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Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. Announces First Quarter Results and Increases 2016 Production Guidance

Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. CRZO, -7.22% today announced the Company's financial results for the first quarter of 2016 and provided an operational update, which includes the following highlights:

- Record Oil Production of 25,806 Bbls/d, 21% above the first quarter of 2015

- Record Total Production of 42,025 Boe/d, 21% above the first quarter of 2015

- Loss From Continuing Operations of $311.4 million, or ($5.34) per diluted share, and Adjusted Net Income (as defined below) of $9.2 million, or $0.16 per diluted share

- Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below) of $92.5 million

- Acquired 4,000 net bolt-on acres in the Eagle Ford Shale

- Reduced Eagle Ford well cost expectations to $4.1 million

- Increasing 2016 crude oil production growth target to 9%

Carrizo reported a first quarter of 2016 loss from continuing operations of $311.4 million, or $5.34 per basic and diluted share compared to a loss from continuing operations of $21.5 million, or $0.46 per basic and diluted share in the first quarter of 2015. The loss from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2016 includes certain items typically excluded from published estimates by the investment community, including the full cost ceiling test impairment recognized this quarter. Adjusted net income, which excludes the impact of these items as described in the statements of operations included below, for the first quarter of 2016 was $9.2 million, or $0.16 per basic and diluted share compared to $6.4 million, or $0.14 per basic and diluted share in the first quarter of 2015.

For the first quarter of 2016, adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, depletion, and amortization, as described in the statements of operations included below ("Adjusted EBITDA"), was $92.5 million, a decrease of 9% from the prior year quarter as the impact of lower commodity prices more than offset the impact of higher production volumes.

Production volumes during the first quarter of 2016 were 3,824 MBoe, or 42,025 Boe/d, an increase of 21% versus the first quarter of 2015. The year-over-year production growth was driven by strong results from the Company's Eagle Ford assets. Oil production during the first quarter of 2016 averaged 25,806 Bbls/d, an increase of 21% versus the first quarter of 2015 and 3% versus the prior quarter; natural gas and NGL production averaged 70,033 Mcf/d and 4,547 Bbls/d, respectively, during the first quarter of 2016. First quarter of 2016 production exceeded the high end of Company guidance due primarily to stronger-than-expected performance from the Company's Eagle Ford Shale assets as well as higher-than-expected non-operated production.

Drilling and completion capital expenditures for the first quarter of 2016 were $84.8 million. More than 85% of the first quarter drilling and completion spending was in the Eagle Ford Shale, with the balance weighted towards the Delaware Basin. Land and seismic expenditures during the quarter were $5.9 million. For the year, Carrizo is maintaining its drilling and completion capital expenditure guidance of $270-$290 million. However, given additional efficiencies and cost reductions realized during the first quarter, the Company has been able to increase its planned drilling activity in the Eagle Ford Shale and Delaware Basin during the year. As the Company does not currently plan to increase completion activity in 2016, the additional activity is not expected to have a material impact on 2016 production. The Company is increasing its land and seismic capital expenditure guidance to $20 million from $15 million for the year based on its outlook for continued bolt-on acquisitions. Additionally, the Company recently acquired approximately 4,000 net bolt-on acres in the Eagle Ford Shale, which was funded by the simultaneous sale of undeveloped acreage in a non-core exploration play.

Carrizo is increasing its 2016 oil production guidance to 24,800-25,300 Bbls/d from 24,700-25,300 Bbls/d previously. Using the midpoint of this range, the Company's 2016 oil production growth guidance is 9%. For natural gas and NGLs, Carrizo is increasing its 2016 guidance to 54-60 MMcf/d and 4,000-4,200 Bbls/d, respectively, from 45-60 MMcf/d and 3,700-4,000 Bbls/d. For the second quarter of 2016, Carrizo expects oil production to be 23,600-24,000 Bbls/d, and natural gas and NGL production to be 56-60 MMcf/d and 3,700-3,900 Bbls/d, respectively. The forecast sequential decline in production during the second quarter results from the planned shut-in of a significant number of wells in the Eagle Ford Shale due to offsetting completion activity coupled with a limited number of wells brought online in the prior quarter. A summary of Carrizo's production, commodity price realization, and cost guidance is provided in the attached tables.

S.P. "Chip" Johnson, IV, Carrizo's President and CEO, commented on the results, "We delivered another strong quarter operationally, with production again exceeding our forecast and operating expenses coming in below our forecast. Additionally, we remain well positioned to prudently manage the current commodity price downturn. We have a strong financial position with an excellent 2016 hedge book and ample liquidity available on our revolver. This, coupled with our deep inventory of economical drilling locations, should allow us to quickly ramp up our activity and production once we get an appropriate commodity price signal.

"Our focus on reducing costs and increasing efficiencies continues to pay off. Well cost expectations in the Eagle Ford are now down to $4.1 million from $4.6 million previously. This has allowed us to increase our activity in the Delaware Basin and Eagle Ford Shale without increasing our planned capex for the year. In the Delaware Basin, we now plan to drill two additional wells this year, with one expected to be completed during 2016. One of the new wells is an offset to our recent Liberator State 1H well that tested at a peak 24-hour rate of 1,950 Boe/d. In the Eagle Ford, we now plan to drill eight additional wells during 2016; while we do not currently plan to complete any of the additional wells during the year, we could easily increase completion activity if commodity prices continue to strengthen.

"During the quarter, we added approximately 4,000 high-quality net acres to our Eagle Ford Shale position in LaSalle County, which should increase net drilling locations in our Core acreage position by 5%-10%. The deal also highlights the creativity of our team as we were able to fund the acquisition by selling undeveloped acreage in a non-core exploration play. We continue to seek quality acquisition opportunities during the current commodity price downturn as we believe these will result in the creation of significant long-term value for our shareholders."

Operational Update

In the Eagle Ford Shale, Carrizo drilled 18 gross (17.0 net) operated wells during the first quarter and completed 14 gross (12.5 net) wells. Crude oil production from the play rose to approximately 22,800 Bbls/d for the quarter, up 2% versus the prior quarter. At the end of the quarter, Carrizo had 33 gross (31.8 net) operated Eagle Ford wells waiting on completion, equating to net crude oil production potential of more than 11,900 Bbls/d. The Company is operating two rigs in the Eagle Ford and currently expects to drill approximately 57 gross (53 net) operated wells and complete 55 gross (52 net) operated wells in the play during 2016.

Due to a combination of further efficiency gains and service cost reductions, the Company has been able to reduce well costs in the Eagle Ford Shale since year-end. Completed well costs for a 6,100 ft. lateral well are currently expected to average approximately $4.1 million, down from $4.6 million previously.

Carrizo continues to test multiple initiatives aimed at significantly increasing its Lower Eagle Ford drilling inventory, which is currently based on a combination of 330 ft. and 500 ft. spacing. The most potentially impactful of these are the Company's stagger-stack tests, which have the potential to add approximately 220-880 net locations to the Company's inventory. Carrizo currently has three pilots online that are testing effective lateral spacing ranging from 165 ft. to 280 ft., and is currently completing two additional pilots. Early results are in line with the Company's expectations and Carrizo plans to provide a detailed update on the results of these initiatives later this year.

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