PetroTal (PTAL LN)C; Target price £0.40: Important development in Peru – On August 28, 2020, the Government of Peru announced a Supreme Decree approving the financial Gap Closure Plan within a number of provinces in northeast Peru, including Loreto, the area where PetroTal operates the Bretana oil field. The decree provides for a six year financial commitment of approximately US$1.7 bn to the communities. This is important as the decree specifically addresses the local community participation criteria, that have been a recurrent key area of contention for years with some communities in Peru. US$46 mm will be designated for economic development of the localities over the next four months by the Peruvian government. Since the announcement of the Decree, government and municipality representatives have been consulting with the community representatives . After meeting with the Bretana community in the coming days, it is expected that PetroTal will restart oil production shortly thereafter.
IN OTHER NEWS
88 Energy (88E LN/AU): Update in Alaska – The final petrophysical interpretation from the recently drilled Charlie-1 well provides an increase in net pay from 280’ to 398’, with the largest contribution coming from the Lima discoveries in the Seabee Formation. These improvements are despite using higher cut-offs for both reservoir and net pay.
Alvopetro (ALV CN): Update in Brazil - In August, total sales were 1,867 boe/d. Total aggregate gross prospective resources identified at the B1 prospect (block 183) and the C1 prospect (block 182) are estimated at 59.4 bcf.
Echo Energy (ECHO LN): Operating update in Argentina - Net 2020 production at Santa Cruz Sur over the period 1 January to 7 September was 2,040 boe/d.
Exxon Mobil (XOM US): New discovery in Guyana - ExxonMobil has made its 18th discovery at the Redtail-1 well on the Stabroek Block with 70 meters of high-quality oil bearing sandstone.
Total (FP FP): Dropping operatorship of Brazilian exploration blocks – Total is resigning from its role of operator for five exploration blocks, located in the Foz do Amazonas Basin. These exploration blocks are referenced as FZA-M-57, FZA-M-86, FZA-M-88, FZA-M-125 and FZA-M-127.
Westmount Energy (WTE LN): Increasing stake in JHI Associates - Westmount has purchased 1.55 mm common shares in JHI by way of the issue of 18.3 mm new ordinary shares in Westmount, which will represent approximately 12.7% of Westmount's enlarged issued share capital. JHI holds a 17.5% carried interest in the Canje Block, offshore Guyana, where ExxonMobil is the operator. At the completion of the transaction, Westmount will hold 6.9% in JHI.
Hibiscus Petroleum: Raising ~ US$480 mm to acquire upstream assets – Hibiscus is raising up to US$480 mm from a private placement of convertible redeemable preference shares to acquire oil and gas assets.
Jadestone Energy: 1H20 results – 1H20 WI production in Australia was 12,116 bbl/d. Net cash at the end of June was US$78.3 mm. FY20 production guidance has been reduced to 11.0–12.5 mbbl/d from 12.0-14.0 mbbl/d previously, as a result of a slowdown in well interventions. Jadestone reiterated its FY20 capex guidance of US$30 35 mm. A maiden interim dividend of 0.54 US cents/share has been declared, representing a total distribution of US$2.5 mm, in line with the lower end of the FY guidance of US$7.5–12.5 mm, split approximately one-third/two-thirds between interim/final. The company anticipates to be debt free by the end of 1Q21. Most approvals are now in place with regards to the New Zealand acquisition and Jadestone expects final government approvals in 4Q20 post the upcoming general election. In Vietnam, discussions are continuing with the government on the FDP and a future gas sales agreement.
Hurricane Energy (HUR LN): Reserves downgrade in the UK – 2P reserves have been reduced from 30.7 mmbbl to 9.4 mmbbl (as of 01/09/2020) with 2C contingent resources cut from 486 mmbbl to 58 mmbbl at Lancaster and from 565 mmbbl to 45 mmbbl at Lincoln. Lancaster EPS production for September to December 2020 is expected to average 12,000-14,000 bbl/d. The company held net debt of US$123 mm at the end of June.
Reabold Resources (RBD LN) and ADX Energy (ADX AU): Partner not farming in Romania assets? – Tamaska Oil & Gas has decided not to proceed with the farmin transaction relating to the EX-10 Parta Exploration licence in Western Romania held by Danube Petroleum (49% ADX, 51% Reabold). Tamaska does not intend to proceed with the planned acquisition of 3D exploration seismic.
Serica Energy (SQZ LN): 1H20 results – 1H20 production in the UK North Sea was 21,600 boe/d. First gas at Columbus continues to be expected by the end of 2021. Serica held £101 mm in cash at the end of June.
The Parkmead Group (PMG LN): Licence awards in the UK – Parkmead has been offered 50% WI in Blocks 14/20g & 15/16g situated in the Central North Sea, adjacent to Parkmead's extensive Greater Perth Area. Two further licences have been offered to Parkmead as part of the 32nd Round. Block 14/20c (Parkmead 100%) is located in the Central North Sea and contains extensions to the Lowlander oil field and the Fynn Beauly oil discovery. Block 42/28g (Parkmead 100%) is situated in the Southern North Sea near the Tolmount gas discovery.
FORMER SOVIET UNION
Cadogan Petroleum (CAD LN): 1H20 results – 1H20 production in Ukraine was 230 bbl/d. The company held US$11.6 mm in cash at the end of June.
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
Chariot Oil & Gas (CHAR LN): Resources update in Morocco – Anchois is now expected to hold 361 bcf of contingent resources (2C) and 690 bcf of prospective resources (P50).
Energean (ENOG LN): 1H20 results – 1H20 pro forma production (including Edison E&P) was 52.1 mboe/d, with FY20 production guidance unchanged at 44.5 - 51.5 mboe/d. The acquisition of Edison E&P is expected to be completed during 4Q20. The FY20 pro forma capex guidance has been reduced by US$75-125 mm to US$635 - 705 mm, primarily due to (i) the rescheduling of expected milestone payments under the Karish EPCIC contract; and (ii) expected timing of capital expenditure on Edison E&P in Egypt. Net debt at the end of June was US$597 mm.
ShaMaran Petroleum (SNM CN): Receives payment from Kurdistan – ShaMaran has received a net payment of US$6.5 mm from the Kurdistan Regional Government for Atrush oil sales invoice entitlements for the month of July 2020.
Tethys Oil (TETY SS): Production update in Oman – WI production in August was 10.8 mbbl/d.
Zenith Energy (ZEN LN): Acquisition in Tunisia – Zenith is acquiring a 26% interest in the North Kairouan permit and the Sidi El Kilani Concession, which contains the Sidi El Kilani oilfield for US$0.3 mm.
Africa Oil (AOI/SS CN): Extension of Kenya licences – The partners on the 10BB and 13T licences have been given the right to extend the second exploration period until 31 December 2020, with a further extension until 31 Dec 2021.
Kosmos Energy (KOS US/ LN): Selling frontier exploration assets for US$100-200 mm – Kosmos is selling interests in blocks offshore São Tomé & Príncipe, Suriname, Namibia, and South Africa to Shell. The consideration consists of an upfront cash payment of ~US$100 mm, plus contingent payments of US$50 mm payable upon each commercial discovery from the first four exploration wells drilled across the assets, capped at US$100 mm in aggregate. Three of the four wells are currently planned for 2021.
Tullow Oil (TLW LN): 1H20 results – 1H20 production was 77 mboe/d. Net debt at the end of June was US$3.0 bn. FY20 production guidance has been narrowed from 71-78 mbbl/d to 73-77 mbbl/d following good well performance in Ghana. During 1H20, Jubilee and TEN produced 84,700 bbl/d and 50,900 bbl/d gross respectively. This strong performance is a result of (1) increased gas offtake nominations, (2) permission to temporarily increase flaring, (3) higher than forecast facility uptime of over 95% at both FPSOs and (3) greater reliability and redundancy in the water injection facilities on the Jubilee FPSO. The Ntomme-09 production well came on stream in August and is adding c.5,000 bbl/d gross to TEN oil production. FY20 free cash flow is forecast to break even at the current Brent forward curve. The semi-annual RBL debt capacity redetermination is expected to complete in early October 2020. The next redetermination will be in January 2021. Drilling of the Goliathberg-Voltzberg North well in Block 47, Suriname, is planned for 1Q21.
Companies: 88E AOI ALV ENOG XOM HUR JSE KOS PMG TAL RBD SQZ SNM TPL FP TLW
PetroTal (PTAL LN)C; Target price £0.45: Pipeline allowed to restart this week, Bretana to be back on line by the end of August – There were no surprises in the 2Q20 financials. As at August 17, 2020, PetroTal had cash resources of US$13.5 mm, with accounts payable and accrued liabilities of ~ US$37 mm (a reduction of US$12 mm from the end of June). Of this amount, only US$28 mm is due in 2020. Importantly, PetroTal indicated that favourable discussions between the Government of Peru and the communities has resulted in the protestors allowing operations at the export pipeline to restart this week. The Company expects that it will be able to recommence oil production at Bretana by the end of August 2020. Our Core NAV for the company at Brent price of US$45/bbl (flat, no escalation) and 12.1 mbbl/d production in 2021 (declining thereafter) is £0.23 per share, representing ~100% upside to the current level. At US$50/bbl for Brent, our Core NAV would be £0.35 per share (x3 current level).
IN OTHER NEWS
Premier Oil (PMO LN): 1H20 results and refinancing
FORMER SOVIET UNION
Nostrum Oil & Gas (NOG LN): 1H20 results
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
SDX Energy (SDX LN): 1H20 results
Cairn Energy (CNE LN): Woodside Petroleum pre-empt sales of Senegal asset
EVENTS TO WATCH NEXT WEEK
26/08/2020: Pharos Energy (PHAR LN) – 2Q20 results
27/08/2020: BW Energy (BWE NO) – 2Q20 results
27/08/2020: Panoro Energy (PEN NO) – 2Q20 results
Companies: NOG PMO CNE TAL SDX
• There are no surprises in the 2Q20 financials.
• A total of 0.08 mmbbl was delivered to Iquitos and the Petroperu pipeline in July.
• As at August 17, 2020, PetroTal had cash resources of US$13.5 mm, with accounts payable and accrued liabilities of ~ US$37 mm (a reduction of US$12 mm from the end of June). Of this amount, only US$28 mm is due in 2020.
• Importantly, PetroTal indicated that favorable discussions between the Government of Peru and the communities has resulted in the protestors allowing operations at the export pipeline to restart this week. The Company expects that it will be able to recommence oil production at Bretana by the end of August 2020.
Value name even at US$45/bbl flat
Restarting the pipeline unlocks value. Our Core NAV for the company at Brent price of US$45/bbl (flat, no escalation) and 12.1 mbbl/d production in 2021 (declining thereafter) is £0.23 per share, representing ~100% upside to current level. At US$50/bbl for Brent, our Core NAV would be £0.35 per share (x3 current level).
Starting looking beyond 2020
With the pipeline back on line, we estimate that PetroTal’s share price continues to imply EV/DACF multiples of 1.3x in 2021 and 0.2x in 2022. Our target price of £0.45 per share (~our Core NAV @US$60/bbl) represents 4.0x the current share price. The ~70 mmbbl Constitucion prospect on Block 107 to be drilled in 2021 has an unrisked value of £0.40 per share. Success at this well would derisk some follow-on giant prospects on the block.
Companies: PetroTal Corp.
PetroTal (PTAL LN)C; Target price £0.45: Field shut down– PetroTal has shut down the Bretana Field as a pre-emptive measure due to civil unrest outside the oil field camp. Bretana had restarted production on the 15th of July. An altercation between the police and protestors resulted in a dozen injuries and three deaths among the protestors. The civil unrest has been conducted by the same group that took over Petroperu’s Pump Station No.5. PetroTal indicated that this group is not from the Bretana area and that it is seeking Government assistance against the COVID-19 crisis. The community’s complaints are not related to PetroTal but rather are between the community and the Government. PetroTal will keep the field closed until things settle down and the local district prosecutor files its report, which is expected in the next few days. We estimate PetroTal’s cash position at ~US$20 mm at the end of June. PetroTal has produced ~0.2 mmbbl and delivered a total of 0.08 mm bbl to Iquitos and to the Petroperu pipeline equating to ~US$1.6 mm of cash inflow (net of transport and barging cost) since the field restarted mid-July. While the field is shutdown, we estimated PetroTal cash costs at ~ US$1 mm per month (including US$0.6 mm at the field). The share price is down over 12% on the announcement to ~£0.12 per share. We believe that a return to normality would unlock £0.30 per share of value for the company based on its 2P reserves only.
IN OTHER NEWS
Alvopetro Energy (ALV CN): 2Q20 results | Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC LN): Update in the Bahamas and Trinidad | Diversified Gas & Oil (DGOC LN): 2Q20 results and dividend increase | Touchstone Exploration (TXP LN/CN)C: 2Q20 update in Trinidad
Condor Petroleum (CPI CN): 2Q20 results | Deltic Energy (DELT LN): Increased prospectivity in the UK | Reabold Resources (RBD LN): Not acquiring Deltic Energy | Serinus Energy (SENX LN): 2Q20 results | Valeura Energy (VLU LN/VLE CN): 2Q20 results
FORMER SOVIET UNION
JKX Oil & Gas (JKX LN): 1H20 results
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
ShaMaran Petroleum (SNM CN): 2Q20 results | TransGlobe Energy (TGL LN/CN): 2Q20 results
Africa Oil (AOI SS/CN): 2Q20 results | Orca Energy (ORC.A/B CN): Operating update in Tanzania
EVENTS TO WATCH NEXT WEEK
21/08/2020: Premier Oil (PMO LN) – 2Q20 results
Companies: VLE TXP TGL SNM SEN RBD TAL DGOC BPC ALV AOI
• PetroTal has shut down the Bretana Field as a preemptive measure due to civil unrest outside the oil field camp. Bretana had restarted production on the 15th of July and was producing 8 mbbl/d as of the 27th of July (restricted rate).
• An altercation between the police and protestors resulted in a dozen injuries and three deaths among the protestors. The civil unrest has been conducted by the same group that took over Petroperu’s Pump Station No.5. PetroTal indicated that this group is not from the Bretana area and that it is seeking Government assistance against the COVID-19 crisis. The community’s complaints are not related to PetroTal that is caught in the crossfire between the government and this community. We understand that the protestors also attempted without success to burn the home of the local mayor. The district prosecutor was on location and witnessed the sequence of events, including the breaking of a COVID-19 curfew by the protestors.
• PetroTal will keep the field closed until things settle down and the local district prosecutor files its report, which is expected in the next few days. We also note that some of the key Peruvian ministers, including the Energy and Mines minister, made comments that the government will undertake the promised Amazonian investment plan to help the local communities.
What if the shutdown last longer?
We estimate PetroTal’s cash position at ~US$20 mm at the end of June. PetroTal has produced ~0.2 mmbbl and delivered a total of 0.08 mm bbl to Iquitos and to Petroperu pipeline equating to ~US$1.6 mm of cash inflow (net of transport and barging cost) since the field restarted mid-July. While the field is shutdown, we estimated PetroTal cash costs at ~ US$1 mm per month (including US$0.6 mm on the field). Cash capex (including
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
Companies: XOM KAR BP/ CNE DNO ENI ENQ EQNR GENL HUR JSE LUNE NOG OMV TAL REP RDSA SAVE SEPL SOU FP TLW VOG
• 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 at its recommencement of its operations, 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.
• Re-starting production is the first step to unlock the value embedded in the shares. The next step will be the imminent reopening of the pipeline. At current oil price, the derivative liability with Petroperu will be reduced and the company will progressively refocus on growth.
Cash engine with 2021-2022 free cash flow in line with current market cap
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. Our target price of £0.45 per share (~our Core NAV) represents 4.5x the current share price.
Redeploying cash to boost growth
Boosting spending in 2021 could take production to 20 mbbl/d by YE21. Converting 50% of the possible reserves into the 2P category would add £0.18 per share to our £0.28 per share 2P NAV. PetroTal is also looking to drill the ~70 mmbbl Constitucion prospect on Block 107 in 2021 with an unrisked value of £0.40 per share. A success at this well would derisk some follow-on giant prospects on the block.
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
Companies: I3E MAHAA JKX PHAR EQNR AKERBP ENI HUR TAL REP RRE SOU TPL VOG OMV
• 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.
Recovery, value and cashflow
PetroTal is a recovery story that we continue to like. It offers a combination of value, production and cash flow growth and reserves upside. PetroTal’s shares continue to trade at around one quarter of our Core NAV of £0.47 per share and at less than half of the company’s value based on its 2P reserves only (2P NAV of £0.28 per share). This reflects Brent price assumptions in line with what BP, Shell and ENI are using. This is important because the commodity prices assumptions of the Majors have often been more conservative than those used by smaller companies that could see PetroTal as an acquisition target. On flat production, PetroTal’s share price implies EV/DACF multiples of 1.0x in 2021 turning negative in 2022. In 2021, we forecast PetroTal generates ~US$90 mm cash flow with ~US$35 mm cash capex (incl. servicing the payables). Our target price of £0.45 per share (~our Core NAV) represents 4.5x the current share price.
Looking beyond the restart of the field
We anticipate that the imminent reopening of the field will be an important catalyst to the share price with 4Q20 production expected to be over 12 mbbl/d. This is however just a first step and there are multiple areas of additional value creation. (1) The story would strongly benefit from a further increase in oil prices. At US$50/bbl for Brent, the Petroperu US$25 mm contingent liability would be reduced to
PetroTal (PTAL LN): Strong operational progress in Q1 2020
PetroTal (PTAL LN/TAL CN)C; Target: £0.45: Initiating coverage – PetroTal is a production and reserve growth story in Peru with a market cap of ~£90 mm. Management’s experience of operating in the jungle and their deep in country relationships are key. Project execution has been excellent. The Bretaña field (48 mmbbl 2P reserves) was acquired from Gran Tierra in late 2017 with production of 1 mbbl/d achieved in 3Q18. By YE19 that figure had grown to >13 mbbl/d. While COVID-19 forced a shut down of the export infrastructure and Brent prices collapsed to ~US$20/bbl, PetroTal has managed to negotiate with Petroperu a reduction in transport fees and a rephasing of a contingent payment. With the recent US$18 mm equity raise strengthening the balance sheet and production expected to restart in July, PetroTal is returning to growth. Bretaña could produce 20 mbbl/d. PetroTal’s shares trade at ~ one quarter of our Core NAV of £0.46 per share and at one third of the company’s value based on its 2P reserves only (2P NAV of £0.28 per share). On flat production, the share price implies EV/DACF multiples of 1.0x in 2021 turning negative in 2022. Importantly PetroTal’s only material liabilities consist of (1) an oil linked contingent payment over three years to Petroperu on very flexible terms and (2) trade payables of US$49 mm with attractive payment terms. We forecast ~US$45 mm of capex (incl. servicing the payables) in 2H20. This is covered by (1) US$28 mm in cash from a recent equity raise plus collecting pending invoices from oil sales, (2) >US$10 mm of VAT receivables and (3) ~US$25 mm operating cash flow (US$11-12/bbl net backs) in 2H20 at US$38/bbl. At ~US$45/bbl and 12 mbbl/d in 2021, we forecast PetroTal generates ~US$90 mm cash flow with ~US$35 mm cash capex (incl. servicing the payables). Our target price of £0.45 per share (~our Core NAV) represents 4.5x the current share price.
i3 Energy (I3E LN): Corporate update | Parex Resources (PXT CN): Trading update in Colombia | Phoenix Global Resources (PGR LN): FY19 results | Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA/B LN): Dry hole in Brazil | IGas Energy (IGAS LN): Trading update | Serinus Energy (SEN LN): Deferred EBRD debt repayment | Union Jack (UJO LN): Additional interest in UK asset | SDX Energy (SDX LN): Update in Egypt and Morocco| ShaMaran Petroleum (SNM CN): Payment from KRG and debt restructuring | United Oil & Gas (UOG LN): Reserves and production update in Egypt | FAR (FAR AU): Not paying cash call in Senegal | Lekoil (LEK LN): Update in Nigeria | San Leon Energy (SLE LN): FY19 results | Savannah Energy (SAVE LN): Trading update | Victoria Oil & Gas (VOG LN): Trading update in Cameroon
Companies: SEN SDX TAL PGR VOG PXT SAVE RDSA FAR
Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas* (ECO LN): Initiation of Coverage – Transformational resource base | Union Jack Oil* (UJO LN): West Newton ascribed the highest (AA) rating for Carbon Intensity | PetroTal (PTAL): Strong FY19 financial and operational results
Companies: EOG UJO TAL
Touchstone Exploration (TXP LN): Cascadura-1ST1testing suggest flow rates of up to 9,700boepd | President Energy (PPC LN): Drilling to commence in Paraguay | PetroTal (PTAL): PTAL confirms oversubscribed placing ahead of reopening the Bretana oil field
Companies: TXP PPC TAL
Echo Energy (ECHO LN): FY19 results, acquisition of producing assets bring stability | Angus Energy (ANGS LN): Installation of processing facilities approval received | PetroTal (PTAL): PTAL raises £14.1m ahead of reopening the Bretana oil field
Companies: ECHO ANGS TAL
In this note, we analyze the indebtedness of 35 international E&Ps publicly listed in the UK, Canada, Norway, Sweden and the USA. For each company, we look at (1) cash position, (2) level and nature of debt (including covenants), (3) debt service and principal repayment framework and (4) Brent price required from April to YE20 to meet all the obligations and keep cash positions intact. We also estimate YE20 cash if Brent were to average US$20/bbl from April to YE20. While the oil demand and oil price collapse are of unprecedented historical proportions and the opportunities to cut costs much more limited than in 2014, most companies (with a few exceptions) entered the crisis in much better position than six years ago, with stronger balance sheets and often already extended debt maturities. In addition, this time around, many E&Ps have already been deleveraging for 1-2 years and are not caught in the middle of large developments that cannot be halted. The previous crisis also showed that debt providers could relax debt covenants for a certain period as long as interest and principal repayment obligations were met. This implies that as long as operations are not interrupted and counterparties keep paying their bills (Kurdistan), the storm can be weathered by most for a few quarters.
With (1) Brent price of about US$50/bbl in 1Q20, (2) reduced capex programmes, (3) material hedging programmes covering a large proportion of FY20 production at higher prices and (4) limited principal repayments in 2020, we find that most companies can meet all their costs and obligations in 2020 at Brent prices below US$40/bbl and often below US$35/bbl) from April until YE20 and keep their cash intact, allowing them to remain solvent at much lower prices for some time. In particular, Maha Energy and SDX Energy are cash neutral at about US$20/bbl. When factoring the divestment of Uganda, Tullow needs only US$9/bbl to maintain its YE20 cash equal to YE19. Canacol Energy, Diversified Gas and Oil, Independent Oil & Gas, Orca Exploration, Serica Energy and Wentworth Resources are gas stories not really exposed to oil prices and Africa Oil has hedged 95% of its FY20 production at over US$65/bbl.
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Trinity has announced a strong set of interim results during a highly volatile period, with production increasing by 9% year-on-year to 3,282bopd (H1/19 3,007bopd). Operating break-even's post hedging in H1/20 reduced to US$22.3/bbl, a 15% year-on-year reduction and a 65% reduction since 2014. Similarly, a relentless drive to improve efficiencies and reduce costs has seen G&A and opex fall by 67% and 65% respectively since 2014. Despite the dramatic fall in oil prices, Trinity's strong production performance combined with its receipt of VAT receivables via a VAT Bond sale and the drawdown of a small working capital facility facilitated cash balances increasing by 43% to US$19.7m from YE2019. Trinity is well positioned to grow both organically and inorganically, with Trinity signing MoU's and submitting EOI's (in consortium with Cairn Energy Plc) to pursue new opportunities of scale. We set our price target a 31p/share, a 248% premium to the current share price and reiterate our BUY recommendation.
Companies: Trinity Exploration & Production Plc
Central Asia Metals (CAML LN) announced robust Q2 2020 operating statistics which highlight that there were no COVID-19 related interruptions, in part due to stringent measures put in place by the company. Q2 2020 copper output of 3.4kt was down 6% YoY, up 6% QoQ, however, H1 2020 total production was flat at 6.6kt indicating the company is on track for our 13.4kt 2020F target. Q2 Lead and zinc production of 7.5kt and 6.1kt were up 3% and 5% YoY although both were down 1% QoQ respectively. For H1 2020 12.2kt of zinc and 15.1kt of lead were up 5% and 6% which was primarily due to higher throughput.
Companies: Central Asia Metals Plc
Oil posted its first back-to-back weekly loss since April's rout with the end of the summer driving season and concern about OPEC's production compliance weighing on prices.
Futures in New York edged up on Friday, but prices fell 6.1% this week coinciding with a retreat in U.S. equities. Traders are also examining data indicating the United Arab Emirates since July has been regularly exceeding its quota under a deal between the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies.
The uncertainty over how much supply OPEC+ is returning to the market adds another wrench in the recovery for oil prices still reeling from the pandemic-driven blow to consumption. While U.S. supplies had grown tighter in past months and producers were expected to restrain production amid a weak financial backdrop, stockpiles rose again last week for the first time since mid-July.
Companies: XOM HES KOS JSE 88E ADV CAD CHAR ECHO ENOG EME I3E PMG RBD SQZ SOU TLW VGAS WTE PHAR
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. With the financial support of Waha Capital, a large Middle East fund and a >19% shareholder in SDX, the company is looking to make accretive acquisitions.
Morocco: capturing growing demand with very profitable supply
SDX holds 75% WI in five Gharb basin licences onshore with ~6 mmcf/d gross production. WI 2P reserves are only ~6 bcf over multiple small pools but gas is sold at U$10-11/mcf and costs US$7 mm. Gas demand in the area is growing but it is still constraining potential production. Recent drilling success opened up >40 bcf of additional WI resources, which could allow SDX to capture new customers in new markets and materially grow production and cash flow.
Egypt: >110 bcf in production. Growing inventory of low risk prospects. High capital efficiency
The key asset is the South Disouq licence (SDX WI: 55%) onshore Nile Delta. SDX is chasing four different proven plays. SDX has already discovered >110 bcf with 1H20 production of ~53 mmcf/d (gross). ~100 bcf gross prospective resources have been mapped across five prospects with typical chance of success (CoS) of ~40-50%. The prospective resources volumes are expected to grow materially with the ongoing mapping of additional targets. Although realized prices are fixed at ~US$2.85/mcf, a typical 20 bcf discovery costs only US$0.35/mcf to drill and tie back. NPV15 for a gas discovery is ~US$0.6 mm/bcf (US$0.6/mcf), implying ~70% return on risked exploration capex.
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.
Companies: SDX Energy Plc
Discussions on alternative transactions
Companies: Premier Oil Plc
Three day CMD to detail how BP will redeploy hydrocarbons’ capital into renewables. The latter are expected to grow by 12% CAGR by 2030, which surely is more exciting than oil. Returns do not compare though, but BP intends to make good use of its trading division to bridge part of the gap. Lowering the dividend took care of the rest. Overall, BP diversifies its risks early, which might prove right if oil stays under $50.
Companies: BP Plc
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact globally in many areas. While primarily a health issue, it has had wide-ranging implications for stock markets, which have now rallied after the plunge in share prices in mid-March when the full severity of the emerging pandemic became more widely appreciated. Nonetheless, the FTSE 100 Index remains almost 20% off its late February 2020 figure.
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Shanta Gold (AIM: SHG), the East Africa-focused gold producer has today announced a summary of historic exploration drilling carried out at its recently acquired West Kenyan project. We have included the significant drill intercepts that the company highlighted in the announcement.
Companies: Shanta Gold Ltd.
Salt Lake released an update on the Lake Way project which is now 60% complete on an earned value basis. Construction of the process plant is on-schedule with practical completion and first SOP production planned for the March quarter 2021. Major vendor procurement packages are over 90% committed with fixed costs. At the process plant site concrete foundations are more than 80% complete, installation of structural steel supplied has commenced and first carbon steel tanks have been installed. Long lead procurement items have commenced arriving on site including the crystallisers with associated components and tanks, and transformers. Vendor packages currently in transit to site include lump breaker, attritioners, wet screens and centrifuges. All permanent buildings are now on site and installed and 4G communications has been installed across site.
Companies: Salt Lake Potash Ltd.
Technical review update; H1 2020 results
Companies: Hurricane Energy Plc
Phoenix today provides a further update from its summer drilling program in Idaho. Results in from the Empire deposit continue to show promise in extending the resource, with the targeted zones all at shallow depths and several high-grade intercepts. The inclusion of a recognised high-grade gold zone and additional zones of copper mineralisation will, in all likelihood, lead to an increase in the size and grade of the mineral resource and the overall metal inventory in our opinion. A new resource calculation and updated PEA are expected in Q4 2020; Phoenix are continuing their fast track study on the deposit.
Companies: Phoenix Copper Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Placing raising £7m; H1 2020 results
Companies: Union Jack Oil Plc
Against a challenging sector backdrop, Union Jack successfully navigated the first six months of 2020, progressing its core asset portfolio in addition to securing additional interests in key projects (Wressle and Biscathorpe). The remainder of the year promises to be a transformational period for the Company, with first commercial oil production at Wressle in addition to the imminent drilling of the West Newton B-1 well and an Extended Well Test at the West Newton A-2 appraisal discovery. We therefore retain our rating and 0.82p/share TP.
Shanta Gold (AIM: SHG), the East Africa-focused gold producer, has announced drill results from the New Luika Gold Mine (NLGM) and Black Tree Hill Deposit as well as a new reserves and resources statement for the combined group. We have included a summary of the new inventory below.
Possible all-share offer for Deltic Energy
Companies: Independent Oil & Gas Plc