Forestar Group Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

Forestar manages its operations through three business segments: real estate, oil and gas and other natural resources.

In second quarter 2014, residential lot sales were up almost 50% compared with second quarter 2013, with average lot prices and gross profit up 11% over that same period. Second quarter 2014 real estate segment earnings were higher compared with second quarter 2013 principally due to a $10.5 million gain associated with the exchange of over 10,000 acres of timber leases for 5,400 acres of undeveloped land from the Ironstob venture, and higher residential lot and undeveloped land sales. Real estate segment earnings increased in second quarter 2014 compared with first quarter 2014 primarily due to the $10.5 million gain associated with the exchange of timber leases for undeveloped land from Ironstob venture. First quarter 2014 real estate segment results include earnings of $13.2 million associated with the sale of approximately 8,400 acres of undeveloped land.

Oil and gas segment earnings increased in second quarter 2014 compared with second quarter 2013 and first quarter 2014 principally due to $5.7 million in earnings associated with the sale of various oil and gas properties in Oklahoma and North Dakota and higher working interest production volumes, partially offset by higher exploration, production, depletion and operating expenses, and lower production volumes and delay rental revenues from owned mineral interests. Second quarter 2014 oil and gas segment earnings includes $2.1 million of dry hole expense associated with a working interest in an exploratory well in East Texas.

Second quarter 2014 other natural resources segment results increased compared with second quarter 2013 and first quarter 2014 principally due to $0.7 million in earnings from a groundwater reservation agreement and a $0.7 million gain on termination of a timber lease in connection with the Ironstob venture.

“Our real estate markets remain favorable and we are well positioned to continue to capitalize on the housing recovery by growing residential lot sales and commercial and residential tract sales. We anticipate residential lot sales in 2014 to be in the range of 2,200 – 2,300 lots, up over 20% compared with 2013. Our multifamily team continues to build a solid pipeline of development sites, with our Eleven project in Austin now substantially complete, over 85% leased and on target for sale in 2014. In second quarter 2014, we acquired an additional multifamily site in Austin, Texas and began construction on a community near Denver. We will continue to evaluate and acquire additional residential and multifamily sites to further develop our real estate pipeline.

“During second quarter, we continued to invest in exploration and drilling activity, growing production, reserves and value. Drilling and completion activity increased in second quarter, with 17 gross Bakken/Three Forks wells (7% average working interest) generating initial production and 5 gross Bakken/Three Forks wells waiting on completion at quarter end. Operators in the Bakken/Three Forks formations continue to shift to pad drilling and are generating improved well results with increased production and lower drilling costs. In addition, exploration and drilling activity in Kansas and Nebraska continued to see favorable success rates and our addition of approximately 77,000 leasehold mineral acres in the Lansing-Kansas City formation during second quarter should further develop a solid pipeline of drilling prospects. As a result, working interest production is expected to increase 30% in the second half of 2014 compared with the first six months of 2014. In addition, we anticipate 2014 total oil and gas production will exceed 1.2 million BOE (barrel of oil equivalent), a 15% increase compared with 2013 levels.

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “will,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “target,” “forecast,” and other words and terms of similar meaning. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and are subject to risk and uncertainties. We note that a variety of factors and uncertainties could cause our actual results to differ significantly from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements, including but are not limited to: general economic, market, or business conditions; changes in commodity prices; opportunities (or lack thereof) that may be presented to us and that we may pursue; fluctuations in costs and expenses including development costs; demand for new housing, including impacts from mortgage credit rates or availability; lengthy and uncertain entitlement processes; cyclically of our businesses; accuracy of accounting assumptions; competitive actions by other companies; changes in laws or regulations; and other factors, many of which are beyond our control. Except as required by law, we expressly disclaim any obligation to publicly revise any forward-looking statements contained in this news release to reflect the occurrence of events after the date of this news release.

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Forestar’s oil and gas segment includes approximately 590,000 owned net mineral acres principally located in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and Alabama.

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Forestar’s oil and gas segment includes approximately 345,000 net mineral acres of leasehold interests principally located in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and North Dakota.

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A summary of our significant commercial and income producing properties at second quarter-end 2014 follows:

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