NACCO Industries, Inc. Announces New Contract Mining Agreement

Dec 09, 2015, 17:05 ET from NACCO Industries, Inc.

CLEVELAND, Dec. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- NACCO Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NC) announced today that Bisti Fuels Company, LLC, a subsidiary of The North American Coal Corporation, has entered into a 15-year, cost-plus Contract Mining Agreement with Navajo Transitional Energy Company, LLC ("NTEC").  Under the agreement, Bisti Fuels will act as NTEC's contract miner at NTEC's Navajo Mine, a surface coal mine located within the Navajo Nation near Fruitland, San Juan County, New Mexico.  Production is expected to be approximately 5.9 million tons of coal per year.  Pursuant to a separate agreement, NTEC will deliver that coal to the third-party owners of the nearby Four Corners Generating Station.  Similar to most of North American Coal's other agreements, the agreement between Bisti Fuels and NTEC is a cost-plus arrangement, under which NTEC will pay Bisti Fuels' costs and a profit margin per ton.  

The agreement consists of a transition period and a production period.  During the transition period, which will commence on January 1, 2016, Bisti Fuels will transition into the contract miner role.  The production period is scheduled to commence when NTEC completes a pending commercial transaction with the existing contract miner, which is expected to occur during the second half of 2016. 

About NACCO Industries, Inc. NACCO Industries, Inc., headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is an operating holding company with subsidiaries in the following principal industries: mining, small appliances and specialty retail. The North American Coal Corporation mines and markets steam coal for use in power generation and provides selected value-added mining services for other natural resources companies.  Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. is a leading designer, marketer and distributor of small electric household and specialty housewares appliances, as well as commercial products for restaurants, bars and hotels.  The Kitchen Collection, LLC is a national specialty retailer of kitchenware in outlet and traditional malls throughout the United States.  For more information about NACCO, visit the Company's website at

Forward-looking Statements Disclaimer The statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  These forward-looking statements are made subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those presented.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.  NACCO undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof. Such risks and uncertainties with respect to its North American Coal subsidiary's operations include, without limitation:  (1) changes in tax laws or regulatory requirements, including changes in mining or power plant emission regulations and health, safety or environmental legislation, (2) additional charges to be incurred in connection with or as a result of the decision to cease operations at Centennial, (3) changes in costs related to geological conditions, repairs and maintenance, new equipment and replacement parts, fuel or other similar items, (4) regulatory actions, changes in mining permit requirements or delays in obtaining mining permits that could affect deliveries to customers, (5) weather conditions, extended power plant outages, utility dispatch decisions on the basis of cost or regulatory compliance criteria which may result in the utilization of electric generating units other than generating units supplied by North American Coal, or other events that would change the level of customers' coal or limerock requirements, (6) weather or equipment problems that could affect deliveries to customers, (7) changes in the power industry that would affect demand for North American Coal's reserves, (8) uncertainties associated with the wind down of the Centennial operation, including the market demand and price for Centennial's equipment, coal inventory and reserves and the timing and cost of final mine reclamation activities, (9) changes in the costs to reclaim North American Coal mining areas and the required timing of such reclamation activities, (10) costs to pursue and develop new mining and other business development opportunities, (11) changes or termination of a long-term mining contract, or a customer default under a contract and (12) increased competition, including consolidation within the industry.

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