Rice Energy Doubles Production 1Q15; Utica Flows; Ekes Out a Profit

Rice Energy, a driller focused on the Marcellus and Utica Shale region, released their first quarter 2015 update yesterday. Counter to most others, Rice was actually able to eke out a gain of $152,000 for 1Q15 (most others, in fact we think all others, experienced a loss in 1Q15). Of course that’s down radically from 1Q14 when the company made $129.5 million! But still, they ended up on the positive side of the balance sheet. The big news was that Rice more than doubled their production in 1Q15 from a year ago–to an average 440 million cubic feet equivalent per day (Mmcfe/d). Unlike last year, this year 15% of Rice’s production came from the Utica Shale (last year it was 0%). Rice’s midstream division continues to experience strong growth as well–by volumes shipped and by revenue. Below we have Rice’s update yesterday, links to several stories analyzing Rice’s results, and a copy of the newest PowerPoint slide deck, used by Rice management on their earnings call with analysts…

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