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Cheniere Partners Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Results, Updates Distribution Plans and Raises Full Year 2022 Distribution Guidance

HOUSTON, Feb. 24 /BusinessWire/ -- Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. ("Cheniere Partners") (NYSE American:CQP) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2021.

HIGHLIGHTS

2022 FULL YEAR DISTRIBUTION GUIDANCE

2022 Previous

2022 Revised

Distribution per Unit

$

3.00

-

$

3.25

$

4.00

-

$

4.25

SUMMARY AND REVIEW OF FINANCIAL RESULTS

(in millions, except LNG data)

Three Months Ended December 31,

Year Ended December 31,

2021

2020

% Change

2021

2020

% Change

Revenues

$

3,257

$

1,997

63

%

$

9,434

$

6,167

53

%

Net income

$

506

$

409

24

%

$

1,630

$

1,183

38

%

Adjusted EBITDA1

$

868

$

772

12

%

$

3,076

$

2,762

11

%

LNG exported:

Number of cargoes

97

89

9

%

359

275

31

%

Volumes (TBtu)

345

315

10

%

1,284

971

32

%

LNG volumes loaded (TBtu)

342

318

8

%

1,280

974

31

%

Net income increased $97 million and $447 million while Adjusted EBITDA1 increased $96 million and $314 million during the fourth quarter and full year 2021, respectively, as compared to the corresponding 2020 periods, primarily as a result of increases in both margin per MMBtu of LNG and volume delivered, partially offset by the non-recurrence of revenues recognized on cancelled LNG cargoes.

During the fourth quarter and full year 2021, we recognized in income 330 and 1,269 TBtu, respectively, of LNG loaded from the SPL Project. Additionally, for the year ended December 31, 2021, we recognized in income 8 TBtu of LNG procured by Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC ("SPL") from Cheniere Energy, Inc.'s Corpus Christi liquefaction facility. During the fourth quarter, approximately 12 TBtu of commissioning LNG was exported from the SPL Project.

During the fourth quarter and full year 2020, we recognized $40 million and $553 million, respectively, in LNG revenues associated with cancelled LNG cargoes. LNG revenues during fourth quarter 2020 excluded $21 million that would have otherwise been recognized during the quarter if the cargoes were lifted pursuant to the delivery schedules with the customers, as these revenues were recognized during third quarter 2020 when cancellations were received. We did not have any such revenue timing impacts during the fourth quarter 2021.

BALANCE SHEET MANAGEMENT

Capital Resources

As of December 31, 2021, our total liquidity position was over $2.5 billion. We had cash and cash equivalents of $0.9 billion. In addition, we had current restricted cash and cash equivalents of $98 million, $750 million of available commitments under our 2019 CQP Credit Facilities, and $805 million of available commitments under the SPL Working Capital Facility.

KEY FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS

In December 2021, SPL issued Senior Secured Notes due 2037 on a private placement basis for an aggregate principal amount of approximately $482 million (the "2037 SPL Private Placement Senior Secured Notes"). The proceeds of the 2037 SPL Private Placement Senior Secured Notes, net of related fees, costs and expenses, were used to redeem a portion of the 2022 SPL Senior Notes. The remaining balance of the 2022 SPL Senior Notes was redeemed with cash on hand, including proceeds from the CQP 2032 Notes issued in September 2021. The 2037 SPL Private Placement Senior Secured Notes are fully amortizing, with a weighted average life of over 10 years and a weighted average interest rate of 3.07%.

SPL PROJECT OVERVIEW

We own natural gas liquefaction facilities consisting of six operational liquefaction Trains, with a total production capacity of approximately 30 million tonnes per annum ("mtpa") of LNG at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal (the "SPL Project"). On February 4, 2022, Train 6 of the SPL Project reached substantial completion.

As of February 18, 2022, over 1,550 cumulative LNG cargoes totaling approximately 110 million tonnes of LNG have been produced, loaded, and exported from the SPL Project.

DISTRIBUTIONS TO UNITHOLDERS

We paid a cash distribution of $0.700 per common unit to unitholders of record as of February 7, 2022 and the related general partner distribution on February 14, 2022.

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 2021 on Thursday, February 24, 2022, 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.

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

About Cheniere Partners

Cheniere Partners owns the Sabine Pass LNG terminal located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, which has natural gas liquefaction facilities consisting of six operational liquefaction Trains with a total production capacity of approximately 30 mtpa of LNG. The Sabine Pass LNG terminal also has operational regasification facilities that include five LNG storage tanks, vaporizers, and two marine berths with a third marine berth under construction. Cheniere Partners also owns the Creole Trail Pipeline, which interconnects the Sabine Pass LNG terminal with a number of large interstate pipelines.

For additional information, please refer to the Cheniere Partners website at www.cheniere.com and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, 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 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.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements that may include "forward-looking statements." 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 Partners' financial and operational guidance, business strategy, plans and objectives, including the development, construction and operation of liquefaction facilities, (ii) statements regarding Cheniere Partners' anticipated quarterly distributions and ability to make quarterly distributions at the base amount or any amount, (iii) statements regarding regulatory authorization and approval expectations, (iv) statements expressing beliefs and expectations regarding the development of Cheniere Partners' LNG terminal and liquefaction business, (v) statements regarding the business operations and prospects of third-parties, (vi) statements regarding potential financing arrangements, (vii) statements regarding future discussions and entry into contracts, and (viii) statements regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our business and operating results. 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 Tables Follow)

Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P.

Consolidated Statements of Income

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

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Revenues

LNG revenues

$

2,582

$

1,607

$

7,639

$

5,195

LNG revenues-affiliate

594

310

1,472

662

LNG revenues-related party

-

-

1

-

Regasification revenues

67

67

269

269

Other revenues

14

13

53

41

Total revenues

3,257

1,997

9,434

6,167

Operating costs and expenses

Cost of sales (excluding items shown separately below)

2,112

954

5,290

2,505

Cost of sales-affiliate

22

39

84

77

Cost of sales-related party

16

-

17

-

Operating and maintenance expense

170

166

635

629

Operating and maintenance expense-affiliate

39

37

142

152

Operating and maintenance expense-related party

12

13

46

13

Development expense

-

-

1

-

Development expense-affiliate

1

-

1

-

General and administrative expense

2

2

9

14

General and administrative expense-affiliate

21

23

85

96

Depreciation and amortization expense

140

138

557

551

Impairment expense and loss on disposal of assets

4

-

10

5

Total operating costs and expenses

2,539

1,372

6,877

4,042

Income from operations

718

625

2,557

2,125

Other income (expense)

Interest expense, net of capitalized interest

(195

)

(218

)

(831

)

(909

)

Loss on modification or extinguishment of debt

(20

)

-

(101

)

(43

)

Other income, net

1

-

3

8

Other income-affiliate

2

2

2

2

Total other expense

(212

)

(216

)

(927

)

(942

)

Net income

$

506

$

409

$

1,630

$

1,183

Basic and diluted net income per common unit

$

0.93

$

0.77

$

3.00

$

2.32

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

484.0

484.0

484.0

399.3

______________

(1)

Please refer to the Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in millions, except unit data) (1)

December 31,

2021

2020

ASSETS

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

876

$

1,210

Restricted cash and cash equivalents

98

97

Accounts and other receivables, net of current expected credit losses

580

318

Accounts receivable-affiliate

232

184

Accounts receivable-related party

1

-

Advances to affiliate

141

144

Inventory

176

107

Current derivative assets

21

14

Other current assets

87

61

Total current assets

2,212

2,135

Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation

16,830

16,723

Operating lease assets

98

99

Debt issuance costs, net of accumulated amortization

12

17

Derivative assets

33

11

Other non-current assets, net

173

160

Total assets

$

19,358

$

19,145

LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities

Accounts payable

$

21

$

12

Accrued liabilities

1,073

658

Accrued liabilities-related party

4

4

Due to affiliates

67

53

Deferred revenue

155

137

Deferred revenue-affiliate

1

1

Current operating lease liabilities

8

7

Current derivative liabilities

16

11

Total current liabilities

1,345

883

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

17,177

17,580

Non-current deferred revenue-affiliate

-

Operating lease liabilities

89

90

Derivative liabilities

11

35

Other non-current liabilities

-

1

Other non-current liabilities-affiliate

18

17

Partners' equity

Common unitholders' interest (484.0 million units issued and outstanding at both December 31, 2021 and 2020)

1,024

714

General partner's interest (2% interest with 9.9 million units issued and outstanding at December 31, 2021 and 2020)

(306

)

(175

)

Total partners' equity

718

539

Total liabilities and partners' equity

$

19,358

$

19,145

______________

(1)

Please refer to the Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

Regulation G Reconciliations

Adjusted EBITDA

The following table reconciles our Adjusted EBITDA to U.S. GAAP results for the quarters ended and years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 (in millions):

Three Months Ended December 31,

Year Ended December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net income

$

506

$

409

$

1,630

$

1,183

Interest expense, net of capitalized interest

195

218

831

909

Loss on modification or extinguishment of debt

20

-

101

43

Other income, net

(1

)

-

(3

)

(8

)

Other income-affiliate

(2

)

(2

)

(2

)

(2

)

Income from operations

$

718

$

625

$

2,557

$

2,125

Adjustments to reconcile income from operations to Adjusted EBITDA:

Depreciation and amortization expense

140

138

557

551

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

5

9

(49

)

45

Impairment expense and loss on disposal of assets

4

-

10

5

Incremental costs associated with COVID-19 response

1

-

1

36

Adjusted EBITDA

$

868

$

772

$

3,076

$

2,762

______________

(1)

Change in fair value of commodity derivatives prior to contractual delivery or termination

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. Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to represent cash flows from operations or net income 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 financial and operating performance.

Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by taking net income before interest expense, net of capitalized interest, 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 derivatives prior to contractual delivery or termination, and non-recurring costs related to our response to the COVID-19 outbreak which are incremental to and separable from normal operations. The change in fair value of commodity derivatives is considered in determining 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.

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