Edison Expands its Oil Coverage With Launch of Coverage of Canadian Overseas Petroleum

Nov 08, 2013, 04:46 ET from Edison Investment Research

LONDON, November 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Edison Investment Research, a leading international investment research firm, announces the initiation of coverage of Canadian Overseas Petroleum (XOP:TSX-V), a Canada-listed junior E&P company focused on targeting deepwater exploration prospects offshore Liberia and resources in New Zealand.

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Edison's comprehensive report, The appliance of science, was published on 7 November and examines the investment merits of Canadian Overseas Petroleum (COPL). Angus McPhail, an analyst on Edison's oil and gas team, suggests that substantial value for shareholders could be unlocked as a result COPL's recent collaboration with ExxonMobil (XOM). He highlights that the presence of Exxon gives a strong endorsement for the exploration acreage and provides financial backing, technical expertise and scope to open up a new frontier basin in the event of exploration success.

COPL is looking to increase its African exposure through producing and/or development assets in Nigeria. Based on current Liberia drill activity, we calculate a RENAV value of C$0.36/share. However, taking into consideration the play-opening potential of its Liberia block, a risked M&A valuation of C$1.60/share in the event of exploration success is anticipated.

For the full report see: http://www.edisoninvestmentresearch.com/research/company/canadian-overseas-petroleum

The launch of coverage on Canadian Overseas Petroleum marks a further expansion of Edison's worldwide oil and gas coverage. Edison provides research coverage on more than 45 oil and gas companies across the UK, mainland Europe, North America and Australasia, All reports Edison publishes are available to download free of charge from its website http://www.edisongroup.com.

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About Canadian Overseas Petroleum

Canadian Overseas Petroleum (COPL) is a TSX-V-listed E&P company targeting deepwater exploration prospects offshore Liberia and unconventional resources in New Zealand. Its management team was derived from former UK North Sea-focused Oilexco, which was wound up in 2009. COPL's depth of experience in advanced seismic processing to delineate prospects differentiates it from other Africa juniors. This has been applied across its Liberian acreage, enabling it to secure a farm-out deal with Exxon.

For more information please contact: Angus McPhail, Edison Investment Research, +44-(0)20-3077-5731, oilandgas@edisongroup.com

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