Vancouver, Canada. February 8th , 2022. Newport Exploration Ltd (“Newport” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce its first quarterly cash dividend (“the Dividend”) in 2022 of $0.01 per share to its shareholders of record at the close of business on February 23rd , 2022. The Dividend payment date is March 10th , 2022.
The Dividend, fully approved by the Board of Directors, is not subject to any changes and has been designated as an “eligible dividend” for Canadian income tax purposes.
The $0.02/share dividend paid in September 2021, the $0.02/share dividend paid in December 2021 and the $0.01/share dividend to be paid in March 2022 will be recorded in the Financial Year ended July 31, 2022.
“At this time management consider it prudent to return to the $0.01 quarterly dividend, at least for this Quarter, until we know the impact on production from the three horizontal wells on ex PEL 91 to be brought on-line in Beach’s Q3, 2022”, stated Ian Rozier, President and CEO of the Company.
Newport has an advantageous business model with a 2.5% Gross Overriding Royalty (“GOR”) over permits in the Cooper Basin, Australia, operated by Beach Energy Ltd (“Beach”). There is no time limit or expiry date on the GOR assets, and no cost to the Company to retain them.
Newport has no control over operating decisions made by Beach. Accordingly, this prevents the Company from commenting on Beach’s operating plans going forward. The Company recommends that shareholders and potential investors access material information relevant to the Company as released independently by Beach and Santos Ltd in order to keep current during exploration, development and potential production of all the licences subject to the Company’s GOR. The Company receives its GOR from Beach which is not a reporting issuer in Canada, therefore Newport is not able to confirm if the disclosure satisfies the requirements of NI 51-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities, or other requirements of Canadian securities legislation.
The Company currently has 105,579,874 common shares issued and outstanding and approximately $4.0 million in the Treasury (comprised of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments), and no debt. The Company expects to receive the next royalty payment from Beach prior to the dividend payment on March 10, 2022.
For further information contact;
Ian Rozier, M.Sc., P. Eng (Non-Practising)
Director and Chief Executive Officer
+1 604 685 6851
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Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information
This news release is intended to provide readers with a reasonable basis for assessing the future performance of the Company. The words “believe”, “should”, “could”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “contemplate”, “target”, “plan”, “intends”, “continue”, “budget”, “estimate”, “may”, “will”, “schedule” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may pertain to assumptions regarding the price of oil and fluctuations in currency markets (specifically the Australian dollar) and future dividend payments. Forward-looking statements are based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, which are considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Factors include, but are not limited to, the risk of fluctuations in the assumed prices of oil, the risk of changes in government legislation including the risk of obtaining necessary licences and permits, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments in Canada, Australia or other countries in which the Company carries or may carry on business in the future, risks associated with developmental activities, the speculative nature of exploration and development, and assumed quantities or grades of reserves. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those acknowledged in such statements.
The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by applicable laws.
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