TAIYUAN, China, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Puda Coal, Inc. (NYSE Amex: PUDA), a supplier of high grade metallurgical coking coal used to produce coke for steel manufacturing in China and a coal mine consolidator of twelve coal mines in Shanxi Province, China today announced that the Company priced a public offering of 7,850,000 shares of its common stock at $12 per share. Macquarie Capital and Brean Murray, Carret & Co. acted as joint lead managers and bookrunners in connection with the offering.
Puda Coal expects that the offering will yield net proceeds, after expenses, of approximately $88.3 million, prior to the exercise of the underwriters' 30-day over-allotment option to purchase an additional 1,150,000 shares of Puda Coal's common stock. Puda Coal expects to use the net proceeds of the offering, together with available cash, to fund the previously-announced coal mine acquisitions and their consolidation and construction. The offering is expected to close on December 13, 2010, subject to customary closing conditions.
The securities described above are being offered by Puda Coal pursuant to registration statements on Form S-3 previously filed and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The offering may be made only by means of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the related prospectus relating to the proposed offering, copies of which may be obtained, when available, from Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc., Attention: Prospectus Department, 125 West 55th St, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10019, by telephone at (212) 231-6564, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or from Brean Murray, Carret & Co., LLC, Attention: Minnie Huang, 570 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022, by telephone at (212) 702-6667, or via email at email@example.com..
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. Any offer will be made only by means of a prospectus, including prospectus supplement, forming a part of the effective registration statement.
About Puda Coal, Inc.
Puda Coal, through its subsidiaries, supplies premium high grade metallurgical coking coal used to produce coke for steel manufacturing in China. The Company currently possesses 3.5 million metric tons of annual coking coal capacity. The Company is in the process of adding coal mining operations to its business, as an acquirer and consolidator of coal mines in Shanxi Province. On September 30, 2009, Shanxi Coal, a 90% indirect subsidiary of the Company, was appointed by the Shanxi provincial government as an acquirer and consolidator of eight thermal coal mines located Pinglu County in southern Shanxi Province. Shanxi Coal plans to consolidate the eight coal mines into five, increasing their total annual capacity from approximately 1.1 million to 3.6 million metric tons. Shanxi Coal received another approval by the Shanxi provincial government to consolidate four additional coking coal mines into one coal mine in Huozhou County. After the completion of the consolidation, the Jianhe project is expected to increase its total annual capacity from 720,000 metric tons to 900,000 metric tons, according to the Shanxi provincial government's approval. For more information, please visit http://www.pudacoalinc.com
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