ARCM: Update on Question List #1 Is Premier Oil's Forecasted Free Cash Flow From the Acquisitions Actually Less than US$400m by 2023 (vs. US$600m of decommissioning liabilities)?

ARCM: Update on Question List #1 Is Premier Oil's Forecasted Free Cash Flow From the Acquisitions Actually Less than US$400m by 2023 (vs. US$600m of decommissioning liabilities)?

PR Newswire

LONDON, March 5, 2020

LONDON, March 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Further to ARCM's statement on 24 January (available here), in which we questioned Premier Oil's forecasted  free cash flow ("FCF") for the proposed acquisitions, ARCM has carried out a more detailed review of the Company's public disclosure around these transactions. Our analysis, which is based on the Company's publicly disclosed data (for detailed assumptions see the notes section), shows that cash flows at the 31 December 2019 Brent and UK gas forward curves would be less than $400 million from the potential transaction closing date until the end of 2023 – compared to the ">US$1 billion" statement made by the Company in its presentation on 7 January (which did not provide any details regarding the working capital adjustments between 1 January 2019 and the closing date). 

Premier Oil Cash Flow Projections from the closing of the acquisitions

This <$400 million figure needs to be considered in the context of the Company taking on an incremental $600 million of pre-tax decommissioning liabilities, significantly increasing its exposure to the challenging UK gas market and assuming aging assets from BP.

It is also important to note that the cumulative cash flow figure shown below would in fact be substantially lower than what is shown in this analysis at the currently prevailing forward curves for Brent and UK gas. 

As we have previously highlighted, this transaction was negotiated by the Company last autumn, prior to the significant sell-off in the UK gas forward curve due to worsening supply/demand fundamentals, and in our statement on 24 January we encouraged the Company to provide updated FCF guidance which better reflected this dynamic. The model below, which forms the basis of our analysis, is based on Premier Oil's public disclosures and uses forward prices for Brent and UK gas as of 31 December 2019 (predating the market reaction to the Coronavirus).

Premier Oil Cash Flow Projections from the closing of the acquisitions (see notes overleaf)

Notes

Production Profiles (kboe/d): Based on estimates from the Company's presentation on 7 January 2020 (available here)

Total Production (mmboe): For each asset the annual liquids and gas production is derived by multiplying the daily production profiles (kboe/d) by 0.365. For 2H 2020, the production profile (kboe/d) is multiplied by 0.183 since the calculation utilizes half year cash flows from 2H 2020 onwards.

Combined Production (P): Sum of the total liquids and gas production in mmboe across Andrew, Shearwater and Tolmount

Combined Opex (OP): As per Page 4 of the Company's presentation on 7 January which states "Adds low cost assets with combined opex of < US$20/boe (2019 to 2025)". Combined opex has been assumed to be $19/boe

Oil and Gas Price Assumption: Forward curves from Bloomberg as at 31 December 2019

Condensate Differential vs Brent (D): Taken as the average $/bbl differential of naphtha over Brent since 2019.

Implied Condensate Price (C): Oil price assumption plus the condensate differential. This is used for calculating Shearwater liquids revenues since Shearwater liquids are condensates as stated on page 8 of the Company's presentation on 7 January

FX Rate (FX): Assumption of 1.3 USD/GBP

Gas Price in $/boe (G): Derived by multiplying the gas price in p/therm (UKG) by the FX rate assumption (FX) and the therm to boe conversion factor of 0.58 (CF)

Total Liquids Revenue (TLR): Sum of liquids revenue across Andrew, Shearwater and Tolmount as detailed below

Total Gas Revenue (TGR): Sum of gas revenue across Andrew, Shearwater and Tolmount as detailed below

Total Revenue: Sum of Total Liquids Revenue and Total Gas Revenue

Opex: Derived by Multiplying Combined Production in mmboe (P) with Combined Opex in $/boe (OP)

EBITDA: Total Revenue less Total Opex

CapEx: As detailed below

Cash Flow: EBITDA less total CapEx

Total Cash Flow (2H 2020 to 2023): Sum of Cash Flows from 2H 2020 to 2023

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