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Earthstone Energy, Inc. Reports Third Quarter and Year to Date 2018 Financial Results

November 7, 2018

THE WOODLANDS, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 7, 2018--Earthstone Energy, Inc. (NYSE: ESTE) (“Earthstone”, the “Company”, “we” or “us”), today announced financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.

Third Quarter 2018 Highlights

Revenues of $46.1 million Average daily production of 10,766 Boepd (1) Adjusted EBITDAX (2) of $26.4 million (3) Net income of $0.6 million (3) Net income attributable to Earthstone Energy, Inc. of $0.2 million, or $0.01 per diluted share Capital expenditures of $37.3 million

Year To Date 2018 Highlights

Revenues of $124.1 million Average daily production of 9,762 Boepd (1) Adjusted EBITDAX (2) of $72.2 million (3) Net income of $14.2 million (3) Net income attributable to Earthstone Energy, Inc. of $6.2 million, or $0.22 per diluted share Capital expenditures of $111.8 million

Management Comments

Robert J. Anderson, President of Earthstone Energy, Inc., commented, “The third quarter was a very busy and successful quarter for the Company. We achieved the highest quarterly production and Adjusted EBITDAX in our history despite the lowest realized oil prices out of the three quarters this year. We continue to operate our one-rig drilling program and complete wells in Reagan County with results that are in line with or exceed our expectations and type curves. We completed and announced a trade just after the quarter ended that not only increased our net production but gave us an increased acreage footprint in central Reagan County that will allow for greater operating efficiency as we plan for longer laterals and will greatly enhance surface operations. Lastly, our team worked tirelessly to sign and announce the proposed acquisition of nearly 21,000 net acres along with 11,200 Boe/day of net production in the northern Midland Basin. We expect to close in early 2019 after a shareholder vote.”

Selected Financial Data (unaudited)

Liquidity

As of September 30, 2018, we had $13.4 million in cash and $35.0 million of long-term debt outstanding under our credit facility with a current borrowing base of $225 million. In early November, 2018, our borrowing base was increased from $225 million to $275 million, increasing liquidity by $50 million.

Capital Expenditures

During the three months ended September 30, 2018, we incurred capital expenditures of approximately $37.3 million, on an accrual basis, primarily consisting of drilling and completion costs.

Litigation Settlement

On October 23, 2018, we entered into a Rule 11 Agreement and agreed in principle to settle pending litigation applicable to certain operations conducted by Bold Energy III LLC (“Bold”) preceding our acquisition of Bold in 2017. Based on management’s current estimate, a $4.8 million expense has been accrued as litigation settlement expense as of September 30, 2018. While currently finalizing certain related agreements, we believe the settlement will allow for additional drilling locations with laterals approximating 10,000 feet, as well as acceleration of our development activities.

Hedging Update

As of September 30, 2018, we had hedged a total of 414 MBbls of remaining 2018 oil production at an average price of $54.05/Bbl and 610 MMBtu of remaining 2018 natural gas production at average price of $2.95/MMBbtu. Additionally, we had 243.8 MBbls of WTI Midland Argus Crude Oil Basis Swaps at -$1.90/Bbl and 92 MBbls of LLS Crude Oil Basis Swaps at +$6.35/Bbl remaining for 2018 oil production. Related to 2019 production, we had hedged a total of 1,624 MBbls at an average price of $58.95/Bbl, and we had 1,278 MBbls of WTI Midland Argus Crude Basis Swaps at -$6.39/Bbl and 365 MBbls of LLS Crude Oil Basis Swaps at +$4.50/Bbl. For 2020 production, we had hedged a total of 732 MBbls at an average price of $63.08/Bbl, and we had 732 MBbls of WTI Midland Argus Crude Oil Swaps at -$5.38/Bbl.

Additionally, in October and early November 2018, we entered into the following crude oil and natural gas derivative contracts:

Sabalo Energy Acquisition Financing Update

Subsequent to our entering into a financing commitment with a group of banks to provide an amended and restated five-year senior secured reserve-based revolving credit facility with a minimum initial borrowing base of $475 million, the Company received commitments from a syndicate of banks, including the banks providing the initial $475 million borrowing base commitment, for an increased minimum initial borrowing base of $550 million, conditioned upon the closing of our previously announced acquisition of Sabalo Energy, LLC (“Sabalo”).

Conference Call Details

Earthstone is hosting a conference call on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. Central) to discuss the Company’s operational and financial results for the third quarter of 2018 and its outlook for the remainder of 2018. Prepared remarks by Frank A. Lodzinski, Chief Executive Officer, Robert J. Anderson, President, and Mark Lumpkin, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer will be followed by a question and answer session.

Investors and analysts are invited to participate in the call by dialing 877-407-6184 for domestic calls or 201-389-0877 for international calls, in both cases asking for the Earthstone conference call. A webcast will also be available through the Company’s website ( www.earthstoneenergy.com ). Please select “Events & Presentations” under the “Investors” section of the Company’s website and log on at least 10 minutes in advance to register.

A replay of the call will be available on the Company’s website and by telephone until 11:00 a.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. Central), Thursday, November 22, 2018. The number for the replay is 877-660-6853 for domestic calls or 201-612-7415 for international calls, using Replay ID: 13684836.

About Earthstone Energy, Inc.

Earthstone Energy, Inc. is a growth-oriented, independent energy company engaged in the development and operation of oil and natural gas properties. Its primary assets are located in the Midland Basin of west Texas and the Eagle Ford Trend of south Texas. Earthstone is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “ESTE.” For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.earthstoneenergy.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). Statements that are not strictly historical statements constitute forward-looking statements and may often, but not always, be identified by the use of such words such as “expects,” “believes,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “estimates,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “potential,” “possible,” or “probable” or statements that certain actions, events or results “may,” “will,” “should,” or “could” be taken, occur or be achieved. The forward-looking statements include statements about the expected benefits of the acquisition (the “Acquisition”) of Sabalo to Earthstone and its stockholders, the anticipated completion of the Acquisition or the timing thereof, the expected future reserves, production, financial position, business strategy, revenues, earnings, costs, capital expenditures and debt levels of the combined company, and plans and objectives of management for future operations. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions and analyses made by Earthstone and its management in light of experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors appropriate under the circumstances. However, whether actual results and developments will conform to expectations is subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: the ability to obtain stockholder and regulatory approvals of the Acquisition; the ability to complete the Acquisition on anticipated terms and timetable; Earthstone’s ability to integrate its combined operations successfully after the Acquisition and achieve anticipated benefits from it; the possibility that various closing conditions for the Acquisition may not be satisfied or waived; risks relating to any unforeseen liabilities of Earthstone or Sabalo; declines in oil, natural gas liquids or natural gas prices; the level of success in exploration, development and production activities; adverse weather conditions that may negatively impact development or production activities; the timing of exploration and development expenditures; inaccuracies of reserve estimates or assumptions underlying them; revisions to reserve estimates as a result of changes in commodity prices; impacts to financial statements as a result of impairment write-downs; risks related to level of indebtedness and periodic redeterminations of the borrowing base under Earthstone’s credit agreement; Earthstone’s ability to generate sufficient cash flows from operations to meet the internally funded portion of its capital expenditures budget; Earthstone’s ability to obtain external capital to finance exploration and development operations and acquisitions; the ability to successfully complete any potential asset dispositions and the risks related thereto; the impacts of hedging on results of operations; uninsured or underinsured losses resulting from oil and natural gas operations; Earthstone’s ability to replace oil and natural gas reserves; and any loss of senior management or technical personnel. Earthstone’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, recent current reports on Form 8-K, and other Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings discuss some of the important risk factors identified that may affect Earthstone’s business, results of operations, and financial condition. Earthstone undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements except as required by law.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed Acquisition, Earthstone filed with the SEC on November 6, 2018 and subsequently mailed to its security holders a definitive proxy statement and other relevant documents in connection with the proposed Acquisition. This release is not a substitute for the definitive proxy statement or any other document that Earthstone may file with the SEC or send to its stockholders in connection with the proposed Acquisition.  EARTHSTONE URGES SECURITY HOLDERS TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS LATER FILED WITH THE SEC IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT EARTHSTONE AND THE PROPOSED ACQUISITION.  Investors and security holders can obtain these materials and other documents filed with the SEC free of charge at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. In addition, a copy of the definitive proxy statement may be obtained free of charge from Earthstone’s website at www.earthstoneenergy.com. Investors and security holders may also read and copy any reports, statements and other information filed by Earthstone, with the SEC, at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 or visit the SEC’s website for further information on its public reference room. In addition, the documents filed with the SEC by Earthstone can be obtained free of charge from Earthstone’s website at www.earthstoneenergy.com or by contacting Earthstone by mail at 1400 Woodloch Forest Drive, Suite 300, The Woodlands, Texas, 77380, or by telephone at 281-298-4246.

Participants in the Solicitation

Earthstone and its directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the Acquisition. Information regarding Earthstone’s directors and executive officers is available in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC by Earthstone on November 6, 2018 in connection with the special meeting of stockholders. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, are contained in the definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on November 6, 2018.

Earthstone Energy, Inc. Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure Unaudited

I. Adjusted EBITDAX

The non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted EBITDAX (as defined below), as calculated by us below, is intended to provide readers with meaningful information that supplements our financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). Further, this non-GAAP measure should only be considered in conjunction with financial statements and disclosures prepared in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for GAAP measures, such as net income or loss, operating income or loss or any other GAAP measure of financial position or results of operations. Adjusted EBITDAX is presented herein and reconciled from the GAAP measure of net income (loss) because of its wide acceptance by the investment community as a financial indicator.

We define “Adjusted EBITDAX” as net income (loss) plus, when applicable, accretion of asset retirement obligations; impairment expense; depletion, depreciation and amortization; interest expense, net; transaction costs; (gain) on sale of oil and gas properties; unrealized loss (gain) on derivatives; stock-based compensation; and income tax expense (benefit).

Our Adjusted EBITDAX measure provides additional information that may be used to better understand our operations. Adjusted EBITDAX is one of several metrics that we use as a supplemental financial measurement in the evaluation of our business and should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income (loss) as an indicator of operating performance. Certain items excluded from Adjusted EBITDAX are significant components in understanding and assessing a company’s financial performance, such as a company’s cost of capital and tax structure, as well as the historic cost of depreciable and depletable assets. Adjusted EBITDAX, as used by us, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. We believe that Adjusted EBITDAX is a widely followed measure of operating performance and is one of many metrics used by our management team and by other users of our consolidated financial statements. For example, Adjusted EBITDAX can be used to assess our operating performance and return on capital in comparison to other independent exploration and production companies without regard to financial or capital structure and to assess the financial performance of our assets and our company without regard to capital structure or historical cost basis.

The following table provides a reconciliation of Net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDAX for the periods indicated:

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CONTACT: Earthstone Energy, Inc.

Mark Lumpkin, Jr., 281-298-4246

Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer

mark.lumpkin@earthstoneenergy.com

or

Scott Thelander, 281-298-4246

Director of Finance

scott@earthstoneenergy.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA TEXAS

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENERGY OIL/GAS OTHER ENERGY NATURAL RESOURCES MINING/MINERALS

SOURCE: Earthstone Energy, Inc.

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