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Energean PLC
29 June 2020
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION

 

Energean plc

("Energean" or the "Company")

 

Edison E&P Transaction Update

Revised Combined Group Guidance

 

London, 29 June 2020 - Energean plc (LSE: ENOG, TASE: א), the gas producer focused on the Mediterranean, issues an update on its acquisition of Edison E&P and revised group guidance.

Further to its announcement on 19 May 2020, Energean is pleased to announce that it has entered into further amended terms for its acquisition of Edison E&P following which, inter alia, the Norwegian subsidiary will be formally excluded from the transaction perimeter. Combined with the previously announced exclusion of the Algerian asset, $466 million of total reductions to the original consideration1 have now been agreed. Had completion occurred on 31 May 2020, the net consideration payable under the acquisition agreement, as now amended, would have been $178 million.

Highlights

Revised terms

· The gross consideration[1] for the transaction is now $284 million, which compares to the original sum of $750 million.

· The combined amendments to the original Sale and Purchase Agreement ("SPA") will, inter alia, result in a $466 million reduction to the gross consideration1 . This includes:

i)  $155 million reduction relating to the exclusion of the Algerian asset from the transaction perimeter;

ii)  $200 million reduction relating to exclusion of the Norwegian subsidiary from the transaction perimeter; and

iii)  $111 million of additional reductions relating to the macro environment.

· Under the amended SPA, the net consideration which would have been payable had completion occurred on -31 May 2020 (which would have taken into account 17 months of business results since the locked-box date of the transaction), would have been $178 million. Energean does not expect this number to change materially before actual completion.

· The UK North Sea subsidiaries, which includes interests in the large Glengorm and Isabella gas-condensate discoveries, will now be retained within the perimeter of the transaction, further supplementing the growth potential of the enlarged group.

· The $100 million Cassiopea contingent payment will now vary between $0 and $100 million, depending on future Italian gas prices at the point in time at which first gas production is delivered from the field.

 

The path to closing

· A $220 million Reserve Based Lending facility has been signed with ING, Natixis and Deutsche Bank and has replaced the acquisition bridge facility that was put in place on 3 July 2019.

· Publication of the Shareholder Circular and Prospectus is expected later today, subject to FCA approvals, and the General Meeting to approve the transaction has been scheduled for 20 July 2020.

· Grant of the outstanding formal government approvals and completion of the carve-outs of the Algerian assets and Norwegian subsidiary is expected in the next few months.

· Energean is working to complete the transaction as soon as possible in 2H 2020.

 

Updated guidance for the combined group, post completion of the Edison E&P acquisition

· The Energean group will have working interest 2P reserves plus 2C resources of more than 800 million barrels of oil equivalent ("mmboe"). 72% of this is gas, approximately 96 billion cubic metres ("bcm"), of which - approximately 85 bcm - will be sold under long-term gas pricing contracts that largely insulate the group's revenues from global commodity price fluctuations.

· 2020 pro forma production guidance is 44.5 - 51.5 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day ("kboed").

· 2020 pro forma capital expenditure guidance has been further reduced to $760 - 780 million from $840 million. This decrease is despite the inclusion of $25 - 30 million of capital expenditure expected on the UK North Sea assets and, therefore, reflects a further $85 - 110 million reduction to underlying capital expenditure guidance.

 

Mathios Rigas, Chief Executive, Energean commented:

"We are pleased to have agreed revised terms for our acquisition of Edison E&P, which will now exclude the Algerian assets and Norwegian subsidiary, and for which we have agreed $466 million of total reductions to the original consideration. I look forward to completing the transaction, which I believe represents excellent value for our shareholders and also enhances our material, gas-focused platform for value creation in the Eastern Mediterranean. Upon completion, our core focus, alongside the Karish project, will be integrating our teams and portfolios, which will further secure our long-term, resilient cash flow profile and option-rich portfolio.

 

Amendments to the SPA

On 4 July 2019, Energean entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement to acquire Edison E&P from Edison S.p.A. for $750 million[2], with additional contingent consideration of $100 million payable following first gas production from the Cassiopea development.

 

Since this date, Energean and Edison have agreed a number of amendments to the SPA, in which:

· The Algerian assets will be excluded from the scope of the acquisition;

In recognition of the exclusion of the Algerian assets, there will be an adjustment to the gross consideration of the acquisition of $155 million[3];

· The Norwegian subsidiary will be excluded from the scope of the acquisition;

In recognition of the exclusion of the Norwegian subsidiary of Edison E&P, there will be a $200 million reduction to the gross consideration for the acquisition3;

· There will be an additional reduction to the gross consideration of $111 million3, reflecting the changes in the macro environment since July 2019; and

· The $100 million Cassiopea contingent payment will now vary between $0 and $100 million, depending on future gas prices in Italy at the point in time at which first gas production is delivered from the field.

$0 will be payable if the arithmetic average of the year one (i.e. the first year after the year in which first gas production occurs) and year two (i.e. the second year after the year in which first gas production occurs) Italian PSV futures prices is equal to or less than €10/Mwh (equivalent to approximately $3.4/mcf) when first gas production is delivered from the field.

$100 million is payable if that average price is equal to or exceeds €20/Mwh (equivalent to approximately $6.8/mcf)

Consideration reconciliation

 

Following the various amendments to the SPA, the estimated consideration payable for the transaction can be described by the following steps, and is reconciled in the table below:

 

1.  The original enterprise value of the transaction, as announced on 4 July 2019, was $750 million;

2.  There is an effective reduction to the gross consideration of $155 million3 relating to exclusion of the Algerian assets from the perimeter of the transaction;

3.  There is an effective reduction to the gross consideration of $200 million3 relating to exclusion of the Norwegian subsidiary from the perimeter of the transaction;

4.  There is reduction of $31 million, relating to the schedule of provisions and other items not included within the enterprise value; and

5.  The original enterprise value of the transaction has been reduced by $80 million, reflecting changes in the macro environment since 4 July 2019.

As a result of the above adjustments, the gross consideration3 for the transaction has been reduced to $284 million from an original enterprise value of $750 million.

 

Between 1 January 2019 and 31 May 2020, the assets to be retained within the transaction perimeter have generated net cash flows of:

-  $206 million of Free Cash Flow (after development and production capital expenditure)

-  $89 million of Free Cash Flow, after development and production capex and further deducting $117 million of exploration capital expenditure associated with the drilling of four exploration wells, all of which were either deepwater or complex wells, and can be considered as one-off expenditures.

The sale and purchase agreement signed on 4 July 2019 also contained several adjustments relating to provisions and other items not reflected in the enterprise value of Edison E&P. The net impact of these adjustments is to reduce the gross consideration by a further $17 million. Offsetting these items against the gross consideration of $284 million above gives an estimated net consideration (net of cash acquired) of $178 million. This figure is subject to change according to the economic performance of the assets to be retained between 31 May 2020 and completion of the transaction. Energean does not expect the net consideration payable to change materially on completion.

 

 

 

Amount

$ million

Resulting Net Consideration

$ million

Original Consideration

750

 

Algeria removed from perimeter

(155)

 

Further SPA provisions adjustments

(31)

 

Norway removed from perimeter

(200)

 

Sale and Purchase Agreement adjustments

(80)

 

Net Enterprise Value at locked-box date (1 January 2019)

 

284

 

 

 

Working capital adjustments as of locked box date

(17)

 

Economic performance to 31 May 2020 before exploration capital expenditure - assets to be acquired

(206)

 

Exploration capital expenditure over the period

117

 

Net consideration payable, net of cash acquired had the transaction completed on 31 May 2020

 

178

 

 

Inclusion of UK North Sea

Following the withdrawal of Neptune Energy from its agreement to acquire the UK North Sea and Norwegian subsidiaries in May 2020, Energean will now retain the UK subsidiaries within the perimeter of the transaction. The UK portfolio includes a 25% interest in the Glengorm discovery and a 10% interest in the Isabella discovery, announced in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Glengorm is one of the biggest discoveries in the UK North Sea in the last decade and contained an estimated 250 million barrels of oil equivalent (gross) based on operator estimates. A two-well appraisal programme is scheduled to commence in 4Q 2020 / 1Q 2021 and could represent an attractive source of resource upside for the enlarged group's portfolio. An appraisal programme is also expected on the Isabella discovery in a similar timeframe, contributing additional near-term value creation potential.

 

DeGolyer & Macnaughton ("D&M") Competent Person's Report ("CPR")

D&M has prepared an independent CPR on the Edison E&P assets being acquired, which will be published in full in the Shareholder Circular that is expected to be published later today. At 31 December 2019, D&M certifies 190 mmboe of 2P reserves and 36 mmboe of 2C resources, excluding any contribution from the Glengorm and Isabella discoveries in the UK North Sea.

 

Country

Working Interest 2P Reserves - mmboe

Working Interest 2C Resources -

mmboe

Working Interest 2P + 2C

mmboe

Egypt

114

-

114

Southern Europe[4]

73

36

109

UK North Sea

4

-

4

Total Edison E&P assets to be acquired

190

36

226

Energean standalone

342

260

602

Combined Business

532

296

828

 

 

Financing Update

This RBL, along with the cash held in Energean plc, will be used to fund the net consideration, as outlined above, plus transaction costs and ongoing working capital requirements of the combined portfolio.

 

Path to Transaction Close

Energean expects the transaction to close later in 2020, the main outstanding steps being:

 

1.  Shareholder Circular and Prospectus

-  Following publication of this announcement, Energean will seek formal approval of its Shareholder Circular and Prospectus from the FCA;

-  Subject to the FCA's approval, Energean expects to publish both documents later today; and

-  Shareholder approval for the transaction will be sought at a General Meeting, expected to be held on 20 July 2020; details of the General Meeting will be provided in the Shareholder Circular.

 

2.  Government approvals

-  All outstanding government approvals are expected to be granted in the coming months, with Egypt still planned to be the last approval granted for logistical reasons.

 

3.  Completion of Algerian and Norway carve-outs from Edison E&P

 

4.  Transaction completion and technical relisting of the Company's shares

-  Expected to occur later in 2020, shortly after formal approvals from Egypt

 

 

Edison portfolio trading update

Country

1Q 2020 Average Working Interest Production kboed[5]

Southern Europe[6]

12.3

Egypt

39.6

UK North Sea

2.6

Total Combined Group

54.5

In Egypt, the Abu Qir and NEA capital expenditure profiles have been optimised to reflect the current trading environment. Investment in NEA will now be incurred ahead of commencement of infill drilling at Abu Qir.

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Group - 2020 Pro Forma Guidance[7]

 

Previous Guidance

FY 2020

 

Updated Guidance

FY 2020

 

Working Interest Production

 

 

  Egypt (kboed)

32 - 37

34 - 37

  Southern Europe (kboed)

10.5 - 13

9.5 - 12.5

  UK North Sea (kboed)

N/A

1 - 2

Total Pro Forma Production (kboed)

42.5 - 50.0

44.5 - 51.5

 

 

 

Operating Costs (Cost of Production plus G&A)

 

 

-  Egypt ($ million)

 

55 - 60

-  Southern Europe ($ million)

 

105 - 120

-  UK North Sea ($ million)

 

25 - 30

-  Energean plc ($ million)

 

15 - 20

-  Edison HQ ($ million

 

25 - 30

Total Cost of Production plus G&A ($ million)

 

225 - 260

 

 

 

 

Previous Guidance

Update Guidance

Development and Production Capital Expenditure

 

 

-  Israel ($ million)

580

580

-  Egypt ($ million)

100

40 - 50

-  Southern Europe ($ million)

90

35 - 40

-  UK North Sea ($ million)

NA

10 - 15

  Total ($ million)

770

665 - 685

 

 

 

Exploration Capital Expenditure (Firm)

 

 

-  Israel ($ million)

5

5

-  Egypt ($ million)

60

70

-  Southern Europe ($ million)

5

5

-  UK North Sea ($ million)

NA

15

  Total ($ million)

70

95

 

 

 

Abandonment Expenditure ($ million)

-

-

 

 

 

Total Capital Expenditure ($ million)

840

760 - 780

 

Enquiries  

Investors and Analysts

 

Kate Sloan, Head of IR & ECM

Media

Tel: +44 (0)7917 608 645 

Sotiris Chiotakis    Tel: +30 210 8174 242

 

Inside Information

Some of the information contained within this announcement is considered by Energean to constitute inside information, as defined under the EU Market Abuse Regulation, EU No.596/2014 ("MAR").  By the publication of this Announcement via a Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.  The person responsible for arranging for the release of this announcement on behalf of Energean is Russell Poynter, Company Secretary.

Forward looking statements

 

About Energean plc

Energean has nine exploration licences offshore Israel, and a 25-year exploitation licence for the Katakolo offshore block in Western Greece and additional exploration potential in its other licences in Western Greece and Montenegro.

On 4 July 2019, Energean announced the conditional acquisition of Edison E&P for $750 million plus $100 million of contingent consideration. On 23 December 2019, Energean announced the exclusion of the Algerian assets from the transaction. On 29 June 2020, Energean announced the exclusion of the Norwegian subsidiary from the transaction and a revised enterprise value at the locked-box date of the transaction (1 January 2019) of $284 million.  The acquisition of Edison E&P, exclusive of the Algerian assets and Norwegian subsidiary, is expected to complete later in 2020.

 

www.energean.com

 

[1]As at the locked-box date of the transaction of 1 January 2019

[2]As at the locked-box date of the transaction of 1 January 2019

[3]As at the locked-box date of the transaction of 1 January 2019

[4]Italy, Greece and Croatia

[5]Gas has been converted to barrels of oil equivalent using a conversion factor of 5.8 mcf/boe.

[6]Italy, Greece, Croatia

[7]Assumes full year of Edison E&P is consolidated. Due to the locked-box date of the transaction of 1 January 2019, all losses/gains post this date for the assets to be retained within the transaction perimeter belong to Energean. Edison E&P will be consolidated for the purposes of the enlarged group's accounts from the date of transaction close.


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