GasLog Ltd. Reports Financial Results for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2013
MONACO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- GasLog Ltd. ("GasLog")
|•||Delivery of GasLog Shanghai and GasLog Santiago ahead of schedule with concurrent delivery to the charterer.|
|•||Quarterly dividend of $0.11 per common share is payable on June 11, 2013.|
|•||For the first quarter, GasLog reports Profit of $5.9 million, EBITDA(1) of $13.9 million and EPS of $0.09.|
|•||GasLog accepted an offer letter of $160 million for the refinancing of an existing loan facility and general corporate purposes.|
Mr. Paul Wogan, Chief Executive Officer, stated "This has been a good quarter for GasLog. We continued to execute on the business plan that we outlined at the time of our IPO with the delivery of two newbuildings on budget and ahead of schedule. All four vessels in the fleet achieved 100% utilization. We announced the further growth of our fleet with the order of two newbuildings at Samsung for 10-year charter to a subsidiary of BG Group plc. We continue to be excited about opportunities both to optimize our capital structure and utilize our platform for further accretive growth."
On May 14, 2013, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per common share payable on June 11, 2013 to stockholders of record as of May 28, 2013.
Delivery of GasLog Shanghai and GasLog Santiago ahead of schedule
On January 28, 2013 and March 25, 2013, GasLog took delivery of the GasLog Shanghai and the GasLog Santiago, respectively, two LNG carriers of 155,000 cubic meters capacity with tri-fuel diesel electric propulsion constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. The vessels are chartered out to a subsidiary of BG Group plc from delivery until 2018 with charterer's option to extend the terms of the charters at specified rates.
Revenues were $21.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 ($16.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012). The increase is mainly attributable to the delivery of the two newbuildings.
Vessel operating and supervision costs were $4.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 ($3.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012). The increase is mainly attributable to the vessel operating costs of the two newbuildings and an increase in technical maintenance expenses due to the planned intermediate surveys on the two vessels delivered in 2010.
Depreciation of fixed assets was $4.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 ($3.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012). The increase is mainly attributable to the depreciation of the two newbuildings.
General and administrative expenses were $6.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 ($5.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012). The increase is mainly attributable to an increase in employee related expenses, in line with GasLog's planned growth and an increase in net foreign exchange losses, partially offset by a decrease in equity-settled compensation expense.
Financial costs and gain on interest rate swaps, net were $0.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 ($2.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012). The decrease is attributable to an increase of $3.1 million in unrealized gain on interest rate swaps partially offset by an increase of $0.9 million in other financial costs.
Profit was $5.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 ($2.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012). This increase is mainly attributable to the delivery of the two newbuildings as well as the other factors mentioned above.
EPS was $0.09 for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 ($0.06 for the quarter ended March 31, 2012). The increase in EPS is attributable to the increase in profit partially offset by the increase in the weighted average number of shares.
EBITDA(1) was $13.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 ($8.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012).
Adjusted Profit(1) was $3.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 ($2.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012), after excluding the effects of the unrealized gain on interest rate swaps and foreign exchange losses.
Adjusted EPS(1) was $0.05 for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 ($0.05 for the quarter ended March 31, 2012).
Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $11.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 ($8.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012).
(1) EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Profit and Adjusted EPS are non-GAAP financial measures, and should not be used in isolation or as a substitute for GasLog's financial results presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). For definitions and reconciliations of these measurements to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS, please refer to Exhibit II at the end of this press release.
For a detailed discussion of GasLog's financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, please refer to the Financial Report for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2013, furnished on Form 6-K to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Q1 6-K").
Contracted Charter Revenues
GasLog's contracted charter revenues are estimated to increase from $56 million for the fiscal year 2012 to $234 million for the fiscal year 2016, based on contracts in effect as of today for the ten ships in GasLog's owned fleet for which time charters have been secured, including contracts for six newbuildings that are scheduled to be delivered on various dates in 2013, 2014 and 2016. For further details please refer to the Q1 6-K.
Liquidity and Financing
As of March 31, 2013, GasLog had cash and cash equivalents of $63 million and short-term investments in time deposits of $72.3 million.
As of March 31, 2013, GasLog had an aggregate of $521.2 million of indebtedness outstanding under three credit agreements, of which $130.7 million is repayable within one year. GasLog has accepted an offer letter for a term loan facility of $110 million and a revolving credit facility of up to $50 million for the purpose of refinancing an existing facility of an outstanding amount of $105.6 million, presented under current debt, and for general corporate purposes. In addition there are three loan facilities with an aggregate undrawn amount of $856 million that will be used to partially finance the delivery of six newbuildings.
GasLog's current commitments for capital expenditures are related to the eight LNG carriers on order, which have a gross aggregate contract price of approximately $1.57 billion. As of March 31, 2013, the total remaining balance of the contract prices of the eight newbuildings on order was $1.4 billion, that will be funded with available cash, cash from operations, existing debt and other financings.
GasLog's expected floating interest rate exposure has been hedged at a weighted average interest rate of approximately 4.3% (including margin) as of March 31, 2013.
As of March 31, 2013 GasLog has eight newbuildings on order at Samsung Heavy Industries. The six vessels presently under construction were on schedule and within budget.Three of the vessels under construction are scheduled to be delivered within 2013.
The four on-the-water ships in GasLog's fleet as of March 31, 2013, currently on multi-year charters to a subsidiary of BG Group plc, performed without any off-hire during the quarter ended March 31, 2013, thereby achieving full utilization for the period.
As of March 31, 2013 GasLog continued to hold priced options for four additional LNG carriers at Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd.
LNG Industry Update
GasLog believes the current supply and demand dynamics of the LNG industry are positive for LNG shipping. There continues to be progress on new LNG production projects, and the new volumes and potentially greater voyage distances should create increased requirements for LNG carriers.
The first quarter of 2013 saw a decrease in the short term rates for LNG ships. This has been attributed by observers to production disruption at a small number of LNG plants, leading to a lack of available spot cargoes and an availability of ships.
The long-term fundamentals for LNG production, continue to look strong. Two export projects under construction, Sabine Pass in the USA and Australia Pacific LNG in Australia, have both announced they are on track to start producing either on, or slightly ahead of schedule. More companies have signed up for prospective LNG supply volumes from the USA. We have seen further progress offshore East Africa and a continued expectation that this region will become a major LNG export hub in the next decade.
We have seen some older technology ships continue to experience idle time. However, on a historical basis LNG shipping rates remain firm, and we expect this firmness to be reflected in the longer-term charter market.
GasLog believes the robust development of new LNG supply projects and growing global demand for natural gas is likely to drive the need for more LNG carriers. LNG project developers are typically large multinational oil and gas companies with exacting standards for safety and reliability. In addition, we continue to expect a preference for the latest technology in ship design and propulsion. GasLog believes first class charterers will continue to engage experienced LNG shipowners to provide high quality LNG carriers for multi-year charter requirements.
GasLog believes the strong fundamentals of the LNG industry will provide significant growth opportunities for GasLog's high quality LNG shipping operations. We will continue to focus on delivering the growth of the business, through the on-time delivery of the newbuilding fleet, while ensuring full utilization of the existing ships. GasLog expects that the strategy of leveraging its established platform and customer relationships will aid in qualifying for charter possibilities for the two uncommitted newbuildings as well as the options it holds for four additional newbuildings. GasLog's experience and track record may also allow GasLog to explore possibilities for industry consolidation.
GasLog will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. London Time) on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 to discuss the first quarter 2013 results. The dial-in number is 1-646-254-3363 (New York, NY) and +44 (0) 203 427 1914 (London, UK), passcode is 6771517. A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on the investor relations page of GasLog's website at http://www.gaslogltd.com/investor-relations.
For those unable to participate in the conference call, a replay will be available from 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time (5:30 p.m. London Time) on May 15, 2013 until 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday May 21, 2013 (11:00 p.m. London Time). The replay dial-in number is 1-347-366-9565 (New York) and +44 (0) 203 427 0598 (London). The replay passcode is 6771517.
About GasLog Ltd.
GasLog is an international owner, operator and manager of LNG carriers. GasLog's fleet consists of 12 wholly-owned LNG carriers, including two ships delivered in 2010, two ships delivered in 2013 and eight LNG carriers on order. In addition, GasLog currently has 12 LNG carriers operating under its technical management for external customers. GasLog's principal executive offices are at Gildo Pastor Center, 7 Rue du Gabian, MC 98000, Monaco. GasLog's website is http://www.gaslogltd.com.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations of future events. If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from our expectations and projections. Risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general LNG and LNG shipping market conditions and trends, including charter rates, ship values, factors affecting supply and demand and opportunities for the profitable operations of LNG carriers; our continued ability to enter into multi-year time charters with our customers; our contracted charter revenue; our customers' performance of their obligations under our time charters and other contracts; the effect of the worldwide economic slowdown; future operating or financial results and future revenue and expenses; our future financial condition and liquidity; our ability to obtain financing to fund capital expenditures, acquisitions and other corporate activities, and funding by banks of their financial commitments; future, pending or recent acquisitions of ships or other assets, business strategy, areas of possible expansion and expected capital spending or operating expenses; our ability to enter into shipbuilding contracts for newbuilding ships and our expectations about the availability of existing LNG carriers to purchase, as well as our ability to consummate any such acquisitions; our expectations about the time that it may take to construct and deliver newbuilding ships and the useful lives of our ships; number of off-hire days, drydocking requirements and insurance costs; our anticipated general and administrative expenses; fluctuations in currencies and interest rates; our ability to maintain long-term relationships with major energy companies; expiration dates and extensions of charters; our ability to maximize the use of our ships, including the re-employment or disposal of ships no longer under multi-year charter commitments; environmental and regulatory conditions, including changes in laws and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities; risks inherent in ship operation, including the discharge of pollutants; availability of skilled labor, ship crews and management; potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, political events, piracy or acts by terrorists; and potential liability from future litigation. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other factors can be found in our Annual Report filed March 28, 2013. Copies of the Annual Report, as well as subsequent filings, are available online at www.sec.gov or on request from us. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events or developments.
EXHIBIT I - Unaudited Interim Financial Information
Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of financial position
As of December 31, 2012 and March 31, 2013
(All amounts expressed in U.S. Dollars)
December 31, 2012
March 31, 2013
|Investment in associate||6,856,144||6,854,378|
|Deferred financing costs||24,278,983||20,152,705|
|Other non-current assets||4,071,071||3,996,552|
|Tangible fixed assets||426,879,545||799,643,238|
|Vessels under construction||217,321,572||180,650,572|
|Total non-current assets||688,918,455||1,020,808,585|
|Trade and other receivables||2,431,852||2,762,175|
|Dividends receivable and due from related parties||859,121||2,082,817|
|Prepayments and other current assets||425,385||868,869|
|Cash and cash equivalents||110,978,315||63,006,246|
|Total current assets||219,849,377||141,915,686|
|Equity and liabilities|
|Equity attributable to owners of the Group||603,271,391||604,519,904|
|Trade accounts payable||1,794,300||3,685,801|
|Ship management creditors||850,680||563,360|
|Amounts due to related parties||121,663||97,649|
|Derivative financial instruments||7,144,738||7,686,087|
|Other payables and accruals||15,094,483||12,227,022|
|Total current liabilities||50,759,207||152,810,178|
|Derivative financial instruments||24,183,718||18,133,402|
|Other non-current liabilities||2,038,626||2,040,260|
|Total non-current liabilities||254,737,234||405,394,189|
|Total equity and liabilities||908,767,832||1,162,724,271|
(1) Restated to account for the retrospective application of IAS 19 Employee Benefits.
Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of profit or loss
For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2013
(All amounts expressed in U.S. Dollars)
|For the three months ended|
|March 31, 2012||March 31, 2013|
|Vessel operating and supervision costs||(3,488,188||)||(4,876,900||)|
|Depreciation of fixed assets||(3,235,208||)||(4,240,496||)|
|General and administrative expenses||(5,184,767||)||(6,614,660||)|
|Profit from operations||4,694,224||6,044,802|
|Financial costs and gain on interest rate swaps, net||(2,906,447||)||(718,400||)|
|Share of profit of associate||383,287||388,261|
|Total other expense||(2,523,160||)||(151,358||)|
|Profit for the period attributable to owners of the Group||2,171,064||5,893,444|
|Earnings per share - basic and diluted||0.06||0.09|