Alpha Natural to Acquire Foundation Coal

Alpha Natural Resources ( ANR) plans to acquire Foundation Coal ( FCL) in an all-stock transaction valued at about $2 billion.

The deal includes the assumption of about $530 million of debt.

The combined company will be the third-largest coal producer in the U.S., with 2008 pro forma revenue of $4.2 billion, the companies said in joint press release Tuesday.

Foundation stockholders will receive 1.084 shares of the new company for each share held, or about $32.73 a share. That price is a premium of 41% over Foundation Coal's closing price Monday.

Alpha Natural stockholders will own 59% of the new company, while Foundation Coal shareholders will own the remaining 41%.

Both boards approved the deal, which is targeted to close later this year.

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