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TK earnings call for the period ending June 30, 2020.

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Teekay (TK -3.31%)
Q2 2020 Earnings Call
Aug 13, 2020, 11:00 a.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Welcome to Teekay Corporation's second-quarter 2020 earnings results conference call. [Operator instructions] As a reminder, this call is being recorded. Now for the opening remarks and introductions, I would like to turn the call over to the company. Please go ahead.

Ryan Hamilton -- Director, Finance

Before we begin, I'd like to direct all participants to our website at, where you'll find a copy of the second-quarter 2020 earnings presentation. Kenneth and Vince will review this presentation during today's conference call. Please allow me to remind you that our discussion today contains forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from results projected by those forward-looking statements.

Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those in the forward-looking statements is contained in the second-quarter 2020 earnings release and earnings presentation available on our website. I will now turn the call over to Kenneth to begin.

Kenneth Hvid -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Ryan. Hello, everyone, and thank you very much for joining us today for Teekay Corporation's second-quarter 2020 earnings conference call. I hope that you and your family is all safe and healthy. On the call today, I'm joined by Vincent Lok, Teekay's group CFO.

Before we get into our results, I'd again like to take a moment to thank all of our seafarers and shore-based staff for their continued and extraordinary dedication to maintain business continuity. The unprecedented impact of COVID-19 continues to be a major area of focus for us. But we have thus far successfully navigated the evolving logistical and regulatory challenges with minimal impact on our operations. We're truly proud and thankful of how our seafarers and onshore colleagues have responded to COVID-19, implementing new standards to ensure the continued health and well-being of everyone involved in our organization, especially our colleagues at sea while maintaining consistently safe and efficient operations for our customers.

Moving to our recent highlights on Slide 3 of the presentation. In the second quarter of 2020, we reported our third consecutive quarterly adjusted profit, recording consolidated adjusted net income of $40 million or $0.39 per share, compared to an adjusted net loss of $13 million or $0.13 per share in the same period of the prior year. We also generated total adjusted EBITDA of $316 million, an increase of $119 million or 61% from the same period last year. Our strong results in the second quarter can be attributed to solid earnings in each of our main businesses.

Teekay LNG reported another quarterly record high in adjusted net income and total adjusted EBITDA. Teekay Tankers experienced another quarter of strong spot tanker rates and our directly owned FPSO operating results improved as a result of the new bareboat charter contracts secured in late March on the Foinaven FPSO, which eliminated our exposure to the previous loss-making contract. Looking ahead to next quarter, we expect Teekay LNG will continue earning stable cash flows as a result of its LNG fleet being fully fixed through the rest of 2020. At Teekay Tankers, the spot tanker market has come under pressure since mid-May, following three quarters of strong spot tanker rates.

The near-term outlook for the tanker market is uncertain at this point and to some degree, linked to the global oil production and demand, which presently is about 10% lower than the average demand in 2019. In our tanker business, we continue to follow the prudent path that we laid out at our Investor Day last November, and we're pleased to have significantly reduced our effective free cash flow breakevens and near-term spot exposure by locking in 23% of the tanker fleet on fixed rate contracts at attractive rates, and we are encouraged by fleet supply fundamentals, which are favorable relative to prior market cycles. Finally, we have now commenced the wind down of the second of our three FPSOs, which are no longer core business. The Banff FPSO ceased production on its field in June 2020, and we have commenced the various decommissioning and subsea remediation procedures on the field, which I'll touch on in more detail on the next slide.

We continue to utilize these improved cash flows to further strengthen our financial foundation, which is one of our strategic priorities. Over the past year, we have reduced our consolidated net debt by $887 million or 20%, which creates significant equity value throughout the group. We have also increased our total consolidated liquidity to approximately $940 million as of June 30th, which provides financial strength and flexibility. Lastly, we have also secured bank commitments for new equity margin revolver of up to $150 million to refinance Teekay Corporation's existing revolver that is currently undrawn and matures in December 2020 at substantially similar terms.

We continue to further simplify our structure. With the refinancing of Teekay Tankers four Suezmax tankers this month, we have eliminated all our remaining guarantees of daughter company debt, which stood at over $225 million just two years ago. And as announced in May, we eliminated the incentive distribution rights, or IDRs, we held in Teekay LNG in exchange for 10.75 million TGP common units. Lastly and most importantly, the health and safety of our crew and shore staff is paramount for the Teekay Group.

We've implemented strict measures on all of our vessels to protect our seafarers while the vast majority of our shore staff are working remotely from home. As a result of the pandemic, the overall maritime industry has experienced significant challenges related to crew changes, but I'm pleased to report that we have managed to at least do a partial refresh of our crews on effectively all of our vessels and our teams are focused on minimizing the number of crews that are overdue. We'll continue to work hard with both the industry and intergovernmental organizations to tackle this challenge and bring our remaining overdue colleagues home safely as soon as possible. I'm really proud of how our seafarers and onshore colleagues have responded to ensure safe and successful transitions with no reported COVID-19 cases while providing uninterrupted service to our customers.

Turning to Slide 4. We continue with the wind down of our FPSO segment, as we discussed at our Investor Day in November. In late March, we secured a new up to the 10-year payable contract on the Foinaven that effectively covers the remaining life and the eventual green cycling of the unit. We received $67 million of cash pursuant to this new contract in April.

In addition, we'll receive a nominal per day fee for the contract life that effectively covers any ancillary cost and a lump sum payment at the end of the contract term that is expected to cover any cleanup and green recycling costs of the unit. Importantly, this new contract eliminates our operational exposure to the previous loss-making contract. The Banff ceased production on its field in June and is expected to come off the existing field during the third quarter of 2020, with green recycling of the unit expected to be completed by the end of this year. The Banff has a unique contract structure where Teekay is also responsible for part of the remediation of the subsea infrastructure.

We've been accruing for these costs on our balance sheet with a current net asset retirement obligation, or ARO, of $44 million, which is net of an $8 million receivable balance that is to be funded by the customer. Roughly half of this net ARO is expected to be incurred in 2020, with the remaining to be carried out in the summer of '21, as part of a two-phased subsea remediation process. And in addition to the ARO costs, we are also expecting to continue to incur certain operating costs associated with the decommissioning of the FPSO and FSO units, most of which we expect will be incurred in the third quarter of 2020, coinciding with when we expect the unit to leave the Banff field. Lastly, the Hummingbird FPSO, which just completed a planned customer-funded shutdown for the maintenance, and continues to operate on its fixed rate contract and is currently producing approximately 7,000 barrels per day.

Over the next two slides, I'll briefly touch on the results and highlights of our daughter companies. I would encourage you to listen to their respective earnings conference calls for more details following this call. On Slide 5, we have summarized Teekay LNG's recent results and highlights. Teekay LNG Partners reported another record high adjusted net income and total adjusted EBITDA during the quarter, generating total adjusted EBITDA of $192 million and adjusted net income of $63 million or $0.67 per unit, up significantly compared to the same period of the prior year as a result of a complete quarter contribution in Q2 from its fully delivered growth program.

Q2 also marked the eighth consecutive quarterly increase in total adjusted EBITDA. TGP's LNG fleet is now 100% fixed for the remainder of 2020 and 94% fixed in '21. TGP's average daily fixed charter rate in 2020 is expected to be above $80,500 per day, which compares very favorably compared to the weak current LNG spot market. To be clear, this $80,500 per day figure is the rate earned on a 100% utilization basis because of the time charter nature of the employment.

In addition, TGP has also reaffirmed its 2020 adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income guidance. Lastly, TGP continues to further delever its balance sheet and make steady progress toward achieving its target leverage range of four and a half to five and a half times on a net debt to total adjusted EBITDA basis. In May, TGP repaid its NOK bond maturity with existing cash. And on a second-quarter annualized basis, TGP ended up at 5.9 times on a net debt to the total adjusted EBITDA basis, which includes proportionate share of its underlying joint ventures, which has significantly improved from 7.2 times in 2019.

With a strengthening financial foundation and deleveraging that is expected to provide financial flexibility, market-leading positions and a very compelling valuation at a four and a half times P/E ratio based on the midpoint of TGP's 2020 EPU guidance, we believe that TGP has significant long time value potential, which benefits Teekay, the largest common unitholder. For every 10% increase in TGP's unit price, Teekay's equity increase -- interest would increase by $0.45 per Teekay share of 16% based on yesterday's closing price of $2.74 per share. Please see the appendix to this presentation for more details. Turning to Slide 6.

Teekay Tankers reported its third consecutive quarter of strong earnings and cash flows. In Q2, TNK generated total adjusted EBITDA of $124 million, up from $36 million in the same period of the prior year and adjusted net income of $81 million or $2.39 per share in the second quarter, a significant improvement from an adjusted net loss of $12 million or $0.36 per share in the same period of the prior year. TNK has transformed the balance sheet, bringing its net debt down to $549 million, a decrease of over $180 million or 25% in the second quarter alone, and increased its total liquidity to $468 million as of June 30th. Over the past three quarters, TNK has reduced its net debt by $448 million or 45%.

In addition, and as mentioned in my opening remarks, TNK has secured a new $67 million debt financing secured by four Suezmax tankers to refinance debt facility maturing in 2021, which eliminated the last remaining daughter company debt guaranteed by Teekay Corp. TNK now has no debt maturities until 2023. Since reporting in May, TNK has delivered nine vessels onto previously announced our time charter contracts, bringing its total number of fixed vessels to 13 or a total of 23% of the fleet. These fixed contracts log in rates at attractive levels and reduced its spot fleet's free cash flow breakeven to $12,700 per day through mid-2021, which means the company is expected to earn positive free cash flow in almost any tanker market.

With a low free cash flow breakeven as a result of recent well-timed fixed rate charter contracts, a strong liquidity position, low balance sheet leverage and no debt maturities until 2023, we believe that Teekay Tankers is financially well positioned for any near-term volatility in the tanker market. The near-term prospects in the crude tanker market are currently unclear, but we also take comfort from the fact that the order book has remained well below levels seen in earlier recoveries, and limiting vessel supply growth over the next two to three years. Lastly, for every 10% increase in TNK's unit price, Teekay's equity increase that -- interest would increase by $0.15 per Teekay share of 5% based on yesterday's closing price of $2.74 per share. In summary, for every 10% increase in TGP and TNK's share prices, Teekay's equity interest would increase by $0.60 per Teekay share or 22% based on the yesterday's closing price of $2.74 per share.

Please see the appendix to this presentation for more details. I'll now turn the call over to Vince.

Vincent Lok -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Kenneth. Turning to Slide 7. Over the past year, we have significantly strengthened our financial foundation. This includes delevering our balance sheet, increasing our cash flows and improving our profitability.

We have reduced our consolidated net debt to $3.5 billion at the end of June, a decrease of $887 million or 20%. We reduced our consolidated net debt to cap from 62% to 57%, and increased our total consolidated liquidity to approximately $940 million, compared to $644 million a year ago. On the last 12 months or LTM basis, our total adjusted EBITDA was $1.18 billion, and an increase of $298 million or 34% from the same period of the prior year. This included consolidated G&A savings of $10 million or 11%.

We have also significantly improved our profitability as we recorded consolidated adjusted net income of $72 million or $0.71 per share, compared to an adjusted net loss of $40 million or $0.39 per share in this period -- in the prior period. Our LTM Q2 '20 adjusted earnings per share of $0.71 translate into a P/E ratio of only 3.9 times based on Teekay's closing share price of yesterday. Looking ahead, as usual, we have provided some guidance on next quarter's results in the appendix to this presentation. Compared to the strong results in the second quarter, we expect the third quarter's results to be lower as a result of seasonally lower spot tanker rates, but also due to some temporary factors, such as the decommissioning the costs on the Banff FPSO and a much heavier than normal level of scheduled dry dockings in Q3, the latter of which was strategically timed with the expected seasonally weaker Q3 spot tanker rates.

However, we would expect our earnings and cash flows to be more normalized in the fourth quarter with significantly lower decommissioning costs on the Banff FPSO, a much lighter dry docking schedule, and the potential for some tanker rate spikes to occur in the winter months. With that, I will now turn the call back over to Kenneth for his closing comments.

Kenneth Hvid -- Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Vince. In closing, the full effects of the COVID pandemic on the global economy remain unknown. However, over the last year, Teekay Corp., Teekay LNG, and Teekay Tankers have each strengthened their financial positions and made significant progress insulating each of the businesses from possible market volatility and positioning the Teekay Group to create long-term shareholder value. With that, operator, we are now available to take questions.

Questions & Answers:


Thank you. [Operator instructions] Our first question will come from J. Mintzmyer with Value Investor's Edge.

J. Mintzmyer -- Value Investor's Edge -- Analyst

Hi. Good morning, gentlemen. Thanks for taking my call, and congrats on strong light company performance.

Kenneth Hvid -- Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, J. Thanks.

Vincent Lok -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, J.

J. Mintzmyer -- Value Investor's Edge -- Analyst

As Teekay Corp. continues this transition, right, you've done the TGP IDR buyout, it's basically just a holding company with daughter shares and two FPSOs on their way out like we saw some slides on that in the presentation. Along those notes, we asked last quarter, but just to check up again, what is the G&A that's not reimbursed? Like what is the core parent G&A and how can we consider that on an annual basis? I realize it fluctuates quarter to quarter, but what is sort of the only the parent company overhead that we still have to deal with?

Vincent Lok -- Chief Financial Officer

Hi, J. This is Vince. Yes, the second-quarter G&A of the parent was higher than normal because of some onetime factors. We had some fees related to the IDR transaction that was completed in May, and we also had stock-based grants that were issued in June.

So if you look at the first half G&A for the parent on a more normalized basis, excluding those items, we're looking at about -- probably around $5 million. But we also had other income that offset that. That totaled about $5.5 million for the first half. So looking at the first half, our net G&A was actually pretty much zero.

Now the other income in the first half was probably higher than normal. So if I'd normalize that on a full-year basis, I would expect our net G&A for the full year would be about $6 million to $7 million on a net basis. That's sort of the run rate.

J. Mintzmyer -- Value Investor's Edge -- Analyst

OK. Thanks, Vince. That's very helpful. So $6 million to $7 million annualized.

And is that reasonable to say that would be going forward for '21 and beyond or is that a little bit elevated because of the FPSOs?

Vincent Lok -- Chief Financial Officer

No. The G&A related to the FPSO is separate in the FPSO line item. So the $6 million to $7 million is good in terms of the corporate level.

J. Mintzmyer -- Value Investor's Edge -- Analyst

OK. Thanks, Vince. Turning to the FPSOs, you talked about the Banff, it has a $44 million asset retirement obligation that's been disclosed for a while. I realize you've kind of -- you accounted for that in the income statement.

The first part of that is, how does that impact your cash balances? How much of that is already kind of reserved in separate accounts? And how much of that would pull directly from Teekay Parent's cash balance? And then the second part of that is, of course, you noted there might be some additional opex and recycling fees associated. What do you anticipate that net cost to be for the recycling? I understand green recycling is a little more expensive in addition to that 44%. So how much above that 44% are we going to go?

Vincent Lok -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes. We have a -- first of all, we have a fairly strong liquidity position at the parent. It was about $170 million as of June 30th. And when we complete the refinancing of the existing revolver, that should go up to close to $200 million.

So we have a good strong liquidity position at the parent. As you mentioned, the net ARO, or asset retirement obligation at June 30th was about $44 million. We expect roughly half of that to be incurred in this year and then the second -- and then the rest of it in the summer of 2021. In terms of other operating expenses, we're estimating that to be roughly about $20 million on top of that in the third quarter.

And that's mainly related to the decommissioning of the FPSO and the FSO unit. We might then -- in looking at the fourth quarter, in terms of recycling costs, we don't have a good number yet on that. We're still getting some estimates and scoping out what's required for that. So, that's likely to be incurred in the fourth quarter.

I would expect it to be probably in the sort of a few million dollars or so.

J. Mintzmyer -- Value Investor's Edge -- Analyst

OK. We'll have to check in next quarter and see where that goes. And along those lines, you have a very sufficient liquidity balance, as you mentioned. You have the revolver rolled.

You have a very high cost of debt remaining on the company outside of that revolver, right? You have the 9.25% secured bonds and you also have a convertible bond that's only 5%, but it trades on the open market at about a 13% yield to maturity. I mean, this is at a time where the majority -- even your shipping peers, even the higher-risk peers are borrowing from banks at 4% to 5% to 6%, so definitely some outliers here. Are there any sort of avenues you can take in 2020 to maybe refinance some of this debt or start to chip away at it or is that something we need to wait until next year to address?

Vincent Lok -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes. As you know, in the past few years, we have been chipping away at that and reduced our expense of debt considerably over the past few years, and that's -- that continues to be our goal. We recognize that we need to reduce our cost of capital over the long term, and so that is our goal. We have the maturity on these securities starting to mature in late 2022 and in early 2023.

So we have some time to address that. And in the meantime, we are continuing to increase our free cash flows to build asset coverage with the daughter equities. And as part of that, we want to improve the cost of capital and credit profile of the parent along with the daughter companies.

J. Mintzmyer -- Value Investor's Edge -- Analyst

All right. Thanks for taking my question, but I will check in next quarter with you.


Thank you. Our next question will come from Sandy Burns with Stifel.

Sandy Burns -- Stifel Financial Corp. -- Analyst

Hi. Good morning, everyone. Maybe just to follow up on the previous question about the debt obligations at the parent. Maybe can you just talk big picture, is your goal for the parent to be a -- like, a debt-free type entity or -- by monetizing some of the asset value you have in the company or do you see yourself still having some debt obligations up there, which would more come about through a refinancing of the bonds and convert at some point down the road?

Kenneth Hvid -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes, it's Kenneth. It's, obviously, a stated target for us to reduce our debt obs there. I don't think we have a stated target per se of reducing it to zero. I think what we are, as we touched on, on the previous questions, what we're focused on right now is that with the significant and growing asset coverage that we have, and how do we make sure that we bring down both the overall debt, but also very importantly, the overall debt cost.

So I think as a company, we're definitely looking forward to have that flexibility, where we have more investment flexibility, and that's what we've been really focused on over the past three years to recreate at Teekay. So that doesn't mean that we don't carry any debt at all, but it means that we basically have the flexibility to also allocate capital to great long-term value. And that, of course, from time to time would mean that we would carry some debt.

Sandy Burns -- Stifel Financial Corp. -- Analyst

OK. And just one last one from me. The revolver, good news that you were able to extend that for two years. When the time comes for the potential refinancing of debt at the parent, are you allowed to borrow under the revolver and use those proceeds to refinance the current debt obligations or is that only for general corporate purposes, like the decommissioning costs and other expenses that arise?

Vincent Lok -- Chief Financial Officer

No, we're allowed to use those funds. So we can draw on the revolver for refinancing purposes as well. As you know, right now, that entire revolver is undrawn, and we're sitting on about $70 million of cash, so we don't really need to draw on the revolver in the near term but it is available for other reasons.

Sandy Burns -- Stifel Financial Corp. -- Analyst

OK. Great. Thank you, and good luck with everything.

Vincent Lok -- Chief Financial Officer

Thank you.

Kenneth Hvid -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.


Thank you. That concludes today's question-and-answer session. At this time, I will turn the conference back over to the company for any additional or closing remarks.

Kenneth Hvid -- Chief Executive Officer

Well, thanks for joining us today. And again, please join us for our calls in Teekay Tankers and Teekay LNG. We look forward to reporting back to you next quarter. Thank you.


[Operator signoff]

Duration: 30 minutes

Call participants:

Ryan Hamilton -- Director, Finance

Kenneth Hvid -- Chief Executive Officer

Vincent Lok -- Chief Financial Officer

J. Mintzmyer -- Value Investor's Edge -- Analyst

Sandy Burns -- Stifel Financial Corp. -- Analyst

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