A real buzz seems to have returned to the oil and gas sector in recent times and with commodity prices at their strongest for several years, and that even seems to be trickling down to the lower end of the market and the explorers now with some shares on a real rip.
Readers know I focus on the oily investment space and try to track the macro picture as well as the detail of specific investments cases. I thought it only appropriate with the current oil price turbulence to offer a few views on my own, which I free admit are influenced by other respected commentators. I hope this is useful in forming and reforming opinions on investment cases in the sector.
Shares in Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR) ended 2018 above 2p though had fallen to sub 1.4p by December 2019. They have since recovered a bit, but at a 1.50p offer price - giving a £20 million market cap - there looks the potential for much more…and soon!
Making a profit on small oil and gas exploration and appraisal companies largely comes down to timing your buys and sells correctly, rather than just holding onto your shares through the ups and downs. With many of these companies the actual risk of holding for a drill often isn’t worth it, especially with exploration plays, but good money can still be made in the lead up to drilling activity, and by leaving some profit to run in the case of some of the safer appraisals. Buying when there is a general lack of interest and no immediate operational activity, and then being patient, is often the best way to get in at a good price – even if not necessarily the lowest price, as that generally comes down to a large slice of luck...
In this podcast I reflect on how the UK is going to the dogs commenting on South West trains and the award of the Orwell prize to a proven specialist in fake news. George will be laughing in his grave. I cover boardroom shenanigans at Telit (TCM), shameless ramping at Andalas (ADL) which is really worth 0p, Frontera (FRR), D day looms, Westminster Group (WSG) and the ambiguity of loathsome ex Tory MP Tony "Fatso" Baldry of 3DM infamy, Rossylyn Data (RDT), Dillstone (DSG), Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR) and its pomopus arse of a founder and Optibiotix (OPTI). now I see that evil PR spinner and crony capitalist Reg Hoare has donated to Woodlarks in support of the my sponsored walk with Brokerman Dan. we are now just £31 short of £9,000 and 45% of our target - go on, do the decent thing and chip in HERE
The last couple of years have been a torrid time for those holding shares in small oil and gas exploration companies in general, with very few exceptions.
Today I look at just three shares in some detail. There is MBL Group (MUBL) which is, I think, too good for AIM, Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR) where I think some folks have been very bad, and Eden Research (EDEN) which is an ugly little fraud heading for 0p.
In today's podcast I start with the clown Lenigas as he stoops to new lows in every respect - see HERE. I then move onto a shit company not linkd to Jabba The Hutt - Taihua (TAIH). I also cover Solo Oil ( SOLO), Strat Aero (AERO), 88 Energy (88E), Cluff Natural (CLNR) and the time Algy met a man in shorts and a T shirt (me) and turned up his patrician nose, and Nighthawk Energy (HAWK)
North Sea-focused Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR) is understood to be poised to announce encouraging gas reserve figures for its licences in the southern North Sea’s Lytham Field. Steered by seasoned resources entrepreneur and former owner of the Spectator magazine Algy Cluff, the company, whose shares have fallen from a 12-month high of 4.87p to 3p on energy price weakness and delays to its underground coal gasification (UCG) project in Scotland, is thought by observers to have established potential reserves of more than 800 billion cubic feet, which could be worth between $20 million (£13.3 million) and $40 million.
The trick with technical analysis methods is of course to get involved just when the stock starts heating up in terms of the positive moment for the share price. This looks like it is about to happen as far as Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR) shares are concerned currently.
Underground coal gasification (UCG) and North Sea gas play Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR) has called for drastic changes in the planning regime for UCG projects and in the tax treatment of exploration for resources in the UK North Sea. The AIM-quoted company, with licences in Scotland, north-west England and Wales, wants to establish a pilot UCG plant at Kincardine in the the Firth of Forth and is seeking partners to drill two appraisal gas wells in licences in the north-western Lytham Field ‘at no cost to ourselves’, having reduced interim losses nearly 8% to £745,000.
Featuring Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR), Empresaria (EMR), Jubilee Platinum (JLP), Pinnacle Technology (PINN), Weatherly International (WTI)
With Europe’s biggest coal-fired power station at Longannet in Fife set to close next year, diversified underground coal gasification (UCG) play Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR) sounds optimistic as it prepares the planning application for its flagship Kincardine UCG project in the Firth of Forth. Steered by veteran resources entrepreneur and former owner of the Spectator magazine Algy Cluff, the company, whose AIM-quoted shares have slipped from a 5p 12-month high to 3.88p, has submitted what finance director Graham Swindells calls ‘a solution to the Longannet closure’ to the Edinburgh government, which could be faced with a 40% cut in Scotland’s power supply as a result of the shut-down.
Coal gasification play Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR) is preparing to drill a demonstration hole in the Firth of Forth or at another site after adding three new licences to its previous portfolio of five projects, offshore and inshore, in England, Scotland and Wales. Serial resources entrepreneur Algy Cluff, chairman and chief executive of the AIM-quoted venture, says the precise choice of site will depend on the speed of obtaining planning permission and stresses ‘we want to add value before dealing with potential partners.’
Algy Cluff, the veteran resources entrepreneur and former owner of the Spectator magazine, is on the look-out for deals to propel Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR) into the business of turning off-shore coal deposits into gas-producing assets in a way he and the company’s backers claim will be able to provide cheap and environmentally acceptable fuel supplies for years to come. Speculation has suggested potential partners could include German engineering and electronics giant Siemens or Swiss-based chemicals group Ineos, active at the Grangemouth oil refinery in the Firth of Forth, but AIM-quoted Cluff Natural remains tight-lipped.