Hedge Fund Buys ~5 Million Shares of Rex Energy – 9% of Stock

We’ve long written about, and have been fans of, a small driller by the name of Rex Energy. Rex has its headquarters in State College, PA and concentrates on just the Marcellus and Utica Shale region. Over the past year as prices have gone down for natural gas, Rex has sold off various subsidiaries and non-core holdings. The company now concentrates on drilling in just three counties–one in OH and two in PA (see Rex Energy to Sell Acreage in OH & PA, Focus on 3 Counties). Rex has had its financial struggles. In fact, in February it landed on David Fessler’s “Oil Company Death List,” an indication Rex’s debts may overwhelm its revenues (see 19 Oil/Gas Companies on “Death List” – 8 are in Marcellus/Utica). But Rex has soldiered on, trimming and cutting back. Yesterday we told you Rex announced a new addition to the board of directors (see Unusual Move: Rex Energy Adds Analyst to its Board of Directors). Seems like a good fit. But we asked the question, is something more at work here than just adding a new expert to the team? We have no proof of a connection, but not long ago a private investment hedge fund run by Zac Hirzel–Hirzel Capital Management–filed a Form 13G with the Securities and Exchange Commission to declare the fund has purchased nearly 5 million shares of Rex–or 9% of all outstanding shares…

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