Seplat, Nigeria’s leading local upstream oil and gas company released its 2015 FY results on the London Stock Exchange today, showing profits dropped 74%. The company which has a dual listing in both the UK and Nigeria reported a profit after tax of about $65.6million (2014: $252.1m). The company reports its earnings in dollars.
The drop in profits was largely a result of the fall in oil prices recorded in 2015. Even though, production rose by 84%, the company still posted a revenue drop of about 28%. The average realised price for the company was $31, a 65% drop from a year earlier.
Despite the drop in profits, the pretax profits beat its forecast by about 22.9%.
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- Seplat Plc. posted a record output of 55kboed in Q4 15 (+55% YoY).
- However, lower realised prices of $31/bbl (-55% YoY) amidst increase in extraction cost (+25% YoY) and fairly stable administrative expense weighed on operating profit $35 million (-63% YoY).
- A tax charge of $21 million compounded the earnings pressure with Seplat posting Q4 15 loss-after tax of $3.1 million.
- Management have proposed a final dividend per share of $0.04 (
N8.00) bringing FY 2015 gross pay-out to $0.08 ( N16.00) vs. $0.15 ( N30.00) in FY 14.
- Current market price of
N308/share implies a 2% premium to our FVE of N301.84 ($1.51).
- ARM upgrade its rating on the stock to a NEUTRAL from SELL.