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Enerplus and Focus announce closing of strategic merger

February 13, 2008
    Enerplus Resources Fund
    TSX - ERF.un/NYSE - ERF
    Focus Energy Trust
    TSX - FET.un

    CALGARY, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - Enerplus Resources Fund ("Enerplus") and Focus
Energy Trust ("Focus") are pleased to announce that the merger of Enerplus and
Focus pursuant to a plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement") was completed
    The combination of Focus and Enerplus has created a large oil and gas
producer that possesses high quality, long life assets with an extensive
portfolio of resource play opportunities in shallow natural gas, Bakken light
oil, crude oil waterfloods, deep tight gas and the oil sands. Enerplus
Unitholders will enjoy a diversified and balanced portfolio of oil and gas
assets producing approximately 100,000 BOE/day with a proved plus probable
reserve life index of approximately 14 years. At this time we are pleased to
announce that over 90% of Focus employees excluding executives will be joining
the Enerplus organization, providing continuity in the management of the Focus
assets. Production levels and capital spending activities continue to be in
line with our previous estimates and we believe that all unitholders will
benefit from the combination of Focus and Enerplus through a larger, strong
and more efficient trust. Additional benefits are expected to be derived from
increased liquidity and a strong balance sheet that will facilitate further
expansion of operations and which is anticipated to receive increased
attention in both equity and debt capital markets.
    Under the Arrangement, Focus Unitholders received 0.425 of an Enerplus
trust unit for each Focus trust unit exchanged. This transaction is expected
to be completed on a tax-deferred basis for Canadian resident Focus
Unitholders although they were permitted to elect to participate in the
transaction on a taxable basis for Canadian federal income tax purposes.
Holders of Focus Limited Partnership Class B units ("Focus Exchangeable LP
Units") did not exchange their Focus Exchangeable LP Units for Enerplus trust
units pursuant to the Arrangement, but following the Arrangement, the Focus
Exchangeable LP Units are now exchangeable for Enerplus trust units on the
basis of 0.425 of an Enerplus trust unit for each Focus Exchangeable LP Unit.
The voting rights attached to and cash distributions made on the Focus
Exchangeable LP Units will be similarly adjusted in accordance with such
exchange ratio.
    Focus securityholders of record on January 31, 2008 will still receive
the scheduled Focus distribution on February 15, 2008 of $0.14 per Focus trust
unit and Focus LP Exchangeable Unit. The first distribution that former Focus
securityholders will be eligible to receive from Enerplus will be the
distribution payable on or about March 20, 2008 to Enerplus Unitholders and
Focus Exchangeable LP Unitholders of record on March 10, 2008.
    As previously announced by Focus, the Focus Dividend Reinvestment Plan
("DRIP") was suspended such that the cash distribution to be paid on February
15, 2008 to holders of record on January 31, 2008 is not eligible for
reinvestment under the Focus DRIP. As the Arrangement has been completed, the
Focus DRIP has been terminated. Former Focus Unitholders who are resident in
Canada and who are interested in participating in the Enerplus DRIP should
contact their broker, investment dealer, financial institution or other
nominee through which their Enerplus Units are held. If you are a registered
unitholder, you must complete and deliver an authorization form found on our
website at and submit it to CIBC Mellon Trust Company with
instructions on how you wish to participate in the Enerplus DRIP.
    In conjunction with the closing of the acquisition, Enerplus has
increased the size of its syndicated bank credit facility by $400 million to
$1.4 billion. The facility continues to be unsecured, covenant based with a
revolving three-year term.

    Advisory Regarding Forward-Looking Information and Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements and
forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws.
The use of any of the words "expect", "anticipate", "continue", "estimate",
"objective", "ongoing", "potential", "may", "will", "project", "should",
"believe", "plans", "designed", "intends" and similar expressions are intended
to identify forward-looking statements or information. More particularly and
without limitation, this press release contains forward-looking statements and
information concerning: the tax treatment of the business combination for
Focus securityholders, the combined trust's petroleum and natural gas
production, reserves and resources, reserve life index, business strategy,
future expansion, development and growth opportunities, prospects and asset
base (including oil sands development opportunities) and the anticipated
benefits from the transaction (including improved operating efficiencies and
synergies, enhanced liquidity, the strength of Enerplus' balance sheet and
increased investor attention).
    The forward-looking statements and information in this press release are
based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by Enerplus and Focus,
including expectations and assumptions concerning: prevailing commodity prices
and exchange rates; applicable royalty rates and tax laws; future well
production rates; reserve and resource volumes; the performance of existing
wells; the success obtained in drilling new wells; the sufficiency of budgeted
capital expenditures in carrying out planned activities; the availability and
cost of labour and services and the ability of Enerplus to expand its
operations as anticipated. Although Enerplus and Focus believe that the
expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking statements and
information are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on
the forward-looking statements and information because Enerplus and Focus can
give no assurance that they will prove to be correct.
    Since forward-looking statements and information address future events
and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and
uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently
anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, but are not
limited to the risks associated with the oil and gas industry in general such
as: 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 estimates; the uncertainty of
estimates and projections relating to reserves, production, costs and
expenses; health, safety and environmental risks; commodity price and exchange
rate fluctuations; marketing and transportation or petroleum and natural gas
and loss of markets; environmental risks; competition; uninsurable losses;
incorrect assessment of the value of acquisitions; failure to realize the
anticipated benefits of acquisitions; ability to access sufficient capital
from internal and external sources and changes in legislation, including but
not limited to tax laws, royalty rates and environmental regulations. There
are risks also inherent in the nature of the business combination of Enerplus
and Focus, including: failure to realize anticipated synergies or cost
savings; risks regarding the integration of the two entities; incorrect
assessments of the values of the other entity; and the proposed income tax
treatment of the transaction for Focus securityholders. Accordingly readers
should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements and
information contained in this press release concerning these times.
    Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not
exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors that could
affect the operations or financial results of Enerplus are included in reports
on file with applicable securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed
through the SEDAR website (, and in the case of Enerplus, on the
SEC's website ( or, in the case of Enerplus, at Enerplus' website
    The forward-looking statements and information contained in this press
release are made as of the date hereof and Enerplus and Focus undertake no
obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or
information, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.

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