Marcellus/Utica Driller Eclipse Resources Looking for a Buyer

One by one the dominoes are falling–companies in the Marcellus/Utica that just can’t hang on any longer are selling themselves. It was only last December that Eclipse Resources, an exploration and production company focused solely on the Marcellus and Utica Shale region, announced it had raised $440 million in a “private placement” of 62.5 million shares of common stock (see Eclipse Resources Gets $440M from New Stock, Trims 2015 Capex 20%). Eclipse drills almost exclusively in the Ohio Utica Shale, even though it’s headquartered in State College, PA. In June, Eclipse went shopping for an additional $550 million pile of cash by offering IOUs (see Eclipse Lowers IOU Offering Expectations – by $100M). Now comes word the company is using Morgan Stanley to shop itself to potential buyers. No word on the asking price or whether or not there’s been any bids…

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