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Rice Energy Inc. (RICE) SEC Filing 10-K Annual report for the fiscal year ending Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Eqt Re, Llc

CIK: 1588238

Exhibit 99.1

Rice Energy Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Results; Provides Operational Update and 2014 Guidance

CANONSBURG, PA – March 13, 2014 – Rice Energy Inc. (NYSE: RICE) today announced financial and operational results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2013 and provided an update on its 2014 activities and guidance.

Unless otherwise indicated, information presented in this release gives pro forma effect to (i) our initial public offering and the completion of the corporate reorganization in connection with our initial public offering in January 2014 and (ii) the consummation of our acquisition of the remaining 50% interest in our Marcellus joint venture from Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.

Highlights

 

   

Fourth quarter 2013 net production of 154 MMcf/d, representing a 120% increase relative to the fourth quarter of 2012 and a 20% sequential increase relative to the third quarter of 2013

 

   

Full year 2013 production of 126 MMcf/d, representing a 166% increase relative to 2012 production

 

   

Fourth quarter and full year 2013 Adjusted EBITDAX(1) of $39.2 million and $107.8 million, respectively

 

   

As of March 1, 2014, firm transportation portfolio covers approximately 330,000 MMBtu/d in 2014, 654,000 MMBtu/d in 2015 and 761,000 MMBtu/d in 2016

 

   

Previously announced agreement to acquire gathering assets for $110 million de-risks Marcellus takeaway plan and provides optionality for production acceleration

 

   

Currently running two horizontal rigs in Marcellus Shale and one horizontal rig in Utica Shale with 40 gross operated wells (approximately 230,000 net horizontal feet) in various stages of development today

 

   

Marcellus Shale leasehold position of 43,351 net acres and Utica Shale leasehold position of 46,488 net acres as of December 31, 2013

Commenting on the results, Daniel J. Rice IV, Chief Executive Officer, said, “2013 was a transformative year for Rice Energy. Over the course of the year we brought online 22 Marcellus wells totaling approximately 138,500 lateral feet with an average 60-day gross initial production rate of 11.0 MMcf/d and since year end we have turned online four additional Marcellus wells that averaged 11.8 MMcf/d per well for the initial 30 days. These results are a testament to the quality of our acreage and the proficiency of our shale-specific team.

“We measure our success, however, by our ability to make meaningful strides in the context of a long-term plan to maximize the value potential of our acreage positions in the cores of the Marcellus and Utica Shales. To that end, we believe we have further improved our positioning for long-term success with several key transactions. Our initial public offering in January 2014 was the second largest U.S. independent E&P IPO in history, providing us increased liquidity to pursue production growth and the ability to invest in strategic midstream and leasehold opportunities in order to support long-term value creation. Additionally, over the course of the last year we have selectively added to our robust portfolio of firm transportation contracts that now stands at 330,000 MMBtu/d, 654,000 MMBtu/d and 761,000 MMBtu/d of firm transportation in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively, supporting our ability to grow production and diversify our pricing exposure to Gulf Coast, Midwest and Northeast markets. Lastly, in

 

(1) Please see “Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Measure” for a description and reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDAX.


The following information was filed by Eqt Re, Llc on Thursday, March 13, 2014 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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