GasLog Ltd. ("GasLog" or the "Company") (NYSE:GLOG) today announced that it has ordered two new 174,000 cbm Tri-Fuel Diesel Electric LNG carriers from Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. ("Samsung") in South Korea. The vessels are expected to be delivered in Q1 and Q2 2016, respectively, and upon delivery will commence firm ten-year charters with a subsidiary of BG Group plc ("BG Group"). The two vessels are expected to have a combined fully delivered cost of approximately US$410-$420million and are expected to generate a combined annualized EBITDA 1 of approximately US$47–$48million over the first twelve months of operation. In addition, GasLog has secured a total of four options from Samsung at similar prices and terms until the end of July 2013. GasLog has also agreed to modify and extend the charter currently in place for its Hull Number 2017, chartered to a subsidiary of BG Group and scheduled for delivery in Q3 2013. Under the new arrangement the ship will deliver into an eight year charter in which the first three years remain as previously contracted. The subsequent five years are a seasonal charter under which the ship is committed to BG Group for seven consecutive months for which it will pay a fixed monthly charter hire and available to accept other charters for the remaining five months. This seasonal charter is expected to generate approximately US$14-16 million of EBITDA 1 during the seven months on hire and will provide GasLog with the opportunity to secure additional upside in a period of potentially strong demand. Following the successful delivery of the GasLog Shanghai into a BG Group charter on January 29, 2013, GasLog now has a twelve-ship fully owned fleet, of which three ships have been delivered and are on charter and nine ships are either under construction or to be constructed through Q2 2016. The strength of GasLog’s existing fleet commitments and the addition of these new long term charters allow GasLog to look at a range of charter periods for its two open vessels, scheduled for delivery at the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015. In particular, these factors allow GasLog to be opportunistic in placing these vessels into shorter-term charters if the Company determines such charters would be beneficial to the overall earnings of the fleet.
Due to the support of Samsung Heavy Industries and the consequently attractive terms achieved, GasLog does not currently foresee the need to raise new equity within the next few years to fund these two new orders. In addition, as previously announced, we are currently reviewing our capital structure to ensure that we are able to finance these vessels in a way that maximizes shareholder value.Paul Wogan, CEO, said “It is very pleasing to be able to conclude these significant contracts with our largest customer. These contracts reinforce our strategy of building high quality ships at competitive prices for charter to strong, creditworthy customers. The seasonal charter also demonstrates our flexibility in meeting customer needs whilst also being able to capitalize on opportunities in the LNG spot market during a period where we expect increased demand for shipping from planned liquefaction projects. We are very pleased to be building the new vessels at Samsung as they have a solid track record for delivering vessels on time and on budget for GasLog and the options we have secured show a strong commitment between GasLog and Samsung to continue to support each other’s growth ambitions. We believe that these new orders further enhance our position as one of the worlds leading LNG ship owners.” About GasLog Ltd. GasLog is an international owner, operator and manager of LNG carriers. Following this announcement, GasLog’s fleet consists of 12 wholly-owned LNG carriers, including two ships delivered in 2010, one delivered in January 2013 and nine LNG carriers on order. In addition, GasLog currently has 12 LNG carriers operating under its technical management for third parties. GasLog’s principal executive offices are located 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 Prospectus filed April 2, 2012. Copies of the Prospectus, 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 Non-GAAP Financial Measures: EBITDA represents earnings before interest income and expense, taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, is used as a supplemental financial measure by management and external users of financial statements, such as investors, to assess our financial and operating performance. We believe that this non-GAAP financial measure assists our management and investors by increasing the comparability of our performance from period to period. We believe that including EBITDA assists our management and investors in (i) understanding and analyzing the results of our operating and business performance, (ii) selecting between investing in us and other investment alternatives and (iii) monitoring our ongoing financial and operational strength in assessing whether to continue to hold our common shares.
EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered as an alternative to, or as a substitute for, profit, profit from operations, earnings per share or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with IFRS. This non-GAAP financial measure excludes some, but not all, items that affect profit, and this measure may vary among companies. This non-GAAP financial measure may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies in the shipping or other industries.Projected EBITDA for the two new vessels ordered by GasLog for the first twelve months of operation is based on the following assumptions:
- Delivery in Q1 and Q2 2016, respectively, and timely receipt of charter hire specified in the charter contracts;
- Utilization of 363 days, no drydocking;
- Vessel operating and supervision costs per current internal estimates; and
- General and administrative expenses per current internal estimates.