Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Circle Oil LSE:COP London Ordinary Share IE00B034YN94 ORD EUR0.01
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.00p +0.00% 0.625p 0.00p 0.00p - - - 0 06:30:09
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Oil & Gas Producers 26.4 -81.6 -14.4 - 3.54

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wexboy: Ignoring liabilities is definitely a bad idea (COP share price is a grim reminder of that...): $21.6 million trade receivables minus $14.1 million trade creditors = $7.5 million net receivables.
coxsmn: NOW we know why the Directors didn't buy at the low share price. Mitch gave a very up-beat interview with Malcy on Circle Oil recently and within weeks shareholders are delivered this little nugget of bad news. The company has had months to do an equity raise so why instead do they wait until the share price is on its knees.
captain_crash_and_burn: In the ineterests of full disclosure I have now sold out from COP. Albeit it at an 80% loss. As such, the share price may now start to rise significantly. For a long time I did not want to admit that the share price was reflecrtive as at the end of it all I always thought that the underlying assets were stronfg and the companty had cash flow. The ridiculous drop in oil price knocked one of those fundamentals out and now the fact that there is a potential equity raising has made me question the future of the companies strong assets. I hate it when the market is right but too often now I have seen that when a share price is crazily low and stays low, it turns out there is a reason for it :(.
gerry hatrick: My e-mail to Circle Oil : As a small investor ( with quite a large investment in COP) who is experiencing a paper loss of 66% , can I ask why the Board of Directors own relatively few shares personally. To the outside investors , a small aim listed company like Circle Oil should be shown that the directors have faith in the company and their own money at risk. We are led to believe that the Mahdia well prospects are potentially large, estimates of 70m to 100m barrells of oil are possibly extractable, (possibly worth £2-3bn at current oil price), if this is true, should this not encourage the board to invest , which in turn would encourage other investors and raise the SP? or are we being duped about its potential ? Mitch Flegg has less than £10k invested, which for a man in his position and income level is a pittance. Susan Prior has purchased zero and Stephen Jenkins has £100k, which for a private investor is a lot ,but for the Chairman a very modest investment ,surely he would want to increase this given the very low price now available. In the past year we have seen the share price drop from 28p to <5p, but we are assured that Circle are better protected than most small oil aim companies because of fixed price for gas and it's cash generation, so why is the share price so low ? Do the BOD ever read the online forums of Circle Oil ? If they did they would gauge the opinions of their small shareholders, who feel neglected and dismisssed. Mitch Flegg's reply to my e-mail Dear Sir Thank you for your continued support and interest in the company. I can assure you that I and the rest of the Board are mindful of your concerns and of the impact of the current low oil price environment on market sentiment and are working very hard to address the situation. In spite of the continued difficult market conditions, I am pleased with the progress we have made in the last few months. Our drilling campaign in Morocco has yielded good results and the cost cutting campaign there has also had a positive impact – with drilling costs down 30% per well over the course of the current campaign. Production from our Moroccan and Egyptian fields continue to benefit from extremely low operating costs and, as you are aware we have started the Tunisian Mahdia farm-out process. I believe that this approach will lead to improved profitability which will in turn lead to a strengthening of the share price. Valuations of AIM-listed Oil & Gas companies have substantially underperformed in recent years and so we are having to work even harder to convince the market that this approach will be successful. As you point out, I have made an investment in Circle shares and I will follow this up with appropriate investments as personal finances allow. I’m afraid that I can’t comment on behalf of the other directors. I am disappointed to hear that you feel that some of the small shareholders feel ‘neglected and dismissed’. It is my intention that Circle is an open and honest company and that we communicate clearly with our shareholders and other stakeholders. We are certainly working hard to ‘up our game’ in this regard. You have asked whether Circle view the forums. I would say that I and others keep an interest in the discussions which take place in all media, including the forums. You will appreciate though, that as a listed company we are somewhat constrained in the channels that we communicate through. You can always contact me at should you have any further questions. Regards Mitch Flegg | Chief Executive Officer Circle Oil plc Make your own minds up what this says about our BOD.
steelwatch: Gerry - from the LSE bb: elland 24 Jul 2015 Share Price I have e. mailed the CFO to confirm this boards general unease about the lack of Director share purchase activity. I advised that in our opinion, this would help support the struggling share price prior to more positive future announcements, assuming that they are not precluded from doing so. elland 10:00 closed period I have received an e. mail this morning from Ms Prior the CFO. She will pass my comments re the share price and lack of Director share purchases, to the rest of the board. She also informed me that currently none are possible as they are in "closed period" while preparing interim results.
swooped: Gerry, Schadenfreude... I don't think so, you should read my posts here, they have been pretty consistent as regards my impression of the company since my first investment in COP in July 2010 thus, I know this company well. I have never taken any pleasure from people loosing money in Circle Oil, in fact the only people I would be happy to see loosing money in COP is the management themselves as it is they that have caused much of this situation, once again DO NOT try and blame the current share price on the crash in oil as I have proved on many occasions even at the height of the oil boom Circle were dropping, they have yet to sort out there own house. As regards trading COP I have also been correct more times than not, that is not to say that this comment is to gloat but to demonstrate the inability of COP to hold onto any rise and again I believe this is down purely and only to the management, are they trying to change, who knows, thus far I have seen little to demonstrate this other that at this point seeing even more on the corporate payroll, when these ignorant individuals put their hands in their pockets and show a concerted and collaborative 'significant' act of faith in the company, only then do I think we may see any rise hold, even a buyout at this point seems to give no substantial benefit to the directors thus show me what incentive they have to do ANYTHING as regards capital appreciation for the shareholder the only thing that benefits the management at this point is to keep the company ticking over and paying their rather inflated salaries. IMO the share price will drop further in line with the oil price crash and a new low made today, with the release of Green, his immediate sale of options, which for me has been one of the most significant events for COP for a long long time means at this time I see COP only as a trading share, it will take a meaningful change for me to be an 'investor' again.
swooped: Maybe, but I will watch the oil market very closely Saudi has no intention of cutting production, it understands how hard it is to regain market share after the last time it did that and now with US shale production, the imputus to help the world oil markets as the global scale balancer is not really there. Oil could drop very low indeed and as such places like Oman for COP means little, why spend a load of money trying to prove reserves, when the chances of a strike are against them and the reserves are tumbling in price. Technically, cop has hit the bottom at 9.9p, it can do it again particularly as oil continues its downward spiral, money could indeed be made here but at this time its better in my powder-keg warm and dry than in a small oiler. If the COP share prices goes extremely low AND I believe they have the ability to survive a prolonged low oil price, then yes I would buy back in as a long term investment (3 - 5 years) however, I still continue to ask myself why have the directors have not taken advantage of the situation and that still concerns me.
pendragon2: Looking at the COP share price, my biggest problem is to find a reason for it to stop falling, which I can't at the moment. Baffling how the company could have boxed themselves in to this negative situation.
pendragon2: The core of this discussion is the undervaluation of COP and why the share price has failed to respond to improvements in the business. There are basically three questions. 1. Are management doing a good job, strategically and on a day to day basis? My answer would tend to no. Too much attention to the bonus schemes and not enough to make a clear case about where the business is heading. Operationally, the jury is out as very little has happened until recently. Egypt is a VEGAS project. Morocco is small beer. I don't doubt Green is competent to a degree, but he was a stop gap appointment following the death of David Hough in 2010. His performance leaves much to be desired. The arrival of a new Chairman has underwhelmed. Do they need a COO if Tunisia and Oman are to become technically demanding operational commitments? 2. Is the business sound? Egypt provides income and will continue to do so for another five or six years, before tailing off, though even then it may be a performing asset for a decade to come. That is the good news. Morocco is a small, but welcome project, which I never expect to contribute more than sufficient to cover head office overheads, but that's OK. Profit is profit. Tunisia, Oman may come good, but that has taken far too long to be established. Does the company have any clear goals for E&P looking forward? I'm not sure. We need a clear strategy, rather than sitting and watching the benefits of Egypt frittered away. COP's success in Egypt was partly good luck, as they moved into an existing business at the right time and it quickly came to fruition for little or no outlay. I don't understand why COP needs the $100m credit line, given the income now achieved. Was it simply a precaution following the Arab Spring? If so we should be told. If it is for strategic purposes then it could be a boost to the company, so we should also be told. 3. Are there any unforeseen/overlooked issues holding the share price back. Certainly the Kaupting and Libyan holdings raise a question mark, not of the company's doing. The political uncertainty seems to have been reduced, though the Arab Spring was a major blow to the share price a couple of year back. Are there issues in Morocco we don't know about, following the country manager problem which emerged last year? Do any of these issues compromise the company's standing when bidding for new acreage? -------------------------------- I don't really care about posters identities, (we all have different motives and interests), but I would welcome a thought out discussion addressing the issue of why COP's share price has fallen from 40p to 16p and only recovered to the low twenties and what happens next. Once a discussion is really under way, we can begin to ask what shareholders want - long term growth, an share price spike to offer an exit, a fluctuating share price to enable day trading, dividends, whatever? My own fairly simple view is this: Morocco pays for head office. Egypt pays for e&p in Tunisia and Oman, plus a surplus. The surplus should have a purpose. Does management want a $100m company or a $1000m company? Either is OK. Drifting isn't. If a $100m business, then I want to see a dividend. If a $1000m business, I want to see sustained growth. Thank-you for your attention.
lr2: Whilst not a chartist myself, I do have a good friend who is and he advised me that the COP share price would trend between 22p and 25.5p for awhile (it has). Once it breaks upwards from that then he expects the next move will quickly take the price to the 29p area. I was told to worry if it breaks below 20p but he did not expect that to be the case.
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