Gastar 3Q15: Production Up but Still Shopping Marcellus/Utica

Yesterday Gastar Exploration, with active drilling programs in the Marcellus/Utica and in the Midcontinent region, issued their third quarter 2015 financial and operational update. What do we glean from it? The company lost $191.8 million for the quarter–but almost all of it was a paper loss and not actual money out the door (from writedowns). As we’ve previously noted (see Gastar Puts All Marcellus/Utica Assets (Leases/Wells) Up for Sale), Gastar continues to shop their Marcellus/Utica assets and said as much in this update. Net production in the northeast rose in 3Q15–8,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, or Boe/d in 3Q15 vs 5,300 Boe/d in 3Q14. They didn’t drill a single new well in 3Q15 nor will they drill any in 4Q15 and for the foreseeable future. They’re trying to sell it…

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