Teekay LNG Partners Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results
November 12, 2020 at 02:00 AM EST
HAMILTON, Bermuda, Nov. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Teekay GP L.L.C., the general partner (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 September 30, 2020.
Consolidated Financial Summary
Third Quarter of 2020 Compared to Second Quarter of 2020
GAAP net income and non-GAAP adjusted net income attributable to the partners and preferred unitholders were lower for the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2020, primarily due to more scheduled drydockings and higher planned repairs and maintenance expenses during the third quarter of 2020, as well as lower earnings from the redeployment of three, 52 percent-owned liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers at lower charter rates, one of which was rechartered at a higher rate in October 2020. These decreases were partially offset by lower net interest expense and a decrease in general and administrative expenses.
In addition, GAAP net income was negatively impacted by unrealized credit loss provisions related to the adoption of the new accounting standard (ASC 326) at the beginning of 2020 as a result of a decline in the estimated charter-free values of certain types of LNG carriers. This decrease to GAAP net income was partially offset by unrealized gains on non-designated derivative instruments in the third quarter of 2020, compared to unrealized losses in the second quarter of 2020, and a decrease in unrealized foreign currency exchange losses.
Third Quarter of 2020 Compared to Third Quarter of 2019
GAAP net income and non-GAAP adjusted net income attributable to the partners and preferred unitholders were positively impacted for the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared to the same quarter of the prior year, primarily due to: additional earnings from the delivery of three 50 percent-owned LNG carrier newbuildings in late-2019 and the commencement of terminal use payments to the Partnership’s 30 percent-owned Bahrain LNG Terminal; fewer off-hire days and lower net interest expense; partially offset by lower earnings as a result of the sale of non-core vessels and lower charter rates earned by three 52 percent-owned LNG carriers.
In addition, GAAP net income was negatively impacted by increases in unrealized credit loss provisions related to the adoption of the new accounting standard (ASC 326) at the beginning of 2020 as a result of a decline in the estimated charter-free values of certain types of LNG carriers; partially offset by unrealized gains on non-designated derivative instruments in the Partnership's equity-accounted joint ventures in the third quarter of 2020 compared to losses in the third quarter of 2019.
“We generated strong earnings and cash flow again this quarter, despite a higher than usual number of scheduled drydockings,” commented Mark Kremin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Teekay Gas Group Ltd. “We expect our earnings and cash flows to increase in the fourth quarter of 2020 and we continue to be on track to meeting the 2020 financial guidance we provided earlier this year.”
“I’m also pleased to report that we are delivering on a number of our strategic priorities,” continued Mr. Kremin. “During the third quarter of 2020, Teekay LNG reduced its total net debt(2) by nearly $95 million, or 8 percent on an annualized basis, and reduced total net interest expense(2) by over $6 million, or nearly 9 percent, compared with the second quarter of 2020. Importantly, we expect this trend of debt reduction and declining interest expense to continue while simultaneously paying an annual distribution of $1.00 per common unit, which is well-covered by our stable earnings and cash flows. In addition, during the recent market surge in demand for LNG carriers, we locked-in the 52 percent-owned Marib Spirit on a new fixed-rate contract to early-2022 at an improved rate. We approach the end of the year with the confidence that we have already secured fixed-rate contracts for our LNG fleet covering 96 percent of 2021, providing the Partnership with high fleet utilization and stable cash flows.”
Mr. Kremin concluded, “I want to thank our seafarers and onshore colleagues for their continued dedication to providing safe and uninterrupted service to our customers during this COVID-19 pandemic. I am pleased to report that, with the reopening of many jurisdictions during the summer months, we were able to successfully transition nearly all of our crew members across the fleet.”
Summary of Recent Events
In October 2020, the charterer of the 52 percent-owned Marib Spirit exercised its options to extend the current charter by 14 months at a higher charter rate, extending the vessel's charter coverage to early-2022.
In August 2020, Teekay LNG issued the equivalent of $112 million of unsecured, 5-year notes in the Norwegian Bond market at an all-in fixed coupon rate of 5.74 percent. The net proceeds from the bond issuance were used to repay drawings on the Partnership's revolving credit facilities and as a result, the new bond issuance did not increase the Partnership's financial leverage.
The following table highlights certain financial information for Teekay LNG’s segments: the Liquefied Natural Gas Segment, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Segment and until the sale of our last conventional tanker in October 2019, the Conventional Tanker Segment (please refer to the “Teekay LNG’s Fleet” section of this release below and Appendices D and E for further details).
Liquefied Natural Gas Segment
Income from vessel operations and consolidated adjusted EBITDA(1) for the liquefied natural gas segment for the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared to the same quarter of the prior year, decreased primarily due to a reduction in earnings upon the sales of the WilForce and WilPride LNG carriers in January 2020; and an increase in vessel operating expenses due to timing of repairs and maintenance for certain of the Partnership's LNG carriers during the third quarter of 2020. These decreases were partially offset by fewer off-hire days in the third quarter of 2020 relating to scheduled dry dockings for certain of the Partnership's LNG carriers.
Equity income and adjusted EBITDA from equity-accounted vessels(1) for the liquefied natural gas segment for the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared to the same quarter of the prior year, increased primarily due to the deliveries of three ARC7 LNG carrier newbuildings between August and December 2019 to the Yamal LNG Joint Venture and commencement of terminal use payments in January 2020 to the Bahrain LNG Joint Venture. These increases were partially offset by lower earnings from the MALT Joint Venture as a result of lower charter rates earned upon redeployment of the Arwa Spirit and Marib Spirit during the second quarter of 2020 and the Methane Spirit in July 2020, and the recognition of drydock hire revenue for the Meridian Spirit in the third quarter of 2019. In addition, GAAP equity income was negatively impacted by increases in unrealized credit loss provisions in the third quarter of 2020 related to the adoption of the new accounting standard (ASC 326) at the beginning of 2020 as a result of a decline in the estimated charter-free values of certain types of LNG carriers; partially offset by unrealized gains on non-designated derivative instruments in the Partnership's equity-accounted joint ventures in the third quarter of 2020 compared to losses in the third quarter of 2019.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas Segment
Loss from vessel operations, consolidated adjusted EBITDA(1) and equity income and adjusted EBITDA from equity-accounted vessels(1) for the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) segment for the three months ended September 30, 2020 were comparable to the same quarter of the prior year.
Conventional Tanker Segment
There were no results from vessel operations for the conventional tanker segment for the three months ended September 30, 2020, as the last of the Partnership's conventional tanker, the Alexander Spirit, was sold in October of 2019.
Teekay LNG's Fleet
The following table summarizes the Partnership’s fleet as of November 1, 2020. In addition, the Partnership owns a 30 percent interest in an LNG regasification terminal in Bahrain.
As of September 30, 2020, the Partnership had total liquidity of $430.8 million (comprised of $201.0 million in cash and cash equivalents and $229.8 million in undrawn credit facilities) compared to $306.3 million as of June 30, 2020.
The Partnership plans to host a conference call on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. (ET) to discuss the results for the third quarter of 2020. All unitholders and interested parties are invited to listen to the live conference call by choosing from the following options:
An accompanying Third Quarter of 2020 Earnings Presentation will also be available at www.teekay.com in advance of the conference call start time.
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 and LPG services primarily under long-term, fee-based charter contracts through its interests in 47 LNG carriers, 23 mid-size LPG carriers, and seven multi-gas carriers. The Partnership's ownership interests in these vessels range from 20 to 100 percent. In addition, the Partnership owns a 30 percent interest in an LNG regasification terminal. Teekay LNG Partners is a publicly-traded master limited partnership 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 units and preferred units trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols “TGP”, “TGP PR A” and “TGP PR B”, respectively.
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Definitions and Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This release includes various financial measures that are non-GAAP financial measures as defined under the rules of the SEC. These non-GAAP financial measures which include Adjusted Net Income Attributable to the Partners and Preferred Unitholders, Distributable Cash Flow, Total Adjusted Revenues and Adjusted EBITDA, are intended to provide additional information and should not be considered substitutes for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these measures do not have standardized meanings across companies, and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. These non-GAAP measures are used by management, and the Partnership believes that these supplementary metrics assist investors and other users of its financial reports in comparing financial and operating performance of the Partnership across reporting periods and with other companies.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Total Adjusted Revenues represents the Partnership's voyage revenues from its consolidated vessels, as shown in the Partnership's Consolidated Statements of Income, and its proportionate ownership percentage of the voyage revenues from its equity-accounted joint ventures, as shown in Appendix E of this release, less the Partnership's proportionate share of voyage revenues earned directly from its equity-accounted joint ventures. Please refer to Appendix C and E of this release for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to voyage revenues and equity income, the most directly comparable GAAP measures reflected in the Partnership’s consolidated financial statements. The Partnership's equity-accounted joint ventures are generally required to distribute all available cash to their owners. However, the timing and amount of dividends from each of the Partnership's equity-accounted joint ventures may not necessarily coincide with the operating cash flow generated from each respective equity-accounted joint venture. The timing and amount of dividends distributed by the Partnership's equity-accounted joint ventures are affected by the timing and amounts of debt repayments in the joint ventures, capital requirements of the joint ventures, as well as any cash reserves maintained in the joint ventures for operations, capital expenditures and/or as required under financing agreements.
Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before interest, taxes, and depreciation and amortization and is adjusted to exclude certain items whose timing or amount cannot be reasonably estimated in advance or that are not considered representative of core operating performance. Such adjustments include unrealized credit loss provisions, unrealized gains or losses on non-designated derivative instruments, foreign currency exchange gains or losses, adjustments for direct financing and sales-type leases to a cash basis, and certain other income or expenses. Adjusted EBITDA also excludes realized gains or losses on interest rate swaps as management, in assessing the Partnership's performance, views these gains or losses as an element of interest expense and realized gains or losses on derivative instruments resulting from amendments or terminations of the underlying instruments. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA represents Adjusted EBITDA from vessels that are consolidated on the Partnership's financial statements. Adjusted EBITDA from Equity-Accounted Vessels represents the Partnership's proportionate share of Adjusted EBITDA from its equity-accounted vessels. The Partnership does not have the unilateral ability to determine whether the cash generated by its equity-accounted vessels is retained within the entity in which the Partnership holds the equity-accounted investments or distributed to the Partnership and other owners. In addition, the Partnership does not control the timing of any such distributions to the Partnership and other owners. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure used by certain investors and management to measure the operational performance of companies. Please refer to Appendices C and E of this release for reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA to net income and equity income, respectively, which are the most directly comparable GAAP measures reflected in the Partnership’s consolidated financial statements.
Adjusted Net Income Attributable to the Partners and Preferred Unitholders excludes items of income or loss from GAAP net income that are typically excluded by securities analysts in their published estimates of the Partnership’s financial results. The Partnership believes that certain investors use this information to evaluate the Partnership’s financial performance, as does management. Please refer to Appendix A of this release for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to net income, and refer to footnote (3) of the Consolidated Statements of Income for a reconciliation of adjusted equity income to equity income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure reflected in the Partnership’s consolidated financial statements.
Distributable Cash Flow (DCF) represents GAAP net income adjusted for depreciation and amortization expense, deferred income tax and other non-cash items, estimated maintenance capital expenditures, unrealized gains and losses from non-designated derivative instruments, unrealized credit loss provisions, distributions relating to equity financing of newbuilding installments, distributions relating to preferred units, adjustments for direct financing and sales-type leases to a cash basis, unrealized foreign currency exchange gains or losses, and the Partnership’s proportionate share of such items in its equity-accounted for investments. Maintenance capital expenditures represent those capital expenditures required to maintain over the long-term the operating capacity of, or the revenue generated by, the Partnership’s capital assets. DCF is a quantitative standard used in the publicly-traded partnership investment community and by management to assist in evaluating financial performance. Please refer to Appendix B of this release for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure reflected in the Partnership’s consolidated financial statements.
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This release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) which reflect management’s current views with respect to certain future events and performance, including statements, among other things, regarding: the impact of COVID-19 and related global events on the Partnership's operations and cash flows; expected increase in the Partnership’s earnings and cash flows commencing in the fourth quarter of 2020; the Partnership’s ability to achieve previously disclosed financial guidance for 2020; fixed charter coverage for the Partnership's LNG fleet for the remainder of 2020 and 2021; the Partnership's operational performance and cost competitiveness; expected reductions in the Partnership’s interest costs as it continues to reduce its debt levels; and the continued performance of the Partnership's and its joint ventures' charter contracts. The following factors are among those that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, which involve risks and uncertainties, and that should be considered in evaluating any such statement: changes in production of LNG or LPG, either generally or in particular regions; changes in trading patterns or timing of start-up of new LNG liquefaction and regasification projects significantly affecting overall vessel tonnage requirements; changes in applicable industry laws and regulations and the timing of implementation of new laws and regulations; the potential for early termination of long-term contracts of existing vessels in the Partnership's fleet; higher than expected costs and expenses, including as a result of off-hire days or dry-docking requirements; delays in the Partnership’s ability to successfully and timely complete dry dockings; general market conditions and trends, including spot, multi-month and multi-year charter rates; inability of customers of the Partnership or any of its joint ventures to make future payments under contracts; potential further delays to the formal commencement of commercial operations of the Bahrain Regasification Terminal; the inability of the Partnership to renew or replace long-term contracts on existing vessels; potential lack of cash flow to reduce balance sheet leverage or of excess capital available to allocate towards returning capital to unitholders; and other factors discussed in Teekay LNG Partners’ filings from time to time with the SEC, including its Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019. The Partnership expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Partnership’s expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.