Kosmos shaves off $50 million of its capital budget

U.S. oil company Kosmos Energy tightened its net loss and tripled oil revenues during the second quarter 2017. The company has decided to once again reduce its capex for the year by $50 million. 

According to its financial report on Monday, the company generated a net loss of $8.5 million for the second quarter of 2017, as compared to net loss of $108.3 million in the same period last year.

The oil company’s total revenues for the period totaled $146.5 million compared to $45.7 million in the prior-year period.

Out of that amount, $136.4 million came from oil revenues in this year’s second quarter versus $45.5 million in the same quarter of 2016, on sales of 2.9 million barrels of oil in 2017 as compared to 0.9 million barrels in 2016.

Production expenses for the period decreased to $22 million, or $7.41 per barrel, versus $33 million, or $34.47 per barrel, in the second quarter of 2016. The decrease was due to insurance proceeds received related to increased costs due to the Jubilee FPSO turret bearing issue and a one-time accrual adjustment from the Jubilee and TEN fields operator.

Total capital expenditures in the second quarter were $36 million, and reflect a one-time accrual adjustment from the Jubilee and TEN fields operator in Ghana. In the first half of 2017, Kosmos spent approximately $156 million which was offset by the initial proceeds from the BP transaction of $222 million resulting in a credit to the capital budget of $66 million.

Kosmos exited the second quarter of 2017 with $1.2 billion of liquidity and $943 million of net debt, reflecting a voluntary repayment of $200 million on our reserves-based lending facility in 2017.

Looking to broaden its international investor base, Kosmos revealed earlier this month its plans to pursue a secondary listing on the standard segment of the main market on the London Stock Exchange.

 

Capex slashed by another $50M

 

Following a $25 million reduction in the first quarter of 2017, Kosmos has once again reduced its net capex budget for 2017. The company’s capex for the year is now expected to be $100 million, from the previously announced $150 million, after reflecting lower capex requirements in Ghana associated with reduced Jubilee costs and a one-time accrual adjustment in Ghana.

Approximately $25 million of the budget is allocated to Ghana and approximately $75 million remains allocated to exploration, including seismic and new ventures costs. The 2017 net capex budget of $100 million represents almost an 85 percent decrease from the company’s 2016 net capex.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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