Stone Energy Increases 2005 Capital Budget

Stone Energy announced the results of its 2005 Annual Meeting of Stockholders held on May 18, 2005 in New Orleans. At the meeting, the stockholders re-elected Robert A. Bernhard, James H. Stone and David H. Welch to serve as directors until the 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. In addition to electing directors, the stockholders ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2005.

Also, the board of directors approved a revised 2005 capital spending budget of $390 million, before acquisitions and capitalized overhead costs, representing a $75 million, or 24%, increase over the prior budget of $315 million. The increase is expected to be allocated to further exploration and development on Stone's newly acquired Williston Basin acreage and its additional exploration opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico.