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Nick Walker Bloomberg TV interview

Nick Walker Bloomberg TV interview

28 January 2021

Watch Nick Walker, President and CEO, describing our strong financial and operational performance in 2020, our pipeline of future growth opportunities and the acceleration of our carbon neutrality from 2025.

 

Successful refinancing into a USD 5 billion corporate credit facility

Successful refinancing into a USD 5 billion corporate credit facility

Successful refinancing into a USD 5 billion corporate credit facility

14 December 2020

Lundin Energy AB (the ‘Company”) is pleased to announce that is has successfully completed the refinancing of its existing secured USD 4.75 billion Reserves Based Lending facility (“RBL”) and other corporate facilities, into a new, lower margin USD 5 billion five year corporate facility, (the “Facility”).

Highlights
• New USD 1.5 billion five-year Revolving Credit Facility (“RCF”)
• New USD 3.5 billion 2 to 5 year maturity term loans
• Weighted average margin of 1.6 percent above LIBOR(1) which is 0.9 percentage points lower compared to the current RBL margin
• Inclusion of ESG Key Performance Indicators (“KPI”), impacting margin according to performance
• 16 international banks in the Facility
• Additional ‘accordion’ option of up to USD 1 billion

The Facility is a combination of a five-year USD 1.5 billion RCF and USD 3.5 billion term loans, split across two, three, four and five year maturities, replacing the current USD 4.75 billion RBL and USD 500 million of other credit facilities. The average margin across the Facility is significantly improved to 1.6 percent above LIBOR1, from the current RBL rate of 2.5 percent above LIBOR. The Facility also includes the option to bring in additional commitments in an accordion option of up to USD 1 billion. In line with the Company’s best in class environmental profile, ESG KPIs on carbon intensity and renewable electricity generation have been incorporated into the margin payable, providing further financial incentives for the delivery of the Decarbonisation Strategy and 2030 carbon neutrality target. The structure of the Facility is such, that it is compatible with unsecured bond issuances through the debt capital markets at pari passu terms, which could be utilised at an appropriate time to diversify the Company’s capital structure.

Teitur Poulsen, CFO of Lundin Energy comments:
“I am very pleased to announce the successful completion of the refinancing of our credit facilities into a simplified and more flexible structure of RCF and term loans, on significantly better terms. For the first time we are also including ESG KPIs into our debt framework, which will serve to offer an economic incentive to continue improving our Carbon emissions performance. This further demonstrates the financial value which can be realised from industry leading sustainable operations. I believe it is a sign of the resilience of the business, quality of the asset base and future growth profile that we were able to secure continued support from our key lenders on enhanced terms. This was achieved while successfully trading through one of the most challenging oil markets in recent years. The Facility gives us additional flexibility in terms of our financial framework and improved liquidity headroom, which alongside our BBB– (2) credit rating, positions the Company’s balance sheet well, as we continue to pursue our organic growth strategy.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our existing lenders who continue to support us in this new Facility and also welcome the new faces into the bank syndicate.”

1) LIBOR: London Inter-Bank Offered Rate
2) S&P Global Inc.

Lundin Energy audiocast – Q3 report 2020 presentation

Lundin Petroleum audiocast - Q3 report 2020 presentation

Lundin Energy audiocast – Q3 report 2020 presentation

30 October 2020

Listen to Alex Schneiter, President and CEO, and Teitur Poulsen, CFO, commenting on the report at a live audiocast, to be held at 09:00 CET this morning (30 October 2020).

Follow the presentation live on www.lundin-energy.com or dial in using the following telephone numbers:

UK/International:…….+44 207 192 8338
Sweden:………………+46 8 566 184 67
Norway: ……………..+47 21 56 30 15
USA: ………………….+1 646 741 3167
Access code/pin:  8031159

Link: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/ga7xerab

 

 

Risk of Johan Sverdrup shutdown from union strike action

Risk of Johan Sverdrup shutdown from union strike action

Risk of Johan Sverdrup shutdown from union strike action

7 October 2020

Lundin Energy AB (Lundin Energy) announces that due to the ongoing strike action by the Norwegian labour union Lederne, there is a risk that the Johan Sverdrup field will have to temporarily shut down production upon the next crew rotation on 14 October 2020.

It is hoped that the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association (NOROG) and Lederne, in the intervening period, may reach a settlement and avert a temporary shutdown of Johan Sverdrup.

None of Lundin Energy’s other producing fields have been impacted by the Lederne strike action.

 

 

Lundin Energy Announces Nick Walker appointed as President and CEO of Lundin Energy effective 1 January 2021

Lundin Energy Announces Nick Walker appointed as President and CEO of Lundin Energy effective 1 January 2021

Lundin Energy Announces Nick Walker appointed as President and CEO of Lundin Energy effective 1 January 2021

18 August 2020

Lundin Energy AB (Lundin Energy) is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has appointed Nick Walker as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lundin Energy following Alex Schneiter’s decision to step-down from the position. This will become effective as of 1 January 2021.

Nick Walker has been appointed CEO effective 1 January 2021 as Alex Schneiter has today advised the Board of his decision to step-down from his position as of 1 January 2021. Nick has been Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Lundin Energy since 2015 and has worked closely with the strong Norwegian team to deliver the on-going out-performance at the Edvard Grieg field, overseeing the continuous drive for organic production growth and operational efficiency and help successfully deliver the world class Johan Sverdrup project. He brings to the job of CEO over 30 years’ experience in the industry, coming from a technical and operational background. He has also developed a strong relationship with the investment and financial community and will continue to work closely with the Board of Directors to continue the strategic growth of the company.

Alex Schneiter has offered to remain on the Board as a non-Executive Director and will also stay involved in an advisory capacity with the wider Lundin Group of Companies. He has held the position of CEO since 2015, having been with the business since its inception in 2001. Alex has led Lundin Energy on a strong growth trajectory over his five years as CEO, creating significant shareholder value and overseeing an eight-fold growth in production. His focus on exploration, financial resilience and production efficiency coupled with a passion for responsible practices, has positioned Lundin Energy at the forefront of the upstream operators’ response to the energy transition. He personally led the Company to develop its first ever Decarbonisation Strategy, placing Lundin Energy firmly on the map as the first offshore oil company to target carbon neutrality by 2030, setting out a deliverable timeline in which to achieve that.

Alex and Nick will work closely over the next five months to ensure a seamless transition. The appointment of a new Chief Operating Officer will be announced shortly.

Ian Lundin, Chairman of the Board of Lundin Energy commented:
“The Board and I very much look forward to working with Nick in his new capacity as CEO with his expert knowledge, not only of our assets but the offshore oil and gas industry as a whole. He is the ideal leader to take the Company into the next, exciting phase of our organic growth story and retain our position as best in class.”

“Alex has played a major role in the success of the Company not just as CEO, but throughout his career here, and the wider Lundin Group, for almost 30 years. His contribution has been outstanding, both as a technical expert and explorer, and as a CEO and leader of the teams across all the jurisdictions in which we have operated. I wish him all the best in his future endeavours and look forward to continuing to work with him in his advisory role for the wider Lundin Group.”

Please follow this link for a Shareholder Letter from Alex Schneiter, President and CEO of Lundin Energy:



Report for the six months ended 30 June 2020

Report for the six months ended 30 June 2020

Report for the six months ended 30 June 2020

29 July 2020

·Despite very low oil prices, free cash flow was positive from the oil and gas operations in second quarter and over MUSD 380 free cash flow for the six months period
·Record quarterly production of 162.9 Mboepd in the second quarter
·Accelerated ramp up and increased phase 1 plateau production at Johan Sverdrup; phase 1 capacity of 470 Mbopd to be tested for further upside, during second half of this year
·Significant increase in liquidity during the period from cost reductions and phasing, tax incentives and additional debt facilities
·Continued out performance at Edvard Grieg; increase in reserves and extension of plateau production anticipated
·Eight potential projects to be accelerated due to recent Norwegian tax incentives, targeting over 120 MMboe of net resources
·Awarded credit rating of ‘BBB-‘ with stable outlook by S&P Global, confirming strength of liquidity and credit position

 

Financial summary1 Jan 2020-
30 Jun 2020
6 months
1 Apr 2020-
30 Jun 2020
3 months
1 Jan 2019-
30 Jun 2019
6 months
1 Apr 2019-
30 Jun 2019
3 months
1 Jan 2019-
31 Dec 2019
12 months
Production in Mboepd157.7162.977.576.193.3
Revenue and other income in MUSD1,097.7402.5984.0499.92,948.7
CFFO in MUSD
Per share in USD
898.1
3.16
259.8
0.91
754.5
2.23
408.7
1.21
1,378.2
4.36
EBITDA in MUSD1
Per share in USD1
916.2
3.23
335.1
1.18
811.6
2.40
411.9
1.22
1,918.4
6.07
Free cash flow in MUSD2
Per share in USD2
381.5
1.34
-25.2
-0.09
167.4
0.49
71.6
0.21
1,271.7
4.03
Net result in MUSD
Per share in USD
-131.8
-0.46
178.8
0.63
149.7
0.44
96.2
0.28
824.9
2.61
Adjusted Net result in MUSD
Per share in USD
117.3
0.41
51.3
0.18
128.4
0.38
69.5
0.21
252.7
0.80
Net debt in MUSD3,796.13,796.1 3,359.33,359.34,006.7

1Excludes the reported after tax accounting gain of MUSD 756.7 in 2019 on the divestment of a 2.6 percent working interest in the Johan Sverdrup project.
2Includes renewable energy business. Free cash flow for second quarter 2020 excluding renewable energy business was MUSD 19.5 positive.


Comments from Alex Schneiter, President and CEO of Lundin Energy:

“The resilience Lundin Energy has shown in the face of the sharpest downturn in the history of the oil industry is a testament to the quality of the asset base, flexibility of our financial resources and operational excellence of the business and our people; this has been further demonstrated by the award of a ‘BBB-‘ credit rating. We generated over MUSD 380 of free cash flow in the period and delivered a positive free cash flow result from the oil and gas operations for the second quarter. This all in a period where we encountered some of the lowest realised pricing we have witnessed, both when taking into account the historic negative dated Brent differential and physical discount; a situation which has now normalised and in fact we are witnessing premiums for our barrels in the market again.

“The risk posed by coronavirus presented a unique challenge to the offshore industry and following swift and effective action, any potential threat was mitigated and all of our staff have come through the period safely and we saw no disruptions to production. As we enter the second half of the year, all offshore facilities have returned to normal manning levels and the projects are progressing on plan.

“Although faced with an uncertain market backdrop, operationally Lundin Energy performed exceptionally well. Johan Sverdrup reached its increased plateau rate of 470 Mbopd in April 2020 and since then a further new production well has been completed. The capacity of the facilities will be tested for further upside in the second half of the year. At Edvard Grieg, reservoir performance continues to exceed expectations. The reservoir model is currently being updated along with the recently completed 4D seismic survey and we already see clear potential for a further increase in reserves and an extension of the plateau production.

“The Norwegian government also played an active role during the period; establishing a tax incentive package which as well as improving near term liquidity also significantly improves future project economics assuming plan of development(s) are submitted prior to end of 2022. The Company has identified up to eight potential new projects targeting over 120 MMboe of net resources, which could benefit from these tax incentives. We will be aiming to accelerate appraisal activities and field development studies for all of these potential projects, with the objective of maturing them to sanction prior to the deadline at the end of 2022.

“As well as maintaining a very low operating cost base during the period of USD 2.78 per boe, we were also able to deliver a carbon emission per barrel produced of 2.8 Kg CO2, which is 50 percent lower than in 2019 and significantly below our emission target in 2020 of 4 kg CO2 per barrel produced. Our carbon footprint will be further reduced by the end of 2022 when the Edvard Grieg field will be fully electrified using mostly onshore renewable electricity. By then we will be targeting less than 2 Kg CO2 per barrel produced and be close to our objective of reaching carbon neutrality from our operations.

“The second half of the year will see us resuming exploration activities in the fourth quarter, as well as continuing to focus on maintaining strict capital discipline and opportunistically looking to take advantage of this low point in the cycle to complement our portfolio. It is times like these which show the true mettle of a business and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff for their hard work and determination, as we not only successfully traded through this difficult period but are indeed in a stronger and fitter position. As the founder of the Lundin Group, Adolf Lundin, used to tell me, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going!”

Audiocast Presentation
Listen to Alex Schneiter, President and CEO, and Teitur Poulsen, CFO, commenting on the report at a live audiocast, to be held at 09:00 CEST this morning (29 July 2020). Follow the presentation live on www.lundin-energy.com or dial in using the following telephone numbers:

UK/International: ….+44 207 192 8338
Sweden: ………………..+46 8 566 184 67
Norway: ………………..+47 21 56 30 15
USA: ……………………..+1 646 741 3167
Access code/pin : 4291718

Link : https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/pa874z3y

 

Update on second quarter 2020 financial results and audiocast details for presentation on 29 July 2020

Update on second quarter 2020 financial results and audiocast details for presentation on 29 July 2020

15 July 2020

Lundin Energy AB (Lundin Energy) will publish its financial report for the second quarter 2020 on Wednesday, 29 July 2020. For the second quarter 2020, Lundin Energy will expense pre-tax exploration costs of approximately MUSD 19 and recognise a net foreign exchange gain of approximately MUSD 131.

Exploration costs
It is the Company’s policy to capitalize costs associated with its exploration activities and when it is determined that a commercial discovery has not been achieved, the associated exploration costs are charged to the income statement. For the second quarter of 2020, Lundin Energy will incur a pre-tax charge to the income statement of MUSD 19 relating to exploration costs. These exploration costs will be offset by a tax credit of approximately MUSD 15. The costs are mainly related to relinquished licenses, including the part relinquishment of Area 5 of PL338 containing the Apollo discovery.

Foreign exchange
Lundin Energy will recognise a net foreign exchange gain of approximately MUSD 131 for the second quarter of 2020. The Norwegian Krone strengthened against the US Dollar by approximately 7 percent and the Euro strengthened against the US Dollar by approximately 2 percent during the second quarter of 2020. The foreign exchange gain is largely non-cash and mainly relates to the revaluation of loan balances at the prevailing exchange rates at the balance sheet date.

Change in under/overlift balances
Lundin Energy recognises income based on its sold volume (sales method). Consequently, changes in inventory and under/overlift balances are reported as an adjustment to cost, valued at production cost, including depletion. During the second quarter of 2020, Lundin Energy was overlifted by 9.4 Mboepd.

Revenue from the crude oil sales from third parties
Lundin Energy markets its own crude oil production and at times markets crude oil from third parties. For the second quarter 2020, revenue from the sale of crude oil from third parties amounted to MUSD 8 offset by the purchase of crude oil from third parties of MUSD 8.

Release of report and audiocast on 29 July 2020
Lundin Energy’s financial report for the second quarter 2020 will be published on Wednesday 29 July 2020 at 07:30 CEST, followed by a live audiocast at 09:00 CEST where Alex Schneiter, President and CEO, and Teitur Poulsen, CFO, will be commenting on the report and the latest developments in Lundin Energy.

Follow the presentation live on www.lundin-energy.com or dial in using the following telephone numbers:

UK/International:    +44 207 192 8338
Sweden:     +46 8 566 184 67
Norway:     +47 21 56 30 15
USA:     +1 646 741 3167
Access code/pin :  4291718

Link : https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/pa874z3y

 

Lundin Energy AB’s Nomination Committee

Lundin Energy AB's Nomination Committee

Lundin Energy AB’s Nomination Committee

16 June 2020

Lundin Energy AB (Lundin Energy) is pleased to announce the composition of the Nomination Committee for the 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on 30 March 2021 in Stockholm.

The Nomination Committee has been formed with the following members:

• Filippa Gerstädt (Nordea Funds)
• Aksel Azrac (Nemesia S.à.r.l.)
• Ian H. Lundin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lundin Energy

At the Nomination Committee’s first meeting, Aksel Azrac was elected as Chairman of the Nomination Committee.

The Nomination Committee shall make recommendations to the 2021 AGM regarding:

• Election of the Chairman of the 2021 AGM
• Election of members of the Board of Directors, including number of members
• Election of the Chairman of the Board of Directors
• Remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors, distinguishing between the Chairman and other members, and remuneration for Board Committee work
• Election of the auditor and remuneration of the auditor
• Nomination Committee Process for the 2022 AGM, if any amendments are proposed to the Process for the 2021 AGM

Shareholders who wish to present a motion to the Nomination Committee regarding the above-mentioned issues should contact the Chairman of the Nomination Committee, Aksel Azrac, at nomcom@lundin-energy.com not later than 21 December 2020.

CEO Letter to Shareholders

CEO letter to shareholders

CEO Letter to Shareholders

23 March 2020

Alex Schneiter, President and CEO of Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) has written an open letter to shareholders in regard to current market conditions, measures taken to mitigate any impact from the current Covid-19 pandemic on operations and the resilience of the Company’s strategy and business model to low commodity prices.

Key excerpts:

The Company remains resilient against low oil prices:

  • Average breakeven oil price to achieve free cash flow neutrality before debt repayment and dividends for the next seven years is c. USD 17 per barrel of oil equivalent¹ (boe). This is a result of our world class producing fields having one of the lowest Operating Costs in our industry (long term guidance of USD 3.2 to 4.2 per boe). Our remaining capital spend to produce out our proven plus probable reserves is less than USD 3 per boe.

Swift action taken to mitigate any potential impact from the Covid-19 pandemic to production operations:

  • We are part of a coordinated industry response, that focusses on minimising the risk of coronavirus infected personnel travelling offshore, and, in the case of a suspected infection offshore, to isolate and transport to shore as soon as possible. The Norwegian authorities have introduced certain exceptional measures to help deal with the situation.
  • To minimise risk to our production operations, we are down-manning offshore personnel in order to maintain a minimum level of activity allowing us to produce, maintain and plan the anticipated and most important activities on the platforms.
  • Edvard Grieg personnel will be kept at the minimum level required, whilst preserving the infill drilling programme. Installation of the Solveig/Rolvsnes subsea equipment has commenced and currently the first oil date in 2021 is being maintained. Should we see slippage in the Edvard Grieg Area projects it will not impact 2021 production guidance as we have excess well capacity on the Edvard Grieg field. Similar actions are being taken at Alvheim and Johan Sverdrup, preserving key activities and reorganising the phasing of the activities.

Clear opportunities identified to support near term cash flow and liquidity position:

  • Cost reductions of approximately MUSD 170 (including G&A) are already being implemented for 2020. Other measures to further strengthen our liquidity position are being identified such as deferring further non-committed projects.
  • Low cash operating costs means our production generates free cash flow at low oil prices and together with our existing BUSD 5.0 reserves based lending facility (RBL), provides the Company with good liquidity to fund our committed projects. The RBL is currently drawn at approximately BUSD 3.8
  • The Board of Directors announced on 23 March 2020 the decision to amend its dividend proposal from USD 1.80 to USD 1.0 per share, in order to maintain financial prudence and provide us with further liquidity flexibility in this challenging market. This will further strengthen our balance sheet and give us more flexibility in how we deploy our capital.

Alex Schneiter, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lundin Petroleum, said:

“Whilst we remain vigilant and prepared for many different eventualities, today our strategy remains broadly unchanged and our firm intention is to deliver on our 2020 work programme as presented at our Capital Market Day in January 2020 whilst deferring non-committed projects. We will, along the way, continue to apply a very strict capital discipline on the business, to preserve our liquidity position and further reduce and re-phase our capital spend without disrupting our business plans. Although the dividend proposal has been amended, our ability to distribute cash to our shareholders in a sustainable way will continue to be based upon our Free Cash Flow generation, debt gearing levels and the medium to long-term macroeconmic outlook. Overall, I am very pleased with how our organisation has responded to these challenging times and our team is focused on swiftly adapting to this changing environment.”

¹ Based on 2P profile

 

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