Gulfport 3Q17: Production Up Whopping 63%, Turns a Profit

Gulfport Energy, which has drilled the second-highest number of Utica wells in Ohio (331 so far, second only to Chesapeake Energy), issued their full third quarter 2017 update earlier this week. Gulfport, which drills mainly in the Utica (but also in Oklahoma and Louisiana), reported 3Q17 production was up an astonishing 63% over the same period last year, and up 16% from 2Q17. Gulfport produced an average of 1.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas equivalent in 3Q17. The vast majority of that production (82% of it) came from the Ohio Utica. You can safely say Gulfport has broken into the 1 Bcf/d Club in the Ohio Utica! On the financial front, the company swung into profitability during 3Q17 by making $18.2 million in profit, versus losing $157.3 million in the same quarter last year. The company has four rigs operating in the Utica, and they drilled 23 Utica wells in 3Q17. Below is the full 3Q17 update, excerpts from the analyst call, and the latest slide deck…

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