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CONSOL Energy Reports Fourth Quarter Pre-Tax Income of $16 million; Continues to Explore Infrastructure Monetization Options

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) reported pre-tax income for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 of $16 million. Net income from continuing operations was $147 million as a result of an income tax benefit of $131 million arising out of a reversal of prior quarters' tax provisions. When added to income from discontinued operations, net of tax, of $591 million, CONSOL Energy reported net income of $738 million, or $3.20 per diluted share, in the just-ended quarter, compared to $150 million, or $0.65 per diluted share from the year-earlier quarter.

Fourth Quarter 2013 Results

(in millions)

Pre-Tax Income

$

16


Income Taxes

$

131


Income from Continuing Ops

$

147




Income from Discontinued Ops, net of tax

$

591




Net Income

$

738











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After adjusting for several discrete items not found in security analysts' models, which are listed in the EBITDA reconciliation table, adjusted pre-tax income1 in the 2013 fourth quarter, a non-GAAP financial measure, was $2 million.

Adjusted EBITDA1, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, was $179 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, compared to $224 million in the year-earlier quarter.

CONSOL's Gas Division achieved record quarterly production of 48.5 Bcfe. Unit margins were $0.71 per Mcfe, or a decrease of $0.32 from the year-earlier quarter of $1.03 per Mcfe. The margin contraction was due to realized prices being $0.18 lower and unit costs being $0.14 higher. Overall natural gas production was up 16%, quarter-over-quarter, aided by the 56% growth in the Marcellus Shale component. CONSOL recently increased its 2014 natural gas production guidance range to 215 - 235 Bcfe. For 2015 and 2016, CONSOL has announced annual production guidance increases of 30%. 

"Despite overachieving on many items we could control, CONSOL Energy saw 2013 fourth quarter unit margin contraction in both its gas and coal divisions," commented J. Brett Harvey, chairman and CEO. "Profitability was especially hampered by lower realized prices for the company's premium low-vol coal production from Buchanan Mine."

The low-vol coal category saw meaningful margin contraction, quarter-over-quarter, as a nearly $47 reduction in per ton pricing overwhelmed a nearly $3 per ton improvement in costs. The high-vol category saw over a $9 per ton margin contraction, while the much larger thermal category saw a nearly $5 per ton reduction in margin. Details follow in the coal division table, which reflects production and sales from continuing operations. CONSOL's retained mines have margins higher than those that were sold.

CONSOL Energy's liquidity at year-end 2013 remained strong at $2.1 billion, including $327 million in cash. Cash was bolstered by the $850 million received in early December from the sale of five mines. Fourth quarter 2013 capital investments from continued operations were $483 million, of which $300 million were in natural gas-related projects.

Cash flow from operations in the quarter was $70 million, as compared to $198 million in the year-earlier quarter.

"Looking to 2014, CONSOL is poised to increase its gas production by 30% and its coal production by 5 million tons, on an annual basis, when the BMX Mine in Southwestern Pennsylvania opens late in the first quarter," continued Mr. Harvey. "Higher natural gas and coal production, coupled with our stated $65 million reduction in annual administrative costs, should aid profitability, even in the face of continued weak coal pricing. Cold winter weather is strengthening 2014 gas prices, and — if sustained — could result in CONSOL Energy receiving a drilling carry from its Marcellus Shale joint venture partner as early as March. Continued cold weather and a rebounding domestic economy could begin to provide support for higher thermal coal prices, too."

CONSOL continues to make progress in unlocking the value of its gas midstream assets. The two paths under consideration continue to be an MLP or sale. The company has been weighing the competing interests of valuation, liquidity, and maintenance of strategic control. The relative importance of these interests has changed recently. The sale of CONSOL's five West Virginia coal mines greatly improved the company's liquidity and significantly de-levered the balance sheet. Also, Marcellus Shale volumes are up 56%, quarter-over-quarter, and for 2014 are expected to be approximately 85% higher than 2013. Demonstrated natural gas production growth and an annual gas production target of 30% have de-risked future midstream growth and reduced the importance of minimum volume commitments to potential acquirers. We expect a NAV-accretive transaction in 2014, and will identify a path of sale or MLP in the first half of the year.

1The terms "Adjusted Pre-Tax Income" and "Adjusted EBITDA" are non-GAAP financial measures, which are defined and reconciled to the GAAP Pre-Tax Income and GAAP net income below, under the caption "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Gas Division Results:

The table below summarizes the quarterly comparison of key metrics for the Gas Division:

GAS DIVISION RESULTS Quarter-to-Quarter Comparison




Quarter


Quarter



Ended


Ended



December 31,

2013


December 31,

2012

Sales - Gas


$

170.6



$

143.5


Hedging Impact - Gas


18.8



34.5


Sales - Oil


3.4



2.5


Sales - NGLs


11.3



4.8


Sales - Condensate


2.5



0.6


Total Sales Revenue ($ MM)


$

206.6



$

185.9







Net Income Attributable to CONSOL Energy Shareholders


$

1.9



$

9.4


Net Cash Provided By (Used In) Operating Activities ($ MM)


$

57.3



$

(57.0)


Total Period Production (Bcfe)


48.5



41.8


Average Daily Production (MMcfe)


527.0



454.7


Capital Expenditures ($ MM)


$

299.5



$

124.4















 

CONSOL's gas division production in the quarter came from the following categories:



Quarter


Quarter





Ended


Ended





December 31,

2013


December 31,

2012


% Increase/
(Decrease)

GAS







Marcellus Sales Volumes (Bcf)


18.2



11.9



52.9

%

CBM Sales Volumes (Bcf)


20.3



21.4



(5.1)

%

Shallow Oil and Gas Sales Volumes (Bcf)


7.2



7.2



%

Other Sales Volumes (Bcf)


1.3



0.6



116.7

%








LIQUIDS*







NGLs Sales Volumes (Bcfe)


1.1



0.5



120.0

%

Oil Sales Volumes (Bcfe)


0.2



0.2



%

Condensate Sales Volumes (Bcfe)


0.2



-



100.0

%








TOTAL


48.5



41.8



16.0

%














Production results are net of royalties. *NGLs, Oil, and Condensate are converted to Mcfe at the rate of one barrel equals six Mcf based upon the approximate relative energy content of oil and natural gas.

 

PRICE AND COST DATA PER MCFE Quarter-to-Quarter Comparison

The company experienced decreased profitability within the Gas Division when compared with the quarter ended December 31, 2012. The average sales price decreased by $0.18 per Mcfe, while units cost increased by $0.14. On the cost side, $0.06 per Mcfe was related to additional liquids being processed. Total depreciation, depletion, and amortization increased by a combined $0.05 per Mcfe, as more production from higher-cost segments was in the mix. Higher volumes, conversely, spread fixed pipeline costs more broadly.

All-in unit costs in the Marcellus Shale were $3.01 per Mcfe in the just-ended quarter, or an increase of $0.18 from the $2.83 per Mcfe in the year-earlier quarter. Thirteen cents of the increase was caused by additional liquids processing, with nearly all of the remainder of the increase due to the mix of volumes flowing under various agreements.  



Quarter


Quarter



Ended


Ended

(Per Mcfe)


December 31,

2013


December 31,

2012

Average Sales Price - Gas


$

3.63



$

3.49


Hedging Impact - Gas


$

0.40



$

0.84


Average Sales Price - Oil*


$

15.63



$

16.12


Average Sales Price - NGLs*


$

10.09



$

8.76


Average Sales Price - Condensate*


$

12.81



$

12.96












Average Sales Price - Total Company


$

4.26



$

4.44


Costs - Production





     Lifting


$

0.53



$

0.52


Ad Valorem, Severance and Other Taxes


0.18



0.17


     DD&A


1.20



1.12


Total Production Costs


$

1.91



$

1.81


Costs - Gathering





     Operating Costs


$

0.60



$

0.51


     Transportation


0.58



0.62


     DD&A


0.16



0.19


Total Gathering Costs


$

1.34



$

1.32







Gas Direct Administrative Selling & Other


$

0.30



$

0.28







Total Costs


$

3.55



$

3.41







Margin


$

0.71



$

1.03















*Oil, NGLs, and Condensate are converted to Mcfe at the rate of one barrel equals six Mcf based upon the approximate relative energy content of oil and natural gas, which is not indicative of the relationship of oil, NGLs, condensate, and natural gas prices.


Note: Costs The line item "gas direct administrative, selling, & other" excludes general administration, incentive compensation, and other corporate expenses.

 

Gas Marketing and Transportation Update:

Fourth quarter 2013 average dry gas prices, including the impact of our hedging program and net of basis, averaged $4.03/Mcf.  CONSOL's expansion into wet gas production areas provided a liquids value uplift of $0.23/Mcfe bringing our overall average sales price to $4.26/Mcfe.  Our NGL liquids volumes were 120% higher than in the 2012 fourth quarter.  The continued growth of our wet gas production volumes will increase the uplift on our future average sales prices.

CONSOL Energy continues to develop a diversified portfolio of firm capacity options to support our three-year production growth plan.  We are benefited by the strategic location of our primary production areas in Southwest Pennsylvania, Northern West Virginia, and Eastern Ohio.  These areas are served by a large concentration of major pipelines that provide us with the capacity to move our production to the major gas markets.

The company currently has a total of 1.3 Bcf per day of effective firm transportation capacity.  This is comprised of 0.8 Bcf per day of firm capacity on existing pipelines, contracted volumes of 0.3 Bcf per day on several pipeline projects that will be completed over the next several years, and an additional 0.2 Bcf per day of long-term firm sales with a major customer that has their own firm capacity.  Our firm capacity portfolio will support  all of the CY 2014 production and the majority of our projected volumes for the three-year plan.  We are in active negotiations with several pipelines to extend our firm capacity coverage for the longer term. The average cost for the existing and committed firm capacity is approximately $0.23 per MMBtu.

In addition to firm capacity, we have developed a processing portfolio to support the projected volumes from our wet production areas.  We have agreements to support the processing of over 115 MMcf/d of gross gas volumes growing to more than 380 MMcf/d in the next twelve months.  These commitments are sufficient to cover our processing requirements for the next two years.  We will continue to layer in processing capacity to support the liquids development plan.

Coal Division Results:

Coal production in the quarter consisted of 1.2 million tons of low-vol, 0.6 million tons of high-vol, and 5.3 million tons of thermal, for a total of 7.1 million tons.

Of the thermal coal production, 4.8 million tons were from Northern Appalachia and 0.5 million tons were from Central Appalachia.

During the fourth quarter of 2013, CONSOL's total coal inventory decreased by 47,000 tons to 582,000 tons. Thermal coal inventory decreased by 104,000 tons to 421,000 tons, while low-vol coal inventory increased by 57,000 tons, to 161,000 tons.

COAL DIVISION RESULTS BY PRODUCT CATEGORY - Quarter-To-Quarter Comparison




Low-Vol


Low-Vol


High-Vol


High-Vol


Thermal


Thermal



Quarter


Quarter


Quarter


Quarter


Quarter


Quarter



Ended


Ended


Ended


Ended


Ended


Ended



December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,



2013


2012


2013


2012


2013


2012














Beginning Inventory (millions of tons)


0.1



0.4







0.5



1.0


Coal Production (millions of tons)


1.2



0.7



0.6



0.6



5.3



5.3


Ending Inventory (millions of tons)


0.2



0.3







0.4



0.6


Sales - Company Produced (millions of tons)


1.1



0.8



0.6



0.6



5.5



5.7















Sales Per Ton


$

81.84



$

128.79



$

58.88



$

69.51



$

64.66



$

69.18















Beginning Inventory Cost Per Ton


$

65.42



$

87.32



$



$



$

53.04



$

51.13















Total Direct Costs Per Ton


$

42.37



$

36.73



$

29.08



$

29.36



$

29.34



$

27.41


Royalty/Production Taxes Per Ton


5.36



6.80



2.35



1.45



2.64



2.96


Direct Services to Operations Per Ton


7.06



7.27



5.93



5.14



6.69



6.73


Retirement and Disability Per Ton


4.85



6.43



2.49



3.53



2.52



3.08


DD&A Per Ton


9.12



10.80



5.50



7.05



5.23



5.82


Total Production Costs


$

68.76



$

68.03



$

45.35



$

46.53



$

46.42



$

46.00















Ending Inventory Cost Per Ton


$

(65.68)



$

(86.38)



$



$



$

(50.82)



$

(50.89)















Total Cost Per Ton Sold


$

68.89



$

71.72



$

45.35



$

46.53



$

46.72



$

46.35


Average Margin Per Ton Sold


$

12.95



$

57.07



$

13.53



$

22.98



$

17.94



$

22.83


Addback: DD&A Per Ton


$

9.12



$

10.80



$

5.50



$

7.05



$

5.23



$

5.82


Average Margin Per Ton, before DD&A


$

22.07



$

67.87



$

19.03



$

30.03



$

23.17



$

28.65


Cash Flow before Cap. Ex and DD&A ($MM)


$

24



$

54



$

11



$

18



$

127



$

163







































Sales and production tons exclude CONSOL Energy's portion from equity affiliates and discontinued operations. Direct Costs per Ton include items such as labor and benefits, supplies, power, preparation costs, project expenses and gas well plugging costs. Direct Services to Operations Per Ton include items such as subsidence costs, direct administrative, selling expenses, permitting and compliance and asset retirement obligations. Retirement and Disability Per Ton Sold includes charges for pension, retiree medical and other employee related long-term liabilities. Sales tons times Average Margin Per Ton, before DD&A is meant to approximate the amount of cash generated for the low-vol, high-vol, and thermal coal categories. This cash generation will be offset by maintenance of production (MOP) capital expenditures. Table may not sum due to rounding.

 

Coal Marketing Update:

Low Vol: During the fourth quarter, 1.1 million tons of low-vol coking coal from Buchanan Mine was sold to domestic and international customers.  New sales opportunities were realized in China, Poland, and in the U.S. Buchanan's competitive cost position enabled CONSOL to exceed the fourth quarter and 2013 production and sales forecast. During the fourth quarter, CONSOL was successful in securing two new deals with U.S. customers for 2014.  Buchanan Coal is currently being tested at two plants in the U.S. which is expected to lead to new sales opportunities. 

High Vol: During the fourth quarter, 0.6 million tons of its Bailey high-vol coking coal was sold to customers in Korea, Brazil, and the U.S.  Bailey coal remains in demand as its versatility allows it to compete as high vol, PCI and high-Btu thermal coal.  CONSOL will continue to create and evaluate new sales opportunities that provide the best returns for the portfolio.

Thermal: CONSOL's customer demand remained steady for contracted coal in the fourth quarter. Sales have been completed to ten different customers for 2.5 million tons in Q4 for 2014.  For 2014 tons, CONSOL is currently active in negotiations for both domestic business and, in collaboration with third party marketers, on the export front.  This has resulted in the successful development of new thermal and metallurgical markets in India.

CONSOL Energy 2014 - 2016 Guidance

First quarter gas production, net to CONSOL, is expected to be approximately 47 – 49 Bcfe, while annual 2014 production is expected to be 215 – 235 Bcfe.

CONSOL Energy expects its 2015 and 2016 annual gas production to grow by 30%.

Total hedged natural gas production in the 2014 first quarter is 31.9 Bcf, at an average price of $4.61 per Mcf. CONSOL has begun to implement a dual-track approach to its gas hedging. The company will continue to use a formulaic approach to a base of hedges, but could layer-in additional opportunistic hedges to capture value from price spikes. CONSOL does not expect to hedge more than 80% of its estimated natural gas production for any given year. The annual gas hedge position for three years is shown in the table below:

GAS DIVISION GUIDANCE




2014


2015


2016

Total Yearly Production (Bcfe)


215-235


30%


30%

Volumes Hedged (Bcf),as of 1/21/14


129.3


78.6


71.3

Average Hedge Price ($/Mcf)


$4.61


$4.10


$4.20



COAL DIVISION GUIDANCE




Q1 2014


2014


2015

Est. Total Coal Sales


7.2 - 7.6



30.1 - 32.1



34.0


     Tonnage: Firm


6.9



23.8



12.2


     Price: Sold (firm)


$

64.75



$

65.35



$

69.23


Est. Low-Vol Met Sales


1.1 - 1.2



4.2 - 4.7



4.9


     Tonnage: Firm


0.8



1.7



0.8


Est. High-Vol Met Sales


0.7+



2.3+



2.4


     Tonnage: Firm


0.6



0.9



0.3


Est. Thermal Sales


5.6+



23.8+



26.7


     Tonnage: Firm


5.5



21.2



11.1





















Note:  While most of the data in the table are single point estimates, the inherent uncertainty of markets and mining operations means that investors should consider a reasonable range around these estimates. CONSOL has chosen not to forecast prices for open tonnage due to ongoing customer negotiations. Firm tonnage is tonnage that is both sold and priced, and excludes collared tons. CONSOL Energy has sold additional coal volumes that are not yet priced. Those volumes are excluded from this table. There are no collared tons in 2014.  Collared tons in 2015 are 1.4 million tons, with a ceiling of $72.59 per ton and a floor of $48.59 per ton.  Not included in the category breakdowns are the tons from equity affiliates Harrison Resources and Western Allegheny Energy (WAE). Harrison Resources has 0.1 million tons for Q1 2014, and 0.4 million tons for all of 2014 and 2015. WAE has 0.1 million tons for Q1 2014, and 0.5 million tons and 0.9 million tons for all of 2014, and 2015, respectively.

 

Liquidity

Total company liquidity as of December 31, 2013 was $2.1 billion, including cash of $327.4 million. CONSOL Energy received a cash inflow of $850 million on December 5. Major cash outflows subsequent to that were the repayment of funds drawn against its bank facility and revolver ($351 million) and the partial payment to Dominion for the leasing of the 90,000 acres ($91 million). Half of this payment will be repaid to CONSOL by its Marcellus Shale joint venture partner.

As of December 31, 2013, CONSOL Energy had $1.2 billion in total liquidity, which is comprised of $321.2 million of cash, $48.9 million available in its accounts receivable securitization facility and $793.0 million available to be borrowed under its $1.0 billion bank facility. CONSOL Energy's credit facility has no borrowings. Outstanding letters of credit are $207.0 million.

As of December 31, 2013, CNX Gas Corporation had $918.6 million in total liquidity, which is comprised of $6.2 million of cash and $912.4 million available to be borrowed under its $1.0 billion bank facility.  CNX Gas' credit facility has no borrowings. Outstanding letters of credit are $87.6 million.

About

CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) is a Pittsburgh-based producer of natural gas and coal. The company is one of the largest independent natural gas exploration, development and production companies, with operations centered in the major shale formations of the Appalachian basin. CONSOL Energy deploys an organic growth strategy focused on rapidly developing its resource base of 4.0 trillion cubic feet of proved natural gas reserves, while the company's premium coal assets are sold to electricity generators and steelmakers, both domestically and internationally.  CONSOL Energy is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 Equity Index and the Fortune 500. Additional information can be found at www.consolenergy.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Definition: EBIT is defined as  earnings before deducting net interest expense (interest expense less interest income) and income taxes.  EBITDA is defined as earnings before deducting net interest expense (interest expense less interest income), income taxes and depreciation, depletion and amortization.  Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA  after adjusting for the discrete items listed below. Although EBIT, EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA  are not measures of performance calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, management believes that it is useful to an investor in evaluating CONSOL Energy because it is widely used to evaluate a company's operating performance before debt expense and its cash or as a substitute for measures of performance in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.  In addition, because all companies do not calculate EBIT, EBITDA, or Adjusted EBITDA identically, the presentation here may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Reconciliation of EBIT, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to financial net income attributable to CONSOL Energy Shareholders is as follows (dollars in 000):



Three Months Ended



December 31,



2013


2012

Net Income Attributable to CONSOL Energy Inc. Shareholders


$

738,183



$

149,903







Less: Net Income Attributable to Discontinued Operations, net of tax


(591,144)



(42,060)


Add:  Interest Expense


55,004



51,270


Less: Interest Income


(188)



(3,959)


Add:  Income Taxes


(130,720)



36,492


Earnings Before Interest & Taxes (EBIT)


71,135



191,646







Add:  Depreciation, Depletion & Amortization


122,285



110,573







Earnings Before Interest, Taxes and DD&A (EBITDA) from Continuing Operations


193,420



302,219







Adjustments:





Transaction Fees


3,496




Accelerated Bank Fees


3,196




Pension Settlement


1,949




Marcellus Title Defects


1,295




PA Turnpike Settlement


(9,000)




Gains On Sale of Assets


(15,273)



(91,602)


Voluntary Severance Incentive Program




13,304


Total Pre-tax Adjustments


(14,337)



(78,298)







Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes and DD&A ( Adjusted EBITDA) from Continuing Operations


$

179,083



$

223,921



Note: Income tax effect of Total Pre-tax Adjustments was ($8,106) and ($30,458) for the three months ended December 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively.

 

Cautionary Statements

Various statements in this release, including those that express a belief, expectation or intention, may be considered forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 21E of the Exchange Act) that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from projected results. Accordingly, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. The forward-looking statements may include projections and estimates concerning the timing and success of specific projects and our future production, revenues, income and capital spending. When we use the words "believe," "intend," "expect," "may," "should," "anticipate," "could," "estimate," "plan," "predict," "project," or their negatives, or other similar expressions, the statements which include those words are usually forward-looking statements. When we describe strategy that involves risks or uncertainties, we are making forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this press release, if any, speak only as of the date of this press release; we disclaim any obligation to update these statements. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and assumptions about future events. While our management considers these expectations and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks, contingencies and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. These risks, contingencies and uncertainties relate to, among other matters, the following: deterioration in economic conditions in any of the industries in which our customers operate or a worldwide financial downturn; an extended decline in prices we receive for our gas, natural gas liquids and coal including the impact on gas prices of our gas operations being concentrated in Appalachia which has experienced a dramatic increase in gas production and decline in gas pricing relative to the benchmark Henry Hub prices; our customers extending existing contracts or entering into new long-term contracts for coal; the expiration or failure to extend existing long-term contracts; our reliance on major customers; our inability to collect payments from customers if their creditworthiness declines; the disruption of rail, barge, gathering, processing and transportation facilities and other systems that deliver our gas and coal to market; a loss of our competitive position because of the competitive nature of the gas and coal industries, or a loss of our competitive position because of overcapacity in these industries impairing our profitability;  coal users switching to other fuels in order to comply with various environmental standards related to coal combustion emissions; the impact of potential, as well as any adopted regulations relating to greenhouse gas emissions on the demand for natural gas and coal, as well as the impact of any adopted regulations on our coal mining operations due to the venting of coalbed methane which occurs during mining; the risks inherent in gas and coal operations being subject to unexpected disruptions, including geological conditions, equipment failure, timing of completion of significant construction or repair of equipment, fires, explosions, accidents and weather conditions which could impact financial results; decreases in the availability of, or increases in, the price of commodities and services used in our mining and gas operations, as well as our exposure under "take or pay" contracts we entered into with well service providers to obtain services of which if not used could impact our cost of production;  obtaining and renewing governmental permits and approvals for our gas and coal gas operations; the effects of government regulation on the discharge into the water or air, and the disposal and clean-up of, hazardous substances and wastes generated during our coal and gas operations; the effects of stringent federal and state employee health and safety regulations, including the ability of regulators to shut down a well or mine; the potential for liabilities arising from environmental contamination or alleged environmental contamination in connection with our past or current gas and coal operations; the effects of mine closing, reclamation, gas well closing and certain other liabilities; uncertainties in estimating our economically recoverable gas and coal reserves; defects may exist in our chain of title and we may incur additional costs associated with perfecting title for gas or coal rights on some of our properties or failing to acquire these additional rights we may have to reduce our estimated reserves; the outcomes of various legal proceedings, which are more fully described in our reports filed under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; the impacts of various asbestos litigation claims; increased exposure to employee related long-term liabilities; lump sum payments made to retiring salaried employees pursuant to our defined benefit pension plan exceeding total service and interest cost in a plan year; replacing our natural gas reserves, which if not replaced, will cause our gas reserves and gas production to decline; acquisitions that we may make in the future involve risks including the accuracy of our assessment of the acquired businesses and their risks, achieving any anticipated synergies, integrating the acquisitions and divestitures we may make may not occur or produce anticipated proceeds; existing and future gas joint ventures may restrict our operational and corporate flexibility, we may be materially impacted by actions taken by our joint venture partners and we may not realize anticipated benefits such as carried costs; our ability to acquire water supplies needed for gas drilling, or our ability to dispose of water used or removed from strata in connection with our gas operations at a reasonable cost and within applicable environmental rules; provisions of our debt agreements may restrict our flexibility and the risks associated with the degree to which we are leveraged; our hedging activities may prevent us from benefiting from price increases and may expose us to other risks; changes in federal or state income tax laws, particularly in the area of percentage depletion and intangible drilling costs, could cause our financial position and profitability to deteriorate; the risks in making strategic determinations, including the allocation of capital and other resources among our strategic opportunities may adversely affect our financial condition; failure by Murray Energy Corporation to satisfy the liabilities it assumed from us as well as to perform its obligations under various agreements; we may not be able to consummate a sale or MLP transaction of our gas midstream assets; and other factors discussed in the 2012 Form 10-K under "Risk Factors," as updated by our 2013 Form 10-K and any subsequent Form 10-Qs, which are on file at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A registration statement relating to the securities of the MLP that would be sold in the offering has not been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission or become effective. This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities. This announcement is being issued pursuant to, and in accordance with, Rule 135 under the Securities Act of 1933.

 

CONSOL ENERGY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)



Three Months


Year Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2013


2012


2013


2012

Sales—Outside

$

753,634



$

792,667



$

3,015,551



$

3,122,550


Sales—Gas Royalty Interests

16,464



14,697



63,202



49,405


Sales—Purchased Gas

2,160



874



6,531



3,316


Freight—Outside

3,946



13,426



35,438



107,079


Other Income

49,027



113,146



178,963



395,176


Total Revenue and Other Income

825,231



934,810



3,299,685



3,677,526


Cost of Goods Sold and Other Operating Charges (exclusive of depreciation, depletion and amortization shown below)

545,686



545,555



2,228,952



2,221,859


Gas Royalty Interests' Costs

14,823



10,951



53,028



38,867


Purchased Gas Costs

1,877



588



4,837



2,711


Freight Expense

3,946



13,426



35,438



107,079


Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

24,245



23,015



90,408



90,740


Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

122,285



110,573



461,122



427,115


Interest Expense

55,004



51,270



219,198



220,042


Taxes Other Than Income

41,490



35,360



160,627



162,426


Total Costs

809,356



790,738



3,253,610



3,270,839


Earnings from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes

15,875



144,072



46,075



406,687


Income Taxes (Benefit) Expense

(130,720)



36,492



(33,189)



88,728


Income from Continuing Operations

146,595



107,580



79,264



317,959


Income from Discontinued Operations, Net of Tax

591,144



42,060



579,792



70,114


Net Income

737,739



149,640



659,056



388,073


Less: Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest

444



263



1,386



397


Net Income Attributable to CONSOL Energy Inc. Shareholders

$

738,183



$

149,903



$

660,442



$

388,470


Earnings Per Share:








Basic:








Income from Continuing Operations

0.64



0.47



0.35



1.40


Income from Discontinued Operations

2.58



0.19



2.54



0.31


Net Income

$

3.22



$

0.66



$

2.89



$

1.71


Dilutive:








Income from Continuing Operations

0.64



0.47



0.35



1.39


Income from Discontinued Operations

2.56



0.18



2.52



0.31


Net Income

$

3.20



$

0.65



$

2.87



$

1.70


Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding:








Basic

228,989,629



227,898,021



228,728,628



227,593,524


Dilutive

230,696,324



229,934,465



230,077,942



229,141,767


Dividends Paid Per Share

$

0.125



$

0.250



$

0.375



$

0.625


 

 

CONSOL ENERGY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands)



Three Months Ended


For the Year Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2013


2012


2013


2012

Net Income

$

737,739



$

149,640



$

659,056



$

388,073


Other Comprehensive Income:








Actuarially Determined Long-Term Liability Adjustments (Net of tax: ($206,767), ($32,629), ($276,928), ($77,871)

342,852



54,151



456,493



129,231


Net Increase in the Value of Cash Flow Hedge (Net of tax: ($3,371), ($21,877), ($29,407), ($73,593))

5,231



33,960



45,631



114,240


Reclassification of Cash Flow Hedges from Other Comprehensive Income to Earnings (Net of tax: $17,439, $23,724,$53,990, $121,484)

(23,304)



(35,662)



(79,899)



(189,259)










Other Comprehensive Income

324,779



52,449



422,225



54,212










Comprehensive Income

1,062,518



202,089



1,081,281



442,285










Less: Comprehensive Income

Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest

444



263



1,386



397










Comprehensive Income Attributable to

CONSOL Energy Inc. Shareholders

$

1,062,962



$

202,352



$

1,082,667



$

442,682


 

 

CONSOL ENERGY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands)







December 31,
2013


December 31,
2012

ASSETS




Current Assets:




Cash and Cash Equivalents

$

327,420



$

21,862


Accounts and Notes Receivable:




Trade

332,574



428,328


Notes Receivable

25,861



318,387


Other Receivables

243,973



131,131


Accounts Receivable—Securitized



37,846


Inventories

157,914



170,808


Deferred Income Taxes

211,303



84,777


Recoverable Income Taxes

10,705




Restricted Cash



48,294


Prepaid Expenses

135,842



148,431


Current Assets of Discontinued Operations



149,230


Total Current Assets

1,445,592



1,539,094


Property, Plant and Equipment:




Property, Plant and Equipment

13,578,509



12,121,557


Less—Accumulated Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

4,136,247



3,613,499


Property, Plant and Equipment of Discontinued Operations, net



1,682,909


Total Property, Plant and Equipment—Net

9,442,262



10,190,967


Other Assets:




Restricted Cash



20,379


Investment in Affiliates

291,675



222,830


Notes Receivable

125



25,977


Other

214,013



216,235


Other Assets of Discontinued Operations



782,112


Total Other Assets

505,813



1,267,533






TOTAL ASSETS

$

11,393,667



$

12,997,594


 

 

CONSOL ENERGY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)







December 31,
2013


December 31,
2012

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current Liabilities:




Accounts Payable

$

514,580



$

498,515


Short-Term Notes Payable



25,073


Current Portion of Long-Term Debt

11,455



12,484


Accrued Income Taxes



34,219


Borrowings Under Securitization Facility



37,846


Other Accrued Liabilities

565,697



545,748


Current Liabilities of Discontinued Operations

28,239



233,214


Total Current Liabilities

1,119,971



1,387,099


Long-Term Debt:




Long-Term Debt

3,115,963



3,123,600


Capital Lease Obligations

47,596



49,413


Long-Term Debt of Discontinued Operations



1,573


Total Long-Term Debt

3,163,559



3,174,586


Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities:




Deferred Income Taxes

242,643



326,685


Postretirement Benefits Other Than Pensions

961,127



882,600


Pneumoconiosis Benefits

111,971



114,136


Mine Closing

320,723



289,818


Gas Well Closing

175,603



146,002


Workers' Compensation

71,468



60,396


Salary Retirement

48,252



218,004


Reclamation

40,706



47,965


Other

131,355



118,307


Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities of Discontinued Operations



2,278,251


Total Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities

2,103,848



4,482,164


TOTAL LIABILITIES

6,387,378



9,043,849


Stockholders' Equity:




Common Stock, $.01 Par Value; 500,000,000 Shares Authorized, 229,145,736 Issued and 

Outstanding at December 31, 2013; 228,129,467 Issued and 228,094,712 Outstanding at

December 31, 2012

2,294



2,284


Capital in Excess of Par Value

2,364,592



2,296,908


Preferred Stock, 15,000,000 Shares Authorized, None Issued and Outstanding




Retained Earnings

2,964,520



2,402,551


Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss - Continuing Operations

(325,117)



(747,342)


Common Stock in Treasury, at Cost—No Shares at December 31, 2013 and 34,755 Shares

at December 31, 2012



(609)


Total CONSOL Energy Inc. Stockholders' Equity

5,006,289



3,953,792


Noncontrolling Interest



(47)


TOTAL EQUITY

5,006,289



3,953,745






TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

$

11,393,667



$

12,997,594


 

 

CONSOL ENERGY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)



Common

Stock


Capital in

Excess

of Par

Value


Retained

Earnings

(Deficit)


Accumulated

Other

Comprehensive

Income

(Loss)


Common

Stock in

Treasury


Total

CONSOL

Energy Inc.

Stockholders'

Equity


Non-

Controlling

Interest


Total

Equity

Balance at December 31,

2012

$

2,284



$

2,296,908



$

2,402,551



$

(747,342)



$

(609)



$

3,953,792



$

(47)



$

3,953,745


Net Income





660,442







660,442



(1,386)



659,056


Gas Cash Flow Hedge (Net of $24,583 Tax)







(34,268)





(34,268)





(34,268)


Actuarially Determined Long-Term Liability Adjustments (Net of ($276,928) Tax)







456,493





456,493





456,493


Comprehensive Income

     (Loss)





660,442



422,225





1,082,667



(1,386)



1,081,281


Issuance of Treasury Stock





(12,641)





609



(12,032)





(12,032)


Issuance of Common Stock

10



3,717









3,727





3,727


Tax Cost from Stock-Based Compensation



(2,075)









(2,075)





(2,075)


Amortization of Stock-Based Compensation Awards



66,042









66,042





66,042


Net Change in

     Noncontrolling Interest













1,433



1,433


Dividends ($0.375 per share)





(85,832)







(85,832)





(85,832)


Balance at December 31, 2013

$

2,294



$

2,364,592



$

2,964,520



$

(325,117)



$



$

5,006,289



$



$

5,006,289


 

 

CONSOL ENERGY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS


(Dollars in Thousands)


Three Months Ended


Year Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2013


2012


2013


2012

Operating Activities:


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

Net Income


$

737,739



$

149,640



$

659,056



$

388,073


Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income to Net Cash Provided By

Continuing Operating Activities:









Net Income from Discontinued Operations


(591,144)



(42,060)



(579,792)



(70,114)


Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization


122,285



110,573



461,122



427,115


Stock-Based Compensation


12,969



7,738



56,987



41,127


Gain on Sale of Assets


(15,273)



(91,602)



(67,480)



(282,006)


Deferred Income Taxes


(5,679)



(13,704)



(29,014)



10,899


Equity in Earnings of Affiliates


(12,857)



(4,372)



(33,133)



(27,048)


Changes in Operating Assets:









Accounts and Notes Receivable


124,825



(33,577)



135,970



(20,218)


Inventories


1,894



18,773



12,894



21,166


Prepaid Expenses


5,469



9,457



(3,219)



12,435


Changes in Other Assets


5,489



1,920



31,146



(7,041)


Changes in Operating Liabilities:









Accounts Payable


(81,457)



(16,134)



(99,944)



(23,918)


Other Operating Liabilities


(212,077)



(1,504)



(39,464)



(50,790)


Changes in Other Liabilities


11,030



448



5,844



12,876


Other


9,450



6,744



42,597



24,786


Net Cash Provided by Continuing Operations


112,663



102,340



553,570



457,342


Net Cash (Used In) Provided by Discontinued Operating Activities


(42,908)



95,610



105,206



270,771


Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities


69,755



197,950



658,776



728,113


Investing Activities:









Capital Expenditures


(482,722)



(294,764)



(1,496,056)



(1,245,497)


Changes in Restricted Cash


12,263



(48,294)



68,673



(48,294)


Proceeds from Sales of Assets


19,367



62,623



483,969



645,621


Investments in Equity Affiliates


(17,600)



(4,750)



(35,712)



(23,451)


Net Cash Used in Continuing Operations


(468,692)



(285,185)



(979,126)



(671,621)


Net Cash Provided by (Used In) Discontinued Investing Activities


826,148



(128,445)



777,145



(328,789)


Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities


357,456



(413,630)



(201,981)



(1,000,410)


Financing Activities:









Payments on Short-Term Borrowings


(47,000)








Proceeds from (Payments on) Miscellaneous Borrowings


292



22,289



(31,544)



16,195


(Payments on) Proceeds from Securitization Facility


(44,364)



37,846



(37,846)



37,846


Tax Benefit from Stock-Based Compensation


613



6,100



2,929



8,678


Dividends Paid


(28,621)



(56,988)



(85,832)



(142,278)


Proceeds from Issuance of Common Stock


1,029



7,044



3,727



8,278


Issuance of Treasury Stock


(2,760)



(9,594)



(2,151)



(9,485)


Debt Issuance and Financing Fees




17





(210)


Net Cash (Used in) Provided by Continuing Operations


(120,811)



6,714



(150,717)



(80,976)


Net Cash Used in Discontinued Financing Activities


(66)



(130)



(520)



(601)


Net Cash (Used in) Provided by Financing Activities


(120,877)



6,584



(151,237)



(81,577)


Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents


306,334



(209,096)



305,558



(353,874)


Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period


21,086



230,958



21,862



375,736


Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period


$

327,420



$

21,862



$

327,420



$

21,862


 

SOURCE CONSOL Energy Inc.

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