Helmerich & Payne, Inc. Announces Significant Dividend Increase

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. Announces Significant Dividend Increase

TULSA, Okla., Dec. 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Helmerich & Payne, Inc.
(NYSE:HP) announced today that its Board of Directors declared a dividend of
$0.15 per share of common stock, which more than doublesthe Company's
quarterly dividend for its first quarter of fiscal 2013 ending December 31,
2012. The dividend is payable on March 1, 2013 to shareholders of record at
the close of business on February 15, 2013.

Company Chairman and CEO, Hans Helmerich commented, "We have delivered
dividend increases every year for over 40 years and we are pleased to announce
a significant increase for fiscal 2013. Our continuing success allows for the
probability of maintaining this strong record and of increasing dividend
levels in coming years as well as pursuing future growth opportunities."

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. is primarily a contract drilling company.As of
December 4, 2012, the Company's existing fleet included 290 land rigs in the
U.S., 29 international land rigs and 9 offshore platform rigs.In addition,
the Company is scheduled to complete another 8 new H&P-designed and operated
FlexRigs®* under long-term contracts with customers.Upon completion of these
commitments, the Company's global land fleet is expected to have a total of
327 land rigs, including 296 FlexRigs.

*FlexRig® is a registered trademark of Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

CONTACT: Investor Relations
         investor.relations@hpinc.com
         (918) 588-5207

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