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Friday, March 13, 2009

Communications Markets in Nigeria

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10 Mar 2009 14:19 Africa/Lagos

Nigeria is Now Africa's Biggest Mobile Telecom Market, Pyramid Research Reports

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- With more than 61 million subscribers, Nigeria has now surpassed South Africa as the largest mobile telecom market in Africa, and continued growth over the next five years is expected to trigger more intense competition among a growing number of network operators, according to a new report from Pyramid Research (, the telecom research arm of the Light Reading Communications Network (

"Communications Markets in Nigeria" offers a complete analysis of the country's converged telecommunications, media, and technology sectors based on exclusive and proprietary data from Pyramid's research in the Nigerian market. The 28-page report provides detailed competitive analysis of both the fixed and mobile sectors, tracks the market shares of technologies and services, and monitors the introduction and spread of new technologies such as WiMax, IPTV, and VoIP. The study offers a detailed forecast of the Nigerian communications market by analyzing key trends, evaluating near-term opportunities, and assessing upcoming risks factors.

Download an excerpt of this report here:

The Nigerian telecom market grew by 23 percent (in US dollar value) in 2008, generated $8.4 billion in overall telecom service revenues, notes Yejide Onabule, analyst at Pyramid Research and author of the report. "With mobile subscriber penetration at just 42 percent, Nigeria's total telecom revenue is expected to increase at a CAGR of 5.7 percent from US$8.42 billion in 2008 to $11.14 billion in 2013," Onabule says.

Since liberalization of the market in 2003, Nigeria's telecom industry has experienced exceptional growth rates, which is attracting new operators. "The bulk of service revenue will continue to come from mobile, which will generate 83 percent of total service revenue over the next five years," Onabule adds.

"Suppliers of mobile network technologies are likely to benefit from more aggressive rollouts of mobile voice and data services, and demand for CDMA and GSM base stations is expected to remain strong over the next several years."

"Communications Markets in Nigeria" is part of Pyramid Research's Africa and Middle East Country Intelligence Report Series. Pyramid Research's premium Country Intelligence Reports are the industry's best available analysis on market trends, regulatory environments, and competitive dynamics for 60 countries worldwide.

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"Communications Markets in Nigeria" is priced at $990 and can be purchased online here or through Dave Williams via email at or telephone at +1 858-485-8870.

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About Pyramid Research

Pyramid Research ( offers practical solutions to the complex demands our clients face in the telecommunications, media, and technology industries. Our analysis is uniquely positioned at the intersection of emerging markets, emerging technologies, and emerging business models, powered by the bottom-up methodology of our market forecasts for over 100 countries - a distinction that has remained unmatched for over 25 years. As the telecom research arm of the Light Reading Communications Network, Pyramid Research works with Heavy Reading, providing the communications industry's most comprehensive market data, trusted research, and insightful technology analysis.

About Light Reading

Founded in 2000, Light Reading ( is the leading online media, research, and focused event company serving the $3 trillion worldwide communications market. is the ultimate source for technology and financial analysis of the communications industry, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. Light Reading's research arms, Heavy Reading and Pyramid Research, provide the most comprehensive communications research, market data, and technology analysis in close to 100 markets around the world. Light Reading produces nearly 20 targeted communications events including TelcoTV, Ethernet Expo New York and Ethernet Expo London, The Tower Summit @ CTIA, and Optical Expo, as well as focused one-day events tailored for cable, mobile, and wireline executives. Light Reading was acquired by United Business Media in August 2005 and operates as a unit of TechWeb.

About TechWeb

TechWeb (, the global leader in business technology media, is an innovative business focused on serving the needs of technology decision-makers and marketers worldwide. TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market. Today, more than 13.3 million* business technology professionals actively engage in our communities created around our global face-to-face events, Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat, and VoiceCon; online resources such as the TechWeb Network, Light Reading, Intelligent Enterprise,,, and The Financial Technology Network; and the market leading, award-winning InformationWeek, TechNet Magazine, MSDN Magazine, and Wall Street & Technology magazines. TechWeb also provides end-to-end services including next-generation performance marketing, integrated media, research, and analyst services. TechWeb is a division of United Business Media, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.

*13.3 million business decision-makers: based on number of monthly connections About United

About United Business Media Limited (

United Business Media Limited (UBM) is a global media and marketing services company that informs markets and brings the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print, and with the information they need to do business successfully. UBM serves professional and commercial communities, from IT professionals to doctors, from journalists to jewelry dealers, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. UBM employs more than 6,500 people in more than 30 countries. UBM's businesses operating in the US include CMPMedica, Commonwealth Business Media, Everything Channel, PR Newswire, RISI, TechInsights, TechWeb and Think Services. UBM is listed on the London Stock Exchange (UBM.L) and has a market capitalization of $2.5 billion.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Addax Petroleum Announces Record Results for 2008

4 Mar 2009 16:08 Africa/Lagos

Addax Petroleum Announces Record Results for 2008

CALGARY, Canada, March 4/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

- 41 per cent increase in Funds Flow From Operations to US$1,850 million
- 63 per cent increase in Net Income to US$784 million
- 8 per cent increase in Production to 136.5 Mbbl/d
- 20 per cent increase in Proved plus Probable Reserves to 536.7 MMbbl

Addax Petroleum Corporation ("Addax Petroleum" or the "Corporation") (TSX:AXC and LSE:AXC), today announced its results for the year ended December 31, 2008. The financial results are prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP and the reporting currency is US dollars.

A conference call will be held for analysts and investors today Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 4:00 p.m. London, U.K. Time. Full details can be found at the end of this announcement.

CEO's Comment

Commenting today, Addax Petroleum's President and Chief Executive Officer, Jean Claude Gandur, said: "I take great pleasure to report that Addax Petroleum's 2008 performance has resulted in another year of record operational performance, robust reserves growth and a significant increase in our prospective oil resources. Despite a challenging environment in the fourth quarter of 2008, Addax Petroleum achieved record production of 142.5 Mbbl/d in the quarter and ended the year with a significant discovery at the Njaba prospect. We advanced our early entrant position in the rapidly developing Kurdistan Region of Iraq through the completion of a 30 Mbbl/d facility which is expected to translate into first commercial oil production later this year. In recognition of the current challenging environment, we have undertaken an aggressive cost control program and are prudently managing our business to protect our balance sheet and maintain ongoing liquidity. Addax Petroleum has operated successfully in previous low oil price environments similar to the one we are currently experiencing today and is positioning itself to do so again. I would like to thank our employees, management, board of directors, business partners and shareholders for their support and contribution to Addax Petroleum's outstanding performance in 2008."

- Petroleum sales before royalties in 2008 amounted to US$4,607 million,an increase of 35 per cent over petroleum sales before royalties of US$3,412 million in 2007.

The increase in petroleum sales before royalties was primarily driven by a 29 per cent increase in average crude oil sales price in 2008 to US$94.38 per barrel (/bbl)as compared to US$72.94/bbl realized in 2007 and an increase of 8 per cent in the
average gross working interest oil production. The Corporation experienced a build up of crude oil inventory in the fourth quarter of approximately 540 Mbbl (equivalent to approximately 5.9 Mbbl/d) as production volumes exceeded sales volumes. This crude oil inventory is expected to decline in the first half of 2009.

- Funds Flow From Operations for the fourth quarter of 2008 decreased 26 per cent to US$318 million (US$2.03 per basic share) compared to US$428 million (US$2.75 per basic share) in the fourth quarter of 2007.

On an annual basis, Funds Flow From Operations for 2008 increased 41 per cent to US$1,850 million (US$11.86 per basic share) compared to US$1,313 million (US$8.45 per basic share) in 2007.

- Net Income for the fourth quarter of 2008 decreased 98 per cent to US$3 million (US$0.02 per basic share) compared to US$180 million (US$1.16 per basic share) in the fourth quarter of 2007. On an annual basis, Net Income for 2008 increased 63 per cent to US$784 million (US$5.03 per basic share) compared to US$482 million (US$3.10 per basic share) in 2007.

- Capital expenditures, excluding corporate and acquisition costs, totaled US$521 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 and were comprised of US$406 million for development and US$115 million for exploration and appraisal activities. Capital expenditures, excluding corporate and acquisition costs, increased by 56 per cent to US$1,694 million in 2008 from US$1,088 million in 2007. Development capital expenditures totaled US$1,376 million in 2008, an increase of 67 per cent over development capital expenditure of US$822 million in 2007. Exploration and appraisal capital expenditures totaled US$318 million in 2008, a 20 per cent increase over exploration and appraisal capital expenditures of US$266 million in 2007.

- Corporate and acquisition costs associated with new business activities were US$82 million in 2008 as compared to US$84 million in 2007. New business activities included the acquisition of four new exploration license areas for the Corporation's property portfolio, the increase of the Corporation's working interest in one exploration license area and the commencement of an integrated gas utilization project in Nigeria.

- Bank debt increased in 2008 by US$250 million to US$1,200 million and is currently drawn under two facilities that consist of a US$1.6 billion senior secured reducing revolving borrowing base facility (of which US$1.3 billion can be drawn as debt) and a US$500 million senior unsecured revolving facility that was entered into during the year.

- Average gross working interest oil production in 2008 was 136,450 bbl/d, an increase of approximately 8 per cent over the 2007 average production of 125,940bbl/d. Average oil production for 2008 included 107,980 bbl/d from Nigeria and 28,470 bbl/d from Gabon.

- Total gross working interest proved plus probable reserves, as evaluated in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 by Netherland, Sewell & Associates("NSAI") as at December 31, 2008, increased by approximately 20 per cent to 536.7 MMbbl from 446.7 MMbbl as at December 31, 2007. The Corporation did not make reserves acquisitions or disposals during the year and the 2008 reserve additions arose primarily from the Corporation's operational activity, including extensions and discoveries. Proved reserves decreased by 8 per cent in the same period as NSAI has not assigned proved reserves to wells without production test results. Addax Management elected not to test the Kita Marine appraisal wells in 2008, where 34.0 MMbbl of proved plus probable (2P) reserves were added during the year, given Addax Petroleum had previously tested the initial discovery in 2007 and has adequate data to submit a Field Development Plan to the Government. Similarly, 42.0 MMbbl of 2P
reserves were added from the Njaba well but there were no proved (1P) reserves booked due to the fact that the well was drilled late in the year and had not been production tested within the year. Management expects a portion of these reserves to be reclassified as 1P reserves through additional drilling in 2009.

- The Corporation's overall 2008 reserves replacement ratio was 281 per cent. The reserves replacement ratio is calculated by dividing the gross working interest 2P reserve additions of 140.0 MMbbl (before deduction of 2008 production of 49.9 MMbbl) by the 2008 production.

- Development project highlights in 2008 include:


- drilled 12 successful new development wells offshore, 10 in OML123 and two in OML126, all of which were placed on production during the year;

- drilled two successful new development wells onshore in OML124, all of which were placed on production during the year;

- initial production from the Inagha field in OML123; and,

- ongoing full field development at the Adanga North Horst field in OML123 and at the Okwori field in OML126.


The Corporation declared and paid aggregate dividends in 2008 of CDN$0 .40 per share. A dividend of CDN$0.10 per share was declared on March 3, 2009, payable on April 2, 2009 to shareholders of record on March 19, 2009. In accordance with Canada Revenue Agency Guidelines, dividends paid by the Corporation during the period are eligible dividends.

Recent Developments

In January 2009, the Corporation announced a significant discovery from the Njaba 2 well in the eastern part of the OML124 license area in Nigeria. The discovery resulted in Addax Petroleum booking 42.0 MMbbl of probable reserves from this well as at December 31, 2008.

In January 2009, the Corporation commenced production from the Ebouri field in the Etame Marin license area, offshore Gabon.

In February 2009, the operator completed drilling the North Etame exploration well in the Corporation's Etame Marin license area offshore Gabon. The well encountered lower than anticipated hydrocarbons, was water bearing and is expected to be plugged and abandoned.

2009 Outlook & Capital Budget

For 2009, Addax Petroleum has budgeted total capital expenditures of approximately US$1.6 billion (excluding acquisitions), which are expected to result in total production averaging between 140 Mbbl/d to 145 Mbbl/d from its Nigeria and Gabon operations. This budget is consistent with the Corporation's philosophy of funding capital expenditures from internally generated cash flow and has been determined using the average Brent Crude price of US$60/bbl. Should the prevailing Brent Crude price continue to be below US$60/bbl for the balance of 2009, Addax Petroleum intends, and has the flexibility, to reduce its capital expenditures such that total capital expenditures continue to be funded by internally generated cash flow. An average Brent Crude price of US$40/bbl would result in a reduction of capital expenditures to approximately US$1 billion and the associated reduced drilling and facilities expenditures would result in Addax Petroleum's total production for 2009 averaging between 132 Mbbl/d and 137 Mbbl/d.

Regulatory Filings

This announcement coincides with the filing with the Canadian and U.K. securities regulatory authorities of Addax Petroleum's Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2008 and related Management's Discussion and Analysis, as well as Addax Petroleum's Annual Information Form including the Corporation's Statement of Reserves Data and Other Information, Report of the Independent Qualified Reserves Evaluator and Report of Management and Directors. Copies of these documents may be obtained via, and the Corporation's website,

Analyst Conference Call

Financial analysts are invited to participate in a conference call today Wednesday, March, 4, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 4:00 p.m. London, U.K. time with Mr. Jean Claude Gandur, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Michael Ebsary, Chief Financial Officer and Mr. James Pearce, Chief Operating Officer. The media and shareholders may participate on a listen only basis. To participate in the conference call, please dial one of the following:

Toronto: 416-644-3420
Toll-free (Canada and the US): 1-800-731-5319
Toll-free (UK): 00-800-2288-3501
Toll-free (Switzerland): 00-800-2288-3501

A replay of the call will be available at +1-(416)-640-1917 or +1-(877)-289-8525, passcode 21296229 followed by the number sign until Wednesday, March 18, 2009.

Capital Markets Day

Addax Petroleum will host a Capital Markets Day presentation to financial analysts and investors on Monday, March 23, 2009 in London, UK and Tuesday, March 24, 2008 in Toronto, Canada. The Corporation's senior management team will discuss the Corporation's most recent operating results and expectations regarding future operations. A live webcast of the presentations will be made available and the Capital Markets Day presentation materials will be available on the Corporation's website at prior to the event. Interested attendees are encouraged to contact any of the individuals listed at the end of this announcement in order to register in advance.

Reader Advisory Regarding Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements contained in this news release, including statements related to future capital expenditures, business strategy and goals, future commodity prices, reserves and resources estimates, drilling plans, development plans and schedules, future seismic activity, production levels and sources of growth thereof, results of exploration activities and dates that areas may come on-stream, royalties payable, contingent liabilities and statements that contain words such as "may", "will", "would ", "could", "should", "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "expect", "plan", "estimate", "budget", "outlook", "propose", "project", and statements relating to matters that are not historical fact constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation.

Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties attendant with oil and gas operations, and other factors, which include, but are not limited to: imprecision of reserves and resources estimates; ultimate recovery of reserves; commodity prices; general economic, market and business conditions; industry capacity; competitive action by other companies; refining and market margins; the ability to produce and transport crude oil and natural gas to markets; weather and climate conditions; results of exploration and development drilling and other related activities; fluctuation in interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates; ability of suppliers to meet commitments; actions by governmental authorities, including increases in taxes; decisions or approvals of administrative tribunals; changes in environmental and other regulations; international political events; and expected rates of return. More specifically, production may be affected by exploration success, start-up timing and success, facility reliability, reservoir performance and natural decline rates, water handling and drilling progress. Capital expenditures may be affected by cost pressures associated with new capital projects, including labour and material supply, project management, drilling rig rates and availability and seismic costs.

The Corporation's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements if the assumptions underlying them prove incorrect, or if one or more of the uncertainties or risks described above materializes. Risk factors are discussed in greater detail in filings made by Addax Petroleum with the Canadian provincial securities commissions.

Readers are strongly cautioned that the above list of factors affecting forward-looking information is not exhaustive. Further, forward- looking statements are made as at the date they are given and, except as required by applicable law, Addax Petroleum does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or otherwise. The forward-looking statements contained in this new release are expressly qualified by this advisory.

Non-GAAP Measures

Addax Petroleum defines "Funds Flow From Operations" or "FFFO" as net cash from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital. Management believes that in addition to net income, FFFO is a useful measure as it demonstrates Addax Petroleum's ability to generate the cash necessary to repay debt or fund future growth through capital investment. Addax Petroleum also assesses its performance utilizing Operating Netbacks which it defines as the per barrel pre-tax profit margin associated with the production and sale of crude oil and is calculated as the average realized sales price less royalties and operating expenses, on a per barrel basis. FFFO and Operating Netback are not recognized measures under Canadian GAAP. Readers are cautioned that these measures should not be construed as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operating activities determined in accordance with Canadian GAAP or as an indication of Addax Petroleum's performance. Addax Petroleum's method of calculating these measures may differ from other companies and accordingly, it may not be comparable to measures used by other companies.

For further information: Mr. Michael Ebsary, Chief Financial Officer, Tel.: +41(0)22-702-94-03,; Mr. Craig Kelly, Investor Relations, Tel.: +41(0)22-702-95-68,; Mr. Chad O'Hare, Investor Relations, Tel.: +41(0)22-702-94-10, chad.o'; Ms. Marie-Gabrielle Cajoly, Press Relations, Tel.: +41(0)22-702-94-44,; Mr. Nick Cowling, Press Relations, Tel.: +1-416-934-80-11,; Mr. Mark Antelme, Press Relations, Tel.: +44(0)20-3178-6242,

Source: Addax Petroleum Corporation

For further information: Mr. Michael Ebsary, Chief Financial Officer, Tel.: +41(0)22-702-94-03,; Mr. Craig Kelly, Investor Relations, Tel.: +41(0)22-702-95-68,; Mr. Chad O'Hare, Investor Relations, Tel.: +41(0)22-702-94-10, chad.o'; Ms. Marie-Gabrielle Cajoly, Press Relations, Tel.: +41(0)22-702-94-44,; Mr. Nick Cowling, Press Relations, Tel.: +1-416-934-80-11,; Mr. Mark Antelme, Press Relations, Tel.: +44(0)20-3178-6242,


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