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CONSOL Energy Monetizes Additional Non-Producing Assets For $127 Million; Total Asset Sales For 2012 Exceed $350 Million

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX), the leading diversified fuel producer in the Eastern U.S., sold non-producing western Canadian coal assets in the closing days of 2012 for $127 million in two separate transactions.

In the first transaction, CONSOL Energy partnered with Forbes & Manhattan Inc. ("F&M"), a private merchant bank headquartered in Toronto, Canada, for the sale of a portion of its metallurgical coal assets located in Alberta, Canada. Ram River Coal Corp. ("Ram River Coal"), a private Ontario company created by F&M to purchase the coal assets, acquired 100% of the Ram River and Scurry Ram coal properties on December 21, 2012 (the "Acquisition") for aggregate consideration of $105 million ( $102.5 million payable to CONSOL Energy). The Ram River coal property has an in-situ coal resource of approximately 380 million tons and estimated washed coal product of approximately 75 million tons.

On closing, Ram River Coal made an aggregate cash payment of $55 million ( $52.5 million payable to CONSOL Energy) and under the terms of the asset purchase agreement shall make additional payments to CONSOL Energy of $25.5 million on or before June 21, 2013 and $24.5 million on or before June 21, 2014. CONSOL Energy has retained the right to receive up to $20 million of the second or third cash payments in common shares of Ram River Coal.

Concurrent with the closing of the Acquisition, Ram River Coal closed an offering of common shares at a price of $1.00 per share for aggregate gross proceeds of $85 million. Ram River Coal retained Delano Capital Corp. and Cormark Securities Inc. to act as agents in connection with the offering. The lead investors in the offering were Liberty Metals & Mining Holdings, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance, and corporations controlled by Lundin family trusts. Ram River Coal expects to close a second tranche of the offering for additional proceeds of $20 million on or before January 31, 2013. 

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