Fairmount announces strategic review process and corporate update.



    
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    CALGARY, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - Fairmount Energy Inc. ("Fairmount" or the
"Company") (TSX-V - FMT) announced today that the Board of Directors has
initiated a process to review the Company's business plan and to identify,
examine and consider a range of strategic alternatives available to Fairmount
for enhancing shareholder value. This may include, among other things,
exploring a corporate sale or business combination, potential asset
divestments, adoption of a dividend policy, making a substantial issuer bid or
other alternatives to increase shareholder value.
    In light of the planned evaluation of strategic alternatives for
maximizing shareholder value, the Company wishes to provide the following
operational and financial update:

    
    -  The Company continues to have a strong balance sheet, with $6,500,000
       of un-drawn capacity available under the Company's operating demand
       loan facility.
    -  Current production has increased to approximately 600 boe/day, with an
       additional 300 boe/day of estimated productive capacity currently
       constrained by facility limitations.
    -  The Company has recently drilled and cased 2 (0.8 net) wells with 1
       well (0.3 net) in the Gold Creek Area and 1 well (0.5 net) in the
       Thorsby area. Completion operations on both wells are in progress.
    -  The Company does not feel the current market price of its shares
       adequately reflects its net asset value and has been actively
       purchasing and cancelling shares under its normal course issuer bid
       with 633,500 shares purchased since September 30, 2008.
    -  Fairmount currently has 16,339,889 shares issued and outstanding.
    

    The Board of Directors has engaged Rundle Energy Partners to act as its
independent financial adviser to assist in the conduct of this review.
    No decision on any particular alternative has been reached at this time
and there can be no assurance that the process will result in any change in
the Company's current plan to explore and develop its current oil and gas
properties or that the Company will pursue any particular transaction or
course of action. Fairmount does not intend to make any further announcements
regarding the process unless and until its Board of Directors has approved a
specific transaction or other course of action or otherwise deems disclosure
of developments is appropriate.

    Forward Looking Information

    This press release contains forward looking information relating to the
Company's plans to review strategic alternatives for maximizing shareholder
value and estimated productive capacity currently constrained by facility
limitation. Forward looking information is based on management's expectations
regarding future economic conditions, commodity prices, results of operation,
production, future capital and other expenditures (including the amount,
nature and sources of funding thereof), plans for and results of drilling
activity, environmental matters, business prospects and opportunities.
Forward-looking information involves significant known and unknown risks and
uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from
those anticipated. These risks include, but are not limited to: the risks
associated with the oil and gas industry (e.g., operational risks in
development, exploration and production; delays or changes in plans with
respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; the
uncertainty of reserve and resource estimates; the uncertainty of estimates
and projections relating to production, costs and expenses, and health, safety
and environmental risks), the risk of commodity price and foreign exchange
rate fluctuations and risks and uncertainties associated with securing
financing to proceed with planned capital programs. In addition, the current
financial crisis has resulted in severe economic uncertainty and resulting
illiquidity in capital markets which increases the risk that actual results
will vary from forward looking expectations in this press release and these
variations may be material. Readers are cautioned that there can be no
assurance that the review of strategic alternatives will result in the
announcement or completion of any specific transaction or the adoption of any
new policy. Although Fairmount believes that the expectations in such
forward-looking information are reasonable, there can be no assurance that
such expectations shall prove to be correct. The forward-looking information
included in this press release is expressly qualified in their entirety by
this cautionary statement. The forward-looking information included in this
press release is made as of the date hereof and Fairmount assumes no
obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect new
events or circumstances, except as required by law.

    Per barrel of oil equivalent amounts have been calculated using a
conversion rate of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel of oil
(6:1). Barrel of oil equivalents ("boe") may be misleading, particularly if
used in isolation. A boe conversion of ratio 6 mcf:1 bbl is based on an energy
equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does
not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.

    
    The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy
    or accuracy of this release.
    





For further information:

For further information: Joseph S. Durante, President and CEO,
JDurante@Fairmountenergy.com, Phone: (403) 355-0440; or Ryan A. Michaluk, VP
Finance and CFO, RMichaluk@Fairmountenergy.com, Phone: (403) 355-0440,
Fairmount Energy Inc., 2200, 520- 5th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 3R7;
Visit us at our website www.fairmountenergy.com

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