Union Jack Oil plc holding licences as an investment with significant value upside

David Bramhill, Executive Chairman of Union Jack commented: “We are delighted to have been able to make a further investment in attractive licences in the Widmerpool Gulf and Humber Basin at nominal cost, alongside our Commercial Partner, Humber Oil & Gas. Union Jack will hold these licences as an investment given the Board’s view that they both have significant value upside given the potential for future unconventional oil and gas exploration activities in the UK onshore.

While further work will need to be undertaken by the onshore oil and gas industry in the UK to prove the commerciality of unconventional oil and gas projects, the transaction value ranges proposed by Edison provide an encouraging valuation indicator and supports Union Jack’s confidence that the risk/reward balance of these investments is favourable to our shareholders.”

Union Jack Oil plc (AIM: UJO), a UK-focused onshore hydrocarbon production, development and exploration company is pleased to announce that it has entered into a sale and purchase agreement with Celtique Energie Petroleum Limited whereby Union Jack and its Commercial Partner Humber Oil & Gas Limited will each make an investment to acquire a 16.25% interest in PEDL201 and a 12.5% interest in PEDL181 for a cash consideration of GBP7,500 each.

This is the second investment made by the Company alongside its Commercial Partner in low cost onshore oil and gas licences. Both licences have no immediate conventional or unconventional work programme commitments or planned activities.

PEDL201 is located in the Widmerpool Gulf and PEDL181 is located in the Humber Basin. The licences are contained within a wider area that, according to studies published by the British Geological Society (“BGS”) on behalf of the Oil & Gas Authority (“OGA”), are considered prospective for both oil and gas; the report (The Carboniferous Bowland Shale gas study: geology and resource estimation, DECC 2013) is available from the OGA’s website.

Internationally, horizontal drilling and specialised completion technologies in tight formations have permitted extensive unconventional developments in both oil and gas, most notably in the United States. Potential in-place volumes on the licences could represent significant economic value, even if only recovery factors at the low end of those achieved in the US can be replicated in the UK onshore.

As an indication of the potential economic value of the licences, and while valuations are dependent on a number of factors, not least the ability to be able to operate successfully, Edison Investment Research Limited (“Edison”) recently published equity research on implied values for unconventional UK onshore activities based on recently observed transaction valuations, that ranged between US$614 – US$2,200 per acre (Focus on UK shale – a low-cost option; 30 April 2018).

Edison’s value range applied to Union Jack’s net acreage in PEDL201 and PEDL181

 
          Licence Area   Edison Value Range (US$/acre)   Interest (%)       Net   Implied Value 
                                                                        Acreage      (US$mm) 
-------- 
               (acres)       Lower           Upper                      (acres)   Lower   Upper 
--------  ------------  ---------------  --------------  ------------  --------  -------  ------ 
PEDL201         19,768        614            2,200              26.25     5,189    3.2     11.4 
                        ---------------  -------------- 
PEDL181         39,314                                          12.50     4,914    3.0     10.8 
--------  ------------  ---------------  --------------  ------------  --------  -------  ------ 
Total           59,083                                                   10,104    6.2     22.2 

Applying Edison’s unconventional acreage value ranges to Union Jack’s licence interests, implies a value range between US$6 million and US$22 million.

 

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