Seplat Energy Plc, a leading Nigerian independent energy company listed on both the Nigerian and the London stock exchanges, on Thursday, announced a rise in profit before tax for Q1 by 197.8 per cent to N34.7bn from N10.6bn year-on-year.
The company generated cash from its operations to the tune of N74.4bn from N1.7bn year-on-year, rising by 197.8 per cent.
The energy Company’s also grew its revenue by 58.6 per cent to N100.6bn from N57.9bn year-on-year; as its gross profit soars to N48.8bn from N20.1bn year-on-year, rising by 122.3 per cent.
*Revenues up 58.6% to $241.8 million
*EBITDA up 81.6% to $147.4 million (adjusted for non-cash items)
*Strong cash generation of $178.7 million, capex of $25.7 million
*Strong balance sheet with $312.2 million cash at bank, net debt of $442.6 million
*Q1 interim dividend of US2.5 cents per share
Commenting on the results, Mr. Roger Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Seplat Energy Plc, said:
“Seplat Energy delivered a good quarter that benefited from higher oil pricing, which offset lower production owing to continuing problems with the Trans Forcados Pipeline. However, the alternative Amukpe-Escravos Pipeline is mechanically complete and once we have signed the commercial agreements, we expect Chevron to be lifting our oil through the Escravos Terminal in the third quarter.
“Our proposed acquisition of MPNU remains on course. We are awaiting the necessary approvals from government and regulators and expect the transaction to complete in the second half of this year. The effective date of 1 January 2021 means we will benefit from higher recent oil prices and as we have previously reported, the addition of MPNU will nearly treble our production and double our reserves on a pro forma 2020 basis. The acquisition will reinforce our leadership of Nigeria’s indigenous energy sector and enabling us to generate strong future cash flows that will underpin our investment in Nigeria’s energy transition and improve our overall stakeholder returns. It will also bring a significant undeveloped gas resource base which, alongside our ANOH gas project development, will underpin Nigeria’s energy transition and drive domestic and export revenues when developed.
“We announce the decision to divest the Group’s interest in the Ubima marginal field for a consideration of $55million, which marginally reduces the company’s 2P reserves by 2 MMboe to 455 MMboe.
“We have proven we have the financial strength and credibility to attract international finance into Nigeria’s energy sector and this will help us in our aim to deliver energy transition and provide cleaner, more reliable and more affordable energy for Nigeria’s young and growing population.”