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Navigator Holdings Ltd. Preliminary Third Quarter 2021 Results (Unaudited)

Highlights

  • Navigator Holdings Ltd. (the “Company”, “we”, “our” and “us”) (NYSE: NVGS) reported operating revenue of $102.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $81.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

  • Net income was $6.7 million (earnings per share of $0.10) for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to a net income of $1.3 million (earnings per share of $0.02) for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $40.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $29.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

  • Fleet utilization was 84.0% for the three months ended September 30, 2021, an increase from the 78.8% achieved for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

  • The ethylene export marine terminal at Morgan’s Point, Texas on the Houston Ship Channel (the “Marine Export Terminal”) had throughput volumes of 128,000 tons for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to 170,000 tons for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

  • A fifth vessel entered a 12-month time charter with Mitsui & Co. Energy Trading Singapore Pte. Ltd. following an initial four vessels in the second quarter, transporting LPG from Pembina Pipeline Corporation’s new LPG export facility at Prince Rupert, British Columbia, West Coast Canada.

  • On August 4, 2021, the Company entered into the previously announced transaction with Naviera Ultranav Limitada (“Ultranav”) to acquire the Ultragas ApS (“Ultragas”) fleet and business activities. The addition of their vessels gives a combined fleet of 55 vessels which will enhance our capability to provide flexibility, choice and support to our customers.

  • In November 2021, the Company secured multi-year time charters for its remaining three midsize ethane carriers, with expiry of these time charters in 2026.

LONDON and NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Company’s financial information for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, included in this press release is preliminary and is subject to change in connection with the completion of the Company’s quarter-end close procedures and further financial review. Actual results may differ from these estimates as a result of the completion of the Company's quarter-end closing procedures, review adjustments and other developments that may arise between now and the time such financial information for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 is finalized.

Recent Developments

Ultragas Transaction

During the third quarter 2021, on August 4, 2021, the Company entered into the previously announced transaction with Naviera Ultranav Limitada (“Ultranav”) to combine the Ultragas ApS (“Ultragas”) fleet and business activities with Navigator, by acquiring two entities, Othello Shipping Company S.A. with its 18 wholly owned vessel owning entities; and Ultragas ApS, (the vessels’ operator) with its subsidiary (Ultraship, an in-house technical manager), and associated entities UltraShip Crewing and Unigas Intl B.V. (the pool in which 11 of the 18 vessels operate). The acquired fleet of 18 vessels, which has a provisional book value of approximately $377.0 million, comprises:

  • seven modern 22,000cbm handysize semi-refrigerated vessels;

  • five 12,000cbm ethylene vessels and;

  • six gas carriers in the 3,770-9,000cbm range, three of which are ethylene capable.

On September 28, 2021, the Company agreed to sell one of the older acquired vessels, the Happy Bride, a 1999 built 6,400 cbm LPG carrier to a third-party for $4.75 million. The sale completed on October 12, 2021.

The acquisition price for the entities acquired comprised of approximately 21.2 million new shares of the Company’s common stock issued to Ultranav as well as the Company assuming the acquired entities approximate $175.2 million of net debt.

The debt consists of five bank loans, secured on a total of 13 of the 18 vessels acquired, the other five vessels are unencumbered. The bank loans, which in aggregate have half yearly repayments of approximately $13.6 million, mature from June 2026 and attract interest at U.S. Libor plus a margin of between 1.9% and 2.65%. In each case U.S. Libor has been fixed through an interest rate swap of approximately 2.0%. The financial covenants on these five bank loans were modified on acquisition to be consistent with those of Navigator.

Market Trends

The 12 month timecharter assessment for handysize semi-refrigerated gas carriers was quoted at $625,000 per calendar month (“pcm”) at the beginning of the third quarter 2021 and reduced 6% to $590,000 pcm for September which is the lowest level throughout 2021. However, the market has firmed over the past two months and the time charter assessment has increased 9% to $645,000 pcm. A broker’s assessment of ethylene capable handysize vessels was $750,000 pcm at the end of the third quarter and has increased to $790,000 pcm since that time. The larger, medium sized gas carriers (“MGC’s”) and very large gas carriers (“VLGC’s”) are showing moderate to strong earnings being quoted at $680,000 pcm and $970,000 pcm respectively. This reduces interest in handysize LPG cargoes from the larger vessels as they focus on their traditional segment-specific trade-routes.

Similarly, when the ethylene capable handysize vessels are carrying ethane or ethylene cargoes, they do not seek employment from the LPG or other petrochemical cargoes that the semi-refrigerated handysize vessels are employed in. We therefore see a correlation in our utilization rates relative to U.S. export activity of ethane and ethylene. The U.S. petrochemical industry was building ethylene inventory levels during the third quarter, 2021 in anticipation of the hurricane season, which led to a reduction in physical exports of ethylene from the U.S. Gulf and forced some of the ethylene capable handysize vessels to seek employment opportunities in the traditional semi-refrigerated market. This cause-effect negatively impacted our utilization rates which reduced slightly from 85% in the second quarter 2021 to 84% in the third quarter. Since October however, U.S. ethylene exports have gone from strength to strength showing record volumes for November, which in turn has had a positive impact on our vessel utilization. In addition to increased volumes to transport, trade-routes have changed from previously being the majority to shorter European destinations to now a majority to Far Eastern destinations, which doubles the ton-mile demand for each ton exported. At the beginning of 2021, we had two fully-refrigerated handysize vessels employed in ammonia trades, today we have five and we expect ammonia to become a larger part of our employment portfolio going forward. This will also have a positive effect in tightening the handysize segment, as switching handysize vessels from LPG to ammonia reduces the availability of vessels trading in LPG.

Our four MGCs with ethane and ethylene capability are contracted on multi-year ethane time charters. This means they are employed in the premium trades that they were built for, thus avoiding competing with our handysize vessels in the LPG and petrochemical markets. There is continued interest in additional spot ethane opportunities from the various petrochemical consumers and we see our Luna Pool increasingly playing an important part in adding value to this particular supply chain.

Terminal
Ethane remains competitive as a feedstock for the production of ethylene. This key fundamental underpins the continuation of U.S. produced ethylene to international markets. The arbitrage, being the price difference between U.S. product and international ethane prices, have been uncharacteristically volatile during 2021, including the third quarter. U.S. ethylene exports are likely to achieve record high export levels in November, and we expect the Marine Export Terminal to maintain nameplate capacity going forward.

Factors Affecting Comparability

You should consider the following factors when evaluating our historical financial performance and assessing our future prospects:

Our fleet size has changed. On August 4, 2021, we acquired an additional 18 LPG Carriers as part of the acquisition of Ultragas and Othello Shipping Company S.A.. These vessels comprised:

seven modern 22,000cbm handysize semi-refrigerated vessels;

five 12,000cbm ethylene vessels and;

six gas carriers in the 3,770-9,000cbm range, three of which are ethylene capable.

On September 28, 2021, the Company agreed to sell one of the older acquired vessels, the Happy Bride, a 1999 built 6,400 cbm LPG carrier to a third-party for $4.75 million. The sale completed on October 12, 2021.

Given the increase in the number of vessels operating in our fleet, our historical financial statements reflect, and in the future will reflect, significantly different levels of ownership and operating days as well as different levels of voyage expenses, vessel operating expenses, interest expense and other related costs.

We have additional financing arrangements. We have assumed five bank loan facilities with the acquisition of Ultragas and Othello Shipping Company S.A.. The loans are secured on a total of 13 of the 18 vessels acquired, the other five vessels are unencumbered. The bank loans, which in aggregate have half yearly repayments of approximately $13.6 million, mature from June 2026 and attract interest at U.S. Libor plus a margin of between 1.9% and 2.65%. In each case interest is fixed by an interest rate swap of approximately 2.0%. The financial covenants on these five bank loans were modified to align with those of Navigator.

Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2020 Compared to the Three Months Ended September 30, 2021

The following table compares our operating results for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2021:

Three Months
Ended
September 30,
2020

Three Months
Ended
September 30,
2021

Percentage
Change

(in thousands, except percentages)

Operating revenue

$

75,613

$

87,085

15.2

%

Operating revenue – Luna Pool collaborative arrangement

5,738

7,504

30.8

%

Operating revenue – Unigas Pool

8,155

n/a

Total operating revenues

81,351

102,744

26.3

%

Expenses:

Brokerage commissions

1,220

1,163

(4.7

%)

Voyage expenses

14,584

16,775

15.0

%

Voyage expenses – Luna Pool collaborative arrangement

4,390

4,772

8.7

%

Vessel operating expenses

27,221

34,948

28.4

%

Depreciation and amortization

19,180

24,054

25.4

%

General and administrative costs

6,525

7,749

18.8

%

Other income

(77

)

(98

)

27.3

%

Total operating expenses

73,043

89,363

22.3

%

Operating income

8,308

13,381

61.1

%

Foreign currency exchange (loss) / gain on senior secured bonds

(1,612

)

1,372

n/a

Unrealized gain / (loss) on non-designated derivative instruments

1,991

(227

)

n/a

Interest expense

(9,341

)

(10,373

)

11.0

%

Loss on repayment of 7.75% senior unsecured bonds

(479

)

n/a

Write off of deferred financing costs

(155

)

n/a

Interest income

52

70

34.6

%

(Loss) / income before taxes and share of result of equity accounted joint ventures

(1,236

)

4,223

n/a

Income taxes

(120

)

(446

)

271.7

%

Share of result of equity accounted joint ventures

3,147

3,302

4.9

%

Net income

1,791

7,079

295.3

%

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

(446

)

(389

)

(12.8

%)

Net income attributable to stockholders of Navigator Holdings Ltd.

$

1,345

$

6,690

397.4

%

Operating Revenue. Operating revenue increased by $11.5 million or 15.2% to $87.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, from $75.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. This increase was principally due to:

  • an increase in operating revenue of approximately $7.9 million attributable to an increase in available days which increased by 438 days to 3,822 days for the three months ended September 30, 2021, from 3,384 days for the three months ended September 30, 2020. This increase in available days was as a result of seven additional handysize vessels being acquired as part of the Ultragas transaction;

  • an increase in operating revenue of approximately $4.4 million as a result of a increase in fleet utilization to 84.0% for the three months ended September 30, 2021, from 78.8% for the three months ended September 30, 2020;

  • a decrease in operating revenue of approximately $3.0 million attributable to a decrease in average monthly time charter equivalent rates, which decreased to an average of approximately $21,891 per vessel per day ($665,800 per calendar month) for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to an average of approximately $22,892 per vessel per day ($696,200 per calendar month) for the three months ended September 30, 2020; and

  • an increase in operating revenue of approximately $2.2 million primarily attributable to an increase in pass through voyage costs, due to more expensive bunker fuel and additional canal transits for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to the three months ended September 30, 2020.

The following table presents selected operating data for our vessels for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2021, which we believe are useful in understanding the basis for movement in our operating revenue. It does not include our 11 owned vessels in the independently managed Unigas Pool or the five Pacific Gas vessels in our Luna Pool.

Three Months
Ended
September 30, 2020

Three Months
Ended
September 30, 2021

Fleet Data:

Weighted average number of vessels

38.0

42.6

Ownership days

3,496

3,923

Available days

3,384

3,822

Operating days

2,666

3,212

Fleet utilization

78.8

%

84.0

%

Average daily time charter equivalent rate (*)

$

22,892

$

21,891

* Non-GAAP Financial Measure—Time charter equivalent: Time charter equivalent (“TCE”) rate is a measure of the average daily revenue performance of a vessel. TCE is not calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. For all charters, we calculate TCE by dividing operating revenue, less any voyage expenses, by the number of operating days for the relevant period. Under a time charter, the charterer pays substantially all of the vessel voyage related expenses, whereas for voyage charters, also known as spot market charters, we pay all voyage expenses. TCE rate is a shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare period-to-period changes in a company’s performance despite changes in the mix of charter types (i.e., spot charters, time charters and contracts of affreightment) under which the vessels may be employed between the periods. We include average daily TCE rate, as we believe it provides additional meaningful information in conjunction with net operating revenues, because it assists our management in making decisions regarding the deployment and use of our vessels and in evaluating their financial performance. Our calculation of TCE rate may not be comparable to that reported by other companies.

Reconciliation of Operating Revenue to TCE rate

The following table represents a reconciliation of operating revenue to TCE rate. Operating revenue is the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP for the periods presented.

Three Months
Ended
September 30, 2020

Three Months
Ended
September 30, 2021

(in thousands, except operating days
and average daily time charter equivalent rate)

Fleet Data:

Operating revenue (excluding collaborative arrangements)

$

75,613

$

87,085

Voyage expenses (excluding collaborative arrangements)

14,584

16,775

Operating revenue less Voyage expenses

61,029

70,310

Operating days

2,666

3,212

Average daily time charter equivalent rate

$

22,892

$

21,891

Operating Revenue – Luna Pool collaborative arrangement. Operating revenue – Luna Pool collaborative arrangement, which was our share of the other Luna Pool participants revenue increased by $1.8 million to $7.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $5.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. This increase relates to improved utilization and time charter rates for the Luna Pool vessels for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Operating Revenue – Unigas Pool. Operating revenue – Unigas Pool was $8.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and represents our share of the revenue earned on our 11 vessels operating within the Unigas Pool, based on agreed pool points. These vessels were acquired as part of the Ultragas transaction on August 4, 2021 and therefore the Operating revenue – Unigas Pool relates to revenue earned for a portion for the three months ended September 30, 2021. We had no vessels operating in the Unigas pool for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Brokerage Commissions. Brokerage commissions, which typically vary between 0.625% and 2.5% of operating revenue, was consistent at $1.2 million for both the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2021, notwithstanding the increased operating revenue.

Voyage Expenses. Voyage expenses increased by 15.0% to $16.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, from $14.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. This was primarily due to an increase in the price of bunkers used by our vessels, and an additional number of voyage charter days during the three months ended September 30, 2021 as a result of having additional vessels, as compared to the three months ended September 30, 2020. These increased voyage costs are typically pass through costs, corresponding to an increase in operating revenue of the same amount.

Voyage Expenses. – Luna Pool collaborative arrangement. Voyage expenses – Luna Pool collaborative arrangement, which was our other Luna Pool participants share of our revenue, was $4.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $4.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. This increase was due to improved utilization and time charter rates for the Luna Pool vessels for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Vessel Operating Expenses. Vessel operating expenses increased by 28.4% to $34.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, from $27.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The increase in vessel operating expenses was as a result of an additional 18 vessels joining the fleet during the three months ended September 30, 2021. However, average daily vessel operating expenses decreased by $179 per vessel per day, or 2.3%, to $7,607 per vessel per day for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $7,786 per vessel per day for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Depreciation and Amortization. Depreciation and amortization expense increased by 25.4% to $24.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021 from $19.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. Depreciation and amortization expense included amortization of capitalized drydocking costs of $3.7 million and $1.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, and 2020 respectively.

General and Administrative Costs. General and administrative costs increased by $1.2 million or 18.8% to $7.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, from $6.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The increase in general and administrative costs was primarily as a result of additional audit fees of $0.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, as well as $0.6 million for general and administrative costs associated with Ultragas since the date of the transaction.

Other Income. Other income was $0.1 million for both the three months ended September 30, 2021, and September 30, 2020, and represents management fees we receive for commercial and administrative activities we perform for the Luna Pool.

Non-operating Results

Foreign Currency Exchange Loss on Senior Secured Bonds. Exchange gains and losses relate to non-cash movements on our 600 million Norwegian Kroner 2018 Bonds which are translated to U.S. Dollar at the prevailing exchange rate as of September 30, 2021. The foreign currency exchange loss of $1.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, was as a result of the Norwegian Kroner weakening against the U.S. dollar, being NOK 8.7 to USD 1.0 as of September 30, 2021, compared to NOK 8.6 to USD 1.0 as of June 30, 2021. The foreign currency exchange gain of $1.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020, was as a result of the Norwegian Kroner strengthening against the U.S. dollar, being NOK 9.4 to USD 1.0 as of September 30, 2020, compared to NOK 9.7 to USD 1.0 as of June 30, 2020.

Unrealized Loss on Non-designated Derivative Instruments. The unrealized loss on non-designated derivative instruments of $0.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, relates to the fair value movement in our cross-currency interest rate swap and is primarily due to the weakening of the Norwegian Kroner against the U.S. dollar. The unrealized gain on this swap for the three months ended September 30, 2020, was $2.0 million.

Interest Expense. Interest expense increased by $1.0 million, or 11.0%, to $10.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, from $9.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. This is primarily as a result of an additional debt amount of $192.7 million assumed as part of the Ultragas transaction on August 4, 2021. This additional debt attracts interest at a fixed rate of approximately 4.0%.

Income Taxes. Income taxes related to taxes on our subsidiaries incorporated in the United Kingdom, Poland and Singapore and our consolidated variable interest entity (“VIE”), incorporated in Malta. For the three months ended September 30, 2021, we had a tax charge of $446,000 compared to taxes of $120,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Share of result of equity accounted joint venture. The share of result of the Company’s 50% ownership in the Export Terminal Joint Venture was a profit of $3.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to a profit of $3.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020, primarily as a result of the terminal being fully operational during the three months ended September 30, 2021, whereas for three months ended September 30, 2020, the new cryogenic storage tank was not yet in service.

Non-Controlling Interest. We have entered into a sale and leaseback arrangement with a wholly-owned special purpose vehicle (“lessor SPV”) of a financial institution. While we do not hold any equity investments in this lessor SPV, we have determined that we are the primary beneficiary of this entity and accordingly, we are required to consolidate this VIE into our financial results. Thus, the income attributable to the financial institution of $0.4 million is presented as the non-controlling interest in our financial results.

Results of Operations for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020 Compared to the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021

The following table compares our operating results for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2021:

Nine Months
Ended
September 30,
2020

Nine Months
Ended
September 30,
2021

Percentage
Change

(in thousands, except percentages)

Operating revenue

$

236,739

$

247,746

4.6

%

Operating revenue – Luna Pool collaborative arrangement

8,334

18,290

119.5

%

Operating revenue – Unigas Pool

8,155

n/a

Total operating revenue

245,073

274,191

11.9

%

Operating expenses:

Brokerage commissions

3,780

3,330

(11.9

%)

Voyage expenses

46,856

50,080

6.9

%

Voyage expenses – Luna Pool collaborative arrangement

7,363

14,567

97.8

%

Vessel operating expenses

81,120

90,766

11.9

%

Depreciation and amortization

57,541

62,800

9.1

%

General and administrative costs

17,542

19,825

13.0

%

Other income

(124

)

(258

)

108.1

%

Total operating expenses

214,078

241,110

12.6

%

Operating income

30,995

33,081

6.7

%

Foreign currency exchange gain on senior secured bonds

4,953

1,710

(65.5

%)

Unrealized (loss) / gain on non-designated derivative instruments

(5,616

)

51

n/a

Interest expense

(32,009

)

(27,981

)

(12.6

%)

Loss on repayment of 7.75% senior unsecured bonds

(479

)

n/a

Write off of deferred financing costs

(155

)

n/a

Interest income

367

164

(55.3

%)

(Loss) / income before taxes and share of result of equity accounted joint venture

(1,944

)

7,025

n/a

Income taxes

(456

)

(781

)

71.3

%

Share of result of equity accounted joint venture

(58

)

4,698

n/a

Net Loss / income

(2,458

)

10,942

n/a

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

(1,351

)

(1,172

)

(13.2

%)

Net (loss) / income attributable to stockholders of Navigator Holdings Ltd.

$

(3,809

)

$

9,770

n/a

Operating Revenue. Operating revenue, net of address commission, increased by $11.0 million or 4.6% to $247.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, from $236.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. This increase was principally due to:

  • an increase in operating revenue of approximately $4.1 million attributable to an increase in vessel available days by 222 days to 10,452 days for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, from 10,230 days for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. This increase in available days was as a result of seven additional handysize vessels being acquired as part of the Ultragas transaction;

  • an increase in operating revenue of approximately $2.8 million attributable to an increase in average monthly time charter equivalent rates, which increased to an average of approximately $22,044 per vessel per day ($670,490 per vessel per calendar month) for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to an average of approximately $21,733 per vessel day ($661,082 per vessel per calendar month) for the nine months ended September 30, 2020;

  • an increase in operating revenue of approximately $0.9 million attributable to an increase in fleet utilization which was 85.8% for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to 85.4% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020; and

  • an increase in operating revenue of approximately $3.2 million primarily attributable to an increase in pass through voyage costs, due to additional fuel and canal transit costs for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

The following table presents selected operating data for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2021, which we believe are useful in understanding the basis for movement in our operating revenues. It does not include our 11 owned vessels in the independently managed Unigas Pool or the five Pacific Gas vessels in our Luna Pool.

Nine Months
Ended
September 30, 2020

Nine Months
Ended
September 30, 2021

Fleet Data:

Weighted average number of vessels

38.0

39.6

Ownership days

10,412

10,799

Available days

10,230

10,452

Operating days

8,737

8,967

Fleet utilization

85.4

%

85.8

%

Average daily time charter equivalent rate (*)

$

21,733

$

22,044

* Non-GAAP Financial Measure—Time charter equivalent: Time charter equivalent (“TCE”) rate is a measure of the average daily revenue performance of a vessel. TCE is not calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. For all charters, we calculate TCE by dividing operating revenue, less any voyage expenses, by the number of operating days for the relevant period. Under a time charter, the charterer pays substantially all of the vessel voyage related expenses, whereas for voyage charters, also known as spot market charters, we pay all voyage expenses. TCE rate is a shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare period-to-period changes in a company’s performance despite changes in the mix of charter types (i.e., spot charters, time charters and contracts of affreightment) under which the vessels may be employed between the periods. We include average daily TCE rate, as we believe it provides additional meaningful information in conjunction with net operating revenues, because it assists our management in making decisions regarding the deployment and use of our vessels and in evaluating their financial performance. Our calculation of TCE rate may not be comparable to that reported by other companies.

Reconciliation of Operating Revenue to TCE rate

The following table represents a reconciliation of operating revenue to TCE rate. Operating revenue is the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP for the periods presented.

Nine Months
Ended
September 30, 2020

Nine Months
Ended
September 30, 2021

(in thousands, except operating days
and average daily time charter equivalent rate)

Fleet Data:

Operating revenue (excluding collaborative arrangements)

$

236,739

$

247,746

Voyage expenses (excluding collaborative arrangements)

46,856

50,080

Operating revenue less Voyage expenses

189,883

197,666

Operating days

8,737

8,967

Average daily time charter equivalent rate

$

21,733

$

22,044

Operating Revenue – Luna Pool collaborative arrangement. Operating revenue – Luna Pool collaborative arrangement, which was our share of the other Luna Pool participants revenue, was $18.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $8.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The increase was principally as a result of the Luna Pool only becoming operational during the quarter ended June 30, 2020, compared to being operational for the full nine months to September 30, 2021.

Operating Revenue – Unigas Pool. Operating revenue – Unigas Pool was $8.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and represents our share of the revenue earned on our 11 vessels operating within the Unigas Pool, based on agreed pool points. These vessels were acquired as part of the Ultragas transaction on August 4, 2021 and therefore the Operating revenue – Unigas Pool relates to revenue earned for a portion for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. We had no vessels operating in the Unigas pool for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

Brokerage Commissions. Brokerage commissions, which typically vary between 0.625% and 2.5% of operating revenue, reduced by 11.9%, to $3.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, from $3.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, primarily due to a charter negotiation direct with the charterer where no broker commission is payable.

Voyage Expenses. Voyage expenses increased by 6.9% to $50.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, from $46.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. This was primarily due to an increase in the price of bunkers used by our vessels. These increased voyage costs are pass through costs, corresponding to an increase in operating revenue of the same amount.

Voyage Expenses. – Luna Pool collaborative arrangement. Voyage expenses – Luna Pool collaborative arrangement, which was our other Luna Pool participants share of our revenue, was $14.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 an increase of $7.2 million compared to the $7.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The Luna Pool became operational during the quarter ended June 30, 2020 and consequently there were no Voyage Expenses – Luna Pool collaborative arrangement during the first three months ended March 31, 2020 and a reduced share of the other Luna Pool participants share of our revenue during the initial quarter of its operations.

Vessel Operating Expenses. Vessel operating expenses increased by 11.9% to $90.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, from $81.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The increase in vessel operating expenses was as a result of an additional 18 vessels joining the fleet during August 2021 as a result of the Ultragas transaction. Average daily vessel operating expenses increased by $121 per vessel per day, or 1.6%, to $7,912 per vessel per day for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $7,791 per vessel per day for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. This was primarily due to a general reduction in vessel operating expenses across the fleet in the nine months ended September 30, 2020 as a result of COVID-19, which resulted in operating costs being deferred to subsequent quarters.

Depreciation and Amortization. Depreciation and amortization expense increased by 9.1% to $62.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, from $57.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Depreciation and amortization expense included amortization of capitalized drydocking costs of $8.0 million and $5.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 respectively.

General and Administrative Costs. General and administrative costs increased by $2.3 million or 13.0% to $19.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, from $17.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. This increase in general and administrative costs was primarily due to additional audit fees of $0.5 million, increased insurance premium of $0.9 million for directors & officers insurances and $0.6 million for general and administrative costs associated with Ultragas since the date of the transaction.

Non-operating Results

Foreign Currency Exchange Gain on Senior Secured Bonds. Exchange gains relate to non-cash movements on our 600 million Norwegian Kroner 2018 Bonds which are translated to U.S. Dollars at the prevailing exchange rate as of September 30, 2021. The foreign currency exchange gain of $1.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was as a result of the Norwegian Kroner weakening against the U.S. dollar, being NOK 8.7 to USD 1.0 as of September 30, 2021 compared to NOK 8.5 to USD 1.0 as of December 31, 2020. The foreign currency exchange gain of $5.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 was as a result of the Norwegian Kroner weakening against the U.S. dollar, being NOK 9.4 to USD 1.0 as of September 30, 2020 compared to NOK 8.8 to USD 1.0 as of December 31, 2019.

Unrealized Gain/(Loss) on Non-designated Derivative Instruments. The unrealized gain on non-designated derivative instruments of $51,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 relates to the fair value movement in our cross-currency interest rate swap and is primarily due to a slight weakening of the Norwegian Kroner against the U.S. dollar. The unrealized loss on this swap for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 was $5.6 million as a result of the significant volatility between the Norwegian Kroner and the U.S. dollar due to uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 during the early part of 2020.

Interest Expense. Interest expense decreased by $4.0 million, or 12.6%, to $28.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, from $32.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. This is primarily as a result of a reduction in 3-month US LIBOR interest rates and is notwithstanding interest on the additional debt of $192.7 million assumed with the Ultragas acquisition on August 4, 2021.

Income Taxes. Income taxes related to taxes on our subsidiaries incorporated in the United Kingdom, Poland and Singapore and our consolidated variable interest entity (“VIE”), incorporated in Malta. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, we had a tax charge of $781,000, an increase from the $456,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

Share of result of equity accounted joint venture. The share of result of the Company’s 50% ownership in the Export Terminal Joint Venture was a gain of $4.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to a loss of $58,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, primarily as a result of increased volumes of product through the Marine Export Terminal during the nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to the initial volumes for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, prior to the completion of the cryogenic storage tank and it becoming operational.

Non-Controlling Interest. We have entered into a sale and leaseback arrangement with a wholly-owned special purpose vehicle (“lessor SPV”) of a financial institution. While we do not hold any equity investments in this lessor SPV, we have determined that we are the primary beneficiary of this entity and accordingly, we are required to consolidate this VIE into our financial results. Thus, the income attributable to the financial institution of $1.2 million is presented as the non-controlling interest in our financial results.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net income attributable to the stockholders of the Company to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2021:

(in thousands)

(in thousands)

Three months ended

Nine months ended

September 30,
2020

September 30,
2021

September 30,
2020

September 30,
2021

Net income / (loss) attributable to the stockholders of Navigator Holdings Ltd.

$

1,345

$

6,690

$

(3,809

)

$

9,770

Net interest expense

9,289

10,303

31,642

27,817

Income taxes

120

446

456

781

Depreciation and amortization

19,180

24,054

57,541

62,800

EBITDA(1)

$

29,934

$

41,493

$

85,830

$

101,168

Foreign currency exchange (gain) / loss on senior secured bonds

1,612

(1,372

)

(4,953

)

(1,710

)

Unrealized loss / (gain) on non-designated derivative instruments

(1,991

)

227

5,616

(51

)

Adjusted EBITDA(1)

$

29,555

$

40,348

$

86,493

$

99,407

1 EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measurements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP (non-GAAP financial measures). EBITDA represents net income attributable to stockholders of the Company before net interest expense, income taxes and depreciation and amortization. We define Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA before foreign currency exchange gain or loss on senior secured bonds and unrealized gain or loss on non-designated derivative instruments. Management believes that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful to investors in evaluating the operating performance of the Company. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not represent and should not be considered alternatives to consolidated net income, cash generated from operations or any measure prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and our calculation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. See the table above for a reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to net income / (loss) attributable to stockholders of the Company, our most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure.

Our Fleet

The following table sets forth details of our vessels as of November 26, 2021:

Operating Vessel

Year
Built

Vessel Size
(cbm)

Employment
Status

Current
Cargo

Charter
Expiration Date

Ethylene/ethane capable semi-refrigerated midsize

Navigator Aurora

2016

37,300

Time Charter

Ethane

December 2026

Navigator Eclipse

2016

37,300

Time Charter

Ethane

March 2026

Navigator Nova

2017

37,300

Time Charter

Ethane

September 2026

Navigator Prominence

2017

37,300

Time Charter

Ethane

January 2026

Ethylene/ethane capable semi-refrigerated handysize

Navigator Orion*

2000

22,085

Time Charter

Ethane

January 2022

Navigator Neptune*

2000

22,085

Spot Market

Repairs

Navigator Pluto

2000

22,085

Spot Market

Propylene

Navigator Saturn*

2000

22,085

Time Charter

Ethane

May 2022

Navigator Venus*

2000

22,085

Spot Market

Ethylene

Navigator Atlas*

2014

21,000

Spot Market

Ethylene

Navigator Europa*

2014

21,000

Spot Market

Ethane

Navigator Oberon*

2014

21,000

Spot Market

Ethylene

Navigator Triton*

2015

21,000

Spot Market

Ethylene

Navigator Umbrio*

2015

21,000

Spot Market

Ethylene

Ethylene/ethane capable semi-refrigerated smaller size

Happy Kestrel**

2013

12,000

Unigas Pool

Happy Osprey**

2013

12,000

Unigas Pool

Happy Peregrine**

2014

12,000

Unigas Pool

Happy Albatross**

2015

12,000

Unigas Pool

Happy Avocet**

2017

12,000

Unigas Pool

Semi-refrigerated handysize

Navigator Magellan

1998

20,700

Time charter

LPG

December 2021

Navigator Aries

2008

20,750

Time charter

LPG

December 2021

Navigator Capricorn

2008

20,750

Time charter

LPG

March 2022

Navigator Gemini

2009

20,750

Time charter

LPG

December 2021

Navigator Pegasus

2009

22,200

Time charter

Propylene

March 2022

Navigator Phoenix

2009

22,200

Time charter

LPG

May 2022

Navigator Scorpio

2009

20,750

Spot market

Navigator Taurus

2009

20,750

Spot market

Propylene

Navigator Virgo

2009

20,750

Spot market

LPG

Navigator Leo

2011

20,600

Time charter

LPG

December 2023

Navigator Libra

2012

20,600

Time charter

LPG

December 2023

Atlantic Gas

2014

22,000

Spot market

LPG

Adriatic Gas

2015

22,000

Time charter

LPG

December 2021

Balearic Gas

2015

22,000

Time charter

LPG

March 2022

Celtic Gas

2015

22,000

Spot market

Propylene

Navigator Centauri

2015

21,000

Time charter

LPG

May 2022

Navigator Ceres

2015

21,000

Time charter

LPG

June 2022

Navigator Ceto

2016

21,000

Time charter

LPG

June 2022

Navigator Copernico

2016

21,000

Time charter

LPG

June 2022

Bering Gas

2016

22,000

Spot market

Butadiene

Navigator Luga

2017

22,000

Time charter

LPG

February 2022

Navigator Yauza

2017

22,000

Time charter

LPG

April 2022

Arctic Gas

2017

22,000

Spot market

LPG

Pacific Gas

2017

22,000

Spot market

Butadiene

Semi-refrigerated smaller size

Happy Bird**

1999

8,600

Unigas Pool

Happy Falcon**

2002

3,770

Unigas Pool

Happy Condor**

2008

9,000

Unigas Pool

Happy Pelican**

2012

6,800

Unigas Pool

Happy Penguin**

2013

6,800

Unigas Pool

Fully-refrigerated

Navigator Glory

2010

22,500

Time charter

Ammonia

May 2022

Navigator Grace

2010

22,500

Time charter

Ammonia

April 2022

Navigator Galaxy

2011

22,500

Time charter

Ammonia

December 2021

Navigator Genesis

2011

22,500

Time charter

Ammonia

January 2022

Navigator Global

2011

22,500

Time charter

LPG

February 2022

Navigator Gusto

2011

22,500

Time charter

LPG

January 2022

Navigator Jorf

2017

38,000

Time charter

Ammonia

August 2027

*denotes our owned vessels that operate within the Luna Pool
**denotes our owned vessels that operate within the independently managed Unigas Pool

Conference Call Details:

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. ET, the Company’s management team will host a conference call to discuss the financial results.

Conference Call Details:

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1 (877) 553-9962 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0 (808) 238-0669 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0) 2071 928592 (Standard International Dial In). Please quote “Navigator” to the operator.

Audio Webcast:

There will also be a live, and then archived, webcast of the conference call, available through the Company’s website (www.navigatorgas.com). To listen to the live and archived audio file, visit our website www.navigatorgas.com and click on Key Dates under our Investors Centre page. Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

Navigator Gas

Attention: Investor Relations Department - investorrelations@navigatorgas.com

London: 10 Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DH. Tel: +44 (0)20 7340 4850

About Us

Navigator Holdings Ltd. is the owner and operator of the world’s largest fleet of handysize liquefied gas carriers and a global leader in the seaborne transportation services of petrochemical gases, such as ethylene and ethane, liquefied petroleum gas (“LPG”) and ammonia and owns a 50% share, through a joint venture, in an ethylene export marine terminal at Morgan’s Point, Texas on the Houston Ship Channel, USA. On August 4, 2021, Navigator acquired the fleet and business activities of Ultragas ApS, adding an additional 18 vessels to the fleet. The transaction unites two leading gas shipping companies. Navigator’s combined fleet now consists of 55 semi- or fully-refrigerated liquefied gas carriers, 22 of which are ethylene and ethane capable. The Company plays a vital role in the liquefied gas supply chain for energy companies, industrial consumers and commodity traders, with its sophisticated vessels providing an efficient and reliable ‘floating pipeline’ between the parties, connecting the world today, creating a sustainable tomorrow.


NAVIGATOR HOLDINGS LTD.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)

December 31, 2020

September 30, 2021

(in thousands, except share data)

Assets

Current assets

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

$

59,271

$

105,827

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for credit losses of $119, (December 31, 2020: 161)

14,451

31,070

Accrued income

20,073

6,457

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

22,015

26,998

Bunkers and lubricant oils

8,428

14,102

Insurance Receivable

447

6,159

Amounts due from related parties

11,853

16,447

Total current assets

136,538

207,060

Non-current assets

Vessels, net

1,545,688

1,868,493

Asset held for sale

4,543

Property, plant and equipment, net

502

576

Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $295 (December 31, 2020: $279)

277

207

Investment in equity accounted joint venture

148,665

143,665

Investment in associated companies

1,486

Derivative assets

223

Right-of-use asset for operating leases

5,701

1,210

Prepaid expenses and other non-current assets

2,037

1,120

Total non-current assets

1,702,870

2,021,523

Total assets

$

1,839,408

$

2,228,583

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

Current liabilities

Current portion of secured term loan facilities, net of deferred financing costs

$

65,662

$

127,091

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

1,276

773

Accounts payable

8,565

12,565

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

16,488

24,037

Accrued interest

3,398

3,418

Deferred income

11,604

20,542

Amounts due to related parties

229

437

Total current liabilities

107,222

188,863

Non-current liabilities

Secured term loan facilities and revolving credit facilities, net of current portion and deferred financing costs

552,595

649,652

Senior secured bond, net of deferred financing costs

69,580

68,060

Senior unsecured bond, net of deferred financing costs

98,158

98,453

Derivative liabilities

3,007

8,140

Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion

5,232

575

Amounts due to related parties

61,219

56,479

Total non-current liabilities

789,791

881,359

Total Liabilities

897,013

1,070,222

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders’ equity

Common stock—$.01 par value per share; 400,000,000 shares authorized; 77,173,957 shares issued and outstanding, (December 31, 2020: 55,893,618)

559

771

Additional paid-in capital

593,254

797,046

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(245

)

(268

)

Retained earnings

346,972

356,742

Equity hedging reserve

1,043

Total Navigator Holdings Ltd. stockholders’ equity

940,540

1,155,334

Non-controlling interest

1,855

3,027

Total equity

942,395

1,158,361

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

1,839,408

$

2,228,583

NAVIGATOR HOLDINGS LTD.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)

Three months ended
September 30,

Nine months ended
September 30,

2020

2021

2020

2021

(in thousands except share and per share data)

Revenues

Operating revenue

$

75,613

$

87,085

$

236,739

$

247,746

Operating revenue- Luna Pool collaborative arrangement

5,738

7,504

8,334

18,290

Operating revenue – Unigas Pool

8,155

8,155

Total operating revenues

81,351

102,744

245,073

274,191

Expenses

Brokerage commissions

1,220

1,163

3,780

3,330

Voyage expenses

14,584

16,775

46,856

50,080

Voyage expenses – Luna Pool collaborative arrangement

4,390

4,772

7,363

14,567

Vessel operating expenses

27,221

34,948

81,120

90,766

Depreciation and amortization

19,180

24,054

57,541

62,800

General and administrative costs

6,525

7,749

17,542

19,825

Other income

(77

)

(98

)

(124

)

(258

)

Total operating expenses

73,043

89,363

214,078

241,110

Operating income

8,308

13,381

30,995

33,081

Other income / (expense)

Foreign currency exchange gain / (loss) on senior secured bonds

(1,612

)

1,372

4,953

1,710

Unrealized gain / (loss) on non-designated derivative instruments

1,991

(227

)

(5,616

)

51

Interest expense

(9,341

)

(10,373

)

(32,009

)

(27,981

)

Loss on repayment of 7.75% senior unsecured bonds

(479

)

(479

)

Write off of deferred financing costs

(155

)

(155

)

Interest income

52

70

367

164

(Loss) / income before income taxes and share of result of equity accounted joint venture

(1,236

)

4,223

(1,944

)

7,025

Income taxes

(120

)

(446

)

(456

)

(781

)

Share of result of equity accounted joint ventures

3,147

3,302

(58

)

4,698

Net income / (loss)

1,791

7,079

(2,458

)

10,942

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

(446

)

(389

)

(1,351

)

(1,172

)

Net income / (loss) attributable to stockholders of Navigator Holdings Ltd.

$

1,345

$

6,690

$

(3,809

)

$

9,770

Earnings / (Loss) per share attributable to stockholders of Navigator Holdings Ltd.:

Basic and diluted:

$

0.02

$

0.10

$

(0.07

)

$

0.16

Weighted average number of shares outstanding:

Basic:

55,903,672

69,338,187

55,881,948

60,452,459

Diluted:

56,243,608

69,673,623

55,881,948

60,789,378

NAVIGATOR HOLDINGS LTD.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)

Nine Months ended
September 30,
2020

Nine Months ended
September 30,
2021

(in thousands)

Cash flows from operating activities

Net income / (loss)

$

(2,458

)

$

10,942

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities

Unrealized (gain)/loss on non-designated derivative instruments

5,616

(51

)

Depreciation and amortization

57,541

62,800

Payment of drydocking costs

(7,307

)

(15,304

)

Amortization of share-based compensation

859

1,094

Amortization of deferred financing costs

3,836

2,779

Call option premium on redemption of senior secured bonds

236

Share of result of equity accounted joint venture, net of distributions received

58

(511

)

Insurance claim receivable

(6,123

)

Impairment of vessel

5,400

Unrealized foreign exchange loss/(gain) on senior secured bonds

(4,953

)

(1,710

)

Other unrealized foreign exchange gain

(306

)

(32

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

Accounts receivable

907

(9,548

)

Bunkers and lubricant oils

(20

)

(3,635

)

Accrued income and prepaid expenses and other current assets

(7,409

)

13,035

Accounts payable, accrued interest, accrued expenses and other liabilities

6,488

6,621

Amounts due to related parties

286

(764

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

53,374

64,993

Cash flows from investing activities

Payments to acquire ballast water systems

(1,756

)

(2,293

)

Investment in equity accounted joint venture

(15,000

)

(4,000

)

Distributions from equity accounted joint venture

9,513

Purchase of other property, plant and equipment

(36

)

(232

)

Cash acquired from investment in Ultragas

17,477

Insurance recoveries

740

411

Net cash (used in) / provided by investing activities

(16,052

)

20,876

Cash flows from financing activities

Proceeds from secured term loan facilities and revolving credit facilities

200,000

18,000

Issuance of 8.0% senior unsecured bonds

100,000

Issuance costs of 8.0% senior unsecured bonds

(1,963

)

Issuance costs of secured bonds

(141

)

Issuance costs of secured revolving credit facilities

(1,924

)

(46

)

Issuance costs of refinancing of vessel to related parties

(18

)

Repayment of 7.75% senior unsecured bonds

(100,236

)

Repayment of financing of vessel to related parties

(5,208

)

(3,713

)

Issuance costs of Terminal Facility

(72

)

Repayment of secured term loan facilities and revolving credit facilities

(226,834

)

(53,554

)

Net cash used in financing activities

(36,396

)

(39,313

)

Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

926

46,556

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

66,130

59,271

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

67,056

$

105,827

Supplemental Information

Total interest paid during the period, net of amounts capitalized

$

31,417

$

22,751

Total tax paid during the period

$

212

$

334

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements concerning plans and objectives of management for future operations or economic performance, or assumptions related thereto, including our trends or forecasts. In addition, we and our representatives may from time to time make other oral or written statements that are also forward-looking statements. Such statements include, in particular, statements about our plans, strategies, business prospects, changes and trends in our business and the markets in which we operate as described in this press release. In some cases, you can identify the forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “may,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “forecast,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “propose,” “potential,” “continue,” “scheduled,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements appear in a number of places in this press release. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to:

  • the completion of the Company’s quarter-end close procedures and further financial review with respect to the Company’s financial statements for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, and other developments that may arise between now and the disclosure of the Company’s final results for such quarter;

  • global epidemics or other health crises such as the outbreak of COVID-19, including its impact on our business;

  • future operating or financial results;

  • pending acquisitions, business strategy and expected capital spending;

  • operating expenses, availability of crew, number of off-hire days, drydocking requirements and insurance costs;

  • fluctuations in currencies and interest rates;

  • general market conditions and shipping market trends, including charter rates and factors affecting supply and demand;

  • our ability to continue to comply with all our debt covenants;

  • our financial condition and liquidity, including our ability to refinance our indebtedness as it matures or obtain additional financing in the future to fund capital expenditures, acquisitions and other corporate activities;

  • estimated future capital expenditures needed to preserve our capital base;

  • our expectations about the availability of vessels to purchase, the time that it may take to construct new vessels, or the useful lives of our vessels;

  • our continued ability to enter into long-term, fixed-rate time charters with our customers;

  • the availability and cost of low sulfur fuel oil compliant with the International Maritime Organization sulfur emission limit reductions, generally referred to as “IMO 2020,” which took effect January 1, 2020;

  • our vessels engaging in ship to ship transfers of LPG or petrochemical cargoes which may ultimately be discharged in sanctioned areas or to sanctioned individuals without our knowledge;

  • changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities;

  • potential liability from future litigation;

  • our expectations relating to the payment of dividends;

  • our ability to successfully remediate material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting and our disclosure controls and procedures;

  • our expectation regarding providing in-house technical management for certain vessels in our fleet and our success in providing such in-house technical management;

  • our expectations regarding the financial success of the Marine Export Terminal and our related Export Terminal Joint Venture;

  • our expectations regarding the integration, profitability and success of the vessels and businesses acquired in the Ultragas transaction; and

  • other factors detailed from time to time in other periodic reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

All forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date of this press release. 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. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any of these forward-looking statements, whether because of future events, new information, a change in our views or expectations, or otherwise. We make no prediction or statement about the performance of our common stock.

About Us
Navigator Holdings Ltd. is the owner and operator of the world’s largest fleet of handysize liquefied gas carriers and a global leader in the seaborne transportation services of petrochemical gases, such as ethylene and ethane, liquefied petroleum gas (“LPG”) and ammonia and owns a 50% share, through a joint venture, in an ethylene export marine terminal at Morgan’s Point, Texas on the Houston Ship Channel, USA. On August 4, 2021, Navigator announced that it merged the fleet and business activities of Ultragas ApS with its own, adding an additional 18 vessels to the fleet. The transaction unites two leading gas shipping companies. Navigator’s combined fleet now consists of 55 semi- or fully-refrigerated liquefied gas carriers, 22 of which are ethylene and ethane capable. The Company plays a vital role in the liquefied gas supply chain for energy companies, industrial consumers and commodity traders, with its sophisticated vessels providing an efficient and reliable ‘floating pipeline’ between the parties, connecting the world today, creating a sustainable tomorrow.

Our latest CSR Report can be found in Annual Reports under the Company website at www.navigatorgas.com.

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