Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. Increases Quarterly Distribution by 3.0% to $0.785 Per Unit and Reports R

Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. Increases Quarterly Distribution by 3.0% to $0.785 Per Unit and Reports Record Quarterly Financial Results

TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (NAS: AHGP) today announced that the Board of Directors of its general partner declared a quarterly cash distribution for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 (the "2013 Quarter") of $0.785 per unit, or an annualized rate of $3.14 per unit. The declared distribution will be paid on August 19, 2013 to AHGP's unitholders of record as of the close of trading on August 12, 2013.


The announced quarterly cash distribution represents a 12.5% increase over the $0.6975 per unit distribution (an annualized rate of $2.79 per unit) for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 (the "2012 Quarter") and an increase of 3.0% over the first quarter 2013 distribution of $0.7625 per unit (an annualized rate of $3.05 per unit).

The declared distribution is based on the distribution AHGP will receive from its ownership interests in Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NAS: ARLP) . ARLP today announced a quarterly distribution for the 2013 Quarter of $1.1525 per unit, or $4.61 per unit on an annualized basis, payable on August 14, 2013 to all unitholders of record as of the close of trading on August 7, 2013. (See ARLP Press Release dated July 26, 2013.)

AHGP also reported record net income for the 2013 Quarter of $61.0 million, or $1.02 per basic and diluted limited partner unit, an increase of 12.2% compared to net income for the 2012 Quarter of $54.4 million, or $0.91 per basic and diluted limited partner unit. (For a discussion of net income presentation, please see the end of this release.)

AHGP currently has no other operating activities apart from those conducted by the operating subsidiaries of ARLP and reports its financial results on a consolidated basis with the financial results of ARLP. AHGP's principal sources of cash flow are its ownership of general partner interests, limited partner interests and incentive distribution rights in ARLP. Based on ARLP's current declared distribution, AHGP expects to receive quarterly cash distributions from ARLP of $47.9 million, or $191.6 million on an annualized basis. AHGP's primary cash requirements are for working capital, distributions to its unitholders and general and administrative expenses, including for 2013 an estimated $2.7 million in general and administrative expenses.

AHGP and ARLP will discuss their 2013 Quarter financial results during a joint conference call scheduled for today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. To participate in the conference call, dial (800) 706-7745 and provide pass code 27235935. International callers should dial (617) 614-3472 and provide the same pass code. Investors may also listen to the call via the "investor information" section of ARLP's website at http://www.arlp.com or AHGP's website at http://www.ahgp.com.

An audio replay of the conference call will be available for approximately one week. To access the audio replay, dial (888) 286-8010 and provide pass code 73983669. International callers should dial (617) 801-6888 and provide the same pass code.

This announcement is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b), with 100% of the partnership's distributions to foreign investors attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, AHGP's distributions to foreign investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable tax rate.

About Alliance Holdings GP, L.P.

AHGP is a limited partnership formed to own and control Alliance Resource Management GP, LLC, the managing general partner of Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NAS: ARLP) , through which it holds a 1.98% general partner interest and the incentive distribution rights in ARLP. In addition, AHGP owns 15,544,169 common units of ARLP.

News, unit prices and additional information about AHGP including filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are available at http://www.ahgp.com. For more information, contact the investor relations department of AHGP at (918) 295-1415 or via e-mail at investorrelations@ahgp.com.

The statements and projections used throughout this release are based on current expectations. These statements and projections are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially. These projections do not include the potential impact of any mergers, acquisitions or other business combinations that may occur after the date of this release. At the end of this release, we have included more information regarding business risks that could affect our results.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: With the exception of historical matters, any matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from projected results. These risks, uncertainties and contingencies include, but are not limited to, the following: changes in competition in coal markets and the ARLP Partnership's ability to respond to such changes; changes in coal prices, which could affect the ARLP Partnership's operating results and cash flows; risks associated with the ARLP Partnership's expansion of its operations and properties; legislation, regulations, and court decisions and interpretations thereof, including those relating to the environment, mining, miner health and safety and health care; deregulation of the electric utility industry or the effects of any adverse change in the coal industry, electric utility industry, or general economic conditions; dependence on significant customer contracts, including renewing customer contracts upon expiration of existing contracts; changing global economic conditions or in industries in which the ARLP Partnership's customers operate; liquidity constraints, including those resulting from any future unavailability of financing; customer bankruptcies, cancellations or breaches to existing contracts, or other failures to perform; customer delays, failure to take coal under contracts or defaults in making payments; adjustments made in price, volume or terms to existing coal supply agreements; fluctuations in coal demand, prices and availability; the ARLP Partnership's productivity levels and margins earned on its coal sales; unexpected changes in raw material costs; unexpected changes in availability of skilled labor; the ARLP Partnership's ability to maintain satisfactory relations with its employees; any unanticipated increases in labor costs, adverse changes in work rules, or unexpected cash payments or projections associated with post-mine reclamation and workers' compensation claims; any unanticipated increases in transportation costs and risk of transportation delays or interruptions; unexpected operational interruptions due to geologic, permitting, labor, weather-related or other factors; risks associated with major mine-related accidents, such as mine fires, or interruptions; results of litigation, including claims not yet asserted; difficulty maintaining the ARLP Partnership's surety bonds for mine reclamation as well as workers' compensation and black lung benefits; difficulty in making accurate assumptions and projections regarding pension, black lung benefits and other post-retirement benefit liabilities; coal market's share of electricity generation, including as a result of environmental concerns related to coal mining and combustion and the cost and perceived benefits of other sources of electricity, such as natural gas, nuclear energy and renewable fuels; uncertainties in estimating and replacing the ARLP Partnership's coal reserves; a loss or reduction of benefits from certain tax deductions and credits; difficulty obtaining commercial property insurance, and risks associated with the ARLP Partnership's participation (excluding any applicable deductible) in the commercial insurance property program; and difficulty in making accurate assumptions and projections regarding future revenues and costs associated with equity investments in companies we do not control.

Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in AHGP's public periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including AHGP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, filed on March 1, 2013 with the SEC. Except as required by applicable securities laws, AHGP does not intend to update its forward-looking statements.

       
 
ALLIANCE HOLDINGS GP, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND OPERATING DATA
(In thousands, except unit and per unit data)
(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
 
SALES AND OPERATING REVENUES:
Coal sales $ 541,574 $ 512,505 $ 1,076,083 $ 942,104
Transportation revenues 4,971 5,441 11,905 12,026
Other sales and operating revenues   6,933     11,826     13,460     19,134  
Total revenues   553,478     529,772     1,101,448     973,264  
 
EXPENSES:
Operating expenses (excluding depreciation, depletion and amortization) 347,437 334,647 696,012 608,162
Transportation expenses 4,971 5,441 11,905 12,026
Outside coal purchases 790 16,154 1,392 30,335
General and administrative 17,006 17,535 32,719 32,212
Depreciation, depletion and amortization   68,207     52,109     132,589     95,142  
Total operating expenses 438,411 425,886 874,617 777,877
 
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS 115,067 103,886 226,831 195,387
Interest expense, net (6,218 ) (8,268 ) (12,836 ) (14,180 )
Interest income 178 52 312 145
Equity in loss of affiliates, net (5,699 ) (4,430 ) (9,566 ) (8,208 )
Other income   353     2,384     627     2,599  
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 103,681 93,624 205,368 175,743
INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT)   108     (257 )   (589 )   (624 )
NET INCOME 103,573 93,881 205,957 176,367
LESS: NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS   (42,596 )   (39,517 )   (84,978 )   (72,689 )
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO ALLIANCE HOLDINGS GP, L.P. ("NET INCOME OF AHGP") $ 60,977   $ 54,364   $ 120,979   $ 103,678  
 
BASIC AND DILUTED NET INCOME OF AHGP PER LIMITED PARTNER UNIT $ 1.02   $ 0.91   $ 2.02   $ 1.73  
 
DISTRIBUTIONS PAID PER LIMITED PARTNER UNIT $ 0.7625   $ 0.6675   $ 1.5025   $ 1.305  
 
WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF UNITS

OUTSTANDING-BASIC AND DILUTED

  59,863,000     59,863,000     59,863,000     59,863,000  
   
 
 
ALLIANCE HOLDINGS GP, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except unit data)
(Unaudited)
 
ASSETS June 30, December 31,
2013 2012
 
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 12,940 $ 31,111
Trade receivables 164,190 172,724
Other receivables 1,077 1,019
Due from affiliates 185 562
Inventories 63,886 46,660
Advance royalties 11,872 11,492
Prepaid expenses and other assets   10,032     20,554  
Total current assets 264,182 284,122
 
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT:
Property, plant and equipment, at cost 2,511,748 2,361,863
Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization   (938,097 )   (832,293 )
Total property, plant and equipment, net 1,573,651 1,529,570
 
OTHER ASSETS:
Advance royalties 21,944 23,267
Equity investments in affiliates 128,884 88,513
Due from affiliate 5,927 3,084
Other long-term assets   29,416     30,284  
Total other assets   186,171     145,148  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 2,024,004   $ 1,958,840  
 
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL
 
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Accounts payable $ 95,956 $ 100,678
Due to affiliates 386 327
Accrued taxes other than income taxes 23,865 20,033
Accrued payroll and related expenses 44,000 38,501
Accrued interest 1,455 1,435
Workers' compensation and pneumoconiosis benefits 9,478 9,320
Current capital lease obligations 1,141 1,000
Other current liabilities 25,441 19,572
Current maturities, long-term debt   24,250     18,000  
Total current liabilities 225,972 208,866
 
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES:
Long-term debt, excluding current maturities 753,750 773,000
Pneumoconiosis benefits 62,625 59,931
Accrued pension benefit 31,329 31,078
Workers' compensation 72,213 68,786
Asset retirement obligations 75,029 81,644
Long-term capital lease obligations 17,888 18,613
Other liabilities   7,345     9,147  
Total long-term liabilities   1,020,179     1,042,199  
Total liabilities   1,246,151     1,251,065  
 
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
 
PARTNERS' CAPITAL:
Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. ("AHGP") Partners' Capital:
Limited Partners - Common Unitholders 59,863,000 units outstanding 480,159 448,976
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (17,627 )   (18,296 )
Total AHGP Partners' Capital 462,532 430,680
Noncontrolling interests   315,321     277,095  
Total Partners' Capital   777,853     707,775  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL $ 2,024,004   $ 1,958,840  
   
 
 
ALLIANCE HOLDINGS GP, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2013 2012
 
CASH FLOWS PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES $ 373,087   $ 248,017  
 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIV

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