Endeavour to Acquire Operated Interests Expanding Its Position in Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale

By Endeavour International Corporation, PRNE
Sunday, July 17, 2011

HOUSTON, July 18, 2011 -

- Transaction strengthens
company’s position in one of the most active and lowest cost

U.S. onshore shale plays

- Endeavour also provides operational and financial

Endeavour International Corporation (NYSE: END) (LSE: ENDV)
announced today that it has entered into purchase and sale
agreements with SM Energy Company (NYSE:SM) and certain other
minority owners to acquire the leasehold and producing interests
held by SM Energy and its partners in the Marcellus shale in north
central Pennsylvania, as well as a pipeline and related facilities
for aggregate consideration of $110 million. The transaction
provides Endeavour with significant production and reserve
potential on acreage that is adjacent to the Company’s existing
Marcellus acreage and is readily available for development in one
of the most economically attractive shale gas plays in the United

The assets include the following:

  • Approximately 50,000 net acres of leasehold with 100 percent
    operated working interests in McKean and Potter counties;
  • Current production from three existing wells of approximately
    three to four million cubic feet of natural gas per day, including
    the Potato Creek #3H well that initially flowed 11 million cubic
    feet of gas per day and is expected to recover in excess of 4
    billion cubic feet of gas;
  • 100 percent ownership of Potato Creek LLC, which owns a
    midstream gathering system and related facilities in southern
    McKean County, including a 10-mile 16″ trunkline connected and
    flowing to Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s 24″ mainline; and
  • Proprietary and fully processed 3-D seismic survey covering the
    entire Potato Creek lease block.

Following the completion of the transaction, Endeavour’s
leasehold interests in the Marcellus Shale will total approximately
93,000 gross (68,000 net) acres. A new 7-year lease will be issued
at closing on the key 21,000 net acre Potato Creek block that
requires only five wells to be drilled in the first three years.
 Minimal capital is required over the next three years to hold
all acreage in McKean County, including the key Potato Creek
leasehold. The transaction is expected to close within 60 days and
is expected to be financed with proceeds from the issuance of
convertible debt securities.

“This acquisition represents a significant step forward in the
growth of our domestic onshore business in a play that offers some
of the highest returns in the United States today,” said William L.
, chairman, chief executive officer and president.
 ”The acreage is located on trend with several major industry
developments and complements our existing acreage position in
Cameron County immediately to the south. Our development model
indicates recoverable natural gas potential from 1.0 to 1.3
trillion cubic feet with more than 300 identified drilling
locations on our McKean and Cameron County leasehold.  As
operator of these assets, including the gathering infrastructure,
we have the opportunity to accelerate our development plans in an
effort to realize the value of our investment while expanding our
position in this three county area.”

Operational and Financial Update

Bacchus Update

The Rowan Gorilla VII rig has arrived at the Bacchus field and
has commenced drilling operations for the three planned development
wells.  The Bacchus development is located in the Central UK
North Sea and Endeavour has a 30% working interest in the field.

Senior Term Loan

In support of the Company’s growth plans, Cyan Partners and
certain lenders under the Senior Term Loan have amended the terms
of the Company’s Senior Term Loan and agreed to expand the facility
by $75 million. Endeavour intends to use this additional capital to
accelerate its development activities throughout the Company,
particularly its Greater Rochelle development and its expanded
position in Pennsylvania following the Marcellus acquisition.

Endeavour International Corporation is an oil and gas
exploration and production company focused on the acquisition,
exploration and development of energy reserves in the North Sea and
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