The Chairman, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, Dr A.B.C Orijako has said the company is committed to profitability and attractive yield for shareholders who invested on its shares on The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
Addressing shareholders at the company’s Annual General Meeting in Lagos on Thursday, the Chairman said last year operational and financial performance of the company reflected the significantly higher year-on-year levels of production
uptime at its core oil producing assets combined with a firmer, albeit still volatile, oil price and increased contribution from the company’s gas business.
He added: “As you are aware, our results from the previous two years were characterized by the extended period of force majeure at the Forcados terminal from February 2016 to June 2017.
“As we enter 2019, our reliable production the base, low unit cost of production and discretion over capital commitments will allow the business to remain highly free cash flow generative and profitable.
In the absence of any major interruption or force majeure event, this will enable Seplat to honour its dividend policy and provide an attractive yield to our shareholders in addition to the potential for capital appreciation.”
According to Orjiako, the company will selectively invest in low-risk oil production drilling opportunities within the existing portfolio and the continued expansion of the gas business,
with 2019 set to be the year that activity intensifies at the large scale Assa-North and Ohaji-South (ANOH) gas and condensate development.
He added, “Seplat remains an ambitious growth-orientated company that is in a position of strength to capture inorganic opportunities where we can leverage our competitive advantages to seeking out carefully considered, price disciplined and value accretive acquisitions.
Finally, I would like to thank all our employees and wider stakeholders for their efforts and continuing support and I look forward to updating all of our stakeholders on our progress throughout the year ahead.”
Also speaking at the AGM, the Chief Executive Officer of Seplat Petroleum, Mr. Austin Avuru said,
“Seplat has delivered an excellent operational and financial performance resulting in robust profitability and cash flow generation providing us with an extremely solid foundation for growth in the coming years.
At our core assets in the West, OMLs 4, 38 and 41, the extension of the license to 2038 means that we can confidently plan and invest long into the future to realise the full potential of those blocks.
“As Seplat continues to enhance production and revenue diversification with new wells scheduled at OML 53 in the East,
the board took the Final Investment Decision to invest in the large scale ANOH gas and condensate development which will form the next phase of transformational growth for our gas business.
Disciplined capital allocation continues to remain at the core of our activities evidenced by our continual deleveraging of our debt levels to the current balance of US$350m”, he added.
He also announced that Seplat board has taken the Final Investment Decision for the ANOH and Amukpe to Escravos alternate export pipeline which will be completed and fully commissioned in Q2 2019. These projects are part of the future expansion initiatives of Seplat in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.
A review of Seplat 2018 results indicates positive performance across all financial indices, confirming the Company’s position as one of the well managed indigenous oil firms in Nigeria. The gross profit for the period grew by 84 per cent to
N120billion from N65billion reported in December 2017. Operating profit stood at N95billion, representing a growth of 177per cent over N34billion recorded in the corresponding period of December 2017.
Seplat’s net profit after tax dipped by 45per cent from N81billion recorded as at December 2017 to N45 billion in December 2018.