$EE Excelerate Energy Announces First Quarter 2022 Results

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Excelerate Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EE) (the "Company" or “Excelerate”) today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

Reported Net Income of $12.8 million and Adjusted EBITDAR of $71.4 million(1) for the first quarter
Executed gas sales at Northeast Gateway terminal in Boston harbor
Completed first full quarter of natural gas sales at the Bahia terminal in Brazil
Advanced Moheshkhali LNG expansion project in Bangladesh
Awarded seasonal tender for Bahia Blanca GasPort in Argentina
Received approval in principle for the Payra LNG project in Bangladesh
Signed binding agreement for regasification services with Gasgrid Finland

CEO COMMENT

“The financial results we delivered for the first quarter underscore the resilience of our business model and the value our customers place on maintaining flexible access to global LNG supply,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Kobos. “Although the European energy crisis created headwinds early in the year, including the flattening of the JKM to TTF price spread which resulted in fewer opportunities to sub-charter our available vessels to third parties, performance in our base business has remained solid as we demonstrate our proven ability to provide critical regasification services for our customers. In addition, we continue to advance the development of our growth projects in new and existing markets, driving meaningful value creation for our stakeholders.

“This is an exciting time in the history of our Company and the LNG industry,” continued Kobos. “We understand the important role that Excelerate plays in supporting the global transition to a lower-carbon energy future. Every day our operations are helping to keep the lights on for hundreds of millions of people and providing energy security to countries that desperately need it. Recent geopolitical events have further highlighted the need for energy security, not only for European countries who have been dependent on Russian gas, but for countries around the world. Moving forward, we expect to benefit from the increased demand for flexible access to LNG.”

FIRST QUARTER 2022 FINANCIAL RESULTS

For the three months ended

March 31,

December 31,

March 31,

(in millions)

2022

2021

2021

Revenues

$

591.7

$

338.8

$

164.8

Operating Income

$

39.1

$

23.0

$

62.8

Net Income/(loss)

$

12.8

$

(1.8

)

$

38.0

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

$

62.3

$

56.0

$

89.5

Adjusted EBITDAR (1)

$

71.4

$

63.7

$

96.6

(1) See the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP financial measure in the section titled "Non-GAAP Reconciliation" below.

KEY PROJECT UPDATES

Finland LNG Terminal

In April 2022, the government of Finland announced its intention to stop purchases of Russian pipeline natural gas and instead to utilize a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to meet its natural gas consumption needs by year-end 2022. The government of Estonia has made a similar decision. Due to the proximity and good relations between the two countries, Estonia will participate in the Finnish project rather than pursuing a project of its own. In May 2022, Excelerate and Gasgrid Finland signed a 10-year, time charter party agreement for Excelerate to provide LNG regasification service that is expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2022. Gasgrid Finland has initiated the development of a new jetty in Southern Finland, near the Balticconnector pipeline, for the FSRU Exemplar to moor.

Payra LNG

In May 2022, the Payra LNG project was approved in principle by the government of Bangladesh, a significant milestone in the approval process. Excelerate has commenced negotiations of the integrated deal, which includes an LNG supply agreement that would allow the Company to sell three to four million tons per annum of LNG to the country. The Payra LNG project would represent Excelerate’s largest deployment of capital to date and has the potential to significantly increase the scale of the Company’s operations from a global perspective.

MLNG Expansion

In February 2022, the Moheshkhali LNG (“MLNG”) expansion project was approved in principle by the government of Bangladesh. MLNG is one of Excelerate’s three E-FIT integrated terminals. Excelerate has commenced commercial negotiations for the expansion of the terminal, the extension of our regasification agreement by five years to 2038, and an LNG supply agreement to sell up to 1.5 million tons per annum.

Vlora LNG Terminal

In January 2022, Excelerate received approval from the Albanian government to proceed with the second phase of the feasibility study for the Vlora LNG terminal and power plant. Under the previously announced MOU with Albgaz, Albania's natural gas transmission system operator, and Snam, one of the largest energy infrastructure owners and operators in the world, Excelerate is continuing to explore solutions to connect the Vlora LNG Terminal with other European natural gas infrastructure.

Bahia Blanca

In March 2022, Excelerate was awarded a seasonal charter for the FSRU Exemplar at the Bahia Blanca GasPort terminal in Argentina. Following regasification services at the Northeast Gateway Deepwater Port, the Exemplar sailed to Argentina. The vessel arrived at Bahia Blanca in May 2022 and will provide regasification services during the winter in Argentina.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

As of March 31, 2022, Excelerate had $82.9 million in cash and cash equivalents. On April 18, 2022, the Company entered into a new $350 million senior secured revolving credit facility (the “Facility”). As of May 20, 2022, the Company had letters of credit issued of $52 million and no outstanding borrowings under the Facility. The Facility, which has a three-year maturity that expires in April 2025, will further enhance Excelerate’s liquidity and balance sheet strength.

2022 FINANCIAL OUTLOOK

For the full year 2022, the Company expects Adjusted EBITDA to range between $249 million and $269 million. In addition, the Company expects Adjusted EBITDAR to range between $285 million and $305 million.(1)

Actual results may differ materially from the Company’s outlook as a result of, among other things, the factors described under “Forward-Looking Statements” below.

INVESTOR CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

The Excelerate management team will host a conference call for investors and analysts at 10:00 am Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central Time) on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Investors are invited to access a live webcast of the conference call via the Investor Relations page on the Company’s website at www.excelerateenergy.com. An archived replay of the call and a copy of the presentation will be on the website following the call.

ABOUT EXCELERATE ENERGY:

Excelerate Energy, Inc. is a U.S.-based LNG company located in The Woodlands, Texas. Founded in 2003 by George B. Kaiser, Excelerate is changing the way the world accesses cleaner forms of energy by providing integrated services along the LNG value chain with an objective of delivering rapid-to-market and reliable LNG solutions to customers. Excelerate offers a full range of flexible regasification services from FSRU to infrastructure development to LNG supply. Excelerate has offices in Abu Dhabi, Antwerp, Boston, Buenos Aires, Chattogram, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai, Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.excelerateenergy.com.

USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

The Company reports financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). Included in this press release are certain financial measures that are not calculated in accordance with GAAP. They are designed to supplement, and not substitute, Excelerate’s financial information presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The non-GAAP measures as defined by Excelerate may not be comparable to similar non-GAAP measures presented by other companies. The presentation of such measures, which may include adjustments to exclude non-recurring items, should not be construed as an inference that Excelerate’s future results, cash flows or leverage will be unaffected by other nonrecurring items. Management believes that the following non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with additional useful information in evaluating the Company's performance and valuation. See the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP financial measure, including those measures presented as part of the Company’s 2022 Financial Outlook, in the section titled “Non-GAAP Reconciliation” below.

Adjusted Gross Margin

The Company uses Adjusted Gross Margin, a non-GAAP financial measure, which it defines as revenues less direct cost of sales and operating expenses, excluding depreciation and amortization, to measure its operational financial performance. Management believes Adjusted Gross Margin is useful because it provides insight on profitability and true operating performance excluding the implications of the historical cost basis of its assets. The Company's computation of Adjusted Gross Margin may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies, and you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this information.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure included as a supplemental disclosure because the Company believes it is a useful indicator of its operating performance. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, as net income before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and items such as charges and non-recurring expenses that management does not consider as part of assessing ongoing operating performance. Adjusted EBITDAR is a non-GAAP financial measure included as a supplemental disclosure because the Company believes it is a valuation measure commonly used by financial statement users to more effectively compare the results of its operations from period to period and against other companies without regard to its financing methods or capital structure. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDAR, a non-GAAP measure, as Adjusted EBITDA adjusted to eliminate the effects of rental expenses for vessels and other infrastructure, which are normal, recurring cash operating expenses necessary to operate its business.

The Company adjusts net income for the items listed above to arrive at Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR because these amounts can vary substantially from company to company within its industry depending upon accounting methods and book values of assets, capital structures, and the method by which the assets were acquired. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income as determined in accordance with GAAP or as an indicator of the Company's operating performance or liquidity. These measures have limitations as certain excluded items are significant components in understanding and assessing a company’s financial performance, such as a company’s cost of capital and tax structure, as well as the historic costs of depreciable assets, none of which are components of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR. Adjusted EBITDAR should not be viewed as a measure of overall performance or considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income because it excludes rental expenses for vessels and other infrastructure, which is a normal, recurring cash operating expense that is necessary to operate the Company's business. The Company's presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR should not be construed as an inference that its results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items. The Company's computations of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. For the foregoing reasons, each of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR has significant limitations which affect its use as an indicator of its profitability and valuation, and you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this information.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains forward-looking statements about Excelerate and its industry that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release, including, without limitation, statements regarding Excelerate’s future results of operations or financial condition, business strategy and plans, expansion plans and strategy, economic conditions, both generally and in particular in the regions in which Excelerate operates, and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “believe,” “consider,” “contemplate,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “may,” “intend,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “target,” “will,” “would,” “shall,” “should,” “anticipate,” “opportunity” or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. These statements appear throughout this press release and include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Excelerate’s plans, objectives, expectations, and intentions.

You should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Excelerate has based the forward-looking statements contained in this press release primarily on its current expectations and projections about future events and trends that it believes may affect its business, financial condition, and operating results. The outcome of the events described in these forward-looking statements is subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors. All forward-looking statements are based on assumptions or judgments about future events that may or may not be correct or necessarily take place and that are by their nature subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are outside the control of Excelerate. The occurrence of any such factors, events, or circumstances would significantly alter the results set forth in these statements.

Moreover, Excelerate operates in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time, for example, the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and it is not possible for Excelerate to predict all risks and uncertainties that could have an impact on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. The unprecedented nature of the Covid-19 pandemic may give rise to risks that are currently unknown or amplify the risks associated with many of the foregoing events or factors. The results, events, and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements may not be achieved or occur, and actual results, events, or circumstances could differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

In addition, statements that “Excelerate believes” and similar statements reflect Excelerate’s beliefs and opinions on the relevant subject. These statements are based on information available to Excelerate as of the date of this press release. And while Excelerate believes that information provides a reasonable basis for these statements, that information may be limited or incomplete. Excelerate’s statements should not be read to indicate that it has conducted an exhaustive inquiry into, or review of, all relevant information. These statements are inherently uncertain, and investors are cautioned not to unduly rely on these statements.

The forward-looking statements made in this press release relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made. Excelerate undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements made in this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect new information or the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law. Excelerate may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in its forward-looking statements, and you should not place undue reliance on its forward-looking statements. Excelerate’s forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of any future acquisitions, mergers, dispositions, joint ventures, or investments.

Excelerate Energy Limited Partnership

Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

For the three months ended

March 31,

December 31,

March 31,

2022

2021

2021

(In thousands)

Revenues

FSRU and terminal services

$

97,592

$

115,731

$

125,863

Gas sales

494,081

223,072

38,950

Total revenues

591,673

338,803

164,813

Operating expenses

Cost of revenue and vessel operating expenses

50,063

60,308

39,205

Direct cost of gas sales

463,352

210,568

23,338

Depreciation and amortization

23,743

26,588

26,109

Selling, general and administrative expenses

12,634

12,975

13,345

Restructuring, transition and transaction expenses

2,753

5,361

Total operating expenses

552,545

315,800

101,997

Operating income

39,128

23,003

62,816

Other income (expense)

Interest expense

(7,054

)

(7,334

)

(8,292

)

Interest expense – related party

(12,173

)

(11,447

)

(12,550

)

Earnings from equity method investment

778

832

804

Other income (expense), net

(4,116

)

193

(243

)

Income before income taxes

16,563

5,247

42,535

Provision for income taxes

(3,719

)

(7,035

)

(4,512

)

Net income (loss)

12,844

(1,788

)

38,023

Less net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest

(816

)

883

759

Less net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest – ENE Onshore

(237

)

2,384

(1,995

)

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Net income (loss) attributable to partners

$

13,897

$

(5,055

)

$

39,259

Excelerate Energy Limited Partnership

Consolidated Balance Sheets

March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

(Unaudited)

ASSETS

(In thousands)

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

82,905

$

72,786

Current portion of restricted cash

3,347

2,495

Accounts receivable, net

116,405

260,535

Accounts receivable, net – related party

11,214

11,140

Inventories

52,207

105,020

Current portion of net investments in sales-type leases

12,775

12,225

Other current assets

28,382

26,194

Total current assets

307,235

490,395

Restricted cash

16,104

15,683

Property and equipment, net

1,412,474

1,433,169

Operating lease right-of-use assets

98,598

106,225

Net investments in sales-type leases

409,543

412,908

Investment in equity method investee

22,343

22,051

Other assets

29,331

20,305

Total assets

$

2,295,628

$

2,500,736

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities

Accounts payable

$

22,515

$

303,651

Accounts payable to related party

8,951

7,937

Accrued liabilities and other liabilities

112,639

105,034

Current portion of deferred revenue

8,547

9,653

Current portion of long-term debt

19,939

19,046

Current portion of long-term debt – related party

7,250

7,096

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

31,884

30,215

Current portion of finance lease liabilities

21,278

21,903

Current portion of finance lease liabilities – related party

17,118

15,627

Total current liabilities

250,121

520,162

Derivative liabilities

509

2,999

Long-term debt, net

209,729

214,369

Long-term debt, net – related party

250,518

191,217

Operating lease liabilities

71,261

77,936

Finance lease liabilities

225,036

229,755

Finance lease liabilities – related party

206,589

210,992

Asset retirement obligations

35,296

34,929

Other long-term liabilities

17,741

14,451

Total liabilities

$

1,266,800

$

1,496,810

Commitments and contingencies

Equity interest

$

1,149,666

$

1,135,769

Related party note receivable

(159

)

(6,759

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(3,720

)

(9,178

)

Non-controlling interest

13,560

14,376

Non-controlling interest – ENE Onshore

(130,519

)

(130,282

)

Total equity

$

1,028,828

$

1,003,926

Total liabilities and equity

$

2,295,628

$

2,500,736

Excelerate Energy Limited Partnership

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

For the three months ended

March 31, 2022

March 31, 2021

Cash flows from operating activities

(In thousands)

Net income

$

12,844

$

38,023

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash from operating activities

Depreciation and amortization

23,743

26,109

Amortization of operating lease right-of-use assets

7,663

5,651

Accretion expense

367

352

Amortization of debt issuance costs

277

320

Deferred income taxes

176

Share of net earnings in equity method investee

(778

)

(804

)

Distributions from equity method investee

2,700

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

144,056

(12,680

)

Inventories

52,813

16,760

Other current assets and other assets

(11,924

)

(1,517

)

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(264,001

)

(21,665

)

Derivative liabilities

554

274

Current portion of deferred revenue

(1,106

)

1,445

Net investments in sales-type leases

2,815

2,356

Operating lease assets and liabilities

(5,041

)

(5,317

)

Other long-term liabilities

3,489

(2,030

)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

$

(31,353

)

$

47,277

Cash flows from investing activities

Purchases of property and equipment

(11,029

)

(5,184

)

Net cash used in investing activities

$

(11,029

)

$

(5,184

)

Cash flows from financing activities

Proceeds from long-term debt – related party

566,300

12,100

Repayments of long-term debt – related party

(506,844

)

(1,713

)

Repayments of long-term debt

(4,025

)

(6,454

)

Related party note receivables

(45,000

)

Collections of related party note receivables

6,600

Principal payments under finance lease liabilities

(5,345

)

(8,846

)

Principal payments under finance lease liabilities – related party

(2,912

)

(3,798

)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

$

53,774

$

(53,711

)

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

11,392

(11,618

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

Beginning of period

$

90,964

$

109,539

End of period

$

102,356

$

97,921

Excelerate Energy Limited Partnership

Non-GAAP Reconciliation (Unaudited)

The following table presents a reconciliation of adjusted gross margin to the GAAP financial measures of gross margin for each of the periods indicated.

For the three months ended

March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

March 31, 2021

(In thousands)

FSRU and terminal services revenues

$

97,592

$

115,731

$

125,863

Gas sales revenues

494,081

223,072

38,950

Cost of revenue and vessel operating expenses

(50,063

)

(60,308

)

(39,205

)

Direct cost of gas sales

(463,352

)

(210,568

)

(23,338

)

Depreciation and amortization expense

(23,743

)

(26,588

)

(26,109

)

Gross Margin

$

54,515

$

41,339

$

76,161

Depreciation and amortization expense

23,743

26,588

26,109

Adjusted Gross Margin

$

78,258

$

67,927

$

102,270

The following table presents a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR to the GAAP financial measure of net income (loss) for each of the periods indicated.

For the three months ended

March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

March 31, 2021

(In thousands)

Net income (loss)

$

12,844

$

(1,788

)

$

38,023

Interest expense

19,227

18,781

20,842

Provision for income taxes

3,719

7,035

4,512

Depreciation and amortization expense

23,743

26,588

26,109

Restructuring, transition and transaction expenses

2,753

5,361

Adjusted EBITDA

$

62,286

$

55,977

$

89,486

Vessel and infrastructure rent expense

9,094

7,705

7,098

Adjusted EBITDAR

$

71,380

$

63,682

$

96,584

2022E

2022E

(in millions)

Low Case

High Case

Income before income taxes

$

60

$

95

Interest expense

60

55

Depreciation and amortization expense

100

95

Stock based compensation

2

1

Restructuring, transition and transaction expenses

27

23

Adjusted EBITDA

249

269

Vessel and infrastructure rent expense

36

36

Adjusted EBITDAR

$

285

$

305

Note: We have not reconciled the Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR outlook to net income, the most comparable measure, because it is not possible to estimate, without unreasonable effort, our income taxes with the level of required precision. Accordingly, we have reconciled these non-GAAP measures to our estimated income before taxes.

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