31-Mar-2021: SXY shares had a 1 for 8 share consolidation effective today, so although it might look like the share price rose by over 700%, it actually didn't.
If you held 40,000 share yesterday (Tuesday), they closed at 36c/share, so your position was worth $14,400. Today, you would instead own 5,000 shares worth $2.90 each, so the market is valuing that position today at $14,500, so in real terms SXY has actually risen today by a much more modest +0.7%.
[I hold Senex Energy (SXY) shares in my SMSF.]
Senex Energy, which I hold in my SMSF, and which has the sexiest ticker code on the ASX (SXY) have released their results this morning, and I reckon the market likes them - they're up 6% as I type this. While their share price has been quite choppy, the overall trajectory has been north east since their March low, and I think they are on track to go past their October 2018 high (of just over 50 cps) during the next year or two. One of today's highlights is their announcement of the commencement of regular dividends plus a special dividend - see below:
Senex delivers strong production and earnings growth and commences dividend distributions
Senex Energy Limited (Senex, ASX:SXY) has today announced the commencement of dividend distributions to its shareholders at an initial rate of 1 cent per share per annum for FY21 (to be paid half yearly) and an additional 0.5 cent per share special dividend following completion of the Cooper Basin sale, representing an annualised dividend yield for FY21 of 4.3%*.
The determination of Senex’s inaugural dividend follows the successful delivery of its $400 million Surat Basin natural gas development projects, providing a step change in gas production, revenue and earnings.
FY21 half year results performance summary**:
A pre-recorded video presentation of Senex’s FY21 half-year results is available on Senex’s website and can be accessed here.
Commenting on the FY21 half year results, Senex Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ian Davies said it has been an excellent start to FY21 with Senex delivering strong production growth, a material step change in earnings and cashflow and the disposal of our Cooper Basin business.
“Production in the Surat Basin now exceeds 50 TJ/day, or more than 18 PJ/year and equivalent to around 10 per cent of Queensland’s natural gas demand, with natural gas production in the half of 8.0 PJ exceeding total FY20 production, demonstrating the increase in gas field production performance.
“We have new investments underway to accelerate production from our extensive natural gas reserves position in the Surat Basin. We announced the Final Investment Decision for the expansion of Roma North natural gas production by 50% to 24 TJ/day (~9 PJ/year), with this low-cost, high-return and long-life investment being the first example of Senex’s high-quality investment opportunities to realise the 780 PJ of 2P reserves that we hold.
“Also announced in the half, the sale of our Cooper Basin business to Beach Energy for $87.5 million will provide additional strength to our balance sheet and bolster the cash flow resilience of our natural gas portfolio.
“On the back of our natural gas project delivery performance and resilient production and cashflow outlook, the Board has determined to accelerate commencement of dividend distributions to our shareholders, with the company determining to pay our inaugural interim ordinary dividend of 0.5 cent per share and a special dividend of a further 0.5 cents per share following completion of the Cooper Basin sale.
“Our long-term dividend policy will target a range of 20-30% payout of free cash flow.
“Looking forward we will continue to carefully assess further capital management initiatives along with the accelerated development of our low-risk, high-return organic growth opportunities to achieve our FY25 annual production target of more than 60 PJ per year”, Mr Davies said.
UPDATED FY21 GUIDANCE
Senex has now reached plateau production at its Roma and Atlas natural gas fields, and has finalised execution plans for the Roma North expansion project accelerating part of this FY22 work program into Q4 FY21. Accordingly, Senex FY21 guidance has been updated as follows:
The Senex board has determined to pay to Senex shareholders an ordinary dividend of $0.005 per share fully franked (Interim Dividend). The Interim Dividend will be paid on 7 April 2021 (Dividend Payment Date), with a record date of 5 March 2021 (the Dividend Record Date).
In addition, the Senex board has determined to pay a special dividend of $0.005 per share franked at 93% (Special Dividend) conditional upon completion of the sale of the Cooper Basin business (as announced on 3 November 2020). Completion of the sale is expected to occur on 1 March 2021 and on that basis the Special Dividend will have the same Dividend Record Date and Dividend Payment Date as the Interim Dividend.
The Interim Dividend and Special Dividend amounts specified above are quoted on a pre-consolidation basis. If the share consolidation resolution is passed at the Extraordinary General Meeting scheduled for 18 March 2021, shareholders on the register at the Dividend Record Date would, on a post-consolidation basis, be entitled to eight (8) times the dividend amounts quoted above in respect of the reduced number of post-consolidation shares.
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[I hold SXY shares in my SMSF, and they are also on my Strawman.com scorecard.]
• Surat Gas production reaches 50 TJ/day (>18 PJ/year): With Atlas achieving a daily rate above 30 TJ after quarter end, peak daily production for our Surat Basin assets reached 50 TJ/day
• Surat Gas quarterly production up 16% to 4.3 PJ: Atlas ramp-up continued with production increasing 31% for the quarter (up 225% on the previous December quarter) and tracking to initial nameplate capacity (32 TJ/day).
• Sales revenue up 26% to $27.9 million: Increased revenue due to higher production volume and improved realised pricing for oil-linked Roma North natural gas production.
• Sale of Cooper Basin business to Beach Energy: Sale to Beach in November 2020 for $87.5 million strengthens Senex’s balance sheet and cashflow resilience. Completion is expected in Q3 FY21.
• Additional customer contracts signed: During the quarter additional customer contracts were signed for more than 6 PJ over CY 2021 and 2022.
• Roma North expansion enters FEED: FEED activities commenced for the expansion of the Roma North field to 48 TJ/day (~18 PJ/year).
Disc: I have small holding
05-Nov-2020: Senex growth transformation - Investor Briefing
Senex growth transformation: Investor Briefing
Senex Energy Limited (Senex, ASX:SXY) today announced its growth transformation is delivering balance sheet strength, cashflow resilience, dividends and production growth following the $87.5 million sale of its Cooper Basin business to Beach Energy and successful delivery of its $400 million Surat Basin natural gas development projects.
Senex today, via its Investor Briefing, outlined further details of its growth transformation through to FY25:
Speaking at the Company’s Investor Briefing, Senex Managing Director and CEO Ian Davies said “The sale of our Cooper Basin business will strengthen our balance sheet and cashflow resilience, allowing us to accelerate production growth from our material Surat Basin natural gas asset position and commence dividend payments to our shareholders from FY22.
“Senex’s growth transformation has created a natural gas business with a robust balance sheet and a strong and growing production profile.
“Senex has more than 300 petajoules of natural gas contracted under firm contracts to domestic customers with strong fixed prices, and GLNG which features material downside protection to low oil prices with full upside participation to oil price recovery.
“Following successful delivery of our $400 million Surat Basin natural gas developments, we are uniquely positioned to increase supply of natural gas through our established hub-and-spoke infrastructure operating model,” Mr Davies said.
The Investor Briefing webcast can be accessed via the Senex company page on the Open Briefing website: https://webcast.openbriefing.com/6690/. A recording of the webcast will be available via the same link.
A copy of the Senex Energy Investor Briefing slide pack is attached.
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[I hold SXY shares.]
03-Nov-2020: SXY: Senex announces sale of Cooper Basin business
Senex has agreed to sell their Cooper Basin assets to Beach Energy (BPT) for $87.5m in cash, which makes a lot of sense. I hold SXY shares, and I'm also a supporter of BPT, and often hold BPT, although not at this moment. Both BPT and SXY are on my Strawman.com scorecard.
26-Oct-2020: Senex and Alinta Energy sign new gas sales agreement
[I hold SXY shares.]
To see my straw on SXY's announcement to the ASX today about this, click here.
Senex takes a victory lap as Surat gas project complete
After almost two years Senex Energy is celebrating today as it has finally completed its $400 million, 80 well Surat Basin drilling campaign.
Senex reached a final investment decision on the project in October 2018 after being awarded the acreage in 2017 under the Queensland government's first domestic acreage round.
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Disclosure: I hold SXY (Senex Energy) shares.
10-June-2020: Senex completes $400m transformational Surat gas project
Senex completes transformational $400 million Surat Basin natural gas development project
Senex Energy Ltd (Senex, ASX: SXY) today announced the successful completion of its 100% owned Surat Basin natural gas development project, establishing Senex as an important supplier of gas to the domestic market.
Senex has now completed its 80 well Surat Basin drilling campaign, down from ~110 wells originally planned due to continued production outperformance.
In conjunction with its infrastructure partner Jemena, Senex has also successfully built and commissioned natural gas facilities at Roma North and Atlas, delivering greenfield gas processing infrastructure capacity of more than 20 petajoules (PJ) a year.
Senex Managing Director and CEO Ian Davies said its Surat Basin natural gas development project was executed superbly, with strong support from partners and stakeholders.
“In October 2018, Senex reached its Final Investment Decision for this $400 million capital program. Less than two years later, Roma North and Atlas have been successfully delivered – an industry leading achievement and a credit to all involved.
“We are proud to have worked closely with our partners Jemena and Easternwell, landholders, community and other stakeholders to successfully develop these critical natural gas resources for the east coast market.
“Further, we are appreciative of the strong policy settings of successive Queensland Governments, enabling the development of these valuable resources.
“With proved and probable (2P) natural gas reserves in excess of 600 PJ across our Surat Basin acreage, Senex will be delivering natural gas to the domestic market for decades to come,” Mr Davies said.
Roma North has been consistently producing above nameplate capacity at around 18 terajoules per day (TJ/day). Atlas production has exceeded 15 TJ/day and continues to increase steadily towards nameplate capacity of 32 TJ/day, with an additional 8 TJ/day of installed capacity available. Initial water treatment facilities at Atlas have been commissioned, with final construction completion expected in early FY21.
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Disclosure: I hold SXY shares.
Other recent announcements:
SXY closed up +20% today (up 4c to 24c) on the back of this. The upgrade to production and FY20 EBITDA guidance is relatively small, but any positive news in the current environment is going to send a company's SP higher, particularly on an "up" day (risk-on day) like today.
I hold SXY shares. Within energy, I much prefer gas companies to oil companies, particularly those with exposure to Australian domestic natural gas demand.
From the announcement today:
Senex and GLNG to supply Roma North natural gas to the domestic market; Senex FY20 guidance upgraded
Part of Roma North gas production to be re-directed to domestic market
Senex will reduce natural gas supply to GLNG by around 1 PJ over the period June to August 2020 at GLNG’s request, following currently lower LNG offtake requirements at GLNG.
Senex and GLNG have agreed to re-direct these volumes to the Wallumbilla natural gas supply hub. Senex will market this natural gas, together with higher than expected production from Atlas, to east coast gas customers as a part of its supply portfolio.
Continued production outperformance and further reduction in Atlas drilling campaign
Natural gas production continues to outperform at both Roma North and Atlas in the Surat Basin, with production now exceeding 34 TJ/day. Given continued production and reservoir outperformance, Senex will further reduce the number of wells to be drilled at Atlas to 45 wells from 50 wells (previously reduced from 60 wells). Additional wells to maintain plateau production are to be drilled in the next campaign.
Senex expects to complete the current drilling campaign in the coming weeks, with final wells to be brought into production during June 2020. Atlas water infrastructure is also on schedule to commence commissioning and water intake in June, with completion of all works expected in early FY21.
FY20 production and EBITDA guidance upgraded
Following strong production performance across Senex’s Surat Basin assets, and assuming continued normal operations in the current pandemic environment, Senex has increased its full year FY20 production guidance to 2.0 – 2.1 mmboe (previously 1.8 – 2.0 mmboe). Senex has also increased its full year FY20 EBITDA guidance to $45 – 55 million (previously $40 – 50 million).
Comments from Managing Director and CEO
Managing Director and CEO Ian Davies said, “In October 2018, Senex reached the Final Investment Decision for our $400 million capital program in the Surat Basin. Less than two years later, the transformational Roma North and Atlas natural gas development projects have established Senex as an important producer of gas for the east coast market.
“Today, together with our infrastructure partner Jemena, Senex has successfully constructed 56 terajoules a day of gas processing capacity, drilled 78 wells of the 80 well campaign, built a portfolio of high-quality domestic gas customers, and seen gas production increase rapidly to a current rate of more than 34 terajoules a day.
“Our announcement today of an increase in full year FY20 production and EBITDA guidance further reinforces the underlying strength of our transformed east coast natural gas business and our ability to adapt and grow in the current lower oil price environment”, Mr Davies said.
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In this space (increasing Australian domestic natural gas demand exposure), I hold COE, SXY & BPT. I also hold WPL, but Woodside is mostly a gas exporter now, rather than a domestic supply story. Have a look at the graphs of those companies and have a bo-peep at the levels they got down to in March, only two months ago. And Yes, I was certainly buying in March! COE (Cooper Energy) even gave us another chance to pick up their shares at similar levels in May (THIS month), but they have already rallied +18% from that 36 cps May low to close at 42.5c today. If the long term value and price drivers still remain in place, be greedy when others are fearful. Who was it who said that? Probably Buffett. And probably Ben Graham before him.
Disclosure: I hold SXY (Senex) shares.
02-March-2020: Surat Basin operations and hedging program update
Senex Energy Ltd (SXY) has successfully completed the current Roma North drilling campaign with industry leading cycle times and well costs achieved. Senex is in a very strong financial position with around two thirds of oil production hedged at US$70/bbl (A$95/bbl).
Managing Director and CEO Ian Davies said Senex’s work programs and project execution remain firmly on track despite a volatile market backdrop.
“We are very pleased to have successfully completed the current Roma North drilling campaign. With production nearing the plant’s initial capacity of 16 TJ/day, we are currently reviewing requirements for future drilling.
“We are now focused on completing the Atlas drilling campaign by the end of FY20. Atlas production continues to ramp, with 95% of expected volumes for calendar year 2020 contracted to high quality customers at fixed prices.
“Senex is in a very strong financial position, with revenue well protected from oil price declines through a proactive and material oil hedging program strong fixed price gas contracts from Atlas,” Mr Davies said.
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Disclosure: I do hold Senex Energy (SXY) shares.
20-Aug-2019: Senex have reported today, and also released a reserves statement and a corporate governance statement; all-up they've released 6 different items this morning - and they can all be reached from here:
The main three are:
Disclosure: I hold SXY shares.