8-K 1 d660921d8k.htm 8-K 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549









Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 12, 2018




(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)




DELAWARE   001-35211   38-3531640

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

  (Commission File Number)  

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)



(Address of principal executive offices)

(713) 739-1800

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



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Item 1.03.

Bankruptcy or Receivership.

As previously disclosed on October 29, 2018, Gastar Exploration Inc. (“Gastar”) and certain of its subsidiaries (together with Gastar, the “Company”), filed a prepackaged plan of reorganization (the “Plan”) under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”) in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Texas (the “Bankruptcy Court”). The Chapter 11 cases are being jointly administered under the caption In re Gastar Exploration Inc., et al, Case No. 18-18-36057 (the “Chapter 11 Cases”).

Modification to the Proposed Pre-Packaged Chapter 11 Restructuring

As previously disclosed, pursuant to the Restructuring Support Agreement by and among the Company and Ares Management LLC and certain of its affiliates (collectively, “Ares”), the Company commenced the solicitation of votes on the Plan on October 26, 2018, by causing the Plan and a related disclosure statement to be distributed to certain creditors of the Company that are “accredited investors” (as defined in Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended). The Plan, which remains subject to confirmation by the Bankruptcy Court and other closing conditions, provides for the treatment of holders of equity interests in the Company and the treatment of claims arising in connection with the Chapter 11 Cases.

On December 12, 2018, the Company filed a modified version of the Plan (the “Modified Plan”), which modifies the proposed treatment of holders of Gastar’s 8.625% Series A Cumulative Preferred Stock and 10.75% Series B Cumulative Preferred Stock (collectively, the “Existing Preferred Equity”) and holders of Gastar’s outstanding common shares (the “Existing Common Equity”). Pursuant to the Modified Plan, holders of Existing Preferred Equity will receive their pro rata share of $150,000 in cash and the Existing Preferred Equity will be canceled. Additionally, holders of Gastar’s Existing Common Equity (excluding Ares) will receive their pro rata share of $150,000 in cash and the Existing Common Equity will be canceled.


Item 3.03

Material Modification to Rights of Security Holders.

The information set forth above in Item 1.03 of this Form 8-K regarding the Modification to the Proposed Pre-Packaged Chapter 11 Restructuring is incorporated herein by reference.


Item 8.01

Other Events.

Gastar cautions that trading in Gastar’s securities during the pendency of the Chapter 11 Cases is highly speculative and poses substantial risks. If the Plan is approved, Gastar’s securities will be canceled, and therefore trading prices for Gastar’s securities may bear little or no relationship to the actual recovery, if any, by holders of Gastar’s securities in the Chapter 11 Cases.

Forward-Looking Statements

This Current Report on Form 8-K 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 express 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 described in Gastar’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. 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.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: December 18, 2018     GASTAR EXPLORATION INC.
    By:   /s/ Michael A. Gerlich
      Michael A. Gerlich
      Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer