ST. LOUIS, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) today announced that it has launched a $250 million incremental, senior secured term loan due 2018, pursuant to an uncommitted accordion provision in the company's existing revolving credit agreement. Completion of the new term loan offering would reduce the size of the company's revolving credit facility to $350 million from $600 million. Concurrent with the term loan offering, Arch announced that it has commenced a private offering of $350 million in senior unsecured notes due 2019.
Arch intends to use the net proceeds from the offering of the senior notes and the term loan for general corporate purposes. Upon completion of these efforts, Arch expects to have a cash and marketable securities balance in excess of $1.2 billion.
Separately, Arch plans to seek certain amendments to its secured revolving credit facility to provide additional flexibility under the financial covenants that govern that facility. The completion of the offering of senior notes by Arch is not conditioned upon the success of amending the revolving credit facility, nor are any consents required to complete the offering."We are proactively executing a comprehensive financing plan aimed at boosting our cash on hand, enhancing our overall liquidity and maintaining our financial flexibility," said John W. Eaves, Arch's president and chief executive officer. "This plan provides Arch with excess liquidity in case the current market weakness lasts longer than expected, and adds long-term, pre-payable debt to help the company achieve its de-levering goal as markets recover." "Metallurgical coal markets remain challenged at present despite some improvement in global and domestic thermal markets," said Eaves. "In light of the weak environment, Arch has been successfully pursuing a plan to improve operational efficiency, reduce capital spending and bolster available financial resources. We believe our proactive plan will ensure that Arch is well positioned as an even stronger global resource provider when coal markets rebound."