Just a little refresher for current shareholders and new investors regarding Romania:
The original deal struck between East West Petroleum and NIS in 2011 was that NIS would earn 85% interest in this 1,007,500-acre project by completing the first phase of work, having an estimated budget of $62,335,000 USD and proving production capabilities on the first part of the package.
This has been achieved and facilities + test production is going on as we speak at the moment, as per the most recent NIS financial report:
(see pages 5, 6, 24, 34) – All dialogue regarding Teremia is based on the land parcel with East West
Recently, East West made a deal with NIS to sell it’s remaining 15% stake in exchange for $500,000 USD and a 2.1% Royalty on production from anywhere on the 1,007,500-acre project, without any time or value cap. This makes sense because NIS is a multi billion-dollar company from Serbia and East West cannot keep up investing in such a large project. However, NIS can easily pay EW several million dollars a year from a royalty standpoint, in order to fully control and produce from this lease. Keeping in mind this is just the first phase of the project and there are many other drill targets to search for Oil/Gas.
What stops this deal from completing at the moment are sanctions from the Russia/Ukraine war. Gazprom owns a 56% stake in NIS, which doesn’t allow for the deal to be completed. In the meantime, Serbia has looked at either selling Gazproms stake in the company, or nationalizing NIS. This is because sanctions will begin for Serbia soon, based on association with Gazprom, and NIS is the largest company in country. Either solution would allow for the deal to be completed.
In the end, this royalty has tremendous value because it allows East West to generate cash flow from the lease, without any production cost risk. Payments will vary somewhat from quarter to quarter, but it would continue for quite some time.