Gastar 2Q15: No New Marcellus/Utica Wells, Production Increased Anyway

Gastar Exploration, with a small but meaningful drilling program in both the Marcellus and Utica Shale (~46,700 net acres leased) filed their second quarter update yesterday. As we reported after their 1Q15 update, Gastar isn’t drilling any new Marcellus wells for the balance of 2015, instead concentrating new drilling on the Midcontinent drilling program (see Gastar 1Q15: NE Production Up 5%, No New Marcellus Wells in 2015). Even though Gastar didn’t drill anything new in the northeast over the past three months, production from the Marcellus for Gastar continued to climb because of previously drilled and completed wells. Gastar, like almost all other North American drillers, took a huge net loss on income during 2Q15 largely due to assets being devalued due to the price collapse. In other words, it wasn’t actual money they lost, but money on paper. Below is the brief update from the 2Q15 update on Gastar’s Marcellus program, along with their most recent investor presentation. MDN has hacked apart the long PowerPoint to show you only those bits related to the Marcellus/Utica (and there are some good slides in there)…

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