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Cheniere Energy, Inc. NYSE American: LNG

Cheniere Energy Reports Second Quarter 2009 Results

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cheniere Energy, Inc. ("Cheniere") (NYSE Amex:LNG) reported a net loss of $13.0 million, or $0.25 per share (basic and diluted), for the second quarter of 2009 compared with a net loss of $136.5 million, or $2.90 per share (basic and diluted), during the corresponding period in 2008. The decrease in the net loss compared to the prior period of $123.5 million was largely due to the $78.6 million of restructuring charges included in the second quarter 2008 results and a $45.4 million gain on the early extinguishment of debt recognized in the second quarter of 2009. Excluding these two items, our net losses for the second quarter of 2009 and 2008 would have been $58.4 million, or $1.13 per share (basic and diluted), and $57.9 million, or $1.23 per share (basic and diluted), respectively. In addition, results include the impact of the adoption of APB 14-1, Accounting for Convertible Debt Instruments That May Be Settled In Cash Upon Conversion, which was applied retrospectively to all periods presented.

Income from operations was $0.3 million for the second quarter of 2009 compared to a loss from operations of $103.5 million for the corresponding period in 2008. Excluding the impact of the $78.6 million of restructuring charges during the second quarter of 2008, our loss from operations in the second quarter of 2008 would have been $24.9 million, compared to income from operations of $0.3 million in the second quarter of 2009. Revenues increased $37.0 million largely as a result of commencement of revenues under a third-party terminal use agreement ("TUA") on April 1, 2009. LNG receiving terminal and pipeline development expenses decreased $2.5 million and LNG receiving terminal and pipeline operating expenses and depreciation expenses increased by $8.8 million and $9.5 million, respectively, as the initial 2.6 Bcf/d sendout capacity and 10.1 Bcf storage capacity at the Sabine Pass LNG receiving terminal was placed into service during the second half of 2008. General and administrative expenses decreased $3.9 million to $15.4 million primarily due to the restructuring initiatives implemented during 2008. General and administrative expenses include non-cash compensation expenses of approximately $5.0 million in the second quarter of 2009 and $2.8 million in the corresponding period in 2008.

Interest expense increased to $62.0 million in the second quarter of 2009 from $25.6 million in the second quarter of 2008 due to less interest subject to capitalization related to construction and an increase in the average debt outstanding quarter over quarter.

Significant events that occurred during the second quarter 2009 include:

    --  the receipt of the first capacity reservation fee payment from Chevron
        U.S.A., Inc. per its TUA that became effective in July 2009,
    --  the purchase by our marketing subsidiary, Cheniere Marketing, LLC
        ("Cheniere Marketing"), of its first commercial cargo for the Sabine
        Pass LNG receiving terminal, and
    --  a reduction of $120.4 million of convertible debt through a series of
        exchanges of debt for a combined use of $30.0 million cash and 4.0
        million common shares.

As of June 30, 2009, the Sabine Pass LNG receiving terminal had begun receiving capacity reservation fee payments from all three of its TUA customers, Total Gas and Power North America, Inc., Chevron U.S.A., Inc. and Cheniere Marketing as the latest TUA commencement date became effective in July 2009.

During the second quarter of 2009, Cheniere Marketing purchased its first commercial LNG cargo. In line with Cheniere's risk management strategy, the cargo has been hedged and earnings will be recognized in operating results as sales are realized.

During the second quarter of 2009, Cheniere retired $120.4 million aggregate principal amount of its 2.25% Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes due 2012 in exchange for $30.0 million cash and 4.0 million shares through a series of transactions. Cheniere issued the shares pursuant to the exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, contained in Section 3(a)(9) of such Act. Due to Cheniere's retirement of the notes, future interest payments were reduced by approximately $8.7 million.

Sabine Pass LNG Receiving Terminal

The remaining construction of 1.4 Bcf/d sendout capacity and 6.7 Bcf of storage capacity at the Sabine Pass LNG receiving terminal is nearing completion and the LNG receiving terminal is expected to be fully operational with sendout capacity of 4.0 Bcf/d and storage capacity of 16.8 Bcf by the third quarter of 2009. Total estimated construction costs excluding financing costs are $1.559 billion with costs incurred as of June 30, 2009 totaling $1.499 billion. Costs are anticipated to be funded with available cash held by Sabine Pass LNG, L.P. ("Sabine Pass").

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents held by Cheniere at June 30, 2009 were $88.9 million. During the second quarter of 2009, $65.2 million was moved from the TUA reserve account to unrestricted cash and cash equivalents.

Restricted cash and cash equivalents and treasury securities at June 30, 2009 were $265.0 million of which $259.7 million were held at Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. ("Cheniere Partners") and $5.3 million were held at Cheniere. Restricted cash held by Cheniere Partners includes approximately $82.4 million in a permanent debt service reserve fund and $13.7 million for one month of interest as required by the Sabine Pass LNG senior notes indenture, $34.9 million available for distributions to Cheniere Partners' common unitholders and general partner and $128.8 million for construction, working capital and general purposes at Sabine Pass.

Cheniere estimates that it has sufficient liquidity in the form of cash and cash equivalents and working capital to fund operations and pursue its commercial strategy for the next several years. Cheniere expects approximately $35 million from restricted cash to be released to unrestricted cash during the third quarter of 2009.

Cheniere Energy, Inc. is developing a network of three LNG receiving terminals and related natural gas pipelines along the Gulf Coast of the United States. Cheniere is pursuing related business opportunities both upstream and downstream of the terminals. Cheniere is also the founder and holds a 30% limited partner interest in a fourth LNG receiving terminal. Additional information about Cheniere Energy, Inc. may be found on its web site at www.cheniere.com.

For additional information, please refer to the Cheniere Energy, Inc. Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2009, 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 facts, 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 and (ii) statements expressing beliefs and expectations regarding the development of Cheniere's LNG receiving terminal and pipeline businesses. 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.


Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Selected Financial Information

(in thousands) (1)

                    Three Months Ended          Six Months Ended
                    June 30,                    June 30,

                    2009         2008           2009          2008

                                 (As adjusted)                (As adjusted)(2)
                                 (2)

Revenues

Operating costs     $ 37,959     $ 914          $ 39,193      $ 2,391
and expenses

LNG receiving
terminal and
pipeline              91           2,566          --            9,282
development
expenses

LNG receiving
terminal and          9,251        416            18,029        416
pipeline operating
expenses

Oil and gas
production and        77           138            164           300
exploration costs

Depreciation,
depletion and         12,795       3,333          24,857        5,617
amortization

General and
administrative        15,422       19,364         33,219        50,043
expenses

Restructuring         --           78,564         --            78,564
charges

Total operating       37,636       104,381        76,269        144,222
costs and expenses

Income (Loss) from    323          (103,467 )     (37,076  )    (141,831 )
operations

Derivative gain       762          (11,536  )     3,324         (12,366  )
(loss)

Loss from equity      --           (3,000   )     --            (4,800   )
method investments

Gain on early
extinguishment of     45,363       --             45,363        --
debt

Interest expense,     (61,959 )    (25,612  )     (115,209 )    (50,212  )
net

Interest income       388          4,801          1,199         14,405

Other income          46           (34      )     (17      )    (71      )
(expense)

Income tax benefit    --           --             --            --

Minority interest     2,026        2,305          6,624         3,670

Net loss            $ (13,051 )  $ (136,543 )   $ (95,792  )  $ (191,205 )

Net loss per
common              $ (0.25   )  $ (2.90    )   $ (1.91    )  $ (4.06    )
share--basic and
diluted

Weighted average
number of common
shares                51,576       47,129         50,121        47,053
outstanding--basic
and diluted




                                               June 30,       December 31,

                                               2009           2008

                                               Unaudited      (As adjusted)(2)

Cash and Cash Equivalents                      $ 88,946       $ 102,192

Restricted Cash and Cash Equivalents             147,229        301,550

LNG Inventory                                    10,699         --

Other Current Assets                             21,548         12,850

Non-Current Restricted Cash, Cash Equivalents    117,770        159,312
and Treasury Securities

Property, Plant and Equipment, net               2,236,269      2,170,158

Debt Issuance Costs, net                         50,840         55,688

Goodwill                                         76,844         76,844

Other Assets                                     35,640         41,488

Total Assets                                   $ 2,785,785    $ 2,920,082

Current Liabilities                            $ 83,601       $ 66,133

Long-Term Debt, net of discount                  3,016,320      3,082,362

Deferred Revenue                                 35,500         37,500

Other Liabilities                                14,599         8,141

Non-Controlling Interest                         230,342        250,162

Stockholders' (Deficit) Equity                   (594,577  )    (524,216  )

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' (Deficit)  $ 2,785,785    $ 2,920,082
Equity




                                                                Consolidated
               Sabine          Cheniere Energy  Other Cheniere
June 30, 2009                                                   Cheniere Energy,
               Pass LNG, L.P.  Partners, L.P.   Energy, Inc.
                                                                Inc.

Cash and cash  $ --            $ --             $ 88,946        $ 88,946
equivalents

Restricted
cash, cash       224,856         34,878           5,265           264,999
equivalents

Total          $ 224,856       $ 34,878         $ 94,211        $ 353,945



(1) Please refer to the Cheniere Energy, Inc. Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2009, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(2) Effective January 1, 2009, Cheniere adopted Financial Accounting Standards Board Staff Position Accounting Principles Board No. 14-1, Accounting for Convertible Debt Instruments That May Be Settled in Cash upon Conversion. As such, the Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2008 and Cheniere's Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2008 have been adjusted to reflect this adoption.


    Source: Cheniere Energy, Inc.