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Today's Oil and Gas Update - Eco Oil and Gas, Eland Oil & Gas and San Leon Energy.

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20 February 2019

Summary

In Brief

 

Eco Oil and Gas (ECO LN – 69p)

Countdown Has Started

 

Eland Oil & Gas (ELA LN – 125p)

Maiden Dividend

 

San Leon Energy (SLE LN – 31p)

What a Difference 12 Months Makes

 

 

News In Brief

​Eco Oil and Gas

(LON:ECO) – 69p 

 

Countdown Has Started

News that the management has secured the Stena Forth to drill the Company's first well, targeting the Jethro-Lobe prospect in the Orinduik licence, offshore Guyana by July 2019, starts the clock ticking on what has been one of the most keenly awaited wells for some time.

 

While time will tell whether there is a success, or not, there remains a secondary target within the licence. The Hammerhead discovery is believed to extend into the Company's block, which makes for an interesting appraisal well, and if successful, could lead to a unitisation deal, or an outright acquisition of the rights to that area of the licence.

 

Either way, the Company is well set, not just for the drilling of the Jethro-Lobe, but beyond too.

​Eland Oil & Gas

(LON:ELA) – 125p 

 

Maiden Dividend

The announcement of a maiden dividend is a more than just returning cash; it's also a statement that the Company has reached self-sustainability, and that it has more cash than it needs for the foreseeable future.

 

While the fact that the sums involved are modest (at a yield of 2.5% the obligation would be ~$9.0mm), we can't help but feel that this may be a little too early, as to our mind, there remains a risk, especially in Nigeria, that variance in timing and commissioning of the next phase of development could leave them short of cash.

 

That notwithstanding, we applaud the management's approach, and they are in a better position to judge the likelihood of that scenario arising than we are, and to be fair, they've done little wrong to date and deserve the benefit of the doubt.

​San Leon Energy

(LON:SLE) – 31p 

 

What a Difference 12 Months Makes

The disclosure that the Company will offer 46p a share in its distribution is a stark contrast to the position the Company was in 12 months ago.

 

That the turnaround has occurred in only 12 months of the OML18 transaction functioning according to plan underlines how compelling the investment was initially. We think that not only is this a just reward for those that have held their shares throughout that process, but it is also a sign of what we believe could yet come from the Company once it, via the operator group Eroton, is able to eliminate losses from the cluster export line.

 

The shareholders and investors will be pleased with the progress over the last 12 months, and today's news especially. 

We may provide a further update on one, or all, of the stories above later today. However, if there is anything that you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact us. 

 

 

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