GeoPark Limited (“GeoPark” or the “Company”) (NYSE: GPRK), a leading independent Latin American oil and gas explorer, operator and consolidator, today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.127 per share, payable on December 7, 2022, and the renewal, until December 31, 2023, of the share repurchase program for up to 10% of its outstanding shares. All figures are expressed in US Dollars.
Quarterly Cash Dividend
- The Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.127 per share ($7.5 million in the aggregate) payable on December 7, 2022, to the shareholders of record at the close of business on November 23, 2022
Renewal of Share Buyback Program
- GeoPark concluded its 2021-2022 share repurchase program on November 9, 2022, with 2,176,468 shares acquired, and a total amount invested of $29,340,864 including transaction costs
- The Board of Directors has approved the renewal, until December 31, 2023, of the repurchase program for up to 10% of its outstanding shares or approximately 5,854,285 shares
- The share repurchases may be made from time to time through open market transactions, block trades, privately negotiated transactions or otherwise, and are subject to market and business conditions, levels of available liquidity, cash requirements for other purposes, regulatory considerations, and other relevant factors
As detailed in our 2023 Work Program and Investment Guidelines, GeoPark plans to deliver another year of strong operational and financial performance, and free cash flow generation. The Company is also targeting the return of 40-50% of its free cash flow1 to shareholders through a combination of base dividends and discretionary buybacks and/or variable dividends.
Additional information about GeoPark can be found in the “Invest with Us” section on the website at www.geo-park.com.
Certain amounts and percentages included in this press release have been rounded for ease of presentation.
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Forward-looking statements that appear in a number of places in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations, regarding various matters, including expected oil and gas production, operational and financial performance, including free cash flow generation and excess cash flow returns to shareholders, timing, method and amount of share repurchases, oil prices, commodity risk management contracts, and the Company’s capital expenditures plan. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s beliefs and assumptions, and on information currently available to the management. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements due to various factors.
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update them in light of new information or future developments or to release publicly any revisions to these statements in order to reflect later events or circumstances, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. For a discussion of the risks facing the Company which could affect whether these forward-looking statements are realized, see filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
1 Free cash flow is used here as Adjusted EBITDA less capital expenditures and mandatory interest payments, after applicable income taxes being accrued in 2023 and to be paid between 2023 and early 2024.
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