Sad Day: EXCO Resources Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

You can’t say we didn’t warn you. In early November MDN told you that a “turnaround expert” hired two years ago to help EXCO Resources dig its way out of a deep hole had resigned and left (see EXCO Resources Heading for Bankruptcy, Turnaround Expert Resigns). At that time the company itself warned it “may be forced to seek protection from creditors under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.” And so they have. On Monday EXCO filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. EXCO has 184,000 net acres in the Marcellus, with 124 horizontal Marcellus wells drilled and in production. However, as we pointed out in early 2016, EXCO has abandoned new drilling the Marcellus/Utica–at this point. Based on language in their bankruptcy announcement (below), it seems likely EXCO is right now shopping their Marcellus (as well as other) assets. Amazingly, the company struck a deal for a new $250 million cash infusion from lenders to aide them through the bankruptcy/sale process. We just don’t understand high finance. Here’s news about the EXCO announcement, along with a copy of the official announcement…

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