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$EQT said it is forecasting its 2018 CapEx to be $2.4Bil, which includes $2.2Bil for well development and $150MM for acreage fill-ins and bolt-on leasing. Based on current pricing and synergy capture, the company adds that its 2018 drilling program is expected to be fully funded through adjusted operating cash flow attributable to $EQT.
$EQT, which agreed to acquire $RICE in a $6.7Bil deal in Sept. 2017, said that the pending acquisition of Rice Energy will deliver significant value to the company. Earlier, activist investor JANA Partners, which owns 5.8% stake in EQT, had asked EQT to halt this deal by stating that the combined Rice-EQT acreage map is misleading.
$EQT appointed Jeremiah Ashcroft III as SVP, and president, midstream of $EQT, effective Aug. 7, 2017. Ashcroft was also appointed SVP and COO for $EQM and will join $EQM's BoD. Ashcroft replaces Lisa Hyland, whose intent to retire was announced in March 2017. Hyland will remain SVP, special projects for $EQT through March 2018.
$EQT announced senior management appointments including David Schlosser and Lisa Hyland as SVP and Blue Jenkins as Chief Commercial Officer. A few others will continue in their current roles, which include Rob McNally as CFO; Lew Gardner as VP, External Affairs; Charlene Petrelli as Chief HR Officer; Pat Kane as Chief Investor Relations Officer.
$EQT, through its subsidiary EQT Production Co., has won a bankruptcy auction to acquire 53,400 core net Marcellus acres, including drilling rights on 44,100 net acres in the Utica and current natural gas production of about 80 MMcfe per day, from Stone Energy Corp. for $527MM. The transaction is expected to close on or about Feb. 28, 2017.
$EQT reported a wider 4Q16 loss due to lower revenues. Net loss widened to $191.96MM or $1.11 per share from $134.58MM or $0.88 per share last year. Revenue dropped to $379.02MM from $601.38MM. Adjusted EPS was $0.25 compared to a loss of $0.07 per share a year ago.
$EQT plans to drill 119 Marcellus wells with an average lateral length of 7,000 feet in FY17. The company plans to drill 81 Upper Devonian wells with an average lateral length of 7,300 feet. Based on current NYMEX natural gas prices, adjusted operating cash flow attributable to EQT is projected to be about $1,200MM.
$EQT expects FY17 CapEX of $1.5Bil, excluding business development and land acquisitions, and including $1.3Bil for well development. Production sales volume is expected to be in the range of 810-830 Bcfe, which includes volume growth of 70 Bcfe.