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23/5/2018
09:20
Upland Resource Daily Update: Upland Resource is listed in the Oil & Gas Producers sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker UPL. The last closing price for Upland Resource was 3.60p.
Upland Resource has a 4 week average price of 2.45p and a 12 week average price of 2.10p.
The 1 year high share price is 4.25p while the 1 year low share price is currently 1.20p.
There are currently 459,012,060 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 5,017,499 shares. The market capitalisation of Upland Resource is £15,835,916.07.
21/5/2018
07:58
hatto3: With the Board of directors and the families involved having business interests in Upland I very much doubt that Dr Staley and the Board want to see the share price decline.That's now 3 RNS's after the election just to calm the markets and it's investors Excellent management here looking after it's share price and it's investors.What else can one expect from Steve (ex Cove energy)Today's news is very reassuring for me
08/5/2018
01:02
stark industries: hxxp://www.valuethemarkets.com/index.php/2018/05/03/wick-true-game-changer-firm-size-upland-resources-ceo-staley-talks-next-stages-companys-global-development-upl/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork ‘Wick could be a true game-changer for a firm of our size’: Upland Resources CEO Staley talks next stages in company’s global development (UPL) by ValueTheMarkets • May 3, 2018 Last November saw Upland Resources (LSE:UPL) enter phase two of its business plan with a 40pc farm-in to UK offshore permit P2235 including the Wick prospect, which is thought to hold hundreds of millions of barrels of oil. This marked the beginning of the oil and gas explorer’s move away from focusing solely on low-risk assets nearing production to also investing in higher-risk assets that could have company-changing potential. The market has so far responded well to this switch in approach. Since the Wick investment, Upland’s shares have nearly tripled in value to 3.3p thanks to a hefty £1m cornerstone investment and the announcement of major progress in the firm’s focus area of Malaysia. With a well planned at Wick and plenty of newsflow imminent, ValueTheMarkets.com spoke to Upland’s CEO Steve Staley about the firm’s future and the importance of a diversified approach. Opportunities at home Wick is part of the UK Seaward Production Licence P2235, where Upland (subject to final Oil & Gas Authority approval) owns a 40pc stake and is partnered with operator Corallian Energy. Based offshore North-East Scotland, the total Wick structure is estimated to hold in-place P50 resources of around 250MMbbl. Upland also believes additional, attractive opportunities lie in the permit area. Although Wick is at the higher-risk end of Upland’s portfolio, it has already been de-risked somewhat by 3D-seismic and the presence of several nearby discoveries. Upland, Corallian and partners will drill a well at Wick in Q3 this year in 35m-deep water using a jack-up rig for a total estimated cost of around £4.2m. Upland’s share of the costs – which at 53pc come in at c.£2.2m – are fully-funded, and Staley believes a positive outcome could be genuinely game-changing: ‘Wick will be drilled in very shallow water, which is cheaper than drilling an offshore well in deep water and also avoids many of the onshore planning delays common to onshore UK wells. When you combine these low costs with the fact we could have a 40pc share of a very large resource, Wick could be a true game-changer for a firm of our size.’ Upland also owns a 25pc stake in licence PEDL 299 in the UK, which contains a low-risk, low-cost conventional field rejuvenation project called Hardstoft. Based in the East Midlands, Hardstoft was Britain’s first oil field and was last drilled in 1925. Oil production continued for several years from a simple vertical well. Ineos Upstream, which owns 50pc of PEDL 299 and is also its operator, will focus on unearthing the area’s unconventional potential. Meanwhile, Upland, Ineos and fellow 25pc stakeholder Europa Oil & Gas will all focus on realising conventional potential at Hardstoft missed by the earlier, less advanced, drilling techniques. The firms believe the bulk of Hardstoft’s hydrocarbons lie in semi-vertical limestone fractures that old wells were unlikely to uncover. It plans to access these by drilling a directional well once it has acquired the necessary seismic data. Hardstoft has a much smaller estimated resource than Wick at just 6.75MMbbl, made up of 3.1MMbbl contingent resource and 3.65MMbbl prospective. But it also much lower risk due to the earlier production from Hardstoft Oil Field- indeed, it has an 80pc chance of success for contingent resources and 64pc for prospective resources. Due to its low cost of development, the site is also expected to be value accretive at oil prices somewhat below $30/bbl. With a 25pc stake, the total resource net to Upland is an estimated 1.6875MMbbl. This figure is nothing earth-shattering, but Staley believes it could be enough to provide a decent low-risk revenue stream: ‘In general, whether or not we hold an asset until production depends on several factors. If we are lucky enough to make a huge discovery, then it is likely that the capital required to develop it would be well beyond our means, even with project financing, so we would probably sell this project on or at least sell a majority stake. With things like Hardstoft, which is onshore, not very big and cheap to develop, we would probably try and stay with it into production.’ Malaysian potential Last month saw Upland shoot up by more than 11pc after revealing a memorandum of understanding with a state entity called Brooke in Sarawak, one of the four states that make up Malaysia. The partnership – which is the first ever such public/private collaboration with a Sarawakian upstream oil & gas entity – will see the businesses jointly assess, explore for and develop hydrocarbon assets in Malaysia. Upland will offer international experience and technical expertise while Brooke will provide local contacts and knowledge in the oil and gas industry and Sarawakian society. Details on Upland’s progress in Malaysia had previously been thin on the ground. The firm had bolstered its weight in the country with the help of chairman Dato’ Norza Zakaria, political secretary to the Malaysian Minister of Finance from 2004 and 2008. It also brought on board Datuk Haji Bolhassan Bin Haji Di, an elected member of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly from 1987 to 2011. But last month, Upland said it has been working with Brooke for some time and is well-advanced in its assessment of several upstream oil & gas opportunities. Importantly, the collaboration also comes at a time of political change for Sarawak. The region holds a more significant share of hydrocarbons than any other Malaysian state and has a longer history of oil production. It is looking for more autonomy in recognition of this. Staley said this political backdrop provided an excellent opportunity to team up with Brooke: ‘We are seeing some exciting technical opportunities arising out of the changes in Sarawak and our unique local position in the state, thanks to Brooke’s vast local knowledge. Overall, the beauty of Malaysia is that it is politically stable and there is a lot of oil. Our operations here are very much ongoing, and there is a lot of newsflow to come.’ Diverse approach Upland is also looking for opportunities in North Africa, focusing principally on Morocco and Tunisia. In February, it said it had made substantial progress in the assessment several low and higher risk discoveries and prospects, including a permit with estimated in-place resources of more than 1Tcf gas potential. Importantly, Upland’s North African focus means it will eventually split operations between three critical geographies with very different geological opportunities and political backdrops. From a risk perspective, by spreading itself in this way and focusing on both low and high-risk projects, Upland is partially mitigating any potential risks arising from an individual project or location. In the future, this approach could separate Upland from many fellow AIM resource plays that are severely hit by bad news because they pin all their hopes on just one project or region. Staley told us the company is in the process of creating an ‘optimum size of portfolio’: ‘We don’t want all of our eggs in one basket, but we can’t stretch ourselves over too many projects and geographies. It is nice to have a geographical spread to reduce the geopolitical risk, and three areas is probably about right in my experience. We are putting together an optimum-sized portfolio with a spread of risk across three main areas. We plan to have some assets that are relatively low-risk but offer less reward – like Hardstoft in the UK – alongside larger, potentially higher-risk sites – like Wick in the UK.’ Strong footing Upland also boasts a strong financial position to support its growth strategy. In its results for six months ended 31 December 2017, released in February, the firm reported no debt and cash burn of just £294,815 cash over six months – around £49,000 a month. On the cash side, near-term growth is fully-funded. In January, it received a £1m investment from Tune Assets, run by Tony Fernandes – the Malaysian businessman who bought AirAsia for less than £1 and turned into Asia’s largest low-cost airline. Upon its announcement, Upland’s share rose by 35pc. The cornerstone investment has been combined with the business’s £2m cash balance at the time to fund its obligations at Wick as well as contributing to existing assets, new ventures, and working capital. In the absence of any revenues, the fact that the majority of this cash already has an allocation means Upland is likely to need to raise money at some point to pursue its expansion plans. However, for the time being, it is worth noting that in March the company announced a £3.5m convertible loan facility, giving it the option to draw down sums at short notice to protect against cost over-runs at existing projects. This convertible loan is particularly interesting because of the “death spiral” reputation such facilities have. Convertible loans are often associated with poor share price performance, but in the case of Upland since the loan was announced the company’s shares are up 35%. The facility is provided by Tune Assets, Upland’s chairman Zakaria, and clients of its broker Optiva. It is unsecured, interest-free and can be paid back in any combination of cash and shares (these are locked in for six months), minimising shareholder dilution. To access the facility, Upland paid a £105,000 commission to the facility provider split between £64,000 in cash and £40,000 in shares. Staley told us: ‘The facility gives us a quick solution in the case of cost over-runs on the Wick well – which we do not expect… I was keen to avoid death spiral financing options, so we have established a facility with people who already have skin in the game and do not want our share price to go down.’ Talking of skin in the game, Upland’s directors own 38.3pc of its issued shares, aligning their interests with shareholders. A question of value Upland had net current assets of £2,134,302 at the end of 2017, as reported in its most recent results. With a current market cap of £14.2m, this means the market is giving its assets a future value of c.£12m. At current oil prices of $74.65/bbl, Upland’s 40pc share of Wick’s 250MMbbl estimated resource alone makes this figure look conservative. On the other hand, Upland’s netback per barrel at Wick are currently unknown, and there is always the risk that drilling will not even be successful. Regardless, investors are buying into a lot of potential at Upland’s current 3.3p share price if they take the firm at its word- it has promised to try and deliver a lot across Malaysia and North Africa as well as at Hardstoft. The business also has a good record of success across its management team. Aside from chairman Zakaria having good connections in Malaysia, Staley was a director of highly successful Cove Energy plc, co-founder and managing director of two AIM-listed exploration companies and has 35 years of experience in international oil, gas and power. For what it’s worth, Staley said he believes Upland is undervalued at its current price, although he acknowledges that this is common for firms of its type: ‘I think we are undervalued given the potential we have even just at Wick, let alone our other assets. We are not alone, as the market tends to do that- we have to cope with this and push on. We have plenty of catalysts, we are well financed, and we are in relatively stable regimes.’ Bright future Since listing in 2015, Upland’s lack of debt and low overheads have allowed it to benefit fully from the buyers’ market for oil and gas assets in the wake of the 2014 price crash- something Staley says continues to this day. This dynamic sets the scene nicely for Upland as it prepares to step up in Malaysia and North Africa. With a good chance of Hardstoft delivering a steady future revenue stream and Wick offering the opportunity of something transformational in Q3, Upland’s prospects could be very bright if things work in its favour. Of course, there is a risk with exploration companies that projects will fail and the macro environment will sour. But Upland is at least mitigating this somewhat with it highly-diversified approach to risk and geography and its strong financial grounding. At 3.3p a share, it could soon leap in the face of the right newsflow. Author: Daniel Flynn
01/5/2018
15:43
nlmbidc: It does need money coming in if you want the share price to keep rising. That is my underlying point! It is why the share price is drifting now instead of continually going up.
30/4/2018
20:37
tyler90: TheJABA, we say UPL are cash rich but if they get the best of the fields in Sarawak plus any N.African assets then will the cash be enough?They could so easily go to the market for a placing once the deals are announced?Just thinking aloud since it has happened many times in the past that the share price has risen for no reason and suddenly a placing is announced out of the blue and the share price falls to the placing price which is at a discount to the market price. It then takes ages to get back up to previous highs.Not deramping but a genuine query from a friend who wants to invest in UPL.
26/4/2018
14:35
argyle underclap: SP potential , wick alone is worth $200M or 31p on the share price if comes gud. Spudding back end summer so should be some exciting news leading up to that What value for the 1TCF prospect in North Africa n the other high value high impact prospects in North Africa. We know Upl specifically looking at Tunisia and Morocco. Also the Sarawak Crown Jewels entrusted to Upl and Brooke for monetisation. That alone propels UPL into a different lofty league entirely. I really recommend a trawl thru the thread, some corkers from Zengas and also key to view AGM slides from December
10/3/2018
09:45
zengas: LW425 Seeing as you mentioned me in your post i'll give you something to think about before you're let loose with a calculator again. While i won't knock Matd in any shape or form i don't want to burst your bubble on those figures. There's 520m shares in issue. They have $20m for 4 wells. The 2 billion bls potentially recoverable is spread over 55 prospects and leads so will need a well drilled on every one if they want to address the 2b bls so $200m needed either by loan notes, new fundraising or a farmout and give a away a big chunk of that upside. In addition if they get a 15 mmbo discovery (Gazelle from memory) they need 40 development wells at $2m each with initial IP of 240 bopd. --------------------------------------------- LW425 - 03 Mar 2018 - 11:47:35 - 4033 of 4182 So how high could the share price go? From the presentation: Blocks IV & V: High Impact Exploration 55 Prospects and Leads. Recoverable potential > 2Bbo * So 2billion barrels just on the first two blocks at $10 a barrel takeover price = twenty billion dollars Say 15 billion sterling. With around 500m shares in issue £30 a share potential from just two blocks That is a 300 bagger from the present share price. £10000 invested now could be worth £3m sterling. £50000 invested now could be worth £15m sterling This is in my view a once in a lifetime opportunity. ' ==================================================
09/3/2018
11:22
zengas: Spangle i don't doubt it's taken a back seat on account of planning i think. It was from their own broker at the time I believe. The presentation of March 2016 by UPL page 11 showed on a risked 0.8 mmbls net was a share price of 1.79p and 2.33p at $60 & $70/b oil based on 229m shares and a 16.67% interest. 457m in issue now lowers that to 0.9p and 1.16p at $60 & $70/b oil price. But since increased to 25% stake meaning 1.2m bls (so share price value to increase by 50%) as in December 2017 presentation. Therefore 1.35p at $60/oil and 1.74p at $70/oil plus any upside from the 3C. That works out at 50-66% value of current m/cap. Downside is the delay but for now it's not costing us anything and they may have bigger fish to fry in the not too distant future.
08/3/2018
08:11
zengas: Just to recap on post 989 20th Feb Cash in at no dilution means shares in issue at the 460m level. $9m available cash, M/cap at 2.5p = £11.5m. Possible that in Sarawak they could get in on a producing asset imo given the greater support from the Chairman, Tune and Optiva. They have got incredible skin in the game now, just need the deals to flow and this is another significant building block in place. 4-5p price range and this would still be only £18-£22m m/cap given that amount of cash for deals. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Post 989 20th Feb 2018 "In terms of value, EME could have been bought at circa 1.5p in October 2016 - about 223m shares and a m/cap of £3.5m. By June 2017 with the open offer that wasn't even 50% taken up, placings and option excercises they had $8.5m cash and 10% in Duyung before farming into some US exploration assets. By August 2017, 9 months after the 1.5p lows, there was 399m shares in issue. The share price hit a high of 31p in early September 2017 and a m/cap of circa £125m. Fallen back since and waiting on further positive news to drive it forward again. Likewise Sound Energy in Morocco. You could have taken up the open offer at 4.2p in 2014 before the share price raced ahead to 103p in 2016 and £530m m/cap. In relation to UPL, i beleive a similar potential opportunity could happen here. 2.1p here now, 457m shares, £3m ($4m) cash. M/cap £9.6m. Main listing and huge director skin in the game and able to attract a cornerstone investor. Imo it won't be unreasonable to see this circa 4p and still under £20m. Wick has potentially some $200m+ of value = 31p (on current shares in issue). As for now it's funded though maybe the cash will go towards a further project first and some more shares to come. In the presentation - they highlight Malaysia, "unique access to opportunties" Unique ? Maybe this attracted Malaysian Tune to become a cornerstone 16% investor ? What might one or two of those new assets potentially also create even by early investor sentiment? Next potential opportunities - "Onshore Morocco and Tunisia - now accessing several attractive opportunities" - specifically highlighting - "Permit with estmated in-place resources > 1 TCF gas potential in open acreage. Multiple low risk discoveries & prospects". Why specifically highlight that ie multiple low risk discoveries/prospects ? Could it be a similar opportunity that still has Sound at over £500m on Tendrara ? Wasn't Steve Staley involved some way in bringing the Tendrara permit to Fastnet ? If they land a 1 tcf permit/low risk discoveries or some of those unique Malaysian opportunities the potential could be significant as per Sou or EME. (EME got into Malyasia for $2m and a existing discovery - just not flow tested - rest is history) . Whatever way you look at it, the assets being chased are very significant in addition to the Wick asset. Tune 16%. Optiva Ned on board circa 7.25%. Chairman 26%. Bolhassan Di (NED) 1.6%, S.Staley CEO 4.3%, A.Bin Nasharuddin 5% (all rounded) = 60%. Free float from the 457.242m shares = 182m. I'm over 1.25% and i've seen some other large holdings posted so maybe not that much of a free float in reality. I expect to see this get coverage in the press/tip sites in due course as Sou/Eme were covered early days. The CEOs associaton with the £1.2b sale of Cove will add to investor sentiment as will 60% being held by 6 inst/director investors.
20/2/2018
22:49
zengas: In terms of value, EME could have been bought at circa 1.5p in October 2016 - about 223m shares and a m/cap of £3.5m. By June 2017 with the open offer that wasn't even 50% taken up, placings and option excercises they had $8.5m cash and 10% in Duyung before farming into some US exploration assets. By August 2017, 9 months after the 1.5p lows, there was 399m shares in issue. The share price hit a high of 31p in early September 2017 and a m/cap of circa £125m. Fallen back since and waiting on further positive news to drive it forward again. Likewise Sound Energy in Morocco. You could have taken up the open offer at 4.2p in 2014 before the share price raced ahead to 103p in 2016 and £530m m/cap. In relation to UPL, i beleive a similar potential opportunity could happen here. 2.1p here now, 457m shares, £3m ($4m) cash. M/cap £9.6m. Main listing and huge director skin in the game and able to attract a cornerstone investor. Imo it won't be unreasonable to see this circa 4p and still under £20m. Wick has potentially some $200m+ of value = 31p (on current shares in issue). As for now it's funded though maybe the cash will go towards a further project first and some more shares to come. In the presentation - they highlight Malaysia, "unique access to opportunties" Unique ? Maybe this attracted Malaysian Tune to become a cornerstone 16% investor ? What might one or two of those new assets potentially also create even by early investor sentiment? Next potential opportunities - "Onshore Morocco and Tunisia - now accessing several attractive opportunities" - specifically highlighting - "Permit with estmated in-place resources > 1 TCF gas potential in open acreage. Multiple low risk discoveries & prospects". Why specifically highlight that ie multiple low risk discoveries/prospects ? Could it be a similar opportunity that still has Sound at over £500m on Tendrara ? Wasn't Steve Staley involved some way in bringing the Tendrara permit to Fastnet ? If they land a 1 tcf permit/low risk discoveries or some of those unique Malaysian opportunities the potential could be significant as per Sou or EME. (EME got into Malyasia for $2m and a existing discovery - just not flow tested - rest is history) . Whatever way you look at it, the assets being chased are very significant in addition to the Wick asset. Tune 16%. Optiva Ned on board circa 7.25%. Chairman 26%. Bolhassan Di (NED) 1.6%, S.Staley CEO 4.3%, A.Bin Nasharuddin 5% (all rounded) = 60%. Free float from the 457.242m shares = 182m. I'm over 1.25% and i've seen some other large holdings posted so maybe not that much of a free float in reality. I expect to see this get coverage in the press/tip sites in due course as Sou/Eme were covered early days. The CEOs associaton with the £1.2b sale of Cove will add to investor sentiment as will 60% being held by 6 inst/director investors.
05/1/2018
09:43
sull75: The whole Wressle fiasco has done nothing but hold the share price back, let's hope the board agree to finally get this monkey off the company's back so things can move forward. The share price is holding up and now have nothing but good positive news ahead of us which should only mean one thing for the share price. Uplands and onwards!
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