Bahamas Petroleum Company PLC Interim Results

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Bahamas Petroleum Company PLC Interim Results

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Bahamas Petroleum Company PLC

27 September 2018

27 September 2018

Bahamas Petroleum Company plc

("BPC" or the "Company")

Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2018

Bahamas Petroleum Company plc, the oil and gas exploration company with significant prospective resources in licences in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2018.

Operating Highlights:

-- Lodged application for Environmental Authorisation with the Government of The Bahamas, representing the necessary first step in commencing offshore field activity.

-- Received non-refundable cash payments totalling $1 million in respect of a 4-month period of exclusivity (May - August 2018) with a major international oil company.

-- Raised approximately $1.6 million through a share placement and the exercise of warrants, further bolstering the Company's cash position.

-- Appointed Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd as an advisor to assist the Company with various well funding initiatives, providing a full suite of global corporate and asset-based financing solutions.

Financial Highlights:

-- Cash at end of the period of approximately $3.1 million, an increase on both the previous 6-month period (approximately $1.8 million H2 2017) and the prior year comparative period (approximately $1.4 million H1 2017) owing to capital raisings and exclusivity fee payments received.

-- Operating loss and total loss reduced approximately 65% and 95% respectively on comparative 6-month period, impacted by write-offs agreed by CEO to remuneration package.

-- Significant cash saving initiatives continued during the period, including the Board agreeing to increase fee deferrals from 50% to 90%; employee benefit expense reduced 120% on comparative 6-month period largely as a result of CEO remuneration changes.

Post Period:

-- Agreed substantial changes to the CEO's remuneration resulting in a reduction in salary, termination of ongoing deferral of salary into conditional share entitlements and the writing off of all conditional cash and pension entitlements accrued to 1 July 2018.

-- Recommenced engagement with a variety of new and existing parties as potential well funding partners.

Simon Potter, Chief Executive Officer of Bahamas Petroleum Company, said:

"The first six-months of 2018 have been a busy period for the Company. While the exclusivity agreement entered into with the major oil company was not extended beyond 31 August 2018, the Company is encouraged by their interest and willingness to pay a substantial amount to enter exclusive discussions. The Company views this as validation of the technical merits and strong potential of our high impact project.

"The Board remains entirely focussed on seeing an initial exploration well completed. With the support of our advisers at Macquarie, the sustained recovery in the global oil price providing further confidence to industry operators and investors alike, and the recent bolstering of the Company cash position, we are working hard to secure the investment needed to move this exciting project forward.

"We would like to thank all our investors and staff for their continued support and perseverance and look forward to reporting on further developments to you in the near term."

The information communicated in this announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.

Ends

For further information, please contact:

 
 Bahamas Petroleum Company plc                  Tel: +44 (0) 1624 
  Simon Potter, Chief Executive Officer          647 883 
 Strand Hanson Limited - Nomad                  Tel: +44 (0) 20 
  Rory Murphy / James Spinney / Frederick        7409 3494 
  Twist 
 Shore Capital Stockbrokers Limited - Broker    Tel: +44 (0) 207 
  Jerry Keen / Toby Gibbs / James Thomas         408 4090 
 CAMARCO                                        Tel: +44 (0) 20 
  Billy Clegg / Gordon Poole / James Crothers    3757 4983 
 

Notes to editors:

Bahamas Petroleum Company is an oil and gas exploration company with 100% owned offshore licences exclusively focused on The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The Company has significant prospective resources, which have been de-risked through both extensive 2D and 3D seismic. The Company is intent on delivering safe and environmentally responsible exploration.

www.bpcplc.com

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer's Review

The 6 months to 30 June 2018 has been a period of progress for the Company, during which several key operational and financial developments have moved forward.

During the period, the Company filed its application for Environmental Authorisation with the Government of The Bahamas, as required by the new Petroleum Regulations introduced in The Bahamas in 2016, applicable to the Company's southern licences. This application represents the required, and necessary, first step for commencing field activities for an exploration well.

In May 2018, the Company entered into a Confidentiality and Exclusivity Agreement ("Agreement") with a major international oil company. The Agreement created a period, during which, the Company agreed to engage solely with that oil major, rather than maintaining negotiations with the broad range of parties it had been working with hitherto. In exchange for this, the Company received cash payments totalling $1 million. The Agreement ended effective 31 August 2018 and the Company has since resumed discussions with various parties, including a number of new potential partners. The Company considers the willingness of a major international oil company to enter into exclusive negotiations, and to pay a substantial amount for that exclusivity, to be validation of the technical merits and strong potential of the Company's project.

Also in May 2018, the Company raised additional working capital through a successful placement with its brokers, Shore Capital, providing approximately $1.3 million in additional funds. When combined with the $1 million exclusivity payments received and the subscription funds of approximately $300,000 received following the exercise of warrants held by Shore Capital (in May and July of 2018 respectively) additional funding of approximately $2.6 million has been secured for the Company. These funding inflows mean the Company has adequate working capital in the medium term to continue to pursue a farm-in or similar funding arrangement for an initial exploration well on its southern licences.

Finally, during the reporting period, the Company appointed Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd ("Macquarie") to act as financial advisors to the Company. With an extensive global network in the oil and gas space, as well as the broader investment community, Macquarie is assisting the Company with respect to a full suite of solutions for the funding required to execute an initial exploration well, both at the asset and corporate level.

The overall operating environment for the Company has continued to strengthen during the period. Globally, oil prices have risen considerably and, in The Bahamas, the Government has continued to indicate support for the development of a domestic hydrocarbon industry. For example, in its most recent budget statement, the Government endorsed a diversification of the Bahamian economy and an expansion of its revenue base to create more buoyant and resilient growth; with the Finance Minister referencing a "Blue Economy" policy, seeking to maximise the economic potential of The Bahamas' oceans, including specifically "oil and gas production". Also, during the period the Government sanctioned a large new refinery project on the island of Grand Bahama, and a new Liquified Natural Gas facility on the island of New Providence.

In terms of financial performance for the period, overall, the Company reported a reduction in operating loss and total loss of approximately 65% and 95% respectively against the comparative 6-month period. These results were, however, significantly impacted by changes effected to the Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") contract after the reporting date. As announced on 6 August 2018, the CEO agreed to terminate the ongoing deferral of cash salary into conditional share entitlements, agreed to write off all conditional cash and pension entitlements accrued to the effective date of 1 July 2018, and agreed to a substantial reduction in the overall level of salary. The write-off of all of these conditional cash and pension entitlements as at 30 June 2018, which totalled $1,012,500 and $225,000 respectively, has resulted in the release of corresponding amounts accrued in the financial statements to date in respect of these "contingent liabilities". As a consequence, the employee benefit expense for the period includes a credit of over $1.2 million, resulting in a negative total cost for the period and an overall reduction on the comparative 6-month period of 120%. Apart from quantifying an immediate financial benefit to the Company, these write-backs also demonstrate the continued support of the CEO in developing the project to the next phase, whilst maintaining alignment of the Company's executive with the interests of shareholders. In a similar vein, during the period the Board agreed to increase its fee deferrals to 90% from 50%, effective 1 January 2018, resulting in further ongoing cash savings to the Company.

Other expenses for the period have increased by approximately 20% on the comparative 6-month period, driven largely by the increase in professional fees associated with the expansion of partnership/investment related activity and the appointment of advisors, as noted above. It is worth highlighting, however, that these increased costs directly relate to the strategic objectives of the Company (i.e.: achieving a farm-out or other financing for an initial exploration well) and have been incurred against the backdrop of raising $2.6 million from exclusivity payments and equity issuances, as noted above.

The Group closed the reporting period with approximately $3.1 million in freely available cash and received a further $500,000 in exclusivity payments following the reporting date. Following expiry and release of the performance bond of $500,000 in the period, restricted cash balances are now immaterial.

Going forward, the Board remains entirely focussed on seeing an initial exploration well completed. With the support of our advisers at Macquarie, the sustained recovery in the global oil price providing further confidence to industry operators and investors alike and the recent bolstering of the Company cash position, we are working hard to secure the investment needed to move this exciting project forward.

We would like to thank all our investors and staff for their continued support and perseverance and look forward to reporting on further developments to you in the near term.

Yours sincerely,

   Bill Schrader                  Simon Potter 
   Chairman                       Chief Executive Officer 

27 September 2018

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

for the six months ended 30 June 2018

 
                             Note   Six months          Six months          Year ended 
                                     ended 30            ended 30            31 December 
                                      June                June 
                                     2018                2017                2017 
                                     (Unaudited)         (Unaudited)         (Audited) 
                                    $                   $                   $ 
 Continuing operations: 
 Employee benefit expense    3      209,974             (998,850)           (1,993,171) 
 Depreciation expense               (13,984)            (10,809)            (21,508) 
 Other expenses                     (790,818)           (651,237)           (1,238,397) 
 
 Operating loss                     (594,828)           (1,660,896)         (3,253,076) 
 
 Other income                2      500,000             24,253              36,253 
 Finance income                     5,308               429                 3,507 
 
 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  income for the period, 
  net of tax                 (89,520)   (1,636,214)   (3,213,316) 
                            ---------  ------------  ------------ 
 
 
 Basic and diluted loss 
  per share (cents per 
  share)                    (0.0001)   (0.13)   (0.24) 
                           ---------  -------  ------- 
 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

for the six months ended 30 June 2018

 
                                                                            Share 
                                   Share                     Reverse         based 
                        Share       premium       Merger      acquisition    payment    Retained       Total 
                         capital    reserve       reserve     reserve        reserve     earnings       equity 
                        $          $            $            $              $           $              $ 
 
 At 1 January 
  2018                  44,481     81,398,084   77,130,684   (53,846,526)   3,381,645   (57,752,641)   50,355,727 
 
 Comprehensive 
  income 
 Loss for 
  the period            -          -            -            -              -           (89,520)       (89,520) 
                       ---------  -----------  -----------  -------------  ----------  -------------  ----------- 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  income for 
  the period            -          -              -          -              -           (89,520)       (89,520) 
                       ---------  -----------  -----------  -------------  ----------  -------------  ----------- 
 
 
   Transactions 
   with owners 
 Issue of 
  ordinary 
  shares                1,587      1,583,241      -          -              -           -              1,584,828 
 Share options 
  - value of 
  services              -          -              -          -              366,270     -              366,270 
                       ---------  -----------  -----------  -------------  ----------  -------------  ----------- 
 
 Total transactions 
  with owners           1,587      1,583,241    -            -              366,270     -              1,951,098 
 
 Balance at 
  30 June 2018          46,068     82,981,325   77,130,684   (53,846,526)   3,747,915   (57,842,161)   52,217,305 
                       ---------  -----------  -----------  -------------  ----------  -------------  ----------- 
 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

for the six months ended 30 June 2017

 
                                                                            Share 
                                   Share                     Reverse         based 
                        Share       premium       Merger      acquisition    payment    Retained       Total 
                         capital    reserve       reserve     reserve        reserve     earnings       equity 
                        $          $            $            $              $           $              $ 
 
 At 1 January 
  2017                  37,253     78,185,102   77,130,684   (53,846,526)   2,694,171   (54,539,325)   49,661,359 
 
 Comprehensive 
  income 
 Loss for 
  the period            -          -            -            -              -           (1,636,214)    (1,636,214) 
                       ---------  -----------  -----------  -------------  ----------  -------------  ------------ 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  income for 
  the period            -          -              -          -              -           (1,636,214)    (1,636,214) 
                       ---------  -----------  -----------  -------------  ----------  -------------  ------------ 
 
 
   Transactions 
   with owners 
   Issue of 
   ordinary 
   shares               2,791      1,196,206      -          -              -           -              1,198,997 
 Share options 
  - value of 
  services              -          -              -          -              330,734     -              330,734 
                       ---------  -----------  -----------  -------------  ----------  -------------  ------------ 
 
 Total transactions 
  with owners           2,791      1,196,206    -            -              330,734     -              1,529,731 
 
 Balance at 
  30 June 2017          40,044     79,381,308   77,130,684   (53,846,526)   3,024,905   (56,175,539)   49,554,876 
                       ---------  -----------  -----------  -------------  ----------  -------------  ------------ 
 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

for the year ended 31 December 2017

 
                                                                         Share 
                                Share                     Reverse         based 
                     Share       premium       Merger      acquisition    payment      Retained         Total 
                      capital    reserve       reserve     reserve        reserve       earnings         equity 
                     $          $            $            $              $             $                $ 
 
 
 
   At 1 January 
   2017              37,253     78,185,102   77,130,684   (53,846,526)   2,694,171     (54,539,325)     49,661,359 
 
 Comprehensive 
  income 
 Loss for the 
  year               -          -            -            -              -             (3,213,316)      (3,213,316) 
                    ---------  -----------  -----------  -------------  ------------  ---------------  ------------- 
 
 Total 
  comprehensive 
  income for 
  the year           -          -              -          -              -             (3,213,316)      (3,213,316) 
 
   Transactions 
   with owners 
   Issue of 
   ordinary 
   shares            7,228      3,212,982    -            -              -             -                3,220,210 
 Share options 
  - value of 
  services           -          -              -          -              687,474       -                687,474 
 
 Total 
  transactions 
  with owners        7,228      3,212,982    -            -              687,474       -                3,907,684 
                    ---------  -----------  -----------  -------------  ------------  ---------------  ------------- 
 
   Balance at 
   31 December 
   2017              44,481     81,398,084   77,130,684   (53,846,526)     3,381,645     (57,752,641)     50,355,727 
                    ---------  -----------  -----------  -------------  ------------  ---------------  ------------- 
 
 
 

Consolidated balance sheet

at 30 June 2018

 
                                     30 June             30 June             31 December 
                                      2018                2017                2017 
                                      (Unaudited)         (Unaudited)         (Audited) 
 Assets                       Note   $                   $                   $ 
 Non-current assets 
 Intangible exploration 
  and evaluation assets       1      48,454,371          48,139,702          48,318,079 
 Property, plant and 
  equipment                          57,391              33,736              41,278 
 Restricted cash                     -                   -                   - 
 
                                     48,511,762          48,173,438          48,359,357 
 
 Current assets 
 Other Receivables                   800,378             707,385             729,292 
 Cash and cash equivalents           3,078,885           1,390,390           1,838,527 
 Restricted cash                     26,382              526,008             527,063 
 
                                     3,905,645           2,623,783           3,094,882 
                                    -------------       -------------       ------------ 
 
 Total assets                        52,417,407          50,797,221          51,454,239 
                                    =============       =============       ============ 
 
 
 Liabilities 
 Current liabilities 
 Trade and other payables            200,100             1,242,344           1,098,512 
                                    -------------       -------------       ------------ 
 
 Total liabilities                   200,100             1,242,344           1,098,512 
 
 
 
 Equity 
 Ordinary shares                  46,068         40,044         44,481 
 Share premium reserve            82,981,325     79,381,308     81,398,084 
 Merger reserve                   77,130,684     77,130,684     77,130,684 
 Reverse acquisition 
  reserve                         (53,846,526)   (53,846,526)   (53,846,526) 
 Share-based payments 
  reserve                         3,747,915      3,024,905      3,381,645 
 Retained earnings                (57,842,159)   (56,175,538)   (57,752,641) 
                                 -------------  -------------  ----------------- 
 
 Total equity                     52,217,305     49,554,877     50,355,727 
                                 -------------  -------------  ----------------- 
 
 Total equity and liabilities     52,417,407     50,797,221     51,454,239 
                                 =============  =============  ================= 
 
 
 
 

These unaudited interim financial statements were approved by the Directors and authorised for issue on 27 September 2018.

 
 Simon Potter, Chief Executive   Edward Shallcross, Director 
  Officer 
 

Consolidated cash flow statement

for the six months ended 30 June 2018

 
                                           Note   30 June             30 June             31 December 
                                                   2018                2017                2017 
                                                   (Unaudited)         (Unaudited)         (Audited) 
                                                  $                   $                   $ 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 Payments to suppliers and employees              (1,189,103)         (789,128)           (2,173,444) 
 Net cash used in operating activities            (1,189,103)         (789,128)           (2,173,444) 
                                                 -------------       -------------       ------------ 
 
 Cash flows from investing activities 
 Purchase of property, plant and 
  equipment                                       (30,095)            -                   (18,241) 
 Payments for exploration and 
  evaluation assets                               (136,293)           (87,045)            (241,197) 
 Decrease in restricted cash                      500,000             -                   13,455 
 Other income                              2      500,000             24,253              36,253 
 Interest received                                5,308               429                 3,507 
 Net cash generated by/(used in) 
  investing 
  activities                                        838,920             (62,363)            (206,223) 
                                                 -------------       -------------       ------------ 
 
 Cash flows from financing activities 
 Proceeds from issuance of ordinary 
  shares                                          1,584,828           1,198,990           3,220,210 
                                                 -------------       -------------       ------------ 
 Net cash flows from financing 
  activities                                        1,584,828           1,198,990           3,220,210 
                                                 -------------       -------------       ------------ 
 
 
 Net decrease in cash and cash 
  equivalents                                     1,234,645           347,499             840,543 
                                                 -------------       -------------       ------------ 
 
 Cash and cash equivalents at 
  the beginning of the period                     1,838,527           970,021             970,021 
 
  Effects of exchange rate changes 
   on cash and cash equivalents                     5,713               72,870              27,963 
                                                 -------------       -------------       ------------ 
 
  Cash and cash equivalents at 
   the end of the period                          3,078,885           1,390,390           1,838,527 
                                                 -------------       -------------       ------------ 
 
 

1. Basis of preparation

The unaudited consolidated interim financial information has been prepared using the recognition and measurement principles of International Accounting Standards, International Financial Reporting Standards and Interpretations adopted for use in the European Union (collectively "EU IFRSs"). The principal accounting policies used in preparing the interim results are unchanged from those disclosed in the Company's financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017. It is not expected that there will be any changes or additions to these in the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018.

While the financial information included in this interim consolidated financial information has been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement criteria of EU IFRSs, this consolidated interim financial information does not itself contain sufficient information to comply fully with EU IFRSs.

The interim financial information for the six months ended 30 June 2018 and 30 June 2017 is unaudited and does not constitute the Company's statutory financial statements for those periods. The comparative financial information for the full year ended 31 December 2017 has, however, been derived from the Company's statutory financial statements for that period. The auditor's report on those statutory financial statements was unqualified.

In the opinion of the directors, the accompanying interim financial information includes all adjustments considered necessary for fair and consistent presentation of the interim financial statements. The interim financial statements have been prepared on the going concern basis, assuming that the Group will realise its assets and extinguish its liabilities in the normal course of business at the amounts recognised within the interim financial statements.

Carrying Value of Intangible Exploration and Evaluation Assets

Expenditure of $48,454,371 relating to the cost of exploration licences, geological and geophysical consultancy and seismic data acquisition and interpretation has been capitalised as at 30 June 2018 (30 June 2017: $48,139,702) (31 December 2017: $48,318,079).

Ultimate recoupment of exploration and evaluation assets capitalised is dependent on successful development and commercial exploitation, or alternatively, sale of the respective licence areas. The carrying value of the Group's exploration and evaluation expenditure is reviewed at each balance sheet date and, if there is any indication that it is impaired, its recoverable amount is estimated. Estimates of impairment are limited to an assessment by the Directors of any events or changes in circumstances that would indicate that the carrying value of the asset may not be fully recoverable. Any impairment loss arising is charged to the statement of comprehensive income.

On 26 April 2018 the Company filed its application for Environmental Authorisation ("EA") as required by the Petroleum (Offshore Environmental Protection and Pollution Control) Regulations 2016 (the "Regulations"). Under these newly implemented regulations, an application for EA represents the first step in commencing field activities and therefore the submission of the application by BPC represents an important milestone in the project and its development, with the next key milestone being the execution of an exploration well before the end of the current licence term. The Company is presently in ongoing discussion with the Government in relation to the process by which the application will be progressed in a timely manner.

In performing an assessment of the carrying value of the exploration and evaluation assets at the reporting date, the Directors concluded that it was not appropriate to book an impairment given the remaining term of the licences, geological probability of success of the structures and the continued plans to explore and develop the block.

Renewal of the Miami licence remains under review as at the balance sheet date.

2. Other Income

Other income during the period consists of payments received in consideration for having entered into a period of exclusive discussions with a major international oil company as announced by the Company on 3 May 2018. Payments received during the reporting period of $500,000 relate to the period from 1 May 2018 to 30 June 2018, with further payments totalling $500,000 having been received after the balance sheet date relating to the period from 1 July 2018 to 31 August 2018. Following the election of the counterparty not to further extend the exclusivity agreement beyond its expiry on 31 August 2018 no further payments are receivable by the Company under this agreement.

3. Events after the balance sheet date

On 25 July 2018, the Company allotted an additional 2,640,000 ordinary shares in the Company in satisfaction of the exercise of warrants which had been issued in conjunction with the placing of 44,000,000 new shares with institutional investors on 29 May 2018. The shares were allotted for consideration of 2.5 pence each, resulting in a total of 1,572,719,096 ordinary shares in issue following this allotment.

On 6 August 2018, the Company agreed a variety of remuneration changes with the Chief Executive Officer, taking effect from 1 July 2018, which significantly reduced the basic salary and included the cancellation of accrued conditional entitlements to cash payments and pension contributions. As at 30 June 2018, amounts totalling $1,012,500 had been accrued with regards to conditional cash entitlements and $225,000 had been accrued with regards to conditional pension contribution entitlements. As the Company has determined this transaction to be an adjusting event these accruals have been written back to the consolidated statement of comprehensive income for the period to 30 June 2018, resulting in a negative employee benefit expense for this period.

On 24 August 2018, the Company announced that the exclusivity agreement entered into with a major international oil company would not be extended beyond its expiry on 31 August 2018. For further details see note 2 to these interim financial statements.

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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