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.
Oil prices remain at their lower level with usual tariff and growth worries. Columbus have interims but they are of little interest, all eyes are on the second half and drilling in the SW Peninsula. Yesterday Wentworth announced their maiden dividend giving them a yield of around 6.7%.
Oil has dipped following the Fed rate cut and comments about a 'midcycle adjustment' worried markets. A catch up day today after a number of recent announcements and I look at Zenith who have today announced a funding for their current drilling campaign. I finish my comments on RockRose with a target price of £37.50 after looking at the numbers since their return from suspension. Last week saw a trading statement and an acquisition from DGO which I look at and I also went to see the Wentworth management team.
Oil was quiet yesterday but the API stats showed a draw of 8.1m barrels after the close so this morning Brent is around $65. Wentworth Resources has announced that it is planning a dividend from the FCF from Mnazi Bay which should give the stock a yield of between 5-8% which is good news for shareholders.