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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
FORM 8-K
CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 3, 2024
    
CHENIERE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware001-3336620-5913059
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
845 Texas Avenue, Suite 1250
Houston, Texas 77002
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
(713375-5000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

    Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading SymbolName of each exchange on which registered
Common Units Representing Limited Partner InterestsCQPNYSE
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
Emerging growth company
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.





Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On May 3, 2024, Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (the “Partnership”) issued a press release announcing the Partnership’s results of operations for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024. The press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

The information included in this Item 2.02 of Current Report on Form 8-K, including the attached Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

d) Exhibits
Exhibit No.Description
99.1*
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* Furnished herewith.

    




SIGNATURES



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
CHENIERE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.
By:Cheniere Energy Partners GP, LLC,
its general partner
Date:May 3, 2024By:/s/ Zach Davis
Name:Zach Davis
Title:Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer



EXHIBIT 99.1

CHENIERE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P. NEWS RELEASE
Cheniere Partners Reports First Quarter 2024 Results and Reconfirms Full Year 2024 Distribution Guidance
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (“Cheniere Partners”) (NYSE: CQP) today announced its financial results for first quarter 2024.
HIGHLIGHTS
During the three months ended March 31, 2024, Cheniere Partners generated revenues of $2.3 billion, net income of $682 million, and Adjusted EBITDA1 of $1.0 billion.
With respect to the first quarter of 2024, Cheniere Partners declared a cash distribution of $0.810 per common unit to unitholders of record as of May 9, 2024, comprised of a base amount equal to $0.775 and a variable amount equal to $0.035. The common unit distribution and the related general partner distribution will be paid on May 15, 2024.
Reconfirming full year 2024 distribution guidance of $3.15 - $3.35 per common unit, maintaining a base distribution of $3.10 per common unit.
In February 2024, certain subsidiaries of Cheniere Partners submitted an application2 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) for authorization to site, construct and operate the SPL Expansion Project (defined below), as well as an application2 to the Department of Energy (“DOE”) requesting authorization to export liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to Free-Trade Agreement (“FTA”) and non-FTA countries.

2024 FULL YEAR DISTRIBUTION GUIDANCE
2024
Distribution per Unit$3.15 -$3.35 

SUMMARY AND REVIEW OF FINANCIAL RESULTS
(in millions, except LNG data)Three Months Ended March 31,
 20242023% Change
Revenues$2,295 $2,917 (21)%
Net income$682 $1,935 (65)%
Adjusted EBITDA1
$1,000 $1,026 (3)%
LNG exported:
Number of cargoes114 112 %
Volumes (TBtu)418 403 %
LNG volumes loaded (TBtu)417 403 %
Net income was approximately $682 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, as compared to approximately $1.9 billion in the corresponding 2023 period. The change was primarily due to an approximate $1.2 billion unfavorable change in fair value of our derivative instruments (further described below), from a $1.3 billion gain in the prior period to a $43 million gain for the three months ended March 31, 2024.
Adjusted EBITDA1 decreased by approximately $26 million during the three months ended March 31, 2024, as
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1 Non-GAAP financial measure. See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures” for further details.
2 Excludes debottlenecking potential.


compared to the corresponding 2023 period. The decrease in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to lower total margins per MMBtu of LNG delivered compared to the prior period.
Substantially all derivative gains are attributable to the recognition at fair value of our long-term Integrated Production Marketing (“IPM”) agreements, natural gas supply contracts with pricing indexed to international gas and LNG prices. Our IPM agreements are structured 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 sale and purchase agreements. 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 each reporting period on a mark-to-market basis, but do not currently permit mark-to-market 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 changes in international forward commodity curves during the three months ended March 31, 2024, we recognized approximately $6 million of non-cash favorable changes in fair value attributable to these IPM agreements, as compared to approximately $1.0 billion of non-cash favorable changes in fair value in the corresponding 2023 period.
During the three months ended March 31, 2024, we recognized in income 417 TBtu of LNG loaded from the SPL Project (defined below).
Capital Resources
As of March 31, 2024, our total available liquidity was approximately $2.1 billion. We had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $333 million. In addition, we had current restricted cash and cash equivalents of $59 million, $1.0 billion of available commitments under the Cheniere Partners Revolving Credit Facility, and $728 million of available commitments under the Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC (“SPL”) Revolving Credit Facility.
Recent Key Financial Transactions and Updates
During the three months ended March 31, 2024, SPL prepaid $150 million in principal amount of its 5.750% Senior Secured Notes due 2024 with cash on hand.
SABINE PASS OVERVIEW
We own natural gas liquefaction facilities consisting of six liquefaction Trains, with a total production capacity of approximately 30 million tonnes per annum (“mtpa”) of LNG at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana (the “SPL Project”).
As of April 25, 2024, over 2,490 cumulative LNG cargoes totaling over 170 million tonnes of LNG have been produced, loaded, and exported from the SPL Project.
SPL Expansion Project
We are developing an expansion adjacent to the SPL Project with an expected total production capacity of up to approximately 20 mtpa of LNG (the “SPL Expansion Project”), inclusive of estimated debottlenecking opportunities. In February 2024, certain of our subsidiaries submitted an application to the FERC for authorization to site, construct and operate the SPL Expansion Project, as well as an application to the DOE requesting authorization to export LNG to FTA and non-FTA countries, both of which applications exclude debottlenecking.
DISTRIBUTIONS TO UNITHOLDERS
In April 2024, we declared a cash distribution of $0.810 per common unit to unitholders of record as of May 9, 2024, comprised of a base amount equal to $0.775 ($3.10 annualized) and a variable amount equal to $0.035, which takes into consideration, among other things, amounts reserved for annual debt repayment and capital allocation goals, anticipated capital expenditures to be funded with cash, and cash reserves to provide for the proper conduct of the business. The common unit distribution and the related general partner distribution will be paid on May 15, 2024.




INVESTOR CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST
Cheniere Energy, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss its financial and operating results for first quarter 2024 on Friday, May 3, 2024, 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 will include financial and operating results or other information regarding Cheniere Partners.

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 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 three marine berths. Cheniere Partners also owns the Creole Trail Pipeline, which interconnects the Sabine Pass LNG terminal with a number of large interstate and intrastate pipelines.

For additional information, please refer to the Cheniere Partners website at www.cheniere.com and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2024, 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 relating to our goals, commitments and strategies in relation to environmental matters. 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 Operations
(in millions, except per unit data)(1)
(unaudited)

 Three Months Ended
March 31,
 20242023
Revenues
LNG revenues$1,720 $2,106 
LNG revenues—affiliate524 761 
Regasification revenues34 34 
Other revenues17 16 
Total revenues2,295 2,917 
Operating costs and expenses
Cost of sales (excluding items shown separately below)964 313 
Cost of sales—affiliate17 
Operating and maintenance expense200 206 
Operating and maintenance expense—affiliate43 44 
Operating and maintenance expense—related party13 16 
General and administrative expense
General and administrative expense—affiliate22 22 
Depreciation and amortization expense168 167 
Other— 
Total operating costs and expenses1,420 788 
Income from operations875 2,129 
Other income (expense)
Interest expense, net of capitalized interest(202)(208)
Interest and dividend income14 
Total other expense(193)(194)
Net income$682 $1,935 
Basic and diluted net income per common unit(1)
$1.18 $3.50 
Weighted average basic and diluted number of common units outstanding484.0 484.0 
(1)Please refer to the Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2024, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.







Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in millions, except unit data) (1)
March 31,
20242023
ASSETS(unaudited) 
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$333 $575 
Restricted cash and cash equivalents59 56 
Trade and other receivables, net of current expected credit losses237 373 
Trade receivables—affiliate160 278 
Advances to affiliate109 84 
Inventory134 142 
Current derivative assets37 30 
Other current assets, net33 43 
Other current assets—affiliate— 
Total current assets1,103 1,581 
Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation16,071 16,212 
Operating lease assets78 81 
Derivative assets59 40 
Other non-current assets, net186 188 
Total assets$17,497 $18,102 
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS’ DEFICIT  
Current liabilities  
Accounts payable$34 $69 
Accrued liabilities488 806 
Accrued liabilities—related party
Current debt, net of unamortized debt issuance costs2,145 300 
Due to affiliates32 55 
Deferred revenue84 114 
Deferred revenue—affiliate— 
Current derivative liabilities144 196 
Other current liabilities16 18 
Total current liabilities2,948 1,566 
Long-term debt, net of unamortized discount and debt issuance costs13,616 15,606 
Operating lease liabilities69 71 
Finance lease liabilities13 14 
Derivative liabilities1,566 1,531 
Other non-current liabilities84 75 
Other non-current liabilities—affiliate23 23 
Partners’ deficit
Common unitholders’ interest (484.0 million units issued and outstanding at both March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023)1,205 1,038 
General partner’s interest (2% interest with 9.9 million units issued and outstanding at both March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023)(2,027)(1,822)
Total partners’ deficit(822)(784)
Total liabilities and partners’ deficit$17,497 $18,102 
(1)Please refer to the Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2024, 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 three months ended March 31, 2024 and 2023 (in millions):
Three Months Ended March 31,
 20242023
Net income$682 $1,935 
Interest expense, net of capitalized interest202 208 
Interest and dividend income(9)(14)
Income from operations$875 $2,129 
Adjustments to reconcile income from operations to Adjusted EBITDA:
Depreciation and amortization expense168 167 
Gain from changes in fair value of commodity derivatives, net (1)
(43)(1,270)
Adjusted EBITDA$1,000 $1,026 
(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, and changes in the fair value of our commodity derivatives prior to contractual delivery or termination. 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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