With American Energy Buy, Gulfport Grows Utica Footprint

With its second announcement of a Utica acreage buy this year, Gulfport Energy Corp. is distinguishing itself as a company that can increase its offerings without endangering its cash flow.

This week, the Oklahoma City-based company revealed its plan to buy 35,325 net acres from American Energy-Utica LLC for $407 million, which parses down to $9,500 per acre after lifting costs. The assets are located in Monroe, Belmont and Jefferson counties and feature production of 14.6 million cubic feet per day,  18 drilled but uncompleted wells (DUC), a fully-constructed four-well pad location, plus an 11-mile gas gathering system. The deal is being funded with an equity offering, which analysts at Wells Fargo Securities said in a recent note will keep Gulfport’s balance sheet strong.

Its public offering of 10 million shares was priced Wednesday at $43.25 per share. By mid-morning, shares reached $44.33 each.

“The dry gas window will be of growing importance to the stock and should underpin solid growth and continued capital efficiency improvements as develop takes hold,” Well Fargo said. “Management likes what it has seen thus far and is consolidating acreage ahead of ramp and unveiling of dry gas type curve.”

Because the company is in the midst of an offering, Gulfport executives declined to discuss the deal with the media.

Gulfport’s appetite for Utica assets will improve the companies leverage metrics, Wells Fargo said when the firm upgraded the company’s stock to Outperform.

An award-winning journalist, Deon has reported on energy, business and politics for almost 20 years.


Click on the button below to add a comment.
Post a Comment
Generated by readers, the comments included herein do not reflect the views and opinions of Rigzone. All comments are subject to editorial review. Off-topic, inappropriate or insulting comments will be removed.

Related Companies

Our Privacy Pledge

More from this Author
Deon Daugherty
Senior Editor | Rigzone
 -  The Rigzone Interview: Private Equity ... (Jul 13)
 -  Could Argentinian Politics Beat the Va... (Jul 10)
 -  The Rigzone Interview: Oil, Gas Goes D... (Jul 6)
 -  Deal Of The Month: EQT, Rice Energy Me... (Jun 30)
 -  OpEd: OPEC Production Cuts Fail, Marke... (Jun 27)

Most Popular Articles

From the Career Center
Jobs that may interest you
International Accountant
Expertise: Accounting
Location: Downers Grove, IL
Mechanical Eng
Expertise: Operations Management
Location: Industry, TX
Load Planner/ Dispatcher Frac Sand
Expertise: Dispatcher|Project Management
Location: Mansfield, TX
search for more jobs

Brent Crude Oil : $48.06/BBL 2.51%
Light Crude Oil : $45.77/BBL 2.17%
Natural Gas : $2.97/MMBtu 2.30%
Updated in last 24 hours