Southwestern Energy 1Q17: Production Falls 14%, Profits Soar

Southwestern Energy turned in its first quarter 2017 update last week. Not widely reported is that production for the company slipped by 14% during 1Q17 over 1Q16. Why? The company shut down new drilling for a good part of last year, when prices were low. However, the company got a lot healthier last year, financially. After losing $1.1 billion in 1Q16, Southwestern made $351 million in profit in 1Q17–almost a $1.5 billion swing from red to black. Southwestern also reported a new high for their proved reserves–now over 10 trillion cubic feet. CEO Bill Way said on an earnings call that Southwestern is investing 85% of their budget in the Marcellus/Utica this year. They are, without a doubt, one of the largest (if not THE largest) active driller in the Marcellus/Utica today. Here’s more about Southwestern’s 1Q17 performance…

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