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Form 10-Q for MARINE PETROLEUM TRUST


14-Nov-2012

Quarterly Report


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

Organization

The Trust is a royalty trust that was created in 1956 under the laws of the State of Texas. U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management serves as corporate trustee (the "Trustee"). The Indenture provides that the term of the Trust will expire on June 1, 2021, unless extended by the vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding units of beneficial interest. The Trust is not permitted to engage in any business activity because it was organized for the sole purpose of providing an efficient, orderly and practical means for the administration and liquidation of rights to payments from certain oil and natural gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico, pursuant to license agreements and amendments between the Trust's predecessors and Gulf Oil Corporation ("Gulf"). As a result of various transactions that have occurred since 1956, the Gulf interests now are held by Chevron Corporation ("Chevron") and its assignees. The Trust holds title to interests in properties that are situated offshore of Texas.

The Trust's wholly-owned subsidiary, MPC, holds title to interests in properties that are situated offshore of Louisiana because at the time the Trust was created, trusts could not hold these interests under Louisiana law. MPC is prohibited from engaging in a trade or business and only takes those actions that are necessary for the administration and liquidation of its properties.

Marine's rights are generally referred to as overriding royalty interests in the oil and natural gas industry. An overriding royalty interest is created by an assignment by the owner of a working interest in an oil or natural gas lease. The royalty rights associated with an overriding royalty interest terminate when the underlying lease terminates. All production and marketing functions are conducted by the working interest owners of the leases. Income from overriding royalties is paid to Marine either (i) on the basis of the selling price of oil, natural gas and other minerals produced, saved or sold, or (ii) at the value at the wellhead as determined by industry standards, when the selling price does not reflect the value at the wellhead.

The Trustee assumes that some units of beneficial interest are held by middlemen, as such term is broadly defined in U.S. Treasury Regulations (and includes custodians, nominees, certain joint owners, and brokers holding an interest for a customer in street name). Therefore, the Trustee considers the Trust to be a widely held fixed investment trust ("WHFIT") for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Accordingly, the Trust will provide tax information in accordance with applicable U.S. Treasury Regulations governing the information reporting requirements of the Trust as a WHFIT. The representative of the Trust that will provide the required information is U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management and the contact information for the representative is as follows:

U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

P.O. Box 830650

Dallas, Texas 75283-0650

Telephone number: (800) 985-0794

Each unitholder should consult its own tax advisor for compliance matters concerning U.S. federal income taxes.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Due to the limited purpose of the Trust as stated in the Trust's Indenture, there is no requirement for capital. The Trust's only obligation is to distribute to unitholders the distributable income that is actually collected. As an administrator of oil and natural gas royalty properties, the Trust collects royalties monthly, pays administrative expenses and disburses all net royalties that are collected to its unitholders each quarter.

The Trust's Indenture (and MPC's charter and by-laws) expressly prohibits the operation of any kind of trade or business. The Trust's oil and natural gas properties are depleting assets and are not being replaced due to the prohibition against investments. These restrictions, along with other factors, allow the Trust to be treated as a grantor trust. As a grantor trust, all income and deductions for state and U.S. federal income tax purposes generally flow through to each individual unitholder. The State of Texas has a franchise or "margin" tax, but the Trust does not believe that it is subject to the franchise tax because at least 90% of its income comes from passive sources. Please see Marine's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012 for further information.


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MPC is a taxable entity that pays state and U.S. federal income taxes and state franchise taxes. However, MPC's income specifically excludes 98% of the oil and natural gas royalties collected by MPC, which are retained by and delivered to the Trust because of the Trust's net profits interest.

The Leases

Marine relies on public records for information regarding drilling and workover operations. The public records available up to the date of this report indicate that there were four new well completions made during the three months ended September 30, 2012 on leases in which Marine has an interest. Public records also indicate that there were four wells in the process of being drilled or recompleted on other leases in which Marine has an interest and that operators have designated one additional location for work, which may include drilling, permits to workover or recomplete a well or other types of operations. There is no assurance that wells will be drilled or recompleted, and if they are drilled or recompleted, that they will be successful.

Marine holds an overriding royalty interest that is equal to three-fourths of 1% of the working interest and is calculated on the value at the well of any oil, natural gas or other minerals produced and sold from 55 leases covering 199,868 gross acres located in the Gulf of Mexico. Marine's overriding royalty interest applies only to existing leases and does not apply to any new leases that Chevron may acquire. The Trust also owns a 32.6% interest in Tidelands. Tidelands has an overriding royalty interest in four oil and natural gas leases covering 17,188 gross acres in the Gulf of Mexico. As a result of this ownership, the Trust receives periodic distributions from Tidelands.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

In accordance with the SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin Topic 12:E, Financial Statements of Royalty Trusts, Marine uses the modified cash basis method of accounting. Under this accounting method, royalty income is recorded when received, and distributions to unitholders are recorded when declared by the Trustee of the Trust. Expenses of Marine (including accounting, legal, other professional fees, trustees' fees and out-of-pocket expenses) are recorded on an actual paid basis. Marine also reports distributable income instead of net income under the modified cash basis method of accounting. Cash reserves are permitted to be established by the Trustee for certain contingencies that would not be recorded under GAAP.

Marine did not have any changes in critical accounting policies or in significant accounting policies during the three months ended September 30, 2012. Please see Marine's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012 for a detailed discussion of its critical accounting policies.

General

Marine's royalty income is derived from the oil and natural gas production activities of unrelated parties. Marine's royalty income fluctuates from period to period based upon factors beyond Marine's control, including, without limitation, the number of productive wells drilled and maintained on leases that are subject to Marine's interest, the level of production over time from such wells and the prices at which the oil and natural gas from such wells are sold.

Important aspects of Marine's operations are conducted by third parties. Marine's royalty income is dependent on the operations of the working interest owners of the leases on which Marine has an overriding royalty interest. The oil and natural gas companies that lease tracts subject to Marine's interests are responsible for the production and sale of oil and natural gas and the calculation of royalty payments to Marine. The only obligation of the working interest owners to Marine is to make monthly overriding royalty payments that reflect Marine's interest in the oil and natural gas sold. Marine's distributions are processed and paid by American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC as the agent for Marine.

The volume of oil and natural gas produced and their selling prices are the primary factors in calculating overriding royalty payments. Production is affected by the natural production decline of the producing wells, the number of new wells drilled and the number of existing wells that are re-worked and placed back in production on the leases. Production from existing wells is anticipated to decrease in the future due to normal well depletion. Marine has no input with the operators regarding future drilling or re-working operations that could impact the oil and natural gas production on the leases in which Marine has an overriding royalty interest.


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Summary of Operating Results

During the three months ended September 30, 2012, Marine realized 85% of its royalty income from the sale of oil and 15% from the sale of natural gas, excluding its interest in Tidelands. During the three months ended September 30, 2011, Marine realized 83% of its royalty income from the sale of oil and 17% from the sale of natural gas, excluding its interest in Tidelands. Royalty income consists of oil and natural gas royalties received from producers. During the three months ended September 30, 2012, Marine's interest in Tidelands accounted for 10% of its total income. During the three months ended September 30, 2011, Marine's interest in Tidelands accounted for 8% of its total income.

Distributable income per unit for the three months ended September 30, 2012 decreased to $0.33 as compared to $0.55 for the comparable period in 2011. Distributions to unitholders amounted to $0.38 per unit for the three months ended September 30, 2012, a decrease from distributions of $0.54 per unit for the comparable period in 2011. During the three months ended September 30, 2012, the difference between distributable income per unit and distributions per unit resulted from timing differences between the closing of the financial statements and the determination date of the distribution amount to unitholders.

For the three months ended September 30, 2012, excluding the Trust's interest in Tidelands, oil production decreased by 2,410 barrels (bbls) and natural gas production decreased by 6,791 thousand cubic feet (mcf) from the levels realized for the comparable period in 2011. For the three months ended September 30, 2012, excluding the Trust's interest in Tidelands, the average realized price per bbl of oil decreased $9.98 to $109.03 per bbl from the price realized for the comparable period in 2011 and the average realized price per mcf of natural gas decreased $1.72 to $3.63 from the price realized for the comparable period in 2011.

The following table presents the net production quantities of oil and natural gas and distributable income and distributions per unit for the last six quarters.

                                    Net Production Quantities (1)
                                                          Natural             Distributable           Distributions
Quarter Ended                     Oil (bbls)             Gas (mcf)           Income Per  Unit           Per Unit
June 30, 2011                            6,532                 37,304       $             0.35       $          0.41
September 30, 2011                       7,288                 32,882       $             0.55       $          0.54
December 31, 2011                        6,920                 38,698       $             0.49       $          0.52
March 31, 2012                           7,126                 28,676       $             0.49       $          0.50
June 30, 2012                            5,562                 29,072       $             0.39       $          0.43
September 30, 2012                       4,878                 26,091       $             0.33       $          0.38

(1) Excludes the Trust's interest in Tidelands.

Results of Operations-Three Months Ended September 30, 2012 Compared to the Three Months Ended September 30, 2011

Income from oil and natural gas royalties decreased $416,602 to $626,575 during the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $1,043,177 realized for the comparable period in 2011. Marine believes that royalties decreased for the three months ended September 30, 2012 primarily due to a 33% decrease in the production of oil, an 8% decrease in the average realized price for oil, a 21% decrease in the production of natural gas and a 32% decrease in the average realized price for natural gas as compared to the comparable period in 2011.

Distributable income decreased to $660,862 for the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $1,096,904 realized for the comparable period in 2011.


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Income from oil royalties, excluding the Trust's interest in Tidelands, for the three months ended September 30, 2012 decreased to $531,830 from $867,352 realized for the comparable three months in 2011. The volume of oil sold in the three months ended September 30, 2012 decreased by 2,410 bbls, and the average price realized per bbl of oil decreased $9.98 to $109.03 for the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $119.01 realized in the comparable period in 2011.

Income from natural gas royalties, excluding the Trust's interest in Tidelands, for the three months ended September 30, 2012 decreased to $94,745 from $175,825 for the comparable period in 2011. The volume of natural gas sold in the three months ended September 30, 2012 decreased by 6,791 mcf, and the average price realized per mcf of natural gas decreased $1.72 to $3.63 for the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $5.35 realized in the comparable period in 2011.

Income from the Trust's interest in Tidelands for the three months ended September 30, 2012 decreased to $69,749 from $90,384 for the comparable period in 2011.

The following table presents the quantities of oil and natural gas sold and the average price realized for the three months ended September 30, 2012, and those realized for the comparable period in 2011, excluding the Trust's interest in Tidelands.

                            Three Months Ended September 30,
                               2012                  2011
                            (Unaudited)           (Unaudited)       % Change
          Oil
          Bbls sold                 4,878                 7,288           (33 )%
          Average price   $        109.03       $        119.01            (8 )%
          Natural gas
          Mcf sold                 26,091                32,882           (21 )%
          Average price   $          3.63       $          5.35           (32 )%

General and administrative expenses decreased to $35,480 for three months ended September 30, 2012 from $36,657 for the comparable period of 2011, primarily due to decreased professional fees and expenses.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements discussed in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q regarding Marine's future financial performance and results, and other statements that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). This report uses words such as "anticipate," "believe," "budget," "continue," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," or other similar words to identify forward-looking statements in this report. You should read statements that contain these words carefully because they discuss future expectations, contain projections of Marine's financial condition, and/or state other "forward-looking" information. Actual results may differ from expected results because of: reductions in price or demand for oil and natural gas, which might then lead to decreased production; reductions in production due to the depletion of existing wells or disruptions in service, which may be caused by storm damage to production facilities, blowouts or other production accidents, or geological changes such as cratering of productive formations; changes in regulations; and the expiration, termination or release of leases subject to Marine's interests. Additional risks are set forth in Marine's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. Events may occur in the future that Marine is unable to accurately predict or over which it has no control. If one or more of these uncertainties materialize, or if underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those forward-looking statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.


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Website

Marine has an Internet website and has made available its Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to such reports, filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, at www.marps-marinepetroleumtrust.com. Each of these reports will be posted on this website as soon as reasonably practicable after such report is electronically filed with or furnished to the SEC.

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