Gastar Exploration Inc (NYSEMKT:GST) Announces Net Loss of $22.3 Million In First Quarter 2017 Results

Gastar Exploration Inc (NYSEMKT:GST)

Gastar Exploration Inc (NYSEMKT:GST) has announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2017. The company’s loss amounted to $22.3 million or $0.93 per share in Q1 of 2017. Non-GAAP net loss amounted to $9.6 million or $0.06 per share in Q1 of 2017.

Gastar Exploration Inc (NYSEMKT:GST) reported adjusted EBITDA of $10.6 million in Q1 of 2017 compared to $10.7 million and $10.6 million in adjusted EBITDA that was reported in Q1 and Q4 of the 2016 financial year respectively. The company’s Q1 2017 total revenue was $18.7 million. This represents a 26% increase from the $14.8 million that the company reported in Q1 of 2016 and 2% increase from the $18.3 million that was reported in Q4 of the 2016 financial year.

The company’s Q1 2017 revenue from oil, natural gas, and condensate was $17.4 million, representing a 20% increase from the $14.5 million that was reported in the first quarter of 2016 and 1% increase from the Q1 2016 $17.2 million. The increase in revenue from oil, natural gas, and condensate was due to the 182% increase in pricing of related products. The increase in Q4 revenue was as a result of 8% increase in pricing of equivalent products offset by a 6% decrease in production volumes of equivalent products.

Gastar Exploration Inc (NYSEMKT:GST)’s commodity hedges were in place for around 67% of condensate and oil production, 25% of NGLs production, and 56% of natural gas production in Q1 of 2017. The company reported $1.9 million increase in revenue from commodity contracts that were settled in Q1 of 2017. This is compared to an increase of $6.8 million in revenue due to commodity contracts in Q1 of 2016.

The company reported an average daily Mid-Continent production of 5,700 barrels of oil in Q1 of 2017 compared to 6,100 Boe/d that was reported during the same period the previous financial year. The company 5,900 Boe/d in Q4 of the 2016 financial year. Gastar Exploration Inc (NYSEMKT:GST) reported a 7% decrease in Q1 2017 average daily production in the Mid-Continent area compared to Q1 if 2016. Q1 Mid-Continent production comprised of around 28% natural gas and 23% NGLs and 49% oil. The company’s Mid-Continent, condensate, oil, and NGLs represented 72% of Q1 2017’s total production volume compared to 71% in Q1 of 2016.

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About the author: Monica Gray has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and an MBA – earned with Honors. She has six years of experience in the financial markets and has been a securities analyst for the past two years.

Author: Monica Gray

Monica has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and an MBA she earned - with Honors. She has six years of experience in the financial markets and has been an analyst for the past two years.

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