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Baytex Announces Proposed US$780 Million Private Placement Offering of Senior Notes

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/23/14 -- Baytex Energy Corp. ("Baytex") (TSX: BTE) (NYSE: BTE) announced today that it intends to offer US$780 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2021 (the "2021 Notes") and 2024 (the "2024 Notes" and, together with the 2021 Notes, the "Notes") in a private placement offering (the "offering"), subject to market and other conditions. Each series of Notes will pay interest semi-annually in arrears. The final terms of each series of Notes will be determined at the time of pricing of the Notes.

Concurrently with the closing of the offering, the gross proceeds of the offering (plus an amount related to interest that would accrue on the Notes through a specified date) will be deposited into an escrow account until the date on which certain escrow conditions are satisfied, including closing of the acquisition of all of the outstanding ordinary shares of Aurora Oil & Gas Limited (the "Arrangement"). Prior to or concurrently with the escrow release, the existing credit facilities of Baytex will be replaced with a $1.0 billion revolving unsecured credit facility with a four-year term, a $200 million unsecured two-year term loan facility and a US$200 million revolving unsecured credit facility with a four-year term for a U.S. subsidiary of Aurora Oil & Gas Limited.

Baytex intends to use a substantial portion of the net proceeds from the offering of the Notes to purchase the notes tendered and accepted for purchase in its previously announced cash tender offers (collectively, the "Tender Offers") and consent solicitations for the 9.875% Senior Notes due 2017 and the 7.50% Senior Notes due 2020 of Aurora USA Oil & Gas, Inc. Remaining net proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes. The purpose of the offering, in conjunction with the Tender Offers, is to simplify Baytex's debt capital structure following the completion of the Arrangement. Subject to receipt of certain approvals, the Arrangement is expected to close in the first half of June, 2014.

If the escrow conditions are not satisfied on or prior to June 30, 2014, Baytex delivers a notification that such conditions will not be satisfied or the implementation deed governing the Arrangement is terminated, Baytex will be required to redeem each series of Notes in full at a price equal to 100% of the applicable initial issue price of such Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest from the date of issuance of such Notes up to, but excluding, the payment date of such mandatory redemption.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any Notes, nor shall there be any sale of Notes in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification of the Notes under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. The Notes will be issued in reliance on the exemption from the registration requirements provided by Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") and, outside of the United States, only to non-U.S. investors pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act. None of the Notes have been registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

Advisory Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation (collectively "forward-looking statements"). Specifically, this press release contains forward-looking statements relating to but not limited to: the timing and completion of the Arrangement; the terms and timing of the offering including escrow arrangements; the use of proceeds of the offering; and the timing of the implementation of new unsecured credit facilities and the terms of such facilities. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of its date and are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

These forward-looking statements are based on certain key assumptions regarding, among other things, the receipt of regulatory, shareholder and other approvals for the Arrangement; the satisfaction or waiver of the other conditions to the Tender Offers; and completion of the offering. Readers are cautioned that such assumptions, although considered reasonable by Baytex at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect.

Actual results will vary from the information provided herein as a result of numerous known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: the Arrangement may not be completed on the terms contemplated or at all; closing of the Arrangement could be delayed or not completed if we are not able to obtain the necessary stock exchange, shareholder and regulatory approvals or any other approvals required for completion or, unless waived, some other condition to closing is not satisfied; the Tender Offers and consent solicitations may not be completed on the terms contemplated or at all; the offering may not be completed on the terms contemplated or at all; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Baytex. Additional risk factors are discussed in our Annual Information Form, Annual Report on Form 40-F and Management's Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2013, as filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

There is no representation by Baytex that actual results achieved will be the same in whole or in part as those referenced in such forward-looking statements and Baytex does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws.

Baytex Energy Corp.

Baytex is a dividend-paying oil and gas corporation based in Calgary, Alberta. The company is engaged in the acquisition, development and production of crude oil and natural gas in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and in the Williston Basin in the United States. Approximately 89% of Baytex's production is weighted toward crude oil. Baytex pays a monthly dividend on its common shares which are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BTE. The subscription receipts issued by Baytex to fund a portion of the purchase price for Aurora trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol BTE.R.

Contacts:
Baytex Energy Corp.
Brian Ector
Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Public Affairs
Toll Free Number: 1-800-524-5521
[email protected]

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