March 12, 2010

U.S. Energy Corp. Reports 2009 Highlights and Financial Results

Company to Host Fourth Quarter Operations and Corporate Update Conference Call

RIVERTON, Wyo., Mar 12, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- U.S. Energy Corp. (Nasdaq:USEG) ("USE" or the "Company"), a natural resources exploration and development company with interests in oil and gas, molybdenum, geothermal, and real estate assets, today reported highlights and financial results for the year ended December 31, 2009.

Selected Highlights for 2009 and Period Subsequent to December 31, 2009

  --  Entered into a Drilling Participation Agreement ("DPA") with Brigham
      Exploration Company (Nasdaq:BEXP) ("Brigham") to earn working interests
      in up to fifteen 1,280 acre spacing units in Brigham's Rough Rider
      project area located in Williams and McKenzie Counties of North Dakota;
      USE has elected in to participate in all 15 initial wells;
  --  Successfully drilled and completed the first six wells under the DPA
      with Brigham;
  --  Produced approximately 1,000 net BOE/D in fourth quarter 2009 and exited
      2009 with an average rate of 1,400 net BOE/D for the month of December
      2009;
  --  As of March 12, 2010, daily net production from all of wells was
      approximately 1,175 barrels of oil and 1,780 Mcf of natural gas (1,470
      BOE/D);
  --  Increased revenue $7.34 million over prior year, primarily due to
      increased oil and gas revenue in the fourth quarter 2009;
  --  Increased proved reserves by 453% or 889,738 BOE over prior year
      (1,086,203 BOE net proved reserves as of 12-31-09);
  --  Retired $16.8 million construction loan on the Remington Village project
      in Gillette, Wyoming;
  --  Received the $1 million annual option payments for 2009 and 2010 from
      Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. in 2009 pursuant to the terms of the
      Exploration, Development and Mine Operating Agreement signed in August
      2008;
  --  Raised $24.3 million after offering costs in underwritten public
      offering of 5,000,000 shares of common stock at a price of $5.25 per
      share;
  --  Increased line of credit from $5 million to $10 million;
  --  Ended year in position of strength with approximately $55 million in
      cash, cash equivalents and treasuries with nominal debt on the balance
      sheet.


Conference Call

The Company has scheduled a conference call to update shareholders and analysts on the Company's recent operational progress and to provide a corporate update.

     Fourth Quarter Operations and Corporate Update Conference Call


When: Tuesday, March 16th at 10:00 AM MDT (12:00 PM EDT).

Dial-In Number: (877) 291-1296 (within U.S. and Canada), (720) 259-9209 (International).

Replay Number: (800) 642-1687 (within U.S. and Canada), (706) 645-9291 (International).

ID Number: 62543358. The replay will be available starting at approximately 1:00 PM MDT (3:00 PM EDT) and will be available for 3 days through Midnight, Thursday, March 18th.

Webcast: Investors are also invited to listen to a live and/or archived webcast of U.S. Energy Corp.'s quarterly conference call at http://investor.usnrg.com/events.cfm. The webcast replay will be available for one year.

To view the Company's Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis, please see the Company's 2009 10-K Filing which is available at www.sec.gov and www.usnrg.com.

Financial Highlights

The following table sets forth selected financial information for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008. This information is derived from the audited financial statements filed with the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, and should be read in conjunction with the Annual Report and the financial statements contained therein, including the notes to the financial statements.


                  U.S. ENERGY CORP.
               CORPORATE PRESENTATIONS
                     (Unaudited)
   (Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

                            December     December
                               31,          31,

                              2009         2008
                           -----------  -----------
  Balance Sheet:
   Cash, equivalents &
    treasury                  $ 55,462     $ 64,515
   Current assets             $ 62,100     $ 72,767
   Current liabilities         $ 8,672     $ 19,983
   Working capital            $ 53,428     $ 52,784
   Total assets              $ 146,723    $ 142,631
   Long-term obligations       $ 1,573      $ 1,870
   Shareholders' equity      $ 129,133    $ 111,833
   Shares outstanding at
    December 31,            26,418,713   21,935,129
                           ===========  ===========


                             For the years ending
                                 December 31,
                           ------------------------

                              2009         2008
                           -----------  -----------
  Income Statement:
   Operating revenues          $ 9,627      $ 2,287
   Operating loss            $ (9,256)    $ (9,521)
   Other income &
    expenses                 $ (1,201)      $ (100)
   Income taxes                $ 2,279      $ 3,326
   Discontinued
    operations                    $ --      $ 4,907
   Net income/(loss)         $ (8,178)    $ (1,388)
   Net income/(loss) per
    share

     Basic                    $ (0.38)     $ (0.06)
                           ===========  ===========

     Diluted                  $ (0.38)     $ (0.06)
                           ===========  ===========


About U.S. Energy Corp.

U.S. Energy Corp. is a diversified natural resource company with interests in oil and gas, molybdenum, geothermal and real estate assets. The Company is headquartered in Riverton, Wyoming, and its common stock is listed on The NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "USEG".

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SOURCE: U.S. Energy Corp.

CONTACT:  U.S. Energy Corp.
Reggie Larsen, Director of Investor Relations
1-800-776-9271
Reggie@usnrg.com
The Equicom Group
Investor Relations
Nick Hurst
1-403-538-4845
nhurst@equicomgroup.com

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