SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): March 16, 2012
ALLIANCE RESOURCE PARTNERS, L.P.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
1717 South Boulder Avenue, Suite 400, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74119
(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
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ITEM 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
On March 16, 2012, Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Seminole) and Alliance Coal, LLC (Alliance Coal), a subsidiary of Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (the Partnership), entered into a Contract for Purchase and Sale of Coal (the Agreement), pursuant to which, Alliance Coal has agreed to sell to Seminole, and Seminole has agreed to purchase, three to four million tons of coal annually beginning January 1, 2013 and continuing through 2018. The Partnership currently sells Seminole approximately 3.65 million tons per year pursuant to coal supply agreements that will be superseded or replaced by the Agreement. Pricing for the coal is subject to quarterly and annual adjustments as provided in the Agreement. The coal will be delivered from various mines operated by Alliance Coal subsidiaries in the Illinois Basin for use in the Seminole Generating Station in Putnam County, Florida.
Other terms and conditions of the Agreement include: provision for excuse of performance if due to force majeure events beyond a partys control and not due to its own negligence; coal quality standards including specific standards for British thermal units, moisture, ash, and sulfur; sampling and analysis in accordance with ASTM standards; remedies for failure to meet specified quality standards that include price adjustments and rejection or suspension of shipments; and price adjustment provisions including quarterly increases or decreases; and contract modifications due to governmental impositions. The Agreement also includes provisions allowing one or both of the parties to terminate as to all or part of the contract quantity prior to the end of the term in certain defined instances, including circumstances involving extended periods of suspended or reduced performance due to force majeure events or other excuse; price increases beyond specified levels due to governmental impositions; produced coal that prevents receiving plants from operating in conformance with design capabilities; legislative or regulatory changes that make it commercially impracticable or uneconomical for Seminole to utilize the coal or substantially increases Alliance Coals costs in producing the coal; and defaults in performance that are not or cannot be cured timely.
The Partnership provided a guaranty in favor of Seminole which guarantees prompt payment when due of all amounts owed by Alliance Coal under the Agreement.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.|
|Alliance Resource Management GP, LLC,|
|its managing general partner|
|Joseph W. Craft III|
|President and Chief Executive Officer|
Date: March 21, 2012