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27 Dec 2006

Hegde Fund Funded Exco Doubles Oil Reserves

Exco Resources Inc. announced an agreement to buy producing oil and gas properties in Jackson Parish, Louisiana from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for $1.6 billion, almost doubling its oil and gas reserves. The total acreage is approximately 66,000 net acres.

Exco's largest shareholder is legendary oilman and billionaire hedge fund manager T. Boone Pickens, who with his two hedge funds, owns 12.5% of Exco's outstanding shares. Pickens is also on the board of directors and this purchase is the largest of six announced this year by Exco.

Exco is the culmination of several acquisitions made in the last few years by Pickens and Exco CEO, Doug Miller. Pickens, 77, started Mesa Petroleum with $2500 in 1956, growing it into one of the world's leading independent oil and gas producers. He is also the founder and chairman emeritus of Clean Energy Fuels, the nation's largest supplier of natural gas to the transportation sector.

The fields are tapped by about 350 wells, and 96% of the proved reserves on the properties are in production, Exco said. The fields have proved reserves equivalent to about 466 billion cubic feet of gas of which 446 is producing today, Exco said. The acquisition also includes gathering systems, compression and treating plants.

Exco will use cash generated by the new fields to accelerate drilling on more than $2-billion of properties acquired since the public offering. The purchase of the Anadarko fields, expected to close in March, will be financed with a new revolving credit facility and a bridge loan from banks, Exco said in a separate statement.

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