Origin Energy Limited (Origin) today advised it has taken steps to reduce the Company’s exposure to low oil prices by purchasing put options on oil (Oil Puts) for the 2017 financial year and forward selling LNG cargoes at a fixed price. Both transactions are designed to mitigate a substantial proportion of Origin’s share of exposure to oil prices on volumes Australia Pacific LNG sells under existing contracts and to spot LNG prices on volumes above contracted commitments.
The Oil Puts provide Origin with the right to sell 15 million barrels of Japan Customs-cleared Crude (JCC) at a strike price of A$55/bbl for 75 per cent of the volume and US$40/bbl for 25 per cent of the volume. The cost of the Oil Puts is $82 million after tax and will be expensed in Underlying Profit in the 2017 financial year. Any payout that Origin receives under the Oil Puts will be recognised in Underlying Profit in that year. Origin believes the volume under the Oil Puts represents a reasonable balance between risk reduction and the costs involved in achieving it.
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