Forestar Group Inc. Names Flavious Smith Chief Oil & Gas Officer

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) today announced that Flavious Smith has been named Chief Oil & Gas Officer. Mr. Smith will be responsible for managing the company’s oil and gas assets.

Flavious joined the company in 2008 as Executive Vice President - Minerals. Prior to joining Forestar, Mr. Smith had been Division Land Manager for EOG Resources, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas since 2005. Prior to joining EOG Resources, Inc., he spent nearly 20 years in various management positions within the oil and gas industry. Mr. Smith holds Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees from Vanderbilt University and a Juris Doctor from the Oklahoma City University School of Law.

In making the announcement, Jim DeCosmo, president and chief executive officer of Forestar Group, said, “Flavious has been a valuable member of our senior management team, and is an experienced and recognized leader in the oil and gas industry, with almost 25 years of exploration, production, and business development experience across multiple oil and gas basins. We believe his outstanding qualifications, extensive market knowledge and leadership will assist in the execution of Forestar’s strategy to recognize and responsibly deliver the greatest value from every acre.”

About Forestar Group

Forestar Group Inc. operates in three business segments: mineral resources, real estate and fiber resources. At the end of second quarter 2012, the real estate segment owns directly or through ventures almost 145,000 acres of real estate located in eight states and twelve markets in the U.S. The real estate segment has 16 real estate projects representing approximately 27,600 acres currently in the entitlement process, and 72 entitled, developed and under development projects in seven states and eleven markets encompassing almost 15,600 acres, comprised of almost 24,000 planned residential lots and over 2,400 commercial acres. The mineral resources segment manages approximately 729,000 net acres of oil and gas mineral interests, including approximately 594,000 acres of fee ownership located principally in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia. In addition, the mineral resources segment manages leasehold interests in over 135,000 net mineral acres principally located in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and North Dakota, including about 6,000 net mineral acres in the core of the prolific Bakken and Three Forks formations. Also included in the mineral resources segment is a 45% nonparticipating royalty interest in groundwater produced or withdrawn for commercial purposes from approximately 1.4 million acres in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and Alabama and about 17,800 acres of groundwater leases in central Texas. The fiber resources segment includes the sale of wood fiber and management of our recreational leases. Forestar’s address on the World Wide Web is .

Forward Looking Statements

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Forestar Group Inc.
Anna Torma, 512-433-5312

Source: Forestar Group Inc.