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SM Energy Declares Semi-Annual Cash Dividend

Monday, October 15, 2012

SM Energy Declares Semi-Annual Cash Dividend08:00 EDT Monday, October 15, 2012 DENVER (Business Wire) -- SM Energy Company (NYSE:SM) announces that its Board of Directors has approved a semi-annual cash dividend of $0.05 per share of common stock outstanding. The dividend will be paid on November 7, 2012, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on October 26, 2012. The Company currently has approximately 66.1 million shares of common stock outstanding. The Company has paid cash dividends to its stockholders every year since 1940. The Board of Directors plans to continue making semi-annual dividend payments at the rate of $0.05 per share for the foreseeable future, subject in its sole discretion to future earnings, capital requirements, financial condition, contractual obligations, and other factors. ABOUT THE COMPANY SM Energy Company is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in onshore North America. SM Energy routinely posts important information about the Company on its website. For more information about SM Energy, please visit its website at www.sm-energy.com. SM Energy CompanyJames R. Edwards303-837-2444