Beach Energy Announces FY21 Half Year Results

Source: 2/15/2021, Location: Not categorized

Significant commercial and exploration achievements
- Achieved Final Investment Decision for the ~250 TJ per day Waitsia Gas Project Stage 2, paving the way for Beach to enter the global LNG market in H2 CY23. On 12 February 2021, the Final Investment Decision became unconditional

- Discovered material liquids-rich gas volumes at the Enterprise field, with net 2P Reserves of 21 MMboe1 (34 MMboe gross), de-risking several exploration prospects in the vicinity of the Otway Gas Plant

- Announced two opportunistic bolt-on acquisitions during the downturn, including Senex Energy’s Cooper Basin portfolio2 and Mitsui’s Bass Basin assets3, which provide a platform for further synergies and growth

Operational summary
- Production of 13.0 MMboe, in line with H1 FY20, and pro forma4 production of 13.7 MMboe (up 6%)
- New contract signed with Diamond Offshore for the Ocean Onyx rig with the rig now at the Artisan 1 site

Financial summary
- Net profit after tax (NPAT) of $128.7 million
- EBITDAX of $446 million, at a margin of 63% on sales revenue
- EBITDA of $407 million
- Balance sheet remains strong with $114 million of cash and $290 million of undrawn loan facilities at 31 December 2020
- Interim dividend of 1 cps, fully franked
- Strong safety performance including achievement of 1 million hours injury free

Beach delivers EBITDAX of $466 million; increased confidence on delivering five-year outlook targets

Beach Energy has released its FY21 Half Year results, in which the Company delivered a sound NPAT of $129 million.

EBITDAX of $446 million generated a revenue sales margin of 63%, while EBITDA of $407 million was impacted by a $39 million exploration expense, primarily relating to Ironbark, Wherry and Bonaparte assets.

Despite NPAT falling 53 per cent on the corresponding half, reflecting the 40 percent decline in realised oil price, production remained steady at 13.0 MMboe.

Western Flank oil production was up ~8% on the corresponding period following the FY20 drilling program, which saw 27 horizontal oil wells drilled across the Western Flank oil fields. However, we have seen higher than expected decline rates in a number of these wells. The Company is focused on understanding the reasons for this prior to deciding the optimum production strategy for these assets.

Beach Energy Managing Director Matt Kay said that while the performance of the Western Flank oil fields were not as we had expected, the Company’s first half was one that delivered key milestones across the portfolio.

“When you take stock of what has happened in the past six months, it’s extremely pleasing to see we have well and truly set the foundations for growth,” Mr Kay said. “It’s not every day you can look back at a half and say you reached FID at an LNG project the scale of Waitsia, delivered a material liquids rich gas discovery in the Otway Basin and executed two value-accretive acquisitions.”

“Most importantly, the first half of FY21 was our safest on record, with the Company achieving a record onemillion hours injury free.”

Mr Kay said the achievements in the first half only increased the Company’s confidence around its five-year targets.

“Growth is happening at Beach and it’s happening across our strategically diverse portfolio of assets. All of our growth assets have targeted IRRs of more than 20% and asset lives averaging more than 15 years,” Mr Kay said.

“The announcement of FID on Waitsia Stage 2 just prior to Christmas is a game-changer for Beach and the decision became unconditional last week.

“Working with our joint venture participants, we continue to progress the project towards first gas in the second half of calendar year 2023. Waitsia is set to supply high quality, long-life reserves to both the global LNG and west coast domestic gas markets and will create more than 200 jobs in the construction phase.

Beach is also progressing towards FEED on Trefoil following the contracted acquisition of Mitsui’s interests – one of two key acquisitions for Beach in FY21.

The imminent commencement of the Otway Basin offshore campaign will mark a significant milestone for Beach.

Having signed a new contract with Diamond Offshore for the Ocean Onyx, the Company now looks forward to the commencement of the offshore Otway campaign in the coming weeks, with the rig currently on site at the Artisan 1 location.

Updated FY21 guidance
FY21 production guidance has been updated from 26.0 – 28.5 MMboe to 25.5 – 26.5 MMboe. The updated guidance reflects first half actuals and the most up to date estimate for the second half period. Pro forma production guidance of 26.5 – 27.5 MMboe reflects the recent contracted acquisition of Senex Energy’s Cooper Basin and Mitsui’s Bass Basin assets, both with an effective date of 1 July 2020.

Other financial pro forma guidance assumes a completion date of 1 January 2021 for accounting purposes.

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