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Cheniere Energy, Inc. NYSE American: LNG

Cheniere Energy, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results

HOUSTON, Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cheniere Energy, Inc. ("Cheniere") (NYSE MKT: LNG) reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $89.6 million, or $0.40 per share (basic and diluted), for the three months ended September 30, 2014, compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $100.8 million, or $0.46 per share (basic and diluted), for the comparable 2013 period. For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, Cheniere reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $389.3 million, or $1.74 per share (basic and diluted), compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $372.7 million, or $1.71 per share (basic and diluted), during the corresponding period of 2013.

Results include significant items for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 of $6.0 million and $242.5 million, compared to $33.4 million and $75.0 million for the comparable 2013 periods, respectively. The significant items for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 related to development expenses primarily for the liquefaction facilities being developed by us near Corpus Christi, Texas (the "Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project"), losses on early extinguishment of debt related to the write-off of debt issuance costs by Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC ("Sabine Pass Liquefaction") in connection with the refinancing of a portion of its credit facilities in May 2014 and April 2013, and derivative gains (losses) due primarily to changes in long-term LIBOR during the respective periods.

Included in general and administrative expense were non-cash compensation expenses of $21.2 million and $80.4 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014, respectively, compared to $24.7 million and $187.1 million for the comparable 2013 periods, respectively.

Results are reported on a consolidated basis and include our ownership interest in Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. ("Cheniere Partners"), which is based on our 100% ownership of the general partner and 84.5% ownership interest in Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC which owns a 55.9% limited partner interest in Cheniere Partners.

Recent Significant Events

  • In August 2014, our wholly owned subsidiary, Cheniere Marketing, LLC ("Cheniere Marketing"), entered into an amended and restated LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement ("SPA") with Sabine Pass Liquefaction to purchase, at Cheniere Marketing's option, any liquefied natural gas ("LNG") produced by Sabine Pass Liquefaction in excess of that required for other customers; and
  • In August 2014, Cheniere Marketing entered into SPAs with Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC under which Cheniere Marketing has the option to purchase any LNG produced by Corpus Christi Liquefaction in excess of that required for other customers.

Liquefaction Projects Update

Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project

Through Cheniere Partners we are developing up to six natural gas liquefaction trains ("Trains"), each with an expected nominal production capacity of approximately 4.5 mtpa, at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal adjacent to the existing regasification facilities (the "Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project").

The Trains are in various stages of development.

  • Construction on Trains 1 and 2 began in August 2012, and as of September 30, 2014, the overall project for Trains 1 and 2 was approximately 76% complete, which is ahead of the contractual schedule. Based on our current construction schedule, we anticipate that Train 1 will produce LNG as early as late 2015.
  • Construction on Trains 3 and 4 began in May 2013, and as of September 30, 2014, the overall project for Trains 3 and 4 was approximately 43% complete, which is ahead of the contractual schedule. We expect Trains 3 and 4 to become operational in late 2016 and 2017, respectively.
  • Trains 5 and 6 are under development. We have entered into SPAs for approximately 3.75 mtpa in aggregate that commence with the date of first commercial delivery for Train 5. We have received authorizations from the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") to export 503 Bcf per year of LNG volumes from Trains 5 and 6 to free trade agreement ("FTA") countries. Authorization to export LNG to non-FTA countries is pending. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") authorization is also pending.

We will contemplate making a final investment decision to commence construction on Trains 5 and 6 based upon, among other things, entering into acceptable commercial arrangements, receiving all regulatory approvals and obtaining financing.

Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project

We continue to make progress on the commercialization and development of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project, which is being designed for up to three Trains with expected aggregate nominal production capacity of approximately 13.5 mtpa of LNG.

  • To date, we have entered into SPAs aggregating approximately 6.9 mtpa of LNG volumes commencing with Trains 1 and 2 and 0.77 mtpa of LNG volumes commencing with Train 3.
  • We have received authorization from the DOE to export up to 767 Bcf per year of domestically produced LNG to FTA countries. Authorization to export LNG to non-FTA countries is pending. In October 2014, the FERC issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement, which is pending final approval. We expect to receive remaining regulatory approvals by early 2015.

We will contemplate making a final investment decision to commence construction of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project based upon, among other things, entering into acceptable commercial arrangements, receiving all regulatory approvals and obtaining financing.

Timelines for Liquefaction Projects



Target Date



Sabine Pass Liquefaction


Corpus Christi Liquefaction

Milestone


Trains

1 & 2


Trains

3 & 4


Trains

5 & 6



DOE export authorization


Received


Received


Received FTA

Pending Non-FTA


Received FTA;
Pending Non-FTA

Definitive commercial agreements


Completed
7.7 mtpa


Completed
8.3 mtpa


T5: Completed

T6: 2014/2015


T1-T2: Completed

 

- BG Gulf Coast LNG, LLC


4.2 mtpa


1.3 mtpa





- Gas Natural Fenosa


3.5 mtpa







- KOGAS




3.5 mtpa





- GAIL (India) Ltd.




3.5 mtpa





- Total Gas & Power N.A.






2.0 mtpa



- Centrica plc






1.75 mtpa



- PT Pertamina








1.52 mtpa

- Endesa, S.A.








2.25 mtpa

    - Iberdrola, S.A.








0.76 mtpa

    - Gas Natural Fenosa LNG SL








1.50 mtpa

    - Woodside Energy Trading Singapore








0.85 mtpa

   - Électricité de France, S.A.








0.77 mtpa

EPC contract


Completed


Completed


2014/2015


Completed

Financing






2015


2014

- Equity


Completed


Completed





- Debt commitments


Received


 Received





FERC authorization









- FERC Order


Received


Received


2014/2015


2014/2015

- Certificate to commence construction


Received


Received





Issue Notice to Proceed


Completed


Completed


2015


2015

Commence operations


2015/2016


2016/2017


2018/2019


2018/2019

Cheniere Energy, Inc. is a Houston-based energy company primarily engaged in LNG-related businesses, and owns and operates the Sabine Pass LNG terminal and Creole Trail Pipeline in Louisiana. Cheniere is pursuing related business opportunities both upstream and downstream of the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. Through its subsidiary, Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P., Cheniere is developing a liquefaction project at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal adjacent to the existing regasification facilities for up to six Trains, each of which is expected to have a nominal production capacity of approximately 4.5 mtpa. Construction has begun on Trains 1 through 4 at the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project. Cheniere has also initiated a project to develop liquefaction facilities near Corpus Christi, Texas. The Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project is being designed for up to three Trains, with expected aggregate nominal production capacity of approximately 13.5 mtpa of LNG, three LNG storage tanks with capacity of approximately 10.1 Bcfe and two LNG carrier docks. Commencement of construction for the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project is subject, but not limited, to obtaining regulatory approvals, entering into long-term customer contracts sufficient to underpin financing of the project, obtaining financing, and Cheniere making a final investment decision. Cheniere believes that LNG exports from the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project could commence as early as 2018.

For additional information, please refer to the Cheniere Energy, Inc. website at www.cheniere.com and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

This press release contains certain statements that may include "forward-looking statements" within the meanings of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are "forward-looking statements." Included among "forward-looking statements" are, among other things, (i) statements regarding Cheniere's business strategy, plans and objectives, including the construction and operation of liquefaction facilities, (ii) statements regarding expectations regarding regulatory authorizations and approvals, (iii) statements expressing beliefs and expectations regarding the development of Cheniere's LNG terminal and pipeline businesses, including liquefaction facilities, (iv) statements regarding the business operations and prospects of third parties, (v) statements regarding potential financing arrangements and (vi) statements regarding future discussions and entry into contracts. Although Cheniere believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. Cheniere's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in Cheniere's periodic reports that are filed with and available from the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Other than as required under the securities laws, Cheniere does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.

(Financial Table Follows)

 

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Selected Financial Information

(in thousands, except per share data)(1)

(unaudited)



Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


September 30,


September 30,


2014


2013


2014


2013

Revenues








LNG terminal revenues

$

66,983


$

66,735


$

200,243


$

199,222

Marketing and trading revenues (losses)

(499)


590


482


441

Other

323


385


1,277


1,130

Total revenues

66,807


67,710


202,002


200,793









Operating costs and expenses








General and administrative expense

74,255


57,096


215,783


277,971

Depreciation

16,189


15,246


48,962


45,533

Operating and maintenance expense

26,102


30,098


69,198


76,425

Development expense

11,544


11,046


38,919


50,214

Other

75


100


245


258

Total operating costs and expenses

128,165


113,586


373,107


450,401









Loss from operations

(61,358)


(45,876)


(171,105)


(249,608)









Other income (expense)








Interest expense, net

(46,884)


(52,528)


(130,943)


(134,806)

Loss on early extinguishment of debt



(114,335)


(80,510)

Derivative gain (loss), net

5,573


(22,335)


(89,286)


55,706

Other income (expense)

(160)


65


(39)


954

Total other expense

(41,471)


(74,798)


(334,603)


(158,656)









Loss before income taxes and non-controlling interest

(102,829)


(120,674)


(505,708)


(408,264)

Income tax provision

(1,971)


(1,809)


(2,147)


(2,751)

Net loss

(104,800)


(122,483)


(507,855)


(411,015)

Less: net loss attributable to non-controlling interest

(15,219)


(21,659)


(118,536)


(38,323)

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(89,581)


$

(100,824)


$

(389,319)


$

(372,692)









Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders—basic and diluted

$

(0.40)


$

(0.46)


$

(1.74)


$

(1.71)









Weighted average number of common shares outstanding—basic and diluted

224,309


220,734


223,710


217,940

 


September 30,


December 31,


2014


2013

ASSETS

(unaudited)



Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents

$

791,656


$

960,842

Restricted cash and cash equivalents

661,804


598,064

Accounts and interest receivable

23,385


4,486

LNG inventory

13,966


10,563

Prepaid expenses and other

19,051


17,225

Total current assets

1,509,862


1,591,180





Non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents

1,139,104


1,031,399

Property, plant and equipment, net

8,634,504


6,454,399

Debt issuance costs, net

251,101


313,944

Non-current derivative assets

32,161


98,123

Goodwill

76,819


76,819

Other

141,765


107,373

Total assets

$

11,785,316


$

9,673,237





LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities




Accounts payable

$

16,064


$

10,367

Accrued liabilities

378,982


186,552

Deferred revenue

26,639


26,593

Other

17,103


13,499

Total current liabilities

438,788


237,011





Long-term debt, net

8,989,760


6,576,273

Long-term deferred revenue

14,500


17,500

Other non-current liabilities

11,715


2,396





Commitments and contingencies








Stockholders' equity




Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 5.0 million shares authorized, none issued


Common stock, $0.003 par value




Authorized: 480.0 million shares at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013




Issued and outstanding: 237.7 million and 238.1 million shares at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively

715


716

Treasury stock: 9.7 million shares and 9.0 million shares at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively, at cost

(224,944)


(179,826)

Additional paid-in-capital

2,562,647


2,459,699

Accumulated deficit

(2,490,226)


(2,100,907)

Total stockholders' equity

(151,808)


179,682

Non-controlling interest

2,482,361


2,660,375

Total equity

2,330,553


2,840,057

Total liabilities and equity

$

11,785,316


$

9,673,237










(1)

Please refer to the Cheniere Energy, Inc. Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

As of September 30, 2014, we had cash and cash equivalents of $791.7 million available to Cheniere. In addition, we had current and non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents of $1,800.9 million (which included current and non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents available to Cheniere Partners, Sabine Pass Liquefaction and Sabine Pass LNG, L.P.) designated for the following purposes: $1.4 billion for the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project, $33.5 million for Cheniere Creole Trail Pipeline, L.P., $129.1 million for interest payments related to the Sabine Pass LNG senior secured notes, and $274.9 million for other restricted purposes.

SOURCE Cheniere Energy, Inc.