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Magellan Petroleum 10-Q 2011

Documents found in this filing:

  1. 10-Q
  2. Ex-31.1
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Form 10-Q
Table of Contents

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

(MARK ONE)

 

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

For the quarterly period ended December 31, 2010

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from              to             

Commission files number 1-5507

 

 

MAGELLAN PETROLEUM CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

DELAWARE   06-0842255

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

7 Custom House Street, Portland, Maine   04101
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(207) 619-8500

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15 (d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    x  Yes    ¨  No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    ¨  Yes    ¨  No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    ¨  Yes    x  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.

 

Large accelerated filer   ¨    Accelerated filer   ¨
Non-accelerated filer   x  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company   ¨

The number of shares outstanding of the issuer’s single class of common stock as of February 3, 2011 was 52,455,977

 

 

 


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MAGELLAN PETROLEUM CORPORATION

FORM 10-Q

December 31, 2010

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

         PAGE  
  PART I — FINANCIAL INFORMATION      3   

ITEM 1

  Condensed consolidated financial statements (unaudited)      3   
  Condensed consolidated balance sheets at December 31, 2010 and June 30, 2010      3   
  Condensed consolidated statement of operations for the three and six months ended December 31, 2010 and 2009      4   
  Condensed consolidated statement of cash flows for the six months ended December 31, 2010 and 2009      5   
  Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income for the three and six months ended December 31, 2010 and 2009      6   
  Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity for the six months ended December 31, 2010      7   
  Notes to condensed consolidated financial statements      8   

ITEM 2

  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations      17   

ITEM 3

  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk      28   

ITEM 4

  Controls and Procedures      28   
  PART II — OTHER INFORMATION      29   

ITEM 1A

  Risk Factors      29   

ITEM 2

  Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds      31   

ITEM 6

  Exhibits      31   
  Signatures   
  Certifications   

EX-31:

  CERTIFICATIONS   

EX-32:

  CERTIFICATIONS   

 

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MAGELLAN PETROLEUM CORPORATION

FORM 10-Q

PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited)

 

     December 31,     June 30,  
     2010     2010  
ASSETS     

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 28,091,183      $ 33,591,534   

Accounts receivable — trade (net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $113,759 and $95,912 at December 31, 2010 and June 30, 2010, respectively)

     3,710,230        4,427,245   

Accounts receivable — working interest partners

     90,354        204,630   

Marketable securities

     3,795,380        —     

Securities available-for-sale (at fair value)

     252,778        192,417   

Inventories

     794,570        815,179   

Deferred income taxes

     133,807        189,236   

Assets held for sale

     637,078        648,217   

Income tax receivable

     1,765,607        1,223,426   

Other assets

     362,347        478,665   
                

Total current assets

     39,633,334        41,770,549   
                

Deferred income taxes

     7,533,222        5,262,649   

Deposit on Evans Shoal

     15,241,650        12,850,500   

Property and equipment, net:

    

Oil and gas properties (successful efforts method)

     132,804,370        113,646,852   

Land, buildings and equipment

     3,896,175        3,328,670   

Field equipment

     6,298,242        5,843,939   
                
     142,998,787        122,819,461   

Less accumulated depletion, depreciation and amortization

     (113,339,350     (96,905,478
                

Net property and equipment

     29,659,437        25,913,983   

Goodwill

     4,695,204        4,695,204   

Other assets

     213,500        213,500   
                

Total assets

   $ 96,976,347      $ 90,706,385   
                
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY     

Current liabilities:

    

Accounts payable

   $ 3,322,700      $ 2,387,857   

Accrued liabilities

     2,577,273        2,064,979   

Demand notes payable

     575,000        470,000   

Current portion of notes payable

     451,585        451,585   

Liability related to assets held for sale

     191,123        194,465   

Deferred income taxes

     —          83,400   

Income taxes payable

     90,417        460,617   
                

Total current liabilities

     7,208,098        6,112,903   
                

Long term liabilities:

    

Deferred income taxes

     706,208        1,157,735   

Notes payable

     8,022        232,430   

Other long term liabilities

     116,677        92,577   

Asset retirement obligations

     10,775,644        9,292,556   
                

Total long term liabilities

     11,606,551        10,775,298   
                

Commitments and contingencies (Note 16)

     —          —     

Equity:

    

Common stock, par value $.01 per share: Authorized 300,000,000 shares, outstanding, 52,335,977 at December 31 and at June 30, 2010

     523,358        523,358   

Capital in excess of par value

     92,921,259        91,905,062   

Preferred stock, par value $.01 per share: Authorized 50,000,000 and 00 shares, outstanding, none at December 31 and June 30, 2010

     —          —     

Accumulated deficit

     (29,115,445     (23,640,191

Accumulated other comprehensive income

     11,872,109        3,116,263   
                

Total equity attributable to Magellan Petroleum Corporation

     76,201,281        71,904,492   

Non-controlling interest in subsidiaries

     1,960,417        1,913,692   
                

Total equity

     78,161,698        73,818,184   

Total liabilities and equity

   $ 96,976,347      $ 90,706,385   
                

See accompanying notes

 

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MAGELLAN PETROLEUM CORPORATION

FORM 10-Q

PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited)

 

     THREE MONTHS ENDED
DECEMBER 31,
    SIX MONTHS ENDED
DECEMBER 31,
 
     2010     2009     2010     2009  

REVENUES:

        

Oil sales

   $ 2,756,212      $ 3,155,798      $ 4,926,858      $ 5,942,624   

Gas sales

     458,420        5,551,734        867,680        10,960,680   

Other production related revenues

     1,246,372        1,008,737        2,365,647        1,691,751   
                                

Total revenues

     4,461,004        9,716,269        8,160,185        18,595,055   
                                

COSTS AND EXPENSES:

        

Production costs

     2,520,539        2,089,296        4,359,702        5,419,902   

Exploration and dry hole costs

     614,569        317,943        1,028,239        657,056   

Salaries and employee benefits

     1,532,736        1,006,793        2,474,412        2,750,301   

Depletion, depreciation and amortization

     260,732        1,484,130        1,250,070        2,647,136   

Auditing, accounting and legal services

     520,327        392,686        758,778        777,074   

Accretion expense

     168,591        209,584        318,283        384,351   

Shareholder communications

     203,963        223,647        357,118        302,174   

Gain on sale of field equipment

     (443,035     (1,139,465     (463,177     (1,134,275

Impairment loss

     —          1,604,417        —          1,604,417   

Other administrative expenses

     2,779,687        1,660,088        5,732,751        4,022,397   
                                

Total costs and expenses

     8,158,109        7,849,119        15,816,176        17,430,533   
                                

Operating (loss) income

     (3,697,105     1,867,150        (7,655,991     1,164,522   

Warrant expense

     —          (986,248     —          (2,378,719

Investment income

     221,494        1,038,394        467,810        2,534,931   
                                

(Loss) income before income taxes

     (3,475,611     1,919,296        (7,188,181     1,320,734   

Income tax benefit (provision)

     1,378,316        (323,104     1,679,652        (1,021,806
                                

Net (Loss) Income before non-controlling interest

     (2,097,295     1,596,192        (5,508,529     298,928   

Less non-controlling interest (Income) loss

     (1,838     (3,637     33,275        (3,637
                                

Net (Loss) Income attributable to Magellan Petroleum

   $ (2,099,133   $ 1,592,555      $ (5,475,254   $ 295,291   
                                

Average number of shares outstanding

        

Basic

     52,335,977        51,679,618        52,335,977        50,612,610   
                                

Dilutive

     52,335,977        52,856,331        52,335,977        51,199,170   
                                

Net (Loss) income per basic and dilutive common shares attributable to Magellan Petroleum Corporation common shareholders

   $ (0.04   $ 0.03      $ (0.10   $ 0.01   
                                

See accompanying notes

 

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MAGELLAN PETROLEUM CORPORATION

FORM 10-Q

ITEM 1 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited)

 

     SIX MONTHS ENDED
December 31,
 
     2010     2009  

OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

    

Net (loss) income

   $ (5,508,529   $ 298,928   

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:

    

(Gain) loss from disposal of assets

     (463,177     (1,134,275

(Gain) from sale of investments

     (1,894     (2,065,369

Depletion, depreciation and amortization

     1,250,070        2,647,136   

Accretion expense

     318,283        384,351   

Deferred income taxes

     (1,758,907     (822,012

Stock option compensation and change in warrant valuation

     1,203,396        3,267,689   

Exploration and dry hole costs

     60,605        —     

Impairment loss

     —          1,604,417   

Change in operating assets and liabilities:

    

Accounts receivable

     1,724,334        (225,291

Other assets

     356,949        79,858   

Inventories

     69,894        617,741   

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

     (245,467     (1,912,761

Income taxes receivable

     (571,779     (1,494,817
                

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

     (3,566,222     1,245,595   

INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

    

Proceeds from sale of field equipment

     467,844        1,531,080   

Additions to property and equipment

     (268,263     (1,735,434

Oil and gas exploration activities

     (3,105,431     (58,041

Proceeds from sale of securities available for sale

     —          9,615,215   

Purchase of securities available for sale

     —          (6,993,224

Marketable securities matured or sold

     3,206,250        5,995,965   

Marketable securities purchased

     (6,999,735     (6,196,784

Advance from buyer related assets held for sale

     —          5,626,530   

Purchase of controlling interest – Nautilus Poplar LLC

     —          (7,309,113

Purchase of additional working interest in Poplar Fields

     (380,000     —     

Cash acquired-purchase of Nautilus Poplar LLC

     —          314,727   
                

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

     (7,079,335     790,921   
                

FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

    

Debt principal payments

     (1,924,408     (122,495

Proceeds from borrowings

     1,805,000        —     

Non-controlling Capital Contribution – Nautilus Poplar LLC

     80,000        —     

Proceeds from issuance of stock

     —          10,000,000   
                

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

     (39,408     9,877,505   
                

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

     5,184,615        3,812,931   
                

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

     (5,500,351     15,726,952   

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

     33,591,534        34,688,842   
                

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD

   $ 28,091,183      $ 50,415,794   
                

Cash Payments:

    

Income taxes

     651,034        3,338,635   

Interest Paid, net of amount capitalized

     37,198        17,780   

Supplemental Schedule of Noncash Investing and Financing Activities:

    

Unrealized holding gain (loss)

     60,360        (5,642

Revision to estimate of asset retirement obligations

     189,108        1,421   

Write off of expired license

     79,921        —     

Accounts payable related to property and equipment

     831,687        2,872   

See accompanying notes

 

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MAGELLAN PETROLEUM CORPORATION

FORM 10-Q

PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(unaudited)

 

     THREE MONTHS ENDED
December 31,
    SIX MONTHS ENDED
December 31,
 
     2010     2009     2010     2009  

Net (loss) income

   $ (2,097,295   $ 1,596,192      $ (5,508,529   $ 298,928   

Foreign currency translation adjustments

     2,517,107        719,954        8,695,486        5,483,433   

Unrealized holding gains (losses) net of deferred tax

     60,360        (592,173     60,360        (227,607
                                

Total comprehensive income

     480,172        1,723,973        3,247,317        5,554,754   

Less net (income) loss attributable to non-controlling interest in subsidiary

     (1,838     (3,637     33,275       (3,637
                                

Comprehensive income attributable to Magellan Petroleum Corporation

   $ 478,334      $ 1,720,336      $ 3,280,592      $ 5,551,117   
                                

See accompanying notes

 

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MAGELLAN PETROLEUM CORPORATION

FORM 10-Q

PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

(unaudited)

 

     Common
Stock
     Preferred
Stock
     Capital in
Excess of

Par Value
     Accumulated
Deficit
    Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income
     Noncontrolling
Interest
    Total  

June 30, 2010

   $ 523,358         —         $ 91,905,062       $ (23,640,191   $ 3,116,263       $ 1,913,692     $ 73,818,184   

Stock and stock option compensation

           1,016,197         —          —           —          1,016,197   

Net loss

     —           —           —           (5,475,254     —           (33,275     (5,508,529

Foreign currency translation adjustments

     —           —           —           —          8,695,486         —          8,695,486   

Unrealized holding gains, net of deferred tax

     —           —           —           —          60,360        —          60,360  

Capital contribution

     —           —           —           —          —           80,000        80,000   

December 31, 2010

   $ 523,358       $ —         $ 92,921,259       $ (29,115,445   $ 11,872,109       $ 1,960,417      $ 78,161,698   
                                                            

See accompanying notes

 

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MAGELLAN PETROLEUM CORPORATION

FORM 10-Q

PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1 NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Note 1 Basis of Presentation

Magellan Petroleum Corporation (the “Company” or “Magellan” or “MPC” or “we” or “us”) is engaged in the sale of oil and gas and the exploration for and development of oil and gas reserves. At December 31, 2010, MPC had three reporting segments: (1)100.00% equity interest in its subsidiary, Magellan Petroleum Australia Limited (“MPAL”); (2) an 83.5% controlling member interest in Nautilus Poplar, LLC (“Nautilus”), based in Denver, Colorado and (3) MPC the parent company, which also owns directly a 28.3% working interest in the Poplar Fields in Montana. On a consolidated basis, MPC through Nautilus and MPC, owns an average 85.7% working interest in the Poplar field assets in Montana.

On December 4, 2009, the Company announced the sale of all its interests in the Nockatunga oil fields, the Kiana and Aldinga oil fields, the Udacha gas field and its exploration acreage in the Cooper Basin of Queensland and South Australia. The Company subsequently entered into sales agreements to affect the sale of those licenses. The Company also entered into a sales agreement for the sale of its ATP 613P, ATPA 674P and ATPA 733P interests in the Maryborough Basin of Queensland. These assets were disposed of because they are non-core to our strategies. As of December 31, 2010, the ATPA 674P and ATPA 733P for Maryborough and ATP 732 for Cooper basin are included in assets held for sale as the Australian government has yet to grant the titles necessary for the sales to be completed. For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2010.

On December 8, 2010, shareholders approved an amendment to the Company’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation to authorize a class of 50,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value of $0.01 per share (“Preferred Stock”). Pursuant to the amendment, share of Preferred Stock may be issued in one or more series of any number of shares as determined by the Company’s Board of Directors (“Board”). The Board may fix the voting powers of such series and the designations, preferences, relative, participating, optional or other special rights, and the qualifications, limitations or restrictions thereof (including such series’ redemption rights, dividend rights, liquidation preferences, and conversion rights).

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of MPC and its subsidiaries, MPAL and Nautilus. All intercompany transactions have been eliminated. The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for interim financial information and in accordance with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Rule 10-01 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 considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. All such adjustments are of a normal recurring nature. Operating results for the three and six months ended December 31, 2010 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending June 30, 2011. For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2010. All amounts presented are in United States dollars, unless otherwise noted.

Goodwill

The aggregate amount of goodwill at December 31, 2010 and at June 30, 2010 was $4,695,204. Of this amount, $674,498 of our goodwill is related to the October 15, 2009 acquisition of Nautilus and $4,020,706 of our goodwill is related to the fiscal 2006 acquisition of the 44.87% of MPAL that we did not own at the time. Goodwill is not amortized but is tested for impairment annually or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value may be impaired. Our annual impairment testing date is June 30 for the MPAL goodwill and October 1st for the Nautilus goodwill.

At October 1, 2010, we performed our annual impairment testing of the Nautilus goodwill. We employed both the income approach (discounted cash flow method) and the market value approach in estimating the fair value of Nautilus. As of October 1, 2010, no impairment existed as the indicated fair value of Nautilus, based upon our estimate exceeds its carrying value.

Note 2 Investor Agreement

On August 5, 2010, Magellan executed a Securities Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”), an Investor’s Agreement and a Memorandum of Agreement to finalize the terms of its previously announced second Private Investment in a Public Equity (“PIPE”) with its largest stockholder, Young Energy Prize S.A. (“YEP”), a Luxembourg corporation. The Purchase Agreement involves the issuance and sale of up to 5.2 million new shares of the Company’s common stock (“Shares”) to YEP and/or one or more of its affiliates in return for $3.00 per new share issued and sold. Placement of the Shares was originally scheduled to occur on or

 

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before October 31, 2010. The Company currently expects that one or more closings under the Purchase Agreement will take place through May 31, 2011, with the proceeds to be used to cover operating and financing expenditures associated with MPAL’s purchase of Santos Offshore Pty Ltd’s (“Santos”) 40% interest in the Evans Shoal natural gas field (NT/P48) (“Evans Shoal”), located in the Bonaparte Basin offshore Northern Australia (“Evans Shoal Transaction”) (see Note 3). The Purchase Agreement provides that the obligations of YEP to complete the purchase of the Shares at closing are subject to certain conditions (which may be waived by YEP), including: (i) that the Company has performed, satisfied and complied in all material respects with all covenants, agreements and conditions required under the Purchase Agreement; and (ii) as of the time of any closing other than the final closing at which the last of the Shares are sold to and purchased by YEP, the progress and status of the Evans Shoal Transaction shall be satisfactory to YEP, and, in the case of such final closing, the conditions to the closing of the Evans Shoal Transaction shall have been satisfied or waived. If all Shares are sold to YEP pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, the ownership position of YEP and its affiliates in the Company will consist of approximately 14.5 million shares of Common Stock and 4.4 million shares of Common Stock issuable under YEP’s existing warrant, or approximately 30.4% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock, assuming the full exercise of such warrant.

Pursuant to a Commitment Letter to the Company dated January 13, 2011, effective December 23, 2010, YEP has agreed to provide the additional funding which, together with the $15.6 million to be provided under the Purchase Agreement, is required for MPAL to complete the Evans Shoal Transaction (see Note 3). It is expected that the additional YEP funding will initially be in the form of a loan which will be subsequently restructured as equity in the entity or entities that will ultimately hold the benefits of the MPAL Evans Shoal interest. Details regarding this equity interest have yet to be finalized. The receipt of the additional funding is conditioned upon the Company’s sole use thereof to fund the Evans Shoal Transaction, preceded by receipt of all requisite consents for such acquisition (along with a reasonable period of time in which to close such funding after the receipt of such consents consistent with the timetable for the closing with Santos), and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions typically applicable to such a funding (such as the obtaining of all regulatory consents, compliance by the Company and MPAL with typical contractual representations and warranties, and the absence of any interfering litigation).

Note 3 Evans Shoal Agreement

On March 25, 2010, MPAL entered into an Asset Sales Deed with Santos Offshore Pty Ltd (“Evans Shoal Agreement”), to purchase Santos Offshore Pty Ltd’s (“Santos”) 40% interest in the Evans Shoal natural gas field (NT/P48) (“Evans Shoal”), located in the Bonaparte Basin offshore Northern Australia (“Evans Shoal Transaction”).

Under the Evans Shoal Agreement, MPAL is obligated to pay Santos time-staged cash consideration equal to (AUS) $100 million (“Purchase Price”) for its interest in the undeveloped Evans Shoal consisting of: (i) a 40% participating interest in the Evans Shoal Joint Operating Agreement and (ii) a 40% legal and beneficial ownership interest in the Evans Shoal Title (as defined in the Evans Shoal Agreement). MPAL is also obligated to pay additional contingent payments to Santos of (AUS) $50 million upon a favorable partner vote on a any final investment decision to develop Evans Shoal and (AUS) $50 million upon first stabilized gas production from Evans Shoal. Consistent with the terms of the Evans Shoal Agreement, MPAL made an initial cash deposit of (AUS) $15 million towards the Purchase Price (“Initial Deposit”) in March 2010 to an escrow account and that amount is included in the consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2010. While the Evans Shoal Agreement, in its original form, provided for limited circumstances under which MPAL is entitled to reimbursement of the Initial Deposit, the original Evans Shoal Agreement also provided that if MPAL is unable to pay the Purchase Price on the closing date of the Evans Shoal Transaction, MPAL shall forfeit the Initial Deposit. The Evans Shoal Agreement provides that, if MPAL is unable to pay the Purchase Price, when due, and the Company does not have its own right to terminate the Evans Shoal Agreement in accordance with its terms, then Santos may terminate the Evans Shoal Agreement and decline to proceed with the Evans Shoal Transaction. Under the Evans Shoal Agreement, MPAL’s purchase of Santos’ interest in Evans Shoal is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions including receipt of consent to the transfer from the other three existing owners of Evans Shoal and applicable government approvals.

On December 23, 2010, MPAL and Santos entered into an Extension Deed to extend the closing date of the Evans Shoal Transaction from December 25, 2010 through to January 31, 2011. On January 31, 2011, MPAL and Santos executed a Deed of Variation to further amend the Evans Shoal Agreement. The Deed of Variation extends the closing date of the Evans Shoal Transaction through to May 31, 2011 in exchange for (1) MPAL’s release to Santos of the Initial Deposit and (2) an additional (AUS) $10 million escrow account deposit towards the Purchase Price (“Additional Deposit”).

Pursuant to the Deed of Variation, the Initial Deposit was released to Santos on February 7, 2011 and MPAL deposited the Additional Deposit into an escrow account, consistent with the terms of the Evans Shoal Agreement, as amended, on February 14, 2011. While the Deed of Variation provides that the payment of the Additional Deposit will be made in accordance with the terms of the Evans Shoal Agreement which provides certain defined circumstances under which MPAL is entitled to reimbursement of the Additional Deposit, the Deed of Variation re-classifies the Initial Deposit as non-refundable. Accordingly, MPAL shall forfeit the

 

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Initial Deposit if the Evans Shoal Transaction does not close. With respect to the Additional Deposit, MPAL is entitled to reimbursement of that amount if: (i) MPAL terminates the Evans Shoal Agreement because one or more conditions precedent and condition to completion set forth therein have not been satisfied; (ii) the three other owners of Evans Shoal do not provide their consent to the Evans Shoal Transaction and waive certain rights under the Evans Shoal Joint Operating Agreement due to Santos’ failure to use reasonable endeavors (as defined in the Evans Shoal Agreement) to obtain such consents; (iii) MPAL or Santos terminates the Evans Shoal Agreement for breach of a Seller Warranty (as set forth in the Evans Shoal Agreement); (iv) MPAL terminates the Evans Shoal agreement due to the insolvency of Santos; or (v) on or before April 30, 2011, MPAL notifies Santos that it has sufficient committed and available funds to pay the balance of the Purchase Price at closing and can satisfy the financial capability test under the Evans Shoal Joint Operating Agreement, Santos reasonably agrees with MPAL’s representations and co-owner consents are not obtained by the closing date for the Evans Shoal Transaction. Subject to the ability of Santos and MPAL to secure consents to the Evans Shoal Transaction from the other three existing owners of Evans Shoal and requisite government approvals, the closing and completion of the Evans Shoal Transaction is expected to occur on or about May 31, 2011.

Note 4 Acquisitions- Supplemental Pro Forma Results

The Company acquired its interests in the Poplar Fields in Montana in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010. For further information about these acquisitions please see our Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2010.

The following pro forma financial information represents the combined results for the Company including, Nautilus (purchased October 15, 2009), the working interests in the Poplar Fields (purchased on March 8th and 9th, 2010), as if the acquisitions had all occurred on July 1, 2009. Revenue and Net income of these interests included in the consolidated statements of operations were $2,311,756 and $155,313 for the six months ended December 31, 2010and $739,538.91 and $21,980 for the six months ended December 31, 2009.

 

     Six months ended
December 31, 2009
 

Total Revenue

   $ 19,872,319   

Costs and expenses

     18,337,461   
        

Operating Income

     1,534,858   

Other income - net

     129,961   
        

Income before taxes

     1,664,819   

Income tax provision

     (1,021,806
        

Net Income

     643,013   

Less non-controlling interest in subsidiaries income

     (13,880
        

Net income attributable to Magellan Petroleum Corporation

   $ 629,133   
        

Note 5 Capital and Stock Based Compensation

On December 8, 2010, shareholders approved an amendment to Section 2 of the Company’s 1998 Stock Incentive Plan to increase the authorized shares of common stock reserved for awards under the Plan by 2,000,000 shares, to a total of 7,205,000 shares.

Options and non-vested shares

As of December 31, 2010, 1,210,000 shares were available for future issuance under the Plan.

The following is a summary of option transactions for the six months ended December 31, 2010:

 

Options Outstanding

   Expiration
Dates
     Number of
Shares
     Exercise Prices ($)      Fair Value at
Grant Date
 

June 30, 2010

        3,880,000         1.26 weighted average      

Time based options awarded

     August 2, 2020         400,000         1.84       $ 432,399   

Performance based options awarded

     August 2, 2020         400,000         1.84       $ 366,766   

Time based options awarded

     April 1, 2020         700,000         2.24       $ 719,049   
                 

December 31, 2010

        5,380,000         1.48 weighted average      
                 

 

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Total non-cash stock based compensation included in the consolidated statements of operations for the three and six months December 31, 2010 is $820,943 and $1,203,396 respectively, as discussed below.

Non-employee options

There were no non-employee options issued during the six months ended December 31, 2010. In 2009, the Company granted 262,500 time-based options, with an exercise price of $1.20 per share to a non-employee consultant.

Since these options were issued to a non-employee, the Company determines their fair value at the end of each reporting period. The option expense is recognized in the consolidated statement of operations using the accelerated method for the time-based awards.

The fair value of these time based options at December 31, 2010 was determined to be $596,475 based on the Black-Scholes valuation model using the following assumptions:

 

     December 31, 2010  

Risk free interest rate

     2.92

Expected life

     8.08 yrs   

Expected volatility (based on historical price)

     59.2

Expected dividend

   $ 0   

The expected life of the time-based options is the remaining contractual term. The Company recorded non-cash charges of $195,167 and $227,997 related to these time based options for the three and six months ended December 31, 2010. Unrecognized compensation for these options was $149,119 as of December 31, 2010.

Employee and Director options

On March 31, 2010, the Company awarded 700,000 options to its Directors. The options were contingent upon shareholder approval, which occurred on December 8, 2010. As a result, an accounting grant date of December 8, 2010 was used in determining the fair value of these 700,000 options. The options have an exercise price of $2.24 per share and vest evenly over 3 years beginning April 1, 2011 and expire on April 1, 2020.

On March 31, 2010, the Company also granted to its directors 350,000 non-vested shares of Company common stock which vest over 3 years. Of these shares, 141,666 vested on April 1, 2010 and 104,167 will vest on April 1, 2011 and 2012 respectively.

During the six months ended December 31, 2010, 400,000 stock options were issued to an employee as time based options and 400,000 as performance based options (PBOs).

The Company determines the fair value of these options at the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option pricing model. Option valuation models require the input of certain assumptions including the expected stock price volatility. The assumptions used to value the Company’s option grants were as follows:

 

     Employee     Employee     Directors  
     Time Based     PBO     Time Based  

Risk free interest rate

     2.23     1.64     2.07

Expected life

     6.0        5.0        5.5   

Expected volatility (based on historical price)

     61.5     56.0     55.2

Expected dividend

   $ 0      $ 0      $ 0   

The time based stock options vest in equal annual installments over the vesting period, which is also the requisite service period. These options have a 10-year term.

The PBO’s will vest in full only upon a change in control of the Company or the completion of the planned purchase by MPAL of an ownership interest in the Evans Shoal field (see Note 3). These options have a 10 year term and vest in equal annual installments over the vesting period, which is also the requisite service period.

Non-cash compensation expense of $622,776 and $975,399 was recorded for employee and director options for the three and six months ended December 31, 2010 and is included in the consolidated statements of operations for the period then ended. The expense is being recognized over the requisite service period using the accelerated method. Unrecorded compensation expense for these options was $1,762,245 as of December 31, 2010.

 

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Note 6 Loss (Income) per Share

Losses per common share are based upon the weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding during the period. The reconciling items in the calculation of diluted EPS are the dilutive effect of stock options, warrants and non-vested shares. The potential dilutive impact of non-vested shares is determined using either the treasury stock method or the two-class method, whichever leads to higher dilution. The dilutive impact of stock options and warrants is determined using the treasury stock method.

For the three and six months ended December 31, 2010, the Company had 9,027,826 options and warrants outstanding that had an exercise price below the average stock price that would have resulted in 3,349,430 and 2,919,315 incremental dilutive shares respectively. The Company also had 208,334 non-vested shares of company stock that would have resulted in 93,057 and 50,567 incremental dilutive shares for the three and six months ended December 31, 2010. There were no other potentially dilutive items at December 31, 2010. However, as a result of the net loss for the period, there is no dilutive effect.

For the three and six months ended December 31, 2009, the Company had 6,577,826 and 4,710,326 options and warrants outstanding respectively, that had an exercise price below the average stock price for the periods and resulted in 1,176,712 and 586,560 incremental dilutive shares for the respective periods. There were no other potentially dilutive items at December 31, 2009.

Note 7 Segment Information

The Company has three reportable segments, MPC, its wholly owned subsidiary MPAL and MPC’s 83.5% controlling member interest in Nautilus. The Company’s chief operating decision maker is William H. Hastings (President, Chief Executive Officer) who reviews the results of the MPC, MPAL and Nautilus businesses on a regular basis. All three segments engage in business activities from which each may earn revenues and incur expenses. MPAL and its subsidiaries are considered one segment.

Segment information (in thousands) for the Company’s three operating segments is as follows:

 

     THREE MONTHS ENDED
December 31,
    SIX MONTHS ENDED
December 31,
 
     2010     2009     2010     2009  

Revenues:

        

MPC

   $ 371      $ 9      $ 673      $ 18   

NAUTILUS

     880        740        1,644        740   

MPAL

     3,210        8,967        5,843        17,837   
                                

Total consolidated revenues

   $ 4,461      $ 9,716      $ 8,160      $ 18,595   
                                

Operating (Loss) income:

        

MPC

   $ (3,355   $ (1,822   $ (5,338   $ (3,634

Nautilus

     19        11        (187     11   

MPAL

     (361     3,678        (2,131     4,788   
                                

Total operating (loss) income

   $ (3,697   $ 1,867      $ (7,656   $ 1,165   
                                

Net (Loss) income:

        

MPC

   $ (3,174   $ (2,617   $ (5,137   $ (4,529

Nautilus

     20        22        (185     22   

MPAL

     1,057        4,191        (186     4,806   
                                

Consolidated net (loss) income

   $ (2,097   $ 1,596      $ (5,508   $ 299   

Less net (income) loss attributable to non-controlling interest in subsidiaries

     (2     (4     33        (4
                                

Net (loss) income attributable to Magellan Petroleum Corporation

   $ (2,099   $ 1,592      $ (5,475   $ 295   

 

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     December 31, 2010     June 30, 2010  

Assets:

    

MPC

   $ 85,508      $ 90,345   

Nautilus (1)

     17,233        5,427   

MPAL (1)

     71,984        63,131   

Equity elimination

     (77,749     (68,197
                

Total consolidated assets

   $ 96,976      $ 90,706   

 

(1) Goodwill attributable to MPAL was $4,021k and $674k attributable to Nautilus at December 31, 2010 and June 30, 2010.

Note 8 Exploration and Dry Hole Costs

Exploration and dry hole costs relate to the exploration work performed on MPAL’s and Nautilus’ properties. Components of these costs are as follows:

 

     THREE MONTHS
ENDED
     SIX MONTHS ENDED  
   December 31,      December 31,  

Exploration and Dry Hole Costs

   2010      2009      2010      2009  

MPAL - Australia

   $ 281,308       $ 278,312       $ 380,321       $ 590,624   

Poplar Field

     40,856         0         108,211         0   

MPAL - United Kingdom

     292,405         39,631         539,707         66,432   
                                   

Total

   $ 614,569       $ 317,943       $ 1,028,239       $ 657,056   
                                   

Note 9 Asset Retirement Obligations

A reconciliation of the Company’s asset retirement obligations for the six months ended December 31, 2010 was as follows:

 

Balance at June 30, 2010

   $ (9,292,556

Liabilities incurred

     (50,414

Liabilities settled

     —     

Accretion expense

     (318,283

Revisions to estimate

     189,108   

Sale of assets

     —     

Exchange effect

     (1,303,499
        

Balance at December 31, 2010

   $ (10,775,644
        

 

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Note 10 Income Taxes

The Company has estimated the effective tax rate expected to be applicable for the full fiscal year. The effective rate used in providing for income taxes on a current year-to-date basis for the six months ended December 31, 2010 is 23% compared to 77% for the period ended December 31, 2009. For the current fiscal year, MPAL is expected to have taxable loss carryforwards that can be utilized in future years. We have recorded a valuation allowance against the U.S. and U.K. losses resulting from exploration activities due to the historical losses incurred in the U.S. and U.K. The primary reason for the high effective tax rate in the prior fiscal year is that MPAL had taxable net income while the U.K. losses resulting from exploration activities and MPC’s losses did not generate tax benefits.

Note 11 Investments

Marketable Securities

At December 31 2010, MPC held the following marketable securities which are expected to be held until maturity:

 

September 30, 2010

   Par Value      Maturity Date      Carrying Amount      Fair Value  

Short-term securities

           

U.S. Treasury Bills

     600,000         January-2011       $ 599,560       $ 599,994   

U.S. Treasury Bills

     600,000         February-2011         599,493         599,940   

U.S. Treasury Bills

     600,000         March-2011         599,393         599,868   

U.S. Treasury Bills

     600,000         April-2011         599,282         599,784   

U.S. Treasury Bills

     600,000         May-2011         599,133         599,700   

U.S. Treasury Bills

     800,000         June-2011         798,519         799,480   
                             

Total

   $ 3,800,000          $ 3,795,380       $ 3,798,766   
                             

At June 30, 2010, MPC did not have any marketable securities.

Securities Available-for-Sale

The Company classifies securities that have a readily determinable fair value and are not bought and held principally for the purpose of selling them in the near term as securities available-for-sale. Unrealized holding gains and losses for available-for-sale securities are excluded from earnings and reported in other comprehensive income until realized. The Company held the following securities classified as available for sale at December 31 and June 30, 2010:

 

December 31, 2010

   Maturity Date      Fair Value  

Equity securities

     Not applicable       $ 252,778   

June 30, 2010

   Maturity Date      Fair Value  

Equity securities

     Not applicable       $ 192,417   

Note 12 Fair Value Measurements

The Company’s items to which fair value measurements apply are securities available for sale. Securities available for sale are classified as Level 1 in the fair value hierarchy. These investments are traded in active markets and quoted prices are available for identical investments.

Cash balances were $11,653,069 as of December 31, 2010 and the remaining $16,438,114 was held in time deposit accounts in several Australian banks that have terms of 90 days or less, and are therefore classified as cash equivalents. The fair value of cash equivalents approximates carrying value due to the short term nature of those instruments.

 

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Assets required to be measured at fair value on a nonrecurring basis include the Goodwill of Nautilus which we assessed for impairment. The fair value was based on the estimated fair value of Nautilus’s enterprise value, which involved Level 3 inputs (See Note 1).

The following table presents information about the Company’s financial assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of June 30 and December 31, 2010, by the level in which they are classified within the valuation hierarchy:

 

    

Fair Value Measurements

at December 31, 2010 Using

     Fair Value Measurements
at June 30, 2010 Using
 

Description

   Quoted Prices in Active
Markets for Identical Assets
Level 1
     Quoted Prices in Active
Markets for Identical Assets
Level 1
 

Securities available for sale

   $ 252,778       $ 192,417   

Note 13 Nondepletable Assets

At December 31, 2010 and June 30, 2010, oil and gas properties include $8.1 million and $4.3 million, respectively, of capitalized costs that are currently not being depleted. Components of these costs are as follows:

 

     December 31, 2010      June 30, 2010  

Nondepletable capitalized costs

     

MPAL - Australia (1)

   $ 415,108       $ 415,108   

Poplar Field (2)

     2,225,560         313,710   

MPAL - United Kingdom (3)

     5,448,483         3,576,518   
                 

Total

   $ 8,089,151       $ 4,305,336   
                 

 

(1) The Company evaluates these exploration permits and licenses annually or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value, related to step up to fair value for the 44.87% remaining interest of MPAL acquired in 2006, may be impaired.
(2) Capitalized exploratory well costs initiated in fiscal year 2010 pending discovery and production of reserves.
(3) Capitalized exploratory well costs initiated in 2007, pending discovery and production of reserves. Production testing is expected to occur between July and October 2011 on Markwells Wood-1.

Note 14 Debt

The Company’s long-term debt consists of the following:

 

     December 31,
2010
 

Note payable to bank in monthly installments of $36,500 plus interest, at 6.0% through 2011

   $ 441,220   

Loans payable, varying terms through 2012, collateralized by vehicles

     18,387   
        
     459,607   

Less current portion

     451,585   
        

Long-term debt, excluding current portion

   $ 8,022   
        

The following is a summary of principal maturities of long-term debt:

 

Less than 1 year

   $ 451,585   

Two years

   $ 8,022   

The variable rate of the note is based upon the Wall Street Journal Prime Rate (the index). The index was 3.250% at December 31, 2010, resulting in an interest rate of 6% per annum as of December 31, 2010. Under the note payable, Nautilus is subject to both financial and non-financial covenants. The financial covenant includes maintaining a debt service coverage ratio, as defined, of 1.2 to 1.0, which is calculated based on Nautilus’ annual tax return.

 

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The Company also has a demand note payable with the same bank, classified as short term debt, which consists of advances under a $750,000 working capital line of credit. The total amount due on the line at December 31, 2010 was $575,000 with $175,000 still available. The line bears interest at a variable rate which was 6.50% as of December 31, 2010.

The Company also has a letter of credit of $335,000 with the same bank, to cover potential future environmental issues. In the event of such an occurrence, the beneficiaries may draw on the letter of credit.

The note payable to bank, letter of credit and the demand note payable are collateralized by first mortgages and assignment of production for the East Poplar and Northwest Poplar Fields and are guaranteed by Magellan Petroleum Corporation up to $2,000,000.

The debt referred to above is the debt of Nautilus and was amended subsequent to December 31, 2010 (see Note 17).

The carrying amount of the Company’s long term debt approximates its fair value, because of the variable rate, which resets based on the market rates.

Note 15 Related Party Transactions

On August 5, 2010, Magellan executed a Securities Purchase Agreement, an Investor’s Agreement and a Memorandum of Agreement to finalize the terms of its previously announced second Private Investment in a Public Equity (“PIPE”) with its largest stockholder, YEP, a Luxembourg corporation, who’s Chairman and CEO, is Nikolay Bogachev, a director of the Company. The placement involves the issuance and sale of up to 5.2 million new shares of the Company’s common stock, $0.01 par value per share to YEP and/or one or more of its affiliates in return for $3.00 per new share issued and sold (see Note 2). Pursuant to a Commitment Letter to the Company dated January 13, 2011, effective December 23, 2010, YEP has agreed to provide the additional funding which, together with the $15.6 million to be provided under the above Securities Purchase Agreement, is required for MPAL to complete the Evans Shoal Transaction (see Notes 2 and 3).

The Company leases its Denver office (the office of Nautilus) from an entity owned by J. Thomas Wilson, a director of the Company. The lease is month to month. The total paid to related parties under this arrangement for the six months ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 was $36,148 and $15,061 respectively.

J. Robinson West, Board of Director Chairman of the Company has served as a consultant on various Australian projects. Mr. West is Chairman, Founder and CEO of PFC Energy (PFC). PFC has charged $286,651 for consulting services which expense is included in the statement of operations for the six months ended December 31, 2010. At December 31, 2010, the Company’s accrued liabilities included $106,417 owed to PFC.

Nautilus Technical Group (NTG) has an interest in Nautilus. NTG is owned in part by J. Thomas Wilson, a director of the Company; Mr. Monty Hoffman, a consultant to Nautilus; and Mr. Wayne Kahmeyer, the controller of Nautilus.

Note 16 Contingent Liabilities

Nautilus has a letter of credit of $335,000, issued by a bank, to cover possible future environmental issues, collateralized by first mortgages and assignment of production for the East Poplar and Northwest Poplar Fields and is guaranteed by Magellan Petroleum Corporation (see Note 14). In the event of such an occurrence, the beneficiaries may draw on the letter of credit.

The Company has contingent payments related to the Evans Shoal Agreement (see Note 3).

Note 17 Subsequent Events

The Company has evaluated subsequent events and noted no additional events that require recognition or disclosure at December 31, 2010, other than those listed below.

In January 2011, Nautilus amended its existing long term debt agreement with a bank. The principal amount of the indebtedness was increased to $1,710,438 from $441,220 and its new term runs through 2014. As part of this amendment Magellan’s maximum guarantee of the debt increased from $2,000,000 to $6,000,000, not to exceed the amount of principal owed. Proceeds from increased debt will be used to finance capital activities.

On January 31, 2011, MPAL and Santos executed a Deed of Variation to further amend the Evans Shoal Agreement. (see Note 3).

 

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

Forward Looking Statements

Our disclosure and analysis in this report contains forward-looking information that involves risks and uncertainties. Our forward-looking statements express our current expectations or forecasts of possible future results or events, including projections of future performance, statements of management’s plans and objectives, future contracts, and forecasts of trends and other matters. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this filing, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise such statements to reflect new circumstances or unanticipated events as they occur. You can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historic or current facts and often use words such as “anticipate”, “estimate”, “expect”, “believe”, “will likely result”, “outlook”, “project” and other words and expressions of similar meaning. No assurance can be given that the results in any forward-looking statements will be achieved and actual results could be affected by one or more factors, which could cause them to differ materially. For these statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Among these risks and uncertainties are the ability of MPAL, with the assistance of the Company, to successfully and timely close the Evans Shoal Transaction, including the receipt of requisite transaction approvals, the likelihood and timing of the receipt of proceeds from the YEP private placement transaction due to conditions stipulated in the Securities Purchase Agreement, the ability of the Company to successfully develop a strategy for methanol development, the extent of the recoverable gas reserves available to the Company from the Evans Shoal gas field upon completion of the Evans Shoal Transaction, pricing and production levels from the properties in which Magellan and MPAL have interests, the extent of the recoverable reserves at those properties, the profitable integration of acquired businesses, including Nautilus Poplar LLC, the outcome of the Montana drilling program, the future outcome of the negotiations for gas sales contracts for the remaining uncontracted reserves at both the Mereenie and Palm Valley gas fields in the Amadeus Basin, including the likelihood of success of other potential suppliers of gas to the current customers of Palm Valley production and the results of the U.K. drilling program. In addition, MPAL has a large number of exploration permits and faces the risk that any wells drilled may fail to encounter hydrocarbons in commercially recoverable quantities. Any forward-looking information provided in this report should be considered with these factors in mind. Magellan assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this report, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Executive Summary

Overview

Magellan Petroleum (“MPC”) is engaged in the development of oil and natural gas reserves. Our most significant assets are a 100% equity ownership interest in Magellan Petroleum Australia Limited (“MPAL”) and an 85.7% interest in all zones surface to deep at the Poplar Dome fields, Roosevelt Co., Montana. Magellan acquired an additional 2% of the Montana fields during the period bringing our total average interest to 85.7% from 83.7%. MPAL also has signed an Agreement to acquire a 40% equity interest in the Evans Shoal gas field, offshore Northern Territory, Australia. MPC and MPAL also hold various overrides, operating and working interest positions elsewhere in Australia, the United Kingdom, and in Canada. Magellan’s asset portfolio contains both long term and short term development opportunities. The larger projects will require significant capital expenditure.

We are building on a corporate plan targeting incremental oil production, new strategic partners, and a leading position in the Asian oxygenate and chemical feedstock markets. Toward those ends, the Company gained shareholder authorization, at the December 2010 shareholders meeting, for an amendment to our Restated Certificate of Incorporation to permit the future issuance of various forms of new equity. This authorization creates financial tools and a more flexible capital structure for possible use going forward. These tools will help us move forward on announced initiatives with several important steps remaining in front of us.

Work has begun toward the analysis and development of reserve opportunities both in Australia and in North America. Key efforts in Australia continue relative to the closing of the Evans Shoal purchase, and to future sales of Mereenie natural gas reserves. In Montana, a first development/data well was drilled yielding significant core data for both the Charles formation and the Bakken / Three Forks formations. We are developing strategies to recomplete the Charles in this well now. We have obtained valuable oil saturation data in the Charles core yielding encouraging CO2 flood possibilities and have achieved positive results from lab analysis of our Bakken and Three Forks cores.

The Company holds a 40% working interest in the Markwells Wood 1 oil discovery, onshore United Kingdom. The Operator is presently developing a completion / flow test strategy to be initiated in the 2011 summer.

 

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Our “legacy” production position, while yielding value, is expected to play a lesser role in the Company and will, ultimately, be available as exchange for the larger transactions we are involved with now. Significant reserves of natural gas and oil remain at Mereenie and are currently being cycled (re-injected) to allow for continued oil production and to, potentially, improve oil recoveries.

Finally, and importantly, energy market developments have been favorable this quarter; Asian fuel demand patterns, oil pricing, and political and operational developments in world oil markets have all signaled continued Methanol supply development and efforts to improve/increase onshore U.S. and Australian oil production.

Financial Results Discussion

Year on year comparisons still reflect the significant changes caused by the ending of the Mereenie Gas Sales Agreement in February 2010 and volume changes from the sale of our Cooper Basin properties.

However, results for this quarter versus the prior quarter reflect some positive developments. For the quarter, Magellan recorded a net loss of $2.1 million on total revenue of $4.5 million versus a net loss of $3.4 million on revenue of $3.7 million in the immediately preceding quarter. The following items impacted the quarter on quarter change.

 

   

Initial results from an expense reduction program at Mereenie offset by one-time personnel reduction charges

 

   

Revenue improvements from marginal increases in oil production with continued strong oil price netbacks.

 

   

General and Administrative Costs dropped but remain significant due to closing requirements for the Evans Shoal transaction and continued work on execution of the development strategy – particularly data analysis and review in Montana.

Company discussions regarding the future of its Mereenie, Palm Valley, and Dingo interests are ongoing. There has been an increased level of interest in the gas there from industrial developers. Magellan can offer significant fuel cost and emission reductions for existing and future LNG projects burning their own streams for fuel. We continue work to gain a foothold in this business.

Our Evans Shoal project plans, with the commitment of our strategic partner, YEP, to fund the transaction, may yield significant cash flow and reserve bookings in the mid to long-term. Evans Shoal is seen as a first “marker” that will allow other development within the Bonaparte Basin.

Operational Results

Australia

Production volumes, net of royalties, were 0.182 BCF of gas and 15,228 Bbls of oil for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 or 82% less total gas production and 2.8% less total oil production compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2009.

Mereenie: There were no natural gas sales at Mereenie this quarter due to the term end of the Mereenie Sales Agreement. Natural gas volumes are being reinjected and, while available, have no defined current market. Mereenie continues to produce above 500 barrels of oil per day gross and is showing some slight, positive effect from injected natural gas volumes. The average price of oils sales at Mereenie was A.$86.5/bbl for the quarterly period ended December 31, 2010.

Palm Valley: Palm Valley continues gas flow reliably into the Alice Springs, Northern Territory market. The Palm Valley sales contract expires in January 2012 with continued interest from industrial buyers noted above. Efforts are underway to obtain a new sales contract.

Evans Shoal (NT/P48): MPAL and Santos Offshore Pty Ltd (“Santos”) have extended the closing date for the sale of Santos’ 40% stake in the Evans Shoal gas field located offshore Northern Territory, Australia to MPAL. This extension will allow us to continue to work to obtain the customary approvals to complete the transaction as contemplated by the Assets Sale Deed dated March 25, 2010. A January 31, 2011 amendment, provides for an extension of the Transaction through to May 31, 2011, and an A$10 million additional contribution toward the original closing payment.

As previously stated, given the high CO2 content of the Evans Shoal gas, Magellan believes that methanol production is the best development option for the field. This potential has attracted the interest of leading Methanol market participants. These potential industrial partners are prepared to begin work to develop the field for onward Olefins markets and for fuel oxygenation in Asia.

 

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NT/P32: In March, Magellan accepted an offer from the Commonwealth – Northern Territory Offshore Petroleum Joint Authority for the grant of an exploration permit for petroleum over Area NT/P32 offshore Northern Territory. The area is located 220 kilometers (137 miles) northwest of Darwin. The permit covers 6,305 square kilometers (2,434 square miles) and is a good fit with Magellan’s stated gas development strategy.

Critical Accounting Policies

Preparation of the Company’s financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses. Management believes the most complex and sensitive judgments, because of their significance to the consolidated financial statements, result primarily from the need to make estimates about the effects of matters that are inherently uncertain. Management’s Discussion and Analysis and the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2010, describe the significant accounting estimates and policies used in preparation of the Consolidated Financial Statements. Actual results in these areas could differ from management’s estimates. There have been no significant changes in the Company's critical accounting policies and significant estimates in 2010.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At December 31, 2010, the Company on a consolidated basis had approximately $28.1 million of cash and cash equivalents and $3.8 million in marketable securities. The Company considers cash equivalents to be short term, highly liquid investments that are both readily convertible to known amounts of cash and so near their maturity that they present insignificant risk of changes in value because of change in interest rates. Cash balances were $11.7 million as of December 31, 2010 and the remaining $16.4 million was held in time deposit accounts in several Australian banks that have terms of 90 days or less.

Consolidated

When considering our liquidity and capital resources, we consider cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities together since all of these amounts are available to fund operating, exploration and development activities. The balance of cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities decreased $1.7 million during the six months ended December 31, 2010 compared to a $15.9 million increase in those balances during the six months ended December 31, 2009. In the prior year, the Company received stock issuance proceeds of $10 million as well as a $5.6 million deposit on the sale of Nockatunga, $1.5 million of proceeds from the sale of Aldinga, and $2.7 million of proceeds from the sale of securities available for sale significantly increasing cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities in the prior year, which was offset by the purchase of Nautilus Poplar for $7.3 million.

The factors favorably impacting our liquidity and capital resources during the six months ended December 31, 2010 include:

 

   

effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents of $5.2 million

 

   

proceeds from the sale of field equipment of $0.5 million

Factors contributing to a decrease in our liquidity and capital resources during the six months ended December 31, 2010 included:

 

   

$3.4 million expended for property and equipment and exploration activities

 

   

$3.6 million expended for operating activities

 

   

$0.4 million expended for the an additional 2% working interest in Nautilus Poplar LLC

Cash provided by operating activities for the six months ended December 31, 2010 decreased $4.8 million from the six months ended December 31, 2009 as discussed below:

Cash from revenues decreased approximately $8.5 million from the prior year six month period.

Australian oil and gas sales volume decreased resulting from the sale of our Cooper Basin and Nockatunga assets, natural oil field declines of Mereenie and reduced sales due to the Blacktip Field coming online leading to the end of Mereenie MSA 4 contract in February 2010. This was offset by the receipts generated from U.S. assets acquired in fiscal year 2010, PWC contract settlement and the 8.5% increase in the average foreign exchange rate, as well as a 5.9% price increase over prior year at Poplar Field.

Operating cash outflows, net of revenues, decreased approximately $3.7 million over the prior year primarily due to the following:

 

   

$1.7 million decrease in amount paid towards accounts payable.

 

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A net $0.5 million decrease in production costs which was due to; the cost reduction effort at Mereenie; pipeline repairs at Mereenie in the prior year and the sale of our Cooper Basin and Nockatunga assets which lowered production ($0.8 million) and reduced change in inventory for $0.5 million; offset by a $0.9 million increase due to the acquisition of Nautilus Poplar LLC.

 

   

$0.2 million decrease in salaries and benefits due to the severance payment from prior year offset by current year severance payment and increased salaries relating to the addition of employees upon the acquisition of Nautilus Poplar LLC.

 

   

$1.7 million decrease in taxes paid due to the expectation that MPAL will have a smaller tax liability for the current year.

Offset by;

 

   

$0.7 million travel and consulting expense increase due to the Evans Shoal and Montana projects.

 

   

$0.3 million increase in director fees and expenses due to the addition of a new director and increased fee base for directors.

 

   

$0.3 million increase in exploration costs.

The Company invested $3.4 million and $1.8 million in oil and gas exploration activities, which includes additions to property and equipment, for the six months ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively.

Effect of exchange rate changes

The value of the Australian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar increased 19% to $1.01611 at December 31, 2010, compared to a value of $0.8567 at June 30, 2010.

As to MPC

At December 31, 2010, MPC, on an unconsolidated basis, had working capital of $6.3 million. Working capital is comprised of current assets less current liabilities. MPC’s current cash position and any future MPAL dividends will be adequate to meet MPC’s current obligations for the 2011 fiscal year, other than those obligations related to the Evans Shoal agreement, discussed below.

On August 5, 2010, Magellan executed a Securities Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”), an Investor’s Agreement and a Memorandum of Agreement to finalize the terms of its previously announced second Private Investment in a Public Equity (“PIPE”) with its largest stockholder, YEP. The Purchase Agreement involves the issuance and sale of up to 5.2 million new shares of the Company’s common stock (“Shares”) to YEP and/or one or more of its affiliates in return for $3.00 per new share issued and sold. ). Placement of the Shares was originally scheduled to occur on or before October 31, 2010. The Company currently expects that one or more closings under the Purchase Agreement will take place through May 31, 2011, with the proceeds to be used to cover operating and financing expenditures associated with MPAL’s purchase of Santos Offshore Pty Ltd’s (“Santos”) 40% interest in the Evans Shoal natural gas field (“Evans Shoal”), located in the Bonaparte Basin offshore Northern Australia (“Evans Shoal Transaction”) (see Note 3).

The Purchase Agreement provides that the obligations of YEP to complete the purchase of the Shares at closing are subject to certain conditions (which may be waived by YEP), including: (i) that the Company has performed, satisfied and complied in all material respects with all covenants, agreements and conditions required under the Purchase Agreement; and (ii) as of the time of any closing other than the final closing at which the last of the Shares are sold to and purchased by YEP, the progress and status of the Evans Shoal Transaction shall be satisfactory to YEP, and, in the case of such final closing, the conditions to the closing of the Evans Shoal Transaction shall have been satisfied or waived. If all Shares are sold to YEP pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, the ownership position of YEP and its affiliates in the Company will consist of approximately 14.5 million shares of Common Stock and 4.4 million shares of Common Stock issuable under YEP’s existing warrant, or approximately 30.4% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock, assuming the full exercise of such warrant.

 

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Pursuant to a Commitment Letter to the Company dated January 13, 2011, effective December 23, 2010, YEP has agreed to provide the additional funding which, together with the $15.6 million to be provided under the Purchase Agreement between YEP and the Company, is required for MPAL to complete the Evans Shoal Transaction. It is expected that the additional YEP funding will initially be in the form of a loan which will be subsequently restructured as equity in the entity or entities that will ultimately hold the benefits of the MPAL Evans Shoal interest. Details regarding this equity interest have yet to be finalized. The receipt of the additional funding is conditioned upon the Company’s sole use thereof to fund the Evans Shoal Transaction, preceded by receipt of all requisite consents for such acquisition (along with a reasonable period of time in which to close such funding after the receipt of such consents consistent with the timetable for the closing with Santos), and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions typically applicable to such a funding (such as the obtaining of all regulatory consents, compliance by the Company and MPAL with typical contractual representations and warranties, and the absence of any interfering litigation).

As to MPAL

At December 31, 2010, MPAL had working capital of $26.9 million and has budgeted approximately (AUS) $4.9 million for specific exploration projects in fiscal year 2011 as compared to the (AUS) $927,000 expended during the six months ended December 31, 2010. Despite no SEC defined proved reserves, MPAL’s future revenues in the long-term are expected to be derived from the sale of oil and gas in Australia. MPAL’s current contract for the sale of Palm Valley gas will expire during fiscal year 2012. The price of gas under the Palm Valley gas contract is adjusted quarterly to reflect changes in the Australian Consumer Price Index. Future oil revenues will be impacted by any volatility in the world price for crude oil. MPAL will strive to optimize operating expenses with any reductions in revenues.

On March 25, 2010, MPAL entered into an Asset Sales Deed with Santos to set forth the terms of the Evans Shoal Transaction (“Evans Shoal Agreement”).

Under the Evans Shoal Agreement, MPAL is obligated to pay Santos time-staged cash consideration equal to (AUS) $100 million (“Purchase Price”) for its interest in the undeveloped Evans Shoal consisting of: (i) a 40% participating interest in the Evans Shoal Joint Operating Agreement and (ii) a 40% legal and beneficial ownership interest in the Evans Shoal Title (as defined in the Evans Shoal Agreement). MPAL is also obligated to pay additional contingent payments to Santos of (AUS) $50 million upon a favorable partner vote on a any final investment decision to develop Evans Shoal and (AUS) $50 million upon first stabilized gas production from Evans Shoal. Consistent with the terms of the Evans Shoal Agreement, MPAL made an initial cash deposit of (AUS) $15 million towards the Purchase Price (“Initial Deposit”) in March 2010 to an escrow account and that amount is included in the consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2010. While the Evans Shoal Agreement, in its original form, provided for defined circumstances under which MPAL is entitled to reimbursement of the Initial Deposit, the original Evans Shoal Agreement provided that if MPAL is unable to pay the Purchase Price on the closing date of the Evans Shoal Transaction, MPAL shall forfeit the Initial Deposit. The Evans Shoal Agreement provides that, if MPAL is unable to pay the Purchase Price, when due, and the Company does not have its own right to terminate the Evans Shoal Agreement in accordance with its terms, then Santos may terminate the Evans Shoal Agreement and decline to proceed with the Evans Shoal Transaction. Under the Evans Shoal Agreement, MPAL purchase of Santos’ interest in Evans Shoal is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions including receipt of consent to the transfer from the other three existing owners of Evans Shoal and applicable government approvals.

On December 23, 2010, MPAL and Santos entered into an Extension Deed to extend the closing date of the Evans Shoal Transaction from December 25, 2010 through to January 31, 2011. On January 31, 2011, MPAL and Santos executed a Deed of Variation to further amend the Evans Shoal Agreement. The Deed of Variation extends the closing date of the Evans Shoal Transaction through to May 31, 2011 in exchange for (1) MPAL’s release to Santos of the Initial Deposit and (2) an additional (AUS) $10 million escrow account deposit towards the Purchase Price (“Additional Deposit”).

Pursuant to the Deed of Variation, the Initial Deposit was released to Santos on February 7, 2011 and MPAL deposited the Additional Deposit into an escrow account, consistent with the terms of the Evans Shoal Agreement, as amended, on February 14, 2011. While the Deed of Variation provides that the payment of the Additional Deposit will be made in accordance with the terms of the Evans Shoal Agreement which provides certain limited circumstances under which MPAL is entitled to reimbursement of the Additional Deposit, the Deed of Variation re-classifies the Initial Deposit as non-refundable. Accordingly, MPAL shall forfeit the Initial Deposit if the Evans Shoal Transaction does not close. With respect to the Additional Deposit, MPAL is entitled to reimbursement of that amount if: (i) MPAL terminates the Evans Shoal Agreement because one or more conditions precedent and conditions to completion set forth therein have not been satisfied; (ii) the three other owners of Evans Shoal do not provide their consent to the Evans Shoal Transaction and waive certain rights under the Evans Shoal Joint Operating Agreement due to Santos’ failure to use reasonable endeavors (as set forth in the Evans Shoal Agreement); (iii) MPAL or Santos terminates the Evans Shoal Agreement for breach of a Seller Warranty (as set forth in the Evans Shoal Agreement) to attain such consents; (iv) MPAL terminates the Evans Shoal Agreement due to the insolvency of Santos; or (v) on or before April 30, 2011, MPAL notifies Santos that it has sufficient committed and available funds to pay the balance of the Purchase Price at closing and can satisfy the financial capability test under the Evans Shoal Joint Operating Agreement, Santos reasonably agrees with MPAL’s representations and co-owner consents are not obtained by the closing date for the Evans Shoal Transaction.

 

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Subject to the ability of Santos and MPAL to secure consent to the Transaction from the other three existing owners of Evans Shoal and requisite government approvals, the closing and completion of the Transaction is expected to occur on or about May 31, 2011.

As to Nautilus

At December 31, 2010, Nautilus had a working capital deficit of ($0.8) million. Working capital is comprised of current assets less current liabilities.

At December 31, 2010, Nautilus has debt comprising a note payable of $441,220 and short term borrowings of $575,000 on a $750,000 line of credit (LOC), all issued by the same bank.

In January 2011, Nautilus amended its existing long term debt agreement with the bank. Under the amendment the principal amount of the indebtedness was increased to $1,710,438 from $441,220. Proceeds from increased debt will be used to finance capital activities.

On October 18, 2010, Magellan commenced a drilling and development program on East Poplar Unit, Roosevelt County, Montana with the East Poplar Unit (EPU) #119 that reached a depth of 7,137 feet. Well results to-date, while under further evaluation, yielded a broad stack of hydrocarbon-bearing formations from 692 feet all the way to current depth. A Charles formation core (the current producing formation) was completed and is currently under analysis. A Bakken and Three Forks core was also successfully obtained and analyzed that the Bakken is over pressured and mature, with oil and gas saturation, and substantial fracturing and fair to good porosity. Completion work is currently being assessed for the EPU #119 well.

Based on the positive results of the EPU #119 well to date, Magellan is currently evaluating a thorough development program with multiple projects expected to commence in spring of 2011. These projects include a Charles Infill program, a new shallow gas / oil shale analysis program, and a potential Bakken-farm in project. Funding for these projects will primarily come from bank financing or partner agreements.

Magellan continues its efforts to farm-out a share of our 23,000 acre Bakken position within the Poplar fields. There has been continued external interest in a farm-in program and the discussions are ongoing.

OFF BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS

The Company does not use off-balance sheet arrangements such as securitization of receivables with any unconsolidated entities or other parties. Nautilus has a letter of credit of $335,000, issued by a bank, to cover possible future environmental issues. In the event of such an occurrence, the beneficiaries may draw on the letter of credit.

CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS

The following is a summary of our consolidated contractual obligations at December 31, 2010, in thousands:

 

     PAYMENTS DUE BY PERIOD  
     TOTAL      LESS
THAN

1
YEAR
     1-3
YEARS
     3-5
YEARS
     MORE
THAN

5
YEARS
 

Operating lease obligations

   $ 1,626       $ 521       $ 766       $ 191       $ 148   

Purchase obligations (1, 2)

     10,090         3,612         6,478         —           —     

Asset retirement obligations-undiscounted

     29,868         —           610         66         29,192   

Time staged and contingent payments (3)

     111,773         10,161         50,806         50,806         —     

Credit facilities including interest (4)

     1,984         699         1,108         177         —     
                                            

Total

   $ 155,341       $ 14,993       $ 59,768       $ 51,240       $ 29,340   
                                            

 

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(1) Represents firm commitments for exploration and capital expenditures. Firm Commitments increased $4.2 million from June 30, 2010. The increase is primarily due to the UK ($3.8 million) as a result of the success with the drilling at Markwells Wood 1, for which production testing is expected to occur late next summer. The balance relates to the NT/82 Permit. Although the Company is committed to these expenditures, some of these costs may be farmed out to third parties.
(2) Exploration contingent expenditures of $59,227,000 which are not legally binding have been excluded from the table above and based on exploration decisions would be due as follows: $0 (less than 1 year), $13,079,000 (1-3 years), $45,638,000 (3-5 years), $510,000 (greater than 5 years). This is up from June 30, 2010 by $36.9 million primarily due to the UK for the reasons stated above.
(3) Relates to the Evans Shoal Agreement. As the Company progresses through the different stages of the Agreement, three additional contingent payments will be due of AUD$ 10,000,000 in February 2011 and two AUD$ 50,000,000 payments, the timing for which is estimated to be in December of 2012 and 2015 (Note 3). US $ amounts shown in table estimated based upon the conversion rate on December 31, 2010 of 1.01611.
(4) Includes interest at a 6.5% based on the rate at December 31, 2010.

THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010 VS. DECEMBER 31, 2009

REVENUES AND OTHER INCOME

Significant changes in revenues and other income were as follows:

 

     THREE MONTHS ENDED
December 31,
              
     2010      2009      $ Variance     % Variance  

Oil sales

   $ 2,756,212       $ 3,155,798       $ (399,586     (13 %) 

Gas sales

     458,420         5,551,734         (5,093,314     (92 %) 

Other production related revenues

     1,246,372         1,008,737         237,635        24

Investment income

     221,494         1,038,394         (816,900     (79 %) 

OIL SALES DECREASED 13% due primarily to the sale of the Cooper Basin and Nockatunga Assets in fiscal year 2010 (approximately $1,130,000), the 7% decrease in oil price per barrel in Australia and the effect of increased sales in prior year resulting from the de-oiling the Mereenie pipeline, offset by $515,000 in the U.S. where oil prices increased 11% and volume was up 71% due to the year over year effect of the interest in the Poplar Field assets acquired in October 2009 and March 2010, increased production at the Mereenie field due to re-injecting uncontracted Mereenie gas and the 8.7% increase in the average exchange rate discussed below.

Oil unit sales (after deducting royalties) in barrels (bbls) and the average price per barrel sold during the periods indicated were as follows:

 

     THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31,               
     2010 SALES      2009 SALES               
     BBLS      AVERAGE PRICE
A.$ PER BBL
     BBLS      AVERAGE PRICE
A.$ PER BBL
     % Variance
BBLS
    % Variance
A.$ PER BBL
 

Australia (in AUD):

                

Mereenie field

     15,228       $ 86.15         15,661       $ 92.50         (2.8 )%      (7 )% 

Cooper Basin

     —           —           496         92.40         (100.0 )%      *   

Nockatunga

     —           —           13,358         77.07         (100.0 )%      *   
                                                    

Total

     15,228       $ 86.15         29,515       $ 85.58         (48.4 )%      0.7
                            

 

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     BBLS      AVERAGE PRICE
U.S.$ PER BBL
     BBLS      AVERAGE PRICE
U.S.$ PER BBL
     % Variance
BBLS
    % Variance $
PER BBL
 

United States (in USD):

                

Poplar Fields

     17,092       $ 72.99         9,980         65.68         71.2     11

 

* calculation not meaningful

GAS SALES DECREASED 92% due to the end of Mereenie MSA4 contract in February 2010 (approximately $5,590,000) and the natural field declines at Palm Valley offset by the 8.7% increase in the average exchange rate discussed below and the 1.3% increase in the average price per MCF received under the Palm Valley contract.

The volumes in billion cubic feet (bcf) (after deducting royalties) and the average price of gas per thousand cubic feet (mcf) sold during the periods indicated were as follows:

 

     THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31,         
   2010 SALES      2009 SALES     
   BCF      AVERAGE PRICE
A.$ PER MCF
     BCF      AVERAGE PRICE
A.$ PER MCF
     % Variance
BCF
    % Variance
A.$ PER  MCF
 

Australia: Palm Valley

     .182         2.28         .257         2.25         (29 )%      1

Australia: Mereenie

     —           —           .806         6.56         (100 )%      *   
                                                    

Total

     .182         2.28         1.063         5.49         (83 )%      (59 )% 
                            

 

* Calculation not meaningful

OTHER PRODUCTION RELATED REVENUES are primarily MPAL’s share of gas pipeline tariff revenues. Revenues increased as tariff revenue is now based upon all BlackTip sales, where as last year it was only based upon Mereenie gas sales and the 8.7% increase in the average foreign exchange rate discussed below.

INVESTMENT INCOME DECREASED 79% primarily as a result of a $777,000 realized gain on the sale of available-for-sale securities in the three months ended December 31, 2009 that did not occur in the 2010 period.

OPERATING AND OTHER EXPENSES

Significant changes in operating and other expenses are as follows:

 

     THREE MONTHS ENDED
December 31,
              
     2010     2009      $ Variance     % Variance  

Production costs

   $ 2,520,539      $ 2,089,296         431,243        21

Exploration and dry hole costs

     614,569        317,943         296,626        93

Salaries and employee benefits

     1,532,736        1,006,793         525,943        52

Depletion, depreciation and amortization

     260,732        1,484,130         (1,223,398     (82 %) 

Auditing, accounting and legal services

     520,327        392,686         127,641        33

Other administrative expenses

     2,779,687        1,660,088         1,119,599        67

Gain on sale of assets

     443,035        1,139,465         (696,430     *   

Impairment Loss

     —          1,604,417         (1,604,417     *   

Warrant expense

     —          986,248         (968,248     *   

Income tax (benefit) provision

     (1,378,316     323,104         (1,701,420     *   

 

* Calculation not meaningful

PRODUCTION COSTS INCREASED due to the productions costs associated with the U.S. assets acquired in October 2009 and March 2010 ($270,000), and the 8.7% increase in the average foreign exchange rate discussed below, offset by the elimination of production costs related to the Cooper Basin and Nockatunga Assets sold in fiscal year 2010 and a reduction in transportation costs related to a new contract for the Mereenie oil.

 

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EXPLORATION AND DRY HOLE COSTS INCREASED due to exploration costs in the U.K ($253,000), the exploration costs associated with the U.S. assets acquired in October 2009 ($41,000) and the 8.7% increase in the average foreign exchange rate discussed below.

SALARIES AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS INCREASED primarily due to payment of employee severance costs in the U.S. ($552,000), employee stock based compensation ($30,000) and the 8.7% increase in the average foreign exchange rate discussed below; offset by decreased costs in Australia due to the absence in the current year of the prior year severance payments.

DEPLETION, DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION DECREASED primarily because MPAL’s Australia oil and gas assets were fully depleted as of September 30, 2010, resulting in zero depletion for MPAL activity in the current three month period, offset by the costs associated with U.S. assets acquired in October 2009 ($53,000) not present in the period ended 12/31/09.

AUDITING, ACCOUNTING AND LEGAL SERVICES INCREASED mostly due to increased costs relating to the Evans Shoal transaction and the 8.7% increase in the average foreign exchange rate discussed below.

OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES INCREASED due to the exchange rate losses on non-Australian dollar cash held by MPAL ($283,000), increased directors costs related to the addition of a new director in March of 2010 and increased fee base for directors ($347,000), increased travel and consulting costs ($409,000) due to the Evans Shoal and Montana projects and the 8.7% increase in the average foreign exchange rate discussed below.

GAIN ON SALE OF ASSETS in the current year is primarily the proceeds received from the Cooper Basin Assets.

IMPAIRMENT LOSS in the prior year was primarily due to the write down of the Cooper Basin Assets to their fair value at the time of the sale.

WARRANT EXPENSE in the prior year relates entirely to the recording of the fair market value of certain warrants as discussed in our June 30, 2010 annual financial report. The terms of the warrants were revised such that they are no longer carried at fair value.

THE INCOME TAX PROVISION DECREASED due primarily to the result of pre-tax book losses in the current quarter compared to pre-tax book income in the same period last year as well as changes in the annual effective tax rates for each year (see Note 10 to the Financial Statements for a discussion of effective tax rates). The increase in the annual effective tax rate for the current fiscal year resulted in a greater tax benefit required to be recorded the current quarter. A decrease in the effective tax rate for the prior fiscal year created a negative adjustment to the provision in the prior year quarter. Changes in the effective tax rates result from revisions to estimated profit and loss projections and are affected by the relationship of those changes to permanent non-taxable items.

EXCHANGE EFFECT - the value of the Australian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar increased to 1.01611 at December 31, 2010 compared to a value of .96982 at September 30, 2010. This resulted in a $2,517,107 credit to the foreign currency translation adjustments account for the three months ended December 31, 2010. The average exchange rate used to translate MPAL’s operations in Australia was .9877 for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, which was an 8.7% increase compared to the .9090 rate for the quarter ended December 31, 2009.

SIX MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010 VS. DECEMBER 31, 2009

REVENUES AND OTHER INCOME

Significant changes in revenues were as follows:

 

     SIX MONTHS ENDED
December 31,
              
     2010      2009      $ Variance     % Variance  

Oil sales

   $ 4,926,858       $ 5,942,624       $ (1,015,766     (17 )% 

Gas sales

     867,680         10,960,680         (10,093,000     (92 )% 

Other production related revenues

     2,365,647         1,691,751         673,896        40

Investment income

     467,810         2,534,931         (2,067,121     (82 )% 

 

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OIL SALES DECREASED 17% due to the sale of the Cooper Basin and Nockatunga Assets ($2,261,000) in fiscal 2010 and the effect of increased sales in the prior year resulting from the de-oiling the Mereenie pipeline, offset by $1,575,000 due to the year over year effect of the costs related to the Poplar Field assets acquired in October 2009 and March 2010, increased production at the Mereenie field due to re-injecting uncontracted Mereenie gas and the 8.5% increase in the average exchange rate discussed below.

 

     SIX MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31,         
   2010 SALES      2009 SALES     
   BBLS      AVERAGE PRICE
A.$ PER BBL
(1)
     BBLS      AVERAGE PRICE
A.$ PER BBL
(1)
     % Variance
BBLS
    % Variance
$ PER BBL
 

Australia (in AUD):

                

Mereenie field

     27,887       $ 85.17         43,125       $ 84.93         (35.3 )%      0.3

Cooper Basin

     —           —           1,086         84.05         (100.0 )%      *   

Nockatunga project

     —           —           26,827         74.07         (100.0 )%      *   
                                        

Total Australia

     27,887       $ 85.17         71,038       $ 80.84         (60.7 )%      5.4
                                        
             AVERAGE PRICE
U.S.$ PER BBL
            AVERAGE PRICE
U.S.$ PER BBL
              

United States (in USD):

                

Poplar Fields

     33,199       $ 69.55         9,980       $ 65.68         233     5.9
                                        

 

* Calculation not meaningful

GAS SALES DECREASED 92% due to the end of Mereenie MSA4 contract in February 2010 (approximately $11,200,000) and the natural field declines at Palm Valley offset by the 8.5% increase in the average exchange rate discussed below and the 1.3% increase in the average price per MCF in the Palm Valley contract.

The volumes in billion cubic feet (bcf) (after deducting royalties) and the average price of gas per thousand cubic feet (mcf) sold during the periods indicated were as follows:

 

     SIX MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31,         
   2010 SALES      2009 SALES     
   BCF      AVERAGE PRICE
AUD$ PER MCF
     BCF      AVERAGE PRICE
AUD$ PER MCF
     % Variance
BCF
    % Variance
A.$ PER MCF
 

Australia: Palm Valley

     .365       $ 2.28         .532       $ 2.25         (32 )%      1

Australia: Mereenie

     —           —           1.696         6.52         (100 )%      *   
                                        

Total

     .365       $ 2.28         2.228       $ 5.47         (84 )%      (58 )% 
                            

OTHER PRODUCTION RELATED REVENUES are primarily MPAL’s share of gas pipeline tariff revenues. Revenues increased as tariff revenue is now based upon all BlackTip sales, where as last year it was based only upon Mereenie gas sales and the 8.5% increase in the average foreign exchange rate discussed below.

INVESTMENT INCOME DECREASED 82% primarily as a result of a $2,065,000 realized gain on the sale of available-for-sale securities in the six months ended December 31, 2009.

 

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OPERATING AND OTHER EXPENSES

Significant changes in costs and expenses are as follows:

 

     SIX MONTHS ENDED
December 31,
              
   2010     2009      $ Variance     % Variance  

Production costs

   $ 4,359,702      $ 5,419,902         (1,060,200     (20 %) 

Exploration and dry hole costs

     1,028,239        657,056         371,183        57

Salaries and employee benefits

     2,474,412        2,750,301         (275,889     (10 %) 

Depletion, depreciation and amortization

     1,250,070        2,647,136         (1,397,066     (53 %) 

Gain on sale of assets

     463,177        1,134,275         (671,098     (59 %) 

Impairment Loss

     —          1,604,417         (1,604,417     —     

Other administrative expenses

     5,732,751        4,022,397         1,710,354        43

Warrant expense

     —          2,378,719         2,378,719        *   

Income tax (benefit) provision

     (1,679,652     1,021,806         (2,701,458     *   

 

* Calculation not meaningful

PRODUCTION COSTS DECREASED due to the result of cost reductions efforts (Mereenie & Palm Valley) including a new transportation contract at Mereenie ($1,400,000) and prior years costs of pipeline repairs at Mereenie, the elimination of production costs related to the Cooper Basin Assets sold in fiscal year 2010 ($762,000) offset by the productions costs associated with the U.S. assets acquired in October 2009 and March 2010 ($936,000), and the 8.5% increase in the average foreign exchange rate discussed below.

EXPLORATION AND DRY HOLE COSTS INCREASED due to exploration costs in the U.K ($473,000), the exploration costs associated with the U.S. assets acquired in October 2009 and March 2010 ($108,000) and the 8.5% increase in the average foreign exchange rate discussed below, offset by reduced exploration in Australia (Cooper Basin, Mereenie) ($210,000).

SALARIES AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS DECREASED primarily due to payment of employee termination costs in Australia in the prior year ($993,000), offset by current year severance payments in the U.S. ($552,000) the year over year costs associated with the U.S. acquisition in October 2009 ($146,000) and the 8.5% increase in the average foreign exchange rate discussed below.

DEPLETION, DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION DECREASED primarily because MPAL’s Australia oil and gas assets were fully depleted as of September 30, 2010, resulting in zero depletion for MPAL activity in the current three month period, offset by the costs associated with U.S. assets acquired in October 2009 and March 2010 not present in the first three months of the six months ended December 31, 2009.

OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES INCREASED due to the exchange rate losses on U.S. dollar cash held by MPAL ($378,000), increased directors costs related to the addition of a new director and increased fee base for directors ($444,000), increased travel and consulting costs ($673,000) due to the Evans Shoal and Montana projects and the 8.5% increase in the average foreign exchange rate discussed below.

GAIN ON SALE OF ASSETS in the current year is primarily the proceeds received from the prior year sale of the Cooper Basin Assets.

WARRANT EXPENSE in prior year relates entirely to the recording of the fair market value of certain warrants as discussed in our June 30, 2010 annual financial report. The terms of the warrants were revised such that they are no longer carried at fair value.

THE INCOME TAX PROVISION DECREASED due primarily to a decrease in income before income taxes compared to the same period last year and a decrease in effective tax rate. The effective rate used in providing for income taxes on a current year-to-date basis for the six months ended December 31, 2010 is 23% compared to 77% for the period ended December 31, 2009. For the current fiscal year, MPAL is expected to have taxable loss carryforwards that can be utilized in future years. We have recorded a valuation allowance against the U.S. and U.K. losses resulting from exploration activities due to the historical losses incurred in the U.S. and U.K. The primary reason for the high effective tax rate in the prior fiscal year is that MPAL had taxable net income while the U.K. losses resulting from exploration activities and MPC’s losses did not generate tax benefits.

EXCHANGE EFFECT - the value of the Australian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar increased to $.1.01611 at December 31, 2010 compared to a value of $.8567 at June 30, 2010. This resulted in a $8,695,486 credit to the foreign currency translation adjustments account for the six months ended December 31, 2010. The average exchange rate used to translate MPAL’s operations in Australia was $.9454 for the six months ended December 31, 2010, which was an 8.5% increase compared to the $.8710 rate for the six months ended December 31, 2009.

 

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ITEM 3 QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

The Company’s exposure to market risk relates to fluctuations in foreign currency and world prices for crude oil, as well as market risk related to investment in marketable securities. The exchange rates between the Australian dollar and the U.S. dollar, as well as the exchange rates between the Australian dollar and the U.K. pound sterling, have changed in recent periods and may fluctuate substantially in the future. We expect that a majority of our revenue will continue to be generated in the Australian dollar in the future. Any change in the exchange rate between the Australian and U.S. dollar could have a negative impact on our revenue, operating income and net income. Because of our U.K. development program, a portion of our expenses, including exploration costs and capital and operating expenditures will continue to be denominated in U.K. pound sterling. Accordingly, any material appreciation of the U.K. pound sterling against the Australian and U.S. dollars could have a negative impact on our business, operating results and financial condition. A 10% change in the Australian foreign currency rate compared to the U.S. dollar would increase or decrease revenues and expenses by $0.3 million and $0.4 million, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2010.

For the three month period ended December 31, 2010, oil sales represented approximately 86% (up from 59% last quarter) of total oil and gas revenues. Based on the current three month’s sales volume and revenues, a 10% change in oil price would increase or decrease oil revenues by $0.3 million. Gas sales, which represented approximately 14% of total oil and gas revenues in the current three month period, are derived primarily from the Palm Valley field in the Northern Territory of Australia and the gas prices are set according to long term contracts that are subject to changes in the Australian Consumer Price Index (ACPI) for the three months ended December 31, 2010.

At December 31, 2010, the value of our investments in available-for-sale-securities was $252,778.

ITEM 4 CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

Disclosure Controls and Procedures

An evaluation was performed under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s management, including William H. Hastings, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), and Antoine J. Lafargue, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer (“CFO”), of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) and Rule 15d-15(e) promulgated under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934) as of December 31, 2010. Based on this evaluation, the Company’s CEO and CFO concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective such that the material information required to be included in the Company’s SEC reports is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in SEC rules and forms relating to the Company, including its consolidated subsidiaries, and the information required to be disclosed was accumulated and communicated to management as appropriate to allow timely decisions for disclosure.

Internal Control over Financial Reporting.

There have not been any changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting (as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Exchange Act) during the three months ended December 31, 2010 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

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MAGELLAN PETROLEUM CORPORATION

FORM 10-Q

PART II - OTHER INFORMATION

DECEMBER 31, 2010

ITEM 1A RISK FACTORS

Our business, financial condition, operating results and cash flows can be impacted by a number of factors, including, but not limited to, those set forth below, any one of which could cause our actual results to vary materially from recent results or anticipated future results.

Information regarding risk factors appears in Part I – Item 1A of our Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010. Other than as set forth below, there have not been any material changes to the risk factors disclosed in Item 1A of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010.

The closing of MPAL’s acquisition of Santos’ 40% interest in Evans Shoal, a large gas field located offshore Australia (“Evans Shoal Transaction”) is subject to significant contingencies and closing conditions and the failure to complete the Evans Shoal Transaction could negatively impact the Company’s stock price, cause the Company to forfeit the initial (AUS) $15 million deposit paid towards the purchase price, cause MPAL to forfeit the subsequent (AUS) $10 million deposit paid towards the purchase price under certain circumstances and otherwise have an adverse affect on the Company.

The closing of the Evans Shoal Transaction is contingent upon the Company’s ability to pay the stipulated purchase price for a 40% interest in the Evans Shoal field ((AUS) $100 million) at closing on or before May 31, 2011 and to obtain consents to the transaction from the other three existing owners of the Evans Shoal field as well as requisite government approval for the transaction.

The Company must obtain significant external financing to complete the Evans Shoal Transaction. While the Company has entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (“Purchase Agreement”) with our largest stockholder, YEP, which provides for $15.6 million in funding upon the sale of 5.2 million shares of our common stock at a price per share of $3.00 and has received a written commitment letter from YEP to provide the additional funding (“Commitment Letter”) which, together with the $15.6 million, is required for MPAL to complete the Evans Shoal Transaction, a number of conditions must be satisfied prior to receipt of these financings. The Purchase Agreement provides that the obligations of YEP to complete the purchase of the shares at closing are subject to certain conditions (which may be waived by YEP), including: (i) that the Company has performed, satisfied and complied in all material respects with all covenants, agreements and conditions required under the Purchase Agreement; and (ii) as of the time of any closing other than the final closing at which the last of the Shares are sold to and purchased by YEP, the progress and status of the Evans Shoal Transaction shall be satisfactory to YEP, and, in the case of such final closing, the conditions to the closing of the Evans Shoal Transaction shall have been satisfied or waived. The receipt of additional funding provided under the Commitment Letter is conditioned upon the Company’s sole use thereof to fund the Evans Shoal Transaction, preceded by receipt of all requisite consents for such acquisition (along with a reasonable period of time in which to close such funding after the receipt of such consents consistent with the timetable for the closing with Santos), and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions typically applicable to such a funding (such as the obtaining of all regulatory consents, compliance by the Company and MPAL with typical contractual representations and warranties, and the absence of any interfering litigation). We cannot give assurances that the conditions set forth in the Purchase Agreement and in the Commitment Letter will be satisfied or that the Company will ultimately receive the necessary funds to close the Evans Shoal Transaction. Similarly, while the Company intends to work, in good faith, with the Evan Shoal co-owners to obtain the requisite consents to complete the Evans Shoal Transaction and to procure the necessary government approvals for the Evans Shoal Transaction, we cannot give assurances that these requisite approvals will be obtained.

If the Evans Shoal Transaction is not completed, the Company’s ongoing business may be adversely affected, and the Company will be subject to several risks, including:

 

   

loss of the initial cash deposit of (AUS) $15 million made towards the purchase price;

 

   

loss of the subsequent (AUS) $10 million cash deposit made towards the purchase price under certain defined circumstances

 

   

loss of a strategic opportunity to timely develop a Methanol project in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australian; and

 

   

having our stock price decline.

With respect to the subsequent (AUS) $10 million deposit, MPAL is only entitled to reimbursement of that amount if: (i) MPAL terminates the Evans Shoal Agreement because one or more conditions precedent and conditions to completion set forth therein have not been satisfied; (ii) the three other owners of Evans Shoal do not provide their consent to the Evans Shoal Transaction and waived certain rights under the Evans Shoal Joint Operating Agreement due to Santos’ failure to use reasonable endeavors (as defined in the Evans Shoal Agreement) to obtain such consents; (iii) MPAL or Santos terminates the Evans Shoal Agreement for breach of a Seller Warranty (as set forth in the Evans Shoal Agreement); (iv) MPAL terminates the Evans Shoal Agreement due to the insolvency of Santos; or (v) on or before April 30, 2011, MPAL notifies Santos that it has sufficient committed and available funds to pay the balance of the Purchase Price at closing and can satisfy the financial capability test under the Evans Shoal Joint Operating Agreement, Santos reasonably agrees with MPAL’s representations and co-owner consents are not obtained by the closing date for the Evans Shoal Transaction.

For a more complete description of the Evans Shoal Transaction, see Note 3 to the unaudited financial statements included within this Form 10-Q.

 

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For a more complete description of the Purchase Agreement with YEP, see Note 2 to the unaudited financial statements included within this Form 10-Q.

 

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ITEM 2 UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS

Share Repurchase Plan

The following schedule sets forth the number of shares that the Company has repurchased under any of its repurchase plans for the stated periods, the cost per share of such repurchases and the number of shares that may yet be repurchased under the plans:

 

Period

   Total Number  of
Shares
Purchased
     Average Price
Paid
per Share
     Total Number  of
Shares Purchased
as Part of Publicly
Announced Plan(1)
     Maximum
Number of
Shares that May
Yet Be Purchased
Under Plan
 

October 1-31, 2010

     0         0         0         319,150   

November 1-30, 2010

     0         0         0         319,150   

December 1-31, 2010

     0         0         0         319,150   

 

(1) The Company through its stock repurchase plan may purchase up to one million shares of its common stock in the open market. Through December 31, 2010, the Company had purchased 680,850 of its shares at an average price of $1.01 per share or a total cost of approximately $686,000, all of which shares have been cancelled.

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities

On August 5, 2010, Magellan executed a Securities Purchase Agreement (“Purchase Agreement”), an Investor’s Agreement and a Memorandum of Agreement to finalize the terms of its previously announced second Private Investment in a Public Equity (“PIPE”) with its largest stockholder, YEP. The placement involves the issuance and sale of up to 5.2 million new shares of the Company’s common stock to YEP and/or one or more of its affiliates in return for $3.00 per new share issued and sold. Placement of the shares was originally scheduled to occur on or before October 31, 2010. The Company currently expects that one or more closings under the Purchase Agreement will take place through May 31, 2011, with the proceeds to be used to cover operating and financing expenditures associated with the Evans Shoal Transaction. The Purchase Agreement provides that the obligations of YEP to complete the purchase of the Shares at closing are subject to certain conditions (which may be waived by YEP), including: (i) that the Company has performed, satisfied and complied in all material respects with all covenants, agreements and conditions required under the Purchase Agreement; and (ii) as of the time of any closing other than the final closing at which the last of the Shares are sold to and purchased by YEP, the progress and status of the Evans Shoal Transaction shall be satisfactory to YEP, and, in the case of such final closing, the conditions to the closing of the Evans Shoal Transaction shall have been satisfied or waived. If all shares are placed, the ownership position of YEP and its affiliates in the Company will consist of approximately 14.5 million shares of Common Stock and 4.4 million shares of Common Stock issuable under YEP’s existing warrant, or approximately 30.4% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock, assuming the full exercise of such warrant. In the Purchase Agreement, the Investor has represented that it is an accredited investor, as such term is defined in Rule 501 of Regulation D promulgated under the Securities Act. The Shares have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended or state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States in the absence of an effective registration statement or exemption from the applicable federal and state registration requirements. The Company has relied on the exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act set forth in Section  4(2) thereof for the purposes of the transaction.

ITEM 6 EXHIBITS

 

  3.1    Restated Certificate of Incorporation as filed on May 4, 1987 with the State of Delaware and Amendment of Article Twelfth filed on February 12, 1988 with the State of Delaware, as filed as Exhibit 4(b) to the Company’s Form S-8 Registration Statement (File No. 333-70567), filed on January 14, 1999, are incorporated herein by reference.
  3.2    Certificate of Amendment to Certificate of Incorporation as filed on December 26, 2000 with the State of Delaware, filed as Exhibit 3(a) to the Company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed on February 13, 2001 and incorporated herein by reference.
  3.3    Certificate of Amendment to Certificate of Incorporation related to Article Twelfth as filed on October 15, 2009 with the State of Delaware, filed as Exhibit 3.3 to the Company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed on February 16, 2010 and incorporated herein by reference.
  3.4    Certificate of Amendment to Certificate of Incorporation related to Article Thirteenth as filed on October 15, 2009 with the State of Delaware, filed as Exhibit 3.4 to the Company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed on February 16, 2010 and incorporated herein by reference.

 

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  3.5    Certificate of Amendment to Certificate of Incorporation as filed on December 10, 2010 with the Secretary of State, filed as Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s current report on Form 8-K filed on December 13, 2010 and incorporated herein by reference.
  3.6    Amended and Restated Bylaws, as of March 10, 2010, filed as Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s current report on Form 8-K filed on March 15, 2010 and incorporated herein by reference.
10.1    Letter Deed between Magellan Petroleum Australia Limited and Santos Offshore Pty Ltd. Dated December 23, 2010 filed as Exhibit 10.1 to current report on Form 8-K filed on December 28, 2010 and incorporated hereby by reference.
31.1    Certification of William H. Hastings, President and Chief Executive Officer, pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, is filed herewith.
31.2    Certification of Antoine J. Lafargue, Chief Financial Officer, pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, is filed herewith.
32.1    Certification of William H. Hastings, President and Chief Executive Officer, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, is furnished herewith.
32.2    Certification of Antoine J. Lafargue, Chief Financial Officer, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, is furnished herewith.

 

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MAGELLAN PETROLEUM CORPORATION

FORM 10-Q

December 31, 2010

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 thereunto duly authorized:

 

        MAGELLAN PETROLEUM CORPORATION
   

Registrant

Date: February 14, 2011     By  

/s/ William H. Hastings

   

William H. Hastings, President and Chief Executive Officer

(Duly Authorized Officer)

   
    By  

/s/ Antoine J. Lafargue

   

Antoine J. Lafargue, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

(as Principal Financial Officer)

   
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