Form 10-Q
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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 September 30, 2010

OR

 

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

For the transition period from                      to                     

Commission file number: 001-14901

 

 

CONSOL Energy Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   51-0337383

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

1000 CONSOL Energy Drive

Canonsburg, PA 15317-6506

(724) 485-4000

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

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant:(1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

Yes  x    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  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. (Check one):

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

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

Yes  ¨    No  x

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock as of the latest practicable date.

 

Class

 

Shares outstanding as of October 25, 2010

Common stock, $0.01 par value   225,844,598

 

 

 


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PART I FINANCIAL INFORMATION   

Item 1.

  

Condensed Financial Statements

  
  

Consolidated Statements of Income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009

     3   
  

Consolidated Balance Sheets at September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009

     4   
  

Consolidated Statement of Stockholders’ Equity for the nine months ended September 30, 2010

     6   
  

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009

     7   
  

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

     8   

Item 2.

  

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

     42   

Item 3.

  

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     88   

Item 4.

  

Controls and Procedures

     90   
PART II OTHER INFORMATION   

Item 1.

  

Legal Proceedings

     91   

Item 5.

  

Other Information

     91   

Item 6.

  

Exhibits

     93   

 

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PART I

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

CONSOL ENERGY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2010      2009     2010     2009  

Sales—Outside

   $ 1,260,499       $ 1,022,617      $ 3,650,129      $ 3,167,002   

Sales—Gas Royalty Interests

     18,131         8,443        46,621        29,741   

Sales—Purchased Gas

     3,524         1,471        8,280        4,102   

Freight—Outside

     37,269         36,130        96,544        94,133   

Other Income

     29,870         25,856        77,126        88,855   
                                 

Total Revenue and Other Income

     1,349,293         1,094,517        3,878,700        3,383,833   

Cost of Goods Sold and Other Operating Charges (exclusive of depreciation, depletion and amortization shown below)

     850,819         707,256        2,436,452        2,017,735   

Acquisition and Financing Fees

     337         —          64,415        —     

Gas Royalty Interests Costs

     16,408         6,268        40,133        23,317   

Purchased Gas Costs

     3,333         1,103        6,980        3,023   

Freight Expense

     37,269         36,130        96,544        94,133   

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

     38,722         31,642        107,897        98,084   

Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

     161,429         109,965        413,379        323,659   

Interest Expense

     66,430         7,502        139,613        22,959   

Taxes Other Than Income

     83,406         66,146        243,831        214,457   
                                 

Total Costs

     1,258,153         966,012        3,549,244        2,797,367   
                                 

Earnings Before Income Taxes

     91,140         128,505        329,456        586,466   

Income Taxes

     15,757         35,219        75,291        169,370   
                                 

Net Income

     75,383         93,286        254,165        417,096   

Less: Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest

     —           (5,916     (11,845     (20,568
                                 

Net Income Attributable to CONSOL Energy Inc. Shareholders

   $ 75,383       $ 87,370      $ 242,320      $ 396,528   
                                 

Earnings Per Share:

         

Basic

   $ 0.33       $ 0.48      $ 1.15      $ 2.20   
                                 

Dilutive

   $ 0.33       $ 0.48      $ 1.13      $ 2.17   
                                 

Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding:

         

Basic

     225,781,539         180,725,194        211,235,893        180,649,268   
                                 

Dilutive

     228,092,299         183,191,667        213,638,176        182,751,922   
                                 

Dividends Paid Per Share

   $ 0.10       $ 0.10      $ 0.30      $ 0.30   
                                 

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

 

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CONSOL ENERGY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands)

 

     (Unaudited)
September 30,
2010
   December 31,
2009

ASSETS

     

Current Assets:

     

Cash and Cash Equivalents

   $ 15,582    $ 65,607

Accounts and Notes Receivable:

     

Trade

     225,241      317,460

Other Receivables

     19,502      15,983

Accounts Receivable—Securitized

     200,000      50,000

Inventories

     262,331      307,597

Deferred Income Taxes

     86,489      73,383

Recoverable Income Taxes

     27,907      —  

Prepaid Expenses

     163,709      161,006
             

Total Current Assets

     1,000,761      991,036

Property, Plant and Equipment:

     

Property, Plant and Equipment

     14,737,790      10,681,955

Less—Accumulated Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

     4,747,384      4,557,665
             

Total Property, Plant and Equipment—Net

     9,990,406      6,124,290

Other Assets:

     

Deferred Income Taxes

     396,347      425,297

Investment in Affiliates

     92,261      83,533

Other

     241,983      151,245
             

Total Other Assets

     730,591      660,075
             

TOTAL ASSETS

   $ 11,721,758    $ 7,775,401
             

 

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

 

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CONSOL ENERGY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

      (Unaudited)
September 30,
2010
    December 31,
2009
 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

    

Current Liabilities:

    

Accounts Payable

   $ 312,910      $ 269,560   

Short-Term Notes Payable

     213,900        472,850   

Current Portion of Long-Term Debt

     15,917        45,394   

Accrued Income Taxes

     —          27,944   

Borrowings Under Securitization Facility

     200,000        50,000   

Other Accrued Liabilities

     797,137        612,838   
                

Total Current Liabilities

     1,539,864        1,478,586   

Long-Term Debt:

    

Long-Term Debt

     3,140,764        363,729   

Capital Lease Obligations

     57,291        59,179   
                

Total Long-Term Debt

     3,198,055        422,908   

Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities:

    

Postretirement Benefits Other Than Pensions

     2,686,204        2,679,346   

Pneumoconiosis Benefits

     187,049        184,965   

Mine Closing

     391,082        397,320   

Gas Well Closing

     110,137        85,992   

Workers’ Compensation

     159,187        152,486   

Salary Retirement

     144,677        189,697   

Reclamation

     70,951        27,105   

Other

     136,923        132,517   
                

Total Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities

     3,886,210        3,849,428   
                

TOTAL LIABILITIES

     8,624,129        5,750,922   

Stockholders’ Equity:

    

Common Stock, $.01 Par Value; 500,000,000 Shares Authorized, 227,289,426 Issued and 225,802,859 Outstanding at September 30, 2010; 183,014,426 Issued and 181,086,267 Outstanding at December 31, 2009

     2,273        1,830   

Capital in Excess of Par Value

     2,159,159        1,033,616   

Preferred Stock, 15,000,000 authorized, None issued and outstanding

     —          —     

Retained Earnings

     1,617,769        1,456,898   

Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss

     (619,755     (640,504

Common Stock in Treasury, at Cost—1,486,567 Shares at September 30, 2010 and 1,928,159 Shares at December 31, 2009

     (53,164     (66,292
                

Total CONSOL Energy Inc. Stockholders’ Equity

     3,106,282        1,785,548   

Noncontrolling Interest

     (8,653     238,931   
                

TOTAL EQUITY

     3,097,629        2,024,479   
                

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

   $ 11,721,758      $ 7,775,401   
                

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

 

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CONSOL ENERGY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

    Common
Stock
    Capital in
Excess
of Par
Value
    Retained
Earnings
(Deficit)
    Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income

(Loss)
    Common
Stock in
Treasury
    Total
CONSOL
Energy Inc.
Stockholders’
Equity
    Non-
Controlling
Interest
    Total
Equity
 

Balance at December 31, 2009

  $ 1,830      $ 1,033,616      $ 1,456,898      $ (640,504   $ (66,292   $ 1,785,548      $ 238,931      $ 2,024,479   
                                                               

(Unaudited)

               

Net Income

    —          —          242,320        —          —          242,320        11,845        254,165   

Treasury Rate Lock (Net of $37 Tax)

    —          —          —          (64     —          (64     —          (64

Gas Cash Flow Hedge (Net of $3,713 Tax)

    —          —          —          (11,052     —          (11,052     5,252        (5,800

Actuarially Determined Long-Term Liability Adjustments (Net of $8,627 Tax)

    —          —          —          13,839        —          13,839        5        13,844   

Purchase of CNX Gas Noncontrolling Interest

    —          —          —          18,026        —          18,026        —          18,026   
                                                               

Comprehensive Income

    —          —          242,320        20,749        —          263,069        17,102        280,171   

Issuance of Treasury Stock

    —          —          (18,173     —          13,128        (5,045     —          (5,045

Issuance of Common Stock

    443        1,828,419        —          —          —          1,828,862        —          1,828,862   

Issuance of CNX Gas Stock

    —          —          —          —          —          —          2,178        2,178   

Purchase of CNX Gas Noncontrolling Interest

    —          (746,052     —          —          —          (746,052     (263,008     (1,009,060

Tax Benefit From Stock-Based Compensation

    —          9,668        —          —          —          9,668        —          9,668   

Stock-Based Compensation Awards to CNX Gas

    —          2,126        —          —          —          2,126        (1,771     355   

Amortization of Stock-Based Compensation Awards

    —          31,382        —          —          —          31,382        2,198        33,580   

Net Change in Crown Drilling Noncontrolling Interest

    —          —          —          —          —          —          (4,283     (4,283

Dividends ($0.30 per share)

    —          —          (63,276     —          —          (63,276     —          (63,276
                                                               

Balance at September 30, 2010

  $ 2,273      $ 2,159,159      $ 1,617,769      $ (619,755   $ (53,164   $ 3,106,282      $ (8,653   $ 3,097,629   
                                                               

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

 

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CONSOL ENERGY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands)

 

     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2010     2009  

Operating Activities:

    

Net Income

   $ 254,165      $ 417,096   

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

    

Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

     413,379        323,659   

Stock-Based Compensation

     33,580        30,873   

Gain on Sale of Assets

     (8,475     (13,033

Amortization of Mineral Leases

     3,890        3,444   

Deferred Income Taxes

     3,372        51,507   

Equity in Earnings of Affiliates

     (15,595     (12,488

Changes in Operating Assets:

    

Accounts and Notes Receivable

     (66,840     115,212   

Inventories

     45,126        (82,729

Prepaid Expenses

     (26,216     (9,826

Changes in Other Assets

     23,764        799   

Changes in Operating Liabilities:

    

Accounts Payable

     63,168        (80,546

Other Operating Liabilities

     109,371        5,275   

Changes in Other Liabilities

     14,051        (35,594

Other

     32,190        14,559   
                

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

     878,930        728,208   
                

Investing Activities:

    

Capital Expenditures

     (821,908     (689,119

Acquisition of Dominion Exploration and Production Business

     (3,474,199     —     

Purchase of CNX Gas Noncontrolling Interest

     (991,034     —     

Proceeds from Sales of Assets

     24,944        70,415   

Net Investment in Equity Affiliates

     6,867        3,760   
                

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

     (5,255,330     (614,944
                

Financing Activities:

    

Payments on Short-Term Borrowings

     (258,950     (147,750

Payments on Miscellaneous Borrowings

     (8,564     (16,443

Proceeds from Securitization Facility

     150,000        —     

Proceeds from Issuance of Long-Term Notes

     2,750,000        —     

Tax Benefit from Stock-Based Compensation

     9,926        391   

Dividends Paid

     (63,276     (54,207

Proceeds from Issuance of Common Stock

     1,828,862        —     

Issuance of Treasury Stock

     2,601        1,135   

Debt Issuance and Financing Fees

     (84,224     —     

Noncontrolling Interest Member Distribution

     —          (2,500
                

Net Cash Provided By (Used in) Financing Activities

     4,326,375        (219,374

Net Decrease in Cash and Cash Equivalents

     (50,025     (106,110

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period

     65,607        138,512   
                

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period

   $ 15,582      $ 32,402   
                

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

 

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CONSOL ENERGY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

NOTE 1—BASIS OF PRESENTATION:

The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. Operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for future periods.

The balance sheet at December 31, 2009 has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date but does not include all the notes required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements. For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and related notes for the year ended December 31, 2009 included in exhibit 99.1 of CONSOL Energy’s Form 8-K filed on September 21, 2010.

On March 31, 2010, CONSOL Energy issued 44,275,000 shares of common stock, which generated net proceeds of $1,828,862 to fund, in part, the acquisition of the Appalachian oil and gas exploration and production business of Dominion Resources, Inc. (Dominion Acquisition). The acquisition transaction closed April 30, 2010.

Basic earnings per share are computed by dividing net income by the weighted average shares outstanding during the reporting period. Dilutive earnings per share are computed similarly to basic earnings per share except that the weighted average shares outstanding are increased to include additional shares from the effect of potential dilutive common shares outstanding during the period. The number of additional shares is calculated by assuming that restricted stock units and performance share units were converted, and outstanding stock options were exercised and that the proceeds from such activity were used to acquire shares of common stock at the average market price during the reporting period. The table below sets forth the outstanding options, unvested restricted stock units, and unvested performance stock units that have been excluded from the computation of the diluted earnings per share because their effect would be anti-dilutive:

 

     For the Three Months
Ended September 30,
     For the Nine Months
Ended September 30,
 
     2010      2009      2010      2009  

Anti-Dilutive Options

     819,189         447,333         819,189         1,650,125   

Anti-Dilutive Restricted Stock Units

     —           —           1,960         5,344   

Anti-Dilutive Performance Stock Units

     —           36,352         —           36,352   
                                   
     819,189         483,685         821,149         1,691,821   
                                   

Options exercised during the three months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009 were 23,562 shares and 23,958 shares, respectively. The weighted average exercise price per share of the options exercised during the three months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009 was $16.01 and $21.76, respectively. There were 26,562 and 116,800 fully vested restricted stock awards released during the three months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively.

Options exercised during the nine months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009 were 146,555 shares and 81,045 shares, respectively. The weighted average exercise price per share of the options exercised during the nine months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009 was $17.69 and $14.66, respectively. There were 450,891 and

 

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198,472 fully vested restricted stock awards released during the nine months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively.

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

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2010      2009      2010      2009  

Net income attributable to CONSOL Energy Inc. shareholders

   $ 75,383       $ 87,370       $ 242,320       $ 396,528   
                                   

Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:

           

Basic

     225,781,539         180,725,194         211,235,893         180,649,268   

Effect of stock-based compensation awards

     2,310,760         2,466,473         2,402,283         2,102,654   
                                   

Dilutive

     228,092,299         183,191,667         213,638,176         182,751,922   
                                   

Earnings per share:

           

Basic

   $ 0.33       $ 0.48       $ 1.15       $ 2.20   
                                   

Dilutive

   $ 0.33       $ 0.48       $ 1.13       $ 2.17   
                                   

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

NOTE 2—ACQUISITIONS AND DISPOSITIONS:

In September 2010, CONSOL Energy completed a sale-leaseback of longwall shields for Enlow Fork. Cash proceeds from the sale were $14,551, which was the same as our basis in the equipment. Accordingly, no gain or loss was recognized on the transaction. The lease has been accounted for as an operating lease. The lease term is five years.

In June 2010, CONSOL Energy paid Yukon Pocahontas Coal Company $30,000 cash to acquire certain coal reserves and $20,000 cash in advanced royalty payments as per the settlement referenced in Note 11 – “Commitments and Contingencies.”

On June 1, 2010, CONSOL Energy completed the acquisition of CNX Gas Corporation (CNX Gas) outstanding common stock for a cash payment of $966,811 pursuant to a tender offer followed by a short-form merger in which CNX Gas became a wholly owned subsidiary. All of the shares of CNX Gas that were not already owned by CONSOL Energy were acquired at a price of $38.25. CONSOL Energy previously owned approximately 83.3% of the approximately 151 million shares of CNX Gas common stock outstanding. An additional $24,223 cash payment was made to cancel previously vested CNX Gas stock options. CONSOL Energy financed the acquisition of CNX Gas shares by means of internally generated funds, borrowings under its credit facilities and proceeds from its offering of common stock.

On April 30, 2010, CONSOL Energy completed the Dominion Acquisition for a cash payment of $3,474,199, which was principally allocated to oil and gas properties, wells and well related equipment. The acquisition, which was accounted for under the Business Combination Topic of the FASB Accounting Standards Codification, includes approximately 1 trillion cubic feet equivalents (Tcfe) of net proved reserves and 1.46 million acres of oil and gas rights within the Appalachian Basin. Included in the acreage holdings are approximately 500 thousand prospective net Marcellus Shale acres located predominantly in southwestern

 

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Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. Dominion is a producer and transporter of natural gas as well as a provider of electricity and related services. The acquisition is expected to enhance CONSOL Energy’s position in the strategic Marcellus Shale fairway by increasing its development assets.

The following table summarizes the preliminary estimates of the fair value of identifiable assets acquired and liabilities assumed as of the date of the acquisition. CONSOL Energy continues to evaluate assets acquired and liabilities assumed which may result in adjustments to the preliminary values presented below.

 

     Preliminary
Estimates of
Acquisition Date
Fair Value
 

Assets

  

Current Assets:

  

Inventory

   $ 301   

Prepaid Expenses

     2,480   
        

Total Current Assets

     2,781   

Property, plant and equipment

     3,540,683   

Total Assets

   $ 3,543,464   
        

Liabilities

  

Current Liabilities:

  

Other Accrued Liabilities

   $ 24,994   

Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities:

  

Gas Well Closing

     35,290   

Postretirement Benefits Other Than Pension

     2,800   

Salary Retirement

     900   

Other

     5,281   
        

Total Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities

     44,271   

Total Liabilities

   $ 69,265   
        

Net Assets Acquired

   $ 3,474,199   
        

The results of operations of the acquired entities are included in CONSOL Energy’s Consolidated Statements of Income as of May 1, 2010. Net revenues resulting from the Dominion Acquisition that were included in CONSOL Energy’s operating results were $53,463 and $86,857, respectively, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010. Net income (loss) resulting from the Dominion Acquisition that was included in CONSOL Energy’s operating results was $(3,370) and $(2,518), respectively, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010.

The unaudited pro forma results for the periods presented below are prepared as if the transaction occurred at the beginning of each period presented. Pro forma adjustments include estimated operating results, additional interest related to the $2,750,000 of senior unsecured notes and 44,275,000 shares of common stock issued in connection with the transaction.

 

    For the Three Months
Ended September 30,
    For the Nine Months
Ended September 30,
 
    2010     2009     2010      2009  

Total Revenue and Other Income

  $ 1,349,293      $ 1,129,826      $ 3,945,720       $ 3,506,135   

Earnings Before Income Taxes

  $ 91,140      $ 65,064      $ 276,044       $ 397,381   

Net Income Attributable to CONSOL Energy Inc. Shareholders

  $ 75,383      $ 42,608      $ 203,660       $ 263,526   

Basic Earnings Per Share

  $ 0.33      $ 0.19      $ 0.90       $ 1.17   

Dilutive Earnings Per Share

  $ 0.33      $ 0.19      $ 0.89       $ 1.16   

 

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The pro forma results are not necessarily indicative of what actually would have occurred if the Dominion Acquisition had been completed as of the beginning of each fiscal period presented, nor are they necessarily indicative of future consolidated results.

In 2010, CONSOL Energy incurred $337 and $64,415 of acquisition-related costs as a direct result of the Dominion Acquisition and purchase of CNX Gas Noncontrolling Interest in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010, respectively. These expenses have been included within Acquisition and Financing Fees on the Consolidated Statements of Income for the period ended September 30, 2010.

In March 2010, CONSOL Energy completed the sale of Jones Fork Mining Complex as part of a litigation settlement with Kentucky Fuel Corporation. No cash proceeds were received and $10,482 of litigation settlement expense was recorded in Cost of Goods Sold and Other Operating Charges. The loss recorded was net of $8,700 related to the fair value of estimated amounts to be collected related to an override royalty on future mineable and merchantable coal extracted and sold from the property.

In August 2009, CONSOL Energy completed the lease assignment of a subsidiary’s previous headquarters. Total expense related to this transaction for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009 was $676 and $1,500, respectively, which was recognized in Cost of Goods Sold and Other Operating Charges.

In August 2009, CONSOL Energy completed a sale-leaseback of longwall shields for Bailey Mine. Cash proceeds from the sale were $16,011, which was the same as our basis in the equipment. Accordingly, no gain or loss was recognized on the transaction. The lease has been accounted for as an operating lease. The lease term is five years.

In July 2009, CONSOL Energy, through a subsidiary, leased approximately 20,000 acres having Marcellus Shale potential from NiSource Energy Ventures, LLC, a subsidiary of Columbia Energy Group, for a cash payment of $8,275 which is included in capital expenditures in Cash Used in Investing Activities on the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows. The purchase price for the transaction was principally allocated to gas properties and related development.

In June 2009, CONSOL Energy recognized the fair value of the remaining lease payments in the amount of $11,848 in accordance with the Exit or Disposal Cost Obligations Topic of the FASB Accounting Standards Codification related to the Company’s previous headquarters. This liability was recorded in Other Liabilities on the consolidated balance sheet at June 30, 2009. Total expense related to this transaction was $13,374 which was recognized in Cost of Goods Sold and Other Operating Charges. This amount included the fair value of the remaining lease payments of $11,848 as well as the removal of a related asset of $1,526. Additionally, $5,832 was recognized in Other Income for the acceleration of a deferred gain associated with the initial sale-leaseback of the premises that occurred in 2005.

 

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NOTE 3—COMPONENTS OF PENSION AND OTHER POSTRETIREMENT BENEFIT PLANS NET PERIODIC BENEFIT COSTS:

Components of net periodic costs for the three and nine months ended September 30 are as follows:

 

     Pension Benefits     Other Benefits  
     Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
    Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2010     2009     2010     2009     2010     2009     2010     2009  

Service cost

   $ 3,644      $ 3,193      $ 10,857      $ 9,362      $ 3,303      $ 3,163      $ 9,843      $ 9,490   

Interest cost

     9,311        8,918        27,908        26,659        40,725        37,862        122,091        113,588   

Expected return on plan assets

     (9,262     (9,203     (27,786     (27,518     —          —          —          —     

Amortization of prior service (credits)

     (184     (277     (551     (831     (11,604     (11,604     (34,811     (34,811

Recognized net actuarial loss

     7,968        5,566        23,903        16,697        17,537        12,590        52,609        37,768   
                                                                

Net periodic benefit cost

   $ 11,477      $ 8,197      $ 34,331      $ 24,369      $ 49,961      $ 42,011      $ 149,732      $ 126,035   
                                                                

For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, $56,286 in contributions were paid to the pension trust and to pension benefits from operating cash flows. CONSOL Energy expects to contribute to the pension trust using prudent funding methods. Currently, depending on asset values and asset returns held in the trust, we expect to contribute $71,600 to the pension trust in 2010.

CONSOL Energy does not expect to contribute to the other postemployment benefit plan in 2010. We intend to pay benefit claims as they become due. For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, $119,847 of other postemployment benefits have been paid.

The Dominion Acquisition resulted in an initial increase of $900 and $2,800 in the pension and other postretirement liabilities, respectively. The acquisition did not significantly increase net periodic benefit costs in the three or nine months ended September 30, 2010.

 

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NOTE 4—COMPONENTS OF COAL WORKERS’ PNEUMOCONIOSIS (CWP) AND WORKERS’ COMPENSATION NET PERIODIC BENEFIT COSTS:

Components of net periodic costs (benefits) for the three and nine months ended September 30 are as follows:

 

     CWP     Workers’ Compensation  
     Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
    Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2010     2009     2010     2009     2010     2009     2010     2009  

Service cost

   $ 1,040      $ 1,769      $ 4,027      $ 5,306      $ 6,754      $ 7,099      $ 20,262      $ 21,296   

Interest cost

     2,681        3,014        8,108        9,041        2,289        2,191        6,867        6,573   

Amortization of actuarial gain

     (5,777     (5,080     (16,536     (15,239     (768     (1,050     (2,304     (3,150

State administrative fees and insurance bond premiums

     —          —          —          —          2,020        1,586        6,238        5,138   

Legal and administrative costs

     750        675        2,250        2,025        785        850        2,354        2,551   
                                                                

Net periodic cost (benefit)

   $ (1,306   $ 378      $ (2,151   $ 1,133      $ 11,080      $ 10,676      $ 33,417      $ 32,408   
                                                                

The CWP liability was remeasured as of April 1, 2010 due to new legislation enacted in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). In general, the PPACA impacts CONSOL Energy’s liability in that future claims will be approved at a higher rate than has occurred in the past. The PPACA made two changes to the Federal Black Lung Benefits Act (FBLBA). First, it provided changes to the legal criteria used to assess and award claims by creating a legal presumption that miners are entitled to benefits if they have worked at least 15 years in coal mines and suffer from totally disabling lung disease. A coal company would have to prove that a miner did not have black lung or that the disease was not caused at his/her work. Second, it changed the law so that black lung benefits being received by miners automatically go to their dependent survivors, regardless of cause of the miner’s death. The impact of the new law increased CONSOL Energy’s CWP liability by $45,700. The law change increased expense by $2,219 and $4,438 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010, respectively. In conjunction with the law change, CONSOL Energy conducted an extensive experience study regarding the rate of claim incidence. Based on historical company data and available industry data, with emphasis on recent history, certain assumptions were revised at the remeasurement date. Most notably, the expected number of claims, prior to the law change, was reduced to more appropriately reflect CONSOL Energy’s historical experience. The assumption and remeasurement changes resulted in a decrease in the liability of $47,700. The assumption and remeasurement changes reduced expense by $3,525 and $7,050 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010, respectively.

The combined impact of the changes in actuarial assumptions, remeasurement and changes to the FBLBA was a net decrease of $2,000 in liability as well as Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income based on an April 1, 2010 remeasurement date. The combined impact of these changes reduced expense by $1,306 and $2,612 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010, respectively.

CONSOL Energy does not expect to contribute to the CWP plan in 2010. We intend to pay benefit claims as they become due. For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, $8,949 of CWP benefit claims have been paid.

CONSOL Energy does not expect to contribute to the workers’ compensation plan in 2010. We intend to pay benefit claims as they become due. For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, $27,367 of workers’ compensation benefits, state administrative fees and surety bond premiums have been paid.

 

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NOTE 5—INCOME TAXES:

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

 

     For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2010     2009  
     Amount     Percent     Amount     Percent  

Statutory U.S. federal income tax rate

   $ 115,310        35.0   $ 205,263        35.0

Excess tax depletion

     (49,852     (15.1     (52,313     (8.9

Effect of Domestic Production Activities Deduction

     (4,916     (1.5     (8,152     (1.4

Effect of Federal Tax Accrual to Tax Return Reconciling Adjustment

     3,163        1.0        598        0.1   

Net effect of state income taxes

     9,220        2.8        20,820        3.6   

Other

     2,366        0.7        3,154        0.5   
                                

Income Tax Expense / Effective Rate

   $ 75,291        22.9   $ 169,370        28.9
                                

The effective rate for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009 was calculated using the annual effective rate projection on recurring earnings and includes tax liabilities related to certain discrete transactions as described below.

CONSOL Energy was advised by the Canadian Revenue Agency and various provinces that its appeal of tax deficiencies paid as a result of the Agency’s audit of the Canadian tax returns filed for years 1997 through 2003 had been successfully resolved. As a result of the audit settlement, the Company reflected $3,424 as a discrete reduction to foreign income tax expense in the nine months ended September 30, 2010. Accordingly, a discrete federal income tax expense of $1,445 was also recognized related to this transaction.

As a result of the Dominion Acquisition, CONSOL Energy recognized a discrete state income tax expense of $1,782 due to the impact of the acquisition on existing deferred tax assets and liabilities. Accordingly, a discrete reduction to federal income tax expense of $624 was also recognized related to this transaction.

CONSOL Energy was notified by the state of Ohio that the state had completed its audit of the Company’s net operating loss (NOL) carryovers. In 2010, Ohio completed a transition from an income and franchise tax to a Commercial Activities Tax (CAT). The state’s audit concluded that CONSOL Energy is entitled to a credit for unused NOLs against future CAT liabilities. These NOLs were previously fully reserved. CONSOL Energy recognized a discrete reduction to state income tax expense of $2,068 related to the reversal of the previously recognized NOL allowance based on the audit settlement.

The total amounts of uncertain tax positions at September 30, 2010 and 2009 were $56,916 and $44,980, respectively. If these uncertain tax positions were recognized, approximately $15,502 and $14,657, respectively, would affect CONSOL Energy’s effective tax rate. There were no additions to the liability for uncertain tax positions during the nine months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009. In the next twelve month period, the Company expects to reduce its total uncertain tax positions at September 30, 2010 by $22,807 due to audit settlements and expiration of statutes of limitation.

CONSOL Energy and its subsidiaries file income tax returns in the U.S. federal, various states and Canadian tax jurisdictions. With few exceptions, the Company is no longer subject to U.S. federal, state and local, or non-U.S. income tax examinations by tax authorities for years before 2005. CONSOL Energy is currently at the appeals level of exam for its U.S. federal income tax returns for tax years 2004 and 2005. The Company anticipates that the appeal will be resolved within the next twelve months. The Company filed refund claims related to its Extraterritorial Income Exclusion that, if successfully resolved, could result in tax refunds for 2004 and 2005 of $615 and $608, respectively.

 

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CONSOL Energy recognizes interest accrued related to uncertain tax positions in its interest expense. As of September 30, 2010 and 2009, the Company reported an accrued interest liability relating to uncertain tax positions of $10,578 and $7,014, respectively. The accrued interest liability includes $2,240 and $1,085 of interest expense that is reflected in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Income for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively.

CONSOL Energy recognizes penalties accrued related to uncertain tax positions in its income tax expense. As of September 30, 2010 and 2009, CONSOL Energy had no accrued liability for tax penalties.

NOTE 6—INVENTORIES:

Inventory components consist of the following:

 

     September 30,
2010
     December 31,
2009
 

Coal.

   $ 115,626       $ 173,719   

Merchandise for resale.

     49,127         44,842   

Supplies.

     97,578         89,036   
                 

Total Inventories.

   $ 262,331       $ 307,597   
                 

Merchandise for resale is valued using the last-in, first-out (LIFO) cost method. The excess of replacement cost of merchandise for resale inventories over carrying LIFO value was $17,476 and $13,696 at September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively.

NOTE 7—ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE SECURITIZATION:

In April 2010, CONSOL Energy and certain of our U.S. subsidiaries amended their existing trade accounts receivable facility with financial institutions for the sale on a continuous basis of eligible trade accounts receivable. The amended facility allows CONSOL Energy to receive on a revolving basis up to $200,000, a $35,000 increase over the previous facility. The amended facility also allows for the issuance of letters of credit against the $200,000 capacity. At September 30, 2010, there were no letters of credit outstanding against the facility.

CNX Funding Corporation, a wholly owned, special purpose, bankruptcy-remote subsidiary, buys and sells eligible trade receivables generated by certain subsidiaries of CONSOL Energy. Under the receivables facility, CONSOL Energy and certain subsidiaries, irrevocably and without recourse, sell all of their eligible trade accounts receivable to CNX Funding Corporation, who in turn sells these receivables to financial institutions and their affiliates, while maintaining a subordinated interest in a portion of the pool of trade receivables. This retained interest, which is included in Accounts and Notes Receivable Trade in the Consolidated Balance Sheet, is recorded at fair value. Due to a short average collection cycle for such receivables, our collection experience history and the composition of the designated pool of trade accounts receivable that are part of this program, the fair value of our retained interest approximates the total amount of the designated pool of accounts receivable. CONSOL Energy will continue to service the sold trade receivables for the financial institutions for a fee based upon market rates for similar services.

Effective January 1, 2010, CONSOL Energy modified the reporting of the Accounts Receivable securitization facility transactions in the Consolidated Financial Statements. The modification includes reporting the pledge of collateral as Accounts Receivable – Securitized and the borrowings are now classified as debt in Borrowings under Securitization Facility. Additionally, similar reclassifications of prior period data have been made to conform to the nine months ended September 30, 2010 classifications required by the Transfers and Servicing Topic of the FASB Accounting Standards Codification.

 

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The cost of funds under this facility is based upon commercial paper rates, plus a charge for administrative services paid to the financial institutions. Costs associated with the receivables facility totaled $863 and $1,868 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010, respectively. Costs associated with the receivables facility totaled $705 and $2,474 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009, respectively. These costs have been recorded as financing fees which are included in Cost of Goods Sold and Other Operating Charges in the Consolidated Statements of Income. No servicing asset or liability has been recorded. The receivables facility expires in April 2012 with the underlying liquidity agreement renewing annually each April.

At September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, eligible accounts receivable totaled $200,000 and $151,000 respectively. There was no subordinated retained interest at September 30, 2010. There was subordinated retained interest of $101,000 at December 31, 2009. Accounts Receivable – Securitization and Borrowings under Securitization Facility of $200,000 and $50,000 were recorded on the Consolidated Balance Sheet at September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively. Also, the $150,000 increase in the accounts receivable securitization program for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 is reflected in the net cash provided by financing activities in the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows. There was no change in the facility usage in the nine months ended September 30, 2009. In accordance with the facility agreement, the Company is able to receive proceeds based upon the eligible accounts receivable at the previous month end.

NOTE 8—PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT:

 

     September 30,
2010
     December 31,
2009
 

Coal & other plant and equipment

   $ 5,006,253       $ 4,874,880   

Unproven gas properties

     2,194,227         271,125   

Proven gas properties

     1,656,178         199,074   

Coal properties and surface lands

     1,316,043         1,284,795   

Intangible drilling cost

     1,054,100         913,231   

Gas gathering equipment

     916,775         804,212   

Airshafts

     652,082         622,068   

Mine development

     592,476         573,037   

Leased coal lands

     504,334         504,475   

Coal advance mining royalties

     390,862         366,312   

Gas wells and related equipment

     379,728         253,833   

Other gas assets

     71,375         12,213   

Gas advance royalties

     3,357         2,700   
                 

Total property, plant and equipment

     14,737,790         10,681,955   

Less Accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization

     4,747,384         4,557,665   
                 

Total Net Property, Plant and Equipment

   $ 9,990,406       $ 6,124,290   
                 

In September 2010, CONSOL Energy incurred $13,602 of expense relating to the abandonment of a portion of the Mine 84 developed underground area. This abandonment occurred due to a change in the future mine plan, in which this developed area was permanently sealed. Costs related to develop this portion of the mine were previously capitalized, therefore, depreciation, depletion and amortization was accelerated. The expenses related to the abandonment were captured in Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization on the Consolidated Income Statement, and are reflected in the Other Coal segment.

 

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NOTE 9—SHORT-TERM NOTES PAYABLE:

On May 7, 2010, CONSOL Energy entered into a four-year $1,500,000 senior secured credit facility, which extends through May 7, 2014. It replaced a five-year $1,000,000 senior secured facility which extended through June 2012. The new facility is secured by substantially all of the assets of CONSOL Energy and certain of its subsidiaries and collateral is shared equally and ratably with the holders of CONSOL Energy Inc. 7.875% bonds maturing in 2012. Fees and interest rate spreads are based on a ratio of financial covenant debt to twelve-month trailing earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization (EBITDA), measured quarterly. The facility includes a minimum interest coverage ratio covenant of no less than 2.00 to 1.00, measured quarterly. The interest coverage ratio was 5.80 to 1.00 at September 30, 2010. The facility includes a maximum leverage ratio covenant of not more than 4.75 to 1.00, measured quarterly. The leverage ratio was 3.73 to 1.00 at September 30, 2010. The facility also includes a senior secured leverage ratio covenant of not more than 2.50 to 1.00, measured quarterly. The senior secured leverage ratio was 0.75 to 1.00 at September 30, 2010. Affirmative and negative covenants in the facility limit our ability to dispose of assets, make investments, purchase or redeem CONSOL Energy common stock, pay dividends, merge with another corporation and amend, modify or restate the senior unsecured or secured notes. At September 30, 2010, the $1,500,000 facility had $136,000 of borrowings outstanding and $267,999 of letters of credit outstanding, leaving $1,096,001 of capacity available for borrowings and the issuance of letters of credit. The facility bore a weighted average interest rate of 3.76% as of September 30, 2010. Accrued interest of $181 and $51 is included in Other Accrued Liabilities in the Consolidated Balance Sheets at September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively.

CNX Gas has a four-year $700,000 senior secured credit agreement effective May 7, 2010, which extends through May 6, 2014. It replaced a five-year $200,000 unsecured credit agreement that extended through October 2010. The new facility is secured by substantially all of the assets of CNX Gas and its subsidiaries. Effective June 30, 2010, the assets acquired in the Dominion Acquisition have been merged into one entity and the shares of this entity have been transferred to CNX Gas, making it a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNX Gas. The acquired assets are now pledged as collateral under the CNX Gas senior secured credit agreement. Collateral is shared equally and ratably with the holders of CONSOL Energy Inc. 7.875% bonds maturing in 2012. Fees and interest rate spreads are based on the percentage of facility utilization, measured quarterly. Covenants in the facility limit CNX Gas’ ability to dispose of assets, make investments, pay dividends and merge with another corporation. The facility includes a maximum leverage ratio covenant of not more than 3.50 to 1.00, measured quarterly. The leverage ratio was 0.28 to 1.00 at September 30, 2010. The facility also includes a minimum interest coverage ratio covenant of no less than 3.00 to 1.00, measured quarterly. This ratio was 86.67 to 1.00 at September 30, 2010. At September 30, 2010, the $700,000 facility had $77,900 of borrowings outstanding and $14,913 of letters of credit outstanding, leaving $607,187 of capacity available for borrowings and the issuance of letters of credit. The facility bore a weighted average interest rate of 2.36% as of September 30, 2010. Accrued interest of $135 and $22 is included in Other Accrued Liabilities in the Consolidated Balance Sheets at September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively.

 

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NOTE 10—LONG-TERM DEBT:

 

     September 30,
2010
     December 31,
2009
 

Debt:

     

Senior notes due April 2017 at 8.00%, issued at par value

   $ 1,500,000       $ —     

Senior notes due April 2020 at 8.25%, issued at par value

     1,250,000         —     

Secured notes due March 2012 at 7.875% (par value of $250,000 less unamortized discount of $293 and $447 at September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively)

     249,707         249,553   

Baltimore Port Facility revenue bonds in series due September 2025 at 5.75%

     102,865         —     

Baltimore Port Facility revenue bonds in series due December 2010 at 6.50%

     —           30,865   

Baltimore Port Facility revenue bonds in series due October 2011 at 6.50%

     —           72,000   

Advance royalty commitments (7.36% weighted average interest rate for September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009)

     35,176         35,547   

Note due December 2012 at 6.10%

     11,218         14,628   

Other long-term notes maturing at various dates through 2031 (total value of $148 and $164 less unamortized discount of $1 and $4 at September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively)

     147         160   
                 
     3,149,113         402,753   

Less amounts due in one year

     8,349         39,024   
                 

Long-Term Debt

   $ 3,140,764       $ 363,729   
                 

In September 2010, CONSOL Energy refinanced $102,865 of industrial development bonds associated with its wholly-owned CNX Marine Terminal in the Port of Baltimore, Maryland. The refunding municipal bonds issued by the Maryland Economic Development Corporation mature on September 1, 2025 and carry an interest rate of 5.75%. The previous bonds carried an interest rate of 6.50% and were due to mature in December 2010 and October 2011.

Accrued interest related to Long-Term Debt of $113,387 and $8,080 was included in Other Accrued Liabilities in the Consolidated Balance Sheets at September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively.

NOTE 11—COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES:

CONSOL Energy and its subsidiaries are subject to various lawsuits and claims with respect to such matters as personal injury, wrongful death, damage to property, exposure to hazardous substances, governmental regulations including environmental remediation, employment and contract disputes and other claims and actions arising out of the normal course of business. Our current estimates related to these pending claims, individually and in the aggregate, are immaterial to the financial position, results of operations or cash flows of CONSOL Energy. However, it is reasonably possible that the ultimate liabilities in the future with respect to these lawsuits and claims may be material to the financial position, results of operations or cash flows of CONSOL Energy.

In 2008, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Commonwealth) filed a six-count Complaint in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, claiming that the Company’s underground longwall mining activities caused cracks and seepage damage to the Ryerson Park Dam, thereby eliminating the Ryerson Park Lake. The Commonwealth claimed that the Company is liable for dam reconstruction costs, lake restoration costs and natural resource damages totaling $58,000. The Court stayed the proceedings in the state court, holding that the Commonwealth should pursue administrative agency review of the claim. Furthermore, the Court found that the Commonwealth could not recover natural resource damages under applicable law. The Commonwealth then filed a subsidence-damage claim with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) and DEP reviewed the issue of whether the dam was damaged

 

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by subsidence. On February 16, 2010, DEP issued its interim report, concluding that the alleged damage was subsidence related. The Commonwealth and the Company are now in the next phase of the DEP proceeding, which is the damage phase, in which DEP will determine what amount and in what form the compensatory relief should be provided. Following completion of the next procedural phase before the DEP, either party can appeal the result to the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (“PEHB”), which will consider the case de novo, meaning without regard to the DEP’s decision, as to any finding of causation of damage and/or the amount of damages. Thereafter, either party may appeal the decision of the PEHB to the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, and then, as may be allowed, to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. As to the underlying claim, the Company believes it is not responsible for the damage to the dam and that numerous grounds exist upon which to defend the claims. The Company intends to vigorously defend the case. However, it is reasonably possible that if damages were awarded to the Commonwealth, the result may be material to the financial position, results of operations, or cash flows of CONSOL Energy.

One of our subsidiaries, Fairmont Supply Company (Fairmont), which distributes industrial supplies, currently is named as a defendant in approximately 22,500 asbestos claims in state courts in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Texas and Illinois. Because a very small percentage of products manufactured by third parties and supplied by Fairmont in the past may have contained asbestos and many of the pending claims are part of mass complaints filed by hundreds of plaintiffs against a hundred or more defendants, it has been difficult for Fairmont to determine how many of the cases actually involve valid claims or plaintiffs who were actually exposed to asbestos-containing products supplied by Fairmont. In addition, while Fairmont may be entitled to indemnity or contribution in certain jurisdictions from manufacturers of identified products, the availability of such indemnity or contribution is unclear at this time, and in recent years, some of the manufacturers named as defendants in these actions have sought protection from these claims under bankruptcy laws. Fairmont has no insurance coverage with respect to these asbestos cases. Past payments by Fairmont with respect to asbestos cases have not been material. Our current estimates related to these asbestos claims, individually and in the aggregate, are immaterial to the financial position, results of operations and cash flows of CONSOL Energy. However, it is reasonably possible that payments in the future with respect to pending or future asbestos cases may be material to the financial position, results of operations or cash flows of CONSOL Energy.

CONSOL Energy was notified in November 2004 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it is a potentially responsible party (PRP) under Superfund legislation with respect to the Ward Transformer site in Wake County, North Carolina. At that time, the EPA also identified 38 other PRPs for the Ward Transformer site. The EPA, CONSOL Energy and two other PRPs entered into an administrative Settlement Agreement and Order of Consent, requiring those PRPs to undertake and complete a PCB soil removal action, at and in the vicinity of the Ward Transformer property. Another party joined the participating PRPs and reduced CONSOL Energy’s interim allocation share from 46% to 32%. In June 2008, while conducting the PCB soil excavation on the Ward property, it was determined that PCBs have migrated onto adjacent properties.

The current estimated cost of remedial action for the area that CONSOL Energy was originally named a PRP, including payment of the EPA’s past and future cost, is approximately $64,000. The current estimated cost of the most likely remediation plan for the additional areas discovered is approximately $11,000. Also, in September 2008, the EPA notified CONSOL Energy and 60 other PRPs that there were additional areas of potential contamination allegedly related to the Ward Transformer Site. Current estimates of the cost or potential range of cost for this area are not yet available. There was no expense recognized in cost of goods sold and other charges in the three months ended September 30, 2010. There was $2,880 of expense recognized in cost of goods sold and other charges in the nine months ended September 30, 2010. There was $1,024 and $4,480 of expense recognized in cost of goods sold for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009, respectively. CONSOL Energy funded $1,209 and $5,500 in the nine months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively, to an independent trust established for this remediation. The remaining liability at September 30, 2010 of $7,587 is reflected in Other Accrued Liabilities.

 

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As of April 30, 2009, CONSOL Energy and the other participating PRPs had asserted CERCLA cost recovery and contribution claims against approximately 225 nonparticipating PRPs to recover a share of the costs incurred and to be incurred to conduct the removal actions at the Ward Site. CONSOL Energy’s portion of probable recoveries from settled claims is estimated to be $3,571. Accordingly, an asset has been included in Other Assets for these claims. We cannot predict the ultimate outcome of this Superfund site; however, it is reasonably possible that payments in the future with respect to this lawsuit may be material to the financial position, results of operations or cash flows of CONSOL Energy.

As part of conducting mining activities at the Buchanan mine, our subsidiary, Consolidation Coal Company (“CCC”), has to remove water from the mine. Several actions have arisen with respect to the removal of naturally accumulating and pumped water from the Buchanan Mine:

Yukon Pocahontas Coal Company, Buchanan Coal Company and Sayers-Pocahontas Coal Company (“Yukon”) filed an action on March 22, 2004 against CCC related to CCC’s depositing of untreated water from its Buchanan Mine into the void spaces of nearby mines of one of our other subsidiaries, Island Creek Coal Company (“ICCC”). The plaintiffs were seeking to stop CCC from depositing any additional water in these areas, to require CCC to remove the water that is stored there along with any remaining impurities, and to recover over $3,252,000 for alleged damages to the coal and gas estates and punitive damages in the amount of $350. Plaintiffs also asserted damage claims of $150,000 against CONSOL Energy, CNX Gas Company, LLC and ICCC. The Yukon group also filed a demand for arbitration (the “2008 Arbitration”) against ICCC which made similar claims relating to breach of the lease for water deposits and lost coal claims. All of the foregoing claims have been settled through a $75,000 cash payment made to the plaintiffs. The payment represented $25,000 of damages, which was recognized in the nine months ended September 30, 2010, and $50,000 for the purchase of coal reserves and an advance mining royalty on leased coal reserves.

CCC obtained a revision to its environmental permit to deposit water from its Buchanan Mine into void spaces of VP3, and to permit the discharge of water into the nearby Levisa River under controlled conditions. Plaintiffs in the Yukon Action along with the Town of Grundy, Virginia, Buchanan County Board of Supervisors, and others have appealed the revision. As a result of the settlement with the Yukon group, the Yukon group withdrew its appeal.

In 2006, CONSOL Energy and CCC were served with a summons in the name of the Commonwealth of Virginia with the Circuit Court of Buchanan County, Virginia regarding a special grand jury presentment in response to citizens’ complaints that noise resulting from the ventilation fan at the Buchanan Mine constitutes a public nuisance. CONSOL Energy and CCC deny that the operation of the ventilation fan is a public nuisance and intend to vigorously defend this proceeding. However, if the operation of the ventilation fan is ordered to be stopped, the result may be material to the financial position, results of operations or cash flows of CONSOL Energy.

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (“SCE&G”), a utility, has demanded arbitration, seeking $36,000 in damages against CONSOL of Kentucky and CONSOL Energy Sales Company. SCE&G claims it suffered damages in obtaining cover coal to replace coal which was not delivered in 2008 under a coal sales agreement. The Company counterclaimed against SCE&G for $9,400 for terminating coal shipments under the sales agreement which SCE&G had agreed could be made up in 2009. A hearing on the claims is now scheduled for the week of January 31, 2011. The named CONSOL Energy defendants deny all liability and intend to vigorously defend the action filed against them. However, if damages were awarded to SCE&G, the result may be material to the financial position, results of operations or cash flows of CONSOL Energy.

In 2009, a fish kill occurred in Dunkard Creek, which is a creek with segments in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The fish kill was caused by the growth of golden algae in the creek, which appears to be an invasive species. Our subsidiary, CCC, discharges treated mine water into Dunkard Creek from its Blacksville No. 2 Mine

 

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and from its Loveridge Mine. The discharges have levels of chlorides that cause Dunkard Creek to exceed West Virginia in-stream water quality standards. Prior to the fish kill and continuing thereafter, CCC was subject to an Agreed Order with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“WVDEP”) that sets forth a schedule for compliance with these in-stream chloride limits. On December 18, 2009, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued a unilateral Order that imposes additional conditions on CCC’s discharges into Dunkard Creek and requires CCC to develop a plan for long-term treatment of those and other high-chloride discharges. Pursuant to the December 18, 2009 WVDEP Unilateral Order, CCC submitted a plan and schedule to WVDEP which provides for construction of a centralized advanced technology mine water treatment plant by May 31, 2013 to achieve compliance with chloride effluent limits and in-stream chloride water quality standards. The cost of the treatment plant, pipelines to convey mine water from CCC’s mines to the centralized plant and a landfill for solid waste generated by the plant may reach or exceed $200,000. Additionally, CCC is currently negotiating a joint Consent Decree with the EPA and the WVDEP that is likely to include the compliance plan and schedule that was submitted to WVDEP. The December 18, 2009 WVDEP unilateral Order was replaced by another unilateral Order that became effective on April 30, 2010 and will extend until October 31, 2010, or until replaced by the joint WVDEP/EPA consent decree that is being negotiated. The Consent Decree is also likely to include civil penalties to settle alleged past violations related to chlorides without an admission of liability. The parties have not yet discussed the amount of a civil penalty. The Consent Decree will provide CCC with a schedule for orderly construction of the advanced water treatment plant and related facilities. If we are required to comply with in-stream chloride limits on an accelerated basis or if we enter into a Consent Decree that includes a civil penalty, it is reasonably possible that the liabilities or costs that could be incurred by CONSOL Energy in the future with respect to these matters may be material to the financial position, results of operations, or cash flows of CONSOL Energy.

CONSOL Energy has been named as a defendant in five putative class actions brought by alleged shareholders of CNX Gas challenging the tender offer by CONSOL Energy to acquire all of the shares of CNX Gas common stock that CONSOL Energy did not already own. The cases are: Schurr v. CONSOL Energy and others (No. 2010-2333), filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, Pennsylvania on March 29, 2010; Gummel v. CONSOL Energy (No. 5377-VCL), filed March 29, 2010 in the Delaware Court of Chancery ; Polen v. CONSOL Energy and others (No. 2010-2626), filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, Pennsylvania on April 12, 2010; Gaines v. CONSOL Energy and others (No. 5378), filed March 30, 2010 in the Delaware Court of Chancery; and Hurwitz v. CONSOL Energy and others (No. 5405), filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery on April 13, 2010. Other than the Gummel case, the suits also name CNX Gas and certain officers and directors of CONSOL Energy and CNX Gas as defendants. All five actions generally allege that CONSOL Energy has breached and/or has aided and abetted in the breach of fiduciary duties purportedly owed to CNX Gas public shareholders. Among other things, the actions seek a permanent injunction against or rescission of the proposed tender offer, damages, and attorneys’ fees and expenses. The Delaware Court of Chancery denied an injunction against the tender offer and CONSOL Energy acquired all of the outstanding shares of CNX Gas. The Delaware Court of Chancery certified to the Delaware Supreme Court the question of what standard should be applied to the tender offer, which would determine whether the shareholders can proceed with a damage claim. The Delaware Supreme Court declined to accept the appeal pending a final judgment. Therefore, the lawsuit will likely go through a fact discovery phase and, later, trial. CONSOL Energy believes that these actions are without merit and intends to defend them vigorously. We cannot predict the ultimate outcome of this litigation; however, if damages were awarded to plaintiffs, the result may be material to the financial position, results of operations or cash flows of CONSOL Energy.

A class action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi styled Comer v. CONSOL Energy, et.al. on April 21, 2006. The suit names a multitude of energy producers, chemical manufacturers, and public utilities as defendants. The action is a claim for the enhanced damages suffered in Hurricane Katrina allegedly due to global warming caused by defendants’ supposed contribution to greenhouse gases. The trial court dismissed the case and plaintiffs appealed. The appellate court reversed and the defendants sought rehearing en banc. Rehearing en banc was granted, but a number of judges recused themselves and there was no longer a quorum. As a result, the trial court’s dismissal was reinstated. The Plaintiffs are seeking a Writ of Mandamus from the U.S. Supreme Court. Until the Supreme Court decides the appeal, it is not possible to

 

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evaluate the likelihood of an unfavorable outcome or to estimate the range of potential loss. CONSOL Energy believes that the case is without merit and intends to defend it vigorously. We cannot predict the ultimate outcome, however, if damages were awarded to plaintiffs, the result may be material to the financial position, results of operations and cash flows of CONSOL Energy.

A purported class action lawsuit was filed on September 23, 2010 in U.S. District Court in Abingdon, VA styled Hale v. CNX Gas Company LLC et. al. The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff class consists of oil and gas owners, that the Virginia Supreme Court has decided that coalbed methane (CBM) belongs to the owner of the oil and gas estate, that the Virginia Gas and Oil Act of 1990 unconstitutionally allows forced pooling of CBM, that the Act unconstitutionally provides only a 1/8 royalty to CBM owners for gas produced under the forced pooling orders, and that the Company only relied upon control of the coal estate in force pooling the CBM notwithstanding the Virginia Supreme Court decision holding that if only the coal estate is controlled, the CBM is not thereby controlled. The lawsuit seeks a judicial declaration of ownership of the CBM and that the entire net proceeds of CBM production, i.e. the 1/8 royalty and the 7/8 of net revenues since production began, be distributed to the class members. CONSOL Energy believes that the case is without merit and intends to defend it vigorously. We cannot predict the outcome, however, if damages were awarded to plaintiffs, the result may be material to the financial position, results of operations and cash flows of CONSOL Energy.

As a result of market conditions, permitting issues, new regulatory requirements and resulting changes in mining plans, the reclamation liability associated with the Fola mining operations in West Virginia has increased. Changes in mining plans have increased the quantity of material required to reclaim the disturbed area. A detailed reclamation plan has been developed and the definitive costs associated with the increased reclamation have been estimated. As a result, $28,178 of expense was recognized in the three months ended September 30, 2010 and $80,178 of expense was recognized in the nine months ended September 30, 2010.

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

The Company is a party to a case filed in 2007 captioned Earl Kennedy (and others) v. CNX Gas and CONSOL Energy in the Court of Common Pleas of Greene County, Pennsylvania. The lawsuit alleges that CNX Gas and CONSOL Energy trespassed and converted gas and other minerals allegedly belonging to the plaintiffs in connection with wells drilled by CNX Gas. The complaint, as amended, seeks injunctive relief, including having CNX Gas be removed from the property, and compensatory damages of $20,000. The suit also sought to overturn existing law as to the ownership of coalbed methane in Pennsylvania, but that claim was dismissed by the court. Both Plaintiffs and CNX Gas filed and argued motions for summary judgment; a decision on the motions has not been issued. CNX Gas believes this lawsuit to be without merit and intends to vigorously defend it. We cannot predict the ultimate outcome of this litigation; however, if damages or other relief were awarded to Plaintiffs, the result may be material to the financial position, results of operations, or cash flows of CONSOL Energy.

In April 2005, Buchanan County, Virginia (through its Board of Supervisors and Commissioner of Revenue) filed a lawsuit against CNX Gas Company LLC in the Circuit Court of the County of Buchanan for the year 2002; the county has since filed and served three substantially similar cases for years 2003, 2004 and 2005. These cases have been consolidated. The complaint alleges that CNX Gas’ calculation of the license tax on the basis of the wellhead value (sales price less post production costs) rather than the sales price is improper. For the period from 1999 through mid 2002, CNX Gas paid the tax on the basis of the sales price, but we have filed a

 

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claim for a refund for these years. Since 2002, we have continued to pay Buchanan County taxes based on our method of calculating the taxes. This matter was settled on February 2, 2010. Under the terms of the settlement, among other things, CNX Gas agreed to pay an amount to Buchanan County, the present value of which was previously accrued for this matter, and Buchanan County agreed to certain deductions for post-production costs in the calculation of the license tax for periods after January 1, 2010, which will reduce our costs in the future.

At September 30, 2010, CONSOL Energy has provided the following financial guarantees, unconditional purchase obligations and letters of credit to certain third parties, as described by major category in the following table. These amounts represent the maximum potential total of future payments that we could be required to make under these instruments. These amounts have not been reduced for potential recoveries under recourse or collateralization provisions. Generally, recoveries under reclamation bonds would be limited to the extent of the work performed at the time of the default. No amounts related to these financial guarantees and letters of credits are recorded as liabilities on the financial statements. CONSOL Energy management believes that these guarantees will expire without being funded, and therefore the commitments will not have a material adverse effect on financial condition.

 

     Amount of Commitment
Expiration Per Period
 
     Total
Amounts
Committed
     Less Than
1  Year
     1-3 Years      3-5 Years      Beyond
5  Years
 

Letters of Credit:

              

Employee-Related

   $ 198,923       $ 139,885       $ 59,038       $ —         $ —     

Environmental

     57,385         55,657         1,728         —           —     

Gas

     14,913         14,913         —           —           —     

Other

     11,764         11,700         64         —           —     
                                            

Total Letters of Credit

     282,985         222,155         60,830         —           —     
                                            

Surety Bonds:

              

Employee-Related

     196,350         196,350         —           —           —     

Environmental

     371,263         369,440         1,823         —           —     

Gas

     6,856         6,716         139         —           1   

Other

     6,092         5,910         182         —           —     
                                            

Total Surety Bonds

     580,561         578,416         2,144         —           1   
                                            

Guarantees:

              

Coal

     188,868         138,971         43,748         1,149         5,000   

Gas

     68,151         42,563         22,488         —           3,100   

Other

     410,428         75,609         116,551         79,352         138,916   
                                            

Total Guarantees

     667,447         257,143         182,787         80,501         147,016   
                                            

Total Commitments

   $ 1,530,993       $ 1,057,714       $ 245,761       $ 80,501       $ 147,017   
                                            

Employee-related financial guarantees have primarily been provided to support the United Mine Workers’ of America’s 1992 Benefit Plan and various state workers’ compensation self-insurance programs. Environmental financial guarantees have primarily been provided to support various performance bonds related to reclamation and other environmental issues. Gas financial guarantees have primarily been provided to support various performance bonds related to land usage and restorative issues. Other guarantees have been extended to support insurance policies, legal matters and various other items necessary in the normal course of business. Other guarantees have also been provided to promise the full and timely payments to lessors of mining equipment and support various other items necessary in the normal course of business.

 

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CONSOL Energy and CNX Gas enter into long-term unconditional purchase obligations to procure major equipment purchases, natural gas firm transportation, gas drilling services and other operating goods and services. These purchase obligations are not recorded on the Consolidated Balance Sheet. As of September 30, 2010, the purchase obligations for each of the next five years and beyond were as follows:

 

Obligations Due

   Amount  

Less than 1 year

   $ 173,326   

1 - 3 years

     295,257   

3 - 5 years

     92,117   

More than 5 years

     318,960   
        

Total Purchase Obligations

   $ 879,660   
        

Costs related to these purchase obligations include:

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2010      2009      2010      2009  

Major equipment purchases

   $ 10,687       $ 8,436       $ 37,835       $ 77,488   

Firm transportation expense

     9,021         5,562         25,124         15,281   

Gas drilling obligations

     5,934         —           6,564         —     

Other

     195         30         400         90   
                                   

Total costs related to purchase obligations

   $ 25,837       $ 14,028       $ 69,923       $ 92,859   
                                   

NOTE 12—DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS:

CONSOL Energy enters into financial derivative instruments to manage our exposure to commodity price volatility. We measure each derivative instrument at fair value and record it on the balance sheet as either an asset or liability. Changes in the fair value of the derivatives are recorded currently in earnings unless special hedge accounting criteria are met. For derivatives designated as fair value hedges, the changes in fair value of both the derivative instrument and the hedged item are recorded in earnings. For derivatives designated as cash flow hedges, the effective portions of changes in fair value of the derivative are reported in Other Comprehensive Income or Loss (OCI) and reclassified into earnings in the same period or periods which the forecasted transaction affects earnings. The ineffective portions of hedges are recognized in earnings in the current period. CONSOL Energy currently utilizes only cash flow hedges that are considered highly effective.

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

CONSOL Energy is exposed to credit risk in the event of nonperformance by counterparties. The creditworthiness of counterparties is subject to continuing review. The Company has not experienced any issues of non-performance by derivative counterparties.

CONSOL Energy has entered into swap contracts for natural gas to manage the price risk associated with the forecasted natural gas revenues. The objective of these hedges is to reduce the variability of the cash flows associated with the forecasted revenues from the underlying commodity. As of September 30, 2010, the total notional amount of the Company’s outstanding natural gas swap contracts was 49.6 billion cubic feet. These swap contracts are forecasted to settle through December 31, 2012 and meet the criteria for cash flow hedge accounting. During the next year, $41,687 of unrealized gain is expected to be reclassified from Other

 

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Comprehensive Income and into earnings. No gains or losses have been reclassified into earnings as a result of the discontinuance of cash flow hedges.

As of September 30, 2010, CONSOL Energy did not have any outstanding coal sales options. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009, CONSOL Energy recognized, in Other Income on the Consolidated Statements of Income, a gain of $30 and $2,368, respectively, for the coal sales options which were not designated as hedging instruments.

The fair value of CONSOL Energy’s derivative instruments at September 30, 2010 is as follows:

 

     Derivatives
As of September 30, 2010
 
     Balance Sheet
Location
     Fair
Value
 

Derivative designated as hedging instruments

     

Natural Gas Price Swaps

     Prepaid Expense       $ 68,649   

Natural Gas Price Swaps

     Other Assets         39,372   
           

Total derivatives designated as hedging instruments

      $ 108,021   
           

The effect of derivative instruments on the Consolidated Statements of Income for the three months ended September 30, 2010 is as follows:

 

Derivative in Cash Flow Hedging Relationship

   Amount of
Gain
Recognized
in OCI on
Derivative
2010
     Location of
Gain
Reclassified
from
Accumulated
OCI into
Income
     Amount of
Gain
Reclassified
from
Accumulated
OCI into
Income

2010
     Location of
(Loss)
Recognized in
Income on
Derivative
     Amount of
(Loss)
Recognized
in Income on
Derivative
2010
 

Natural Gas Price Swaps

   $ 43,367         Outside Sales       $ 40,711         Outside Sales       $ (98
                                

Total

   $ 43,367          $ 40,711          $ (98
                                

The effect of derivative instruments on the Consolidated Statements of Income for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 is as follows:

 

Derivative in Cash Flow Hedging Relationship

   Amount of
Gain
Recognized
in OCI on
Derivative
2010
     Location of
Gain
Reclassified
from
Accumulated
OCI into
Income
     Amount of
Gain
Reclassified
from
Accumulated
OCI into
Income

2010
     Location of
Gain
Recognized in
Income on
Derivative
     Amount of
Gain
Recognized
in Income on
Derivative
2010
 

Natural Gas Price Swaps

   $ 132,895         Outside Sales       $ 138,645         Outside Sales       $ 50   
                                

Total

   $ 132,895          $ 138,645          $ 50   
                                

 

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The fair value of CONSOL Energy’s derivative instruments at December 31, 2009 is as follows:

 

     Derivatives
As of December 31, 2009
 
     Balance Sheet
Location
     Fair
Value
 

Derivative designated as hedging instruments

     

Natural Gas Price Swaps

     Prepaid Expense       $ 99,265   

Natural Gas Price Swaps

     Other Assets         18,218   
           

Total derivatives designated as hedging instruments

      $ 117,483   
           

The effect of derivative instruments on the Consolidated Statements of Income for the three months ended September 30, 2009 is as follows:

 

Derivative in Cash Flow Hedging Relationship

  Amount of
Gain
Recognized
in OCI on
Derivative
2009
    Location of
Gain
Reclassified
from
Accumulated
OCI into
Income
    Amount of
Gain
Reclassified
from
Accumulated
OCI into
Income

2009
    Location of
(Loss)
Recognized
in Income on
Derivative
    Amount of
(Loss)
Recognized
in Income on
Derivative
2009
 

Natural Gas Price Swaps

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

Total

  $ 27,907        $ 68,804        $ (63
                           

The effect of derivative instruments on the Consolidated Statements of Income for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 is as follows:

 

Derivative in Cash Flow Hedging Relationship

  Amount of
Gain
Recognized
in OCI on
Derivative
2009
    Location of
Gain
Reclassified
from
Accumulated
OCI into
Income
    Amount of
Gain
Reclassified
from
Accumulated
OCI into
Income

2009
    Location of
(Loss)
Recognized
in Income on
Derivative
    Amount of
(Loss)
Recognized
in Income on
Derivative
2009
 

Natural Gas Price Swaps

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

Total

  $ 137,247        $ 185,542        $ (932
                           

NOTE 13—OTHER COMPREHENSIVE LOSS:

Total comprehensive income (loss), net of tax, for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 is as follows:

 

     Treasury
Rate
Lock
    Change in
Fair Value
of Cash Flow
Hedges
    Adjustments
for Actuarially
Determined
Liabilities
    Adjustments
for Non-
controlling
Interest
    Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
 

Balance at December 31, 2009

   $ 180      $ 71,378      $ (699,293   $ (12,769   $ (640,504

Net increase in value of cash flow hedges

            132,895               (12,500     120,395   

Reclassification of cash flow hedges from other comprehensive income to earnings

            (138,695            7,248        (131,447

Elimination of noncontrolling interest from purchase of CNX Gas

                          18,026        18,026   

Current period change

     (64            13,844        (5     13,775   
                                        

Balance at September 30, 2010

   $ 116      $ 65,578      $ (685,449   $ —        $ (619,755
                                        

 

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NOTE 14—FAIR VALUE OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS:

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

 

     Fair Value Measurements at September 30, 2010  

Description

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

Inputs
(Level 3)
 

Gas Cash Flow Hedges

   $ —         $ 108,021       $ —     

The following methods and assumptions were used to estimate the fair value for which the fair value option was not elected:

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

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

Borrowings under Securitization Facility: The carrying amount reported in the balance sheets for borrowings under the securitization facility approximates its fair value due to the short-term maturity of these instruments.

Long-term debt: The fair values of long-term debt are estimated using discounted cash flow analyses, based on current market rates for instruments with similar cash flows.

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

 

     September 30, 2010     December 31, 2009  
     Carrying
Amount
    Fair
Value
    Carrying
Amount
    Fair
Value
 

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 15,582      $ 15,582      $ 65,607      $ 65,607   

Short-term notes payable

   $ (213,900   $ (213,900   $ (472,850   $ (472,850

Borrowings under Securitization Facility

   $ (200,000   $ (200,000   $ (50,000   $ (50,000

Long-term debt

   $ (3,149,113   $ (3,397,373   $ (402,753   $ (420,056

 

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NOTE 15—SEGMENT INFORMATION:

CONSOL Energy has two principal business units: Coal and Gas. The principal activities of the Coal unit are mining, preparation and marketing of steam coal, sold primarily to power generators, and metallurgical coal, sold to metal and coke producers. The Coal unit includes four reportable segments. These reportable segments are Steam, Low Volatile Metallurgical, High Volatile Metallurgical and Other Coal. Each of these reportable segments includes a number of operating segments (mines or type of coal sold). For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, the Steam aggregated segment includes the following mines: Bailey, Blacksville #2, Buchanan steam, Emery, Enlow Fork, Fola Complex, Loveridge, McElroy, Miller Creek Complex, Robinson Run and Shoemaker. For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, the Low Volatile Metallurgical aggregated segment includes the Buchanan mine. For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, the High Volatile Metallurgical aggregated segment includes: Bailey, Enlow Fork, Fola Complex and Emery coal sales. The Other Coal segment includes our purchased coal activities, idled mine activities, as well as various other activities assigned to the coal segment but not allocated to each individual mine. The principal activity of the Gas unit is to produce pipeline quality methane gas for sale primarily to gas wholesalers. The Gas unit includes four reportable segments. These reportable segments are Coalbed Methane, Marcellus, Conventional and Other Gas. The Other Gas segment includes our purchased gas activities as well as various other activities assigned to the gas segment but not allocated to each individual well type. CONSOL Energy’s All Other segment includes terminal services, river and dock services, industrial supply services and other business activities, including rentals of buildings and flight operations. Intersegment sales have been recorded at amounts approximating market. Operating profit for each segment is based on sales less identifiable operating and non-operating expenses. Certain reclassifications of 2009 segment information have been made to conform to the 2010 presentation. These reclassifications include changes to the Coal operating segments and the addition of the Gas operating segments.

 

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Industry segment results for three months ended September 30, 2010 are:

 

    Steam     Low Volatile
Metallurgical
    High Volatile
Metallurgical
    Other
Coal
    Total Coal     Coalbed
Methane
    Marcellus
Shale
    Conventional
Gas
    Other
Gas
    Total
Gas
    All
Other
    Corporate,
Adjustments
&
Eliminations
    Consolidated  

Sales—outside

  $ 740,611      $ 215,394      $ 22,208      $ 3,338      $ 981,551      $ 140,801      $ 15,224      $ 45,212      $ 2,365      $ 203,602      $ 75,346      $ —        $ 1,260,499   

Sales—Purchased Gas

    —          —          —          —          —          —          —          —          3,524        3,524        —          —          3,524   

Sales—Gas Royalty Interests

    —          —          —          —          —          —          —          —          18,131        18,131        —          —          18,131   

Freight—outside

    —          —          —          37,269        37,269        —          —          —          —          —          —          —          37,269   

Intersegment transfers

    —          —          —          —          —          —          —          —          851        851        42,359        (43,210     —     
                                                                                                       

Total Sales and Freight

  $ 740,611      $ 215,394      $ 22,208      $ 40,607      $ 1,018,820      $ 140,801      $ 15,224      $ 45,212      $ 24,871      $ 226,108      $ 117,705      $ (43,210   $ 1,319,423   
                                                                                                       

Earnings (Loss) Before Income Taxes

  $ 85,085      $ 135,171      $ 11,599      $ (113,272   $ 118,583      $ 59,257      $ 2,332      $ (2,420   $ (23,646   $ 35,523      $ 8,853      $ (71,819   $ 91,140 (A) 
                                                                                                       

Segment assets

          $ 4,948,966              $ 5,868,941      $ 324,638      $ 579,213      $ 11,721,758 (B) 
                                                       

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

          $ 98,101              $ 58,909      $ 4,419      $ —        $ 161,429   
                                                       

Capital expenditures

          $ 132,847              $ 102,235      $ 7,735      $ —        $ 242,817   
                                                       

 

(A) Includes equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates of $4,142, $785 and $1,976 for Coal, Gas and All Other, respectively.
(B) Includes investments in unconsolidated equity affiliates of $20,472, $24,651 and $47,138 for Coal, Gas and All Other, respectively.

 

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

 

    Steam     Low Volatile
Metallurgical
    High Volatile
Metallurgical
    Other
Coal
    Total
Coal
    Coalbed
Methane
    Marcellus
Shale
    Conventional
Gas
    Other
Gas
    Total Gas     All
Other
    Corporate,
Adjustments
&
Eliminations
    Consolidated  

Sales—outside

  $ 737,061      $ 63,184      $ —        $ 163      $ 800,408      $ 142,231      $ 9,269      $ 1,617      $ 1,219      $ 154,336      $ 67,873      $ —        $ 1,022,617   

Sales—Purchased Gas

    —          —          —          —          —          —          —          —          1,471        1,471        —          —          1,471   

Sales—Gas Royalty Interests

    —          —          —          —          —          —          —          —          8,443        8,443        —          —          8,443   

Freight—outside

    —          —          —          36,130        36,130        —          —          —          —          —          —          —          36,130   

Intersegment transfers

    —          —          —          —          —          —          —          —          449        449        37,607        (38,056     —     
                                                                                                       

Total Sales and Freight

  $ 737,061      $ 63,184      $ —        $ 36,293      $ 836,538      $ 142,231      $ 9,269      $ 1,617      $ 11,582      $ 164,699      $ 105,480      $ (38,056   $ 1,068,661   
                                                                                                       

Earnings (Loss) Before Income Taxes

  $ 141,127      $ 28,465      $ (26   $ (96,935   $ 72,631      $ 67,946      $ 2,809      $ (985   $ (12,018   $ 57,752      $ 5,332      $ (7,210   $ 128,505 (C) 
                                                                                                       

Segment assets

          $ 4,607,877              $ 2,137,337      $ 323,230      $ 415,493      $ 7,483,937 (D) 
                                                       

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

          $ 73,960              $ 30,879      $ 5,126      $ —        $ 109,965   
                                                       

Capital expenditures

          $ 140,518              $ 49,288      $ 2,894      $ —        $ 192,700   
                                                       

 

(C) Includes equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates of $1,552, $93 and $4,043 for Coal, Gas and All Other, respectively.
(D) Includes investments in unconsolidated equity affiliates of $11,502, $24,604 and $45,618 for Coal, Gas and All Other, respectively.

 

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Industry segment results for nine months ended September 30, 2010 are:

 

    Steam     Low Volatile
Metallurgical
    High Volatile
Metallurgical
    Other
Coal
    Total
Coal
    Coalbed
Methane
    Marcellus
Shale
    Conventional
Gas
    Other
Gas
    Total Gas     All
Other
    Corporate,
Adjustments
&
Eliminations
    Consolidated  

Sales—outside

  $ 2,202,931      $ 490,996      $ 135,230      $ 32,498      $ 2,861,655      $ 451,149      $ 33,606      $ 77,782      $ 5,641      $ 568,178      $ 220,296      $ —        $ 3,650,129   

Sales—Purchased Gas

    —          —          —          —          —          —          —          —          8,280        8,280        —          —          8,280   

Sales—Gas Royalty Interests

    —          —          —          —          —          —          —          —          46,621        46,621        —          —          46,621   

Freight—outside

    —          —          —          96,544        96,544        —          —          —          —          —          —          —          96,544   

Intersegment transfers

    —          —          —          —          —          —          —          —          2,413        2,413        129,529        (131,942     —     
                                                                                                       

Total Sales and Freight

  $ 2,202,931      $ 490,996      $ 135,230      $ 129,042      $ 2,958,199      $ 451,149      $ 33,606      $ 77,782      $ 62,955      $ 625,492      $ 349,825      $ (131,942   $ 3,801,574   
                                                                                                       

Earnings (Loss) Before Income Taxes

  $ 379,559      $ 268,547      $ 70,563      $ (369,501   $ 349,168      $ 211,179      $ 4,694      $ 824      $ (53,296   $ 163,401      $ 18,477      $ (201,590   $ 329,456 (E) 
                                                                                                       

Segment assets

          $ 4,948,966              $ 5,868,941      $ 324,638      $ 579,213      $ 11,721,758 (F) 
                                                       

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

          $ 259,849              $ 139,954      $ 13,576      $ —        $ 413,379   
                                                       

Capital expenditures

          $ 517,515              $ 3,766,694      $ 11,898      $ —        $ 4,296,107   
                                                       

 

(E) Includes equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates of $10,570, $60 and $4,965 for Coal, Gas and All Other, respectively.
(F) Includes investments in unconsolidated equity affiliates of $20,472, $24,651 and $47,138 for Coal, Gas and All Other, respectively.

 

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

 

    Steam     Low Volatile
Metallurgical
    High Volatile
Metallurgical
    Other
Coal
    Total
Coal
    Coalbed
Methane
    Marcellus
Shale
    Conventional
Gas
    Other
Gas
    Total Gas     All
Other
    Corporate,
Adjustments
&
Eliminations
    Consolidated  

Sales—outside

  $ 2,331,653      $ 147,953      $ —        $ 21,904      $ 2,501,510      $ 443,420      $ 14,552      $ 6,050      $ 2,978      $ 467,000      $ 198,492      $ —        $ 3,167,002   

Sales—Purchased Gas

    —          —          —          —          —          —          —          —          4,102        4,102        —          —          4,102   

Sales—Gas Royalty Interests

    —          —          —          —          —          —          —          —          29,741        29,741        —          —          29,741   

Freight—outside

    —          —          —          94,133        94,133        —          —          —          —          —          —          —          94,133   

Intersegment transfers

    —          —          —          —          —          —          —          —          991        991        112,790        (113,781     —     
                                                                                                       

Total Sales and Freight

  $ 2,331,653      $ 147,953      $ —        $ 116,037      $ 2,595,643      $ 443,420      $ 14,552      $ 6,050      $ 37,812      $ 501,834      $ 311,282      $ (113,781   $ 3,294,978   
                                                                                                       

Earnings (Loss) Before Income Taxes

  $ 628,834      $ 36,462      $ (26   $ (259,950   $ 405,320      $ 227,983      $ 2,958      $ (689   $ (29,859   $ 200,393      $ 13,539      $ (32,786   $ 586,466 (G) 
                                                                                                       

Segment assets

          $ 4,607,877              $ 2,137,337      $ 323,230      $ 415,493      $ 7,483,937 (H) 
                                                       

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

          $ 229,750              $ 78,581      $ 15,328      $ —        $ 323,659   
                                                       

Capital expenditures

          $ 413,414              $ 263,051      $ 12,654      $ —        $ 689,119   
                                                       

 

(G) Includes equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates of $4,026, $650 and $7,812 for Coal, Gas and All Other, respectively.
(H) Includes investments in unconsolidated equity affiliates of $11,502, $24,604 and $45,618 for Coal, Gas and All Other, respectively.

 

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Reconciliation of Segment Information to Consolidated Amounts:

Earnings Before Income Taxes:

 

     For the Three Months
Ended September 30,
    For the Nine Months
Ended September 30,
 
     2010     2009     2010     2009  

Segment Earnings Before Income Taxes for total reportable business segments

   $ 154,106      $ 130,383      $ 512,569      $ 605,713   

Segment Earnings Before Income Taxes for all other businesses

     8,853        5,332        18,477        13,539   

Interest income (expense), net and other non-operating activity (I)

     (69,819     (7,210     (139,092     (22,396

Acquisition and Financing Fees (I)

     (334     —          (61,084     —     

Fees for disposing non-core assets (I)

     (1,788     —          (1,788     —     

Operating lease cease-use

     122        —          374        (7,543

Corporate Restructuring (I)

     —          —          —          (2,847
                                

Earnings Before Income Taxes

   $ 91,140      $ 128,505      $ 329,456      $ 586,466   
                                

 

Total Assets:    September 30,  
   2010      2009  

Segment assets for total reportable business segments

   $ 10,817,907       $ 6,745,214   

Segment assets for all other businesses

     324,638         323,230   

Items excluded from segment assets:

     

Cash and other investments (I)

     14,996         31,943   

Recoverable income taxes

     27,907         2,643   

Deferred tax assets

     482,836         380,125   

Bond issuance costs

     53,474         782   
                 

Total Consolidated Assets

   $ 11,721,758       $ 7,483,937   
                 

 

(I) Excludes amounts specifically related to the gas segment.

NOTE 16—GUARANTOR SUBSIDIARIES FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

The payment obligations under the $250,000, 7.875% per annum notes due March 1, 2012, the $1,500,000, 8.00% per annum notes due April 1, 2017, and the $1,250,000, 8.25% per annum notes due April 1, 2020 issued by CONSOL Energy are jointly and severally, and also fully and unconditionally guaranteed by several subsidiaries of CONSOL Energy. In accordance with positions established by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), the following financial information sets forth separate financial information with respect to the parent, CNX Gas Guarantor (a guarantor subsidiary), the remaining guarantor subsidiaries and the non-guarantor subsidiaries. The principal elimination entries include investments in subsidiaries and certain intercompany balances and transactions. CONSOL Energy, the parent, and a guarantor subsidiary manage several assets and liabilities of all other wholly owned subsidiaries. These include, for example, deferred tax assets, cash and other post-employment liabilities. These assets and liabilities are reflected as parent company or guarantor company amounts for purposes of this presentation.

 

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Income Statement for the three months ended September 30, 2010 (unaudited):

 

     Parent
Issuer
    CNX Gas
Guarantor
     Other
Subsidiary
Guarantors
    Non-
Guarantors
     Elimination     Consolidated  

Sales—Outside

   $ —        $ 204,454       $ 1,010,530      $ 47,981       $ (2,446     1,260,499   

Sales—Purchased Gas

     —          3,524         —          —           —          3,524   

Sales—Gas Royalty Interests

     —          18,131         —          —           —          18,131   

Freight—Outside

     —          —           37,269        —           —          37,269   

Other Income (including equity earnings) .

     121,067        1,642         18,548        8,455         (119,842     29,870   
                                                  

Total Revenue and Other Income

     121,067        227,751         1,066,347        56,436         (122,308     1,349,293   

Cost of Goods Sold and Other Operating Charges

     25,292        76,093         682,488        4,228         62,718        850,819   

Purchased Gas Costs

     —          3,333         —          —           —          3,333   

Acquisition and Financing Fees

     333        2         2        —           —          337   

Gas Royalty Interests’ Costs

     —          16,424         —          —           (16     16,408   

Related Party Activity

     (11,119     —           (2,901     43,601         (29,581     —     

Freight Expense

     —          —           37,269        —           —          37,269   

Selling, General and Administrative Expense

     —          25,375         34,230        342         (21,225     38,722   

Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

     2,548        58,909         99,310        662         —          161,429   

Interest Expense

     61,789        2,154         2,574        6         (93     66,430   

Taxes Other Than Income

     2,352        10,031         70,366        657         —          83,406   
                                                  

Total Costs

     81,195        192,321         923,338        49,496         11,803        1,258,153   
                                                  

Earnings (Loss) Before Income Taxes

     39,872        35,430         143,009        6,940         (134,111     91,140   

Income Tax Expense (Benefit)

     (35,511     14,097         34,545        2,626         —          15,757   
                                                  

Net Income (Loss)

     75,383        21,333         108,464        4,314         (134,111     75,383   

Less: Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest

     —          —           —          —           —          —     
                                                  

Net Income (Loss) Attributable to CONSOL Energy Inc. Shareholders

   $ 75,383      $ 21,333       $ 108,464      $ 4,314       $ (134,111     75,383   
                                                  

 

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Balance Sheet at September 30, 2010 (unaudited):

 

     Parent
Issuer
     CNX Gas
Guarantor
    Other
Subsidiary
Guarantors
    Non-
Guarantors
     Elimination     Consolidated  

Assets:

              

Current Assets:

              

Cash and Cash Equivalents

   $ 9,558       $ 1,145      $ 3,355      $ 1,524       $ —        $ 15,582   

Accounts and Notes Receivable:

              

Trade

     —           54,948        618        169,675         —          225,241   

Securitized

     200,000         —          —          —           —          200,000   

Other

     759         6,996        7,383        4,364         —          19,502   

Inventories

     1         4,113        209,090        49,127         —          262,331   

Recoverable Income Taxes

     18,306         9,601        —          —           —          27,907   

Deferred Income Taxes

     109,347         (22,858     —          —           —          86,489   

Prepaid Expenses

     31,744         75,416        48,325        8,224         —          163,709   
                                                  

Total Current Assets

     369,715         129,361        268,771        232,914         —          1,000,761   

Property, Plant and Equipment:

              

Property, Plant and Equipment

     164,619         6,229,104        8,318,213        25,854         —          14,737,790   

Less-Accumulated Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

     91,236         576,970        4,061,603        17,575         —          4,747,384   
                                                  

Property, Plant and Equipment-Net

     73,383         5,652,134        4,256,610        8,279         —          9,990,406   

Other Assets:

              

Deferred Income Taxes

     778,705         (382,358     —          —           —          396,347   

Investment in Affiliates

     8,021,305         24,651        949,267        9,891         (8,912,853     92,261   

Other

     144,150         49,290        37,599        10,944         —          241,983   
                                                  

Total Other Assets

     8,944,160         (308,417     986,866        20,835         (8,912,853     730,591   
                                                  

Total Assets

   $ 9,387,258       $ 5,473,078      $ 5,512,247      $ 262,028       $ (8,912,853   $ 11,721,758   
                                                  

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity:

              

Current Liabilities:

              

Accounts Payable

   $ 98,199       $ 106,431      $ 95,351      $ 12,929       $ —        $ 312,910   

Accounts Payable (Recoverable)—Related Parties

     2,282,789         (9,879     (2,408,476     135,566         —          —     

Short-Term Notes Payable

     136,000         77,900        —          —           —          213,900   

Current Portion Long-Term Debt

     689         9,443        5,260        525         —          15,917   

Borrowings under Securitization Facility

     200,000         —          —          —           —          200,000   

Other Accrued Liabilities

     337,655         64,202        386,006        9,274         —          797,137   
                                                  

Total Current Liabilities

     3,055,332         248,097        (1,921,859     158,294         —          1,539,864   

Long-Term Debt:

     3,000,503         60,004        136,769        779         —          3,198,055   

Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities

              

Postretirement Benefits Other Than Pensions

     —           7,141        2,679,063        —           —          2,686,204   

Pneumoconiosis

     —           —          187,049        —           —          187,049   

Mine Closing

     —           —          391,082        —           —          391,082   

Gas Well Closing

     —           39,727        70,410        —           —          110,137   

Workers’ Compensation

     —           —          159,149        38         —          159,187   

Salary Retirement

     144,677         —          —          —           —          144,677   

Reclamation

     —           —          70,951        —           —          70,951   

Other

     80,464         41,949        14,499        11         —          136,923   
                                                  

Total Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities

     225,141         88,817        3,572,203        49         —          3,886,210   

Total CONSOL Energy Inc. Stockholders’ Equity

     3,106,282         5,084,813        3,716,481        102,906         (8,904,200     3,106,282   

Noncontrolling Interest

     —           (8,653     8,653        —           (8,653     (8,653
                                                  

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

   $ 9,387,258       $ 5,473,078      $ 5,512,247      $ 262,028       $ (8,912,853   $ 11,721,758   
                                                  

 

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Income Statement for the three months ended September 30, 2009 (unaudited):

 

     Parent
Issuer
    CNX Gas
Guarantor
     Other
Subsidiary
Guarantors
    Non-
Guarantors
     Elimination     Consolidated  

Sales—Outside

   $ —        $