Beowulf Mining (BEM LN) – Wolf Mountain Geophysics Results Define High Priority Drill Targets | Chaarat Gold* (CGH LN) – Buy, 57p – $20.5m refinancing completed | Goldplat (GDP LN) – Quarterly results indicate progress in South Africa and Ghana | Kavango Resources (KAV LN) – Mineralogical study and sample analysis indicates presence of primary magmatic sluphides | KEFI Gold and Copper* (KEFI LN) – Q3 update highlights Tulu Kapi funding progress and Hawiah maiden resource/PEA | Power Metal Resources* (POW LN) – Drilling contract signed at Canadian silver project
Companies: BEM CGH GDP KAV KEFI POW
Goldplat the processor of gold-bearing wastes and residues from mining operations today reports on its first quarter ending Septe2020. As expected the company continues to maintain robust operating profits from its South African operation (£1.12m, up from £1.07m in the same period last year) and an increased operating profit from its Ghana operation (£0.28m up from £23k). Goldplat is in the process of selling its Kilimapesa gold mine in Kenya which contributes small operating losses to the Groups overall performance with the sale expected to finalise by the end of December.
Companies: Goldplat plc
Goldplat today provides an update on the sale of its Kilimapesa asset in Kenya. The sale process continues with many of the conditions already met and with the parties now agreeing to extend the period of exclusivity until the end of December 2020.
Goldplat today provides an update on the proposed sale of its Kilimapesa gold mine in Kenya. Further to the announcement on the 3rd July of the sale, Goldplat can confirm that the ultimate buyer of Kilimapesa will be Papillon Holdings plc (LSE:PPHP) through Mayflower Capital Investments Pty, subject to the appropriate regulatory and shareholder approvals and a minimum raise of $4m to fund the development of Kilimapesa's operations. A £50,000 exclusivity fee has been paid to Goldplat and Mayflower's team are on site completing due diligence and over-seeing the start-up of the plant. The fee to Goldplat of $1.5m, payable in shares, remains the same.
Companies: Goldplat Plc
AEX Gold (AEXG.L) has joined AIM alongside a £42.5m placing at 45p. Mkt Cap £79.7m. The Company, led by CEO Eldur Ólafsson, has established the largest land package of gold assets in Greenland with a current portfolio of licences covering 3,356 square kilometres, in the two known gold belts in Southern Greenland, the Nanortalik and Tartoq gold belts. Nalunaq is a high-grade gold asset with an updated Inferred Mineral Resource covering 422,770 tonnes at 18.5 grams per tonne of gold, or 250,970 ounces of gold, which covers the area in and around the historical mine. AEX has an existing listing on the TSX Venture Exchange
Companies: PYC THR PRP GDP YOU BBB MRL ONC RENE
Goldplat announces that it has agreed a sale for its Kilimapesa Gold mine, currently on care-and-maintenance, in Kenya. Under the binding Term Sheet, Goldplat will sell the mine to Mayflower Capital Investments Pty Limited for USD1.5m in Mayflower Shares plus a 1% Net Smelter Return royalty capped at USD1.5m. Mayflower will look to list Kilimapesa in London and will seek to raise USD4m to recapitalise the business properly. Goldplat will keep its shares in Mayflower in escrow for 12 months.
European Metals Holdings today announce that a support and financing agreement with EIT InnoEnergy, the principal facilitator and organiser of the European Battery Alliance has been agreed. This agreement is to help progress at the large Cinovec Lithium project in the Czech Republic, a JV for which has just been set up between European Metals Holdings and the large Czech utilities Group CEZ to fully fund the project through Feasibility and to a construction decision.
Goldplat today provides an update on its Q4 2020 and the end of its financial year (FY2020). Despite the best efforts of COVID Goldplat has had an excellent year. Overall business units in Ghana and South Africa have seen an increase in profit levels, and losses have been stemmed from the Kilimapesa mine in Kenya which is now on care-and-maintenance. Cash at the end of June was £3.2m.
Digitalbox is an AIM-quoted digital publishing company, currently owning two distinct digital media assets and with a scalable platform to grow through acquisition. This morning the group has provided a trading update for the six month period to 30 June 2020. H1 2020E revenue is reported to be flat against the prior period on a comparative basis at c.£1.0m, reflecting increased audience volumes being offset by the well-publicised fall off in digital advertising pricing. However, despite this present backdrop, H1 2020E adj. PBT is anticipated ahead of management's expectations due to a strong margin performance in the period; this driven by changes made to improve operational efficiencies. Encouragingly, as at 30 June, the cash balance has increased by £0.6m to £1.2m.
With this morning's announcement, NBB has confirmed that the thorough overhaul of the company in recent years has continued to bear fruit notwithstanding the pandemic. Notably, the news that the company has been EBITDA positive in H1 is a tribute to the proactive actions taken by the management in (1) building new businesses which now make up more than half of the group, and which continue to progress, (2) taking out significant costs, and (3) developing tailored solutions for clients which incorporate all of the separate business strands as required. We view the achievement in a particularly positive light since the market for Executive Search has been challenging as a result of the global Covid situation.
Companies: GDP NBB DBOX
Gold – Robust pricing, improved returns and increased interest
The robust gold price, currently sitting comfortably above $1,700/oz, has been one of the bright spots of the current COVID crisis, although the roots of the price increase were seen well before from mid-2019 on geopolitical and trade concerns. Gold mining companies have been reaping the rewards of the higher price with forecast profits and cash expected to grow significantly. The increase in gold price has been reflected by share price appreciation for most of the gold-mining sector; gold miners, those companies developing gold projects and even gold explorers have all seen an uptick in share prices. Those companies in production should see considerably higher profits and we expect the level of dividends back to shareholders to rise.
The rate of M&A in the sector might also increase, as in previous high price periods, with some companies assuming that these prices can be sustained – however, they will have to be careful as a rash of M&A in previous cycles has shown that there may be a price to pay later on and the industry can ill afford a return to eye-wateringly large write-downs on the other side of this cycle. Gold miners will also have to behave prudently as there will, of course, be a temptation for higher throughput and production, regardless of grade, to generate more cash – a decreasing profit margin perhaps, but a lengthening mine life; as in everything there is a balance to be made to ensure sensible returns.
We are most heartened by a renewed interest in the previously (seemingly) ignored junior explorers which we think is a theme that will develop and continue.
Companies: AEE CMCL CNG GDP JLP
Goldplat, the gold recovery company, today provides an operational update for the quarter ending March 2020 (FY Q3). Operating profit from the South African and Ghanaian recovery plants was £1.0m in Q3, which was slightly offset by a small loss at the Kilimapesa mine in Kenya of £0.2m; the mine is on Care-and-Maintenance. This saw a 9 month operating profit overall of £3.3m which is a significant improvement on the same period last FY where operating profit was (0.3)m.
Goldplat, which provides gold recovery services, today provides an update on its operations following the order from the South African Government to place operations on Care-and-maintenance for 21 days.
Interims show the improvement – Goldplat delivering on expectation
Goldplat's Interims (six months to December 2019) today provide some background to the excellent operational update presented by the company at the end of January. To recap, Goldplat provides a unique gold recovery service to the mining industry by recovering gold from waste products produced by the mining cycle (see full note of 6/11/2019). The mainstay of its cash generation comes from its established recovery operation in South Africa (£2.6m operating profit for the half year) where it has regular contracts in place, a stockpile of its own material and a flexible plant. In Ghana, Goldplat looks to the gold industry in West Africa for feed and also as an overseas import location for high-grade wastes – and is making progress on new contracts with a welcome return to operating profit in the period (£0.2m). The Kilimapesa mine in Kenya is now on care-and-maintenance with Goldplat seeking a partner or sale of the project. We update our forecasts today and see fair value at 12.5p/sh.
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: Caspian Sunrise PLC (CASP:LON)Goldplat plc (GDP:LON)
Goldplat produces gold from a variety of precious-metal bearing mine wastes through its two recovery plants in South Africa and Ghana and, until May it also operated a small gold mine in Kenya – Kilimapesa. After a disappointing few years for its mining division Goldplat is now concentrating on its core capabilities – gold recovery from waste. Recent results underplay the ongoing profitability of the gold recovery operations with an operating profit £1.5m which had been dragged down by losses of £1.9m in the mining segment. With the Kilimapesa mine now on care-and-maintenance, and with Goldplat seeking a JV partner to take on the capex requirement at the mine, we see a return to ongoing profitability in FY 2020 and beyond. South Africa is the mainstay of operations, with every effort being made to source new quality material for the Ghanaian recovery operation. An increase in the gold price is a welcome sign for Goldplat – not least in increased expected revenues but also for increased activity in the sector and the generation of more waste to treat. Goldplat is in a potential turnaround situation and remains a unique business and one with a difficult to replicate capability. On a SOTP basis, and using conservative parameters, we see fair value at 8.9p/sh.
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Anglo Asian Mining is an AIM listed precious and base metals producer running flagship Gedabek operations in western Azerbaijan which include open pit and underground mining facilities and a processing complex fit for different types of ores. Production runs at ~70-80kozpa GEO (~90% gold) with low operating costs status allowing the Company to generate FCF for organic growth opportunities within the highly prospective +1,000km2 land package and potential value accretive transactions over targets outside Azerbaijan as well as offer a generous dividend yield.
Companies: Anglo Asian Mining PLC
Shanta Gold (AIM: SHG) has announced this morning its production and operational results for the quarter ended 30th September 2020 – see Fig 1. Overall this was a robust performance (from one of the most consistent operators in the sector) in the face of the pandemic and a very busy quarter for the company at corporate level. QoQ production fell to 19,973 oz and AISC rose to $883/oz – both caused by a temporary drop in grade – but the ongoing strength in the gold price resulted in a 16% and 46% increase in EBITDA QoQ and YTD respectively. There was an increase in net debt to $5.1m which can be explained by the $7.1m cash outlay for the West Kenya projects as well as the reduction in the hedge book (they also have $5.9m of gold dore in the gold room). The company remains on track to hit its full year guidance of 80-85koz of production at an AISC of $830-880/oz which would make it the third year in a row they have hit their unaltered guidance for the year. This would be a remarkable achievement for a major gold miner operating in a developed market let alone one operating in the South West corner of Tanzania. Likewise the fact the company has recorded zero lost time injuries makes it nearly three years in a row with no LTIs. With the greenlight for Singida and a scoping study completed for the West Kenya Project during the quarter, the company can look forward to leveraging this operational expertise across a larger and longer life production base (c.220Koz of annualised production). We continue to believe the market is still to wake up to this given a market cap of US$219m, next to no debt and EBITDA annualising at $90m.
Companies: Shanta Gold Limited
H1 2020 saw extreme commodity price weakness, but was still a productive period for President, especially for its balance sheet, with debt more than halving to US$15m following a placing, strategic subscription and debt-to-equity conversion. This leaves President on a sound financial footing, well positioned to ride out sustained lower prices if necessary while delivering the growth potential within its core Argentine business, further evidence of which was provided with today’s positive drilling update. We are cutting our price target by 10% to 3.5p due to lower near-term production forecasts, but this is still more than double the current share price with further operational catalysts on the near-term horizon.
Companies: President Energy PLC
Oil posted a small weekly gain on tentative signs that demand is picking up even as a new wave of coronavirus cases casts a shadow over the market.
Futures in New York edged lower on Friday, but still managed to record an advance of 0.7% this week on shrinking US crude stockpiles and signs of improving demand in China and India. Gains were capped by record new virus cases from Germany to Portugal and the biggest surge in US daily infections in two months.
Crude futures in New York have clung close to the $40-a-barrel mark since September amid uncertainty around a demand recovery as the virus rages. Meanwhile, OPEC producers and allies see a risk of an oil surplus next year if Libya's production rises and demand remains depressed.
At the same time, the market's structure continues to strengthen, with the spread between Brent's nearest contracts at its narrowest since late July. For West Texas Intermediate futures, the prompt spread rallied to its tightest contango in a month.
West Texas Intermediate for November declined 8 cents to settle at $40.88 a barrel.
Brent for December settlement lost 23 cents to $42.93 a barrel. The contract rose 0.2% this week.
Prices pared earlier losses on Friday after American retail sales and consumer sentiment indicators topped estimates.
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies are facing pressure to postpone their plans for tapering output cuts. Given the uncertainty over the oil demand outlook, the right course of action is to wait for now, JPMorgan analysts including Natasha Kaneva wrote in a report. The move to add another 2 million barrels of day onto the market in January could be postponed by a quarter, the report said.
OPEC+ is also contending with the unexpected return of Libyan oil output, which hit 500,000 barrels a day this week. The group forecasts that global oil supplies could increase by 200,000 barrels a day next year if Libya manages to revive supply and the pandemic hits demand harder than expected, according to a document seen by Bloomberg.
Companies: FOG PVR 88E DGOC EME TRIN UOG
Trifast has released an interim trading update which highlights trends that have continued from the AGM statement in September with trading slightly ahead of the Group's base case assumptions for FY21 of revenue down c.16% YoY. September was the strongest month in the Group's first half and the press release indicates that October has also started well for sales and orders. The trading update indicates resilience in the business considering the tough trading environment.
Companies: Trifast plc (TRI:LON)Trifast plc (25D:BER)
Phoenix today updates its resource for the Empire deposit in Idaho after the summer's drilling (32 additional holes). The new Measured and Indicated (M&I) Resources stands at 22.9Mt grading 0.4% copper, 0.2% zinc, 10.3g/t silver and 0.32g/t gold (up from 19.3Mt grading 0.4%, 0.2%, 11g/t and 0.35g/t respectively from the last calculated resource in May 2020) plus a further 10Mt in the Inferred category at similar grades. M&I resources now stand at 173kt copper equivalent (current metal prices) against the previous M&I resource estimation at 155kt copper equivalent.
Companies: Phoenix Copper Ltd. (United Kingdom)
GeoPark (GPRK US)C; Target price US$20 per share: Drilling at CPO-5 has started - The 3Q20 operating update did not contain any surprises, with overall production increasing by 5% vs the previous quarter, reflecting higher sales in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Importantly, gross production at Llanos-34 is back to 60 mbbl/d with some work-over backlog and development drilling having restarted. Overall net production (across all of GeoPark’s assets) was 40 mboe/d at the end of September and FY20 production guidance of 40-42 mboe/d has been reiterated (2H20 capex guidance of US$25-35 mm). Drilling at CPO-5 (GeoPark WI: 30%) has now commenced with the Indico-2 appraisal well. With the Indico-1 well still producing 5,169 bbl/d since first oil in December 2018, Indico-2 could add 60% to CPO-5 overall production by YE20 in a success case. GeoPark will publish its 2021 capex budget on 4 November. We view this as an important event as this will provide further visibility on a very exciting drilling programme with 5-7 wells at CPO-5 and 1-2 wells in Ecuador. The exploration program for 2021 will likely test the continuity of the Guadalupe play encountered on Llanos-34 into CPO-5.
Tethys Oil (TETY SS)C; Target price SEK75.00 per share: Initiating coverage - Tethys Oil is a well-funded, dividend-paying, Sweden listed US$160 mm market cap E&P with ~25 mmbbl 2P reserves in Oman and ~10 mbbl/d WI production. The company stands apart from its peers in three principal ways: (1) It has achieved “textbook” execution, turning what was initially a small uncommercial onshore discovery on a tiny portion of Blocks 3&4 into a large field that has already produced ~100 mmbbl with a further ~120 mmbbl 3P reserves. (2) The production is very cash generative even at US$40/bbl. At US$45/bbl, even at the currently OPEC constrained production rate, operating cashflow funds all development plus some exploration activities and allows Tethys to pay a 5% dividend. (3) Tethys is conservatively run with US$60 mm in cash and no debt. Historically, the story was about steady y-on-y production, reserves and dividend growth. While these features are still present, an investment in Tethys now also offers diverse exposure to high impact exploration with drilling activities on recently acquired onshore blocks expected to start before YE20. Our target price of SEK75 per share reflects ReNAV and implies over 70% upside.
IN OTHER NEWS
Alvopetro (ALV CN): Production update in Brazil – 3Q20 sales were 1,764 boe/d at the Caburé Project.
Maha Energy (MAHA-A SS): Production and capex guidance update – FY20 production (mostly in Brazil) is expected to stand at 3,700–4,000 boe/d (4,000-5,000 boe/d previously). The FY20 capex budget increased by US$8.7 mm to US$24 mm. YE20 production is expected to be 5,200 – 5,700 boe/d.
Pantheon Resources (PANR LN): Resources update in Alaska – The Kuparuk formation at the Talitha project is estimated to contain 1.4 billion bbl of oil in place (OIP) and a Prospective Resource of 341 mmbbl as a most likely case.
Touchstone Exploration (TXP LN): Discovery in Trinidad – The Chinook well encountered 589 net feet of gas pay in three unique thrust sheets in the Herrera sands. Additional natural gas pay of ~20 net feet was encountered in the shallower Cruse formation. Completion and testing of the well is expected to be undertaken in 1Q21.
Trinity Exploration and Production (TRIN LN): 3Q20 operational update in Trinidad – 3Q20 production was 3,135 bbl/d. The company held US$22.2 mm in cash as at 30 September. FY20 production guidance remains 3,100-3,300 bbl/d.
Aker Bp (AKERBP NO): 3Q20 update in Norway – Aker BP produced 201.6 mboe/d in 3Q20. The FY20 production guidance of 205-220 mboe/d is reiterated.
UK Oil & Gas (UKOG LN), Angus Energy (ANG LN) and Egdon Resources (EDR LN): Onshore UK licence relinquished – Long-reach/shallow wells at the Holmwood prospects are neither technically viable nor economically feasible. The licence has been relinquished.
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Caspian Sunrise (CASP LN): Operating update in Kazakhstan – Production at the MJF structure averaged ~1,340 bbl/d. The completion of maintenance activities, the return to production of Well 141 and the installation of a pump at Well 151 are expected to increase production capacity to 2,200 - 2,500 bbl/d.
Enwell Energy (ENW LN): Ukraine update – 3Q20 production in Ukraine was 4,629 boe/d. The company held US$55.7 mm in cash at the end of September.
Kosmos Energy (KOS US/ LN): RBL Redetermination – Kosmos’ RBL credit facility has been redetermined with US$1.32 billion, a reduction of US$130 mm from the previous drawn amount of US$1.45 billion. Repayment of the reduction in borrowing base will be made from available liquidity in 4Q20.
EVENTS TO WATCH NEXT WEEK
20/10/2020: Touchstone Exploration (TXP LN) - Webinar
Companies: TXP ALV ALVOF A6Y DETNOR AKERBP DETNOR DETNF ARC RO1 CASP ROXIF GPRK KOS 7M7 0GEA MAHAA PANR P3K PTHRF TETY TETY UKOG 0UK UKLLF
Oil retreated as a further increase in Libyan output threatens to return more supply to a market that is already grappling with a pandemic-induced slump in demand.
Crude futures fell 1.9% in New York on Friday and posted their first weekly decline in three. Libya lifted force majeure on its Ras Lanuf and Es Sider ports and oil output will surpass 1 million barrels a day in four weeks, according to the state-run National Oil Corp. The announcement came as prospects for more Libyan output increased following the signing of a permanent cease-fire agreement.
Prices were already on the decline as talks appeared to stall on a US stimulus deal before the election, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin trading blame for the impasse. A deal would have injected a sorely needed boost to demand, with positive catalysts for prices harder to come by heading into the end of the year.
US benchmark crude futures declined 2.5% over the week as a resurgence of coronavirus infections spurred governments around the world to renew tighter lockdown restrictions. While comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin signalling openness to delaying a planned OPEC+ output hike helped bolster prices, the continued return of Libyan production complicates the group's tapering strategy.
West Texas Intermediate for December delivery declined 79 cents to settle at $39.85 a barrel.
Brent for the same month declined 69 cents to end the session at $41.77 a barrel. The contract fell 2.7% over the week.
Despite the prospect of more Libyan supply returning to the market, Brent's structure remained firm. The spread between the global benchmark's nearest contracts strengthened on Friday to its narrowest contango since late July
Meanwhile, traders' attention is shifting toward the outcome of the US election in November, which could have varying implications for US supply. Presidential candidate Joe Biden said fossil fuels need to be phased out over time, a comment seized on by Donald Trump as a threat to the industry. But there is debate over how much such a policy would impact oil prices in the near future.
Other oil-market news:
Venezuelan crude inventories have surged 84% over the past three weeks as the threat of US sanctions ward away buyers of the nation's most important commodity. That raises the risk that state-run PDVSA will have to start shutting in production again, and is the latest sign that Venezuela's oil industry is on the verge of collapse.
Oil and gas output in Norway, western Europe's biggest producer, could rise to a record by the middle of the decade as new fields come on stream, according to consultants Rystad Energy AS.
African-focused diversified minerals exploration company principally focused on the discovery and development of its lithium and gold projects in emerging frontier provinces. IronRidge has significant and multiple province-scale gold and lithium projects across Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire through joint ventures while advancing an expansive gold portfolio in Chad. The company continues to review opportunities with its two wholly-owned iron ore projects in Gabon, West Africa and its bauxite and titanium assets in Queensland, Australia. IronRidge’s focus on lithium and gold gives investors exposure to rapidly growing lithium technology markets while hedging prominent global economic uncertainty via gold exploration portfolio.
Companies: IronRidge Resources Ltd
Lithium in London with a focus on European projects
This corporate sector note on lithium will comment on the European lithium raw material sector and how the advanced projects being developed by Savannah Resources, European Metals Holdings and European lithium fit into the European-regional picture. Lithium production from these projects, once commissioned, will go some way to creating a domestic supply of this critical metal within Europe.
• Savannah Resources – Developing the Mina Do Barroso project in Portugal as a producer of spodumene concentrate. The project is in Feasibility.
• European Metals Holdings – Developing the Cinovec project in the Czech Republic as an integrated producer of lithium hydroxide / carbonate. The project is in Feasibility.
• European Lithium – Developing the Wolfsburg project in Austria as an integrated producer of lithium hydroxide. The project is in Feasibility.
Companies: KDNC EMH SAV
Central Asia Metals (CAML LN) reported strong copper results for Q3 2020, up 14% QoQ to 3.9kt enabling a 3.7% increase in our 2020F production forecast to 13.9kt, in line with new guidance of 13.5-14kt. YTD copper production of 10.5kt was broadly flat YoY. This does imply a marginal YoY increase overall for 2020F, however, as well as realised grades being ahead of expectation, we expect CAML to push hard at Kounrad to offset Sasa disruption as much as possible. Kounrad has been out of focus recently, however, with copper prices up 10% YTD and with a strong fundamental outlook, the asset’s low cost base continues to underpin the CAML investment case.
Companies: Central Asia Metals Plc
Despite the absence of new drilling activity, Trinity's Q3/20 production has remained robust, averaging 3,135bopd - an 11.3% YoY increase (Q3/19: 2,816bopd). YTD 2020 average production volumes have averaged 3,232bopd, a 9.8% YoY increase (YTD 2019: 2,943bopd), with 2020 production guidance remaining unchanged at 3,100-3,300bopd. Oil price realisations YTD 2020 have averaged US$37.3/bbl and, as a result, no Supplemental Petroleum Tax (SPT) will be payable in respect of the first three quarters of 2020. Cash as at 30 September 2020 was US$22.2m (30 June 2020 US$19.7m). Elsewhere, we view the proposed Budget reforms to the SPT regime as an important step forward by the Trinidad and Tobago Government and a recognition that SPT needs reforming. The proposed reforms will enhance cash flows between US$50-US$75/bbl and therefore allow companies to invest to grow production and deliver attractive returns for shareholders. We update our valuation and reiterate our price target at 31p per share, a 250% premium to the current share price.
Companies: Trinity Exploration & Production Plc
Trans-Siberian Gold's (TSG) Q320 results show improved year-on-year and quarter-on-quarter top line results, despite a reduced operational performance, largely due to higher gold and silver prices and increased tonnages. Gold grade and silver grades from the Asacha Gold Mine for the first nine months of the year are slightly lower than we had expected [due to Q1 performance]. Production levels above are expectations, which has negated the impact of the lower average grade for the first 9 months. We raise forecasts and our target price to 184p.
Companies: Trans-Siberian Gold PLC (TSG:LON)Trans-Siberian Gold PLC (UJ1:FRA)
Valeura Energy (VLE CN/VLU LN): Selling Turkey shallow – Valeura is selling its producing shallow conventional gas business to TBNG for a cash consideration of US$15.5 mm, plus royalty payments of up to an additional US$2.5 mm.
Increased estimates of of gas discovery offshore Turkey – The Tuna-1 discovery in the Black Sea is now estimated to hold 14.2 tcf (up 3 tcf compared to previous estimates).
FAR Limited (FAR AU): Financial update – FAR continues to be in default with regards to its obligations in Senegal. The company is in a default position of US$29.6 mm (excluding interest). FAR had US$59.0 mm unrestricted cash at hand at 30 September 2020.
Tullow Oil (TLW LN): Approval to sell Uganda – Tullow has received government approvals with regards to the sale of Uganda to Total. The transaction is expected to close in the coming days.
EVENTS TO WATCH NEXT WEEK
27/10/2020: Bp (BP LN) – 3Q20 results
29/10/2020: Royal Dutch Shell (RDS LN) – 3Q20 results
29/10/2020: Aker Bp (AKERBP NO) – 3Q20 results
29/10/2020: Repsol (REP SM) – 3Q20 results
30/10/2020: Lundin Energy (LUNE SS) – 3Q20 results
30/10/2020: Seplat Petroleum (SEPL LN) - 3Q20 results
Companies: FAR VLE TLW