What to Expect From Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) Earnings

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Coal miner Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) is due to report fourth-quarter and full-year earnings on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

In its third quarter, the Virginia-based company guided full-year shipments of 86 to 91 million tons, including 20 to 21 tons of Eastern metallurgical coal, 28 to 30 million tons of Eastern steam coal, and 38 to 40 million tons of Western PRB coal. By Oct. 18 last year, 96% of the midpoint of anticipated 2013 metallurgical coal shipments had been achieved.

Guidance for depreciation, depletion and amortization (DD&A) is expected between $825 million and $900 million, down from previous guidance of $875 million to $950 million. Capital expenditures for the December-ended year are expected in the range of $260 million to $290 million.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters anticipate a fourth-quarter net loss of 62 cents a share on $1.17 billion in revenue. For the full year, a net loss of $2.28 a share is forecast with sales of $5.04 billion.

By late afternoon on Monday, shares had tumbled 4.3% to $5.07, with 10.6 million shares changing hands. Year to date, the stock is down 28.9%.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates ALPHA NATURAL RESOURCES INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D. The team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate ALPHA NATURAL RESOURCES INC (ANR) a SELL. This is driven by a few notable weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share."

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