Premier Oil 2016 interim results

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Premier Oil 2016 interim results

Tony Durrant, Chief Executive, commented:

"Delivery of a step change in production levels and a leaner operating cost base has addressed the lower commodity price environment. Full year production guidance is now increased, which will drive free cash flow generation. We have made substantial progress with our lending group on the principal terms of a refinancing. Our project portfolio has been expanded, positioning Premier for future growth at lower cost."

Entering new phase

Moving to positive cash flow following a period of substantial investment

E.On UK acquisition brings portfolio and financial benefits

Full year production guidance raised to 68-73 kboepd

Cost base reset

Progress being made with lending group to amend financial covenants and to revise debt maturities

Strong operational performance

Production averaged 61.0 kboepd (2015 H1: 60.4 kboepd)

93 per cent production efficiency

Recent record production rates above 95 kboepd

Solan on-stream

Solid financial performance

Profit after tax of US$167.1 million, including E.On negative goodwill credit of US$106.9 million (2015 H1: loss of US$375.2 million)

Operating cash flow of US$108.7 million (2015 H1: US$513.0 million)

H1 operating costs of US$16.5/boe, 14 per cent below budget

Weaker sterling exchange rate positively impacts forward opex, capex and debt

Net debt slightly lower on end Q1 position at US$2.63 billion (31 December 2015: US$2.2 billion)

Future growth

Catcher on schedule for 2017 first oil, capex 20 per cent lower than at sanction

High return infill drilling in UK and Asia

New development projects benefitting from improved economics

Exploration prospects in Mexico, Brazil and UK Southern Gas Basin

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