Vancouver, British Columbia, March 2nd, 2020. Newport Exploration Ltd (“Newport” or “the Company”) is pleased to report its after tax 2.5% Gross Overriding Royalty (“GOR”) payment from Beach Energy Ltd. (“Beach”) for the November 2019 to January 2020 quarter.
Gross royalty income for the quarter was AUD$3,602,465. The AUD$2,521,726 payment received by Newport is net of 30% withholding taxes (AUD$1,080,739) in accordance with the Australian Tax Office.
Newport has approximately CDN$7.2 million in its Treasury, comprised of cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments.
With the success of the drilling programs conducted by Beach for both oil and gas permits over which the Company holds its 2.5% GOR, increased production in the Bauer field, and plans for exploration and development in FY2020, as reported in a Company News Release dated February 11th, 2020, the Company anticipates continuity of production and associated royalty revenues. The Company has a strong balance sheet with no debt and management is confident in its ability to maintain regular quarterly dividend payments as committed to in a News Release dated December 12th, 2019. As announced on February 10th, 2020, Newport’s first quarterly dividend payment date is March 9th, 2020.
The Company continues to encourage shareholders and potential investors to access information released independently by Beach and Santos Ltd to keep current during exploration, development and potential production of all the licenses subject to the Company’s GOR.
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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, future dividends, the price of oil and fluctuations in currency markets (specifically the Australian dollar). 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.