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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
Form 10-Q
 
     
(Mark One)    
þ
  QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
    For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2009
or
o
  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 1-10042
 
Atmos Energy Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
     
Texas and Virginia
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  75-1743247
(IRS employer
identification no.)
Three Lincoln Centre, Suite 1800
5430 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, Texas
(Address of principal executive offices)
  75240
(Zip code)
 
(972) 934-9227
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes þ     No o
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its 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 o     No o
 
* The registrant has not yet been phased into the interactive data requirements.
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
 
Large Accelerated Filer þ Accelerated Filer o Non-Accelerated Filer o Smaller Reporting Company o
(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act)  Yes o     No þ
 
Number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of July 31, 2009.
 
     
Class
 
Shares Outstanding
 
No Par Value
  92,272,478
 


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GLOSSARY OF KEY TERMS
PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements
ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Item 4. Controls and Procedures
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION
Item 1. Legal Proceedings
Item 6. Exhibits
SIGNATURE
EXHIBITS INDEX Item 6
EX-10.1
EX-10.2
EX-12
EX-15
EX-31
EX-32


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GLOSSARY OF KEY TERMS
 
     
AEC
  Atmos Energy Corporation
AEH
  Atmos Energy Holdings, Inc.
AEM
  Atmos Energy Marketing, LLC
AOCI
  Accumulated other comprehensive income
APS
  Atmos Pipeline and Storage, LLC
Bcf
  Billion cubic feet
FASB
  Financial Accounting Standards Board
Fitch
  Fitch Ratings, Ltd.
FSP
  FASB Staff Position
GRIP
  Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program
LPSC
  Louisiana Public Service Commission
Mcf
  Thousand cubic feet
MMcf
  Million cubic feet
MPSC
  Mississippi Public Service Commission
Moody’s
  Moody’s Investors Services, Inc.
NYMEX
  New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc.
PPA
  Pension Protection Act of 2006
RRC
  Railroad Commission of Texas
RRM
  Rate Review Mechanism
S&P
  Standard & Poor’s Corporation
SEC
  United States Securities and Exchange Commission
SFAS
  Statement of Financial Accounting Standards
WNA
  Weather Normalization Adjustment


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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
Item 1.   Financial Statements
 
ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
                 
    June 30,
    September 30,
 
    2009     2008  
    (Unaudited)        
    (In thousands, except
 
    share data)  
 
ASSETS
Property, plant and equipment
  $ 5,963,098     $ 5,730,156  
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization
    1,623,734       1,593,297  
                 
Net property, plant and equipment
    4,339,364       4,136,859  
Current assets
               
Cash and cash equivalents
    125,735       46,717  
Accounts receivable, net
    241,582       477,151  
Gas stored underground
    317,275       576,617  
Other current assets
    111,420       184,619  
                 
Total current assets
    796,012       1,285,104  
Goodwill and intangible assets
    738,615       739,086  
Deferred charges and other assets
    222,039       225,650  
                 
    $ 6,096,030     $ 6,386,699  
                 
 
CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES
Shareholders’ equity
               
Common stock, no par value (stated at $.005 per share);
200,000,000 shares authorized; issued and outstanding:
               
June 30, 2009 — 92,234,134 shares;
               
September 30, 2008 — 90,814,683 shares
  $ 461     $ 454  
Additional paid-in capital
    1,779,184       1,744,384  
Retained earnings
    451,856       343,601  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
    (39,981 )     (35,947 )
                 
Shareholders’ equity
    2,191,520       2,052,492  
Long-term debt
    2,169,395       2,119,792  
                 
Total capitalization
    4,360,915       4,172,284  
Current liabilities
               
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
    221,968       395,388  
Other current liabilities
    422,200       460,372  
Short-term debt
          350,542  
Current maturities of long-term debt
    131       785  
                 
Total current liabilities
    644,299       1,207,087  
Deferred income taxes
    510,901       441,302  
Regulatory cost of removal obligation
    322,529       298,645  
Deferred credits and other liabilities
    257,386       267,381  
                 
    $ 6,096,030     $ 6,386,699  
                 
 
See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements


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ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
 
                 
    Three Months Ended
 
    June 30  
    2009     2008  
    (Unaudited)
 
    (In thousands, except
 
    per share data)  
 
Operating revenues
               
Natural gas distribution segment
  $ 386,985     $ 676,639  
Regulated transmission and storage segment
    49,345       46,286  
Natural gas marketing segment
    453,504       1,189,722  
Pipeline, storage and other segment
    8,226       3,880  
Intersegment eliminations
    (117,285 )     (277,382 )
                 
      780,775       1,639,145  
Purchased gas cost
               
Natural gas distribution segment
    195,303       476,711  
Regulated transmission and storage segment
           
Natural gas marketing segment
    438,482       1,192,353  
Pipeline, storage and other segment
    4,212       706  
Intersegment eliminations
    (116,862 )     (276,847 )
                 
      521,135       1,392,923  
                 
Gross profit
    259,640       246,222  
Operating expenses
               
Operation and maintenance
    110,895       117,822  
Depreciation and amortization
    54,181       50,356  
Taxes, other than income
    47,577       57,335  
Asset impairments
    3,304        
                 
Total operating expenses
    215,957       225,513  
                 
Operating income
    43,683       20,709  
Miscellaneous income
    1,219       1,600  
Interest charges
    41,511       33,470  
                 
Income (loss) before income taxes
    3,391       (11,161 )
Income tax expense (benefit)
    1,427       (4,573 )
                 
Net income (loss)
  $ 1,964     $ (6,588 )
                 
Basic net income (loss) per share
  $ 0.02     $ (0.07 )
                 
Diluted net income (loss) per share
  $ 0.02     $ (0.07 )
                 
Cash dividends per share
  $ 0.330     $ 0.325  
                 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
               
Basic
    91,338       89,648  
                 
Diluted
    92,002       89,648  
                 
 
See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements


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ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
 
                 
    Nine Months Ended
 
    June 30  
    2009     2008  
    (Unaudited)
 
    (In thousands, except
 
    per share data)  
 
Operating revenues
               
Natural gas distribution segment
  $ 2,673,373     $ 3,126,672  
Regulated transmission and storage segment
    163,261       142,772  
Natural gas marketing segment
    1,949,657       3,159,092  
Pipeline, storage and other segment
    36,946       20,629  
Intersegment eliminations
    (504,724 )     (668,525 )
                 
      4,318,513       5,780,640  
Purchased gas cost
               
Natural gas distribution segment
    1,816,227       2,296,020  
Regulated transmission and storage segment
           
Natural gas marketing segment
    1,881,068       3,099,428  
Pipeline, storage and other segment
    9,771       1,773  
Intersegment eliminations
    (503,456 )     (666,835 )
                 
      3,203,610       4,730,386  
                 
Gross profit
    1,114,903       1,050,254  
Operating expenses
               
Operation and maintenance
    365,312       359,064  
Depreciation and amortization
    160,757       147,659  
Taxes, other than income
    150,028       153,170  
Asset impairments
    5,382        
                 
Total operating expenses
    681,479       659,893  
                 
Operating income
    433,424       390,361  
Miscellaneous income (expense)
    (647 )     2,974  
Interest charges
    116,035       103,803  
                 
Income before income taxes
    316,742       289,532  
Income tax expense
    109,812       110,783  
                 
Net income
  $ 206,930     $ 178,749  
                 
Basic net income per share
  $ 2.28     $ 2.00  
                 
Diluted net income per share
  $ 2.26     $ 1.99  
                 
Cash dividends per share
  $ 0.990     $ 0.975  
                 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
               
Basic
    90,940       89,281  
                 
Diluted
    91,590       89,937  
                 
 
See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements


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ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 
                 
    Nine Months Ended
 
    June 30  
    2009     2008  
    (Unaudited)
 
    (In thousands)  
 
Cash Flows From Operating Activities
               
Net income
  $ 206,930     $ 178,749  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
               
Depreciation and amortization:
               
Charged to depreciation and amortization
    160,757       147,659  
Charged to other accounts
    60       106  
Deferred income taxes
    62,658       77,864  
Other
    23,009       12,767  
Net assets/liabilities from risk management activities
    53,711       (78,524 )
Net change in operating assets and liabilities
    317,469       78,760  
                 
Net cash provided by operating activities
    824,594       417,381  
Cash Flows From Investing Activities
               
Capital expenditures
    (342,326 )     (312,878 )
Other, net
    (6,094 )     (4,303 )
                 
Net cash used in investing activities
    (348,420 )     (317,181 )
Cash Flows From Financing Activities
               
Net decrease in short-term debt
    (366,449 )     (35,721 )
Net proceeds from debt offering
    445,623        
Settlement of Treasury lock agreement
    1,938        
Repayment of long-term debt
    (407,287 )     (9,945 )
Cash dividends paid
    (90,909 )     (87,821 )
Issuance of common stock
    19,928       19,063  
                 
Net cash used in financing activities
    (397,156 )     (114,424 )
                 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
    79,018       (14,224 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
    46,717       60,725  
                 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
  $ 125,735     $ 46,501  
                 
 
See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements


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ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION
 
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Unaudited)
June 30, 2009
 
1.   Nature of Business
 
Atmos Energy Corporation (“Atmos Energy” or the “Company”) and our subsidiaries are engaged primarily in the regulated natural gas distribution and transmission and storage businesses as well as certain other nonregulated businesses. Through our natural gas distribution business, we deliver natural gas through sales and transportation arrangements to approximately 3.2 million residential, commercial, public authority and industrial customers through our six regulated natural gas distribution divisions in the service areas described below:
 
     
Division   Service Area
 
Atmos Energy Colorado-Kansas Division
  Colorado, Kansas, Missouri(1)
Atmos Energy Kentucky/Mid-States Division
  Georgia(1), Illinois(1), Iowa(1), Kentucky, Missouri(1), Tennessee, Virginia(1)
Atmos Energy Louisiana Division
  Louisiana
Atmos Energy Mid-Tex Division
  Texas, including the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area
Atmos Energy Mississippi Division
  Mississippi
Atmos Energy West Texas Division
  West Texas
 
 
(1) Denotes states where we have more limited service areas.
 
In addition, we transport natural gas for others through our distribution system. Our natural gas distribution business is subject to federal and state regulation and/or regulation by local authorities in each of the states in which our natural gas distribution divisions operate. Our corporate headquarters and shared-services function are located in Dallas, Texas and our customer support centers are located in Amarillo and Waco, Texas.
 
Our regulated transmission and storage business consists of the regulated operations of our Atmos Pipeline — Texas Division. The Atmos Pipeline — Texas Division transports natural gas to our Mid-Tex Division, transports natural gas for third parties and manages five underground storage reservoirs in Texas. We also provide ancillary services customary to the pipeline industry including parking arrangements, lending services and sales of inventory on hand. Parking arrangements provide short-term interruptible storage of gas on our pipeline. Lending services provide short-term interruptible loans of natural gas from our pipeline to meet market demands.
 
Our nonregulated businesses operate primarily in the Midwest and Southeast and include our natural gas marketing operations and pipeline, storage and other operations. These businesses are operated through various wholly-owned subsidiaries of Atmos Energy Holdings, Inc. (AEH), which is wholly owned by the Company and based in Houston, Texas.
 
Our natural gas marketing operations are conducted through Atmos Energy Marketing, LLC (AEM), which is wholly owned by AEH. AEM provides a variety of natural gas management services to municipalities, natural gas utility systems and industrial natural gas customers, primarily in the Southeast and Midwest and to our Colorado-Kansas, Kentucky/Mid-States and Louisiana divisions. These services consist primarily of furnishing natural gas supplies at fixed and market-based prices, contract negotiation and administration, load forecasting, gas storage acquisition and management services, transportation services, peaking sales and balancing services, capacity utilization strategies and gas price hedging through the use of financial instruments.


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ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION
 
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
Our pipeline, storage and other segment consists primarily of the operations of Atmos Pipeline and Storage, LLC (APS). APS owns and operates a 21 mile pipeline located in New Orleans, Louisiana. This pipeline is used primarily to aggregate gas supply for our regulated natural gas distribution division in Louisiana and for AEM, but also provides limited third party transportation services.
 
APS also engages in asset optimization activities whereby it seeks to maximize the economic value associated with the storage and transportation capacity it owns or controls. Certain of these arrangements are asset management plans with regulated affiliates of the Company which have been approved by applicable state regulatory commissions. Generally, these asset management plans require APS to share with our regulated customers a portion of the profits earned from these arrangements.
 
Further, APS owns or has an interest in underground storage fields in Kentucky and Louisiana that are used to reduce the need of our natural gas distribution divisions to contract for pipeline capacity to meet customer demand during peak periods. Finally, APS manages our natural gas gathering operations, which were limited in nature as of June 30, 2009.
 
2.   Unaudited Interim Financial Information
 
In the opinion of management, all material adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) necessary for a fair presentation have been made to the unaudited consolidated interim-period financial statements. These consolidated interim-period financial statements are condensed as permitted by the instructions to Form 10-Q and should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements of Atmos Energy Corporation included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2008. Because of seasonal and other factors, the results of operations for the nine-month period ended June 30, 2009 are not indicative of our results of operations for the full 2009 fiscal year, which ends September 30, 2009.
 
Significant accounting policies
 
Our accounting policies are described in Note 2 to the financial statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2008 and there have been no changes to those policies. However, during the nine months ended June 30, 2009, we recognized a non-recurring $7.8 million increase in gross profit associated with a one-time update to our estimate for gas delivered to customers but not yet billed, resulting from base rate changes in several jurisdictions.
 
During the second quarter of fiscal 2009, we updated the tax rates used to record deferred taxes. The one-time tax benefit resulted in a favorable impact to net income of $11.3 million.
 
Additionally, during the second quarter of fiscal 2009, we completed our annual goodwill impairment assessment. Based on the assessment performed, we determined that our goodwill was not impaired.
 
Effective October 1, 2008, the Company adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) 157, Fair Value Measurements, the measurement date requirements of SFAS 158, Employers’ Accounting for Defined Benefit Pension and Other Postretirement Plans, an amendment of FASB Statements No. 87, 88, 106, and 132(R), SFAS 159, The Fair Value Option for Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities — Including an amendment of FASB Statement No. 115 and SFAS 161, Disclosures about Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities, an amendment of FASB Statement No. 133. Effective April 1, 2009, the Company adopted FASB Staff Position (FSP) FAS 107-1 and APB 28-1, Interim Disclosures about Fair Value of Financial Instruments, FSP FAS 115-2 and FAS 124-2, Recognition and Presentation of Other-Than-Temporary Impairments, FSP FAS 157-4, Determining Fair Value When the Volume and Level of Activity for Asset or Liability Have Significantly Decreased and Identifying Transactions That Are Not Orderly and SFAS 165, Subsequent Events. Except for the adoption of these accounting pronouncements, which are further discussed below, there were no significant changes to our accounting policies during the nine months ended June 30, 2009.


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ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION
 
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
SFAS 157 defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value and enhances disclosure on fair value measurements required under other accounting pronouncements but does not change existing guidance as to whether or not an instrument is carried at fair value. The adoption of this standard did not materially impact our financial position, results of operations or cash flows. The new disclosures required by this standard are presented in Note 4.
 
Effective October 1, 2008, the Company adopted the measurement date requirements of SFAS 158 using the remeasurement approach. Under this approach, the Company remeasured our projected benefit obligation, fair value of plan assets and our fiscal 2009 net periodic cost. In accordance with the transition rules of SFAS 158, the impact of changing the measurement date from June 30, 2008 to September 30, 2008 decreased retained earnings by $7.8 million, net of tax, decreased the unrecognized actuarial loss by $9.0 million and increased our postretirement liabilities by $3.5 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2009.
 
SFAS 159 permits an entity to measure certain financial assets and financial liabilities at fair value. The objective of the standard is to improve financial reporting by allowing entities to mitigate volatility in reported earnings caused by measuring related assets and liabilities differently without having to apply complex hedge accounting provisions. Entities that elect the fair value option will report unrealized gains and losses in earnings at each subsequent reporting date. The fair value option may be elected on an instrument-by-instrument basis. The fair value option is irrevocable, unless a new election date occurs. The adoption of this standard did not impact our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
 
SFAS 161 expands the disclosure requirements for derivative instruments and hedging activities. This statement requires specific disclosures regarding how and why an entity uses derivative instruments; the accounting for derivative instruments and related hedged items; and how derivative instruments and related hedged items affect an entity’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows. Since SFAS 161 only requires additional disclosures concerning derivatives and hedging activities, this standard did not have an impact on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows. The new disclosures required by this standard are presented in Note 3.
 
In April 2009, the FASB issued FSP FAS 107-1 and APB 28-1, Interim Disclosures about Fair Value of Financial Instruments. This FSP requires companies to disclose the fair value of financial instruments for which it is practicable to estimate the value and the methods and significant assumptions used to estimate the fair value. The disclosure is required for interim and annual reports. The disclosure requirements of this FSP are presented in Note 4.
 
In April 2009, the FASB issued FSP FAS 115-2 and FAS 124-2, Recognition and Presentation of Other-Than-Temporary Impairments. This FSP amends the other-than-temporary impairment guidance for debt securities to make the guidance more operational and to improve the presentation and disclosure of other-than-temporary impairments on debt and equity securities in the financial statements. This FSP does not amend existing recognition and measurement guidance related to other-than-temporary impairments of equity securities. In addition, FSP FAS 115-2 and FAS 124-2 expands the existing disclosure requirements about debt and equity securities to interim reporting as well as provides new disclosure requirements. We adopted the provisions of this FSP for the quarter ended June 30, 2009. The adoption of FSP FAS 115-2 and FAS 124-2 did not impact our financial position, results of operations or cash flows. The disclosure requirements of this FSP are presented in Note 7.
 
In April 2009, the FASB issued FSP FAS 157-4, Determining Fair Value When the Volume and Level of Activity for the Asset or Liability Have Significantly Decreased and Identifying Transactions That Are Not Orderly. This FSP provides further guidance for estimating fair value in accordance with SFAS 157 when there has been a significant decrease in market activity for a financial asset and also identifies circumstances that indicate a transaction is not orderly. The adoption of this FSP did not impact our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.


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ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION
 
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
In May 2009, the FASB issued SFAS No. 165, Subsequent Events. SFAS 165 establishes general standards of accounting for and disclosure of events that occur after the balance sheet date but before the date the financial statements are issued or available to be issued. SFAS 165 requires companies to reflect in their financial statements the effects of subsequent events that provide additional evidence about conditions at the balance-sheet date. Subsequent events that provide evidence about conditions that arose after the balance-sheet date should be disclosed if the financial statements would otherwise be misleading. We adopted the provisions of SFAS 165 for quarter ended June 30, 2009. We have evaluated subsequent events from the balance sheet date through the date these financial statements were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. No events have occurred subsequent to the balance sheet date that would require recognition or disclosure in the financial statements.
 
Regulatory assets and liabilities
 
We record certain costs as regulatory assets in accordance with SFAS 71, Accounting for the Effects of Certain Types of Regulation, when future recovery through customer rates is considered probable. Regulatory liabilities are recorded when it is probable that revenues will be reduced for amounts that will be credited to customers through the ratemaking process. Substantially all of our regulatory assets are recorded as a component of deferred charges and other assets and substantially all of our regulatory liabilities are recorded as a component of deferred credits and other liabilities. Deferred gas costs are recorded either in other current assets or liabilities and the regulatory cost of removal obligation is reported separately.
 
Significant regulatory assets and liabilities as of June 30, 2009 and September 30, 2008 included the following:
 
                 
    June 30,
    September 30,
 
    2009     2008  
    (In thousands)  
 
Regulatory assets:
               
Pension and postretirement benefit costs
  $ 88,472     $ 100,563  
Merger and integration costs, net
    7,268       7,586  
Deferred gas costs
    24,355       55,103  
Environmental costs
    685       980  
Rate case costs
    7,640       12,885  
Deferred franchise fees
    577       651  
Deferred income taxes, net
    343       343  
Other
    7,085       8,120  
                 
    $ 136,425     $ 186,231  
                 
Regulatory liabilities:
               
Deferred gas costs
  $ 97,495     $ 76,979  
Regulatory cost of removal obligation
    336,737       317,273  
Other
    5,429       5,639  
                 
    $ 439,661     $ 399,891  
                 
 
Currently, our authorized rates do not include a return on certain of our merger and integration costs; however, we recover the amortization of these costs. Merger and integration costs, net, are generally amortized on a straight-line basis over estimated useful lives ranging up to 20 years. Environmental costs have been deferred to be included in future rate filings in accordance with rulings received from various state regulatory commissions.


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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
Comprehensive income
 
The following table presents the components of comprehensive income (loss), net of related tax, for the three-month and nine-month periods ended June 30, 2009 and 2008:
 
                                 
    Three Months Ended
    Nine Months Ended
 
    June 30     June 30  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
    (In thousands)  
 
Net income (loss)
  $ 1,964     $ (6,588 )   $ 206,930     $ 178,749  
Unrealized holding gains (losses) on investments, net of tax expense (benefit) of $1,282 and $531 for the three months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 and of $(2,477) and $(140) for the nine months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008
    2,086       866       (4,209 )     (231 )
Other than temporary impairment of investments, net of tax expense of $1,222 and $2,012 for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2009
    2,082             3,370        
Amortization and unrealized gain on interest rate hedging transactions, net of tax expense of $320 and $482 for the three months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 and $2,155 and $1,446 for the nine months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008
    543       787       3,184       2,361  
Net unrealized gains (losses) on commodity hedging transactions, net of tax expense (benefit) of $16,582 and $1,850 for the three months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 and $(4,759) and $9,047 for the nine months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008
    25,936       3,018       (6,379 )     14,761  
                                 
Comprehensive income (loss)
  $ 32,611     $ (1,917 )   $ 202,896     $ 195,640  
                                 
 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax, as of June 30, 2009 and September 30, 2008 consisted of the following unrealized gains (losses):
 
                 
    June 30,
    September 30,
 
    2009     2008  
    (In thousands)  
 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss:
               
Unrealized holding gains on investments
  $ 71     $ 910  
Treasury lock agreements
    (7,920 )     (11,104 )
Cash flow hedges
    (32,132 )     (25,753 )
                 
    $ (39,981 )   $ (35,947 )
                 
 
3.   Financial Instruments
 
We currently use financial instruments to mitigate commodity price risk. Additionally, we periodically utilize financial instruments to manage interest rate risk. The objectives and strategies for using financial instruments have been tailored to our regulated and nonregulated businesses. The accounting for these financial instruments is fully described in Note 2 to the financial statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2008. Currently, we utilize financial instruments in our natural gas distribution, natural gas marketing and pipeline, storage and other segments. However, our pipeline, storage and other segment uses financial instruments acquired from AEM on the same terms that AEM received from


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an independent counterparty. On a consolidated basis, these financial instruments are reported in the natural gas marketing segment. We currently do not manage commodity price risk with financial instruments in our regulated transmission and storage segment.
 
Our financial instruments do not contain any credit-risk-related or other contingent features that could cause accelerated payments when our financial instruments are in net liability positions.
 
Regulated Commodity Risk Management Activities
 
In our natural gas distribution segment, our customers are exposed to the effect of volatile natural gas prices. We manage this exposure through a combination of physical storage, fixed-price forward contracts and financial instruments, primarily over-the-counter swap and option contracts, in an effort to minimize the impact of natural gas price volatility on our customers during the winter heating season.
 
Our natural gas distribution gas supply department is responsible for executing this segment’s commodity risk management activities in conformity with regulatory requirements. In jurisdictions where we are permitted to mitigate commodity price risk through financial instruments, the relevant regulatory authorities may establish the level of heating season gas purchases that can be hedged. If the regulatory authority does not establish this level, we typically seek to hedge between 25 and 50 percent of anticipated heating season gas purchases using financial instruments. For the 2008-2009 heating season, in the jurisdictions where we are permitted to utilize financial instruments, we hedged approximately 27 percent, or 24.3 Bcf of the winter flowing gas requirements. We have not designated these financial instruments as hedges pursuant to SFAS 133, Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities.
 
The costs associated with and the gains and losses arising from the use of financial instruments to mitigate commodity price risk are included in our purchased gas adjustment mechanisms in accordance with regulatory requirements. Therefore, changes in the fair value of these financial instruments are initially recorded as a component of deferred gas costs and recognized in the consolidated statement of income as a component of purchased gas cost when the related costs are recovered through our rates and recognized in revenue in accordance with SFAS 71. Accordingly, there is no earnings impact to our natural gas distribution segment as a result of the use of financial instruments.
 
Nonregulated Commodity Risk Management Activities
 
Our natural gas marketing segment, through AEM, aggregates and purchases gas supply, arranges transportation and/or storage logistics and ultimately delivers gas to our customers at competitive prices. To facilitate this process, we utilize proprietary and customer-owned transportation and storage assets to provide the various services our customers request.
 
We also perform asset optimization activities in both our natural gas marketing segment and pipeline, storage and other segment. Through asset optimization activities, we seek to maximize the economic value associated with the storage and transportation capacity we own or control. We attempt to meet this objective by engaging in natural gas storage transactions in which we seek to find and profit from pricing differences that occur over time. We purchase physical natural gas and then sell financial instruments at advantageous prices to lock in a gross profit margin. We also seek to participate in transactions in which we combine the natural gas commodity and transportation costs to minimize costs incurred to serve our customers by identifying the lowest cost alternative within the natural gas supplies, transportation and markets to which we have access. Through the use of transportation and storage services and financial instruments, we also seek to capture gross profit margin through the arbitrage of pricing differences that exist in various locations and by recognizing pricing differences that occur over time. Over time, gains and losses on the sale of storage gas inventory will be offset by gains and losses on the financial instruments, resulting in the realization of the economic gross profit margin we anticipated at the time we structured the original transaction.


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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
As a result of these activities, our nonregulated operations are exposed to risks associated with changes in the market price of natural gas. We manage our exposure to such risks through a combination of physical storage and financial instruments, including futures, over-the-counter and exchange-traded options and swap contracts with counterparties. Futures contracts provide the right to buy or sell the commodity at a fixed price in the future. Option contracts provide the right, but not the requirement, to buy or sell the commodity at a fixed price. Swap contracts require receipt of payment for the commodity based on the difference between a fixed price and the market price on the settlement date.
 
We use financial instruments, designated as cash flow hedges of anticipated purchases and sales at index prices, to mitigate the commodity price risk in our natural gas marketing segment associated with deliveries under fixed-priced forward contracts to deliver gas to customers. These financial instruments have maturity dates ranging from one to 43 months. The effective portion of the unrealized gains and losses arising from the use of cash flow hedges is recorded as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income (AOCI) on the balance sheet. Amounts associated with cash flow hedges recognized in the income statement include (i) the amount of unrealized gain or loss that has been reclassified from AOCI when the hedged volumes are sold and (ii) the amount of ineffectiveness associated with these hedges in the period the ineffectiveness arises.
 
We use financial instruments, designated as fair value hedges, to hedge the exposure to changes in the fair value of our natural gas inventory used in our asset optimization activities in our natural gas marketing and pipeline, storage and other segments. Therefore, gains and losses arising from these financial instruments should offset the changes in the fair value of the hedged item to the extent the hedging relationship is effective. Ineffectiveness is recognized in the income statement in the period the ineffectiveness arises.
 
Our natural gas marketing segment also uses storage swaps and futures to capture additional storage arbitrage opportunities that arise subsequent to the execution of the original fair value hedge associated with our physical natural gas inventory, basis swaps to insulate and protect the economic value of our fixed price and storage books and various over-the-counter and exchange-traded options. These financial instruments have not been designated as hedges pursuant to SFAS 133, Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities.
 
Our nonregulated risk management activities are controlled through various risk management policies and procedures. Our Audit Committee has oversight responsibility for our nonregulated risk management limits and policies. A risk committee, comprised of corporate and business unit officers, is responsible for establishing and enforcing our nonregulated risk management policies and procedures.
 
Under our risk management policies, we seek to match our financial instrument positions to our physical storage positions as well as our expected current and future sales and purchase obligations to maintain no open positions at the end of each trading day. The determination of our net open position as of any day, however, requires us to make assumptions as to future circumstances, including the use of gas by our customers in relation to our anticipated storage and market positions. Because the price risk associated with any net open position at the end of each day may increase if the assumptions are not realized, we review these assumptions as part of our daily monitoring activities. Our operations can also be affected by intraday fluctuations of gas prices, since the price of natural gas purchased or sold for future delivery earlier in the day may not be hedged until later in the day. At times, limited net open positions related to our existing and anticipated commitments may occur. At the close of business on June 30, 2009, AEH had net open positions (including existing storage) of 0.3 Bcf.
 
Interest Rate Risk Management Activities
 
In March 2009, we entered into a Treasury lock agreement to fix the Treasury yield component of the interest cost associated with our $450 million 8.50% senior notes (the Senior Notes Offering), which was completed on March 26, 2009. The Senior Notes Offering is discussed in Note 5. We designated this Treasury


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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
lock as a cash flow hedge of an anticipated transaction. This Treasury lock was settled on March 23, 2009 with the receipt of $1.9 million from the counterparty due to an increase in the 10 year Treasury rates between inception of the Treasury lock and settlement. Because the Treasury lock was effective, the net $1.2 million unrealized gain was recorded as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income and will be recognized as a component of interest expense over the 10 year life of the senior notes.
 
In prior years, we similarly managed interest rate risk by entering into Treasury lock agreements to fix the Treasury yield component of the interest cost associated with anticipated financings. These Treasury locks were settled at various times at a net loss. These realized gains and losses were recorded as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and are being recognized as a component of interest expense over the life of the associated notes from the date of settlement. The remaining amortization periods for these Treasury locks extend through fiscal 2035. However, the majority of the remaining amounts of these Treasury locks will be recognized through fiscal 2019.
 
Quantitative Disclosures Related to Financial Instruments
 
The following tables present detailed information concerning the impact of financial instruments on our condensed consolidated balance sheet and income statements.
 
As of June 30, 2009, our financial instruments were comprised of both long and short commodity positions. A long position is a contract to purchase the commodity, while a short position is a contract to sell the commodity. As of June 30, 2009, we had net long/(short) commodity contracts outstanding in the following quantities:
 
                             
        Natural
    Natural
    Pipeline,
 
    Hedge
  Gas
    Gas
    Storage
 
Contract Type   Designation   Distribution     Marketing     and Other  
        Quantity (MMcf)  
 
Commodity contracts
  Fair Value           (22,905 )     (2,050 )
    Cash Flow           31,993       (4,118 )
    Not designated     21,702       84,606       (51 )
                             
          21,702       93,694       (6,219 )
                             
 
Financial Instruments on the Balance Sheet
 
The following tables present the fair value and balance sheet classification of our financial instruments by operating segment as of June 30, 2009 and September 30, 2008. As required by SFAS 161, the fair value amounts below are presented on a gross basis and do not reflect the netting of asset and liability positions permitted under the terms of our master netting arrangements. Further, the amounts below do not include $20.6 million and $56.6 million of cash held on deposit in margin accounts as of June 30, 2009 and September 30, 2008 to collateralize certain financial instruments. Therefore, these gross balances are not indicative of either our actual credit exposure or net economic exposure. Additionally, the amounts below will


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ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION
 
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
not be equal to the amounts presented on our condensed consolidated balance sheet, nor will they be equal to the fair value information presented for our financial instruments in Note 4.
 
                             
        Natural
    Natural
       
        Gas
    Gas
       
    Balance Sheet Location   Distribution     Marketing(1)     Total  
        (In thousands)  
 
June 30, 2009:
                           
Designated As Hedges:
                           
Asset Financial Instruments
                           
Current commodity contracts
  Other current assets   $     $ 71,992     $ 71,992  
Noncurrent commodity contracts
  Deferred charges and other assets           6,383       6,383  
Liability Financial Instruments
                           
Current commodity contracts
  Other current liabilities           (71,878 )     (71,878 )
Noncurrent commodity contracts
  Deferred credits and other liabilities           (1,150 )     (1,150 )
                             
Total
              5,347       5,347  
Not Designated As Hedges:
                           
Asset Financial Instruments
                           
Current commodity contracts
  Other current assets     1,233       28,887       30,120  
Noncurrent commodity contracts
  Deferred charges and other assets           6,381       6,381  
Liability Financial Instruments
                           
Current commodity contracts
  Other current liabilities     (22,945 )     (20,428 )     (43,373 )
Noncurrent commodity contracts
  Deferred credits and other liabilities     (316 )     (1,743 )     (2,059 )
                             
Total
        (22,028 )     13,097       (8,931 )
                             
Total Financial Instruments
      $ (22,028 )   $ 18,444     $ (3,584 )
                             
 
 
(1) Our pipeline, storage and other segment uses financial instruments acquired from AEM on the same terms that AEM received from an independent counterparty. On a consolidated basis, these financial instruments are reported in the natural gas marketing segment; however, the underlying hedged item is reported in the pipeline, storage and other segment.
 
                             
        Natural
    Natural
       
        Gas
    Gas
       
    Balance Sheet Location   Distribution     Marketing(1)     Total  
        (In thousands)  
 
September 30, 2008:
                           
Designated As Hedges:
                           
Asset Financial Instruments
                           
Current commodity contracts
  Other current assets   $     $ 101,191     $ 101,191  
Noncurrent commodity contracts
  Deferred charges and other assets           4,984       4,984  
Liability Financial Instruments
                           
Current commodity contracts
  Other current liabilities           (89,397 )     (89,397 )
Noncurrent commodity contracts
  Deferred credits and other liabilities           (206 )     (206 )
                             
Total
              16,572       16,572  
Not Designated As Hedges:
                           
Asset Financial Instruments
                           
Current commodity contracts
  Other current assets           20,010       20,010  
Noncurrent commodity contracts
  Deferred charges and other assets           1,093       1,093  
Liability Financial Instruments
                           
Current commodity contracts
  Other current liabilities     (58,566 )     (20,145 )     (78,711 )
Noncurrent commodity contracts
  Deferred credits and other liabilities     (5,111 )     (988 )     (6,099 )
                             
Total
        (63,677 )     (30 )     (63,707 )
                             
Total Financial Instruments
      $ (63,677 )   $ 16,542     $ (47,135 )
                             
 
 
(1) Our pipeline, storage and other segment uses financial instruments acquired from AEM on the same terms that AEM received from an independent counterparty. On a consolidated basis, these financial instruments are reported in the natural gas marketing segment; however, the underlying hedged item is reported in the pipeline, storage and other segment.


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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
 
Impact of Financial Instruments on the Income Statement
 
The following tables present the impact that financial instruments had on our condensed consolidated income statement, by operating segment, as applicable, for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008.
 
Hedge ineffectiveness for our natural gas marketing and pipeline storage and other segments is recorded as a component of unrealized gross profit and primarily results from differences in the location and timing of the derivative instrument and the hedged item. Hedge ineffectiveness could materially affect our results of operations for the reported period. For the three months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 we recognized a gain (loss) arising from fair value and cash flow hedge ineffectiveness of $0.2 million and $(4.7) million. For the nine months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 we recognized a gain arising from fair value and cash flow hedge ineffectiveness of $24.7 million and $40.6 million. Additional information regarding ineffectiveness recognized in the income statement is included in the tables below.
 
Fair Value Hedges
 
The impact of commodity contracts designated as fair value hedges and the related hedged item on our condensed consolidated income statement for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 is presented below.
 
                         
    Three Months Ended June 30, 2009  
    Natural
    Pipeline,
       
    Gas
    Storage and
       
    Marketing     Other     Consolidated  
    (In thousands)  
 
Commodity contracts
  $ 2,710     $ 1,390     $ 4,100  
Fair value adjustment for natural gas inventory designated as the hedged item
    3,929       (741 )     3,188  
                         
Total impact on revenue
  $ 6,639     $ 649     $ 7,288  
                         
The impact on revenue is comprised of the following:
                       
Basis ineffectiveness
  $ 678     $     $ 678  
Timing ineffectiveness
    5,961       649       6,610  
                         
    $ 6,639     $ 649     $ 7,288  
                         
 
                         
    Three Months Ended June 30, 2008  
    Natural
    Pipeline,
       
    Gas
    Storage and
       
    Marketing     Other     Consolidated  
    (In thousands)  
 
Commodity contracts
  $ (50,391 )   $ (2,049 )   $ (52,440 )
Fair value adjustment for natural gas inventory designated as the hedged item
    46,765       1,431       48,196  
                         
Total impact on revenue
  $ (3,626 )   $ (618 )   $ (4,244 )
                         
The impact on revenue is comprised of the following:
                       
Basis ineffectiveness
  $ (2,402 )   $     $ (2,402 )
Timing ineffectiveness
    (1,224 )     (618 )     (1,842 )
                         
    $ (3,626 )   $ (618 )   $ (4,244 )
                         
 


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    Nine Months Ended June 30, 2009  
    Natural
    Pipeline,
       
    Gas
    Storage and
       
    Marketing     Other     Consolidated  
    (In thousands)  
 
Commodity contracts
  $ 48,263     $ 7,435     $ 55,698  
Fair value adjustment for natural gas inventory designated as the hedged item
    (26,493 )     (2,731 )     (29,224 )
                         
Total impact on revenue
  $ 21,770     $ 4,704     $ 26,474  
                         
The impact on revenue is comprised of the following:
                       
Basis ineffectiveness
  $ 4,958     $     $ 4,958  
Timing ineffectiveness
    16,812       4,704       21,516  
                         
    $ 21,770     $ 4,704     $ 26,474  
                         
 
                         
    Nine Months Ended June 30, 2008  
    Natural
    Pipeline,
       
    Gas
    Storage and
       
    Marketing     Other     Consolidated  
    (In thousands)  
 
Commodity contracts
  $ (66,612 )   $ (662 )   $ (67,274 )
Fair value adjustment for natural gas inventory designated as the hedged item
    104,288       3,841       108,129  
                         
Total impact on revenue
  $ 37,676     $ 3,179     $ 40,855  
                         
The impact on revenue is comprised of the following:
                       
Basis ineffectiveness
  $ (1,185 )   $     $ (1,185 )
Timing ineffectiveness
    38,861       3,179       42,040  
                         
    $ 37,676     $ 3,179     $ 40,855  
                         
 
Basis ineffectiveness arises from natural gas market price differences between the locations of the hedged inventory and the delivery location specified in the hedge instruments. Timing ineffectiveness arises due to changes in the difference between the spot price and the futures price, as well as the difference between the timing of the settlement of the futures and the valuation of the underlying physical commodity. As the commodity contract nears the settlement date, spot to forward price differences should converge, which should reduce or eliminate the impact of this ineffectiveness on revenue.

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Cash Flow Hedges
 
The impact of cash flow hedges on our condensed consolidated income statements for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 is presented below. Note that this presentation does not reflect the financial impact arising from the hedged physical transaction. Therefore, this presentation is not indicative of the economic gross profit we realized when the underlying physical and financial transactions were settled.
 
                                 
    Three Months Ended June 30, 2009  
    Natural
    Natural
    Pipeline,
       
    Gas
    Gas
    Storage
       
    Distribution     Marketing     and Other     Consolidated  
    (In thousands)  
 
Loss reclassified from AOCI into revenue for effective portion of commodity contracts
  $     $ (36,669 )   $ (2,503 )   $ (39,172 )
Loss arising from ineffective portion of commodity contracts
          (7,120 )           (7,120 )
                                 
Total impact on revenue
          (43,789 )     (2,503 )     (46,292 )
Net loss on settled Treasury lock agreements reclassified from AOCI into interest expense
    (863 )                 (863 )
                                 
Total Impact from Cash Flow Hedges
  $ (863 )   $ (43,789 )   $ (2,503 )   $ (47,155 )
                                 
 
                                 
    Three Months Ended June 30, 2008  
    Natural
    Natural
    Pipeline,
       
    Gas
    Gas
    Storage
       
    Distribution     Marketing     and Other     Consolidated  
    (In thousands)  
 
Gain reclassified from AOCI into revenue for effective portion of commodity contracts
  $     $ 10,040     $ 57     $ 10,097  
Loss arising from ineffective portion of commodity contracts
          (406 )           (406 )
                                 
Total impact on revenue
          9,634       57       9,691  
Net loss on settled Treasury lock agreements reclassified from AOCI into interest expense
    (1,269 )                 (1,269 )
                                 
Total Impact from Cash Flow Hedges
  $ (1,269 )   $ 9,634     $ 57     $ 8,422  
                                 
 
                                 
    Nine Months Ended June 30, 2009  
    Natural
    Natural
    Pipeline,
       
    Gas
    Gas
    Storage
       
    Distribution     Marketing     and Other     Consolidated  
    (In thousands)  
 
Gain (loss) reclassified from AOCI into revenue for effective portion of commodity contracts
  $     $ (142,986 )   $ 25,213     $ (117,773 )
Loss arising from ineffective portion of commodity contracts
          (1,748 )           (1,748 )
                                 
Total impact on revenue
          (144,734 )     25,213       (119,521 )
Net loss on settled Treasury lock agreements reclassified from AOCI into interest expense
    (3,401 )                 (3,401 )
                                 
Total Impact from Cash Flow Hedges
  $ (3,401 )   $ (144,734 )   $ 25,213     $ (122,922 )
                                 


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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
                                 
    Nine Months Ended June 30, 2008  
    Natural
    Natural
    Pipeline,
       
    Gas
    Gas
    Storage
       
    Distribution     Marketing     and Other     Consolidated  
    (In thousands)  
 
Gain (loss) reclassified from AOCI into revenue for effective portion of commodity contracts
  $     $ (3,744 )   $ 9,334     $ 5,590  
Loss arising from ineffective portion of commodity contracts
          (281 )           (281 )
                                 
Total impact on revenue
          (4,025 )     9,334       5,309  
Net loss on settled Treasury lock agreements reclassified from AOCI into interest expense
    (3,807 )                 (3,807 )
                                 
Total Impact from Cash Flow Hedges
  $ (3,807 )   $ (4,025 )   $ 9,334     $ 1,502  
                                 
 
The following table summarizes the gains and losses arising from hedging transactions that were recognized as a component of other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes, for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008. The amounts included in the table below exclude gains and losses arising from ineffectiveness because these amounts are immediately recognized in the income statement as incurred.
 
                                 
    Three Months Ended
    Nine Months Ended
 
    June 30     June 30  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
    (In thousands)  
 
Increase (decrease) in fair value:
                               
Treasury lock agreements
  $     $     $ 1,221     $  
Forward commodity contracts
    2,041       9,278       (78,220 )     18,227  
Recognition of (gains) losses in earnings due to settlements:
                               
Treasury lock agreements
    543       787       1,963       2,361  
Forward commodity contracts
    23,895       (6,260 )     71,841       (3,466 )
                                 
Total other comprehensive income (loss) from hedging, net of tax(1)
  $ 26,479     $ 3,805     $ (3,195 )   $ 17,122  
                                 
 
 
(1) Utilizing an income tax rate of approximately 37 percent comprised of the effective rates in each taxing jurisdiction.
 
The following amounts, net of deferred taxes, represent the expected recognition in earnings of the deferred losses recorded in AOCI associated with our financial instruments, based upon the fair values of these financial instruments as of June 30, 2009:
 
                         
    Treasury
             
    Lock
    Commodity
       
    Agreements     Contracts     Total  
    (In thousands)  
 
Next twelve months
  $ (1,687 )   $ (30,303 )   $ (31,990 )
Thereafter
    (6,233 )     (1,829 )     (8,062 )
                         
Total(1)
  $ (7,920 )   $ (32,132 )   $ (40,052 )
                         
 
 
(1) Utilizing an income tax rate of approximately 37 percent comprised of the effective rates in each taxing jurisdiction.


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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
 
Financial Instruments Not Designated as Hedges
 
The impact of financial instruments that have not been designated as hedges on our condensed consolidated income statements for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 is presented below. Note that this presentation does not reflect the expected gains or losses arising from the underlying physical transactions associated with these financial instruments. Therefore, this presentation is not indicative of the economic gross profit we realized when the underlying physical and financial transactions were settled.
 
As discussed above, financial instruments used in our natural gas distribution segment are not designated as hedges. However, there is no earnings impact to our natural gas distribution segment as a result of the use of these financial instruments because the gains and losses arising from the use of these financial instruments are recognized in the consolidated statement of income as a component of purchased gas cost when the related costs are recovered through our rates and recognized in revenue. Accordingly, the impact of these financial instruments is excluded from this presentation.
 
                                 
    Three Months Ended
    Nine Months Ended
 
    June 30     June 30  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
    (In thousands)  
 
Natural gas marketing commodity contracts
  $ 6,167     $ (12,786 )   $ 12,928     $ (26,580 )
Pipeline, storage and other commodity contracts
    (6,853 )     2,594       (6,753 )     1,705  
                                 
Total impact on revenue
  $ (686 )   $ (10,192 )   $ 6,175     $ (24,875 )
                                 
 
4.   Fair Value Measurements
 
In September 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued SFAS 157, Fair Value Measurements, which defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value in generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. This Statement does not require any new fair value measurements; rather it provides guidance on how to perform fair value measurements as required or permitted under previous accounting pronouncements.
 
We prospectively adopted the provisions of SFAS 157 on October 1, 2008 for most of the financial assets and liabilities recorded on our balance sheet at fair value. Adoption of this statement for these assets and liabilities did not have a material impact on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
 
In February 2008, the FASB issued FSP FAS 157-2, Effective Date of FASB Statement No. 157, which provided a one-year deferral of SFAS 157 for nonrecurring fair value measurements associated with our nonfinancial assets and liabilities. Under this partial deferral, SFAS 157 will not be effective until October 1, 2009 for fair value measurements for the following:
 
  •  Asset retirement obligations
 
  •  Most nonfinancial assets and liabilities that may be acquired in a business combination
 
  •  Impairment analyses performed for nonfinancial assets
 
We believe the adoption of SFAS 157 for the reporting of these nonfinancial assets and liabilities will not have a material impact on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
 
In October 2008, the FASB issued FSP FAS 157-3, Determining the Fair Value of a Financial Asset When the Market for That Asset Is Not Active, which clarified the application of SFAS 157 in inactive markets. This FSP did not impact our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
 
SFAS 157 also applies to the valuation of our pension and post-retirement plan assets. The adoption of this standard did not affect these valuations because SFAS 157 specifically excluded pension and post-retirement assets from its prescribed disclosure provisions. Accordingly, these plan assets are not included in the tabular disclosures below. However, in December 2008, the FASB issued FSP FAS 132(R)-1 — Employers’


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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
Disclosures about Postretirement Benefit Plan Assets, which will, among other things, require disclosure about fair value measurements similar to those required by SFAS 157. This FSP will impact our annual disclosure requirements beginning in fiscal 2010.
 
In April 2009, the FASB issued FSP FAS 157-4, Determining Fair Value When the Volume and Level of Activity for the Asset or Liability Have Significantly Decreased and Identifying Transactions That Are Not Orderly. This FSP provides further guidance for estimating fair value in accordance with SFAS 157 when there has been a significant decrease in market activity for a financial asset and also identifies circumstances that indicate a transaction is not orderly. The adoption of this FSP did not impact our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
 
In April 2009, the FASB issued FSP FAS 107-1 and APB 28-1, Interim Disclosures about Fair Value of Financial Instruments. This FSP requires companies to disclose the fair value of financial instruments for which it is practicable to estimate the value and the methods and significant assumptions used to estimate the fair value. We have adopted the disclosure requirements of this FSP, which are presented below.
 
Determining Fair Value
 
SFAS 157 defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date (exit price). We primarily use quoted market prices and other observable market pricing information in valuing our financial assets and liabilities and minimize the use of unobservable pricing inputs in our measurements.
 
Prices actively quoted on national exchanges are used to determine the fair value of most of our assets and liabilities recorded on our balance sheet at fair value. Within our nonregulated operations, we utilize a mid-market pricing convention (the mid-point between the bid and ask prices) as a practical expedient for determining fair value measurement, as permitted under SFAS 157. Values derived from these sources reflect the market in which transactions involving these financial instruments are executed. We utilize models and other valuation methods to determine fair value when external sources are not available. Values are adjusted to reflect the potential impact of an orderly liquidation of our positions over a reasonable period of time under then-current market conditions. We believe the market prices and models used to value these assets and liabilities represent the best information available with respect to closing exchange and over-the-counter quotations, time value and volatility factors underlying the assets and liabilities.
 
Fair-value estimates also consider our own creditworthiness and the creditworthiness of the counterparties involved. Our counterparties consist primarily of financial institutions and major energy companies. This concentration of counterparties may materially impact our exposure to credit risk resulting from market, economic or regulatory conditions. Recent adverse developments in the global financial and credit markets have made it more difficult and more expensive for companies to access the short-term capital markets, which may negatively impact the creditworthiness of our counterparties. A continued tightening of the credit markets could cause more of our counterparties to fail to perform. We seek to minimize counterparty credit risk through an evaluation of their financial condition and credit ratings and the use of collateral requirements under certain circumstances.
 
SFAS 157 establishes a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs used to measure fair value based on observable and unobservable data. The hierarchy categorizes the inputs into three levels, with the highest priority given to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities (Level 1) and the lowest priority given to unobservable inputs (Level 3). The levels of the hierarchy are described below:
 
Level 1 — Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities. An active market for the asset or liability is defined as a market in which transactions for the asset or liability occur with sufficient frequency and volume to provide pricing information on an ongoing basis. Our Level 1 measurements consist primarily of exchange-traded financial instruments, gas stored underground that has been designated as the hedged item in a fair value hedge and our available-for-sale securities.


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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
Level 2 — Pricing inputs other than quoted prices included in Level 1 that are either directly or indirectly observable for the asset or liability as of the reporting date. These inputs are derived principally from, or corroborated by, observable market data. Our Level 2 measurements primarily consist of non-exchange-traded financial instruments, such as over-the-counter options and swaps where market data for pricing is observable.
 
Level 3 — Generally unobservable pricing inputs which are developed based on the best information available, including our own internal data, in situations where there is little if any market activity for the asset or liability at the measurement date. The pricing inputs utilized reflect what a market participant would use to determine fair value. Currently, we have no assets or liabilities recorded at fair value that would qualify for Level 3 reporting.
 
Quantitative Disclosures
 
Financial Instruments
 
The classification of our fair value measurements requires judgment regarding the degree to which market data are observable or corroborated by observable market data. The following table summarizes, by level within the fair value hierarchy, our assets and liabilities that were accounted for at fair value on a recurring basis as of June 30, 2009. As required under SFAS 157, assets and liabilities are categorized in their entirety based on the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement.
 
                                         
    Quoted
    Significant
    Significant
             
    Prices in
    Other
    Other
             
    Active
    Observable
    Unobservable
    Netting and
       
    Markets
    Inputs
    Inputs
    Cash
    June 30,
 
    (Level 1)     (Level 2)     (Level 3)     Collateral(1)     2009  
    (In thousands)  
 
Assets:
                                       
Financial instruments
                                       
Natural gas distribution segment
  $     $ 1,233     $      —     $     $ 1,233  
Natural gas marketing segment
    40,494       73,149             (73,722 )     39,921  
                                         
Total financial instruments
    40,494       74,382             (73,722 )     41,154  
Hedged portion of gas stored underground
                                       
Natural gas marketing segment
    79,604                         79,604  
Pipeline, storage and other segment(2)
    7,023                         7,023  
                                         
Total gas stored underground
    86,627                         86,627  
Available-for-sale securities
    38,856                         38,856  
                                         
Total assets
  $ 165,977     $ 74,382     $     $ (73,722 )   $ 166,637  
                                         
Liabilities:
                                       
Financial instruments
                                       
Natural gas distribution segment
  $     $ 23,261     $     $     $ 23,261  
Natural gas marketing segment
    72,410       22,789             (94,336 )     863  
                                         
Total liabilities
  $ 72,410     $ 46,050     $     $ (94,336 )   $ 24,124  
                                         
 
 
(1) This column reflects adjustments to our gross financial instrument assets and liabilities to reflect netting permitted under our master netting agreements and FSP FIN 39-1. In addition, as of June 30, 2009, we had $20.6 million of cash held in margin accounts to collateralize certain financial instruments. Of this amount, $0.1 million was used to offset financial instruments in a liability position. The remaining $20.5 million has been reflected as a financial instrument asset.
 
(2) Our pipeline, storage and other segment uses financial instruments acquired from AEM on the same terms that AEM received from an independent counterparty. On a consolidated basis, these financial instruments are reported in the natural gas marketing segment; however, the underlying hedged item is reported in the pipeline, storage and other segment.


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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
 
Other Fair Value Measures
 
In addition to the financial instruments above, we have several nonfinancial assets and liabilities subject to fair value measures. These assets and liabilities include cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, accounts payable, debt, asset retirement obligations and pension and post-retirement plan assets. As noted above, fair value disclosures for asset retirement obligations and pension and post-retirement plan assets are not currently effective for us. We record cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, accounts payable and debt at carrying value. For cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable and accounts payable, we consider carrying value to materially approximate fair value due to the short-term nature of these assets and liabilities. The fair value of our debt is determined using a discounted cash flow analysis based upon borrowing rates currently available to us, the remaining average maturities and our credit rating. The following table presents the carrying value and fair value of our debt as of June 30, 2009:
 
         
    June 30, 2009  
    (In thousands)  
 
Carrying Amount
  $ 2,172,893  
Fair Value
  $ 2,068,388  
 
The fair value as of June 30, 2009 was calculated utilizing discount rates ranging from 3.5 percent to 7.2 percent, remaining average maturities ranging from one to 26 years, and a credit adjustment of 2.9 percent.
 
5.   Debt
 
Long-term debt
 
Long-term debt at June 30, 2009 and September 30, 2008 consisted of the following:
 
                 
    June 30,
    September 30,
 
    2009     2008  
    (In thousands)  
 
Unsecured 4.00% Senior Notes, redeemed April 2009
  $     $ 400,000  
Unsecured 7.375% Senior Notes, due 2011
    350,000       350,000  
Unsecured 10% Notes, due 2011
    2,303       2,303  
Unsecured 5.125% Senior Notes, due 2013
    250,000       250,000  
Unsecured 4.95% Senior Notes, due 2014
    500,000       500,000  
Unsecured 6.35% Senior Notes, due 2017
    250,000       250,000  
Unsecured 8.50% Senior Notes, due 2019
    450,000        
Unsecured 5.95% Senior Notes, due 2034
    200,000       200,000  
Medium term notes
               
Series A, 1995-2, 6.27%, due December 2010
    10,000       10,000  
Series A, 1995-1, 6.67%, due 2025
    10,000       10,000  
Unsecured 6.75% Debentures, due 2028
    150,000       150,000  
Other term notes due in installments through 2013
    590       1,309  
                 
Total long-term debt
    2,172,893       2,123,612  
Less:
               
Original issue discount on unsecured senior notes and debentures
    (3,367 )     (3,035 )
Current maturities
    (131 )     (785 )
                 
    $ 2,169,395     $ 2,119,792  
                 


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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
 
On March 26, 2009, we closed our Senior Notes Offering. The effective interest rate on these notes is 8.69 percent, after giving effect to the settlement of the $450 million Treasury lock discussed in Note 3. Most of the net proceeds of approximately $446 million were used to redeem our $400 million 4.00% unsecured senior notes on April 30, 2009, prior to their October 2009 maturity. In connection with the repayment of the $400 million 4.00% unsecured senior notes, we paid a $6.6 million call premium in accordance with the terms of the senior notes and accrued interest of approximately $0.6 million. The remaining net proceeds were used for general corporate purposes.
 
Short-term debt
 
Our short-term borrowing requirements are affected by the seasonal nature of the natural gas business. Changes in the price of natural gas and the amount of natural gas we need to supply our customers’ needs could significantly affect our borrowing requirements. Our short-term borrowings typically reach their highest levels in the winter months.
 
We finance our short-term borrowing requirements through a combination of a $566.7 million commercial paper program and four committed revolving credit facilities with third-party lenders that provide approximately $1.3 billion of working capital funding. At June 30, 2009, there was no short-term debt outstanding. At September 30, 2008, there was $350.5 million of short-term debt outstanding, comprised of $330.5 million outstanding under our bank credit facilities and $20.0 million outstanding under our commercial paper program. We also use intercompany credit facilities to supplement the funding provided by these third-party committed credit facilities. These facilities are described in greater detail below.
 
Regulated Operations
 
We fund our regulated operations as needed primarily through a $566.7 million commercial paper program and three committed revolving credit facilities with third-party lenders that provide approximately $800 million of working capital funding. The first facility is a five-year unsecured facility, expiring December 2011, that bears interest at a base rate or at a LIBOR-based rate for the applicable interest period, plus a spread ranging from 0.30 percent to 0.75 percent, based on the Company’s credit ratings. This credit facility serves as a backup liquidity facility for our commercial paper program. At the time this credit facility was established, borrowings under this facility were limited to $600 million. However, in September 2008, the limit on borrowings was effectively reduced to $566.7 million after one lender with a 5.55% share of the commitments ceased funding under the facility. On March 30, 2009, the credit facility was amended to reflect this reduction. At June 30, 2009, there were no borrowings under this facility and $566.7 million was available.
 
The second facility is a $212.5 million unsecured 364-day facility expiring October 2009, that bears interest at a base rate or at a LIBOR-based rate for the applicable interest period, plus a spread ranging from 1.25 percent to 2.50 percent, based on the Company’s credit ratings. At June 30, 2009, there were no borrowings outstanding under this facility.
 
The third facility was an $18 million unsecured facility that bore interest at a daily negotiated rate, generally based on the Federal Funds rate plus a variable margin. This facility expired on March 31, 2009 and was replaced with a $25 million unsecured facility effective April 1, 2009 that bears interest at a daily negotiated rate. At June 30, 2009, there were no borrowings outstanding under this facility.
 
The availability of funds under these credit facilities is subject to conditions specified in the respective credit agreements, all of which we currently satisfy. These conditions include our compliance with financial covenants and the continued accuracy of representations and warranties contained in these agreements. We are required by the financial covenants in each of these facilities to maintain, at the end of each fiscal quarter, a ratio of total debt to total capitalization of no greater than 70 percent. At June 30, 2009, our total-debt-to-


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total-capitalization ratio, as defined, was 52 percent. In addition, both the interest margin over the Eurodollar rate and the fee that we pay on unused amounts under each of these facilities are subject to adjustment depending upon our credit ratings.
 
In addition to these third-party facilities, our regulated operations have a $200 million intercompany revolving credit facility with AEH. Through December 31, 2008, this facility bore interest at the one-month LIBOR rate plus 0.20 percent. In January 2009, this facility was replaced with a new $200 million 364 day-facility that bears interest at the lower of (i) the one-month LIBOR rate plus 0.45 percent or (ii) the marginal borrowing rate available to the Company on the date of borrowing. The marginal borrowing rate is defined as the lower of (i) a rate based upon the lower of the Prime Rate or the Eurodollar rate under the five year revolving credit facility or (ii) the lowest rate outstanding under the commercial paper program. Applicable state regulatory commissions have approved the new facility through December 31, 2009. There was $40.3 million outstanding under this facility at June 30, 2009.
 
Nonregulated Operations
 
On December 30, 2008, AEM and the participating banks amended and restated AEM’s former uncommitted credit facility, primarily to convert the $580 million uncommitted demand credit facility to a 364-day $375 million committed revolving credit facility and extend it to December 29, 2009. Effective April 1, 2009, the borrowing base was increased to $450 million through the exercise of an accordion feature in the facility.
 
The amended facility also adds a swing line loan feature; adjusts the interest rate on borrowings as discussed below and increases the fees paid to reflect the facility’s conversion to a committed facility and current credit market conditions. The swing line loan feature allows AEM to borrow, on a same day basis, an amount ranging from $17 million to $27 million based on the terms of an election within the agreement.
 
AEM uses this facility primarily to issue letters of credit and, on a less frequent basis, to borrow funds for gas purchases and other working capital needs. At AEM’s option, borrowings made under the credit facility are based on a base rate or an offshore rate, in each case plus an applicable margin. The base rate is a floating rate equal to the higher of: (a) 0.50 percent per annum above the latest federal funds rate; (b) the per annum rate of interest established by BNP Paribas from time to time as its “prime rate” or “base rate” for U.S. dollar loans; (c) an offshore rate (based on LIBOR with a one-month interest period) as in effect from time to time; and (d) the “cost of funds” rate based on an average of interest rates reported by one or more of the lenders to the administrative agent. The offshore rate is a floating rate equal to the higher of (a) an offshore rate based upon LIBOR for the applicable interest period; and (b) a “cost of funds” rate referred to above. In the case of both base rate and offshore rate loans, the applicable margin ranges from 2.250 percent to 2.625 percent per annum, depending on the excess tangible net worth of AEM, as defined in the credit facility. This facility is collateralized by substantially all of the assets of AEM and is guaranteed by AEH.
 
At June 30, 2009, there were no borrowings outstanding under this credit facility. However, at June 30, 2009, AEM letters of credit totaling $24.0 million had been issued under the facility, which reduced the amount available by a corresponding amount. The amount available under this credit facility is also limited by various covenants, including covenants based on working capital. Under the most restrictive covenant, the amount available to AEM under this credit facility was $100.6 million at June 30, 2009.
 
AEM is required by the financial covenants in this facility to maintain a ratio of total liabilities to tangible net worth that does not exceed a maximum of 5 to 1. At June 30, 2009, AEM’s ratio of total liabilities to tangible net worth, as defined, was 0.86 to 1. Additionally, AEM must maintain minimum levels of net working capital and net worth ranging from $75 million to $112.5 million. As defined in the financial covenants, at June 30, 2009, AEM’s net working capital was $195.5 million and its tangible net worth was $210.5 million.


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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
To supplement borrowings under this facility, through December 31, 2008, AEM had a $200 million intercompany demand credit facility with AEH, which bore interest at the rate for AEM’s offshore borrowings under its committed credit facility plus 0.75 percent. Amounts outstanding under this facility are subordinated to AEM’s committed credit facility. This facility was replaced with another $200 million 364-day facility in January 2009 with no material changes to its terms except for the rate of interest, which is the greater of (i) the one-month LIBOR rate plus 2.00 percent or (ii) the rate for AEM’s offshore borrowings under its committed credit facility plus 0.75 percent. There were no borrowings outstanding under this facility at June 30, 2009.
 
Finally, through December 31, 2008, AEH had a $200 million intercompany demand credit facility with AEC, which bore interest at the rate for AEM’s offshore borrowings under its committed credit facility plus 0.75 percent. This facility was replaced with another $200 million 364-day facility in January 2009 with no material changes to its terms except for the rate of interest, which is the greater of (i) the one-month LIBOR rate plus 2.00 percent or (ii) the rate for AEM’s offshore borrowings under its committed credit facility plus 0.75 percent. Applicable state regulatory commissions have approved the new facility through December 31, 2009. There were no borrowings outstanding under this facility at June 30, 2009.
 
Shelf Registration
 
On March 23, 2009, we filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to issue, from time to time, up to $900 million in common stock and/or debt securities available for issuance, including approximately $450 million of capacity carried over from our prior shelf registration statement filed with the SEC in December 2006.
 
As of June 30, 2009, we had $450 million of availability remaining under the registration statement after completing our Senior Notes Offering. However, due to certain restrictions placed by one state regulatory commission on our ability to issue securities under the registration statement, we now have remaining and available for issuance a total of approximately $300 million of equity securities and $150 million of subordinated debt securities.
 
Debt Covenants
 
In addition to the financial covenants described above, our debt instruments contain various covenants that are usual and customary for debt instruments of these types.
 
Additionally, our public debt indentures relating to our senior notes and debentures, as well as our revolving credit agreements, each contain a default provision that is triggered if outstanding indebtedness arising out of any other credit agreements in amounts ranging from in excess of $15 million to in excess of $100 million becomes due by acceleration or is not paid at maturity.
 
Further, AEM’s credit agreement contains a cross-default provision whereby AEM would be in default if it defaults on other indebtedness, as defined, by at least $250 thousand in the aggregate.
 
Finally, AEM’s credit agreement contains a provision that would limit the amount of credit available if Atmos Energy were downgraded below an S&P rating of BBB and a Moody’s rating of Baa2. We have no other triggering events in our debt instruments that are tied to changes in specified credit ratings or stock price, nor have we entered into any transactions that would require us to issue equity, based on our credit rating or other triggering events.
 
We were in compliance with all of our debt covenants as of June 30, 2009. If we were unable to comply with our debt covenants, we would likely be required to repay our outstanding balances on demand, provide additional collateral or take other corrective actions.


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6.   Earnings Per Share
 
Basic and diluted earnings per share for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 are calculated as follows:
 
                                 
    Three Months Ended
    Nine Months Ended
 
    June 30     June 30  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
    (In thousands, except per share amounts)  
 
Net income (loss)
  $ 1,964     $ (6,588 )   $ 206,930     $ 178,749  
                                 
Denominator for basic income per share — weighted average common shares
    91,338       89,648       90,940       89,281  
Effect of dilutive securities:
                               
Restricted and other shares
    616             611       557  
Stock options
    48             39       99  
                                 
Denominator for diluted income per share — weighted average common shares
    92,002       89,648       91,590       89,937  
                                 
Income (loss) per share — basic
  $ 0.02     $ (0.07 )   $ 2.28     $ 2.00  
                                 
Income (loss) per share — diluted
  $ 0.02     $ (0.07 )   $ 2.26     $ 1.99  
                                 
 
There were approximately 33,000 and 132,000 out-of-the-money stock options excluded from the computation of diluted earnings per share for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2009.
 
There were approximately 557,000 restricted and other shares and approximately 99,000 stock options that were excluded from the calculation of diluted earnings per share for the three months ended June 30, 2008 as their inclusion in the computation would be anti-dilutive. There were no out-of-the-money stock options excluded from the computation of diluted earnings per share for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2008 as their exercise price was less than the average market price of the common stock during that period.
 
7.   Interim Pension and Other Postretirement Benefit Plan Information
 
The components of our net periodic pension cost for our pension and other postretirement benefit plans for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 are presented in the following table. Most of these costs are recoverable through our gas distribution rates; however, a portion of these costs is capitalized into our gas distribution rate base. The remaining costs are recorded as a component of operation and maintenance expense.
 
                                 
    Three Months Ended June 30  
    Pension Benefits     Other Benefits  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
          (In thousands)        
 
Components of net periodic pension cost:
                               
Service cost
  $ 3,703     $ 3,879     $ 2,946     $ 3,342  
Interest cost
    7,554       6,736       3,520       2,912  
Expected return on assets
    (6,238 )     (6,311 )     (573 )     (715 )
Amortization of transition asset
                378       377  
Amortization of prior service cost
    (183 )     (171 )            
Amortization of actuarial loss
    955       1,926              
                                 
Net periodic pension cost
  $ 5,791     $ 6,059     $ 6,271     $ 5,916  
                                 


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    Nine Months Ended June 30  
    Pension Benefits     Other Benefits  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
    (In thousands)  
 
Components of net periodic pension cost:
                               
Service cost
  $ 11,109     $ 11,635     $ 8,838     $ 10,024  
Interest cost
    22,662       20,208       10,560       8,736  
Expected return on assets
    (18,714 )     (18,932 )     (1,719 )     (2,145 )
Amortization of transition asset
                1,134       1,133  
Amortization of prior service cost
    (549 )     (513 )            
Amortization of actuarial loss
    2,865       5,778              
                                 
Net periodic pension cost
  $ 17,373     $ 18,176     $ 18,813     $ 17,748  
                                 
 
The assumptions used to develop our net periodic pension cost for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 are as follows:
 
                                 
    Pension Benefits     Other Benefits  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
 
Discount rate
    7.57 %     6.30 %     7.57 %     6.30 %
Rate of compensation increase
    4.00 %     4.00 %     4.00 %     4.00 %
Expected return on plan assets
    8.25 %     8.25 %     5.00 %     5.00 %
 
The discount rate used to compute the present value of a plan’s liabilities generally is based on rates of high-grade corporate bonds with maturities similar to the average period over which the benefits will be paid. Generally, our funding policy has been to contribute annually an amount in accordance with the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. In accordance with the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA), we determined the funded status of our plans as of January 1, 2009. In June 2009, we contributed $21 million in cash to our pension plans to achieve a desired level of funding while maximizing the tax deductibility of this payment.
 
We contributed $8.2 million to our other post-retirement benefit plans during the nine months ended June 30, 2009. We expect to contribute a total of approximately $11 million to these plans during fiscal 2009.
 
In April 2009, the FASB issued FSP FAS 115-2 and FAS 124-2, Recognition and Presentation of Other-Than-Temporary Impairments. This FSP amends the other-than-temporary impairment guidance for debt securities and expands the presentation and disclosure of other-than-temporary impairments on debt and equity securities in interim and annual financial statements. This FSP does not amend existing recognition and measurement guidance related to other-than-temporary impairments of equity securities.
 
For our Supplemental Executive Benefit Plans, we own equity securities that are classified as available-for-sale securities. These securities are reported at market value with unrealized gains and losses shown as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss). We regularly evaluate the performance of these investments on a fund by fund basis for impairment, taking into consideration the fund’s purpose, volatility and current returns. If a determination is made that a decline in fair value is other than temporary, the related fund is written down to its estimated fair value and the other-than-temporary impairment is recognized in the income statement.


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Assets for the supplemental plans are held in separate rabbi trusts and comprise the following:
 
                                 
          Gross
    Gross
       
    Amortized
    Unrealized
    Unrealized
    Fair
 
    Cost     Gain     Loss     Value  
    (In thousands)  
 
As of June 30, 2009:
                               
Domestic equity mutual funds
  $ 25,824     $ 286     $     $ 26,110  
Foreign equity mutual funds
    4,047                   4,047  
Money market funds
    8,699                   8,699  
                                 
    $ 38,570     $ 286     $     $ 38,856  
                                 
As of September 30, 2008:
                               
Domestic equity mutual funds
  $ 31,041     $ 1,625     $ (394 )   $ 32,272  
Foreign equity mutual funds
    5,309       359             5,668  
                                 
    $ 36,350     $ 1,984     $ (394 )   $ 37,940  
                                 
 
The following table presents interest and dividends on available-for-sale securities for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008:
 
                                 
    Three Months Ended
       
    June 30     Nine Months Ended June 30  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
    (In thousands)  
 
Interest
  $ 8     $     $ 8     $  
Dividends
    184       190       1,607       2,032  
                                 
Total interest and dividends
  $ 192     $ 190     $ 1,615     $ 2,032  
                                 
 
The following table presents realized gains and losses on available-for-sale securities for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008. The gross realized investment losses exclude losses from other-than-temporary impairment:
 
                                 
          Nine Months Ended
 
    Three Months Ended June 30     June 30  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
    (In thousands)  
 
Gross realized investment gains
  $     $ 51     $     $ 97  
Gross realized investment losses
          (2 )     (129 )     (3 )
                                 
Net realized gains (losses)
  $     $ 49     $ (129 )   $ 94  
                                 
 
Due to the recent deterioration of the financial markets and the uncertainty of a full recovery of these investments given the current economic environment, we have recorded a $3.3 million and $5.4 million noncash charge to impair certain available-for-sale investments during the three and nine months ended June 30, 2009. As a result of these impairments, at June 30, 2009, we did not maintain any investments that are in an unrealized loss position.
 
8.   Commitments and Contingencies
 
Litigation and Environmental Matters
 
With respect to the specific litigation and environmental-related matters or claims that were disclosed in Note 12 to the financial statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30,


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2008, there were no material changes in the status of such litigation and environmental-related matters or claims during the nine months ended June 30, 2009. We continue to believe that the final outcome of such litigation and environmental-related matters or claims will not have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
 
In addition, we are involved in other litigation and environmental-related matters or claims that arise in the ordinary course of our business. While the ultimate results of such litigation and response actions to such environmental-related matters or claims cannot be predicted with certainty, we believe the final outcome of such litigation and response actions will not have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
 
Purchase Commitments
 
AEM has commitments to purchase physical quantities of natural gas under contracts indexed to the forward NYMEX strip or fixed price contracts. At June 30, 2009, AEM was committed to purchase 83.0 Bcf within one year and 25.4 Bcf within one to three years under indexed contracts. AEM is committed to purchase 2.9 Bcf within one year under fixed price contracts with prices ranging from $3.15 to $7.68 per Mcf. Purchases under these contracts totaled $256.0 million and $842.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 and $1,215.0 million and $2,274.4 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008.
 
Our natural gas distribution divisions, except for our Mid-Tex Division, maintain supply contracts with several vendors that generally cover a period of up to one year. Commitments for estimated base gas volumes are established under these contracts on a monthly basis at contractually negotiated prices. Commitments for incremental daily purchases are made as necessary during the month in accordance with the terms of the individual contract.
 
Our Mid-Tex Division maintains long-term supply contracts to ensure a reliable source of gas for our customers in this service area which obligate it to purchase specified volumes at market and fixed prices. The estimated commitments under these contracts as of June 30, 2009 are as follows (in thousands):
 
         
2009
  $ 20,256  
2010
    120,481  
2011
    5,658  
2012
    7,302  
2013
    7,711  
Thereafter
    2,614  
         
    $ 164,022  
         
 
Regulatory Matters
 
As previously described in Note 12 to the consolidated financial statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2008, in December 2007, the Company received data requests from the Division of Investigations of the Office of Enforcement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission”) in connection with its investigation into possible violations of the Commission’s posting and competitive bidding regulations for pre-arranged released firm capacity on natural gas pipelines.
 
After responding to two sets of data requests received from the Commission, the Commission agreed to allow us to conduct our own internal investigation into compliance with the Commission’s rules. We have completed our internal investigation and submitted the results to the Commission. During our investigation, we identified certain transactions that could possibly be considered non-compliant, and we continue to fully


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cooperate with the Commission as we work to resolve this matter. We have accrued what we believe is an adequate amount for the anticipated resolution of this proceeding. While the ultimate resolution of this investigation cannot be predicted with certainty, we believe that the final outcome will not have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
 
As of June 30, 2009, rate cases were in progress in our City of Dallas and Virginia service areas and annual rate filing mechanisms were in progress in our City of Dallas and Amarillo service areas. These regulatory proceedings are discussed in further detail in Management’s Discussion and Analysis — Recent Ratemaking Developments.
 
9.   Concentration of Credit Risk
 
Information regarding our concentration of credit risk is disclosed in Note 14 to the financial statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2008. During the nine months ended June 30, 2009, there were no material changes in our concentration of credit risk.
 
10.   Segment Information
 
Atmos Energy and our subsidiaries are engaged primarily in the regulated natural gas distribution, transmission and storage business as well as other nonregulated businesses. We distribute natural gas through sales and transportation arrangements to approximately 3.2 million residential, commercial, public authority and industrial customers through our six regulated natural gas distribution divisions, which cover service areas located in 12 states. In addition, we transport natural gas for others through our distribution system.
 
Through our nonregulated businesses, we primarily provide natural gas management and marketing services to municipalities, other local distribution companies and industrial customers primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. Additionally, we provide natural gas transportation and storage services to certain of our natural gas distribution operations and to third parties.
 
We operate the Company through the following four segments:
 
  •  The natural gas distribution segment, which includes our regulated natural gas distribution and related sales operations.
 
  •  The regulated transmission and storage segment, which includes the regulated pipeline and storage operations of the Atmos Pipeline — Texas Division.
 
  •  The natural gas marketing segment, which includes a variety of nonregulated natural gas management services.
 
  •  The pipeline, storage and other segment, which includes our nonregulated natural gas transmission and storage services.
 
Our determination of reportable segments considers the strategic operating units under which we manage sales of various products and services to customers in differing regulatory environments. Although our natural gas distribution segment operations are geographically dispersed, they are reported as a single segment as each natural gas distribution division has similar economic characteristics. The accounting policies of the segments are the same as those described in the summary of significant accounting policies found in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2008. We evaluate performance based on net income or loss of the respective operating units.


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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
Income statements for the three and nine month periods ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 by segment are presented in the following tables:
 
                                                 
    Three Months Ended June 30, 2009  
    Natural
    Regulated
    Natural
    Pipeline,
             
    Gas
    Transmission
    Gas
    Storage and
             
    Distribution     and Storage     Marketing     Other     Eliminations     Consolidated  
    (In thousands)  
 
Operating revenues from external parties
  $ 386,774     $ 29,558     $ 358,458     $ 5,985     $     $ 780,775  
Intersegment revenues
    211       19,787       95,046       2,241       (117,285 )      
                                                 
      386,985       49,345       453,504       8,226       (117,285 )     780,775  
Purchased gas cost
    195,303             438,482       4,212       (116,862 )     521,135  
                                                 
Gross profit
    191,682       49,345       15,022       4,014       (423 )     259,640  
Operating expenses
                                               
Operation and maintenance
    89,534       13,784       6,445       1,641       (509 )     110,895  
Depreciation and amortization
    47,928       5,066       392       795             54,181  
Taxes, other than income
    44,014       2,569       628       366             47,577  
Asset impairments
    2,823       370       90       21             3,304  
                                                 
Total operating expenses
    184,299       21,789       7,555       2,823       (509 )     215,957  
                                                 
Operating income
    7,383       27,556       7,467       1,191       86       43,683  
Miscellaneous income
    2,167       615       71       2,319       (3,953 )     1,219  
Interest charges
    32,798       8,152       4,020       408       (3,867 )     41,511  
                                                 
Income (loss) before income taxes
    (23,248 )     20,019       3,518       3,102             3,391  
Income tax expense (benefit)
    (8,307 )     7,065       1,419       1,250             1,427  
                                                 
Net income (loss)
  $ (14,941 )   $ 12,954     $ 2,099     $ 1,852     $     $ 1,964  
                                                 
Capital expenditures
  $ 86,861     $ 28,216     $ 82     $ 5,837     $     $ 120,996  
                                                 
 


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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
                                                 
    Three Months Ended June 30, 2008  
    Natural
    Regulated
    Natural
    Pipeline,
             
    Gas
    Transmission
    Gas
    Storage and
             
    Distribution     and Storage     Marketing     Other     Eliminations     Consolidated  
    (In thousands)  
 
Operating revenues from external parties
  $ 676,418     $ 27,321     $ 933,931     $ 1,475     $     $ 1,639,145  
Intersegment revenues
    221       18,965       255,791       2,405       (277,382 )      
                                                 
      676,639       46,286       1,189,722       3,880       (277,382 )     1,639,145  
Purchased gas cost
    476,711             1,192,353       706       (276,847 )     1,392,923  
                                                 
Gross profit
    199,928       46,286       (2,631 )     3,174       (535 )     246,222  
Operating expenses
                                               
Operation and maintenance
    95,853       17,042       4,433       1,115       (621 )     117,822  
Depreciation and amortization
    44,737       4,860       381       378             50,356  
Taxes, other than income
    54,141       2,493       391       310             57,335  
                                                 
Total operating expenses
    194,731       24,395       5,205       1,803       (621 )     225,513  
                                                 
Operating income (loss)
    5,197       21,891       (7,836 )     1,371       86       20,709  
Miscellaneous income
    3,508       550       377       2,273       (5,108 )     1,600  
Interest charges
    28,504       6,606       2,850       532       (5,022 )     33,470  
                                                 
Income (loss) before income taxes
    (19,799 )     15,835       (10,309 )     3,112             (11,161 )
Income tax expense (benefit)
    (7,421 )     5,570       (3,995 )     1,273             (4,573 )
                                                 
Net income (loss)
  $ (12,378 )   $ 10,265     $ (6,314 )   $ 1,839     $     $ (6,588 )
                                                 
Capital expenditures
  $ 92,856     $ 18,252     $ 132     $ 2,916     $     $ 114,156  
                                                 
 

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
                                                 
    Nine Months Ended June 30, 2009  
    Natural
    Regulated
    Natural
    Pipeline,
             
    Gas
    Transmission
    Gas
    Storage and
             
    Distribution     and Storage     Marketing     Other     Eliminations     Consolidated  
    (In thousands)  
 
Operating revenues from external parties
  $ 2,672,742     $ 91,877     $ 1,524,438     $ 29,456     $     $ 4,318,513  
Intersegment revenues
    631       71,384       425,219       7,490       (504,724 )      
                                                 
      2,673,373       163,261       1,949,657       36,946       (504,724 )     4,318,513  
Purchased gas cost
    1,816,227             1,881,068       9,771       (503,456 )     3,203,610  
                                                 
Gross profit
    857,146       163,261       68,589       27,175       (1,268 )     1,114,903  
Operating expenses
                                               
Operation and maintenance
    276,462       58,448       27,228       4,700       (1,526 )     365,312  
Depreciation and amortization
    142,608       15,027       1,189       1,933             160,757  
Taxes, other than income
    139,861       7,929       1,667       571             150,028  
Asset impairments
    4,599       602       146       35             5,382  
                                                 
Total operating expenses
    563,530       82,006       30,230       7,239       (1,526 )     681,479  
                                                 
Operating income
    293,616       81,255       38,359       19,936       258       433,424  
Miscellaneous income (expense)
    6,123       1,713       490       6,540       (15,513 )     (647 )
Interest charges
    94,506       23,580       11,383       1,821       (15,255 )     116,035  
                                                 
Income before income taxes
    205,233       59,388       27,466       24,655             316,742  
Income tax expense
    68,465       19,308       11,444       10,595             109,812  
                                                 
Net income
  $ 136,768     $ 40,080     $ 16,022     $ 14,060     $     $ 206,930  
                                                 
Capital expenditures
  $ 260,482     $ 61,579     $ 199     $ 20,066     $     $ 342,326  
                                                 
 

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
                                                 
    Nine Months Ended June 30, 2008  
    Natural
    Regulated
    Natural
    Pipeline,
             
    Gas
    Transmission
    Gas
    Storage and
             
    Distribution     and Storage     Marketing     Other     Eliminations     Consolidated  
    (In thousands)  
 
Operating revenues from external parties
  $ 3,126,083     $ 72,588     $ 2,568,643     $ 13,326     $     $ 5,780,640  
Intersegment revenues
    589       70,184       590,449       7,303       (668,525 )      
                                                 
      3,126,672       142,772       3,159,092       20,629       (668,525 )     5,780,640  
Purchased gas cost
    2,296,020             3,099,428       1,773       (666,835 )     4,730,386  
                                                 
Gross profit
    830,652       142,772       59,664       18,856       (1,690 )     1,050,254  
Operating expenses
                                               
Operation and maintenance
    291,678       47,560       17,835       3,939       (1,948 )     359,064  
Depreciation and amortization
    130,699       14,683       1,142       1,135             147,659  
Taxes, other than income
    142,063       6,322       3,798       987             153,170  
                                                 
Total operating expenses
    564,440       68,565       22,775       6,061       (1,948 )     659,893  
                                                 
Operating income
    266,212       74,207       36,889       12,795       258       390,361  
Miscellaneous income
    7,654       933       1,775       6,243       (13,631 )     2,974  
Interest charges
    88,802       20,453       6,166       1,755       (13,373 )     103,803  
                                                 
Income before income taxes
    185,064       54,687       32,498       17,283             289,532  
Income tax expense
    71,622       19,351       12,933       6,877             110,783  
                                                 
Net income
  $ 113,442     $ 35,336     $ 19,565     $ 10,406     $     $ 178,749  
                                                 
Capital expenditures
  $ 266,840     $ 40,334     $ 201     $ 5,503     $     $ 312,878  
                                                 

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ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION
 
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
Balance sheet information at June 30, 2009 and September 30, 2008 by segment is presented in the following tables:
 
                                                 
    June 30, 2009  
    Natural
    Regulated
    Natural
    Pipeline,
             
    Gas
    Transmission
    Gas
    Storage and
             
    Distribution     and Storage     Marketing     Other     Eliminations     Consolidated  
    (In thousands)  
 
ASSETS
                                               
Property, plant and equipment, net
  $ 3,625,656     $ 631,136     $ 7,232     $ 75,340     $     $ 4,339,364  
Investment in subsidiaries
    526,941             (2,096 )           (524,845 )      
Current assets
                                               
Cash and cash equivalents
    39,276             76,111       10,348             125,735  
Assets from risk management activities
    1,233             30,696       3,835       (4,510 )     31,254  
Other current assets
    416,144       16,481       211,197       55,510       (60,309 )     639,023  
Intercompany receivables
    507,278                   146,140       (653,418 )      
                                                 
Total current assets
    963,931       16,481       318,004       215,833       (718,237 )     796,012  
Intangible assets
                1,617                   1,617  
Goodwill
    569,920       132,367       24,282       10,429             736,998  
Noncurrent assets from risk management activities
                9,900                   9,900  
Deferred charges and other assets
    181,945       9,959       1,045       19,190             212,139  
                                                 
    $ 5,868,393     $ 789,943     $ 359,984     $ 320,792     $ (1,243,082 )   $ 6,096,030  
                                                 
CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES
                                               
Shareholders’ equity
  $ 2,191,520     $ 170,224     $ 101,997     $ 254,720     $ (526,941 )   $ 2,191,520  
Long-term debt
    2,168,937                   458             2,169,395  
                                                 
Total capitalization
    4,360,457       170,224       101,997       255,178       (526,941 )     4,360,915  
Current liabilities
                                               
Current maturities of long-term debt
                      131             131  
Short-term debt
    40,340                         (40,340 )      
Liabilities from risk management activities
    22,945             4,668       705       (4,510 )     23,808  
Other current liabilities
    427,859       8,270       151,717       50,274       (17,760 )     620,360  
Intercompany payables
          530,513       122,905             (653,418 )      
                                                 
Total current liabilities
    491,144       538,783       279,290       51,110       (716,028 )     644,299  
Deferred income taxes
    444,621       76,837       (21,955 )     11,511       (113 )     510,901  
Noncurrent liabilities from risk management activities
    316                               316  
Regulatory cost of removal obligation
    322,529                               322,529  
Deferred credits and other liabilities
    249,326       4,099       652       2,993             257,070  
                                                 
    $ 5,868,393     $ 789,943     $ 359,984     $ 320,792     $ (1,243,082 )   $ 6,096,030  
                                                 
 


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ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION
 
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
                                                 
    September 30, 2008  
    Natural
    Regulated
    Natural
    Pipeline,
             
    Gas
    Transmission
    Gas
    Storage and
             
    Distribution     and Storage     Marketing     Other     Eliminations     Consolidated  
    (In thousands)  
 
ASSETS
                                               
Property, plant and equipment, net
  $ 3,483,556     $ 585,160     $ 7,520     $ 60,623     $     $ 4,136,859  
Investment in subsidiaries
    463,158             (2,096 )           (461,062 )      
Current assets
                                               
Cash and cash equivalents
    30,878             9,120       6,719             46,717  
Assets from risk management activities
                69,008       20,239       (20,956 )     68,291  
Other current assets
    774,933       18,396       411,648       56,791       (91,672 )     1,170,096  
Intercompany receivables
    578,833                   135,795       (714,628 )      
                                                 
Total current assets
    1,384,644       18,396       489,776       219,544       (827,256 )     1,285,104  
Intangible assets
                2,088                   2,088  
Goodwill
    569,920       132,367       24,282       10,429             736,998  
Noncurrent assets from risk management activities
                5,473                   5,473  
Deferred charges and other assets
    195,985       11,212       1,182       11,798             220,177  
                                                 
    $ 6,097,263     $ 747,135     $ 528,225     $ 302,394     $ (1,288,318 )   $ 6,386,699  
                                                 
CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES
                                               
Shareholders’ equity
  $ 2,052,492     $ 130,144     $ 114,559     $ 218,455     $ (463,158 )   $ 2,052,492  
Long-term debt
    2,119,267                   525             2,119,792  
                                                 
Total capitalization
    4,171,759       130,144       114,559       218,980       (463,158 )     4,172,284  
Current liabilities
                                               
Current maturities of long-term debt
                      785             785  
Short-term debt
    385,592             6,500             (41,550 )     350,542  
Liabilities from risk management activities
    58,566             20,688       616       (20,956 )     58,914  
Other current liabilities
    538,777       7,053       236,217       62,796       (47,997 )     796,846  
Intercompany payables
          543,384       171,244             (714,628 )      
                                                 
Total current liabilities
    982,935       550,437       434,649       64,197       (825,131 )     1,207,087  
Deferred income taxes
    384,860       62,720       (21,936 )     15,687       (29 )     441,302  
Noncurrent liabilities from risk management activities
    5,111             258                   5,369  
Regulatory cost of removal obligation
    298,645                               298,645  
Deferred credits and other liabilities
    253,953       3,834       695       3,530             262,012  
                                                 
    $ 6,097,263     $ 747,135     $ 528,225     $ 302,394     $ (1,288,318 )   $ 6,386,699  
                                                 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
 
The Board of Directors and Shareholders of
Atmos Energy Corporation
 
We have reviewed the condensed consolidated balance sheet of Atmos Energy Corporation as of June 30, 2009, the related condensed consolidated statements of income for the three-month and nine-month periods ended June 30, 2009 and 2008, and the condensed consolidated statements of cash flows for the nine-month periods ended June 30, 2009 and 2008. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management.
 
We conducted our review in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). A review of interim financial information consists principally of applying analytical procedures and making inquiries of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters. It is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the objective of which is the expression of an opinion regarding the financial statements taken as a whole. Accordingly, we do not express such an opinion.
 
Based on our review, we are not aware of any material modifications that should be made to the condensed consolidated financial statements referred to above for them to be in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
 
We have previously audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the consolidated balance sheet of Atmos Energy Corporation as of September 30, 2008, and the related consolidated statements of income, shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for the year then ended, not presented herein, and in our report dated November 18, 2008, we expressed an unqualified opinion on those consolidated financial statements. In our opinion, the information set forth in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet as of September 30, 2008, is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the consolidated balance sheet from which it has been derived.
 
/s/  Ernst & Young LLP
 
Dallas, Texas
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Item 2.   Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
 
INTRODUCTION
 
The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the condensed consolidated financial statements in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and Management’s Discussion and Analysis in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2008.
 
Cautionary Statement for the Purposes of the Safe Harbor under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
 
The statements contained in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this Report are forward-looking statements made in good faith by us and are intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this Report, or any other of our documents or oral presentations, the words “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect”, “forecast”, “goal”, “intend”, “objective”, “plan”, “projection”, “seek”, “strategy” or similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the statements relating to our strategy, operations, markets, services, rates, recovery of costs, availability of gas supply and other factors. These risks and uncertainties, which are discussed in more detail in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2008, include the following: our ability to continue to access the credit markets to satisfy our liquidity requirements; the impact of recent adverse economic conditions on our customers; increased costs of providing pension and postretirement health care benefits and increased funding requirements; market risks beyond our control affecting our risk management activities including market liquidity, commodity price volatility, increasing interest rates and counterparty creditworthiness; regulatory trends and decisions, including the impact of rate proceedings before various state regulatory commissions; increased federal regulatory oversight and potential penalties; the impact of environmental regulations on our business; the concentration of our distribution, pipeline and storage operations in Texas; adverse weather conditions; the effects of inflation and changes in the availability and price of natural gas; the capital-intensive nature of our gas distribution business; increased competition from energy suppliers and alternative forms of energy; the inherent hazards and risks involved in operating our gas distribution business; natural disasters, terrorist activities or other events; and other risks and uncertainties discussed herein, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, while we believe these forward-looking statements to be reasonable, there can be no assurance that they will approximate actual experience or that the expectations derived from them will be realized. Further, we undertake no obligation to update or revise any of our forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
 
OVERVIEW
 
Atmos Energy and our subsidiaries are engaged primarily in the regulated natural gas distribution and transportation and storage businesses as well as other nonregulated natural gas businesses. We distribute natural gas through sales and transportation arrangements to approximately 3.2 million residential, commercial, public authority and industrial customers throughout our six regulated natural gas distribution divisions, which cover service areas located in 12 states. In addition, we transport natural gas for others through our distribution system.
 
Through our nonregulated businesses, we primarily provide natural gas management and marketing services to municipalities, other local gas distribution companies and industrial customers primarily in the Midwest and Southeast and natural gas transportation and storage services to certain of our natural gas distribution divisions and to third parties.


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We operate the Company through the following four segments:
 
  •  the natural gas distribution segment, which includes our regulated natural gas distribution and related sales operations,
 
  •  the regulated transmission and storage segment, which includes the regulated pipeline and storage operations of the Atmos Pipeline — Texas Division,
 
  •  the natural gas marketing segment, which includes a variety of nonregulated natural gas management services and
 
  •  the pipeline, storage and other segment, which is comprised of our nonregulated natural gas gathering, transmission and storage services.
 
CRITICAL ACCOUNTING ESTIMATES AND POLICIES
 
Our condensed consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses and the related disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities. We based our estimates on historical experience and various other assumptions that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. On an ongoing basis, we evaluate our estimates, including those related to risk management and trading activities, the allowance for doubtful accounts, legal and environmental accruals, insurance accruals, pension and postretirement obligations, deferred income taxes and the valuation of goodwill, indefinite-lived intangible assets and other long-lived assets. Actual results may differ from such estimates.
 
Our critical accounting policies used in the preparation of our consolidated financial statements are described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2008 and include the following:
 
  •  Regulation
 
  •  Revenue Recognition
 
  •  Allowance for Doubtful Accounts
 
  •  Derivatives and Hedging Activities
 
  •  Impairment Assessments
 
  •  Pension and Other Postretirement Plans
 
Our critical accounting policies are reviewed quarterly by the Audit Committee. There were no significant changes to these critical accounting policies during the nine months ended June 30, 2009.
 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
 
During the current fiscal year, several external factors have impacted Atmos Energy, including but not limited to adverse developments in the global and financial credit markets and the unfavorable impact of the economic recession.
 
The tightening of the credit markets has made it more difficult and more expensive for us to access the capital markets. However, during the fiscal year, we have undertaken several steps to improve our financial position. In March 2009, we successfully completed an offering of $450 million 8.5% senior notes, and used most of the proceeds in April 2009 to redeem $400 million of senior notes that were scheduled to mature in October 2009. Additionally, we enhanced our liquidity sources in various ways. In October 2008, we replaced our former $300 million 364-day committed credit facility with a new 364-day $212.5 million committed credit facility. Additionally, we converted AEM’s former $580 million uncommitted credit facility to a 364-day $375 million committed credit facility. This facility was subsequently increased to $450 million in April 2009. Finally, in April 2009 we replaced an expiring $18 million unsecured committed credit facility


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with a $25 million unsecured committed credit facility. After entering into these new facilities, we currently have a total of approximately $1.3 billion available to us under four committed credit facilities. As a result of these developments and our continued successful financial performance, Standard & Poor’s Corporation (S&P) upgraded our credit rating from BBB to BBB+ in December 2008 and Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) upgraded the credit rating on our senior long-term debt from Baa3 to Baa2 and our commercial paper from P-3 to P-2 in May 2009. These ratings upgrades should improve our ability to access the short-term capital markets to satisfy our liquidity requirements on more economical terms in the future.
 
Challenging economic times have also impacted most of our business segments. The impact of the economic downturn is most apparent in a general decline in throughput. Our natural gas distribution segment has experienced a year-over-year four percent decrease in consolidated throughput, primarily associated with lower residential, commercial and industrial consumption. Declines in the demand for natural gas as a result of idle production and plant closures have contributed to a seven percent year-over-year decrease in consolidated throughput in our regulated transmission and storage segment and a five percent year-over-year decrease in consolidated sales volumes in our natural gas marketing segment. However, recent improvements in rate design in our natural gas distribution segment and the ability to earn higher per-unit margins in our regulated transmission and storage and natural gas marketing segments has more than offset the decline in throughput and sales volumes. Additionally, reduced demand for natural gas has resulted in lower natural gas prices, which has contributed significantly to the increase in our operating cash flow from $417 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2008 to $825 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2009.
 
The seasonality of our distribution business typically results in a loss in our fiscal third quarter. However, we reported net income of $2.0 million, or $0.02 per diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2009 compared with a net loss of $6.6 million, or $0.07 per diluted share in the prior-year quarter. The quarter-over-quarter improvement reflects higher gross profit in our regulated transmission and storage and natural gas marketing segments combined with lower consolidated operation and maintenance expense, which more than offset lower natural gas distribution margins and a $3.3 million charge to impair certain available-for-sale investments.
 
For the first nine months of fiscal 2009, net income increased 16 percent to $206.9 million, or $2.26 per diluted share. Regulated operations contributed 85 percent of our net income during this period with our nonregulated operations contributing the remaining 15 percent. Results for the nine months ended June 30, 2009 include the favorable impact of a one-time tax benefit of $11.3 million, or $0.12 per diluted share and the unfavorable impact of a $5.4 million charge, or $0.04 per diluted share, to impair certain available-for-sale investments. Additionally, results for the nine-month period ended June 30, 2009 reflect increased gross profit across all of our business segments, partially offset by higher depreciation expense, pipeline maintenance and employee costs and interest expense.
 
The following table presents our consolidated financial highlights for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008:
 
                                 
    Three Months Ended
    Nine Months Ended
 
    June 30     June 30  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
    (In thousands, except per share data)  
 
Operating revenues
  $ 780,775     $ 1,639,145     $ 4,318,513     $ 5,780,640  
Gross profit
    259,640       246,222       1,114,903       1,050,254  
Operating expenses
    215,957       225,513       681,479       659,893  
Operating income
    43,683       20,709       433,424       390,361  
Miscellaneous income (expense)
    1,219       1,600       (647 )     2,974  
Interest charges
    41,511       33,470       116,035       103,803  
Income (loss) before income taxes
    3,391       (11,161 )     316,742       289,532  
Income tax expense (benefit)
    1,427       (4,573 )     109,812       110,783  
Net income (loss)
  $ 1,964     $ (6,588 )   $ 206,930     $ 178,749  
Diluted net income (loss) per share
  $ 0.02     $ (0.07 )   $ 2.26     $ 1.99  


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Our consolidated net income (loss) during the three and nine months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 was earned in each of our business segments as follows:
 
                         
    Three Months Ended
 
    June 30  
    2009     2008     Change  
    (In thousands)  
 
Natural gas distribution segment
  $ (14,941 )   $ (12,378 )   $ (2,563 )
Regulated transmission and storage segment
    12,954       10,265       2,689  
Natural gas marketing segment
    2,099       (6,314 )     8,413  
Pipeline, storage and other segment
    1,852       1,839       13  
                         
Net income (loss)
  $ 1,964     $ (6,588 )   $ 8,552  
                         
 
                         
    Nine Months Ended
 
    June 30  
    2009     2008     Change  
    (In thousands)  
 
Natural gas distribution segment
  $ 136,768     $ 113,442     $ 23,326  
Regulated transmission and storage segment
    40,080       35,336       4,744  
Natural gas marketing segment
    16,022       19,565       (3,543 )
Pipeline, storage and other segment
    14,060       10,406       3,654  
                         
Net income
  $ 206,930     $ 178,749     $ 28,181  
                         
 
The following tables segregate our consolidated net income (loss) and diluted earnings per share between our regulated and nonregulated operations:
 
                         
    Three Months Ended
 
    June 30  
    2009     2008     Change  
    (In thousands, except per share data)  
 
Regulated operations
  $ (1,987 )   $ (2,113 )   $ 126  
Nonregulated operations
    3,951       (4,475 )     8,426  
                         
Consolidated net income (loss)
  $ 1,964     $ (6,588 )   $ 8,552  
                         
Diluted EPS from regulated operations
  $ (0.02 )   $ (0.02 )   $  
Diluted EPS from nonregulated operations
    0.04       (0.05 )     0.09  
                         
Consolidated diluted EPS
  $ 0.02     $ (0.07 )   $ 0.09  
                         
 
                         
    Nine Months Ended
 
    June 30  
    2009     2008     Change  
    (In thousands, except per share data)  
 
Regulated operations
  $ 176,848     $ 148,778     $ 28,070  
Nonregulated operations
    30,082       29,971       111  
                         
Consolidated net income
  $ 206,930     $ 178,749     $ 28,181  
                         
Diluted EPS from regulated operations
  $ 1.93     $ 1.66     $ 0.27  
Diluted EPS from nonregulated operations
    0.33       0.33        
                         
Consolidated diluted EPS
  $ 2.26     $ 1.99     $ 0.27  
                         


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Three Months Ended June 30, 2009 compared with Three Months Ended June 30, 2008
 
Natural Gas Distribution Segment
 
The primary factors that impact the results of our natural gas distribution operations are our ability to earn our authorized rates of return, the cost of natural gas, competitive factors in the energy industry and economic conditions in our service areas.
 
Our ability to earn our authorized rates of return is based primarily on our ability to improve the rate design in our various ratemaking jurisdictions by reducing or eliminating regulatory lag and, ultimately, separating the recovery of our approved margins from customer usage patterns. Improving rate design is a long-term process and is further complicated by the fact that we operate in multiple rate jurisdictions.
 
Seasonal weather patterns can also affect our natural gas distribution operations. However, the effect of weather that is above or below normal is substantially offset through weather normalization adjustments, known as WNA, which has been approved by state regulatory commissions for approximately 90 percent of our residential and commercial meters in the following states for the following time periods:
 
     
Georgia
  October – May
Kansas
  October – May
Kentucky
  November – April
Louisiana
  December – March
Mississippi
  November – April
Tennessee
  November – April
Texas: Mid-Tex
  November – April
Texas: West Texas
  October – May
Virginia
  January – December
 
Our natural gas distribution operations are also affected by the cost of natural gas. The cost of gas is passed through to our customers without markup. Therefore, increases in the cost of gas are offset by a corresponding increase in revenues. Accordingly, we believe gross profit is a better indicator of our financial performance than revenues.
 
Gross profit in our Texas and Mississippi service areas includes franchise fees and gross receipts taxes, which are calculated as a percentage of revenue (inclusive of gas costs). Therefore, the amount of these taxes included in revenues is influenced by the cost of gas and the level of gas sales volumes. We record the associated tax expense as a component of taxes, other than income. Although changes in these revenue-related taxes arising from changes in gas costs affect gross profit, over time the impact of these timing differences is generally offset within operating income. Prior to January 1, 2009, timing differences existed between the recognition of revenue for franchise fees collected from our customers and the recognition of expense of franchise taxes. These timing differences had a significant temporary effect on operating income in periods with volatile gas prices, particularly in our Mid-Tex Division. Beginning January 1, 2009, changes in our franchise fee agreements in our Mid-Tex Division became effective which should significantly reduce the impact of this timing difference on a prospective basis. However, this timing difference will still be present for gross receipts taxes.
 
Higher gas costs may also adversely impact our accounts receivable collections, resulting in higher bad debt expense and may require us to increase borrowings under our credit facilities resulting in higher interest expense. Finally, higher gas costs, as well as competitive factors in the industry and general economic conditions may cause customers to conserve or use alternative energy sources.


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Review of Financial and Operating Results
 
Financial and operational highlights for our natural gas distribution segment for the three months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 are presented below.
 
                         
    Three Months Ended
 
    June 30  
    2009     2008     Change  
    (In thousands, unless otherwise noted)  
 
Gross profit
  $ 191,682     $ 199,928     $ (8,246 )
Operating expenses
    184,299       194,731       (10,432 )
                         
Operating income
    7,383       5,197       2,186  
Miscellaneous income
    2,167       3,508       (1,341 )
Interest charges
    32,798       28,504       4,294  
                         
Loss before income taxes
    (23,248 )     (19,799 )     (3,449 )
Income tax benefit
    (8,307 )     (7,421 )     (886 )
                         
Net loss
  $ (14,941 )   $ (12,378 )   $ (2,563 )
                         
Consolidated natural gas distribution sales volumes — MMcf
    40,081       41,357       (1,276 )
Consolidated natural gas distribution transportation volumes — MMcf
    29,597       32,126       (2,529 )
                         
Total consolidated natural gas distribution throughput — MMcf
    69,678       73,483       (3,805 )
                         
Consolidated natural gas distribution average transportation revenue per Mcf
  $ 0.46     $ 0.43     $ 0.03  
Consolidated natural gas distribution average cost of gas per Mcf sold
  $ 4.87     $ 11.53     $ (6.66 )
 
The following table shows our operating income by natural gas distribution division, in order of total customers served, for the three months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008. The presentation of our natural gas distribution operating income is included for financial reporting purposes and may not be appropriate for ratemaking purposes.
 
                         
    Three Months Ended
 
    June 30  
    2009     2008     Change  
    (In thousands)  
 
Mid-Tex
  $ (3,598 )   $ (3,043 )   $ (555 )
Kentucky/Mid-States
    2,931       5,757       (2,826 )
Louisiana
    5,459       5,086       373  
West Texas
    1,010       (563 )     1,573  
Mississippi
    (585 )     (946 )     361  
Colorado-Kansas
    1,247       542       705  
Other
    919       (1,636 )     2,555  
                         
Total
  $ 7,383     $ 5,197     $ 2,186  
                         
 
The $8.2 million decrease in natural gas distribution gross profit primarily reflects a net $5.4 million decrease in margins in the Mid-Tex Division. This reduction in margins was primarily due to rate design changes implemented in November 2008 that decreased the monthly base charge and increased the volumetric charge for most of the Mid-Tex Division’s customers. This change results in higher gross profit during the winter heating season and lower gross profit in the summer months. The current year period also reflects a $3.3 million increase in rate adjustments primarily in Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana and West Texas. The


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decrease in gross profit also reflects a $3.5 million decrease as a result of a five percent decrease in distribution throughput, primarily associated with lower residential, commercial and industrial consumption. Finally, service revenue and late charges, which are based on the customer’s outstanding balance, decreased $1.3 million due to the lower cost of natural gas in the current-year period.
 
Partially offsetting these decreases was an increase of approximately $1.3 million in revenue-related taxes in the current-year quarter compared to the prior-year quarter primarily due to the timing change in franchise fees in our Mid-Tex Division. This increase was combined with a $9.5 million quarter-over-quarter decrease in the associated franchise and state gross receipts tax expense recorded as a component of taxes, other than income, resulting in a $10.8 million increase in operating income when compared with the prior-year quarter.
 
Operating expenses, which include operation and maintenance expense, provision for doubtful accounts, depreciation and amortization expense, taxes, other than income, and asset impairments decreased $10.4 million.
 
Operation and maintenance expense, excluding the provision for doubtful accounts, decreased $4.9 million, primarily due to lower legal and other administrative costs. These decreases were partially offset by a $2.8 million noncash charge to impair certain available-for-sale investments as the Company believed the fair value of these investments would not recover within a reasonable period of time.
 
Depreciation and amortization expense increased $3.2 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 compared with third quarter of fiscal 2008. The increase primarily was attributable to additional assets placed in service during the current-year period.
 
Interest charges allocated to the natural gas distribution segment increased $4.3 million due to the effect of the Company’s March 2009 issuance of $450 million 8.50% senior notes to repay $400 million 4.00% senior notes in April 2009.
 
Recent Ratemaking Developments
 
Significant ratemaking developments that occurred during the nine months ended June 30, 2009 are discussed below. The amounts described below represent the operating income that was requested or received in each rate filing, which may not necessarily reflect the stated amount referenced in the final order, as certain operating costs may have changed as a result of a commission’s final ruling.
 
Annual Rate Filing Mechanisms
 
In March 2009, the Mid-Tex Division filed its second Rate Review Mechanism (RRM) with the Settled Cities. The filing requested an increase in annual operating income of $9.7 million for the Settled Cities. The Mid-Tex Division and representatives of the Settled Cities reached an agreement to increase annual operating income by $2.0 million, which will be implemented in rates beginning in August 2009. Beginning in November 2008, rates were implemented from our first RRM filing with the Settled Cities, which resulted in an increase in annual operating income on a system-wide basis of approximately $27.3 million. The impact to the Mid-Tex Division for the Settled Cities was approximately $21.8 million.
 
In April 2009, the West Texas Division filed its second RRM with the West Texas Cities. The filing requested an increase in annual operating income of $11.1 million. The West Texas Division and representatives of the West Texas Cities reached an agreement to increase annual operating income $7.8 million, which will be implemented in rates beginning in August 2009. Beginning in November 2008, rates were implemented from our first RRM with the West Texas Cities, which resulted in an increase in operating income of $4.5 million, of which $3.9 million is being collected over a 91/2 month period.
 
In April 2009, the City of Lubbock approved an RRM tariff similar to the RRM tariff utilized by the West Texas Cities. The West Texas Division filed its first RRM with the City of Lubbock on April 15, 2009. The filing requested an increase in annual operating income of $3.5 million. The City of Lubbock is currently reviewing the filing and a final determination is expected in October 2009.


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In June 2009, the City of Amarillo approved an RRM tariff similar to the RRM tariff utilized by the West Texas Cities. The West Texas Division filed its first RRM with the City of Amarillo on June 17, 2009. The filing requested an annual increase in operating income of $2.3 million. The City of Amarillo is currently reviewing the filing and a final determination is expected in October 2009.
 
In December 2008, the Louisiana Division filed its TransLa annual rate stabilization clause with the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) for the test year ended September 30, 2008. The filing resulted in an annual increase in operating income of $0.6 million and was implemented in April 2009.
 
In April 2009, the Louisiana Division filed its LGS annual rate stabilization clause with the LPSC. The filing was for the test year ended December 31, 2008. The filing resulted in an annual increase in operating income of $3.3 million and was implemented in July 2009.
 
In September 2008, we filed our Mississippi stable rate filing with the Mississippi Public Service Commission (MPSC) requesting an increase in annual operating income of $3.5 million. In January 2009, we withdrew this request after we were unable to reach a mutually agreeable settlement with the MPSC.
 
GRIP Filings
 
In May 2008, the Mid-Tex Division made a GRIP filing seeking a $10.3 million increase on a system-wide basis. However, this filing was only applicable to the City of Dallas and the Mid-Tex environs and sought a $1.8 million increase for customers in those service areas. Rates were approved for this filing in December 2008 and were implemented in January 2009. However, in April 2009, the City of Dallas challenged the legality of the implementation of the GRIP rates, which the Company is contesting in the District Courts of Dallas and Travis Counties.
 
In March 2009, the Mid-Tex Division made a GRIP filing seeking an $18.7 million increase on a system-wide basis. However, this filing is applicable to the City of Dallas only and seeks a $2.7 million increase for customers in the City of Dallas. The City of Dallas denied this GRIP filing in June 2009 and the Mid-Tex Division has appealed this action to the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC).
 
Any rate increases granted from these GRIP filings will be in effect until such time that they are superseded by the statement of intent filed with the City of Dallas discussed below.
 
Rate Case Filings
 
In October 2008, our Kentucky/Mid-States Division filed a rate case with the Tennessee Regulatory Authority seeking an increase in annual operating income of $6.3 million. In January 2009, the Consumer Advocate and Protection Division recommended a decrease in rates of $3.7 million. In March 2009, a unanimous stipulation was filed and approved in the case. The parties agreed to an increase in annual operating income of $2.5 million with a stated return on equity of 10.3 percent. The increase in rates was implemented in April 2009.
 
In November 2008, the Mid-Tex Division filed a statement of intent to increase annual operating income for customers within the City of Dallas by $9.1 million. The City of Dallas suspended the filing in December 2008 and denied the increase in March 2009. The Mid-Tex Division has appealed the filing and in April 2009 we requested an increase in annual operating income of $7.5 million and concurrently filed for a statement of intent to increase annual operating income $1.3 million applicable to the Mid-Tex unincorporated areas. The City of Dallas has proposed a reduction of rates of $28.9 million to annual operating income system-wide, or approximately $5.8 million for the City of Dallas and environs customers. On August 4, 2009, the Mid-Tex Division filed a rebuttal revising the requested increase in annual operating income to $6.6 million for the City of Dallas and $1.1 million for the Mid-Tex unincorporated areas. A hearing is scheduled with the RRC in August 2009 and a final ruling is expected in November 2009. If the statement of intent applicable to the City of Dallas is approved by the RRC, the new rates implemented could supersede the City of Dallas GRIP rates discussed above.


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In April 2009, the Kentucky/Mid-States Division filed an expedited rate case with the Virginia State Corporation Commission seeking an increase in annual operating income of $1.7 million. Interim rates were implemented subject to refund on May 1, 2009. The application is currently in discovery with a final determination expected in October 2009.
 
In July 2009, the Colorado/Kansas Division filed a rate case with the Colorado Public Service Commission seeking an increase in annual operating income of $3.8 million effective in August 2009. A procedural schedule has not been established; however the Commission is expected to suspend the filing.
 
Other Ratemaking Activity
 
In May 2007, our Mid-Tex Division filed for a 36-month gas contract review filing. This filing was mandated by prior RRC orders and related to the prudency of gas purchases made from November 2003 through October 2006, which total approximately $2.7 billion. The intervening parties recommended disallowances ranging from $58 million to $89 million. A hearing was held at the RRC in September 2008. In December 2008, a proposal for decision was issued by the Hearing Examiner recommending no gas cost disallowance. In February 2009, the RRC approved the Hearing Examiner’s recommendation to disallow no gas costs.
 
In March 2009, the RRC established a procedural schedule to examine the 36-month gas contract review process. Briefs were filed in April 2009 and the Hearing Examiner issued a proposal for decision in June 2009 which recommended the elimination of the 36-month gas contract review process. The RRC has not taken any action on the proposed final order.
 
Regulated Transmission and Storage Segment
 
Our regulated transmission and storage segment consists of the regulated pipeline and storage operations of the Atmos Pipeline — Texas Division. The Atmos Pipeline — Texas Division transports natural gas to our Mid-Tex Division and third parties and manages five underground storage reservoirs in Texas. We also provide ancillary services customary in the pipeline industry including parking and lending arrangements and sales of inventory on hand.
 
Similar to our natural gas distribution segment, our regulated transmission and storage segment is impacted by seasonal weather patterns, competitive factors in the energy industry and economic conditions in our service areas. Further, as the Atmos Pipeline — Texas Division operations supply all of the natural gas for our Mid-Tex Division, the results of this segment are highly dependent upon the natural gas requirements of the Mid-Tex Division. Finally, as a regulated pipeline, the operations of the Atmos Pipeline — Texas Division may be impacted by the timing of when costs and expenses are incurred and when these costs and expenses are recovered through its tariffs.


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Review of Financial and Operating Results
 
Financial and operational highlights for our regulated transmission and storage segment for the three months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 are presented below.
 
                         
    Three Months Ended
 
    June 30  
    2009     2008     Change  
    (In thousands, unless otherwise noted)  
 
Mid-Tex transportation
  $ 19,507     $ 18,761     $ 746  
Third-party transportation
    24,285       22,485       1,800  
Storage and park and lend services
    3,137       2,387       750  
Other
    2,416       2,653       (237 )
                         
Gross profit
    49,345       46,286       3,059  
Operating expenses
    21,789       24,395       (2,606 )
                         
Operating income
    27,556       21,891       5,665  
Miscellaneous income
    615       550       65  
Interest charges
    8,152       6,606       1,546  
                         
Income before income taxes
    20,019       15,835       4,184  
Income tax expense
    7,065       5,570       1,495  
                         
Net income
  $ 12,954     $ 10,265     $ 2,689  
                         
Gross pipeline transportation volumes — MMcf
    169,641       181,112       (11,471 )
                         
Consolidated pipeline transportation volumes — MMcf
    141,556       152,450       (10,894 )
                         
 
The $3.1 million increase in gross profit was attributable primarily to a $3.5 million increase from higher demand-based fees. The improvement in gross profit also reflects a $1.1 million increase due to our GRIP filings. These increases were partially offset by a $0.7 million decrease arising from a seven percent decrease in city-gate, electrical generation, Barnett Shale and HUB deliveries.
 
Operating expenses decreased $2.6 million primarily due to a decrease in pipeline maintenance costs during the current-year quarter.
 
Recent Ratemaking Developments
 
In February 2009, the Atmos Pipeline — Texas Division made a GRIP filing seeking an increase in annual operating income of $6.3 million. The filing was approved by the RRC and a final order was issued in April 2009.
 
Natural Gas Marketing Segment
 
Our natural gas marketing activities are conducted through Atmos Energy Marketing, LLC (AEM). AEM aggregates and purchases gas supply, arranges transportation and/or storage logistics and ultimately delivers gas to our customers at competitive prices. To facilitate this process, we utilize proprietary and customer-owned transportation and storage assets to provide the various services our customers request, including furnishing natural gas supplies at fixed and market-based prices, contract negotiation and administration, load forecasting, gas storage acquisition and management services, transportation services, peaking sales and balancing services, capacity utilization strategies and gas price hedging through the use of financial instruments. As a result, our revenues arise from the types of commercial transactions we have structured with our customers and include the value we extract by optimizing the storage and transportation capacity we own or control as well as revenues received for services we deliver.
 
Our asset optimization activities seek to maximize the economic value associated with the storage and transportation capacity we own or control. We attempt to meet this objective by engaging in natural gas storage transactions in which we seek to find and profit from the pricing differences that occur over time. We purchase physical natural gas and then sell financial instruments at advantageous prices to lock in a gross


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profit margin. We also seek to participate in transactions in which we combine the natural gas commodity and transportation costs to minimize our costs incurred to serve our customers by identifying the lowest cost alternative within the natural gas supplies, transportation and markets to which we have access. Through the use of transportation and storage services and financial instruments, we also seek to capture gross profit margin through the arbitrage of pricing differences that exist in various locations and by recognizing pricing differences that occur over time.
 
AEM continually manages its net physical position to attempt to increase in the future the potential economic gross profit that was created when the original transaction was executed. Therefore, AEM may subsequently change its originally scheduled storage injection and withdrawal plans from one time period to another based on market conditions and recognize any associated gains or losses at that time. If AEM elects to accelerate the withdrawal of physical gas, it will execute new financial instruments to economically hedge the original financial instruments. If AEM elects to defer the withdrawal of gas, it will reset its financial instruments by settling the original financial instruments and executing new financial instruments to correspond to the revised withdrawal schedule.
 
We use financial instruments, designated as fair value hedges, to hedge our natural gas inventory used in our natural gas marketing storage activities. These financial instruments are marked to market each month based upon the NYMEX price with changes in fair value recognized as unrealized gains and losses in the period of change. The hedged natural gas inventory is marked to market at the end of each month based on the Gas Daily index with changes in fair value recognized as unrealized gains and losses in the period of change. Changes in the spreads between the forward natural gas prices used to value the financial hedges designated against our physical inventory and the market (spot) prices used to value our physical storage result in unrealized margins until the underlying physical gas is withdrawn and the related financial instruments are settled. Once the gas is withdrawn and the financial instruments are settled, the previously unrealized margins associated with these net positions are realized.
 
AEM also uses financial instruments to capture additional storage arbitrage opportunities that may arise after the execution of the original physical inventory hedge and to attempt to insulate and protect the economic value within its asset optimization activities. Changes in fair value associated with these financial instruments are recognized as a component of unrealized margins until they are settled.
 
Review of Financial and Operating Results
 
Financial and operational highlights for our natural gas marketing segment for the three months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 are presented below. Gross profit margin consists primarily of margins earned from the delivery of gas and related services requested by our customers and margins earned from asset optimization activities, which are derived from the utilization of our proprietary and managed third-party storage and transportation assets to capture favorable arbitrage spreads through natural gas trading activities.
 
Unrealized margins represent the unrealized gains or losses on our net physical gas position and the related financial instruments used to manage commodity price risk as described above. These margins fluctuate based upon changes in the spreads between the physical (spot) and forward natural gas prices. Generally, if the physical/financial spread narrows, we will record unrealized gains or lower unrealized losses. If the physical/financial spread widens, we will record unrealized losses or lower unrealized gains. The magnitude of the


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unrealized gains and losses is also contingent upon the levels of our net physical position at the end of the reporting period.
 
                         
    Three Months Ended
 
    June 30  
    2009     2008     Change  
    (In thousands, unless otherwise noted)  
 
Realized margins
                       
Delivered gas
  $ 16,598     $ 11,231     $ 5,367  
Asset optimization
    (14,580 )     (37,551 )     22,971  
                         
      2,018       (26,320 )     28,338  
Unrealized margins
    13,004       23,689       (10,685 )
                         
Gross profit
    15,022       (2,631 )     17,653  
Operating expenses
    7,555       5,205       2,350  
                         
Operating income
    7,467       (7,836 )     15,303  
Miscellaneous income
    71       377       (306 )
Interest charges
    4,020       2,850       1,170  
                         
Income (loss) before income taxes
    3,518       (10,309 )     13,827  
Income tax expense (benefit)
    1,419       (3,995 )     5,414  
                         
Net income (loss)
  $ 2,099     $ (6,314 )   $ 8,413  
                         
Gross natural gas marketing sales volumes — MMcf
    103,146       103,403       (257 )
                         
Consolidated natural gas marketing sales volumes — MMcf
    84,162       82,122       2,040  
                         
Net physical position (Bcf)
    20.0       17.5       2.5  
                         
 
The $17.7 million increase in our natural gas marketing segment’s gross profit was driven primarily by a $23.0 million increase in asset optimization margins. The increase was primarily the result of a decrease in losses realized on financial settlements during the current quarter when compared to the prior-year quarter. Settlements during both years were primarily related to the deferral of storage withdrawals as AEM had elected to reset the corresponding financial instruments to future periods to increase the potential gross profit it could realize from its asset optimization activities. The reduction in realized losses was caused by greater price volatility in the prior-year period which had a greater impact on the settlement of financial instruments used to hedge our physical storage.
 
The increase in asset optimization margins was partially offset by a $10.7 million decrease in unrealized margins. This decrease reflects lower volatility during the current quarter compared with the prior-year quarter between current cash prices used to value our physical inventory and future natural gas prices, which influence the prices used to value the financial instruments used to hedge our physical inventory.
 
In addition, delivered gas margins increased $5.4 million compared with the prior-year quarter largely attributable to a 48 percent increase in gross per-unit margins on similar gross sales volumes period over period as a result of greater basis opportunities in certain market areas and successful contract renewals.
 
Operating expenses, which include operation and maintenance expense, provision for doubtful accounts, depreciation and amortization expense, taxes, other than income taxes, and asset impairments increased $2.4 million primarily due to an increase in legal and other administrative costs.
 
Economic Gross Profit
 
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unrealized gains or losses currently recognized in the income statement is referred to as the potential gross profit.(1) The following table presents AEM’s economic gross profit and its potential gross profit at June 30, 2009, March 31, 2009, December 31, 2008, September 30, 2008 and June 30, 2008.
 
                                 
                Associated Net
       
    Net Physical
    Economic
    Unrealized
    Potential Gross
 
Period Ending
  Position     Gross Profit     Gain     Profit(1)  
    (Bcf)     (In millions)     (In millions)     (In millions)  
 
June 30, 2009
    20.0     $ 42.0     $ 16.7     $ 25.3  
March 31, 2009
    21.9     $ 33.4     $ 2.4     $ 31.0  
December 31, 2008
    16.3     $ 20.7     $ 4.8     $ 15.9  
September 30, 2008
    8.0     $ 48.5     $ 36.4     $ 12.1  
June 30, 2008
    17.5     $ 48.2     $ 34.3     $ 13.9  
 
 
(1) Potential gross profit represents the increase in AEM’s gross profit in future periods if its optimization efforts are executed as planned. This amount does not include storage and other operating expenses and increased income taxes that will be incurred to realize this amount. Therefore, it does not represent an estimated increase in future net income. There is no assurance that the economic gross profit or the potential gross profit will be fully realized in the future. We consider this measure a non-GAAP financial measure as it is calculated using both forward-looking storage injection/withdrawal and hedge settlement estimates and historical financial information. This measure is presented because we believe it provides our investors a more comprehensive view of our asset optimization efforts and thus a better understanding of these activities than would be presented by GAAP measures alone.
 
As of June 30, 2009, based upon AEM’s planned inventory withdrawal schedule and associated planned settlement of financial instruments, the economic gross profit was $42.0 million. This amount will be reduced by $16.7 million of net unrealized gains recorded in the financial statements as of June 30, 2009 that will reverse when the inventory is withdrawn and the accompanying financial instruments are settled. Therefore, the potential gross profit associated with these positions was $25.3 million at June 30, 2009.
 
During the nine months ended June 30, 2009, AEM increased its potential gross profit by $13.2 million to $25.3 million. In the first quarter, AEM withdrew gas and substantially realized the associated potential gross profit reported as of September 30, 2008. Since that time, as a result of falling current cash prices, AEM has been deferring storage withdrawals and has been a net injector of gas into storage to increase the potential gross profit it could realize in future periods from its asset optimization activities. As a result of these activities, AEM has increased its net physical position by 12.0 Bcf since September 30, 2008. However, the captured spreads on these positions have been lower than those captured as of September 30, 2008, resulting in a lower economic gross profit compared to that time. This decrease from September 2008 to June 2009 was partially offset by lower unrealized gains associated with these positions primarily due to lower current cash prices and lower volatility between cash and future prices.
 
The economic gross profit is based upon planned storage injection and withdrawal schedules and its realization is contingent upon the execution of this plan, weather and other execution factors. Since AEM actively manages and optimizes its portfolio to attempt to enhance the future profitability of its storage position, it may change its scheduled storage injection and withdrawal plans from one time period to another based on market conditions. Therefore, we cannot ensure that the economic gross profit or the potential gross profit calculated as of June 30, 2009 will be fully realized in the future nor can we predict in what time periods such realization may occur. Further, if we experience operational or other issues which limit our ability to optimally manage our stored gas positions, our earnings could be adversely impacted. Assuming AEM fully executes its plan in place on June 30, 2009, without encountering operational or other issues, we anticipate that approximately $15.9 million of the economic gross profit as of June 30, 2009 will be recognized in fiscal 2009 with the remaining $26.1 million expected to be recognized during the first six months of fiscal 2010.


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Pipeline, Storage and Other Segment
 
Our pipeline, storage and other segment consists primarily of the operations of Atmos Pipeline and Storage, LLC (APS). APS owns and operates a 21 mile pipeline located in New Orleans, Louisiana. This pipeline is primarily used to aggregate gas supply for our regulated natural gas distribution division in Louisiana and for AEM, but also provide