Barryroe, CRH, DGO, Dragon Oil, Fiordland, IFG Group, IFP, Irish shares, Irish value investing, Melrose Resources, PCI, Petroceltic International, Providence Resources, PVR, TGISVP, The Great Irish Share Valuation Project
Continued from here.
Company: Petroceltic International
Prior Post: Here
Price: GBP 6.3p
Last year, I correctly tagged Petroceltic as slightly over-valued. Despite that, I’ve been surprised to see the share price continue its decline in the past few months…because 2012 was a game-changing year! There were two key events:
First, Petroceltic closed on a GBP 170 mio merger with Melrose Resources in October. This was essentially a merger of equals (with PCI shareholders getting 54% of the enlarged company), and both companies possessed nicely overlapping portfolios in the MENA, Mediterranean & Black Sea regions. The key attraction of the deal, however, was the fact it was the merger of a producer & an explorer. This is an incredibly powerful combination in the hands of the right management team: Production can actually fund a company’s exploration plans on a self-sustaining basis. In this instance, pre-merger cashflows suggest operating cash generation (after interest & taxes) is now running around $155 mio pa post-merger, which nicely funds Petroceltic’s forecasted 2013 exploration & development programme.