CEI 2015 Form 10Q 1st 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 March 31, 2015
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 1900
 
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 
As of April 17, 2015, the issuer had 236,613,300 shares of Common Stock outstanding.
 



CHENIERE ENERGY, INC.
TABLE OF CONTENTS


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




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DEFINITIONS
 
As commonly used in the liquefied natural gas industry, to the extent applicable, and as used in this quarterly report, the following terms have the following meanings: 

Common Industry and Other Terms
Bcf/d
 
billion cubic feet per day
Bcf/yr
 
billion cubic feet per year
Bcfe
 
billion cubic feet equivalent
EPC
 
engineering, procurement and construction
FERC
 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
GAAP
 
generally accepted accounting principles in the United States
Henry Hub
 
the final settlement price (in USD per MMBtu) for the New York Mercantile Exchange’s Henry Hub natural gas futures contract for the month in which a relevant cargo’s delivery window is scheduled to begin
LIBOR
 
London Interbank Offered Rate
LNG
 
liquefied natural gas, a product of natural gas consisting primarily of methane (CH4) that is in liquid form at near atmospheric pressure
MMBtu
 
million British thermal units, an energy unit
mtpa
 
million metric tonnes per annum
SEC
 
Securities and Exchange Commission
SPA
 
LNG sale and purchase agreement
Train
 
a compressor train used in the industrial process to convert natural gas into LNG
TUA
 
terminal use agreement

Company Abbreviations 
CCH HoldCo II
 
Cheniere CCH HoldCo II, LLC
CCL
 
Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC
Cheniere Holdings
 
Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC
Cheniere Investments
 
Cheniere Energy Investments, LLC
Cheniere Marketing
 
Cheniere Marketing, LLC
Cheniere Partners
 
Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P.
Cheniere Partners GP
 
Cheniere Energy Partners GP, LLC
Corpus Christi Holdings
 
Cheniere Corpus Christi Holdings, LLC
Cheniere Corpus Christi Pipeline
 
Cheniere Corpus Christi Pipeline, L.P.
CTPL
 
Cheniere Creole Trail Pipeline, L.P.
Sabine Pass LNG
 
Sabine Pass LNG, L.P.
SPL
 
Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC

Unless the context requires otherwise, references to “Cheniere,” the “Company,” “we,” “us” and “our” refer to Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE MKT: LNG) and its consolidated subsidiaries, including our publicly traded subsidiaries, Cheniere Partners (NYSE MKT: CQP) and Cheniere Holdings (NYSE MKT: CQH).




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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)






 
March 31,
 
December 31,
 
2015
 
2014
ASSETS
(unaudited)
 
 
Current assets
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
2,158,338

 
$
1,747,583

Restricted cash and cash equivalents
457,456

 
481,737

Accounts and interest receivable
32,503

 
4,419

LNG inventory
16,282

 
4,294

Prepaid expenses and other
38,480

 
20,844

Total current assets
2,703,059

 
2,258,877

 
 
 
 
Non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents
1,856,524

 
550,811

Property, plant and equipment, net
9,852,970

 
9,246,753

Debt issuance costs, net
217,363

 
242,323

Non-current derivative assets
472

 
11,744

Goodwill
76,819

 
76,819

Other non-current assets
215,840

 
186,356

Total assets
$
14,923,047

 
$
12,573,683

 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 

 
 

Current liabilities
 

 
 

Accounts payable
$
20,953

 
$
13,426

Accrued liabilities
255,815

 
169,147

Deferred revenue
26,653

 
26,655

Derivative liabilities
18,046

 
23,247

Total current liabilities
321,467

 
232,475

 
 
 
 
Long-term debt, net
12,117,880

 
9,806,084

Non-current deferred revenue
12,500

 
13,500

Other non-current liabilities
116,829

 
20,107

 
 
 
 
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 March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014
 
 
 
Issued and outstanding: 236.7 million shares at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014
712

 
712

Treasury stock: 10.7 million shares and 10.6 million shares at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively, at cost
(296,523
)
 
(292,752
)
Additional paid-in-capital
2,989,221

 
2,776,702

Accumulated deficit
(2,916,548
)
 
(2,648,839
)
Total stockholders’ deficit
(223,138
)
 
(164,177
)
Non-controlling interest
2,577,509

 
2,665,694

Total equity
2,354,371

 
2,501,517

Total liabilities and equity
$
14,923,047

 
$
12,573,683




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
 
March 31,
 
2015
 
2014
Revenues
 
 
 
LNG terminal revenues
$
67,581

 
$
66,419

Marketing and trading revenues
662

 
657

Other
126

 
474

Total revenues
68,369

 
67,550

 
 
 
 
Operating costs and expenses
 
 
 
General and administrative expense
58,017

 
73,808

Operating and maintenance expense
37,153

 
13,687

Depreciation expense
17,769

 
15,475

Development expense
16,096

 
12,112

Other
332

 
80

Total operating costs and expenses
129,367

 
115,162

 
 
 
 
Loss from operations
(60,998
)
 
(47,612
)
 
 
 
 
Other income (expense)
 
 
 
Interest expense, net
(59,612
)
 
(40,270
)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt
(88,992
)
 

Derivative loss, net
(125,936
)
 
(34,681
)
Other income
372

 
310

Total other expense
(274,168
)
 
(74,641
)
 
 
 
 
Loss before income taxes and non-controlling interest
(335,166
)

(122,253
)
Income tax provision
(678
)

(92
)
Net loss
(335,844
)

(122,345
)
Less: net loss attributable to non-controlling interest
(68,135
)

(24,535
)
Net loss attributable to common stockholders
$
(267,709
)

$
(97,810
)






Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders—basic and diluted
$
(1.18
)

$
(0.44
)
 





Weighted average number of common shares outstanding—basic and diluted
226,328


223,207

 














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

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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

 
Total Stockholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
Common Stock
 
Treasury Stock
 
Additional Paid-in Capital
 
Accumulated Deficit
 
Non-controlling Interest
 
Total
Equity
 
Shares
 
Amount
 
Shares
 
Amount
 
 
 
 
Balance at December 31, 2014
236,745

 
$
712

 
10,596

 
$
(292,752
)
 
$
2,776,702

 
$
(2,648,839
)
 
$
2,665,694

 
$
2,501,517

Exercise of stock options
31

 

 

 

 
958

 

 

 
958

Forfeitures of restricted stock
(67
)
 

 
11

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based compensation

 

 

 

 
17,458

 

 

 
17,458

Shares repurchased related to share-based compensation
(50
)
 

 
50

 
(3,771
)
 

 

 

 
(3,771
)
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation

 

 

 

 
21

 

 

 
21

Equity portion of issuance of convertible notes, net

 

 

 

 
194,082

 

 

 
194,082

Loss attributable to non-controlling interest

 

 

 

 

 

 
(68,135
)
 
(68,135
)
Distributions to non-controlling interest

 

 

 

 

 

 
(20,050
)
 
(20,050
)
Net loss

 

 

 

 

 
(267,709
)
 

 
(267,709
)
Balance at March 31, 2015
236,659

 
$
712

 
10,657

 
$
(296,523
)
 
$
2,989,221

 
$
(2,916,548
)
 
$
2,577,509

 
$
2,354,371



















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)
 
Three Months Ended
 
March 31,
 
2015
 
2014
Cash flows from operating activities
 
 
 
Net loss
$
(335,844
)
 
$
(122,345
)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
 
 
 
Use of (investment in) restricted cash and cash equivalents for certain operating activities
75,233

 
(16,329
)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt
88,992

 

Depreciation expense
17,769

 
15,475

Amortization of debt issuance costs and discount
9,116

 
2,217

Share-based compensation
16,140

 
35,942

Non-cash LNG inventory write-downs
17,502

 

Total losses on derivatives, net
126,183

 
34,323

Net cash used for settlement of derivative instruments
(37,262
)
 
(1,469
)
Other
8,803

 
1,006

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
Accounts and interest receivable
(28,083
)
 
600

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
73,002

 
43,379

LNG inventory
(29,491
)
 
3,001

Deferred revenue
(1,003
)
 
(830
)
Other, net
(15,237
)
 
(13,189
)
Net cash used in operating activities
(14,180
)
 
(18,219
)
 
 
 
 
Cash flows from investing activities
 
 
 
Property, plant and equipment, net
(590,998
)
 
(773,376
)
Use of restricted cash and cash equivalents for the acquisition of property, plant and equipment
572,623

 
761,858

Other
(46,164
)
 
(12,495
)
Net cash used in investing activities
(64,539
)
 
(24,013
)
 
 
 
 
Cash flows from financing activities
 
 
 
Proceeds from issuances of long-term debt
2,500,000

 

Use of (investment in) restricted cash and cash equivalents
(1,929,288
)
 
33,743

Debt issuance and deferred financing costs
(58,395
)
 
(13,957
)
Distributions and dividends to non-controlling interest
(20,050
)
 
(19,786
)
Payments related to tax withholdings for share-based compensation
(3,771
)
 
(7,742
)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options
958

 
3,691

Other
20

 
44

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
489,474

 
(4,007
)
 
 
 
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
410,755

 
(46,239
)
Cash and cash equivalents—beginning of period
1,747,583

 
960,842

Cash and cash equivalents—end of period
$
2,158,338

 
$
914,603



 






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 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.

Results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2015 are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations that will be realized for the year ending December 31, 2015.

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, 2014.

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 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”). 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 March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, we classified $53.0 million and $15.0 million, respectively, as current restricted cash and cash equivalents for the payment of current interest due. As of both March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, 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; therefore, these amounts are shown as restricted cash and cash equivalents on our Consolidated Balance Sheets.
   
SPL Reserve

During 2013, SPL entered into four credit facilities aggregating $5.9 billion (collectively, the “2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities”). Under the terms and conditions of the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities, SPL is required to deposit all cash received into reserve accounts controlled by a collateral trustee. The usage or withdrawal of such cash is restricted to the payment of liabilities related to the natural gas liquefaction facilities in Cameron Parish, Louisiana (the “SPL Project”); therefore, these amounts are shown as restricted cash and cash equivalents on our Consolidated Balance Sheets.

During 2013, SPL issued an aggregate principal amount of $2.0 billion, before premium, of 5.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2021 (the “2021 SPL Senior Notes”), $1.0 billion of 6.25% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 (the “2022 SPL Senior Notes”) and $1.0 billion of 5.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2023 (the “Initial 2023 SPL Senior Notes”). During 2014, SPL issued an aggregate principal amount of $2.0 billion of 5.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2024 (the “2024 SPL Senior Notes”) and additional 5.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2023 (the “Additional 2023 SPL Senior Notes” and collectively with the Initial 2023 SPL Senior Notes, the “2023 SPL Senior Notes”) in an aggregate principal amount of $0.5 billion, before premium. During 2015, SPL issued

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

an aggregate principal amount of $2.0 billion of 5.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2025 (the “2025 SPL Senior Notes” and collectively with the 2021 SPL Senior Notes, the 2022 SPL Senior Notes, the 2023 SPL Senior Notes and the 2024 SPL Senior Notes, the “SPL Senior Notes”). See Note 7—Long-Term Debt for additional details about our long-term debt.

As of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, we classified $186.3 million and $155.8 million, respectively, as current restricted cash and cash equivalents held by SPL for the payment of current liabilities, including interest payments, related to the SPL Project and $1,767.4 million and $457.1 million, respectively, as non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents held by SPL for future SPL Project construction costs.

CTPL Reserve
In May 2013, CTPL entered into a $400.0 million term loan facility (the “2017 CTPL Term Loan”). As of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, we classified $22.1 million and $24.9 million, respectively, as current restricted cash and cash equivalents held by CTPL for the payment of current liabilities and $6.0 million and $11.3 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. The restricted cash reserved to pay interest during construction is controlled by a collateral agent, and can only be released by the collateral agent upon satisfaction of certain terms and conditions.

Other Restricted Cash and Cash Equivalents
  
As of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, $172.5 million and $250.1 million, respectively, of cash and cash equivalents were held by Sabine Pass LNG, Cheniere Partners and Cheniere Holdings that were restricted to Cheniere.  In addition, as of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, $23.6 million and $35.9 million, respectively, had been classified as current restricted cash and cash equivalents, and as of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, $7.0 million and $6.3 million, respectively, had been classified as non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents on our Consolidated Balance Sheets due to various other contractual restrictions.

NOTE 3—PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
 
Property, plant and equipment consists of LNG terminal costs and fixed assets and other, as follows (in thousands):
 
March 31,
 
December 31,
 
2015
 
2014
LNG terminal costs
 
 
 
LNG terminal
$
2,271,016

 
$
2,269,429

LNG terminal construction-in-process
7,747,197

 
7,155,046

LNG site and related costs, net
9,393

 
9,395

Accumulated depreciation
(365,231
)
 
(350,497
)
Total LNG terminal costs, net
9,662,375

 
9,083,373

Fixed assets and other
 

 
 

Computer and office equipment
9,152

 
7,464

Furniture and fixtures
16,626

 
10,733

Computer software
56,743

 
46,882

Leasehold improvements
36,482

 
36,067

Land and other
100,550

 
92,403

Accumulated depreciation
(28,958
)
 
(30,169
)
Total fixed assets and other, net
190,595

 
163,380

Property, plant and equipment, net
$
9,852,970

 
$
9,246,753

 

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


NOTE 4—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 derivatives consisting of natural gas purchase agreements to secure natural gas feedstock for the SPL Project (“Term Gas Supply Derivatives”);
interest rate swaps to hedge the exposure to volatility in a portion of the floating-rate interest payments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities (“SPL Interest Rate Derivatives”); and
contingent interest rate swaps to hedge the exposure to volatility in a portion of the floating-rate interest payments that are expected under the credit facilities among Corpus Christi Holdings and various banks (“Contingent Interest Rate Derivatives”).
None of our derivative instruments are designated as cash flow hedging instruments, and changes in fair value are recorded within our Consolidated Statements of Operations.

The following table (in thousands) shows the fair value of our derivative instruments that are required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, which are classified as prepaid expenses and other, non-current derivative assets, derivative liabilities and other non-current liabilities in our Consolidated Balance Sheets.
 
Fair Value Measurements as of
 
March 31, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
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
$

 
$
367

 
$

 
$
367

 
$

 
$
1,140

 
$

 
$
1,140

Fuel Derivatives liability

 
(755
)
 

 
(755
)
 

 
(921
)
 

 
(921
)
Term Gas Supply Derivatives asset

 

 
342

 
342

 

 

 
342

 
342

SPL Interest Rate Derivatives liability

 
(11,692
)
 

 
(11,692
)
 

 
(12,036
)
 

 
(12,036
)
Contingent Interest Rate Derivatives liability

 
(89,552
)
 

 
(89,552
)
 

 

 

 


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 SPL’s Term Gas Supply Derivatives is developed through the use of internal models which are impacted by inputs that are unobservable in the marketplace. As a result, the fair value of SPL’s Term Gas Supply Derivatives is designated as Level 3 within the valuation hierarchy. The curves used to generate the fair value of the Term Gas Supply Derivatives are based on basis adjustments applied to forward curves for a liquid trading point. In addition, there may be observable liquid market basis information in the near term, but terms of a particular Term Gas Supply Derivative contract may exceed the period for which such information is available, resulting in a Level 3 classification. In these instances, fair value of the contract incorporates extrapolation assumptions made in the determination of the market basis price for future delivery periods in which applicable commodity basis prices were either not observable or lacked corroborative market data. Internal fair value models that include contractual pricing

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

with a fixed basis include fixed basis amounts for delivery at locations for which no market currently exists. Internal fair value models also include conditions precedent to the respective long-term natural gas purchase agreements. As of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, the majority of SPL’s Term Gas Supply Derivatives existed within markets for which the pipeline infrastructure has not been developed to accommodate marketable physical gas flow. Therefore, our internal fair value models were based on a market price that equated to our own contractual pricing due to: (i) the inactive and unobservable market and (ii) conditions precedent and their impact on the uncertainty in the timing of our actual receipt of the physical volumes associated with each forward. The fair value of the Term Gas Supply Derivatives is predominantly driven by market commodity basis prices and our assessment of the associated conditions precedent, including evaluating whether the respective market is available as pipeline infrastructure is developed.

There were no transfers into or out of Level 3 for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014. As all of our Term Gas Supply Derivatives are either purely index-priced or index-priced with a fixed basis, we do not believe that a significant change in market commodity prices would have a material impact on our Level 3 fair value measurements. The following table (in thousands, except natural gas basis spread) includes quantitative information for the unobservable inputs as of March 31, 2015:
 
 
Net Fair Value Asset
 
Valuation Technique
 
Significant Unobservable Input
 
Significant Unobservable Inputs Range
Term Gas Supply Derivatives
 
$342
 
Income Approach
 
Basis Spread
 
$ (0.350) - $0.046

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, including our LNG Inventory Derivatives, Fuel Derivatives and Term Gas Supply Derivatives (collectively, “Commodity Derivatives”), as either assets or liabilities and measure those instruments at fair value.  Changes in the fair value of our Commodity Derivatives are reported in earnings.

The following table (in thousands) shows the fair value and location of our Commodity Derivatives on our Consolidated Balance Sheets:
 
 
March 31, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
 
LNG Inventory Derivatives (1)
 
Fuel Derivatives (1)
 
Term Gas Supply Derivatives
 
Total Commodity Derivatives
 
LNG Inventory Derivatives (1)
 
Fuel Derivatives (1)
 
Term Gas Supply Derivatives
 
Total Commodity Derivatives
Balance Sheet Location
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prepaid expenses and other
 
$
367

 
$
(755
)
 
$
190

 
$
(198
)
 
$
1,140

 
$
(921
)
 
$
76

 
$
295

Non-current derivative assets
 

 

 
472

 
472

 

 

 
586

 
586

Total derivative assets
 
367

 
(755
)
 
662

 
274

 
1,140

 
(921
)
 
662

 
881

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Derivative liabilities
 

 

 
(133
)
 
(133
)
 

 

 
(53
)
 
(53
)
Other non-current liabilities
 

 

 
(187
)
 
(187
)
 

 

 
(267
)
 
(267
)
Total derivative liabilities
 

 

 
(320
)
 
(320
)
 

 

 
(320
)
 
(320
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net derivative assets (liabilities)
 
$
367

 
$
(755
)
 
$
342

 
$
(46
)
 
$
1,140

 
$
(921
)
 
$
342

 
$
561

 
(1)
Does not include collateral of $5.9 million and $5.7 million deposited for such contracts, which is included in prepaid expenses and other current assets in our Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)


The following table (in thousands) shows the changes in the fair value and settlements and location of our Commodity Derivatives recorded on our Consolidated Statements of Operations during the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014:
 
 
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
Statement of Operations Location
 
2015
 
2014
LNG Inventory Derivatives gain (loss)
Marketing and trading revenues
 
$
(206
)
 
$
184

Fuel Derivatives gain (loss)
Marketing and trading revenues
 
(41
)
 
165

LNG Inventory Derivatives gain (loss)
Derivative loss, net
 
754

 
(435
)
Fuel Derivatives gain
Derivative loss, net
 

 
242

Term Gas Supply Derivatives gain (loss) (1)
Operating and maintenance expense
 

 

 
(1)    There were no settlements during the reporting period.

The use of Commodity Derivatives exposes us to counterparty credit risk, or the risk that a counterparty will be unable to meet its commitments in instances when our Commodity Derivatives are in an asset position.

LNG Inventory and Fuel Derivatives

Our LNG Inventory Derivatives and Fuel Derivatives 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 these commodity derivative activities.

Term Gas Supply Derivatives

SPL has entered into index-based physical natural gas supply contracts to secure natural gas feedstock for the SPL 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 SPL Project. We recognize SPL’s Term Gas Supply Derivatives as either assets or liabilities and measure those instruments at fair value. Changes in the fair value of SPL’s Term Gas Supply Derivatives are reported in earnings. As of March 31, 2015, SPL has secured up to approximately 2,161.9 million MMBtu of natural gas feedstock through long-term natural gas purchase agreements, of which the forward notional natural gas buy position of SPL’s Term Gas Supply Derivatives was approximately 1,249.4 million MMBtu.

Interest Rate Derivatives

SPL Interest Rate Derivatives

SPL has entered into SPL Interest Rate Derivatives to protect against volatility of future cash flows and hedge a portion of the variable interest payments on the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities. The SPL Interest Rate Derivatives hedge a portion of the expected outstanding borrowings over the term of the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities.

In March 2015, SPL settled a portion of the SPL Interest Rate Derivatives and recognized a derivative loss of $34.7 million within our Consolidated Statements of Operations in conjunction with the termination of approximately $1.8 billion of commitments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities as discussed in Note 7—Long-Term Debt.


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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

Contingent Interest Rate Derivatives

In February 2015, Corpus Christi Holdings entered into Contingent Interest Rate Derivatives to protect against volatility of future cash flows and hedge a portion of the variable interest payments on anticipated debt facilities that will be used to pay for a portion of the costs of developing, constructing and placing into service the natural gas liquefaction and export facility and pipeline facility near Corpus Christi, Texas (the “CCL Project”). The Contingent Interest Rate Derivatives have a seven-year term and its settlement is conditional upon reaching a final investment decision with respect to the CCL Project. We will contemplate making this final investment decision based upon, among other things, entering into acceptable commercial arrangements, receiving regulatory authorizations and obtaining adequate financing to construct the facility. Upon reaching a final investment decision to commence construction of the CCL Project, we estimate that we will pay $46.1 million to $65.4 million related to contingency and syndication premiums.

As of March 31, 2015, we 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
SPL Interest Rate Derivatives
 
$20.0 million
 
$691.0 million
 
August 14, 2012
 
July 31, 2019
 
1.98%
 
One-month LIBOR
Contingent Interest Rate Derivatives (1)
 
$28.8 million
 
$5.4 billion
 
May 8, 2015
 
May 31, 2022
 
2.32%
 
One-month LIBOR
 
(1)
The effective date represents management’s estimate of commencement of first monthly settlement of the contingent interest rate derivative instruments, and the maturity date is based on the contractual term of the instruments once effective.

The following table (in thousands) shows the fair value of our interest rate derivatives:
 
 
March 31, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
 
SPL Interest Rate Derivatives
 
Contingent Interest Rate Derivatives
 
Total
 
SPL Interest Rate Derivatives
 
Contingent Interest Rate Derivatives
 
Total
Balance Sheet Location
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Non-current derivative assets
 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
11,158

 
$

 
$
11,158

Total derivative assets
 

 

 

 
11,158

 

 
11,158

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Derivative liabilities
 
(7,119
)
 
(10,794
)
 
(17,913
)
 
(23,194
)
 

 
(23,194
)
Other non-current liabilities
 
(4,573
)
 
(78,758
)
 
(83,331
)
 

 

 

Total derivative liabilities
 
(11,692
)
 
(89,552
)
 
(101,244
)
 
(23,194
)
 

 
(23,194
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Derivative liabilities, net
 
$
(11,692
)
 
$
(89,552
)
 
$
(101,244
)
 
$
(12,036
)
 
$

 
$
(12,036
)

The following table (in thousands) shows the changes in the fair value and settlements of our interest rate derivatives recorded in derivative loss, net on our Consolidated Statements of Operations during the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014:
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
2015
 
2014
SPL Interest Rate Derivatives loss
$
(37,138
)
 
$
(34,479
)
Contingent Interest Rate Derivatives loss
(89,552
)
 



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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

Balance Sheet Presentation

Our Commodity Derivatives 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
Offsetting Derivative Assets (Liabilities)
 
 
 
As of March 31, 2015:
 
 
 
 
 
 
LNG Inventory Derivatives
 
$
367

 
$
(4
)
 
$
371

Fuel Derivatives
 
(755
)
 
(755
)
 

Term Gas Supply Derivatives
 
662

 

 
662

Term Gas Supply Derivatives
 
(320
)
 

 
(320
)
SPL Interest Rate Derivatives
 
(11,692
)
 

 
(11,692
)
Contingent Interest Rate Derivatives
 
(89,552
)
 

 
(89,552
)
As of December 31, 2014:
 
 
 
 
 
 
LNG Inventory Derivatives
 
1,140

 
1,056

 
84

Fuel Derivatives
 
(921
)
 
(921
)
 

Term Gas Supply Derivatives
 
662

 

 
662

Term Gas Supply Derivatives
 
(320
)
 

 
(320
)
SPL Interest Rate Derivatives
 
11,158

 

 
11,158

SPL Interest Rate Derivatives
 
(23,194
)
 

 
(23,194
)

NOTE 5—NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST
 
Cheniere Holdings was formed by us to hold our limited partner interest in Cheniere Partners and in December 2013, completed its initial public offering. Additionally, in November 2014, Cheniere Holdings sold 10.1 million common shares at $22.76 per common share to redeem from us the same number of common shares. As of both March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, our ownership interest in Cheniere Holdings was 80.1%, with the remaining non-controlling interest held by the public. Cheniere Holdings owns a 55.9% limited partner interest in Cheniere Partners in the form of 12.0 million common units, 45.3 million Class B units and 135.4 million subordinated units, with the remaining non-controlling interest held by Blackstone CQP Holdco LP (“Blackstone”) and the public. We also own 100% of the general partner interest and the incentive distribution rights in Cheniere Partners.

NOTE 6—ACCRUED LIABILITIES
  
As of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, accrued liabilities consisted of the following (in thousands): 
 
 
March 31,
 
December 31,
 
 
2015
 
2014
Interest expense and related debt fees
 
$
167,376

 
$
112,858

Payroll
 
18,595

 
6,425

LNG liquefaction costs
 
28,201

 
22,014

LNG terminal costs
 
9,352

 
1,077

Other accrued liabilities
 
32,291

 
26,773

Total accrued liabilities
 
$
255,815

 
$
169,147

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

NOTE 7—LONG-TERM DEBT
 
As of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, our long-term debt consisted of the following (in thousands): 
 
 
March 31,
 
December 31,
 
 
2015
 
2014
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 SPL Senior Notes
 
2,000,000

 
2,000,000

2022 SPL Senior Notes
 
1,000,000

 
1,000,000

2023 SPL Senior Notes
 
1,500,000

 
1,500,000

2024 SPL Senior Notes
 
2,000,000

 
2,000,000

2025 SPL Senior Notes
 
2,000,000

 

2021 Convertible Unsecured Notes
 
1,004,469

 
1,004,469

2045 Convertible Senior Notes
 
625,000

 

2017 CTPL Term Loan
 
400,000

 
400,000

Total long-term debt
 
12,614,969

 
9,989,969

Long-term debt premium (discount)
 
 

 
 

2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes
 
(7,824
)
 
(8,998
)
2021 SPL Senior Notes
 
9,819

 
10,177

2023 SPL Senior Notes
 
6,918

 
7,088

2021 Convertible Unsecured Notes
 
(183,243
)
 
(189,717
)
2045 Convertible Senior Notes
 
(320,575
)
 

2017 CTPL Term Loan
 
(2,184
)
 
(2,435
)
Total long-term debt, net
 
$
12,117,880

 
$
9,806,084


For the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, we incurred $180.6 million and $128.6 million of total interest cost, respectively, of which we capitalized and deferred $121.0 million and $88.3 million, respectively, of interest cost, including amortization of debt issuance costs, primarily related to the construction of the first four Trains of the SPL Project.

Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes
 
As of both March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, 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 accrue interest at a fixed rate of 7.50% and 6.50%, respectively. The terms of the 2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes and 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

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

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 three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, Sabine Pass LNG made distributions of $70.8 million and $63.4 million, respectively, after satisfying all the applicable conditions in the Sabine Pass LNG Indentures.
SPL Senior Notes

In February 2013 and April 2013, SPL issued an aggregate principal amount of $2.0 billion, before premium, of the 2021 SPL Senior Notes. In April 2013 and May 2014, SPL issued an aggregate principal amount of $1.5 billion, before premium, of the 2023 SPL Senior Notes. Borrowings under the 2021 SPL Senior Notes and 2023 SPL Senior Notes accrue interest at a fixed rate of 5.625%. In November 2013, SPL issued an aggregate principal amount of $1.0 billion of the 2022 SPL Senior Notes, for which borrowings accrue interest at a fixed rate of 6.25%. In May 2014, SPL issued an aggregate principal amount of $2.0 billion of the 2024 SPL Senior Notes, for which borrowings accrue interest at a fixed rate of 5.75%. In March 2015, SPL issued an aggregate principal amount of $2.0 billion of the 2025 SPL Senior Notes, for which borrowings accrue interest at a fixed rate of 5.625%. Interest on the SPL Senior Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears.

The terms of the SPL Senior Notes are governed by a common indenture (the “SPL Indenture”). The SPL Indenture contains customary terms and events of default and certain covenants that, among other things, limit SPL’s ability and the ability of SPL’s restricted subsidiaries to: incur additional indebtedness; issue preferred stock, make certain investments or pay dividends or distributions on capital stock or subordinated indebtedness; purchase, redeem or retire capital stock; sell or transfer assets, including capital stock of SPL’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 SPL’s assets; and enter into certain LNG sales contracts. Subject to permitted liens, the SPL Senior Notes are secured on a pari passu first-priority basis by a security interest in all of the membership interests in SPL and substantially all of SPL’s assets. SPL 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 three months before the respective dates of maturity for each series of the SPL Senior Notes, SPL may redeem all or part of such series of the SPL Senior Notes at a redemption price equal to the “make-whole” price set forth in the SPL Indenture, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption. SPL may also, at any time within three months of the respective maturity dates for each series of the SPL Senior Notes, redeem all or part of such series of the SPL Senior Notes at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of such series of the SPL Senior Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption.

In connection with the closing of the sale of the 2025 SPL Senior Notes, SPL entered into a Registration Rights Agreement dated March 3, 2015 (the “2025 Liquefaction Registration Rights Agreement”). Under the terms of the 2025 Liquefaction Registration Rights Agreement, SPL has agreed, and any future guarantors of the 2025 SPL Senior Notes will agree, to use commercially reasonable efforts to file with the SEC and cause to become effective a registration statement with respect to an offer to exchange any and all of the 2025 SPL Senior Notes for a like aggregate principal amount of debt securities of SPL with terms identical in all material respects to the respective 2025 SPL Senior Notes sought to be exchanged (other than with respect to restrictions on transfer or to any increase in annual interest rate), and that are registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). SPL has agreed, and any future guarantors of the 2025 SPL Senior Notes will agree, to use commercially reasonable efforts to cause such registration statement to become effective within 360 days after March 3, 2015. Under specified circumstances, SPL has also agreed, and any future guarantors will also agree, to use commercially reasonable efforts to cause to become effective a shelf registration statement relating to resales of the 2025 SPL Senior Notes. SPL will be obligated to pay additional interest if it fails to comply with its obligations to register the 2025 SPL Senior Notes within the specified time periods.


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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities

In May 2013, SPL 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 SPL 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 SPL 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. As of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, SPL had $0.9 billion and $2.7 billion, respectively, of available commitments, and no outstanding borrowings as of both dates, under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities.

SPL made an initial $100.0 million borrowing under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities in June 2013 after meeting the required conditions precedent. In November 2013, in conjunction with SPL’s issuance of the 2022 SPL Senior Notes, SPL terminated approximately $885 million of commitments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities. In May 2014, SPL repaid its borrowings under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities upon the issuance of the Additional 2023 SPL Senior Notes and the 2024 SPL Senior Notes, as well as terminated approximately $2.1 billion of commitments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities.

In March 2015, in conjunction with SPL’s issuance of the 2025 SPL Senior Notes, SPL terminated approximately $1.8 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 $89.0 million in March 2015.

Borrowings under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities accrue interest at a variable rate per annum equal to, at SPL’s election, 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 SPL 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 SPL is controlled by a collateral trustee. These funds can only be released by the collateral trustee upon satisfaction of certain terms and conditions related to the use of proceeds, and are classified as restricted cash and cash equivalents 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 SPL under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities are secured by substantially all of the assets of SPL as well as all of the membership interests in SPL on a pari passu basis with the SPL Senior Notes.

Under the terms of the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities, SPL 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 4— Derivative Instruments.

Convertible Notes

2021 Convertible Unsecured Notes

In November 2014, we issued an aggregate principal amount of $1.0 billion Convertible Unsecured Notes due 2021 (the “2021 Convertible Unsecured Notes”) on a private placement basis in reliance on the exemption from registration provided for under section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act and Regulation S promulgated thereunder. The 2021 Convertible Unsecured Notes accrue interest at a rate of 4.875% per annum, which is payable in kind semi-annually in arrears by increasing the principal amount of the 2021 Convertible Unsecured Notes outstanding. One year after the closing date, the 2021 Convertible Unsecured Notes

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

will be convertible at the option of the holder into our common stock at the then-applicable conversion rate, provided that the closing price of our common stock is greater than or equal to the conversion price on the conversion date. The initial conversion price was $93.64 and is subject to adjustment upon the occurrence of certain specified events. We have the option to satisfy the conversion obligation with cash, common stock or a combination thereof.

Under GAAP, certain convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash upon conversion are required to be separately accounted for as liability (debt) and equity (conversion option) components of the instrument in a manner that reflects the issuer’s non-convertible debt borrowing rate. We determined that the fair value of the debt component was $808.8 million and the residual value of the equity component was $191.2 million as of the issuance date. As of both March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, the carrying value of the equity component was $191.5 million. The debt component is accreted to the total principal amount due at maturity by amortizing the debt discount. The effective rate of interest to amortize the debt discount was approximately 9.2% as of both March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, and the remaining period over which the debt discount will be amortized was 6.2 years as of March 31, 2015.

In connection with the issuance of the 2021 Convertible Unsecured Notes, we have agreed to use our reasonable best efforts to prepare and file a shelf registration statement to cover resales of the 2021 Convertible Unsecured Notes.  If we fail to satisfy this obligation, we may be required to pay additional interest to holders of the 2021 Convertible Unsecured Notes under certain circumstances.

2045 Convertible Senior Notes

In March 2015, we issued $625.0 million aggregate principal amount of 4.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2045 (the “2045 Convertible Senior Notes”) to certain investors through a registered direct offering. The 2045 Convertible Senior Notes were issued with an original issue discount of 20% and accrue interest at a rate of 4.25% per annum, which is payable semi-annually in arrears. We have the right, at our option, at any time after March 15, 2020, to redeem all or any part of the Notes at a redemption price payable in cash equal to the accreted amount of the 2045 Convertible Senior Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to such redemption date. The conversion rate will initially equal 7.2265 shares of our common stock per $1,000 principal amount of the 2045 Convertible Senior Notes, which corresponds to an initial conversion price of approximately $138.38 per share of our common stock. The conversion rate is subject to adjustment upon the occurrence of certain specified events. We have the option to satisfy the conversion obligation with cash, common stock or a combination thereof.

We determined that the fair value of the debt component of the 2045 Convertible Senior Notes was $304.3 million and the residual value of the equity component was $195.7 million as of the issuance date, excluding debt issuance costs. As of March 31, 2015, the carrying value of the equity component was $194.1 million. The debt component is accreted to the total principal amount due at maturity by amortizing the debt discount. The effective rate of interest to amortize the debt discount was approximately 9.4% as of March 31, 2015, and the remaining period over which the debt discount will be amortized was 30.0 years.

Interest expense, before capitalization, related to the 2021 Convertible Unsecured Notes and the 2045 Convertible Senior Notes (together, the “Convertible Notes”) consisted of the following (in thousands):
 
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
 
2015
 
2014
Interest per contractual rate
 
$
13,939

 
$

Amortization of debt discount
 
6,598

 

Amortization of debt issuance costs
 
14

 

Total interest expense related to the Convertible Notes
 
$
20,551

 
$


Convertible Note Purchase Agreement with EIG

On January 16, 2015, CCH HoldCo II, our wholly owned direct subsidiary, entered into a note purchase agreement, as amended and restated on March 1, 2015, with EIG Management Company, LLC (“EIG”), the Bank of New York Mellon, us and the note purchasers named therein pursuant to which those note purchasers agreed to purchase $1.5 billion aggregate principal amount of convertible senior secured notes from CCH Holdco II (the “2025 Convertible Notes”).

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

2017 CTPL Term Loan

In May 2013, CTPL entered into the 2017 CTPL Term Loan, 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 2017 CTPL Term Loan 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 March 31, 2015, CTPL had borrowed the full amount of $400.0 million available under the 2017 CTPL Term Loan.

Borrowings under the 2017 CTPL Term Loan accrue 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 2017 CTPL Term Loan, 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 2017 CTPL Term Loan contains customary affirmative and negative covenants. The obligations of CTPL under the 2017 CTPL Term Loan 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 2017 CTPL Term Loan if the maturity of the CTPL loans is accelerated following the termination by SPL of a transportation precedent agreement in limited circumstances and (ii) the obligations of 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 SPL and (b) to fund interest payments on the CTPL loans after the funds in an interest reserve account have been exhausted.

SPL LC Agreement

In April 2014, SPL entered into a $325.0 million senior letter of credit and reimbursement agreement (the “SPL LC Agreement”) that it uses for the issuance of letters of credit for certain working capital requirements related to the SPL Project. SPL pays (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 SPL 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 SPL LC Agreement. If draws are made upon any letters of credit issued under the SPL LC Agreement, the amount of the draw will be deemed a loan issued to SPL.  SPL 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 accrue interest at a rate of 2.0% plus the base rate as defined in the SPL LC Agreement. As of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, SPL had issued letters of credit in an aggregate amount of $72.5 million and $9.5 million, respectively, and as of both March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, no draws had been made upon any letters of credit issued under the SPL LC Agreement.


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

Fair Value Disclosures

The following table (in thousands) shows the carrying amount and estimated fair value of our long-term debt:
 
 
March 31, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
 
Carrying
Amount
 
Estimated
Fair Value
 
Carrying
Amount
 
Estimated
Fair Value
2016 Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes, net of discount (1)
 
$
1,657,676

 
$
1,757,136

 
$
1,656,502

 
$
1,718,621

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

 
428,400

 
420,000

 
428,400

2021 SPL Senior Notes, net of premium (1)
 
2,009,819

 
2,024,893

 
2,010,177

 
1,985,050

2022 SPL Senior Notes (1)
 
1,000,000

 
1,030,000

 
1,000,000

 
1,020,000

2023 SPL Senior Notes, net of premium (1)
 
1,506,918

 
1,506,918

 
1,507,089

 
1,476,947

2024 SPL Senior Notes (1)
 
2,000,000

 
2,000,000

 
2,000,000

 
1,970,000

2025 SPL Senior Notes (1)
 
2,000,000

 
1,975,000

 

 

2021 Convertible Unsecured Notes (2)
 
821,226

 
1,132,006

 
814,751

 
1,025,563

2045 Convertible Senior Notes (3)
 
304,425

 
518,863

 

 

2017 CTPL Term Loan, net of discount (4)
 
397,816

 
400,000

 
397,565

 
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 March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, as applicable.
(2)
The Level 3 estimated fair value was calculated based on inputs that are observable in the market or that could be derived from, or corroborated with, observable market data, including our stock price and interest rates based on debt issued by parties with comparable credit ratings to us and inputs that are not observable in the market. 
(3)
The Level 1 estimated fair value was based on unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical liabilities that we had the ability to access at the measurement date.
(4)
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 8—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 $0.7 million and $0.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, 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. An analysis of the annual limitation on the utilization of our net operating losses (“NOLs”) was performed in accordance with IRC Section 382. 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 9—SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION
  
We have granted stock, restricted stock, phantom units and options to purchase common stock to employees, outside directors, and a consultant 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”).

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 units and other share-based performance awards deemed by the Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors (the “Compensation Committee”) to be consistent with the purposes of

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)

the 2003 Plan and 2011 Plan. As of March 31, 2015, all of the shares under the 2003 Plan have been granted and approximately 27 million shares, net of cancellations, have been granted under the 2011 Plan.

Phantom units are share-based awards issued to employees over a vesting period that entitle the grantee to receive the cash equivalent to the value of a share of our common stock upon each vesting. Phantom units are not eligible to receive quarterly distributions. The Company records compensation cost equal to the fair value of the award at the measurement date, which is determined to be the earlier of the performance commitment date or the service completion date. In addition, compensation cost for unvested phantom unit awards is adjusted quarterly for any changes in the Company’s stock price. During the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, we granted approximately 72,000 and zero phantom units, respectively, to employees.

For the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, the total share-based compensation expense, net of capitalization, recognized in our net loss was $16.1 million and $35.9 million, respectively, and for the same periods we capitalized as part of the cost of capital assets $1.9 million and $1.8 million, respectively. We did not recognize any cumulative adjustments in our compensation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014.
 
The total unrecognized compensation cost at March 31, 2015 relating to non-vested share-based compensation arrangements was $153.5 million, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 2.6 years.
 
We received $1.0 million and $3.7 million in the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, of proceeds from the exercise of stock options.

During the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, we recognized zero and $10.8 million, respectively, of share-based compensation expense related to the modification of long-term commercial bonus awards resulting from an employee termination.

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 months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 (in thousands, except for loss per share):
 
Three Months Ended
 
March 31,
 
2015
 
2014
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
 
 
 
Basic
226,328

 
223,207

Dilutive common stock options (1)

 

Diluted
226,328

 
223,207

 
 
 
 
Basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders
$
(1.18
)
 
$
(0.44
)
 
(1)
Stock options and unvested stock of 10.3 million shares and 14.5 million shares for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, 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. In addition, 21.1 million shares in aggregate, issuable upon conversion of the 2021 Convertible Unsecured Notes and the 2045 Convertible Senior Notes, as described in Note 7—Long-Term Debt, were not included in the computation of diluted net loss per share for 2015 because the computation of diluted net loss per share utilizing the “if-converted” method would be anti-dilutive.


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

NOTE 11—COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Legal Proceedings

During the second quarter of 2014, four lawsuits were filed in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware (the “Court”) against us and/or certain of our present and former officers and directors that challenged the manner in which abstentions were treated in connection with the stockholder vote on Amendment No. 1 to the 2011 Incentive Plan (“Amendment No. 1”), pursuant to which, among other things, the number of shares of common stock available for issuance under the 2011 Plan was increased from 10.0 million to 35.0 million shares. The lawsuits contended 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 contended that portions of the Amended and Restated Bylaws of Cheniere Energy, Inc. adopted on April 3, 2014 were invalid and that certain disclosures relating to these matters made by us were misleading. The lawsuits asserted 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 sought, among other things, a declaration that the February 1, 2013 stockholder vote on Amendment No. 1 was 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, we filed a verified application with the Court pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 205 (the “Section 205 Action”) in which we asked the Court to declare valid the issuance, pursuant to the 2011 Plan, of the 25.0 million additional shares of our common stock covered by Amendment No. 1, whether occurring in the past or the future.

The parties to the above-referenced lawsuits and the Section 205 Action entered into a Stipulation and Agreement of Compromise, Settlement and Release dated December 12, 2014 (the “Stipulation”), subject to its terms and conditions, including receipt, among other things, of Court approval, to resolve the litigation. On March 16, 2015, the Court approved the settlement of the litigation and awarded plaintiffs’ counsel fees, which were paid by our insurers in April 2015.

NOTE 12—BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION
  
We have two reportable segments: LNG terminal segment and LNG and natural gas marketing segment. 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. Substantially all of our revenues from external customers and long-lived assets are attributed to or located in the United States.

Our LNG terminal segment consists of the Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi LNG terminals. 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 80.1% of the common shares of Cheniere Holdings, which owns a 55.9% limited partner interest in Cheniere Partners. We are also developing a natural gas liquefaction facility near Corpus Christi, Texas.
 
Our LNG and natural gas marketing segment consists of LNG and natural gas marketing activities by Cheniere Marketing. Cheniere Marketing is developing a platform for LNG sales to international markets with professional staff based in the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore and Chile.


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CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
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 March 31, 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 

Revenues from external customers (2)
$
67,580

 
$
662

 
$
127

 
$
68,369

Intersegment revenues (losses) (3)
103

 
7,017

 
(7,120
)
 

Depreciation expense
14,941

 
200

 
2,628

 
17,769

Loss from operations
(25,089
)
 
(5,183
)
 
(30,726
)
 
(60,998
)
Interest expense, net
(42,845
)
 

 
(16,767
)
 
(59,612
)
Loss before income taxes and non-controlling interest (4)
(277,655
)
 
(5,390
)
 
(52,121
)
 
(335,166
)
Share-based compensation
3,197

 
4,035

 
10,759

 
17,991

Goodwill
76,819

 

 

 
76,819

Total assets
12,481,669

 
570,287

 
1,871,091

 
14,923,047

Expenditures for additions to long-lived assets
590,245

 
714

 
28,781

 
619,740

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

As of or for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenues from external customers (2)
$
67,119

 
$
658

 
$
(227
)
 
$
67,550

Intersegment revenues (losses) (3)
72

 
2,174

 
(2,246
)
 

Depreciation expense
14,406

 
152

 
917

 
15,475

Loss from operations
(7,516
)
 
(11,594
)
 
(28,502
)
 
(47,612
)
Interest expense, net
(40,373
)
 

 
103

 
(40,270
)
Loss before income taxes and non-controlling interest (4)
(77,354
)
 
(11,727
)
 
(33,172
)
 
(122,253
)
Share-based compensation
3,050

 
6,510

 
28,138

 
37,698

Goodwill
76,819

 

 

 
76,819

Total assets
8,520,986

 
62,955

 
940,675

 
9,524,616

Expenditures for additions to long-lived assets
659,779

 
314

 
25,911

 
686,004

 
(1)
Includes corporate activities, business development, 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.
(3)
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. These LNG and natural gas marketing segment intersegment revenues (losses) are eliminated with intersegment revenues (losses) in our Consolidated Statements of Operations.
(4)
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): 
 
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
 
2015
 
2014
Cash paid during the year for interest, net of amounts capitalized and deferred
 
$

 
$
16,567

Balance in property, plant and equipment, net funded with accounts payable and accrued liabilities
 
150,623

 
66,241

 

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

NOTE 14—RECENT ACCOUNTING STANDARDS

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (the “FASB”) amended its guidance on revenue recognition. The core principle of this amendment is that an entity should recognize revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. This guidance is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016, including interim periods within that reporting period, with earlier adoption not permitted. This guidance may be adopted either retrospectively to each prior reporting period presented or as a cumulative-effect adjustment as of the date of adoption. We are currently evaluating the impact of the provisions of this guidance on our consolidated financial position, results of operations and cash flows.

In August 2014, the FASB issued authoritative guidance that requires an entity’s management to evaluate, for each reporting period, whether there are conditions and events that raise substantial doubt about the entity’s ability to continue as a going concern within one year after the financial statements are issued. Additional disclosures are required if management concludes that conditions or events raise substantial doubt about the entity’s ability to continue as a going concern. This guidance is effective for annual reporting periods ending after December 15, 2016, and for annual periods and interim periods thereafter, with earlier adoption permitted. The adoption of this guidance is not expected to have an impact on our Consolidated Financial Statements or related disclosures.

In February 2015, the FASB amended its guidance on consolidation analysis. This amendment primarily affects asset managers and reporting entities involved with limited partnerships or similar entities, but the analysis is relevant in the evaluation of any reporting organization’s requirement to consolidate a legal entity. This guidance changes (1) the identification of variable interests, (2) the variable interest entity characteristics for a limited partnership or similar entity and (3) the primary beneficiary determination. This guidance is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2015, including interim periods within that reporting period, with earlier adoption permitted. This guidance may be adopted either retrospectively to each prior reporting period presented or as a cumulative-effect adjustment as of the date of adoption. We are currently evaluating the impact of the provisions of this guidance on our consolidated financial position, results of operations and cash flows.

In April 2015, the FASB issued authoritative guidance that requires debt issuance costs related to a recognized debt liability to be presented in the balance sheet as a direct deduction from the debt liability rather than as an asset. This guidance is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2015, including interim periods within that reporting period, with earlier adoption permitted. This guidance must be adopted retrospectively to each prior reporting period presented and disclosures will be required for a change in accounting principles. Upon adoption of this standard, the balance of long-term debt, net will be reduced by the balance of debt issuance costs, net on our Consolidated Balance Sheets.

In April 2015, the FASB issued authoritative guidance that clarifies the circumstances under which a cloud computing customer would account for the arrangement as a license of internal-use software. This guidance is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2015, including interim periods within that reporting period, with earlier adoption permitted. This guidance may be adopted either retrospectively or prospectively to arrangements entered into, or materially modified, after the effective date. We are currently evaluating the impact of the provisions of this guidance on our consolidated financial position, results of operations and cash flows.

NOTE 15—SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

2014-2018 Long-Term Cash Incentive Program

In April 2015, our Board of Directors approved and granted awards under the new 2014-2018 Long-Term Cash Incentive Program (“2014-2018 LTIP”), which is a sub-plan of the Company’s 2015 Long-Term Cash Incentive Plan adopted in April 2015. The 2014-2018 LTIP consists of phantom units settled in cash with five consecutive annual performance periods commencing on November 1 and ending on October 31 of each year through October 31, 2018. Awards under the 2014-2018 LTIP will be subject to a three-year vesting schedule, with one third of the phantom units vesting and becoming payable on each of the first, second and third anniversaries of the date of the grant (with the exception of the initial grant for the 2014 performance period, which will vest and become payable on each of February 1, 2016, February 1, 2017 and February 1, 2018). The 2014-2018 LTIP is 100% performance-based and will reward long-term performance measured against growth in the Company’s market capitalization, referred to in the plan documents as total shareholder value (“TSV”), above certain thresholds. Under the 2014-2018 LTIP, the general pool is awarded generally between 2% and 4% of the growth in TSV and the senior executive pool is capped at 2% of the

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

growth in TSV, with the Chief Executive Officer’s compensation targeted at 50% of the senior executive pool, subject to adjustment at the discretion of the Compensation Committee. The number of phantom units comprising the senior executive pool has also been capped, and cannot exceed an amount equal to 1.5% of our common shares outstanding in any one year.

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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 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 Trains, including statements concerning the engagement of any 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 SPA or other 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 other reports and other information that we file with the 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.
 
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, 2014. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by

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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.

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. This information is intended to provide investors with an understanding of our past performance, current financial condition and outlook for the future. Our discussion and analysis include the following subjects: 
Overview of Business 
Overview of Significant Events 
Liquidity and Capital Resources 
Results of Operations 
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements  
Summary of Critical Accounting Estimates 
Recent Accounting Standards

Overview of Business
 
Cheniere, 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 Partners, which is a publicly traded limited partnership that we created in 2007. We own 100% of the general partner interest in Cheniere Partners and 80.1% of Cheniere Holdings, which is a publicly traded limited liability company formed in 2013 that owns a 55.9% limited partner interest in Cheniere Partners.

The Sabine Pass LNG terminal is located on the Sabine Pass deepwater 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, that includes existing infrastructure of five LNG storage tanks with capacity of approximately 16.9 Bcfe, two docks that can accommodate vessels with nominal capacity of up to 266,000 cubic meters and vaporizers with regasification capacity of approximately 4.0 Bcf/d. Cheniere Partners is developing and constructing natural gas liquefaction facilities (the “SPL Project”) at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal adjacent to the existing regasification facilities through a wholly owned subsidiary, SPL. 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 mtpa of LNG. Cheniere Partners also owns the 94-mile Creole Trail Pipeline through a wholly owned subsidiary, CTPL, which interconnects the Sabine Pass LNG terminal with a number of large interstate pipelines.

We are developing a second natural gas liquefaction and export facility and pipeline facility near Corpus Christi, Texas (the “CCL Project”) through wholly owned subsidiaries CCL and Cheniere Corpus Christi Pipeline, respectively. As currently contemplated, the Corpus Christi 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 approximately 10.1 Bcfe and two docks that can accommodate vessels with nominal capacity of up to 266,000 cubic meters. The CCL Project also would include a 23-mile pipeline that would interconnect the Corpus Christi LNG terminal with several interstate and intrastate natural gas pipelines (the “Corpus Christi Pipeline”).

One of our subsidiaries, 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 SPAs. Cheniere Marketing has entered into SPAs with SPL and CCL to purchase LNG produced by the SPL Project and the CCL Project.

We are also in various stages of developing other projects, including a liquid hydrocarbon export project in Texas along the Gulf Coast, which, among other things, will require acceptable commercial and financing arrangements before we make a final investment decision.


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Overview of Significant Events

Our significant accomplishments since January 1, 2015 and through the filing date of this Form 10-Q include the following:  
We issued an aggregate principal amount of $625.0 million Convertible Senior Notes due 2045 (the “2045 Convertible Senior Notes”) through a registered direct offering. The 2045 Convertible Senior Notes were issued with an original issue discount of 20% and accrue interest at a rate of 4.25% per annum, which is payable semi-annually in arrears. The net proceeds of $495.7 million, after deducting estimated fees and estimated offering expenses of $4.3 million, are being used for general corporate purposes.
SPL issued an aggregate principal amount of $2.0 billion of 5.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2025 (the “2025 SPL Senior Notes”). Net proceeds from the offering will be used to pay a portion of the capital costs associated with the construction of the first four Trains of the SPL Project.
We received authorization from the FERC to site, construct and operate Trains 5 and 6 of the SPL Project.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Although results are consolidated for financial reporting, Cheniere, Cheniere Holdings, Cheniere Partners, SPL 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;
SPL 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 CCL LNG terminal from one or more of the following: project financing, existing unrestricted cash, debt and equity offerings by us or our subsidiaries and operating cash flow.

As of March 31, 2015, we had cash and cash equivalents of $2,158.3 million available to Cheniere. In addition, we had current and non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents of $2,314.0 million (which included current and non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents available to Cheniere Holdings, Cheniere Partners, SPL and Sabine Pass LNG) designated for the following purposes: $1,953.7 million for the SPL Project; $28.1 million for CTPL; $129.1 million for interest payments related to the Sabine Pass LNG Senior Notes described below; and $203.1 million for other restricted purposes.

In November 2014, we issued an aggregate principal amount of $1.0 billion Convertible Unsecured Notes due 2021 (the “2021 Convertible Unsecured Notes”). Beginning one year after the closing date, the 2021 Convertible Unsecured Notes will be convertible at the option of the holder into our common stock at an initial conversion price of $93.64, provided that our closing price of common stock is greater than or equal to $93.64 on the conversion date. The conversion rate is subject to adjustment upon the occurrence of certain specified events. We have the option to satisfy the conversion obligation with cash, common stock or a combination thereof.

In March 2015, we issued the 2045 Convertible Senior Notes. We have the right, at our option, at any time after March 15, 2020, to redeem all or any part of the 2045 Convertible Senior Notes at a redemption price payable in cash equal to the accreted amount of the 2045 Convertible Senior Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to such redemption date. The conversion rate will initially equal 7.2265 shares of our common stock per $1,000 principal amount of the 2045 Convertible Senior Notes, which corresponds to an initial conversion price of approximately $138.38 per share of our common stock. The conversion rate is subject to adjustment upon the occurrence of certain specified events. We have the option to satisfy the conversion obligation with cash, common stock or a combination thereof.

Substantially all of our revenues from external customers and long-lived assets are attributed to or located in the United States.


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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 March 31, 2015, we had an 80.1% 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 three months ended March 31, 2015, we received $3.5 million in dividends on our Cheniere Holdings common shares and $0.3 million of management fees from Cheniere Holdings.

Cheniere Partners
 
Our ownership interest in the Sabine Pass LNG terminal is held through Cheniere Partners. As of March 31, 2015, we own 80.1% of Cheniere Holdings, which owns a 55.9% 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 own 100% of the general partner interest and the incentive distribution rights in Cheniere Partners.
 
Prior to the initial public offering by Cheniere Holdings, 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, SPL and CTPL. During the three months ended March 31, 2015, we received $0.5 million in distributions on our general partner interest and $19.1 million in total service fees from Cheniere Partners, Sabine Pass LNG, SPL 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 the SPL Project, Sabine Pass LNG’s excess capacity 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 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 1.46 and 1.44, respectively, as of March 31, 2015. 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 SPL 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 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.


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The remaining approximately 2.0 Bcf/d of capacity has been reserved under a TUA by SPL. SPL is obligated to make monthly capacity payments to Sabine Pass LNG aggregating approximately $250 million annually, continuing until at least 20 years after SPL delivers its first commercial cargo at the SPL 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 SPL 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. In April 2015, we received authorization from the FERC to site, construct and operate Trains 5 and 6.

The U.S. Department of Energy (the “DOE”) has authorized the export of up to a combined total of the equivalent of 16 mtpa (approximately 803 Bcf/yr) of domestically produced LNG by vessel from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal to countries with which the United States has a free trade agreement providing for national treatment for trade in natural gas (“FTA countries”) for a 30-year term, beginning on the earlier of the date of first export or September 7, 2020; and to all countries without a free trade agreement providing for national treatment for trade in natural gas and with which trade is permitted (“non-FTA countries”) for a 20-year term, beginning on the earlier of the date of first export or August 7, 2017. The DOE further issued an order authorizing SPL to export up to the equivalent of approximately 203 Bcf/yr of domestically produced LNG from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal to FTA countries for a 25-year period. SPL’s application for authorization to export that same 203 Bcf/yr of domestically produced LNG from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal to non-FTA countries is currently pending at the DOE. Additionally, the DOE further issued orders authorizing SPL to export an additional 503.3 Bcf/yr in total of domestically produced LNG from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal to FTA countries for a 20-year term. SPL’s applications for authorization to export that same 503.3 Bcf/yr of domestically produced LNG from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal to non-FTA countries are currently pending at the DOE.

As of March 31, 2015, the overall project completion percentages for Trains 1 and 2 and Trains 3 and 4 of the SPL Project were approximately 87.2% and 62.6%, 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.
    
Customers

SPL has entered into four fixed price, 20-year SPAs with third parties that in the aggregate equate to 16 mtpa (approximately 803 Bcf/yr) of LNG that commence with the date of first commercial delivery for Trains 1 through 4, which are fully permitted. In addition, SPL 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. However, SPL has not yet received approval from the DOE for the export of LNG from Train 5 to non-FTA countries. These two SPAs contain certain conditions precedent, including, but not limited to, receiving regulatory approvals, securing necessary financing arrangements and making a final investment decision with respect to Train 5, which must be satisfied by June 30, 2015 or either party to the respective SPA may terminate its SPA, following notice and a cure period. Under the SPAs, the customers will purchase LNG from SPL 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 amended and restated SPA with SPL to purchase, at Cheniere Marketing’s option, any LNG produced by SPL in excess of that required for other customers at a price of 115% of Henry Hub plus $3.00 per MMBtu of LNG.


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Natural Gas Transportation and Supply

For SPL’s natural gas feedstock transportation requirements, it has entered into transportation precedent agreements to secure firm pipeline transportation capacity with CTPL and third-party pipeline companies. SPL has also entered into enabling agreements and long-term natural gas purchase agreements with third parties in order to secure natural gas feedstock for the SPL Project. As of March 31, 2015, SPL has secured up to approximately 2,161.9 million MMBtu of natural gas feedstock through long-term natural gas purchase agreements.
    
Construction

Trains 1 through 4 are being designed, constructed and commissioned by Bechtel. SPL entered into lump sum turnkey contracts with Bechtel for the engineering, procurement and construction of Trains 1 and 2 (the “EPC Contract (Trains 1 and 2)”) and Trains 3 and 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 SPL to enter into a change order, or SPL agrees with Bechtel to a change order.

The total contract prices of EPC Contract (Trains 1 and 2) and EPC Contract (Trains 3 and 4) are approximately $4.1 billion and $3.8 billion, respectively, reflecting amounts incurred under change orders through March 31, 2015. 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 $105 million. The modifications are expected to be in service in time for the commissioning and testing of Trains 1 and 2.

Final Investment Decision on Train 5 and Train 6

We will contemplate making a final investment decision to commence construction of Train 5 and Train 6 of the SPL Project based upon, among other things, entering into EPC contracts, entering into acceptable commercial arrangements, receiving regulatory authorizations and obtaining adequate financing to construct the Trains.

Capital Resources

We currently expect that SPL’s capital resources requirements with respect to Trains 1 through 4 of the SPL 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 (as defined below) and cash flows from operations, we will have adequate financial resources available to complete Trains 1 through 4 of the SPL Project and to meet its currently anticipated capital, operating and debt service requirements. We currently project that SPL will generate cash flow from the SPL Project by late 2015, when Train 1 of the SPL Project is anticipated to achieve initial LNG production.
    
Senior Secured Notes

As of March 31, 2015, Cheniere Partners’ subsidiaries had seven 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 SPL (the “2021 SPL Senior Notes”);

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$1.0 billion of 6.25% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 issued by SPL (the “2022 SPL Senior Notes”);
$1.5 billion of 5.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2023 issued by SPL (the “2023 SPL Senior Notes”);
$2.0 billion of 5.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2024 issued by SPL (the “2024 SPL Senior Notes” and collectively with the 2021 SPL Senior Notes, the 2022 SPL Senior Notes, the 2023 SPL Senior Notes and the 2025 SPL Senior Notes, the “SPL Senior Notes”); and
$2.0 billion of 2025 SPL 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 SPL Senior Notes are secured on a first-priority basis by a security interest in all of the membership interests in SPL and substantially all of SPL’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 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 three months before the respective dates of maturity for each series of the SPL Senior Notes, SPL may redeem all or part of such series of the SPL Senior Notes at a redemption price equal to the “make-whole” price set forth in the common indenture governing the SPL Senior Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption. SPL may also, at any time within three months of the respective maturity dates for each series of the SPL Senior Notes, redeem all or part of such series of the SPL Senior Notes at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of such series of the SPL 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 (the “Sabine Pass LNG Indentures”), 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 SPL Senior Notes, SPL 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. During the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, Sabine Pass LNG made distributions of $70.8 million and $63.4 million, respectively, after satisfying all the applicable conditions in the Sabine Pass LNG Indentures.

The SPL Senior Notes are governed by a common indenture with restrictive covenants. SPL 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 SPL, including the SPL Senior Notes, the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities and a $325.0 million senior letter of credit and reimbursement agreement (the “SPL LC Agreement”) described below.
    

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2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities

In May 2013, SPL entered into four credit facilities aggregating $5.9 billion (collectively, the “2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities”). In conjunction with SPL’s issuances of the respective series of SPL Senior Notes in November 2013 and May 2014, SPL terminated approximately $885 million and $2.1 billion, respectively, of commitments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities. In March 2015, in conjunction with SPL’s issuance of the 2025 SPL Senior Notes, SPL further terminated approximately $1.8 billion of commitments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities. As a result, as of March 31, 2015, SPL has available commitments aggregating $0.9 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 SPL 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 accrue interest at a variable rate per annum equal to, at SPL’s election, 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. The 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities also require SPL 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.

Under the terms of the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities, SPL 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.
    
2017 CTPL Term Loan

CTPL has a $400.0 million term loan facility (“2017 CTPL Term Loan”), which is being used to fund modifications to the Creole Trail Pipeline and for general business purposes. The 2017 CTPL Term Loan matures in 2017 when the full amount of the outstanding principal obligations must be repaid. CTPL’s loan may be repaid, in whole or in part, at any time without premium or penalty. As of March 31, 2015, CTPL had borrowed the full amount of $400.0 million available under the 2017 CTPL Term Loan. Borrowings under the 2017 CTPL Term Loan accrue 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.

SPL LC Agreement

In April 2014, SPL entered into the SPL LC Agreement that it uses for the issuance of letters of credit for certain working capital requirements related to the SPL Project.  SPL pays (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 SPL 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 SPL LC Agreement. If draws are made upon any letters of credit issued under the SPL LC Agreement, the amount of the draw will be deemed a loan issued to SPL.  SPL 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 accrue interest at a rate of 2.0% plus the base rate as defined in the SPL LC Agreement. As of March 31, 2015, SPL had issued letters of credit in an aggregate amount of $72.5 million and no draws had been made upon any letters of credit issued under the SPL LC Agreement.

Corpus Christi LNG Terminal
 
Liquefaction Facilities

In September 2011, we formed CCL 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 CCL facilities 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 approximately 10.1 Bcfe and two docks that can accommodate vessels with nominal capacity of up to 266,000 cubic meters.


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On December 30, 2014, the FERC issued an order granting CCL authorization under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act of 1938, as amended (“NGA”), to site, construct and operate Trains 1 through 3. The Sierra Club has requested a rehearing and the FERC has not yet ruled on this request. In August 2012, Cheniere Marketing filed an application with the DOE to export up to the equivalent of 15 mtpa (approximately 767 Bcf/yr) of domestically produced LNG to FTA and non-FTA countries from the CCL Project. In October 2012, the DOE granted Cheniere Marketing authority to export up to the equivalent of 15 mtpa (approximately 767 Bcf/yr) of domestically produced LNG to FTA countries from the CCL Project. CCL was added as an additional authorization holder to the FTA permit and an additional applicant to the non-FTA application. In addition, the FERC order requires us to obtain certain additional FERC approvals as construction progresses.

Customers

CCL has entered into eight fixed price, 20-year SPAs with seven third parties with aggregate annual contract quantities of approximately 8.4 mtpa of LNG. However, CCL has not yet received approval from the DOE for the export of LNG to non-FTA countries. Under these eight SPAs, the customers will purchase LNG from CCL for a price consisting of a fixed fee of $3.50 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 a specified Train. Each of the SPAs contain certain conditions precedent, including, but not limited to, receiving regulatory approvals, securing necessary financing arrangements and making a final investment decision, which must be satisfied by June 30, 2015 or either party to each SPA may terminate its SPA, following notice and a cure period.

In aggregate, the fixed fee portion to be paid by these customers is approximately $1.5 billion if we make positive final investment decisions with respect to Trains 1 through 3, with the applicable fixed fees starting from the commencement of commercial operations of the applicable Train. These fixed fees equal approximately $619 million, $776 million and $140 million for each of Trains 1 through 3, respectively.

Natural Gas Transportation and Supply

For its natural gas feedstock transportation requirements, CCL has entered into transportation precedent agreements to secure firm pipeline transportation capacity with third party pipeline companies and Cheniere Corpus Christi Pipeline. CCL has also entered into enabling agreements with third parties and will continue to enter into such agreements in order to secure natural gas feedstock for the CCL Project.

Construction

In December 2013, CCL entered into contracts with Bechtel for the engineering, procurement and construction of Trains and related facilities for the CCL Project 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 CCL to enter into a change order, or CCL agrees with Bechtel to a change order. Total expected costs for the three Trains and the related facilities, excluding pipeline facilities, are estimated to be between $11.5 billion and $12.0 billion, before financing costs, including an estimate for owner’s costs and contingencies.

Pipeline Facilities

On December 30, 2014, the FERC issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity under Section 7(c) of the NGA authorizing Cheniere Corpus Christi Pipeline to construct and operate the Corpus Christi Pipeline. The Corpus Christi Pipeline is designed to transport 2.25 Bcf/d of feed and fuel gas required by the CCL Project from the existing natural gas pipeline grid.

Final Investment Decision

We will contemplate making a final investment decision to commence construction of the CCL Project based upon, among other things, entering into acceptable commercial arrangements, receiving regulatory authorizations and obtaining adequate financing to construct the facility.


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Capital Resources

We expect to finance the construction costs of the CCL Project from one or more of the following: project financing, existing unrestricted cash, offerings by us or our subsidiaries of debt or equity and operating cash flow.

LNG and Natural Gas Marketing Business
 
Our wholly owned subsidiary, Cheniere Marketing, is engaged in the LNG and natural gas marketing business and is seeking to develop a portfolio of long-term, short-term and spot LNG purchase and sale agreements. Cheniere Marketing has purchased, transported and unloaded commercial LNG cargoes into the Sabine Pass LNG terminal and has used trading strategies intended to maximize margins on these cargoes. Cheniere Marketing, or one of its wholly owned subsidiaries, has secured the following rights and obligations to support its business:
the right to deliver cargoes to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal during the construction of the SPL Project in exchange for payment of 80% of the expected gross margin from each cargo to Cheniere Energy Investments, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere Partners;
pursuant to an amended and restated SPA with SPL, the right to purchase, at Cheniere Marketing’s option, any LNG produced by SPL in excess of that required for other customers at a price of 115% of Henry Hub plus $3.00 per MMBtu of LNG;
pursuant to SPAs with CCL, the right to purchase, at Cheniere Marketing’s option, any LNG produced by CCL not required for other customers; and
three LNG vessel time charters with subsidiaries of two ship owners, Dynagas, Ltd. (“Dynagas”) and Teekay LNG Operating LLC (“Teekay”). The annual payments for the vessel charters will be approximately $92 million. The charters have an initial term of 5 years with the option to renew with Dynagas for a 2-year extension with similar terms as the initial term. Cheniere Marketing expects to receive delivery of the vessel from Dynagas in June 2015 and the vessels from Teekay in January 2016 and June 2016.
In addition, Cheniere Marketing has sold LNG cargoes to be delivered to multiple counterparties between 2016 and 2018, with delivery obligations conditioned on the performance of the SPL Project.  The cargoes have been sold with a portfolio of delivery points, either on a Free on Board basis, delivered to the counterparty at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal, or a Delivered at Terminal (“DAT”) basis, delivered to the counterparty’s LNG receiving terminal. Cheniere Marketing has chartered LNG vessels, as described above, to be utilized in DAT transactions. In addition, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere Marketing has entered into a long-term agreement to sell LNG cargoes on a DAT basis, with delivery obligations conditioned on CCL achieving certain milestones, including a final investment decision.  The agreement is also conditioned upon the buyer achieving its own milestones, including reaching a final investment decision related to certain projects and obtaining related financing.

Corporate and Other Activities
 
We are required to maintain corporate general and administrative functions to serve our business activities described above.  We are also in various stages of developing other projects, including a liquid hydrocarbon export project in Texas along the Gulf Coast. Each of these projects, among other things, will require acceptable commercial and financing arrangements before we make a final investment decision.


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Sources and Uses of Cash
 
The following table summarizes (in thousands) the sources and uses of our cash and cash equivalents for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014. The table presents capital expenditures on a cash basis; therefore, these amounts differ from the amounts of capital expenditures, including accruals, which are referred to elsewhere in this report. Additional discussion of these items follows the table. 
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
2015
 
2014
Sources of cash and cash equivalents
 
 
 
Proceeds from issuances of long-term debt
$
2,500,000

 
$

Use of restricted cash and cash equivalents for the acquisition of property, plant and equipment
572,623

 
761,858

Use of restricted cash and cash equivalents for financing activities

 
33,743

Proceeds from exercise of stock options
958

 
3,691

Other
20

 
44

Total sources of cash and cash equivalents
3,073,601

 
799,336

 
 
 
 
Uses of cash and cash equivalents
 

 
 

Investment in restricted cash and cash equivalents
(1,929,288
)
 

Property, plant and equipment, net
(590,998
)
 
(773,376
)
Debt issuance and deferred financing costs
(58,395
)
 
(13,957
)
Distributions and dividends to non-controlling interest
(20,050
)
 
(19,786
)
Operating cash flow
(14,180
)
 
(18,219
)
Payments related to tax withholdings for share-based compensation
(3,771
)
 
(7,742
)
Other
(46,164
)
 
(12,495
)
Total uses of cash and cash equivalents
(2,662,846
)
 
(845,575
)
 
 
 
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
410,755

 
(46,239
)
Cash and cash equivalents—beginning of period
1,747,583

 
960,842

Cash and cash equivalents—end of period
$
2,158,338

 
$
914,603


Proceeds from Issuances of Long-Term Debt, Debt Issuance and Deferred Financing Costs

In March 2015, SPL issued an aggregate principal amount of $2.0 billion of the 2025 SPL Senior Notes. In March 2015, we issued an aggregate principal amount of $625.0 million of the 2045 Convertible Senior Notes, with an original issue discount of 20%, for net proceeds of $495.7 million. Debt issuance and deferred financing costs in the three months ended March 31, 2015 primarily relate to up-front fees paid upon the closing of these offerings.

Use of Restricted Cash and Cash Equivalents for the Acquisition of Property, Plant and Equipment and Property, Plant and Equipment, net

During the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, we used $572.6 million and $761.9 million, respectively, of restricted cash and cash equivalents for investing activities to fund $591.0 million and $773.4 million during the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, of construction costs for Trains 1 through 4 of the SPL Project.  The costs associated with the construction of Trains 1 through 4 of the SPL Project are capitalized as construction-in-process.

Investment in (Use of) Restricted Cash and Cash Equivalents

In the three months ended March 31, 2015, we invested $1,929.3 million in restricted cash and cash equivalents primarily related to the net proceeds from the 2025 SPL Senior Notes, partially offset by the use of restricted cash related to payment of commitment fees for the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities and the payment of distributions to non-controlling interest. In the three months ended March 31, 2014, we used $33.7 million of restricted cash and cash equivalents related to the payment of commitment fees for the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities and the payment of distributions to non-controlling interest.


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Distributions and Dividends to Non-controlling Interest
 
During the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, Cheniere Partners and Cheniere Holdings, collectively, made distributions and paid dividends of $20.1 million and $19.8 million, respectively, to non-affiliated common unitholders and common shareholders.

Payments Related to Tax Withholdings for Share-based Compensation

During the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, we used $3.8 million and $7.7 million, respectively, of cash and cash equivalents to purchase restricted stock that was returned to us by employees to cover taxes related to their restricted stock that vested during such periods.

Operating Cash Flow

We had a cash outflow from operating activities of $14.2 million during the three months ended March 31, 2015, compared to a cash outflow of $18.2 million during the three months ended March 31, 2014. This decrease in operating cash outflows primarily related to the timing of amounts paid to third parties for the construction of the SPL Project, partially offset by cash paid to purchase LNG to maintain the cryogenic readiness of the regasification facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal and the timing of receivables due from third parties.

Other

Other cash outflows increased from $12.5 million during the three months ended March 31, 2014 to $46.2 million during the three months ended March 31, 2015, primarily for payments made to a municipal water district for water system enhancements that will increase potable water supply to our Sabine Pass LNG terminal.

Issuance of Common Stock
 
 During the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, we issued zero and 0.2 million shares, respectively, of restricted stock to new and existing employees.

Results of Operations
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2015 vs. Three Months Ended March 31, 2014

Our consolidated net loss attributable to common stockholders was $267.7 million, or $1.18 per share (basic and diluted), in the three months ended March 31, 2015 compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $97.8 million, or $0.44 per share (basic and diluted), in the three months ended March 31, 2014. This $169.9 million increase in net loss was primarily a result of increased derivative loss, net, increased operating and maintenance expense, increased loss on early extinguishment of debt and increased interest expense, net, which was partially offset by increased net loss attributable to non-controlling interest and decreased general and administrative expense (“G&A Expense”). Derivative loss, net increased $91.3 million in the three months ended March 31, 2015, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2014, primarily as a result of new contingent interest rate derivatives entered into during the quarter. Loss on early extinguishment of debt increased $89.0 million in the three months ended March 31, 2015, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2014, due to the write-off of debt issuance costs and deferred commitment fees in connection with the termination of approximately $1.8 billion of commitments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities in March 2015. Operating and maintenance expense increased $23.5 million in the three months ended March 31, 2015, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2014, primarily as a result of the expense incurred to purchase LNG to maintain the cryogenic readiness of the regasification facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal and increased costs to manage the operation and maintenance of the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. Interest expense, net increased $19.3 million in the three months ended March 31, 2015, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2014, primarily as a result of an increase in our indebtedness outstanding in 2015 from the issuance of the 2021 Convertible Unsecured Notes in November 2014 and the issuance of the 2045 Convertible Senior Notes in March 2015. For the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, we incurred $180.6 million and $128.6 million of total interest cost, respectively, of which we capitalized and deferred $121.0 million and $88.3 million, respectively, which were directly related to the construction of the first four Trains of the SPL Project. Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest increased $43.6 million in the three months ended March 31, 2015, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2014, as a result of increased net loss recorded by Cheniere Partners primarily for the reasons above.

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G&A Expense decreased $15.8 million in the three months ended March 31, 2015, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2014, primarily as a result of share-based compensation expense recognized during the three months ended March 31, 2014 related to the modification of long-term commercial bonus awards resulting from an employee termination.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
 
As of March 31, 2015, we had no “off-balance sheet arrangements” that may have a current or future material effect on our consolidated financial position or results of operations. 

Summary of Critical Accounting Estimates

The preparation of our Consolidated Financial Statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make certain estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the Consolidated Financial Statements and the accompanying notes.  There have been no significant changes to our critical accounting estimates from those disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014.

Recent Accounting Standards

For descriptions of recently issued accounting standards, see Part 1. Financial Information, Item 1. Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, Note 14—Recent Accounting Standards.

ITEM 3.    QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
 
Cash Investments
 
We have cash investments that we manage based on internal investment guidelines that emphasize liquidity and preservation of capital. Such cash investments are stated at historical cost, which approximates fair market value on our Consolidated Balance Sheets.
 
Marketing and Trading Commodity Price Risk

We have entered into:
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”); and
commodity derivatives consisting of natural gas purchase agreements to secure natural gas feedstock for the SPL Project (“Term Gas Supply Derivatives”).

We use one-day value at risk (“VaR”) with a 95% confidence interval and other methodologies for market risk measurement and control purposes of our LNG Inventory Derivatives and Fuel Derivatives. The VaR is calculated using the Monte Carlo simulation method. As of March 31, 2015, our commodity derivatives that are sensitive to changes in natural gas prices had a VaR of $0.6 million.

In order to test the sensitivity of the fair value of the Term Gas Supply Derivatives to changes in underlying commodity prices, management modeled a 10% change in the basis price for natural gas for each delivery location. As of March 31, 2015, we estimated the fair value of our Term Gas Supply Derivatives to be $0.3 million. Based on actual derivative contractual volumes, a 10% increase or decrease in underlying basis price would have resulted in a change in the fair value of the Term Gas Supply Derivatives of $0.4 million as of March 31, 2015.

Interest Rate Risk

SPL has entered into interest rate swaps to hedge the exposure to volatility in a portion of the floating-rate interest payments under the 2013 Liquefaction Credit Facilities (“SPL Interest Rate Derivatives”). In order to test the sensitivity of the fair value of

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the SPL Interest Rate Derivatives to changes in interest rates, management modeled a 10% change in the forward 1-month LIBOR curve across the full 7-year term of the SPL Interest Rate Derivatives. This 10% change in interest rates would have resulted in a change in the fair value of the SPL Interest Rate Derivatives of $3.8 million as of March 31, 2015.

Corpus Christi Holdings has entered into interest rate swaps to protect against volatility of future cash flows and hedge a portion of the variable interest payments on upcoming debt facilities that will be used to pay for a portion of the costs of developing, constructing and placing into service the CCL Project (“Contingent Interest Rate Derivatives”). In order to test the sensitivity of the fair value of the Contingent Interest Rate Derivatives to changes in interest rates, management modeled a 10% change in the forward 1-month LIBOR curve across the full 7-year term of the Contingent Interest Rate Derivatives. This 10% change in interest rates would have resulted in a change in the fair value of the Contingent Interest Rate Derivatives of $52.7 million as of March 31, 2015.

ITEM 4.    CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES
We maintain a set of disclosure controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in the reports filed by us under the Exchange Act, is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms. As of the end of the period covered by this report, we evaluated, under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer, the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures pursuant to Rule 13a-15 of the Exchange Act. Based on that evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures are effective.

During the most recent fiscal quarter, there have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

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PART II.    OTHER INFORMATION
ITEM 1.    LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

Cheniere may in the future be involved as a party to various legal proceedings, which are incidental to the ordinary course of business. Cheniere regularly analyzes current information and, as necessary, provide accruals for probable liabilities on the eventual disposition of these matters.

On May 29, 2014, an alleged stockholder of Cheniere commenced a putative class and derivative action in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware (the “Court”) against Cheniere, certain members of Cheniere’s Board of Directors and certain of Cheniere’s present and former officers captioned Jones v. Souki, et al., C.A. No. 9710-VCL. Since May 29, 2014, additional litigations were filed captioned Macguire v. Souki, et al., C.A. No. 9746-VCL, Shenker v. Souki, et al., C.A. No. 9763-VCL and Davidoff v. Souki, et al., C.A. No. 9825-VCL. These lawsuits were consolidated into In re Cheniere Energy, Inc. Stockholders Litigation, Consolidated C.A. No. 9710-VCL (Del. Ch.) (the “Stockholder Action”). In general terms, these litigations challenged 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 contended 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 contended that portions of the Amended and Restated Bylaws of Cheniere Energy, Inc. adopted on April 3, 2014 were invalid and that certain disclosures relating to these matters made by Cheniere were misleading. The lawsuits asserted 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 sought, among other things, a declaration that the February 1, 2013 stockholder vote on Amendment No. 1 was 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, the defendants filed with the Court a joint motion to stay or dismiss the consolidated action with prejudice and Cheniere filed a verified application pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 205 (the “Section 205 Action”) in which Cheniere asked the Court to declare valid the issuance, pursuant to the 2011 Plan, whether occurring in the past or future, of the 25 million additional shares of common stock of Cheniere covered by Amendment No. 1. On J