Profile: Arch Coal Inc (ACI)

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Arch Coal, Inc. (Arch), incorporated on June 20, 1969, is the coal producer. During the year ended December 31, 2012, it sold approximately 140.8 million tons of coal, including approximately 4.3 million tons of coal it purchased from third parties, representing roughly 14% of the 2012 United States coal supply. The Company sells substantially all of its coal to power plants, steel mills and industrial facilities. As of December 31, 2012, it operated, or contracted out the operation of, 32 active mines located in each of the coal-producing regions of the United States. The locations of its mines and access to export facilities enable them to ship coal worldwide. As of December 31, 2012, it operated, or contracted out the operation of, 32 mines in the United States. Its segments are based on the coal producing basins in which the Company operates.In March 2014, the Company sold its Hazard subsidiary to Blackhawk Mining, LLC.

Powder River Basin

Black Thunder is a surface mining complex located on approximately 35,700 acres in Campbell County, Wyoming. The Black Thunder complex extracts steam coal from the Upper Wyodak and Main Wyodak seams. It controls a portion of the coal reserves through federal and state leases. The Black Thunder mining complex had approximately 1.5 billion tons of probable reserves at December 31, 2012. The air permit for the Black Thunder mine allows for the mining of coal at a rate of 190 million tons per year. The Black Thunder mining complex consists of seven active pit areas and three loadout facilities. It ships all of the coal raw to its customers via the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. It does not process the coal mined at this complex. Each of the loadout facilities can load a 15,000-ton train in less than two hours.

Coal Creek is a surface mining complex located on approximately 7,400 acres in Campbell County, Wyoming. The Coal Creek mining complex extracts steam coal from the Wyodak-R1 and Wyodak-R3 seams. It controls a portion of the coal reserves through federal and state leases. The Coal Creek mining complex had approximately 170.3 million tons of probable reserves at December 31, 2012. The air permit for the Coal Creek mine allows for the mining of coal at a rate of 50 million tons per year. Coal Creek complex consists of two active pit areas and a loadout facility. It ships all of the coal raw to its customers via the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. It does not process the coal mined at this complex. The loadout facility can load a 15,000-ton train in less than three hours.

Western Bituminous

Dugout Canyon mine is an underground mining complex located on approximately 18,600 acres in Carbon County, Utah. The Dugout Canyon mining complex has extracted steam coal from the Rock Canyon and Gilson seams. It controls a portion of the coal reserves through federal and state leases. The Dugout Canyon mining complex had approximately 13.3 million tons of probable reserves at December 31, 2012. The complexconsists of one active continuous miner section and a truck loadout facility. It ships all of the coal to its customers via the Union Pacific railroad or by highway trucks. It washes a portion of the coal it produces at a 400-ton-per-hour preparation plant. The loadout facility can load approximately 20,000 tons of coal per day into highway trucks. Coal shipped by rail is loaded through a third-party facility capable of loading an 11,000-ton train in less than three hours.

Skyline is an underground mining complex located on approximately 14,300 acres in Carbon and Emery Counties, Utah. The Skyline mining complex extracts steam coal from the Lower O'Conner A seam. It controls a portion of the coal reserves through federal leases and smaller portions through county and private leases. The Skyline mining complex had approximately 18.1 million tons of probable reserves at December 31, 2012. The Skyline complex consists of a longwall, two continuous miner sections and a loadout facility. It ships of the coal raw to its customers via the Union Pacific railroad or by highway trucks. It processes a portion of the coal mined at this complex at a nearby preparation plant. The loadout facility can load a 12,000-ton train in less than four hours.

Sufco is an underground mining complex located on approximately 23,800 acres in Sevier County, Utah. The Sufco mining complex extracts steam coal from the Upper Hiawatha seam. It controls a portion of the coal reserves through federal and state leases. The Sufco mining complex had approximately 42.2 million tons of probable reserves at December 31, 2012. The Sufco complex consists of a longwall, three continuous miner sections and a loadout facility located approximately 80 miles from the mine. It ships all of the coal raw to its customers via the Union Pacific railroad or by highway trucks. Processing at the mine site consists of crushing and sizing. The rail loadout facility is capable of loading an 11,000-ton train in less than three hours.

West Elk is an underground mining complex located on approximately 17,800 acres in Gunnison County, Colorado. The West Elk mining complex extracts steam coal from the E seam. It controls a portion of the coal reserves through federal and state leases. The West Elk mining complex had approximately 80.4 million tons of probable reserves at December 31, 2012. The West Elk complex consists of a longwall, one continuous miner section and a loadout facility. It ships of the coal raw to its customers via the Union Pacific railroad. The loadout facility can load an 11,000-ton train in less than three hours.

Appalachia

Coal-Mac is a surface and underground mining complex located on approximately 46,800 acres in Logan and Mingo Counties, West Virginia. Surface mining operations at the Coal-Mac mining complex extract steam coal primarily from the Coalburg and Stockton seams. Underground mining operations at the Coal-Mac mining complex extract steam coal from the Coalburg seam. It controls a portion of the coal reserves through private leases. The Coal-Mac mining complex had approximately 26.3 million tons of probable reserves at December 31, 2012. The complex consists of one captive surface mine, one contract underground mine, a preparation plant and two loadout facilities, which it refers to as Holden 22 and Ragland. It ships coal trucked to the Ragland loadout facility directly to its customers via the Norfolk Southern railroad. The Ragland loadout facility can load a 10,000-ton train in less than four hours. It ships coal trucked to the Holden 22 loadout facility directly to its customers via the CSX railroad. It washes all of the coal transported to the Holden 22 loadout facility at an adjacent 600-ton-per-hour preparation plant. The Holden 22 loadout facility can load a 10,000-ton train in about four hours.

Cumberland River is an underground mining complex located on approximately 33,400 acres in Wise County, Virginia and Letcher County, Kentucky. Underground mining operations at the Cumberland River mining complex extract steam and metallurgical coal from the Imboden, Taggart Marker, Middle Taggart, Upper Taggart, Owl, and Parsons seams. It controls a portion of the coal reserves through private leases. The Cumberland River mining complex had approximately 25.0 million tons of probable reserves at December 31, 2012. of December 31, 2012, the complex consisted of five underground mines (two captive, three contract) operating seven continuous miner sections, a preparation plant and a loadout facility. Since December 31, 2012 one contract mine has been shut down. It processes the coal through a 750-ton-per-hour preparation plant before shipping it to its customers via the Norfolk Southern railroad. The loadout facility can load a 12,000-ton train in about four hours.

Lone Mountain is an underground mining complex located on approximately 54,000 acres in Harlan County, Kentucky and Lee County, Virginia. The Lone Mountain mining complex extracts steam and metallurgical coal from the Kellioka, Darby and Owl seams. The complex consists of four underground mines operating a total of nine continuous miner sections. It processes coal through a 1,200-ton-per-hour preparation plant. It then ships the coal to its customers via the Norfolk Southern or CSX railroad. The loadout facility can load a 12,500-ton unit train in less than four hours.

Mountain Laurel is an underground and surface mining complex located on approximately 38,400 acres in Logan County and Boone County, West Virginia. Underground mining operations at the Mountain Laurel mining complex extract steam and metallurgical coal from the Cedar Grove and Alma seams. Surface mining operations at the Mountain Laurel mining complex extract coal from a number of different splits of the Five Block, Stockton and Coalburg seams. It controls a portion of the coal reserves through private leases. The Mountain Laurel mining complex had approximately 63.6 million tons of probable reserves at December 31, 2012. The complex consists of one underground mine operating a longwall and a total of four continuous miner sections, two contract surface operations, a preparation plant and a loadout facility. It processes of the coal through a 2,100-ton-per-hour preparation plant before shipping the coal to its customers via the CSX railroad. The loadout facility can load a 15,000-ton train in less than four hours.

Hazard is a mining complex that consists of four surface mines, a preparation plant, a unit train loadout and other support facilities located on approximately 122,000 acres in eastern Kentucky. The coal from Hazard's mines is being extracted from the Hazard 10, Hazard 9, Hazard 8, Hazard 7 and Hazard 5A seams. Nearly all of the surface-mined coal is marketed as a blend of shipped direct product with the remainder being processed at the Flint Ridge preparation plant. Coal is transported by on-highway trucks from the mines to the rail loadout, which is served by CSX. Some coal is direct shipped to the customer by truck. A majority of the coal reserves are owned; the remainder are held through private leases. The mining complex had approximately 44.4 million tons of probable reserves at December 31, 2012, which could sustain current production levels until at least 2030. The loadout facility can load a 12,500-ton train in less than four hours.

The Beckley mining complex is located on approximately 23,400 acres in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Beckley is extracting high , low-volatile metallurgical coal in the Pocahontas No. 3 seam. portion of the coal reserves are controlled through private leases. As of December 31, 2012, it had approximately 28.5 million tons of probable reserves. Without the addition of more coal reserves, the current reserves could sustain current production levels until 2030. Coal is belted from the mine to a 600-ton-per-hour preparation plant before shipping the coal via the CSX railroad. The loadout facility can load a 10,000-ton train in less than four hours.

The Vindex mining complex consists of three surface mines located on approximately 43,200 acres in Garrett and Allegany Counties, Maryland. Mining operations at these surface mines extract coal from the Upper Freeport, Middle Kittanning, Pittsburgh, Little Pittsburgh and Redstone seams. It controls all of the coal reserves through private leases. As of December 31, 2012, it had approximately 18.5 million tons of probable reserves.

The Sycamore No. 2 mining complex is an active underground mine operated by a contract miner located on approximately 8,900 acres in Harrison County, West Virginia. Mining operations extract coal from the Pittsburgh seam. The coal produced by this mining complex is sold on a raw basis and is transported to current customers by truck. As of December 31, 2012, the Sycamore No. 2 mining complex had approximately 7.7 million tons of probable reserves.

The Sentinel mining complex consists of one underground mine, a preparation plant and a loadout facility located on approximately 25,200 acres in Barbour County, West Virginia. Mining operations extract coal from the Clarion coal seam. Coal from the Sentinel mining complex is processed through the preparation plant and shipped by CSX rail to customers. It controls a portion of the Clarion seam coal reserves through private leases. As of December 31, 2012, it had approximately 15.0 million tons of probable reserves.

The Leer Complex, located in Taylor County, West Virginia, includes approximately 34.5 million tons of deep coal reserves as of December 31, 2012 and has both steam and metallurgical coal in the Lower Kittanning seam, covering approximately 68,000 acres. Substantially all of the reserves at Leer are owned rather than leased from third parties. All the production is processed through a 1,400 ton-per-hour preparation plant and loaded on the CSX railroad. A 15,000-ton train can be loaded in less than 4 hours.

Illinois

The Viper mining complex consists of one underground coal mine and a preparation plant located on approximately 48,800 acres in central Illinois near the city of Springfield. Mining operations extract steam coal from the Illinois No. 5 seam, also referred to as the Springfield seam All coal is processed through an 800 ton-per-hour preparation plant and shipped to customers by on-highway trucks. It controls a portion of the coal reserves through private leases. As of December 31, 2012, it had approximately 18.5 million tons of probable reserves.

The Company competes with Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., Cloud Peak Energy, CONSOL Energy Inc., Patriot Coal Corporation, Peabody Energy Corp. and Walter Energy, Inc.

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Arch Coal Inc

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ST. LOUIS   MO   63141
P: +1314.9942700
F: +1302.6555049

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