Highlights and Subsequent Events
- Strongest quarterly performance on record with daily TCE of USD 61,800 per calendar day and USD 63,100 per available day.
- Generated NPAT of USD 122.3 million or an earnings per share of USD 0.85.
- Declared a Q3 cash dividend per share of USD 0.80, representing a 103% quarterly shipping earning payout and YTD payout ratio of 107%.
- From Q3, dividend policy is revised to reflect BW LPG’s shipping core. The dividend payout will be based on Shipping’s NPAT and company leverage, adjusted for Product Service’s performance and anticipated cash and capital requirements.
- Taking delivery of one vessel in Q4. Also entered an agreement to sell one vessel; and added three vessels to the overall operated fleet, including two mid-size vessels.
- Dual listing in the US is progressing as planned, with an expected listing in Q2 2024.
BW LPG Limited (“BW LPG”, the “Company”, OSE ticker code: “BWLPG.OL”) reported a Q3 2023 Net Profit After Tax (NPAT) of USD 122.3 million, yielding an annualised return on equity of 32% with USD 75 million free cash flow. Q3 EBITDA was USD 183.9 million after a downward IFRS adjustment of USD 24 million, and earnings per share was USD 0.85.
The net leverage ratio remained low at 22% in Q3 2023, mainly due to solid cash flows from operations, but this was offset by short-term effects on cash flow and increased trade finance borrowings from Product Services. Available liquidity was USD 486 million at the end of the quarter. On the back of another strong quarter, the Board has declared a cash dividend of USD 0.80 per share, amounting to USD 104.9 million. This translates to a 100% payout from our Q3 shipping earnings, plus an upward adjustment of USD 0.02.
Product Services recorded an accounting net profit of approximately USD 12 million for the quarter from profits generated from Q2’s unrecognised trading positions and its increased trading activity.
Q3 2023 VLGC freight rates averaged USD 61,800 per calendar day, or USD 63,100 per available day, with 99% commercial utilisation. Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) income was USD 195.4 million for the quarter. In addition, our India subsidiary continues to contribute a stable TCE income of USD 32.3 million for Q3 2023.
BW LPG will take delivery of BW Kyoto (2010-built MHI Nagasaki Shipyard, Japan) in Q4, following the declaration of an attractive purchase option in Q1. The vessel will be on a six-year time charter from Q1 2024 and secure a ROCE of ~18% over the said period. BW LPG entered into an agreement to sell BW Princess (2008-built, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Korea) in Q4, with estimated delivery in Q1 2024. In a strong second-hand market, the sale will generate approximately USD 64.0 million in liquidity and a net book gain of about USD 20.0 million. Lastly, the BW LPG pool welcomes Sinogas with one dual-fuel VLGC (Gas Venus) to be added in Q4 2023.
Product Services has increased its trading activity with more LPG contracts from both the USA and the Middle East in combination with worldwide delivery contracts. Additionally, the division has increased its shipping exposure with two Medium Gas Carriers (Eco Sorcerer and Astor) at favourable terms.
Preparatory work towards a dual listing of BW LPG shares in the US is progressing as planned, with the listing expected in Q2 2024.
For the remainder of 2023 and into 2024, we reiterate our positive view of the market amid high volatility. We regard the VLGC supply to be reasonable and the current energy price level to encourage increased oil and gas exploration driving steady export growth from the US and the Middle East. Anticipated growth in demand from new PDH plants in China, increased use of LPG in the Asian residential market, and factors such as increased Panama Canal restrictions are expected to underpin firm market fundamentals. Nevertheless, we are mindful of the current uncertain macroeconomic environment and how this can impact both investments in and demand for LPG.
Q3 2023 Earnings Presentation and Interim Financial Report
Please see the attachments for the Q3 2023 Earnings Presentation and Interim Financial Report.
BW LPG will present the financial results at 13:00hrs CET today. The presentation will be hosted by Kristian Sørensen (CEO), Samantha Xu (CFO) and Niels Rigault (EVP Commercial).
The presentation will be held live via Zoom. Please register in advance at the link below:
A presentation recording will also be available after the event on the Company’s website at: https://www.bwlpg.com/investors.
For further information, please contact:
Chief Executive Officer
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Chief Financial Officer
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About BW LPG
BW LPG is the world’s leading owner and operator of LPG vessels, owning and operating Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGC) with a total carrying capacity of over 3 million CBM. With five decades of operating experience in LPG shipping, experienced employees and an in-house LPG trading division, BW LPG offers an integrated, flexible, and reliable service to customers. More information about BW LPG can be found at www.bwlpg.com.
BW LPG is associated with BW Group, a leading global maritime company involved in shipping, floating infrastructure, deepwater oil & gas production, and new sustainable technologies. Founded in 1955 by Sir YK Pao, BW controls a fleet of over 490 vessels transporting oil, gas and dry commodities, with its 200 LNG and LPG ships constituting the largest gas fleet in the world. In the renewables space, the group has investments in solar, wind, batteries, biofuels and water treatment.
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