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Alpha Natural Resources Announces Repurchase of $593 Million Unsecured Notes and Issuance of $214 Million Senior Secured Second Lien Notes

BRISTOL, Va., April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: ANR) ("Alpha"), a leading U.S. coal supplier, today announced that it has completed the repurchase of an aggregate of approximately $593 million in principal amount of its unsecured notes, including $82 million principal amount of its 3.75% convertible notes due 2017, $108 million principal amount of its 9.75% senior notes due 2018, $220 million principal amount of its 6.00% senior notes due 2019, $68 million principal amount of its 4.875% convertible notes due 2020 and $115 million principal amount of its 6.25% senior notes due 2021, in separate privately negotiated transactions with investors.  Alpha funded the aggregate repurchase price of approximately $331 million for the unsecured notes through a combination of proceeds from the issuance of $214 million principal amount of 7.50% senior secured second lien notes due 2020 (Series B) (the "Series B Notes") and $117 million of cash on hand.   

The repurchase of the unsecured notes and issuance of new Series B Notes results in a reduction in Alpha's consolidated net indebtedness of approximately $379 million, and reduces Alpha's anticipated annual cash paid for interest by approximately $21 million.  As a result of the transactions, Alpha is revising its guidance for 2015 cash paid for interest from a range of $245-$255 million to a range of $230-$240 million.

Philip J. Cavatoni, Alpha's Executive Vice President & Chief Financial and Strategy Officer, said, "The transactions announced today illustrate Alpha's continuing ability to take advantage of opportunities in the financial markets to proactively strengthen the company's balance sheet.  We were able to achieve a meaningful deleveraging of our balance sheet while reducing cash interest payments.  These steps increase our financial flexibility as we continue to manage through ongoing challenges in the domestic and international coal markets."

The newly issued Series B Notes have the same terms as Alpha's 7.50% senior secured second lien notes due 2020 that were issued on May 20, 2014, but constitute a new series of notes issued under a separate indenture and CUSIP and will vote as a separate class on all matters that require action of the noteholders.  The Series B Notes are guaranteed by each of Alpha's current and future wholly-owned domestic subsidiaries that guarantee Alpha's obligations under Alpha's credit agreement.  The Series B Notes and the guarantees are secured by second priority liens on the same collateral securing on a first priority lien basis indebtedness incurred under the credit agreement, and will consist of substantially all of Alpha's assets and the assets of Alpha's subsidiary guarantors.

The Series B Notes were offered and sold in the United States only to qualified institutional buyers and outside the United States to non-U.S. persons, in each case in private placements exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). The Series B Notes will not be registered under the Securities Act.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of the notes in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. 

About Alpha Natural Resources

Alpha Natural Resources is one of the largest and most regionally diversified coal suppliers in the United States. With affiliate mining operations in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wyoming, Alpha supplies metallurgical coal to the steel industry and thermal coal to generate power to customers on five continents.  Consistent with its Running Right® process, Alpha is committed to being a leader in mine safety and an environmental steward in the communities where its affiliates operate. For more information, visit Alpha's website ( 

Forward Looking Statements

This news release includes forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on Alpha's expectations and beliefs concerning future events and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. These factors are difficult to predict accurately and may be beyond Alpha's control. The following factors are among those that may cause actual results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements:

  • our liquidity, results of operations and financial condition;
  • sustained depressed levels or further declines in coal prices;
  • worldwide market demand for coal, electricity and steel, including demand for U.S. coal exports;
  • utilities switching to alternative energy sources such as natural gas, renewables and coal from basins where we do not operate;
  • reductions or increases in customer coal inventories and the timing of those changes;
  • our production capabilities and costs;
  • inherent risks of coal mining beyond our control, and our ability to utilize our coal assets fully and replace reserves as they are depleted;
  • changes in environmental laws and regulations, including those directly affecting our coal mining and production, and those affecting our customers' coal usage, including potential climate change initiatives;
  • changes in safety and health laws and regulations and their implementation, and the ability to comply with those changes;
  • competition in coal markets;
  • future legislation, regulatory and court decisions and changes in regulations, governmental policies or taxes or changes in interpretation thereof;
  • global economic, capital market or political conditions, including a prolonged economic downturn in the markets in which we operate and disruptions in worldwide financial markets;
  • the outcome of pending or potential litigation or governmental investigations;
  • our relationships with, and other conditions affecting, our customers, including the inability to collect payments from our customers if their creditworthiness declines;
  • changes in, renewal or acquisition of, terms of and performance of customers under coal supply arrangements and the refusal by our customers to receive coal under agreed contract terms;
  • our ability to obtain, maintain or renew any necessary permits or rights, and our ability to mine properties due to defects in title on leasehold interests;
  • attracting and retaining key personnel and other employee workforce factors, such as labor relations;
  • the geological characteristics of the Powder River Basin, Central and Northern Appalachian coal reserves;
  • funding for and changes in postretirement benefit obligations, pension obligations, including multi-employer pension plans, and federal and state black lung obligations;
  • cybersecurity attacks or failures, threats to physical security, extreme weather conditions or other natural disasters;
  • increased costs and obligations potentially arising from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act;
  • reclamation and mine closure obligations;
  • our assumptions concerning economically recoverable coal reserve estimates;
  • our ability to negotiate new United Mine Workers of America ("UMWA") wage agreements on terms acceptable to us, increased unionization of our workforce in the future, and any strikes by our workforce;
  • disruptions in delivery or changes in pricing from third party vendors of key equipment and materials that are necessary for our operations, such as diesel fuel, steel products, explosives and tires;
  • inflationary pressures on supplies and labor and significant or rapid increases in commodity prices;
  • railroad, barge, truck and other transportation availability, performance and costs;
  • disruption in third party coal supplies;
  • our ability to integrate successfully operations that we may acquire or develop in the future, or the risk that any such integration could be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected;
  • the consummation of financing or refinancing transactions, acquisitions or dispositions and the related effects on our business and financial position;
  • indemnification of certain obligations not being met;
  • long-lived asset impairment charges;
  • fair value of derivative instruments not accounted for as hedges that are being marked to market;
  • our substantial indebtedness and potential future indebtedness;
  • restrictive covenants and other terms in our secured credit facility and the indentures governing our outstanding debt securities;
  • our ability to obtain or renew surety bonds on acceptable terms or maintain self-bonding status;
  • certain terms of our outstanding debt securities, including conversions of some of our convertible senior debt securities, that may adversely impact our liquidity;
  • our ability to satisfy listing requirements for our equity securities; and
  • other factors, including the other factors discussed in the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations", and "Risk Factors" sections of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014.

These and other risks and uncertainties are discussed in greater detail in Alpha's Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Forward-looking statements in this news release or elsewhere speak only as of the date made.  New uncertainties and risks arise from time to time, and it is impossible for Alpha to predict these events or how they may affect the Company.  Alpha has no duty to, and does not intend to, update or revise the forward-looking statements in this news release after the date it is issued.  In light of these risks and uncertainties, investors should keep in mind that the results, events or developments disclosed in any forward-looking statement made in this news release may not occur.

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SOURCE Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.

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