Gastar Reports Second Quarter 2007 Financial and Operating Results

Gastar Exploration (AMEX:GST) and (TSX:YGA) reported financial and operational results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2007.

Net income attributable to common shares for the second quarter of 2007 was $4.4 million, or $0.02 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $6.7 million, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share, for the second quarter of 2006. Net income for the second quarter of 2007 included a gain on the sale of unproved natural gas and oil properties of $38.9 million, which was partially offset by a non-cash full cost ceiling impairment of natural gas and oil properties of $28.5 million. The second quarter 2006 net loss included a charge for litigation settlement expense of $1.2 million. Excluding the effect of these items in both years, Gastar would have incurred a second quarter loss of $6.0 million, or $0.03 per share, for 2007, compared to a loss of $5.5 million, or $0.03 per share, for the second quarter of 2006.

Total revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2007 were approximately $8.0 million, compared to $6.7 million for the comparable period in 2006. Of the 19% increase in revenues, 76% was attributable to increases in production resulting from the commencement of production of natural gas from new wells in East Texas in 2007, and 24% was attributable to increases in natural gas prices. Net cash flows provided by operating activities for the three months ended June 30, 2007 were $5.4 million, compared to $5.5 million for the comparable period in 2006. Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding on a basic and diluted basis increased 21% to 201.9 million shares for the second quarter of fiscal 2007 compared to the year earlier-period.

Average daily production for the second quarter of 2007 was 15.1 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalents per day (MMcfe/d), an increase of 14%, compared to 13.2 MMcfe/d for the second quarter of 2006 and a 7% increase over production levels of 14.1 MMcfe/d for the first quarter of 2007. Lease operating expense (LOE) was $1.5 million both for the second quarter of 2007 and for the same period of 2006. LOE per Mcfe decreased to $1.10 per Mcfe during the second quarter of 2007 from $1.21 per Mcfe for the comparable period in 2006. The decrease in LOE per Mcfe was primarily due to higher production volumes and lower ad valorem taxes, which were partially offset by unexpected workover costs in East Texas.

In May 2007, the Company sold a portion of its undeveloped natural gas and oil acreage in the Hilltop area of East Texas for approximately $68.2 million, before transaction costs, resulting in a gain on the sale of $38.9 million. In the second quarter of 2007, a $28.5 million non-cash full cost ceiling impairment of natural gas and oil properties was recorded. The weighted average natural gas price used for the June 30, 2007 ceiling impairment evaluation was $5.75 per Mcf, held constant, as compared to $6.31 for the March 31, 2007 similar evaluation, when there was no impairment. There was no impairment recorded for the three months ended June 30, 2006. The second quarter 2006 loss included $1.2 million of litigation expense.

J. Russell Porter, Gastar's Chairman, President and CEO, stated, "During the second quarter, we participated in the drilling of 2 gross (1.1 net) wells in our deep Bossier gas play of East Texas, with a 100% success rate. In early August, we announced our best East Texas well initial production rate to date - the Donelson #3, which is currently producing at a gross sales rate of approximately 20 MMcf/d. We are drilling a horizontal Knowles Limestone well, the Lone Oak Ranch #4, after encouraging results from a vertical Knowles Limestone well, the John Parker #3.

"While not reflected in our financial statements, in Australia the production pilot program on PEL 238 is progressing well, and we expect to receive the initial probable (2P) reserve certification from our independent engineering firm, Netherland Sewell & Associates, by the end of the year. We are currently drilling a six-well corehole program designed to increase 2P reserve certification by year-end or the first quarter of 2008. A Memorandum of Understanding signed with Macquarie Generation provides the framework for a potentially substantial market for gas from this project. Our joint venture group has also been approached by other potential gas buyers for sizable volume commitments.

"For the balance of 2007, we will drill at least one additional deep Bossier well, likely an offset to the Donelson #3 well, and either one more additional deep Bossier well or another Knowles Limestone horizontal well, depending on the results of the Lone Oak Ranch #4. We also anticipate that the Odom #1 re-drill, a lower Yegua prospect located in Orange County, Texas, will spud during the third quarter."

First Half Results

For the six months ended June 30, 2007, Gastar reported a net loss attributable to common shares of $6.6 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $49.6 million, or $0.30 per basic and diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2006. Results for the first six months of 2007 included a gain on the sale of unproved natural gas and oil properties of $38.9 million, a non-cash full cost ceiling impairment of natural gas and oil properties of $28.5 million and a $5.0 million litigation settlement expense. Results for the first six months of 2006 included a non-cash full cost ceiling impairment of natural gas and oil properties of $37.3 million and a charge for litigation settlement expense of $1.2 million. Excluding the effect of these items in both years, Gastar would have incurred a loss of $12.0 million, or $0.06 per share, for the first six months of 2007, compared to a loss of $11.1 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the same period in 2006.

Total revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2007 were $15.5 million, compared to $13.3 million for the comparable period in 2006. Average daily production for the six months ended June 30, 2007 was 14.6 MMcfe/d, up 21% from 12.1 MMcfe/d for the six months ended June 30, 2006. Net cash flows provided by operating activities for the six months ended June 30, 2007 were $5.7 million, compared to $2.7 million for the comparable period in 2006.

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