Gastar Exploration, Ltd.
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Gastar Exploration, Ltd.

June 21, 2005 11:22 ET

Gastar Updates Closing of Common Share Placement

HOUSTON, TEXAS--(CCNMatthews - June 21, 2005) - Gastar Exploration, Ltd. (TSX:YGA) (OTCBB:GSREF) announced today that it expects to close its previously announced private placement of common shares at CDN $3.31 per share by June 24, 2005. The Company has to date received and accepted subscriptions for 6,417,737 shares, which is slightly less than the previously announced 6.6 million shares that the Company had expected to sell in the offering. The estimated net proceeds from this placement are expected to be CDN $19.7 million after deducting placement fees and estimated expenses. Net proceeds from this financing, along with the US $63 million in Senior Secured Notes issued by the Company, will be used to fund a portion of the Company's 2005 capital expenditure program, retire the outstanding 15% Senior Unsecured Notes, close the previously announced acquisition of additional interests in East Texas and the Powder River Basin from Geostar Corporation and for general corporate purposes.

Commenting on the announcement, J. Russell Porter, Gastar's President and CEO, stated. "We are pleased by the capital market response to our recent financings. The completion of these financings and the acquisition of the additional interests in our East Texas and Powder River Basin properties provide Gastar with a focused operational plan moving forward and the ability to create significant value for our shareholders."

Gastar Exploration, Ltd. is an exploration and production company focused on finding and developing natural gas assets in North America and Australia. The Company pursues a balanced strategy combining low-risk CBM development with select higher risk, deep natural gas exploration prospects. Gastar's CBM activities are conducted within the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and upon the approximate 4 million acres controlled by Gastar and its Joint Development partners in Australia's Gunnedah Basin, PEL 238 and Gastar's Gippsland Basins located in New South Wales and Victoria respectively. The Company owns and controls development acreage in the Deep Bossier Sand gas play of East Texas and in the deep Trenton-Black River play in the Appalachian Basin.

THIS RELEASE SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER TO SELL OR THE SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO PURCHASE, NOR SHALL THERE BE ANY SALE OF THE SECURITIES IN ANY STATE IN WHICH SUCH OFFER, SOLICITATION OR SALE WOULD BE UNLAWFUL. THE SENIOR SECURED NOTES AND COMMON SHARES HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE U.S. SECURITIES ACT OF 1933 OR APPLICABLE STATE SECURITIES LAWS, AND MAY NOT BE OFFERED OR SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES ABSENT REGISTRATION OR AN APPLICABLE EXEMPTION FROM THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE SECURITIES ACT AND APPLICABLE STATE LAWS.

Safe Harbor Statement and Disclaimer

This Press Release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. A statement identified by the words "expects," "projects," "plans," and certain of the other foregoing statements may be deemed "forward-looking statements." Although Gastar believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual future activities and results to be materially different from those suggested or described in this press release. These include risks inherent in the drilling of oil and natural gas wells, including risks of fire, explosion, blowout, pipe failure, casing collapse, unusual or unexpected formation pressures, environmental hazards, and other operating and production risks inherent in oil and natural gas drilling and production activities, which may temporarily or permanently reduce production or cause initial production or test results to not be indicative of future well performance or delay the timing of sales or completion of drilling operations; risks with respect to oil and natural gas prices, a material decline in which could cause the Company to delay or suspend planned drilling operations or reduce production levels; and risks relating to the availability of capital to fund drilling operations that can be adversely affected by adverse drilling results, production declines and declines in oil and gas prices and other risk factors as described in the Company's Annual Information Form filed as of March 30, 2005, on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) at www.sedar.com.

The Toronto Stock Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact Information

  • Gastar Exploration, Ltd.
    J. Russell Porter
    (713) 739-1800
    (713) 739-0458 (FAX)
    Email: rporter@gastar.com
    Website: www.gastar.com
    or
    Gastar Exploration, Ltd.
    1331 Lamar, Suite 1080
    Houston, TX 77010