Premier oil 2013 interim results

DividendMax Ltd.

Premier oil 2013 interim results


Production averaged 58,600 boepd (2012: 58,400 boepd) as previously announced; initial Huntington production issues addressed

Catcher project advanced, sanction expected by year-end; significant progress on Sea Lion project and forward plans for Falkland Islands

Six out of seven exploration wells successful, including significant oil discovery at Luno II in Norway

Three blocks awarded in Brazil's 11th Bid Round; farm-in to UK Bagpuss/Blofeld area, potential high impact 2014 well

Delivering on portfolio upgrade: increased stake in Bream area; disposals in Vietnam and Norway


Record half-year financial results; continued growth in operating cash flow

Profit before tax of US$214.6 million (2012: US$194.6 million); profit after tax of US$161.1 million (2012: US$145.8 million)

Operating cash flow up 18 per cent at US$384.9 million (2012: US$325.5 million)


Full year production target (63,000 boepd) depends on Huntington field performance in 2H

Pipeline of 2014 projects (Solan, Pelikan, Naga and Dua) in execution phase

Six wells planned for 2H 2013 including Kuda/Singa Laut in Indonesia and Luno II appraisal in Norway; offshore Kenya programme and Lama play in Indonesia to commence late 2013 or early 2014

Rising cash flows and strong funding position fully finance forward development spend, exploration programme and dividend plans

Simon Lockett, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"We are well placed to continue to deliver our target growth in the underlying value of the business. We have had one of our most successful periods for exploration with six discoveries from seven wells, material additions to the portfolio and significant maturation of high impact leads and prospects. We are actively managing our portfolio to focus on our operated development projects. Despite rising costs and challenging execution timetables across the industry, we see high returns on capital and strong cash flow growth as we deliver on these valuable projects."

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