NewLead Holdings Ltd. Announces Completion of Acquisition of Coal Wash Plant in Kentucky, USA

Dec 18, 2013, 09:00 ET from NewLead Holdings Ltd.

PIRAEUS, Greece, Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NewLead Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: NEWL) ("NewLead" or the "Company") announced today that it recently completed the acquisition of a coal wash plant in Kentucky, USA.

The coal wash plant is operational and will immediately generate revenue and positive cash flow for the Company. The plant can wash, blend, size, store and deliver coal and has a rail load attached which allows loading of the washed coal on its own rails and trucks as well as delivery directly to its destination. The rail load allows for reduced cost of coal transportation.

Since April 2011, the coal wash plant has processed an average of approximately 59,000 tons of coal per month. Currently, the plant has a contract in place for processing, as requested, up to a maximum of 150,000 tons of coal per month, scheduled to expire in June 2016.

Mr. Michael Zolotas, chairman and chief executive officer of NewLead, stated, "The completion of the acquisition of the wash plant is an important step in developing our vertically integrated shipping and commodity model. The acquisition of the coal wash plant greatly enhances NewLead's commodity arm because it is a vital part of coal production process. It ameliorates the quality of the coal produced and it produces profits from washing coal for third parties. The use of the rail load allows for a competitive advantage in logistics and transportation over the selling pricing mechanism of high quality coal as compared to our piers. We expect the coal wash plant to immediately contribute positively to our earnings." 

About NewLead Holdings Ltd. NewLead Holdings Ltd. is an international, vertically integrated shipping and commodity company that manages product tankers and dry bulk vessels. NewLead currently owns three dry bulk vessels, which includes one newbuilding. NewLead's common shares are traded under the symbol "NEWL" on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. To learn more about NewLead Holdings Ltd., please visit the new website at 

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