Fallen angelAfren(LSE: AFR) issued an interim management statement for the three months to March 2015, and it appears that things are not improving for the company.
Revenue for the perioddeclined by 52% year on year due to asignificantly lowerrealisedoil price. Revenue fell to $130.3m, compared to $269.0m as reported in the year-ago period.
Higher admin costs, which were a direct result of Afrensrecapitalisation and write-off of expenditure on certainassets pushed the group into a pre-tax loss for the period of $48.1m.
During the period, the company generated $59.1m in operating cash flow. Capital spending during the period amounted to $212m.
Overall, these figures are quite concerning. Also, Afren spent nearly four times more on capital projects during the first quarter than cash generated from operations.
As a result, Afren net debt increased by 12% from the fourth quarter of last year. Net debt rose from $1.1bn to $1.2bn.
Alongside its interim statement Afren announced today that, as part of its recapitalisation plan, it will be provided with $200m of net interim financing. The proceeds of this will be used forgeneral corporate purposes andcapex.
Further, Afren stated that it expects the groupswider recapitalisation programme to be completed by the end of July 2015.
Luckily, Afrensbondholdershave agreed to support the companys restructuring. Holders of the companys 2016, 2019 and 2020 notes have agreed to subscribe for new senior notes up to the maximum permitted level of $369m, $93m more than management had expected.
Unfortunately, Afrens outlook for the rest of the year is hardly anything to get excited about.
Production is expected to decline slightly, averaging 23,000 to 32,000barrels of oil per day throughout the rest of the year. First-quarter average net production was 36,035bopd.
Whats more, the group is planning to cut capital spending for the rest of the year. Management is guiding for full-year 2015 capital spending of $0.4bn.
Todays interim management statement really showcased Afrens weaknesses.
Falling oil prices have hit the company hard and throughout the rest of 2015 production is expected to fall. It seems things will only get tougher for the group in the near-future.
And even after Afren completes itsrecapitalisationprogramme, its unclear how much longer the group will survive.
Indeed, Afren is still spending more than it can afford on development projects. Even the firms reduced capital spending budget is set to exceed cash flow from operations by around $170m this year, based on first quarter figures.
Afren will have to borrow to fund the shortfall, heaping more debt on top of the groups already towering debt pile.
Recovery will take time
Todays update from Afren has made it clear that the companys recovery has only just begun, and there is still plenty of work to do. Only time will tell if management can turn things around before its too late.
But if you’re looking for a company with a brighter outlook, The Motley Fool’s top analysts have recently identified a company that they consider to be one of the market’s“top small caps”.
The company in question has a substantial cash balance, provenadvantageover its peers and is supported by some of the biggest players in its industry.
If you’d like to find out more, all is revealed inour new free reportentitled“Is This Stock Tomorrow’s Big Winner?”
Our analysts reckon that the shares of this company could have a potential upside of 45%! So don’t delay, download thefree report today— but hurry, it’s only available for a limited time.