• Financial performance up sharply thanks to the continuation of financial discipline in a favourable context of high prices
o Average oil price of $105.0/bbl, versus $63.0/bbl in H1 2021
o EBITDA of $250 million, up 113% on H1 2021 ($117 million)
o Net income of $138 million, more than four times greater than in H1 2021 ($32 million)
• Fast deleveraging thanks to strong cash flow generation
o Available cash of $155 million versus $38 million in H1 2021
o Net debt of $195 million at 30 June 2022, a reduction of $148 million from 31 December 2021 ($343 million)
o New borrowing facilities drawn down in early July, offering six-year visibility and annual repayments compatible with a Brent price of $45/bbl
• Continuation of growth strategy while maintaining financial discipline
o Exploration drilling on the COR-15 permit in Colombia scheduled to begin in Q4 2022
o Dividend of €0.14 per share (for a total amount of $28 million) paid post half-year closing on 5 July 2022
At its meeting of 4 August 2022, chaired by John Anis, the Board of Directors of the Maurel & Prom Group (“M&P” or “the Group”) approved the financial statements for the half year ended 30 June 2022.
Olivier de Langavant, Chief Executive Officer at Maurel & Prom, stated: “The Group’s first-half results reflect the current sector dynamic. Amid this favourable environment, we keep working on maximising financial performance by maintaining operational discipline and keeping costs under control. We have refreshed our portfolio of assets by exiting Canada and expanding in Colombia, which is testament to our strategy of rational development. One aspect of this is the exploration drilling in Colombia, scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2022. In addition, the refinancing we struck in May enables us to serenely implement this growth strategy, whilst simultaneously returning value created to shareholders, as evidenced by the dividend paid at the beginning of July”.
The Group’s valued production (income from production activities, excluding lifting imbalances and inventory revaluation) in H1 2022 was $352 million. The restatement for lifting imbalances net of inventory revaluation had virtually no impact on the period, and the Group’s consolidated sales for the first half of the year consequently stood at $355 million, up 89% from the same period of 2021.
Opex and G&A were $84 million during the period, in line with the average level of 2021 ($77 million in H1 2021, $91 million in H2 2021, after well interventions resumed in July 2021). The increase in crude prices took royalties and production taxes to $45 million.
EBITDA reached $250 million in the first half of 2022, compared with $117 million in the same period of the previous year. Depreciation and amortisation charges stood at $40 million. Operating income rose sharply from $74 million in H1 2021 to $205 million.
Net of financial expense (structurally negative at $17 million), income tax ($68 million, which rose because of higher income), and the share of income from equity associates ($17 million, referring mainly to the 20.46% stake in Seplat Energy), the Group’s net income climbed to $138 million in the first half of 2022, compared with $32 million in H1 2021.
Turning to cash flows, operating activities generated $199 million in H1 2022. After taking into account $44 million of development capex, free cash flow before financing stood at $155 million, compared with $57 million in the first half of 2021.
The cash position as at 30 June 2022 was $250 million. Gross debt stood at $445 million ($363 million for the term loan and $82 million for the shareholder loan), meaning net debt fell by $148 million during the period, from $343 million at 31 December 2021 to $195 million at 30 June 2022.
In early July 2022, M&P refinanced its debt. It drew down the full amount of the $255 million new bank loan ($67 million being the RCF tranche) and repaid the $363 million outstanding on the former term loan, reducing gross debt by $108 million. In view of the favourable cash position, M&P decided to keep the shareholder loan at its current level of $82 million and not to draw down the second tranche of $100 million. That $100 million therefore remains available to M&P until the shareholder loan’s final maturity.
The refinancing completed in early July resulted in a cash outflow of $108 million. Upon closing of the transaction, the Group’s proforma cash position was $143 million (vs. $250 million as at 30 June 2022), before the dividend payment of €0.14 per share on 5 July, for a total amount of $28 million.
M&P’s working interest oil production (80%) on the Ezanga permit stood at 13,828 bopd (gross production: 17,285 bopd) for the first half of 2022.
As mentioned previously, production in Q2 2022 was affected by the interruption to activity at the Cap Lopez terminal, which forced M&P to reduce production for two weeks. Consequently, average production in May was 10,701 bopd for M&P’s working interest (gross production: 13,377 bopd). The export situation returned to normal in June, with average production of 15,120 bopd for M&P’s working interest (gross production: 18,900 bopd).
M&P’s working interest gas production (48.06%) on the Mnazi Bay permit was 44.4 mmcfd (gross production: 92.3 mmcfd) for the first half of 2022, up 15% from H1 2021 and 12% from H2 2021.
M&P’s working interest production (20%) on Block 3/05 in Q1 2022 was 3,902 bopd (gross production: 19,507 bopd). Production had been affected by maintenance operations in 2021 but returned to a higher level once those operations were completed.
M&P received approval from the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) to extend the COR-15 permit until July 2023. Drilling of the first exploration well is expected to start by October.