The company originally announced that it had agreed terms with Beach Energy on the Acquisition in August 2015. However, due to the exercise by one of the partners of pre-emption rights on the Abu Sennan concession, as announced in September 2015, it was not possible to complete the Acquisition on the original terms.
The company believes the amended terms of the Acquisition represent a material improvement in the prospective value of the transaction for Rockhopper shareholders.
Rockhopper will acquire the entire issued share capital of Beach Petroleum (Egypt) Pty Limited which on completion will hold:
In addition, on the date of entering into the amended Acquisition agreement, Rockhopper has agreed the terms of a non-binding letter of intent with Dover Petroleum Corporation (Dover), an affiliate of an existing partner in the Abu Sennan concession, for the sale by Rockhopper of a 5% interest in the Abu Sennan concession (see further details below)
In the event that the Proposed Dover Transaction completes, Rockhopper's interest in the Abu Sennan concession would reduce to 17% and the overall transaction metrics would be as follows:
Sam Moody, CEO, commented:
"A patient approach to this transaction has paid dividends for Rockhopper and we are delighted to have reached agreement with Beach on the amended terms of the acquisition of Beach Egypt. We believe this deal is a strategically important step, perfectly suited to the current economic environment for the industry, where low cost, cash generative assets are increasingly important.
With the upfront cash consideration payable broadly flat and reducing in the event of the Proposed Dover Transaction, the implied transaction multiple falls to US$2.7/boe.
With low unit cash operating costs at approximately US$8 per barrel in 2015, we expect this portfolio to be net cash flow positive, even in the current oil price environment, and upon completion of the transaction expect operating cash flows from Egypt and our existing Italian assets to broadly cover Group overheads going forward.
The Acquisition also represents the continuation of Rockhopper's strategy to build a full cycle E&P company focused on its two core areas and represents the company's entry into Egypt, a prolific hydrocarbon province."
Adapted from a press release by Louise Mulhall
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