HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cheniere Energy, Inc. (“Cheniere”) (NYSE American: LNG) today announced its financial results for the second quarter 2023.
SECOND QUARTER 2023 SUMMARY FINANCIAL RESULTS
Three Months Ended June 30, 2023
Six Months Ended June 30, 2023
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA2
Distributable Cash Flow2
2023 FULL YEAR FINANCIAL GUIDANCE
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA2
Distributable Cash Flow2
- 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.
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.
“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,
Net income (loss)1
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA2
Number of cargoes
LNG volumes loaded (TBtu)
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
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 Completion Percentage
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Six Months Ended
Volumes loaded during the current period
Volumes loaded during the prior period but recognized during the current period
Less: volumes loaded during the current period and in transit at the end of the period
Total volumes recognized in the current period
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.
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Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in millions, except per share data)(1)
Three Months Ended
Six Months Ended
Operating costs and expenses (recoveries)
Cost (recovery) of sales (excluding items shown separately below) (2)
Operating and maintenance expense
Selling, general and administrative expense
Depreciation and amortization expense
Total operating costs and expenses
Income from operations
Other income (expense)
Interest expense, net of capitalized interest
Gain (loss) on modification or extinguishment of debt
Interest rate derivative gain (loss), net
Other income (expense), net
Total other expense
Income before income taxes and non-controlling interest
Less: income tax provision (benefit)
Less: net income attributable to non-controlling interest
Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders
Net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders—basic (3)
Net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders—diluted (3)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding—basic
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding—diluted
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.
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.
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.
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Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in millions, except share data)(1)(2)
Cash and cash equivalents
Restricted cash and cash equivalents
Trade and other receivables, net of current expected credit losses
Current derivative assets
Other current assets
Total current assets
Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation
Operating lease assets
Deferred tax assets
Other non-current assets, net
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)
Current debt, net of discount and debt issuance costs
Current operating lease liabilities
Current derivative liabilities
Other current liabilities
Total current liabilities
Long-term debt, net of premium, discount and debt issuance costs
Operating lease liabilities
Finance lease liabilities
Deferred tax liabilities
Other non-current liabilities
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
Treasury stock: 36.8 million shares and 31.2 million shares at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively, at cost
Accumulated income (deficit)
Total Cheniere stockholders’ equity (deficit)
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)
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