Gastar Exploration announces borrowing base increase

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Gastar Exploration Inc. (NYSE MKT: GST) announced on Wednesday that the borrowing base under its revolving credit facility has been increased to $145 million. This represents a $25 million increase over Gastar’s previous borrowing base effective March 2014. Currently, Gastar has drawn $20 million under the revolving credit facility, resulting in $125 million of unused borrowing capacity.

Michael A. Gerlich, Gastar’s Chief Financial Officer, commented, “Cash on hand, internally generated cash flow and available borrowings under our revolving credit facility should give Gastar more than adequate liquidity to fund our recently expanded 2014 capital expenditures budget. The previously announced $32 million increase in our budgeted capital spending is a direct reflection of our successful drilling efforts in the first half of 2014 and our continuing ability to identify additional reserves and increase production in both our Appalachia and Mid-Continent plays.”

Gastar is currently pursuing development within the primarily oil-bearing reservoirs of the Hunton Limestone horizontal oil play in Oklahoma and the development of liquids-rich natural gas in the Marcellus Shale play and dry gas in the Utica Shale play in West Virginia.

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