Panoro Energy (PEN NO)C; Target price NOK23.00 per share: Boosting returns in Gabon, gearing for exploration - BW Energy, the operator of the Dussafu licence is reviewing the development concept of Hibiscus and Ruche with a jack-up conversion instead of a new build wellhead platform. Overall, this could reduce the break-even of the project from US$30/bbl to US$25/bbl, reflecting the current low cost of barges. The operator now estimates that the project would achieve an IRR of 15% at US$30/bbl (US$35/bbl previously). Pending more visibility on the new development plan, gross capex could be 20% lower than the previously anticipated US$400 mm. The development is expected to restart in 4Q20. Net to Panoro’s 7.5% WI, the potential net savings would represent ~US$6 mm, almost ~8% of the current market cap. Given Panoro’s high cost of capital, this could be material as Panoro could redeploy the freed-up capital on other initiatives. Panoro shares trade in line with our 2P NAV of ~NOK10 per share that does not factor in the potential lower capex in Gabon. In addition, Panoro continues to offer near term diversified and high impact exploration upside with an aggregate unrisked value for the programme of almost NOK30 per share (~3x the current share price). An enhanced balance sheet with lower development cost in Gabon provides additional fire power to the exploration drilling activities. The Salloum West appraisal well (unrisked NAV of >NOK3 per share) is expected to be drilled in 1Q21. Subject to completion of farm-out transactions with Africa Energy, the company will then drill a very high impact exploration well drilled in South Africa (unrisked NAV of NOK15 per share). Drilling the upside at the Greater Hibiscus area later in 2021 has an unrisked value of NOK10 per share.
SDX Energy (SDX LN)C; Target price £0.40 per share: Initiating Coverage - SDX Energy is a £35 mm market cap full cycle exploration and production company with low cost (6 mboe/d) and reserves (>10 mmboe) in Egypt and Morocco. In contrast to most peers, SDX’s business is insulated from oil price moves with ~90% of the production being fixed-price gas on LT contracts. Recent drilling successes have opened up additional low risk/low cost/short cycle exploration and development upside in both countries. SDX will soon embark on a multi-year exploration programme. With infrastructure already in place, any discovery will be highly accretive and can be developed from SDX’s own source of funds. SDX shares trade at EV/DACF multiples of ~1.3x in 2020. Our 2P NAV is £0.27 per share, representing 70% upside. The prospective resources already identified have an unrisked NAV of £0.12 per share for Egypt (+75%) and £1.03 per share for Morocco (+600%). The main exploration drilling programme is restarting in 2021 but the company should test the LMS-2 well in Morocco in 4Q20, should COVID-19 restrictions be lifted. A success would derisk ~5 bcf WI resources at LMS-2 (+£0.13 per share) and a further ~20 bcf WI resources in the wider La Mimouna area (+£0.50 per share). Our target price of £0.40 per share (~ our ReNAV) represents ~150% upside.
IN OTHER NEWS
Trinity Exploration and Production (TRIN LN): 1H20 results – 1H20 production in Trinidad was 3,282 bbl/d. FY20 production is still expected to be in the range of 3,100 - 3,300 bbl/d. Trinity held US$19.7 mm in cash as at 30 June 2020.
ADX Energy (ADX AU) and Reabold Resources (RBD LN): Flow test results in Romania below expectations – Following acidisation, the flow rate of the Iecea Mica-1 well was below expectations.
BP (BP LN) and ENI (ENI IM): Discovery in Egypt - The Nidoco NW-1 exploratory well discovered gas-bearing sands for a total thickness of 100 m, of which 50 m is within the Pliocene sands of the Kafr-El-Sheik formations and 50 m within the Messinian age sandstone of the Abu Madi formations. The Great Nooros Area gas in place is now be estimated > 4 tcf.
Deltic Energy (DELT LN): Resources update – The Cadence, Cordova, Bathurst and Basset prospects hold 597 bcf, 124 bcf, 275 bcf and 128 bcf prospective resources (P50) respectively. These licences were recently offered to Deltic and are located in the Southern North Sea.
IGas Energy (IGAS LN): Acquiring Geothermal business – IGas is acquiring GT Energy, a developer of deep geothermal heat projects onshore UK. GT Energy's principal project is a 14 MW deep geothermal project in the Etruria Valley, Stoke-on-Trent. IGas will make an initial payment of £500,000 to be satisfied by the issue of 2,222,223 IGas ordinary shares. There could be further payments according to milestones associated with progress at GT Energy’s project. The maximum payable consideration is £12 mm with new ordinary shares of IGas not exceeding 29.9% of the share capital of IGas. GT Energy has entered into a term sheet with Gravis Capital Management to fund a significant proportion of the ~£20 mm project through a limited-recourse debt facility.
Independent Oil & Gas (IOG LN): Potential offer to acquire Deltic Energy (DELT LN) – Independent Oil & Gas is considering a possible all-share offer for the Deltic.
Premier Oil (PMO LN): Considering transaction with Chrysaor – Premier Oil is in discussions with Chrysaor as a potential alternative to the proposed equity raise. The preferred route remains the re-financing announced previously.
Union Jack Oil (UJO LN): Equity raise – Union Jack is raising £7 mm of new equity at a price of £0.16 per share. The proceeds of the fundraising will be used to (1) pay the deferred cash consideration due on first oil production at the Wressle development in 4Q20, (2) drill a side-track well at the Biscathorpe discovery in 2021 and (3) ongoing investment in the other conventional onshore drill-ready projects including a proposed low-cost, side-track well at the producing Keddington oilfield and a proposed conventional well at North Kelsey.
FORMER SOVIET UNION
Caspian Sunrise (CASP LN): 1H20 results – 1H20 production in Kazakhstan was 1,494 boe/d with production of 1,643 boe/d at the end of June. The company held US$0.2 mm in cash at the end of June.
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
Energean (ENOG LN): New gas contract in Israel– Energean has signed two new Gas Sales and Purchase Agreements which, combined, represent quantities of gas of up to 1.4 bcm/y and increase total firm contracted gas sales from the Karish project to approximately 7.0 bcm/y on plateau.
Global Petroleum (GBP LN/AU): Raising £1.4 mm of new equity – Global is raising £1.4 mm of new equity priced at 0.75p per share. Subscribers are also being issued 1 warrant per share with a strike price of 1.5p.
Companies: BP/ CASP ENOG ENI PENUSD PMO RBD SDX
PetroTal (PTAL LN)C; Target price £0.45: Production at Bretana restarts – In anticipation of the re-opening of the ONP, Bretana oil production recommenced on July 15, 2020 and achieved over 12,000 bbl/d when all seven wells were online. Oil deliveries have also already commenced to the Iquitos refinery and approximately 40,000 bbl are expected be delivered during July 2020. Oil is being barged to the Saramuro Pump Station and will be delivered into the ONP immediately after it reopens , now expected in early August 2020. To manage the company’s inventory and barge storage capacity, Bretana production has been reduced to approximately 8,000 bbl/d pending the restart of the pipeline. While the share price has already increased 30% over the last three weeks, we continue to see PetroTal as a value and growth stock. The company’s value based on its 2P reserves only (2P NAV of £0.28 per share) represents 2x the current share price and our Core NAV is 3x current levels. Assuming production of ~12 mbbl/d in 2021 (i.e. the level achieved when the field was restarted) PetroTal’s share price implies EV/DACF multiples of 1.7x in 2021 and 0.2x in 2022. On a production/capex low case, we estimate that PetroTal generates aggregate Free Cash Flow over 2021-2022 equal to the company’s market cap.
IN OTHER NEWS
ExxonMobil (XOM US): Further volumes discovered in Guayana | Karoon Energy: Softening terms for acquisition of Brazilian asset | President Energy (PPC LN): Operational update in Argentina | Total (FP FP): Significant discovery in Suriname
Jadestone Energy (JSE LN): 2Q20 update | Repsol (REP SM): Compensation in Vietnam | ENI (ENI IM): Large volume confirmed in Vietnam
ADX Energy (ADX AU): Operational update in Austria and Romania | ENI (ENI IM): 2Q20 results, lower capex | EnQuest (ENQ LN): UK Acquisition | Equinor (EQNR NO): Dry hole in Norway | Hurricane Energy (HUR LN): Operational update in the UK | Lundin Energy (LUNE SS): 2Q20 results | OMV (OMV AG): 2Q20 results/dividend reduction/Volumes discovered at Hades (Norway) reduced | Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA/B LN): 2Q20 results | Total (FP FP): 2Q20 results, Dividend distributions maintained | Zenith Energy (ZEN LN): Acquisition of Italian assets terminated
FORMER SOVIET UNION
Enwell Energy (ENW LN): Negative licence update | Nostrum Oil & Gas (NOG LN): 1H20 trading update in Kazakhstan
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
BP (BP LN), ENI (ENI IM), Total (FP FP): Discovery in Egypt | DNO (DNO NO): 2Q20 results | ShaMaran Petroleum (SNM CN), Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP LN) and Genel Energy (GENL LN): Payment in Kurdistan | Sound Energy (SOU LN)C: Raising up to £4.5 mm of new equity
Angola lowering tax | Cairn Energy (CNE LN): Divesting Senegal and returning cash to shareholders | Total (FP FP): Divesting mature assets in Gabon | Savannah Energy (SAVE LN): FY20 results and update in Nigeria | Seplat Petroleum (SEPL LN): 1H20 results | Tullow Oil (TLW LN): 1H20 update | Victoria Oil & Gas (VOG LN): 2Q20 update in Cameroon
EVENTS TO WATCH NEXT WEEK
04/08/2020: BP (BP LN) – 2Q20 results
04/08/2020: GeoPark (GPRK US) – 2Q20 results
04/08/2020: Gran Tierra Energy (GTE LN/CN) – 2Q20 results
05/08/2020: Parex Resources (PXT CN) – 2Q20 results
07/08/2020: Frontera Energy (FEC CN) – 2Q20 results
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As expected the company cut its dividend. It is also adopting a different remuneration policy and now intends to distribute a minimum dividend of €0.36/share (vs €0.89) and increase this with oil ranging from $45 to $60/bbl. Above $60/bbl, a €400m share buy back is planned, rising to €800m with oil above $65/bbl. Considering Eni’s strong sensitivity to oil prices this makes sense although it will irk investors looking for a more predictable payout.
Companies: Eni S.p.A.
PetroTal (PTAL LN/TAL CN)C; Target price £0.45: 1Q20 results/Bretaña expected to restart in July – 1Q20 financials are in line with expectations and 1Q20 production had been reported previously. At the end of 1Q20, current trade and other payables had been reduced to ~US$45 mm compared to ~US$55 mm at YE19. Most importantly. PetroTal continues to expect the Bretaña field to be re-opened this month. The contingent liability with Petroperu is estimated at US$25 mm at the current oil price and the company has entered into a financial swap for 0.46 mmbbl of oil with an ICE Brent reference price of US $40.58/bbl to cover the upcoming sale by Petroperu at the Bayovar port. This is a recovery story that we continue to like. It offers a combination of value, production and cash flow growth and reserves upside. We anticipate that the imminent reopening of the field with be an important catalyst to the share price.
i3 Energy (I3E LN): Reveals takeover target in Canada | Maha Energy (MAHA-A SS): Production update | Aker BB (AKERBP NO): 2Q20 update in Norway | Energy (RRE LN): Recommended offer by Viaro Energy | Spirit Energy: Dry hole in Norway | Enwell Energy (ENW LN): Ukraine update | JKX Oil & Gas (JKX LN): 2Q20 update in Ukraine and Russia | Pharos Energy (PHAR LN): Operating update in Egypt and Vietnam | Sound Energy (SOU LN)C: Terms of Moroccan licence renegotiated | Tethys Oil (TETY SS): June production in Oman | Victoria Oil & Gas (VOG LN): Gas sales contract with ENEO in Cameroon terminated
EVENTS TO WATCH NEXT WEEK
14/07/2020: Aker BP (AKERBP NO) – 2Q20 results
15/07/2020: Premier Oil (PMO LN) – 1H20 update
13-17/07/2020: GeoPark (GPRK US) – 2Q20 update
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It is difficult to get a clear message from management, but we believe it is saying that Eni can withstand the current turmoil and let the leverage increase in order to fulfill the dividend as long as a recovery is foreseeable in H2. Q2 will be critical as the lockdown exit will dictate further steps.
GeoPark (GPRK US)C; Target price US$20: Delivering on plan; boosting balance sheet | PetroTal (PTAL LN/TAL CN)C: Operation update | 88 Energy (88E AU/LN): Update in Alaska | Trinity Exploration and Production (TRIN LN) | Empyrean Energy (EME LN): Equity raise cancelled, launching open offer | Jadestone Energy (JSE LN): FY19 results | Aker BP (AKERBP NO): 1Q20 update in Norway |Dry hole in Norway |ENI (ENI IM): 1Q20 results | Equinor (EQNR NO): Reducing dividend | i3 Energy (I3E LN): Need to negotiate with noteholders |Serica Energy (SQZ LN): FY19 results | Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP LN): FY19 results and update in Kurdistan | SDX Energy (SDX LN): Flow rate results at exploration well in Egypt | ShaMaran Petroleum (SNM CN): Update on payments in Kurdistan | Sound Energy (SOU LN): Update in Morocco and FY19 results | Zenith Energy (ZEN LN/ZEE CN/ZENA-ME NO): Acquisition in Tunisia | Tullow Oil (TLW LN): Selling Uganda | Wentworth Resources (WEN LN): FY19 results
Companies: 88E ARC ENI DNQ GKP 0MDP I3E JSE PTAL SDX 0VH4 SOU SQZ TLW TRIN WRL ZEN
Bahamas Petroleum Corporation (BPC LN): Delaying exploration activities in the Bahamas | i3 Energy (I3E LN): Canadian acquisition | Touchstone Exploration (TXP LN/CN): FY19 results | Cairn Energy (CNE LN): FY20 capex reduced but production guidance maintained | ENI (ENI IM): Capex reduction and new production guidance | Equinor (EQNR NO): Reducing spending | IGas Energy (IGAS LN): Update in the UK | Independent Oil & Gas (IOG LN): FY19 results | Lundin Petroleum (LUP SS): Reducing dividends, increased plateau at Johan Sverdrup | OMV (OMV AG): Reducing costs | Repsol (REP SM): Corporate update | RockRose Energy (RRE LN): Corporate update, maintaining dividends | Serinus Energy (SEN LN): FY19 results | Block Energy (BLOE LN): Acquiring Georgian assets from Schlumberger | Regal Petroleum (RPT LN): Acquisition in Ukraine | Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GPRK LN): Operating update in Kurdistan | Africa Oil (AOI SS/CN): Reserves update | Vaalco Energy (EGY US/LN): Operating update in Gabon
Companies: BPC I3E TXP CNE ENI DNQ IGAS IOG LYV OMV REP RRE SENUSD BLOE ENW GKP AOI EGY
The Q4 results were below consensus but the focus is on the long-term strategy update. 2020 has brought a lot of updates in the ESG segment and each company is outbidding each other. Eni is now taking a serious commitment by announcing that oil production will decline after 2025. While the expansion into green assets will bring stability to the group, it also means that Eni’s exploration pedigree is becoming less relevant for the long-term valuation.
Busy quarter for the Italian producer, which closed the ADNOC transaction as well as the acquisition of Exxon’s assets in Norway. The 5% qoq decline in adjusted operating profit was only slightly better than the consensus estimate though, as Q2 was rather weak, and was mainly due to production increasing above expectations in Egypt.
Coro Energy (CORO LN) (not covered) & Empyrean Energy (EME LN) (not covered): Operational update in Indonesia | Eni (ENI IM) (not covered): 3Q19 results | SDX Energy (SDX LN)1,6; BUY, £0.65: Operating update in Morocco
Companies: CORO ENI SDX
Jadestone Energy (JSE LN): HOLD, £0.60; Dividend Policy | Eni (ENI IM) (not covered): Will acquire ExxonMobil’s (XOM US) (not covered) upstream assets in Norway | Lekoil (LEK LN) (not covered): 1H19 results
Companies: JSE ENI LEK
President Energy (PPC LN) (not covered): Argentina update | Gulf Keystone (GKP LN) (not covered): KRG Payment | ENI (ENI IM (not covered): Discovery in Nigeria
Companies: PPC GKP ENI
GeoPark (GPRK US); BUY, US$26.00: Initiating coverage: Not only about Block 34 | Eni (ENI IM) (not covered): Sale of 20% stake offshore Indonesia | Victoria Oil & Gas (VOG LN)1,6; Speculative Buy, £0.35: Major new gas to power deal
Companies: 0MDP ENI VOG
Range Resources (RRL LN/RRS AU) (not covered): China transaction update | Eni (ENI IM) (not covered): 2Q19 results | Equinor (EQNR NO) (not covered) & Lundin Petroleum (LUPE SS) (not covered): Small oil discovery at the Utsira High | Independent Oil & Gas (IOG LN)1 ; BUY, £0.50: Game changing farm out of assets to a company of Warren Buffet | Block Energy (BLOE LN) (not covered): Production resumption in Georgia | Orca Exploration (ORC.A/B CN) (not covered): Review of strategic alternatives
Companies: RRL ENI IOG BLOE ORC/B
The operating cash flow is down 6% qoq (excluding working capital changes), as the group is impacted by the low gas prices in Europe and Asia (LNG) as well as seasonal effects. Good progress has been made on the exploration front with the group expecting to exceed its 600mmboe target for FY19.
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Parkmead’s portfolio has evolved to the point where it is now a full-cycle E&P company with a low-cost Dutch production base and a broad spectrum of high-quality UK growth opportunities, encompassing material development projects and an attractive range of risk/reward exploration. Recently, it has diversified into renewables, future proofing its equity story and opening up a new ‘investor-friendly’ avenue of growth. A core strength of this management team is its commercial acumen and portfolio-driven approach to optimising value. Parkmead has been in portfolio construction mode to date but is now well positioned to start crystallising its intrinsic value. We initiate with a risked-NAV based price target of 155p/sh. Investors would do well to get on-board with a management team that has a strong track record of delivering shareholder value.
Companies: Parkmead Group PLC
EQTEC has announced today that the Company and Scott Bros. Enterprises Limited have agreed to extend the exclusivity period of the Billingham MOU until 18 December 2020. The Billingham MOU has been subject to previous extensions, as announced on 23 October 2019, 23 June 2020 and 18 September 2020.
Companies: EQTEC PLC (KEU1:FRA)EQTEC PLC (EQT:LON)
Savannah’s acquisition of a key strategic Nigerian gas asset with strong growth potential has been ignored by the market. Its significant exploration success in Niger has also gone unrewarded. Delivery of the strong free cash flow potential these assets offer will re-rate the shares, which are materially undervalued. Management’s tenacity in getting the Seven Energy acquisition across the line alongside the impressive early progress with the acquired assets should give investors confidence. We initiate with a Buy rating and risked-NAV based price target of 49p/sh.
Companies: Savannah Energy Plc
Edison Investment Research is terminating coverage on Diversified Gas & Oil (DGOC), Vermilion Energy (VET) and Circle Property (CRC). Please note you should no longer rely on any previous research or estimates for these companies. All forecasts should now be considered redundant.
Companies: Diversified Gas & Oil PLC
Panoro Energy (PEN NO)c; Target price of NOK23.00: Revisiting Gabon - BW Energy provided an update on Dussafu with FY20 production guidance expectation marginally below previous guidance (14.25 mbbl/d versus 15 16 mbbl/d) due to COVID-19 restrictions and OPEC+ quotas. This results in FY20 opex expected to be US$19/bbl which is slightly above the previous guidance of US$17-18/bbl. The drilling of DTM-7H, and the tie-in of DTM-6H and -7H, has been deferred to mid-2021 with first oil expected in 3Q21 and our estimate of the timing of the field production ramp-up has been delayed by one quarter. BWE continues to expect production from the Dussafu area to reach >30 mbbl/d in 2023 and ~40 mbbl/d in 2024. The Hibiscus development is expected to offer 15% IRR at
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Salt Lake Potash's AGM update reported that the Lake Way project is now 74% complete. Construction of the process plant is on-schedule with practical completion and first SOP production planned for Q1/21. Drawdown of the Senior Facility Agreement funds and repayment of the Taurus bridge loan is expected soon.
Companies: Salt Lake Potash Limited
• In an Important development, PetroTal has signed a contract with an international oil trader for a pilot shipment to export 0.12 mmbbl into the Atlantic region using the Amazon river through Brazil. The shipment will be sold FOB Bretana, priced at the forward month Brent ICE price, and paid within two weeks of loading at Bretana. There are no subsequent oil price adjustments.
• At November 19, 2020, PetroTal had cash resources of US$9.8 mm, with accounts payable and accrued liabilities of ~US$39 mm, a reduction of ~US$11 mm from the end of 2Q20. The company has been paid US$5.5 mm for delivery of 0.192 mm bbl of oil to Petroperu in October. Production is constrained to ~5,000 bbl/d pending the reopening of the export pipeline.
• We understand that the pilot should start in December. This would not only provide ~US$5 mm in cash to PetroTal but also allow production to return to recent levels (11.5 mbbl/d), effectively unlocking the fundamental value of the asset.
Balance sheet considerations
The potential financial derivative liability has been reduced from US$22.5 mm at the end of June to US$17 mm at the end of September. Of the US$39 mm current payables 46% are not due before 2021 and we note that the company still holds US$13 mm in account receivables and US$4.7 mm in inventory.
Financials on “a back to normal” scenario with flat production
We are now assuming production remains constrained at 5 mbbl/d over 4Q20 with minimum capex with cashflow and receivables being used to repay the due payables over the period.
On production of just ~11.5 mbbl/d during 2021, we estimate operating cashflow of US$85 mm at US$48/bbl Brent. This would result in free cashflow of >US$40 mm assuming capex of US$20 mm to maintain production and US$20 mm to repay the remaining payables. This compares with a current market cap of just US$75 mm, suggesting FY21 free cashflow would represent over 50% of the current market cap in a no growth scenario assuming production can be exported.
Our target price of £0.45 per share represents 6x the current share price.
Companies: PetroTal Corp.
Pantheon announced that is has contracted a rig to drill the Talitha well and that drilling operations are expected to commence in January 2021. The well will target four independent reservoirs, in three separate trapping sequences, which the company estimates has the potential to contain in the region of a billion barrels of recoverable oil, although ongoing work is required to formally delineate the full potential of the targets.
Companies: Pantheon Resources plc
88 Energy has raised A$10m (before expenses) at a price of A$0.006 (0.33p) to fund the ongoing evaluation of the Company's portfolio and to enable it to identify and exploit new opportunities on the Alaskan North Slope. The net proceeds will fund 88E's share of any potential costs associated with the drilling of the Harrier and Merlin prospects at Project Peregrine, scheduled to commence in Q1/21. Harrier and Merlin are on trend and south of the ConocoPhillips Harpoon and Willow discoveries, and are estimated to contain >1bn boe of gross unrisked net prospective resources. Lying at a depth of 5,000ft, both prospects can be drilled at a gross cost of cUS$15m, providing shareholders with access to a huge potential resource at a relatively low cost. Following strong industry interest, a preferred bidder has been selected, with 88 Energy looking to conclude the farm-out of Project Peregrine in the next few weeks. Following yesterday's placing, we value the Merlin and Harrier prospects at 0.5p/share (risked) in aggregate, increasing to 8.0p/share unrisked. We update our target price to 2.3p (a 597% premium to the placing price and reiterate our BUY recommendation).
Companies: 88 Energy Limited
Oil rose to the highest in nearly three months with positive Covid-19 vaccine developments paving the way for a more sustained recovery in oil demand.
Futures rose 5% in New York this week for a third straight weekly gain as Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE requested emergency authorisation of their Covid vaccine Friday. Moderna Inc also released positive interim results from a final-stage trial and said it is close to seeking emergency authorisation. Still, further gains were limited by broader market declines amid a dispute between the White House and the Federal Reserve over emergency lending programmes.
Even with vaccines on the horizon, a recovery in oil demand faces obstacles with governments under pressure to tighten restrictions and curb the spread of the virus. UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson's officials are considering tougher pandemic rules placed on broader regions of England next month after a national lockdown is set to end and the country returns to its tiered system. Meanwhile, the shift toward working from home may have a lasting chill on gasoline demand, according to Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George.
The recent climb in headline prices has been accompanied by significant moves in timespreads, where traders bet on the price of oil in different months. The spread between West Texas Intermediate for December 2021 delivery and the following month moved to backwardation, while the closely watched gap between December 2021 and 2022 WTI contracts is close to also flipping.
West Texas Intermediate for December delivery, which expired Friday, rose 41 cents to settle at $42.15 a barrel.
The January contract rose 52 cents to end the session at $42.42 a barrel.
Brent for January settlement gained 76 cents to $44.96 a barrel. The contract rose 5.1% this week.
Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine could be the first to be cleared for use, but first it must undergo a thorough vetting. The filing could enable its use by the middle to the end of December, the companies said in a statement. Yet, it could take at least three weeks for a US Food and Drug Administration decision.
Companies: FOG PVR 88E DGOC EME TRIN UOG
Central Asia Metals (CAML LN) following a successful ramp up at Sasa, progress in the environmental clean up and confirmation of the remedial costs in line with the previously guided US$1.5m the company has declared an interim dividend of 6p/sh. This will be paid on 11 December 2020 with a record date of 20 November 2020.
Companies: Central Asia Metals Plc
Today's news & views, plus announcements from KGF, MRO, UU, BAB, BRW, FUTR, GNS, HICL, LIO, AEXG, FUL, KWS
Companies: AEX GNS HICL
Trifast has reported FY21 interim results that highlight the tough operating conditions with material falls in revenue, and operating leverage driving sharp reductions in profitability. The c.£16m equity raise helped to cushion the financial impact and the ongoing recovery exiting the first half provides some optimism for the Group heading in to FY22. We reinstate our buy recommendation.
Companies: Trifast plc (TRI:LON)Trifast plc (25D:BER)
Hargreaves’ AGM statement confirms a positive start to FY21, building on the resilient FY20 performance. Trading is in line with expectations, the Industrial Services business has won a number of new contracts, and Hargreaves Land is said to be close to announcing the completion of its first plot sale at Blindwells. In our view, the shares are yet to reflect the earnings growth forecast for the next three years or the prospect of a 20p total dividend, which is expected to be paid first in FY22 as previously restricted HRMS profits are distributed. A further update on trading will be provided in early December, ahead of interims at the end of January.
Companies: Hargreaves Services plc
Jubilee today releases its audited annual accounts for the year ending June 30 2020. As expected, the results show the real progress made through the year. Production up, revenues up (132% to £54.8), Operating profit up (226% to £15.9m and EPS up (96% to 0.94/sh). We have seen solid progress on the expansion in the chrome and PGM projects in South Africa and consolidation of ownership of the projects against a background of Covid – which Jubilee successfully navigated. The year also saw robust plans for expansion in Zambia at the Sable Refinery in Kabwe. Security of supply has been achieved by three transactions which tie up dump resources all set to feed into the (to be) expanded Sable Refinery and making Jubilee a producer of scale in Zambia. We see fair value in Jubilee at 12p and present our first forecasts for the company (FY2021E).
Companies: Jubilee Metals Group PLC