Impact: Positive. Regulatory approval under the Investment Canada Act removes a significant hurdle for the deal and should serve to bridge part of the gap between the current market price and the cash bid price of $0.52 per share implied under the deal.
Companies: Long Run Exploration
Impact - we view the quarter as a non-event in light of the pending sale of the Company to Calgary Sinoenergy Investment Corp.
With this publication we briefly summarize our projections for 1Q16e quarterly results for the Junior E&P (Intermediate, Mid & Small Cap) segments of our coverage universe
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Impact: Neutral. Sinoenergy has extended the outside date to accommodate the extension to the Investment Canada Act review period by Industry Canada.
With this publication we highlight various metrics and statistics forthcoming from yearend reserve books for our Domestic E&P coverage universe (Integrateds, Large Cap, Oilsands, Intermediate, Mid Cap, and Small Cap). Similar charts for YE2014 reserves can be found in our Statistical Package dated April 7, 2015.
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We view Long Run’s year-end results largely as a non-event in the context of the previously announced sale of the Company to Calgary Sinoenergy Investment Corp. Fourth quarter results saw production that was largely in line with our thinking, while cash flow was ahead primarily on lower royalties and production costs. Year-end reserves were down in all categories, reflecting lower commodity prices and a muted capital program in 2015. In light of the pending sale of the Company, Management has not provided any guidance for 2016e with little to no activity planned in the near term until closing of the Arrangement. We have maintained both our Tender ranking and $0.52 per share target price.
Impact - we view the Company's year-end results largely as a non-event in the context of the previously announced sale of the Company
With this publication we highlight forecast revisions associated with our crude oil commodity price update. Concurrent within a dynamic time for E&Ps, some of which have already begun the process of 2016 capital budget downdrafts, revised estimates attempt to directionally capture a shift towards capital conservation, though severely weakened futures curves have influenced our thinking for the better part of 6 months anyway. We expect further capital investment reductions forthcoming from E&Ps in the coming weeks.
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Impact - neutral. Long Run announced it has entered into an amending agreement with its bank syndicate that will see the borrowing base reduced to $620 mm from $650 mm previously, comprised of a $240 mm revolving facility, a $30 mm operating facility, and a $350 mm non-revolving facility. The Company is currently drawn ~$580 mm on the facilities. The financial covenants have been removed on the facilities and the interest and fees have been reduced with the facilities terminating six months following close of the previously announced Arrangement, which is consistent with the purchaser's intention to repay the facilities upon closing of the transaction.
Impact - neutral
Long Run has announced an extension to its interim forbearance and amending agreement to its credit facility with its lending syndicate extending the relief period from January 22, 2016 to January 29, 2016, with Management anticipating the amendments will be executed by the end of the forbearance period. Management noted this does not impact the previously announced plan of arrangement to sell the Company which is still expected to close in April 2016.
Long Run has entered into an agreement with a group of investors based in China to be acquired for a total purchase price of $770 mm. The purchase price includes $0.52 per share for the Company’s ~193 mm outstanding common shares, redemption of the Company’s $75 mm face value convertible debentures at $750 per $1,000 of principal amount, and the assumption of Long Run’s bank debt, which stood at ~$600 mm exiting 3Q15.
Impact: Positive, given the deal represents a 215% premium to Long Run's December 18, 2015 closing price. Long Run has entered into an agreement with a group of investors based in China to be acquired for a total purchase price of $770 mm. The price includes $0.52 per share for the Company's ~193 mm outstanding common shares, redemption of the Company's $75 mm face value convertible debentures at $750 per $1,000 principal amount, and assumption of Long Run's bank debt, which stood at ~$600 mm exiting 3Q15. The deal is subject to a mutual $20 mm non-completion fee.
“Worse? How could they get any worse? Take a look around you, Ellen. We’re at the threshold of hell”. These are the words spoken by Clark Gris-wold in the holiday classic “Christmas Vacation”, and seem aptly suited for the general sentiment in the Canadian energy space at the moment as we roll out a summary of our regular forecast revisions extending from our most recent crude oil and natural gas price forecast update.
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Impact: Negative. The revised facility of $650 mm now includes a $350 mm non-revolving facility, which reflects an additional $105 mm that will have to be repaid in the near term, adding to the Company's already significant debt repayment obligations.
Impact: Neutral. While a necessary step in the deal process, we await full approval of the $100 mm private placement.
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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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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
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.
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.
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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
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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