The AIM market and its cohort of speculators have been called many things over its 25 years, but, risk averse is rarely one of them.
London’s junior market has had its fair share of flare-ups and burnouts. Investments, and punts, over the year, have seen fortunes lost and won and lost. AIM’s caricature frontier capitalism has been particularly prevalent among the oil exploration stocks.
Yet, there are notably fewer truly “transformational” exploration stories than in the past. Some still knock about, however.
Few opportunities presently seem as glaring or as underappreciated as Deltic EnergyCluff Natural Resources Plc () – soon to be renamed Deltic Energy.
Before making a short story long, a few quick facts are worth highlighting.
DelticCluff is presently priced at a big discount to its cash holdings and an even bigger discount to its net asset value.
Meanwhile, the funding position is secure and sufficient to cover current needs.
It is a small-cap explorer focussed on the North Sea, where it is targeting gas resources in the vicinity of existing infrastructure.
The company has a partnership with one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world, and, this partner, , is committed to drill at least two high impact wells in the coming years.
Success in either well will be an instant game-changer for the companyDeltic.
In the meantime, other catalysts are anticipated and management is aiming to close the value gap (c£13mln cash in the bank vs c£9.7mln in the market).
“One of the key challenges is the relative value that is attributed to the company,” said chief executive Graham Swindells.
“We’ve got the best part of £13mln of cash and we’re trading at a fairly significant discount to both cash and the best part of an 80% discount to net asset value.
“That’s the value gap that we’re trying to address, hopefully when people look at that it represents a compelling value proposition.”
“We have some pretty major catalysts there, success in any one of those wells would represent a transformation of the company and its value. So, the key message is, fundamentally we are significantly undervalued. Particularly given the portfolio that has a number of different potential catalysts.”
The portfolio in more detail
DelticCluff’s rebrand to Deltic Energy plc was approved at its latest AGM. It is being led by is essentially a reboot and rebrand of Cluff Natural Resources with Graham Swindells, continuing leading the company progress to elevate a company-building strategy following the 2019 retirement of natural resources veteran Algy Cluff.
In partnership with Royal Dutch Shell Plc () the company is advancing the Pensacola and Selene prospects, which are slated for drilling in 2021 and 2022 respectively.
The company Delticis, meanwhile, shoring up its exploration portfolio with a separate farm-out process for the Dewar prospect, along with the Cupertino and Cortez prospects which are still being…
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