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EX-99.1 - PRESS RELEASE DATED MARCH 25, 2011 - Encore Energy Partners LPexhibit99-1.htm


Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  March 25, 2011 (March 24, 2011)
Encore Energy Partners LP
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)

5847 San Felipe, Suite 3000
Houston, Texas 77057
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (832) 327-2255
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
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Item 8.01.  Other Events.
On March 24, 2011, Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC (“VNR”) delivered a formal proposal to the chairman of the Conflicts Committee (the “Conflicts Committee”) of Encore Energy Partners GP LLC (“ENP GP”), the general partner of Encore Energy Partners LP (“ENP”), to acquire all of the outstanding common units of ENP, for consideration of 0.72 common unit of VNR for each outstanding common unit of ENP in a  transaction to be structured as a merger of ENP with a wholly-owned subsidiary of VNR. The proposal of VNR is subject to customary terms and conditions, including applicable board and special committee approvals and the negotiation of definitive agreements.
The Conflicts Committee of ENP GP is currently considering the proposal and expects to respond to VNR in due course.
A copy of the ENP press release dated March 25, 2011 announcing the receipt of VNR’s proposal is attached to this current report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1.
Forward-Looking Statements
This current report on Form 8-K includes forward-looking statements. Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this report are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties, such as ENP’s expectations regarding future results, capital expenditures, project completions, liquidity and financial market conditions. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, whether the proposed transaction is consummated at all or on initial terms proposed and factors discussed in ENP’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). If any of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results or outcomes may vary materially from those expected. ENP disclaims any intention or obligation to update publicly or reverse such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Important Notice to Investors
This current report on Form 8-K does not constitute an offer to sell any securities. Any such offer will be made only by means of a prospectus, and only if and when a definitive agreement has been entered into by VNR and ENP, pursuant to a registration statement filed with the SEC.
If the proposed merger is approved, a registration statement of VNR, which will include a joint proxy statement of ENP and VNR, which will also constitute a prospectus of VNR, and other materials will be filed with the SEC. IF AND WHEN APPLICABLE, INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO CAREFULLY READ THE DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC REGARDING THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ENP, VNR AND THE PROPOSED MERGER. If and when applicable, investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the joint proxy statement / prospectus and other documents containing information about ENP and VNR, without charge, at the SEC’s website at
Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.
Exhibit 99.1
Press Release dated March 25, 2011.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Encore Energy Partners GP LLC,
its general partner

By:              /s/ Scott W. Smith                                                      
Name:         Scott W. Smith
Title:           President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
March 25, 2011


Exhibit 99.1
Press Release dated March 25, 2011.