SOURCE: Emerald Oil, Inc.

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January 10, 2014 09:00 ET

Emerald Oil Acquires Approximately ~20,800 Net Acres in the Williston Basin

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - January 10, 2014) - Emerald Oil, Inc. (NYSE MKT: EOX) ("Emerald" or the "Company") today announced that it has entered into two separate definitive purchase and sale agreements with two unrelated sellers to acquire additional core Bakken and Three Forks producing properties and undeveloped leasehold in McKenzie and Williams Counties, North Dakota. The total purchase price for the asset packages is $74.6 million in cash. Upon closing, Emerald's total Williston Basin leasehold will increase to approximately 85,000 net acres.

Acquisition of Williston Basin Properties

  • Approximately 20,800 net acres, including approximately 19,500 net acres highly contiguous to Emerald's Low Rider operating area in McKenzie County, North Dakota;
  • Approximately 350 BOE/D of estimated current net production;
  • 19 operated Drilling Spacing Units (DSUs);17 DSUs in Low Rider and 2 DSUs in Easy Rider;
  • Approximately 62% of acreage is held by production and;
  • Upon closing, Emerald's total Williston Basin leasehold will increase to approximately 85,000 net acres (75% operated).

Financing of the Transactions

The Company will fund approximately 50% of the acquisition costs through borrowings under its undrawn revolving credit facility and the remainder utilizing cash on hand. Emerald ended the year with approximately $140 million of cash and $75 million of undrawn borrowing base under its revolving credit facility. Emerald is in the process of working with its bank lending group to complete the Company's semi-annual borrowing base redetermination to reflect both the Company's recent well completion activities and the reserves and production acquired in these transactions. The combined impact of Emerald's operated activity and these acquisitions are expected to result in a significant increase in the Company's borrowing base at the April 2014 redetermination.

Management Comments

McAndrew Rudisill, Emerald's Chief Executive Officer, said, "The two acquisitions follow Emerald's strategy of identifying and acquiring contiguous leasehold in our immediate operating areas. This additional acreage expands Emerald's presence in our Low Rider and Lewis & Clark focus areas of McKenzie County, ND where we have seen strong production growth as a result of our successful operated well program. The proposed acquisitions are immediately accretive on all per share metrics. Emerald remains well positioned to execute on our previously announced 2014 capital spending program and will be giving updated guidance upon close, which currently is scheduled for February 13, 2014. On a separate note, although the Williston Basin experienced extreme cold during December 2013, Emerald is comfortable with its previously announced Q42013 average daily production guidance of 2,300 BOE/D and exit rate of 2,400 BOE/D."

About Emerald Oil, Inc.

Emerald Oil, Inc. is an independent exploration and production operator that is focused on acquiring acreage and developing wells in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana, targeting the Bakken and Three Forks shale oil formations. Emerald Oil is based in Denver, Colorado. More information about Emerald Oil can be found at www.emeraldoil.com or by calling investor relations at (303) 323-0008 x200.

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