Parliamentary and Brexit developments continue to hold centre stage, although the precise path forward remains as unclear as ever. The uncertainty over Brexit, worries over a possible slowdown in the US and the outlook for global economic growth generally have all contributed to the recent falls in markets. While the rally seen since the start of the year has petered out, most indices have still made progress. In Share News & Views we comment on Bloomsbury Publishing, Bonhill Group*, Braemar Shipping Services*, Burford, Clarkson, LightwaveRF*, Marshall Motor Holdings and Synectics*.
Companies: AOR APC BONH BMS CTG CRPR DMTR ESC EUSP FDM FA/ LWRF LSAI NKTN PCF SNX TCN VRE W7L
We view the share price weakness since the interim results in November 2018 provides a good chance to buy the shares. Recent newsflow on the company’s website indicates that TFP continues to do well in green energy (fuel cells) and that it is launching next-generation non-woven composites at a trade show next week. In Paper, Cup-Cycling is gaining traction with a trial involving Leeds City Council and increasing brand interest in the trademarked product offering. We make no changes to forecasts and keep our 1500p TP and Buy rating.
Companies: James Cropper
We have seen a continuation of the rally evident so far this year. The factors are familiar with greater optimism regarding US-China trade talks. At home, the path to Brexit remains unclear as D-day looms. The possibility of a delay has increased. The company reporting season continues to highlight winners and losers with the majority of results in line. We have also seen an uptick in corporate M&A. Results set the morning agenda and Brexit votes the evening one. In Share News & Views we comment on AorTech International*, APC Technology*, DeepMatter*, Golden Ocean Group and P&O Ferries/DP World.
Companies: AOR APC BONH BMS CTG CRPR DMTR ESC EUSP FDM FA/ LSAI NKTN PCF SNX TCN VRE W7L
Roses are red – markets are blue! The rally since the start of the year resumed this week, after a pull-back last week. The FTSE 100 has risen due to the weakness of sterling and the impact on its dollar-earning constituents. More domestically-oriented indices have also risen but lagged more recently. The latest Brexit twist is due later with a statement to Parliament on the negotiations. Company news continue to dominate the morning headlines and amendment votes the evening ones. In Share News & Views we comment on DCC, EU Supply* FireAngel*, Location Sciences*, Northbridge* and NWF.
We have seen a continuation of the rally seen since the start of the year, although some earlier momentum has been lost. The factors that influenced the market previously continue to dominate – US-China trade talks and the outlook for the global economy. The latest hurdles in the Brexit Withdrawal Bill are due later. Company updates dominate the morning headlines, late night votes dominate the evening ones. In Share News & Views we comment APC Technology*, Bonhill Group*, Braemar Shipping*, Escape Hunt*, FDM*, Haynes Publishing, Nucleus Financial, Porvair, VR*, Warpaint* and Wynnstay.
Companies: AOR APC BONH BMS CTG CRPR DMTR ESC EUSP FDM FA/ LSAI NKTN SNX TCN VRE W7L PCF
It may only be a fortnight into the new year but many of the factors that unnerved the market last month have continued to impact sentiment. The outcome of trade talks between the US and China, concerns about global economic growth and some poor trading statements, especially in the retail sector, have all featured. Above all, Brexit and the progress of the Withdrawal Bill have dominated with the latest “high noon” due later. Despite this, we have seen a good rally in the junior markets year to date. In Share News & Views we comment on Bloomsbury, DeepMatter*, James Fisher and Helios*.
Companies: AOR APC BONH BMS CTG CRPR DMTR ESC EUSP FDM FA/ LSAI NKTN PCF SNX TCN W7L
The instruction to “Deck the halls with boughs of holly” may represent a grateful relief, given the prickly time we have seen in markets over the last month or so. An unhelpful combination of the deadlock surrounding the Brexit process, concerns over the outlook for the global economy and some poor company results have resulted in all markets falling further. The impact on our universe is clear from the table below with AIM taking the significant pain. In Share News & Views we comment on APC*, Clipper, Cohort, Goodwin*, Helios*, PCF Group*and Tricorn*. Merry Christmas to our readers!
Companies: AOR APC BONH BMS CTG CRPR DMTR ESC EUSP FDM FA/ NKTN PCF SNX TCN W7L LSAI
Market volatility persists with an agreement between the US & China to defer further tariff increases lifting major indices. However, the uncertainty surrounding the Brexit process continues to dominate in the UK. The impact on our universe is clear from the table below with AIM notably weaker. The reporting season runs on, though it should lighten, ahead of the festive season next week just as the progress of the Brexit deal reaches a crescendo. In Share News & Views we comment on AorTech*, Begbies, Bonhill*, FireAngel*, Golden Ocean, IG Design, Location Sciences*, Menzies, Nucleus & Synectics*.
Following the gyrationsin October, we have continued to see further volatility this month. While some of the factors that unnerved investors have receded, Brexit concerns dominate, with the eventual outcome still unclear. At home, the reporting season has proved variable with both notable ‘risers and fallers’. The flow of announcements continues, although things may quieten down, ahead of the festive season. Undoubtedly the progress of the Brexit deal is key. In Share News & Views we comment upon AdEPT, Burford Capital, Carrs, Codemasters, Cropper*, DCC, Marshall Motor, Norcros and Wincanton.
Despite record half-year sales from TFP, Cropper’s interim results reflect the impact of higher pulp prices on profits as flagged in September’s trading update. The group adj. PBT of £1.9m (vs £2.8m) was on sales of £50.3m (£47.4m) and the interim dividend of 2.5p was maintained. We are encouraged by the prospects and capex programme for TFP and 3DP. We have slightly increased each of our group sales forecasts but not changed any of our adj. PBT forecasts. Similarly, we maintain our DCF-derived 1500p TP and Buy rating.
Global equity markets in October reverted to a pattern that seen in the past – sharp falls and increased volatility. The usual reasons of Brexit uncertainty, the impact of global trade tariffs and heightened geo-political worries and a raft of disappointing Q3 results in the US & UK punctured some of the market optimism. Both countries’ markets have now surrendered their progress year to date. The UK Budget helped things to stabilise here but continuing volatility seems likely. In Share News & View we comment upon Bloomsbury, Braemar*, Location Sciences*, Nektan*, PCF*, Tricorn* and Warpaint*.
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We have seen an unwelcome return of volatility over the last month. This has resulted in market weakness as shown in the table below. The main factors have been the ratcheting up of trade tariffs and the increasing uncertainty regarding Brexit. The political party conference season is likely to generate further uncertainty. That said, M&A activity continues apace. The reporting season continues, almost in the background with the occasional surprise. In Share News & Views, we comment on APC Technology*, Christie Group*, Cropper (James)*, Escape Hunt*, Porvair, Ricardo, Quarto* and Warpaint*.
Companies: AOR APC BONH BMS CTG CRPR DMTR ESC EUSP FDM FA/ PCF SNX TCN W7L LSAI GETB
On the back of today’s trading update we have reduced our group adj. PBT forecasts by £2m in each of the forecast years. This is to reflect the impact of the record pulp prices on James Cropper Paper, we have made no changes to our forecasts in either TFP or 3DP. We shall provide a more detailed analysis of the group at the time of the interims scheduled for November 2018. At this stage, we have assumed a flat dividend for each of the forecast years. We have reduced our DCF-derived target price to 1500p (1750p) but keep our Buy rating.
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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.
Anglo Asian Mining is an AIM listed precious and base metals producer running flagship Gedabek operations in western Azerbaijan which include three producing mines and processing facilities. The Company targets 75-80koz GEOs in 2020 with low cost operations providing capital for organic growth opportunities within the highly prospective +1,000km2 land package, with the potential for additional attractive targets outside Azerbaijan as well as 25% of FCF dividend programme.
Companies: Anglo Asian Mining
Falcon is uniquely placed in the current challenging commodity price environment with its strong cash position (US$11.5m at 31 March 2020), fully funded drilling programme and high quality assets. Following the farm down of a 7.5% participating interest to partner Origin Energy in return for an A$150.5m increase in the gross cap carry, we believe Falcon is fully funded through one of the greatest periods of uncertainty the oil and gas industry has ever faced. At a time when many in the industry fight for their very survival, we believe Falcon has managed to secure a fantastic deal for shareholders, which should see the Company through to the potential monetisation of its 22.5% participating interest. We maintain our price target at 40p, a 426% premium to the current share price and reiterate our BUY recommendation.
Companies: Falcon Oil & Gas
President is again demonstrating its ability to adapt rapidly to extreme macro conditions to maintain the balance sheet and keep its asset portfolio intact. A further US$6m subscription from Trafigura alongside a US$4.1m debt for equity swap will reduce debt to ~US$15m. Working capital will also be boosted by up to US$3.1m from the equity placing plus £2.2m from the retail offering. These not only materially improve the balance sheet but also bring President into strategic alignment with a strong industry partner. This, together with the benefit of Argentine fixed oil prices, leaves it primed to pursue a dynamic growth plan.
Companies: President Energy
The El Salmiya-5 well has come in significantly ahead of pre-drill expectations, encountering 120m of net pay, and testing 8,700boepd from the primary Kharita target formation. When coupled with the ASH-2 well which is still producing over 3,000boepd, net production levels from Abu Sennan are likely to rise to over 2,500boepd in the coming weeks. We model 2020 net production averaging c2,100boepd, generating a gross profit after royalties and opex of cUS$5.8m and EBITDA of cUS$3.6m. We increase our price target from 6.5p to 7.3p, a 152% premium to the current share price and reiterate our BUY recommendation.
Companies: United Oil & Gas
Sylvania's share price has fallen 53% since its peaked on the 21st Feb, as the global economy hit the brakes. The short term demand outlook for PGMs is miserable, with supply chains breaking down as both luxury goods and car sales sales collapse.
Companies: Sylvania Platinum
Savannah Energy is an AIM-listed E&P company with two sets of assets: (i) in-production gas and oil fields and a regional monopoly gas distributon network in South East Nigeria (well away from the risky Delta area); and (ii) licenses over 50% of a prolific oil basin in Niger.
Companies: Savannah Energy
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2019 was a significant year for United Oil & Gas, dominated by the acquisition of Rockhopper Egypt and its 22% working interest in the Abu Sennan concession. The acquisition has transformed United into a full-cycle E&P with c1,760boepd of production. With low operating costs (cUS$6.5/bbl) and drilling costs, Abu Sennan remains cash flow positive with oil prices below US$20/bbl. Additional downside protection comes from the Company's pre-payment facility with BP, effectively hedging 6,600bbls per month at US$60/bbl until September 2022 and its long-term fixed gas contracts, insulating 20% of United's production from the current price volatility. We update our model, accounting for slightly higher operating costs, setting our price target at 6.5p a 242% premium to the current share price and reiterate our BUY recommendation.
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
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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Companies: Hurricane Energy
An independent resource audit by Gaffney, Cline & Associates (GCA) has significantly increased the resources at the Mako gas field following the JV's highly successful drilling campaign in Q4/19. GCA have increased the 2C gross recoverable dry gas volumes when compared to its previous resource assessment (in January 2019) by 79% to 495Bcf, slightly ahead of the internal 493Bcf assessment. In the upside case, the 3C resources have increased by 108% to 817Bcf, significantly higher than the 3C internal resource estimate of 666Bcf. Following the GCA resource upgrade, the Mako field has been proven to be one of the largest gas fields ever discovered in the West Natuna Basin and is believed to be the largest undeveloped resource in the region. Located close to existing infrastructure and well established markets, we believe Mako is an attractive proposition, which we currently value at US$18.3m or 3.2p using a US$6/mcf long term gas price.
Companies: Empyrean Energy
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.
An independent resource audit by Gaffney, Cline & Associates (GCA) has significantly increased the resources at the Mako gas field following the JV's highly successful drilling campaign in Q4/19. GCA have increased the 2C gross recoverable dry gas volumes when compared to its previous resource assessment (in January 2019) by 79% to 495Bcf, slightly ahead of the internal 493Bcf assessment. In the upside case, the 3C resources have increased by 108% to 817Bcf, significantly higher than the 3C internal resource estimate of 666Bcf. Following the GCA resource upgrade, the Mako field has been proven to be one of the largest gas fields ever discovered in the West Natuna Basin and is believed to be the largest undeveloped resource in the region. Located close to existing infrastructure and well established markets, we believe Mako is an attractive proposition, which we conservatively value at US$18.3m (risked) or 3.2p using a US$6/mcf long term gas price, unrisked our valuation of Mako increases to US$25.2m or 4.3p per share. We value Empyrean as a whole at 19.0p per share a 280% premium to the share price and reiterate our BUY recommendation.
Valuation – We have updated our Mako model, with gas first in 2023 (previously 2022). Using a long term gas price of US$6/mcf, and a 10% discount factor we value the 42.1Bcf of net 2C resources at US$18.3m (risked) or 3.2p per share. We include a 30% risking to account for any potential commercial risks (including political and fiscal changes), cost risks (associated with potential development cost variations) and timing risks (to allow for any project delays). Unrisked our valuation increases to US$24.7m or 4.3p per share.
A key sensitivity to our valuation is the gas price, at US$8/mcf our valuation of Mako increases to US$31.0m or 5.3p per share (risked), US$44.3m or 7.6p per share (unrisked) and at US$10/mcf our valuation increases to US$40.8m or 7.0p per share (risked), US$58.4m or 10p per share (unrisked).
Combined, we value Empyrean's portfolio at 19p per share, a 280% premium to the share price.