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Anglo Asian Mining is an AIM listed precious and base metals producer running flagship Gedabek operations in western Azerbaijan which include open pit and underground mining facilities and a processing complex fit for different types of ores. Production runs at ~70-80kozpa GEO (~90% gold) with low operating costs status allowing the Company to generate FCF for organic growth opportunities within the highly prospective +1,000km2 land package and potential value accretive transactions over targets outside Azerbaijan as well as offer a generous dividend yield.
Companies: Anglo Asian Mining PLC
Shanta Gold (AIM: SHG) has announced this morning its production and operational results for the quarter ended 30th September 2020 – see Fig 1. Overall this was a robust performance (from one of the most consistent operators in the sector) in the face of the pandemic and a very busy quarter for the company at corporate level. QoQ production fell to 19,973 oz and AISC rose to $883/oz – both caused by a temporary drop in grade – but the ongoing strength in the gold price resulted in a 16% and 46% increase in EBITDA QoQ and YTD respectively. There was an increase in net debt to $5.1m which can be explained by the $7.1m cash outlay for the West Kenya projects as well as the reduction in the hedge book (they also have $5.9m of gold dore in the gold room). The company remains on track to hit its full year guidance of 80-85koz of production at an AISC of $830-880/oz which would make it the third year in a row they have hit their unaltered guidance for the year. This would be a remarkable achievement for a major gold miner operating in a developed market let alone one operating in the South West corner of Tanzania. Likewise the fact the company has recorded zero lost time injuries makes it nearly three years in a row with no LTIs. With the greenlight for Singida and a scoping study completed for the West Kenya Project during the quarter, the company can look forward to leveraging this operational expertise across a larger and longer life production base (c.220Koz of annualised production). We continue to believe the market is still to wake up to this given a market cap of US$219m, next to no debt and EBITDA annualising at $90m.
Companies: Shanta Gold Limited
Oil posted a small weekly gain on tentative signs that demand is picking up even as a new wave of coronavirus cases casts a shadow over the market.
Futures in New York edged lower on Friday, but still managed to record an advance of 0.7% this week on shrinking US crude stockpiles and signs of improving demand in China and India. Gains were capped by record new virus cases from Germany to Portugal and the biggest surge in US daily infections in two months.
Crude futures in New York have clung close to the $40-a-barrel mark since September amid uncertainty around a demand recovery as the virus rages. Meanwhile, OPEC producers and allies see a risk of an oil surplus next year if Libya's production rises and demand remains depressed.
At the same time, the market's structure continues to strengthen, with the spread between Brent's nearest contracts at its narrowest since late July. For West Texas Intermediate futures, the prompt spread rallied to its tightest contango in a month.
West Texas Intermediate for November declined 8 cents to settle at $40.88 a barrel.
Brent for December settlement lost 23 cents to $42.93 a barrel. The contract rose 0.2% this week.
Prices pared earlier losses on Friday after American retail sales and consumer sentiment indicators topped estimates.
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies are facing pressure to postpone their plans for tapering output cuts. Given the uncertainty over the oil demand outlook, the right course of action is to wait for now, JPMorgan analysts including Natasha Kaneva wrote in a report. The move to add another 2 million barrels of day onto the market in January could be postponed by a quarter, the report said.
OPEC+ is also contending with the unexpected return of Libyan oil output, which hit 500,000 barrels a day this week. The group forecasts that global oil supplies could increase by 200,000 barrels a day next year if Libya manages to revive supply and the pandemic hits demand harder than expected, according to a document seen by Bloomberg.
Companies: FOG PVR 88E DGOC EME TRIN UOG
Trifast has released an interim trading update which highlights trends that have continued from the AGM statement in September with trading slightly ahead of the Group's base case assumptions for FY21 of revenue down c.16% YoY. September was the strongest month in the Group's first half and the press release indicates that October has also started well for sales and orders. The trading update indicates resilience in the business considering the tough trading environment.
Companies: Trifast plc (TRI:LON)Trifast plc (25D:BER)
GeoPark (GPRK US)C; Target price US$20 per share: Drilling at CPO-5 has started - The 3Q20 operating update did not contain any surprises, with overall production increasing by 5% vs the previous quarter, reflecting higher sales in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Importantly, gross production at Llanos-34 is back to 60 mbbl/d with some work-over backlog and development drilling having restarted. Overall net production (across all of GeoPark’s assets) was 40 mboe/d at the end of September and FY20 production guidance of 40-42 mboe/d has been reiterated (2H20 capex guidance of US$25-35 mm). Drilling at CPO-5 (GeoPark WI: 30%) has now commenced with the Indico-2 appraisal well. With the Indico-1 well still producing 5,169 bbl/d since first oil in December 2018, Indico-2 could add 60% to CPO-5 overall production by YE20 in a success case. GeoPark will publish its 2021 capex budget on 4 November. We view this as an important event as this will provide further visibility on a very exciting drilling programme with 5-7 wells at CPO-5 and 1-2 wells in Ecuador. The exploration program for 2021 will likely test the continuity of the Guadalupe play encountered on Llanos-34 into CPO-5.
Tethys Oil (TETY SS)C; Target price SEK75.00 per share: Initiating coverage - Tethys Oil is a well-funded, dividend-paying, Sweden listed US$160 mm market cap E&P with ~25 mmbbl 2P reserves in Oman and ~10 mbbl/d WI production. The company stands apart from its peers in three principal ways: (1) It has achieved “textbook” execution, turning what was initially a small uncommercial onshore discovery on a tiny portion of Blocks 3&4 into a large field that has already produced ~100 mmbbl with a further ~120 mmbbl 3P reserves. (2) The production is very cash generative even at US$40/bbl. At US$45/bbl, even at the currently OPEC constrained production rate, operating cashflow funds all development plus some exploration activities and allows Tethys to pay a 5% dividend. (3) Tethys is conservatively run with US$60 mm in cash and no debt. Historically, the story was about steady y-on-y production, reserves and dividend growth. While these features are still present, an investment in Tethys now also offers diverse exposure to high impact exploration with drilling activities on recently acquired onshore blocks expected to start before YE20. Our target price of SEK75 per share reflects ReNAV and implies over 70% upside.
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Alvopetro (ALV CN): Production update in Brazil – 3Q20 sales were 1,764 boe/d at the Caburé Project.
Maha Energy (MAHA-A SS): Production and capex guidance update – FY20 production (mostly in Brazil) is expected to stand at 3,700–4,000 boe/d (4,000-5,000 boe/d previously). The FY20 capex budget increased by US$8.7 mm to US$24 mm. YE20 production is expected to be 5,200 – 5,700 boe/d.
Pantheon Resources (PANR LN): Resources update in Alaska – The Kuparuk formation at the Talitha project is estimated to contain 1.4 billion bbl of oil in place (OIP) and a Prospective Resource of 341 mmbbl as a most likely case.
Touchstone Exploration (TXP LN): Discovery in Trinidad – The Chinook well encountered 589 net feet of gas pay in three unique thrust sheets in the Herrera sands. Additional natural gas pay of ~20 net feet was encountered in the shallower Cruse formation. Completion and testing of the well is expected to be undertaken in 1Q21.
Trinity Exploration and Production (TRIN LN): 3Q20 operational update in Trinidad – 3Q20 production was 3,135 bbl/d. The company held US$22.2 mm in cash as at 30 September. FY20 production guidance remains 3,100-3,300 bbl/d.
Aker Bp (AKERBP NO): 3Q20 update in Norway – Aker BP produced 201.6 mboe/d in 3Q20. The FY20 production guidance of 205-220 mboe/d is reiterated.
UK Oil & Gas (UKOG LN), Angus Energy (ANG LN) and Egdon Resources (EDR LN): Onshore UK licence relinquished – Long-reach/shallow wells at the Holmwood prospects are neither technically viable nor economically feasible. The licence has been relinquished.
FORMER SOVIET UNION
Caspian Sunrise (CASP LN): Operating update in Kazakhstan – Production at the MJF structure averaged ~1,340 bbl/d. The completion of maintenance activities, the return to production of Well 141 and the installation of a pump at Well 151 are expected to increase production capacity to 2,200 - 2,500 bbl/d.
Enwell Energy (ENW LN): Ukraine update – 3Q20 production in Ukraine was 4,629 boe/d. The company held US$55.7 mm in cash at the end of September.
Kosmos Energy (KOS US/ LN): RBL Redetermination – Kosmos’ RBL credit facility has been redetermined with US$1.32 billion, a reduction of US$130 mm from the previous drawn amount of US$1.45 billion. Repayment of the reduction in borrowing base will be made from available liquidity in 4Q20.
EVENTS TO WATCH NEXT WEEK
20/10/2020: Touchstone Exploration (TXP LN) - Webinar
Companies: TXP ALV ALVOF A6Y DETNOR AKERBP DETNOR DETNF ARC RO1 CASP ROXIF GPRK KOS 7M7 0GEA MAHAA PANR P3K PTHRF TETY TETY UKOG 0UK UKLLF
Despite the absence of new drilling activity, Trinity's Q3/20 production has remained robust, averaging 3,135bopd - an 11.3% YoY increase (Q3/19: 2,816bopd). YTD 2020 average production volumes have averaged 3,232bopd, a 9.8% YoY increase (YTD 2019: 2,943bopd), with 2020 production guidance remaining unchanged at 3,100-3,300bopd. Oil price realisations YTD 2020 have averaged US$37.3/bbl and, as a result, no Supplemental Petroleum Tax (SPT) will be payable in respect of the first three quarters of 2020. Cash as at 30 September 2020 was US$22.2m (30 June 2020 US$19.7m). Elsewhere, we view the proposed Budget reforms to the SPT regime as an important step forward by the Trinidad and Tobago Government and a recognition that SPT needs reforming. The proposed reforms will enhance cash flows between US$50-US$75/bbl and therefore allow companies to invest to grow production and deliver attractive returns for shareholders. We update our valuation and reiterate our price target at 31p per share, a 250% premium to the current share price.
Companies: Trinity Exploration & Production Plc
Proposed merger with Chrysaor
Companies: Premier Oil plc
Talitha Kuparuk resource update
Companies: Pantheon Resources plc
Valeura Energy (VLE CN/VLU LN): Selling Turkey shallow – Valeura is selling its producing shallow conventional gas business to TBNG for a cash consideration of US$15.5 mm, plus royalty payments of up to an additional US$2.5 mm.
Increased estimates of of gas discovery offshore Turkey – The Tuna-1 discovery in the Black Sea is now estimated to hold 14.2 tcf (up 3 tcf compared to previous estimates).
FAR Limited (FAR AU): Financial update – FAR continues to be in default with regards to its obligations in Senegal. The company is in a default position of US$29.6 mm (excluding interest). FAR had US$59.0 mm unrestricted cash at hand at 30 September 2020.
Tullow Oil (TLW LN): Approval to sell Uganda – Tullow has received government approvals with regards to the sale of Uganda to Total. The transaction is expected to close in the coming days.
EVENTS TO WATCH NEXT WEEK
27/10/2020: Bp (BP LN) – 3Q20 results
29/10/2020: Royal Dutch Shell (RDS LN) – 3Q20 results
29/10/2020: Aker Bp (AKERBP NO) – 3Q20 results
29/10/2020: Repsol (REP SM) – 3Q20 results
30/10/2020: Lundin Energy (LUNE SS) – 3Q20 results
30/10/2020: Seplat Petroleum (SEPL LN) - 3Q20 results
Companies: FAR VLE TLW
Bushveld is an integrated vanadium mining, processing and technology businesses. The South African group owns 74% of Vametco and 100% of the Vanchem. Bushveld Energy (84%) is developing vanadium redox batteries for grid use in SA. Bushveld FY 2019 figures are dominated by the positive revaluation of the acquisition of Vanchem (100%) for US$55.8m in November 2019.
Companies: Bushveld Minerals Limited
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: 0R1M 0J50 JSE 88E ADV CAD CHAR ECHO ENOG EME I3E PMG RBD SQZ SOU TLW VGAS WTE PHAR
Alien Metals (UFO LN) – Hammersley iron project with BHP 19 and BHP 20 prospect names, who are they kidding? | Antofagasta (ANTO LN) – Inaugural bond issued | Castillo Copper (CCZ LN) – Mt Oxide drilling to start in mid-October | Petropavlovsk (POG LN) – Production guidance downgrade
Companies: Alien Metals Ltd (UFO:LON)Antofagasta plc (ANTO:LON)
SDX Energy (SDX LN)C; Target price £0.45 per share: Growing the prize, accelerating drilling - Sales in Morocco are now almost back to pre COVID 19 levels (90%). This is important for cash flow. SDX has now mapped additional prospects on the South Disouq license, resulting in gross prospective resources increasing by 139 bcf to 233 bcf. Drilling in Egypt is being accelerated to start in 2Q21 with two initial wells targeting 165 bcf, including the new Hanut prospect with 139 bcf gross prospective resources and a 33% Chance of Success. The volumes targeted by the first part of the programme are 5x larger than what we were previously anticipating (34 bcf). At the end of September, SDX held US$9.2 mm in cash with the majority of the 2020 capex programme having already been incurred. With no debt and expected FY21 cashflow of ~US$30 mm (largely unaffected by oil price movements), this leaves the company with ample liquidity to fund the upcoming drilling programme. Overall, we estimate the prospects the company will target with the drill bit over the next twelve months at £0.38 per share, which represents 2.4x the current share price. The main items are the LMS-2 well test in Morocco (£0.14 per share) and the Hanut well in Egypt (£0.16 per share). This does not include the potential for additional look-alike prospects to LMS-2 to be drilled in 2021. While the company continues to deliver positive updates and the materiality of the upcoming drilling is growing, the shares continue to trade at EV/DACF multiples of only 1.3x in 2020 and 0.5x in 2021.
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Diversified Gas & Oil (DGOC LN): Partnership agreement with Oaktree Capital – Diversified and Oaktree are partnering to jointly pursue US PDP acquisitions with individual transaction valuations over US$250 mm. Oaktree and Diversified will fund equal portions of any acquisitions, however Oaktree will provide Diversified a 5.0% upfront promote of its funded working interest (2.5% incremental) at the time of an acquisition. In addition, upon achieving a 10.0% unlevered IRR on its investment, Oaktree will convey to Diversified 15.0% of its working interest (7.125% incremental).
Maha Energy (MAHA-A SS): Production update in Brazil – Sales production for the month of September totalled ~ 3,255 boe/d, During the month of September the dual GTE-4 oil producing well was shut down for 14 days, due to workover operations. Fishing operations to date have been unsuccessful and a more rigorous workover operation is now scheduled during the fourth quarter to restore production from the AG zone. Production from the GTE-4 well (Sergi zone) resumed on the 28th of September. Tartaruga had issues during the month with unreliable power from the local grid – back up generation has been is installed and production is stabilizing.
Parex Resources (PXT CN): Buy back and operation update in Colombia – Parex plans to buy back up to a further 10% of its share capital by YE20. 3Q20 production was 44.2 mboe/d and 4Q20 production is expected to be 44-48 mboe/d with US$40-50 mm capex. The company plans to drill the Cayena horizontal exploration well on the Fortuna block and one appraisal well at the Boranda Block. At Block LLA-94, the Grulla well will be re-entered. The company held US$350 mm in cash at the end of September.
Phoenix Global Resources (PGR LN): 1H20 results – 1H20 production in Argentina was 4,369 boe/d. At 30 June 2020 the group had cash of US$1.4 mm and total borrowing US$317.7 mm.
Proposed changes in Trinidad’s fiscal regime - The government of Trinidad is proposing to lift the threshold for the imposition of the very punitive Supplemental Petroleum Tax (SPT) from US$50/bbl to U$75/bbl.
Getech (GTC LN): 1H20 results – 1H20 revenue totalled £2.1 mm. The orderbook was £2.9 mm at the end of June. The company held £2.8 in cash at the end of June. Getech is currently negotiating with two potential Energy Transition acquisition targets. Key sectors of focus are mining, geothermal energy and the hydrogen economy.
Hurricane Energy (HUR LN): Update in the UK – 3Q20 production averaged 13,600 bbl/d with current production of 14,500 bbl/d.
Independent Oil & Gas (IOG LN): No offer to buy Deltic Energy (DELT LN) – Independent will not make an offer to acquire Deltic with two approaches rejected by Deltic.
Lundin Energy (LUNE SS): Acquisition of exploration licences in Norway – Lundin is acquiring from Idemitsu interests in a portfolio of licences in the Barents Sea, including a 10% WI in the Wisting oil discovery and a further 15% WI in the Alta oil discovery with an overall 70 mmboe net contingent resources. The proceeds consist of US$125 mm in cash.
OMV (OMV AG): 3Q20 update – 3Q20 production was 444 mboe/d.
Premier Oil (PMO LN): Merger with Chrysaor – Premier Oil is merging with Chrysaor. The Transaction is expected to result in Premier’s stakeholders owning up to 23% (including 5.45% by Premier’s shareholders) of the combined group. A cash payment of US$1.23 bn will be made to financial creditors of Premier. The transaction provides ~US$0.61 on the dollar cash recovery for existing creditors plus US$0.14 in shares for an overall recovery of 75%. The combined entity had >250 mboe/d at the end of June and 2P reserves of 717 mmboe as YE19. The acquisition of the BP assets by Premier will not go ahead.
Repsol (REP SM): 3Q update – 3Q20 production was 615 mboe/d.
UK Oil & Gas (UKOG LN): Raising £2.2 mm of new equity – UK Oil & Gas has raised £2.2 mm of new equity priced at 0.16 p per share to fund its share of initial drilling and seismic costs in Turkey.
FORMER SOVIET UNION
JKX Oil & Gas (JKX LN): Operating update in Russia and Ukraine – 3Q20 WI production was 10,245 boe/d including 4,727 boe/d in Ukraine and 5,519 boe/d. The company held US$18.8 mm net cash at the end of September.
Tullow Oil (TLW LN): RBL Redetermination – Tullow’s RBL credit facility has been redetermined with US$1.8 bn of debt capacity. As a result, the Group retains ~US$500 mm liquidity headroom of undrawn facilities. The next redetermination will commence at the end of November and is expected to be completed in January 2020.
Companies: UKOG TLW SDX REP PXT PMO PGR OMV 0GEA LYV JKX HUR GTC DGOC
Central Asia Metals (CAML LN) reported strong copper results for Q3 2020, up 14% QoQ to 3.9kt enabling a 3.7% increase in our 2020F production forecast to 13.9kt, in line with new guidance of 13.5-14kt. YTD copper production of 10.5kt was broadly flat YoY. This does imply a marginal YoY increase overall for 2020F, however, as well as realised grades being ahead of expectation, we expect CAML to push hard at Kounrad to offset Sasa disruption as much as possible. Kounrad has been out of focus recently, however, with copper prices up 10% YTD and with a strong fundamental outlook, the asset’s low cost base continues to underpin the CAML investment case.
Companies: Central Asia Metals Plc