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Arch Coal To Divest Non-Core Utah Operations To Bowie Resources For $435 Million In Cash

As a result of the sale of its Utah operations, Arch expects to achieve cumulative capital and administrative cost savings of more than $200 million from 2014 through 2017. These expected future savings, which primarily represent capital spending to sustain current production levels, should further enhance Arch's liquidity position.

Upon completion of the transaction, Arch will receive cash proceeds of $435 million before adjustments and will recognize a pre-tax gain of approximately $120 million related to the sale of Canyon Fuel. This gain will be included in Arch's adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization ("EBITDA") calculation, in accordance with the company's credit agreements.

In 2013, Arch forecasted that Canyon Fuel would sell around 9 million tons of coal, primarily to regional power producers and domestic industrial facilities in Utah, Nevada and California. Based on such sales, Canyon Fuel was projected to generate pro forma EBITDA of roughly $90 million, with planned capital expenditures of $15 million to $20 million, in 2013.

Strategic Fit for Bowie

"Bowie has a long operating history in the Western Bituminous Region," said Eaves. "Bowie also has deep knowledge and experience in serving the region's customer base, and is well positioned to manage the opportunities and challenges associated with mining in Utah. We thank the talented employees of Canyon Fuel for their significant contributions to Arch's success over the past 15 years, including upholding exemplary safety and stewardship practices, providing countless hours of service and making many generous donations to local communities. We are confident that they will continue this track record of excellence as Bowie employees."

"The Bowie employees' motto of 'the best of the best' dovetails perfectly with the obvious work ethic and commitment to excellence that has long been the hallmark of the workforce at Canyon Fuel," said Siegel. "We are proud to bring these two skilled teams together, and we believe we have the opportunity to create something very special here."  

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