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Maurel & Prom : 2015 Annual Results

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Paris, 31 March 2016
 No. 06-16
2015 Annual Results

Key financial items

in ? M 2015 2014

Sales 276 550
EBITDA 107 352

in % of sales 39% 64%
Current operating income 9 265
Write-offs, depreciation, provision and exploration expenses -256 -113

Badwill resulting from the merger with MPI 140 -
Net income -95 13

Operating cash flow (after taxes and before change in WC) 92 311

Capex 178 331

Changes in cash flow +44 +39

Cash flow at 31/12/2015 274 229

* 47% drop in the oil prices

* direct impact on sales, down 50%, and on current operating income
* depreciation of ?256 million, including ?39 million related to drilling
* continued efforts to reduce costs and limit capex
* MPI merger
* Refinancing of the bank debt from December 2014, followed in May 2015 by the
issuance of convertible bonds (?115 million in CB 2021 bonds)
* Stability of Group reserves of 205 MMboe at 01/01/2016 (78% oil - 22% gas;
75% P1 - 25% P2)

Outlook for 2016

* Significant increase in oil production in Gabon: approximately 28,000 bopd
(at 100%, or 22,400 bopd, M&P working interest)
* Gradual increase in gas production in Tanzania to 80 MMcf per day (at 100%,
or approximately 38 MMcf per day, M&P working interest) in mid-year
* Adjustments to the work programmes in the current environment: expected
capex of $43 million for production and $17 million for exploration.

Jean-François Hénin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Maurel & Prom, said:

"When oil prices began to fall in summer 2014, Maurel & Prom took a series of
measures intended to give the Group the most robust profile in this volatile
environment. This policy was implemented on an accelerated basis throughout
2015. We made major decisions to close subsidiaries and offices, systematically
reduce the exploration risk, and merge with our former subsidiary, MPI. Today,
while all companies in the sector are suffering, our actions allow us to present
an attractive profile to investors.

To date, thanks to the vigilance and responsiveness of our teams, Maurel & Prom
takes advantage from a solid balance sheet, strengthened by significant and
diversified future cash flow. Our Gabon asset Ezanga is very high quality and
its execution risk is low. In addition, 2015 gas production in Tanzania provided
the Group with the certainty of additional cash flow, as the sale price of gas
is fixed. In addition, the rescheduling of the Group''s debt has postponed
maturity dates beyond the current crisis in our industry.

In this difficult period for all operators in the oil industry, Maurel & Prom
appears to be a solid company in this sector. The current market environment
should allow it to participate in the inevitable concentration of the sector
under good condition and to calmly plan the necessary strategic changes."

Activity in 2015

The actions and steps the Group took in 2015 to position itself in a long-term
low-price environment are reflected in a variety of items in our financial
statements, the balance sheet, and cash flow.

The drop in oil prices - down 47% compared to 2014 - directly impacted Group
sales, which stood at ?276 million compared to ?550 million in 2014, and on the
operational profitability of the consolidated entity. As a result, the gross
margin stood at 39% in 2015 compared to 64% of sales in 2014.

In addition to the decline in oil prices, the Group experienced the impacts of
shutdowns and pressure limitations on the pipeline, leading to reduced
production in Gabon''s producing fields. Maurel & Prom''s working interest
totalled 17,078 bopd in 2015 compared to 20,014 bopd in 2014.

In addition with oil production in Gabon, gas production began on 20 August
2015 in Tanzania and reached 43 MMcf per day during Q4 2015.

Since that date, Maurel & Prom has thus benefited from two complementary sources
of cash flow. Despite the sharp decline in oil prices, 2015 current operating
income was positive, at ?9 million.

In addition to focus on production activities and in response to the current
low-price environment, Maurel & Prom decided to abandon most of its exploration
activity. This resulted in the shutdown or definitive closing of activities in
the Congo, Mozambique, Syria, and Peru and in the postponement of the work
programmes including in Canada and Colombia. As result, depreciation charged to
expenses totals ?217 million.

Drilling operations have also been put on hold as a result of declining oil
prices. The drilling assets were therefore adjusted to the fair value of ?22
million, representing a non-current expense of ?39 million in 2015.
These actions, particularly the decision to abandon most of the exploration
projects and the corresponding infrastructure, accelerated in late 2015.

Finally, the merger with the former subsidiary MPI, will conduct to a sharp
reduction in overall operating costs and provides MPI with the technical support
it needed and with an opportunity to invest in safe, high-quality assets. The
merger also strengthened Maurel & Prom financially, creating an attractive
entity from which neither of the two companies benefited itself.

The Group''s refinancing, initiated in December 2014 with a bank loan drawn in
the amount of US$400 million, followed in May 2015 by the issuance of a ?115
million convertible bond and the repayment of the existing OCEANE 2015 bonds,
allowed the Group to reduce the interest expense by ?7 million compared to 2014
and extend the major payment dates to 2019.

The Group''s consolidated net income for the 2015 fiscal year was thus -?95

The Group''s activities generated after-tax operating cash flow of ?92 million.
The impact of cash timing differences, the drop in oil prices, and a lower
activity resulted in a negative working capital adjustment in the amount of ?99
million. The Group''s capex stood at ?178 million in 2015, compared to ?331
million in 2014, a significant drop of 46%. Taking account of the actions
carried out in 2015, the Group''s cash position at 31 December 2015 stood at ?274

Update on the debt at 31 December 2015

At 31/12/2015, the Group had two lines of credit:

* A line in the form of a US$400 million RCF (+ an accordion of US$250
million); and,
* A US$33 million line from Crédit Suisse.

For the US$400 million draw on the RCF, the Group was subject to a production
test calculated between 1 December 2015 and 29 February 2016. The minimum
production level likely to constitute accelerated repayment of the RCF stood at
27,500 bopd, or 22,000 bopd (Maurel & Prom working interest). Maurel & Prom met
that minimum production threshold over the period.

The Group was also required to comply, at 31 December 2015, with the net
debt/EBITDAX[1] ratio, which must be lower than 4.2 over the 12-month period
preceding 31 December 2015 (adjustment granted by the RCF banking consortium and
Crédit Suisse for the calculation of the ratio at 31 December 2015). On that
date, Maurel & Prom complied with the ratio.

At 30 June 2016, this ratio must be lower than 3, without taking into account
new terms based on the special market situation.

The Group also has two convertible bonds in the amount of ?253 million and ?115
million, maturing, respectively, in July 2019 and July 2021.

Group reserves on 1 January 2016

The Group''s reserves correspond to the volumes of recoverable hydrocarbons from
fields currently in production plus those revealed by discovery and delineation
wells that can be operated commercially. The oil reserves were certified in
Gabon by DeGloyer and MacNaughton on 1 January 2016. The gas reserves were
certified in Tanzania by RPS Energy on 31 December 2015.

P1+P2 reserves net of royalties[2] Oil (million barrels) Gas (Bcf)   MMboe

  Gabon Tanzania
----------------------------------------------------------------------- ------
01/01/2015 171.6 212.9   207.1

production -5.8 -2.4   -6.2

revision -6.4 62.0   3.9

01/01/2016 159.5 272.5   204.9
----------------------------------------------------------------------- ------
 of which P1 reserves net of royalties 126.6 134.2   153.5

or 79% 49%   75%
----------------------------------------------------------------------- ------

The P1+P2 reserves (2P) net of royalties, Maurel & Prom working interest, on 1
January 2016 stood at 205 MMboe.

In Gabon, the 2P reserves net of royalties stood at 159.5 million barrels, or a
downward adjustment of 4% compared to the reserves certified on 1 January 2015
(171.6 million barrels), taking into account annual production net of royalties
of 5.8 million barrels in 2015.

By encouraging the optimisation of the water injection programme, the adaptation
of the multiannual capex programme in the fields under development in Gabon has
already produced results. This adjustment to the initial programme allowed the
Group to consolidate its reserves despite current low oil prices and, thus, to
benefit from significant cash flow over the long term.

At 31 December 2015, the Group''s gas reserves totalled 272.5 Bcf, or the
equivalent of 45.4 MMboe. This 28% increase in P1+P2 reserves in Tanzania,
compared to the same period in 2014, reflects the results of the MB-4 well
drilled in June 2015 and the start of gas supply at the processing centre in
August 2015.

These gas assets provide the Group access to fixed and stable long-term revenue.
The sale price is US$3.07/Mcf and increases depending on inflation. Maurel &
Prom has thus ensured additional major cash flow, unaffected by oil price

For information, SEPLAT''s 2P reserves at 1 January 2016, of which M&P owns
21.37%, stood at 480 MMboe, of which 44% in oil.

Outlook for 2016

For 2016, the Group''s oil production is expected to increase compared to the
level of 2015. The Group plans to stabilise production from the Gabon fields at
approximately 28,000 bopd (at 100%, or 22,400 bopd, M&P working interest),
excluding of the constraints on evacuation, for capex of approximately US$40
million (M&P working interest). This amount also includes connection to the
Addax-Shell network to southern Gabon in the first half of 2016.

Maurel & Prom will also continue efforts to reduce costs by renegotiating
contracts and reducing the work programme. Based on this production level and
assuming a Brent price of $40 throughout 2016, operating cash flow in Gabon
should be around US$13/barrel in 2016.

The relative share of revenue from gas sales is expected to increase to
approximately 10% of the Group''s total revenue, compared to 3% (and 7% of
production) in 2015. The sale price was set at US$3.07 Mcf and increases
depending on inflation. Production in 2016 is expected to increase to a level of
80 MMcf per day, depending on calls for the supply of gas from TPDC, the
national oil and gas company. Expected capex for this purpose total US$3

Due to the low oil prices, the Group reduced its exploration programme to
minimum contractual commitments. This activity is currently budgeted at US$17
million for 2016, or a reduction of 46% compared to 2015. This trend is expected
to continue in 2017.

Audit process is still underway. The consolidated financial statements at 31
December 2015, approved by the Board of Directors on 30 March 2016, are
available on the Company''s website at

To listen to the audiocast of Maurel & Prom''s 2015 annual results, click on the
following link after 10 a.m. on Thursday, 31 March 2016:

Next publication:

28 April 2016: First quarter 2016 sales, press release after the closure of the
financial markets

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For more information, visit:
Maurel & Prom
Tel: 01 53 83 16 00

Press contacts, shareholder and investor relations
Tel: 01 53 83 16 45

This document may contain forward-looking statements regarding the financial
position, results, business and industrial strategy of Maurel & Prom. By nature,
forward-looking statements contain risks and uncertainties to the extent that
they are based on events or circumstances that may or may not happen in the
future. These projections are based on assumptions we believe to be reasonable,
but which may prove to be incorrect and which depend on a number of risk
factors, such as fluctuations in crude oil prices, changes in exchange rates,
uncertainties related to the valuation of our oil reserves, actual rates of oil
production and the related costs, operational problems, political stability,
legislative or regulatory reforms, or even wars, terrorism and sabotage.

Maurel & Prom is listed for trading on Euronext Paris
CAC® mid 60 - SBF120® - CAC® Mid & Small - CAC® All-Tradable - CAC® All-Share -
CAC PME - EnterNext(©) PEA-PME 150
Isin FR0000051070 / Bloomberg MAU.FP / Reuters MAUP.PA


[1] EBITDAX is equal to income before interest, taxes, foreign exchange gains
and losses, amortization and depreciation and other non-recurring items.
[2] Royalties payable under the Production Sharing Agreement are paid by TPDC
(Tanzanian Petroleum Development Corporation) in accordance with the agreements


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