S&P Capital IQ Initiates Coverage on Trans Energy Inc. in Standard & Poor's Factual Stock Reports

NEW YORK, May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P Capital IQ announced today that it has commenced Standard & Poor's Factual Stock Report coverage on Trans Energy Inc.

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Trans Energy, Inc. (BB: TENG), an independent energy company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil in West Virginia. It also engages in the marketing and transportation of natural gas.

The company's business strategy is to economically increase reserves, production and the sale of natural gas and oil from existing and acquired properties in the Marcellus Shale. Trans Energy believes that its strategic location in West Virginia enables it to actively pursue the acquisition and development of producing properties in that area that will enhance the company's revenue base without proportional increases in overhead costs. In late 2007, the company redirected its focus from shallow drilling to drilling exclusively in the Marcellus Shale.

Trans Energy drilled five horizontal wells in 2012 and retained a 50% working interest in two of the wells and an approximate 39% working interest in the remaining three wells. In 2011, the company drilled six horizontal wells in a joint venture with Republic Partners targeting the Marcellus Shale. Republic Partners retained a 50% working interest in these wells, as permitted by the terms of the joint venture. Of the six horizontal wells drilled in 2011, four were drilled through a farm out with an industry partner (the partner)., whereby the industry partner  would purchase a working interest in the wellbores. Trans Energy retained a 5% working interest in the wellbores while the industry partner retained a 45% working interest. Once the industry partner receives 100% of its investment, then Trans Energy's  working interest will increase to 12.5% and the participating company's  working interest will be reduced to 37.5%. Republic Partners retained a 50% working interest in these wells as permitted by the terms of the joint venture.

On January 24, 2013, the company closed the sale of its interests in certain non-core assets for approximately $2,625,000 of net cash proceeds. The interests sold consisted of Trans Energy's working interest in all existing shallow wells, but the company retained an overriding royalty interest of approximately 2.5% on most of the wells. The purchaser assumed the role of operator with respect to approximately 300 wellbores, and intends to commence a workover program with respect to a number of the existing wells. The wells produced at a rate of approximately 800,000 cubic feet equivalent per day as of December 31, 2012, which was the effective date for the transaction.

Trans Energy, Inc. is based in St. Marys, West Virginia.

Standard & Poor's Factual Stock Report coverage on Trans Energy Inc. will also be accessible on an ongoing basis to the investment community by scores of buy-side institutions and sell-side firms that utilize S&P Capital IQ research and information platforms daily. Millions of self-directed investors also have access to the report via their e-brokerage accounts. Please visit www.transenergyinc.com for additional information.

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