Hibiscus 3Q net profit jumps 12.8 times, mainly on negative goodwill, tax credit

KUALA LUMPUR (May 28): Hibiscus Petroleum Bhd’s net profit for the third quarter ended March 31, 2018 (3QFY18) jumped by 12.8 times to RM83.1 million or 5.26 sen per share, from RM6.49 million or 0.45 sen per share in the previous corresponding quarter.

The earnings were boosted by a “negative goodwill” of RM112.4 million — a one-off gain from the difference between the actual purchase price and the fair value of the asset at the completion date. The asset it acquired was 50% participating interests under the 2011 North Sabah Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) product sharing contract (PSC).

In addition, the company also enjoyed a tax credit of RM1.57 million.

Hibiscus’ revenue was up by 8.9% to RM75.4 million in 3QFY18 as compared to RM69.2 million in 3QFY17.

The group’s investment in a 50% participating interest under the 2011 North Sabah EOR PSC includes the management of the operations relating to the production of petroleum from four existing oil fields, namely St Joseph, South Furious, SF30 and Barton, as well as existing pipeline infrastructure, the Labuan Crude Oil Terminal (LCOT), and all other equipment and assets relating to the PSC and was completed in March this year.

The Anasuria segment recorded a profit before tax of RM20.1 million. The asset achieved average uptime of 82% against 57% and 70% recorded in 2QFY18 and 1QFY18 respectively.

“The planned offshore turnaround project that commenced in mid-Sept 2017 was completed in mid-Oct 2017. In addition, both the temporary malfunction of the Cook-P1 subsea production choke and the extended failure of a gas compression facility on-board the Anasuria FPSO that affected production in the Guillemot field encountered in the preceding quarter have been resolved,” it said.

For the first nine months ended March 31, 2018 (9MFY18), the group’s net profit also increased by 7.7% to RM105 million or 6.87 sen per share from RM97.4 million or 6.92 sen per share in 9MFY17.

The accumulative revenue grew by 12.3% to RM209.7 million from RM186.8 million during the same period.

“We are pleased that the completion of the North Sabah transaction proceeded as planned. We are now focusing on operating safely and efficiently. The group now has two assets in different geographies, each delivering positive cashflow against a backdrop of strengthening oil prices. Slowly but surely, we are building balance sheet resilience and steady earnings growth, and hope to continue to enhance stakeholder value,” Hibiscus managing director Dr Kenneth Pereira said in a press release.

As of closing, Hibiscus’ share price was down by 7.5 sen or 7.89% to 87.5 sen with about 45.4 million shares traded, giving it a market capitalisation of RM1.42 billion.



Shell completes the sale of equity interest in the North Sabah EOR PSC to Hibiscus for US$25m

KUALA LUMPUR: Shell has completed the sale of its equity interest in the North Sabah EOR Production Sharing Contract (PSC) in Malaysia to Hibiscus Petroleum Bhd for US$25 million.

The PSC encompasses the Labuan Crude Oil Terminal (LCOT), and the fields of St Joseph, South Furious, SF30 and Barton, all located offshore Sabah, Malaysia.

With this completion, Hibiscus’ unit, SEA Hibiscus Sendirian Bhd will have a 50 per cent stake and operatorship of the PSC and its assets.

Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd is a partner with 50 per cent in the said PSC.

Shell said this transaction is part of Shell’s review of its Upstream portfolio, to focus on acreage positions that hold or can reach the scale required by Shell.

“Malaysia continues to be an important country for Shell. Shell’s Sabah portfolio is contributing significantly to Malaysia’s economy through deep-water projects like Gumusut-Kakap and Malikai, and remains committed to further exploration in Malaysia,” it said.

Shell is also the leading retail fuels and lubricants provider and continues to invest in growing these businesses in the country, it added.

Shell completes sale of North Sabah PSC
April 2, 2018, Monday

KUCHING: Shell has completed the sale of its 50 per cent equity interest in the 2011 North Sabah EOR Production Sharing Contract (PSC) in Malaysia to SEA Hibiscus Sendirian Bhd (SEA Hibiscus), an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Hibiscus Petroleum Bhd (Hibiscus Petroleum).

The PSC encompasses the Labuan Crude Oil Terminal (LCOT), and the fields of St Joseph, South Furious, SF30 and Barton, all located offshore Sabah, Malaysia.

To recap, SEA Hibiscus had on October 12, 2016 entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd and Shell Sabah Selatan Sdn Bhd to acquire Shell’s participating interests in the PSC between Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), Shell and Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (Petronas Carigali), and the JOA between Shell and Petronas Carigali for the total purchase consideration of US$25 million.

The North Sabah PSC includes 20 offshore platforms across four producing fields located in the South China Sea, off the west coast of Sabah, and the Labuan Crude Oil Terminal located in the Labuan Federal Territory, in Malaysia.

The fields have been producing since 1979 and the PSC provides the Group with operatorship and production rights up to 2040.

According to Shell in a statement, with this completion, SEA Hibiscus Sendirian Bhd will have a 50 per cent equity stake and operatorship of the PSC and its assets. Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd is a partner with 50 per cent equity in the said PSC.

This transaction is part of Shell’s review of its Upstream portfolio, to focus on acreage positions that hold or can reach the scale required by Shell.

“Malaysia continues to be an important country for Shell,” it highlighted in a statement.

“Shell’s Sabah portfolio is contributing significantly to Malaysia’s economy through deep-water projects like Gumusut-Kakap and Malikai, and remains committed to further exploration in Malaysia.

“Shell is also the leading retail fuels and lubricants provider and continues to invest in growing these businesses in the country.”

Meanwhile, in a separate statement, Hibiscus Petroleum chairman, En Zainul Rahim said the North Sabah PSC constitutes its second producing asset, providing the Company with another revenue stream after the Anasuria Cluster.

“It is an exciting time for Hibiscus Petroleum as we expand and strengthen our technical and operating capabilities, profitability and balance sheet.

“This is an example of Hibiscus Petroleum’s strategy to grow shareholder value by focusing our activities on assets where we believe we can offer a unique value proposition to enhance production from mature assets in regions of our geographic focus.”

Furthermore, the North Sabah PSC will significantly boost the Group’s production and proven and probable reserves (2P Reserves).

On a 100 per cent PSC basis, the total oil production averaged approximately 14.6 kbbls/day in 2017, with 2P Reserves and contingent oil resources (2C Resources) as of 1 January 2018 at approximately 40.9 mmbbls and 79 mmbbls, respectively.

Having met all the conditions precedent under the SPA, the transfer of operatorship from Shell to SEA Hibiscus concluded on 31 March 2018 and SEA Hibiscus thereby assumed the role of operator of the North Sabah PSC. As operator, SEA Hibiscus will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the work activities of the assets within the North Sabah PSC.

“We are pleased to welcome the highly capable team which has transferred from Shell to SEA Hibiscus and look forward to working closely with PETRONAS and PETRONAS Carigali to maximise the economic value of this asset.

“Whilst we are excited to develop the opportunities that have been identified to realise the considerable potential within the North Sabah PSC fields, our focus will be to improve the performance of the asset in a safe and environmentally responsible manner,” said Dr Pascal Hos, chief executive officer of SEA Hibiscus.

-Borneo Post



Oil Prices Poised To Rise As Cycle Comes To An End


Each month, I publish reports on ten to fifteen publicly traded upstream oil & gas companies. Part of each report is my estimation of what the company would sell for in a negotiated transaction. I’ve been doing this for almost twenty years and during that time there have been several oil price cycles. The one that started in mid-2014 includes one of the most severe declines in crude oil prices in the last century. It has lasted much longer than the average cycle, which is about two years.

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I have been working in the oil & gas industry for more than 40 years, so I have lived through several boom and bust periods for upstream companies. Here are a few observations:

• Oil price cycles tend to overshoot on both the upside and the downside. The price of oil never stays at the “Right Price” for very long because a small over-supply can push the price quite low and a small under-supply can cause a big price spike. During the early months of this cycle, crude oil prices dropped below $30/bbl.

• Once oil supply & demand get out of balance, there is no quick fix. This is an extremely capital intense business and it takes years to set up funding and mobilize the resources for major upstream projects.

• Since the Arab Oil Embargo in 1974 there has not been a prolonged period of stable oil prices and I doubt there ever will be again. We are in the 9th inning of this cycle and we are warming up for the next “boom” period of higher oil prices.

• The end of a down cycle is marked by an increase in M&A activity. I think we saw the first of several big mergers announced on March 28, 2018.

Let’s take a look at where we are on the price of crude oil first. Then I will look at the $9.5 Billion merger of Concho Resources (CXO) and RSP Permian (RSPP). I will try to explain how Concho arrived at the offer price and why the deal makes sense for both companies.

Oil Price

The price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil was on a fairly steady uptrend from the end of June, 2017 through January, 2018. The price of oil dropped more than 10% in the first half of February and then began what turned into a classic wedge formation. Wedge patterns usually signal that a significant breakout is coming, up or down. With oil supply/demand clearly tightening, it was a good bet that the breakout would be to the upside. WTI began a push higher on March 16, 2018, testing the January high.Related: The Ultimate Renewable Energy Hybrid

In my opinion, the International Energy Agency’s monthly “Oil Market Report” (3/15/2018) was the catalyst for the breakout. You can find a summary of the IEA report here:

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90% of humans live in the Northern Hemisphere and more of them drive cars, trucks and SUVs each year.

Demand for oil is seasonal and April is the beginning of a big increase in global demand. The summer driving season is becoming more and more the “High Season” for oil demand. Fewer homes burn oil for space heating each year and there are more SUVs on the road each year. China and India are the primary sources of rising global demand for oil. Refiners do most of their annual maintenance projects in February and early March, so they can ramp up production of transportation fuels in the second quarter. Summer blends of gasoline also require more crude oil.

At the end of December, 2017 U.S. refinery utilization was up to 96.7%. In February, 2018 the utilization rate dipped below 88%, but it is now ramping back up. In last week’s EIA report the U.S. refinery utilization rate was 92.3% for the week ending March 23. By mid-April, the refinery utilization rate must be over 95% if summer demand for transportation fuels is to be met.

All of the major U.S. hydrocarbon liquids inventories are at historically low levels. The U.S. and all of the OECD countries, whose economies depend heavily on these commodities, should have at least 30 days of supply. EIA reported the following levels of liquid inventories in the U.S. as of March 23, 2018. All of them are lower than the previous week.

• Crude oil: 26.1 days of supply

• Gasoline: 25.6 days of supply

• Jet Fuel: 23.2 days of supply

• Distillates: 32.1 days of supply

• Propane: 24.8 days of supply

Refined products inventories have been low since Hurricane Harvey shut down more than 30 percent of U.S. refining capacity for over two months. The U.S. has struggled to get back to 30 days of supply for most of these critical refined products. The world’s largest economy is heading into the peak period of demand for transportation fuels with very little cushion.

Last year, global demand for products made primarily from oil increased by 2.3 million barrels per day from the first to the second quarter. A similar spike in demand is expected this year. In their March “Oil Market Report”, IEA said that global demand for oil will exceed supply within sixty days.

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“Stocks (of crude oil and refined products), and specifically OECD stocks, remain the most-cited indicator of oil market re-balancing. In this Oil Market Report, we note that in January they increased month-on-month for the first time since July. However, the increase of 18 million barrels was half the average level for January seen in the past five years. Indeed, the surplus of total OECD stocks against the five-year average fell for the ninth successive month to 50 million barrels, with products showing a very small deficit.” – IEA Oil Market Report, March 15, 2018

BIG NUMBERS: Here is where I need to remind you that we live in a world that will soon be consuming over 100 million barrels per day of oil based products. The “surplus” of 50 million barrels is just twelve hours of supply.

IEA goes on to say: “…market re-balancing is clearly moving ahead with key indicators – supply and demand becoming more closely aligned, OECD stocks falling close to average levels, the forward price curve in backwardation at prices that increasingly appear to be sustainable – pointing in that direction. In our chart, we assume for scenario purposes that OPEC production remains flat for the rest of 2018, and on this basis there will be very small stock builds in 1Q18 with deficits in the rest of the year. With supply from Venezuela clearly vulnerable to an accelerated decline, without any compensatory change from other producers it is possible that the Latin American country could be the final element that tips the market decisively into deficit.”

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Since the IEA report was publish on March 15th there have been more signs of oil market tightening:

• Petrobras, Brazil’s No. 1 oil producer announced that February liquids production was 2,080,000 barrels per day, down 1.0% month-to-month, the fifth consecutive monthly decline.

• Government data shows that Colombia’s oil production in February was down 4.8% year-over-year amid intensified pipeline sabotage, with negative read-through for Ecopetrol.

• According to media reports, production at the Kashagan Field, an offshore oil field in Kazakhstan’s zone of the Caspian Sea (Eni, Shell, Total, Exxon are among the partners) has fallen from 300,000 barrels per day to 180,000 barrels per day just since March 20. The field, discovered in 2000 that is located in the northern part of the Caspian Sea, is considered the world’s largest discovery in the last 30 years.

• On March 29: Ecopetrol warned of potentially ”drastic sanctions” by Colombia’s environment minister, following an oil spill in Santander province earlier this month.

The point here is that when the global oil market tightens (as it clearly is), unplanned supply disruptions can have a significant impact on the price of oil.

Everyone now knows that Venezuela is going over the cliff, but what if the supply growth from the U.S. shale plays is not quite as robust as EIA keeps telling us? What if President Trump rips up the previous administration’s Iranian Nuke Deal? What if there is a forest fire in Canada that shuts in production? “Stuff Happens” and it often happens when we least expect it.

Conclusion: Oil price cycles tend to over-shoot the mark. The “right price” for oil is probably around $70/bbl, but if there is any unplanned disruption in the supply chain it will go a lot higher in a hurry because for the rest of the year demand for oil will exceed supply.

Increased M&A Activity Marks the End of Oil Price Cycles

On March 28, 2018 Concho Resources Inc. (CXO) and RSP Permian, Inc. (RSPP)announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Concho will acquire RSP in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $9.5 billion, inclusive of RSP’s net debt. This is the largest upstream merger since the oil price decline began in June, 2014. I believe it marks the “official end” of this oil price cycle and will only be the first of several more significant transactions.

Concho and RSP Permian are running a total of 27 drilling rigs in the Permian Basin, arguably the most important oil & gas resource play on this planet. In my opinion, the Permian Basin in West Texas and Southeast New Mexico is the most valuable real estate in the United States.

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Increased M&A activity marks the end of oil price cycles because the “Big Fish” take the opportunity (and they have the capital) to scoop up the “Little Fish”. RSP Permian is not really a Little Fish, but it is a great fit for Concho.

On March 3, 2018 I published a profile on RSP Permian with my estimated “Fair Value” of $52.00/share. Based on Concho’s share price the day before the merger was announced, they are buying it for approximately $49.00/share, so I think the RSP shareholders got it at a fair price. Plus, this is a tax free exchange into another company that has 30% to 40% upside if oil prices stay over $65/bbl.

I’m sure that multiple reports will be published that say Concho overpaid for RSP, but we won’t really know for several more years. Most of RSP’s leasehold fits in nicely with what Concho had and it gives them another 1,500 low-risk high-return horizontal drilling locations in the Permian Basin. Plus, RSP is currently producing approximately 47,000 barrels of crude oil, 11,000 barrels of NGLs and 54,000 Mcf of natural gas per day (67,000 BOE per day), which generate over $270 million per quarter gross revenues.

“If (the merger is) successful, the acquisition adds approximately 92,000 net acres to Concho’s already vast Permian Basin portfolio (45,000 net Delaware Basin acres and 47,000 net Midland Basin acres). We estimate the deal value at ~$75,000 per net undeveloped acre; a significant premium to recent public deals in the area (~$35-45K on average). It could generate higher valuations for other operators in the basin and help close the gap between recent private and public deal valuations.” – Raymond James, March 29, 2018 Energy Industry Brief

So the question that I’m getting from our subscribers is “Which upstream companies are the next most likely targets?”

Here is a list of the small and mid-cap companies that I follow closely along with my “Fair Value Estimate” for each of them. This does not mean any of them will be acquired and some of them may be buyers. I will say that the companies with large blocks of contiguous leasehold, most of which is held by production, are the most attractive takeover targets. I list them in alphabetical order, without any indication as to which ones I believe have the best chance of being acquired. Frankly, no one really knows, but I’m sure that most of these companies are on the “radar screens” of large-caps with deep pockets.

Remember that oil price cycles tend to overshoot the mark by a wide margin. This one is definitely headed in that direction.

By Dan Steffens for Oilprice.com

Dan Steffens is the President of Energy Prospectus Group (EPG), a networking organization based in Houston, Texas. He is a 1976 graduate of Tulsa University with an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a Masters in Taxation.

Mr. Steffens began his career in public accounting, becoming licensed as a CPA in 1978. After four years in public accounting, he transitioned to the oil & gas industry with the bulk of his time (18 years) spent with Amerada Hess Corporation (HES). He served as the Hess United States E&P Division Controller from 1994 to 2001.

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