Caspian Sunrise (CASP) – Corporate – 2019 Results and Operational Update
Market Cap £75.3m Share Price 4.1p
Caspian Sunrise announced a 2019 loss for the year of $1.4M (-$8.5M prior year). The company indicated that with newly drilled shallow wells 150 and 151 onstream, it is currently producing circa 2,000 b/d. As the company is a producing company it has been materially affected by the recent downturn in commodity prices. The company indicated that when international oil prices are above $35/b its shallow production covers field opex, corporate general & administrative costs and modest capital expenditures. The company indicated that it intends to enforce its rights in respect of a disagreement with the Kazakh authorities in relation to payments arising from the transfer of the MJF field into a commercial field (change of licence regime).
Companies: Caspian Sunrise
GeoPark (GPRK US)C; Target: US$20 - Delivering more with less | Diversified Gas and Oil (DGOC LN): Acquisition in the US and US$87 mm equity raise | Gran Tierra Energy (GTE LN/CN): 1Q20 results| Parex Resources (PXT CN): 1Q20 results | Trinity Exploration and Production (TRIN LN): FY19 results | Touchstone Exploration (TXP LN/CN): 1Q20 results | Condor Petroleum (CPI CN): 1Q20 results | Premier Oil (PMO LN): 1Q20 update and FY20 production guidance reduction | Serinus Energy (SEN LN): 1Q20 update | Valeura Energy (VLU LN/VLE CN): 1Q20 results |Caspian Sunrise (CASP LN): Production update in Kazakhstan | Genel Energy (GENL LN): 1Q20 update | Pharos Energy (PHAR LN): 1Q20 results | ShaMaran Petroleum (SNM CN/SS): 1Q20 update in Kurdistan | TransGlobe Energy (TGL LN/CN): 1Q20 results | Africa Oil (AOI SS/CN): 1Q20 results | Vaalco Energy (EGY LN/US): 1Q20 results | Kosmos Energy (KOS LN/US): 1Q20 results
Companies: KOS GPRK DGOC GTE PXT TRIN TXP CPI PMO SENX VLU CASP GENL PHAR SNM TGL AOI EGY KOS
Panoro Energy (PEN NO)C: Initiating coverage | 88 Energy (88E LN/AU): Acquisition in Alaska | BP (BP LN): Transaction in Alaska with Hilcorp renegotiated | Columbus Energy Resources (CERP LN): Oil discovery in Trinidad | Premier Oil (PMO LN) and Rockhopper Exploration (RKH LN): Sea Lion farm out (Falklands) exclusivity period extended | BP (BP LN): 1Q20 results | Equinor (EQNR NO): Dry hole in Norway | Getech (GTC LN): Business update | Hurricane Energy (HUR LN): Business update in the UK North Sea |IGas Energy (IGAS LN): Shutting some production in the UK | Lundin Energy (LUP SS): 1Q20 results | OKEA (OKEA NO): 1Q20 update in Norway | OMV (OMV AG): 1Q results | Premier Oil (PMO LN): Court approves schemes of arrangement | Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA/B LN): 1Q20 results and dividend reduction | RockRose Energy (RRE LN): Operational update in the UK | UK Oil & Gas (UKOG LN): £1.275 mm equity raise | Caspian Sunrise (CASP LN): Operating update in Kazakhstan | Exillon Energy (EXI LN): February and March production in Russia | Nostrum Oil & Gas (NOG LN): 1Q20 update in Kazakhstan | PetroNeft (PTR LN): Operations update | Genel Energy (GENL LN): Update in Kurdistan – While negotiations are ongoing the KRG will not exercise the notice of an intention to terminate the Bina Bawi PSC | ShaMaran Petroleum (SNM CN): Business update in Kurdistan | Tethys Oil (TETY SS): Production reduction in Oman | Total (FP FP): Dry hole in Lebanon | Aminex (AEX LN) and Solo Oil (SOLO LN): Licence extension in Tanzania | Far Limited (FAR AU): Update in Senegal | Lekoil (LEK LN): Final payment with Nigerian partner rescheduled | Orca Exploration (ORC.A/B CN): FY19 results | Savannah Energy (SAVE LN): Financial and operating update in Nigeria | San Leon Energy (SLE LN): Special dividend | Seplat Petroleum (SEPL LN): 1Q20 results
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Union Jack Oil* (UJO LN, STRONG BUY, 0.70p TP): Work programme at West Newton continues | Caspian Sunrise (CASP LN): New well 150 ramps up to 500bopd
Companies: Union Jack Oil Caspian Sunrise
Caspian Sunrise announced the production rate at the recently drilled shallow 153 well at the MJF structure has experienced a production rate increase to in excess of 500 b/d from the previously announced 200 b/d flow rate.
Caspian Sunrise announced that shallow Well 153 has commenced production at a rate of approximately 200 b/d of oil. The company also indicated that the shallow Well 150 which was recently brought on production continues to produce at rates in excess of 500 b/d of oil. Total production is now approximately 1,700 b/d, with total production capacity now in excess of 2,000 b/d of oil, substantially all from the shallow MJF structure.
Caspian Sunrise has announced that Well 153 has reached its total depth, that casing has been cemented in the well and that after the cement is set, the well will be perforated and brought on production. The company expects the well to produce similarly to the Well 150, which was drilled into the same shallow MJF structure and tested at circa 500 b/d of oil. With newly drilled wells 150 and 153, on production the company expects total production to exceed 2,000 b/d.
88 Energy (88 LN/AU)/Premier Oil (PMO LN): Drilling update in Alaska | Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas (ECO LN/EOG CN): Update in Guyana | Maha Energy (MAHA-A SS): Acquisition in USA and production update | Parex Resources (PXT CN): Low capex programme and production update in Colombia | Total (FP FP): Significant discovery in Suriname | Aker BP (AKERBP NO): Small discovery on Norway | BP (BP LN): 1Q20 update and capex reduction | Providence Resources (PVR LN): US$3 mm equity raise | RockRose Energy (RRE LN): FY19 results, guidance revision | Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA/B LN): 1Q20 update | Valeura Energy (VLE CN/VLU LN) : Update in Turkey | Caspian Sunrise (CASP LN): Production update in Kazakhstan | JKX Oil & Gas (JKX LN): FY19 results | Nostrum Oil & Gas (NOG LN): Corporate update in Kazakhstan | Energean Oil & Gas (ENEOG LN): Progress at Edison E&P acquisition | Payment from Kurdistan received | TransGlobe Energy (TGL LN/CN): Operating update in Egypt | United Oil & Gas (UOG LN): Update in Egypt | Aker Energy: Postponing development in Ghana | Canadian Overseas Petroleum (COPL LN/XOP CN): US$63 mm legal claims by Essar against ShoreCan | Tullow Oil (TLW LN): RBL redetermination in line, no further principal repayment until 2021 and further capex reduction
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Caspian Sunrise announced that the shallow Well 150 at the MJF structure has been perforated and tested at 500 b/d. Caspian Sunrise indicate that its total production would be approaching 1,800 b/d with the contribution of Well 150. The shallow Well 153 being drilled into the same structure has drilled to 1,956m without incident and is progressing to the expected total depth of 2,500m
GeoPark (GPRK US)C ; Target price: US$20: Constructed to handle US$25-30/bbl | Panoro Energy (PEN NO)C : Corporate update | Bahamas Petroleum Corporation (BPC LN): More money for Bahamas exploration | Echo Energy (ECHO LN): Cost cutting required to withstand low commodity prices | Jadestone Energy (JSE LN/CN): Vietnam first gas delayed from “not before 4Q21” to “no earlier than late 2022”. | Aker BP (AKERBP NO): Reducing capex, GY20 guidance maintained | EnQuest (ENQ LN): Reducing capex; Heather and Thistle/Deveron fields not restarting | Hurricane Energy (HUR LN): FY19 results | i3 Energy (I3E LN): Deal with contractor to drill wells at Serenity in the UK North Sea | Lundin Petroleum (LUP SS): Discovery in Norway | OKEA (OKEA NO): Suspend new project sanction | Majors cut cost and suspend buy back programmes | Total (FP FP): Discovery in the UK North Sea | Caspian Sunrise (CASP LN): Suspending drilling in Kazakhstan | Condor Petroleum (CPI CN): Update in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan | DNO ASA (DNO NO): Reducing capex, cancelling dividend | Genel Energy (GENL LN): Reserves downgrade at Tawke in Kurdistan; restrained activities but dividend maintained | Energean Oil & Gas (ENOG LN): FY19 results | SDX Energy (SDX LN): Drilling update in Morocco | ExxonMobil (XOM US): Exiting Chad? | Kosmos Energy (KOS LN/US): Cutting capex budget and suspending dividend | Seplat Petroleum (SEPL LN): FY19 results
Companies: GPRK PEN BPC ECHO JSE AKERBP ENQ HUR I3E LUPE OKEA CASP CPI DNO GENL ENOG SDX XOM KOS SEPL
Caspian Sunrise (CASP LN): Production guidance at A5 set at 1,500bopd | Empyrean Energy (EME LN): Indonesian regulatory approvals yet to be received | Tower Resources* (TRP LN): Survey completed, three boreholes drilled, offshore Cameroon
Companies: CASP EME TRP
Caspian Sunrise (CASP) – Corporate – Operational Update
Market Cap £140m Share Price 7.7p
Caspian Sunrise announced that the Deep Well A5 sidetrack has flowed for a period of 40 days and management stated it continues to believe that the well is capable of producing at a rate of at least 1,500 b/d. The company is focusing on ensuring flow is maintained by adjusting the wells choke size to maintain a constant reservoir pressure. The company stated it is planning to optimise the well through an acid job later in February and that the operation is expected to take three days.
Watchstone Group (WTG) – Corporate – Pre-close trading update and planned capital return to shareholders
Market Cap £68.4m Share Price 148.5p
Watchstone has this morning released a pre-close update for the year ended 31 December 2019, as well as announcing a planned first tranche return of capital to shareholders by the end of June 2020, subject to approvals.
Water Intelligence (WATR) – Corporate – FY trading update ahead of expectations
Market Cap £44.2m Share Price 317.5p
WATR has published another strong update this morning, demonstrating that the company is able to generate strong double digit growth in revenues while at the same time expanding margins. FY2019E results are reported to be well ahead of the prior year on both the sales and the profit lines (+27% and +36% respectively), while no less than 9% ahead of forecasts. Showing again that the company is able to grow sales and margins at the same time, PBT margins are up >150 basis points, while operating margins in the key Corporate activity are at 13.5% (also +150bp).
Companies: CASP WTG WATR
Caspian Sunrise announced yesterday at 10:25AM the proposed acquisition of the Caspian Explorer, a drilling vessel designed specifically for the challenges of the North Caspian Sea, for a consideration of $25M to be satisfied by the issuance of 160,256,410 shares in Caspian Sunrise at a price of 12p (a premium of 27.7% relative to the prior day's closing price).
Goldplat, the gold recovery specialist, has provided an operational update today for the six months ending Dec 31st 2019. Although full accounts will not be released until the end of February, details in today's RNS show substantial progress across the board.
Oriole, the West-African focussed gold explorer, today announces an update from exploration in Cameroon – specifically the Bibemi licence where the company is earning a 90% stake.
Companies: CASP GDP ORR
Caspian Sunrise (CASP) – Corporate – Operational Update
Market Cap £161.6m Share Price 9.7p
Caspian Sunrise announced yesterday (12:02) that the A5 well has produced 37° API oil (light oil) for 10 days and based on activity to date the company expects the well to produce at a sustainable rate of at least 1,500 b/d. The company is currently adjusting the well's choke to maintain a constant pressure.
Caspian Sunrise (CASP) – Corporate – BNG Success at Deep Well A5
Market Cap £130.7m Share Price 7.8p
Caspian Sunrise announced that its Deep A5 Well was perforated (63 meter interval) after being drilled to a total depth of 4,405 meters and that the well flowed oil naturally without artificial lift for a period of 4 days. Oil production rose over the 4 day period to a level of circa 1,500 b/d using 12mm choke. The company will now proceed to test the well for a 90 day period.
i3 Energy (i3E) – Corporate – Strategic Update
Market Cap £13.2M Share Price 12.3p
i3 Energy provided its funding and related operational strategy for 2020, which essentially consists of a farm-out strategy. For reference, i3 Energy hasn't to date funded its exploration and appraisal progress by farming-out and the company has therefore retained 100% working interests in the entirety of its assets.
Companies: Caspian Sunrise I3 Energy
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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.
Companies: CMCL AVAP PXC
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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Acquisitions and creditors update
Companies: Premier Oil
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
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
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
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