Alpha Natural Resources 8-K 2009
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):July 10, 2009
ALPHA NATURAL RESOURCES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
One Alpha Place, P.O. Box 2345
Abingdon, VA 24212
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (276) 619-4410
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2.):
Item 8.01 Other Events.
As previously disclosed, on May 11, 2009, Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (“Alpha”) and Foundation Coal Holdings, Inc. (“Foundation”) entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) pursuant to which Alpha and Foundation will merge (the “Merger”), and the surviving corporation of the Merger (the “Surviving Corporation”) will be named Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. On June 24, 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission declared effective Foundation's registration statement on Form S-4, as amended, (the “Registration Statement”). Also as previously disclosed, on June 25, 2009, a putative class action and derivative lawsuit was commenced in the Circuit Court of the State of Maryland for Anne Arundel County against Foundation as a nominal defendant, Alpha, and all of the members of Foundation’s board of directors seeking, among other things, class action status, compensatory and/or rescissory damages and attorney’s fees and costs in an amount to be determined at trial (the "Action"). On June 29, 2009, plaintiff filed a motion for a Temporary Restraining Order, expedited discovery and a date for a preliminary injunction hearing. The court scheduled a hearing on plaintiff's motion for July 2, 2009. In advance of the hearing, plaintiff and Foundation reached an agreement on a schedule for expedited discovery.
On July 10, 2009, the parties agreed in principle to settle the Action. Under the terms of the proposed settlement, all claims relating to the Merger and the Registration Statement will be dismissed and released on behalf of the settlement class. The proposed settlement is subject to certain conditions, including but not limited to consummation of the Merger and court approval. As part of the proposed settlement the defendants have agreed not to oppose a request by plaintiff's counsel for no more than $600,000 for their fees and expenses, subject to final approval of the settlement and such fees and expenses by the court and the consummation of the Merger. The proposed settlement will not change any terms of the Merger or Merger Agreement or affect the amount of merger consideration to be paid to Foundation's stockholders in the Merger.
Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. is a leading supplier of high-quality Appalachian coal to the steel industry, electric utilities and other industries. Approximately 88 percent of the company's reserve base is high Btu coal and 83 percent is low sulfur, qualities that are valued by electric utilities that 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 50 mines supplying 10 coal preparation and blending plants. Alpha and its subsidiaries employ more than 3,600 people.
Foundation Coal Holdings, Inc., through its affiliates, is a major U.S. coal producer operating mines and associated processing and loading facilities in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Through its subsidiaries Foundation Coal employs approximately 3,000 people and produces approximately 70 million tons of coal annually, largely for utilities generating electricity. Foundation's corporate offices are in Linthicum Heights, Md.
Forward Looking Statements
Information set forth herein contains forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Alpha and Foundation caution readers that any forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the business combination transaction involving Alpha and Foundation, including future financial and operating results, the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts.
The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: the ability to obtain regulatory approvals of the transaction on the proposed terms and schedule; the failure of Alpha or Foundation stockholders to approve the transaction; the risk that the businesses will not be integrated successfully or such integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; the calculations of, and factors that may impact the calculations of, the acquisition price in connection with the proposed merger and the allocation of such acquisition price to the net assets acquired in accordance with applicable accounting rules and methodologies; general economic conditions that are less favorable than expected; changes in, renewal of and acquiring new long term coal supply arrangements; and competition in coal markets. Additional factors that may affect future results are contained in Alpha’s and Foundation’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which are available at the SEC’s web site http://www.sec.gov. Alpha and Foundation disclaim any obligation to update and revise statements contained in these materials based on new information or otherwise.
Important Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed merger, Foundation has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 (commission file number 333-159801), as amended, that includes a preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus of Alpha and Foundation regarding the proposed merger. The registration statement was declared effective by the SEC on June 24, 2009, and a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus has been mailed to Foundation and Alpha stockholders on or about June 26, 2009 in connection with the proposed merger. INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS (INCLUDING ALL AMENDMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE MERGER FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED MERGER. You may obtain copies of all documents filed with the SEC regarding the proposed merger, free of charge, at the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov). Free copies may also be obtained by accessing Foundation’s website (http://www.foundationcoal.com) under “Investors/Financial Information & SEC Filings” or Alpha’s website (http://www.alphanr.com) under “Investor Relations/SEC Filings”, or by directing a request to Foundation at 999 Corporate Boulevard, Suite 300, Linthicum Heights, Maryland 21090, Attn: Investor Relations or to Alpha at One Alpha Place, P.O. Box 2345, Abingdon, Virginia 24212, Attn: Investor Relations.
Participants in Solicitation
Alpha, Foundation and their respective directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in favor of the proposed merger. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies in favor of the proposed merger may be found in the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus filed by Alpha and Foundation with the SEC on June 25, 2009. You can find information about Alpha’s and Foundation’s directors and executive officers in their respective definitive proxy statements filed with the SEC on April 3, 2009. You can obtain free copies of these documents from Alpha or Foundation using the contact information above.
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 hereunto duly authorized.