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November 16, 2021 - Hamilton, Bermuda
Flex LNG Ltd. ("Flex LNG" or the “Company”) today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2021.
Revenues of $81.8 million for the third quarter 2021, compared to $65.8 million for the second quarter 2021.
Net income of $32.8 million and earnings per share of $0.62 for the third quarter 2021, compared to net income of $12.7 million and earnings per share of $0.24 for the second quarter 2021.
Average Time Charter Equivalent1 ("TCE") rate of $68,341 per day for the third quarter 2021, compared to $57,780 per day for the second quarter 2021.
Adjusted EBITDA1 of $64.5 million for the third quarter 2021, compared to $46.8 million for the second quarter 2021.
Adjusted net income1 of $32.0 million for the third quarter 2021, compared to $15.7 million for the second quarter 2021.
Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share1 of $0.60 for the third quarter 2021, compared to $0.29 for the second quarter 2021.
In November 2021, the Company announced time charter agreements with an international energy major for the attractive long term fixed rate time charter for two vessels, Flex Resolute and Flex Courageous, with a firm period of three years and options for an additional four years on each vessel. The charters will commence in the first quarter 2021.
The Company has now secured attractive long-term time charters with a mixed portfolio of market rate and fixed rate contracts and at the date of this report, our Fleet has an aggregate of 33 years firm periods and with charterer's options this could extend to over 69 years, if declared.
During the third quarter we purchased 152,656 treasury shares and to date we have repurchased 980,000 shares at an aggregate cost of $9.4 million, or $9.64 per share, in accordance with the share buy-back program.
In November 2021, the Company signed a sale and charterback agreement for the vessel, Flex Volunteer, resulting in net proceeds to the Company of approximately $37.7 million.
The Company declared a dividend for the third quarter of $0.75.
Øystein M Kalleklev, CEO of Flex LNG Management AS, commented:
“We are pleased to announce another strong quarterly report with revenues for the third quarter of $82 million in line with our guidance of approximately $80 million. In the fourth quarter, we will also be handsomely rewarded for maintaining a 30 per cent exposure to the spot market as the spot market is currently on at all time highs. Hence, we are consequently lifting our revenue estimate for the fourth quarter from previously guided $85 to $100 million to about $110 million, thus further improving earnings in the near term.
We have also recently secured another two attractive Time Charters which will further add to our growing backlog while de-risking our portfolio. Since April, we have secured long term fixed hire employment for eight of our ships, with charterers option for a ninth vessel next year, in line with our communicated strategy of securing high margin revenue backlog once the market has improved. Our firm contract backlog is now about 33 years with a further 36 years of optional backlog. This highlights the attractiveness of owning and operating highly efficient ships with significantly lower carbon footprint than the older generation ships.
Given our healthy earnings, positive outlook and super-strong financial position the Board has therefore decided to lift our quarterly dividend level from $0.40 per share to $0.75 per share, which provides our shareholders with a compelling yield of approximately 14 per cent.”
Third Quarter 2021 Result Presentation
In connection with the earnings release, a webcast and conference call will be held at 15:00 CET (9:00 a.m. EST). In order to attend the webcast and/or conference call you may do one of the following:
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Use to the follow link prior to the webcast: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/hp8mpf3s
Attend by Conference Call:
Applicable dial-in telephone numbers are as follows:
Norway: +47 210 33 922
United Kingdom: +44 (0) 203 0095 709
United Kingdom (local): 0844 493 6766
United States, New York: +1 646 787 1226
United States: +1 866 280 1157
Confirmation Code: 8217249
The presentation material which will be used in the teleconference/webcast can be downloaded on www.flexlng.com and replay details will also be available at this website.
For further information, please contact:
Knut Traaholt, Chief Financial Officer of Flex LNG Management AS
Telephone: +47 23 11 40 00
Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts. The Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation. The words "believe," "expect," "forecast," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "possible," "potential," "pending," "target," "project," "likely," "may," "will," "would," "should," "could" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.
The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in the Company’s records and other data available from third parties. Although management believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond the Company’s control, there can be no assurance that the Company will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections. As such, these forward-looking statements are not guarantees of the Company’s future performance, and actual results and future developments may vary materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation, and specifically declines any obligation, except as required by applicable law or regulation, to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict all of these factors. Further, the Company cannot assess the effect of each such factor on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to be materially different from those contained in any forward-looking statement.
In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in the Company’s view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include: unforeseen liabilities, future capital expenditures, the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the LNG tanker market, the length and severity of the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the LNG tanker market, the impact of public health threats and outbreaks of other highly communicable diseases, changes in the Company’s operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, the fuel efficiency of the Company’s vessels, the market for the Company’s vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, ability to comply with covenants in such financing arrangements, failure of counterparties to fully perform their contracts with the Company, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, including those that may limit the commercial useful lives of LNG tankers, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessel breakdowns and instances of off-hire, and other factors, including those that may be described from time to time in the reports and other documents that the Company files with or furnishes to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“Other Reports”). For a more complete discussion of certain of these and other risks and uncertainties associated with the Company, please refer to the Other Reports.
1 Time Charter Equivalent rate, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net income/(loss) and Adjusted earnings/(loss) per share are non-GAAP measures. A reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is included in the end of this earnings report.