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Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) Plc - Sale of Interest in Wressle Discovery to Upland

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Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc / Index: AIM / Epic: EOG / Sector: Oil & Gas

24 November 2016

Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc (‘Europa’ or ‘the Company’)

Sale of Interest in Wressle Discovery to Upland Resources

Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc, the UK & Ireland focussed oil and gas exploration, development and production company, is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary has signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement (“SPA”) in relation to a 10% interest in Europa’s PEDL180 and PEDL182 (‘the Licences’) in North Lincolnshire with Upland Resources (UK Onshore) Limited (“Upland”).  The Licences cover the Wressle discovery (PEDL180) and the Broughton North prospect (PEDL182).

·    Upland to acquire a 10% working interest in the Licences from Europa for a consideration of £1.85 million comprising an initial consideration of £1.6 million and a contingent consideration of £0.25 million.

·    The initial consideration will be met via a  payment of £1.3 million in cash and the issue to Europa of 23,076,923 new ordinary Upland Resources Limited shares (“Upland Shares”) to the value of £0.3m (at the issue price of 1.3p per share).

·    The contingent consideration is subject to certain production milestones being met by June 2025 and will be met by the issue of 19,230,769 new ordinary Upland Shares to the value of £0.25m (at the issue price of 1.3p per share).

·    Completion of the SPA is conditional upon inter alia approval from the Oil & Gas Authority and approval of the Wressle Field Development Plan

·    Wressle is anticipated to commence production at a gross rate of 500 bopd in early 2017

·    Post completion of the transaction, Europa’s anticipated net 100 bopd from Wressle combined with existing UK onshore production is expected to increase the Company’s overall production to around 220 bopd

·    At 220 bopd it is expected that Europa will have a positive cash flow from operating activities at oil prices above US$30 per barrel.

Europa CEO Hugh Mackay said, “Europa is delivering on its strategy to actively manage its portfolio and realise value for shareholders. So far this year we have farmed out part of our interest in PEDL143 (Holmwood) to Union Jack Oil; consolidated our position at PEDL299 (Hardstoft) through deals with Shale Petroleum and Upland; acquired an increased interest in PEDL346 (Cloughton) from Shale Petroleum; and sold portions of our interest in PEDL180/182 (Wressle) to Union Jack Oil and now Upland. The £1.3 million cash consideration from this transaction together with the £0.6 million cash consideration received from the previous sale of Wressle to Union Jack will be used to fund ongoing exploration in the UK and Ireland including drilling the Holmwood well during 2017, which we rate as one of the best undrilled conventional prospects onshore UK. Following this transaction we value our remaining 20% interest in Wressle at £3.7 million.

“Europa holds a portfolio of high quality exploration licences in both onshore UK and offshore Ireland.  We continue to advance and monetise our multistage portfolio of licences, and in the process generate value for our shareholders. It is public knowledge that we are in the process of farming out in Ireland where any one of our seven licences and licensing options has the potential to be a company maker for Europa. Whilst we do not provide running commentaries on farmout activity the market should feel assured that we are talking to the right parties and seeing strong interest. The recent series of transactions in the UK demonstrates that we are both active in the market and capable of closing deals on attractive terms.”

Terms of the SPA

Under the term of the SPA, Upland will acquire a 10% working interest in the Licences from Europa Oil & Gas Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Europa, for a total initial consideration of £1.6 million and a contingent consideration of £0.25 million.  The initial consideration will be satisfied through the immediate payment of £160,000 in cash, a further £1.14 million cash and £0.3 million in new Upland Shares (at a price of 1.3p per new Upland Share) is to be received on completion. Completion of the SPA is conditional inter alia upon approval from the Oil & Gas Authority and approval of the Wressle Field Development Plan.

Contingent on certain production milestones being met by June 2025, Europa will be issued a further £0.25 million in new Upland Shares, giving total consideration of £1.85 million.

Europa can elect to dispose of the Upland Shares following the later of six months from completion of the transaction and the date of first export of oil from the Wressle site (subject to a long-stop date of 1 September 2017). 

Europa will retain a 20% interest in the Licences alongside Egdon Resources UK Limited (25%), Celtique Energie Petroleum Limited (33.33%), Union Jack Oil plc (11.67%) and Upland Resources (UK Onshore) Limited (10%).

Europa’s Net Interests

Europa’s post completion share of the Licences’ 2P proved reserves is 0.13 mmboe, 2C contingent resources is 0.37 mmboe and net mean un-risked prospective resources is 0.2 mmobe (based on a Competent Persons Report compiled by ERC Equipoise Limited (‘ERCE’) on 26 September 2016).

Europa’s net interests following this transaction are tabulated below:

Table summarising gross volumes at Wressle and Broughton North along with net volumes attributed to Europa’s interests before and after transaction

Gross Volumes Net Volumes attributable to Europa before transaction
Oil MMstb Gas
Bscf
Oil and Gas* MMboe Oil MMstb Gas
Bscf
Oil and Gas* MMboe
Wressle
2P Ashover Grit  and Wingfield Flags

0.62

0.20

0.65

0.21

0.07

0.22
2C Penistone Flags 1.53 2.00 1.86 0.51 0.67 0.62
Broughton North
Mean Unrisked  Prospective Resources

0.51

0.51

0.60

0.17

0.17

0.20

   

Gross Volumes Net Volumes attributable to Europa after transaction
Oil MMstb Gas
Bscf
Oil and Gas* MMboe Oil MMstb Gas
Bscf
Oil and Gas* MMboe
Wressle
2P Ashover Grit  and Wingfield Flags

0.62

0.20

0.65

0.124

0.04

0.13
2C Penistone Flags 1.53 2.00 1.86 0.301 0.40 0.37
Broughton North
Mean Unrisked  Prospective Resources

0.51

0.51

0.60

0.10

0.10

0.12

*Gas converted to oil equivalent using 6 Bscf/MMboe conversion and added to oil volume

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014.

* * ENDS * *

For further information please visit www.europaoil.com or contact:

Hugh Mackay Europa + 44 (0) 20 7224 3770
Phil Greenhalgh Europa + 44 (0) 20 7224 3770
Matt Goode finnCap Ltd + 44 (0) 20 7220 0500
Simon Hicks finnCap Ltd + 44 (0) 20 7220 0500
Frank Buhagiar St Brides Partners Ltd + 44 (0) 20 7236 1177
Susie Geliher St Brides Partners Ltd + 44 (0) 20 7236 1177

Notes

Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc has a diversified portfolio of multi-stage hydrocarbon assets that includes production, exploration and development interests, in countries that are politically stable, have transparent licensing processes, and offer attractive terms.  In 2016 Europa produced 123 boepd.  Its highly prospective exploration projects include the Wressle development (targeting production start-up in early 2017 at up to 500 bopd gross) in the UK and seven licences offshore Ireland with the potential to host gross mean un-risked prospective and indicative resources of more than 4 billion barrels oil equivalent and 1.5 tcf gas across all seven licences.

Qualified Person Review

This release has been reviewed by Hugh Mackay, Chief Executive of Europa, who is a petroleum geologist with 30 years' experience in petroleum exploration and a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Fellow of the Geological Society. Mr Mackay has consented to the inclusion of the technical information in this release in the form and context in which it appears.

Glossary:

Some of the terms used in this announcement are defined below. A more exhaustive glossary is contained in ERCE’s letter to Europa’s Board of Directors summarising the findings of their CPR has been published on the Company’s website (www.europaoil.com).

Proved Reserves

Proved  Reserves  are  those  quantities  of  petroleum,  which  by  analysis  of  geoscience  and  engineering data,  can  be  estimated  with  reasonable certainty  to  be  commercially  recoverable,  from  a  given  date forward,  from  known  reservoirs  and  under  defined  economic  conditions,  operating  methods,  and government regulations.

If deterministic methods are used, the term reasonable certainty is intended to express a high degree of confidence that the quantities will be recovered.  If probabilistic methods are used, there should be at least a 90% probability that the quantities actually recovered will equal or exceed the estimate. The area of the reservoir considered as Proved includes:

·    the  area  delineated  by  drilling  and  defined  by  fluid  contacts,  if  any,  and

·    adjacent  undrilled  portions  of  the  reservoir  that  can  reasonably  be  judged  as  continuous with  it  and  commercially  productive  on  the  basis  of  available  geoscience  and  engineering data

In the absence of data on fluid contacts, Proved quantities in a reservoir are limited by the lowest known hydrocarbon  (LKH)  as  seen  in  a  well  penetration  unless  otherwise  indicated  by  definitive  geoscience, engineering,  or  performance  data.  Such definitive information may  include  pressure  gradient  analysis and  seismic  indicators.  Seismic  data  alone  may  not  be  sufficient  to  define  fluid  contacts  for  Proved Reserves  (see  “2001  Supplemental  Guidelines,”  Chapter  8).  Reserves  in  undeveloped  locations  may  be classified as Proved provided that the locations are in undrilled areas of the reservoir that can be judged with reasonable certainty to be commercially productive and interpretations of available geoscience and engineering  data  indicate  with  reasonable  certainty  that  the  objective  formation  is  laterally  continuous with drilled Proved locations.  For  Proved  Reserves,  the  recovery  efficiency  applied  to  these  reservoirs  should  be  defined  based  on  a range  of  possibilities  supported  by  analogues  and  sound  engineering  judgment  considering  the characteristics of the Proved area and the applied development programme.

2P 

Proved + Probable, a best estimate category of Reserves.

Contingent Resources 

Contingent  Resources  are  those  quantities  of  petroleum  estimated,  as  of  a  given  date,  to  be  potentially recoverable  from  known  accumulations  by  application  of  development  projects,  but  which  are  not currently considered to be commercially recoverable due to one or more contingencies.

Contingent  Resources  may  include,  for  example,  projects  for which  there  are  currently  no  viable markets,  or  where  commercial  recovery  is  dependent  on  technology  under  development,  or  where evaluation  of  the  accumulation  is  insufficient  to  clearly  assess  commerciality.  Contingent  Resources  are further  categorized  in  accordance  with  the  level  of  certainty  associated  with  the  estimates  and  may  be sub?classified based on project maturity and/or characterized by their economic status.

2C 

A best estimate category of Contingent Resources.

Prospective Resources 

Prospective  Resources  are  those  quantities  of  petroleum   which  are  estimated,  as  of  a  given  date,  to  be potentially recoverable from undiscovered accumulations. Potential accumulations are evaluated according to their chance of discovery and, assuming a discovery, the  estimated  quantities  that  would  be  recoverable  under  defined  development  projects.  It  is recognized  that  the  development  programs  will  be  of significantly  less  detail  and  depend  more  heavily on analog developments in the earlier phases of exploration.