More Trouble for EXCO Resources – NYSE Threatens to De-List Stock

trouble ahead signEXCO Resources is an exploration and production company (an E&P or what we refer to as a “driller”) operating in East Texas/North Louisiana (the Haynesville Shale), South Texas (the Eagle Ford Shale), and in the Marcellus Shale region–in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. EXCO has a sizable Marcellus presence with 145,000 net acres in the Marcellus and having drilled and operating 124 horizontal Marcellus wells. They’re also a company facing stiff challenges. Last December the company suspended paying dividends on their stock–never a good sign (see EXCO Resources Suspends Dividend Payments to Shareholders). EXCO’s major investor, Bluescape, installed a new CEO and COO along with new board members in April (see Bluescape Pulls Strings Installs New CEO, COO at EXCO Resources). EXCO suspended their Marcellus drilling program earlier this year, until further notice (see EXCO Resources Continues Marcellus Drilling Moratorium in 1Q15). And not to throw salt into the wound, but EXCO appears on both Debtwire’s “Distressed Watchlist” (see 4 Marcellus Companies Debut on Debtwire’s Distressed Watchlist) and on David Fessler’s “The Oil Company Death List” (see 19 Oil/Gas Companies on “Death List” – 8 are in Marcellus/Utica). The latest evidence that EXCO is a company in trouble: the New York Stock Exchange sent the company a notice that EXCO’s stock is in “noncompliance” with listing standards and they have six months to get the stock price up–or the company’s stock will be pulled from the venerable NYSE and relegated to penny stock status, trading on the Pink Sheets…

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