Antero Resources Pulls Curtain Back on Plans for 2017

Ladies and gentleman: Start your drill bits! Yesterday Antero Resources, one of the biggest drillers in the Marcellus/Utica, released their road map for what lies ahead in 2017 for the company. Among the gems: The company plans to do a serious amount of drilling. They will have drilled 170 new wells, bringing them online, by the end of the year, with another 30 drilled but not completed. Antero will spend $1.3 billion to do it–with another $200 million spent on land deals. Daily production is forecast to average somewhere around 2.1 to 2.2 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per day, up 20-25% over production in 2016. Observation: Antero will spend about what it spent last year, but still goose production by nearly a quarter more than last year. Talented folks! Antero, as we’ve previously highlighted, has what we consider to be the best hedging in the business. They announced two-thirds of their production for 2017 is hedged at $3.68/Mcf (thousand cubic feet). In fact, all of their production for this year is hedged, at various price points. The spot price of natural gas today, as this was being written, was $3.27/Mcf. Here is Antero’s success road map for the next 365 days…

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