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 January 20, 2016 - 7:30 AM EST
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WPX Energy Increases Hedge Position and Reduces Debt

Company Continues to Aggressively Execute Despite Challenging Environment

WPX Energy (NYSE: WPX) has added more hedges to protect cash flows and repurchased a portion of notes that are due in early 2017.

Approximately three-fourths of WPX’s 2016 anticipated oil volumes are hedged well above current prices. The company now has 29,380 barrels of oil per day hedged at $60.85 per barrel in 2016. This includes another 2,000 bbl/d added since the company’s most recent quarterly report.

Roughly two-thirds of WPX’s anticipated 2016 natural gas production is hedged at $3.63 per MMBtu. For 2017, WPX has 9,304 bbl/d of oil hedged at $61.66 per barrel and 92,500 MMBtu per day of natural gas hedged at $3.22.

Over the past two months, WPX reduced its long-term debt by repurchasing approximately $68 million in notes – or 17 percent – of a $400 million maturity due in early 2017 at a discount to par. The company’s next debt maturity does not occur until 2020.

WPX has been increasing its liquidity through asset sales. WPX exceeded its 2015 divestiture target with the previously announced agreement to sell its San Juan Basin gathering system. WPX also remains engaged in discussions with third parties relating to the disposition of all or a portion of its assets in the Piceance Basin.

“We continue to proactively manage our finances,” stated Rick Muncrief, WPX president and chief executive officer. “This positions us to grow our portfolio when commodity prices rebound, especially our world-class Permian Delaware asset. The results of our early work in the basin are exceeding our expectations.”

Further details regarding WPX’s 2016 plans and guidance will be provided in late February. The company’s next quarterly webcast takes place on Feb. 25 beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern. Investors are encouraged to access the event and the corresponding slides at www.wpxenergy.com.

About WPX Energy, Inc.

WPX is a domestic energy producer with operations in the western United States. The company has transformed its portfolio through more than $4.5 billion of transactions, including the acquisition of a considerable position in the core of the Permian’s Delaware Basin.

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the company. Statements regarding future drilling and production are subject to all of the risks and uncertainties normally incident to the exploration for and development and production of oil and gas. These risks include, but are not limited to, the volatility of oil, natural gas and NGL prices; uncertainties inherent in estimating oil, natural gas and NGL reserves; drilling risks; environmental risks; and political or regulatory changes. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, even if subsequently made available by WPX Energy on its website or otherwise. WPX Energy does not undertake and expressly disclaims any obligation to update the forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors are urged to consider carefully the disclosure in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, available from us at WPX Energy, Attn: Investor Relations, P.O. Box 21810, Tulsa, Okla., 74102, or from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

WPX Energy, Inc.
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Source: Business Wire (January 20, 2016 - 7:30 AM EST)

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