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RockRose Energy plc - Interim Results and Declaration of Dividend

Tue 24th September, 2019 7:01am
RNS Number : 3734N
RockRose Energy plc
24 September 2019
 

24 September 2019

 

 

INTERIM RESULTS AND DECLARATION OF DIVIDEND

INTERIM RESULTS FOR
THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2019 AND DECLARATION OF INTERIM DIVIDEND

 

Highlights for the six months ending 30 June 2019

 

RockRose Energy met its operational targets for the first half of 2019, achieving significant production growth and completing the Marathon Acquisition. Significant financial resources are now available to take advantage of current market conditions and continue to grow our portfolio of development and production assets. We are pleased to announce an interim dividend of 60 pence per share and currently anticipate paying a further final dividend of 25 pence per share (the timetable for which will be announced in conjunction with the release of final results for the current financial year).

 

The record date for the interim dividend of 60p per ordinary share in respect of the year to 31 December 2019 is 4 October 2019 and is payable on 24 October 2019 to shareholders on the register at close of business on 4 October 2019 (the ex-dividend date is 3 October 2019).

 

Financial

·      Production pro forma basis: 22.1 kboepd1

·      2P + 2C reserves as at 31 March 2019: 87.6 MMboe

·      Total cash2 as at 31 August 2019: $367.9 million which includes $86.4 million of restricted cash

·      Adjusted EBITDA3 for the first six months: $51.6 million (2018: $27.6 million)

·      Capital expenditure during the first six months: $25.6 million (2018: nil)

·      Interim dividend: 60p per share (anticipated final dividend of 25p per share)

 

"I am delighted to be able to report another good set of financial results. The Marathon Acquisition completed on 1 July 2019 and I am pleased to announce the successful integration of the business into RockRose. We continue to expand our pipeline of development projects, including the drilling of additional wells at West Brae and Blake. The development of Arran and progress on Tain are on budget and on schedule.

On behalf of our shareholders, we continue to build a first-class business in the North Sea. The Board is pleased to announce our first regular dividend."

 

Andrew Austin

Executive Chairman

 

IFRS reporting metrics

 

2019 $'m

2018 $'m

Change %

Revenue

93.7

66.7

40

Profit before tax

27.8

5.1

449

Basic earnings per share (cents)

124.0

34.0

265

Net cash generated from operating activities

51.9

9.8

430

Net assets

90.4

73.5

23

 

1   Pro forma information in respect of the enlarged Group, includes the results of the Group and those of the Brae Complex and Foinaven assets (acquired as part of the Marathon Acquisition on 1 July 2019) for the six months ending June 2019

2   Non-IFRS measures. Refer to the alternative performance measures definition within the glossary to the half-year financial report

3   Adjusted EBITDA is calculated on a business performance basis. Refer to the alternative performance measures definition within the glossary to the half-year financial report

 

 

Outlook

·    Production capacity remains at 22 to 24 kboepd. However, as a result of planned extended maintenance shutdowns, which we anticipate will increase uptime over the coming years, full year production is expected to be around 20 kboepd

·    The Tain development and Blake life extension projects are on budget and schedule. The Arran development is on time and below budget thanks to reductions in well and pipeline costs

·    Preparatory work continues ahead of the planned drilling of two West Brae subsea development wells. The first of these is planned to spud in the fourth quarter of 2019

·    Capital expenditure guidance for the full year is $107-115 million

·    Abandonment expenditure guidance for the full year is $13-15 million

 

 

 

Enquiries:

RockRose Energy plc                                                                         +44 (0)20 3826 4800

 

Financial Advisor:

Hannam & Partners (Advisory) LLP

Giles Fitzpatrick / Andrew Chubb                                                     +44 (0)20 7907 8500

 

Joint Brokers:

Whitman Howard

Hugh Rich / Nick Lovering                                                 +44 (0)20 7659 1261 / 1224

 

Cantor Fitzgerald

David Porter                                                                                          +44 (0)20 7894 7000

 

Financial PR:

Celicourt

Mark Antelme / Philip Dennis / Ollie Mills                                      +44 (0)20 8434 2643

 

 

For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.rockroseenergy.com.

 

Financial Review

For the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

Unaudited results for six months ending 30 June

 

 

2019

2018

Change

Production

boepd

11,105

5,149

115%

Revenue

$'000

93,736

66,661

40%

Unit opex1

$/boe

22.1

34.8

(37%)

Adjusted EBITDA2

$'000

51,583

27,567

87%

Profit for the period

$'000

16,316

5,063

222%

Earnings per share (basic)

cents

124

34

265%

Net cash generated from operating activities

$'000

51,876

9,797

430%

Average realised oil price3

$bbl

68.3

72.9

(6%)

Average realised gas price3

$boe

31.7

44.6

(29%)

Capital expenditure

$'000

25,559

-

 

Abandonment expenditure

$'000

712

491

 

 

Pro forma information in respect of the enlarged Group

Production4

boepd

22,138

 

 

Revenue4

$'000

232,515

 

 

Unit opex4

$/boe

28.0

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA4

$'000

115,560

 

 

Total cash5

$'000

371,816

 

 

 

Note The financial results are prepared in accordance with IFRS, unless otherwise noted below:

1   Non-IFRS measures. Refer to the alternative performance measures definition within the glossary to the half-year financial report

2   Adjusted EBITDA is calculated on a business performance basis. Refer to the alternative performance measures definition within the glossary to the half-year financial report

3   Excludes the impact of realised and unrealised gain on commodity hedges

4   Pro forma information in respect of the enlarged Group, includes the results of the Group and those of the Brae Complex and Foinaven assets (acquired as part of the Marathon Acquisition on 1 July 2019) for the six months ending June 2019

5   At financial close, post Marathon Acquisition, including $91 million of restricted cash

 

Production and revenue

Production on a working interest basis increased by 115% to 11,105 boepd in the first half of 2019, compared to 5,149 boepd in the same period of 2018. This increase primarily reflects the acquisition of Dyas B.V. on 1 October 2018.

 

The Group's average realised oil price excluding the gains from hedging was $68.3/bbl for the six months ended 30 June 2019. This was 6% lower than the same period in 2018 ($72.9/bbl). Revenue from crude oil sales, for the six months ending 30 June 2019 totalled $57.2 million, 9% lower than the comparative period in 2018 ($63.1 million). As well as lower prices, the decrease in revenue reflected the timing of the lifting of June 2019 production.

 

Revenue from the sale of gas in the period was $34.6 million (2018: $3.6 million) reflecting the higher production following the acquisition of Dyas B.V. partially offset by lower wholesale gas prices.

 

The Group's commodity price hedges and other oil derivatives generated $0.2 million of realised gains (2018: realised loss of $1.5 million).

 

Unit opex (/boe)

Unit opex was $22.1/boe for the six months ended 30 June 2019, 37% lower than the comparative period in 2018 ($34.8/boe). This reduction was driven by the acquisition of Dyas B.V., where predominantly gas producing assets have a unit opex of $12.7/boe.

 

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA for the first six months of 2019 has increased significantly compared to the same period in 2018. This was due to the acquisition of Dyas B.V. which contributed $25.6 million in 2019 (2018: nil).

 

 

Six months ended

30 June 2019

$'000

Six months ended

30 June 2018

$'000

Adjusted EBITDA

51,583

27,567

Depreciation and amortisation expense

(19,565)

(11,377)

Unrealised financial instrument gains/(losses)

6,105

(6,385)

Decrease/(increase) in decommissioning estimates

(118)

-

Acquisition related expenditure

(3,233)

-

Share options and rights granted to directors and employees

(108)

-

Operating profit

34,664

9,805

 

Income tax expense

Income tax expense is recognised based on management's estimate of the weighted average effective annual income tax rate expected for the full financial year. The estimated average annual tax rate used for the six months to 30 June 2019 is 41%, compared to 0% for the six months ended 30 June 2018. The difference arises mainly because the Group did not recognise any deferred tax previously. However, based on current projections, some of the Group's subsidiaries are expected to generate sufficient profits to utilise all of their losses carried forward and other temporary differences. In addition, the Group is currently paying corporation tax in the Netherlands.

 

Capital and abandonment expenditure

Capital expenditure for the first six months of 2019 was $25.6 million (2018: nil). Abandonment expenditure for the first six months of 2019 was $0.7 million (2018: $0.5 million). Forecast capital and abandonment expenditure for the year ending 31 December 2019 is $107-115 million and $13-15 million respectively.

 

Cash flow

 

Six months ended

30 June 2019

$'000

Six months ended

30 June 2018

$'000

Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January

67,944

64,955

Net cash generated from operating activities

51,876

9,797

Net cash used in investing activities

(35,716)

(12,860)

Net cash used in financing activities

(455)

(31,816)

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

15,705

(34,879)

Exchange (losses)/gains

(695)

20

Cash and cash equivalents at 30 June

82,954

30,096

 

The Group reported net cash generated from operating activities of $51.9 million or $25.8 per boe in the six months to 30 June 2019 compared with $9.8 million or $10.52 per boe a year earlier. Higher production, as a result of the Dyas B.V. acquisition, was the main driver of the improvement. This led to a net increase in cash and cash equivalents of $15.7 million in the period (2018: net decrease of $34.9 million). The increase in investing activities was driven by capital expenditure incurred on the Arran development and Blake life extension project and the payment of a $10.0 million deposit in respect of the Marathon Acquisition.

 

Going concern

When assessing the going concern status of the Group, the Directors have considered, in particular, its financial position, including its significant balance of cash and cash equivalents. The Directors have also considered the Group's oil and gas price forecasts, expected production, operating cost profile, capital expenditure, abandonment spend, and financing plans. The Directors have taken into consideration the key risks which could impact the prospects of the Group, with the most relevant risk being the oil and gas price outlook. Robust down-side sensitivity analyses have been performed, assessing the impact of a significant deterioration in the oil and gas price outlook. These stress-tests all indicated results which could be managed in the normal course of business. Based on their assessment of the Group's prospects and viability, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for at least 12 months from the date of approval of the condensed consolidated interim financial statements. Having reassessed the principal risks, the Directors considered it appropriate to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing its condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

 

Review of Operations

 

Summary of operational results (including the results of the Brae Complex and Foinaven assets which were acquired on 1 July 2019).

 

Six months ending 30 June 2019

Six months ending 30 June 2018

Production (net)

kboe

boepd

kboe

boepd

Blake & Ross

 518

 2,862

508

2,807

Nelson & Howe

 185

 1,025

226

1,249

B Block

 142

 784

148

818

Brae Complex1

1,233

6,812

 

 

Foinaven1

 764

 4,221

 

 

Other UK

 102

 565

50

276

A/B Blocks2

 573

 3,165

 

 

K4/K52

 244

 1,348

 

 

P15/18 & Rijn2

25

138

 

 

Other NL2

 221

 1,218

 

 

Total3

4,007

 22,138

932

5,150

 

1   The Brae Complex and Foinaven were acquired as part of the Marathon Acquisition on 1 July 2019, the information has been provided to illustrate the key operational metrics of the enlarged Group for the six months ending 30 June 2019 on a pro forma basis

2   The Acquisition of Dyas B.V. completed on 1 October 2018 and as such no comparative information for the first six months of 2018 is disclosed

3   Total for the enlarged Group for the six months ending 30 June 2019 on a pro forma basis

 

UK producing assets

 

Blake & Ross (Operator - Repsol-Sinopec)

The Bleo Holm FPSO performed well in the first six months of 2019. Total net production of 2,862 boepd exceeded the first six months of 2018 (2,807 boepd) despite the Ross wells being shut in for part of this period.

 

The Blake life extension project is progressing well and first oil from the planned infill drilling campaign remains on schedule for the first half of 2021.

 

Nelson & Howe (Operator - Shell)

The Nelson field performed well in the first six months of 2019 but production from Howe was reduced in order to maintain reservoir pressure prior to a well intervention planned for 2020. This resulted in lower net production in the first six months of 2019 (1,025 boepd) versus 2018 (1,249 boepd).

 

B Block (Operator - Premier/Repsol-Sinopec)

Production from the B Block fields including Balmoral, Stirling, Beauly and Burghley, was stable in the first six months of 2019, with total net production of 784 boepd similar to that of the same period in 2018 (818 boepd). Premier Oil, the B Block operator, recently announced that it anticipates cessation of production from B Block no earlier than 2021.

 

Brae Complex (Operator - RockRose)

Oil and gas output was relatively stable across the Brae fields for the first six months of 2019, with average net production available for sale of 6,812 boepd. Preparatory work continued on two West Brae subsea development wells, the first of which is planned to spud in the fourth quarter of 2019. During the period, work was carried out on the Brae infrastructure to disconnect the Brae Bravo platform from the remaining operating facilities. Brae Bravo was subsequently disembarked in July 2019 and platform removal is scheduled for 2021.

 

The partners in East Brae and Braemar are evaluating the potential to extend the life of these fields by at least two years.

 

Foinaven area (Operator - BP)

Production from the Foinaven area for the first six months of 2019 was adversely impacted by a compressor outage, pipework, and topside integrity issues. Average net production was 4,221 boepd. An extended maintenance shutdown from July to September is expected to improve operating efficiency.

 

Other UK

Increased production in the first six months due primarily to improved uptimes, in particular on the Tors asset.

 

UK development projects

 

Arran (Operator - Shell)

The Arran development project is progressing well and is on time and below budget for first gas in the first quarter of 2021. Total spend for 2019 will be lower than budget due to timing of contract awards. In addition, total development costs have been reduced due to lower well and subsea costs. The operator, Shell, continues to work on reducing costs further.

 

Tain (Operator - Repsol-Sinopec)

The Repsol-Sinopec operated Tain project is progressing well and is on time and budget for first oil in the first half of 2022. The field will be tied back to the Bleo Holm FPSO and a final development decision is anticipated in mid-2020.

 

Netherlands

 

A/B Block (Operator - Petrogas)

The A/B Block saw a strong first half with throughput remaining at facility capacity following a successful infill drilling campaign at the end of 2018. Net production averaged 3,165 boepd and the partners also successfully appraised the A15 and B10 discoveries during the period. In both cases, reservoir thickness and properties were in line with or better than prognosed and a decision to develop the two fields is now targeted for mid-2020.

 

K4/K5 (Operator - Total E&P)

A strong first half for the K4/K5 group of assets, with net production of 1,348 boepd, was helped by the tubing change out at year end on the K5-B3 well. The operator is continuing to look at further optimisation and infill opportunities within the K4/K5 group of assets.

 

P15/18 & Rijn (Operator - TAQA)

The P15/18 & Rijn assets suffered an extended unplanned shutdown of four months during the first half of the year, which was primarily driven by corrosion under the high-pressure system insulation. During the shutdown, two Electrical Submersible Pumps (ESPs) were replaced on the Rijn oil field, allowing for higher production rates post-restart. A further shutdown for scheduled maintenance is under way. We continue to work with the operator and joint venture to mitigate further unplanned shutdowns.

 

Other NL

The Hanze oil field saw strong flush production following the change out of two ESPs on wells A02 and A04 during Q1 2019.

 

Production from the Wintershall operated P/Q area has remained steady.

 

The Total operated J3C unit showed steady production in the first six months of 2019. Markham, operated by Spirit, which J3C is tied back to, has continued to produce, although production is expected to cease in late 2019. The Markham facility is a key hub for third party users.

 

 

 

Principal Risks and Uncertainties

 

The Directors do not consider that the principal risks and uncertainties have changed since the publication of the Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2018. There are a number of potential risks and uncertainties which could have a material impact on the Group's performance over the remaining six months of the financial year and could cause actual results to differ materially from expected and historical results. A detailed explanation of the risks summarised below can be found in the Strategic Report section of that annual report, which is available at www.rockroseenergy.com. Key headline risks relate to the following:

·    Reserves discovery, development and project delivery

·    Operational performance

·    Commodity prices

·    Decommissioning cost estimates and timing

·    Fluctuations in exchange rates

·    Credit

 

Cautionary statement about forward-looking statements

This half-year results announcement contains certain forward-looking statements. All statements other than historical facts are forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include those regarding the Group's strategy, plans, objectives or future operating or financial performance, reserve and resource estimates, commodity demand and trends in commodity prices, growth opportunities, and any assumptions underlying or relating to any of the foregoing. Words such as "intend", "aim", "project", "anticipate", "estimate", "plan", "believe", "expect", "may", "should", "will", "continue" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that are beyond the Group's control. Given these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, actual results could differ materially from any future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, which speak only as at the date of this report. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ from those in the forward-looking statements include: global economic conditions, demand, supply and prices for oil, gas and other long-term commodity price assumptions (as they materially affect the timing and feasibility of future projects and developments), trends in the oil and gas sector and conditions of the international markets, the effect of currency exchange rates on commodity prices and operating costs, the availability and costs associated with production inputs and labour, operating or technical difficulties in connection with production or development activities, employee relations, litigation, and actions and activities of governmental authorities, including changes in laws, regulations or taxation. Except as required by applicable law, rule or regulation, the Group does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Past performance cannot be relied on as a guide to future performance.

 

 

 

 

Financial Statements

 

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

Note

Six months ended

30 June 2019

Unaudited

$'000

Six months ended

30 June 2018

Unaudited

$'000

Revenue

2(a)

93,736

66,661

Cost of sales

 

(56,935)

(45,327)

Gross profit

 

36,801

21,334

Change in estimate of decommissioning provisions

 

(118)

-

Administrative expenses

 

(5,135)

(3,694)

Acquisition related expenditure

3(a)

(3,233)

-

Gains/(losses) on derivatives

 

6,349

(7,835)

Operating profit

 

34,664

9,805

Finance income

 

33

41

Finance costs

6

(7,808)

(4,957)

Foreign exchange gains

 

922

174

Profit before income tax

 

27,811

5,063

Income tax (expense)

3(b)

(11,495)

-

Profit for the period

 

16,316

5,063

 

Comprehensive income to be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent years when specific conditions are met:

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

 

(724)

-

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

15,592

5,063

 

Earnings per share for the total comprehensive income attributable to the ordinary equity holders of the Company:

Basic earnings per share - cents

 

124

34

Diluted earnings per share - cents

 

119

32

 

The above condensed consolidated interim statement of comprehensive income should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes on pages 10 to 17.

 

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position

 

Note

At 30 June

  2019

Unaudited

$'000

At 31 December 2018

Audited

$'000

Assets

 

 

 

Intangible assets

5

48,642

32,287

Property, plant and equipment

4

343,264

359,293

Total non-current assets

 

391,906

391,580

Inventories

 

8,116

5,090

Trade and other receivables

 

23,828

27,943

Financial assets (FVPL)

11

7,537

204

Cash and cash equivalents

 

82,954

67,944

Restricted cash

 

39,766

53,347

Total current assets

 

162,201

154,528

Total assets

 

554,107

546,108

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

Share capital

 

3,668

3,549

Share premium

 

1,205

129

Other reserves

 

11,156

11,772

Retained earnings

 

74,323

58,007

Total equity

 

90,352

73,457

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

Deferred tax liabilities

3(b)

24,972

22,788

Provisions for liabilities and other charges

6,7

364,872

364,717

Total non-current liabilities

 

389,844

387,505

Trade and other payables

7

35,562

56,291

Financial liabilities (FVPL)

11

1,642

724

Tax payable

7

30,544

23,012

Provisions for liabilities and other charges

6,7

6,163

5,119

Total current liabilities

 

73,911

85,146

Total liabilities

 

463,755

472,651

Total equity and liabilities

 

554,107

546,108

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity

 

 

Share capital

$'000

Share premium

$'000

Other reserves

$'000

Retained earnings

$'000

Total

$'000

Balance as at 1 January 2019

3,549

129

11,772

58,007

73,457

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

(724)

16,316

15,592

Employee Share Incentive Plan

-

-

108

-

108

Issue of share capital

119

1,076

-

-

1,195

Balance as at 30 June 2019 (unaudited)

3,668

1,205

11,156

74,323

90,352

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance as at 1 January 2018

4,269

9,902

(75)

71,228

85,234

Issue of share capital

3

38

-

-

41

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

5,063

5,063

Transfer of reserves

-

(9,902)

31,743

(53,328)

(31,487)

Balance as at 30 June 2018 (unaudited)

4,272

38

31,668

22,964

58,942

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Cash Flows

 

Note

Six months ended

 30 June 2019

Unaudited

$'000

Six months ended

30 June 2018

Unaudited

$'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

Net cash generated from operating activities

14

51,876

9,797

Net cash generated from operating activities

 

51,876

9,797

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

Payments for property, plant and equipment

 

(8,649)

140

Payments for intangible assets

 

(16,355)

-

Payments for decommissioning liabilities

 

(712)

-

Payments for Marathon Acquisition - deposit

 

(10,000)

(13,000)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(35,716)

(12,860)

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Proceeds from issues of shares

 

-

40

Principal elements of lease payments

 

(96)

-

Return to shareholders

 

-

(31,825)

Interest received

 

33

(41)

Interest paid

 

(392)

10

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(455)

(31,816)

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

15,705

(34,879)

Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January

 

67,944

64,955

Exchange (losses)/gains

 

(695)

20

Cash and cash equivalents at 30 June

 

82,954

30,096

 

 

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

 

1.    Significant changes in current reporting period

The financial position and performance of the Group was particularly affected by the following events and transactions during the six months to 30 June 2019:

·    The acquisition of the Dyas B.V. group on 1 October 2018, which resulted in a material change in the financial position and performance of the Group for the six months to 30 June 2019 versus the six months to 30 June 2018.

·    The gain on the Group's oil swap derivative instruments as a result of the reduction in the average realised oil price from 72.9 $/boe to 68.3 $/boe.

·    The adoption of the new leasing standard IFRS 16 Leases (refer to note 13).

 

Since the end of the period, the Group acquired the entire membership in Marathon Oil UK LLC ("MOUK") and entire issued share capital of Marathon Oil West of Shetlands Ltd ("MOWOS"). For a detailed discussion about the Group's performance and financial position please refer to our review of operations on pages 06 to 07.

 

2.    Segment and revenue information

2(a)         Description of segments

IAS 34 requires operating segments to be identified on the basis of internal reports that are regularly reviewed by the chief operating decision maker ("Executive Committee"). The Executive Committee considers and reviews the operating segments by reference to geographic location.

 

The Group derives revenue from within the United Kingdom and the Netherlands from the transfer of products to external customers which is recognised at a point in time. The Group's product lines are as follows:

 

 

 

United Kingdom

$'000

Netherlands

$'000

Total

$'000

Six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

 

 

Revenue by product

Sale of crude oil

49,787

7,427

57,214

 

Sale of gas

5,006

29,624

34,630

 

Gas storage income

-

1,374

1,374

 

Transportation and processing services

-

518

518

Revenue

 

54,793

38,943

93,736

Adjusted EBITDA (see note 2(b))

 

25,977

25,606

51,583

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended 30 June 2018

 

 

 

 

Revenue by product

Sale of crude oil

63,095

-

63,095

 

Sale of gas

3,566

-

3,566

Revenue

 

66,661

-

66,661

Adjusted EBITDA (see note 2(b))

 

27,567

-

27,567

 

2(b) Adjusted EBITDA

 

Six months ended

 30 June 2019

Unaudited

$'000

Six months ended

30 June 2018

Unaudited

$'000

Adjusted EBITDA

51,583

27,567

Depreciation and amortisation expense

(19,565)

(11,377)

Unrealised financial instrument gains/(losses)

6,105

(6,385)

Decrease/(increase) in decommissioning estimates

(118)

-

Acquisition related expenditure

(3,233)

-

Share options and rights granted to directors and employees

(108)

-

Operating profit

34,664

9,805

 

The Executive Committee uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measure to assess the performance of the Group's segments. This measure excludes the effects of significant items of income and expenditure which may have an impact on the quality of earnings such as reversal of provisions and impairments when the impairment is the result of an isolated non-recurring event. It also excludes the effects of equity-settled share-based payments and unrealised gains/losses on financial instruments. Interest income and expenditure are not allocated to segments, as this type of activity is driven by the central treasury function, which manages the cash position of the Group.

 

Sales between and within segments are carried out at arm's length and are eliminated on consolidation. The amounts provided to the Executive Committee with respect to segment revenue and segment assets are measured in a manner consistent with that of the financial statements. Segment assets are allocated based on the physical location of the asset.

 

3.    Profit and loss information

3(a) Acquisition related expenditure

Expenditure in respect of the Marathon Acquisition and subsequent relisting of the Company on 24 July 2019.

 

3(b) Income and deferred tax

Income tax expense is recognised based on management's estimate of the weighted average effective annual income tax rate expected for the full financial year. The estimated average annual tax rate used for the year to 30 June 2019 is 41%, compared to 0% for the six months ended 30 June 2018. The main difference arises because previously the Group was not recognising any deferred tax. However, based on future projections, the Group's subsidiary, RockRose UKCS4 Limited is expected to generate sufficient profits to utilise all its losses carried forward and other temporary differences. Furthermore, the Group acquired several Dutch entities during the second half of 2018, these companies currently expect to utilise all their deductible temporary differences and also currently pay corporation tax in the Netherlands.

 

The net deferred tax liability of $25.0 million (2018: $22.8 million) comprised of UK deferred tax assets of $58.7 million (2018: $67.5 million) and Dutch deferred tax liabilities of $83.7 million (2018: $90.3 million).

 

4.    Property, plant and equipment

 

Note

Oil and gas
assets

$'000

Administrative assets

$'000

Right-of-use
assets

$'000

Total

$'000

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2019

 

394,543

641

-

395,184

Changes in accounting policies

13

-

-

694

694

Additions

 

8,336

313

-

8,649

Exchange differences

 

(5,807)

-

-

(5,807)

At 30 June 2019

 

397,072

954

694

398,720

Accumulated depreciation and impairment

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2019

 

(35,568)

(323)

 

(35,891)

Charge for the year

 

(19,371)

(80)

(114)

(19,565)

At 30 June 2019

 

(54,939)

(403)

(114)

(55,456)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2019

 

342,133

551

580

343,264

At 31 December 2018

 

358,975

318

-

359,293

 

The oil and gas assets consist of producing and development assets and decommissioning assets in accordance with IAS 16 "Property, Plant and Equipment".

 

In assessing whether any impairment is required to the carrying value of assets, their carrying value is compared with their recoverable amount. The cash generating unit ("CGU") assessed for impairment is generally the field, or group of fields where these are economically dependent. The recoverable amount is the higher of the asset's fair value less costs to sell or value in use. No indicators of impairment were identified for the Group's oil and gas assets as at 30 June 2019.

 

The administrative assets consist of freehold property, fixtures and fittings, computer equipment and leasehold improvements. Administrative assets increased by $0.7 million on 1 January 2019 following the adoption of IFRS 16, refer to note 13 for details.

 

5.    Intangible assets

 

 

Appraisal and development assets

$'000

Cost and net book value

 

 

At 1 January 2019

 

32,287

Additions

 

16,910

Exchange differences

 

(555)

At 30 June 2019

 

48,642

 

The amounts for intangible appraisal and development assets represent active development project expenditure. These expenditure amounts are capitalised on the balance sheet unless an impairment has arisen under IFRS 6 when expenditure is recognised in the statement of comprehensive income. The outcome of ongoing development, and therefore whether the carrying value of appraisal and development assets will ultimately be recovered, is inherently uncertain.

 

6.    Provisions for liabilities and other charges

 

Decommissioning

provisions

$'000

Other

provisions

$'000

Lease
liabilities

$'000

Total

$'000

At 1 January 2019

369,782

54

-

369,836

Additions

-

-

694

694

Change in estimate

303

-

-

303

Utilisation

(712)

-

(121)

(833)

Finance charge1

7,406

-

10

7,416

Exchange differences

(6,381)

-

-

(6,381)

At 30 June 2019

370,398

54

583

371,035

 

1   Relates to the unwinding of the discounted estimated cost of decommissioning. Presented within finance costs of $7.8 million within the income statement.

 

The estimated cost of decommissioning at the end of the producing lives of the fields is reviewed annually and engineering estimates and reports are updated periodically. Provisions are made for the estimated cost of decommissioning at the statement of financial position date for the Group's share of the overall costs. Cost estimates have been discounted at an average real discount rate of between 1% and 2% (2018: between 1% and 2%) for the six months to 30 June 2019. The total provision for decommissioning includes $5.9 million (2018: $5.1 million) which relates to short-term decommissioning provisions and as such is included in current liabilities, and $79.5 million (2018: $69.0 million) which is included within non-current liabilities but falls due within five years.

 

7.    Non-derivative financial liabilities

As at 30 June 2019, the contractual maturities of the Group's non-derivative financial liabilities were as follows:

Contractual maturities of financial liabilities

Less than

6 months

$'000

6-12 months

$'000

Between

1 and 2 years

$'000

Between

2 and 5 years

$'000

Total contractual cash flows

$'000

Carrying amount

liabilities

$'000

As at 30 June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade payables

35,562

-

-

-

35,562

35,562

Lease liabilities

96

192

192

-

480

455

Total non-derivatives

35,658

192

192

-

36,042

36,017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As at 31 December 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade payables

56,291

-

-

-

56,291

56,291

Total non-derivatives

56,291

-

-

-

56,291

56,291

 

The carrying value of the trade and other payables as stated above is considered to be a reasonable approximation of the fair value. All trade and other payables are settled within three months of the invoice date.

 

8.    Equity securities issued

 

2019

Number of shares

2018

Number of shares

2019

$'000

2018

$'000

Issue of ordinary shares during the six months

 

 

 

 

Exercise of options under RockRose Energy PLC
- Employee Share Option Plan

489,080

-

1,142

-

Employee Share Incentive Plan

9,669

22,746

59

41

Net Movement

498,749

22,746

1,201

41

 

9.    Events occurring after the reporting period

The Marathon Acquisition

On 25 February 2019, the Company entered into a sale and purchase agreement with Marathon Oil Holdings UK Ltd ("MOHL") to acquire the entire membership in MOUK and entire issued share capital of MOWOS (together the "Marathon Acquisition"). The total consideration payable under the Marathon Acquisition was cash of US$95.4 million. The Marathon Acquisition completed on 1 July 2019.

 

The allocation of the fair values of the individual assets and liabilities will be completed within 12 months of the acquisition date.

 

If the acquisition had occurred on 1 January 2019, consolidated pro forma revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and profit for the period ended 30 June 2019 would have been $232.5 million, $115.6 million and $52.3 million respectively. These amounts have been calculated using the MOUK's and MOWOS's results and adjusting them for:

·    differences in the accounting policies between the Group and that of MOUK and MOWOS; and

·    the additional depreciation and amortisation that would have been charged assuming the fair value adjustments to property, plant and equipment and intangible assets had applied from 1 January 2019, together with the consequential tax effects.

 

10.  Related party transactions

On 25 June 2019 a total of 107,817 options were exercised by Richard Benmore, Non-Executive Director.

 

Following the approval by the Remuneration Committee on 25 June 2019, Andrew Austin was awarded 73,620 options under the Company's unapproved share option plan with exercise price of 815p. No performance conditions were attached to these awards.

 

Under the plan, the options outstanding to Directors are as follows:

 

Date of grant

Granted

Basis of grant

Face value

Exercise price

Exercised

Waived/

lapsed

Earliest vesting date

Lapse date

Performance criteria

Andrew Austin

25/06/19

73,620

Acquisition of Marathon

£600,000

815p

Nil

Nil

25/06/20

25/06/29

Time vesting

 

11.  Fair value measurement of financial instruments

This note provides an update on the judgements and estimates made by the Group in determining the fair values of the financial instruments since the last Annual Report.

 

11(a) Fair value hierarchy

To provide an indication about the reliability of the inputs used in determining fair value, the Group classifies its financial instruments into the three levels prescribed under the accounting standards. An explanation of each level follows underneath the table.

 

The following table presents the Group's financial assets and financial liabilities measured and recognised at fair value through the profit and loss ("FVPL") at 30 June 2019 and 31 December 2018 on a recurring basis:

 

 

Level 1

$'000

Level 2

$'000

Total

$'000

30 June 2019

 

 

 

Financial assets

 

 

 

Hedging derivatives - oil swap

-

6,105

6,105

Underlift

1,432

-

1,432

Total financial assets

1,432

6,105

7,537

Financial liabilities

 

 

 

Overlift

1,642

-

1,642

Total financial liabilities

1,642

-

1,642

 

 

 

 

31 December 2018

 

 

 

Financial assets

 

 

 

Hedging derivatives - oil swaps

-

-

-

Underlift

204

-

204

Total financial assets

204

-

204

Financial liabilities

 

 

 

Overlift

724

-

724

Total financial liabilities

724

-

724

 

The Group's policy is to recognise transfers into and transfers out of fair value hierarchy levels as at the end of the reporting period.

 

The Group did not measure any financial assets or financial liabilities at fair value on a non-recurring basis as at 30 June 2019.

 

There were no transfers between levels of the fair value hierarchy.

Level 1: The fair value of financial instruments traded in active markets (such as publicly traded derivatives and equity securities) is based on quoted market prices at the end of the reporting period. The quoted marked price used for financial assets held by the Group is the current bid price. These instruments are included in Level 1.

 

Level 2: The fair value of financial instruments that are not traded in an active market (for example, over-the-counter derivatives) is determined using valuation techniques which maximise the use of observable market data and rely as little as possible on entity-specific estimates. If all significant inputs required to fair value an instrument are observable, the instrument is included in Level 2.

 

Level 3: If one or more of the significant inputs is not based on observable market data, the instrument is included in Level 3. The Company had no Level 3 financial instruments as at 30 June 2019 or 31 December 2018.

 

11(b) Valuation techniques used to determine fair values

Specific valuation techniques used to value financial instruments include:

·    the use of quoted market prices or dealer quotes for similar instruments.

 

12.  Basis of preparation of half-year report

This condensed consolidated interim financial report for the half-year reporting period ended 30 June 2019 has been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency rules of the Financial Conduct Authority and Accounting Standard IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" as adopted by the EU.

 

The Interim Report does not include all the notes of the type normally included in an Annual Report. Accordingly, this report is to be read in conjunction with the Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2018 which has been prepared in accordance with IFRS adopted by the EU and any public announcements made by RockRose Energy PLC during the interim reporting period.

 

The information for the year ended 31 December 2018 does not constitute the Group's statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 (the "Act") but is derived from those accounts. The statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2018 have been approved by the Board and have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditor has reported on those accounts and their report was unqualified, with no matters by way of emphasis, and did not contain statements under section 498(2) of the Act (regarding adequacy of accounting records and returns) or under section 498(3) (regarding provision of necessary information and explanations).

 

The accounting policies adopted and critical estimates and judgements applied are consistent with those of the previous financial year and corresponding interim reporting period, except for the estimation of income tax (see note 3(b)) and the adoption of new and amended standards as set out below.

 

When assessing the going concern status of the Group the Directors have considered in particular its financial position, including its significant balance of cash, cash equivalents and liquid investments. When assessing the prospects of the Group, the Directors have considered the Group's oil and gas price forecasts, the Group's expected production levels, operating cost profile, capital expenditure, abandonment spend, and financing plans. The Directors have taken into consideration the Group's key risks which could impact the prospects of the Group, with the most relevant to this assessment considered to be risks to the oil and gas price outlook. Robust down-side sensitivity analyses have been performed, assessing the impact of a significant deterioration in the oil and gas price outlook. These stress-tests all indicated results which could be managed in the normal course of business. Based on their assessment of the Group's prospects, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for at least 12 months from the date of approval of the condensed consolidated interim financial statements. Having reassessed the principal risks, the Directors considered it appropriate to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing its condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

 

12(a) New and amended standards adopted by the Group

A number of new or amended standards became applicable for the current reporting period, and the Group had to change its accounting policies and make retrospective adjustments as a result of adopting IFRS 16 "Leases".

 

The impact of the adoption of the leasing standard and the new accounting policies are disclosed in note 13 below. The other standards did not have any impact on the Group's accounting policies and did not require retrospective adjustments.

 

13.  Changes in accounting policies

This note explains the impact of the adoption of IFRS 16 "Leases" on the Group's financial statements and discloses the new accounting policies that have been applied from 1 January 2019 in note 13(b) below.

 

The Group has adopted IFRS 16 retrospectively from 1 January 2019 but has not restated comparatives for the 2018 reporting period, as permitted under the specific transitional provisions in the standard. The reclassifications and the adjustments arising from the new leasing rules are therefore recognised in the opening balance sheet on 1 January 2019.

 

13(a) Adjustments recognised on adoption of IFRS 16

On adoption of IFRS 16, the Group recognised lease liabilities in relation to leases which had previously been classified as "operating leases" under the principles of IAS 17 "Leases". These liabilities were measured at the present value of the remaining lease payments, discounted using the lessee's incremental borrowing rate as of 1 January 2019. The weighted average lessee's incremental borrowing rate applied to the lease liabilities on 1 January 2019 was 3%.

 

For leases previously classified as finance leases the entity recognised the carrying amount of the lease asset and lease liability immediately before transition as the carrying amount of the right-of-use asset and the lease liability at the date of initial application. The measurement principles of IFRS 16 are only applied after that date. The remeasurements to the lease liabilities were recognised as adjustments to the related right-of-use assets immediately after the date of initial application.

 

 

30 June 2019

$'000

Operating lease commitments disclosed as at 31 December 2018

 

 

Discounted using the lessee's incremental borrowing rate at the date of initial application

 

564

Add: adjustments as a result of a different treatment of extension and termination options

 

130

Lease liability recognised as at 1 January 2019

 

694

Of which are:

 

 

 Current lease liabilities

 

238

 Non-current lease liabilities

 

456

 

The associated right-of-use assets were measured at the amount equal to the lease liability, adjusted by the amount of any prepaid or accrued lease payments relating to that lease recognised in the balance sheet as at 31 December 2018. There were no onerous lease contracts that would have required an adjustment to the right-of-use assets at the date of initial application.

 

The recognised right-of-use assets relate to the following types of assets:

 

At 30 June 2019

$'000

At 1 January 2019

$'000

Properties

580

694

Total right-of-use assets

580

694

 

The change in accounting policy affected the following items in the balance sheet on 1 January 2019:

·    Lease assets/right-of-use assets - increase by $0.7 million.

·    Lease liabilities - increase by $0.7 million.

 

The net impact on retained earnings on 1 January 2019 was nil.

 

Practical expedients applied

In applying IFRS 16 for the first time, the Group has used the following practical expedients permitted by the standard:

·    the use of a single discount rate to a portfolio of leases with reasonably similar characteristics;

·    reliance on previous assessments on whether leases are onerous;

·    the accounting for operating leases with a remaining lease term of less than 12 months as at 1 January 2019 as shortterm leases;

·    the exclusion of initial direct costs for the measurement of the right-of-use asset at the date of initial application; and

·    the use of hindsight in determining the lease term where the contract contains options to extend or terminate the lease.

 

The Group has also elected not to reassess whether a contract is, or contains, a lease at the date of initial application. Instead, for contracts entered into before the transition date the Group relied on its assessment made applying IAS 17 and IFRIC 4 "Determining whether an Arrangement contains a Lease".

 

13(b) The Group's leasing activities and how these are accounted for

The Group leases an office in London and IT equipment. Lease terms are negotiated on an individual basis. The lease agreements do not impose any covenants, but leased assets may not be used as security for borrowing purposes.

 

Until the 2018 financial year, leases of property, plant and equipment were classified as operating leases. Payments made under operating leases (net of any incentives received from the lessor) were charged to profit or loss on a straight-line basis over the period of the lease.

 

From 1 January 2019, leases are recognised as a right-of-use asset and a corresponding liability at the date at which the leased asset is available for use by the Group. Each lease payment is allocated between the liability and finance cost. The finance cost is charged to profit or loss over the lease period so as to produce a constant periodic rate of interest on the remaining balance of the liability for each period. The right-of-use asset is depreciated over the shorter of the asset's useful life and the lease term on a straight-line basis.

 

Assets and liabilities arising from a lease are initially measured on a present value basis. Lease liabilities include the net present value of the following lease payments:

·    fixed payments (including in-substance fixed payments), less any lease incentives receivable;

·    variable lease payments that are based on an index or a rate;

·    amounts expected to be payable by the lessee under residual value guarantees;

·    the exercise price of a purchase option if the lessee is reasonably certain to exercise that option; and

·    payments of penalties for terminating the lease, if the lease term reflects the lessee exercising that option.

 

The lease payments are discounted using the interest rate implicit in the lease. If that rate cannot be determined, the lessee's incremental borrowing rate is used, being the rate that the lessee would have to pay to borrow the funds necessary to obtain an asset of similar value in a similar economic environment with similar terms and conditions.

 

Right-of-use assets are measured at cost comprising the following:

·    the amount of the initial measurement of lease liability;

·    any lease payments made at or before the commencement date less any lease incentives received;

·    any initial direct costs; and

·    restoration costs.

 

Payments associated with short-term leases and leases of low-value assets are recognised on a straight-line basis as an expense in profit or loss. Short-term leases are leases with a lease term of 12 months or less. Low-value assets comprise IT equipment.

 

Extension and termination options

Extension and termination options are included in property and equipment leases across the Group. These terms are used to maximise operational flexibility in terms of managing contracts. All of extension and termination options held are exercisable only by the Group and not by the respective lessor.

 

14.  Reconciliation of profit before tax to net cash inflow from operations

 

Six months ended

30 June 2019

Unaudited

$'000

Six months ended

30 June 2018

Unaudited

$'000

Cash flows from operations

 

 

Profit before tax for the period

27,811

5,063

Non-cash adjustments to reconcile profit/(loss) before tax for the year to net cash flows:

 

 

Foreign exchange gain on operating activities

(922)

(174)

Finance costs

7,808

4,937

Finance income

(33)

41

Change in decommissioning estimates

118

-

Gain on oil swap

(6,105)

-

Depreciation and amortisation

19,565

11,377

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

48,242

21,244

Increase in inventory

(3,026)

(2,761)

Decrease/(increase) in trade and other receivables

12,887

(12,936)

(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables

(19,808)

1,400

Decrease in restricted cash

13,581

2,850

Net cash generated from operating activities

51,876

9,797

 

 

 

Responsibility Statement

 

We confirm to the best of our knowledge:

a)  the condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting";

b) the half-year financial report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R (being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year, and their impact on the half-year financial report and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial year); and

c)  the half-year financial report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.8R (being disclosure of related party transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or the performance of the Group during that period and any changes in the related party transactions described in the last Annual Report that could have a material effect on the financial position or performance of the Group in the first six months of the current financial year).

 

By order of the Board

 

Andrew Austin

(Executive Chairman)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

 

Adjusted EBITDA - The Executive Committee uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measure to assess the performance of the Group's segments. This measure excludes the effects of significant items of income and expenditure which may have an impact on the quality of earnings such as reversal of provisions and impairments when the impairment is the result of an isolated non-recurring event. It also excludes the effects of equity-settled share-based payments and unrealised gains/losses on financial instruments. Interest income and expenditure are not allocated to segments, as this type of activity is driven by the central treasury function, which manages the cash position of the Group.

 

Average realised oil/gas price - calculated as revenue divided by liftings for the period. Liftings for the period may be different from production for the period and any variance recognised as under or overlift in the Statement of Financial Position.

 

Boe - barrels of oil equivalent.

 

Boepd - barrels of oil equivalent produced per day.

 

CGU - The cash generating unit is the smallest group of assets that can generate a cash flow independently.

 

Company - RockRose Energy PLC.

 

Earnings per share - calculated as total comprehensive income divided by weighted average number of shares for the period.

 

Enlarged Group - RockRose Energy PLC and its subsidiaries including Marathon Acquisition.

 

FPSO - A floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit is a floating vessel used by the offshore oil and gas industry for the production and processing of hydrocarbons, and for the storage of oil.

 

FVPL - Fair value through profit or loss accounting treatment is used for all financial instruments that are intended to be held for sale and not to maintain ownership.

 

Group - RockRose Energy PLC and its subsidiaries.

 

Overlift - An overlift position arises when a company lifts more than its share of the oil and gas produced in a period. Overlift is recognised as a liability in the Statement of Financial Position.

 

TAR- A turnaround is a scheduled event to conduct planned maintenance on process equipment for which normal routine operations is suspended/stopped for an extended period for revamp and/or renewal.

 

Total cash - total cash represents the sum of cash and cash equivalent and restricted cash.

 

Underlift - An underlift position arises when a company owns a partial interest in a production and does not take its entire share of the oil and gas produced in a period. Underlift is recognised as an asset in the Statement of Financial Position.

 

Unit opex/boe - calculated as cost of sales less depreciation and change in inventory divided by production.

 

 

 

Independent Review Report to RockRose Energy plc

 

Report on the condensed consolidated interim financial statements

Our conclusion

We have reviewed RockRose Energy plc's condensed consolidated interim financial statements (the "interim financial statements") in the interim report of RockRose Energy plc for the 6-month period ended 30 June 2019. Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the interim financial statements are not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

What we have reviewed

The interim financial statements comprise:

·    the condensed consolidated interim statement of financial position as at 30 June 2019;

·    the condensed consolidated interim statement of comprehensive income for the period then ended;

·    the condensed consolidated interim statement of cash flows for the period then ended;

·    the condensed consolidated interim statement of changes in equity for the period then ended; and

·    the explanatory notes to the interim financial statements.

 

The interim financial statements included in the interim report have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

As disclosed in note 12 to the interim financial statements, the financial reporting framework that has been applied in the preparation of the full annual financial statements of the Group is applicable law and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union.

 

Responsibilities for the interim financial statements and the review

Our responsibilities and those of the directors

The interim report, including the interim financial statements, is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the interim report in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

Our responsibility is to express a conclusion on the interim financial statements in the interim report based on our review. This report, including the conclusion, has been prepared for and only for the company for the purpose of complying with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority and for no other purpose. We do not, in giving this conclusion, accept or assume responsibility for any other purpose or to any other person to whom this report is shown or into whose hands it may come save where expressly agreed by our prior consent in writing.

 

What a review of interim financial statements involves

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, 'Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity' issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.

 

A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and, consequently, does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

 

We have read the other information contained in the interim report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the interim financial statements.

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Chartered Accountants

London

23 September 2019

 


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