NEW YORK, July 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pomerantz Haudek Grossman & Gross LLP is investigating potential claims on behalf of investors of Petrohawk Energy Corp. ("Petrohawk" or the "Company") relating to the Company's acquisition by BHP Billiton Ltd. for $12.1 billion in cash.

The investigation concerns whether the Company's board of directors is breaching its fiduciary duties by failing to adequately shop the Company and maximize shareholder value. Under the terms of the agreement, Petrohawk shareholders would receive $38.75 per share in cash for each share of HK common stock. At least one analyst has set a higher target price. The purchase price also actually represents lower revenue and net income multiples than those offered in comparable energy and mining company acquisitions.

Shareholders of Petrohawk seeking more information about this acquisition are advised to contact Gustavo Bruckner, Esq. at gfbruckner@pomlaw.com or 212-661-1100 or toll free at 888-476-6529, ext. 302. Shareholders may also contact Rachelle R. Boyle at 212-661-1100, ext. 237.

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Rachelle R. Boyle
Pomerantz Haudek Grossman & Gross LLP
888-476-6529 (ext. 237)
212-661-1100 (ext. 237)
rrboyle@pomlaw.com