SOURCE: Magnum Hunter Resources

Magnum Hunter Resources

August 08, 2012 08:00 ET

Magnum Hunter Resources Announces New Shale Play Entry

First Pearsall Test Well Spud on August 4, 2012

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Aug 8, 2012) - Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (NYSE: MHR) (NYSE MKT: MHR.PRC) (NYSE MKT: MHR.PRD) ("Magnum Hunter" or the "Company") announced today that the Company has closed on the acquisition of 1,885 net mineral acres located in Atascosa County, Texas for approximately $2.35 million, implying a net per acre cost of $1,246. With this acquisition, the Company now has approximately 7,278 gross acres and 5,212 net acres located in Atascosa County, Texas.

The acquired acreage has both Eagle Ford Shale and Pearsall Shale potential and gives the Company approximately 10 additional net drilling locations in the Pearsall Shale and 10 - 13 additional net drilling locations in the Eagle Ford Shale. This now gives the Company approximately 40 net Pearsall locations assuming 750' spacing within its Atascosa core area. The Company spud its first well on the acquired acreage on August 4, 2012 and will drill vertically to the run logs and cores for a full formation evaluation on the Pearsall Shale. This well will then be drilled horizontally and completed in the Eagle Ford Shale.

The Company's Atascosa core area appears to have an ideal geologic setting for the Pearsall development. Management believes the area to be located within the "wet gas to rich condensate window." The area is bound by the Charlotte fault trend eight miles to the north and the Karnes fault trend to the south. The Pearsall Shale is located about 2500' beneath the Eagle Ford Shale and is approximately 500-600' in thickness. Composed of interbedded organic shale, silica and limestone, the Pearsall Shale is similar in composition to the Eagle Ford Shale.

Commenting on Magnum Hunter's entry into a fifth shale play, Mr. Gary C. Evans, Chairman and CEO, stated, "As mentioned in our Second Quarter 2012 Operations Update press release dated July 31, 2012, the Company is actively reviewing additional acreage expansion opportunities throughout the South Texas region where we continue to successfully develop our leasehold position in the Eagle Ford. We are consistently approached by industry participants with expansion opportunities due to the knowledge and experience we have gained over the past three years. Our management team has proven its ability to react quickly and efficiently in our effort to acquire additional acreage and existing properties at a favorable cost structure compared to our peers. Magnum Hunter has been fortunate to report some of the highest initial production rates of any company in the oil window of the Eagle Ford to-date. Additionally, our ultimate recoveries are approaching 500,000 bbls of oil equivalent per well. We have been monitoring the Pearsall Shale developments for almost a year now. We are excited about the prospects for future development of the evolving Pearsall Shale play and anticipate additional expansion of our existing leasehold position in this region. We are not increasing our capital budget for the Eagle Ford Division at this time, but merely shifting capital allocation to Atascosa County in order to complete these initial tests."

About Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation

Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation is an independent exploration and production company engaged in the acquisition, development and production of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids, primarily in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Texas, North Dakota and Saskatchewan, Canada. The Company is active in five of the most prolific unconventional shale resource plays in North America, namely the Marcellus Shale, Utica Shale, Eagle Ford Shale, Pearsall Shale and Williston Basin/Bakken Shale. Magnum Hunter Resources is based in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit www.magnumhunterresources.com.

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