U.S. futures and European stocks dropped on Friday as investors mulled a reported conflict among policy makers over a stimulus package for the single-currency region, as well as political upheaval in France.
The Stoxx 600 Index fell after Bloomberg News reported the European Central Bank is facing a potential rift over how much their emergency bond-purchase program should stay weighted toward weaker countries such as Italy. The euro fluctuated following French President Emmanuel Macron's decision to name a new prime minister after asking his government to resign. Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc slumped after the British jet-engine maker said its exploring options to raise funds to strengthen its balance sheet.
The dollar was slightly down, posting its first weekly drop in a month, while American cash equity and bond markets were shut for Independence Day. President Donald Trump will attend an early July 4 celebration at Mount Rushmore with thousands of guests who won't be required to wear masks, while his U.K. counterpart Boris Johnson urged Britons to act responsibly as pubs prepare to re-open and the government lifts quarantine rules on travel for 60 countries.
The friction at the ECB highlights the risk to markets should promised stimulus measures fall short. Investors continue to weigh policy support and upbeat economic data against relentless new outbreaks of the virus. U.S payrolls figures Thursday fuelled optimism of a V-shaped recovery in the world's biggest economy, even as Florida reported that infections and hospitalizations jumped the most yet, and Houston had a surge in intensive-care patients. Emerging-market stocks posted the biggest weekly gain in a month.
Elsewhere, crude oil dipped but remained on track for a weekly gain.
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Bahamas Petroleum (BPC LN): Funding capacity increased to US$45m | Echo Energy (ECHO LN): Operational scale back in light of commodity pricing | Ithaca Energy: Isabella discovery
Companies: BPC ECHO IAE
Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC LN) (not covered): Cessation of Exclusivity Agreement | PetroTal (TAL CN) (not covered): 2Q18 results | Ithaca Energy: Acquisition in the UK North Sea
Companies: BPC 0TB2 IAE
Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA/B LN) (not covered) & Woodside Petroleum (WPL AU) (not covered): Upsized deal | Ithaca Energy: 3Q17 production in the North Sea | JKX (JKX LN) (not covered): October production in Russia and the Ukraine | Wentworth Resources (WRL LN/NO)1,6; BUY, £0.35: 3Q17 Results | Solo Oil (SOLO LN) (not covered): US$5mm convertible loan facility
Companies: RDSA IAE JKX WRL SCIR
Ithaca Energy (IAE CN/LN)1,6: Discontinuing coverage | Sterling Resources (SLG CN)1: Discontinuing coverage | Africa Oil (AOI CN/SS); BUY, C$2.80 & Tullow Oil (TLW LN); HOLD, £2.40: Emekuya-1 Oil Discovery in Kenya
Companies: IAE SLG AOI TLW
Premier Oil (PMO LN); Speculative Buy, £1.30: Strong operating update | Serinus Energy (SEN CN)1; Speculative Buy, C$0.65: Receipt of EBRD Waiver | Valeura Energy (VLE CN)1,6; BUY, C$1.25:1Q17 dominated by closing acquisitions that are transformational to the business | Ithaca Energy (IAE LN/CN)1,6; Buy, £1.40: 1Q17 results | San Leon Energy (SLE LN) (not covered); Settlement with Avobone | Caspian Sunrise (formerly Roxi Petroleum) (CASP LN) (not covered); FY16 Results | TransGlobe Energy (TGL CN); BUY, C$5.00: 1Q17 results and increased activity upcoming | ShaMaran Petroleum (SNM CN) (not covered): 1Q17 Results | Ophir Energy (OPHR LN); Reduce, £0.80: Dry hole in Cote d’Ivoire | Total (FP FP) (not covered): Expands Exploration in Mauritania
Companies: PMO SEN VLU IAE SLE TGL 0VH4 OPHR TTA
Americas GeoPark Limited (GPRK US)1,6; BUY, US$10.50: Increasing cash flow estimates after strong 1Q17 results | Pacific Exploration and Production (PEN CN)1,6; BUY, C$66.00: Moving in the right direction, production increasing and commitments decreasing | Parex Resources (PXT CN)6,8; BUY, C$26.00: Big cash flow beat in 1Q17 and improved outlook | President Energy (PPC LN) (not covered): Ongoing disputes with service providers in Argentina | Serinus Energy (SEN CN)1 ; Speculative Buy, C$0.65: 1Q17 Results| Ithaca Energy (IAE CN/LN)1,6; Buy, £1.40: Delek Takeover Compulsory Shares Acquisition | Hurricane Energy (HUR LN) (not covered); YE16 Results & Warrant Issue | Neptune; US$3.9 bn assets acquisition | Exillon Energy (EXI LN) (not covered); April Production | Africa Oil (AOI CN/SS); Buy, C$2.80: 1Q17 results | Tower Resources (TRP LN) (not covered); Trading Suspension
Companies: 0MDP PRE PXT PPC SEN IAE HUR EXI AOI TRP
Enquest (ENQ LN): Speculative Buy, £0.65: Kraken FPSO in the field and hooked up in the North Sea | Ithaca Energy (IAE LN/CN)6: BUY, £1.40: Stella First Hydrocarbons in the North Sea | Bowleven (BLVN LN) (not covered): Denies claims made by Crown Ocean Capital
Companies: ENQ IAE BLVN
Ithaca Board recommends shareholders accept $646m deal
Companies: Ithaca Energy
GeoPark (GPRK US)1,6; BUY, US$6.50: Announces new exploration discovery and development drilling successes in Colombia | Eco Atlantic Oil and Gas (EOG CN) (not covered): Raising Equity and Listing on AIM | Ithaca Energy (IAE LN/CN): Recommended takeover offer by Delek | Aker BP (AKERBP NO) (not covered): 4Q16 results | Europa Oil & Gas (EOG LN) (not covered) & Angus Energy (ANGS LN) (not covered): £2 mm fundraising and Acquisition of Interest in PEDL143 in the UK | Tethys petroleum (TPL LN/CN) (not covered): Corporate update | Transglobe Energy (TGL CN); BUY, C$6.00: 2017: capital budget | Aminex (AEX LN) (not covered) & Solo Oil (SOLO LN) (not covered): Ntorya-2 Initial Well Results in Tanazania
Companies: 0MDP IAE TPL TGL
First oil at Stella is delayed by about a month, reducing the contribution of Stella to FY17 production by the same period. While this has an impact on FY17e free cash flow, this is negligible to our valuation. More importantly, FY17 opex are estimated at only US$18/boe, below our estimates of US$20/boe. There are opportunities to reduce opex further. Harrier is expected to reach first oil in 2018, one year earlier than we expected and at a cost of US$40 mm lower than we anticipated. The overall development cost is less than US$6.0/boe. Ithaca holds numerous discoveries around Stella that would be developed with a similar cost structure to Harrier.
ExxonMobil (XOM US) (non-covered): further discoveries in Guyana | Ithaca Energy (IAE LN/CN) : BUY, Minor delay but lower cost and better visibility enhance the investment profile | Premier Oil (PMO LN); SPEC. BUY, £1.40: An exciting 1H17 drilling programme | Ophir Energy (OPHR LN); REDUCE, £0.80: Reducing our forecasts on low production and net cash
Companies: 0R1M IAE PMO OPHR
Sino Gas & Energy (not covered): 4Q16 Results in China | Premier Oil (PMO LN); SPEC. BUY, £1.20: 4Q16 trading update | thaca Energy (IAE LN/CN)6 ; BUY, £1.30: 4Q16 trading update | Egdon Resources (EDR LN) (not covered): Wressle Planning Decision in the UK | Tullow Oil (TLW LN); REDUCE, £2.90: The business is now reset but the re-rating of the shares has already taken place | Ophir Energy (OPHR LN); HOLD, £0.90: 4Q16 trading update | Africa Petroleum (APCL NO) (not covered): Contemplate private placemen
Companies: SEH PMO IAE EDR TLW OPHR
Ithaca Energy (IAE LN/CN)6; BUY, £1.30: First oil at Stella delayed by one month on minor electrical problems | Europa Oil & Gas (EOG LN) (not covered): Sale of interest in Wressle in the UK | Exillon Energy (EXI LN) (not covered): October Production in Russia | SDX Energy (SDX CN/LN)1 : Buy, £0.50; 3Q16 Results in Egypt | Sound oil (SOU LN) (not covered): Ne issue of Equity larger than anticipated | Weekly Crude Oil Cut
Companies: IAE EOG EXI SOU SDX
i3 Energy Investment—According to its investor Glenwick (GWIK.L) i3 will seek an AIM admission once its license has been approved by the UK Oil & Gas Authority
Walls & Futures REIT — Has raised £1m at £1 to acquire, refurbish or develop residential properties in the UK . Due to arrive on ISDX on 29 November
Diversified Oil & Gas— Schedule One now out. $60m to be raised. Expected admission 6 December.
Creo Medical Group —UK based medical device company focused on surgical endoscopy, a recent development in minimally invasive surgery. Admission due 7 December. Fundraising details TBA.
Companies: MFX OGN ZAM GHS IAE CTAG LSAI
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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
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
• 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.
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
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)
Pan African Resources (PAF) has announced that it is to acquire 100% of Mogale Gold and Mintails SA Soweto Cluster from Mintails’ liquidator for ZAR50.0m (US$3.2m). Combined, the two assets host a mineral resource of 243Mt (in tailings), containing 2.36Moz gold. As such, consideration equates to US$1.31 per oz of contained gold cf an average valuation of US$9.88/oz for London-listed pre-production gold assets (see Gold stars and black holes, published in January 2019). Closure of the deal is subject to the usual due diligence, including the evaluation the assets’ amenability to retreatment.
Companies: Pan African Resources PLC
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
Oil declined for a second session as rising Covid-19 cases threatened to derail demand with tougher restrictions in major US cities on the horizon.
Futures fell 2.4% in New York on Friday, but still posted the largest weekly gain in a month as optimism from news of a potential Covid-19 vaccine breakthrough jolted markets earlier in the week. Despite the measure of hope for the long-term, US cities from the West to East coasts have imposed stricter measures to slow surging case counts, raising concerns that the virus will further crimp demand for fuel. Gasoline futures also slumped.
Before concerns over lockdowns set in, futures also got support from signs the OPEC+ alliance is inching closer to delaying a planned output increase in January. But downbeat demand forecasts from the International Energy Agency and OPEC have clouded hopes of a recovery. At the same time, governors of states along the US West Coast issued travel advisories, following measures recently imposed in New York and Chicago.
Meanwhile, crude supply in Libya is rising. The country's production rose to 1.145 million barrels a day on Friday, according to a spokesman for its state-run National Oil Corp.
West Texas Intermediate for December delivery lost 99 cents to settle at $40.13 a barrel. The contract rose 8.1% this week.
Brent for January settlement slid 75 cents to $42.78 a barrel.
Gasoline for December delivery declined 2.7% to $1.1254 a gallon.
In Europe, where motorway traffic is down by almost 50% in some countries, demand is stuttering anew. That is impacting crude, with six supertankers of unwanted North Sea oil continuing to float in the region. Meanwhile, vehicle miles travelled on US highways fell last week in another sign Americans are keeping off the roads amid the pandemic.
Companies: FOG PVR 88E DGOC EME TRIN UOG
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
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
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
As expected, Castings' interim results highlighted a tough period with customer shutdowns and lockdown measures causing a 43% decline in revenue. Pent-up demand, a recovering trucking industry and strong new truck orders supports activity levels that have now reached 100% of pre-COVID levels and likely to exceed this in short order. Reinstate buy rating.
Companies: Castings PLC (CGS:LON)Castings PLC (9Z9:STU)
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
We believe that Pantheon Resources is on the cusp of generating substantial shareholder value by progressing the appraisal and commercialisation of its world-class Alaskan oil & gas discoveries, all of which benefit from 3D seismic and well penetrations. Of its six identified targets in Alaska, Pantheon Resources has established resource estimates for three, which have a combined success-case recoverable resource potential of 720 million barrels of oil. Our current fair value estimate includes the equivalent of 147 million barrels of oil or 20.5% of the defined success-case potential resources. We see scope for future value creation from commercial and geological derisking. The board of Pantheon Resources has high-profile Alaskan pedigree, commercial acumen, substantive technical backgrounds and deep oil & gas experience, which we believe will favour successful value creation for shareholders. All-in, we see a positive multi-year trajectory of value creation for the company. We are initiating on Pantheon Resources and see fair value at 75p/sh.
Companies: Pantheon Resources plc