ANGOLA: Afentra Acquires Additional Interests in Offshore Block 3/05 & 3/05A

Afentra plc has signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with INA – Industrija Nafte, d.d. to acquire a 4% interest in Block 3/05 and a 5.33% interest1 in Block 3/05A, offshore Angola. This transaction builds upon the acquisition of a 20% interest in Block 3/05 from Sonangol announced in April 2022. The INA Acquisition has an effective date of 30th September 2021.

Transaction Highlights:

·      Strategic Rationale – Incremental acquisition builds upon Afentra’s strategic entry into Block 3/05, a mature, shallow water, production asset with material upside 

·      Block 3/05 – Acquisition results in a combined equity ownership of 24%2 

 Initial consideration of $9 million

 Additional consideration of $10 million, payable upon licence extension3

 Contingent consideration of up to $6 million over 3 years, subject to certain oil price hurdles and an annual cap of $2 million 

·      Block 3/05A – Acquisition of 5.33% interest in a license adjacent to Block 3/05, providing the opportunity to tie back existing discoveries to the Block 3/05 infrastructure

 Initial consideration of $3 million

 Contingent consideration of up to $5 million linked to the successful future development of certain discoveries and oil price hurdles 

·      Combined Interests  the INA Transaction and the previously announced Sonangol Acquisition are expected to be financed through new debt facilities and existing cash, discussions with selected debt provider are well advanced

 Combined 2P reserves of ~24 million barrels and production of ~4,680 bbl/day

 Overall low-cost entry with implied acquisition cost of ~$4/ 2P bbl4

 Attractive asset breakeven economics of $35/bbl

 Average net FCF after capex of ~$35 million p.a. @ $75/bbl over next 5 years

 Payback in less than 3 years at ~$75/bbl based on 2P production alone

Transaction Overview

Further to the RNS issued on 28 April 2022, in which Afentra announced that it had signed an SPA with Sonangol to purchase interests in Block 3/05 and Block 23, offshore Angola, the Company is pleased to announce an attractive acquisition from INA, of a further 4% non-operated interest in Block 3/05 and entry into adjacent Block 3/05A with the acquisition of a 5.33% non-operated interest.

The acquisition will take Afentra’s combined interest in Block 3/05 to 24%2 with a combined implied acquisition cost of ~$4/ 2P bbl4 and asset breakeven costs of $35/bbl. Block 3/05 production averaged 19,500 bopd in the first half of 2022 and has material production growth potential. Upon completion of both the Sonangol and INA transactions, Afentra will have initial 2P Reserves of c.24 million barrels (20 and 4 mmbo respectively) and daily production of c.4,680 bbl/d. (3900 and 780bopd respectively).

The asset interests being acquired under the INA Transaction generated an EBITDA of US$ 5.3 million for the year ended 31 December 2021, as extracted from unaudited management information for the year, with EBITDA being defined as “earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation”.

Block 3/05, in which Afentra is acquiring a further 4% non-operated interest, is located in the Lower Congo Basin and consists of eight mature producing fields. The discoveries were made by Elf Petroleum (now part of TotalEnergies) in the early 1980s. Development was by shallow-water (40-100m) platforms that included successful waterflood activities with first oil in 1985. Sonangol assumed operatorship from 2005 and has focused on sustaining production through workovers and maintaining asset integrity. No infill drilling campaigns have taken place in the last 15 years. The asset has a diverse portfolio of over 100 wells and currently produces from around 40 production wells and has nine active water injectors. The facilities include 17 well-head and support platforms and four processing platforms, with oil exported via the Palanca FSO.

The entry into Block 3/05A also provides Afentra with access to existing light oil and associated gas discoveries that could be tie-back developments to the existing Block 3/05 infrastructure. Block 3/05A contains an oil in place of ~300 mmbls, including one partially developed and two un-developed oil discoveries. There is potential for material incremental gross production of circa 10,000 bbl/d.

Both 3/05 and 3/05A provide scope for broad based ESG impact in the form of emissions reduction, gas utilisation opportunities and positive socio-economic impacts. Consistent with Afentra’s purpose and strategy, Afentra will be working alongside Sonangol to support its transition strategy which is closely aligned with Afentra’s ESG agenda. A key outcome of the due diligence work to date has been to identify the opportunity to work with the JV to enhance the environmental performance of Block 3/05 through emissions reductions.

The acquisition of the assets from INA is expected to be funded through the same debt and existing available funds as those being utilised for the Sonangol transaction and discussions with the selected debt finance provider are well advanced and will be finalised ahead of re-admission.

Commenting on the update, CEO Paul McDade said:

“This incremental acquisition is strategically attractive as it enhances the materiality of our entry into Angola and provides additional exposure to proven assets with significant upside. Block 3/05 is a high-quality asset with stable and robust cash flow and material production growth potential. The acquisition of an additional 4% demonstrates our commitment to both the asset and our plan to work with the operator, Sonangol, to maximise the production and recovery from this material asset for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Together, the Sonangol and INA transactions provide a solid foundation for Afentra’s growth in Angola, and elsewhere within Africa, our geographic focus. They also demonstrate the significant opportunities that exist in the region, for a responsible and ambitious independent like Afentra, that are resulting from the transition that is ongoing in the oil and gas industry in Africa.”

Transaction Timings and RTO Update

The INA Acquisition is subject to satisfaction of Conditions Precedent customary for a transaction of this nature which mainly relate to Governmental approvals and waiver of state pre-emption rights, these are expected in Q3/Q4 2022.The licence extension of Block 3/05 which will trigger the incremental payment of $10 million is also expected to be granted in Q3/Q4 2022.

The ongoing Sonangol transaction and associated RTO process, with publication of the AIM re-admission document and resumption of trading is expected to occur in the coming weeks.  The General Meeting to approve the Sonangol Acquisition will follow in line with regulatory timelines.

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