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Seplat Revenue Rises To $152.4m In Q1 2021

...records $28 million profit before tax

Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, a leading Nigerian independent energy company listed on both the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE), has announced that its revenue rose by 16.8 percent to $152.4 million or N57.9 billion in the first quarter of 2021.

The energy company, in the unaudited financial statement released on Thursday, declared $28 million profit before tax.

Seplat Operational Highlights
• Working-interest oil and production within guidance at 48,239 boepd
• Average daily volumes of nearly 54,000 boepd achieved in first 21 days of April
• Liquids production of 28,541 bopd in Q1 2021
• Gas production of 114 MMscfd (19,698 boepd)
• Low unit cost of production of $8.70/boe
• Oben-50 gas well now producing, Oben-51 drilled and completed with gas expected to flow in May
• Safety record extended to more than 17 million hours without LTI on Seplat-operated assets

Seplat Financial Highlights
• Board adopts quarterly dividend policy; declares Q1 2021 dividend of US2.5 cents per share
• Revenue up 16.8% to $152.4 million
• EBITDA of $77.8 million
• Cash at bank $236.3 million, net debt of $458.1 million
• Successful issue of $650 million 7.75% senior notes to redeem existing $350 million 9.25% senior notes and repay $250 million drawn on $350 million RCF
• Refinanced $100 million Westport RBL facility
• Total capital expenditure of $32.6 million

Seplat Corporate Updates
• Seeking shareholder approval at the AGM on 20 May 2021 to change name to Seplat Energy PLC to reflect evolving strategy
• ANOH project now fully funded following successful $260 million debt issue
• Plan to host Capital Markets Day on 29 July 2021

Seplat Chief Executive Officer, Roger Brown who spoke on the company’s performance, said: “We have made a progressive start to the year, delivering oil and gas production volumes of 48,239 boepd, within our guidance range. With the Gbetiokun field at OML40 now back in production, we are currently achieving average daily volumes of nearly 54 kboepd so far in April and we will build on this as we add additional oil and gas wells this year.

Seplat

“Our flagship ANOH gas project is proceeding as planned and was fully funded in February when our joint venture company, AGPC successfully raised $260 million of debt financing. In addition, the success of our $650 million Eurobond issuance in March demonstrates investor confidence in our prudent financial management and the exciting future ahead for the Company and its stakeholders.”

He further explained: “As we drive forward our strategy of being a low-cost energy provider delivering reliable, affordable and sustainable energy to the young, fast-growing population of Nigeria, energy transition – which delivers on Nigeria’s social development goals in tandem with the climate agenda – is essential.”

According to him: “This is the backbone of Seplat’s strategy and we will be communicating how we plan to achieve this over the coming months. To that end, the Board took the decision to change our name to Seplat Energy PLC, which more adequately reflects our ambitions of providing a broader energy mix. We will present the name change to our shareholders for approval at the AGM on 20 May 2021.”

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