Navigator Holdings Ltd. Preliminary First Quarter 2021 Results (Unaudited)
LONDON, June 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --
The Company's financial information for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 included in this press release is preliminary and unaudited and is subject to change in connection with the completion of the Company's quarter-end close procedures and further financial review. Actual results may differ as a result of the completion of the Company's quarter-end closing procedures, review adjustments and other developments that may arise between now and the time such financial information for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 is finalized.
On April 12, 2021, the Company announced the signing of a non-binding Letter of Intent with Ultranav to merge Ultragas' fleet of 18 LPG carriers and associated business activities with the Company.
In connection with the proposed acquisition of Ultragas' fleet, it is expected that Navigator would issue approximately 21.2 million new shares of its common stock to Ultranav, and assume Ultragas' net debt of approximately $197 million, as well as its net working capital. After giving effect to the proposed issuance of its new shares of common stock to Ultranav, Navigator is expected to have a total of approximately 77.1 million shares of common stock outstanding, of which Ultranav would own approximately 27.5% and BW Group would own approximately 28.4%. The transaction is subject to the execution of a definitive share purchase agreement, approval by the boards of directors of both Navigator and Ultragas, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The parties anticipate closing the transaction during the third quarter of 2021. There can be no assurance that a definitive share purchase agreement relating to the transaction will be executed or that the transaction will be completed on the terms anticipated or at all.
Ethylene Marine Export Terminal
The construction of the Marine Export Terminal was completed in December 2020. The Company made a final contribution of $4.0 million to the Export Terminal Joint Venture during the first quarter of 2021, taking the total contributions to $146.5 million for our 50% share of the capital cost of the Marine Export Terminal. The Company's associated five-year terminal credit facility is now fully drawn at $69.0 million, following a drawdown for the final $4.0 million contribution and an additional $14.0 million drawn for general corporate purposes.
During February and March 2021, operation of the 16-mile pipeline carrying ethylene from caverns at Mont Belvieu, Texas to the Marine Export Terminal suspended service due to operational issues, impacting terminal volumes for those months. Those issues were remedied at the end of March and the pipeline has resumed service.
Increased LPG and petrochemical gases exports, including ethylene, led to an increase in our fleet utilization and earnings early in the first quarter of 2021, with January 2021 utilization reaching pre-pandemic levels of 96%, in line with the same period last year. However, the extraordinary Texas freeze, which affected large parts of North America during February, shut down 80% of all U.S. ethylene production. Almost 100% of the ethylene producing plants in Texas and Louisiana were forced to abruptly cease operation as they were not designed for a subzero climate and lacked winterization contingencies. As the underlying domestic demand for ethylene derivatives was largely unaffected, pricing for U.S. produced ethylene spiked, increasing from $733/MT in January 2021 to a peak of $1,270/MT in March 2021, which resulted in a negative price differential relative to the rest of the world.
February and March 2021 saw U.S. inventories of ethylene fully drawn and the little production that was still being produced going directly to domestic downstream processing, resulting in the terminal export volumes going from a near maximum capacity in January 2021 to a low in February and March 2021, which in turn had a negative impact on our ethylene fleet utilization. Our fleet utilization reduced to mid-80% for the two remaining months of the first quarter, resulting in an overall utilization of 88.2% for the first quarter of 2021.
U.S. ethane pricing was not materially impacted by the winter freeze and it continued to be one of the most competitive feedstocks for the production of ethylene globally. While U.S. ethylene prices soared during the first quarter of 2021, they have now reduced from their peak, opening up arbitrage with both Europe and Asia, although it has taken a number of months longer than initially anticipated. We expect June 2021 export volumes to be close to those of the January 2021, and we anticipate exports for the remainder of the year to be at nameplate capacity of one million tons per annum. The normalization of U.S. ethylene prices and consequently ethylene exports are adding to the positive sentiment going forward.
The newly commissioned Repauno LPG export terminal in New Jersey, on the U.S. East Coast exported its first seaborne handysize cargo during April 2021. This added an incremental LPG supply terminal for the handysize segment. During the same month, the Company entered into four 12 month timecharter contracts with Mitsui & Co. Energy Trading Singapore Pte. Ltd. to be used for Pembina Pipeline Corporation's new LPG export facility at Prince Rupert, British Columbia, West Coast Canada. The four semi-refrigerated handysize vessels commenced their charters during the second half of May 2021, which will have a positive impact on the overall handysize sector, which encompasses only 119 vessels.
Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 Compared to the Three Months Ended March 31, 2020
The following table compares our operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2021:
Operating Revenues . Operating revenues, net of address commissions, was $80.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, a decrease of $0.7 million or 0.9% compared to $81.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. This decrease was primarily due to:
The following table presents selected operating data for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2021, which we believe are useful in understanding the basis for movement in our operating revenues.
* Non-GAAP Financial Measure—Time charter equivalent: Time charter equivalent ("TCE") rate is a measure of the average daily revenue performance of a vessel. TCE is not calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. For all charters, we calculate TCE by dividing total operating revenues, (excluding collaborative arrangements), less any voyage expenses, (excluding collaborative arrangements), by the number of operating days for the relevant period. TCE rates exclude the effects of the collaborative arrangements, as operating days and fleet utilization, on which TCE rates are based, are calculated for our owned vessels, and not the average of all pool vessels. Under a time charter, the charterer pays substantially all of the vessel voyage related expenses, whereas for voyage charters, also known as spot market charters, we pay all voyage expenses. TCE rate is a shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare period-to-period changes in a company's performance despite changes in the mix of charter types (i.e., spot charters, time charters and contracts of affreightment) under which the vessels may be employed between the periods. We include average daily TCE rate, as we believe it provides additional meaningful information in conjunction with net operating revenues, because it assists our management in making decisions regarding the deployment and use of our vessels and in evaluating their financial performance. Our calculation of TCE rate may not be comparable to that reported by other companies.
Reconciliation of Operating Revenues to TCE rate
The following table represents a reconciliation of TCE rate to operating revenues, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP for the periods presented:
Operating Revenues – Luna Pool collaborative arrangements . Pool earnings are aggregated and then allocated (after deducting pool overheads and managers fees) to the pool participants in accordance with the pooling agreement. Operating revenues—Luna Pool collaborative arrangements was $5.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, which represents our share of pool net revenues generated by the other participant's vessels in the pool. The Luna Pool, which comprises nine of the Company's ethylene vessels and five ethylene vessels from Pacific Gas Pte. Ltd., focuses on the transportation of ethylene and ethane to meet the growing demands of our customers. The Luna Pool became operational during the second quarter of 2020 and consequently there was no Operating Revenues - Luna Pool collaborative arrangements for the three months ended March 31, 2020.
Brokerage Commissions . Brokerage commissions, which typically vary between 1.25% and 2.5% of revenue, was $1.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, and $1.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020.
Voyage Expenses. Voyage expenses decreased by $1.9 million or 11.0% to $15.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, from $17.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. This decrease in voyage expenses is primarily due to a reduction in bunker prices and consumption for the three months ended March 31, 2021 compared to the three months to March 31, 2020.
Voyage Expenses – Luna Pool collaborative arrangements . Voyage expenses—Luna Pool collaborative arrangements were $4.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, which represents the other participant's share of pool net revenues generated by our vessels in the pool. The net effect after deducting Voyage Expenses—Luna Pool collaborative arrangements from operating revenues—Luna Pool collaborative arrangements was that the other participant's vessels in the Luna Pool contributed $1.1 million to our vessels to during the first quarter of 2021. The Luna Pool became operational during the second quarter of 2020 and consequently there were no Voyage Expenses—Luna Pool collaborative arrangements for the three months ended March 31, 2020.
Vessel Operating Expenses . Vessel operating expenses decreased by $0.4 million or 1.5% to $27.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, from $27.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. Average daily vessel operating expenses decreased by $33 per vessel per day, or 0.4%, to $7,892 per vessel per day for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $7,925 per vessel per day for the three months ended March 31, 2020.
Depreciation and Amortization . Depreciation and amortization increased by 0.3% to $19.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, from $19.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. Depreciation and amortization included amortization of capitalized drydocking costs of $2.2 million and $2.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 respectively.
General and Administrative Costs . General and administrative costs decreased by $0.2 million or 3.0% to $6.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, from $6.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020.
Other Income . Other income was $0.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and consists of management fees for commercial and administrative activities performed by the Company for the Luna Pool. The Luna Pool became operational during the second quarter of 2020 and consequently there was no other income for the three months ended March 31, 2020.
Foreign Currency Excha nge Gain on Senior Secured Bonds . Exchange gains and losses relate to non-cash movements on our 2018 Bonds which are denominated in Norwegian Kroner and translated to U.S. Dollar at the prevailing exchange rate as of March 31, 2021. The foreign currency exchange gain of $8,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was as a result of the Norwegian Kroner against the U.S. Dollar, being broadly similar at NOK 8.5 to USD 1.0 as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020.
Unrealized Gain on Non-designated Derivative Instruments . The unrealized gains on non-designated derivative instruments of $0.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 relates to the fair value movement in our interest rate swaps. The unrealized loss on this swap for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $14.0 million.
Interest Expense. Interest expense decreased by $2.5 million, or 22.3%, to $9.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, from $11.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. This is primarily as a result of a reduction in 3-month US LIBOR interest rates.
Income Taxes . Income taxes related to taxes on our subsidiaries incorporated in the United Kingdom, Poland and Singapore and our consolidated variable interest entity ("VIE"), incorporated in Malta. For the three months ended March 31, 2021, we had a tax charge of $145,000 compared to taxes of $168,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2020.
Share of result of equity accounted joint ventures . The share of result of the Company's 50% ownership in the Export Terminal Joint Venture was a loss of $0.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, primarily as a result of a force majeure being declared for most of February and March 2021 due to mechanical integrity concerns on the pipeline carrying ethylene from the caverns at Mont Belvieu, Texas to the Marine export terminal. For the three months ended March 31, 2020, there was a loss of $3.0 million from the Marine Export Terminal relating to minimal throughput volumes and initial startup costs.
Non-Controlling Interest. We have entered into a sale and leaseback arrangement in November 2019 with a wholly-owned special purpose vehicle ("lessor SPV") of a financial institution. Although we do not hold any equity investments in this lessor SPV, we have determined that we are the primary beneficiary of this entity and accordingly, we are required to consolidate this VIE into our financial results. Thus, the income attributable to the financial institution of $0.4 million is presented as the non-controlling interest in our financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2021:
1 EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measurements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP (non-GAAP financial measures). EBITDA represents net income before net interest expense, income taxes and depreciation and amortization. We define Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA before foreign currency exchange gain or loss on senior secured bonds and unrealized gain or loss on non-designated derivative instruments. Management believes that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful to investors in evaluating the operating performance of the Company. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not represent and should not be considered alternatives to consolidated net income, cash generated from operations or any measure prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and our calculation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. See the table above for a reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to net income / (loss), our most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure.
The following table sets forth our vessels as of June 10, 2021:
* denotes our nine owned vessels that operate within the Luna Pool
Conference Call Details:
Tomorrow, Friday June 11, 2021, at 9:00 A.M. ET, the Company's management team will host a conference call to discuss the preliminary financial results.
Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1 (877) 553-9962 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0(808) 238-0669 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0)20 7192 8592 (Standard International Dial In). Please quote "Navigator" to the operator. There will also be a live, and then archived, webcast of the conference call, available through the Company's website (www.navigatorgas.com). Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.
A telephonic replay of the conference and accompanying slides will be available following the completion of the call and will remain available until Friday, June 18, 2021. To listen to the archived audio file, visit our website at www.navigatorgas.com and click on Key Dates under our Investors Centre page.
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Navigator Holdings Ltd. is the owner and operator of the world's largest fleet of handysize liquefied gas carriers and a global leader in the seaborne transportation of petrochemical gases, such as ethylene and ethane, liquefied petroleum gas ("LPG") and ammonia and owns a 50% share, through a joint venture, in an ethylene export marine terminal at Morgan's Point, Texas on the Houston Ship Channel, USA. Navigator's fleet consists of 38 semi- or fully-refrigerated liquefied gas carriers, 14 of which are ethylene and ethane capable. The Company plays a vital role in the liquefied gas supply chain for energy companies, industrial consumers and commodity traders, with our sophisticated vessels providing an efficient and reliable 'floating pipeline' between the parties, connecting the world today, creating a sustainable tomorrow.
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