Liquefied natural gas shipper Golar LNG Limited reported improved revenue, EBITDA and net income for the quarter on the back of a resurgent shipping market.
The company reported that its fleet utilization in Q3 increased to 86% from 62% in Q1, resulting in its daily time charter equivalent earnings rising from $19,600 in Q1 to $41,200 in Q3.
Total operating revenues for the quarter net of expenses increased from $42.9 million in Q2 to $98.4 million in Q3. Total operating vessel expenses increased $8.4 million to $28.9 million in Q3, largely owing to the increased operation time for Hilli, the cost of which is slightly higher than expected average operating costs for this vessel, however.
Further impetus was provided by rising oil prices, which enabled the company to take in additional annual operating cash flows of approximately $3 million for every dollar increase in Brent crude prices. In addition to the approximately $51 million of tolling fee revenue, it also earned $11.3 million of Brent-linked revenue.