Rockhopper Exploration (RKH), advised the market today that the application by the Italian Government to consider a case that potentially influenced the ability of the arbitration panel to rule on the company’s claim under the Energy Charter Treaty for the Ombrina Mare project had been rejected. This is good news, which followed the recently announced deal with Navitas Petroleum LP and Harbour Energy (HBR) to take Sea Lion oil field forward, which was also a step in the right direction. But does that make the company shares a buy?
I have been positive on Rockhopper Exploration (RKH) for some years, but not as long as some. That means only that others have lost more than me from its share price insanity high point of £5 over a decade ago to some 8.7p as I type. Two key matters, both outside of the company's control, will dictate its fortunes but meanwhile there is trouble at T’Mill with a disgruntled shareholder actively agitating for change.
Rockhopper Exploration (RKH) was one of the most popular shares on the AIM market at one time, but in recent years it has fallen totally out of favour and its share price has plummeted. It is nearly a decade since this oil explorer first announced a big discovery at its Sea Lion prospect in the North Falkland basin and its share price rocketed, hitting highs of in excess of 550p per share and a market cap in the hundreds of millions...
It was only a month ago I commented on Rockhopper Exploration (RKH) and speculated on some of the matters surrounding the SeaLion development. Several developments have occurred since which have reconfirmed my positive stance.
So often I have heard mention of the Falkland basin and it being written off. With much promise over many years, but little tangible return so far, I can understand much of the negativity. Many oil assets takes far long than hoped to see projects move forward to production, and that has certainly been the case for Rockhopper Exploration’s (RKH) Sealion project as Gary Newman noted last December, but I can see light at the end of the tunnel.