Borders & Southern

Half-year Report

RNS Number : 9238Z
Borders & Southern Petroleum plc
24 September 2020
 

24 September 2020

 

Borders & Southern Petroleum plc

("Borders & Southern" or 'the Company")

 

Unaudited Results for the six-month period ended 30 June 2020

 

Borders & Southern Petroleum plc (AIM: BOR) is pleased to announce its unaudited interim financial statements for the six months to 30 June 2020. The accounts contained within this report represent the consolidation of Borders & Southern Petroleum plc and its subsidiary, Borders & Southern Falkland Islands Limited.

 

 

Chief Executive's Statement

 

The Company reports a loss from operations of $579,000 for the six-month period ending 30 June 2020. This compares to $820,000 for the corresponding period last year. The cash balance at 30 June 2020 was $2,560,000 (30 June 2019: $4,407,000), with no debt.

 

Tough economic conditions have prevailed throughout the first part of the year and in response to this we have made additional cutbacks to the 2020 budget. The Company has always maintained a low overhead, outsourcing many of its non-core disciplines. But further savings have been made, including staff salaries. Executive directors have taken a 50% reduction in salary since 2019. Our objective has been to preserve cash during this industry downturn.

 

The low oil price, currently around $40 per barrel, has resulted in a dramatic fall in exploration and appraisal activity within the industry, along with a decrease in capital expenditure on new developments. In this setting we have continued our farm-out pursuit. Our endeavors have been far reaching, not only having discussions with other oil companies, but also exploring potential collaborations with service and engineering companies. We continue to investigate all options.

 

Undoubtedly, within the current climate we face a significant challenge, like so many companies our size. This year, our industry has faced an oil supply surplus coupled with a decrease in demand due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, at a time when the world is starting to transition towards renewable energy. Many commentators believe that hydrocarbons will continue to play a very important role during the transition, but we will potentially see a high-grading of new developments, based on quality of reservoir, break-even oil price and environmental footprint. We believe that Darwin stands out on this basis, with its break-even oil price of less than $35 per barrel, quick payback, excellent reservoir and a relatively small environmental footprint. We therefore remain optimistic that progress towards appraisal and development will be achieved.

 

 

For further information, please visit www.bordersandsouthern.com or contact:

 

Borders & Southern Petroleum plc

Howard Obee, Chief Executive

Tel: 020 7661 9348

 

Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated & Financial Adviser)

James Spinney / Ritchie Balmer / Georgia Langoulant

Tel: 020 7409 3494

 

Mirabaud Securities Limited (Broker)

Peter Krens

Tel: 020 7878 3362

 

Tavistock (Financial PR)

Simon Hudson / Nick Elwes

Tel: 020 7920 3150

 

Notes to Editors:

Borders & Southern Petroleum plc is an oil & gas exploration company listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM (BOR). The Company operates and has a 100% interest in three Production Licences in the South Falkland Basin covering an area of nearly 10,000 square kilometres. The Company has acquired 2,517 square kilometres of 3D seismic and drilled two exploration wells, making a significant gas condensate discovery with its first well. 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

 

 

6 months ended

30 June 2020

(unaudited)

 

 

6 months ended

30 June 2019

(unaudited)

 

12 months ended

31 December 2019

(audited)

 

N otes

$000

 

$000

 

$000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

(579)

 

(820)

 

(1,447)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOSS FROM OPERATIONS

 

(579)

 

(820)

 

(1,447)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance income

3

2

 

17

 

88

Finance expense

3

(144)

 

(17)

 

(11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOSS BEFORE TAX

 

(721)

 

(820)

 

(1,370)

 

Tax expense

 

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

LOSS FOR THE PERIOD AND TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE LOSS FOR THE PERIOD ATTRIBUTABLE TO EQUITY OWNERS OF THE PARENT

 

 

(721)

 

 

(820)

 

 

(1,370)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss per share - basic and diluted

2

(0.15) cents

 

(0.17) cents

 

(0.28) cents

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION 

At 30 June 2020

 

 

 

 

At

30 June 2020

(unaudited)

$000

 

At

30 June 2019

(unaudited)

$000

At

31 December 2019

(audited)

$000

 

 

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

71

102

118

Intangible assets

 

292,019

291,675

291,765

 

 

 

 

 

Total non-current assets

 

292,090

291,777

291,883

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Other receivables

 

363

416

233

Cash and cash equivalents

 

2,560

4,407

3,682

 

TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

2,923

 

4,823

 

3,915

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 

 

295,013

 

296,600

 

295,798

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

Current tax liability

 

 

(171)

-

(489)

-

(235)

-

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

(171)

(489)

(235)

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL NET ASSETS

 

294,842

296,111

295,563

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

8,530

8,530

8,530

Share premium

Other reserve

 

308,602

1,777

308,602

1,775

308,602

1,777

Retained deficit

 

(24,051)

(22,780)

(23,330)

Foreign currency reserve

 

(16)

(16)

(16)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EQUITY

 

 

 

294,842

 

296,111

 

295,563

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

Share capital

 

$000

 

Share premium

 

$000

 

Other reserve

$000

 

 

 

Retained

Deficit

 

$000

 

Foreign

currency

reserve

 

$000

 

 

Total

 

 

$000

Unaudited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2020

8,530

 

308,602

 

1,777

 

(23,330)

 

(16)

 

 

295,563

 

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

 

-

 

-

 

(721)

 

-

 

 

(721)

 

Balance at 30 June 2020

8,530

 

308,602

 

1,777

(24,051)

(16)

 

 

294,842

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2019

8,530

 

308,602

1,775

 

 

(21,960)

 

 

(16)

 

 

296,931

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

 

-

-

 

 

(820)

 

 

-

 

 

(820)

 

Balance at 30 June 2019

8,530

 

308,602

1,775

 

 

(22,780)

 

 

(16)

 

 

296,111

 

 

Audited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2019

8,530

 

308,602

 

 

1,775

(21,960)

 

 

 

(16)

 

 

296,931

Total comprehensive loss for the year

-

 

-

 

 

-

(1,370)

 

 

-

 

 

(1,370)

Recognition of share based

payments

-

 

-

 

 

2

-

 

 

-

 

 

2

Balance at 31 December 2019

8,530

 

308,602

 

 

1,777

(23,330)

 

 

(16)

 

 

295,563

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

 

 

6 months ended

30 June 2020

(unaudited)

 

6 months ended

30 June 2019 (unaudited)

12 months ended

31 December 2019

(audited)

 

Cash flow from operating activities

$

$

$

 

(Loss) before tax

Adjustments for:

(721)

(820)

(1,370)

 

Depreciation

47

97

92

 

Share-based payment

-

-

2

 

Net finance costs/(income)

(142)

-

(77)

 

Realised foreign exchange gains

-

-

27

 

 

(532)

(723)

(1,326)

 

Cash flows used in operating activities

 

 

 

 

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables

 

(130)

 

(156)

 

29

 

(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables

(8)

72

(176)

 

Net cash outflow from operating activities

(138)

(807)

(1,473)

 

Cash flows used in investing activities

 

 

 

Interest received

2

17

27 

Purchase of intangible fixed assets

(254)

(308)

(398)

Purchase of tangible fixed assets

-

-

(11)

Net cash used in investing activities

(252)

(301)

(382)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Lease interest

(5)

(104)

(11)

Lease payments

(56)

(10)

(112)

 

 

 

 

 

(61)

(114)

(123)

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(983)

 

(1,212)

 

(1,978)

 

 

 

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted use cash at the beginning of the period

3,682

5,626

5,626

 

Exchange losses on cash and cash equivalents

(139)

(7)

34

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted use cash at the end of the period

2,560

4,407

3,682

 

 

 

 

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 

1.  Basis of preparation

 

The unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared using the recognition and measurement principles of International Accounting Standards, International Reporting Standards and Interpretations adopted for use in the European Union (collectively EU IFRSs).  The Group has not elected to comply with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" as permitted. The principal accounting policies used in preparing the interim financial statements are unchanged from those disclosed in the Group's Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2019 and are expected to be consistent with those policies that will be in effect at the year end.  

 

The condensed financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2020 and 30 June 2019 are unreviewed and unaudited. The comparative financial information does not constitute statutory financial statements as defined by Section 435 of the Companies Act 2006. The comparative financial information for the year ended 31 December 2019 is not the company's full statutory accounts for that period. A copy of those statutory financial statements has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditors' report on those accounts was unqualified, did not include references to any matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report and did not contain a statement under section 498(2)-(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

 

2.  LOSS per share

 

The calculation of the basic loss per share is based on the loss attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period. Diluted loss per share are not stated as the dilution would relate only to share options and would be considered anti-dilutive.

 

 

 

Loss after tax for

the period

$000

 

Weighted average number of shares

Loss

per share

(cents)

Basic and diluted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

(721)

 

484,098,484

(0.15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended 30 June 2019 (unaudited)

(820)

 

484,098,484

(0.17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twelve months ended 31 December 2019 (audited)

(1,370)

 

484,098,484

(0.28)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  FINANCE INCOME AND EXPENSE

 

Finance income

6 months ended

30 June

2020

$000

 

6 months ended

30 June

2019

$000

12 months ended

31 December 2019

$000

Bank interest receivable

2

 

17

27

Foreign exchange (loss)/gain

(139)

 

(7)

61

Interest on leased assets

(5)

 

(10)

(11)

 

(142)

 

-

77

 

4.  Going Concern

 

The Company regularly assesses its liquidity and available funds to ensure that it has sufficient funds available to cover its costs for at least the following 12 months. As mentioned in the Chief Executive's statement, costs have been recently cut to ensure this remains the case.

 

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