RockRose Energy; completion of Marathon Oil deal

Rockrose Energy (RRE.L, Market Cap £103m, Suspended at 815p, 4.1% of JIC Portfolio and 0.0% of JIC Top 10)

While I was climbing the Devil’s staircase between Kingshouse and Kinlochleven this morning, RockRose published an update confirming the completion of the Marathon Oil deal.

Conclusion: A friend of mine has published some notes and a view as to what Rockrose Energy shares might be worth post completion of this deal. His workings can be found HERE. It must be emphasised that they are just his notes and that we still await the publication of the prospectus, which will contain much more detail on the deal. If the share price gets anywhere near £32, I will be a very happy man. I do not know when dealing in the shares will recommence but am hopeful it will be in the next couple of weeks. What I do, will be governed by where it trades on day one, but I am likely to let some go, as it could end up being 15% of the JIC Portfolio. Fear and Greed will be the emotions of the day; fear that the share price might drift back and greed to want to maximise the return from the holding. Back at my desk on Thursday morning.

The complete announcement:

Completion of acquisition of 100% of Marathon Oil U.K. LLC and 100% of Marathon West of Shetland Limited
Material uplift in reserves and production

RockRose, the independent oil and gas company, is pleased to announce that it has now completed the acquisition of 100% of Marathon Oil U.K. LLC (“MOUK”) and 100% of Marathon Oil West of Shetland Limited (“MOWOS”) from subsidiaries of Marathon Oil Corporation (“Marathon Oil”) (the “Acquisition”).
The $95 million payable by RockRose to Marathon Oil in connection with the Acquisition was funded through existing resources and facilities.
MOUK holds interests of 26.0% in licence P313 and 40.0% in licences P340 and P108, which together comprise the Greater Brae Area.MOWOS holds a 28.0% interest in the BP-operated Foinaven field as well as interests in the Foinaven East, T25, and T35 satellite accumulations. The Acquisition also includes interests in the SAGE, Brae-Forties and WOSPS infrastructure, which provide additional tariff income.
This Acquisition has added circa 28.4 millionboe¬†of 2P reserves, increasing the Company’s total 2P reserves to 62.9 million¬†boe¬†(as at 31 March 2019, as assessed by ERC Equipoise) and 2P reserves plus 2C contingent resources of 87.6 million¬†boe¬†(the 2C being an internal RockRose estimate). Production for the assets being acquired is circa 11,000¬†boepd¬†in 2019 to date, taking RockRose’s total net production for 2019 to date to circa 22,000¬†boepd¬†on a pro forma basis.
The MOUK and MOWOS assets and teams in Aberdeen, Peterhead and offshore have also transferred to RockRose.
The Acquisition constituted a reverse takeover for the purposes of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s Listing Rules, in accordance with Listing Rule 5.1 the Company requested that the Company’s ordinary shares be suspended from listing on the Official List pending the publication of a prospectus. The prospectus is expected to be published later this month, at which time the Company’s ordinary shares will recommence trading on the Official List.
At financial close, the total cash on the balance sheet of the enlarged Company is approximately US$370 million, of which US$91 million is restricted.

RockRose Executive Chairman, Andrew Austin said:
“I am delighted to confirm the completion of our Marathon acquisition. The quality of the assets and team materially strengthens Rockrose, with a significant uplift in our reserves and production and marks a significant step towards our strategic ambition of having operations of scale in the North Sea.
“I would like to welcome the Marathon Oil UK employees to RockRose. The team has an excellent track record and we look forward to continuing safe operations of the acquired assets. We remain focused on growing the value of RockRose, not only through the ongoing development of the enlarged¬†portfolio,¬†but also through value accretive acquisition opportunities in the future.”