ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Oct. 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Westmoreland Coal Company (Nasdaq:WLB) today reported financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2017.

Third Quarter Highlights
  • Revenues of $358.0 million from 13.6 million tons sold
  • Net loss applicable to common shareholders of $19.2 million, or $1.03 per share
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $62.6 million

Nine Month Highlights
  • Revenues of $1.0 billion from 36.9 million tons sold
  • Net loss applicable to common shareholders of $106.4 million, or $5.70 per share
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $183.4 million, including approximately $43 million incremental from the Capital Power payment
  • Cash flow provided by operating activities of $21.2 million
  • Free cash flow of $46.3 million

Kevin Paprzycki, Westmoreland's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We executed well this quarter both operationally and on our strategic initiatives. We delivered solid results and remain on track to achieve our full-year guidance. We accomplished two major goals in successfully closing on the sale of our non-core ROVA asset for $5 million and securing the return of $12 million in related cash collateral. The combined $17 million of cash inflows from ROVA were collected in October and available for our use in addition to our free cash flow generation. We also took specific actions aimed at strengthening our organization to further drive shareholder value."

Safety

Westmoreland's safety metrics are below. 
   
  Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017
  Reportable Rate   Lost Time Rate
U.S. Surface Operations 0.94     0.31  
U.S. National Surface Average 1.28     0.84  
Percentage 73 %   37 %
       
U.S. Underground Operations 0.64     0.00  
U.S. National Underground Average 5.11     3.63  
Percentage 13 %   0 %
       
Canadian Operations 1.97     0.66  
           

Consolidated and Segment Results

The third quarter 2017 Adjusted EBITDA of $62.6 million reflected solid operations across Westmoreland's mine portfolio. Comparing the third quarter to last year's third quarter Adjusted EBITDA, several items contributed to the 14.9% decline. First, the loan and lease financing income from the Capital Power contract, which resides in the Coal - Canada segment, was all intentionally collected in the first quarter of 2017 and has affected the year-over-year comparison for each quarter of this year. Second, the Jewett coal supply contract concluded in 2016, which resulted in less EBITDA in the Coal - U.S. segment in the third quarter of 2017. Services at Jewett switched to strong-margin reclamation work, demonstrating a unique ability of the Westmoreland model to generate cash flow beyond mine closure. Also in the Coal - U.S. segment, a merchant customer contract was extended at lower short-term EBITDA in order to add additional years to the contract and to lay the foundation for a potential contract extension at other units in the complex. The Coal - WMLP segment did make up some of the delayed sales from earlier in the year, but also continued to face ongoing market pressure in Ohio. 

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months of 2017 was $183.4 million, inclusive of the benefit of the early repayment from Capital Power. Excluding the $43 million incremental increase in Adjusted EBITDA from the early repayment, Adjusted EBITDA was down primarily as a result of operational challenges in the first half of the year, including costs associated with unexpected dragline maintenance in Canada as well as lower revenue and increased costs from the record precipitation at the Westmoreland Resource Partner LP's ("WMLP") Kemmerer mine. Year-to-date Adjusted EBITDA also reflected the 2016 coal supply contract expirations at Jewett and Beulah in the Coal - U.S. segment, lower pricing in exchange for an extended term with certain customers, and ongoing softness in the Ohio markets. These declines were partially offset by higher revenue in the Coal - U.S. segment from the additional month of ownership at San Juan and the higher margin reclamation revenue at Jewett.

Cash Flow and Liquidity

Westmoreland's free cash flow through September 30, 2017 was $46.3 million. Free cash flow is the net of cash flow provided by operations of $21.2 million, less capital expenditures of $25.4 million, plus net cash collected for the loan and lease receivables of $50.5 million. Included in cash flow provided by operations was cash used for interest expense of $81.5 million, for asset retirement obligations of $33.0 million, and for working capital of $5.1 million.

At September 30, 2017, cash and cash equivalents totaled $44.1 million. The decrease from year end 2016 was comprised of free cash flow generation of $46.3 million; net debt reductions, including capital lease payments, of $53.5 million; a $3.6 million reserve acquisition and other non-operating cash generation of $5.1 million. Of the total $44.1 million in cash and cash equivalents at quarter end, $22.3 million resides at WMLP, $16.5 million resides at San Juan and the remaining $5.3 million resides at the parent.

Gross debt plus capital lease obligations at quarter end totaled $1.1 billion, of which $326.5 million resides at WMLP and $774.6 million resides at Westmoreland Coal Company. As of September 30, 2017, there was $10.5 million drawn on Westmoreland's revolving credit facility, leaving $16.7 million available to draw, net of letters of credit. An additional $14.8 million was available to WMLP through its revolving credit facility, which is not available to Westmoreland Coal Company for borrowings. No amounts had been drawn on the WMLP revolving credit facility at September 30, 2017.

Full-Year Guidance

Westmoreland reiterated its 2017 guidance as detailed below:
   
Guidance Summary 2017 Guidance
Coal tons sold 40 - 50 million tons
Adjusted EBITDA $250 - $270 million
Free cash flow $90 - $115 million
Capital expenditures $40 - $45 million
Cash interest approximately $95 million
   

Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow include the $52.5 million early collection of loan and lease receivables at the Genesee mine, of which approximately $40 million is incremental to 2017 compared to 2016 results. The $17 million of fourth quarter cash inflows from the sale of the ROVA assets and the return of collateral associated with the ROVA power supply agreements is not included in the free cash flow guidance above because Westmoreland's free cash flow definition does not include cash collateral changes and proceeds from asset sales.

Notes

Westmoreland presents certain non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow, that management believes provide meaningful supplemental information and provide meaningful comparability to prior periods. Reconciliations of non-GAAP to GAAP measures are presented in the accompanying tables.

Conference Call

Management will host a webcast and conference call to discuss third quarter results on October 31, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Management invites you to listen to the webcast and to view the slide presentation at www.westmoreland.com/investors/investor-webcasts. To listen to the conference call via telephone, please use the dial-in information below:
     
Toll Free:   1-844-WCC-COAL (844-922-2625)
International:   1-201-689-8584
     

A replay of the teleconference will be available until November 14, 2017 and can be accessed using the information below:
     
Replay:   1-877-481-4010 or 1-919-882-2331
Replay ID:   20454
Webcast:   www.westmoreland.com/investors/investor-webcasts
     

About Westmoreland Coal Company

Westmoreland Coal Company is the oldest independent coal company in the United States. Westmoreland's coal operations include surface coal mines in the United States and Canada, underground coal mines in Ohio and New Mexico, a char production facility, and a 50% interest in an activated carbon plant. Westmoreland also owns the general partner of and a majority interest in Westmoreland Resource Partners, LP, a publicly-traded coal master limited partnership (NYSE:WMLP). For more information, visit www.westmoreland.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Forward-looking statements are based on Westmoreland's current expectations and assumptions regarding its business, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Westmoreland cautions you against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. They are statements neither of historical fact nor guarantees or assurances of future performance. Possible events or factors that could cause actual results or performance to differ materially from those anticipated in our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to the following:
  • our ability to consummate the sale of the Coal Valley facilities on reasonable terms or at all;
  • the effect of legal and administrative proceedings, settlements, investigations and claims, including any related to citations and orders issued by regulatory authorities, and the availability of related insurance coverage;
  • existing and future legislation and regulation affecting both our coal mining operations and our customers' coal usage, governmental policies and taxes, including those aimed at reducing emissions of elements such as mercury, sulfur dioxides, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter or greenhouse gases;
  • the effect of the Environmental Protection Agency's and Canadian and provincial governments' inquiries and regulations on the operations of the power plants to which we provide coal;
  • Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan to phase out coal-fired electricity generation by 2030;
  • our substantial level of indebtedness and our ability to adhere to financial covenants related to our borrowing arrangements;
  • our ability to successfully manage the upcoming maturities of the WMLP Revolver and the WMLP Term Loan;
  • changes in our post-retirement medical benefit and pension obligations and the impact of the recently enacted healthcare legislation on our employee health benefit costs;
  • inaccuracies in our estimates of our coal reserves;
  • our potential inability to expand or continue current coal operations due to limitations in obtaining bonding capacity for new mining permits, and/or increases in our mining costs as a result of increased bonding expenses;
  • the effect of prolonged maintenance or unplanned outages at our operations or those of our major power generating customers;
  • the inability to control costs, recognize favorable tax credits and/or receive adequate train traffic at our open market mine operations;
  • the ability or inability of our power hedging arrangements to generate cash.
  • competition within our industry and with producers of competing energy sources;
  • our relationships with, and other conditions affecting, our customers, including how power prices affect our customers' decision to run their plants;
  • seasonal variations and inclement weather, which may cause fluctuations in our operating results, profitability, cash flow and working capital needs related to our operating segments;
  • the availability and costs of key supplies or commodities, such as diesel fuel, steel and explosives;
  • potential title defects or loss of leasehold interests in our properties, which could result in unanticipated costs or an inability to mine the properties;
  • other factors that are described under the heading "Risk Factors" found in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Reports on Form 10-K and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

Any forward-looking statements made by Westmoreland in this news release speak only as of the date on which it was made. Westmoreland undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.
                             
Westmoreland Coal Company and Subsidiaries
Summary Consolidated and Operating Segment Data (Unaudited)
                             
                             
  Three Months Ended September 30,
                  Increase / (Decrease)
  2017   2016   $   %
  (In thousands, except tons sold data)
Westmoreland Consolidated                            
Revenues $ 358,011     $ 371,772     $ (13,761 )   (3.7 )%
Operating income 14,255     8,753     5,502     62.9 %
Adjusted EBITDA 62,583     73,534     (10,951 )   (14.9 )%
Tons sold—millions of equivalent tons 13.6     13.9     (0.3 )   (2.2 )%
               
Coal - U.S.              
Revenues $ 142,040     $ 170,177     $ (28,137 )   (16.5 )%
Operating income 7,212     9,220     (2,008 )   (21.8 )%
Adjusted EBITDA 34,294     38,020     (3,726 )   (9.8 )%
Tons sold—millions of equivalent tons 5.6     6.9     (1.3 )   (18.8 )%
               
Coal - Canada              
Revenues $ 115,688     $ 96,252     $ 19,436     20.2 %
Operating income 1,206     5,226     (4,020 )   (76.9 )%
Adjusted EBITDA 13,537     18,562     (5,025 )   (27.1 )%
Tons sold—millions of equivalent tons 6.1     5.1     1.0     19.6 %
               
Coal - WMLP              
Revenues $ 85,607     $ 90,320     $ (4,713 )   (5.2 )%
Operating income 9,451     5,970     3,481     58.3 %
Adjusted EBITDA 21,173     22,686     (1,513 )   (6.7 )%
Tons sold—millions of equivalent tons 2.0     2.0         %
               
Power              
Revenues $ 20,070     $ 21,554     $ (1,484 )   (6.9 )%
Operating income (loss) 5,344     (4,696 )   10,040       *
Adjusted EBITDA 438     507     (69 )   (13.6 )%

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Westmoreland Coal Company and Subsidiaries
Summary Consolidated and Operating Segment Data (Unaudited)
                             
                             
  Nine Months Ended September 30,
                  Increase / (Decrease)
  2017   2016   $   %
Westmoreland Consolidated (In thousands, except tons sold data)
Revenues $ 1,020,772     $ 1,085,223     $ (64,451 )   (5.9 )%
Operating (loss) income (17,900 )   15,489     (33,389 )     *
Adjusted EBITDA 183,369     182,740     629     0.3 %
Tons sold—millions of equivalent tons 36.9     39.7     (2.8 )   (7.1 )%
               
Coal - U.S.              
Revenues $ 420,445     $ 478,684     $ (58,239 )   (12.2 )%
Operating income 4,926     17,474     (12,548 )   (71.8 )%
Adjusted EBITDA 85,421     89,218     (3,797 )   (4.3 )%
Tons sold—millions of equivalent tons 14.4     17.6     (3.2 )   (18.2 )%
               
Coal - Canada              
Revenues $ 314,051     $ 299,336     $ 14,715     4.9 %
Operating (loss) income (17,632 )   20,919     (38,551 )     *
Adjusted EBITDA 71,176     56,229     14,947     26.6 %
Tons sold—millions of equivalent tons 17.2     16.5     0.7     4.2 %
               
Coal - WMLP              
Revenues $ 241,464     $ 263,269     $ (21,805 )   (8.3 )%
Operating income 18,321     2,497     15,824     633.7 %
Adjusted EBITDA 52,896     58,269     (5,373 )   (9.2 )%
Tons sold—millions of equivalent tons 5.6     5.9     (0.3 )   (5.1 )%
               
Power              
Revenues $ 61,177     $ 65,494     $ (4,317 )   (6.6 )%
Operating income (loss) 4,208     (3,766 )   7,974       *
Adjusted EBITDA (3,076 )   (2,227 )   (849 )   (38.1 )%

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Westmoreland Coal Company and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
                       
                       
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   September 30,
  2017   2016   2017   2016
  (In thousands, except per share data)
Revenues $ 358,011     $ 371,772     $ 1,020,772     $ 1,085,223  
Cost, expenses and other:                      
Cost of sales 280,012     285,428     836,525     864,735  
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 38,066     40,860     114,131     113,097  
Selling and administrative 28,115     25,655     88,706     80,667  
Heritage health benefit expenses 3,349     3,265     9,953     9,502  
Loss (gain) on sale/disposal of assets 236     548     202     (1,369 )
Derivative (gain) loss (4,667 )   5,442     (6,571 )   2,164  
Income from equity affiliates (1,355 )   (1,547 )   (4,274 )   (4,127 )
Other operating loss     3,368         5,065  
  343,756     363,019     1,038,672     1,069,734  
Operating income (loss) 14,255     8,753     (17,900 )   15,489  
Other (expense) income:              
Interest expense (30,017 )   (30,882 )   (89,388 )   (90,669 )
Interest income 1,012     1,374     2,942     5,521  
(Loss) gain on foreign exchange (1,739 )   220     (3,391 )   (1,531 )
Other (loss) income (3,251 )   303     (793 )   435  
  (33,995 )   (28,985 )   (90,630 )   (86,244 )
Loss before income taxes (19,740 )   (20,232 )   (108,530 )   (70,755 )
Income tax benefit (440 )   (1,625 )   (1,406 )   (49,660 )
Net loss (19,300 )   (18,607 )   (107,124 )   (21,095 )
Less net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest (78 )   (239 )   (715 )   (1,545 )
Net loss applicable to common shareholders $ (19,222 )   $ (18,368 )   $ (106,409 )   $ (19,550 )
Net loss per share applicable to common shareholders:              
Basic and diluted $ (1.03 )   $ (0.99 )   $ (5.70 )   $ (1.06 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:              
Basic and diluted 18,742     18,570     18,672     18,458  
                       

     
Westmoreland Coal Company and Subsidiaries  
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)  
           
  September 30, 2017     December 31, 2016  
  (In thousands)  
Assets          
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 44,143     $ 60,082  
Receivables:          
Trade 146,412     140,731  
Loan and lease receivables     5,867  
Other 12,522     13,261  
Total receivables 158,934     159,859  
Inventories 110,176     125,515  
Other current assets 29,788     32,258  
Total current assets 343,041     377,714  
Land, mineral rights, property, plant and equipment 1,670,632     1,617,938  
Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization 904,246     782,417  
Net land, mineral rights, property, plant and equipment 766,386     835,521  
Loan and lease receivables, less current portion     44,474  
Advanced coal royalties 18,665     18,722  
Restricted investments and bond collateral 224,349     219,275  
Investment in joint venture 28,244     26,951  
Other assets 53,827     62,252  
Total Assets $ 1,434,512     $ 1,584,909  
Liabilities and Shareholders' Deficit          
Current liabilities:          
Current installments of long-term debt $ 49,712     $ 86,272  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses:          
Trade and other accrued liabilities 113,970     142,233  
Interest payable 15,205     22,458  
Production taxes 48,936     44,995  
Postretirement medical benefits 14,892     14,892  
Deferred revenue 16,248     15,253  
Asset retirement obligations 44,841     32,207  
Other current liabilities 26,354     20,964  
Total current liabilities 330,158     379,274  
Long-term debt, less current installments 1,021,436     1,022,794  
Postretirement medical benefits, less current portion 310,183     308,709  
Pension and SERP obligations, less current portion 42,624     43,982  
Deferred revenue, less current portion 7,791     16,251  
Asset retirement obligations, less current portion 451,862     451,834  
Other liabilities 44,605     52,182  
Total liabilities 2,208,659     2,275,026  
Shareholders' deficit:          
Common stock of $.01 par value: Authorized 30,000,000 shares; Issued and outstanding 18,742,143 at September 30, 2017 and 18,570,642 at December 31, 2016 187     186  
Other paid-in capital 250,729     248,143  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (157,799 )   (179,072 )
Accumulated deficit (864,012 )   (757,367 )
Total shareholders' deficit (770,895 )   (688,110 )
Noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiaries (3,252 )   (2,007 )
Total deficit (774,147 )   (690,117 )
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Deficit $ 1,434,512     $ 1,584,909  
           

 
Westmoreland Coal Company and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
               
               
  Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2017   2016
  (In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities:              
Net loss $ (107,124 )   $ (21,095 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:      
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 114,131     113,097  
Accretion of asset retirement obligation 33,796     30,229  
Share-based compensation 3,846     5,925  
Non-cash interest expense 6,981     6,879  
Amortization of deferred financing costs 8,183     8,324  
(Gain) loss on derivative instruments (6,571 )   2,164  
Loss on foreign exchange 3,391     1,531  
Income from equity affiliates (4,274 )   (4,127 )
Distributions from equity affiliates 4,970     5,177  
Deferred income tax benefit (1,374 )   (48,490 )
Other 3,341     (9,217 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Receivables (1,223 )   9,770  
Inventories 19,713     8,238  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses (26,965 )   1,679  
Interest payable (7,165 )   (6,731 )
Deferred revenue (7,475 )   4,314  
Other assets and liabilities 17,977     23,396  
Asset retirement obligations (33,004 )   (45,960 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 21,154     85,103  
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Additions to property, plant and equipment (25,365 )   (30,619 )
Proceeds from sales of restricted investments 33,686     31,903  
Purchases of and change in restricted investments (37,945 )   (31,633 )
Cash payments related to acquisitions (3,580 )   (125,315 )
Proceeds from sales of assets 774     6,176  
Receipts from loan and lease receivables 50,488     4,852  
Payments related to loan and lease receivables     (2,141 )
Other (1,384 )   (587 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 16,674     (147,364 )
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Borrowings from long-term debt, net of debt discount     122,250  
Repayments of long-term debt (64,078 )   (43,876 )
Borrowings on revolving lines of credit 236,100     313,900  
Repayments on revolving lines of credit (225,560 )   (315,900 )
Debt issuance costs and other refinancing costs     (7,246 )
Other (550 )   (798 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (54,088 )   68,330  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 321     (91 )
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (15,939 )   5,978  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 60,082     22,936  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 44,143     $ 28,914  
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:      
Cash paid for interest $ 81,478     $ 79,099  

Westmoreland Coal Company and Subsidiaries Non-GAAP Reconciliations (Unaudited)

The tables below show how the Company calculates and reconciles to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA (including a breakdown by segment), and free cash flow.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow are supplemental measures of financial performance that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP.  EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow are included in this news release because they are key metrics used by management to assess Westmoreland's operating performance and as a basis for strategic planning and forecasting.  Westmoreland believes that EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow are useful to an investor in evaluating the Company's operating performance because these measures:

  • are used widely by investors to measure a company's operating performance without regard to items excluded from the calculation of such terms, which can vary substantially from company to company depending upon accounting methods and book value of assets, capital structure and the method by which assets were acquired, among other factors;
  • are used by rating agencies, lenders and other parties to evaluate creditworthiness; and
  • help investors to more meaningfully evaluate and compare the results of Westmoreland's operations from period to period by removing the effect of the Company's capital structure and asset base from the Company's operating results.

Neither EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, nor free cash flow are measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.  The items excluded from EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow are significant in assessing Westmoreland's operating results.  EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow have limitations as analytical tools, and should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, analysis of the Company's results as reported under GAAP.

Other companies in Westmoreland's industry and in other industries may calculate EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow differently from the way that Westmoreland does, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures.  Because of these limitations, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow should not be considered as measures of discretionary cash available to the Company to invest in the growth of its business.  Westmoreland compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on its GAAP results and using EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow only as supplemental data.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

EBITDA (earnings before interest expense, interest income, income taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion expense) and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures that do not reflect the Company's cash expenditures, or future requirements for capital and major maintenance expenditures or contractual commitments; do not reflect income tax expenses or the cash requirements necessary to pay income taxes; do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, the Company's working capital needs; and do not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on certain of the Company's debt obligations.  In addition, although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future and EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements.  Westmoreland considers Adjusted EBITDA to be useful because it reflects operating performance before the effects of certain non-cash items and other items that it believes are not indicative of core operations.  The Company uses Adjusted EBITDA to assess operating performance.
                               
  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2017   2016   2017   2016
  (In thousands)
Adjusted EBITDA by Segment                              
Coal - U.S. $ 34,294     $ 38,020     $ 85,421     $ 89,218  
Coal - Canada 13,537     18,562     71,176     56,229  
Coal - WMLP 21,173     22,686     52,896     58,269  
Power 438     507     (3,076 )   (2,227 )
Heritage (3,599 )   (3,326 )   (11,055 )   (10,325 )
Corporate (3,260 )   (2,915 )   (11,993 )   (8,424 )
Total $ 62,583     $ 73,534     $ 183,369     $ 182,740  
                               

                       
Reconciliation of Net (Loss) Income to Adjusted EBITDA Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,  
  2017   2016   2017     2016  
  (In thousands)
Net loss $ (19,300 )   $ (18,607 )   $ (107,124 )   $ (21,095 )
Income tax benefit (440 )   (1,625 )   (1,406 )   (49,660 )
Interest income (1,012 )   (1,374 )   (2,942 )   (5,521 )
Interest expense 30,017     30,882     89,388     90,669  
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 38,066     40,860     114,131     113,097  
Accretion of asset retirement obligation 11,358     10,280     33,795     30,230  
Amortization of intangible assets and liabilities (267 )   (225 )   (801 )   (652 )
EBITDA 58,422     60,191     125,041     157,068  
               
Advisory fees (1) 1,849         2,774      
Loss (gain) on foreign exchange 1,739     (220 )   3,391     1,531  
Acquisition-related costs             568  
Customer payments received under loan and lease receivables (2)     2,582     50,489     7,969  
Derivative (gain) loss (4,667 )   5,442     (6,571 )   2,164  
Loss on sale/disposal of assets and other adjustments 3,874     4,148     4,399     7,515  
Share-based compensation 1,366     1,391     3,846     5,925  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 62,583     $ 73,534     $ 183,369     $ 182,740  

___________________ (1) Amount represents fees paid to financial and legal advisers related to the assessment of Westmoreland's capital structure.  These advisers, together with Westmoreland's management and board of directors, are developing and evaluating options to optimize Westmoreland's overall capital structure. (2) Represents a return of and on capital. These amounts are not included in operating income or operating cash flows as the capital outlays are treated as loan and lease receivables, but are included within Adjusted EBITDA so that the cash received by the Company is treated consistently with all other contracts within the Company that do not result in loan and lease receivable accounting. During the first quarter of 2017, the Company received $52.5 million from its customer at the Genesee mine, representing an accelerated repayment of all outstanding loan and lease receivables. We will continue to provide contract mining services at the Genesee mine. We have no further obligation to make any capital expenditures. All future capital expenditures at the Genesee mine will be funded by the customer pursuant to the Company's contractual arrangement with the customer. Accordingly, there will be no additional payments from the customer at the Genesee mine in the form of loan and lease repayments, however, the Company will continue to manage the Genesee mine and earn a management fee pursuant the contract mining arrangement.

Free Cash Flow

Free cash flow represents net cash provided by (used in) operating activities less additions to property, plant and equipment ("CAPEX" or "capital expenditures") plus net customer payments received under loan and lease receivables. Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure and should not be considered as an alternative to cash and cash equivalents, cash flow from operations, cash flow from investing activities, cash flow from financing activities, net income (loss) or any other measure of performance presented in accordance with GAAP.  Free cash flow is intended to represent cash flow available to satisfy our debts, after giving consideration to those expenses required to maintain our assets and infrastructure.  Accordingly, although free cash flow is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, the Company believes free cash flow is useful to investors because it allows analysts and others in the industry to assess performance, liquidity and ability to satisfy debt requirements.
           
Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2017   2016
  (In thousands)
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 21,154     $ 85,103  
Less cash paid for property, plant and equipment (25,365 )   (30,619 )
Net customer payments received under loan and lease receivables 50,488     2,711  
Free cash flow $ 46,277     $ 57,195  
               

For further information please contact:

Gary Kohn, Chief Financial Officer1-720-354-4467gkohn@westmoreland.com