Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Variable Interest Entity

Variable Interest Entity
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2012
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Variable Interest Entity

In 2010, Cheniere Marketing, LLC ("Cheniere Marketing") entered into various agreements ("LNGCo Agreements") with JPMorgan LNG Co. ("LNGCo") under which Cheniere Marketing has 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. In March 2012, Cheniere Marketing and LNGCo amended their LNGCo Agreements to extend the term until April 2014; however, either party may terminate the agreements without penalty prior to such date. 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 margin of each transaction.

During the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, we recognized $2.6 million and $2.4 million, respectively, of marketing and trading revenues from LNGCo. As of March 31, 2012, the carrying amount of Cheniere Marketing’s assets relating to LNGCo, which is equivalent to Cheniere Marketing's maximum exposure to loss, was $2.6 million.  A portion of this $2.6 million represents our fixed fee receivable and is reported as accounts and interest receivable on our consolidated financial statements, and the remaining portion represents our margin deposit receivable and is reported as prepaid expense and other current assets on our consolidated financial statements and is to be paid to Cheniere Marketing upon the completion or termination of the LNGCo Agreements.