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Monday 23 September, 2019

Union Jack Oil PLC

Half Year Report 2019

RNS Number : 1950N
Union Jack Oil PLC
23 September 2019
 

Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) Disclosure
Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 until the release of this announcement

 

23 September 2019

 

Union Jack Oil plc

("Union Jack" or the "Company")

Unaudited Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2019

 

Union Jack Oil plc (AIM: UJO), a UK focused onshore conventional oil and gas production, development and exploration company, is pleased to announce its unaudited results for the Half Year ended 30 June 2019.

 

Highlights

•    The successful drilling of the West Newton A-2 conventional appraisal well where initial petrophysical evaluation has identified a gross oil column of 45 metres underlying a gross gas column of approximately 20 metres within the Kirkham Abbey formation

•    Following the drilling of the Biscathorpe-2 conventional well, confirmation by independent consultants Applied Petroleum Technology (UK) Limited ("APT") of the likely presence of a 35 metre live oil column with API Gravity oil of 33º to 34º in the top of the Dinantian interval

•    Data evaluated at Biscathorpe at the base of the analysed section, and wellsite readings, indicate possible additional pay at the base of the Dinantian interval

•    Union Jack management's view is that Biscathorpe remains one of the UK's largest onshore un-appraised conventional hydrocarbon targets

•    On development plans for the Wressle oil discovery, the encouraging decision by the North Lincolnshire Council that it will not be presenting evidence at the Public Enquiry to be held on 5 November 2019, and will withdraw its case in respect of the appeal subject to the agreement of acceptable planning conditions

•    Cash balance of in excess of £2.8 million as at 20 September 2019

•    Debt free

 

David Bramhill, Executive Chairman of Union Jack commented:

"We have seen significant progress at our three key project interests, namely West Newton, Biscathorpe and Wressle. Developments at these three assets can be expected to provide an active stream of newsflow throughout the remainder of 2019 and beyond.

"At West Newton A-2, the result of the Extended Well Test has the potential to dramatically transform Union Jack. We anticipate further progress in our ongoing technical evaluation and appraisal of the West Newton A-1 and A-2 discoveries in the coming months that will help us confirm that West Newton is one of the largest onshore UK oil and gas ventures in recent decades.

"An ongoing technical evaluation at Biscathorpe also has the potential to identify a material resource with significant upside, as in the case of West Newton.

"Assuming our appeal at Wressle is supported and production from Wressle is established, under the current oil price environment, Wressle would provide material cash flows after project operating costs net to Union Jack. Bearing in mind Union Jack's modest annual general and administrative costs, Wressle is expected to convert Union Jack into a cash flow positive company at the corporate level.

"The Board remains both confident and optimistic and the future of Union Jack looks bright."

 

Competent Person's Statement

In accordance with the "AIM Rules - Note for Mining and Oil and Gas Companies", the information contained within this announcement has been reviewed and signed off by Graham Bull, Non-Executive Director, who has over 46 years of international oil and gas industry experience.

 

For further information, please contact:

Union Jack Oil plc

+44 (0)7787 160 682

David Bramhill

 

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

+44 (0)20 3470 0470

Nominated Adviser and Broker

 

Lindsay Mair

 

Richard Hail

 

Stephen Wong

 

Cassiopeia Services Ltd

+44 (0)7949 690 338

Public Relations

 

Stefania Barbaglio

 

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

I am pleased to present this Half Yearly Report for the six months ended 30 June 2019 to the shareholders of Union Jack Oil plc ("Union Jack" or the "Company").

 

KEY ACTIVITIES IN THE PERIOD

The past six months, and the subsequent period to the date of writing this statement, have seen a number of positive events that augurs well for our strategy and that the Board believes will assist in delivering material growth in the medium term on our goal to build a sustainable, UK onshore focused, mid-tier conventional hydrocarbon producer.

Union Jack holds what the Board considers to be high-value material project interests with significant upside potential in our axis areas of the East Midlands, Humber Basin and East Yorkshire.

We are pleased to report that demonstrable progress has been made during the period, with the highlights being:

•      The successful drilling of the West Newton A-2 conventional appraisal well, where initial petrophysical evaluation has identified a gross oil column of 45 metres underlying a gross gas column of approximately 20 metres within the Kirkham Abbey formation

•      Following the drilling of the Biscathorpe-2 conventional well, confirmation by independent consultants Applied Petroleum Technology (UK) Limited ("APT") of the likely presence of a 35 metre live oil column with API Gravity oil of 33º to 34º in the top of the Dinantian interval

•      Data evaluated at Biscathorpe at the base of the analysed section, and wellsite readings, indicate possible additional pay at the base of the Dinantian interval.

•      Union Jack management's view is that Biscathorpe remains one of the UK's largest onshore un-appraised conventional hydrocarbon targets

•      On development plans for the Wressle oil discovery, the encouraging decision by the North Lincolnshire Council ("NLC") that it will not be presenting evidence at the Public Enquiry to be held on 5 November 2019, and will withdraw its case in respect of the appeal subject to the agreement of acceptable planning conditions

•      Cash balance of in excess of £2.8 million as at 20 September 2019

•      Debt free

 

PEDL183 WEST NEWTON A1 AND A2 DISCOVERIES (16.665%)

During late 2018, Union Jack completed a farm-in to licence PEDL183 located in East Yorkshire and within the Western sector of the Southern Zechstein Basin, containing the West Newton A-1 discovery, with Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited ("Rathlin" or the "Operator"), a subsidiary of Canadian registered Connaught Oil and Gas Ltd.

In April 2019, the West Newton A-2 conventional well was spudded, targeting the Kirkham Abbey and Cadeby formations. In June 2019, positive preliminary results were reported from the West Newton A-2 well that was drilled in a safe and competent manner by the Operator.

The well reached a total depth of 2,061 metres and 28 metres of core was recovered from the primary target, the Kirkham Abbey formation, and all planned logging operations were completed.

A gross 65 metre hydrocarbon interval was encountered within the Kirkham Abbey formation, indicating a substantial hydrocarbon accumulation, including a significant liquids component.

Based on the previously described data in conjunction with cuttings analysis and mudlogging data, a cased hole pulsed-neutron tool was run across the Kirkham Abbey zone as a means to differentiate between and confirm fluid saturations.

Initial petrophysical evaluation identified a gross oil column of 45 metres underlying a gross gas column of 20 metres. The West Newton A-2 well exhibits encouraging porosities on logs and in core, particularly in the identified oil zone, where in excess of 30 metres of good porosity has been measured. The core also exhibits natural fracturing which is confirmed by an imaging log run across the entire Kirkham Abbey interval.

The Operator and joint venture partners now believe that West Newton represents a potentially significant oil and gas development project rather than pure gas as originally perceived from information obtained from West Newton A-1 well and the subsequent Competent Person's Report ("CPR") prepared by Deloitte.

The Extended Well Test ("EWT") programme has been temporarily suspended in order to review the well test design to deliver the necessary test information to validate this important onshore resource.

Additionally, the West Newton A-2 data provided a good tie to the high quality three component 3D seismic volume that covers the entire West Newton project area. This new data allows for a revised interpretation of the seismic volume incorporating the well and the newly identified gas over oil gross hydrocarbon volume.

Following the integration and evaluation of the core, petrophysical, seismic and test data, the Operator and joint venture partners intend to commission a revised CPR to re-assess volumetrics and revise NPV10 values based on the information acquired from the West Newton A-2 well.

 

PEDL253 BISCATHORPE (22%)

PEDL253 is within the proven hydrocarbon fairway of the South Humber Basin and is on-trend with the Saltfleetby gasfield, Keddington oilfield and the Louth and North Somercotes Prospects.

In February 2019, the Biscathorpe-2 well was drilled and logging operations were conducted. Preliminary analysis indicated that the primary objective, the Basal Westphalian Sandstone, was not encountered as the well was drilled high to prognosis and did not thicken as expected in the pre-drill model.

Union Jack's independent technical team was greatly encouraged by the significant elevated gas readings and shows from logging supported by calculated oil saturations in the Dinantian Carbonate over an interval in excess of 150 metres, which included a suite of gas indications C1 to C5 and nC5, which is indicative of an effective petroleum system in close proximity to the Biscathorpe-2 well.

As a result of these compelling indications of hydrocarbons, the joint venture commissioned independent consultants APT to perform a detailed geochemical analysis of drill cutting samples taken from 20 intervals in the Biscathorpe-2 well.

The objective of the APT analysis was to provide geochemical evidence for the presence of live hydrocarbons, together with an estimate of the likely oil quality.

The APT report confirmed the occurrence of hydrocarbons in the Westphalian and Dinantian cutting samples analysed, validated by the presence of a full suite of gases ranging from methane to pentane.

The key result from the report was the likely presence of a 35 metre live oil column with API Gravity of 33º to 34º in the top of the Dinantian interval. Additionally, data evaluated at the base of the analysed section were suggestive of possible extra hydrocarbon pay at the base of the Dinantian interval.

The information derived from the revised petrophysical analysis has upgraded the Biscathorpe-2 well result, indicating proximity to an effective petroleum system, and validates Union Jack's and its joint venture partners' belief in the additional potential that exists within the PEDL253 licence area.

Following the drilling of the Biscathorpe-2 well and subsequent technical analysis, Union Jack management's view is that this prospect remains one of the UK's largest onshore un-appraised conventional hydrocarbon targets, given the attractions of the Basal Westphalian sandstone, its primary target reservoir, and the hydrocarbons identified within the Dinantian interval.

The joint venture is continuing with detailed seismic re-processing and further technical studies to confirm the next steps in relation to a possible side track of the Biscathorpe-2 well.

 

PEDL180/PEDL182 WRESSLE DISCOVERY (27.5%)

Located in Lincolnshire on the Western margin of the Humber Basin, PEDL180 and PEDL182 contain the substantial Wressle conventional oil discovery with proven reserves and significant upside from contingent resources, from which first commercial oil is expected to flow at a constrained rate of 500 barrels of oil per day following successful planning approval.

In July 2019, the joint venture received notification that, in a closed meeting, a decision was made by the NLC that it will not be presenting evidence at the Public Enquiry to be held on
5 November 2019, and will withdraw its case in respect of the appeal subject to the agreement of acceptable planning conditions.

A Queen's Counsel has been appointed to assist our appeal to obtain permission for development of this important conventional oil project.

The Wressle-1 well discovered hydrocarbons in 2014. During testing, a total of 710 barrels of oil equivalent per day were recovered from three separate reservoirs, the Ashover Grit, the Wingfield Flags and the Penistone flags. In September 2016, a CPR provided independent estimates of reserves and contingent and prospective oil and gas resources for the Wressle discovery of 2.15 million stock tank barrels classified as discovered (2P+2C).

 

OTHER PORTFOLIO INTERESTS

Other project interests within the Company's portfolio include the producing Keddington oilfield, PEDL005(R) (20%), which we believe has significant upside, including other potential drill targets that can be easily accessed from the existing production site. In addition, the producing Fiskerton Airfield oilfield EXL294 (20%) will soon be seeing a workover exercise in order to increase production.

PEDL241 (20%) contains the drill ready North Kelsey Prospect which will be drilled during 2020 subject to securing farminees.

PEDL201 (26.25%) Widmerpool Gulf, formerly Burton on the Wolds, contains significant Bowland Hodder shale potential where Management is considering options to generate value from this licence interest. The favoured outcome from this potentially significant play type would be through an industry sale.

A comprehensive list of Union Jack's licence interests can be found within the Half Yearly Report, which can be viewed on the Company's website www.unionjackoil.com.

 

CORPORATE AND FINANCIAL

Subsequent to the period under review, the Company, in July 2019, raised £2.25 million by way of an oversubscribed placing and subscription.

The funds raised enabled the Company to move forward on our potentially transformational three key project interests, namely:

·     extended well testing at the significant oil discovery at the West Newton A-2 conventional appraisal well

·     ongoing technical evaluation following drilling of the Biscathorpe-2 conventional appraisal well and

·     the upcoming appeal on the proposed development of the material Wressle conventional oil discovery

Union Jack remains debt free and our cash balance stands in excess of £2.8 million as at
20 September 2019.

In June 2019, the Company completed the sale of its 7.5% interest in PEDL143 to UK Oil & Gas PLC ("UKOG") for a consideration of £112,500. Payment in UKOG shares allows Union Jack to benefit from UKOG's increased holding in PEDL143 and also the further exposure to UKOG's wider Weald Basin assets and other projects.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our supportive shareholders, my fellow directors and our enthusiastic team of advisers, all of whom work closely with the Company and assist in helping us achieve our corporate goal of becoming a sustainable UK onshore focused mid-tier conventional hydrocarbon producer.

 

SUMMARY

The period under review and subsequent events since 30 June 2019, have seen significant progress at our three key project interests, namely West Newton, Biscathorpe and Wressle. Developments at these three assets can be expected to provide an active stream of newsflow throughout the remainder of 2019 and beyond.

At West Newton A-2, the result of the EWT has the potential to dramatically transform Union Jack. We anticipate further progress in our ongoing technical evaluation and appraisal of the West Newton A-1 and A-2 discoveries in the coming months that will help us confirm that West Newton is one of the largest onshore UK oil and gas ventures in recent decades.

An ongoing technical evaluation at Biscathorpe also has the potential to identify a material resource with significant upside, as in the case of West Newton.

Assuming our appeal at Wressle is supported and production from Wressle is established, under the current oil price environment, Wressle would provide material cash flows after project operating costs net to Union Jack. Bearing in mind Union Jack's modest annual general and administrative costs, Wressle is expected to convert Union Jack into a cash flow positive company at the corporate level.

The Board remains both confident and optimistic and the future of Union Jack looks bright.

 

David Bramhill

Executive Chairman

23 September 2019

 

Unaudited income Statement

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2019

 

Notes


Six Months
ended
30 June 2019 Unaudited
£


Six Months
ended
30 June 2018 Unaudited
£

Year
ended
31 December 2018
Audited
£


Revenue
Cost of sales - operating costs
Cost of Sales - depreciation

 

76,409
(102,583)
(18,459)

73,044
(78,33)
(12,227)

165,270
(159,046)
(32,186)


Gross profit (loss)

 

(44,633)

(17,522)

(25,962)


Administrative expenses
Impairment

Other operating income

 


(554,476)
-

112,500


(402,469)
-

-


(871,489)
(205,308)
-


Total administrative expenses

 

(441,976)


(402,469)

 


(1,076,797)

 


Operating loss
Finance income

 

(486,609)

2,541

(419,991)

1,232

(1,102,759)

4,051


Loss before taxation
Taxation-

 

3

(484,068)

-

(418,759)

-

(1,098,708)

-


Loss for the period / year

 

(484,068)

(418,759)

(1,098,708)


Attributable to:
Equity shareholders of the Company

 

 
(484,068)


(418,759)

 
(1,098,708)


Loss per share
Basic and diluted loss per share (pence)

 

2

 


(0.01)

-
 (0.01)

-
 (0.01)

 

 

Unaudited Statement of Comprehensive Income

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2019

 

 


Six Months
ended
30 June 2019 Unaudited
£


Six Months
ended
30 June 2018 Unaudited
£

Year
ended
31 December 2018
Audited
£


Loss for the period / year
Other comprehensive income

 

(484,068)

-

(418,759)

-

(1,098,708)

-


Total comprehensive loss
for the period / year

 

(484,068)

(418,759)

(1,098,708)

 

 

 

Unaudited Balance Sheet

AS AT 30 JUNE 2019

 

Notes


As at
30 June 2019 Unaudited
£


As at
30 June 2018 Unaudited
£

As at
31 December 2018
Audited
£


Assets
Non-current assets

Exploration and evaluation assets
Property, plant and equipment
Investments

 

 


 

 

 

5,512,441
596,328

152,500
 


 

 

 

3,044,232
-
535,409

40,000
 

 

 

 

 

3,485,961
611,139

40,000

 

 

 

 

6,261,269

3,619,641

4,137,100


Current assets
Trade and other receivables
Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 

1,279,056
1,442,126


109,969
1,827,229


198,054
3,123,287


 

 

2,721,182

1,937,198

3,321,341


Total assets

 


8,982,451


5,556,839


7,458,441

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities
Current liabilities
Trade and other payables

 

 

777,094

 

113,606

 

396,688


Non-current liabilities
Provisions

 

 

 


456,813

 


264,854

 


453,165


Total liabilities

 


1,233,907


378,460


849,853

 

Net assets

 

 

7,748,544

 

5,178,379

 

6,608,588


Capital and reserves attributable
to the Company's equity shareholders

Share capital
Share premium
Share-based payment reserve
Accumulated deficit




4

 

 




4,567,292

8,606,599

105,556

(5,530,903)




3,322,194
6,161,633

61,438

(4,366,886)




3,983,958
7,593,146

78,319

(5,046,835)


Total assets

 

 

7,748,544

5,178,379

6,608,588

 

 

 

Unaudited Statement of Cash Flows

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2019

 


Six months
ended
30 June 2019 Unaudited
£


Six months
ended
30 June 2018 Unaudited
£


Year
ended
31 December 2018
Audited
£

 

Cash outflow from operating activities

 

(1,141,509)

 

(648,332)

 

(893,956)


Cash flow from investing activities
Purchase of intangible assets
Purchase of property, plant and equipment
Purchase of investment
Interest received



(2,026,480)

-
(112,500)
2,541

 



(203,018)

(50,777)
1,232

 



(755,919)

(52,291)

4,051

 


Net cash used in investing activities

(2,136,439)


(252,563)

 


(804,159)

 


Cash flow from financing activities
Proceeds on issue of new shares
Cost of issuing new shares


1,750,000

(153,213)


1,250,000
(100,390)


3,500,000

(257,113)


Net cash generated from
financing activities

 

1,596,787

 

1,149,610

 

3,242,887


Net (decrease) / increase in
cash and cash equivalents

 

(1,681,161)

 

248,715

 

1,544,773

Cash and cash equivalents
at beginning of period / year


 

3,123,287
 


1,578,514


 

1,578,514

 


Cash and cash equivalents
at end of period / year


 

1,442,126

 


 

1,827,229

 


3,123,287

 

Notes to the Unaudited Financial Information

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2019

 

1              Accounting Policies

 

Basis of Preparation

These financial statements are for the six month period ended 30 June 2019.

The information for the year ended 31 December 2018 does not constitute statutory financial statements as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.

A copy of the statutory financial statements for that period has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The Auditor's Report was not qualified, did not include a reference to any matters to which the Auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying the report and did not contain statements under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

The interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2019 are unaudited.

The interim financial information in this report has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the European Union ("EU") applied in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act 2006.

The financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention. The principal accounting policies have been consistently applied to all periods presented.

 

Significant Accounting Policies

The accounting policies and methods of computation followed in the interim financial statements are consistent with those as published in the Company's Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended
31 December 2018.

The Company has adopted IFRS 16 Leases from 1 January 2019. There is no material effect on the Company's financial statements as the Company does not currently hold any leases.

The Annual Report and Financial Statements are available from the Company Secretary at the Company's registered office, 6 Charlotte Street, Bath BA1 2NE or on the Company's website www.unionjackoil.com.

 

Going Concern

The directors have, at the time of approving the interim financial statements, a reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Thus they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting.

 

 

 

2              Loss per Share Attributable to the Equity Shareholders of the Company

 

Basic loss per share is calculated by dividing the earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period.

Given the Company's reported loss for the period, warrants are not taken into account when determining the weighted average of ordinary shares in issue during the period and therefore the basic and diluted earnings per share are the same.


Basic loss per share

 


Six months
ended
30 June 2019
pence


Six months
ended
30 June 2018
pence


Year
ended
31 December 2018
pence

Loss per share from continuing operations

(0.01)

(0.01)

(0.01)

 

The loss and weighted average number of ordinary shares used in the calculation of basic earnings per share are as follows:


 


Six months
ended
30 June 2019
£

 

Six months
ended
30 June 2018
£

Year
ended
31 December 2018
£


Loss used in the calculation of total
basic and diluted earnings per share


(484,068)



(418,759)

 


(1,098,708)

 

 

 

 


Number of Shares
 

Six months
ended
30 June 2019


Six months
ended
30 June 2018

 

Year
ended
31 December 2018


Weighted average number of ordinary
shares for the purposes of basic and
diluted earnings per share


 


9,520,691,838

 



 

5,267,414,840
 



 

7,532,096,235

 

 

 

3              Taxation

There was no tax charge for the half yearly period due to the loss incurred. A deferred tax asset in respect of trading losses and share-based payments has not been recognised due to the uncertainty of timing of future profits. The trading tax losses are recoverable against suitable future trading profits.

 

4              Share Capital

In April 2019, 2,333,333,334 new ordinary shares were issued for cash at 0.075 pence per share, raising approximately £1,750,000 before expenses of £153,213 by way of a placing and subscription.

At 30 June 2019, there were 10,784,043,588 ordinary shares of a nominal value of 0.025 pence in issue.

At 30 June 2019, there were 831,680,400 deferred shares of 0.225 pence nominal value in issue.

At 30 June 2019, there were 46,074,504 warrants outstanding and exercisable.

During the period under review, 5,333,333 warrants expired.

 

 

5              Events after the Balance Sheet Date

In July 2019, 1,323,529,411 new ordinary shares were issued for cash at 0.17 pence per share, raising approximately £2.25 million before expenses of £140,888 by way of a placing and subscription.

Following this fundraising, as of 3 July 2019, there are now 12,107,572,999 ordinary shares of a nominal value of 0.025 pence in issue.

In July 2019, Joe O'Farrell, Executive Director, purchased 29,411,764 new ordinary shares at a price of
0.17 pence through a subscription.

In July 2019, Ray Godson, Non-Executive Director, purchased 5,882,353 new ordinary shares at a price of
0.17 pence through a subscription.

In July 2019, 120,000,000 share options were granted to David Bramhill, Executive Chairman, 80,000,000 share options were granted to Graham Bull, Non-Executive Director, 30,000,000 share options were granted to
Ray Godson, Non-Executive Director and 30,000,000 share options were granted to Matthew Small,
Company Secretary.

The share options have an exercise price of 0.265 pence, being the mid-market closing price as of 18 July 2019. The vesting date is 19 July 2022, and the exercise period expires on 19 July 2029. The share options can only be exercised if the share price is at a 30% premium to the option issue price.

In August 2019, 80,000,000 share options were granted to Joe O'Farrell, Executive Director.

The share options have an exercise price of 0.265 pence, being the mid-market closing price on 5 August 2019. The vesting date is 6 August 2022, and the exercise period expires on 6 August 2029. The share options can only be exercised if the share price is at a 30% premium to the exercise price.

The grant of options is a related party transaction for the purposes of Rule 13 of the AIM Rules for Companies, however these events have occurred after the Balance Sheet Date.

 

6              Related Party Transactions

Charnia Resources (UK), an unincorporated entity owned by Graham Bull, non-executive director, received from the Company the sum of £32,800 during the period under review in respect of consulting fees.

Jayne Bramhill, spouse of David Bramhill, received from the Company the sum of £3,000 during the period under review in respect of IT maintenance and administration costs.

 

7              Copies of the Half Yearly Report

A copy of the Half Yearly Report will shortly be posted to shareholders, and is now available on the Company's website www.unionjackoil.com.


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