After topsy turvey inventory stats, always to be expected, oil fell and with US markets in retreat is down another dollar today. DGO is rewarded by its success by being allocated a space in both the FTSE 250 and FTSE All Share Index effective 21st September. Wentworth announce solid figures and announce a 20% increase in the dividend giving the shares an 8% yield. President have kicked off the drilling campaign with an successful workover well 'materially ahead of expectations and GKP have hunkered down but in a strong position to eventually recover. Finally Zephyr yesterday announced news from the Paradox Basin in Utah, this one is well worth watching...
Oil is quite firm as even the IEA has turned positive, see my comments yesterday. Chariot are doing all the right things and moving forwards at Lixus whilst Wentworth are building a strong, well financed dividend paying business.
Oil is ending the week down around $7 a barrel despite what might be three up days, what a roller coaster. Today I look at the Wentworth results which show a company in a great position, long term gas contracts, cash in the balance sheet and no debt with the ability to pay a divvi into the bargain. This high quality management team is delivering and will probably do some more. SDX tell the market that the Sobhi well should reward their faith and be onstream next year. Jadestone yesterday also produced results very much in line with expectations, this is a great company which will continue to beat the odds. And not much to add from Premier as CEO Tony Durrant goes out on live TV last night but kept his cards pretty close to his chest.
Oil prices vacillated ahead of the Opec+ meeting tomorrow but the EIA STEO yesterday showed yet again lower demand numbers and the US going back to being a net importer this year. Rockhopper showed a good set of figures with further strong cost cutting and the Navitas deal validating Sea Lion. DGO have made an acquisition just as expected in these markets, accretive returns will 'validate' the dividend. SDX have a discovery in Egypt and Wentworth has comforted the market with regard to its 2019 results.
Oil has been very much unchanged over the quarter end and contract rollover and is so today, a lot of talk about who has spoken to MbS... BP have announced 25% capex cuts, in line with others whilst Sound Energy are still discussing their GSA in Morocco. Echo Energy has been restructuring its debt with a number of successes already agreed and Eco Atlantic has pared back costs and remains very well placed when drilling recommences. Finally, I spoke to Wentworth Resources this week and I am convinced that with their very strong model and solid finances they are as good as any in the sector.
The oil price has fallen further and faster than virtually ever before, today it recovered, stand by for stormy weather. Stock-wise i'm talking about RockRose, Trinity , PetroTal, Wentworth and DGO from yesterday, with apologies.
Swift comment on a good update from Wentworth, a good CPR from a Eco Atlantic and positive news from President.
Hurricane has started DST at Warwick West, PetroTal 3Q are dead in line and Wentworth narrow the guidance but sound positive on production and the financial situation going forward.
Today I talk about management changes at Sound Energy as its metamorphosis continues and also Coro Energy as it announces another successful well. Echo Energy has completed its deal and now looks forward to Tapi Aike whilst Eco Atlantic has fallen due to heavy oil, unnecessarily in my view. At Wentworth former CEO Eskil Jersing has been given the El Bow as potential acquisitions failed to materialise. There is a Longboat coming over the horizon laden with former Faroe management looking for funding to go back and do it all again. And Talon Petroleum is also queuing up to invest more in the North Sea. Finally a slate of video interviews by myself and VSA CEO Andrew Monk recorded at Africa Oil Week.
A down day for oil yesterday as the EU pressed the panic button and the Opec committee meeting changed nothing until December. A catch up today with a look at the SOCO interims, news from Wentworth about the GSA and the fund raise from Providence.