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United Oil & Gas PLC (UOG)

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Tuesday 18 September, 2018

United Oil & Gas PLC

Interim Results

RNS Number : 0466B
United Oil & Gas PLC
18 September 2018
 

United Oil & Gas Plc / Index: LSE / Epic: UOG / Sector: Oil & Gas

18 September 2018

United Oil & Gas Plc ('United' or 'the Company') 

Interim Financial Statements for the Period Ended 30 June 2018

 

United Oil & Gas Plc ('United' or 'the Company'), the London Stock Exchange listed oil and gas exploration and development company, announces its results for the six months ended 30 June 2018.

 

Highlights

·  Delivering on strategy to acquire and develop a multi-stage portfolio of low-risk development and appraisal assets in Europe and high-impact exploration licences in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa

·    Significant commercial discovery confirmed at Podere Gallina in Italy following strong gas flows on testing

Mid-case gross recoverable volumes estimated at 525MScm (~18Bcf / 3mmboe)

Development planning underway for a 150,000 cubic metres of gas per day facility with Exploitation Application licence submitted

·     Farmed-in for 10% interest in oil and gas assets in the Wessex Basin, southern UK

On course to participate in a well in Q4 2018 to appraise the Colter discovery which lies immediately to the south of Europe's largest onshore oil field at Wytch Farm

·     Completion of 3D Seismic acquisition over Tullow Oil-operated Walton-Morant licence, offshore Jamaica which holds the high-grade 200mmbbls Colibri prospect

Results of processing and interpretation of 3D seismic due in Q4 2018

·     Awarded two blocks in the UK North Sea, including the Crown discovery, with estimates of up to 16 million barrels of recoverable oil

·     Option secured to farm-in to offshore Block 49/29c UK Licence P2264 containing the Acle prospect

·     Fully funded for share of current work programme across portfolio

·     Former executive director of Tullow Oil, Graham Martin, appointed as Chairman, representing a major vote of confidence in United's strategy and management team

·     Completion of equity placing of £2.5 million at 4.25p per share on 20th April.

·     £3.0m (gross) raised post-period end by an oversubscribed conditional placing and subscription of a total of approximately 54.5 million shares at 5.5p per share, with warrants attached on a 3 warrants for 4 shares basis at a strike price of 8p. The funds will be used to pursue new projects

 

United Oil & Gas Plc CEO, Brian Larkin, said, "This has been an active period for United which has set us up for an exciting remainder of 2018. A number of high-impact news flow items are pending including our participation in an appraisal well in the Wessex Basin in the UK; results from a 3D seismic programme completed at our offshore Jamaica project; the commencement of a seismic programme to further unlock the value at the Podere Gallina discovery in Italy; and potential farm-in activity at our North Sea assets, in which we have a 95% interest.  We continue to assess high-quality assets that have clear lines of sight to near-term activity to enhance our portfolio which has seen considerable growth during this period.  We are committed to maintaining the momentum that has been built and I look forward to updating shareholders on the multiple value-adding events occurring over the coming months."

 

For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.uogplc.com or contact: 

 

United Oil & Gas Plc (Company)

 

Brian Larkin

[email protected]

 

 

Stockdale Securities Limited (Placing Agent)

Robert Finlay and David Coaten

+44 (0) 20 7601 6100

 

 

Optiva Securities Limited (Broker)

 

Christian Dennis

+44 (0) 20 3137 1902

 

 

Beaumont Cornish Limited (Financial Adviser)

 

Roland Cornish and Felicity Geidt

+44 (0) 20 7628 3396

 

 

Murray (PR Advisor)

 +353 (0) 87 6909735

Joe Heron

[email protected]

 

 

St Brides Partners (Financial PR/IR)

Frank Buhagiar and Juliet Earl

 

+44 (0) 207 236 1177

 

Chief Executive Officer's Statement 

The period under review saw us participate in a commercial gas discovery onshore Italy, acquire interests in late stage European appraisal projects and participate in offshore Jamaica's first ever 3D seismic survey.  All stem from our focus on exposing shareholders to a continuous series of re-rating opportunities from a dual-focused portfolio of low risk, late stage appraisal/development projects in Europe and high impact exploration plays in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa.  We are only interested in high quality projects that ideally contain multiple targets and leads and have clear lines of sight towards near term value driving activity.  H1 2018 is therefore no outlier and United shareholders can expect a steady stream of high impact news flow in the second half of the year and beyond. 

 

2018 got off to an excellent start with confirmation that a significant commercial gas discovery has been made at the Podere Gallina licence in the Po Valley, Italy.  This followed our participation in the successful Podere Maiar well in December 2017 which encountered 41m of net gas pay.  Based on strong gas flows in testing, mid-case gross recoverable volumes have been estimated at 525MScm (~18Bcf / 3mmboe).  Development planning is underway for a 150,000 cubic metres of gas per day facility and in line with this an application for an Exploitation Licence has been lodged with the Italian authorities, as we look to bring the discovery online as soon as possible. 

 

With a 20% interest in the licence, United's share of production would generate a significant revenue stream which will not only help fund future activity but will also serve to highlight the underlying value of our assets, particularly when compared with the Company's current market capitalisation.

 

Like most of our licences, Podere Gallina holds multiple prospects and leads and therefore provides us and our partners in the licence with a number of follow-up drilling opportunities.  With this in mind, a 3D seismic programme is planned for early 2019 to de-risk these additional targets, including the highly prospective Selva East, Selva South Flank, and Riccardina prospects, each of which has the potential to add to our growing inventory of rerating opportunities in the event they are upgraded to drill ready status.

 

Before then, United will be participating in the upcoming Colter appraisal well on P1918 in the Wessex Basin.  The well, which will appraise a historic discovery that lies immediately to the south of Europe's largest onshore oil field at Wytch Farm, is planned to be drilled in Q4 2018.   Discovered in 1986 by well 98/11-3, which encountered a 10.5m oil column in the Sherwood Sandstone reservoir, Colter lies on the same play that has proven to be so productive at Wytch Farm where over 450mmbbls have been produced to date. 

 

The new well will be drilled updip of 98/11-3 targeting significant potential that has been identified following reprocessing of 3D seismic data.  The gross unrisked mid-case oil contingent resources in the section proven up by the 98/11-3 well have been estimated at 4mmbbls, with gross unrisked mean-case prospective resources estimated at 15mmbbls in the rest of the structure.  Colter ticks all the boxes we look for when assessing projects: excellent location; de-risked following significant historic work; upcoming value driving activity. Needless to say, we are looking forward to drilling operations getting underway at P1918 of which United holds a 10% interest following our farm-in in January 2018.

 

Still in the Wessex Basin, work continues at Waddock Cross comprising a shallow ~600m subsurface field with a large in-place volume of oil (29 million barrels gross) and gross unrisked mid-case contingent resources of 1.2mmbbls.   The field was brought into production in 2013 but was shut-in due to a higher than anticipated water-cut.  Further structural mapping and modelling suggest drilling into the crest of the structure could deliver a gross flow rate of over 200bopd.  Subject to the results of the current work programme, a well could be drilled at Waddock Cross in H1 2019. 

 

The Tullow Oil-operated Walton-Morant licence, which covers an area of 32,000km2 offshore Jamaica and in which we farmed into a 20% interest earlier this year, is another potential source of high impact news flow.  Work is underway to de-risk highly prospective Cretaceous and Tertiary aged clastic and carbonate reservoir targets that have been mapped by Tullow on 2D seismic data.  This includes the high grade Colibri target which is estimated to hold gross mean-case prospective resources of over 200mmbbls.  Following the acquisition of 2,250km2 3D seismic data in May 2018 over an area of the licence which includes Colibri, processing and interpretation work is underway.  Already, Colibri has been clearly identified on the fast track version of the 3D seismic dataset and we look forward to the processing and interpretation work being completed to justify the drill or drop decision that will be made in 2019.  Walton-Morant represents high risk / high reward exploration.  Based on the existing resource estimates for Colibri and the presence of multiple copycat targets on the licence, Walton-Morant offers huge re-rating potential for United in the event of success. 

 

With an eye on future needle-moving activity, during the period we were pleased to report the award of a 95% interest in Blocks 15/18d and 15/19b in the Central North Sea as part of the UK 30th Licensing Round.  As with all our projects, considerable historic work has been carried out on these blocks which contain multiple leads and targets including Crown, a Palaeocene discovery which could contain up to 16 million barrels of recoverable oil.  Interests from potential farm-in partners has already been received and United will consider all options available in order to progress the work programme as rapidly as possible. 

 

During the period, the Board was strengthened by the appointment of Graham Martin as Non-Executive Chairman.  Having spent almost two decades on the board of Tullow Oil Plc during which he performed a pivotal role in Tullow's M&A activities, Graham's appointment represents both a major statement of intent by the Company and a major vote of confidence in United's strategy and management team by a highly experienced senior oil and gas executive.  

 

Financial Review

Thanks to having a strong cash position, the Company is fully funded for its share of the current work programme across its assets.  As of 30th June, the Company's cash balances totalled £2.4 million following a placing in April 2018 which raised £2.5 million pounds.

 

Post-period end, the Company raised £3.0m (gross) by an oversubscribed conditional placing and subscription of a total of approximately 54.5 million shares at 5.5p per share, with warrants attached on a 3 warrants for 4 shares basis at a strike price of 8p. Funds will be used to pursue new projects in line with the Company's dual focus to build a portfolio of low risk, late stage appraisal/development projects in Europe and high impact exploration plays in the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa.

 

Outlook

We expect the momentum behind the Company to be maintained in H2 2018.  The Colter well is on track to be drilled in Q4 2018, seismic processing work centred on elevating the 200MMbbl Colibri target offshore Jamaica to drill ready status is expected to be completed, while the permitting process and preparatory work to bring the onshore Italy gas discovery on line continues.  In tandem with this, we will look to add new assets to our portfolio, but only those that have benefited from considerable historic work, contain numerous leads and targets and have defined paths to high impact activity.  We remain focused on exposing United shareholders to a steady flow of opportunities which have significant rerating potential and I look forward to providing further updates on our progress during the months ahead.

 

Brian Larkin

Chief Executive Officer

 

Directors' Report

 

Risks and uncertainties

The Directors have identified the following as key risks in the remaining six months of this financial year:

 

-  The Oil and Gas sector - exploration, development and production

The estimating of reserves and resources is a subjective process and there is significant uncertainty in any reserve or resource estimate.  In addition, the exploration for and production of oil and other natural resources is speculative and involves a high degree of risk, in particular a company's operations may be disrupted by a variety of tasks and hazards which are beyond its control such as environmental regulation, governmental regulations or delays, increase in costs and the availability of equipment or services, and the volatility of oil and gas prices.

 

- Business Strategy 

Our strategy is to acquire oil and gas licences in which we can actively influence near-term activity to unlock previously untapped value.

 

- The Company's relationships with the Directors

The Company is dependent on the Directors to identify potential acquisition opportunities and to execute an acquisition, and the loss of the services of the Directors could materially affect it.

 

Auditing

This interim report and accounts for the six month period ended 30 June 2018 (the "Interim Report and Accounts") has not been audited or reviewed pursuant to the Financial Reporting Council guidance on 'Review of Interim Financial Information'.

 

Statement of Directors' Responsibilities

The Interim Report and Accounts are the responsibility of, and have been approved by, the Directors. The Directors are responsible for preparing the Interim Report and Accounts in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules (the "DTRs") of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority (the "FCA") and with International Accounting Standards. The DTRs require that the accounting policies and presentation applied to the half yearly figures must be consistent with those applied in the latest published annual accounts.

 

The Directors confirm that, to the best of their knowledge, the set of financial statements contained in the Interim Report and Accounts have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union. The Report of the Directors includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7 and DTR 4.2.8, namely:-

 

·     an indication of important events that have occurred during the first half of the financial year and their impact on the set of financial statements contained in the Interim Report and Accounts;

 

·     the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining half of the financial year; and

 

·     material related party transactions that have taken place in the first half of the current financial year and any material changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report.

 

Brian Larkin

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

Period ended 30 June 2018

                                                                                               

 

 

Note

 

 Period ended 30 June 2018

 

 Period ended 30 June 2017

 

 Year ended 31 December 2017

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

 

 

£

 

£

 

£

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

 

 

(438,801)

 

(129,355)

 

(593,414)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating loss and loss before taxation

 

 

 

(438,801)

 

(129,355)

 

(593,414)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation

 

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the financial period attributable to the Company's / Group's equity shareholders

 

 

 

(438,801)

 

(129,355)

 

(593,414)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss per share from continuing operations expressed in pence per share:

Basic and diluted

 

4

 

(0.18)

 

(0.36)

 

(0.59)

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

 

 

 

 

 

 Period ended 30 June 2018

 

 Period ended 30 June 2017

 

 Year ended 31 December 2017

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

 

 

£

 

£

 

£

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the financial period

 

 

 

(438,801)

 

(129,355)

 

(593,414)

Foreign exchange difference

 

 

 

45,149

 

(1,791)

 

(26,214)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the financial period attributable to the Company's / Group's equity shareholders

 

 

 

(393,652)

 

(131,146)

 

(619,628)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

At 30 JUNE 2018

 

 

Note

 

30 June 2018

 

30 June 2017

 

31 December 2017

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

 

£

 

£

 

£

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intangible Assets

5

 

3,674,998

 

215,913

 

1,166,169

Property, Plant and Equipment

 

 

2,735

 

1,270

 

2,342

 

 

 

3,677,733

 

217,183

 

1,168,511

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

 

7,529

 

-

 

124,870

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

2,405,189

 

99,399

 

3,034,968

 

 

 

2,412,718

 

99,399

 

3,159,838

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 

 

6,090,451

 

316,582

 

4,328,349

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPITAL AND RESERVES ATTRIBUTABLE TO EQUITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

6

 

2,910,685

 

384,250

 

2,321,850

Share premium

6

 

5,776,177

 

371,650

 

4,213,944

Share-based payment reserve

 

 

455,493

 

176,099

 

455,493

Merger reserve

 

 

(2,048,084)

 

(332,712)

 

(2,048,084)

Translation reserve

 

 

10,592

 

(10,134)

 

(34,557)

Retained earnings

 

 

(1,227,669)

 

(324,809)

 

(788,868)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EQUITY

 

 

5,877,194

 

264,344

 

4,119,778

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

213,257

 

52,238

 

208,571

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

 

213,257

 

52,238

 

208,571

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

 

 

6,090,451

 

316,582

 

4,328,349

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

Period ended 30 June 2018

 

 

 

Share capital

 

Share premium

Share- based payment reserve

Retained
earnings

Translation reserve

Merger reserve

 

Total

equity

 

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the period ended 30 June 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2018

2,321,850

4,213,944

455,493

(788,868)

(34,557)

(2,048,084)

4,119,778

Loss for the period

-

-

-

(438,801)

-

-

(438,801)

Foreign exchange difference

-

-

-

-

45,149

-

45,149

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

(438,801)

45,149

-

(393,652)

Contributions by and distributions to owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of shares on exercise of warrants

600

2,400

-

-

-

-

3,000

Issue of shares

588,235

1,911,765

-

-

-

-

2,500,000

Expenses of issue

(351,932)

-

-

-

-

(351,932)

Total contributions by and distributions to owners

588,835

1,562,233

-

-

-

-

2,151,068

Balance at 30 June 2018 (Unaudited)

2,910,685

5,776,177

455,493

(1,227,669)

10,592

(2,048,084)

5,877,194

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the period ended 30 June 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2017 (UOG Holdings plc)

259,250

259,250

176,099

(195,454)

(8,343)

(332,712)

158,090

Loss for the period

-

-

-

(129,355)

-

-

(129,355)

Foreign exchange difference

-

-

-

-

(1,791)

-

(1,791)

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

(129,355)

(1,791)

-

(131,146)

Contributions by and distributions to owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of share capital in UOG Holdings plc

125,000

125,000

-

-

-

-

250,000

Share issue expenses

-

(12,600)

-

-

-

-

(12,600)

Total contributions by and distributions to owners

125,000

112,400

-

-

-

-

237,400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2017 (Unaudited)

384,250

371,650

176,099

(324,809)

(10,134)

(332,712)

264,344

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the period ended 31 December 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2017 (UOG Holdings plc)

259,250

259,250

176,099

(195,454)

(8,343)

(332,712)

158,090

Loss for the period

-

-

-

(593,414)

-

-

(593,414)

Foreign exchange difference

-

-

-

-

(26,214)

-

(26,214)

Total comprehensive loss for the year

-

-

-

(593,414)

(26,214)

-

(619,628)

Contributions by and distributions to owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of share capital in UOG Holdings plc

125,000

125,000

-

-

-

-

250,000

Share issue expenses

-

(12,638)

-

-

-

-

(12,638)

Effect of combination resulting in United Oil & Gas plc becoming the parent company of the group

425,100

1,382,914

-

-

-

(1,715,372)

92,642

Share placing

1,512,500

2,737,500

-

-

-

-

4,250,000

Share issue expenses

-

(278,082)

-

-

-

-

(278,082)

Cancellation of share warrants in UOG Holdings plc

-

-

(176,099)

-

-

-

(176,099)

Issue of share warrants in United Oil & Gas plc

-

-

455,493

-

-

-

455,493

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 December 2017 (Audited)

2,321,850

4,213,944

455,493

(788,868)

(34,557)

(2,048,084)

4,119,778

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASHFLOWS

Period ended 30 June 2018

 

 

 

 Period ended 30 June 2018

 

 Period ended 30 June 2017

 

 Year ended 31 December 2017

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

£

 

£

 

£

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before taxation

 

(438,801)

 

(129,355)

 

(593,414)

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share options issued as acquisition expenses

 

-

 

-

 

25,377

Depreciation

 

491

 

101

 

452

Foreign exchange movements

 

-

 

-

 

(1,916)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(438,310)

 

(129,254)

 

(569,501)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decrease / (increase) in trade and other receivables

 

117,341

 

-

 

(124,870)

Increase in trade and other payables

 

4,683

 

17,215

 

138,795

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in operating activities 

 

(316,286)

 

(112,039)

 

(555,576)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash acquired from United Oil & Gas plc (formerly Senterra Energy plc)

 

-

 

-

 

332,538

Purchase of property, plant & equipment

 

(885)

 

(1,371)

 

(2,794)

Purchase of intangible exploration assets

 

(2,508,829)

 

(98,603)

 

(1,048,859)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(2,509,714)

 

(99,974)

 

(719,115)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of ordinary shares (net of expenses)

 

2,151,068

 

237,400

 

4,256,862

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from financing activities

 

2,151,068

 

237,400

 

4,256,862

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents 

 

(674,932)

 

25,387

 

2,982,171

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period / year

 

3,034,968

 

75,804

 

75,804

Effects of exchange rate changes

 

45,153

 

(1,792)

 

(23,007)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period / year

 

2,405,189

 

99,399

 

3,034,968

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes to the financial information

Period ended 30 June 2018

 

1.    GENERAL

 

The interim financial information for the period to 30 June 2018 is unaudited and does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

               

2.    ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

The interim financial information in this report has been prepared on the basis of the accounting policies set out in the audited financial statements for the period ended 31 December 2017, which complied with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted for use in the European Union ("IFRS").

 

The results for the period ended 30 June 2018 and the year ended 31 December 2017 include the results of United Oil & Gas plc and its subsidiaries; those for the period ended 30 June 2017 include the results of UOG Holdings plc and its subsidiaries.

 

IFRS is subject to amendment and interpretation by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB") and the IFRS Interpretations Committee and there is an on-going process of review and endorsement by the European Commission.

 

The financial information has been prepared on the basis of IFRS that the Directors expect to be applicable as at 31 December 2018.

 

The Directors have adopted the going concern basis in preparing the financial information.  In assessing whether the going concern assumption is appropriate, the Directors have taken into account all relevant available information about the foreseeable future. 

 

The condensed financial information for the year ended 31 December 2017 set out in this interim report does not comprise the Group's statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2017, which were prepared under IFRS, have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditors reported on these accounts; their report 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 which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis regarding going concern.

 

Going Concern

The Group's business activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development, performance and position are set out in the CEO's Statement and Directors' Report.

 

In the financial statements for the year to 31 December 2017, the Group stated that based on the cash balance at year end, the funds raised subsequent to the year end, and the Group's commitments, the Group had sufficient funding to meet planned financial commitments in relation to operational activities and a level of contingency. Based on current cash balances and the Group's commitments, the funding position remains unchanged. 

 

The directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future, therefore they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the financial statements.               

 

       Exploration and evaluation assets

The group accounts for oil and gas expenditure under the full cost method of accounting. 

 

Costs (other than payments to acquire the legal right to explore) incurred prior to acquiring the rights to explore are charged directly to the profit and loss account. All costs incurred after the rights to explore an area have been obtained, such as geological, geophysical, data costs and other direct costs of exploration and appraisal are accumulated and capitalised as intangible exploration and evaluation ("E&E") assets.

 

E&E costs are not amortised prior to the conclusion of appraisal activities. At the completion of appraisal activities if technical feasibility is demonstrated and commercial reserves are discovered, then following development sanction, the carrying value of the relevant E&E asset will be reclassified as a development and production asset within tangible fixed assets.

 

If after completion of appraisal activities in an area, it is not possible to determine technical feasibility or commercial viability, then the costs of such unsuccessful exploration and evaluation are written off to the profit and loss account. The costs associated with any wells which are abandoned are fully amortised when the abandonment decision is taken.

 

Development and production assets, are accumulated generally on a field by-field basis and represent the costs of developing the commercial reserves discovered and bringing them into production, together with the E&E expenditures incurred in finding commercial reserves which have been transferred from intangible E&E assets.

 

The net book values of development and production assets are depreciated generally on a field-by-field basis using the unit of production method based on the commercial proven and probable reserves. Assets are not depreciated until production commences.

 

 

3.    RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

The directors are considered to be the key management personnel of the company. During the interim period, the company paid fees to directors amounting to £148,708 (Period ended 30 June 2017 - £18,000).

 

During the prior interim period, the company was charged fees and commission of £12,000 by Optiva Securities Limited, a company in which the former director, J King, is a director and shareholder.


 

4.    LOSS PER SHARE

 

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

Given the Group's reported loss for the period, share options and warrants are not taken into account
when determining the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year as they would be anti-dilutive, and therefore the basic and diluted loss per share are the same.

 

Basic and diluted loss per share                                     

 

Period ended

30 June 2018

 

Period ended

30 June

2017

 

Year ended

31 December 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period (£)

(438,801)

 

(129,355)

 

(593,414)

Weighted average number of ordinary shares (number)

248,798,040

 

36,284,116

 

100,814,356

Loss per share from continuing operations (pence per share)

(0.18)

 

(0.36)

 

(0.59)

 

5.    INTANGIBLE ASSETS

 

 

 

Exploration and Evaluation assets

£

Cost

 

 

At 31 December 2016

 

117,310

Additions

 

1,048,859

 

 

 

At 31 December 2017

 

1,166,169

Additions

 

2,508,829

 

 

 

At 30 June 2018

 

3,674,998

 

 

 

Net book value

 

 

At 31 December 2017

 

1,166,169

 

 

 

At 30 June 2018

 

3,674,998

 

 

 

United Oil and Gas farmed into a UK licence in the Wessex basin with Corallian Energy Limited in January 2018, in which the Colter well is to be drilled in Q4 2018. The costs incurred and capitalised to 30 June 2018 are £143,331.

 

In May 2018 UOG was awarded two blocks in the UK North Sea's 30th licencing round, which includes the Crown discovery and to 30 June 2018 the company has incurred £7,400. A work programme will be finalised in Q3 of this year.

 

In Italy well drilling and testing was completed at Podere Gallina in the first quarter of 2018. To 30 June 2018 the company has capitalised costs of £1,875,620 and development activities are on track for 2019.

 

Jamaica activity consisted primarily of the 3D Seismic acquisition on the Walton-Morant licence with our partners Tullow Oil, and to 30 June 2018 UOG have capitalised costs of £1,298,922. Activities have continued on our UK asset with Egdon Resources on the Waddock Cross licence and to 30 June 2018 the company have capitalised costs of £250,073. The first well to be drilled is still targeted for H1 2019.

 

Management review the intangible exploration assets for indications of impairment at each balance sheet date based on IFRS 6 criteria. Commercial reserves have not yet been established and the evaluation and exploration work is ongoing. The Directors do not consider that any indication of impairment have arisen and accordingly the assets continue to be carried at cost.

 

6.    SHARE CAPITAL & SHARE PREMIUM

 

Allotted, issued, and fully paid:

 

 

 

 

30 June 2018

United Oil & Gas plc

 

 

Share capital

Share premium

 

 

No

£

£

Ordinary shares of £0.01 each

 

 

 

 

Opening balance

 

232,185,001

2,321,850

4,213,944

 

 

 

 

 

Allotments:

 

 

 

 

7 March 2018

 

60,000

600

2,400

11 May 2018

 

58,823,530

588,235

1,911,765

Share issue costs

 

-

-

(351,932)

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June

 

291,068,531

2,910,685

5,776,177

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 June 2017

UOG Holdings plc

 

 

Share capital

Share premium

 

 

No

£

£

Ordinary shares of £0.01 each

 

 

 

 

Opening balance

 

25,925,000

259,250

259,250

 

 

 

 

 

Allotments:

 

 

 

 

21 March 2017

 

12,500,000

125,000

125,000

Share issues costs

 

-

-

(12,600)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June

 

38,425,000

384,250

371,650

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 December 2017

United Oil & Gas plc

 

 

Share capital

Share premium

 

 

No

£

£

Ordinary shares of £0.01 each

 

 

 

 

Opening balance

 

27,000,000

270,000

945,501

 

 

 

 

 

Allotments:

 

 

 

 

31 July 2017

 

173,935,001

1,739,350

2,609,025

27 December 2017

 

31,250,000

312,500

937,500

Share issue costs

 

-

-

(278,082)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December

 

232,185,001

2,321,850

4,213,944

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.    EVENTS AFTER THE BALANCE SHEET DATE

 

On 2 August 2018, the Company announced the issue of 10,779,093 share options to Directors and Management, with an exercise price of 4.25 pence and vesting period of 3 years from the date of grant.

An additional £3 million in fundraising at a price of 5.5p per share has been announced on the 18th September 2018, subject to approval at a General Meeting which is scheduled for 8th October 2018. This will leave the Company in a stronger cash position, both fully funded for its share of current work programme across its assets and with sufficient additional resources to pursue further opportunities. 

 

 

 

8.    COPIES OF INTERIM REPORT

 

Copies of the interim report are available to the public free of charge from the Company at United Oil & Gas Plc, 200 Strand, London, WC2R 1DJ during normal office hours, Saturdays and Sundays excepted, for 14 days from today and are available on the Company's website at www.uogplc.com.  

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) 596/2014.

 

    

**ENDS**

 

 

Notes to Editors

 

United Oil & Gas Plc (UOG) is listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. United was established to explore, appraise and develop low risk assets in Europe and to develop higher risk, higher impact exploration projects in the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa.

 

The following table outlines the Company's licence interests:

 

Country

Licence

Operator

United Interest

Italy

Podere Gallina Licence

Po Valley Energy Limited

20%

United Kingdom

Waddock Cross Field

Egdon Resources UK Limited

26.25%

United Kingdom

PL090 Exploration

Egdon Resources UK Limited

18.95%

United Kingdom

P1918

Corallian Energy Limited

10%

United Kingdom

PEDL 330

Corallian Energy Limited

10%

United Kingdom

PEDL 345

Corallian Energy Limited

10%

United Kingdom

P2366

United Oil & Gas Plc

95%

Jamaica

Walton-Morant

Tullow Jamaica Ltd

20%

 

 

 


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