Peabody Energy (BTUUQ) Unit to Sell NSW-Located Metropolitan Mine in $200M+ Deal

November 3, 2016 6:39 AM EDT
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Peabody Energy (OTC: BTUUQ) announced that one of its Australian subsidiaries has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Metropolitan Mine in New South Wales, Australia, and its associated 16.67 percent interest in the Port Kembla Coal Terminal to a subsidiary of South32 Limited for US$200 million in cash, subject to customary working capital adjustments. The transaction also includes a contingent value right that enables Peabody to realize additional cash proceeds should future metallurgical coal prices remain in excess of an agreed forward curve for a period of approximately 12 months following completion. The sale also is expected to release Peabody of approximately A$20 million in financial assurances, in the form of bank guarantees and cash, that will be replaced by South32 upon completion.

"This sale supports our actions to strengthen the Australian portfolio, which remains core to Peabody, and is consistent with the strategy outlined in our business plan," said President and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Kellow. "We expect the transaction to be accretive to the value reflected in the business plan, generate meaningful proceeds for the Australian business, decrease future capital expenditure needs, and reduce risk to the Australian platform as we pursue a smaller but more profitable portfolio going forward."

South32 Chief Executive Officer Graham Kerr said: "The Metropolitan Colliery is a natural fit within our portfolio and the acquisition is consistent with our strategy to invest in high quality mining operations where we can create value. The mine's recently upgraded infrastructure and close proximity to Illawarra Metallurgical Coal will enable us to further optimize performance and unlock unique blending and resource synergies. We look forward to the Metropolitan team joining South32."

The transaction is not expected to have any impacts on the mine staff, workforce, or community, as South32 shares similar core values as Peabody from a safety, operations and sustainability perspective. The mine employs approximately 250 mine-site employees and as of December 31, 2015 has approximately 28 million tons of proven and probable reserves.

The contingent value right enables Peabody to share equally with South32 in any revenue above an agreed metallurgical coal price forward curve after taxes, royalties and appropriate discounts on all coal sold for the 12 months following completion, subject to extension if a minimum amount of coal is not sold in that period. Transaction closing is anticipated to occur in the first quarter of 2017, subject to clearance by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The sale is not subject to a financing condition as South32 intends to fund the transaction using existing cash on hand.

South32 Limited is a globally diversified mining and metals company with high quality operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America.

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