Alpha Natural upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup Citigroup upgraded Alpha Natural to Neutral citing the recent pullback in shares and low investor expectations. Citi keeps a $5.20 price target for shares.
Alpha Natural affiliates to downsize central Appalachian mining operations Operating affiliates of Alpha Natural have notified employees of the expected idling of the mining and processing operations where they work. In accordance with requirements of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, notices were given today to 439 employees at Rockspring Development's Camp Creek Underground Mine and Processing Plant in Wayne County, West Virginia, regarding the expected idling of those facilities based on the mine operator's current assessment of market conditions. Additionally, three other Alpha-affiliated mine operators announced last week that reductions in force were taking place at their locations due to sustained weak market conditions and government regulations that have challenged the entire Central Appalachian coal industry. A total of 71 employees were impacted. These actions are being triggered by persistent weakness in U.S. and overseas coal demand and depressed price levels, along with government regulations that are causing electric utilities to close existing coal-fired power plants and forego construction of new coal-fired capacity. Excess supply of coal worldwide also has contributed to sustained price weakness.
Alpha Natural downgraded to Underperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital Imperial Capital downgraded Alpha Natural to Underperform and reduced its price target to 40c from $1.50. The firm said Alpha can no longer access $750M in first lien basket now that the latest 12 month 1L secured leverage is greater than 2X and downgraded shares due to the significant deterioration in outlook.