AWE Limited (AWE)



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General Information
Company Name: AWE Limited
Stock Code: AWE
Website: www.awexplore.com
GICS Sub-Industry: Oil & Gas Exploration & Production
Market Cap ($M): 943
Equiv. Shares (M): 523

Current Price Data+
Current Price Open High Low Last Close Volume Price Movement
 $ 1.805 $ 1.810 $ 1.810 $ 1.780 $ 1.815 1,057,214 $ -0.010  -0.551 %

Current Broker Consensus Recommendation more
Recommendation: Buy (1.5)
Recommendation Date: 28th Jul 2014
Brokers Surveyed: 2

Company Overview

Business Description:
AWE Limited (AWE) is an Australian energy company focused on upstream oil and gas exploration and production. AWE has interests in exploration assets in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Indonesia.

Strategy Analysis:
AWE's focus is on oil and gas exploration and appraisal-type assets, in regions of proven prospectivity and where there is a high chance of commercial success. This focus includes currently marginal fields, whose worth may be improved by alternative and innovative appraisal and development approaches. Develop discoveries adjacent to installed infrastructure is a key component of value creation process. AWE reported NPAT down 56% to $13.22m for the half-year ended 31 December 2012, due to higher sales revenue from the BassGas project and additional profit of $12.7m (pre-tax) arising on the sale of shares in Buru Energy during that period. Revenues from ordinary activities were $146.03m, down 8% from the same period last year, mainly due to the BassGas shut-in. This was partly offset by sustained high oil prices and strong performances at Sugarloaf and Casino which achieved higher production than the corresponding prior period. Diluted EPS was 2.49 cents compared to 5.60 cents last year. Net operating cash flow was $39.38m compared to $75.35m last year. No interim dividend was declared, compared with 5.0 cents last year.


Financial Summary
Year to Jun NPAT EPS EPS chg (%) PER DPS Yield (%) Franking (%)
2015  F 38.6 7.2 -9.8 24.9 0.0 0.0 100.0
2014  F 42.8 8.0 150.5 22.5 0.0 0.0 100.0
2013  A 17.1 3.2 16.4 41.4 0.0 0.0 100.0
Source: Morningstar analyst estimates.

Peer Comparison
EPS Growth (%) P/E (%) Dividend Yield (%)
Company Mkt Cap 2013 A 2014 F 2015 F 2013 A 2014 F 2015 F 2013 A 2014 F 2015 F
AWE (AWE) $949 M 0.1408 0.7222 -0.1846 56.0185 32.5269 39.8901 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000
Beach Energy (BPT) $2,276 M 0.0151 0.8995 -0.2346 16.3721 8.6190 11.2604 0.0156 0.0277 0.0308
Oil Search (OSH) $14,431 M 0.5489 1.4854 0.5868 55.5556 22.3529 14.0866 0.0047 0.0091 0.0158
Santos (STO) $14,092 M 0.1518 0.1369 0.6563 27.8195 24.4701 14.7742 0.0208 0.0236 0.0329
Woodside Petroleum (WPL) $35,024 M -0.0512 0.5447 -0.0785 18.3930 11.9069 12.9206 0.0655 0.0672 0.0619

Market Comparison
Earnings P/E Ratio P/B Ratio P/E Growth P/S Ratio
AWE 1.72 32.3 1.06 1.75 3.16
Market 1.00 16.6 1.25 2.15 1.66
Sector 1.19 11.8 0.74 0.48 6.61

Directors
Name Position Start Date
Mr Bruce Frederick William Clement Managing Director 01 February 2011
Mr Bruce John Phillips Non-Executive Chairman 19 November 2009
Dr Vijoleta Braach-Maksvytis Non-Executive Director 07 October 2010
Mr David Ian McEvoy Non-Executive Director 23 June 2006
Mr Kenneth Graham Williams Non-Executive Director 26 August 2009
Ms Karen Penrose Non-Executive Director 27 August 2013
Mr Raymond Betros Non-Executive Director 22 November 2012

Management
Name Position
Ayten Saridas Chief Financial Officer
Dennis Washer Chief Operating Officer/General Manager, New Zealand
Neville Francis Kelly Company Secretary,General Manager - Corporate
Neil P Tupper General Manager, Exploration and Geoscience
Michael Drew Group General Counsel/General Manager Commercial

Substantial Shareholders
Holding Name
36,028,721 (6.90%) IOOF Holdings Limited
31,415,596 (6.02%) DFA Group
26,175,760 (5.01%) Westpac Banking Corp/BT Investment Management Ltd
29,426,493 (5.64%) AMP Limited

Calendar of Events
Date Event
28 April 2015 Report (Quarterly)
24 February 2015 Report (Interim)
29 January 2015 Report (Quarterly)
29 October 2014 Report (Quarterly)
23 October 2014 Report (Annual)
26 August 2014 Report (Prelim)
19 August 2014 Report (Prelim)
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