Cloud Peak Energy Announces Amendment to Revolving Credit Facility


September 12, 2016



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GILLETTE, Wyo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE:CLD), one of the largest U.S. coal producers and the only pure-play Powder River Basin coal company, today announced that, effective September 9, 2016, its wholly owned subsidiary Cloud Peak Energy Resources LLC (“CPE Resources”) entered into the Second Amendment to Credit Agreement (the “Amendment”) which amends its Credit Agreement, dated as of February 21, 2014, among CPE Resources, the guarantors party thereto, PNC Bank, National Association, as administrative agent and a syndicate of lenders (the “Credit Agreement”).

The primary modifications to the Credit Agreement implemented by the Amendment are:

  • Replaced the quarterly EBITDA-based financial covenants that previously required CPE Resources to (a) maintain defined minimum levels of interest coverage and (b) comply with a maximum net secured debt leverage ratio, with a new monthly minimum liquidity covenant that requires CPE Resources to maintain liquidity of not less than $125 million as of the last day of each month.
  • Reduced the maximum borrowing capacity under the Credit Agreement to $400 million, from the previous maximum capacity of $500 million.
  • Revised the permitted debt covenant and permitted lien covenant to permit the issuance of second lien debt in an amount up to $350 million.
  • Revised various negative covenants and baskets that would apply to, among other things, the incurrence of debt, making investments, asset dispositions and restricted payments.
  • Established a requirement for deposit account control agreements in favor of the administrative agent for certain deposit accounts.

The Amendment did not change the maturity of the Credit Agreement, which remains February 21, 2019.

About Cloud Peak Energy ®

Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE:CLD) is headquartered in Wyoming and is one of the largest U.S. coal producers and the only pure-play Powder River Basin coal company. As one of the safest coal producers in the nation, Cloud Peak Energy mines low sulfur, subbituminous coal and provides logistics supply services. The Company owns and operates three surface coal mines in the PRB, the lowest cost major coal producing region in the nation. The Antelope and Cordero Rojo mines are located in Wyoming and the Spring Creek Mine is located in Montana. In 2015, Cloud Peak Energy shipped approximately 75 million tons from its three mines to customers located throughout the U.S. and around the world. Cloud Peak Energy also owns rights to substantial undeveloped coal and complimentary surface assets in the Northern PRB, further building the Company’s long-term position to serve Asian export and domestic customers. With approximately 1,400 total employees, the Company is widely recognized for its exemplary performance in its safety and environmental programs. Cloud Peak Energy is a sustainable fuel supplier for approximately three percent of the nation’s electricity.

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Cloud Peak Energy Inc.
Rick Curtsinger, 720-566-2948
Director, Public Affairs

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