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Höegh LNG Partners Reports “Solid Fourth Quarter Performance Marked By 100% Availability Of The FRSU fleet”

Höegh LNG Partners LP yesterday reported its preliminary financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

Highlights

• Continued measures to mitigate the risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure health and safety of crews and staff, customers and suppliers, whose wellbeing is the Partnership’s highest priority
• 100% availability of FSRUs for the fourth quarter of 2020
• Reported time charter revenues of $36.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to $38.5 million of time charter revenues for the fourth quarter of 2019
• Generated operating income of $25.5 million, net income of $18.5 million and limited partners’ interest in net income of $14.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to operating income of $27.9 million, net income of $18.7 million and limited partners’ interest in net income of $15.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2019
• Operating income, net income and limited partners’ interest in net income were impacted by unrealized gains on derivative instruments for the fourth quarter of 2020 and 2019, mainly on the Partnership’s share of equity in earnings of joint ventures
• Excluding the impact of the unrealized gains on derivative instruments for the fourth quarter of 2020 and 2019 impacting the equity in earnings of joint ventures, operating income for the three months ended December 31, 2020 would have been $24.3 million, an increase of $0.5 million from $23.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019
• Generated Segment EBITDA1 of $34.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to $34.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2019
• On February 12, 2021, paid a $0.44 per unit distribution on the common units with respect to the fourth quarter of 2020, equivalent to $1.76 per unit on an annualized basis
• On February 16, 2021, paid a $0.546875 per unit distribution on the 8.75% Series A cumulative redeemable preferred units (“Series A preferred units”) for the period commencing on November 15, 2020 to February 14, 2021

Sveinung J.S. Støhle, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Höegh LNG Partners delivered a solid fourth quarter performance marked by 100% availability of the FSRU fleet, and strong, predictable cash flows despite the overall challenges caused by Covid-19. Despite the severe volatility of global energy markets, the Partnership successfully executed a strategy focused on long-term contract coverage, ensuring that customers receive unimpeded access to clean-burning, affordable LNG. With more than eight years of average remaining contract cover and a proven track record of strong, predictable distribution coverage, Höegh LNG Partners is well positioned to continue providing attractive distributions to unitholders for the long term.”

Støhle continued, “Meanwhile, the Partnership’s parent, Höegh LNG Holdings, is making important progress in developing future growth opportunities. In addition to securing a dropdown-eligible, long-term FSRU contract for Höegh Giant in India with scheduled startup in the coming weeks, Höegh LNG Holdings has initiated a new Clean Energy initiative with the goal of providing infrastructure solutions for the transportation, storage and distribution of hydrogen and ammonia, as well as developing floating Carbon Capture and Storage solutions, and this will support Höegh LNG’s leading industrial platform and high-quality, modern assets in driving forward the energy transition well into the future.”

1 Segment EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure used by investors to measure financial and operating performance. Please see Appendix A for a reconciliation of Segment EBITDA to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Financial Results Overview

For the three months ended December 31, 2020, each of the Partnership’s FSRUs have had 100% availability due to the diligent efforts of the crew and staff to ensure all aspects of operations continued to function smoothly in spite of challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Partnership has mitigated the risk of an outbreak of COVID-19 on board its vessels by extending time between crew rotations on the vessels and developing mitigating actions for crew rotations. Management and administrative staffs have largely transitioned to working remotely from home to address the specific COVID-19 situation in the applicable geographic location. The Partnership has fulfilled its obligations under the time charter contracts and not experienced any off-hire for its FSRUs for the three months ended December 31, 2020.

The Partnership reported net income for the three months ended December 31, 2020 of $18.5 million, a decrease of $0.2 million from net income of $18.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. Net income for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 was impacted by unrealized gains on derivative instruments mainly on the Partnership’s share of equity in earnings of joint ventures.

Excluding the impact of the unrealized gains on derivative instruments, net income for the three months ended December 31, 2020 would have been $17.4 million, an increase of $2.8 million from $14.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. Excluding the impact of the unrealized gains on derivatives, the increase for the three months ended December 31, 2020, is primarily due to lower total operating expenses, improved results for the equity in earnings of joint ventures and lower interest expense which were partially offset by the impact of lower time charter revenues.

Preferred unitholders’ interest in net income was $3.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020, an increase of $0.2 million from $3.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019 due to additional Series A preferred units issued as part of the at-the-market offering program (“ATM program”). Limited partners’ interest in net income for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was $14.7 million, a decrease of $0.4 million from limited partners’ interest in net income of $15.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. Excluding the unrealized gains on derivative instruments, limited partners’ interest in net income for the three months ended December 31, 2020 would have been $13.6 million, an increase of $2.6 million from $11.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019.

Equity in earnings of joint ventures for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was $4.2 million, a decrease of $2.5 million from equity in earnings of joint ventures of $6.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. The joint ventures own the Neptune and the Cape Ann. Unrealized gains on derivative instruments in the joint ventures significantly impacted the equity in earnings of joint ventures for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019. The joint ventures do not apply hedge accounting for interest rate swaps and all changes in fair value are included in equity in earnings (losses) of joint ventures. Excluding the unrealized gains for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, the equity in earnings of joint ventures would have been $3.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020, an increase of $0.5 million compared to equity in earnings of joint ventures of $2.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. Excluding the unrealized gains on derivative instruments, the increase was mainly due to lower vessel operating expenses incurred for maintenance and lower administrative and interest expenses between the periods.

Operating income for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was $25.5 million, a decrease of $2.4 million from operating income of $27.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. Excluding the impact of the unrealized gains on derivative instruments for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 impacting the equity in earnings of joint ventures, operating income for the three months ended December 31, 2020 would have been $24.3 million, an increase of $0.5 million from $23.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019.

Segment EBITDA1 was $34.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020, an increase of $0.3 million from $34.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019.

Total operating expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2020 were $14.7 million, a decrease of $2.6 million, compared with $17.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. Total operating expenses consists of vessel operating expenses, administrative expenses and depreciation and amortization. The decrease is mainly due to a reduction of vessel operating expenses which decreased by $2.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020 compared to the corresponding period of 2019.

Total financial expense, net for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was $5.7 million, a decrease of $1.7 million from $7.4 million for the three months December 31, 2019. Interest expense and other items, net decreased by $1.2 million and $0.7 million, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the fourth quarter of 2019. The decrease was partly offset by a decrease in interest income of $0.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the fourth quarter of 2019. Interest expense consists of the interest incurred, amortization related to cash flow hedges, commitment fees and amortization of debt issuance cost for the period. The decrease of $1.2 million in interest expense in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the fourth quarter of 2019 was principally due to repayment of outstanding loan balances for the facility financing the PGN FSRU Lampung (“Lampung facility”) and the commercial and export credit tranche of the $385 million facility financing the Höegh Gallant, the Höegh Grace and the Partnership’s liquidity needs (the “$385 million facility”). The decrease of $0.7 million in other items, net in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the fourth quarter of 2019 was principally due to foreign exchange gain of $0.4 million in fourth quarter of 2020 compared to foreign exchange loss of $0.2 million in fourth quarter of 2019.

Effective January 1, 2020, the Partnership adopted the new accounting standard, Financial Instruments – Credit Losses: Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments, with recognition of a net decrease to retained earnings of $0.16 million as of January 1, 2020 for the cumulative effect of adopting the new standard. The cumulative effect includes allowances for expected credit losses related to the net investment in financing lease and trade receivables. For the three months ended December 31, 2020, there was no change in the allowance for expected credit losses.

Segments

The Partnership has two operating segments. The segment profit measure is Segment EBITDA, which is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, impairment and other financial items (gain (loss) on debt extinguishment, gain (loss) on derivative instruments and other items, net). The two segments are “Majority held FSRUs” and “Joint venture FSRUs.” In addition, unallocated corporate costs, interest income from advances to joint ventures, and interest expense related to the outstanding balances on the $85 million revolving credit facility and the $385 million facility are included in “Other.” For additional information on the segments, including a reconciliation of Segment EBITDA to operating income and net income for each segment, refer to the description and the tables included in “Unaudited Segment Information for the Quarters Ended December 31, 2020 and 2019” beginning on page 18.

Segment EBITDA for the Majority held FSRUs for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 was $28.3 million.

Segment EBITDA for the Joint venture FSRUs for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was $8.3 million, an increase of $0.2 million from $8.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. This increase was mainly due to lower vessel operating expenses, partially offset by lower reimbursements for project activities for the charterer resulting in lower revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2020 compared with the corresponding period of 2019.

For Other, Segment EBITDA consists of administrative expenses. Administrative expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2020 were $1.7 million, a decrease of $0.1 million from $1.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019.

Financing and Liquidity

As of December 31, 2020, the Partnership had cash and cash equivalents of $31.8 million. Current restricted cash for operating obligations of the PGN FSRU Lampung was $7.2 million and long-term restricted cash required under the Lampung facility was $12.1 million as of December 31, 2020. As of February 25, 2021, the Partnership had an undrawn balance of $14.7 million on the $63 million revolving credit tranche of the $385 million facility and an undrawn balance of $66.5 million on the $85 million revolving credit facility from Höegh LNG.

As of December 31, 2020, the Partnership has no material commitments for capital expenditures. No off-hire occurred during the fourth quarter of 2020. However, procedures for the on-water class renewal survey for the Höegh Grace were performed during the fourth quarter of 2020 and are expected to be completed in the first half of 2021. Incurred expenditures of approximately $0.6 million have been recorded as a deferred asset as of December 31, 2020 in connection with the survey. In February 2020, each of the joint ventures and the charterer reached a commercial settlement addressing all the past and future claims. The original claimed amount submitted by the charterer for the arbitration was approximately $54 million, to which the joint ventures disagreed. The final settlement and release agreements became effective as of April 1, 2020. Among other things, the settlement provides that 1) the boil-off claim, up to the signature date of the settlement agreements, will be settled for an aggregate amount of $23.7 million, paid in installments during 2020, 2) the costs of the arbitration tribunal will be equally split between the two parties and each party will settle its legal and other costs, 3) the joint ventures have or will implement technical upgrades on the vessels at their own cost to minimize boil-off, and 4) the relevant provisions of the time charters were amended regarding the computation and settlement of prospective boil-off claims. The first installment of the settlement of $17.2 million was paid by the joint ventures in April 2020. The Partnership’s 50% share was $8.6 million. The second and final installment of the settlement of $6.5 million was paid by the joint ventures in December 2020. The Partnership’s 50% share was $3.3 million.

The Partnership is indemnified by Höegh LNG for its share of the cash impact of the settlement, the arbitration costs and any legal expenses, the technical modifications of the vessels and any prospective boil-off claims or other direct impacts of the settlement agreement. On April 8, and December 11, 2020, the Partnership was indemnified by Höegh LNG for its share of the joint ventures boil-off settlement payments by a reduction of $8.6 million and $3.3 million, respectively, on its outstanding balance on the $85 million revolving credit facility from Höegh LNG.

During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Partnership made quarterly repayments of $4.8 million on the Lampung facility and $6.4 million on the $385 million facility. In addition, the Partnership drew $10.65 million on the $85 million revolving credit facility from Höegh LNG on October 23, 2020.

The Partnership’s book value and outstanding principal of total long-term debt was $433.1 million and $439.9 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2020, including the Lampung and the $385 million facilities (including the associated $63 million revolving credit facility) and the $85 million revolving credit facility.

As of December 31, 2020, the Partnership’s total current liabilities exceeded total current assets by $22.7 million. This is partly a result of the current portion of long-term debt of $59.1 million being classified as current while restricted cash of $12.1 million associated with the Lampung facility is classified as long-term. The current portion of long-term debt reflects principal payments for the next twelve months which will be funded, for the most part, by future cash flows from operations. The Partnership does not intend to maintain a cash balance to fund the next twelve months’ net liabilities. The commercial tranche of the Lampung facility becomes due in October 2021 and the export credit tranche can be called if the commercial tranche is not refinanced. The Partnership has commenced the process to refinance the Lampung facility, which is expected to be completed before the due date of the commercial tranche in October 2021. Detailed discussions are currently ongoing with the Partnership’s banks, but as of February 25, 2021, no firm and final commitment letters have been signed in connection with the contemplated refinancing. In addition, planning has commenced in relation to the refinancing of the Neptune Facility which matures and becomes payable by our Joint Ventures later this year.

The Partnership believes its current resources, including the undrawn balances under the $85 million revolving credit facility and the $63 million revolving credit tranche of the $385 million facility, will be sufficient to meet the Partnership’s working capital requirements for its business for the next twelve months.

As of December 31, 2020, the Partnership’s Indonesian subsidiary is subject to examination by the Indonesian tax authorities for its corporate income tax returns for up to five years following the completion of a fiscal year. As a result, it is likely there will be an examination by the Indonesian tax authorities for the tax return for 2016 during 2021. Based upon the Partnership’s experience in Indonesia, tax regulations, guidance and interpretation may not always be clear and may be subject to alternative interpretations or changes in interpretations over time. The examinations may lead to ordinary course adjustments or proposed adjustments to the subsidiary’s income taxes with respect to years under examination. Future examinations may or may not result in changes to the Partnership’s provisions on tax filings from 2016 through 2020. As of December 31, 2020, the unrecognized tax benefits for uncertain tax positions were $2.7 million.

As of December 31, 2020, the Partnership had outstanding interest rate swap agreements for a total notional amount of $325.1 million to hedge against the interest rate risks of its long-term debt under the Lampung and the $385 million facilities. The Partnership applies hedge accounting for derivative instruments related to those facilities. The Partnership receives interest based on three-month US dollar LIBOR and pays a fixed rate of 2.8% for the Lampung facility. The Partnership receives interest based on the three-month US dollar LIBOR and pays a fixed rate of an average of approximately 2.8% for the $385 million facility. The carrying value of the liability for derivative instruments was a net liability of $26.5 million as of December 31, 2020.

The Partnership’s share of the joint ventures is accounted for using the equity method. As a result, the Partnership’s share of the joint ventures’ cash, restricted cash, outstanding debt, interest rate swaps and other balance sheet items are reflected net on the line “accumulated earnings in joint ventures” on the consolidated balance sheet and are not included in the balance sheet figures disclosed above.

On October 23, 2020, the Partnership drew $10.65 million on the $85 million revolving credit facility from Höegh LNG.

On November 13, 2020, the Partnership paid a distribution of $15.1 million, or $0.44 per common unit, with respect to the third quarter of 2020, equivalent to $1.76 per unit on an annualized basis.

On November 16, 2020, the Partnership paid a distribution of $3.7 million, or $0.546875 per Series A preferred unit for the period of August 15, 2020 to November 14, 2020.

On December 11, 2020, the joint ventures paid the charterer a total of $6.5 million as part of the settlement of the boil-off claim. The Partnership’s 50% share was $3.3 million. The Partnership was indemnified by Höegh LNG for its share of the boil-off settlement payments of $3.3 million and its outstanding balance on the $85 million revolving credit facility from Höegh LNG was reduced accordingly.

For the period from October 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, the Partnership sold an aggregate of 32,951 Series A preferred units under the ATM program at an average gross sales price of $24.12 per unit and received net proceeds, after sales commissions, of $0.8 million. The Partnership did not issue any common units under the ATM program during the three months ended or the year ended December 31, 2020.

On February 12, 2021, the Partnership paid a distribution of $15.1 million, or $0.44 per common unit, with respect to the fourth quarter of 2020, equivalent to $1.76 per unit on an annualized basis.

On February 16, 2021, the Partnership paid a distribution of $3.9 million, or $0.546875 per Series A preferred unit, for the period commencing on November 15, 2020 to February 14, 2021.

For the period from January 1, 2021 to February 25, 2021, the Partnership sold an aggregate of 336,992 Series A preferred units under the ATM program at an average gross sales price of $25.12 per unit and received net proceeds, after sales commissions, of $8.3 million and 52,603 common units under the ATM program at an average gross sales price of $15.75 per unit and received net proceeds, after sales commissions, of $0.8 million.

Cash Flows

Net cash provided by operating activities was $25.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020, a decrease of $0.5 million compared with $26.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. Before changes in working capital, net cash provided by operating activities was $21.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020, an increase of $0.8 million compared with $21.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. The increase was primarily attributable to lower operating expenses and interest expense which more than offset the lower time charter revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2020. Changes in working capital contributed positively to net cash provided by operating activities by $3.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020 compared with a positive contribution of $5.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. The positive working capital impact in the fourth quarter of 2020 was mainly due to cash provided by trade receivables of $4.1 million, and the positive working capital impact in the fourth quarter of 2019 was mainly due to cash provided by trade receivables, accrued liabilities and other payables.

There was no net cash provided by investing activities for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019.

Net cash used in financing activities for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was $18.5 million, a decrease of $0.9 million compared to net cash used in financing activities of $19.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. The main reason for the decrease was higher net proceeds from the issuance of the Series A preferred units for the three months ended December 31, 2019. For the three months ended December 31, 2020, net proceeds from the issuance of the Series A preferred units were $0.8 million compared with $10.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. Repayments of long-term debt were $11.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019. Cash distributions to limited partners and preferred unit holders were $18.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020 compared with $18.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019.

As a result of the foregoing, cash and cash equivalents increased by $7.2 million and $6.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

Outlook

The Partnership believes its primary risk and exposure related to uncertainty of cash flows from its long-term time charter contracts is due to the credit risk associated with the individual charterers. Payments are due under time charter contracts regardless of the demand for the charterer’s gas output or the utilization of the FSRU. It is therefore possible that charterers may not make payments for time charter services in times of reduced demand. As of February 25, 2021, the Partnership has not experienced any reduced or non-payments for obligations under the Partnership’s time charter contracts. In addition, the Partnership has not provided concessions or made changes to the terms of payment for its customers. Höegh LNG has indemnified the Partnership for the joint ventures’ boil-off settlement, leased the Höegh Gallant under lease and maintenance agreement with a subsidiary of Höegh LNG (“Subsequent Charter”) and provided the Partnership the $85 million revolving credit facility. Höegh LNG’s ability to make payments to the Partnership under the indemnification for the Subsequent Charter and funding requests under the $85 million revolving credit facility may be affected by events beyond the control of Höegh LNG or the Partnership, including opportunities to obtain new employment for the Höegh Gallant and prevailing economic, financial and industry conditions. If market or other economic conditions deteriorate, Höegh LNG’s ability to meet its obligations to the Partnership may be impaired. If Höegh LNG is unable to meet its obligations to the Partnership under the indemnification for the Subsequent Charter or meet funding requests, the Partnership’s financial condition, results of operations and ability to make cash distributions to unitholders could be materially adversely affected.

If financial institutions providing the Partnership’s interest rate swaps or lenders under the revolving credit facility are unable to meet their obligations, the Partnership could experience a higher interest expense or be unable to obtain funding. If the Partnership’s charterers or lenders are unable to meet their obligations under their respective contracts or if the Partnership is unable to fulfill its obligations under time charters, its financial condition, results of operations and ability to make cash distributions to unitholders could be materially adversely affected.

Since implementing its prior ATM program in January 2018 until February 25, 2021, the Partnership has sold preferred units and common units for total net proceeds of $69.6 million which has supplemented the Partnership’s liquidity. In current market conditions with lower unit prices, sales under the new ATM program is a less viable and more expensive option for accessing liquidity.

The Partnership has long term debt maturing in October 2021 when the commercial tranche of the Lampung facility becomes due and export credit tranche can be called if the commercial tranche is not refinanced. Accordingly, the Partnership has commenced the process to refinance the Lampung facility which is expected to take place before the due date of the commercial tranche in October 2021. Detailed discussions are currently ongoing with the Partnership’s banks. The Partnership expects to be successful in the refinancing, but as of February 25, 2021, no firm and final commitment letters have been signed in connection with the contemplated refinancing. The Joint venture FSRUs’ debt facilities are also approaching maturity dates towards the end of 2021 and in 2022 respectively, and the Partnership has commenced the planning of the refinancing of these facilities together with its joint venture partners. Should the Partnership be unable to obtain the refinancing for the debt maturities, it may not have sufficient funds or other assets to satisfy all its obligations, which would have a material adverse effect on its business, results of operations and financial condition.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has negatively affected economic conditions in many parts of the world which may impact the Partnership’s operations and the operations of its customers and suppliers. Although the Partnership’s operations have not been materially affected by COVID-19 outbreak to date, the ultimate length and severity of the COVID-19 outbreak and its potential impact on the Partnership’s operations and financial condition is uncertain at this time. Furthermore, should there be an outbreak of COVID-19 on board one of the Partnership’s FSRUs or an inability to replace critical supplies or replacement parts due to disruptions to third-party suppliers, adequate crewing or supplies may not be available to fulfill the Partnership’s obligations under its time charter contracts. This could result in off-hire or warranty payments under performance guarantees which would reduce revenues for the impacted period. To date, the Partnership has mitigated the risk of an outbreak of COVID-19 on board its vessels by extending time between crew rotations on the vessels and developing mitigating actions for crew rotations. As a result, the Partnership expects that it may incur somewhat higher crewing expenses to ensure appropriate mitigation actions are in place to minimize risks of outbreaks. To date, the Partnership has not had service interruptions on the Partnership’s vessels. Management and administrative staffs have largely transitioned to working remotely from home to address the specific COVID-19 situation in the applicable geographic location. The Partnership has supported staffs by supplying needed internet boosters and office equipment to facilitate an effective work environment.

Pursuant to the omnibus agreement that the Partnership entered into with Höegh LNG at the time of the initial public offering, Höegh LNG is obligated to offer to the Partnership any floating storage and regasification unit (“FSRU”) or LNG carrier operating under a charter of five or more years.

Höegh LNG is actively pursuing the following projects that are subject to a number of conditions, outside its control, impacting the timing and the ability of such projects to go forward. The Partnership may have the opportunity in the future to acquire the FSRUs listed below, when operating under a charter of five years or more, if one of the following projects is fulfilled:

• On December 21, 2018, Höegh LNG announced that it had entered a contract with AGL Shipping Pty Ltd. (“AGL”), a subsidiary of AGL Energy Ltd., to provide a FSRU to service AGL’s proposed import facility in Victoria, Australia. The contract is for a period of 10 years and is subject to AGL’s final investment decision by the board of directors of AGL Energy Ltd. for the project and obtaining necessary regulatory and environmental approvals.
• Höegh LNG has also won exclusivity to provide a FSRU for potential projects for Australian Industrial Energy (“AIE”) at Port Kembla, Australia and for another company in the Asian market. Both projects are dependent on a variety of regulatory approvals or permits as well as final investment decisions.

Höegh LNG has four operating FSRUs, the Höegh Giant (HHI Hull No. 2552), delivered from the shipyard on April 27, 2017, the Höegh Esperanza (HHI Hull No. 2865), delivered from the shipyard on April 5, 2018, Höegh Gannet (HHI Hull No. 2909), delivered from the shipyard on December 6, 2018, and the Höegh Galleon (SHI Hull No. 2220), delivered from the shipyard on August 27, 2019. The Höegh Giant is operating on a contract with Naturgy. On November 19, 2020, Höegh LNG announced a binding commitment to supply H-Energy with a FSRU in Jaigarh, India in the first quarter of 2021. All documentation was completed and signed in February 2021. Höegh Giant will serve this agreement, which is for a period of 10 years with annual termination options for the charterer after year five. The Höegh Esperanza is operating on a contract that commenced on June 7, 2018 with CNOOC Gas & Power Trading and Marketing Ltd. (“CNOOC”). The Höegh Gannet serves on a 12-month LNG carrier contract that commenced in May 2020. The Höegh Galleon operates on an interim LNG carrier contract with Cheniere Marketing International LLP (“Cheniere”) that commenced in September 2019.

Pursuant to the terms of the omnibus agreement, the Partnership will have the right to purchase the Höegh Giant, the Höegh Esperanza, the Höegh Gannet and the Höegh Galleon following acceptance by the respective charterer of the related FSRU under a contract of five years or more, subject to reaching an agreement with Höegh LNG regarding the purchase price.

In addition to securing a dropdown-eligible, long-term FSRU contract for Höegh Giant in India with scheduled startup in March 2021, Höegh LNG Holdings has initiated a new Clean Energy initiative with the goal of providing infrastructure solutions for the transportation, storage and distribution of hydrogen and ammonia, as well as developing floating Carbon Capture and Storage solutions.

There can be no assurance that the Partnership will acquire any vessels from Höegh LNG or of the terms upon which any such acquisition may be made.

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