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  • m
    Locked in 1/2 of TTF linked 2023 production at nearly double the price of their 1H2022 contracts.

    Advancing a team of engineers, and planning long lead item purchases for a MarkII 3.5 unit build, with conversion candidate for the vessel. No FID at this time, but all indications in the earnings release says this will occur in 2H2022. This does not appear to be BP/Tortue linked.

    Mark III 5.0 unit is still a candidate of interest, which appears to be a BP interest.

    GLNG is net cash positive $500M, given recent sales and the appreciation of their 12M share NFE stake since late June to today of over $200M

    Also, agreed to a $50M incentive for Keppel Shipyard to deliver the Gimmi on time. It nice when you have cash!
  • m
    Stifel Report (retains BUY, $33/sh PT) but has now added new discussion on PT upside to $50/sh...

    Golar reported solid 2Q results, but this quarter is not about the backward-looking results but about the forward-looking opportunity. The company locked in half of its spot gas prices for nextyear at $49.50/MMBtu or $80 million of EBITDA. More importantly, it looks like the back half of the year could be really busy on new FLNG projects. The expansion of Tortue for BP/Kosmossounds like it should be awarded this quarter, but Golar is also likely to move forward with atleast a MkII design with or without a contract and possibly a MkI as well. Buckle up because we are expecting a busy run through the end of the year which should transform Golar's growth profile and GLNG valuation.

    Earnings. With so much noise around assets being sold and minority interest, clean earningsare hard to come by, but adjusted EBITDA of $101 million was solid and slightly higher than wehad expected. Going forward, we expect 3Q to be largely in line with 2Q as spot LNG capacitywas already hedged, but we expect 4Q to gap higher as the quarter is not hedged and TTFspot prices are roughly 2x what had been fixed for the first three quarters of the year. Nextyear, half of the 0.2 mtpa of spot capacity has now been hedged at $49.50/mmbtu which is $14/mmbtu higher than we had anticipated and consequently is $40 million more EBITDA than we had anticipated.

    Tortue update. The Gimi construction is 86% complete and on track for start-up late next yearas planned. Once operational, the vessel should generate $151 million of annual EBITDA forGolar. While nothing is in the books, on their conference call last week, Kosmos indicated thatthey expect to make the decision to move forward with the expansion of the Tortue project thisquarter. Importantly, they indicated that phase 2 & 3 could be combined or in short succession.Each phase of the four phase project is 2.5 mtpa, so adding two phases at once would be 5.0mtpa to the Gimi's 2.5 mtpa. Golar's MkIII newbuilding design is 5 mtpa and could be in operationin early 2027. We are expecting an order to be forthcoming and the company to use both theGimi and the new MkIII for Tortue on a long-term contract basis with BP/Kosmos.

    MkII. It sounds as if Golar is going to order an MkII vessel with or without a contract ($2 billionof capex). As a result, we suspect Golar has a short list of locations a 3.5 mtap FLNG would fitand would expect the company to place an order by the end of the year. The converted vesselwould be deployable by the end of 2025, which given high LNG prices, would be a big win.Hilli. Perenco extended its option on the Hilli but stayed with 0.2 mtpa incremental productionout of a possible 0.4 mtpa option offered. While disappointing, especially considering the windfallprofits that would have been experienced, higher spot LNG prices have more than made upfor it. Where the vessel goes at the end of its current contract in 2026 is an open question, asPerenco would certainly like to keep it, but others have been aggressively angling for access with utilization/contracted cash flow levels much higher than Golar currently receives.

    Valuation. After having simplified the business and raised liquidity to fund FLNG projects, the company is in the best position in its history to win more business. Given high LNG prices,a proven track record, and an ability to relatively quickly deploy a FLNG unit, we believe thecompany is poised to win up to 3 contracts in the next 3-12 months. With only 2 FLNG units currently, that could be a material step change in profitability, and with it, we expect shares tomove higher as those contracts materialize.

    ----- more information to follow in a second post-
  • Ø
    DNB raises price target from $30 to $35 and says "FLNG growth now looks imminent".
  • M
    @P : What do you think about figures ??
  • P
    Evercore ISI increased price target from $33 to $38.
  • S
    Conference all

    Just finished listening to conference call.
    Much better than last quarter. Feel much better about torture 2.

    Maybe the most interesting question was on perenco. Why such low production and why. So it turns out one of the parties did not get favorable compensation to increase it. No one expected lng to be this high when contract was signed. Maybe this party has a point. Why can't the 3 parties sit down and make a deal?

    It is very investing this is exactly what my analysis said, and I got many thumbs down
  • P
    GLNG technically overbought, and a gap up, from July 15, at $21.51 to be filled. We know that there is a very strong resistance at current levels, which have been tested many times, so I'm shorting it, down to $21.00. Given the technical situation I described, I think the gap will be filled soon, and will have a return of appr. 14%.
  • d
    $27.5 to $28 is probably the next level for trades. If it breaks through, watch out. Shorts are getting squeezed, me thinks.
  • P
    The other good news from today’s results is that maybe, just maybe, Stephen is happy and might post a positive message ; )
  • M
    Some further informations:

    General administrative expenses: they have moved from 52 m USD in 2019 to 35 m USD in 2021. In 2022 the company is even more streamlined, as vessels being given to CoolCo and Tundra/Arctic being sold in 2022. Administrative Expense should be under 30 m USD. However, they will be allocated to the (remaining but very successfull ) FLNG assets. The Administrative cost are most likely not included in the EBITDA figure of Hilli of 245 m USD published by management in context with 1st quarter reporting and not included in my previous posting.

    Derivatives: The company had realized gains of derivatives of 13 m USD in 2019, 2.5 m USD in 2020 and 24.7 m USD in 2021. In the first quarter reporting of 2022 they reported realized gains of derivatives of 43 m USD. They reported in 1st quarter reporting UNREALIZED gains of derivatives of 168 m USD (!!!). Unrealized gains of derivatives are not included in the 245 m EBITDA of Hilli mentioned earlier.

    Mark-to market evaluations NFE: GOLAR is owning 6% of NFE. The value of the shares was reported to be 558 m USD (source: 1st quarter reporting 2022). However, the shareprice of NFE has been 39.57 USD on June 30 2022. With 207.56 m shares outstanding, the value of the 12.45 m shares went down to 492,8 m USD. The difference of - 65,2 m USD will be GAAP effective. Most likely management will eliminate this effect, non-GAAP, as it’s not being realized. Per today, the shareprice of NFE equals 50.61 USD. So the 12.45 m shares represent as of today a value of 630 m USD or an increase of 72 m USD, compared to the status of 1st quarter reporting. The value of COOLco is relatively stable around 114 m USD.

    GANDRIA: didn’t find anything about it. Depreciation charges and some operating expenses are not included in my calculations. Maybe P can help; my understanding is, that GANDRIA project is on hold, as no contract could be negotiated.

    GIMI: conversion cost are being described with 1.5 bn USD, compared to 1 bn conversion cost of Hilli. So the depreciation charge will be higher. Status 31.12. 2021 to be realized/ and paid for completion of Hilli in 2024: 57.3 m USD, in 2023 285 m USD and in 2022 373 m USD. Once Hilli is going operative, central administrative expenses will go up. Financing costs are not clear, as the company cashed in for ARCTIC and TUNDRA and smaller amount for COOLCO. However, as P mentioned, stronger Cashflow plus proceeds will enable GOLAR to be almost self financed.

    Will come with a final resume later: although the company is much more streamlined and transparent, certain volatilities remain. The underlying business case for my taste is very strong and multiples for a disruptive technology like LNG are very low.

  • m
    Flash Note from the Stifel analyst this morning:



    First Look: Golar 2Q22 Results SummaryGolar reported an adjusted EPS of $0.18, lower than our estimate of $0.26 and consensus of $0.22. Frankly, there are so many movingparts and one-time items, the exact results are somewhat opaque. Importantly EBITDA performance was better than our and consensusexpectations. During the quartered the company hedged half of 2023 volume at a TTF price of $49.50/MMBtu, which we expect the marketis likely to really like as it locks in $80 million of EBITDA for next year on just that portion. Importantly, Golar is still firm that they will havea new FLNG contract this year (not surprising given commentary from Kosmos), but it also sounds as though the company will order anadditional Mark II vessel perhaps on spec for delivery in 2025, which we expect they could contract in short order. We expect shares totrade up on good news.
  • P
    Anyone see this news? It implies Hilli and Gimi are each worth at least $2.5bn to an energy major today.
  • M
    …big report in German newspaper: Germany to be major client greater tortue Senegal/Mauretanie….
  • m
    Worth noting that GLNG's equity stake in NFE shares is up nearly $80M in market action today.....
  • M

    Rather frustrating report attached: they say revenue will go down year-on-year, seem that they don’t understand that business structure looks completely different (basically ,only‘ flng assets left). So revenues per se are not comparable. Last year 2nd quarter revenue of flng was 56 m USD. Im quite sure that revenue of flng will go direction 70 m USD IN THE 2nd quarter of 2022. So in fact it will go up double-digit percentage.

    They say, EPS should be 0,26 USD without mentioning on what basis (GAAP, non-GAAP, Basis adjusted EBITDA ?). However, with 108 m shares outstanding, it should be a result of 28 m USD for the quarter. NFE Mark to mark evaluation (as it’s not realized should be eliminated in non GAAP) will cost for 2nd quarter. Realized gains on derivates also unclear, but 28 m USD should be achieved easily.

    Management in their publications never use earnings per share…think it’s a big mistake as benchmarking is quite difficult on basis adjusted EBITDA.

    GLTA… I think it will be a good day tomorrow!!!
    Golar LNG (GLNG) doesn't possess the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely earnings beat in its upcoming report. Get prepared with the key expectations.
    Golar LNG (GLNG) doesn't possess the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely earnings beat in its upcoming report. Get prepared with the key expectations.
  • P
    Argument #1: Even in the event that Golar LNG does not win any further incremental FLNG contracts (other than Hilli Extension in 2026), Golar is very much undervalued. A simple pro-forma balance sheet and cash flow analysis that I conducted this morning for you all will illustrate why (all taken from Golar LNG's Q1 2022 report and press releases since).


    Cash (as at Q1) 418
    Cash from Corp Bilateral Facility 250
    NFE Shares at USD 49.23 613
    CoolCo Shares at NOK 92 117
    Avenir Shares at $47m 47
    Arctic Net Proceeds (as at Q2) 115
    Tundra Net Proceeds (as at Q2) 350


    Hilli Contractual Debt (310)
    Gimi Contractual Debt (340)
    Gimi Remaining Capex (363)
    Arctic & Tundra Debt (183)
    Corporate Level Debt (549)
    TOTAL DEBT (1,745)

    Taken together, this implies Golar would have net cash of $165m including the completion of Golar Gimi.

    Now let's estimate how much free cash flow to equity can be generated by the time Gimi is up and running at the end of 2023.

    Q2-Q4 2022E CASH FLOW


    Hilli T1-T2 Fixed 55 44.5% of $164m for 3 quarters
    Brent Link 70 89.1% for every $3 Brent is >$60, capped at $100 Brent. Assume $95 Brent
    TTF Link 70 86.9% of TTF. Assume $20m for Q2, Q3, and $30m for Q4
    Corp Costs (11) Assumed Corp Costs reduced 25% following CoolCo spin. For 3 Quarters
    Interest (62) Took total debt less Gimi Capex and assumed 6% blended interest rate
    Capital Repayments (23) Hilli Capital Repayment for 3 quarters

    2023E CASH FLOW


    Hilli T1-T2 Fixed 73 44.5% of $164m
    Brent Link 40 89.1% of every $3 Brent is >$60, capped at $100 Brent. Assume $80 Brent
    TTF Link 80 86.9% of TTF. Assume $20m per quarter
    Corp Costs (15) Assumed Corp Costs reduced 25% following CoolCo spin.
    Interest (105) Took total debt including Gimi Capex and assumed 6% blended interest rate
    Capital Repayments (30) Hilli Capital Repayment

    END OF 2023 CASH POSITION $308m ($165+99+43, rounded)

    And starting 2024, Golar will have $73m in fixed EBITDA from Hilli, $151m in fixed EBITDA from Gimi, plus the variable income from Brent and TTF. Even if we HALF what those contribute today ($207m today), to $103m, that makes $73+151+103=327m. I assume that Hilli gets extended for another 12 years, which is very very very likely.

    So, in this very easy to do model, you have a company with (1) no debt, (2) $308m cash that will earn (3) $327m per year for next 15ish years on average.

    Today, CQP (a Golar LNG analogue) pays 7.3% dividend yield as of yesterday. It has a superior backlog (more counterparts), but also a lot of debt. Flex LNG pays 9.4%, but it's a shipping company with a lot of leverage and a far inferior backlog in an industry with low barriers to entry. Let's say Golar LNG would command an 8.5% dividend yield, that would imply a stock price of:

    (($327m / 0.085)+$308m cash)/108m shares=$38.47 / share.........with zero growth......except for a Hilli extension in 2026.
  • m
    GLNG’s future is most likely going to be that Private Equity buys it up.

    Management has stripped everything out of the company except two very powerful revenue generators - Hilli and GIMMI.

    They are virtually debt neutral, have no preferred or other debt, and their future cash flow allows the, to be virtually self funding for growth projects.

    The problem from the public market trading place is the long development timelines for projects: generally 4-6 yrs.

    If private equity swooped in, they isn’t do so after a bear-raid on the shares, or some other stress event. GLNG managements seems to have propensity for getting itself into such situations, and it is possible that the Hilli off-take complexity might offer that in coming months.

    Even if not, they surely could look at the low risk of snatching up $2.5B in market equity for a company almost certain to generate $400M in annual EBITDA, and holding zero net-debt.
  • S
    Another interesting conference point

    Even if there is not a FID yet, as long as there is confidence that there will be, golar will building their new Mark vessals.

    I interprepte this they can start building these new vessals probably maybe as early as a month.
  • d
    being a relatively new investor in Golar, I am asking your advice. I wanted to get into the lng space and saw the spike in Golar but missed that run. Bought at 24.49 and hoping to at least recoup my investment but some of the posts out here are alarming particularly about GLNG being bought and going private. Also alarming is the long term potentiation within the company m Reading everyone's posts have been enlightening just looking for possible advice whether to hold or cut my losses. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
  • B
    I just wanted to say congrats to all longs who worked there way back to green in GLNG. I once owned and rode to 70 or so and ended up selling at like 7#$%$ was my first multi 100%er round trip. I learned a lot from this stock though ultimately paid for the Anyway, glad to see the business is doing well and shareholders are being rewarded. B