Gastar Exploration Inc.
Nov 3, 2011

Gastar Exploration Ltd. Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results

HOUSTON, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Gastar Exploration Ltd. (NYSE Amex: GST) ("Gastar") today reported financial and operating results for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2011.  

Net income attributable to Gastar's common shareholders for the third quarter of 2011 was $1.0 million, or $0.02 per diluted share.  This compares to a net loss of $16.4 million, or $0.33 per share, for the third quarter of 2010.  Excluding the impact of an unrealized natural gas hedging gain of $2.4 million, adjusted net loss attributable to common shareholders was $1.4 million, or $0.02 per share, for the third quarter of 2011.  Excluding the impact of an unrealized natural gas hedging gain of $5.5 million, litigation settlement expense of $21.2 million and other special items, adjusted net loss for the third quarter of 2010 was $776,000, or $0.02 per share.  (See the accompanying reconciliation of net income (loss) per common share and earnings per share to these non-GAAP financial measures at the end of this news release.)

Our net cash flow used in operations for the third quarter of 2011 was $0.2 million compared to net cash flow provided by operations of $3.3 million for the third quarter of 2010.  Net cash flow from operations for the first nine months of 2011 was $7.5 million, versus $8.5 million for the first nine months of 2010. Our cash flow from operations before working capital changes and as adjusted for special items for the third quarter of 2011 was $2.8 million versus $2.6 million in the third quarter of 2010, and $10.3 million for the first nine months of 2011 versus $6.9 million for the same period last year.  (See the accompanying reconciliation of cash flow before working capital changes and special items to these non-GAAP financial measures at the end of this news release.)

Natural gas and oil revenues increased 11% to $9.6 million in the third quarter of 2011, up from $8.7 million in the third quarter of 2010.  The increase in revenues was the result of a 20% increase in realized commodity prices, partially offset by an 8% decrease in volumes.  Average daily production was 20.9 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent (MMcfe) for the third quarter, compared to 22.6 MMcfe per day for the same period in 2010.  The decrease in production volumes was the result of natural declines from our natural gas wells in East Texas and Wyoming, partially offset by higher Marcellus Shale sales in the third quarter, but which were negatively impacted by third-party pipeline issues that occurred late in the quarter (as described later in this news release).

During the third quarter of 2011, approximately 92% of our natural gas production was hedged.  The realized effect of hedging on natural gas sales was an increase of $2.4 million in revenues and resulted in an increase in total price received from $3.37 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) to $4.69 per Mcf.  We continue to maintain an active hedging program covering a portion of our estimated future natural gas production.  

Lease operating expense (LOE) was $2.4 million in the third quarter of 2011 compared to $1.5 million in the third quarter of 2010.  LOE per Mcf equivalent (Mcfe) of production increased to $1.23 from $0.74 in the third quarter of 2010, primarily due to higher ad valorem taxes of $0.12 per Mcfe, higher workover costs of $0.29 per Mcfe and lower production volumes in the third quarter of 2011.

Depreciation, depletion and amortization (DD&A) was $3.7 million in the third quarter of 2011, up from $2.7 million in the third quarter of 2010.  The DD&A rate for the third quarter of 2011 was $1.92 per Mcfe compared to $1.28 per Mcfe for the same period in 2010. The increase in the rate is primarily due to higher proved costs associated with recent East Texas wells drilled and additional allocation of undeveloped East Texas leasehold costs from unproved to proved properties based on recent drilling results.  Additionally, the third quarter 2010 DD&A rate was reduced by gathering system sales proceeds credited to proved property costs in the fourth quarter of 2009.

General and administrative (G&A) expense was $3.1 million in the third quarter of 2011, down from $3.8 million for the third quarter of 2010, and includes non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $760,000 for the third quarter of 2011 and $713,000 for the third quarter of 2010.   Excluding the non-cash stock-based compensation expense, cash G&A decreased 25%, or $789,000, to $2.3 million in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the third quarter of 2010 due to lower legal fees..

Operations Review and Update

Appalachia

In Marshall County, West Virginia, we currently have two drilling rigs working in our Marcellus West area.  By year-end 2011, we expect to have nine horizontal Marcellus wells on sales and 10 horizontal Marcellus wells drilled and awaiting completion.  All of our Marcellus Shale wells drilled in Marshall County are part of our joint venture with Atinum Partners Co, Ltd. (the "Atinum Joint Venture"). After all drilling and completion costs have been incurred, our working interest in these wells will range from 40% to 50%.

In mid-August 2011, we began producing the Wengerd 1H and 7H horizontal wells at an initial combined 30-day average gross sales rate of approximately 7.1 MMcf per day of natural gas, 176 barrels of condensate and 347 barrels of natural gas liquids ("NGLs").  On September 23, 2011, the pipeline operator shut in the pipeline due to weather-related damage to the natural gas and condensate gathering system. While the pipeline was being repaired, we installed tubing into the two Wengerd wells that would enable us to improve NGLs and condensate recovery and returned them to production on October 21, 2011. Initially, production was restricted due to excessively high line pressures following the pipeline repair, but this matter was recently resolved.  The two wells' most recent combined four day average gross sales rate is 8.1 MMcf per day of natural gas, 200 barrels of condensate per day and 490 barrels of NGLs per day.

Also in Marshall County, we have completed fracture stimulation operations on the Corley pad (four horizontal wells), with first sales anticipated in mid-November 2011.  Currently, we are commencing fracture stimulation operations on the three-well Simms pad with first production anticipated mid-December 2011.  As of September 30, 2011, drilling operations have been completed on the Hendrickson 1H, 2H and 4H wells, and we completed drilling operations on the Hendrickson 3H and 5H wells in late October 2011.  Fracture stimulation operations on all five Hendrickson wells are anticipated to commence in March 2012, and first sales are anticipated in the second quarter of 2012.  Currently, we have commenced drilling operations from the Hall pad (three wells) and the Burch Ridge pad (five wells), and we expect to commence drilling operations on the Accettolo pad (three wells) prior to year end.  

On our Marcellus East position in Preston County, West Virginia, we have drilled one horizontal well to test this acreage, which is 100% owned by Gastar. In August 2011, we completed the Hickory Ridge 2H horizontal Marcellus well, a 2,500-foot lateral completed with a 10-stage fracture stimulation, and we are currently flowing back completion fluids.  First sales from the Hickory Ridge 2H are anticipated by year end.  Our focus for the remainder of 2011 and through 2012 in the Marcellus East acquisition area is to perform a 3-D seismic survey over a portion of the acreage, with no additional wells currently planned during that time frame.

In Butler County, Pennsylvania, Gastar and Atinum have been participating in seven wells with Rex Energy as operator.  Three wells are expected to be on sales by year-end, with the remaining four wells expected to go online in early 2012.

For the third quarter 2011, net production from the Appalachia area averaged approximately 2.9 MMcfe per day, compared to 0.4 MMcfe per day for the third quarter of 2010.      

Capital expenditures net to Gastar for the third quarter of 2011 in Appalachia were $15.3 million after realization of approximately $9.0 million of joint venture drilling carry benefit during the quarter.  

East Texas

In September we completed the Belin #3 well and encountered 60 net feet of potential lower Bossier pay in four separate sands.  Two lower formation zones were fracture stimulated, and production is currently averaging approximately 3.3 MMcf per day.  At a later date, we plan to complete additional Bossier formations uphole, including what is expected to be the most productive zone in the well.

In October we added two recompletion zones in the Wildman #5 well, which is currently producing 3.0 MMcf per day after comingling all producing zones.

In East Texas, third quarter 2011 net production from the Hilltop area averaged 16.6 MMcfe per day, down from 20.1 MMcfe per day in the third quarter of 2010.  The lower volumes were due to natural declines in field production that were not offset by incremental production from newly completed wells during the last 12 months.

Capital expenditures in East Texas were $4.2 million for the third quarter.

J. Russell Porter, Gastar's President and CEO, stated, "Our drilling operations are more active than at any time in Gastar's history as we develop the liquids-rich area of the Marcellus Shale in Marshall County.  We have identified at least 96 well locations and expect to have drilled and completed more than half of these by year-end 2012.  As a result, we are looking forward to significant increases in our production throughout next year as we put these wells on sales.  Additionally, we expect to report significant reserve growth from Appalachia for year-end 2011 as well as solid growth in 2012.  For the remainder of this year in East Texas , we will continue to monitor the exploration activity of other operators that are currently testing potentially liquids-rich zones and horizontal development of the upper Bossier near our acreage for future opportunities.  But with the continuing slump in natural gas prices, we will maintain our drilling focus on the Marcellus Shale, where the high-value liquids component of our production offers strong economics."

Liquidity and Capital Budget

At September 30, 2011, we had cash and cash equivalents of $7.0 million and a net working capital deficit of approximately $26.7 million.  This includes $28.6 million of advances from non-operators, of which $8.9 million will be applied to Gastar's net future share of costs pursuant to the carried interest provisions of the Atinum Joint Venture.    

Availability under our revolving credit facility was $40.0 million at September 30, 2011.  In addition, our Atinum Joint Venture will provide a cash source for our Marcellus Shale development program by providing carried interest funding of up to $40.0 million, of which $23.9 million remained available to fund our share of future drilling and completion costs on joint venture wells at September 30, 2011.  This remaining unearned carry is anticipated to be realized by early first quarter 2012.  

Capital expenditures for the remainder of 2011 are projected to be approximately $18.0 million, consisting of drilling, completion, infrastructure, lease acquisition and seismic costs of $13.1 million in Appalachia, $4.2 million in East Texas and an additional $0.7 million for capitalized interest and other costs.  We plan on funding these capital requirements through existing cash balances, internally generated cash flow from operations, borrowings under our revolving credit facility and possible continued at-the-market issuances of preferred equity securities by Gastar Exploration USA, Inc.

Conference Call

Gastar's management team will hold a conference call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central Time) on Friday, November 4, 2011 to discuss these results.  To participate in the call, dial 480-629-9835 and ask for the Gastar conference call.  A replay will be available and will be accessible through November 11, 2011.  To access the replay, dial 303-590-3030 and enter the pass code 4478795#.  

The call will also be webcast live over the Internet at www.gastar.com.  To listen to the live call on the Internet, please visit Gastar's web site at least 10 minutes early to register and download any necessary audio software.  An archive will be available shortly after the call.  For more information, please contact Donna Washburn at DRG&L at 713-529-6600 or e-mail dmw@drg-l.com.

About Gastar

Gastar is an independent company engaged in the exploration, development and production of natural gas and oil in the United States.  Our principal business activities include the identification, acquisition, and subsequent exploration and development of natural gas and oil properties with an emphasis on unconventional natural gas reserves, such as shale resource plays as well as prospective deep structures identified through seismic and other analytical techniques.  We are pursuing natural gas exploration in the Marcellus Shale in the Appalachia area of West Virginia and central and southwestern Pennsylvania and in the deep Bossier gas play in the Hilltop area of East Texas.  We also conduct limited coal bed methane development activities within the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana.  For more information, visit our web site at www.gastar.com.

Safe Harbor Statement and Disclaimer

This news release includes "forward looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Forward looking statements give our current expectations, opinion, belief or forecasts of future events and performance.  A statement identified by the use of forward looking words including "may," "expects," "projects," "anticipates," "plans," "believes," "estimate," "will," "should," 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 news release.  These include risks inherent in natural gas and oil drilling and production activities, including risks of fire, explosion, blowouts, pipe failure, casing collapse, unusual or unexpected formation pressures, environmental hazards, and other operating and production risks, 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; delays in receipt of drilling permits; risks with respect to natural gas and oil prices, a material decline in which could cause Gastar to delay or suspend planned drilling operations or reduce production levels; 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 natural gas and oil prices; risks relating to unexpected adverse developments in the status of properties; risks relating to the absence or delay in receipt of government approvals or fourth party consents; and other risks described in Gastar's Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the SEC, available at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.  Our actual sales production rates can vary considerably from tested initial production rates depending upon completion and production techniques and our primary areas of operations are subject to natural steep decline rates. By issuing forward looking statements based on current expectations, opinions, views or beliefs, Gastar has no obligation and, except as required by law, is not undertaking any obligation, to update or revise these statements or provide any other information relating to such statements.

Contacts:
Gastar Exploration Ltd.
Michael A. Gerlich, Chief Financial Officer
713-739-1800 / mgerlich@gastar.com  

Investor Relations Counsel:  
Lisa Elliott / Anne Pearson
DRG&L: 713-529-6600
lelliott@drg-l.com / apearson@drg-l.com

- Financial Tables Follow -

GASTAR EXPLORATION LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS



For the Three Months Ended
September 30,


For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,


2011


2010


2011


2010


(in thousands, except share and per share data)

REVENUES:








Natural gas

$       8,613


$       8,438


$     25,184


$     21,657

Oil

736


219


2,707


495

NGL

239


-


239


-

Total natural gas, oil and NGL revenues

9,588


8,657


28,130


22,152

Unrealized natural gas hedge gain

2,424


5,487


1,027


13,893

Total revenues

12,012


14,144


29,157


36,045









EXPENSES:








Production taxes

157


84


384


300

Lease operating expenses

2,363


1,549


5,945


5,206

Transportation, treating and gathering

1,128


1,165


3,354


3,508

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

3,694


2,673


10,797


6,068

Accretion of asset retirement obligation

138


101


392


292

General and administrative expense

3,100


3,842


8,576


11,618

Litigation settlement expense

-


21,150


-


21,150

Total expenses

10,580


30,564


29,448


48,142









INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS

1,432


(16,420)


(291)


(12,097)









OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):








Interest expense

(24)


(22)


(87)


(120)

Investment income and other

2


3


7


1,343

Unrealized warrant derivative gain

-


2


-


205

Foreign transaction gain (loss)

(8)


14


(5)


349









INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES

1,402


(16,423)


(376)


(10,320)









Provision for income tax benefit

-


(12)


-


(804)









NET INCOME (LOSS)

1,402


(16,411)


(376)


(9,516)









Dividend on preferred stock attributable to non-controlling interest

388


-


419


-









NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO GASTAR EXPLORATION LTD.

$       1,014


$    (16,411)


$         (795)


$      (9,516)









NET INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO GASTAR EXPLORATION LTD. COMMON SHAREHOLDERS:








Basic

$         0.02


$        (0.33)


$        (0.01)


$        (0.19)

Diluted

$         0.02


$        (0.33)


$        (0.01)


$        (0.19)









WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING:








Basic

63,238,069


49,148,207


62,901,860


49,063,253

Diluted

63,842,098


49,148,207


62,901,860


49,063,253



GASTAR EXPLORATION LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS



September 30,
2011


December 31,
2010


(Unaudited)




(in thousands)

ASSETS




CURRENT ASSETS:




Cash and cash equivalents

$              6,968


$            7,439

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $555 and $571, respectively

8,233


4,034

Commodity derivative contracts

13,432


10,229

Prepaid expenses

378


1,191

Total current assets

29,011


22,893





PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT:




Natural gas and oil properties, full cost method of accounting:




Unproved properties, excluded from amortization

135,821


162,230

Proved properties

433,108


345,042

Total natural gas and oil properties

568,929


507,272

Furniture and equipment

1,521


1,175

Total property, plant and equipment

570,450


508,447

Accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization

(304,129)


(293,332)

Total property, plant and equipment, net

266,321


215,115





OTHER ASSETS:




Restricted cash

50


50

Commodity derivative contracts

5,198


8,482

Deferred charges, net

327


508

Advances to operators and other assets

733


304

Total other assets

6,308


9,344

TOTAL ASSETS

$          301,640


$        247,352





LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY




CURRENT LIABILITIES:




Accounts payable

$              8,541


$            8,294

Revenue payable

4,922


4,331

Accrued interest

141


138

Accrued drilling and operating costs

3,919


1,490

Advances from non-operators

28,577


783

Commodity derivative contracts

2,036


1,991

Commodity derivative premium payable

4,424


3,451

Accrued litigation settlement liability

1,592


3,164

Other accrued liabilities

1,535


2,024

Total current liabilities

55,687


25,666





LONG-TERM LIABILITIES:




Long-term debt

10,000


-

Commodity derivative contracts

1,348


1,521

Commodity derivative premium payable

1,414


4,725

Accrued litigation settlement liability

-


800

Asset retirement obligation

8,127


7,249

Total long-term liabilities

20,889


14,295





Commitments and contingencies (Note 12)








SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:




Common stock, no par value; unlimited shares authorized;  64,697,430 and 64,179,115 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively

316,346


316,346

Additional paid-in capital

24,767


23,200

Accumulated deficit

(132,950)


(132,155)

Total shareholders' equity

208,163


207,391





Non-controlling interest:




Preferred stock of subsidiary, aggregate liquidation preference $20,262 and $0 at September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively

16,901


-

Total equity

225,064


207,391

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

$          301,640


$        247,352



GASTAR EXPLORATION LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS



For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,


2011


2010


(in thousands)

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:




Net loss

$    (376)


$ (9,516)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation, depletion and amortization

10,797


6,068

Stock-based compensation

2,003


2,352

Unrealized natural gas hedge gain

(1,027)


(13,893)

Realized loss (gain) on derivative contracts

(1,303)


1,604

Amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discount

193


220

Accretion of asset retirement obligation

392


292

Unrealized warrant derivative gain

-


(205)

Dividend on preferred stock attributable to non-controlling interest

(419)


-

Accrued litigation settlement liability

-


21,150

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




Accounts receivable

(4,199)


2,847

Commodity derivative contracts

(54)


1,232

Prepaid expenses

765


400

Accrued taxes payable

-


(1,420)

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

774


(2,662)

Net cash provided by operating activities

7,546


8,469





CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:




Development and purchase of natural gas and oil properties

(58,672)


(43,588)

Advances to operators

(3,299)


-

Proceeds from sale of natural gas and oil properties

-


19,199

Proceeds from non-operators

27,794


(671)

Purchase of furniture and equipment

(346)


(165)

Purchase of term deposit

-


(4,855)

Net cash used in investing activities

(34,523)


(30,080)





CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:




Proceeds from revolving credit facility

41,000


24,000

Repayment of revolving credit facility

(31,000)


-

Repayment of short-term loan

-


(17,000)

Proceeds from issuance of preferred stock, net of issuance costs

16,855


-

Deferred financing charges

(13)


(22)

Other

(336)


(296)

Net cash provided by financing activities

26,506


6,682





NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

(471)


(14,929)

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD

7,439


21,866

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD

$  6,968


$  6,937



GASTAR EXPLORATION LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

PRODUCTION AND PRICES




For the Three Months Ended


For the Nine Months Ended



September 30,


September 30,



2011


2010


2011


2010










Production:









Natural gas (MMcf)


1,837


2,063


5,437


5,243

Oil (MBbl)


10


3


31


7

NGL (MBbl)


5


-


5


-

Total production (MMcfe)


1,921


2,082


5,649


5,285










Total (Mmcfe/d)


20.9


22.6


20.7


19.4










Average sales price per unit:









Natural gas per Mcf, excluding impact of realized hedging activities


$ 3.37


$ 3.39


$ 3.41


$ 3.74

Natural gas per Mcf, including impact of realized hedging activities


4.69


4.09


4.63


4.13

Oil per Bbl


77.64


68.47


87.91


70.59

NGL per Bbl


52.93


-


52.93


-



NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION AND RECONCILIATION

We use both GAAP and certain non-GAAP financial measures to assess performance.  Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's performance, financial position or cash flows that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.  Our management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful supplemental information to investors in order that they may evaluate our financial performance using the same measures as management.  These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.  In evaluating these measures, investors should consider that the methodology applied in calculating such measures may differ among companies and analysts.  A reconciliation is provided below outlining the differences between these non-GAAP measures and the directly related GAAP measures.

Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Net Income (Loss) Excluding Special Items:










For the Three Months Ended
September 30,


For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,


2011


2010


2011


2010


(in thousands, except share and per share data)

NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO GASTAR EXPLORATION LTD. AS REPORTED

$       1,014


$    (16,411)


$         (795)


$      (9,516)

SPECIAL ITEMS:








Litigation settlement expense

-


21,150


-


21,150

Unrealized natural gas hedge (gain) loss

(2,424)


(5,487)


(1,027)


(13,893)

Unrealized warrant derivative (gain) loss

-


(2)


-


(205)

Foreign transaction (gain) loss

8


(14)


5


(349)

Provision for income tax expense (benefit)

-


(12)


-


(804)









ADJUSTED NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO GASTAR EXPLORATION LTD.

$      (1,402)


$         (776)


$      (1,817)


$      (3,617)









ADJUSTED NET INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO GASTAR EXPLORATION LTD. COMMON SHAREHOLDERS:








Basic

$        (0.02)


$        (0.02)


$        (0.03)


$        (0.07)

Diluted

$        (0.02)


$        (0.02)


$        (0.03)


$        (0.07)









WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING:








Basic

63,238,069


49,148,207


62,901,860


49,063,253

Diluted

63,842,098


49,148,207


62,901,860


49,063,253











Reconciliation of Cash Flow from Operations Before Working Capital Changes and Special Items: 










For the Three Months Ended
September 30,


For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,


2011


2010


2011


2010

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:








Net income (loss)

$       1,402


$    (16,411)


$         (376)


$      (9,516)

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:








Depreciation, depletion and amortization

3,694


2,673


10,797


6,068

Stock-based compensation

760


713


2,003


2,352

Unrealized natural gas hedge (gain) loss

(2,424)


(5,487)


(1,027)


(13,893)

Realized loss (gain) on derivative contracts

(432)


(159)


(1,303)


1,604

Amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discount

65


63


193


220

Accretion of asset retirement obligation

138


101


392


292

Unrealized warrant derivative gain

-


(2)


-


(205)

Dividend on preferred stock attributable to non-controlling interest

(388)


-


(419)


-

Litigation settlement payable

-


21,150


-


21,150

Cash flow from operations before working capital changes (1)

2,815


2,641


10,260


8,072

Foreign transaction gain

8


(14)


5


(349)

Provision for income tax expense (benefit)

-


(12)


-


(804)

Adjusted cash flow from operations for special items

$       2,823


$       2,615


$     10,265


$       6,919









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(1)  Cash flow from operations before working capital changes represents cash flows from operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities.  We have reported cash flow from operations before working capital because we believe it is a measure commonly reported and widely used by investors as an indicator of a company's operating performance.  Cash flow from operations before working capital changes is not a calculation based on U.S. GAAP and should not be considered an alternative to net income (loss) in measuring our performance or used as an exclusive measure of cash flow because it does not consider the impact of working capital growth, which are disclosed in our statements of cash flows.  Investors should carefully consider the specific items included in our computation of cash flow from operations before working capital changes.  While we have disclosed our cash flow from operations before working capital to permit a more complete comparative analysis of our operating performance relative to other companies, investors should be cautioned that cash flow from operations before working capital changes as reported by us may not be comparable in all instances to cash flow from operations before working capital changes as reported by other companies.




SOURCE Gastar Exploration Ltd.

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