Impact: Positive, especially in light of the 40% decline in Cathedral's share price over the prior five trading days. Cathedral has initiated a strategic review process to consider different avenues for creating shareholder value, which could include capital raising (debt or equity), the sale of the Company, divestitures, mergers or joint venture or partnership transactions. The Company does not intend to provide any updates on the strategic
review process until there is a formal announcement.
Companies: Cathedral Energy Services
Cathedral has received a fourth amendment from its lending syndicate that has instituted minimum EBITDAS covenants, replacing traditional credit ratios until 3Q17e. We believe there is a chance the Company does not meet these requirements. The Company’s lending syndicate has worked with Cathedral until this point in the downturn. Given our view of an activity recovery in 2017e, we expect an amenable solution will be reached. Cathedral reported 2Q16 EBITDAS of a loss of $2 mm, modestly below our loss of $1 mm.
Impact: Negative, as Cathedral's lending syndicate continues to reduce the Company's financial flexibility. Cathedral's lending syndicate intends to reduce the Company's facility from $35 mm to $30 mm by December 31, 2016 and to $25 mm by March 31, 2017. As a result, Cathedral intends to investigate alternative forms of financing and potential corporate partnerships and transactions to improve liquidity.
Impact: Positive, as the settlement should not impact the Company's ability to remain in compliance with its covenants. We view the settlement as having a lower level of security over Cathedral's cash flow relative to its banking syndicate.
Cathedral’s 1H16e cumulative minimum EBITDAS bank covenant has been amended to $0.1 mm from $1.6 mm, which we believe the Company will surpass.
Cathedral reported EBITDAS of $1.6 mm, ahead of our expectation of $nil due to stronger than expected U.S. directional drilling activity.
We are updating our oilfield industry forecasts post the release of FirstEnergy’s new commodity price forecast for crude oil and natural gas on March 24, 2016. We have updated our 2016e Canadian well count/drilling days forecast to 3,209/37,335 from 3,800/43,325. In 2017e, we have left our forecast unchanged at 6,200 wells/70,200 days. In the U.S., our 2016e rig count forecast is now 482 (prior: 610) and 2017e is 675 (prior: 775). Data for 1Q16e came in weaker than our prior forecast anticipated, and we have lowered our estimates across our coverage universe accordingly. We are currently below 1Q16 consensus for 15 of 18 companies in our coverage universe, but the percentages are misleading given the absolute size of EBITDAS being earned this quarter.
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Cathedral reported 4Q15 EBITDAS of nil (FCC: $3 mm) as pricing pressure continues to negatively impact profitability. Our forecasts suggest that Cathedral will violate its near-term EBITDAS covenants in 2Q16e. As such, further relief from the Company’s lenders may be required and we believe receiving credit facility amendments will become increasingly challenging. We have reduced 2016e EBITDAS to $5 mm from $7 mm and 2017e EBITDAs to $8 mm from $11 mm.
In conjunction with the new oil price forecast released by FirstEnergy on February 8, 2016, we have updated our 2016e Canadian well count/drilling days forecast to 3,800/43,325 from 4,950/54,853. In 2017e, we are now forecasting wells/drilling days of 6,200/70,200 from 7,900/86,600. In the U.S., our 2016e rig count forecast is now 610 (prior: 763) and 2017e is 775 (prior: 1,063).
Impact: slightly positive. Cathedral has been granted covenant relief by its lenders which is positive. However, any further downward
revisions in our estimates could put the Company in breach of its covenants. As such, we view the announcement as slightly positive, but significant risks remain.
We have updated our 2016e WCSB drilling days forecast to ~54,900 days, which is 18% below our prior forecast and a 16% decline y/y. We are also rolling out our 2017e drilling days forecast, which is 86,600 days, or a 58% improvement from 2016e. In the context of the last 25 years, our 2017e forecast ranks 19th for active drilling days. Our 2016e U.S. rig count forecast has been reduced to 763 rigs from 888 rigs. In 2017e, we are forecasting a U.S. rig count of 1,063 rigs.
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Impact: negative. We expect the stock to trade lower due to the suspension of the dividend. However, the operational results were in line with our forecast.
Cathedral’s 2Q15 was largely in line with our expectations as the Company continues to take proactive steps to right size its business for expected activity. Pricing for directional drilling in Canada and the U.S. is expected to be lower than our previous expectations, which has resulted in us lowering our forecast. We are now forecasting 2015e EBITDAS of $11 mm (prior: $14 mm) and 2016e EBITDAS of $13 mm (prior: $18 mm). We are retaining our 0.8x P/Book valuation multiple which results in a reduction in our target price to $2.25/share from $2.50/share. Our Market Perform rating is being reiterated.
We are updating estimates for the remainder of our coverage universe to reflect the updated activity forecast released on June 29, 2015. Recall, we released an updated outlook for the Contract Drillers at that time.
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A number of REITs have the ability to thrive in current market conditions and thereafter. Not only do they hold assets that will remain in strong demand, but they have focus and transparency. The leases and underlying rents are structured in a manner to provide long visibility, growth and security. Hardman & Co defined an investment universe of REITs that we considered provided security and “safer harbours”. We introduced this universe with our report published in March 2019: “Secure income” REITs – Safe Harbour Available. Here, we take forward the investment case and story. We point to six REITs, in particular, where we believe the risk/reward is the most attractive.
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Caledonia, which operates the Blanket gold mine in Zimbabwe, announces today a second dividend increase for 2020 with an increase of their dividend from 7.5c a quarter to 8.5c a quarter – an annualised 34c/yr which currently yields 2.3%. This comes on the back of a first increase in January of this year when Caledonia raised its dividend from 6.9c/quarter.
Avation is a lessor of 48 commercial aircraft to a diversified airline client base. This morning, the group has released results for the nine months to 31 March 2020, which illustrate that the business remained profitable in Q3 FY 2020.
Phoenix copper today provides the results from the initial metallurgical test work to recover precious metals from the Empire deposit. Results from leaching with non-toxic ammonium thiosulfate (ATS) resulted in high gold recoveries of nearly 98% gold, and silver recoveries of between 70% and 80%. A full metallurgical report on this new work is available on Phoenix Copper's website.
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Considering the environment, this sale is positive and marks the completion of the $15bn divestment programme started after the acquisition of the shale assets from BHP in 2018. Overall, BP’s strategy in downstream is to bring stable earnings, to offset volatility in upstream. In this regard, expanding renewables activities would seem appropriate to BP. While, BP has no competitive advantage in this field, exposure to renewables will allow the oil majors to keep their oil & gas activities.
Companies: BP Plc
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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Over the last 18 months, Powerhouse has cemented its relationship with Peel Environmental, which is targeting the development of at least 30 distributed modular generation (DMG) plants across the UK. Each of these will potentially generate £0.5m in annual licence fees for Powerhouse. This roll-out is conditional on shareholders approving the proposed acquisition of former development partner Waste2Tricity (W2T) at the general meeting on 14 July
Companies: Powerhouse Energy Group
Acquisitions and creditors update
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Despite the ongoing economic headwinds, 2020 has already been a significant year for United, with the 2019-20 infill-drilling campaign at Abu Sennan exceeding expectations and delivering significant reserve and production additions. Since the Abu Sennan acquisition was announced in July 2019, net production has nearly tripled from 1,100boepd to 3,100boepd, following successful wells at ASH-2 and El Salmiya-5 and the onset of gas production from the Al Jahraa field. We value United's portfolio (minus Jamaica) at US$91.3m, c4.5x its current market cap. Unrisked, we value United's entire portfolio at US$321.7m (including Jamaica) or 34.9p per share, >16x United's current market cap. We set our target price in line with our risked valuation (minus Jamaica) at 9.5p, a 280% premium to the current share price and reiterate our BUY recommendation.
Companies: United Oil & Gas
Updated commissioning plans for the Uis tin mine in Namibia
AfriTin is developing the Uis tin mine in Namibia. Despite some minor delays in commissioning, not helped by Covid restrictions, the team are making good progress to bring the plant, as initially envisaged, into full production (0.8kt/a tin concentrate). Several enhancements can be implemented that will add further value to the Phase 1 plant making it a standalone profit centre: plant expansion, by-product lithium concentrate production and measures to improve head grade. The plant also acts as an excellent pilot and testbed for the larger, full-scale plant planned by AfriTin. The large resource base in and around Uis will support a considerably larger operation as shown by the September 2019 JORC resource estimate. We see fair value in AfriTin at 11.1p/sh.
Companies: Afritin Mining
Shearwater sells resilience and today's trading update shows us how resilient demand has been for its products and services. The Group has swung to EBITDA profitability and cash flow is well ahead of expectations. The macro themes of cyber security and remote working are supportive of robust demand levels going forward. We are maintaining our forecasts. Buy.
Companies: Shearwater Group
Petropavlovsk PLC (LSE: POG) have released their FY2019 results and Q1 trading update this morning. The company had already released production numbers for last year. Overall the numbers reflected a strong operational performance although various financial/other parameters thwarted positive changes below the EBITDA line. Conversely net cash from operations reduced by 43% due to lower cash from prepayment as part of the group’s forward sale facility with the banks, yet net debt came down to $561m. . We show the key figures in Table 1.
InfraStrata's acquisition of the iconic Harland & Wolff (H&W) shipyards in Northern Ireland has been transformational for the group, and with a carefully planned growth strategy, there is a clear route to cash breakeven in the short term. Over the medium to long term, these facilities could support a c£400m revenue business. With the company trading at a c30% discount to its H1/20A book value and c65% to its Adj NAV, we initiate with a Buy recommendation.
Oil posted its second weekly loss for the month, as a surge in US coronavirus cases clouds the demand outlook and casts doubts on the market's recovery.
Futures in New York slipped 3.2% this week. The price slump comes just days after oil closed above $40 for the first time since early March, and following a run of weekly gains that lifted oil from its historic plunge below zero in April. Texas -- the centre of the American oil industry -- halted its reopening as virus infections jumped, and Houston's intensive-care wards reached capacity. Bars in Texas and Florida were ordered to shut, and Arizona reported a surge in infections.
While massive OPEC+ output cuts and a pickup in demand have helped crude climb from its April low, price gains have slowed this month. Infections continue to soar in many parts of the world, consumption is still a long way off pre-virus levels and many refiners are struggling with low margins.
Crude stockpiles in the US are at record highs, and there's a risk that US shale producers could start bringing back output. The number of rigs drilling for oil fell by 1 to 188, the lowest since June of 2009.
West Texas Intermediate for August slid 23 cents to settle at $38.49 a barrel in New York.
Brent for August fell 3 cents to close at $41.02 a barrel.
Still, the pessimism's being tempered by huge cuts to Russia's seaborne crude exports, a development that lifted oil earlier in the session. Shipments of the flagship Urals grade from its three main western ports are set to plunge by 40% next month, according to loading programmes seen by Bloomberg. The steep reductions underscore the OPEC+ alliance's commitment to eliminate the oil glut that built up earlier this year.
Other oil news:
Exxon Mobil Corp is preparing to cut jobs in the US as the oil giant focuses on a slimmed-down and more efficient organisational structure, according to people familiar with the matter.
Four automakers backing a California effort to curb tailpipe emissions will break with some big rivals in the legal battle over the Trump administration's relaxation of fuel efficiency standards.
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Implications of the gold-silver metallurgy at Empire, Idaho
Yesterday, Phoenix Copper published a metallurgical report on the leaching of its gold-bearing mineralisation from the Empire resource area in Idaho. This showed high recoveries for gold and silver using standard cyanide and non-standard Ammonium Thiosulphate leaching (comparable leach times, reagent consumption and recovery). The implications of these tests may be far ranging for Phoenix as it enables it to consider bringing forward precious metals production from the area, with the following benefits: 1) quicker permitting for a non-cyanide process; 2) cheaper reagents; 3) earlier establishment of mine site infrastructure to assist ongoing economic studies and; 4) cash flow in a robust gold price environment. More test work on the gold recovery process remains to be completed to establish the optimum leaching and recovery parameters. We still see fair value at 34p/sh (see research from 12/05/2020 for full details) but note that Phoenix management is actively seeking to bring forward value in its projects. In the meantime, we have drilling results and a (potential) resource upgrade to look forward to shortly from the Red Star lead-silver project as well as a funded resource drilling program to establish a whole resource for Empire – and not just the base metal-rich zones.
Companies: Sirius Real Estate
Enteq Upstream PLC (LON:NTQ) has released full-year (FY) results for the year-end March 2020 with commentary on the ongoing trading environment. The company reported revenues of around US$10.9mln, underlying adjusted EBITDA (earnings before tax interest depreciation and amortisation) of US$3.1mln,
Companies: Enteq Upstream
Rockfire Resources, the gold and copper exploration junior with projects in northern Queensland has recently commenced a major £0.8m drilling programme on Plateau, its most advanced project. Drilling is likely to be followed by a resource update in late 2020 and a scoping study in Q1 2021. We believe that the updated resource estimate could be commercially significant. This reflects the promising drilling results post July 2019’s resource assessment and the potential for the drilling programme to expand the resource base given the analogous Mt Wright mine geology 47 km to the NE. The new drilling programme will include diamond drilling for the first time which will enable deeper higher-grade targets to be targeted. The drilling programme has been underpinned by the recently announced £1m raise. We believe the scope for positive news flow in the coming months is excellent while the gold market backdrop should be supportive for gold exploration as well as production plays over the balance of 2020.
Companies: Rockfire Resources