Magnum Hunter 1Q15: Prod. Up 66%, Financials Worse Than Expected

Magnum Hunter Resources, now a pure play company focused on the Marcellus and Utica Shale region, released their first quarter 2015 update this morning. On the positive side we learn that production as up a healthy 66% in 1Q15 vs 1Q14. Production costs–how much it costs to produce the natural gas/oil/liquids, went down a big 36% year over year. And Magnum Hunter now owns ~80,000 net acres located in the Marcellus Shale and ~130,000 net acres located in the Utica Shale. Eureka Hunter, the company’s pipeline subsidiary, had new record high throughput volumes. But on the downside the company lost $0.57 per share. The “consensus” estimate was that they would lose $0.32 per share, so the performance of the company financially, if you want to think of it this way, was roughly twice as bad as Wall Street watchers thought it would be. Look for the stock price, which (before the opening) was trading at $1.86 per share–well off the typical $8 per share or so over the past year–to take a further beating…

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