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Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. To Acquire Plains Exploration & Production Company And McMoRan Exploration Co. In Transactions Totaling $20 Billion, Creating A Premier U.S. Based Natural Resource Company

Plains Exploration & Production Company

FCX has agreed to acquire PXP for per-share consideration consisting of 0.6531 shares of FCX common stock and $25.00 in cash, equivalent to total consideration of $50.00 per PXP share, based on the closing price of FCX stock on December 4, 2012. This represents a premium of 39 percent to the PXP closing price on December 4, 2012, and 42 percent to its one-month average price at that date. PXP shareholders may elect to receive cash or stock consideration, subject to proration in the event of oversubscription, with the value of the cash and stock per-share consideration to be equalized at closing. Aggregate consideration to the PXP shareholders is expected to consist of approximately $3.4 billion in cash and approximately 91 million shares of FCX common stock.

The transaction is subject to the approval of the shareholders of PXP, receipt of regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

McMoRan Exploration Co.

FCX has agreed to acquire MMR for per-share consideration consisting of $14.75 in cash and 1.15 units of a royalty trust, which will hold a 5 percent overriding royalty interest in future production from MMR’s existing ultra-deep exploration properties. The cash consideration of $14.75 per share represents a premium of 74 percent to the MMR closing price on December 4, 2012, and 31 percent to its one-month average price at that date. The cash portion of the transaction totals $2.1 billion, excluding payment for MMR interests currently held by FCX and PXP. The cash premium, excluding interests held by FCX and PXP, totals approximately $900 million.

The transaction is subject to the approval of the shareholders of MMR, including the approval of an amendment to MMR’s certificate of incorporation, receipt of regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

MANAGEMENT TEAM AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

James R. Moffett, Chairman of FCX and Co-chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MMR, will continue as Chairman of FCX. B. M. “Mack” Rankin, Jr. will continue in his role as Vice Chairman. Richard C. Adkerson, President and Chief Executive Officer of FCX and Co-chairman of MMR, will continue as President and Chief Executive Officer and be appointed Vice Chairman. Upon completion of the transaction, James C. Flores, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of PXP, will be Vice Chairman of FCX and Chief Executive Officer of FCX’s oil and gas operations. Kathleen L. Quirk will continue as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of FCX.

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