Teekay LNG Partners Reports Third Quarter Results

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HAMILTON, BERMUDA--(Marketwire - Nov 8, 2012) - Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (TGP) -

Highlights

  • Generated distributable cash flow of $57.8 million in the third quarter of 2012, an increase of 32 percent from the third quarter of 2011.

  • Declared third quarter 2012 cash distribution of $0.675 per unit.

  • Total liquidity of approximately $559 million as at September 30, 2012, including $182.2 million of net proceeds from the follow-on equity offering completed September 2012.

  • Significant increase in the number of LNG project tenders; Teekay LNG is actively bidding on several projects.

Teekay GP LLC, the general partner of Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (Teekay LNG or the Partnership) (TGP), today reported the Partnership''s results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. During the third quarter of 2012, the Partnership generated distributable cash flow(1) of $57.8 million, compared to $43.7 million in the same quarter of the previous year. The increase primarily reflects the incremental distributable cash flow resulting from the following acquisitions: one Multigas carrier delivered in October 2011; a 33 percent interest in four liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers delivered between August 2011 and January 2012; one liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier delivered in September 2011; and a 52 percent interest in six LNG carriers acquired in February 2012.

On October 12, 2012, the Partnership declared a cash distribution of $0.675 per unit for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. The cash distribution will be paid on November 9, 2012 to all unitholders of record on October 24, 2012.

"Shipping requirements to support new liquefaction projects scheduled to come on-line starting in 2015 are expected to create significant new demand for the global LNG shipping fleet," commented Peter Evensen, Chief Executive Officer of Teekay GP L.L.C. "Against this backdrop, the Partnership is currently actively bidding on several LNG and floating storage and regasification projects with start-up dates in the 2015 through 2017 timeframe. Including approximately $180 million of net proceeds from the Partnership''s September 2012 follow-on equity offering, Teekay LNG is well-positioned for investment in one or more quality growth opportunities."

(1) Distributable cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure used by certain investors to measure the financial performance of the Partnership and other master limited partnerships. Please see Appendix B for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to the most directly comparable financial measure under United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

Teekay LNG''s Fleet

The following table summarizes the Partnership''s fleet as of November 1, 2012:

  Number of Vessels  
LNG Carrier Fleet 27 (i )
LPG/Multigas Carrier Fleet 5 (ii )
Conventional Tanker Fleet 11  
Total 43  
   
(i) The Partnership''s ownership interests in these vessels ranges from 33 percent to 100 percent.
(ii) The Partnership has a 99 percent ownership interest in these vessels.

Financial Summary

The Partnership reported adjusted net income attributable to the partners(1) (as detailed in Appendix A to this release) of $41.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, compared to $29.7 million for the same period of the prior year. Adjusted net income attributable to the partners excludes a number of specific items that had the net effect of decreasing net income by $8.6 million and $2.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, as detailed in Appendix A. Including these items, the Partnership reported net income attributable to the partners, on a GAAP basis, of $33.1 million and $27.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. 

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Partnership reported adjusted net income attributable to the partners(1) (as detailed in Appendix A to this release) of $117.8 million, compared to $79.1 million for the same period of the prior year. Adjusted net income attributable to the partners excludes a number of specific items that had the net effect of decreasing net income by $22.3 million and $29.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, as detailed in Appendix A. Including these items, the Partnership reported net income attributable to the partners, on a GAAP basis, of $95.5 million and $49.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

For accounting purposes, the Partnership is required to recognize the changes in the fair value of its derivative instruments on its consolidated statements of income. This method of accounting does not affect the Partnership''s cash flows or the calculation of distributable cash flow, but results in the recognition of unrealized gains or losses on the consolidated statements of income as detailed in footnotes 1 and 2 to the Summary Consolidated Statements of Income included in this release.

(1) Adjusted net income attributable to the partners is a non-GAAP financial measure.Please refer to Appendix A to this release for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to the most directly comparable financial measure under GAAP and information about specific items affecting net income which are typically excluded by securities analysts in their published estimates of the Partnership''s financial results.

Operating Results

The following table highlights certain financial information for Teekay LNG''s two segments: the Liquefied Gas segment and the Conventional Tanker segment (please refer to the "Teekay LNG''s Fleet" section of this release above and Appendix C for further details). 

  Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
  September 30, 2012 September 30, 2011
  (unaudited) (unaudited)
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars) Liquefied Gas Segment Conventional Tanker Segment Total Liquefied Gas Segment Conventional Tanker Segment Total
Net voyage revenues(i) 69,630 28,233 97,863 68,921 28,028 96,949
Vessel operating expenses 11,477 10,515 21,992 11,803 10,563 22,366
Depreciation and amortization 17,158 7,412 24,570 15,689 7,343 23,032
CFVO from consolidated vessels(ii) 55,733 15,445 71,178 56,019 14,383 70,402
CFVO from equity accounted vessels(ii)(iii) 40,550 - 40,550 15,202 - 15,202
Total CFVO(ii) 96,283 15,445 111,728 71,221 14,383 85,604
   
(i) Net voyage revenues represents voyage revenues less voyage expenses, which comprise all expenses relating to certain voyages, including bunker fuel expenses, port fees, canal tolls and brokerage commissions. Net voyage revenues is a non-GAAP financial measure used by certain investors to measure the financial performance of shipping companies. Please see the Partnership''s website at http://www.teekaylng.com/ for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure as used in this release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.
(ii) Cash flow from vessel operations (CFVO) represents income from vessel operations before (a) depreciation and amortization expense, (b) amortization of in-process revenue contracts and (c) adjusting for direct financing leases to a cash basis. CFVO is included because certain investors use this data to measure a company''s financial performance. CFVO is not required by GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income, equity income or any other indicator of the Partnership''s performance required by GAAP. Please see the Partnership''s website at http://www.teekaylng.com/ for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure as used in this release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.
(iii) The Partnership''s equity accounted investments for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 include the Partnership''s 40 percent interest in Teekay Nakilat (III) Corporation, which owns four LNG carriers; the Partnership''s 50 percent interest in the Excalibur and Excelsior Joint Ventures, which owns one LNG carrier and one regasification unit; and the Partnership''s 33 percent interest in one LNG carrier that was delivered in August 2011 servicing the Angola LNG Project. The Partnership''s equity accounted investment for the three months ended September 30, 2012 also includes the Partnership''s 33 percent interest in three other LNG carriers that were delivered in late 2011 through early 2012 servicing the Angola LNG Project; and the Partnership''s 52 percent interest in MALT LNG Holdings ApS, the joint venture between the Partnership and Maurbeni Corporation, which acquired six LNG carriers on February 28, 2012.

Liquefied Gas Segment

Cash flow from vessel operations from the Partnership''s Liquefied Gas segment, excluding equity-accounted vessels, was virtually unchanged at $55.7 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to $56.0 million in the same quarter of the prior year.

Cash flow from vessel operations from the Partnership''s equity-accounted vessels in the Liquefied Gas segment increased significantly to $40.6 million in the third quarter of 2012 from $15.2 million in the same quarter of the prior year. This increase was primarily due to the Teekay LNG-Marubeni joint venture''s acquisition of six LNG carriers from A.P. Moller Maersk A/P (the MALT LNG Carriers) in February 2012 and the acquisition of a 33 percent interest in the four Angola LNG Carriers from Teekay Corporation between August 2011 and January 2012.

Conventional Tanker Segment

Cash flow from vessel operations from the Partnership''s Conventional Tanker segment increased to $15.4 million in the third quarter of 2012 from $14.4 million in the same quarter of the prior year, primarily as a result of lower general and administrative expenses in the Conventional Tanker segment.

Liquidity

As of September 30, 2012, the Partnership had total liquidity of $558.9 million (comprised of $91.9 million in cash and cash equivalents and $467.0 million in undrawn credit facilities), compared to total liquidity of $402.9 million as of June 30, 2012. The increase in the Partnership''s liquidity balance is primarily due to the $182.2 million of net proceeds from the follow-on equity offering completed September 2012.

Conference Call

The Partnership plans to host a conference call on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss the results for the third quarter of 2012. All unitholders and interested parties are invited to listen to the live conference call by choosing from the following options:

  • By dialing (866) 322-2356 or (416) 640-3405, if outside North America, and quoting conference ID code 7467466.

  • By accessing the webcast, which will be available on Teekay LNG''s website at www.teekaylng.com (the archive will remain on the web site for a period of 30 days).

A supporting Third Quarter 2012 Earnings Presentation will also be available at www.teekaylng.com in advance of the conference call start time.

The conference call will be recorded and made available until Friday, November 16, 2012. This recording can be accessed following the live call by dialing (888) 203-1112 or (647) 436-0148, if outside North America, and entering access code 7467466. 

About Teekay LNG Partners L.P.

Teekay LNG Partners is the world''s third largest independent owner and operator of LNG vessels, providing LNG, LPG and crude oil marine transportation services primarily under long-term, fixed-rate charter contracts with major energy and utility companies through its interests in 27 LNG carriers (including one LNG regasification unit), five LPG/Multigas carriers and 11 conventional tankers. The Partnership''s ownership interests in these vessels range from 33 to 100 percent. Teekay LNG Partners L.P. is a publicly-traded master limited partnership (MLP) formed by Teekay Corporation (TK) as part of its strategy to expand its operations in the LNG and LPG shipping sectors.

Teekay LNG Partners'' common units trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "TGP".

TEEKAY LNG PARTNERS L.P.
SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars, except units outstanding) 
 
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
  September 30,   June 30,   September 30,   September 30,   September 30,  
2012   2012   2011   2012   2011  
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)  
VOYAGE REVENUES 98,723   96,354   97,256   294,293   282,722  
OPERATING EXPENSES                    
Voyage expenses 860   242   307   1,445   1,362  
Vessel operating expenses 21,992   20,104   22,366   62,627   66,561  
Depreciation and amortization 24,570   24,673   23,032   73,876   67,552  
General and administrative 6,254   6,506   5,804   19,876   18,665  
  53,676   51,525   51,509   157,824   154,140  
Income from vessel operations 45,047   44,829   45,747   136,469   128,582  
OTHER ITEMS                    
Equity income(1) 21,098   11,086   891   49,232   12,395  
Interest expense (14,414 ) (13,734 ) (12,129 ) (40,946 ) (36,019 )
Interest income 850   949   1,576   2,731   4,852  
Realized and unrealized loss on derivative instruments(2) (9,945 ) (18,145 ) (37,690 ) (43,993 ) (54,250 )
Foreign exchange (loss) gain(3) (6,248 ) 13,927   29,480   (1,989 ) (412 )
Other (expense) income - net (305 ) 348   309   518   (916 )
Net income 36,083   39,260   28,184   102,022   54,232  
Net income attributable to:                    
  Non-controlling interest 3,022   1,572   535   6,542   4,731  
  Partners 33,061   37,688   27,649   95,480   49,501  
Limited partners'' units outstanding:                    
Weighted-average number of common and total units outstanding - basic and diluted 65,882,450   64,857,900   59,357,900   65,201,910   57,887,847  
Total number of units outstanding at end of period 69,683,763   64,857,900   59,357,900   69,683,763   59,357,900  
   
(1) Equity income includes unrealized gains (losses) on derivative instruments as detailed in the table below.
   
   
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
  September 30, 2012   June 30,
2012
  September 30, 2011   September 30, 2012   September 30, 2011  
Equity income 21,098   11,086   891   49,232   12,395  
Proportionate share of unrealized losses on derivative instruments included in equity income (870 ) (8,242 ) (5,513 ) (4,051 ) (6,113 )
Equity income excluding unrealized losses onderivative instruments 21,968   19,328   6,404   53,283   18,508  
   
(2) The realized losses relate to the amounts the Partnership actually paid to settle derivative instruments and the unrealized (losses) gains relate to the change in fair value of such derivative instruments as detailed in the table below.
   
   
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
  September 30, 2012   June 30,
2012
  September 30, 2011   September 30, 2012   September 30, 2011  
Realized (losses) relating to:                    
Interest rate swaps (9,450 ) (9,284 ) (10,022 ) (27,813 ) (30,305 )
Toledo Spirit time-charter derivative contract -   (6 ) -   (38 ) (53 )
  (9,450 ) (9,290 ) (10,022 ) (27,851 ) (30,358 )
                     
Unrealized (losses) gains relating to:                    
Interest rate swaps (295 ) (8,855 ) (29,268 ) (16,242 ) (25,892 )
Toledo Spirit time-charter derivative contract (200 ) -   1,600   100   2,000  
  (495 ) (8,855 ) (27,668 ) (16,142 ) (23,892 )
Total realized and unrealized losses derivative instruments (9,945 ) (18,145 ) (37,690 ) (43,993 ) (54,250 )
   
(3) For accounting purposes, the Partnership is required to revalue all foreign currency-denominated monetary assets and liabilities based on the prevailing exchange rate at the end of each reporting period. This revaluation does not affect the Partnership''s cash flows or the calculation of distributable cash flow, but results in the recognition of unrealized foreign currency translation gains or losses in the consolidated statements of income.
   
  Foreign exchange (loss) gain includes realized gains relating to the amounts the Partnership received to settle the Partnership''s non-designated cross currency swap that was entered into as an economic hedge in relation to the Partnership''s Norwegian Kroner (NOK)-denominated unsecured bonds. The Partnership issued NOK 700 million unsecured bonds in May 2012 maturing in 2017. Foreign exchange (loss) gain also includes unrealized gains (losses) relating to the change in fair value of such derivative instruments, partially offset by unrealized gains (losses) on the revaluation of the NOK bonds as detailed in the table below:
   
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  September 30, 2012   June 30,
2012
  September 30, 2011 September 30, 2012   September 30, 2011
                 
Realized gains on cross-currency swaps 107   48   - 155   -
Unrealized gains (losses) on cross-currency swaps 3,077   (10,270 ) - (7,193 ) -
Unrealized (losses) gains on revaluation of NOK bonds (4,828 ) 7,560   - 2,732   -
 
 
TEEKAY LNG PARTNERS L.P.
SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars) 
 
  As at
September 30,
As at
June 30,
As at
December 31,
  2012 2012 2011
  (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
ASSETS      
Cash and cash equivalents 91,931 114,916 93,627
Restricted cash - current 31,361 - -
Other current assets 19,327 15,783 18,837
Advances to affiliates 3,338 24,362 11,922
Restricted cash - long-term 496,309 526,705 495,634
Vessels and equipment 1,960,756 1,980,370 2,021,125
Net investments in direct financing leases 404,981 406,549 409,541
Derivative assets 167,638 162,472 155,259
Investments in and advances to equity accounted joint ventures 388,722 374,320 191,448
Other assets 37,668 39,387 34,760
Intangible assets 107,568 109,851 114,416
Goodwill 35,631 35,631 35,631
Total Assets 3,745,230 3,790,346 3,582,200
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY      
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities andunearned revenue 46,019 53,131 60,030
Current portion of long-term debt and capital leases 253,791 255,748 131,925
Advances from affiliates and joint venture partners 11,072 27,288 17,400
Long-term debt and capital leases 1,730,220 1,920,250 1,830,353
Derivative liabilities 328,930 326,347 293,218
Other long-term liabilities 105,147 106,231 109,565
Equity      
Non-controlling interest(1) 32,434 29,712 26,242
Partners'' equity 1,237,617 1,071,639 1,113,467
Total Liabilities and Total Equity 3,745,230 3,790,346 3,582,200
   
(1) Non-controlling interest includes a 30 percent equity interest in the RasGas II project (which owns three LNG carriers), a 31 percent equity interest in the Tangguh Project (which owns two LNG carriers), a 1 percent equity interest in the two Kenai LNG carriers, a 1 percent equity interest in the Excalibur joint venture (which owns one LNG carrier), and a 1 percent equity interest in the five LPG/Multigas carriers, which in each case the Partnership does not own.
   
   
TEEKAY LNG PARTNERS L.P.
SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
 
  Nine Months Ended September 30,  
  2012   2011  
Cash and cash equivalents provided by (used for) (unaudited)   (unaudited)  
OPERATING ACTIVITIES        
Net operating cash flow 134,401   134,172  
FINANCING ACTIVITIES        
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt 419,221   219,401  
Debt issuance costs (2,025 ) -  
Scheduled repayments of long-term debt (60,647 ) (54,563 )
Prepayments of long-term debt (324,274 ) (173,000 )
Scheduled repayments of capital lease obligations and other long-term liabilities (7,590 ) (7,502 )
Proceeds from equity offering, net of offering costs 182,214   161,655  
Advances to and from affiliates -   1,596  
Increase in restricted cash (30,845 ) (3,381 )
Cash distributions paid (142,939 ) (118,809 )
Purchase of Skaugen Multigas Subsidiary -   (55,313 )
Proceeds on sale of 1% interest in Skaugen LPG Carriers and Skaugen Multigas Subsidiaries -   1,220  
Advances to joint venture partners (3,600 ) -  
Other (350 ) (260 )
Net financing cash flow 29,165   (28,956 )
INVESTING ACTIVITIES        
Purchase of equity investment in MALT LNG Carriers (150,999 ) -  
Purchase of equity investment in Angola LNG Carriers (19,068 ) (38,447 )
Receipts from direct financing leases 4,561   4,536  
Expenditures for vessels and equipment (1,125 ) (50,861 )
Repayments from joint venture 830   -  
Other 539   -  
Net investing cash flow (165,262 ) (84,772 )
         
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (1,696 ) 20,444  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period 93,627   81,055  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period 91,931   101,499  
         
 
 
TEEKAY LNG PARTNERS L.P.
APPENDIX A - SPECIFIC ITEMS AFFECTING NET INCOME
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)

Set forth below is a reconciliation of the Partnership''s unaudited adjusted net income attributable to the partners, a non-GAAP financial measure, to net income attributable to the partners as determined in accordance with GAAP. The Partnership believes that, in addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, certain investors use this information to evaluate the Partnership''s financial performance. The items below are also typically excluded by securities analysts in their published estimates of the Partnership''s financial results. Adjusted net income attributable to the partners is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
September 30,   September 30,   September 30,   September 30,  
2012   2011   2012   2011  
(unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)  
Net income - GAAP basis 36,083   28,184   102,022   54,232  
Less:                
  Net income attributable to non-controlling interest (3,022 ) (535 ) (6,542 ) (4,731 )
Net income attributable to the partners 33,061   27,649   95,480   49,501  
Add (subtract) specific items affecting net income:                
  Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain)(1) 6,124   (29,480 ) 1,913   412  
  Unrealized losses from derivative instruments(2) 495   27,668   16,142   23,892  
  Unrealized losses from derivative instruments and other items from equity accounted investees(3) 1,139   5,513   5,128   6,113  
  Other items(4) -   -   -   949  
  Non-controlling interests'' share of items above 865   (1,693 ) (847 ) (1,763 )
Total adjustments 8,623   2,008   22,336   29,603  
Adjusted net income attributable to the partners 41,684   29,657   117,816   79,104  
   
(1) Foreign exchange losses primarily relate to the Partnership''s revaluation of all foreign currency-denominated monetary assets and liabilities based on the prevailing exchange rate at the end of each reporting period and unrealized gain (loss) on the cross-currency swap economically hedging the Partnership''s NOK bonds and exclude the realized gains relating to the cross currency swap for the NOK bonds.
(2) Reflects the unrealized gain or loss due to changes in the mark-to-market value of interest rate derivative instruments that are not designated as hedges for accounting purposes.
(3) Reflects the unrealized gain or loss due to changes in the mark-to-market value of derivative instruments that are not designated as hedges for accounting purposes within the Partnership''s equity-accounted investments and $0.3 million and $1.1 million of acquisition-related costs during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively, relating to the acquisition of the six MALT LNG Carriers.
(4) Amount for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 relates to a one-time management fee associated with the portion of stock-based compensation grants to Teekay Corporation''s former President and Chief Executive Officer that had not yet vested prior to the date of his retirement on March 31, 2011.
 
 
TEEKAY LNG PARTNERS L.P.
APPENDIX B - RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)

Description of Non-GAAP Financial Measure - Distributable Cash Flow (DCF)

Distributable cash flow represents net income adjusted for depreciation and amortization expense, non-cash items, estimated maintenance capital expenditures, unrealized gains and losses from derivatives, deferred income taxes and foreign exchange related items. Maintenance capital expenditures represent those capital expenditures required to maintain over the long-term the operating capacity of, or the revenue generated by, the Partnership''s capital assets. Distributable cash flow is a quantitative standard used in the publicly-traded partnership investment community to assist in evaluating a partnership''s ability to make quarterly cash distributions. Distributable cash flow is not required by GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or any other indicator of the Partnership''s performance required by GAAP. The table below reconciles distributable cash flow to net income.

  Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended  
September 30, 2012   September 30, 2011  
(unaudited)   (unaudited)  
Net income: 36,083   28,184  
Add:        
  Depreciation and amortization 24,570   23,032  
  Partnership''s share of equity accounted joint ventures'' DCF before estimated maintenance capital expenditures 29,597   9,658  
  Unrealized loss on derivatives and other non-cash items 685   28,891  
Less:        
  Estimated maintenance capital expenditures (14,345 ) (11,471 )
  Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain) 6,124   (29,480 )
  Equity income (21,098 ) (891 )
  Non-cash tax expense (recovery) 224   (454 )
Distributable Cash Flow before Non-controlling interest 61,840   47,469  
Non-controlling interests'' share of DCF before estimated maintenance capital expenditures (3,991 ) (3,793 )
Distributable Cash Flow 57,849   43,676  
 
 
TEEKAY LNG PARTNERS L.P.
APPENDIX C - SUPPLEMENTAL SEGMENT INFORMATION
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
 
  Three Months Ended September 30, 2012
  (unaudited)
  Liquefied Gas
Segment
Conventional Tanker
Segment
Total
Net voyage revenues(1) 69,630 28,233 97,863
Vessel operating expenses 11,477 10,515 21,992
Depreciation and amortization 17,158 7,412 24,570
General and administrative 3,981 2,273 6,254
Income from vessel operations 37,014 8,033 45,047
       
       
       
  Three Months Ended September 30, 2011
  (unaudited)
  Liquefied Gas
Segment
Conventional Tanker
Segment
Total
Net voyage revenues(1) 68,921 28,028 96,949
Vessel operating expenses 11,803 10,563 22,366
Depreciation and amortization 15,689 7,343 23,032
General and administrative 2,722 3,082 5,804
Income from vessel operations 38,707 7,040 45,747
   
(1) Net voyage revenues represents voyage revenues less voyage expenses, which comprise all expenses relating to certain voyages, including bunker fuel expenses, port fees, canal tolls and brokerage commissions. Net voyage revenues is a non-GAAP financial measure used by certain investors to measure the financial performance of shipping companies. Please see the Partnership''s website at http://www.teekaylng.com/ for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure as used in this release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS 

This release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) which reflect management''s current views with respect to certain future events and performance, including statements regarding: future growth opportunities, including current bidding activity by the Partnership on potential LNG and floating storage and regasification projects and anticipated start-up timing of those projects; LNG shipping market fundamentals, including the balance of supply and demand of LNG shipping capacity and LNG shipping charter rates; the stability of the Partnership''s cash flows; the Partnership''s financial position, including available liquidity; and the Partnership''s ability to secure additional accretive growth opportunities. The following factors are among those that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, which involve risks and uncertainties, and that should be considered in evaluating any such statement: availability of LNG shipping, floating storage, regasification and other growth project opportunities; changes in production of LNG or LPG, either generally or in particular regions; changes in trading patterns or timing of start-up of new LNG liquefaction and regasification projects significantly affecting overall vessel tonnage requirements; the Partnership''s ability to secure new contracts through bidding on project tenders and/or acquire existing on-the-water assets; changes in applicable industry laws and regulations and the timing of implementation of new laws and regulations; the potential for early termination of long-term contracts of existing vessels in the Teekay LNG fleet and inability of the Partnership to renew or replace long-term contracts; the Partnership''s ability to raise financing to purchase additional vessels or to pursue other projects; changes to the amount or proportion of revenues, expenses, or debt service costs denominated in foreign currencies; competitive dynamics in bidding for potential LNG or LPG projects; and other factors discussed in Teekay LNG Partners'' filings from time to time with the SEC, including its Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011. The Partnership expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Partnership''s expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

Contact:
Teekay LNG Partners L.P.
Kent Alekson
Investor Relations Enquiries
+1 (604) 609-6442
www.teekaylng.com

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