HOUSTON, April 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lucas Energy, Inc. (NYSE:LEI), an independent oil and gas company with main operations in Texas, today announced that it has entered into a Settlement and Release Agreement with Nordic Oil USA 1, LLLP in which the parties have agreed to terminate their October 13, 2011 purchase and sale agreement. The amicable settlement resolves litigation filed by Nordic seeking payment of the principal, accrued interest, attorney's fees and other damages relating to a $22 million, 6% promissory note due November 17, 2012 that had been issued by Lucas.
In summary, Lucas has agreed to pay Nordic a total of $1.1 million over the next six months and has assigned certain oil and gas interests to Nordic. The assets assigned represent less than 18% of Lucas' total proved reserves and less than 5% of its current production.
Lucas also provided an update concerning its previously announced Settlement Agreement with Seidler Oil & Gas, L.P. The settlement is conditioned upon receipt of executed releases from certain private investors prior to March 31, 2013. Despite active efforts, Lucas has not yet received all of the necessary releases to close on the settlement. Lucas remains in close contact with Seidler Oil & Gas and is confident it can secure the required releases in the near future.
Anthony Schnur, who was appointed CEO of Lucas Energy in December 2012, commented: "The Nordic and Seidler settlements are important milestones in our five-goal program to turn the Company around and position it for long term success. Our goals are: 1) favorably resolve legacy legal matters; 2) increase the efficiency of our field operations and reduce corporate overhead; 3) move the business to a cash-flow positive position; 4) develop additional low-risk opportunities to increase production; and 5) solidify our capital position and long term development strategy."
"In the past 100 days we have made great progress against our principal goals to turn this business around. With our recent legal settlement, we have established a clear path to remove the uncertainty and the related approximately $24M in obligations from our balance sheet. We have also completed substantial reductions in corporate and operational staffing in the past several months and continue to target an approximately over 40% decrease in G&A expense in 2013 versus 2012. Similarly, we are actively looking for ways to reduce our lease operating expenses as well as to cost-effectively enhance production," stated Mr. Schnur.
Ryan Morris, Chairman of the Board added, "This amicable settlement with Nordic resolves the single largest legacy issue the board faced last December. Tony has done an incredible job resolving legacy issues and improving our cost structure in only a few short months. We are all looking forward to focusing on the future and generating the most value from Lucas' strategic oil and gas properties."
About Lucas Energy (www.lucasenergy.com)
Lucas Energy, Inc. is an independent oil and gas company that seeks to create value through the opportunistic acquisition, development and management of underdeveloped oil and gas properties. Lucas's current oil and gas interests are principally in the Austin Chalk, Eagle Ford shale, Eaglebine (combining Eagle Ford and Woodbine in Texas) and Buda & Glenrose formations in Texas.
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CONTACT: Anthony C. Schnur, CEO (713) 528-1881