EXCO Resources Turnaround is Working, but Comes at a High Cost

EXCO.jpgEXCO Resources was once a sizable player in the Marcellus. They still have 145,000 net acres in the Marcellus, with 124 horizontal Marcellus wells drilled and in production. However, EXCO, as we pointed out in March, has pretty much abandoned the Marcellus at this point (see EXCO: No Marcellus Drilling in 2015/2016, NYSE Threatens Delisting). In May the company announced it was looking at “restructuring,” which is typically a code word for bankruptcy, and the company’s stock took a nosedive (see EXCO Resources Board Looks at “Restructuring” – Stock Nosedives). Not long after, EXCO announced it was firing some board members, hiring new ones, and aggressively hammering midstream companies to lower pipeline costs (see EXCO Restructuring Plan: New Board Members, Hammer Midstreamers). It looks like the plan is working. The bleeding slowed in 2Q16 (see EXCO Still Hammering Midstreamers re Contracts, Bleeding Slowed). So far the company has stayed out of bankruptcy. How did they do it, where some others in similar circumstances have failed? According to EXCO’s chairman (and major investor) Wilbur Ross, Jr., the turnaround is due to turnaround expert C. John Wilder that the company hired last year…

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