Excerpts from UOB KH report

Analyst: Llelleythan Tan

Rex International Holding (REXI SP)

Expect A Spectacular Year From Favourable Oil Prices And New Oil Field
Rex’s 2021 earnings are expected to reach US$50m, vs a US$14m loss in 2020, from much higher oil prices.

Rex

Share price: 
24.5 c

Target: 
46 c

Rex’s US$43m acquisition of Brage field would help boost production volumes by 3,440 bbl/day.

We raise our SOTP-based target price by 53% to S$0.46, after increasing our oil price assumption from US$40 to US$63/bbl and 2021 earnings by 102%.

We see potential upside surprise to our forecasts given our conservative oil price assumption.

Rex trades at only 4.8x 2021F PE. Maintain BUY.


UOB sotp10.21

WHAT’S NEW
Positive industry tailwinds and robust 1H21 earnings. As more countries complete their vaccination mandates and reopen their economies, this should help sustain oil demand and support Brent oil price, which has increased by around 60% ytd.

Rex International Holding (Rex) reported robust 1H21 results as production from Oman has ramped up, supported by a yoy increase in oil price and oil liftings. 1H21 revenue beat our expectations as averaged realised oil price sold increased to S$62/bbl in 1H21 from S$23/bbl in 1H20. Also, about US$58m revenue from July and August liftings was recognised in 1H21, reflected under trade receivables.

We estimate this would provide an estimated US$40m boost to Rex’s cash war chest. With two additional production wells, production volumes have increased to 11,000 bbl/day.

Rex has managed to maintain consistent operating costs of US$80,000/day throughout production even as production volumes increase, giving Rex higher operating leverage. Furthermore, Rex’s 34% acquisition of the producing Brage Field is expected to add 3,440 bbl of oil to overall production volumes.


STOCK IMPACT
Norway poised to be the next Oman. As production volumes from producing oil fields tend to naturally soften over time, Rex’s 33.8% acquisition of producing Brage field for US$42.6m would help boost overall production volumes by 3,440 bbl/day upon approval.

In order to fund the acquisition, Rex has successfully raised a US$60m secured bond. We expect approval to be obtained by end-Oct 21 or early-Nov 21.

Once approved, the effective transaction date would be 1 Jan 21, implying that revenue generated since then would be retrospectively incorporated to Rex’s overall 2021 revenue. Additionally, Rex owns interests in several discovery assets (PL1125 Falk, PL433 Fogelberg, PL838 Shrek) that may move into production in the coming years.

The addition of the Brage field would add an estimated net 2P reserves of 7.3mmboe to current 2C contingent resources of 27.7mmboe from the three discovery assets. Rex has also participated in the exploratory drilling of the Fat Canyon Prospect on 29 September. If successful, it would boost Rex’s Norwegian portfolio moving forward.

Beneficial tailwinds for production than divestment. As global economies start to reopen and oil price continues its uptrend, we reckon Rex would not divest exploration assets it did in 2019 with the US$45m sale of the Rolvsnes discovery asset. We estimate the price per barrel sold during the Rolvsnes sale at US$3.20-5.00/bbl.

With oil price having largely recovered to near pre-COVID-19 19 levels, we reckon it would be more profitable for Rex to develop these assets into production rather than divesting them. Furthermore, Rex would receive tax rebates of 70-78% of exploration costs from the Norwegian government. Thus, based on the favourable tailwinds, we expect Rex to develop these assets further into production moving forward.

Malaysia is next on Rex’s global seismic radar. Rex was awarded two production sharing contracts (PSC) by Petronas, Malaysia’s national oil corporation. These PSCs relate to two discovered oil fields of the coast of Malaysia. The Rhu-Ara cluster contains two discovered oil fields while the Diwangsa cluster contains four discovered oil fields.

We estimate the resources of both Diwangsa and Rhu-Ara to be 20-30mmboe, double the size of the Yumna oil field in Oman. Rex owns a 95% participating interest and would leverage on its experience in Oman to develop these assets into production moving forward.

EARNINGS REVISION/RISK
We have adjusted our revenue and net profit estimates for 2021-22 based on higher oil price assumptions.

Llelleythan TanLlelleythan Tan, analystWith oil prices continuing on an uptrend, we have bumped our revenue and net profit forecasts for 2021-22, bbl/day assumptions and added our 2023 estimates. Taking a conservative approach, we have not incorporated an earnings estimate from the upcoming Brage field acquisition into our forecasts until approval.

Our revised revenue forecasts for 2021-23 are US$149.2m (from US$78.6m), US$129.9m (from US$78.3m) and US$104.3m respectively while PATMI is forecasted at US$49.1m (US$24.5m), US$38.3m (US$25.9m) and US$21.3m respectively. The increase in 2021-22 revenue is largely due to better oil prices assumptions and operating profit assumptions. Upon approval of the Brage field acquisition, we expect annual PATMI to increase by US$20m-30m/year.


VALUATION/RECOMMENDATION
Maintain BUY with a higher SOTP-based target price of S$0.46 (S$0.30), based on 1.0x 2021F RNAV and higher valuation of the Omani assets. We reckon re-rating catalysts would be the approval of the Brage field acquisition and successful development/drilling of the Norwegian assets.

SHARE PRICE CATALYST
• Stronger-than-expected oil production volume from Oman and crude oil prices.
• Unlocking value from Norwegian discovery assets.
• Successful exploration drilling of the Fat Canyon Prospect.


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