DNO ASA - Interim Results - First Quarter 2005

Highlights for the First Quarter 2005
 
  • Continued success from drilling in Yemen
  • Further expansion of portfolio with substantial un-risked resource potential in Norway.
  • Increase in proven plus probable reserves by 15.6 mboe to 42.8 mboe.
  • Excellent reserve economics
  • Signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Oil in Baghdad
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    - We are pleased with our achievements during the first quarter of 2005. Good progress has been made both in Yemen and Norway, which is clearly seen from our strong reserve economics. The signing of the MOU with the oil ministry in Baghdad is an important step towards a long-term presence for DNO in Iraq. Seismic acquisition within the PSA area in Northern Iraq is expected to commence in the near future.
     
    - Going forward, we will continue our efforts to add reserves at low cost. Following the recent basement oil discovery within the Nabrajah area, a further upgrade of the reserves will be made during the second quarter of 2005, says Managing Director of DNO ASA, Helge Eide.
     
    DNO had operating revenues of NOK 299.8 million (NOK 255.8 million) in the first quarter 2005, while the operating revenues in the fourth quarter 2004 was NOK 338.0 million. As expected lower production is the main reason for the reduction in revenues compared with Q4 2004, but the effect has been partially offset by higher oil prices and favorable USD/NOK.
     
    DNO achieved an operating profit (EBIT) of NOK 212.8 million (NOK 118.6 million) in the first quarter 2005. Net profit amounted to NOK 143.8 million (NOK 20.1 million).
     
    A full interim report and investor presentation is accessible at DNO's website: www.dno.no
     
    The full report including tables can be downloaded from the following link:
     
    The presentation can be downloaded from the following link: 
     
    For further information, please contact:
     
    Helge Eide, Managing Director
    23 23 84 80 or 55 22 47 00
     
    Haakon Sandborg, Chief Financial Officer
    23 23 84 80