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 January 19, 2016 - 5:27 PM EST
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Clayton Williams Energy Confirms Status of Strategic Review

Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE:CWEI) previously disclosed that its Board of Directors had initiated a review of strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value and had engaged Goldman, Sachs, & Co. to serve as financial adviser in that process. The Company confirmed today that this strategic review is ongoing, and that the Board and its advisers are actively considering possible transactions as a part of this review. The transactions disclosed in the Company’s news release dated January 18, 2016 providing an update on recent activities were not associated with the ongoing strategic review. There can be no assurance that the strategic review will result in any transaction in the future, and no decision has been made to enter into any transaction at this time.

Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. is an independent energy company located in Midland, Texas.

This 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. All statements, other than statements of historical or current facts, that address activities, events, outcomes and other matters that we plan, expect, intend, assume, believe, budget, predict, forecast, project, estimate or anticipate (and other similar expressions) will, should or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current belief, based on currently available information, as to the outcome and timing of future events. The Company cautions that its future natural gas and liquids production, revenues, cash flows, liquidity, plans for future operations, expenses, outlook for oil and natural gas prices, timing of capital expenditures and other forward-looking statements are subject to all of the risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, incident to the exploration for and development, production and marketing of oil and gas.

These risks include, but are not limited to, the possibility of unsuccessful exploration and development drilling activities, our ability to replace and sustain production, commodity price volatility, domestic and worldwide economic conditions, the availability of capital on economic terms to fund our capital expenditures and acquisitions, our level of indebtedness, the impact of the current economic recession on our business operations, financial condition and ability to raise capital, declines in the value of our oil and gas properties resulting in a decrease in our borrowing base under our credit facility and impairments, the ability of financial counterparties to perform or fulfill their obligations under existing agreements, the uncertainty inherent in estimating proved oil and gas reserves and in projecting future rates of production and timing of development expenditures, drilling and other operating risks, lack of availability of goods and services, regulatory and environmental risks associated with drilling and production activities, the adverse effects of changes in applicable tax, environmental and other regulatory legislation, and other risks and uncertainties are described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

Clayton Williams Energy, Inc.
Patti Hollums, 432-688-3419
Director of Investor Relations
Michael L. Pollard, 432-688-3029
Chief Financial Officer

Source: Business Wire (January 19, 2016 - 5:27 PM EST)

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