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Credit Agency Revises Outlook to Positive on Pacific Rubiales

Monday, July 16, 2012

Credit Agency Revises Outlook to Positive on Pacific Rubiales14:56 EDT Monday, July 16, 2012 TORONTO, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (TSX: PRE; BVC: PREC; BOVESPA: PREB) is pleased to announce that Standard and Poors Rating Services ("S&P") has revised its outlook for the Company from "Stable" to "Positive" while also affirming the Company's BB corporate rating and its BB senior unsecured debt rating. Ronald Pantin, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented: "This positive outlook by S&P is a strong endorsement of the Company's financial and operational strength, and continuing execution on its production and reserve growth targets. The report comes on the back of last year's rating upgrades by all three of the Company's credit rating agencies." In summary, S&P noted: "The outlook revision is primarily based on the Company's continued increase in production volume and reserves, and its maintenance of a strong financial performance. Recent and expected strong development in production and reserves, "strong" liquidity; an experienced management team; and "significant" financial risk profile also support the rating." The full S&P report can be viewed on the Company's website at: http://www.pacificrubiales.com.co/2012/419-16072012-pacific-rubiales-energy-corp-outlook-revised-to-positive-on-improving-production-bb-ratings-affirmed. Pacific Rubiales, a Canadian-based company and producer of natural gas and heavy crude oil, owns 100 percent of Meta Petroleum Corp., a Colombian oil operator which operates the Rubiales, Piriri and Quifa oil fields in the Llanos Basin in association with Ecopetrol, S.A., the Colombian national oil company, and 100 percent of Pacific Stratus Energy Corp. which operates the La Creciente natural gas field. The Company is focused on identifying opportunities primarily within the eastern Llanos Basin of Colombia as well as in other areas in Colombia and northern Peru. Pacific Rubiales has working interests in 43 blocks in Colombia, Peru and Guatemala. The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange and La Bolsa de Valores de Colombia and as Brazilian Depositary Receipts on Brazil's Bolsa de Valores Mercadorias e Futuros under the ticker symbols PRE, PREC, and PREB, respectively. Advisories Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future (including, without limitation, statements regarding estimates and/or assumptions in respect of production, revenue, cash flow and costs, reserve and resource estimates, potential resources and reserves and the Company's exploration and development plans and objectives) are forward-looking statements, including in particular, statements concerning the drilling of the Triceratops-2 well in the Triceratops fields, the characteristics of the Triceratops reef structure and business plans and strategies, the plans to obtain definitive test results from the lower reservoir section and InterOil's exploration plans, benefits to stakeholders and increased investment in Papua New Guinea. These forward-looking statements reflect the current expectations or beliefs of the Company based on information currently available to the Company. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements, and even if such actual results are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, the Company. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things: uncertainty of estimates of capital and operating costs, production estimates and estimated economic return; the possibility that actual circumstances will differ from the estimates and assumptions; failure to establish estimated resources or reserves; fluctuations in petroleum prices and currency exchange rates; inflation; changes in equity markets; political developments in Colombia, Guatemala or Peru; changes to regulations affecting the Company's activities; uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future; the uncertainties involved in interpreting drilling results and other geological data; and the other risks disclosed under the heading "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in the Company's annual information form dated March 14, 2012 filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. Although the Company believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein. In addition, reported production levels may not be reflective of sustainable production rates and future production rates may differ materially from the production rates reflected in this press release due to, among other factors, difficulties or interruptions encountered during the production of hydrocarbons. SOURCE Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp.For further information: <p> </p> <p> Christopher (Chris) LeGallais<br/> Sr. Vice President, Investor Relations<br/> +1 (647) 295-3700 </p> <p> Carolina Escobar V<br/> Investor Relations<br/> +57 (1) 628-3970 </p>