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Arch Coal Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 29, 2012 | About:

Arch Coal Inc. (ACI) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Arch Coal Inc has a market cap of $3.02 billion; its shares were traded at around $13.57 with a P/E ratio of 12.2 and P/S ratio of 0.7. The dividend yield of Arch Coal Inc stocks is 3.1%. Arch Coal Inc had an annual average earning growth of 1.9% over the past 5 years.

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As indicated in the accompanying Report of Management and Management's Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting, management's assessment of and conclusion on the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting did not include the internal controls of International Coal Group, Inc. which is included in the 2011 consolidated financial statements of Arch Coal, Inc. and constituted $3.8 billion and $3.1 billion of total and net assets, respectively, as of December 31, 2011 and $606.9 million and $14.6 million of revenues and net income, respectively, for the year then ended. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting of Arch Coal, Inc. also did not include an evaluation of the internal control over financial reporting of International Coal Group, Inc.

The Company maintains a deferred compensation plan that allows eligible employees to defer receipt of compensation until the dates elected by the participant. Participants in the plan may defer up to 85% of their base salaries and up to 100% of their annual incentive awards. The plan also allows participants to defer receipt of up to 100% of the shares under any restricted stock unit or performance-contingent stock awards. The amounts deferred are invested in accounts that mirror the gains and losses of a number of different investment funds, including a hypothetical investment in shares of the Company's common stock. Participants are always vested in their deferrals to the plan and any related earnings. The Company has established a grantor trust to fund the obligations under the plan. The trust has purchased corporate-owned life insurance to offset these obligations. The net cash surrender values of the policies of $35.8 million and $40.7 million at December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively, are included in other noncurrent assets in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets. The participants have an unsecured contractual commitment by the Company to pay the amounts due under the plan. Any assets placed in trust by the Company to fund future obligations of the plan are subject to the claims of creditors in the event of insolvency or bankruptcy, and participants are general creditors of the company as to their deferred compensation in the plans.

The Company markets its steam coal principally to electric utilities in the United States and its metallurgical coal to domestic and foreign steel producers. Revenues from export sales were $920.0 million, $471.5 million and $194.4 million for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively. The increasing export sales are primarily the result of an increase in metallurgical-quality coal sales volumes, although steam coal exports also

increased. As of December 31, 2011 and 2010, accounts receivable from electric utilities located in the United States totaled $261.2 million and $183.1 million, respectively, or 69% and 88% of total trade receivables, respectively. As of December 31, 2011 and 2010, accounts receivable from sales of metallurgical-quality coal totaled $117.4 million and $24.9 million, respectively, or 31% and 12%, of total trade receivables, respectively.

The Company is committed under long-term contracts to supply steam coal that meets certain quality requirements at specified prices. These prices are generally adjusted based on indices. Quantities sold under some of these contracts may vary from year to year within certain limits at the option of the customer. The Company sold approximately 156.9 million tons of coal in 2011. Approximately 72% of this tonnage (representing approximately 57% of the Company's revenue) was sold under long-term contracts (contracts having a term of greater than one year). Long-term contracts range in remaining life from one to nine years. Sales (including spot sales) to the Company's largest customer, Tennessee Valley Authority, were $266.8 million, $301.4 million and $278.8 million for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively.

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