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CNX Gas 10-Q 2009

Documents found in this filing:

  1. 10-Q
  2. Ex-31.1
  3. Ex-31.2
  4. Ex-32.1
  5. Ex-32.2
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Form 10-Q
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

(Mark One)

 

þ QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934.

For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2009

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 number: 001-32723

 

 

CNX GAS CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   20-3170639

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

1000 CONSOL Energy Drive

Canonsburg, PA 15317-6506

(724) 485-4000

(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of registrant’s principal executive offices)

 

 

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  þ    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 registrant was required to submit and post such files).

Yes  ¨    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 the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

    Large accelerated filer  þ    Accelerated filer  ¨    Non-accelerated filer  ¨    Smaller Reporting Company  ¨

(Do not check if 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  þ

The number of shares of the registrant’s common stock outstanding as of October 20, 2009 is 150,984,596 shares.

 

 

 


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

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PART I—FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1.  

Condensed Financial Statements

  
 

Consolidated Statements of Income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008

   3
 

Consolidated Balance Sheets at September 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008

   4
 

Consolidated Statement of Stockholders’ Equity for the nine months ended September 30, 2009

   6
 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008

   7
 

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

   8
Item 2.  

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

   20
Item 3.  

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

   37
Item 4.  

Controls and Procedures

   38
PART II—OTHER INFORMATION
Item 1.  

Legal Proceedings

   40
Item 6.  

Exhibits

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PART I

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

CNX GAS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

     For the Three Months Ended
September 30,
    For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2009     2008     2009     2008  

Revenue and Other Income:

        

Outside Sales

   $ 153,959      $ 188,612      $ 465,727      $ 494,624   

Related Party Sales

     825        2,587        2,260        8,035   

Royalty Interest Gas Sales

     8,443        22,902        29,741        61,921   

Purchased Gas Sales

     1,471        1,674        4,102        6,860   

Other Income

     955        1,172        3,815        11,929   
                                

Total Revenue and Other Income

     165,653        216,947        505,645        583,369   

Costs and Expenses:

        

Lifting Costs

     14,173        20,709        39,229        50,176   

Gathering and Compression Costs

     23,948        23,642        69,135        59,034   

Royalty Interest Gas Costs

     6,279        21,055        23,350        59,057   

Purchased Gas Costs

     1,103        1,664        3,023        6,607   

Other

     6,693        872        15,049        1,679   

General and Administrative

     16,081        13,342        50,697        41,063   

Other Corporate Expenses

     7,206        185        21,519        9,638   

Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

     30,879        17,803        78,581        50,340   

Interest Expense

     1,865        2,412        5,753        5,567   
                                

Total Costs and Expenses

     108,227        101,684        306,336        283,161   
                                

Earnings Before Income Taxes and Noncontrolling Interest

     57,426        115,263        199,309        300,208   

Noncontrolling Interest

     (238     (312     (822     (670
                                

Earnings Before Income Taxes

     57,664        115,575        200,131        300,878   

Income Taxes

     22,194        48,160        76,780        119,287   
                                

Net Income Attributable to CNX Gas Shareholders

   $ 35,470      $ 67,415      $ 123,351      $ 181,591   
                                

Earnings Per Share:

        

Basic

   $ 0.23      $ 0.45      $ 0.82      $ 1.20   
                                

Dilutive

   $ 0.23      $ 0.45      $ 0.82      $ 1.20   
                                

Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding:

        

Basic

     150,977,117        150,939,418        150,974,479        150,956,753   
                                

Dilutive

     151,372,672        151,292,158        151,304,768        151,366,746   
                                

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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CNX GAS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

     (Unaudited)
September 30,
2009
   December 31,
2008

ASSETS

     

Current Assets:

     

Cash and Cash Equivalents

   $ 968    $ 1,926

Accounts and Notes Receivable:

     

Trade

     27,833      61,764

Other Receivables

     852      3,080

Recoverable Income Taxes

     —        30,302

Derivatives

     128,153      150,564

Other

     1,966      2,222
             

Total Current Assets

     159,772      249,858

Property, Plant and Equipment:

     

Property, Plant and Equipment

     2,351,804      2,111,383

Less—Accumulated Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

     404,781      322,470
             

Total Property, Plant and Equipment—Net

     1,947,023      1,788,913

Other Assets:

     

Investment in Affiliates

     24,604      25,204

Derivatives

     —        55,945

Other

     5,812      5,053
             

Total Other Assets

     30,416      86,202
             

TOTAL ASSETS

   $ 2,137,211    $ 2,124,973
             

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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CNX GAS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

     (Unaudited)
September 30,
2009
    December 31,
2008

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

    

Current Liabilities:

    

Accounts Payable

   $ 48,528      $ 100,565

Accrued Royalties

     13,585        20,301

Accrued Severance Taxes

     659        3,672

Related Parties

     3,290        2,234

Short-Term Notes Payable

     73,050        72,700

Deferred Income Taxes

     46,207        55,000

Accrued Income Taxes

     2,609        —  

Current Portion of Long-Term Debt

     8,540        8,462

Other Current Liabilities

     11,060        18,116
              

Total Current Liabilities

     207,528        281,050

Long-Term Debt:

    

Long-Term Debt

     11,240        15,386

Capital Lease Obligations

     56,566        59,296
              

Total Long-Term Debt

     67,806        74,682

Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities:

    

Derivatives

     1,123        —  

Deferred Income Taxes

     347,311        331,338

Gas Well Plugging

     8,141        7,401

Postretirement Benefits Other Than Pensions

     3,000        2,728

Other

     29,498        42,900
              

Total Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities

     389,073        384,367

Total Liabilities

     664,407        740,099

Stockholders’ Equity:

    

Common Stock, $.01 par value; 200,000,000 Shares Authorized, 150,981,596 Issued and Outstanding at September 30, 2009 and 150,971,636 Issued and Outstanding at December 31, 2008

     1,510        1,510

Capital in Excess of Par Value

     805,736        789,625

Preferred Stock, 5,000,000 Shares Authorized; None Issued and Outstanding

     —          —  

Retained Earnings

     592,306        468,955

Other Comprehensive Income

     77,406        124,784
              

Total CNX Gas Shareholders’ Equity

     1,476,958        1,384,874

Noncontrolling Interest

     (4,154     —  
              

Total Equity

     1,472,804        1,384,874
              

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

   $ 2,137,211      $ 2,124,973
              

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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CNX GAS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(Dollars in thousands)

 

    Common
Stock
  Capital in
Excess of
Par Value
  Retained
Earnings
  Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
    Total CNX
Gas Stock-
holders’
Equity
    Non-
controlling
Interest
    Total Equity  

Balance—December 31, 2008

  $ 1,510   $ 789,625   $ 468,955   $ 124,784      $ 1,384,874      $ —        $ 1,384,874   
                                                 

(Unaudited)

             

Net Income Attributable to CNX Gas Shareholders

    —       —       123,351     —          123,351        —          123,351   

Gas Cash Flow Hedge (net of $31,186 tax)

    —       —       —       (47,363     (47,363     —          (47,363

Actuarially Determined Liabilities Adjustment (Net of $10 tax)

    —       —       —       (15     (15     —          (15
                                                 

Comprehensive Income (Loss)

    —       —       123,351     (47,378     75,973          75,973   

Stock Options Exercised

    —       115     —       —          115        —          115   

Tax Benefit from Stock-Based Compensation

    —       11     —       —          11        —          11   

Amortization of Restricted Stock Unit Grants

    —       14,533     —       —          14,533        —          14,533   

Amortization of Stock Option Grants

    —       1,452     —       —          1,452        —          1,452   

Noncontrolling Interest

    —       —       —       —          —          (4,154     (4,154
                                                 

Balance—September 30, 2009

  $ 1,510   $ 805,736   $ 592,306   $ 77,406      $ 1,476,958      $ (4,154   $ 1,472,804   
                                                 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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CNX GAS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands)

 

     For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2009     2008  

Operating Activities:

    

Net Income Attributable to CNX Gas Shareholders

   $ 123,351      $ 181,591   

Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities:

    

Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

     78,581        50,340   

Stock-based Compensation

     5,638        2,535   

Loss on the Sale of Assets

     85        —     

Change in Noncontrolling Interest

     (822     (1,670

Deferred Income Taxes

     38,785        59,908   

Equity in Earnings of Affiliates

     (650     (352

Changes in Operating Assets:

    

Accounts Receivable

     36,159        (27,925

Related Party Receivable

     1,056        192   

Other Current Assets

     256        537   

Changes in Other Assets

     (950     4,243   

Changes in Operating Liabilities:

    

Accounts Payable

     (30,141     12,823   

Income Taxes

     32,482        6,006   

Other Current Liabilities

     (16,785     16,877   

Changes in Other Liabilities

     (2,096     1,580   

Other

     14,511        234   
                

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

     279,460        306,919   

Investing Activities:

    

Capital Expenditures

     (273,019     (370,180

Acquisition of Knox Energy

     —          (36,000

Investment in Equity Affiliates

     1,250        1,081   

Proceeds From Sale of Assets

     275        450   
                

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

     (271,494     (404,649

Financing Activities:

    

Capital Lease Payments

     (2,814     (2,058

Variable Interest Entity Debt

     (4,104     11,984   

Proceeds from Short-Term Borrowings

     350        58,200   

Exercise of Stock Options

     115        488   

Noncontrolling Interest Distribution

     (2,500     —     

Tax Benefit from Stock-Based Compensation

     29        184   
                

Net Cash (Used in) Provided by Financing Activities

     (8,924     68,798   
                

Net Decrease in Cash and Cash Equivalents

     (958     (28,932

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period

     1,926        32,048   
                

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period

   $ 968      $ 3,116   
                

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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CNX GAS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Dollars in thousands)

Note 1—Basis of Presentation:

The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. Operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for future periods.

The balance sheet at December 31, 2008 has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date but does not include all the notes required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements. For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and related notes for the year ended December 31, 2008 included in CNX Gas’ Form 10-K.

As required by the Noncontrolling Interest Topic of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification, effective January 1, 2009, CNX Gas modified the reporting of noncontrolling interests in the Consolidated Financial Statements. Additionally, certain reclassifications of prior period data have been made to conform to the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009 classifications required by the Noncontrolling Interest Topic of the FASB Accounting Standards Codification.

Certain other amounts in prior periods have been reclassified to conform with the report classifications of the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009, with no effect on previously reported net income attributable to CNX Gas shareholders or stockholders’ equity. These include reflecting stock-based compensation expense and short-term incentive compensation expense as Other Corporate Expense in order to align with the reporting of the majority shareholder, CONSOL Energy. These items were previously presented as General and Administrative expenses.

Basic earnings per share are computed by dividing net income by the weighted average shares outstanding during the reporting period. Dilutive earnings per share are computed similarly to basic earnings per share except that the weighted average shares outstanding are increased to include additional shares from the effect of dilutive potential common shares outstanding during the period as required by the Stock Compensation Topic of the FASB Accounting Standards Codification. The number of additional shares is calculated by assuming that restricted stock units were converted and outstanding stock options were exercised and the proceeds from such activity were used to acquire shares of common stock at the average market price during the reporting period. Options to purchase 2,000 shares and 20,175 shares of common stock were outstanding for the three months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008, respectively, but were not included in the computation of dilutive earnings per share because the effect would be antidilutive. Options to purchase 14,750 shares and 6,425 shares of common stock were outstanding for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008, respectively, but were not included in the computation of dilutive earnings per share because the effect would be antidilutive. Unvested restricted stock units of 815 were outstanding for the nine months ended September 30, 2009, but were not included in the computation of dilutive earnings per share because the effect would be antidilutive. No unvested restricted stock units were outstanding for the three months ended September 30, 2009 that were not included in the computation of dilutive earnings per share. Additionally, no unvested restricted stock units were outstanding for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2008 that were not included in the computation of dilutive earnings per share. Options exercised during the three months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008 were 5,575 shares and 781 shares, respectively. The weighted average exercise price per share of the options exercised during the three months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008 were $18.24 and $16.00, respectively. Options

 

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exercised during the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008 were 6,450 shares and 18,079 shares, respectively. The weighted average exercise price per share of the options exercised during the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008 were $17.94 and $16.16, respectively.

The computations for basic and dilutive earnings per share from continuing operations are as follows:

 

     For the Three Months Ended
September 30,
   For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,
     2009    2008    2009    2008

Net Income Attributable to CNX Gas Shareholders

   $ 35,470    $ 67,415    $ 123,351    $ 181,591
                           

Weighted Average Number of Common Shared Outstanding:

           

Basic

     150,977,117      150,939,418      150,974,479      150,956,753

Effect of share based compensation

     395,555      352,740      330,289      409,993
                           

Dilutive

     151,372,672      151,292,158      151,304,768      151,366,746
                           

Earnings per share:

           

Basic

   $ 0.23    $ 0.45    $ 0.82    $ 1.20
                           

Diluted

   $ 0.23    $ 0.45    $ 0.82    $ 1.20
                           

We have evaluated all subsequent events through October 28, 2009, the date the financial statements were issued. No material recognized or non-recognized subsequent events were identified.

Note 2—Significant Acquisitions and Dispositions:

In August 2009, CNX Gas completed the lease assignment of the Company’s previous corporate headquarters. Total expense related to this transaction for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009 was $676 and $1,500, respectively, which was recognized in Other Corporate Expense.

In July 2009, CNX Gas leased approximately 40,000 acres having Marcellus Shale potential in two separate transactions. The transactions included leasing 20,000 acres from NiSource Energy Ventures, LLC, a subsidiary of Columbia Energy Group, for a cash payment of $8,275 and 20,000 acres from its majority owner, CONSOL Energy, for a cash payment of $9,966. The purchase price for both transactions was principally allocated to proved and unproved properties and is included in Capital Expenditures in the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.

In July 2008, CNX Gas completed the acquisition of several leases and gas wells from KIS Oil & Gas Inc. for a cash payment of $19,324. The purchase price was principally allocated to proved properties, wells and equipment and gathering assets and is included in Capital Expenditures in the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. The sales agreement called for the transfer of approximately 5,600 leased acres and 30 oil and gas wells. This acquisition enhanced our acreage position in Northern Appalachia. The pro forma results for this acquisition were not significant to CNX Gas’ financial results.

In June 2008, CNX Gas completed the acquisition of the remaining 50% interest in Knox Energy, LLC and Coalfield Pipeline not already owned, for a cash payment of $36,000, which was principally allocated to proved properties, wells and equipment and gathering assets. Knox Energy, LLC had been proportionately consolidated into CNX Gas’ financial statements from December 31, 2007 until acquisition date and Coalfield Pipeline was accounted for under the equity method. Prior to December 31, 2007, these companies were reported under the equity method. Knox Energy, LLC is a natural gas production company and Coalfield Pipeline is a natural gas transportation company with operations in Tennessee. The pro forma results for this acquisition were not significant to CNX Gas’ financial results.

 

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Note 3—Pension and Other Postretirement Benefits:

The components of net periodic benefit costs are as follows:

 

     Pension Benefits     Other Benefits  
     Three Months
Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months
Ended
September 30,
    Three Months
Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months
Ended
September 30,
 
     2009     2008     2009     2008     2009     2008     2009     2008  

Service cost

   $ 73      $ 81      $ 219      $ 242      $ 46      $ 33      $ 137      $ 99   

Interest cost

     22        10        64        30        72        45        219        137   

Expected return on assets

     (25     (6     (75     (18     —          —          —          —     

Amortization of prior service (credit)

     —          —          —          —          (42     (43     (129     (129

Amortization of loss

     3        —          10        —          31        9        93        27   
                                                                

Benefit costs

   $ 73      $ 85      $ 218      $ 254      $ 107      $ 44      $ 320      $ 134   
                                                                

During the nine months ended September 30, 2009, the CNX Gas pension plan was merged into the CONSOL Energy pension plan. The benefits provided do not change. According to the Master Separation Agreement between CNX Gas and CONSOL Energy, the plan will continue to be valued separately. For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, there was $660 in contributions made to the pension plan.

CNX Gas does not expect to contribute to the other postretirement benefits plan in 2009. We intend to pay benefit claims as they become due. For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, $78 of post employment benefits have been paid.

Note 4—Income Taxes:

The following is a reconciliation, stated in dollars and as a percentage of pretax income, of the U.S. statutory federal income tax rate to CNX Gas’ effective tax rate:

 

     For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2009     2008  
     Amount     Percent     Amount     Percent  

Statutory U.S. federal income tax rate

   $ 70,046      35.0   $ 105,307      35.0

Net effect of state income taxes

     8,506      4.3        16,278      5.4   

Effect of Domestic Production Activities Deductions

     (2,001   (1.0     (3,009   (1.0

Other

     229      0.1        711      2.0   
                            

Income Tax Expense / Effective Rate

   $ 76,780      38.4   $ 119,287      39.6
                            

The effective tax rates for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008 were calculated using the annual effective rate projection on recurring earnings.

The total amounts of unrecognized tax benefits were approximately $5,545 as of September 30, 2009 and 2008. There were no additions to the liability for unrecognized tax benefits during the nine month periods ending September 30, 2009 or 2008.

The unrecognized tax benefits are the result of tax positions for which the ultimate deductibility is certain, but for which there is uncertainty regarding the proper year of the tax deduction. Consequently, if these unrecognized tax benefits were recognized there would be no effect on CNX Gas’ effective tax rate.

 

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CNX Gas is included in the consolidated federal tax return of CONSOL Energy Inc. Income taxes for financial statement purposes are calculated as if CNX Gas files a tax return on a separate company basis. With few exceptions, the Company is no longer subject to U.S. federal, state and local, or non-U.S. income tax examinations by tax authorities for years before 2004. The Internal Revenue Service has issued its audit report relating to the examination of CONSOL Energy’s 2004 and 2005 U.S. income tax returns. The audit report does not recommend changes relating to tax positions taken by CNX Gas as part of its inclusion in the consolidated tax returns filed by CONSOL Energy for the two-year period.

CNX Gas recognizes interest accrued related to unrecognized tax benefits in Interest Expense. As of September 30, 2009 and 2008, CNX Gas reported an accrued interest liability related to uncertain tax positions of $870 and $427, respectively. The accrued interest liability for these periods includes $354 and $245 of interest expense that is reflected in the Company’s Consolidated Statement of Income for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

CNX Gas recognizes penalties accrued related to unrecognized tax benefits in its income tax expense. As of September 30, 2009 and 2008, the Company had no accrued penalties relating to its uncertain income tax positions.

Note 5—Property, Plant and Equipment:

 

     September 30,
2009
    December 31,
2008
 

Leasehold Improvements

   $ 1,352      $ 1,352   

Proved Properties

     150,064        121,605   

Unproved Properties

     251,822        220,848   

Wells and Related Equipment

     244,931        222,685   

Intangible Drilling

     901,270        793,456   

Gathering Assets

     790,554        740,396   

Asset Retirement Obligations

     4,059        3,739   

Capitalized Internal Software

     7,752        7,302   
                

Total Property, Plant and Equipment

     2,351,804        2,111,383   

Accumulated Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

     (404,781     (322,470
                

Property, Plant and Equipment, net

   $ 1,947,023      $ 1,788,913   
                

Note 6—Credit Facility:

CNX Gas has a five-year $200,000 unsecured credit agreement which extends through October 2010. The agreement gives CNX Gas the ability to request an increase in the aggregate outstanding principal amount up to $300,000, including borrowings and letters of credit. The $200,000 credit agreement for CNX Gas is unsecured; however, it does contain a negative pledge provision providing CNX Gas assets cannot be used to secure any other obligations. Fees and interest rate spreads are based on the percentage of facility utilization, measured quarterly. Covenants in the facility limit our ability to dispose of assets, make investments, purchase or redeem CNX Gas stock and merge with another corporation. The facility includes a maximum leverage ratio covenant of not more than 3.0 to 1.0, measured quarterly. The leverage ratio was 0.4 to 1.0 at September 30, 2009. The facility also includes a minimum interest coverage ratio of no less than 3.0 to 1.0 measured quarterly. The interest coverage ratio was 66.8 to 1.0 at September 30, 2009.

At September 30, 2009, the CNX Gas credit agreement had outstanding borrowings of $73,050 and outstanding letters of credit of $14,933, leaving $112,017 of capacity available for borrowings and the issuance of letters of credit. The facility bore a weighted average interest rate of 1.47% for the nine months ended September 30, 2009.

 

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CNX Gas and subsidiaries have executed a Supplemental Indenture and are guarantors of CONSOL Energy’s 7.875% notes due March 1, 2012 in the principal amount of $250,000. In addition, if CNX Gas were to grant liens to a lender as part of a future borrowing, the indenture governing CONSOL Energy’s 7.875% notes would require CNX Gas to ratably secure the notes.

Note 7—Commitments and Contingent Liabilities:

CNX Gas is subject to various pending and threatened lawsuits and claims arising in the ordinary course of its business. Certain of the more significant of these lawsuits and claims are described below. Our current estimates related to these pending claims, individually and in the aggregate, are immaterial to the financial position, results of operations and cash flows of CNX Gas. However, it is reasonably possible that the ultimate liabilities in the future with respect to these lawsuits and claims may be material to the financial position, results of operations or cash flows of CNX Gas.

On February 14, 2007, GeoMet, Inc. and certain of its affiliates filed a lawsuit against CONSOL Energy and certain of its affiliates, including CNX Gas Company LLC, in the Circuit Court for the County of Tazewell, Virginia. The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that the defendants have violated the Virginia Antitrust Act in their dealings with GeoMet in southwest Virginia. The complaint, as amended, seeks injunctive relief, compensatory damages of $385,600 and treble damages. CNX Gas continues to believe this lawsuit to be without merit and intends to vigorously defend it. We cannot predict the ultimate outcome of this litigation; however, it is reasonably possible that the ultimate liabilities in the future with respect to these lawsuits and claims may be material to the financial position, results of operations, or cash flows of CNX Gas.

On January 7, 2009, CNX Gas received a civil investigative demand for information and documents from the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia regarding the company’s exploration, production, transportation and sale of coalbed methane gas in Virginia. According to the request, the Attorney General is investigating whether the company may have violated the Virginia Antitrust Act. The request for information does not constitute the commencement of legal proceedings and does not make any specific allegations against the company. CNX Gas does not believe that it has violated the Virginia Antitrust Act and the company is cooperating with the Attorney General’s investigation.

The Company is a party to a case filed in 2007 captioned Earl Kennedy (and others) v. CNX Gas and CONSOL Energy in the Court of Common Pleas of Greene County, Pennsylvania. The lawsuit alleges that CNX Gas and CONSOL Energy trespassed and converted gas and other minerals allegedly belonging to the plaintiffs in connection with wells drilled by CNX Gas. The complaint, as amended, seeks injunctive relief, including having CNX Gas be removed from the property, and compensatory damages of $20,000. The suit also sought to overturn existing law as to the ownership of coalbed methane in Pennsylvania, but that claim was dismissed by the court; the plaintiffs are seeking to appeal that dismissal. CNX Gas believes this lawsuit to be without merit and intends to vigorously defend it. We cannot predict the ultimate outcome of this litigation; however, it is reasonably possible that the ultimate liabilities in the future with respect to these lawsuits and claims may be material to the financial position, results of operations, or cash flows of CNX Gas.

In April 2005, Buchanan County, Virginia (through its Board of Supervisors and Commissioner of Revenue) filed a lawsuit against CNX Gas Company LLC in the Circuit Court of the County of Buchanan for the year 2002; the county has since filed and served three substantially similar cases for years 2003, 2004 and 2005. These cases have been consolidated. The complaint alleges that CNX Gas’ calculation of the license tax on the basis of the wellhead value (sales price less post production costs) rather than the sales price is improper. For the period from 1999 through mid 2002, CNX Gas paid the tax on the basis of the sales price, but we have filed a claim for a refund for these years. Since 2002, we have continued to pay Buchanan County taxes based on our method of calculating the taxes. We believe that this litigation will settle on terms that will not have a material adverse impact on the financial position or the results of operations of CNX Gas.

 

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In 2004, Yukon Pocahontas Coal Company and others filed a complaint against Consolidation Coal Company (“CCC”), a subsidiary of CONSOL Energy in the Circuit Court of Buchanan County, Virginia, seeking damages and injunctive relief in connection with the deposit of untreated water from mining activities at CCC’s Buchanan Mine into nearby void spaces in the mine of one of CONSOL Energy’s other subsidiaries, Island Creek Coal Company (“ICCC”). CCC believes that it had, and continues to have, the right to store water in these void areas. On September 21, 2006, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint in the Circuit Court of Buchanan County, Virginia which, among other things, added CONSOL Energy, ICCC and CNX Gas Company LLC as additional defendants. The amended complaint alleges, among other things, that CNX Gas, as lessee and operator under certain coalbed methane gas leases from plaintiffs, had a duty to prevent CCC from depositing water into the mine voids and failed to do so. The proposed amended complaint seeks $150,000 in damages from the additional defendants, plus costs, interest and attorneys’ fees. CNX Gas denies that it has any liability in this matter and intends to vigorously defend this action. We cannot predict the ultimate outcome of this litigation; however, it is reasonably possible that the ultimate liabilities in the future with respect to these lawsuits and claims may be material to the financial position, results of operations or cash flows of CNX Gas.

At September 30, 2009, CNX Gas has provided financial guarantees and letters of credit to certain third parties as described by major category in the following table. These amounts represent the maximum potential total of future payments that we could be required to make under these instruments. These amounts have not been reduced for potential recoveries under recourse or collateralization provisions. Generally, recoveries under reclamation bonds would be limited to the extent of the work performed at the time of the default. No amounts related to these financial guarantees and letters of credit are recorded as liabilities in the financial statements. CNX Gas management believes that these guarantees will expire without being funded, and therefore the commitments will not have a material adverse effect on financial condition.

 

     Amounts
Committed
   Less
Than

1 Year
   1-3
Years
   3-5
Years
   Beyond
5 years

Letters of Credit:

              

Gas

   $ 14,933    $ 14,933    $ —      $ —      $ —  
                                  

Total Letters of Credit

   $ 14,933    $ 14,933    $ —      $ —      $ —  

Surety Bonds:

              

Environmental

   $ 1,538    $ 1,473    $ 65    $ —      $ —  

Other

     2,896      2,822      74      —        —  
                                  

Total Surety Bonds

   $ 4,434    $ 4,295    $ 139    $ —        —  

Other:

              

Guarantees

   $ 280,012    $ 30,012    $ 250,000    $      $ —  
                                  

Total Guarantees

   $ 280,012    $ 30,012    $ 250,000    $ —        —  
                                  

Total Commitments

   $ 299,379    $ 49,240    $ 250,139    $ —      $ —  
                                  

Financial guarantees have primarily been provided to support various performance bonds related to land usage, pipeline usage and restorative issues. Other contingent liabilities have been extended to support insurance policies, legal matters and other items necessary in the normal course of business. CNX Gas has also provided financial guarantees for the purchase and delivery of gas to various counterparties. CNX Gas and subsidiaries have executed a Supplemental Indenture and are guarantors of CONSOL Energy’s 7.875% notes due March 1, 2012 in the principal amount of $250,000. In addition, if CNX Gas were to grant liens to a lender as part of a future borrowing, the indenture governing CONSOL Energy’s 7.875% notes would require CNX Gas to ratably secure the notes.

CONSOL Energy has also provided certain parental guarantees related to activity associated with CNX Gas. CNX Gas anticipates that these parental guarantees will be transferred from CONSOL Energy to CNX Gas over time. CNX Gas management believes these parental guarantees will also expire without being funded, and therefore the commitments will not have a material adverse effect on financial condition.

 

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CNX Gas enters into long-term unconditional purchase obligations to procure major firm transportation and gas drilling services. The purchase obligations are not recorded on the Consolidated Balance Sheet. The following is a summary of our purchase obligations at September 30, 2009.

 

Obligations Due

   Amount

Less than 1 year

   $ 30,850

1-3 years

     55,364

3-5 years

     50,079

More than 5 years

     308,633
      

Total Purchase Obligations

   $ 444,926
      

Note 8—Derivatives:

CNX Gas enters into financial derivative instruments to manage our exposure to natural gas price volatility. Our derivatives are accounted for under the Derivatives and Hedging Topic of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification. We measure each derivative instrument at fair value and record it on the balance sheet as either an asset or liability. Changes in the fair value of the derivatives are recorded currently in earnings unless special hedge accounting criteria are met. For derivatives designated as fair value hedges, the changes in fair value of both the derivative instrument and the hedged item are recorded in earnings. For derivatives designated as cash flow hedges, the effective portions of changes in fair value of the derivative are reported in Other Comprehensive Income or Loss and reclassified into earnings in the same period or periods which the forecasted transaction affects earnings. The ineffective portions of hedges are recognized in earnings in the current year. CNX Gas currently utilizes only cash flow hedges that are considered highly effective.

CNX Gas formally assesses, both at inception of the hedge and on an ongoing basis, whether each derivative is highly effective in offsetting changes in the fair values or the cash flows of the hedged item. If it is determined that a derivative is not highly effective as a hedge or if a derivative ceases to be a highly effective hedge, CNX Gas will discontinue hedge accounting prospectively.

CNX Gas is exposed to credit risk in the event of nonperformance by counterparties. The creditworthiness of counterparties is subject to continuing review. All of the counterparties to CNX Gas’ natural gas derivative instruments also participate in CNX Gas’ revolving credit facility. The Company has not experienced any issues of non-performance by derivative counterparties.

CNX Gas has entered into forward contracts for natural gas to manage the price risk associated with the forecasted revenues of this commodity. The objective of these hedges is to reduce the variability of the cash flows associated with the forecasted revenues from the underlying commodity.

As of September 30, 2009, the total notional amount of the Company’s outstanding natural gas forward contracts was 91.0 Bcf. These forward contracts are forecasted to settle through December 31, 2012. Assuming no change in price or new transactions during the next twelve months, $77,836 of unrealized gain is expected to be reclassified from other comprehensive income and into earnings. No gains or losses have been reclassified into earnings as a result of the discontinuance of cash flow hedges.

 

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The fair value of derivative instruments as of September 30, 2009 is as follows:

 

     Asset and (Liability) Derivatives As of
September 30, 2009
     Balance Sheet Location    Fair Value

Derivatives designated as hedging instruments

     

Natural Gas Price Swaps

   Current Assets-Derivatives    $ 128,153 

Natural Gas Price Swaps

   Other Liabilities-Derivatives      (1,123)
         

Total derivatives designated as hedging instruments

      $ 127,030 
         

The effect of derivative instruments on the consolidated statement of income for the three months ended September 30, 2009 is as follows:

 

Derivatives

Cash Flow

Hedging
Relationship

 

Amount of

Gain (Loss)
Recognized

in OCI on
Derivative 2009

 

Location of

Gain (Loss)
Reclassified from

Accumulated OCI
into Income

 

Amount of Gain
(Loss) Reclassified

from Accumulated

OCI into Income

2009

 

Location of

Gain (Loss)
Recognized

in Income on
Derivative

 

Amount of

Gain (Loss)
Recognized

in Income on
Derivative 2009

Natural Gas Price Swaps

  $(27,907)   Outside Sales   $68,804   Outside Sales   $(63)
               

Total

  $(27,907)     $68,804     $(63)
               

The effect of derivative instruments on the consolidated statement of income for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 is as follows:

 

Derivatives Cash
Flow Hedging
Relationship

 

Amount of

Gain (Loss)
Recognized

in OCI on
Derivative 2009

 

Location of

Gain (Loss)
Reclassified from
Accumulated OCI
into Income

 

Amount of Gain
(Loss) Reclassified
from Accumulated
OCI into Income
2009

 

Location of

Gain (Loss)
Recognized

in Income on
Derivative

 

Amount of

Gain (Loss)
Recognized

in Income on
Derivative 2009

Natural Gas Price Swaps

  $(137,247)   Outside Sales   $185,542   Outside Sales   $(932)
               

Total

  $(137,247)     $185,542     $(932)
               

Note 9—Comprehensive Income:

Total comprehensive income, net of tax, for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 is as follows:

 

     Change in
Fair Value of
Cash Flow
Hedges
    Adjustments
for Actuarially
Determined
Liabilities
    Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income
 

Balance at December 31, 2008

   $ 124,510      $ 274      $ 124,784   

Net increase in value of cash flow hedges

     137,247        —          137,247   

Reclassification from other comprehensive income to earnings

     (184,610     —          (184,610

Current period adjustment

     —          (15     (15
                        

Balance at September 30, 2009

   $ 77,147      $ 259      $ 77,406   
                        

 

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Note 10—Fair Value of Financial Instruments:

The financial instruments measured at fair value on a recurring basis are summarized below:

 

     Fair Value Measurements at September 30, 2009

Description

   Quoted Prices in Active
Markets for Identical
Instruments (Level 1)
   Significant
Other
Observable
Inputs (Level 2)
   Significant
Unobservable
Inputs

(Level 3)

Gas Cash Flow Hedges

   $ —      $ 127,030    $ —  

The Fair Value Disclosure Topic of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification requires the disclosure of the estimated fair value of financial instruments including those financial instruments for which the fair value option was not elected. The following methods and assumptions were used to estimate the fair value of those financial instruments:

Cash and cash equivalents: The carrying amount reported in the balance sheets for cash and cash equivalents approximates its fair value due to the short maturity of these instruments.

Short-term notes payable: The carrying amount reported in the balance sheets for short-term notes payable approximates its fair value due to the short-term maturity of these instruments.

Long-term debt: The fair values of long-term debt are estimated using discounted cash flow analyses, based on CNX Gas’ current incremental borrowing rates for similar types of borrowing arrangements.

The carrying amounts and fair values of financial instruments for which the fair value option was not elected are as follows:

 

     September 30, 2009     December 31, 2008  
     Carrying
Amount
    Fair
Value
    Carrying
Amount
    Fair
Value
 

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 968      $ 968      $ 1,926      $ 1,926   

Short-term notes payable

   $ (73,050   $ (73,050   $ (72,700   $ (72,700

Long-term debt

   $ (15,779   $ (14,347   $ (19,883   $ (16,549

Note 11—Variable Interest:

CNX Gas has a business relationship with a contractor to perform CNX Gas’ well drilling requirements primarily in Northern Appalachia. CNX Gas is the primary customer of the contractor. In addition, as of September 30, 2009, CNX has guaranteed the outstanding principal balance of a loan agreement between the contractor and Huntington National Bank amended August 27, 2009. The contractor has been determined to be a variable interest entity as CNX Gas is the primary beneficiary. Under the Consolidation Topic of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification, CNX Gas has consolidated the contractor into the Consolidated Financial Statements. At September 30, 2009, the contractor has a carrying value of property, plant and equipment of $14,308 and total assets of $15,769, with related debt of $15,779 and total liabilities of $16,716.

Note 12—Segment Information:

The principal activity of CNX Gas is to produce natural gas for sale primarily to gas wholesalers. CNX Gas has three reportable segments: Central Appalachia, Northern Appalachia and Other. Each of these reportable segments includes a number of operating segments. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008, the Central Appalachia segment includes the following operating segments: Virginia Operations, Cardinal States Gathering and Knox Energy. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008, the

 

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Northern Appalachia segment includes the following operating segments: Mountaineer, Nittany and Marcellus. The Other segment includes other operating segments that fall outside the reported geographic areas and various other activities assigned to operations but not allocated to an individual operating segment. Operating profit for each segment is based on sales less identifiable operating and non-operating expenses.

Reportable segment results for the three months ended September 30, 2009 are:

 

     Central
Appalachia
   Northern
Appalachia
    Other     Total Gas    Corporate     Consolidated

Sales—outside

   $ 132,588    $ 21,013      $ 358      $ 153,959    $ —        $ 153,959

Sales—related parties

     733      92        —          825      —          825

Sales—royalty interest gas

     8,638      (197     2        8,443      —          8,443

Sales—purchased gas

     964      507        —          1,471      —          1,471

Other revenue

     805      2        31        838      117        955
                                            

Total Revenue and Other Income

   $ 143,728    $ 21,417      $ 391      $ 165,536    $ 117      $ 165,653
                                            

Earnings Before Income Taxes

   $ 80,744    $ (13,958   $ (317   $ 66,469    $ (8,805   $ 57,664
                                            

Segment assets

   $ 1,356,792    $ 681,302      $ 73,292      $ 2,111,386    $ 25,825      $ 2,137,211
                                            

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

   $ 15,243    $ 15,335      $ 301      $ 30,879    $ —        $ 30,879
                                            

Capital expenditures

   $ 23,598    $ 33,546      $ 2,112      $ 59,256    $ —        $ 59,256
                                            

Reportable segment results for the three months ended September 30, 2008 are:

 

     Central
Appalachia
   Northern
Appalachia
   Other    Total Gas    Corporate     Consolidated

Sales—outside

   $ 154,647    $ 32,413    $ 1,552    $ 188,612    $ —        $ 188,612

Sales—related parties

     2,582      5      —        2,587      —          2,587

Sales—royalty interest gas

     22,072      830      —        22,902      —          22,902

Sales—purchased gas

     1,616      58      —        1,674      —          1,674

Other revenue

     211      36      581      828      344        1,172
                                          

Total Revenue and Other Income

   $ 181,128    $ 33,342    $ 2,133    $ 216,603    $ 344      $ 216,947
                                          

Earnings Before Income Taxes

   $ 104,370    $ 12,848    $ 1,014    $ 118,232    $ (2,657   $ 115,575
                                          

Segment assets

   $ 1,297,829    $ 452,907    $ 75,989    $ 1,826,725    $ 28,172      $ 1,854,897
                                          

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

   $ 13,787    $ 3,132    $ 884    $ 17,803    $ —        $ 17,803
                                          

Capital expenditures

   $ 64,736    $ 104,816    $ 822    $ 170,374    $ —        $ 170,374
                                          

 

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Reportable segment results for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 are:

 

    Central
Appalachia
  Northern
Appalachia
    Other     Total Gas   Corporate     Consolidated

Sales—outside

  $ 400,629   $ 64,172      $ 926      $ 465,727   $ —        $ 465,727

Sales—related parties

    2,134     126        —          2,260     —          2,260

Sales—royalty interest gas

    28,330     1,409        2        29,741     —          29,741

Sales—purchased gas

    2,844     1,258        —          4,102     —          4,102

Other revenue

    3,019     4        82        3,105     710        3,815
                                         

Total Revenue and Other Income

  $ 436,956   $ 66,969      $ 1,010      $ 504,935   $ 710      $ 505,645
                                         

Earnings Before Income Taxes

  $ 247,790   $ (20,113   $ (1,158   $ 226,519   $ (26,388   $ 200,131
                                         

Segment assets

  $ 1,356,792   $ 681,302      $ 73,292      $ 2,111,386   $ 25,825      $ 2,137,211
                                         

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

  $ 46,646   $ 30,918      $ 1,017      $ 78,581   $ —        $ 78,581
                                         

Capital expenditures

  $ 122,959   $ 144,662      $ 5,398      $ 273,019   $ —        $ 273,019
                                         

Reportable segment results for the nine months ended September 30, 2008 are:

 

    Central
Appalachia
  Northern
Appalachia
  Other   Total Gas   Corporate     Consolidated

Sales—outside

  $ 415,372   $ 77,541   $ 1,711   $ 494,624   $ —        $ 494,624

Sales—related parties

    8,010     25     —       8,035     —          8,035

Sales—royalty interest gas

    61,904     17     —       61,921     —          61,921

Sales—purchased gas

    6,802     58     —       6,860     —          6,860

Other revenue

    9,704     80     1,669     11,453     476        11,929
                                     

Total Revenue and Other Income

  $ 501,792   $ 77,721   $ 3,380   $ 582,893   $ 476      $ 583,369
                                     

Earnings Before Income Taxes (A)

  $ 281,791   $ 32,295   $ 1,521   $ 315,607   $ (14,729   $ 300,878
                                     

Segment assets

  $ 1,297,829   $ 452,907   $ 75,989   $ 1,826,725   $ 28,172      $ 1,854,897
                                     

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

  $ 41,546   $ 7,899   $ 895   $ 50,340   $ —        $ 50,340
                                     

Capital expenditures

  $ 185,195   $ 216,778   $ 4,207   $ 406,180   $ —        $ 406,180
                                     

 

(A) Includes equity in earnings (loss) of unconsolidated affiliates of $223 for Central Appalachia.

 

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Reconciliation of Segment Information to Consolidated Amounts

Earnings Before Income Taxes:

 

     For the Three Months
Ended September 30,
    For the Nine Months
Ended September 30,
 
     2009     2008     2009     2008  

Segment earnings before income taxes for total reportable business segments

   $ 66,469      $ 118,232      226,519      $ 315,607   

Equity in earnings of Buchanan Generation

     93        236      650        129   

Incentive compensation

     (3,274     (2,550   (10,651     (6,053

Compensation from restricted stock unit grants, stock option expense and performance share unit expense

     (2,896     2,495      (8,343     (2,911

Bank fees

     (211     (129   (596     (674

Interest income (expense), net

     (1,841     (2,709   (5,693     (5,220

Operating lease cease-use

     (664     —        (1,500     —     

Corporate severance

     —          —        (255     —     
                              

Earnings before income taxes

   $ 57,676      $ 115,575      200,131      $ 300,878   
                              

Total Assets:

 

     September 30,
     2009    2008

Segment assets for total reportable business segments

   $ 2,111,386    $ 1,826,725

Items excluded from segment assets:

     

Cash and other investments

     1,098      3,167

Salary pension asset

     123      —  

Investment in Buchanan Generation

     24,604      25,005
             

Total Consolidated Assets

   $ 2,137,211    $ 1,854,897
             

Note 13—Recent Accounting Pronouncements:

In June 2009, the FASB issued accounting guidance regarding the accounting for transfers of financial assets that is designed to improve the relevance, representational faithfulness, and comparability of the information that a reporting entity provides in its financial statements about a transfer of financial assets; the effects of a transfer on its financial position, financial performance, and cash flows; and a transferor’s continuing involvement, if any, in transferred financial assets. The guidance enhances the information provided to financial statement users to provide greater transparency about transfers of financial assets and a transferor’s continuing involvement, if any, with transferred financial assets. The guidance requires enhanced disclosures about the risks that a transferor continues to be exposed to because of its continuing involvement in transferred financial assets. This guidance is effective for an entity’s first annual reporting period after November 15, 2009. Management does not believe that this will have an impact on CNX Gas.

 

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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and related notes appearing elsewhere in this report. This Current Report on Form 10-Q contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. See “Forward-Looking Statements.”

Unless the context otherwise requires, “we,” “us,” “our,” “the company” and “CNX Gas” mean CNX Gas Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries.

Operations and Outlook

Net income attributable to CNX Gas Shareholders for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 was $35.5 million, or $0.23 per diluted share. This compares to $67.4 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2008.

Production was 24.8 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 269 million cubic feet (MMcf) per day, for the quarter ended September 30, 2009. This was another quarterly production record, and 26% higher than the 19.7 Bcf, or 214 MMcf per day, for the year-ago quarter. It was also 10% higher than the 22.5 Bcf produced in the quarter ended June 30, 2009.

During the third quarter 2009, CNX Gas employees worked without incurring a lost time accident. This raises the cumulative time worked by employees without a lost time incident to over 3.9 million hours.

CNX Gas continues to monitor and evaluate capital spending to ensure adequate liquidity and to preserve options for possible external investment. With regard to capital, CNX Gas intends to spend largely within its net cash from operating activities for the fourth quarter of 2009.

Total production in Central Appalachia, which includes Virginia Coalbed Methane (CBM) and Chattanooga Shale, was 18.7 Bcf in the quarter ended September 30, 2009. This was 2.2 Bcf higher than the 16.5 Bcf produced in the quarter ended September 30, 2008.

CNX Gas drilled 45 vertical frac wells in its Virginia CBM Operations during the third quarter 2009, bringing the year-to-date total to 163. CNX Gas expects to drill 175 wells in Virginia in 2009.

CNX Gas continues to be encouraged by its early Chattanooga Shale results. The company has been pursuing a delineation program across its position, which now stands at 268,000 mostly contiguous acres. One well, which came online on October 21, 2008, has produced over 140 MMcf, and is now producing at a daily rate of 861 Mcf, plus a few barrels of oil. A four-stage nitrogen foam frac was employed on this well. CNX Gas continues to acquire acreage in the Chattanooga Shale.

Total production in Northern Appalachia, which includes Mountaineer CBM, Nittany CBM, and Marcellus Shale, was 6.0 Bcf in the quarter ended September 30, 2009. This was 2.9 Bcf more, or almost double, the 3.1 Bcf produced in the quarter ended September 30, 2008. Of this Northern Appalachian production, 1.5 Bcf was from the Marcellus Shale, versus zero in the same quarter last year.

In the Marcellus Shale, CNX Gas drilled, completed, and brought three more horizontal wells online, raising the total to eleven during the quarter ended September 30, 2009. The peak daily production from these wells was 3.0 MMcf and 2.5 MMcf, with the latest well not yet reaching peak production. The horizontal wells drilled during the most recent quarter averaged less than $3.5 million per well.

 

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The latest horizontal Marcellus well drilled is located in northern Greene County, Pennsylvania. It is the first horizontal Marcellus Shale well that CNX Gas has drilled outside of its original Greene Hill area, in central Greene County. It is also the first in a set of six wells to be drilled on a single pad. This well is currently awaiting hydraulic fracturing.

The United States economy may have bottomed in the third quarter. Due to the significant fiscal spending and relaxed monetary policy, a modest U.S. recovery appears likely in 2010. Depending on the pace and sustainability of the recovery, we believe tremendous opportunities exist for our natural gas business.

The U.S. natural gas market has shown signs of stability. Total rig count appears to have bottomed at approximately 700 rigs. The expectations of lower natural gas production, coupled with expectations of increased demand due to an improving economy and a return to normal weather patterns, has led to an improvement in pricing. With its low costs and rising production volumes, CNX Gas should benefit from improved pricing.

CONSOL Energy continues to beneficially own approximately 83.3% of our outstanding common stock, and as such, CNX Gas’ financial statements are consolidated into CONSOL Energy’s financial statements.

On March 31, 2009, CONSOL Energy privately placed 23,093 of restricted stock units with certain directors and an officer of CONSOL Energy, in exchange for their surrender to CNX Gas of 24,047 CNX Gas restricted stock units. Each surrendered CNX Gas restricted stock unit was exchanged for approximately 0.96 of a CONSOL Energy restricted stock unit.

Results of Operations

Three Months Ended September 30, 2009 compared with Three Months Ended September 30, 2008

(Amounts reported in millions)

Net Income

Net income attributable to CNX Gas Shareholders changed primarily due to the following items:

 

     2009
Period
   2008
Period
   Dollar
Variance
    Percentage
Change
 

Revenue and Other Income:

          

Outside Sales

   $ 154    $ 189    $ (35   (18.5 )% 

Related Party Sales

     1      2      (1   (50.0 )% 

Royalty Interest Gas Sales

     8      23      (15   (65.2 )% 

Purchased Gas Sales

     1      2      (1   (50.0 )% 

Other Income

     1      1      —        —     
                        

Total Revenue and Other Income

     165      217      (52   (24.0 )% 

Costs and Expenses:

          

Lifting Costs

     14      21      (7   (33.3 )% 

Gathering and Compression Costs

     24      24      —        —     

Royalty Interest Gas Costs

     6      21      (15   (71.4 )% 

Purchased Gas Costs

     1      2      (1   (50.0 )% 

Other

     7      1      6      600.0

General and Administrative

     16      13      3      23.1

Other Corporate Expenses

     7      —        7      100.0

Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

     31      18      13      72.2

Interest Expense

     2      2      —        —     
                        

Total Costs and Expenses

     108      102      6      5.9
                        

Earnings Before Income Taxes

     57      115      (58   (50.4 )% 

Income Tax Expense

     22      48      (26   (54.2 )% 
                        

Net Income Attributable to CNX Gas Shareholders

   $ 35    $ 67    $ (32   (47.8 )% 
                        

 

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Lower net income attributable to CNX Gas Shareholders was primarily due to lower sales prices, offset, in part, by higher sales volumes and lower unit costs. See below for additional details.

Revenue and Other Income

Revenue and other income decreased due to the following items:

 

     2009
Period
   2008
Period
   Dollar
Variance
    Percentage
Change
 

Revenue and Other Income:

          

Outside Sales

   $ 154    $ 189    $ (35   (18.5 )% 

Related Party Sales

     1      2      (1   (50.0 )% 

Royalty Interest Gas Sales

     8      23      (15   (65.2 )% 

Purchased Gas Sales

     1      2      (1   (50.0 )% 

Other Income

     1      1      —        —     
                        

Total Revenue and Other Income

   $ 165    $ 217    $ (52   (24.0 )% 
                        

Outside sales and related party sales, combined, decreased primarily due to lower average sales prices received, offset, in part, by higher volumes of gas sold.

 

     2009
Period
   2008
Period
   Variance     Percentage
Change
 

Produced Gas Sales Volumes (in billion cubic feet)

     24.8      19.7      5.1      25.9

Average Sales Price per thousand cubic feet.

   $ 6.25    $ 9.73    $ (3.48   (35.8 )% 

Sales volumes increased as a result of additional wells coming online from our on-going drilling program. The decrease in average sales price is the result of the general market price decreases in the period-to-period comparison. The general market price decline was offset, in part, by the various gas swap transactions entered into by CNX Gas. These gas swap transactions qualify as financial cash flow hedges that exist parallel to the underlying physical transactions. These financial hedges represented approximately 13.2 Bcf of our produced gas sales volumes for the three months ended September 30, 2009 at an average price of $8.69 per Mcf. In the three months ended September 30, 2008, these financial hedges represented approximately 12.8 Bcf at an average price of $9.44 per Mcf.

Included in royalty interest gas sales are the revenues related to the portion of production belonging to royalty interest owners sold by CNX Gas on their behalf. The decrease in market prices, contractual differences among leases, and the mix of average and index prices used in calculating royalties contributed to the period-to-period change.

 

     2009
Period
   2008
Period
   Variance     Percentage
Change
 

Royalty Interest Gas Sales Volumes (in billion cubic feet)

     2.4      2.4      —        —     

Average Sales Price per thousand cubic feet

   $ 3.46    $ 9.71    $ (6.25   (64.4 )% 

Purchased gas sales volumes represent volumes of gas we sold at market prices that were purchased from third-party producers.

 

     2009
Period
   2008
Period
   Variance     Percentage
Change
 

Purchased Gas Sales Volumes (in billion cubic feet)

     0.4      0.2      0.2      100.0

Average Sales Price per thousand cubic feet

   $ 3.53    $ 10.20    $ (6.67   (65.4 )% 

 

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Other income includes gathering revenue, equity in earnings of affiliates, interest income and various other miscellaneous transactions. Other income remained consistent at $1 million in the period-to-period comparison.

Costs and Expenses

Costs and Expenses increased due to the following items:

 

     2009
Period
   2008
Period
   Dollar
Variance
    Percentage
Change
 

Costs and Expenses:

          

Lifting Costs

   $ 14    $ 21    $ (7   (33.3 )% 

Gathering and Compression Costs

     24      24      —        —     

Royalty Interest Gas Costs

     6      21      (15   (71.4 )% 

Purchased Gas Costs

     1      2      (1   (50.0 )% 

Other

     7      1      6      600.0

General and Administrative

     16      13      3      23.1

Other Corporate Expenses

     7      —        7      100.0

Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

     31      18      13      72.2

Interest Expense

     2      2      —        —     
                        

Total Costs and Expenses

   $ 108    $ 102    $ 6      5.9
                        

Lifting costs decreased $7 million in the period-to-period comparison due to lower average unit costs, offset, in part, by higher volumes of gas sold.

 

     2009
Period
   2008
Period
   Variance     Percentage
Change
 

Produced Gas Sales Volumes (in billion cubic feet)

     24.8      19.7      5.1      25.9

Average Lifting Costs per thousand cubic feet

   $ 0.57    $ 1.06    $ (0.49   (46.2 )% 

Average lifting costs per unit decreased in the 2009 period as a result of several factors:

 

   

Severance taxes have decreased $0.24 per thousand cubic feet primarily due to lower average sales prices in the 2009 period compared to the 2008 period. Severance taxes also decreased approximately $0.04 per thousand cubic feet related to a revised estimate of a pending litigation settlement.

 

   

Well service costs have also decreased by $0.08 per thousand cubic feet due to lower contract rig hours needed as a result of less pump maintenance being required in the 2009 period.

 

   

Water disposal costs have decreased $0.07 per thousand cubic feet due to lower volumes of water. Lower volumes of water are the result of the slow-down in coalbed methane well drilling activities due to the overall economic environment. Also, water disposal costs are lower in the period-to-period comparison due to lower rates being charged in the current period as a result of successful contract negotiations with these contractors.

 

   

Repairs and maintenance costs have decreased by $0.06 per thousand cubic feet due to lower spending needed in the current period to maintain wells. In addition, road maintenance costs were lower in the period-to-period comparison.

 

   

The cost for chemicals, fuel and lubricants has decreased $0.03 per thousand cubic feet due to the large number of Northern Appalachia coalbed methane well hookups in the 2008 period compared to the 2009 period along with switching pumps to use CNX Gas production for fuel versus purchasing propane to run the pumps.

 

   

Other costs decreased $0.13 per thousand cubic feet primarily due to the impact of additional gas volumes sold during the period. Dollars spent remained consistent in the period-to-period comparison; therefore, additional volumes decreased the per unit cost.

 

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These decreases in average lifting cost per unit were offset, in part, by higher idle rig charges. CNX Gas has incurred approximately $0.12 per thousand cubic feet of costs related to idling various drilling rigs throughout the company. Some of CNX Gas’ drilling contracts require minimum payments be made to the contracting party when drilling rigs are not being used. The CNX Gas drilling program has been slowed down pending a change in the economic environment. These idle rig charges resulted in an increase to costs.

Gathering and compression costs remained consistent in the period-to-period comparison due to higher volumes produced, offset by lower average unit costs during the 2009 period compared to the 2008 period.

 

     2009
Period
   2008
Period
   Variance     Percentage
Change
 

Produced Gas Sales Volumes (in billion cubic feet)

     24.8      19.7      5.1      25.9

Average Gathering and Compression Costs per thousand cubic feet

   $ 0.97    $ 1.20    $ (0.23   (19.2 )% 

Average gathering and compression unit costs was lower in the 2009 period due to the following items:

 

   

Gob well collection costs decreased $0.08 per thousand cubic feet primarily due to idling contractor crews for approximately five weeks during the current period. The idling of the crews was related to the Buchanan longwall being idled in the previous periods.

 

   

Compression expenses decreased $0.05 per thousand cubic feet primarily due to a reduction in the number of compressors utilized in the Northern Appalachian production field. Due to the slow-down in the drilling program in Northern Appalachia, rented compressors have been returned to more appropriately design the gathering fields for existing needs.

 

   

Other costs decreased $0.21 per thousand cubic feet primarily due to the additional volumes produced in the period-to-period comparison. The dollars spent on other items remained consistent period-to-period, therefore the additional volumes lowered the average cost per unit sold.

These decreases were offset by the following cost per unit increases:

 

   

Firm transportation costs have increased $0.07 per thousand cubic feet primarily due to acquiring additional capacity in the Northern Appalachian region after the 2008 period.

 

   

Power and fuel costs increased $0.04 per thousand cubic feet primarily due to a power rate increase which occurred after the 2008 period.

Included in royalty interest gas costs are the expenses related to the portion of production belonging to royalty interest owners sold by CNX Gas on their behalf. The decrease in market prices, contractual differences among leases and the mix of average and index prices used in calculating royalties contributed to the period-to-period change.

 

     2009
Period
   2008
Period
   Variance     Percentage
Change
 

Royalty Interest Gas Sales Volumes (in billion cubic feet)

     2.4      2.4      —        —     

Average Cost per thousand cubic feet

   $ 2.57    $ 8.93    $ (6.36   (71.2 )% 

Purchased gas volumes represent volumes of gas purchased from third-party producers that we sell. Purchased gas volumes sold also reflect the impact of pipeline imbalances. The lower average cost per thousand cubic feet is due to overall price decreases and contractual differences among customers in the period-to-period comparison.

 

     2009
Period
   2008
Period
   Variance     Percentage
Change
 

Purchased Gas Cost Volumes (in billion cubic feet)

     0.5      0.2      0.3      150.0

Average Cost per thousand cubic feet

   $ 2.45    $ 9.23    $ (6.78   (73.5 )% 

 

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Other costs and expenses increased $6 million due to the following items:

 

     2009
Period
   2008
Period
   Dollar
Variance
   Percentage
Change
 

Dry hole and other costs

   $ 5    $ —      $ 5    100.0

Exploration

     2      1      1    100.0
                       

Total Other Costs and Expenses

   $ 7    $ 1    $ 6    600.0
                       

Dry hole and other costs were incurred in the 2009 period related to the determination that certain areas where an exploration well was drilled would not be economical to pursue. The costs for the exploration wells, which were previously capitalized, were expensed. Other costs include costs which were previously capitalized related to a lease. The lease was surrendered due to the properties being widely scattered and not adjacent to any of our existing operating units. Also, costs related to particular permits where management has determined that no drilling will take place have been expensed.

Exploration expenses have increased primarily due to delay and land rental charges that have been incurred in order to hold existing leases over the current period.

General and administrative expenses increased $3 million in the period-to-period comparison. The increased general and administrative expense is attributable to the reassignment of certain CNX Gas personnel in the fourth quarter of 2008 from operational roles to general and administrative oversight functions.

Other corporate expenses have increased $7 million due to the following items:

 

     2009
Period
   2008
Period
    Dollar
Variance
   Percentage
Change
 

Stock-based compensation

   $ 3    $ (2   $ 5    250.0

Short-term incentive compensation

     3      2        1    50.0

Miscellaneous

     1      —          1    100.0
                        

Total Other Corporate Expenses

   $ 7    $ —        $ 7    100.0
                        

Stock-based compensation expense increased $5 million in the period-to-period comparison. The 2008 period included a reversal of approximately $2 million related to the performance share program reflecting a decrease in the market price of CNX Gas common stock. The performance share program was converted into CONSOL Energy restricted stock units. The 2009 period includes approximately $3 million of allocated expense from CONSOL Energy related to stock-based compensation expense.

The short-term incentive compensation program is designed to increase compensation to eligible employees when CNX Gas reaches predetermined targets for production, unit cost and safety goals. Short-term incentive compensation expense was $1 million higher in the 2009 period due to higher expected payouts than in the previous period.

Miscellaneous other corporate expenses increased $1 million dollars in the period-to-period comparison due to various miscellaneous transactions that occurred throughout both periods, none of which were individually material.

Depreciation, depletion and amortization have increased due to the following items:

 

     2009
Period
   2008
Period
   Dollar
Variance
   Percentage
Change
 

Production

     25      13      12    92.3

Gathering

     6      5      1    20.0
                       

Total Depreciation, Depletion, and Amortization

   $ 31    $ 18    $ 13    72.2
                       

 

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The increase in production related depreciation, depletion and amortization was primarily due to increased volumes produced combined with an increase in the units-of-production rates for the Northern Appalachian region in the period-to-period comparison. These rates increased due to the higher proportion of capital assets placed in service versus the proportion of proved developed reserve additions. These rates are generally calculated using the net book value of assets at the end of the previous year divided by either proved or proved developed reserves. Production asset depreciation also increased due to the recalculation of rates in the 2009 period related to the Marcellus Shale wells and other various assets being placed in service after the 2008 period.

Gathering depreciation, depletion and amortization is recorded using the straight-line method. Gathering depreciation increased $1 million primarily due to assets placed in service after the 2008 period.

Interest expense of $2 million remained consistent in the period-to-period comparison.

Income Taxes

 

     2009
Period
    2008
Period
    Variance     Percentage
Change
 

Earnings Before Income Taxes

   $ 57      $ 115      $ (58   (50.4 )% 

Income Tax Expense

   $ 22      $ 48      $ (26   (54.2 )% 

Effective Income Tax Rate

     38.5     41.7     (3.2 )%   

CNX Gas’ effective income tax rate decreased in the period-to-period comparison primarily due to changes in the net effect of state taxes. See “Note 4 – Income Taxes” in Item 1 of the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements of this Form 10-Q for additional details.

 

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Results of Operations

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2009 compared with Nine Months Ended September 30, 2008 (Amounts reported in millions)

Net Income

Net income attributable to CNX Gas Shareholders changed primarily due to the following items:

 

     2009
Year-to-Date
Period
   2008
Year-to-Date
Period
   Dollar
Variance
    Percentage
Change
 

Revenue and Other Income:

          

Outside Sales

   $ 466    $ 495    $ (29   (5.9 )% 

Related Party Sales

     2      8      (6   (75.0 )% 

Royalty Interest Gas Sales

     30      62      (32   (51.6 )% 

Purchased Gas Sales

     4      7      (3   (42.9 )% 

Other Income

     4      11      (7   (63.6 )% 
                        

Total Revenue and Other Income

     506      583      (77   (13.2 )% 

Costs and Expenses:

          

Lifting Costs

     39      50      (11   (22.0 )% 

Gathering and Compression Costs

     69      59      10      16.9

Royalty Interest Gas Costs

     23      59      (36   (61.0 )% 

Purchased Gas Costs

     3      7      (4   (57.1 )% 

Other

     15      1      14      1,400.00

General and Administrative

     51      41      10      24.4

Other Corporate Expenses

     22      10      12      120.0

Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

     78      50      28      56.0

Interest Expense

     6      6      —        —     
                        

Total Costs and Expenses

     306      283      23      8.1
                        

Earnings Before Income Taxes

     200      300      (100   (33.3 )% 

Income Tax Expense

     77      119      (42   (35.3 )% 
                        

Net Income Attributable to CNX Gas Shareholders

   $ 123    $ 181    $ (58   (32.0 )% 
                        

Lower net income attributable to CNX Gas Shareholders was primarily due to lower sales prices, offset, in part, by higher sales volumes and lower unit costs. See below for additional details.

Revenue and Other Income

Revenue and other income decreased due to the following items:

 

     2009
Year-to-Date
Period
   2008
Year-to-Date
Period
   Dollar
Variance
    Percentage
Change
 

Revenue and Other Income:

          

Outside Sales

   $ 466    $ 495    $ (29   (5.9 )% 

Related Party Sales

     2      8      (6   (75.0 )% 

Royalty Interest Gas Sales

     30      62      (32   (51.6 )% 

Purchased Gas Sales

     4      7      (3   (42.9 )% 

Other Income

     4      11      (7   (63.6 )% 
                        

Total Revenue and Other Income

   $ 506    $ 583    $ (77   (13.2 )% 
                        

 

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Outside sales and related party sales, combined, decreased primarily due to lower average sales prices received, offset, in part, by higher volumes of gas sold.

 

     2009
Year-to-Date
Period
   2008
Year-to-Date
Period
   Variance     Percentage
Change
 

Produced Gas Sales Volumes (in billion cubic feet)

     69.3      54.3      15.0      27.6

Average Sales Price per thousand cubic feet

   $ 6.75    $ 9.25    $ (2.50   (27.0 )% 

Sales volumes increased as a result of additional wells coming online from our on-going drilling program. These increases in sales volumes were offset, in part, by approximately 1.2 Bcf due to the idling of CONSOL Energy’s Buchanan Mine longwall system during the year-to-date 2009 period. The decrease in average sales price is the result of the general market price decreases in the period-to-period comparison. The general market price decline was offset, in part, by the various gas swap transactions entered into by CNX Gas. These gas swap transactions qualify as financial cash flow hedges that exist parallel to the underlying physical transactions. These financial hedges represented approximately 36.4 Bcf of our produced gas sales volumes for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 at an average price of $9.12 per Mcf. In the nine months ended September 30, 2008, these financial hedges represented approximately 30.6 Bcf at an average price of $9.17 per Mcf.

Included in royalty interest gas sales are the revenues related to the portion of production belonging to royalty interest owners sold by CNX Gas on their behalf. The decrease in market prices, contractual differences among leases, and the mix of average and index prices used in calculating royalties contributed to the period-to-period change.

 

     2009
Year-to-Date
Period
   2008
Year-to-Date
Period
   Variance     Percentage
Change
 

Royalty Interest Gas Sales Volumes (in billion cubic feet)

     7.3      6.1      1.2      19.7

Average Sales Price per thousand cubic feet

   $ 4.07    $ 10.07    $ (6.00   (59.6 )% 

Purchased gas sales volumes represent volumes of gas we sold at market prices that were purchased from third-party producers.

 

     2009
Year-to-Date
Period
   2008
Year-to-Date
Period
   Variance     Percentage
Change
 

Purchased Gas Sales Volumes (in billion cubic feet)

     1.0      0.7      0.3      42.9

Average Sales Price Per thousand cubic feet

   $ 4.16    $ 9.22    $ (5.06   (54.9 )% 

Other income consists of the following items:

 

     2009
Year-to-Date
Period
   2008
Year-to-Date
Period
   Dollar
Variance
    Percentage
Change
 

Insurance settlement

   $ —      $ 8    $ (8   (100.0 )% 

Royalty settlement

     —        1      (1   (100.0 )% 

Timber income

     1      1      —        —     

Miscellaneous

     3      1      2      200.0
                        

Total Other Income

   $ 4    $ 11    $ (7   (63.6 )% 
                        

In March 2008, CNX Gas received notice from its insurance carrier that $8 million would be paid as final settlement of the insurance claim related to the July 2007 Buchanan Mine event which idled the mine. The $8 million represents business interruption coverage.

 

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The royalty settlement in the year-to-date 2008 period was due to an agreement with third parties related to the underpayment of prior years royalty interest owed to CNX Gas from other third-party producers.

Timber income remained consistent in the period-to-period comparison.

Miscellaneous income increased $2 million in the year-to-date period-to-period comparison due to various transactions that occurred throughout both periods, none of which were individually material.

Costs and Expenses

Costs and Expenses increased due to the following items:

 

     2009
Year-to-Date
Period
   2008
Year-to-Date
Period
   Dollar
Variance
    Percentage
Change
 

Costs and Expenses:

          

Lifting Costs

   $ 39    $ 50    $ (11   (22.0 )% 

Gathering and Compression Costs

     69      59      10      16.9

Royalty Interest Gas Costs

     23      59      (36   (61.0 )% 

Purchased Gas Costs

     3      7      (4   (57.1 )% 

Other

     15      1      14      1,400.00

General and Administrative

     51      41      10      24.4

Other Corporate Expenses

     22      10      12      120.0

Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

     78      50      28      56.0

Interest Expense

     6      6      —        —     
                        

Total Costs and Expenses

   $ 306    $ 283    $ 23      8.1
                        

Lifting costs decreased $11 million in the year-to-date period-to-period comparison due to lower average unit costs, offset, in part, by higher sales volumes.

 

     2009
Year-to-Date
Period
   2008
Year-to-Date
Period
   Variance     Percentage
Change
 

Produced Gas Sales Volumes (in billion cubic feet)

     69.3      54.3      15.0      27.6

Average Lifting Costs per thousand cubic feet

   $ 0.57    $ 0.92    $ (0.35   (38.0 )% 

Average lifting costs per unit decreased in the year-to-date 2009 period as a result of several factors.

 

   

Severance taxes have decreased $0.23 per thousand cubic feet primarily due to the reduction in average sales prices in the year-to-date 2009 period. Severance taxes also decreased $0.06 related to a revised estimate of a pending litigation settlement.

 

   

Well service costs have also decreased by $0.07 per thousand cubic feet due to lower contract service rig hours needed as a result of less pump maintenance being required in the year-to-date 2009 period.

 

   

Other costs have decreased $0.14 per thousand cubic feet primarily due to the impact of additional volumes of gas sold during the year-to-date 2009 period. Dollars spent remained consistent in the year-to-date period-to-period comparison, therefore additional volumes decreased the unit cost.

These decreases in costs were offset, in part, by the following item.

 

   

CNX Gas has incurred approximately $0.09 per thousand cubic feet of costs related to idling various drilling rigs throughout the company. Some of CNX Gas’ drilling contracts require minimum payments be made to the contracting party when drilling rigs are not being used. The CNX Gas drilling program has been slowed down pending a change in the economic environment. These charges resulted in an increase to costs.

 

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The increase of $10 million in gathering and compression costs was attributable to higher volumes produced during the year-to-date 2009 period compared to the year-to-date 2008 period, offset, in part, by lower average unit costs.

 

     2009
Year-to-Date
Period
   2008
Year-to-Date
Period
   Variance     Percentage
Change
 

Produced Gas Sales Volumes (in billion cubic feet)

     69.3      54.3      15.0      27.6

Average Gathering and Compression Costs per thousand cubic feet

   $ 1.00    $ 1.09    $ (0.09   (8.3 )% 

Average gathering and compression unit costs were $0.09 per thousand cubic feet lower in the 2009 year-to-date period compared to the 2008 year-to-date period. Improvements in the average unit costs were attributable to the following:

 

   

Gob collection charges were $0.06 per thousand cubic feet lower in the year-to-date period-to-period comparison. Lower gob collection charges per unit were primarily due to the Buchanan longwall being idled throughout the majority of the year-to-date 2009 period.

 

   

Compression expenses decreased $0.03 per thousand cubic feet primarily due to a reduction in the number of compressors utilized in the Northern Appalachian production field. Due to the slow-down in the drilling program in Northern Appalachia, rented compressors have been returned to more appropriately design the gathering fields for existing needs.

 

   

Repairs and maintenance expenses have decreased $0.03 per thousand cubic feet due to the additional volumes produced in the period-to-period comparison. Dollars spent for repairs and maintenance have remained consistent, therefore additional volumes decreased the unit cost.

 

   

Other costs have decreased $0.11 per thousand cubic feet primarily due to the impact of additional volumes of gas sold during the year-to-date 2009 period. Dollars spent remained consistent in the year-to-date period-to-period comparison, therefore additional volumes decreased the unit cost.

These decreases in unit costs were offset by the following:

 

   

Firm transportation costs increased $0.09 per thousand cubic feet primarily due to acquiring additional capacity in the Northern Appalachian region after the year-to-date 2008 period.

 

   

Power and fuel costs increased $0.05 per thousand cubic feet due to a power rate increase which occurred after the year-to-date 2008 period. Also, the increase was due to additional compressors being placed in service after the year-to-date 2008 period along the existing gathering system in the Central Appalachian production field in order to flow the increasing gas volumes more efficiently.

Included in royalty interest gas costs are the expenses related to the portion of production belonging to royalty interest owners sold by CNX Gas on their behalf. The decrease in market prices, contractual differences among leases, and the mix of average and index prices used in calculating royalties contributed to the year-to-date period-to-period change.

 

     2009
Year-to-Date
Period
   2008
Year-to-Date
Period
   Variance     Percentage
Change
 

Royalty Interest Gas Sales Volumes (in billion cubic feet)

     7.3      6.1      1.2      19.7

Average Cost per thousand cubic feet

   $ 3.20    $ 9.61    $ (6.41   (66.7 )% 

Purchased gas volumes represent volumes of gas purchased from third-party producers that we sell. Purchased gas volumes sold also reflect the impact of pipeline imbalances. The lower average cost per thousand cubic feet is due to overall price decreases and contractual differences among customers in the year-to-date period-to-period comparison.

 

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     2009
Year-to-Date
Period
   2008
Year-to-Date
Period
   Variance     Percentage
Change
 

Purchased Gas Cost Volumes (in billion cubic feet)

     1.0      0.8      0.2      25.0

Average Cost per thousand cubic feet

   $ 3.09    $ 8.69    $ (5.60   (64.4 )% 

Other costs and expenses increased $14 million due to the following items:

 

     2009
Year-to-Date
Period
   2008
Year-to-Date
Period
   Dollar
Variance
   Percentage
Change

Dry hole and other costs

   $ 10    $ —      $ 10    100.0%

Exploration

     5      1      4    400.0%
                       

Total Other Costs and Expenses

   $ 15    $ 1    $ 14    1,400.00%
                       

Dry hole and other costs were incurred in the year-to-date 2009 period related to the determination that certain areas where an exploration well was drilled would not be economical to pursue. The costs for the exploration wells, which were previously capitalized, were expensed. Other costs include costs which were previously capitalized related to a lease. The lease was surrendered due to the properties being widely scattered and not adjacent to any of our existing operating units. Also, costs related to particular permits where management has determined that no drilling will take place have been expensed.

Exploration expense increased primarily due to additional land rental expenses and higher geological and geophysical charges in the year-to-date period-to-period comparison.

General and administrative expenses increased $10 million in the year-to-date period-to-period comparison. The increased general and administrative expense is attributable to the reassignment of certain CNX Gas personnel in the fourth quarter of 2008 from operational roles to general and administrative oversight functions. These reassignments resulted in approximately $7 million of additional general and administrative expense in the period-to-period comparison. Additionally, general and administrative expenses increased $3 million in the year-to-date period-to-period comparison due to various transactions that occurred throughout both periods, none of which were individually material.

Other corporate expenses have increased $12 million due to the following items:

 

     2009
Year-to-Date
Period
   2008
Year-to-Date
Period
   Dollar
Variance
   Percentage
Change
 

Stock-based compensation

   $ 8    $ 3    $ 5    166.7

Short-term incentive compensation

     11      6      5    83.3

Miscellaneous

     3      1      2    200.0
                       

Total Other Corporate Expenses

   $ 22    $ 10    $ 12    120.0
                       

Stock-based compensation expense increased $5 million in the year-to-date period-to-period comparison. The year-to-date 2009 period contains $3 million of fair value adjustments associated with the exchange offer to convert CNX Gas performance share units into CONSOL Energy restricted stock units. The year-to-date 2009 period also includes $5 million expense allocated from CONSOL Energy related to the stock-based compensation expense. These increased current year-to-date expenses were offset by a change in the valuation of the performance share units during the first quarter. In the first quarter of 2009, the performance share units were valued in accordance with CNX Gas’ total shareholder return as compared to a predetermined peer group which resulted in a $3 million dollar reduction of expense.

 

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The short-term incentive compensation program is designed to increase compensation to eligible employees when CNX Gas reaches predetermined targets for production, unit cost and safety goals. Short-term incentive compensation expense is higher in the year-to-date 2009 period due to expected higher payouts than in the previous period.

Miscellaneous other corporate expenses increased $2 million in the year-to-date period-to-period comparison primarily due to cease use expenses incurred related to the relocation of CNX Gas’ corporate office and various other transactions that occurred throughout the year-to-date 2009 period, none of which were individually material.

Depreciation, depletion and amortization have increased due to the following items:

 

     2009
Year-to-Date
Period
   2008
Year-to-Date
Period
   Dollar
Variance
   Percentage
Change
 

Production

   $ 62    $ 35    $ 27    77.1

Gathering

     16      15      1    6.7
                       

Total Depreciation, Depletion, and Amortization

   $ 78    $ 50    $ 28    56.0
                       

The increase in production related depreciation, depletion and amortization was primarily due to increased volumes produced, combined with an increase in the units of production rates for the Northern Appalachian region in the year-to-date period-to-period comparison. These rates increased due to the higher proportion of capital assets placed in service versus the proportion of proved developed reserve additions. These rates are generally calculated using the net book value of assets at the end of the previous year divided by either proved or proved developed reserves. Production asset depreciation also increased due to the recalculation of rates in the 2009 period related to the Marcellus Shale wells and various other assets being placed in service after the 2008 period.

Gathering depreciation, depletion and amortization is recorded using the straight-line method and increased $1 million in 2009 due to assets placed in service after the year-to-date 2008 period.

Interest expense remained consistent at $6 million in the year-to-date period-to-period comparison.

Income Taxes

 

     2009
Year-to-Date
Period
    2008
Year-to-Date
Period
    Variance     Percentage
Change
 

Earnings Before Income Taxes

   $ 200      $ 300      $ (100   (33.3 )% 

Income Tax Expense

   $ 77      $ 119      $ (42   (35.3 )% 

Effective Income Tax Rate

     38.4     39.6     (1.2 )%   

CNX Gas’ effective income tax rate decreased in the year-to-date period-to-period comparison primarily due to changes in the net effect of state taxes. See “Note 4—Income Taxes” in Item 1, Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements of this Form 10-Q for additional details.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

CNX Gas has satisfied its working capital requirements and funded its capital expenditures with cash from operations and its $200 million credit facility. Our credit agreement provides for a revolving credit facility with an initial aggregate outstanding principal amount of up to $200 million (with the ability to request an increase in the aggregate outstanding principal amount up to $300 million), including borrowings and letters of credit. We use the credit facility for general corporate purposes, including transaction fees, letters of credit, acquisitions,

 

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capital expenditures and working capital. Our obligations under our credit agreement are not secured by a lien on our assets, however the agreement does contain a negative pledge provision providing that our assets cannot be used to secure any other obligation. Fees and interest rate spreads are based on the percentage of facility utilization, measured quarterly. The facility includes a minimum interest coverage ratio covenant of no less than 3.00 to 1.00, measured quarterly. The interest coverage ratio was 66.77 to 1.00 at September 30, 2009. The facility also includes a maximum leverage ratio covenant of no more than 3.00 to 1.00, measured quarterly. The leverage ratio was 0.40 to 1.00 at September 30, 2009. Affirmative and negative covenants in the facility limit our ability to dispose of assets, make investments, purchase or redeem CNX Gas stock, pay dividends and merge with another corporation. At September 30, 2009, the facility had $73.1 million of borrowings outstanding and $14.9 million of letters of credit outstanding, leaving $112.0 million of unused capacity.

As a result of our status as a majority-owned subsidiary of CONSOL Energy and having entered into a credit agreement with third-party commercial lenders, CNX Gas and its subsidiaries are guarantors of CONSOL Energy’s 7.875% notes due March 1, 2012 in the principal amount of $250 million. This agreement requires all subsidiaries of CONSOL Energy that incur third-party debt to also guarantee the 7.875% notes. In addition, if CNX Gas were to grant liens to a lender as part of a future borrowing, the indenture governing the 7.875% notes requires CNX Gas to ratably secure the notes.

We believe that cash generated from operations and borrowings under our credit facility will be sufficient to meet our working capital requirements, anticipated capital expenditures (other than major acquisitions), and required financial resources. Nevertheless, our ability to satisfy our working capital requirements or fund planned capital expenditures will depend upon our future operating performance, which will be affected by prevailing economic conditions in the gas industry and other financial and business factors, some of which are beyond our control.

Uncertainty in the financial markets still persists. This uncertainty brings additional potential risks to CNX Gas. The risks include declines in our stock price, less availability and higher costs of additional credit, potential counterparty defaults, and further commercial bank failures. Although the majority of the financial institutions in our bank group appear to be strong, there are some that have been and could be considered take-over candidates. Although we have no indication that any such transactions would impact our current credit facility, the possibility does exist. Financial market disruptions may impact our ability to collect trade receivables. We constantly monitor the creditworthiness of our customers. We believe that our current group of customers is sound and represent no abnormal business risk.

In order to manage the market risk exposure of volatile natural gas prices in the future, CNX Gas enters into various physical gas supply transactions with both gas marketers and end users for terms varying in length. CNX Gas has also entered into various gas swap transactions that qualify as financial cash flow hedges, which exist parallel to the underlying physical transactions. The fair value of these contracts was a net asset of approximately $127.0 million at September 30, 2009. The ineffective portion of these contracts was insignificant to earnings in the nine months ended September 30, 2009. Hedge counterparties consist of commercial banks who participate in the revolving credit facility. No issues related to our hedge agreements have been encountered to date.

CNX Gas frequently evaluates potential acquisitions. CNX Gas has funded acquisitions primarily with cash generated from operations and proceeds from our revolving credit facility. There can be no assurance that capital resources to fund future acquisitions, including debt financing, will be available to CNX Gas on terms which we find acceptable, or at all.

Cash Flows (in millions)

 

     September 30,  
     2009     2008     Change  

Cash provided by operating activities

   $ 279      $ 307      $ (28

Cash used in investing activities

   $ (271   $ (405   $ 134   

Cash (used in) provided by financing activities

   $ (9   $ 69      $ (78

 

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Cash provided by operating activities decreased primarily due to changes in net income as discussed above. Operating cash flows also decreased due to various other changes in operating assets, operating liabilities, other assets and other liabilities which occurred throughout both periods.

Cash used in investing activities decreased primarily due to the acquisition of Knox Energy for $36 million which occurred in the nine months ended September 30, 2008. Cash used in investing activities also decreased due to reduced capital expenditures of $97 million primarily related to the slow-down in the drilling program. The drilling program was slowed down in order to manage cash flows during the economic downturn.

Cash provided by financing activities decreased $78 million primarily due to changes in borrowings on the revolving credit facility in the period-to-period comparison. CNX Gas received $58 million of net proceeds in the 2008 period compared to receiving no net proceeds in the 2009 period. Debt held by our variable interest entity also contributed to lower cash provided by financing activities. Payments of $4 million were made by the variable interest entity in 2009 compared to $12 million of proceeds received in 2008. There were various other changes in financing activities in the period-to-period comparison, none of which were individually material.

Contractual Commitments

The following is a summary of our significant contractual obligations at September 30, 2009 (dollars in thousands):

 

     Within 1
Year
   1-3
Years
   3-5
Years
   More
Than 5
Years
   Total

Short Term Debt Obligations—Revolver

   $ 73,050    $ —      $ —      $ —      $ 73,050

Long Term Debt Obligations

     4,539      11,240      —        —        15,779

Capital Lease Obligations

     8,604      15,516      14,792      52,219      91,131

Operating Lease Obligations

     3,665      2,111      1,375      1,416      8,567

Other Long-term Liabilities:

              

Gas Firm Transportation Obligation

     28,122      52,635      50,079      308,633      439,469

Other Liabilities

     3,100      4,200      5,000      11,101      23,401

Gas Well Plugging Liabilities

     127      268      865      6,881      8,141

Post Retirement Benefits Other Than Pension

     160      344      326      2,330      3,160

Purchase Obligations

     2,728      2,729      —        —        5,457
                                  

Total Contractual Obligations (a) 

   $ 124,095    $ 89,043    $ 72,437    $ 382,580    $ 668,155
                                  

 

(a) The significant obligation table does not include obligations to taxing authorities related to the uncertainty surrounding the ultimate settlement of amounts and timing of these obligations.

Stockholders’ Equity

CNX Gas had stockholders’ equity of $1,473 million at September 30, 2009 and $1,385 million at December 31, 2008. The increase was primarily attributable to net income and amortization of stock-based compensation, offset, in part, by other comprehensive income related to cash flow hedges.

Off-Balance Sheet Transactions

CNX Gas does not maintain off-balance sheet transactions, arrangements, obligations or other relationships with unconsolidated entities or others that are reasonably likely to have a material current or future effect on CNX Gas’ changes in financial condition, revenues or expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures or capital resources which are not disclosed in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements. CNX Gas uses a combination of surety bonds, corporate guarantees and letters of credit to secure our financial

 

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obligations for employee-related, environmental, deliveries and various other items which are not reflected on the balance sheet at September 30, 2009. Management believes these items will expire without being funded. See Note 7-Commitments and Contingent Liabilities for additional details of the various financial guarantees that have been issued by CNX Gas.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In June 2009, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued accounting guidance regarding the accounting for transfers of financial assets that is designed to improve the relevance, representational faithfulness, and comparability of the information that a reporting entity provides in its financial statements about a transfer of financial assets; the effects of a transfer on its financial position, financial performance, and cash flows; and a transferor’s continuing involvement, if any, in transferred financial assets. The guidance enhances the information provided to financial statement users to provide greater transparency about transfers of financial assets and a transferor’s continuing involvement, if any, with transferred financial assets. The guidance requires enhanced disclosures about the risks that a transferor continues to be exposed to because of its continuing involvement in transferred financial assets. This guidance is effective for an entity’s first annual reporting period after November 15, 2009. Management is currently assessing this guidance to determine the impact on CNX Gas.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

We are including the following cautionary statement in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q to make applicable and take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf, of us. With the exception of historical matters, the matters discussed in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 21E of the Exchange Act) that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from projected results. Accordingly, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. The forward-looking statements may include projections and estimates concerning the timing and success of specific projects and our future production, revenues, income and capital spending. When we use the words “believe,” “intend,” “expect,” “may,” “should,” “anticipate,” “could,” “estimate,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” or their negatives, or other similar expressions, the statements which include those words are usually forward-looking statements. When we describe strategy that involves risks or uncertainties, we are making forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q speak only as of the date of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q; we disclaim any obligation to update these statements unless required by securities law, and we caution you not to rely on them unduly. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and assumptions about future events. While our management considers these expectations and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks, contingencies and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. These risks, contingencies and uncertainties relate to, among other matters, the following:

 

   

our business strategy;

 

   

our financial position, cash flow and liquidity;

 

   

the deteriorating economic conditions in the United States and globally;

 

   

declines in the prices we receive for our gas affecting our operating results and cash flow;

 

   

uncertainties in estimating our gas reserves and replacing our gas reserves;

 

   

uncertainties in exploring for and producing gas;

 

   

our inability to obtain additional financing necessary in order to fund our operations, capital expenditures and to meet our other obligations;

 

   

disruptions to, capacity constraints in or other limitations on the pipeline systems which deliver our gas;

 

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the cost of disposing water from our coal bed methane and Marcellus Shale wells;

 

   

the cost of removing impurities from the gas we produce;

 

   

the availability of personnel and equipment, including our inability to retain and attract key personnel;

 

   

increased costs;

 

   

the effects of government regulation, permitting and other legal requirements;

 

   

legal uncertainties regarding the ownership of the coalbed methane estate, and costs associated with perfecting title for gas rights in some of our properties;

 

   

litigation concerning real property rights, intellectual property rights, royalty calculations and other matters;

 

   

our relationships and arrangements with CONSOL Energy; and

 

   

other factors discussed under “Risk Factors” in the 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and in this Form 10-Q.

In reviewing any agreements incorporated by reference in this Form 10-Q, please remember they are included to provide you with information regarding the terms of such agreement and are not intended to provide any other factual or disclosure information about the Company. The agreements may contain representations and warranties by the Company, which should not in all instances be treated as categorical statements of fact, but rather as a way of allocating the risk to one of the parties should those statements prove to be inaccurate. The representations and warranties were made only as of the date of the relevant agreement or such other date or dates as may be specified in such agreement and are subject to more recent developments. The agreements may also contain covenants in which the Company agrees to take or agrees to refrain from taking specified actions, which should not in all instances be treated as categorical promises to take or refrain from taking specified actions. Accordingly, these representations and warranties alone may not describe the actual state of affairs as of the date they were made or at any other time nor may the covenants alone describe actions which the Company plans to take or refrain from taking.

 

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ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

In addition to the risks inherent in our operations, CNX Gas is exposed to financial, market, political and economic risks. The following discussion provides additional detail regarding CNX Gas’ exposure to the risks of changing natural gas prices.

CNX Gas uses fixed-price contracts and derivative commodity instruments that qualify as cash-flow hedges under the Derivative and Hedging Topic of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification, to minimize exposure to market price volatility in the sale of natural gas. Our risk management policy strictly prohibits the use of derivatives for speculative purposes.

CNX Gas has established risk management policies and procedures to strengthen the internal control environment of the marketing of commodities produced from our asset base. All of the derivative instruments are held for purposes other than trading. They are used primarily to reduce uncertainty and volatility and cover underlying exposures. CNX Gas’ market risk strategy incorporates fundamental risk management tools to assess market price risk and establish a framework in which management can maintain a portfolio of transactions within pre-defined risk parameters.

CNX Gas believes that the use of derivative instruments, along with the risk assessment procedures and internal controls, mitigates CNX Gas’ exposure to material risk. However, the use of derivative instruments without other risk assessment procedures could materially affect CNX Gas’ results of operations depending on market prices. Nevertheless, we believe that use of these instruments will not have a material adverse effect on our financial position or liquidity.

For a summary of accounting policies related to derivative instruments, see Note 1 of the notes to the consolidated annual financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008.

Sensitivity analyses of the incremental effects on future pre-tax income of a hypothetical 10% and 25% decrease in natural gas prices for open derivative instruments as of September 30, 2009 are provided in the following table.

 

     Incremental decrease in pre-tax income assuming
a Hypothetical price decrease of:
                 10%                            25%            
     (In millions)

Natural Gas (1)

   $ 54.7    $ 136.8

 

(1) CNX Gas remains at risk for possible changes in the market value of these derivative instruments; however, such risk should be offset by price changes in the underlying hedged item. CNX Gas entered into derivative instruments to convert the market prices related to portions of the 2009 through 2012 anticipated sales of natural gas to fixed prices. The sensitivity analyses reflect an inverse relationship between increases in commodity prices and a benefit to earnings. We continually evaluate the portfolio of derivative commodity instruments and adjust the strategy to anticipated market conditions and risks accordingly.

 

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Hedging Volumes

Our hedged volumes as of October 28, 2009 are as follows:

 

    For the Three Months Ended   Total Year
    March 31,   June 30,   September 30,   December 31,  

2009 Fixed Price Volumes

         

Hedged Mcf

    10,670,103     12,507,732     13,185,567     15,250,000     51,613,402

Weighted Average Hedge Price/Mcf

  $ 9.85   $ 8.96   $ 8.69   $ 7.90   $ 8.76

2010 Fixed Price Volumes

         

Hedged Mcf

    12,989,691     13,603,093     12,659,794     6,335,051     45,587,629

Weighted Average Hedge Price/Mcf

  $ 8.76   $ 8.15   $ 7.56   $ 6.55   $ 7.94

2011 Fixed Price Volumes

         

Hedged Mcf

    5,567,010     5,628,866     5,690,722     5,690,722     22,577,320

Weighted Average Hedge Price/Mcf

  $ 6.84   $ 6.84   $ 6.84   $ 6.84   $ 6.84

2012 Fixed Price Volumes

         

Hedged Mcf

    3,752,577     3,752,577     3,793,815     3,793,815     15,092,784

Weighted Average Hedge Price/Mcf

  $ 6.84   $ 6.84   $ 6.84   $ 6.84   $ 6.84

CNX Gas is exposed to credit risk in the event of nonperformance by counterparties. The creditworthiness of counterparties is subject to continuing review. All of the counterparties to CNX Gas’ natural gas derivative instruments also participate in CNX Gas’ revolving credit facility. See Liquidity and Capital Resources section of Item 2 for further discussion of current capital markets.

CNX Gas’ interest expense is sensitive to changes in the general level of interest rates in the United States. At September 30, 2009, CNX Gas had $76 million aggregate principal amount of debt outstanding under fixed-rate instruments and $73 million aggregate principal amount of debt outstanding under variable-rate instruments. CNX Gas’ primary exposure to market risk is for changes in interest rates related to the revolving credit facility, under which there were $73 million of borrowings outstanding at September 30, 2009. CNX Gas’ revolving credit facility bore interest at a weighted average rate of 1.47% per annum during the nine months ended September 30, 2009. Due to the low interest rate and the level of borrowings against this facility in the nine months ended September 30, 2009, a 100 basis-point increase in the average rate for CNX Gas’ revolving credit facility would not have significantly decreased net income for the period.

All CNX Gas transactions are denominated in U.S. dollars, and, as a result, we do not have any exposure to currency exchange-rate risks.

 

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

CNX Gas, under the supervision and with the participation of its management, including the Company’s principal executive officer and principal financial officer, evaluated the effectiveness of its “disclosure controls and procedures,” as such term is defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Securities Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), as of the end of the period covered by this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Based on that evaluation, our principal executive officer and principal financial officer have concluded that CNX Gas’ disclosure controls and procedures are effective as of September 30, 2009 to ensure that information required to be disclosed by CNX Gas in reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in Securities and Exchange Commission rules and forms, and include controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in such reports is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

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Changes in Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting

There were no changes that occurred during the fiscal quarter covered by this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q 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

The first through sixth paragraphs of “Note 7— Commitments and Contingent Liabilities” in Part I, Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements of this Form 10-Q are incorporated herein by reference.

 

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

 

10.1    CONSOL Energy Inc. Supplemental Retirement Plan, as amended and restated, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to Form 8-K filed on September 11, 2009
31.1    Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
31.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
32.1    Certification of 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    Interactive Data File (Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2009 furnished in XBRL)

In accordance with SEC Release 33-8238, Exhibits 32.1 and 32.2 are being furnished and not filed. In accordance with Rule 406T of Regulation S-T promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Exhibit 101 is deemed not filed or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, is deemed not filed for purposes of section 18 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, and otherwise is not subject to liability under these sections.

 

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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 there unto duly authorized.

Dated: October 28, 2009

 

CNX Gas Corporation

By:

 

/s/    J. BRETT HARVEY        

  J. Brett Harvey
 

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

(Chief Executive Officer and Director)

By:

 

/s/    WILLIAM J. LYONS        

  William J. Lyons
 

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

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