Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. Reports Record Quarterly Operating and Financial Results; Increases

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Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. Reports Record Quarterly Operating and Financial Results; Increases Quarterly Unitholder Distribution by 2.0% to $1.1525 Per Unit; and Increases 2013 Guidance

TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NAS: ARLP) today reported strong financial and operating results, posting new records for coal sales and production volumes, revenues and EBITDA for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 (the "2013 Quarter"). Led by higher coal sales volumes in the 2013 Quarter, revenues climbed to $553.6 million, an increase of 4.5% compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2012 (the "2012 Quarter"). Record revenues and coal sales volumes contributed to record EBITDA of $178.4 million for the 2013 Quarter, an increase of 14.7% compared to the 2012 Quarter. Net income was also higher in the 2013 Quarter, increasing 9.0% to $104.1 million, or $1.96 per basic and diluted unit. (For a definition of EBITDA and related reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP financial measure, please see the end of this release.)

ARLP also announced that the Board of Directors of its managing general partner (the "Board") increased the cash distribution to unitholders for the 2013 Quarter to $1.1525 per unit (an annualized rate of $4.61 per unit), payable on August 14, 2013 to all unitholders of record as of the close of trading on August 7, 2013. The announced distribution represents an 8.5% increase over the cash distribution of $1.0625 per unit for the 2012 Quarter and a 2.0% increase over the cash distribution of $1.13 per unit for the 2013 first quarter (the "Sequential Quarter").


"ARLP continued its strong operating and financial performance in the 2013 Quarter - posting new benchmarks for coal sales and production volumes, revenues and EBITDA," said Joseph W. Craft III, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The ability to deliver these exceptional results, especially in such challenging market conditions, speaks to the soundness of ARLP's strategy, the quality of our assets and the hard work and dedication of our people. These attributes keep ARLP well positioned for the future and gave the Board the confidence to increase distributions to our unitholders for the twenty-first consecutive quarter."

Consolidated Financial Results

Three Months Ended June 30, 2013 Compared to Three Months Ended June 30, 2012

During the 2013 Quarter, increased volumes at the Tunnel Ridge longwall operation, which began production in May 2012, and strong performance at the Gibson North, River View and Onton mines, drove coal sales volumes up 13.3% to a record 9.8 million tons and production volumes higher by 23.6% to a record 10.1 million tons, both as compared to the 2012 Quarter. As mentioned above, volume growth led to record revenues and EBITDA and increased net income in the 2013 Quarter, more than offsetting lower average coal sales prices that resulted primarily from ARLP electing not to participate in the weak metallurgical export markets.

Record coal sales and production volumes also led to increased sales-related expenses, materials and supplies expenses, labor-related expenses and maintenance costs, which combined to push operating expenses in the 2013 Quarter higher by 3.8% to $347.4 million, compared to the 2012 Quarter. Coal brokerage and purchasing activity declined in the 2013 Quarter, resulting in a $15.4 million reduction in outside coal purchases. As discussed below, Segment Adjusted EBITDA expense per ton declined to $35.44 in the 2013 Quarter, an improvement of 11.9% compared to the 2012 Quarter.

General and administrative expenses increased $0.5 million to $16.6 million in the 2013 Quarter, primarily as a result of higher incentive compensation expenses. Depreciation, depletion and amortization increased $16.1 million to $68.2 million in the 2013 Quarter compared to the 2012 Quarter, primarily as a result of the increased production volumes mentioned above, as well as capital expenditures related to production expansion and infrastructure investments at various operations.

As anticipated, ARLP's financial results for both the 2013 and 2012 Quarters were negatively impacted by losses related to White Oak's development of its Mine No.1. Since our equity investment in White Oak entitles ARLP to receive substantially all distributions from White Oak until we achieve our contractual preferred return, accounting rules require us to currently reflect substantially all of White Oak's income and losses. As a result, ARLP reported net equity in loss of affiliates of $5.7 million for the 2013 Quarter and $4.4 million for the 2012 Quarter, primarily due to the allocation of losses related to White Oak's mine development activities.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2013 Compared to Six Months Ended June 30, 2012

For the six months ended June 30, 2013 (the "2013 Period"), increases at the River View, Gibson North and Tunnel Ridge mines and production from the Onton mine, which we acquired in April 2012, led to record production and sales volumes as tons produced climbed 19.4% and tons sold increased 18.5%, compared to the six months ended June 30, 2012 (the "2012 Period"). Higher coal sales volumes drove 2013 Period revenues to a record $1.1 billion, an increase of 13.2% compared to the 2012 Period. The increase in coal sales volumes was partially offset by lower average coal sales prices, which decreased to $55.14 per ton sold in the 2013 Period compared to $57.19 per ton sold for the 2012 Period, primarily due to the previously mentioned lack of coal sales into the metallurgical export markets in the 2013 Period. For the 2013 Period, EBITDA increased 22.5% to a record $351.5 million and net income rose 16.0% to $207.0 million, or $3.92 of net income per basic and diluted limited partner unit.

     

Regional Results and Analysis

 
(in millions, except per ton data)2013 Second

Quarter

2012 Second

Quarter

% Change
Quarter /
Quarter

2013
First
Quarter

% Change
Sequential

 

Illinois Basin

Tons sold7.5476.9778.2%7.706(2.1)%
Coal sales price per ton (1)$52.65$53.22(1.1)%$51.951.3%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton (2)$30.96$32.81(5.6)%$30.381.9%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA (2)$164.6$142.715.3%$167.2(1.6)%
 

Central Appalachia

Tons sold0.4980.4931.0%0.550(9.5)%
Coal sales price per ton (1)$82.70$80.732.4%$81.461.5%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton (2)$62.53$62.100.7%$64.19(2.6)%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA (2)$10.2$9.210.9%$9.75.2%
 

Northern Appalachia

Tons sold1.7601.06365.6%1.44222.1%
Coal sales price per ton (1)$57.97$85.35(32.1)%$61.99(6.5)%

Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton (2)

$43.26$71.92(39.8)%$51.19(15.5)%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA (2)$26.7$21.225.9%$16.561.8%
 

Total (3)

Tons sold9.8178.66113.3%9.6981.2%
Coal sales price per ton (1)$55.17$59.17(6.8)%$55.120.1%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton (2)$35.44$40.23(11.9)%$35.98(1.5)%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA (2)$195.0$171.613.6%$188.43.5%
 
(1) Sales price per ton is defined as total coal sales divided by total tons sold.
(2)

For definitions of Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton and Segment Adjusted EBITDA and related reconciliations to comparable GAAP financial measures, please see the end of this release.

(3)Total includes White Oak, other, corporate and eliminations.

Reflecting higher Illinois Basin and Northern Appalachia coal sales volumes, ARLP sold a record 9.8 million tons of coal in the 2013 Quarter, an increase of 13.3% over the 2012 Quarter. Coal sales volumes in the Illinois Basin increased from the 2012 Quarter primarily as a result of strong sales and production performance at the River View, Gibson North and Onton mines. In Central Appalachia, coal sales volumes declined sequentially as a result of timing differences on contract shipments in the 2013 Quarter compared to the Sequential Quarter. The continued ramp-up of longwall production at the Tunnel Ridge mine drove Northern Appalachian coal sales volumes higher in the 2013 Quarter compared to both 2012 and Sequential Quarters.

ARLP's coal inventory of approximately 808,000 tons at the end of the 2013 Quarter was comparable to ending inventory of approximately 822,000 tons for the 2012 Quarter.

As anticipated, compared to the 2012 Quarter, ARLP's total coal sales price per ton sold was lower due to the lack of metallurgical coal sales during the 2013 Quarter. Sequentially, higher prices in the 2013 Quarter for Illinois Basin and Central Appalachian sales volumes essentially offset lower prices in Northern Appalachia, due to the timing and allocation of contract shipments in the region.

Total Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton in the 2013 Quarter decreased 11.9% and 1.5% compared to the 2012 and Sequential Quarters, respectively, primarily as a result of increased production and sales volumes. Compared to the 2012 Quarter, total Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton in the 2013 Quarter also benefited from lower outside coal purchases. In the Illinois Basin, Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton improved in the 2013 Quarter compared to the 2012 Quarter primarily due to the previously discussed strong performance at the River View, Gibson North and Onton mines, offset in part by lower recoveries at the Dotiki mine reflecting its continued transition to the No. 13 coal seam. Sequentially, Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton for the Illinois Basin was higher primarily due to the seasonal impact of miners vacation, increased roof support expense at Dotiki due to poor mining conditions and higher maintenance costs at nearly all our Illinois Basin mines. In Central Appalachia, Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton improved in the 2013 Quarter compared to the Sequential Quarter, primarily due to lower inventory costs, reduced repair costs at the Pontiki mine and increased production in the new Excel No. 4 mining area at the MC Mining operation. Compared to both the 2012 and Sequential Quarters, Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton in Northern Appalachia benefited from the continued ramp-up of longwall production at the Tunnel Ridge mine and improved recoveries at our Mettiki mine, partially offset by higher employee benefit costs at Mettiki. In addition, compared to the 2012 Quarter, Northern Appalachia benefited from lower outside coal purchases and reduced coal processing expenses at the Mettiki mine due to the lack of coal sales into the metallurgical export markets during the 2013 Quarter.

Outlook

Commenting on ARLP's outlook Mr. Craft continued, "ARLP continued to make progress on several fronts during the 2013 Quarter. Production at Tunnel Ridge increased nearly 54% compared to the Sequential Quarter and remains on track to reach an annualized run rate of 6.0 million tons by year end. The strong performance of our Illinois Basin operations through the first half of 2013 is expected to continue over the balance of the year. In addition, we further enhanced our already strong contract portfolio during the 2013 Quarter, securing new coal sales commitments for delivery of approximately 2.6 million tons through 2015. Our performance to date and expectations for the remainder of 2013 allow us to increase full year guidance and give us confidence that ARLP will deliver its thirteenth consecutive year of record results."

ARLP is now anticipating 2013 coal production in a range of 39.3 to 39.6 million tons and sales volumes in a range of 38.6 to 39.6 million tons. Assuming customer deliveries occur as planned, ARLP is essentially fully priced and committed for its anticipated 2013 coal sales volumes and has secured commitments for approximately 31.9 million tons, 25.7 million tons and 19.1 million tons in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively, of which approximately 1.0 million tons in 2014, 2.5 million tons in 2015 and 3.3 million tons in 2016 remain open to market pricing.

ARLP is increasing its estimated ranges for 2013 revenues, excluding transportation revenues, to $2.165 to $2.225 billion, EBITDA to $675.0 to $695.0 million, and net income to $375.0 to $395.0 million. (For a definition of EBITDA and related reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP financial measure, please see the end of this release.)

ARLP continues to anticipate total capital expenditures during 2013 in a range of $370.0 to $400.0 million, which includes expenditures for mine expansion and infrastructure projects, maintenance capital, continued development of the Gibson South mine, and reserve acquisitions and construction of surface facilities related to the White Oak mine development project. In addition, ARLP has funded $47.5 million of preferred equity investments to White Oak in 2013 and, based on currently anticipated equity capital contributions by its partners, does not expect to make further equity investments in White Oak this year.

A conference call regarding ARLP's 2013 Quarter financial results is scheduled for today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. To participate in the conference call, dial (800) 706-7745 and provide pass code 27235935. International callers should dial (617) 614-3472 and provide the same pass code. Investors may also listen to the call via the "investor information" section of ARLP's website at http://www.arlp.com.

An audio replay of the conference call will be available for approximately one week. To access the audio replay, dial (888) 286-8010 and provide pass code 73983669. International callers should dial (617) 801-6888 and provide the same pass code.

This announcement is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b), with 100% of the partnership's distributions to foreign investors attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, ARLP's distributions to foreign investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable tax rate.

About Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.

ARLP is a diversified producer and marketer of coal to major United States utilities and industrial users. ARLP, the nation's first publicly traded master limited partnership involved in the production and marketing of coal, is currently the third largest coal producer in the eastern United States with mining operations in the Illinois Basin, Northern Appalachian and Central Appalachian coal producing regions. ARLP operates eleven mining complexes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and West Virginia. ARLP is also constructing a new mine in southern Indiana and is purchasing and funding development of reserves, constructing surface facilities and making equity investments in a new mining complex in southern Illinois. In addition, ARLP operates a coal loading terminal on the Ohio River at Mount Vernon, Indiana.

News, unit prices and additional information about ARLP, including filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are available at http://www.arlp.com. For more information, contact the investor relations department of ARLP at (918) 295-7674 or via e-mail at investorrelations@arlp.com.

The statements and projections used throughout this release are based on current expectations. These statements and projections are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially. These projections do not include the potential impact of any mergers, acquisitions or other business combinations that may occur after the date of this release. At the end of this release, we have included more information regarding business risks that could affect our results.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:With the exception of historical matters, any matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from projected results.These risks, uncertainties and contingencies include, but are not limited to, the following: changes in competition in coal markets and our ability to respond to such changes; changes in coal prices, which could affect our operating results and cash flows; risks associated with the expansion of our operations and properties; legislation, regulations, and court decisions and interpretations thereof, including those relating to the environment, mining, miner health and safety and health care; deregulation of the electric utility industry or the effects of any adverse change in the coal industry, electric utility industry, or general economic conditions; dependence on significant customer contracts, including renewing customer contracts upon expiration of existing contracts; changing global economic conditions or in industries in which our customers operate; liquidity constraints, including those resulting from any future unavailability of financing; customer bankruptcies, cancellations or breaches to existing contracts, or other failures to perform; customer delays, failure to take coal under contracts or defaults in making payments; adjustments made in price, volume or terms to existing coal supply agreements; fluctuations in coal demand, prices and availability; our productivity levels and margins earned on our coal sales; unexpected changes in raw material costs; unexpected changes in the availability of skilled labor; our ability to maintain satisfactory relations with our employees; any unanticipated increases in labor costs, adverse changes in work rules, or unexpected cash payments or projections associated with post-mine reclamation and workers′ compensation claims; any unanticipated increases in transportation costs and risk of transportation delays or interruptions; unexpected operational interruptions due to geologic, permitting, labor, weather-related or other factors; risks associated with major mine-related accidents, such as mine fires, or interruptions; results of litigation, including claims not yet asserted; difficulty maintaining our surety bonds for mine reclamation as well as workers′ compensation and black lung benefits; difficulty in making accurate assumptions and projections regarding pension, black lung benefits and other post-retirement benefit liabilities; coal market's share of electricity generation, including as a result of environmental concerns related to coal mining and combustion and the cost and perceived benefits of other sources of electricity, such as natural gas, nuclear energy and renewable fuels; uncertainties in estimating and replacing our coal reserves; a loss or reduction of benefits from certain tax deductions and credits; difficulty obtaining commercial property insurance, and risks associated with our participation (excluding any applicable deductible) in the commercial insurance property program; and difficulty in making accurate assumptions and projections regarding future revenues and costs associated with equity investments in companies we do not control.

Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in ARLP's public periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including ARLP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, filed on March 1, 2013 with the SEC.Except as required by applicable securities laws, ARLP does not intend to update its forward-looking statements.

  
 

ALLIANCE RESOURCE PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND OPERATING DATA

(In thousands, except unit and per unit data)

(Unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2013 20122013 2012
 
Tons Sold9,8178,66119,51516,473
Tons Produced10,1208,18519,93916,697
 
SALES AND OPERATING REVENUES:
Coal sales$541,574$512,505$1,076,083$942,104
Transportation revenues4,9715,44111,90512,026
Other sales and operating revenues 7,026  11,918  13,638  19,320 
Total revenues 553,571  529,864  1,101,626  973,450 
 
EXPENSES:
Operating expenses (excluding depreciation, depletion and amortization)347,437334,647696,012608,162
Transportation expenses4,9715,44111,90512,026
Outside coal purchases79016,1541,39230,335
General and administrative16,59716,05231,84330,341
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 68,207  52,109  132,589  95,142 
Total operating expenses 438,002  424,403  873,741  776,006 
 
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS115,569105,461227,885197,444
 
Interest expense, net(6,218)(8,268)(12,836)(14,180)
Interest income17851312144
Equity in loss of affiliates, net(5,699)(4,430)(9,566)(8,208)
Other income 353  2,384  627  2,599 
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES104,18395,198206,422177,799
 
INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT) 109  (257) (589) (624)
 
NET INCOME$104,074 $95,455 $207,011 $178,423 
 
GENERAL PARTNERS' INTEREST IN NET INCOME$30,592 $27,165 $60,362 $52,752 
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