Range Resources 1Q18: Drills 2 Longest Marcellus Wells Ever!

Range Resources, the very first driller to sink a well in the Marcellus Shale, provided their first quarter 2018 update yesterday. And what an update it was! First thing that jumped out for us is that Range says they drilled “the two longest laterals to date by Range at 18,129 feet and 17,875 feet.” We checked, and the previous record holder for drilling the longest Marcellus well was EQT, which drilled a Marcellus well with a lateral of 17,400 feet long in Washington County last December (see EQT Drills Longest Marcellus Well Ever, Reveals 2018 Plans). Although Range isn’t claiming they’ve drilled “the longest Marcellus well ever”–they actually have! (Note to Range’s PR department–you’re missing an opportunity to toot your own horn.) Range did not say where (which county or counties) the long lateral wells were drilled–only that it was in southwestern PA. Our guess is Washington County. Range’s long laterals caught the attention of analysts on yesterday’s quarterly phone call. Range personnel were peppered with questions about the long laterals. Other news coming from yesterday’s update: The company made $49 million in profit during 1Q18, down 71% from the $170 million Range made in 1Q17. The company is still larded up with debt–$4.1 billion worth of debt. Range CEO Jeff Ventura said, “Our plan is to continue the process of high-grading our portfolio and accelerate the de-leveraging process by targeting non-core assets sales and the thoughtful monetization of under-appreciated inventory in our portfolio. We currently have processes underway, pursuing various transactions that would support our near-term goal of getting leverage below 3 times, as we ultimately move towards an investment-grade leverage profile.” Translation: We’re selling stuff as fast as we can that doesn’t make us a lot of money. Some of those sales likely will include Range’s Marcellus assets in northeastern PA…

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