The boss of North Sea-focused Serica Energy, Mitch Flegg, has underlined the agency’s urge for food for bumper acquisitions because it appears to take advantage of property that larger fish might have misplaced curiosity in.
Six months after Serica accomplished the acquisition of a portfolio from BP which propelled it into the premier league, Mr Flegg mentioned the corporate is eyeing extra offers.
He is assured Serica may deal with an acquisition that might assist it obtain one other dramatic enhance in its scale.
“It can be completely in our candy spot to take a look at one thing that would double the dimensions of the corporate from the place we’re proper now,” mentioned Mr Flegg.
London-based Serica has a inventory market capitalisation of round £320 million and Mr Flegg mentioned offers in that ball park are “completely the place we’re”.
The enthusiasm displays his perception within the agency’s means to maximise the potential of property that main might not think about sufficiently big to be price investing in.
The take care of BP and observe up transactions with different companies gave Serica management over the Bruce and Keith fields and a 50 per cent curiosity within the Rhum asset.
The East of Shetland portfolio has introduced round 25,000 barrels of oil equal further manufacturing per day to Serica, which Mr Flegg famous was solely producing round three,000 boepd a few yr in the past. Some 140 staff joined the agency on completion of the deal. This concerned an preliminary outlay of simply £12.8m with as much as an additional £39m payable relying on the property’ efficiency.
Mr Flegg is happy that Serica is already beginning to have an effect on the portfolio.
“The property are producing at a better price than after we purchased them from BP. We have been capable of give attention to just a few easy issues that we thought had been going so as to add worth; they’re doing what we wished,” he famous.
For instance, Mr Flegg discovered BP workers needed to enter plenty of data into a variety of software program programmes that allowed the enormous to watch the efficiency of an enormous international portfolio.
Serica has launched a a lot easier system appropriate for its smaller asset base liberating up workers time within the course of.
In the long run the corporate may enhance manufacturing from the property by drilling extra wells and bringing undeveloped finds within the space onstream whereas searching for new discoveries.
The method exemplifies how independents can assist the official effort to maximise restoration from the North Sea’s reserves.
Mr Flegg is up for the problem.
“We see that the mannequin we’ve bought is up-scalable. We can do that once more,” he mentioned noting the corporate has workers assets to permit it to take care of different property.
The London-born oil man’s enthusiasm has not been dented by the challenges Serica confronted in finishing the BKR offers.
Serica introduced the primary transaction with BP in November 2017, solely to seek out the deal bought caught within the crossfire between President Trump and Iran.
The issues associated to the Rhum subject, by which the Iranian nationwide oil agency has a 50% stake.
With the chance of Rhum falling foul of the sanctions the US deliberate to impose on Iran, Mr Flegg discovered himself having to navigate uneven waters.
He recalled: “There was some to-ing and fro-ing to Washington, days and weeks with attorneys.”
However, whereas the expertise was not nice the problems weren’t completely surprising. Serica was assured the importance of Rhum when it comes to complete UK fuel manufacturing would imply that governments wouldn’t need to see manufacturing stopped.
Mr Flegg highlighted the assist offered by UK officers in Westminster and the embassy in Washington and famous that American officers had been very useful.
Serica had beforehand proven its readiness to make imaginative strikes because it centered on the North Sea after growing pursuits stretching from the UK to Namibia.
Founded by North Sea veteran Tony Craven Walker, Serica purchased a stake within the producing Erskine subject from BP in 2014 simply because the crude value peaked at $115 per barrel.
It then needed to face the fallout from the plunge within the value, which sank under $30/bbl…