CEI 2014 Form 10Q 2nd Qtr


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

  For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2014
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 (§232.405 of this chapter) 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 x
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  ¨  No  x 
238,084,517 shares of the registrant’s Common Stock, $0.003 par value, were issued and outstanding as of July 17, 2014
 



CHENIERE ENERGY, INC.
TABLE OF CONTENTS


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






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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)





 
June 30,
 
December 31,
 
2014
 
2013
ASSETS
(unaudited)
 
 
Current assets
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
889,887

 
$
960,842

Restricted cash and cash equivalents
670,659

 
598,064

Accounts and interest receivable
4,175

 
4,486

LNG inventory
5,800

 
10,563

Prepaid expenses and other
20,963

 
17,225

Total current assets
1,591,484

 
1,591,180

 
 
 
 
Non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents
1,855,769

 
1,031,399

Property, plant and equipment, net
7,933,868

 
6,454,399

Debt issuance costs, net
259,716

 
313,944

Non-current derivative assets
20,236

 
98,123

Goodwill
76,819

 
76,819

Other
121,403

 
107,373

Total assets
$
11,859,295

 
$
9,673,237

 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 

 
 

Current liabilities
 

 
 

Accounts payable
$
30,205

 
$
10,367

Accrued liabilities
320,918

 
186,552

Deferred revenue
26,639

 
26,593

Other
13,121

 
13,499

Total current liabilities
390,883

 
237,011

 
 
 
 
Long-term debt, net
8,987,850

 
6,576,273

Long-term deferred revenue
15,500

 
17,500

Other non-current liabilities
4,105

 
2,396

 
 
 
 
Commitments and contingencies


 


 
 
 
 
Stockholders’ equity
 

 
 

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

 

Common stock, $0.003 par value
 

 
 

Authorized: 480.0 million shares at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013
 

 
 
Issued and outstanding: 238.1 million shares at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013
715

 
716

Treasury stock: 9.2 million shares and 9.0 million shares at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively, at cost
(189,646
)
 
(179,826
)
Additional paid-in-capital
2,533,119

 
2,459,699

Accumulated deficit
(2,400,645
)
 
(2,100,907
)
Total stockholders’ equity
(56,457
)
 
179,682

Non-controlling interest
2,517,414

 
2,660,375

Total equity
2,460,957

 
2,840,057

Total liabilities and equity
$
11,859,295

 
$
9,673,237








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
 
Six Months Ended
 
June 30,
 
June 30,
 
2014
 
2013
 
2014
 
2013
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LNG terminal revenues
$
66,841

 
$
66,426

 
$
133,260

 
$
132,487

Marketing and trading revenues (losses)
324

 
416

 
981

 
(149
)
Other
480

 
335

 
954

 
745

Total revenues
67,645

 
67,177

 
135,195

 
133,083

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating costs and expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
General and administrative expense
67,720

 
135,076

 
141,528

 
220,875

Depreciation
17,298

 
15,173

 
32,773

 
30,286

LNG terminal operating expense
29,409

 
31,068

 
43,096

 
46,327

LNG terminal development expense
15,263

 
22,081

 
27,375

 
39,168

Other
90

 
57

 
170

 
159

Total operating costs and expenses
129,780

 
203,455

 
244,942

 
336,815

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss from operations
(62,135
)
 
(136,278
)
 
(109,747
)
 
(203,732
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other income (expense)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest expense, net
(43,789
)
 
(42,016
)
 
(84,059
)
 
(82,278
)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt
(114,335
)
 
(80,510
)
 
(114,335
)
 
(80,510
)
Derivative gain (loss), net
(60,178
)
 
95,509

 
(94,859
)
 
78,041

Other income (expense)
(189
)
 
413

 
121

 
889

Total other expense
(218,491
)
 
(26,604
)
 
(293,132
)
 
(83,858
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss before income taxes and non-controlling interest
(280,626
)
 
(162,882
)
 
(402,879
)
 
(287,590
)
Income tax provision
(84
)
 
(1,022
)
 
(176
)
 
(942
)
Net loss
(280,710
)
 
(163,904
)
 
(403,055
)
 
(288,532
)
Less: net loss attributable to non-controlling interest
(78,782
)
 
(9,140
)
 
(103,317
)
 
(16,664
)
Net loss attributable to common stockholders
$
(201,928
)
 
$
(154,764
)
 
$
(299,738
)
 
$
(271,868
)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders—basic and diluted
$
(0.90
)
 
$
(0.71
)
 
$
(1.34
)
 
$
(1.26
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding—basic and diluted
223,602

 
217,397

 
223,406

 
216,520

 














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

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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
June 30,
 
June 30,
 
2014
 
2013
 
2014
 
2013
Net loss
$
(280,710
)
 
$
(163,904
)
 
$
(403,055
)
 
$
(288,532
)
Other comprehensive income (loss)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss on settlements of interest rate cash flow hedges
retained in other comprehensive income

 

 
 
(30
)
Change in fair value of interest rate cash flow hedges

 

 
 
21,297

Losses reclassified into earnings as a result of discontinuance of cash flow hedge accounting

 
5,973

 
 
5,973

Foreign currency translation

 
16

 

 
(24
)
Total other comprehensive income

 
5,989

 

 
27,216

Comprehensive loss
(280,710
)
 
(157,915
)
 
(403,055
)
 
(261,316
)
Less: comprehensive loss attributable to non-controlling interest
(78,782
)
 
(7,788
)
 
(103,317
)
 
(14,632
)
Comprehensive loss attributable to common stockholders
$
(201,928
)
 
$
(150,127
)
 
$
(299,738
)
 
$
(246,684
)






































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
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

 
Total Stockholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
 
Common Stock
 
Treasury Stock
 
Additional Paid-in Capital
 
Accumulated Deficit
 
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss
 
Non- controlling Interest
 
Total
Equity
 
Shares
 
Amount
 
Shares
 
Amount
 
 
 
 
 
Balance—December 31, 2013
238,091

 
$
716

 
8,970

 
$
(179,826
)
 
$
2,459,699

 
$
(2,100,907
)
 
$

 
$
2,660,375

 
$
2,840,057

Exercise of stock options
270

 
1

 

 

 
7,016

 

 

 

 
7,017

Issuances of restricted stock
446

 
1

 

 

 
(1
)
 

 

 

 

Forfeitures of restricted stock
(554
)
 
(2
)
 
60

 

 
2

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

 

 
66,317

 

 

 

 
66,317

Shares repurchased related to stock-based compensation
(190
)
 
(1
)
 
190

 
(9,820
)
 
1

 

 

 

 
(9,820
)
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation

 

 

 

 
85

 

 

 

 
85

Loss attributable to non-controlling interest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
(103,317
)
 
(103,317
)
Distributions to non-controlling interest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
(39,644
)
 
(39,644
)
Net loss

 

 

 

 

 
(299,738
)
 

 

 
(299,738
)
Balance—June 30, 2014
238,063

 
$
715

 
9,220

 
$
(189,646
)
 
$
2,533,119

 
$
(2,400,645
)
 
$

 
$
2,517,414

 
$
2,460,957




















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)
 
Six Months Ended
 
June 30,
 
2014
 
2013
Cash flows from operating activities
 
 
 
Net loss attributable to common stockholders
$
(299,738
)
 
$
(271,868
)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
 
 
 
Use of restricted cash and cash equivalents for certain operating activities
82,927

 
55,842

Loss on early extinguishment of debt
114,335

 
80,510

Depreciation
32,773

 
30,286

Amortization of debt issuance costs and discount
5,639

 
4,943

Stock-based compensation
62,013

 
176,123

Non-cash LNG inventory write-downs
14,978

 
13,599

Total (gains) losses on derivatives, net
94,859

 
(77,760
)
Net cash from settlement of derivative instruments
(17,437
)
 
(175
)
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest
(103,317
)
 
(16,664
)
Other
(1,826
)
 
(2,021
)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
Accounts and interest receivable
461

 
(23,250
)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
22,856

 
25,173

LNG inventory
(14,376
)
 
(12,310
)
Deferred revenue
(1,955
)
 
(1,955
)
Prepaid expenses and other
(3,533
)
 
(2,316
)
Net cash used in operating activities
(11,341
)
 
(21,843
)
 
 
 
 
Cash flows from investing activities
 
 
 
Property, plant and equipment, net
(1,352,400
)
 
(1,272,701
)
Use of restricted cash and cash equivalents for the acquisition of property, plant and equipment
1,303,011

 
1,580,268

Investment in Cheniere Partners

 
(11,122
)
Other
(5,894
)
 
(7,479
)
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities
(55,283
)
 
288,966

 
 
 
 
Cash flows from financing activities
 
 
 
Proceeds from issuances of long-term debt
2,584,500

 
3,504,478

Proceeds from sale of common units by Cheniere Partners

 
364,795

Investment in restricted cash and cash equivalents
(2,282,903
)
 
(3,520,638
)
Debt issuance and deferred financing costs
(85,367
)
 
(228,882
)
Distributions and dividends to non-controlling interest
(39,644
)
 
(30,872
)
Repayments of long-term debt
(177,000
)
 
(100,000
)
Payments related to tax withholdings for stock-based compensation
(9,218
)
 
(71,913
)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options
6,265

 

Other
(964
)
 
11,119

Net cash used in financing activities
(4,331
)
 
(71,913
)
 
 
 
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
(70,955
)
 
195,210

Cash and cash equivalents—beginning of period
960,842

 
201,711

Cash and cash equivalents—end of period
$
889,887

 
$
396,921





 






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 of America (“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. Certain reclassifications have been made to conform prior period information to the current presentation.  The reclassifications had no effect on our overall consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows. Unless the context requires otherwise, references to the “Company,” “Cheniere,” “we,” “us” and “our” refer to Cheniere Energy, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries, including our publicly traded subsidiaries, Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (“Cheniere Partners”) (NYSE MKT: CQP) and Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC (“Cheniere Holdings”) (NYSE MKT: CQH).

Results of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations that will be realized for the year ending December 31, 2014.

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, 2013.

NOTE 2—RESTRICTED CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
 
Restricted cash and cash equivalents consist of funds that are contractually restricted as to usage or withdrawal and have been presented separately from cash and cash equivalents on our Consolidated Balance Sheets. Restricted cash and cash equivalents include the following:
 
Sabine Pass LNG, L.P. (“Sabine Pass LNG”) Senior Notes Debt Service Reserve
 
Sabine Pass LNG has consummated private offerings of an aggregate principal amount of $1,665.5 million, before discount, of 7.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2016 (the “2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes”) and $420.0 million of 6.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2020 (the “2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes”). See Note 7—“Long-Term Debt.” Collectively, the 2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes and the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes are referred to as the “Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes.” Under the indentures governing the Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes (the “Sabine Pass LNG Indentures”), except for permitted tax distributions, Sabine Pass LNG may not make distributions until certain conditions are satisfied, including: (i) 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 (ii) there must be on deposit in a permanent debt service reserve fund an amount equal to one semi-annual interest payment. 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 LNG Indentures.

As of both June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, we classified $15.0 million as current restricted cash and cash equivalents for the payment of current interest due. As of both June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, we classified the permanent debt service reserve fund of $76.1 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.
   
Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC (“Sabine Pass Liquefaction”) Reserve

In July 2012, Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into a construction/term loan facility in an amount up to $3.6 billion (the “2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility”). During 2013, Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into four credit facilities aggregating $5.9 billion (collectively, the “2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities”), which amended and restated the 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility. Under the terms and conditions of the 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility Sabine Pass Liquefaction was required, and under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities 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.




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

During 2013, Sabine Pass Liquefaction issued an aggregate principal amount of $2.0 billion, before premium, of 5.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2021 (the “2021 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes”), $1.0 billion of 6.25% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 (the “2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes”) and $1.0 billion of 5.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2023 (the “2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes”). During 2014, Sabine Pass Liquefaction issued an aggregate principal amount of $2.0 billion of 5.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2024 (the “2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes” and collectively with the 2021 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, the 2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes and the 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, the “Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes”) and additional 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes (the “Additional 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes”) in an aggregate principal amount of $0.5 billion, before premium.

As of June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, we classified $312.4 million and $192.1 million, respectively, as current restricted cash and cash equivalents held by Sabine Pass Liquefaction for the payment of current liabilities related to the development and construction of natural gas liquefaction facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal adjacent to the existing regasification facilities (the “Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project”) and $1,752.3 million and $867.6 million, respectively, as non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents held by Sabine Pass Liquefaction for future Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project construction costs.

Cheniere Creole Trail Pipeline, L.P. (“CTPL”) Reserve
In May 2013, CTPL entered into a $400.0 million term loan facility (the “CTPL Credit Facility”). As of June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, we classified $30.4 million and $20.5 million, respectively, as current restricted cash and cash equivalents held by CTPL for the payment of current liabilities and $21.0 million and $81.4 million, respectively, as non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents held by CTPL because such funds may only be used for modifications of the 94-mile Creole Trail Pipeline, which interconnects the Sabine Pass LNG terminal with a number of large interstate pipelines, in order to enable bi-directional natural gas flow and for the payment of interest during construction of such modifications.

Other Restricted Cash and Cash Equivalents
  
As of June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, $307.5 million and $351.0 million, respectively, of cash and cash equivalents were held by Sabine Pass LNG and Cheniere Partners that were restricted to Cheniere.  In addition, as of June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, $5.4 million and $19.4 million, respectively, had been classified as current restricted cash and cash equivalents, and as of both June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, $6.3 million had been classified as non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents on our Consolidated Balance Sheets due to various other contractual restrictions.




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

NOTE 3—PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
 
Property, plant and equipment consists of LNG terminal costs and fixed assets and other, as follows (in thousands):
 
June 30,
 
December 31,
 
2014
 
2013
LNG terminal costs
 
 
 
LNG terminal
$
2,248,055

 
$
2,234,796

LNG terminal construction-in-process
5,943,211

 
4,489,668

LNG site and related costs, net
6,507

 
6,511

Accumulated depreciation
(320,441
)
 
(292,434
)
Total LNG terminal costs, net
7,877,332

 
6,438,541

 
 
 
 
Fixed assets and other
 

 
 

Computer and office equipment
4,242

 
8,115

Furniture and fixtures
5,306

 
4,319

Computer software
12,212

 
13,504

Leasehold improvements
7,242

 
7,303

Other
55,276

 
15,388

Accumulated depreciation
(27,742
)
 
(32,771
)
Total fixed assets and other, net
56,536

 
15,858

Property, plant and equipment, net
$
7,933,868

 
$
6,454,399

 
NOTE 4—NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST
 
Because we have a controlling interest in Cheniere Holdings and Cheniere Partners, these entities’ financial statements are consolidated in our Consolidated Financial Statements and these entities’ other equity is recorded as a non-controlling interest. The following table sets forth the changes of our non-controlling interest balance attributable to third-party investors’ interests during the six months ended June 30, 2014 (in thousands): 
Non-controlling interest at December 31, 2013
$
2,660,375

Distributions to Cheniere Partners’ non-controlling interest
(38,350
)
Dividends to Cheniere Holdings’ non-controlling interest
(1,294
)
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest
(103,317
)
Non-controlling interest at June 30, 2014
$
2,517,414


NOTE 5—VARIABLE INTEREST ENTITY

Cheniere Partners

Cheniere Partners is a master limited partnership formed by us to own and operate the Sabine Pass LNG terminal and related assets. Cheniere Holdings is a limited liability company formed by us to hold our Cheniere Partners limited partner interests. As of June 30, 2014, we indirectly owned a 47.2% limited partner interest in Cheniere Partners through our interest in Cheniere Holdings in the form of 11,963,488 common units, 45,333,334 Class B units and 135,383,831 subordinated units. We also indirectly own a 2% general partner interest and the incentive distribution rights in Cheniere Partners.

Cheniere Energy Partners GP, LLC (“Cheniere Partners GP”), our wholly owned subsidiary, is the general partner of Cheniere Partners. In May 2012, Cheniere Partners, Cheniere 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 100.0 million Class B units of Cheniere Partners (“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, and as of December 31, 2012, Blackstone had purchased the remaining 66.7 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 upon by Blackstone and us and appointed by us. In addition, we provided Blackstone with a right to



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

maintain one board seat on our board of directors. A quorum of Cheniere Partners GP directors 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 Cheniere Partners GP 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.

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 6—ACCRUED LIABILITIES
  
As of June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, accrued liabilities consisted of the following (in thousands): 
 
 
June 30,
 
December 31,
 
 
2014
 
2013
Accrued interest expense and related fees
 
$
111,851

 
$
80,151

Payroll
 
30,415

 
7,410

LNG liquefaction costs
 
168,384

 
83,651

LNG terminal costs
 
1,065

 
1,612

Other accrued liabilities
 
9,203

 
13,728

Total accrued liabilities
 
$
320,918

 
$
186,552

 
NOTE 7—LONG-TERM DEBT
 
As of June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, our long-term debt consisted of the following (in thousands): 
 
 
June 30,
 
December 31,
 
 
2014
 
2013
Long-term debt
 
 
 
 
2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes
 
$
1,665,500

 
$
1,665,500

2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes
 
420,000

 
420,000

2021 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes
 
2,000,000

 
2,000,000

2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes
 
1,000,000

 
1,000,000

2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes
 
1,500,000

 
1,000,000

2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes
 
2,000,000

 

2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities
 

 
100,000

CTPL Credit Facility
 
400,000

 
400,000

Total long-term debt
 
8,985,500

 
6,585,500

 
 
 
 
 
Long-term debt premium (discount)
 
 

 
 

2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes
 
(11,345
)
 
(13,693
)
2021 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes
 
10,879

 
11,562

2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes
 
7,423

 

CTPL Credit Facility
 
(4,607
)
 
(7,096
)
Total long-term debt, net
 
$
8,987,850

 
$
6,576,273


For the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, we incurred $140.4 million and $101.4 million of total interest cost, respectively, of which we capitalized and deferred $96.6 million and $59.4 million, respectively. For the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, we incurred $269.0 million and $177.0 million of total interest cost, respectively, of which we capitalized and



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deferred $184.9 million and $94.7 million, respectively, of interest expense related to the construction of Trains 1 through 4 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project.

Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes
 
As of both June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, Sabine Pass LNG had an aggregate principal amount of $1,665.5 million, before discount, of the 2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes and $420.0 million of the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes outstanding. Borrowings under the 2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes and 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes bear interest at a fixed rate of 7.50% and 6.50%, respectively. The terms of the 2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes and the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes are substantially similar. Interest on the Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears. Subject to permitted liens, the Sabine Pass LNG 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.

Sabine Pass LNG may redeem all or part of the 2016 Sabine Pass LNG 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 2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes; or
the excess of: a) the present value at such redemption date of (i) the redemption price of the 2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes plus (ii) all required interest payments due on the 2016 Sabine Pass LNG 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 2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes, if greater.
Sabine Pass LNG may redeem all or part of the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes at any time on or after November 1, 2016, at fixed redemption prices specified in the indenture governing the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption. Sabine Pass LNG may also, at its option, redeem all or part of the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes at any time prior to November 1, 2016, at a “make-whole” price set forth in the indenture governing the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption. At any time before November 1, 2015, Sabine Pass LNG may redeem up to 35% of the aggregate principal amount of the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes at a redemption price of 106.5% of the principal amount of the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the redemption date, in an amount not to exceed the net proceeds of one or more completed equity offerings as long as Sabine Pass LNG redeems the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes within 180 days of the closing date for such equity offering and at least 65% of the aggregate principal amount of the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes originally issued remains outstanding after the redemption.
Under the Sabine Pass LNG Indentures, except for permitted tax distributions, Sabine Pass LNG may not make distributions until certain conditions are satisfied as described in Note 2—“Restricted Cash and Cash Equivalents.” During the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, Sabine Pass LNG made distributions of $173.0 million and $149.1 million, respectively, after satisfying all the applicable conditions in the Sabine Pass LNG Indentures.
Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes

In February 2013 and April 2013, Sabine Pass Liquefaction issued an aggregate principal amount of $2.0 billion, before premium, of the 2021 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes. In April 2013 and May 2014, Sabine Pass Liquefaction issued an aggregate principal amount of $1.5 billion, before premium, of the 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes. Borrowings under the 2021 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes and 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes bear interest at a fixed rate of 5.625%. In November 2013, Sabine Pass Liquefaction issued an aggregate principal amount of $1.0 billion of the 2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes. Borrowings under the 2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes bear interest at a fixed rate of 6.25%. In May 2014, Sabine Pass Liquefaction issued an aggregate principal amount of $2.0 billion of the 2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes. Borrowings under the 2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes bear interest at a fixed rate of 5.75%. Interest on the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears.

The terms of the 2021 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, the 2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, the 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes and the 2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes are governed by a common indenture (the “Sabine Pass Liquefaction Indenture”). The Sabine Pass Liquefaction Indenture contains customary terms and events of



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default and certain covenants that, among other things, limit Sabine Pass Liquefaction’s ability and the ability of Sabine Pass Liquefaction’s restricted subsidiaries to incur additional indebtedness or issue preferred stock, make certain investments or pay dividends or distributions on capital stock or subordinated indebtedness or purchase, redeem or retire capital stock, sell or transfer assets, including capital stock of Sabine Pass Liquefaction’s restricted subsidiaries, restrict dividends or other payments by restricted subsidiaries, incur liens, enter into transactions with affiliates, consolidate, merge, sell or lease all or substantially all of Sabine Pass Liquefaction’s assets and enter into certain LNG sales contracts. Subject to permitted liens, the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes are secured on a pari passu first-priority basis by a security interest in all of the membership interests in Sabine Pass Liquefaction and substantially all of Sabine Pass Liquefaction’s assets. Sabine Pass Liquefaction may not make any distributions until, among other requirements, substantial completion of Trains 1 and 2 has occurred, deposits are made into debt service reserve accounts and a debt service coverage ratio for the prior 12-month period and a projected debt service coverage ratio for the upcoming 12-month period of 1.25:1.00 are satisfied.

At any time prior to November 1, 2020, with respect to the 2021 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes; December 15, 2021, with respect to the 2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes; January 15, 2023, with respect to the 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes; or February 15, 2024 with respect to the 2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, Sabine Pass Liquefaction may redeem all or part of such series of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes at a redemption price equal to the “make-whole” price set forth in the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Indenture, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption. Sabine Pass Liquefaction may also at any time on or after November 1, 2020, with respect to the 2021 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes; December 15, 2021, with respect to the 2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes; January 15, 2023, with respect to the 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes; or February 15, 2024, with respect to the 2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, redeem all or part of such series of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of such series of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption.

In connection with the issuance of the 2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, the 2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes and the Additional 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into registration rights agreements (the “Liquefaction Registration Rights Agreements”). Under the Liquefaction Registration Rights Agreements, Sabine Pass Liquefaction has agreed to use commercially reasonable efforts to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and cause to become effective registration statements relating to offers to exchange the 2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, the 2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes and the Additional 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes for like aggregate principal amounts of SEC-registered notes with terms identical in all material respects to the 2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, the 2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes and the Additional 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes (other than with respect to restrictions on transfer or to any increase in annual interest rate), respectively, within 360 days after November 25, 2013 and May 20, 2014, as applicable. Under specified circumstances, Sabine Pass Liquefaction may be required to file shelf registration statements to cover resales of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes. If Sabine Pass Liquefaction fails to satisfy these obligations, Sabine Pass Liquefaction may be required to pay additional interest to holders of the 2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, the 2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes and the Additional 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes under certain circumstances.

2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities

In May 2013, Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities aggregating $5.9 billion. The 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities are being used to fund a portion of the costs of developing, constructing and placing into operation the first four Trains of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project. The 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities will mature on the earlier of May 28, 2020 or the second anniversary of the completion date of the first four Trains of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project, as defined in the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities. Borrowings under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities may be refinanced, in whole or in part, at any time without premium or penalty, except for interest rate hedging and interest rate breakage costs. Sabine Pass Liquefaction made an initial $100.0 million borrowing under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities in June 2013 after meeting the required conditions precedent, and in May 2014, Sabine Pass Liquefaction repaid its borrowings under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities upon the issuance of the Additional 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes and the 2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes. As of June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, Sabine Pass Liquefaction had $2.7 billion and $4.9 billion, respectively, of available commitments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities.




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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

Borrowings under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities bear interest at a variable rate per annum equal to, at Sabine Pass Liquefaction’s election, the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) or the base rate, plus the applicable margin. The applicable margins for LIBOR loans range from 2.3% to 3.0% prior to the completion of Train 4 and from 2.3% to 3.25% after such completion, depending on the applicable 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facility. Interest on LIBOR loans is due and payable at the end of each LIBOR period. The 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities required Sabine Pass Liquefaction to pay certain up-front fees to the agents and lenders in the aggregate amount of approximately $144 million and provide 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 due quarterly in arrears. Annual administrative fees must also be paid to the agent and the trustee. The principal of the loans made under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities must be repaid in quarterly installments, commencing with the earlier of the last day of the first full calendar quarter after the Train 4 completion date, as defined in the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities, or September 30, 2018. Scheduled repayments are based upon an 18-year amortization profile, with the remaining balance due upon the maturity of the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities.
Under the terms and conditions of the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities, all cash held by Sabine Pass Liquefaction is controlled by a collateral agent. These funds can only be released by the collateral agent upon satisfaction of certain terms and conditions related to the use of proceeds, and are classified as restricted on our Consolidated Balance Sheets.

The 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities contain conditions precedent for any subsequent borrowings, as well as customary affirmative and negative covenants. The obligations of Sabine Pass Liquefaction under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities are secured by substantially all of the assets of Sabine Pass Liquefaction as well as all of the membership interests in Sabine Pass Liquefaction on a pari passu basis with the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes.

Under the terms of the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities, Sabine Pass Liquefaction is required to hedge not less than 75% of the variable interest rate exposure of its projected outstanding borrowings, calculated on a weighted average basis in comparison to its anticipated draw of principal. See Note 8— “Financial Instruments.”

In November 2013, Sabine Pass Liquefaction issued the 2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, and a portion of the available commitments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities was terminated. Net proceeds from the offering of approximately $978 million are being used to pay a portion of the capital costs in connection with the construction of the first four Trains of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project in lieu of the terminated portion of the commitments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities. The 2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes are pari passu in right of payment with all existing and future senior debt of Sabine Pass Liquefaction. In conjunction with Sabine Pass Liquefaction’s issuance of the 2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes in November 2013, Sabine Pass Liquefaction has terminated approximately $885 million of commitments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities. This termination resulted in a write-off of debt issuance costs and deferred commitment fees associated with the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities of $43.3 million in November 2013.

In May 2014, Sabine Pass Liquefaction issued the 2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes and the Additional 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, and a portion of the available commitments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities was terminated. Net proceeds from the offering of approximately $2.5 billion were used to repay its outstanding indebtedness under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities, and the remaining proceeds are being used to pay a portion of the capital costs in connection with the construction of the first four Trains of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project in lieu of the terminated portion of the commitments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities. The 2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes are pari passu in right of payment with all existing and future senior debt of Sabine Pass Liquefaction. In conjunction with Sabine Pass Liquefaction’s issuance of the 2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes and the Additional 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes in May 2014, Sabine Pass Liquefaction has terminated approximately $2.1 billion of commitments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities. This termination resulted in a write-off of debt issuance costs and deferred commitment fees associated with the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities of $114.3 million in May 2014.




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2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility

In July 2012, Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into the 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility with a syndicate of lenders. The 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility was intended to be used to fund a portion of the costs of developing, constructing and placing into operation Trains 1 and 2 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project. Borrowings under the 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility were based on LIBOR plus 3.50% during construction and LIBOR plus 3.75% during operations. Sabine Pass Liquefaction was also required to pay commitment fees on the undrawn amount. In May 2013, the 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility was amended and restated with the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities and $100.0 million of outstanding borrowings under the 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility were repaid in full.

Under the terms of the 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility, Sabine Pass Liquefaction was required to hedge not less than 75% of the variable interest rate exposure of its projected outstanding borrowings, calculated on a weighted average basis in comparison to its anticipated draw of principal. See Note 8— “Financial Instruments.”

In February 2013, Sabine Pass Liquefaction issued the 2021 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes to refinance a portion of the 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility, and a portion of available commitments under the 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility were suspended. In April 2013, Sabine Pass Liquefaction issued an aggregate principal amount of $500.0 million of additional 2021 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes and $1.0 billion of 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes. In conjunction with these issuances, approximately $1.4 billion of commitments under the 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility were terminated. The termination of these commitments in April 2013 and the amendment and restatement of the 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility with the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities in May 2013 resulted in a write-off of debt issuance costs associated with the 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility of $80.5 million in the three and six months ended June 30, 2013.

CTPL Credit Facility
In May 2013, CTPL entered into the CTPL Credit Facility, which is being used to fund modifications to the Creole Trail Pipeline and for general business purposes. CTPL incurred $10.0 million of direct lender fees that were recorded as a debt discount. The CTPL Credit Facility matures in 2017 when the full amount of the outstanding principal obligations must be repaid. CTPL’s loans may be repaid, in whole or in part, at any time without premium or penalty. As of June 30, 2014, CTPL had borrowed the full amount of $400.0 million available under the CTPL Credit Facility.

Borrowings under the CTPL Credit Facility bear interest at a variable rate per annum equal to, at CTPL’s election, LIBOR or the base rate, plus the applicable margin. The applicable margin for LIBOR loans is 3.25%. Interest on LIBOR loans is due and payable at the end of each LIBOR period.

Under the terms and conditions of the CTPL Credit Facility, all cash reserved to pay interest during construction is controlled by a collateral agent. These funds can only be released by the collateral agent upon satisfaction of certain terms and conditions, and are classified as restricted on our Consolidated Balance Sheets. CTPL is also required to pay annual fees to the administrative and collateral agents.

The CTPL Credit Facility contains customary affirmative and negative covenants. The obligations of CTPL under the CTPL Credit Facility are secured by a first priority lien on substantially all of the personal property of CTPL and all of the general partner and limited partner interests in CTPL.

Cheniere Partners has guaranteed (i) the obligations of CTPL under the CTPL Credit Facility if the maturity of the CTPL loans is accelerated following the termination by Sabine Pass Liquefaction of a transportation precedent agreement in limited circumstances and (ii) the obligations of Cheniere Energy Investments, LLC (“Cheniere Investments”), Cheniere Partners’ wholly owned subsidiary, in connection with its obligations under an equity contribution agreement (a) to pay operating expenses of CTPL until CTPL receives revenues under a service agreement with Sabine Pass Liquefaction and (b) to fund interest payments on the CTPL loans after the funds in an interest reserve account have been exhausted.




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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

Sabine Pass Liquefaction LC Agreement

In April 2014, Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into a $325.0 million senior letter of credit and reimbursement agreement (the “Sabine Pass Liquefaction LC Agreement”) that it intends to use for the issuance of letters of credit on behalf of Sabine Pass Liquefaction for certain working capital requirements related to the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project. Sabine Pass Liquefaction will pay (a) a commitment fee in an amount equal to an annual rate of 0.75% of an amount equal to the unissued portion of letters of credit available pursuant to the Sabine Pass Liquefaction LC Agreement and (b) a letter of credit fee equal to an annual rate of 2.5% of the undrawn portion of all letters of credit issued under the Sabine Pass Liquefaction LC Agreement. If draws are made upon any letters of credit issued under the Sabine Pass Liquefaction LC Agreement, the amount of the draw will be deemed a loan issued to Sabine Pass Liquefaction.  Sabine Pass Liquefaction is required to pay the full amount of this loan on or prior to the business day immediately succeeding the deemed issuance of the loan.  These loans bear interest at a rate of 2.0% plus the base rate as defined in the Sabine Pass Liquefaction LC Agreement. As of June 30, 2014, Sabine Pass Liquefaction had issued letters of credit in an aggregate amount of $3.8 million and no draws had been made upon any letters of credit issued under the Sabine Pass Liquefaction LC Agreement.

NOTE 8—FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS
 
Derivative Instruments

We have entered into the following derivative instruments that are reported at fair value:
commodity derivatives to hedge the exposure to variability in expected future cash flows attributable to the future sale of our LNG inventory (“LNG Inventory Derivatives”);
commodity 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”);
commodity derivative forwards consisting of long-term natural gas purchase agreements to secure feed gas for the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project (“Term Gas Supply Derivatives”); and
interest rate swaps to hedge the exposure to volatility in a portion of the floating-rate interest payments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities (“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 June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, which are classified as prepaid expenses and other, non-current derivative assets and other current liabilities in our Consolidated Balance Sheets.
 
Fair Value Measurements as of
 
June 30, 2014
 
December 31, 2013
 
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)
$

 
$
10

 
$

 
$
10

 
$

 
$
(171
)
 
$

 
$
(171
)
Fuel Derivatives asset

 
97

 

 
97

 

 
126

 

 
126

Term Gas Supply Derivatives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest Rate Derivatives asset

 
7,130

 

 
7,130

 

 
84,639

 

 
84,639


The estimated fair values of our LNG Inventory Derivatives and Fuel Derivatives are the amounts 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 based on 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. The fair value of our Term Gas Supply Derivatives is developed



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through the use of internal models which are impacted by inputs that are unobservable in the marketplace. As a result, the fair value of our Term Gas Supply Derivatives is designated as Level 3 within the valuation hierarchy. Internal fair value models for our index-priced Term Gas Supply Derivatives that include contractual pricing with a fixed basis include fixed basis amounts for delivery at locations for which no market currently exists. Internal fair value models for our index-priced Term Gas Supply Derivatives also include conditions precedent to the respective long-term natural gas purchase agreements. As of June 30, 2014, our Term Gas Supply Derivatives existed within markets for which the pipeline infrastructure has not been developed to accommodate marketable physical gas flow and our internal fair value models were based on a market price that equated to our own contractual pricing due to the inactive and unobservable market as well as the conditions precedent and their impact on the uncertainty in the timing of our actual receipt of the physical volumes associated with each forward.

Derivative assets and liabilities arising from our derivative contracts with the same counterparty are reported on a net basis, as all counterparty derivative contracts provide for net settlement.  

Commodity Derivatives

We recognize all commodity derivative instruments that qualify for derivative accounting treatment as either assets or liabilities and measure those instruments at fair value.  For those instruments accounted for as derivatives, including our LNG Inventory Derivatives and certain of our Fuel Derivatives, changes in fair value are reported in earnings.

The use of derivative instruments exposes us to counterparty credit risk, or the risk that a counterparty will be unable to meet its commitments in instances where our Fuel Derivatives or our LNG Inventory Derivatives are in an asset position. Our commodity derivative transactions are executed through over-the-counter contracts which are subject to nominal credit risk as these transactions are settled on a daily margin basis with investment grade financial institutions. We are required by these financial institutions to use margin deposits as credit support for our commodity derivative activities.  Collateral of $5.9 million deposited for such contracts, which has not been reflected in the derivative fair value tables, is included in the other current assets balance as of both June 30, 2014, and December 31, 2013.

The following table (in thousands) shows the fair value and location of our LNG Inventory Derivatives and Fuel Derivatives on our Consolidated Balance Sheets:
 
 
 
 
Fair Value Measurements as of
 
Balance Sheet Location
 
June 30, 2014
 
December 31, 2013
LNG Inventory Derivatives asset (liability)
Prepaid expenses and other
 
$
10

 
$
(171
)
Fuel Derivatives asset
Prepaid expenses and other
 
97

 
126


The following table (in thousands) shows the changes in the fair value and settlements of our LNG Inventory Derivatives and Fuel Derivatives recorded in marketing and trading revenues (losses) on our Consolidated Statements of Operations during the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013:
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
2014
 
2013
 
2014
 
2013
LNG Inventory Derivatives gain
$
188

 
$
892

 
$
372

 
$
368

Fuel Derivatives loss
(167
)
 

 
(2
)
 


The following table (in thousands) shows the changes in the fair value and settlements of our LNG Inventory Derivatives and Fuel Derivatives recorded in derivative loss, net on our Consolidated Statements of Operations during the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013:
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
2014
 
2013
 
2014
 
2013
LNG Inventory Derivatives loss
$
(131
)
 
$

 
$
(575
)
 
$

Fuel Derivatives gain (loss)
75

 
(504
)
 
317

 
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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
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Commodity Derivative Forwards Consisting of Long-term Natural Gas Purchase Agreements

During the second quarter of 2014, we began to enter into index-based physical natural gas supply contracts to secure feed gas for the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project. The terms of these contracts range from approximately one to seven years and commence upon the occurrence of conditions precedent, including the date of first commercial operation of specified Trains of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project. We recognize all long-term natural gas purchase agreements that qualify for derivative accounting treatment as either assets or liabilities and measure those instruments at fair value unless they qualify for, and we elect, the normal purchase normal sale exemption.  For our long-term natural gas purchase agreements in which we have not elected the normal purchase normal sale exemption, changes in fair value are reported in earnings. For long-term natural gas purchase agreements in which we have elected the normal purchase normal sale exemption, gains and losses are not reflected on our Consolidated Statements of Operations until the period of delivery.

As of June 30, 2014, we estimated the fair value of our Term Gas Supply Derivatives to be zero due to the inactive and unobservable physical locations at which we are receiving the gas as well as the conditions precedent and their impact on the uncertainty in the timing of our actual receipt of the physical volumes associated with each forward. During the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, there were no settlements or changes in the fair value of our Term Gas Supply Derivatives recorded in LNG terminal operating expense on our Consolidated Statements of Operations. As of June 30, 2014, the forward notional natural gas buy position of our Term Gas Supply Derivatives, excluding those derivatives that qualified for the normal purchase normal sales exception, was approximately 1,887,000,000 MMBtu.

Interest Rate Derivatives

In August 2012 and June 2013, 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 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility and the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities, respectively. The Interest Rate Derivatives hedge a portion of the expected outstanding borrowings over the term of the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities.

Sabine Pass Liquefaction designated the Interest Rate Derivatives entered into in August 2012 as hedging instruments which was required in order to qualify for cash flow hedge accounting. As a result of this cash flow hedge designation, we recognized the Interest Rate Derivatives entered into in August 2012 as an asset or liability at fair value and reflected changes in fair value through other comprehensive income in our Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss. Any hedge ineffectiveness associated with the Interest Rate Derivatives entered into in August 2012 was recorded immediately as derivative gain (loss) in our Consolidated Statements of Operations.  The realized gain (loss) on the Interest Rate Derivatives entered into in August 2012 was recorded as an (increase) decrease in interest expense on our Consolidated Statements of Operations to the extent not capitalized as part of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project. The effective portion of the gains or losses on our Interest Rate Derivatives entered into in August 2012 recorded in other comprehensive income would have been reclassified to earnings as interest payments on the 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility impact 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.

Sabine Pass Liquefaction did not elect to designate the Interest Rate Derivatives entered into in June 2013 as cash flow hedging instruments, and changes in fair value are recorded as derivative gain (loss), net within our Consolidated Statements of Operations.

During the first quarter of 2013, we determined that it was no longer probable that the forecasted variable interest payments on the 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility would occur in the time period originally specified based on the continued development of our financing strategy for the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project, and, in particular, the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes described in Note 7—“Long-Term Debt.” As a result, all of the Interest Rate Derivatives entered into in August 2012 were no longer effective hedges, and the remaining portion of hedge relationships that were designated cash flow hedges as of December 31, 2012, were de-designated as of February 1, 2013. For de-designated cash flow hedges, changes in fair value prior to their de-designation date were recorded as other comprehensive income (loss) within our Consolidated Balance Sheets, and changes in fair value subsequent to their de-designation date were recorded as derivative gain (loss) within our Consolidated Statements of Operations.




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(unaudited)

In June 2013, Sabine Pass Liquefaction concluded that the hedged forecasted transactions associated with the Interest Rate Derivatives entered into in connection with the 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility had become probable of not occurring based on the issuances of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, entering into the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities, the additional Interest Rate Derivatives executed in June 2013, and Sabine Pass Liquefaction’s intention to continue to issue fixed rate debt to refinance the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities. As a result, the amount remaining in accumulated other comprehensive income (“AOCI”) pertaining to the previously designated Interest Rate Derivatives was reclassified out of AOCI and into income. We have presented the changes in fair value and settlements subsequent to the reclassification date separate from interest expense as derivative gain (loss), net in our Consolidated Statements of Operations.

In May 2014, Sabine Pass Liquefaction settled a portion of its Interest Rate Derivatives and recognized a derivative loss of $9.3 million within our Consolidated Statements of Operations in conjunction with the termination of approximately $2.1 billion of commitments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities as discussed in Note 7—“Long-Term Debt.”

At June 30, 2014, Sabine Pass Liquefaction had the following Interest Rate Derivatives outstanding:
 
 
Initial Notional Amount
 
Maximum Notional Amount
 
Effective Date
 
Maturity Date
 
Weighted Average Fixed Interest Rate Paid
 
Variable Interest Rate Received
Interest Rate Derivatives - Not Designated
 
$20.0 million
 
$2.5 billion
 
August 14, 2012
 
July 31, 2019
 
1.98%
 
One-month LIBOR

The following table (in thousands) shows the fair value of our Interest Rate Derivatives:
 
 
 
 
Fair Value Measurements as of
 
 
Balance Sheet Location
 
June 30, 2014
 
December 31, 2013
Interest Rate Derivatives - Not Designated
 
Non-current derivative assets
 
$
20,236

 
$
98,123

Interest Rate Derivatives - Not Designated
 
Other current liabilities
 
(13,106
)
 
(13,484
)

The following table (in thousands) details the effect of our Interest Rate Derivatives included in Other Comprehensive Income (“OCI”) and AOCI for the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013:
 
Gain (Loss) in Other Comprehensive Income
 
Gain (Loss) Reclassified from AOCI into Interest Expense (Effective Portion)
 
Losses Reclassified into Earnings as a Result of Discontinuance of Cash Flow Hedge Accounting
 
2014
 
2013
 
2014
 
2013
 
2014
 
2013
Interest Rate Derivatives - Designated
$

 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
(5,806
)
Interest Rate Derivatives - Settlements

 

 

 

 

 
(167
)

The following table (in thousands) details the effect of our Interest Rate Derivatives included in OCI and AOCI for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013:
 
Gain (Loss) in Other Comprehensive Income
 
Gain (Loss) Reclassified from AOCI into Interest Expense (Effective Portion)
 
Losses Reclassified into Earnings as a Result of Discontinuance of Cash Flow Hedge Accounting
 
2014
 
2013
 
2014
 
2013
 
2014
 
2013
Interest Rate Derivatives - Designated
$

 
$
21,297

 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
(5,806
)
Interest Rate Derivatives - Settlements

 
(30
)
 

 

 

 
(167
)

The following table (in thousands) shows the changes in the fair value and settlements of our Interest Rate Derivatives - Not Designated recorded in derivative gain (loss), net on our Consolidated Statements of Operations during the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013:
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
2014
 
2013
 
2014
 
2013
Interest Rate Derivatives - Not Designated
$
(60,122
)
 
$
101,263

 
$
(94,601
)
 
$
83,279





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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
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Balance Sheet Presentation

Our commodity and interest rate derivatives are presented on a net basis on our Consolidated Balance Sheets as described above. The following table (in thousands) shows the fair value of our derivatives outstanding on a gross and net basis:
 
 
Gross Amounts Recognized
 
Gross Amounts Offset in the Consolidated Balance Sheets
 
Net Amounts Presented in the Consolidated Balance Sheets
 
Gross Amounts Not Offset in the Consolidated Balance Sheets
 
 
Offsetting Derivative Assets (Liabilities)
 
 
 
 
Derivative Instrument
 
Cash Collateral Received (Paid)
 
Net Amount
As of June 30, 2014:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LNG Inventory Derivatives
 
$
10

 
$

 
$
10

 
$

 
$

 
$
10

Fuel Derivatives
 
97

 

 
97

 

 

 
97

Term Gas Supply Derivatives
 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest Rate Derivatives - Not Designated
 
20,236

 

 
20,236

 

 

 
20,236

Interest Rate Derivatives - Not Designated
 
(13,106
)
 

 
(13,106
)
 

 

 
(13,106
)
As of December 31, 2013:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LNG Inventory Derivatives
 
(171
)
 
(171
)
 

 

 

 

Fuel Derivatives
 
126

 

 
126

 

 

 
126

Interest Rate Derivatives - Not Designated
 
98,123

 

 
98,123

 

 

 
98,123

Interest Rate Derivatives - Not Designated
 
(13,484
)
 

 
(13,484
)
 

 

 
(13,484
)

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.
The following table (in thousands) shows the carrying amount and estimated fair value of our other financial instruments:
 
 
June 30, 2014
 
December 31, 2013
 
 
Carrying
Amount
 
Estimated
Fair Value
 
Carrying
Amount
 
Estimated
Fair Value
2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes, net of discount (1)
 
$
1,654,155

 
$
1,819,570

 
$
1,651,807

 
$
1,868,607

2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes (1)
 
420,000

 
452,550

 
420,000

 
432,600

2021 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, net of premium (1)
 
2,010,879

 
2,126,504

 
2,011,562

 
1,961,273

2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes (1)
 
1,000,000

 
1,087,500

 
1,000,000

 
982,500

2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, net of premium (1)
 
1,507,423

 
1,571,489

 
1,000,000

 
935,000

2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes (1)
 
2,000,000

 
2,085,000

 

 

2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities (2)
 

 

 
100,000

 
100,000

CTPL Credit Facility, net of discount (3)
 
395,393

 
400,000

 
392,904

 
400,000

 
(1)
The Level 2 estimated fair value was based on quotations obtained from broker-dealers who make markets in these and similar instruments based on the closing trading prices on June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, as applicable.
(2)
The Level 3 estimated fair value approximates the carrying amount because the interest rates are variable and reflective of market rates and Sabine Pass Liquefaction has the ability to call this debt at any time without penalty.



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(3)
The Level 3 estimated fair value approximates the principal amount because the interest rates are variable and reflective of market rates and CTPL has the ability to call this debt at any time without penalty. 
NOTE 9—INCOME TAXES
  
We are not presently a taxpayer for federal or state income tax purposes and have not recorded a net liability 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 a net expense of $0.1 million and $1.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively, and a net expense of $0.2 million and $0.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively, for international income taxes.

We experienced an ownership change within the provisions of Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) Section 382 in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Consequently, an analysis of the annual limitation on the utilization of our net operating losses (“NOLs”) was performed in accordance with IRC Section 382, and it was determined that IRC Section 382 will not limit the use of our NOLs in full over the carryover period. We will continue to monitor trading activity in our shares which may cause an additional ownership change which could ultimately affect our ability to fully utilize our existing tax NOL carryforwards.

NOTE 10—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 six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 (in thousands, except for loss per share):
 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
June 30,
 
June 30,
 
2014
 
2013
 
2014
 
2013
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
223,602

 
217,397

 
223,406

 
216,520

Dilutive common stock options (1)

 

 

 

Diluted
223,602

 
217,397

 
223,406

 
216,520

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders
$
(0.90
)
 
$
(0.71
)
 
$
(1.34
)
 
$
(1.26
)
 
(1)
Stock options and unvested stock of 14.5 million shares and 19.1 million shares for the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively, and 14.4 million shares and 16.6 million shares for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively, representing securities that could potentially dilute basic EPS in the future were not included in the diluted net loss per share computations because their effect would have been anti-dilutive.



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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

NOTE 11—STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION
  
We have granted stock, restricted stock, phantom stock and options to purchase common stock to employees, consultants and outside directors under the Cheniere Energy, Inc. Amended and Restated 1997 Stock Option Plan (the “1997 Plan”), Amended and Restated 2003 Stock Incentive Plan, as amended (the “2003 Plan”), and 2011 Incentive Plan, as amended (the “2011 Plan”). We recognize our stock-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 the straight-line or accelerated recognition methods.

The 1997 Plan provides for the issuance of stock options to purchase up to 5.0 million shares of our common stock, all of which have been granted. Non-qualified stock options were granted to employees, contract service providers and outside directors. The 2003 Plan and 2011 Plan provide for the issuance of 21.0 million shares and 35.0 million shares, respectively, of our common stock that may be in the form of non-qualified stock options, incentive stock options, purchased stock, restricted (non-vested) stock, bonus (unrestricted) stock, stock appreciation rights, phantom stock and other stock-based performance awards deemed by the Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors (the “Compensation Committee”) to be consistent with the purposes of the 2003 Plan and 2011 Plan.

For the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, the total stock-based compensation expense, net of capitalization, recognized in our net loss was $26.1 million and $112.4 million, respectively, and for the same periods we capitalized as part of the cost of capital assets $2.5 million and $5.0 million, respectively. For the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, the total stock-based compensation expense, net of capitalization, recognized in our net loss was $62.0 million and $176.1 million, respectively, and for the same periods we capitalized as part of the cost of capital assets $4.3 million and $7.3 million, respectively.
 
The total unrecognized compensation cost at June 30, 2014 relating to non-vested stock-based compensation arrangements granted under the 1997 Plan, 2003 Plan and 2011 Plan was $203.5 million, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 2.9 years.
 
We received $2.6 million and zero in the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively, and $6.3 million and zero in the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively, of proceeds from the exercise of stock options.

During the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, we recognized zero and $10.8 million of share-based compensation expense related to the modification of long-term commercial bonus awards resulting from an employee termination.

Long-Term Commercial Bonus Awards under the 2011-2013 Bonus Plan

In July 2012, we met the criteria to determine the long-term commercial bonus pool that was established by the Compensation Committee in the 2011-2013 Bonus Plan in relation to Trains 1 and 2 of the Sabine Pass 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 Plan. The first restricted stock award installment vested in August 2012 when Sabine Pass Liquefaction issued its full notice to proceed (“NTP”) to Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. (“Bechtel”) under the lump sum turnkey contract Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into with Bechtel for the engineering, procurement and construction of Trains 1 and 2 of the Sabine Pass 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



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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

defined in the restricted stock award agreement), (ii) the employee’s death or disability, or (iii) the occurrence of a change of control.

On December 12, 2012, pursuant to the 2011-2013 Bonus Plan, the Compensation Committee approved a Long-Term Bonus Pool for 2012 for all employees of the Company consisting of a total of 18 million shares of restricted stock. The Long-Term Commercial Bonus Awards for Trains 3 and 4 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project were granted to employees in February 2013 under the 2003 Plan and 2011 Plan. A portion of each employee’s Long-Term Commercial Bonus Award for Trains 3 and 4 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project was granted as a milestone award (“Milestone Award”), with vesting of the Milestone Award conditional on certain performance milestones relating to financing and constructing Trains 3 and 4 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project, and a portion was granted as a stock price award (“Stock Price Award”), with vesting of the Stock Price Award conditional on the achievement of minimum average Company stock price hurdles.

On May 22, 2013, the $25 stock price hurdle was achieved. Following certification by a subcommittee of the Compensation Committee, 50% of the Stock Price Awards vested. On December 6, 2013, the $35 stock price hurdle was achieved. Following certification by a subcommittee of the Compensation Committee, the remaining 50% of the Stock Price Awards vested.

On May 28, 2013, the first performance milestone was achieved when Sabine Pass Liquefaction completed the financing for, and issued notice to proceed with construction under, the lump sum turnkey contract that Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into with Bechtel for the engineering, procurement and construction of Trains 3 and 4 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project (the “EPC Contract (Trains 3 and 4)”). Following certification of the achievement of the performance milestone by a subcommittee of the Compensation Committee, 30% of the Milestone Awards vested. The remaining Milestone Awards will vest based on the achievement of the following performance milestones:
20% upon payment of 60% of the original contract price of the EPC Contract (Train 3 and Train 4);
20% upon substantial completion, as defined in the EPC Contract (Trains 3 and 4), of Train 4 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project; and
30% on the first anniversary of substantial completion of Train 4 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project.
NOTE 12—BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION
  
We have two reportable segments: LNG terminal business and LNG and natural gas marketing business. We determine our reportable segments by identifying each segment that engaged in business activities from which it may earn revenues and incur expenses, had operating results regularly reviewed by the entities’ chief operating decision maker for purposes of resource allocation and performance assessment, and had discrete financial information.

We own and operate the Sabine Pass LNG terminal located on the Sabine Pass shipping channel in Louisiana through our ownership interest in and management agreements with Cheniere Partners. We own 100% of the general partner interest in Cheniere Partners and 84.5% of Cheniere Holdings, which owns a 55.9% limited partner interest in Cheniere Partners. We are developing a natural gas liquefaction facility near Corpus Christi, Texas. The Sabine Pass LNG terminal includes existing infrastructure of five LNG storage tanks with capacity of approximately16.9 Bcfe, two docks that can accommodate vessels with capacity of up to 265,000 cubic meters, vaporizers with regasification capacity of approximately 4.0 Bcf/d and pipeline facilities interconnecting the Sabine Pass LNG terminal with a number of large interstate pipelines. Cheniere Partners is developing and constructing the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal adjacent to the existing regasification facilities.
 
Our LNG and natural gas marketing reporting segment consists of Cheniere Marketing, LLC (“Cheniere Marketing”) marketing LNG and natural gas on its own behalf and assisting Cheniere Investments in an effort to utilize the regasification capacity held at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal.




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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

The following table summarizes revenues (losses), loss from operations and total assets for each of our reporting segments (in thousands): 
 
Segments
 
LNG Terminal
 
LNG & Natural Gas Marketing
 
Corporate and Other (1)
 
Total
Consolidation
As of or for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenues from external customers (2)
$
66,841

 
$
324


$
480

 
$
67,645

Intersegment revenues (losses) (3) (4)
734

 
1,900

 
(2,634
)
 

Depreciation
14,810

 
109

 
2,379

 
17,298

Loss from operations
(20,607
)
 
(14,907
)
 
(26,621
)
 
(62,135
)
Interest expense, net
(43,895
)
 

 
106

 
(43,789
)
Loss before income taxes and non-controlling interest (5)
(234,123
)
 
(15,189
)
 
(31,314
)
 
(280,626
)
Stock-based compensation
3,512

 
2,421

 
22,686

 
28,619

Goodwill
76,819

 

 

 
76,819

Total assets
10,861,606

 
63,020

 
934,669

 
11,859,295

Expenditures for additions to long-lived assets
809,658

 
471

 
6,315

 
816,444

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As of or for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenues from external customers (2)
$
66,426

 
$
416


$
335

 
$
67,177

Intersegment revenues (losses) (3) (4)
795

 
11,898

 
(12,693
)
 

Depreciation
14,444

 
251

 
478

 
15,173

Loss from operations
(48,230
)
 
(21,795
)
 
(66,253
)
 
(136,278
)
Interest expense, net
(49,350
)
 

 
7,334

 
(42,016
)
Income (loss) before income taxes and non-controlling interest (5)
330,525

 
(21,951
)
 
(471,456
)
 
(162,882
)
Stock-based compensation
13,042

 
20,578

 
83,775

 
117,395

Goodwill
76,819

 

 

 
76,819

Total assets
8,162,729

 
62,341

 
357,160

 
8,582,230

Expenditures for additions to long-lived assets
1,084,233

 
(4
)
 
296

 
1,084,525

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 

Revenues from external customers (2)
$
133,260

 
$
982

 
$
953

 
$
135,195

Intersegment revenues (losses) (3) (4)
1,506

 
4,074

 
(5,580
)
 

Depreciation
29,216

 
261

 
3,296

 
32,773

Loss from operations
(28,123
)
 
(26,501
)
 
(55,123
)
 
(109,747
)
Interest expense, net
(84,268
)
 

 
209

 
(84,059
)
Loss before income taxes and non-controlling interest (5)
(311,477
)
 
(26,916
)
 
(64,486
)
 
(402,879
)
Stock-based compensation
6,562

 
8,931

 
50,824

 
66,317

Expenditures for additions to long-lived assets
1,469,437

 
785

 
32,225

 
1,502,447

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenues (losses) from external customers (2)
$
132,487

 
$
(148
)
 
$
744

 
$
133,083

Intersegment revenues (losses) (3) (4)
1,364

 
11,305

 
(12,669
)
 

Depreciation
28,824

 
500

 
962

 
30,286

Loss from operations
(54,054
)
 
(42,462
)
 
(107,216
)
 
(203,732
)
Interest expense, net
(101,266
)
 

 
18,988

 
(82,278
)
Income (loss) before income taxes and non-controlling interest (5)
255,643

 
(42,607
)
 
(500,626
)
 
(287,590
)
Stock-based compensation
19,330

 
31,640

 
132,437

 
183,407

Expenditures for additions to long-lived assets
1,640,808

 
(4
)
 
904

 
1,641,708

 



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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

(1)
Includes corporate activities, oil and gas exploration, development and exploitation, strategic activities and certain intercompany eliminations. These 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.
(2)
Substantially all of the LNG terminal revenues relate to regasification capacity reservation fee payments made by Total Gas & Power North America, Inc. and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. LNG and natural gas marketing and trading revenue consists primarily of the domestic marketing of natural gas imported into the Sabine Pass LNG terminal and international revenue allocations using a cost plus transfer pricing methodology.
(3)
Intersegment revenues primarily related to our LNG terminal segment are from tug revenues from Cheniere Marketing. These LNG terminal segment intersegment revenues are eliminated with intersegment losses in our Consolidated Statements of Operations.
(4)
Intersegment revenues (losses) related to our LNG and natural gas marketing segment are primarily a result of international revenue allocations using a cost plus transfer pricing methodology and from Cheniere Marketing’s tug costs. These LNG and natural gas marketing segment intersegment revenues (losses) are eliminated with intersegment revenues (losses) in our Consolidated Statements of Operations.
(5)
Items to reconcile loss from operations and loss before income taxes and non-controlling interest include consolidated other income (expense) amounts as presented on our Consolidated Statements of Operations primarily related to our LNG terminal segment.
NOTE 13—SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION

The following table provides supplemental disclosure of cash flow information (in thousands): 
 
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2014
 
2013
Cash paid during the year for interest, net of amounts capitalized and deferred
 
$
49,219

 
$
9,347

LNG terminal costs funded with accounts payable and accrued liabilities
 
286,388

 
450,767

 
NOTE 14—COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

During the second quarter of 2014, four lawsuits were filed in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware (the “Court”) against Cheniere and/or certain of its present and former officers and directors that challenge the manner in which abstentions were treated in connection with the stockholder vote on Amendment No. 1 to the Cheniere Energy, Inc. 2011 Incentive Plan (“Amendment No. 1”), pursuant to which, among other things, the number of shares of common stock available for issuance under the Cheniere Energy, Inc. 2011 Incentive Plan (the “2011 Plan”) was increased from 10 million to 35 million shares. The lawsuits contend that abstentions should have been counted as “no” votes in tabulating the outcome of the vote and that the stockholders did not approve Amendment No. 1 when abstentions are counted as such. The lawsuits further contend that portions of the Amended and Restated Bylaws of Cheniere Energy, Inc. adopted on April 3, 2014 are invalid and that certain disclosures relating to these matters made by Cheniere are misleading. The lawsuits assert claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty (both on a class and a derivative basis) and claims for unjust enrichment (on a derivative basis). The lawsuits seek, among other things, a declaration that the February 1, 2013 stockholder vote on Amendment No. 1 is void, disgorgement of all compensation distributed as a result of Amendment No. 1, voiding the awards made from the shares reserved pursuant to Amendment No. 1 and monetary damages. On June 16, 2014, Cheniere filed a verified application with the Court pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 205 (the “Section 205 Action”) in which it asks the Court to declare valid the issuance, pursuant to the 2011 Plan, of the 25 million additional shares of common stock of Cheniere covered by Amendment No. 1, whether occurring in the past or the future. On June 27, 2014, the Court entered an order staying the stockholder litigation pending resolution of the Section 205 Action. On July 11, 2014, Cheniere filed a memorandum of law in support of its motion for judgment on Application I asserted in the Section 205 Action (that it correctly tabulated votes in connection with the stockholder vote on Amendment No. 1). On July 25, 2014, certain of the plaintiffs in the consolidated action (who have been given permission to intervene in the Section 205 Action) filed a brief in opposition to Cheniere’s motion for judgment on Application I in the Section 205 Action. Briefing on these issues is expected to be completed on August 1, 2014.




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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

Given the stage of this ongoing litigation, Cheniere currently cannot reasonably estimate a range of potential loss, if any, related to this matter. Cheniere asserts the plaintiffs’ claims are not valid and intends to vigorously defend against these lawsuits.



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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, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included herein or incorporated herein by reference are “forward-looking statements.” Included among “forward-looking statements” are, among other things: 
statements that we expect to commence or complete construction of our proposed liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) terminals, liquefaction facilities, pipeline facilities or other projects, or any expansions thereof, by certain dates, or at all;
statements regarding future levels of domestic and international natural gas production, supply or consumption or future levels of LNG imports into or exports from North America and other countries worldwide or purchases of natural gas, regardless of the source of such information, or the transportation or other infrastructure or demand for and prices related to natural gas, LNG or other hydrocarbon products;
statements regarding any financing transactions or arrangements, or ability to enter into such transactions;
statements relating to the construction of our natural gas liquefaction trains (“Trains”), including statements concerning the engagement of any engineering, procurement and construction (“EPC”) contractor or other contractor and the anticipated terms and provisions of any agreement with any EPC or other contractor, and anticipated costs related thereto;
statements regarding any agreement to be entered into or performed substantially in the future, including any revenues anticipated to be received and the anticipated timing thereof, and statements regarding the amounts of total LNG regasification, liquefaction or storage capacities that are, or may become, subject to contracts;
statements regarding counterparties to our commercial contracts, construction contracts and other contracts;
statements regarding our planned construction of additional Trains, including the financing of such Trains;
statements that our Trains, when completed, will have certain characteristics, including amounts of liquefaction capacities;
statements regarding our business strategy, our strengths, our business and operation plans or any other plans, forecasts, projections, or objectives, including anticipated revenues and capital expenditures, any or all of which are subject to change;
statements regarding legislative, governmental, regulatory, administrative or other public body actions, approvals, requirements, permits, applications, filings, 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.
All of these types of statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “project,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “pursue,” “target,” “continue,” the negative of such terms or other comparable terminology. The forward-looking statements contained in this quarterly report are largely based on our expectations, which reflect estimates and assumptions made by our management. These estimates and assumptions reflect our best judgment based on currently known market conditions and other factors. Although we believe that such estimates are reasonable, they are inherently uncertain and involve a number of risks and uncertainties beyond our control. In addition, assumptions may prove to be inaccurate. We caution that the forward-looking statements contained in this quarterly report are not guarantees of future performance and that such statements may not be realized or the forward-looking statements or events may not occur. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated or implied in forward-looking statements due to factors described in this quarterly report and in the reports and other information that we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made, and other than as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
 



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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, 2013 and herein. 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.

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 “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 includes 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 Estimates 
Recent Accounting Standards

Overview of Business
 
Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE MKT: LNG), a Delaware corporation, is a Houston-based energy company primarily engaged in LNG-related businesses. We own and operate the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana through our ownership interest in and management agreements with Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (“Cheniere Partners”) (NYSE MKT: CQP), which is a publicly traded limited partnership that we created in 2007. We own 100% of the general partner interest in Cheniere Partners and 84.5% of Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC (“Cheniere Holdings”) (NYSE MKT: CQH), which is a publicly traded limited liability company that owns a 55.9% limited partner interest in Cheniere Partners.

We formed Cheniere Holdings in 2013 to hold our limited partner interests in Cheniere Partners. In December 2013, Cheniere Holdings completed an initial public offering of 36.0 million common shares at $20.00 per common share (the “Cheniere Holdings Offering”).

The Sabine Pass LNG terminal is located on the Sabine Pass deep water shipping channel less than four miles from the Gulf Coast. The Sabine Pass LNG terminal has operational regasification facilities owned by Cheniere Partners’ wholly owned subsidiary, Sabine Pass LNG, L.P. (“Sabine Pass LNG”), that includes existing infrastructure of five LNG storage tanks with capacity of approximately 16.9 Bcfe, two docks that can accommodate vessels with capacity of up to 265,000 cubic meters and vaporizers with regasification capacity of approximately 4.0 Bcf/d. Cheniere Partners is developing and constructing natural gas liquefaction facilities (the “Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project”) at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal adjacent to the existing regasification facilities through a wholly owned subsidiary, Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC (“Sabine Pass Liquefaction”). Cheniere Partners plans to construct up to six Trains, which are in various stages of development. Each Train is expected to have a nominal production capacity of approximately 4.5 million tonnes per annum (“mtpa”) of LNG. Cheniere Partners also owns the 94-mile Creole Trail Pipeline through a wholly owned subsidiary, Cheniere Creole Trail Pipeline, L.P. (“CTPL”), which interconnects the Sabine Pass LNG terminal with a number of large interstate pipelines. One of our subsidiaries, Cheniere Marketing, LLC (“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. Cheniere Marketing has entered into an LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement (“SPA”) with Sabine Pass Liquefaction to purchase, at Cheniere Marketing’s option, up to 104,000,000 MMBtu/yr of LNG.




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We are developing a second natural gas liquefaction and export facility near Corpus Christi, Texas (the “Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project”). As currently contemplated, the proposed Corpus Christi Liquefaction LNG terminal would be designed for up to three Trains, with expected aggregate nominal production capacity of approximately 13.5 mtpa of LNG, three LNG storage tanks with capacity of 10.1 Bcfe and two docks that can accommodate vessels with capacity of up to 267,000 cubic meters.

We are also in various stages of developing other projects, 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 since January 1, 2014 and through the filing date of this Form 10-Q include the following:  
Our wholly owned subsidiary, Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC (“Corpus Christi Liquefaction”), entered into the following:
an SPA with each of Endesa Generación, S.A. (which was subsequently assigned to Endesa S.A.) and Endesa S.A. (together, “Endesa”) under which Endesa has agreed to purchase a total of 117.3 million MMBtu of LNG per year (approximately 2.25 mtpa) upon the date of first commercial delivery of LNG from the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project.
an SPA with Iberdrola S.A. (“Iberdrola”) under which Iberdrola has agreed to purchase a total of 39.7 million MMBtu of LNG per year (approximately 0.76 mtpa) upon the date of first commercial delivery of LNG from Train 2 of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project. In addition, Corpus Christi Liquefaction will provide Iberdrola with bridging volumes of 19.8 million MMBtu per contract year, starting on the date on which Train 1 of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project becomes commercially operable and ending on the date of the first commercial delivery of LNG from Train 2 of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project.
an SPA with Gas Natural Fenosa LNG SL (“Gas Natural Fenosa”) under which Gas Natural Fenosa has agreed to purchase a total of 78.2 million MMBtu of LNG per year (approximately 1.5 mtpa) upon the date of first commercial delivery of LNG from Train 2 of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project.
an SPA with Woodside Energy Trading Singapore Pte Ltd (“Woodside”) under which Woodside has agreed to purchase a total of 44.1 million MMBtu of LNG per year (approximately 0.85 mtpa) upon the date of first commercial delivery of LNG from Train 2 of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project.
an SPA with  PT Pertamina (Persero) (“Pertamina”) under which Pertamina has agreed to purchase an additional 39.7 million MMBtu of LNG per year (approximately 0.76 mtpa) upon the date of first commercial delivery of LNG from Train 2 of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project.
an SPA with Électricité de France, S.A. (“EDF”) under which EDF has agreed to purchase 40.0 million MMBtu of LNG per year (approximately 0.77 mtpa) upon the date of first commercial delivery of LNG from Train 3 of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project. In addition, Corpus Christi Liquefaction will provide EDF with bridging volumes of 20.0 million MMBtu per contract year, starting on the date on which Train 2 of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project becomes commercially operable and ending on the date of the first commercial delivery of LNG from Train 3 of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project.
Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into a $325.0 million senior letter of credit and reimbursement agreement (the “Sabine Pass Liquefaction LC Agreement”) that it is using for the issuance of letters of credit on behalf of Sabine Pass Liquefaction for certain working capital requirements related to the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project.
Sabine Pass Liquefaction issued an aggregate principal amount of $2.0 billion of 5.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2024 (the “2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes”) and $0.5 billion of 5.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2023 (the “2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes”). Net proceeds from the offering of approximately $2.5 billion were used to repay its outstanding indebtedness under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities described below, and the remaining proceeds are being used to pay a portion of the capital costs in connection with the construction of the first four Trains of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project in lieu of the terminated portion of the commitments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities.



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Liquidity and Capital Resources

Although results are consolidated for financial reporting, Cheniere, Cheniere Holdings, Cheniere Partners, Sabine Pass Liquefaction and Sabine Pass LNG operate with independent capital structures. We expect the cash needs for at least the next twelve months will be met for each of these independent capital structures as follows:
Sabine Pass LNG through operating cash flows and existing unrestricted cash;
Sabine Pass Liquefaction through project debt and equity financings;
Cheniere Partners through operating cash flows from Sabine Pass LNG and existing unrestricted cash;
Cheniere Holdings through distributions from Cheniere Partners; and
Cheniere through existing unrestricted cash, services fees from Cheniere Holdings, Cheniere Partners and its other     subsidiaries, distributions from our investments in Cheniere Holdings and Cheniere Partners and operating cash flows     from our LNG and natural gas marketing business. In addition, we expect to finance the construction costs of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project from one or more of the following: project financing, debt and equity offerings and operating cash flow.

As of June 30, 2014, we had cash and cash equivalents of $889.9 million available to Cheniere. In addition, we had current and non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents of $2,526.4 million (which included current and non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents available to Cheniere Partners, Sabine Pass Liquefaction and Sabine Pass LNG) designated for the following purposes: $2.1 billion for the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project; $51.4 million for CTPL; $91.1 million for interest payments related to the Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes described below; and $319.2 million for other restricted purposes.

Cheniere Holdings

Cheniere Holdings was formed by us to hold our Cheniere Partners limited partner interests, thereby allowing us to segregate our lower risk, stable, cash flow generating assets from our higher risk, early stage development projects and marketing activities. As of June 30, 2014, we had an 84.5% direct ownership interest in Cheniere Holdings. We receive dividends on our Cheniere Holdings shares from the distributions that Cheniere Holdings receives from Cheniere Partners, and we receive management fees for managing Cheniere Holdings. For the six months ended June 30, 2014, we received $7.0 million in dividends on our Cheniere Holdings common shares and $0.5 million of management fees from Cheniere Holdings.

Cheniere Partners
 
Our ownership interest in the Sabine Pass LNG terminal is held through Cheniere Partners. Through our interest in Cheniere Holdings, we indirectly own a 47.2% limited partner interest in Cheniere Partners in the form of 11,963,488 common units, 45,333,334 Class B units and 135,383,831 subordinated units. We also indirectly own a 2% general partner interest and the incentive distribution rights in Cheniere Partners.
 
Prior to the Cheniere Holdings Offering, we received quarterly equity distributions from Cheniere Partners related to our limited partner and 2% general partner interests. We will continue to receive quarterly equity distributions from Cheniere Partners related to our 2% general partner interest, and we receive fees for providing services to Cheniere Partners, Sabine Pass LNG, Sabine Pass Liquefaction and CTPL. During the six months ended June 30, 2014, we received $1.0 million in distributions on our general partner interest and $60.9 million in total service fees from Cheniere Holdings, Cheniere Partners, Sabine Pass LNG, Sabine Pass Liquefaction and CTPL.

Cheniere Partners’ common unit and general partner distributions are being funded from accumulated operating surplus. We have not received distributions on our subordinated units with respect to the quarters ended on or after June 30, 2010. Cheniere Partners will not make distributions on our subordinated units until it generates additional cash flow from Sabine Pass LNG’s excess capacity, the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project or other new business, which would be used to make quarterly distributions on our subordinated units before any increase in distributions to the common unitholders.

Cheniere Partners’ Class B units are subject to conversion, mandatorily or at the option of the Class B unitholders under specified circumstances, into a number of common units based on the then-applicable conversion value of the Class B units. The Cheniere Partners Class B units are not entitled to cash distributions except in the event of a liquidation of Cheniere Partners, a



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merger, consolidation or other combination of Cheniere Partners with another person or the sale of all or substantially all of the assets of Cheniere Partners. On a quarterly basis beginning on the initial purchase of the Class B units and ending on the conversion date of the Class B units, the conversion value of the Class B units increases at a compounded rate of 3.5% per quarter, subject to an additional upward adjustment for certain equity and debt financings. The accreted conversion ratio of the Class B units owned by Cheniere Holdings and Blackstone CQP Holdco LP (“Blackstone”) was 1.32 and 1.30, respectively, as of June 30, 2014. We expect the Class B units to mandatorily convert into common units within 90 days of the substantial completion date of Train 3 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project, which Cheniere Partners currently expects to occur before March 31, 2017. If the Class B units are not mandatorily converted by July 2019, the holders of the Class B units have the option to convert the Class B units into common units at that time.

LNG Terminal Business

Sabine Pass LNG Terminal

Regasification Facilities
 
The Sabine Pass LNG terminal has operational regasification capacity of approximately 4.0 Bcf/d and aggregate LNG storage capacity of approximately 16.9 Bcfe. Approximately 2.0 Bcf/d of the regasification capacity at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal has been reserved under two long-term third-party terminal use agreements (“TUAs”), under which Sabine Pass LNG’s customers are required to pay fixed monthly fees, whether or not they use the LNG terminal.  Each of Total Gas & Power North America, Inc. (“Total”) 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 annually for 20 years that commenced in 2009.  Total S.A. has guaranteed Total’s obligations under its TUA up to $2.5 billion, subject to certain exceptions, and Chevron Corporation has guaranteed Chevron’s obligations under its TUA up to 80% of the fees payable by Chevron.

The remaining approximately 2.0 Bcf/d of capacity has been reserved under a TUA by Sabine Pass Liquefaction. Sabine Pass Liquefaction is obligated to make monthly capacity payments to Sabine Pass LNG aggregating approximately $250 million annually, continuing until at least 20 years after Sabine Pass Liquefaction delivers its first commercial cargo at the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project.

Under each of these TUAs, Sabine Pass LNG is entitled to retain 2% of the LNG delivered to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal.

Liquefaction Facilities

The Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project is being developed and constructed at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal adjacent to the existing regasification facilities. We commenced construction of Trains 1 and 2 and the related new facilities needed to treat, liquefy, store and export natural gas in August 2012. Construction of Trains 3 and 4 and the related facilities commenced in May 2013. We are developing Trains 5 and 6 and commenced the regulatory approval process for these Trains in February 2013.

Cheniere Partners has received authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “FERC”) to site, construct and operate Trains 1 through 4. Cheniere Partners has also filed an application with the FERC for the approval to site, construct and operate Trains 5 and 6. The Department of Energy (the “DOE”) has granted Sabine Pass Liquefaction an order authorizing the export of up to the equivalent of 16 mtpa (approximately 803 Bcf/yr) of LNG to all nations with which trade is permitted for a 20-year term beginning on the earlier of the date of first export from Train 1 or August 7, 2017. The DOE further issued orders authorizing the export of an additional 503.3 Bcf/yr in total of domestically produced LNG from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal to free trade agreement (“FTA”) countries providing for national treatment for trade in natural gas for a 20-year term. 

As of June 30, 2014, the overall project completion for Trains 1 and 2 and Trains 3 and 4 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project were approximately 69% and 36%, respectively, which are ahead of the contractual schedule. Based on our current construction schedule, we anticipate that Train 1 will produce LNG as early as late 2015, and Trains 2, 3 and 4 are expected to commence operations on a staggered basis thereafter.
    




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Customers

Sabine Pass Liquefaction has entered into four fixed price, 20-year SPAs with third parties that in the aggregate equate to 16 mtpa of LNG that commence with the date of first commercial delivery for Trains 1 through 4, which are fully permitted. In addition, Sabine Pass Liquefaction has entered into two fixed price, 20-year SPAs with third parties for another 3.75 mtpa of LNG that commence with the date of first commercial delivery for Train 5, which has not yet received regulatory approval for construction. Under the SPAs, the customers will purchase LNG from Sabine Pass Liquefaction for a price consisting of a fixed fee plus 115% of Henry Hub per MMBtu of LNG. In certain circumstances, the customers may elect to cancel or suspend deliveries of LNG cargoes, in which case the customers would still be required to pay the fixed fee with respect to cargoes that are not delivered. A portion of the fixed fee will be subject to annual adjustment for inflation. The SPAs and contracted volumes to be made available under the SPAs are not tied to a specific Train; however, the term of each SPA commences upon the start of operations of the specified Train.

In aggregate, the fixed fee portion to be paid by these customers is approximately $2.3 billion annually for Trains 1 through 4, and $2.9 billion annually if we make a positive final investment decision with respect to Train 5, with the applicable fixed fees starting from the commencement of commercial operations of the applicable Train. These fixed fees equal approximately $411 million, $564 million, $650 million, $648 million and $588 million for each of Trains 1 through 5, respectively.

In addition, Cheniere Marketing has entered into an SPA with Sabine Pass Liquefaction to purchase, at its option, up to 104,000,000 MMBtu/yr of LNG from Sabine Pass Liquefaction. Sabine Pass Liquefaction has the right each year during the term of the SPA to reduce the annual contract quantity based on its assessment of how much LNG it can produce in excess of that required for other customers. Cheniere Marketing may purchase incremental LNG volumes at a price of 115% of Henry Hub plus up to $3.00 per MMBtu for the most profitable 36,000,000 MMBtu of cargoes sold each year by Cheniere Marketing and then 20% of net profits of the remaining 68,000,000 MMBtu sold each year by Cheniere Marketing.

Natural Gas Transportation and Supply

For Sabine Pass Liquefaction’s feed gas transportation requirements, Sabine Pass Liquefaction has entered into transportation precedent agreements to secure firm pipeline transportation capacity with CTPL and other third party pipeline companies. Sabine Pass Liquefaction has also entered into enabling agreements and long-term natural gas purchase agreements with third parties and will continue to enter into such agreements in order to secure feed gas for the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project.
    
Construction

Trains 1 through 4 are being designed, constructed and commissioned by Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. (“Bechtel”). Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into lump sum turnkey contracts with Bechtel for the engineering, procurement and construction of Train 1 and Train 2 (the “EPC Contract (Trains 1 and 2)”) and Train 3 and Train 4 (the “EPC Contract (Trains 3 and 4)”) under which Bechtel charges a lump sum for all work performed and generally bears project cost risk unless certain specified events occur, in which case Bechtel may cause Sabine Pass Liquefaction to enter into a change order, or Sabine Pass Liquefaction agrees with Bechtel to a change order.

The total contract price of the EPC Contract (Trains 1 and 2) and the total contract price of the EPC Contract (Trains 3 and 4) are approximately $4.1 billion and $3.7 billion, respectively, reflecting amounts incurred under change orders through June 30, 2014. Total expected capital costs for Trains 1 through 4 are estimated to be between $9.0 billion and $10.0 billion before financing costs and between $12.0 billion and $13.0 billion after financing costs, including, in each case, estimated owner’s costs and contingencies.

Pipeline Facilities

CTPL owns the Creole Trail Pipeline, a 94-mile pipeline interconnecting the Sabine Pass LNG terminal with a number of large interstate pipelines. In December 2013, CTPL began construction of certain modifications to allow the Creole Trail Pipeline to be able to transport natural gas to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. Cheniere Partners estimates that the capital costs to modify the Creole Trail Pipeline will be approximately $100 million. The modifications are expected to be in service in time for the commissioning and testing of Trains 1 and 2.




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Capital Resources

We currently expect that Sabine Pass Liquefaction’s capital resources requirements with respect to Trains 1 through 4 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project will be financed through one or more of the following: borrowings, equity contributions from Cheniere Partners and cash flows under the SPAs. We believe that with the net proceeds of borrowings, unfunded commitments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities and cash flows from operations, we will have adequate financial resources available to complete Trains 1 through 4 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project and to meet its currently anticipated capital, operating and debt service requirements. We currently project that Sabine Pass Liquefaction will generate cash flow from the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project by late 2015, when Train 1 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project is anticipated to achieve initial LNG production.
    
Senior Secured Notes

As of June 30, 2014, Cheniere Partners’ subsidiaries had six series of senior secured notes outstanding (collectively, the “Senior Notes”):
$1.7 billion of 7.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2016 issued by Sabine Pass LNG (the “2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes”);
$0.4 billion of 6.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2020 issued by Sabine Pass LNG (the “2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes” and collectively with the 2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes, the “Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes”);
$2.0 billion of 5.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2021 issued by Sabine Pass Liquefaction (the “2021 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes”);
$1.0 billion of 6.25% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 issued by Sabine Pass Liquefaction (the “2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes” and collectively with 2021 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, the 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes and the 2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, the “Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes”);
$1.5 billion of 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes; and
$2.0 billion of 2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes.
Interest on the Senior Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears. Subject to permitted liens, the Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes are secured on a pari passu first-priority basis by a security interest in all of Sabine Pass LNG’s equity interests and substantially all of Sabine Pass LNG’s operating assets. The Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes are secured on a first-priority basis by a security interest in all of the membership interests in Sabine Pass Liquefaction and substantially all of Sabine Pass Liquefaction’s assets.
Sabine Pass LNG may redeem all or part of its 2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes at any 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 2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes; or
the excess of: a) the present value at such redemption date of (i) the redemption price of the 2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes plus (ii) all required interest payments due on the 2016 Sabine Pass LNG 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 2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes, if greater.
Sabine Pass LNG may redeem all or part of the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes at any time on or after November 1, 2016 at fixed redemption prices specified in the indenture governing the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption. Sabine Pass LNG may also, at its option, redeem all or part of the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes at any time prior to November 1, 2016, at a “make-whole” price set forth in the indenture governing the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption. At any time before November 1, 2015, Sabine Pass LNG may redeem up to 35% of the aggregate principal amount of the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes at a redemption price of 106.5% of the principal amount of the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the redemption date, in an amount not to exceed the net proceeds of one or more completed equity offerings as long as Sabine Pass LNG redeems the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes within 180 days of the



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closing date for such equity offering and at least 65% of the aggregate principal amount of the 2020 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes originally issued remains outstanding after the redemption.

At any time prior to November 1, 2020, with respect to the 2021 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes; December 15, 2021, with respect to the 2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes; January 15, 2023, with respect to the 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes; or February 15, 2024, with respect to the 2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, Sabine Pass Liquefaction may redeem all or part of such series of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes at a redemption price equal to the “make-whole” price set forth in the common indenture governing the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption. Sabine Pass Liquefaction may also at any time on or after November 1, 2020, with respect to the 2021 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes; December 15, 2021, with respect to the 2022 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes; January 15, 2023, with respect to the 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes; or February 15, 2024, with respect to the 2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, redeem all or part of such series of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of such series of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption.

Under the indentures governing the Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes, except for permitted tax distributions, Sabine Pass LNG may not make distributions until, among other requirements, deposits are made into debt service reserve accounts and a fixed charge coverage ratio test of 2:1 is satisfied. Under the common indenture governing the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, Sabine Pass Liquefaction may not make any distributions until, among other requirements, substantial completion of Trains 1 and 2 has occurred, deposits are made into debt service reserve accounts and a debt service coverage ratio test of 1.25:1.00 is satisfied.

The Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes are governed by a common indenture with restrictive covenants. Sabine Pass Liquefaction may incur additional indebtedness in the future, including by issuing additional notes, and such indebtedness could be at higher interest rates and have different maturity dates and more restrictive covenants than the current outstanding indebtedness of Sabine Pass Liquefaction, including the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes, the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities and the Sabine Pass Liquefaction LC Agreement described below.
    
2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities

In May 2013, Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into four credit facilities aggregating $5.9 billion (collectively, the “2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities”). In conjunction with Sabine Pass Liquefaction’s issuance of the 2024 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes and the additional issuance of the 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes (the “Additional 2023 Sabine Pass Liquefaction Senior Notes”) in an aggregate principal amount of $0.5 billion, before premium, in May 2014, Sabine Pass Liquefaction has terminated approximately $2.1 billion of commitments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities. As a result, Sabine Pass Liquefaction has available commitments aggregating $2.7 billion under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities, which will be used to fund a portion of the costs of developing, constructing and placing into operation Trains 1 through 4 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project. The principal of the loans made under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities must be repaid in quarterly installments, commencing with the earlier of the last day of the first full calendar quarter after the Train 4 completion date, as defined in the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities, or September 30, 2018. Loans under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities bear interest at a variable rate per annum equal to, at Sabine Pass Liquefaction’s election, the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) plus the applicable margin. The applicable margins for LIBOR loans range from 2.3% to 3.0% prior to the completion of Train 4 and from 2.3% to 3.25% after such completion, depending on the applicable 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facility. The 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities also require Sabine Pass Liquefaction to pay 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 undrawn commitments. Interest on LIBOR loans and the commitment fees are due and payable at the end of each LIBOR period and quarterly, respectively.

2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility

In July 2012, Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into a construction/term loan facility in an amount up to $3.6 billion (the “2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility”), which was available to Sabine Pass Liquefaction in four tranches solely to fund the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project costs for Trains 1 and 2, the related debt service reserve account up to an amount equal to six months of scheduled debt service and the return of equity and affiliate subordinated debt funding to Cheniere or its affiliates up to an amount that would result in senior debt being no more than 65% of Cheniere Partners’ total capitalization. Borrowings under the 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility were based on LIBOR plus 3.50% during construction and 3.75% during operations. Sabine Pass Liquefaction was also required to pay commitment fees on the undrawn amount. The 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility was



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amended and restated with the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities and $100.0 million of outstanding borrowings under the 2012 Liquefaction Credit Facility were repaid in full.
        
CTPL Credit Facility

CTPL has a $400.0 million term loan facility (“CTPL Credit Facility”), which is being used to fund modifications to the Creole Trail Pipeline and for general business purposes. Loans under the CTPL Credit Facility bear interest at a variable rate per annum equal to, at CTPL’s election, LIBOR or the base rate, plus the applicable margin. The applicable margin for LIBOR loans under the CTPL Credit Facility is 3.25%. The CTPL Credit Facility matures in 2017 when the full amount of the outstanding principal obligations must be repaid.

Sabine Pass Liquefaction LC Agreement

Sabine Pass Liquefaction entered into the Sabine Pass Liquefaction LC Agreement which it intends to use for the issuance of letters of credit on behalf of Sabine Pass Liquefaction for certain working capital requirements related to the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project.  Sabine Pass Liquefaction will pay (a) a commitment fee in an amount equal to an annual rate of 0.75% of an amount equal to the unissued portion of letters of credit available pursuant to the Sabine Pass Liquefaction LC Agreement and (b) a letter of credit fee equal to an annual rate of 2.5% of the undrawn portion of all letters of credit issued under the Sabine Pass Liquefaction LC Agreement. If draws are made upon any letters of credit issued under the Sabine Pass Liquefaction LC Agreement, the amount of the draw will be deemed a loan issued to Sabine Pass Liquefaction.  Sabine Pass Liquefaction is required to pay the full amount of this loan on or prior to the business day immediately succeeding the deemed issuance of the loan.  These loans bear interest at a rate of 2.0% plus the base rate as defined in the Sabine Pass Liquefaction LC Agreement. As of June 30, 2014, Sabine Pass Liquefaction had issued letters of credit in an aggregate amount of $3.8 million and no draws had been made upon any letters of credit issued under the Sabine Pass Liquefaction LC Agreement.

Corpus Christi LNG Terminal
 
Liquefaction Facilities

In September 2011, we formed Corpus Christi Liquefaction to develop a natural gas liquefaction facility near Corpus Christi, Texas on over 1,000 acres of land that we own or control. As currently contemplated, the proposed Corpus Christi Liquefaction LNG terminal would be designed for up to three Trains, each with an expected nominal production capacity of approximately 4.5 mtpa of LNG, three LNG storage tanks with capacity of 10.1 Bcfe and two docks that can accommodate vessels with capacity of up to 267,000 cubic meters. In August 2012, Corpus Christi Liquefaction filed an application with the FERC for authorization to site, construct and operate the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project. Simultaneously, Cheniere Marketing filed an application with the DOE to export up to 15 mtpa of domestically produced LNG to FTA and non-FTA countries from the proposed Corpus