SOURCE: EnerJex Resources, Inc.

February 04, 2014 07:15 ET

EnerJex Resources Announces Commencement of Natural Gas Production at Adena Field Under New Improved Purchase Contract

SAN ANTONIO, TX and DENVER, CO and KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwired - Feb 4, 2014) - EnerJex Resources, Inc. (OTCQB: ENRJ) ("EnerJex" or the "Company") announced today that it has commenced natural gas production under a new improved purchase contract in Morgan County, Colorado, where the Company owns a 100% working interest in approximately 19,000 acres covering the majority of Adena Field.

EnerJex has successfully initiated production from certain D-Sand wells in Adena Field at a rate of approximately 500 thousand cubic feet (MCF) of liquids-rich natural gas per day. This equates to approximately 100 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day based on an energy equivalent ratio of 6 MCF per barrel of oil and an expected yield of 1.4 gallons of natural gas liquids per MCF. Commencement of this production was achieved at virtually no cost to the Company.

In addition, EnerJex is in the process of building a pipeline which it expects will result in the commencement of natural gas production from at least one J-Sand well during the first quarter. Management estimates that this J-Sand project will cost less than $100,000.

The Company also announced today that it has entered into a new five-year contract to sell natural gas from Adena Field at a significant premium to the price it received in the past under a prior arrangement. EnerJex estimates that it will now receive approximately 80% of end market natural gas pricing under the new contract, including the sale of associated natural gas liquids. Management anticipates that operating expenses associated with the Company's natural gas production from Adena Field will average less than $1.00 per MCF.

According to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Adena is the third largest oil field in the history of Colorado behind Rangely and Wattenberg, having produced 75 million barrels of oil and 125 billion cubic feet of natural gas. Nearly all of the producing wells in Adena Field were temporarily abandoned or shut-in during the secondary recovery phase in the mid-1980s when oil prices collapsed, and only a small number of wells have been produced since that time. Approximately 130 wells are currently shut-in or temporarily abandoned, of which the Company has initially identified approximately 75 wells to be reactivated in the J-Sand formation or recompleted in the D-Sand formation.

Management Comments

EnerJex's CEO, Robert Watson, Jr., commented, "Natural gas prices have increased substantially in recent weeks due to unusually cold weather, and prices are expected to remain strong throughout 2014 as a result of reduced storage levels which are at five-year lows. As a result, EnerJex has accelerated the pace of its natural gas development and I expect this to have a meaningful impact on the Company's production and cash flow in 2014."

About EnerJex Resources, Inc.

EnerJex Resources, Inc. is an independent exploration and production company focused on the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties located in the mid-continent region of the United States. The Company owns oil and gas leases covering approximately 100,000 acres in multiple prolific hydrocarbon basins located in four states including Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Texas.

EnerJex's operations are focused in five distinct projects where the company produces oil and natural gas from shallow reservoirs that are characterized by long lived reserves with low production decline rates. Within these projects, the Company has identified more than 500 low-risk drilling locations. Through its large acreage footprint in the Denver-Julesburg ("DJ") Basin, EnerJex also has significant exposure to emerging oil resource plays that are being pursued by numerous competitors on trend with the Company's properties. EnerJex's headquarters are located in San Antonio, Texas, and additional information is available on its website at

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and the materials referenced herein include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements give EnerJex's current expectations or forecasts of future events. The statements in this press release regarding the completion of drilling for and commencement of operations at new wells, successful production at newly drilled wells, expected increases in overall production, the acquisition of operating assets and related agreements, any implied or perceived benefits from any current or future transaction, and any other effects resulting from any of those matters, are forward-looking statements. Such statements involve material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: whether newly drilled or newly acquired properties will produce at levels consistent with management's expectations; market conditions; whether we will experience equipment failures and, if they materialize, whether we will be able to fund repair work without materially impairing planned production levels or the availability of capital for further production increases; the ability of EnerJex to meet its loan covenants under the debt facility that is expected to fund the costs of the new wells and to obtain financing from other sources for continued drilling; the costs of operations; delays, and any other difficulties related to producing oil; the ability of EnerJex to integrate the newly producing assets; the ability to retain necessary skilled workers to operate the new producing wells; the price of oil; EnerJex's ability to market and sell produced minerals; the risks and effects of legal and administrative proceedings and governmental regulation; future financial and operational results; competition; general economic conditions; the ability to manage and continue growth; and the ability of management to successfully integrate Black Raven. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those indicated. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements are set forth in our Form 10-K filed with the SEC. EnerJex undertakes no obligation to revise or update such statements to reflect current events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. EnerJex's production forecasts are dependent upon many assumptions, including estimates of production decline rates from existing wells and the outcome of future drilling activity. Although EnerJex believes the expectations and forecasts reflected in these and other forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance they will prove to have been correct. They can be affected by inaccurate assumptions or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties.

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    EnerJex Resources, Inc.
    Robert Watson, Jr.
    Phone: (210) 451-5545