Rice Energy 3Q15: $59M Profit, $750M LOC, Selling Gas Outside NE

Rice Energy, a very young but important pure play driller in the Marcellus/Utica, released its third quarter update yesterday. Bucking the trend of other northeast drillers, Rice earned $119 million in profit before interest, taxes and all that jazz (called EBITDAX), and they earned $59 million after all that jazz. In the black. No paper loss. It’s all good. One of the secrets to Rice’s success is that they’re selling their gas for an average of $0.38 higher per Mcf than others because of deals with the REX and Texas Eastern pipelines that carry Rice’s gas to markets outside of Appalachia. Production was 609 million cubic feet equivalent per day (Mmcfe/d) in 3Q15. The company reports expanding their line of credit at the bank to $750 million and transferring ownership (called a “drop down”) of their water services business from Rice Energy the driller to Rice Midstream the subsidiary, netting Rice Energy a nifty $200 million on paper. In essence they transferred money from one pocket to another. Here’s the full update from one of our favorite Marcellus/Utica drillers…

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