American Standard Energy Announces Strategic Financial Repositioning

Jul 05, 2012, 07:00 ET from American Standard Energy Corp.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- American Standard Energy Corp. ("American Standard" or the "Company") (OTCBB: ASEN), an emerging exploration and production company, today announced two agreements that strengthen the financial position and balance sheet of the Company.

The Company has entered into an agreement with Geronimo Holding Corporation ("Geronimo") under which the Company will provide Geronimo 35,400 shares of a newly created Series A Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock ("Preferred Stock") in exchange for the $35 million subordinated Promissory Note issued to Geronimo on March 5, 2012 plus all accrued and unpaid interest to date.

The terms of the Preferred Stock provide for an annual dividend of 7.5% which can be both accumulated and paid-in-kind. The Preferred Stock can be converted into American Standard Common Stock on or after March 6, 2013, contingent on certain approvals, at a price equal to $3.00 per common share. The Company, at its sole option, can choose to adjust the conversion price one time in the two years immediately following the issuance of the Preferred Stock, to a price equal to the average closing sale price of any 10-trading day period immediately following the election to do so by the Company.

Separately, American Standard, along with certain wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Company, entered into an agreement with XOG Operating, LLC ("XOG") under which XOG agreed to accept 4,444,445 shares of American Standard Common Stock at a price per share equal to $2.25 for the satisfaction of $10 million due XOG under certain Joint Interest Billing Statements for projects in which XOG provided drilling and other operational services to American Standard. The agreement eliminates substantially all of the Company's outstanding payables currently due XOG.

In combination, the two transactions reduce the Company's outstanding liabilities by approximately $45 million.

"These two agreements begin a new chapter in the evolution of American Standard Energy," said Richard MacQueen, President of American Standard. "Our ability to equitize a meaningful portion of our liabilities – at a premium to the current market price – represents the beginning of a strategic repositioning aimed at strengthening our overall financial position, repositioning the Company to focus on our strongest asset positions, and articulating a plan for long-term growth and value creation for all of our stakeholders."

"American Standard has rapidly accumulated a portfolio of strategic oil and gas assets that should provide years of drilling and value creation opportunities," added MacQueen. "Our challenge now is to carefully evaluate our opportunities, focus on prospects that offer the best long-term potential returns for our shareholders, look for opportunities to high-grade our portfolio and redeploy capital to further improve our balance sheet and shape the future growth prospects of American Standard. We are fortunate to have stakeholders that understand the future value of these assets as we forged what we believe to be important and deleveraging, value-enhancing transactions."

An independent committee of the Company's Board of Director's has reviewed and approved the transactions and received independent opinions on the fairness of each agreement. A complete description of the transactions can be found in a Form 8-K Current Report to be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The effective date of the transactions is June 30, 2012.

About American Standard Energy

American Standard Energy Corp. is an emerging oil and gas exploration and production company based in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The Company's oil and gas asset base is balanced between operated acreage in the Permian and non-operated acreage in the Williston Basin and South Texas Eagle Ford resource prospects. The Company currently controls approximately 112,000 net acres in emerging unconventional plays including the Permian Basin, Williston Basin and Eagle Ford shale. For additional information on American Standard Energy Corp. visit our website at:

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