Vancouver, Canada, November 30th, 2021. Newport Exploration Ltd (“Newport” or “the Company”) is pleased to report the receipt of its after tax 2.5% Gross Overriding Royalty (“GOR”) payment from Beach Energy Ltd. (“Beach”) for the August 2021 – October 2021 quarter. Gross royalty income for the quarter was AUD$2,276,680. The AUD$1,593,676 payment received by Newport is net of 30% Australian withholding taxes (AUD$683,004).
Company Financial Status
Newport has approximately CDN$6.0 million in its Treasury, comprised of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, with no debt. As announced on November 9th, 2021, Newport’s fourth quarterly dividend payment date for 2021 is December 9th, 2021. After the dividend payment, the Company will have approximately CDN$3.9 million in its Treasury, and no debt.
The Company’s management Strategy was summarized in a Company News Release dated February 10th, 2021. Notwithstanding the doubling of the second, third and fourth quarter 2021 dividends, the Company still retains a margin of financial safety to maintain scheduled dividend distributions.
“As anticipated, the continued decrease in production from the Bauer Field has had a negative impact on the GOR. However, with up to 15 oil exploration wells planned on the Western Flank, we remain optimistic about the potential for future drilling success on our GOR licenses and look forward to Beach’s next drilling results”, stated Ian Rozier, President and CEO of Newport.
Newport has a 2.5% GOR over permits in the Cooper Basin, Australia, operated by 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.
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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 Beach’s drilling plans, 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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