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Business Description: AWE Limited (AWE) is an upstream oil and gas company with production, development and exploration assets in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Indonesia. FY12 oil and gas production stood at 4.7MBOE, leading to net 2P reserves of 56.1MBOE and 2C contingent resources of 133MBOE as at June 2012.
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.
The Age 18/05/2013 |
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The Age 18/05/2013 |
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