Chesapeake Energy issued it’s fourth quarter 2012 and full year 2012 financial and operational update yesterday (full report below). This is a big deal because Chesapeake is the #2 natural gas producer in the U.S. behind Exxon Mobil. The company is also the biggest driller in the Utica Shale and one of the biggest in the Marcellus Shale.
What does the update show? The company lost $940 million in 2012, which was expected. In early 2012 Chesapeake made noise about curtailing output until the commodity price of natural gas went up. So much for that: Production increased 9% from the end of 2011 to the end of 2012—to an average of 3.9 billion cubic feet of gas per day.