Golar LNG informed that it is offering 7,170,000 common units, representing limited partner interests in Golar LNG Partners as a selling unitholder in the public offering revealed on January 8, 2015 by Golar Partners.
Golar LNG intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to fund a portion of the recently announced contract with Keppel Shipyard to convert one of its first generation LNG carriers, Gimi, into a floating natural gas liquefaction facility. These proceeds will be in addition to the net proceeds expected to be received over the next two years from the recently announced USD $390 million sale of the Golar Eskimo to Golar Partners when Golar Partners refinances the USD $220 million loan from Golar to be made in connection with the closing of the acquisition.
This will be Golar’s second GoFLNG conversion project and long-lead items are in the process of being ordered. The investment is expected to secure future growth for Golar. Although the company continues to develop a number of opportunities for the deployment of GoFLNG, to retain timing flexibility in the roll out of Golar’s floating LNG strategy, cancellation provisions have been secured, which if exercised prior to November 2015, will allow termination of the contracts and recovery of previous milestone payments, less a set cancellation fee.
The sale of 7,170,000 common units gives Golar the flexibility to issue Keppel with a notice to proceed with the conversion of the Gimi while finalizing the long term contract and financing for the first GoFLNG unit.
Following completion of the offering, Golar will own the following interests in Golar Partners: 1,668,096 common units, 15,949,831 subordinated units, the 2% general partner interest (through its ownership of the general partner) and all of the incentive distribution rights. The common, subordinated and general partner units amount to approximately 30% of Golar Partners total units in issue and this is expected to remain as a long-term holding.
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