Southwestern Energy (SWN) is the third largest explorer and producer of natural gas in the Lower 48 United States. The company is primarily engaged in crude oil and natural gas exploration, development and production. Southwestern Energy also works in the Midstream Services segment, providing natural gas transportation and marketing.
At the end of 2017, Southwestern Energy had estimated proved natural gas and oil reserves of around 14,775 Bcfe (billions of cubic feet equivalent). Around 75% of these reserves were natural gas. The company also owns over 2,000 miles of pipeline, chiefly in the U.S. state of Arkansas.
Southwestern Energy is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and has offices in Conway, Arkansas. It operates in the Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas, and in the Appalachian Basin in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The company also controls over 2.5 million undeveloped acres in Canada’s New Brunswick province. However, these can’t currently be developed as they are subject to a fracking moratorium that was imposed by the provincial government in 2015.
Southwestern Energy has a relatively new leadership team. William J. Way has been President and Chief Executive Officer since 2016. He joined the company in 2011 as as Chief Operating Officer responsible for all of the company’s E&P and midstream businesses. Other key figures at Southwestern Energy includeJulian Bott, who has been Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2018; and Clay Carrell, who has served as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer since 2017.
The history of Southwestern Energy goes all the way back to 1929, when Arkansas Western Gas Company (AWG) was incorporated. In the 1960s AWG sold 50,000 shares in its first public offering of common stock. In 1979, the business reorganised itself, with subsidiaries operating under the name Southwestern Energy Company. In 1981, Southwestern Energy Company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2003, the company completed a secondary offering of its common stock with proceeds of around $109 million. And in 2008, Southwestern Energy sold AWG to focus on the exploration and production of natural gas.
In its financial results for the full year 2017, Southwestern Energy had some good news to tell. The company reported net cash provided by operating activities of $1.10 billion and net cash flow of $1.14 billion, an increase of around 120% and 76% respectively on 2016. Net income attributable to common stock was $815 million, or $1.63 per diluted share.
William J. Way, President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our focus in 2018 will be on exploring strategic alternatives for Fayetteville Shale assets, accelerating development in Appalachia and reducing structural costs as we reposition the company to compete and win in any commodity price environment for years to come.”
Southwestern Energy shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and they are a constituent of the S&P 500 index. The Southwestern Energy share pricehas seen a big decline since mid-2014, when it stood at around $47. By July 2015 the shares were trading at below $20, and they spent most of 2017 under $10. At the start of April 2018 Southwestern Energy shares stood at $4.10. To find out how the shares are doing right now, follow Capital.com. Our SWN chartputs all the information at your fingertips.
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