Rockhopper’s (RKH) full year 2016 results do not reveal any material news, but do help underline the progress the company made in 2016 with the acquisition of production assets in Egypt and the continued lowering of costs at Sea Lion. Net production of 1,350boe/d helps to offset general costs and maintain the substantial cash balance (end of year $81m). Most importantly, perhaps, is that the board considers the Sea Lion development to be “sufficiently robust to be sanctioned in the current environment, assuming the required capital investment can be secured”. Therefore, focus continues on working with the operator (Premier) in getting the project to FID. We point investors to our recent note on the mechanisms that the partnership can follow and the impact on RKH’s value. Our NAV is 73p/share.

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