Shale Gas Drillers in M-U Outshine Shale Oil Drillers Elsewhere

An article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal says there is a “split reality” emerging for U.S. shale drillers. Shale oil drillers are struggling to survive, while shale gas drillers, particularly in the Marcellus/Utica, are slowly seeing signs of financial recovery. The upshot is that you should consider investing in shale gas drillers (and not shale oil drillers).
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Weekly Shale Drilling Permits for PA, OH, WV: Oct. 26-30

Last week Pennsylvania issued 16 new shale well drilling permits, and West Virginia issued 7 new shale well permits. Ohio issued no new shale permits last week.
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After Floating $350M in New Stock, EQT Floats $350M in New Bonds

Last week EQT Corporation announced a deal to buy Chevron’s considerable Marcellus/Utica assets (land and wells) for the lowball price of $735 million (see EQT Buys Chevron M-U Assets for $735M, Floats $350M in New Stock). EQT also announced, on the same day, they are floating up to 23 million new shares of company stock to help pay the purchase price, hoping to raise ~$350 million. On Friday EQT announced it will float new bonds (debt) to raise another $350 million, also meant to help pay for the Chevron purchase.
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EQT Buys Chevron M-U Assets for $735M, Floats $350M in New Stock

Looks like the rumors were true, at least one of them. Yesterday EQT announced it has cut a deal to buy Chevron’s considerable Appalachian assets for $735 million. The Reuters rumor from September said EQT had offered $750 million (see Sources: EQT Offering $750M for Chevron’s Marcellus/Utica Assets). Also yesterday, EQT floated up to 23 million new shares of stock, on offer for $15.50 per share, attempting to raise ~$350 million to use toward the Chevron purchase.
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Weekly Shale Drilling Permits for PA, OH, WV: Oct. 19-23

For a second week in a row, all three M-U states issued new shale drilling permits last week. Pennsylvania issued 6 new permits, Ohio issued 5 new permits, and West Virginia issued 3 new permits.
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EQT CEO Toby Rice’s No-Comment Comments on Chevron, CNX Rumors

We don’t know how Pittsburgh Business Times ace reporter Paul Gough does it. Yesterday we told you Gough had gotten CNX CEO Nick DeIuliis to, in a roundabout way, discuss the rumor that EQT has floated a takeover offer to his company (see CNX CEO Nick DeIuliis Responds to EQT Takeover Rumor). Gough has done it again, getting EQT CEO Toby Rice to, in a roundabout way, comment on the CNX rumor and on another rumor, that EQT is offering $750 million to buy Chevron’s Marcellus/Utica assets.
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Stop Press: Sources Say EQT Trying to Take Over CNX Resources

Bloomberg is reporting insider sources say EQT, already the biggest natural gas producer in the country (and pureplay driller in the Marcellus/Utica), has sent a takeover proposal to CNX Resources, another major Marcellus/Utica driller. Friendly? Hostile? Who knows. In September inside sources told Reuters that EQT had made a bid on Chevron’s extensive M-U acreage (see Sources: EQT Offering $750M for Chevron’s Marcellus/Utica Assets). Would/could EQT actually end up buying both? Seems like a stretch.
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EQT Reopens the Taps; Looks to Dump MVP Contract by Year’s End

Although the big news from yesterday is that EQT is rumored to be eyeing a takeover of CNX Resources (see our lead story today), EQT released its third-quarter 2020 update yesterday with news almost as big. EQT previously announced it is looking to sell its right to ship gas along the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Yesterday the company said it believes a sale of its MVP capacity will happen by the end of this year.
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Weekly Shale Drilling Permits for PA, OH, WV: Oct. 12-16

What do you know? All three M-U states issued new shale drilling permits last week! That’s the first time in perhaps the last two months all three states issued new shale permits in the same week. Pennsylvania issued 9 new permits, Ohio issued 3 new permits, and West Virginia issued 8 new permits.
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Wall St. Wants No 3Q Spending/Production Growth from M-U Drillers

We are on the cusp of the quarterly earnings reports issued by all publicly-traded companies. In fact, EQT, the largest natural gas-producing company in the U.S., released their numbers and held a conference call this morning (we’ll report on it tomorrow). As Marcellus/Utica drillers get ready to release their third-quarter numbers, analysts on Wall Street are signaling what they want to see.
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Marcellus/Utica Driller Stock Prices Trend Up with NatGas Price

We spotted a couple of stories, one in Barron’s the other in the Wall Street Journal, about the pickup in the futures price of natural gas over the past week, and how those recent gains have led to impressive gains in the share price for Marcellus/Utica drillers. Yesterday the NYMEX Henry Hub futures price closed up 4.11% to $2.74/Mcf. The rising tide lifts all boats.
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What EQT Purchase of Chevron’s M-U Assets Means, IF it Happens

Nearly a month ago sources talking to Reuters let it slip that EQT has offered $750 million for Chevron’s $6.5 billion worth of Marcellus/Utica assets (see Sources: EQT Offering $750M for Chevron’s Marcellus/Utica Assets). Since that time we’ve not heard a peep about negotiations and whether or not Chevron is seriously considering the offer. Let’s do a little speculating. What if Chevron does accept that offer? What does it mean for investors and others with a stake in the outcome?
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Weekly Shale Drilling Permits for PA, OH, WV: Sep 28 – Oct 2

Somebody lit a fire under drillers in Pennsylvania last week! Or maybe we should say a fire was lit under the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP). PA issued 35 new permits last week spread pretty much across the entire state–in the northeast, central, and southwest portions of the state. Ohio, once again, issued no new Utica permits last week. West Virginia issued a single new permit last week.
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Sources: EQT Offering $750M for Chevron’s Marcellus/Utica Assets

Last December Chevron announced it was writing down over $10 billion worth of its U.S. onshore shale assets, with $6.5 billion of that number coming from its Marcellus/Utica assets. Also in December, the company posted for sale ALL of their M-U assets (see Chevron Confirms M-U Assets for Sale, Asks Vendors to Avoid Media). In February Chevron hired investment bank Barclays to help shop their M-U assets with the bids due in August (see Bids for Chevron’s 550K M-U Acres & 500 Wells Due in Mid-August). “Sources” talking to Reuters have let it leak that EQT has offered $750 million for Chevron’s $6.5 billion worth of assets.
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It’s War: EQT Claims it Can Buy Hammerhead Pipe Due to MVP Delay

What started out as a spat between two companies that used to be one and the same, EQT and Equitrans, has quickly turned into open warfare that’s heading for court. We’re talking about the flap over whether or not EQT has the right to buy out Equitrans’ Hammerhead pipeline, and turn around and sell it, as EQT is now trying to do (see EQT & Equitrans Spat Over Hammerhead Pipeline Goes Public).
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