Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. Reports Record Quarterly Financial Results On Strength Of Record Coal Sales Volumes And Pricing; Increases Quarterly Cash Distribution 3.7% To $0.9225 Per Unit; Announces Development Of Gibson South Mine
Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: ARLP) today reported record financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 (the "2011 Quarter"). Record coal sales volumes combined with record average coal sales prices drove revenues in the 2011 Quarter to a record $457.9 million, an increase of 14.4% compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2010 (the “2010 Quarter”). ARLP also posted records in the 2011 Quarter for EBITDA, which increased 13.7% to $146.7 million; net income, which climbed 14.9% to $98.2 million; and net income per basic and diluted partner unit, which increased 12.1% to $2.04 per unit, each as compared to the 2010 Quarter. (For a definition of EBITDA and related reconciliations to comparable GAAP financial measures, please see the end of this release). ARLP also announced that the Board of Directors of its managing general partner increased the cash distribution to unitholders for the 2011 Quarter to $0.9225 per unit (an annualized rate of $3.69 per unit), payable on August 12, 2011 to all unitholders of record as of the close of trading on August 5, 2011. The announced distribution represents a 13.9% increase over the cash distribution of $0.81 per unit for the 2010 Quarter and a 3.7% increase over the cash distribution of $0.89 per unit for the first quarter of 2011 (the “Sequential Quarter”). In addition, ARLP announced that the Board has approved development of the Gibson South mine. ARLP’s independent operating subsidiary Gibson County Coal (South), LLC will develop the Gibson South mine as an underground mining complex utilizing four continuous mining units employing room-and-pillar mining techniques to access approximately 48.4 million tons of medium-sulfur coal from the Indiana No. 5 coal seam. The new Gibson South mine will be located near ARLP’s current Gibson mining complex outside the city of Princeton, Indiana. Initial production is currently expected to begin by the third quarter of 2014 and it is anticipated that at full capacity the Gibson South complex will employ approximately 310 miners and produce up to 3.3 million tons of coal annually. Total capital expenditures to develop the Gibson South mining complex are currently estimated in a range of $200 - $210 million and will be funded with current cash on hand and cash generated from operations.