Kosmos Energy has announced its financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2022. For the quarter, the Company generated a net income of $117 million, or $0.25 per diluted share. When adjusted for certain items that impact the comparability of results, the Company generated an adjusted net income(1) of $132 million, or $0.28 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2022.
SECOND QUARTER 2022 HIGHLIGHTS
Net capital expenditure for the second quarter of 2022, excluding acquisitions and divestitures, was approximately $220 million. The $20 million increase from guidance was a result of inflationary pressures primarily related to activity in Mauritania and Senegal. Full year capital expenditure guidance for 2022 is now expected to be around $700 million, incorporating the Company’s latest inflation impact estimates (an increase of approximately 5%).
Kosmos exited the second quarter of 2022 with $2.1 billion of net debt(1) and available liquidity of over $1.0 billion. The Company generated $67 million of free cash flow in the second quarter, and around $290 million in the first half of the year. Excluding capital expenditure in Mauritania and Senegal, base business cash flow in the first half of the year was around $450 million. Utilizing free cash flow from the strong business performance in the first half of the year, the Company paid down over $200 million of debt in the quarter. With growing EBITDAX and a reduction in net debt, the Company remains well on track to deliver on its target net leverage ratio of less than 1.5x by year-end.
Total net production(2) in the second quarter of 2022 averaged approximately 62,200 boepd, at the upper end of guidance. The Company exited the quarter in a slight net overlift position.
Production in Ghana averaged approximately 31,600 barrels of oil per day (bopd) net in the second quarter of 2022. Kosmos lifted three cargos from Ghana during the quarter, in line with guidance.
At Jubilee, production averaged approximately 73,600 bopd gross during the quarter, which includes the impact of the planned floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (“FPSO”) shutdown. Excluding the planned shutdown, Jubilee production averaged approximately 92,000 bopd gross in the second quarter. At TEN, production averaged approximately 23,600 bopd gross for the second quarter. High reliability of the Ghana production facilities continues, as well as high levels of water injection and gas offtake by the Government of Ghana. As the operator recently communicated, drilling performance has been excellent with wells coming in ahead of schedule and under budget.
During the second quarter, the Jubilee FPSO underwent a planned two-week shut down for routine maintenance and facility upgrades. The key objectives for the shut down were achieved, including facility upgrades necessary to tie-in the Jubilee Southeast wells that are expected to increase production from mid-2023. Production has remained strong since the Jubilee FPSO restarted operations, with a second quarter exit rate of over 90,000 bopd gross.
The Jubilee Southeast development continues to progress and is now approximately 40% complete. Long-lead items necessary for the project have been ordered and drilling is expected to begin in the fourth quarter with initial production expected around mid-2023. The partnership expects the new wells to increase gross production in the field to ~100,000 bopd.
At TEN, the partnership drilled the first of the two riser base wells (NT-10) to initially define the extent of the Ntomme reservoir supporting the TEN Enhancement Project. The well was drilled to test two separate reservoir objectives and encountered better reservoir quality and thickness than expected but was water bearing. A second well (NT-11) is currently being planned to target a different fairway in a structurally higher setting. The results of the two wells will allow the partnership to high-grade and optimize the future drilling plans for the TEN Enhancement Project.
U.S. Gulf of Mexico
Production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico averaged approximately 20,600 boepd net (82% oil) during the second quarter, an increase over the first quarter as a result of less downtime at third-party facilities. The scheduled drydock of the Helix Producer-1 vessel was deferred from the second quarter to the third quarter, which is expected to result in around 45 days of downtime for the Tornado field in the third quarter.
The Kodiak sidetrack well was drilled during the second quarter. Completion activities are ongoing with production expected to begin in the third quarter.
During the second quarter, Kosmos exercised and closed its preferential right to purchase an additional 5.9% interest in Kodiak from Marubeni for approximately $21 million with additional deferred payments of $8 million.
At the end of the second quarter, Kosmos, as the operator of the Odd Job field, executed a contract with Subsea 7 (US) LLC and OneSubsea LLC to fabricate and install a multi-phase subsea pump to enhance recovery and boost production in the Odd Job field from mid-2024 (Kosmos ~55% working interest).
On Winterfell, the operator has submitted the field development plan, with a final investment decision (“FID”) approval expected later this quarter. The development is planned to be phased, with the first phase targeting around 100 million barrels of gross recoverable resource in the central Winterfell area. Five wells in total are expected in the first phase, with three wells online at first oil. Long lead items have been ordered and a rig has been selected for drilling and completion activities in 2023. First oil is expected approximately 18 months from FID approval.
Based on recent pressure work from the initial two wells, the partnership now believes there is significant upside to resources estimates across the greater Winterfell area, with up to 200 million barrels of gross recoverable resource that could be de-risked as the partnership evaluates the results from the first phase development wells.
Production in Equatorial Guinea averaged approximately 31,300 bopd gross and 10,000 bopd net in the second quarter of 2022. Production was lower than the first quarter due to some facility downtime and maintenance work. As forecasted, Kosmos lifted one cargo from Equatorial Guinea during the quarter.
In the second quarter, Kosmos and its joint venture partners completed the previously announced agreement with the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea to extend the Block G petroleum contract term. The extension harmonizes the expiration of the Ceiba and Okume field production licenses (2029 and 2034 respectively) to 2040.
After the end of the second quarter, a drilling rig has been selected for the next drilling program which is expected to begin in the second half of 2023.
Mauritania & Senegal
Phase 1 of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim liquified natural gas (LNG) project continues to make good progress and was over 80% complete at quarter-end with the following developments across the key workstreams:
The plans to develop and optimize Phase 2 of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim LNG project continue to progress. Given the change in the global gas markets in 2022, the partnership is working closely with host governments to evaluate the optimal solution to best utilize the infrastructure associated with Phase 1 of the project. A development decision is planned at the end of the third quarter.
To optimize the commercial value of sales for the gas production from Greater Tortue Ahmeyim, Kosmos plans to utilize existing contractual rights under our Phase 1 LNG sales agreement to divert cargos to prospective buyers in order to benefit from the current market environment.
In June 2022, the exploration period of Block C8 offshore Mauritania expired. The partnership and the government of Mauritania are currently in the process of finalizing a new Production Sharing Contract (“PSC”) covering the BirAllah and/or Orca discoveries. The new PSC is expected to provide two years to submit a development plan covering these discoveries with the terms of the new PSC substantially similar to the former PSC for Block C8 with additional provisions for potentially enhanced back-in rights for the Government of Mauritania, local content, capacity building and an environmental fund. As a result, during the second quarter of 2022 we wrote off approximately $64.2 million of previously capitalized costs related to the BirAllah and Orca discoveries incurred under the C8 license to exploration expense, however, these costs will still be tax deductible and cost recoverable against our Greater Tortue development.
At Yakaar-Teranga, the partnership continues to make progress for the first phase development concept with the Government of Senegal focused on a domestic gas solution.
(1) A Non-GAAP measure.
(2) Production means net entitlement volumes. In Ghana and Equatorial Guinea, this means those volumes net to Kosmos’ working interest or participating interest and net of royalty or production sharing contract effect. In the Gulf of Mexico, this means those volumes net to Kosmos’ working interest and net of royalty.
Commenting on the Company’s second quarter 2022 performance, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Andrew G. Inglis said:
“Kosmos delivered another quarter of strong operational and financial performance. Production at the upper end of guidance and continued free cash flow delivery helped reduce debt and drive net leverage lower. Following the robust underlying business performance year-to-date, and despite seeing some inflationary cost pressures, we expect full year free cash flow generation and debt reduction to be in line with previous guidance with year-end net leverage expected to be lower than our 1.5x target.
“We continued to make good progress on our three core development projects — Tortue Phase 1, Jubilee Southeast and Winterfell — which we expect will collectively grow production by ~50% by 2024. We are also advancing our other gas projects in Mauritania and Senegal, which are expected to drive the next phase of growth beyond 2024 as we continue to materially increase the gas weighting of the portfolio.
“With low-cost, high margin oil assets that generate material cash to both de-lever and fund our investment in our world-class gas assets, we believe we have the right portfolio at the right time. We are well positioned for the energy transition and expect to play an increasingly important role alongside our host countries in providing energy security to nations looking to diversify current supply sources.”
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