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July 8, 2014
11:38 EDTACI, ANR, WLB, WLTCoal producers retreat after Morgan Stanley lowers price forecast
Shares of some coal producers are falling after Morgan Stanley reduced its price targets on several names in the sector. WHAT'S NEW: Morgan Stanley analyst Evan Kurtz warned that metallurgical coal prices may rebound more slowly than the firm had previously expected. The firm's commodity forecasters reduced their outlook for met coal prices to $133 from $160 per ton in 2015, Kurtz reported. Chinese imports have been weak so far this year, as exports to that country from Australia have risen, the analyst explained. However, production cuts should still help prices rise next year, Kurtz stated. Nonetheless, he cut his price target on Walter Energy (WLT) to $16 from $26, on Alpha Natural (ANR) to $4 from $5 and on Arch Coal (ACI) to $2 from $3. He kept an Overweight rating on Walter Energy, an Equal Weight rating on Alpha Natural and an Underweight rating on Arch Coal. COMPANY NEWS: In addition to the analyst opinion, two of the companies in the sector, Walter Energy and Westmoreland Coal (WLB), announced news this morning. Walter Energy announced that it has commenced a private offering of $320M aggregate principal amount of 9.5% senior secured notes due 2019. Walter also disclosed in a regulatory filing earlier that its preliminary metallurgical coal production for Q2, including both hard coking coal and low-volatility pulverized coal injection product, was 2.5M metric tons, and that its preliminary metallurgical coal sales for Q2 was 2.7M metric tons. Additionally, Walter noted that it incurred severance charges of approximately $7M in Q2 in connection with the idling of its mines in Canada. For its part, Westmoreland disclosed in a regulatory filing that the company currently anticipates reporting adjusted EBITDA in the range of $35M-$38M for the three months ended June 30. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On June 20, another research firm, Sterne Agee, recommended that risk-tolerant investors buy Alpha Natural. The firm predicted that the company would benefit from normalizing thermal and metallurgical coal prices. According to Sterne Agee, the market was underestimating several of Alpha Natural's positive catalysts. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Walter Energy sank 5.4% to $5.82, Alpha Natural gave back 7.2% to $3.37, Arch Coal retreated 5.2% to $3.22, and Westmoreland sank 5% to $34.97.
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May 29, 2015
12:03 EDTANRAlpha Natural exploring options after flawed self-bonding notice in Wyoming
Alpha Natural and its operating affiliate, Alpha Coal West, have been notified by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality's Land Quality Division that the LQD believes the companies "no longer qualify under the self-bonding program" in the State. Alpha disagrees with LQD's assessment, continues to believe it has fully complied with the regulations, and is currently reviewing all options to reverse or rectify this flawed judgment by the LQD. According to the LQD's notification, Alpha now has 90 days to provide substitute bonding. Alpha estimates that self-bonding by coal companies currently operating in Wyoming totals approximately $2 billion, of which Alpha's share is just over $400M.
09:30 EDTACI, ANRCredit Suisse said 2H looking like a 'win-win' for US steel equities
Credit Suisse said 2H 2015 is looking like a "win-win" for U.S. steel equities. The firm assumes favorable outcomes in proposed congressional legislation redefining injury in anti-dumping trade cases, a trade case filing, and an end to market restock cycle. Credit Suisse continues to favor U.S. Steel (X) given its leverage to the trade case story and said the entire sector will benefit if 2H plays out as expected. Firm said Reliance Steel (RS), Worthington (WOR), and Olympic Steel (ZEUS) are leveraged to a drop in import volumes and raw materially suppliers Cliffs Natural (CLF), Arch Coal (ACI), and Alpha Natural (ANR) should benefit from production increases in domestic Blast Furnace given less import competition.
May 26, 2015
09:58 EDTACIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:24 EDTANRAlpha Natural initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse
Target $.50.
07:24 EDTACIArch Coal initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse
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May 22, 2015
18:39 EDTACIArch Coal hires advisers to help decrease debt load, WSJ reports
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13:01 EDTANRAlpha 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.
May 20, 2015
13:07 EDTANRAlpha 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.
07:02 EDTWLBWestmoreland says shareholders defeat proxy access proposal
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