Release – Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. Reports Solid First Quarter Financial and Operating Results; Declares Quarterly Cash Distribution of $0.70 Per Unit and Reiterates 2024 Guidance

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April 29, 2024

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  • Increased coal sales volumes to 8.7 million tons, up 2.4% year-over-year
  • Record oil & gas royalty volumes of 898 MBOE, up 18.3% year-over-year and 11.0% sequentially
  • First quarter 2024 total revenue of $651.7 million, net income of $158.1 million, and EBITDA of $235.0 million
  • Enhanced liquidity position to $551.3 million, which included $134.0 million in cash and $417.3 million of borrowings available under credit facilities
  • In April 2024, declared quarterly cash distribution of $0.70 per unit, or $2.80 per unit annualized

TULSA, Okla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: ARLP) (“ARLP” or the “Partnership”) today reported financial and operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2024 (the “2024 Quarter”). This release includes comparisons of results to the quarter ended March 31, 2023 (the “2023 Quarter”) and to the quarter ended December 31, 2023 (the “Sequential Quarter”). All references in the text of this release to “net income” refer to “net income attributable to ARLP.” For a definition of EBITDA and related reconciliation to its comparable GAAP financial measure, please see the end of this release.

Total revenues in the 2024 Quarter decreased slightly to $651.7 million compared to $662.9 million for the 2023 Quarter primarily as a result of lower average coal sales prices, partially offset by higher oil & gas royalties and other revenues. Net income for the 2024 Quarter was $158.1 million, or $1.21 per basic and diluted limited partner unit, compared to $191.2 million, or $1.45 per basic and diluted limited partner unit, for the 2023 Quarter as a result of lower revenues and increased total operating expenses. EBITDA for the 2024 Quarter was $235.0 million compared to $270.9 million in the 2023 Quarter.

Compared to the Sequential Quarter, total revenues in the 2024 Quarter increased 4.2% primarily as a result of higher average coal sales prices, which increased 6.9% to $64.78 per ton sold compared to $60.60 per ton sold in the Sequential Quarter. Net income and EBITDA in the 2024 Quarter increased 36.9% and 28.6%, respectively, compared to the Sequential Quarter.

CEO Commentary

“We had a solid start to the year operationally, with all our mines running as expected and strong volumes coming from our Oil & Gas Royalties segment,” commented Joseph W. Craft III, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our contracted coal position also contributed to our performance for the 2024 Quarter mitigating the impact of mild winter weather and low natural gas prices. On the strength of our heavily contracted coal order book and continued growth in our Oil & Gas Royalties business, we are pleased to reiterate full-year guidance.”

Segment Results and Analysis

        % Change     
  2024 First 2023 First Quarter / 2023 Fourth % Change
(in millions, except per ton and per BOE data) Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter Sequential
Coal Operations (1)             
Illinois Basin Coal Operations             
Tons sold  6.437  6.190 4.0%  6.419 0.3%
Coal sales price per ton sold $57.58 $54.43 5.8% $55.06 4.6%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton $36.21 $33.45 8.3% $35.26 2.7%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA $140.3 $132.0 6.3% $130.1 7.8%
Appalachia Coal Operations             
Tons sold  2.237  2.279 (1.8)%  2.194 2.0%
Coal sales price per ton sold $85.49 $106.13 (19.4)% $76.82 11.3%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton $52.53 $55.20 (4.8)% $63.52 (17.3)%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA $74.2 $116.6 (36.3)% $29.8 149.4%
Total Coal Operations             
Tons sold  8.674  8.469 2.4%  8.613 0.7%
Coal sales price per ton sold $64.78 $68.34 (5.2)% $60.60 6.9%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton $40.85 $39.66 3.0% $42.91 (4.8)%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA $210.9 $245.7 (14.2)% $156.2 35.0%
Royalties (1)             
Oil & Gas Royalties             
BOE sold (2)  0.898  0.759 18.3%  0.809 11.0%
Oil percentage of BOE  44.2% 47.3%(6.6)%  46.3%(4.5)%
Average sales price per BOE (3) $41.22 $45.42 (9.2)% $44.60 (7.6)%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense $4.9 $4.4 11.7% $4.7 5.7%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA $31.4 $30.0 4.5% $31.0 1.1%
Coal Royalties             
Royalty tons sold  5.512  5.057 9.0%  5.018 9.8%
Revenue per royalty ton sold $3.39 $3.07 10.4% $3.33 1.8%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense $6.3 $5.4 16.3% $6.6 (5.3)%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA $12.4 $10.1 22.9% $10.2 22.5%
Total Royalties             
Total royalty revenues $56.1 $51.1 9.8% $53.0 5.7%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense $11.2 $9.8 14.2% $11.3 (0.7)%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA $43.8 $40.2 9.2% $41.2 6.4%
Consolidated Total             
Total revenues $651.7 $662.9 (1.7)% $625.4 4.2%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense $358.3 $339.3 5.6% $376.6 (4.9)%
Segment Adjusted EBITDA $260.6 $291.9 (10.7)% $203.2 28.2%
(1)For definitions of Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense and Segment Adjusted EBITDA and related reconciliations to comparable GAAP financial measures, please see the end of this release. Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton is defined as Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense – Coal Operations (as reflected in the reconciliation table at the end of this release) divided by total tons sold.
(2)Barrels of oil equivalent (“BOE”) for natural gas volumes is calculated on a 6:1 basis (6,000 cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel).
(3)Average sales price per BOE is defined as oil & gas royalty revenues excluding lease bonus revenue divided by total BOE sold.

Coal Operations

In the Illinois Basin, coal sales prices increased by 5.8% and 4.6% compared to the 2023 Quarter and Sequential Quarter, respectively, as a result of improved domestic price realizations. In Appalachia, coal sales price per ton decreased by 19.4% compared to the 2023 Quarter due primarily to reduced domestic pricing from our Tunnel Ridge mine, which benefited from significantly elevated pricing during the 2023 Quarter. Compared to the Sequential Quarter, Appalachian coal sales prices were higher by 11.3% as a result of improved domestic price realizations across the region. Tons sold increased by 4.0% in the Illinois Basin compared to the 2023 Quarter due primarily to increased sales volumes from our Hamilton and Warrior mines. Appalachian coal sales volumes decreased by 1.8% compared to the 2023 Quarter primarily due to fewer operating units at our MC Mining operation. Compared to the Sequential Quarter, tons sold in Appalachia increased by 2.0% as a result of increased volumes from our Mettiki operation, which experienced challenging geologic conditions in the Sequential Quarter. ARLP ended the 2024 Quarter with total coal inventory of 1.9 million tons, representing an increase of 0.6 million tons and 0.5 million tons compared to the end of the 2023 Quarter and Sequential Quarter, respectively.

Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton for the 2024 Quarter increased by 8.3% in the Illinois Basin compared to the 2023 Quarter, due primarily to reduced production and recoveries at our River View mine. Compared to the Sequential Quarter, Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton in the Illinois Basin increased by 2.7% due to higher inventory charges at several mines. In Appalachia, Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton decreased by 4.8% and 17.3% compared to the 2023 Quarter and Sequential Quarter, respectively, due to increased production and recoveries at our Mettiki mine during the 2024 Quarter.


Segment Adjusted EBITDA for the Oil & Gas Royalties segment increased to $31.4 million in the 2024 Quarter compared to $30.0 million and $31.0 million in the 2023 Quarter and Sequential Quarter, respectively. Improved Segment Adjusted EBITDA in the 2024 Quarter was due to record oil & gas volumes, which rose to 898 MBOE sold in the 2024 Quarter, representing increases of 18.3% and 11.0% compared to the 2023 Quarter and Sequential Quarter, respectively, as a result of increased drilling and completion activities on our interests and acquisitions of additional oil & gas mineral interests.

Segment Adjusted EBITDA for the Coal Royalties segment increased to $12.4 million for the 2024 Quarter compared to $10.1 million and $10.2 million for the 2023 Quarter and Sequential Quarter, respectively. Higher average royalty rates per ton and increased royalty tons sold contributed to improved results for the 2024 Quarter.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of March 31, 2024, total debt and finance leases outstanding were $441.0 million, including $284.6 million in ARLP’s 2025 senior notes. The Partnership’s total and net leverage ratios were 0.49 times and 0.34 times debt to trailing twelve months Adjusted EBITDA, respectively, as of March 31, 2024. ARLP ended the 2024 Quarter with total liquidity of $551.3 million, which included $134.0 million of cash and cash equivalents and $417.3 million of borrowings available under its revolving credit and accounts receivable securitization facilities.

During the 2024 Quarter, the Partnership increased its accounts receivable securitization facility by 50% to $90.0 million and entered into a new $54.6 million, four-year amortizing term loan maturing February 2028 to replace a prior equipment financing that matured in November 2023.


On April 26, 2024, we announced that the Board of Directors of ARLP’s general partner (the “Board”) approved a cash distribution to unitholders for the 2024 Quarter of $0.70 per unit (an annualized rate of $2.80 per unit), payable on May 15, 2024, to all unitholders of record as of the close of trading on May 8, 2024. The announced distribution is consistent with the cash distributions for the 2023 Quarter and Sequential Quarter.


“With our operations running as expected year-to-date and a well-contracted order book, we are reiterating our full-year guidance,” commented Mr. Craft. “We continue to maintain a small, uncontracted tonnage position that we can flex to either domestic or export markets as demand dictates, while our Oil & Gas Royalties business is off to a strong start that should set the tone for another robust year.”

“Our focus in 2024 will continue to be the safe operations of our assets, delivering the same level of reliability that our customers value so greatly, while also executing major infrastructure projects at our Tunnel Ridge, Hamilton, Warrior and River View complexes,” Mr. Craft continued. “Over the past year, grid planners nearly doubled the five-year electricity demand growth forecast (from 2.6% to 4.7%) on a nationwide basis per FERC filings. We expect this rapid growth in electricity demand will lead to delays and extensions in the premature closure of critical coal power plants in the markets we serve. We are making investments today that will position us to be the low-cost, reliable provider in a market seeking to respond to accelerated demand associated with the electrification of new industry, and rapid load growth associated with data centers and artificial intelligence. These trends represent fundamental changes to consumption patterns, reinforcing our belief that coal, and our operations in particular, will remain critical to a reliable, affordable grid for many years to come.”

ARLP is reiterating the following guidance for the full year ended December 31, 2024 (the “2024 Full Year”):

2024 Full Year Guidance
Coal Operations     
Volumes (Million Short Tons)     
Illinois Basin Sales Tons    24.5 — 25.8
Appalachia Sales Tons    9.5 — 10.0
Total Sales Tons    34.0 — 35.8
Committed & Priced Sales Tons     
2024 — Domestic / Export / Total    28.1 / 4.5 / 32.6
2025 — Domestic / Export / Total    15.2 / 1.1 / 16.3
Coal Sales Price Per Ton Sold (1)     
Illinois Basin    $54.50 — $56.00
Appalachia    $80.50 — $83.50
Total    $61.75 — $63.75
Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense Per Ton Sold (2)     
Illinois Basin    $35.25 — $37.25
Appalachia    $54.25 — $57.25
Total    $41.00 — $43.00
Oil & Gas Royalties     
Oil (000 Barrels)    1,400 — 1,500
Natural gas (000 MCF)    5,600 — 6,000
Liquids (000 Barrels)    675 — 725
Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense (% of Oil & Gas Royalties Revenue)    ~ 12.0%
Coal Royalties     
Royalty tons sold (Million Short Tons)    20.4 — 22.2
Revenue per royalty ton sold    $3.15 — $3.35
Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per royalty ton sold    $1.15 — $1.25
Consolidated (Millions)     
Depreciation, depletion and amortization    $280 — $300
General and administrative    $80 — $85
Net interest expense    $20 — $25
Income tax expense    $17 — $19
Total capital expenditures    $450 — $500
Growth capital expenditures    $25 — $30
Maintenance capital expenditures    $425 — $470
(1)Sales price per ton is defined as total coal sales revenue divided by total tons sold.
(2)Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense is defined as operating expenses, coal purchases and other expenses.

Conference Call

A conference call regarding ARLP’s 2024 Quarter financial results is scheduled for today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. To participate in the conference call, dial (877) 407-0784 and request to be connected to the Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. earnings conference call. International callers should dial (201) 689-8560 and request to be connected to the same call. Investors may also listen to the call via the “Investors” section of ARLP’s website at

An audio replay of the conference call will be available for approximately one week. To access the audio replay, dial U.S. Toll Free (844) 512-2921; International Toll (412) 317-6671 and request to be connected to replay using access code 13745713.

About Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.

ARLP is a diversified energy company that is currently the largest coal producer in the eastern United States, supplying reliable, affordable energy domestically and internationally to major utilities, metallurgical and industrial users. ARLP also generates operating and royalty income from mineral interests it owns in strategic coal and oil & gas producing regions in the United States. In addition, ARLP is evolving and positioning itself as a reliable energy partner for the future by pursuing opportunities that support the advancement of energy and related infrastructure.

News, unit prices and additional information about ARLP, including filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), are available at For more information, contact the investor relations department of ARLP at (918) 295-7673 or via e-mail at [email protected].

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. We have included more information below 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. Those forward-looking statements include expectations with respect to our future financial performance, coal and oil & gas consumption and expected future prices, our ability to increase unitholder distributions in future quarters, business plans and potential growth with respect to our energy and infrastructure transition investments, optimizing cash flows, reducing operating and capital expenditures, infrastructure projects at our existing properties, growth in domestic electricity demand, preserving liquidity and maintaining financial flexibility, and our future repurchases of units and senior notes, among others. These risks to our ability to achieve these outcomes include, but are not limited to, the following: decline in the coal industry’s share of electricity generation, including as a result of environmental concerns related to coal mining and combustion, the cost and perceived benefits of other sources of electricity and fuels, such as oil & gas, nuclear energy, and renewable fuels and the planned retirement of coal-fired power plants in the U.S.; our ability to provide fuel for growth in domestic electricity demand, should it materialize; changes in macroeconomic and market conditions and market volatility, and the impact of such changes and volatility on our financial position; changes in global economic and geo-political conditions or changes in industries in which our customers operate; changes in commodity prices, demand and availability which could affect our operating results and cash flows; the outcome or escalation of current hostilities in Ukraine and the Israel-Gaza conflict; the severity, magnitude and duration of any future pandemics and impacts of such pandemics and of businesses’ and governments’ responses to such pandemics on our operations and personnel, and on demand for coal, oil, and natural gas, the financial condition of our customers and suppliers and operators, available liquidity and capital sources and broader economic disruptions; actions of the major oil-producing countries with respect to oil production volumes and prices could have direct and indirect impacts over the near and long term on oil & gas exploration and production operations at the properties in which we hold mineral interests; changes in competition in domestic and international coal markets and our ability to respond to such changes; potential shut-ins of production by the operators of the properties in which we hold oil & gas mineral interests due to low commodity prices or the lack of downstream demand or storage capacity; risks associated with the expansion and investments into the infrastructure of our operations and properties; our ability to identify and complete acquisitions and to successfully integrate such acquisitions into our business and achieve the anticipated benefits therefrom; our ability to identify and invest in new energy and infrastructure transition ventures; the success of our development plans for our wholly owned subsidiary, Matrix Design Group, LLC, and our investments in emerging infrastructure and technology companies; dependence on significant customer contracts, including renewing existing contracts upon expiration; adjustments made in price, volume, or terms to existing coal supply agreements; the effects of and changes in trade, monetary and fiscal policies and laws, central bank policy actions including interest rates, bank failures and associated liquidity risks; the effects of and changes in taxes or tariffs and other trade measures adopted by the United States and foreign governments; legislation, regulations, and court decisions and interpretations thereof, both domestic and foreign, including those relating to the environment and the release of greenhouse gases, mining, miner health and safety, hydraulic fracturing, 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; investors’ and other stakeholders’ increasing attention to environmental, social, and governance matters; 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; our productivity levels and margins earned on our coal sales; disruptions to oil & gas exploration and production operations at the properties in which we hold mineral interests; changes in equipment, raw material, service or labor costs or availability, including due to inflationary pressures; changes in our ability to recruit, hire and maintain labor; our ability to maintain satisfactory relations with our employees; increases in labor costs including costs of health insurance and taxes resulting from the Affordable Care Act, adverse changes in work rules, or cash payments or projections associated with workers’ compensation claims; increases in transportation costs and risk of transportation delays or interruptions; operational interruptions due to geologic, permitting, labor, weather, supply chain shortage of equipment or mine supplies, or other factors; risks associated with major mine-related accidents, mine fires, mine floods or other interruptions; results of litigation, including claims not yet asserted; foreign currency fluctuations that could adversely affect the competitiveness of our coal abroad; difficulty maintaining our surety bonds for mine reclamation as well as workers’ compensation and black lung benefits; difficulty in making accurate assumptions and projections regarding post-mine reclamation as well as pension, black lung benefits, and other post-retirement benefit liabilities; uncertainties in estimating and replacing our coal mineral reserves and resources; uncertainties in estimating and replacing our oil & gas reserves; uncertainties in the amount of oil & gas production due to the level of drilling and completion activity by the operators of our oil & gas properties; uncertainties in the future of the electric vehicle industry and the market for EV charging stations; the impact of current and potential changes to federal or state tax rules and regulations, including a loss or reduction of benefits from certain tax deductions and credits; difficulty obtaining commercial property insurance, and risks associated with our participation in the commercial insurance property program; evolving cybersecurity risks, such as those involving unauthorized access, denial-of-service attacks, malicious software, data privacy breaches by employees, insiders or others with authorized access, cyber or phishing-attacks, ransomware, malware, social engineering, physical breaches, or other actions; 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 ARLP’s public periodic filings with the SEC, including ARLP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023, filed on February 23, 2024. Except as required by applicable securities laws, ARLP does not intend to update its forward-looking statements.

View fill release HERE.

Cary P. Marshall

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


[email protected]

Source: Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.


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