Q3 2019 Results
Interim management statement and consolidated interim financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2019
Lagos and London, 29 October 2019: Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc (“Seplat” or the “Company”), a leading Nigerian independent oil and gas company listed on both the Nigerian Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange, today announces its results for the nine months ended 30 September 2019. Information contained within this release is un-audited and is subject to further review.
Commenting on the results Austin Avuru, Seplat’s Chief Executive Officer, said:
“2019 so far has seen us make significant progress towards furthering our ambitious growth strategy. While our production and financial performance has dipped in Q3 as a result of slippage to our drilling programme and weaker pricing, the core business remains highly cash generative and with four rigs now operational in the field we expect to quickly regain momentum. This is reflected in our decision to declare an interim dividend of US$29 million.”
“We have set the next major growth phase of our gas business in motion having taken FID for the large scale ANOH gas and condensate development to position us as Nigeria’s largest supplier of processed gas to the domestic market. In another major step, and inline with our overall growth strategy, we have made a strong statement of intent by becoming the first Nigerian company to undertake a public market acquisition of a London Stock Exchange listed company, and in doing so highlighted our ambitions to be a consolidator within our space. The recommended acquisition of Eland for £382 million is a logical continuation of our business model and represents a rare opportunity to secure a well run asset base that lies firmly within our core geographical area of focus and expertise. Following completion, the enlarged asset base will enhance our inventory of production, development, appraisal and exploration opportunities and enable us to ensure capital continues to be deployed to the most value creative opportunities for shareholders.”