Audit Committee Charter

This Audit Committee Charter ("Charter") has been adopted by the Board of Directors (the "Board") of Dynagas LNG Partners LP (the "Partnership") on May 13, 2015. The Audit Committee of the Board (the "Committee") shall review and reassess the adequacy of this charter periodically and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.

Role and Independence; Organization

The Committee assists the Board in its oversight of (1) the quality and integrity of the Partnership’s financial statements and its accounting, auditing and financial reporting practices, (2) the Partnership’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, (3) the independent auditor’s qualifications and independence, (4) the performance of the Partnership’s independent auditors and the Partnership’s internal audit function, if any, (5) the independent auditor’s annual audit of the Partnership’s financial statements and (6) the Partnership’s systems of disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting. It may also have such other duties as may from time to time be assigned to it by the Board and are required by the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) or any other securities exchange on which the Partnership’s securities are traded.

The Committee shall maintain free and open communication (including periodic private executive sessions) with the independent auditors, any internal auditors, and Partnership management. In discharging its oversight role, the Committee shall have full access to all Partnership books, records, facilities, personnel and outside professionals. The Committee shall have the authority and shall receive necessary funding from the Partnership to retain special legal, accounting or other consultants or advisors employed by the Committee and shall obtain such advice and assistance from such special legal, accounting or other consultants or advisors as the Committee deems necessary. The Committee shall have sole authority to approve related fees and retention terms. Each member of the Committee shall be entitled to rely on (i) the integrity of those persons and organizations within and outside the Partnership from which it receives information, (ii) the accuracy of the financial and other information provided by such persons or organizations absent actual knowledge to the contrary (which shall be promptly reported to the Board), and (iii) representations made by management as to all audit and non- audit services provided by the independent auditors to the Partnership.

The membership of the Committee, which shall be appointed by the Board from among its members, shall consist of at least one director. All the Committee members will meet the independence and experience requirements of the NYSE or any other securities exchange on which the Partnership’s securities are traded and Rule 10A-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as are applicable to the Partnership as a “foreign private issuer.” Each member of the Committee will be financially literate, as such qualification is interpreted by the Board in its business judgment, or become financially literate within a reasonable time after appointment to the Committee. At least one member of the Committee will have accounting or related financial management expertise, qualifying as an “audit committee financial expert”, based on the criteria established by the SEC. The designation or determination by the Board of a person as an Audit Committee financial expert will not impose on such person individually, on the Committee, or on the Board as a whole, any greater duties, obligations or liability than would exist in the absence of such designation or determination. Each director appointed to the Committee shall serve on the Audit Committees of no more than two other companies.

The members of the Committee shall be elected at least annually by the Board at a meeting of the Board and shall serve until their successors shall be duly elected and qualified. One member of the Committee may be designated as Chairman, who shall be responsible for leadership of the Committee, including scheduling and presiding over meetings, preparing agendas, making regular reports to the Board, and liaising regularly with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, the lead independent audit partner and the director of internal audit, if applicable. Unless a Chairman is elected by the Board, the members of the Committee may elect a Chairman as set forth in the following paragraph.

The Committee shall meet in person or telephonically as often as it deems necessary in order to perform its responsibilities, but not less than three times annually. The Committee shall also periodically meet with the Partnership’s management, any internal auditors and independent auditors separately from the Board. When the Committee is comprised of one or two members, all actions of the Committee shall require the unanimous affirmative vote of the members of the Committee. When the Committee is comprised of three or more members, a majority of the members of the Committee present in person or by means of telephone conference call shall constitute a quorum and all actions of the Committee shall require the vote of a majority of its members present at a meeting of the Committee at which a quorum is present. The Committee may also act by unanimous written consent in lieu of a meeting. The Committee shall maintain minutes of its meetings and records relating to those meetings and the Committee’s activities. The Committee may form and delegate authority to subcommittees consisting of one or more members of the Committee when appropriate.

No member of the Committee may serve simultaneously on the audit committees of more than two other public companies, unless the Board determines that simultaneous service would not impair such director’s ability to serve effectively on the Committee and such determination is disclosed in the Partnership’s annual report filed with the SEC.

Responsibilities

The Committee’s job is one of oversight. Management is responsible for the preparation, presentation and integrity of the Partnership’s financial statements. Management and the internal auditing department, if any, are responsible for maintaining appropriate accounting and financial reporting principles and practices and internal controls and procedures designed to assure compliance with accounting standards and applicable laws and regulations. The independent auditors are responsible for auditing the annual financial statements.

The Committee and the Board recognize that management and the independent auditors have more resources and time and more detailed knowledge and information regarding the Partnership’s accounting, financial and auditing practices than do Committee members; accordingly the Committee’s oversight role does not provide any expert or special assurance as to the Partnership’s financial statements or any certification as to the work of the independent auditors. Nor is it the duty of the Committee to conduct investigations or to assure compliance with laws and regulations.

Although the Board and the Committee may wish to consider other duties from time to time, the general recurring activities of the Committee in carrying out its oversight role are described below. The Committee shall be responsible for:

  • Review this charter periodically and recommend to the Board of Directors any necessary amendments.

  • The appointment, replacement, compensation, evaluation and oversight of the work of the independent auditors to be retained to audit the annual financial statements of the Partnership and review the quarterly financial statements of the Partnership, and approve in advance the scope and costs of such audit and non-audit services to be provided by the independent auditors. Approval of non-audit services will be disclosed to investors in periodic reports required by Section 13(a) of the U.S Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Committee will also consider whether there should be rotation of the firm itself. In making its evaluation, the Committee should take into account the opinions of management and the Partnership’s internal auditors (or other personnel responsible for the internal audit function). In response to this evaluation, the Committee shall be entitled to take any action it deems appropriate including removal of the independent auditor if circumstances warrant.

  • Annually evaluate the performance and qualification of the independent auditors and assess the independence of such auditors, including the compatibility with the auditor’s performance of permissible non-audit services.

  • Annually obtaining and reviewing the independent auditor’s formal written statement describing: the firm’s internal quality-control procedures; any material issues raised by the most recent internal quality-control review, or peer review, of the firm, or by any inquiry or investigation by governmental or professional authorities, within the preceding five years respecting one or more independent audits carried out by the firm, and any steps taken to deal with any such issues.

  • Annually obtaining from the independent auditors a formal written statement describing all relationships between the auditors and the Partnership, addressing the matters set forth in Rule 3526, Communication with Audit Committees Concerning Independence. The Committee shall actively engage in a dialogue with the independent auditors with respect to any disclosed relationships that may impact the objectivity and independence of the auditors, and shall consider whether the independent auditors’ provision of information technology consulting and other non- audit services to the Partnership, if any, is compatible with the auditors’ independence. The Committee shall recommend that the Board take appropriate actions to satisfy itself as to the auditors’ independence.

  • Reviewing the annual audited financial statements and quarterly financial statements and discussing them with management and the independent auditors. These discussions shall include the matters required to be discussed under Auditing Standard No. 16, Communications with Audit Committees, as modified or supplemented, consideration of the quality of the Partnership’s accounting principles as applied in its financial reporting, and the Partnership’s disclosures under "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations." Such discussions shall also include, to the extent applicable, a review of particularly sensitive accounting estimates, reserves and accruals, review of judgmental areas, review of critical accounting policies and alternative treatments of financial information, review of audit adjustments, review of financial risk exposures that may have a material impact on the Partnership’s financial statements and the policies and steps management has taken to monitor and control such exposures, and other such inquiries as the Committee or the independent auditors shall deem appropriate. Based on its review, and its confirmation that management believes the financial statements to be included in the Partnership’s annual report contain no materials misstatements the Committee shall make its recommendation to the Board as to the inclusion of the Partnership’s audited financial statements in any Annual Report of the Partnership on Form 20-F or any successor form thereto (or the Annual Report to Shareholders, if distributed prior to the filing of the Form 20-F or successor form).

  • Review management’s report on internal control and independent auditor’s attestation on management’s assertions to the extent that they are required under the Sarbanes- Oxley Act of 2002.

  • Overseeing the relationship with the independent auditors, including discussing with the auditors the planning and staffing of the audit and, to the extent applicable, review of the quarterly earnings releases other quarterly financial information and reports, and the nature and rigor of the audit and quarterly review process, receiving and reviewing audit and applicable quarterly reports, reviewing with the auditors any problems or difficulties the auditors may have encountered in carrying out the audit, including any restrictions placed on the scope of the audit or difficulties obtaining any required information, reviewing with the independent auditors and management any management letters provided by the auditors and the Partnership’s response to such letters, and providing the auditors full access to the Committee and the Board to report on all appropriate matters. The Committee shall undertake to resolve all disagreements between the Partnership’s independent auditors and management regarding financial reporting.

  • Discussing with management the financial statements proposed to be included in the Partnership’s annual report on Form 20-F and obtaining assurance from management that such financial statements contain no material misstatements or omissions and obtaining from the independent auditors confirmation that, in the course of their audit, no material misstatements were detected.

  • Providing oversight of the Partnership’s auditing, accounting and financial reporting principles, policies, controls, procedures and practices, and reviewing significant changes to the foregoing as suggested by the independent auditors, any internal auditors or management.

  • Establishing procedures for the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints from the Partnership’s personnel and members of the public concerning violations of the Partnership’s internal policies, its Code of Ethics and Conduct or illegal actions by any employee of the company as well as complaints related to accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, as well as for confidential, anonymous submissions by the Partnership’s employees of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters.

  • Establishing clear hiring policies for employees or former employees of the independent auditors.

  • Annually obtaining from the independent auditors a formal written statement of the fees billed for audit services, information technology consulting services, and other non-audit services rendered by the independent auditors for the most recent fiscal year.

  • Discussing with management and independent auditors earnings press releases, as well as financial information and earnings guidance provided to analysts and rating agencies.

  • Discussing with management policies with respect to risk assessment and risk management and reviewing the Partnership’s fraud risk assessment.

  • Review and advise on the selection and removal of the internal audit function (or other personnel responsible for the internal audit function).

  • Discussing with management at least twice annually and with the independent auditors at least annually the quality and adequacy of the Partnership’s internal audit controls and procedures and, if applicable, the internal audit function’s organization, responsibilities, plans, results, budget and staffing, as well as providing oversight to any internal audit activities, including review of significant reports prepared by any internal auditors, and management’s response.

  • Periodically review with the head of internal audit any significant difficulties, disagreements with management or scope restrictions encountered in the course of the audit function’s work.

  • Establish and implement policies and procedures for the Committee’s review and approval of proposed transactions or courses of dealings with respect to which executive officers or directors or members of their immediate families have an interest (including all transactions required to be disclosed by Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K).

  • Discuss at least annually with management and the Partnership’s general counsel (i) any legal matters (including the status of pending litigation) that may have a material impact on the Partnership’s financial statements, (ii) any material reports or inquiries from regulatory or governmental agencies and (iii) the effectiveness of the Partnership’s legal, regulatory and corporate governance compliance programs.

  • Make recommendations to the Board on the Partnership’s annual budget.

  • Assess periodically and at least annually the Partnership and its subsidiaries’ compliance with any regulatory financial commitments.

  • When deemed necessary or appropriate commence and oversee any investigation into any matters within the scope of the Committee’s responsibilities and retain independent counsel, accountants and other professional advisors and experts to assist the Committee in such investigation to the extent deemed appropriate.

  • Regularly reporting its activities to the full Board and making such recommendations with respect to the above and any other matters as the Committee may deem necessary or appropriate.

  • Conduct an annual self-assessment with the goal of continuing improvement.



 
 
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