October 31, 2022
Cool Company Ltd. (“CoolCo” or “the Company”, ticker: COOL.OL) announced today that the Board of Directors has approved the initiation of a dividend policy under which it intends to allocate its free cash flow to equity primarily to the payment of a quarterly dividend.
Following CoolCo’s formation in early 2022, the Company has realized material benefit from its pure-play exposure to a rapidly strengthening charter market for modern Tri-Fuel Diesel Electric (“TFDE”) LNG carriers. Against CoolCo’s second quarter 2022 Daily Time Charter Equivalent Earnings (“TCE”) of approximately $62,000 per day and an all-in cash breakeven for the fleet of approximately $54,000 per day, the Company has secured the following vessel charters that materially increase CoolCo’s free cash flow generation profile for an extended period:
In April 2022, we agreed a 12-month charter at $120,000 per day.
In September 2022, we agreed a 12-month charter at $140,000 per day.
For a vessel due to enter the charter market during the fourth quarter of 2022, a charter has been agreed at either approximately $190,000 per day for one year or $120,000 per day for three years. A three-year charter has been confirmed subject to charterer vetting process.
Advanced discussions on a second 3-year charter for a vessel available in 1Q23 at prevailing market rates.
Richard Tyrrell, CEO of CoolCo, commented: “We are pleased to have successfully executed our chartering strategy against the backdrop of a sharply improving charter market. The current market strength is being driven by a near-absence of available vessel capacity globally, robust demand for modern tonnage, and a renewed emphasis on energy security. In this environment, the attractive charters that we have agreed throughout 2022 have materially improved our free cash flow generation moving forward. We are also seeing strong inquiries in relation to our remaining vessels coming open in 2023, the nearest of which re-enters the charter market in April. On this basis, our Board of Directors has determined that CoolCo is now prepared to enter the next stage of our capital allocation strategy with the introduction of a policy that includes a quarterly dividend, enabling our shareholders to benefit from our fleet’s exposure to this extraordinary market environment and our much stronger free cash flow generation profile.
Under CoolCo’s newly introduced variable dividend policy, the Company intends to allocate its free cash flow to equity primarily to the payment of a quarterly dividend, after allocations to drydocking and capital expenditures related to improving vessel efficiency. The dividend policy is scheduled to commence with effect from the fourth quarter of 2022, with an initial payment expected to take place during the first quarter of 2023. The declaration and payment of dividends are at all times subject to the sole discretion of the Company’s Board of Directors, taking into consideration, among other factors, including but not limited to the freight market outlook, the Company’s balance sheet, market cyclicality, distributable reserves, liquidity requirements and macroeconomic conditions.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
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Richard Tyrrell, CEO
Phone: +44 2076591111
John Boots, CFO
Phone: +44 2076591111
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