Teekay LNG Partners reports second quarter 2017 results
Friday, Aug 04, 2017
Highlights

  • Reported GAAP net loss attributable to the partners and preferred unitholders of $16.1 million and adjusted net income attributable to the partners and preferred unitholders(1) of $17.9 million in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Generated distributable cash flow(1) of $40.6 million, or $0.51 per common unit, in the second quarter of 2017.
  • In June 2017, the Partnership entered into charter contract extensions for two LNG carriers chartered to Awilco LNG to December 2019; in July 2017, the Partnership extended the loan facilities associated with these vessels to June 2020, which were previously scheduled to mature in 2018.
  • As at June 30, 2017, the Partnership had total liquidity of approximately $350 million.
Teekay GP L.L.C., the general partner of Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (Teekay LNG or the Partnership) (NYSE:TGP), today reported the Partnership’s results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

GAAP net (loss) income and adjusted net income decreased in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period of the prior year primarily due to a favorable settlement in the second quarter of 2016 of a disputed charter contract termination in the Partnership’s 52 percent-owned joint venture with Marubeni Corporation (the Teekay LNG-Marubeni Joint Venture); unscheduled off-hire in the second quarter of 2017 related to repairs for an LNG carrier; lower revenues from the Partnership’s six LPG carriers chartered to I.M. Skaugen SE from uncollected hire; sales of three conventional tankers in the second quarter of 2016 through the first quarter of 2017; and lower spot rates earned for certain of the vessels in the Teekay LNG-Marubeni Joint Venture and in the Partnership’s 50-percent owned joint venture with Exmar NV (the Exmar LPG Joint Venture). These decreases were partially offset by the deliveries of two MEGI LNG carrier newbuildings between August 2016 and March 2017 and deliveries of three LPG carriers between June 2016 and March 2017 in the Exmar LPG Joint Venture. GAAP net (loss) income was also affected in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period of the prior year by various non-cash items, such as the write-down of the European Spirit conventional tanker; an increase in unrealized foreign currency exchange losses relating to the Partnership’s Euro and NOK-denominated debt; and a decrease in unrealized losses on non-designated derivative instruments.

CEO Commentary

“During the second quarter, the Partnership continued to generate stable cash flows supported by a diversified portfolio of long-term charters totaling $11.4 billion in forward fixed-rate revenues with a weighted-average remaining contract duration of 13 years,” commented Mark Kremin, President and CEO of Teekay Gas Group Ltd.

“Since reporting earnings in May 2017, we continued to execute on our portfolio of committed growth projects,” Mr. Kremin continued. “Last week, our Exmar LPG joint venture took delivery of a mid-size LPG carrier newbuilding, the Kruibeke, and during the quarter, our first joint venture LNG carrier chartered to Shell, the Pan Asia, successfully completed sea trials and is expected to deliver in the fourth quarter of 2017 at which time it will commence its 20-year charter contract. In addition, we continue to progress the financing for all our committed growth projects delivering through early-2020.”

Mr. Kremin added, “We also continue to focus on our upcoming debt maturities and I am pleased to report that, following our Awilco LNG charter contract extensions to December 2019 on two modern LNG carriers, we were able to successfully extend approximately $180 million of 2018 debt maturities to mid-2020.”

Summary of Recent Events

Charter Contract Extensions and Loan Refinancings


In June 2017, the Partnership completed charter contract extensions with Awilco LNG ASA (Awilco LNG) relating to the Wilpride and Wilforce LNG carriers. The contracts, which were previously set to expire in the fourth quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018, have now both been extended to December 2019. Awilco LNG remains obligated to repurchase the vessels either during or at the end of the charter period. Additionally, as part of this extension, the Partnership has agreed to defer charter hire payments of an average of $15,600 per day per vessel commencing in July 2017 through the end of the charter period, with such deferred amounts added to the purchase obligation price.

In July 2017, the Partnership completed loan extensions on the facilities secured by the Wilpride and Wilforce vessels. The loans associated with these vessels, which were previously scheduled to mature between the second quarter of 2018 and the fourth quarter of 2018 with balloon amounts totaling approximately $180 million, were both extended to June 2020 on similar terms.

Teekay LNG-Marubeni Joint Venture Secures Short-term Charter Contracts

In July 2017, the Teekay LNG-Marubeni Joint Venture secured short-term charter contracts on two vessels, the Magellan Spirit and the Awra Spirit. The Magellan Spirit commenced a six-month contract (plus two three-month option periods) in July 2017 and the Awra Spirit will commence a 15-month charter contract in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Operating Results

The following table highlights certain financial information for Teekay LNG’s two segments: the Liquefied Gas Segment and the Conventional Tanker Segment (please refer to the “Teekay LNG’s Fleet” section of this release below and Appendices C through E for further details).

Liquefied Gas Segment

Income from vessel operations for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to the same quarter of the prior year, was impacted primarily by unscheduled off-hire in the second quarter of 2017 related to repairs required for an LNG carrier; and lower revenues from the Partnership’s six LPG carriers on charter to I.M. Skaugen SE as a result of uncollected hire. These decreases were partially offset by the delivery of two MEGI LNG carrier newbuildings, the Oak Spirit and the Torben Spirit, which commenced their respective charter contracts ranging from 10 months to five years in duration between August 2016 and March 2017 and additional revenue recognized relating to the accelerated drydocking for two LNG carriers, the costs of which are recoverable from the charterer. Cash flow from vessel operations from consolidated vessels increased for the three months ended June 30, 2017 compared to the same quarter of the prior year as the effect of the increase in vessel deprecation from the MEGI LNG carrier newbuilding deliveries did not impact cash flow from vessel operations.

Equity (loss) income and cash flow from vessel operations from equity-accounted vessels for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to the same quarter of the prior year, were impacted primarily by a favorable settlement in 2016 of a disputed charter contract termination related to one of the vessels in the Teekay LNG-Marubeni Joint Venture, of which Teekay LNG’s share was $20.3 million; and lower spot rates earned in 2017 on certain vessels in the Exmar LPG Joint Venture and certain of the LNG carriers in the Teekay LNG-Marubeni Joint Venture. These decreases were partially offset by deliveries of three LPG carriers in the Exmar LPG Joint Venture between June 2016 and March 2017. Equity (loss) income was also impacted by a greater amount of unrealized losses on designated and non-designated derivative instruments during the three months ended June 30, 2017 compared to the same period of the prior year.

Conventional Tanker Segment

Income (loss) from vessel operations and cash flow from vessel operations for the three months ended June 30, 2017 compared to the same quarter of the prior year were impacted by the sales of the Bermuda Spirit and Hamilton Spirit in the second quarter of 2016 and the sale of the Asian Spirit in the first quarter of 2017. Income (loss) from vessel operations for the three months ended June 30, 2017 was also impacted by the $12.6 million write-down of the European Spirit.

About Teekay LNG Partners L.P.

Teekay LNG Partners is one of the world’s largest independent owners and operators of LNG carriers, providing LNG, LPG and crude oil marine transportation services primarily under long-term, fee-based charter contracts through its interests in 50 LNG carriers (including 18 newbuildings), 30 LPG/Multigas carriers (including three newbuildings) and five conventional tankers. The Partnership’s interests in these vessels range from 20 to 100 percent. In addition, the Partnership owns a 30 percent interest in a regasification facility, which is currently under construction. Teekay LNG Partners L.P. is a publicly-traded master limited partnership (MLP) formed by Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK) as part of its strategy to expand its operations in the LNG and LPG shipping sectors.

Teekay LNG Partners’ common unit and preferred units trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “TGP” and “TGP PR A”, respectively.

For more information, please visit: http://teekay.com 
Find out more about North American Oil and Gas from NewsBase