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  • Wed, Nov. 23, 5:55 PM
    • Peabody Energy (OTCPK:BTUUQ) says it is closer to exiting bankruptcy, with a debt dispute between creditors fizzling as the recent increase in coal prices improves the chances for recovery.
    • BTU filed for Chapter 11 protection in April after a sharp decline in coal prices left it unable to service $10B of debt, but prices for coal used to generate power and make steel have surged, meaning that secured lenders such as Citibank are now likely to recoup their investment, making a legal battle over how to treat long-term debt in calculating BTU's assets largely irrelevant.
    • BTU now says it is working to resolve the dispute that pitted its secured lenders against unsecured creditors, and expects to file its reorganization plan by mid-December and exit bankruptcy by April.
    | Wed, Nov. 23, 5:55 PM | 116 Comments
  • Wed, Nov. 9, 12:26 PM
    • Coal stocks (KOL +2.5%) are surging, as Trump's election sparks hope that his administration can reverse the fuel’s long decline in the U.S.
    • But analysts say the main culprit for coal’s decline is natural gas, which has flooded the market since the rise of fracking, which seems unlikely to change, as Trump also has promised to liberalize fracking; “cheap natural gas will continue to threaten the coal industry," says Andrew Moore of Platts Coal Trader.
    • Analysts say it remains unclear whether Trump’s election is a signal to buy coal stocks, but at the least, “this is a sign that coal isn’t going away," Moore says.
    • OTCPK:BTUUQ +43.2%, FELP +25.4%, OTCQB:RHNO +20.7%, CLD +16.7%, WLB +17.5%, WMLP +19.4%, ARCH +11.2%, CNX +6%, AHGP +5.8%, ARLP +4.1%.
    | Wed, Nov. 9, 12:26 PM | 167 Comments
  • Fri, Nov. 4, 5:58 PM
    • Bankrupt Peabody Energy (OTCPK:BTUUQ) is seeking permission for Lazard Freres to provide merger and acquisition services for its foreign unit, according to court papers.
    • Lazard has been serving as investment banker to BTU since its April Chapter 11 filing but it has not covered M&A services, which the world's largest private sector coal company now says it needs.
    • Earlier this week, BTU announced an Australian subsidiary had agreed to sell its Metropolitan mine plus a 17% interest in the Port Kembla Coal Terminal to a subsidiary of South32 for $200M.
    • BTU said the sale helps strengthen its core Australian portfolio and is consistent with the strategy outlined in its business plan.
    | Fri, Nov. 4, 5:58 PM | 11 Comments
  • Thu, Nov. 3, 11:59 AM
    • Australia's South32 (OTCPK:SOUHY) agrees to acquire Peabody Energy's (OTCPK:BTUUQ) Metropolitan coking coal mine in Australia, plus BTU's associated 16.67% interest in the Port Kembla Coal Terminal, for $200M.
    • Metropolitan, which has the capacity to produce ~2.3M metric tons/year of coal, is not far from South32's Illawarra operation and is immediately adjacent to a 71M metric ton undeveloped coal resource held by South32, presenting opportunities for expansion and product blending.
    • The deal is the first for South32 since it was spun out from BHP Billiton in May 2015.
    | Thu, Nov. 3, 11:59 AM | 53 Comments
  • Mon, Oct. 24, 3:47 PM
    • Peabody Energy (OTCPK:BTUUQ +69.7%) skyrockets after Mangrove Partners Fund reports a 5.2% stake in the company, saying it is in the process of retaining legal and financial advisors to assist BTU in seeking the formation of an official equity committee and to preserve and realize on the "substantial value" of the company's shares.
    • The latest surge comes after shares already had tripled last week, the apparent result of several news items: a 2.5x price increase in coking coal in Australia to $230/ton since July, a negotiated Oct.-Dec. contract price by Indian steel producers for met coal of $200/ton vs. $93/ton during July-Sept., another extension for BTU to file a reorganization plan until Dec. 14, and probably a short squeeze.
    | Mon, Oct. 24, 3:47 PM | 17 Comments
  • Wed, Oct. 12, 11:12 AM
    • Peabody Energy (OTCPK:BTUUQ +1.8%) and Japan's Nippon Steel have set the Q4 contract benchmark for metallurgical coal at $200/metric ton, more than twice the Q3 price, Reuters reports.
    • The big jump underscores a resurgence in Asia's appetite for coal that also has been reflected in a recent mark-up in spot cargoes.
    • The deal with BTU marks a departure from the normal quarterly price-setting mechanism where Nippon and Anglo American (OTCPK:AAUKF, OTCPK:AAUKY) typically establish the benchmark.
    • ETF: KOL
    | Wed, Oct. 12, 11:12 AM | 72 Comments
  • Mon, Sep. 12, 5:58 PM
    • Arch Coal (OTCPK:ACIIQ) agrees to set aside collateral to cover future mine cleanup costs as part of its bankruptcy reorganization plan, ending its use of self-bonding, which exempts companies from posting bonds or other securities to cover the cost of returning mined land to its natural state.
    • The coal miner had $485M in self-bonds in Wyoming when it filed for bankruptcy protection in January amid $6B of debt.
    • ACI initially resisted replacing its self-bonds, arguing in court filings that providing other forms of guarantees would eat into its liquidity.
    • ACI, Peabody Energy (OTCPK:BTUUQ) and Alpha Natural Resources (OTCPK:ANRZQ) had a combined $2.2B in self-bonding liabilities when they filed for bankruptcy over the past 13 months.
    | Mon, Sep. 12, 5:58 PM
  • Thu, Aug. 18, 9:33 AM
    • Peabody Energy (OTCPK:BTUUQ) has received court approval for a bonus plan for its top executives and for several agreements to partially cover over $1B in possible environmental liabilities.
    • The agreements, inked with Wyoming, New Mexico and Indiana, would see the states receive $127M, $32M and $17M in cash, respectively, if the company walks away from its mine cleanup obligations while in bankruptcy.
    | Thu, Aug. 18, 9:33 AM | 18 Comments
  • Tue, Aug. 16, 5:27 PM
    • The Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement announces plans to toughen "out-of-date" rules on self-bonding, the program that allows healthy coal companies (NYSEARCA:KOL) to post promissory notes instead of collateral to guarantee returning disturbed land to its natural setting.
    • Among the changes, the regulator proposes modifying self-bonding eligibility standards, diversifying financial assurance options for mine cleanups and ensuring an independent third-party review of self-bonded entities' current and future financial health.
    • Peabody Energy (OTCPK:BTUUQ), Alpha Natural Resources (OTCPK:ANRZQ) and Arch Coal (OTCPK:ACIIQ) - three of the four largest U.S. coal companies - have filed for bankruptcy in the past year, with more than $2B in self-bonds for future mine cleanups across several states.
    | Tue, Aug. 16, 5:27 PM | 4 Comments
  • Thu, Aug. 4, 5:48 PM
    • Peabody Energy (OTCPK:BTUUQ) has asked a U.S. judge to allow it to pay up to $11.9M in bonuses for six top executives if it meets performance targets and emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
    • The incentive package, which includes targets for cleaning up coal pits, would raise the pay for BTU CEO Glenn Kellow to $3.9M from $1M if all targets are met.
    • U.S. courts often allow bankrupt companies to make special bonus payments to senior management for meeting performance goals; rival coal producer Alpha Natural Resources (OTCPK:ANRZQ), which emerged from bankruptcy in July, received court approval to pay up to $6.8M after arguing that the incentives were essential to ensuring a successful reorganization.
    | Thu, Aug. 4, 5:48 PM | 35 Comments
  • Wed, Jul. 27, 2:24 PM
    • Peabody Energy (OTCPK:BTUUQ) reaches a deal to cover mine clean-up liabilities while in bankruptcy with three U.S. states reaches agreement with states on financial assurances in support of coal mine restoration activities
    • Under agreements reached with Wyoming, New Mexico and Indiana, ~15% of BTU's $1.2B self-bonds will be secured by debtor-in-possession financing during its bankruptcy; the deals do not specify whether BTU must replace its self-bonds once it emerges from bankruptcy, as Alpha Natural Resources did in its bankruptcy deal with Wyoming.
    • Peabody's agreement must be approved by a federal bankruptcy judge at a hearing in August.
    | Wed, Jul. 27, 2:24 PM | 1 Comment
  • Thu, Jun. 2, 4:58 PM
    • Peabody Energy (OTCPK:BTUUQ) is suing Bowie Resource Holdings over the collapse of last year's $358M offer to acquire BTU’s Colorado and New Mexico mines.
    • The lawsuit, filed at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in St. Louis, seeks to collect a $20M termination fee from Bowie, plus interest, costs and expenses.
    • The sale was a condition of a bond exchange BTU was hoping to use to restructure its debt outside of bankruptcy court; the company cited the failed sale, along with other factors, as reasons it sought Chapter 11 protection in April.
    | Thu, Jun. 2, 4:58 PM | 25 Comments
  • Wed, May 18, 4:58 PM
    • The U.S. is considering whether to reign in the self-bonding subsidy on coal mine cleanup costs and thus shield taxpayers from those liabilities, says the director of the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement.
    • Peabody Energy (OTCPK:BTUUQ), Arch Coal (NYSE:ACI) and Alpha Natural Resources (OTCPK:ANRZQ) have gone bankrupt in the last 10 months and left behind ~$3.6B in self-bond liabilities.
    • Environmentalists have warned officials that coal-producing states in the west left the self-bonding program open to abuse, and the regulator says it will investigate those concerns.
    | Wed, May 18, 4:58 PM | 11 Comments
  • Wed, May 18, 4:26 AM
    • Peabody Energy (OTCPK:BTUUQ) has won final bankruptcy-court approval for an $800M financing package after lenders made concessions to appease creditors.
    • Peabody said final approval on the Chapter 11 financial arrangements ensures the company can continue operating as usual while it works through a load of debt that it can't support given the declines in coal demand and prices.
    | Wed, May 18, 4:26 AM | 8 Comments
  • Tue, May 17, 5:27 PM
    • Peabody Energy (OTCPK:BTUUQ) says it has obtained final bankruptcy court approval for an $800M financing package after lenders made concessions to appease creditors.
    • BTU says final approval ensures that it can continue normal operations while it works through debt levels it cannot support given the declines in coal demand and prices; as of the end of 2015, BTU carried assets worth ~$11B and liabilities of more than $10B.
    • BTU’s bankruptcy financing includes a $500M term loan, $200M earmarked to cover environmental obligations and a $100M letter of credit.
    | Tue, May 17, 5:27 PM
  • Wed, May 11, 8:37 AM
    • Peabody Energy (OTCPK:BTUUQ) agrees to sell its interest in undeveloped metallurgical coal reserve tenements in Australia's Bowen Basin for A$104M plus a royalty stream.
    • The transactions consist of undeveloped and probable reserves of ~165M metric tons.
    • Peabody earlier this year filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the majority of its U.S. entities.
    | Wed, May 11, 8:37 AM | 22 Comments