|Delek Group Announces Consolidated Results for the First Quarter of 2017|
Tel Aviv, May 29, 2017, Delek Group Ltd. (TASE: DLEKG, US ADR: DGRLY) (hereinafter: "Delek Group" or “The Group”) announced today its results for the three month period ending March 31, 2017. The full financial statements are available in English on Delek Group’s website at: www.delek-group.com
Group revenues for the first quarter in 2017 totaled NIS 1.5 billion compared with NIS 1.3 billion in the same period last year. The reason for the higher level of revenue in the current quarter was the increased E&P activities and contribution of Delek Israel.
Group operating profit in the first quarter of 2017 totaled NIS 338 million, compared with NIS 277 million as reported in the same period last year. The increase was mainly due to higher sales of natural gas from the Tamar reservoir.
Net income for the first quarter of 2017 totaled NIS 220 million compared with NIS 85 million in the first quarter of 2016. The E&P segment contributed a record of NIS 127 million to the Company’s net income in the first quarter.
Cash balance at the Delek Group as of May 28, 2017, stood at NIS 1.5 billion, including unutilized credit lines. It is noted that on February 22, 2017, Delek Group completed a successful debentures issuance through an expansion of Series B31, contributing NIS 1.0 billion to the balance sheet.
Mr. Asaf Bartfeld, President and CEO of Delek Group, commented “We have started off 2017 with strong financial results, and during the quarter we successfully completed a series of important strategic steps. Having acquired control of Ithaca, we intend to continue to strengthen the Group’s international presence as part of our strategy to focus on the energy sector and become a key player in global markets”.
Main Business Highlights
Contribution of Principal Operations to Net Income* (NIS millions)
1Following the sale of rights in the Tanin and Karish leases in December 2016, the Group recognized gains of NIS 253 million.
Oil and Gas Exploration & Production
East Mediterranean E&P
Tamar Project, 11 TCF natural gas discoveries (Tamar and Tamar SW). Tamar produced 2.4 BCM (~0.93 Bcf/d) of natural gas in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 9% compared with 2.2 BCM (~0.85 Bcf/d) in the same period last year. In addition, Tamar sold 114 thousand barrels of condensate in the quarter, compared with 104 thousand barrels in the same period last year.
Delek Group’s (WI 17.68% of Tamar) average production for the quarteramounted to ~30.7k Boe/d.
This is subject to obtaining all the authorizations required in law as well as the various approvals and permits, and suitable market conditions. There can be no certainty that these conditions will all occur. According to the sale plan, the Special Purpose Corporation will offer securities to the public (equity and debentures) that will be registered for trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, and the Special Purpose Corporation will use the funds raised from the offering to purchase the rights in the fields that are sold by the Partnership. The profits from the above-mentioned sale, and profit from future sales of all the Partnership’s holdings in the fields, are expected to be mainly used by the Partnership to distribute profits (including the distribution of advance tax payments), and for early repayment of debentures.
In parallel to advancing the offering, the Partnership is continuing to assess various alternatives for the sale of the balance of its holdings in the fields.
Ithaca Energy, Inc: On March 14, 2017, Delek Group offered to buy the remainder of all Ithaca's share capital not already held (80%), at a price of CAD 1.95 per share, following an agreement signed between the Group and Ithaca for issuing a friendly takeover offer. The offer was accepted by the holders of 318,833,909 ordinary shares and the Company bought these shares for a total consideration of CAD 622 million (NIS 1,710 million). Following this purchase, Delek Group held 500,699,334 ordinary shares in Ithaca, accounting for 94.2% of its ordinary share capital.
On May 12, 2017, Delek Group announced that it plans to perform a forced purchase of Ithaca's remaining ordinary shares not held by the Company, at the offer price (CAD 1.95 per share) for a total consideration of CAD 48 million (NIS 130 million). The forced purchase is expected to be completed by the end of June 2017, and Ithaca's shares will be delisted from the Toronto stock exchange and the AIM exchange in London.
As of the end of the quarter, Delek Group held 19.7% of the share capital of Ithaca Energy. For the first quarter of 2017, Ithaca’s results are presented based on the equity method and contributed NIS 8 million to the Company’s income statement. By the end of the second quarter of 2017, the Group is expected to hold 100% of Ithaca, and its results will be fully consolidated into Delek Group’s income statement. Due to this purchase, the Group is expected to recognise a profit of NIS 150 million.
Operational Highlights: The start-up of the Great Stella Area commenced production in mid-February 2017, producing at constrained rates to minimise gas flaring until processing systems are fully available. Ithaca’s average full year 2017 production is anticipated to be in the range of 18,000 to 19,000 Boep/d, reflecting the expected schedule for the step-up in Stella production rates.
Ithaca brings Delek Group significant international operational capabilities and firmly establishes the Company’s operational arm. Together with Ithaca, Delek Group significantly increases its expected production for 2017 is indicated in the table below;
Downstream Energy Sector Highlights
Delek – the Israel Fuel Company Ltd. (fully held by Delek Group); net income for the quarter amounted to NIS 20 million compared with a net income of NIS 4 million in the same period in 2016. The increase was primarily due to a global increase in distillate prices and greater sales volumes.
Insurance and Financial Services
On February 16, 2017, the parties signed an amendment to the agreement, extending the period for meeting the stipulated pre-conditions until March 31, 2017. On April 5, 2017, the parties signed an amendment to the agreement, increasing the consideration to NIS 2,152 million. The deadline for completion has been set for June 4, 2017. After this date, each of the parties may inform the other party of its cancellation.
On May 1, 2017, Yango informed the Company that it has signed an agreement for the acquisition of shares and cooperation with a company controlled by Yonel Cohen. Yango is expected to hold 50.1% of the share capital in The Phoenix at the end of the process and Yonel will hold 4% of the controlling shares.
On May 28, 2017, the Board of Directors of Delek Group declared a cash dividend distribution for the first quarter of 2017 in the amount of approximately NIS 200 million (or NIS 16.6895 per share) to shareholders. The ex-date is on June 13, 2017 and the dividend will be paid on June 27, 2017.
Conference Call Details
The Company will be hosting a conference call in English on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 3.30 PM (Israel Time), 8:30 AM (ET), 1:30 PM (UK). Management will also be available to answer investor questions.
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About The Delek Group
Delek Group is an independent E&P and the pioneering visionary behind the development of the East Med. With eight consecutive finds in the Levant Basin, Delek is leading the region’s development into a major natural gas export hub. In addition, Delek has embarked on an international expansion with a focus on high-potential opportunities in the North Sea and North America. Delek Group is one of Israel’s largest and most prominent companies with a consistent track record of growth. Its shares are traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE:DLEKG) and are part of the TA 35 Index.
Delek Group Income Statement (NIS Millions)