Hoegh LNG Partners (NYSE: HMLP)

HMLP is a leading owner of Floating Regasification vessels (FSRUs).  Ashland projects high demand for FSRUs due to prolonged growth in LNG supply and the affordability of building new LNG import infrastructure utilizing FSRU as the regas technology.
HMLP shares trade at a substantial discount to our projection of fair market value and pays a consistently attractive distribution which is supported by high quality projects

 

Golar LNG Partners (NYSE: GMLP)

GMLP is a diversified midstream LNG company.  Active in all of the major midstream plays, including shipping, regasification, and floating liquefaction (FLNG), GMLP is able to maintain flexibility and act upon market opportunities as they arise.
GMLP has strong prospects for growth, in our view, and will continue to pay attractive distributions supported by its modern fleet of diverse assets.  

 

Gaslog Ltd (NYSE: GLOG)

GLOG holds arguably the world’s most modern fleet of LNG ships.  The average build year of GLOG vessels is 2017, substantially under the average industry vessel age of 8 years. Attached to its modern ships are a strong set of counterparty contracts, with more than 75% of the fleet locked into charters of 5 years or longer—underpinning the growth in share price and distribution.
GLOG shares stand to benefit from the additional cashflow arising from new vessels being built and delivered in 2020 and 2021.

 

Teekay LNG Partners (NYSE: TGP)

TGP is a geographical diversification play, targeting the burgeoning LNG trade route from Russia to China.  Undergoing a large buildout program similar to GLOG, TGP has signed charters for a majority of its vessels which last for essentially the entire economic life of the asset, assuring a steady cashflow for years to come.  
The current buildout program will substantially increase cashflow and enable TGP to improve its balance sheet and, in due course, pay attractive distributions to shareholders. 

 

Dynagas LNG Partners, Preferred (NYSE: DLNG-A)

Ashland views the A series Preferred shares of DLNG to be the best risk/reward of the LNG Preferreds.  Yielding near 10% annually, we believe DLNG-A has strong coverage ratios and is sustainable, especially based on the 2019 refinancing which prioritized balance sheet strengthening. 
DLNG-A is a solid anchor position for our portfolio which allows for more opportunistic plays in other areas as stock values fluctuate.




Sources: SEC filings (i.e. Form 20-F) and company presentations of each respective company
 
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