CONSOL Energy 4Q16 Update – Plans to Shed Rest of Coal in 2017

Yesterday CONSOL Energy released their fourth quarter 2016 results, along with a conference call to discuss those results. A few important items come out of yesterday’s activity. (1) The company lost $321 million in 4Q16. (2) CONSOL, originally a coal-only company, plans to either spin-off or sell the remaining coal assets it owns–this year–completing the process of transforming the company from coal to natural gas extraction. (3) CONSOL produced an average of 101.3 billion cubic feet equivalent of natural gas per day in 4Q16, up 6% from 4Q15. (4) The company shaved a dime off the costs to produce each thousand cubic feet (Mcf) of natgas–from $2.37/Mcf in 2015 to $2.27/Mcf in 2016. (5) Although the company lost money, the shale drilling business saw an increase in revenue in 4Q16 to $280.1 million (a 5.6% increase over 4Q15). (6) Although CONSOL has and continues to drill and complete wells in the Marcellus, their focus for new drilling is the Utica. Here’s the update…

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