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Caspian Sunrise plc

21 September 2021

Caspian Sunrise Plc

Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2021

Financial highlights

During the period

 
   Six months ended 30       2021    2020 
           June 
                              $'m     $'m 
                            ------  ------ 
 
 Revenue                      10.1     5.0 
                            ------  ------ 
 Gross Profit                  7.7     2.4 
                            ------  ------ 
 Operating profit / 
  (loss)                       3.9   (0.9) 
                            ------  ------ 
 Profit / (loss) before 
  tax                          3.4   (1.4) 
                            ------  ------ 
 
 Total assets                124.9   121.9 
                            ------  ------ 
 Cash & cash equivalents       0.3     0.2 
                            ------  ------ 
 Inventories & other 
  current assets               5.6     4.7 
                            ------  ------ 
 Current liabilities          28.4    28.4 
                            ------  ------ 
 

-- International oil price recovers from approximately $16 per barrel to approximately $75 per barrel

   --    Revenue doubles 
   --    Gross profit triples 
   --    Mix of export / domestic sales for the period 66% : 34% (2020; 58% : 42%%) 
   --    Cash at the period end $0.3 million 

Subsequently

   --    International oil prices remain strong 
   --    Domestic oil price recovers from approximately $6 per barrel to approximately $20 per barrel 

-- Proposed $6.2 million debt conversion @ 3.2p per share, subject to regulatory and independent shareholder approval.

   --    Commitment to clear the path to pay first dividends 

Operational highlights

During the period

 
    Six months ended 30      Units     2021      2020 
            June 
 
 Total production             bbls    228,387   272,707 
                            -------  --------  -------- 
 Production for export 
  sales                       bbls    150,735   115,233 
                            -------  --------  -------- 
 Production for domestic 
  sales                       bbls     77,652   157,474 
                            -------  --------  -------- 
 Average daily production 
  in the period               bopd      1,262     1,494 
                            -------  --------  -------- 
 Daily production at 
  the period end              bopd      1,124     1,268 
                            -------  --------  -------- 
 Current daily production     bopd      1,689       N/A 
                            -------  --------  -------- 
 
   --    16 % decrease in production 
   --    First horizontal well drilled 
   --    Conditional 3A Best farm out completed 
   --    First charter completed for the Caspian Explorer 
   --    Reserves at 30 June 2021, P1 15.4 mbbls, P 26.6 mbbls 
   --    Appointment of Seekwoo Shin as Chief Operating Officer 

Subsequently

-- First horizontal well flowed with initial production of 629 bopd reaching a maximum rate of 730 bopd before dropping to current rate of 600 bopd

   --    Current production 1,689 bopd 
   --    Negotiations for a second charter for the Caspian Explorer at an advanced stage 

Contacts:

Caspian Sunrise PLC

Clive Carver

   Chairman                                                                +7 727 375 0202 

WH Ireland, Nominated Adviser & Broker

James Joyce / Andrew de Andrade

Qualified person

Mr. Assylbek Umbetov, an employee in the Company's technical department, has reviewed and approved the technical disclosures in this announcement.

This announcement has been posted to:

www.caspiansunrise.com/investors

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.

Caspian Sunrise Plc

Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2021

Chairman's Statement

Introduction

I am pleased to set out in these interim results a much stronger position than at the same time last year.

Overview

Oil prices

The principal catalyst for the recovery in the Group's fortunes has been the dramatic improvement in both the world oil price and the price at which domestic production has to be sold in Kazakhstan.

International prices have recovered from a low in Q2 2020, of approximately $16 per barrel to the current approximately $75 per barrel and for the majority of the period under review were in excess of $50 per barrel. The domestic price also recovered from a low of approximately $6 per barrel to the current approximately $20 per barrel, although this increase came too late to have much impact on the period under review.

The outlook for world prices remains positive and we have no reason to expect anything other than further upwards movement in the domestic price.

The sharp improvement in oil prices together with increased production and the first contributions from the Caspian Explorer and the conditional 3A Best farm-out have resulted in a much improved financial position. This in turn has allowed a more expansive approach to the development of BNG, which is has already led to increased production.

Impact of Covid

The lengthy drill site shut-downs experienced in the corresponding period in 2020 did not occur in the period under review. However, the impact of the drilling slow-down in 2020 became apparent with no new wells coming on stream in the period under review, resulting in a fall in the volume of oil produced with the expected declines at older wells.

Additionally, we had several periods when the Almaty office was closed following staff testing positive for Covid-19. Nevertheless, while there remains a Covid impact on general efficiency and in sourcing supplies the impact is far less pronounced than in 2020.

Progress at BNG

Details of progress at our flagship asset BNG are set out below in the operational review.

Assessed historic costs

The big disappointment in the period under review was the much delayed court ruling denying our appeal against the charges assessed and levied by the Kazakh authorities to cover past state contributions to developing assets. This charge typically arises when a Contract Area, or in our case a structure on a Contract Area, moves from an appraisal licence to an export licence.

At dispute was the State's assertion that 100% of the assessed amounts from the whole BNG Contract Area - which currently covers an area of approximately 1,000 sq km - should fall entirely on the MJF structure which at approximately 13 sq km represents just 1.3% of the total BNG Contract Area.

Our appeal was the final appeal permitted and following the court's ruling we shall have to continue to pay approximately $800,000 each quarter for the next 8 years, funds which could have been spent on further development.

On a positive note, any other structures on the BNG Contract Area which move to export licence such as South Yelemes or either of the two existing deep structures, Airshagyl or Yelemes Deep, would be free from further assessed historic cost recoveries.

3A Best

At 3A Best the responsibility to fund the next stage of development will rest with our new partners once the updated licence is issued.

Caspian Explorer

The initial charter for the Caspian Explorer since its acquisition in October 2020, was completed in August 2021.

The income from the first charter more than covers the operating costs since acquisition.

We are in advanced discussions with a leading international oil company regarding the Caspian Explorer being chartered to drill a new offshore well in 2022.

Dividends

It has been a long-held objective that the Group be a regular payer of dividends. Accordingly, at a General Meeting to be convened for the purpose later this year, shareholders will be asked to approve the capital reduction required to allow the future payment of dividends. This would also require the approval of the UK Court.

OPERATIONAL REVIEW

Production in the six-month period was 228,387 bbls at a rate of 1,262 bopd. (2020: 272,707 bbls at 1,494 bopd).

Throughout the period under review and subsequently there was no contribution from the South Yelemes structure, which before being shut in during the licence upgrade application was producing at the rate of approximately 300 bopd.

There were three principal factors contributing to the decline in production volumes:

   --    3% of production decline was due to there being no production from South Yelemes in 2021 

-- 5% of production decline was due to the loss of production from well 144 due to high water cut

   --    7% of production decline was due to lower production rates from well 141 

BNG

To date there are four identified structures on the BNG Contract Area. The two shallow structures are the MJF structure and South Yelemes. The two deep structures are Airshagyl and Yelemes Deep.

MJF structure

In the period under review 100% of oil produced came from the MJF structure, which we discovered in 2013 and extends to approximately 13 sq km2.

At 30 June 2021, there were 9 wells drilled on the structure of which 6 were producing. The key development during the period was at Well 154, which was spudded on 26th April 2021, and completed in July 2021 with a Total Depth of 2,548 meters. This was the first of our wells to utilise horizontal drilling techniques, with the final 200 meters of the well drilled horizontally within the reservoir unit.

This allowed the well to be perforated over a 175 meter section of the reservoir, rather than the typical 4-6 meter interval with vertical wells through the same reservoir unit

The initial 5 day average daily production rate was 629 bopd. Subsequently, production reached a maximum rate of 730 bopd before dropping to current rate of 600 bopd.

We are using the same horizontal drilling technique at Well 153 and at the date of this report have re-drilled approximately 2,200 meters of the total planned of 2,400. The final 200 meters will be drilled horizontally into the reservoir unit.

South Yelemes structure

The South Yelemes structure extends to approximately 4.5 sq km and was discovered in the Soviet era.

As noted above during the entire period under review and subsequently we have not been allowed to produce from the existing wells on the South Yelemes structure while the Kazakh authorities assess our application to move the structure from an appraisal to an export licence.

We continue to expect the structure to resume production under a new export licence before the end of the year.

Airshagyl structure

The Airshagyl structure was discovered in the Soviet era and extends up to 58 km2 with three deep wells on the structure being Deep Well A5, Deep Well A6 & Deep Well A8.

In summary, during the period under review none of our attempts to get the three deep wells to flow was successful.

-- At Deep Well A5 work to clear the well paused on several occasions to allow drill pipes and crews to be used elsewhere.

-- At Deep Well A6 we tested a chemical formulation that had worked elsewhere to promote oil flow. However, the extreme temperature and pressure negated the impact of the more powerful chemicals used.

-- At Deep Well A8 the original planned Total Depth was 5,300 meters. In the period under review, we continued work to clear the well of debris to allow production from an intermediate depth of 4,500 meters. Since the period end we have resumed drilling towards the original Devonian target at 5,300 meters and have encountered three potential additional intervals within the Early Carboniferous (C1) with oil shows. At the date of this report drilling at Deep Well A8 has reached 4,840 meters.

Yelemes Deep structure

The Yelemes Deep structure was discovered in the Soviet Era and extends over 15 km2 with the one deep well on the structure being Deep Well 801.

During the period under review and subsequently the only operational activity was our unsuccessful attempt at getting the well to flow using the same techniques as at deep Well A6 on the Airshagyl structure.

Operational plans for the remainder of the year

Note: operational plans are liable to change at short notice. The plans set out below are liable to be superseded for a variety of operational and / or financial reasons.

MJF structure

We plan to complete the workover at Well 153 and then workover wells 146 & 141 using the same horizontal drilling techniques, rig and crew as on Well 154.

South Yelemes

When we receive the export licence we shall resume production at the existing wells and look to re-drill some using horizontal drilling techniques.

Airshagyl

At Deep Well A5 we plan to drill a new side-track at this well from a depth of 3,850 meters to 4,500 meters commencing in October 2021, provided we have access to new drill pipes.

The side-track will be drilled using our G40 rig and once started is expected to take three months to complete.

At Deep Well A6 we are working with a Dutch based specialist laboratory on a chemical treatment that can cope with the temperatures and structures we face. As noted above the chemicals used earlier in the year at Deep Wells A6 and Deep Well 801 did not produce the results we hoped for. It will only be when we have confidence in the results of this investigative work that we will look to re-frack both Deep Wells A6 and 801. It is unlikely we will conduct a new chemical treatment this year.

At Deep Well A8 we will continue drilling towards the original planned Total Depth of 5,300 meters. Once completed we will return to examine the new potential intervals identified between 4,500 and 4,840 meters.

At Yelemes Deep

The comments above relating to Deep Well A6 on the Airshagyl structure also apply to Deep Well 801.

Before the end of the year we plan to spud a new deep well, Deep Well 802, targeting structures in the Devonian. This will be the fifth deep well at BNG and the second on the Yelemes structure

The well has a planned Total Depth of 5,300 meters and will be drilled using our RT50 rig. As we have already acquired the casing for the well and will be using or own rig the additional costs are expected to be limited to $5 million.

Drilling is expected to take six months to complete.

Board changes

In March 2021, we were pleased to confirm the appointment of Seekwoo Shin as Chief Operating Officer. Mr Shin has been with the Group since 2019 and was previously head of the Korean National Oil Corporation's operations in Kazakhstan.

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Revenue & costs of sales

Revenue in the period doubled to $10.1 million (2020: $5.0 million)

Oil prices

International oil prices rose dramatically in the period. In the second half of 2020 the international oil price was below $50 per barrel while in the period under review the relevant international price was $50 or more.

The sharp increase in domestic prices occurred later than the recovery in international prices and had little impact on revenues in the period under review.

Production volumes

Production volumes fell by approximately 16%, largely as the result of no production from South Yelemes and operational issues with wells 141 and 144 on the MJF structure. Additionally, the limited new drilling in 2020 resulted in no new wells being brought into production during the period under review.

International vs Domestic sales

The average mix for the period under review was 66:34 international: domestic (2020: 58:42)

Net effect

The net effect of the above was a doubling of revenue, despite the reduction in production volumes.

The cost of sales fell broadly in line with the decline in production volumes to $2.3 million (2020: $2.6 million)

Gross profit

The increase in revenues and the fall in the costs of sales resulted in gross profit increasing by approximately 200% to $7.7 million (2020: $2.4 million)

Selling expenses

Selling expenses in the period were $2.1 million (2020: $1.7 million) and relate to export and customs duties, which are calculated on revenue rather than volume.

General administrative expenses

General administrative expenses were steady at $1.7 million (2020: $1.7 million).

Profit / Loss for the year before tax

The profit for the period before tax was $3.9 million (2020: a loss of $1.4 million).

Tax charge

The tax charge for the period increased to $1.1 million (2020: $0.7 million).

Oil and gas assets

Unproven oil & gas assets

The carrying value of unproven oil and gas assets was $61.6 million (2020: $57.8 million).

Plant, property and equipment

The value of plant property and equipment increased to approximately $51.5 million (2020: $50.0 million).

Other receivables

Other receivables were steady at $4.4 million (2020: 4.5 million)

Cash

At the period-end we had cash balances of approximately $0.3 million (2020: $0.2 million).

Current Liabilities

Trade and other payables were broadly steady at $13.2 million (2020: $13.6 million), short term borrowings increased to $5.9 million (2020: $4.1 million). The provision for the BNG historic costs in the next 12 months stays constant at $3.2 million with other current provisions steady at $6.2 million (2020: $6.1 million).

Non-current liabilities

The deferred tax provision reduced to $6.5 million (2020: $7.8 million.

The provision for the BNG historic costs fell to $20.6 million (2020: $23.8 million) as the result of payments made.

Other non-current provisions and payables were $13.1 million (2020: $12.8 million).

Cashflows

During the period under review approximately $8.5 million was received from customers and approximately $8.3 million paid out to suppliers, creditors and staff with a further $0.6 million spent on unproven oil and gas assets.

Funding

Policy

Our approach to funding the business since our IPO in 2007 has been where possible to minimise the issuance of equity and to use other forms of funding to develop our assets. In this way we have sought to preserve the upside for existing shareholders, even if this was at the expense of higher costs in the short term.

In particular we have used local oil trader financing wherever possible rather than issue equity for day to day trading activities. We have also borrowed heavily from the Oraziman family on arm's length commercial terms when alternative funding was not available.

As the Group matures and as income increases we need to move away from these either expensive sources of funding in the case of local oil traders or funding dependent on large shareholders, which we would struggle to repay if called to do so.

Recent experience

The principal constraint on the Group's activities has been the shortage of funding to develop our assets at the pace they deserve.

For much of 2020 we were operating only a very limited development programme focused on maximising existing revenues at the expense of further developing our assets.

D espite the extremely tight financial position over the past few years the Group has, with the exception of the amounts due to the Oraziman family, no external debt.

Steps taken to improve our financial position.

In addition to the benefits from increased oil prices and increased production we have taken or plan to take the following actions to improve our financial position to allow an increase in the pace of the development of our principal asset, a 99% stake in the BNG Contract Area.

Proposed conversion of Oraziman family loans

During the period under review the support from the Oraziman family in the form of subordinated loans increased from $5.6 million to $5.9 million and at the date of this report stand at $6.2 million.

Following the period end the Oraziman family and the Independent Directors agreed to convert the debt into equity at a price of 3.2p per share, premium at the time of approximately 12%. The proposed conversion is dependent on regulatory approval and the approval of independent shareholders. A circular convening a meeting to consider and if thought fit approve the proposed conversion will be issued in due course.

Own equipment

The move to own the drilling rigs and much of the other equipment previously rented has significantly improved operational efficiency and is reducing operating costs.

Since the period end we have acquired a further workover rig with the $750,000 consideration satisfied by the issue of approximately 19 million new shares.

Administrative cost cutting

The cost cutting undertaken during the peak of the Covid impacted first half of 2020 remain in force with the board's pay at approximately 25% of previous levels.

Caspian Explorer

The annual costs of the Caspian Explorer when not operational are approximately $600,000. When operational all operating costs are typically met by the hirer.

The contributions from the first safety related charter, which is now complete, more than covered these annual costs.

Based on our expectations of drilling activity over the next few years in the shallow north Caspian Sea we look forward to either a significant annual contribution to general funds, or in the event we receive an acceptable offer to sell a large one-off boost.

3A Best

At 3A Best the responsibility to fund the next stage of development will rest with our new partners once the updated licence is issued.

Outlook

With stronger finances and an increasing production base we are now much better placed to develop our existing assets at a sensible pace.

The successful use of horizontal drilling has increased production from the MJF structure and we intend to use this approach in the coming months to increasing production from existing shallow wells 153, and 146.

The prize remains bringing one or more of deep wells into commercial production. We will continue to work on the four wells already drilled and on a new fifth deep well 802, which is expected to spud before the year end.

At current oil prices the future looks much brighter than for some time.

Clive Carver

Chairman

21 September 2021

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

 
                             Six months  Six months 
                               ended 30    ended 30 
                              June 2021   June 2020 
                              Unaudited   Unaudited 
                                US$000s     US$000s 
 Revenue                         10,055       5,030 
 Cost of sales                  (2,341)     (2,613) 
---------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 Gross Profit                     7,714       2,417 
 Selling expense                (2,129)     (1,669) 
 Share-based payments                 -        (22) 
 Other administrative 
  expenses                      (1,733)     (1,687) 
---------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 Total administrative 
  expenses                      (1,733)     (1,709) 
---------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 Operating Profit / (Loss)        3,852       (961) 
 Finance cost                   4 (447)       (466) 
 Finance income                      11           - 
 
 
 
 Profit/(Loss) before 
  taxation                               3,416    (1,427) 
 Taxation                              (1,065)      (744) 
-----------------------------  ------  -------  ------------ 
 
 Profit / (Loss) after 
  taxation                               2,351     (2,171) 
-----------------------------  ------  -------  ------------ 
 
 Income (Loss) attributable 
  to owners of the parent                2,389     (2,169) 
 Loss attributable to 
  non-controlling interest                (38)           (2) 
-----------------------------  ------  -------  ------------ 
 Income (Loss) for the 
  year                                   2,351     (2,171) 
-----------------------------  ------  -------  ------------ 
 
   Earnings (Loss) per share        3 
-----------------------------  ------  -------  ------------ 
 
   Basic income (loss) per ordinary share (US cents)                                0.11 

(0.12)

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 
 Six months ended 30 June 2021 Unaudited   Six months ended 30 June 2020 Unaudited 
                                 US$000s   US$000s 
 

Income (Loss) after taxation 2,351

(2,171)

 
 Other comprehensive loss: 
-------------------------------------  -------------------- 
    Items to be reclassified 
     to profit or loss in subsequent 
     periods 
     Exchange differences on 
     translating 
     foreign operations                  (2,103)    (3,106) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 Total comprehensive loss 
  for the period                             248    (5,277) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 
   Total comprehensive loss 
   attributable to: Owners 
   of the parent                             286    (5,275) 
 Non-controlling interest                   (38)        (2) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

For the six months ended 30 June 2021

 
 Unaudited                 Share        Share  Deferred   Cumulative       Capital    Retained    Total  Non-controlling    Total 
                         capital      premium    shares  translation  contribution     deficit                 interests   equity 
                                                             reserve       reserve 
--------------- 
                         US$'000      US$'000   US$'000      US$'000       US$'000   US$'000    US$'000          US$'000  US$'000 
---------------  ---------------  -----------  --------  -----------  ------------  ----------  -------  ---------------  ------- 
 At 1 January 
  2021                    30,804      248,950    64,702     (55,240)       (2,362)   (223,868)   62,986          (5,809)   57,177 
---------------  ---------------  -----------  --------  -----------  ------------  ----------  -------  ---------------  ------- 
 Income after 
  taxation                     -            -         -            -             -       2,389    2,389             (38)    2,351 
 Exchange 
  differences 
  on 
  translating 
  foreign 
  operations                   -            -         -      (2,103)             -           -  (2,103)                -  (2,103) 
---------------  ---------------  -----------  --------  -----------  ------------  ----------  -------  ---------------  ------- 
 Total 
  comprehensive 
  income for 
  the period                   -            -         -      (2,103)             -       2,389      286             (38)   57,425 
 
 Shares issue                 43           57         -            -             -           -      100                -      100 
---------------  ---------------  -----------  --------  -----------  ------------  ----------  -------  ---------------  ------- 
 At 30 June 
  2021                    30,847      249,007    64,702     (57,343)       (2,362)   (221,479)   63,372          (5,847)   57,525 
---------------  ---------------  -----------  --------  -----------  ------------  ----------  -------  ---------------  ------- 
 

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 
 Unaudited         Share    Share  Deferred   Cumulative       Capital    Retained      Total  Non-controlling      Total 
                 capital  premium    shares  translation  contribution     deficit                   interests     equity 
                                                 reserve       reserve 
--------------- 
                 US$'000  US$'000   US$'000      US$'000       US$'000   US$'000      US$'000          US$'000    US$'000 
---------------  -------  -------  --------  -----------  ------------  ----------  ---------  ---------------  --------- 
 At 1 January 
  2020            28,120  246,299    64,702     (55,643)       (2,362)   (220,477)     60,639          (5,729)     54,910 
---------------  -------  -------  --------  -----------  ------------  ----------  ---------  ---------------  --------- 
 Loss after 
  taxation             -        -         -            -             -     (2,169)    (2,169)              (2)    (2,171) 
 Exchange 
  differences 
  on 
  translating 
  foreign 
  operations           -        -         -      (3,106)             -           -    (3,106)                -    (3,106) 
---------------  -------  -------  --------  -----------  ------------  ----------  ---------  ---------------  --------- 
 Total 
  comprehensive 
  income for 
  the period           -        -         -      (3,106)             -     (2,169)    (5,275)              (2)    (5,277) 
 Arising on 
  employee 
  share options        -        -         -                          -          22         22                -         22 
---------------  -------  -------  --------  -----------  ------------  ----------  ---------  ---------------  --------- 
 At 30 June 
  2020            28,120  246,299    64,702     (58,749)       (2,362)   (222,624)     55,386          (5,731)     49,655 
---------------  -------  -------  --------  -----------  ------------  ----------  ---------  ---------------  --------- 
 
 
 
   Reserve                                   Description and purpose 
   Share capital                            The nominal value of shares issued 

Share premium Amount subscribed for share capital in excess of nominal value

   Deferred shares                        The nominal value of deferred shares issued 

Cumulative translation reserve Losses arising on retranslating the net assets of overseas operations into US Dollars

Shares to be issued Amount received in respect of shares which are yet to be issued

Other reserves Fair value of warrants issued and gain/losses from the purchase of NCI

   Retained deficit                         Cumulative losses recognised in the profit or loss 

Non-controlling interest The interest of non-controlling parties in the net assets of the subsidiaries

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 
                                                       As at                 As at                                As at 
                                                     30 June           31 December                              30 June 
--------------------------- 
                                                        2021                  2020                                 2020 
                                             Note    US$000s               US$000s                              US$000s 
---------------------------  --------------------  ---------  --------------------  ----------------------------------- 
 Assets                                            Unaudited               Audited            Unaudited 
  Non-current assets 
  Unproven oil and                     5              61,634                61,413             57,776 
  gas assets 
 Property, plant 
  and equipment                                 6     51,549                52,845           50,069 
 Other receivables                      7              6,848                 4,246                7,763 
 Restricted use cash                                     241                   241                        242 
---------------------------  --------------------  ---------  --------------------  --------------------------------- 
 Total non-current 
  assets                                             120,272               118,745                     115,850 
---------------------------  --------------------  ---------  --------------------  --------------------------------- 
 
   Current assets 
   Inventories                                         1,219                   392                  1,336 
 Other receivables                                     4,376                 6,195                   4,507 
 Cash and cash equivalents                               262                   329                     214 
 Total current assets                                  5,857                 6,916                   6,057 
---------------------------  --------------------  ---------  --------------------  ----------------------------------- 
 Total assets                                        126,129               125,661                121,907 
---------------------------  --------------------  ---------  --------------------  ----------------------------------- 
 Equity and liabilities 
  Equity 
  Share capital                8                      30,847                30,804                 28,120 
 Share premium                                       249,007               246,299              246,299 
 Deferred shares                    8                 64,702                64,702                 64,702 
 Other reserves                                      (2,362)               (2,362)                (2,362) 
 Retained earnings                                 (221,479)             (223,868)            (222,624) 
 Cumulative translation                                                    (55,240 
  reserve                                           (57,343)                     )              (58,749) 
 Shareholders' equity                                 63,372                62,986                55,386 
 Non-controlling 
  interests                                          (5,847)               (5,809)                (5,731) 
---------------------------  --------------------  ---------  --------------------  ----------------------------------- 
 Total equity                                         57,525                57,177                49,655 
 Current liabilities 
  Trade and other 
  payables                                            13,194                11,012                               13,653 
 
 Short-term borrowings            9                    5,871                 5,600                              5,517 
 Provision for BNG 
  license payment                                      3,178                 3,178                   3,178 
 Other current provisions                              6,173                 6,117                   6,091 
---------------------------  --------------------  ---------  --------------------  ----------------------------------- 
 Total current liabilities                            28,416                25,907                 28,439 
---------------------------  --------------------  ---------  --------------------  ----------------------------------- 
 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Deferred tax liabilities                              6,529                 6,629                              7,772 
  Provision for BNG 
   license payment                                    20,578                21,887                               23,247 
 Other non-current 
  provisions                                             406                   413                                  406 
 Other payables                                       12,675                13,648                               12,388 
---------------------------  --------------------  ---------  --------------------  ----------------------------------- 
 Total non-current 
  liabilities                                         40,188                42,577                               43,813 
---------------------------  --------------------  ---------  --------------------  ----------------------------------- 
 Total liabilities                                    68,604                68,484                               72,252 
---------------------------  --------------------  ---------  --------------------  ----------------------------------- 
 Total equity and 
  liabilities                                        126,129               125,661                              121,907 
---------------------------  --------------------  ---------  --------------------  ----------------------------------- 
 
 
 
 

This financial information was approved and authorised for issue by the Board of Directors on 21 September 2021 and was signed on its behalf by:

Clive Carver

Chairman

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

 
                                                Six months ended               Six months 
                                                    30 June 2021                    ended 
                                                                             30 June 2020 
-------------------------------  -------------------------------  ----------------------- 
                                                       Unaudited                Unaudited 
                                                         US$000s                 US$000s 
 Cash flow provided 
  by operating activities 
  Cash received from 
  customers                                                8,480                    2,286 
 Payments made to 
  suppliers 
  and employees                                          (8,252)                  (6,984) 
-------------------------------  -------------------------------  ----------------------- 
 Net cash used by 
  operating activities                                       228                  (4,698) 
-------------------------------  -------------------------------  ----------------------- 
 
   Cash flow used in 
   investing activities 
   Additions to unproven 
   oil and gas assets                                      (566)            (410) 
-------------------------------  -------------------------------  ----------------------- 
 Cash flow used in 
  investing 
 activities                                                (566)                    (410) 
-------------------------------  -------------------------------  ----------------------- 
 
   Cash flow used by financing 
   activities 
   Loans provided                                            271            1,262 
 Repayment of borrowings                                       -                        - 
-------------------------------  -------------------------------  ----------------------- 
 Net cash used by financing 
  activities                                                 271                    1,262 
-------------------------------  -------------------------------  ----------------------- 
 
 Net decrease in cash 
  and 
  cash equivalents                                          (67)                  (3,846) 
-------------------------------  -------------------------------  ----------------------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents 
  at 
  the start of the period                                    329                    4,060 
-------------------------------  -------------------------------  ----------------------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents 
  at the end of the period                                   262                      214 
-------------------------------  -------------------------------  ----------------------- 
 
 

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

1. STATUTORY ACCOUNTS

The interim nancial results for the period ended 30 June 2021 are unaudited. The nancial information contained within this report does not constitute statutory accounts as defined by Section 434(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

2. BASIS OF PREPARATION

Caspian Sunrise plc is registered and domiciled in England and Wales.

This interim nancial information of the Company and its subsidiaries ("the Group") for the six months ended 30 June 2021 has been prepared on a basis consistent with the accounting policies set out in the Group's consolidated annual nancial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020. It has not been audited or reviewed, does not include all of the information required for full annual nancial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the Group's consolidated annual nancial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020. The 2020 annual report and accounts, which received an unquali ed opinion from the auditors, included a material uncertainty in respect of going concern but did not contain a statement under section 498 (2) or 498 (3) of the Companies Act 2006, have been led with the Registrar of Companies. As permitted, the Group has chosen not to adopt IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting'.

The financial information is presented in US Dollars and has been prepared under the historical cost convention.

The accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the interim condensed consolidated nancial statements are consistent with those followed in the preparation of the Group's annual nancial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020 except for the e ect of new standards e ective from 1 January 2021 as explained below. These are expected to be consistent with the nancial statements of the Group as at 31 December 2020 that are/will be prepared in accordance with IFRS and their interpretations issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB") as adopted by the European Union ("EU").

Several other amendments and interpretations apply for the rst time in 2021, but do not have an impact on the interim consolidated nancial statements of the Group as well.

Going Concern

The Group's Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2020, which were published on 29 June 2021, contained reference to the existence of a material financial uncertainty, which only some three months on continues to exist. This may cast significant doubt about the Group's ability to continue as a going concern and therefore it may be unable to realise its assets and discharge its liabilities in the normal course of business.

The financial information in these interim results has been prepared on a going concern basis using current income levels but a reduced work programme. On this basis the Directors believe that the Group will have sufficient resources for its operational needs over the relevant period, being until September 2022. Accordingly, the Directors continue to adopt the going concern basis.

However, the Group's liquidity is dependent on a number of key factors:

-- The Group continues to forward sell its domestic production and receive advances from oil traders with $2.2m currently advanced and the continued availability of such arrangements is important to working capital. Whilst the Board anticipate such facilities remaining available given its trader relationships and recent increases, should they be withdrawn or reduced more quickly than forecast cash flows allow then additional funding would be required.

-- The Group has $5.9m of loans due on demand or within the forecast period to its largest shareholder and his connected companies. Whilst the Board has received assurances that the facilities will not be called for payment unless sufficient liquidity exists, there are no binding agreements currently in place to this effect and if repayment was required additional funding would be needed.

-- The forecasts remain sensitive to oil prices, which have shown significant volatility. Independent of the factors above, if international oil prices fell below $30/bbl additional actions would be required including further cost reductions, additional payment deferrals and raising funds.

   3.         INCOME PER SHARE 

Basic loss per share is calculated by dividing the loss attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the year including shares to be issued.

There is no di erence between the basic and diluted loss per share as the Group made a loss for the current and prior year. Dilutive potential ordinary shares include share options granted to employees and directors where the exercise price (adjusted according to IAS33) is less than the average market price of the Company's ordinary shares during the period.

 
The calculation of loss 
 per share is based on: 
------------------------------  --------------------------------------------- 
                                            Six months             Six months 
                                              ended 30               ended 30 
                                             June 2021              June 2020 
                                             Unaudited              Unaudited 
------------------------------  ----------------------  --------------------- 
 The basic weighted average 
  number of ordinary 
  shares in issue during the 
  period*                                2,088,973,983          1,882,660,885 
------------------------------  ----------------------  --------------------- 
 The income (loss) for the 
  year attributable to owners 
  of the parent (US$'000)                     2 , 3 89                (5,966) 
------------------------------  ----------------------  --------------------- 
 

* There were 3,000,000 potentially dilutive instruments in the period (2020: 3,000,000).

   4.         FINANCIAL EXPENSE 

The Group incurred US$447,000 financial expenses during the 6 months to 30 June 2021, of which US$130,000 was the interest expense on loans provided by Kuat Oraziman and the companies controlled by him (2020: US$115,000). US$317,000 is the provision for historical costs obligation (2020: US$351,000).

   5.         UNPROVEN OIL AND GAS ASSETS 

During the six months period ended June 30, 2020, the value attributed to the Company's oil and gas assets increased by US$ 221,000 (2020: decrease on US$2.2 million).

   6.           PROPERTY, PLANT & EQUIPMENT 
 
                                 Proved oil       Motor     Other      Total 
                                    and gas    Vehicles 
 Group                               assets 
                                    US$'000     US$'000   US$'000    US$'000 
 
 Cost at 1 January 2020              43,318          56     8,334     51,708 
 Additions                            1,366           -        19      1,385 
 Change in estimate                   (233)           -         -      (233) 
 Acquisitions                             -           -    2,837*      2,837 
 Foreign exchange difference          (728)           -      (14)      (742) 
------------------------------  -----------  ----------  --------  --------- 
 Cost at 31 December 
  2020                               43,723          56    11,176     54,955 
------------------------------  -----------  ----------  --------  --------- 
 Additions                                -           -         -          - 
 Disposals                                -        (14)         -       (14) 
 Foreign exchange difference           (39)           -     (553)      (592) 
------------------------------  -----------  ----------  --------  --------- 
 Cost at 30 June 2021                43,684          42    10,624     54,349 
------------------------------  -----------  ----------  --------  --------- 
 Depreciation at 1 January 
  2020                                  130          39       213        382 
 Charge for the year                  1,230           8       450      1,688 
 Disposals                               30           -         -         30 
 Foreign exchange difference                                   10         10 
------------------------------  -----------  ----------  --------  --------- 
 Depreciation at 31 
  December 2020                       1,390          47       673      2,110 
------------------------------  -----------  ----------  --------  --------- 
 Charge for the year                    385           4       300        689 
 Disposals                                -        (14)         -       (14) 
 Foreign exchange difference             10           -         5         15 
------------------------------  -----------  ----------  --------  --------- 
 Depreciation at 30 
  June 2021                           1,785          37      9 78   2 , 8 00 
------------------------------  -----------  ----------  --------  --------- 
 Net book value at: 
-----------------------------   -----------  ----------  --------  --------- 
 01 January 2020                     43,188          17     8,121     51,326 
 31 December 2020                    42,333           9    10,503     52,845 
                                                            9 , 6    5 1 , 5 
 30 June 2021                        41,899           5        46         49 
------------------------------  -----------  ----------  --------  --------- 
 
 

* During the six months of 2020 The Group made the capital contribution into its subsidiary Caspian Technical Services LLP using the drilling rigs and other equipment on the balance of Eragon Petroleum FZE. The contribution has been made in Kazakh tenge after the formal assets valuation by the local company. The difference in values has been charged to the consolidated profit and loss account.

   7.         OTHER NON-CURRENT RECEIVABLES 

During the six months period ended June 30 2021 the Company has provided advances related to its drilling operations in the amount of US$1.48 million (2020: US$1.95 million). Total prepayments made for drilling services as at 30.06.2021 was US$ 1,482,000 (2020: US$ 4,397,000). VAT recoverable at the Group level as at 30.06.2021: US$4,031,000 (2020: US$3,363,000).

   8.         CALLED UP SHARE CAPITAL 
 
                 Number of             $'000    Number of     $'000 
                  ordinary                       deferred 
                  shares                         shares 
 Balance 
  at 30 June 
  2021          2,088,219,494   30,804         373,317,105    64,702 
-------------  --------------  -------------  ------------  -------- 
 Balance 
  at 30 June 
  2021          2,091,237,450   30,846         373,317,105    64,702 
 
 
 9. BORROWINGS 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
                                                          Six months          Year ended 31 
                                                       ended 30 June           December 2020 
                                                                2021 
                                                             US$'000                US$'000 
                                                           Unaudited                 Audited 
-------------------------------------------  -----------------------  ---------------------- 
   Amounts payable within 
    one year 
    Mr Oraziman (a)                                            1,420                   3,624 
    Akku Investments (b)                                       3,745                       - 
    Other borrowings (c)                                         706                   1,976 
-------------------------------------------  -----------------------  ---------------------- 
                                                               5,871                   5,600 
-------------------------------------------  -----------------------  ---------------------- 
 
 
      a) As at the date of the report Eragon Petroleum FZE, a wholly 
      owned subsidiary, had an outstanding loan of US$ 1,160,000 
      from Kuat Oraziman. Total US$ 260,000 were provided by Mr. 
      Oraziman to Kazakh LLPs directly are interest free and repayable 
      during 2021. 
      b) During 2021 Kuat Oraziman and the companies controlled 
      by him have assigned their loans receivable from Caspian Sunrise 
      and the group companies to Akku Investments LLP, the entity 
      registered at Kazakhstan and controlled by Oraziman family. 
      Total US$ 3,745,000 is payable to Akku at 30.06.2021, including 
      the loan to Caspian Sunrise plc of US$ 802,000 provided earlier 
      by Kuat Oraziman, loan of US$ 710,000 payable by Caspian Sunrise 
      plc to Kernhem International B.V., loan of US$ 629,000 payable 
      by Caspian Sunrise plc to Vertom International N.V. Another 
      US$ 1,604,000 that had been assigned by Mr. Kuat Oraziman 
      to Akku, at 31.12.2020 were the payables to him by Kazakh 
      LLPs (BNG LLP: US$ 566,000, CTS LLP: US$ 516,000, and Roxi 
      Petroleum LLP: US$ 522,000). 
      c) During July 2016 Fosco BV, a company controlled by Mr Oraziman, 
      therefore a related party of the Group, provided an on demand 
      loan to BNG LLP in the amount of US$ 0.63 million. The loan 
      is interest bearing with the rate of Libor+ 1%. During 2021 
      Kernhem International B.V., the company controlled by Kuat 
      Oraziman, provided the Company with US$28,000 short term interest 
      free loan. In August 2021 the loan has been repaid by Caspian 
      Sunrise in full. 
      10. SUBSEQUENT EVENTS 
 
 
      Acquisition of new drilling rig 
      On 6 August 2021, the Company announced the Group's acquisition 
      of a new drilling rig for a consideration of $750,000, to 
      be satisfied by the issue of 18,972,164 new Ordinary Shares 
      at an effective issue price of 2.844p per share. 
 
      Conditional conversion of $6.2 million Oraziman Family debt 
      Also on 6 August 2021, the Company announced the conversion 
      of approximately $6.2 million of loans from the Oraziman family 
      into 139,729,451 new Ordinary Shares at an effective price 
      of 3.2p per share, a premium of approximately 12.5%. The conversion 
      is subject to both regulatory and independent shareholder 
      approval. 
 
 

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