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Hurricane Energy PLC Half-year Results 2018

20/09/2018 7:00am

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Hurricane Energy PLC

20 September 2018

20 September 2018

Hurricane Energy plc

("Hurricane", the "Company", or the "Group")

Half-year Results 2018

Hurricane Energy plc, the UK based oil and gas company focused on hydrocarbon resources in naturally fractured basement reservoirs, is pleased to provide its 2018 interim report and half-year results for the period ended 30 June 2018.

Dr Robert Trice, Chief Executive of Hurricane, commented:

"During the first half of 2018, Hurricane has been focussed on the Lancaster Early Production System (EPS) development. I am delighted to report that operations have progressed to plan and within budget, allowing us to reiterate our first oil guidance of H1 2019.

The two production wells have been completed, the turret mooring system (TMS), subsea umbilical, risers and flowlines (SURF) have been installed at the field, and the upgrade and life extension of the Aoka Mizu FPSO is in its final stages in Dubai. Sea trials for the Aoka Mizu are due to commence by the end of September, with sailaway to follow shortly thereafter.

At 30 June 2018, the Company had $210.1 million in cash and liquid investments, of which $178.6 million was unrestricted. With the well completion, TMS installation and SURF installation phases complete, we remain confident in becoming cash generative based on existing funds. I'd like to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of all our staff and contractors, and our Tier 1 contractors: Bluewater Energy Services, TechnipFMC, Petrofac and Transocean, in delivering the operational progress that has allowed us to reach this position.

As we noted in our 2017 Annual Report, the task in front of us is to de-risk and monetise the substantial contingent and prospective resources across all of our assets. The recently announced farm-in by Spirit Energy (post period-end) to the Greater Warwick Area (GWA) is a first step on this path. The transaction accelerates the appraisal and initial development of the GWA and frees up cash flow from the Lancaster EPS to further appraise and develop the Greater Lancaster Area (GLA) and Whirlwind. We are delighted to have agreed a development strategy with a like-minded company which brings significant operating and financial capacity, together with experience in fractured basement reservoirs.

Following this transaction, Hurricane's outlook for 2019 now includes three GWA wells in addition to first oil in H1 from the Lancaster EPS. The next steps on the GLA remain subject to data obtained from the EPS. However, we believe that we will be able to undertake a drilling campaign on the GLA in 2020/21, ahead of planning for further development. We are entering a very exciting time for the Company and its shareholders. I look forward to first revenues and continued appraisal and development of our significant Rona Ridge resource base next year."

2018 Interim results summary

Financial results

-- The Group's loss after tax for the first half of 2018 was $75.1 million (H1 2017: $4.2 million), including a non-cash fair value loss on the embedded derivative element of the convertible bond of $70.2 million

   --      Operating expenses for the period were $4.7 million (H1 2017: $6.0 million) 

-- As at 30 June 2018, the Group had cash, cash equivalents and liquid investments of $210.1 million (31 December 2017: $360.1 million). This includes $39.0 million of liquid investments held in term deposits which mature within 12 months and $31.5 million held in escrow accounts

-- The net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and liquid investments in the period was $149.9 million (including the effects of foreign exchange rate changes), the majority of which was related to investment in the ongoing development of the Lancaster EPS, with net cash outflow from operating activities of $2.7 million

Operational and corporate developments/outlook

   --      Lancaster EPS first oil guidance maintained at H1 2019 
   --      Significant Lancaster EPS development hurdles achieved, including: 

o Delivery of TMS and SURF

o Completion of the two production wells

o Conclusion of the offshore installation programme which included installation of TMS and SURF

o Final stages of Aoka Mizu life extension and upgrade works reached in Dubai, with sea trials to commence by the end of September and sailaway anticipated shortly thereafter

   --      Spirit Energy farm-in to GWA completed 

o Agreed five-phase work programme targeting development with 500 million barrels of reserves, significantly accelerating development of the GWA

o Up to $387 million in carry

o Hurricane fully carried on first phase of up to $180.6 million, including the drilling of three wells on the GWA in 2019

   --      Transocean Leader rig contracted for the three 2019 GWA wells, to begin in Q1 

Contacts:

 
                        Dr Robert Trice (Chief Executive 
 Hurricane Energy        Officer) / Alistair Stobie 
  plc                    (Chief Financial Officer)          +44 (0)1483 862 820 
                        Nominated Adviser and Joint 
                         Corporate Broker 
 Stifel Nicolaus         Callum Stewart / Nicholas 
  Europe Limited         Rhodes / Ashton Clanfield          +44 (0)20 7710 7600 
 Morgan Stanley &       Joint Corporate Broker 
  Co. International      Andrew Foster / Tom Perry 
  plc                    / Alex Smart                       +44 (0)20 7425 8000 
 Vigo Communications    Public Relations                    +44 (0)20 7390 0230 
                         Patrick d'Ancona / Ben Simons       Hurricane@vigocomms.com 
 

About Hurricane

Hurricane was established to discover, appraise and develop hydrocarbon resources associated with naturally fractured basement reservoirs. The Company's acreage is concentrated on the Rona Ridge, in the West of Shetland region of the UK Continental Shelf.

The Lancaster field (100%) is Hurricane's most appraised asset, with five wells drilled by the Company to date. It has 2P reserves and 2C contingent resources of 523 million stock tank barrels of oil. The Company is currently proceeding towards the first phase of development of Lancaster, an Early Production System which will be the UK's first basement field development. It involves a two well tie-back to the Aoka Mizu FPSO and is expected to initially produce 17,000 barrels of oil per day. First oil is targeted for 1H 2019.

Hurricane's other assets include Lincoln (50%), Warwick (50%), Halifax (100%), Whirlwind (100%), and Strathmore (100%). Together with Lancaster, these assets have total combined 2P reserves and 2C contingent resources of 2.6 billion barrels of oil equivalent (2.3 billion barrels of oil equivalent net to Hurricane).

In September 2018, Spirit Energy farmed-in to 50% of the Lincoln and Warwick assets, committing to a five-phase work programme targeting sanction of full field development in 2021.

Inside Information

This announcement contains inside information as stipulated under the market abuse regulation (EU no. 596/2014). Upon the publication of this announcement via regulatory information service this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

Competent Person

The technical information in this release has been reviewed by Dr Robert Trice, who is a qualified person for the purposes of the AIM Guidance Note for Mining, Oil and Gas Companies. Dr Robert Trice, Chief Executive Officer of Hurricane Energy plc, is a geologist and geoscientist with a PhD in geology and has over 30 years' experience in the oil and gas industry.

Standard

Resource estimates contained in this announcement have been prepared in accordance with the Petroleum Resource Management System guidelines endorsed by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, World Petroleum Congress, American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers.

Chief Executive Officer's Review

Lancaster EPS

The first half of the year was principally marked by significant construction and fabrication activities on the Aoka Mizu FPSO, and on the TMS and SURF for the Lancaster EPS development.

The offshore installation phase of the development was kicked-off with the successful installation of the Xmas trees by the Far Superior construction vessel in Q2. This was followed shortly thereafter by the completions of the Lancaster 6 and 7Z wells by Transocean's Paul B Loyd Jr semi-submersible rig.

The Company had highlighted the construction and delivery of the TMS buoy as being a key gating item to delivery of first oil in H1 2019. The TMS was successfully installed in early August and the SURF installation completed in mid-September. The offshore installation programme has therefore now been completed and the system is ready for the arrival of the Aoka Mizu.

At the date of this report, the Aoka Mizu is expected to commence sea trials by the end of September with sailaway anticipated to follow shortly thereafter.

Spirit Energy farm-in

On 3 September 2018, Hurricane announced that Spirit Energy had farmed-in to the GWA. The farm-in has been structured to target significant reserve growth, with the partners agreeing a five-phase work programme which targets a development of 500 million barrels of reserves (gross) as the fifth phase. Following the drilling of three exploration and appraisal wells, one is planned to be tied-back to the Aoka Mizu. As with the Lancaster EPS, this will enable collection of long-term reservoir data to be used in planning for the initial stage of a full field development. One set of facilities will be used to de-risk two accumulations in parallel. The additional well will also be a source of reserves and cash flow - the Company intends to make the most of these benefits, subject to regulatory consents, by maximising production within the constraints of the vessel's capacity and prudent reservoir management.

The GWA farm-in significantly accelerates the development of the GWA, providing a clear path to its phased development and bringing forward a potential initial stage of a full field development final investment decision (FID) by a number of years. Notwithstanding the significant cash flow that the Lancaster EPS will deliver, Hurricane would not have otherwise been able to undertake such a development on a standalone basis, without impacting its ability to continue progressing its GLA licences. The GWA farm-in provides Hurricane with a new leg to its business, with a large portion of the up-front capital expenditure funded, whilst freeing up cash flow from the Lancaster EPS for appraisal and development of the rest of its portfolio.

Spirit Energy will fund 100% (up to a maximum of $180.6 million) of a three well 2019 drilling programme, together with certain engineering work and long lead items for future phases, in exchange for a 50% interest across the licences covering the GWA. Subsequently, one of these GWA wells is planned to be tied-back to the Aoka Mizu. Following FID, Spirit Energy will pay 75% (up to a maximum of $140.7 million) of the anticipated gross cost of the tie back and of the required modifications to the vessel, necessary to allow for this additional production.

Hurricane and Spirit Energy also target drilling three additional wells to further appraise the accumulation and to undertake front end engineering and design (FEED) prior to sanctioning the first phase of a standalone GWA full field development in 2021. Spirit Energy has undertaken to make a contingent contribution of a further $150 - $250 million in carry at this stage, dependent on the reserves included in the FID for the initial stage of full field development. Hurricane will remain field operator until commencement of the full field development workstreams (including FEED), at which point operatorship will transfer to Spirit Energy, subject to regulatory approval.

Other corporate developments

In 2017, Hurricane's board undertook to progress its board composition and governance towards compliance with the Financial Reporting Council's UK Corporate Governance Code (the Code), a standard not required of AIM-quoted companies. A significantly expanded annual report was published for the year ended 2017 and Steven McTiernan was appointed as Chairman of the board, effective from 1 May 2018.

The board continues to review its composition, noting the recent changes to corporate governance guidelines (including a new Code) which will be in force for accounting periods commencing from 1 January 2019. The board also continues to review the appropriateness of a listing on the premium segment of a recognised stock exchange (Premium Listing). In this regard, Morgan Stanley was appointed as co-Corporate Broker alongside Stifel and will be working with the Company as the board weighs up the costs, benefits and appropriate timing of a Premium Listing.

Dr Robert Trice

Chief Executive Officer

19 September 2018

Financial Review

During the first half of the year, the focus has remained on the Lancaster EPS development and the initial stages of offshore installation with capital expenditure continuing in line with forecasts and budget. Expenditure on the EPS in the first six months of 2018 was $136.4 million, all of which came from funds already held at the beginning of the year.

Use of funds

In H1 2018 the Group's primary use of funds were:

   i)             Development expenditure on the EPS of $136.4 million 

ii) Intangible exploration expenditure of $2.0 million, including licence costs on the Group's exploration licences

   iii)           Operating cash outflow of $2.7 million 
   iv)           Convertible bond coupon payments of $8.6 million 

Income statement

The Group recorded a loss after tax for the first half of 2018 of $75.1 million (H1 2017: $4.2 million). This loss includes a non-cash fair value loss on the embedded derivative element of the convertible bond of $70.2 million. This is discussed in more detail below. Excluding the fair value loss, the loss for the period was $4.9 million. The majority of the loss relates to operating expenses of $4.7 million (H1 2017: $6.0 million); the foreign exchange losses in the period of $2.1 million were almost completely offset by the interest income received.

Whilst the movement in the foreign exchange rate between the US Dollar and Sterling resulted in the foreign exchange loss in the period, at the time of the July 2017 fund raise the Group matched the currency it held to its forecast currency expenditure. As such, whilst foreign exchange rates have fluctuated, the Group's ability to deliver planned operations has not been affected and the Group continues to hold sufficient cash in each currency that it forecasts using for the Lancaster EPS development.

Due to the nature of the Group's business, it has accumulated significant tax losses since incorporation. The Group has trading losses of $431.3 million at 30 June 2018, which have no expiry date and would be available for offset against future trading profits (though a deferred tax asset has not been recognised beyond offsetting existing deferred tax liabilities). A potential Ring Fence Expenditure Supplement claim could also be made which would result in additional trading losses of $111.7 million. The Group's tax loss position was not impacted by the GWA farm-in.

The Group had pre-trading expenditure of $84.3 million which was carried forward at 30 June 2018. Tax relief will be available on this amount as the Group's remaining licences reach the development stage.

Cash flow

As at 30 June 2018, the Group had an unrestricted cash position (including cash and cash equivalents and liquid investments, but excluding cash held in escrow accounts) of $178.6 million (31 December 2017: $326.6 million). The net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and liquid investments in the period was $149.9 million (including the effects of foreign exchange rate changes). The majority of the reduction in the period related to expenditure on the EPS. Net cash outflow from operating activities of $2.7 million was lower than the $4.7 million for the first half of 2017 (excluding H1 2017 tax receipts of $5.9 million). This was due to the decrease in the level of corporate activity as the Group focused on the EPS.

Convertible bond accounting

The accounting for the convertible bond (issued in July 2017) required the recognition of an embedded derivative liability related to the equity conversion option. The fair value of the embedded derivative is based on a simulation model which is impacted, in particular, by the volatility assumption applied and the Group's share price at the reporting date. The higher the assumed volatility and the higher the Group's share price, the more the fair value of the derivative liability increases. Any increase in the liability creates a corresponding non-cash charge in the income statement.

At 31 December 2017, the fair value of the embedded derivative liability was valued at $28.6 million. Between 31 December 2017 and 30 June 2018, Hurricane's share price rose from GBP0.32 to GBP0.475 per ordinary share, and the volatility assumption increased from 23.6% to 30.1%. The volatility assumption was calculated as a blended average of the trading history of the Group's own shares and shares in a relevant peer group, for a period of six months prior to the measurement date. It is assumed that this is an approximate forecast of the volatility in Hurricane's share price for the period to conversion. These movements have driven an increase in the derivative liability of $70.2 million, to a closing figure at 30 June 2018 of $98.8 million. Further share price rises would increase the liability and corresponding related losses, assuming other factors remain the same, as outlined further in note 14.

The losses recognised do not have any impact on the Group's cash position, amounts payable in respect of the convertible bond, or on its tax position. On either the conversion of the bond or the repayment of the bond the recognised derivative liability will be released.

Principal risks

There are a number of potential risks and uncertainties which could have a material impact on the Group's performance over the remaining six months of 2018 and could cause actual results to differ materially from expected and historical results. The principal risks and uncertainties, along with the mitigation measures in place to reduce risks to acceptable levels, remain unchanged from those published on pages 18-21 of the 2017 Annual Report and Accounts (summarised below) except for one addition, discussed below.

 
 Key risk factor          Risk summary 
 Substantial              The Group's business plan to exploit and commercialise 
  capital requirements     its assets requires significant capital expenditure. 
                           Future plans may be curtailed if the Group is 
                           unable to generate sufficient funds from operational 
                           cashflow and/or raise further funds. 
                         --------------------------------------------------------- 
 Exploration,             There are a range of operational risks during 
  appraisal and            offshore operations whether for exploration, 
  development              appraisal or development. These include, but 
  operational              are not limited to, failure of offshore vessels/rigs 
  risks                    or other crucial equipment, unforeseen problems 
                           occurring during drilling or completion works, 
                           and delays to offshore operations due to unfavourable 
                           weather. 
                         --------------------------------------------------------- 
 Production operational   There are many production-related operational 
  risks                    risks. These mainly relate to, but are not limited 
                           to, the risk of unplanned downtime of production 
                           facilities. This may be the result of mechanical 
                           issues, unfavourable weather leading to delays 
                           in operations, and/or other issues. 
                         --------------------------------------------------------- 
 Geological and           The geology of the Group's licence areas and 
  reservoir risk           the behaviour of the associated reservoirs rely 
                           on various assumptions and interpretation techniques. 
                           There is a risk that the reservoirs do not behave 
                           as expected, such as earlier water production 
                           than predicted, reserves/resources being less 
                           than expected, or oil having different properties 
                           than expected. 
                         --------------------------------------------------------- 
 Regulatory               There is a risk that the Group and/or its primary 
                           contractors are in breach of their regulatory 
                           obligations with one of their principal regulators 
                           in connection with the Group's activities. This 
                           could restrict the Group and/or its primary 
                           contractors' capacity to obtain permits and 
                           to carry out the Group's activities on the UK 
                           Continental Shelf. There is also a risk that 
                           a change in the regulatory environment affects 
                           the returns expected to be achieved from the 
                           Group's assets. 
                         --------------------------------------------------------- 
 Oil price fluctuations   Declines in oil prices may adversely affect 
                           the cashflows generated from the EPS and may 
                           also affect market sentiment and consequently, 
                           the market price of the Company's Ordinary Shares 
                           and the ability of the Group to raise finance. 
                         --------------------------------------------------------- 
 Third party              Any field development, including gas export, 
  infrastructure           is likely to be dependent upon the availability 
                           of third party infrastructure. If this fails, 
                           or is not available on reasonable commercial 
                           terms, it may result in delays to field development, 
                           production and cash generation. This would have 
                           a material adverse effect on the Group's business, 
                           prospects, financial condition and operations. 
                         --------------------------------------------------------- 
 Development              Development projects are subject to various 
  project delivery         risks including availability of third party 
                           services and manufacturing slots, solvency of 
                           major contractors, correct fabrication of key 
                           components to specification, incident-free installation 
                           operations, installation windows, permits, consents 
                           and weather. Problems with any of the above 
                           can cause project delays that would impact both 
                           the timing for completion of the project, as 
                           well as the cost. 
                         --------------------------------------------------------- 
 Health, Safety           In performing offshore exploration, development 
  and Environmental        or production activities and onshore fabrication 
  (HSE)                    activities there is a risk of harm to the workforce, 
                           to the environment (e.g. from fabrication processes, 
                           hydrocarbon releases and/or oil spills, damage 
                           to seabed ecosystems or disturbance to marine 
                           mammal populations from noise pollution), to 
                           the assets during construction or in use, and 
                           to the Company's reputation as a result of some 
                           or all of the above. 
                         --------------------------------------------------------- 
 Compliance               There is a risk of a major breach of the Group's 
                           business or ethical conduct standards due to 
                           unethical behaviour or breaches of anti-corruption 
                           laws by the Group or its contractors, resulting 
                           in investigations, fines, loss of reputation 
                           and loss of assets. 
                         --------------------------------------------------------- 
 

Further information on the above principal risks and uncertainties facing the Group is included in the Strategic Report of the 2017 Annual Report and Accounts. Also included in that report is the manner in which the Group seeks to mitigate each of these principal risks.

The only addition to these risks is, following the farm-out of 50% of the Lincoln and Warwick licences to Spirit Energy (discussed in more detail above), the inclusion of the following:

 
 Key risk factor   Risk detail                         How is it managed? 
 Joint venture     Operations in the oil and           Due diligence will 
  partners          gas industry are often conducted    be used to review 
                    in a joint venture environment.     and assess any third 
                    There is a risk that joint          parties that the Group 
                    venture partners are not            enters into a joint 
                    aligned in their objectives         venture with in both 
                    and drivers, which may lead         operated and non-operated 
                    to inefficiencies and delays.       projects. The Group 
                    Following farm-out transactions,    will have continuous 
                    the Group may not always            and regular engagement 
                    act as operator on certain          with partners to ensure 
                    licence interests. The Group        that all partners' 
                    will generally have limited         interests are aligned, 
                    control over the day to day         and the Group is not 
                    management of operations            exposed to risks that 
                    of those assets and will            it believes are unacceptable. 
                    therefore be dependent upon 
                    a third-party operator. 
                  ----------------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 

Related party transactions

There have been no new material related party transactions in the period and there have been no material changes to the related party transactions described in Note 27 to the Consolidated Financial Statements contained in the 2017 Annual Report and Accounts.

Going concern

At the time of preparation of these Interim Financial Statements, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue to operate and meet its liabilities as they fall due for the foreseeable future, a period considered to be at least twelve months from the date of signing these Financial Statements. For this reason, they continue to adopt the Going Concern Basis for preparing the Interim Financial Statements. Further details are described in Note 3 in these financial statements.

Independent Review Report

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2018 which comprises the condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income, the condensed consolidated balance sheet, the condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity, the condensed consolidated cash flow statement and related notes 1 to 17. We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

This report is made solely to the Company in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Financial Reporting Council. Our work has been undertaken so that we might state to the Company those matters we are required to state to it in an independent review report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the Company, for our review work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have formed.

Directors' responsibilities

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the AIM Rules of the London Stock Exchange.

As disclosed in note 1, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union. The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" as adopted by the European Union.

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review.

Scope of review

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Financial Reporting Council for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making inquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2018 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" as adopted by the European Union and the AIM Rules of the London Stock Exchange.

Deloitte LLP

Statutory Auditor

London, UK

19 September 2018

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the 6 months ended 30 June 2018

 
                                                  6 months      6 months     12 months 
                                                     ended         ended         ended 
                                       Notes   30 Jun 2018   30 Jun 2017   31 Dec 2017 
 
                                               (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)     (Audited) 
                                                     $'000         $'000         $'000 
 
Write off / impairment of intangible 
 exploration and evaluation 
 assets                                                  -             -      (10,412) 
Other operating expenses                           (4,714)       (5,989)      (14,586) 
                                              ------------ 
Operating loss                                     (4,714)       (5,989)      (24,998) 
Interest income                                      1,911            66           880 
Foreign exchange (loss) / gain           4         (2,056)         1,734         8,020 
Finance costs                                         (57)          (37)       (1,322) 
Fair value (loss) / gain on 
 derivative financial instruments       10        (70,167)             -        10,416 
                                              ------------ 
Loss before tax                                   (75,083)       (4,226)       (7,004) 
Tax                                      5               -             -             - 
                                              ------------ 
Total comprehensive loss for 
 the period                                       (75,083)       (4,226)       (7,004) 
                                              ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
Loss per share, basic and diluted        6    (3.83 cents)  (0.35 cents)  (0.46 cents) 
 
 

All of the Group's operations are classed as continuing.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

As at June 2018

 
                                   Notes  30 Jun 2018  30 Jun 2017  31 Dec 2017 
                                          (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)    (Audited) 
                                                $'000        $'000        $'000 
Non-current assets 
Property, plant and equipment        7        633,276           18      445,291 
Intangible exploration and 
 evaluation assets                   8        127,720      373,493      126,365 
Other receivables                                 198          170          202 
Other non-current assets                        7,397        3,034       16,089 
                                          -----------  -----------  ----------- 
                                              768,591      376,715      587,947 
Current assets 
Inventory                                       1,434        1,434        1,434 
Trade and other receivables                     5,589        3,611        4,737 
Liquid investments                             39,040            -      201,973 
Cash and cash equivalents                     163,694       29,090      141,956 
                                          -----------  -----------  ----------- 
                                              209,757       34,135      350,100 
                                          ----------- 
Total assets                                  978,348      410,850      938,047 
Current liabilities 
Trade and other payables             9       (51,484)     (10,202)     (28,833) 
Derivative financial instruments                 (27)            -         (11) 
                                          ----------- 
                                             (51,511)     (10,202)     (28,844) 
Non-current liabilities 
Convertible loan liability          10      (194,517)            -    (191,102) 
Derivative financial instruments    10       (98,772)            -     (28,622) 
Decommissioning provisions          11       (23,693)      (6,975)      (7,023) 
                                          -----------  -----------  ----------- 
Total liabilities                           (368,493)     (17,177)    (255,591) 
                                          -----------  -----------  ----------- 
Net assets                                    609,855      393,673      682,456 
                                          -----------  -----------  ----------- 
Equity 
Share capital                       12          2,843        1,892        2,843 
Share premium                                 813,681      524,459      813,496 
Share option reserve                           21,840       17,932       19,477 
Own shares held by SIP Trust                    (389)        (351)        (323) 
Foreign exchange reserve                     (92,659)     (92,659)     (92,659) 
Accumulated deficit                         (135,461)     (57,600)     (60,378) 
                                          -----------  -----------  ----------- 
Total equity                                  609,855      393,673      682,456 
                                          -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the 6 months ended 30 June 2018

 
                       Share         Share         Share      Own shares        Foreign      Accumulated         Total 
                     capital       premium        option            held       exchange          deficit 
                                                 reserve          by SIP        reserve 
                                                                   Trust 
                       $'000         $'000         $'000           $'000          $'000            $'000         $'000 
 
At 1 January 
 2017                  1,860       508,510        15,648           (366)       (92,659)         (53,374)       379,619 
 (Audited) 
Shares allotted           32        15,949             -               -              -                -        15,981 
Share options 
 charge                    -             -         2,284               -              -                -         2,284 
Own shares 
 held by SIP 
 Trust                     -             -             -              15              -                -            15 
Loss for the 
 period                    -             -             -               -              -          (4,226)       (4,226) 
At 30 June 
 2017                  1,892       524,459        17,932           (351)       (92,659)         (57,600)       393,673 
 (Unaudited) 
                    --------      --------      --------      ----------      ---------      -----------      -------- 
 
Shares allotted          951       303,924             -               -              -                -       304,875 
Transaction 
 costs                     -      (14,887)             -               -              -                -      (14,887) 
Share options 
 charge                    -             -         1,545               -              -                -         1,545 
Own shares 
 held by SIP 
 Trust                     -             -             -              28              -                -            28 
Loss for the 
 period                    -             -             -               -              -          (2,778)       (2,778) 
At 31 December 
 2017                  2,843       813,496        19,477           (323)       (92,659)         (60,378)       682,456 
 (Audited) 
                    --------      --------      --------      ----------      ---------      -----------      -------- 
 
Shares allotted            -           185             -               -              -                -           185 
Share option 
 charge                    -             -         2,363               -              -                -         2,363 
Own shares 
 held by SIP 
 Trust                     -             -             -            (66)              -                -          (66) 
Loss for the 
 period                    -             -             -               -              -         (75,083)      (75,083) 
                    --------      --------      --------      ----------      ---------      -----------      -------- 
At 30 June 
 2018 (Unaudited)      2,843       813,681        21,840           (389)       (92,659)        (135,461)       609,855 
                    --------      --------      --------      ----------      ---------      -----------      -------- 
 

The share option reserve arises as a result of the expense recognised in the income statement to account for the cost of share-based employee compensation arrangements.

Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

For the 6 months ended 30 June 2018

 
                                                  6 months     6 months    12 months 
                                                     ended        ended        ended 
                                        Notes  30 Jun 2018  30 Jun 2017  31 Dec 2017 
                                               (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)    (Audited) 
                                                     $'000        $'000        $'000 
 
Net cash (outflow) / inflow 
 from operating activities               13        (2,733)        1,124      (8,088) 
Investing activities 
Interest received                                    1,911           51          885 
Decrease / (increase) in liquid 
 investments(1)                                    162,933            -    (201,973) 
Expenditure on property, plant 
 and equipment                                   (136,382)          (8)     (85,062) 
Expenditure on intangible exploration 
 and evaluation assets                             (2,043)     (87,196)    (180,612) 
Expenditure on inventory                                 -        (991)        (991) 
                                               -----------  -----------  ----------- 
Net cash provided by (used 
 in) investing activities                           26,419     (88,144)    (467,753) 
Financing activities 
Bank charges                                           (8)          (3)         (15) 
Net proceeds from borrowing(2)                           -            -      223,095 
Additional borrowing transaction 
 costs(2)                                                -            -        (303) 
Interest payments (Convertible 
 Bonds)                                            (8,625)            -      (4,313) 
Proceeds from issue of share 
 capital and warrants                                   49       15,931      313,895 
Additional equity issue transaction 
 costs                                                   -            -      (7,976) 
Net cash (used in) / provided 
 by financing activities                           (8,584)       15,928      524,383 
                                               -----------  -----------  ----------- 
Net increase / (decrease) in 
 cash and cash equivalents                          15,102     (71,092)       48,542 
                                               -----------  -----------  ----------- 
Cash and cash equivalents at 
 the beginning of the period(4)                    158,045      101,482      101,482 
Net increase /(decrease) in 
 cash and cash equivalents                          15,102     (71,092)       48,542 
Effects of foreign exchange 
 rate changes                                      (2,057)        1,734        8,021 
                                               -----------  -----------  ----------- 
Cash and cash equivalents at 
 the end of the period(4)                          171,091       32,124      158,045 
                                               -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 

1 Liquid investments comprise short-term liquid investments of between 3 and 12 months maturity while cash and cash equivalents comprise cash at bank and other short term highly liquid investments of less than three months maturity. The combined cash and cash equivalents and liquid investments balance at 30 June 2018 was $210,131,000 (30 June 2017: $32,124,000; 31 December 2017: $360,018,000).

2 Total transaction costs relating to borrowings were $nil (6 months ended 30 June 2017: $nil; 12 months ended 31 December 2017: $7,208,000 of which $6,905,000 were netted off against gross proceeds of $230,000,000).

3 Total transaction costs relating to equity raises were $nil (6 months ended 30 June 2017: $715,000 all of which was netted off against gross proceeds of $15,931,000;12 months ended 31 December 2017: $14,887,000 of which $6,911,000 were netted off against gross proceeds of $320,806,000)

4 Cash and cash equivalents includes $7,397,000 (30 June 2017: $3,034,000; 31 December 2017: $16,089,000) of cash held in escrow which has been included in the balance sheet in other non-current assets, and $24,102,000 (30 June 2017: $nil; 31 December 2017: $17,327,000) of cash held in escrow which has been included in the balance sheet in cash and cash equivalents.

   1.         General information 

Hurricane Energy plc is a public company, limited by shares, incorporated in the United Kingdom and registered in England and Wales under the Companies Act 2006 (registered company number 05245689). The nature of the Group's operations and its principal activity is exploration for oil and gas reserves principally on the UK Continental Shelf. The address of Hurricane Energy plc's registered office is The Wharf, Abbey Mill Business Park, Lower Eashing, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 2QN. Hurricane Energy plc's shares are listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.

This Interim Report and Financial Statements was approved by the board of directors of Hurricane and authorised for issue on 19 September 2018.

This set of Interim Financial Statements for the 6 months ended 30 June 2018 is unaudited and does not constitute statutory accounts as defined by the Companies Act. The information for the year ended 31 December 2017 contained within these Interim Financial Statements does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 435 of the Companies Act 2006. The Group Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2017 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those Financial Statements was unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis and did not contain a statement made under Section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

   2.         Basis of preparation 

The annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union (IFRS). The Interim Financial Statements have been prepared using accounting bases and policies consistent with those used in the preparation of the audited Financial Statements of the Group for the year ended 31 December 2017 with the exception of IFRS 9 'Financial Instruments' and IFRS 15 'Revenue from contracts with customers' (see note 2.1) and those to be used for the year ending 31 December 2018.

The Interim Financial Statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, except for share based payments and certain financial instruments, which have been measured at fair value, and in accordance with the requirements of International Accounting Standard (IAS) 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' as adopted by the European Union and the AIM Rules.

   2.1.     International Financial Reporting Standards adopted in the period 

In the current period, the following accounting standards became effective and have been adopted:

2.1.1. IFRS 9 'Financial Instruments'

IFRS 9 has superseded IAS 32 'Financial Instruments: Presentation' and IAS 39 'Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement' in its entirety for accounting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2018.

The core areas addressed within IFRS 9 are as follows:

   --     Classification and measurement of financial instruments and liabilities 
   --     Impairment of financial assets 
   --     Hedge accounting 

There have been no material changes in relation to the classification and measurement of financial assets and liabilities, impairment of financial assets or for hedge accounting other than additional annual report disclosure requirements.

2.1.2. IFRS 15 'Revenue from contracts with customers'

IFRS 15 replaced IAS 18 'Revenue' and IAS 11 'Construction Contracts' for accounting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2018. The core principle of the standard is that an entity will recognise revenue at an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for transferring promised goods or services to a customer.

The Group performed an impact assessment during the prior year regarding the accounting requirements of IFRS 15. As the Group has not previously had any revenue there has been no impact on adoption of the standard.

   2.2.     New and revised standards: International Financial Reporting Standards 

2.2.1. IFRS 16 'Leases'

IFRS 16 'Leases' will replace IAS 17 'Leases' for accounting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2019. For Hurricane Energy plc the effective date is the year commencing 1 January 2019. The core principal of the standard is to provide a single lessee accounting model, requiring lessees to recognise a right-of-use asset and lease liability for all leases unless the term is less than 12 months, or the underlying asset has a low value. IFRS 16's approach to lessor accounting is mostly unchanged from IAS 17.

The transition to IFRS 16 will have a material impact on the balance sheet as all operating leases will need to be recognised on the balance sheet. Furthermore, operating lease expense in the income statement will be replaced with depreciation and interest expense. The Group has performed an initial impact assessment to determine which current leases and which anticipated future leases would be affected by this transition.

The primary objectives of this assessment are to: define accounting policies in compliance with the standard; identify all existing leases within the Group; identify anticipated future leases within the Group; capture the necessary data for each lease, including discount rates; determine a transition approach; and understand and implement necessary system and operational changes.

The Group is currently in the process of developing updated accounting policies and is assessing the information requirements for each lease. The Group currently plans to adopt the cumulative catch-up transition approach. As such, the value of the asset and liability recognised will be determined by the present value of the future lease payments on the existing leases at the date of transition (1 January 2019) and prior year comparatives will not be restated. The Group currently anticipates that the impact at the point of adoption of the standard is likely to be material as it will bring a Right of Use asset and liability for the Aoka Mizu FPSO and office properties onto the balance sheet. Further quantitative information cannot be provided at this time as the Group is continuing with its detailed assessment.

   3.         Going concern 

The Group's business activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development, performance and position are set out in the Chief Executive's Report. The financial position of the Group, its cash flows and liquidity position are set out in the Interim Financial Statements.

The Group has no source of operating revenue prior to first oil from the Lancaster EPS (currently anticipated to occur in H1 2019) and currently obtains working capital primarily through equity and debt financing. During 2017, the Group raised gross funds of $547 million (before expenses), split between $317 million from the issue of Ordinary Shares and $230 million from the issue of Convertible Bonds.

The directors have performed a robust assessment, including a review of the budget for the year ending December 2019 and longer-term strategic forecasts and plans, including consideration of the principal risks faced by the Company. In particular, the directors considered a number of sensitivities which included the impact of a delay in first oil from the Lancaster EPS, cost and schedule overruns during the installation period and, following first oil, downside sensitivities in relation to production rates, operational uptime, oil price, opex and foreign exchange rates. Following this review, the directors are satisfied that, taking into consideration reasonably possible downside sensitivities, the Group has adequate resources to continue to operate and meet its liabilities as they fall due for the foreseeable future, a period considered to be at least twelve months from the date of signing these interim financial statements. For this reason, they continue to adopt the Going Concern Basis for preparing the Interim Financial Statements.

   4.         Foreign exchange gains and losses 

Foreign exchange losses of $2.1 million (6 months ended 30 June 2017: gain of $1.7 million; 12 months ended 31 December 2017: gain of $8.0 million) relate to fluctuations in the US Dollar to Pounds Sterling exchange rate. The Group's cash and cash equivalents are predominately held in US Dollars and Pounds Sterling.

   5.         Tax on loss on ordinary activities 
 
                                         6 months ended  6 months ended    12 months 
                                                                               ended 
                                            30 Jun 2018     30 Jun 2017  31 Dec 2017 
                                            (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)    (Audited) 
                                                  $'000           $'000        $'000 
UK corporation tax 
Current tax - current year                            -               -            - 
                                                         --------------  ----------- 
Total current tax                                     -               -            - 
                                         --------------  --------------  ----------- 
 
Deferred tax - current year                           -               -            - 
Total deferred tax                                    -               -            - 
                                         --------------  --------------  ----------- 
Tax credit per income statement                       -               -            - 
                                         --------------  --------------  ----------- 
 
Loss on ordinary activities before 
 tax                                           (75,083)         (4,226)      (7,004) 
                                         --------------  --------------  ----------- 
Loss on ordinary activities multiplied 
 by standard rate of corporation 
 tax in the UK applicable to oil 
 and gas companies of 40%                      (30,033)         (1,690)      (2,802) 
Effects of: 
Expenses not deductible for tax 
 purposes                                           973             940        1,576 
Effect of changes in tax rates                        -               -      (2,395) 
Losses and other temporary differences 
 not recognised                                  29,060             750        3,621 
                                                         --------------  ----------- 
Total tax credit for the year                         -               -            - 
                                         --------------  --------------  ----------- 
 

In 2016 the Company made a claim under the SME Research & Development tax relief scheme and has surrendered the resulting losses for a payable tax credit. $0.9 million of the research and development tax credit was received in cash during that year, relating to the 2013 claim. The remaining $5.9 million relating to the 2014 claim was received in February 2017.

   5.1.     Factors which may affect future tax charges 

The Group has trading losses of $431.3 million at 30 June 2018 (31 December 2017: $393.6 million), which have no expiry date and would be available for offset against future trading profits. A potential Ring Fence Expenditure Supplement claim could also be made which would result in additional trading losses of $111.7 million.

The Group has pre-trading expenditure of $84.3m which is carried forward at 30 June 2018 and tax relief will be available when FDP approval is obtained on the remaining licences.

   5.2.     Deferred tax asset / liability 
 
                                    6 months ended  6 months ended    12 months 
                                                                          ended 
                                       30 Jun 2018     30 Jun 2017  31 Dec 2017 
                                       (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)    (Audited) 
                                             $'000           $'000        $'000 
 
Accelerated capital allowances             153,149               -      139,520 
Other timing differences                         4               -            4 
Fair value movement on derivative                -               -        1,771 
Tax losses carried forward               (153,153)               -    (141,295) 
                                    --------------  --------------  ----------- 
Deferred tax liability                           -               -            - 
                                    --------------  --------------  ----------- 
 

No asset has been recognised in these Financial Statements for a potential deferred tax asset of $29.5 million (31 December 2017: $16.1 million). The Group's practice is generally not to recognise potential deferred tax assets until such time as it has been demonstrated that the Group will generate taxable profits. No deferred tax asset has yet been recognised due to the inherent uncertainty of success at this stage. The potential deferred tax asset is calculated at a rate of 40% (30 June 2017 and 31 December 2017: 40%).

   6.         Loss per share 

The basic and diluted loss per share has been calculated using the loss for the period and a weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue less treasury shares.

 
                                      6 months ended  6 months ended      12 months 
                                                                              ended 
                                         30 Jun 2018     30 Jun 2017    31 Dec 2017 
                                         (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)      (Audited) 
                                               $'000           $'000          $'000 
 
Loss after tax                              (75,083)         (4,226)        (7,004) 
 
                                           Number of       Number of      Number of 
                                              shares          shares         shares 
Weighted average shares in issue 
 (basic and diluted)                   1,958,438,402   1,207,828,832  1,583,803,716 
 
                                               Cents           Cents          Cents 
                                      --------------  --------------  ------------- 
Loss per share (basic and diluted)            (3.83)          (0.35)         (0.46) 
                                      --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 

The effect of the warrants, options and Convertible Bonds outstanding at the end of each period was anti-dilutive as the Group incurred a loss and all the interest on the Convertible Bond was capitalised.

   7.         Property, plant and equipment 
 
                          Oil          Other          Total                 Oil          Other          Total               Oil        Other        Total 
                          and          fixed                                and          fixed                              and        fixed 
                          gas         assets                                gas         assets                              gas       assets 
                   properties                                        properties                                      properties 
                     6 months       6 months                           6 months       6 months                               12           12 
                        ended          ended                              ended          ended                           months       months 
                                                                                                                          ended        ended 
                           30         30 Jun       6 months              30 Jun         30 Jun       6 months                31           31           12 
                          Jun             18          ended                  17             17          ended               Dec          Dec       months 
                           18                                                                                                17           17        ended 
                  (Unaudited)    (Unaudited)         30 Jun         (Unaudited)    (Unaudited)         30 Jun         (Audited)    (Audited)           31 
                                                         18                                                17                                         Dec 
                                                                                                                                                       17 
                        $'000          $'000    (Unaudited)               $'000          $'000    (Unaudited)             $'000        $'000    (Audited) 
                                                      $'000                                             $'000                                       $'000 
 Cost 
 At 1 January         445,237          1,053        446,290                   -            995            995                 -          995          995 
 Additions            188,004              -        188,004                   -              8              8           109,381           58      109,439 
 Transfer from 
  intangible 
  assets                    -              -              -                   -              -              -           335,856            -      335,856 
                -------------  -------------  -------------       -------------  -------------  -------------       -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 At 30 June 
  / 31 
  December            633,241          1,053        634,294                   -          1,003          1,003           445,237        1,053      446,290 
                -------------  -------------  -------------       -------------  -------------  -------------       -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 
 Depreciation 
 At 1 January               -          (999)          (999)                   -          (977)          (977)                 -        (977)        (977) 
 Charge for 
  the period                -           (19)           (19)                   -            (8)            (8)                 -         (22)         (22) 
                -------------  -------------  -------------       -------------  -------------  -------------       -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 At 30 June 
  / 31 
  December                  -        (1,018)        (1,018)                   -          (985)          (985)                 -        (999)        (999) 
                -------------  -------------  -------------       -------------  -------------  -------------       -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 
 Carrying 
  amount 
  at 30 June 
  / 31 
  December            633,241             35        633,276                   -             18             18           445,237           54      445,291 
                -------------  -------------  -------------       -------------  -------------  -------------       -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 
 

Included within additions is $12,041,000 of borrowing costs that have been capitalised in the period (30 June 2017: $nil; 31 December 2017: $10,448,000).

Also included in additions are $16,620,000 (30 June 2017: $nil; 31 December 2017: $nil) relating to the changes in decommissioning estimates on the Lancaster field (note 11).

On 24 September 2017 approval was granted for the Lancaster EPS field development. As a result, $335,856,000 of intangible exploration and evaluation assets were reclassified as oil and gas properties within property, plant and equipment. The oil and gas property balance at 30 June 2018 solely relates to the Lancaster development.

Depreciation of the oil and gas properties will commence once production begins and will be on a unit of production (UOP) basis.

Property, plant and equipment (other fixed assets) comprises the Group's investment in leasehold improvements, fixtures, office equipment and computer hardware.

   8.         Intangible exploration and evaluation assets 
 
                                               6 months     6 months    12 months 
                                                  ended        ended        ended 
                                            30 Jun 2018  30 Jun 2017  31 Dec 2017 
                                            (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)    (Audited) 
                                                  $'000        $'000        $'000 
 
At start of period                              126,365      302,539      302,539 
Additions                                           851          981      169,113 
Effects of additions / changes to 
 decommissioning estimates (note 11)                504       69,973          981 
Impairment of intangible exploration 
 and evaluation assets                                -            -      (1,971) 
Write off of intangible and evaluation 
 assets                                               -            -      (8,441) 
Transfer to property, plant and equipment             -            -    (335,856) 
                                            ----------- 
At end of period                                127,720      373,493      126,365 
                                            -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 

Intangible exploration and evaluation expenditure comprises the book cost of licence interests and exploration and evaluation expenditure within the Group's licensed acreage in the West of Shetlands.

The directors have fully considered and reviewed the potential value of licence interests at 30 June 2018, including carried forward exploration and evaluation expenditure. The directors have considered the Group's tenure to its licence interests, its plans for further exploration and evaluation activities in relation to these and the likely opportunities for realising the value of the Group's licences, either by farm-out or by development of the assets. The directors have concluded that no impairment is necessary at this time.

On 24 September 2017 approval was granted for the Lancaster EPS field development. As a result, $335,856,000 of intangible assets were reclassified as Oil and Gas properties within property, plant and equipment.

In December 2017, the directors fully impaired the intangible exploration and evaluation assets relating to Strathmore, being $1,971,000. On 8 December 2017 the Group relinquished its P1485 and P1834 licences (Typhoon and Tempest). As such, the intangible exploration and evaluation assets relating to those licences of $8,441,000 were fully written off.

   9.         Trade and other payables 
 
                   30 Jun 2018  30 Jun 2017  31 Dec 2017 
                   (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)    (Audited) 
                         $'000        $'000        $'000 
 
Trade payables           2,263        1,593        1,030 
Other payables             166          114          159 
Accruals                49,055        8,495       27,644 
                   -----------  -----------  ----------- 
                        51,484       10,202       28,833 
                   -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 

The accruals at 30 June 2018 includes significant expenditure in relation to the EPS that has not yet been invoiced.

   10.       Borrowings 

In July 2017 the Group raised $230 million (gross) from the successful placement of Convertible Bonds ("the Bonds"). The Bonds were issued at par and carry a coupon of 7.5% payable quarterly in arrears. The Bonds are convertible into fully paid Ordinary Shares of the Company with the initial conversion price set at $0.52, representing a 25% premium above the placing price of the Concurrent Equity Placement, being GBP0.32 (converted into US dollars at USD/GBP 1.30). Unless previously converted, redeemed or purchased and cancelled, the Bonds will be redeemed at par on 24 July 2022.

The conversion feature of the Bonds is classified as an embedded derivative liability as it can be settled by the Group in cash and hence does not meet the 'fixed for fixed' criteria for a compound instrument outlined in IFRS 9 (see note 14). It has therefore been measured at fair value through profit and loss. The amount recognised at inception in respect of the host debt contract was determined by deducting the fair value of the conversion option at inception (the embedded derivative) from the fair value of the consideration received for the convertible loan notes. The debt component is then recognised at amortised cost, using the effective interest method until extinguished upon conversion or at the instrument's maturity date.

 
                                           6 months ended  6 months ended    12 months 
                                                                                 ended 
                                              30 Jun 2018     30 Jun 2017  31 Dec 2017 
                                                    $'000           $'000        $'000 
 
Proceeds of issue of convertible 
 bonds                                                  -               -      230,000 
Transaction costs                                       -               -      (7,208) 
                                           --------------  --------------  ----------- 
Net proceeds on issue of convertible 
 loan notes                                             -               -      222,792 
                                           --------------  --------------  ----------- 
 
Transaction costs relating to liability 
 component                                              -               -        5,984 
Transaction costs relating to derivative 
 liability                                              -               -        1,224 
                                           --------------  --------------  ----------- 
Total transaction costs                                 -               -        7,208 
                                           --------------  --------------  ----------- 
 
Liability component at start of period 
 (net of transaction costs)                     (191,102)               -            - 
Liability component issued in period 
 (net of transaction costs)                             -                    (184,967) 
Interest charged                                 (12,041)               -     (10,448) 
Interest paid                                       8,625               -        4,313 
                                           --------------  --------------  ----------- 
Liability at end of period                      (194,518)               -    (191,102) 
                                           --------------  --------------  ----------- 
 
Derivative liability at start of 
 period                                          (28,622)               -            - 
Derivative liability issued in the 
 period                                                 -                     (39,049) 
Change in fair value recognised in 
 the income statement (note 14)                  (70,150)               -       10,427 
                                           --------------  --------------  ----------- 
Derivative liability at end of period            (98,772)               -     (28,622) 
                                           --------------  --------------  ----------- 
 

The interest expensed in the period is calculated by applying an effective interest rate of 13.5% to the liability component for the period. The liability component is measured at amortised cost. The difference between the carrying amount of the liability component at the date of issue and the amount reported in the balance sheet at 30 June 2018 represents the interest charged at the effective interest rate less interest paid to that date. All of the interest charge has been capitalised within property, plant and equipment as it is considered to relate to the development of the Lancaster Field, a qualifying asset.

   11.       Decommissioning provisions 
 
                                         6 months     6 months    12 months 
                                            ended        ended        ended 
                                      30 Jun 2018  30 Jun 2017  31 Dec 2017 
                                      (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)    (Audited) 
                                            $'000        $'000        $'000 
 
At start of period                          7,023        5,959        5,959 
Unwinding of discount rate                     50           35           83 
Additions                                  15,984          981          981 
Changes to decommissioning estimate           636            -            - 
                                      -----------  -----------  ----------- 
At end of period                           23,693        6,975        7,023 
                                      -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 

The provision for decommissioning relates to the costs required to decommission the suspended wells previously drilled on the Lancaster, Whirlwind and Halifax exploration assets, and the costs required to decommission the Lancaster EPS installations at 30 June 2018. The expected decommissioning cost for these assets is based on the directors' best estimate of the cost of decommissioning the assets at the end of 2025 discounted at 1.09% per annum (2017: 1.31%). The addition in 2018 was due to the work completed in 2018 in relation to the EPS installation on the Lancaster asset. This work comprised the completion of the 6 and 7Z wells and installation of the Xmas trees.

   12.       Called up share capital 
 
                                             6 months     6 months    12 months 
                                                ended        ended        ended 
                                          30 Jun 2018  30 Jun 2017  31 Dec 2017 
                                          (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)    (Audited) 
                                                $'000        $'000        $'000 
Allotted, called up and fully paid 
30 June 2018: 1,959,551,637; (30 
 June 2017: 1,227,988,123; 31 December 
 2017: 1,959,210,336) Ordinary Shares 
 of GBP0.001 each                               2,843        1,892        2,843 
                                          -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 

The Company does not have an authorised share capital.

On 24 January 2018 341,301 new Ordinary Shares were issued to the Hurricane Energy plc Share Incentive Plan (SIP) at a subscription price of GBP0.39 per share.

   13.       Reconciliation of operating loss to net cash (outflow) / inflow from operating activities 
 
                                           6 months     6 months    12 months 
                                              ended        ended        ended 
                                        30 Jun 2018  30 Jun 2017  31 Dec 2017 
                                        (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)    (Audited) 
                                              $'000        $'000        $'000 
 
Operating loss                              (4,714)      (5,989)     (24,998) 
Adjustments for: 
Depreciation of property, plant 
 and equipment                                   19            8           22 
Impairment / write off of intangible 
 exploration and evaluation assets                -            -       10,412 
Share based payment charge                    2,433        2,349        3,922 
                                        -----------  -----------  ----------- 
Operating cash outflow before working 
 capital movements                          (2,263)      (3,632)     (10,642) 
 
Increase in receivables                       (848)      (2,192)      (3,370) 
Increase in payables                            378        1,088           64 
                                        -----------  -----------  ----------- 
Cash used in operating activities           (2,733)      (4,736)     (13,948) 
                                        -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 
Corporation tax received                          -        5,860        5,860 
                                        -----------  -----------  ----------- 
Net cash (outflow) / inflow from 
 operating activities                       (2,733)        1,124      (8,088) 
                                        -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 
   14.       Financial Instruments 

The derivative financial instruments held by the Group are the embedded derivative associated with the issue of the convertible bonds, and the forward foreign exchange contracts the Group entered into during 2017.

IFRS 7 'Financial Instruments: Disclosures' requires entities to disclose the fair value of each class of financial assets and financial liabilities in a way that permits it to be compared with its carrying value. IFRS 7 also requires financial instruments to be classified into a fair value hierarchy based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement.

The fair value hierarchy is defined in IFRS 13 'Fair Value Measurement' and has the following levels:

Level 1 - quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

Level 2 - inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly.

Level 3 - inputs for the asset or liability that are not based on observable market data (unobservable inputs).

Embedded Derivative

At inception and at the Balance Sheet date, the fair value of the embedded derivative contained within the Convertible Bonds was calculated based on the conversion option contained within. In determining the fair value of the embedded derivative, the likelihood of the early redemption option being exercised and the likelihood of a change of control of the Group within the life of the bonds were considered. The likelihood of each was considered to be nil for the purposes of the valuation.

 
                                  6 months ended  6 months ended  12 months ended 
                                    30 June 2018    30 June 2017      31 Dec 2017 
                                     (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)        (Audited) 
                                           $'000           $'000            $'000 
Derivative liability at start 
 of period                              (28,622)               -                - 
Derivative liability issued in 
 the period                                    -                         (39,049) 
Change in fair value recognised 
 in the income statement                (70,150)               -           10,427 
                                                  --------------  --------------- 
Derivative liability at end of 
 period                                 (98,772)               -         (28,622) 
                                  --------------  --------------  --------------- 
 

The derivatives that are a part of the Convertible Bond issue have been assessed to be a Level 3 financial liability. This is because the derivatives themselves are not traded on an active market and their fair values are determined by a valuation technique that uses one key input that is not based on observable market data, being share price volatility.

Volatility is a key input in the valuation of the Convertible Bond embedded derivative. Volatility is a measure of the variability or uncertainty in return for a given underlying derivative. It represents an estimate of how much a particular instrument, parameter or index (in this case share price) will change in value over time. The valuation technique was based on a simulation model and the volatility was calculated as a blended average of the trading history of the Group's own shares and shares in a relevant peer group, for a period of six months prior to the measurement date.

The fair value at 30 June 2018 was calculated using the Hurricane share price on that date of GBP0.475 (31 December 2017: GBP0.310) and a share price volatility assumption of 30.1% (31 December 2017: 23.6%). The effect on the fair value of the derivative liability due to changes to the share price and share price volatility have been considered below.

 
                             Base share price       Base share price       Base share price 
                                   (GBP0.475)    -GBP0.10 (GBP0.375)    +GBP0.10 (GBP0.575) 
                                        $,000                  $,000                  $,000 
 Fair value of derivative 
  liability                            98,772                 57,275                146,200 
 
                              Base volatility        Base volatility        Base volatility 
                                      (30.1%)            -5% (25.1%)            +5% (35.1%) 
                                        $,000                  $,000                  $,000 
 Fair value of derivative 
  liability                            98,772                 90,856                106,955 
 

As movements in the fair value are recognised directly in the income statement these changes would directly affect the loss after tax by the same amount.

Foreign exchange swaps

During 2017 the Group entered into several foreign exchange swaps to cover specific foreign currency payments in the Group's future. At the reporting date the Group had one remaining foreign exchange swap for the purposes of settling a known Euro payment to occur in October 2018.

These foreign exchange swaps were accounted for using the spot rate on the date the swap was entered into, and subsequently revalued at each reporting date for movements in the foreign exchange rate. Any change in the forward spot rate at period-end is accounted for by taking the fair value changes to the income statement and recognising either a derivative asset or derivative liability in the statement of financial position.

During the period, two of the foreign exchange swaps were settled.

The following table details the foreign currency swaps outstanding at 30 June 2018:

 
 EUR                       Forward     Forward     Foreign   Notional    Trade   Derivative 
                  Rate (inception)    Rate (30    Currency      Value    Value    Liability 
                                       Jun 18)     EUR'000      $'000    $'000        $'000 
--------------  ------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------  -------  ----------- 
 3 - 6 months               0.8988      0.8867       1,700      1,998    1,971         (27) 
                                                                                ----------- 
                                                                                       (27) 
                                                                                ----------- 
 
 
                                      6 months ended  6 months ended    12 months 
                                                                            ended 
                                         30 Jun 2018     30 Jun 2017  31 Dec 2017 
                                         (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)    (Audited) 
                                               $'000           $'000        $'000 
Derivative liability at start of 
 period                                         (11)               -            - 
Termination of derivative liability 
 on FX swap                                        4               -            - 
Change in fair value recognised 
 in the income statement                        (20)               -         (11) 
                                      --------------  --------------  ----------- 
Derivative liability at end of 
 period                                         (27)               -         (11) 
                                      --------------  --------------  ----------- 
 

The derivatives that are a part of the foreign exchange swaps have been assessed to be a Level 2 financial liability. This is because the foreign currency swaps themselves are not traded on an active market. However, their fair values are determined by valuation techniques that use observable market data, e.g. foreign exchange rates.

   15.       Capital commitments 

As at 30 June 2018 the Group had capital commitments of $70.3 million (30 June 2017: $69.0 million; 31 December 2017: $199.7 million).

   16.       Related parties 

During the 6 months ended 30 June 2018, the only related party transactions are those with the directors who are considered the Group's key management personnel.

   17.       Subsequent events 

On 3 July 2018, the Group transferred $22.1 million to the Law Debenture Trust by way of security for the decommissioning of the Lancaster EPS which will be classified as non-current restricted cash.

On 3 September 2018, the Group announced that Spirit Energy Limited has farmed-in to 50% of Hurricane's Lincoln (P1368 South) and Warwick (P2294) licences together covering the Greater Warwick Area . Further details are provided in the Chief Executive Officer's Review in the front half of this report.

Glossary

 
 2P reserves       Proved plus probable reserves under the Society 
                    of Petroleum Engineers' Petroleum Resources 
                    Management System 
 2C contingent     Best case contingent resources under the Society 
  resources         of Petroleum Engineers' Petroleum Resources 
                    Management System 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 AIM               The AIM market of the London Stock Exchange 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 Aoka Mizu         The Aoka Mizu FPSO 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 the Code          The Financial Reporting Council's UK Corporate 
                    Governance Code 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 Company           Hurricane Energy plc and/or its subsidiaries 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 EPS               Early production system 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 FEED              Front end engineering and design 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 FID               Final investment decision 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 FPSO              Floating production storage and offloading 
                    vessel 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 GLA               Greater Lancaster Area, comprising the Lancaster 
                    and Halifax fields located on UKCS licences 
                    P.1368 Central and P.2308 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 the Group         Hurricane Energy plc and its subsidiaries 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 GWA               Greater Warwick Area, comprising the Lincoln 
                    and Warwick fields located on UKCS licences 
                    P.1368 South and P.2294 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 HSE               Health, Safety and Environmental 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 Hurricane         Hurricane Energy plc and its subsidiaries 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 IFRS              International Financial Reporting Standards 
                    as adopted by the European Union 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 Ordinary Shares   Ordinary shares in the Company of GBP0.001 
                    each 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 Premium Listing   Listing on the premium segment of a recognised 
                    stock exchange 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 SIP               Share incentive plan 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 Spirit Energy     Spirit Energy Limited 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 SURF              Subsea umbilical, risers and flowlines 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 TMS               Turret mooring system 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 UKCS              United Kingdom Continental Shelf 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 UOP               Unit of Production 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 Xmas trees        An assembly of valves, spools and fittings 
                    used at the head of an oil and gas well 
                  ------------------------------------------------- 
 

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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