|Bid||11.24 x 1400|
|Ask||11.39 x 3000|
|Day's Range||11.16 - 11.64|
|52 Week Range||4.26 - 14.19|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||1.53|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Earnings Date||Oct 29, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Feb 02, 2017|
|1y Target Est||13.80|
EQT, the largest U.S. producer of natural gas, is reported to be pursuing CNX Resources. Both producers are focused on Appalachia.
(Bloomberg) -- EQT Corp., the biggest producer of U.S. natural gas, is seeking to acquire rival CNX Resources Corp., according to people familiar with the matter, as M&A accelerates in the distressed shale patch.EQT recently sent a takeover proposal to CNX Resources, said the people, who asked to not be identified because the matter isn’t public. No final decision has been made and EQT could opt to not proceed with a potential deal, they said.The proposal comes as a wave of deals involving other shale companies is shaking up the industry, with investors looking for scale as a way to cut costs and gain more control over supplies. Merger and acquisition activity has been particularly busy in the prolific Permian Basin, which straddles West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. Still, consolidation talks are also picking up for gas producers in Appalachia, where CNX and EQT operations are based.EQT already is the largest supplier of U.S. gas, producing 44% more than its nearest competitor, Exxon Mobil Corp., according to figures compiled by the Natural Gas Supply Association. EQT pumped about 4 billion cubic feet a day as of the first quarter, while CNX produced 1.38 billion, the data show.“A combination of EQT and CNX makes strategic sense given the significant overlap that can enhance operational and financial synergies,” Scott Hanold, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, said in a note to clients.EQT Chief Executive Officer Toby Rice, 38, is pursuing what would be his first deal since he took the top job in July 2019. The Rice family had previously sold their Appalachian gas company, Rice Energy, to EQT in 2017. But they became disenchanted with EQT’s performance and mounted a nine-month proxy fight, vowing to slash costs amid growing investor pressure for cash generation and better returns.What Bloomberg Intelligence Says:“Acquiring CNX would expand EQT’s scale, as industry concentration remains in focus with capital efficiency and productivity key beneficiaries. Adding about 564,000 net acres would boost EQT’s leading position in the Marcellus, but CNX’s Utica and coal-bed methane assets may not be vital. Moreover, CNX Water and CNX Midstream units could be dropped into EQT’s midstream vehicle to help fund a purchase.”\-- Vincent G Piazza, BI energy analystCNX has emerged as a pure gas company over the past few years after spinning off its coal operations. A representative for CNX declined to comment. Representatives for EQT didn’t respond to requests for comment.CNX was little changed in early New York trading after a 12% gain on Thursday, giving it a market value of $2.56 billion. EQT rose 0.8% as of 10:26 a.m.Marcellus ShaleEQT and CNX Resources, both based in Pennsylvania, are two of largest drillers in the gas-rich Marcellus Shale region. EQT’s parley underscores how shale drillers are increasingly looking to pair up as the industry grapples with a pandemic-driven slump in commodity prices.This week, Pioneer Natural Resources Co. agreed to buy Parsley Energy Inc. for $4.5 billion while ConocoPhillips announced a $9.7 billion takeover of Concho Resources Inc.Other deals include deals include Devon Energy Corp.’s agreement to acquire WPX Energy Inc. in a $2.56 billion all-stock deal and Southwestern Energy Co.’ proposed takeover of Montage Resources Co.EQT stoked merger speculation earlier on Thursday when CEO Rice told analysts that having a bigger portfolio of gas fields would reduce costs and strengthen the company’s market power.A takeover of CNX or another neighboring producer would create a “gas titan,” Piper Sandler & Co. analyst Kashy Harrison said in a research note Thursday.EQT acquired rival Rice Energy Inc. for $6.7 billion in 2017.(Updates with analyst’s comment in fifth paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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