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GasLog Partners LP Reports Financial Results for the Three-Month Period and the Year Ended December 31, 2018, Increases Cash Distribution and Announces Unit Repurchase Programme

Monaco, Jan. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  GasLog Partners LP (“GasLog Partners” or the “Partnership”) (GLOP), an international owner and operator of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) carriers, today reports its financial results for the three-month period and the year ended December 31, 2018.

Highlights

·Completed the acquisition of the Methane Becki Anne from GasLog Ltd. (“GasLog”) for $207.4 million, including assumed debt of $93.9 million, with attached multi-year charter to a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc (“Shell”).
·Completed public offering of 8.500% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Fixed to Floating Rate Preference Units (the “Series C Preference Units”), raising gross proceeds of $100.0 million and net proceeds of $96.3 million.
·Modified the Partnership Agreement with respect to the GasLog’s incentive distribution rights (“IDRs”), reducing GasLog’s IDRs on quarterly distributions above $0.5625 per unit from 48% to 23% and waiving the rights of GasLog to receive IDRs in respect of assets or businesses acquired by GasLog Partners from third parties, in exchange for a cash consideration to GasLog of $25.0 million.
·Announces board authorization of unit repurchase programme of up to $25.0 million of the Partnership’s common units.
·Quarterly Revenues, Profit, Adjusted Profit(1) and EBITDA(1) of $86.8 million, $21.8 million, $32.3 million and $68.7 million, respectively.
·Highest-ever quarterly Partnership Performance Results(2) for Revenues, Adjusted Profit(1), EBITDA(1) and Distributable cash flow(1) of $83.1 million, $30.9 million, $65.7 million and $31.4 million, respectively.
·Annual Revenues, Profit, Adjusted Profit(1) and EBITDA(1) of $352.5 million, $115.5 million, $117.8 million and $261.0 million, respectively.
·Highest-ever annual Partnership Performance Results(2) for Revenues, Profit, Adjusted Profit(1), EBITDA(1) and Distributable cash flow(1) of $317.0 million, $102.6 million, $104.9 million, $233.7 million and $108.9 million, respectively.
·Increased cash distribution of $0.55 per common unit for the fourth quarter of 2018, 3.8% higher than the third quarter of 2018 and 5.1% higher than the fourth quarter of 2017.
·Quarterly distribution coverage ratio(3) of 1.17x, or 1.22x adjusted distribution coverage ratio(4) to reflect the impact on revenues of the scheduled dry-docking of the GasLog Seattle.

(1)        Adjusted Profit, EBITDA and Distributable cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures and should not be used in isolation or as a substitute for GasLog Partners’ financial results presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). For the definitions and reconciliations of these measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS, please refer to Exhibit III at the end of this press release.
(2)        Partnership Performance Results represent the results attributable to GasLog Partners which are non-GAAP financial measures and should not be used in isolation or as a substitute for GasLog Partners’ financial results presented in accordance with IFRS. For the definitions and reconciliations of these measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS, please refer to Exhibit II at the end of this press release.
(3)        Distribution coverage ratio represents the ratio of Distributable cash flow to the cash distribution declared. For the definition and reconciliation of Distributable cash flow to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS, please refer to Exhibit III at the end of this press release.
(4)        Adjusted distribution coverage ratio represents the ratio of Adjusted distributable cash flow to the cash distribution declared. Adjusted distributable cash flow is defined as Distributable cash flow after adjusting for the $1.4 million negative impact on revenues of the scheduled dry-docking of the GasLog Seattle. For the definition and reconciliation of Distributable cash flow to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS, please refer to Exhibit III at the end of this press release.

CEO Statement

Mr. Andrew Orekar, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “I am very pleased to present another strong operating and financial quarter for GasLog Partners, with our highest-ever quarterly and annual Partnership Performance Results for Revenues, Adjusted Profit, EBITDA and Distributable cash flow. During the fourth quarter, we completed our second acquisition of 2018 and raised $100.0 million of preferred equity in early November, which positions the Partnership to announce a further drop-down acquisition in the first quarter of 2019.

2018 was a transformative year for GasLog Partners. We successfully reduced our expected cost of capital by modifying our IDR structure, diversified our customer base through multi-year charters with two new, high quality customers, issued over $320.0 million in equity capital for growth, retired $185.0 million of debt, reduced unit operating costs and completed two vessel acquisitions, increasing the Partnership’s wholly owned fleet to 14 LNG carriers. Following these actions, we are increasing our cash distribution to $0.55 per unit for the fourth quarter, meeting our guidance of 5% to 7% growth in 2018.

While we consider 2018 to have been a very successful year, the last few months have seen significant volatility in the unit prices of the Partnership’s equity securities, which we feel does not reflect our track record of operational and financial delivery, consistent annual distribution growth and the positive outlook for LNG shipping markets. In keeping with our focus on total unitholder returns, today we are announcing a $25.0 million unit buyback authorization, under which we may, from time to time, repurchase our common units in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. In addition, we are reiterating our year-on-year distribution growth guidance of 2% to 4% in 2019. Our guidance reflects the positive outlook for the LNG shipping market, our two accretive acquisitions completed in 2018, and continued access to capital to fund drop-down acquisitions, while also considering our two scheduled dry-dockings and one vessel coming off charter in late 2019.”

Acquisition of the Methane Becki Anne

On November 14, 2018, GasLog Partners acquired 100% of the shares in the entity that owns and charters the Methane Becki Anne to Shell. The Methane Becki Anne is a 170,000 cubic meter (“cbm”) tri-fuel diesel electric (“TFDE”) LNG carrier built in 2010 and technically managed by GasLog since delivery. The vessel is currently on a multi-year time charter with a subsidiary of Shell through March 2024 and Shell has a unilateral option to extend the term of the time charter for a period of either three or five years.

The aggregate purchase price for the acquisition was $207.4 million, which included $1.0 million for positive net working capital balances to be transferred with the vessel and is approximately equal to the vessel’s net book value. GasLog Partners financed the acquisition with cash on hand, plus the assumption of the Methane Becki Anne’s outstanding indebtedness of $93.9 million.

Issuance of Series C Preference Units

On November 15, 2018, GasLog Partners completed a public offering of 4,000,000 8.500% Series C Preference Units, liquidation preference $25.00 per unit, at a price to the public of $25.00 per preference unit. The net proceeds from the offering after deducting underwriting discounts, commissions and other offering expenses were $96.3 million. The Series C Preference Units are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “GLOP PR C”. The initial distribution on the Series C Preference Units will be payable on March 15, 2019.

IDRs Modification

On November 27, 2018, GasLog and GasLog Partners entered into an agreement to modify the Partnership Agreement with respect to GasLog’s IDRs. The modification reduces GasLog’s IDRs on quarterly distributions above $0.5625 per unit from 48% to 23%. GasLog has further agreed to waive IDR payments resulting from any asset or business acquired by GasLog Partners from a third party. In exchange for these modifications, the Partnership paid $25.0 million to GasLog which was sourced from available cash.

Unit Repurchase Programme

On January 29, 2019, the board of directors of GasLog Partners authorized a unit repurchase programme of up to $25.0 million covering the period January 31, 2019 to December 31, 2021. Under the terms of the repurchase programme, we may repurchase common units from time to time, at our discretion, on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. Any repurchases are subject to market conditions, applicable legal requirements and other considerations. We are not obligated under the repurchase programme to repurchase any specific dollar amount or number of common units, and the repurchase programme may be modified, suspended or discontinued at any time or never utilized.

ATM Programme

On May 16, 2017, GasLog Partners commenced an ATM Programme under which the Partnership may, from time to time, raise equity through the issuance and sale of new common units having an aggregate offering price of up to $100.0 million in accordance with the terms of an equity distribution agreement entered into on the same date. Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC agreed to act as sales agents. On November 3, 2017, the size of the ATM Programme was increased to $144.0 million and UBS Securities LLC was included as a sales agent.

During the fourth quarter of 2018, GasLog Partners issued and received payment for 259,104 common units at a weighted average price of $24.06 per common unit for total gross proceeds of $6.2 million and net proceeds of $6.0 million, after broker commissions of $0.1 million and other expenses of $0.1 million. In connection with the issuance of common units under the ATM Programme during this period, the Partnership also issued 5,288 general partner units to its general partner in order for GasLog to retain its 2.0% general partner interest. The net proceeds from the issuance of the general partner units were $0.1 million.

Since the commencement of the ATM Programme through December 31, 2018, GasLog Partners has issued and received payment for a total of 5,291,304 common units, with cumulative gross proceeds of $123.4 million at a weighted average price of $23.33 per unit. In connection with the issuance of common units under the ATM Programme during this period, the Partnership also issued 107,987 general partner units to its general partner. The net proceeds from the issuance of the general partner units were $2.5 million.

Financial Summary

    IFRS Common Control Reported Results(1)  
           
(All amounts expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)   December 31,
 2017
  December 31,
 2018
   

% change
  December 31,
 2017
  December 31,
 2018
   

% change
 
Revenues   92,388   86,847   (6 % ) 371,146   352,541   (5 % )
Profit   34,447   21,836   (37 % ) 134,745   115,513   (14 % )
Adjusted Profit(2)   31,092   32,271   4 %   133,165   117,824   (12 % )
EBITDA(2)   67,750   68,662   1 %   279,816   261,025   (7 % )

(1)        “IFRS Common Control Reported Results” represent the results of GasLog Partners in accordance with IFRS. Such results include amounts related to vessels currently owned by the Partnership for the periods prior to their respective transfer to GasLog Partners from GasLog, as the transfers of such vessels were accounted for as reorganizations of entities under common control for IFRS accounting purposes. The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of the Partnership accompanying this press release are prepared under IFRS on this basis.

(2)        Adjusted Profit and EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. For the definitions and reconciliations of these measures to the most directly comparable financial measure presented in accordance with IFRS, please refer to Exhibit III at the end of this press release.
             

There were 1,220 and 4,910 operating days for the quarter and the year ended December 31, 2018, respectively, as compared to 1,269 and 5,091 operating days for the quarter and the year ended December 31, 2017, respectively. The decrease in operating days resulted mainly from certain off-charter days for the vessels not operating under a time charter and the off-hire days for three dry-dockings in 2018 (the GasLog Santiago, the GasLog Sydney and the GasLog Seattle) as compared with only one dry-docking in 2017 (the GasLog Shanghai).

The decrease in profit of $12.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 as compared to the same period in 2017 is mainly attributable to a decrease in mark-to-market gain on derivatives of $14.0 million (a loss of $10.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with a gain of $3.6 million in the same period of 2017), a decrease in revenues of $5.6 million, mainly due to the expiry of the initial charters of the GasLog Shanghai, the GasLog Santiago and the GasLog Sydney, and an increase in administrative fees of $0.9 million. The aforementioned decreases were partially offset by a decrease in operating expenses of $3.9 million, the net pool allocation of $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 and a decrease in voyage expenses and commissions of $0.4 million. Following the expiry of their initial charters, the GasLog Shanghai has been trading in the spot market through the Cool Pool, an LNG carrier pooling arrangement operated by GasLog and Golar LNG Ltd. (the “Cool Pool”), the GasLog Santiago began a new, multi-year charter with a new customer and the GasLog Sydney began a new 18-month charter with Cheniere Energy, Inc. (“Cheniere”) GasLog Partners’ total net pool performance is presented below:

                   
Amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars   For the three months ended   For the years ended  
    December 31, 2017   December 31,
2018
  December 31,
2017
  December 31,
2018
 
Pool gross revenues (included in Revenues)       5,849       11,475  
Pool gross voyage expenses and commissions (included in Voyage expenses and commissions)       (155 )       (443 )
GasLog Partners’ adjustment for net pool allocation (included in Net pool allocation)       3,277         3,700  
GasLog Partners’ total net pool performance       8,971         14,732  

The decrease in profit of $19.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2018 as compared to the same period in 2017 is primarily attributable to decreased total revenues (revenues and net pool allocation) of $14.9 million, mainly due to the expiry of the initial charters of the GasLog Shanghai, the GasLog Santiago and the GasLog Sydney, which ended in May, June and September 2018, respectively, and the increased off-hire days for three scheduled dry-dockings performed during 2018 compared with one scheduled dry-docking during 2017, and an increase in administrative fees of $3.9 million.

    Partnership Performance Results(1)  
           
(All amounts expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)   December 31,
 2017
  December 31,
 2018
   

% change
  December 31,
 2017
  December 31,
 2018
   

% change
 
Revenues   76,219   83,134   9 %   269,071   316,991   18 %  
Profit   28,438   20,424   (28 % ) 94,117   102,597   9 %  
Adjusted Profit(2)   25,083   30,859   23 %   92,156   104,908   14 %  
EBITDA(2)   55,358   65,716   19 %   196,133   233,656   19 %  
Distributable cash flow(2)   26,934   31,401   17 %   100,551   108,945   8 %  
Cash distributions declared   22,845   26,929   18 %   86,344   101,189   17 %  

(1)        “Partnership Performance Results” represent the results attributable to GasLog Partners. Such results are non-GAAP measures and exclude amounts related to vessels currently owned by the Partnership for the periods prior to their respective transfers to GasLog Partners from GasLog, as the Partnership is not entitled to the cash or results generated in the periods prior to such transfers. Such results are included in the GasLog Partners’ results in accordance with IFRS because the transfers of the vessel owning entities by GasLog to the Partnership represent reorganizations of entities under common control and the Partnership reflects such transfers retroactively under IFRS. GasLog Partners believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information to both management and investors regarding the financial and operating performance of the Partnership necessary to understand the underlying basis for the calculations of the quarterly distribution and earnings per unit, which similarly exclude the results of vessels prior to their transfers to the Partnership. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be viewed in isolation or as substitutes to the equivalent GAAP measures presented in accordance with IFRS, but should be used in conjunction with the most directly comparable IFRS Common Control Reported Results. For the definitions and reconciliations of these measurements to the most directly comparable financial measures presented in accordance with IFRS, please refer to Exhibit II at the end of this press release.

(2)        Adjusted Profit, EBITDA and Distributable cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures and should not be used in isolation or as a substitute for GasLog Partners’ financial results presented in accordance with IFRS. For the definitions and reconciliations of these measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS, please refer to Exhibit III at the end of this press release.
             

With respect to the Partnership Performance Results, there were 1,175 and 4,476 operating days for the quarter and the year ended December 31, 2018, respectively, as compared to 1,065 and 3,764 operating days for the quarter and the year ended December 31, 2017, respectively. The increase in operating days resulted from the vessel drop-downs during 2017 (the GasLog Greece, the GasLog Geneva and the Solaris) and 2018 (the GasLog Gibraltar and the Methane Becki Anne), partially offset by certain off-charter days for the vessels not operating under a time charter and the off-hire days for three dry-dockings in 2018 (the GasLog Santiago, the GasLog Sydney and the GasLog Seattle) as compared with only one dry-docking in 2017 (the GasLog Shanghai).

The decrease in profit of $8.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 as compared to the same period in 2017 is mainly attributable to a decrease in mark-to-market gain on derivatives of $14.0 million (a loss of $10.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with a gain of $3.6 million in the same period of 2017), a decrease in revenues of $5.6 million, mainly due to the expiry of the initial charters of the GasLog Shanghai, the GasLog Santiago and the GasLog Sydney, and an increase in administrative fees of $0.9 million. The aforementioned decreases were partially offset by the incremental profits of $4.7 million of the Solaris, the GasLog Gibraltar and the Methane Becki Anne, acquired by the Partnership on October 20, 2017, April 26, 2018 and November 14, 2018, respectively, the net pool allocation from the Cool Pool of $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, a decrease in operating expenses of $3.0 million and a decrease in voyage expenses and commissions of $0.4 million from the remaining fleet.

The increase in profit of $8.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2018 as compared to the same period in 2017 is mainly attributable to the incremental profits of $25.4 million of the GasLog Greece, the GasLog Geneva, the Solaris, the GasLog Gibraltar and the Methane Becki Anne, acquired by the Partnership on May 3, 2017, July 3, 2017, October 20, 2017, April 26, 2018 and November 14, 2018, respectively, and a decrease in operating expenses of the remaining fleet of $2.6 million, partially offset by a decrease of $14.9 million in total revenues (revenues and net pool allocation), mainly due to the expiry of the initial charters of the GasLog Shanghai, the GasLog Santiago and the GasLog Sydney and the increased off-hire days due to dry-docking, and an increase in administrative fees of $3.9 million.

Preference Unit Distributions

On November 15, 2018, the board of directors of GasLog Partners approved and declared a distribution on the Series A Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Fixed to Floating Rate Preference Units (the “Series A Preference Units”) of $0.5390625 per preference unit and a distribution on the Series B Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Fixed to Floating Rate Preference Units (the “Series B Preference Units”) of $0.5125 per preference unit. The cash distributions were paid on December 17, 2018 to all unitholders of record as of December 10, 2018.

Common Unit Distribution

On January 29, 2019, the board of directors of GasLog Partners approved and declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.55 per common unit for the quarter ended December 31, 2018. The cash distribution is payable on February 13, 2019 to all unitholders of record as of February 8, 2019.

Change of Director

Mr. Anthony Papadimitriou will step down from the board of directors of GasLog Partners on January 31, 2019 and Mr. Michael Gialouris will be appointed as a director with effect from February 1, 2019.  Mr. Papadimitriou has been a director since May 2015 and was appointed by our General Partner. Mr. Gialouris, the President and Managing Director of ASOFIN Management S.A., an Onassis Foundation Company, has also been appointed by our General Partner.

Liquidity and Financing

As of December 31, 2018, we had $129.1 million of cash and cash equivalents, of which $85.3 million was held in current accounts and $43.8 million was held in time deposits with an original duration of less than three months. An amount of $10.0 million of time deposits with an original duration greater than three months was classified as short-term investments.

On November 14, 2018, in connection with the acquisition of GAS-twenty seven Ltd., the entity that owns the Methane Becki Anne, the Partnership paid GasLog $109.4 million representing the difference between the $207.4 million aggregate purchase price and the $93.9 million of outstanding indebtedness of the acquired entity assumed by GasLog Partners less an adjustment of $4.1 million in order to maintain the agreed working capital position in the acquired entity of $1.0 million.

As of December 31, 2018, we had an aggregate of $1,235.0 million of indebtedness outstanding under our credit facilities, of which $429.4 million is repayable within one year. Current debt includes $360.0 million from the outstanding indebtedness of GAS-three Ltd., GAS-four Ltd., GAS-five Ltd., GAS-sixteen Ltd. and GAS-seventeen Ltd., due in November 2019. We are in active discussions with a number of banks for its refinancing. We currently expect this refinancing to be completed during the first half of 2019. In addition, we had unused availability under our revolving credit facilities of $55.9 million.

The Partnership has entered into six interest rate swap agreements with GasLog at a notional value of $625.0 million in aggregate, maturing between 2020 and 2024. As a result of its hedging agreements, the Partnership has hedged 43.9% of its floating interest rate exposure on its outstanding debt as of December 31, 2018, at a weighted average interest rate of approximately 1.9% (excluding margin).

Furthermore, the Partnership has also entered into nine forward foreign exchange contracts with GasLog with a notional value of €18.0 million and staggered maturities during 2019 to mitigate its foreign exchange transaction exposure in its operating expenses.

As of December 31, 2018, our current assets totaled $166.8 million and current liabilities totaled $498.0 million, including the $360.0 million of current debt due in November 2019 mentioned above, resulting in a negative working capital position of $331.2 million.

Our Fleet

Owned Fleet

Our fleet currently consists of the following TFDE and steam powered engine propulsion (“Steam”) vessels:

LNG Carrier   Year Built   Cargo
Capacity
(cbm)
  Charterer    

 

Propulsion
  Charter Expiration   Optional Period  
1 Methane Rita Andrea   2006   145,000   Shell   Steam   April 2020    
2 Methane Jane Elizabeth   2006   145,000   Shell   Steam   October 2019 (1)    
3 Methane Alison Victoria   2007   145,000   Shell   Steam   December 2019 (1)    
  Methane Jane Elizabeth or Methane Alison Victoria (1)   2006/2007   145,000   New Customer   Steam   November or December 2020   2021–2024 (2)  
4 Methane Shirley Elisabeth   2007   145,000   Shell   Steam   June 2020    
5 Methane Heather Sally   2007   145,000   Shell   Steam   December 2020   2023–2025 (3)  
6 Methane Becki Anne   2010   170,000   Shell   TFDE   March 2024   2027–2029 (3)  
7 GasLog Shanghai   2013   155,000   Spot Market (4)   TFDE      
8 GasLog Santiago   2013   155,000   New Customer   TFDE   December 2021   2022-2028 (5)  
9 GasLog Sydney   2013   155,000   Cheniere (6)   TFDE   June 2020   2020-2021 (7)  
10 GasLog Seattle   2013   155,000   Shell   TFDE   June 2021    
11 Solaris   2014   155,000   Shell   TFDE   June 2021   2026–2031 (8)  
12 GasLog Greece   2016   174,000   Shell   TFDE   March 2026   2031 (9)  
13 GasLog Geneva   2016   174,000   Shell   TFDE    September 2023   2028–2031 (10)  
14 GasLog Gibraltar   2016   174,000   Shell   TFDE    October 2023   2028–2031 (10)  
     

(1)   GasLog Partners has secured a one-year charter for either the Methane Jane Elizabeth or the Methane Alison Victoria (as nominated by the Partnership) commencing in either November or December 2019 at the Partnership’s option.

(2)   Charterer may extend the term of this time charter for a period ranging from one to four years, provided that the charterer gives us advance notice of declaration. The period shown reflects the expiration of the minimum optional period and the maximum optional period.

(3)   Charterer may extend the term of the related charters for one extension period of three or five years, and each charter requires that the charterer gives us advance notice of its exercise of any extension option. The period shown reflects the expiration of the minimum optional period and the maximum optional period.

(4)   The vessel is currently operating in the spot market under the Cool Pool.

(5)   Charterer may extend the term of this time charter for a period ranging from one to seven years, provided that the charterer gives us advance notice of declaration. The period shown reflects the expiration of the minimum optional period and the maximum optional period.

(6)   The vessel began an 18-month charter with Cheniere in December 2018.

(7)   Charterer may extend the term of this time charter for a period ranging from six to twelve months, provided that the charterer gives us advance notice of declaration. The period shown reflects the expiration of the minimum optional period and the maximum optional period.

(8)   Charterer may extend the term of this time charter for a period ranging from five to ten years, provided that the charterer gives us advance notice of its exercise of any extension option. The period shown reflects the expiration of the minimum optional period and the maximum optional period.

(9)   Charterer may extend the term of the time charter for a period of five years, provided that the charterer gives us advance notice of declaration.

(10)   Charterer may extend the term of the time charters by two additional periods of five and three years, respectively, provided that the charterer gives us advance notice of declaration. The period shown reflects the expiration of the minimum optional period and the maximum optional period.

LNG Market Update and Outlook

LNG demand, as estimated by Wood Mackenzie, is expected to have increased by 9%, from 288 million tonnes per annum (“mtpa”) in 2017 to 313 mtpa in 2018. According to China’s General Administration of Customs, China’s LNG imports increased by approximately 16 mtpa, or 41% to 54 mtpa in 2018, driven mainly by continued coal-to-gas switching in the industrial, commercial and residential sectors. South Korea, Pakistan, Thailand and Mexico also experienced strong growth in LNG imports during 2018. The outlook remains robust, with Wood Mackenzie forecasting compound annual growth in global LNG demand of 6% between 2018 and 2025. This growth is expected to be broad-based, with Wood Mackenzie forecasting that South East Asia (excluding India) and Europe will account for approximately 70% of the 148 mtpa net increase in demand between 2018 and 2025.

According to Wood Mackenzie, global LNG supply in 2018 totaled 326 million tonnes (“mt”), or a 9% increase on 2017. Several new LNG supply projects and the ramp-up of existing facilities contributed to the increase in LNG production in 2018. During the year, new production started in the United States (Cove Point, Corpus Christi Train 1 and Sabine Pass Train 5), Australia (Wheatstone Train 2, Ichthys), Russia (Yamal Trains 2 & 3) and Cameroon Floating LNG. Supply from existing liquefaction facilities in Egypt, Trinidad and Tobago and Oman also increased following successful efforts to raise domestic gas production. Downtime at existing facilities in Malaysia and Russia partially offset these gains.

Based on Wood Mackenzie’s current forecasts, 2019 is anticipated to be the strongest year ever for supply growth in the LNG market, with supply expected to increase by 40 mtpa to 366 mtpa, a 12% increase on 2018. This includes new LNG production from Elba Island, Cameron, Freeport and Corpus Christi Train 2 in the United States, the Prelude floating LNG project offshore Australia, further increases in Russia’s output and the continued ramp-up of projects which were brought onstream in 2018.

During 2018, three new LNG liquefaction projects reached Final Investment Decision (“FID”), underpinning further LNG supply growth during the next decade. LNG Canada (14 mtpa) in western Canada, Corpus Christi Train 3 (4.5 mtpa) in the United States and the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project offshore Mauritania and Senegal (2.5 mtpa) were all approved during the year. According to Wood Mackenzie, proposed projects in the United States with a combined capacity of approximately 35 mtpa are expected to gain investment approval in 2019. Outside the United States, Qatar is aiming to take FID on an expansion of existing facilities from 77 to 110 mtpa. New projects offshore Mozambique (28 mtpa) and the Arctic LNG-2 project (20 mtpa) in Russia are also expected by Wood Mackenzie to be approved in 2019.

In parallel with the progress on new supply FIDs, in 2018 there was a significant increase in the number of announced long-term LNG off-take contracts. According to Wood Mackenzie and company disclosures, 48 mtpa of long-term (defined as greater than 5 years’ duration) off-take contracts were signed in 2018, compared to 25 mtpa in 2017. The nature of the LNG marketplace also continued to evolve. According to the Financial Times, the top three independent commodity traders increased their delivered LNG volumes by almost 40% to 31 mt in 2018, taking market share from traditional participants such as national oil companies and major integrated oil companies.

In the LNG shipping spot market, TFDE headline rates, as reported by Clarksons, averaged $89,000 per day in 2018, a 93% increase on 2017 levels. Headline TFDE rates rose significantly in the fourth quarter of 2018 and reached all-time highs of $190,000 per day in November 2018 following a marked decrease in spot ship availability. Average headline TFDE rates in the fourth quarter of 2018 were $150,000 per day. Headline rates for Steam vessels also reached multi-year highs of $98,000 per day in late 2018. In recent weeks, normal weather and ample inventory levels in key Asian markets have resulted in falling Asian LNG prices, reducing the incentive to move LNG cargoes from the Atlantic to the Pacific Basin and resulting in rising prompt vessel availability and falling spot rates. Headline TFDE spot rates are currently assessed at $69,000 per day. Notwithstanding the recent fall and anticipated seasonality in the spring shoulder months, we continue to believe that the medium-term outlook for spot rates through 2019 and 2020 is positive given supportive LNG commodity fundamentals and LNG shipping supply and demand. However, spot rates may be prone to further periods of seasonality and volatility similar to that seen during 2018.

During 2018 there was a significant increase in term chartering activity. Based on Poten data, charters between 181 days to seven years duration increased to 19% of total fixtures in 2018, from 5% in 2017. Our expectation of structural tightness in the LNG carrier market, combined with increasing spot vessel availability, could result in this trend continuing in 2019 and beyond.

According to Poten, there were 62 orders for dedicated LNG carrier newbuilds in 2018, an all-time high. The orderbook now totals 107 dedicated LNG carriers (>100,000 cbm), of which 67% are backed by long-term contracts. The positive outlook for LNG commodity and LNG shipping markets, as well as historically low newbuild prices, resulted in both existing LNG carrier owners and new entrants ordering new vessels. Based on 2018 newbuilding orders and current forecasts of LNG supply growth, we now believe that the LNG shipping market is heading towards a balanced state early next decade. As such, the requirement for additional shipping capacity in this period has now been largely addressed. This implies that newbuilding order activity in 2019 needs to slow relative to 2018 levels in order to reduce the risk of vessel oversupply.

Contracted Charter Revenues

The following table summarizes GasLog Partners’ contracted charter revenues and vessel utilization as of December 31, 2018:

            For the years ending December 31,
            2019     2020     2021     2022   2023-2026   Total  
        (in millions of U.S. dollars, except days and percentages)
Contracted time charter revenues(1)(2)(3)(4)           327.1     251.5     157.4     120.6   183.6   1,040.2  
Total contracted days(1)(2)           4,623     3,597     2,072     1,460   2,188   13,940  
Total available days(5)           5,080     5,004     4,960     5,110   20,034   40,188  
Total unfixed days(6)           457     1,407     2,888     3,650   17,846   26,248  
Percentage of total contracted days/total available days       %   91.0 %   71.9 %   41.8 %   28.6 % 10.9 % 34.7 %


 

(1)   Reflects time charter revenues and contracted days for the 14 LNG carriers in our fleet as of December 31, 2018. Does not include charter revenues for the vessel operating in the spot/short-term market under the Cool Pool.

(2)   Our ships are scheduled to undergo dry-docking once every five years. Revenue calculations assume 365 revenue days per ship per annum, with 30 off-hire days when each ship undergoes scheduled dry-docking.

(3)   For time charters that include an operating cost component, revenue calculations include an estimate of the amount of that operating cost component.

(4)   Revenue calculations assume no exercise of any option to extend the terms of the charters.

(5)   Available days represent total calendar days after deducting 30 off-hire days when the ship undergoes scheduled dry-docking.

(6)   Represents available days for the ships after the expiration of the existing charters (assuming charterers do not exercise any option to extend the terms of the charters).

The table above provides information about our contracted charter revenues and ship utilization based on contracts in effect for the 14 LNG carriers in our fleet as of December 31, 2018. The table reflects only our contracted charter revenues for the ships in our owned fleet for which we have secured time charters, and it does not reflect the costs or expenses we will incur in fulfilling our obligations under the charters. In particular, the table does not reflect any revenues from the vessel that is operating in the Cool Pool, any time charter revenues from any additional ships we may acquire in the future, nor does it reflect the options under our time charters that permit our charterers to extend the time charter terms for successive multi-year periods at comparable charter hire rates. The entry into a time charter contract for the vessel operating in the Cool Pool, or the exercise of the options to extend the terms of our existing charters would result in an increase in the number of contracted days and the contracted revenues for our fleet in the future. Although the contracted charter revenues are based on contracted charter hire rate provisions, they reflect certain assumptions, including assumptions relating to future ship operating costs. We consider the assumptions to be reasonable as of the date of this report, but if these assumptions prove to be incorrect, our actual time charter revenues could differ from those reflected in the table. Furthermore, any contract is subject to various risks, including performance by the counterparties or an early termination of the contract pursuant to its terms. If the charterers are unable or unwilling to make charter payments to us, or if we agree to renegotiate charter terms at the request of a charterer, or if contracts are prematurely terminated for any reason, we would be exposed to prevailing market conditions at the time, and our results of operations and financial condition may be materially adversely affected. Please see the disclosure under the heading “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on February 12, 2018. For these reasons, the contracted charter revenues information presented above is not fact and should not be relied upon as being necessarily indicative of future results and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this information. Neither the Partnership’s independent auditors, nor any other independent accountants, have compiled, examined or performed any procedures with respect to the information presented in the table, nor have they expressed any opinion or any other form of assurance on such information or its achievability, and assume no responsibility for, and disclaim any association with, the information in the table.

Conference Call 

GasLog Partners will host a conference call to discuss its results for the fourth quarter of 2018 at 8:30 a.m. EST (1:30 p.m. GMT) on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Andrew Orekar, Chief Executive Officer, and Alastair Maxwell, Chief Financial Officer, will review the Partnership’s operational and financial performance for the period. Management’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

The dial-in numbers for the conference call are as follows:
+1 855 253 8928 (USA)
+44 20 3107 0289 (United Kingdom)
+33 1 70 80 71 53 (France)
+852 3011 4522 (Hong Kong)

Conference ID: 5598875

A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on the Investor Relations page of the Partnership’s website at
http://www.gaslogmlp.com/investor-relations.

For those unable to participate in the conference call, a replay of the webcast will be available on the Investor Relations page of the Partnership’s website at http://www.gaslogmlp.com/investor-relations.

About GasLog Partners

GasLog Partners is a growth-oriented master limited partnership focused on owning, operating and acquiring LNG carriers under multi-year charters. GasLog Partners' fleet consists of 14 LNG carriers with an average carrying capacity of approximately 157,000 cbm. GasLog Partners’ principal executive offices are located at Gildo Pastor Center, 7 Rue du Gabian, MC 98000, Monaco. Visit GasLog Partners’ website at http://www.gaslogmlp.com


Forward-Looking Statements

All statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements that address activities, events or developments that the Partnership expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future, particularly in relation to our operations, cash flows, financial position, liquidity and cash available for dividends or distributions, plans, strategies, business prospects and changes and trends in our business and the markets in which we operate. We caution that these forward-looking statements represent our estimates and assumptions, only as of the date of this press release, about factors that are beyond our ability to control or predict, and are not intended to give any assurance as to future results. Any of these factors or a combination of these factors could materially affect future results of operations and the ultimate accuracy of the forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you should not unduly rely on any forward-looking statements.

Factors that might cause future results and outcomes to differ include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • general LNG shipping market conditions and trends, including spot and multi-year charter rates, ship values, factors affecting supply and demand of LNG and LNG shipping, technological advancements and opportunities for the profitable operations of LNG carriers;
  • fluctuations in charter hire rates and vessel values;
  • our ability to secure new multi-year charters at economically attractive rates;
  • our ability to maximize the use of our vessels, including the re-deployment or disposition of vessels which are not under multi-year charters, including the risk that certain of our vessels may no longer have the latest technology at such time, which may impact the rate at which we can charter such vessels;
  • changes in our operating expenses, including crew wages, maintenance, dry-docking and insurance costs and bunker prices;
  • number of off-hire days and dry-docking requirements including our ability to complete scheduled dry-dockings on time and within budget;
  • planned capital expenditures and availability of capital resources to fund capital expenditures;
  • fluctuations in prices for crude oil, petroleum products and natural gas;
  • fluctuations in exchange rates, especially US dollar and Euro;
  • our ability to expand our portfolio by acquiring vessels through our drop-down pipeline with GasLog or by acquiring other assets from third parties;
  • our ability to leverage GasLog’s relationships and reputation in the shipping industry;
  • the ability of GasLog to maintain long-term relationships with major energy companies and major LNG producers, marketers and consumers;
  • GasLog’s relationships with its employees and ship crews, its ability to retain key employees and provide services to us, and the availability of skilled labor, ship crews and management;
  • changes in the ownership of our charterers;
  • our customers’ performance of their obligations under our time charters and other contracts;
  • our future operating performance, financial condition, liquidity and cash available for distributions;
  • our ability to obtain financing to fund capital expenditures, acquisitions and other corporate activities, funding by banks of their financial commitments, funding by GasLog of the revolving credit facility with GasLog entered into on April 3, 2017 and our ability to meet our restrictive covenants and other obligations under our credit facilities;
  • future, pending or recent acquisitions of ships or other assets, business strategy, areas of possible expansion and expected capital spending;
  • risks inherent in ship operations, including the discharge of pollutants;
  • any malfunction or disruption of information technology systems and networks that our operations rely on or any impact of a possible cybersecurity event;
  • the expected cost of and our ability to comply with environmental and regulatory conditions, including changes in laws and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, governmental organizations, classification societies and standards imposed by our charterers applicable to our business;
  • potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, political events, piracy or acts by terrorists;
  • potential liability from future litigation; and
  • other risks and uncertainties described in the Partnership’s Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on February 12, 2018, available at http://www.sec.gov.

We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events, a change in our views or expectations or otherwise. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of these factors. Further, we cannot assess the impact 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.

The declaration and payment of distributions are at all times subject to the discretion of our board of directors and will depend on, amongst other things, risks and uncertainties described above, restrictions in our credit facilities, the provisions of Marshall Islands law and such other factors as our board of directors may deem relevant.


Contacts:

Alastair Maxwell
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: +44-203-388-3100

Phil Corbett
Head of Investor Relations

Phone: +44-203-388-3116

Joseph Nelson
Deputy Head of Investor Relations
Phone: +1-212-223-0643
E-mail: ir@gaslogmlp.com


EXHIBIT I – Unaudited Interim Financial Information: IFRS Common Control Reported Results

Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of financial position
As of December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2018
(All amounts expressed in thousands of U.S. Dollars, except unit data)

    December 31,
2017
  December 31,
2018
 
           
Assets          
Non-current assets          
Derivative financial instruments   6,038   5,116  
Vessels   2,363,668   2,315,823  
Other non-current assets     850  
Total non-current assets   2,369,706   2,321,789  
Current assets          
Trade and other receivables   3,765   13,484  
Inventories   3,079   3,169  
Due from related parties     5,281  
Prepayments and other current assets   1,681   1,175  
Derivative financial instruments   577   4,615  
Short-term investments     10,000  
Cash and cash equivalents   149,455   129,125  
Total current assets   158,557   166,849  
Total assets   2,528,263   2,488,638  
Partners’ equity and liabilities          
Partners’ equity          
Owners’ capital   155,554    
Common unitholders (41,002,121 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2017 and 45,448,993 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018)   752,456   812,863  
General partner (836,779 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2017 and 927,532 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018)   11,781   13,289  
Incentive distribution rights (“IDRs”)   6,596   5,176  
Preference unitholders (5,750,000 Series A Preference Units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2017 and 5,750,000 Series A Preference Units, 4,600,000 Series B Preference Units and 4,000,000 Series C Preference Units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018)   139,321   348,331  
Total partners’ equity   1,065,708   1,179,659  
Current liabilities          
Trade accounts payable   5,125   7,490  
Due to related parties   9,892   2,022  
Derivative financial instruments   269   1,253  
Other payables and accruals   46,891   57,774  
Borrowings—current portion   121,197   429,437  
Total current liabilities   183,374   497,976  
Non-current liabilities          
Derivative financial instruments     3,543  
Borrowings—non-current portion   1,278,931   805,560  
Other non-current liabilities   250   1,900  
Total non-current liabilities   1,279,181   811,003  
Total partners’ equity and liabilities   2,528,263   2,488,638  



Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of profit or loss
For the three-month periods and the years ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2018
(All amounts expressed in thousands of U.S. Dollars, except per unit data)

    For the three months ended   For the years ended  
    December 31, 2017   December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017   December 31, 2018  
Revenues   92,388   86,847   371,146   352,541  
Net pool allocation     3,277     3,700  
Voyage expenses and commissions   (1,159 ) (799 ) (4,650 ) (7,122 )
Vessel operating costs   (19,528 ) (15,667 ) (71,369 ) (68,725 )
Depreciation   (20,452 ) (20,615 ) (81,089 ) (81,590 )
General and administrative expenses   (3,951 ) (4,996 ) (15,311 ) (19,369 )
Profit from operations   47,298   48,047   198,727   179,435  
Financial costs   (16,281 ) (16,886 ) (65,122 ) (66,287 )
Financial income   324   720   1,019   2,413  
Gain/(loss) on derivatives   3,106   (10,045 ) 121   (48 )
Total other expenses, net   (12,851 ) (26,211 ) (63,982 ) (63,922 )
Profit for the period   34,447   21,836   134,745   115,513  
Less:                  
Profit attributable to GasLog’s operations   (6,009 ) (1,412 ) (40,628 ) (12,916 )
Profit attributable to Partnership’s operations   28,438   20,424   94,117   102,597  
Partnership’s profit attributable to:                  
Common units   23,333   13,600   76,347   75,879  
Subordinated units   N/A   N/A   5,085   N/A  
General partner units   508   278   1,728   1,602  
Incentive distribution rights   1,497     3,208   2,618  
Preference units   3,100   6,546   7,749   22,498  
                   
Earnings per unit for the period (basic and diluted):                  
Common unit (basic)   0.57   0.30   2.09   1.77  
Common unit (diluted)   0.57   0.30   2.09   1.76  
Subordinated unit   N/A   N/A   0.52   N/A  
General partner unit   0.61   0.30   2.18   1.83  
                   

                                                      


Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of cash flows
For the years ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2018
(All amounts expressed in thousands of U.S. Dollars)

    For the years ended  
    December 31,
2017
  December 31,
2018
 
           
Cash flows from operating activities:          
Profit for the year   134,745   115,513  
Adjustments for:          
Depreciation   81,089   81,590  
Financial costs   65,122   66,287  
Financial income   (1,019 ) (2,413 )
Unrealized (gain)/loss on derivatives   (2,174 ) 1,411  
Share-based compensation   850   1,034  
    278,613   263,422  
Movements in working capital   21,263   (20,864 )
Cash provided by operations   299,876   242,558  
Interest paid   (57,049 ) (57,451 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   242,827   185,107  
Cash flows from investing activities:          
Payments for vessels’ additions   (5,131 ) (24,177 )
Financial income received   1,012   2,326  
Maturity of short-term investments   7,500   28,000  
Purchase of short-term investments     (38,000 )
Net cash provided by/(used in) investing activities   3,381   (31,851 )
Cash flows from financing activities:          
Borrowings drawdowns   60,000   25,940  
Borrowings repayments   (218,370 ) (197,790 )
Payment of loan issuance costs   (1,594 ) (153 )
Proceeds from public offerings and issuances of common units and general partner units (net of underwriting discounts and commissions)   144,297   62,516  
Proceeds from issuance of preference units (net of underwriting discounts and commissions)   139,222   208,394  
Payment of offering costs   (2,033 ) (915 )
Cash payment to GasLog in exchange for contribution of net assets   (192,168 ) (128,482 )
Cash payments for IDRs modification (including third-party fees)     (25,002 )
Distributions paid   (90,280 ) (118,094 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (160,926 ) (173,586 )
Increase/ (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   85,282   (20,330 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the year   64,173   149,455  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of the year   149,455   129,125  
           



EXHIBIT II

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

Reconciliation of IFRS Common Control Reported Results in our Financial Statements to Partnership Performance Results:

Our Partnership Performance Results presented below are non-GAAP measures and exclude amounts related to GAS-eleven Ltd. (the owner of the GasLog Greece), GAS-thirteen Ltd. (the owner of the GasLog Geneva), GAS-eight Ltd. (the owner of the Solaris), GAS-fourteen Ltd. (the owner of the GasLog Gibraltar) and GAS-twenty seven Ltd. (the owner of the Methane Becki Anne), for the periods prior to their transfers to the Partnership on May 3, 2017, July 3, 2017, October 20, 2017, April 26, 2018 and November 14, 2018, respectively. While such amounts are reflected in the Partnership’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements because the transfers to the Partnership were accounted for as reorganizations of entities under common control under IFRS, the aforementioned entities were not owned by the Partnership prior to their respective transfers to the Partnership, and accordingly the Partnership was not entitled to the cash or results generated in the periods prior to such transfers.

Our IFRS Common Control Reported Results presented below include the accounts of the Partnership and its subsidiaries. Transfers of vessel owning subsidiaries from GasLog are accounted for as reorganizations of entities under common control and the Partnership’s consolidated financial statements are restated to reflect such subsidiaries from the date of their incorporation by GasLog as they were under the common control of GasLog.

GasLog Partners believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information to both management and investors regarding the financial and operating performance of the Partnership which is necessary to understand the underlying basis for the calculations of the quarterly distribution and the earnings per unit, which similarly exclude the results of acquired vessels prior to their transfers to the Partnership. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be viewed in isolation or as substitutes for the equivalent GAAP measures presented in accordance with IFRS, but should be used in conjunction with the most directly comparable IFRS Common Control Reported Results.

 

 

 
  For the three months ended December 31, 2017   For the year ended December 31, 2017  
 

 

(All amounts expressed in U.S. dollars)
   

Results attributable to GasLog
   

Partnership Performance Results
  IFRS Common Control Reported Results    

Results attributable to GasLog
   

Partnership Performance Results
  IFRS Common Control Reported
 Results
 
Revenues   16,169   76,219   92,388   102,075   269,071   371,146  
Voyage expenses and commissions   (202 ) (957 ) (1,159 ) (1,273 ) (3,377 ) (4,650 )
Vessel operating costs   (3,359 ) (16,169 ) (19,528 ) (15,677 ) (55,692 ) (71,369 )
Depreciation   (3,667 ) (16,785 ) (20,452 ) (22,896 ) (58,193 ) (81,089 )
General and administrative expenses   (216 ) (3,735 ) (3,951 ) (1,442 ) (13,869 ) (15,311 )
Profit from operations   8,725   38,573   47,298   60,787   137,940   198,727  
Financial costs   (2,724 ) (13,557 ) (16,281 ) (20,206 ) (44,916 ) (65,122 )
Financial income   8   316   324   47   972   1,019  
Gain on derivatives     3,106   3,106     121   121  
Total other expenses, net   (2,716 ) (10,135 ) (12,851 ) (20,159 ) (43,823 ) (63,982 )
Profit for the period   6,009   28,438   34,447   40,628   94,117   134,745  


 

 

 
  For the three months ended December 31, 2018   For the year ended December 31, 2018  
 

 

(All amounts expressed in U.S. dollars)
   

Results attributable to GasLog
   

Partnership Performance Results
  IFRS Common Control Reported Results    

Results attributable to GasLog
   

Partnership Performance Results
  IFRS Common Control Reported
 Results
 
Revenues   3,713   83,134   86,847   35,550   316,991   352,541  
Net pool allocation     3,277   3,277     3,700   3,700  
Voyage expenses and commissions   (46 ) (753 ) (799 ) (444 ) (6,678 ) (7,122 )
Vessel operating costs   (681 ) (14,986 ) (15,667 ) (7,273 ) (61,452 ) (68,725 )
Depreciation   (934 ) (19,681 ) (20,615 ) (8,439 ) (73,151 ) (81,590 )
General and administrative expenses   (40 ) (4,956 ) (4,996 ) (464 ) (18,905 ) (19,369 )
Profit from operations   2,012   46,035   48,047   18,930   160,505   179,435  
Financial costs   (601 ) (16,285 ) (16,886 ) (6,029 ) (60,258 ) (66,287 )
Financial income   1   719   720   15   2,398   2,413  
Loss on derivatives     (10,045 ) (10,045 )   (48 ) (48 )
Total other expenses, net   (600 ) (25,611 ) (26,211 ) (6,014 ) (57,908 ) (63,922 )
Profit for the period   1,412   20,424   21,836   12,916   102,597   115,513  

EXHIBIT III

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest income and expense, gain/loss on derivatives, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted Profit represents earnings before (a) non-cash gain/loss on derivatives that includes unrealized gain/loss on derivative financial instruments held for trading and (b) write-off and accelerated amortization of unamortized loan fees. EBITDA and Adjusted Profit, which are non-GAAP financial measures, are used as supplemental financial measures by management and external users of financial statements, such as investors, to assess our financial and operating performance. The Partnership believes that these non-GAAP financial measures assist our management and investors by increasing the comparability of our performance from period to period. The Partnership believes that including EBITDA and Adjusted Profit assists our management and investors in (i) understanding and analyzing the results of our operating and business performance, (ii) selecting between investing in us and other investment alternatives and (iii) monitoring our ongoing financial and operational strength in assessing whether to purchase and/or to continue to hold our common units. This increased comparability is achieved by excluding the potentially disparate effects between periods of, in the case of EBITDA, financial costs, gain/loss on derivatives, taxes, depreciation and amortization; and in the case of Adjusted Profit, non-cash gain/loss on derivatives and write-off and accelerated amortization of unamortized loan fees, which items are affected by various and possibly changing financing methods, financial market conditions, capital structure and historical cost basis and which items may significantly affect results of operations between periods.

EBITDA and Adjusted Profit have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered as alternatives to, or as substitutes for, or superior to, profit, profit from operations, earnings per unit or any other measure of operating performance presented in accordance with IFRS. Some of these limitations include the fact that they do not reflect (i) our cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments, (ii) changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs and (iii) the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our debt. Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future and EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements. It is not adjusted for all non-cash income or expense items that are reflected in our statement of cash flows and other companies in our industry may calculate this measure differently to how we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure. EBITDA excludes some, but not all, items that affect profit or loss and these measures may vary among other companies. Therefore, EBITDA as presented herein may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. The following table reconciles EBITDA to profit, the most directly comparable IFRS financial measure, for the periods presented.

EBITDA and Adjusted Profit are presented on the basis of IFRS Common Control Reported Results and Partnership Performance Results. Partnership Performance Results are non-GAAP measures. The difference between IFRS Common Control Reported Results and Partnership Performance Results are results attributable to GasLog.

Reconciliation of Profit to EBITDA:

(Amounts expressed in thousands of U.S. Dollars)

  For the three months ended  
  IFRS Common Control Reported Results    Partnership Performance
 Results
 
  December 31, 2017   December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017   December 31, 2018  
Profit for the period 34,447   21,836   28,438   20,424  
Depreciation 20,452   20,615   16,785   19,681  
Financial costs 16,281   16,886   13,557   16,285  
Financial income (324 ) (720 ) (316 ) (719 )
(Gain)/loss on derivatives (3,106 ) 10,045   (3,106 ) 10,045  
EBITDA 67,750   68,662   55,358   65,716  


  For the years ended  
  IFRS Common Control Reported Results    Partnership Performance
 Results
 
  December 31, 2017   December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017   December 31, 2018  
Profit for the year 134,745   115,513   94,117   102,597  
Depreciation 81,089   81,590   58,193   73,151  
Financial costs 65,122   66,287   44,916   60,258  
Financial income (1,019 ) (2,413 ) (972 ) (2,398 )
(Gain)/loss on derivatives (121 ) 48   (121 ) 48  
EBITDA 279,816   261,025   196,133   233,656  

Reconciliation of Profit to Adjusted Profit:

(Amounts expressed in thousands of U.S. Dollars)

  For the three months ended  
  IFRS Common Control Reported Results    Partnership Performance
 Results
 
  December 31, 2017   December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017   December 31, 2018  
Profit for the period 34,447   21,836   28,438   20,424  
Non-cash (gain)/loss on derivatives (3,568 ) 10,435   (3,568 ) 10,435  
Write-off of unamortized loan fees 213     213    
Adjusted Profit 31,092   32,271   25,083   30,859  


  For the years ended  
  IFRS Common Control Reported Results    Partnership Performance
 Results
 
  December 31, 2017   December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017   December 31, 2018  
Profit for the year 134,745   115,513   94,117   102,597  
Non-cash (gain)/loss on derivatives (2,174 ) 1,411   (2,174 ) 1,411  
Write-off and accelerated amortization of unamortized loan fees 594   900   213   900  
Adjusted Profit 133,165   117,824   92,156   104,908  

Distributable Cash Flow

Distributable cash flow means EBITDA, on the basis of the Partnership Performance Results, after considering financial costs for the period, including realized loss on derivatives (interest rate swaps and forward foreign exchange contracts) and excluding amortization of loan fees, estimated dry-docking and replacement capital reserves established by the Partnership and accrued distributions on preference units, whether or not declared. Estimated dry-docking and replacement capital reserves represent capital expenditures required to renew and maintain over the long term the operating capacity of, or the revenues generated by, our capital assets. Distributable cash flow, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, is a quantitative standard used by investors in publicly traded partnerships to assess their ability to make quarterly cash distributions. Our calculation of Distributable cash flow may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. Distributable cash flow has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered as an alternative to, or substitute for, or superior to, profit or loss, profit or loss from operations, earnings per unit or any other measure of operating performance presented in accordance with IFRS. The table below reconciles Distributable cash flow to Profit for the period attributable to the Partnership.

Reconciliation of Distributable Cash Flow to Partnership’s Profit:

(Amounts expressed in thousands of U.S. Dollars)

  For the three months ended   For the years ended  
  December 31, 2017(1)   December 31, 2018(1)   December 31, 2017(1)   December 31, 2018(1)  
Partnership’s profit for the period 28,438   20,424   94,117   102,597  
Depreciation 16,785   19,681   58,193   73,151  
Financial costs 13,557   16,285   44,916   60,258  
Financial income (316 ) (719 ) (972 ) (2,398 )
(Gain)/loss on derivatives (3,106 ) 10,045   (121 ) 48  
EBITDA 55,358   65,716   196,133   233,656  
Financial costs (excluding amortization of loan fees) and realized loss on derivatives (12,332 ) (14,667  

)
(41,722 ) (52,876 )
Dry-docking capital reserve (3,441 ) (3,675 ) (12,234 ) (13,890 )
Replacement capital reserve (9,551 ) (9,430 ) (33,877 ) (35,450 )
Paid and accrued preferred equity distribution (3,100 ) (6,543 ) (7,749 ) (22,495 )
Distributable cash flow 26,934   31,401   100,551   108,945  
Other reserves (2) (3) (4,089 ) (4,472 ) (14,207 ) (7,756 )
Cash distribution declared 22,845   26,929   86,344   101,189  

(1)       Excludes amounts related to GAS-eleven Ltd., the owner of the GasLog Greece, GAS-thirteen Ltd., the owner of the GasLog Geneva, GAS-eight Ltd., the owner of the Solaris, GAS-fourteen Ltd., the owner of the GasLog Gibraltar and GAS-twenty seven Ltd., the owner of the Methane Becki Anne, for the periods prior to their transfers to the Partnership on May 3, 2017, July 3, 2017, October 20, 2017, April 26, 2018 and November 14, 2018, respectively. While such amounts are reflected in the Partnership’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements because the transfers to the Partnership were accounted for as reorganizations of entities under common control under IFRS, the aforementioned entities were not owned by the Partnership prior to their respective transfers to the Partnership, and accordingly the Partnership was not entitled to the cash or results generated in the period prior to such transfers.
       
(2)       Refers to movements in reserves (other than the dry-docking and replacement capital reserves) for the proper conduct of the business of the Partnership and its subsidiaries.
             

(3)       For the three months ended December 31, 2018, the cash distributions declared and the other reserves have been calculated based on the number of units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018.