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Energy Reports Fourth Quarter and YE 2011 Results
Last update: 2/24/2012 8:30:00 AM
HOUSTON, Feb. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- For the quarter and year ended December 31, 2011, Cheniere Energy, Inc. ("Cheniere") (LNG) reported a net loss of $57.8 million, or $0.66 per share (basic and diluted), and $198.8 million, or $2.60 per share (basic and diluted), respectively, compared with a net loss of $86.1 million, or $1.51 per share (basic and diluted), and $76.2 million, or $1.37 per share (basic and diluted), respectively, for the same periods in 2010. Excluding a loss on early extinguishment of debt of $49.3 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2010, the net loss for the quarter would have been $36.8 million, or $0.64 per share (basic and diluted). Excluding a gain on the sale of equity method investment of $128.3 million and a loss on the early extinguishment of debt of $50.3 million, the net loss for the year ended December 31, 2010, would have been $154.2 million, or $2.77 per share (basic and diluted). Excluding the significant items for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2010, the increased net loss for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2011, is primarily due to increased development expenses and general and administrative expenses associated with the project being developed by one of our indirectly owned subsidiaries, Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC ("Sabine Liquefaction"), to add liquefaction capabilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana (the "Liquefaction Project").
Results are reported on a consolidated basis and include our 88.8% ownership interest in Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. ("Cheniere Partners").
Overview of Significant Events
During 2011, Sabine Liquefaction made significant progress on the Liquefaction Project, including the following:
received an order from the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") with authorization to export domestically produced natural gas from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal as LNG to any country that has, or in the future develops, the capacity to import LNG and with which trade is permissible;
entered into a lump sum turnkey engineering, procurement and construction ("EPC") agreement with Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. ("Bechtel") for the first two LNG trains and related facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal for a contract price of $3.9 billion, which is subject to adjustment by change order; and
sold an aggregate of approximately 10.5 million mtpa of LNG per year under three long-term LNG Sale and Purchase Agreements ("SPAs") which commence upon the date of first commercial delivery for the applicable LNG train.
During 2011, we received approximately $468.4 million of net proceeds through equity issuances, including
approximately $123.1 million in June 2011 from the sale of 12.7 million shares of common stock in an underwritten public offering;
approximately $14.4 million during the fourth quarter from the sale of 1.5 million shares of common stock through an at-the-market program; and
approximately $330.9 million in December 2011 from the sale of 41.7 million shares of common stock in an underwritten public offering.
In January 2012, we used $298.0 million of the proceeds from the public offering of common stock in December 2011 to repay the 2007 Term Loan due in May 2012.
As of February 2012, Sabine Liquefaction has contracted additional volumes under SPAs and has now sold approximately 16.0 mtpa of LNG, or approximately 89% of the expected nameplate liquefaction volumes that will be available upon the completion of the liquefaction facilities. The fixed fee component for the SPAs equates to a range between $2.25 per million British thermal units ("MMBtu") and $3.00 per MMBtu and, in aggregate, the fixed fee component from all four SPAs totals approximately $2.3 billion annually.
Cheniere reported income from operations of $7.8 million and $58.1 million for the quarter and the year ended December 31, 2011, respectively, compared to income from operations of $26.5 million and $104.6 million for the comparable periods in 2010. The decreased income from operations in 2011 is primarily a result of costs incurred for the development of the Liquefaction Project. LNG terminal and pipeline development expenses increased $2.7 million and $28.8 million, respectively, for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2011, compared to the corresponding periods in 2010. General and administrative expenses increased $14.0 million and $19.8 million for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2011 from the comparable 2010 periods primarily due to increased labor costs from additional hiring, non-cash compensation expenses and increased variable compensation expenses. Included in general and administrative expenses were non-cash compensation expenses of $9.4 million and $24.4 million for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2011, respectively, compared to $3.9 million and $16.1 million, respectively, for the comparable 2010 periods.
As of December 31, 2011, we had unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $459.2 million available to Cheniere, which excludes cash and cash equivalents available to Cheniere Partners. In January 2012, we repaid our 2007 Term Loan which had a balance of $298.0 million.
Additionally, as of December 31, 2011, we had consolidated restricted cash and cash equivalents of approximately $185.1 million, including $4.3 million for Sabine Pass LNG, L.P.'s working capital, $77.1 million for Cheniere Partners' working capital, $96.1 million for interest payments related to Sabine Pass LNG, L.P.'s senior notes and $7.5 million for other restricted purposes.
Liquefaction Project Update
Sabine Liquefaction continues to make progress on the Liquefaction Project, which is being designed and permitted for up to four liquefaction trains, each with a nominal production capability of approximately 4.5 mtpa. Cheniere Partners anticipates LNG exports from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal could commence as early as 2015, with each liquefaction train commencing operations approximately six to nine months after the previous train.
Sabine Liquefaction is advancing towards making a final investment decision on the first two liquefaction trains, which is subject, but not limited, to obtaining regulatory approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") and obtaining financing. Sabine Liquefaction estimates that the costs to construct the first two liquefaction trains will be approximately $4.5 billion to $5.0 billion, before financing costs. Sabine Liquefaction expects to finance the first two liquefaction trains with a combination of debt and equity. Construction of the first two liquefaction trains is expected to commence in the first half of 2012.
Commencement of construction for LNG trains 3 and 4 is subject, but not limited, to regulatory approvals, entering into an EPC agreement, obtaining financing and Sabine Liquefaction making a final investment decision. Sabine Liquefaction has engaged Bechtel to complete front-end engineering and design work and to negotiate a lump sum turnkey contract. Construction for liquefaction trains 3 and 4 is targeted for early 2013.
Summary Liquefaction Project Timeline
Target DateMilestone Trains 1 & 2 Trains 3 & 4-------------------------------- ------------------ ------------------DOE export authorization Received ReceivedDefinitive commercial agreements Completed 7.7 mtpa Completed 8.3 mtpaBG Gulf Coast LNG, LLC 4.2 mtpa 1.3 mtpaGas Natural Fenosa 3.5 mtpaGAIL (India) Ltd. 3.5 mtpaKOGAS 3.5 mtpaEPC Contract Complete 4Q12Financing commitments 1Q12 1Q13FERC construction authorization 1H12 1H12Commence construction 2012 2013Commence operations 2015/2016 2017/2018
Our strategy is to continue developing the Liquefaction Project as discussed above and to continue restructuring and optimizing our finances and capital structure. The next maturity on our indebtedness is in August 2012, which we will address following completion of the financing for the first two liquefaction trains. Options for addressing the maturity include refinancing our existing indebtedness, issuing equity or other securities, selling assets, or a combination of the foregoing.