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Clayton Williams Energy Provides Financial Guidance for 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Clayton Williams Energy Provides Financial Guidance for 201207:55 EST Wednesday, February 22, 2012 MIDLAND, Texas (Business Wire) -- Clayton Williams Energy, Inc.(NASDAQ-NMS: CWEI) today filed a Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission to provide financial guidance disclosures for the year ending December 31, 2012. A copy of these disclosures accompanies this release or may be obtained electronically by accessing the Company's website at www.claytonwilliams.com. Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. is an independent energy company located in Midland, Texas. This release contains 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. All statements, other than statements of historical or current facts, that address activities, events, outcomes and other matters that we plan, expect, intend, assume, believe, budget, predict, forecast, project, estimate or anticipate (and other similar expressions) will, should or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current belief, based on currently available information, as to the outcome and timing of future events. The Company cautions that its future oil and natural gas production, revenues, cash flows, liquidity, plans for future operations, expenses, outlook for oil and natural gas prices, timing of capital expenditures and other forward-looking statements are subject to all of the risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, incident to the exploration for and development, production and marketing of oil and gas. These risks include, but are not limited to, the possibility of unsuccessful exploration and development drilling activities, our ability to replace and sustain production, commodity price volatility, domestic and worldwide economic conditions, the availability of capital on economic terms to fund our capital expenditures and acquisitions, our level of indebtedness, the impact of the current economic environment on our business operations, financial condition and ability to raise capital, declines in the value of our oil and gas properties resulting in a decrease in our borrowing base under our credit facility and impairments, the ability of financial counterparties to perform or fulfill their obligations under existing agreements, the uncertainty inherent in estimating proved oil and gas reserves and in projecting future rates of production and timing of development expenditures, drilling and other operating risks, lack of availability of goods and services, regulatory and environmental risks associated with drilling and production activities, the adverse effects of changes in applicable tax, environmental and other regulatory legislation, and other risks and uncertainties are described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. CLAYTON WILLIAMS ENERGY, INC.FINANCIAL GUIDANCE DISCLOSURES FOR 2012Overview Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. and its subsidiaries have prepared this document to provide public disclosure of certain financial and operating estimates in order to permit the preparation of models to forecast our operating results for the year ending December 31, 2012. These estimates are based on information available to us as of the date of this filing, and actual results may vary materially from these estimates. We do not undertake any obligation to update these estimates as conditions change or as additional information becomes available. The estimates provided in this document are based on assumptions that we believe are reasonable. Until our actual results of operations for this period have been compiled and released, all of the estimates and assumptions set forth herein constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this document that address activities, events, outcomes and other matters that we plan, expect, intend, assume, believe, budget, predict, forecast, project, estimate or anticipate (and other similar expressions) will, should, could or may occur in the future, including such matters as production of oil and gas, product prices, oil and gas reserves, drilling and completion results, capital expenditures, operating costs and other such matters, are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the following: the volatility of oil and gas prices; the unpredictable nature of our exploratory drilling results; the reliance upon estimates of proved reserves; operating hazards and uninsured risks; competition; government regulation; and other factors referenced in filings made by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a matter of policy, we generally do not attempt to provide guidance on: (a) production which may be obtained through future exploratory drilling; (b) dry hole and abandonment costs that may result from future exploratory drilling; (c) the effects of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 133, “Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities” superseded by topic 815-10 of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification; (d) gains or losses from sales of property and equipment unless the sale has been consummated prior to the filing of financial guidance; (e) capital expenditures related to completion activities on exploratory wells or acquisitions of proved properties until the expenditures are estimable and likely to occur; and (f) revenues and expenses related to Desta Drilling, L.P., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company which provides contract drilling services for the Company and third parties. Summary of Estimates The following table sets forth certain estimates being used to model our anticipated results of operations for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2012. Each range of values provided represents the expected low and high estimates for such financial or operating factor.   Estimated RangesYear EndingDecember 31, 2012     (Dollars in thousands, except per unit data)Average Daily Production: Oil (Bbls) 11,250 to 11,650 Gas (Mcf) 22,000 to 24,000 Natural gas liquids (Bbls) 750 to 850 Total oil equivalents (BOE) 15,667 to 16,500   Price Differentials to NYMEX: Oil 92% to 94% Gas 120% to 140% Natural gas liquids (based on oil) 50% to 60%   Other Costs and Expenses: Production expenses: Direct costs ($/BOE) $15.00 to 16.00 Production taxes (% of sales) 5% to 6%   General and Administrative: Excluding non-cash compensation $24,000 to 26,000 Non-cash compensation $15,000 to 17,000   DD&A: Oil and gas ($/BOE) $19.00 to 21.00 Other $3,700 to 4,300   Exploration costs: Abandonments and impairments $1,000 to 3,000 Seismic and other $5,000 to 7,000   Interest expense (cash rates): $350 million Senior Notes due 2019 7.75% Bank credit facility LIBOR plus (175 to 275 bps)   Effective Federal and State IncomeTax Rate: Current 0% Deferred 36% Capital Expenditures The following table sets forth, by area, our planned capital expenditures for the year ending December 31, 2012.   Planned   Expenditures2012Year EndingPercentageDecember 31, 2012of Total(In thousands) Drilling and Completion: Permian Basin Area: Reeves $ 219,500 56 % Other 46,500 12 % Austin Chalk/Eagle Ford Shale 32,200 9 % Other   5,600 1 % 303,800 78 % Leasing and seismic   66,700 17 % Exploration and development 370,500 95 % Facilities and other   20,600 5 % Total capital expenditures $ 391,100 100 %   We currently plan to spend approximately $370.5 million on exploration and development activities in fiscal 2012, including $303.8 million for drilling and completion and $66.7 million for leasing and seismic activities. Our actual expenditures during fiscal 2012 may be substantially higher or lower than these estimates since our plans for exploration and development activities may change during the year. Other factors, such as prevailing product prices and the availability of capital resources, could also increase or decrease the ultimate level of expenditures during fiscal 2012. Based on these current estimates, approximately 93% of our planned expenditures for exploration and development activities for fiscal 2012 will relate to developmental prospects, as compared to approximately 92% in fiscal 2011. Accounting for Derivatives The following summarizes information concerning our net positions in open commodity derivatives applicable to periods subsequent to December 31, 2011. The settlement prices of commodity derivatives are based on NYMEX futures prices. Swaps:     OilBbls (a)     Price Production Period: 1st Quarter 2012 444,000 $ 95.70 2nd Quarter 2012 410,000 $ 95.70 3rd Quarter 2012 384,000 $ 95.70 4th Quarter 2012 362,000 $ 95.70 1,600,000 _________ (a) Excludes oil hedges covering 393,863 barrels of oil for production months from January 2012 through May 2016 at a price of $91.15 per barrel. These hedges cover production related to a volumetric production payment expected to be granted in connection with the proposed acquisition by our wholly owned subsidiary, Southwest Royalties, Inc., of 24 limited partnerships of which it is the general partner. We did not designate any of the derivatives shown in the preceding table as cash flow hedges; therefore, all changes in the fair value of these contracts prior to maturity, plus any realized gains or losses at maturity, will be recorded as other income (expense) in our statement of operations. Clayton Williams Energy, Inc.Patti Hollums, 432-688-3419Director of Investor Relationse-mail: cwei@claytonwilliams.comwebsite: www.claytonwilliams.comorMichael L. Pollard, 432-688-3029Chief Financial Officer