CAMAC Energy Inc. Announces Year End and Fourth Quarter 2012 Results and Provides Operational Update

   CAMAC Energy Inc. Announces Year End and Fourth Quarter 2012 Results and
                         Provides Operational Update

  PR Newswire

  HOUSTON, April 12, 2013

HOUSTON, April 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CAMAC Energy Inc . (NYSE MKT: CAK), a
U.S.-based energy company engaged in the exploration, development and
production of oil and gas in Africa, today announced a net loss of $2.9
million, or $0.02 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2012.
For the same period in 2011, CAMAC Energy reported a net loss of $1.7 million,
or $0.01 per diluted share. For the year ended December 31, 2012, CAMAC
Energy reported a net loss of $6.1 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, as
compared to a net loss of $24.9 million or $0.16 per diluted share, for the
year ended December 31, 2011. The decrease in net loss for the year 2012 was
primarily due to lower workover costs related to well #5 in Oyo Field.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kase Lawal commented, "During 2012,
the Company acquired six promising exploration blocks in Gambia and Kenya,
assumed technical operatorship of its Nigerian blocks OML 120 and 121,
divested its China asset, and worked alongside its partner Allied Energy Plc.
("Allied") to engage contractors for the drilling of Oyo well #7. As a result
of these achievements, CAMAC Energy is currently poised to create significant
value for shareholders over the next twelve months by increasing gross
production from Oyo, exploring the deeper Miocene in OML 120 and 121, and
conducting critical pre-drilling work in Kenya and the Gambia. We expect these
activities, along with our ongoing business development program, to improve
the cash flow, asset value, and market profile of the Company for the benefit
of all our stakeholders."

Operating revenues for the Company were $16.6 million for the year ended
December 31, 2012, compared to $37.9 million in 2011. The decrease in 2012 was
primarily due to the reduction in Cost Oil recovery related to workover costs
incurred on well #5 in Oyo Field in 2010 and 2011. During 2012, the Company's
average daily gross production was 2,759 barrels of oil per day compared to
3,714 barrels of oil per day in 2011. The Company's share of average daily net
production was 401 barrels of oil per day in 2012 versus 923 barrels of oil
per day in 2011. The average sales price per barrel in 2012 was $112.60,
compared to $112.91 in 2011.

Average daily gross oil production for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 was
2,661 barrels of oil per day, versus 3,226 barrels of oil per day during the
fourth quarter of 2011. CAMAC Energy's net share of average daily production
during the fourth quarter of 2012 was 289 barrels of oil per day compared to
680 barrels of oil per day during the fourth quarter of 2011. In the fourth
quarter of 2012, there was one oil lifting from Oyo Field of approximately
251,000 barrels compared to one lifting of approximately 400,000 barrels of
oil for the same period in 2011.

General and administrative expenses were $11.0 million for 2012, compared to
$13.3 million for 2011. The decrease in 2012 was primarily due to lower
salary and benefits and lower stock-based compensation.

Cash and cash equivalents on December 31, 2012 were $3.8 million compared to
$13.6 million for the same period in 2011. The decrease in cash and cash
equivalents in 2012 was principally due to lower revenues from the Oyo Field
during the year.

Estimated net proved reserves at the end of 2012 were approximately 3.1
million barrels of oil, as compared to approximately 2.7 million barrels of
oil at December 31, 2011. The Oyo Field accounted for 100% of the proved
reserves.

Update on Operations

Kenya

CAMAC Energy recently announced that it has signed an agreement with Sander
Geophysics Limited ("SGL") to shoot airborne gravity and magnetic geophysical
surveys on its Kenya onshore Lamu Basin Blocks L1B and L16. The data
acquisition will cover essentially the entire 12,129 square kilometers in
Block L1B and the entire 3,613 square kilometers in Block L16, exceeding the
first exploration period's gravity and magnetic survey requirements for each
block. The results of the airborne gravity and magnetic survey will be used to
optimize the placement of 2-D seismic lines. SGL commenced data acquisition
this month, with initial results expected in the third quarter of 2013. The
Company is also continuing to evaluate existing seismic data on Block L1B to
identify leads and prospects.

On its Kenya offshore Blocks L27 and L28, the Company is undertaking a
regional geological study in advance of its participation in a 2-D
multi-client seismic acquisition covering both blocks sponsored by the Kenyan
Government. The Company expects the acquisition to commence within the next
twelve months .

The Gambia

In The Gambia, the Company currently is undertaking a geological and
geophysical study in addition to evaluating existing 2-D seismic over its
offshore Blocks A2 and A5 in order to delineate its 3-D seismic acquisition
program.

OML 120 and 121

In the second half of 2012, CAMAC Energy assumed technical operatorship of
OMLs 120 and 121 (the "OMLs") through a technical services agreement with its
partner Allied, which acquired the remaining 40% working interest in the OMLs
from Nigerian Agip Exploration, a subsidiary of Eni SpA in June 2012. Since
assuming technical operatorship, the Company, working alongside Allied, has
stabilized Oyo Field production, contracted several reputable service
companies to support the drilling of Oyo well #7, and secured the use of the
Sedneth 701 semi-submersible rig, currently under contract to Nigerian
Petroleum Development Corporation ("NPDC") and operated by a unit of
Transocean Ltd. ("Transocean"). The Sedneth 701 will be assigned to Allied
between April and August of 2013 to drill Oyo well #7, which is being designed
to both increase production from the currently producing Pliocene reservoir
and explore the resource potential in the deeper Miocene reservoir.

NPDC has agreed to provide written notice to Allied thirty days prior to
assignment of the rig. Transocean will continue to operate the rig during the
assignment period. The Company expects drilling operations to conclude
approximately sixty days from the spudding of the well. First production from
Oyo well #7 is expected in the fourth quarter of 2013 upon delivery of
previously ordered long-lead items related to well completion.

The Company is also in the process of re-interpreting the existing 3-D seismic
data on the OMLs to identify new exploration prospects outside of the Oyo
Field. The Company expects this analysis to result in an increase to the gross
unrisked resource potential of the OMLs, currently estimated at over 2 billion
barrels of oil by independent reserve auditors.

Conference Call Details

A conference call for investors will be held today at 10:00 a.m. Central Time
(11:00 a.m. Eastern Time) to discuss CAMAC Energy's operations and fourth
quarter results with a focus on the Company's future strategy. Hosting the
call will be Dr. Kase Lawal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Earl
McNiel, Chief Financial Officer.

The call can be accessed live over the telephone by dialing, (877) 317-6789,
or for international callers, (412) 317-6789. A replay will be available
shortly after the conference call and can be accessed by dialing (877)
344-7529, or for international callers, (412) 317-0088. The passcode for the
replay is 10026061.

Interested parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference
call by accessing the Investors--Events & Presentations section of CAMAC
Energy's website at www.camacenergy.com . A replay of the webcast will be
available for approximately 30 days.

About CAMAC Energy Inc.

CAMAC Energy Inc . (NYSE MKT: CAK) is a U.S.-based energy company engaged in
the exploration, development and production of oil and gas. The Company's
principal assets include rights to interests in OML 120 and OML 121, offshore
oil and gas leases in deep water Nigeria which include the currently producing
Oyo Oilfield, and six recently acquired exploration blocks in Kenya and The
Gambia. The Company is currently pursuing further additions to its exploration
portfolio in East and West Africa. The Company was founded in 2005 and has
offices in Houston, Texas, Nairobi, Kenya, Banjul, Gambia and Lagos, Nigeria.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain certain "forward-looking statements" relating
to the business of CAMAC Energy Inc. and its subsidiaries. All statements,
other than statements of historical fact included herein are "forward-looking
statements" including statements regarding: the general ability of CAMAC
Energy Inc. to achieve its commercial objectives; the business strategy, plans
and objectives of CAMAC Energy Inc. and its subsidiaries; resource potential;
and any other statements of non-historical information. Words such as
"anticipates," "expects," "plans," "projects," "believes," "seeks,"
"estimates," and similar expressions are intended to identify such
forward-looking statements. The statements are based upon management's
current expectations, estimates and projections, are not guarantees of future
performance, and are subject to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other
factors, some of which are beyond CAMAC Energy Inc.'s control and are
difficult to predict, including those discussed in CAMAC Energy Inc.'s
periodic reports that are filed with the SEC and available on its website (
http://www.sec.gov ). You should not place undue reliance on these
forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press
release. Unless legally required, CAMAC Energy Inc. undertakes no obligation
to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise.

Contacts

Media: CAMAC Energy Inc.Cristy Taylor, +1-713-797-2940 PR@camacenergy.com

or

Investor Relations: Jason Lee+1-832-209-1419 IR@camacenergy.com

Website: http://www.camacenergy.com
 
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