Cheniere Energy — Overvalued and Deeply Indebted

Cheniere Energy logged a 0.2% change during today's morning session, and is now trading at a price of $145.07 per share. The S&P 500 index moved 0.9% and the Nasdaq posted a 0.8% change. LNG's trading volume is 346,610 compared to the stock's average volume of 2,181,822.

Cheniere Energy shares moved 33.4% over the last 52 weeks, with a high of $182.35 and a low of $100.13. During this time, the stock underperformed the S&P 500 index by 52.0%. As of January 2022, the company's 50-day average price is $165.0. Cheniere Energy, Inc., an energy infrastructure company, primarily engages in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) related businesses in the United States. The large-cap Energy company has 1,550 full time employees and is based in Houston, TX. Cheniere Energy has returned a 1.0% dividend yield over the last 12 months.

Snapshot of the Company's Exceptionally High Debt Levels:

2019-12-31 2020-12-31 2021-12-31
Revenue (MM) $9,730 $9,358 $15,864
Revenue Growth n/a -3.82% 69.52%
Gross Margins 39.6% 45.6% 6.8%
Gross Margins Growth n/a 15.15% -85.09%
Operating Margins 24.5% 28.2% -4.4%
Operating Margins Growth n/a 15.1% -115.6%
Earnings Per Share $2.51 -$0.34 -$9.25
EPS Growth n/a -113.55% -2620.59%
Free Cash Flow (MM) -$1,223 -$574 $1,503
FCF Growth n/a 53.07% 361.85%
Capital Expenditures (MM) -$3,056 -$1,839 -$966
Net Debt / EBITDA 9.09 8.52 98.8

Cheniere Energy Is Overvalued:

Compared to the Energy sector's average of 9.11, Cheniere Energy has a trailing twelve month price to earnings (P/E) ratio of -10.2 and, based on its EPS guidance of 20.71, an expected P/E ratio of 7.0.

The firm's price to earnings growth (PEG) is -2.72, because its current P/E ratio is negative — so in this case the PEG ratio is not a meaningful indicator of the company's valuation.

Cheniere Energy Benefits From Positive Market Indicators:

21 analysts are following Cheniere Energy and have set target prices ranging from $187 to $245 per share. On average, they have given the company a rating of buy. At the current price of $145.07, LNG is trading -30.22% away from its average analyst target price of $207.9 per share, implying an analyst consensus of strong upside potential for the stock.

The company has a very low short interest since 1.6% of the company's shares are tied to short positions. Institutions own 87.6% of Cheniere Energy's shares, while the insider ownership rate stands at 0.74%. The biggest shareholder is the Vanguard Group, Inc. with a 9% stake in the company worth approximately $3,406,142,505.

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