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EXHIBIT 99.1

SM ENERGY REPORTS SECOND QUARTER 2018 RESULTS:
OUTSTANDING EXECUTION CONTINUES
PRODUCTION UP, LEVERAGE DOWN

DENVER, CO August 1, 2018
- SM Energy Company ("SM Energy" or the “Company”) (NYSE: SM) today announced financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2018. Highlights include:
RockStar wells continue to produce best in class results. Spackler Wolfcamp A sets SM record as its top performing Midland Basin well to-date with a peak 30-day IP rate of 2,324 Boe/d. 24 new RockStar wells reached peak 30-day IP rates that averaged 1,330 Boe/d per well (87% oil) from three intervals
Production exceeded guidance range. 115 MBoe/d average production, 42% oil. Midland Basin production from retained assets was up 14% sequentially and 117% year-over-year. Full year production guidance raised ~3,700 Boe/d at the mid-point
Rapid margin expansion. $24.44 per Boe operating margin (pre-hedge) was the highest in 15 quarters, up 6% sequentially and up 110% year-over-year
Strong earnings. Net income was $17.2 million; EPS was $0.15 and adjusted EPS was $0.15, per diluted common share; net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP) was $171.4 million and adjusted EBITDAX was $225.0 million (adjusted EPS and adjusted EBITDAX are non-GAAP measures; see below for additional information)
Significant reduction in long-term debt. $345 million in 6.5% senior notes due 2021 redeemed subsequent to quarter-end, following the closing of two non-core divestitures for an aggregate sales price of $292 million
MANAGEMENT COMMENTARY
President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Ottoson comments: “In the first half of 2018, we made significant improvements in capital efficiency and operating margins as a result of outstanding operations execution and great well results. Our cash flows have been higher than anticipated, and we are raising full year production guidance without changing our expected full year activity level. We remain on track to meet our targeted total capital spend-to-cash flow neutrality by mid-year 2019.”
SUMMARY WELL RESULTS
Results from 24 new RockStar wells, having an average 10,180 foot lateral, that have reached their 30-day peak IP rates include:
Spackler Wolfcamp A and B wells are among top 5 SM performers to-date with peak 30-day IP rates at 2,324 Boe/d and, 2,022 Boe/d, respectively (89% and 90% oil, respectively)
9 wells from the 14-well Kramer-Costanza development reached peak 30-day IP rates averaging 1,285 Boe/d per well from the Wolfcamp A and B. The wells are drilled at 513-660 foot spacing and 7 of the 9 wells are fully bounded

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The following information was filed by Sm Energy Co (SM) on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 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-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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