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ABOUT LONESTAR RESOURCES US, INC.
Lonestar is an independent oil and natural gas company, focused on the development, production and acquisition of unconventional oil, natural gas liquids ("NGLs") and natural gas properties in the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas, where we accumulated approximately 41,274 gross (34,170 net) acres in what we believe to be the formation's crude oil and condensate windows, as of December 31, 2016. As of December 31, 2016, we also held a portfolio of conventional, long-lived, crude oil-weighted onshore assets in Texas and are conducting resource evaluation on approximately 44,084 gross (28,655 net) acres in the West Poplar area of the Bakken-Three Forks trend in Roosevelt County, Montana. For more information, please visit www.lonestarresources.com.

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Lonestar Resources Announces Year Ended 2016 Results And Provides Operational Update
         
FORT WORTH, Texas, March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Lonestar Resources US, Inc. (NASDAQ: LONE) (including its subsidiaries, "Lonestar," "we," "us," "our" or the "Company") reported today its financial and operating results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2016.

2016 HIGHLIGHTS

Lonestar reported net oil and gas production of 5,899 Boe/d during the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, compared to 6,408 Boe/d during the twelve months ended December 31, 2015. Two principal factors were responsible for the 8% decline in production. First, the Company completed the sale of its Conventional assets during the third and fourth quarters of 2016. These assets contributed an average of 590 Boe/d during the first half of 2016. Second, the Company's Eagle Ford Shale production of 5,445 Boe/d represented a 4% decline, as the Company did not complete any new Eagle Ford Shale wells after the second quarter of 2016.
Adjusted EBITDAX for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $56.8 million compared to $84.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The decline was due to a 21% decrease in the Company's oil-equivalent price realization and an 8% reduction in oil and gas production. Please see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" at the end of this release for the definition of Adjusted EBITDAX, a reconciliation of net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDAX, and the reasons for its use.
In October, 2016, Lonestar concluded a sale of its remaining non-core Conventional assets. In total, the Company received a total of $15.8 million in net proceeds from the sale its Conventional assets which carried substantially higher operating costs than its core Eagle Ford Shale assets. With this sale, 100% of the Company's producing assets are in the Eagle Ford Shale play.
During 2016, Lonestar reduced long-term debt outstanding from $307.0 million at December 31, 2015 to $212.3 million at December 31, 2016. Principal sources of debt reduction included the public offering of 13.8 million shares of Class A common stock, $15.8 million of net proceeds from the sale of the Company's Conventional assets, and open market purchases of $68.2 million of the Company's 8 ¾% Senior Unsecured Notes at significant discounts to par. At December 31, 2016, long-term debt outstanding was comprised of $43.5 million of Revolving Credit Facility, $17.0 million of Second Lien Senior Notes and $151.8 million of 8 ¾% Senior Unsecured Notes. At year-end 2016, Lonestar has $68.5 million of availability under its Revolving Credit Facility.
Lonestar recently announced Proved reserves PV-10 at NYMEX strip prices, as of December 31, 2016 (as described below, "Strip Pricing"). On this basis, the Company's proved reserves were 44.9 MMBOE and PV-10 was $382.0 million. These reserves are comprised of 27.0 million barrels of crude oil, 8.3 million barrels of NGLs and 57.9 Bcf of natural gas. On an energy equivalent basis, Lonestar's reserves are 78% liquid hydrocarbons.
2017 HIGHLIGHTS

During the first quarter of 2017, Lonestar has entered into a series of transactions in the Eagle Ford Shale play which continue Lonestar's track record of cost-efficient growth in its reserves base and drilling inventory. Lonestar has reached a series of agreements to acquire interests in a total of 2,565 gross / 1,920 net acres in Gonzales and La Salle Counties, Texas for a total cost of $9.1 million. Current production associated with these interests averaged an estimated 133 barrels of oil per day and 81 Mcf of natural gas per day, or 147 BOE per day. These properties were acquired through a combination of the purchase of working interests in producing properties, farm-in agreements and primary term lease acquisitions. The purchases represent a combination of increased working interests in Lonestar-operated properties in Gonzales County and the acquisition of undeveloped leasehold that is contiguous to the Company's Cyclone asset in Gonzales County, as well as the acquisition of additional leasehold north of Lonestar's Horned Frog asset in LaSalle County. In aggregate, this leasehold increases drilling inventory by up to 28 gross locations in well-established parts of the Eagle Ford Shale play. These new lease blocks are in areas where Lonestar has already demonstrated technical excellence, Cyclone and Horned Frog, and add mass to existing areas of operations. Lastly, lateral lengths on the acquired lease blocks will range from 7,000 feet to 10,000 feet, in keeping with the Company's current emphasis on extended reach laterals. Additionally, the Company's internally generated reserve estimate forecast proved and probable reserves of 6.7 MMBOE of which 0.4 MMBOE was Proved Developed Producing.
Lonestar's Chief Executive Officer, Frank D. Bracken, III, stated, "2016 was a transformational year for Lonestar. We moved the Company's listing to the NASDAQ exchange. We sold our non-core Conventional assets. We completed our first U.S. stock offering that provided equity capital to restart our Eagle Ford Shale development program. Most importantly, we reduced long-term debt outstanding by $115.2 million in the last six months of the year, representing a 34% reduction. We anticipate increasing production sequentially in each quarter of 2017 by drilling extended reach laterals on our existing leasehold. Already in 2017, we have entered into a series of transactions that increase our reserves and drilling inventory and provide additional growth opportunities. With this excellent start to the year, we believe Lonestar is well-positioned to generate significant growth in shareholder value in 2017 and beyond."

OPERATIONAL UPDATE

Lonestar reported net oil and gas production of 4,560 Boe/d during the three months ended December 31, 2016 ("4Q16"), compared to 5,921 Boe/d during the three months ended September 30, 2016 ("3Q16"). Two principal factors were responsible for the 23% decline in production. First, the Company completed the sale of its Conventional assets during the quarter. These assets contributed 436 BOEPD during 3Q16. Second, the Company had not completed any new Eagle Ford Shale wells since the second quarter of 2016.
4Q16 production volumes consisted of 2,457 barrels of oil per day (54%), 984 barrels of NGLs per day (22%), and 6,717 Mcf of natural gas per day (24%). The Company's production mix for the fourth quarter of 2016 was 75% liquid hydrocarbons. Including 2016 results, Lonestar's four year reserves replacement is 405% and four year all-sources F&D cost averages $11.56 per BOE.
Following the completion of its public offering of secondary shares, Lonestar has commenced an active drilling and completion program for 2017. After having completed only 5.0 gross / 3.8 net wells in the first half of 2016, Lonestar plans to drill 12 net wells during 2017. With the 2017 program underway, production has regained upward momentum, with estimated March 2017 production averaging 5,500 BOE per day.
Lonestar's lease operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $3.5 million, representing a 30% decrease over 4Q15 lease operating expenses of $4.5 million.
Crude oil hedging continues to be an important element of Lonestar's strategy. We believe crude oil hedging provides increased visibility to cash flow streams and associated liquidity in the current crude oil price environment, and augments the Company's borrowing base. For 2017 our total crude oil hedge position coverage is approximately 2,877 barrels of oil per day at an average strike price of $53.77 per barrel, and for 2018 our total crude oil hedge position coverage is approximately 2,500 barrels of oil per day at an average strike price of $55.33 per barrel. Additionally, we have also entered into contracts to hedge our natural gas production, covering 7,000 MMBTU/Day at a weighted average price of $3.36 per MMBtu for 2017.
EAGLE FORD SHALE TREND- WESTERN REGION

Asherton – In central Dimmit County, no new wells were completed during the three months ended December 31, 2016. Production rates from the four producing wells continued to outperform the third-party engineering projections. The Asherton leasehold is held by production, and Lonestar does not current plan drilling activity here in 2017. However, at year-end 2016, Lonestar converted its 6 remaining 5,000-foot PUD locations into three 10,000-foot PUD locations.
Burns Ranch Area –In August 2016, Lonestar executed a lease swap agreement with another operator and consolidated Lonestar's leasehold position so that we can now drill at our own discretion. Following the lease swap, Lonestar has a remaining 20 gross/18.4 net laterals averaging 8,200 lateral feet. On January 5, 2017, Lonestar recently completed fracture stimulation operations on the Burns Ranch Eagle Ford #8H, #9H and #10H wells with lateral lengths of approximately 9,620, 9,440 and 8,460 feet, respectively. These wells were drilled to an average measured depth of 18,007 feet and were drilled from spud to total depth in an average of 13.3 days. Lonestar utilized BroadBand diverters on the #8H, #9H and #10H, which allowed Lonestar to set stage spacing at 300 foot increments, reducing the number of frac stages and associated costs while achieving a designed proppant concentration of up to 2,000 pounds per foot in two of these wells, the highest in the Company's history.
The Burns Ranch #8H, which has a perforated interval of 9,518 feet and was fracture stimulated with a proppant concentration of 1,487 lbs/ft., registered 30-day rates of 509 bbl/d and 621 Mcf/d, or 667 Boe/d on a three-stream basis.
The Burns Ranch #9H, which has a perforated interval of 9,449 feet and was fracture stimulated with a proppant concentration of 2,005 lbs/ft., registered 30-day rates of 515 bbl/d and 474 Mcf/d, or 636 Boe/d on a three-stream basis.
The Burns Ranch #10H, which has a perforated interval of 8,456 feet and was fracture stimulated with a proppant concentration of 2,025 lbs/ft., registered 30-day rates of 560 bbl/d and 453 Mcf/d, or 675 Boe/d on a three-stream basis.
Lonestar is highly focused on maintaining lower Gas-Oil-Ratios in our Gen 5 wells, as we believe that the rapid increase in GOR that we experienced in our Gen 3 wells impaired oil EUR's. As a result, we have been more stringent in our choke management techniques on our Gen 4 and Gen 5 wells. Lonestar is encouraged with the results of our Gen 5 wells thus far- at 30% pressure drawdown, our Gen 3 wells had recovered 15,900 barrels of oil. By contrast, our Gen 5 wells have achieved 30,000 barrels of oil recovery with 30% pressure drawdown, an improvement of 89%. We believe the results to date are the result of the increased effectiveness of the Gen 5 completions in contacting additional reservoir rock volume via a more complex fracture volume in the same fracture half-length, resulting in better frac and drainage efficiency.
Horned Frog – In southern La Salle County, no new wells were completed during the three months ended December 31, 2016. Lonestar currently plans to drill two 8,000-foot laterals at Horned Frog during 2017, in which the Company will own 100% WI / 80% NRI. During the first quarter of 2017, Lonestar reached agreements to acquire working interests in 1,426 gross / 1,071 net acres in a block just north of the Company's Horned Frog property. The leasehold, which was assembled via more than a dozen primary term leases and a farm-in agreement, was acquired at a total cost of $0.9 million. Depending on ultimate spacing, which could range from 500-feet to 700 feet-per well, the lease block will accommodate 7 to 11 extended reach laterals ranging from 7,400 feet and 10,000 feet in length. The Company's internal reserves estimates for the acquired interests are 4.3 million barrels of oil equivalent.
EAGLE FORD SHALE TREND- CENTRAL REGION

Cyclone –Lonestar placed its first two wells, the Cyclone #9H and #10H, onstream on May 12, 2016. Lonestar drilled and completed the Cyclone #9H & #10H with an average perforated interval of 6,685 feet. Lonestar holds a 42% WI / 33% NRI in these wells. The wells were fracture-stimulated with an average proppant concentration of 1,518 pounds per foot, utilizing thru-bit lateral logs and BroadBand diverters, which allowed us to frac on 300-foot, non-geometric stage spacing. The #9H has produced cumulative production of 84,500 bbls of oil in 315 days while the #10H has produced cumulative production of 87,600 bbls of oil during that time. As of December 31, 2016, Lonestar had leased a total of 2,906 gross / 2,656 net acres on its Cyclone property, which is expected to accommodate an additional 26 laterals with average lateral lengths exceeding 8,100 feet. Total leasehold acquisition costs were $3.1 million, yielding leasehold costs per location of $100,000 per well. Based on the results of the Cyclone #9H and #10H, at December 31, 2016, Lonestar's third party engineers booked 3.1 million BOE of Proved reserves which had PV-10 of $42.5 million at Strip prices and 5.5 million BOE of Probable reserves which had PV-10 of $65.5 million at Strip prices. Since January 1, 2017, Lonestar has acquired an additional 526 net acres which are contiguous to the Company's current leasehold. The leases were acquired at a total cost of $0.7 million, and increase the number of extended-reach drilling locations at Cyclone from 26 to 33. The Company's internal reserves estimates for the newly- acquired interests are 2.1 million barrels of oil equivalent. Lonestar plans to drill two 2-well pads, commencing in April. The Cyclone #4H & #5H have been permitted with planned TD's of 19,100 feet, indicating planned perforated intervals of 10,000 feet. Lonestar expects to have an 86.5% WI in these wells. Lonestar plans to file permits next week for the Cyclone #26H and #27H, with planned TD's of 18,000 feet, indicating planned perforated intervals of 9,000 feet. Lonestar expects to have a 100% WI in these wells.
Harvey Johnson- Lonestar holds a 50% working interest and operates six Eagle Ford Shale wells, the Harvey Johnson #1H-#6H. Lonestar has executed a definitive agreement to purchase a 33.5% working interest in the Harvey Johnson Eagle Ford Shale unit for $7.6 million. The acquisition adds an estimated 133 barrels of oil per day and 81 Mcf of natural gas per day, or 147 BOE per day, as indicated by March, 2017 production. The acquisition also includes a 33.5% working interest in the 967 acre unit, roughly half of which is undeveloped. Proved Developed Producing reserves associated with the transaction are 0.4 MMBOE, 85% of which are crude oil. Additional reserves potential exists in the undeveloped leasehold, which can accommodate 8 laterals when pooled with offsetting acreage.
EAGLE FORD SHALE TREND- EASTERN REGION

Brazos & Robertson Counties – In February, 2017, Lonestar commenced drilling the Wildcat #B1H well in Brazos County, Texas with a projected total depth of 19,700 feet. Lonestar owns a 50% working interest in the Wildcat #B1H well. The well is currently drilling ahead at a depth of 19,400 feet and is expected to reach total depth today. Upon completion of the #B1H well, Lonestar plans to mobilize the rig to drill four wells at Cyclone in Gonzales County.
CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS

Lonestar will host a live conference call on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM CDT to discuss the fourth quarter 2016 results and operational highlights.

To access the conference call, participants should dial:

USA: 800-671-7032

International: +1 303-223-4377

A playback of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of Company's website beginning approximately March 23, 2017.  The playback will be available for approximately 2 weeks.


FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, beliefs and expectations with respect to: discovery and development of crude oil, NGLs and natural gas reserves; drilling and completion of wells and the size of Lonestar's leasehold; cash flows and liquidity, including statements regarding the expected benefits of the Company's crude oil hedging;  availability and terms of capital; timing, amount and rate of future production of crude oil, NGLs and natural gas; Lonestar's business strategy, including its partnership with Schlumberger and the GECA; and the expected benefits from the GECA.

These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the following:  volatility of oil, natural gas and NGL prices, and potential write-down of the carrying values of crude oil and natural gas properties; ability to successfully replace proved producing reserves; substantial capital expenditures required exploration, development and exploitation projects; potential liabilities resulting from operating hazards, natural disasters or other interruptions; risks related using the latest available horizontal drilling and completion techniques; uncertainties tied to lengthy period of development of identified drilling locations, which could increase costs and materially alter the occurrence or timing of their drilling; unexpected delays and cost overrun related to the development of estimated proved undeveloped reserves; concentration risk related to properties, which are located primarily in the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas; loss of lease on undeveloped leasehold acreage that may result from lack of development or commercialization, which could materially adversely affect Lonestar's crude oil, natural gas and NGLs reserves and future production; inaccuracies in assumptions made in estimating proved reserves; Lonestar's limited control over activities in properties Lonestar does not operate; customer concentration risk; potential inconsistency between the present value of future net revenues from Lonestar's proved reserves and the current market value of Lonestar's estimated oil and natural gas reserves; risks related to derivative activities; covenant restrictions related to the revolving credit facility and the indenture that governs 8.75% Senior Notes due 2019; losses resulting from title deficiencies; risks related to health, safety and environmental laws and regulations; additional regulation of hydraulic fracturing, which has recently come under increased scrutiny; reduced demand for crude oil, natural gas and NGLs resulting from conservation measures and technological advances; inability to acquire adequate supplies of water for our drilling operations or to dispose of or recycle the used water economically and in an environmentally safe manner; climate change laws and regulations restricting emissions of "greenhouse gases" that may increase operating costs and reduce demand for the crude oil and natural gas; fluctuations in the differential between benchmark prices of crude oil and natural gas and the reference or regional index price used to price actual crude oil and natural gas sales; recent federal legislation that may have adverse impact on ability to use derivative instruments to reduce the effects of commodity prices, interest rates and other risks associated with the business;  and risks in connection with acquisitions and integration. These and other important factors discussed under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's Registration Statement on Form 10, as amended and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, on June 9, 2016, along with our other reports filed with the SEC could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements made in this press release. Any such forward-looking statements represent management's estimates as of the date of this press release. While we may elect to update such forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we disclaim any obligation to do so, even if subsequent events cause our views to change. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.


 
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