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Apollo Global Management LLC : Northwoods Energy, a Portfolio Company of Funds Affiliated with Apollo Global Management, Announces Its Acquisition of SM Energy’s Powder River Basin Assets for $500 Million

by January 10, 2018 General

Northwoods Energy LLC (“Northwoods” or the “Company”) (formerly known as
Converse Energy), a portfolio company of certain funds managed by
affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE:APO) (“Apollo”), today
announced it has agreed to acquire SM Energy’s core Powder River Basin
assets. The acquisition is comprised of over 112,200 predominantly
contiguous net acres of leasehold in Converse, Campbell, and Johnson
counties in Wyoming.

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Northwoods is led by Chief Executive Officer Tom Tyree, who has
extensive experience in the acquisition and development of upstream oil
and gas properties in the Rocky Mountains, Marcellus Shale, and Barnett
Shale. Mr. Tyree was Co-Founder, President, and CFO of Vantage Energy
from 2006 to 2016. He is currently on the board of directors of Bonanza
Creek Energy and served as CFO of Bill Barrett Corporation prior to
Vantage Energy. The Apollo funds, including Apollo Investment Fund VIII
and Apollo Natural Resources Partners II, have committed to invest up to
an aggregate of $850 million in Northwoods.

Mr. Tyree said, “Northwoods is excited to be working with Apollo to
build a leading Powder River Basin-focused independent E&P business. We
believe the basin has some of the best geology of any play in the Lower
48 and that Northwoods has a tremendous opportunity to develop this
highly contiguous, core acreage position.”

Geoff Strong, Senior Partner at Apollo, said, “We look forward to
working with Tom as Northwoods seeks to become a best-in-class Powder
River Basin operator. Northwoods’ acreage position creates a solid
foundation from which the Company can build significant scale in the

Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. advised the buyer. Vinson & Elkins acted as
legal advisor to the buyer.

About Northwoods Energy LLC

Northwoods Energy LLC is an upstream oil & gas company based in Denver,
CO and focused on the Powder River Basin. Northwoods is backed by
investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management and the
Northwoods management team, and is led by Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer Tom Tyree.

About Apollo Global Management, LLC

Apollo is a leading global alternative investment manager with offices
in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, St. Louis, Bethesda,
Toronto, London, Frankfurt, Madrid, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Delhi,
Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Apollo had assets under management of
approximately $242 billion as of September 30, 2017 in private equity,
credit and real estate funds invested across a core group of nine
industries where Apollo has considerable knowledge and resources.
Apollo’s team has extensive experience investing in the Natural
Resources industry and, since 2001, certain of Apollo’s flagship private
equity funds, have invested or committed to invest approximately $12.2
billion in 34 natural resources-related opportunities (as of September
30, 2017). Greg Beard, Apollo’s Head of Natural Resources, leads a team
of approximately 20 private equity professionals focused on identifying
value-oriented corporate carve-outs, asset acquisitions/build-ups and
distressed investments across the energy and metals and mining markets
globally. For more information about Apollo, please visit

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