Paramount Resources Ltd. Announces Second Quarter 2014 Results and Imminent First Sales from the Musreau Deep Cut Facility

Paramount Resources Ltd. Announces Second Quarter 2014 Results and Imminent 
First Sales from the Musreau Deep Cut Facility 
FOR: Paramount Resources Ltd. 
AUGUST 6, 2014 
Paramount Resources Ltd. Announces Second Quarter 2014 Results and Imminent
First Sales from the Musreau Deep Cut Facility 
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Aug. 6, 2014) - Paramount Resources Ltd.
Oil and Gas Operations 
--  Second quarter sales volumes exceeded guidance, averaging 20,585 Boe/d. 
Shorter than expected facility downtime in the Kaybob COU enabled new 
condensate-rich Montney wells to be brought on in place of leaner wells.
--  First sales gas from the Musreau Deep Cut Facility is imminent. The 
facility is pressurized with natural gas, all of the systems have been 
successfully operated, and the Company expects to begin cooling the 
facility to operating temperatures imminently, with first sales to 
immediately follow. 
--  Paramount's sales volumes are expected to more than double to 
approximately 50,000 Boe/d later in 2014 and increase to approximately 
70,000 Boe/d in 2015. 
--  The Company is expanding its Montney drilling program in the Kaybob area 
and has sanctioned the construction of two new 100 MMcf/d refrigeration 
plants to provide incremental processing capacity. The first new plant 
is scheduled to be on-stream in the second half of 2016 and the second 
new plant approximately six months later. 
--  Paramount's walking drilling rigs have finished drilling one 10-well 
Montney pad and the second 10-well pad will be finished in early-August.
--  The Company has drilled and completed its first horizontal Duvernay well 
in the Willesden Green area of Alberta. The Company has also entered 
into a joint venture agreement that will increase its Willesden Green 
Duvernay land position to 86 (43 net) sections. 
--  In June 2014, Paramount received approximately $91.5 million cash from 
the sale of a 50 percent interest in its Birch property.  
Strategic Investments 
--  Cavalier Energy received regulatory approval for the initial 10,000 
Bbl/d phase of its Hoole Grand Rapids development and has expanded its 
land base, acquiring approximately 23 net sections of undeveloped land 
at Hoole, contiguous with its Hoole lands, for $20 million. 
--  Fox Drilling has commenced the construction of two new walking rigs to 
support the Company's expanded drilling program. 
--  In June, Paramount completed the acquisition of all of the outstanding 
common shares of MGM Energy Corp. that it did not already own in 
exchange for 1.1 million Common Shares of Paramount.   
--  Based on the results of Paramount's Deep Basin development programs, the 
Company's bank credit facility (the "Facility") was increased from $600 
million to $700 million following a scheduled mid-year review. As of 
July 31, 2014, $78.7 million was drawn on the Facility. 
--  The Company raised gross proceeds of $350.4 million through the issuance 
of 5.6 million Common Shares in July 2014.   
FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS (1)                                      
($ millions, except as noted)                                               
Three months ended       Six months ended     
June 30                 June 30          
%                       %  
2014    2013  Change    2014  2013(2) Change 
Petroleum and natural gas                                                   
 sales                         80.0    59.4      35   166.2   120.8      38 
Funds flow from operations     29.5    22.3      32    63.0    38.8      62 
  Per share - diluted                                                        
($/share)                   0.30    0.24            0.64    0.42         
Net income (loss)              53.1   (22.1)    340    44.2   (21.8)    303 
  Per share - diluted                                                        
($/share)                   0.53   (0.24)           0.45   (0.24)        
Exploration and development                                                 
 expenditures                 202.6    94.0     116   375.6   239.2      57 
Investments in other                                                        
 entities - market value (3)                          757.4   759.1       - 
Total assets                                        2,870.0 2,084.4      38 
Net debt                                            1,356.2   803.3      69 
Common shares outstanding                                                   
 (thousands)                                         99,047  95,375       4  
Sales volumes                                                               
  Natural gas (MMcf/d)         99.4   107.6      (8)  102.0   110.6      (8)
  NGLs (Bbl/d)                3,292   2,126      55   3,186   2,392      33 
  Oil (Bbl/d)                   730     722       1     615     859     (28)
  Total (Boe/d)              20,585  20,790      (1) 20,805  21,685      (4)
Average realized price                                                      
  Natural gas ($/Mcf)          4.96    3.97      25    5.51    3.71      49 
  NGLs ($/Bbl)                91.22   71.84      27   89.18   72.90      22 
  Oil ($/Bbl)                105.27   85.98      22  101.76   85.05      20 
  Total ($/Boe)               42.72   31.41      36   44.15   30.76      44  
Operating expense ($/Boe)      8.82    8.46       4    9.29    9.35      (1)
Netback ($/Boe)               28.71   19.99      44   29.06   17.55      66  
Net wells drilled (excl. oil                                                
 sands evaluation)               22       6     267      34      15     127 
Net oil sands evaluation                                                    
 wells                            -       -       -       -       6    (100)
(1) Readers are referred to the advisories concerning non-GAAP measures and  
Oil and Gas Measures and Definitions in the Advisories section of this   
(2) Amounts include the results of discontinued operations. Refer to         
Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three and six months ended  
June 30, 2014.                                                          
(3) Based on the period-end closing prices of publicly-traded enterprises    
and the book value of the remaining investments.                         
Paramount's 2014 capital budget for exploration and development and
strategic investments, excluding land acquisitions and capitalized interest,
was increased in June 2014 by $150 million to $800 million. The increased
capital budget includes incremental spending of approximately $70 million for
the two new refrigeration plants, $50 million for Willesden Green Duvernay
activities and $20 million to commence construction of the two new walking
drilling rigs.  
Following first sales from the Musreau Deep Cut Facility, sales volumes will
increase as the Company ramps-up production from its inventory of behind-pipe
wells, additional components of the Company's Kaybob area infrastructure
are completed and incremental third-party de-ethanization capacity becomes
available. Sales volumes are expected to reach approximately 50,000 Boe/d later
in 2014 and increase to approximately 70,000 Boe/d in 2015, depending upon the
availability of downstream third-party de-ethanization capacity.  
Paramount is an independent, publicly traded, Canadian corporation that
explores for and develops conventional petroleum and natural gas prospects,
pursues longer-term non-conventional exploration and pre-development projects
and holds investments in other entities. The Company's principal
properties are located in Alberta and British Columbia. Paramount's Class
A Common Shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol
Paramount's second quarter 2014 report, including Management's
Discussion and Analysis and the Company's unaudited Interim Condensed
Consolidated Financial Statements can be obtained at: 
This information will also be made available through Paramount's website
at and SEDAR at 
Certain statements in this document constitute forward-looking information
under applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking information typically
contains statements with words such as "anticipate",
"believe", "estimate", "will",
"expect", "plan", "schedule", "intend",
"propose", or similar words suggesting future outcomes or an outlook.
Forward looking information in this document includes, but is not limited to: 
--  projected production and sales volumes and growth and the timing 
--  forecast capital expenditures; 
--  exploration, development, and associated operational plans and 
strategies and the anticipated timing of such activities; 
--  projected timelines for, and the anticipated costs of, constructing, 
commissioning and/or starting-up new and expanded natural gas processing 
and associated facilities; 
--  projected timelines for, and the anticipated costs of, constructing new 
walking drilling rigs; 
--  the projected availability of third party processing, transportation, 
fractionation, de-ethanization and other facilities; and 
--  business strategies and objectives.  
Such forward-looking information is based on a number of assumptions which may
prove to be incorrect. Assumptions have been made with respect to the following
matters, in addition to any other assumptions identified in this document: 
--  future oil, bitumen, natural gas, NGLs and other commodity prices; 
--  royalty rates, taxes and capital, operating, general & administrative 
and other costs; 
--  foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates; 
--  general economic and business conditions; 
--  the ability of Paramount to obtain the required capital to finance its 
exploration, development and other operations; 
--  the ability of Paramount to obtain equipment, services, supplies and 
personnel in a timely manner and at an acceptable cost to carry out its 
--  the ability of Paramount to secure adequate product processing, 
transportation, fractionation, de-ethanization and storage capacity on 
acceptable terms; 
--  the ability of Paramount to market its oil, bitumen, natural gas and 
NGLs successfully to current and new customers; 
--  the ability of Paramount and its industry partners to obtain drilling 
success (including in respect of anticipated production volumes, 
reserves additions and NGLs yields) and operational improvements, 
efficiencies and results consistent with expectations; 
--  the timely receipt of required governmental and regulatory approvals; 
--  anticipated timelines and budgets being met in respect of drilling 
programs and other operations (including well completions and tie-ins 
and the construction, commissioning and start-up of new and expanded 
Although Paramount believes that the expectations reflected in such forward
looking information is reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on it as
Paramount can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be
correct. Forward-looking information is based on expectations, estimates and
projections that involve a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause
actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by Paramount and
described in the forward looking information. The material risks and
uncertainties include, but are not limited to: 
--  fluctuations in oil, bitumen, natural gas, NGLs and other commodity 
--  changes in foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates; 
--  the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to future revenue, 
future production, NGLs yields, royalty rates, taxes and costs and 
--  the ability to secure adequate product processing, transportation, 
fractionation, de-ethanization and storage capacity on acceptable terms;
--  operational risks in exploring for, developing and producing crude oil, 
bitumen, natural gas and NGLs; 
--  the ability to obtain equipment, services, supplies and personnel in a 
timely manner and at an acceptable cost; 
--  potential disruptions or unexpected technical or other difficulties in 
designing, developing, expanding or operating new, expanded or existing 
facilities (including third party facilities); 
--  industry wide processing, pipeline, de-ethanization, and fractionation 
infrastructure outages, disruptions and constraints; 
--  risks and uncertainties involving the geology of oil and gas deposits; 
--  the uncertainty of reserves and resources estimates; 
--  general business, economic and market conditions; 
--  the ability to generate sufficient cash flow from operations and obtain 
financing at an acceptable cost to fund planned exploration, development 
and operational activities and meet current and future obligations 
(including costs of anticipated new and expanded facilities and other 
projects and product processing, transportation, de-ethanization, 
fractionation and similar commitments); 
--  changes in, or in the interpretation of, laws, regulations or policies 
(including environmental laws); 
--  the ability to obtain required governmental or regulatory approvals in a 
timely manner, and to enter into and maintain leases and licenses; 
--  the effects of weather; 
--  the timing and cost of future abandonment and reclamation obligations 
and potential liabilities for environmental damage and contamination; 
--  uncertainties regarding aboriginal claims and in maintaining 
relationships with local populations and other stakeholders; 
--  the outcome of existing and potential lawsuits, regulatory actions, 
audits and assessments; and 
--  other risks and uncertainties described elsewhere in this document and 
in Paramount's other filings with Canadian securities authorities.  
The foregoing list of risks is not exhaustive. For more information relating to
risks, see the section titled "RISK FACTORS" in Paramount's
current annual information form. The forward-looking information contained in
this document is made as of the date hereof and, except as required by
applicable securities law, Paramount undertakes no obligation to update
publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise. 
In this document "Funds flow from operations", "Netback",
"Net Debt", "Exploration and development expenditures" and
"Investments in other entities - market value", collectively the
"Non-GAAP measures", are used and do not have any standardized
meanings as prescribed by International Financial Reporting Standards.  
Funds flow from operations refers to cash from operating activities before net
changes in operating non-cash working capital, geological and geophysical
expenses and asset retirement obligation settlements. Funds flow from
operations is commonly used in the oil and gas industry to assist management
and investors in measuring the Company's ability to fund capital programs
and meet financial obligations. Netback equals petroleum and natural gas sales
less royalties, operating costs, production taxes and transportation costs.
Netback is commonly used by management and investors to compare the results of
the Company's oil and gas operations between periods. Net Debt is a
measure of the Company's overall debt position after adjusting for certain
working capital amounts and is used by management to assess the Company's
overall leverage position. Refer to the liquidity and capital resources section
of the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the period
for the calculation of Net Debt. Exploration and development expenditures refer
to capital expenditures and geological and geophysical costs incurred by the
Company's COUs (excluding land and acquisitions). The exploration and
development expenditure measure provides management and investors with
information regarding the Company's Principal Property spending on
drilling and infrastructure projects, separate from land acquisition activity.
Investments in other entities - market value reflects the Company's
investments in enterprises whose securities trade on a public stock exchange at
their period end closing price (e.g. Trilogy Energy Corp., MEG Energy Corp.,
Strategic Oil & Gas Ltd. and others), and investments in all other entities
at book value. Paramount provides this information because the market values of
equity-accounted investments, which are significant assets of the Company, are
often materially different than their carrying values.  
Non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or construed as
alternatives to their most directly comparable measure calculated in accordance
with GAAP, or other measures of financial performance calculated in accordance
with GAAP. The Non-GAAP measures are unlikely to be comparable to similar
measures presented by other issuers. 
This document contains disclosures expressed as "Boe" and
"Boe/d". All oil and natural gas equivalency volumes have been
derived using the ratio of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel
of oil. Equivalency measures may be misleading, particularly if used in
isolation. A conversion ratio of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one
barrel of oil is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily
applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the
well head. The term "liquids" is used to represent oil and natural
gas liquids.  
During the first half of 2014, the value ratio between crude oil and natural
gas was approximately 18:1. This value ratio is significantly different from
the energy equivalency ratio of 6:1. Using a 6:1 ratio would be misleading as
an indication of value. 
Paramount Resources Ltd.
J.H.T. (Jim) Riddell
President and Chief Operating Officer
(403) 290-3600
(403) 262-7994
Paramount Resources Ltd.
B.K. (Bernie) Lee
Chief Financial Officer
(403) 290-3600
(403) 262-7994 
INDUSTRY:  Energy and Utilities - Oil and Gas  
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