Gastar Exploration Inc. (NYSE MKT: GST) has closed its acquisition of additional interests in its area of mutual interest (AMI) from its AMI co-participant, Husky Ventures Inc., and certain other parties. The acquisition is located within the STACK and Hunton Limestone formations, and includes working and net revenue interests in 103 gross (10.2 net) producing wells and approximately 15,700 net developed and undeveloped acres in Kingfisher and Garfield counties, Oklahoma.
The purchase price of $42.1 million, with an effective date of July 1, was funded with borrowings under Gastar's revolving credit facility. Gastar also conveyed approximately 11,000 net non-core, nonproducing acres in Blaine and Major counties, Oklahoma, to the sellers. With the closing of the transaction, the AMI participation agreements with Gastar's AMI co-participant have been dissolved. As a part of the agreements underlying the acquisition, Gastar and Husky filed dismissals of a legal proceeding that Gastar had filed against Husky and a separate legal proceeding that Husky had filed against certain officers and directors of Gastar.
Canaccord Genuity analyst Stephen Berman said, “GST is on the verge of becoming an almost pure Mid-Continent play with oily assets in some of the best emerging areas of Oklahoma. The company has had strong drilling results in the Hunton Limestone, and its first STACK well in the emerging Meramec play had a solid result. Monetization of the company's Marcellus and Utica shale assets in Appalachia, certain of which are on the market, would help enhance GST's financial position, with proceeds used to delever the balance sheet and/or be reinvested in the Mid-Con assets.”