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Independent Oil & Gas PLC
30 September 2016
 

30 September 2016

 

 

Independent Oil and Gas plc

 

Interim Results 2016

 

Independent Oil and Gas plc ("IOG" or the "Company") (AIM: IOG.L), the North Sea focused Oil and Gas Company, announces its interim results for the six-month period ended 30 June 2016.

 

 Highlights for the period to 30 June:

·      £10 million secured convertible loan signed with London Oil and Gas Limited ("LOG"), part of the London Group plc, to finance asset acquisitions as well as G&A expenses up to 2018.

This loan is in addition to the £2.75 million and £0.8 million loans also provided by LOG.

£2.0 million loan also secured from GE Oil & Gas Ltd to part fund the Skipper appraisal well.

Martin Ruscoe was appointed to the board of IOG as LOG's representative.

·      Skipper licence extended until 31 December 2016 and appraisal well rescheduled from early 2016 in order to drill in more favourable economic and climatic conditions.

The well was drilled successfully in July-August 2016.

·      Sale and Purchase Agreement ("SPA") signed and completed to acquire from Alpha Petroleum Resources Limited the other 50% of the Blythe gas discovery in Blocks 48/22b and 48/23a in the UK Southern North Sea, giving the Company 100% ownership of this key asset and operatorship of the licence.

Blythe needs no further appraisal and this transaction doubled IOG's independently verified 2P reserves by 17.2 billion cubic feet ("BCF") to 34.3 BCF or 6.1 million barrels of oil equivalent ("MMBoe").

·      SPA signed to acquire 100% of the shares of Oyster Petroleum Limited, a subsidiary of Verus Petroleum, including 100% of Block 49/21a (Licence P039), Block 49/21d (Licence P2122), Block 48/25b (Licence P130) and Block 49/21/c (Licence P1915), which collectively hold three discovered fields known as the Vulcan Satellites.

The Vulcan Satellites hold 2C recoverable resources of 320.7 BCF or 53.45 MMBoe.

·      Loss after tax of £1.06 million (1H 2015 - £0.20 million), cash used in operations £0.44 million (1H 2015 - £0.28 million).

·      Cash resources as at 30 June 2016 of £0.11 million (31 December 2015 - £0.03 million) plus undrawn loans of £13.18 million (2015 - £nil). The Company continues to use its cash resources judiciously.

 

Further progress since 1 July 2016:

·      The Skipper appraisal well in Block 9/21a in the Northern North Sea was drilled over July-August 2016.  The primary objective of securing reservoir quality oil samples was successfully achieved.

·      Board strengthened through the appointment of David Peattie as Independent Non-Executive Chairman and Andrew Hay as a Senior Independent Non-Executive Director.

·      Doug Fenwick appointed to a non-board role as Technical Director.

 

Mark Routh, CEO of IOG, said:

"IOG has made great strides during the first half of the year, continuing to deliver shareholder value as we pursue our hub focussed strategy to create a successful mid-cap development and production company.  IOG is now funded until up until 2018, with an excellent portfolio of wholly owned assets, strengthened Board, management and technical team and the flexibility and creativity to succeed in this challenging market environment.

"We have an incredibly busy work programme planned over the next 12 months as we focus our efforts on the planning of our three different North Sea projects and it promises to be a very exciting time for the Company.

"We would like to thank our shareholders for their continued support and look forward to providing further news flow over the remainder of the year."

 

 

 

Enquiries:

 

Independent Oil and Gas plc

Mark Routh (CEO)

Peter Young (CFO)

 

+44 (0) 20 3206 1565

finnCap Ltd

Matt Goode/Christopher Raggett (Corporate Finance)

 

+44 (0) 20 7220 0500

Camarco

Billy Clegg / Georgia Mann

+44 (0) 20 3757 4980

 

 

Independent Oil and Gas plc

 

Interim report

for the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

 

The Directors present their interim report of operations and unaudited consolidated financial statements of Independent Oil and Gas plc ("the Company") and its subsidiaries ("the Group") for the six months ended 30 June 2016.  All amounts are shown in Pounds Sterling, unless otherwise stated.

 

This interim financial report is the responsibility of and has been approved by the Directors.  The Directors are responsible for preparing the interim report which has not been reviewed by the Company's auditors. In addition to the results for the first six months of 2016 ("1H 2016") comparative information is provided for the six months ended 30 June 2015 ("1H 2015") and the year ended 31 December 2015 ("FY 2015").

As disclosed in note 1, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs).  The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, ''Interim Financial Reporting'', as adopted by the European Union.

Chief Executive's Review

In the first half of 2016 we continued to expand and progress our portfolio, with important acquisitions signed in the Southern North Sea ("SNS") giving us the platform to develop two gas hubs in the SNS with combined 2C resources of almost 400 BCF.  During the period considerable work was also dedicated to preparing to drill the appraisal well on the Skipper discovery, now operated and owned 100% by the Company and shortly after the period end the well was successfully drilled.  This is an important milestone for IOG as the Company's first 100% owned and operated well, successfully undertaken amid challenging industry conditions.  This achievement is testament to the IOG team's ability to collaborate with financial partners, industry contractors, service providers and regulators in the midst of the industry downturn.

 

In February 2016 we agreed a £10 million convertible three-year loan with London Oil and Gas Limited ("LOG") which was subsequently completed in March.  This was in addition to the previously announced funding facilities  from GE Oil & Gas Ltd ("GE") of £2m to part fund the Skipper well and from LOG of £2.75m and £800k.  In combination this brought the total funding available to £15.55 million, providing an excellent platform to consolidate and expand the business.  The £10 million LOG loan is secured against IOG's assets and is fully convertible at LOG's election into ordinary shares in IOG at 8p. 

 

Of the £10 million LOG loan, £3 million is specifically designated to covering corporate general and administrative expenses ("G&A") over the term, which ensures IOG has working capital and financial security up to 2018.  The remaining £7 million is earmarked for portfolio development, whether organically or through suitable M&A activity, subject to specific approval to drawdown from LOG.  As detailed below, soon after closing the funding we were able to deploy some of these funds towards value-accretive transactions focused on the Southern North Sea.  The Company continues to evaluate other appropriate acquisition opportunities as they arise.

 

IOG was very pleased to appoint Martin Ruscoe as a Director of the Company and board representative of LOG.  Martin has vast experience in broking and investment, with over 200 institutional fund-raisings to his name, making him an excellent addition to the team.  Under the terms of the £10 million loan, LOG retains the right to appoint one further representative to the IOG board.

 

Subsequent to the reporting period, IOG was also delighted to make two further important additions to the board, with David Peattie coming in as Independent Non-Executive Chairman and Andrew Hay as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director.  A petroleum engineer by background, David is a very experienced oil and gas executive, having worked for BP for 33 years including in a number of important technical, commercial and senior management positions.  He was subsequently CEO of Fairfield Energy.  Andrew is a managing director in Edmond de Rothschild Securities (UK) Limited's corporate finance group, which he ran for 15 years, specialising in M&A and capital raising.  Andrew is also the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Aminex plc, the East Africa focussed oil and gas company with a full listing on the London Stock Exchange.  He previously held senior positions at Schroders and ING Barings.  Doug Fenwick also joined the management team as Technical Director having worked with us on several projects over the last few years.  Doug was formerly the CEO of MPX Energy Ltd and is a qualified Petroleum Geologist with over 35 years' industry experience.  He is currently chair of audit for The Geological Society.  These are all superb additions to the IOG team which will further strengthen our capabilities as we scale up for the various development projects in our portfolio.

 

Also subsequent to the reporting period Mike Jordan resigned from the board and leaves with IOG's thanks for his contribution and best wishes for the future.

 

Concluding the funding arrangements with LOG and GE has put IOG in a position not only to survive the ongoing industry downturn but to capture some of the opportunities that it has created.  During the period, IOG was able to sign two very important acquisitions, namely Blythe and the Vulcan Satellites, the former of which also completed during the period and the latter is due to complete in the near future.

 

In April 2016, IOG signed an SPA to acquire the other 50% of the licence which contains the Blythe gas discovery in the Southern North Sea, via our subsidiary IOG North Sea Limited.  The transaction completed in June 2016.  The consideration was £1.5 million at completion with a further US$5 million to be paid upon first gas.  This was an important transaction for a number of reasons. Firstly, it doubled IOG's independently verified 2P reserves to 34.3 BCF or 6.1 MMBoe at an attractive price of $2.31/Boe.  Secondly, IOG became Operator of the Blythe licence, which requires no further appraisal and is ready for development.  Thirdly, this put IOG in control of the Blythe hub for the first time, as - subject to completion of the Cronx acquisition - we now own 100% of this licence and adjacent ones holding other discoveries and prospects which could be co-developed with Blythe, such as Cronx, Elgood, Harvey, Truman, Hambleton, Tetley and Rebellion.  Control over the Blythe area enables IOG to move forward with a development plan to bring this dormant discovery into production.  Finally, it opens up the possibility of further evaluation of the discovered gas in the Carboniferous beneath Blythe and the oil in the Zechstein fractured carbonates above the main Blythe reservoir.  IOG has long viewed Blythe as the centrepiece of the first development in our hub strategy and this transaction is a key step to realising that ambition.

 

In June 2016, IOG signed a SPA with Verus Petroleum to acquire its subsidiary Oyster Petroleum Limited, which on completion will hold the three Vulcan Satellites fields.  The consideration is £5 million in total, spread over several milestones up to first gas from the fields, with only £1 million to be paid at completion.  The Vulcan Satellites are independently estimated to hold 320.7 BCF 2C recoverable resources collectively between them and like Blythe they are ready for development with no further appraisal required.

 

This is another very significant transaction for IOG.  Upon completion, this will substantially increase the Company's 2C recoverable resources, potentially to more than 100 MMBoe.  Just as importantly, the Vulcan Satellites will represent a second Southern North Sea gas hub, only 30-45km east of the Blythe gas hub.  Our development plans aim to realise considerable synergies between the two hubs, thereby improving the overall economics considerably.  We are in advanced discussions about an export route for these gas hubs and work has already commenced on the Field Development Plans.

 

The entry price for the Vulcan Satellites is very low at only $0.22/Boe and furthermore, Oyster Petroleum Limited holds approximately $25.6m in UK pre-trading expenditure which can reduce the future amount of tax payable.  Overall, the transaction is a very good fit, giving IOG control over a larger portfolio of dormant discoveries in the Southern North Sea all of which have the potential to be developed through common existing infrastructure.  Upon completion, IOG will have approximately two thirds gas and one third oil in its resources and reserves, leaving us a well-balanced and diversified operator with sufficient scale to become a significant development and production company.

 

IOG is targeting to convert its 102 MMBoe combined 2P reserves and 2C resources from its existing portfolio of assets and acquisitions into 2P reserves and within five years reaching a production target of 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day ("Boepd") from a combination of the two SNS hub developments and Skipper.

 

The ongoing slump in oil prices and particularly tough conditions in the North Sea market mean that companies like IOG need to show real tenacity, flexibility and creativity in order to succeed.  I believe we continue to demonstrate all these qualities to a great extent.  As a small, focussed team we have already shown our ability to make limited resources stretch a long way and there is still much more that we can do in this regard.  The commercial structures that IOG put together for the Skipper appraisal well are a useful example of collaborative project planning in the current climate, creating a positive outcome for all parties.  Considerable time and effort was spent in the first half of this year putting the appropriate arrangements in place with the drilling contractor, oilfield service companies, our well management company and numerous other well service and equipment providers, in order to make the Skipper well happen and ensure a successful outcome.  These counterparties are all expected to be involved in any subsequent development of the Skipper field.  Thanks to these efforts, the cost of the well was to a large extent deferred until the end of 2017.  In addition to deferrals, we also secured a loan from GE, one of the key suppliers which covered a significant portion of the well budget.  This contractor-led approach on Skipper points to a new phase of industry collaboration in the North Sea, which is very encouraging not only for the Skipper but also for IOG's Southern North Sea gas hubs.  Capital efficiency, innovative structuring and collaborative risk sharing will continue to be key themes.

 

Although the industry environment is likely to remain challenging, we continue to believe that there is a viable future for the North Sea when assets are in the right hands and managed appropriately with a reduced cost base.  Over the first half of 2016 we have begun to see industry cost structures finally re-adjusting to the 'lower for longer' oil price reality in which we have operated since 2014.  At the same time, we have a regulator in the OGA who is empowered not merely to regulate, but actively to promote greater efficiency and collaboration and to help operators like IOG to achieve the UK target of Maximising Economic Recovery from the North Sea.  The North Sea M&A market is active and where smart solutions can be found for tricky issues like decommissioning liabilities, mutually beneficial deals can be done.  It remains one of IOG's strategic priorities to find suitable production acquisitions that would make us a producer as well as a developer and provide a healthy cash flow.  Alongside this we continue to work extremely hard on progressing our development projects.  In the next phase we will be working on three distinct North Sea developments, which promises to be a very exciting time for the Company.  It has been pleasing to watch the share price recover from its lows around the turn of the year and regain to be well above those levels at the time of writing and we are optimistic that we can add significant additional value.  We thank our shareholders for their continued support and look forward to providing further news flow over the remainder of the year.

 

 

Operational Review

 

Skipper

 

The Skipper oil discovery is in Block 9/21a in the Northern North Sea in licence P1609.  During July-August 2016, IOG drilled the planned appraisal well on Skipper with the primary objective of obtaining reservoir quality oil samples in order to ascertain the properties of the Skipper oil in order to design the optimum field development plan.  Skipper has independently verified gross 2C resources of 26.2 MMBbls.

Although the oil is moving in the reservoir, the first sample results indicate that the oil is approximately 11° API and has a significantly higher viscosity than expected.  These measurements do not align with our observations and therefore the remaining samples need to be reviewed and tested.  Next steps will then be reservoir modelling to consider potential development options.  Determining commerciality may therefore take several months.  The quality of the sands, although not cored, suggest permeabilities in excess of 10 Darcies, significantly better than previously assumed.  As the crest of the Skipper reservoir in the appraisal well was found to be 44ft shallower than prognosed, management's estimate of the most likely oil in place has increased from 136.5 MMBbls to 142.6 MMBbls.

 

Blythe

 

As detailed above, IOG now owns 100% of the Blythe licence P1736, having acquired the other 50% and Operatorship from Alpha Petroleum Resources Limited during the period.  Taking over the Operatorship has enabled IOG to control the development process for Blythe and a number of work-streams are now running in parallel, including preparation of the FDP, negotiations around an offtake solution and discussions with infrastructure and service providers for the development.  The Company aims to submit the FDP by the end of 2016 and first gas is targeted in mid-2018.  The plan remains to develop Blythe through a single horizontal tri-lateral well.

Blythe needs no further appraisal and has independently verified gross 2P reserves of 34.3 BCF (6.1 MMBoe) which is 17.2 BCF (3.0 MMBoe) net to IOG.

IOG has undertaken a Blythe Hub 3D seismic reprocessing project over a 250km2 data set acquired from Schlumberger Western-Geco covering the Blythe Hub licence areas.  Re-interpretation and re-mapping is underway with initial results of the Leman horizon mapping giving improved structural definition than pervious data sets.  The plan is to map the Rotliegendes Leman formation, the oil-bearing Hauptdolomit above and the gas-bearing Carboniferous below the main discoveries across the entire Blythe hub acreage.  This will not only allow for the optimisation of the well locations for the development wells planned in the Rotliegendes discoveries, but will also give IOG the best view it has had to date of the hydrocarbon bearing structures both above and beneath the main Blythe field.  In particular, the opportunity to fracture-stimulate the Carboniferous discovery beneath Blythe, should now be able to be assessed.  The Blythe Hub seismic re-mapping project should be completed by October 2016.

 

Blythe East Area - Truman Prospect and Harvey Discovery

 

A licence award over blocks 48/23a and 48/24b was announced in December 2013 in the 27th Licencing Round and signed in February 2014.  IOG has committed to make a drill or drop decision on this licence by December 2016.  IOG has identified two potential structures in the area in the Rotliegend Sandstone, one of which (Harvey) has confirmed gas shows when drilled by Arco in 1984.  The Blythe Hub seismic re-mapping project will give IOG more clarity on the commerciality of Truman and Harvey.

 

 

Cronx

 

The Company announced on 5 March 2014 that it had agreed to acquire a 100% working interest in the Cronx licence (Block 48/22a, licence P1737) from Swift Exploration.  The Cronx gas discovery is 14km north-west of the Blythe field.  An initial consideration of £100,000 was paid in 2014 and another £100,947 in March 2016 with the balance of £289,000 to be paid upon completion with production milestone payments to be paid to Swift as previously detailed.

Agreement has been reached to extend the Cronx SPA by one month to the end of October 2016.  Completion of the acquisition is subject to OGA approval.

Cronx was discovered in 2007 by well 48/22b-6 drilled by Perenco UK Ltd.  Cronx is most likely to be developed in conjunction with the Elgood discovery as part of the Blythe hub, with export being via Blythe.

The Blythe Hub seismic re-mapping project has given IOG more clarity on the commerciality of Cronx. 

 

Elgood

 

The Elgood Field was discovered in 1991 by well 48/22-4, drilled by Enterprise Oil.  It is a good quality Rotliegend Leman sandstone reservoir that tested gas at rates in excess of 17 MMscfd.  Gas was also tested from the Hauptdolomit interval 700 feet above the Leman interval but at low rates without stimulation.

IOG estimates that the gas in place at Elgood is 7 BCF (minimum), 19 BCF (Most Likely), 30 BCF (maximum), with recoverable gas resources of 5 BCF (minimum), 15 BCF (Most Likely) and 24 BCF (maximum).  Elgood would be developed as part of the Blythe gas hub alongside Cronx.

 

Tetley & Rebellion Prospects

 

IOG estimates that the gas in place at Tetley & Rebellion prospects on licence P2260 is 10 BCF  (minimum), 26 BCF (Most Likely), 69 BCF (maximum), with recoverable gas resources of 7 BCF (minimum), 20 BCF (Most Likely) and 44 BCF (maximum).  Tetley also has a small oil resource with estimated OIIP of 1MMBbl (minimum), 5 MMBbls (Most Likely) and 14 MMBbls (maximum).  The Blythe Hub seismic re-mapping project will give IOG more clarity on the commerciality of Tetley & Rebellion.

 

Hambleton Discovery

 

Block 48/22c, previously awarded 100% to IOG in November 2014 in the 28th UK offshore licensing round, was extended by 42km² in 2015 to include the Hambleton discovery.  Hambleton was discovered in 2005 by well 48/22c-5, drilled by Century Exploration.  It is a good quality Rotliegend Leman sandstone reservoir that was not progressed to development due to its size and the prevailing gas prices at the time.

IOG estimates that the gas in place at Hambleton is 3 BCF (minimum), 8 BCF (Most Likely), 33 BCF (maximum), with recoverable gas resources of 2 BCF (minimum), 6 BCF (Most Likely) and 26 BCF (maximum).  The Blythe Hub seismic re-mapping project will give IOG more clarity on the commerciality of Hambleton.

 

 

Financial Review

 

The post-tax loss for the first six months of 2016 was £1.06 million, compared to a loss of £0.20 million for the first six months of 2015 and a profit of £5.32 million for full year 2015.

 

The current period loss includes charges of £0.34 million for other administrative expenses (1H 2015 - £0.18 million), exploration costs of £0.17 million (1H 2015 - £0.01 million), share-based payments of £0.27 million (1H 2015 - £0.20 million) and an exchange loss of £0.16 million (1H 2015 - £0.02 million gain) plus finance expenses of £0.12 million (1H 2015 - £0.17 million gain).

 

Increases in other administrative expenses and exploration costs reflect higher levels of corporate and asset activity.  Share-based payments relate to the fair value of issued share options spread over their vesting periods. Full year 2015 results included a £6.17 million reversal of provisions for impairment of oil and gas properties made in 2014.  An exchange loss of £0.16 million for the current period compared to a gain of £0.02 million for the equivalent period of 2015, reflecting fluctuations in exchange rates for US$ denominated creditors.  Finance expenses include £0.05 million (1H 2015 - £nil) of loan charges calculated on an effective interest rate basis plus £0.05 million (1H 2015 - £0.04 million) of other interest.  The equivalent period of 2015 included a gain of £0.25 million reflecting the realised value of shares sold under the funding facility with Darwin Strategic Limited ("Darwin") compared to their lower carrying value.

 

Oil and gas costs held as non-current assets of £17.01 million at 30 June 2016 (31 December 2015 - £14.82 million) represent charges incurred on the Group's Skipper and Blythe pre-development interests including a 1H cost of £1.50 million for the acquisition of an additional 50% of the Blythe licence and field.  Current assets include an advance of £0.49 million (31 December 2015 - £nil) against the rig contract for the Skipper well and £1.25 million (31 December 2015 - £1.36 million) of prepaid costs for loan facilities that remained undrawn at mid-year. Current liabilities include an amount or £0.82 million due to Weatherford Technical Services (31 December 2015 - £1.46 million), the reduction reflecting a transfer to non-current liabilities after a partial deferral until 20 December 2017. Capital and reserves increased during the period from £13.48 million at 31 December 2015 to £14.19 million through the issue of 2,982,139 new ordinary shares in satisfaction of options exercised and 13,603,664 new ordinary shares in settlement of charges related to the Skipper well and corporate costs, partly offset by the loss for the period.  In addition, a convertible debt reserve of £0.15 million was created reflecting the equity element of convertible debt drawings.

 

After adjustment for non-cash items, cash used in operations was £0.44 million (1H 2015 - £0.28 million). Investing activities comprised the purchase of intangible exploration assets of £0.42 million (1H 2015 - £0.35 million) plus £1.5 million for the Blythe acquisition (2015 - £nil).  This was principally funded through borrowings of £2.37 million (1H 2015 - £0.12 million net repayment).

 

Funding and liquidity

 

As at 30 June 2016 the Group had cash resources of £107,000 plus undrawn loan facilities totalling £13.18 million. This funding is expected to be sufficient to meet existing obligations and to take the Company's Blythe gas field through to the submission of an FDP, at which point the Company intends to arrange finance for the full development project.

The Company has reached agreement that part of the costs of the Skipper appraisal well will be satisfied through the issue of ordinary shares and that other costs may be deferred until end 2017. This demonstrates that the Company has a capability to reach effective arrangements with contractors to minimise near term cash outflows. Management will continue to seek mutually beneficial arrangements of this type so as to manage its cash resources efficiently.

On this basis, management considers that the Company has sufficient financial resources to meet its obligations and contracted commitments over at least the next twelve months.

 

Risks and uncertainties

 

The Group operates in the oil and gas industry, an environment subject to a range of inherent risks and uncertainties.  Being at an early stage the prime risks to which the Group is subject are the access to sufficient funding to continue its operations, the status and financing of its partners, changes in cost and reserves estimates for its assets, operational delays and failures, changes in forward commodity prices and the successful development of its oil and gas reserves.  Further details can be found in the audited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2015.

 

Key performance indicators

 

The Group's main business is the acquisition and exploitation of oil and gas acreage.  Non-financial performance is tracked through the accumulation of licence interests and the successful discovery and exploitation of oil and gas reserves.

 

 

Outlook

 

IOG has made great strides during the first half of the year and is now preparing to work on three different development projects, one in the Northern North Sea and two in the Southern North Sea.  Despite a tough industry environment, there is significant value to be unlocked from each of these projects in the IOG portfolio by managing low cost developments.  The Group is now significantly better funded than this time last year and this in turn will enable us to focus our efforts on planning the developments, building the right industry partnerships and securing the necessary development finance.  The Company has also strengthened both the board and the management and technical team, and further additions are likely to be made as we enter a period of unprecedented activity.  I am more confident than ever that we have the right people, assets and strategy to achieve our ambitions of becoming a successful mid-cap development and production company with more than 100 MMBoe in 2P reserves and 50,000 Boe production over the coming years.

 

Mark Routh

CEO

 

29 September 2016
 

Independent Oil and Gas plc

 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

for the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

Note

1H 2016

 1H 2015

FY 2015

 

 

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other administrative expenses

 

(340)

(184)

(512)

Reversal of impairment

6

-

-

6,169

Exploration costs written off

 

(167)

-

(10)

Share-based payments

11

(268)

(198)

(321)

Foreign exchange (loss)/gain

 

(163)

16

(65)

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

Total administrative and other (expenses)/gains

 

(938)

(366)

5,261

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

Operating (loss)/profit

 

(938)

(366)

5,261

 

 

 

 

 

Finance (expense)/income

3

(123)

168

61

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit for the period before tax

 

(1,061)

(198)

5,322

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation

4

-

-

-

 

 

_________

_________

_________

Total comprehensive (loss)/profit for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

 

(1,061)

 

(198)

 

5,322

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                            

(Loss)/profit for the period per ordinary share - basic

 

5
(1.2)p
(0.29)p

   7.4p

 

(Loss)/profit for the period per ordinary share - diluted

5

 

(1.2)p
(0.29)p

 6.5p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

The loss for the period (2015: profit for the year) arose from continuing activities.

 

 

 

 

Independent Oil and Gas plc

 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

for the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

 

 

Share capital

Share premium

Share- based payment reserve

Convertible debt 

reserve

Retained

deficit

Total

equity

Group

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2015

692

17,163

1,754

-

(13,629)

5,980

Share capital issued

30

315

-

-

-

345

Issue of share options

-

-

321

-

-

321

Issue costs

-

(10)

-

-

-

(10)

Issue of warrants

-

-

1,272

-

-

1,272

Settlement of loan

65

181

-

-

-

246

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

5,322

5,322

 

______

_______

_______

_______

______

_______

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2015

787

17,649

3,347

-

(8,307)

13,476

 

______

_______

_______

_______

______

_______

 

Share capital issued

-     upon exercise of options

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-     in satisfaction of creditors

136

1,097

-

-

-

1,233

-     gain on subsequent sale

-

99

-

-

-

99

Convertible loan - equity element

-

-

-

146

-

146

Share options exercised

30

345

(345)

-

-

30

Issue of share options

-

-

234

-

-

234

Issue of warrants

-

-

35

-

-

35

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(1,061)

(1,061)

 

______

_______

_______

_______

______

_______

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2016

953

19,190

3,271

146

(9,368)

14,192

 

______

_______

_______

_______

______

_______

 

Share capital

Amounts subscribed for share capital at nominal value.

 

Share premium account

Amounts received by the Company on the issue of its shares in excess of the nominal value of the shares.

 

Share-based payment reserve

Amounts reflecting fair value of options and warrants issued.

 

Convertible debt reserve

Amounts reflecting the equity element of convertible debt instruments.

 

Retained deficit

Cumulative net gains and losses recognised in the Statement of Comprehensive Income net of amounts recognised directly in equity.

 

 

 

Independent Oil and Gas plc

 

Consolidated statement of financial position

at 30 June 2016

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

Note

30 June 2016

30 June 2015

31 December 2015

 

 

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Exploration and evaluation assets

6

17,007

 7,886

14,818

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Other receivables and prepayments

 

1,824

156

1,493

Derivative financial asset

 

-

181

-

Cash and cash equivalents

 

107

26

23

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

1,931

363

1,516

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

18,938

8,249

16,334

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Loans

 

-

(358)

-

Trade and other payables

 

(1,504)

(158)

(2,565)

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

(1,504)

(516)

(2,565)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

9

(1,133)

(1,608)

(293)

Loans

 

(2,109)

-

-

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

(4,746)

(2,124)

(2,858)

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

NET ASSETS

 

14,192

6,125

13,476

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

Capital and reserves

 

 

 

 

Called-up equity share capital

10

953

698

787

Share premium account

10

19,190

17,302

17,649

Share-based payment reserve

11

3,271

1,952

3,347

Convertible debt reserve

 

146

-

-

Retained deficit

 

(9,368)

(13,827)

(8,307)

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14,192

6,125

13,476

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

The financial statements were approved and authorised for issue by the Board of Directors on 29 September 2016 and were signed on its behalf by:

 

 

Peter Young

Director

 

 

Independent Oil and Gas plc

 

Consolidated cash flow statement

for the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

 

1H 2016

1H 2015

FY 2015

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit after tax

 

(1,061)

(198)

5,322

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

Reversal of impairment of oil and gas properties

 

-

-

(6,169)

Finance cost of derivative asset

 

-

19

-

Interest on loans and creditors rolled up

 

95

38

123

Share-based payments

 

268

198

321

Foreign exchange

 

163

(16)

65

Creditors settled in shares

 

  87

-

-

Gain on derivative financial assets

 

-

(254)

(204)

Decrease/(increase) in trade and other receivables

 

112

(10)

(136)

(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables

 

(108)

(58)

187

 

 

_________

_________

________

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in operating activities

 

(444)

(281)

(491)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

Purchase of intangible non-current assets

 

(420)

(350)

(494)

Acquisition of intangible non-current assets

 

(1,500)

-

-

 

 

_________

_________

________

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(1,920)

(350)

(494)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from issue of ordinary shares

 

30

-

345

Share issue costs

 

-

-

(10)

Share of gain from subsequent sale of shares

 

52

-

-

Loans drawn down/(repaid)

 

2,366

(121)

(237)

Amounts received from derivative financial instruments

 

-

380

512

 

 

_________

_________

________

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash generated from financing activities

 

2,448

259

610

 

 

 

 

 

Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents in the period

 

  84

(372)

(375)

Cash and cash equivalents at start of period

 

23

398

398

 

 

_________

_________

________

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

107

26

23

 

 

_________

_________

________

 

Significant non-cash transactions:

During the first six months of 2016, the Company issued 13,603,664 ordinary shares at an average price of 9.06 pence in satisfaction of various liabilities totalling £1,233,000.

 

 

 

Independent Oil and Gas plc

 

Notes to the financial statements

for the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

 

1

Accounting policies

 

General Information

 

Independent Oil and Gas plc is a company domiciled in the United Kingdom.  The unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2016 include the accounts of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries IOG North Sea Limited and IOG Skipper Limited, together referred to as the 'Group'.

 

Statement of significant accounting policies

 

These condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34, "Interim Financial Reporting", as adopted by the European Union.  These financial statements do not include all disclosures required in a complete set of annual financial statements and therefore should be read in conjunction with the Group's financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015.

 

The principal accounting policies used in the preparation of the condensed consolidated financial statements for the six months to 30 June 2016 are consistent with those used in the preparation of the Group's audited financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015 which have been filed with the Registrar of Companies.  The IASB has issued a number of IFRS and IFRIC amendments or interpretations since the last annual report was published.  It is not expected that any of these will have a material impact on the Group.

 

The annual financial statements are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union, International Accounting Standards and Interpretations (collectively "IFRSs") and with those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies preparing their accounts under IFRS. The Independent Auditors' Report included in the statutory Annual Report for 2015 was unqualified and did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006. The Report did however include reference to matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis regarding Going Concern.

 

Funding and liquidity

 

As at 30 June 2016 the Group had cash resources of £107,000 plus undrawn loan facilities totalling £13.18 million. This funding is expected to be sufficient to meet existing obligations and to take the Company's Blythe gas field through to the submission of a field development plan, at which point the Company intends to arrange finance for the full development project.

 

The Company has reached agreement that part of the costs of the Skipper appraisal well will be satisfied through the issue of ordinary shares and that other costs may be deferred until end 2017. This demonstrates that the Company has a capability to reach effective arrangements with contractors to minimise near term cash outflows. Management will continue to seek mutually beneficial arrangements of this type so as to manage its cash resources efficiently.

 

On this basis, management considers that the Group has sufficient financial resources to meet its obligations and contracted commitments over at least the next twelve months.

 

 

 

2

 

Segmental information

 

The Group complies with IFRS 8, Operating Segments, which requires operating segments to be identified on the basis of internal reports about components of the Group that are regularly reviewed by the Directors to allocate resources to the segments and to assess their performance.  In the opinion of the Directors, the operations of the Group comprise one class of business, being the exploration and development of oil and gas opportunities in the UK North Sea.

 

 

 

3

Finance expense/(gain)

 

 

 

 

1H 2016

1H 2015

FY 2015

 

 

 

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest on creditors

49

38

123

 

 

Finance cost of derivative asset

-

19

-

 

 

Gain on derivative financial asset

-

(254)

(204)

 

 

Effective interest rate on loan facilities

46

-

-

 

 

Other finance expense

28

29

20

 

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

123

(168)

(61)

 

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

4

Taxation

 

 

 

a) Current taxation

 

There was no tax charge during the period since the Group had no income.  Expenditures to-date will be accumulated for offset against future tax charges.  The average standard rate applicable to the first six months of 2016 was 20% and to the first six months of 2015 was 20.5%.

 

b) Deferred taxation

 

Due to the nature of the Group's exploration activities there is a long lead time in either developing or otherwise realising the value of exploration assets.  A deferred tax asset will only be created if there is reasonable certainty that profits will be earned in the foreseeable future.

                                                                                                     

 

5

(Loss)/profit per share

 

The calculation of earnings per share is based on the loss attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period.

 

 

 

 

1H 2016

1H 2015

FY 2015

 

 

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/gain for the period

(1,061)

(198)

5,322

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares

88,210,213

69,264,601

71,510,947

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares - diluted basis

n/a

n/a

81,608,317

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit per share - undiluted

1.2 p

(0.29)p

7.4p

 

(Loss)/profit per share - diluted

1.2 p

(0.29)p

6.5p

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

6

Non-current assets

 

 

Oil and gas costs pending determination

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

 

2016

2015

2015

 

 

£000

£000

£000

 

At cost:

 

 

 

 

At beginning of the period

16,903

15,767

15,767

 

Acquisitions

1,500

-

-

 

Additions

689

373

1,136

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

 

At end of the period

19,092

16,140

16,903

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

 

Write-downs at beginning of the period

(2,085)

(8,254)

(8,254)

 

Impairment reversal

-

-

6,169

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

 

At end of period

(2,085)

(8,254)

(2,085)

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

Net book value:

 

 

 

 

At 30 June/31 December

17,007

7,886

14,818

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January

14,818

7,513

7,513

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

These costs principally comprise expenditures on the Group's Blythe and Skipper field interests plus some amounts on newly awarded licence interests.  The Blythe and Skipper licences have been extended to 31 December 2016.

 

On 22 December 2015, the Company announced the completion of the acquisition of the other 50% interest in licence P1609 (Block 9/21a) containing the Skipper field from Alpha Petroleum Limited. The Company now owns 100% of the licence and field and has assumed operatorship.  Under the terms of the agreement the Company will pay US$3 million upon approval of a Skipper field development plan and a further US$15 million shortly after field production has commenced.  At year-end 2015 following a revised valuation, the total impairment of £6,169,000 previously provided against the field in 2014 was reversed and the gain was taken to the statement of comprehensive income.

 

On 19 April 2016, the Company signed an agreement to acquire the other 50% interest in licence P1736 (Blocks 48/22b and 48/23a) containing the Blythe gas discovery, from Alpha Petroleum Limited for an initial consideration of £1.5 million payable at completion with deferred consideration of a further US$5 million to be paid at first gas.  On 21 June 2016, IOG announced the completion of this acquisition and consequently now owns 100% of the field and has assumed operatorship.

 

 

 

 

7

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

 

2016

2015

2015

 

 

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share subscriptions due

4

145

-

 

Prepaid costs associated with undrawn loan facilities

1,253

-

1,354

 

Other receivables and prepayments

567

11

139

 

Derivative financial asset

 -

181

-

 

Cash and cash equivalents

107

26

23

 

 

_________

________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,931

363

1,516

 

 

_________

________

_________

 

Prepaid costs include £1,253,000 (31 Dec 2015 - £1,354,000) representing the fair value of warrants plus legal and other costs associated with arrangement of loan facilities that had not been drawn down at 30 June 2016. Upon draw-down, the amounts will be debited against the respective loan facilities and will be amortised over the life of each facility through the effective interest rate method. During 1H 2016, total costs increased by £54,000 and £157,000 were debited against the loan facilities.

 

Other receivables and prepayments include an advance payment of £496,000 due under the contract for the rig to drill the Skipper well in 3Q 2016.  This was satisfied through the issue of 2,700,000 ordinary shares.

 

The derivative financial asset represented the carrying value of notes held in Darwin Strategic Limited which were fully redeemed during 2015.

 

 

8

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

 

2016

2015

2015

 

 

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans

-

358

-

 

Trade and other payables

1,201

62

2,307

 

Amounts due to joint venture partners

165

35

63

 

Accruals

138

61

195

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,504

516

2,565

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

During the first half of 2016, Group trade and other payables denominated in US$ were increased by £163,000 (1H 2015 - reduction of £16,000) through changes to the £/US$ exchange rate.

Of the Group's total trade payables, £832,000 is due to Weatherford Technical Services Limited no later than 31 December 2016. A further £833,000 is due no later than 20 December 2017 which was recently extended from 20 September 2016 and consequently that amount has been transferred to non-current liabilities. However, if during the remainder of 2016, Brent closes above US$50 per barrel for 30 consecutive days, that amount will also become payable by 31 December 2016.  Interest is charged on both current and non-current amounts at 9% p.a. and will increase to 12% effective 1 January 2017 for any amounts outstanding.

 

At 30 June 2015, loans totalling £358,000 were outstanding to Darwin Strategic Limited of which £112,000 was subsequently paid during 2H 2015 before the balance of £246,000 was converted into ordinary shares on 13 October 2015. 

 

 

9

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

30 June 2016

30 June 2015

31 December 2015

 

 

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

1,133

1,608

293

 

Loans

2,109

-

-

 

 

_________

_________

_________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,242

1,608

293

 

 

_________

_________

_________

           

 

Of the Group's non-current trade and other payables, £300,000 is not due until after sustained production is achieved from the Skipper field and is non-interest bearing.  The balance of £833,000 is due by 20 December 2017 unless the conditions described in note 8 arise.  Interest on that amount is charged at 9% during 2016 rising to 12% thereafter.

 

On 7 December 2015 new loan facilities were announced for £2.75 million and £2.0 million arranged with London Oil and Gas Limited and GE Oil and Gas Limited respectively.  On 11 December 2015 a further loan was announced for £0.8 million arranged with London Oil and Gas Limited.  Each facility remained undrawn as 31 December 2015. Warrants were issued to London Oil and Gas Limited and GE Oil and Gas Limited in respect of the above facilities and recorded at fair value.  As the facilities were undrawn at year end 2015, the value of the warrants plus associated costs were treated as a prepayment at the year-end.  On draw down the prepayment amounts are debited against the loan facility and amortised over the life of the facility through the effective interest rate calculation.

At 30 June 2016, £866,000 had been drawn against the £2.75 million facility and £1,500,000 had been drawn against the £10 million facility.  Interest and other charges, calculated on an effective interest basis, of £46,000 had been added to total amounts outstanding.  In addition, an equity element of £146,000 has been calculated and transferred to reserves.  Costs of £157,000 associated with the drawn amounts have been transferred from prepayments and debited against these facilities.

 

 

 

10

Equity share capital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share

Share

 

 

 

 

capital

premium

Total

 

 

Number

£000

£000

£000

 

Allotted, issued and fully paid

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2015

 

 

 

 

 

- Ordinary shares of 1 penny each

69,247,764

692

17,163

17,855

 

Equity issued

609,500

6

139

145

 

Equity issued

210,174

2

48

50

 

Settlement of loan via issue of shares

6,507,399

65

181

246

 

Equity issued

2,142,858

22

128

150

 

Placing fees

-

-

(10)

(10)

 

 

_________

_________

_________

_________

 

At 31 December 2015

 

 

 

 

 

- Ordinary shares of 1 penny each

78,717,695

787

17,649

18,436

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity issued:

 

 

 

 

 

-     management options exercised

2,982,139

30

345

375

 

-     in satisfaction of creditors

13,603,664

136

1,097

1,233

 

-     gain on subsequent sale of shares

-

-

99

99

 

 

_________

_________

_________

_________

 

At 30 June 2016

 

 

 

 

 

- Ordinary shares of 1 penny each

95,303,498

953

19,190

20,143

 

 

_________

_________

_________

_________

 

On 25 June 2015, the Company issued 609,500 ordinary shares and on 2 July 2015 the Company issued a further 210,174 ordinary shares at subscription prices of 23.79 pence each to raise total proceeds of £145,000 and £50,000 respectively.

 

On 13 October 2015, the Company issued 6,507,399 ordinary shares at a subscription price of 3.777 pence each in satisfaction of total debt of £246,000. The conversion price reflected 85% of the average quoted market price for IOG's shares over the three lowest average prices over the preceding 10-day trading period.

 

On 21 October 2015, the Company issued 2,142,858 ordinary shares at a subscription price of 7 pence each to raise total proceeds of £150,000.

 

During 1H 2016, the Company issued 13,603,664 shares at an average price of 9.06 pence to satisfy certain creditors totalling £1,233,000. Of these, 9,945,953 were issued to AGR at 6.45 pence with the arrangement that, should AGR subsequently sell such shares as prices in excess of 9.675 pence each, then 50% of such gain would be paid to IOG. By 30 June, 4,070,953 shares had been sold generating net proceeds of £99,000 for IOG of which £52,000 had been received by 30 June 2016.

 

11

Share options and warrants

 

During 1H 2016, a total of 2,982,139 management 1 penny options were exercised and ordinary shares issued for a total value of £30,000.  Fair value amounts of £345,000 previously charged for these options were transferred from the share-based payment reserve to the share premium account.

 

On 1 March 2016, the Company issued 2,888,561 staff options at an exercise price of 1p vesting on 1 March 2016 and expiring on 28 February 2021.  A fair value of 6.44 pence was calculated, using the Black Scholes model, generating a total charge in the period of £186,000.

 

On 29 March 2016, 500,000 warrants with an exercise price of 8 pence, expiring on 31 March 2019, were issued to Weatherford Technical Services.  A fair value of 6.90 pence was calculated using the Black Scholes model, generating a total charge in the period of £34,000.  The £48,000 balance of share-based payment charges in the period relate to previously issued options whose fair value is spread over extended vesting periods.

 

 

12

 

Publication of Non-Statutory Accounts

 

The financial information contained in this interim statement does not constitute statutory accounts as defined under the Companies Act 2006.  The financial information for the full preceding year is based on the audited statutory accounts for the financial year ended 31 December 2015, which are available at the Company's registered office at 60 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 0HR and on its website at www.independentoilandgas.com.

 

This interim statement will be made available at the Company's registered office at 60 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 0HR and on its website at www.independentoilandgas.com.

 

 

 

Independent Oil and Gas plc

 

 

 

 

Country of incorporation of parent company

 

United Kingdom

 

Legal form

 

Public limited company with share capital

 

Directors

 

Mark Routh

Peter Young

David Peattie

Andrew Hay

Martin Ruscoe

 

Registered office

 

60 Gracechurch Street

London

EC3V 0HR

 

Company number

 

07434350

 

Auditors

 

BDO LLP

55 Baker Street

London

W1U 7EU

 

 


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