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Crosstex Reports First Quarter Results

DALLAS, May 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Crosstex Energy, L.P. (Nasdaq: XTEX) (the Partnership) today reported earnings for the first quarter of 2005. Crosstex Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: XTXI) (the Corporation) will report its results May 16.

The Partnership reported net income of $3.2 million for the first quarter of 2005, or $.06 per limited partner unit, compared to net income in the first quarter of 2004 of $5.7 million, or $0.24 per unit. The Partnership's first quarter results were negatively impacted by $1.9 million of unusual events as described below:

     *  A line leak in one of the Partnership's pipelines caused $1.1 million
        of gas to be vented to the atmosphere in March.  The Partnership
        incurred approximately $800,000 of costs associated with this event in
        the month of April, which will be charged to income in the second

     *  The Partnership accrued $500,000 representing the deductible under its
        liability coverage to cover a potential loss from a previously
        disclosed operational incident.

     *  The Partnership charged to expense $285,000 of costs associated with
        the attempted acquisition of South Texas pipeline assets from Transco.

"The one-time charges discussed above significantly impacted what would have been a very good quarter," said Barry E. Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Crosstex. "However, these incidences are by nature very rare occurrences and limited in their impact to the less than $3 million outlined above. Our newer supply and market connections are equipped with electronic flow measurement that would have provided earlier detection of the line leak. We were in the process of installing such devices on the affected pipeline when the leak occurred."

The Partnership's Distributable Cash Flow for the quarter was $11.1 million or 2.4 times the amount required to cover its Minimum Quarterly Distribution of $0.25 per unit, and 1.05 times the amount required to cover its distribution of $0.46 per unit. During the quarter, the Partnership contracted to sell certain idle equipment for $9.0 million. The terms of the sale required a $1.8 million deposit from the purchaser that is included in distributable cash flow for the quarter. The sales proceeds will not be reflected in net income until the sale closes. Distributable Cash Flow was $9.6 million in the 2004 first quarter. Distributable Cash Flow is a non-GAAP financial measure and is explained in greater detail under "Non-GAAP Financial Information." Also, in the tables at the end of this release is a reconciliation of this measure to net income.

"Because of the one-time nature of events negatively impacting earnings last quarter and the pending receipt of the remaining proceeds from the contracted sale of idle equipment, we feel comfortable with a tighter distributable cash flow coverage of 1.05 times distributions," said Mr. Davis. "If not for the one-time charges, coverage would have been more in line with our historical coverages at 1.2 times distributions."

The Partnership's gross margin increased to $31.6 million compared to $21.5 million in the corresponding 2004 period, an increase of 47 percent. Gross margin from the Midstream business segment increased by $7.3 million, or 47 percent, to $22.6 million, due to growth in on-system gathering and transmission volumes of 81 percent, and to growth in processed volumes of 159 percent. This growth was primarily a result of the acquisition of LIG assets in April 2004.

Gross margin from the Treating segment increased by $2.8 million, or 48 percent, to $8.5 million. The Treating segment's increase in 2005 over 2004 is attributable to the growth in the number of treating plants in service from 56 at the end of the first quarter of 2004 to 87 at the end of the first quarter of 2005.

Earnings Call

The Partnership will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss first quarter results tomorrow, May 10, at 10:00 am Central Time (11:00 am Eastern Time). The dial-in number for the call is 800-561-2693, passcode Crosstex. A live Webcast of the call can be accessed on the investor information page of The Partnership's Web site at . The call will be available for replay for 30 days by dialing 888-286-8010, passcode 88449774. A replay of the broadcast will also be available on the company's Web site.

About Crosstex

Crosstex Energy, L.P., a mid-stream natural gas company headquartered in Dallas, operates over 4,500 miles of pipeline, five processing plants, and approximately 90 natural gas amine treating plants. Crosstex currently provides services for approximately 1.9 BCF/day of natural gas.

Crosstex Energy Inc. owns the general partner of, a 53 percent limited partner interest in and the incentive distribution rights of Crosstex Energy, L.P.

Additional information about the Crosstex companies can be found at .

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release contains a non-generally accepted accounting principle financial measure which we refer to as Distributable Cash Flow. Distributable Cash Flow includes earnings before non cash charges, less maintenance capital expenditures plus, in this period, a cash deposit securing the contracted sale of idle equipment. The amounts included in the calculation of these measures are computed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), with the exception of maintenance capital expenditures. Maintenance capital expenditures are capital expenditures made to replace partially or fully depreciated assets in order to maintain the existing operating capacity of our assets and to extend their useful lives. We believe this measure is useful to investors because it may provide users of this financial information with meaningful comparisons between current results and prior reported results and a meaningful measure of the Partnership's cash flow after it has satisfied the capital and related requirements of its operations. Distributable Cash Flow is not a measure of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP. It should not be considered in isolation or as an indicator of the Partnership's performance. Furthermore, it should not be seen as a measure of liquidity or a substitute for metrics prepared in accordance with GAAP. Our reconciliation of this measure to net income is included in the following tables.

This press release contains forward-looking statements identified by the use of words such as "forecast", "anticipate" and "estimate". These statements are based on currently available information and assumptions and expectations that the Partnership believes are reasonable. However, the Partnership's assumptions and expectations are subject to a wide range of business risks, so it can give no assurance that actual performance will fall within the forecast ranges. Among the key risks that may bear directly on the Partnership's results of operations and financial condition are: (1) the amount of natural gas transported in the Partnership's gathering and transmission lines may decline as a result of competition for supplies, reserve declines and reduction in demand from key customers and markets; (2) the level of the Partnership's processing and treating operations may decline for similar reasons; (3) fluctuations in natural gas and NGL prices may occur due to weather and other natural and economic forces; (4) there may be a failure to successfully integrate new acquisitions; (5) the Partnership's credit risk management efforts may fail to adequately protect against customer nonpayment; and (6) the Partnership may not adequately address construction and operating risks. The Partnership has no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

                              (tables to follow)

                            CROSSTEX ENERGY. L.P.
                    Selected Financial and Operating Data
              (All amounts in thousands except per unit numbers)

                                                      Three Months Ended
                                                           March 31,

                                                      2005           2004
      Midstream                                     $539,043       $318,214
      Treating                                        10,042          7,144
      Profit From Energy Trading Activities              431            421
                                                     549,516        325,779
    Cost of Gas
      Midstream                                      516,416        302,876
      Treating                                         1,493          1,376
                                                     517,909        304,252

    Gross Margin                                      31,607         21,527

    Operating Expenses                                11,497          6,213
    General and Administrative                         6,232          3,592
    Stock Based Compensation                             276            209
    (Gain) Loss on Sale of Property                      (44)           296
    Depreciation and Amortization                      6,936          4,418

        Total                                         24,897         14,728

    Operating Income                                   6,710          6,799

    Interest Expense                                  (3,365)        (1,156)
    Other Income                                          26             92

          Total Other Income (Expense)                (3,339)        (1,064)
    Income Before Income Taxes and Interest of
     Non-controlling Partners in the
     Partnership's Net Income                          3,371          5,735
    Interest of Non-controlling Partners in the
     Partnership's Net Income                           (137)           (29)
    Income Tax Provision                                 (54)           ---
    Net Income                                        $3,180         $5,706
    General Partner Share of Net Income               $2,021         $1,048
    Limited Partners Share of Net Income              $1,159         $4,658
    Net Income per Limited Partners' Unit:
      Basic                                            $0.06          $0.26
      Diluted                                          $0.06          $0.24
    Weighted Average Limited Partners' Units
      Basic                                           18,098         18,072
      Diluted                                         18,756         19,090

                            CROSSTEX ENERGY. L.P.
           Reconciliation of Net Income to Distributable Cash Flow
                   (All amounts in thousands except ratios)

                                                       Three Months Ended
                                                            March 31,
                                                       2005           2004

    Net Income                                        $3,180         $5,706
    Depreciation and Amortization (A)                  6,873          4,380
    Stock Based Compensation                             276            209
    (Gain) Loss on Sale of Property                      (44)           296
    Proceeds From Sale of Property (B)                 1,993            ---
    Deferred Tax Benefit                                 (95)           ---
    Cash Flow                                         12,183         10,591

    Maintenance Capital Expenditures                  (1,114)          (944)
    Distributable Cash Flow                          $11,069         $9,647
    Minimum Quarterly Distribution (MQD)              $4,619         $4,613
    Distributable Cash Flow/MQD                         2.40           2.09
    Actual Distribution                              $10,537         $8,353
    Distribution Coverage                               1.05           1.15

     (A)  Excludes minority interest share of depreciation and amortization of
          $63,000 and $38,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2005 and
          2004, respectively.
     (B)  Includes a deposit from the contracted sale of equipment.

                            CROSSTEX ENERGY, L.P.
                                Operating Data
                           (All volumes in MMBtu/d)

                                                      Three Months Ended
                                                           March 31,
    Pipeline Throughput                               2005           2004

      Gulf Coast Transmission                         50,000         91,000

      Vanderbilt                                      95,000         66,000

      CCNG Transmission                              236,000        259,000

      Gregory Gathering                              115,000        156,000

      Mississippi                                     73,000         77,000

      Arkoma                                          19,000         18,000

      LIG Pipeline & Marketing                       636,000            N/A

      Other Midstream                                 49,000         35,000

    Total Gathering and Transmission Volume        1,273,000        702,000

    Natural Gas Processed
      Gregory Processing                              91,000        132,000
      Conroe Processing                               27,000         26,000
      LIG Processing                                 292,000            N/A
    Total Processed Volume                           410,000        158,000

    Total On-System Volumes                        1,683,000        860,000

    Commercial Services Volumes                      176,000        197,000

    Treating Plants in Service (A)                        87             56

     (A)  Plants in service represent plants in service on the last day of the

     Contact:  Barry E. Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer
               William W. Davis, Executive V.P. and Chief Financial Officer
     Phone:    (214) 953-9500
SOURCE  Crosstex Energy, L.P.
    -0-                             05/10/2005
    /CONTACT:  Barry E. Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer, or
William W. Davis, Executive V.P. and Chief Financial Officer, both of Crosstex
Energy, L.P., +1-214-953-9500/
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CO:  Crosstex Energy, L.P.; Crosstex Energy, Inc.
ST:  Texas

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