PDC Energy Added to Russell 2000 Index

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DENVER, Aug. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PDC Energy, Inc. ("PDC" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:PDCE) today announced the Company has been added to the Russell 3000 Index and Russell 2000 Index when Russell Investments reconstituted its comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity indexes on June 28, 2013.

James Trimble, Chief Executive Officer and President, commented, "We are pleased to be added to the Russell 2000, which reflects our continued positive momentum and efforts to increase shareholder value. We expect our inclusion will raise our profile and generate greater interest in our stock among institutional investors."

Russell indexes are widely used by investment managers and institutional investors for both index funds and as benchmarks for passive and active investment strategies. In the institutional marketplace, an industry-leading $3.9 trillion in assets currently are benchmarked to them. The Company will hold its membership until Russell reconstitutes its indexes in June 2014.

The annual reconstitution of the Russell 3000 captures the 3,000 largest U.S. stocks as of the end of May, ranking them by total market capitalization. The largest 1,000 companies in this ranking comprise the Russell 1000 and the next 2,000 companies become the Russell 2000.

The Russell 3000 also serves as the U.S. component to the Russell Global Index, which Russell launched in 2007.

About Russell

Russell Investments (Russell) is a global asset manager and one of only a few firms that offers actively managed, multi-asset portfolios and services that include advice, investments and implementation. Working with institutional investors, financial advisors and individuals, Russell's core capabilities extend across capital markets insights, manager research, Indexes, portfolio implementation and portfolio construction.

About PDC Energy

PDC Energy is a domestic independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development and production of crude oil, NGLs and natural gas. Its operations are focused primarily in the liquids-rich Wattenberg Field of Colorado, including the horizontal Niobrara and Codell plays, the Utica Shale in Ohio and the Marcellus Shale development in West Virginia. PDC is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index and the Russell 2000 Index of Companies.

CONTACT: Michael Edwards Senior Director Investor Relations 303-860-5820 michael.edwards@pdce.com Marti Dowling Manager Investor Relations 303-831-3926 marti.dowling@pdce.com

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