Southwestern 1Q18: New $3.5B Line of Credit, Fayetteville Not Sold

Last Friday Southwestern Energy, one of the biggest drillers in the Marcellus (4th largest natgas producer in the country), issued its first quarter 2018 update. Southwestern drills in two plays: The Marcellus (i.e. Appalachia), and the Fayetteville (in Arkansas). In March the company signaled it wants to sell its Fayetteville Shale assets (see Southwestern 2017: $3.5B Turnaround, Shopping Fayetteville Assets). A sale hasn’t happened yet, according to Friday’s update. In fact, Southwestern CEO Bill Way gave an elaborate “no comment” (our words) on the Fayetteville “process” currently under way with the help of JPMorgan. Southwestern reported earning $205 million in 1Q18, down 27% from the $281 million they earned in 1Q17. The company has just reorganized its debt, paying off a $1.2 billion term loan and arranging a $3.5 billion line of credit. Production in the Marcellus/Utica was 2.4 billion cubic feet equivalent per day (Bcfe/d) of natural gas gross, 159 million cubic feet equivalent per day (MMcfe/d) net. Production was up 42% in southwest Appalachia and up 24% in northeast Appalachia. Across both the M-U and Fayetteville, Southwestern drilled 32 wells, completed 29 wells, and placed 33 wells online into sales. Here’s the full 1Q18 update from Southwestern Energy…

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