It was fairly quiet on the oil company news front last week. Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR) which I mentioned last Sunday moved up sharply though and on Friday Mr Michael Spencer notified that he had bought more and now held 9.17%.
"Cornerstone Investor", Continental Investment Partners, notified they were disposing of 69% of their shareholding in Coro Energy (CORO) and 72% of their shareholding in Sound Energy (SOU). Sound CEO, James Parsons, joined in and entered into a "trading plan" to sell around half of his current shareholding. These announcements followed the news earlier in the day of what was perceived as a disappointing CPR for SOU's forthcoming Morocco well and the shares fell sharply.
SDX Energy (SDX) continued to re-rate and positive news flow kept on last week with announcements of an oil discovery at the Rabul 4 Well in Egypt encountering approximately 43 feet of net heavy oil pay and the spud of the LMS-1 exploration well in Morocco. Savannah Petroleum (SAVP) announced the result of its Bushiya-1 exploration well as an oil discovery and its shares are now starting to firm up a little. Next up is the the Amdigh-1 exploration well which is expected to spud next month.
Jersey Oil & Gas (JOG) announced that the co-venturers in respect of the P2170 licence, which contains the Verbier oil discovery and the Cortina prospect, have committed to pre-fund a 3D seismic survey over the P2170 licence area and certain offset acreage. Delivery of the final imaged data from the survey is currently expected in late Q1 2019. Contracts have been awarded by the P2170 licence operator, Statoil, for the semi-submersible rig, West Phoenix, to drill an appraisal well, with the possibility for a sidetrack well, on the Verbier oil discovery in the P2170 licence area in the summer of 2018. Most intriguingly, Jersey is seeking to acquire oil and gas production assets in the UK Continental Shelf region of the North Sea. Could JOG perhaps transform overnight into another Serica Energy (SQZ) or another Rockrose Energy (RRE)? Jersey's shares have been strong performers over the past two weeks.
Sterling Energy (SEY) announced it now has a cleaner and simpler platform from which to grow the business. With over $47 million cash (greater than its current market capitalisation of £28 million) and looking forward to updating its shareholders in the coming year as it seeks to maximise its value proposition, Sterling may be one to put on the watch list. Another which is worth keeping an eye on is Cadogan Petroleum (CAD) which announced final results last week. With a top notch board and $38 million cash (compared to a current market capitalisation of £20 million), it too is sourcing additional E&P assets.
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