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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Top 10 Drillers in SWPA, by Number of Permits Issued

Every now and again it’s fun to take a look at a “Top 10” list. Here’s one for you. How about a Top 10 List for drillers in southwestern PA, in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. This Top 10 list ranks drillers by how many shale well permits they’ve been granted. The list is extracted from a Top 40 list prepared by the (must read) Pittsburgh Business Times. Can you guess which 10 drillers are in the Top 10? How about the Top 1? It may come as no surprise that Range Resources, the very first company to drill a Marcellus Shale well (in 2004), has received the most permits to drill in SWPA. Here’s the full Top 10 list, with some interesting extra details…
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Rex Energy Update – Brings 10 New Wells Online in Butler Co. PA

Rex Energy, a driller focused mainly on the Marcellus/Utica (headquartered in State College, PA), is a plucky company. Although it has faced its share of financial challenges, it continues to drill in the Marcellus/Utica–bringing new wells online. Rex released an announcement yesterday to tout two new wells pads with a cumulative 10 new wells between them that the company has now brought online into production. Rex always refers to their drilling program in three areas: “Bulter Legacy” and “Moraine East” are drilled on Rex’s leases in Butler County, PA; “Warrior North” refers to Rex’s drilling program on land in Carroll County, OH. The latest two pads were both drilled in Rex’s Moraine East area of Butler County. One of the pads, the “Shields” pad with six wells, produced an initial cumulative rate of 9.2 million cubic feet equivalent per day (MMcfe/d), dropping to 7.9 MMcfe/d after 30 days. The “Mackrell” pad with four wells produced an initial cumulative rate of 8.4 MMcfe/d. No 30-day rate (yet) for the Mackrell pad. Here’s the particulars of our “little driller that could”…
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Lawrence County, PA O&G Production “Inching Upward Again”

Lawrence County, located along Pennsylvania’s border with Ohio, is not the first county you think of when discussing Marcellus/Utica drilling in western PA. There have been no permits to drill new shale wells in Lawrence so far this year. However, the county does have 58 operating shale wells–and the amount of gas those wells produce is gradually rising. All but 10 of the wells are owned and operated by Hilcorp. Most of the wells are located in just two townships: Pulaski and Mahoning. Linda Nitch, executive director of economic business development for the Lawrence County Regional Chamber of Commerce, believes Hilcorp is pumping more gas from the wells it owns in Lawrence. She’s hearing from some landowners that their royalty checks are “getting a little bigger”…
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Rex Energy 2Q17: Sells Waterline, Deal with BP to Market NGLs

Earlier this week Rex Energy issued its second quarter 2017 update. During 2Q17 Rex drilled 2, completed 6 and put online into sales 4 wells in their Butler County, PA acreage. They also began drilling a new 4-well pad in Butler. In the company’s Carroll County, OH acreage, Rex drilled a 3 wells on a single pad. The big news from the update was a deal with BP to market Rex’s natural gas liquids (or C3+) production, and the sale of a water pipeline owned by Rex in Salineville, OH for $8 million. Rex’s finances didn’t do so well. In 2Q17 the company lost $10 million versus making a $16 million profit in 2Q16. Production picked up a bit, from 173.4 million cubic feet equivalent per day (MMcfe/d) in 1Q17 to 177.1 MMcfe/d in 2Q17. The official statement said 2Q17 production was “constrained” during the quarter “due to unplanned maintenance downtime in the company’s midstream services.” Which means they had hoped it would have been higher than 177.1 MMcfe/d. Looking forward to 3Q17 Rex says they plan to bring 12 new wells in Butler County online…
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Rex Energy Crows re Results from New 4-Well Pad in Butler County, PA

Rex Energy began selling natural gas, gas liquids and condensate from its four newest wells, part of the “Baird” pad (in Butler County, PA) on May 31st. The company issued a press release yesterday to do some well-deserved crowing about their wells. Two of the wells (the 1H and 4H) are Marcellus wells and initial production is averaging 12.1 million cubic feet equivalent per day (Mmcfe/d). The other two wells (the 2H & 3H) target the Upper Devonian layer and initial production for those wells has been 8.1 Mmcfe/d. Rex also posted a new company PowerPoint presentation (full copy below) which shows a new 6-well pad in Butler County will go online to sales in August, another 4-well pad in September, and a 2-well pad and 4-well pad sometime in the fourth quarter. In addition, Rex expects to begin drilling a 3-well pad in the Ohio Utica (in Carroll County) in July…
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Dela. Riverkeeper Loses Martian Case to Stop Rex Energy Drilling

THE Delaware Riverkeeper (i.e. Maya van Rossum) and a small group of anti-drilling parents from the Mars School District (“Martians”) in Butler County, PA, have just suffered a crushing defeat in their years-long battle to prevent Rex Energy from drilling wells “near” a local school. Backed by money and legal help from Philadelphia Big Green groups Delaware Riverkeeper and Clean Air Council, the Martians filed frivolous lawsuit after frivolous lawsuit. The effort is aimed at denying landowners in Middlesex Township revenue from legally permitted drilling. The lawsuits have cost the taxpayers of Middlesex Township over $80,000 in legal fees. 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). But that didn’t stop the frivolous lawsuits. Using legal assistance from THE Delaware Riverkeeper, the Martians appealed a town ordinance that allows the wells to be drilled about 3/4 of a mile from the local Mars School. A panel of three western PA judges in Commonwealth Court heard arguments in the case last November (see Martians Use Riverkeeper to Continue Court Battle Against Rex). This week the three-judge panel ruled–against Riverkeeper and the Martians…Continue reading

Rex Energy’s Stock Out of Woods, NASDAQ Won’t De-List

Rex Energy, a driller focused mainly on the Marcellus/Utica (headquartered in State College, PA), has had its share of financial challenges. It has swapped out IOUs for new IOUs, converted debt 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 big hit over the past five years. Rex’s stock (REXX) is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange and last December Nasdaq told Rex the stock would remain listed for the time being–but only if the company could get meet the minimum requirement of the per share price trading for at least $1/share for 10 consecutive trading days (see Rex Energy Stock Threatened with De-Listing by Nasdaq). Nasdaq gave Rex until June 17 of this year to comply–or get banished to the penny stock pink sheets. A common “fix” for low per-share stock prices is to combine outstanding shares into a smaller number of shares–something called a reverse stock split. In May, Rex conducted a 1-for-10 reverse stock split, combining 10 outstanding shares into 1 outstanding share, thereby boosting the per share price (see Rex Energy Offers 1-for-10 Stock Split, Updated 2-Yr Plan). The plan worked. On May 30, Nasdaq informed Rex they are now out of the woods and no longer in danger of being de-listed…Continue reading

Rex Energy 1Q17 Full Update – Swings to Black, Drilling Picks Up

In April, Rex Energy, a driller focused mainly on the Marcellus/Utica (headquartered in State College, PA), issued an operational update (see Rex Energy 1Q17: Production Drops 8.5%). Earlier this week the company issued a full 1Q17 update. What does it show? Rex swung from losing $62 million in 1Q16 to making $2.1 million in 1Q17–quite a turnaround! This update also includes a fuller look at the drilling that did happen in 1Q17, and what the company plans for the balance of 2017. In Rex’s Legacy Butler Operated Area (Butler County, PA), the company has begun drilling 4 wells on a single pad and plans to have them completed and online in 3Q17. In Rex’s Moraine East Area (also Butler County) the company drilled 7 gross (3.3 net) wells and completed 4 gross (1.4 net) wells in 1Q17. In addition, Rex had 12 gross (5.5 net) wells awaiting completion at the end of 1Q17. In Rex’s Warrior North Area (Carroll County, OH), the company plans to drill 12 gross (10.2 net) wells by the end of 2017, with most of them not going online until 2018. Below is the full update, along with select portions of the earnings call where Rex’s CEO shares some interesting insights…Continue reading

Rex Energy Offers 1-for-10 Stock Split, Updated 2-Yr Plan

Two announcements from Rex Energy, one from Thursday and one from Friday, show the company is working hard to reassure investors that the company once again has momentum and that it’s safe to buy the company’s stock. On Thursday, Rex–a driller focused mainly on the Marcellus/Utica (headquartered in State College, PA)–released an updated two-year operational and financial plan. It is an update to the plan originally released in January (see Rex Energy’s 2-Year Plan: Scale-up in 2017, Scale-down in 2018). Under the original plan released in January, Rex said they planned to spend $80-$90 million on drilling in 2017 and $20-$40 million in 2018. Last week Rex announced a new $300 million loan to help with the drilling budget (see Rex Energy Gets a New $300M Loan to Help Fund M-U Drilling). The loan made the difference. Rex’s revised drilling budget for 2017 is now $115-$130 million, and for 2018 it’s gone up to $65-$80 million. On Friday, Rex announced a one-for-ten reverse stock split. Rex’s stock is listed on the Nasdaq exchange, and Nasdaq threatened to delist the stock back in December because the per-share price had sunk below $1 (see Rex Energy Stock Threatened with De-Listing by Nasdaq). A common “fix” for low per-share stock prices is to combine outstanding shares into a smaller number of shares. As of this morning (when writing this post) Rex’s share price was $0.42 per share. If you combine 10 of those shares into a new, single share, presumably the price would be 10 x $0.42 = $4.20 per share. Voilà. The per share price is now in compliance with Nasdaq rules. The new stock price doesn’t mean the company is actually worth any more on paper–it simply means a fewer number of shares are worth more per share…
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Rex Energy Gets a New $300M Loan to Help Fund M-U Drilling

Yesterday Rex Energy, a driller focused mainly on the Marcellus/Utica (headquartered in State College, PA), signed paperwork for a new $300 million loan–due to be paid back by April 2021. Rex immediately withdrew $144 million from the loan, to pay back other loans it owed. When all is said and done with paying back this and that, Rex says they will have $110 million they can use for their Marcellus/Utica drilling program. Rex CEO Tom Stabley said that will be enough money to help fund the company’s two-year development program, including “the potential to access the M&A market.” Curious statement. We take that to mean that Rex is potentially in the hunt to add large acreage tracts (or perhaps buy and add a small driller) to its existing operations. Here’s the company statement from yesterday…
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