Ascent Resources – Initiation of Coverage

Transformation in progress as proven new management adopt a compelling Special Situations strategy for the resources sector

Ascent joined AIM in 2004 and has focused on developing the large Petišovci tight gas project in Slovenia. Production began in 2017, but prolonged issues with the government over permits have stopped the optimisation of this development which has consequently resulted in significantly lower than expected gas sales which have been small. With little progress being made the share price fell substantially, promoting some big changes which have seen the arrival of a new board with a brand-new strategy. Ascent is now positioned to invest in Special Sits in the energy/natural resources across the Caribbean, Hispanic Americas & Europe, focused on diversification/growth in a low oil price environment.

  • Exclusive negotiations on a large onshore oil portfolio in Cuba

    Cuba is one of the few remaining world-class yet largely unexploited hydrocarbon systems. This is a highly compelling opportunity as it includes six separate PSCs spread across four blocks which cover some 7,000km².

  • Resolution of the Petišovci tight gas project – develop or litigate

    Alternative strategies are under review following the appointment of a new government in Slovenia including initiating proceedings to recover significant damages from the Government of Slovenia.

  • New team with track record of successful international oil transactions

    James Parsons and Andrew Dennan, new Chairman and CEO, have proven access to capital (raised £500 million in last 6 or 7 years) and are seeking out opportunities where they can work their entrepreneurial magic.

  • Possible Petišovci scenarios suggest upside of 593%

    Analysis of the two project outcomes shows the potential. We initiate coverage of Ascent with a target price of 22.51p and Conviction Buy stance.


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Table: financial overview
Year to Dec 2018A 2019A 2020E 2021E
Revenue (£’000) 1,942 298 - 5,000
PTP (£’000) (1,365) (3,660) (1,790) (350)
EPS (p) (6.01)¹ (13.76)¹ (3.15) (0.25)
Source: Company accounts & Align Research ¹ adjusted for 1-for-100 consolidation