Gulfport Energy 1Q18: “We Love SCOOP” but Spends 70% on Utica

In April Gulfport Energy released an initial look at the company’s first quarter operations (see Gulfport 1Q18 Update: Utica Production Up 37%, SCOOP Up 198%). The April operational update did not include financial performance. Gulfport is an “independent” oil and gas driller with significant acreage positions in the Utica Shale of eastern Ohio and the SCOOP Woodford and SCOOP Springer plays in Oklahoma. Yesterday Gulfport dropped the other shoe–the financial report for 1Q18. The company reported $90 million of net income for 1Q18 vs. $154 million in 1Q17–a 42% drop. Much of the update focused on Gulfport’s activity in the Oklahoma SCOOP, which seems to have turned Gulfport’s head. However, there is continued strong activity in the Ohio Utica. Gulfport reports drilling 13 wells in the Utica in 1Q18 with an average lateral length of 9,000 feet (11% longer than 2017’s laterals). They averaged just over 1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of production in the Utica. And Gulfport CEO Michael Moore said on an analyst conference call, in response to a question, that the company is still spending 70% of its capital budget on Utica drilling in 2018…

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