Very pleased with today’s RNS. We know the world has turned on its head because of the virus and the company needed to make a statement on where it sat with it, it’s impact now and any potential future impact it may have and plans are being made for those various eventualities.
Good to see a statement that finances will largely be unscathed and existing known funding options will still be available.
If only the company would do more of this communicating lark and leave us less in the blind.
We all know the virus will be transient and the world will come out of it at some point in the not too distant future.
With things like the EA in the bag and other elements of the drill planning substantively complete I’ve never felt more comfortable.
I am also genuinely encouraged by what I feel is progress on a partnership.
Hobson’s Choice continues to get ever closer on the horizon, we will get their soon and then we’ll be drilling.
Following on from my previous post.
"...we've managed to access..." a little over 14 days ago now these were the exact words Simon Potter used towards the very beginning of his VOX Markets podcast and this choice of words for me is leading. In my opinion, if someone were to say this it says something quite specific, meaningful and obvious when highlighted.
There's a lot of talk about how BPC need to hire a rig but as has been mentioned a certain supermajor looks like he's got it and a lot of us have speculated that this supermajor could be some type of partner. When Simon says (no joke intended) they have access to a rig that feels to me that someone else has taken on the (majority) burden of rigs costs and it will be made available to BPC as and when they wish to 'access' it. BPC haven't signed a rig contract yet because they don't have to an this, in my mind, is why a rig contact wasn't signed when it woud have appeared there was nothing stopping it. And that it is someone elses preferred (higher) spec of rig and not BPC's.
Why the change in CLN terms by introducing 'optionality'?
I would like to clarify something from my previous post in case a point was misunderstood. BPC have been very careful about their rhetoric in the public domain over the years, often not saying anything so as to not mislead or build false hope. When i quote the CEO's words and state a resignation should be offered if it were deliberately misleading i'm emphasizing the confidence and certainty in what's being said as i don't believe he is being deliberately misleading.
I believe this virus has thrown in a huge spanner in the works and without it we would have had some very positive news by now, however, i now believe they'll be working on options before going public should the virus halt them in their tracks.
I still feel a surprise is coming.
So as little as 12 days ago these were Simon Potters exact words on the VOX podcast "...so we have our rig..." , "...we are doing what we said we're going to do..." , "...spud is looking to be roughly in a months time...", "...it's imminent."
I don't care what anyone says and how anyone wants to pretend to dress this up, these would be considered pretty confirmatory words when describing about going about ones business and if these words were spoken by a companies CEO they carry even more weight and are even more powerful. Should a man of business not be able to deliver on these words they should have the spine to offer their resignation. You are not a man of your word if you renege on rhetoric like this. And although i get Seadrills position if they have let the suspected rig go for a more lucrative contract, i still think they will do their best to deliver on the Notice of Award agreement, BPC may be a minnow but there's an industry professional reputation to manage. And should BPC drill this without Seadrill and find oil, there could be a lot of wells need drilling. Seadrill only need to look as far as Noble Drilling with Exxon in Guyana and the innovative contracts recently signed there which have huge longevity and value.
I therefore find it quite unbelievable that BPC will not deliver.
A lot of speculation has occurred over the last few days as to what should have happened by this point but there may be an absolutely perfectly good reason why we are where we are and it surely must be because it is better for the company to continue to pursue avenues in the knowledge it doesn't close doors or compromise the mission.
As i have posted before it doesn't add up why BPC didn't square off some key contracts earlier when they would have appeared to have had the opportunities to do so. Also, the people who have put up the recent £2.44m must have asked questions and received assurances, this sort of money isn't risked on a whim.
One of the beliefs i've always had is a (super)major will push BPC all the way to the end before making a sensible offer, they will hold their position waiting for them to trip up, to the point they will want to see all funds in place and the rig secured. I believe this may explain the recent changes to the CLN terms and the possible staggered payments structure. BPC will draw just enough money to secure the rig contract and probably initial operation and then wait for the (super)major, should they not join the party the outstanding balance will be drawn and it will be drilled at 100% equity.
I still believe there is a positive surprise to come.
Findme, It is if you click the first report that comes up on a google search, check the date of the report at the top. If you get their 5th Feb 2020 report it has all the details for the Valiant on there. Best to access it from the 'Investors' page on the Maersk Drilling website. Blue 'Download Reports' button as you scroll down.
On the subject of Jupiter. The West Jupiter is sat warm stacked in Tenerife, it's the sister ship to the Saturn with the same spec. and fits with Potters words. It would probably take around 2 weeks to transit but if some commercial agreement were to be agreed between both parties when the on hire time started... stranger things have happened and strange things are par for the course with the BPC story.
I forget where I read it now so i can't cite the source but i believe Exxons's requirement for a rig in Brasil was expected to be for a 3yr contract, maybe someone can correct me here.
It may may strategic business sense for Seadrill to move an idle drillship to the other side of the pond if one of their other premium rigs get's tied up for a long duration. It feels to me there would be more immediate opportunities for Seadrill with a rig sat on the cusp of GoM / Guyana / Mexico / T&T economic zones than looking for work in the Mediterranean or Africa. Although a 2 week transit time sounds a lot, it would be like doing it for 'free' if it had a short job in the Caribbean to go to. And if they found oil the 2020 H2 decision for multiple wells might come their way.
Might explain why it's taken so long to go inspect it at anchor ;-)
This story is far from over yet.
Findme, good idea but unfortunately i think you'll find this is contracted to Reposl until Aug '20. It is then lined up to go to Columbia for Noble Energy in Q3, 2020.
On the back of my post yesterday i have been through every major drilling companies fleet status reports and all the offshore online publications where notification of contracts for each vessel has been published and identified a number of potentially acceptable vessels that will either be out of contract or are warm stacked and available. There are quite a few, albeit not all of the dual derrick 2014 spec Mr Potter has stated.
It's got me fascinated trying to figure out what will come of this. Some people are confident the West Saturn has gone but we still await that being officially confirmed, it feels like there's a surprise still to be had.
Here's something for discussion....
BPC can't be a company struggling with cash flow at this moment you'd think. The aggregate proceeds from the Open Offer and Placing totaled $11.4 and from our Bahamian family-office investor we have received a further ~$2.8m (= £2.44m x 0.9 x 1.3). Disregarding the Mutual Fund and cash that was already in hand (~£2m) prior to any fund raising we should have had about US$14.2 to play with.
What have they bought? The only significant purchase to date has been the wellheads and 36" conductor casing, what is not clear is whether the full casing to TD was purchased at the same time? You were kind of given the impression this may have happened but it was left a little ambiguous. Lets assume it was and we have a pessimistic a cost per metre of $1000/m (~4600m to TD = 4.6m) and by the time we've thrown in wellheads lets assume well material costs ~$7m, about half cash available.
There are other things going on but lets assume they only require a 10% deposit up front and we know from the AGM the company were going to implement an employee share incentive scheme rather than big salary costs for drilling teams. This should still leave reasonable money to play with.
My point is, it feels like they could have put a deposit down on the rig to secure it and this would have released the CLN and this would have started the gravy train for the big costs as they came in during operations.
...that a lot of people seem surprised BPC life isn't straight forward and easy. This has always been a share that requires a couple of stones, there's nothing new to see here, it's business as usual. There wasn't anything bad in today's RNS, it just wasn't the progress expected. Everyone read the RNS this morning in the shadow of oil prices plummeting, in a world apparently paralysed by a relation to the common cold and a knee jerk reaction ensued.
Also, I think i'm going to have to start using the Filter button on people where i read how BPC's chances are now gone because of the Price of Oil - what a ridiculous connection to make. If this were the case then the entire oil industry would cease to exist every time a downturn came along. BPC need to find some oil before they start to worry about impact on profits from an OPEC+ supply war. Companies look years in advance and BPC's extremely large localised structures would be very enticing to develop, a major can not say they turned down the chance to look at these as they may live to regret that in 10yrs.
The world is currently experiencing the effect of a transient condition, a transient condition that it will return from. As George Osbourne stated this morning, this is not the same as the broken financial system of 2008, this will be a 'short' sharp shock to the system from which it will quickly recover.
What the years of holding BPC has taught me is that when everyone thinks it's all over it usually isn't and it was us punters who misunderstood what we were being told, we allowed the skepticism in us to takeover and rule. As we stand we have no concrete facts the company has failed in it's mission, even the talk of losing the West Saturn is yet to be verified.
Seadrill are not the only company in town and the Notice of Award signed with them is not binding, there will be an alternative if Seadrill can not deliver. All the big players are in the GoM; Valaris (ENSCO & Rowan), Transocean, Maersk, Noble, Diamond Offshore, Stena...... a vessel will likely be available. The P#1 geology is not onerous, it is not HPHT.
As BPC stand they have ticked a lot of important boxes, including the most fundamental of which, the EA. They ARE drill ready. What remains is without doubt the final key piece in the puzzle but once it is sorted everything else will slot into place.
PoC, my understanding is that you need to have identified the rig first before taking out insurance, if not a specific rig then at least the type of rig which will facilitate whatever method of drilling is employed. The insurance premium may differ with the type drilling method e.g. Managed Pressure Drilling versus Conventional Drilling. I believe advancements in MPD now mean it is considered a 'safer' form of drilling as it is better able to deal with kicks, etc. And MPD is potentially quicker, potentially reducing time on exposure.
I know i'm stating the obvious but identification and securing of the drilling vessel is THE key to all the final pieces of the puzzle falling into place.
My gut feeling (and no more) is that there is a Plan B if the West Saturn is unavailable.
Steveiom, In almost any other situation i would agree with you that Potter & Uliels reputation would be in question and they would find it very difficult to come back from this as they could quite rightly be accused of being a little disingenuous and economical with the truth right now but for one last thing......
....they know they have a farm-in to fall back on and all will be forgiven.
The terms for this though will be poor in their opinion. It's a big problem for them to give away c. 80% of the company for what will probably be around £12m, if they could find this then they'd be back in the driving seat. £12m is daylight robbery and i would agree. A successful drill and BPC become a £500m+ company.
They won't be able to hold out forever though and the Major(s) know this, as have we deep down.
Yonny, Here's my thoughts....
The spot price for oil is largely irrelevant to BPC's mission to drill now. Yes, this is a good barometer for the general markets being in turmoil and everything will suffer because of that, BPC will be no different. I know i keep saying this but BPC's links to any oil price are in what people perceive the world oil market to be in 2 or 3yrs.
As for todays RNS. It's frustrating that things don't appear to be moving quicker and it's easy to feel a degree of annoyance and anger towards Potter and Uliel after their recent roadshows and interviews as they have been so public and vocal about certain things they obviously hadn't squared away yet e.g. rig. If the West Saturn has gone to someone else it has nothing to do with Seadrill messing anyone around, they will simply supply to the first company they receive hard cash from. I think BPC have probably dragged their heels on the rig as it wasn't their preferred choice for budgetary reasons and they were probably trying to negotiate something to mitigate these costs e.g. maybe a discounted period for a longer mobilisation. There should have also been more progress on license fees as this has been known for a very long time.
I think offers of a farm-in are real and on the table but they undervalue what BPC believe they are worth. When looked at in purely monetary terms BPC are probably only needing to find around something in the early 10's of million (11, 12, 13?) to get this drill away and i think there'll be an offer on the table of something like an 80/20 split. To give away 80% of the company with such potential huge rewards i think is a stumbling block for Potter & Co but i think, partly because they have such high share holdings. However, because of the current climate and fairly imminent requirement to start drilling, they will eventually take what's on offer. They will only do this though after one last stand as they will try until the absolute death to source another rig (maybe not a Seadrill one), if this fails they will opt for the farm-in. I think they will cross everything they have and hope the Louisiana becomes free, even if this means a late April/early May spud, which is where i thought we would be anyway. An early April spud was never on the cards to me.
I think the geological case remains unquestionable, i don't think anyone believes there is no oil there and again this is part of the problem. In the Boards professional experience they see all the tell-tale signs of a huge hydrocarbon resource and this is why they don't want to give it away.
Sooner or later we will arrive at Hobson's Choice as delaying further will become impossible, we are not quite there yet.
Good luck and stay positive, BPC are no different to anyone else at the moment, we aren't being singled out for persecution.
Bynari, the truth is I don’t know what drilling vessel it will be. I 100% understand why people think it’s the West Saturn and given everything the company has said I would say this is my favourite unless BPC have managed to negotiate a deal that doesn’t see them billed for a long mobilisation, which is possible but probably unlikely. Therefore, I await rig confirmation by the company which is an absolute must as it has been the subject of many an RNS to date and is very critical to business operations and therefore financially sensitive - it must be notified.
And generally for the record, and nothing to do with replying to yourself specifically. I couldn’t give two hoots if people want to get confrontational or argumentative with me on this board. This board is mostly good natured with good contributors as we and impart our bit for the greater good and we all accept any challenge to what we post. Our posts should always be the basis of someone else’s research and should never be taken solely at face value. No one is infallible.
For the few that do step over the line and become nasty, it would be very easy to rise to the bait but that would be futile and only end up clogging up the board with tit for tat message. Absolutely pointless. There are filters buttons for such circumstances. And besides, accepting the fact people make genuine grammatical and spelling mistakes and predictive text often makes one look a fool, I can’t take anyone serious who writes without using the full spelling of words when there is no character string constraint, anyone who listens to advise from people like that needs to question themselves.
Here’s to hoping the rig rumours are just a slight misunderstanding of facts. Maybe the drop was a leak on a placing that betters the CLN?
We should know most things we need to know within 48hrs. Good luck everyone.
This is sat at anchor off Aruba, doesn’t quite fit with the spec the company have publicly and confidently waxed lyrical on recently, but it would be a perfectly fine rig if the West Saturn were unavailable. Might require some paperwork tweaks but that shouldn’t be insurmountable.
Here’s hoping to an Exxon Farm-in and we’ll all laugh about this at the 87p party.
Unfortunately that means very little concrete. Go back to a previous presentation and you will find the Sevan Louisiana pictured.
Hopefully the rig is secured for April but we don’t know that for certain yet, it needs to be officially communicated and library images of drill ships in investor presentations don’t count.
I think we should be fine, we just need to hear it from the company.
Yonny, no problem. As always, only trying to get things out for discussion and in doing so it’s always a bit cathartic.
I have to correct my earlier post slightly. PoC is correct, I should have said Brazil. It was late, I was tired :-(
I still believe in all this uncertainty that the words of the Bahamas Attorney General will ultimately prove to be true.
What I think Inconceivable is alluding to are the whispers that have been circulating, for some time I may add, that one of the supermajors that has been interested in the drillship has secured it before BPC. If true this isn’t a huge surprise, after all, even lowly minions like us knew the vessel was being considered for operations in Guyana but I believe Noble were considered front runners and even then, the requirement to be on station in Guyana wasn’t expected until H2 2020.
It may be the supermajor has booked the vessel and it is for later in the year and someone has put 2 & 2 together and got 4 & 1/2, and it is coming to BPC first. Or, maybe our farm-in partner has took the plunge and booked it as of now for the rest of this year and it will go to Guyana via Bahamian waters.
Something has definitely been hanging around with rig selection that a lot of people were picking up on. I have posted before I genuinely believe BPC didn’t have the West Saturn as their preferred choice, it’s capabilities far exceed the their requirements - its a vessel for the big boys with much more challenging conditions.
Were BPC directed to this ship from a potential partner or was this Hobsons Choice and they had to stump up the extra through gritted teeth?
It’s very easy to be cynical about these things and think the worst and it may prove to be the case, however, it just feels too Machiavellian from the Major to do this. Yes, there are no prisoners in business but this would have to be out and out targeted company destroying, they would have done this at BPC’s most critical point after committing to other contracts and that just isn’t how the oil and gas industry model works. There’s a food chain in the Oil & Gas industry that works around junior explorers taking the early high end risk with our money and then the established companies pick it up from there. Without this process the whole model fails. Majors aren’t in the business of seeing Juniors fail. If it is a form of industrial sabotage it absolutely rubber stamps the geological case, the big players are convinced the black stuff is there.
Also, BPC have been so confident about this drill going ahead, so public. Taking big money from investors in the UK and in Country left, right and centre. Only recently taking good money for loans at zero coupon and only ranking 2nd class to debtors. People offering up millions on these terms aren’t stupid people.
It may be BPC’s drill goes back to Q4 and that might not be a bad thing as it could secure the cheaper Sevan Louisiana, but this doesn’t quite seem right.
BPC have had half the drilling costs in cash for a while, they could have secured the rig then all they would have to do is get the EA for the CLN. They chose not to do that - why? This is a board with good oil & gas pedigree.
With these rumours gathering reaction I’ve moved my thinking to expecting a Monday RNS now. It’s going to be an interesting day.
I believe the Attorn
Judge, that's never been the BPC way. Unless you have telepathic powers.
It's always been on a need to know basis and their criteria of what is needed to know and what ours is has never been aligned. Always has with them and always will be - they do not serenade their shareholders.
You need to the mental resolve of Terry Waite's for this share.
I disagree and if people are taking their money out of a junior exploration company that has no oil, no production and is fully funded and permitted for it's next drill, based on a days (or even month avg) price of oil then they don't know what they are investing in.
The 'decline' in recent days is simply from sentiment and worry that people had incorrectly assumed they thought they should have known more by now, compounded by the virus bolllllocks.
Given we have been officially informed from BPC they are fully funded and have all the required permits, the only threat that remains is the step into actual offshore operations. Without this ridiculous hysteria around a virus that hasn't actually done a great deal, with respect to other known issues in the world, there would be no perceived threat to operations and we would be much higher in sp.
Therefore, until the CLN is confirmed, the Rig is confirmed and a sail away date is confirmed people will continue to worry. Everything with regards the CLN, Rig and Sail date could very easily be quashed at 7am Monday and if it's not 7am Monday it should be by CoB Tuesday.
People need to do what is right for them financially, if this is looking a bit risky for them then they should take action to mitigate that - but don't be kicking yourself if all the perceived issues are blown away in an instant.
What i would say is this, whenever the Company have known a critical date will not be met for a detrimental reason they have always informed with reasonable notice. I can't recall a time where they delayed bad news and the end outcome was bad - they have delayed expected news when the outcome was good.
Remember why you have money in BPC and most of all, don't gamble what you can't afford to lose.