NFG/Seneca Qtly Update: Swings from Loss to Profit

National Fuel Gas Company (NFG) covers the full span of the oil and gas business–from upstream (with its wholly-owned drilling subsidiary Seneca Resources), to the midstream (with wholly-owned subsidiary Empire Pipeline) to downstream (NFG’s natural gas utility service to 740,000 customers in NY and PA). Big company. Diverse operations. Yesterday NFG issued what they call their first quarter update (everyone else’s fourth quarter update), covering October through December. The good news is that NGF swung from losing $189 million in the same period last year, to making an $89 million profit this year. Commenting on what matters most to MDN (the Marcellus/Utica), Ronald Tanski, NFG’s CEO, said this: “We expect to keep moving forward with our plans to build our Northern Access pipeline by the middle of next fiscal year. In the meantime, our efforts will remain focused on the efficient development of our Marcellus acreage to prepare for the Northern Access capacity while continuing to evaluate our opportunities in the Utica Shale on the very same acreage. Together, these stacked formations provide plenty of running room on our acreage and will fuel our growth for an extended period.” Plenty of running room. Sounds good to us! Here’s the update from yesterday…

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