Excelerate Energy, Inc. reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.
• Reported Net Income of $12.8 million and Adjusted EBITDAR of $71.4 million(1) for the first quarter
• Executed gas sales at Northeast Gateway terminal in Boston harbor
• Completed first full quarter of natural gas sales at the Bahia terminal in Brazil
• Advanced Moheshkhali LNG expansion project in Bangladesh
• Awarded seasonal tender for Bahia Blanca GasPort in Argentina
• Received approval in principle for the Payra LNG project in Bangladesh
• Signed binding agreement for regasification services with Gasgrid Finland
“The financial results we delivered for the first quarter underscore the resilience of our business model and the value our customers place on maintaining flexible access to global LNG supply,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Kobos. “Although the European energy crisis created headwinds early in the year, including the flattening of the JKM to TTF price spread which resulted in fewer opportunities to sub-charter our available vessels to third parties, performance in our base business has remained solid as we demonstrate our proven ability to provide critical regasification services for our customers. In addition, we continue to advance the development of our growth projects in new and existing markets, driving meaningful value creation for our stakeholders.
“This is an exciting time in the history of our Company and the LNG industry,” continued Kobos. “We understand the important role that Excelerate plays in supporting the global transition to a lower-carbon energy future. Every day our operations are helping to keep the lights on for hundreds of millions of people and providing energy security to countries that desperately need it. Recent geopolitical events have further highlighted the need for energy security, not only for European countries who have been dependent on Russian gas, but for countries around the world. Moving forward, we expect to benefit from the increased demand for flexible access to LNG.”
FIRST QUARTER 2022 FINANCIAL RESULTS
Key Project Updates
Finland LNG Terminal
In April 2022, the government of Finland announced its intention to stop purchases of Russian pipeline natural gas and instead to utilize a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to meet its natural gas consumption needs by year-end 2022. The government of Estonia has made a similar decision. Due to the proximity and good relations between the two countries, Estonia will participate in the Finnish project rather than pursuing a project of its own. In May 2022, Excelerate and Gasgrid Finland signed a 10-year, time charter party agreement for Excelerate to provide LNG regasification service that is expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2022. Gasgrid Finland has initiated the development of a new jetty in Southern Finland, near the Balticconnector pipeline, for the FSRU Exemplar to moor.
In May 2022, the Payra LNG project was approved in principle by the government of Bangladesh, a significant milestone in the approval process. Excelerate has commenced negotiations of the integrated deal, which includes an LNG supply agreement that would allow the Company to sell three to four million tons per annum of LNG to the country. The Payra LNG project would represent Excelerate’s largest deployment of capital to date and has the potential to significantly increase the scale of the Company’s operations from a global perspective.
In February 2022, the Moheshkhali LNG (“MLNG”) expansion project was approved in principle by the government of Bangladesh. MLNG is one of Excelerate’s three E-FIT integrated terminals. Excelerate has commenced commercial negotiations for the expansion of the terminal, the extension of our regasification agreement by five years to 2038, and an LNG supply agreement to sell up to 1.5 million tons per annum.
Vlora LNG Terminal
In January 2022, Excelerate received approval from the Albanian government to proceed with the second phase of the feasibility study for the Vlora LNG terminal and power plant. Under the previously announced MOU with Albgaz, Albania’s natural gas transmission system operator, and Snam, one of the largest energy infrastructure owners and operators in the world, Excelerate is continuing to explore solutions to connect the Vlora LNG Terminal with other European natural gas infrastructure.
In March 2022, Excelerate was awarded a seasonal charter for the FSRU Exemplar at the Bahia Blanca GasPort terminal in Argentina. Following regasification services at the Northeast Gateway Deepwater Port, the Exemplar sailed to Argentina. The vessel arrived at Bahia Blanca in May 2022 and will provide regasification services during the winter in Argentina.
Liquidity and capital resources
As of March 31, 2022, Excelerate had $82.9 million in cash and cash equivalents. On April 18, 2022, the Company entered into a new $350 million senior secured revolving credit facility (the “Facility”). As of May 20, 2022, the Company had letters of credit issued of $52 million and no outstanding borrowings under the Facility. The Facility, which has a three-year maturity that expires in April 2025, will further enhance Excelerate’s liquidity and balance sheet strength.
2022 Financial Outlook
For the full year 2022, the Company expects Adjusted EBITDA to range between $249 million and $269 million. In addition, the Company expects Adjusted EBITDAR to range between $285 million and $305 million.(1)