|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2021
|Share-based Payment Arrangement [Abstract]|
|Share-Based Compensation||SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION
We have granted restricted stock shares, restricted stock units, performance stock units and phantom units to employees and non-employee directors under the 2011 Incentive Plan, as amended (the “2011 Plan”) and the 2020 Incentive Plan. For the three months ended March 31, 2021, we granted 1.5 million restricted stock units and 0.3 million performance stock units at target performance under the 2020 Plan to certain employees. Additionally, 0.2 million incremental shares of our common stock were issued based on performance results from previously-granted performance stock unit awards.
Restricted stock units are stock awards that vest over a service period of three years and entitle the holder to receive shares of our common stock upon vesting, subject to restrictions on transfer and to a risk of forfeiture if the recipient terminates employment with us prior to the lapse of the restrictions. Performance stock units provide for cliff vesting after a period of three years with payouts based on metrics dependent upon market and performance achieved over the defined performance period compared to pre-established performance targets. The settlement amounts of the awards are based on market and performance metrics which include cumulative distributable cash flow per share, and in certain circumstances, absolute total shareholder return (“ATSR”) of our common stock. Where applicable, the compensation for performance stock units is based on fair value assigned to the market metric of ATSR using a Monte Carlo model upon grant, which remains constant through the vesting period, and a performance metric, which will vary due to changing estimates regarding the expected achievement of the performance metric of cumulative distributable cash flow per share. The number of shares that may be earned at the end of the vesting period ranges from 0% up to 300% of the target award amount. Both restricted stock units and performance stock units will be settled in Cheniere common stock (on a one-for-one basis) and are classified as equity awards, however, a portion of the performance stock units granted in 2021 will partially settle in cash, subject to individual limits. The portion of performance stock units expected to settle in Cheniere common stock (on a one-for-one basis) are classified as equity awards and the portion of performance stock units expected to settle in cash are classified as liability awards.
Total share-based compensation consisted of the following (in millions):
The entire disclosure for share-based payment arrangement.
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