Antero Resources Production Up 19% in 2Q16, but Loses $596M

antero resourcesAntero Resources, one of the biggest drillers in the Marcellus, released their second quarter 2016 update yesterday. Antero has one of, if not THE best, hedging programs in the entire Marcellus/Utica region. Hedging means they get a higher price for selling their gas than just about anyone else through prearranged financial/trading contracts. But Antero’s famed hedging program wasn’t enough to keep the company from losing $596 million in 2Q16. By comparison, Antero lost $145 million in 2Q15. However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Antero’s production was up a healthy 19% in 2Q16–to an average 1.762 billion cubic feet per day (or 1,762 MMcf/d, a new record for the company). If you mix in oil, natural gas liquids and hedging, Antero got $3.95 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) for their hydrocarbons, while the actual spot sale price averaged $1.93/Mcf–which shows just how savvy Antero’s hedging program is. Lately the company has been snapping up more Marcellus acreage, mostly in WV (see Antero Takes Southwestern to Cleaners in Deal for 55K Marc. Acres; Antero Resources Picks Up Another 13K Marcellus Acres for $108M; and Statoil Sells Another 11.5K WV Marcellus Acres to Antero for $96M). Obviously Antero is bullish on the Marcellus! Here’s their latest update…

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