise of in-the-money stock options under the long-term stock incentive plan 0.4    
Weighted-average diluted common shares outstanding used in Non-GAAP calculation   179.7    
         
(1) Uses the effective income tax rate from continuing operations of 35.5% and 21.0% for the three months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, and 36.2% and 53.6% for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.
         
(2) Uses the effective income tax rate from discontinued operations of 37.2% for the three months ended December 31, 2014, and 36.8% and 33.4% for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.
         
(3) The three months ended December 31, 2013, diluted common shares outstanding for purposes of calculating Diluted Adjusted Net Income per share includes potential increases in shares that could result from the exercise of in-the-money stock options. These potential shares are excluded for the three months ended December 31, 2013, in calculating earnings-per-share for GAAP purposes, because the effect is antidilutive due to the Company's net loss for GAAP purposes.
         

The following table presents open derivative positions as of February 20, 2015:

         
QEP Energy Commodity Derivative Positions
         
 
Year
 
Type of Contract
 
Index
Total
Volumes
Average price
per unit
      (in millions)  
Gas sales    (MMBtu)  
2015 Swap NYMEX HH 58.1 $ 3.48
2015 Swap IFNPCR 39.8 $ 3.55
2016 Swap NYMEX HH 11.0 $ 3.32
2016 Swap IFNPCR 7.3 $ 3.02
         
Oil sales    (Bbls)  
2015 Swap NYMEX WTI 6.7 $ 88.49
2015 Swap ICE Brent 0.3 $ 104.95
2016 Swap NYMEX WTI 0.4 $ 90.00
         
 QEP Energy Crude Oil Sales Costless Collars
   

Year

Index
Total Volume
Bbls
Average Price
Floor
Average Price
Ceiling
    (in millions)    
2015 NYMEX WTI 0.4 $ 50.00 $ 63.83
         
QEP Energy Gas Sales Basis Swaps

 Year

 Index
 Index Less
Differential
Total Volumes
MMBtu
 Weighted Average
Differential
Gas basis swaps     (in millions)  
2015 NYMEX HH IFNPCR 27.5 $ 0.30
         
QEP Marketing Commodity Derivative Positions
         
 
Year

Type of Contract

 Index
Total
Volumes
Average price
per MMBtu
      (in millions)  
Gas sales    (MMBtu)  
2015 Swap IFNPCR 1.9 $ 3.57
2016 Swap IFNPCR 1.4 $ 3.34
         
Gas purchases    (MMBtu)  
2015 Swap IFNPCR 1.1 $ 2.97
         
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