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Swift Energy Announces: 15% Increase In Fourth Quarter 2012 Production To 3.11 Million Barrels Of Oil Equivalent

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“Our emphasis on higher value opportunities within our portfolio is also evident in our most recent reserves report. Crude oil and natural gas liquids proved reserves volumes increased 63% in 2012 over 2011 levels.

“Our plans for 2013 include pursuing further growth of crude oil and natural gas liquids production and reserves both within our existing portfolio and through our strategic growth initiatives. Our primary activity this year will be focused on our high value liquids rich acreage in South Texas. Based on results from downspacing tests we’ve conducted in LaSalle County and northern McMullen County, we believe we can meaningfully increase the number of drilling opportunities in these areas.

“We also intend to further evaluate our unrecognized liquids rich portfolio this year by testing three distinct opportunities prospective for crude oil development. We are currently drilling a horizontal well targeting the Wilcox formation in our South Bearhead Creek field in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana. We also expect to test the Niobrara formation in southwestern Colorado before the end of 2013, and we are preparing to drill a sub-salt well in our Lake Washington field within twenty-four months.

“Finally, in an effort to better balance our expected cash flows with our capital expenditures, we have reduced our capital spending plans approximately 30-40% from 2012 levels. This capital spending level is expected to lead to lower levels of production growth and with reserves growth of 7-12%.”

Fourth Quarter Revenues and Expenses

Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased 2% to $157.9 million from the $155.1 million generated in the fourth quarter of 2011, primarily attributable to higher oil and natural gas liquids (“NGLs”) production volumes.

Depreciation, depletion and amortization expense (“DD&A”) of $21.08 per barrel of oil equivalent (“Boe”) in the fourth quarter of 2012 decreased 2% from $21.52 per Boe of DD&A in the comparable period in 2011, primarily due to an increase in reserves.

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