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Cheniere Energy Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Results

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SOURCE Cheniere Energy, Inc.

HOUSTON, Feb. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cheniere Energy, Inc. ("Cheniere") (NYSE MKT: LNG) reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $135.2 million, or $0.61 per share (basic and diluted), for the three months ended December 31, 2013, compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $94.3 million, or $0.44 per share (basic and diluted), for the comparable 2012 period.  For the year ended December 31, 2013, Cheniere reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $507.9 million, or $2.32 per share (basic and diluted), compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $332.8 million, or $1.83 per share (basic and diluted), during the corresponding period of 2012. 

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Significant items for the three months and year ended December 31, 2013 were $34.0 million, or $0.15 per share (basic and diluted), and $109.1 million, or $0.50 per share (basic and diluted), respectively, compared to $53.7 million, or $0.25 per share (basic and diluted), and $123.7 million, or $0.68 per share (basic and diluted), respectively, for the comparable 2012 periods.  Significant items related to liquefied natural gas ("LNG") terminal development expenses, losses on early extinguishment of debt and derivative gains/losses.  LNG terminal development expenses were primarily for the liquefaction facilities Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. ("Cheniere Partners") is developing through Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC ("Sabine Pass Liquefaction") at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal adjacent to the existing regasification facilities (the "Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project") and the proposed liquefaction facilities being developed by us near Corpus Christi, Texas (the "Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project").  Derivative gains/losses were primarily the result of the change in fair value of Sabine Pass Liquefaction's interest rate derivatives to hedge the exposure to volatility in a portion of the floating-rate interest payments under four credit facilities.  Loss on early extinguishment of debt was related to Sabine Pass Liquefaction amending and replacing its $3.6 billion credit facility with four credit facilities aggregating $5.9 billion in May 2013 and refinancing a portion of the credit facilities in November 2013, resulting in an aggregate available capacity of approximately $5.0 billion.

Results are reported on a consolidated basis and include our indirect ownership interest in Cheniere Partners, which was 49.2% as of December 31, 2013.  The ownership is based on our 100% ownership of the general partner interest in Cheniere Partners and 84.5% ownership interest in Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC ("Cheniere Holdings"), which owns 55.9% of Cheniere Partners.

Overview of Recent Significant Events

  • In December 2013, Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC entered into an LNG sale and purchase agreement ("SPA") with PT Pertamina (Persero) ("Pertamina") under which Pertamina has agreed to purchase 39.7 million MMBtu of LNG per year (approximately 0.8 mtpa) upon the date of first commercial delivery of the first liquefaction Train ("Train") at the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project;
  • In December 2013, Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC entered into two lump sum turnkey contracts for the engineering, procurement and construction of Trains and related facilities for the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project; and
  • In December 2013, Cheniere Holdings completed its initial public offering (the "Cheniere Holdings Offering") of 36.0 million common shares at $20.00 per common share.  Cheniere Holdings was formed by us to hold our Cheniere Partners limited partner interests. We ultimately received all of the $665.0 million of net proceeds from the Cheniere Holdings Offering and intend to use them for the development of our existing assets, future projects and general corporate purposes.

Liquefaction Projects Update

Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project

Through Cheniere Partners we are developing up to six Trains, each with a nominal production capacity of approximately 4.5 mtpa, at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal adjacent to the existing regasification facilities.  We have received Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") and Department of Energy ("DOE") approvals for Trains 1 through 4, and we have filed all required regulatory applications with the FERC and DOE to develop Trains 5 and 6.

The Trains are in various stages of development.

  • Construction on Trains 1 and 2 began in August 2012, and as of January 31, 2014, the overall project for Trains 1 and 2 was approximately 57.1% complete, which is ahead of the contractual schedule.  Based on our current construction schedule, we anticipate that Train 1 will produce LNG by late 2015.
  • Construction on Trains 3 and 4 began in May 2013, and as of January 31, 2014, the overall project for Trains 3 and 4 was approximately 21.6% complete.  To date, soil stabilization has been completed and pile driving, the next critical path item, is underway.  We expect Trains 3 and 4 to become operational in late 2016 and 2017, respectively.
  • We continue to make progress with the development of Trains 5 and 6.  To date we have completed two LNG SPAs for approximately 3.75 mtpa in aggregate of LNG volumes that commence with the date of first commercial delivery for Train 5.  In September 2013, we filed a complete application with the FERC.  We have received authorizations from the DOE to export 503 Bcf of LNG volumes from Trains 5 and 6 to FTA countries.  Non-FTA authorization is pending.

Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project

We continue to make progress on the commercialization and development of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project, which is being designed for up to three Trains with expected aggregate nominal production capacity of approximately 13.5 mtpa of LNG.

  • In December 2013, we entered into an SPA with Pertamina under which Pertamina has agreed to purchase approximately 0.8 mtpa of LNG commencing with the date of first commercial delivery of Train 1 of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project. Additionally, we entered into two lump sum turnkey contracts for the engineering, procurement and construction of the Trains and related facilities.
  • We have received authorization from the DOE to export up to 767 Bcf per year of domestically produced LNG to FTA countries from the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project.  Authorization to export LNG to non-FTA countries is pending.
  • In February 2014, we received a scheduling notice from the FERC under which the FERC has scheduled the issuance of the FERC staff's final Environmental Impact Statement ("FEIS") for no later than October 8, 2014. In addition, this notice from the FERC alerted all other agencies issuing federal authorizations of the requirement to complete all necessary reviews and to reach a final decision on the request for a federal authorization within 90 days following issuance of the FEIS or no later than January 6, 2015.

We will contemplate making a final investment decision to commence construction of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project based upon, among other things, entering into acceptable commercial arrangements, receiving all regulatory approvals and obtaining financing.

Timelines for Liquefaction Projects

 



Target Date



Sabine Pass Liquefaction


Corpus Christi Liquefaction

Milestone


Trains

1 & 2


Trains

3 & 4


Trains

5 & 6


Trains 1-3

DOE export authorization


Received


Received


Received FTA

Pending Non-FTA


Received FTA;   Pending Non-FTA

Definitive commercial agreements


Completed 7.7 mtpa


Completed 8.3 mtpa


T5: Completed

T6: 2014


2014

- BG Gulf Coast LNG, LLC


4.2 mtpa


1.3 mtpa





- Gas Natural Fenosa


3.5 mtpa







- KOGAS




3.5 mtpa





- GAIL (India) Ltd.




3.5 mtpa





- Total Gas & Power N.A.






2.0 mtpa



- Centrica plc






1.75 mtpa



- PT Pertamina (Persero)

 








0.8 mtpa

EPC contract


Completed


Completed


2015


Completed

Financing






2015


2014

- Equity


Completed


Completed 





- Debt commitments


Received


 Received





FERC authorization









- FERC Order


Received


Received


2015


2014/2015

- Certificate to commence construction


Received


Received





Issue Notice to Proceed


Completed


Completed


2015


2014/2015

Commence operations


2015/2016


2016/2017


2018/2019


2018

Quarter and Year End 2013 Results

For the quarter and year ended December 31, 2013, Cheniere reported loss from operations of $79.4 million and $329.0 million, respectively, compared to $15.9 million and $75.8 million for the respective comparable periods in 2012.  Net operating losses were primarily affected by general and administrative expenses due to timing of awards under bonus plans relating to Trains 1 through 4 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project and LNG terminal operating expenses which resulted primarily from costs incurred to purchase LNG to maintain the cryogenic readiness of the regasification facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal, increased LNG terminal maintenance and repair costs and increased fuel costs.  General and administrative expenses included non-cash compensation expenses of $64.9 million and $252.1 million for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2013, respectively, compared to $4.3 million and $58.4 million for the respective comparable 2012 periods.

Cheniere Energy, Inc. is a Houston-based energy company primarily engaged in LNG-related businesses, and owns and operates the Sabine Pass LNG terminal and Creole Trail Pipeline in Louisiana. Cheniere is pursuing related business opportunities both upstream and downstream of the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. Through its subsidiary, Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P., Cheniere is developing a liquefaction project at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal adjacent to the existing regasification facilities for up to six Trains, each of which is expected to have a nominal production capacity of approximately 4.5 mtpa. Construction has begun on Trains 1 through 4 at the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project. Cheniere has also initiated a project to develop liquefaction facilities near Corpus Christi, Texas. The Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project is being designed and permitted for up to three Trains, with aggregate design production capacity of up to 13.5 mtpa of LNG and which would include three LNG storage tanks with capacity of 10.1 Bcfe and two LNG carrier docks. Commencement of construction for the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project is subject, but not limited, to obtaining regulatory approvals, entering into long-term customer contracts sufficient to underpin financing of the project, obtaining financing, and Cheniere making a final investment decision. We believe LNG exports from the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project could commence as early as 2018.

For additional information, please refer to the Cheniere Energy, Inc. website at www.cheniere.com and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

This press release contains certain statements that may include "forward-looking statements" within the meanings of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are "forward-looking statements." Included among "forward-looking statements" are, among other things, (i) statements regarding Cheniere's business strategy, plans and objectives, including the construction and operation of liquefaction facilities, (ii) statements regarding expectations regarding regulatory authorizations and approvals, (iii) statements expressing beliefs and expectations regarding the development of Cheniere's LNG terminal and pipeline businesses, including liquefaction facilities, (iv) statements regarding the business operations and prospects of third parties, (v) statements regarding potential financing arrangements and (vi) statements regarding future discussions and entry into contracts. Although Cheniere believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect.  Cheniere's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in Cheniere's periodic reports that are filed with and available from the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Other than as required under the securities laws, Cheniere does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.

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Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Selected Financial Information

(in thousands, except per share data) (1)



Three Months Ended


Year Ended


December 31


December 31


2013


2012


2013


2012

Revenues








LNG terminal revenues

$

66,185



$

66,625



$

265,406



$

265,894

Marketing and trading revenues

(199)



469



242



(1,172)

Other

435



327



1,565



1,498

Total revenues

66,421



67,421



267,213



266,220









Operating costs and expenses








LNG terminal operating expense

12,744



20,470



89,169



57,076

LNG terminal development expense

10,720



11,483



60,934



66,112

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

15,676



19,406



61,209



66,407

General and administrative expense

106,541



31,845



384,512



152,081

Other

117



132



375



376

Total operating costs and expenses

145,798



83,336



596,199



342,052

Loss from operations

(79,377)



(15,915)



(328,986)



(75,832)









Other income (expense)








Interest expense, net

(43,594)



(41,092)



(178,400)



(200,811)

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

(51,066)



(42,587)



(131,576)



(57,685)

Derivative gain (loss), net

27,742



346



83,448



58

Other income (expense)

137



133



1,091



(11,367)

Total other expense

(66,781)



(83,200)



(225,437)



(269,805)

Loss before income taxes and non-controlling interest

(146,158)



(99,115)



(554,423)



(345,637)

Income tax provision

(1,589)



207



(4,340)



(4)

Net loss

(147,747)



(98,908)



(558,763)



(345,641)

Non-controlling interest

12,518



4,584



50,841



12,861

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(135,229)



$

(94,324)



$

(507,922)



$

(332,780)









Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders - basic and diluted

$

(0.61)



$

(0.44)



$

(2.32)



$

(1.83)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - basic and diluted

221,624



215,586



218,869



181,768

 

 


December 31,


December 31,


2013


2012

Cash and cash equivalents

$

960,842



$

201,711


Restricted cash and cash equivalents

598,064



520,263


Accounts and interest receivable

4,486



3,486


LNG inventory

10,563



7,045


Prepaid expenses and other

17,225



16,058


Non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents

1,031,399



272,924


Property, plant and equipment, net

6,454,399



3,282,305


Debt issuance costs, net

313,944



220,949


Non-current derivative assets

98,123



-


Goodwill

76,819



76,819


Other

107,373



37,525


Total assets

$

9,673,237



$

4,639,085






Current liabilities

237,011



159,763


Long-term debt, net of discount

6,576,273



2,167,113


Deferred revenue

17,500



21,500


Non-current derivative liabilities

-



26,424


Other liabilities

2,396



2,680


Non-controlling interest

2,660,375



1,751,604


Stockholders' equity

179,682



510,001


Total liabilities and equity

$

9,673,237



$

4,639,085


 

As of December 31, 2013, we had unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $960.8 million available to Cheniere.  In addition, we had consolidated restricted cash and cash equivalents of $1,629.5 million (which included restricted cash and cash equivalents available to Cheniere Partners, Sabine Pass Liquefaction and Sabine Pass LNG) designated for the following purposes: $1,059.7 million for the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project, $101.9 million for the Creole Trail Pipeline, $91.1 million for interest payments related to the 7.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2016 and 6.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2020 issued by Sabine Pass LNG, and $376.8 million for other restricted purposes. 

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