Avenir LNG Limited reports unaudited financial and operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022
Avenir LNG Limited and its subsidiaries, supplies small-scale LNG to off-grid industry, power generation and transport fuel sectors as well as providing infrastructure to support the development of LNG as a marine fuel, today announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.
Peter Mackey, Chief Executive Officer of Avenir commented:
“Avenir is pleased to report operating revenues of $6.7 million and EBITDA of $0.8 million, for Q1 2022. We have begun 2022 in line with our operation plan for the full year and expect to see upside to our plan if we can capitalize on certain opportunities that have been created by volatility in the global gas and LNG markets.
Security of supply has become a key priority for customers, especially in Europe. We can deploy our existing assets flexibly to meet our customers’ needs which will re-enforce Avenir’s leading position in the small-scale segment.”
Q1 Highlights and Recent Events:
Financials and Corporate:
• Revenues and EBITDA increased by $4.2 million and $0.5 million from Q1 2021 to Q1 2022 following the delivery of our second vessel Avenir Accolade in March 2021. In addition, the Company’s terminal in Sardinia commenced operations in August 2021 further contributing to the Group’s overall revenues.
• Took delivery of our last 7,500cbm vessel, Avenir Ascension, in January 2022. She will be providing bunkering services to LNG fueled vessels in the South Baltic Sea.
• Signed a Joint Collaboration Agreement (JCA) with Shanghai SIPG Energy Services Co., Ltd which is responsible in delivering LNG bunker to CMA CGM containerships. Under the JCA, Avenir will be responsible for the global marketing of LNG bunkering services in Shanghai Port as well as support SSES with operational and technical services.
• Signed a 6-month time charter with New Fortress Energy for Avenir Achievement. The charter is expected to begin in July 2022.
• Completed the acquisition of the remaining 20% shareholding of Higas from the minority shareholders. The minority partners were CPL Concordia and Gas and Heat S.p.A.
Post balance sheet events:
Commenced operations in the Baltics in April 2022 by completing the first LNG ship delivery to the small-scale LNG terminal in the port of Klaipeda, Lithuania.
Completed $23.5 million financing for Avenir Ascension in May 2022.
Signed a 3-year LNG Bunkering Supply Agreement with Destination Gotland AB in May 2022 for the supply of up to 40,000 tonnes of LNG per annum as marine fuel for M/S Gotland and M/S Visby. Under the agreement, we will deliver LNG to both vessels via ship to ship transfer using our last 7,500cbm vessel, Avenir Ascension, which we took delivery earlier this year.
Took delivery of our second 20,000cbm vessel, Avenir Achievement, in May 2022.
Global gas and LNG markets are experiencing unprecedented levels of turmoil and uncertainty. Security of supply concerns has become the defining characteristic of our market so far in 2022. In Europe, the European Union through its RePowerEU program is seeking a rapid reduction in the role of Russian gas in the European energy mix in tandem with measures to reduce overall energy demand in Europe. These measures have been re-enforced by measures adopted by national governments across Europe. The measures proposed are ambitious and not without their challenges in implementation.
What is clear however is the importance of LNG in the European energy mix in the short to medium term. This re-enforcement of the role of LNG in the energy mix is a positive tailwind for Avenir’s current operations in Europe. We are seeing a rapid emergence of major industrial customers across Europe coming to the small-scale LNG market in search of tailored solutions to ensure continued supply of natural gas, via LNG, to their manufacturing facilities. With our blend of differentiated assets and full value-chain experience, Avenir is extremely well positioned to support these customers in establishing non grid-connected natural gas solutions.
We expect to see continued significant volatility in energy markets globally and we do not expect to see stabilization and normalization of global gas markets until a material adjustment of the supply / demand balance emerges. Continued volatility and uncertainty in gas prices is putting pressure on the liquids to LNG switching opportunity. We expect this pressure to remain in the short to medium term. Security of supply will remain the key imperative in European markets well into 2023.
Source: Avenir LNG