Oilex Ltd - Initiation of Coverage

After several false dawns, credibility is now beginning to return to this Indian energy play focused on multi-TCF gas resources

Dual listed Oilex joined AIM in 2006, focused on developing a strong position in the highly prospective producing basins in India. Expansion elsewhere since then has failed and nine wells drilled in India over the last 10 years have disappointed. Plus, JV partner problems and a looming licence expiry have made investors cautious. However, in 2016 new management took control and are dealing with the issues.

  • Established player providing access to a booming Indian energy market

    India is one of the fastest growing economies on the planet. The country relies on imports for 80% of its oil needs and LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) imports are expected to double by 2020, despite the country having some highly prospective world-class hydrocarbon basins. Oilex is one of a very small number of foreign companies operating in India today.

  • Drilling to begin in 2018 using state-of-the-art fracking technology

    Schlumberger/Baker Hughes has identified the problems in the old wells and have a blueprint for success. One re-entry and two vertical wells are planned for H2 2018, probably funded by a new JV partner farming in, with Oilex retaining a 30% to 45% stake in the vast well-regarded Cambay block. Given success, a horizontal well could be drilled in December 2018 and crossing over in 2019.

  • Premium gas price project as production will substitute imported LNG

    India relies on imported LNG to fill the energy gap. Oilex is just 15km away from a major high-pressure pipeline taking re-gassed LNG from the port to Delhi and Mumbai, so is well placed to be able to gain a premium price.

  • Discounted cash flow analysis suggests upside of 680%

    Due to legacy problems the stock now has a shell company valuation. By any yardstick, the shares look well-oversold in our view. We initiate coverage of Oilex with a target price of 1.60p and Conviction Buy stance.


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Table: financial overview
Year to Dec 2016A 2017A 2018E 2019E
Revenue (A$m) 0.45 0.09 0.40 1.50
Pre-tax profit (36.15) (3.67) (5.05) (6.15)
EPS (c) (3.2) (0.3) (0.3) (0.2)
Source: Company accounts & Align Research