EV Energy Partners 1Q17 – $51M Loss, Borrowing Base Reduced $75M

In March 2016, MDN reported that EV Energy Partners (EVEP)–an upstream master limited partnership (MLP) created by EnerVest that holds enormous acreage in the Ohio Utica Shale play–was in survival mode (see EV Energy Partners: No New Utica Wells in 2016, in Survival Mode). In April 2016 the company quit paying unit holders (see Problem: EV Energy Partners Quits Paying Unit Holders). It’s been a while since we’ve last checked in on the company. EVEP released their first quarter 2017 update and held an earnings call earlier this week. It appears to us like the company continues to struggle. There is no mention of the Marcellus/Utica in the official update, although there is a brief mention on the earnings call that the company has sold 1,200 wells “throughout Appalachia.” We’re pretty sure most, if not all, of those wells are conventional (vertical only) wells. The company’s attention is mostly on the Eagle Ford (TX) Shale play–an oil play. As for EVEP’s financials, the company reported losing $51 million in 1Q17 versus losing $29 million in 1Q16. They also report their borrowing base (the estimated value of assets against which they can borrow money) has been reduced by $75 million–from $450 million to $375 million. Here’s the full update, along with a brief portion of the earnings call…

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