InterOil Announces Third Quarter Financial and Operating Results (Australia)
InterOil Corporation today announced financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010.
Third Quarter 2010 Highlights and Recent Developments
• The Antelope 2 horizontal well confirmed a higher condensate-to-natural gas ratio of 24-27.7 barrels per million cubic feet of natural gas, approximately 60% higher than observed at the top of the reservoir. The horizontal well also demonstrated higher porosity deeper in the reservoir than previously modeled.
• On September 28, InterOil announced that InterOil and Liquid Niugini Gas Ltd. had signed a binding Heads Of Agreement with Energy World Corporation Ltd. (AX: EWC) to construct a two million tonne per annum land-based LNG plant in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea.
• Subsequent to the quarter, the first major maintenance turnaround at the refinery since it was commissioned was completed on schedule with no significant problems identified.
• On November 10, 2010, InterOil completed public offerings of 2.8 million common shares at US$75 per share and US$70 million aggregate principal amount of 2.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2015 . InterOil has received total combined net proceeds from the offerings of approximately $266 million, after deducting the underwriting discounts, commissions and estimated offering expenses.
InterOil Chief Executive Officer Phil Mulacek commented, “Our efforts to monetize our discovered resources have advanced significantly over the past several months. We are very pleased that we have been able to maintain our successful track record and continue to deliver on our commitments to our shareholders. Our delineation drilling results further demonstrate the value of our reservoir at Antelope 2, and the Heads of Agreement with Energy World Corporation, Ltd. is another step forward in our strategy to monetize our liquid resources at the Elk and Antelope fields. These achievements, combined with our strong balance sheet and the recently completed public offering, should support our continued growth and operational success.”
Corporate Financial Results
InterOil recorded a net loss for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010 of $14.4 million, compared with a net loss of $25.3 million for the same period in 2009, a $10.9 million improvement compared to the equivalent quarter in the prior year. The improvement was primarily due to a smaller loss on extinguishment of indirect participating interest (IPI) liability which was partially offset by a $12.0 million settlement expense. Excluding this settlement, the Corporate, Midstream – Refining and Downstream operating segments collectively derived a net profit for the quarter of $18.3 million. Excluding the $8.8 million loss on extinguishment of IPI liability and $2.1 million gain on sale of oil and gas properties, the Upstream and Midstream Liquefaction development segments derived a net loss of $14.9 million primarily due to higher administrative expenses resulting from increased activity in the business segments. Excluding the non-operating expenses consolidated net earnings would have been a gain of $4.3 million.
Inclusive of $18.7 million in non-operating expenses, InterOil’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 was a loss of $8.6 million, compared with a loss of $18.6 million in the same quarter of 2009, an improvement of $10.0 million. Total revenue increased by $34.9 million from $173.6 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2009 to $208.5 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2010.
Business Segment Results
Upstream – During the third quarter of 2010, InterOil completed drilling and logging activities on the Antelope 2 well, having drilled a further horizontal section in order to test the condensate-tonatural gas ratio (“CGR”) ratio in the deeper section of the reservoir. Drill Stem Test #7 produced a stabilized CGR of approximately 24.0 – 27.7 barrels of condensate per million cubic feet of natural gas. Subsequently, this well has been suspended as a producer pending start-up of the Condensate stripping/LNG project.
Additionally, InterOil finalised the acquisition and processing of 40.8 km of 2D seismic over the Bwata gas field (petroleum prospecting licence (PPL) 237 with 20.8 km in 2 dip lines) and the Wolverine prospect (PPL 238 with 20 km in 2 dip lines). The seismic crew were released for 3 months while a review of the new seismic was conducted. Planning for resumption of seismic was completed late in the quarter and a resumption of seismic acquisition over Bwata and Wolverine is planned for the fourth quarter.
During the quarter the Company signed a definitive Joint Venture Operating Agreement with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in relation to the development and construction of a condensate stripping facility, and a heads of agreement with Energy World Corporation Ltd. to construct a two million tonnes per annum land based LNG plant in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea. Both agreements further the Company’s efforts to monetize its discovered resources at the Elk and Antelope fields. The company has indicated its desire to reach final investment decisions on the condensate stripping plant by the end of March 2011 and on the LNG plant by the end of June 2011.
During the quarter, the Department of Petroleum and Energy in Papua New Guinea approved the divestment of our 15% non-operated interest in PPL 244. A gain of $2.1 million has been recognized during the quarter on conveyance accounting for the transaction. On July 19, 2010, InterOil bought back a total of 0.4% of IPI interests held under the 2005 Amended and Restated Indirect Participation Agreement. In exchange for these interests, we issued 208,281 common shares which resulted in an $8.8 million non-operating expense.
InterOil’s Upstream business generated a net loss of $16.6 million in the third quarter of 2010 compared to a loss of $31.4 million in the comparable quarter a year ago. The narrowed loss was mainly due to reduced extinguishment of liability expenses resulting from IPI interest buybacks which was partially offset by higher office and administration expenses.
Midstream Refining – Total refinery throughput for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 was 27,515 barrels per operating day, compared with 19,657 barrels per operating day for the same period of 2009. Capacity utilization for the quarter, based on 36,500 barrels per day operating capacity, was 63% compared with 50% in the same quarter of 2009.
The refinery operating days were maximized to stockpile products in anticipation of the extended turnaround maintenance shutdown which commenced on September 29, 2010.
The Company’s Midstream Refining operations generated a net profit of $12.0 million versus a profit of $3.8 million in the same quarter of the prior year. The $8.2 million positive variance is largely due to improved crack spreads and improved low sulphur waxy residual and Naphtha premiums, as well as an increase in foreign exchange gains caused by movements of the PNG Kina against the US Dollar.
Midstream Liquefaction – InterOil advanced the process of monetizing its discovered natural gas resources with its first binding Heads of Agreement signed with Energy World Corporation to construct a two million tonnes per annum land based LNG plant in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea. In return for its commitment to fully fund the LNG plant, the HOA provides that Energy World Corporation Ltd. is to be entitled to a fee of 14.5% of the proceeds from the sale of LNG from the plant, less agreed deductions, and subject to adjustments based on timing and execution. The HOA sets out the major terms and conditions which the parties intend to include in the Train 1 Funding and Shareholder’s Agreements, as well as a potential expansion of the plant’s capacity. Definitive agreements are under negotiation with a view to being finalized by the end of December 2010.
The Company’s Midstream Liquefaction business generated a loss of $5.0 million in the 2010 third quarter compared with a loss of $2.5 million in the same period a year ago. The variance is due to an increase in quarterly office, administration and other expenses due to higher management expenses and share compensation costs related to the LNG project development.
Downstream – Total Downstream sales volumes for the third quarter 2010 were 166.6 million liters, compared with 154.9 million liters for the third quarter in 2009. During the quarter ended September 30, 2010, InterOil finalized an agreement with Ramu Nickel Limited, and certain contractors for the PNG LNG project for an estimated volume of 70.0 million liters per annum. A new PNG Power Ltd. generation site in Port Moresby has also been signed up which is expected to contribute an additional 26.0 million litres per annum.
InterOil’s Downstream operations generated a net loss of $0.3 million in the 2010 third quarter, a reduction of $3.1 million versus a profit of $3.4 million in the third quarter of 2009. During the third quarter, the prices of the major products were in a declining trend leading to lower margins on inventories sold during the period.
The Corporate segment generated a third quarter net loss of $5.4 million in 2010, compared to a gain of $1.6 million in the 2009 quarter, primarily caused by the $12 million litigation settlement expense which was partially offset by higher interest charges to other segments.
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Source: InterOil Corporation, November 17, 2010