I3 Energy (I3E LN): Canadian court approves Toscana acquisition | Chariot Oil & Gas (CHAR LN): EOI’s received to develop Lixus, Morocco | Empyrean Energy (EME LN): Withdrawal from Borba drilling program, California | Impact Oil & Gas (Private) – Further South African exploration interests granted
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ANGLE (AGL): Corp | Chaarat Gold Holdings (CGH): Corp | Chariot Oil & Gas (CHAR): Corp | Omega Diagnostics (ODX): Corp | Shoe Zone (SHOE): Corp
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Bigblu Broadband (BBB): Corp | Chariot Oil & Gas (CHAR): Corp | Pebble Beach Systems (PEB): Corp
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Chariot Oil & Gas (CHAR): Corp | dotDigital (DOTD): Corp | Gateley (GTLY): Corp | Iofina (IOF): Corp | Synairgen (SNG): Corp | Universe Group (UNG): Corp
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Chariot’s interims represent something of a line in the sand for the new management team, with historic oil-focussed deepwater exploration spend written-off, demonstrating its recent corporate and strategic ‘reboot’, which has ushered in a more entrepreneurial approach. Strategy has shifted away from higher-risk frontier exploration in favour of opportunities that better fit the energy transition. With the annual cash burn cut 45% to US$2.5m, no remaining work commitments and period-end cash of US$5.8m, management has a clear path ahead to deliver on its ambitions.
Companies: Chariot Oil & Gas Limited
Avingtrans (AVG): Corp | Chariot Oil & Gas (CHAR): Corp | dotDigital (DOTD): Corp | Gateley (GTLY): Corp | Iofina (IOF): Corp | Synairgen (SNG): Corp | Universe Group (UNG): Corp
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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.
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Chariot Oil & Gas (CHAR): Corp Reboot | City of London Group (CIN): Corp Clearing the runway for take-off
Companies: Chariot Oil & Gas Limited (CHAR:LON)City of London Group plc (CIN:LON)
A refreshing and upbeat investor presentation from Chariot’s new executive management team laid out its ambition to keep the company relevant in these changing times. Chariot’s historic high risk/reward deepwater oil exploration bias is out of fashion, and management intends to “be pioneering, think out of the box and be creative” going forward. This shift in approach is evident with its Lixus licence in Morocco, on which the Anchois gas discovery sits. This development opportunity has gone from strength to strength in a short space of time; not only via the recent material resource upgrade, but also a sharp reduction in expected development costs that sees our risked-NAV and price target rise another 14% to 32p/sh. There is still a long way to go, but early indications are positive for partnering and funding of this high-value, transformational gas opportunity.
Cairn Energy (CNE LN): Sale of Senegal interests take another step forward | Pantheon Resources (PANR LN): Talitha Production Unit extension secured | Chariot Oil & Gas (CHAR LN): Material resource upgrade, offshore Morocco
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Chariot has announced another material upgrade to its Lixus block gas resource, offshore Morocco, following reprocessing of historic 3D seismic across the licence, which has dramatically improved image quality. An independent assessment of just the Anchois discovery has upgraded resource estimates by almost 150%, pushing our risked-NAV from 22p to 28p/sh. This can only improve the appeal of this high-value gas asset to potential partners. With the shares trading below end-2019 cash, Chariot offers a low risk, high return option on both the Moroccan gas market and the impending restart of industry exploration drilling in Namibia.
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Central Asia Metals (CAML LN) is our top pick for exposure to copper and following the recent operational and financial normalisation the shares have jumped, up 16% since our last note. Our copper price forecast assumptions implied that during Q4 2020 the price, at that point up 47% from March lows would pause. This has not come to pass, now up 60% to eight year highs of US$7,688/t, indicating a higher starting point in 2021F and we have upgraded our forecasts accordingly.
Companies: Central Asia Metals Plc
Today's news & views, plus announcements from AZN, LLOY, WEIR, TATE, GFTU, INCE, DELT, SOLG, HYVE
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We are replacing our preliminary valuation of i3 Energy, which had been premised on the valuations of GLJ and Sproule, with our own valuation model and our own commodity price assumptions. The resource estimates assumed in our valuation remain aligned with those of i3 Energy's resource evaluators, namely, GLJ, Sproule and AGR Tracs. Our fair value amounts to 15.0p/share, which compares to our prior and preliminary valuation of 17.7p/share. Our valuation is premised on the proven and probable reserves of the company's Canadian assets; therefore, we believe that the company's current share price provides an opportunity to acquire a compelling investment at a steeply discounted entry price.
Companies: i3 Energy Plc
The Prime Minister vowed last week to “restore Britain's position as the foremost naval power in Europe” and promised an extra £16.5bn in defence spending over the next four years. Mr Johnson expects this investment to “spur a renaissance of British shipbuilding across the UK”, and specifically mentioned five locations where this would occur, including Belfast and Appledore – the location of InfraStrata's shipyards. Other supportive policy initiatives emanating from the government include Mr Johnson's pledge in October that offshore wind will power every home in the country by 2030. We believe this demonstrable support from the highest level of government vindicates InfraStrata's strategy, and demonstrates the significant opportunities available to the company as it bids on numerous shipbuilding and fabrication contracts. We reaffirm our Buy rating.
Companies: InfraStrata plc
GeoPark (GPRK US)C; Target price of US$20.00: Divesting non-core asset in Brazil - GeoPark is selling its 10% non-operated working interest in the Manati gas field in Brazil to Gas Bridge for US$27 mm. We do not see much upside to the Brazilian asset (in terms of growing reserves or through exploration opportunities) and this divestment may allow GeoPark to reallocate resources to its core operations. We would rather see management remaining focused on deploying capital on higher return assets such as Colombia and Ecuador. Even after this week’s share price appreciation, our Core NAV continues to be 60% above the current share price. Our unrisked NAV for the 2021 drilling programme is ~US$9.00 per share, which represents ~90% of the current share price.
Panoro Energy (PEN NO)c; Target price of NOK23.00: 2021 will be a transformational year - 2020 has been a difficult year for the oil and gas industry and 2021 is a turning point for Panoro. In Gabon, development activities at Ruche are expected to return to normal with gross production set to grow to 20 mbbl/d. The company will also appraise Hibiscus to test the 155 mmbbl upside case (=2x existing 2P reserves). The development of Hibiscus is expected to be sanctioned. Importantly, while the existing FPSO has a nominal oil processing capacity of 45-45 mbbl/d, processing expansion is possible which allows for a potential oil production plateau of 70 mbbl/d. We estimate the value of Panoro’s reserves in Dussafu at NOK10.40 per share. Derisking the contingent resources in Gabon could add ~NOK3 per share. We estimate that the upside at Hibiscus has a further unrisked NAV of ~NOK10 per share for a total unrisked NAV of NOK23 per share for the discovered and “to be appraised” volumes in Gabon. Overall, including Nigeria, South Africa and Tunisia, we estimate the unrisked value of the 2021 activities at NOK30 per share; which represents 2.3x the share price. Our target price of NOK23 per share has been set close to our ReNAV.
Pharos Energy (PHAR LN)c; Target price of £0.35: Low cost. Quickly scalable. High impact, quality exploration – Pharos is a £ mm market cap, ~12 mboe/d oil producer that acquired the Egyptian assets of Merlon in 2019. Under the stewardship of a blue-chip management team that turned Cairn Energy from a micro-cap into a successful E&P that returned US$4.5 bn to shareholders, Pharos has undergone a multi-faceted transformation, enhancing governance and rebalancing its asset portfolio. Given the recent macro challenges, this process appears to have gone unnoticed by many investors. Pharos now holds ~50 mmboe 2P reserves in Egypt and Vietnam. Vietnam provides stable cash flows even at low oil prices. Egypt production can be increased rapidly (up to x2.5 to 13 mbbl/d) with additional investment. Pharos also holds world class exploration assets in Israel, Egypt and Vietnam. With a healthy balance sheet (cash: ~US$38 mm, net debt:~US$36 mm), Pharos’ shares trade at EV/DACF multiples of 5,000 bbl/d, increasing production from the Shaikan field by~15%. FY20 gross production is expected to be at the upper end of the 35,000 – 36,000 bbl/d production guidance, with the field currently producing at ~39,000 bbl/d.
LEKOIL (LEK LN): Requisition from large shareholder to change the board of the company - LEKOIL has received a letter from Metallon, holding 15.4% of the company, requisitioning an extraordinary general meeting to vote on the replacement of the Chairman and the appointment of Michael Ajukwu, Thomas Richardson and George Maxwell as directors of the company.
Orca Exploration (ORC.A/B CN): 3Q20 results - 3Q20 WI production in Tanzania was 60.9 mmcf/d. At the end of September, Orca held US$79.2 mmm in working capital including US$98.5 mm in cash and long-term debt
of US$54.2 mm.
Tullow Oil (TLW LN): Capital Market Day – 2020 production to date averages 75 mbbl/d with FY20 production guidance of 73-77 mbbl/d. Assuming an oil price of US$45/bbl in 2021 and US$55/bbl flat nominal from 2022 onwards, Tullow expects to generate US$7 bn of operating cashflow over the next 10 years with capex of US$2.7 bn. The first phase of investment will start in 2Q21 with the commencement of a multi-well drilling programme in Ghana. In Suriname, the prospective Goliathberg-Voltzberg North-1 well will spud in 1Q21.
Victoria Oil & Gas (VOG LN): Positive licence update in Cameroon – The duration of the onshore Matanda licence has been extended by one year to December 2021. The gross unrisked prospective resources are now estimated at 1,196 bcf, up from 903 bcf previously. 19 gas prospects haven identified in shallower Tertiary-aged reservoirs, plus 7 prospects in deeper, Cretaceous-aged prospects. The Company believes the largest of these prospects has mean unrisked Prospective Resources of >65 bcf, with geological Chance of Success estimated at >40%.
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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
Jersey Oil & Gas announced today that is has entered into an agreement to acquire the entire share capital of CIECO V&C (UK) Limited, which is currently owned by two international entities headquartered in Japan. The acquisition secures an additional 12% working interest in Licence P2170 (Blocks 20/5b & 21/1d), which provides Jersey Oil & Gas with 100% of the licence. The licence contains the majority of the Verbier oil discovery in addition to three drill ready prospects: Verbier Deep, Wengen and Cortina. The acquired entity has approximately £15M of tax losses which will provide value to Jersey Oil & Gas. Consideration will consist of £150k in cash and contingent payments of i) £1.5M upon field development plan approval of Verbier within P2170 (as already discovered) by the OGA ii) £1.0M upon the 1st anniversary of attainment of first oil. The acquisition is conditional on OGA approval amongst other technicalities, which we do not anticipate will be problematic. The acquired entity will be free of debts.
Companies: Jersey Oil & Gas PLC
Acquisition of CIECO P2170 interest
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Brent oil edged lower but was on track for a fourth weekly gain -- amid signs of division among OPEC+ members just days before a key policy meeting on whether to extend production curbs.
Futures in London traded near $48 a barrel after falling 1.7% in the previous session. West Texas Intermediate dropped 2% from Wednesday, with prices not closing on Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the US.
While most analysts surveyed by Bloomberg are forecasting OPEC+ will postpone a planned supply hike by three months to March at a meeting early next week, some see a chance of a shorter delay amid resistance from the United Arab Emirates and Iraq, which are eager to resume oil sales.
OPEC's president said the group must remain cautious, with internal data pointing to the risk of a new surplus early next year if output is hiked in January. That came after Iraq's deputy leader criticised the cartel, saying the economic and political conditions of member countries should be considered before they are asked to withhold production. The recent rally gives leverage to members who want to pump more, Standard Chartered Plc said in a note.
Crude is up around 6% this week as signs Covid-19 vaccines could soon be rolled out brighten the consumption outlook, even as a resurgent virus led to more lockdown measures, particularly in Europe. There was also fresh evidence the demand recovery in Asia is gaining traction. Chinese industrial profits rose at the fastest pace in almost nine years in October, while Indian economic growth data due Friday is forecast to show a sharp recovery last quarter.
Brent for January delivery declined 0.4% to $47.59 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe exchange at 7:43 a.m. in London and is up 5.8% this week.
WTI for the same month January delivery fell 2% from Wednesday to $44.80 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Crude futures on the Shanghai International Energy Exchange rose 0.2% to 289.1 yuan per barrel and have risen around 11% this week.
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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
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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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)
Today's news & views, plus announcements from KGF, MRO, UU, BAB, BRW, FUTR, GNS, HICL, LIO, AEXG, FUL, KWS
Companies: AEX GNS HICL
While a three-year plan would have been more than enough, the new CEO delivered a roadmap for the next ten years. The idea is to show how Tullow’s existing assets can generate sufficient cash for the next decade. Discipline is key, with deleveraging as top priority. Spending is on a tight budget ($2.7bn for the next ten years) with 90% of it going to develop the West African assets. The quest to regain investors’ trust continues.
Companies: Tullow Oil plc