GasLog Q1 Revenue at USD 16.6 Million (Monaco)

GasLog Q1 Revenue at USD 16.6 Million

GasLog , an international owner, operator and manager of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, today reported its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.

Highlights

  • GasLog reports Revenue of $16.6 million, EBITDA of $8.4 million and Profit of $2.2 million, for the first quarter of 2012.
  • GasLog’s budgeted new building program is fully funded, based on initial public offering “IPO”, concurrent private placement and committed debt.
  • The 8 LNG newbuildings are on schedule and within budget.
  • 100% utilization of GasLog Savannah and GasLog Singapore during the first quarter of 2012.
  • 40% of the floating interest rate exposure has been hedged at a weighted average interest rate of approximately 4.4% (including margin) as of March 31, 2012.
  • Continued strong fundamentals for the LNG industry.

Mr. Peter G. Livanos, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated “We were satisfied that the completion of our recent offering has now provided the capital for us to implement the business plan for our committed new ships under construction. In addition to this, and in spite of increased costs related to our becoming a public company, we are pleased to report results that are better than our expectations. Our construction program at Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea is on time and on budget, with the first ship having been launched and undergoing outfitting on schedule for delivery in January 2013. GasLog, with its technical platform and customer relations, continues to be well placed to take advantage of the projected growth in the LNG trade.

Financial Summary

Revenues were $16.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 ($16.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011: +1.9% year over year). The increase is mainly attributable to an increase in revenues in the vessel ownership segment, with GasLog’s existing fleet performing at 100% utilization.

Vessel operating and supervision costs were $3.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 ($3.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011: +14.4% year over year). The increase is mainly attributable to organizational growth in GasLog’s vessel management segment.

General and administrative expenses were $5.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 ($3.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011: +71.5% year over year). The increase is primarily attributable to increases in personnel expenses, directors’ fees, and travel expenses as well as one-off equity-settled compensation expense related to the former chief executive officer and staff bonuses. This increase is generally in line with GasLog’s planned growth and the reporting and compliance requirements of being a public company.

Financial costs were $3.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 ($2.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011: +28.6% year over year). The increase is primarily a result of increased interest expense as a result of swapping floating rate interest to fixed rate interest in connection with the outstanding indebtedness related to the vessel GasLog Savannah.

EBITDA was $8.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 ($10.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011: -20.1% year over year). This decrease is mainly attributable to higher general and administrative expenses.

Profit for the period was $2.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 ($5.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011: -56.7% year over year). This takes into account a year-on-year increase in unallocated expenses of $2.0 million, from $1.4 million to $3.4 million which is mainly attributable to higher general and administrative expenses.

As GasLog stated in the final prospectus filed April 2, 2012 for its IPO, the ramp-up of general and administrative expenses is expected to exceed revenue growth in 2012, as GasLog’s newbuildings will only commence delivery in 2013. Accordingly, GasLog expects 2012 profit will be lower than in 2011.

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LNG World News Staff, May 17, 2012

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