Arch Coal, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2013 Results Available liquidity of $1.3 billion as of March 31, 2013

Strong first quarter 2013 cost performances in key regions

U.S. thermal market poised to bounce back in 2013

ST. LOUIS, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 







Earnings Highlights



Quarter Ended

In $ millions, except per share data


3/31/13


3/31/12








Revenues


$825.5


$1,039.7


Income (Loss) from Operations


(32.4)


54.1


Net Income (Loss) 1


(70.0)


1.2


Fully Diluted EPS/LPS


(0.33)


0.01


Adjusted Net Loss 1,2


(71.8)


(7.6)


Adjusted Fully Diluted LPS 2


(0.34)


(0.04)


Adjusted EBITDA 2


$83.6


$179.8








1/- Net income attributable to ACI.


2/- Defined and reconciled under "Reconciliation of non-GAAP measures.














Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE: ACI) today reported a net loss of $70 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013. After excluding non-cash accretion of acquired coal supply agreements, Arch's first quarter 2013 adjusted net loss was $72 million, or $0.34 per diluted share. In the first quarter of 2012, Arch reported an adjusted net loss of $8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share.

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Revenues totaled $826 million in the first quarter of 2013 on lower sales volumes compared with the prior-year quarter. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization ("EBITDA") were $84 million in the first quarter of 2013 versus $180 million a year ago. First quarter 2013 results include a pre-tax charge of $10.5 million related to minimum throughput fees as required under Arch's existing port and logistics agreements.

"Despite the global coal market headwinds that have prevailed over the last 18 months, we are delivering strong cost control, exercising capital restraint and minimizing cash outflows in the trough of the market cycle, while maintaining our commitment to safety and environmental excellence," said John W. Eaves, Arch's president and chief executive officer. "As the market cycle turns, we are confident that our low-cost operations will generate strong cash flows and value for our shareholders."

"Positive catalysts, such as normalized weather and higher competing fuel prices, are improving the outlook for the domestic thermal market, our largest market by volume," continued Eaves. "We expect these trends to continue to reduce customer coal stockpiles throughout 2013 and to create a more balanced U.S. coal market thereafter. Globally, we believe metallurgical and thermal coal markets are in the process of stabilizing, and we anticipate gradual improvement as we progress through the remainder of the year."

2013 Plans

"During 2013, our focus remains on improving cash flows during this period of market weakness and on preparing the company to capitalize as coal markets recover," said Eaves.  "Our plan includes three key areas: capital spending reductions, cost containment, and working capital and financial management."

Arch has further reduced its forecasted capital expenditures by approximately $30 million for 2013, and now expects to spend between $300 million and $330 million for the full year. This range includes spending for the completion of the Leer metallurgical mine in Appalachia and for previously committed land obligations. In addition, the company's capital plans include spending for maintenance and efficiency projects, which have benefited from the redeployment of equipment from idled mines into active operations.

As evidenced by first quarter 2013 results, Arch is containing costs and improving operational efficiencies despite running at planned lower volume levels. Cost reductions per ton were achieved in several regions by reducing overtime and contractor costs, generating cost savings on consumables and lowering other carrying costs. For full year 2013, Arch has maintained its thermal coal volume guidance range of 125 million to 135 million tons, but has reduced its annual cash cost guidance range for two of the company's largest operating regions, the Powder River Basin and Appalachia.

Arch is maintaining its financial strength and flexibility during the market downturn by minimizing cash outflows through active working capital and other financial management. At March 31, Arch had total available liquidity of $1.3 billion, approximately $1.0 billion of which was in the form of cash and other short-term investments. The company also has roughly $300 million available to be borrowed under undrawn lines of credit and other sources.

Core Values

Arch continued to build upon its leading safety and environmental record during the first quarter of 2013. The company's reported lost-time safety incident rate was nearly 50 percent lower than in the prior-year quarter. Arch also improved its environmental compliance record for the three months ended March 31, 2013 compared with the year-ago quarter. 

In addition, several of Arch's eastern operations and facilities received West Virginia Mountaineer Guardian Awards in the first quarter for exemplary safety records achieved during 2012. Four operations also were honored by state environmental agencies. In West Virginia, the Department of Environmental Protection honored Coal-Mac, Wolf Run and Mountain Laurel for superior reclamation, wildlife habitat and conservation efforts. In Colorado, West Elk was recognized by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment as a senior participant in the state's Pollution Prevention Program.

"We're off to another strong year for our safety and environmental performance in the first quarter, with nine operations attaining A Perfect Zero, a dual accomplishment of operating without a reportable safety incident or environmental violation," said Paul A. Lang, Arch's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "I'm proud of our employees' ongoing pursuit of our ultimate goal of A Perfect Zero at all of our sites every single day."

Operational Results

"In the first quarter of 2013, Arch's operations turned in strong cost performances that met or exceeded our expectations when compared to the fourth quarter and the first quarter of last year," said Lang. "Even while running at lower production levels, we're managing our per-ton costs. As markets correct, we expect our volumes and realized prices to increase over time, which will improve our profitability."

 












Arch Coal, Inc.



1Q13



4Q12



1Q12












Tons sold (in millions)


34.1



36.1



35.5


Average sales price per ton


$21.66



$24.21



$25.73


Cash cost per ton


$18.02



$19.44



$20.18


Cash margin per ton


$3.64



$4.77



$5.55


Total operating cost per ton 


$21.46



$22.88



$24.07


Operating margin per ton


$0.20



$1.33



$1.66












Consolidated results may not tie to regional breakout due to exclusion of other assets, rounding.


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





















Arch earned $3.64 per ton in consolidated cash margin in the first quarter of 2013 compared with $4.77 per ton in the fourth quarter of 2012, primarily reflecting the impact of lower realized prices across operating regions. A larger percentage of Powder River Basin coal in Arch's overall volume mix in the first quarter of 2013 also contributed to the decline in consolidated sales price per ton versus the fourth quarter. Consolidated cash costs per ton declined 7 percent over the same time period, due to lower costs in several operating regions and a larger percentage of lower-cost tons in the company's overall volume mix.












Powder River Basin




1Q13



4Q12



1Q12












Tons sold (in millions)


26.6



27.6



27.2


Average sales price per ton


$12.68



$13.12



$13.87


Cash cost per ton


$10.65



$11.58



$11.24


Cash margin per ton


$2.03



$1.54



$2.63


Total operating cost per ton 


$12.24



$13.18



$12.75


Operating margin per ton


$0.44



($0.06)



$1.12












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, first quarter 2013 cash margin increased 32 percent to $2.03 per ton compared with the fourth quarter of 2012. First quarter 2013 sales price per ton decreased 3 percent, stemming from lower pricing on contracted, market-based and export tons. The decline in realized pricing was more than offset by an 8 percent decline in cash cost per ton. Despite lower volume levels, cash cost per ton declined due to lower maintenance expense and successful cost containment efforts.
















Appalachia



1Q13



4Q12



1Q12












Tons sold (in millions)


3.4



4.2



4.5


Average sales price per ton


$74.76



$83.50



$87.33


Cash cost per ton


$67.16



$70.23



$70.95


Cash margin per ton


$7.60



$13.27



$16.38


Total operating cost per ton 


$83.50



$84.78



$87.74


Operating margin per ton


($8.74)



($1.28)



($0.41)












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 recorded a cash margin of $7.60 per ton in the first quarter of 2013 compared with $13.27 per ton in the fourth quarter of 2012. Sales volumes declined 0.8 million tons in the first quarter of 2013 versus the fourth quarter due to lower thermal and metallurgical coal shipments, partially driven by a longwall move at the Mountain Laurel operation. Average sales price per ton decreased 10 percent over the same time period, largely reflecting lower prices on metallurgical shipments. First quarter 2013 cash cost per ton declined 4 percent versus the fourth quarter of 2012, even with metallurgical volumes representing more than one half of the regional volume mix.












Western Bituminous Region




1Q13



4Q12



1Q12












Tons sold (in millions)


3.5



3.8



3.3


Average sales price per ton*


$35.53



$37.37



$36.77


Cash cost per ton*


$24.12



$18.69



$21.28


Cash margin per ton


$11.41



$18.68



$15.49


Total operating cost per ton*


$29.07



$23.15



$26.98


Operating margin per ton


$6.46



$14.22



$9.79












*Sales prices and costs in the region are presented f.o.b. point for domestic customers.


Operating cost per ton includes depreciation, depletion and amortization per ton.


Amounts reflected in this table have been adjusted for certain transactions.  












In the Western Bituminous Region, Arch recorded a cash margin of $11.41 per ton in the first quarter of 2013 compared with $18.68 per ton in the fourth quarter of 2012. First quarter 2013 sales volumes declined as the longwall at Dugout Canyon was idled in the prior-quarter period. Average sales price per ton declined modestly over the same time period, reflecting lower pricing on export sales. Cash cost per ton increased in the first quarter of 2013 compared with the low levels reported in the fourth quarter when the Dugout Canyon longwall was still in service.

Market Trends

"The trend in U.S. coal markets is improving," said Eaves. "U.S. power demand is rising in 2013, coal production continues to rationalize, and coal is regaining its share of the domestic power generation market due to the higher cost or lack of availability of competing fuels."

Arch expects U.S. coal consumption for power generation to increase by 50 million tons or more in 2013 compared with 2012, due to favorable weather trends and higher natural gas prices. Coal supply rationalization also is expected to continue in 2013. Mine Safety and Health Administration data suggests that U.S. coal production totaled 246 million tons in the first quarter of 2013 compared with 268 million tons in the same quarter of last year. Increased demand and decreased supply should lead to a further liquidation in U.S. coal stockpiles in 2013. Internal estimates forecast that customer coal stockpile levels could end the year below 145 million tons.

In 2013, the growing global coal trade is projected to exceed the record 1.2 billion metric tonnes set in 2012. More than 100 gigawatts of new coal-fueled plants are expected to come online in 2013, resulting in more than 300 million metric tonnes of incremental annual coal demand this year alone. Seaborne coal supply should service a portion of that demand. "Growing global demand for coal, coupled with restraint in seaborne supply growth, should translate into a more balanced market as the year progresses," added Eaves.  

Global steel production also is projected to grow in 2013, with Asia, Latin America and the United States leading the increase. Arch expects U.S. metallurgical coal exports to remain elevated, with overall U.S. coal exports projected to total above 100 million tons in 2013.

Company Outlook

"We continue to execute our strategy of layering in some thermal sales to run our mines efficiently, manage our costs and meet our sales plans for 2013, despite operating at reduced volume levels," said Eaves. "We have also booked 6.5 million tons of our metallurgical coal for 2013, and see significant opportunity to place additional tons."

"Looking ahead, we will continue to focus on managing through the market downturn with the liquidity that we have in place," continued Eaves. "We also expect a stronger second half in 2013, driven by improving domestic coal market fundamentals, a recovering metallurgical market and the startup of Arch's Leer longwall mine."


 




2013


2014




 Tons 

 $ per ton 


 Tons 

 $ per ton 

Sales Volume (in millions tons)









Thermal



 125-135 







Met



 8-9 







Total



 133-144 

















Powder River Basin









Committed, Priced



94.3



$13.13


52.6

$14.18

Committed, Unpriced


7.1





14.6


Total Committed



101.4





67.2


Average Cash Cost




$10.65

-

$11.15














Western Bituminous









Committed, Priced



12.7



$37.38


8.2

$40.69

Committed, Unpriced


1.4





0.2


Total Committed



14.1





8.4


Average Cash Cost




$24.00

-

$27.00














Appalachia










Committed, Priced Thermal


6.4



$63.95


1.7

$53.98

Committed, Unpriced Thermal


0.2





0.3


Committed, Priced Metallurgical


6.1



$91.01


-


Committed, Unpriced Metallurgical

0.4





-


Total Committed



13.1





2.0


Average Cash Cost




$66.00

-

$71.00














Illinois Basin










Committed, Priced



2.1



$42.50


1.7

$42.33

Average Cash Cost




$34.00

-

$36.00














Corporate (in $ millions)









D,D&A




$500

-

$530




S,G&A




$130

-

$140




Interest Expense 




$360

-

$370




Capital Expenditures



$300

-

$330




A conference call regarding Arch Coal's first quarter 2013 financial results will be webcast live today at 10 a.m. Eastern time. The conference call can be accessed via the "investor" section of the Arch Coal website (http://investor.archcoal.com).

U.S.-based Arch Coal, Inc. is one of the world's top coal producers for the global steel and power generation industries, serving customers in 25 countries on five continents.  Its network of mining complexes is the most diversified in the United States, spanning every major coal basin in the nation.  The company controls a 5.5-billion-ton reserve base of high-quality metallurgical and thermal coals, with access to all major railroads, inland waterways and a growing number of seaborne trade channels.  For more information, visit www.archcoal.com.  

Forward-Looking Statements:  This press release contains "forward-looking statements" – that is, statements related to future, not past, events.  In this context, forward-looking statements often address our expected future business and financial performance, and often contain words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," or "will."  Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain.  For us, particular uncertainties arise from changes in the demand for our coal by the domestic electric generation industry; from legislation and regulations relating to the Clean Air Act and other environmental initiatives; from operational, geological, permit, labor and weather-related factors; from fluctuations in the amount of cash we generate from operations; from future integration of acquired businesses; and from numerous other matters of national, regional and global scale, including those of a political, economic, business, competitive or regulatory nature.  These uncertainties may cause our actual future results to be materially different than those expressed in our forward-looking statements.  We do not undertake to update our forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.  For a description of some of the risks and uncertainties that may affect our future results, you should see the risk factors described from time to time in the reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 


Arch Coal, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)






Three Months Ended March 31,


2013


2012


(Unaudited)





Revenues

$  825,502


$ 1,039,651





Costs, expenses and other operating




  Cost of sales

710,573


850,871

  Depreciation, depletion and amortization

118,868


139,966

  Amortization of acquired sales contracts, net

(2,810)


(14,017)

  Change in fair value of coal derivatives and coal trading activities, net

1,308


(3,613)

  Selling, general and administrative expenses

33,209


30,861

  Other operating income, net

(3,217)


(18,498)


857,931


985,570





Income (loss) from operations

(32,429)


54,081





Interest expense, net:




Interest expense

(95,087)


(74,772)

Interest and investment income

2,836


1,021


(92,251)


(73,751)





Loss before income taxes

(124,680)


(19,670)

Benefit from income taxes

(54,631)


(21,079)

Net income (loss)

(70,049)


1,409

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest


(203)

Net income (loss) attributable to Arch Coal, Inc.

$   (70,049)


$        1,206





Earnings (loss) per common share




Basic earnings (loss) per common share

$       (0.33)


$         0.01

Diluted earnings (loss) per common share

$       (0.33)


$         0.01





Weighted average shares outstanding




Basic

212,062


211,687

Diluted

212,062


211,908





Dividends declared per common share

$        0.03


$         0.11





Adjusted EBITDA (A)

$    83,629


$    179,827





(A)

Adjusted EBITDA is defined and reconciled under "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures" later in this release.



 

 

 

Arch Coal, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)






March 31,


December 31,


2013


2012


(Unaudited)

Assets




Current assets




  Cash and cash equivalents

$     730,119


$       784,622

  Restricted cash

2,290


3,453

  Short term investments

248,414


234,305

  Trade accounts receivable

263,294


247,539

  Other receivables

81,750


84,541

  Inventories

368,240


365,424

  Prepaid royalties

13,105


11,416

  Deferred income taxes

67,337


67,360

  Coal derivative assets

20,856


22,975

  Other

88,977


92,469

  Total current assets

1,884,382


1,914,104





Property, plant and equipment, net

7,272,541


7,337,098





Other assets




  Prepaid royalties

91,691


87,773

  Goodwill

265,423


265,423

  Equity investments

246,807


242,215

  Other

159,300


160,164

  Total other assets

763,221


755,575

Total assets

$  9,920,144


$  10,006,777





Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity




Current liabilities




  Accounts payable

$     229,269


$       224,418

  Coal derivative liabilities

643


1,737

  Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

352,040


318,018

  Current maturities of debt

28,306


32,896

  Total current liabilities

610,258


577,069

  Long-term debt

5,082,205


5,085,879

  Asset retirement obligations

410,975


409,705

  Accrued pension benefits

69,342


67,630

  Accrued postretirement benefits other than pension

46,413


45,086

  Accrued workers' compensation

81,039


81,629

  Deferred income taxes

610,195


664,182

  Other noncurrent liabilities

227,363


221,030

  Total liabilities

7,137,790


7,152,210





Stockholders' equity




  Common Stock

2,141


2,141

  Paid-in capital

3,029,536


3,026,823

  Treasury stock, at cost

(53,848)


(53,848)

  Accumulated deficit

(180,459)


(104,042)

  Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(15,016)


(16,507)

  Total stockholders' equity

2,782,354


2,854,567

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$  9,920,144


$  10,006,777





 

 

 

Arch Coal, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)










Three Months Ended March 31,


2013


2012


(Unaudited)

Operating activities




Net income (loss)

$  (70,049)


$     1,409

Adjustments to reconcile to cash  provided by operating activities:




  Depreciation, depletion and amortization

118,868


139,966

  Amortization of acquired sales contracts, net

(2,810)


(14,017)

  Amortization relating to financing activities

6,167


4,288

  Prepaid royalties expensed

3,537


8,586

  Employee stock-based compensation expense

2,713


4,079





Changes in:




  Receivables

(12,340)


88,082

  Inventories

(2,816)


(111,196)

  Coal derivative assets and liabilities

(192)


(5,347)

  Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities

38,249


(66,222)

  Income taxes, net

458


23,002

  Deferred income taxes

(54,801)


(21,742)

  Other

16,307


4,102

  Cash provided by operating activities

43,291


54,990





Investing activities




  Capital expenditures

(54,522)


(93,271)

  Additions to prepaid royalties

(9,142)


(8,262)

  Proceeds from dispositions of property, plant and equipment

714


22,105

  Purchases of short term investments

(26,787)


  Proceeds from sales of short term investments

11,534


  Investments in and advances to affiliates

(4,298)


(5,777)

  Change in restricted cash

1,163


1,455

  Cash used in investing activities

(81,338)


(83,750)





Financing activities




  Net increase in borrowings under lines of credit


34,000

  Payments on term note

(4,125)


  Net payments on other debt

(5,964)


(7,323)

  Debt financing costs


(100)

  Dividends paid

(6,367)


(23,327)

  Issuance of common stock under incentive plans


5,131

  Cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(16,456)


8,381





Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(54,503)


(20,379)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

784,622


138,149





Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$ 730,119


$ 117,770









 

 

 

Arch Coal, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Schedule of Consolidated Debt

(In thousands)








March 31,


December 31,



2013


2012



(Unaudited)






Term loan ($1.65 billion face value) due 2018


$   1,623,955


$   1,627,384

8.75% senior notes ($600.0 million face value) due 2016


591,535


590,999

7.00% senior notes due 2019 at par


1,000,000


1,000,000

9.875% senior notes ($375.0 million face value) due 2019


360,621


360,042

7.25% senior notes due 2020 at par


500,000


500,000

7.25% senior notes due 2021 at par


1,000,000


1,000,000

Other


34,400


40,350



5,110,511


5,118,775

Less: current maturities of debt

28,306


32,896

Long-term debt


$   5,082,205


$   5,085,879






Calculation of net debt:





Total debt


$   5,110,511


$   5,118,775

Less liquid assets





  Cash and cash equivalents


730,119


784,622

  Short term investments


248,414


234,305



978,533


1,018,927

Net debt


$   4,131,978


$   4,099,848











 

 

 




Arch Coal, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

(In thousands, except per share data)


Included in the accompanying release, we have disclosed certain non-GAAP measures as defined by Regulation G. The following reconciles these items to net income and cash flows as reported under GAAP.


Adjusted EBITDA


Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income attributable to the Company before the effect of net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization, and the amortization of acquired sales contracts.   Adjusted EBITDA may also be adjusted for items that may not reflect the trend of future results.


Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are significant in understanding and assessing our financial condition. Therefore, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation, nor as an alternative to net income, income from operations, cash flows from operations or as a measure of our profitability, liquidity or performance under generally accepted accounting principles. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA presents a useful measure of our ability to incur and service debt based on ongoing operations. Furthermore, analogous measures are used by industry analysts to evaluate our operating performance. In addition, acquisition related expenses are excluded to make results more comparable between periods.  Investors should be aware that our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. The table below shows how we calculate Adjusted EBITDA.






Three Months Ended March 31,


2013


2012


(Unaudited)

Net income (loss)

$  (70,049)


$     1,409

Income tax benefit

(54,631)


(21,079)

Interest expense, net

92,251


73,751

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

118,868


139,966

Amortization of acquired sales contracts, net

(2,810)


(14,017)

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest


(203)





Adjusted EBITDA

$   83,629


$  179,827





Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per common share


Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per common share are adjusted for the after-tax impact of acquisition related costs and are not measures of financial performance in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.  We believe that adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per common share better reflect the trend of our future results by excluding items relating to significant transactions. The adjustments made to arrive at these measures are significant in understanding and assessing our financial condition.  Therefore, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share should not be considered in isolation, nor as an alternative to net income or diluted earnings per common share under generally accepted accounting principles.


Three Months Ended March 31,


2013


2012


(Unaudited)

Net income (loss) attributable to Arch Coal

$  (70,049)


$     1,206





  Amortization of acquired sales contracts, net

(2,810)


(14,017)

  Tax impact of adjustments

1,012


5,186





Adjusted net loss attributable to Arch Coal

$  (71,847)


$    (7,625)

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

212,062


211,908









Diluted earnings (loss) per share

$      (0.33)


$       0.01





Amortization of acquired sales contracts, net

(0.01)


(0.07)

Tax impact of adjustments


0.02

Adjusted diluted loss per share

$      (0.34)


$      (0.04)









 

 

SOURCE Arch Coal, Inc.



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