Unassociated Document
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q/A
(Amendment No. 3)

(Mark One)
x
QUARTERLY REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2010

¨
TRANSITION REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE EXCHANGE ACT
 
For the transition period from to
 
001-34373
(Commission file number)

CHINA NATURAL GAS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware
98-0231607
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or
organization)
(IRS Employer of Identification No.)

19th Floor, Building B, Van Metropolis
Tang Yan Road, Hi-Tech Zone
Xi’an, 710065, Shaanxi Province, China
(Address of principal executive offices) 

(zip code)

86-29-8832-7391
(registrant 's telephone number, including area code)

N/A
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act during the past 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  No  ¨

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

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

Number of shares of Common Stock outstanding as of May 6, 2010: 21,183,904

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  Yes  ¨   No  x

 
 

 
 
EXPLANATORY NOTE
 
This Amendment No. 3 on Form 10-Q/A (the “Amended Filing”) amends Amendment No. 2 to the Quarterly Report of China Natural Gas, Inc. (the “Company”) (as amended, the "Amended 10-Q"), which in turn had amended the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2010, originally filed on May 7, 2010 (the “Original Filing”).
 
As disclosed in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2010, as of March 31, 2010, the Company had outstanding balances of $9,858,240 and $4,401,000 of loan receivables, extended to Ms. Taoxiang Wang (the “Wang Loan”) and Shanxi JunTai Housing Purchase Ltd. Respectively (the “Juntai Loan”) (together with the Wang Loan, the “Loans”).

The Company’s Board of Directors has concluded that the Wang Loan was made to parties related to the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors, Mr. Qinan Ji, for the benefit of those related parties, and that the nature of the Wang Loan had not been properly disclosed to the Company's Board of Directors and Audit Committee, its Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm, Frazer Frost, LLP at the time the Wang Loan was made, or its current Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm, Friedman LLP at the time they were engaged as the Company’s new Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm in December 2010. Furthermore, neither of the Loans were reported to or approved by the Company’s Board of Directors.

As a result, the Company filed a Current Report on Form 8-K on September 21, 2011 to disclose that its financial statements in the Original Filing and the Amended 10-Q should no longer be relied upon due to a failure to correctly disclose the Wang Loan as a related party transaction.

The purpose of this Amended Filing is to reclassify the Wang Loan and properly disclose the related party transaction nature of the Wang Loan. The amendments herein include: (i) reclassification of the Wang Loan from Loan Receivables to Loan Receivables – Related Party, (ii) disclosure of the related party transaction nature of the Wang Loan; and (iii) other disclosures related to the foregoing, including additional material weaknesses in the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting and certain remediation measures related thereto.

In accordance with Rule 12b-15 under the Exchange Act, each item of the Original Filing, as amended by the Amended 10-Q, that is amended by this Amended Filing is also restated in its entirety, and this Amended Filing is accompanied by currently dated certifications on Exhibits 31.1, 31.2, 32.1 and 32.2 by the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Except as described above, this Amended Filing does not amend, update, or change any items, financial statements, or other disclosures in the Original Filing, as amended by the Amended 10-Q, and does not reflect events occurring after the filing of the Original Filing, including as to any exhibits to the Original Filing, as amended by the Amended 10-Q, affected by subsequent events. Information not affected by the changes described above is unchanged and reflects the disclosures made at the time of the Original Filing, as amended by the Amended 10-Q. Accordingly, this Amended Filing should be read in conjunction with the Original Filing and our other SEC filings subsequent to the filing of the Original Filing, including the Amended 10-Q and any other amendments to those filings. Capitalized terms not defined in the Amended Filing are as defined by the Original Filing.

 
 

 

China Natural Gas, Inc.
Index

   
Page
PART I.
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
3
     
Item 1.
Financial Statements
3
     
 
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)
6
     
Item 2.
Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
27
     
Item 3.
Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
38
     
Item 4.
Controls and Procedures
39
     
PART II.
OTHER INFORMATION
40
     
Item 1.
Legal Proceedings
40
     
Item 1A.
Risk Factors
40
     
Item 2.
Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
41
     
Item 3.
Defaults Upon Senior Securities
41
     
Item 4.
(Removed and Reserved)
41
     
Item 5.
Other Information
41
     
Item 6.
Exhibits
42
     
SIGNATURES
43

 
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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements
   
CHINA NATURAL GAS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
AS OF MARCH 31, 2010 AND DECEMBER 31, 2009

   
March 31,
   
December, 31
 
   
2010
   
2009
 
             
   
(Unaudited)
(As Restated –
See Note 2)
       
ASSETS
           
CURRENT ASSETS:
           
Cash & cash equivalents
  $ 30,172,391     $ 48,177,794  
Restricted cash
    13,203,000       -  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $196,138 and $163,280 as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively.
    1,514,070       1,289,116  
Other receivables
    491,020       709,741  
Other receivable - employee advances
    190,045       338,689  
Inventories
    874,678       841,837  
Advances to suppliers
    1,302,568       596,868  
Prepaid expense and other current assets
    1,546,556       1,076,915  
Loans receivable
   
4,401,000
      293,400  
Loans receivable – related party
   
9,858,240
     
-
 
Total current assets
    63,553,568       53,324,360  
                 
INVESTMENT IN UNCONSOLIDATED JOINT VENTURES
    1,467,000       1,467,000  
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, NET
    75,603,216       72,713,012  
CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS
    57,102,317       52,918,236  
DEFERRED FINANCING COSTS
    1,234,540       1,336,998  
OTHER ASSETS
    16,937,089       15,854,910  
                 
TOTAL ASSETS
  $ 215,897,730     $ 197,614,516  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
               
                 
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
               
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
  $ 1,970,228     $ 2,081,261  
Other payables
    85,082       80,788  
Unearned revenue
    2,199,805       1,813,641  
Accrued interest
    200,509       786,052  
Taxes payable
    2,888,511       1,901,577  
Total current liabilities
    7,344,135       6,663,319  
                 
LONG TERM LIABILITIES:
               
Notes payable, net of discount $11,946,508 and $12,707,713 as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively
    28,053,492       27,292,287  
Derivative liabilities - warrants
    19,152,570       19,545,638  
Long term debt
    13,203,000          
Total long term liabilities
    60,409,062       46,837,925  
                 
               
                 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
               
Preferred stock, $0.0001 per share; 5,000,000 shares authorized; none issued
    -       -  
Common stock, $0.0001 per share; 45,000,000 shares authorized, 21,183,904 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009
    2,118       2,118  
Additional paid-in capital
    79,926,097       79,851,251  
Cumulative other comprehensive gain
    8,675,165       8,714,019  
Statutory reserves
    6,425,074       5,962,695  
Retained earnings
    53,116,079       49,583,189  
Total stockholders' equity
    148,144,533       144,113,272  
                 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
  $ 215,897,730     $ 197,614,516  
 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated statements.
 
 
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CHINA NATURAL GAS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2010 AND 2009
(Unaudited)
 
   
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
   
2010
   
2009
 
             
Revenues
           
Natural gas revenue
  $ 15,483,629     $ 14,965,819  
Gasoline revenue
    1,468,816       1,174,398  
Installation and others
    2,414,378       2,387,449  
Total revenues
    19,366,823       18,527,666  
                 
Cost of revenues
               
Natural gas cost
    7,864,654       6,746,929  
Gasoline cost
    1,367,278       1,130,057  
Installation and others
    1,039,923       1,017,028  
Total cost of revenues
    10,271,855       8,894,014  
                 
Gross profit
    9,094,968       9,633,652  
                 
Operating expenses
               
Selling expenses
    2,891,790       2,580,825  
General and administrative expenses
    1,817,656       1,425,324  
Total operating expenses
    4,709,446       4,006,149  
                 
Income from operations
    4,385,522       5,627,503  
                 
Non-operating income (expense):
               
Interest income
    89,366       8,908  
Interest expense
    -       (581,492 )
Other income (expense), net
    46,569       (2,303 )
Change in fair value of warrants
    393,068       197,051  
Foreign currency exchange loss
    (8,110 )     (50,788 )
Total non-operating income (expense)
    520,893       (428,624 )
                 
Income before income tax
    4,906,415       5,198,879  
                 
Provision for income tax
    911,145       997,256  
                 
Net income
    3,995,270       4,201,623  
                 
Other comprehensive income
               
Foreign currency translation loss
    (38,854 )     (152,115 )
Comprehensive income
  $ 3,956,416     $ 4,049,508  
                 
Weighted average shares outstanding
               
Basic
    21,183,904       14,600,152  
Diluted
    21,595,038       14,600,152  
                 
Earnings per share
               
Basic
  $ 0.19     $ 0.29  
Diluted
  $ 0.19     $ 0.29  
 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated statements.

 
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CHINA NATURAL GAS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2010 AND 2009
(Unaudited)
 
   
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
   
2010
   
2009
 
   
(As Restated –
See Note 2)
       
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
           
Net income
  $ 3,995,270     $ 4,201,623  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
               
Depreciation and amortization
    1,472,595       1,389,565  
Provision for bad debt
    32,847       -  
Amortization of discount on senior notes
    -       170,712  
Amortization of financing costs
    -       38,578  
Stock based compensation
    74,847       14,842  
Change in fair value of warrants
    (393,068 )     (197,051 )
Change in assets and liabilities:
               
Accounts receivable
    (257,812 )     (41,244 )
Other receivable - employee advances
    148,593       151,617  
Inventories
    (32,830 )     30,812  
Advances to suppliers
    (705,460 )     151,828  
Prepaid expense and other current assets
    (167,213 )     (100,912 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
    (111,007 )     304,860  
Other payables
    4,296       212,961  
Unearned revenue
    386,032       195,435  
Accrued interest
    (585,543 )     (330,003 )
Taxes payable
    986,599       44,898  
Net cash provided by operating activities
    4,848,146       6,238,521  
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
               
Loans to related party
   
(9,858,171
)     -  
Loans to third party
   
(4,400,969
    -  
Repayment of loans receivable
    293,300       -  
Purchase of property and equipment
    (253,844 )     (13,484 )
Additions to construction in progress
    (7,425,192 )     (2,552,098 )
Prepayment on long term assets
    (1,047,327 )     (426,913 )
Return of acquisition deposit
    (124,653 )     -  
Payment for intangible assets
    -       (35,822 )
Payment for land use rights
    4,722       -  
Net cash used in investing activities
    (22,812,134 )     (3,028,317 )
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
               
Proceeds from long term loan
    13,198,500       -  
Increase in restricted cash
    (13,198,500 )     -  
Net cash provided by financing activities
    -       -  
                 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
    (41,415 )     (6,226 )
                 
NET (DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH & CASH EQUIVALENTS
    (18,005,403 )     3,203,978  
                 
CASH & CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD
    48,177,794       5,854,383  
                 
CASH & CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD
  $ 30,172,391     $ 9,058,361  
                 
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:
               
Interest paid
  $ 1,085,543     $ 1,084,130  
Income taxes paid
  $ -     $ 997,257  
                 
Non-cash transactions for investing and financing activities:
               
Construction in progress transferred to property and equipment
  $ 4,106,200     $ -  
Capitalized interest - amortization of  discount of notes payable and issuance cost
  $ 863,662     $ -  
 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated statements.
 
 
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China Natural Gas, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
March 31, 2010
(Unaudited)

Note 1 - Organization

Organization and Line of Business

China Natural Gas, Inc. (the “Company” or “CHNG”) was incorporated in the state of Delaware on March 31, 1999. The Company through its wholly-owned subsidiaries and variable interest entities, located in HongKong, Shaanxi ,Henan and Hubei Province in the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”), engages in sales and distribution of natural gas and gasoline to commercial, industrial and residential customers, construction of pipeline networks, installation of natural gas fittings and parts for end-users, and modification of automobiles services for vehicles to be able to use natural gas.

Recent Developments

On February 5, 2010, Jingbian Liquefied Natural Gas Co., Ltd. (“JBLNG”) increased the registered capital by $6,026,343 which was invested by Xi’an Xilan Natural Gas Co., Ltd. (“XXNGC”) in the form of equipment.

On September 8, 2009, Shaanxi Xilan Natural Gas Equipment Co., Ltd (“SXNGE”) increased its registered capital by $26,000,000 from $53,929,260 to $79,929,260. CHNG contributed $10,000,000 and $16,000,000 registered capital to SXNGE on September 29, 2009 and January 13, 2010, respectively.

Note 2 – Restatement of Previously Reported Consolidated Financial Statement
 
The Company is hereby restating its quarterly consolidated financial statements as of March 31, 2010, originally filed on May 7, 2010 (the “Original Filing”) and amended thereafter (the “Previous Amendments”), to make appropriate disclosure of the related party transaction nature of certain unauthorized loan made by the Company, and reclassify the loan into appropriate account in the consolidated financial statements and revise the description in the notes to such financial statements..

As disclosed in the Original Filing, as of March 31, 2010, the Company had outstanding balances of $9,858,240 and $4,401,000 of loan receivables, extended to Ms. Taoxiang Wang (the “Wang Loan”) and Shanxi JunTai Housing Purchase Ltd. Respectively (the “Juntai Loan”) (together with the Wang Loan, the “Loans”). The Company’s Board of Directors has concluded that the Wang Loan was made to parties related to the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors, Mr. Qinan Ji, for the benefit of those related parties, and that the nature of the Wang Loan had not been properly disclosed to the Company's Board of Directors and Audit Committee, its Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm, Frazer Frost, LLP at the time the Wang Loan was made, or its current Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm, Friedman LLP at the time they were engaged as the Company’s new Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm in December 2010. Furthermore, neither of the Loans (defined below) were reported to or approved by the Company’s Board of Directors.
 
The Company’s Board of Directors made a decision to restate the consolidated financial statements upon the recommendation of the Audit Committee and management. The general nature and scope of the adjustments are summarized as follows:
 
(1)
Disclosure of related party transaction nature and reclassification of loans receivable ——Xi’an Demaoxing Real Estate Co., Ltd. (“Demaoxing”) was formed in November 2007 by relatives of Mr. Qinan Ji, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Demaoxing Promoters”). In January 2010, Shaanxi Xilan Natural Gas Equipment Co., Ltd.  (“SXNGE”), one of the Company’s major subsidiaries, extended a loan of US$9,858,240 to Ms. Taoxiang Wang (the “Wang Loan”), who obtained a 40% ownership interest in Demaoxing on January 21, 2010. Ms. Taoxiang Wang used her 40% ownership interest in Demaoxing and its assets as collateral for the Wang Loan. On January 21, 2010, the Demaoxing Promoters also transferred 30% of their ownership interests in Demaoxing to Shaanxi Rongxin Real Estate Co., Ltd. (“Rongxin”). On January 26, 2010, the Wang Loan funds were remitted by SXNGE to an account of Demaoxing. The Board of Directors has determined that the Demaoxing Promoters retained indirect beneficial interests in Demaoxing after transferring their ownership interests and thus the Wang Loan was a related party transaction. The Company herein makes appropriate disclosures of the related party transaction nature of the Wang Loan and reclassifies the Wang Loan from Loans Receivable to Loans Receivable – Related Party throughout its quarterly consolidated financial statements for the three months ended March 31, 2010.
 
 
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The following tables present the reclassifications made herein of the Company’s previously issued condensed consolidated balance sheet as of March 31, 2010.
 
   
Consolidated Balance Sheet March 31, 2010
(Unaudited)
 
       
   
Previously
Reported
   
Adjustments
   
As Restated
 
ASSETS
                 
CURRENT ASSETS:
                 
Cash & cash equivalents
 
$
30,172,391
   
$
-
   
$
30,172,391
 
Restricted cash
   
13,203,000
     
-
     
13,203,000
 
Accounts receivable
   
1,514,070
     
-
     
1,514,070
 
Other receivables
   
491,020
     
-
     
491,020
 
Other receivable - employee advances
   
190,045
     
-
     
190,045
 
Inventories
   
874,678
     
-
     
874,678
 
Advances to suppliers
   
1,302,568
     
-
     
1,302,568
 
Prepaid expense and other current assets
   
1,546,556
     
-
     
1,546,556
 
Loans receivable
   
14,259,240
     
(9,858,240
   
4,401,000
 
Loans receivable – related party
    -      
9,858,240
     
9,858,240
 
Total current assets
   
63,553,568
     
-
     
63,553,568
 
                         
INVESTMENT IN UNCONSOLIDATED JOINT VENTURES
   
1,467,000
     
-
     
1,467,000
 
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, NET
   
75,603,216
     
-
     
75,603,216
 
CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS
   
57,102,317
     
-
     
57,102,317
 
DEFERRED FINANCING COSTS
   
1,234,540
     
-
     
1,234,540
 
OTHER ASSETS
   
16,937,089
     
-
     
16,937,089
 
                         
TOTAL ASSETS
 
$
215,897,730
           
$
215,897,730
 
                         
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
                       
                         
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
                       
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
 
$
1,970,228
     
-
   
$
1,970,228
 
Other payables
   
85,082
     
-
     
85,082
 
Unearned revenue
   
2,199,805
     
-
     
2,199,805
 
Accrued interest
   
200,509
     
-
     
200,509
 
Taxes payable
   
2,888,511
     
-
     
2,888,511
 
Total current liabilities
   
7,344,135
     
-
      
7,344,135
 
                         
LONG TERM LIABILITIES:
                       
Notes payable
   
28,053,492
   
 
-
     
28,053,492
 
Derivative liabilities - warrants
   
19,152,570
   
 
-
     
19,152,570
 
Long term debt
   
13,203,000
     
-
     
13,203,000
 
Total long term liabilities
   
60,409,062
     
-
     
60,409,062
 
                         
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
                       
                         
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
                       
Preferred stock
   
-
     
-
     
-
 
Common stock
   
2,118
     
-
     
2,118
 
Additional paid-in capital
   
79,926,097
     
-
     
79,926,097
 
Cumulative other comprehensive gain
   
8,675,165
     
-
     
8,675,165
 
Statutory reserves
   
6,425,074
     
-
     
6,425,074
 
Retained earnings
   
53,116,079
     
-
     
53,116,079
 
Total stockholders' equity
   
148,144,533
     
-
     
148,144,533
 
                         
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
$
215,897,730
     
-
   
$
215,897,730
 
 
In the statement of cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2010, the following reclassification is made:

(1)
 The item Loans to Third Parties of $14,259,140 is reclassified into two items, which are Loans to Related Party of $9,858,171 and Loans to third party of $4,400,969, respectively.
 
 
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Note 3 – Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Basis of Presentation

The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.  The Company’s functional currency is the Chinese Renminbi (“RMB”); however, the Company’s reporting currency is the United States Dollar (“USD”); therefore, the accompanying consolidated financial statements have been translated and presented in USD.

In the opinion of management, the unaudited consolidated financial statements furnished herein include all adjustments, all of which are of a normal recurring nature, necessary for a fair statements of the results for the interim period presented.  Operating results for the period ended March 31, 2010 are not necessary indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ended December 31, 2010. The information included in this Form 10-Q/A should be read in conjunction with information included in the 2009 annual report filed on Form 10-K.

Use of Estimates
 
The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
  
Principles of Consolidation

The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of China Natural Gas, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries, and its 100% variable interest entities (“VIE”),. All inter-company accounts and transactions have been eliminated in the consolidation.

 
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Consolidation of Variable Interest Entity

In accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) accounting standard regarding consolidation, VIEs are generally entities that lack sufficient equity to finance their activities without additional financial support from other parties or whose equity holders lack adequate decision making ability. All VIEs with which the Company is involved must be evaluated to determine the primary beneficiary of the risks and rewards of the VIE. The primary beneficiary is required to consolidate the VIE for financial reporting purposes.

On February 21, 2006, the Company formed SXNGE as a wholly-owned foreign enterprise (WOFE). Then through SXNGE, the Company entered into exclusive arrangements with XXNGC and its shareholders that give the Company the ability to substantially influence XXNGC’s daily operations and financial affairs, appoint its senior executives and approve all matters requiring shareholder approval. The Company memorialized these arrangements on August 17, 2007 and made retroactive to March 8, 2006. As a result, the Company consolidates the financial results of XXNGC as VIE .The arrangements consist of the following agreements:

 
a.
XXNGC holds the licenses and approvals necessary to operate its natural gas business in China.

 
b.
SXNGE provides exclusive technology consulting and other general business operation services to XXNGC in return for a consulting services fee which is equal to XXNGC’s revenue.

 
c.
XXNGC’ shareholders have pledged their equity interests in XXNGC to the Company.

 
d.
Irrevocably granted the Company an exclusive option to purchase, to the extent permitted under PRC law, all or part of the equity interests in XXNGC and agreed to entrust all the rights to exercise their voting power to the person appointed by the Company.

On August 8, 2008, the Company through SXNGE entered into an Addendum to Option Agreement (“Agreement”) with Mr. Qinan Ji, chairman and shareholder of XXNGC, and each of the shareholders of XXNGC (hereafter collectively referred to as the “Transferor”), and made retroactive to June 30, 2008. According to the Agreement, the Chairman and the Shareholders of XXNGC irrevocably grants to SXNGE an option to purchase each Transferor’s Purchased Equity Interest at $1.00 or the lowest price permissible under the applicable laws at the time that SXNGE exercises the Option. The Agreement limits XXNGC and the Transferors’ right to make all equity interest related decisions.

Foreign Currency Translation

The Company’s reporting currency is the US dollar.  The functional currency of PRC subsidiaries is the Chinese Renminbi (“RMB”). Our results of operations and financial position of the PRC subsidiaries are translated to United States dollars using the quarter end exchange rates as to assets and liabilities and weighted average exchange rates as to revenues, expenses and cash flows. Capital accounts are translated at their historical exchange rates when the capital transaction occurred. The resulting currency translation adjustments are recorded as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) within stockholders’ equity.  As a result, translation adjustments amount related to assets and liabilities reported on the consolidated statement of cash flows will not necessarily agree with changes in the corresponding consolidated balances on the balance sheet. Transaction gains and losses that arise from exchange rate fluctuations on transactions denominated in a currency other than the functional currency are included in the results of operations as incurred.

The balance sheet amounts with the exception of equity were translated 6.82 RMB to $1.00 at March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009. The equity accounts were stated at their historical rate. The average translation rates applied to income and cash flow statement amounts for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 were 6.82 RMB and  6.83 RMB to $1.00, respectively.

 
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Cash and Cash Equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents include cash on hand and demand deposits in accounts maintained with state-owned banks within the PRC, Hong Kong and the United States. The Company considers all highly liquid investments with original maturities of three months or less at the time of purchase to be cash equivalents.

Certain financial instruments, which subject the Company to concentration of credit risk, consist of cash. The Company maintains balances at financial institutions which, from time to time, may exceed Hong Kong Deposit Protection Board (“HKDPB”) insured limits for the banks located in Hong Kong or may exceed Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) insured limits for the banks located in the United States. Balances at financial institutions or state-owned banks within the PRC are not covered by insurance. As of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, the Company had total deposits of $29,435,016 and $47,459,560, respectively, without insurance coverage or in excess of HKDPB or FDIC insured limits.  The Company has not experienced any losses in such accounts and believes it is not exposed to any significant risks on its cash in bank accounts.

Restricted Cash

Restricted cash represents $13.2 million received by the Company pursuant to the Bank Loan with SPDB on March 17, 2010.  This cash amount is temporally held by SPDB due to the pending of loan processing and the Company is not entitled to use these proceeds as of March 31, 2010.  Due to the short-term nature of the pending period, the corresponding restricted cash balances have been classified as current in the consolidated balance sheets.

Accounts Receivable

Accounts receivable are netted against an allowance for uncollectible accounts, as needed.  The Company maintains reserves for potential credit losses on accounts receivable.  Management reviews the composition of accounts receivable and analyzes historical bad debts, customer concentrations, customer credit worthiness, current economic trends and changes in customer payment patterns to evaluate the adequacy of these reserves. Reserves are recorded primarily on a specific identification basis in the period of the related sales. Delinquent account balances are written-off after management has determined that the likelihood of collection is not probable, and known bad debts are written off against allowance for doubtful accounts when identified. The Company recorded allowance for bad debts of $196,138 and $163,280 as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively.

Other Receivables

Other receivables mainly include security deposits for equipment storage.  This security deposit will be refunded to the Company after the equipment had been removed from the storage area for construction.

Other Receivable – Employee Advances

From time to time, the Company advances predetermined amounts based upon internal Company policy to certain employees and internal units to ensure certain transactions are performed in a timely manner. The Company has full oversight and control over the advanced accounts. As of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, no allowance for the uncollectible accounts was deemed necessary.

Inventories

Inventories are stated at the lower of cost, as determined on a first-in, first-out basis, or market.  Management compares the cost of inventories with the market value, and an allowance is made for writing down the inventories to their market value, if lower. Inventories consist of materials used in the construction of pipelines and in repairing and modifying vehicles.  Inventories also consist of gasoline.

The following are the details of the inventories:

   
March 31, 2010
   
December
31, 2009
 
Materials and supplies
  $ 453,382     $ 345,611  
Gasoline
    421,296       496,226  
Total
  $ 874,678     $ 841,837  

 
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Advances to Suppliers

The Company advances funds to certain vendors for purchase of its materials. The advances are interest-free and unsecured.

Loans Receivable

Loans receivable consists of the following:
  
  
 
March 31, 2010
   
December
31, 2009
 
Shanxi Yuojin Mining Company, due on November 30, 2009, extended to November 30, 2010, annual interest at 5.84% (1)
 
$
-
   
$
293,400
 
Shanxi JunTai Housing Purchase Ltd., due on January 10, 2011, annual interest at 5.84% a (2)
   
4,401,000
     
-
 
   
$
4,401,000
   
$
293,400
 
 
(1)
This loan was repaid on March 11, 2010.

(2)
The applicable interest rate of this loan is the People’s Bank of China’s standard one-year rate, 5.31% at inception of the loan, which is subject to change with the government policy, plus an additional 10% interest rate float. Pursuant to these terms, the interest rates were 5.84% at the inception date and March 31, 2010.

In January 2010, XXNGC, the variable interest entity of SXNGE, extended another loan of US$4,401,000 to Juntai, which obtained a 30% ownership interest in Demaoxing on January 21, 2010. Juntai used an individual guarantee and its 30% ownership interest in Demaoxing and its assets as collateral for the Juntai Loan. XXNGC remitted the Juntai Loan funds to an account designated by Juntai on January 8, 2010 and January 11, 2010. The Company’s Board of Directors was not notified of the extension of the Juntai Loan by the Company, and did not approve the Juntai Loan. Upon learning of the existence of the Juntai Loan in April 2010, the Board of Directors required that the Juntai Loan be immediately repaid. In May 2010, the principal of the Juntai Loan was repaid together with an interest payment of US$87,923, settling the Juntai Loan in full.
 
Investments in Unconsolidated Joint Ventures

Investee companies that are not consolidated, but over which the Company exercises significant influence, are accounted for under the equity method of accounting. Whether or not the Company exercises significant influence with respect to an Investee depends on an evaluation of several factors including, among others, representation on the Investee company’s board of directors and ownership level, which is generally a 20% to 50% interest in the voting securities of the Investee company. Under the equity method of accounting, an Investee company’s accounts are not reflected within the Company’s consolidated balance sheets and statements of income and other comprehensive income; however, the Company’s share of the earnings or losses of the Investee company is reflected in the caption “Earnings (loss) on equity investment” in the consolidated statements of income and other comprehensive income.  The Company’s carrying value in an equity method Investee company is reflected in the caption “Investments in Unconsolidated Joint Ventures” in the Company’s consolidated balance sheets.

When the Company’s carrying value in an equity method, the investee company is reduced to zero and no further losses are recorded in the Company’s consolidated financial statements unless the Company guaranteed obligations of the Investee company or has committed additional funding. When the Investee company subsequently reports income, the Company will not record its share of such income until it equals the amount of its share of losses not previously recognized.

The Company’s investment in unconsolidated joint ventures that are accounted for on the equity method of accounting represents the 49% interest in Henan CNPC Kunlun Xilan Compressed Natural Gas Co., Ltd. (“JV”), which is engaged in building and operating CNG compressor stations and fueling stations, sell CNG, provide vehicle conversion services from gasoline-fueled vehicles to hybrid (natural gas/gasoline) powered vehicles and technical advisory work services in Henan, PRC. The investment in this company amounted to $1,467,000 at March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009.  The JV does not have any operations as of March 31, 2010.

 
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The results of financial position of the JV as of March 31, 2010 are summarized below:
 
   
March 31, 2010
   
December 31,
2009
 
             
Condensed balance sheet information:
           
Current assets
  $ 2,993,878     $ 2,993,878  
Noncurrent assets
    -       -  
Total assets
  $ 2,993,878     $ 2,993,878  
Current liabilities
    -       -  
Noncurrent liabilities
    -       -  
Equity
  $ 2,993,878     $ 2,993,878  
Total liabilities and equity
  $ 2,993,878     $ 2,993,878  

Property and Equipment

Property and equipment are stated at cost. Expenditures for maintenance and repairs are charged to earnings as incurred while additions, renewals and betterments are capitalized. When property and equipment are retired or otherwise disposed of, the related cost and accumulated depreciation are removed from the respective accounts, and any gain or loss is included in operations.  Depreciation of property and equipment is provided using the straight-line method for substantially all assets with estimated lives as follows:

5 years
Operating equipment
5-20 years
Vehicles
5 years
Buildings and improvements
5-30 years

The following are the details of the property and equipment:

   
March 31, 2010
   
December 31, 2009
 
Office equipment
  $ 478,423     $ 439,055  
Operating equipment
    63,032,066       61,350,503  
Vehicles
    2,486,614       2,486,614  
Buildings and improvements
    24,055,153       21,414,553  
Total property and equipment
    90,052,256       85,690,725  
Less accumulated depreciation
    (14,449,040 )     (12,977,713 )
Property and equipment, net
  $ 75,603,216     $ 72,713,012  

Depreciation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 was $1,470,826 and  $1,389,565, respectively.

Construction in Progress

Construction in progress (“CIP”) consists of the cost of constructing property and equipment for the Company’s gas stations and a new project of processing, distribution and sale of LNG. The major cost of construction in progress relates to technology licensing fees, equipment purchases, land use rights requisition costs, capitalized interest and other construction fees.  No depreciation is provided for construction in progress until such time as the assets are completed and placed into service.  Interest incurred during construction is capitalized into construction in progress. All other interest is expensed as incurred.

As of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, the Company had construction in progress in the amount of $57,102,317 and $52,918,236, respectively. Interest cost capitalized into construction in progress for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009, amounted to $1,363,663 and $858,379, respectively.

 
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Construction in progress at March 31, 2010 consisted of the following:

No.
 
Project Description
 
Location
 
March 31, 2010
 
Commencement
Date
 
Expected
completion
date
 
Estimated
additional
cost to
complete
 
1
 
Jingbian LNG (1)
 
JBLNG
  $ 45,882,038  
Dec-06
 
Jun-10
  $ 9,873,000  
2
 
Sa Pu mother station
 
HXNGC
    840,799  
Jul-08
 
Jun-11
    6,300,000  
3
 
Xi'an Cangsheng mother station
 
XXNGC
    1,925,557  
Sep-08
 
May-11
    3,220,000  
4
 
Sanhuanbei fueling station
 
XXNGC
    1,725,563  
Mar-10
 
May -10
    1,126,656  
5
 
Sanyao fueling station
 
XXNGC
    1,662,652  
Mar-10
 
May-10
    1,085,580  
6
 
Matengkong fueling station
 
XXNGC
    1,581,766  
Mar-10
 
May -10
    1,164,798  
7
 
International port
 
XXNGC
    1,376,406  
May-09
 
Dec -10
    2,800,000  
8
 
Other CIP projects
 
XXNGC
    2,107,536  
Various
 
Various
    500,000  
            $ 57,102,317           $ 26,070,034  

(1)
Phase I of the LNG project cost $48,963,000 to construct and the additional $6,792,038  represent costs incurred in connection with phase II and phase III of the LNG plant

Long-Lived Assets

The Company evaluates at least annually, more often when circumstances require, the carrying value of long-lived assets to be held and used.  Impairment losses to be recorded on long-lived assets used in operations when indicators of impairment are present and the undiscounted cash flows estimated to be generated by those assets are less than the assets' carrying amounts.  In that event, a loss is recognized based on the amount by which the carrying amount exceeds the fair market value of the long-lived assets.  Loss on long-lived assets to be disposed of is determined in a similar manner, except that fair market values are reduced for the cost of disposal.  Based on its review, the Company believes that, as of March 31, 2010, there were no significant impairments of its long-lived assets.

Unearned Revenue

Unearned revenue represents prepayments by customers for gas purchases and advance payments on installation of pipeline contracts. The Company records such prepayment as unearned revenue when the payments are received.

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

The accounting standards regarding fair value of financial instruments and related fair value measurements define fair value, establish a three-level valuation hierarchy for disclosures of fair value measurement, and enhance disclosure requirements for fair value measures. The carrying amounts reported in the consolidated balance sheets for current receivables and payables qualify as financial instruments.  Management concluded the carrying values are a reasonable estimate of fair value because of the short period of time between the origination of such instruments and their expected realization and if applicable, their stated interest rate approximates current rates available.  The three levels are defined as follows:

 
·
Level 1 inputs to the valuation methodology are quoted prices (unadjusted) for identical assets or liabilities in active markets.

 
·
Level 2 inputs to the valuation methodology include quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets, and inputs that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly, for substantially the full term of the financial instrument.

 
·
Level 3 inputs to the valuation methodology are unobservable and significant to the fair value measurement.

 
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FASB accounting standard regarding derivatives and hedging specifies that a contract that would otherwise meet the definition of a derivative but is both (a) indexed to the Company’s own stock and (b) classified in stockholders’ equity in the statement of financial position would not be considered a derivative financial instrument.  This FASB accounting standard also provides a new two-step model to be applied in determining whether a financial instrument or an embedded feature is indexed to an issuer’s own stock and thus able to qualify for the exception.

As a result of adopting this FASB accounting standard, 383,654 warrants previously treated as equity pursuant to the derivative treatment exemption are no longer afforded equity treatment because the strike price of the warrants is denominated in US dollar, a currency other than the Company’s functional currency, the Chinese Renminbi.  As a result, the warrants are not considered indexed to the Company’s own stock, and as such, all future changes in the fair value of these warrants will be recognized currently in earnings until such time as the warrants are exercised or expire.

As such, effective January 1, 2009, the Company reclassified the fair value of these warrants from equity to liability, as if these warrants were treated as a derivative liability since their issuance in October 2007. On January 1, 2009, the Company reclassified from additional paid-in capital, as a cumulative effect adjustment, $5,844,239 to beginning retained earnings and $1,014,308 to warrant liabilities to recognize the fair value of such warrants. The fair value of the warrants was $1,652,570 and $2,045,638 on March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively. The Company recognized a gain of $393,068 and $197,051 for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively.
 
These common stock purchase warrants do not trade in an active securities market, and as such, we estimate the fair value of these warrants using the Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model using the following assumptions:

  
 
March 31, 2010
   
December 31,
2009
 
Annual dividend yield
    -       -  
Expected life (years)
    2.57       2.82  
Risk-free interest rate
    1.34 %     1.49 %
Expected volatility
    90 %     90 %

Expected volatility is based on historical volatility.  Historical volatility was computed using daily pricing observations for recent periods that correspond to the term of the warrants. The Company believes this method produces an estimate that is representative of our expectations of future volatility over the expected term of these warrants. The Company has no reason to believe future volatility over the expected remaining life of these warrants is likely to differ materially from historical volatility. The expected life is based on the remaining term of the warrants. The risk-free interest rate is based on U.S. Treasury securities according to the remaining term of the warrants.

Financial assets and liabilities are classified in their entirety based on the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement. Depending on the product and the terms of the transaction, the fair value of the  derivative liabilities was modeled using a series of techniques, including closed-form analytic formula, such as the Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model, which does not entail material subjectivity because the methodology employed does not necessitate significant judgment, and the pricing inputs are observed from actively quoted markets.

 
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The following table sets forth by level within the fair value hierarchy of the Company’s financial assets and liabilities that were accounted for at fair value on a recurring basis as of March 31, 2010.
 
   
Carrying Value
at
March 31, 2010
   
Fair Value Measurement at
March 31, 2010
 
         
Level 1
   
Level 2
   
Level 3
 
Long-term debt
 
$
13,203,000
   
$
-
   
$
-
   
$
12,530,130
 
Senior notes
   
28,053,492
                     
35,764,078
 
Redeemable liability - warrants
   
17,500,000
                     
15,468,681
 
Derivative liability - warrants
   
1,652,570
     
-
     
1,652,570
     
-
 
Total liability measured at fair value
 
$
60,409,062
   
$
-
   
$
1,652,570
   
$
63,762,889
 
 
Other than the table set forth above, the Company did not identify any other assets and liabilities that are required to be presented on the balance sheet.
 
Revenue Recognition

Revenue is recognized when services are rendered to customers when a formal arrangement exists, the price is fixed or determinable, the delivery is completed, no other significant obligations of the Company exist and collectability is reasonably assured. Payments received before all of the relevant criteria for revenue recognition are satisfied are recorded as unearned revenue.  Revenue from gas and gasoline sales is recognized when gas and gasoline is pumped through pipelines to the end users. Revenue from installation of pipelines is recorded when the contract is completed and accepted by the customers. The construction contracts are usually completed within one to two months.  Revenue from repairing and modifying vehicles is recorded when services are rendered to and accepted by the customers.

Enterprise Wide Disclosure

The Company’s chief operating decision-makers (i.e. chief executive officer and his direct reports) review financial information presented on a consolidated basis, accompanied by disaggregated information about revenues by business lines for purposes of allocating resources and evaluating financial performance. There are no segment managers who are held accountable for operations, operating results and plans for levels or components below the consolidated unit level. Based on qualitative and quantitative criteria established   by the FASB’s accounting standard for segment reporting, the Company considers itself to be operating within one reportable segment.

Advertising Costs

The Company expenses the cost of advertising as incurred or, as appropriate, the first time the advertising takes place. Advertising costs for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009, were insignificant.

Stock-Based Compensation

The Company records and reports stock-based compensation pursuant to FASB’s accounting standard regarding stock compensation which defines a fair-value-based method of accounting for stock-based employee compensation and transactions in which an entity issues its equity instruments to acquire goods and services from non-employees. Stock compensation for stock granted to non-employees has been determined in accordance with this accounting standard, as the fair value of the consideration received or the fair value of equity instruments issued, whichever is more reliably measured.

 
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Income Taxes

FASB’s accounting standard regarding income taxes requires the recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities for the expected future tax consequences of events that have been included in the financial statements or tax returns. Under this method, deferred income taxes are recognized for the tax consequences in future years of temporary differences between the tax bases of assets and liabilities and their financial reporting amounts at each period end based on enacted tax laws and statutory tax rates applicable to the periods in which the differences are expected to affect taxable income. Valuation allowances are established, when necessary, to reduce deferred tax assets to the amount expected to be realized.  At March 31, 2010 and 2009, there was no significant book to tax differences. There is no difference between book depreciation and tax depreciation as the Company uses the same method for both book and tax. A tax position is recognized as a benefit only if it is “more likely than not” that the tax position would be sustained in a tax examination, with a tax examination being presumed to occur. The amount recognized is the largest amount of tax benefit that is greater than 50% likely of being realized on examination. For tax positions not meeting the “more likely than not” test, no tax benefit is recorded. The adoption had no affect on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

Local PRC Income Tax

The Company’s subsidiary and VIEs operate in China. Starting January 1, 2008, pursuant to the tax laws of China, general enterprises are subject to income tax at an effective rate of 25% compared to 33% prior to 2008. The Company’s VIE, XXNGC, is in the natural gas industry whose development is encouraged by the government. According to the income tax regulation, any company engaged in the natural gas industry enjoys a favorable tax rate. Accordingly, except for income from SXNGE, JBLNG, SXABC, HXNGC, LBNGC and HBXNGC which subjects to 25% PRC income tax rate, XXNGC’s income is subject to a reduced tax rate of 15%.  A reconciliation of tax at the United States federal statutory rate to the provision for income tax recorded in the financial statements is as follows:

   
For the three months ended
March 31
 
   
2010
   
2009
 
Tax provision (credit) at statutory rate
    34 %     34 %
Foreign tax rate difference
    (9 )%     (9 )%
Effect of favorable tax rate
    (7 )%     (10 )%
Other item (1)
    1 %     4 %
Total provision for income taxes
    19 %     19 %

(1)  The 1% represents the $288,192 expenses incurred by CHNG that are not deductible in PRC for the three months ended March 31, 2010.  The 4% represents the $926,195 expenses incurred by CHNG that are not deductible in PRC for the three months ended March 31, 2009.

The estimated tax savings for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 amounted to approximately $498,624 and $510,331, respectively. The net effect on earnings per share had the income tax been applied would decrease basic earnings per share from $0.19 to $0.17, and the diluted earnings per share from $0.19 to $0.16 for the three months ended March 31, 2010. For the three months ended March 31, 2009, the basic and diluted earnings per share would decrease from $0.29 to $0.26 if the income tax had been applied.

China Natural Gas, Inc. was incorporated in the United States and has incurred net operating loss for income tax purpose for the period ended March 31, 2010.  The estimated net operating loss carry forwards for United States income tax purposes amounted to $3,574,888 and $3,232,855 as of March 31, 2010 and December 31 2009, respectively, which may be available to reduce future years' taxable income. These carry forwards will expire, if not utilized, beginning in 2027 through 2029. Management believes that the realization of the benefits arising from this loss appear to be uncertain due to Company's limited operating history and continuing losses for United States income tax purposes. Accordingly, the Company has provided a 100% valuation allowance at March 31, 2010. Management reviews this valuation allowance periodically and makes adjustments as warranted. The valuation allowances were as follow:

 
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Valuation allowance
 
For the three
months end
March 31,2010
   
Year ended
December
31,2009
 
Balance, beginning of period
  $ 1,099,171     $ 563,541  
Increase
    116,291       535,630  
Balance, end of period
  $ 1,215,462     $ 1,099,171  

 The Company has cumulative undistributed earnings of foreign subsidiaries of approximately $34,110,704 as of March 31, 2010, which is included in consolidated retained earnings and will continue to be indefinitely reinvested in international operations.  Accordingly, no provision has been made for U.S. deferred taxes related to future repatriation of these earnings, nor is it practicable to estimate the amount of income taxes that would have to be provided if we concluded that such earnings will be remitted in the future.

Value added tax

Sales revenue represents the invoiced value of goods, net of a value-added tax (“VAT”). All of the Company’s variable interest entity XXNGC’s products that are sold in the PRC are subject to a Chinese value-added tax at a rate of 13% of the gross sales price. This VAT may be offset by VAT paid by the XXNGC on raw materials and other materials included in the cost of producing their finished product. XXNGC recorded VAT payable and VAT receivable net of payments in the financial statements. The VAT tax return is filed offsetting the payables against the receivables.

All revenues from SXABC are subject to a Chinese VAT at a rate of 6%. This VAT cannot offset with VAT paid for materials included in the cost of revenues.

Taxes Payable

Taxes payable at March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009 consisted of the following:

   
March 31, 2010
   
December 31, 2009
 
Value added tax payable
  $ 810,976     $ 740,772  
Business tax payable
    -       1,540  
Income tax payable
    2,039,416       1,127,961  
Urban maintenance tax payable
    34,357       27,442  
Income tax for individual payable
    3,762       3,862  
Total tax payable
  $ 2,888,511     $ 1,901,577  

Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Share

Earnings per share is calculated in accordance with the FASB’s accounting standard regarding earnings per share. Basic net earnings per share is based upon the weighted average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted net earnings per share is based on the assumption that all dilutive convertible shares and stock options were converted or exercised.  Dilution is computed by applying the treasury stock method. Under this method, options and warrants are assumed to be exercised at the beginning of the period (or at the time of issuance, if later), and as if funds obtained thereby were used to purchase common stock at the average market price during the period.

All share and per share amounts used in the Company's consolidated financial statements and notes thereto have been retroactively restated to reflect the 1-for-2 reverse stock split, which were effective on April 28, 2009.


 
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Recently issued accounting pronouncements

In January 2010, FASB issued ASU No. 2010-01- Accounting for Distributions to Shareholders with Components of Stock and Cash. The amendments in this Update clarify that the stock portion of a distribution to shareholders that allows them to elect to receive cash or stock with a potential limitation on the total amount of cash that all shareholders can elect to receive in the aggregate is considered a share issuance that is reflected in EPS prospectively and is not a stock dividend for purposes of applying Topics 505 and 260 (Equity and Earnings Per Share). The amendments in this update are effective for interim and annual periods ending on or after December 15, 2009, and should be applied on a retrospective basis. The adoption of this ASU did not have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

In January 2010, FASB issued ASU No. 2010-02 – Accounting and Reporting for Decreases in Ownership of a Subsidiary – a Scope Clarification. The amendments in this Update affect accounting and reporting by an entity that experiences a decrease in ownership in a subsidiary that is a business or nonprofit activity. The amendments also affect accounting and reporting by an entity that exchanges a group of assets that constitutes a business or nonprofit activity for an equity interest in another entity. The amendments in this update are effective beginning in the period that an entity adopts SFAS No. 160, “Non-controlling Interests in Consolidated Financial Statements – An Amendment of ARB No. 51.” If an entity has previously adopted SFAS No. 160 as of the date the amendments in this update are included in the Accounting Standards Codification, the amendments in this update are effective beginning in the first interim or annual reporting period ending on or after December 15, 2009. The amendments in this update should be applied retrospectively to the first period that an entity adopted SFAS No. 160. The adoption of this ASU did not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

In January 2010, FASB issued ASU No. 2010-06 – Improving Disclosures about Fair Value Measurements. This update provides amendments to Subtopic 820-10 that requires new disclosure as follows: 1) Transfers in and out of Levels 1 and 2. A reporting entity should disclose separately the amounts of significant transfers in and out of Level 1 and Level 2 fair value measurements and describe the reasons for the transfers. 2) Activity in Level 3 fair value measurements. In the reconciliation for fair value measurements using significant unobservable inputs (Level 3), a reporting entity should present separately information about purchases, sales, issuances, and settlements (that is, on a gross basis rather than as one net number). This update provides amendments to Subtopic 820-10 that clarifies existing disclosures as follows: 1) Level of disaggregation. A reporting entity should provide fair value measurement disclosures for each class of assets and liabilities. A class is often a subset of assets or liabilities within a line item in the statement of financial position. A reporting entity needs to use judgment in determining the appropriate classes of assets and liabilities. 2) Disclosures about inputs and valuation techniques. A reporting entity should provide disclosures about the valuation techniques and inputs used to measure fair value for both recurring and nonrecurring fair value measurements. Those disclosures are required for fair value measurements that fall in either Level 2 or Level 3. The new disclosures and clarifications of existing disclosures are effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2009, except for the disclosures about purchases, sales, issuances, and settlements in the roll forward of activity in Level 3 fair value measurements. These disclosures are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2010, and for interim periods within those fiscal years. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of this ASU, however, the Company does not expect the adoption of this ASU to have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

In February 2010, FASB issued ASU No. 2010-9 –Amendments to Certain Recognition and Disclosure Requirements. This update addresses certain implementation issues related to an entity’s requirement to perform and disclose subsequent-events procedures, removes the requirement that public companies disclose the date of their financial statements in both issued and revised financial statements. According to the FASB, the revised statements include those that have been changed to correct an error or conform to a retrospective application of U.S. GAAP. The amendment is effective for interim and annual reporting periods in fiscal year ending after June 15, 2010. The Company does not expect the adoption of this ASU to have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 
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In March 2010, FASB issued ASU No. 2010-10 –Amendments for Certain Investment Funds. This update defers the effective date of the amendments to the consolidation requirements made by FASB Statement 167 to a reporting entity’s interest in certain types of entities. The deferral will mainly impact the evaluation of reporting enterprises’ interests in mutual funds, private equity funds, hedge funds, real estate investment entities that measure their investment at fair value, real estate investment trusts, and venture capital funds. The ASU also clarifies guidance in Statement 167 that addresses whether fee arrangements represent a variable interest for all service providers and decision makers. The ASU is effective for interim and annual reporting periods in fiscal year beginning after November 15, 2009. The adoption of this ASU did not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

In March 2010, FASB issued ASU No. 2010-11 –Scope Exception Related to Embedded Credit Derivatives. Embedded credit-derivative features related only to the transfer of credit risk in the form of subordination of one financial instrument to another are not subject to potential bifurcation and separate accounting as clarified by recently issued FASB guidance. Other embedded credit-derivative features are required to be analyzed to determine whether they must be accounted for separately. This update provides guidance on whether embedded credit-derivative features in financial instruments issued by structures such as collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and synthetic CDOs are subject to bifurcation and separate accounting. The guidance is effective at the beginning of a company’s first fiscal quarter beginning after June 15, 2010. The Company does not expect the adoption of this ASU to have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

Reclassification

Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation. These reclassifications have no effect on net income or cash flows.

Note 4 – Other Assets

Other assets consisted of the following:

   
March 31,
2010
   
December 31,
2009
 
   
(unaudited)
       
Prepaid rent – natural gas stations
  $ 335,487     $ 340,211  
Prepayment for acquiring land use right
    1,936,440       1,936,440  
Advances on purchasing equipment and construction in progress
    13,104,648       12,056,964  
Refundable security deposits
    1,388,978       1,264,283  
Others
    171,536       257,012  
Total
  $ 16,937,089     $ 15,854,910  

All land in the PRC is government owned.  However, the government grants users land use rights.  As of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, the Company prepaid $1,936,440 to the PRC local government to purchase land use rights. The Company is in the process of negotiating the final purchase price with the local government and the land use rights have not yet been granted to the Company.  Therefore, the Company did not amortize the prepaid land use rights.

Advances on the purchase of equipment and construction in progress are monies deposited or advanced to outside vendors/subcontractors for the purchase of operating equipment or for services to be provided for constructions in progress.

Refundable security deposits are monies deposited with one of the Company’s major vendors and gas station landlord.  These amounts will be returned to the Company if they terminate the business relationship or at the end of the lease.

 
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Note 5 – Senior Notes Payable

On March 30, 2007, the Company entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with Abax Lotus Ltd. (the “Investor”). The Purchase Agreement was subsequently amended on January 29, 2008, pursuant to which the Company (i) agreed to issue 5.00% Guaranteed Senior Notes due 2014 (the “Senior Notes”) of approximately $20,000,000, (ii) agreed to issue to the Investor Senior Notes in aggregate principal amount of approximately $20,000,000 on or before March 3, 2008 subject to the Company meeting certain closing conditions, (iii) granted the Investor an option to purchase up to approximately $10,000,000 in principal amount of its Senior Notes and (iv) agreed to issue to the Investor seven-year warrants exercisable for up to 1,450,000 shares of the Company’s common stock (the “Warrants”) at an initial exercise price equal to $14.7304 per share, subject to certain adjustments, which adjusted to $7.3652 on January 29, 2009.  On January 29, 2008, the Company issued $20,000,000 Senior Notes and 1,450,000 warrants pursuant to the Purchase Agreement. On March 3, 2008, the Investor exercised its first option for an additional $20,000,000 of Senior Notes. On March 10, 2008, the Company issued $20,000,000 in additional Senior Notes resulting in total Senior Notes of $40,000,000.

At the closing, the Company entered into:

·
An indenture for the 5.00% Guaranteed Senior Notes due 2014;

·
An investor rights agreement;

·
A registration rights agreement covering the shares of common stock issuable upon exercise of the warrants;

·
An information rights agreement that grants to the Investor, subject to applicable law, the right to receive certain information regarding the Company;

·
A share-pledge agreement whereby the Company granted to the Collateral Agent (on behalf of the holders of the Senior Notes) a pledge on 65% of the Company’s equity interest in SXNGE, a PRC corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company; and

·
An account pledge and security agreement whereby the Company granted to the Collateral Agent a security interest in the account where the proceeds from the Senior Notes are deposited.

In addition, Qinan Ji, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of the Company, executed a non-compete agreement for the benefit of the Investor.

The Senior Notes were issued pursuant to an indenture between the Company and DB Trustees (Hong Kong) Limited, as trustee, at the closing. The Senior Notes will mature on January 30, 2014 and will initially bear interest at the stated interest rate of 5.00% per annum, subject to an increase in the event of certain circumstances. The Company is required to make mandatory repayments on the Senior Notes on the following dates and in the following amounts, expressed as a percentage of the aggregate principal amount of Notes that will be outstanding on the first such payment date:
 
Date
 
Repayment Percentage
 
July 30, 2011
    8.3333 %
January 30, 2012
    8.3333 %
July 30, 2012
    16.6667 %
January 30, 2013
    16.6667 %
July 30, 2013
    25.0000 %

 
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During the twelve month period commencing January 30 of the years set forth below, the Company may redeem the Senior Notes at the following principal amount:
 
Year
 
Principal
 
2009
  $ 43,200,000  
2010
    42,400,000  
2011
    41,600,000  
2012
    40,800,000  
2013 and thereafter
    40,000,000  

Upon the occurrence of certain events defined in the indenture, the Company must offer the holders of the Senior Notes the right to require the Company to purchase the Senior Notes in an amount equal to 105% of the aggregate principal amount purchased plus accrued and unpaid interest on the Senior Notes purchased.

The indenture requires the Company to pay additional interest at the rate of 3.0% per annum of the Senior Notes if the Company has not obtained a listing of its common stock on the Nasdaq Global Market, the Nasdaq Capital Market or the New York Stock Exchange by January 29, 2009 and maintained such listing continuously thereafter as long as the Senior Notes are outstanding. As of January 29, 2009, the Company had not obtained a listing of its common stock on the market stated in the agreement. However, the Company obtained a three-month waiver from ABAX for the additional interest payment. The waiver gave the Company three more months until April 28, 2009 to achieve the uplisting status. By the end of the extended period, if the Company was not able to complete the uplisting, the Company would have to pay additional interest retroactively starting January 30, 2009 in accordance with the terms of the waiver. The Company was approved to be listed on Nasdaq on June 1, 2009, which passed the wavier period.  In August 2009, the Company reached an agreement with ABAX that the Company was to pay additional interest accrued for the period from April 29, 2009, the expiration date of previous waiver to June 1, 2009, the date of listing. As such, the Company paid $113,214 additional interest to ABAX in August 2009.

The indenture limits the Company's ability to incur debt and liens, make dividend payments and stock repurchases, make investments, reinvest proceeds from asset sales and enter into transactions with affiliates, among other things. The indenture also requires the Company to maintain certain financial ratios.
 
The Company also entered into an investor rights agreement, pursuant to which, as long as an investor holds at least 10% of the aggregate principal amount of the Senior Notes issued and outstanding or at least 3% of the Company’s issued and outstanding common stock pursuant to the warrants on an as-exercised basis (“Minimum Holding”), the Company has agreed not to undertake certain corporate actions without prior Investor approval. In addition, so long as an Investor owns the Minimum Holding, such Investor shall have a right of first refusal for future debt securities offerings by the Company and the Company is subject to certain transfer restrictions on its securities and certain other properties.

From the Closing Date and as long as the Investor continues to hold more than 10% of the outstanding shares of common stock on an as-converted, fully-diluted basis, the Investor shall be entitled to appoint one of the Company’s board of directors (the “Investor Director”). The Investor Director shall be entitled to serve on each committee of the board, except that, the Investor Director shall not serve on the audit committee unless it is an independent director. Mr. Ji has agreed to vote his shares for the election of the Investor Director.
 
In connection with the issuance of the Securities Purchase Agreement, the Company paid $2,122,509 in debt issuance costs which is being amortized over the life of the Senior Notes.  For the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009, the Company amortized $0 and $38,578 of the aforesaid issuance costs, net of capitalized interest.

 
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In connection with the Securities Purchase Agreement, the Company agreed to issue to the Investor seven-year warrants exercisable for up to 1,450,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at an initial exercise price equal to $14.7304 per share, subject to certain adjustments. The exercise price of the Warrants is adjusted on the first anniversary of issuance and thereafter, at every six month anniversary beginning in the fiscal year 2009 if the volume weighted average price, or VWAP, (as defined therein) for the 15 trading days prior to the applicable reset date is less than the then applicable exercise price, in which case the exercise price shall be adjusted downward to the then current VWAP; provided, however, that in no event shall the exercise price be adjusted below $7.3652 per share. The exercise price was adjusted to $7.3652 on January 29, 2009. No further adjustments of the exercise price will be required (as that is the floor price).

The warrants granted to the Investor on January 29, 2008 are considered derivative instruments that need to be bifurcated from the original security.  If the Warrants have not been exercised within the seven year period, then the Investor can have the Company purchase the Warrants for $17,500,000.  This amount is shown as a debt discount and is being amortized over the term of the Senior Notes.  For the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009, the Company amortized $761,204 and $634,076 of the aforesaid discounts, of which $761,204 and $463,364, respectively, were capitalized into construction in progress.

The warrants have been determined to be derivative liabilities instruments because there is a required redemption requirement if the holder does not exercise the Warrants.  However, the warrants are not required to be valued at fair value, rather, to be at its undiscounted redemption amount of $17.5 million.
 
Note 6- Long term Loan

The Company’s long term bank loan as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009 are as following:

   
March 31,2010
(unaudited)
   
December 31,2009
 
Loan from Pudong Development Bank Xi’an Branch, due various dates from 2012 to 2014. Interest at 5.76% for the first year and subject to adjustment after the second year, secured by equipment
  $ 13,203,000     $ -  
 
On February 26, 2010, JBLNG entered into a fixed assets loan contract with Pudong Development Bank Xi’an Branch (“SPDB”), pursuant to which SPDB agreed to lend $17,676,000 to JBLNG. SPDB transferred $13.2 million to JBLNG on March 17, 2010. The loan is secured by Xi’an Xilan Natural Gas Co., ltd (“XXNGC”)’s equipments and vehicles located within PRC. The carrying net value of the asset pledged is $12,701,756 as of March 31, 2010. XXNGC also entered into a guaranty with SPDB to guarantee the repayment of the loans. The Company is required to make mandatory prepayments on the long term loan in the following date and amounts:
 
Date
 
Repayment Percentage
   
Repayment Amount
 
March 5, 2012
    25 %   $ 4,401,000  
March 5, 2013
    25 %     4,401,000  
March 5, 2014
    25 %     4,401,000  

Note 7 – Warrants

Following is a summary of the warrant activity:

  
 
Warrants
Outstanding
   
Weighted Average
Exercise Price
   
Aggregate
Intrinsic Value
 
Outstanding, December 31, 2008
    1,994,242     $ 14.28       -  
Granted
    -       -       -  
Forfeited
    (160,588 )     7.20       -  
Exercised
    -       -       -  
Outstanding, December 31, 2009
    1,833,654     $ 8.93     $ 4,008,434  
Granted
    -       -       -  
Forfeited
    -       -       -  
Exercised
    -       -       -  
Outstanding, March 31, 2010 (unaudited)
    1,833,654     $ 8.93     $ 1,607,507  

Following is a summary of the status of warrants outstanding at March 31, 2010:

Outstanding Warrants
 
Exercise Price
 
Number
   
Average
Remaining
Contractual
Life
 
7.37
    1,450,000       4.83  
14.86
    383,654       2.34  
8.93
    1,833,654       4.31  

 
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Note 8 – Defined Contribution Plan

The Company is required to participate in a defined contribution plan operated by the local municipal government in accordance with Chinese law and regulations.  The Company contributes 100RMB per employee per month to the plan. Starting from 2008, no minimum contribution is required but the maximum contribution cannot be more than 14% of the current salary expense. The total contribution for the above plan was $190,348 and $47,188 for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively.

Note 9 – Secondary Public Offering

On September 9, 2009, the Company completed an underwritten public offering for 5,725,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $8.75 per share. China Natural Gas also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 858,750 shares to cover over-allotments at the public offering price.

On September 21, 2009, the Company closed the sale of an additional 858,750 shares of common stock at the public offering price of $8.75 per share, pursuant to the over-allotment option exercised in full by the underwriter in connection with its public offering that closed on September 9, 2009.

The net proceeds, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and the relevant expenses, is approximately $54.4 million.

The net proceeds from the offering was intended to be used for the construction of the Company's liquefied natural gas facility, the acquisition of CNG fueling stations, the purchase of CNG trucks and the establishment of a joint venture company with China National Petroleum Corporation Kunlun Natural Gas Co., Ltd., as well as for general working capital purposes.

Note 10 – Statutory Reserve

As stipulated by the Company Law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as applicable to Chinese companies with foreign ownership, net income after taxation can only be distributed as dividends after appropriation has been made for the following:

 
i.
Making up cumulative prior years’ losses, if any;

 
ii.
Allocations to the “Statutory surplus reserve” of at least 10% of income after tax, as determined under PRC accounting rules and regulations, until the fund amounts to 50% of the Company's registered capital;

 
iii.
Allocations to the discretionary surplus reserve, if approved in the shareholders’ general meeting.

As of March 31, 2010, the remaining reserve needed to fulfill the 50% registered capital requirement was approximately $69,720,000

Note 11 – Accounting for Stock-based Compensation

1) Options from CEO to pay for certain Company’s legal expenses

On September 22, 2007, Mr. Qinan Ji, chairman and shareholder of the Company, transferred 50,000 of his personally-owned options to the Company’s attorney to cover certain Company legal expenses. 30% of the options vested on September 22, 2008, 30% vest on September 22, 2009, and the remaining 40% vest on September 22, 2010.  Upon termination of service to the Company, the attorney is required to return all unvested options.  These options expire June 1, 2012.

The Company used the Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model to value the options at the time they were issued, based on the stock price on its grant date, the stated exercise prices and expiration dates of the instruments and using a risk-free rate of 4.10%. The estimated life is based on one half of the sum of the vesting period and the contractual life of the option. This is the same as assuming that the options are exercised at the mid-point between the vesting date and expiration date. $22,008 and $14,842 of compensation expense were recorded during the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively.

 
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As of March 31, 2010, $44,016 of estimated expense with respect to non-vested stock-based compensation has yet to be recognized and will be recognized in expense over the optionee’s remaining weighted average service period of approximately six months.

2) 2009 stock option plan

On March 11, 2009, the board of directors approved by written consent the Company’s stock option plan for its employees, directors and consultants. Pursuant to the plan, the total stock option pool will equal to 10% of the Company’s total shares outstanding as of March 11, 2009. Among the option pool approved, 4% shall be awarded in 2009 and another 4% shall be awarded in 2010, and 2% reserved for future awards. For the 2009 stock option award, the CEO and former CFO were granted total options of 1% and 0.6% of the common shares outstanding, 50% as Non-qualified Stock Options (NSO) and 50% as Incentive Stock Awards (ISA), for a vesting period of four years. The Company granted the former CFO, Veronica Chen, options to purchase 75,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, representing approximately 0.5% of the Company’s outstanding shares as of March 11, 2009, which forfeited as Veronica Chen resigned as CFO. 5,000 option shares per year will be granted to each non-executive board member and 6,000 option shares per year granted to the Audit Committee Chairman. Other senior management and employees will be granted total options of 2.11% of the Company’s common shares. On April 1, 2009, the Company issued 243,850 and 75,000 stock options, respectively pursuant to the Company's 2009 employee stock option and stock award plan.  The strike price for the options was $4.90 per share. The stock option has a term of six years and vests evenly over four years starting one year from the issuance date on an annually basis.

The Company used the Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model to value the options at the time they were issued, based on the stock price on its grant date, the stated exercise prices and expiration dates of the instruments and using risk-free rates. The volatility of the Company’s common stock was estimated by management based on the historical volatility of the Company’s common stock, the risk free interest rate was based on Treasury Constant Maturity Rates published by the U.S. Federal Reserve for periods applicable to the estimated life of the options, and the expected dividend yield was based on the current and expected dividend policy.  The Company currently uses the “simplified” method to estimate the expected term for share option grants as it does not have sufficient historical experience to provide a reasonable estimate.  The Company will continue to use the “simplified” method until it feels that it has sufficient historical experience to provide a reasonable estimate of expected terms.  The estimated life is based on one half of the sum of the vesting period and the contractual life of the option. This is the same as assuming that the options are exercised at the mid-point between the vesting date and expiration date. Compensation expense of 52,838 was recorded during the three months ended March 31, 2010.

As of March 31, 2010, $634,074 of estimated expense with respect to non-vested stock-based compensation has yet to be recognized and will be recognized in expense over the optionee’s remaining weighted average service period of approximately 3 years.

Following is a summary of the stock option activity:

   
Options
Outstanding
   
Weighted Average
Exercise Price
   
Aggregate
Intrinsic Value
 
                   
Outstanding, December 31, 2008
    -     $ -     $ -  
Granted
    318,850       4.90       1,983,247  
Forfeited
    75,000       4.90       466,500  
Exercised
    -       -       -  
Outstanding, December 31, 2009
    243,850     $ 4.90     $ 1,516,747  
Granted
                       
Forfeited
                       
Exercised
    -       -       -  
Outstanding, March 31, 2010 (unaudited)
    243,850     $ 4.90     $ 1,197,304  

 
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Following is a summary of the status of stock options outstanding at March 31, 2010:

Outstanding Options    
Exercisable Options
 
Exercise
Price
 
Number
   
Average
Remaining
Contractual
Life
   
Exercise
Price
   
Number
   
Average
Remaining
Contractual
Life
 
$
4.90
    243,850       5.00       -       -       -  

Note 12 – Earnings per Share

Earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 is determined by dividing net income for the periods by the weighted average number of both basic and diluted shares of common stock and common stock equivalents outstanding. The following is an analysis of the differences between basic and diluted earnings per common share in accordance with FASB’s accounting standard.

The following demonstrates the calculation for earnings per share for the years ended March 31, 2009 and 2008:

   
For the three
 
   
months ended March 31,
 
   
2010
   
2009
 
   
(unaudited)
   
(unaudited)
 
             
Basic earnings per share
           
             
Net income
  $ 3,995,270     $ 4,201,623  
                 
Weighted shares outstanding-Basic
    21,183,904       14,600,152  
                 
Earnings per share-Basic
  $ 0.19     $ 0.29  
                 
Diluted earnings per share
               
                 
Net income
  $ 3,995,270     $ 4,201,623  
                 
Weighted shares outstanding-Basic
    21,183,904       14,600,152  
Effect of diluted securities-Warrants
    411,134       -  
Weighted shares outstanding-Diluted
    21,595,038       14,600,152  
                 
Earnings per share-Diluted
  $ 0.19     $ 0.29  

The Company had outstanding warrants of 1,833,654 at March 31, 2010 and 2009.  For the three months ended March 31, 2010, the average stock price was greater than the exercise prices of the 1,450,000 warrants which resulted in additional weighted average common stock equivalents of 411,134; 383,654 outstanding warrants were excluded from the diluted earnings per share calculation as they are anti-dilutive. For the three months ended March 31, 2009, all 1,833,654 outstanding warrants were excluded from the diluted earnings per share calculation as they are anti-dilutive.

Note 13 – Related Party Transactions (Restated)

The Company had the following balances of loans extended to its related parties:
  
   
March 31, 2010
   
December
 
   
(unaudited)
    31, 2009  
Ms. Taoxiang Wang, due on February 19, 2011, annual interest at 5.84% (1)
    9,858,240       -  
    $ 9,858,240     $ -  

(1)
On April 22 and April 27, 2010, Ms. Wang repaid $ 5,868,000 and $4,130,962, respectively, of which $140,722 was the interest payments. 

Demaoxing was formed in November 2007 by relatives of Mr. Qinan Ji, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Demaoxing Promoters”). In January 2010, SXNGE, one of the Company’s major subsidiaries, extended a loan of US$9,858,240 to Ms. Taoxiang Wang, who obtained a 40% ownership interest in Demaoxing on January 21, 2010.  Ms. Taoxiang Wang used her 40% ownership interest in Demaoxing and its assets as collateral for the Wang Loan. On January 26, 2010, the Wang Loan funds were remitted by SXNGE to an account of Demaoxing. Management of the Company believed that the Wang Loan was adequately secured by collateral. On January 21, 2010, the Demaoxing Promoters also transferred 30% of their ownership interests in Demaoxing to Shaanxi Rongxin Real Estate Co., Ltd. (“Rongxin”). The Board of Directors has determined that the Demaoxing Promoters retained indirect beneficial interests in Demaoxing after transferring their ownership interests and thus the Wang Loan was a related party transaction.

The Company’s Board of Directors was not notified of the extension of the Wang Loan by the Company, and did not approve the Loans. Upon learning of the existence of the Wang Loan in April 2010, the Board of Directors required that the Wang Loan be immediately repaid. In April 2010, Demaoxing repaid the principal of the Wang Loan and made an interest payment of US$140,722, settling the Wang Loan in full.

 
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Note 14 – Current Vulnerability Due to Certain Concentrations

Concentration of natural gas vendors:

   
For the three
 
   
months ended March 31,
 
   
2010
   
2009
 
   
(unaudited)
   
(unaudited)
 
             
Numbers of natural gas vendors
    3       3  
                 
Percentage of total natural gas purchases
    88 %     80 %

As of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, the Company has $105,488 and $82,146 payable due to its major suppliers.

The Company maintains long-term natural gas minimum purchase agreements with one of its vendors as of March 31, 2010. There are no minimum purchase requirements by the Company.  Contracts are renewed on an annual basis. The Company’s management reports that it does not expect any issues or difficulty in continuing to renew the supply contracts with these vendors going forward. Price points for natural gas are strictly controlled by the government and have remained stable over the past three years.

The Company's operations are carried out in the People’s Republic of China. Accordingly, the Company's business, financial condition and results of operations may be influenced by the political, economic and legal environments in the People’s Republic of China, by the general state of the People’s Republic of China‘s economy. The Company's business may be influenced by changes in governmental policies with   respect to laws and regulations, anti-inflationary measures, currency conversion and remittance abroad, and rates and methods of taxation, among other things.

Note 15 – Commitments and Contingencies

(a)  Lease Commitments

The Company recognizes lease expense on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease in accordance to FASB’s accounting standard regarding leases. The Company entered into a series of long-term lease agreements with outside parties to lease land use rights to the self-built Natural Gas fueling stations located in the PRC. The agreements have terms ranging from 10 to 30 years. The Company makes annual prepayments for most lease agreements.  The Company also entered into two office leases in Xi’an, PRC, one office lease in Jingbian, PRC, one office lease in Wuhan, PRC and one office lease in New York, NY.  The minimum future payment for leasing land use rights and offices is as follows:

Year ending December 31, 2010
  $ 1,280,191  
Year ending December 31, 2011
    2,087,346  
Year ending December 31, 2012
    1,921,385  
Year ending December 31, 2013
    1,830,217  
Year ending December 31, 2014
    2,218,208  
Thereafter
    34,447,281  
Total
  $ 43,784,628  

For the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009, the land use right and office lease expenses were $430,628 and $392,081, respectively.
 
 
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(b) Property and Equipment Purchase Commitments

The Company has purchase commitments for materials, supplies, services and property and equipment for constructing the LNG plant and other CIP projects.  The Company has future commitments as followings:

Year ending December 31, 2010
  $ 10,343,316  
Year ending December 31, 2011
    2,143,287  
Thereafter
    -  
Total
  $ 12,486,603  

(c) Natural Gas Purchase Commitments

The Company has existing long-term natural gas purchase agreements with its major suppliers. However, none of those agreements stipulate any specific purchase amount or quota each year, thus giving the Company enough flexibility to constantly look for lower-cost sources of supply. Therefore, the Company is not legally bound in purchase commitments by those agreements.

(d) Legal Proceedings

A former member of the board of directors filed a lawsuit on June 16, 2008 against the Company in New York State Supreme Court, Nassau County, in which he has sought, among other things, to recover a portion of his monthly compensation plus 20,000 options that he alleges are due to him pursuant to a written agreement. After the plaintiff rejected an offer by the Company that included the options that plaintiff alleged were due to him, the Company moved to dismiss the complaint. The judge ordered the Company to issue the 20,000 options to the plaintiff subject to any restrictions required by applicable securities laws, which was essentially what the Company had previously offered, and dismissed all of the plaintiff's remaining claims against the Company. The current board of directors has complied with the court's decision by tendering an option agreement to the plaintiff consistent with the court's decision, but the plaintiff has refused to execute the agreement, and instead has filed an appeal. On March 16, 2010, the Appellate Division, Second Department, modified the decision and order of the trial court and dismissed the action in its entirety. Subsequently, the plaintiff has sought leave to appeal the appellate court's decision in New York state's highest court.

Note 16 – Subsequent Event

As disclosed in Note 13, in April 2010, Demaoxing repaid the principal of the Wang Loan and made an interest payment of US$140,722, settling the Wang Loan in full.

Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT

The information in this report contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact made in this report are forward looking. In particular, the statements herein regarding industry prospects and future results of operations or financial position are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "believes," "estimates," "could," "possibly," "probably," "anticipates," "projects," "expects," "may," "will," or "should" or other variations or similar words. No assurances can be given that the future results anticipated by the forward-looking statements will be achieved. Forward-looking statements reflect management's current expectations and are inherently uncertain. Our actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations.

The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with our financial statements, included herewith. This discussion should not be construed to imply that the results discussed herein will necessarily continue into the future, or that any conclusion reached herein will necessarily be indicative of actual operating results in the future. Such discussion represents only the best present assessment of our management.

Overview

We are an integrated natural gas operator in The People’s Republic of China (“China” or the “PRC”), primarily involved in distribution of compressed natural gas (“CNG”) through our VIE-owned CNG fueling stations. As of March 31, 2010, our VIE operated 25 CNG fueling stations in Shaanxi province and 12 CNG fueling stations in Henan province. Our VIE own the CNG fueling stations while we lease the land upon which our VIE owned CNG fueling stations operate. For the three months ended March 31, 2010, we sold 40,592,457 cubic meters of CNG through our fueling stations, compared to 39,294,120 cubic meters for the three ended March 31, 2009. Our VIE also transport, distribute and sell piped natural gas to residential and commercial customers in the city of Xi’an in Shaanxi Province, including Lantian County, and the districts of Lintong and Baqiao, and in the city of Lingbao in Henan Province.

 
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We operate four main business lines:

 
Ÿ  Distribution and sale of compressed natural gas through our VIE owned CNG fueling stations for hybrid (natural gas/gasoline) powered vehicles (37 stations as of March 31, 2010);
 
 
Ÿ  Installation, distribution and sale of piped natural gas to residential and commercial customers through our VIE owned pipelines. We distributed and sold piped natural gas to 110,713 residential customers as of March 31, 2010;
 
 
Ÿ  Distribution and sale of gasoline through our VIE owned CNG fueling stations for gasoline and hybrid (natural gas/gasoline) powered vehicles (eight of our VIE owned CNG fueling stations sold gasoline as of March 31, 2010); and
 
 
Ÿ  Conversion of gasoline-fueled vehicles to hybrid (natural gas/gasoline) powered vehicles at our auto conversion sites.

We buy all of the natural gas that we sell and distribute to our customers. We do not mine or produce any of our own natural gas and have no plans to do so during the next 12 months. We currently sell our natural gas in two forms: (i) CNG and (ii) piped natural gas.

On October 24, 2006, our variable interest entity XXNGC, formed a wholly-owned subsidiary, SJLNG, for the purpose of constructing a LNG facility to be located in Jingbian, Shaanxi province. We planned to invest approximately $50 million to construct this facility, funded through the sale of senior notes to Abax and our September 2009 equity financing, as well as cash flows from operations. The LNG plant is under construction and is expected to be completed and fully operational by the second quarter of 2010. Once completed, the plant is expected to have a processing capacity of 500,000 cubic meters per day, or approximately 150 million cubic meters on an annual basis.

We had total revenues of $19,366,823 and $18,527,666 for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 respectively. We had net income of $3,995,270 and $4,201,623 for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 respectively.

Factors Affecting Our Results of Operations

Significant factors affecting our results of operations are:

Successful expansion of our CNG fueling station business in our target markets . Our revenue increased by 4.5% during the three months ended March 31, 2010 from the three months ended March 31, 2009 largely because of the addition of 2 new fueling stations added since the third quarter of 2009, as well as the increase of pipeline natural gas customers. As of March 31, 2010, we operated 37 CNG fueling stations in total and, in Shaanxi alone, we operated 25 CNG fueling stations. We believe we are the largest provider of CNG fueling stations in Xi’an, one of our core target markets for CNG.  As of March 31, 2010, we operated 12 CNG fueling stations in Henan province, another of our core target markets. The successful expansion of our CNG fueling station business in Xi’an and Henan province has been a significant factor driving our revenue growth and results of operations for the period reviewed. While we intend to expand into different provinces, we anticipate the growth of our CNG fueling business in Xi’an and Henan province will continue to significantly affect our results of operations as we intend to continue to increase the number of CNG fueling stations we operate in these areas.

Regulation of natural gas prices in the PRC . The prices at which we purchase our natural gas supplies and sell CNG and pipeline natural gas products are strictly regulated by the PRC central government, including the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”), and the local state price bureaus have the discretion to set natural gas prices within the boundaries set by the PRC central government.  In addition, natural gas procurement and sale prices are not uniform across China and can vary across provinces. For example, the prices at which we procure and sell CNG and piped natural gas are lower in Shaanxi than in Henan. Accordingly, our results of operations and, in particular, our revenue, cost of revenue and gross profit and gross margin are affected significantly by factors which are outside of our control. As we expand our natural gas business into other provinces, we expect our results of operations to continue to be affected significantly by the regulation of natural gas prices in the PRC.

 
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Government policies encouraging the adoption of cleaner burning fuels . Our results of operations for the periods reviewed have benefited from environmental regulations and programs in the PRC that promote the use of cleaner burning fuels, including natural gas for vehicles. As an enterprise engaged in the natural gas industry, our VIE benefits from a reduced income tax rate of 15% compared to the standard 25% enterprise income tax rate in the PRC. In addition, the PRC government has encouraged companies to invest in and build the necessary transportation, distribution and sale infrastructure for natural gas in various policy pronouncements such as by officially including CNG/gasoline hybrid vehicles in the country's "encouraged development" category. These policies have benefited our results of operations by encouraging the demand for our natural gas products and also by lowering our expenses. As we expand into the LNG business, we anticipate that our results of operations will continue to be affected by government policies encouraging the adoption of cleaner burning fuels and the increased adoption of CNG and LNG technology.

The overall economic growth of China’s economy. We do not export our products outside China and our results of operations are thus substantially affected by the growth of the industrial base, the increase in residential, commercial and vehicular consumption and the overall economic growth of China. While China's economy has experienced a slowdown in 2008 and a recovery period in 2009, Although the government has initiated extensive domestic stimulus spending, expanded bank lending, increases in the speed of regulatory approvals of new construction projects and other economic policies, we are currently unable to predict the overall direction of PRC economy. Our results of operations rely on the overall success of China’s economy and may be affected by the macro economic trends.

Taxation

United States

We are incorporated in the State of Delaware and are subject to the tax laws of the United States. We incurred a net operating loss for income tax purposes for the period ended March 31, 2010 and the estimated net operating loss carry forwards for United States income tax purposes amounted to $3,574,888 and $3,232,855 as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively, which may be available to reduce future years' taxable income. These carry forwards will expire, if not utilized, beginning in 2027 through 2029. Our management believes that the realization of the benefits arising from this loss appear to be uncertain due to our Company's limited operating history and continuing losses for United States income tax purposes. Accordingly, we have provided a 100% valuation allowance at March 31, 2010.

The PRC

Our subsidiary, VIE and its subsidiaries operate in China.  Starting January 1, 2008, pursuant to the tax laws of China, general enterprises are subject to income tax at an effective rate of 25% compared to 33% prior to 2008. Based on certain income tax regulations adopted in 2001 to encourage the development of certain industries, including the natural gas industry, in the western portions of China such as Shaanxi Province, XXNGC is subject to a reduced tax rate of 15%. Accordingly, except for income from XXNGC, which is subject to the reduced tax rate of 15%, income from SXNGE, SJLNG, XXABC, HXNGC, LBNGC, and HBXNGC are subject to the 25% PRC income tax rate. Our effective income tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 were approximately 18.6% and 19.2%, respectively.

Value Added Tax

Sales revenue represents the invoiced value of goods, net of a value-added tax ("VAT").  All of our variable interest entity XXNGC's products that are sold in the PRC are subject to a Chinese VAT at a rate of 13% of the gross sales price. This VAT may be offset by VAT paid by XXNGC on raw materials and other materials included in the cost of producing their finished products. XXNGC records VAT payable and VAT receivable net of payments in its financial statements. VAT tax returns are filed offsetting the payables against the receivables.

 
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All revenues from XXABC are subject to a Chinese VAT at a rate of 6%. This VAT cannot be offset with VAT paid for materials included in the cost of revenues.

CONSOLIDATED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Three Months Ended March 31, 2010 Compared to Three Months Ended March 31, 2009

The following table represents the consolidated operating results for the three month period ended March 31, 2010 and 2009:

Sales Revenues

The following table sets forth a breakdown of our revenues for the period indicated:

               
Increase in dollar
   
Increase in
 
   
March 31,2010
   
March 31,2009
   
amount
   
percentage
 
Natural gas from filling stations
  $ 14,629,610     $ 14,257,925     $ 371,685       2.6 %
                                 
Natural gas from pipelines
    854,019       707,895       146,124       20.6 %
                                 
Gasoline
    1,468,816       1,174,398       294,418       25.1 %
                                 
Installation
    2,007,774       1,901,034       106,740       5.6 %
                                 
Auto conversion
    406,604       486,414       (79,810 )     (16.4 )%
                                 
Total
  $ 19,366,823     $ 18,527,666     $ 839,157       4.5 %
 
Overall . Total revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2010 increased to $19,366,823 from $18,527,666 for the three months ended March 31, 2009, an increase of $839,157 or 4.5 %. This increase was mainly due to the addition of 2 new fueling stations added in third quarter 2009 and first quarter 2010, respectively, as well as an increase in the number of residential and commercial pipeline customers to110,713 as of March 31, 2010 from 98,754 as of March 31, 2009. We sold natural gas of 44,161,281 cubic meters during the three months ended March 31, 2010, compared to 42,283,144 cubic meters during the three months ended March 31, 2009. We also sold gasoline of 1,929,034 liters during the three months ended March 31, 2010, compared to 2,171,232 liters during the three months ended March 31, 2009. For the three months ended March 31, 2010, 87.5% of our revenue was generated from the sale of natural gas and gasoline, and the other 12.5% was generated from our installation and auto conversion services.

 
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Natural Gas from Fueling Stations . Natural gas revenue from our fueling stations increased by 2.6% or $371,685, to $14,629,610 during the three months ended March 31, 2010, from $14,257,925 during the three months ended March 31, 2009, and contributed to 75.5% of our total revenue, which was the largest among our four major business lines. During the three months ended March 31, 2010, we sold 40,592,457 cubic meters of compressed natural gas, compared to 39,294,120 cubic meters during the three months ended March 31, 2009 through our fueling stations. In terms of average station sales value and volume, in the three months ended March 31, 2010, we sold approximately $406,378 and 1,127,568 cubic meters of compressed natural gas per station, compared to approximately $407,916 and 1,122,689 cubic meters in the three months ended March 31, 2009. Unit selling price remained stable at $0.34 (RMB2.34) and $0.42 (RMB2.83) net of VAT in Shaanxi and Henan province, respectively, or $0.37 (RMB 2.5) on an average basis.

Natural Gas from Pipelines .  Natural gas revenue from our pipelines increased by 20.6%, or $146,124, to $854,019 during the three months ended March 31, 2010, from $707,895 during the three months ended March 31, 2009, and contributed to 4.4% of our total revenue. As of March 31, 2010, the Company had 110,713 pipeline customers, an increase of 11,959 customers comparing to as of March 31, 2009.  We also sold 3,285,286 cubic meters of natural gas through our pipelines during the three months ended March 31, 2010, compared to 2,989,024 cubic meters during the three months ended March 31, 2009.

Gasoline . Revenue from gasoline sales increased by 25.1 %, or $294,418, to $1,468,816 during the three months ended March 31, 2010, from $1,174,398 during the three months ended March 31, 2009, and contributed 7.6% to our total revenue. The gasoline revenue increase was due to 41.9% increase of unit sales price from $ 0.54 (RMB3.69) per liter in the three months ended March 31, 2009 to $0.77 (RMB 5.23) per liter in the three months ended March 31, 2010, mainly attributable to the increase of international oil price, partially offset by the sales volume decrease of 11.9% from 2,171,232 liters to 1,929,034 liters.

Installation Services . Revenue from installation services increased by 5.6%, or $106,740 to $ 2,007,774 during the three months ended March 31, 2010, from $1,901,034 during the three months ended March 31, 2009, and contributed 10.4% to our total revenue. Installation services to our top four customers contributed to 28.1%, 26.3%, 19.2% and 17.8% of our installation revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2010.

Auto Conversion Services . Revenue from our auto conversion division decreased by 16.4%, or $79,810,to $406,604 during the three months ended March 31, 2010, from $486,414 during the three months ended March 31, 2009, and contributed 2.1% to our total revenue.

Cost of Revenue

The following table sets forth a breakdown of our cost of revenue for the periods indicated:

               
Increase in dollar
   
Increase in
 
   
March 31, 2010
   
March 31, 2009
   
amount
   
percentage
 
Natural gas from filling stations
  $ 7,272,136     $ 6,244,441     $ 1,027,695       16.5 %
                                 
Natural gas from pipelines
    592,518       502,489       90,029       17.9 %
                                 
Gasoline
    1,367,278       1,130,057       237,221       21.0 %
                                 
Installation
    798,054       722,862       75,192       10.4 %
                                 
Auto conversion
    241,869       294,165       (52,296 )     (17.8 )%
                                 
Total
  $ 10,271,855     $ 8,894,014     $ 1,377,841       15.5 %

 
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Overall . Our cost of revenue consists of the cost of natural gas and gasoline sold, installation and other costs. Cost of natural gas and gasoline sold consists of the cost for purchase from our suppliers. Cost of installation and other costs include certain expenditures for the connection of customers to our pipeline system, and the cost for converting gasoline-fueled vehicles into natural gas hybrid vehicles.

Our cost of revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2010 was $10,271,855, an increase of $1,377,841, or 15.5%, from $8,894,014 for the three months ended March 31, 2009, mainly attributable to increase in procurement cost in Henan Province. Our revenue increased by 4.5% during the same period.

Natural Gas from Fueling Stations . Cost of revenue of our natural gas for our fueling stations increased by 16.5%, or $1,027,695, to $7,272,136 during the three months ended March 31, 2010, as compared to $6,244,441 for the three months ended March 31, 2009. Procurement price for natural gas remained stable at $0.16 (RMB 1.12) in Shaanxi since 2008. In Henan Province, the Company also uses coal bed methane (‘CBM’) as an alternative in addition to natural gas to supply its fueling station, as a result the average cost of fueling station revenue in Henan decreased from $0.22 (RMB 1.55) to $0.14 (RMB 1.0) in July 2008. But due to the uncertainty involved in the production capacity of CBM as a byproduct of coal mines as well as increasing demand, average cost of fueling station revenue in Henan increased to $0.19 (RMB 1.30) in June 2009 and $0.22 (RMB 1.49) in January 2010. The cost, however, is still significantly below the retail price at $0.42 (RMB2.83) in Henan Province.

Natural Gas from Pipelines . Cost of revenue of our natural gas sold through our pipelines increased by 17.9%, or $90,029 to $592,518 during the three months ended March 31, 2010, as compared to $502,489 during the three months ended March 31, 2009, which was in line with the sales growth.

Gasoline . Cost of our gasoline revenue increased by 21.0%, to $1,367,278 during the three months ended March 31, 2010, from $1,130,057 for the three months ended March 31, 2009. The increase of cost of gasoline revenue was due to the effect of the increase of average unit cost from $0.52 (RMB 3.55) per liter during the three months ended March 31, 2009 to $0.71 (RMB 4.87) per liter during the three months ended March 31, 2010 mainly attributable to the increase of international oil price, partially offset by the decrease in sales volume.

Installation Services . Cost of revenue from our installation services increased by 10.4%, or $75,192, to $798,054 during the three months ended March 31, 2010, as compared to $722,862 during the three months ended March 31, 2009, as a result of the increase of pipeline customers.

Auto Conversion Services . Cost of our auto conversion revenue decreased by 17.8%, or $52,296, to $241,869 during the three months ended March 31, 2010, as compared to $294,165 during the three months ended March 31, 2009.

Gross profit

The following table sets forth a breakdown of our gross profit for the periods indicated:

               
Increase in
   
Increase in
 
   
March 31, 2010
   
March 31, 2009
   
dollar amount
   
percentage
 
Natural gas from filling stations
  $ 7,357,474     $ 8,013,484     $ (656,010 )     (8.2 )%
                                 
Natural gas from pipelines
    261,501       205,406       56,095       27.3 %
                                 
Gasoline
    101,538       44,341       57,197       129.0 %
                                 
Installation
    1,209,720       1,178,172       31,548       2.7 %
                                 
Auto conversion
    164,735       192,249       (27,514 )     (14.3 )%
                                 
Total
  $ 9,094,968     $ 9,633,652     $ (538,684 )     (5.6 )%

 
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We earned a gross profit of $9,094,968 for the three months ended March 31, 2010, a decrease of $538,684 or 5.6%, compared to $9,633,652 for the three months ended March 31, 2009. In summary, gross profit decrease was mainly due to increased cost of fueling station revenue in Henan Province.

Gross margin

Gross margin for natural gas sold through our fueling stations decreased from 56.2% in the three months ended March 31, 2009 to 50.3% in the three months ended March 31, 2010 due to increased cost of fueling station revenue in Henan Province.

Gross margin for natural gas sold through pipelines was 30.6% during the three months ended March 31, 2010, and increased slightly as compared to 29.0% during the three months ended March 31, 2009.

Gross margin for gasoline sales increased from 3.8% during the three months ended March 31, 2009 to 6.9% during the three months ended March 31, 2010, due to larger increase in gasoline retail price compared with procurement price.

Gross margin for our installation business decreased to 60.3% in the three months ended March 31, 2010 from 62.0% in the three months ended March 31, 2009 due to increase of material costs.

Gross margin for our auto conversion business increased from 39.5% in the three months ended March 31, 2009 to 40.5% in the three months ended March 31, 2010 due to improved efficiency.

Due to higher cost of fueling station revenue in Henan Province, our total gross margin decreased from 52.0% for the three months ended March 31, 2009 to 47.0% for the three months ended March 31, 2010.

Operating expenses

We incurred operating expenses of $4,709,446 for the three months ended March 31, 2010, an increase of $703,297 or 17.6%, compared to $4,006,149 for the three months ended March 31, 2009.

Sales and marketing costs increased $310,965, or 12.0% from $2,580,825 three months ended March 31, 2009 to $2,891,790 for the three months ended March 31, 2010, primarily related to increase in depreciation, electricity, and land leasing expenses associated with existing stations as well as the addition of 2 new fueling stations in third quarter 2009 and first quarter 2010, respectively. The increase also reflect costs related to social security benefit for our employees commensed in the third quarter of 2009 and our continued efforts to obtain new residential and commercial, and fueling station customers. Transportation cost per million cubic meters of natural gas during the three months ended March 31, 2010 was approximately $4,010.

General and administrative expenses increased $392,332, or 27.5% from $1,425,324 for the three months ended March 31, 2009 to $1,817,656 for the three months ended March 31, 2010, primarily reflecting increase in costs related to market development initiatives in Hubei Province and other regions, social security benefit for our employees commenced in the third quarter of 2009, travel expenses for investor conferences to Beijing, Shanghai and US, as well as stock option expense for the Company’s employee stock option plan. The increase also reflects the increased Delaware franchise tax due to the Company’s increased shares outstanding and asset base.

 
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Income from Operations and Operating Margin

Largely impacted by the increase in procurement cost and operating expenses, income from operations decreased by $1,241,981, or 22.1%, to $4,385,522 for the three months ended March 31, 2010, from $5,627,503 for the three months ended March 31, 2009.  Our operating margin for the three months ended March 31, 2010 was 22.6%, compared to 30.4% for the three months ended March 31, 2009.

Non-Operating Income (Expense)

Non-operating income was $520,893 for the three months ended March 31, 2010, compared with $428,624 loss for the three months ended March 31, 2009, primarily due to the $393,068 gain associated with change in fair value of the Company’s outstanding warrants. In addition, the Company capitalized $1,363,662 interest expense for the three months ended March 31, 2010 while only $858,397 was capitalized for the same period of 2009.

Provision for Income Tax

Income tax was $911,145 for the three months ended March 31, 2010, as compared to $997,256 for the three months ended March 31, 2009.

Net Income

Based on the foregoing, net income decreased to $3,995,270 for the three months ended March 31, 2010, a decrease of $206,353, or 4.9%, from $4,201,623 for the three months ended March 31, 2009. Net margin decreased from 22.7% during the three months ended March 31, 2009 to 20.6% during the three months ended March 31, 2010.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

Historically, our primary sources of liquidity have consisted of cash generated from our operations, debt financing and equity offerings. In 2008, we sold senior notes with a face value of $40 million to Abax Lotus Ltd. in September 2009, the Company also completed a secondary offering with gross proceeds of approximately $57 million. Our principal uses of cash have been, and are expected to continue to be, for operational purposes as well as for constructing our LNG plant.

As of March 31, 2010, the Company had $30,172,391 of cash and cash equivalents on hand compared to $48,177,794 of cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2009. The decrease was primarily attributable to the construction of the LNG plant, additions of fueling stations,  market development initiatives and the loans to related party and third party.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $4,848,146 for the three months ended March 31, 2010 compared to net cash provided by operations of $6,238,521 for the three months ended March 31, 2009. The primary reason for the change was due to the lower net income, adjusted for non-cash expenses of $1,187,121, and an increase in working capital of $334,345.

Net cash used in investing activities increased from $3,028,317 during the three months ended March 31, 2009 to $22,812,134 for the same period in 2010 primarily due to loans receivable to related and non-related parties, prepayment to equipment suppliers and construction of the LNG plant, and construction addition of fueling stations during the three months ended March 31, 2010. The Company loaned $9,858,171 to a related party, or the Wang Loan, and $4,400,969 to a non-related party at an annual rate of 5.84%, or the Juntai Loan, during the first quarter of 2010. As of May 7, 2010, $9,858,240 of the Wang Loan has been paid back and $4,400,900 of the Juntai Loan is still outstanding.

The Company paid $1,369,805 to the LNG processing plant as a prepayment on equipment as well as addition to construction in progress during the three months ended March 31, 2010.

Net cash from financing activities was zero for the three months ended March 31, 2010.  The proceeds from the long term loan of $13.2 million were offset by the increase in restricted cash of the same amount.  There was no cash provided by or used in financing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2009.

Based on past performance and current expectations, we believe our cash and cash equivalents, cash generated from operations, repayments of the loans we made to relate party and others, as well as future possible cash from financing activities, will satisfy our working capital needs, capital expenditures and other liquidity requirements associated with our operations.

 
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The majority of our revenues and expenses were denominated primarily in RMB, the currency of the People's Republic of China. There is no assurance that exchange rates between the RMB and the USD will remain stable. Inflation has not had a material impact on our business.

OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS

We do not have any off-balance sheet arrangements that have or are reasonably likely to have a current or future effect on our financial condition, changes in financial condition, revenues or expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures or capital resources that are material to our investors.

CAPITAL EXPENDITURES

Our planned capital expenditures as of March 31, 2010 were $40 million, which we expect to be incurred in connection with the construction of our LNG facility, construction or acquisition of additional fueling stations and compressor stations,  joint-venture cooperation with CNPC Kunlun and to fund the expansion into Hubei Province. Phase I of the LNG plant is under construction and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2010.

OUTSTANDING INDEBTEDNESS

On December 30, 2007, we entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (the "Purchase Agreement") with Abax. The Purchase Agreement was subsequently amended on January 29, 2008, pursuant to which we (i) agreed to issue 5.00% Guaranteed Senior Notes due 2014 (the “Senior Notes”) of approximately $20,000,000, (ii) agreed to issue to Abax Senior Notes in aggregate principal amount of approximately $20,000,000 on or before March 3, 2008 subject to our meeting certain closing conditions, (iii) granted Abax an option to purchase up to approximately $10,000,000 in principal amount of its Senior Notes and (iv) agreed to issue to Abax seven-year warrants exercisable for up to 2,900,000 shares of our common stock (the “Warrants”) at an initial exercise price equal to $7.3652 per share, subject to certain adjustments.  On January 29, 2008, we issued $20,000,000 Senior Notes and 2,900,000 warrants pursuant to the Purchase Agreement. On March 3, 2008, Abax exercised its first option for an additional $20,000,000 of Senior Notes. On March 10, 2008, we issued $20,000,000 in additional Senior Notes resulting in total Senior Notes of $40,000,000.

We are required to make mandatory prepayments on the Senior Notes on certain dates and we are subject to customary covenants for financings of this type, including restrictions on the incurrence of liens, payment of dividends, and disposition of properties as well as obligated to maintain certain financial ratios.
 
Long-term loan

On February 26, 2010, JBLNG entered into a fixed assets loan contract with Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Xi’an Branch (“SPDB”), pursuant to which the SPDB agreed to lend $17,676,000 to JBLNG. SPDB transferred $13.2 million to JBLNG on March 17, 2010. The applicable interest rate of this loan is the People’s Bank of China’s standard three to five year rate, 5.76% for the first year and subject to adjustment commencing the second year. The loan period is 58 months from the date of effectiveness of the contract, and will be repaid annually. The loan is secured by XXNGC’s equipment and vehicles located within PRC and a guarantee from XXNGC.

CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS

Our contractual obligations are as follows:
 
         
Payments due by period
 
         
Less than
    1-3     3-5    
More than
 
Contractual obligations
 
Total
   
1 year
   
Years
   
years
   
5 years
 
   
(in thousands)
 
Long-Term Debt Obligations
  $ 40,000     $ -     $ 20,000     $ 20,000     $ -  
Long-term loan
    13,203               8,802       4,401          
Other Long-Term Liabilities Reflected on Company's Balance Sheet(1)
    17,500                       17,500          
Total
  $ 70,703     $ -     $ 28,802     $ 41,901     $    

Note:

(1)
The $17,500,000 reflects derivative liability related to the embedded put option in the 1,450,000 warrants we issued to Abax in January 2008. Abax is entitled to require the Company purchase back the portion of warrants not exercised upon expiration.
 
 
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COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 
Lease Commitments

We recognize lease expense on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease in accordance to FAS 13, “Accounting for leases.” We entered into series of long-term lease agreements with outside parties to lease land use right to the self-built natural gas fueling stations located in the PRC. The agreements have terms ranging from 10 to 30 years. We make annual prepayment for most lease agreements.  We also entered into two office leases in Xian, PRC and New York, NY.  The minimum future payment for leasing land use rights and offices is as follows:

Year ending December 31, 2010
  $ 1,280,191  
Year ending December 31, 2011
    2,087,346  
Year ending December 31, 2012
    1,921,385  
Year ending December 31, 2013
    1,830,217  
Year ending December 31, 2014
    2,218,208  
Thereafter
    34,447,281  
Total
  $ 43,784,628  

For the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009, the land use right and office lease expenses were $430,628 and $392,081, respectively.

Property and Equipment Purchase Commitments

The Company has purchase commitments for materials, supplies, services and property and equipment for constructing the LNG plant and other CIP projects.  The Company has future commitments as followings:

Year ending December 31, 2010
  $ 10,343,316  
Year ending December 31, 2011
    2,143,287  
Thereafter
    -  
Total
  $ 12,486,603  

Natural Gas Purchase Commitments

We have certain effective natural gas purchase agreements with our major suppliers. The natural gas purchase agreement with Shaanxi Provincial Natural Gas Co., Ltd. has been renewed annually to date and specifies a maximum amount that can be purchased but does not specify a minimum amount that must be purchased. Our natural gas purchase agreements with certain suppliers of coal-bed methane are of indefinite terms and do not contain either maximum or minimum amounts of purchase. Without minimum purchase requirements under any of our natural gas purchase agreements, we have the flexibility to constantly look for lower-cost sources of supply.