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Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

HOUSTON, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. ("Cheniere Partners") (NYSE MKT: CQP) reported net income of $85.3 million and a net loss of $171.2 million for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016, respectively, compared to a net loss of $56.0 million and $318.9 million for the same periods in 2015, respectively.  Adjusted EBITDA1 for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 was $202.0 million and $365.5 million, respectively, compared to $(0.1) million and $37.8 million for the comparable 2015 periods, respectively.

During the three months ended December 31, 2016, a total of 24 LNG cargoes were loaded from the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project (defined below), none of which were commissioning cargoes.

Total operating costs and expenses increased $265.2 million and $582.8 million during the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 compared to the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015, respectively, generally as a result of the commencement of operations of Train 1 and Train 2 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project in May and September 2016, respectively. Depreciation and amortization expense increased during the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 as we began depreciation of our assets related to Train 1 and Train 2 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project upon reaching substantial completion. General and administrative expense-affiliate decreased during the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 compared to the comparable 2015 periods, partially due to a decrease in the amount payable under our service agreements with affiliates and partially due to a reallocation of resources from general and administrative activities to operating and maintenance activities following commencement of operations at the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project.

For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016, Adjusted EBITDA excludes the impact of loss on early extinguishment of debt associated with the write-off of debt issuance costs by Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC ("SPL") in connection with the refinancing of a portion of its credit facilities, by Sabine Pass LNG, L.P. ("SPLNG") as a result of the redemption of its senior notes, and by Cheniere Creole Trail Pipeline, L.P. as a result of the prepayment of its outstanding term loan, derivative loss (gain) primarily as a result of changes in the forward LIBOR curve over the period as well as an increase in the notional amount of interest rate swaps related to our new credit facilities entered into in February 2016, and changes in the fair value of commodity derivatives. For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015, Adjusted EBITDA excludes the impact of losses on early extinguishment of debt related primarily to the write-off of debt issuance costs by SPL in connection with the refinancing of a portion of its credit facilities, derivative loss due primarily to the termination of certain interest rate derivatives, and changes in the fair value of commodity derivatives.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Highlights

  • In November 2016, the date of first commercial delivery was reached under the fixed price, 20-year LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement with BG Gulf Coast LNG, LLC relating to the first train of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project.
  • In November 2016, SPLNG redeemed all of its outstanding $420 million in aggregate principal amount of 6.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2020 (the "2020 Notes") and repaid all of its outstanding $1,665.5 million in aggregate principal amount of 7.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2016 (the "2016 Notes"). Subsequent to the redemption of the 2020 Notes and the repayment of the 2016 Notes, the Cheniere Partners complex has no long-term debt maturity until 2020.
  • In December 2016, Moody's Investors Service upgraded SPL's senior secured rating to Ba1 from Ba2. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, in January 2017 Fitch Ratings assigned a BBB- (Investment Grade) rating to senior secured debt issued by SPL.

Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project Update
Through Cheniere Partners, we are developing up to six Trains at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal adjacent to the existing regasification facilities (the "Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project"). Each train is expected to have a nominal production capacity, which is prior to adjusting for planned maintenance, production reliability, and potential overdesign, of approximately 4.5 million tonnes per annum ("mtpa") of LNG.

The Trains are in various stages of operation, construction, and development.

  • Construction on Trains 1 and 2 began in August 2012 and substantial completion was achieved in May 2016 and September 2016, respectively. Substantial completion is achieved upon the completion of construction, commissioning and the satisfaction of certain performance tests.
  • Construction on Trains 3 and 4 began in May 2013, and as of December 31, 2016, the overall project completion percentage for Trains 3 and 4 was approximately 95.5%, which is ahead of the contractual schedule. In September 2016, commissioning activities commenced on Train 3.  Based on the current construction schedule, we expect to reach substantial completion for Train 3 in the first quarter of 2017 and Train 4 in the second half of 2017.
  • Construction on Train 5 began in June 2015, and as of December 31, 2016, the overall project completion percentage for Train 5 was approximately 52.4%, which is ahead of the contractual schedule. Engineering, procurement, subcontract work and construction were approximately 96.6%, 76.6%, 43.7% and 11.3% complete, respectively. Based on the current construction schedule, we expect Train 5 to reach substantial completion in the second half of 2019.
  • Train 6 is currently under development, with all necessary regulatory approvals in place. We expect to make a final investment decision and commence construction on Train 6 upon, among other things, entering into an engineering, procurement, and construction contract, entering into acceptable commercial arrangements, and obtaining adequate financing.

Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project

Liquefaction Train

Train 1

Train 2

Trains 3-4

Train 5

Project Status

Operational

Operational

96% Overall
Completion

52% Overall
Completion

Expected Substantial Completion

-

-

T3 - 1Q 2017
T4 - 2H 2017

2019






 

Distributions to Unitholders
We paid a cash distribution per common unit of $0.425 to unitholders of record as of February 2, 2017, and the related general partner distribution on February 13, 2017.

We estimate that the annualized distribution to common unitholders for fiscal year 2016 will be $1.70 per unit.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast
Cheniere Energy, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 11 a.m. Eastern time / 10 a.m. Central time. A listen-only webcast of the call and an accompanying slide presentation may be accessed through our website at www.cheniere.com. Following the call, an archived recording will be made available on our website. The call and accompanying slide presentation may include financial and operating results or other information regarding Cheniere Partners.

About Cheniere Partners
Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Sabine Pass LNG, L.P., Cheniere Partners owns 100% of the Sabine Pass LNG terminal located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, on the Sabine-Neches Waterway less than four miles from the Gulf Coast. The Sabine Pass LNG terminal includes existing infrastructure of five LNG storage tanks with capacity of approximately 16.9 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe), two marine berths 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.  Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Cheniere Creole Trail Pipeline, L.P., Cheniere Partners also owns a 94-mile pipeline that interconnects the Sabine Pass LNG terminal with a number of large interstate pipelines.

Cheniere Partners, through its subsidiary, SPL, is developing and constructing natural gas liquefaction facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal adjacent to the existing regasification facilities. Cheniere Partners, through SPL, plans to construct over time up to six liquefaction trains, which are in various stages of development and construction.  Trains 1 and 2 have commenced commercial operations, Train 3 is undergoing commissioning, Trains 4 and 5 are under construction and Train 6 is fully permitted.  Each liquefaction train is expected to have a nominal production capacity, which is prior to adjusting for planned maintenance, production reliability, and potential overdesign, of approximately 4.5 mtpa of LNG. SPL has entered into six third-party LNG sale and purchase agreements ("SPAs") that in the aggregate equate to approximately 19.75 mtpa of LNG and commence with the date of first commercial delivery of Trains 1 through 5 as specified in the respective SPAs.

For additional information, please refer to the Cheniere Partners website at www.cheniere.com and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain statements that may include "forward-looking statements." 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 Partners' business strategy, plans and objectives, including the development, 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 Partners' LNG terminal and liquefaction business, (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 Partners 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 Partners' 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 Partners' 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 Partners does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.

(Financial Table Follows)

Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per unit data)



(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended
December 31, (1)



2016


2015


2016


2015

Revenues








LNG revenues

$

205,913



$



$

539,468



$


LNG revenues—affiliate

277,721





293,957




Regasification revenues

66,262



65,833



263,030



265,637


Regasification revenues—affiliate

717



1,439



3,785



4,391


Total revenues

550,613



67,272



1,100,240



270,028










Operating costs and expenses








Cost (cost recovery) of sales (excluding depreciation and amortization expense shown separately below)

198,572



(476)



410,433



(31,466)


Cost of sales—affiliate

60





1,490




Operating and maintenance expense

47,322



13,576



126,878



62,406


Operating and maintenance expense—affiliate

16,236



9,024



52,137



29,379


Development expense (recovery)

(11)



219



126



2,850


Development expense—affiliate

27



160



396



722


General and administrative expense

3,822



3,810



13,200



15,079


General and administrative expense—affiliate

21,658



41,551



89,523



122,312


Depreciation and amortization expense

63,520



18,147



155,621



65,704


Total operating costs and expenses

351,206



86,011



849,804



266,986










Income (loss) from operations

199,407



(18,739)



250,436



3,042










Other income (expense)








Interest expense, net of capitalized interest

(128,222)



(42,247)



(356,900)



(184,600)


Loss on early extinguishment of debt

(18,298)





(71,824)



(96,273)


Derivative gain (loss), net

31,961



4,819



5,544



(41,722)


Other income

497



127



1,549



662


Total other expense

(114,062)



(37,301)



(421,631)



(321,933)










Net income (loss)

$

85,345



$

(56,040)



$

(171,195)



$

(318,891)










Basic net income (loss) per common unit

$

0.07



$

0.01



$

(0.20)



$

(0.43)


Diluted net income (loss) per common unit

$

0.07



$

(0.09)



$

(0.20)



$

(0.43)










Weighted average number of common units outstanding used for basic and diluted net income (loss) per common unit calculation

57,089



57,083



57,086



57,081









(1)

Please refer to the Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

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



December 31,


2016


2015

ASSETS




Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents

$



$

146,221


Restricted cash

604,944



274,557


Accounts and other receivables

90,196



741


Accounts receivable—affiliate

99,336



1,271


Advances to affiliate

37,697



39,836


Inventory

97,431



16,667


Other current assets

28,656



14,182


Total current assets

958,260



493,475






Non-current restricted cash



13,650


Property, plant and equipment, net

14,158,187



11,931,602


Debt issuance costs, net

120,704



132,091


Non-current derivative assets

82,861



30,304


Other non-current assets, net

222,328



232,031


Total assets

$

15,542,340



$

12,833,153






LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities




Accounts payable

$

27,162



$

16,407


Accrued liabilities

417,502



224,292


Current debt, net

223,500



1,673,379


Due to affiliates

99,529



115,123


Deferred revenue

72,631



26,669


Deferred revenue—affiliate

717



717


Derivative liabilities

14,446



6,430


Other current liabilities

224




Total current liabilities

855,711



2,063,017






Long-term debt, net

14,209,229



10,018,325


Non-current deferred revenue

5,500



9,500


Non-current derivative liabilities

2,001



2,884


Other non-current liabilities

165



175


Other non-current liabilities—affiliate

26,680



26,321






Commitments and contingencies








Partners' equity




Common unitholders' interest (57.1 million units issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016 and 2015)

129,712



305,747


Class B unitholders' interest (145.3 million units issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016 and 2015)

62,256



(37,429)


Subordinated unitholders' interest (135.4 million units issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016 and 2015)

239,909



428,035


General partner's interest (2% interest with 6.9 million units issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016 and 2015)

11,177



16,578


Total partners' equity

443,054



712,931


Total liabilities and partners' equity

$

15,542,340



$

12,833,153








(1)

Please refer to the Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

Regulation G Reconciliation

In addition to disclosing financial results in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the accompanying news release contains a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that is used to facilitate comparisons of operating performance across periods. This non-GAAP measure should be viewed as a supplement to and not a substitute for our U.S. GAAP measures of performance and the financial results calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and the reconciliation from these results should be carefully evaluated.

Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by taking net income (loss) before interest expense, net of capitalized interest, changes in the fair value and settlement of our interest rate derivatives, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and adjusting for the effects of certain non-cash items, other non-operating income or expense items and other items not otherwise predictive or indicative of ongoing operating performance, including the effects of modification or extinguishment of debt, changes in the fair value of our commodity derivatives and other income. Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to represent cash flows from operations or net loss as defined by U.S. GAAP and is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

We believe Adjusted EBITDA provides relevant and useful information to management, investors and other users of our financial information in evaluating the effectiveness of our operating performance in a manner that is consistent with management's evaluation of business performance. Management believes Adjusted EBITDA is widely used by investors to measure a company's operating performance without regard to items such as interest expense, taxes, depreciation and amortization which vary substantially from company to company depending on capital structure, the method by which assets were acquired and depreciation policies. Further, the exclusion of certain non-cash items, other non-operating income or expense items and other items not otherwise predictive or indicative of ongoing operating performance enables comparability to prior period performance and trend analysis.

Adjusted EBITDA

The following table reconciles our Adjusted EBITDA to U.S. GAAP results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 (in thousands):


Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended
December 31,


2016


2015


2016


2015

Net income (loss)

$ 85,345



$ (56,040)



$ (171,195)



$ (318,891)


Interest expense, net of capitalized interest

128,222



42,247



356,900



184,600


Loss on early extinguishment of debt

18,298





71,824



96,273


Derivative loss (gain), net

(31,961)



(4,819)



(5,544)



41,722


Other income

(497)



(127)



(1,549)



(662)


Income (loss) from operations

199,407



(18,739)



250,436



3,042


Adjustments to reconcile income (loss) from operations to Adjusted EBITDA:








Depreciation and amortization expense

63,520



18,147



155,621



65,704


Loss (gain) from changes in fair value of commodity derivatives, net

(60,965)



510



(40,559)



(30,948)


Adjusted EBITDA

$ 201,962



$ (82)



$ 365,498



$ 37,798
























 

Non-GAAP financial measure. See "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures" for further details.

 

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