Amadeus Asset Sale Completes
Central remains operator of these fields.
The transaction had an effective date of 1 July 2020, with completion adjustment for net cash flows generated between the effective date and the completion date (1 October 2021).
Accordingly, Central has received $30 million in cash, net of a working capital adjustment and including reimbursement of $9 million of costs already incurred by Central on activities which are included in the $40 million of future costs to be carried by NZOG and Cue. Of the $40 million in carried costs, a total of $31 million currently remains available to cover Central's share of costs for the completion of the upcoming exploration program, as well as other future development and appraisal activities throughout the permit.
NZOG and Cue have also assumed obligations to supply up to 4 PJ of gas (50% interest acquired at completion) under the existing pre-sale and accumulated 'take-or-pay' balances. Central has previously received cash payments from both the pre-sale and take-or-pay arrangements, with the associated liabilities transferred to NZOG and Cue valued at $20.2 million on Central's books as at the completion date.
Central expects to recognise a book profit of circa $35 million on the transaction which will appear in its FY2022 accounts.
Cash and Debt balances
Central's loan facility balance at 1 October 2021 is $36.8 million (down from $66.8 million) after loan repayments totalling $30 million were made this week. Cash balances after completion and the loan repayments are circa $24 million. Future scheduled loan repayments are $2 million per quarter with the loan Facility Agreement expiring on 30 September 2022. Central is currently considering options to refinance or extend the existing facility at expiry.
Central's Managing Director and CEO, Leon Devaney welcomed NZOG and Cue as new joint venturers in the Amadeus Basin. "I am excited to be working with NZOG and Cue who are aligned with us to extract further value from our fields in the Amadeus Basin", he said. "The injection of new capital through the transaction has already resulted in an increase in field capacity at Mereenie, with the recompletions and two new production wells to be online over the next couple of weeks. With a major two-well exploration drilling program scheduled to commence shortly and conceptual planning already underway for appraisal of the Stairway at Mereenie, we are looking forward to successful results from this new phase of growth in the Amadeus".
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About Central Petroleum Limited
Central Petroleum Limited (ASX:CTP) is a well-established, and emerging ASX-listed Australian oil and gas producer. In our short history, Central has grown to become the largest onshore gas producer in the Northern Territory (NT), supplying industrial customers and senior gas distributors in NT and the wider Australian east coast market.
Central is positioned to become a significant domestic energy supplier, with exploration and development plans across 180,000 km2 of tenements in Queensland and the Northern Territory, including some of Australia's largest known onshore conventional gas prospects. Central has also completed an MoU with Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) to progress the proposed Amadeus to Moomba Gas Pipeline to a Final Investment Decision.
We are also seeking to develop the Range gas project, a new gas field located among proven CSG fields in the Surat Basin, Queensland with 135 PJ (net to Central) of development-pending 2C contingent resource.
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