Cheniere Energy, Inc. (“Cheniere”) (NYSE American: LNG) today announced its financial results for the second quarter 2023.

SECOND QUARTER 2023 SUMMARY FINANCIAL RESULTS

(in billions)

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30, 2023

 

Six Months Ended June 30, 2023

 

Revenues

 

 

$4.1

 

$11.4

 

Net Income1

 

 

$1.4

 

$6.8

 

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA2

 

 

$1.9

 

$5.5

 

Distributable Cash Flow2

 

 

$1.4

 

$4.3

 

2023 FULL YEAR FINANCIAL GUIDANCE

(in billions)

 

2023 Previous

 

2023 Revised

 

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA2

 

$8.2

-

$8.7

 

$8.3

-

$8.8

 

Distributable Cash Flow2

 

$5.7

-

$6.2

 

$5.8

-

$6.3

 

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • During the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, Cheniere generated revenues of approximately $4.1 billion and $11.4 billion, net income1 of approximately $1.4 billion and $6.8 billion, Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA2 of approximately $1.9 billion and $5.5 billion, and Distributable Cash Flow2 of approximately $1.4 billion and $4.3 billion, respectively.
  • Raising full year 2023 Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA2 guidance to $8.3 billion - $8.8 billion and full year 2023 Distributable Cash Flow2 guidance to $5.8 billion - $6.3 billion.
  • Pursuant to Cheniere’s comprehensive capital allocation plan, during the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, Cheniere prepaid approximately $201 million and $1.1 billion, respectively, of consolidated long-term indebtedness, repurchased an aggregate of approximately 2.3 million shares and 5.4 million shares of common stock for approximately $337 million and $788 million, respectively, and paid a quarterly dividend of $0.395 per share of common stock attributable to the first quarter 2023 on May 17, 2023.
  • During the three months ended June 30, 2023, Cheniere’s subsidiaries signed new long-term contracts representing an aggregate of up to approximately 76 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) with expected deliveries between 2026 and 2049:
    • In June 2023, Cheniere Marketing, LLC (“Cheniere Marketing”) entered into a long-term LNG sale and purchase agreement (“SPA”) with ENN LNG (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. (“ENN”), under which ENN has agreed to purchase approximately 1.8 million tonnes per annum (“mtpa”) of LNG from Cheniere Marketing on a free-on-board (“FOB”) basis, with early volumes beginning in 2026, ramping to 0.9 mtpa in 2027 and reaching the full 1.8 mtpa upon start of commercial operations of the first train (“Train Seven”) of the SPL Expansion Project (defined below), and extending for 20 years thereafter. Delivery of 0.9 mtpa is subject to, among other things, a positive Final Investment Decision (“FID”) with respect to Train Seven.
    • In June 2023, Cheniere Marketing entered into a long-term LNG SPA with Equinor ASA (“Equinor”), under which Equinor has agreed to purchase approximately 1.75 mtpa of LNG from Cheniere Marketing on a FOB basis, with delivery of half of the volumes commencing in 2027, and delivery of the remaining half commencing at the end of this decade, with the total amount extending for 15 years thereafter. Delivery of half of the volumes is subject to, among other things, a positive FID with respect to Train Seven of the SPL Expansion Project.
    • In May 2023, Cheniere Marketing International LLP (“Cheniere Marketing International”) entered into a long-term LNG SPA with Korea Southern Power Co. Ltd (“KOSPO”), under which KOSPO has agreed to purchase approximately 0.4 mtpa of LNG from Cheniere Marketing International on a delivered ex-ship (“DES”) basis from 2027 through 2046, with a smaller annual quantity to be delivered starting in 2024. Delivery of the volumes from 2028 through 2046 is subject to, among other things, a positive FID with respect to Train Seven of the SPL Expansion Project.
  • In May 2023, certain subsidiaries of Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (“Cheniere Partners”) (NYSE American: CQP) entered the pre-filing review process with the FERC under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) for the SPL Expansion Project (defined below), and in April 2023, executed a contract with Bechtel Energy Inc. (“Bechtel”) to provide the Front End Engineering and Design (“FEED”) for the SPL Expansion Project.
  • In April 2023, certain subsidiaries of Cheniere filed an application with the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) with respect to the CCL Midscale Trains 8 & 9 Project (defined below), requesting authorization to export LNG to Free-Trade Agreement (“FTA”) and non-FTA countries.

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1 Net income (loss) as used herein refers to Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders on our Consolidated Statements of Operations.

2 Non-GAAP financial measure. See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures” for further details.

CEO COMMENT

“The outstanding financial, commercial and operational results announced today are a product of our team’s commitment to safe, efficient and strategic execution throughout the second quarter,” said Jack Fusco, Cheniere’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “In addition to the safe and successful completion of our planned maintenance turnaround at Sabine Pass, our team achieved several key milestones on construction and development across our growth projects at both sites, as well as building significant commercial momentum, all of which supports the continued growth of our market-leading LNG platform and further evidences the long-term role of our reliable, cleaner-burning LNG in the global energy mix.”

SUMMARY AND REVIEW OF FINANCIAL RESULTS

(in millions, except LNG data)

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

% Change

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

 

% Change

Revenues

$

4,102

 

$

8,007

 

(49

)%

 

$

11,412

 

$

15,491

 

 

(26

)%

Net income (loss)1

$

1,369

 

$

741

 

85

%

 

$

6,803

 

$

(124

)

 

nm

 

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA2

$

1,858

 

$

2,529

 

(27

)%

 

$

5,457

 

$

5,682

 

 

(4

)%

LNG exported:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of cargoes

 

149

 

 

156

 

(4

)%

 

 

316

 

 

316

 

 

%

Volumes (TBtu)

 

536

 

 

563

 

(5

)%

 

 

1,139

 

 

1,147

 

 

(1

)%

LNG volumes loaded (TBtu)

 

534

 

 

564

 

(5

)%

 

 

1,136

 

 

1,149

 

 

(1

)%

Net income (loss) was approximately $1.4 billion and $6.8 billion for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, respectively, as compared to approximately $741 million and $(124) million in the corresponding 2022 periods. The favorable changes were primarily due to changes in fair value of our derivative portfolio (further described below) of approximately $782 million and $5.5 billion for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, respectively, (before tax and non-controlling interests) as compared to $(728) million and $(4.2) billion of changes in fair value in the corresponding 2022 periods. The favorable changes were partially offset by decreased total margins per MMBtu of LNG delivered, higher provisions for income tax as well as higher net income attributable to noncontrolling interests in both periods.

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA decreased approximately $671 million and $225 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023 as compared to the three and six months ended June 30, 2022, respectively. The decreases were due primarily to decreased total margins per MMBtu of LNG delivered driven by a higher proportion of volumes sold under long-term contracts, lower total volumes sold into short-term markets, and lower international gas prices in the current period. The decreases were partially offset by an increased contribution from certain portfolio optimization activities.

Substantially all derivative gains (losses) relate to the use of commodity derivative instruments indexed to international gas and LNG prices, primarily related to our long-term Integrated Production Marketing (“IPM”) agreements. Our IPM agreements are designed to provide stable margins on purchases of natural gas and sales of LNG over the life of the agreements and have a fixed fee component, similar to that of LNG sold under our long-term, fixed fee LNG SPAs. However, the long-term duration and international price basis of our IPM agreements make them particularly susceptible to fluctuations in fair market value from period to period. In addition, accounting requirements prescribe recognition of these long-term gas supply agreements at fair value, but do not currently permit fair value recognition of the associated sale of LNG, resulting in a mismatch of accounting recognition for the purchase of natural gas and sale of LNG. As a result of continued moderation of international gas price volatility and declines in international forward commodity curves during the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, we recognized $593 million and $4.6 billion, respectively, of non-cash favorable changes in fair value attributable to such positions (before tax and non-controlling interests).

Share-based compensation expenses included in net income (loss) totaled $36 million and $86 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, respectively, compared to $36 million and $79 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022, respectively.

Our financial results are reported on a consolidated basis. Our ownership interest in Cheniere Partners as of June 30, 2023 consisted of 100% ownership of the general partner and a 48.6% limited partner interest.

BALANCE SHEET MANAGEMENT

Capital Resources

As of June 30, 2023, our total consolidated available liquidity was approximately $12.7 billion. We had cash and cash equivalents of $4.5 billion, of which $1.8 billion was held by Cheniere Partners. In addition, we had restricted cash and cash equivalents of $640 million, $1.3 billion of available commitments under the Cheniere Revolving Credit Facility, $1.3 billion of available commitments under the Cheniere Corpus Christi Holdings, LLC (“CCH”) Working Capital Facility, $3.3 billion of available commitments under CCH’s term loan credit facility (the “CCH Credit Facility”), $1.0 billion of available commitments under the CQP Revolving Credit Facility (defined below), and $671 million of available commitments under the SPL Revolving Credit Facility (defined below).

Recent Key Financial Transactions and Updates

In June 2023, Cheniere Partners issued $1.4 billion aggregate principal amount of 5.95% Senior Notes due 2033 (the “2033 CQP Senior Notes”), and used the proceeds, along with cash on hand, to redeem a portion of SPL’s 5.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2024 (the “2024 SPL Senior Notes”) in July 2023.

In June 2023, Cheniere Partners entered into a $1.0 billion Senior Unsecured Revolving Credit and Guaranty Agreement (the “CQP Revolving Credit Facility”), and Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC (“SPL”) entered into a $1.0 billion Senior Secured Revolving Credit and Guaranty Agreement (the “SPL Revolving Credit Facility”). The CQP Revolving Credit Facility and SPL Revolving Credit Facility each refinanced and replaced the respective existing credit facilities to, among other things, extend the maturity date thereunder, reduce the rate of interest and commitment fees applicable thereunder and make certain other changes to the terms and conditions.

During the three months ended June 30, 2023, Cheniere and its subsidiaries repurchased approximately $201 million in aggregate principal amount of the 2024 SPL Senior Notes and the CCH Senior Secured Notes due 2039 in the open market with cash on hand.

LIQUEFACTION PROJECTS OVERVIEW

CCL Stage 3 Progress as of June 30, 2023:

 

CCL Stage 3 Project

Project Status

Under Construction

Project Completion Percentage

38.1%(1)

Expected Substantial Completion

2H 2025 - 1H 2027

 

(1) Engineering 63.5% complete, procurement 56.3% complete, subcontract work 47.1% complete and construction 4.9% complete.

SPL Project

Through Cheniere Partners, we operate 6 natural gas liquefaction Trains for a total production capacity of approximately 30 mtpa of LNG at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana (the “SPL Project”).

SPL Expansion Project

Through Cheniere Partners, we are developing an expansion adjacent to the SPL Project consisting of up to 3 natural gas liquefaction Trains with an expected total production capacity of approximately 20 mtpa of LNG (the “SPL Expansion Project”). In May 2023, certain subsidiaries of Cheniere Partners entered the pre-filing review process with respect to the SPL Expansion Project with the FERC under the NEPA, and in April 2023, executed a contract with Bechtel to provide the FEED for the SPL Expansion Project.

CCL Project

We operate 3 natural gas liquefaction Trains for a total production capacity of approximately 15 mtpa of LNG at the Corpus Christi LNG terminal near Corpus Christi, Texas (the “CCL Project”).

CCL Stage 3 Project

We are constructing an expansion adjacent to the CCL Project consisting of 7 midscale Trains with an expected total production capacity of over 10 mtpa of LNG (the “CCL Stage 3 Project”).

CCL Midscale Trains 8 & 9 Project

We are developing 2 midscale Trains with an expected total production capacity of approximately 3 mtpa of LNG (the “CCL Midscale Trains 8 & 9 Project”) adjacent to the CCL Stage 3 Project. In March 2023, certain of our subsidiaries filed an application with the FERC for authorization to site, construct and operate the CCL Midscale Trains 8 & 9 Project under the Natural Gas Act, and in April 2023, filed an application with the DOE requesting authorization to export LNG to FTA and non-FTA countries.

INVESTOR CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

We will host a conference call to discuss our financial and operating results for the second quarter on Thursday, August 3, 2023, 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.

About Cheniere

Cheniere Energy, Inc. is the leading producer and exporter of LNG in the United States, reliably providing a clean, secure, and affordable solution to the growing global need for natural gas. Cheniere is a full-service LNG provider, with capabilities that include gas procurement and transportation, liquefaction, vessel chartering, and LNG delivery. Cheniere has one of the largest liquefaction platforms in the world, consisting of the Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi liquefaction facilities on the U.S. Gulf Coast, with total production capacity of approximately 45 mtpa of LNG in operation and an additional 10+ mtpa of expected production capacity under construction. Cheniere is also pursuing liquefaction expansion opportunities and other projects along the LNG value chain. Cheniere is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and has additional offices in London, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C.

For additional information, please refer to the Cheniere website at www.cheniere.com and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to disclosing financial results in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the accompanying news release contains non-GAAP financial measures. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are non-GAAP financial measures that we use to facilitate comparisons of operating performance across periods. These non-GAAP measures 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 reconciliations from these results should be carefully evaluated.

Non-GAAP measures have limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or in lieu of an analysis of our results as reported under GAAP and should be evaluated only on a supplementary basis.

Forward-Looking Statements

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 or present facts or conditions, included herein are “forward-looking statements.” Included among “forward-looking statements” are, among other things, (i) statements regarding Cheniere’s financial and operational guidance, business strategy, plans and objectives, including the development, construction and operation of liquefaction facilities, (ii) statements regarding regulatory authorization and approval expectations, (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, (vi) statements regarding future discussions and entry into contracts, and (vii) statements relating to Cheniere’s capital deployment, including intent, ability, extent, and timing of capital expenditures, debt repayment, dividends, share repurchases and execution on the capital allocation plan. 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.

(Financial Tables and Supplementary Information Follow)

LNG VOLUME SUMMARY

As of July 27, 2023, over 2,900 cumulative LNG cargoes totaling approximately 200 million tonnes of LNG have been produced, loaded and exported from our liquefaction projects.

During the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, we exported 536 TBtu and 1,139 TBtu, respectively, of LNG from our liquefaction projects. 26 TBtu of LNG exported from our liquefaction projects and sold on a delivered basis was in transit as of June 30, 2023, none of which was related to commissioning activities.

The following table summarizes the volumes of operational LNG that were loaded from our liquefaction projects and for which the financial impact was recognized on our Consolidated Financial Statements during the three and six months ended June 30, 2023:

 

Three Months Ended June 30, 2023

 

Six Months Ended June 30, 2023

(in TBtu)

Operational

 

Operational

Volumes loaded during the current period

534

 

 

1,136

 

Volumes loaded during the prior period but recognized during the current period

39

 

 

56

 

Less: volumes loaded during the current period and in transit at the end of the period

(26

)

 

(26

)

Total volumes recognized in the current period

547

 

 

1,166

 

In addition, during the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, we recognized 14 TBtu of LNG on our Consolidated Financial Statements related to LNG cargoes sourced from third-parties.

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

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

(unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

June 30,

 

June 30,

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LNG revenues

$

3,919

 

 

$

7,873

 

 

$

11,010

 

 

$

15,213

 

Regasification revenues

 

33

 

 

 

68

 

 

 

67

 

 

 

136

 

Other revenues

 

150

 

 

 

66

 

 

 

335

 

 

 

142

 

Total revenues

 

4,102

 

 

 

8,007

 

 

 

11,412

 

 

 

15,491

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating costs and expenses (recoveries)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost (recovery) of sales (excluding items shown separately below) (2)

 

912

 

 

 

5,752

 

 

 

(627

)

 

 

13,088

 

Operating and maintenance expense

 

487

 

 

 

419

 

 

 

931

 

 

 

808

 

Selling, general and administrative expense

 

87

 

 

 

77

 

 

 

194

 

 

 

173

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

297

 

 

 

276

 

 

 

594

 

 

 

547

 

Other

 

11

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

21

 

 

 

11

 

Total operating costs and expenses

 

1,794

 

 

 

6,530

 

 

 

1,113

 

 

 

14,627

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from operations

 

2,308

 

 

 

1,477

 

 

 

10,299

 

 

 

864

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income (expense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net of capitalized interest

 

(291

)

 

 

(357

)

 

 

(588

)

 

 

(706

)

Gain (loss) on modification or extinguishment of debt

 

(2

)

 

 

(28

)

 

 

18

 

 

 

(46

)

Interest rate derivative gain (loss), net

 

 

 

 

(1

)

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

Interest income

 

55

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

89

 

 

 

8

 

Other income (expense), net

 

 

 

 

(4

)

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

Total other expense

 

(238

)

 

 

(383

)

 

 

(478

)

 

 

(742

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income taxes and non-controlling interest

 

2,070

 

 

 

1,094

 

 

 

9,821

 

 

 

122

 

Less: income tax provision (benefit)

 

363

 

 

 

181

 

 

 

1,679

 

 

 

(10

)

Net income

 

1,707

 

 

 

913

 

 

 

8,142

 

 

 

132

 

Less: net income attributable to non-controlling interest

 

338

 

 

 

172

 

 

 

1,339

 

 

 

256

 

Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders

$

1,369

 

 

$

741

 

 

$

6,803

 

 

$

(124

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders—basic (3)

$

5.65

 

 

$

2.92

 

 

$

27.99

 

 

$

(0.49

)

Net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders—diluted (3)

$

5.61

 

 

$

2.90

 

 

$

27.79

 

 

$

(0.49

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding—basic

 

242.3

 

 

 

253.6

 

 

 

243.1

 

 

 

253.8

 

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding—diluted

 

243.8

 

 

 

255.9

 

 

 

244.8

 

 

 

253.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Please refer to the Cheniere Energy, Inc. Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(2)

Cost of Sales includes approximately $0.8 billion and $5.5 billion of gains from changes in the fair value of commodity derivatives prior to contractual delivery or termination during the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, respectively, as compared to $1.0 billion and $4.4 billion of losses in the corresponding 2022 periods, respectively.

(3)

Earnings per share in the table may not recalculate exactly due to rounding because it is calculated based on whole numbers, not the rounded numbers presented.

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in millions, except share data)(1)(2)

 

 

June 30,

 

December 31,

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

ASSETS

(unaudited)

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

4,529

 

 

$

1,353

 

Restricted cash and cash equivalents

 

640

 

 

 

1,134

 

Trade and other receivables, net of current expected credit losses

 

709

 

 

 

1,944

 

Inventory

 

404

 

 

 

826

 

Current derivative assets

 

93

 

 

 

120

 

Margin deposits

 

36

 

 

 

134

 

Other current assets

 

129

 

 

 

97

 

Total current assets

 

6,540

 

 

 

5,608

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation

 

31,821

 

 

 

31,528

 

Operating lease assets

 

2,487

 

 

 

2,625

 

Derivative assets

 

282

 

 

 

35

 

Goodwill

 

77

 

 

 

77

 

Deferred tax assets

 

36

 

 

 

864

 

Other non-current assets, net

 

560

 

 

 

529

 

Total assets

$

41,803

 

 

$

41,266

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

100

 

 

$

124

 

Accrued liabilities

 

1,037

 

 

 

2,679

 

Current debt, net of discount and debt issuance costs

 

1,796

 

 

 

813

 

Deferred revenue

 

130

 

 

 

234

 

Current operating lease liabilities

 

598

 

 

 

616

 

Current derivative liabilities

 

1,215

 

 

 

2,301

 

Other current liabilities

 

37

 

 

 

28

 

Total current liabilities

 

4,913

 

 

 

6,795

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt, net of premium, discount and debt issuance costs

 

23,380

 

 

 

24,055

 

Operating lease liabilities

 

1,863

 

 

 

1,971

 

Finance lease liabilities

 

483

 

 

 

494

 

Derivative liabilities

 

3,740

 

 

 

7,947

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

731

 

 

 

 

Other non-current liabilities

 

201

 

 

 

175

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity (deficit)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock: $0.003 par value, 480.0 million shares authorized; 277.7 million shares and 276.7 million shares issued at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively

 

1

 

 

 

1

 

Treasury stock: 36.8 million shares and 31.2 million shares at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively, at cost

 

(3,162

)

 

 

(2,342

)

Additional paid-in-capital

 

4,363

 

 

 

4,314

 

Accumulated income (deficit)

 

1,666

 

 

 

(4,942

)

Total Cheniere stockholders’ equity (deficit)

 

2,868

 

 

 

(2,969

)

Non-controlling interest

 

3,624

 

 

 

2,798

 

Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)

 

6,492

 

 

 

(171

)

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)

$

41,803

 

 

$

41,266

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Please refer to the Cheniere Energy, Inc. Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(2)

Amounts presented include balances held by our consolidated variable interest entity, Cheniere Partners. As of June 30, 2023, total assets and liabilities of Cheniere Partners, which are included in our Consolidated Balance Sheets, were $19.3 billion and $20.5 billion, respectively, including $1.8 billion of cash and cash equivalents and $0.2 billion of restricted cash and cash equivalents.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

Regulation G Reconciliations

 

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA

 

The following table reconciles our Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA to U.S. GAAP results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022 (in millions):

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders

$

1,369

 

 

$

741

 

 

$

6,803

 

 

$

(124

)

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

 

338

 

 

 

172

 

 

 

1,339

 

 

 

256

 

Income tax provision (benefit)

 

363

 

 

 

181

 

 

 

1,679

 

 

 

(10

)

Interest expense, net of capitalized interest

 

291

 

 

 

357

 

 

 

588

 

 

 

706

 

Loss (gain) on modification or extinguishment of debt

 

2

 

 

 

28

 

 

 

(18

)

 

 

46

 

Interest rate derivative loss (gain), net

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2

)

Interest income

 

(55

)

 

 

(7

)

 

 

(89

)

 

 

(8

)

Other expense (income), net

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

(3

)

 

 

 

Income from operations

$

2,308

 

 

$

1,477

 

 

$

10,299

 

 

$

864

 

Adjustments to reconcile loss from operations to Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

297

 

 

 

276

 

 

 

594

 

 

 

547

 

Loss (gain) from changes in fair value of commodity and FX derivatives, net (1)

 

(782

)

 

 

740

 

 

 

(5,513

)

 

 

4,198

 

Total non-cash compensation expense

 

33

 

 

 

33

 

 

 

75

 

 

 

70

 

Other

 

2

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

3

 

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA

$

1,858

 

 

$

2,529

 

 

$

5,457

 

 

$

5,682

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Change in fair value of commodity and FX derivatives prior to contractual delivery or termination

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA is commonly used as a supplemental financial measure by our management and external users of our Consolidated Financial Statements to assess the financial performance of our assets without regard to financing methods, capital structures, or historical cost basis. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to represent cash flows from operations or net income (loss) as defined by U.S. GAAP and is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

We believe Consolidated 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 financial and operating performance.

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by taking net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders before net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest, 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, impairment expense and loss on disposal of assets, changes in the fair value of our commodity and FX derivatives prior to contractual delivery or termination, and non-cash compensation expense. The change in fair value of commodity and FX derivatives is considered in determining Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA given that the timing of recognizing gains and losses on these derivative contracts differs from the recognition of the related item economically hedged. We believe the exclusion of these items enables investors and other users of our financial information to assess our sequential and year-over-year performance and operating trends on a more comparable basis and is consistent with management’s own evaluation of performance.

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow

The following table reconciles our actual Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow to Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023 and forecast amounts for full year 2023 (in billions):

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

Full Year

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2023

 

 

2023

Net income attributable to common stockholders

 

$

1.37

 

 

$

6.80

 

 

$

7.7

 

-

$

8.1

 

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

 

$

0.34

 

 

$

1.34

 

 

 

1.8

 

-

 

1.9

 

Income tax provision

 

$

0.36

 

 

$

1.68

 

 

 

1.9

 

-

 

2.1

 

Interest expense, net of capitalized interest

 

$

0.29

 

 

$

0.59

 

 

 

1.2

 

-

 

1.2

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

$

0.30

 

 

$

0.59

 

 

 

1.2

 

-

 

1.2

 

Other expense (income), financing costs, and certain non-cash operating expenses

 

$

(0.80

)

 

$

(5.55

)

 

 

(5.5

)

-

 

(5.7

)

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

1.86

 

 

$

5.46

 

 

$

8.3

 

-

$

8.8

 

Interest expense (net of capitalized interest and amortization) and realized interest rate derivatives

 

$

(0.28

)

 

$

(0.56

)

 

 

(1.2

)

-

 

(1.2

)

Maintenance capital expenditures

 

$

(0.06

)

 

$

(0.10

)

 

 

(0.2

)

-

 

(0.2

)

Income tax

 

$

(0.01

)

 

$

(0.10

)

 

 

(0.1

)

-

 

(0.1

)

Other income (expense)

 

$

0.05

 

 

$

0.08

 

 

 

(0.1

)

-

 

0.0

 

Consolidated Distributable Cash Flow

 

$

1.56

 

 

$

4.78

 

 

$

6.7

 

-

$

7.3

 

Cheniere Partners’ distributable cash flow attributable to non-controlling interest

 

$

(0.21

)

 

$

(0.48

)

 

 

(0.9

)

-

 

(1.0

)

Cheniere Distributable Cash Flow

 

$

1.35

 

 

$

4.29

 

 

$

5.8

 

-

$

6.3

 

Note: Totals may not sum due to rounding.

Distributable Cash Flow is defined as cash generated from the operations of Cheniere and its subsidiaries and adjusted for non-controlling interest. The Distributable Cash Flow of Cheniere’s subsidiaries is calculated by taking the subsidiaries’ EBITDA less interest expense, net of capitalized interest, interest rate derivatives, taxes, maintenance capital expenditures and other non-operating income or expense items, and adjusting for the effect of certain non-cash items and other items not otherwise predictive or indicative of ongoing operating performance, including the effects of modification or extinguishment of debt, amortization of debt issue costs, premiums or discounts, changes in fair value of interest rate derivatives, impairment of equity method investment and deferred taxes. Cheniere’s Distributable Cash Flow includes 100% of the Distributable Cash Flow of Cheniere’s wholly-owned subsidiaries. For subsidiaries with non-controlling investors, our share of Distributable Cash Flow is calculated as the Distributable Cash Flow of the subsidiary reduced by the economic interest of the non-controlling investors as if 100% of the Distributable Cash Flow were distributed in order to reflect our ownership interests and our incentive distribution rights, if applicable. The Distributable Cash Flow attributable to non-controlling interest is calculated in the same method as Distributions to non-controlling interest as presented on our Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity in our Forms 10-Q and Forms 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This amount may differ from the actual distributions paid to non-controlling investors by the subsidiary for a particular period.

We believe Distributable Cash Flow is a useful performance measure for management, investors and other users of our financial information to evaluate our performance and to measure and estimate the ability of our assets to generate cash earnings after servicing our debt, paying cash taxes and expending sustaining capital, that could be considered for deployment by our Board of Directors pursuant to our capital allocation plan, such as by way of common stock dividends, stock repurchases, retirement of debt, or expansion capital expenditures1. Distributable Cash Flow is not intended to represent cash flows from operations or net income (loss) as defined by U.S. GAAP and is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

______________________________

1

Capital spending for our business consists primarily of:

  • Maintenance capital expenditures. These expenditures include costs which qualify for capitalization that are required to sustain property, plant and equipment reliability and safety and to address environmental or other regulatory requirements rather than to generate incremental distributable cash flow; and
  • Expansion capital expenditures. These expenditures are undertaken primarily to generate incremental distributable cash flow and include investment in accretive organic growth, acquisition or construction of additional complementary assets to grow our business, along with expenditures to enhance the productivity and efficiency of our existing facilities.

 

 

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Investors Randy Bhatia 713-375-5479 Frances Smith 713-375-5753 Media Relations Eben Burnham-Snyder 713-375-5764

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