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Chariot Oil & Gas Ld - H1 2019 Results

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Chariot Oil & Gas Ld
25 September 2019
 

 

 

25 September 2019

 

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited

 

("Chariot", the "Company" or the "Group")

 

H1 2019 Results

·      Secured the new venture, Lixus Offshore Licence, Morocco, providing a near-term development opportunity and potential for cashflow generation.

·      Integrated analysis of 2018 drilling operations complete, resulting in refined giant prospect portfolio.

·      Data rooms open across the portfolio with the aim of securing partners to drill.

·      30 June 2019 cash position US$12.1 million, no debt and all commitments fully funded.

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited (AIM: CHAR), the Atlantic margins focused oil and gas exploration company, today announces its unaudited interim results for the six-month period ended 30 June 2019.

 

Highlights:

 

Low Risk Production Opportunity Secured:

 

·      Award of near-term development opportunity, Lixus Offshore Licence, Morocco:

Anchois-1 well gas discovery and satellites offer near-term development opportunity.

Deeper prospect offers additional prospective resource potential.

Material additional on-block exploration running room in licence.

 

·      Competent Persons Report ("CPR") on the Anchois Discovery complete:

Total remaining recoverable resource to be in excess of 1 Tcf for Anchois and its satellite prospects (comprising 2C contingent resources and 2U prospective resources).

Anchois North confirmed as the low risk priority satellite with 308 Bcf of 2U prospective resources and probability of geologic success of 43%.

Additional on-block prospects with a total remaining recoverable resource in excess of 1.2 Tcf audited 2U prospective resources.

 

·      Development Feasibility Study and Gas Market Assessment completed for the Anchois Gas Field:

Development of the Anchois Field is technically feasible with the potential for either a single phase or a staged development to commercially optimise access to different parts of the gas market.

Morocco has a fast-growing energy market with strong gas prices that underpins a commercially attractive project.

 

·      Drilling Environmental Impact Assessment ("EIA") initiated; data room for prospective partners open.

 

·      Seismic reprocessing work programme commitment fully funded.

 

Ongoing Giant Potential Portfolio Progression

 

Morocco:

Data room open on the clastic prospects and leads with MOH-B (gross mean prospective resource of 637mmbbls) and KEN-A (gross mean prospective resource of 445mmbbls), priority targets, having been significantly de-risked by the drilling of Rabat Deep 1 in 2018.

Drilling EIA approved on Kenitra and Mohammedia.

No remaining work programme commitments.

 

Brazil:

Data room open with the aim of securing a partner for the drilling of a single well at Prospect 1 as a fast follower. This can penetrate the TP-1, TP-3 and KP-3 stacked targets, which have a summed, independently audited, gross mean prospective resource of 911mmbbls.

No remaining work programme commitments.

 

Namibia:

Prospect S well (Q4 2018) analysis and integration of legacy data complete. Prospects B, V & W possess characteristics of the excellent reservoir potential of the turbidite sand systems encountered with access to a different source kitchen. Each prospect ranges from 284 - 469mmbbls of gross mean prospective resources.

No remaining work programme commitments.

Three third party wells, including one in the block adjacent to Chariot's, due to be drilled in the next year.

 

Cash Position

 

·      Unaudited cash balance as at 30 June 2019 of US$12.1 million.

·      No debt and all work commitments, which are less than US$1.0 million, fully funded.

 

Appointment of Non-Executive Director

 

·      Andrew Hockey appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director. Andrew has extensive experience in the development and production of gas assets.

 

Outlook

 

·      Secure partners to participate in the appraisal and development of the Anchois Gas Field in order to generate cashflow and sustain the broader exploration programme.

 

·      Attract industry partners to drill our giant potential exploration prospects, with the aim of delivering transformational value.

 

·      Continue to use expert in-house knowledge base to screen for new ventures within the Atlantic Margin that will further balance the risk profile of the Company.

 

·      Maintain capital discipline throughout the business.

 

Larry Bottomley, CEO of Chariot commented:

"Using the information acquired from the 2018 drilling campaigns we have not only been able to de-risk and refine our giant prospect portfolio, but also identified and acquired a low risk appraisal asset with the capacity to generate significant cash flow for the Company.

Chariot's risk portfolio is now balanced by a commercially attractive production opportunity, capable of sustaining the high impact exploration programmes of our giant potential prospects within the wider portfolio. Our cash position substantially exceeds our commitments and, with the significant interest received in our data rooms, we are confident about our ability to achieve on our near-term goals in Morocco. At the same time, we remain vigilant to further new venture opportunities that can further de-risk the portfolio whilst also looking to secure additional partners to deliver wells in a fast follower position on our Namibian and Brazilian assets."

 

 

 

 

Investor Conference Call:

Management will host a conference call for investors at 12.00 noon (BST) today, 25 September 2019. Dial-in details for the call are shown below and participants should request to join the "Chariot Oil & Gas - Investor Call".

 

Dial in number: +44 (0)330 336 9125

Conference Code: 8736798

 

 

 

This announcement is inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation 596/2014.

 

For further information please contact:

 

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited

Larry Bottomley, CEO

 

 

 

+44 (0)20 7318 0450

finnCap (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Matt Goode, Christopher Raggett, Anthony Adams (Corporate Finance) Andrew Burdis (ECM)

 

+44 (0)20 7220 0500

Celicourt Communications (Financial PR)

Jimmy Lea

+44 (0)208 434 2754

 

 

 


 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

ABOUT CHARIOT

 

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited is an independent oil and gas company focused on the Atlantic margins. It holds exploration licences covering two blocks in Namibia, three blocks in Morocco and four blocks in the Barreirinhas Basin offshore Brazil.

 

The ordinary shares of Chariot Oil & Gas Limited are admitted to trading on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange under the symbol 'CHAR'.

 



 

Chief Executive's Review

 

The progression of the Chariot portfolio in the last year has been substantial. Through the participation in two wells and subsequent associated technical analysis, the in-house team has considerably developed its understanding of the petroleum systems within its own portfolio as well as the broader Atlantic Margin. In H1 2019 this has led to a refined prospect inventory of the giant exploration portfolio as well as the identification and acquisition of a low risk appraisal and development opportunity in the Lixus Licence, offshore Morocco. This asset contains the Anchois gas discovery which, combined with its satellite exploration prospects, comprises in excess of 1 Tcf 2C contingent and 2U prospective resources - the development of which could deliver substantial cash flow to the Company and offer an important source of gas to Morocco's strong and developing gas market. 

 

As a small independent with an in-house team comprising extensive geological knowledge and expert commercial understanding of the areas in which the Company operates, we are often able to move quickly to capitalise on opportunities and to rapidly progress our assets. Within three months of acquiring Lixus the team has re-evaluated significant quantities of 3D seismic and well data, had an independent third party Competent Person's Report on the recoverable resources identified within Anchois and its satellite prospects, commissioned an independent analysis on the technical feasibility of an Anchois development and a detailed analysis of the Moroccan gas market to confirm the commercial potential of the project and, based on the affirmations from these reports, initiated a data room to secure partners to progress the development. In addition, in order to facilitate timely appraisal operations, the appropriate drilling EIA's have been initiated.

 

As with all of Chariot's assets, the broader Lixus portfolio is believed to contain the potential for significant running room in the success case and a further CPR has been completed on five additional prospects which offer an attractive upside in excess of 1.2 Tcf 2U prospective resources.

 

At the same time as developing this lower risk part of the portfolio, we have continued our focus on progressing our giant potential exploration assets in which the Company looks to achieve its long-term goal of discovering material quantities of hydrocarbons. The integration of the information from the 2018 drilling campaign with our existing knowledge base is now complete, enabling us to establish a de-risked and refined drilling prospect portfolio. A data room has been opened with this integrated information on priority prospects MOH-B and KEN-A (637mmbbls and 445mmbbls of gross mean prospective resource respectively) which sit in the Mohammedia and Kenitra permits offshore Morocco and associated drilling EIA's have been completed and approved.

 

In Namibia, the team will look to promote its priority targets B, V and W (each ranging from 284 - 469mmbbls of gross mean prospective resources) as a fast follower. Namibia remains a region of significant industry interest, with three third party wells due to be drilled in the next year, including a well in the block adjacent to that of Chariot's. In a relatively underexplored region such as this information from third party wells is crucial to de-risking assets and we believe that these drilling campaigns will offer important information on the prospectivity within the Central Blocks.

 

The team will also continue to use this fast follower strategy in its Brazilian acreage. A data room is open on priority Prospect 1 (911mmbbls of gross mean prospective resources in stacked targets), with the aim of securing a partner to drill following the results of a play opening third party well commitment in adjacent acreage.

 

The goal of Chariot's ongoing new venture acquisition screening process is to identify value accretive assets that will provide balance to the wider portfolio. By adding recoverable resources to the asset base the Company believes that it has created the potential for a sustainable platform from which to progress the giant exploration prospect portfolio - a discovery from which would transform the Company.

 

Our half year cash balance of US$12.1 million is well in excess of our current work commitments, which are less than US$1.0 million. With our continued focus on partnering to deliver on drilling campaigns and a tight control over our cost base we believe that we are in a secure position to achieve our near term objectives, the success of which is anticipated to contribute towards the development of the high impact exploration options within the broader portfolio, and, ultimately, the delivery of transformational value to stakeholders.

 

 

Operational Review

 

Morocco

 

Appraisal: 

Lixus (75% Chariot (Operator), 25% ONHYM (carried interest)); all commitments fully funded

 

Since the acquisition of the low risk production opportunity within Lixus in April 2019, the Company has completed an evaluation of all the subsurface seismic and well data and an independent CPR by Netherland Sewell & Associates Inc. has been carried out. This third-party evaluation not only confirmed Chariot's analysis but also upgraded the total remaining recoverable resource for Anchois and its satellite prospects to in excess of 1 Tcf (comprising 2C contingent resources and 2U prospective resources). Anchois North is confirmed as the low risk priority satellite prospect with 308 Bcf of 2U prospective resources and a probability of geological success of 43%.

 

In line with its commitment to developing the gas market and maturing development concepts for the Anchois gas field the team commissioned a Development Feasibility Study and a Morocco Gas Market and Anchois Field Monetisation Assessment. These studies demonstrated that the development of the Anchois gas field project is technically feasible and commercially attractive to the Company as well as a potentially important source of gas to Morocco's strong and developing gas market. The development scheme has significant flexibility owing to the numerous satellite prospects adjacent to the Anchois discovery.

 

The teams' re-evaluation of the subsurface identified significant running room within the broader Lixus portfolio and a further CPR on these additional five prospects within the licence has been completed identifying an additional total remaining recoverable resource in excess of 1.2 Tcf 2U prospective resources.

 

A data room to identify partners to develop the project has been opened and we have seen significant industry interest to date. Consistent with all our exploration programmes, to accelerate drilling where possible, we have looked to ensure that economically viable long lead requirements are satisfied prior to securing partners. A drilling EIA has been initiated to facilitate the Anchois appraisal project that, subject to partnering, is anticipated to commence in 2020.

 

High Impact Exploration: 

Mohammedia and Kenitra (75% Chariot (Operator), 25% ONHYM (carried interest); no remaining commitments)

 

An independent CPR has been completed on the integrated analysis from the Rabat Deep 1 well with Chariot's legacy data. This supports the Company's evaluation of MOH-B (gross mean prospective resource of 637mmbbls) and KEN-A (gross mean prospective resource of 445mmbbls) as priority drilling targets. These clastic prospects show the potential for excellent quality upper Jurassic sandstone reservoirs and seal encountered in the Rabat Deep 1 well as well the potential for a hydrocarbon charge from Cretaceous source rocks identified from extensive geochemical analysis.

 

A data room that includes this integrated analysis is now open and the associated drilling EIAs have been completed and approved.

 

Brazil 

 

High Impact Exploration:

BAR-M-292, 293, 313 and 314 (100% Chariot (Operator); no remaining commitments)

 

In Brazil, Chariot has a data room open on the independently audited, large four-way dip-closed structure which consists of seven reservoir targets, individually ranging up to 366mmbbls of gross mean prospective resource. In particular, the Company is promoting Prospect 1, which can penetrate a summed gross prospective resource of 911mmbbls in TP-1, TP-3 and KP-3 by a single vertical well.

 

In line with its fast follower approach, Chariot anticipates partnered drilling to occur after third party drilling in adjacent acreage. This will test the potential of the deeper outboard basin and, crucially, directly de-risk Chariot's priority targets which are located within the same play fairway, but, critically, in an up-dip setting.

 

Namibia 

 

High Impact Exploration:

PEL-71, "Central Blocks" (65% Chariot (Operator), 20% Azinam; 10% NAMCOR; 5% Ignitus; no remaining commitments)

 

Following the disappointing results of the Prospect S well in Q4 2018, the Company has carried out extensive post-well analysis to determine the impact on the remaining prospectivity of the Central Blocks, which span a vast 16,800km2.

 

The data recovered from the well has provided valuable information about the excellent reservoir potential of the turbidite sand systems which form the primary targets across many of the remaining prospects, including the independently audited Prospects B, V and W, each ranging from 284 - 469mmbbls of gross mean prospective resources. These prospects access an outboard source kitchen different to the inboard kitchen postulated for Prospect S and have a geological chance of success ranging from 22-25%. The Company will look to promote these prospects to interested parties using its "fast follower" strategy, with the aim of drilling after integrating additional anticipated third-party exploration well results in neighbouring acreage, likely to commence in 2020.

New Ventures 

Part of Chariot's ability to identify and progress its assets is due to the strength of its in-house team and the experience built in our regions of operation. The Company continues to use this elevated level of knowledge and understanding to evaluate and capitalise on further new venture opportunities that, like the Lixus licence, can offer additional diversification to the risk portfolio of the Company.

Financial Review

 

The Group is debt free and had a cash balance of US$12.1 million at 30 June 2019 (US$28.4 million at 30 June 2018; US$19.8 million at 31 December 2018), with all work commitments, which are less than US$1.0 million, fully funded.

 

Other administrative expenses of US$1.5 million (30 June 2018: US$1.5 million) remain in line with the prior period reflecting the ongoing commitment to capital discipline and overhead control.

 

Finance income and expense net gain of US$0.1 million (30 June 2018: net loss US$0.1 million) comprises interest on cash and foreign exchange movements on non-US$ cash. The net loss of US$0.1 million for the six months ended 30 June 2018 is due to the holding of slightly higher cash balances in Sterling to meet prior year drilling costs denominated in Sterling resulting in higher foreign exchange movement. There has been no corresponding requirement to hold Sterling cash balances in the current period.

 

Share-based payments charges of US$0.4 million are marginally lower than the US$0.5 million incurred for the six months ended 30 June 2018 due to the vesting of historic awards of employee deferred shares.

 

Corporate

 

Chariot looks to ensure that in all aspects of its work it has the appropriate experience and background knowledge to progress assets to the best of its ability. With the addition of this appraisal opportunity to the portfolio, the Board has sought to complement its already extensive and varied experience with that of a new Non-Executive Director, Andrew Hockey. Andrew's expertise in delivering gas appraisal and development projects will prove invaluable to the Company's decision-making process as it looks to progress its assets, in particular that of Lixus.

 

Outlook

 

Our objective in securing Lixus is for the substantial cashflow anticipated to be generated from the appraisal and development of Anchois to sustain our longer term, transformational potential exploration drilling programmes across the wider portfolio.

 

Subject to partnering, we anticipate the appraisal and development project of Anchois to commence in 2020, with first gas achievable in 2023. At the same time, we will continue to promote our giant exploration prospects to the industry, with the aim of securing drilling partners to deliver this potential for transformational value in the near term in Morocco and with a fast follower positioning in Brazil and Namibia. We will also continue to seek further opportunities that can offer additional balance to the risk of the portfolio.

 

As ever, in all that we do we will remain vigilant to our cash balance, applying capital discipline in all areas of our business. We are excited about the coming months and believe that the quality of the portfolio demonstrated by the significant work done to date, our experienced and capable team and our clear strategic focus make us well placed to achieve our objectives.

 

 

Larry Bottomley

Chief Executive Officer

 

24 September 2019



 

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited

Independent review report to Chariot Oil & Gas Limited

 

 

Introduction

We have been engaged by the Group to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2019 which comprises the consolidated statement of comprehensive income, the consolidated statement of changes in equity, the consolidated statement of financial position, the consolidated cash flow statement and the related explanatory notes.

We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

Directors' responsibilities

The interim report, including the financial information contained therein, is the responsibility of and has been approved by the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the interim report in accordance with the rules of the London Stock Exchange for companies trading securities on AIM which require that the half-yearly report be presented and prepared in a form consistent with that which will be adopted in the Group's annual accounts having regard to the accounting standards applicable to such annual accounts.

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Group a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review.

Our report has been prepared in accordance with the terms of our engagement to assist the Company in meeting the requirements of the rules of the London Stock Exchange for companies trading securities on AIM and for no other purpose. No person is entitled to rely on this report unless such a person is a person entitled to rely upon this report by virtue of and for the purpose of our terms of engagement or has been expressly authorised to do so by our prior written consent. Save as above, we do not accept responsibility for this report to any other person or for any other purpose and we hereby expressly disclaim any and all such liability.

Scope of review

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, ''Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity'', issued by the Financial Reporting Council for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2019 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with the rules of the London Stock Exchange for companies trading securities on AIM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BDO LLP

Chartered Accountants

London

United Kingdom

24 September 2019

 

BDO LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (with registered number OC305127).

 



 

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

 



 

Six months

ended 30

June 2019

 

Six months

ended 30

June 2018

 

Year ended

31 December

2018



US$000

US$000

US$000


Notes

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited







(355)

(507)

(904)

4

-

-

(10,876)

Other administrative expenses


(1,543)

(1,521)

(3,359)






Total operating expenses


(1,898)

(2,028)

(15,139)

Loss from operations


(1,898)

(2,028)

(15,139)

Finance income


102

158

371

Finance expense


(69)

(256)

(356)

Loss for the period before taxation


(1,865)

(2,126)

(15,124)






Tax expense


(11)

(12)

(12)

Loss for the period and total comprehensive loss for the period attributable to equity owners of the parent


(1,876)

(2,138)

(15,136)











Loss per ordinary share attributable to the equity holders of the parent - basic and diluted

3

US$(0.01)

US$(0.01)

US$(0.04)

 



 

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited

Consolidated statement of changes in equity for the six months ended 30 June 2019


 

 

Share capital

 

 

Share premium

 

 

Contributed equity

Share based payment reserve

 

Foreign exchange reserve

 

 

Retained deficit

Total attributable to equity holders of the parent


US$000

US$000

US$000

US$000

US$000

US$000

US$000

 

For the six months ended 30 June 2019 (unaudited)

 








As at 1 January 2019

6,264

356,336

796

4,928

(1,241)

(277,124)

89,959









Loss and total comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(1,876)

(1,876)

Share based payments

-

-

-

  355

-

-

355

Transfer of reserves due to issue of share awards

4

167

-

(171)

-

-

-









As at 30 June 2019

6,268

356,503

796

5,112

(1,241)

(279,000)

88,438









For the six months ended 30 June 2018 (unaudited)

 








As at 1 January 2018

4,881

340,743

796

4,472

(1,241)

(261,988)

87,663









Loss and total comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(2,138)

(2,138)

Issue of capital

1,355

16,258

-

-

-

-

17,613

Issue costs

-

(1,085)

-

-

-

-

(1,085)

Share based payments

-

-

-

507

-

-

507

Transfer of reserves due to issue of share awards

3

26

-

(29)

-

-

-









As at 30 June 2018

6,239

355,942

796

4,950

(1,241)

(264,126)

102,560

 

 

For the year ended 31 December 2018 (audited)

 








As at 1 January 2018

4,881

340,743

796

4,472

(1,241)

(261,988)

87,663









Loss and total comprehensive loss for the year

-

-

-

-

-

(15,136)

(15,136)

Issue of capital

1,355

16,258

-

-

-

-

17,613

Issue costs

-

(1,085)

-

-

-

-

(1,085)

Share based payments

-

-

-

904

-

-

904

Transfer of reserves due to issue of share awards

28

420

-

(448)

-

-

-









As at 31 December 2018

6,264

356,336

796

4,928

(1,241)

(277,124)

89,959

 

 

 

 

 



 

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited

Consolidated statement of financial position as at 30 June 2019

 



30 June

 2019

30 June

 2018

31 December 2018



US$000

US$000

US$000


Notes

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

Non-current assets





Exploration and appraisal costs

4

76,006

74,383

74,236

Property, plant and equipment


134

128

100

Right of use asset: office lease


1,147

-

-

Total non-current assets


77,287

74,511

74,336






Current assets





Trade and other receivables


1,347

1,076

2,306

Inventory


524

645

524

Cash and cash equivalents

5

12,137

28,369

19,822

Total current assets


14,008

30,090

22,652

Total assets


91,295

104,601

96,988






Current liabilities





Trade and other payables


1,549

2,041

7,029

Lease liability: office lease


339

-

-

Total current liabilities


1,888

2,041

7,029






Non-current liabilities





Lease liability: office lease


969

-

-

Total non-current liabilities


969

-

-

Total liabilities


2,857

2,041

7,029






Net assets


88,438

102,560

89,959






Capital and reserves attributable to equity holders of the parent





Share capital

6

6,268

6,239

6,264

Share premium


356,503

355,942

356,336

Contributed equity


796

796

796

Share based payment reserve


5,112

4,950

4,928

Foreign exchange reserve


(1,241)

(1,241)

(1,241)

Retained deficit


(279,000)

(264,126)

 (277,124)

Total equity


88,438

102,560

89,959






 

 



Chariot Oil & Gas Limited
Consolidated cash flow statement for the six months ended 30 June 2019


 

Six months ended 30

June 2019

 

Six months ended 30

June 2018

 

Year ended 31 December 2018


US$000

US$000

US$000


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

Operating activities




Loss for the period before taxation

(1,865)

(2,126)

(15,124)

Adjustments for:




Finance income

(102)

(158)

(371)

Finance expense

69

256

356

Depreciation and amortisation

196

28

56

Share based payments

355

507

904

Impairment of exploration asset

-

-

10,876

Net cash outflow from operating activities before changes in working capital

(1,347)

(1,493)

(3,303)





Decrease / (increase) in trade and other receivables

479

195

(560)

Increase / (decrease) in trade and other payables

120

(597)

(775)

Increase in inventories

-

(165)

(44)

Cash outflow from operating activities

(748)

(2,060)

(4,682)





Tax payment

(11)

(12)

(12)

Net cash outflow from operating activities

(759)

(2,072)

(4,694)





Investing activities




Finance income

124

155

357

Payments in respect of property, plant and equipment

(66)

(23)

(23)

Payments in respect of intangible assets

(6,752)

(1,196)

(7,223)

Net cash outflow used in investing activities

(6,694)

(1,064)

(6,889)

 

Financing activities




Issue of ordinary share capital

-

17,613

17,613

Issue costs

-

(1,085)

(1,085)

Payment of lease liabilities

(164)

-

-

Finance expense on lease

(52)

-

-

Net cash inflow from financing activities

(216)

16,528

16,528





Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents in the period

(7,669)

13,392

4,945





Cash and cash equivalents at start of the period

19,822

15,233

15,233





Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalent

(16)

(256)

(356)





Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

12,137

28,369

19,822

 

 


Chariot Oil & Gas Limited

Notes to the interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2019

1.   Accounting policies

Basis of preparation

The interim financial statements have been prepared using policies based on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS and IFRIC interpretations) issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) as adopted for use in the EU.

The interim financial information has been prepared using the accounting policies which were applied in the Group's statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018.  The Group has not adopted IAS 34: Interim Financial Reporting in the preparation of the interim financial statements.

Other than IFRS 16 Leases there has been no impact on the Group of any new standards, amendments or interpretations that have become effective in the period. The Group has not early adopted any new standards, amendments or interpretations.

New accounting standard adopted

The Group has adopted IFRS 16 Leases effective 1 January 2019. On adoption, the Group recognised a lease liability in relation to the UK office that had previously been classified as an operating lease under the principles of IAS 17 Leases.

      This affected the following items in the consolidated balance sheet on 1 January 2019:

      • right-of-use assets - increase by US$1.3 million (30 June 2019: US$ 1.1 million)

      • lease liabilities - increase by US$1.5 million (30 June 2019: US$ 1.3 million)

Each lease payment is allocated between the liability and finance cost. The finance cost is charged to profit or loss over the lease period to produce a constant periodic rate of interest on the remaining balance of the liability for each period. The right-of-use asset is depreciated over the shorter of the asset's useful life and the lease term on a straight-line basis. Additional disclosure will be provided in the 2019 Financial Statements relating to leases where material.

2.   Financial reporting period

The interim financial information for the period 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019 is unaudited but was the subject of an independent review carried out by the Company's auditors, BDO LLP. The financial statements also incorporate the unaudited figures for the interim period 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018 and the audited figures for the year ended 31 December 2018.

The financial information contained in this interim report does not constitute statutory accounts as defined by sections 243-245 of the Companies (Guernsey) Law 2008.

The figures for the year ended 31 December 2018 are not the Group's full statutory accounts for that year. The auditors' report on those accounts was unqualified, did not contain references to matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis and did not contain a statement under section 263 (3) of the Companies (Guernsey) Law 2008.

 

3.   Loss per share

The calculation of the basic earnings per share is based on the loss attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period.


Six months ended 30    June 2019

Six months ended 30       June 2018

Year ended   31 December 2018





Loss for the period US$000

(1,876)

(2,138)

(15,136)

Weighted average number of shares

367,274,992

319,017,446

343,201,438

Loss per share, basic and diluted*

US$(0.01)

US$(0.01)

US$(0.04)

 

*Inclusion of the potential ordinary shares would result in a decrease in the loss per share and, as such, is considered to be anti-dilutive. Consequently a separate diluted loss per share has not been presented.

 

 

4.   Exploration and appraisal costs


30 June 2019

30 June 2018

31 December 2018


US$000

US$000

US$000

Balance brought forward

74,236

72,770

72,770

Additions

1,770

1,613

12,342

Impairment

-

-

 (10,876)

Net book value

76,006

74,383

74,236

 

As at 30 June 2019 the net book values of the three cost pools are Central Blocks offshore Namibia US$50.8 million (31 December 2018: US$50.5 million), Morocco US$9.8 million (31 December 2018: US$8.5 million) and Brazil US$15.4 million (31 December 2018: US$15.2 million).

The impairment charge in 2018 is in respect of drilling the Prospect S well in the Central Blocks offshore Namibia. The Group continues to see value in the remaining prospects within the Central Blocks with recoverable amount assessed to be in excess of carrying value.

 

5.   Cash and cash equivalents

As at 30 June 2019 the cash balance of US$12.1 million (31 December 2018: US$19.8 million) contains the following cash deposits that are secured against bank guarantees given in respect of exploration work to be carried out:


30 June 2019

30 June 2018

31 December 2018


US$000

US$000

US$000

Moroccan licences

650

3,550

800


650

3,550

800

 

The funds are freely transferrable but alternative collateral would need to be put in place to replace the cash security.



 

 

6.   Share capital


Allotted, called up and fully paid


At

30 June 2019

At

30 June 2019

At

30 June 2018

At

 30 June 2018

31 December 2018

31

 December 2018


Number

US$000

Number

US$000

Number

US$000

Ordinary shares of 1p each

 

367,532,909

 

6,268

 

365,611,685

 

6,239

 

367,259,909

 

 

6,264

 

Details of the Ordinary shares issued during the six month period to 30 June 2019 are given in the table below:

 

Date

Description

Price US$

No of shares

1 January 2019

Opening Balance


367,259,909





20 June 2019

Issue of share award

1.35

40,000

20 June 2019

Issue of share award

0.50

233,000





30 June 2019



367,532,909

 

           

The ordinary shares have a nominal value of 1p. The share capital has been translated at the historic rate at the date of issue, or, in the case of the LTIP, the date of grant.

 

 

 


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