Dorian LPG Ltd. Announces Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Results

Stamford, Conn. - January 30, 2017

Dorian LPG Ltd. (NYSE: LPG) (the "Company" or "Dorian LPG"), a leading owner and operator of modern very large gas carriers ("VLGCs"), today reported its financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2016. Highlights for the Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2017

• Revenues of $35.7 million and Daily Time Charter Equivalent ("TCE")(1) rate for our fleet of $17,796 for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

• Net income of $5.0 million, or $0.09 earnings per basic and diluted share ("EPS"), and adjusted net loss(1) of $(19.3) million, or $(0.36) adjusted diluted loss per share ("adjusted EPS")(1), for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

• Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $13.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

• Increased vessel operating days to 1,941 in the three months ended December 31, 2016 from 1,581 in the same period in the prior year, along with increased fleet utilization from 92.8% to 98.4%.

• Terminated interest rate swaps related to our RBS loan facility for $8.1 million during the three months ended December 31, 2016.

(1) TCE, adjusted net income/(loss), adjusted EPS and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures. Refer to the reconciliation of revenues to TCE, net income/(loss) to adjusted net income/(loss), EPS to adjusted EPS and net income/(loss) to adjusted EBITDA included in this press release.

John Hadjipateras, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our results for the quarter reflect our consistent chartering, good management of our costs, and focus on serving our customers well. Spot rates have moved favorably in the wake of OPEC cuts, but we remain cautious in our market outlook. I am confident in the abilities of our very experienced operational, commercial and financial management teams to ensure the company retains its leadership place amongst its peers and is best positioned to benefit its shareholders."

Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Results Summary
Our net income amounted to $5.0 million, or $0.09 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2016, compared to net income of $54.7 million, or $0.97 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2015.

Our adjusted net loss amounted to $(19.3) million, or $(0.36) per share for the three months ended December 31, 2016, compared to adjusted net income of $47.3 million, or $0.84 per share for the three months ended December 31, 2015. We have adjusted our net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2016 for unrealized gains on derivative instruments of $24.4 million. Please refer to the reconciliation of net income/(loss) to adjusted net income/(loss), which appears later in this press release.

The decrease of $66.6 million in adjusted net income/(loss) for the three months ended December 31, 2016 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2015 is primarily attributable to reduced revenues of $57.6 million, a $2.9 million increase in depreciation and amortization, a $2.8 million increase in vessel operating expenses, a $2.7 million increase in interest and finance costs, and a $6.4 million increase in realized loss on derivatives, partially offset by a $3.1 million decrease in voyage expenses and a $2.3 million decrease in general and administrative expenses.

The TCE rate for our fleet was $17,796 for the three months ended December 31, 2016, a 68.4% decrease from the $56,253 TCE rate from the same period in the prior year, reflecting more subdued market conditions. Please see footnote 6 to the table in "—Financial Information" below for other information related to how we calculate TCE. Total fleet utilization (including the utilization of our vessels deployed in the Helios Pool) increased from 92.8% in the quarter ended December 31, 2015 to 98.4% in the quarter ended December 31, 2016.

Vessel operating expenses per day increased to $8,456 in the three months ended December 31, 2016 from $8,180 in the same period in the prior year. This increase largely related to additional repairs and maintenance incurred and spares and stores purchased primarily for two VLGCs that underwent drydocking during the three months ended December 31, 2016.

Revenues
Revenues, which represent net pool revenues—related party, voyage charters, time charters and other revenues earned by our vessels, were $35.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016, a decrease of $57.6 million, or 61.7%, from $93.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015. The decrease is primarily attributable to lower VLGC rates resulting in a decrease in revenues of $58.2 million for VLGCs that were operating in our fleet during both three-month periods, along with a decrease of $0.7 million in revenues contributed by a pressurized gas carrier operating in our fleet during the three months ended December 31, 2015 that was sold prior to the three months ended December 31, 2016. This decrease was partially offset by $1.3 million of revenues contributed by one of our newbuilding VLGCs that began operations subsequent to December 31, 2015.

Voyage Expenses
Voyage expenses were $1.2 million during the three months ended December 31, 2016, a decrease of $3.1 million, or 72.6%, from $4.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015. Voyage expenses are all expenses unique to a particular voyage, including bunker fuel consumption, port expenses, canal fees, charter hire commissions, war risk insurance and security costs. Voyage expenses are typically paid by us under voyage charters and by the charterer under time charters, including our vessels chartered to the Helios Pool. Accordingly, we mainly incur voyage expenses for voyage charters or during repositioning voyages between time charters for which no cargo is available or travelling to or from drydocking. The decrease for the three months ended December 31, 2016, when compared to the three months ended December 31, 2015, was mainly attributable to the fact that only one of our VLGCs operated on voyage charters outside of the Helios Pool during the three months ended December 31, 2016, resulting in decreases in VLGC bunker costs of $2.3 million and other voyage expenses of $0.4 million. In addition, a pressurized gas carrier operating in our fleet during the three months ended December 31, 2015 incurred voyage expenses of $0.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 that did not recur during the three months ended December 31, 2016 as the vessel was sold prior to the period.

Vessel Operating Expenses
Vessel operating expenses were $17.1 million during the three months ended December 31, 2016, or $8,456 per vessel per calendar day, which is calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by calendar days for the relevant time period for the vessels that were in our fleet. This was an increase of $2.8 million, or 20.0%, from $14.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015. The increase in vessel operating expenses was primarily the result of an increase in the number of vessels operating in our fleet during the three months ended December 31, 2016 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2015 along with additional repairs and maintenance incurred and spares and stores purchased primarily for two VLGCs that underwent drydocking during the three months ended December 31, 2016. Vessel operating expenses per vessel per calendar day increased $276 from $8,180 for the three months ended December 31, 2015 to $8,456 for the three months ended December 31, 2016. The increase in vessel operating expenses per vessel per calendar day of $276 was substantially due to increases of $311 per vessel per calendar day relating to additional repairs and maintenance incurred and spares and stores purchased primarily for two VLGCs that underwent drydocking during the three months ended December 31, 2016 and $122 per vessel per calendar day for other vessel operating expenses. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in lubricants of $157 per vessel per calendar day relating primarily to a reduction in lubricant consumption.

Depreciation and Amortization
Depreciation and amortization was $16.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016, an increase of $2.9 million, or 21.0%, from $13.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 that mainly relates to depreciation expense for our additional operating vessels.

General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses were $5.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016, a decrease of $2.3 million, or 31.2%, from $7.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015. The decrease was mainly due to decreases of $1.4 million for certain non-capitalizable costs incurred prior to vessel delivery, $0.1 million for stock-based compensation and $0.8 million for other general and administrative expenses.

Other Income—Related Parties
Other income—related parties amounted to $0.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016, an increase of $0.3 million, or 74.9%, from $0.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase of $0.2 million of fees for commercial management services provided by Dorian LPG (UK) Ltd. to the Helios Pool as well an increase of $0.1 million for certain chartering and marine operation services provided by Dorian LPG (USA) LLC and its subsidiaries to a related party.

Interest and Finance Costs
Interest and finance costs amounted to $7.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016, an increase of $2.7 million, or 58.2%, from $4.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015. The increase of $2.7 million during this period was mainly due to a $1.6 million increase in interest incurred on our long-term debt, amortization and other financing expenses, including capitalized interest, from $5.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 to $7.3 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016. This increase was largely due to an increase in average indebtedness, excluding deferred financing fees, from $711.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 to $802.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016. Additionally, we had no capitalized interest during the three months ended December 31, 2016 compared to $1.1 million during the three months ended December 31, 2015. The outstanding balance of our long term debt, net of deferred financing fees of $21.0 million, as of December 31, 2016, was $766.7 million.

Unrealized Gain on Derivatives
Unrealized gain on derivatives amounted to a gain of approximately $24.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016, compared to a gain of $7.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015. The $17.0 million change is primarily attributable to changes in the fair value of our interest rate swaps due to changes in forward LIBOR yield curves along with an $8.1 million unrealized gain related to the termination of our RBS interest rate swaps.

Realized Loss on Derivatives
Realized loss on derivatives amounted to a loss of approximately $8.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016, an increase of $6.4 million, or 317.9%, from a loss of $2.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015. The increase is primarily attributable to the termination of the interest rate swaps related to the RBS Loan Facility during the three months ended December 31, 2016.

Share Repurchase Program
In August 2015, our Board of Directors authorized a stock repurchase program of up to $100.0 million of our common stock on or before December 31, 2016. As of December 31, 2016, we repurchased a total of 3,342,035 shares of our common stock for approximately $33.7 million under this program. During the three months ended December 31, 2016, we repurchased 15,870 shares of our common stock for approximately $0.1 million.

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