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News Article | May 16, 2017
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Chisholm intends to pursue unconventional resource opportunities where it can leverage its horizontal drilling and completions expertise.  The Company is led by Chief Executive Officer Mark Whitley, who since 2014 had served as an advisor to Warburg Pincus.  Prior to this affiliation, Mr. Whitley had a long and successful career in the industry, most recently as Senior Vice President of the Southwest Division of Range Resources Corporation ("Range").  While at Range, he assembled a more than 100,000 net acre position in the Barnett Shale and subsequently led Range's initial efforts in both the liquids-rich and dry gas portions of the Marcellus Shale. Mr. Whitley is joined at Chisholm by a senior team with a strong track record of industry-leading operating performance.  This team includes industry veterans Mike Middlebrook, Chief Operating Officer; Aaron Gaydosik, Chief Financial Officer; Martin Emery, Senior Vice President – Geosciences; Andrew Tullis, Vice President – Engineering; Brad Grandstaff, Vice President – Operations; and Scott Herstein, Vice President – Business Development.  The team has deep operating experience in multiple unconventional plays across the United States, including the northern Delaware Basin. Mr. Whitley commented, "We are excited to be building a new enterprise focused on the Delaware Basin of New Mexico, where we continue to see many untapped and compelling opportunities.  We are pleased to have partnered with Warburg Pincus and to have their support behind our ongoing efforts." James R. Levy, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus, said, "Having known Mark for several years, we are highly confident in his and the entire Chisholm team's ability to create value through their considerable drilling and completions expertise.  We look forward to supporting them as they pursue their strategy." About Chisholm Energy Holdings, LLC Chisholm is a start-up oil and gas production company with operational headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.  The Company is focused on pursuing unconventional resource opportunities in the northern Delaware Basin.  Chisholm is led by a seasoned team of oil and gas executives in partnership with Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm with a 25-year track record of building businesses and creating value in the energy sector.  For more information, visit www.chisholmenergy.com. About Warburg Pincus Warburg Pincus LLC is a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing.  The firm has more than $44 billion in private equity assets under management.  The firm's active portfolio of more than 140 companies is highly diversified by stage, sector and geography.  Warburg Pincus is an experienced partner to management teams seeking to build durable companies with sustainable value.  Founded in 1966, Warburg Pincus has raised 16 private equity funds which have invested more than $60 billion in over 780 companies in more than 40 countries. For more than two decades, Warburg Pincus has invested or committed over $13 billion across more than 70 energy investments around the world involved in upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas; energy services and technology; power generation and transmissions; alternative energy and renewables; and mining and metals.  Notable current and former oil and gas portfolio companies for which Warburg Pincus was a founding institutional investor include Antero Resources, Bill Barrett Corporation, Brigham Resources and Minerals, Broad Oak Energy, Encore Acquisition Company, Kosmos Energy, Laredo Petroleum, Newfield Exploration, Spinnaker Exploration and Targa Resources. The firm is headquartered in New York with offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Mauritius, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai and Singapore.  For more information please visit www.warburgpincus.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/chisholm-energy-holdings-announces-acquisition-in-the-new-mexico-delaware-basin-300457880.html


News Article | May 22, 2017
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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kosmos Energy Ltd. (“Kosmos”) (NYSE: KOS) announced today that funds affiliated with The Blackstone Group L.P. (the “Blackstone Group”) and funds affiliated with Warburg Pincus LLC (“Warburg Pincus”) have agreed to sell an aggregate of 40,000,000 of Kosmos’ common shares in a registered underwritten public offering (the “Offering”). Funds affiliated with the Blackstone Group have agreed to sell 30,000,000 common shares and funds affiliated with Warburg Pincus have agreed to sell 10,000,000 common shares. Kosmos will not receive any of the proceeds from the sale of the common shares. Barclays is acting as the underwriter of the Offering. Upon completion of the Offering, one of the directors nominated by the Blackstone Group is expected to resign from the Kosmos board of directors, and pursuant to the shareholders agreement that Kosmos previously entered with the Blackstone Group and Warburg Pincus, the Blackstone Group will only have the right to nominate one designee to the Kosmos board of directors. The Offering is being made pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement, including a prospectus, filed by Kosmos with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on June 22, 2015. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement and other documents Kosmos has filed with the SEC for more complete information about Kosmos and the Offering. You may get these documents for free by visiting the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, copies of the prospectus and a prospectus supplement, when available, may be obtained from Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717 (Tel: 1-888-603-5847) or by e-mailing Barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com. This press release is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. Kosmos is a leading independent oil and gas exploration and production company focused on frontier and emerging areas along the Atlantic Margins. Our assets include existing production and development projects offshore Ghana, large discoveries and significant further hydrocarbon exploration potential offshore Mauritania and Senegal, as well as exploration licenses with significant hydrocarbon potential offshore Sao Tome and Principe, Suriname, Morocco and Western Sahara. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that Kosmos expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Kosmos’ estimates and forward-looking statements are mainly based on its current expectations and estimates of future events and trends, which affect or may affect its businesses and operations. Although Kosmos believes that these estimates and forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, they are subject to several risks and uncertainties and are made in light of information currently available to Kosmos. When used in this press release, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,” “expect,” “estimate,” “plan,” “will” or other similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of Kosmos, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. Further information on such assumptions, risks and uncertainties is available in Kosmos’ SEC filings. Kosmos undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update or correct these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release, except as required by applicable law. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.


News Article | May 23, 2017
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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kosmos Energy Ltd. (“Kosmos”) (NYSE: KOS) announced today the pricing of a previously announced underwritten public offering of 40,000,000 of its common shares (the “Offering”), all of which were offered by funds affiliated with Warburg Pincus LLC and The Blackstone Group L.P., respectively (the “Selling Shareholders”). The price to the public was $7.25 per share. The Offering is expected to close on May 26, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions. Kosmos will not receive any of the proceeds from the sale of the common shares. Barclays is acting as the underwriter of the Offering. The Offering is being made pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement, including a prospectus, filed by Kosmos with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on June 22, 2015. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement and other documents Kosmos has filed with the SEC for more complete information about Kosmos and the Offering. You may get these documents for free by visiting the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, copies of the prospectus and a prospectus supplement, when available, may be obtained from Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717 (Tel: 1-888-603-5847) or by e-mailing Barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com. This press release is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. Kosmos is a leading independent oil and gas exploration and production company focused on frontier and emerging areas along the Atlantic Margins. Our assets include existing production and development projects offshore Ghana, large discoveries and significant further hydrocarbon exploration potential offshore Mauritania and Senegal, as well as exploration licenses with significant hydrocarbon potential offshore Sao Tome and Principe, Suriname, Morocco and Western Sahara. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that Kosmos expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Kosmos’ estimates and forward-looking statements are mainly based on its current expectations and estimates of future events and trends, which affect or may affect its businesses and operations. Although Kosmos believes that these estimates and forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, they are subject to several risks and uncertainties and are made in light of information currently available to Kosmos. When used in this press release, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,” “expect,” “estimate,” “plan,” “will” or other similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of Kosmos, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. Further information on such assumptions, risks and uncertainties is available in Kosmos’ SEC filings. Kosmos undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update or correct these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release, except as required by applicable law. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.


News Article | May 8, 2017
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BP and joint venture partner Kosmos Energy revealed a major gas discovery off Senegal on Monday, adding to other recent finds off the West African coast. Oil majors including BP and Total are investing in the waters of Senegal and Mauritania in the hope of repeating the recent exploration success of smaller players. "Yakaar-1...further confirms our belief that offshore Senegal and Mauritania is a world-class hydrocarbon basin," Bernard Looney, BP Upstream chief executive officer, said. New York-listed Kosmos in 2015 discovered a gas pool in the Tortue 1 exploration well, part of the Greater Tortue Complex spanning Senegal and Mauritania, which contained more than 15-trillion cubic feet of gas. Since then, BP has formulated plans to acquire a 30% interest in the two offshore blocks called Saint-Louis Profond, that includes the Senegalese sector of the Tortue field, and Cayar Profond. BP has also agreed to buy a stake of close to 60% in Kosmos' Mauritania exploration blocks. Gas from the Tortue field is due to begin flowing in 2021 and is set to be exported from a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility. The two firms said on Thursday that the Yakaar-1 find contained sufficient reserves to warrant another LNG project. Kosmos spokesman Thomas Golembeski, declined to give further details on the nature or timing of the project, adding that further appraisal work was planned.


News Article | May 8, 2017
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"We are pleased to welcome the Choice team to Rubicon and believe this transaction will significantly enhance our participation in the multi-stage completions market, fueled by passionate people and one of the most exciting downhole completion product offerings in the industry," said Michael Reeves, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rubicon.  "The combination of best-in-class engineering, manufacturing and customer service capabilities from Rubicon and Choice will immediately enable our teams to offer higher value and more comprehensive completions solutions to customers." "Choice technology was born from listening to customers' pain points and applying practical innovation to create one of the most exciting frac plug and toe sleeve offerings in the market," said Jayme Sperring, Chief Commercial Officer of Rubicon.  "Today's announcement represents another important step in Rubicon's path to delivering an exceptional customer experience, offering value-driven products and a highly specialized team of professionals." "The Choice team has built something truly special and I am very excited by the opportunities this transaction will create for our employees and customers," said Wes Pixley, CEO of Choice.  "Rubicon's strong footprint, commitment to customer service and robust balance sheet will dramatically accelerate the growth of our business." Rubicon Oilfield International Holdings, L.P. designs, manufactures and sells/rents downhole oilfield products in every major market around the globe.  Rubicon was formed in 2015 and through the acquisition of leading downhole products businesses such as Tercel Oilfield Products, Top-Co Holdings and Logan International provides a broad suite of technology used throughout an oil and gas well's lifecycle. Headquartered in Houston, Texas with activity in over 50 countries and over 800 employees globally, Rubicon is fueled by strong commercial, manufacturing and engineering teams working closely together to deliver a world-class customer experience.  Rubicon is led by a seasoned team of oilfield service and equipment industry executives and is committed to building a best-in-class global enterprise in the oilfield products and equipment sector.  For more information, please visit www.rubicon-oilfield.com. Choice Completions Systems, LLC was established in 2016 as a technology business specializing in the design and deployment of differentiated frac plug and toe sleeve products to enhance unconventional multi-stage completion operations.  Based in Houston, TX, Choice Completions Systems uses modern engineering to deliver technologies intended to solve customers' challenges in complex completion applications.  Their management, engineers and technicians have extensive experience in downhole completion products and services and an intense focus on customer service. Warburg Pincus LLC is a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing. The firm has more than $44 billion in private equity assets under management. The firm's active portfolio of more than 140 companies is highly diversified by stage, sector and geography. Warburg Pincus is an experienced partner to management teams seeking to build durable companies with sustainable value. Founded in 1966, Warburg Pincus has raised 16 private equity funds, which have invested more than $60 billion in over 780 companies in more than 40 countries. For more than two decades, Warburg Pincus has invested or committed over $13 billion across more than 75 energy investments around the world with a focus on upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas; energy services and technology; power generation and transmission; alternative energy and renewables; and mining and metals. Notable investments include Antero Resources, Bill Barrett Corporation, Broad Oak Energy, Encore Acquisition Company, Kosmos Energy, Laredo Petroleum, MEG Energy, Newfield Exploration, Spinnaker Exploration and Targa Resources. The firm is headquartered in New York with offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Mauritius, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai and Singapore. For more information please visit www.warburgpincus.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/rubicon-oilfield-international-acquires-choice-completions-systems-300452751.html


News Article | May 8, 2017
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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kosmos Energy Ltd. (“Kosmos”) (NYSE: KOS) announced today financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2017. For the first quarter of 2017, the Company generated a net loss of $28.8 million, or $0.07 per diluted share as compared to net loss of $59.0 million or $0.15 per diluted share in the same period last year. When adjusted for certain items that impact the comparability of results, the Company generated an adjusted net loss(1) of $42.7 million or $0.11 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2017. “Kosmos is off to a strong start executing on our plan in 2017,” said Andrew G. Inglis, chairman and chief executive officer. “The strong cash flow generation of the business in combination with the closing of our Mauritania and Senegal transactions with BP, has allowed Kosmos to improve its financial strength. In addition, our continued exploration success with the Yakaar-1 well in Senegal, supports our belief that the basin is one of the largest petroleum systems to be opened along the Atlantic Margin.” First quarter 2017 oil revenues were $103 million versus $62 million in the same quarter of 2016, on sales of 2.0 million barrels of oil in 2017 as compared to 1.9 million barrels in 2016. First quarter 2017 oil revenues exclude $11 million of derivative settlements. Realized oil revenues, including the impact of the Company’s hedging program, were $58.12 per barrel of oil sold in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $62.64 per barrel of oil sold in the year-ago quarter. Kosmos currently has approximately 5 million barrels of oil hedged in 2017 and approximately 6 million in 2018 with an average floor price of approximately $59 per barrel and $53 per barrel, respectively. At the end of the quarter, the Company was in a net underlift position of approximately 0.8 million barrels of oil. Other income, net during the quarter was $49 million for loss of production income (LOPI) insurance proceeds, net associated with the Jubilee turret bearing issue, which covers the production period through February 2017. Production expense for the first quarter was $20 million, or $10.06 per barrel, versus $29 million, or $15.50 per barrel, in the first quarter of 2016. The decrease in total production expense was primarily attributable to insurance proceeds received during 2017. Facilities insurance modifications expense during the first quarter was $3 million, net of insurance proceeds. These costs are related to converting the Jubilee FPSO into a permanently spread moored production facility. Exploration expenses totaled $106 million for the first quarter, compared to $24 million in the same period of 2016. Included in the quarter were approximately $42 million of costs associated with the stacking of the Atwood Achiever as well as a $48 million cancellation payment related to the exercise of our election to cancel the fourth year option of the Atwood Achiever drilling rig contract. Depletion and depreciation expense for the quarter was $35 million, or $17.70 per barrel. This was an increase from $16.49 per barrel in the first quarter of 2016, primarily a result of a slight decrease in recognized proved reserves associated with the Jubilee Field in the fourth quarter of 2016. General and administrative expenses were $16 million during the first quarter, a 12 percent decrease compared to the same period in 2016 due to reduced equity-based compensation expense and carried costs as a result of the BP transactions. First quarter results included a mark-to-market gain of $38 million related to the Company’s oil derivative contracts. At March 31, 2017, the Company’s hedging position had a total commodity net asset value of $28 million. Total capital expenditures in the first quarter were $120 million, which was offset by the initial proceeds from the BP transactions of $222 million resulting in a credit to our capital budget of $102 million for the first quarter. Kosmos exited the first quarter of 2017 with $1.3 billion of liquidity and $961 million of net debt, reflecting a voluntary repayment of $150 million on our reserves-based lending facility. This compares to $1.2 billion of liquidity and $1.1 billion of net debt as of December 31, 2016. During the first quarter, Kosmos also concluded the semi-annual bank re-determination process on our reserves-based lending facility. As expected, the borrowing base decreased to $1.3 billion, driven by the remaining loan-life under the facility, reducing total liquidity to $1.2 billion effective April 1, 2017. During the first quarter of 2017, gross sales volumes from Ghana averaged approximately 132,500 barrels of oil per day (bopd), including volumes from the Jubilee and TEN fields which averaged approximately 82,500 bopd and 50,000 bopd, respectively. The Jubilee FPSO turret remediation work made good progress during the quarter. The FPSO was temporarily spread moored at its current heading in late February, which allowed the tugboats previously required to hold the vessel on a fixed heading to be removed, simplifying operations and reducing costs. The next phase of the remediation work involves modifications to the turret for long-term spread-moored operations and planning for this work is ongoing amongst the partnership and the Government of Ghana. Kosmos anticipates that the financial impact of lower Jubilee production as well as the additional expenditures associated with the repair to the FPSO and the additional costs of the interim operating procedures will continue to be mitigated through a combination of the Hull and Machinery (H&M) insurance, procured on behalf of the partnership, and the Loss of Production Income (LOPI) insurance procured by Kosmos. As of the first quarter of 2017, Kosmos has net approved claims of $154 million from our LOPI and H&M insurers with $142 million of cash received at March 31, 2017. Production from TEN in the first quarter averaged approximately 50,000 bopd and is on track to achieve the operator’s 2017 guidance of 50,000 bopd. During periods throughout the quarter production levels exceeded 50,000 bopd and the partnership is continuing to optimize topside equipment to increase field production levels. In February, Kosmos received government approval and completed its previously announced transaction with BP in Senegal. Under the terms of the deal, BP acquired a 49.99 percent interest in Kosmos BP Senegal Limited, our controlled affiliate company which holds a 60.0 percent participating interest in the Cayar Offshore Profond and the Saint Louis Offshore Profond blocks offshore Senegal. In the first quarter, Kosmos also completed the acquisition of over 11,500 square kilometers of 3D seismic surveys over a portion of Blocks C6, C8, C12, and C13. In Suriname, Kosmos completed 3D seismic surveys in January across Block 42 and Block 45 totaling over 6,500 square kilometers and volumes are now being processed to mature prospects for drilling in 2018. In Sao Tome and Principe, Kosmos commenced an approximately 16,000 square kilometer 3D seismic survey across its blocks. Kosmos has reduced its net capex budget for 2017 to $150 million, from the previously announced $175 million, after refining cost estimates for the 2017 work program. Approximately $75 million of the budget is allocated to Ghana, excluding Jubilee Turret remediation costs which are expected to be mitigated by insurance proceeds, and approximately $75 million is allocated to exploration, including seismic and new ventures costs. The 2017 net capex budget of $150 million represents a more than 75 percent decrease from our 2016 net capex budget. Kosmos will host a conference call and webcast to discuss first quarter 2017 financial and operating results today at 10:00 a.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. Eastern time). A live webcast of the event can be accessed on the Investors page of Kosmos’ website at investors.kosmosenergy.com. The dial-in telephone number for the call is +1.877.407.3982. Callers outside the United States should dial +1.201.493.6780. A replay of the webcast will be available on the Investors page of Kosmos’ website for approximately 90 days following the event. Kosmos is a leading independent oil and gas exploration and production company focused on frontier and emerging areas along the Atlantic Margins. Our assets include existing production and development projects offshore Ghana, large discoveries and significant further hydrocarbon exploration potential offshore Mauritania and Senegal, as well as exploration licenses with significant hydrocarbon potential offshore Sao Tome and Principe, Suriname, Morocco and Western Sahara. As an ethical and transparent company, Kosmos is committed to doing things the right way. The Company’s Business Principles articulate our commitment to transparency, ethics, human rights, safety and the environment. Read more about this commitment in the Kosmos 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report. For additional information, visit www.kosmosenergy.com. EBITDAX, Adjusted net income (loss) and Adjusted net income (loss) per share are supplemental non-GAAP financial measures used by management and external users of the Company's consolidated financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies. The Company defines EBITDAX as net income (loss) plus (i) depletion and depreciation, (ii) exploration expenses, (iii) interest and other financing costs, net, (iv) unrealized (gain) loss on commodity derivatives, (v) income tax expense, (vi) equity-based compensation, (vii) (gain) loss on sale of oil and gas properties, (viii) restructuring charges and (ix) similar other material items, which management believes affect the comparability of operating results. The Company defines adjusted net income (loss) as net income (loss) after adjusting for the impact of certain non-cash and non-recurring items, including non-cash changes in the fair value of derivative instruments, cash settlements on commodity derivatives, gain on sale of assets, and other similar non-cash and non-recurring charges, and then the non-cash and related tax impacts in the same period. We believe that EBITDAX, Adjusted net income (loss), and Adjusted net income (loss) per share and other similar measures are useful to investors because they are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in the oil and gas sector and will provide investors with a useful tool for assessing the comparability between periods, among securities analysts, as well as company by company. Because EBITDAX, Adjusted net income (loss), and Adjusted net income (loss) per share excludes some, but not all, items that affect net income, these measures as presented by us may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that Kosmos expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Kosmos’ estimates and forward-looking statements are mainly based on its current expectations and estimates of future events and trends, which affect or may affect its businesses and operations. Although Kosmos believes that these estimates and forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, they are subject to several risks and uncertainties and are made in light of information currently available to Kosmos. When used in this press release, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,” “expect,” “plan,” “will” or other similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of Kosmos, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. Further information on such assumptions, risks and uncertainties is available in Kosmos’ Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings. Kosmos undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update or correct these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release, except as required by applicable law. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.


News Article | May 8, 2017
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Yakaar-1 is the first well in a series of four independent tests of the basin floor fan fairways, outboard of the proven slope channel trend opened with the Tortue-1 discovery. Located in the Cayar Offshore Profond block approximately 95 kilometers northwest of Dakar in nearly 2,550 meters of water, the well has been drilled to a total depth of approximately 4,700 meters. Yakaar-1 intersected a gross hydrocarbon column of 120 meters (394 feet) in three pools within the primary Lower Cenomanian objective and encountered 45 meters (148 feet) of net pay. Well results confirm the presence of thick, stacked, reservoir sands over a very large area with very good porosity and permeability. Andrew G. Inglis, chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Kosmos has a 100 percent success rate in the basin with six consecutive successful exploration and appraisal wells drilled to date, confirming that our geologic model and geophysical tools are well calibrated. Yakaar-1 discovered a major gas resource. Together with the Teranga – 1 discovery made last year, we believe this resource will support a second cost-competitive LNG hub. The result also confirms our view of the potential scale of the petroleum system offshore Mauritania and Senegal, in particular the basin floor fan systems which have now been further de – risked, with the well demonstrating that reservoir and trap both work in these previously untested fairways.” Kosmos estimates Yakaar-1 discovered a gross Pmean gas resource of approximately 15 trillion cubic feet (Tcf), in-line with pre-drill expectations. Preliminary analysis of gas samples conducted on the rig suggest the well encountered a gas with a condensate-to-gas ratio (CGR) in the range previously encountered at Tortue and Teranga, approximately 15-30 barrels per million standard cubic feet. An appraisal program is being planned to delineate the Yakaar discovery. After completion of operations on the Yakaar-1 well, the Atwood Achiever will mobilize to the Tortue-1 well to conduct a drill stem test (DST) on the Tortue discovery, enabling the commencement of Front End Engineering Design (FEED) in the second half of 2017, Final Investment Decision (FID) in 2018 and first gas in 2021. Kosmos will provide additional information about the Yakaar-1 discovery during its first quarter 2017 conference call on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. The call will be available via telephone and webcast. Kosmos and BP each presently holds an effective 30% participating interest in the Cayar Offshore Profond license as a result of their respective ownership in our joint venture company, Kosmos BP Senegal Limited. As has been previously announced, BP has entered into an agreement to acquire an additional 30% participating interest from Timis Corporation, subject to government approval. The national oil company Société des Pétroles du Sénégal (Petrosen) holds 10%. Kosmos is a leading independent oil and gas exploration and production company focused on frontier and emerging areas along the Atlantic Margins. Our assets include existing production and development projects offshore Ghana, large discoveries and significant further hydrocarbon exploration potential offshore Mauritania and Senegal, as well as exploration licenses with significant hydrocarbon potential offshore Sao Tome and Principe, Suriname, Morocco and Western Sahara. As an ethical and transparent company, Kosmos is committed to doing things the right way. The Company’s Business Principles articulate our commitment to transparency, ethics, human rights, safety and the environment. Read more about this commitment in the Kosmos 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report. For additional information, visit www.kosmosenergy.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that Kosmos expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Kosmos’ estimates and forward-looking statements are mainly based on its current expectations and estimates of future events and trends, which affect or may affect its businesses and operations. Although Kosmos believes that these estimates and forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, they are subject to several risks and uncertainties and are made in light of information currently available to Kosmos. When used in this press release, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,” “expect,” “plan,” “will” or other similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of Kosmos, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. Further information on such assumptions, risks and uncertainties is available in Kosmos’ Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings. Kosmos undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update or correct these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release, except as required by applicable law. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.


News Article | February 27, 2017
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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kosmos Energy Ltd. (“Kosmos”) (NYSE: KOS) announced today financial and operating results for the fourth quarter of 2016. For the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company generated a net loss of $56.7 million, or $0.15 per diluted share as compared to net income of $24.0 million or $0.06 per share in the same period last year. When adjusted for certain items that impact the comparability of results, the Company generated an adjusted net loss(1) of $5.6 million or $0.01 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2016. “In 2016, Kosmos’ diligent execution of its business strategy differentiated the company’s performance despite a challenging industry environment,” said Andrew G. Inglis, chairman and chief executive officer. “With first oil from the TEN project, free cash flow from Ghana is now enhancing our strong financial position. Additionally, with our strategic partnership with BP in Mauritania and Senegal, the company is well positioned to deliver sustainable growth through the delivery of the Tortue gas development. Looking ahead, 2017 promises to be a transformational year as we plan to drill some of the industry’s most prospective exploration wells in our second phase of exploration targeting liquids offshore Mauritania and Senegal.” Fourth quarter 2016 oil revenues were $156 million versus $122 million in the same quarter of 2015, on sales of 3.0 million barrels of oil in 2016 as compared to 2.8 million barrels in 2015. Fourth quarter 2016 oil revenues exclude $41 million of derivative settlements. Realized oil revenues, including the impact of the Company’s hedging program, were $66.63 per barrel of oil sold in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $67.85 per barrel of oil sold in the year-ago quarter. At the end of the quarter, the Company was in a net underlift position of approximately 0.4 million barrels of oil. Other income during the quarter was $55 million for loss of production income (LOPI) insurance proceeds associated with the Jubilee turret bearing issue, which covers the production period through November 2016. Production expense for the fourth quarter was $44 million, or $14.75 per barrel, versus $30 million, or $10.50 per barrel, in the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase in total production expense was primarily attributable to selling our initial cargo from TEN, which included one-time startup costs associated with field commissioning. The increase on a per barrel basis was the result of higher expenses from the TEN field and the additional operating costs related to the Jubilee turret bearing issue. Facilities insurance modifications expense during the fourth quarter was $9 million. These costs are related to converting the Jubilee FPSO into a permanently spread moored production facility. Exploration expenses totaled $76 million for the fourth quarter, compared to $24 million in the same period of 2015. Included in the quarter were approximately $44 million of costs associated with the stacking of the Atwood Achiever as well as $31 million in seismic and geologic and geophysical costs primarily related to Mauritania and Senegal. Depletion and depreciation expense for the quarter was $74 million, or $25.08 per barrel. This was an increase from $15.98 per barrel in the fourth quarter of 2015, primarily attributable to realizing the first TEN lifting, which has a higher depletion rate than Jubilee and drove the blended rate higher. General and administrative expenses were $28 million during the fourth quarter, an 8 percent decrease compared to the same period in 2015 and full-year general and administrative expenses were down 36 percent from 2015, due to cost management and reduced equity-based compensation expense. Fourth quarter results included a mark-to-market loss of $14 million related to the Company’s oil derivative contracts. At December 31, 2016, the Company’s hedging position had a total mark-to-market value of $2 million. Total capital expenditures in the fourth quarter were $88 million. Full year capital expenditures totaled $645 million, in-line with company forecasts. Kosmos exited the fourth quarter of 2016 with $1.2 billion of liquidity and $1.1 billion of net debt. During the fourth quarter of 2016, gross sales volumes from Ghana averaged approximately 124,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd), including volumes from the Jubilee and TEN fields which averaged approximately 78,000 bopd and 46,000 bopd, respectively. The Jubilee FPSO turret remediation work is progressing, and the FPSO is expected to be spread-moored on its current heading by March 2017. This work will allow the tugboats currently required to hold the vessel on a fixed heading to be removed, which should simplify the current operation. Furthermore, a second DP shuttle tanker has been procured and is in the field in order to increase the efficiency of offloading operations. The next phase of the remediation work involves modifications to the turret for long-term spread-moored operations. At present, the partnership is evaluating options to select the optimal long-term orientation and to determine if a rotation of the FPSO is necessary. This evaluation is ongoing amongst the partnership and the Government of Ghana, and final decisions and approvals are expected in the first half of 2017. A facility shutdown of up to 12 weeks may be required during 2017. However, significant efforts are ongoing within the partnership to reduce the duration of the shutdown. Kosmos anticipates that the financial impact of lower Jubilee production as well as the additional expenditures associated with the repair to the FPSO and the additional costs of the interim operating procedures will continue to be mitigated through a combination of the Hull and Machinery (H&M) insurance, procured on behalf of the partnership, and the Loss of Production Income (LOPI) insurance procured by Kosmos. During the quarter, Kosmos continued to advance the insurance recovery process, and coverage under both policies has been confirmed and payments are being received. As of 2016 year-end, Kosmos has net approved claims of $91 million from our LOPI and H&M insurers with $87 million of cash received at year-end. After achieving first oil from TEN in August 2016, the oil production and water injection systems have been commissioned and commissioning of the gas compression and injection systems are ongoing. In early January 2017, the capacity of the FPSO was successfully tested at an average rate of over 80,000 bopd during a twenty four hour flow test. Production testing and initial results from the 11 wells at TEN suggest reserves estimates for both the Ntomme and Enyenra fields are in line with previously guided expectations. Due to certain issues with managing pressures in the Enyenra reservoir and because no new wells can be drilled until after the previously disclosed International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) ruling expected later in 2017, the operator has elected to manage the existing wells in a conservative manner to optimize long-term recovery over the lifetime of the field. However, the partnership is currently evaluating ways to increase oil production in 2017. In December 2016 Kosmos entered into a partnership with BP (LSE:BP) in Mauritania and Senegal following a competitive farm-out process. The partnership combines Kosmos’ exploration expertise with BP’s deepwater development, and LNG production and marketing experience, both important skill sets for advancing the development of the discovered gas and exploring the rest of the Mauritania and Senegal blocks for oil and liquids. In Mauritania, BP acquired a 62% participating interest in our four Mauritania licenses (C6, C8, C12 and C13). In Senegal, BP acquired a 49.99% interest in Kosmos BP Senegal Limited, our controlled affiliate company which holds a 65% participating interest in the Cayar Offshore Profond and the Saint Louis Offshore Profond blocks offshore Senegal (after closing of the exercise in December 2016 of an option to acquire an additional 5% participating interest from Timis Corporation). In consideration for these transactions, Kosmos will receive fixed consideration of $916 million, including $162 million in cash up front, a $221 million exploration and appraisal carry, and up to $533 million in a development carry. Kosmos will also receive variable consideration up to $2 per barrel for up to 1 billion barrels of liquids, structured as a production royalty, subject to future liquids discovery and prevailing oil prices. These transactions are expected to advance the development of the discovered gas resources, accelerate a multi-well exploration program to test the basin’s liquids potential and further strengthen our balance sheet by reducing our capital expenditure requirements and provide funding for our Mauritania and Senegal exploration and development program over the near to medium term. During the fourth quarter Kosmos began 3D seismic surveys over Blocks C8 and C13 offshore Mauritania which completed in January 2017. Seismic acquisition over Blocks C6 and C12 in Mauritania began in January 2017 with completion expected in the first quarter of 2017. During the fourth quarter Kosmos began 3D seismic surveys over Blocks 42 and 45 in Suriname which were completed in January 2017. The Company’s proved net reserves at the end of 2016 were 77 million barrels of oil equivalent. These volumes also include natural gas reserves of approximately 2.5 million barrels of oil equivalent, which represent only the gas anticipated to be used for power generation on the Jubilee and TEN FPSO vessels. Kosmos replaced 105% of production, on a net proved basis, primarily the result of positive revisions at TEN driven by additional technical data and analysis. The Company’s reported reserves are prepared by Ryder Scott Company, L.P., an independent reserve engineering firm. Kosmos’ previously announced $175 million net capex budget for 2017 is unchanged, and represents more than a 75% reduction from our 2015 net capex. Approximately $75 million of the budget is allocated to Ghana, excluding Jubilee Turret remediation costs which are expected to be recovered from insurance, and approximately $100 million is allocated to exploration, including seismic and new ventures costs. Additionally, in 2017 we expect one-time costs of approximately $200 million related to the rig stacking, subsidy costs and costs related to the cancellation of the previous Atwood Achiever extension which will be offset by the proceeds of the Mauritania and Senegal farm-out. Kosmos will host a conference call and webcast to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2016 financial and operating results today at 10:00 a.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. Eastern time). A live webcast of the event can be accessed on the Investors page of Kosmos’ website at investors.kosmosenergy.com. The dial-in telephone number for the call is +1.877.407.3982. Callers outside the United States should dial +1.201.493.6780. A replay of the webcast will be available on the Investors page of Kosmos’ website for approximately 90 days following the event. Kosmos is a leading independent oil and gas exploration and production company focused on frontier and emerging areas along the Atlantic Margins. Our assets include existing production and development projects offshore Ghana, large discoveries and significant further hydrocarbon exploration potential offshore Mauritania and Senegal, as well as exploration licenses with significant hydrocarbon potential offshore Sao Tome and Principe, Suriname, Morocco and Western Sahara. As an ethical and transparent company, Kosmos is committed to doing things the right way. The Company’s Business Principles articulate our commitment to transparency, ethics, human rights, safety and the environment. Read more about this commitment in the Kosmos 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report. For additional information, visit www.kosmosenergy.com. EBITDAX, Adjusted net income (loss) and Adjusted net income (loss) per share are supplemental non-GAAP financial measures used by management and external users of the Company's consolidated financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies. The Company defines EBITDAX as net income (loss) plus (i) depletion and depreciation, (ii) exploration expenses, (iii) interest and other financing costs, net, (iv) unrealized (gain) loss on commodity derivatives, (v) income tax expense, (vi) equity-based compensation, (vii) (gain) loss on sale of oil and gas properties, (viii) restructuring charges and (ix) similar other material items, which management believes affect the comparability of operating results. The Company defines adjusted net income (loss) as net income (loss) after adjusting for the impact of certain non-cash and non-recurring items, including non-cash changes in the fair value of derivative instruments, cash settlements on commodity derivatives, gain on sale of assets, and other similar non-cash and non-recurring charges, and then the non-cash and related tax impacts in the same period. We believe that EBITDAX, Adjusted net income (loss), and Adjusted net income (loss) per share and other similar measures are useful to investors because they are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in the oil and gas sector and will provide investors with a useful tool for assessing the comparability between periods, among securities analysts, as well as company by company. Because EBITDAX, Adjusted net income (loss), and Adjusted net income (loss) per share excludes some, but not all, items that affect net income, these measures as presented by us may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that Kosmos expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Kosmos’ estimates and forward-looking statements are mainly based on its current expectations and estimates of future events and trends, which affect or may affect its businesses and operations. Although Kosmos believes that these estimates and forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, they are subject to several risks and uncertainties and are made in light of information currently available to Kosmos. When used in this press release, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,” “expect,” “plan,” “will” or other similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of Kosmos, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. Further information on such assumptions, risks and uncertainties is available in Kosmos’ Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings. Kosmos undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update or correct these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release, except as required by applicable law. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.


News Article | February 23, 2017
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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kosmos Energy (NYSE: KOS) announced today that it has received government approval and completed its previously announced transaction with BP in Senegal. Under the terms of the deal, BP acquired a 49.99 percent interest in Kosmos BP Senegal Limited, our controlled affiliate company which holds a 65 percent participating interest in the Cayar Offshore Profond and the Saint Louis Offshore Profond blocks offshore Senegal.* Andrew G. Inglis, Kosmos Energy’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “ With the transaction now complete, Kosmos looks forward to working with the Government of Senegal and partners to move ahead with the next stage of our work program involving further exploration in the two blocks and seeking to produce first gas from the Tortue project by 2021.” The effective interests in the blocks offshore Senegal are now: * After completion of the exercise in December 2016 of an option to acquire an additional 5 percent participating interest from Timis Corporation in consideration for a future carry on a well in Senegal. Kosmos is a leading independent oil and gas exploration and production company focused on frontier and emerging areas along the Atlantic Margin. Our assets include existing production and development projects offshore Ghana, large discoveries offshore Mauritania and Senegal, as well as exploration licenses with significant hydrocarbon potential offshore Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, Suriname, Morocco and Western Sahara. As an ethical and transparent company, Kosmos is committed to doing things the right way. The Company’s Business Principles articulate our commitment to transparency, ethics, human rights, safety and the environment. Read more about this commitment in the Kosmos 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report. Kosmos is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is traded under the ticker symbol KOS. For additional information, visit www.kosmosenergy.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that Kosmos expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Kosmos’ estimates and forward-looking statements are mainly based on its current expectations and estimates of future events and trends, which affect or may affect its businesses and operations. Although Kosmos believes that these estimates and forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, they are subject to several risks and uncertainties and are made in light of information currently available to Kosmos. When used in this press release, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,” “expect,” “plan,” “will” or other similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of Kosmos, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. Further information on such assumptions, risks and uncertainties is available in Kosmos’ Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings. Kosmos undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update or correct these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release, except as required by applicable law. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.


News Article | November 7, 2016
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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kosmos Energy Ltd. (“Kosmos”) (NYSE: KOS) announced today financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2016. For the third quarter of 2016, the Company generated a net loss of $59.8 million, or $0.15 per diluted share as compared to net income of $60.3 million or $0.15 per share in the same period last year. When adjusted for certain items that impact the comparability of results, the Company generated an adjusted net loss(1) of $36.5 million or $0.09 per di

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