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Companies: Hurricane Energy Plc
For this Monthly, we are delighted that Rooney Nimmo and 24Haymarket have allowed us to reproduce a recent report they jointly published, entitled An analysis of UK exits (2015-2019), which provides a granular analysis by sector of the activity in our dynamic private companies world. We hope you find the insights of interest.
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In the midst of another attempted takeover by stealth, Petropavlovsk PLC (LSE: POG) announced their trading results for H1 2020 which leaves them on track to deliver one of their best years ever, operationally and financially, with more to come in 2021. This is down to the perseverance, skillset and hard work of the workforce out in the Amur Region and their CEO Dr Pavel Maslovskiy, who has staked his reputation on the successful build out of the POX plant. Any corporate raider (and shareholder alike) should realise, whether it be Vekselberg or UGC, that without the support of Dr Maslovskiy you won’t win the hearts and minds of the workforce essential for the smooth running of the organisation. Meanwhile, the gold price has run through $1,900/oz; clearly a positive for this leveraged business. Incorporating this and the results into our modelling delivers a new Target Price of 50p and the set of financials shown in the right-hand column.
Companies: Petropavlovsk Plc
Companies: JSE HUR RDSA
Jubilee Metals successfully processes chrome tailings in South Africa to produce chrome concentrate and PGMS. It also owns the commissioned Sable copper refinery at Kabwe in Zambia and is looking to build a zinc-lead treatment plant at Kabwe next to the Sable refinery to process old tailings from the Kabwe mine. Today Jubilee announces that it has secured access rights to process 2Mt of Run-Of-Mine material grading in excess of 2% copper in Zambia with the potential to add a further 2.5Mt of tailings – Project “Roan”; an as yet an undisclosed project location in Zambia. This material will be upgraded at the “Roan” site with the concentrate shipped off to Jubilee's Sable Refinery to produce copper cathode. Initial target is set at 10kt contained copper/yr from Roan, and Jubilee hopes to begin production in 4 months' time with full production reached in 8 months – advanced preparations have been made, plans drawn up and discussion with equipment manufacturers already accomplished – Jubilee is ready to hit the ground running.
Companies: Jubilee Metals Group Plc
Centamin (CEY LN) – H2 profits rise 280% as company maintains 2020 production guidance | Chaarat Gold* (CGH LN) - BUY– H1/20 production in at 27koz with FY20 guidance reiterated at 55koz, Tulkubash
funding closure on course for YE20 | Edenville Energy* (EDL LN) – Rukwa coal operations restart | Pensana Rare Earths (PRE LN) – Final drilling results from Longonjo | Serabi Gold* (SRB LN) – Extension to drawdown period for the convertible loan | Versarien (VRS LN) - Launch of graphene enhanced protective face mask
Companies: CEY CGH EDL PRE SRB VRS
Hargreaves’ FY20 results are very solid indeed. As previously reported, the only noticeable impact from COVID was in the slippage of Blindwells’ land sales, which were due to conclude during the lockdown period. Site activity has resumed and sales remain on track to conclude in the current year. A final dividend of 4.5p has been declared and the outlook statement is measured but confident. We reintroduce forecasts today, effectively reinstating our pre-COVID expectations. Hargreaves is well positioned to deliver a period of significant, renewed growth with the prospect of a double digit dividend yield from FY22 as HRMS profits are distributed.
Companies: Hargreaves Services Plc
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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United has announced that it has successfully negotiated an 18 month extension to its Walton Morant licence, offshore Jamaica, in what could be a pivotal moment for the Company. United will assume a 100% working interest, and will complete a work programme to further de-risk the high-graded Colibri prospect ahead of a drill-or-drop decision in 2022. We view the award of the Walton Morant licence as a huge endorsement of the United team and its capabilities to operate a frontier, deepwater licence. We increase our risked valuation of the Colibri prospect to US$68.3m or 7.1p per share and our Company valuation to US$162.2m or 17p per share. Unrisked, our valuation of the Colibri prospect increases to US$752.7m or 78.7p, underlining its potential. We set our price target in line with our risked NAV at 17p, a 507% premium to the current share price, and reiterate our BUY recommendation.
Companies: United Oil
Swedish Stirling is building momentum with the signing of a new agreement with Glencore for an additional 88 PWR BLOK waste gas to energy units. This deal is with South Africa’s largest ferro chrome smelter and shows that the company’s technology is gaining acceptance as a go to solution in the industry in South Africa. Swedish Stirling has benefited from its in-country team which has meant that COVID 19 restrictions has not prevented progress. The company now has a strong pipeline of deals which should drive sales in future years.
Companies: GLEN GLEN STRLNG
Salt Lake Potash has received commitments to raise A$15m through the placement of unsecured zero-coupon Convertible Notes to Equatorial Resources (ASX:EQX) and institutional investors. The Convertible Notes have been structured as deferred equity with zero coupon and mandatory conversion into equity at the lower of 45c/share or a 5% discount to any future equity raising of at least A$10m. These funds will enable Salt Lake Potash to continue to develop Lake Way to the project schedule through July as they finalise debt financing. Plant practical completion and first SOP sales remain on schedule for the March 2021 quarter. The debt financing process in its final stages and with an agreement expected to be executed within weeks.
Companies: Salt Lake Potash Ltd.
Rio delivered a decent set of H1 results, especially considering the COVID-19 disruption. Once more, Iron ore single-handedly came to the group’s rescue and (largely) compensated for varying issues in other divisions, thereby facilitating $2.5bn of dividends. While we don’t expect a magical near-term turnaround in the troubled divisions, iron ore’s sustained resilience should provide healthy comfort – also from a dividend perspective. Hence, Rio remains our preferred diversified mining bet.
Companies: Rio Tinto Plc
Civil works have started at Europa’s Wressle oil field, keeping the project on track for start-up in H2 2020 when it will more than double production and materially boost cash flow. This project is not only economically attractive, but it will also underpin Europa’s pursuit of additional exploration and development opportunities.
Companies: Europa Oil
The stock is up 6% at pixel time, which shows rather good prowess from management, as it also cut (for good) the dividend in half. As investors swallow the bitter pill, the low-carbon shift (and promises of higher valuations) make it easier to digest. Also helping was a decent cash generation in this quarter, thanks to BP’s trading unit.
Companies: BP Plc
HSP has announced positive results this morning, with a 30% increase in underlying EPS (continuing) for the year to May ‘20. Underlying PBT declined; however the prior year included land sales which did not recur in FY2020A. Stripping these out, profits were ahead YoY. Net debt rose marginally to £28.1m (prior year: £24.5m), largely on the back of accelerated mining activities (positive weather conditions) and delays to the sale of Blindwells, where the company had invested £8m; and is expected to remain steady during the coming year as the group continues to invest in Specialist Earthworks (with a switch to mainly leasing debt on HS2 plant funding). Having deferred the interim dividend on the back of Covid-19, the Board is now reinstating the dividend with a 4.5p payment in respect of the final DPS, reflecting the forward visibility it now feels it has. Given this forward visibility, we would also expect forecasts to be restored to the market in the near future, these having previously been withdrawn.