Rex Energy Settled Butler County Water Lawsuits for $159K

Beginning in 2012, MDN reported on the story of a community in western Pennsylvania (in Butler County) whose residents said that nearby drilling by Rex Energy led to contamination of their water wells (see PA Residents Weary of Fight with Rex over Water Contamination and Rex Energy Water Contamination Case Shifts Focus to Water Pipeline). Several of the families sued Rex. The PA Dept. of Environmental Protection, after an extensive investigation, said that Rex’s drilling did not cause the situation. Apparently water quality in the area was never the greatest to begin with. Rex had built a water line in the area to supply water for fracking and had expected to turn over control/ownership of that line in 2013. That water line could be used to supply fresh water to the affected homes. The debate has been: Who will pay to hook up the homes and to maintain the pipes and infrastructure required? Since Rex, according to the DEP, is not to blame for the poor water quality in the area, the company understandably doesn’t want to pay big bucks to connect and maintain the line to residences in the area. As far as we can tell, the water line never got hooked up. However, there has been a resolution of the situation, of sorts. What had been sealed court documents (unsealed because of Rex’s bankruptcy proceedings) show that in April of this year Rex settled with the suing families, paying them between $16,250 and $27,125 each–a cumulative $159,000. Rex maintains the settlement is not an indication of guilt…
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Rex Energy Owes Nearly $1B – Who They Owe & How Much

Last week Rex Energy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (see Clock Runs Out – Rex Energy Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy). Right after filing, the company announced it has put up essentially all of its Marcellus/Utica assets (leases, wells, etc.), for sale, in order to pay off what it owes (see Fire Sale: Rex Energy Selling Everything to Pay Back Lenders). Which begs the question: What does the company owe? As it turns out, it’s close to $1 billion. The company, in a filing made on the first day of bankruptcy proceedings, included a list of who it owes, for what purpose, and how much–totaling $984.5 million. The biggest chunk is owed to a Delaware bank, some $617 million. However, Rex also owes money to 29 other entities, including MarkWest Energy, various oilfield services companies, taxes, and even some royalties are owed. We have the full list of the 30 entities that are owed money–detailing how much and for what purpose…
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Fire Sale: Rex Energy Selling Everything to Pay Back Lenders

Some even sadder news to share about Rex Energy. On Friday we told you that Rex had filed for Chapter 11 “voluntary” bankruptcy protection (see Clock Runs Out – Rex Energy Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy). After our story, Rex released a press release to announce not only are they seeking Chapter 11 protection, they are, as of now, putting all of their Marcellus/Utica assets (wells, leases, etc.) up for sale–in both Pennsylvania and Ohio. The stated reason is to “maximize their long-term value and prospects.” To find good homes for those assets with another driller, because Rex obviously doesn’t think after exiting bankruptcy the company will be doing much in the way of drilling. And they need the cash from those asset sales to pay back lenders. In the end, our “little engine that could,” could not. Notice that Rex filed for Chapter 11 (reorganization), not Chapter 7 (liquidation). The company says “drilling and production programs are operating as usual, and the Company is maintaining the necessary staffing and resources to meet its commitments to gathering and processing partners.” So, limited business as usual–until everything is sold–and then there won’t be any business. Looks to us like it’s still a liquidation–except on Rex’s terms, instead of a forced auction of assets…
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Clock Runs Out – Rex Energy Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

In early April, Rex Energy, a driller focused solely on the Marcellus/Utica driller, defaulted on payments it owes to debtholders (see Rex Energy Defaults on IOUs, Can’t File Annual Report on Time). Rex told the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) the company could not make a semi-annual interest payment due on senior notes on April 2. Rex said in the filing that the noteholders to whom payment is due signed a temporary “forbearance” agreement that gives Rex a little breathing room, until April 16. The April 16 payment didn’t happen. Rex and the noteholders signed a second forebearance agreement giving Rex another extension, then another, then another. At least four, maybe five such extensions were granted. But in the end, Rex could not work out favorable terms. And lack of progress caused the banks that lend Rex money to call in the loans. With no money to pay those loans, Rex has no choice but to file for Chapter 11. Rex reported in an SEC 10-Q filing on Tuesday that: “An acceleration notice from the lenders of our senior term loan has been received and we lack the liquidity to pay these obligations. Given these circumstances, the Company is currently in the process of preparing to file for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code which is expected to occur imminently following the filing of this Form 10-Q.” Rather ominously, the next sentence reads: “There can be no assurances that the Company will be able to reorganize its capital structure on terms acceptable to the Company, its creditors, or at all.” What does this mean for Rex’s Marcellus/Utica drilling program?…
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Dela. Riverkeeper Suffers Major Defeat in Martian Well Case

Nearly a year ago MDN reported that Big Green group THE Delaware Riverkeeper (aka Maya van Rossum) and the odious Philadelphia-based Clean Air Council (CAC) had suffered a crushing legal defeat in their attempt to interfere with shale drilling on the opposite side of the state from where the Delaware River and Philly is located (see Dela. Riverkeeper Loses Martian Case to Stop Rex Energy Drilling). A small group of anti-drilling parents from the Mars School District (whom we affectionately call “Martians”) in Butler County, PA, backed by money and legal help from Riverkeeper and CAC, filed frivolous lawsuit after frivolous lawsuit aimed at denying landowners in Middlesex Township revenue from legally permitted drilling. Even amid the back and forth lawsuits, at least two of the wells were permitted and drilled by Rex Energy, despite the bleatings of the Martians (see Martian Victory! 2 Wells Near Mars School Nearly Done Drilling). Following last year’s final word by PA Commonwealth Court, we thought that was the end of it. However, Riverkeeper and CAC tried one last, desperate attempt–by filing an appeal with the Environmental Hearing Board. The EHB is a special court set up to hear appeals of decisions made by the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP). Riverkeeper and CAC argued that the DEP abrogated their responsibilities under the PA Environmental Rights Amendment (ERA) to protect PA’s environment by issuing permits for Rex’s Martian wells. Last Friday the EHB ruled that DEP was well within its rights and did not, in fact, violate the ERA by allowing the Rex wells…
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Rex Energy Gets 4th Extension to Delay Paying Defaulted IOU

In early April, Rex Energy, a driller focused solely on the Marcellus/Utica driller, defaulted on payments it owes to debtholders (see Rex Energy Defaults on IOUs, Can’t File Annual Report on Time). Rex told the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) the company could not make a semi-annual interest payment due on senior notes on April 2. Rex said in the filing that the noteholders to whom payment is due (Angelo, Gordon & Co.) signed a temporary “forbearance” agreement that gives Rex a little breathing room, until April 16. The April 16 payment didn’t happen. Rex and Angelo signed a second forebearance agreement giving Rex another extension–until April 23–to either pay or agree to a new deal (see Rex Energy Gets 1 Extra Wk to Pay Defaulted IOU, Files Annual Report). April 23 came and went with no deal, and once again Rex and Angelo signed an agreement, the third such forbearance agreement, which gave the company until May 2 (see Rex Energy Gets 3rd Extension to Pay Defaulted IOU). May 2 came and went and (you guessed it), Rex has now signed a fourth forebearance agreement, giving the company another week–until May 9…
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Rex Energy Gets 3rd Extension to Pay Defaulted IOU

Three weeks ago Rex Energy filed a notice with the Securities and Exchange Commission to alert shareholders that the company has defaulted on an interest payment due on senior notes (see Rex Energy Defaults on IOUs, Can’t File Annual Report on Time). Rex said in the filing that the noteholders to whom payment is due (Angelo, Gordon & Co.) signed a temporary “forbearance” agreement that gives Rex a little breathing room–until April 16 to pay up. Angelo, Gordon & Co. promised not to take any action until that date. April 16 arrived without a deal, so Rex and Angelo signed a second forebearance agreement giving Rex another extension–until April 23–to either pay or agree to a new deal (see Rex Energy Gets 1 Extra Wk to Pay Defaulted IOU, Files Annual Report). April 23 came and went with no deal, and once again Rex and Angelo signed an agreement, the third such forbearance agreement, giving Rex one more week. Rex is not only having trouble paying its debt obligations, a few weeks back Rex’s stock was relegated to the penny stock Pink Sheets (see Rex Energy Stock De-Listed by Nasdaq as of April 12th). We have no inside knowledge of what’s happening behind the scenes, but we’re sure of this: There is a lot of heated discussion taking place. Rex previously floated the possibility of declaring bankruptcy. One thing’s for sure–something will have to happen soon…
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Rex Energy Gets 1 Extra Wk to Pay Defaulted IOU, Files Annual Report

Two weeks ago Rex Energy filed a notice with the Securities and Exchange Commission to alert shareholders that the company has defaulted on an interest payment due on senior notes (see Rex Energy Defaults on IOUs, Can’t File Annual Report on Time). Rex said in the filing that the noteholders to whom payment is due (Angelo, Gordon & Co.) signed a temporary “forbearance” agreement that gives Rex a little breathing room–until April 16 to pay up. Angelo, Gordon & Co. promised not to take any action until that date. In a second filing two weeks ago, Rex said they would not be able to file their annual 2017 report on time. We have updates on both filings. First, Rex has still not made the interest payment and still has not negotiated a new agreement with Angelo, Gordon & Co. However, yesterday Angelo signed a new, second forebearance agreement giving Rex one more week–until April 23–to either pay or agree to a new deal. The clock is ticking. Meanwhile, last Friday Rex filed it’s annual report for 2017. Among the revelations in the report: Rex plans to spend $78-$83 million on drilling this year, down from spending $133 million last year…
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Rex Energy Stock De-Listed by Nasdaq as of April 12th

Rex Energy stock performance last 3 mos – until it stopped trading on 4-11-18 (click for larger version)

The walls continue to close in on Rex Energy. Yesterday Rex’s stock was officially de-listed from the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. Rex’s stock can now only be bought and sold over-the-counter (OTC), sometimes referred to as the Pink Sheets. MDN told you that Nasdaq warned Rex in November that the stock would be de-listed unless stockholder equity (number of shares of stock times the share price) was boosted (see Rex Energy Once Again Threatened with NASDAQ De-listing). Last November shareholder equity was a paltry $2.5 million. That is, Rex’s “value” on paper was $2.5M. It wasn’t the first time Rex had been warned by Nasdaq. Previously Rex pulled a rabbit out of the hat and met Nasdaq’s criteria for continued listing. This time they could not, and consequently it’s now harder to find/buy/sell shares of Rex stock. As we told you just last week, Rex is heading full steam ahead toward bankruptcy. They missed an important interest payment on outstanding debt (see Rex Energy Defaults on IOUs, Can’t File Annual Report on Time). Rex has not yet filed for bankruptcy, but it appears there are very few options left…
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Rex Energy Defaults on IOUs, Can’t File Annual Report on Time

Rex Energy filed two regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this week that don’t bode well for the company. In a Form 8-K filing (a form used to notify investors of events that may be important to investors), Rex let it be known they could not make an interest payment due on senior notes, a semi-annual payment due on April 2nd. Rex said in the filing that the noteholders to whom payment is due (Angelo, Gordon & Co.) have signed a temporary “forbearance” agreement that gives Rex a little breathing room–precious little. The forbearance agreement gives Rex until April 16 to pay up. Angelo, Gordon & Co. have promised not to take any action until that date. The second filing, a Form 12b-25, says that Rex will not be able to file its annual 2017 report on time. In February we reported that it looked like, at that time, that Rex was getting ready to file for bankruptcy (see Rex Energy Preparing to File for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy?). They still haven’t filed for bankruptcy, but surely a missed interest payment and pressure from a major debtholder is not a good sign…
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Rex Energy Sells Non-Operated Assets in 3 PA Counties

Rex Energy, a driller focused mainly on the Marcellus/Utica (headquartered in State College, PA), announced earlier this week that it is selling some of its non-operated oil and gas assets in three Pennsylvania counties: Westmoreland, Centre and Clearfield. Which assets are not described. The buyer is: XPR Resources. The sale amount is $17.2 million. Rex has, in the past couple of years, had stiff challenges, at least on the financial front. It has swapped out old IOUs for new IOUs, converted debt (IOUs) into equity (shares of stock), sold off assets in other basins–a whole lotta stuff to keep on drilling (see our Rex Energy stories here). More recently the company was threatened (for a second time) by NASDAQ with de-listing its stock (see Rex Energy Once Again Threatened with NASDAQ De-listing). And just last month we reported that Rex looks like they’re getting ready to file for bankruptcy (see Rex Energy Preparing to File for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy?). We doubt $17.2 million will help all that much, but it’s better than a sharp stick in the eye. By the way, who is XPR Resources?…
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Rex Energy Preparing to File for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy?

We’ve often called Rex Energy, a driller focused mainly on the Marcellus/Utica (headquartered in State College, PA), our “little energy company that could.” Rex has, in the past couple of years, had stiff challenges, at least on the financial front. It has swapped out old IOUs for new IOUs, converted debt (IOUs) into equity (shares of stock), sold off assets in other basins–a whole lotta stuff to keep on drilling (see our Rex Energy stories here). More recently the company was threatened (for a second time) by NASDAQ with de-listing its stock (see Rex Energy Once Again Threatened with NASDAQ De-listing). Last week Rex issued a fourth quarter and full year 2017 operational update (below). The update shows a mixed bag: 4Q17 production numbers beat 4Q16 numbers. But when you look at all of 2017 vs 2016, 2017 production was down. However, it wasn’t last week’s update from Rex, but rather an SEC 8K filing that caught our eye. Publicly traded companies are required to file a Form 8K with the Securities and Exchange Commission to notify investors of “specified events that may be important to shareholders.” Among the list of specified events is filing for bankruptcy. Rex’s 8K filing from last week does NOT say they have, or will, file for bankruptcy. However, it DOES say they are in talks with noteholders about that possibility. The 8K filed last week includes two term sheets for filing a prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy. We reached out to Rex for comment but did not hear back by the time this story was published. We will include their response here if they do respond. Here’s what we found when searching through the 8K filing…
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Rex Energy Stock Hits New Low in 2017 – $1.65 per Share

Yesterday was not a good day for our “little energy company that could,” Rex Energy. Their stock price sunk to a new low for the year–closing at $1.65 per share. Rex, focused mainly on the Marcellus/Utica (headquartered in State College, PA), has had its share of financial challenges. In the past it has swapped out old IOUs for new IOUs, converted debt (IOUs) into equity (shares of stock), sold off assets in other basins–a whole lotta stuff to keep on drilling (see our Rex Energy stories here). The company’s stock has taken a hit over the past five years. Rex’s stock (REXX) is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange and last December Nasdaq threatened Rex with de-listing the stock (see Rex Energy Stock Threatened with De-Listing by Nasdaq). The company would remain listed if they could meet the minimum requirement of a per share price trading for at least $1/share for 10 consecutive trading days. Rex pulled a rabbit out of the hat and avoided de-listing (see Rex Energy’s Stock Out of Woods, NASDAQ Won’t De-List). But in November Rex was back in the doghouse with Nasdaq. This time the problem is not a low stock price, but that stockholder equity in the company is less than $2.5 million (see Rex Energy Once Again Threatened with NASDAQ De-listing). To add insult to injury, the company’s stock continues to trail down again–not a good sign…
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Rex Energy Once Again Threatened with NASDAQ De-listing

Rex Energy, a driller focused mainly on the Marcellus/Utica (headquartered in State College, PA), has had its share of financial challenges. In the past it has swapped out old IOUs for new IOUs, converted debt (IOUs) into equity (shares of stock), sold off assets in other basins–a whole lotta stuff to keep on drilling (see our Rex Energy stories here). The company’s stock has taken a hit over the past five years. Rex’s stock (REXX) is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange and last December Nasdaq threatened Rex with de-listing the stock (see Rex Energy Stock Threatened with De-Listing by Nasdaq). The company would remain listed if they could meet the minimum requirement of a per share price trading for at least $1/share for 10 consecutive trading days . Nasdaq gave Rex until June 17 of this year to comply, or get banished to the penny stock pink sheets. Rex pulled a rabbit out of the hat and avoided de-listing (see Rex Energy’s Stock Out of Woods, NASDAQ Won’t De-List). However, Rex is back in the woods again. Two weeks ago the company filed a Securities and Exchange Commission Form 8-K alerting investors that Nasdaq has once again told the company they will get de-listed if they can’t turn things around by Jan. 2nd. However, the price per share is well above $1. The problem this time (the violation of listing standards) is that stockholder equity in the company is less than $2.5 million…
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Rex Energy 3Q17: $47M Loss, 10 More Utica Wells on the Way

Rex Energy, a driller focused mainly on the Marcellus/Utica (headquartered in State College, PA), issued their third quarter 2017 update earlier this week. The company continues to bleed money, losing $47 million in 3Q17, versus losing $55 million in 3Q16. An improvement, but showing a profit would be a whole lot better than a loss at this point. Highlights for 3Q17: Rex placed the four-well Wilson pad into sales (Butler County, PA) with initial 24-hour average sales rate per well of ~10.9 million cubic feet equivalent per day (MMcfe/d). Total production averaged 182 MMcfe/d–with 38% of that liquids production. Rex drills in both western PA and eastern OH. Rex officials said they are currently working on 10 new wells in Carroll County, OH that will go online in 2018. So far Rex has drilled 30 wells in the Buckeye State. Below is the full 3Q17 update, along with excerpts from the analyst phone call and the latest Rex slide deck…
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Rex Energy Improves Production for New Wells in Butler, PA

Ahead of providing its third quarter 2017 update, yesterday Rex Energy, a driller focused mainly on the Marcellus/Utica (headquartered in State College, PA) has issued an update on two wells recently connected to sales. The two wells are located in Rex’s Butler County, PA “Moraine East” area. What’s unique is that both wells were completed with a newly revamped/tweaked completion design. Completions is that part of drilling a well when you frack it and hook it up to production. Rex doesn’t comment on how they tweaked their completion design. Typically, changing up completions may involve how long each frack stage is, the type (and quantity) of sand or other proppant used, the kind of slick water used, etc. Rex worked with an engineering firm to review their completions process and made some changes–and they are happy with the results. Initial daily production for the two wells averaged 9.4 million cubic feet equivalent per day (MMcfe/d). Rex reports the methane (natural gas) portion was 4 MMcf/d, NGLs of 820 barrels per day, and condensate averaged 70 barrels per day. Looks like Rex has a couple of winners, with more on the way using the new completion design…
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