WTI $52.05 +63c, Brent $57.32 +98c, Diff -$5.27 +35c, NG $1.84 +1c
As expected the oil price did indeed end the week up, WTI +$1.75 and Brent a good dollar higher actually going into backwardation again. There are some who feel that the Chinese numbers for Covid-19 are starting to look as if they have peaked, the WHO however disagree. You pays your money….
In the meantime the Opec+ technical committee has recommended a cut of 600,000 b/d until the end of the 2nd quarter which whilst not yet approved by Russia, it surely will be.
Predator Oil & Gas
Predator announced on Friday that it had raised £3.56m through a placing at 4p which was significantly oversubscribed by existing shareholders, including management as well as new entrants to the register. Predator is now in a very strong position indeed, it is fully funded for the drilling of the Moulouya well onshore Morocco which it is now rapidly progressing towards spudding and able to get a hot rig from in-country saving time and money.
In addition it will be able to upscale the potential for profits from the CO2 EOR project onshore Trinidad as well as earmarking some cash for general working capital. Raising the money and going ahead with the Morocco well also facilitates the earlier return to the company of the first $1m of the $1.5m Bank Guarantee in place with ONHYM after completion of the drilling operations.
Raising this money is a significant achievement in this market and shows that investors are prepared to commit funds to companies that are leading the way in areas such as CO2 EOR which in Predators case could be very substantial indeed as they upscale the project. Equally so, if successful in Morocco, where they have a large number of prospects, they would be supplying a domestic market crying out for gas and paying top dollar for it with help from ONHYM and maybe also a farminee.
This raise was done with modest dilution, something management takes very seriously and on this occasion believes is justifiable on the basis that this transforms the companys finances and allows it to pursue a very low cost, attractive value proposition in Morocco where the prospect is very large as well as accelerating and thus potentially delivering scale-able profits from the CO2 EOR project. This gives Predator considerable appeal against its peer group beating a number on commitment to ESG and will come out sooner rather than later as the greenest of the E&P stocks.
Sound has announced that the HOT announced on 6/11/19 with regard to its Eastern Moroccan portfolio in which the purchaser was given exclusivity until 14/2/20, whilst that company has concluded technical and due diligence satisfactorily has not yet demonstrated to Sounds satisfaction that they have proof of funds and have not yet gone to an SPA.
Discussions continue but no longer on an exclusive basis and may or may not conclude. In the meantime Sound has started the process for an innovative, cost efficient, fast-track micro LNG scheme able to target first LNG in 2021 and Read More – Source