updated 4/21/2011 9:16:14 AM ET 2011-04-21T13:16:14

HOUSTON, April 21, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rosetta Resources Inc. (Nasdaq:ROSE) ("Rosetta" or the "Company") today announced the completion of divestitures in the DJ Basin in Yuma County, Colorado and the Sacramento Basin in California for a total purchase price of $255 million, subject to customary closing adjustments. The closings were concluded on March 31, 2011 and April 15, 2011, respectively, with an effective date of January 1, 2011.

"These sales represent the final step in our strategy shift to an unconventional resource player," said Randy Limbacher, chairman, CEO and president. "The proceeds provide us the option of redeploying considerable amounts of capital to our high-return growth program in the Eagle Ford shale and in the Southern Alberta Basin."

Under the terms of the sale agreement for the Sacramento Basin properties, $43.6 million of funds associated with a certain portion of the assets have been placed in escrow pending receipt of appropriate consents for assignment. Once approval is granted, the titles will be released to the purchaser and funds held in escrow remitted to Rosetta.  The remaining portions of the Sacramento Basin transaction are anticipated to occur in the third quarter of 2011.

Rosetta Resources Inc. is an independent exploration and production company engaged in the acquisition and development of onshore energy resources in North America. The Company's activities are primarily located in South Texas, including its largest producing region in the Eagle Ford shale and the Southern Alberta Basin in northwest Montana. The Company is a Delaware Corporation based in Houston, Texas. 

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 Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements, which give the Company's current expectations or forecasts of future events based on currently available information. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts, such as expectations regarding drilling plans, including the acceleration thereof, production rates and guidance, resource potential, incremental transportation capacity, exit rate guidance, net present value, development plans, progress on infrastructure projects, exposures to weak natural gas prices, changes in the Company's liquidity, changes in acreage positions, expected expenses, expected capital expenditures, and projected debt balances. The assumptions of management and the future performance of the Company are subject to a wide range of business risks and uncertainties and there is no assurance that these statements and projections will be met. Factors that could affect the Company's business include, but are not limited to: the risks associated with drilling of oil and natural gas wells; the Company's ability to find, acquire, market, develop, and produce new reserves; the risk of drilling dry holes; oil and natural gas price volatility; derivative transactions (including the costs associated therewith and the abilities of counterparties to perform thereunder); uncertainties in the estimation of proved, probable, and possible reserves and in the projection of future rates of production and reserve growth; inaccuracies in the Company's assumptions regarding items of income and expense and the level of capital expenditures; uncertainties in the timing of exploitation expenditures; operating hazards attendant to the oil and natural gas business; drilling and completion losses that are generally not recoverable from third parties or insurance; potential mechanical failure or underperformance of significant wells; pipeline construction difficulties; climatic conditions; availability and cost of material, equipment and services; the risks associated with operating in a limited number of geographic areas; actions or inactions of third-party operators of the Company's properties; the Company's ability to retain skilled personnel; diversion of management's attention from existing operations while pursuing acquisitions or dispositions; availability of capital; the strength and financial resources of the Company's competitors; regulatory developments; environmental risks; uncertainties in the capital markets; uncertainties with respect to asset sales; general economic and business conditions (including the effects of the worldwide economic recession); industry trends; and other factors detailed in the Company's most recent Form 10-K, Form 10Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize (or the consequences of such a development changes), or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those forecasted or expected. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by law.

CONTACT: Investor Contact:
         
         Michael J. Rosinski
         Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
         Rosetta Resources Inc.
         (713) 335-4037
         rosinskim@rosettaresources.com

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