Gold Oil Plc, a 6-years-old small, independent oil and gas exploration and production company, was set up to acquire oil and gas projects in Southern and Central America, particularly in Peru and Colombia, areas that have seen intensified oil and gas interests with their friendly governments in the backdrop, plus low tax regimes. Shares in the company (GOO) are quoted in LSE’s AIM sub-market and were at 3p as of 25 May 2010. However, equity shareholders fund on the company’s balance sheet has increased substantially over the years, from a mere £305,000 in 2004 to about £8m in 2008. The company’s goal is to build up the capital value of its projects to a point where it can pay dividends.
Gold Oil intends to seek low risk cash flow projects by establishing significant license positions within a few geographic areas. It is recognised as both an onshore and off shore operator in Peru and on shore in Colombia. At the end of fiscal year 2009, the company had two exclusive license interests in peru, Block XXI and Block Z34, and three partial license interests in Colombia, the 58.5% Burdine-Maxine-Nancy, the 49% Rosa Blanca, and the 20% Azar Block. Activities on all five licence interests are being actively pursued. Negotiations to farm out part of the 100% interests in Peru have been planned. The main focus on Nancy and Burdine in Colombia is to increase production. An exploration well on the Azar Block may be carried out pending results of seismic interpretation. Exploration on Rosa Blanca has been ongoing, with one testing well drilled back in 2008 and a planned seismic shooting in late 2009. New activities will depend on further seismic and geological work.
Revenue for fiscal 2009 increased to £1.004m and gross profit was £79,000. But development expenditure and administrative expenses over weighed, resulting in a loss after tax of £3.039m. The situation should be improved after more productions come on line. The company had £2.179m of cash at bank in hand at the end of fiscal 2009, after undertaking two share placings during the year, with one issued at 8p for 22.92m ordinary shares to raise £1.8m and the other at 4p for 16.125m shares to raise £645,000. Because of the capital intensive nature of the business, having that access to capital in building up cash reserves in the current constrained credit market environment provided a much needed funding relieve for the company to allow it to continue operations and move forward with all of its assets.