Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. Announces 2013 Capital Spending

Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. Announces 2013 Capital Spending Program,
Utica Shale Property Transaction, and Updated Fourth Quarter 2012
Production Guidance 
HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 01/15/13 --  Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.
(NASDAQ: CRZO) today announced that the Carrizo Board of Directors
has approved a 2013 drilling and completion program of $500 million
to be allocated as follows:  


 
--  Eagle Ford Shale $385 million
--  Marcellus Shale $70 million
--  Niobrara Formation $35 million
--  Other drilling activities $10 million

  
The approved 2013 capital spending plan for land, seismic, and related
activities is $124 million.  
Carrizo President and CEO, S. P. "Chip" Johnson, IV commented on the
approved spending program, "This 2013 plan allows us to maintain our
current level of drilling activity plus the addition of a new rig
working in the Niobrara Formation for the entirety of 2013. Our rig
count will remain at three rigs running in the Eagle Ford Shale, one
rig drilling in the Marcellus Shale and now two rigs running in the
Niobrara Formation. This drilling activity supports our previously
announced 2013 production forecast for approximately 28% annual
growth in oil production and a natural gas production decline of
approximately 3%. Our land acquisition costs are expected to be
heavily front-end loaded and includes the cost to exercise our
southern Utica acreage option with Avista Capital. Based on very
encouraging drilling results in the southern Utica Shale play,
yesterday we elected to exercise our land purchase option with Avista
Capital for approximately $63 million. After the land purchase,
Carrizo will own approximately 14,000 net acres in the play
predominantly located in Guernsey, Noble, and Tuscarawas Counties,
Ohio. 
"Enough of our analysis of production data for the fourth quarter has
been completed for us to update our prior guidance. Our oil
production for the quarter is now expected to be near the high end of
guidance of 8,100 to 8,700 Bbl/d and our fourth quarter natural gas
and NGL production is also expected to be near the high end of our
previous guidance of 88,000 to 99,000 Mcf/d."  
Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. is a Houston-based energy company actively
engaged in the exploration, development, and production of oil and
gas from resou
rce plays located in the United States. Our current
operations are principally focused in proven, producing oil and gas
shales primarily in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, the Niobrara
Formation in Colorado, the Barnett Shale in North Texas, the
Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, and the Utica Shale in Ohio. 
Statements in this news release that are not historical facts,
including but not limited to those related to timing and levels of
production, production mix (including estimates of historical
information that has not yet been factually verified), the amount,
timing, nature and geographical location of drilling and completion,
land acquisition, seismic and other expenditures, the number,
location and timing of drilling rigs and activity within the
Company's various areas of operation, the Company's or management's
intentions, beliefs, expectations, hopes, projections, assessment of
risks, estimations, plans or predictions for the future, results of
the Company's strategies, timing of completion and drilling of wells,
and other statements that are not historical facts (or are estimates
of historical information that have not yet been factually verified)
are forward-looking statements that are based on current
expectations. Although Carrizo believes that its expectations are
based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that these
expectations will prove correct. Important factors that could cause
actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking
statements include actions by governmental authorities, joint venture
partners, industry partners, lenders and other third parties, market
and other conditions, capital needs and uses, commodity price
changes, effects of the global economy on exploration activity,
results of and dependence on exploratory drilling activities,
operating risks, right-of-way and other land issues, availability of
capital and equipment, weather, and other risks described in
Carrizo's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and its
other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 
Contact: 
Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.
Richard Hunter
Vice President of Investor Relations
Paul F. Boling
Chief Financial Officer
(713) 328-1000 
 
 
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