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* Golar LNG ("Golar" or the "Company") reports second quarter 2013
quarter") net income of $59.0 million (including a non-cash gain of $47.9
million on interest rate swaps).
* EBITDA* generated in the quarter amounts to $8.2 million.
* Underlying dividends received from Golar LNG Partners ("Golar Partners")
during the second quarter 2013 increase to $16.0 million from the first
quarter level of $14.4 million.
* Spot market remains volatile and inefficient, as a result the Hilli and
Gandria enter layup in Indonesia.
* Board maintains dividend at $0.45 for the quarter.
* Golar concludes $1.1 billion
funding facility for eight of its thirteen
* Ten year FSRU time charter for the Golar Eskimo concluded with the Hashemite
Kingdom of Jordan.
* Five year FSRU time charter for the Golar Igloo concluded with the Kuwait
National Petroleum Company.
* Golar Tundra shipbuilding contract amended to include FSRU capability with
new delivery date of November 2015.
* Golar Viking continues to trade in the spot market.
Note on Accounting Treatment for Golar Partners
Effective December 13, 2012, the operating income of Golar LNG excludes the
operating results of Golar Partners. This means that the Company's share of the
Partnership's results are now split and recorded below operating income based on
the class of shares held.
Dividends pertaining to the Company's common unit holding in the Partnership,
General Partner stake and Incentive Distribution Rights (IDRs) will be treated
and reported as dividend income. Equity in Net Earnings of Affiliates will
include Golar's share of the Partnership's results in respect of the Company's
holding in the subordinated units only. Against these earnings will be a charge
in relation to amortization of a share of the basis difference representing the
fair value gain recognized upon deconsolidation. Where there has been an asset
sale to the Partnership, as was the case in the first quarter ("first quarter")
the asset concerned will be recorded at fair value and a gain or loss on sale
will be recognized within operating income. A portion of the gain or loss will
be deferred and amortized over the remaining useful life of the asset concerned.
* EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization
equal to operating income plus depreciation and amortization.
Following the IPO of the Partnership by the Company (together "Group wide") and
subsequent multiple dropdowns of a large portion of Golar's operating fleet,
within the Group wide operations, the majority of the vessels now reside in
Golar Partners. Based on the Group wide second quarter operating results, 76%
of the aggregate net time charter revenue is now sourced from vessels that are
operating within Golar Partners' corporate structure. Vessels remaining within
Golar's deconsolidated operating results are represented by the five vessels
which have not yet been dropped down to Golar Partners, including Golar Arctic
and Viking (both modern operational vessels), Gandria and Hilli (both first
generation vessels currently in lay up pending conversion projects) and Gimi
(first generation vessel which recently came off an existing charter during the
second quarter). Costs incurred by Golar in its deconsolidated operating
results include, primarily, direct operating costs of those five vessels,
general and administration costs, as well as expenses related to the build-up in
officer ranks for its newbuilding fleet and project related expenses for
prospective FLNG and FSRU projects. As the operating performance of Golar
Partners has such a material impact on the Company's over-all financial outcome,
the review for the second quarter considers Group wide results as well as the
To assist investors with prior quarter comparisons and assessments of underlying
performance of the Group wide operations, the Company is also presenting in a
table below, some consolidated operating performance metrics.
| (Including Consolidation of Golar |
| Partners) |
| Apr - Jun Jan - Mar |
| (in thousands of $) 2013 ((1)) 2013 |
| (unaudited) (unaudited) |
| Total revenues 103,817 108,874 |
| Vessel operating expenses 23,974 21,557 |
| Voyage and commission expenses 3,298 3,414 |
| Administrative expenses 6,915 5,569 |
| Depreciation and amortization 25,216 23,144 |
| Operating income 44,414 55,190 |
| Interest income 658 1,247 |
| Interest expense (11,385 ) (10,381 ) |
| Other financial items 47,547 (1,928 ) |
1. Please see Appendix A for reconciliation to the results as reported in the
condensed statements of income.
Group wide Results (including consolidation of Golar Partners)
Total revenue for the second quarter of 2013 is lower at $103.8 million against
$108.9 million for the first quarter. This primarily reflects offhire and
associated voyage costs for the Golar Winter and the Methane Princess which were
both in drydock during the quarter together, idle time for the Gimi which
concluded its short term charter in mid-June, and idle time on Golar Viking
occurring in the time between two separate charters. Partly mitigating this, the
Golar Spirit, which spent a substantial part of the first quarter in drydock,
was on hire throughout the second quarter and fuel consumption on the idle Hilli
and Gandria has been eliminated following their transition to lay-up. Whereas
first quarter offhire was dominated by unplanned idling of the Hilli and
Gandria, second quarter offhire has been mainly according to plan resulting in
an improved second quarter Time Charter Equivalent ("TCE") of $107,945 per day
compared to $94,748 for the first quarter (the laying up of Gandria and Hilli
also contributed to the improved TCE).
Direct vessel operating expenses of $20.0 million compares favourably with the
previous quarter at $20.2 million. However, additional operating expenses
related to the build-up of our officer complement for the newbuilding programme,
which grew from $1.4 million in the first quarter to $4.0 million in the second
quarter, resulted in an overall increase of $2.4 million quarter to quarter on
total operating cost. Current estimates are that operating costs related to the
newbuilding crew programme will be approximately $6.0 million in the second half
Underlying administration expenses (i.e. non-project related) of $4.2 million
are higher than the previous quarter at $3.3 million however this is primarily
due to a one-off provision relating to benefits. Project related expenses of
$2.5 million, which substantially represents the balance of second quarter total
administration costs of $6.9 million, is roughly in line with the first quarter
($2.1 million) and consists primarily of costs related to the Keppel FLNG
project, the Kuwait and Jordan FSRU's and the Douglas Channel Project.
Net financial expenses at $10.7 million are higher due to additional Indonesian
withholding tax related charges allocated to interest expense rather than
corporation tax. As with the other Indonesian taxes incurred in connection with
the vessel concerned, this withholding tax is reclaimable from the Indonesian
charterer and is therefore cash neutral. Other financial items at $47.5 million
mainly consist of non-cash interest rate swap and foreign currency gains.
Golar Deconsolidated Results
The Company's deconsolidated results show an operating income prior to
depreciation and amortization of $8.2 million with the main components being
total operating revenue at $27.9 million (down from first quarter 2013 at $35.1
million primarily due to the loss of revenue from Golar Maria following her
dropdown to Golar Partners and commercial idle days on Golar Viking), vessel
operating expenses of $12.3 million and administrative costs at $5.6 million.
The above resulted in a second quarter deconsolidated net operating loss of $0.5
The contribution to the Company's net income deriving from the operating results
of Golar Partners comes largely in the form of dividend income on common units,
its general partner stake and incentive distribution rights, which collectively
totalled $6.9 million for the second quarter and which helped the Company turn
a profit before interest and tax of $6.4 million. Dividend income shown in the
income statement does not include cash received in respect of the Company's
ownership of the Partnership's subordinated units. When all classes of ownership
are taken into account, the aggregate underlying cash dividend received during
the second quarter of 2013 is $16.0 million . This compares favourably to
dividends of $14.4 million received from the Partnership during the first
quarter of 2013 and $11.2 million received for the second quarter of 2012.
Golar reports net financial income of $1.0 million earned predominantly on the
deposit of cash balances earmarked to meet the Company's newbuild pre-delivery
instalment obligations, LC balances and project funding advances. Deemed
interest in relation to the newbuilding program is capped by the interest
payable on Golar's secured debt facilities and corporate borrowings. Interest
expense is therefore nil. Other financial items of $47.9 million relate
primarily to non-cash gains on interest rate swaps taken out in connection with
the newbuilding program.
USD 1.1 billion newbuilding facility
On July 25 the Company executed a USD $1.1 billion financing agreement ("the
Facility") to fund the first 8 of its 13 newbuild vessels and FSRUs. The
facility is divided into three tranches: A term loan of USD $450 million funded
by a consortium of lenders and guaranteed by a 95% Korea Trade Insurance
Corporation ("K-Sure") policy; A term loan of USD $450 million funded by The
Export Import Bank of Korea ("KEXIM"), and; A term loan of USD $225 million
funded by a syndicate of commercial banks (the "Commercial Tranche"). The
tranches have a 12 year repayment profile. In anticipation of entering into
this financing, the Company had previously entered into interest rate swaps to
hedge the majority of the loan such that the all-in interest cost for the
initial seven years of the facility will be approximately 3.74%.
With no requirement for contracts in place, this oversubscribed facility enables
Golar to take a more flexible and long-term approach to the LNG shipping market
and the company continues to be confident of its ability to finance the
remaining five vessels on similar terms.
To date $749 million of the total newbuilding capital expenditure has been paid.
With the Company's loan facility of $1.1 billion now in place and current cash
reserves of $146 million, this leaves the Company needing $720 million to fully
satisfy its newbuilding programme. The Company has already commenced discussions
with various financial institutions to understand its options, but with its two
newbuild FSRU's (discussed in detail below) being recently entered into long-
term charters and therefore candidates for dropdown to Golar Partners, the
Company is confident in being able to fund its remaining newbuild capital
Corporate and other matters
Douglas Channel Project
The Project continues to make good progress on the FEED for the barge based
liquefaction solution and associated land based facilities. Permitting
discussions with the Federal and Provincial authorities have been very positive
and are ongoing. It is expected that the FEED will be completed near the end of
the 3(rd) quarter or early 4(th) Quarter 2013 at which time a decision as to
whether to proceed with the project is scheduled to be taken by the partners.
Through the project's partnership framework agreement, Golar has secured a
minimum of 25% of the project equity and LNG off take.
As previously described, the project is anticipated to consist of a 0.6-0.7
million metric tonne per annum (mmpta) capacity liquefaction barge and
associated facilities. The Project's existing National Energy Board licence
allows it to export up to 1.8 mmtpa for a period of 20 years, providing for a
potential future expansion on the initial project. The total capital
expenditures for the Project (including development costs) have been previously
estimated at $500 million however the results of the FEED study have the
potential to result in an increased cost estimate. Golar's decision to trigger
its option to invest remains subject to the results of the FEED study and
satisfactory progress on requisite approvals as well as partnership and other
relevant commercial agreements. Investors should be aware that, although the
Douglas Channel Project remains very attractive as a potential investment,
several key commercial and shareholder issues remain to be clarified prior to a
final decision. Our total exposure to the Project is approximately $14.0 milion,
the majority of which is in the form of a loan for pre-FID financing,
collateralised by the project's assets.
Although the Chilean project remains subject to indeterminate delays, Golar
continues to engage in discussions with Gas Atacama and remains the exclusive
FSRU provider. In the event that the start-up for this project is delayed
beyond 2015 an additional newbuild FSRU will be considered.
On July 31 the Company announced that it had entered into a firm Floating
Storage and Regasification (FSRU) time charter with the Government of the
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, represented by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral
Resources ("the Government").
The FSRU Golar Eskimo will be moored at a purpose built structure that is to be
constructed by the Aqaba Development Corporation off the Red Sea port of Aqaba.
Capable of storing 160,000 cubic metres of LNG and delivering up to 500 MMSCFD
with a peaking capacity of 750 MMSCFD, the FSRU will connect to the Jordan Gas
Transmission Pipeline that delivers natural gas to power plants throughout the
Earnings under the ten year contract are due to commence during the first
quarter of 2015. Annual EBITDA contribution to Golar for the first five years
of the contract will be approximately $46 million and approximately $43 million
per year for the second five year term. The Government has the option to
terminate the time charter after year five, subject to payment of an early
On August 4 Golar executed a firm contract to provide the Kuwait National
Petroleum Company ("KNPC") with floating storage and regasification
services to support their LNG import operations at Mina Al Ahmadi.
With an initial term of five years, the contract requires the provision of
portside FSRU services for an anticipated nine months of the year together with
a three month window where the vessel is free to pursue spot carrier and other
short term business opportunities. Winter scheduling of the three month stand-
down period together with favorable positioning mean that the company is
optimistic for the vessels trading prospects. The 170,000cbm newbuild FSRU
Golar Igloo which delivers during the fourth quarter of 2013 will service the
contract that is set to commence in March 2014. With a total contract value of
approximately $213 million covering both capital and operating elements over
five years, Golar expects to supplement these earnings with additional hire
payments during the winter months each year.
As both this and the Jordanian contracts are for five years or more, both
vessels will be offered to Golar Partners to acquire, starting with the Igloo,
most likely before the end of the 2013. Assuming these transactions proceed,
Golar stands to benefit from increased distributions by virtue of its 51%
ownership of the Partnership augmented further by its ever more valuable
incentive distribution rights.
On a consolidated Golar Partners basis, second quarter earnings were impacted by
the scheduled drydockings of the Golar Winter and the Methane Princess. The
Golar Mazo was also drydocked during the quarter however this was revenue
neutral. Looking ahead, there are no drydockings scheduled in the third quarter
but fourth quarter earnings will be impacted by the scheduled drydocking of
Golar Arctic, which is anticipated to be out of service for 3 to 4 weeks. Once
complete, this will conclude a particularly eventful nine-month program of
dockings, the likes of which are not expected to be repeated prior to 2018.
Shares and options
During the quarter 15,748 options were exercised. A further 7,342 options were
canceled. As at 30 June, 2013 there are 557,327 remaining options. The total
number of shares outstanding in Golar excluding options as at June 30, 2013 is
The oversubscribed commercial tranche of the recently concluded eight-unit
newbuilding facility together with a near term dropdown to the MLP affirms the
Boards confidence in the Company's ability to finance its cash commitments over
the medium term. Against this background, the Board acknowledges the likelihood
of earnings volatility over the coming 18 months. The Board proposes to hold the
dividend to $0.45 and is confident of the Company's ability to maintain
dividends at this level. The record date for the dividend will be September 13,
ex-dividend date is September 11 and the dividend will be paid on or about
September 26, 2013.
Floating Liquefaction ("FLNG")
Golar's FEED study with Keppel Shipyard and its liquefaction topside partners is
nearing completion. The FEED is for the conversion of an existing 125,000 cubic
meter Moss LNG Tanker into a Floating Storage and Liquefaction Vessel ("FSLV").
The FSLV will have 1 to 4 liquefaction trains with each train being
approximately 0.6 Million Metric Tonnes per Annum ("MMTPA") of liquefaction
capacity. This will allow Golar to pursue projects with approximately 0.6 to
2.4 MMTPA of capacity. Total cost for the FEED study is expected to reach
$5.2million which is broadly in line with the original budget. The Company is
optimistic that the FEED results will verify the FSLV as being one of the lowest
cost liquefaction solutions in the market with a capital cost which is extremely
competitive against traditional solutions, and an execution window of
approximately 30 months from financial commitment. The preliminary price
indications for the project clearly confirms the competitiveness, however some
more work needs to be done in order to draw the final conclusion.
The modular nature of Golar's solution will allow the FSLV to be cost
competitive across a wide range of reserve sizes and associated production
capacity. This scalability allows Golar to pursue both large scale projects
based on 4 train FSLVs or "stranded" reserves as small as 500 Billion Cubic Feet
In addition to Douglas Channel, The Company is pursuing another project in the
Americas to export pipeline quality gas. Golar is also in discussions with
producers and host governments in four different West African countries for both
large scale and stranded gas projects.
The Board is pleased with the results to date of the FEED study and believes
that Golar's FSLV can offer the market a flexible, modular liquefaction solution
for clean gas reserves and deliver this earlier than anybody else.
LNG production problems in the Atlantic resulted in reduced demand in the West
during the early part of the second quarter. At the same time spot demand was
slightly higher in the East with projects and energy majors chartering in
tonnage to cover extra production. A lack of incoming cargoes to Spain from
Nigeria and Norway however resulted in fewer reload opportunities being offered
out. The overall reduction in available spot volumes in the Atlantic forced up
FOB prices, reducing the price spread for Far East sales. This together with
slightly lower demand from Far Eastern buyers which reduced interbasin volumes
being taken from the Atlantic to the Pacific Basin had a downward effect on
overall shipping demand. Spot fixtures during April for modern steam turbine
vessels were concluded in the $90-100,000/day range.
Improvements were noted in May as both Nigeria LNG and Snohvit started to
approach full production however these were short lived. Nigeria LNG declared
another Force Majeure ("FM") two weeks after lifting the previous one. Towards
the end of June another FM was declared when Nigeria's Maritime Agency blockaded
the Bonny terminal for three weeks in a dispute over port levies. Additional
volumes from Trinidad offered out to the market since the spring partly
mitigated the negative consequences of this.
Shipping sentiment did however pick up during May, partly due to the prospect of
imminent LNG production from Angola forcing the project to withdraw some of its
vessels from the spot market. From May until the present date a number of
players have also been bringing in tonnage to cover dry dockings. A record
number of vessels (53) were delivered by shipyards in 2008 - all of which are
due their five year special survey this year. Although most dockings appear to
have been scheduled during the summer months when shipping demand is typically
lower, there has still been a shortage of tonnage. Shipping demand was also
boosted by unscheduled maintenance on several vessels that lead to prompt
requirements proving difficult to fulfill and in some cases required creative
Spot rates remained stable during May and began to strengthen during June - a
trend that continued during July with rates for modern steam ships, particularly
those in the Atlantic, rising above $100,000/day again. The market was typified
by mismatches between voyage requirements and available tonnage, in that the
available ships were often incompatible or unable to call at the required
terminals or didn't have the necessary time available to carry out the voyage.
Lower charter rates offered on 1(st) and 2(nd) generation vessels has seen some
players continue to favor them on certain trades. These older ships make
particular sense on trades where the cargo parcel size is smaller and where
there is significant idle time, causing the rate to hold more importance than
fuel consumption. The second quarter also bore witness to several transactions
for medium term fixtures. Several steam vessels have been fixed since March for
periods between nine months and two years. Charter rates for these deals were
typically around $80,000/day. Four newbuildings were also fixed for five year
terms during the quarter - one vessel will be delivered to charterers in Q4
2013, a second in 2015 and the remaining 2 in 2016. Rates for these fixtures are
also believed to be between $75,000 - $85,000/day. Golar LNG does not find these
rate levels financially attractive and will effectively seek other opportunities
including, but not limited to, trading in the spot market. This can create
higher volatility and possible weaker short-term results until the major LNG
export facilities become operative in 2015-2016.
Far East price markers edged downwards at the beginning of the quarter as warmer
spring temperatures reduced demand in Asian markets. Demand was instead focused
on Latin American markets with both ENARSA/YPF in Argentina, and CFE in Mexico
tendering for the supply of strips of cargoes. In Argentina the typical strategy
was to repeatedly tender for a large number of cargoes and only purchase those
which had the most favorable pricing, coming back to the market for the others
at a later date. CFE followed a similar strategy with the first open tender
awarding no cargoes, and 40 cargoes being awarded in 2 tranches thereafter. The
CFE cargoes are for delivery into the Manzanillo terminal in southwestern
Mexico, creating significant tonne-mile demand. It is politically difficult to
sell additional spot volumes into Manzanillo from nearby Peru LNG. The next
alternative would be from Sakhalin (c.5500nm) where volumes are generally tied
up for Asian deliveries. Thereafter you are looking at projects that are no less
than 7,500nm miles from the import facility.
As indicated earlier, supply side Atlantic projects continued to frustrate with
two FMs in Nigeria caused by problems on the feedgas pipelines and a third due
to the dispute with the Maritime Agency. Post resolution production in Nigeria
has however been strong since the blockade and FM were lifted in mid-July.
Snohvit in Norway also continued to suffer from a prolonged shutdown that
started during the first quarter and lasted until early May. Despite a brief
shutdown subsequent to this, production does now seem to be relatively stable.
After a two year delay, Angola LNG finally produced its first LNG. The first
cargo left the Soyo plant in early June and discharged in Brazil, with a few
further cargoes loaded since. The plant will shortly shut down for planned
maintenance and reopen a couple of months later, hopefully ramping up quickly to
full and stable production.
Pacific projects have not been without their problems either. Pluto shut down
for unscheduled maintenance in late June and Indonesia's older projects are in
terminal, albeit anticipated, decline. Demand in Asia was subdued but steady as
warmer spring temperatures reduced the need for gas in the biggest LNG markets.
Some of the Far Eastern utilities quietly sought out a few spot cargoes during
the summer, which required some spot fixtures.
Demand in China and India continued to grow, with both countries commissioning
new terminals this year. India's Kochi terminal is being commissioned in mid-
August and the Ningbo terminal in China opened earlier this year. Further
Chinese terminals at Zhuhai and Tangshan are also reported to be opening before
the end of the year. New regional trades are also developing, with a private
domestic Chinese trader chartering a 90,000 cbm vessel for coastal trading.
Signs of further development in the spot market continue to present themselves.
Long term European based buyers from Nigeria LNG, such as Galp and ENEL, have
been selling strips of around six cargoes per year to the market. These volumes
are lifted FOB allowing new players to establish a presence in the market whilst
existing players can expand their portfolios beyond traditional bases. Once
Angola LNG has fully ramped up production it will have approximately 70 cargoes
per year. All of these cargoes are currently due to be sold on a spot basis.
These additional short term volumes should constitute further aid to the
continued development of the spot LNG shipping market.
On the back of strong underlying FSRU market fundamentals and Golar's on-going
superior performance in this sector, the Board has approved an addendum to the
Company's shipbuilding contract with Samsung Heavy Industries in respect of the
Golar Tundra and on July 17, 2013 such agreement was executed. In lieu of a
160,000 TFDE LNG carrier due for delivery in early 2015, this amendment provides
for the construction of a 170,000 TFDE FSRU capable of regassifying up to 750
mmscf/day for delivery in November 2015. The delivered cost of the Golar Tundra
will be in line with the company's other FSRU newbuilds. Larger storage, higher
regasification capacity and better fuel efficiency of these newbuild FSRUs has
made them the industry's preferred option for large FSRU projects (over 3.0
million tonnes of regasification capacity) and the Company is evaluating several
options for her deployment. While current FSRU demand is dominated by the Middle
East and South America, the Board believes that Asian FSRU demand will begin to
increase rapidly in the second half of this decade.
On a Group wide basis, the Board is not satisfied with the operational cash flow
from Q2. The cash flow has been suffering from a higher cost and longer dry-
docking than anticipated on two of the Partners' vessels as well as the
commercial waiting period for Golar Viking and layup for Hilli and Gandria. We
are however pleased with the overall technical performance achieved during the
quarter for both the Golar and Golar Partners vessels. The Company's commitment
to operational excellence with its in-house technical manager, Golar Wilhelmsen
Management, is paying dividends with operational up-time of over 99%. Golar's
safety record remains unblemished with a sustained 12 month rolling Long Term
Incident Frequency of zero.
The success on the Kuwait and Jordan FSRU projects, which combined will provide
over $80 million in EBITDA contribution, can be tied to Golar's decision to
commit to firm delivery dates. This allowed prompt offerings into these two
opportunities. This, together with Golar's standing as an industry leading
provider of baseload FSRU, created a strong negotiating position. In line with
our omnibus agreement each of these vessels will be offered for sale to Golar
Partners. Such transactions will, if concluded, release significant cash in
Golar LNG and generate growth and increased dividend distribution potential for
Success over the past two years in securing long term contracts for the Golar
group vessels has, following the related dropdowns, resulted in the vast
majority of time charter revenues now being sourced within the Golar Partners
corporate structure. In the second quarter Golar Partners accounted for 76% of
the group wide revenues and this figure is anticipated to grow to 84% in the
third quarter. Remaining within the Company's direct holdings are the entities
which own the two modern vessels (Golar Arctic and Viking) which at present are
the sole revenue generators in the deconsolidated Golar operating results.
Meanwhile, the Company is carrying the full cost of the additional crewing
expense for the new build programme and also FSRU and FLNG project costs.
Based on this, and with the deconsolidated Golar Partner accounts, Golar LNG is
to some extent increasingly looking like a project development company and its
long term success will be dependent on how the Company can develop and finance
its asset portfolio, conclude long term charter agreements and drop these assets
into Golar Partners.
As such, although the Group wide operating results are robust and the Company's
cash position remains strong (largely due to the proceeds of dropdowns to Golar
Partners) the deconsolidated Golar operating earnings for the coming months will
appear challenged until the first vessels being delivered out of the newbuilding
programme begin to contribute starting in the fourth quarter of this year.
Current shipping supply and demand fundamentals remain strong. However it is
likely that the estimated 35 speculative orders which will be delivered during
the next two years might exceed the demand created by the additional LNG export
facilities which will commence in the same period.
Over the longer term, with well over 100 mmtpa of new production expected on-
stream within the next several years, the Board is confident that the market
balance will return in favour of the ship owners as we enter 2015 and 2016.
The Board is satisfied with the progress made on the FEED study for the
potential conversion of first generation vessels into floating liquefaction
production units. Although, a small amount of work remains, the results appear
to prove out the concept from a commercial and technical point of view.
We will during the next months work hard in order to establish and finance a
structure where a full commitment to a floating LNG production vessel can be
made. The Board sees massive opportunities and extreme profitability in this
segment, however there is significant project completion risk for these kinds of
The Board is pleased to see the share price performance of Golar Partners. The
solid performance creates unique opportunities and flexibility for the group
including future drop downs. Golar LNG had as of August 28, 2013 , 13.4 million
common and general partner units in Golar Partners with a total value of $440
million. Furthermore, Golar also owns 5.9 million subordinated units of Golar
Partners which are due to become common units during the second quarter of 2016
and based on current unit price will have a value of $521 million. Finally, the
Company owns 100 % of the incentive distribution rights which received
approximately $1.0 million in dividend in Q2. The incentive distribution rights
are currently at the 25% threshold (including GP units). Once Golar Partners is
able to increase its quarterly distributions per unit beyond $0.5775, Golar will
receive 50% of incremental distribution. The incentive distribution rights
therefore present significant value to Golar.
The Board wants to give credit to management for already securing flexible and
attractive financing for the major part of our 13 newbuldings. With a necessary
cash break even rate to service the debt facility as low as approximately
$57,500 per ship per day, Golar will be in a strong competitive position to
generate cash and act as the leading consolidator in the LNG market.
The operating results for Q3 and Q4 will be negatively influenced by the
volatility from the trading of several of our vessels in the spot market
including commercial waiting times between cargoes. The net income and cash
generation for the future is expected to be strong, based on the likelihood
that additional assets will be dropped into Golar Partners and the fact that
the newbuildings, which will be farmed in, will have low financing cash break
The Board is confident about the way the company is positioned and financed and
sees exciting opportunities to grow the business and thereby also the
distribution to our shareholders.
APPENDIX A - RECONCILATION OF RESULTS INCLUDING CONSOLIDATION OF GOLAR PARTNERS
| (Including |
| Golar consolidation of |
| Partners Golar Partners) |
| Apr - Jun Complete Consolidation Apr - Jun |
| 2013 Basis (100%) Adjustments 2013 |
| (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) |
| Total revenues 27,926 78,299 (2,408 ) 103,817 |
| Vessel operating |
| expenses 12,311 14,070 (2,407 ) 23,974 |
| Voyage and |
| commission |
| expenses 1,780 1,518 - 3,298 |
| Administrative |
| expenses 5,587 1,328 - 6,915 |
| Depreciation and |
| amortization 8,865 16,991 (640 ) 25,216 |
| Operating (loss) |
| income (617 ) 44,392 (639 ) 44,414 |
| Interest income 1,001 259 (602 ) 658 |
| Interest expense - (11,987 ) 602 (11,385 ) |
| Other financial |
| items 47,874 (114 ) (213 ) 47,547 |
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward looking statements. These statements are
based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further
assumptions, including examination of historical operating trends made by the
management of Golar. Although Golar believes that these assumptions were
reasonable when made, because assumptions are inherently subject to significant
uncertainties and contingencies, which are difficult or impossible to predict
and are beyond its control, Golar LNG cannot give assurance that it will achieve
or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or intentions.
Included among the factors that, in the Company's view, could cause actual
results to differ materially from the forward looking statements contained in
this press release are the following: inability of the Company to obtain
financing for the new building vessels at all or on favorable terms; changes in
demand; a material decline or prolonged weakness in rates for LNG carriers;
political events affecting production in areas in which natural gas is produced
and demand for natural gas in areas to which our vessels deliver; changes in
demand for natural gas generally or in particular regions; changes in the
financial stability of our major customers; adoption of new rules and
regulations applicable to LNG carriers and FSRUs; actions taken by regulatory
authorities that may prohibit the access of LNG carriers or FSRUs to various
ports; our inability to achieve successful utilization of our expanded fleet and
inability to expand beyond the carriage of LNG; increases in costs including:
crew wages, insurance, provisions, repairs and maintenance; changes in general
domestic and international political conditions; the current turmoil in the
global financial markets and deterioration thereof; changes in applicable
maintenance or regulatory standards that could affect our anticipated dry-
docking or maintenance and repair costs; our ability to timely complete our FSRU
conversions; failure of shipyards to comply with delivery schedules on a timely
basis and other factors listed from time to time in registration statements and
reports that we have filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange
Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 20-F and subsequent
announcements and reports. Nothing contained in this press release shall
constitute an offer of any securities for sale.
August 29, 2013
The Board of Directors
Golar LNG Limited
Questions should be directed to:
Golar Management Limited - +44 207 063 7900
Doug Arnell - Chief Executive Officer
Brian Tienzo - Chief Financial Officer
Stuart Buchanan - Investor Relations
Golar LNG Limited Q2 2013 Results:
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