Exhibit 99.1

For Information
James R. Edwards



Record proved reserves of 1,761 BCFE (293 MMBOE) at year-end 2012, up 40% from 2011; liquids account for 53% of total proved reserves at year-end 2012

Drilling finding and development costs decrease to $1.74 per MCFE for 2012; drilling reserve replacement increases to 411% for same period

Annual production increases 29% to a record 218.9 BCFE (36.5 MMBOE); record quarterly production of 60.7 BCFE exceeds guidance of 57.5 - 60.5 BCFE

Fourth quarter GAAP net loss of $67.1 million or $1.02 per diluted share; adjusted net income of $30.4 million, or $0.45 per diluted share

Quarterly cash flow from operations (GAAP) of $268.4 million; quarterly EBITDAX of $298.2 million, a 14% sequential increase over third quarter    

DENVER, CO February 20, 2013 -
SM Energy Company (NYSE: SM) ("SM Energy" or the "Company") reports financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012 and provides an update on the Company's operating activities. In addition, a new presentation for the fourth quarter earnings and operational update has been posted on the Company's website at www.sm-energy.com. This presentation will be referenced during the conference call scheduled for 8:00 a.m. Mountain Time (10:00 a.m. Eastern time) on February 21, 2013. Information concerning access to the Company's earnings call can be found below.


Tony Best, CEO, remarked, "SM Energy had a record-breaking year in 2012 with new highs for proved reserves and annual production, completing the year with record quarterly production. These results were driven by our high rate of return oil and liquid-rich programs in the Eagle Ford shale and Bakken/Three Forks, which are expected to continue to drive our growth in 2013. The quality of our development programs is demonstrated by the significant improvement in our finding and development costs and reserve replacement ratios in 2012. Our New Ventures program, which focuses on finding the next stages of growth for the Company, has captured additional acreage in the Permian Basin and in East Texas that has the potential to add signific


The following information was filed by Sm Energy Co (SM) on Thursday, February 21, 2013 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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