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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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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Oil turned around last week's setback, extending a slow but relentless rise since falling into negative territory in April.
US benchmark crude futures rose 2.3% Friday to close at the highest level since 6 March. The 9.6% increase for the week marks the seventh gain in the last eight weeks. Oil traders Vitol Group and Trafigura Group and exporter Saudi Aramco all talked up the strength of the demand recovery in recent days, and prices for some of the world's major oil products have begun to roar higher. OPEC+ gave reassurance on output cuts on Thursday.
Inventories in Cushing, the delivery point for West Texas Intermediate futures, have contracted every week since early May.
WTI traded above the $40 a barrel for much of the session on Friday before fresh evidence of a rise in US. coronavirus cases dampened sentiment. California, Florida and Arizona posted their biggest jumps in cases since the pandemic began, further signs the outbreak is worsening in some Sun Belt states.
A potential resurgence of the virus in China, the world's biggest crude importer, is clouding the long-term outlook. Traffic in Beijing has plunged as authorities battle a fresh outbreak.
Data from the Energy Information Administration this week showed output declined for an eleventh straight week to just above 10 million barrels a day last week. That comes as the number of rigs drilling for oil has fallen 72% over the past 14 weeks to a level not seen since before the shale-oil revolution kicked off at the beginning of the last decade.
Timespreads also showed signs of strength. WTI's front-month spread rose Friday to strongest level in a month. The July-dated contract expires Monday, which could add extra volatility early next week. Meanwhile, Brent crude's prompt spread settled in backwardation -- a bullish indicator that points to tighter supply conditions -- on Thursday for the first time since early March.
West Texas Intermediate for July delivery rose 91 cents to settle at $39.75 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Brent for August settlement gained 68 cents to settle at $42.19 a barrel.
On 18 May 2020, Diversified Gas & Oil (DGO) started trading on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange (LSE), just over three years after its IPO on AIM. The company continues to offset Legacy assets’ natural declines and keep operating costs low resulting in strong cash flow generation. Even though COVID-19 has affected global energy demand and the current commodity price environment, DGO has hedged c 80% of its natural gas production for FY20 and FY21 protecting its cash flows and shareholder returns. DGO recently announced two more opportunistic acquisitions in line with the company strategy. We update our valuation to reflect the impact of our new short- and long-term pricing assumptions and scenarios. Our mid-case valuation stands at 125.4p/share.
Companies: Diversified Gas & Oil
After six straight periods of gains, US benchmark crude futures dropped 8.3% this week. Market sentiment soured after the Federal Reserve warned of the coronavirus pandemic's prolonged damage to the economy. Plus, fears over a second wave of virus infections threaten to disrupt any demand recovery.
While crude has pushed higher from a historic crash below zero in April -- buoyed by OPEC+ production curbs that began in May -- the market largely shrugged off the alliance's recent move to extend those cuts.
Any recovery in crude will be largely dependent on a consumption comeback. Barclays Plc predicts the market has already seen the fastest improvement in demand and steepest drop in supply. Meanwhile, Mercuria Energy Group Ltd, Chief Executive Officer Marco Dunand said this week that global crude consumption will return to about 95 million barrels a day by December, unless there is a significant second wave of coronavirus infections.
Likely adding to the pressure on crude was the record withdrawal Thursday from one of the largest exchange-traded funds in the oil market. WisdomTree's WTI Crude Oil ETF had a little over $128 million worth of outflows, according to filings.
West Texas Intermediate crude for July settlement fell 8 cents to settle at $36.26 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Brent for August delivery rose 18 cents to end the session at $38.73 a barrel. Prices tumbled 8.4% this week.
Optimism at the start of the week over the agreement by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies to extend curbs by a month quickly diminished after Saudi Arabia said it would cease extra voluntary cuts at the end of June. The deal even secured commitments from laggards such as Iraq and Nigeria after they were called out for their non-compliance.
Oil posted its sixth weekly advance, closing at the highest level since 6 March after a US jobs report beat analysts' forecasts, adding to a rally fuelled by a tentative OPEC+ deal to extend output cuts.
Futures in New York rose 11% this week, topping $39 a barrel for the first time since early March. Ahead of a Saturday OPEC+ meeting, the producer alliance agreed to extend output curbs by another month after members who have not complied with the quotas said they would compensate in the coming months. US stocks jumped after the employment report bolstered expectations for the economy to rebound quickly from coronavirus lockdowns.
The market has staged a rapid recovery from its mid-April plunge below zero, but the rebound remains fragile, with prices still down 35% this year. Sustaining the rally hinges on a combination of returning demand and ongoing output cuts at a time when higher prices are prompting some US producers to re-open wells.
Money managers are piling in, boosting bullish Nymex WTI crude oil bets to the highest in about 22 months.
Still, the demand recovery is uneven. US diesel demand fell to the lowest level in 21 years last week and, in Europe, profits from making the fuel are collapsing, threatening to limit demand for crude. On the other hand, China, the world's second-biggest oil user, is recovering quickly, with consumption back to pre-pandemic levels.
OPEC+'s historic agreement to trim 9.7 million barrels a day of production has supported prices. Now the group is set to extend those cuts after almost a week of wrangling and high-stakes negotiation.
West Texas Intermediate for July rose $2.14 to settle at $39.55 a barrel in New York.
Brent for August delivery added $2.31 to $42.30 a barrel.
Oil posted its biggest monthly advance on record, just a few weeks after prices made a dramatic plunge below zero. Crude surged about 88% in May, with US futures on Friday rising above $35 a barrel for the first time since March, driven by massive supply curbs by producers across the world. Still, prices are well below levels at the start of the year, and demand that was crushed by the coronavirus crisis may need to show a sustained improvement for the rally to extend further.
For now, the outlook for consumption looks bleak, though it is on the mend. While virus-related lockdowns are easing, demand is not yet roaring back in the US Fuel sales that were clobbered in European nations such as Spain and Italy will take time to recover. China is a bright spot, but the rest of Asia is still struggling.
The number of rigs drilling for oil in the US fell for the eleventh week, stemming the massive glut of crude that flooded the market. Yet there is a risk that oil's advance could tempt producers to turn on their taps again.
US crude futures fluctuated Friday, as Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell defended aggressive action to shield the economy as the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Prices surged at the close, with West Texas Intermediate oil settling 5.3% higher at $35.49 a barrel, after falling as much as 4% earlier in the day. Futures posted the biggest monthly jump in data going back to 1983.
Brent crude for July, which expires Friday, rose 4 cents to $35.33, closing below WTI for the first time since 2016. The global benchmark has rallied almost 40% this month. The more active August contract rose 5% to settle at $37.84.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump is poised to sign a measure that would punish Chinese officials for imprisoning more than one million Muslims in internment camps, as he looks to rebuke Beijing over its crackdown in Hong Kong and its response to the coronavirus. He has also discussed putting targeted sanctions and trade measures on China's financial sector.
More on the oil market:
As the fallout from crude's historic plunge continues, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have both opened probes into the $4.64 billion United States Oil Fund ETF.
As China's demand recovery outpaces the rest of Asia, falling fuel exports from the refining giant are providing a much-needed buffer for other processors in the region still grappling with lowered consumption and poor margins.
An early look at Saudi Arabia's crude exports for May shows that historic production cuts have done little to squelch the kingdom's flood of oil to China, which is just getting back on its feet from the coronavirus.
Diversified Gas & Oil (DGO LN): DGO completes asset acquisition from EQT | Bahamas Petroleum (BPC LN): 15% fall in Perseverance #1 well cost
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Oil fell, paring a weekly gain, as investors weighed improving supply fundamentals against doubts surrounding China's economic growth.
Futures in New York slid 2% Friday but notched a 13% increase for the week. Major producers continue to scale back production. US explorers laid down another 21 oil rigs, bringing the total to the lowest since 2009. Beijing abandoned its economic growth target for this year due to “great uncertainty” over the coronavirus, triggering concerns over a demand recovery.
Yet, output cuts by major producers have helped shrink inventories globally at the same time that OPEC+ works to implement its pledged reductions. The alliance's programme this month is on the way to trimming 9.7 million barrels of daily crude output -- roughly 10% of global supplies and stockpiles at the storage hub at Cushing, Oklahoma, shrank by the most on record last week.
West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery dropped 67 cents to settle at $33.25 a barrel.
Brent for July settlement fell 93 cents to end the session at $35.13 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe exchange.
Gasoline futures fell 0.7% to $1.0382 a gallon.
China's oil demand earlier this month was probably at 92% of levels at the same time last year, IHS Markit said, and full-year consumption is likely to be around 8% lower than in 2019.
In this note, we analyze the indebtedness of 35 international E&Ps publicly listed in the UK, Canada, Norway, Sweden and the USA. For each company, we look at (1) cash position, (2) level and nature of debt (including covenants), (3) debt service and principal repayment framework and (4) Brent price required from April to YE20 to meet all the obligations and keep cash positions intact. We also estimate YE20 cash if Brent were to average US$20/bbl from April to YE20. While the oil demand and oil price collapse are of unprecedented historical proportions and the opportunities to cut costs much more limited than in 2014, most companies (with a few exceptions) entered the crisis in much better position than six years ago, with stronger balance sheets and often already extended debt maturities. In addition, this time around, many E&Ps have already been deleveraging for 1-2 years and are not caught in the middle of large developments that cannot be halted. The previous crisis also showed that debt providers could relax debt covenants for a certain period as long as interest and principal repayment obligations were met. This implies that as long as operations are not interrupted and counterparties keep paying their bills (Kurdistan), the storm can be weathered by most for a few quarters.
With (1) Brent price of about US$50/bbl in 1Q20, (2) reduced capex programmes, (3) material hedging programmes covering a large proportion of FY20 production at higher prices and (4) limited principal repayments in 2020, we find that most companies can meet all their costs and obligations in 2020 at Brent prices below US$40/bbl and often below US$35/bbl) from April until YE20 and keep their cash intact, allowing them to remain solvent at much lower prices for some time. In particular, Maha Energy and SDX Energy are cash neutral at about US$20/bbl. When factoring the divestment of Uganda, Tullow needs only US$9/bbl to maintain its YE20 cash equal to YE19. Canacol Energy, Diversified Gas and Oil, Independent Oil & Gas, Orca Exploration, Serica Energy and Wentworth Resources are gas stories not really exposed to oil prices and Africa Oil has hedged 95% of its FY20 production at over US$65/bbl.
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Since listing on AIM in February 2017, DGO has completed nearly US$1.5bn of value accretive acquisitions, establishing it as one of the largest independent producers listed in London, with c94,000boepd of production. To continue the Company's growth, DGO's shares have been admitted to the premium listing segment of the Office List of the FCA and today began trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. DGO will be eligible for inclusion in the FTSE All-Share Index and with a market cap of c£679m should be of sufficient size to be included within the FTSE250 Index, giving the Company access to tracker funds and investors with AIM restricted mandates. In preparation of the move, DGO has expanded the composition, independence and experience of the Board, whilst also bolstering its advisors, appointing PricewaterhouseCoopers as the Company's accountants and Lathan & Watkins as the Company's lead legal counsel. We update our model following the recently announced Carbon Energy and EQT acquisitions, increasing our 2020 production to 99,800boepd (from 90,500boepd) and our adjusted hedged EBITDA to US$302.6m (from US$273.3m). We maintain our target price in line with our NAV of the DGO's assets at 153p/share, a 50% premium to the current share price and reiterate our BUY recommendation.
Diversified Gas & Oil (DGOC LN): First day of trading on the main market
Oil climbed to the highest level since mid-March to post its third weekly gain as economies begin to reopen and signs continue to emerge that demand is recovering.
Futures in New York rose 19% during the week. OPEC is optimistic that the worst of the oil crisis is over and sees signs that the global economy is starting to recover. States in the US are beginning to ease lockdown measures and reopen. Beaches in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Delaware will be open for Memorial Day, according to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The price for the WTI June contract briefly rose above that of the July contract for the first time since mid-March, indicating that concerns around storage capacity are easing. Stockpiles at the key US storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, shrank last week for the first time since late February. The number of rigs drilling for oil in the US fell by another 34 and is at a level not seen since before the shale revolution kicked off at the beginning of the last decade as producers slash output.
Oil prices are still down more than 50% this year. Demand is far below pre-virus levels and Rystad Energy says that global oil demand in 2020 will fall 11%. Still, BP Plc sees evidence of consumption rising and the International Energy Agency said the market's outlook has improved. Additionally, Saudi Arabia will slash supply to its customers around the world in June as part of OPEC and its allies' record production cuts.
West Texas Intermediate for June delivery rose $1.87 to settle at $29.43 a barrel in New York.
Brent for July settlement climbed $1.37 to $32.50 a barrel.
However, the oil market's recovery remains fragile. More than 30 tankers laden with the kingdom's crude are set to reach the US this month and the next, according to ship-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg. That could put fresh pressure on storage just as the glut shows signs of easing.
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
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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
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
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.
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
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
Solid State is a manufacturer of computing, power and communications products, and value added distributor of electronic components. This morning, the group has provided a further update on trading in light of the present COVID-19 backdrop, ahead of full year results to 31 March 2020 due to be released on 30 June.
Cadence today provides and update on the Amapá iron ore project in Brazil. The Amapá JV (EV Mineração S.A.), in which Cadence can earn an initial 20% of the project, is understood to be on track to begin shipping stockpiled iron ore from late Q2 / early Q3 2020. Finalisation of the negotiation with the secured creditors still needs to be reached, but the Amapá JV partners are engaging constructively. In preparation for shipping, a trucking contractor has been hired to move key equipment to site and a shipping manager and shipping broker have been engaged.
This morning's update from CSSG confirms the positive direction of travel highlighted when the company published H1 results in March. With comparators still challenging (because of one-off work in the prior year), and “light” Covid-19 impacts in recent months, the expected £1.6m EBITDA flagged by the company seems a creditable number, still within touching distance of historical performance in both EBITDA and PBTA terms. Net cash, moreover, even after three months of the Covid-19 crisis, is reported to still be higher than the £2.4m which the company reports it had at the start (which in turn represents an increase on the £2.3m as at 31 December 2019). Not surprisingly, having suspended payment of the dividend a couple of months ago, the Board is now proposing to have another look at this question, at least in relation to the half year dividend.
PTY's announcement this morning flags a change in the CFO role with the new appointee benefiting from extensive experience in developing digital businesses to their full potential, both in overall and in financial leadership positions. His arrival follows on from highly proactive action led by the previous finance director, delivering a platform for growth once the current uncertain circumstances have abated.
Companies: KDNC CSSG PTY SOLI
PetroTal (PTAL LN/TAL CN)C; Target: £0.45: Initiating coverage – PetroTal is a production and reserve growth story in Peru with a market cap of ~£90 mm. Management’s experience of operating in the jungle and their deep in country relationships are key. Project execution has been excellent. The Bretaña field (48 mmbbl 2P reserves) was acquired from Gran Tierra in late 2017 with production of 1 mbbl/d achieved in 3Q18. By YE19 that figure had grown to >13 mbbl/d. While COVID-19 forced a shut down of the export infrastructure and Brent prices collapsed to ~US$20/bbl, PetroTal has managed to negotiate with Petroperu a reduction in transport fees and a rephasing of a contingent payment. With the recent US$18 mm equity raise strengthening the balance sheet and production expected to restart in July, PetroTal is returning to growth. Bretaña could produce 20 mbbl/d. PetroTal’s shares trade at ~ one quarter of our Core NAV of £0.46 per share and at one third of the company’s value based on its 2P reserves only (2P NAV of £0.28 per share). On flat production, the share price implies EV/DACF multiples of 1.0x in 2021 turning negative in 2022. Importantly PetroTal’s only material liabilities consist of (1) an oil linked contingent payment over three years to Petroperu on very flexible terms and (2) trade payables of US$49 mm with attractive payment terms. We forecast ~US$45 mm of capex (incl. servicing the payables) in 2H20. This is covered by (1) US$28 mm in cash from a recent equity raise plus collecting pending invoices from oil sales, (2) >US$10 mm of VAT receivables and (3) ~US$25 mm operating cash flow (US$11-12/bbl net backs) in 2H20 at US$38/bbl. At ~US$45/bbl and 12 mbbl/d in 2021, we forecast PetroTal generates ~US$90 mm cash flow with ~US$35 mm cash capex (incl. servicing the payables). Our target price of £0.45 per share (~our Core NAV) represents 4.5x the current share price.
i3 Energy (I3E LN): Corporate update | Parex Resources (PXT CN): Trading update in Colombia | Phoenix Global Resources (PGR LN): FY19 results | Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA/B LN): Dry hole in Brazil | IGas Energy (IGAS LN): Trading update | Serinus Energy (SEN LN): Deferred EBRD debt repayment | Union Jack (UJO LN): Additional interest in UK asset | SDX Energy (SDX LN): Update in Egypt and Morocco| ShaMaran Petroleum (SNM CN): Payment from KRG and debt restructuring | United Oil & Gas (UOG LN): Reserves and production update in Egypt | FAR (FAR AU): Not paying cash call in Senegal | Lekoil (LEK LN): Update in Nigeria | San Leon Energy (SLE LN): FY19 results | Savannah Energy (SAVE LN): Trading update | Victoria Oil & Gas (VOG LN): Trading update in Cameroon
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Davenport owns three perpetual mining licenses and two exploration licences covering 659km2 in the South Harz potash basin in central Germany. Davenport's experienced European-based management is now focussed on developing Europe's largest potash inventory of 5.3 billion tonnes at 10.8% K2O.
Companies: Davenport Resources Ltd