Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Non-Controlling Interest (Tables)

Non-Controlling Interest (Tables)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Noncontrolling Interest [Abstract]  
Schedule of Noncontrolling Interest [Table Text Block]
The following table sets forth the components of our non-controlling interest balance since inception attributable to third-party investors’ interests at December 31, 2011 (in thousands): 
Net proceeds from Cheniere Partners’ issuance of common units (1)

Net proceeds from Holdings’ sale of Cheniere Partners common units (2)

Distributions to Cheniere Partners’ non-controlling interest (3)
Non-controlling interest share of loss of Cheniere Partners
Non-controlling interest at December 31, 2011

In March and April 2007, we and Cheniere Partners completed a public offering of 15,525,000Cheniere Partners common units (the "Cheniere Partners Offering"). Cheniere Partners received$98.4 million in net proceeds from the issuance of its common units to the public. Prior to January 1, 2009, a company was able to elect an accounting policy of recording a gain or loss on the sale of common equity of a subsidiary equal to the amount of proceeds received in excess of the carrying value of the parent’s investment. Effective January 1, 2009, the sale of common equity of a subsidiary is accounted for as an equity transaction.
In January 2011, Cheniere Partners initiated an at-the-market program to sell up to 1.0 million common units, the proceeds from which would be used primarily to fund development costs associated with its proposed liquefaction project. As of December 31, 2011, Cheniere Partners had sold 0.5 million common units with net proceeds of $9.0 million.
In September 2011, Cheniere Partners sold 3.0 million common units in an underwritten public offering and 1.1 million common units to Cheniere Common Units Holding, LLC at a price of $15.25 per common unit. Cheniere Partners received net proceeds of $43.3 million and $16.4 million from the public offering and Cheniere Common Units Holding, LLC sale, respectively.
In conjunction with the Cheniere Partners Offering, Cheniere LNG Holdings, LLC ("Holdings") sold a portion of the Cheniere Partners common units held by it to the public, realizing net proceeds of $203.9 million, which included $39.4 million of net proceeds realized once the underwriters exercised their option to purchase an additional 2,025,000 common units from Holdings. Due to the subordinated distribution rights on our subordinated units, we have recorded those proceeds as a non-controlling interest.

Cash distributions to the non-controlling interest are recorded directly against the non-controlling interest on our Consolidated Balance Sheet. There is no obligation beyond what is reflected in our financial statements to fund or absorb such distributions to the non-controlling interest. If in the future the non-controlling interest on our Consolidated Balance Sheet is reduced to zero, these distributions may increase the loss allocated to us.