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San Leon Energy PLC Interim Results

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San Leon Energy PLC

25 September 2020

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 ('MAR). Upon the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service ('RIS'), this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

25 September 2020

San Leon Energy Plc

("San Leon", "SLE" or "the Company")

Interim Results

San Leon, the independent oil and gas production, development and exploration company focused on Nigeria, today announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2020, and provides an update on its indirect interest in OML 18, a world-class oil and gas block located onshore in Nigeria.

Highlights

Corporate

-- Completed the return of approximately US$35.3 million to shareholders during the first half of 2020 delivering on the Company's commitment to shareholder returns.

-- Oisin Fanning, CEO, purchased 98 million shares in the Company, taking his interest to approximately 24%, on 7 May 2020.

-- Adekolapo Ademola joined the Company as Non-Executive Director on 7 April 2020 as a designate of Midwestern Oil & Gas Company Ltd. Bill Higgs and Mark Phillips resigned as Non-Executive Directors in May and June 2020 respectively.

-- The Company entered into an agreement dated 6 April 2020 amending the existing Loan Notes Instrument (the "Amendment") between San Leon and Midwestern Leon Petroleum Limited ("MLPL"). Under the terms of the Amendment, US$40.0 million was received immediately by San Leon, with the remaining balance payable being approximately US$82.2 million plus interest. A further US$10.0 million is expected to be settled on or before 6 October 2020, with the balance of the Loan Notes receivable to be paid in three quarterly instalments, commencing July 2021 and completing by December 2021.

Corporate - Post balance sheet

-- On 3 August 2020 the Company provided a US$15.0 million loan and acquired a 10% interest in Energy Link Infrastructure (Malta) Ltd ("ELI"). ELI's sole asset is the proposed new Alternative Crude Oil Evacuation System ("ACOES") constructed to provide a dedicated oil export route from the OML 18 asset. Once commissioned, the system is expected by Eroton to reduce the downtime and allocated pipeline ("Pipeline") losses to below 10%.

-- On 1 September 2020, the Company announced that it had conditionally agreed to invest US$7.5 million by way of a loan to Decklar Petroleum Limited ("Decklar"), who is the holder of a Risk Service Agreement ("RSA") with Millenium Oil and Gas Company Limited ("Millenium") on the Oza field, onshore Nigeria. Under the agreements, once completed, the Company will also receive a 15% interest in Decklar for a nominal amount paid.

-- Allenby Capital Limited was appointed as Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker on 31 July 2020, after the reporting period.

Financial

-- Cash and cash equivalents as at 30 June 2020 of US$35.6 million (30 June 2019: US$12.2 million).

-- Cash and cash equivalents as at 18 September 2020 was US$22.6 million (US$6.8 million is restricted and held in escrow for the Oza transaction).

-- During 2020 to date US$41.5 million (30 June 2019: US$10.7 million) has been received in relation to payments due to San Leon under the Loan Notes.

-- The Company is scheduled to continue to be repaid against the Loan Notes, the balance of which is currently US$88.7 million, on a cash receipts basis.

-- A share repurchase of US$2.0 million of Company shares was completed between October 2019 and January 2020.

-- A special dividend of US$33.3 million was declared in May 2020, giving a dividend yield of approximately 30% as at the date of dividend announcement.

-- Loss from continuing operations for the period ended 30 June 2020 was US$20.3 million (30 June 2019: loss of US$6.8 million). For clarity, this figure does not reflect Loan Notes cash received.

Operational

An update on OML 18 activity during the first six months of 2020 is provided below.

-- Eroton completed its three well drilling programme in early 2020, with the final completion and flow of these wells impacted by Covid-19. The recent lower oil price has led Eroton to improve capital discipline and the prudent deferral of the next drilling campaign, now expected to commence towards the end of 2021.

-- Eroton informs the Company that it has taken all appropriate precautions for its operations and people, with regards to Covid-19.

-- Oil delivered to Bonny terminal for sales was approximately 25,200 barrels of oil per day ("bopd") in H1 2020 (32,000 bopd in H1 2019) and continues to be affected by combined losses and downtime of approximately 32%. The 2020 figure has also been affected by OPEC oil production quota restrictions. Together, the losses, downtime and OPEC restrictions cause the majority of the difference between gross production when there is no disruption to production, and oil is received at Bonny terminal for sales.

-- Gas sales averaged 39.1 million standard cubic feet per day ("mmscf/d") in H1 2020 after downtime (34.3 mmscf/d in H1 2019).

-- Production downtime of 15% in H1 2020 was caused by third party terminal and gathering system issues. Such issues in the third-party export system are expected to be substantially resolved by the implementation of the new ACOES for the purpose of transporting, storing and evacuating crude oil from OML 18 export Pipeline". The Pipeline will run from within the OML 18 acreage to a dedicated Floating Storage and Offloading ("FSO") vessel in the open sea, approximately 50 kilometres offshore. Expected timing for the commencement of operations is in the coming quarters.

-- Pipeline losses by the Bonny Terminal operator have been relatively stable over the past year (30 June 2020: 20%; 30 June 2019: 18%). In the longer term, the export Pipeline and FSO system mentioned above are expected to reduce losses significantly.

Chief Executive Officer of San Leon, Oisín Fanning, commented:

" The Company's position and outlook remains strong.

"Whilst the world and the industry has been through turbulent times, we have taken advantage of the opportunities presented by this as well as utilising our cash position to further build our portfolio in Nigeria in line with our strategy. Our investment in ELI will support the reduction in pipeline losses and downtime at OML 18 whilst also providing loan note repayments as well as equity returns.

Our strong position is expected to continue in the year ahead as we receive further Loan Note payments and deliver upon our strategy."

Enquiries:

San Leon Energy plc

Oisín Fanning, Chief Executive (+ 353 1291 6292)

Allenby Capital Limited (Nominated adviser and joint broker to the Company)

Nick Naylor (+44 203 328 5656)

Alex Brearley (+44 203 328 5656)

Asha Chotai (+44 203 328 5656)

Panmure Gordon & Co (Joint broker to the Company)

Nick Lovering (+44 207 886 2500)

Brandon Hill Capital Limited (Joint broker to the Company)

Oliver Stansfield (+44 203 463 5000)

Jonathan Evans (+44 203 463 5000)

Tavistock (Financial Public Relations)

Nick Elwes (+44 207 920 3150)

Simon Hudson (+44 207 920 3150)

Barnaby Hayward (+44 207 920 3150)

The Interim Report and Accounts are available on the Company's website at www.sanleonenergy.com .

Chairman's Statement

I welcome the progress on the ACOES system, as a means for taking a major step forward for oil sales on OML 18. The Company's continued implementation of its strategy has resulted in the ELI and Oza transactions, laying the groundwork for our future portfolio.

The continued receipt of Loan Notes payments, now totaling US$190.6 million, put San Leon in a healthy financial position and enabled the Company to pay a maiden special dividend of approximately US$33.3 million in May 2020. During the period of 2020 to date, US$41.5 million of Loan Note payments have been received. In April 2020 the Company amended the existing Loan Notes Instrument (the "Amendment") between San Leon and Midwestern Leon Petroleum Limited ("MLPL") leaving US$88.7 million of principal and interest on a cash receipt basis outstanding and payable as of 24 September 2020.

I would like to thank Mark Phillips and Bill Higgs for their service as Non-Executive Directors and wish them all the best for the future. I would like to welcome Adekolapo Ademola, who has joined San Leon as Non-Executive Director (appointed as a representative of Midwestern Oil & Gas Company Ltd).

Financial Review

To date this year, San Leon has received US$41.5 million of Loan Notes payments which have been applied in satisfaction of principal and accrued interest on the Loan Notes. As a result of these payments, cash and cash equivalents as at 30 June 2020 were US$35.6 million (30 June 2019: US$12.2 million).

San Leon generated a loss after tax from continuing operations of US$20.3 million for the six months to 30 June 2020, compared with a loss after tax of US$6.8 million in the six months to 30 June 2019. The majority of this loss is attributable to the loss on equity investments for the six months to 30 June 2020 of US$14.1 million (30 June 2019: profit of US$0.1 million). This loss relates to San Leon's equity investment in MLPL. MLPL has a 100% equity investment in Martwestern Energy, which in turn has a 50% equity investment in Eroton, the operator of the Company's indirect interest in OML 18, Nigeria.

The share of loss on equity accounted investments comprises 40% of MLPL's gross results being, administrative costs of US$1.0 million, net finance income of US$1.0 million, a loss on investment of US$31.6 million and a tax charge of US$3.7 million. This loss reflects the operational challenges encountered by OML 18 by way of third party terminal and gathering system issues and more generally the impact of Covid-19 on the global economy, oil prices and OPEC restrictions. Eroton has taken prudent and typical action to reduce discretionary spend over this period. This share of loss on equity accounted investments needs to be viewed in the context of the Loan Notes, which enabled the acquisition of the indirect interest in OML 18 and also generated finance income on the Loan Notes during the period of US$7.7 million.

Revenue for the six months to 30 June 2020 was US$nil, compared with US$0.2 million for the six months to 30 June 2019.

Administrative costs increased to US$7.7 million for the six months to 30 June 2020 (30 June 2019: US$5.9 million). The change was due to an increase in wages and salaries of US$0.8 million, advisors and consultants of US$0.5 million, foreign exchange of US$0.8 million and a decrease in the share-based payments charge of US$0.3 million. The increase in advisors and consultants' fees was largely due to work performed on transactions in line with our strategy of investing in assets with expected near-term cash flow, two of such transactions are outlined below in the Post Balance sheet events.

Finance expense of US$0.1 million for the six months to 30 June 2020 (30 June 2019: US$0.1 million) relates to interest on obligations for leases.

Finance income of US$7.8 million (30 June 2019: US$10.1 million) is substantially interest income on the US$174.5 million Loan Notes. The reduction year on year is due to repayments made during the year combined with the Amendment which altered the timing of receipts of the Loan Notes and reduced the principal in the period.

The Expected Credit Loss ("ECL") provision has increased by US$5.9 million (30 June 2019: a credit of US$3.5 million) due to the Amendment and extension of loan note repayments and also to reflect the increased uncertainty in the global economy and the impact on oil price.

The tax charge for the six months to 30 June 2020 is US$0.8 million (30 June 2019: tax credit US$5.2 million) predominantly relating to the increase in the fair value of the Barryroe Net Profit Interest ("NPI") of US$1.6 million.

The Company completed a US$2.0 million share repurchase in January 2020 and in May 2020 declared a special dividend of US$33.3 million.

Post Balance sheet events

On 3 August 2020 the Company provided a US$15.0 million loan and acquired a 10% interest in Energy Link Infrastructure (Malta) Ltd ("ELI"). ELI's sole asset is the proposed new ACOES, which is being constructed to provide a dedicated oil export route from the OML 18 asset, comprising a new pipeline from OML 18 and a FSO. Once commissioned, the system is expected by Eroton to reduce the downtime and allocated pipeline losses currently associated with the Nembe Creek Trunk Line ("NCTL"), to below 10%. In addition, it is anticipated that the FSO project will improve overall well uptime. The investment comprises a 10% equity interest in ELI together with a US$15.0 million shareholder loan at a coupon of 14% per annum over 4 years, and repayable quarterly following a one-year moratorium from the date of investment.

On 1 September 2020 the Company also announced that it had conditionally agreed to invest US$7.5 million by way of a loan to Decklar Petroleum Limited ("Decklar"), the local subsidiary of Asian Mineral Resources Limited (TSX-V:ASN) (now renamed to Decklar Resources Inc (TSX-V:DKL)), listed on the Canadian TSX Venture Exchange. Decklar is the holder of a RSA with Millenium on the Oza field, onshore Nigeria. Until the loan and its interest are repaid, there will be a cash sweep in San Leon's favour. San Leon will also subscribe for a 15% equity interest in Decklar for a nominal amount. Oza is a marginal field which has previously produced oil, has existing infrastructure, and the Company believes has considerable development potential.

Outlook

San Leon remains in a strong position. Our strategy is delivering, and we expect to continue to deliver as we receive further Loan Note repayments in the coming year. OML 18 is undoubtedly a world class asset and we believe that the ACOES will significantly reduce OML 18's losses and downtime going forward. Our position allows us to make the most of the opportunities available to the Company as we look to continue to grow and develop our portfolio (as demonstrated by our investments in the ACOES and in the Oza field) whilst also distributing additional returns to our shareholders. I look forward to updating shareholders as OML 18 progresses and as we execute our new projects and review other opportunities.

San Leon Energy plc

Consolidated income statement

for the six months ended 30 June 2020

 
                                             Notes   Unaudited   Unaudited    Audited 
                                                      6 months    6 months       Year 
                                                         ended       ended      ended 
                                                      30/06/20    30/06/19   31/12/19 
                                                       US$'000     US$'000    US$'000 
------------------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Continuing operations 
 Revenue from contracts with customers         2             -         176        266 
 Cost of sales                                               -       (108)      (148) 
------------------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Gross profit                                                -          68        118 
 
 Share of profit / (loss) of equity 
  accounted investments                        9      (14,145)          97    (3,204) 
 Administrative expenses                               (7,719)     (5,924)   (14,899) 
 Loss on disposal of subsidiaries              3       (1,044)           -   (13,770) 
 Impairment / write off of exploration 
  and evaluation assets                        8          (86)           -    (1,407) 
 Other income                                                -           -      1,400 
 Loss from operating activities                       (22,994)     (5,759)   (31,762) 
 
 Finance expense                               4          (69)        (77)      (144) 
 Finance income                                5         7,755      10,117     24,123 
 Expected credit losses                        6       (5,857)       1,671      3,465 
 Fair value movements in financial assets     11         1,645    (17,900)   (48,373) 
------------------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Loss before income tax                               (19,520)    (11,948)   (52,691) 
 
 Income tax                                    7         (815)       5,170     14,079 
------------------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Loss for the period                                  (20,335)     (6,778)   (38,612) 
------------------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 
 
 
 Loss per share (cent) - total 
 Basic loss per share                                        (4.51)      (1.39)     (8.28) 
 Diluted loss per share                                      (4.51)      (1.39)     (8.28) 
 
 
 
 
 Consolidated statement of other comprehensive 
  income 
 for the six months ended 30 June 2020 
-----------------------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 
                                                  Notes   Unaudited   Unaudited    Audited 
                                                           30/06/20    30/06/19   31/12/19 
                                                            US$'000     US$'000    US$'000 
-----------------------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Loss for the period                                       (20,335)     (6,778)   (38,612) 
 Items that may be reclassified subsequently 
  to profit and loss 
 Foreign currency translation differences                         -       (228)       (26) 
 Recycling of currency translation reserve 
  on disposal of subsidiaries                                 1,044           -     13,870 
 Fair value movements in financial assets          11             -           -    (2,625) 
 Deferred tax on fair value movements 
  in financial assets                                             -           -         40 
-----------------------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Total other comprehensive income                             1,044       (228)     11,259 
-----------------------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 
 Total comprehensive loss for the period                   (19,291)     (7,006)   (27,353) 
-----------------------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 
 

San Leon Energy plc

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

for the period ended 30 June 2020

 
                                                                           Share   Shares                     Attributable 
                  Share    Share           Other               Currency    based    to be     Fair               to equity 
Unaudited 30    capital  premium  undenomi-nated   Special  Translation  payment   issued    value  Retained       holders 
June            reserve  reserve         reserve   reserve      reserve  reserve  reserve  reserve  earnings      in Group 
2020            US$'000  US$'000         US$'000   US$'000      US$'000  US$'000  US$'000  US$'000   US$'000       US$'000 
--------------  -------  -------  --------------  --------  -----------  -------  -------  -------  --------  ------------ 
Balance at 1 
 January 
 2020             5,172   21,077             623     5,024       24,621   14,292        -  (2,505)   134,612       202,916 
--------------  -------  -------  --------------  --------  -----------  -------  -------  -------  --------  ------------ 
Total 
comprehensive 
income for 
period 
Loss for the 
 period               -        -               -         -            -        -        -        -  (20,335)      (20,335) 
Other 
comprehensive 
income 
Foreign 
 currency 
 translation 
 differences          -        -               -         -        1,044        -        -        -         -         1,044 
Total 
 comprehensive 
 income for 
 period               -        -               -         -        1,044        -        -        -  (20,335)      (19,291) 
--------------  -------  -------  --------------  --------  -----------  -------  -------  -------  --------  ------------ 
Transactions 
with 
owners 
recognised 
directly in 
equity 
Contributions 
by and 
distributions 
to owners 
Share buybacks     (15)        -              15         -            -        -        -        -     (507)         (507) 
Dividend 
 payment              -        -               -         -            -        -        -        -  (33,251)      (33,251) 
Effect of 
 options 
 extended             -        -               -         -            -      150        -        -         -           150 
Total 
 transactions 
 with owners       (15)        -              15         -            -      150        -        -  (33,758)      (33,608) 
--------------  -------  -------  --------------  --------  -----------  -------  -------  -------  --------  ------------ 
Balance at 30 
 June 
 2020             5,157   21,077             638     5,024       25,665   14,442        -  (2,505)    80,519       150,017 
--------------  -------  -------  --------------  --------  -----------  -------  -------  -------  --------  ------------ 
 

San Leon Energy plc

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

for the period ended 30 June 2020

 
                                                                              Share   Shares                      Attributable 
                    Share      Share           Other              Currency    based    to be     Fair                to equity 
                  capital    premium  undenom-inated  Special  Translation  Payment   issued    value   Retained       holders 
Unaudited 30      reserve    reserve         reserve  reserve      reserve  reserve  reserve  reserve   earnings      in Group 
June 2019         US$'000    US$'000         US$'000  US$'000      US$'000  US$'000  US$'000  US$'000    US$'000       US$'000 
--------------  ---------  ---------  --------------  -------  -----------  -------  -------  -------  ---------  ------------ 
Balance at 1 
 January 
 2019             150,600    478,666               -        -       10,777   14,977    2,099       80  (396,049)       261,150 
--------------  ---------  ---------  --------------  -------  -----------  -------  -------  -------  ---------  ------------ 
Total 
comprehensive 
income 
for period 
Profit for the 
 period                 -          -               -        -            -        -        -        -    (6,778)       (6,778) 
Other 
comprehensive 
income 
Foreign 
 currency 
 translation 
 differences            -          -               -        -        (228)        -        -        -          -         (228) 
Total 
 comprehensive 
 income 
 for period             -          -               -        -        (228)        -        -        -    (6,778)       (7,006) 
--------------  ---------  ---------  --------------  -------  -----------  -------  -------  -------  ---------  ------------ 
Transactions 
with owners 
recognised 
directly in 
equity 
Contributions 
by and 
distributions 
to owners 
Tender offer 
 and reduction 
 of capital     (144,871)  (459,721)               -    5,024            -        -        -        -    599,568             - 
Reduction of 
 capital            (576)          -             576        -            -        -        -        -   (30,512)      (30,512) 
Share based 
 payment                -          -               -        -            -      216        -        -          -           216 
Issue of 
 shares in 
 lieu 
 of salary             63      2,036               -        -            -        -  (2,099)        -          -             - 
Effect of 
 share options 
 exercised              3         96               -        -            -     (72)        -        -         72            99 
Effect of 
 repricing of 
 share options          -          -               -        -            -      219        -        -          -           219 
Effect of 
 options 
 expired                -          -               -        -            -    (863)        -        -        863             - 
Total 
 transactions 
 with 
 owners         (145,381)  (457,589)             576    5,024            -    (500)  (2,099)        -    569,991      (29,978) 
--------------  ---------  ---------  --------------  -------  -----------  -------  -------  -------  ---------  ------------ 
Balance at 30 
 June 2019          5,219     21,077             576    5,024       10,549   14,477        -       80    167,164       224,166 
--------------  ---------  ---------  --------------  -------  -----------  -------  -------  -------  ---------  ------------ 
 

San Leon Energy plc

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

for the period ended 30 June 2020

 
 
 
                                                                              Share   Shares                      Attributable 
                    Share      Share           Other              Currency    based    to be     Fair                to equity 
 Audited 31       capital    premium  undenom-inated  Special  translation  payment   issued    value   Retained       holders 
 December         reserve    reserve         reserve  reserve      reserve  reserve  reserve  reserve   earnings      in Group 
 2019             US$'000    US$'000         US$'000  US$'000      US$'000  US$'000  US$'000  US$'000    US$'000       US$'000 
--------------  ---------  ---------  --------------  -------  -----------  -------  -------  -------  ---------  ------------ 
Balance at 1 
 January 
 2019             150,600    478,666               -        -       10,777   14,977    2,099       80  (396,049)       261,150 
--------------  ---------  ---------  --------------  -------  -----------  -------  -------  -------  ---------  ------------ 
Total 
comprehensive 
income for 
year 
Profit for the 
 year                   -          -               -        -            -        -        -        -   (38,612)      (38,612) 
Other 
comprehensive 
income 
Foreign 
 currency 
 translation 
 differences            -          -               -        -         (26)        -        -        -          -          (26) 
Recycling of 
 currency 
 translation 
 reserve 
 on disposal 
 of 
 subsidiaries           -          -               -        -       13,870        -        -        -          -        13,870 
Fair value 
 movements 
 in financial 
 assets                 -          -               -        -            -        -        -  (2,625)          -       (2,625) 
Deferred tax 
 on 
 fair value 
 movements 
 in financial 
 assets                 -          -               -        -            -        -        -       40          -            40 
Total 
 comprehensive 
 income for 
 year                   -          -               -        -       13,844        -        -  (2,585)   (38,612)      (27,353) 
--------------  ---------  ---------  --------------  -------  -----------  -------  -------  -------  ---------  ------------ 
Transactions 
with 
owners 
recognised 
directly in 
equity 
Contributions 
by 
and 
distributions 
to owners 
Tender offer    (144,871)  (459,721)               -    5,024            -        -        -        -    599,568             - 
Reduction of 
 capital            (576)          -             576        -            -        -        -        -   (30,512)      (30,512) 
Share buybacks       (47)          -              47        -            -        -        -        -    (1,535)       (1,535) 
Share-based 
 payment                -          -               -        -            -      848        -        -          -           848 
Issue of 
 shares 
 in lieu of 
 salary                63      2,036               -        -            -        -  (2,099)        -          -             - 
Effect of 
 share 
 options 
 exercised              3         96               -        -            -     (72)        -        -         72            99 
Effect of 
 repricing 
 of share 
 options                -          -               -        -            -      219        -        -          -           219 
Effect of 
 options 
 expired                -          -               -        -            -  (1,680)        -        -      1,680             - 
--------------  ---------  ---------  --------------  -------  -----------  -------  -------  -------  ---------  ------------ 
Total 
 transactions 
 with owners    (145,428)  (457,589)             623    5,024            -    (685)  (2,099)        -    569,273      (30,881) 
--------------  ---------  ---------  --------------  -------  -----------  -------  -------  -------  ---------  ------------ 
Balance at 31 
 December 
 2019               5,172     21,077             623    5,024       24,621   14,292        -  (2,505)    134,612       202,916 
--------------  ---------  ---------  --------------  -------  -----------  -------  -------  -------  ---------  ------------ 
 

San Leon Energy plc

Consolidated statement of financial position

as at 30 June 2020

 
                                   Notes   Unaudited   Unaudited    Audited 
                                            30/06/20    30/06/19   31/12/19 
                                             US$'000     US$'000    US$'000 
-------------------------------   ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Assets 
 Non-current assets 
 Intangible assets                   8             -           -          - 
 Equity accounted investments        9        37,721      55,167     51,866 
 Property, plant and equipment      10         3,821       4,566      4,344 
 Financial assets                   11        36,193     106,111      2,963 
 Deferred tax asset                 17           906           -      1,718 
 Other non-current assets                          -         206          - 
                                              78,641     166,050     60,891 
 Current assets 
 Inventory                                       180         256        180 
 Trade and other receivables        12         1,190       1,784        987 
 Financial assets                   11        41,018      59,430    112,252 
 Cash and cash equivalents          13        35,589      12,158     36,697 
                                              77,977      73,628    150,116 
 -------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Total assets                                156,618     239,678    211,007 
--------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 
   Equity and liabilities 
 Equity 
 Called up share capital            16         5,157       5,219      5,172 
 Share premium account              16        21,077      21,077     21,077 
 Other undenominated reserve                     638         576        623 
 Special reserve                    16         5,024       5,024      5,024 
 Share based payments reserve                 14,442      14,477     14,292 
 Currency translation reserve                 25,665      10,549     24,621 
 Fair value reserve                          (2,505)          80    (2,505) 
 Retained earnings                            80,519     167,164    134,612 
--------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Total equity attributable 
  to equity shareholders                     150,017     224,166    202,916 
 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Lease liability                    19         2,404       2,749      2,501 
 Derivative                                      128         659        128 
 Deferred tax liabilities           17             -       7,234          - 
--------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
                                               2,532      10,642      2,629 
 -------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 
 Current liabilities 
 Trade and other payables           14         4,013       4,814      5,406 
 Provisions                         15            56          56         56 
                                               4,069       4,870      5,462 
 -------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Total liabilities                             6,601      15,512      8,091 
--------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Total equity and liabilities                156,618     239,678    211,007 
--------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 

San Leon Energy plc

Consolidated statement of cash flows

for the six months ended 30 June 2020

 
                                                Notes   Unaudited   Unaudited    Audited 
                                                         6 months    6 months       Year 
                                                            ended       ended      ended 
                                                         30/06/20    30/06/19   31/12/19 
                                                          US$'000     US$'000    US$'000 
---------------------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 Loss for the period - continuing operations             (20,335)     (6,778)   (38,612) 
 Adjustments for: 
 Depletion and depreciation                      10           515         446        960 
 Finance expense                                  4            69          77        144 
 Finance income                                   5       (7,755)    (10,117)   (24,123) 
 Share based payments charge                                  150         433      1,069 
 Foreign exchange                                           (286)       (699)      (403) 
 Income tax                                       7           815     (5,170)   (14,079) 
 Impairment of exploration and evaluation 
  assets - continuing operations                               86           -      1,407 
 Expected credit losses                           6         5,857     (1,671)    (3,465) 
 Loss on disposal of subsidiaries                 3         1,044           -     13,770 
 Decommissioning payments                        15             -       (702)      (702) 
 Fair value movements in financial assets        11       (1,645)      17,900     48,373 
 Decrease in inventory                                          -          16         92 
 Decrease / (increase) in trade and 
  other receivables                                         (205)       (117)        532 
 Decrease in trade and other payables                     (1,393)     (3,572)    (3,876) 
 Share of loss / (profit) of equity 
  accounted investments                           9        14,145        (97)      3,204 
 Tax paid                                                       -           -       (18) 
---------------------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Net cash outflow in operating activities                 (8,938)    (10,051)   (15,727) 
---------------------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 
   Cash flows from investing activities 
 Expenditure on exploration and evaluation 
  assets                                          8          (86)           -      (466) 
 Purchases of property, plant and equipment      10             -           -       (82) 
 Lease - prepaid rental                          19             -           -      (231) 
 Loans repaid by Directors                       20             -         727        727 
 Interest on Director's loan                     20             -           1          1 
 Interest and investment income received          5            47         135        278 
 OML 18 Loan Notes principal payments 
  received                                       11        35,285       7,893     23,361 
 OML 18 Loan Notes interest payments 
  received                                       11         6,215       2,805     19,885 
 Net cash inflow from investing activities                 41,461      11,561     43,473 
---------------------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 
   Cash flows from financing activities 
 
 Dividends paid                                          (33,251)           -          - 
 Share buyback                                   16         (506)    (30,512)   (32,048) 
 Proceeds from issue of shares                   16             -          99         99 
 Repayment of lease liability - principal        19          (97)        (97)      (192) 
 Interest and arrangement fees paid              19          (69)        (77)      (144) 
---------------------------------------------  ------  ---------- 
 Net cash outflow from financing activities              (33,923)    (30,587)   (32,285) 
---------------------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 
   Net increase in cash and cash equivalents              (1,400)    (29,077)    (4,539) 
 Effect of foreign exchange fluctuation 
  on cash and cash equivalents                                292         473        474 
 Cash and cash equivalents at start 
  of period                                                36,697      40,762     40,762 
---------------------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents at end of 
  period                                         13        35,589      12,158     36,697 
---------------------------------------------  ------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 

San Leon Energy plc

Notes to the Interim Consolidated Financial Statements

for the six months ended 30 June 2020

1. Basis of preparation and accounting policies

1.1 Statement of compliance

These interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard ("IAS") 34 Interim Financial Reporting and should be read in conjunction with the Group's last annual consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2019. They do not include all of the information required for a complete set of International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") financial statements. However, selected explanatory notes are included to explain events and transactions that are significant to an understanding of the changes in the Group's financial position and performance since the last annual financial statements. They should be read in conjunction with the Group's annual financial statements as at 31 December 2019 which are available on the Group's website www.sanleonenergy.com.

These unaudited Half year results were approved by the Board of Directors on 24 September 2020.

1.2 Significant accounting policies

The accounting policies applied by the Group in the interim financial statements are the same as those applied by the Group in its consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2019.

1.3 Estimates and judgements

In preparing these interim financial statements, management has made judgements and estimates that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expense. Actual results may differ from these estimates. The significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those described in the last annual report for the year ended 31 December 2019.

The Company has used draft 30 June 2020 management accounts provided by MLPL to account for the equity accounted investment. These MLPL management accounts have not been reviewed or audited by MLPL's auditors.

1.4 Going concern

The Group closely monitors its liquidity risk and cash forecasts are produced regularly. Given the current environment of low oil prices and economic uncertainties as a result of Covid-19, cash forecast scenarios have been reviewed further. The principal assumptions underlying the cash flow forecast to the Group are as follows:

-- On 6 April 2020, the Company entered into an agreement amending the MLPL Loan Notes Instrument. The Amendment extends the term of the Loan Notes to December 2021 and changes the expected loan note repayment schedule. Up to 30 June 2020, Loan Note payments totalling US$41.5 million of both principal and interest have been made on behalf of MLPL. Since reporting date, no further repayments have been received. US$10.0 million will be due to be settled on 6 October 2020, with quarterly repayments starting from July 2021. The Group has assumed that it will receive the respective forecast cash flows during 2020 and 2021 from the Loan Notes and for the purposes of managing the loan, cash flows are allocated to interest and then capital repayments in accordance with the terms of the Loan Notes.

-- Income from the provision of subsurface technical and management services of gross US$3.0 million per year in 2020 and 2021.

-- Ongoing exploration and administrative expenditure from the Group's existing activities are in line with current expectations and commitments.

-- The cash flow forecast reflects the on-going activity across the Group's exploration asset portfolio which is now substantially reduced but does take into account licence commitments and technical team costs where relevant, administrative overhead, other financial commitments and its available financial resources from existing cash balances.

The Directors have considered the impact of Covid-19 upon the Company's indirect interest in OML 18, and upon the Loan Notes. The field operations of OML 18 will necessarily be slowed by the taking of customary health precautions, but as with most oil operations around the world, the Company are advised by Eroton that operations are continuing on a reasonable basis with a prudent reduction in discretionary spend. The impact of the current low oil price will likely result in the deferral of some operational and capital expenditure, as is prudent to preserve working capital by Eroton. That is expected to delay some production increases from drilling. Eroton's income will also be affected by the lower oil price itself, although that is buffered to some extent by the deferral of costs mentioned and a number of put options in place. The overall effect is likely only to be some delay in receiving distributions from Eroton via MLPL. However, due to the current uncertain economic outlook the Directors recognise the risk profile of the Loan Notes has increased. The credit risk has therefore been reviewed (see Note 11), and the provision for potential loss has increased accordingly. The Directors are still confident that the full outstanding loan balance will be repaid.

Given the Group's well understood cost base, the principal uncertainties relate to the quantum and timing of receipt of interest and capital repayments on the Loan Notes with MLPL. It was originally envisaged that the Loan Note payments due to the Group would be sourced by MLPL from the receipt of dividends through its indirect interest in Eroton via Martwestern. These dividends have not been received and consequently MLPL has entered into loan arrangements in order to be able to make Loan Note payments to the Company. In the absence of the dividend payments, MLPL will be reliant on further advances under the loan arrangements and in turn being able to make Loan Note payments to the Company. The Company has no obligation arising from the loan arrangements entered into by MLPL.

Based on the Group's forecast, the Directors are satisfied that the Group has sufficient resources to continue in operation for the foreseeable future, a period of not less than twelve months from the date of this report. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the condensed consolidation statements.

2. Revenue and segmental information

 
 At 30/06/2020             Poland   Morocco   Albania      Nigeria    Ireland     Spain   Unalloc-ated        Total 
                                                                                                     # 
 (Unaudited)              US$'000   US$'000   US$'000      US$'000    US$'000   US$'000        US$'000      US$'000 
----------------------  ---------  --------  --------  -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  ----------- 
 Total revenue                  -         -         -            -          -         -              -            - 
 Impairment of 
  exploration 
  and evaluation 
  assets                        -         -      (86)            -          -         -              -         (86) 
 Segment (loss) 
  / profit before 
  income tax                (306)         -      (86)     (12,294)      1,388      (28)        (8,194)     (19,520) 
 Property, plant 
  and equipment                23         -         -        1,111      2,687         -              -        3,821 
 Equity accounted 
  investments                   -         -         -       37,721          -         -              -       37,721 
 Segment non-current 
 assets                        23         -         -       70,417      6,485         -          1,716       78,641 
 Segment liabilities        (194)     (268)     (804)            -    (2,737)     (739)        (1,859)      (6,601) 
----------------------  ---------  --------  --------  -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  ----------- 
 
 
 At 30/06/2019             Poland   Morocco   Albania      Nigeria    Ireland     Spain   Unalloc-ated        Total 
                                                                                                     # 
 (Unaudited)              US$'000   US$'000   US$'000      US$'000    US$'000   US$'000        US$'000      US$'000 
----------------------  ---------  --------  --------  -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  ----------- 
 Total revenue                176         -         -            -          -         -              -          176 
 Impairment of 
  exploration                   -         -         -            -          -         -              -            - 
  and evaluation 
  assets 
 Segment profit 
  / (loss) before 
  income tax                (205)      (74)      (89)       11,438   (17,900)         -        (5,118)     (11,948) 
 Property, plant 
  and equipment                47         -         -        1,557          -         -          2,962        4,566 
 Equity accounted 
  investments                   -         -         -       55,167          -         -              -       55,167 
 Segment non-current 
 assets                        47         -         -      126,968     35,867         -          3,168      166,050 
 Segment liabilities        (192)     (591)     (800)            -          -         -       (13,929)     (15,512) 
----------------------  ---------  --------  --------  -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  ----------- 
 
 
 At 31/12/2019             Poland   Morocco   Albania      Nigeria    Ireland     Spain   Unalloc-ated        Total 
                                                                                                     # 
  (Audited)               US$'000   US$'000   US$'000      US$'000    US$'000   US$'000        US$'000      US$'000 
----------------------  ---------  --------  --------  -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  ----------- 
 Total revenue                266         -         -            -          -         -              -          266 
 Impairment of 
  exploration 
  and evaluation 
  assets                    (126)     (150)     (190)            -          -     (941)              -      (1,407) 
 Segment profit 
  / (loss) before 
  income tax             (15,074)     1,134     (190)       23,575   (48,373)   (1,014)       (12,749)     (52,691) 
 Property, plant 
  and equipment                32         -         -        1,476      2,836         -              -        4,344 
 Equity accounted 
  investments                   -         -         -       51,866          -         -              -       51,866 
 Segment non-current 
 assets                        32         -         -       53,111      7,554         -            194       60,891 
 Segment liabilities        (194)     (268)     (804)            -    (2,835)     (739)        (3,251)      (8,091) 
----------------------  ---------  --------  --------  -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  ----------- 
 
  # Unallocated expenditure and liabilities include amounts of 
   a corporate nature and not specifically attributable to a reportable 
   segment. 
 
 

3. Profit or loss on disposal of subsidiaries

 
                                                     Unaudited   Unaudited    Audited 
                                                      6 months    6 months       Year 
                                                         ended       ended      ended 
                                                      30/06/20    30/06/19   31/12/19 
                                                       US$'000     US$'000    US$'000 
--------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Other, recycling from equity to income statement 
  (i)                                                  (1,044)           -   (13,870) 
 Horizon Petroleum Ltd (ii)                                  -           -        100 
                                                       (1,044)           -   (13,770) 
--------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 

(i) Other

In 2020 the Company liquidated certain foreign operations that held non-core assets. The Group's investment in the assets held by the subsidiaries has been fully impaired in prior periods. The liquidation or disposal of the foreign operations has resulted in the realisation of cumulative foreign currency losses of US$1.0 million (31/12/19: US$13.9 million), that had previously been recognised in equity. The realisation of the cumulative foreign currency losses does not impact the consolidated assets or liabilities.

(ii) Horizon Petroleum Ltd

In August 2019, sale and purchase agreements were completed for the sale of a 100% interest in two oil & gas concessions in Poland, known as Bielsko-Biala and Cieszyn (together the "Primary Concessions"), and a 100% interest in two additional oil & gas concessions in Poland, known as Prusice and Kotlarka, (together the "Secondary Concessions") with Horizon Petroleum Ltd. ('Horizon') (TSXV: HPL).

San Leon will receive a 6% net profit interest on the Primary and Secondary Concessions when the concessions are transformed and granted to Horizon. Under revised completion terms, a cash payment of US$1,080,000 is also due to be paid to San Leon if the Bielsko-Biala concession is transformed and granted to Horizon. At the same time, San Leon is also to receive US$769,558 (CAD$1.0 million) in shares of Horizon. A cash payment of approximately US$75,000 is due to be paid to San Leon for each of the Secondary Concessions if granted to Horizon.

The aggregate consideration of US$2.0 million has been noted in Commitments and Contingencies (Note 18).

On completion of the sale, a US$100,000 advance received by the Company in 2017 as part of the Memorandum of Understanding became non-refundable.

4. Finance expense

 
                                       Unaudited   Unaudited    Audited 
                                        6 months    6 months       Year 
                                           ended       ended      ended 
                                        30/06/20    30/06/19   31/12/19 
                                         US$'000     US$'000    US$'000 
------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 On loans and overdraft                        -           4          - 
 Interest on obligations for leases           69          73        144 
                                              69          77        144 
------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 

5. Finance income

 
                                             Unaudited   Unaudited    Audited 
                                              6 months    6 months       Year 
                                                 ended       ended      ended 
                                              30/06/20    30/06/19   31/12/19 
                                               US$'000     US$'000    US$'000 
 Total finance income on Loan Notes (Note 
  11)                                            7,708       9,981     23,313 
 Deposit interest received                          47         135        278 
 Interest on Director's loan                         -           1          1 
 Movement in fair value of derivatives               -           -        531 
                                                 7,755      10,117     24,123 
------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 

All interest income in respect of assets is measured at amortised cost.

6. Expected credit losses

 
                                       Unaudited   Unaudited    Audited 
                                        6 months    6 months       Year 
                                           ended       ended      ended 
                                        30/06/20    30/06/19   31/12/19 
                                         US$'000     US$'000    US$'000 
------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Loan Notes (loss) / gain (Note 11)      (5,857)       1,671      3,465 
------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 

7. Income tax

 
                                                 Unaudited   Unaudited     Audited 
                                                  6 months    6 months        Year 
                                            ended 30/06/20       ended       ended 
                                                              30/06/19    31/12/19 
                                                   US$'000     US$'000     US$'000 
---------------------------------------   ----------------  ----------  ---------- 
 Current tax: 
 Current year income tax                                 3           3           3 
 Deferred tax 
 Origination and reversal of temporary 
  differences                                          269         631       2,006 
 Deferred tax movement in Barryroe 
  NPI                                                  543     (5,804)    (16,064) 
 Deferred tax movement on fair 
  value of other financial assets, 
  Quoted shares                                          -           -        (24) 
----------------------------------------  ----------------  ----------  ---------- 
 Total income tax charge / (credit)                    815     (5,170)    (14,079) 
----------------------------------------  ----------------  ----------  ---------- 
 Deferred tax relating to items 
  charged / credited to equity 
 Deferred tax movement on fair 
  value of other financial assets, 
  Unquoted shares                                        -           -        (40) 
 Total income tax credit                                 -           -        (40) 
----------------------------------------  ----------------  ----------  ---------- 
 

The difference between the total tax shown above and the amount calculated by applying the applicable standard rate of Irish corporation tax to the loss before tax is as follows:

 
                                         Unaudited   Unaudited     Audited 
                                          6 months    6 months        Year 
                                             ended       ended       ended 
                                          30/06/20    30/06/19    31/12/19 
                                           US$'000     US$'000     US$'000 
-------------------------------------   ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 Current tax: 
-------------------------------------   ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 Loss before income tax                   (19,520)    (11,948)    (52,691) 
--------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 Tax on loss at applicable Irish 
  corporation tax rate of 25% (2019: 
  25%)                                     (4,880)     (2,987)    (13,173) 
 Effects of: 
 Deferred tax on fair value movement 
  in financial assets                          132           -     (3,870) 
 Prior year adjustment                           -           -        (24) 
 Effect of different tax rates                   -       (646)           - 
 Losses utilised in period                   (269)           -     (2,006) 
 Expenses not deductible for tax 
  purposes                                   4,539       3,222       3,269 
 Income tax withheld                             3           3           3 
 Polish tax liability                            -           -           - 
 Excess losses carried forward               1,290     (4,762)       1,722 
 Tax charge / (credit) for the 
  period                                       815     (5,170)    (14,079) 
--------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 

8. Intangible assets

Exploration and evaluation assets

 
                                                          Unaudited 
                                                           30/06/20 
                                                            US$'000 
------------------------------------------------------   ---------- 
 Cost and net book value 
 At 1 January 2019                                                - 
 Additions                                                    1,201 
 Transfer from other non-current assets                         206 
 Write off / impairment of exploration and evaluation 
  assets                                                    (1,407) 
 At 31 December 2019                                              - 
 Additions                                                       86 
 Write off / impairment of exploration and evaluation 
  assets                                                       (86) 
 At 30 June 2020                                                  - 
-------------------------------------------------------  ---------- 
 

An analysis of exploration assets by geographical area is set out below:

 
            Unaudited   Unaudited    Audited 
             6 months    6 months       Year 
                ended       ended      Ended 
             30/06/20    30/06/19   31/12/19 
---------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Spain              -           -        941 
 Albania           86           -        190 
 Morocco            -           -        150 
 Poland             -           -        126 
---------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Total             86           -      1,407 
---------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 

The Directors considered the carrying value of capitalised costs in respect of its exploration and evaluation assets in 2018. These assets were assessed for impairment indicators and in particular with regard to remaining licence terms, likelihood of licence renewal, likelihood of further expenditures and on-going appraisals for each area. Based on internal assessments from the latest information available, the exploration and evaluation assets remain fully impaired in 2020.

9. Equity accounted investments

Midwestern Leon Petroleum Limited

 
                                       Unaudited   Unaudited    Audited 
                                        30/06/20    30/06/19   31/12/19 
                                         US$'000     US$'000    US$'000 
------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Opening balance                          51,866      55,070     55,070 
 Share of (loss) / profit of equity 
  accounted investments                 (14,145)          97    (3,204) 
 Closing balance                          37,721      55,167     51,866 
------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 

The Group identified potential impairment indicators, being that MLPL is yet to receive a dividend from Eroton, the equity interest is currently loss making, MLPL has entered into a loan to be able to make Loan Note repayments to the Group, and more generally, the effects of Covid-19 on the economic environment and its impact on oil prices and OPEC restrictions. To test for a potential impairment, the carrying value of the equity interest in MLPL was compared against the fair value less cost of sale. This was estimated using a discounted cashflow model of the expected future cashflows from MLPL's share of the underlying OML 18 asset. Future cashflows of OML 18 were estimated using the following price assumptions of US$35/bbl in 2020, US$45/bbl in 2021, and a subsequent long term price US$60/bbl escalated at 2% annually, with the cashflows discounted using a post-tax discount rate of 10%. Assumptions involved in the impairment assessment include estimates of commercial reserves, production rates, future oil prices, discount rates and operating and capital expenditure profiles, all of which are inherently uncertain. This analysis identified that the carrying value of the equity interest in MLPL is not impaired.

The Directors recognise that the future realisation of the equity accounted investment is dependent on future successful exploration and appraisal activities and subsequent production of oil and gas reserves.

10. Property, plant and equipment

 
                                      Leased      Plant &       Office       Motor 
                                      assets    equipment    equipment    vehicles      Total 
                                     US$'000      US$'000      US$'000     US$'000    US$'000 
---------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ----------  --------- 
 Cost 
  At 1 January 2019                        -        9,080        1,258         429     10,767 
 Adoption of IFRS 16 leases 
  (i)                                  3,050            -            -           -      3,050 
 Additions                               231            -            -          82        313 
 Currency translation adjustment           -         (30)         (55)        (16)      (101) 
---------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ----------  --------- 
 At 31 December 2019                   3,281        9,050        1,203         495     14,029 
 At 30 June 2020                       3,281        9,050        1,203         495     14,029 
---------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ----------  --------- 
 At 30 June 2019                       3,050        9,116        1,257         427     13,850 
---------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ----------  --------- 
 
 (i) Adoption of IFRS 16 leases, see Note 19. 
 
 
 
                    Depreciation 
 At 1 January 2019                         -        7,207        1,169         427      8,803 
 Charge for the year                     329          626            -           5        960 
 Currency translation adjustment           -         (30)         (31)        (17)       (78) 
---------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ----------  --------- 
 At 31 December 2019                     329        7,803        1,138         415      9,685 
 Exchange rate adjustment                  -            8            -           -          8 
 Charge for the period                   188          303            -          24        515 
---------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ----------  --------- 
 At 30 June 2020                         517        8,114        1,138         439     10,208 
---------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ----------  --------- 
 At 30 June 2019                         130        7,558        1,169         427      9,284 
---------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ----------  --------- 
 
   Net book values 
---------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ----------  --------- 
 At 30 June 2020                       2,764          936           65          56      3,821 
---------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ----------  --------- 
 At 30 June 2019                       2,920        1,558           88           -      4,566 
---------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ----------  --------- 
 At 31 December 2019                   2,952        1,247           65          80      4,344 
---------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ----------  --------- 
 

11. Financial assets

 
                                                      Barryroe 
                                                          4.5%       Unquoted 
                                          OML 18    net profit         shares 
                                             (i)      interest          (iii,       Total 
                                         US$'000          (ii)            iv)     US$'000 
                                                       US$'000        US$'000 
 
                                                                 FVOCI-equity 
                                       Amortised                   instrument 
                                            cost         FVTPL 
 Cost / Valuation 
 At 1 January 2019                       134,187        51,142          2,625     187,954 
 Finance income                           23,313             -              -      23,313 
 Loan Notes receipts - principal        (23,361)             -              -    (23,361) 
 Loan Notes receipts - interest         (19,885)             -              -    (19,885) 
 Impairment of unquoted shares, 
  Other comprehensive income                   -             -        (2,625)     (2,625) 
 Additions                                     -             -            194         194 
 Fair value movement, Income 
  Statement                                    -      (48,373)              -    (48,373) 
 At 31 December 2019                     114,254         2,769            194     117,217 
 Finance income                            7,708             -              -       7,708 
 Loan Notes receipts - principal        (35,285)             -              -    (35,285) 
 Loan Notes receipts - interest          (6,215)             -              -     (6,215) 
 Fair value movement, Income 
  statement                                    -         1,645              -       1,645 
 At 30 June 2020                          80,462         4,414            194      85,070 
----------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ---------- 
 
 Expected Credit Loss Provision 
 At 1 January 2019                       (5,467)             -              -     (5,467) 
 Released in the year                      3,465             -              -       3,465 
 At 31 December 2019                     (2,002)             -              -     (2,002) 
 Increased in the period                 (5,857)             -              -     (5,857) 
----------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ---------- 
 At 30 June 2020                         (7,859)             -              -     (7,859) 
----------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ---------- 
 
 
 
 Book value at 30 June 2020               72,603         4,414            194      77,211 
----------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ---------- 
 Current                                  41,018             -              -      41,018 
----------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ---------- 
 Non-current                              31,585         4,414            194      36,193 
----------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ---------- 
 
 
 Book value at 30 June 2019              129,674        33,242          2,625     165,541 
----------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ---------- 
 Current                                  59,430             -              -      59,430 
----------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ---------- 
 Non-current                              70,244        33,242          2,625     106,111 
----------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ---------- 
 
 Book value at 31 December 2019          112,252         2,769            194     115,215 
----------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ---------- 
 Current                                 112,252             -              -     112,252 
----------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ---------- 
 Non-current                                   -         2,769            194       2,963 
----------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ---------- 
 
 

(i) OML 18 Production Arrangement

In September 2016, the Company secured an indirect economic interest in Oil Mining Lease 18 ("OML 18"), onshore Nigeria.

The Company undertook a number of steps to effect this purchase. MLPL, a company incorporated in Mauritius of which San Leon Nigeria B.V. has a 40% shareholding, was established as a special purpose vehicle to complete the transaction by purchasing all of the shares in Martwestern, a company incorporated in Nigeria. Martwestern holds a 50% shareholding in Eroton, a company incorporated in Nigeria and the operator of OML 18, and Martwestern also holds an initial 98% economic interest in Eroton. The economic effect of this structure is that San Leon has an initial indirect economic interest of 10.584% in OML 18. Shareholders will note that this is higher than the percentage interest anticipated by San Leon at the time of the acquisition in 2016. There have been no further purchases or payments by San Leon but this revised percentage is based on a reassessment and recalculation of the various parties' interests in OML 18.

To partly fund the purchase of 100% of the shares of Martwestern, MLPL borrowed US$174.5 million in incremental amounts by issuing loan notes with an annual coupon of 17% ("Loan Notes") and effective interest rate of 25%, as noted below. Midwestern Oil and Gas Company Limited ("Midwestern") is the 60% shareholder of MLPL and transferred its shares in Martwestern to MLPL as part of the full transaction. Following its placing in September 2016, San Leon became beneficiary and holder of all Loan Notes issued by MLPL and the holder of an indirect economic interest in OML 18. San Leon is due to be repaid the full amount of the US$174.5 million plus the 17% coupon once certain conditions have been met and using an agreed distribution mechanism. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, San Leon Nigeria B.V., the Company is also a beneficiary of any dividends that will be paid by MLPL as a 40% shareholder in MLPL but the Loan Notes repayments must take priority over any dividend payments made to the MLPL shareholders.

The fair value assessment of the Loan Notes on acquisition was calculated as follows:

 
                                                                   Total 
                                                                 US$'000 
------------------------------------------------------------   --------- 
 Total consideration                                             188,419 
 Fair value of Loan Notes attributable to equity investment 
  #                                                             (30,889) 
-------------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
 Net fair value of Loan Notes                                    157,530 
 Arrangement fees                                                (5,500) 
-------------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
 Additions to Financial Assets in 2016 including accrued 
  interest at date of acquisition                                152,030 
-------------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
 

# The fair value of Loan Notes attributable to the equity investment is calculated using a discount factor of management's estimate of a market rate of interest of 8% above the coupon rate of 17% over the term of the Loan Notes, giving an effective interest rate of 25%.

The key information relevant to the fair value of the Loan Notes is as follows:

 
Valuation technique    Significant unobservable inputs 
---------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
Discounted cash flows  - Discount rate 25% based on a market 
                        rate of interest of 8% above the 
                        coupon rate of 17% 
                        - MLPL ability to generate cash 
                        flows for timely repayment 
                        - Loan Notes are repayable in full 
                        by 31 December 2021 (2019: 30 September 
                        2020). 
---------------------  ---------------------------------------- 
 

The business model applicable to the Loan Notes is to hold to collect. The Loan Notes are accounted for at amortised cost.

The credit risk is managed via various undertakings, guarantees, a pledge over shares and the mechanism whereby MLPL prioritises payment of sums due under the Loan Notes. These are described further in Note 20. Given the size and quality of the OML 18 oil and gas asset the main credit risk is regarded as the timing of payments by MLPL which is dependent on dividend distributions by Eroton rather than being unable to pay the total quantum due under the Loan Notes. To date Eroton have been unable to make a dividend distribution. Consequently, MLPL had to enter into a loan in 2017 and subsequently, in order to be able to meet its obligations under the Loan Notes and make payments to San Leon.

In 2020 the Company has received total payments under the Loan Notes of US$41.5 million (2019: US$43.2 million). On 6 April 2020, the Company entered into an Agreement with MLPL, amending the timing of the remaining payment of the Loan Notes Instrument. At the date of the Agreement, the remaining outstanding balance on the par value was US$82.1 million (accounted for as US$76.5 million under IFRS). Of this, US$10.0 million is expected to be settled on or before 6 October 2020, with the balance of the Loan Notes receivable payable in three quarterly instalments, commencing in July 2021 and completing by December 2021. The outstanding loan will continue to have an annual coupon rate of 17% and will continue to be accounted for with an effective interest rate of 25% per annum until repaid. All other material terms of the Loan Notes Instrument remain unchanged. The Agreement with MLPL was accounted for as a modification of the financial asset which did not give rise to derecognition. A loss of US$4.8 million was recognised in respect of the change in present value of the revised cashflows discounted at the original effective interest rate.

The Directors of San Leon have considered the credit risk of the Loan Notes at 30 June 2019, 31 December 2019 and 30 June 2020. Due to the continued inability of MLPL to make dividend distributions, the Directors continue to consider that the credit risk has significantly increased since initial recognition, and a provision for the lifetime expected credit loss of the Loan Notes has been recognised. The Loan Notes are not considered credit impaired on the basis of operational reports of OML 18 which are consistent with successful exploitation of the field over its life, and the funding facilities expected to be available to MLPL over the short to medium term.

In addition, the Directors have reviewed the counterparty credit risk associated with measurement of the expected credit loss and, this has been assessed as having increased significantly since initial recognition. Factors that have been considered to reduce overall credit risk include an ongoing guarantee from Midwestern, which guarantees all indebtedness and associated obligations of MLPL, with the Loan Notes being the most senior debt within the company and a number of oil price put options in place at the Eroton level, which partially mitigates downside risk to the cashflows of OML 18 arising from a reduction in oil prices. In addition, MLPL is currently in compliance with the repayment schedule agreed in April 2020.

The Loan Notes are unique assets for which there is no directly comparable market data. Repayments of the Loan Notes are expected to be made from the underlying cashflows that support MLPL. Accordingly, the lifetime expected credit loss of the Loan Notes has been determined based on publicly available macroeconomic data of default rates by geography, industry and rating, and considering forward-looking information with regard to oil prices and operational and financial reports of the borrower to determine whether any adjustment to the historical trends is appropriate at 30 June 2020. The Directors have considered the credit risk of MLPL, in particular in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant impact on the economic and operational environment. As a result, the credit risk has increased since 31 December 2019. In previous periods an annualised expected credit loss of 3.11% was applied to the amount outstanding on the Loan Notes. This rate was determined on the basis of long-term historical default rates of loans originated in similar geography and industry. A default rate determined by reference to historical default rates has been determined to be less appropriate in the current environment as a result of the uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, the change in profile of the repayments due under the Loan Notes, arising as a result of the amendments to the Loan Notes agreed in April 2020, means that an expected default risk taking into account the timing of the payments is now also appropriate. An expected credit loss provision has been estimated based on a forward looking analysis where a range of outcomes has been considered taking into account the size and timing of the contractual cashflows, the risk of late payment and the risk of default leading to less than full recovery of the amounts due in respect of the Loan Notes. The Directors have considered the possible scenarios and used their judgement to estimate a weighted average outcome of these scenarios. The ECL provision is calculated as the difference between the present value of the weighted average of possible outcomes (discounted at the effective interest rate of the Loan Notes) and the present value of the contractual cashflows. This has then been compared to publicly available macroeconomic data of default rates by geography, industry and rating.

The Company determined that the expected credit loss provision of US$5.5 million, being 4.0% of the balance at 1 January 2019 was appropriate. This declined to US$2.0 million at 31 December 2019 due to the contractual lifetime of the Loan Notes reducing by 12 months, being 1.8% of the balance at 31 December 2019. The repayments made in 2019 reduced the balance at that date, resulting in a gain of US$3.5 million to the income statement for 2019.

In the six month period to 30 June 2020 this further increased to US$7.9 million due to the increase in expected late payment risk and default risk applied to the amended Loan Notes cashflows. The expected credit loss provision represented 9.8% of the amounts outstanding under Loan Notes at 30 June 2020, resulting in a loss of US$5.9 million to the income statement for 2020.

(ii) Barryroe - 4.5% Net Profit Interest (NPI)

SLE holds a 4.5% Net Profit Interest in the Barryroe oil field at fair value through profit and loss under IFRS 9. For the year ended 31 December 2019 the Board adopted a market-based valuation approach using the price of the publicly listed shares of Providence Resources plc ("Providence") (operator and holder of an owner of 80% interest in the Barryroe oil field) as its basis. The Directors believe the market's assessment of the current risks and uncertainties of the project have been reflected within the share price of Providence, and it is therefore appropriate to use this to update their valuation.

The 2020 announcements by Providence Resources PLC in relation to Standard Exploration Licence 1/11 which contains the Barryroe oil accumulation indicate an increased project risk given the uncertainty regarding project funding and therefore timing around the development of the asset. However, Providence is currently in the process of agreeing an appraisal work programme and a potential farmout with a prospective partner.

Given the share price of Providence at 30 June 2020, under the market-based valuation approach the Barryroe carrying value is to be revalued upwards by US$1.6 million to a fair value of US$4.4 million.

(iii) Amedeo Resources plc

As at 30 June 2020 and at 31 December 2019, the Company held 213,512 ordinary shares at a market value of US$nil.

(iv) Ardilaun Energy Limited

As part of the consideration for the sale of Island Oil & Gas Limited to Ardilaun Energy Limited ("Ardilaun") in 2014 Ardilaun agreed to issue shares equivalent to 15% of the issued share capital of Ardilaun to San Leon. The original fair value of the 15% interest in Ardilaun was based on a market transaction in Ardilaun shares.

The Directors considered the carrying value of this interest at 31 December 2019 and given the length of time to obtain Irish government approval for the transaction, the Directors felt it was prudent to carry 15% of Ardilaun shares still to be issued to San Leon at a value of US$nil. This carrying value has been maintained at 30 June 2020.

12. Trade and other receivables

 
                                    Unaudited   Unaudited    Audited 
                                     30/06/20    30/06/19   31/12/19 
                                      US$'000     US$'000    US$'000 
--------------------------------   ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Amounts falling due within one 
  year: 
 Trade receivables from joint 
  operating partners                        -          64          2 
 Corporation tax refundable                49          84         52 
 VAT and other taxes refundable           162         308        134 
 Other debtors (i)                      4,313       4,595      4,242 
 Expected credit loss on other 
  debtors (i)                         (3,532)     (3,532)    (3,532) 
 Prepayments and accrued income           198         265         89 
 Director's Loan (Note 20)                  -           -          - 
--------------------------------   ----------  ----------  --------- 
                                        1,190       1,784        987 
 --------------------------------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 

(i) In 2017, other debtors included US$3.6 million due from NSP Investments Holdings Ltd for the disposal of equity accounted investments. During 2018, the Directors fully provided for the amount. There has been no change since 2018.

The remaining other debtors consists of rent deposits and similar receivables.

13. Cash and cash equivalents

 
                                  Unaudited   Unaudited    Audited 
                                   30/06/20    30/06/19   31/12/19 
                                    US$'000     US$'000    US$'000 
 Cash and cash equivalents           35,089      12,158     36,197 
 Solicitor client account (i)           500           -        500 
-------------------------------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
                                     35,589      12,158     36,697 
 ------------------------------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 

(i) Solicitor client account at 30 June 2020 and 31 December 2019 represents monies held on behalf of the Company by David M. Turner & Company Solicitors.

14. Trade and other payables

 
                              Unaudited   Unaudited    Audited 
                               30/06/20    30/06/19   31/12/19 
                                US$'000     US$'000    US$'000 
--------------------------   ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Current 
 Trade payables                   1,278         953      1,608 
 PAYE / PRSI                        153         296        215 
 Other creditors                    108       1,790        158 
 Accruals                         2,141       1,571      3,092 
 Current portion of lease           333         204        333 
 Director's Loan                      -           -          - 
-------------------------- 
                                  4,013       4,814      5,406 
 --------------------------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 
 
 Non-current 
 Non-current portion of lease     2,404   2,749   2,501 
-------------------------------  ------  ------  ------ 
 

15. Provisions

 
                                Decommissioning 
                                        US$'000 
--------------------------     ---------------- 
 Cost 
 At 1 January 2019                          760 
 Paid during the year                     (702) 
 Exchange rate adjustment                   (2) 
 At 31 December 2019                         56 
 Paid during the period                       - 
 At 30 June 2020                             56 
-----------------------------  ---------------- 
 Current                                     56 
-----------------------------  ---------------- 
 Non-current                                  - 
--------------------------     ---------------- 
 
 At 30 June 2019                             56 
-----------------------------  ---------------- 
 Current                                     56 
-----------------------------  ---------------- 
 Non-current                                  - 
--------------------------     ---------------- 
 
 At 31 December 2019                         56 
 Current                                     56 
-----------------------------  ---------------- 
 Non-current                                  - 
-----------------------------  ---------------- 
 

Decommissioning

The provision for decommissioning costs is recorded at the value of the expenditures expected to be required to settle the Group's future obligations on decommissioning of previously drilled wells.

16. Share capital

 
 
 
                            Number of             Number of 
                         New Ordinary     Deferred Ordinary     Authorised 
                               shares                shares         equity 
                         EUR0.01 each             EUR0.0001        US$'000 
                                                       each 
-------------------   ---------------  --------------------  ------------- 
 Authorised equity 
 At 1 January 2019      2,847,406,025     1,265,259,397,525        177,475 
-------------------- 
 At 30 June 2019        2,847,406,025                     -        177,475 
-------------------- 
 At 30 June 2020        2,847,406,025                     -        177,475 
--------------------  ---------------  --------------------  ------------- 
 
 
 
 
 
                                     Number of     Number of Deferred 
                                  New Ordinary        Ordinary shares       Share       Share 
                                        shares         EUR0.0001 each     capital     premium 
                                  EUR0.01 each                            US$'000     US$'000 
----------------------------   ---------------  ---------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 Issued called up and fully 
  paid: 
 At 1 January 2019                 500,256,857      1,265,259,397,525     150,600     478,666 
 Issue of shares in lieu 
  of salary (i)                      5,590,270                      -          63       2,036 
 Exercise of share options 
  (ii)                                 250,000                      -           3          96 
 Reduction of capital                        -    (1,265,259,397,525)   (144,871)   (459,721) 
 Tender offer                     (50,475,000)                      -       (576)           - 
 Share buybacks                    (4,319,113)                      -        (47)           - 
-----------------------------  ---------------  ---------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 At 31 December 2019               451,303,014                      -       5,172      21,077 
 Share buybacks                    (1,389,988)                      -        (15)           - 
 At 30 June 2020                   449,913,026                      -       5,157      21,077 
 
 At 30 June 2019                   455,622,127                      -       5,219      21,077 
-----------------------------  ---------------  ---------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 

(i) On 25 February 2019, 5,590,270 ordinary shares were issued to Oisín Fanning in lieu of 80% of his salary due to him for the period 1 September 2016 to 30 September 2018.

(ii) On 20 March 2019, the Company issued and allotted 250,000 New Ordinary Shares of EUR0.01 each in respect of options exercised. The options were exercised at a price of GBP0.30 (US$0.39) per share.

Reduction of Capital

On 8 February 2019, the Company obtained local statutory approval to cancel all the Deferred Shares of EUR0.0001 each, this resulted in the release of Share Capital of US$144.9 million, Share Premium of US$459.7 million, a required Special Reserve of US$5.0 million and an increase in retained earnings of US$599.0 million.

Tender offer

On 22 March 2019 the Company announced the result of the Tender Offer, being an offer by the Company to purchase shares from shareholders at 46p per share set out in the shareholder circular published by the Company on 20 February 2019 (the "Circular").

The maximum number of Ordinary Shares authorised by shareholders under the Tender Offer, being 50,475,000 Ordinary Shares, was acquired for a total cost of US$30.5 million. This represented approximately 9.97% of the issued ordinary share capital of the Company, at the date of the announcement.

The Tender Offer was oversubscribed, with a total of 81,177,508 Ordinary Shares validly tendered by Qualifying Shareholders. Qualifying Shareholders who tendered Ordinary Shares equal to or less than their Individual Basic Entitlement had their tender accepted in full. Qualifying Shareholders who validly tendered in excess of their Individual Basic Entitlement had their tender accepted in respect of their Individual Basic Entitlement (being approximately 9.97% of their shareholding) plus approximately 50.23% of the number of Ordinary Shares in excess of their Individual Basic Entitlement that they validly tendered.

All proceeds payable under the Tender Offer to the Company's shareholders were transferred to Computershare on 23 March 2019 for distribution to the shareholders.

As set out in the Circular, the Ordinary Shares were purchased by Cantor Fitzgerald Europe pursuant to the Tender Offer and the Company purchased such Ordinary Shares from Cantor Fitzgerald Europe under the terms of the Repurchase Agreement described in the Circular.

The Company cancelled the Ordinary Shares purchased by it under the Repurchase Agreement, reducing the number of Ordinary Shares in issue from 506,097,127 Ordinary Shares to 455,622,127 Ordinary Shares (the "Cancellation").

Share buyback programme

On 18 October 2019 the Company announced that, pursuant to the shareholder resolutions passed on 27 September 2019 at the Annual General Meeting, it planned to acquire ordinary shares of EUR 0.01 nominal value each ("Ordinary Shares"), up to a total value of US$2.0 million (the "Buyback Programme"). In accordance with the shareholder resolutions, the Company is proposed to acquire the Ordinary Shares at a maximum price of the greater of (i) 105% of the average market price of such shares for the previous five days and (ii) the higher of the price quoted for the last independent trade and the highest current independent bid or offer for such shares.

Ordinary Shares acquired as a result of the Buyback Programme were cancelled. The Buyback Programme was funded from the Company's cash balances.

At 31 December 2019 the Company had repurchased 4,319,113 Ordinary Shares at an aggregate value of US$1.5 million. Following cancellation of the shares repurchased to 31 December 2019, the total number of Ordinary Shares in issue with voting rights was 451,303,014.

In January 2020, under the Buyback Programme, the Company purchased a further 1,389,988 Ordinary Shares at an aggregate value of US$0.5 million.

On 22 January 2020, the Company announced that it had completed the buyback programme. Under the Buyback Programme, the Company repurchased 5,709,101 Ordinary Shares at an aggregate value of GBP1,570,085.49. Following cancellation of the final shares repurchased, the total number of Ordinary Shares in issue with voting rights was 449,913,026.

Special reserve

Pursuant to the capital reduction in 2019, the company undertook to credit US$5,024,260 to a special reserve. This special reserve is not a distributable reserve and must remain in place until such time as obligations in respect of certain guarantees given by the company have lapsed or become unenforceable.

Special dividend paid

In May 2020, the Company paid a special dividend to its shareholders of GBP0.06 per share, totaling US$33.3 million (GBP27.0 million).

17. Deferred tax

Recognised deferred tax assets and liabilities

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are attributable to the following:

 
                                            Unaudited   Unaudited    Audited 
                                             30/06/20    30/06/19   31/12/19 
                                              US$'000     US$'000    US$'000 
----------------------------------------   ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Financial assets - IFRS 9                      (616)    (10,337)       (73) 
 Financial assets - other                         175         115        175 
 Tax losses recognised                          1,347       2,988      1,616 
 Total deferred tax asset/(liabilities)           906     (7,234)      1,718 
-----------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 

18. Commitments and contingencies

(a) Operating leases

Cash commitments under operating leases (Note 19) are as follows:

 
                                Unaudited   Unaudited    Audited 
                                 30/06/20    30/06/19   31/12/19 
                                  US$'000     US$'000    US$'000 
----------------------------   ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Payable: 
 Within one year                      340         340        340 
 Between one and five years         1,348       1,348      1,348 
 Over five years                    1,740       2,080      1,910 
                                    3,428       3,768      3,598 
 ----------------------------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 

(b) Exploration, evaluation and development activities

The Group has commitments of US$nil (31/12/2019: US$nil) in the period ended 30 June 2020 to contribute to its share of exploration and evaluation expenditure in respect of exploration licences and concessions held.

(c) Horizon Petroleum Ltd

The Group has contingent consideration in aggregate of US$2.0 million in relation to the sale completed in August 2019 to Horizon Petroleum Ltd. outlined in Note 3.

19. Leases

 
 Right-of-use asset (included within Property, plant 
  and equipment) 
-----------------------------------------------------   --------- 
                                                               At 
                                                         30/06/20 
                                                          US$'000 
-----------------------------------------------------   --------- 
 Property leases 
 At 1 January 2019                                          3,050 
 Additions                                                    231 
 Depreciation charge for the year                           (329) 
------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
 At 1 January 2020                                          2,952 
 Depreciation charge for the period                         (188) 
------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
 Closing net carrying amount at 30 June 2020                2,764 
------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
 
 
 Lease liability 
-----------------------------------------------------   --------- 
                                                               At 
                                                         30/06/20 
                                                          US$'000 
-----------------------------------------------------   --------- 
 Property leases 
 At 1 January 2019                                          3,050 
 Payments - principal                                       (192) 
 Payments - interest                                        (144) 
 Currency translation adjustment                             (24) 
 Interest                                                     144 
------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
 At 1 January 2020                                          2,834 
 Payments - principal                                        (97) 
 Payments - interest                                         (69) 
 Interest                                                      69 
------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
 Closing net carrying amount at 30 June 2020                2,737 
------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
 Current                                                      333 
------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
 Non-current                                                2,404 
------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
 
 
 

20. Related party transactions

The Group has related party transactions with i) directors ii) shareholders iii) subsidiaries and iv) other entities with which it has entered into business arrangements which are a party to the OML 18 transaction (Note 11). Due to the influence or material interest that these parties have in transactions other than arrangements in the normal course of business with the Group they are required to be disclosed and are detailed below.

Property

The Company holds an option to acquire a property at market value from Mr. Fanning. The option has a remaining life of six years and six months and the option fee of US$381,000 is included in other receivables (Note 12) and is refundable when the Company either exercises or terminates the option. In 2020 Mr. Fanning was paid US$107,000 (31 December 2019: US$221,195) rent for the use of this property by the Company.

The property is available for use by all staff and consultants requiring overnight accommodation while conducting business on behalf of the Company.

Loan

A summary of the movement in the loan with Mr. Fanning is set out below:

 
                                         US$'000 
-----------------------------------     -------- 
 At 1 January 2019                           727 
 Interest on loan                              1 
 Exchange rate adjustment                    (1) 
 Repayments by the Director during 
  the period                               (727) 
 At 30 June 2019                               - 
--------------------------------------  -------- 
 

At 30 June 2019 the loan was fully repaid to the Company.

On 25 February 2019, Oisín Fanning was issued 5,590,270 ordinary shares in lieu of 80% of his salary for the period 1 September 2016 to 30 September 2018.

Director change in Shareholding

On 11 May 2020 the Company was notified that Oisín Fanning, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, acquired 98,000,000 ordinary shares in the Company. Following the purchase, Oisín Fanning has an interest of 107,495,864 ordinary shares, representing 23.89% of the issued share capital of the Company.

Discovery Energy Limited

The Company and Discovery Energy Limited had a common Director, Ewen Ainsworth. Discovery Energy Limited was paid US$20,000 for amounts due for 2019 and disclosed as a pension payment. Ewen Ainsworth is the sole Director and shareholder of Discovery Energy Limited. This company is no longer being used.

Greenbay Energy Resources Limited

San Leon Energy plc and Greenbay Energy Limited have a common Director, Mutiu Sunmonu. San Leon has a consultancy agreement with Greenbay Energy Limited which was paid US$45,637 for amounts due for 2020 (31 December 2019: US$90,098).

In June 2019, San Leon Energy plc entered into an agreement with Caledonian Properties Nigeria Limited ("Caledonian"), a company owned by Mutiu Sunmonu, for the use of two properties in Lagos, Nigeria, in their entirety for two years from 1 July 2019. Caledonian was paid US$220,000 for the period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2021, and is included in prepayments (Note 12). It is common practice to pay such sums up-front in Nigeria.

The properties are being provided at a competitive rate and it is an arm's length transaction.

One of the properties is used as an office and the other property is available for use by all staff and consultants requiring accommodation while conducting business on behalf of the Company.

Palomar Natural Resources (Netherlands) B.V. / NSP Investments Holdings Ltd

On 18 November 2016, the Company announced the sale of its (i) 35% interest in TSH Energy Joint Venture B.V. (TSH) and (ii) 35% interest in Poznan Energy B.V. (Poznan) to Palomar Natural Resources (Palomar). This divested the Company's interest in the Rawicz and Siekierki fields respectively. A 10% net profit interest was retained in the Poznan assets. Palomar is regarded as a related party as it already held the remaining interest in both TSH and Poznan.

The total cash consideration due to the Company for the sale of its 35% interest in TSH was US$9.0 million, of which US$4.5 million was received in November 2016. The balance of US$4.5 million plus accrued interest (the "Amount Due") was due to paid to San Leon on or before 1 October 2017. As announced on 2 January 2018 under a novation agreement and extension agreement dated 22 December 2017, the Amount Due is now the full responsibility of NSP Investments Holdings Ltd, a BVI registered company that holds a 35% interest in TSH. San Leon also announced that it had received a further US$1.5 million payment of the Amount Due. The Company was due to receive a further US$3.6 million, including an extension fee plus any further accrued interest on or before 1 September 2018. The Company had not received the US$3.6 million by 31 December 2018 and, provided for expected credit losses of US$3.4 million and reversed accrued interest receivable in 2018 of US$0.2 million. As at 30 June 2020 this position has not changed.

Toscafund Asset Management LLP

Toscafund Asset Management LLP (Toscafund) is a related party on the basis that funds managed by Toscafund hold a substantial shareholding in San Leon Energy plc and the substantive transactions which the parties entered into during 2016 and as more fully described below detailing the purchase of the indirect interest in OML 18.

On 11 May 2020 the Company was informed that funds managed by Tosca Asset Management LLP had sold 98,000,000 ordinary shares in the Company on 7 May 2020. On completion of the sale funds managed by Tosca Asset Management LLP held 228,771,927 ordinary shares, representing 50.85% of the issued share capital of the Company.

OML 18

In September 2016, the Company secured an indirect economic interest in Oil Mining Lease 18 ("OML 18"), onshore Nigeria.

The Company undertook a number of steps to effect this purchase. MLPL, a company incorporated in Mauritius of which San Leon Nigeria B.V. has a 40%. shareholding, was established as a special purpose vehicle to complete the transaction by purchasing all of the shares in Martwestern, a company incorporated in Nigeria.

Martwestern holds a 50%. shareholding in Eroton, a company incorporated in Nigeria and the operator of OML 18, and it also holds an initial 98%. economic interest in Eroton. To partly fund the purchase of 100% of the shares of Martwestern, MLPL borrowed US$174.5 million in incremental amounts by issuing loan notes with a coupon of 17% ("Loan Notes"). Midwestern is the 60% shareholder of MLPL and transferred its shares in Martwestern to MLPL as part of the full transaction. Following its placing in September 2016, San Leon became beneficiary and holder of all Loan Notes issued by MLPL and the holder of an indirect economic interest in OML 18. San Leon is also a beneficiary of any dividends that will be paid by MLPL as a 40% shareholder in MLPL but the Loan Notes repayments take priority over any dividend payments made to the MLPL shareholders. The economic effect of this structure is that San Leon has an initial indirect economic interest of 10.584%. in OML 18. Shareholders will note this is higher than the percentage interest anticipated by San Leon at the time of the acquisition. There have been no further purchases or payments by San Leon but this revised percentage is based on a reassessment and recalculation of the various parties' interests in OML 18 which has resulted in Martwestern's economic interest in Eroton now standing at 98%.

To date, San Leon has received aggregate payments under the Loan Notes totalling US$190.6 million. An expected credit loss of US$9.7 million was recognised on 1 January 2018 on adoption of IFRS9, and reduced to US$5.5 million at 31 December 2018. The expected credit loss was further reduced to US$2.0 million at 31 December 2019.

In the six month period to 30 June 2020 the expected credit loss further increased to US$7.9 million (refer to Note 11(i)).

To make payment of principal and interest due under the Loan Notes, MLPL is dependent on Eroton making dividend payments to Martwestern which in turn makes dividend payments to MLPL. MLPL will use the receipt of dividends to make Loan Notes payments to San Leon. There are various undertakings, guarantees and security in place with Eroton, Martwestern and Midwestern with regard to the Loan Notes, as more fully described below, in the event that MLPL is not in a position to pay the Loan Notes from dividends received.

The Loan Notes have been secured with undertakings by both Eroton and Martwestern, including not to take any action within their control which would result in default by MLPL, and to act honestly and in good faith. In addition, to the extent practicable and subject to law, use commercially reasonable efforts to declare dividends in order that MLPL can satisfy its obligations under the Loan Notes instrument.

The shares held by MLPL in Martwestern have also been pledged as security to the obligations under the Loan Notes.

Midwestern and Mart Resources Limited jointly and severally guaranteed the payment of the Loan Notes following a default and to make immediate payment and performance of all obligations to holders of the Loan Notes.

While San Leon is also a beneficiary of any dividends that will be paid by MLPL as a 40% shareholder in MLPL, the Loan Notes repayments must take priority over dividend payments made by MLPL to shareholders with a minimum 65% cash sweep of available funds until the Loan Notes are repaid in full.

There are shareholders agreements which govern the relationship between Midwestern and San Leon, and Bilton and Martwestern regulating the rights and obligations with respect to MLPL, Martwestern and Eroton. These agreements cover the appointment of Directors and unanimous approval for major decisions.

A Master Services Agreement exists which entitles San Leon Energy Nigeria BV to provide specific services to Eroton and Midwestern for their activities.

During 2018 San Leon entered into an agreement with Eroton for the provision of drilling technical and management services with estimated consideration for the services of US$6.0 million until the end of 2021.

Further extensive details can be found on the Company's website which contains a copy of the Admission Document at: http://www.sanleonenergy.com/media/2491705/admission_document_2016.pdf

2017

As a consequence of MLPL not being in receipt of dividends in 2017, MLPL had to enter into a loan during 2017 and subsequently in order to be able to meet its obligations under the Loan Notes and make payments to San Leon. During 2017 San Leon received total payments under the Loan Notes totalling US$39.6 million. All payments during 2017 were received by the due date and in accordance with the terms of the Loan Notes.

2018

During 2018 San Leon received total payments under the Loan Notes totalling US$66.2 million. MLPL also entered into loan agreements with third parties to enable it to make the repayments during 2018.

2019

During 2019 San Leon received total payments under the Loan Notes totalling US$43.2 million. MLPL used the loan agreements entered into in 2018 to continue to make the repayments during 2019.

2020

On 6 April 2020 the Company entered into an agreement amending the Loan Notes Instrument (the "Amendment") between San Leon and MLPL. Under the terms of the Amendment, the remaining balance payable is approximately US$82.1 million, following the receipt of US$41.5 million in payments in 2020, at par value (accounted for as US$79.5 million under IFRS). A further US$10.0 million is scheduled to be settled on or before 6 October 2020, with the balance of the Loan Notes receivable payable in three quarterly instalments, commencing July 2021 and completing by December 2021. Due to the modification of the loan, it is expected that the amortised cost of the loan will change, however this is considered to be a non-substantial change.

The balance will continue to accrue a coupon rate of 17% per annum until repaid. All other material terms of the Loan Notes Instrument remain unchanged. MLPL also entered into loan agreements with third parties to enable it to make the repayments during 2020.

21. Subsequent events

Appointment of Nomad and Joint Broker

On 31 July 2020, Allenby Capital Limited were appointed as the Company's Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker.

On the same date the Company also announced that, pursuant to the acquisition of Whitman Howard Limited by Panmure Gordon & Co ("Panmure Gordon"), it appointed Panmure Gordon as its Joint Broker.

Acquisition of 10% Interest in Energy Link Infrastructure (Malta) Limited

On 3 August 2020, the Company announced it is investing US$15.0 million in Energy Link Infrastructure (Malta) Limited ("ELI").

The investment comprises a 10% equity interest in ELI together with a US$15.0 million shareholder loan at a coupon of 14% per annum over 4 years, and repayable quarterly following a one-year moratorium from the date of investment. Funds will be provided to ELI in two tranches with the first US$10.0 million tranche being made in August 2020. The second tranche of US$5.0 million is expected to be made in Q4 2020 following receipt from Midwestern Leon Petroleum Limited of the next repayment of Loan Notes that is due then.

Conditional provision of funding for development of Oza Field, Nigeria

On 1 September 2020, the Company conditionally agreed to invest US$7.5 million by way of a loan to Decklar Petroleum Limited, the local subsidiary of Asian Mineral Resources Limited (now renamed to Decklar Resources Inc) , listed on the Canadian TSX Venture Exchange. Decklar is the holder of a Risk Service Agreement ("RSA") with Millenium Oil and Gas Limited ("Millenium") on the Oza field in Nigeria. The Company will also subscribe for a 15% equity interest in Decklar.

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