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Research Update: Foundation Coal Corp. Outlook Revised To Stable On Weaker Credit Metrics; Ratings Affirmed
Standard & Poors, February 2007
On Feb. 16, 2007, Standard & Poor's Rating Services revised its outlook on Linthicum Heights, Md.-based Foundation Coal Corp. to stable from positive. At the same time, Standard & Poor's affirmed its 'BB-' corporate credit rating and 'B' senior unsecured debt rating on the company. The outlook revision reflects the company's weaker credit metrics and operating earnings due to industry-wide cost pressures and declining prices, operational challenges in its Central Appalachian mines, and our expectations of continued soft industry conditions over the intermediate term. The ratings on Foundation Coal reflect its aggressive financial leverage (including legacy liabilities), production concentration, and inherent operating risks of coal mining. Partially offsetting these risks are its competitive cost position and favorable long-term coal industry...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Alpha Natural Resources Inc. (New)
Action: Outlook: Stable
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Alpha Natural Resources Inc. (New)