Oil rallied yesterday after a weak start but positive comment from Opec and markets in general drove prices higher. Today Ascent have results but mainly concentrate on the portfolio going forward. I write up an interview with Deltic Energy CEO Graham Swindells and sadly note that Jón Ferrier is leaving GKP.
Oil rallies and Brent is nearly $40 and nearly in backwardation, the Opec+ meeting on Thursday might make or break that...Today I look at Ascent Resources where the new team are really getting to grips with things and also Gulfsands Petroleum where further cost cutting continues but still looks very exciting for those with a long perspective.
Oil declined yesterday with US/Sino tensions rising again. Genel has received money from the KRG but for shareholders more importantly go X 10 cents divvi today. Ascent Resources are coming up with plans for Slovenia whilst news from Cuba will also be upcoming as the company look at new areas. Finally Jadestone rarely, if ever disappoints and whilst this year will be one to forget the company are actually looking pretty good via capex and opex savings and the future looking bright.
The oil price, even with the VE holiday tomorrow will likely end up on the week, lock-down is slowly disappearing. Ascent resources has completed its recently announced fund-raise, PetroTal have shut-in production from the Bretana field after the pipeline to market created a potential refinancing. Genel announce production from Tawke and that the gas project is completed and testing. iog are moving fast on the Core Project, today they hire Subsea 7 for Phase 1 works. Premier find that their pain in the butt is appealing the Edinburgh Court ruling pushing back the equity raise. Finally GMS reject the final 10p bid from Seafox as 'fundamentally undervaluing the company.
Oil is rallying today as we head into May, it is however only very early days with regard to this process. RockRose has an AGM statement and costs continue to fall, the company remains in a strong position. Ascent has signed up more potential acreage in Cuba where opportunities look very interesting and has raised £212,500 as part of the programme. Far continues to manage Sangomar where without its debt finance it is aiming to farm-down all or part of its acreage. Aminex also comments that with its substantial free carry it can make considerable progress in Tanzania and in Pan-Africa. Finally Rockhopper announce that the HOT with Navitas re the Falklands is still in play.
The Opec+ deal takes the stage although huge quantities of oil in the physical market is in control at the moment. DGO has pulled off another cracking securitised financial arrangement making the structure look very solid indeed. Coro's operator at Mako in Indonesia has updated its resource estimate an a positive move for the partners. Ascent has announced its first foray into the Caribbean with a modest acquisition and updates on management and Slovenia. Egdon has made a small raise for working cap and Wressle.
A slight, hardly noticeable pick up in crude prices as the US waits for its $2tn and the Saudi/US alliance....DGO has announced an extended Ohio asset agreement again demonstrating its commitment to its asset retirement programme. GKP has decided to suspend both dividend and share buy-backs as Shaikan expansion is stopped by the virus and lack of payments for its crude. Ascent has started the process of coming back to life with a potential move in to the Caribbean and Hispanic areas. Finally, delayed from yesterday a quick look at Petro Matad who have an update out.
The oil price will have done well to increase on the week in the face of the inscrutable Chinese virus as well as the 1H oversupply situation but Opec+ production cuts will help that. Today DGO announce a buy-back, on an 11% yield punters should follow, Far suffer at the hands of the Court of Arbitration but are set fair in West Africa. Ascent Resources, where shareholders have been crying out for restructuring have now got just that and SDX spud at South Disouq.
WTI $65.95 +$1.22, Brent $77.32 +$1.96, Diff -$11.37 +74c, NG $2.93 +3c Oil price Oil prices got back down to $65 and $75 so it was time to rally and ...
WTI $63.37 -14c, Brent $68.02 -10c, Diff -$4.65 +4c, NG $2.72 +2c Oil price The weakness I mentioned yesterday at the start was abruptly turned around by a good set ...