Cobalt International Energy, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results

Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (“Cobalt”) (NYSE:CIE) today announced a net loss of $39 million, or $0.10 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of 2012, compared to a net loss of $47 million, or $0.12 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of 2011.

Total expenditures (excluding changes in working capital) for the quarter ending September 30, 2012 were approximately $129 million. These expenditures are consistent with previously announced 2012 estimated total expenditures of between $550 and $650 million. Cobalt’s cash, cash equivalents, and investments position at the end of the third quarter was approximately $1.5 billion. This included about $485 million designated for future operations held in escrow and collateralizing letters of credit, but excluded approximately $110 million in the TOTAL drilling fund for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Cobalt continues to have no outstanding debt.

Conference Call

A conference call for investors will be held today at 10 a.m. Central Time (11 a.m. Eastern Time) to discuss Cobalt’s third quarter results. Hosting the call will be Joseph H. Bryant, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and John P. Wilkirson, Chief Financial Officer.

Due to the current storm on the East Coast the dial-in information has changed. The call can be accessed live over the telephone by dialing (888) 846-5003, or for international callers, (480) 629-9856. A replay will be available shortly after the call and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176, or for international callers, (858) 384-5517. The passcode for the replay is 4573722. The replay will be available until November 13, 2012.

Interested parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call by accessing the Investors-Presentations and Publications section of Cobalt’s website at www.cobaltintl.com. A replay of the webcast will also be available for approximately 30 days following the call.

About Cobalt

Cobalt is an independent oil exploration and production company focusing on the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico and offshore Angola and Gabon. Cobalt was formed in 2005 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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