Tullow Oil shares fell by almost 16% after the company warned of a likely $1.5bn (€1.3bn) financial hit to its 2019 figures due to a lower oil price forecast and a reduction in reserves at one of its flagship fields offshore Ghana.
A handful of Irish-related shares, including Tullow Oil, Glanbia and Bord Gáis owner Centria, were among the big stock market losers in Europe in the past year. Flutter Entertainment, which owns Paddy Power and Betfair, as well as Ryanair and Kerry Group were, however, among the big winners.
Tullow Oil’s acting chief has said the company is open to takeover offers in light of its shares plummeting by nearly 72% on it cutting its production outlook, suspending dividend payments, and parting company with its CEO and exploration director.
Tullow Oil shares plummeted by more than 27% to a 21-year low after the Irish-founded exploration company said production from flagship projects in Ghana has disappointed and that it will reassess the commercial viability of recent discoveries made in South America.
OPEC has reported an increase in its oil production for September to the highest in at least eight years and has raised its forecast for 2017 non-OPEC supply growth, pointing to a larger surplus next year despite the group’s deal to cut output.
Irish-linked exploration stocks wavered yesterday after leading international energy research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie warned most major conventional oil projects risk being delayed or cancelled if global prices remain at or below $50 a barrel.
Tullow Oil shares tumbled by nearly 12% yesterday on the back of the Irish-founded exploration firm announcing plans to launch a five-year convertible bond aimed at raising $300m (€270m) to help fund the further development of its assets in western and eastern Africa.