CEI 2012 3rd Qtr Form 10Q


 
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
 
 
 
 
FORM 10-Q
 
 
 
 
 
T QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

  For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2012
OR
£ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

  For the transition period from                 to             
Commission File No. 001-16383
CHENIERE ENERGY, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
 
 
 
 
Delaware
95-4352386
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
 
700 Milam Street, Suite 800
 
Houston, Texas
77002
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip code)
(713) 375-5000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
 
 
 
 
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes  x  No  o 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  o 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of "large accelerated filer", "accelerated filer" and "smaller reporting company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
Large accelerated filer S
Accelerated filer                    £
Non-accelerated filer   £
Smaller reporting company   £
          (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes  o  No  x 
223,342,323 shares of the registrant’s Common Stock, $0.003 par value, were issued and outstanding as of October 24, 2012

 



CHENIERE ENERGY, INC.
INDEX TO FORM 10-Q


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




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Part I.        Financial Information
Item 1.
Consolidated Financial Statements
CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share data)
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
 
2012
 
2011
ASSETS
(unaudited)
 
 
Current assets
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
214,995

 
$
459,160

Restricted cash and cash equivalents
500,711

 
102,165

Accounts and interest receivable
29,200

 
3,043

LNG inventory
6,597

 
6,562

Prepaid expenses and other
15,911

 
20,522

Total current assets
767,414

 
591,452

Non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents
267,700

 
82,892

Property, plant and equipment, net
2,995,052

 
2,107,129

Debt issuance costs, net
222,144

 
33,356

Goodwill
76,819

 
76,819

Intangible LNG assets
4,356

 
4,782

Advances under long-term contracts
15,088

 

Other
35,152

 
18,895

Total assets
$
4,383,725

 
$
2,915,325

 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)
 

 
 

Current liabilities
 

 
 

Accounts payable
$
2,282

 
$
1,103

Current debt, net of discount

 
492,724

Accrued liabilities
138,780

 
63,074

Deferred revenue
26,525

 
26,628

Other
535

 
1,431

Total current liabilities
168,122

 
584,960

Long-term debt, net of discount
2,295,939

 
2,465,113

Long-term debt-related parties, net of discount

 
9,598

Non-current derivative liabilities
29,384

 

Long-term deferred revenue
22,500

 
25,500

Other non-current liabilities
2,882

 
3,146

Commitments and contingencies


 


 
 
 
 
Stockholders' equity (deficit)
 

 
 

Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 5.0 million shares authorized, none issued

 

Common stock, $0.003 par value
 

 
 

Authorized: 480.0 million shares and 240.0 million shares at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively
 

 
 

Issued and outstanding: 223.3 million shares and 129.5 million shares at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively
671

 
389

Treasury stock: 4.7 million shares and 3.4 million shares at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively, at cost
(39,115
)
 
(20,195
)
Additional paid-in-capital
2,163,796

 
898,702

Accumulated deficit
(1,498,661
)
 
(1,260,205
)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(29,797
)
 
(258
)
Total stockholders' equity (deficit)
596,894

 
(381,567
)
Non-controlling interest
1,268,004

 
208,575

Total equity (deficit)
1,864,898

 
(172,992
)
Total liabilities and equity (deficit)
$
4,383,725

 
$
2,915,325

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.


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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
September 30,
 
September 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LNG terminal revenues
$
65,939

 
$
68,375

 
$
199,269

 
$
205,678

Marketing and trading revenues (losses)
(292
)
 
(2,999
)
 
(1,641
)
 
10,055

Oil and gas sales
350

 
426

 
1,165

 
2,079

Other
1

 
11

 
6

 
42

Total revenues
65,998

 
65,813

 
198,799

 
217,854


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating costs and expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
General and administrative expense
79,427

 
16,227

 
120,236

 
57,116

Depreciation, depletion and amortization
15,233

 
15,271

 
47,001

 
46,282

LNG terminal and pipeline operating expense
14,056

 
10,976

 
36,606

 
29,023

LNG terminal and pipeline development expense
11,721

 
11,143

 
54,629

 
32,936

Other
78

 
1,841

 
244

 
2,117

Total operating costs and expenses
120,515

 
55,458

 
258,716

 
167,474

Income (loss) from operations
(54,517
)
 
10,355

 
(59,917
)
 
50,380

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other income (expense)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest expense, net
(45,504
)
 
(65,125
)
 
(159,719
)
 
(193,867
)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt

 

 
(15,098
)
 

Derivative gain (loss)
287

 
(716
)
 
(288
)
 
(1,164
)
Other income (expense)
(12,081
)
 
17

 
(11,500
)
 
245

Total other expense
(57,298
)
 
(65,824
)
 
(186,605
)
 
(194,786
)
Loss before income taxes and non-controlling interest
(111,815
)
 
(55,469
)
 
(246,522
)
 
(144,406
)
Income tax provision
(61
)
 

 
(211
)
 

Net loss
(111,876
)
 
(55,469
)
 
(246,733
)
 
(144,406
)
Non-controlling interest
2,875

 
1,533

 
8,277

 
3,459

Net loss attributable to common stockholders
$
(109,001
)
 
$
(53,936
)
 
$
(238,456
)
 
$
(140,947
)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders - basic and diluted
$
(0.52
)
 
$
(0.67
)
 
$
(1.40
)
 
$
(1.94
)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - basic and diluted
208,712

 
80,473

 
170,414

 
72,739

 













The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
 
September 30,
 
September 30,
 
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
Net loss
 
$
(111,876
)
 
$
(55,469
)
 
$
(246,733
)
 
$
(144,406
)
Comprehensive loss
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Change in fair value of interest rate cash flow hedges
 
(29,676
)
 

 
(29,676
)
 

Foreign currency translation
 
153

 
30

 
137

 
(56
)
Total other comprehensive income (loss)
 
(29,523
)
 
30

 
(29,539
)
 
(56
)
Comprehensive loss
 
(141,399
)
 
(55,439
)
 
(276,272
)
 
(144,462
)
Comprehensive loss attributable to non-controlling interest
 
2,875

 
1,533

 
8,277

 
3,459

Comprehensive loss attributable to common stockholders
 
$
(138,524
)
 
$
(53,906
)
 
$
(267,995
)
 
$
(141,003
)







































The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.


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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

 
Total Stockholders' Equity (Deficit)
 
 
 
 
 
Common Stock
 
Treasury Stock
 
Additional Paid-in Capital
 
Accumulated Deficit
 
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss
 
Non- controlling Interest
 
Total
Equity (Deficit)
 
Shares
 
Amount
 
Shares
 
Amount
 
 
 
 
 
Balance—December 31, 2011
129,510

 
$
389

 
3,386

 
$
(20,195
)
 
$
898,702

 
$
(1,260,205
)
 
$
(258
)
 
$
208,575

 
$
(172,992
)
Issuances of stock
84,932

 
255

 


 

 
1,209,008

 

 

 

 
1,209,263

Issuances of restricted stock
10,234

 
31

 

 

 
(31
)
 

 

 

 

Forfeitures of restricted stock
(12
)
 

 
12

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

 

 
56,113

 

 

 

 
56,113

Treasury stock acquired
(1,330
)
 
(4
)
 
1,330

 
(18,920
)
 
4

 

 

 

 
(18,920
)
Foreign currency translation

 

 

 

 

 

 
137

 

 
137

Interest rate cash flow hedges

 

 

 

 

 

 
(29,676
)
 

 
(29,676
)
Loss attributable to non-controlling interest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
(8,277
)
 
(8,277
)
Sale of Class B Units to non-controlling interest, net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
887,361

 
887,361

Sale of common units to non-controlling interest, net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
204,973

 
204,973

Distribution to non-controlling interest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
(24,628
)
 
(24,628
)
Net loss

 

 

 

 

 
(238,456
)
 

 

 
(238,456
)
Balance—September 30, 2012
223,334

 
$
671

 
4,728

 
$
(39,115
)
 
$
2,163,796

 
$
(1,498,661
)
 
$
(29,797
)
 
$
1,268,004

 
$
1,864,898












The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.


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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
Nine Months Ended
 
September 30,
 
2012
 
2011
Cash flows from operating activities
 
 
 
Net loss
$
(238,456
)
 
$
(140,947
)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
 
 
 
Non-cash compensation
53,961

 
16,629

Depreciation, depletion and amortization
47,001

 
46,282

Loss on early extinguishment of debt
15,095

 

Crest Royalty
(13,384
)
 

Non-cash interest expense on 2008 Loans

 
19,636

Amortization of debt issuance and discount costs
18,073

 
21,331

Non-controlling interest
(8,277
)
 
(3,459
)
Use of (investment in) restricted cash and cash equivalents
24,139

 
(35,673
)
Other
(2,017
)
 
3,572

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
Accounts and interest receivable
(23,871
)
 
407

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
19,413

 
44,016

LNG inventory, net
3,455

 
(5,667
)
Deferred revenue
(3,104
)
 
(3,629
)
Prepaid expenses and other
2,993

 
(2,413
)
Net cash used in operating activities
(104,979
)
 
(39,915
)

 
 
 
Cash flows from investing activities
 
 
 
Use of restricted cash and cash equivalents
1,352,656

 
6,512

LNG terminal and pipeline construction-in-process, net
(871,167
)
 
(6,538
)
Investment in Cheniere Partners
(534,940
)
 
(17,806
)
Purchase of intangible and fixed assets, net of sales
(3,053
)
 

Other
(18,543
)
 
(2,145
)
Net cash used in investing activities
(75,047
)
 
(19,977
)

 
 
 
Cash flows from financing activities
 
 
 
Sale of common stock, net
1,200,717

 
123,113

Sale of Class B Units by Cheniere Partners
887,563

 

Sale of common units by Cheniere Partners
205,174

 
52,628

Proceeds from Liquefaction Credit Facility
100,000

 

Investment in restricted cash and cash equivalents
(1,425,209
)
 
(32,504
)
Repurchases and prepayments of debt
(776,514
)
 

Debt issuance costs
(210,828
)
 
(4,341
)
Distributions to non-controlling interest
(24,628
)
 
(20,123
)
Purchase of treasury shares
(20,414
)
 
(1,730
)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
(64,139
)
 
117,043


 
 
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
(244,165
)
 
57,151

Cash and cash equivalents—beginning of period
459,160

 
74,161

Cash and cash equivalents—end of period
$
214,995

 
$
131,312

 






The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.


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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(unaudited)



NOTE 1—Basis of Presentation

The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements of Cheniere Energy, Inc. have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP") for interim financial information and with Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete financial statements. In our opinion, all adjustments, consisting only of normal recurring adjustments necessary for a fair presentation, have been included. As used herein, the terms "Cheniere," "the Company," "we," "our" and "us" refer to Cheniere Energy, Inc. and its wholly owned or controlled subsidiaries, unless otherwise stated or indicated by context.

Results of operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations that will be realized for the year ending December 31, 2012.

Certain reclassifications have been made to prior period information to conform to the current presentation.  The reclassifications had no effect on our overall consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, as amended by Amendment No. 1 on Form 10-K/A.
 
NOTE 2—Restricted Cash and Cash Equivalents
 
Restricted cash and cash equivalents consist of cash and cash equivalents that are contractually restricted as to usage or withdrawal, as follows:
 
Senior Notes Debt Service Reserve
 
Sabine Pass LNG, L.P. ("Sabine Pass LNG") has consummated private offerings of an aggregate principal amount of $2,215.5 million of Senior Notes (See Note 6—"Debt and Debt—Related Parties" ). Under the indenture governing the Senior Notes (the "Sabine Pass Indenture"), except for permitted tax distributions and certain other permitted distributions, Sabine Pass LNG may not make distributions until certain conditions are satisfied, including that there must be on deposit in an interest payment account an amount equal to one-sixth of the semi-annual interest payment multiplied by the number of elapsed months since the last semi-annual interest payment and there must be on deposit in a permanent debt service reserve fund an amount equal to one semi-annual interest payment of $82.4 million. Distributions are permitted only after satisfying the foregoing funding requirements, a fixed charge coverage ratio test of 2:1 and other conditions specified in the Sabine Pass Indenture.

As of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we classified $54.9 million and $13.7 million, respectively, as current restricted cash and cash equivalents for the payment of interest due within twelve months. As of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we classified the permanent debt service reserve fund of $82.4 million as non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents. These cash accounts are controlled by a collateral trustee and, therefore, are shown as restricted cash and cash equivalents on our Consolidated Balance Sheets.

Liquefaction Reserve

In July 2012, Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC ("Sabine Pass Liquefaction") closed on a $3.6 billion senior secured credit facility (the "Liquefaction Credit Facility"). Under the terms and conditions of the Liquefaction Credit Facility, Sabine Pass Liquefaction is required to deposit all cash received into reserve accounts controlled by a collateral trustee. Therefore, all of Sabine Pass Liquefaction's cash and cash equivalents are shown as restricted cash and cash equivalents on our Consolidated Balance Sheets. As of September 30, 2012, we classified $184.8 million as non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents held by Sabine Pass Liquefaction as such funds are to be used to acquire non-current assets. As of September 30, 2012, we classified $68.4 million as current restricted cash and cash equivalents held by Sabine Pass Liquefaction as such funds are to be used to pay for current liabilities.




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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

Other Restricted Cash and Cash Equivalents
  
As of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, $369.1 million and $81.4 million, respectively, of current restricted cash and cash equivalents were primarily related to cash and cash equivalents held by Sabine Pass LNG and Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. ("Cheniere Partners") that were considered restricted to Cheniere.  As of September 30, 2012, $8.3 million had been classified as current restricted cash and cash equivalents due to various other contractual restrictions. As of December 31, 2011, $6.4 million had been classified as current restricted cash and cash equivalents due to various other contractual restrictions on our Consolidated Balance Sheets. As of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, $0.5 million had been classified as non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents due to various other contractual restrictions on our Consolidated Balance Sheets.

NOTE 3—Property, Plant and Equipment
 
Property, plant and equipment consists of LNG terminal and natural gas pipeline costs, LNG site and related costs, investments in oil and gas properties, and fixed assets, as follows (in thousands):
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
 
2012
 
2011
LNG terminal costs
 
 
 
LNG terminal
$
1,650,965

 
$
1,647,107

LNG terminal construction-in-process
966,389

 
39,010

LNG site and related costs, net
4,976

 
4,982

Accumulated depreciation
(156,864
)
 
(125,108
)
Total LNG terminal costs, net
$
2,465,466

 
$
1,565,991

 
 
 
 
Natural gas pipeline costs
 

 
 

Natural gas pipeline
$
564,027

 
$
564,021

Natural gas pipeline construction-in-process
2,427

 
2,427

Pipeline right-of-ways
18,455

 
18,455

Accumulated depreciation
(64,062
)
 
(52,878
)
Total natural gas pipeline costs
$
520,847

 
$
532,025

 
 
 
 
Oil and gas properties, successful efforts method
 

 
 

Proved
$
4,170

 
$
4,170

Accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization
(3,179
)
 
(3,033
)
Total oil and gas properties, net
$
991

 
$
1,137

 
 
 
 
Fixed assets
 

 
 

Computer and office equipment
$
6,739

 
$
5,952

Furniture and fixtures
4,057

 
4,057

Computer software
12,707

 
12,601

Leasehold improvements
8,732

 
7,318

Other
2,738

 
1,892

Accumulated depreciation
(27,225
)
 
(23,844
)
Total fixed assets, net
$
7,748

 
$
7,976

Property, plant and equipment, net
$
2,995,052

 
$
2,107,129

 
LNG Terminal Costs
 
Depreciation expense related to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal totaled $10.6 million and $10.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Depreciation expense related to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal totaled $31.8 million and $32.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

In June 2012, LNG trains 1 and 2 of the liquefaction facilities Cheniere Partners is developing and constructing adjacent to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal (the "Liquefaction Project") satisfied the criteria for capitalization. Accordingly, costs associated


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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

with the construction of LNG trains 1 and 2 of the Liquefaction Project have been recorded as construction-in-process since that date. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, we capitalized $14.0 million of interest expense related to the construction of LNG trains 1 and 2 of the Liquefaction Project.

Natural Gas Pipeline Costs 

Depreciation expense related to the Creole Trail Pipeline totaled $3.8 million and $3.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Depreciation expense related to the Creole Trail Pipeline totaled $11.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011.

Fixed Assets 

Depreciation expense related to our fixed assets totaled $0.7 million and $0.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Depreciation expense related to our fixed assets totaled $3.4 million and $2.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

NOTE 4—Non-controlling Interest
We have consolidated Cheniere Partners, a master limited partnership formed by us to own and operate the Sabine Pass LNG terminal and related assets. The entities’ financial statements are consolidated in our consolidated financial statements and the entity's other equity is recorded as a non-controlling interest. The following table sets forth the components of our non-controlling interest balance since inception attributable to third-party investors’ interests at September 30, 2012 (in thousands): 
Net proceeds from Cheniere Partners’ issuance of common units (1)
$
355,765

Net proceeds from Holdings’ sale of Cheniere Partners common units (2)
203,946

Distributions to Cheniere Partners’ non-controlling interest (3)
(145,651
)
Net proceeds from Cheniere Partners’ issuance of Class B Units (4)
887,361

Non-controlling interest share of loss of Cheniere Partners
(33,417
)
Non-controlling interest at September 30, 2012
$
1,268,004

 
(1)
In March and April 2007, we and Cheniere Partners completed a public offering of 15,525,000 Cheniere 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 the Liquefaction Project. As of December 31, 2011, Cheniere Partners had sold 0.5 million common units with net proceeds of $9.0 million. During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, Cheniere Partners sold 0.5 million common units with net proceeds of $11.1 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, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere, 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 September 2012, Cheniere Partners sold 8.0 million common units in an underwritten public offering at a price of $25.07 per common unit for net cash proceeds of $194.0 million.
(2)
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 recorded those proceeds as non-controlling interest.


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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

(3)
Cash distributions to the non-controlling interest are recorded directly against the non-controlling interest on our Consolidated Balance Sheets. There is no obligation beyond what is reflected in our consolidated 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 Sheets is reduced to zero, these distributions may increase the loss allocated to us.
(4)
In May 2012, Cheniere Partners and Blackstone CQP Holdco LP ("Blackstone") entered into a unit purchase agreement (the "Blackstone Unit Purchase Agreement") whereby Cheniere Partners agreed to sell to Blackstone in a private placement 100 million Class B Units of Cheniere Partners ("Class B Units") at a price of $15.00 per Class B Unit. Cheniere Partners has issued and sold 66.7 million Class B Units to Blackstone as of September 30, 2012. The net proceeds will be used to fund the equity portion of the costs of developing, constructing and placing into service LNG trains 1 and 2 of the Liquefaction Project.

NOTE 5—Accrued Liabilities
 
As of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, accrued liabilities consisted of the following (in thousands): 
 
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
 
 
2012
 
2011
Accrued interest expense and related fees
 
$
55,241

 
$
35,884

Payroll
 
17,245

 
19,321

LNG terminal costs
 
869

 
1,122

LNG liquefaction costs
 
53,914

 
1,702

Other accrued liabilities
 
11,511

 
5,045

Accrued liabilities
 
$
138,780

 
$
63,074


NOTE 6—Debt and Debt—Related Parties
 
As of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, our debt consisted of the following (in thousands): 
 
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
 
 
2012
 
2011
Current debt
 
 
 
 
2007 Term Loan
 
$

 
$
298,000

Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes
 

 
204,630

Total current debt
 

 
502,630

Current debt discount
 
 
 
 
Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes
 

 
(9,906
)
Total current debt, net of discount
 
$

 
$
492,724

 
 
 
 
 
Long-term debt (including related parties)
 
 
 
 
Senior Notes
 
$
2,215,500

 
$
2,215,500

Liquefaction Credit Facility
 
100,000

 

2008 Loans (including related parties)
 

 
282,293

Total long-term debt
 
2,315,500

 
2,497,793

Long-term debt discount
 
 

 
 

Senior Notes
 
(19,561
)
 
(23,082
)
Total long-term debt (including related parties), net of discount
 
$
2,295,939

 
$
2,474,711

  
2007 Term Loan
 
In May 2007, Cheniere Subsidiary Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere, entered into a $400.0 million credit agreement ("2007 Term Loan"). Borrowings under the 2007 Term Loan generally bore interest at a fixed rate of 9¾% per annum. Interest was calculated on the unpaid principal amount of the 2007 Term Loan outstanding and was payable quarterly in arrears on March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31 of each year. The 2007 Term Loan had a maturity date of May 31, 2012. The 2007 Term Loan was secured by a pledge of our 135,383,831 subordinated units in Cheniere Partners.


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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)


In May 2010, we sold our 30% interest in Freeport LNG Development, L.P. ("Freeport LNG") to institutional investors for net proceeds of $104.3 million. The net proceeds from the sale were used to prepay $102.0 million of the 2007 Term Loan in May 2010. As of December 31, 2010, $298.0 million was outstanding under the 2007 Term Loan and included in long-term debt on our Consolidated Balance Sheets. During the second quarter of 2011, we reclassified $298.0 million of debt from a long-term liability to a current liability because our 2007 Term Loan was due within 12 months as of May 31, 2011.

In January 2012, we used a portion of the net proceeds from the public offering of common stock in December 2011 to repay in full the outstanding principal balance of the 2007 Term Loan. The aggregate repayment amount was $298.2 million, including the outstanding principal amount and accrued interest through January 5, 2012.

Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes
 
In July 2005, we consummated a private offering of $325.0 million aggregate principal amount of Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended ("the Securities Act"). The notes bore interest at a rate of 2¼% per year. The notes were convertible at any time into our common stock under certain circumstances at an initial conversion rate of 28.2326 shares per $1,000 principal amount of the notes, which was equal to a conversion price of approximately $35.42 per share.
 
We had the right to redeem some or all of the notes on or before August 1, 2012, for cash equal to 100% of the principal plus any accrued and unpaid interest if in the previous 10 trading days the volume-weighted average price of our common stock exceeded $53.13, subject to adjustment, for at least five consecutive trading days. In the event of such redemption, we would have made an additional payment equal to the present value of all remaining scheduled interest payments through August 1, 2012, discounted at the U.S. Treasury securities rate plus 50 basis points. The indenture governing the notes contained customary reporting requirements.

During the second quarter of 2009, we reduced debt by exchanging $120.4 million aggregate principal amount of our Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes for a combination of $30.0 million cash and cash equivalents and 4.0 million shares of common stock, reducing our principal amount due in 2012 to $204.6 million. The remaining principal amount of the Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes was convertible into 5.8 million shares.

During the third quarter of 2011, we reclassified $190.7 million of debt, net of discount, from a long-term liability to a current liability because our Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes were due within 12 months as of August 1, 2011.

We adopted on January 1, 2009 an accounting standard that requires issuers of certain convertible debt instruments to separately account for the liability component and the equity component represented by the embedded conversion option in a manner that will reflect that entity's nonconvertible debt borrowing rate when interest costs are recognized in subsequent periods. The fair value of the embedded conversion option at the date of issuance of the Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes was determined to be $134.0 million and has been recorded as a debt discount to the Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes, with a corresponding adjustment to additional paid-in capital.

In August 2012, we repaid in full the outstanding principal balance of the Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes. The aggregate repayment amount was $206.9 million including the outstanding principal amount and accrued interest through August 1, 2012.

Senior Notes
 
In November 2006, Sabine Pass LNG issued an aggregate principal amount of $2,032.0 million of Senior Notes (the "Senior Notes"), consisting of $550.0 million of 7¼% Senior Secured Notes due 2013 (the "2013 Notes") and $1,482.0 million of 7½% Senior Secured Notes due 2016 (the "2016 Notes"). In September 2008, Sabine Pass LNG issued an additional $183.5 million, before discount, of 2016 Notes whose terms were identical to the previously outstanding 2016 Notes. Interest on the Senior Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears on May 30 and November 30 of each year. The Senior Notes are secured on a first-priority basis by a security interest in all of Sabine Pass LNG’s equity interests and substantially all of its operating assets.



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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

Sabine Pass LNG may redeem some or all of the Senior Notes at any time, and from time to time, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal plus any accrued and unpaid interest plus the greater of:
1.0% of the principal amount of the Senior Notes; or
the excess of: a) the present value at such redemption date of (i) the redemption price of the Senior Notes plus (ii) all required interest payments due on the Senior Notes (excluding accrued but unpaid interest to the redemption date), computed using a discount rate equal to the Treasury Rate as of such redemption date plus 50 basis points; over b) the principal amount of the Senior Notes, if greater.

Under the Sabine Pass Indenture, except for permitted tax distributions, Sabine Pass LNG may not make distributions until certain conditions are satisfied: there must be on deposit in an interest payment account an amount equal to one-sixth of the semi-annual interest payment multiplied by the number of elapsed months since the last semi-annual interest payment, and there must be on deposit in a permanent debt service reserve fund an amount equal to one semi-annual interest payment of approximately $82.4 million. Distributions are permitted only after satisfying the foregoing funding requirements, a fixed charge coverage ratio test of 2:1 and other conditions specified in the Sabine Pass Indenture. During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, Sabine Pass LNG made distributions of $182.9 million after satisfying all the applicable conditions in the Sabine Pass Indenture. During the nine months ended September 30, 2011, Sabine Pass LNG made distributions of $231.7 million after satisfying all the applicable conditions in the Sabine Pass Indenture.

See Note 15—"Subsequent Events" for a description of the repurchase in October 2012 of the 2013 Notes and Sabine Pass LNG's issuance of new notes.
 
2008 Loans

In August 2008, we entered into a credit agreement pursuant to which we obtained $250.0 million in convertible term loans ("2008 Loans"). The 2008 Loans had a maturity date in 2018. The 2008 Loans bore interest at a fixed rate of 12% per annum, except during the occurrence of an event of default during which time the rate of interest would have been 14% per annum. Interest was due semi-annually on the last business day of January and July. The 2008 Loans were secured by Cheniere's rights and fees payable under management services agreements with Sabine Pass LNG and Cheniere Partners, by Cheniere's 12.0 million common units in Cheniere Partners, by the equity and assets of Cheniere's pipeline entities, by the equity of various other subsidiaries and certain other assets and subsidiary guarantees.

In June 2010, the 2008 Loans were amended to permit all funds on deposit in a terminal use agreement ("TUA") reserve payment account to be applied to the prepayment of the accrued interest on the loans outstanding under the 2008 Loans, with any remainder to be applied to the prepayment of the principal balance of such 2008 Loans. As a result, $63.6 million from the TUA reserve account was used to prepay $60.9 million of accrued interest and $2.7 million of principal of the 2008 Loans.

In December 2010, the 2008 Loans were amended to, among other things: eliminate the "put rights" which had allowed the lenders to demand repayment of the 2008 Loans on the third, fifth, and seventh anniversaries thereof; allow for the early prepayment of the 2008 Loans; allow Cheniere for a limited period to sell Cheniere Partners common units held as collateral and prepay the 2008 Loans with the proceeds; and release restrictions on prepayments of other indebtedness of Cheniere as certain conditions were met. In addition, 96.6% of the lenders agreed to terminate their rights to exchange the 2008 Loans for Series B Preferred Stock of Cheniere.

The outstanding principal amount of the 2008 Loans held by Scorpion Capital Partners, L.P. ("Scorpion") was exchangeable for shares of Cheniere common stock at a price of $5.00 per share pursuant to an amendment to the 2008 Loans adopted in September 2011. No portion of any accrued interest was eligible for exchange into Cheniere common stock. On June 16, 2011, our stockholders approved a proposal to permit Scorpion to exchange its 2008 Loans for common stock, to hold such shares of common stock, and to allow Scorpion to vote the common stock as any other stockholder. The portion of outstanding principal amount of the 2008 Loans for Scorpion was classified as related party long-term debt on our consolidated financial statements because Scorpion is an affiliate of one of Cheniere's directors. As of December 31, 2011, we classified $9.6 million of the 2008 Loans as part of Long-Term Debt—Related Parties on our Consolidated Balance Sheets because a related party then held these portions of this debt. In April 2012, Scorpion exchanged all $8.4 million of its loan for 1.7 million shares of Cheniere common stock and $1.4 million cash.


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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)


In June 2012, we repaid in full the entire outstanding principal balance of the 2008 Loans. Upon such payment, the credit agreement and related agreements were terminated. As a result, we recorded a $15.1 million loss on early extinguishment of debt in June 2012.

Liquefaction Credit Facility

In July 2012, Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into the $3.6 billion Liquefaction Credit Facility with a syndicate of lenders. The Liquefaction Credit Facility will be used to fund a portion of the costs of developing, constructing and placing into operation LNG trains 1 and 2 of the Liquefaction Project. The Liquefaction Credit Facility will mature on the earlier of July 31, 2019 or the second anniversary of the completion date of LNG trains 1 and 2 of the Liquefaction Project. Borrowings under the Liquefaction Credit Facility may be refinanced, in whole or in part, at any time without premium or penalty, except for interest hedging and interest rate breakage costs. Sabine Pass Liquefaction made a $100.0 million borrowing under the Liquefaction Credit Facility in August 2012 after meeting the required conditions precedent to the initial advance. The second advance will not be made until Sabine Pass Liquefaction has received an aggregate of at least $1.9 billion of equity or subordinated debt proceeds, and has expended at least $1.8 billion of such funds in payment of costs for LNG trains 1 and 2 of the Liquefaction Project. In addition, the second advance will not be made until Cheniere Creole Trail Pipeline, L.P. has received equity or debt commitments sufficient to fund the pipeline modifications necessary to provide sufficient gas supply for the Liquefaction Project.
 
Borrowings under the Liquefaction Credit Facility bear interest, at Sabine Pass Liquefaction's election, at a variable rate equal to LIBOR or the base rate, plus the applicable margin. The applicable margin for LIBOR loans is 3.50% during construction and 3.75% during operations, and the applicable margin for base rate loans is 2.50% during construction and 2.75% during operations. Interest on LIBOR loans is due and payable at the end of each LIBOR period, and interest on base rate loans is due and payable at the end of each calendar quarter. The Liquefaction Credit Facility required Sabine Pass Liquefaction to pay certain up-front fees to the agents and lenders in the aggregate amount of approximately $178 million and provides for a commitment fee calculated at a rate per annum equal to 40% of the applicable margin for LIBOR loans, multiplied by the average daily amount of the undrawn commitment. Annual administrative fees must also be paid to the agent and the trustee. The principal of loans made under the Liquefaction Credit Facility must be repaid in quarterly installments, commencing with the first calendar quarter ending at least three months following the completion of LNG trains 1 and 2 of the Liquefaction Project. Scheduled repayments are based upon an 18-year amortization, with the remaining balance due upon the maturity of the Liquefaction Credit Facility.
 
Under the terms and conditions of the Liquefaction Credit Facility, all cash held by Sabine Pass Liquefaction is controlled by the collateral agent. These funds can only be released by the collateral agent upon satisfaction of certain terms and conditions, including receipt of satisfactory documentation that the Liquefaction Project costs are bona fide expenditures and are permitted under the terms of the Liquefaction Credit Facility. The Liquefaction Credit Facility does not permit Sabine Pass Liquefaction to hold any cash, or cash equivalents, outside of the accounts established under the agreement. Because these cash accounts are controlled by the collateral agent, the cash balance of $100.0 million held in these accounts as of September 30, 2012 is classified as restricted on our Consolidated Balance Sheets.
 
The Liquefaction Credit Facility contains customary conditions precedent for the second borrowing and any subsequent borrowings, as well as customary affirmative and negative covenants. The obligations of Sabine Pass Liquefaction under the Liquefaction Credit Facility are secured by substantially all of the assets of Sabine Pass Liquefaction as well as all of the membership interests in Sabine Pass Liquefaction, and a security interest in Cheniere Partners' rights under the Blackstone Unit Purchase Agreement and the guaranty related thereto.

Under the terms of the Liquefaction Credit Facility, Sabine Pass Liquefaction is required to hedge against the potential of rising interest rates with respect to no less than 75% (calculated on a weighted average basis) of the projected outstanding borrowings. In connection with the closing of the Liquefaction Credit Facility, Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into interest rate swap agreements. The swap agreements have the effect of fixing the LIBOR component of the interest rate payable under the Liquefaction Credit Facility with respect to forecasted borrowings under the Liquefaction Credit Facility up to a maximum of $2.9 billion at 1.98% from August 14, 2012 to July 31, 2019, the final termination date of the swap agreements.


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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)


NOTE 7—Financial Instruments
 
Derivative Instruments

We have entered into certain instruments to hedge the exposure to variability in expected future cash flows attributable to the future sale of our LNG inventory ("LNG Inventory Derivatives"), to hedge the exposure to price risk attributable to future purchases of natural gas to be utilized as fuel to operate the Sabine Pass LNG terminal ("Fuel Derivatives"), and to hedge the exposure to volatility in a portion of the floating-rate interest payments under the Liquefaction Credit Facility ("Interest Rate Derivatives").

The following table (in thousands) shows the fair value of our derivative assets and liabilities that are required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, which are classified as other current assets, other current liabilities and other non-current liabilities in our Consolidated Balance Sheets.
 
Fair Value Measurements as of
 
September 30, 2012
 
December 31, 2011
 
Quoted Prices in Active Markets
(Level 1)
 
Significant Other Observable Inputs (Level 2)
 
Significant Unobservable Inputs (Level 3)
 
Total
 
Quoted Prices in Active Markets
(Level 1)
 
Significant Other Observable Inputs (Level 2)
 
Significant Unobservable Inputs (Level 3)
 
Total
LNG Inventory Derivatives asset (liability)
$

 
$
(222
)
 
$

 
$
(222
)
 
$

 
$
1,951

 
$

 
$
1,951

Fuel Derivatives asset (liability)

 
60

 

 
60

 

 
(1,415
)
 

 
(1,415
)
Interest Rate Derivatives (liability)

 
(29,676
)
 

 
(29,676
)
 

 

 

 


The estimated fair values of our LNG Inventory Derivatives and Fuel Derivatives are the amount at which the instruments could be exchanged currently between willing parties. We value these derivatives using observable commodity price curves and other relevant data. We value our Interest Rate Derivatives using valuations that are calibrated to the initial trade prices. Using an income-based approach, subsequent valuations are based on observable inputs to the valuation model including interest rate curves, risk adjusted discount rates, credit spreads and other relevant data.

Commodity Cash Flow Hedges

Changes in the fair value of our LNG Inventory Derivatives and Fuel Derivatives are reported in earnings because we have not elected to designate these derivative instruments as a hedging instrument that is required to qualify for cash flow hedge accounting. The following table (in thousands) shows the fair value and location of our LNG Inventory and Fuel Derivatives on our Consolidated Balance Sheets:
 
 
 
 
Fair Value Measurements as of
 
Balance Sheet Location
 
September 30, 2012
 
December 31, 2011
LNG Inventory Derivatives asset (liability)
Prepaid expenses and other (other current liabilities)
 
$
(222
)
 
$
1,951

Fuel Derivatives asset (liability)
Prepaid expenses and other (other current liabilities)
 
60

 
(1,415
)



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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

The following table (in thousands) shows the changes in the fair value and settlements of our LNG Inventory Derivatives recorded in marketing and trading revenues (losses) on our Consolidated Statements of Operations during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011:
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
September 30,
 
September 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
LNG Inventory Derivatives
$
(265
)
 
$
838

 
$
599

 
$
384


The following table (in thousands) shows the changes in the fair value and settlements of our Fuel Derivatives recorded in derivative gain (loss) on our Consolidated Statements of Operations during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011:
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
September 30,
 
September 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
Fuel Derivatives
$
287

 
$
(716
)
 
$
(288
)
 
$
(1,164
)

Interest Rate Swaps Designated as Cash Flow Hedges

In August 2012, Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into Interest Rate Derivatives to protect against volatility of future cash flows and hedge a portion of the variable interest payments on the Liquefaction Credit Facility.

Sabine Pass Liquefaction has elected to designate these Interest Rate Derivatives as hedging instruments which is required in order to qualify for cash flow hedge accounting. As a result of this cash flow hedge designation, we recognize the Interest Rate Derivatives as an asset or liability at fair value, and reflect changes in fair value through other comprehensive income in our Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss. Any hedge ineffectiveness associated with the Interest Rate Derivatives is recorded immediately as derivative gain (loss) in our Consolidated Statements of Operations. The realized gain (loss) on the Interest Rate Derivatives is recorded as an (increase) decrease in interest expense on our Consolidated Statements of Operations to the extent not capitalized as part of the Liquefaction Project. The effective portion of the gains or losses on our Interest Rate Derivatives recorded in other comprehensive income is reclassified to earnings over the life of the Liquefaction Credit Facility as the fixed rate interest obligations affect earnings. In addition, amounts recorded in other comprehensive income are also reclassified into earnings if it becomes probable that the hedged forecasted transaction will not occur.

The Interest Rate Derivatives hedge approximately 75% of the weighted average of the expected outstanding borrowings over the term of the Liquefaction Credit Facility. The aggregate notional amount each month follows our expected borrowing schedule under the Liquefaction Credit Facility with an expected maximum swap notional amount outstanding of $2.9 billion in 2017. At September 30, 2012, Sabine Pass Liquefaction had the following Interest Rate Derivatives outstanding that converted $20.0 million of the Liquefaction Credit Facility from a variable to a fixed interest rate. Sabine Pass Liquefaction pays a fixed interest rate on the swap and in exchange receives a variable interest rate based on the one-month LIBOR.
Initial Notional Amount
 
Maximum Notional Amount
 
Effective Date
 
Maturity Date
 
Weighted Average Fixed Interest Rate Paid
 
Variable Interest Rate Received
$20.0 million
 
$2.9 billion
 
August 14, 2012
 
July 31, 2019
 
1.98%
 
One-month LIBOR

Interest Rate Derivatives were reflected in our Consolidated Balance Sheets at fair value with the effective portion of the Interest Rate Derivatives' gain or loss recorded in other comprehensive income. The following table (in thousands) shows the fair value of our interest rate swaps:
 
 
 
 
Fair Value Measurements as of
 
Balance Sheet Location
 
September 30, 2012
 
December 31, 2011
Interest Rate Derivatives
Other current liabilities
 
$
(292
)
 
$

Interest Rate Derivatives
Non-current derivative liabilities
 
(29,384
)
 
 



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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

The following table (in thousands) shows our Interest Rate Derivatives market adjustments recorded during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012:
 
Gain (Loss) in Other Comprehensive Income
 
Gain (Loss) Reclassified from Accumulated OCI into Interest Expense (Effective Portion)
 
Gain (Loss) Recognized in Income (Ineffective Portion and Amount Excluded from Effectiveness Testing)
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
Interest Rate Derivatives
$
(29,676
)
 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$

 
Other Financial Instruments

The estimated fair value of our other financial instruments, including those financial instruments for which the fair value option was not elected are set forth in the table below.  The carrying amounts reported on our Consolidated Balance Sheets for cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, interest receivable and accounts payable approximate fair value due to their short-term nature.
Other Financial Instruments (in thousands):
 
 
September 30, 2012
 
December 31, 2011
 
 
Carrying
Amount
 
Estimated
Fair Value
 
Carrying
Amount
 
Estimated
Fair Value
2013 Notes (1)
 
$
550,000

 
$
585,750

 
$
550,000

 
$
555,500

2016 Notes, net of discount (1)
 
1,645,939

 
1,773,499

 
1,642,418

 
1,650,630

Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes, net of discount (2)
 

 

 
194,724

 
186,740

2007 Term Loan (3)
 

 

 
298,000

 
292,728

2008 Loans (4)
 

 

 
282,293

 
282,293

Liquefaction Credit Facility (5)
 
100,000

 
100,000

 

 

 
(1)
The Level 2 estimated fair value of the Senior Notes, net of discount, was based on quotations obtained from broker-dealers who make markets in these and similar instruments based on the closing trading prices on September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, as applicable.
(2)
The Level 2 estimated fair value of our Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes was based on the closing trading price on December 31, 2011. We repaid in full the Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes in August 2012.
(3)
The 2007 Term Loan was closely held by few holders, and purchases and sales were infrequent and were conducted on a bilateral basis without price discovery by us.  This loan was not rated and had unique covenants and collateral packages such that comparisons to other instruments were imprecise. Nonetheless, we provided an estimate of the fair value of this loan as of December 31, 2011 based on an index of the yield to maturity of CCC rated debt of other companies in the energy sector, resulting in Level 3 categorization. In January 2012, the 2007 Term Loan was paid in full.
(4)
The Level 3 estimated fair value of the 2008 Loans as of December 31, 2011 was determined to be the same as the carrying amount due to our ability to call the debt (other than the debt held by Scorpion) at anytime without penalty or a make-whole payment for an early redemption. In April 2012, Scorpion exchanged all $8.4 million of its loan for 1.7 million shares of Cheniere common stock and $1.4 million cash. In June 2012, the 2008 Loans were paid in full and the credit agreement and related agreements were terminated.
(5)
The Level 3 estimated fair value of the Liquefaction Credit Facility was determined to be the carrying amount due to our ability to call this debt at anytime without penalty. 

NOTE 8—Income Taxes
 
We are not presently a taxpayer for federal or state income tax purposes and have not recorded a net liability or expense for federal or state income taxes in any of the periods included in the accompanying financial statements. However, we are presently an international taxpayer and have recorded expense of $0.1 million and $0.2 million for international income taxes for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively. Our Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 include no income tax benefits.



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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

During the third quarter of 2012, we experienced an ownership change within the provisions of Internal Revenue Code ("IRC") Section 382 that will subject approximately $1.4 billion of our existing net operating loss ("NOL") carryforwards to the annual NOL utilization limitations.  The applicable Section 382 limitation will not affect our ability to fully utilize our existing tax NOL carryforwards.  We will continue to monitor trading activity in our shares which may cause an additional ownership change which may ultimately affect our ability to fully utilize our existing tax NOL carryforwards.

NOTE 9—Net Loss Per Share Attributable to Common Stockholders

Basic net loss per share attributable to common stockholders ("EPS") excludes dilution and is computed by dividing net loss attributable to common stockholders by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted EPS reflects potential dilution and is computed by dividing net loss attributable to common stockholders by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period increased by the number of additional common shares that would have been outstanding if the potential common shares had been issued.
 
The following table reconciles basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 (in thousands except for loss per share):
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
 
September 30,
 
September 30,
 
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
208,712

 
80,473

 
170,414

 
72,739

Dilutive common stock options (1)
 

 

 

 

Dilutive Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes (2)
 

 

 

 

Dilutive 2008 Loans (3)
 

 

 

 

Diluted
 
208,712

 
80,473

 
170,414

 
72,739

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders
 
$
(0.52
)
 
$
(0.67
)
 
$
(1.40
)
 
$
(1.94
)
 
(1)
Stock options, phantom stock and unvested stock of 5.6 million shares and 3.1 million shares representing securities that could potentially dilute basic EPS in the future were not included in the diluted net loss per share computations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively, because they would have been anti-dilutive. Stock options, phantom stock and unvested stock of 8.2 million and 7.6 million shares representing securities that could potentially dilute basic EPS in the future were not included in the diluted net loss per share computations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011, respectively, because they would have been anti-dilutive.
(2)
Common shares of 5.8 million issuable upon conversion of the Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes for each of the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 were not included in the diluted net loss per share computation because the computation of diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders utilizing the "if-converted" method would be anti-dilutive.
(3)
Common shares of 1.7 million issuable upon exchange of the 2008 Loans for each of the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 were not included in the diluted computation because the computation of diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders utilizing the "if-converted" method would be anti-dilutive.


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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)


NOTE 10—Variable Interest Entity

LNGCo

In 2010, Cheniere Marketing, LLC ("Cheniere Marketing"), our wholly owned subsidiary, entered into various agreements ("LNGCo Agreements") with JPMorgan LNG Co. ("LNGCo") 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. In return for the services provided by Cheniere Marketing, LNGCo paid a fixed fee to Cheniere Marketing and additional fees depending upon the gross margin of each transaction. In June 2012, Cheniere Marketing and LNGCo terminated the LNGCo Agreements.

During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, we recognized zero and $4.0 million, respectively, of marketing and trading revenues from LNGCo. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011, we recognized $1.7 million and $9.0 million, respectively, of marketing and trading revenues from LNGCo.

Cheniere Energy Partners

Cheniere Partners is a master limited partnership formed by us to own and operate the Sabine Pass LNG terminal and related assets. As of September 30, 2012, we owned 66.4% of Cheniere Partners in the form of 12.0 million common units, 33.3 million Class B Units, 135.4 million subordinated units and a 2% general partner interest. Cheniere Energy Partners GP, LLC ("Cheniere Partners GP"), our wholly owned subsidiary, is the general partner of Cheniere Partners. In May 2012, Cheniere Partners and Blackstone entered into the Blackstone Unit Purchase Agreement whereby Cheniere Partners agreed to sell to Blackstone in a private placement 100.0 million Class B Units at a price of $15.00 per Class B Unit. In August 2012, all conditions to funding were met and Blackstone purchased its initial 33.3 million Class B Units. At initial funding, the board of directors of Cheniere Partners GP was modified to include three directors appointed by Blackstone, four directors appointed by us and four independent directors mutually agreed by Blackstone and us and appointed by us. A quorum consists of a majority of all directors, including at least two directors appointed by Blackstone, two directors appointed by us and two independent directors. Blackstone will no longer be entitled to appoint directors in the event that Blackstone's ownership in Cheniere Partners is less than: (i) 20% of outstanding common units, subordinated units and Class B Units, and (ii) 50.0 million Class B Units. In addition, we have provided Blackstone with a right to maintain one board seat on our board of directors.

As a result of contractual changes in the governance of Cheniere Partners GP in connection with the Blackstone Unit Purchase Agreement, we have determined that Cheniere Partners GP is a variable interest entity and that we, as the holder of the equity at risk, do not have a controlling financial interest due to the rights held by Blackstone. However, we continue to consolidate Cheniere Partners as a result of Blackstone's right to maintain one board seat on our board of directors which creates a de facto agency relationship between Blackstone and us. GAAP requires that when a de facto agency relationship exists, one of the members of the de facto agency relationship must consolidate the variable interest entity based on certain criteria. As a result, we consolidate Cheniere Partners in our consolidated financial statements.

NOTE 11—Supplemental Cash Flow Information and Disclosures of Non-Cash Transactions
 
The following table provides supplemental disclosure of cash flow information (in thousands): 
 
 
Nine Months Ended
 
 
September 30,
 
 
2012
 
2011
Cash paid during the period for interest, net of amounts capitalized
 
$
117,190

 
$
108,455

Construction-in-process funded with accrued liabilities
 
$
52,830

 
$

 


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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)


NOTE 12—Commitments and Contingencies
 
Crest Royalty
  
Under a settlement agreement dated as of June 14, 2001, we agreed to pay or cause certain affiliates, successors and assigns to pay a royalty, which we refer to as the Crest Royalty. This Crest Royalty was calculated based on the volume of natural gas processed through covered LNG facilities, subject to a minimum of $2.0 million and a maximum of approximately $11.0 million per production year. In 2003, Freeport LNG contractually assumed the obligation to pay the Crest Royalty for natural gas processed at Freeport LNG's receiving terminal. As of May 2010, the calculation of the Crest Royalty and the scope of Freeport LNG's assumed obligation to pay the Crest Royalty were being litigated in a declaratory judgment and breach of contract action in Texas state court.

In March 2012, we purchased all of the rights, title, and interest in the Crest Royalty. The purchase of the Crest Royalty represented the acquisition of payments in future periods; therefore, we recorded approximately $25 million as an other non-current asset on our Consolidated Balance Sheets.

In September 2012, we entered into a settlement agreement with Freeport LNG and we terminated the Crest Royalty. As a result of the settlement with Freeport LNG, we recorded $13.2 million as an other non-current asset on our Consolidated Balance Sheets that represents the discounted cash flow fair value of the expected proceeds from Freeport LNG over the next 20 years. The fair value was determined utilizing a discount rate based on counterparty credit risk. The difference from the fair value asset recorded and the actual cash proceeds will be recorded as interest income on our Consolidated Income Statement over the next 20 years. As a result of the termination of the Crest Royalty between us and certain of our subsidiaries, we expensed $12.3 million on our Consolidated Statements of Operations in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012.

As a result of all of these transactions, we have resolved disputes persisting since 2001 related to real property at Freeport LNG and we have released certain of our subsidiaries from the first priority lien that had been granted to holders of the Crest Royalty, thereby improving our financial flexibility.

NOTE 13—Business Segment Information
 
We have three operating business segments: LNG terminal business, natural gas pipeline business and LNG and natural gas marketing business. These operating segments reflect lines of business for which separate financial information is produced internally and are subject to evaluation by our chief operating decision makers in deciding how to allocate resources.
 
Our LNG terminal business segment consists of the operational Sabine Pass LNG terminal and the Liquefaction Project, approximately 66.4% owned (at September 30, 2012) in western Cameron Parish, Louisiana on the Sabine Pass Channel and the following two other LNG terminals that are in various stages of development: Corpus Christi LNG, 100% owned, located near Corpus Christi, Texas; and Creole Trail LNG, 100% owned, located at the mouth of the Calcasieu Channel in central Cameron Parish, Louisiana.
 
Our natural gas pipeline business segment consists of the Creole Trail Pipeline, consisting of 94 miles of natural gas pipeline connecting the Sabine Pass LNG terminal to numerous interconnections points with existing interstate natural gas pipelines in southwest Louisiana, and other natural gas pipelines in various stages of development to provide access to North American natural gas markets.
 
Our LNG and natural gas marketing business segment is seeking to develop a portfolio of long-term, short-term and spot LNG purchase and sale agreements, assist Cheniere Investments in negotiating with potential customers to monetize 2.0 Bcf/d of regasification capacity at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal, and enter into business relationships for the domestic marketing of natural gas imported by Cheniere Marketing as LNG to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal.



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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

The following table summarizes revenues, net income (loss) from operations and total assets for each of our operating segments (in thousands):
 
 
Segments
 
 
LNG Terminal
 
Natural
Gas Pipeline
 
LNG & Natural Gas Marketing
 
Corporate and Other (1)
 
Total
Consolidation
As of or for the three months ended September 30, 2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenues
 
69,818

 
50

 
2,661

 
(6,531
)
 
65,998

Intersegment revenues (losses) (2) (3)
 
3,879

 
50

 
2,953

 
(6,882
)
 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization
 
10,728

 
3,838

 
256

 
411

 
15,233

Non-cash compensation
 
5,206

 
1,299

 
9,256

 
36,104

 
51,865

Income (loss) from operations
 
(7,503
)
 
(8,943
)
 
(16,462
)
 
(21,609
)
 
(54,517
)
Interest expense, net
 
(43,638
)
 
(11,695
)
 
12

 
9,817

 
(45,504
)
Goodwill
 
76,819

 

 

 

 
76,819

Total assets
 
3,608,018

 
528,556

 
42,308

 
204,843

 
4,383,725

Expenditures for additions to long-lived assets
 
883,798

 

 
(6
)
 
696

 
884,488

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As of or for the three months ended September 30, 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenues
 
68,375

 
11

 
(2,999
)
 
426

 
65,813

Intersegment revenues (losses) (2) (3)
 
1,238

 
9

 
(1,154
)
 
(93
)
 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization
 
10,869

 
3,717

 
328

 
357

 
15,271

Non-cash compensation
 
403

 
104

 
(430
)
 
2,201

 
2,278

Income (loss) from operations
 
38,383

 
(7,194
)
 
(12,482
)
 
(8,352
)
 
10,355

Interest expense, net
 
(43,318
)
 
(11,543
)
 

 
(10,264
)
 
(65,125
)
Goodwill
 
76,819

 

 

 

 
76,819

Total assets
 
1,937,126

 
541,559

 
63,108

 
109,650

 
2,651,443

Expenditures for additions to long-lived assets
 
1,450

 
30

 

 
112

 
1,592

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the nine months ended September 30, 2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Revenues
 
206,142

 
107

 
977

 
(8,427
)
 
198,799

Intersegment revenues (losses) (2) (3)
 
6,872

 
101

 
2,618

 
(9,591
)
 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization
 
32,128

 
11,682

 
1,815

 
1,376

 
47,001

Non-cash compensation
 
5,591

 
1,373

 
10,657

 
38,492

 
56,113

Income (loss) from operations
 
27,873

 
(20,636
)
 
(31,788
)
 
(35,366
)
 
(59,917
)
Interest expense, net
 
(130,554
)
 
(34,697
)
 
12

 
5,520

 
(159,719
)
Expenditures for additions to long-lived assets
 
931,535

 
7

 
1,659

 
1,192

 
934,393

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the nine months ended September 30, 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenues
 
205,678

 
42

 
10,055

 
2,079

 
217,854

Intersegment revenues (losses) (2) (3)
 
12,452

 
34

 
(12,010
)
 
(476
)
 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization
 
32,554

 
11,214

 
847

 
1,667

 
46,282

Non-cash compensation
 
1,609

 
445

 
5,232

 
9,343

 
16,629

Income (loss) from operations
 
108,095

 
(18,542
)
 
(19,512
)
 
(19,661
)
 
50,380

Interest expense, net
 
(129,952
)
 
(34,161
)
 

 
(29,754
)
 
(193,867
)
Expenditures for additions to long-lived assets
 
7,619

 
114

 
12

 
547

 
8,292

 
(1)
Includes corporate activities, oil and gas exploration, development and exploitation activities and certain intercompany eliminations. Our oil and gas exploration, development and exploitation operating activities have been included in the corporate and other column due to the lack of a material impact that these activities have on our consolidated financial statements.


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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

(2)
Intersegment revenues related to our LNG terminal segment are primarily from tug revenues from Cheniere Marketing and the receipt of 80% of gross margins earned by Cheniere Marketing in monetizing the TUA capacity of Cheniere Energy Investments, LLC ("Cheniere Investments"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere Partners, at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011. These LNG terminal segment intersegment revenues are eliminated with intersegment expenses in our Consolidated Statements of Operations.
(3)
Intersegment losses related to our LNG and natural gas marketing segment are primarily from Cheniere Marketing's tug costs and the payment of 80% of gross margins earned by Cheniere Marketing in monetizing the TUA capacity of Cheniere Investments at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011. These LNG terminal segment intersegment costs are eliminated with intersegment revenues in our Consolidated Statements of Operations.

NOTE 14—Share-Based Compensation
 
We have granted options to purchase common stock to employees, consultants and outside directors under the Amended and Restated 1997 Stock Option Plan ("1997 Plan") and the Amended and Restated 2003 Stock Incentive Plan ("2003 Plan"). We recognize our share-based payments to employees in the consolidated financial statements based on their fair values at the date of grant. The calculated fair value is recognized as expense (net of any capitalization) over the requisite service period, net of estimated forfeitures, using either the straight-line or accelerated recognition methods.

In July 2012, we met the criteria to determine the Long-Term Commercial Bonus Pool that was established by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors in the 2011-2013 Bonus Plan in relation to LNG trains 1 and 2 of the Liquefaction Project. In August 2012, the Compensation Committee approved a Long-Term Commercial Bonus Pool, which consisted of approximately $60 million in cash awards and 10 million restricted shares of common stock to be issued under the 2011 Incentive Plan (the "2011 Plan"). The restricted stock awards vest in five installments. The first restricted stock award installment vested in August 2012 when Sabine Pass Liquefaction issued its full notice to proceed ("NTP") to Bechtel under the lump sum turnkey agreement with respect to LNG trains 1 and 2 of the Liquefaction Project. The restricted stock awards vest in five installments as follows:
35% when NTP is issued;
10% on the first anniversary of the issuance of NTP;
15% on the second anniversary of the issuance of NTP;
15% on the third anniversary of the issuance of NTP; and
25% on the fourth anniversary of the issuance of NTP.

In general, employees must be employed at the time of each vesting to receive the awards or will otherwise forfeit such awards. Vesting and payment of the awards would accelerate in full upon (i) termination of employment by the Company without "Cause" or, solely in the case of executive officers, termination of employment by the employee for "Good Reason" (each as defined in the 2003 Plan), (ii) the employee's death or disability, or (iii) the occurrence of a change of control.
For the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, the total share-based compensation expense recognized in our net loss was $49.8 million and $2.3 million, respectively.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, the total share-based compensation expense recognized in our net loss was $54.0 million and $16.6 million, respectively. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, the total share-based compensation cost capitalized was $2.2 million. The effect of a change in estimated forfeitures is recognized through a cumulative adjustment included in share-based compensation cost in the period of change in estimate. We consider many factors when estimating expected forfeitures, including types of awards, employee class and historical experience.
The total unrecognized compensation cost at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 relating to non-vested share-based compensation arrangements granted under the 1997 Plan, 2003 Plan and the 2011 Plan was $94.7 million and $7.7 million, respectively. That cost is expected to be recognized over 4.0 years, with a weighted average period of 3.8 years.
We received $0.8 million and zero proceeds from the exercise of stock options in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.


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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)


NOTE 15—Subsequent Events
 
Class B Units

In October 2012, Blackstone purchased $300.0 million of additional Class B Units, which, when added to prior Class B Units purchased by Blackstone, totals $1.3 billion invested.

2013 Notes

In October 2012, Sabine Pass LNG repurchased approximately 97% of the 2013 Notes. Funds used for the repurchase included proceeds received from newly issued $420.0 million 6.50% senior secured notes due in 2020 and from an equity contribution from Cheniere Partners. Sabine Pass LNG has issued a redemption notice for the remaining approximately $16.5 million outstanding 2013 Notes which it expects to redeem in November 2012.



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Item 2.        Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
 
This quarterly report contains certain statements that are, or may be deemed to be, "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein or incorporated herein by reference are "forward-looking statements." Included among "forward-looking statements" are, among other things:
 
statements relating to the construction or operation of each of our proposed liquefied natural gas ("LNG") terminals, pipelines, liquefaction facilities or other projects, or expansions or extensions thereof, including statements concerning the anticipated dates for commencement of construction or operations by certain dates or at all, the costs related thereto and certain characteristics, including amounts of regasification, transportation, liquefaction and storage capacity, the number of storage tanks, LNG trains and docks, the amount of pipeline deliverability and the number of pipeline interconnections, if any; 
statements regarding future levels of domestic natural gas production, supply or consumption; future levels of LNG imports into North America; sales of natural gas in North America or other markets; exports of LNG from North America; and the transportation, other infrastructure or prices related to natural gas, LNG or other energy sources or hydrocarbon products; 
statements regarding any financing or refinancing transactions or arrangements, including the amounts or timing thereof, interest rates thereon or ability to enter into such transactions or arrangements, whether on the part of Cheniere or any subsidiary or at the project level; 
statements regarding any commercial arrangements presently contracted, optioned or marketed, or potential arrangements, to be performed substantially in the future, including any cash distributions and revenues anticipated to be received and the anticipated timing thereof, and statements regarding the amounts of total LNG regasification, liquefaction or storage capacity that are, or may become, subject to such commercial arrangements; 
statements regarding counterparties to our commercial contracts, construction contracts and other contracts;
statements regarding any business strategy, any business plans or any other plans, forecasts, projections or objectives, including potential revenues and capital expenditures, any or all of which are subject to change; 
statements regarding legislative, governmental, regulatory, administrative or other public body actions, requirements, permits, investigations, proceedings or decisions;  
statements regarding our anticipated LNG and natural gas marketing activities; and 
any other statements that relate to non-historical or future information.
 
These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of terms and phrases such as "achieve," "anticipate," "believe," "develop," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "plan," "potential," "project," "propose," "strategy" and similar terms and phrases, or by the use of future tense. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are made as of the date of and speak only as of the date of this quarterly report.
 
Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed under "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, as amended by Amendment No. 1 on Form 10-K/A. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these risk factors. Other than as required under the securities laws, we assume no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements or provide reasons why actual results may differ.

As used herein, the terms "Cheniere," "the Company," "we," "our" and "us" refer to Cheniere Energy, Inc. and its wholly owned or controlled subsidiaries.
 


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Introduction
 
The following discussion and analysis presents management's view of our business, financial condition and overall performance and should be read in conjunction with our Consolidated Financial Statements and the accompanying notes in Item 1. "Consolidated Financial Statements". This information is intended to provide investors with an understanding of our past performance, current financial condition and outlook for the future. Our discussion and analysis include the following subjects: 
Overview of Business 
Overview of Significant Events 
Liquidity and Capital Resources 
Results of Operations 
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements 
Summary of Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
Recent Accounting Standards 

Overview of Business
 
 We own and operate the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana through our 66.4% ownership interest in and management agreements with Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. ("Cheniere Partners") (NYSE MKT: CQP), which is a publicly traded partnership that we created in 2007.  We also own and operate the Creole Trail Pipeline, which interconnects the Sabine Pass LNG terminal with natural gas markets in North America.  One of our subsidiaries, Cheniere Marketing, LLC ("Cheniere Marketing"), is marketing LNG and natural gas on its own behalf and on behalf of Cheniere Partners, and is working to monetize LNG storage and regasification capacity reserved by Cheniere Partners at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal.  Cheniere Partners is developing and constructing liquefaction facilities adjacent to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal (the "Liquefaction Project"). We are in various stages of developing other projects, including LNG terminal and pipeline related projects, each of which, among other things, will require acceptable commercial and financing arrangements before we make a final investment decision.  

Overview of Significant Events
Our significant accomplishments in the first nine months of 2012, and through the filing date of this Form 10-Q, include the following: 
Cheniere
During the first nine months of 2012, we repaid or converted to equity all of our debt, excluding debt of Cheniere Partners, through the following transactions. In January 2012, we repaid in full the entire outstanding principal balance of the 2007 term loan due May 31, 2012. In April 2012, Scorpion Capital Partners, L.P. exchanged all $8.4 million of its portion of the $250 million convertible term loans we obtained in 2008 (the "2008 Loans"). In June 2012, we repaid the remaining outstanding 2008 Loans in full. In August 2012, we repaid the convertible senior unsecured notes in full.
During the first nine months of 2012, we raised approximately $1.2 billion of net proceeds from the following equity offerings, which we used for general corporate purposes, repayment of debt, and to invest in the Liquefaction Project. In March 2012, we sold 24.2 million shares of Cheniere common stock in an underwritten public offering for net cash proceeds of $351.9 million. In May 2012, we entered into a stock purchase agreement with Havelock Fund Investments Pte Ltd (indirectly owned by Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited) and Greenwich Asset Holding Ltd (owned by RRJ Capital Master Fund I, L.P.), pursuant to which such purchasers purchased an aggregate of 31.0 million shares of Cheniere common stock for net cash proceeds of $468.1 million. In July 2012, we sold 28.0 million shares of Cheniere common stock in an underwritten public offering for net cash proceeds of $380.3 million.
In May 2012, we entered into a unit purchase agreement ("CEI Unit Purchase Agreement") with Cheniere Partners whereby we agreed to purchase from Cheniere Partners 33.3 million Class B Units at a price of $15.00 per unit for total consideration of $500.0 million, which has been used by Cheniere Partners to fund part of the equity portion of the costs of developing, constructing and placing into service the Liquefaction Project. In June and July 2012, we purchased $166.7 million and $333 million of Class B Units, respectively, for an aggregate investment of $500 million.


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In October 2012, the Department of Energy ("DOE") granted us authority to export 767 Bcf per year of domestically produced LNG to Free Trade Agreement ("FTA") countries from the proposed Corpus Christi Liquefaction LNG terminal.
Cheniere Partners
In January 2012, Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC ("Sabine Pass Liquefaction"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere Partners, entered into an amended and restated LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement ("SPA") with BG Gulf Coast LNG, LLC ("BG"), a subsidiary of BG Group plc, under which BG agreed to purchase an additional 2.0 million tonnes per annum ("mtpa") of LNG, bringing BG's total annual contract quantity to 5.5 mtpa of LNG.
In January 2012, Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into an LNG SPA with Korea Gas Corporation ("KOGAS"), under which KOGAS agreed to purchase 182.5 million MMBtu of LNG per year (approximately 3.5 million mtpa).
In April 2012, Sabine Pass Liquefaction and Sabine Pass LNG, L.P. ("Sabine Pass LNG"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere Partners, received authorization under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (the "Order") from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") to site, construct and operate facilities for the liquefaction and export of domestically produced natural gas at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The Order authorizes the development of up to four modular LNG trains.
In May 2012, we, Cheniere Partners and Blackstone CQP Holdco LP ("Blackstone") entered into a unit purchase agreement whereby Cheniere Partners agreed to sell to Blackstone in a private placement 100 million Class B Units from Cheniere Partners at a price of $15.00 per Class B Unit, for a total funding commitment of $1.5 billion. Proceeds from the private placement will be used to fund part of the equity portion of the costs of developing, constructing and placing into service the Liquefaction Project. In August 2012, Blackstone purchased its initial $500.0 million of Class B Units. In September and October 2012, Blackstone purchased $500.0 million and $300.0 million additional Class B Units, respectively, for an aggregate investment to date of $1.3 billion.
In June 2012, Cheniere Partners issued a limited notice to proceed to Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. ("Bechtel") to construct LNG trains 1 and 2 of the Liquefaction Project and in August 2012, Cheniere Partners issued a full notice to proceed to Bechtel.
In July 2012, Sabine Pass Liquefaction closed on a $3.6 billion senior secured credit facility (the "Liquefaction Credit Facility") that will be used to fund a portion of the costs of developing, constructing and placing into service LNG trains 1 and 2 of the Liquefaction Project.
In September 2012, Cheniere Partners sold 8.0 million common units in an underwritten public offering at a price of $25.07 per common unit for net cash proceeds of $194.0 million.
In October 2012, Sabine Pass LNG repurchased approximately 97% of the outstanding $550.0 million 7.25% Senior Secured Notes due 2013 (the "2013 Notes"). Funds used for the repurchase included proceeds received from newly issued $420.0 million 6.50% senior secured notes due in 2020 (the "2020 Notes") and from an equity contribution from Cheniere Partners. Sabine Pass LNG has issued a redemption notice for the remaining approximately $16.5 million outstanding 2013 Notes which it expects to redeem in November 2012.
Liquidity and Capital Resources

Although consolidated for financial reporting, Cheniere, Sabine Pass LNG and Cheniere Partners operate with independent capital structures. We expect the cash needs for Sabine Pass LNG's operating activities for at least the next twelve months will be met through operating cash flows and existing unrestricted cash. We expect the cash needs for Cheniere Partners' operating activities and capital expenditures for at least the next twelve months will be met through operating cash flows from Sabine Pass LNG and existing unrestricted cash, project debt and equity financings. We expect the cash needs of Cheniere's operating activities and capital expenditures for at least the next twelve months will be met by utilizing existing unrestricted cash, management fees from Cheniere Partners, distributions from our investment in Cheniere Partners and operating cash flows from our pipeline and LNG and natural gas marketing businesses.



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The following table presents (in thousands) Cheniere's restricted and unrestricted cash and cash equivalents for each portion of our capital structure as of September 30, 2012. All restricted and unrestricted cash and cash equivalents held by Cheniere Partners and Sabine Pass LNG are considered restricted as to usage or withdrawal by Cheniere:
 
 
Sabine
Pass LNG
 
Cheniere Partners
 
Other Cheniere
 
Consolidated Cheniere
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$

 
$

 
$
214,995

 
$
214,995

Restricted cash and cash equivalents
 
142,217

(1)
617,382

(2)
8,812

 
768,411

Total
 
$
142,217

 
$
617,382

 
$
223,807

 
$
983,406

 
 
(1)
All cash and cash equivalents presented above for Sabine Pass LNG are considered restricted to us, but $4.9 million is considered unrestricted for Sabine Pass LNG.
(2)
All cash and cash equivalents presented above for Cheniere Partners are considered restricted to us, but $369.1 million is considered unrestricted for Cheniere Partners, including the $4.9 million considered unrestricted for Sabine Pass LNG.

As of September 30, 2012, we had unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $215.0 million available to Cheniere. In addition, we had consolidated restricted cash and cash equivalents of $768.4 million (which included cash and cash equivalents and other working capital available to Cheniere Partners, in which we own a 66.4% interest, and Sabine Pass LNG) designated for the following purposes: $137.3 million for interest payments related to the Senior Notes described below; $4.9 million for Sabine Pass LNG's working capital; $617.4 million for the Liquefaction Project and for Cheniere Partners' working capital; and $8.8 million for other restricted purposes.

LNG Terminal Business
 Cheniere Partners
 
Our ownership interest in the Sabine Pass LNG terminal is held through Cheniere Partners. We own approximately 66.4% of Cheniere Partners in the form of 12.0 million common units, 33.3 million Class B Units, 135.4 million subordinated units and a 2% general partner interest. Cheniere Partners owns a 100% interest in Sabine Pass LNG, which is operating the Sabine Pass LNG terminal, and a 100% interest in Sabine Pass Liquefaction, which is constructing the Liquefaction Project.
 
We receive quarterly equity distributions from Cheniere Partners, and we receive management fees for managing Sabine Pass LNG, Sabine Pass Liquefaction and Cheniere Partners. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, we received $15.3 million in distributions on our common units, no distributions on our subordinated units and $0.8 million in distributions on our general partner interest. During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, we received fees of $8.3 million, $6.4 million and zero under our management agreements with Cheniere Partners, Sabine Pass LNG and Sabine Pass Liquefaction, respectively.

Cheniere Partners' common unit and general partner distributions are being funded from accumulated operating surplus. We have not received distributions on our subordinated units since the distribution made with respect to the quarter ended March 31, 2010. Cheniere Partners will not make distributions on our subordinated units unless it generates additional cash flow from Sabine Pass LNG's excess capacity or new business. Therefore, distributions to us on our subordinated units and conversion of the subordinated units into common units will depend upon the future business development of Cheniere Partners. We expect that additional cash flows generated by the Liquefaction Project or other new Cheniere Partners' business would be used to make quarterly distributions on our subordinated units before any increase in distributions to the common unitholders.

We and Cheniere Partners have entered into a services agreement pursuant to which Cheniere Partners pays us a quarterly non-accountable overhead reimbursement charge of $2.8 million (adjusted for inflation) for providing various general and administrative services for Cheniere Partners' benefit. In addition, Cheniere Partners reimburses us for all audit, tax, legal and finance fees incurred by us that are necessary to perform the services under the agreement.

In January 2011, Cheniere Partners initiated an at-the-market program to sell up to 1.0 million common units, the proceeds from which are used primarily to fund development costs associated with the Liquefaction Project. As of December 31, 2011, Cheniere Partners had sold 0.5 million common units with net proceeds of $9.0 million. During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, Cheniere Partners sold 0.5 million common units with net proceeds of $11.1 million related to this at-the-market program.



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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, that it is using for general business purposes, including development costs associated with the Liquefaction Project. In September 2012, Cheniere Partners sold 8.0 million common units in an underwritten public offering at a price of $25.07 per common unit. Cheniere Partners received net proceeds of $194.0 million, a portion of which was used for the partial repayment of the 2013 Notes.

During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, Cheniere Partners issued and sold 100 million Class B Units (including 33.3 million Class B Units purchased by us) at a price of $15.00 per Class B Unit, resulting in total gross proceeds of $1.5 billion that will be used to fund the equity portion of the costs of developing, constructing and placing into service the Liquefaction Project.

Sabine Pass LNG Terminal
 
Regasification Facilities

Approximately 2.0 Bcf/d of the regasification capacity at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal has been reserved under two long-term third-party TUAs, under which Sabine Pass LNG’s customers are required to pay fixed monthly fees, whether or not they use the LNG terminal. Capacity reservation fee TUA payments are made by Sabine Pass LNG's third-party TUA customers as follows:
 
Total Gas and Power North America, Inc. ("Total") has reserved approximately 1.0 Bcf/d of regasification capacity and is obligated to make monthly capacity payments to Sabine Pass LNG aggregating approximately $125 million per year for 20 years that commenced April 1, 2009. Total S.A. has guaranteed Total’s obligations under its TUA up to $2.5 billion, subject to certain exceptions; and 
Chevron U.S.A. Inc. ("Chevron") has reserved approximately 1.0 Bcf/d of regasification capacity and is obligated to make monthly capacity payments to Sabine Pass LNG aggregating approximately $125 million per year for 20 years that commenced July 1, 2009. Chevron Corporation has guaranteed Chevron’s obligations under its TUA up to 80% of the fees payable by Chevron.

Each of Total and Chevron previously paid Sabine Pass LNG $20.0 million in nonrefundable advance capacity reservation fees, which are being amortized over a 10-year period as a reduction of each customer's regasification capacity reservation fees payable under its respective TUA.

The remaining approximately 2.0 Bcf/d of regasification capacity has been reserved by Cheniere Partners through a TUA between Sabine Pass Liquefaction and Sabine Pass LNG. Sabine Pass Liquefaction is obligated to make monthly capacity payments to Sabine Pass LNG aggregating approximately $250 million per year, continuing until at least 20 years after one of Sabine Pass Liquefaction's customers delivers its first commercial cargo at Sabine Pass Liquefaction's facilities under construction, which may occur as early as late 2015. Sabine Pass Liquefaction obtained this reserved capacity as a result of an assignment in July 2012, by Cheniere Energy Investments, LLC ("Cheniere Investments") of its rights, title and interest under its TUA. In connection with the assignment, Sabine Pass Liquefaction, Cheniere Investments and Sabine Pass LNG entered into a terminal use rights assignment and agreement ("TURA") pursuant to which Cheniere Investments has the right to use Sabine Pass Liquefaction's reserved capacity under the TUA and has the obligation to make the monthly capacity payments required by the TUA to Sabine Pass LNG. The revenue earned by Sabine Pass LNG from the capacity payments made under the TUA and the revenue earned by Cheniere Investments under the VCRA are eliminated upon consolidation of our financial statements. Cheniere Partners has guaranteed the obligations of Sabine Pass Liquefaction under its TUA and the obligations of Cheniere Investments under the TURA.

In September 2012, Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into a partial TUA assignment agreement with Total, whereby Sabine Pass Liquefaction will progressively gain access to Total's capacity and other services provided under Total's TUA with Sabine Pass LNG.  These agreements will provide Sabine Pass Liquefaction with additional berthing and storage capacity at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal that may be used to accommodate the development of a fifth LNG train, provide increased flexibility in managing LNG cargo loading and unloading activity starting with the commencement of commercial operations of the third LNG train, and permit Sabine Pass Liquefaction to more flexibly manage its storage with the commencement of the first LNG train. Notwithstanding any arrangements between Total and Sabine Pass Liquefaction, payments required to be made by Total to Sabine Pass LNG shall continue to be made by Total in accordance with the Sabine Pass LNG TUA.


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Under each of these TUAs, Sabine Pass LNG is entitled to retain 2% of the LNG delivered for the customer's account.

Liquefaction Facilities

In June 2010, Cheniere Partners formed Sabine Pass Liquefaction to own, develop and operate liquefaction facilities adjacent to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. In constructing the liquefaction facilities, Cheniere Partners proposes to take advantage of the existing marine and storage facilities that were constructed for the LNG receiving terminal, thereby saving a substantial amount of capital cost compared to the cost of constructing a greenfield facility. We anticipate that LNG exports could commence as early as 2015 with each LNG train commencing operations approximately six to nine months after the previous LNG train.

The DOE has granted Sabine Pass Liquefaction an order authorizing the export of up to the equivalent of 16 mtpa (approximately 800 Bcf) per year of domestically produced LNG by vessel from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal to FTA countries for a 30-year term, beginning on the earlier of the date of first export or September 7, 2020, and another order authorizing the export of up to the equivalent of 803 Bcf per year (approximately 16 mtpa) of domestically produced LNG by vessel from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal to non-FTA countries for a 20-year term, beginning on the earlier of the date of first export or May 20, 2016.

In April 2012, Sabine Pass Liquefaction received authorization from the FERC to site, construct and operate liquefaction and export facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal.

Sabine Pass Liquefaction has entered into four third-party SPAs, under which customers have committed to purchase, in aggregate, 834.0 million MMBtu of LNG per year (approximately 16 mtpa) as follows:

BG Gulf Coast LNG, LLC ("BG") has agreed to purchase 286.5 million MMBtu of LNG per year (approximately 5.5 mtpa);
Gas Natural Aprovisionamientos SDG S.A. ("Gas Natural Fenosa"), an affiliate of Gas Natural SDG S.A., has agreed to purchase 182.5 million MMBtu of LNG per year (approximately 3.5 mtpa);
Korea Gas Corporation ("KOGAS") has agreed to purchase 182.5 million MMBtu of LNG per year (approximately 3.5 mtpa); and
GAIL (India) Limited ("GAIL") has agreed to purchase 182.5 million MMBtu of LNG per year (approximately 3.5 mtpa).

In aggregate, these customers have agreed to pay Sabine Pass Liquefaction approximately $2.3 billion annually, plus an amount per MMBtu of LNG equal to 115% of the final settlement price for the New York Mercantile Exchange natural gas futures contract for the month in which the relevant cargo is scheduled.

In addition, Cheniere Marketing has entered into an SPA to purchase certain excess LNG produced that is not committed to non-affiliate parties, up to a maximum of 104.0 million MMBtu of LNG per year (approximately 2.0 mtpa). The sales price to be paid by Cheniere Marketing will be 115% of the then-current Henry Hub price per MMBtu plus a profit sharing equal to 100% of profits up to $3.00/MMBtu for the first 36 million MMBtu of the most profitable cargoes sold each year to Cheniere Marketing and 20% of profits for the subsequent 68 million MMBtu sold each year to Cheniere Marketing.

In November 2011, Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into a lump sum turnkey agreement with Bechtel for procurement, engineering, design, installation, training, commissioning and placing into service the first two LNG trains and related facilities adjacent to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. Cheniere Partners issued to Bechtel a limited notice to proceed with construction of LNG trains 1 and 2 in June 2012, and a full notice to proceed with construction of LNG trains 1 and 2 in August 2012. We expect to begin operations of the first LNG train in late 2015, with the second LNG train commencing operations approximately six to nine months after the first LNG train. We expect to complete our construction plan and cost estimates for LNG trains 3 and 4 by the end of 2012 and begin implementing a financing strategy for those LNG trains. Commencement of construction for the third and fourth LNG trains is subject, but not limited to, entering into an EPC contract, obtaining financing and making a final investment decision.
The cost to construct LNG trains 1 and 2 is currently estimated to be approximately $4.5 billion to $5 billion, before financing costs. Our cost estimates are subject to change due to items such as changes in scope, delays in construction, and increased spending to maintain our construction schedule.


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Cheniere Partners Financing
In May 2012, we, Cheniere Partners and Blackstone entered into a unit purchase agreement whereby Cheniere Partners agreed to sell to Blackstone in a private placement 100 million Class B Units of Cheniere Partners at a price of $15.00 per Class B Unit. Subsequent to an initial funding of $500 million by Blackstone, Cheniere Partners can require, based on liquidity needs, that Blackstone make additional capital contributions until Blackstone has funded $1.5 billion in the aggregate. In addition, we, through a wholly owned subsidiary, and Cheniere Partners entered into a unit purchase agreement whereby we agreed to purchase from Cheniere Partners 33.3 million Class B Units at a price of $15.00 per unit, for total consideration of $500 million, of which $166.7 million was purchased in June 2012 so that Cheniere Partners could issue a limited notice to proceed to Bechtel, and the remaining $333.3 million was purchased in July 2012. Cheniere Partners will use the net proceeds from the private placements to fund a portion of the cost to construct the first two LNG trains and related facilities and equipment. During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, Cheniere Partners issued and sold an aggregate of 100 million Class B Units at a price of $15.00 per Class B Unit, resulting in total gross proceeds of $1.5 billion. In October 2012, Blackstone purchased $300.0 million of additional Class B Units, which, when added to prior Class B Units purchased, equals $1.3 billion total invested.

In July 2012, Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into the $3.6 billion Liquefaction Credit Facility with a syndicate of lenders. The Liquefaction Credit Facility will be used to fund a portion of the costs of developing, constructing and placing into operation LNG trains 1 and 2 of the Liquefaction Project. The Liquefaction Credit Facility will mature on the earlier of July 31, 2019 or the second anniversary of the completion date of LNG trains 1 and 2 of the Liquefaction Project. Borrowings under the Liquefaction Credit Facility may be refinanced, in whole or in part, at any time without premium or penalty, except for interest hedging and interest rate breakage costs. Sabine Pass Liquefaction made a $100.0 million borrowing under the Liquefaction Credit Facility in August 2012 after meeting the required conditions precedent to the initial advance. The second advance will not be made until Sabine Pass Liquefaction has received an aggregate of at least $1.9 billion of equity or subordinated debt proceeds, and has expended at least $1.8 billion of such funds in payment of costs for LNG trains 1 and 2 of the Liquefaction Project. In addition, the second advance will not be made until Cheniere Creole Trail Pipeline, L.P. has received equity or debt commitments sufficient to fund the pipeline modifications necessary to provide sufficient gas supply for the Liquefaction Project.

Corpus Christi LNG

In September 2011, we formed Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC ("Corpus Christi Liquefaction") to develop an LNG terminal at our Corpus Christi Liquefaction terminal site. As currently contemplated, the proposed Corpus Christi Liquefaction LNG terminal would be designed for up to three LNG trains with aggregate peak capacity of up to 15 mtpa of LNG (the "Corpus Liquefaction Project").

In December 2011, Corpus Christi Liquefaction received approval from the FERC to begin the National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA") pre-filing process required to seek authorization to commence construction of the Corpus Liquefaction Project. In August 2012, Corpus Christi Liquefaction filed an application with the FERC for authorization to site, construct and operate the Corpus Liquefaction Project.

In October 2012, the DOE granted us authority to export 15 mtpa of domestically produced LNG to FTA countries from the proposed Corpus Liquefaction Project.

We will contemplate making a final investment decision to commence construction of the Corpus Liquefaction Project based upon, among other things, entering into acceptable commercial arrangements, obtaining an order to export domestically produced natural gas, receiving regulatory authorization to construct and operate the liquefaction assets and obtaining adequate financing.

Other LNG terminals
 
We continue to evaluate, and may develop, additional sites that we believe may be commercially desirable locations for LNG terminals and other facilities.



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Natural Gas Pipeline Business
 
We formed Cheniere Pipeline Company, a wholly owned subsidiary, to develop natural gas pipelines to provide access to North American natural gas markets for customers of our LNG terminals. We are also developing other pipeline projects not primarily related to our LNG terminals. Our pipeline systems developed in conjunction with our LNG terminals will interconnect with multiple interstate pipelines, providing a means of transporting natural gas between trading points in the Gulf Coast and our LNG terminals. Our other projects are market-focused, seeking to connect natural gas supplies to growing markets. Our ultimate decisions regarding further development of new pipeline projects will depend upon future events, including, in particular, customer preferences and general market demand for pipeline transportation of natural gas from or to a particular LNG terminal.

The Creole Trail Pipeline is a 94-mile natural gas pipeline connecting the Sabine Pass LNG terminal to numerous interconnection points with existing interstate and intrastate natural gas pipelines in southwest Louisiana.

In connection with the Liquefaction Project, we are developing a project for the Creole Trail Pipeline to be able to transport natural gas to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal for fuel and for Sabine Pass Liquefaction to satisfy its LNG delivery obligations under its SPAs. We estimate the capital costs to modify the Creole Trail Pipeline will be approximately $90 million.

LNG and Natural Gas Marketing Business
 
Our wholly owned subsidiary, Cheniere Marketing, is engaged in the LNG and natural gas marketing business and is seeking to develop a portfolio of long-term, short-term and spot LNG purchase and sale agreements, assist Cheniere Investments in negotiating with potential customers to monetize 2.0 Bcf/d of regasification capacity at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal to which it has access, and enter into business relationships for the domestic marketing of natural gas imported by Cheniere Marketing as LNG to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal.

Cheniere Marketing has been purchasing, transporting and unloading commercial LNG cargoes into the Sabine Pass LNG terminal and has used trading strategies intended to maximize margins on these cargoes. In addition, Cheniere Marketing has continued to enter into various business relationships to facilitate purchasing and selling commercial LNG cargoes.

The accounting treatment for LNG inventory differs from the treatment for derivative positions such that the economics of Cheniere Marketing's activities are not transparent in our consolidated financial statements until all LNG inventory is sold and all derivative positions are settled. Our LNG inventory is recorded as an asset at cost and is subject to lower of cost or market ("LCM") adjustments at the end of each reporting period. The LCM adjustment market price is based on period-end natural gas spot prices, and any gain or loss from an LCM adjustment is recorded in our earnings at the end of each period. Revenue and cost of goods sold are not recognized in our earnings until the LNG is sold. Generally, our unrealized derivatives positions at the end of each period extend into the future to hedge the cash flow from future sales of our LNG inventory or to take market positions and hedge exposure associated with LNG and natural gas. These positions are measured at fair value, and we record the gains and losses from the change in their fair value currently in earnings. Thus, earnings from changes in the fair value of our derivatives may not be offset by losses from LCM adjustments to our LNG inventory because the LCM adjustments that may be made to LNG inventory are based on period-end spot prices that are different from the time periods of the prices used to determine the fair value of our derivatives. Any losses from changes in the fair value of our derivatives will not be offset by gains until the LNG is actually sold.

LNGCo Agreements

In 2010, Cheniere Marketing entered into various agreements ("LNGCo Agreements") with JPMorgan LNG Co. ("LNGCo") 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. In return for the services provided by Cheniere Marketing, LNGCo paid a fixed fee to Cheniere Marketing and additional fees depending upon the gross margin of each transaction. In June 2012, Cheniere Marketing and LNGCo terminated the LNGCo Agreements.

During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, we recognized zero and $4.0 million, respectively, of marketing and trading revenues from LNGCo. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011, we recognized $1.7 million and $9.0 million, respectively, of marketing and trading revenues from LNGCo.



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Corporate and Other Activities
 
We are required to maintain corporate general and administrative functions to serve our business activities described above. 

Sources and Uses of Cash
 
The following table summarizes (in thousands) the sources and uses of our cash and cash equivalents for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011. The table presents capital expenditures on a cash basis; therefore, these amounts differ from the amounts of capital expenditures, including accruals, that are referred to elsewhere in this report. Additional discussion of these items follows the table. 
 
Nine Months Ended
 
September 30,
 
2012
 
2011
Sources of cash and cash equivalents
 
 
 
Sale of common stock, net
$
1,200,717

 
$
123,113

Sale of Class B Units by Cheniere Partners
887,563

 

Sale of common units by Cheniere Partners
205,174

 
52,628

Proceeds from Liquefaction Credit Facility
100,000

 

Total sources of cash and cash equivalents
2,393,454

 
175,741

 
 
 
 
Uses of cash and cash equivalents
 

 
 

LNG terminal and pipeline construction-in-process, net
(871,167
)
 
(6,538
)
Repurchases and prepayments of debt
(776,514
)
 

Investment in Cheniere Partners
(534,940
)
 
(17,806
)
Debt issuance costs
(210,828
)
 
(4,341
)
Operating cash flow
(104,979
)
 
(39,915
)
Investment in restricted cash and cash equivalents
(72,553
)
 
(25,992
)
Distributions to non-controlling interest
(24,628
)
 
(20,123
)
Purchase of treasury shares
(20,414
)
 
(1,730
)
Other
(21,596
)
 
(2,145
)
Total uses of cash and cash equivalents
(2,637,619
)
 
(118,590
)
 
 
 
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
(244,165
)
 
57,151

Cash and cash equivalents—beginning of period
459,160

 
74,161

Cash and cash equivalents—end of period
$
214,995

 
$
131,312


Sale of Common Stock, net

In March 2012, we sold 24.2 million shares of Cheniere common stock in an underwritten public offering for net cash proceeds of