CONSOL Energy Redeems 7.875% Notes Due 2012

Mar 11, 2011, 08:56 ET from CONSOL Energy Inc.

PITTSBURGH, March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) today announced that it will redeem all of its outstanding 7.875% Notes due March 1, 2012 (the "Notes") in accordance with the terms of the indenture governing the Notes. The redemption will be effective April 11, 2011 ("Redemption Date").  The redemption price as provided in the Notes will equal the greater of (i) 100% of the principal amount to be redeemed, or (ii) the sum of the present values of the remaining scheduled payments of principal and interest on the Notes being redeemed, discounted to the Redemption Date on a semiannual basis at the treasury rate plus 45 basis points, as determined by the reference treasury dealers on the third business day prior to the Redemption Date, plus, in each case, accrued and unpaid interest thereon to the Redemption Date.  

The net proceeds from the recent notes offering of $250 million of 6.375% senior notes due 2021 will be the principal source of funding for the redemption.

"It's noteworthy that CONSOL was able to refinance this debt at our lowest historic interest rate," said William J. Lyons, chief financial officer. "This is an affirmation by the financial community of the company's financial strength; it reflects their belief in our strategic direction and operational plan."

About CONSOL Energy

CONSOL Energy Inc., the leading diversified fuel producer in the Eastern United States, is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 Equity Index and the Fortune 500. It has 11 bituminous coal mining complexes in five states and reports proven and probable coal reserves of 4.4 billion tons. It is also the leading Appalachian gas producer, with proved reserves of over 3.7 trillion cubic feet. Additional information about CONSOL Energy can be found at its Web site:


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