HOUSTON, Sept. 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lucas Energy, Inc. (NYSE MKT:LEI), an independent oil and gas company (the "Company" or "Lucas Energy"), today announced that it has undertaken a registered offering to certain institutional investors to raise up to $1.32 million in gross proceeds from the sale of 800,000 units at a price of $1.65 per unit. Each unit consists of one share of the Company's common stock and 0.25 of a warrant to purchase one share of the Company's common stock. Each warrant can be exercised to purchase one share of the Company's common stock at an exercise price of $2.00 per share at any time during the one-year period following the closing of the offering. It is anticipated that a total of 800,000 shares and 200,000 warrants will be sold in connection with the offering. The Company plans to use the proceeds from the offering to pay down expenses related to drilling, lease operating, and workover activities and for general corporate purposes, including general and administrative expenses. The closing of the offering is expected to occur on or about September 12, 2012, subject to customary closing conditions, at which time the Company will receive the cash proceeds and deliver the securities. The securities described above are being offered pursuant to a shelf registration statement. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. When filed with the SEC, copies of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying base prospectus relating to this offering may be obtained at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov, or by request at Attn: Corporate Secretary, 3555 Timmons Lane, Suite 1550, Houston, Texas 77027. About Lucas Energy, Inc. Lucas Energy, Inc., a Nevada corporation, is an independent oil and gas company based in Houston, Texas. The Company acquires underdeveloped oil and gas properties, restores production to the properties, and looks for underlying value. Currently, the Company is active in the Austin Chalk, Eagle Ford, Eaglebine, and Buda trends. Our goal for the current year is production and revenue growth, and expansion of our asset base using joint ventures.