Alpha says court has okayed its debtor financing, which keeps the coal flowing

Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources (OTC PINK: ANRZQ) announced Sept. 16 that, based on a hearing held the prior day, it anticipates a final order from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia authorizing it to utilize the Debtor-in-Possession (DIP) financing package the company secured in connection with its Chapter 11 filing in early August.

“Finalizing this package with the support of both our secured lenders and the unsecured Creditors Committee represents a significant milestone in our restructuring,” said Alpha Chief Financial and Strategy Officer Phillip Cavatoni.  “We believe that, in concert with existing liquidity, this package provides the financial flexibility needed to navigate the Chapter 11 process.”

The 18-month package provides for up to approximately $692 million in financing, and is led by a group composed of the company’s first and second lien lenders. Changes made to the original package were agreed to by all parties and did not affect the overall financing sought by Alpha. This expected approval follows a number of other final orders received from the court in recent weeks, including the authorization to continue paying employee wages and benefits. 

Alpha and certain of its wholly-owned subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on Aug. 3.

Alpha Natural Resources is one of the largest and most regionally diversified coal suppliers in the United States. With affiliate mining operations in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wyoming, Alpha supplies metallurgical coal to the steel industry and thermal coal to generate power to customers on five continents.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.