SOURCE: Prospect Energy Corporation

April 24, 2006 09:15 ET

Prospect Energy Corporation Makes Senior Secured Debt Investment in Iron Horse Coiled Tubing Inc.

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 24, 2006 -- Prospect Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEC) ("Prospect") announced today that it has made a $9.25 million senior secured debt investment in Iron Horse Coiled Tubing Inc. ("Iron Horse"), an oilfield services company based in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Iron Horse is an energy services company that focuses on fracture stimulation for gas wells, including coalbed methane and other types of wells. Canadian coalbed methane is one of the largest unconventional natural gas opportunities in North America, characterized by long-lived, high drilling success rates and low operating costs. Iron Horse has a growing fleet of state-of-the-art coiled tubing rigs and ancillary equipment provided on an outsourced basis to larger oilfield service companies and gas production companies. The company currently has a multi-rig, multi-year contract with a major oilfield service company.

Prospect's investment is secured by equipment and other assets of Iron Horse. Prospect has also received equity in Iron Horse in conjunction with its debt investment, such equity which includes minimum preferred return requirements on Prospect's capital. Prospect has disbursed $6.25 million into Iron Horse, with the remaining $3 million to be disbursed during the next three months.

Iron Horse is led by Matt Bruins and Brendon Hamilton. Mr. Bruins previously helped to build a successful pipeline construction company in Alberta. Mr. Hamilton has prior operational experience from several oilfield services companies, including Calfrac Well Services and Technicoil Corporation.

"We are impressed with Prospect's responsiveness to our capital needs, and we look forward to growing the relationship with Prospect as we scale our company," said Bruins.

"The Iron Horse investment marks our first Canadian investment and our second oilfield services investment," said Eric Klaussmann, a senior investment professional with Prospect Capital Management. "We look forward to growing our portfolio in both thriving market segments."


Prospect Energy Corporation ( is a closed-end investment company that lends to and invests in energy-related businesses. Prospect Energy's investment objective is to generate both current income and capital appreciation through debt and equity investments.

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