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Dynagas optimistic for the outlook of LNG shipping in the long term

Dynagas LNG Partners LP, an owner and operator of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) carriers, announced its results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022.

Quarter Highlights:

  • Net income and earnings per common unit (basic and diluted) of $7.4 million and $0.12, respectively;
  • Adjusted Net Income(1) of $4.5 million and Adjusted Earnings(1) per common unit (basic and diluted) of $0.04;
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $20.0 million;
  • 100% fleet utilization(2);
  • Declared and paid cash distribution of $0.5625 per unit on its Series A Preferred Units (NYSE: “DLNG PR A”) for the period from May 12, 2022 to August 11,
  • 2022 and $0.546875 per unit on the Series B Preferred Units (NYSE: “DLNG PR B”) for the period from May 22, 2022 to August 21, 2022; and
  • Completed the scheduled dry-dock of the Amur River and OB River including the installation of ballast water treatment equipment in accordance with current regulations.

Subsequent Events:

Declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.5625 on the Partnership’s Series A Preferred Units for the period from August 12, 2022 to November 2022, which was paid on November 14, 2022 to all preferred Series A unit holders of record as of November 7, 2022;

Declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.546875 on the Partnership’s Series B Preferred Units for the period from August 22, 2022 to November 21, 2022, which was paid on November 22, 2022 to all preferred Series B unit holders of record as of November 15, 2022; and

On October 12, 2022 and pursuant to the designation of Amsterdam Trade Bank (“ATB”) by the Office of Foreign Assets Control as a Specially Designated National, the Partnership, in agreement with all lenders of the $675 Credit Facility, made a voluntary prepayment of $18,73 million which was applied in prepayment of the entire participation of ATB to the $675 Million Credit Facility. An amount equal to the above mentioned prepayment was released from the Cash Collateral Account in order to make the prepayment.

(1) Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA are not recognized measures under U.S. GAAP. Please refer to Appendix B of this press release for the definitions and reconciliation of these measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP and other related information.

(2) Please refer to Appendix B.

CEO Commentary:

We are pleased to report the results for the three and nine months period ended September 30, 2022.

All six LNG carriers in our fleet are operating under their respective long-term charters with international gas producers with an average remaining contract term of 6.2 years. As of December 12, 2022, our estimated contracted revenue backlog1 2 was $0.91 billion.

The earliest contracted re-delivery date for any of our six LNG carriers is in the third quarter of 2023 (for the Arctic Aurora), with the second earliest contracted re-delivery date in the first quarter of 2026 (for the Clean Energy), both subject to the terms of the applicable charter.

For the third quarter of 2022, we reported Net Income of $7.4 million, earnings per common unit of $0.12, Adjusted Net Income of $4.5 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $20.0 million. While future results may vary, we are pleased to report 100% utilization for our fleet for the tenth quarter in a row.

We are optimistic for the outlook of LNG shipping in the long term. Sellers and buyers of LNG have on the back of a surging demand for natural gas, reverted to a large extent to long term sale and purchase agreements, which also underlines the long term demand for LNG shipping.

Russian Sanctions Developments

Due to the ongoing Russian conflicts with Ukraine, the United States (“U.S.”), European Union (“E.U.”), Canada and other Western countries and organizations have announced and enacted numerous sanctions against Russia to impose severe economic pressure on the Russian economy and government.

As of today’s date, and to the Partnership’s knowledge:

Current U.S. and E.U. sanctions regimes do not materially affect the business, operations or financial condition of the Partnership and the Partnership’s counterparties are currently performing their obligations under their respective time charters in compliance with applicable U.S. and E.U. rules and regulations;

Sanctions legislation in the E.U. continues to exclude LNG;

The charters of the Amur River, the Ob River and the Clean Energy are under the control of the German government as of April 4th when Gazprom Germania (and all its subsidiaries), the indirect parent of Gazprom Marketing and Trading (GMT Singapore), was placed under the control of the German Government (Federal Network Agency) since Gazprom Germania operates critical energy infrastructure in Germany;

By a press statement released by the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action on November 14, 2022, the ownership of SEFE GmbH and all of its subsidiaries, including SEFE Marketing & Trading Singapore Pte Ltd, has transitioned to the German Federal Government, via the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action; and

Sanctions legislation has been changing and the Partnership continues to monitor such changes as applicable to the Partnership and its counterparties.

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