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Utica/Point Pleasant well sets Appalachia record

Range Resources (ticker: RRC) announced today its 2015 capital budget and initial results from its Utica/Point Pleasant well located in Washington County, Pennsylvania.

Range has set its 2015 capital budget at $1.3 billion, a decrease of 18% versus its 2014 capital budget. The company said that the decrease is a result of improving capital efficiencies from its Marcellus activities. According to the company’s Q3’14 quarterly report, Range will drill approximately 12% of its Marcellus wells in 2014 on existing pads, avoiding the estimated cost of $850,000 for building a new pad and road at each location. Drilling efficiencies also continued with the cost per lateral foot in the Marcellus decreasing by 15% in 2014 to $472 per lateral foot from $553 per lateral foot.

The 2015 capital budget includes approximately $1,065 million for drilling and recompletions, $155 million for leasehold and renewals, $55 million for pipeline tie-ins and facilities and $25 million for seismic and other costs. By division, the 2015 budget is approximately 92% directed to the Marcellus, 4% Southern Appalachia and 4% Midcontinent.

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The company plans to continue to deliver line of sight production growth in the 20% to 25% range despite the reduction in its capital budget.

According to the company’s Q3’14, production growth for 2014 is targeted at 25% year-over-year. Average daily production for Q4 is expected to be approximately 1.35 Bcfe/d, with 30% liquids.

Range’s Utica/Point Pleasant well sets Appalachia record

The company also announced that its Utica/Point Pleasant well, which Range owns 87.5% of, and is located in Washington County, Pennsylvania, achieved an average 24-hour test rate of 59.0 MMcf/d against simulated pipeline pressure and conditions during the initial flow back. The well was drilled and cased to a true vertical depth of 11,693 feet with the 5,420 foot horizontal lateral completed with 32 frac stages. The initial production (IP) rate equates to a 10.9 MMcf/d IP rate per 1,000 foot of lateral. The company believes that this is a record for any horizon drilled in the Appalachian Basin and also represents the highest IP rate of any Utica well. The previous unofficial record was set by Magnum Hunter Resources (ticker: MHR) on its Stewart Winland 1300U well in October, which tested at 46.5 MMcf/d and was drilled in Tyler County, West Virginia.

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Range has a current leasehold position of approximately 400,000 net acres in the southwest Pennsylvania area which it considers as prospective for the Utica/Point Pleasant. The well is currently shut-in for approximately 90 days while facilities are completed. Afterwards the well is expected to be produced under facility-constrained conditions.

Commenting on the announcements, Jeff Ventura, Range’s President, CEO and newly appointed Chairman of the Board, said “We are very excited about the initial test results of our Utica/Point Pleasant well. Given our 400,000 net acre acreage position in the area, coupled with existing well control and 3D seismic, we believe this translates into significant potential. Being able to drill additional Utica wells on the same locations as our Marcellus wells should further enhance our capital efficiency for many years to come.”

Closing on a Banner Year

In the company’s Q3’14, Range reported $616.62 million in total revenue and other income, representing a 39% year-over-year increase from $442.04 million in Q3’13. Range also reported total costs and expenses of $376.66 million, down 8% from $410.99 million in Q3’13. “[Our] capital efficiency improvement coupled with our favorable hedge position and strong balance sheet gives us confidence that we can deliver substantial shareholder value in 2015 despite the challenging commodity price environment,” said Ventura.

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The company reported $350.3 million in net income ($2.10 per basic share) for the nine months ended September 30, 2014. RRC posted net income of $87.5 million ($0.53 per basic share) for the same period in 2013. Total costs and expenses declined by 2% despite the production increase.

The ability to boost returns while maintaining expenditures has RRC well positioned for 2015. Range currently has a debt to market cap level of 33%, which is well below the median of 91% when compared to its 87 peers in EnerCom’s E&P Weekly database. Its finding and development costs (on a three-year basis) are the fourth-lowest in the entire group, with a cost of $0.79/Mcfe.

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Analyst Commentary

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RRC announced that its long-awaited first Utica/Point Pleasant well had an avg 24-hr IP rate of 59.0 MMcf/d against simulated pipeline pressure and conditions during the initial flow back. Located in Washington Co, PA, the well included 5,420 ft of lateral and 32 frac stages. Adjusted for lateral length, the IP rate was 10.9 MMcf/d per 1,000 foot of lateral. This looks to be a record for any horizon drilled in the Appalachian Basin and is also the highest IP rate of any Utica well. The 10.9 MMcf/d per 1K lateral ft compares favorably with other dry gas Utica wells, including SGY’s Pribble well (30.0 MMcf/d on 3,605 ft lateral, or ~8.2 MMcf/d per 1K lateral ft), MHR's Stalder (32.5 MMcf/d on 5,050 ft lateral, or ~6.4 MMcf/d per 1K lateral ft) & Stewart Winland (46.5 MMcf/d on 5,289 ft lateral, or ~8.8 MMcf/d per 1K lateral ft), and GST's Simms (29.4 MMcf/d on 4,447 ft lateral, or ~6.6 MMcf/d per 1K lateral ft). RRC has ~400K net acres in SW PA that it considers prospective for the Utica/Point Pleasant and we currently give it $2,500 per acre of value, or $1.0B ($6.00 per share). We note that every $1,000 per acre of value translates into ~$2.40 per share net to RRC. The strong result effectively pushes the Utica dry gas boundary deeper and eastward and could have positive implications for others, including RICE, AR, MHR, ECR, and SWN (assuming its acquisition of CHK’s Southwestern Marcellus acreage closes). The cost of the well was not disclosed, but RRC had planned a significant amount of science work. We also note the complexities of the deep formation, as evidenced by MHR’s difficulties over the weekend w/ its well (see MHR section later in this report), so these wells will likely be complex and relatively expensive.  


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