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Anglo Asian Mining is an AIM listed precious and base metals producer running flagship Gedabek operations in western Azerbaijan which include open pit and underground mining facilities and a processing complex fit for different types of ores. Production runs at ~70-80kozpa GEO (~90% gold) with low operating costs status allowing the Company to generate FCF for organic growth opportunities within the highly prospective +1,000km2 land package and potential value accretive transactions over targets outside Azerbaijan as well as offer a generous dividend yield.
Companies: Anglo Asian Mining PLC
Trifast has released an interim trading update which highlights trends that have continued from the AGM statement in September with trading slightly ahead of the Group's base case assumptions for FY21 of revenue down c.16% YoY. September was the strongest month in the Group's first half and the press release indicates that October has also started well for sales and orders. The trading update indicates resilience in the business considering the tough trading environment.
Companies: Trifast plc (TRI:LON)Trifast plc (25D:BER)
Phoenix today updates its resource for the Empire deposit in Idaho after the summer's drilling (32 additional holes). The new Measured and Indicated (M&I) Resources stands at 22.9Mt grading 0.4% copper, 0.2% zinc, 10.3g/t silver and 0.32g/t gold (up from 19.3Mt grading 0.4%, 0.2%, 11g/t and 0.35g/t respectively from the last calculated resource in May 2020) plus a further 10Mt in the Inferred category at similar grades. M&I resources now stand at 173kt copper equivalent (current metal prices) against the previous M&I resource estimation at 155kt copper equivalent.
Companies: Phoenix Copper Ltd. (United Kingdom)
H1 2020 saw extreme commodity price weakness, but was still a productive period for President, especially for its balance sheet, with debt more than halving to US$15m following a placing, strategic subscription and debt-to-equity conversion. This leaves President on a sound financial footing, well positioned to ride out sustained lower prices if necessary while delivering the growth potential within its core Argentine business, further evidence of which was provided with today’s positive drilling update. We are cutting our price target by 10% to 3.5p due to lower near-term production forecasts, but this is still more than double the current share price with further operational catalysts on the near-term horizon.
Companies: President Energy PLC
Trans-Siberian Gold's (TSG) Q320 results show improved year-on-year and quarter-on-quarter top line results, despite a reduced operational performance, largely due to higher gold and silver prices and increased tonnages. Gold grade and silver grades from the Asacha Gold Mine for the first nine months of the year are slightly lower than we had expected [due to Q1 performance]. Production levels above are expectations, which has negated the impact of the lower average grade for the first 9 months. We raise forecasts and our target price to 184p.
Companies: Trans-Siberian Gold PLC (TSG:LON)Trans-Siberian Gold PLC (UJ1:FRA)
Oil retreated as a further increase in Libyan output threatens to return more supply to a market that is already grappling with a pandemic-induced slump in demand.
Crude futures fell 1.9% in New York on Friday and posted their first weekly decline in three. Libya lifted force majeure on its Ras Lanuf and Es Sider ports and oil output will surpass 1 million barrels a day in four weeks, according to the state-run National Oil Corp. The announcement came as prospects for more Libyan output increased following the signing of a permanent cease-fire agreement.
Prices were already on the decline as talks appeared to stall on a US stimulus deal before the election, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin trading blame for the impasse. A deal would have injected a sorely needed boost to demand, with positive catalysts for prices harder to come by heading into the end of the year.
US benchmark crude futures declined 2.5% over the week as a resurgence of coronavirus infections spurred governments around the world to renew tighter lockdown restrictions. While comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin signalling openness to delaying a planned OPEC+ output hike helped bolster prices, the continued return of Libyan production complicates the group's tapering strategy.
West Texas Intermediate for December delivery declined 79 cents to settle at $39.85 a barrel.
Brent for the same month declined 69 cents to end the session at $41.77 a barrel. The contract fell 2.7% over the week.
Despite the prospect of more Libyan supply returning to the market, Brent's structure remained firm. The spread between the global benchmark's nearest contracts strengthened on Friday to its narrowest contango since late July
Meanwhile, traders' attention is shifting toward the outcome of the US election in November, which could have varying implications for US supply. Presidential candidate Joe Biden said fossil fuels need to be phased out over time, a comment seized on by Donald Trump as a threat to the industry. But there is debate over how much such a policy would impact oil prices in the near future.
Other oil-market news:
Venezuelan crude inventories have surged 84% over the past three weeks as the threat of US sanctions ward away buyers of the nation's most important commodity. That raises the risk that state-run PDVSA will have to start shutting in production again, and is the latest sign that Venezuela's oil industry is on the verge of collapse.
Oil and gas output in Norway, western Europe's biggest producer, could rise to a record by the middle of the decade as new fields come on stream, according to consultants Rystad Energy AS.
Companies: FOG PVR 88E DGOC EME TRIN UOG
Q3 trading statement
Companies: HNTIF 0YT HTG
Lithium in London with a focus on European projects
This corporate sector note on lithium will comment on the European lithium raw material sector and how the advanced projects being developed by Savannah Resources, European Metals Holdings and European lithium fit into the European-regional picture. Lithium production from these projects, once commissioned, will go some way to creating a domestic supply of this critical metal within Europe.
• Savannah Resources – Developing the Mina Do Barroso project in Portugal as a producer of spodumene concentrate. The project is in Feasibility.
• European Metals Holdings – Developing the Cinovec project in the Czech Republic as an integrated producer of lithium hydroxide / carbonate. The project is in Feasibility.
• European Lithium – Developing the Wolfsburg project in Austria as an integrated producer of lithium hydroxide. The project is in Feasibility.
Companies: KDNC EMH SAV
SDX Energy (SDX LN)C; Target price £0.45 per share: Growing the prize, accelerating drilling - Sales in Morocco are now almost back to pre COVID 19 levels (90%). This is important for cash flow. SDX has now mapped additional prospects on the South Disouq license, resulting in gross prospective resources increasing by 139 bcf to 233 bcf. Drilling in Egypt is being accelerated to start in 2Q21 with two initial wells targeting 165 bcf, including the new Hanut prospect with 139 bcf gross prospective resources and a 33% Chance of Success. The volumes targeted by the first part of the programme are 5x larger than what we were previously anticipating (34 bcf). At the end of September, SDX held US$9.2 mm in cash with the majority of the 2020 capex programme having already been incurred. With no debt and expected FY21 cashflow of ~US$30 mm (largely unaffected by oil price movements), this leaves the company with ample liquidity to fund the upcoming drilling programme. Overall, we estimate the prospects the company will target with the drill bit over the next twelve months at £0.38 per share, which represents 2.4x the current share price. The main items are the LMS-2 well test in Morocco (£0.14 per share) and the Hanut well in Egypt (£0.16 per share). This does not include the potential for additional look-alike prospects to LMS-2 to be drilled in 2021. While the company continues to deliver positive updates and the materiality of the upcoming drilling is growing, the shares continue to trade at EV/DACF multiples of only 1.3x in 2020 and 0.5x in 2021.
IN OTHER NEWS
Diversified Gas & Oil (DGOC LN): Partnership agreement with Oaktree Capital – Diversified and Oaktree are partnering to jointly pursue US PDP acquisitions with individual transaction valuations over US$250 mm. Oaktree and Diversified will fund equal portions of any acquisitions, however Oaktree will provide Diversified a 5.0% upfront promote of its funded working interest (2.5% incremental) at the time of an acquisition. In addition, upon achieving a 10.0% unlevered IRR on its investment, Oaktree will convey to Diversified 15.0% of its working interest (7.125% incremental).
Maha Energy (MAHA-A SS): Production update in Brazil – Sales production for the month of September totalled ~ 3,255 boe/d, During the month of September the dual GTE-4 oil producing well was shut down for 14 days, due to workover operations. Fishing operations to date have been unsuccessful and a more rigorous workover operation is now scheduled during the fourth quarter to restore production from the AG zone. Production from the GTE-4 well (Sergi zone) resumed on the 28th of September. Tartaruga had issues during the month with unreliable power from the local grid – back up generation has been is installed and production is stabilizing.
Parex Resources (PXT CN): Buy back and operation update in Colombia – Parex plans to buy back up to a further 10% of its share capital by YE20. 3Q20 production was 44.2 mboe/d and 4Q20 production is expected to be 44-48 mboe/d with US$40-50 mm capex. The company plans to drill the Cayena horizontal exploration well on the Fortuna block and one appraisal well at the Boranda Block. At Block LLA-94, the Grulla well will be re-entered. The company held US$350 mm in cash at the end of September.
Phoenix Global Resources (PGR LN): 1H20 results – 1H20 production in Argentina was 4,369 boe/d. At 30 June 2020 the group had cash of US$1.4 mm and total borrowing US$317.7 mm.
Proposed changes in Trinidad’s fiscal regime - The government of Trinidad is proposing to lift the threshold for the imposition of the very punitive Supplemental Petroleum Tax (SPT) from US$50/bbl to U$75/bbl.
Getech (GTC LN): 1H20 results – 1H20 revenue totalled £2.1 mm. The orderbook was £2.9 mm at the end of June. The company held £2.8 in cash at the end of June. Getech is currently negotiating with two potential Energy Transition acquisition targets. Key sectors of focus are mining, geothermal energy and the hydrogen economy.
Hurricane Energy (HUR LN): Update in the UK – 3Q20 production averaged 13,600 bbl/d with current production of 14,500 bbl/d.
Independent Oil & Gas (IOG LN): No offer to buy Deltic Energy (DELT LN) – Independent will not make an offer to acquire Deltic with two approaches rejected by Deltic.
Lundin Energy (LUNE SS): Acquisition of exploration licences in Norway – Lundin is acquiring from Idemitsu interests in a portfolio of licences in the Barents Sea, including a 10% WI in the Wisting oil discovery and a further 15% WI in the Alta oil discovery with an overall 70 mmboe net contingent resources. The proceeds consist of US$125 mm in cash.
OMV (OMV AG): 3Q20 update – 3Q20 production was 444 mboe/d.
Premier Oil (PMO LN): Merger with Chrysaor – Premier Oil is merging with Chrysaor. The Transaction is expected to result in Premier’s stakeholders owning up to 23% (including 5.45% by Premier’s shareholders) of the combined group. A cash payment of US$1.23 bn will be made to financial creditors of Premier. The transaction provides ~US$0.61 on the dollar cash recovery for existing creditors plus US$0.14 in shares for an overall recovery of 75%. The combined entity had >250 mboe/d at the end of June and 2P reserves of 717 mmboe as YE19. The acquisition of the BP assets by Premier will not go ahead.
Repsol (REP SM): 3Q update – 3Q20 production was 615 mboe/d.
UK Oil & Gas (UKOG LN): Raising £2.2 mm of new equity – UK Oil & Gas has raised £2.2 mm of new equity priced at 0.16 p per share to fund its share of initial drilling and seismic costs in Turkey.
FORMER SOVIET UNION
JKX Oil & Gas (JKX LN): Operating update in Russia and Ukraine – 3Q20 WI production was 10,245 boe/d including 4,727 boe/d in Ukraine and 5,519 boe/d. The company held US$18.8 mm net cash at the end of September.
Tullow Oil (TLW LN): RBL Redetermination – Tullow’s RBL credit facility has been redetermined with US$1.8 bn of debt capacity. As a result, the Group retains ~US$500 mm liquidity headroom of undrawn facilities. The next redetermination will commence at the end of November and is expected to be completed in January 2020.
Companies: UKOG TLW SDX REP PXT PMO PGR OMV 0GEA LYV JKX HUR GTC DGOC
Shanta Gold (AIM: SHG) has announced this morning its production and operational results for the quarter ended 30th September 2020 – see Fig 1. Overall this was a robust performance (from one of the most consistent operators in the sector) in the face of the pandemic and a very busy quarter for the company at corporate level. QoQ production fell to 19,973 oz and AISC rose to $883/oz – both caused by a temporary drop in grade – but the ongoing strength in the gold price resulted in a 16% and 46% increase in EBITDA QoQ and YTD respectively. There was an increase in net debt to $5.1m which can be explained by the $7.1m cash outlay for the West Kenya projects as well as the reduction in the hedge book (they also have $5.9m of gold dore in the gold room). The company remains on track to hit its full year guidance of 80-85koz of production at an AISC of $830-880/oz which would make it the third year in a row they have hit their unaltered guidance for the year. This would be a remarkable achievement for a major gold miner operating in a developed market let alone one operating in the South West corner of Tanzania. Likewise the fact the company has recorded zero lost time injuries makes it nearly three years in a row with no LTIs. With the greenlight for Singida and a scoping study completed for the West Kenya Project during the quarter, the company can look forward to leveraging this operational expertise across a larger and longer life production base (c.220Koz of annualised production). We continue to believe the market is still to wake up to this given a market cap of US$219m, next to no debt and EBITDA annualising at $90m.
Companies: Shanta Gold Limited
During the quarter, 88 Energy received final petrophysical interpretation of the Charlie-1 well, with the results indicating that the well had encountered 398ft of net pay across six prospects/discoveries. The results confirmed the Upper and Lower Lima targets as large oil discoveries. With the Stellar targets in the Torok Formation also confirmed as hydrocarbon discoveries. Additionally, the HRZ Shale at the Charlie-1 location has been interpreted as being within the peak oil generation window. During the quarter, 88E also completed the takeover of XCD Energy, in the process creating an Alaska focussed oil-exploration and appraisal company, with a diversified portfolio across three highly prospective project areas, Project Icewine, Yukon Leases and Project Peregrine. Near-term activity will focus around updated resource estimates following the final petrophysical interpretation of the Charlie-1 well. At Project Peregrine, several initial non-binding farm-out offers have been received, with 88E on schedule to drill two wells at the Harrier and Merlin prospects during Q1/21.
Companies: 88 Energy Limited
Goldplat the processor of gold-bearing wastes and residues from mining operations today reports on its first quarter ending Septe2020. As expected the company continues to maintain robust operating profits from its South African operation (£1.12m, up from £1.07m in the same period last year) and an increased operating profit from its Ghana operation (£0.28m up from £23k). Goldplat is in the process of selling its Kilimapesa gold mine in Kenya which contributes small operating losses to the Groups overall performance with the sale expected to finalise by the end of December.
Companies: Goldplat plc
Valeura Energy (VLE CN/VLU LN): Selling Turkey shallow – Valeura is selling its producing shallow conventional gas business to TBNG for a cash consideration of US$15.5 mm, plus royalty payments of up to an additional US$2.5 mm.
Increased estimates of of gas discovery offshore Turkey – The Tuna-1 discovery in the Black Sea is now estimated to hold 14.2 tcf (up 3 tcf compared to previous estimates).
FAR Limited (FAR AU): Financial update – FAR continues to be in default with regards to its obligations in Senegal. The company is in a default position of US$29.6 mm (excluding interest). FAR had US$59.0 mm unrestricted cash at hand at 30 September 2020.
Tullow Oil (TLW LN): Approval to sell Uganda – Tullow has received government approvals with regards to the sale of Uganda to Total. The transaction is expected to close in the coming days.
EVENTS TO WATCH NEXT WEEK
27/10/2020: Bp (BP LN) – 3Q20 results
29/10/2020: Royal Dutch Shell (RDS LN) – 3Q20 results
29/10/2020: Aker Bp (AKERBP NO) – 3Q20 results
29/10/2020: Repsol (REP SM) – 3Q20 results
30/10/2020: Lundin Energy (LUNE SS) – 3Q20 results
30/10/2020: Seplat Petroleum (SEPL LN) - 3Q20 results
Companies: FAR VLE TLW
After laying out the new strategy, the focus has shifted back to current operations. The group managed to reduce its net debt by $500m (to $40.4bn) with Brent averaging $43/bbl and particularly weak refining margins. This demonstrates the group’s ability to reach the cash balance point target of $40/bbl and hints at a buyback programme in 2022.
Companies: BP p.l.c.