Cobalt International Energy, Inc. Closes Over-Allotment Option

HOUSTON, Jan 07, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CIE) announced that it closed the sale of an additional 7,978,000 shares of its common stock at the public offering price of $13.50 per share pursuant to the over-allotment option exercised by the underwriters of its recently completed initial public offering. The exercise of the over-allotment option brings the total number of common shares sold by Cobalt in the public offering to 70,978,000 shares. Including proceeds from the exercise of the over-allotment option, gross proceeds from Cobalt's initial public offering and a simultaneous 3,125,000 share offering at $13.50 per share exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 pursuant to Regulation S were $1.0 billion.

Cobalt intends to use the net proceeds from the offering and other resources available to it to fund its capital expenditures, and in particular Cobalt's drilling and exploration program through 2011, and its related operating expenses, and for general corporate purposes.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. acted as joint book-running managers of the public offering.

About Cobalt

Cobalt is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company focusing on the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico and offshore Angola and Gabon. Cobalt was formed in 2005 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 -- that is, statements related to future, not past, events. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and include any statement that does not directly relate to a current or historical fact. In this context, forward-looking statements often address our expected future business and financial performance, and often contain words such as "anticipate," "believe," "intend," "expect," "plan," "will" or other similar words. These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that ultimately may not prove to be accurate. Actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. For further discussion of risks and uncertainties, individuals should refer to Cobalt's SEC filings. Cobalt undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after this press release. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

SOURCE: Cobalt International Energy, Inc.

Cobalt International Energy, Inc.
Jeff Starzec, +1 713-579-9129
Associate General Counsel
Investor Relations
+1 713-452-2322

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