Forest Oil Announces 2013 Capital Budget and Guidance

  Forest Oil Announces 2013 Capital Budget and Guidance

Total Capital Budget of $355 Million to $375 Million; Exploration and
Development Capital of $315 Million to $325 Million

2013 Average Equivalent Net Sales Volumes Guidance of 220 MMcfe/d to 230
MMcfe/d (40% Liquids)

2013 Average Oil Net Sales Volumes Expected to Grow Organically in Excess of
30% in 2013 Pro Forma for Divestitures

Second Half 2013 Average Equivalent Net Sales Volumes Expected to be Higher
than First Half 2013 Pro Forma for Divestitures

Liquids Expected to Comprise 45% of Average Equivalent Net Sales Volumes by
the End of 2013

Business Wire

DENVER -- February 20, 2013

Forest Oil Corporation (NYSE:FST) (Forest or the Company) today announced that
its Board of Directors has approved a 2013 capital budget and provided 2013
average net sales volumes and cost guidance.

Patrick R. McDonald, President and CEO, commented, “Forest’s 2013 capital
budget is designed to maximize our capital efficiency and hold the central
fairway of our Eagle Ford acreage position, while allowing us to maintain
balance sheet flexibility and ample financial liquidity. We have confidence in
the quality of our core assets and the majority of our capital dollars will
target oil projects, resulting in an expected 30% pro forma growth in oil
volumes as our production mix continues to shift to a higher value liquids
stream from less favorable natural gas. Importantly, we believe that our
planned activity will allow us to return to growth in 2013 as second half
average net sales volumes are expected to be higher than the first half on a
pro forma basis. We are also looking for additional opportunities to lower
drilling and completion costs to further enhance project economics in all of
our operational areas. In summary, we believe that Forest is positioned to
continue its liquids production and reserves growth during 2013 as we capture
the oil resource potential of our Panhandle Area and Eagle Ford positions.”

                                2013 GUIDANCE

The following guidance is subject to all the cautionary statements and
limitations described immediately below and under the caption “Forward-Looking
Statements.” Estimates for Forest's future sales volumes are based on
assumptions of capital expenditure levels and the assumption that market
demand, prices for liquids and gas, and the cost of required services and
materials will continue at levels that allow for economic production of these
products. The production, transportation, and marketing of liquids and gas are
complex processes that are subject to disruption due to transportation and
processing availability, mechanical failure, human error, and meteorological
events (including, but not limited to severe weather, hurricanes, and
earthquakes). Further, actual capital expenditures are subject to a number of
factors, including economic conditions, well performance, and commodity
prices, and Forest has the flexibility to reduce or increase the budget as
appropriate. Therefore, Forest can give no assurance that its future results
will be as estimated.

The information contained throughout this press release presented for 2012
comparisons, unless otherwise indicated, relates only to Forest on a pro forma
basis, exclusive of asset divestitures.

2013 Capital Budget: Forest’s capital budget for 2013 will focus entirely on
oil and other liquids-based drilling opportunities within the Company’s
concentrated asset base. Current plans entail operating four to five drilling
rigs in 2013 with a total exploration and development capital budget of $315
million to $325 million (excluding capitalized interest, capitalized
stock-based compensation, and asset retirement obligations incurred) and
approximately $40 million to $50 million for non-drilling related activities
as detailed below:

                                                       
Capital Budget ($MM)                         Budget Low   Budget High
                                                          
Exploration and Development Capital Budget   $    315     $    325
                                                          
Non-Drilling Capital Budget:
Leasehold, Seismic, and Other                     20           25
Capitalized Overhead                              20           25
                                                         
Total Capital Budget                         $    355     $    375
                                                               

Forest expects to maintain two operated rigs in the Panhandle Area, one to two
operated rigs in the Eagle Ford, and one operated rig in East Texas. The
exploration and development capital budget is being allocated 45% to the
Panhandle Area, 35% to the Eagle Ford, and 20% to East Texas.

Average Net Sales Volumes: Forest expects 2013 net sales volumes to average
220 to 230 MMcfe/d, excluding average net sales volumes associated with the
South Texas property divestiture that closed on February 15, 2013, and is
estimated to be comprised of approximately 60% natural gas and 40% liquids
(20% oil and 20% natural gas liquids). The Company currently projects average
oil net sales volumes to grow organically in excess of 30% in 2013 as compared
to 2012 (adjusting for the impact of asset sales) and for the liquids
component to increase from approximately 35% of average equivalent net sales
volumes in the first quarter of 2013 to approximately 45% in the fourth
quarter of 2013. Based on current projections and planned activity, the
Company believes that second half of 2013 average net sales volumes will be
higher than first half of 2013 average net sales volumes on a pro forma basis.
Forest’s average net sales volumes guidance does not include approximately
25-30 MMcfe/d in the first quarter of 2013 associated with the South Texas
property divestiture.

Price Differentials: 2013 price differential guidance does not include the
effects of natural gas and oil derivatives that Forest currently has in place.

Based on current prices, Forest expects natural gas price differentials in
2013 will average $0.45 to $0.55 per MMbtu less than the NYMEX Henry Hub
price.

Based on current prices, Forest expects oil price differentials in 2013 will
average $0.00 to $2.00 per Bbl greater than the NYMEX West Texas Intermediate
(WTI) price.

Based on current prices, Forest expects natural gas liquids realizations in
2013 will average 30-35% of the WTI price.

Production Expense: Forest expects production expense, which includes lease
operating expense, ad valorem taxes, production taxes, and product processing,
gathering and transportation, will be $1.30 to $1.35 per Mcfe.

General and Administrative (G&A) Expense: Forest expects G&A expense will be
$35 million to $40 million, not including stock-based compensation expense, or
$0.40 to $0.50 per Mcfe.

Income Tax Expense: Forest’s effective income tax rate associated with its
2013 operations is expected to be 38% to 39% (inclusive of applicable federal
and state taxes), and Forest’s current tax is expected to be 1% to 2% of the
total income tax expense.

Stock-Based Compensation Expense: Forest expects non-cash stock-based
compensation expense will be $14 million to $16 million, or $0.17 to $0.19 per
Mcfe.

Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization (DD&A) Expense: Forest expects its
DD&A rate will be $2.30 to $2.50 per Mcfe.

                          FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of
Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical
facts, that address activities that Forest assumes, plans, expects, believes,
projects, estimates or anticipates (and other similar expressions) will,
should or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. The
forward-looking statements provided in this press release are based on
management's current belief, based on currently available information, as to
the outcome and timing of future events. Forest cautions that future natural
gas and liquids production, revenues, cash flows, liquidity, plans for future
operations, expenses, outlook for natural gas and liquids prices, timing of
capital expenditures, and other forward-looking statements relating to Forest
are subject to all of the risks and uncertainties normally incident to their
exploration for and development and production and sale of natural gas and
liquids.

These risks relating to Forest include, but are not limited to, natural gas
and liquids price volatility, its level of indebtedness, access to cash flows
and other sources of liquidity, its ability to replace production or to renew
or maintain leases, its ability to compete with larger producers, the
uncertainty inherent in estimating oil and gas reserves, the impact of low
natural gas and liquids prices, environmental risks, drilling and other
operating risks, regulatory changes, credit risk of financial counterparties,
risks of using third-party transportation and processing facilities and other
risks as described in reports that Forest files with the SEC, including its
Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current
Reports on Form 8-K. Any of these factors could cause Forest's actual results
and plans to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.

Forest Oil Corporation is engaged in the acquisition, exploration,
development, and production of natural gas and liquids in the United States
and selected international locations. Forest's estimated proved reserves and
producing properties are located in the United States in Arkansas, Louisiana,
Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Forest's common stock trades on the New
York Stock Exchange under the symbol FST. For more information about Forest,
please visit its website at www.forestoil.com.

February 20, 2013

Contact:

Forest Oil Corporation
Larry C. Busnardo, 303-812-1441
Director – Investor Relations
 
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