Daily News: June 27, 2012

Citigroup, Others Amend Facilities for Alpha Natural Resources

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. announced that it has amended its $1.6 billion secured credit facility enhancing its financial flexibility. The third amended and restated credit agreement was completed with Citicorp North America as administrative and collateral agent and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc. as joint lead arrangers and joint book managers

The amendment, among other revisions, provides the company with a holiday from the maximum net leverage ratio covenant of 3.75 times through 2014 in exchange for implementing a maximum net secured leverage ratio covenant of 2.50 times during such period and re-implementing a maximum net leverage ratio covenant of 4.25 times during the first quarter of 2015, which will in turn be reduced to 4.0 times during the second quarter 2015, and return to 3.75 times beginning in the third quarter 2015. The pricing grid was amended to provide an additional 50 basis points of interest to the participating banks for loans outstanding if the leverage ratio during an applicable time period exceeds 3.75 times. In addition, the amendment reduces the minimum interest coverage ratio covenant of 2.5 times by 25 basis points during the fourth quarter 2012, by an additional 25 basis points during the first quarter 2013, and returning to 2.25 times during the second quarter 2013 extending through the fourth quarter of 2013. Furthermore, a minimum liquidity requirement of $500 million will be in place during the remainder of 2012 and 2013. Alpha received unanimous support from its bank group for this amendment.

Alpha has also amended its accounts receivable securitization facility in order to relax the leverage ratio covenant in the same manner as in the secured credit facility amendment, among other revisions. PNC Bank was administrator and LC bank

“We are pleased with our ability to proactively amend our secured credit facilities to achieve terms that further improve our financial flexibility as we continue to navigate a challenging market environment,” said Frank Wood, Alpha’s CFO.

With $7.1 billion in total revenue in 2011, Alpha Natural Resources ranks as America’s second-largest coal producer by revenue and third-largest by production.