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Thursday 14 November, 2019

Serinus Energy PLC

3rd Quarter Results

RNS Number : 3539T
Serinus Energy PLC
14 November 2019
 

Serinus Energy plc

("Serinus", "SEN" or the "Company")

Interim Results for the Nine Months Ended 30 September 2019

(Reported in US Dollars and unaudited)

 

THIRD QUARTER 2019 Highlights

Operational

·      For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, production for the period increased 811 boe/d (227%) to 1,168 boe/d from 357 boe/d in the comparable period of 2018, comprised of 814 boe/d in Romania and 354 boe/d in Tunisia; for the three months ended September 30, 2019, production comprised of 1,685 boe/d in Romania and 443 boe/d in Tunisia

·      Serinus Energy plc ("Serinus" or the "Group") exited October with a production rate of 2,142 boe/d. Production in October 2019 was 1,780 boe/d, comprised of 571 boe/d in Tunisia and 1,209 boe/d in Romania.  This average production and exit rate were impacted by the turnaround of the Moftinu gas plant for routine maintenance from October 14 to October 20, and the subsequent ramping up of the Moftinu production on a smaller choke

·      The Group recommenced production at the Chouech Es Saida ("Chouech") field in Tunisia during the quarter. Serinus exited October with production from the field of 277 bbl/d of crude oil

·      Cash flows from operating activities increased to $5.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019; this is compared to cash used in operating activities of $3.2 million in the same period of 2018, an increase of $8.8 million year over year

·      Subsequent to the quarter the Group completed a successful turnaround on the Moftinu gas facility, shutting in production for seven days. Production was successfully brought back online on October 20, 2019

·      Subsequent to the quarter, the Group received a one-year extension to the Satu Mare Concession, delaying expiration until October 28, 2020

·      The Group has begun construction of the platform for the Moftinu-1004 production well in Romania.  The Moftinu-1004 production well is permitted and, subject to rig availability, is expected to be spudded in January 2020.

Financial

·      On September 13, 2019, the Group made the final payment towards the Senior loan in the amount of $2.8 million, which included $0.1 million of interest

·      The Group generated $15.5 million in gross revenue ($14.3 million net of royalties) for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, of which $9.8 million was generated in Romania and $5.7 million in Tunisia

·      Funds from operations amounted to $5.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, a twofold increase from the same period in 2018 ($2.8 million)

·      Realized crude oil price averaged $61.20 per bbl and net realized Romanian natural gas price averaged $7.29 per mcf for the nine months ended September 30, 2019

·      Capital expenditures for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 of $3.0 million which were primarily focused on the final phase of the construction of the Moftinu gas facility and the start-up of the Chouech field

·      Production expense has decreased to $11.96/boe in the nine months ended September 30, 2019. This is a 42% decrease from $20.61/boe from the nine-month period ended September 30, 2018.

 

For further information, please refer to the Serinus website (www.serinusenergy.com) or contact the following:

 

Serinus Energy plc

Jeffrey Auld, Chief Executive Officer

Calvin Brackman, Vice President, External Relations & Strategy

+1 403 264 8877



WH Ireland Limited

(Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)

Katy Mitchell

Harry Ansell (Broker)

Lydia Zychowska

+44 (0)20 7220 1666



Arden Partners plc

(Joint Broker)

Paul Shackleton / Dan Gee-Summons (Corporate Finance)

Fraser Marshall (Equity Sales)

+44 (0) 20 7614 5900





Camarco

(Financial PR - London)
Billy Clegg
Owen Roberts

+44 (0) 20 3781 8334



TBT i Wspólnicy

(Financial PR - Warsaw)

Katarzyna Terej

+48 22 487 53 02 

 

OPERATIONAL UPDATE

In Romania, gas continues to be sold on a monthly basis per the previously announced Gas Sales Agreement. Romania requires that 50% of the production is sold on the open market, therefore the Group commenced selling on the open market in August and has realized competitive prices in line with Romanian market rates.

The Group is finalizing drilling plans for Moftinu-1004, scheduled to be spudded in January 2020 subject to rig availability. Permits and licenses have been acquired and the lease plans have been finalized. The drilling pad set up will be complete by the end of 2019. The tendering process for the drilling rig has been initiated with Requests for Quotes having been sent to drilling companies.

In Tunisia, production returned at the Chouech field in southern Tunisia, with four wells being placed onto production. Production for this field exited October at 277 boe/d. The Group is optimistic that as the water cuts decrease, production will return in line with historical production levels, although at this stage, there can be no guarantee that will occur.

Subsequent to the quarter, the Group received an extension from the National Agency of Mineral Resources on the Satu Mare concession until October 28, 2020. The Company had permitted a 148 km2 3D program area in the Berveni area just north of the Moftinu gas plant, but the permitting program had been subject to unforeseen delays in reaching land access agreement with the large numbers of landowners within the seismic acquisition area. These access agreements have since been concluded with all landowners, but the delay has meant that the seismic acquisition could not be completed prior to the expiration of the exploration phase. The final commitment for the concession is the seismic program, which is now scheduled to be undertaken in Q2 of 2020.

The Company is advancing the drilling of the Moftinu-1004 well.  Moftinu-1004 is anticipated to be a production well located within the Moftinu field and drilled to a depth of approximately 1,000m.  The Moftinu-1004 well is already permitted and construction on the surface facilities needed to drill this well is underway.  It is expected that, subject to rig availability, Moftinu-1004 will be spudded in January 2020. Once successfully completed and tied-in, the Moftinu-1004 well will provide additional gas production to the Moftinu Gas Plant.

Subsequent to the quarter, The Group shut in production for seven days to undertake a gas facility turnaround. The turnaround was successful, and production was restarted at the end of October.

OUTLOOK

Romania

The outlook for Romania remains strong. Production in October was 1,209 boe/d and realized gas prices were $7.09/mcf. This average production is impacted by the turnaround of the Moftinu gas plant for routine maintenance from October 14 to October 20. While the Moftinu - 1003 and Moftinu - 1007 wells have performed as expected, the Moftinu -1000 well has been subject to water-loading and has therefore produced sporadically since it was brought onto production in July 2019.

Subsequent to the quarter, the group received confirmation that the extension for the Satu Mare concession has been approved. The Group has a commitment to undertake a seismic program to fulfil the remaining work commitments for the third exploration phase of the Satu Mare concession which expires on October 28, 2020. The seismic acquisition program is expected to be undertaken in Q2 of 2020.The Group completed permitting for its planned 3D seismic survey and will be conducted over a highly prospective portion of the Satu Mare Concession. This survey will fulfil the remaining work commitments for the third exploration phase of the Satu Mare concession.

The Group has finalized plans to drill the Moftinu-1004 well in January 2020. This well is a development well designed to provide additional gas to the Moftinu gas plant. This well will allow the Moftinu Gas Plant to operate at full capacity and to extend the plateau of production.

Tunisia

Operations in Tunisia are ramping up after an extended period of stagnation due to the difficult social conditions in the country. Our local team commenced the reopening of the Chouech field in southern Tunisia in March 2019. During the third quarter, four wells in Chouech recommenced production. Production is continuing to increase as the water cuts drop off.

Sabria continues to produce with no interruptions and minimal capital outlays. The Group will look at implementing low cost capital programs in 2020 such as re-entry and workover of the N-2 well and introducing artificial lift in current producing wells.

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Liquidity, Debt and Capital Resources

In Romania, the Group invested $2.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2019 primarily to complete the construction of the gas plant and commence the 3D seismic project. Also included were the Bucharest office costs, which were capitalized until the date production started. Romania became a significant positive cash flow generating unit during the period due to production coming online.

In Tunisia, production continued from the Sabria field during the first nine months of 2019 and Tunisia was a positive cash flow generating business unit during the period. Given the Group's focus on initiating production in Romania, the only capital expenditures in Tunisia were to recommence production at Chouech. The restart of the field will enhance cash flow generation in Tunisia.

Funds from operations increased to $5.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, as compared to $2.8 million for the same period in 2018. Taking into consideration the movement in working capital, the cash flows from operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was a net inflow of $5.6 million (2018 - outflow of $3.2 million).

Delays in commencing production in Romania resulted in a tightened cash position and the Group has breached financial covenants associated with its debt held with the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD"), as well as contributing to the delay of capital investment programs in Tunisia, the implications of which are further discussed below.

In March 2019, the Group undertook a placing to raise gross proceeds of $3.0 million, by issuing 21,553,583 shares at a price of 10.5 pence per share. Attached to each share issued is 0.105 warrants, with each full warrant entitling the holder to purchase one ordinary share at an exercise price of 10.5 pence per share, exercisable for a period of 24 months after closing.

The proceeds of the equity issuance were used to fund a Senior debt repayment to the EBRD due March 31, 2019 of $2.9 million.  The final repayment of $2.8 million was paid on September 13, 2019, leaving just the convertible debt outstanding with the EBRD. The Convertible debt is due to be repaid in four instalments commencing June 30, 2020, when 25% of the principal and accrued interest at that date will be repayable. The three remaining repayments will be made annually on June 30.  As at September 30, 2019, $7.6 million of the Convertible debt is reported as current.

On September 25, 2019, the Group received a waiver from the EBRD formally waiving compliance with the financial covenants for the period ended September 30, 2019.

As at



($000)

September 30, 2019

December 31, 2018

Current assets

13,637

13,480

Current liabilities

(33,380)

(28,918)

Working capital deficit

(19,743)

(15,438)

The working capital deficit of the Group at September 30, 2019 was $19.7 million. The deterioration of $4.3 million since year end was primarily due to an increase in the current amount of the EBRD debt. At December 31, 2018, $5.6 million of debt was current, however given the first repayment of the Convertible debt is now current, this has increased the current amount of debt to $7.6 million at September 30, 2019.

Included in current liabilities at September 30, 2019 was $7.6 million of EBRD debt, accounts payable of $15.2 million (of which $8.2 million relates to Brunei and dates back to 2012/2013), a decommissioning provision (Brunei, Canada and Tunisia) of $8.7 million, income taxes payable of $1.4 million and lease obligations of $0.5 million.

Going Concern Statement

The Group's ability to settle its obligations as they come due is dependent on its ability to generate future cash flows from operations and/or obtain the necessary financing. The Group has modelled cash flow forecasts in order to identify how available funds could be managed in order to allow the Group to meet its obligations as they fall due or identify where additional funding may be required. Given the above, there are material uncertainties as to whether the Group can meet all its cash obligations as they fall due. 

The ability to generate sufficient future cash flows from operations to meet obligations as they fall due and the continued availability of existing facilities, should loan covenants not be met, represent material uncertainties that may cast significant doubt on the ability of the Group to continue as a going concern. Refer to note 2 below for further information.

 

Financial Review -Third Quarter 2019

Funds from Operations

The Group uses funds from operations as a key performance indicator to measure the ability of the Group to generate cash from operations to fund future exploration and development activities. The following table is a reconciliation of funds from operations to cash flow from operating activities:



Nine months ended



September 30

($000)



2019

2018

Cash flow from (used in) operations



5,585

(3,192)

Changes in non-cash working capital



(33)

6,031

Funds from operations



5,552

2,839

Funds from operations per share (1)



0.02

0.01

(1)   Based on average shares outstanding in the period

The increase in funds from operations in 2019 was primarily attributable to Romania generating cash flows in 2019, partially offset by insurance proceeds of $2.6 million recognized in 2018 relating to the well incident in December 2017. Funds from operations generated in Romania were $6.0 million, Tunisia $2.2 million and funds used corporately were $2.6 million.

 

Production



Nine months ended
September 30




2019

2018

Tunisia





Crude oil (bbl/d)



270

257

Natural gas (Mcf/d)



504

601

Tunisia (boe/d)



354

357

Romania





Natural gas (Mcf/d)



4,791

-

Condensate (bbl/d)



16

-

Romania (boe/d)



814

-

Group





Crude oil (bbl/d)



270

257

Natural gas (Mcf/d)



5,295

601

Condensate (bbl/d)



16

-

Total Group production (boe/d)



1,168

357

% liquids weighting



24%

72%

% gas weighting



76%

28%

Production was 1,168 boe/d for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, an increase of 811 boe/d (227%) from the comparable period of 2018, due to Romania production commencing on April 25, 2019 and Chouech coming online throughout the third quarter. Overall production during the three months ended September 30, 2019 was 2,128 boe/d, up from 346 boe/d for the comparable period of 2018.

In Tunisia, production was from the Sabria and Chouech fields for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and averaged 354 boe/d, down from 357 boe/d in 2018 due to natural declines, partially offset by Chouech production recommencing in July. Production for the three months ended September 30, 2019 was 443 boe/d, up from 346 boe/d for the comparable period of 2018.

In Romania, production commenced April 25, 2019 and has averaged 814 boe/d for the nine months ending September 30, 2019. The production for the three months ended September 30, 2019 averaged 1,685 boe/d compared to nil in the same period of 2018.

 

Oil and Gas Revenue



Nine months ended

September 30

($000)



2019

2018

Tunisia





Oil revenue



4,496

4,851

Gas revenue



1,226

2,009

Tunisia revenue



5,722

6,860

Romania





Gas revenue



9,535

-

Condensate revenue



212

-

Romania revenue



9,747

-

Group





Oil revenue



4,496

4,851

Gas revenue



10,761

2,009

Condensate revenue



212

-

Total Group revenue



15,469

6,860

Liquids revenue (%)



30%

71%

Gas revenue (%)



70%

29%

Tunisia





Oil ($/bbl)



61.20

69.17

Gas ($/Mcf)



8.91

12.25

Tunisia average realized price ($/boe)



59.37

70.39

Romania





Gas ($/Mcf)



7.29

-

Condensate ($/bbl)



54.93

-

Romania average realized price ($/boe)



43.94

-

Group





Oil ($/bbl)



61.20

69.17

Gas ($/Mcf)



7.45

12.25

Condensate ($/bbl)



54.93

-

Group average realized price ($/boe)



48.61

70.39

The Group is required to sell 20% of its annual crude oil production from the Sabria concession into the local market, which is sold at an approximate 10% discount to the price obtained on its other crude sales. The remaining crude oil production is sold to the international market, through which the Group has a marketing agreement with Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited ("Shell agreement"). Natural gas prices are nationally regulated and in Sabria are tied to the current month average of high sulphur heating oil (benchmarked to Brent).

In Romania, 50% of the natural gas production must be sold on the open market, and the other 50% of natural gas is sold through a gas sales agreement with Vitol Gas and Power BV. The sales price under this agreement is linked to an average of transactions concluded on the centralized markets of Romania.

Oil and gas revenues increased by 126% to $15.5 million in the period, as compared to $6.9 million for the same period in 2018. The increase was attributable to an 227% increase in production, partially offset by a 32% decrease in the average realized price that reflects the increase in the percentage of gas produced by the Group versus crude oil.  

Crude oil realized prices decreased to $61.20 per bbl for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 compared to $69.17 for the same period in 2018. This a result of a 10% decrease in the Brent oil price from $72.18 per bbl for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 to $64.67 per bbl for the same period in 2019. The Group's realized oil sales price was approximately 95% of the Brent oil price in both periods.

 

Royalties



Nine months ended
September 30

($000)



2019

2018

Tunisia



605

673

Romania



563

-

Total



1,168

673

Tunisia ($/boe)



6.26

6.91

Romania ($/boe)



2.53

                      -

Total ($/boe)



3.66

6.91

Tunisia (% of revenue)



10.6%

9.8%

Romania (% of revenue)



5.8%

-

Total (% of revenue)



7.6%

9.8%

Tunisian royalties are based on individual concession agreements. In Sabria, the royalty rate varies depending on a calculation of cumulative revenues, net of taxes, as compared to cumulative investment in the concession, known as the "R factor". As the R factor increases, so does the royalty percentage to a maximum rate of 15%. During 2019, the royalty rate in the Sabria concession was 10% for oil and 8% for gas. In the Chouech concession, royalty rates are flat at 15%.

Romanian natural gas royalties step up from 3.5% to 13.0% and condensate from 3.5% to 13.5% based on the level of production in the quarter. Effective August 2019, Romanian royalties are calculated using the reference price set by Romania instead of the realized price to the Group. Currently, the Group is receiving a higher gas price and a lower condensate price when compared to the reference price.

Royalties increased during the nine months ended September 30, 2019 due to the increase in revenue. The effective royalty rate in Tunisia increased to 10.6% from 9.8% in the comparable period due to the Chouech field coming onto production and incurring a larger royalty rate than Sabria (15% vs 10%). In Romania, the effective royalty rate for natural gas is 5.8% and condensate 4.7%.

Production Expenses



                Nine months ended                           September 30

($000)



2019

2018

Tunisia



2,595

1,963

Romania



1,180

-

Canada



40

46

Total



3,815

2,009

Tunisia ($/boe)



26.87

20.14

Romania ($/boe)



5.31

-

Total ($/boe)



11.96

20.61

Tunisian production expenses for the period increased to $2.6 million as compared to $2.0 million in the comparable period of 2018, due to costs associated with reopening the Chouech field in southern Tunisia. The Romanian production expenses reflect costs incurred since the commencement of production on April 25, 2019 for the gas plant, field and the Bucharest office. Canadian production expenses relate to the Sturgeon Lake assets, which are not producing and are incurring minimal operating costs to maintain the property.

Operating Netback

Serinus uses operating netback as a key performance indicator to assist management in understanding Serinus' profitability relative to current market conditions and as an analytical tool to benchmark changes in operational performance against prior periods. Operating netback consists of petroleum and natural gas revenues less direct costs consisting of royalties and production expenses. Netback is not a standard measure under IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures reported by other entities.



Nine months ended

September 30

Tunisia



2019

2018

Production volume boe/d



354

357

Realized price



59.37

70.39

Royalties



 (6.26)

(6.91)

Production expense



(26.87)

(20.14)

Operating netback



26.24

43.34

 



Nine months ended

September 30

Romania



2019

2018

Production volume boe/d



814

-

Realized price



43.94

-

Royalties



(2.53)

-

Production expense



(5.31)

-

Operating netback



36.10

-

 



Nine months ended

September 30

Group



2019

2018

Production volume boe/d



1,168

357

Realized price



48.61

70.39

Royalties



(3.66)

(6.91)

Production expense



(11.96)

(20.61)

Operating netback



32.99

42.87

The decrease in operating netback to $32.99 per boe during the nine months ended September 30, 2019 from $42.87 from the comparable period in 2018 was primarily due to lower oil prices and higher production expenses in Tunisia.

 

Windfall Tax



Nine months ended
September 30

($000)



2019

2018

Windfall tax



2,074

-

Windfall tax ($/Mcf)



1.59

-

In Romania, the Group is subject to a windfall tax on its natural gas production which is applied to supplemental income once natural gas prices exceed 47.53 RON/Mwh (approximately $3.40 per mcf). This supplemental income is taxed at a rate of 60% between 47.53 RON/Mwh and 85.00 RON/Mwh and at a rate of 80% above 85.00 RON/MWh.  Expenses deductible in the calculation of the windfall tax include royalties and capital expenditures limited to 30% of the supplemental income.

During 2019, the Group has incurred windfall taxes of $2.1 million which equates to $1.59 per mcf of Romanian gas production volumes.

 

Depletion, Depreciation and Amortization ("DD&A")



Nine months ended
September 30

($000)



2019

2018

Tunisia



1,383

1,177

Romania



5,168

5

Corporate



515

125




7,066

1,307

Tunisia ($/boe)



14.32

12.08

Romania ($/boe)



23.25

-

DD&A expense is computed on a concession by concession basis considering the net book value, the future development costs associated with the reserves as well as the proved and probable reserves of each concession.

Tunisia DD&A expense increased from the comparable period due to the Chouech field coming back onto production in July 2019. Romania DD&A increased due to Satu Mare production field coming online in April 2019.

DD&A expense associated with the IFRS 16 adjustment in 2019 was $0.4 million (Corporate - $0.3 million, Romania - $0.1 million). Refer to note 3 for further information.

 

General and Administrative Expense ("G&A")



Nine months ended
September 30

($000)



2019

2018

G&A expense



2,587

2,225

G&A expense ($/boe)



8.11

22.83

G&A costs incurred by the Group are expensed, with certain costs directly related to exploration and development assets being capitalized or reported as production costs. The G&A expense reported is on a net basis, representing gross G&A costs incurred less recoveries of those costs presented as capital or production costs.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, G&A costs increased by $0.4 million which is primarily attributable to higher professional fees and lower recoveries in 2019. On a per boe basis G&A expenses significantly decreased due to higher production volumes as Romania and Chouech came online during Q2 and Q3 2019, respectively.

 

Share-based Compensation



Nine months ended
September 30

($000)



2019

2018

Share-based compensation



648

374

Share-based compensation ($/boe)



2.03

3.84

The increase in share-based compensation expense is primarily due to additional stock options issued during the period, which have 1/3 vest immediately on the grant date.

 



 

Net Finance Expense



Nine months ended
September 30

($000)



2019

2018

Interest on long-term debt



2,684

2,542

Interest on lease obligations



81

-

Accretion



1,021

757

Foreign exchange gain



(187)

(227)




3,599

3,072

Net interest expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 increased to $3.6 million due to higher interest rates on the EBRD debt (10.4% vs 9.6%), due to an increase in LIBOR, as well as the adoption of IFRS 16 ("leases").

 

Capital Expenditures



Nine months ended

September 30

($000)



2019

2018

Tunisia



1,028

(31)

Romania



2,002

11,850

Corporate



-

85




3,030

11,904

Capital expenditures of $2.0 million in Romania were primarily focused on the completion of the gas plant, commencing the 3D seismic project and the capitalization of Bucharest office costs until the date production started.

In Tunisia, capital expenditures were primarily related to the workovers in the Chouech field to get production restarted.

 

Share Data

As at the date of issuing this report, the following are the options outstanding and changes to directors' shares owned since September 30, 2019, up to the date of this report.

Name of Director

Options held at Sept 30 and Nov 13 2019

Shares held at Sept 30 and Nov 13 2019

Executive Directors:



Jeffrey Auld

8,000,000

22,197




Non-Executive Directors:



Lukasz Redziniak

-

-

Jim Causgrove

100,000

-

Eleanor Barker

100,000

100,000

Dawid Jakubowicz

-

-


8,200,000

122,197

As of the date of issuing this report, management is aware of the following shareholders holding more than 5% of the ordinary shares of the Group, as reported by the shareholders to the Group: Kulczyk Investments S.A. 38.09%, Marlborough Fund Managers 10.64% and JCAM Investments Ltd 7.89%.

The directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the corporate and financial information on the Group's website.  Legislation in Jersey governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

 

 


Serinus Energy plc

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Comprehensive Income

($US 000s) (unaudited)

 




Nine months ended September 30


Note



2019

2018







Revenue, net of royalties




14,301

6,187







Cost of sales






    Production expenses




(3,815)

(2,009)

    Depletion, depreciation and amortization




(7,066)

(1,307)

    Windfall tax




(2,074)

-

Total cost of sales




(12,955)

(3,316)

Gross profit




1,346

2,871







Administrative expenses




(2,587)

(2,225)

Share-based payment expense




(648)

(374)

Well incident recovery




53

3,639

Gain on disposition




-

117

Listing costs




(7)

(1,367)

Operating (loss) income




(1,843)

2,661







Finance expense




(3,599)

(3,072)

Loss before tax




(5,442)

(411)







Current income taxes




(1,486)

(2,078)

Deferred income taxes




1,319

302

Loss for the period




(5,609)

(2,187)







Other comprehensive income






Other comprehensive income to be classified to profit and loss in subsequent periods:



    Foreign currency translation adjustment




(1,199)

-

Comprehensive loss for the period




(6,808)

(2,187)







Loss per share:






Basic and diluted

5



(0.02)

(0.01)

 

 



 

Serinus Energy plc

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position

($US 000s) (unaudited)

 

As at

Notes

September 30, 2019

December 31, 2018





Assets




Non-current assets




    Property, plant and equipment


103,238

107,541





Current assets




    Restricted cash


1,098

1,054

    Trade receivables and other


10,568

10,143

    Cash and cash equivalents


1,971

2,283

Total current assets


13,637

13,480

Total assets


116,875

121,021





Equity




    Share capital


377,942

375,208

    Contributed surplus


24,052

23,307

    Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(1,199)

-

    Accumulated deficit


(390,782)

(385,173)

Total equity


10,013

13,342





Liabilities




Non-current liabilities




    Decommissioning provision


37,427

36,573

    Deferred tax liability


11,835

13,154

    Long-term debt


22,660

27,667

    Lease obligations


101

-

    Other provisions


1,459

1,367

Total non-current liabilities


73,482

78,761





Current liabilities




    Decommissioning provision


8,662

8,696

    Current portion of long-term debt


7,553

5,624

    Current portion of lease obligations


469

-

    Accounts payable and accrued liabilities


16,696

14,598

Total current liabilities


33,380

28,918

Total liabilities


106,862

107,679

Total equity and liabilities


116,875

121,021

 

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors and authorized for issue on November 13, 2019.



 

Serinus Energy plc

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Shareholder's Equity

($US 000s) (unaudited)

 



Nine months ended September 30


Notes

2019

2018

Share capital




    Balance, beginning of period


375,208

362,534

    Share issue, net of issue costs


2,733

12,674

    Warrants exercised


1

-

Balance, end of period


377,942

375,208





Accumulated other comprehensive loss




    Balance, beginning of period


-

-

    Comprehensive loss for the period


(1,199)

-

Balance, end of period


(1,199)

-





Contributed surplus




    Balance, beginning of period


23,307

22,487

    Share-based compensation expense


648

374

    Warrants issued, net of finance costs


97

-

Balance, end of period


24,052

22,861





Accumulated deficit




    Balance, beginning of period


(385,173)

(381,317)

    Adjustment on initial application of IFRS 9


-

1,034

    Net loss


(5,609)

(2,187)

Balance, end of period


(390,782)

(382,470)

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Serinus Energy plc

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Cash Flows

($US 000s) (unaudited)

 




Nine months ended September 30


Notes



2019

2018

Operating activities






Loss for the period




(5,609)

(2,187)

Items not involving cash:






    Depletion, depreciation and amortization

         



7,066

1,307

    Accretion expense




1,021

757

    Gain on disposition




-

(117)

    Share-based payment expense




648

374

    Foreign exchange unrealized gain




(195)

(456)

    Current tax expense




1,486

2,078

    Deferred tax recovery




(1,319)

(302)

    Interest expense




2,765

2,542

Income taxes paid




(311)

(1,133)

Expenditures on decommissioning liabilities




-

(24)

Funds from operations




5,552

2,839

Changes in non-cash working capital




33

(6,031)

Cashflows from (used in) operating activities




5,585

(3,192)







Financing activities






    Ordinary shares issued




3,000

12,674

    Share issue costs




(170)

-

    Warrants exercised




1

-

    Repayment of long-term debt




(5,400)

-

    Interest and financing fees




(355)

(432)

    Lease payments

         



(317)

-

Cashflows (used in) from financing activities




(3,241)

12,242







Investing activities






Property, plant and equipment expenditures, net (1)


(2,633)

(12,436)

Interest earned on restricted cash




(16)

(39)

    Proceeds on disposition of property, plant and equipment


-

117

Cashflows used in investing activities




(2,649)

(12,358)







Impact of foreign currency translation on cash



(7)

626

Change in cash and cash equivalents




(312)

(2,682)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period



2,283

7,252

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period




1,971

4,570

(1) Property, plant and equipment expenditures includes capital expenditures made in the period and related changes in non-cash working capital.

 


1.   General information

Serinus Energy plc ("Serinus" or the "Group") and its subsidiaries are principally engaged in the exploration and development of oil and gas properties in Tunisia and Romania. Serinus is incorporated under the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991. The Group's head office and registered office is located at 28 Esplanade, St. Helier, Jersey, JE1 8SB.

Serinus is a publicly listed company whose ordinary shares are traded under the symbol "SENX" on AIM and "SEN" on the WSE. Kulczyk Investments, S.A. ("KI") holds a 38.09% investment in Serinus as of September 30, 2019.

2.   Basis of presentation

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement principles of International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and their interpretations issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB") as adopted by the European Union ("EU") but do not include all information required for full annual financial statements.

These consolidated financial statements are expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated. All references to US$ are to U.S. dollars. All financial information is rounded to the nearest thousand, except per share amounts and when otherwise indicated.

Information about significant areas of estimation uncertainty and critical judgements in applying accounting policies that have the most significant effect on the amounts recognized in the condensed consolidated interim financial statements are described in note 4 to the consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018. There has been no change in these areas during the nine months ended September 30, 2019.

Going concern

These consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, which assumes that Serinus will continue its operations for the foreseeable future and will be able to realize its assets and discharge its liabilities and commitments in the normal course of operations.

The Group meets its day-to-day working capital requirements from net operating cash flows, cash balances, equity, and fully drawn debt facilities (Convertible loan from the EBRD of $30.6 million). As at October 31, 2019 the Group had cash balances of $1.9 million.

The Group has greatly increased its ability to generate cash flow in future periods with the commencement of production in Romania and Tunisia. However, the delays in commencing production in Romania has resulted in a tightened cash position and the Group has breached financial covenants associated with the debt held with the EBRD, as well as contributing to the delay of capital investment programs in Tunisia.

The Group has a commitment to undertake a seismic program to fulfil the remaining work commitments for the third exploration phase of the Satu Mare concession which expires October 28, 2020. 

Equity was issued in March 2019, raising net proceeds of $2.8 million, to bridge a short-term financing need to fund a scheduled debt repayment on the Senior loan, which was paid on March 29, 2019. The Group made its final $2.8 million Senior loan payment on September 13, 2019, using funds from operations. The Group's $30.6 million convertible loan accumulates interest to June 30, 2020 at which point the outstanding amount is repayable in four equal instalments on June 30, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 and interest after June 30, 2020 is to be paid annually on the loan repayment dates. As at September 30, 2019, the Group was not in compliance with the financial debt to EBITDA covenant or the debt service coverage ratio for the three months ended September 30, 2019. On September 25, 2019, the Group received a waiver from the EBRD formally waiving compliance with these covenants for the period ended September 30, 2019. The implication of this waiver is that the debt repayments will follow their original scheduled repayment terms and the bank will not be acting on its security as a result of the breach.

In assessing the Group's ability to continue as a going concern, the Directors have prepared base and sensitized cash flow forecasts for a period in excess of 12 months from the date of authorization of the condensed consolidated interim financial statements. The key assumptions in the base case forecasts are the performance of the gas facility and wells in Romania, the performance of the Chouech field in Tunisia, the lifting schedule with Shell, and commodity prices.

The Convertible loan agreement requires compliance with a debt to EBITDA ratio. Internally prepared forecasts indicate that covenant compliance at December 31, 2019 is sensitive to changes in assumptions (pricing, production, costs) which will impact whether the covenant is met or not.

The Group's ability to settle its obligations as they come due is dependent on its ability to generate future cash flows from operations and/or obtain the necessary financing. The Group has modelled cash flow forecasts in order to identify how available funds could be managed in order to allow the Group to meet its obligations as they fall due or identify where additional funding may be required. Given the above, there are material uncertainties as to whether the Group can meet all its cash obligations as they fall due. 

The Directors consider that the ability to generate sufficient future cash flows from operations to meet obligations as they fall due and the continued availability of existing facilities, should loan covenants not be met, represent material uncertainties that may cast significant doubt on the ability of the Group to continue as a going concern. These condensed consolidated interim financial statements do not reflect the adjustments and classifications of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses which would be necessary if the Group were unable to continue as a going concern.

3.   Significant accounting policies

Except as described below, the condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared following the same basis of measurement, accounting policies and methods of computation as described in the notes to the consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Changes to accounting policies

IFRS 16 Leases

In January 2016, the IASB issued IFRS 16 Leases ("IFRS 16"), which requires entities to recognize assets and lease obligations in the statement of financial position. For lessees, IFRS 16 removes the classification of leases as either operating leases or finance leases, effectively treating all leases as finance leases. Certain short-term leases (less than 12 months) and leases of low-value assets (less than $5,000) are exempt from the requirements and may continue to be treated as operating leases. Lessors will continue with a dual lease classification model. Classification will determine how and when a lessor will recognize lease revenue and what assets would be recorded.

Serinus adopted IFRS 16 on January 1, 2019, using the modified retrospective transition approach. Under the modified retrospective approach, the measurement of the right-of-use assets are equal to the lease liabilities immediately before the transition date with no impact on retained earnings. The cumulative effect is recognized at the initial transition date with no comparative information. The main changes are explained below.

i.   Significant accounting policies

Leases

Contracts that convey the right to control the use of an identified asset for a period of time in exchange for consideration are classified as leases. Upon initial recognition, right-of-use assets are measured at cost, which comprises the amount of the initial measurement of the lease liability, lease payments made at or before the commencement date, any initial direct costs and an estimate of dismantling and restoration costs. Lease liabilities are measured at the present value of the lease payments using the interest rate implicit in the lease, or the lessee's incremental borrowing rate if the interest rate implicit in the lease cannot be readily determined.

Serinus has taken recognition exemptions for leases that are short-term and leases for which the underlying asset is of low value. Short-term leases are defined as a lease that, at the commencement date, has a lease term of 12 months or less. An underlying asset can only be of low value if the lessee can benefit from the use of the underlying asset on its own, the underlying asset is not highly dependent or interrelated with other assets and the underlying asset has a value, when new, of $5,000 or less. Lease payments associated with these leases are recognized as an expense on a straight-line basis over the lease term in the statement of comprehensive income.

ii.  Impact from change in accounting policy

Operating lease payments were previously recorded in administrative expenses in the statement of comprehensive income. Under IFRS 16, right-of-use assets and lease liabilities are recognized in the statement of financial position for contracts that are classified as leases. Right-of-use assets are included in property, plant and equipment and depreciated on a straight-line basis over the lease term. Depreciation of the right-of-use assets is included in depletion and depreciation expense in the statement of comprehensive income. Lease liabilities are presented at their net present value and accreted until the end of the lease term. Accretion of lease liabilities is recorded as interest expense and disclosed separately in the statement of comprehensive income.  The cumulative effect of initial application of the standard on January 1, 2019 is the recognition of $0.9 million in right-of-use assets and $0.9 million increase in lease obligations.

4.   Segment information

The Group's reportable segments are organized by geographical areas and consist of the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas in Romania and Tunisia. The Corporate segment includes all corporate activities and items not allocated to reportable operating segments and therefore includes Brunei.


Romania

Tunisia

Corporate

Total

As at September 30, 2019





Total assets

42,436

71,529

2,910

116,875






For the nine months ended September 30, 2019





Petroleum and natural gas revenues





     Crude oil

-

4,496

-

4,496

     Natural gas

9,535

1,226

-

10,761

     Condensate

212

-

-

212


9,747

5,722

-

15,469

Royalties

(563)

(605)

-

(1,168)

Revenue, net of royalties

9,184

5,117

-

14,301

Cost of sales





     Production expenses

(1,180)

(2,595)

(40)

(3,815)

     Depletion and depreciation

(5,168)

(1,383)

(515)

(7,066)

     Windfall tax

(2,074)

-

-

(2,074)

Total cost of sales

(8,422)

(3,978)

(555)

(12,955)

Gross profit (loss)

762

1,139

(555)

1,346

General and administrative

-

-

(2,587)

(2,587)

Listing costs

-

-

(7)

(7)

Well incident recovery

53

-

-

53

Share-based payment expense

-

-

(648)

(648)

Operating profit (loss)

815

1,139

(3,797)

(1,843)

Finance expense

(122)

(949)

(2,528)

(3,599)

Profit (loss) before income taxes

693

190

(6,325)

(5,442)

     Current income tax expense

-

(1,485)

(1)

(1,486)

     Deferred income tax recovery

-

1,319

-

1,319

Profit (loss) for the period

693

24

(6,326)

(5,609)

Capital expenditures (1)

2,002

1,028

-

3,030

(1) Capital expenditures exclude the impact of changes in non-cash working capital, IFRS 16 adjustments, and currency translation adjustments.



 


Romania

Tunisia

Corporate

Total

As at September 30, 2018





Total assets

45,963

75,178

4,634

125,775






For the nine months ended September 30, 2018





Petroleum and natural gas revenues





     Crude oil

-

4,851

-

4,851

     Natural gas

-

2,009

-

2,009


-

6,860

-

6,860

Royalties

-

(673)

-

(673)

Revenue, net of royalties

-

6,187

-

6,187

Cost of sales





     Production expenses

-

(1,963)

(46)

(2,009)

     Depletion and depreciation

(5)

(1,177)

(125)

(1,307)

Total cost of sales

(5)

(3,140)

(171)

(3,316)

Gross (loss) profit

(5)

3,047

(171)

2,871

General and administrative

-

-

(2,225)

(2,225)

Share-based payment expense

-

-

(374)

(374)

Well incident recovery

3,639

-

-

3,639

Gain on disposition

-

117

-

117

Listing costs

-

-

(1,367)

(1,367)

Operating profit (loss)

3,634

3,164

(4,137)

2,661

Finance income (expense)

807

(1,128)

(2,751)

(3,072)

Profit (loss) before income taxes

4,441

2,036

(6,888)

(411)

     Current income tax expense

-

(2,076)

(2)

(2,078)

     Deferred income tax recovery 

-

302

-

302

Profit (loss) for the period

4,441

262

(6,890)

(2,187)

Capital expenditures (1)

11,850

(31)

85

11,904

(1) Capital expenditures exclude the impact of changes in non-cash working capital, IFRS 16 adjustments, and currency translation adjustments.

5.   Loss per share


Nine months ended

September 30

($US 000s, except per share amounts)

2019

2018

Loss for the period

(5,609)

(2,187)




Weighted average shares outstanding - basic

232,637

183,863

Effect of dilutive securities (1)

-

-

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

232,637

183,863

Loss per share - basic and dilutive

(0.02)

(0.01)

(1) For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, there were 8.6 million options exercisable and 2.3 million warrants that were excluded from the calculation as the impact was anti-dilutive (for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 - 4.1 million options).


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