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Parex Resources Announces Approval of Normal Course Issuer Bid

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Parex Resources Announces Approval of Normal Course Issuer Bid08:00 EDT Thursday, March 14, 2013CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 14, 2013) -NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO US NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATESParex Resources Inc. ("Parex" or the "Company") (TSX:PXT) announced today that the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX") has approved the Company's proposed normal course issuer bid (the "Bid") to purchase for cancellation, from time to time, as it considers advisable, up to a maximum of 8,818,165 common shares of the Company. The maximum number of common shares to be purchased pursuant to the Bid represents approximately 10% of the issued and outstanding common shares, which are not held by insiders of the Company, on the date hereof. Purchases pursuant to the Bid will be made on the open market through the facilities of the TSX. The number of common shares that can be purchased pursuant to the Bid is subject to a daily maximum of 46,095 common shares (which is equal to 25% of the average daily trading volume from September 1, 2012 to February 28, 2013). The price that Parex will pay for any common shares under the Bid will be the prevailing market price on the TSX at the time of such purchase. Common shares acquired under the Bid will be cancelled.The Bid will commence on March 18, 2013 and will terminate on March 17, 2014 or such earlier time as the Bid is completed or terminated at the option of Parex. FirstEnergy Capital Corp. has agreed to act on the Company's behalf to make purchases of common shares pursuant to the Bid. A copy of the Form 12 Notice of Intention to Make a Normal Course Issuer Bid filed by the Company with the TSX can be obtained from the Company upon request without charge. Parex believes that the common shares have been trading in a price range which does not adequately reflect their value in relation to Parex' current operations and its growth prospects, and that, at such times, the purchase of common shares for cancellation will increase the proportionate interest of, and be advantageous to, all remaining shareholders.As of the close of business on February 28, 2013, the Company had 108,564,251 common shares issued and outstanding.Corporate OverviewParex, through its direct and indirect subsidiaries, is engaged in oil and natural gas exploration, development and production in South America and the Caribbean region. Parex is conducting exploration activities on its 1,349,000 gross acre holdings primarily in the Llanos Basin of Colombia and 219,000 gross acre holdings onshore Trinidad. Parex is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.This news release does not constitute an offer to sell securities, nor is it a solicitation of an offer to buy securities, in any jurisdiction. Advisory on Forward Looking StatementsCertain information regarding Parex set forth in this document contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties. The use of any of the words "plan", "expect", "intend", "believe", "should", "anticipate" or other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are only predictions and actual events or results may differ materially. Many factors could cause Parex' actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, Parex. In particular, forward-looking statements contained in this document include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the anticipated advantages to shareholders of the Bid. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to, the risk that the anticipated benefits of the Bid may not be achieved. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this document are based upon assumptions which Management believes to be reasonable, the Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. With respect to forward-looking statements contained in this document, Parex has made assumptions regarding, among other things, the ability of the Company to achieve the benefits of the Bid. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this document and Parex disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: The TSX has not received and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release. Contact Information: Parex Resources Inc.Michael KruchtenVice President, Corporate Planning & Investor Relations(403) 517-1733Investor.relations@parexresources.com