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Beach Energy profits jump 66%, catalyst-heavy second-half to deliver growth

Mon 14 Feb 22, 11:43am (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Beach Energy tops Morgans earnings per share expectations
  • All first-half growth milestones were delivered
  • Expect a second-half focus on exploration, drill results and final investment decisions

Surging oil prices has given Beach Energy (ASX: BPT) an earnings boost in the first-half, with net profits up 66% to $213m.

Financials at a glance:

  • Revenue of $797.4m, up 10% 

  • Earnings per share of 9.34 cents, up 66%

  • Realised oil price of $113.6 a barrel

  • 65% margin on sales revenue vs. 63% a year ago

  • Interim dividend of 1 cent per share

Beach Energy shares will go ex-dividend on Friday, 25 February. The dividend represents a yield of 0.6% at today’s open price ($1.52). 

Morgans was expecting a much stronger first-half as a result of higher oil prices. However, flagged that production declines could lead to lower earnings than the previous half. 

Morgans was expecting first-half earnings per share of 9 cents.

Growth initiatives on-track 

Beach Energy Acting CEO Morné Engelbrecht said the first-half saw steady progress across major projects in the Perth and Victorian Otway basins, and the Kupe gas plant.

“Delivering on this phase of our growth means we are making progress towards our production target of 28 MMboe in FY24.” 

“We had previously stated FY22 was going to be a pivotal year in Beach’s transformation, and I’m proud of what we have achieved so far.”

Catalyst-rich second half

Beach Energy will have a busy second-half across each of its six production hubs across Australia. 

  • Victoria Otway Basin: Final investment decision in second-half for onshore pipeline project, investigate further nearshore opportunities 

  • Perth Basin: Exploration underway, Waitsia Gas Project Stage 2 in construction phase 

  • West Flank Oil and Gas: FY22 drilling campaign underway

  • Cooper Basin JV: Exploration of 35-40 wells, execute on Mooba Carbon Capture and Storage project

  • Bass Basin: Progress planning for exploration opportunities

 

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Kerry Sun

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Kerry holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University. He is an avid swing trader, focused on technical set ups and breakouts. Outside of writing and trading, Kerry is a big UFC fan, loves poker and training Muay Thai. Connect via LinkedIn or email.

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