Range Resources: Proposed Admission to AIM

Range, an ASX-listed oil and gas exploration and production company (ASX: RRS), is pleased to announce its intention to seek admission of its shares to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange ("Admission"). A Schedule - 1 Pre-Admission form has been notified and Admission is currently expected to occur on or around 13 December 2017.

Range has a large onshore presence in an established hydrocarbon province of Trinidad and Tobago, where it operates oil and gas exploration, development and production assets. In line with the Company's growth strategy, during 2017 the Company has completed acquisition of interests in the Perlak field in Indonesia. The Company is also in the process of completing the acquisition of Range Resources Drilling Services Limited (“RRDSL”), an established oilfield services business based in Trinidad (subject to shareholder approval on 30 November 2017).

The Company was listed on AIM in the period from 23 October 2007 to 14 September 2017. On 13 March 2017, Range announced that it had signed a heads of terms agreement for the RRDSL acquisition. As completion of the acquisition would have constituted a reverse takeover of the Company under Rule 14 of the AIM Rules for Companies, the Ordinary Shares were suspended from trading on AIM on 13 March 2017 pending the publication of an admission document on the enlarged group. As the Company was not in a position to publish an admission document within the suspension period, on 14 September 2017, trading in the Company's Ordinary Shares on AIM was cancelled pursuant to Rule 41 of the AIM Rules for Companies. The Company is, therefore, seeking a new admission of its Ordinary Shares to trading on AIM.  Cantor Fitzgerald Europe is acting as Financial & Nominated Adviser to the Company in relation to its Admission.

The Group has net 2P reserves of 16.0 MMstb, and net 2C contingent resources of 8.0 MMstb in Trinidad; and net 2C contingent resources of 10.9 Bscf and 3.1 MMstb in Indonesia.

As at 30 September 2017, the Company's cash position was US$17.7 million.

Yan Liu, Chief Executive Officer of Range, commented: 

“We are looking forward to be returning to the AIM market. During the last months, our progress with waterflood projects in Trinidad has been encouraging and we are pleased to be seeing reward for our efforts, with approximately 30% of our total production currently attributed to waterflood. We are expecting to see a material uplift in these figures as we expand this programme.  Whilst it has been challenging at times, as one of the pioneers of implementing this technology in Trinidad in recent years, the success to date should not be underestimated.

We are also hugely excited with our newly acquired asset in Indonesia, where our initial plan is to undertake low cost well workovers and bring the field back into production. The preparatory work is already underway and we look forward to reporting on the progress of our achievements.

The proposed acquisition of the drilling business will further strengthen our business. Following the acquisition, we are expecting to achieve a reduction in operating costs of our upstream operations in Trinidad. In addition, we will be working to expand the third-party customer base of RRDSL in order to bring in additional revenues.

Range's assets in sought after jurisdictions, its existing production, material reserves, its busy work programme, and its own equipment are our major competitive differentiators. In addition, our existing cash resources and longer-term debt position, provide a stable platform to grow and prosper as a business in the years ahead.”


Upstream operations


Range's principal assets are three onshore production blocks: Beach Marcelle, Morne Diablo and South Quarry. The company holds 100% interest and is the operator of the blocks;

Strong reserve base: independent CPR confirms net 2P reserves of 16 MMstb and net 2C contingent resources of 8 MMstb;

CPR valuation of the net 2P reserves, on a 10 per cent cumulative discounted basis is estimated at US$76.6 million (at a conservative oil price of US$50 / bbl);

Over 100 wells have been drilled by Range in the last 5 years with 180 wells currently on production from shallow zones ranging in depth from 400 to 4,000 feet;

The blocks are currently producing approximately 600 bopd of high quality light sweet oil (average 35-degree API);

Since 2015, the focus has been on increasing production through secondary recovery (waterflood);

Two waterflood projects have been successfully implemented to date with approximately 30% of current production attributed to waterflood;

Future production growth is expected to be achieved by expanding the waterflood programme; and

To increase production further, Range is also undertaking low cost workovers of the existing wells, and selective drilling of new wells.


During October 2017, the Company expanded its footprint by completing the acquisition of an interest in the Perlak field, located in Northeast Sumatran basin;

The Perlak field is one of the oldest producing fields in the world, first discovered in 1899 and lies on-trend with many producing hydrocarbon fields, including the giant Arun field;

The mature operating environment offers low cost development opportunities of the field with potentially short lead times to production;

The field was produced primarily in the period up to the early 1940s and there has been limited activity carried out since that time;

Approximately 50 mmbbls have been produced to date from shallow depths of less than 3,300 feet of very light oil with average API of 45-50 degrees;

Independent CPR estimates net 2C contingent resources of 10.9 Bscf and 3.1 MMstb;

Range is currently in the process of building a team. The initial geological and geophysical studies have already commenced;

The agreed minimum work programme covers a 3-year period, and includes geological and geophysical studies, workovers of existing wells, and the drilling of one well; and

The overall objective of the work programme is to bring the field into production and firm up a field development plan. 

Oilfield services business

Range is in the process of completing the RRDSL acquisition (subject to shareholder approval), an established oilfield services provider based in Trinidad;

RRDSL's assets are capable of supporting a wide variety of oilfield operations and benefit from one of the most modern rig fleets across the Caribbean, comprising 13 rigs and employing approximately 190 staff;

RRDSL has been providing all of Range's oilfield services in Trinidad, including drilling, waterflood and workovers since 2003;

The acquisition is expected to significantly lower Range's operating and drilling costs, provide operational flexibility and additional revenues from work undertaken for third parties; and

Range's aim will be to establish RRDSL as a profitable oilfield services company, providing operations to both Range and other counterparties in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Strategy for growth

Maximise production growth from the Trinidad assets by continuing to focus on the waterflood projects and pursuing low cost workover and swabbing operations;

Undertake work programme in Indonesia to initiate production and establish a field development plan;

Establish RRDSL as a profitable oilfield services company (following completion of acquisition), by increasing operating efficiencies, securing contracts and diversifying the customer base;

Build an asset base demonstrating significant production, reserves and cashflows, whilst maintaining further growth potential through selective exploration; and

Maintain financial strength, flexibility and stringent cost control.   

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