Singapore, August 9, 2023: Valeura Energy Inc. (TSX:VLE, OTCQX:VLERF) (“Valeura” or the “Company”), the upstream oil and gas company with assets in the Gulf of Thailand and the Thrace Basin of Turkey, reports its unaudited financial and operating results for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2023.
Q2 2023 Highlights
- No lost time safety incidents:
- Valeura’s first full quarter of Gulf of Thailand production operations;
- Oil production of 22,097 bbls/d;
- Oil sales of 2.167 million bbls, generating revenue of US$174.2 million;
- Opex per barrel of US$22.7/bbl(1);
- Capex spending of US$33.6 million(6);
- Adjusted cash flow from operations of US$70.4 million(2);
- Adjusted EBITDAX of US$78.9 million(3); and
- Net cash balance of US$87.6 million(4).
Q2 2023 Key Achievements
- Captured early operational synergies between assets by moving to a one-rig drilling programme, rather than two;
- Drilled eight wells during Q2, including completion of an infill drilling programme on the Jasmine oil field and an infill drilling programme on the Nong Yao oil field;
- Under budget operating and capital cost performance, resulting in a downward revision to spending expectations for the year, and no change to production guidance;
- First production from the Wassana oil field re-start on April 28, 2023;
- Completed the purchase of the Wassana oil field’s mobile offshore production unit (“MOPU”) and increased working interest in Licence G10/48 to 100%; and
- Divested interest in Licence G6/48 in exchange for a royalty on future production from the undeveloped Rossukon oil field.
Sean Guest, President and CEO of Valeura commented:
“I am pleased to announce that during our first full quarter of production operations in Thailand, we have safely and responsibly produced an average of 22,097 bbls/d of oil. Our Q2 2023 results mark a step change in our business, underscored by sales of 2.167 million barrels of oil, generating revenue of US$174.2 million. Operating costs were managed below our guidance estimates for the quarter, at US$22.7/bbl on an adjusted basis, resulting in adjusted cash flow from operations of US$70.4 million.
Our company is in a strong financial position. Compared to our metrics as of one year earlier, we have added only a modest level of debt, which has already been reduced to US$30.7 million as of June 30, 2023. We have increased our cash position from approximately US$30 million one year ago to US$121.7 million, even after having paid taxes and investing US$33.6 million of capital spending into our assets during the quarter. Valeura is now a strongly cash generative business.
We are fulfilling our promise to deliver value and growth, and at the same time are beginning to see the benefits of operating synergies across the portfolio we have assembled. With more than half the year completed, we have revisited our guidance estimates for the year and are now revising downward our expectations for both capital and operating spending while keeping production expectations unchanged.
At the same time, our longer term outlook for growth remains positive as evidenced by the key 90 million barrel production milestone achieved at Jasmine during the quarter and ongoing success with infill drilling across the portfolio, which continues to support our objective of replacing produced reserves.”
Current Quarter Performance Summary Table
|Three Months Ending
June 30, 2023
|Oil Volumes Sold
|Adjusted EBITDAX (3)
|Adjusted Cashflow from Operation (2)
|Weighted average shares outstanding – basic
June 30, 2023
|Cash & Cash equivalent and Restricted cash
|Net Cash (4)
|Adjusted Net Working Capital Surplus (5)
Opex and Opex per barrel (bbl): Are non-International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) measures which do not have a standardised meaning prescribed by IFRS. These non-IFRS finance measures are included because management uses the information to analyse cost and performance of the Company and its assets. Opex represents the operating cash expenses incurred by the Company during the period including the leases that are associated with operations, such as bareboat contracts for key operating equipment, such as floating storage and offloading (“FSO”) / floating and production storage offshore (“FPSO”) and warehouses. Opex is calculated by effectively adjusting non-cash items from the Operating Cost in the Financial statements and adding lease costs. Opex is divided by production in the period to arrive at Opex per bbl.
Adjusted Cashflow from operations: Is a non-IFRS measure which does not have a standardised meaning prescribed by IFRS. This non-IFRS finance measure is included because management uses the information to analyse cash generation and financial performance of the Company. Adjusted Cashflow from operations is calculated by subtracting from Oil revenues, royalties, Opex, General and administrative costs which are adjusted for non-recurring charges, and accrued Petroleum Income Tax Act tax and special remuneratory benefit expenses.
Adjusted EBITDAX: Is a non-IFRS measure which does not have a standardised meaning prescribed by IFRS. This non-IFRS finance measure is included because management uses the information to analyse cash generation and financial performance of the Company. Adjusted EBITDAX is calculated by subtracting from Oil revenues, royalties, Operating Costs, General and administrative costs, and adjusted for non-recurring charges and other non-recuring G&A costs and adding additional expenses the company incurred as a result of the acquisition for Mubadala and Kris assets in addition to costs associated with redundancies.
Net Cash: Is a non-IFRS measure which does not have a standardised meaning prescribed by IFRS. This non-IFRS measure is provided because management uses the information a) analyse financial strength and b) management the capital of the Company. Net cash balance US$87.6 million consists of cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash of US$121.7 million and outstanding debt of US$34 million (after reversal of accounting provisions).
Adjusted Net Working Capital: Is a non-IFRS measure which does not have a standardised meaning prescribed by IFRS. This non-IFRS finance measure is included because management uses the information to analyse liquidity and financial strength of the Company. Adjusted Working Capital is calculated by adding back current leases liability to the working capital.
During Q2 2023, Valeura had sales of 2.167 million bbls of crude oil. The Company recorded revenue of US$174.2 million, versus nil in the same quarter of 2022, which was prior to the Company having active production operations. Sales included 0.943 million bbls of oil held as unsold crude oil inventory at the beginning of the quarter. As of the end of Q2, the Company had unsold oil inventory of 0.777 million barrels. As all of Valeura’s producing assets are offshore and utilise floating storage vessels, oil is recorded as inventory until such time as it is periodically sold as discrete cargoes, and accordingly, sales volumes do not precisely match reported production volumes.
Valeura’s average realised price for crude oil sales was US$80.40/bbl in Q2 2023, reflecting an average premium to the Brent crude oil benchmark of approximately US$1.90/bbl. While actual realised prices vary on a field-by-field basis, reflecting each field’s unique crude oil characteristics and market demand, average prices across Valeura’s portfolio are expected to continue to approximate the Brent crude oil benchmark. The Company currently has no hedging arrangements in place in respect of its crude oil sales.
Valeura reported operating expenses of US$70.6 million in Q2 2023. Operating expenses include both pre-production and production operations at the Wassana oil field in addition to a full quarter of operations spending on the assets acquired from Mubadala Energy, which was completed toward the end of Q1 2023. Valeura calculates opex per barrel, a non-standardised measure, to provide a more consistent indication of the cost of field operations, as more fully described above. Opex during the quarter was US$45.6 million (equating to opex per barrel of US$22.7/bbl). Opex, as opposed to operating expenses, excludes the impact of non-recurring, non-cash items including prior period adjustments relating to inventory movements, operating expenses capitalised to inventory, and adds back lease costs in relation to floating storage and other facilities.
During Q2 2023, the Company generated adjusted cash flow from operations of US$70.4 million. Valeura’s management believes adjusted cash flow from operations provides a consistent measure of the ongoing cash generative capacity of the business, and hence its ability to continue investing, by adjusting for non-recurring items and non-cash expenses.
Valeura generated adjusted EBITDAX of US$78.9 million in Q2 2023. Adjusted EBITDAX is a non-standardised variant of EBITDAX, adjusted to remove non-cash items as well as certain non-recurring costs including severance payments and other one-off items in relation to the Company’s recent acquisitions. The Company reported a comprehensive loss of US$1.3 million in Q2, compared to comprehensive income of US$1.0 million in the same quarter of 2022.
As of June 30, 2023, Valeura had cash and cash equivalents of US$121.7 million (including restricted cash of US$13.6 million), compared to US$29.7 million at June 30, 2022, primarily reflecting an inflow of cash as a result of the acquisition of assets from Mubadala Energy just before the end of Q1 2023 and subsequent tax payment of US$178.1 million in respect of the previous owner’s 2022 operations, in addition to further generation of net cash through ongoing production operations during Q2 2023.
The Company had total debt of US$31.5 million (book value) as of June 30, 2023. The debt liability reflects the Company’s ongoing facility arrangements in connection with its Thailand acquisitions, which, as of the end of Q1 2023, were drawn to US$52.5 million. During Q2, the Company repaid US$18.5 million of the facility. Progressive repayments of the debt are continuing and the Company aims to repay the facility in full during the remainder of 2023.
As at June 30, 2023, the Company had a net cash balance US$87.6 million which consisted of a cash balance of US$121.7 million and outstanding debt of US$34.0 million (after reversal of accounting provisions).
During Q2 2023, the Company had ongoing production operations on its Jasmine/Ban Yen, Nong Yao, and Manora oil fields, and re-started production on the Wassana oil field. Aggregate production averaged 22,097 bbls/d during Q2 2023. One drilling rig was under contract for the duration of the quarter.
Production from the Jasmine/Ban Yen oil field, in Licence B5/27 (100% Valeura) averaged 9,838 bbls/d during Q2 2023. In May, the Company finished a 10 well infill drilling programme on the asset which commenced earlier in the year, and also attained a key milestone for the field, having produced its 90 millionth barrel of oil. The field has greatly exceeded oil recovery expectations set at its original development sanction in 2004 of approximately seven million barrels. Production operations have continued throughout the remainder of the quarter without incident. Positive ongoing performance of the new Jasmine oil field infill wells has led to the development of a further infill drilling programme for the asset, which is now in the planning phase.
Nong Yao oil field production, in Licence G11/48 (90% Valeura working interest) averaged 7,486 bbls/d during Q2 2023 net to Valeura’s interest. The field’s production was enhanced by two horizontal infill wells drilled during the quarter, which contributed an initial gross rate of approximately 1,350 bbls/d. Also during the quarter, work continued on a new-build mobile offshore production unit to develop the Nong Yao C oil accumulation. The new facility is scheduled to mobilise to the field in late Q4 2023, with development drilling planned thereafter. In preparation for the new facility, during Q2 2023 the Company began installing a three kilometer pipeline to connect Nong Yao C to the field’s existing production facilities. At the same time, the Company is progressing plans for further infill drilling on the already-producing Nong Yao accumulations aimed at enhancing production and minimising the effect of natural declines.
Production at the Manora oil field, in Licence G1/48 (70% Valeura working interest) averaged 3,145 bbls/d during Q2 2023 net to Valeura’s interest. Following the Nong Yao drilling campaign, the contracted drilling rig mobilised to the Manora oil field to conduct a three well drilling programme, which was underway at the end of the quarter. The campaign concluded in late July 2023 with all wells having met or exceeded their pre-drill volume estimates. The new wells are now all on production and are contributing approximately 1,400 bbls/d (net working interest basis). Importantly, the increased field output includes dry oil contributions from bypassed oil downdip of existing and currently producing wells in one of the field’s deeper reservoir intervals, as well as multiple other attic or bypassed accumulations in the shallower reservoirs. The results of these wells indicate the potential for further development opportunities, which are likely to form the basis of further infill drilling campaigns in 2024 and 2025. Accordingly, the Company anticipates that the enhanced volumes from the Manora oil field will result in a further extension to the field’s economic life. Valeura foresees at least three further infill drilling targets, with individual investment decisions subject, as always, to favourable economic conditions.
In late April 2023, Valeura restarted production from the Wassana oil field, on Licence G10/48, and also announced an agreement to acquire the remaining working interest from its partner, thereby increasing its interest to 100%. Production rates increased on a gradual basis to approximately 2,400 bbls/d, resulting in average production for the full Q2 2023 of 1,628 bbls/d. Following the Manora oil field drilling campaign, Valeura mobilised its drilling rig to the Wassana oil field where it is currently conducting maintenance work including replacing electric submersible pumps which have reached the end of their useful life. Recently, the Company has conducted a thorough review of the subsurface potential at Wassana and has identified the potential for additional oil accumulations in a downdip portion of a fault block to the north of the main field. For clarity, these targets are in addition to the infill drilling programme planned by the Company since its acquisition of the asset. The Company intends to drill two pilot wells now to assess the potential for additional volumes in the northward extension, but will defer production-oriented infill drilling so as to time activity to coincide with a phase of active production operations. Valeura intends to utilise the contracted drilling rig as fully as possible, including adjusting its drilling programme to accelerate the next phase of infill drilling on both the Jasmine and Nong Yao fields, and now anticipates drilling various wells on these fields in 2023, which were previously planned for 2024.
Valeura recorded a full quarter of safe operations during Q2 2023, with no lost time incidents or deviations from its safe work practices. The Company actively records key metrics on its environmental, social, and governance performance, and intends to present these metrics as a component of an inaugural sustainability report in due course, along with an articulation of its forward strategy to ensure the sustainability of its business. Subsequent to the end of the quarter the Company implemented a safety-related intervention in production operations at the Wassana oil field in response to a collision between the third-party operated floating storage and offloading vessel and the field’s catenary anchor leg mooring buoy. The field remains suspended as the Company formulates a plan for its re-start and ongoing safe operation in keeping with its high standards. In the meantime, Valeura is using production downtime at the Wassana oil field to conduct maintenance work.
The Company had no active operations in Turkey during Q2 2023 as it continued its search for a farm-in partner to pursue the next phase of work on its tight gas appraisal play in the Thrace basin, where it holds interests ranging from 63% to 100%.
Valeura has revisited its guidance estimates and now anticipates total capital spending in 2023 of US$155 – 175 million. The downward revision is driven by good drilling operations performance, the move to one (vs two) drilling rigs for the year, as well as adjustments to its forward drilling programme. Operating costs are anticipated to total US$200 – 220 million, reduced from original estimates as the Company begins to realise logistics synergies and economies of scale in relation to the ongoing integration of its Thailand businesses. While changes in the drilling programme will alter the composition of production volumes for the second half of the year, the Company continues to anticipate that it will achieve full year rates of 20,000 – 22,300 bbls/d and accordingly has not changed its production guidance for the year. Given sales prices to date in 2023, the Company also re-affirms its expectation of price realisations approximately equivalent to the Brent crude oil benchmark.
|Original 2023 Guidance
|Updated 2023 Guidance
|20,000 – 22,300 bbls/d
|20,000 – 22,300 bbls/d
|Approximately equivalent to the
Brent crude oil benchmark
|Approximately equivalent to the
Brent crude oil benchmark
|US$220 – 240 million
|US$200 – 220 million
|US$180 – 200 million
|US$155 – 175 million
* Includes FPSO and FSO lease costs
The Company intends to fund its operating costs and capital spending through cash generated from ongoing operations. For clarity, all production, operating costs, and capital spending estimates provided above relate to the full calendar year 2023, and accordingly, include amounts relating to the period prior to completion of the Company’s acquisition of assets from Mubadala Energy, which closed in March 2023.
Valeura’s management team will host an investor and analyst webcast at 08:30 Calgary / 15:30 London / 21:30 Bangkok / 22:30 Singapore tomorrow, August 10, 2023, to discuss today’s announcement. The live audio and video feed can be accessed via the link below. Written questions may be submitted through the webcast system or by email to IR@valeuraenergy.com.
Webcast link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_NDZiMjQ1ZjItMzAxOC00ZTY3LTk3OTgtMTA5YWNkMzI1NTBl%40thread.v2/0?context=%7B%22Tid%22%3A%22a196a1a0-4579-4a0c-b3a3-855f4db8f64b%22%2C%22Oid%22%3A%22241f769c-12ae-4efc-8c14-d2e523040a83%22%2C%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3Atrue%2C%22role%22%3A%22a%22%7D&btype=a&role=a
An audio only feed of the event is available by phone using the Conference ID and dial-in numbers below.
Conference ID: 582 141 370#
Singapore: +65 6450 6302
Thailand: +66 2 026 9035
UK: 0800 640 3933
For further information, please contact:
Valeura Energy Inc. (General Corporate Enquiries) +1 403 237 7102
Sean Guest, President and CEO
Yacine Ben-Meriem, CFO
Valeura Energy Inc. (Investor Enquiries) +1 403 975 6752 / +44 7392 940495
Robin James Martin, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations
Auctus Advisors LLP (Corporate Broker to Valeura) +44 (0) 7711 627 449
CAMARCO (Public Relations, Media Adviser to Valeura) +44 (0) 20 3757 4980
Owen Roberts, Billy Clegg
About the Company
Valeura Energy Inc. is a Canada-based public company engaged in the exploration, development and production of petroleum and natural gas in Thailand and in Turkey. The Company is pursuing a growth-oriented strategy and intends to re-invest into its producing asset portfolio and to deploy resources toward further organic and inorganic growth in Southeast Asia. Valeura aspires toward value accretive growth for stakeholders while adhering to high standards of environmental, social and governance responsibility.
Additional information relating to Valeura is also available on SEDAR+ at www.sedarplus.ca.
Advisory and Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Certain information included in this news release constitutes forward-looking information under applicable securities legislation. Such forward-looking information is for the purpose of explaining management’s current expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that reliance on such information may not be appropriate for other purposes, such as making investment decisions. Forward-looking information typically contains statements with words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “plan”, “intend”, “estimate”, “propose”, “project”, “target” or similar words suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding an outlook. Forward-looking information in this news release includes, but is not limited to: Valeura’s longer term outlook for growth remaining positive; the production, price realisations, operating costs and capital spending guidance for 2023, including the Company’s downward revision to capital and operating spending while keeping production expectations unchanged from earlier disclosure; the Company continuing to fund its operating costs and capital spending through cash generated from ongoing operations; the Company’s aim to repay its debt facility in full during the remainder of 2023; the potential for further infill drilling programmes; the timing to mobilise the Nong Yao C mobile offshore production unit to the field and development drilling thereafter; plans to further infill drill on the Nong Yao accumulations; the Manora oil field infill wells having met or exceeded their pre-drill volume estimates; potential for the extension of the Manora oil field’s economic life; the number of further infill drilling targets on the Manora oil field; the timing and quantum for pilot wells to assess the potential for additional volumes in a northward extension of the Wassana oil field; the components of the forward drilling schedule, including the acceleration of the next phase of infill drilling on both the Jasmine and Nong Yao oil fields and the drilling of various wells on these fields in 2023, which were previously planned for 2024; the Company’s intent to present environmental, social, and governance performance metrics as part of an inaugural sustainability report in due course, along with an articulation of its forward strategy to ensure the sustainability of its business; and the Company’s use of production downtime at the Wassana oil field to conduct maintenance work.
Forward-looking information is based on management’s current expectations and assumptions regarding, among other things: political stability of the areas in which the Company is operating; continued safety of operations and ability to proceed in a timely manner; continued operations of and approvals forthcoming from governments and regulators in a manner consistent with past conduct; future drilling activity on the required/expected timelines; the prospectivity of the Company’s lands; the continued favourable pricing and operating netbacks across its business; future production rates and associated operating netbacks and cash flow; decline rates; future sources of funding; future economic conditions; the impact of inflation of future costs; future currency exchange rates; interest rates; the ability to meet drilling deadlines and fulfil commitments under licences and leases; future commodity prices; the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine; royalty rates and taxes; future capital and other expenditures; the success obtained in drilling new wells and working over existing wellbores; the performance of wells and facilities; the availability of the required capital to funds its exploration, development and other operations, and the ability of the Company to meet its commitments and financial obligations; the ability of the Company to secure adequate processing, transportation, fractionation and storage capacity on acceptable terms; the capacity and reliability of facilities; the application of regulatory requirements respecting abandonment and reclamation; the recoverability of the Company’s reserves and contingent resources; future growth; the sufficiency of budgeted capital expenditures in carrying out planned activities; the impact of increasing competition; the ability to efficiently integrate assets and employees acquired through acquisitions; global energy policies going forward; future debt levels; and the Company’s continued ability to obtain and retain qualified staff and equipment in a timely and cost efficient manner. In addition, the Company’s work programmes and budgets are in part based upon expected agreement among joint venture partners and associated exploration, development and marketing plans and anticipated costs and sales prices, which are subject to change based on, among other things, the actual results of drilling and related activity, availability of drilling, offshore storage and offloading facilities and other specialised oilfield equipment and service providers, changes in partners’ plans and unexpected delays and changes in market conditions. Although the Company believes the expectations and assumptions reflected in such forward-looking information are reasonable, they may prove to be incorrect. Forward-looking information involves significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Exploration, appraisal, and development of oil and natural gas reserves and resources are speculative activities and involve a degree of risk. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the Company including, but not limited to: the ability of management to execute its business plan or realise anticipated benefits from acquisitions; the risk of disruptions from public health emergencies and/or pandemics; competition for specialised equipment and human resources; the Company’s ability to manage growth; the Company’s ability to manage the costs related to inflation; disruption in supply chains; the risk of currency fluctuations; changes in interest rates, oil and gas prices and netbacks; potential changes in joint venture partner strategies and participation in work programmes; uncertainty regarding the contemplated timelines and costs for work programme execution; the risks of disruption to operations and access to worksites; potential changes in laws and regulations, the uncertainty regarding government and other approvals; counterparty risk; the risk that financing may not be available; risks associated with weather delays and natural disasters; and the risk associated with international activity. See the most recent annual information form and management’s discussion and analysis of the Company for a detailed discussion of the risk factors.
Certain forward-looking information in this news release may also constitute “financial outlook” within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Financial outlook involves statements about Valeura’s prospective financial performance or position and is based on and subject to the assumptions and risk factors described above in respect of forward-looking information generally as well as any other specific assumptions and risk factors in relation to such financial outlook noted in this news release. Such assumptions are based on management’s assessment of the relevant information currently available, and any financial outlook included in this news release is made as of the date hereof and provided for the purpose of helping readers understand Valeura’s current expectations and plans for the future. Readers are cautioned that reliance on any financial outlook may not be appropriate for other purposes or in other circumstances and that the risk factors described above or other factors may cause actual results to differ materially from any financial outlook. The forward-looking information contained in this new release is made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities laws. The forward-looking information contained in this new release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
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