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GOLAR LNG PARTNERS LP [GMLP]
Date Filed : Jan 19, 2021
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16
UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the month of January 2021
Commission File Number 001-35123
Golar LNGPartners LP
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its Charter)
2nd Floor, S.E. Pearman Building
9 Par-la-Ville Road
Hamilton, HM 11, Bermuda
(Address of principal executive office)
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INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS FORM 6-KREPORT
On January 13, 2021, Golar LNG PartnersLP, a Marshall Islands limited partnership (“GMLP”), entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “MergerAgreement”) with New Fortress Energy Inc., a Delaware corporation (“NFE”), Golar GP LLC, a Marshall Islands limitedliability company and the general partner of GMLP (the “General Partner”), Lobos Acquisition LLC, a Marshall Islandslimited liability company and an indirect subsidiary of NFE (“Merger Sub”), and NFE International Holdings Limited,a private limited company incorporated under the laws of England and Wales and an indirect subsidiary of NFE (“GP Buyer”),pursuant to which Merger Sub will merge with and into GMLP, with GMLP surviving the merger as an indirect subsidiary of NFE (the “Merger”). Golar LNG Limited, a Bermuda exempted company (“Golar”), owns the General Partner and approximately30.8% of the outstanding common units representing limited partner interests in GLMP (the “Common Units”).
At the effective time of the Merger (the “Effective Time”), pursuant to the Merger Agreement, each Common Unit that is issued and outstanding as of immediatelyprior to the Effective Time will automatically be converted into the right to receive $3.55 in cash (the “Common Unit Consideration”).At the Effective Time, each of the incentive distribution rights of GMLP will be cancelled and cease to exist, and no considerationshall be delivered in respect thereof. Each 8.75% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Unit of GMLP issued and outstandingimmediately prior to the Effective Time will be unaffected by the Merger and will remain outstanding, and no consideration shallbe delivered in respect thereof. Each outstanding unit representing a general partner interest in the Partnership that is issuedand outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time will remain issued and outstanding immediately following the EffectiveTime.
At the Effective Time, each outstandingoption to purchase Common Units granted pursuant to GMLP’s long-term incentive plan (each, a “Partnership Option”),whether or not vested, will automatically be vested, cancelled and converted into the right to receive an amount in cash equalto the product of (i) the excess, if any, of the Common Unit Consideration over the applicable exercise price per Common Unitof such Partnership Option and (ii) the number of Common Units subject to such Partnership Option. Any Partnership Optionwhich has a per Common Unit exercise price that is greater than or equal to the Common Unit Consideration will be cancelled atthe Effective Time for no consideration or payment.
At the Effective Time, each PartnershipPhantom Unit granted pursuant to GMLP’s long-term incentive plan, whether or not vested, will automatically be vested, cancelledand converted into the right to receive an amount in cash equal to the product of (i) the Common Unit Consideration and (ii) thenumber of Common Units subject to such Partnership Phantom Unit.
Concurrently with the consummation of theMerger, GP Buyer will purchase from Golar, and Golar will transfer to GP Buyer (the “GP Transfer” and, collectivelywith the Merger and the other transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, the “Transactions”), all of the outstandingmembership interests in the General Partner pursuant to a Transfer Agreement dated as of January 13, 2021 (the “TransferAgreement”) for a purchase price of $5,099,188, which is equivalent to $3.55 per general partner unit of GMLP. The Transfer Agreement also provides for the parties to enter into, amongother things, an Omnibus Agreement, a form of which is attached as Exhibit B to the Transfer Agreement, relating to the provisionof certain management services related to the vessels GMLP owns. The obligation of the parties to the Transfer Agreement to consummatethe GP Transfer is subject to certain closing conditions, including: (1) the accuracy of the other party's representationsand warranties, subject to certain materiality qualifiers; (2) performance in all material respects by the other party; (3) thedelivery of certain deliverables under the Transfer Agreement by both parties; and (4) the conditions to GMLP’s or NFE’s(as applicable) obligations to close the Merger pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement must have been waived or satisfied.
The board of directors of GMLP (the “Board”),acting based upon the recommendation of its Conflicts Committee (the “Conflicts Committee”), (i) determined thatthe Merger Agreement and the GMLP Transactions were in the best interests of GMLP, including the holders of Common Units (the “CommonUnitholders”), (ii) approved the Merger Agreement and the Transactions and (iii) resolved to recommend to the CommonUnitholders the approval of the Merger Agreement. The board of directors of NFE approved the Merger Agreement and the Transactions.Golar, in its individual capacity and as sole member of the General Partner, as applicable, approved the Merger Agreement and theTransactions.
The Merger Agreement contains customaryrepresentations and warranties by the parties. NFE, Merger Sub, and the General Partner have also agreed to various customary covenantsand agreements, including, among others, to conduct, subject to certain exceptions, their business in the ordinary course duringthe period between the execution of the Merger Agreement and the Effective Time.
The closing of the Merger is subject tosatisfaction or waiver (if applicable) of certain conditions, including: (i) the approval of the Merger Agreement by the requiredmajority of the Common Unitholders, (ii) the receipt of certain regulatory approvals; (iii) the receipt of certain specifiedmaterial third-party consents; (iv) the absence of any legal restraint issued by any court or governmental entity of competentjurisdiction preventing consummation of the Merger; (v) the absence of a material adverse effect on either party; (vi) theaccuracy of each party’s representations and warranties, subject in most cases to materiality or material adverse effectqualifications; (vii) material compliance with each party’s covenants; and (viii) all conditions to Golar’sor NFE’s (as applicable) obligation to close the GP Transfer under the Transfer Agreement having been satisfied or waived.
The Merger Agreement may be terminatedby NFE or GMLP (which, in the case of GMLP, must be approved by the Conflicts Committee) under certain circumstances, including,among others, by either NFE or GMLP if the closing of the Merger has not occurred on or before July 13, 2021, and furtherprovides that, upon termination of the Merger Agreement under certain circumstances, GMLP may be required to pay NFE a terminationfee equal to $9,424,849. GMLP may also be required to pay NFE for certain expenses incurred by NFE in an amount not to exceed $2,513,293if the GMLP special meeting concludes and the required majority of the Common Unitholders do not approve the Merger Agreement.
Contemporaneously with the execution ofthe Merger Agreement, NFE, GMLP, Golar and the General Partner entered into a support agreement (the “Support Agreement”),which provides for, among other things, Golar’s and the General Partner’s agreement to vote all of the Common Unitsheld by them as of such date (i) in favor of the adoption of the Merger Agreement, (ii) against any alternative proposal,and (iii) against any amendment of GMLP’s certificate of limited partnership or limited partnership agreement or otherproposal that would delay, impede, frustrate, prevent or nullify the Merger or Merger Agreement or change in any manner the votingrights of any outstanding Common Units. In the event of an Adverse Recommendation Change (as defined in the Merger Agreement),the obligation of Golar and the General Partner to vote with respect to the foregoing matters will be modified so that Golar andthe General Partner will vote (i) a number of Common Units equal to 20% of the outstanding Common Units as of the PartnershipMeeting Date (as defined in the Merger Agreement) in respect of such matters and (ii) all remaining Common Units owned bythem in a manner that is proportionate to the manner in which all outstanding Common Units (other than Common Units held by Golarand the General Partner) are voted in respect of such matters.
The Merger Agreement, the Transfer Agreementand the Support Agreement are attached hereto as Exhibits 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3, respectively, and are incorporated herein by reference.The foregoing summary has been included to provide investors and security holders with information regarding the terms of the MergerAgreement, the Transfer Agreement and the Support Agreement and is qualified in its entirety by the terms and conditions of theMerger Agreement, the Transfer Agreement and the Support Agreement. It is not intended to provide any other factual informationabout the parties or their respective subsidiaries and affiliates. The Merger Agreement and the Transfer Agreement contain representationsand warranties by each of the parties to the Merger Agreement, the Transfer Agreement and the Support Agreement, which were madeonly for purposes of the Merger Agreement, the Transfer Agreement and the Support Agreement and as of specified dates. The representations,warranties and covenants in the Merger Agreement, the Transfer Agreement and the Support Agreement were made solely for the benefitof the parties to the Merger Agreement and the Transfer Agreement; may be subject to limitations agreed upon by the contractingparties, including being qualified by confidential disclosures made for the purposes of allocating contractual risk between theparties to the Merger Agreement, the Transfer Agreement and the Support Agreement instead of establishing these matters as facts;and may be subject to standards of materiality applicable to the contracting parties that differ from those applicable to investors.Investors should not rely on the representations, warranties and covenants or any descriptions thereof as characterizations ofthe actual state of facts or condition of the parties or any of their respective subsidiaries or affiliates. Moreover, informationconcerning the subject matter of the representations, warranties and covenants may change after the date of the Merger Agreement,the Transfer Agreement and the Support Agreement, which subsequent information may or may not be fully reflected in NFE’s,GMLP’s or Golar’s public disclosures.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-LookingStatements
This report contains certain forward-lookingstatements concerning future events. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, any statement that may predict, forecast,indicate or imply future results, performance or achievements, and may contain the words “believe”, “anticipate”, “expect”, “estimate”, “project”, “will be”, “will continue”, “willlikely result”, “plan”, “intend” or words or phrases of similar meanings. Such statements are generallynot historical in nature and specifically include statements about GMLP’s plans, strategies, business prospects and changesand trends in the business in which it operates. Forward-looking statements in this report include statements relating to NFE’sproposed acquisition of GMLP, the expected benefits of the transaction, the timing of the closing thereof and other statementsthat are not historical facts. These statements involve known and unknown risks and are based upon a number of assumptions andestimates that are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond GMLP’s control.Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. New factors emerge fromtime to time, and it is not possible for GMLP to predict all of these factors. Further, GMLP cannot assess the impact of each suchfactor on its business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to be materiallydifferent from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Specific factors that could cause actual results to differ fromthose in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (i) changes in federal, state, local and foreignlaws or regulations to which NFE or GMLP is subject; (ii) the risk that the proposed transaction may not be completed in atimely manner or at all; (iii) GMLP’s ability to receive, on a timely basis or otherwise, the required approval of theproposed transaction by its common unitholders; (iv) the possibility that competing offers or acquisition proposals for GMLPwill be made; (v) the possibility that any or all of the various conditions to the consummation of the merger may not be satisfiedor waived, including the failure to receive any required regulatory approvals from any applicable governmental entities (or anyconditions, limitations or restrictions placed on such approvals); and (vi) other risk factors identified herein or from timeto time in GMLP’s periodic filings with the SEC. These factors are not necessarily all of the important factors that couldcause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any of GMLP’s forward-looking statements. Other known orunpredictable factors could also have material adverse effects on future results. GMLP does not intend to release publicly anyupdates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in GMLP’s expectations withrespect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
THIS REPORT ON FORM 6-K ISHEREBY INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE INTO THE REGISTRATION STATEMENTS ON FORM F-3 (333-235614) AND S-8 (333-212485) OFTHE REGISTRANT
The following exhibits are filed as partof this Report:
|*||Certain schedules and similar attachments have been omitted pursuant to Item 601(a)(5) of Regulation S-K and will be providedto the Commission upon request.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the SecuritiesExchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, hereunto duly authorized.
|GOLAR LNG PARTNERS LP|
|Date: January 19, 2021||By:||/s/ Karl Frederik Staubo|
|Karl Fredrik Staubo|
|Chief Executive Officer|