Teekay LNG Partners Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results

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Reported GAAP net loss attributable to the partners and preferred unitholders of $18.9 million (inclusive of $38.0 million write-down of conventional tankers) and adjusted net income attributable to the partners and preferred unitholders(1) of $20.9 million in the third quarter of 2017.Generated distributable cash flow(1) of $40.2 million, or $0.50 per common unit, in the third quarter of 2017.As at September 30, 2017, the Partnership had total liquidity of approximately $415 million after giving pro forma effect to the $170 million preferred equity issuance completed in October 2017.In October and November 2017, the Partnership took delivery of two MEGI LNG carrier newbuildings and a 30-percent owned LNG carrier newbuilding, each of which immediately commenced charter contracts with Shell ranging between six and 20 years in duration.In November 2017, the Partnership completed $327 million of new long-term financings for the Partnership's growth projects to fund an FSU for the Bahrain regasification facility and one MEGI LNG carrier newbuilding.HAMILTON, Bermuda, Nov. 09, 2017 — 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 September 30, 2017.(1) These are non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to “Definitions and Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and the Appendices to this release for definitions of these terms and reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures as used in this release to the most directly comparable financial measures under United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).GAAP net income and adjusted net income decreased in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the same period of the prior year primarily due to lower revenues from the Partnership’s six liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers chartered to I.M. Skaugen SE (Skaugen) from uncollected hire; the sale of the Asian Spirit conventional tanker in the first quarter of 2017; and lower spot rates earned for certain of the vessels 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 M-Type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI) liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier newbuildings and commencement of their charter contracts between August 2016 and March 2017 and deliveries of three mid-size LPG carriers between November 2016 and July 2017 in the Exmar LPG Joint Venture. GAAP net (loss) income was also affected in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the same period of the prior year by various non-cash items, such as the write-downs of the African Spirit, Teide Spirit and Toledo Spirit conventional tankers, and an increase in unrealized foreign currency exchange losses relating to the Partnership’s Euro and NOK-denominated debt.CEO Commentary“During the third quarter of 2017, we continued to generate stable cash flows that were in line with our expectations,” commented Mark Kremin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Teekay Gas Group Ltd.“Since reporting earnings in August 2017, we have continued to execute on our portfolio of growth projects delivering through 2020,” Mr. Kremin continued.  “In October and November 2017, we took delivery of two wholly-owned MEGI LNG carrier newbuildings and one 30-percent owned LNG carrier newbuilding, all of which immediately commenced charter contracts ranging between six and 20 years in duration with Shell.  We expect these newbuilding deliveries will have a positive contribution to our cash flows and earnings beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017.  Looking ahead to 2018, we expect to take delivery of an additional eight LNG carrier newbuildings, all of which are scheduled to commence charter contracts ranging between six and 28 years in duration, which we expect will provide further cash flow and earnings growth to the Partnership.”Mr. Kremin added, “On the financing side, we continue to execute on financing our newbuilding projects and have recently completed $327 million in new debt financings relating to a floating storage unit for the Bahrain regasification project and one MEGI LNG carrier newbuilding. In addition, we have once again demonstrated access to capital markets and further strengthened our balance sheet through our recent $170 million preferred equity offering completed in October 2017.”Summary of Recent EventsLNG Carrier Newbuilding DeliveriesIn October and November 2017, the Partnership took delivery of two MEGI LNG carrier newbuildings, the Macoma and Murex, chartered to Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), which immediately commenced their six and seven-year charter contracts, plus extension options, respectively.In October 2017, the Partnership’s 30-percent owned joint venture with China LNG Shipping (Holdings) Limited and CETS (an affiliate of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)) took delivery of an LNG carrier newbuilding, the Pan Asia, which immediately commenced its 20-year charter contract with Shell.Debt Financing UpdateIn November 2017, the Partnership completed a $327 million long-term debt facility to finance a Floating Storage Unit (FSU) to be chartered on a 20-year charter contract to the Bahrain regasification project commencing in the third quarter of 2018 and one MEGI LNG carrier newbuilding to be chartered on a 13-year charter contract with BP starting in early-2019.Operating ResultsThe 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).(i) These are non-GAAP financial measures.  Please refer to “Definitions and Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and the Appendices to this release for definitions of these terms and reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures as used in this release to the most directly comparable financial measures under GAAP.Liquefied Gas SegmentIncome from vessel operations and cash flow from vessel operations from consolidated vessels for the three months ended September 30, 2017, compared to the same quarter of the prior year, was impacted primarily by lower revenues from the Partnership's six LPG carriers on charter to Skaugen 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 in August 2016 and March 2017.Equity income and cash flow from vessel operations from equity-accounted vessels for the three months ended September 30, 2017, compared to the same quarter of the prior year, was impacted primarily by lower spot rates earned in 2017 on certain vessels in the Exmar LPG Joint Venture. This decrease was partially offset by deliveries of three mid-size LPG carriers in the Exmar LPG Joint Venture between November 2016 and July 2017. Equity income was also impacted by a decrease in net unrealized gains on designated and non-designated derivative instruments during the three months ended September 30, 2017, compared to the same period of the prior year.Conventional Tanker SegmentIncome (loss) from vessel operations and cash flow from vessel operations for the three months ended September 30, 2017, compared to the same quarter of the prior year, were impacted by the sale of the Asian Spirit in the first quarter of 2017. Income (loss) from vessel operations for the three months ended September 30, 2017 was also impacted by $38.0 million of write-downs related to the African Spirit, Teide Spirit and Toledo Spirit.
Teekay LNG's FleetThe following table summarizes the Partnership’s fleet as of November 1, 2017:(i)       Owned vessels includes vessels accounted for under capital leases.
(ii)      The Partnership’s ownership interests in these vessels range from 20 percent to 100 percent.
(iii)     The Partnership’s ownership interests in these vessels range from 50 percent to 99 percent.
(iv)     The Partnership’s interest in these vessels is 50 percent.
(v)      One of the Partnership's conventional tankers is held for sale.
LiquidityIn October 2017, the Partnership completed a public offering of $170 million of its 8.5-percent Series B Fixed-to-Floating Rate Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Units (Series B Preferred Units), including $20 million sold pursuant to the exercise of the underwriter's over-allotment option, raising net proceeds of approximately $164 million.  The Partnership intends to use the net proceeds for general partnership purposes, which may include funding installment payments on newbuilding deliveries and debt repayments.As of September 30, 2017, the Partnership had total liquidity of $251.0 million (comprised of $161.0 million in cash and cash equivalents and $90.0 million in undrawn credit facilities). Giving pro-forma effect to the issuance of the Series B Preferred Units completed in October 2017, the Partnership's total liquidity as at September 30, 2017 would have been approximately $415 million.Conference CallThe Partnership plans to host a conference call on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss the results for the third quarter of 2017. All unitholders and interested parties are invited to listen to the live conference call by choosing from the following options:By dialing (800) 239-9838 or (416) 640-5942, if outside North America, and quoting conference ID code 4124786.By accessing the webcast, which will be available on Teekay LNG’s website at www.teekay.com (the archive will remain on the website for a period of one year).An accompanying Third Quarter 2017 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, LPG and crude oil marine transportation services primarily under long-term, fee-based charter contracts through its interests in 50 LNG carriers (including 15 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 units and preferred units trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “TGP”, “TGP PR A” and “TGP PR B”, respectively.For Investor Relations
enquiries contact:
Ryan Hamilton
Tel: +1 (604) 609-2963
Website: www.teekay.com
Definitions and Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresThis release includes various financial measures that are non-GAAP financial measures as defined under the rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These non-GAAP financial measures, which include Cash Flow from Vessel Operations, Adjusted Net Income, and Distributable Cash Flow, are intended to provide additional information and should not be considered a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these measures do not have standardized meanings, and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The Partnership believes that certain investors use this information to evaluate the Partnership’s financial performance, as does management.Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresCash Flow from Vessel Operations (CFVO) represents income from vessel operations before depreciation and amortization expense, amortization of in-process revenue contracts, vessel write-downs, losses on the sale of vessels and adjustments for direct financing leases to a cash basis, but includes realized gains or losses on a derivative charter contract. CFVO from Consolidated Vessels represents CFVO from vessels that are consolidated on the Partnership’s financial statements. CFVO from Equity-Accounted Vessels represents the Partnership’s proportionate share of CFVO from its equity-accounted vessels. The Partnership does not control its equity-accounted vessels and as a result, the Partnership does not have the unilateral ability to determine whether the cash generated by its equity-accounted vessels is retained within the entities 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 such distributions to the Partnership and other owners. Consequently, readers are cautioned when using total CFVO as a liquidity measure as the amount contributed from CFVO from Equity-Accounted Vessels may not be available to the Partnership in the periods such CFVO is generated by its equity-accounted vessels. CFVO is a non-GAAP financial measure used by certain investors and management to measure the operational financial performance of companies. Please refer to Appendices D and E of this release for reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to income from vessel operations and income from vessel operations of equity-accounted vessels, respectively, 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 (loss) 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 (loss) income, and refer to footnote (2) of the statement of (loss) income for a reconciliation of adjusted equity income to equity income (loss), the most directly comparable GAAP measure reflected in the Partnership’s consolidated financial statements.Distributable Cash Flow (DCF) represents GAAP net (loss) 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, ineffectiveness for derivative instruments designated as hedges for accounting purposes, distributions relating to equity financing of newbuilding installments, adjustments for direct financing leases to a cash basis and foreign exchange related items, including the Partnership's proportionate share of such items in 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 (loss) income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure reflected in the Partnership’s consolidated financial statements.Teekay LNG Partners L.P.
Consolidated Statements of (Loss) Income
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars, except units outstanding)
(1) The write-down and loss on sales of vessels for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 includes impairment charges on the African Spirit, Teide Spirit and Toledo Spirit Suezmax tankers. The charterer for the African Spirit notified the Partnership in August 2017 that it would redeliver the vessel to the Partnership upon its charter contract ending in November 2017, which resulted in a write-down of the vessel to its estimated market value. The charterer for the Teide Spirit and Toledo Spirit, who is also the owner of these vessels, has the option to cancel the charter contracts 13 years following commencement of the respective charter contracts. In October 2017, the charterer notified the Partnership that it is marketing the Teide Spirit for sale and, upon sale of the vessel, it will concurrently terminate its existing charter contract with the Partnership. The charterer’s cancellation option for the Toledo Spirit is first exercisable in August 2018. Given the Partnership's prior experience with this charterer, the Partnership expects it will also cancel the charter contract and sell the Toledo Spirit to a third party in 2018. As a result, the Partnership wrote down the Teide Spirit and Toledo Spirit to their estimated market values. The write-down and loss on sales of vessels for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and nine months ended September 30, 2017 includes the write-down of the European Spirit Suezmax tanker to its estimated market value, as the Partnership commenced marketing the vessel for sale upon receiving notification from the charterer in late-June 2017 that it will redeliver the vessel back to the Partnership in August 2017. The write-down and loss on sales of vessels for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 relates to Centrofin Management Inc. exercising its purchase options, under the 12-year charter contracts, to acquire the Bermuda Spirit and Hamilton Spirit Suezmax tankers.(2) The Partnership’s proportionate share of items within equity income (loss) as identified in Appendix A of this release is detailed in the table below. By excluding these items from equity income (loss), the Partnership believes the resulting adjusted equity income is a normalized amount that can be used to evaluate the financial performance of the Partnership’s equity-accounted investments. Adjusted equity income is a non-GAAP financial measure.(3) The realized (losses) gains on non-designated derivative instruments relate to the amounts the Partnership actually paid or received to settle non-designated derivative instruments and the unrealized gains (losses) on non-designated derivative instruments relate to the change in fair value of such non-designated derivative instruments, as detailed in the table below:(4)  For accounting purposes, the Partnership is required to revalue all foreign currency-denominated monetary assets and liabilities based on the prevailing exchange rates at the end of each reporting period. This revaluation does not affect the Partnership’s cash flows or the calculation of distributable cash flow, but results in the recognition of unrealized foreign currency translation gains or losses in the Consolidated Statements of (Loss) Income.Foreign currency exchange (loss) gain includes realized losses relating to the amounts the Partnership paid to settle or terminate the Partnership’s non-designated cross-currency swaps that were entered into as economic hedges in relation to the Partnership’s Norwegian Kroner (NOK) denominated unsecured bonds and realized gains on NOK bond repurchases. Foreign currency exchange (loss) gain also includes unrealized gains relating to the change in fair value of such derivative instruments, partially offset by unrealized losses on the revaluation of the NOK bonds as detailed in the table below:
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Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)

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Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)

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Appendix A – Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Adjusted Net Income
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
(1) Write-down of vessels relate to the Partnership's impairment charges on the African Spirit, Teide Spirit and Toledo Spirit. See Note 1 to the Consolidated Statements of (Loss) Income included in this release for further details.(2) Unrealized foreign exchange losses (gains) primarily relate to the Partnership’s revaluation of all foreign currency-denominated monetary assets and liabilities based on the prevailing exchange rate at the end of each reporting period and unrealized (gains) losses on the cross-currency swaps economically hedging the Partnership’s NOK bonds. This amount excludes the realized losses relating to the cross-currency swaps for the NOK bonds. See Note 4 to the Consolidated Statements of (Loss) Income included in this release for further details.
Teekay LNG Partners L.P.
Appendix B – Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Distributable Cash Flow (DCF)
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars, except units outstanding and per unit data)
(1) The estimated maintenance capital expenditures relating to the Partnership’s share of equity-accounted joint ventures were $8.3 million and $7.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively.
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Appendix C – Supplemental Segment Information
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)

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Appendix D – Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Cash Flow from Vessel Operations from Consolidated Vessels
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)

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Appendix E – Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Cash Flow from Vessel Operations from Equity-Accounted Vessels
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
(1) The Partnership's equity-accounted vessels for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 include: the Partnership’s 40 percent ownership interest in Teekay Nakilat (III) Corporation, which owns four LNG carriers; the Partnership’s ownership interests of 49 percent and 50 percent, respectively, in the Excalibur and Excelsior joint ventures, which own one LNG carrier and one regasification unit, respectively; the Partnership’s 33 percent ownership interest in four LNG carriers servicing the Angola LNG project; the Partnership’s 52 percent ownership interest in the Teekay LNG-Marubeni joint venture, which owns six LNG carriers; the Partnership’s 50 percent ownership interest in Exmar LPG BVBA, which owns and in-charters 23 vessels, including three newbuildings, as at September 30, 2017, compared to 23 vessels owned and in-chartered, including five newbuildings, as at September 30, 2016; the Partnership’s 30 percent ownership interest in two LNG carrier newbuildings and 20 percent ownership interest in two LNG carrier newbuildings for Shell; the Partnership’s 50 percent ownership interest in six ARC7 Ice-Class LNG carrier newbuildings in the joint venture between the Partnership and China LNG Shipping (Holdings) Limited; and the Partnership's 30 percent ownership interest in Bahrain LNG W.L.L., which owns an LNG receiving and regasification terminal under construction in Bahrain.
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Appendix F – Summarized Financial Information of Equity-Accounted Joint Ventures
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
(1) The Partnership's equity-accounted joint ventures as at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016 include: the Partnership’s 40 percent ownership interest in Teekay Nakilat (III) Corporation, which owns four LNG carriers; the Partnership’s ownership interests of 49 percent and 50 percent, respectively, in the Excalibur and Excelsior joint ventures, which own one LNG carrier and one regasification unit, respectively; the Partnership’s 33 percent ownership interest in four LNG carriers servicing the Angola LNG project; the Partnership’s 52 percent ownership interest in the Teekay LNG-Marubeni joint venture, which owns six LNG carriers; the Partnership’s 50 percent ownership interest in Exmar LPG BVBA, which owns and in-charters 23 vessels, including three newbuildings, as at September 30, 2017, compared to 23 vessels owned and in-chartered, including four newbuildings, as at December 31, 2016; the Partnership’s 30 percent ownership interest in two LNG carrier newbuildings and 20 percent ownership interest in two LNG carrier newbuildings for Shell; the Partnership’s 50 percent ownership interest in six ARC7 Ice-Class LNG carrier newbuildings in the joint venture between the Partnership and China LNG Shipping (Holdings) Limited; and the Partnership's 30 percent ownership interest in Bahrain LNG W.L.L., which owns an LNG receiving and regasification terminal under construction in Bahrain.Forward Looking StatementsThis 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 regarding: the effects of recent and future newbuilding deliveries on the Partnership’s cash flows and earnings; the timing of newbuilding vessel deliveries and the commencement of related contracts; and the Partnership's access to capital markets. 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: potential shipyard and project construction delays, newbuilding specification changes or cost overruns; 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; the inability of charterers to make future charter payments; the inability of the Partnership to renew or replace long-term contracts on existing vessels; the Partnership's or the Partnership's joint ventures' ability to secure financing for its existing newbuildings and projects; 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, 2016. 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.

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