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Petroneft Resources PLC

30 June 2017

30 June 2017

PetroNeft Resources plc

("PetroNeft" or the "Group" or the "Company")

2016 Final Results

PetroNeft (AIM: PTR) owner and operator of Licences 61 and 67, Tomsk Oblast, Russian Federation, is pleased to report its final results for the year ended 31 December 2016. In addition, PetroNeft announces that the Company's Annual Report and Accounts for 2016 and Notice of the 2017 AGM will be mailed to shareholders later today and will be available online at the Company's website www.petroneft.com.

Highlights

-- Significant success in horizontal drilling at South Arbuzovskoye although result of the 10km step-out S-374 well on Sibkrayevskoye was disappointing

   --     Gross production from Licence 61 increased 35% compared to 2015: 

o Gross production 990,931 barrels of oil

o Average gross production of 2,707 bopd (2015: 2,021 bopd)

o Net to PetroNeft 1,353 bopd (2015: 1,010 bopd)

   --     65.0 mmbbls total proved and probable (2P) reserves net to PetroNeft 

Outlook

-- Drilling at Sibkrayevskoye No. 375 due to commence in July 2017 - further delineation of major discovery

   --     Active work programme planned at Licence 61 in 2017 and 2018 
   --     Business Development activity ongoing to identify new opportunities 

Dennis Francis, Chief Executive Officer of PetroNeft Resources plc, commented:

"2016 was a busy and challenging year for PetroNeft, during which the company carried out an extensive drilling programme at Licence 61, raising production and gaining further understanding of our development opportunities.

The year ahead continues to present challenges but also some grounds for optimism. We have great support in our much valued partnership with Oil India. Together we see opportunities to strengthen and grow our Company through development and possibly acquisition. In the near term, we look forward to the S-375 well, which is due to commence in the coming weeks and is being drilled about 2km from existing wells, which could add material proved (P1) reserves and determine our 2018 Sibkrayevskoye development plans."

For further information, contact:

 
 Dennis Francis, CEO, PetroNeft Resources    +1 713 988 
  plc                                              2500 
 Paul Dowling, CFO, PetroNeft Resources      +353 1 647 
  plc                                              0280 
 John Frain/Brian Garrahy, Davy (NOMAD       +353 1 679 
  and Joint Broker)                                6363 
 Henry Fitzgerald-O'Connor, Canaccord           +44 207 
  Genuity Limited (Joint Broker)               523 8000 
 Martin Jackson/Shabnam Bashir, Citigate        +44 207 
  Dewe Rogerson                                638 9571 
 Joe Heron / Douglas Keatinge, Murray        +353 1 498 
  Consultants                                      0300 
 

The information contained in this announcement has been reviewed and verified by Mr. Dennis Francis, Director and Chief Executive Officer of PetroNeft, for the purposes of the Note for Mining, Oil and Gas Companies issued by the London Stock Exchange in June 2009. Mr. Francis holds a B.S. Degree in Geophysical Engineering and a M.S. Degree in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines. He has also graduated from the Harvard University Program for Management Development. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. He has over 40 years' experience in oil and gas exploration and development.

PetroNeft Resources plc

Final Results

for the year ended 31 December 2016

Forward Looking Statements

This report contains forward-looking statements. These statements relate to the Group's future prospects, developments and business strategies. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as 'believe', 'could', 'envisage', 'potential', 'estimate', 'expect', 'may', 'will' or the negative of those, variations or comparable expressions, including references to assumptions.

The forward-looking statements in this report are based on current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by those statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as at the date of these financial statements.

Chairman's Statement

2016 was an active year for our Company, particularly at Licence 61 where, with our partner Oil India, we drilled wells at Arbuzovskoye and Sibkrayevskoye. The work programme saw a mix of results, as described below. 2016 also saw continuing challenges for the industry as a whole with further significant weakness in the oil price internationally.

Operations

The existing production wells at Lineynoye and Arbuzovskoye generally performed reasonably well during 2016 but continued their expected natural decline. The main development programme in 2016 brought the southern part of the Arbuzovskoye oil field into production. Thanks to the considerable experience gained in drilling horizontal wells in 2015 we achieved excellent results at South Arbuzovskoye where the two horizontal and two vertical wells all achieved initial production rate greater than forecast.

In August 2016 we announced the results of a delineation well at Sibkrayevskoye. The S-374 well was a long (10 km) step out from previous wells to a different structural high. Unfortunately it failed to encounter commercial oil and the well was plugged and abandoned.

2017 work programme

Following the S-374 result, and in view of the low oil prices expected in the near term, it was decided to defer the first development pad at the Sibkrayevskoye oil field until we could drill a further appraisal well just 2 km from existing wells. We will drill this delineation well (S-375) at Sibkrayevskoye in 2017 with a view to commencing development of Sibkrayevskoye in 2018. Oil India have indicated their willingness to provide the funding for these two projects by way of a shareholder loan to the joint venture company.

Reserves

The table below contains the details of the Ryder Scott report as at 1 January 2016 as adjusted for 2016 production. The report, which is available on www.petroneft.com, demonstrates the large potential of the Sibkrayevskoye oil field which we expect to start developing in 2018.

 
 Ryder Scott Estimated Reserves in Oil Fields (net 
  to PetroNeft) 
 
     Oil Field Name         Proved        Proved       Proved, 
                                      & Probable      Probable 
                                                    & Possible 
------------------------  --------  ------------  ------------ 
 Licence 61                1P mmbo       2P mmbo       3P mmbo 
   Lineynoye                   7.0          12.8          15.9 
   Tungolskoye                 0.3           2.9           3.6 
   Kondrashevskoye             0.7           1.3           1.6 
   Arbuzovskoye                1.7           4.2           5.4 
   Sibkrayevskoye              5.8          29.4          52.8 
   North Varyakhskoye          0.2           0.4           0.5 
                          --------  ------------  ------------ 
                              15.7          51.0          79.8 
 Licence 67 
   Ledovoye                    1.5          14.0          17.4 
 Total net to PetroNeft       17.2          65.0          97.2 
                          ========  ============  ============ 
 

-- Licence 61 as at 31 December 2016 (Ryder Scott report as at 1 January 2016, adjusted for 2016 production).

   --    Reserves reflect just PetroNeft's 50% share of reserves for each licence. 
   --    All oil in discovered fields is in the Upper Jurassic section. 

-- Reserves were determined in accordance with the Society of Petroleum Engineers ("SPE") Petroleum Resources Management System ("PRMS") rules.

Engagement with Natlata

Following extensive engagement with our largest shareholder, Natlata Partners Limited ("Natlata"), during 2015 and in connection with their requisitioned EGM, in April 2016 we announced that we reached an agreement on a new Board composition and structure. This involved the appointment Maxim Korobov as non-executive Director and Anthony Sacca and David Sturt as independent non-executive Directors. David Sanders, Gerry Fagan and Paul Dowling left the Board. Mr. Dowling remains CFO of the Company. The agreement includes a commitment from Natlata that it will support the newly constituted Board for a period of two years and I am pleased to report that the new Board has worked well together in the period since April 2016.

I would like to thank David Sanders, who was a founder of the Company, and Gerry Fagan for their many years of service to the Company.

Review of PetroNeft loss for the year

The loss after taxation for the year was US$5,427,660 (2015: US$8,474,383). The loss included a foreign exchange gain on intra-group loans of US$77,458 (2015: loss of US$284,449) and the share of joint venture's net loss in WorldAce Investments of US$5,721,232 (2015: US$8,765,055).

As discussed in previous Annual Reports, the effect of the Licence 61 Farmout was that PetroNeft became a 50% owner of WorldAce Investments Limited which is the 100% owner of Stimul-T the Russian entity that owns Licence 61 and all of the associated infrastructure. Prior to the farmout the WorldAce Group was consolidated 100% in the financial statements of PetroNeft. Once the farmout was completed the consolidation method changed to the equity method which means that just the 50% share of the profit or loss of the WorldAce Group is included in the Income Statement of PetroNeft and 50% of the share of net assets of WorldAce Group is included in the Balance Sheet of PetroNeft rather than showing the proportional share of revenue, expenditure and individual classes of assets and liabilities.

 
  PetroNeft Key Financial Metrics        2016      2015 
                                      US$'000   US$'000 
 Continuing operations 
 Revenue                                2,280     2,398 
 Cost of sales                        (2,038)   (2,371) 
                                     ======== 
 Gross profit                             242        27 
 Administrative expenses              (2,155)   (1,380) 
 Exchange profit/(loss) on 
  intra-Group loans                        77     (284) 
 Operating loss                       (1,836)   (1,637) 
 Share of joint venture's net 
  loss - WorldAce Investments 
  Limited                             (5,721)   (8,765) 
 Share of joint venture's net 
  loss - Russian BD Holdings 
  B.V.                                  (288)     (315) 
 Finance revenue                        3,248     3,042 
 Loss for the year for continuing 
  operations before taxation          (4,597)   (7,675) 
 Income tax expense                     (830)     (799) 
 Loss for the year                    (5,427)   (8,474) 
                                     ========  ======== 
 

Revenue

Revenue in 2016 and 2015 includes income as operator of both licences and the revenue of PetroNeft's wholly owned subsidiary, Granite Construction in respect of construction services provided in relation to both joint ventures.

Income of PetroNeft Group as Operator of Licence 61 and Licence 67

In the joint venture agreements related to both Licence 61 and Licence 67, PetroNeft is designated as the operator of each Licence. This means that PetroNeft employees and management are responsible for the day to day running of both Licences. Major strategic and financial decisions relating to the Licences require unanimous approval by both shareholders in the respective joint venture agreements.

As PetroNeft management and employees are responsible for day to day matters in both Licences, PetroNeft is entitled to recover a portion of its expenses from the joint ventures. The costs associated with this revenue are included in cost of sales.

In 2016 PetroNeft Group charged a total of US$1.46 million (2015: US$1.64 million) to the joint ventures in respect of management services. PetroNeft also owns a small construction company, Granite Construction, which carries out small ad hoc construction projects such as well pads and on-site accommodation on both Licences. In 2016 Granite Construction charged the WorldAce Group US$0.81 million (2015: US$0.75 million) in respect of these services.

Finance Revenue

Most of the finance revenue relates to interest receivable on loans to joint ventures. During 2016 PetroNeft had interest receivable of US$3,011,025 (2015: US$2,826,303) on its loans to WorldAce Group and US$234,402 (2015: US$205,189) on its loans to Russian BD Holdings B.V.

Key Financial Metrics - WorldAce Group

Because of the equity method of consolidation that applies to PetroNeft's interest in WorldAce, it is difficult to extract meaningful metrics from the PetroNeft consolidated income statement. Therefore, the metrics below are an extraction from the audited financial statements of the WorldAce Group and give an indication as to the performance of Licence 61:

 
                                      PetroNeft's   PetroNeft's 
                                             2016          2015 
                                          US$'000       US$'000 
 Continuing operations 
 Revenue                                   11,604        10,300 
 Cost of sales                           (11,200)      (10,436) 
                                     ============ 
 Gross profit                                 404         (136) 
 Gross margin %                              3.5%        (1.3%) 
 Administrative expenses                  (1,614)       (1,519) 
 Impairment of oil and gas 
  properties                                    -       (4,550) 
 Operating loss                           (1,210)       (6,205) 
 Loss on disposal of oil and                (438)             - 
  gas properties 
 Write-off of exploration and               (710)             - 
  evaluation assets 
 Finance revenue                               10            12 
 Finance costs                            (3,373)       (2,572) 
                                     ============ 
 Loss for the year for continuing 
  operations before taxation              (5,721)       (8,765) 
 Income tax                                     -             - 
                                     ============ 
 Loss for the year for continuing 
  operations before taxation              (5,721)       (8,765) 
                                     ============  ============ 
 

Net Loss - WorldAce Group

The net loss of WorldAce Group for the full year decreased to US$11,442,464 from US$17,530,110 in 2015. The decrease in the loss for the year before taxation can be attributed to the fact that there was no impairment necessary in the year. Of the US$6.6 million in interest payable by WorldAce, US$3.0 million is payable to PetroNeft. Due to the lower oil price environment and a reduction in reserves at the Lineynoye oil field an impairment of oil and gas properties in the amount of US$9.1 million was required in 2015.

Revenue, Cost of Sales and Gross Margin - WorldAce Group

Revenue from oil sales was US$23,208,363 for the year (2015: US$20,600,188). Cost of sales includes depreciation of US$3,337,902 (2015: US$2,856,469), which was higher mainly due to increased production. The gross margin improved during the year also due to higher production. Operating costs per barrel (cost of sales excluding depreciation and Mineral Extraction Tax) were lower at US$8.04 (2015: US$10.73 per barrel). We would expect the gross margin to improve in future periods as our facilities and field operations are fully staffed and can handle additional production from the Sibkrayevskoye oil field once it comes online. We produced 990,931 barrels of oil (2015: 737,655 barrels) in the year and sold 985,824 barrels of oil (2015: 761,123 barrels) achieving an average oil price of US$24 per barrel (2015: US$27 per barrel). All oil was sold on the domestic market in Russia.

Finance Costs - WorldAce Group

Finance costs of US$6,744,948 (2015: US$5,144,634) mainly relates to interest on loans from PetroNeft and Oil India.

Taxation - WorldAce Group

There is no tax payable in 2016 or 2015.

Current and Future Funding of PetroNeft Group

In the 2015 Annual Report we outlined that PetroNeft expected to start receiving interest due on its shareholder loans to WorldAce in the second half of 2017 once the development of the Sibkrayeskoye oil field in Licence 61 was up and running. The S-374 appraisal well drilled in 2016 at the Sibkrayevskoye oil field, to assess the true extent of the field 10km to the south of existing wells, did not encounter commercial hydrocarbons. The result of this well has led to the postponement of the commencement of the development of the Sibkrayevskoye oil field by one year pending the result of a new appraisal well, S-375, which will be drilled in the summer of 2017. As a consequence of this, the date by which PetroNeft expects to start receiving interest due on its shareholder loans to WorldAce has been extended by a minimum of 12 months from the previously guided estimate of late 2017.

Success of the S-375 well would provide assurance that there are at least two pads to be developed at Sibkrayevskoye, in which case it is expected that the development of the Sibkrayevskoye oil field will commence in 2018. The proposed first pad at Sibkrayevskoye has already been delineated by the S-370, S-372 and S-373 wells. The S-375 well is being drilled within the proposed pad 2 area which is about 2km from the existing wells that found oil and is within the same structural closure. The S-374 well was more than 10km south in a different structural lobe. The S-373 well at the proposed pad 1 area has produced oil during the last two winters at consistent rates giving further comfort to the Company of the prospects of the area.

In 2016 the Board of Oil India provided a non-binding indication of their willingness to provide a US$25 million shareholder loan to WorldAce for the development of Sibkrayevskoye. Should the S-375 well not be successful the joint venture shareholders will need to consider other options. This could include the development of Sibkrayevskoye as a one-pad development focussed only on the area surrounding previous wells such as S-373 or it could lead to some further appraisal work. The joint venture shareholders have provided non-binding indications of their willingness to consider providing continuing support in this event, including not immediately seeking repayments of principal or payment of interest under shareholder loan agreements.

The effect of the delay in receiving interest due is that PetroNeft will require additional funding to cover its operating costs during the next 12 months. Management have prepared cash flow projections for the period to 31 December 2018 which indicate a shortfall of funds by the end of quarter one 2018, and a cumulative shortfall of approximately US$1 million by 31 December 2018, irrespective of the success of S-375.

The Company is currently in confidential discussions pursuing several options in order to meet this potential shortfall. These include the potential sale or farmout of Licence 67, short term debt financing from a related corporate entity and the acquisition of producing and non-producing assets in share for share type transactions. The Board believe that the first two options can be completed in a short timeframe. In relation to the latter option, the Company has signed non-disclosure agreements and opened data rooms. As there are delaying factors, including regulatory requirements, around a share for share type transaction, the timeframe to close such a transaction could be several months following binding agreement between the parties.

The Directors are satisfied that the options being pursued are progressing well and are confident the funding gap can be solved.

The successful development of S-375 and the potential shortfall in funds represent material uncertainties that may cast significant doubt upon the Group's and the Company's ability to continue as a going concern as described in Note 2 to the Final Results.

Summary

2016 was a mixed year for PetroNeft with positives and negatives coming from a busy work programme. The lessons learned from the 2015 programme of horizontal wells bore good results at Arbuzovskoye leading to a 35% increase in production. The result of the S-374 well at Sibkrayevskoye has led us to delay the commencement of the Sibkrayevskoye development pending the result of the S-375 well. Our industry is continuing to go through tough times at present but we have future development targets such as Sibkrayevskoye that will still be profitable at current reduced oil prices.

Annual Report and AGM

The annual report will be mailed to shareholders and published on the Company's website (www.petroneft.com) on 30 June 2017. The AGM will be held in Dublin on 15 September 2017.

Finally, I know that I speak for all the Directors, management and staff of the Group in giving sincere thanks to our shareholders, both old and new, for your continued support throughout the past year.

David Golder

Non-Executive Chairman

Consolidated Income Statement

For the year ended 31 December 2016

 
                                                   2016          2015 
                                     Note           US$           US$ 
 Continuing operations 
 Revenue                                      2,279,585     2,398,314 
 Cost of sales                              (2,038,209)   (2,370,949) 
                                           ============ 
 Gross profit                                   241,376        27,365 
 
 Administrative expenses                    (2,154,699)   (1,379,506) 
 Exchange gain/(loss) on 
  intra-Group loans                              77,458     (284,449) 
 Operating loss                             (1,835,865)   (1,636,590) 
 
 Share of joint venture's 
  net loss - WorldAce Investments 
  Limited                                   (5,721,232)   (8,765,055) 
 Share of joint venture's 
  net loss - Russian BD Holdings 
  B.V.                                        (288,198)     (314,859) 
 Finance revenue                              3,247,876     3,041,587 
 Loss for the year for continuing 
  operations before taxation                (4,597,419)   (7,674,917) 
 
 Income tax expense                           (830,241)     (799,466) 
 
 Loss for the year attributable 
  to equity holders of the 
  Parent                                    (5,427,660)   (8,474,383) 
                                           ============  ============ 
 
 Loss per share attributable 
  to ordinary equity holders 
  of the Parent 
 Basic and diluted - US dollar 
  cent                                 4         (0.77)        (1.20) 
 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the year ended 31 December 2016

 
                                               2016           2015 
                                                US$            US$ 
 Loss for the year attributable 
  to equity holders of the 
  Parent                                (5,427,660)    (8,474,383) 
 Other comprehensive income 
  to be reclassified to profit 
  or loss in subsequent years: 
 Currency translation adjustments 
  - subsidiaries                             25,298        265,640 
 Share of joint ventures' 
  other comprehensive income 
  - foreign exchange translation 
  differences                             7,741,440   (12,474,502) 
 Total comprehensive profit/(loss) 
  for the year attributable 
  to equity holders of the 
  Parent                                  2,339,078   (20,683,245) 
                                       ============  ============= 
 

Consolidated Balance Sheet

As at 31 December 2016

 
                                                 2016           2015 
                                  Note            US$            US$ 
 Assets 
 Non-current Assets 
 Property, plant and equipment     5          143,466        181,703 
 Equity-accounted investment 
  in joint ventures - WorldAce 
  Investments Limited              6                -              - 
 Equity-accounted investment 
  in joint ventures - Russian 
  BD Holdings B.V.                 7                -              - 
 Financial assets - loans 
  and receivables                  8       47,713,421     42,883,861 
                                           47,856,887     43,065,564 
                                        =============  ============= 
 Current Assets 
 Inventories                       9           28,973         54,302 
 Trade and other receivables       10       1,143,904      1,842,128 
 Cash and cash equivalents         11         319,618      1,284,212 
                                            1,492,495      3,180,642 
                                        =============  ============= 
 Total Assets                              49,349,382     46,246,206 
                                        =============  ============= 
 
 Equity and Liabilities 
 Capital and Reserves 
 Called up share capital           13       9,429,182      9,429,182 
 Share premium account                    140,912,898    140,912,898 
 Share-based payments reserve               6,796,540      6,796,540 
 Retained loss                           (80,202,450)   (74,774,790) 
 Currency translation reserve            (31,118,410)   (38,885,148) 
 Other reserves                               336,000        336,000 
 Equity attributable to equity 
  holders of the Parent                    46,153,760     43,814,682 
                                        =============  ============= 
 
 Non-current Liabilities 
 Deferred tax liability                     2,113,541      1,286,378 
                                            2,113,541      1,286,378 
                                        =============  ============= 
 Current Liabilities 
 Trade and other payables          12       1,082,081      1,145,146 
                                            1,082,081      1,145,146 
                                        =============  ============= 
 Total Liabilities                          3,195,622      2,431,524 
 Total Equity and Liabilities              49,349,382     46,246,206 
                                        =============  ============= 
 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the year ended 31 December 2016

 
                                                    Share-based 
                             Called         Share       payment       Currency 
                           up share       premium     and other    translation       Retained 
                            capital       account      reserves        reserve           loss          Total 
                                US$           US$           US$            US$            US$            US$ 
 
 At 1 January 2015        9,429,182   140,912,898     7,099,745   (26,676,286)   (66,300,407)     64,465,132 
                         ----------  ------------  ------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Loss for the year                -             -             -              -    (8,474,383)    (8,474,383) 
 Currency translation 
  adjustments - 
  subsidiaries                    -             -             -        265,640              -        265,640 
 Share of joint 
  ventures' 
  other comprehensive 
  income - foreign 
  exchange translation 
  differences                     -             -             -   (12,474,502)              -   (12,474,502) 
                         ----------  ------------  ------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Total comprehensive 
  loss for the year               -             -             -   (12,208,862)    (8,474,383)   (20,683,245) 
 Share-based payment 
  expense                         -             -        32,795              -              -         32,795 
                                                                                               ------------- 
 At 31 December 2015      9,429,182   140,912,898     7,132,540   (38,885,148)   (74,774,790)     43,814,682 
                         ==========  ============  ============  =============  =============  ============= 
 
 At 1 January 2016        9,429,182   140,912,898     7,132,540   (38,885,148)   (74,774,790)     43,814,682 
                         ==========  ============  ============  =============  =============  ============= 
 Loss for the year                -             -             -              -    (5,427,660)    (5,427,660) 
 Currency translation 
  adjustments - 
  subsidiaries                    -             -             -         25,298              -         25,298 
 Share of joint 
  ventures' 
  other comprehensive 
  income - foreign 
  exchange translation 
  differences                     -             -             -      7,741,440              -      7,741,440 
                         ==========  ============  ============  =============  =============  ============= 
 Total comprehensive 
  profit for the year             -             -             -      7,766,738    (5,427,660)      2,339,078 
 At 31 December 2016      9,429,182   140,912,898     7,132,540   (31,118,410)   (80,202,450)     46,153,760 
                         ==========  ============  ============  =============  =============  ============= 
 

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

For the year ended 31 December 2016

 
                                             2016          2015 
                                              US$           US$ 
 Operating activities 
 Loss before taxation                 (4,597,419)   (7,674,917) 
 Adjustment to reconcile 
  loss before tax 
  to net cash flows 
 Non-cash 
   Depreciation                            68,568        97,673 
   Share of loss in 
    joint ventures                      6,009,430     9,079,914 
   Share-based payment 
    expense                                     -        32,795 
 Finance revenue                      (3,247,876)   (3,041,587) 
 Working capital 
  adjustments 
 Decrease/(increase) 
  in trade and other receivables          860,444     (548,351) 
 Decrease/(increase) 
  in inventories                           25,330      (39,122) 
 (Decrease)/increase 
  in trade and other payables            (59,474)        31,428 
 Income tax paid                         (16,650)      (25,832) 
  Net cash flows 
   used in operating 
   activities                           (957,647)   (2,087,999) 
                                                   ------------ 
 Investing activities 
 Purchase of property, 
  plant and equipment                           -      (19,059) 
 Loan facilities advanced 
  to joint venture undertakings          (10,000)             - 
 Interest received                          2,449        10,095 
  Net cash used in 
   investing activities                   (7,551)       (8,964) 
                                     ============  ------------ 
  Net decrease in 
   cash and cash equivalents            (965,198)   (2,096,963) 
  Translation adjustment                      604      (11,594) 
  Cash and cash equivalents 
   at the beginning 
   of the year                          1,284,212     3,392,769 
  Cash and cash equivalents 
   at the end of the 
   year                          11       319,618     1,284,212 
                                     ============  ============ 
 

Notes to the Preliminary Financial Statements

For the year ended 31 December 2016

   1.         Basis of Accounting and Presentation of Financial Information 

While the financial information included in this announcement has been prepared in accordance with the Group's accounting policies under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the European Union, this announcement does not itself contain sufficient information to comply with IFRS. The Company is distributing the full financial statements that comply with IFRS on 30 June 2017.

The financial information set out above does not constitute the Company's statutory accounts for the years ended 31 December 2016 or 2015, but is derived from those accounts. Statutory accounts for 2015 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and those for 2016 will be delivered following the Company's annual general meeting. The auditors have reported on those accounts. Both reports were unmodified but the 2016 report did draw attention to going concern issues by way of emphasis of matter.

Adoption of IFRS and International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) interpretations

A number of amendments to existing IFRS (principally related to clarifications and refinements of definitions) became effective for, and have been applied in preparing, these Financial Statements. The application of these amendments did not result in material changes to the results or financial position of the Group or the Company.

   2.         Going Concern 

PetroNeft is facing a potential funding shortfall in 2018 due to the delay in the commencement of the Sibkrayevskoye oil field development. The effect of this delay is to also delay the commencement of payments to PetroNeft of interest due to it under shareholder loan agreements with WorldAce. The effect of this is that PetroNeft will require additional funding to meet its operating costs during the next 12 months.

The S-374 appraisal well drilled at Sibkrayevskoye oil field in Licence 61 in 2016 did not encounter commercial hydrocarbons. The result of this well has led to the postponement of the commencement of the development of the Sibkrayevskoye oil field by one year pending the result of a new appraisal well, S-375, which will be drilled in the Summer of 2017. As a consequence of this, the date by which Petroneft expects to start receiving interest due on its shareholder loans to WorldAce has been extended by a minimum of 12 months from the previously guided estimate of late 2017.

Success of the S-375 well would provide assurance that there are at least two pads to be developed at Sibkrayevskoye, in which case it is expected that the development of the Sibkrayevskoye oil field will commence in 2018. The proposed first pad at Sibkrayevskoye has already been delineated by the S-370, S-372 and S-373 wells. The S-375 well is being drilled within the proposed pad 2 area which is about 2km from the existing wells that found oil and is within the same structural closure. The S-374 well was more than 10km south in a different structural lobe. The S-373 well at the proposed pad 1 area has produced oil during the last two winters at consistent rates giving further comfort to the Company of the prospects of the area.

In 2016 the Board of Oil India provided a non-binding indication of their willingness to provide a US$25 million shareholder loan to WorldAce for the development of Sibkrayevskoye. Should the S-375 well not be successful the joint venture shareholders will need to consider other options. This could include the development of Sibkrayevskoye as a one-pad development focussed only on the area surrounding previous wells such as S-373 or it could lead to some further appraisal work. The joint venture shareholders have provided non-binding indications of their willingness to consider providing continuing support in this event, including not immediately seeking repayments of principal or payment of interest under shareholder loan agreements.

   2.         Going Concern (continued) 

The Group has analysed its cash flow requirements through to 31 December 2018 in detail. The cash flow includes estimates for a number of key variables including timing of cash flows of expenditure and management of working capital, and the Directors believe that the Group's cash flow forecasts represent the best estimate of the actual cash flows over the forecast period at the date of approval of the financial statements. The cash flow is stress tested to assess the adverse effect arising from reasonable changes in circumstance. The cash flow projections for the period to 31 December 2018 indicate a potential shortfall of funds by the end of quarter one in 2018.

The Company is currently in confidential discussions pursuing several options in order to meet this potential shortfall. These include the potential sale or farmout of Licence 67, short term debt financing from a related corporate entity and the acquisition of producing and non-producing assets in share for share type transactions. The Board believe that the first two options can be completed in a short timeframe. In relation to the latter option, the Company has signed non-disclosure agreements and opened data rooms. As there are delaying factors, including regulatory requirements, around transferring licen es and in a share for share type transaction, the timeframe to close such a successful transaction could be at least six months following binding agreement between the parties. The Board is confident that one of these options will bring a solution.

The successful development of S-375 and the potential shortfall in funds represent material uncertainties that may cast significant doubt upon the Group and the Company's ability to continue as a going concern. Nevertheless, after making enquiries, and considering the uncertainties described above, the Directors are confident that the Group and the Company will have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. For these reasons, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the annual report and accounts.

Accordingly, these financial statements do not include any adjustments to the carrying amount or classification of assets and liabilities that would result if the Group or Company was unable to continue as a going concern.

   3.             Segment information 

At present the Group has one reportable operating segment, which is oil exploration and production through its joint venture undertakings. As a result, there are no further disclosures required in respect of the Group's reporting segment.

The risk and returns of the Group's operations are primarily determined by the nature of the activities that the Group engages in, rather than the geographical location of these operations. This is reflected by the Group's organisational structure and the Group's internal financial reporting systems.

Management monitors and evaluates the operating results for the purpose of making decisions consistently with how it determines operating profit or loss in the consolidated financial statements.

Geographical segments

Although the joint venture undertakings WorldAce Investments Limited and Russian BD Holdings B.V. are domiciled in Cyprus and the Netherlands, the underlying businesses and assets are in Russia. Substantially all of the Group's sales and capital expenditures are in Russia.

 
  Assets are allocated based on where the assets are 
   located: 
                                                     2016                        2015 
  Non-current assets                                  US$                         US$ 
  Russia                                       47,854,604                  43,062,084 
  Ireland                                           2,283                       3,480 
                                               47,856,887                  43,065,564 
                          ===============================  ========================== 
 
 
   4.          Loss per Ordinary Share 

Basic loss per Ordinary Share amounts are calculated by dividing net loss for the year attributable to ordinary equity holders of the Parent by the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares outstanding during the year. Basic and diluted earnings per Ordinary Share are the same as the potential Ordinary Shares are anti-dilutive.

 
                                                             2016          2015 
  Numerator                                                   US$           US$ 
  Loss attributable to equity 
   shareholders of the Parent 
   for basic and diluted loss                         (5,427,660)   (8,474,383) 
                                                      (5,427,660)   (8,474,383) 
                                         ========================  ============ 
  Denominator 
  Weighted average number of 
   Ordinary Shares for basic 
   and diluted earnings per Ordinary 
   Share                                              707,245,906   707,245,906 
  Diluted weighted average number 
   of shares                                          707,245,906   707,245,906 
                                         ========================  ============ 
 
  Loss per share: 
  Basic and diluted - US dollar 
   cent                                                    (0.77)        (1.20) 
 

The Company has instruments in issue that could potentially dilute basic earnings per Ordinary Share in the future, but are not included in the calculation for the reasons outlined below:

-- Employee Share Options -These potential Ordinary Shares are anti-dilutive for the years ended 31 December 2016 and 2015.

   --      Warrants - All remaining warrants expired during 2015. 
 
 5.    Property, Plant and Equipment 
 
                                           Plant and 
                                           machinery 
                                                 US$ 
       Cost 
  At 1 January 2015                          996,588 
  Additions                                   19,059 
  Translation adjustment                   (215,247) 
                                         ----------- 
  At 1 January 2016                          800,400 
  Translation adjustment                     145,468 
  At 31 December 2016                        945,868 
 
       Depreciation 
  At 1 January 2015                          674,786 
  Charge for the year                         97,673 
  Translation adjustment                   (153,762) 
                                         =========== 
  At 1 January 2016                          618,697 
  Charge for the year                         68,568 
  Translation adjustment                     115,137 
  At 31 December 2016                        802,402 
 
       Net book values 
  At 31 December 2016                        143,466 
                                         =========== 
  At 31 December 2015                        181,703 
                                         =========== 
 
   6.          Equity-accounted Investment in Joint Venture - WorldAce Investments Limited 

PetroNeft Resources plc has a 50% interest in WorldAce Investments Limited, a jointly controlled entity which holds 100% of LLC Stimul-T, an entity involved in oil and gas exploration and the registered holder of Licence 61. The interest in this joint venture is accounted for using the equity accounting method. WorldAce Investments Limited is incorporated in Cyprus and carries out its activities, through LLC Stimul-T, in Russia.

 
                                                  Share 
                                                 of net 
                                                 assets 
                                                    US$ 
 
  At 1 January 2015                          10,865,156 
  Elimination of unrealised profit 
   on intra-Group transactions                 (29,326) 
  Retained loss                             (8,765,055) 
  Translation adjustment                   (11,587,393) 
  Credited against loans receivable 
   from WorldAce Investments Limited 
   (Note 8)                                   9,516,618 
                                          ============= 
  At 1 January 2016                                   - 
  Elimination of unrealised loss 
   on intra-Group transactions                (157,876) 
  Retained loss                             (5,721,232) 
  Translation adjustment                      7,149,140 
  Debited to loans receivable from 
   WorldAce Investments Limited (Note 
   8)                                       (1,270,032) 
  At 31 December 2016                                 - 
                                          ============= 
 

The balance sheet position of WorldAce Investments Limited shows net liabilities of US$25,915,002 following a loss in the year of US$11,442,464 together with a positive currency translation adjustment of US$14,298,281. PetroNeft's 50% share is included above and results in a negative carrying value of US$8,246,586. Therefore, the share of net assets is reduced to Nil and, in accordance with IAS 28 Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures, the amount of US$8,246,586 is deducted from other assets associated with the joint venture on the Balance Sheet which are the loans receivable from WorldAce Investments (see Note 8).

   6.          Equity-accounted Investment in Joint Venture - WorldAce Investments Limited (continued) 

Additional financial information in respect of PetroNeft's 50% interest in the equity-accounted joint venture entity is disclosed below:

 
                                                 2016           2015 
                                                  US$            US$ 
 
  Continuing operations 
  Revenue                                  11,604,182     10,300,094 
  Cost of sales                          (11,199,845)   (10,435,521) 
                                        =============  ------------- 
  Gross profit/(loss)                         404,337      (135,427) 
  Administrative expenses                 (1,614,435)    (1,519,005) 
  Impairment of oil and gas 
   properties                                       -    (4,550,000) 
                                        =============  ------------- 
  Operating loss                          (1,210,098)    (6,204,432) 
  Loss on disposal of oil and 
   gas properties                           (438,034)              - 
  Write-off of exploration and 
   evaluation assets                        (710,047)              - 
  Finance revenue                               9,421         11,694 
  Finance costs                           (3,372,474)    (2,572,317) 
                                        =============  ------------- 
  Loss for the year for continuing 
   operations before taxation             (5,721,232)    (8,765,055) 
  Income tax expense                                -              - 
                                        ============= 
  Loss for the year                       (5,721,232)    (8,765,055) 
                                        =============  ============= 
 
  Loss for the year                       (5,721,232)    (8,765,055) 
  Other comprehensive income 
   to be reclassified to profit 
   or loss in subsequent years: 
  Currency translation adjustments          7,149,140   (11,587,393) 
                                        ============= 
  Total comprehensive profit/(loss) 
   for the year                             1,427,908   (20,352,448) 
                                        =============  ============= 
 

The currency translation adjustment results from the movement of the Russian Rouble during the year. All Russian Rouble carrying values in Stimul-T, the 100% subsidiary of WorldAce are converted to US Dollars at each period end. The resulting gain or loss is recognised through other comprehensive income and transferred to the currency translation reserve. The Russian Rouble appreciated significantly against the US Dollar during the year from RUB73.3:US$1 at 31 December 2015 to RUB60.9:US$1 at 31 December 2016.

   6.          Equity-accounted Investment in Joint Venture - WorldAce Investments Limited (continued) 
 
                                             2016           2015 
                                              US$            US$ 
  Non-current Assets 
  Oil and gas properties               37,945,273     27,646,307 
  Property, plant and equipment           199,338        197,826 
  Exploration and evaluation 
   assets                               7,556,920      6,044,036 
  Assets under construction               932,631      2,345,358 
                                       46,634,162     36,233,527 
                                    =============  ------------- 
 
  Current Assets 
  Inventories                             536,685        257,857 
  Trade and other receivables             176,318        259,142 
  Cash and cash equivalents                40,415        153,198 
                                          753,418        670,197 
                                    =============  ------------- 
 
  Total Assets                         47,387,580     36,903,724 
                                    =============  ============= 
 
 
  Non-current Liabilities 
  Provisions                            (433,573)      (273,278) 
  Interest-bearing loans and 
   borrowings                        (56,686,519)   (48,366,752) 
                                     (57,120,092)   (48,640,030) 
                                    =============  ------------- 
  Current Liabilities 
  Trade and other payables            (3,224,989)    (2,649,103) 
                                      (3,224,989)    (2,649,103) 
                                    =============  ------------- 
  Total Liabilities                  (60,345,081)   (51,289,133) 
                                    =============  ============= 
 
  Net Liabilities                    (12,957,501)   (14,385,409) 
                                    =============  ============= 
 
 
  Capital commitments 
                                            2016        2015 
                                             US$         US$ 
  Details of capital commitments at the balance sheet 
   date are as follows: 
 
  Contracted for but not provided 
   in 
   the financial statements            1,080,620   1,236,788 
 

6. Equity-accounted Investment in Joint Venture - WorldAce Investments Limited (continued)

 
  Future minimum rentals payable under non-cancellable 
   operating leases at the balance sheet date are as 
   follows: 
 
                                              2016       2015 
                                               US$        US$ 
 
  Within one year                           57,039     39,459 
  After one year but not more 
   than five years                         219,319    150,274 
  More than five years                     414,738    326,079 
                                           691,096    515,812 
                                        ==========  ========= 
 

The above capital commitments in the joint venture are incurred jointly with Oil India International B.V. The Group has a 50% share of these commitments.

   7.         Equity-accounted Investment in Joint Venture - Russian BD Holdings B.V. 

PetroNeft Resources plc has a 50% interest in Russian BD Holdings B.V., a jointly controlled entity which holds 100% of LLC Lineynoye, an entity involved in oil and gas exploration and the registered holder of Licence 67. The interest in this joint venture is accounted for using the equity accounting method. Russian BD Holdings B.V. is incorporated in the Netherlands and carries out its activities in Russia.

 
                                              Share 
                                             of net 
                                             assets 
                                                US$ 
 
  At 1 January 2015                         365,178 
  Retained loss                           (314,859) 
  Translation adjustment                  (887,109) 
  Credited against loans receivable 
   from Russian BD Holdings BV (Note 
   8)                                       836,790 
                                         ========== 
  At 1 January 2016                               - 
  Retained loss                           (288,198) 
  Translation adjustment                    592,300 
  Debited to loans receivable from 
   Russian BD Holdings BV (Note 
   8)                                     (304,102) 
  At 31 December 2016                             - 
                                         ========== 
 

The balance sheet position of Russian BD Holdings B.V. shows net liabilities of US$1,065,376 following a loss in the year of US$576,396 together with a positive currency translation of US$1,184,600. PetroNeft's 50% share is included above and results in a negative carrying value of US$532,688. Therefore, the share of net assets is reduced to Nil and, in accordance with IAS 28 Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures, the amount of US$532,688 is deducted from other assets associated with the joint venture on the Balance Sheet which are the loans receivable from Russian BD Holdings B.V. (Note 8).

   7.         Equity-accounted Investment in Joint Venture - Russian BD Holdings B.V. (continued) 

Additional financial information in respect of PetroNeft's 50% interest in the equity-accounted joint venture entity is disclosed below:

 
                                              2016          2015 
                                               US$           US$ 
  Revenue                                        -             - 
  Cost of sales                                  -             - 
  Gross profit                                   -             - 
  Administrative expenses                 (66,718)     (106,224) 
  Operating loss                          (66,718)     (106,224) 
  Finance revenue                              294           434 
  Finance costs                          (239,079)     (209,069) 
  Loss for the year for continuing 
   operations before taxation            (305,503)     (314,859) 
 
  Taxation                                  17,305             - 
 
  Loss for the year                      (288,198)     (314,859) 
                                        ==========  ============ 
 
  Loss for the year                      (288,198)     (314,859) 
  Other comprehensive income 
   to be reclassified to profit 
   or loss in subsequent years: 
  Currency translation adjustments         592,300     (887,109) 
  Total comprehensive profit/(loss) 
   for the year                            304,102   (1,201,968) 
                                        ==========  ============ 
 
 
                                      2016          2015 
                                       US$           US$ 
  Non-current assets             4,069,104     3,327,327 
  Current assets                   198,788        71,104 
  Total assets                   4,267,892     3,398,431 
                              ============  ------------ 
 
  Non-current liabilities      (4,512,667)   (4,034,780) 
  Current liabilities            (287,913)     (200,441) 
  Total liabilities            (4,800,580)   (4,235,221) 
                              ============  ------------ 
 
  Net Liabilities                (532,688)     (836,790) 
                              ============  ============ 
 
   7.             Equity-accounted Investment in Joint Venture - Russian BD Holdings B.V. (continued) 
 
  Future minimum rentals payable under non-cancellable 
   operating leases at the balance sheet date are as 
   follows: 
 
                                     2016                 2015 
                                      US$                  US$ 
 
  Within one year                   2,524                2,091 
  After one year but not more 
   than five years                  7,898                6,706 
  More than five years             25,751               22,010 
                                   36,173               30,807 
                                  =======  =================== 
 
 

There were no capital commitments as at 31 December 2016 or 31 December 2015.

 
       Financial assets 
 8.     - loans and receivables 
 
                                                       2016          2015 
                                                        US$           US$ 
 
  Loans to WorldAce Investments 
   Limited (Note 14)                             52,235,829    49,224,805 
  Less: share of WorldAce Investments 
   Limited loss (Note 6)                        (8,246,586)   (9,516,618) 
                                                 43,989,243    39,708,187 
                                               ============  ------------ 
  Loans to Russian BD Holdings 
   B.V. (Note 14)                                 4,256,866     4,012,464 
  Less: share of Russian BD Holdings 
   B.V. loss (Note 7)                             (532,688)     (836,790) 
                                                  3,724,178     3,175,674 
                                               ============  ------------ 
                                                 47,713,421    42,883,861 
                                               ============  ============ 
 
 

The Company has granted a loan facility to its joint venture undertaking WorldAce Investments Limited of up to US$45 million. This loan facility is US$ denominated and unsecured. Interest currently accrues on the loan at USD LIBOR plus 6.0% but the Company has agreed not to seek payment of interest until 2018 at the earliest. The loan is set to mature on 31 December 2022. As at 31 December 2016 the loan was fully drawn down. The loan from the Company to Russian BD Holdings is repayable on demand. Interest currently accrues on the loan at USD LIBOR plus 5.0% per annum.

 
 9.    Inventories 
                                                   2016                           2015 
                                                    US$                            US$ 
  Materials                                      28,973                         54,302 
                                                 28,973                         54,302 
                       ================================  ============================= 
 
 
 
 10.    Trade and other receivables 
                                                                     2016                          2015 
                                                                      US$                           US$ 
  Other receivables                                               155,651                       147,641 
  Receivable from jointly 
   controlled entities 
   (Note 14)                                                      920,390                     1,628,667 
  Advances to contractors                                           8,047                         3,708 
  Prepayments                                                      59,816                        62,112 
                                                                1,143,904                     1,842,128 
                                        =================================  ============================ 
 

Other receivables are non-interest-bearing and are normally settled on 60-day terms.

 
 11.    Cash and Cash Equivalents 
 
                                                                   2016                         2015 
                                                                    US$                          US$ 
  Cash at bank and in 
   hand                                                         319,618                    1,284,212 
                                                                319,618                    1,284,212 
                                      =================================  =========================== 
 

Bank deposits earn interest at floating rates based on daily deposit rates. Short-term deposits are made for varying periods of between one day and one month depending on the immediate cash requirements of the Group, and earn interest at the respective short-term deposit rates.

 
 12.    Trade and other payables 
 
                                                                     2016                          2015 
                                                                      US$                           US$ 
  Trade payables                                                  337,208                       238,570 
  Trade payables to jointly 
   controlled entity (Note 
   14)                                                            108,338                       239,228 
  Corporation tax                                                  55,750                        59,087 
  Oil taxes, VAT and employee 
   taxes                                                           56,165                        78,293 
  Other payables                                                  318,074                       212,141 
  Accruals                                                        206,546                       317,827 
                                                                1,082,081                     1,145,146 
                                        =================================  ============================ 
 

The Directors consider that the carrying amount of trade and other payables approximates their fair value.

Trade and other payables are non-interest-bearing and are normally settled on 60-day terms.

Trade payables and accruals principally comprise amounts outstanding for trade purchases and ongoing costs.

 
 13. Share capital - Group 
  and Company                                             2016         2015 
                                                           EUR          EUR 
          Authorised 
          1,000,000,000 (2015: 1,000,000,000) 
           Ordinary Shares of EUR0.01 each          10,000,000   10,000,000 
                                                   =========== 
                                                    10,000,000   10,000,000 
                                                   ===========  =========== 
 
 
                                                 Called 
                                     Number    up share 
  Allotted, called up and       of Ordinary     capital 
   fully paid equity                 Shares         US$ 
  At 1 January 2015             707,245,906   9,429,182 
                              =============  ---------- 
  At 1 January 2016             707,245,906   9,429,182 
  At 31 December 2016           707,245,906   9,429,182 
                              =============  ========== 
 
   14.          Related party disclosures 

Transactions with joint ventures

PetroNeft Resources plc had the following transactions with its joint ventures during the years ended 31 December 2016 and 2015:

 
                                                                                        WorldAce 
                                                              Russian                Investments 
                                                          BD Holdings                    Limited 
                                                             BV Group                      Group 
                                                                  US$                        US$ 
 
 Receivable by PetroNeft Group 
  at 1 January 2015                                         3,882,578                 47,341,766 
 Transactions during the year                                 183,333                  2,670,250 
 Interest accrued in the year                                 205,189                  2,826,303 
 Payments for services made 
  during the year                                            (29,781)                (2,483,727) 
 Share of joint venture's translation 
  adjustment                                                (836,790)                (9,516,618) 
 Translation adjustment                                      (14,821)                     45,618 
                                          ---------------------------  ------------------------- 
 At 1 January 2016                                          3,389,708                 40,883,592 
 Advanced during the year                                      10,000                          - 
 Transactions during the year                                 159,260                  2,622,188 
 Interest accrued in the year                                 234,402                  3,011,025 
 Payment for services made 
  during the year                                            (10,821)                (3,426,007) 
 Share of joint venture's translation 
  adjustment                                                  304,102                  1,270,032 
 Translation adjustment                                       (5,769)                     83,761 
 At 31 December 2016                                        4,080,882                 44,444,591 
                                          ===========================  ========================= 
 
 Balance at 31 December 2015 
  comprised of: 
 Loan facility advanced                                     3,175,674                 39,708,187 
 Trade and other receivables                                  214,034                  1,414,633 
 Trade Payables                                                     -                  (239,228) 
                                                            3,389,708                 40,883,592 
                                          ===========================  ========================= 
 Balance at 31 December 2016 
  comprised of: 
 Loans receivable                                           3,724,178                 43,989,243 
 Trade and other receivables                                  356,704                    563,686 
 Trade and other payables                                           -                  (108,338) 
                                                            4,080,882                 44,444,591 
                                          ===========================  ========================= 
 
   14.       Related party disclosures (continued) 

Remuneration of key management

Key management comprise the Directors of the Company, the Vice Presidents of Business Development and Operations, the General Director and the Executive Director of the Russian subsidiary LLC Dolomite, along with both the Chief Geologist and Chief Engineer of LLC Dolomite. Their remuneration during the year was as follows:

 
  Remuneration of key management 
                                                                 2016                        2015 
                                                                  US$                         US$ 
 
  Compensation of key management                            1,923,326                   1,715,340 
  Contributions to defined contribution 
   pension plan                                                69,308                      89,917 
  Share-based payment expense                                       -                      15,401 
                                                            1,992,634                   1,820,658 
                                            =========================  ========================== 
 

The total amount of unpaid fees and expenses due to Directors as at 31 December 2016 was US$54,021 (2015: US$143,536).

Details of transactions between the Group and other related parties are disclosed below.

Transactions with HGR Consulting Limited

Paul Dowling, Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of PetroNeft, provides his services through HGR Consulting Limited ("HGR") from May 2016. Services provided by HGR during 2016 amounted to US$199,035. An amount of US$116,031 was owed to HGR at 31 December 2016.

Transactions with TBNG Group

Vakha Sobraliev, Director of PetroNeft until his resignation on 18 September 2015, is the principal of LLC Tomskburneftegaz ("TBNG"), a company which has drilled production and exploration wells for the Group. Various contracts for drilling have been awarded to TBNG in recent years. All drilling contracts with TBNG are "turnkey" contracts whereby TBNG assumes substantially all liabilities in relation to the health and safety, environmental and other risks associated with drilling operation. As part of this arrangement WorldAce Group companies also occasionally sell sundry goods and services to TBNG. Other companies related to TBNG also provide some services to the Group such as transportation, power management and repairs. The following is a summary of the transactions:

 
                                            TBNG Group 
                                        From 1 January 
                                       to 18 September 
                                                  2015 
                                                   US$ 
  Maximum value of new contracts 
   awarded during the period                 1,778,324 
  Paid during the period for 
   drilling and related services             5,379,260 
  Paid during the period for 
   other services                                2,023 
  Amount due to TBNG and related 
   companies at period end                           - 
  Received during the period 
   for sundry goods and services                98,789 
  Amount due from TBNG and 
   related companies at period 
   end                                               - 
                                     ================= 
 
   14.     Related party disclosures (continued) 

Other PetroNeft Group companies provided various services to TBNG Group during the period from 1 January to 18 September 2015 amounting to US$536. An amount of US$Nil was outstanding from TBNG Group at 18 September 2015.

The Group has an indirect 50% interest in Lineynoye which in turn is 100% owned by the jointly controlled entity Russian BD Holdings B.V. Lineynoye also entered into some transactions with TBNG and related companies as follows:

 
                                              TBNG Group 
                                          From 1 January 
                                         to 18 September 
                                                    2015 
                                                     US$ 
  Maximum value of new contracts                       - 
   awarded during the period 
  Paid during the period for                           - 
   drilling and related services 
  Paid during the period for                           - 
   other services 
  Amount due to TBNG and related                       - 
   companies at period end 
  Received during the period 
   for sundry goods and services                   4,114 
  Amount due from TBNG and related                     - 
   companies at period end 
                                       ================= 
 
   15.       Important Events after the Balance Sheet Date 

In March 2017, Oil India agreed to provide 100% funding for the agreed Licence 61 work programme in 2017. A loan of US$4 million was agreed with the joint venture company, WorldAce Investments Limited, to fund the 2017 programme. The loan is unsecured and capital repayments commence in October 2019. Should there be a significant change in the management of PetroNeft while the loan is outstanding then Oil India may seek early repayment in full. In such circumstances PetroNeft would need to provide its 50% share of the amount outstanding.

   16.        Board approval 

This announcement was approved by the Board of Directors of PetroNeft Resources plc on 27 June 2017.

Glossary

   1P                                                 Proved reserves according to SPE standards. 

2P Proved and probable reserves according to SPE standards.

3P Proved, probable and possible reserves according to SPE standards.

   AGM                                             Annual General Meeting. 

AIM Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.

   AMI                                              Area of Mutual Interest. 
   Arawak                                        Arawak Energy Russia B.V. 
   bbl                                                Barrel. 

Belgrave Naftogas Belgrave Naftogas B.V., a member of the Arawak group of companies

   bfpd                                             Barrels of fluid per day. 
   boe                                               Barrel of oil equivalent. 
   bopd                                            Barrels of oil per day. 
   Company                                     PetroNeft Resources plc. 
   CPF                                               Central Processing Facility. 
   CSR                                               Corporate and Social Responsibility. 

Custody Transfer Point Facility/location at which custody of oil transfers to another operator.

Dolomite LLC Dolomite, a 100% subsidiary of PetroNeft registered in the Russian Federation

   DST                                               Drill stem test. 

ESM Enterprise Securities Market of the Irish Stock Exchange.

   ESP                                               Electric Submersible Pump 

Exploration resources An undrilled prospect in an area of known hydrocarbons with unequivocal four-way dip closure at the reservoir horizon.

Granite Construction LLC Granite Construction, a 100% subsidiary of PetroNeft registered in the Russian Federation

Group The Company and its joint ventures and subsidiary undertakings.

   HSE                                               Health, Safety and Environment. 
   IAS                                                International Accounting Standard. 
   IFRIC                                            IFRS Interpretations Committee. 
   IFRS                                              International Financial Reporting Standard. 
   km                                                Kilometres. 

km(2) / sq km Square kilometres.

   KPI                                                Key Performance Indicator. 

Licence 61 The Exploration and Production Licence in the Tomsk Oblast, Russia owned by the joint venture company WorldAce Investments Limited. It contains seven known oil fields, Lineynoye, Tungolskoye, West Lineynoye, Arbuzovskoye, Kondrashevskoye, Sibkrayevskoye and North Varyakhskoye and 27 Prospects and Leads that are currently being explored.

Licence 61 Farmout An agreement whereby Oil India Limited subscribed for shares in WorldAce, the holding company for Stimul-T, the entity which holds Licence 61 and all related assets and liabilities, and following, PetroNeft and Oil India Limited both hold 50% of the voting shares, and through the shareholders agreement, both parties have joint control of WorldAce with PetroNeft as operator

Licence 67 The Exploration and Production Licence in the Tomsk Oblast, Russia owned by the joint venture company Russian BD Holdings B.V. It contains two oil fields, Ledovoye and Cheremshanskoye and several potential prospects.

Glossary (continued)

Lineynoye Limited Liability Company Lineynoye, a wholly owned subsidiary of Russian BD Holdings B.V., registered in the Russian Federation.

   m                                                  Metres. 
   mmbbls                                       Million barrels. 
   mmbo                                          Million barrels of oil. 

Natlata Natlata Partners Limited, a significant shareholder of PetroNeft.

   Oil pay                                        A formation containing producible hydrocarbons. 
   P1                                                 Proved reserves according to SPE standards. 
   P2                                                 Probable reserves according to SPE standards. 
   P3                                                 Possible reserves according to SPE standards. 
   PetroNeft                                     PetroNeft Resources plc. 

Russian BD Holdings B.V. Russian BD Holdings B.V., a company owned 50% by PetroNeft and registered in the Netherlands.

   SPE                                               Society of Petroleum Engineers. 
   Spud                                             To commence drilling a well. 

Stimul-T Limited Liability Company Stimul-T, a wholly owned subsidiary of WorldAce, based in the Russian Federation.

   TSR                                               Total Shareholder Return. 
   VAT                                               Value Added Tax. 
   WAEP                                           Weighted Average Exercise Price. 

WorldAce WorldAce Investments Limited, a company owned 50% by PetroNeft, registered in Cyprus.

WorldAce Group WorldAce Investments Limited and its 100% subsidiary LLC Stimul-T

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