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ZaZa Energy Corporation Provides Operational Update and Confirms It Remains on Track to Close on the Sale of Its French Assets



  ZaZa Energy Corporation Provides Operational Update and Confirms It Remains
  on Track to Close on the Sale of Its French Assets by Year-End

     Management remains committed to further aligning its interests with
shareholders and intends to purchase shares in the open market over the coming
                                     week

Business Wire

HOUSTON -- December 11, 2012

ZaZa Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: ZAZA) today provided operational updates
related to its core properties in the Eaglebine and Eagle Ford regions in
Texas. The Company also provided further details on its proposed sale of its
French assets and confirmed that it remains on track for a closing in December
2012.

Eaglebine and Lower Cretaceous Update

ZaZa owns and operates approximately 88,000 net acres in the Eaglebine, one of
the fastest growing and most prolific oil and gas plays in the U.S. ZaZa’s
acreage block is located in the highly organic and thickest area of the basin.
The Company has begun development in the Lower Eaglebine and is exploring
development scenarios associated with its Upper Eaglebine resource potential.
Additionally, the Lower Cretaceous section sits below the Upper and Lower
Eaglebine targets and has a gross thickness of approximately 1,300’ on the
ZaZa acreage block. The Company will spud its first Lower Cretaceous vertical
test this month as it evaluates the potential for producing multiple Lower
Cretaceous targets in a vertical, comingled development strategy.

As previously announced on November 6, 2012, ZaZa completed drilling and
running production casing on its Eaglebine Stingray A-1H well (“Stingray”) in
Walker County, Texas (11,780 feet – True Vertical Depth (TVD) / 17,060 feet –
Measured Depth). The Company drilled a pilot hole through the objective
section (12,242 feet – TVD), took sidewall cores and ran a full suite of logs
for the empirical measurement of hydrocarbons in place. ZaZa also announced at
that time that it completed drilling a ~4,700-foot, in-zone lateral in the
objective section of the Stingray, commenced completion operations, and began
hydraulic fracturing operations. Initial pilot drilling, using the
Schlumberger ELAN analysis tool, showed 21 BCF and 29 MMBO per section in
place and ~4.85 million BOE of oil in place per well bore or ~980,000 BOE/EUR
recoverable, applying a recovery factor of 18-20 percent.

The Company initially guided that it would commence production from the
Stingray in early December, and today reiterated that such production remains
on track for this month; however, it has encountered a restriction during its
completion process that will, in the near-term, limit the production
capabilities of the Stingray. Despite this limit to production capabilities,
and in order to satisfy certain contractual obligations to Range Texas
Production, LLC (“Range”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Range Resources
Corporation, ZaZa intends to produce the Stingray A-1H well and initiate sales
by December 16, 2012, or such later time as may be agreed upon by Range.
Shortly after initiating sales and satisfying its obligation to Range, ZaZa
intends to temporarily shut-in the Stingray in order to remedy the restriction
and, once successful, establish initial full production rates for the
Stingray.

Eagle Ford Update

ZaZa initially owned ~12,300 net acres in the Eagle Ford and increased its net
acreage position to ~72,000 with 100% working interest as a result of the Hess
division of assets. The Company intends to divest, in the first quarter of
2013, two of the prospects it considers non-core (Dilley Prospect ~2,000 net
acres and Hackberry/Oakland Prospect ~23,000 net acres), which collectively
represent ~25,000 net acres. The Company expects to have ~47,000 net acres
post-divestiture.

The Company disclosed today that it has reached TD in its Boening A-1H well
located in DeWitt County, Texas, and is running production casing and
preparing for completion operations. Once released from the Boening, the
Company will then move the Nabors Drilling USA rig, currently under a
multi-well contract with ZaZa, back to its Eaglebine acreage in Walker County
to drill the Commodore A-1 well to test the Lower Cretaceous zone.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Todd A. Brooks, CEO of ZaZa Energy
Corporation stated, “We remain firm believers in our first-mover advantage and
the enormous potential our company has today, given the resources we believe
are prevalent in both our Eaglebine and our Lower Cretaceous position in
Walker and Grimes Counties, in addition to our proven Eagle Ford acreage. We
have a well-defined strategy in place to harness these resources and, at the
same time, continuously improve our operational and financial position. By
divesting non-core assets, we continue to generate capital that places us in a
stronger position to further delineate our Eagle Ford and Eaglebine projects,
while enabling us to successfully pay down our debt. 2013 should be a breakout
year for ZaZa, and we remain focused on generating value for our shareholders,
our company and our partners.”

Brooks continued, “Several of our senior executives, including myself, Ian Fay
our CFO and Scott Gaille, our Chief Compliance Officer, among others, intend
to make purchases of our common stock in the open market over the coming days.
We’ve been in a lock-up period for most of 2012 as we’ve pursued transactions
and completed our debt offering. Now that we have a window to conduct
transactions, we intend to purchase ZAZA stock pursuant and subject to the
restrictions of, and consistent with, applicable laws and our securities
trading policy. This, we believe, is testament to our strong belief in our
company and its potential.”

Update on Definitive Sales and Purchase Agreement with Vermilion Energy

On November 14, 2012, ZaZa announced that it entered into a definitive share
purchase agreement (“Purchase Agreement”) with Vermilion Energy Inc.
(“Vermilion”), whereby Vermilion, through its wholly-owned subsidiary
Vermilion REP SAS would acquire 100% of the shares of ZaZa Energy France SAS
(“ZEF”) for a total purchase price of US$85.8 million, subject to customary
adjustments.

The Company announced today that it has received a letter of non-objection
from the French Minister of Energy and Minister of Economy and Finance on
December 10, 2012 approving the transfer of 100% of the shares of ZEF to
Vermilion as per the Share Purchase Agreement. ZaZa remains on track to close
the transaction with Vermilion prior to year-end 2012 and intends to use a
portion of the proceeds from the disposition to pay down part of its remaining
senior secured notes and fund its drilling program across its Eaglebine and
Eagle Ford plays.

Mr. Brooks concluded, “With the sale of our French conventional asset, we will
have paid down our Senior Secured Notes to approximately $33 million. We
believe ZaZa is well positioned to achieve significant rates of return on our
investments and we look forward to providing our shareholders with updates on
our progress.”

About ZaZa Energy Corporation

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices in Corpus Christi, Texas and
Paris, France, ZaZa Energy Corporation is a publicly traded exploration and
production company with primary assets in the Eagle Ford and Eaglebine
resource plays in Texas. More information about the Company may be found at
www.zazaenergy.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words
such as "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "seeks," "believes," "estimates,"
"expects," "forecasts" and similar references to future periods. These
statements include, but are not limited to, statements about ZaZa’s ability to
execute on exploration, production and development plans, estimates of
reserves, estimates of production, future commodity prices, exchange rates,
interest rates, geological and political risks, drilling risks, product
demand, transportation restrictions, actual recoveries of insurance proceeds,
the ability of ZaZa to obtain additional capital, and other risks and
uncertainties described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. While forward-looking statements are based on our
assumptions and analyses that we believe to be reasonable under the
circumstances, whether actual results and developments will meet our
expectations and predictions depend on a number of risks and uncertainties
that could cause our actual results, performance and financial condition to
differ materially from our expectations. See "Risk Factors" in our 2011 Form
10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of
risk factors that affect our business. Any forward-looking statement made by
us in this news release speaks only as of the date on which it is made.
Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge
from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. We
undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement,
whether as a result of new information, future development, or otherwise,
except as may be required by law.

Contact:

JMR Worldwide
Jay Morakis, Partner
+1 212-786-6037
jmorakis@jmrww.com
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