Note 6 - Variable Interest Entity
|6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2011
|Variable Interest Entity [Abstract]
|Variable Interest Entity [Text Block]
Variable Interest Entity
In March 2010, Cheniere Marketing, LLC ("Cheniere Marketing") entered into various agreements (the "LNGCo Agreements") with JPMorgan LNG Co. ("LNGCo"), an indirect subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase & Co., effective April 1, 2010, under which Cheniere Marketing agreed to develop and maintain commercial and trading opportunities in the LNG industry and present any such opportunities exclusively to LNGCo. Cheniere Marketing also agreed to provide, or arrange for the provision of, all of the operations and administrative services required by LNGCo in connection with any LNG cargoes purchased by LNGCo, including negotiating agreements and arranging for transporting, receiving, storing, hedging and regasifying LNG cargoes. Cheniere Marketing does not have the authority to contractually bind LNGCo under the LNGCo Agreements. In the event LNGCo declines to purchase an LNG cargo presented to it by Cheniere Marketing under the LNGCo Agreements, Cheniere Marketing may pursue the opportunity on its own behalf or present it to third parties. The term of the LNGCo Agreements is two years; however, either party may terminate without penalty. In return for the services to be provided by Cheniere Marketing, LNGCo will pay a fixed fee to Cheniere Marketing and may pay additional fees depending upon the gross margins of each transaction and the aggregate gross margin earned during the term of the LNGCo Agreements.
During the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, we recognized $4.9 million and $7.3 million, respectively, of marketing and trading revenues from LNGCo. During the three and six months ended June 30, 2010, we recognized $3.1 million of marketing and trading revenues from LNGCo. As of June 30, 2011, Cheniere Marketing’s maximum exposure to loss relating to LNGCo was $2.5 million. A portion of this $2.5 million represents our fixed fee receivable and is reported as accounts and interest receivable, and the remaining portion represents our margin deposit receivable and is reported as prepaid expense and other current assets and is to be paid to Cheniere Marketing upon the completion or termination of the LNGCo Agreements.