Investors often overlook SEC filings, and it is the job of the 10Q Detective to dig through businesses’ 8-K and 10-Q SEC filings, looking for financial statement ‘soft spots,'(depreciation policies, warranty reserves, and restructuring charges, etc.)that may materially impact Quality of Earnings.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Overstating Peak Production in Utica Shale?
Chesapeake Energy (CHK-$27.81) is accelerating drilling on liquids-rich plays in an effort to drive margin expansion and profitability, given near-month contract prices for natural gas languish below $4 per thousand cubic feet — lower than aggregate exploration and recovery costs (including G&A) in most regions. The natural gas provider has focused recent spud activity in the Utica Shale, mostly on leased acreage in eastern Ohio.