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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
 
 
 
 
FORM 10-Q
 
 
 
 
 
 
T QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2011
OR
£ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from                      to                     
Commission File No. 333-138916
 
 
 
 
 
 Sabine Pass LNG, L.P.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 
 
 
 
 
Delaware
20-0466069
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
 
700 Milam Street, Suite 800
Houston, Texas
77002
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
(713) 375-5000
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
 
 
 
 
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  T    No  £
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  T    No  £
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company. See definition of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
Large accelerated filer  £
Accelerated filer                    £
Non-accelerated filer    T
Smaller reporting company   £
          (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  £    No  T
Indicate the number of shares outstanding of the issuer's classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date:    not applicable  
 
 
 
 
 

SABINE PASS LNG, L.P.
INDEX TO FORM 10-Q










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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1.    Consolidated Financial Statements

SABINE PASS LNG, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
 
2011
 
2010
 
(unaudited)
 
 
ASSETS
 
 
 
Current assets
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
4,561

 
$
5,926

Restricted cash and cash equivalents
54,929

 
13,732

Accounts and interest receivable
1,463

 
1,378

Accounts receivable—affiliate
291

 
349

Advances to affiliate
408

 
3,543

LNG inventory
1,343

 
1,212

Prepaid expenses and other
6,666

 
4,326

Total current assets
69,661

 
30,466

 
 
 
 
Non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents
82,394

 
82,394

Property, plant and equipment, net
1,524,340

 
1,550,465

Debt issuance costs, net
18,726

 
22,004

Other
12,364

 
9,976

Total assets
$
1,707,485

 
$
1,695,305

 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' DEFICIT
 
 
 
Current liabilities
 
 
 
Accounts payable
$
328

 
$

Accrued liabilities
55,877

 
15,685

Accrued liabilities—affiliate
2,741

 
2,975

Deferred revenue
26,457

 
26,592

Deferred revenue—affiliate
21,635

 
21,592

Other
777

 

Total current liabilities
107,815

 
66,844

 
 
 
 
Long-term debt, net of discount
2,191,244

 
2,187,724

Deferred revenue
26,500

 
29,500

Deferred revenue—affiliate
12,266

 
9,813

Other non-current liabilities
307

 
315

Commitments and contingencies

 

Partners' deficit
(630,647
)
 
(598,891
)
Total liabilities and partners' deficit
$
1,707,485

 
$
1,695,305













See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.


1

SABINE PASS LNG, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
September 30,
 
September 30,
 
2011
 
2010
 
2011
 
2010
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenues
$
68,393

 
$
65,945

 
$
205,237

 
$
198,776

Revenues—affiliate
63,645

 
63,426

 
191,760

 
191,136

Total revenues
132,038

 
129,371

 
396,997

 
389,912

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating and maintenance expense
6,288

 
5,865

 
15,878

 
20,107

Operating and maintenance expense—affiliate
2,612

 
3,017

 
8,723

 
9,167

Depreciation expense
10,766

 
10,538

 
32,245

 
31,661

General and administrative expense
325

 
516

 
2,054

 
2,037

General and administrative expense—affiliate
2,281

 
2,274

 
6,944

 
7,337

Total expenses
22,272

 
22,210

 
65,844

 
70,309

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from operations
109,766

 
107,161

 
331,153

 
319,603

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other income (expense)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest expense, net
(43,319
)
 
(43,451
)
 
(130,115
)
 
(130,576
)
Derivative gain (loss)
(716
)
 

 
(1,164
)
 
460

Other
22

 
75

 
104

 
196

Total other expense
(44,013
)
 
(43,376
)
 
(131,175
)
 
(129,920
)
Net income
$
65,753

 
$
63,785

 
$
199,978

 
$
189,683



























See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.


2

SABINE PASS LNG, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF PARTNERS' CAPITAL (DEFICIT)
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
 
General Partner Sabine Pass LNG-GP, LLC
 
Limited Partner Sabine Pass
LNG-LP, LLC
 
Accumulated
Other Comprehensive Income
 
Total
Partners'
Deficit
Balance at December 31, 2010
$

 
$
(598,891
)
 
$

 
$
(598,891
)
Distributions to owner


 
(231,734
)
 


 
(231,734
)
Net income

 
199,978

 

 
199,978

Balance at September 30, 2011
$

 
$
(630,647
)
 
$

 
$
(630,647
)










































See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.


3

SABINE PASS LNG, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
 
Nine Months Ended
 
September 30,
 
2011
 
2010
Cash flows from operating activities
 
 
 
Net income
$
199,978

 
$
189,683

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

Depreciation
32,245

 
31,661

Amortization of debt discount
3,520

 
3,521

Amortization of debt issuance costs
3,278

 
3,759

Non-cash derivative loss
777

 
124

Investment in restricted cash and cash equivalents
(41,197
)
 
(41,197
)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
Deferred revenue—affiliate
43

 
(41,915
)
Deferred revenue
(3,135
)
 
(3,116
)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
40,911

 
41,070

Advances to affiliate
3,135

 
2,900

Accrued liabilities—affiliate
(246
)
 
(1,301
)
Accounts and interest receivable
(85
)
 
369

Accounts receivable—affiliate
58

 
3,586

Other
(2,397
)
 
876

Net cash provided by operating activities
236,885

 
190,020

 
 
 
 
Cash flows from investing activities
 
 
 
LNG terminal construction-in-process, net
(6,419
)
 
(3,636
)
Advances under long-term contracts and other
(97
)
 
(36
)
Net cash used in investing activities
(6,516
)
 
(3,672
)
 
 
 
 
Cash flows from financing activities
 
 
 
Distributions to owner
(231,734
)
 
(298,581
)
Net cash used in financing activities
(231,734
)
 
(298,581
)
 
 
 
 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents
(1,365
)
 
(112,233
)
Cash and cash equivalents—beginning of period
5,926

 
117,411

Cash and cash equivalents—end of period
$
4,561

 
$
5,178
















See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.


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SABINE PASS LNG, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(unaudited)



NOTE 1—Basis of Presentation

The accompanying unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements of Sabine Pass LNG, L.P. have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP") for interim financial information and with Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete financial statements. As used in these Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, the terms "Sabine Pass LNG," "we", "us" and "our" refer to Sabine Pass LNG, L.P. and its wholly owned subsidiaries, unless otherwise stated or indicated by context.

Results of operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations that will be realized for the year ending December 31, 2011.

We are not a taxable entity for federal income tax purposes. As such, we do not directly pay federal income tax. Accordingly, no provision or liability for federal or state income taxes is included in the accompanying Consolidated Financial Statements. Our taxable income or loss, which may vary substantially from the net income or loss reported in the Consolidated Statements of Operations, is able to be included in the federal income tax returns of each partner.

Certain reclassifications have been made to prior period information to conform to the current presentation.  The reclassifications had no effect on our overall consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.

NOTE 2—Recent Accounting Policies

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements Not Yet Adopted

In June 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board amended current comprehensive income guidance. The amended guidance eliminates the option to present the components of other comprehensive income as part of the statement of shareholders’ equity. Instead, we must report comprehensive income in either a single continuous statement of comprehensive income which contains two sections, net income and other comprehensive income, or in two separate but consecutive statements. This guidance will be effective for public companies during the interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011 with early adoption permitted. We expect to adopt this guidance in our first fiscal quarter ending March 31, 2012. The adoption of this guidance will not have an impact on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows as it only requires a change in the format of the current presentation.

NOTE 3—Restricted Cash and Cash Equivalents

Restricted cash and cash equivalents consist of cash and cash equivalents that are contractually restricted as to usage or withdrawal, as follows:

We have issued an aggregate principal amount of $2,215.5 million of Senior Notes (see Note 6—"Long-Term Debt"). Under the indenture governing the Senior Notes (the "Sabine Pass Indenture"), except for permitted tax distributions, we may not make distributions until certain conditions are satisfied, including that there must be on deposit in an interest payment account an amount equal to one-sixth of the semi-annual interest payment multiplied by the number of elapsed months since the last semi-annual interest payment, there must be on deposit in a permanent debt service reserve fund an amount equal to one semi-annual interest payment of $82.4 million and a fixed charge coverage ratio test of 2:1 must be satisfied.

As of September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, we classified the permanent debt service reserve fund of $82.4 million as non-current restricted cash and cash equivalents. As of September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, we classified $54.9 million and $13.7 million, respectively, as current restricted cash and cash equivalents for the payment of interest due within twelve months. These cash accounts are controlled by a collateral trustee, and, therefore, are shown as restricted cash and cash equivalents on our Consolidated Balance Sheets.


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SABINE PASS LNG, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)



NOTE 4—Property, Plant and Equipment

Property, plant and equipment consists of LNG terminal costs and fixed assets, as follows (in thousands): 
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
 
2011
 
2010
LNG terminal costs
 
 
 
LNG terminal
$
1,637,128

 
$
1,629,427

LNG terminal construction-in-process
486

 
2,160

LNG site and related costs, net
165

 
170

Accumulated depreciation
(113,786
)
 
(81,781
)
Total LNG terminal costs, net
1,523,993

 
1,549,976

 
 
 
 
Fixed assets
 
 
 
Computers and office equipment
227

 
227

Vehicles
416

 
384

Machinery and equipment
974

 
964

Other
630

 
550

Accumulated depreciation
(1,900
)
 
(1,636
)
Total fixed assets, net
347

 
489

Property, plant and equipment, net
$
1,524,340

 
$
1,550,465

 
We began depreciating equipment and facilities associated with the initial 2.6 Bcf/d of sendout capacity and 10.1 Bcf of storage capacity of our LNG terminal when they were ready for use in the third quarter of 2008. We began depreciating equipment and facilities associated with the remaining 1.4 Bcf/d of sendout capacity and 6.8 Bcf of storage capacity of our LNG terminal when they were ready for use in the third quarter of 2009. Depreciation expense related to our LNG terminal totaled $32.0 million and $31.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

NOTE 5—Accrued Liabilities

As of September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, accrued liabilities consisted of the following (in thousands):
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
 
2011
 
2010
Interest expense and related debt fees
$
54,929

 
$
13,732

LNG terminal costs
948

 
1,953

Affiliate
2,741

 
2,975

Total accrued liabilities
$
58,618

 
$
18,660


NOTE 6—Long-Term Debt

As of September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, our long-term debt consisted of the following (in thousands):
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
 
2011
 
2010
Senior Notes, net of discount
$
2,191,244

 
$
2,187,724

 
In November 2006, we issued an aggregate principal amount of $2,032.0 million of Senior Notes (the "Senior Notes"), consisting of $550.0 million of 7¼% Senior Secured Notes due 2013 (the "2013 Notes") and $1,482.0 million of 7½% Senior Secured Notes due 2016 (the "2016 Notes"). In September 2008, we issued an additional $183.5 million, before discount, of 2016 Notes whose terms were identical to the previously outstanding 2016 Notes. Interest on the Senior Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears on May 30 and November 30 of each year. The Senior Notes are secured on a first-priority basis by a security interest in all of our equity interests and substantially all of our operating assets.



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SABINE PASS LNG, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)


We may redeem some or all of the Senior Notes at any time, and from time to time, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal plus any accrued and unpaid interest plus the greater of:
1.0% of the principal amount of the Senior Notes; or
the excess of: a) the present value at such redemption date of (i) the redemption price of the Senior Notes plus (ii) all required interest payments due on the Senior Notes (excluding accrued but unpaid interest to the redemption date), computed using a discount rate equal to the Treasury Rate as of such redemption date plus 50 basis points; over b) the principal amount of the Senior Notes, if greater.

Under the Sabine Pass Indenture, except for permitted tax distributions, we may not make distributions until certain conditions are satisfied: there must be on deposit in an interest payment account an amount equal to one-sixth of the semi-annual interest payment multiplied by the number of elapsed months since the last semi-annual interest payment, and there must be on deposit in a permanent debt service reserve fund an amount equal to one semi-annual interest payment of approximately $82.4 million. Distributions are permitted only after satisfying the foregoing funding requirements, a fixed charge coverage ratio test of 2:1 and other conditions specified in the Sabine Pass Indenture. During the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, we made distributions of $231.7 million and $298.6 million, respectively, after satisfying all the applicable conditions in the Sabine Pass Indenture. 

NOTE 7—Financial Instruments

Derivative Instruments

We have entered into certain derivative instruments to hedge the price risk attributable to future purchases of natural gas to be utilized as fuel to operate our LNG terminal ("Fuel Derivatives"). Changes in the fair value of our derivatives instruments are reported in earnings because we have not elected to designate these derivative instruments as a hedging instrument that is required to qualify for cash flow hedge accounting. The estimated fair value of financial instruments is the amount at which the instrument could be exchanged currently between willing parties.

The fair value of our derivative instruments are based on inputs that are quoted prices in active markets for similar assets or liabilities, resulting in Level 2 categorization of such measurements. The following table (in thousands) sets forth, by level within the fair value hierarchy, the fair value of our derivative instruments assets and liabilities at September 30, 2011:  
 
Quoted Prices in Active Markets for Identical Instruments
(Level 1)
 
Significant Other Observable Inputs (Level 2)
 
Significant Unobservable Inputs (Level 3)
 
Total Carrying Value
Fuel Derivatives liability (1)
$
 
 
$
777
 
 
$
 
 
$
777
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1)
Fuel Derivatives liability is classified as other current liabilities on our Consolidated Balance Sheets. Changes in the fair value of our Fuel Derivatives are classified as derivative gain (loss) on our Consolidated Statements of Operations. We recorded derivative loss of $0.7 million and $1.2 million related to Fuel Derivatives in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011, respectively. We recorded derivative gain of zero and $0.5 million in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010, respectively.

Other Financial Instruments

The estimated fair value of financial instruments, including those financial instruments for which the fair value option was not elected are set forth in the table below.  The carrying amounts reported on our Consolidated Balance Sheets for restricted cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, interest receivables and accounts payable approximate fair value due to their short-term nature.



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SABINE PASS LNG, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)


Financial Instruments (in thousands):
 
September 30, 2011
 
December 31, 2010
 
Carrying Amount
 
Estimated Fair Value
 
Carrying Amount
 
Estimated Fair Value
2013 Notes (1)
$
550,000

 
$
534,875

 
$
550,000

 
$
541,750

2016 Notes, net of discount (1)
1,641,244

 
1,530,460

 
1,637,724

 
1,523,083

 
 
 
 
 
 
(1)
The fair value of the Senior Notes, net of discount, was based on quotations obtained from broker-dealers who make markets in these and similar instruments.

NOTE 8—Related Party Transactions

As of September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, we had $0.4 million and $3.5 million of advances to affiliates, respectively. In addition, we have entered into the following related party transactions:

Terminal Use Agreement

In November 2006, Cheniere Marketing, LLC ("Cheniere Marketing") reserved approximately 2.0 Bcf/d of regasification capacity under a firm commitment terminal use agreement ("TUA") with us and was required to make capacity reservation fee payments aggregating approximately $250 million per year for the period from January 1, 2009, through at least September 30, 2028. Cheniere Energy, Inc. ("Cheniere") guaranteed Cheniere Marketing's obligations under its TUA.

Effective July 1, 2010, Cheniere Marketing assigned its existing TUA with us to Cheniere Energy Investments, LLC ("Cheniere Investments"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. ("Cheniere Partners"), including all of its rights, titles, interests, obligations and liabilities in and under the TUA. In connection with the assignment, Cheniere's guarantee of Cheniere Marketing's obligations under the TUA was terminated. Cheniere Investments is required to make capacity payments under the TUA aggregating approximately $250 million per year through at least September 30, 2028. Cheniere Partners has guaranteed Cheniere Investments' obligations under its TUA.

Service Agreements

In February 2005, we entered into a 20-year operation and maintenance agreement (the "O&M Agreement") with a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere pursuant to which we receive all necessary services required to construct, operate and maintain our LNG terminal. We are required to pay a fixed monthly fee of $130,000 (indexed for inflation) under the O&M Agreement, and the counterparty is entitled to a bonus equal to 50% of the salary component of labor costs in certain circumstances to be agreed upon between us and the counterparty at the beginning of each operating year. In addition, we are required to reimburse the counterparty for its operating expenses, which consist primarily of labor expenses.
 
In February 2005, we entered into a 20-year management services agreement (the "MSA Agreement") with our general partner, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere Partners, pursuant to which our general partner was appointed to manage the construction and operation of our LNG terminal, excluding those matters provided for under the O&M Agreement. In August 2008, our general partner assigned all of its rights and obligations under the MSA Agreement to Cheniere LNG Terminals, Inc. ("Cheniere Terminals"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere. We are required to pay Cheniere Terminals a monthly fixed fee of $520,000 (indexed for inflation).

During the three months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, we paid an aggregate of $2.0 million and $1.9 million, respectively, under the foregoing service agreements. During the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, we paid an aggregate of $6.1 million and $5.9 million under the foregoing service agreements, respectively.
 


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SABINE PASS LNG, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)


Agreement to Fund Our Cooperative Endeavor Agreements

In July 2007, we executed Cooperative Endeavor Agreements ("CEAs") with various Cameron Parish, Louisiana taxing authorities that allow them to collect certain annual property tax payments from us in 2007 through 2016. This ten-year initiative represents an aggregate $25.0 million commitment and will make resources available to the Cameron Parish taxing authorities on an accelerated basis in order to aid in their reconstruction efforts following Hurricane Rita. In exchange for our payments of annual ad valorem taxes, Cameron Parish will grant us a dollar for dollar credit against future ad valorem taxes to be levied against our LNG terminal starting in 2019. In September 2007, we modified our TUA with Cheniere Marketing, pursuant to which Cheniere Marketing will pay us additional TUA revenues equal to any and all amounts payable under the CEAs in exchange for a similar amount of credits against future TUA payments it would owe us under its TUA starting in 2019. These TUA payments were recorded to other assets, and payments from Cheniere Marketing that we utilized to make the ad valorem tax payments were recorded as deferred revenue. As of September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, we had $12.3 million and $9.8 million of other assets and deferred revenue resulting from our ad valorem tax payments and the advance TUA payments received from Cheniere Marketing, respectively.

Contracts for Sale and Purchase of Natural Gas

We are able to sell or purchase natural gas or LNG under an agreement with Cheniere Marketing. Under this agreement, we purchase natural gas or LNG from Cheniere Marketing at a sales price equal to the actual purchase cost paid by Cheniere Marketing to suppliers of the natural gas or LNG, plus any third-party costs incurred by Cheniere Marketing in respect of the receipt, purchase, and delivery of the natural gas or LNG to our LNG terminal.

We purchased $1.1 million and $1.2 million of natural gas and LNG from Cheniere Marketing under this agreement in the three months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively. We purchased $3.2 million and $1.8 million of natural gas and LNG from Cheniere Marketing under this agreement in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

LNG Terminal Export Agreement

In January 2010, we and Cheniere Marketing entered into an LNG Terminal Export Agreement that provides Cheniere Marketing the ability to export LNG from our LNG terminal.  We recorded revenues—affiliate of zero pursuant to this agreement in each of the three months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010. We recorded revenues—affiliate of $0.3 million and $0.9 million pursuant to this agreement in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

Tug Boat Lease Sharing Agreement

In connection with our tug boat lease, Sabine Pass Tug Services, LLC, our wholly owned subsidiary ("Tug Services"), entered into a tug sharing agreement with Cheniere Marketing to provide its LNG cargo vessels with tug boat and marine services at our LNG terminal. Tug Services recorded revenues—affiliate from Cheniere Marketing of $0.7 million pursuant to this agreement in each of the three months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010. Tug Services recorded revenues—affiliate from Cheniere Marketing of $2.0 million pursuant to this agreement in each of the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010.

Temporary Pipeline Compressor Agreement

In August 2010, we entered into an agreement with Cheniere Investments, under which Cheniere Investments reimburses us for a portion of the costs of installing, operating and maintaining temporary pipeline compression equipment at our LNG terminal. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011, we recorded revenues—affiliate from Cheniere Investments of $0.1 million and $0.4 million, respectively, pursuant to this agreement. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010, we recorded revenues—affiliate from Cheniere Investments of zero pursuant to this agreement.


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SABINE PASS LNG, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—Continued
(unaudited)



NOTE 9—Supplemental Cash Flow Information and Disclosures of Non-Cash Transactions

The following table provides supplemental disclosure of cash flow information (in thousands):
 
 
Nine Months Ended
 
 
September 30,
 
 
2011
 
2010
Cash paid for interest, net of amounts capitalized
 
$
82,120

 
$
82,340




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Item 2.
Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This quarterly report contains certain statements that are, or may be deemed to be, "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein or incorporated herein by reference are "forward-looking statements." Included among "forward-looking statements" are, among other things:
 
statements regarding future levels of domestic natural gas production, supply or consumption; future levels of liquefied natural gas ("LNG") imports into North America; sales of natural gas in North America or other markets; and the transportation, other infrastructure or prices related to natural gas, LNG or other energy sources; 
statements regarding any financing or refinancing transactions or arrangements, or ability to enter into such transactions or arrangements; 
statements regarding any commercial arrangements presently contracted, optioned or marketed, or potential arrangements, to be performed substantially in the future, including any cash distributions and revenues anticipated to be received and the anticipated timing thereof, and statements regarding the amounts of total LNG regasification or storage capacity that are, or may become, subject to such commercial arrangements; 
statements regarding counterparties to our terminal use agreements ("TUAs") and other contracts;
statements regarding any business strategy, any business plans or any other plans, forecasts, projections or objectives, including potential revenues and expenditures, any or all of which are subject to change; 
statements regarding legislative, governmental, regulatory, administrative or other public body actions, requirements, permits, investigations, proceedings or decisions; and 
any other statements that relate to non-historical or future information.

These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of terms and phrases such as "achieve," "anticipate," "believe," "contemplate," "develop," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "plan," "potential," "project," "propose," "strategy" and similar terms and phrases, or by the use of future tense. Although we believe 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. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are made as of the date of and speak only as of the date of this quarterly report.
Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed under "Risk Factors" in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these risk factors. Other than as required under the securities laws, we assume no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements or provide reasons why actual results may differ.



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Introduction

The following discussion and analysis presents management's view of our business, financial condition and overall performance and should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and the accompanying notes in Item 1. "Consolidated Financial Statements". This information is intended to provide investors with an understanding of our past performance, current financial condition and outlook for the future.

Our discussion and analysis includes the following subjects:
Overview of Business
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Results of Operations
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
Summary of Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

Overview of Business

In 2003, we were formed by Cheniere Energy, Inc. ("Cheniere") to own, develop and operate the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. We are a Houston-based partnership formed with one general partner, Sabine Pass LNG-GP, LLC ("Sabine Pass GP"), an indirect subsidiary of Cheniere, and one limited partner, Sabine Pass LNG-LP, LLC ("Sabine Pass LNG-LP"), an indirect subsidiary of Cheniere. Cheniere has a 88.8% ownership interest in Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. ("Cheniere Partners"), which is the 100% parent of Sabine Pass GP and Sabine Pass LNG-LP and, indirectly, us.

Following the achievement of commercial operability of our LNG terminal in September 2008, we began receiving capacity reservation fee payments from Cheniere Marketing, LLC ("Cheniere Marketing"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere, under its TUA. In December 2008, Cheniere Marketing began paying us its monthly capacity reservation fee payment on a quarterly basis. We also began receiving monthly capacity reservation fee payments from Total Gas and Power North America, Inc. ("Total") and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. ("Chevron") under their TUAs in March 2009 and June 2009, respectively.

In June 2010, Cheniere Marketing assigned its TUA with us to Cheniere Energy Investments, LLC ("Cheniere Investments"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere Partners, effective July 1, 2010, including all of its rights, titles, interests, obligations and liabilities in and under the TUA, as amended, between Cheniere Marketing and us. In connection with the assignment, Cheniere's guarantee of Cheniere Marketing's obligations under the TUA was terminated. Cheniere Investments is obligated to make monthly capacity payments to us aggregating approximately $250 million per year through at least September 30, 2028. Cheniere Partners has guaranteed Cheniere Investments' obligations under its TUA.

Our Business

Construction of our LNG terminal commenced in March 2005. We achieved full operability during the third quarter of 2009 with total sendout capacity of approximately 4.0 Bcf/d (with peak capacity of approximately 4.3 Bcf/d) and aggregate storage capacity of approximately 16.9 Bcf along with two unloading docks.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Cash and Cash Equivalents

As of September 30, 2011, we had $4.6 million of cash and cash equivalents and $137.3 million of restricted cash and cash equivalents, which is restricted to pay interest on the Senior Notes described below.

The foregoing funds and funds generated from operations are anticipated to be sufficient to fund our operating expenditures and interest requirements. Regardless of whether we receive payments from Cheniere Investments (or Cheniere Partners, as guarantor), we expect to have sufficient cash flow from payments received under our Total and Chevron TUAs to allow us to meet our future operating expenditures and interest payment requirements until maturity of the 2013 Notes. However, we must satisfy certain restrictions under the indenture governing the Senior Notes ("Sabine Pass Indenture") before being able to make distributions to our limited partner, which will require that Cheniere Investments make a substantial portion of its TUA payments to us. Cheniere


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Investments continues to develop its business, lacks a credit rating and may also be limited by access to capital. If we are unable to make cash distributions to our limited partner, then Cheniere Investments may be unable to meet its ongoing TUA payments and Cheniere Partners may not be able to satisfy its guarantee obligations to us.

TUA Revenues

The entire approximately 4.0 Bcf/d of regasification capacity at our LNG terminal has been fully reserved under three 20-year, firm commitment TUAs. Approximately 2.0 Bcf/d is contracted with unaffiliated third parties, and approximately 2.0 Bcf/d is contracted with Cheniere Investments. Each of the three customers at our LNG terminal must make the full contracted amount of capacity reservation fee payments under its TUA whether or not it uses any of its reserved capacity. Capacity reservation fee TUA payments are made by our third-party TUA customers as follows:

Total has reserved approximately 1.0 Bcf/d of regasification capacity and is obligated to make monthly capacity payments to us aggregating approximately $125 million per year for 20 years that commenced April 1, 2009. Total, S.A. has guaranteed Total’s obligations under its TUA up to $2.5 billion, subject to certain exceptions; and 
Chevron has reserved approximately 1.0 Bcf/d of regasification capacity and is obligated to make monthly capacity payments to us aggregating approximately $125 million per year for 20 years that commenced July 1, 2009. Chevron Corporation has guaranteed Chevron’s obligations under its TUA up to 80% of the fees payable by Chevron.

Each of Total and Chevron previously paid us $20.0 million in nonrefundable advance capacity reservation fees, which are being amortized over a 10-year period as a reduction of each customer's regasification capacity reservation fees payable under its respective TUA.

In addition, pursuant to the assignment agreement with Cheniere Marketing as discussed above, Cheniere Investments has reserved the remaining approximately 2.0 Bcf/d of regasification capacity and 6.9 Bcfe of storage capacity at our LNG terminal. Cheniere Investments is obligated to make monthly capacity payments to us aggregating approximately $250 million per year through at least September 30, 2028. Cheniere Partners has guaranteed Cheniere Investments' obligations under its TUA.

Sources and Uses of Cash

The following table summarizes the sources and uses of our cash and cash equivalents for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010 (in thousands). The table presents capital expenditures on a cash basis; therefore, these amounts differ from the amounts of capital expenditures, including accruals, that are referred to elsewhere in this report. Additional discussion of these items follows the table.
 
Nine Months Ended
 
September 30,
 
2011
 
2010
Sources of cash and cash equivalents
 
 
 
Operating cash flow
$
236,885

 
$
190,020

 
 
 
 
Uses of cash and cash equivalents
 
 
 
Distributions to owner
(231,734
)
 
(298,581
)
LNG terminal construction-in-process, net
(6,419
)
 
(3,636
)
Other
(97
)
 
(36
)
Total uses of cash and cash equivalents
(238,250
)
 
(302,253
)
 
 
 
 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents
(1,365
)
 
(112,233
)
Cash and cash equivalents—beginning of period
5,926

 
117,411

Cash and cash equivalents—end of period
$
4,561

 
$
5,178


Operating Cash Flow

The increase in operating cash flow is primarily a result of increased TUA payments received from our customers in the nine months ended September 30, 2011. This increase is also a result of the classification of our investment in restricted cash and cash equivalents to fund an interest payment account as described in Investment in Restricted Cash and Cash Equivalents below.



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Distributions to Owner

During the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, we made $231.7 million and $298.6 million, respectively, in distributions to our owner after satisfying conditions in the Sabine Pass Indenture discussed below.

Investment in Restricted Cash and Cash Equivalents

Investment in restricted cash and cash equivalents primarily relates to the transfer of cash into accounts controlled by a collateral trustee for the payment of interest on the Senior Notes. Under the terms and conditions of the Senior Notes, there must be on deposit in an interest payment account an amount equal to one-sixth of the semi-annual interest payment multiplied by the number of elapsed months since the last semi-annual interest payment.

Debt Agreements

Senior Notes

In November 2006, we issued an aggregate principal amount of $2,032.0 million of Senior Notes (the "Senior Notes"), consisting of $550.0 million of 7¼% Senior Secured Notes due 2013 (the "2013 Notes") and $1,482.0 million of 7½% Senior Secured Notes due 2016 (the "2016 Notes"). In September 2008, we issued an additional $183.5 million, before discount, of 2016 Notes whose terms were identical to the previously outstanding 2016 Notes. Interest on the Senior Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears on May 30 and November 30 of each year. The Senior Notes are secured on a first-priority basis by a security interest in all of our equity interests and substantially all of our operating assets.

We may redeem some or all of the Senior Notes at any time, and from time to time, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal plus any accrued and unpaid interest plus the greater of:
1.0% of the principal amount of the Senior Notes; or
the excess of: a) the present value at such redemption date of (i) the redemption price of the Senior Notes plus (ii) all required interest payments due on the Senior Notes (excluding accrued but unpaid interest to the redemption date), computed using a discount rate equal to the Treasury Rate as of such redemption date plus 50 basis points; over b) the principal amount of the Senior Notes, if greater.

Under the Sabine Pass Indenture, except for permitted tax distributions, we may not make distributions until certain conditions are satisfied: there must be on deposit in an interest payment account an amount equal to one-sixth of the semi-annual interest payment multiplied by the number of elapsed months since the last semi-annual interest payment, and  there must be on deposit in a permanent debt service reserve fund an amount equal to one semi-annual interest payment of approximately $82.4 million. Distributions are permitted only after satisfying the foregoing funding requirements, a fixed charge coverage ratio test of 2:1 and other conditions specified in the Sabine Pass Indenture. During the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, we made distributions of $231.7 million and $298.6 million, respectively, after satisfying all the applicable conditions in the Sabine Pass Indenture. 

Services Agreements

In February 2005, we entered into a 20-year operation and maintenance agreement with a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere pursuant to which we receive all necessary services required to construct, operate and maintain our LNG receiving terminal. We are required to pay a fixed monthly fee of $130,000 (indexed for inflation) under the agreement, and the counterparty is entitled to a bonus equal to 50% of the salary component of labor costs in certain circumstances to be agreed upon between us and the counterparty at the beginning of each operating year. In addition, we are required to reimburse the counterparty for its operating expenses, which consist primarily of labor expenses.
 
In February 2005, we entered into a 20-year management services agreement with our general partner, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere Partners, pursuant to which our general partner was appointed to manage the construction and operation of our LNG receiving terminal, excluding those matters provided for under the operation and maintenance agreement described in the paragraph above. In August 2008, our general partner assigned all of its rights and obligations under the management services agreement to Cheniere LNG Terminals, Inc. ("Cheniere Terminals"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere. We are required to pay Cheniere Terminals a monthly fixed fee of $520,000 (indexed for inflation).

During the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, we paid an aggregate of $6.1 million and $5.9 million, respectively, under the foregoing service agreements.


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Results of Operations

Three Months Ended September 30, 2011 vs. Three Months Ended September 30, 2010
 
Overall Operations
 
Our consolidated net income increased $2.0 million, from $63.8 million in the three months ended September 30, 2010 to $65.8 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011. This increase in net income primarily resulted from increased LNG cargo export loading fee revenue.

Revenues (including Affiliate Revenues)

Revenues from our LNG terminal increased $2.6 million, from $129.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2010 to $132.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011. This increase is primarily a result of LNG cargo export loading fee revenue.
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011 vs. Nine Months Ended September 30, 2010
 
Overall Operations
 
Our consolidated net income increased $10.3 million, from $189.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010 to $200.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011. This increase in net income primarily resulted from increased LNG cargo export loading fee revenue and decreased operating and maintenance expenses.

Revenues (including Affiliate Revenues)

Revenue from our LNG terminal increased $7.1 million, from $389.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010 to $397.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011. This increase is primarily a result of LNG cargo export loading fee revenue.
 
Operating and Maintenance Expense (including Affiliate Expense)
 
Operating and maintenance expense decreased $4.7 million, from $29.3 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010 to $24.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011. This decrease primarily resulted from decreased fuel costs in 2011 compared to 2010 as a result of efficiencies in our LNG inventory management.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

As of September 30, 2011, we had no "off-balance sheet arrangements" that have or are reasonably likely to have a current or future effect on our financial condition, changes in financial condition, revenues or expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures or capital resources that is material to investors.




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Summary of Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The selection and application of accounting policies is an important process that has developed as our business activities have evolved and as the accounting rules have developed. Accounting rules generally do not involve a selection among alternatives but involve an implementation and interpretation of existing rules, and the use of judgment, to apply the accounting rules to the specific set of circumstances existing in our business. In preparing our consolidated financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), we endeavor to comply with all applicable rules on or before their adoption, and we believe that the proper implementation and consistent application of the accounting rules are critical. However, not all situations are specifically addressed in the accounting literature. In these cases, we must use our best judgment to adopt a policy for accounting for these situations. We accomplish this by analogizing to similar situations and the accounting guidance governing them.

Accounting for LNG Activities

Generally, expenditures for direct construction activities, major renewals and betterments are capitalized, while expenditures for maintenance and repairs and general and administrative activities are charged to expense as incurred.

We capitalized interest and other related debt costs during the construction period of our LNG terminal. Upon commencement of operations, capitalized interest, as a component of the total cost, has been amortized over the estimated useful life of the asset.

Revenue Recognition

LNG regasification capacity reservation fees are recognized as revenue over the term of the respective TUAs. Advance capacity reservation fees are initially deferred and amortized over a 10-year period as a reduction of a customer's regasification capacity reservation fees payable under its TUA. The retained 2% of LNG delivered for each customer's account at our LNG terminal is recognized as revenues as we perform the services set forth in each customer's TUA.

Use of Estimates
 
The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make certain estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the consolidated financial statements and the accompanying notes. Actual results could differ from our estimates and assumptions used.
 
Items subject to estimates and assumptions include, but are not limited to, the carrying amount of property, plant and equipment. Actual results could differ significantly from our estimates.

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements Not Yet Adopted

In June 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board amended current comprehensive income guidance. The amended guidance eliminates the option to present the components of other comprehensive income as part of the statement of shareholders’ equity. Instead, we must report comprehensive income in either a single continuous statement of comprehensive income which contains two sections, net income and other comprehensive income, or in two separate but consecutive statements. This guidance will be effective for public companies during the interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011 with early adoption permitted. We expect to adopt this guidance in our first fiscal quarter ending March 31, 2012. The adoption of this guidance will not have an impact on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows as it only requires a change in the format of the current presentation.




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Item 3.
Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

Cash Investments

We have cash investments that we manage based on internal investment guidelines that emphasize liquidity and preservation of capital. Such cash investments are stated at historical cost, which approximates fair market value on our Consolidated Balance Sheets.

Marketing and Trading Commodity Price Risk

We have entered into certain derivative instruments to economically hedge the price risk attributable to future purchases of natural gas to be utilized as fuel to operate our LNG terminal ("Fuel Derivatives"). We use one-day value at risk ("VaR") with a 95% confidence interval and other methodologies for market risk measurement and control purposes. The VaR is calculated using the Monte Carlo simulation method. The table below provides information about our derivative instruments that are sensitive to changes in natural gas prices as of September 30, 2011 (in thousands except for volume and price range data).
Hedge Description
 
Hedge Instrument
 
Contract Volumes (MMBtu)
 
Price Range (per MMBtu)
 
Final Hedge Maturity Date
 
Fair Value
 
VaR
Fuel Derivatives
 
Fixed price natural gas swaps
 
1,065,000

 
$4.352 - $5.002
 
October 2012
 
$
(777
)
 
$
95


Item 4.
Controls and Procedures

We maintain a set of disclosure controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in the reports filed by us under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC's rules and forms. As of the end of the period covered by this report, we evaluated, under the supervision and with the participation of our general partner's management, including our general partner's Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures pursuant to Rule 13a-15 of the Exchange Act. Based on that evaluation, our general partner's Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures are effective.

During the most recent fiscal quarter, there have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.



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PART II. OTHER INFORMATION
Item 1.
Legal Proceedings

We may in the future be involved as a party to various legal proceedings, which are incidental to the ordinary course of business. We regularly analyze current information and, as necessary, provide accruals for probable liabilities on the eventual disposition of these matters. In the opinion of management, as of September 30, 2011, there were no known threatened or pending legal matters that could reasonably be expected to have a material adverse impact on our consolidated results of operations, financial position or cash flows.

Item 6.
Exhibits  
31.1*
Certification by Chief Executive Officer required by Rule 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a) under the Exchange Act
 
 
31.2*
Certification by Chief Financial Officer required by Rule 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a) under the Exchange Act
 
 
32.1**
Certification by Chief Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
 
 
32.2**
Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
 
 
101+
The following materials from Sabine Pass LNG, L.P.'s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, formatted in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language): (i) Consolidated Balance Sheets, (ii) Consolidated Statements of Operations, (iii) Consolidated Statements of Partners' Deficit, (iv) Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, and (v) Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, tagged as a block of text.
 
 
 
 
 
 
*
Filed herewith.
**
Furnished herewith.
+
Pursuant to Rule 406T of Regulation S-T, the Interactive Data Files on Exhibit 101 hereto are deemed not filed or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Section 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, are deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and otherwise are not subject to liability under those sections.







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SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
 

SABINE PASS LNG, L.P.
 
 
By: Sabine Pass LNG-GP, LLC,
its general partner
 
 
/s/    JERRY D. SMITH        
Jerry D. Smith
Chief Accounting Officer of Sabine Pass LNG-GP, LLC, general partner of Sabine Pass LNG, L.P.
(on behalf of the registrant and as principal accounting officer)
 
 
Date:
November 7, 2011