By Adewale Sanyaolu
WITH about $1.5 billion acquisition of ConocoPhillips, Oando Energy Resource(OER),the upstream subsidiary of Oando Plc, has announced that its debt position now stands at $500 million.
The company explained that the repayment of its $100 million African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim) loan, which was utilized in financing the landmark acquisition of the ConocoPhillips(CoP) Nigerian oil and gas business in July 2014,brings down its debt profile to 44 per cent.
‘‘Combined with cash on hand, OER’s net debt position now stands at $500 million; down 44 per cent from $900 million outstanding at the completion of the CoP acquisition.
Confidence in the operations and asset quality of OER by international financial institutions has been further strengthened, notably due to OER’s operational performance in the last 12 months in spite of crude downturn. OER has achieved significant milestones in the course of the year, including the generation of cash inflow of $283 million from the reset of oil hedges; the commencement of production at Qua Iboe, which added 2,500 barrels per day(b/d) to OER’s gross total, taking it to 53,169 b/d; and finally an increase in 2P reserves by 82 per cent to 420.3mn boe,’’Oando said
Besides,it said a $91 million Reserve Base Lending(RBL) upsize was arranged by Standard Chartered Bank and African Export-Import Bank with participation from Standard Bank of South Africa Limited, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc and Natixis; while the proceeds, along with cash on hand, were used to repay the $100 million Afrexim facility.
Commenting,the Chief Executive Officer of ,OER, Pade Durotoye, said: “The upsizing of the RBL loan is a true testament to the quality of the assets we acquired in July 2014. The cashflows from these assets have continued to pay down the company’s post acquisition debt with the assistance of the value realized from the resetting of our hedge instruments, leaving a debt: equity ratio of 0.57 today, compared with 0.91 in July 2014. OER remains focused on its financial and operational goals of strengthening its balance sheet and maintaining stable production levels through production optimization in these times of reduced oil prices and limited capital investment.
Source : SunOnline