Carrizo O&G Puts Up ‘For Sale’ Sign on Marcellus/Utica Assets

Carrizo Oil & Gas, a Houston-based driller, actively drills in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, the Delaware Basin in West Texas, the Niobrara Formation in Colorado, and until mid-year in 2015, they did have an active drilling program in the Ohio Utica and Pennsylvania Marcellus. No more. They haven’t drilled in Appalachia since 3Q15. During the company’s fourth quarter/full year 2016 earnings call, it seemed to us that Carrizo signaled a potential sale of their Marcellus/Utica assets (see Carrizo Actively Considering Sale of Marcellus/Utica Assets). Looks like we were right. Yesterday on an earnings call for 1Q17, Carrizo CEO S.P. “Chip” Johnson said, “[W]e have elected to test the market for our Appalachian assets, as they do not currently compete for capital with our three core oily plays. Monetization of these assets would leave Carrizo with a core position in three high-return, oil-weighted plays and should enhance our long-term production growth profile.” Translation: We’ve now put the “for sale” sign out on our Marcellus/Utica assets. What are those assets? We outline them below…

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