Alpha Natural Resources Reports Results for Fourth Quarter, Full Year 2007

ABINGDON, Va., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ANR), a leading supplier of high-quality Appalachian coal, reported an 8 percent improvement in coal revenues in the fourth quarter of 2007 as worldwide demand for metallurgical grade coals showed continuing strength.

Coal revenues for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2007 totaled $437.6 million, up $32.0 million from the fourth quarter of 2006. Net income for the most recent quarter was $5.7 million ($0.09 per diluted share), compared with net income of $63.3 million ($0.98 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter of 2006.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization (EBITDA) totaled $58.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2007. For the same period in 2006, the company reported EBITDA of $56.0 million. The definition of EBITDA and a reconciliation to net income, the most closely related GAAP measure, is provided in a table included with the accompanying financial schedules.

A global boom in steel production, coupled with freight and exchange rates that favored U.S. coal producers, resulted in better-than-planned fourth quarter shipments of high-margin metallurgical coal and record sales volumes of nearly 11 million tons for the full year. Alpha is the largest U.S. supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal, which is an essential raw material for the majority of the world's steel makers.

In the fourth quarter of 2007, Alpha contracted approximately four million tons of its planned metallurgical output for 2008 at an average price of $87, approximately $16 higher than its average realized price in the third quarter. At year-end the company still had approximately one million tons of planned metallurgical coal production yet to commit and price for 2008 and more than eight million tons uncommitted and unpriced for 2009. Planned production does not include any coal that the company purchases to supplement production and service spot market opportunities.

At the end of 2007, Alpha was almost fully committed on its planned 2008 thermal coal production, while two-thirds of 2009 production was available to contract and price. With futures markets indicating a run-up in forward thermal coal prices, and exports to Europe tightening U.S. supplies further, Alpha has been in active discussions with utility buyers.

"Market fundamentals continue to improve for both thermal and metallurgical coal, putting prices on a consistent upward trajectory," said Michael Quillen, Chairman and CEO. "As an example, so far in 2008 we've contracted with utilities to supply more than 800,000 tons of thermal coal in 2009 at price levels approximately 50 percent higher than we averaged last year. We believe that our margin and cash generation prospects for at least the next couple of years are very favorable."

Added Kevin Crutchfield, Alpha's president: "The tension between increasing demand for coal around the world and constraints in supply, in our view, will remain intact for some time to come."

                  Quarterly Financial & Operating Highlights
             (in millions, except per-share and per-ton amounts)

                                       Q4              Q3             Q4
                                      2007            2007           2006

    Coal revenues                    $437.6          $438.6        $405.5

    Income from operations            $17.8           $20.8         $19.2

    Net income                         $5.7            $8.9         $63.3*

    Earnings per diluted share        $0.09           $0.14         $0.98*

    EBITDA                            $58.9           $65.1         $56.0

    Tons of coal produced and
     processed                          5.8             6.1           6.0

    Tons of coal sold                   7.5             7.6           7.1

    Coal margin per ton              $10.02          $10.13         $9.90

    * Q4 2006 results include a $55.6 million tax benefit and other
      adjustments; see quarterly comparison details below.
      A reconciliation of EBITDA to net income is included in the notes
      accompanying the financial schedules.

    Financial Performance - Fourth Quarter

     --   Coal revenues rose by 8 percent, quarter over quarter, as the
          company's average per-ton realization improved by $1.03 and sales
          volumes grew by 6 percent. Other revenues rose to $9.3 million from
          $6.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, mostly due to higher
          revenues from the company's road construction and coal loading and
          processing operations.

     --   Income from operations totaled $17.8 million in the latest quarter,
          compared with $19.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2006. A $5.1
          million increase in margin on coal sales was offset by a $5.4
          million increase in depreciation, depletion and amortization (DD&A)
          charges, quarter-over-quarter, due to the acquisition in June 2007
          of the Mingo Logan assets and higher depletion rates on certain
          surface mining operations.

     --   Results for the most recent quarter included a $5.5 million
          after-tax gain related to mark-to-market of OTC coal purchase
          contracts, which the company had entered into in anticipation of
          increasing demand and pricing for coal. This compares with a
          mark-to-market after-tax charge of $1.4 million in the prior-year
          quarter. Prior-year results also included an after-tax charge of
          $5.2 million for the buyout of a multi-year legacy coal supply
          contract, as well as a tax benefit of $55.6 million from the
          reversal of a portion of the company's valuation allowance for
          deferred tax assets.

     --   Interest expense (net) in the most recent quarter was $9.1 million,
          compared with $9.7 million in the corresponding period of 2006. The
          company's effective tax rate in the quarter just ended was 27.4

    Production and Sales - Fourth Quarter

     --   Coal margin per ton, a key profitability measure for the company,
          was $10.02 for the fourth quarter of 2007, $0.12 per ton higher than
          the same period in 2006. Unit margins benefited from a high
          proportion of metallurgical coal sales, which accounted for 39
          percent of Alpha's sales volumes in the quarter just ended and which
          touched their highest pricing of the year in the final three months.
          The company's average realized price per ton of $58.44 for all coal
          sales was also the highest of any quarter in 2007.

     --   Produced and processed tons (representing company and contractor-
          operated mines) totaled 5.8 million tons in the quarter just ended,
          approximately 200,000 tons less than the fourth quarter of 2006.
          Sequentially, volumes were down 350,000 tons as holidays resulted in
          fewer production days than the third quarter. Alpha purchased 1.5
          million tons of coal during the most recent quarter to augment mine
          production, significantly higher than both the comparable period in
          2006 and the third quarter of 2007, as the company continued to
          capitalize on spot sales opportunities for export coal. Total coal
          sales volumes for the quarter just ended were 7.5 million tons,
          compared with 7.1 million tons sold in the fourth quarter of 2006.
          Sequentially, sales volumes were down 100,000 tons from the third
          quarter of 2007, in which Alpha posted record metallurgical coal

     --   Alpha's average cost of coal sales per ton in the most recent
          quarter increased 2 percent from the corresponding period in 2006.
          Unit costs were also 2 percent higher than the third quarter of
          2007, as is typically the case with the concentration of holidays in
          the fourth quarter and increased maintenance during those periods.
          Produced and processed unit costs, which include Alpha and
          contractor mines, were negatively impacted in the most recent
          quarter by a shift to mining and processing more metallurgical-grade
          coals, lower production rates from certain underground and surface
          mines where mining plans were undergoing transition, and diesel fuel
          costs that were more than $7 million higher than the prior-year

                 Financial & Operating Highlights - Full Year
             (in millions, except per-share and per-ton amounts)

                                    FY 2007         FY 2006        % Change

    Coal revenues                  $1,639.2        $1,687.6           (3%)

    Net income                        $27.7         $128.2*          (78%)

    Earnings per diluted share        $0.43          $2.00*          (78%)

    EBITDA                           $233.8          $279.4          (16%)

    Tons of coal produced and
     processed                         24.2            24.8           (3%)

    Tons of coal sold                  28.5            29.1           (2%)

    Coal margin per ton               $9.98          $11.52          (13%)

    * 2006 results include a $55.6 million tax benefit and other adjustments
      as detailed below.
      A reconciliation of EBITDA to net income is included in the notes
      accompanying the financial schedules.

    Financial Performance - Full Year

     --   Coal revenues for 2007 were $1.64 billion compared with $1.69
          billion in 2006. Other revenues totaled $33.2 million compared with
          $34.7 million in 2006. Total revenues, which include freight and
          handling revenues that are offset in their entirety as a cost, were
          $1.88 billion, down 2 percent from 2006.

     --   Net income for the full year 2007 was $27.7 million ($0.43 per
          diluted share). Full-year results include mark-to-market gains for
          derivative coal contracts in the amount of $6.8 million after-tax.
          In 2006, the company recorded net income of $128.2 million ($2.00
          per diluted share). Results in 2006 were affected by the $55.6
          million tax benefit mentioned previously, and $12.8 million in
          after-tax charges for stock-based compensation expense related to
          the company's 2005 IPO and which ended at the end of 2006.

     --   Income from operations in 2007 was $74.2 million, compared with
          $138.1 million in 2006. The decrease is primarily attributable to a
          $50.2 million decline in coal margin, a $4.3 million decrease in
          margin on other revenue, and an $18.7 million increase in DD&A due
          to added depreciation from the 2007 Mingo Logan acquisition, other
          capital additions and higher surface mine depletion rates. Selling,
          general and administrative expense decreased by $9.3 million, mainly
          due to the absence in 2007 of stock-based compensation expense
          related to the company's 2005 IPO.

     --   Net interest expense for the year 2007 totaled $37.9 million
          compared with $40.9 million in 2006, primarily due to payments made
          to reduce the amount outstanding under the company's credit facility
          and lower borrowings under the company's revolver. The effective tax
          rate for the full year 2007 was 23.8 percent.

     --   EBITDA for 2007 totaled $233.8 million, compared with $279.4 million
          in 2006. Results for 2006 include charges noted earlier for
          IPO-related stock based compensation. Results for 2007 reflect the
          impact of lower sales volumes and unit margins for the full year.

    Production and Sales - Full Year

     --   Coal margin per ton of $9.98 for the full year 2007 fell 13 percent
          from the previous year, with weaker market pricing in the first half
          of 2007 coupling with higher unit costs. The company's blended
          average realization declined by 1 percent year-over-year while
          average unit cost of coal sales increased by 2 percent.

     --   Coal produced and processed declined 3 percent to 24.2 million tons
          in 2007. Alpha ramped up third-party purchases in the second half of
          2007 and finished the year with 4.2 million tons of outside coal
          purchases, up 2 percent from the previous year.

     --   Coal sales volumes in 2007 were down 2 percent from the record high
          of 29.1 million tons the year before. Sales of metallurgical coal
          rose 9 percent in 2007 to reach a new high of 11.0 million tons,
          representing 38 percent of total sales volumes for the year. Steam
          coal sales for 2007 were 8 percent lower than the previous year as
          the company shifted more of its "flex" coals from the utility to the
          metallurgical markets.

               Quarterly & Full Year Production and Sales Data
                    (in thousands, except per-ton amounts)

                   Q4        Q3     %       Q4     %                      %
                  2007      2007  Change   2006  Change   2007    2006  Change
     processed    5,765     6,115   (6%)  5,967   (3%)   24,203  24,827  (3%)
    Purchased     1,458     1,147   27%   1,043   40%     4,189   4,090   2%
      Total       7,223     7,262   (1%)  7,010    3%    28,392  28,917  (2%)

    Tons sold
    Steam         4,568     4,411    4%   4,706   (3%)   17,565  19,050  (8%)
    Metallurgical 2,919     3,178   (8%)  2,357   24%    10,980  10,029   9%
      Total       7,487     7,589   (1%)  7,063    6%    28,545  29,079  (2%)

    Coal sales
    Steam        $48.99    $48.24    2%  $48.80    0%    $48.28  $49.05  (2%)
     urgical     $73.24    $71.05    3%  $74.61   (2%)   $72.07  $75.09  (4%)
      Total      $58.44   $ 57.79    1%  $57.41    2%    $57.43  $58.03  (1%)

    Cost of coal
    Alpha mines  $49.12   $ 46.52    6%  $44.83   10%    $46.79  $42.83   9%
     mines(2)    $53.36   $ 51.52    4%  $52.73    1%    $51.56  $52.77  (2%)
       processed $49.77    $47.40    5%  $45.96    8%    $47.59  $44.33   7%
    Purchased    $43.07    $49.18  (12%) $55.50  (22%)   $46.58  $58.76 (21%)
      Total      $48.43    $47.66    2%  $47.52    2%    $47.45  $46.51   2%

    Coal margin
     per ton(3)  $10.02    $10.13   (1%)  $9.90    1%     $9.98  $11.52 (13%)

    (1) Excludes freight & handling costs, cost of other revenues, DD&A and
    (2) Includes coal purchased from third parties and processed at our plants
        prior to resale
    (3) Coal sales revenue per ton less cost of coal sales per ton

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Cash provided by operations totaled $62.5 million in the final three months of 2007 and $225.7 million for the full year. For the full year 2006, cash provided by operations was $210.1 million.

Capital expenditures, excluding acquisitions, totaled $24.9 million for the quarter just ended and $126.4 million for the full year 2007. This compares with $131.9 million for the full year 2006. Alpha also invested $43.9 million in June 2007 to acquire the Mingo Logan assets from Arch Coal.

At December 31, 2007, Alpha's total debt outstanding was $446.9 million, compared with $445.7 million at the end of 2006. An $18.5 million increase in debt from project financing for the Gallatin lime project was mostly offset by $17.3 million of payments on Alpha's credit facility and other debt. The company had available liquidity of $240.0 million at the end of 2007, including cash of $47.2 million and $192.8 million available under the company's credit facility.

Alpha's balance sheet at December 31, 2007 included total legacy liabilities (workers' compensation, retiree medical and reclamation) of $156.4 million, including current obligations of $10.9 million.

    Recent Developments

     --   For the third consecutive year Alpha improved its overall safety
          performance. The company's rate of days lost due to accidents fell
          17 percent between 2006 and 2007, with both underground and surface
          operations registering an improvement. For 2007, the company's
          performance was 21 percent better than the industry benchmark for
          comparable operations. Alpha's companywide days lost rate due to
          accidents has now declined 56% since 2004.

     --   For the second consecutive year, Alpha's Brooks Run and Callaway
          Natural Resources subsidiaries won five Mountaineer Guardian Safety
          awards. The awards were jointly presented on January 10 by the West
          Virginia Coal Association and the state Office of Miners' Health,
          Safety and Training. Winners were the Premium Energy surface mine,
          Brooks Run underground Mine #5, the Brooks Run Erbacon and Kepler
          coal preparation facilities, and a coal refuse site at the Kepler

     --   Development of the EMC9 underground mine in Kentucky is proceeding
          on track for production in the fourth quarter of 2008. Annual
          production from these reserves, which were part of the Progress
          acquisition in April 2006, is expected to reach 1.1 million tons in
          2009 and 1.7 million tons in 2010. The EMC9 mine is also expected to
          lower the production cost profile of Alpha's Kentucky operations.


Conditions in the thermal and the metallurgical coal markets, both in North America and worldwide, are solidly in favor of coal producers.

Thermal coal exports from the U.S. are expected to increase again in 2008 in the wake of continued weakness in the U.S. dollar and disruptions in operations and shipping in a number of countries that compete in the world coal markets. Worldwide, Alpha believes thermal coal stockpiles generally are at multi-year lows, especially in major coal consuming nations such as China and India. Alpha believes that although utility coal stockpile levels in the U.S. are at levels above historical norms, some Eastern utilities are struggling with extremely low levels of supply. The result has been an increasing number of requests for spot shipments.

As of Dec. 31, 2007, Alpha had committed 98 percent of planned thermal coal production for 2008 while leaving approximately two-thirds of planned production uncommitted for 2009 and 91% for 2010. The company is in active discussions with a number of U.S. utilities for supply in 2009 and beyond.

With steel prices rising at the end of 2007, and the domestic steel industry expecting a strong rebound this year after a dramatic draw down of service center inventories, demand for metallurgical coal has remained very strong. Supply meanwhile has been constrained by flooding in the world's most productive metallurgical coal-producing region in Australia and by logistics constraints there, as well as production difficulties experienced by other significant North American producers.

At the end of 2007, Alpha had approximately one million tons of planned metallurgical production remaining to be contracted for 2008, mostly in the export market. Uncommitted and unpriced production for 2009 stands at approximately 8.5 million tons, and at 10.6 million tons for 2010. Metallurgical coal sales are expected to account for 37-39 percent of expected 2008 sales volumes, similar to 2007.

Based upon its current outlook and assessment of market conditions and contractual commitments, Alpha has established the following targets for 2008:

    Production (produced & processed)        24 million tons - 25 million tons
    Purchased coal                           4 - 4.5 million tons
    Ave. realized price/ton                  $62 - $63
    DD&A                                     $170 million - $175 million
    Effective tax rate                       24%
    Capital expenditures                     $165 million - $175 million*

    * Includes $24 million for second kiln at Gallatin and $5 million
      carry-over for kiln #1; $136 million -- $146 million for coal

Due to the fact that pricing resets at the end of the first quarter of every year for the majority of Alpha's contracted export metallurgical business, the company expects to achieve a proportionally higher level of revenues and EBITDA in the second through fourth quarters than the first as higher-priced export contracts phase in.

Fourth-Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Alpha management will hold a conference call at 11:00 a.m. today, Feb. 12, 2008, to discuss the company's fourth-quarter and full-year results, general performance and outlook. The call will be accessible through the Investor Relations section of the company's web site ( and will be archived on the site for a period of two weeks. A replay will also be available through Feb. 26, 2008 by calling 800-642-1687 (toll-free) or 706-645-9291 and entering pass code 32358339.

About Alpha Natural Resources

Alpha Natural Resources is a leading supplier of high-quality Appalachian coal to electric utilities, steel producers and heavy industry. Approximately 89 percent of the company's reserve base is high Btu coal and 82 percent is low sulfur, qualities that are in high demand among electric utilities which use steam coal. Alpha is also the nation's largest supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal, a key ingredient in steel manufacturing. Alpha and its subsidiaries currently operate mining complexes in four states, consisting of 58 mines feeding 11 coal preparation and blending plants. The company and its subsidiaries employ more than 3,600 people.


Forward Looking Statements

This news release includes forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on Alpha's expectations and beliefs concerning future events and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. These factors are difficult to predict accurately and may be beyond Alpha's control. The following factors are among those that may cause actual results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements: market demand for coal, electricity and steel; future economic or capital market conditions; weather conditions or catastrophic weather-related damage; our production capabilities; the consummation of financing, acquisition or disposition transactions and the effect thereof on our business; our ability to successfully integrate the operations we have acquired with our existing operations and implement our business plans for these new operations, as well as our ability to successfully integrate operations we may acquire in the future and implement our related business plans; our plans and objectives for future operations and expansion or consolidation; our relationships with, and other conditions affecting, our customers; timing of changes in customer coal inventories; changes in, renewal of and acquiring new long-term coal supply arrangements; inherent risks of coal mining beyond our control; environmental laws, including those directly affecting our coal mining production, and those affecting our customers' coal usage; competition in coal markets; railroad, barge, truck and other transportation performance and costs; the geological characteristics of Central and Northern Appalachian coal reserves; availability of mining and processing equipment and parts; our assumptions concerning economically recoverable coal reserve estimates; availability of skilled employees and other employee workforce factors; regulatory and court decisions; future legislation and changes in regulations, governmental policies or taxes; unfavorable government interventions in, or nationalization of, foreign investments; changes in postretirement benefit obligations; our liquidity, results of operations and financial condition; decline in coal prices; forward sales and purchase contracts not accounted for as a hedge; indemnification of certain obligations not being met; continued funding of the road construction business; and disruption in coal supplies. These and other risks and uncertainties are discussed in greater detail in Alpha's Annual Report on Form 10-K and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements in this news release or elsewhere speak only as of the date made. New uncertainties and risks come up from time to time, and it is impossible for Alpha to predict these events or how they may affect the company. Alpha has no duty to, and does not intend to, update or revise the forward-looking statements in this news release after the date it is issued. In light of these risks and uncertainties, investors should keep in mind that the results, events or developments disclosed in any forward- looking statement made in this news release may not occur.


Reconciliation of EBITDA

EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure used by management to gauge operating performance. Alpha defines EBITDA as net income plus interest expense, income tax provisions, and depreciation, depletion and amortization, less tax benefit and interest income. Management presents EBITDA as a supplemental measure of the company's performance and debt-service capacity that may be useful to securities analysts, investors and others. EBITDA is not, however, a measure of financial performance under U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income or cash flow as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Moreover, EBITDA is not calculated identically by all companies. A reconciliation of EBITDA to net income, the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure, is provided in an accompanying table.

                           FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW

                Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
              (In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

                             Three months ended       Twelve months ended
                                December 31,               December 31,
                              2007        2006         2007          2006
      Coal revenues         $437,569    $405,520    $1,639,247    $1,687,553
      Freight and handling
       revenues               61,903      45,234       205,086       188,366
      Other revenues           9,326       6,139        33,241        34,743

        Total revenues       508,798     456,893     1,877,574     1,910,662

    Costs and expenses:
      Cost of coal sales
       (exclusive of items
       shown separately
       below)                362,569     335,619     1,354,335     1,352,450
      Freight and handling
       costs                  61,903      45,234       205,086       188,366
      Cost of other revenues   7,561       3,812        25,817        22,982
      Depreciation, depletion
       and amortization       42,009      36,588       159,579       140,851
      Selling, general and
       expenses (exclusive
       of depreciation and
       amortization shown
       separately above)      16,918      16,463        58,605        67,952

        Total costs and
         expenses            490,960     437,716     1,803,422     1,772,601

        Income from
         operations           17,838      19,177        74,152       138,061

    Other income
      Interest expense       (10,091)     (9,976)      (40,215)      (41,774)
      Interest income            981         325         2,340           839
      Miscellaneous income,
       net                      (928)        200           (93)          523

        Total other income
         (expense), net      (10,038)     (9,451)      (37,968)      (40,412)

        Income before income
         taxes and minority
         interest              7,800       9,726        36,184        97,649
    Income tax expense
     (benefit)                 2,135     (53,559)        8,629       (30,519)
    Minority interest            (24)         -           (179)           -
        Net income            $5,689     $63,285       $27,734      $128,168

    Net income per basic
     and diluted share         $0.09       $0.98         $0.43         $2.00

      Weighted average
       shares-basic       64,754,519  64,361,693    64,631,507    64,093,571
      Weighted average
       shares-diluted     65,439,793  64,389,995    65,009,430    64,150,780

                   Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
              (In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

                                                 December 31,    December 31,
                                                    2007             2006
    Current assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents                   $54,365          $33,256
      Trade accounts receivable, net              183,969          171,195
      Notes and other receivables                  11,141            6,466
      Inventories                                  70,780           76,844
      Prepaid expenses and other current assets    59,954           50,893

              Total current assets                380,209          338,654

    Property, plant, and equipment, net           640,258          637,136
    Goodwill                                       20,547           20,547
    Other intangibles, net                          9,376           11,720
    Deferred income taxes                          97,130           94,897
    Other assets                                   63,394           42,839

              Total assets                     $1,210,914       $1,145,793

        Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
    Current liabilities:
      Current portion of long-term debt              $523           $3,254
      Note payable                                 18,883           20,941
      Bank overdraft                                  160           23,814
      Trade accounts payable                       95,605           75,986
      Deferred income taxes                         9,753            7,601
      Accrued expenses and other current
       liabilities                                 96,082           90,594

              Total current liabilities           221,006          222,190

    Long-term debt, net of current portion        427,507          421,456
    Workers' compensation benefits                  9,055            7,169
    Postretirement medical benefits                53,811           50,712
    Asset retirement obligation                    83,020           69,495
    Deferred gains on sale of property interests    3,176            3,885
    Other liabilities                              30,930           26,837

              Total liabilities                   828,505          801,744
    Minority Interest                               1,573               -

    Stockholders' equity:
      Preferred stock - par value $0.01,
       10,000,000 shares authorized,
       none issued                                     -                -
      Common stock - par value $0.01,
       100,000,000 shares authorized,
       65,769,303 and 64,964,287 shares
       issued and  outstanding
       December 31, 2007 and 2006, respectively       658              650
      Additional paid-in capital                  227,336          215,020
      Accumulated other comprehensive loss        (22,290)         (19,019)
      Retained earnings                           175,132          147,398
        Total stockholders' equity                380,836          344,049

        Total liabilities and stockholders'
         equity                                $1,210,914       $1,145,793

              Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
                                (In thousands)

                                                   Twelve months ended
                                                       December 31,
                                                  2007              2006
    Operating activities:
      Net income                                 $27,734          $128,168
      Adjustments to reconcile net income
       to net cash provided by operating
          Depreciation, depletion and
           amortization                          159,579           140,851
          Amortization of debt issuance costs      2,318             2,282
          Accretion of asset retirement
           obligation                              6,825             4,874
          Stock-based compensation                 9,681            20,464
          Amortization of deferred gains on sales
           of property interests                    (891)               -
          Gain on sale of fixed assets, net       (2,219)             (972)
          Minority interest                         (179)               -
          Change in fair value of derivative
           instruments                            (8,927)             (150)
          Deferred income tax expense (benefit)    1,032           (48,720)
          Other                                    3,657              (553)
          Changes in operating assets and
           liabilities                            27,131           (36,163)

                Net cash provided by
                 operating activities            225,741           210,081

    Investing activities:
      Capital expenditures                     $(126,381)        $(131,943)
      Proceeds from disposition of
       property, plant, and equipment              6,101             1,471
      Investment in and advances to investee        (403)             (344)
      Purchase of acquired companies             (43,908)          (31,532)
      Collections on note receivable from
       coal supplier                                  -              3,000
      Other                                         (612)             (698)

                Net cash used in investing
                 activities                     (165,023)         (160,046)

    Financing activities:
      Repayments of notes payable                (20,941)          (58,315)
      Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt    18,900           286,821
      Repayments on long-term debt               (15,580)         (290,210)
      Increase (decrease) in bank overdraft      (23,654)            6,749
      Distributions to prior members of
       ANR Holdings, LLC subsequent to Internal
       Restructuring                              (2,126)           (2,400)
      Proceeds from exercise of stock options      3,972               954

                Net cash used in financing
                 activities                      (39,429)          (56,401)

                Net increase (decrease) in cash
                 and cash equivalents             21,109            (6,366)

    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of
     period                                       33,256            39,622
    Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $54,365           $33,256

The following table reconciles EBITDA to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure:

                       Quarter ended     Quarter ended   Twelve Months Ended
                       September 30,      December 31,       December 31,
                       2007     2006      2007    2006     2007      2006
                       (In thousands)    (In thousands)    (In thousands)

    Net income       $8,949   $14,544   $5,689  $63,285  $27,734  $128,168
    Interest expense 10,101    10,735   10,091    9,976   40,215    41,774
    Interest income    (265)     (156)    (981)    (325)  (2,340)     (839)
    Income tax
     (benefit)        2,363     4,744    2,135  (53,559)   8,629   (30,519)
     depletion and
     amortization    43,926    36,422   42,009   36,588  159,579   140,851

      EBITDA        $65,074   $66,289  $58,943  $55,965 $233,817  $279,435

Source: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.

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