RANGE RESOURCES CORPORATION (NYSE: RRC) today announced first quarter 2012 production results, preliminary realized prices and an update on the Pennsylvania impact fee. First quarter production volumes averaged 655.5 Mmcfe net per day, a 20% increase over the prior-year quarter. Adjusting for the Barnett production sold in April 2011, the production increase would have been 50%. The record production was driven by the continued success of the Company’s drilling program. Production was 78% natural gas, 16% natural gas liquids (NGLs) and 6% crude oil. Year-over-year oil production increased 36%, NGL production rose 20%, while natural gas production increased 19%.
The Company also announced that its preliminary first quarter 2012 commodity price realizations (including the impact of cash-settled hedges and derivative settlements which would correspond to analysts’ estimates) averaged $5.19 per mcfe before deduction of third-party transportation, gathering and compression fees. This represents a 14% decrease from the prior-year quarter. Preliminary first quarter average production and realized prices for each commodity were: natural gas – 512.5 Mmcf per day ($4.01), natural gas liquids – 17,152 barrels per day ($46.20) and crude oil – 6,682 barrels per day ($83.54). Third-party transportation, gathering and compression fees are expected to average $0.68 per mcfe for the first quarter. In prior years, third-party transportation, gathering and compression fees were netted in realized commodity prices. Such amounts were reclassified effective in the fourth quarter of 2011 and are now reported separately. The preliminary first quarter 2012 realized price after the deduction of third-party transportation, gathering and compression fees is expected to average $4.51 per mcfe.
Commenting on the announcement, Jeff Ventura, Range’s President and CEO, said, “First quarter production results reflect the excellent performance by our operating, midstream and marketing teams. As a result, we are well on track to achieve our 2012 production growth target of 30% to 35%. Moreover, with the growth of our oil and NGL production, we are executing on our goal of moving overall liquid production higher in our total production mix for 2012 and beyond.”
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