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Second quarter and half year report 2015

2015-08-18T07:30:00 CET

·Second quarter 2015 net sales amounted to MSEK 265 compared to MSEK 163 in the first quarter 2015, an increase with 63 per cent. The strong net sales development during the second quarter is mainly a result of a movement of about 100,000 barrels from underlift to overlift position

·Net result after tax during second quarter 2015 amounted to MSEK 53, and is up 37 per cent compared to MSEK 39 during first quarter 2015. Second quarter net result negatively affected by exploration costs of MSEK 8

·Second quarter 2015 earnings per share before and after dilution of SEK 1.52 compared to SEK 1.11 during first quarter 2015

·Second quarter average daily production increased 8 per cent compared with first quarter 2015. Total production amounted to 858,453 barrels corresponding to 9,434 barrels per day

·Dividend and share redemption of SEK 3.00 per share amounting to MSEK 106 was distributed to shareholders during the second quarter. Cash and bank as per 30 June 2015 amounted to MSEK 323

MSEK (unless specifically stated) Second quarter 2015 First quarter 2015 % Q2 2015 to Q1 2015 Second quarter 2014
Production, before government take (bbl) 858,453 784,207 9% 658,123
Average daily production, before government take (bbl) 9,434 8,713 8% 7,232
Net sales, after government take (bbl) 545,019 308,892 76% 350,059
Average selling price per barrel, USD 57.77 63.80 -9% 105.89
Net sales of oil and gas 265 163 63% 245
EBITDA 153 76 101% 192
Operating result 75 13 477% 134
Result for the period 53 39 37% 107
Earnings per share before and after dilution, SEK 1.52 1.11 37% 3.02
Cash and bank 323 400 -19% 33
Investments in oil and gas 50 131 -62% 69

MSEK (unless specifically stated) First half 2015 First half 2014 % H1 2015 to H1 2014
Production, before government take (bbl) 1,642,659 1,266,705 30%
Average daily production, before government take (bbl) 9,075 6,998 30%
Net sales, after government take (bbl) 853,911 630,841 35%
Average selling price per barrel, USD 59.95 106.19 -44%
Net sales of oil and gas 428 440 -3%
EBITDA 229 322 -29%
Operating result 88 216 -59%
Result for the period 93 165 -44%
Earnings per share before and after dilution, SEK 2.63 4.64 -44%
Cash and bank 323 33 879%
Investments in oil and gas 181 114 59%

Dear Friends and Investors

These are trying times for oil investors. The lower oil prices hit everyone, Sheikhs as well as shale fracking Americans, not to mention ourselves - the shareholders of Tethys Oil. Oil prices have always been cyclical, and eventually the prices will need to stabilize and to improve. But while we have seen the value of oil companies fall in line with the fall in oil price, let us remember that Tethys' operational performance continues to improve and the financial results are solid:

Oil production continues to increase. Production in the second quarter was the highest in the company's history and increased with 8 per cent quarter on quarter and 30 per cent year on year to 9,434 barrels of oil per day.

Tethys Oil continues to make good money. 57 dollar per barrel, the average price we achieved during the second quarter 2015, resulted in strong sales of MSEK 265, a healthy EBITDA of MSEK 153 and earnings per share of SEK 1.52 for the quarter.

Tethys Oil has a strong balance sheet. With a pile of cash and untapped lines of credit, Tethys Oil continues to have one of the strongest balance sheets of our peer group. Even after the distribution to shareholders in the second quarter of MSEK 106 or SEK 3.00 per share, and after investments, Tethys Oil has a cash balance of more than MSEK 300 as at 30 June 2015.

Tethys Oil continues to grow organically. Our investments in Blocks 3 and 4 have over the years resulted in growing production and increasing reserves. After only having seriously explored a portion of the vast area, we have three producing oilfields and several producing rock layers. As ever larger areas are covered by 3D seismic, we are getting an even better picture of the potential of Blocks 3 and 4. The scope for growth in Blocks 3 and 4 remains quite high indeed.

Tethys Oil is in a strong predatory position. The drop in oil prices is much more painful for many of our peers - something we intend to capitalize on. During most of the first six months of 2015, we saw oil prices recover from their January lows. It most likely had a negative effect on potential seller's willingness to sell. The sharp drop we have seen since June and the return to the lows of January, should remove some of this reluctance to complete a deal. We are actively pursuing acquisition opportunities and remain cautiously optimistic about our prospects. And remember - in this regard yet lower oil prices, for a while, are a help.

Tethys Oil pays dividends. As a unique feature for oil companies on the Stockholm stock exchange, Tethys Oil in the second quarter made a cash distribution to shareholders. And we intend to continue to pay out, even at today's oil prices! Our intentions regarding future distribution to shareholders are clarified in the long term new capital structure target presented in a separate press release issued at the date of this report.

So stay with us - We believe we are one of the most exciting oil related investments around. We offer exposure to the oil price and - while we wait for it to improve - we offer growth, acquisition opportunities and a yield.

Stockholm in August 2015

Magnus Nordin                                                              

Managing director

For further information, please contact: Magnus Nordin, managing director, phone: +46 8 505 947 02, e-mail: magnus@tethysoil.com

or

Morgan Sadarangani, CFO, phone: +46 8 505 947 01, e-mail: morgan@tethysoil.com

Tethys Oil is a Swedish energy company focused on exploration and production of oil. Tethys Oil's core area is the Sultanate of Oman, where the company is one of the largest onshore oil concession holders with a current net production in excess of 9,000 barrels of oil per day. Tethys Oil also has exploration and production assets onshore Lithuania and France. The shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (TETY).

Website: www.tethysoil.com

Bilagor

Om Tethys Oil

Tethys Oil är ett svenskt oljebolag med fokus på onshoreområden med kända oljefynd. Tethys kärnområde är Oman, där bolaget har 22 miljoner fat i bevisade och sannolika oljereserver och 17 miljoner fat i betingade resurser 2C. Under 2017 hade Tethys Oil en genomsnittlig oljeproduktion om 12 162 fat om dagen från Block 3&4. Tethys Oil har också prospekteringstillgångar onshore Frankrike och Litauen och viss produktion i Litauen. Aktierna är noterade på Nasdaq Stockholm (TETY).