Continental Resources Ends 2008 With Strong Production and Reserve Growth
2009 Capital Expenditure Budget Reduced in Line with Cash Flow Outlook
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Continental Resources, Inc. today reported continued strong growth in production in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2008, compared with the third quarter of 2008 and the fourth quarter last year. In addition, the Company reported year-end 2008 proved reserves of 159.3 MMboe, an 18 percent increase over the 134.6 MMboe reported at year-end 2007. Combined drilling and proved undeveloped (PUDs) additions of 47.6 MMboe were almost 400 percent of Continental's total production of 12.0 MMboe for 2008.

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Despite challenging economics in the final quarter of 2008, Continental completed a record year for net income and cash flow growth. Net income increased 74 percent to $321.0 million and EBITDAX increased 61 percent to $757.7 million, compared with full-year 2007 results. For the Company's definition and reconciliation of EBITDAX to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" at the end of this press release. Net income for 2007 is pro forma for income taxes as if the Company had been a subchapter C corporation prior to its initial public offering in May 2007.

For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2008, the Company reported net income of $416,000, or $0.00 per diluted share, compared with net income of $60.9 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2007. Falling commodity prices reduced fourth quarter revenue and earnings compared to the fourth quarter of 2007.

For the fourth quarter of 2008, Continental achieved total production of 36,018 boepd, an eight percent increase over the third quarter of 2008 and a 19 percent increase over the fourth quarter last year. The Company exited the fourth quarter with average production of 37,954 boepd for December 2008, an increase of 27 percent over December 2007. Production growth strengthened despite the Company significantly scaling back its drilling program as commodity prices declined in the fourth quarter of 2008. Continental has reduced its operated drilling rig count from 32 in early October to seven rigs currently and plans to drop additional rigs as drilling contracts expire later in 2009.

With energy prices remaining low, Continental plans to reduce capital expenditures to preserve capital and the value of its assets. "Our first priority is the integrity of our balance sheet," said Harold Hamm, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We plan to restrain spending until we see commodity prices begin to recover. We remain committed to financing our growth with cash flow and will not use debt to fund a high level of drilling activity, especially in an environment of low energy prices."

"I'm proud that we achieved our operating goals for 2008, finishing the year with strong fourth quarter production growth and increased reserves," he said. "The Company's accomplishments are a strong indicator of the value of our assets and our ability to accelerate growth when the economy and industry conditions rebound."

The Company has revised its 2009 capital expenditures budget to $275 million, which includes $211 million for drilling and related activities and $58 million for land and seismic, and $6 million for other capital needs. Based on the new budget, 2009 production is expected to be in a range of 12.5 MMboe to 13.0 MMboe, which would constitute growth of up to eight percent over 2008. Under this revised capex budget, Continental expects to average approximately five operated drilling rigs during the year.

Oil and natural gas sales were $130.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2008, compared with oil and gas sales of $183.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2007. The Company's average sales price per barrel of crude oil equivalent was $38.80 for the fourth quarter of 2008, compared with $68.84 for the fourth quarter of 2007.

Crude oil price differentials averaged $14.45 per barrel for the fourth quarter of 2008 and $9.50 for 2008 as a whole. This compares with $13.05 per barrel in the fourth quarter of 2007 and $8.85 per barrel for the full year. Continental noted that the differential has been improving in the first quarter of 2009.

EBITDAX for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $92.7 million, compared with EBITDAX of $137.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2007.

At December 31, 2008, the Company's balance sheet included $5.2 million in cash and $376.4 million in long-term debt. Commitments under the Company's revolving credit facility were recently increased to $672.5 million, compared with $552.5 million at December 31, 2008 and $400.0 million at September 30, 2008. With debt outstanding currently of $474.4 million, the Company has $198.1 million in availability under its revolving credit facility.

Increased Reserves

Continental's 2008 reserves growth was primarily the result of increased drilling activity in the North Dakota Bakken and in Oklahoma's Arkoma Woodford in the first nine months of the year.

The Company increased its proved reserves by 24.6 MMboe to a total of 159.3 MMboe. Total proved reserve additions were comprised of 12.7 MMboe in drilling additions, 35.0 MMboe of PUD reserve additions, and 2.2 MMboe in acquisitions. Additions were offset by 13.3 MMboe in downward revisions, of which 64 percent were related to low energy prices at year-end 2008.

Future net cash flows from the year-end 2008 proved reserves, before income taxes, were $3.1 billion, with a present value discounted at 10 percent (PV10) of $1.5 billion. In terms of crude oil/natural gas mix, crude oil reserves were 106.2 million barrels, or 67 percent, of total proved reserves at year-end 2008. Proved developed reserves represented 67 percent of total reserves at year-end 2008.

Operations Update

The following table contains financial and operating highlights for the three months and year ended December 31, 2008 compared to the same periods in 2007.

                                  Three months ended       Year ended
                                  ------------------       ----------
                                     December 31,          December 31,
                                     ------------          ------------
                                   2008       2007       2008       2007
                                  ------     ------     ------     ------
  Average daily production:
    Oil (Bopd)                    26,857     24,309     24,993     23,832
    Natural gas (Mcfd)            54,963     36,362     46,861     31,599
    Oil equivalents (Boepd)       36,018     30,369     32,803     29,099
  Average prices: (1)
    Oil ($/Bbl)                   $43.89     $77.53     $88.87     $63.55
    Natural gas ($/Mcf)             3.93       5.99       6.90       5.87
    Oil equivalents ($/Boe)        38.80      68.84      77.66      58.31
  Production expense ($/Boe) (1)    7.83       6.85       8.40       7.35
  EBITDAX (in thousands)          92,680    137,412    757,708    469,885
  Net income (in thousands) (2)      416     60,892    320,950    184,002
  Diluted net income per share      0.00       0.36       1.89       1.11

  (1) Average prices and per-unit production expense are calculated
  based on sales volumes. Crude oil sales volumes exceeded production in
  the fourth quarter and full-year 2008 by 54 MBbls and 97 MBbls,
  respectively. Crude oil production volumes exceeded oil sales in the
  fourth quarter and full year 2007 by 125 MBbls and 221 MBbls,
  respectively.

  (2) Net income and diluted net income per share for full-year 2007
  are after pro forma adjustments (i) to provide for income taxes as if
  the Company had been a subchapter C corporation prior to the completion
  of its initial public offering, and (ii) to eliminate the $198.4 million
  charge recorded to recognize deferred taxes upon its conversion from a
  nontaxable subchapter S corporation to a taxable subchapter C
  corporation in conjunction with the Company's May 2007 initial public
  offering.



  The following table presents average daily production for the Company's
  principal operating areas for the quarters ended December 31, 2008,
  September 30, 2008 and December 31, 2007.


  (boe per day)                    Q4 2008      Q3 2008      Q4 2007
                                   -------      -------      -------
  Red River Units                   14,058       13,375       14,374
  Montana Bakken                     6,410        6,187        7,244
  North Dakota Bakken                4,401        3,444        1,382
  Other Rockies                      2,507        2,275        1,600
  Arkoma Woodford                    3,276        2,627        1,338
  Other Mid-Continent                4,751        4,895        3,767
  Gulf Coast                           615          494          664
                                   -------      -------      -------
  Total                             36,018       33,297       30,369

Production growth continued to accelerate in the North Dakota Bakken and the Arkoma Woodford plays in the fourth quarter of 2008. Based on capital expenditure re-allocations and its revised 2009 budget, production in the Red River Units is expected to be flat or to decline slightly through the first nine months of 2009, then resume growing in the fourth quarter. Continental expects to generate most of its 2009 production growth in the North Dakota Bakken and the Arkoma Woodford plays.

Red River Units

Production in the Red River Units was 14,058 boepd in the fourth quarter of 2008, accounting for 39 percent of Continental's production in the quarter. This was a five percent increase over the third quarter of 2008, but down slightly from the fourth quarter last year.

The Units accounted for 37 percent of year-end 2008 proved reserves, compared with 50 percent of reserves at the end of 2007.

During fourth quarter 2008, the Company continued to convert producer wells to injectors and to expand its secondary recovery program, but the pace of the secondary recovery program was considerably reduced in November and December.

The Company currently has one operated rig drilling in the Units. Under the revised 2009 capital expenditures budget, Continental has allocated $46 million to the Units, with plans to drill four producer wells, two disposal wells, a sixth water supply well, and converting producer and air injector wells to water injectors.

As noted above, production is expected to resume growing in the Red River Units in late 2009. The Company does not expect changes in the timing of capex funding to reduce total production or ultimate reserve recovery in the Units. The Company expects production to peak at just over 17,000 boepd in the Units in 2010.

Bakken Shale

Production in the Bakken Shale of North Dakota and Montana was 10,811 boepd in the fourth quarter of 2008, or 30 percent of Continental's production in the quarter. This was a 12 percent increase over the third quarter of 2008 and a 25 percent increase over production for the fourth quarter last year.

Total proved reserves in the Bakken were 45.7 MMboe at December 31, 2008, or 29 percent of the Company's year-end 2008 reserves. This constituted an increase of 38 percent over proved reserves of 33.2 MMboe in the Bakken Shale at December 31, 2007.

In the North Dakota part of the Bakken play, total proved reserves were 17.5 MMboe at December 31, 2008, or 11 percent of the Company's total year-end 2008 reserves. This represented growth of 187 percent over reserves of 6.1 MMboe in the North Dakota Bakken at December 31, 2007.

The Company currently has four operated rigs drilling in North Dakota and none in Montana, compared with 10 rigs in North Dakota and three in Montana at the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2008.

During the fourth quarter, Continental participated in the completion of 33 gross wells (8.9 net) in North Dakota. These wells had an average rate of 546 boepd during their seven-day production period tests. All initial production period test results in this press release are seven consecutive day averages.

Since the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2008, notable completions of Company-operated wells targeting the Three Forks/Sanish (TFS) formation in North Dakota are shown below with average production period test results in gross barrels:

  -- Morris 1-23H (29% WI) in Dunn Co. - 1,185 boepd;
  -- Blegen 1-13H (26% WI) in McKenzie Co. - 1,028 boepd;
  -- Mittelstadt 1-20H (44% WI) in Dunn Co. - 998 boepd;
  -- Skachenko 1-31H (34% WI) in Dunn Co. - 809 boepd;
  -- Hamlet 1-11H (39% WI) in Williams Co. - 450 boepd;
  -- Glasoe 1-18H (45% WI) in Divide Co. - 441 boepd;
  -- Arvid 1-34H (42% WI) in Divide Co. - 340 boepd;
  -- Elveida 1-33H (46% WI) in Divide Co. - 302 boepd.

Notable recent well completions in North Dakota targeting the Middle Bakken formation include:

  -- Malcolm 1-29H (45% WI) in Williams Co. - 693 boepd;
  -- Shonna 1-15H (44% WI) in Divide Co. - 436 boepd;
  -- Marlene 1-10H (53% WI) in Williams Co. - 427 boepd;
  -- Viola 1-7H (54% WI) in Divide Co. - 391 boepd.

In the Montana Bakken, the Company continued to implement its 320-acre infield and field-extension program in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Notable completions in Richland County, MT in the fourth quarter of 2008 included the Prevost 3-16H (83% WI), which had a production period test rate of 507 boepd, and the Rita 3-19H (79% WI), which had production period test rate of 412 boepd. Production results have continued to improve in Richland County as the Company implemented multi-stage fracture stimulation technology that it developed in North Dakota.

Continental recently completed its first Montana TFS test well, the Joann 1-32H (89% WI), in Richland County. The well exhibited poor oil shows and reservoir rock quality during drilling, and in its initial production test period yielded an average 60 boepd.

The Company has commenced a pilot carbon dioxide injection project to evaluate the potential for enhanced recovery of oil in the Elm Coulee field. Utilizing the huff-and-puff technique, carbon dioxide was injected in January and will continue to be injected through March. After letting the carbon dioxide soak in for approximately 30 days, the carbon dioxide and associated fluids will be flowed back and analyzed for performance and economics.

Under its revised 2009 capital expenditures budget, Continental has allocated $72 million to drilling-related activity in North Dakota and $7 million to Montana. Another $36 million in land and seismic capex was allocated for the Bakken play in the two states, primarily to extend leases in the play.

Continental plans to participate in 86 gross wells (20.2 net) in North Dakota and no new wells in Montana in 2009. Drilling activity in North Dakota will focus on the Three Forks/Sanish formation.

Arkoma Woodford

Production in the Arkoma Woodford shale play in southeast Oklahoma was 3,276 boepd in the fourth quarter of 2008, accounting for 9 percent of Continental's production in the period. This was a 25 percent increase over the third quarter of 2008, and was more than double production for the fourth quarter last year.

Total proved reserves in the Arkoma Woodford were 30.7 MMboe at December 31, 2008, or 19 percent of the Company's year-end 2008 reserves. This represented growth of 245 percent over reserves of 8.9 MMboe in the Arkoma Woodford at December 31, 2007.

During the fourth quarter of 2008, Continental continued to develop its simultaneous fracture stimulation technology in the Arkoma Woodford, most notably with the Pasquali, Luna-Pratt and Wilson simul-fracs in the Ashland development section of the play.

After the simul-frac, the seven Pasquali wells flowed at an average 2,440 Mcfpd during their production period test, with the most prolific well flowing at 3,599 Mcfpd. The six Luna-Pratt wells flowed at an average 3,761 Mcfpd, with the most prolific flowing at 4,576 Mcfpd. The two wells in the Wilson simul-frac flowed at 8,569 Mcfpd and 5,982 Mcfpd, for an average rate of 7,276 Mcfpd.

The Company currently has one operated rig drilling in the Arkoma Woodford, compared to six rigs at the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2008. Under its revised 2009 capital expenditures budget, Continental has allocated $56 million to drilling-related activity in the play, as well as $7 million in land and seismic capex. In 2009, the Company plans to participate in 63 gross wells (8.0 net) in the Arkoma Woodford.

Emerging Plays

In the Anadarko Woodford shale of western Oklahoma, Continental is currently completing two test wells, the Brown 1-2H (100% WI) in Dewey Co. and the McCalla 1-11H (90% WI) in Grady Co.

In Ellis County, OK, the Company completed its initial test well in the Atoka shale play, the Shrewder 1-22H (100% WI), which flowed at 1.3 MMcfpd from a short, 1,300-foot lateral. The Jones-Trust 1-168H (100% WI), completed in Lipscomb Co., TX in the western part of the play, flowed at 700 Mcf per day in its initial production period test.

The Company currently has no operated rig drillings in the Anadarko Woodford or the Atoka, compared to one in each play at the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2008. Under its revised 2009 capital expenditures budget, Continental has allocated $12 million to drilling-related activity in its emerging plays, as well as $6 million in land and seismic. In 2009, the Company plans to participate in six gross wells (1.8 net) in its emerging plays.

Capital Budget and Guidance

Continental's regional allocations of capital expenditures in 2009 are listed below. Operational capex includes drilling, work-over and facilities capital expenditures.

                                   2009 Capex Budget
                                   -----------------
                                       (in millions)       Net Wells
                                   -----------------       ---------
  North Dakota Bakken                            $72            20.2
  Arkoma Woodford                                 56             8.0
  Red River Units                                 46             3.8
  Emerging plays                                  12             1.8
  Montana Bakken                                   7             0.0
  Other                                           18             3.9
                                   -----------------       ---------
        Operational capex                        211            37.7

  Land and seismic                                58
  Other capital expenditures                       6
                                   -----------------       ---------
        Total capex                             $275

Continental announced its previously issued operating and financial guidance for 2009 has been revised and is as follows. As forward-looking information, this guidance is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, including adjustments related to fluctuations in commodity prices. Risk factors are discussed further at the end of this press release and in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

                                                         Year Ended
                                                     December 31, 2009
                                                      -----------------
  Production volumes:
    Oil (MMbls)                                             8.8 - 9.1
    Gas (MMcf)                                             22.5 - 23.4
    Oil equivalent (MMboe)                                 12.5 - 13.0

  Price differentials(1) :
    Oil (Bbl)                                             $8.00 - $10.00
    Gas (Mcf)                                             $1.50 - $2.25

  Operating expenses:
    Production expense (per boe)                          $7.75 - $8.50
    Production tax (percent of sales)                     6.25% - 6.75%
    Depreciation, depletion, amortization and
     accretion (per boe)                                 $15.00 - $18.00
    General and administrative expense (per boe)(2)       $1.75 - $2.25

    Non-cash stock-based compensation (per boe)           $0.70 - $1.00

  Income tax rate (percent of pre-tax income)                  38%
  Percent of income tax deferred                               90%

  (1) Differential to calendar month average NYMEX futures price for oil
  and to average of last three trading days of prompt NYMEX futures
  contract for gas.

  (2) Excludes non-cash stock-based compensation.

  Conference Call Information

Continental Resources will host a conference call on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. ET (9 a.m. CT) to discuss its fourth quarter 2008 results. Interested parties may listen to the conference call via the Company's website at http://www.contres.com/ or by phone:

  Dial in:           (888) 713-4217
  Intl. dial in:     (617) 213-4869
  Pass code:         65130417

  Replay number:     (888) 286-8010
  Intl. replay:      (617) 801-6888
  Pass code:         18971146
  Conference Presentations

Continental management is currently scheduled to present at the Raymond James & Associates 30th Annual Institutional Investors Conference in Orlando (March 8-11, 2009) and at the Howard Weil 37th Annual Energy Conference in New Orleans (March 22-26, 2009).

Continental Resources is a crude-oil concentrated, independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company with operations in the Rocky Mountain, Mid-Continent and Gulf Coast regions of the United States. The Company focuses its operations in large new and developing resource plays where horizontal drilling, advanced fracture stimulation and enhanced recovery technologies provide the means to economically develop and produce oil and natural gas reserves from unconventional formations.

This press release includes forward-looking information that is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control. All information, other than historical facts included in this press release, regarding strategy, future operations, drilling plans, estimated reserves, future production, estimated capital expenditures, projected costs, the potential of drilling prospects and other plans and objectives of management are forward-looking information. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Although the Company believes that the plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements are reasonable, there is no assurance that these plans, intentions or expectations will be achieved. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated due to many factors, including oil and natural gas prices, industry conditions, drilling results, uncertainties in estimating reserves, uncertainties in estimating future production from enhanced recovery operations, availability of drilling rigs and other services, availability of crude oil and natural gas transportation capacity, availability of capital resources and other factors listed in reports we have filed or may file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  CONTACT:  Continental Resources, Inc.
       J. Warren Henry              Brian Engel
       Investors                    Media
       (580) 548-5127               (580) 249-4731



  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
   (in thousands, except          Three months ended       Year ended
    share data)                   ------------------       -----------
                                    December 31,          December 31,
                                    ------------          ------------
                                   2008       2007       2008       2007
                                   ----       ----       ----       ----

  Revenues:
  Oil and natural gas sales      $130,668   $183,780   $939,906   $606,514
  Loss on mark-to-market
   derivatives                          -    (30,476)    (7,966)   (44,869)
  Oil and natural gas
   service operations               5,128      5,690     28,550     20,570
                                  ----------------------------------------
  Total revenues                  135,796    158,994    960,490    582,215

  Operating costs and expenses:
  Production expense               26,362     18,288    101,635     76,489
  Production tax                   10,199     10,251     58,610     32,562
  Exploration expense              13,882      2,499     40,160      9,163
  Oil and gas service operations    2,391      3,942     18,188     12,709
  Depreciation, depletion,
   amortization and accretion      53,074     26,326    148,902     93,632
  Property impairments             11,227      4,887     28,847     17,879
  General and administrative (1)    7,907      5,148     35,719     32,802
  Gain on sale of assets             (488)      (650)      (894)      (988)
                                  ----------------------------------------
  Total operating costs and
   expenses                       124,554     70,691    431,167    274,248

  Income from operations           11,242     88,303    529,323    307,967
  Interest expense and other       (2,743)    (2,543)   (10,793)   (11,190)
                                  ----------------------------------------
  Net income before income
   tax expense                      8,499     85,760    518,530    296,777
  Income tax expense                8,083     24,868    197,580    268,197
                                  ----------------------------------------
  Net income                         $416    $60,892   $320,950    $28,580

  Basic net income per share        $0.00      $0.36      $1.91      $0.17
  Diluted net income per share       0.00       0.36       1.89       0.17

  Basic weighted average
   shares outstanding             168,335    167,590    168,087    164,059
  Diluted weighted average
   shares outstanding             169,231    169,255    169,392    165,422

  (1) Includes non-cash charges for stock-based compensation of
      $2.6 million and $0.7 million for the three months ended December 31,
      2008 and 2007, respectively, and $9.1 million and $12.8 million for
      the years ended December 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively.



  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets         December 31,  December 31,
  (in thousands)                                -----------   -----------
                                                    2008         2007
                                                    ----         ----


  Assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                        $5,229       $8,761
  Receivables                                     229,079      163,090
  Inventories and other                            43,387       33,713
  Net property and equipment                    1,935,143    1,157,926
  Other assets                                      3,041        1,683
                                                ----------------------
  Total assets                                 $2,215,879   $1,365,173
                                                ----------------------

  Liabilities and shareholders' equity:
  Current liabilities                            $403,594     $266,106
  Long-term debt                                  376,400      165,000
  Other noncurrent liabilities                    487,177      310,935
  Shareholders' equity                            948,708      623,132
                                                ----------------------
  Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $2,215,879   $1,365,173
                                                ----------------------



                                                          Year ended
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows         ----------
  (in thousands)                                          December 31,
                                                          ------------
                                                        2008        2007
                                                        ----        ----

  Net income                                          $320,950     $28,580
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
   provided by operating activities:
  Non-cash expenses                                    363,801     416,977
  Changes in assets and liabilities                     35,164     (54,909)
                                                       -------------------
  Net cash provided by operating activities            719,915     390,648

  Net cash used in investing activities               (927,617)   (483,498)

  Net cash provided by financing activities            204,170      94,568

  Effect of exchange rate on change in cash and cash
   equivalents                                               -          25
                                                       -------------------

  Net change in cash and cash equivalents               (3,532)      1,743
  Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period       8,761       7,018
                                                       -------------------
  Cash and cash equivalents at end of period            $5,229      $8,761

  Non-GAAP Financial Measures

EBITDAX represents earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion, property impairments, exploration expense, unrealized derivative gains and losses, and non-cash compensation expense. EBITDAX is not a measure of net income or cash flow as determined by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). EBITDAX should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income or cash flow as determined in accordance with GAAP or as an indicator of a Company's operating performance or liquidity. Certain items excluded from EBITDAX are significant components in understanding and assessing a company's financial performance, such as a company's cost of capital and tax structure, as well as the historic costs of depreciable assets, none of which are components of EBITDAX. The Company's computations of EBITDAX may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. The Company believes that EBITDAX is a widely followed measure of operating performance and may also be used by investors to measure its ability to meet future debt service requirements, if any. The Company's credit facility requires that it maintain a total funded debt to EBITDAX ratio, as defined therein, of no greater than 3.75 to 1 on a rolling four-quarter basis. The credit facility defines EBITDAX consistently with the definition of EBITDAX utilized and presented by the Company. The following table represents a reconciliation of the Company's net income to EBITDAX.

                                Three months ended        Year ended
  (in thousands)                   December 31,          December 31,
                                  --------------        ---------------
                                  2008       2007       2008       2007
                                  ----       ----       ----       ----
                                              (unaudited)

  Net income                      $416     $60,892   $320,950    $28,580
  Loss on mark-to-market
   derivatives                       -      14,160          -     26,703
  Income tax expense             8,083      24,868    197,580    268,197
  Interest expense               3,406       3,085     12,188     12,939
  Depreciation, depletion,
   amortization and accretion   53,074      26,326    148,902     93,632
  Property impairments          11,227       4,887     28,847     17,879
  Exploration expense           13,882       2,499     40,160      9,163
  Equity compensation            2,592         695      9,081     12,792
                               -----------------------------------------
  EBITDAX                      $92,680    $137,412   $757,708   $469,885

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