Chairman's Statement

Chairman's Statement

Operational update: Reserves, Drilling & Production delivering results


In the first six months of FY 2017, we continued to make strong progress delivering our optimisation strategy. Production in November 2017 was 17.67 mmscfd.

Rate of production growth:

Period July 2015 to November 2015 November 2015 to July 2016 July 2016 to November 2016
Rate of increase of average production per month (mmscfd) 0.05 0.16 0.29
Growth Rate (%) over the previous period 212 % 85 %

The average sales price was as follows:

H1 FY 2017 H1 FY 2016
Average Price (Rs./scm) Rs. 21.36 Rs. 21.31
Average Price($/mmbtu)* $10.05 $10.45

* Pricing is based in Rs.

The Indian rupee depreciated by 4% over the year (Rs. 64.23 / $ to Rs. 66.95 / $)

A total of 156 wells (150 wells producing / dewatering) have been drilled at our Raniganj (South) block, which with planned dewatering and optimisation measures provides a substantial base for production growth.

Reserves


An updated Competent Persons Report (CPR) from Advanced Resources International, Inc. (ARI) is expected to be issued in November 2016.

Sales, Marketing, & Distribution


The Company has 50.92 mmscfd of gas under contract / MOU.

The Company has signed a "Heads of Agreement" with a large customer for ~9 mmscfd. The Company expects this customer's peak requirement, once its operations are fully up and running, to be ~100 mmscfd.

Great Eastern is well placed to supply gas in and around the highly industrialised region of Asansol-Raniganj-Durgapur through its own dedicated pipeline network.

Mannargudi CBM Block


The Company's second asset Mannargudi license is situated in the state of Tamil Nadu, southern India and covers an area of 667 sq. km with 0.98 TCF Gas-in-Place.

The block is currently under Arbitration with the Government.

Financials


As previously announced lower revenue, EBITDA, and cash generation reflect the continued operational issues at one of the Company's largest customer's plants which was expected to be fully resolved by September 2016. In the interim a minimum guaranteed offtake quantity has been in put in place since mid-November 2015 and is being adhered to. The customer's offtake has been increasing steadily but still hasn't reached the optimal level.

Due to this, the adverse impact on revenue and pre-tax cash generation is $3.11m and $2.86m respectively.

As announced in July 2016, in line with best industry practice, since no further drilling program was undertaken, the Company has adopted a new accounting method by charging majority of the expenses and interest to the Income Statement which were earlier being capitalised.

If the Company had adopted the new accounting method in H1 FY 2016, then expenses amounting to $1.43m and interest amounting to $2.48m, which were capitalised, would have been charged to the Income Statement.

In H1 FY 2017, expenses amounting to $1.40m and interest amounting to $2.42m that would have been capitalised under the old accounting method, have now been charged to the Income Statement under the new accounting method.

Expenses moved to the Income Statement under the new accounting method:

H1 FY 2016(if adopted) H1 FY 2017
Expenses $1.43m $1.40m
Interest $2.48m $2.42m
TOTAL $3.91m $3.82m

The demand and supply dynamic for Indian gas, and the pricing environment, remains attractive and the Board is confident that it is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.

CSR


Great Eastern has contributed towards improving the environment in this area with the use of clean energy. We conitnue conducting medical camps, blood donation camps, and community health initiatives, which is being widely appreciated. We have built roads from villages making commuting faster and easier for the community.

Great Eastern views itself as an integral part of the community in which it works, with the business designed to not only create value for the Company but also to make a positive contribution to the sustainable development of the local area.

I would like to thank our management team and all personnel for their on-going contribution to our continuing success.

Indian Economy


The Indian economy continues to show strong growth potential while a number of major economies are slowing down

  • The Indian economy is growing at around 7.6%. This is expected to pick up in 2016-17 to 7.8%

  • India showed improvement in World Bank's "Ease of Doing Business" Ranking. This was noted during British Prime Minister's visit to India. Britain has offered its expertise to further help India improve Ease of Doing Business

  • Implementation of GST should be a positive develop and contribute to boost growth

  • After three years of drought-like situation, monsoon this year has been normal. Normal monsoon helps create better demand in rural areas

  • Investment should thus get a leg up, with Reserve Bank continuing with a growth friendly policy framework

  • Relative stability in India has attracted huge increase in FDI inflows. It is estimated at around $51 billion this year

  • Both fiscal deficit (3.5%) and current account deficit (1.4%) are at comfortably low levels. Low CAD should provide cushion against any adverse developments in the global economy post-Brexit

  • Foreign exchange reserves at around $360 billion; a further firewall for India from global headwinds

  • Low oil prices are an advantage for inflation control

  • Reflecting the economy's underlying strength, the Indian rupee has shown resilience in the face of global currency market upheavals

Outlook


The Company continues to deliver on its optimisation programme and drive future growth through increasing the production at the Raniganj (South) Block. With new customers expected to come online in the near future and further production growth, the Board is confident about the future.

Yours truly,
Yogendra Kr. Modi

Executive Chairman
Great Eastern Energy Corporation Limited