VANCOUVER, BC, Nov. 9, 2022 /CNW/ - Africa Energy Corp. (TSXV: AFE) (Nasdaq First North: AEC) ("Africa Energy" or the "Company"), an oil and gas exploration company, announces financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022. View PDF version
Garrett Soden, the Company's President and CEO, commented: "We are currently drilling the high-impact Gazania oil exploration well on Block 2B offshore South Africa. Gazania is seven kilometers up-dip from an existing oil discovery and has material upside for our shareholders in the success case. Separately, the Block 11B/12B joint venture has applied for the Production Right and is advancing the proposed Luiperd gas condensate development to support South Africa's energy transition."
The joint venture partners on Block 2B are currently drilling the Gazania-1 oil exploration well. Block 2B is located offshore South Africa in the Orange Basin where Total and Shell recently announced the large Venus and Graff oil and gas discoveries across the border offshore Namibia. The block has significant contingent and prospective resources in shallow water close to shore and includes the A-J1 discovery from 1988 that flowed light sweet crude oil to surface. Gazania-1 is targeting two large prospects seven kilometers up-dip from A-J1 with an optional sidetrack in the success case to target a third prospect.
The Block 11B/12B joint venture has applied for the Production Right and is contemplating an early production system ("EPS") for a phased development of the Paddavissie Fairway. The EPS would provide first gas and condensate production from the Luiperd discovery and would accelerate the Block 11B/12B development timeline by utilizing nearby infrastructure on the adjacent block in order to supply natural gas to customers in Mossel Bay. The EPS would significantly decrease the capital expenditures required to reach first production on Block 11B/12B. The Company expects that a full development of the Paddavissie Fairway would follow the EPS as the gas market expands in South Africa. We are encouraged by the 2D and 3D seismic data that has identified additional prospectivity in the Paddavissie Fairway and to the east, confirming the large exploration upside remaining across the block. The development of Block 11B/12B will have positive implications for the South African economy and will be critical in facilitating the country's energy transition beyond coal with a domestic natural gas supply.
- At September 30, 2022, the Company had US$7.1 million in cash and no debt.
- On September 5, 2022, the Block 11B/12B joint venture submitted an application for the Production Right.
- On October 4, 2022, the Block 2B joint venture partners commenced operations on the Gazania‐1 exploration well offshore South Africa.
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The financial information in this table was selected from the Company's unaudited consolidated financial statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 (the "Financial Statements"), which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and the Company's website at www.africaenergycorp.com.
EARNINGS TREND AND FINANCIAL POSITION
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The Company recorded $1.2 million of operating expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2022, compared to $0.6 million of operating expense for the same period in 2021. Stock-based compensation increased by $0.6 million compared to the same period in 2021 as the Company granted 21.8 million stock options to directors, officers, employees and consultants in the first nine months of 2022, and no options were granted in the first nine months of 2021.
The Company recorded $5.0 million of operating expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2022, compared to $3.6 million of operating expense for the same period in 2021. Salaries and benefits decreased by $0.8 million due to a decrease in bonuses paid in the first nine months of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. Stock-based compensation increased by $2.2 million compared to the same period in 2021 as the Company granted 21.8 million stock options to directors, officers, employees and consultants during the first nine months of 2022, and no options were granted in the first nine months of 2021.
At September 30, 2022, the Company had cash and working capital of $7.1 million compared to cash of $10.9 million and working capital of $9.5 million at December 31, 2021. The decrease in cash and working capital can be attributed to cash-based operating expenditures and investments in Main Street 1549 required to fund Block 11B/12B expenditures.
NEXT EARNINGS REPORT RELEASE
The Company plans to report results for the year ended December 31, 2022, on March 29, 2023.
About Africa Energy Corp.
Africa Energy Corp. is a Canadian oil and gas exploration company focused on South Africa. The Company is listed in Toronto on TSX Venture Exchange (ticker "AFE") and in Stockholm on Nasdaq First North Growth Market (ticker "AEC"). Africa Energy is part of the Lundin Group of Companies.
This is information that Africa Energy is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication through the agency of the contact persons set out above on November 9, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. ET.
The Company's certified advisor on Nasdaq First North Growth Market is Aktieinvest FK AB, +46 739 49 62 50, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The use of any of the words "will", "expected", "planned" and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts are intended to identify forward-looking information and are based on the Company's current belief or assumptions as to the outcome and timing of certain future events. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties relating to, among other things, changes in oil prices, results of exploration and development activities, including results, timing and costs of seismic and drilling activity in the Company's area of operations and, uninsured risks, regulatory changes, defects in title, availability of funds required to participate in the exploration activities, or of financing on reasonable terms, availability of materials and equipment on satisfactory terms, outcome of commercial negotiations with government and other regulatory authorities, timeliness of government or other regulatory approvals, actual performance of facilities, availability of third party service providers, equipment and processes relative to specifications and expectations and unanticipated environmental impacts on operations. Actual future results may differ materially. Various assumptions or factors are typically applied in drawing conclusions or making the forecasts or projections set out in forward-looking information. Those assumptions and factors are based on information currently available to the Company. The forward-looking information contained in this release is made as of the date hereof and the Company is not obligated to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws. Because of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions contained herein, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The foregoing statements expressly qualify any forward-looking information.
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