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Berry Petroleum Reports 2012 Results

Berry Petroleum Company (NYSE: BRY) reported net earnings of $172 million, or $3.09 per diluted share, for 2012. After considering certain items, adjusted net earnings were $168 million, or $3.02 per diluted share. Oil and gas revenues were $937 million and discretionary cash flow for the year totaled $502 million, with net cash provided by operating activities of $501 million.

Berry's 2012 production averaged 36,402 BOE/D, and fourth quarter production averaged 39,500 BOE/D. The Company's oil production averaged 27,393 BOE/D in 2012, up 11% from 2011. Berry's oil mix increased from 70% of production in 2011 to 75% of production in 2012. The continued shift toward oil growth, combined with sales of the Company's California heavy oil at a $9 average premium to WTI, raised corporate operating margins from $45 per BOE in 2011 to $49 per BOE in 2012.

For 2012 and 2011, Berry's average net production in BOE per day was as follows:
    2012 Production     2011 Production
Oil (BOE/D) 27,393       75 % 24,771       70 %
Natural gas (BOE/D) 9,009   25 % 10,916   30 %
Total (BOE/D) 36,402 100 % 35,687 100 %

Total Proved Reserves of 275 MMBOE; 38 MMBOE of oil additions

Proved oil and gas reserves were estimated at 275 million BOE at December 31, 2012. The company added a total of 38 million BOE of proved reserves at its oil properties in 2012 and removed 24 million BOE of reserves at its gas properties. Proved oil reserves were up 10% to 204 million barrels with oil reserves increasing to 74% of total reserves, compared to 68% of total reserves in 2011. Proved developed reserves increased to 55% of total reserves from 53% in 2011. Reserve growth in 2012 was driven by activity in Berry's three oil basins, which comprise 82.5% of proved reserves, with 46% in California, 23% in the Permian basin and 13% in the Uinta. The Company's natural gas reserves declined 24 million BOE in 2012, or 33% from 2011 levels, due to low natural gas prices and the SEC's 5-year rule.
    Fourth Quarter 2012     Third Quarter 2012
Oil (BOE/D) 30,649       78 % 27,493       76 %
Natural gas (BOE/D) 8,851   22 % 8,793   24 %
Total (BOE/D) 39,500 100 % 36,286 100 %

Fourth Quarter 2012: Production of 39,500 BOE/D, Adjusted Earnings of $0.69 Per Share, and Discretionary Cash Flow of $126 million

For the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company reported net earnings of $38 million, or $0.69 per diluted share. After considering certain items, adjusted net earnings were $38 million, or $0.69 per diluted share. Oil and natural gas sales were $249 million during the quarter. Discretionary cash flow for the quarter totaled $126 million, and net cash provided by operating activities totaled $110 million. Operating margin was approximately $47 per BOE, supported by sales of our California oil at a $10 average premium to WTI.

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