GKP Profits more than Double

Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) has today announced its results for the half year ended 30 June 2022.

Jon Harris (pictured), Gulf Keystone's Chief Executive Officer, said:

"With the strengthening oil price and increased production, we have delivered strong profitability and cash flow generation in the first half of the year. As we progress towards approval of the Field Development Plan, we have continued to develop the Shaikan Field and recently resumed drilling with the spud of SH-16. We have paid a record $190 million of dividends in 2022 and are pleased today to announce an incremental interim dividend of $25 million, increasing total dividends declared this year to $215 million. While delivering a sector leading dividend yield, we have also maintained a strong balance sheet, redeeming our $100 million bond leaving the Company debt free.

"Looking ahead to the rest of the year, we are focused on progressing towards FDP approval and achieving our production and opex guidance as we continue to optimise production from the field while maintaining a rigorous focus on costs. We have raised our 2022 capex guidance to $110-$120 million as we have added the drilling of SH-16 and are progressing initial procurement activities for the installation of water handling facilities, which will enable us to unlock additional production from our wells in the future.

"We remain focused on balancing investment in growth with shareholder returns. Continued robust cash generation provides flexibility to consider funding future capital expenditures and further distributions to shareholders, while preserving adequate liquidity."

Highlights to 30 June 2022 and post reporting period

Operational

  • Strong safety performance, with no Lost Time Incident ("LTI") recorded for 315 days
  • 2022 year to date gross average production increased by 3.6% to c.45,000 bopd as compared to the FY 2021 average of 43,440 bopd
  • Continued to progress delivery of our 2022 work programme:
    • SH-15 drilled and brought online in April 2022 in record time
    • SH-16 (formerly SH-M) and SH-N well pad completed in preparation for resumption of drilling
    • Well workovers and interventions completed on two wells to optimise production rates
    • Progressing preparatory work for the expansion of the production facilities, including procurement activities for the installation of water handling capacity
  • Resumed drilling activities late August with the spud of SH-16:
    • Targeting production start-up into PF-2 towards the end of the year

Financial

  • Free cash flow more than doubled to $177.3 million (H1 2021: $66.7 million), driven by the strengthening oil price and continued production growth, enabling the Company to deliver against its strategic commitment of balancing investment in growth with shareholder returns
  • Dividends declared of $215 million in 2022, providing shareholders with a sector-leading dividend yield of 36% based on GKP's closing price on 30 August 2022
  • Significant increase in Adjusted EBITDA and profitability in H1 2022:
    • Adjusted EBITDA up 122% to $208.6 million (H1 2021: $93.8 million)
    • Profit after tax up 151% to $162.8 million (H1 2021: $64.8 million)
    • Realised price up 93% to $84.3/bbl (H1 2021: $43.7/bbl)
    • Gross average production increased 3% to 44,941 bopd (H1 2021: 43,516 bopd)
    • Revenue up 102% to $263.6 million (H1 2021: $130.7 million)
    • Gross Opex per barrel of $2.9/bbl (H1 2021: $2.4/bbl), at low end of 2022 guidance of $2.9-$3.3/bbl
  • Net capex of $41.8 million (H1 2021: $14.1 million), primarily related to the drilling of SH-15, well interventions and workovers, well pad construction, procurement of flowlines and plant expansion activities
  • $354.4 million net to GKP received year to date from the Kurdistan Regional Government ("KRG") for crude oil sales and revenue arrears, with the arrears balance related to the November 2019 to February 2020 invoices fully recovered
  • $100 million outstanding bond redeemed in August, leaving the Company debt-free and eliminating annual interest costs of $10 million
  • Robust balance sheet maintained with cash balance of $112.0 million at 31 August 2022

Outlook 

  • 2022 gross average production guidance reiterated at 44,000-47,000 bopd
    • Continuing to optimise production through prudent management of existing well stock, delivery of well workover and intervention programme and addition of SH-16 
  • Gross Opex guidance of $2.9-$3.3/bbl remains unchanged
  • Increasing 2022 net capex guidance from $85-$95 million to $110-$120 million
    • Primarily driven by the drilling of SH-16 and initial procurement activities related to the installation of water handling capacity
  • While timing of Field Development Plan ("FDP") approval remains uncertain, we continue to engage with the Ministry of Natural Resources ("MNR") towards project sanction and are progressing the tendering process for the Gas Management contract. We are also monitoring the potential impact of global supply chain pressures and logistical challenges on the costs and schedule of the FDP
  • We continue to monitor the long running dispute between the Federal Iraqi Government and the KRG on the management of oil and gas assets in Kurdistan. Our operations currently remain unaffected

Shareholder distributions

  • The Company has announced an ordinary dividend policy of at least $25 million per year and, with free cash flow, is committed to maximising distributions taking into account various factors, including investment levels required to achieve production targets, deliver profitable growth and satisfy PSC obligations, and preserve adequate liquidity to manage geopolitical, KRG payment and market uncertainties
  • Today we are declaring an interim dividend of $25 million, increasing total dividends declared in 2022 to $215 million:
    • $25 million interim dividend is equivalent to 11.561 US cents per Common Share of the Company and is expected to be paid on 7 October 2022, based on a record date of 23 September 2022 and ex-dividend date of 22 September 2022
  • Assuming timely payment of invoices and continuing strong oil prices, we expect continued robust cash flow generation, which would provide flexibility to consider funding future capital expenditures and further distributions to shareholders, while preserving adequate liquidity
  • With continued progress towards implementing the FDP, the Company expects to firm up the future estimated timing and levels of investment and review the dividend policy

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(Source: GKP)

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