Impending Rice Energy IPO Creating a Buzz

MDN has known–well, suspected–since October that Rice Energy would soon be going public and that an initial public offering of stock (IPO) would value the company as much as $2.5 billion (see Rice Energy Rumored IPO – Dan Rice Gets Last Laugh). So when we reported yesterday that Alpha Natural Resources was selling its 50% joint venture stake to Rice for $300 million ($200 million of it in Rice stock when it goes public), we didn’t think much of it (see Alpha Natural Resources Sells 50% Marcellus Stake to Rice Energy).

Apparently not everyone knew about Rice going public and the news has hit like a thunderclap. Here’s an example, along with an estimate of when shares in the IPO will be offered:

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