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Friday, November 4, 2016

National Fuel reports 4th quarter & full year fiscal 2016 earnings

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.: National Fuel Gas Company ("National Fuel" or the "Company") (NYSE:NFG) today announced consolidated results for the three months and fiscal year ended September 30, 2016. National Fuel had consolidated earnings for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, of $37.6 million or $0.44 per share, compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter consolidated loss of $187.7 million or $2.22 per share. For fiscal 2016, the Company had a consolidated net loss of $291.0 million or $3.43 per share, versus a consolidated net loss of $379.4 million or $4.50 per share in fiscal 2015.

FISCAL 2016 FOURTH QUARTER SUMMARY   • Consolidated net income of $37.6 million or $0.44 per share

• Operating Results (earnings before items impacting comparability) of $56.6 million or $0.66 per share (non-GAAP reconciliation on page 2)

• Impairment of oil and gas properties of $32.8 million ($19.0 million after tax)

• Adjusted EBITDA of $170.1 million, up from $153.6 million in the prior year (non-GAAP reconciliation on page 26)

• Net production of 39.8 Bcfe, a 6% increase from prior year, resulting in record annual net production for fiscal 2016

• Price-related production curtailments of 6.2 Bcf in Appalachia

• Average natural gas prices after hedging of $3.09 per Mcf, down $0.26 per Mcf from the prior year

• Average oil prices after hedging of $60.01 per Bbl, down $6.39 per Bbl from the prior year

• Midstream businesses Adjusted EBITDA of $67.5 million, up from $56.7 million in the prior year (non-GAAP reconciliation on page 27)

MANAGEMENT COMMENTS   Ronald J. Tanski, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Fuel Gas Company, stated: "We are pleased to finish our 2016 fiscal year with a strong fourth quarter. Realized commodity prices that declined by more than 10% over the entire fiscal year had a negative effect on our financial performance, as did weather that was 16% warmer than normal. Nonetheless, we were able to improve on our overall results from the prior year. Our team’s continued focus on cost control and operational efficiencies across the Company’s entire value chain helped drive the improved results for the year.

"Already into the second month of our 2017 fiscal year, we continue to focus on executing our integrated plans and navigating the Company through an increasingly challenging environment in the domestic energy industry. We expect to continue the methodical development of our vast, industry-leading low cost natural gas resource in the Marcellus and Utica shales. At the same time, we will leverage our valuable pipeline footprint and over 100 years of operational experience to responsibly build out and maintain the infrastructure necessary to supply the clean-burning fuel that keeps our utility customers warm, and connect the new supply sources to demand centers across the region. I am confident that our asset base and unique integrated structure will continue to provide us with a competitive advantage and that our strategy will deliver increasing returns for our shareholders, and position National Fuel as a premier energy company for years to come." Additional information...