Charger Energy Corp.
TSX VENTURE : CHX

Charger Energy Corp.

May 01, 2012 16:53 ET

Charger Energy Corp. Grants Incentive Stock Options and Hedges Natural Gas

Conversion of natural gas volumes to barrels of oil equivalent (boe) are at 6:1.

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012) -

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Charger Energy Corp. ("Charger", the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:CHX) announces the granting of incentive stock options to officers, employees and consultants and the addition of natural gas price hedges.

Incentive Stock Option Grant

Charger has granted options to purchase a total of 3,875,000 Class A shares of the company, pursuant to the Company's stock option plan. Officers of Charger were granted options to purchase 2,250,000 shares, with the remainder granted to employees and consultants. Each option entitles the holder the right to acquire one Class A share of the Company at an exercise price of $1.00 per share and will expire five years from the date of issue and vest one third each year for three years, beginning one year from the grant date. These incentive stock options are a key component in Charger's overall compensation package, and are utilized to attract and retain top performing individuals. Charger's closing price on the TSX Venture Exchange on April 30, 2012 was $0.83 per share.

Natural Gas Commodity Price Hedges

Charger's commodity price hedging program is designed to reduce cash flow volatility related to commodity prices as well as provide downside price protection in the event of further declines in natural gas prices over the next twelve months.

The Company has recently entered into the following natural gas commodity price hedges:

Product Volume Contract Price Term
Swap (fixed price)(1) 5,000 gj/d $2.055 / gj May 1/12 - Apr 30/13
Put Option (floor price)(1)(2) 3,000 gj/d $1.80 / gj May 1/12 - Mar 31/13
(1) Settled against AECO monthly index
(2) Deferred premium of $0.17 / gj

The natural gas volumes hedged as of May 1, 2012 represent approximately 60% of Charger's current natural gas production.

Charger's strategy is to grow shareholder value by focusing primarily on acquiring, developing and producing light oil resource plays in Western Canada using horizontal drilling and multi-stage fracturing technology. The Company is pursuing a growth strategy focused on building a large undeveloped land base and drilling inventory through a combination of strategic acquisitions, farm-ins and crown land acquisitions.

About Charger Energy Corp.

Charger is a Calgary, Alberta based crude oil and natural gas company that trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "CHX". The Company is committed to maximizing value for its shareholders through successful drilling of internally‐generated light oil prospects and by pursuing strategic property and corporate acquisitions with light oil potential using new completion technology. The Company has operated, high working interest, light oil and natural gas assets in the Halkirk-Provost and Ghost Pine areas of east central Alberta as well as the Peace River Arch area of north western Alberta.

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