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Summary: Alpha Natural Resources Inc.
Standard & Poors, March 2010
The corporate credit rating on Alpha Natural Resources Inc. (Alpha) reflects the company's production concentration and ongoing cost pressures, as well as the inherent operating risks of coal mining. A relatively diversified reserve and product base, improved cost position, good liquidity, and favorable long-term coal industry conditions somewhat temper these weaknesses. Abingdon, Va.-based Alpha is the third-largest U.S. coal producer, as measured by its $3.4 billion in combined 2009 pro forma revenues, and is the largest producer of metallurgical coal in the U.S. It operates more than 60 mines distributed among the three major coal regions of Central Appalachia (CAPP), Northern Appalachia (NAPP), and the Powder River Basin (PRB). However, there is still some level of mine concentration, as about...
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Alpha Natural Resources Inc. (New)