Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Share-Based Compensation (Notes)

Share-Based Compensation (Notes)
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2015
Disclosure of Compensation Related Costs, Share-based Payments [Abstract]  
Share-Based Compensation
We have granted stock, restricted stock, phantom units and options to purchase common stock to employees, outside directors, and a consultant under the Cheniere Energy, Inc. Amended and Restated 1997 Stock Option Plan (the “1997 Plan”), Amended and Restated 2003 Stock Incentive Plan, as amended (the “2003 Plan”), and 2011 Incentive Plan, as amended (the “2011 Plan”).

The 1997 Plan provides for the issuance of stock options to purchase up to 5.0 million shares of our common stock, all of which have been granted. Non-qualified stock options were granted to employees, contract service providers and outside directors. The 2003 Plan and 2011 Plan provide for the issuance of 21.0 million shares and 35.0 million shares, respectively, of our common stock that may be in the form of non-qualified stock options, incentive stock options, purchased stock, restricted (non-vested) stock, bonus (unrestricted) stock, stock appreciation rights, phantom units and other share-based performance awards deemed by the Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors (the “Compensation Committee”) to be consistent with the purposes of the 2003 Plan and 2011 Plan. As of March 31, 2015, all of the shares under the 2003 Plan have been granted and approximately 27 million shares, net of cancellations, have been granted under the 2011 Plan.

Phantom units are share-based awards issued to employees over a vesting period that entitle the grantee to receive the cash equivalent to the value of a share of our common stock upon each vesting. Phantom units are not eligible to receive quarterly distributions. The Company records compensation cost equal to the fair value of the award at the measurement date, which is determined to be the earlier of the performance commitment date or the service completion date. In addition, compensation cost for unvested phantom unit awards is adjusted quarterly for any changes in the Company’s stock price. During the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, we granted approximately 72,000 and zero phantom units, respectively, to employees.

For the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, the total share-based compensation expense, net of capitalization, recognized in our net loss was $16.1 million and $35.9 million, respectively, and for the same periods we capitalized as part of the cost of capital assets $1.9 million and $1.8 million, respectively. We did not recognize any cumulative adjustments in our compensation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014.
The total unrecognized compensation cost at March 31, 2015 relating to non-vested share-based compensation arrangements was $153.5 million, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 2.6 years.
We received $1.0 million and $3.7 million in the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, of proceeds from the exercise of stock options.

During the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, we recognized zero and $10.8 million, respectively, of share-based compensation expense related to the modification of long-term commercial bonus awards resulting from an employee termination.