Eclipse 1Q18: No Comment on Process to Buy or Be Bought

Eclipse Resources, a Marcellus/Utica pure play driller headquartered in State College, PA, issued its first quarter 2018 update last week. Eclipse has drilled the longest onshore natural gas wells in the world–in the Ohio Utica. Impressive company. In March the company announced it is looking for someone to buy, or (more likely) for someone else to buy them (see Eclipse Resources Board Considering Either Merger or Acquisition). Eclipse CEO Ben Hulburt began the quarterly analyst phone call last week by anticipating questions about the buy/be bought process. He shut down any questioning before it began by saying: “I hope you can understand, because of the nature of this process, we will not be able to address any questions relating to it or discuss it further during today’s call.” So what did Ben discuss? The company drilled 8 wells in 1Q18. They completed (fracked) the company’s first PA Utica well. And he took time to toot the company’s own horn (deservedly so). Eclipse drilled 8 of Ohio’s 10 most productive Utica oil wells in 4Q17. The company has a talent for drilling very long, and very productive wells…

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