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|lmhardy01: In theory that is the case except for EPG sales are in Euro as now it accounts in Euro also. It alos does not allow for the fact that the gas price in Europe is some x 3 compared to OZ prices. We at some point have to get rerated in Euro's which should make the OZ share price even greater. When is the question? I think they really need to expand production ASAP as well as dual list as well.|
|ucretin: Sod of it is £/A$, reduces share price even further|
|lmhardy01: Still waiting for the big one ie the flow rates etc from the NEW drilling at Lorraine. This will give a real idea of the CBM potential as opposed to CMM which we still do not know. With this I think we will get a P3 and possibly a P2 number. This SHOULD FIX THE share price but in this market who knows. My latest calcs based on all published reserves give an implied share price of $12.40 + dollars based on the Connoco /Origin deal in OZ.|
|egoi: For share price www.asx.com
I have reluctantly sold out, mainly because I needed funds for a couple of UK stocks I have been aggressively buying into in different sectors but also because HEP were talking of production by mid-summer pre the move to Oz and EPG have offered no newsflow. As we are now into November Buffin's misgivings about EPGs track record on timetables and lack of news persuaded me to get out, even though the company owed me nothing!|
|jonno1: European Gas Limited Signals A Major Acquisition Could Be On The Cards
Coal bed methane specialist European Gas Limited (EGL) has entered a funding agreement for �36 million (A$58 million) to help it buy a series of producing gas assets in Europe and for working capital purposes. No further details of the proposed acquisition have been released as ASX-listed EGL is still in the due diligence process and is bound by confidentiality clauses.
The funding agreement involves two tranches of convertible notes, with a three-year term and a base coupon rate of 5 per cent. The notes would convert into 48.5 million shares, almost 19 per cent of the company�s current capital fully diluted. The notes will be secured against the assets and priced at �0.75, or A$1.20, a significant premium to the company�s current share price of just over A$1 a share.
News of the funding agreement and the proposed acquisition, which if it proceeds is expected to complete within three months, came just over a month after EGL was forced by ASX rules to explain recent increases in its share price and traded volumes. The company could give no reason at the end of the May, explaining that it was pursuing its stated objectives of expanding its portfolio of assets in Western Europe and, accordingly, sometimes entered discussions with third parties about potential acquisitions or other opportunities. At that time, however, no such discussions were at an advanced stage to warrant any announcement. That has obviously now changed and investors will be keen to hear more details of the proposed acquisition.
The fact that EGL is investigating producing assets will be welcome news. A steady revenue stream would be a welcome addition to the books as the company works towards bringing its Folschviller and Diebling CBM projects in the Lorraine region of eastern France into pilot production. It would also bring the comfort of diversity: at present, despite holding CBM permits and applications elsewhere in France and Italy, EGL�s fortunes are heavily weighted to the success, or otherwise, of the Lorraine CBM project.
Fortunately, that project does look promising. The 460 sq km Lorraine permit lies on the Franco-German border in what used to be a major coal mining area, producing 850 million tonnes of bituminous coal. Enron spotted the potential here in the mid-1990s, coming up with a gas-in-place number of 7 trillion cubic feet of gas in an area of 680 sq km.
EGL, mindful of its rather more limited resources, started small, focusing its initial efforts on the Saint Avold and Alsting sub-areas, which comprise 68 sq km. These sub-areas, which account for just 7 per cent of the project�s permit and application area, are thought to hold just under 1 tcf of gas. This is a tasty resource and, after it completed its acquisition of former partner Heritage Petroleum earlier this year, EGL holds 100 per cent of the acreage.
Two test wells have been drilled to date, Folschviller St1 and Diebling St1, and EGL describes the results as �highly positive� with the potential to lead to a considerable upgrade of the estimated resource in place. Engineering design work and selection of contractors for a two-well pilot production programme is well advanced, with drilling work expected to get underway this summer. Multi-lateral drilling will ensure each well has maximum exposure to the coal packets, thus improving permeability and increasing production per well, reckoned to be as high as 1 to 2 million cubic feet per day. Seismic work is also planned at both the Folschviller and Diebling sites to help determine a full-scale development, which will target almost 1 tcf of gas.
This is exciting stuff but it comes at a price: multi-lateral wells are a Rolls-Royce engineering solution and are not cheap to drill. If EGL can get some production and cashflows onto the books it will help with the financing of this promising CBM project.|
|rapier686: The irrevocable undertakings are, unless the Offer lapses, binding, even if a higher competing offer is announced by a third party.
Well it looks something of a done deal if they've tied up 68.5% even though they offer is conditional on 90%. But still, I'm certainly not in a hurry to accept myself. Hang back a while and think about it.
Huge cheek describing it as The Offer values the fully diluted ordinary share capital of Heritage at approximately GBP10.9 million and represents a premium of 15.8 per cent. to the Heritage share price
since it's an almost all share and EPG is now off 10%.|
|buffin: EPG's AGM presentation is at http://www.asx.com.au/asx/statistics/showAnnouncementPDF.do?idsID=00672136 . (I'm hoping that works.)
From a quick initial look much will be familiar. It reminds us that Folschviller was better than expected.
Diebling is at 859m now with a total depth targeted of 1500m.
Page 30 of 31 sets out the 2007 program. As it says, priority is Lorraine. But it includes commencement of work program at Lons Le Saunier; commencement of work program in Tuscany; further reservoir modelling at Gardanne; "acquisition strategy continues"; European (sic) stock exchange listing.
Well that lot will hopefully provoke some questions!
At A$0.77 the presentation gives the market cap (166,646,364 shares) as A$128m + 1m unlisted options and says the HEP transaction represents 16% of EPG undiluted - 31.5m shares to be issued + £860,000.
It's early days, of course, but if they can deliver even a fraction of what seems possible, this feels very cheap.
Let's see what the feedback from the AGM is.
Meanwhile, at A$0.77 am I right that the value per HEP share is about 18.66p?|
|lord gnome: Hopefully this will give a bit of a boast to HEP. The share price has been drifting down with light selling and no buying.|
|rapier686: hedgehunter - Action group is overdoing it. Just a focus for discontent with the proposed deal so that if we do represent a material force then the matter can be brought to the surface to be addressed.
Anyhow, as of yet there's no sign that we do represent a material shareholding who's particularly bothered and in any case I'm rethinking whether I might have underestimated the potential of Lons le Saunier and the proposed deal might not be quite as bad as I thought. In anycase it's in about the historic share price ratios, so really it amounts to choosing to buy HEP over EPG wasn't as smart as I thought it was.
lmhardy - what makes you think Cofor are incompetent? So long as it doesn't compromise the project, I imagine there's wisdom in using a French contractor. Remember EPG are angling at gov.fr grants of up to 1/3 of the capital cost. And the stratigrapic wells are not the critical component - that'll be the completions.
Regarding the board, their CV's read ok to me. This task has been a focus for some time - I'd only maybe feel they seem a bit laid back about actually getting on with things. But not messing up's more important than speed.|
|sranmal: With EPG out-pacing HEP in the share price stakes recently (partly or even mainly due to our being quoted on OFEX and little covered), I've been contemplating whehter I should be holding EPG rather than HEP. This seems like a decent deal to me, as it would gain me a few pence per HEP share and then "do the transfer" for me? Of course, my HEP targets were much higher than the current SP, due no reason why they can't be realised as part of a larger, more liquid and noticed group.|
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