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International Coal Group Reports First Quarter 2010 Results

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

International Coal Group, Inc. (NYSE:ICO) report its results for the first quarter of 2010.
• Adjusted EBITDA, or earnings before deducting interest, income taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization, loss on extinguishment of debt and noncontrolling interest, increased to $46.9 million compared to $44.5 million for the first quarter of 2009.
• Net loss was $8.9 million, or $0.05 per share on a diluted basis, for the first quarter of 2010 compared to net income of $3.7 million, or $0.02 per share on a diluted basis, for the first quarter of 2009. Net loss for the first quarter of 2010 included a $22.0 million pre-tax loss on extinguishment of debt related to the Company’s capital restructuring. Excluding this loss, pro forma net income would have been $6.2 million, or $0.03 per share on a diluted basis.
• Margin per ton sold increased 31% to $11.67 in the first quarter of 2010 compared to $8.94 for the same period last year, primarily due to higher realized prices and improved operational performance.
• Revenues were $288.6 million for the first quarter of 2010 compared to $305.0 million for the first quarter of 2009, with the decrease primarily due to the weak thermal market.
“Our first quarter results reflect strong performance from all our operations,” said Ben Hatfield, President and CEO of ICG. “Both Adjusted EBITDA and margin on coal sales exceeded the first quarter of 2009 results.”
Hatfield continued, “We also moved toward completion of our strategic capital restructuring during the quarter. Our recapitalization efforts strengthened our liquidity, reduced future interest expense and significantly extended our debt maturity profile. In addition, we secured a new credit facility that provides increased borrowing capacity and greater flexibility.”
Hatfield concluded, “Coal markets continue to show improvement, particularly in the metallurgical sector. Metallurgical coal prices have further strengthened with recent international settlements. Thermal coal prices have not recovered to the same degree, but cold winter weather has helped to stabilize the pricing environment for that product.”
ICG sold 4.3 million tons of coal during the first quarter of 2010 compared to 4.7 million tons during the first quarter of 2009. Production totaled 3.9 million tons in the first quarter of 2010 versus 4.5 million tons in the same period of 2009.
As of March 31, 2010, ICG controlled approximately 1.1 billion tons of coal reserves, located primarily in Illinois, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia. Additionally, the Company controlled approximately 430 million tons of non-reserve coal deposits, which may be classified as reserves in the future as additional drilling and geotechnical work is completed.
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