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Oando Plc - Oando Energy Resources Announces First Quarter 2015 Results

Release Date: 04/05/2015 16:22:00      Code(s): OAO     
Oando PLC
(Incorporated in Nigeria and registered as an external company in South Africa)
Registration number: RC 6474
(External company registration number: 2005/038824/10)
Share Code on the JSE Limited: OAO
Share Code on the Nigerian Stock Exchange: OANDO
ISIN: NGOANDO00002
("Oando" or the ?Company")


OANDO ENERGY RESOURCES ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2015 RESULTS


CALGARY, ALBERTA, May 1, 2015 ? Oando Energy Resources Inc. (?OER? or the
?Company?) (TSX: OER), a company focused on oil and gas exploration and production in
Nigeria, today announced financial and operating results for the quarter ended March 31,
2015. The unaudited consolidated financial statements, notes and management?s discussion
and analysis pertaining to the period are available on the System for Electronic Document
Analysis    and     Retrieval    (?SEDAR?)     at    www.sedar.com       and      by   visiting
www.oandoenergyresources.com. All monetary figures reported herein are U.S. dollars unless
otherwise stated.


?The recent acquisition of the Nigerian upstream business of ConocoPhillips Company again
drove substantial improvements in production over the prior year period and daily
production remained relatively consistent on a sequential basis compared with the fourth
quarter of 2014,? said Pade Durotoye, CEO of Oando Energy Resources Inc. ?During the first
quarter of the year, as oil prices continued to weaken, we proactively took measures to
improve liquidity by realizing $226.2 million of approximately $313.7 million in total fair
value through settlement and re-establishing our financial commodity contracts at lower
prices . Although we took a one time financial charge of $16.4 million relating to the
resetting of the financial commodity hedges, we are better positioned for the future as we
now enjoy reduced debt levels and lower future interest payments. Working with our
partners, we have taken prudent action to reduce operating costs and defer some capital
projects while focusing on high return production enhancement and rigless interventions to
strengthen our production base. We are also advancing work on additional opportunities to
strengthen our balance sheet as we manage our way through this lower and volatile
commodity price environment.?
The Company today also announced that Mr. Ronald Royal has joined its board of directors
and that Lead Director Mr. Chris Harrop is leaving the board. Mr. Bill Watson has assumed
the role of Lead Director.


Mr. Ronald Royal has over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. From 2002
until his retirement in 2007, he was President & General Manager of Esso Chad where he
oversaw the development of the Chad Development Project; one of the oil industry?s largest
investments in sub-Sahara Africa. Prior to 2002, he was the General Manager & Production
Manager of Esso REP in France for 12 years. He was awarded the title of ?Chevalier de
l?Ordre National du Chad? for his contribution to the economic development of Chad in
2003. Presently, he is a director of Valeura Energy Incorporated, and has previously been a
director with Caracal Energy Incorporated, Esso REP, Esso Chad, Tchad Oil Transportation
Company, and Cameroon Oil Transportation Company. Ron holds a Bachelor?s Degree in
Applied Science from University of British Columbia, and is a member of Canada?s Institute
of Corporate Directors, and a Graduate of its Directors? Education Program. He is also a
member of the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Alberta, Canada.


?We thank our outgoing Director, Mr. Chris Harrop, for his services and dedication to the
Company during his time as the Lead Director,? said Mr Durotoye. ?We would also like to
welcome Mr. Ronald Royal to our board.?


Key Operational and Financial Highlights


   -   In the first quarter of 2015 production increased to 5.0 MMboe (average 55,399
       boe/day) from 0.4 MMboe (average 4,531 boe/day) in first quarter 2014 and was
       consistent with 5.0 MMboe achieved in the fourth quarter of 2014. The increase from
       first quarter 2014 to first quarter 2015 is primarily from the Nigerian onshore and
       offshore assets acquired from the ConocoPhillips Company (?COP Acquisition?) that
       included substantial production from OMLs 60 to 63, significant reserves and
       resources, and a considerable base of development and exploration opportunities;


   -   The Company has hedged 9,958 bbl/day of crude oil production between $65/bbl
       and $85/bbl until July 2017 and January 2019, respectively, with further upside
       available if certain price targets were met. The financial hedges represented 49% of
       the first quarter production rates of crude oil. In February 2015, the Company reset
          their previous hedges and received $226.2 million in net cash ($234.0 million
          including scheduled February cash settlements) that was used to repay debt; and


    -     In March 2015, OER announced that initial production commenced from the Qua
          Iboe field at approximately 2,150 boepd gross.


Financial Highlights
The table below summarizes selected annual financial and operational information for the
three months ended March 31, 2015, December 31, 2014, and March 31, 2014.


US$?000, unless otherwise stated

                                                                          Three Months Ended
                                                     Mar 31          Dec 31          Mar 31
                                                        2015           2014             2014
Financial:
Revenue                                              132,415        174,042           32,163
Funds from operations1                                49,365         52,945           20,316
Comprehensive income (loss)                          (21,096)      (199,595)         (39,881)
Net income (loss) per share: Basic                     (0.03)         (0.40)           (0.14)
Net income (loss) per share: Diluted                   (0.03)         (0.40)           (0.14)
Total assets                                        2,971,858      3,242,791        1,689,937
Total non-current liabilities                      1,033,688      1,088,996          274,812
Operational:
Production
  Crude Oil (bbl)                                   1,844,576      2,000,821         407,802
  NGL (boe)                                          341,491        291,907                 -
  Natural Gas (mcf)                                16,799,262     16,449,778                -
Total Production (boe)                             4,985,944      5,034,358          407,802


Daily Production:
  Crude Oil (bbls/day)                                20,495         21,748            4,531
  NGL (boe/day)                                        3,794          3,173                 -
  Natural Gas (mcf/day)                              186,658        178,802                 -
Total (boe/day)                                       55,399         54,721            4,531


                         2
Average Selling Prices
  Crude Oil ($/bbl)                                    60.55          81.29           111.40
  NGL ($/boe)                                          11.17          10.91                 -
    Natural Gas ($/mcf)                                        1.79         2.21               -



1
    See definition under non-GAAP measures.
2
    Before royalties and the Government share of profit oil.



For the quarter ended March 31, 2015 the Company reported:


       -    Net revenue was $132.4 million in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of $100.2
            million over $32.2 million earned in the first quarter of 2014, primarily as a result of
            the COP Acquisition producing assets of OML 60 to 63. Revenues in the first quarter
            of 2015 decreased by $41.6 million from $174.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014,
            with the quarter to quarter decrease resulting from lower crude oil prices;


       -    The Company had a net loss of $21.1 million in the first quarter of 2015, as
            compared to a net loss of $39.9 million in the first quarter of 2014. The net income
            improvement, which included a one-time charge of $16.4 million associated with the
            resetting of our Financial Hedge instruments, which was primarily influenced by
            operations at OMLs 60 to 63, and was partially offset by financing expenses, general
            and administrative costs (?G&A?) increases and increased depletion;


       -    Production expenses increased to $64.9 million from $7.6 million in 2014. The
            increase was primarily due to additional production expenses from OMLs 60 to 63 of
            $58.6 million. Fourth quarter 2014 production expenses were $62.8 million, which was
            $2.1 million lower than the first quarter of 2015. Production expenses per boe
            improved to $13.01/boe in the first quarter from $18.55/boe in the first quarter of
            2014;


       -    G&A costs for 2015 increased to $18.5 million from $5.6 million in the first quarter of
            2014. The increase was primarily related to increased employee costs and
            administrative expenses related to the significant growth of OER. As a result of the
            increased volumes, G&A/boe improved to $3.70 in the first 3 months of 2015 as
            compared to $13.72 the equivalent in 2014;


       -    First quarter funds from operations increased to $49.4 million, from $20.3 million in
            the first quarter of 2014 and decreased compared to $52.9 million in the fourth
    quarter of 2014. The increase from the first quarter of 2014 was primarily as a result
    of increased cash flow generated by the new production assets acquired in the third
    quarter of 2014 and the decrease from quarter to quarter was a result of lower crude
    oil prices;


-   Capital expenditures of $37.8 million were incurred in the first quarter of 2015. The
    capital expenditures consisted of $20.8 million at OMLs 60 to 63, $12.8 million at
    OML 125 and $3.9 million spent at Qua Ibo and Ebendo;


-   As at March 31, 2015, OER had a working capital deficiency of $662.7 million, as
    compared to a working capital deficiency of $567.2 million at December 31, 2014.
    The change in working capital was primarily related to paying down non-current
    borrowings with current assets;


-   At December 31, 2014, the Company was required to calculate a current ratio
    covenant on the $450 million loan which required the ratio to be not less than 1.1.
    The current ratio calculated by the Company was 0.7. Subsequent to December 31,
    2014, the lenders clarified the calculation of the current ratio calculation at December
    31, 2014 to exclude certain amounts arising from the acquisition of COP Nigeria and
    other items which the lenders agreed to exclude. This modified calculation resulted in
    the covenant calculation being in compliance with the lending agreement terms. If
    there are no further calculation clarifications or waiver of the current ratio covenant,
    the Company will have to apply normal covenants at June 30, 2015; and


-   During the quarter the Company took measures to improve liquidity by crystallizing
    $226.2 million of approximately $313.7 million in total fair value through settlement
    and re-establishing its financial commodity contracts at lower prices as stated above.
    That amount received and available cash was used to repay $238.1 million of debt in
    addition to scheduled loan repayments, resulting in reduced debt levels and lower
    future interest payments. As a result, a charge of $16.4 million related to
    unamortized transaction costs associated with the portion of the borrowings repaid
    was recorded in the period.
Selected Quarterly Results
The table below summarizes selected financial and operational information for the last eight
quarters. The Corporation?s quarterly results have been impacted primarily by acquisitions,
fluctuating commodity prices, asset impairments, gains and losses on financial instruments,
and borrowing activities.


US$?000, unless otherwise stated
                                      Q1          Q4          Q3          Q2          Q1          Q4          Q3          Q2

                                    2015        2014        2014        2014        2014        2013        2013        2013


Production (boe)                4,985,943   5,035,053   3,248,158    413,985     407,803     406,029     363,032     353,145


Total Revenue                    132,415     174,042     184,777      30,440      32,163      23,976      37,461      36,072
Net Income (loss) for the
Period                           (21,096)   (199,595)     89,541    (137,668)    (39,881)    (41,008)     11,645      (1,168)


Earnings Per Share                 (0.03)      (0.40)        0.12      (0.24)      (0.14)      (0.32)        0.12      (0.01)


Diluted Earnings Per Share         (0.03)      (0.40)        0.12      (0.24)      (0.14)      (0.32)        0.12      (0.01)


Capital Expenditures              37,804      41,206      52,910      24,355      42,550      45,573      29,684      36,353


Total Assets                    2,971,858   3,242,791   3,693,880   1,662,142   1,689,937   1,299,422   1,223,808   1,193,585


Total Non-Current Liabilities   1,033,688   1,088,996   1,523,019    245,925     274,812     275,195     206,150     207,981




Operational Update and Outlook


In the first quarter of 2015, the Corporation spent $37.8 million on the development of oil
and gas assets and exploration and evaluation activities, as compared to $42.1 million in the
same quarter of 2014.


OML 60-63
During the first quarter of 2015 capital expenditures on OMLs 60 to 63 totaled $20.8 million.
Capital expenditures included $10.8 million spent on development drilling and completion
activities in the Ogbainbiri Deep 4 well and $4.6 million was spent on pipeline upgrades. In
addition, $5.4 million was spent on other capital maintenance projects, moveable assets and
geophysical exploration studies.
In 2015, the Company estimates that $35.6 million will be expended on crude oil related
projects and $24.1 million on gas projects in the OMLs 60 to 63 areas. The anticipated crude
oil development expenditures include significant investment in environmental and safety
projects, new development drilling, and completions and recompletions of previously drilled
wells. Planned natural gas projects consist of drilling and completing new wells, along with
enhancements to natural gas facilities and pipelines.


Qua Ibo
In the first quarter of 2015, the Company incurred capital expenditures of $1.6 million on
pipeline and crude oil facility costs to allow for new production from the Qua Ibo field. The
Corporation commenced production to build inventory from this field near the end of
February of 2015 and anticipates first sales to occur in the second quarter of 2015.
Throughout 2015, the Company has estimated $0.6 million in capital expenditures for facility
enhancements.


Ebendo
In the first quarter of 2015, the Company incurred $2.4 million in capital expenditures at
Ebendo, which included the pipeline repairs and maintenance and drilling site preparation
costs. Throughout 2015, the Corporation has estimated $7.7 million in capital expenditures
for facility and pipeline overhauls and enhancements.


OML 125
The Company incurred $12.8 million of capital expenditures in the first quarter of 2015 at
OML 125 related to gathering and transportation infrastructure enhancements and facility
maintenance. The enhancements included $11.5 million spent on Abo phase 3 gathering
and transportation construction and maintenance, along with $1.3 million on its floating
production storage and offloading vessel (?FPSO?) on capital maintenance.


In 2015, the Company estimates $67.1 million of capital expenditures being incurred on the
OML 125 Asset. The planned expenditures include gathering system construction projects,
drilling and completion of ABO 12 Upper and ABO 13, along with safety projects and
extending the life of the FPSO. The Corporation has a funding arrangement with the
operator of OML 125 that allows it to defer the payment of cash calls monthly and allows
the operator to take delivery and sell the Corporation?s share of crude oil from the block to
settle any outstanding cash call. This arrangement does not result in an adjustment to the
Company?s working interest.




Current Outlook


The Company expects the rest of 2015 to continue to be challenging for the Oil and Gas
industry as a whole, as global crude oil prices could remain at current low levels for the rest
of the year, and possibly beyond. That notwithstanding, the Company remains well
positioned as a result of the assets acquired in 2014 which include substantial production,
reserves, and resources, and a considerable base of development and optimization
opportunities. In addition, the Company has taken prudent steps to hedge via financial
instruments about 45% of its oil production between $65 and $85 per bbl and earns about
23% of its gross revenue from natural Gas with pricing based on long term contracts that
are not susceptible to the same volatility as oil prices.


Furthermore, as a result of decreasing its borrowings by $238 million, the Company expects
to incur lower interest expense for the balance of the year. Finally, the Company is
advancing efforts to refinance its $100 million subordinated debt facility into a term loan of
4 to 5 years.


Non-GAAP Measures


Funds from Operations
Funds from operations is not a measurement defined in IFRS, but is a financial term
commonly used in the oil and gas industry. The Company believes that in addition to cash
flows from operating activities as reported in the interim consolidated statements of cash
flows, funds from operations is a useful supplemental measure, as it provides an indication
of the funds generated by the OER?s principal business activities prior to adjusting for
changes in non-cash working capital. The Company considers this to be a key measure of
performance as it demonstrates its ability to generate cash flow necessary to fund growth
through additional capital investments. Funds from operations may not be directly
comparable to similar measures presented by other companies, as there is no standardized
measure. A reconciliation of funds from operations to cash flows from operating activities is
available under results of operations in the Company?s MD&A for the quarter ended March
31, 2015.




About Oando Energy Resources Inc. (OER)

OER currently has a broad suite of producing, development and exploration assets in the
Gulf of Guinea (predominantly in Nigeria). OER?s sales production was 55,399 boe/d for the
month ended March 31, 2015.

Cautionary Statements


More information about the Company?s oil and gas assets, including cautionary language
regarding the estimation of reserves and resources, can be found in the most recent Form
51-101F1 filed under the Company?s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. ?Gross? or ?gross?
means, when used in relation to production, reserves and resources, OER?s working interest
share of production, reserves and resources before deduction of royalties. ?Net? or ?net?
means, when used in relation to production, reserves and resources, either OER?s working
interest share of production, reserves and resources after deduction of royalties or OER?s
entitlement to production reserves and resources after deduction of royalties and PPT for
production sharing contracts. In relation to OER?s interest in wells, ?Net? or ?net? means the
number of wells obtained by aggregating OER?s working interest in each of its gross wells.
In relation to OER?s interest in property, ?Net? or ?net? means the total area in which OER
has an interest multiplied by the working interest owned by OER. ?WI? means with respect
to interests governed by a JOA, PSC, farm-in agreement or farm-out agreement, the
undivided interest of such party (expressed as a percentage of the total interests of all
parties in the contract) in the rights and obligations derived from such contract, which may
be an operating or non-operating interest.

Oil and Gas Equivalents

Production information is commonly reported in units of barrel of oil equivalent (?boe? or
?Mboe? or ?MMboe?) or in units of natural gas equivalent (?Mcfe? or ?MMcfe? or Bcfe?).
However, boe?s or Mcfe?s may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A boe
conversion ratio of 6 Mcf = 1 barrel, or a Mcfe conversion ratio of 1 barrel = 6 Mcf, is based
on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and
does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. Readers are cautioned that boe may
be misleading, particularly if used in isolation.

Forward Looking Statements:

This news release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information
within the meaning of applicable securities laws.       The use of any of the words ?expect?,
?anticipate?, ?continue?, ?estimate?, ?objective?, ?ongoing?, ?may?, ?will?, ?project?, ?should?,
?believe?, ?plans?, ?intends? and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking
information or statements.       In particular, this news release contains forward-looking
statements relating to intended acquisitions.

Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such
forward-looking statements and information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be
placed on the forward-looking statements and information because the Company can give
no assurance that such statements and information will prove to be correct. Since forward-
looking statements and information address future events and conditions, by their very
nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties.

Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of
factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to: risks related to international
operations, the integration of assets acquired under the COP acquisition, the actual results
of current exploration and drilling activities, changes in project parameters as plans continue
to be refined and the future price of crude oil. Accordingly, readers should not place undue
reliance on the forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of
factors is not exhaustive.

Additional information on these and other factors that could affect the Company?s financial
results are included in reports on file with applicable securities regulatory authorities and
may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com) under the Company. The
forward-looking statements and information contained in this news release are made as of
the date hereof and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any
forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.
Contact Information:


Pade Durotoye, CEO
Oando Energy Resources Inc.
pdurotoye@oandoenergyresources.com
+1 403-561-1713


Tokunboh Akindele
Head Investor Relations
Oando Energy Resources Inc.
takindele@oandoenergyresources.com
+1 403-560-7450


4 May 2015
Sponsor: Sasfin Capital (a division of Sasfin Bank Limited)

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