Energy Investor Jennison Ups Ownership in PDC Energy

PDC Energy, with leased acreage in the Ohio Utica Shale, paused their Utica drilling program in 2015 but recently announced plans to restart that program and drill five wells in 2016 (see PDC Energy to Restart OH Drilling in 2016, Drilling 5 Utica Wells). So when we spotted a notice that investment firm Jennison Associates had boosted its stake in PDC, we noticed. Anything that may affect a Marcellus/Utica driller is of interest to us. Jennison has upped their investment in PDC and now owns 6.95% of PDC Energy stock worth $147,721,000. That’s a far cry from the 42.8% of Rice Energy stock owned by Alpha Natural Resources (see today’s companion story about that deal). Typically when investors increase their stake to the 7-8% range, they begin asserting their influence on the company–getting a board member elected, etc. Not always, and not every investor pursues that course of action. But it’s worth watching for, which is why we bring you this news about Jennison’s investment in PDC…

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