Antero 2Q17: Record High 2.2 Bcfe/d Production, Gets $3.41/Mcf

Antero Resources, one of the biggest and best drillers in the Marcellus/Utica concentrating on just those two plays, turned in their second quarter 2017 numbers last week, and held an earnings call to discuss the results. The company has a lot to crow about. Antero’s gas (and liquids) production hit a new record high of 2.2 billion cubic feet equivalent per day (Bcfe/d) in 2Q17. They continue to be the best hedging company in the Marcellus/Utica, getting an average of $3.15 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) for the gas they sold BEFORE hedging. After hedging Antero got $3.41/Mcf for gas and equivalents (oil, NGLS). Antero’s hedging program is one of the greatest untold success stories of the Marcellus/Utica. The company lost $5 million in 2Q17, a vast improvement over losing $596 million in 2Q16. Antero completed and placed online 29 horizontal Marcellus wells during 2Q17 with an average lateral length of 9,380 feet. They drilled an average of 5,200 lateral feet per day, a 50% increase compared to 2016. In the Utica, Antero completed and placed online 5 horizontal wells with an average lateral length of 11,222 feet. During 2Q17, Antero set a record for drilling its longest lateral to date at 17,380 feet. The company also announced a big bump up in proved reserves…

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