DENVER, May 27, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hallador Energy Company (Hallador) (Nasdaq:HNRG), today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a one-time cash dividend of $0.10 per common share of which there are 27,782,028 outstanding. The cash dividend will be payable July 16, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business July 9, 2010.

Furthermore, the board approved that the $.10 dividend would also apply to the 1,152,000 outstanding restricted stock units and to the 434,167 outstanding stock options. The total cash payment for all the outstanding securities will be about $2.9 million.

"We are very proud and excited that we are in good financial shape and able to pay this dividend," said Andy Bishop, CFO. "We expect the dividend to be treated as a qualified dividend for income tax purpose for the recipients and each spring we plan to evaluate our cash position and funding requirements and decide if we would again, declare a cash dividend. We have under contract over 95% of our coal production through the end of 2013."

Through our wholly-owned subsidiary, Sunrise Coal, we operate an underground coal mine in Southwest Indiana.

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