Arch Coal Inc has a market cap of $2.04 billion; its shares were traded at around $8.3 with a P/E ratio of 8.2 and P/S ratio of 0.5. The dividend yield of Arch Coal Inc stocks is 4.6%. Arch Coal Inc had an annual average earning growth of 1.8% over the past 5 years.
Highlight of Business Operations:Summary. Our results during the first quarter of 2012 when compared to the first quarter of 2011 were impacted substantially by our production cutbacks in response to weak market conditions, which offset the impact of higher sales pricing in all regions.
Revenues. Our revenues consist of coal sales and revenues from our ADDCAR subsidiary acquired with ICG. The following table summarizes information about coal sales during the three months ended March 31, 2012 and compares it with the information for the three months ended March 31, 2011:
Powder River Basin Segment Adjusted EBITDA decreased in the first quarter of 2012 when compared to the first quarter of 2011, due to the lower sales volumes in the Powder River Basin from the production cutbacks in response to market conditions. Per-ton costs were also higher due to the lower production levels, which offset the impact of slightly higher per-ton selling prices.
Appalachia Segment Adjusted EBITDA increased slightly from the first quarter of 2011 primarily as a result of an increase in the volumes and pricing of metallurgical-quality coal sold. We sold 1.6 million tons of metallurgical-quality coal in the first quarter of 2012 compared to 1.4 million tons in the first quarter of 2011. The volume contributions from the acquired ICG operations were offset by the impact of unfavorable market conditions. The benefit from higher per-ton realizations, net of sales sensitive costs, in the first quarter of 2012 was offset by the impacts of lower production levels and the Mountain Laurel idling, which resulted in an increase on our average per-ton production costs, as well as approximately $7 million in severance and closure related costs.
Income taxes. Our effective income tax rate is sensitive to changes in and the relationship between annual profitability and the deduction for percentage depletion. The following table summarizes our income taxes for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and compares it with the information for the three months ended March 31, 2011:
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