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Carmen Energy Inc. Announces Asset Sale Transaction, Filing of Reserves Information and Proposed Name Change

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/17/12 -- Carmen Energy Inc. (TSX VENTURE:CEI) ("Carmen" or the "Corporation") announces that it has entered into a purchase and sale agreement ("PSA") to sell the Corporation's 60% non-operated working interest in certain oil and gas assets (the "Assets") in the Viking-Kinsella area of Alberta, namely the Corporation's 16-17-049-12 W4 well.

The PSA has been entered into with two companies, both of which are considerate "related parties" to the Corporation under applicable securities laws. R & D Asset Management Ltd. and Red Mountain Resources Ltd. are owned or controlled by Mr. Tyler Rice, the Corporation's President and by Mr. Randy Harrison, a director of the Corporation, respectively. As the sale will constitute a "related party transaction" under applicable securities laws, the Corporation intends to call an annual and special meeting of the Corporation's shareholders prior to February 28, 2013 to approve the sale of the Assets.

The Corporation has been searching for a purchaser for these Assets for several months, with the aim of selling these Assets to reduce Carmen's working capital deficiency (unaudited at June 30, 2012 of approximately $140,000), outstanding notes payable (unaudited at June 30, 2012 of approximately $350,000) and other obligations (consisting primarily of unaudited asset retirement obligations of approximately $98,000). The independent board members of the Corporation have approved the PSA after the Corporation unsuccessfully canvassed a number of parties to find a purchaser for the Assets.

The purchase price for the Assets of $678,600 was agreed to by the parties based on the net present value of proved and probable reserves, as calculated in the independent reserve report prepared for the Corporation for the year ended September 30, 2012, and will be adjusted for actual production to the effective date of January 1, 2013. The purchase price will be comprised of cash, forgiveness of the notes payable held by each of the Purchasers, assumption of the remaining note payable owing by the Corporation by the Purchasers and termination of all Gross Overriding Royalties ("GORRs") held by the Purchasers as well terminating the balance of the GORRs associated with the note payable on the remaining lands held by the Corporation.

Archie Nesbitt, an independent member of the Board of Directors (the "Board") stated that, "the execution of the PSA is crucial to rectifying the Corporation's working capital deficiency as well as to ensure the viability of the Corporation as we rebrand and rebuild after the drilling of three dry wells".

Completion of the asset sale transaction will be conditional upon receipt of approval from the transaction from the TSX Venture Exchange (the "Exchange") as well as approval of the Corporation's shareholders.

The Corporation is also pleased to announce that it has filed its reports under section 2.1 of National Instrument 51-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Oil & Gas Activities for the year ending September 30, 2012, on the Corporation's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

The Corporation also announces that the Board has approved a resolution to change the Corporations' name to "Margaux Resources Ltd.", subject to Exchange and shareholder approval at the forthcoming Annual Special Meeting of the Corporation.

Additionally, the Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Randy Harrison as a member of the Corporation's audit committee, effective immediately.

About Carmen Energy Inc.: Carmen is based in Calgary, Alberta and a publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company. The focus is on exploration and development of Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin based oil and gas properties. The current projects are the Jumpbush properties in south eastern Alberta.

FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION

Certain information in this news release is forward-looking within the meaning of certain securities laws, and is subject to important risks, uncertainties and assumptions. This forward-looking information includes, among other things, the approval of shareholders' with at the forthcoming AGM for both the change of name and conditions relating to the related party transaction and information with respect to the Corporation's beliefs, plans, expectations, anticipations, estimates and intentions and the activities of the Corporation. The words "may", "could", "should", "would", "suspect", "outlook", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "plan", "target" and similar words and expressions are used to identify forward-looking information. . The forward-looking information in this news release describes the Corporation's expectations as of the date of this news release.

The results or events anticipated or predicted in such forward-looking information may differ materially from actual results or events. Material factors which could cause actual results or events to differ materially from such forward-looking information include, among others, the risks associated with the oil and gas industry in general, risks arising from general economic conditions and adverse industry events, risks arising from operations generally, reliance on contractual rights such as licences and leases in the conduct of its business, the uncertainty of reserve and resource estimates; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to reserves, resources, production, costs and expenses; reliance on third parties, reliance on key personnel, possible failure of the business model or business plan or the inability to implement the business model or business plan as planned, competition, environmental matters, and insurance or lack thereof; failure to realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions including the Acquisition; ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources; changes in legislation, including but not limited to tax laws, royalties and environmental regulations.

The Corporation cautions that the foregoing list of material factors is not exhaustive. When relying on the Corporation's forward-looking information to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. The Corporation has assumed a certain progression, which may not be realized. It has also assumed that the material factors referred to in the previous paragraph will not cause such forward-looking information to differ materially from actual results or events. However, the list of these factors is not exhaustive and is subject to change and there can be no assurance that such assumptions will reflect the actual outcome of such items or factors.

Completion of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including Exchange acceptance and disinterested Shareholder approval. The transaction cannot close until the required Shareholder approval is obtained. There can be no assurance that the transaction will be completed as proposed or at all.

Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the Management Information Circular to be prepared in connection with the transaction, any information released or received with respect to the transaction may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon. Trading in the securities of the Corporation should be considered highly speculative.

The TSX Venture Exchange has in no way passed upon the merits of the proposed transaction and has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release.

THE FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS NEWS RELEASE REPRESENTS THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE CORPORATION AS OF THE DATE OF THIS NEWS RELEASE AND, ACCORDINGLY, IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AFTER SUCH DATE. READERS SHOULD NOT PLACE UNDUE IMPORTANCE ON FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION AND SHOULD NOT RELY UPON THIS INFORMATION AS OF ANY OTHER DATE. WHILE THE CORPORATION MAY ELECT TO, IT DOES NOT UNDERTAKE TO UPDATE THIS INFORMATION AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

Contacts:
Carmen Energy Inc.
Tyler Rice
President
(403) 537-5590

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