Range Resources 2Q17 – Hints at Selling NE PA Marcellus

Range Resources, the very first driller to sink a Marcellus (back in 2004), released its second quarter 2017 results and held a conference call yesterday to discuss it. Range had a great 2Q17, with record production of close to 2 billion cubic feet per day (up 37% from 2Q16). Range’s Marcellus/Utica gas production was up 9% year over year. Range continues to drill impressive wells. One pad with seven wells drilled in the wet gas Marcellus area saw initial production (IP) rates averaging 29.1 million cubic feet equivalent per day (MMcfe/d), while a set of four wells on another pad in the Marcellus dry gas area say IP rates of 30.0 MMcfe/d. By the end of 2017, Range plans to have drilled and turned in line (TIL) 113 new wells in the Marcellus/Utica, and 56 new wells in the Louisiana Haynesville Shale. Yes, Range continues to ramp up its Haynesville program after buying Memorial Resource for $3.3 billion last year, spending money in Louisiana rather in Pennsylvania–which is a warning to the severance taxers in PA that companies can and will leave the state. On yesterday’s conference call Range CEO Jeff Ventura was asked a question about his views on Marcellus/Utica companies merging, like EQT/Rice. He responded: “If you think about it at a very high level, fewer companies I think in the Basin drilling is probably a positive thing. It’s probably a more pace development, a more prudent and more rational development. So I think that’s a good thing for the macro.” Range CFO Roger Manny hinted that Range may be looking to unload their considerable acreage position in northeastern PA when he responded this way to a question about more asset sales: “So we still have assets in the Mid-Continent that would be deemed non-core. One can make the case that the stuff we have in Northeast Pennsylvania, although it’s high quality, is away from that core blocky stacked pay position we have in the Southwest. So there’s other assets we have that we could sell.” Sounds like Range intends to concentrate on SWPA and LA moving forward…

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