Maurel & Prom: Activity for the First Nine Months Of 2020

  • Sep 30, 2020
  • Business Wire

Restatement for lifting imbalances and inventory revaluation

¹ 4,587 bopd for M&P working interest during the asset-holding period (1 August to 30 September 2019).

M&P’s working interest production for the first nine months of 2020 stood at 26,458 boepd, down 2% compared to the first nine months of 2019 (26,880 boepd). This was largely due to production cuts on the Ezanga permit in Gabon (17,500 bopd for M&P working interest in the first nine months of 2020 versus 20,238 bopd for the same period in 2019), related to the OPEC quotas. The inclusion of two additional quarters for Angola in 2020 compared to 2019 did not fully offset this reduction.

The average sale price of oil over the period was $37.8/bbl, versus $67.4/bbl over the first nine months of 2019, a drop of 44%. The sharp decline in crude oil prices in March 2020 has since been partially offset by a slight rebound, with Brent generally hovering between $40/bbl and $45/bbl since June.

Group valued production (revenue from production activities, excluding lifting imbalances) stood at $241 million, down 37% compared to the first nine months of 2019. The restatement of lifting imbalances net of inventory revaluation resulted in a negative impact of $34 million.

Group consolidated sales for the first nine months of 2020 totalled $212 million, including $6 million from drilling activities.

M&P’s working interest oil production (80%) on the Ezanga permit was 17,500 bopd (gross production: 21,875 bopd) for the first nine months of 2020, down 14% compared to the same period in 2019. This was due to production cuts, initially voluntary, then mandatory as a result of OPEC quotas.

In order to take advantage of the period of low crude prices, M&P had temporarily suspended production from certain wells to improve reservoir conditions for the future starting from May 2020. This effort has subsequently continued under the quotas established by OPEC, of which Gabon is a member. Production at the Ezanga field is therefore currently limited to 19,000 bopd (or 15,200 bopd for M&P working interest).

M&P’s working interest gas production (48.06%) on the Mnazi Bay permit stood at 29.7 mmcfd (gross production: 61.9 mmcfd) for the first nine months of 2020, down 12% compared to the same period in 2019. Following the usual drop in gas demand in the second quarter (25.4 mmcfd for M&P working interest), there was a significant upturn in production in Q3, with M&P’s working interest rising to 33.1 mmcfd.

M&P’s working interest production (20%) in Block 3/05 in the first nine months of 2020 was 4,002 bopd (gross production: 20,012 bopd). Despite the drop in crude oil prices, valued production for the period was up sharply ($30 million versus $11 million in 2019) due to the asset being included over the entire period (versus just two months in 2019).

The long-term production test on the Mios permit, which is owned and operated by the Group, began in late September as planned. Initial production has been significantly more modest than expected, with around 100 bopd for the two wells, CDN-1 and CDN-2.

As at 30 September 2020, and after a new quarterly debt maturity repayment of $18.75 million, the Group posted a cash position of $160 million, versus $212 million at 30 June 2020. The decline was mainly due to the fact that the Group had only one oil lifting in that quarter. Meanwhile, discussions are moving forward with the GOC for the release of the $43 million related to the carry receivables balance currently held in escrow.

It should be noted that the cost-cutting initiatives that began in March 2020 and the asset impairments recorded during the first half of 2020 have significantly lowered the Group’s breakeven point in terms of net income. That figure is now $45/bbl (excluding exceptionals and share of income from M&P’s stake in Seplat) based on current production numbers. Similarly, the cash breakeven point stands at $30/bbl before debt servicing.

This document may contain forward-looking statements regarding the financial position, results, business and industrial strategy of Maurel & Prom. By nature, forward-looking statements contain risks and uncertainties to the extent that they are based on events or circumstances that may or may not happen in the future. These projections are based on assumptions we believe to be reasonable, but which may prove to be incorrect and which depend on a number of risk factors, such as fluctuations in crude oil prices, changes in exchange rates, uncertainties related to the valuation of our oil reserves, actual rates of oil production and the related costs, operational problems, political stability, legislative or regulatory reforms, or even wars, terrorism and sabotage.

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