Africa Oil & Gas: Kosmos Energy expands strategic position in Gulf of Guinea

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Kosmos/Trident joint venture acquires portfolio offshore Equatorial Guinea with new exploration acreage and oil production.

Kosmos Energy has announced that in partnership with Trident Energy, it has agreed to acquire an interest in three exploration licenses, as well as Hess Corporation’sinterest in the adjacent Ceiba field and Okume Complex assets offshore Equatorial Guinea on a 50-50 basis. Under the terms of the agreements, Kosmos will be primarily responsible for exploration and subsurface evaluation while Trident, a newly formed international oil and gas company supported by Warburg Pincus, will be primarily responsible for production operations and optimization. The transactions capture a material position in proven but under-explored oil basin originally discovered and operated by members of the Kosmos management team.

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Highlights of the Transactions:

  • Increases Kosmos’ total gross acreage in the Gulf of Guinea by approx. 6,000 sq kms, adding to its existing 25,000 sq km position offshore Sao Tome in the same petroleum system
  • Provides exploration opportunities for large frontier prospects, as well as near-field, short-cycle tie-backs through existing infrastructure with good fiscal terms
  • Adds approx. 13,500 barrels of oil per day (bopd) of net (1) production (gross: ~45,000 bopd), with identified opportunities for resource and value upside
  • Includes approximately 45 million barrels (mmbbl) of net (1) identified 2P/2C remaining recoverable resource (gross: ~155 million barrels) based on Kosmos/Trident company estimates
  • Expected to generate approx. $120 million of operating cash flow per year at $50 Brent over the next several years, net to Kosmos

‘This transaction expands our significant position in a proven, but under-explored oil basin,’ said Andrew G. Inglis, chairman and chief executive officer. ‘The Ceiba and Okume fields, which our team originally discovered and managed, provide low-cost, high-margin production with several identified opportunities for resource and value upside. These discoveries de-risked the key play elements in the basin, but limited exploration in subsequent years means we have the chance to fully unlock the exploration potential of the Rio Muni basin. Our differential knowledge of the basin and access to under-utilized infrastructure, creates a unique opportunity for the company. Furthermore, our partnership allows us to add value through our core expertise while leveraging the proven management team at Trident to deliver the upside from the Ceiba and Okume fields. In addition, the attractive purchase price means the acquisition is immediately accretive from both a value and leverage perspective, and enhances our already strong financial position.’

Financial Terms

The gross acquisition price of $650 million is effective as of January 1, 2017. Kosmos is expected to pay net cash consideration of approx. $240 million at close, subject to post-closing adjustments. The company plans to fund the acquisition using cash on hand and availability from its reserves based lending (RBL) facility. As a result of the transaction, Kosmos expects the RBL to increase, resulting in Kosmos maintaining its current liquidity of approx. $1.2 billion. The transaction is expected to close by year end, subject to customary closing conditions.

Effective Participating Interests (2)

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1. Based on Kosmos net entitlement at $50 per barrel. Net of royalty
2. Net effective participating interests upon transaction closing
3. GE Petrol manages the interest in the Ceiba and Okume fields on behalf of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

See also, Hess announcement: Hess Announces Sale of Interests in Equatorial Guinea; Divestment Part of Strategy to Focus Portfolio on Higher Return Assets

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