Rice Energy Issues First Public Quarterly & Full Year Update

Rice Energy, one of the success stories of a brand new energy company starting up to focus on the Marcellus and Utica Shale region, went public in January (see Rice Energy IPO Soars, Brings in $84M More Than Expected). Along with becoming a publicly traded company comes the responsibility to file quarterly updates with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Rice has done just that. Yesterday they released their fourth quarter and full year 2013 operational and financial update, for the first time. What did it show?

It shows that Rice’s natural gas production in 4Q13 was up 120% over 4Q12 (154 million cubic feet per day average, or MMcf/d), and up 20% over 3Q13. They certainly expect their daily volume to grow–a lot. The company has pipeline agreements in place for up to 330 MMcf/d in 2014, up to 654 MMcf/d in 2015 and up to 761 MMcf/d in 2016. As of Dec. 31, Rice owns 43,351 net acres in the Marcellus and 46,488 net acres in the Utica Shale with a big budget to buy more this year. That’s the good news. However, there was a small (very small) spot of “bad” news…

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