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Gulf Keystone (GKP) reminded potential suitors on Thursday why there was no reason to pay top dollar for it with the news that permission was needed from the 13% bondholders to avert the exercise of a put option which has been triggered by a fall in its asset value.
Embedded in the statement was an admission that oil production had halted since mid-February and that an equity raise was amongst the options being considered to make good the intention to meet debt obligations.
As I have said repeatedly in the past, it is rarely good news for shareholders when debt holders are messed with, or asked to move the goal posts.
I have heard many convoluted theories of late as to why the KRG wants Gulf to be sold for a lot in order to set a good benchmark for it to sell more licences but I don't buy it. I wouldn't class Gulf in the same league of desperation as Afren but I am more than happy to stay short at 36p.
My fundamental target is close to 10p.
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