- Om Tethys Oil
Third quarter 2016
MUSD (unless specifically stated)
|Third quarter 2016||Second quarter 2016||Third quarter 2015|
|Net daily production before government take (bbl)||12,297||12,164||10,087|
|Net barrels sold, after government take (bbl)||501,167||740,844||584,399|
|Average selling price per barrel, USD||45.8||35.9||61.8|
|Result for the period||6||-3||8|
|Investments in oil and gas properties||9||9||13|
|Earnings per share, USD||0.19||-0.09||0.23|
MUSD (unless specifically stated)
| Nine |
|Nine months 2015|
|Net daily production before government take (bbl)||12,224||9,417|
|Net barrels sold, after government take (bbl)||1,773,929||1,438,310|
|Average selling price per barrel, USD||38.6||60.7|
|Result for the period||1||20|
|Investments in oil and gas properties||34||35|
|Earnings per share, USD||0.03||0.58|
Letter to shareholders
Dear friends and investors,
One of the most important parameters for our business - the oil price - stabilised further during the third quarter as demand continued to increase and more importantly producers sent clear signals that 'ever lower prices' is not a viable long term option. This strengthened our view that long term prices below USD 40-45 per barrel are highly unlikely. Sustainable prices above USD 55 per barrel are also unlikely for the near term. Until more clarity is reached in understanding what the real marginal cost for US shale oil producers actually is, and how easy access to new capital such producers have, forecasts for price increases will remain speculative.
Another vital parameter is the production, and in 2016 Tethys Oil is pumping more oil than ever before. The average daily production amounted to 12,297 barrels of oil per day, the highest in the company's history. Our production has grown over 20 per cent per compared with the third quarter 2015.
A third important parameter is the operating expenses, and Tethys Oil's operating expenses per barrel are substantially lower in 2016 than in last year as a result of general cost reductions and higher production. From the range USD 10.3 to 14.4 per barrel in 2015, the operating expenses per barrel have in 2016 been reduced to the range USD 7.3 to 9.3.
Solid financial results
Following higher achieved oil prices, higher production and lower operating expenses per barrel, Tethys Oil returned to profitability during the third quarter and we report a net result of MUSD 6. Our revenue increased 26 per cent quarter on quarter to MUSD 26 and our EBITDA increased 86 per cent to MUSD 16. Our investments in oil and gas assets continued at unchanged level and amounted to MUSD 9. Our cash flow, which has remained positive throughout the year, strengthened further and the operating cash flow after investments in oil and gas assets amounted to MUSD 6. Tethys Oil's cash position increased further during the quarter and amounted to MUSD 48 at the end of September.
Distribution to shareholders
Since our project in Oman has proven to be as robust as we believed it would be, and based on our strong financial position and on our continued ability to generate free cash even at prices below USD 40 per barrel, we got the confidence to revisit the issue of cash distribution to shareholders. As a result, an EGM in late October resolved on an additional distribution to shareholders of 3.00 SEK per share in a redemption procedure. After completing the redemption procedure in November and also including the share repurchase programme during the year, we will in total have distributed around MUSD 18 (MSEK 151) to shareholders during 2016, undisputedly a sign of significant financial strength.
Although we are happy over our numbers for the third quarter, we aim higher. We are hopeful that the drilling program for the fourth quarter will increase our production and result in another volume record by year end.
The fourth quarter will also see some interesting exploration activity particularly in the area between the Shahd and Farha South oil fields. Depending on the outcome of this exploration activity, we may be able to establish an overlap between the fields in the three main producing reservoirs - Buah, Khufai and Barik. And in addition to our organic growth, our new venture screening activity remains high.
So stay with us, exciting times continue!
Stockholm in November 2016
Time: 10.00 CET
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