HOUSTON, Sept. 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lucas Energy, Inc. (NYSE MKT:LEI), an independent oil and gas company (the "Company" or "Lucas Energy"), today announced that on September 11, 2012, it closed its previously announced registered offering to certain institutional investors of $1.32 million in equity. In total, the Company sold 800,000 units at a price of $1.65 per unit. Each unit consisted 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. A total of 800,000 shares and 200,000 warrants were 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. "We are pleased to have successfully completed the offering and to have sold the full amount of securities offered. We believe that this offering, although small, will allow us to further expand our drilling program and to continue our work-over activity during 2012," commented William A. Sawyer, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. 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. 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.