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Arch Coal, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results

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ST. LOUIS, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/— Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE: ACI) today reported a net loss of $128.4 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2013. Excluding non-cash accretion of acquired coal supply agreements and asset impairment costs, Arch’s third quarter 2013 adjusted net loss was $1.8 million, or $0.01 per diluted share. In the third quarter of 2012, the company reported adjusted net income of $41.8 million, or $0.20 per diluted share.

Earnings Highlights
Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended
In $ millions, except per share data 9/30/13 9/30/12 9/30/13 9/30/12
Revenues 1 $791.3 $975.2 $2,295.0 $2,901.1
Income (Loss) from Operations 1 (234.8) 119.2 (322.5) (449.9)
Net Income (Loss) 2 (128.4) 45.8 (270.6) (388.5)
Diluted EPS/LPS (0.61) 0.22 (1.28) (1.83)
Adjusted Net Income (Loss) 2,3 (1.8) 41.8 (134.1) 12.0
Adjusted Diluted EPS/LPS 3 (0.01) 0.20 (0.63) 0.06
Adjusted EBITDA 3 $193.4 $256.5 $387.6 $617.3
1/- Excludes discontinued operations.
2/- Net income (loss) attributable to ACI.
3/- Defined and reconciled under “Reconciliation of non-GAAP measures.”

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120727/CG47668LOGO) Revenues totaled $791.3 million in the third quarter of 2013 on modestly higher sales volumes than in the year-ago period. Arch generated adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization (“EBITDA”) of $193.4 million in the third quarter of 2013 compared with $256.5 million in the prior-year period. Third quarter 2013 results include a $115.7 million pre-tax gain from the sale of the company’s Canyon Fuel assets, and exclude non-cash, asset impairment charges of $200.4 million. In the third quarter of 2012, results included an $80 million benefit from the reversal of a previously recorded legal contingency. “Arch is successfully navigating challenging global coal markets by controlling costs and capital spending and effectively managing liquidity,” said John W. Eaves, Arch’s president and chief executive officer. “From an operational perspective, we are pleased to have delivered the best cost performance in the Powder River Basin since 2010. We also significantly enhanced our financial flexibility with the Canyon Fuel sale – and ended September with $1.4 billion in cash.” For the first nine months of 2013, Arch generated adjusted EBITDA of $387.6 million compared with $617.3 million in the prior-year period. Revenues declined to $2.3 billion for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2013, largely due to lower metallurgical coal revenues versus the prior-year period. Year-to-date in 2013, Arch recorded a free cash outflow of $36.6 million, as cash from operations totaled $186.6 million and capital expenditures equaled $223.2 million. As of Sept. 30, 2013, Arch had a total liquidity position of $1.6 billion, with roughly $1.4 billion of that total in the form of cash and short-term investments. The company had no borrowings under its revolving credit facility at the end of the third quarter, and has no debt maturities until August 2016. “We are re-aligning our portfolio to focus on those core assets with the best long-term value and growth potential, particularly the Powder River Basin thermal franchise and the Appalachian metallurgical coal platform,” said Eaves. “To that end, we’re making steady progress on the Leer mine development, and expect the longwall to begin operation in December.” Key Developments Arch completed the sale of its Canyon Fuel subsidiary on Aug. 16, 2013, and received net cash proceeds of $423 million. The sale included the Sufco and Skyline longwall mines and the Dugout Canyon continuous miner operation as well as a total of 105 million tons of coal reserves in Utah. Arch also recorded asset impairment charges of $200.4 million in the third quarter of 2013. The charges primarily relate to the reduction in the carrying value of the Hazard thermal mining complex in eastern Kentucky due to ongoing weak thermal market conditions in Appalachia, as well as the write down of an equity investment in a coal conversion project. These charges have no impact on the company’s cash flows, financial maintenance covenant calculations or ongoing business operations. In October 2013, Arch entered into an agreement with Patriot Coal (“Patriot”) that is subject to approval by the bankruptcy court and contingent upon Patriot’s exit from bankruptcy. Under this agreement, Arch will acquire the Guffey reserve property from Patriot for $16 million. The metallurgical reserves are owned in-fee, are contiguous to Arch’s Tygart Valley reserves and the Leer mine, and are comparable in quality to Leer’s high-volatile “A” coking coal. The addition of these reserves will enable Arch to recover up to an incremental 8 million tons of metallurgical coal at the Leer mine, thereby extending the estimated mine life by nearly three years. The agreement also resolves all pending and potential legal claims with Patriot related to Arch’s sale of coal companies to Magnum Coal Company, a subsidiary of ArcLight Capital Partners LLC, in 2005 and the subsequent purchase of those companies by Patriot in 2008. During the third quarter, Arch recorded a $5 million accrual for this legal settlement. “As part of our effort to re-align the asset portfolio, Arch continues to execute its plan to divest non-core assets and reserves, idle operations or trim production in response to market conditions, and concentrate on core operations that will drive our profitability as coal markets improve,” said Eaves. “We are also pursuing value-enhancing growth initiatives in our strategic areas of focus. One such example is the Guffey acquisition, which represents a unique, synergistic, bolt-on opportunity that extends the reserves and mine life at Leer, one of our key metallurgical coal operations.” Core Values During the third quarter of 2013, seven of Arch’s operations and facilities attained A Perfect Zero – a dual accomplishment of operating without a single environmental violation or reportable safety incident. Arch’s efforts will be honored with two national safety awards for exemplary 2012 safety achievements. In addition, several of the company’s subsidiaries reached new safety milestones during the three months ended Sept. 30, 2013. In August, the Coal Creek mine in Wyoming and the Hazard complex in Kentucky each completed 1 million employee hours without a lost-time incident. In September, the West Elk mine in Colorado achieved 2 million employee hours without a lost-time incident. “Our employees continue to live Arch’s core values by achieving new safety milestones and remaining committed to our ultimate goal of A Perfect Zero across all operations,” said Paul A. Lang, Arch’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “We want to achieve continuous improvement in mine safety, and operate as a responsible energy company with strong safety and environmental performance records every year.” Operational Results “As our third quarter results demonstrate, we remain focused on controlling costs across our operating platform,” said Lang. “Higher shipment levels and strong cost control in the third quarter led to the best cost-per-ton performance in 10 consecutive quarters in the Powder River Basin; and our ongoing success in that area has allowed us to lower our full year 2013 cost guidance again in key operating regions.”

Arch Coal, Inc.
3Q13 2Q13 3Q12
Tons sold (in millions) 38.3 35.0 37.5
Average sales price per ton $19.54 $22.34 $25.57
Cash cost per ton $16.51 $18.57 $20.16
Cash margin per ton $3.03 $3.77 $5.41
Total operating cost per ton $19.37 $21.90 $23.50
Operating margin per ton $0.17 $0.44 $2.07
Consolidated results may not tie to regional breakout due to exclusion of other assets, rounding.
Operating results include Canyon Fuel subsidiary through transaction close.
Operating cost per ton includes depreciation, depletion and amortization per ton.
Amounts reflected in this table have been adjusted for certain transactions.
For a description of adjustments, refer to the regional schedule at http://investor.archcoal.com

Compared with the second quarter of 2013, consolidated cash margin per ton declined in the third quarter, mainly due to a larger percentage of Powder River Basin coal in Arch’s overall volume mix. The decline in average sales price per ton was partially offset by a decrease in consolidated cash cost per ton, due to higher sales volume and strong cost control in Arch’s western operations.

Powder River Basin
3Q13 2Q13 3Q12
Tons sold (in millions) 31.5 27.1 27.7
Average sales price per ton $12.26 $12.56 $13.79
Cash cost per ton $10.20 $10.47 $10.92
Cash margin per ton $2.06 $2.09 $2.87
Total operating cost per ton $11.68 $12.02 $12.51
Operating margin per ton $0.58 $0.54 $1.28
Operating cost per ton includes depreciation, depletion and amortization per ton.
Amounts reflected in this table have been adjusted for certain transactions.

In the Powder River Basin, third quarter 2013 cash margin declined to $2.06 per ton. Average sales price declined $0.30 per ton versus the second quarter, on lower pricing on export and market-based tons shipped in the quarter just ended. This decline in pricing was mostly offset by a 3 percent decrease in cash cost per ton over the same time period, reflecting continued strong cost containment efforts and the impact of increased volume levels.

Appalachia
3Q13 2Q13 3Q12
Tons sold (in millions) 3.3 4.0 4.7
Average sales price per ton $73.71 $74.18 $83.84
Cash cost per ton $67.99 $65.70 $69.19
Cash margin per ton $5.72 $8.48 $14.65
Total operating cost per ton $82.03 $79.56 $82.41
Operating margin per ton ($8.32) ($5.38) $1.43
Operating cost per ton includes depreciation, depletion and amortization per ton.
Amounts reflected in this table have been adjusted for certain transactions.

In Appalachia, Arch earned a cash margin of $5.72 per ton in the third quarter of 2013 versus $8.48 per ton in the second quarter. Third quarter 2013 sales volumes declined moderately versus the second quarter, partly reflecting lower metallurgical coal production at Mountain Laurel due to less favorable mining conditions that are expected to normalize by 2014. Average sales price per ton decreased over the same time period, due to a smaller percentage of metallurgical coal in the company’s regional volume mix. Cash cost per ton increased 3.5 percent in the third quarter of 2013 versus the prior-quarter period, mainly driven by the impact of lower volume levels.

Bituminous Thermal
3Q13 2Q13 3Q12
Tons sold (in millions) 3.5 3.8 5.2
Average sales price per ton* $33.74 $36.92 $36.18
Cash cost per ton* $24.49 $26.20 $25.48
Cash margin per ton $9.25 $10.72 $10.70
Total operating cost per ton* $29.17 $31.00 $29.30
Operating margin per ton $4.57 $5.92 $6.88
*Sales prices and costs in the region are presented f.o.b. point for domestic customers.
Operating results include Canyon Fuel subsidiary through transaction close.
Operating cost per ton includes depreciation, depletion and amortization per ton.
Amounts reflected in this table have been adjusted for certain transactions.

Arch’s newly designated Bituminous Thermal segment includes assets in Colorado and Illinois as well as partial quarter results for recently divested assets in Utah. Arch recorded a cash margin of $9.25 per ton in the third quarter of 2013 compared with $10.72 per ton in the second quarter. Sales volumes decreased slightly over the same time period, reflecting the sale of the Canyon Fuel assets on Aug. 16, 2013. Average sales price per ton declined moderately versus the second quarter, largely due to lower pricing on export tons. Partially offsetting that price decline was a 7 percent decrease in the cash cost per ton, driven by a solid operational performance at the West Elk mine and the divestiture of the Canyon Fuel operations. Market Trends Arch believes coal markets are poised to improve, as evidenced by the following trends:

  • While U.S. power demand has declined slightly through August 2013 and natural gas prices have averaged approximately $3.65 per million Btu, U.S. coal demand for power generation has increased by more than 30 million tons for the first eight months of the year. Currently, the natural gas forward price curve is well above this average, suggesting that western coals will remain competitively priced for power generation for the foreseeable future.
  • Since the second quarter of 2013, U.S. production declines have accelerated in Appalachia and Arch expects production in that region to decline to 130 million tons for full year 2013. This decline would represent a loss of more than 50 million Appalachian tons since 2010. Arch also expects 2013 coal production in the largest supply region, the Powder River Basin, to remain flat or even decline modestly versus last year’s levels.
  • Coal stockpiles at U.S. power generators have declined by more than 25 million tons since the beginning of 2013, and continued to liquidate in September, a month in which stockpiles have traditionally increased. Arch estimates that customer stockpiles could end 2013 at around 150 million tons, which should help set the stage for a more balanced U.S. thermal market going forward.
  • Metallurgical markets remain weak, due to excess global supply and continued softness in European steel demand. However, external forecasts project continued steel production growth in Asia and North America as well as stabilization in Europe in 2014. A continued rebound in coking coal demand, along with global production curtailments and delayed mining capital investments, should tighten metallurgical markets in the future.
  • U.S. coal exports remain sizable, totaling 80 million tons year-to-date through August, despite some slowing in the second half of 2013. Arch predicts that U.S. coal exports should reach 105 million to 110 million tons for full year 2013, and the company believes that longer-term growth prospects remain bright.

Company Outlook For 2013, Arch now expects thermal sales volumes to be in the range of 134 million to 137 million tons. The company has lowered its metallurgical sales expectations, and now expects to ship between 6.9 million and 7.3 million tons into coking coal and pulverized coal injection (PCI) markets during 2013. “We have reduced our sales volume expectations for coking and PCI coal in 2013 due to a combination of events,” said Eaves. “Of note, we have recently shifted some personnel from our Sentinel mine to Leer in anticipation of the longwall start-up in December. We have also opportunistically sold some PCI-quality coal into the industrial market. And, we have deferred some previously contracted tons into 2014 due to a force majeure event with a customer.” For 2013, Arch has reduced its annual cash cost per ton guidance range for both the Powder River Basin and Appalachia. The company also has lowered its guidance range for general and administrative expenses and further tightened its range for capital expenditures in 2013. “We remain focused on those factors and dynamics within our control to position Arch for a future market rebound,” added Eaves. “We have curtailed capital spending, cut costs and expenses, and further streamlined our diversified asset portfolio. We have also significantly increased our liquidity, and we have an ample cash position to weather the current market.”

2013 2014
Tons $ per ton Tons $ per ton
Sales Volume (in millions tons)
Thermal 134.0 - 137.0
Met 6.9 - 7.3
Total 140.9 - 144.3
Powder River Basin
Committed, Priced 114.1 $12.55 83.7 $13.31
Committed, Unpriced 1.5 9.0
Total Committed 115.6 92.7
Average Cash Cost $10.40 - $10.60
Appalachia
Committed, Priced Thermal 7.6 $61.77 4.3 $57.75
Committed, Unpriced Thermal - 0.3
Committed, Priced Metallurgical 6.7 $88.95 0.5 $96.40
Committed, Unpriced Metallurgical 0.2 0.7
Total Committed 14.5 5.8
Average Cash Cost $65.00 - $69.00
Bituminous Thermal
Committed, Priced 7.9 $33.23 3.1 $38.50
Committed, Unpriced 0.5 0.2
Total Committed 8.4 3.3
Average Cash Cost $23.50 - $25.50
Corporate (in $ millions)
D,D&A $420 - $450
S,G&A $126 - $130
Interest Expense $370 - $375