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Patriot Coal Plan Filed

Patriot Coal filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court a Fourth Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization. A related Disclosure Statement was not filed as a result of the August 7, 2013 Court order approving the Disclosure Statement. The Plan explains, “On the Effective Date, the New Certificate of Incorporation shall have provided for sufficient shares of authorized New Common Stock to effectuate the issuances of New Common Stock contemplated by the Plan, and Reorganized Patriot Coal shall issue or reserve for issuance a sufficient number of shares of New Common Stock to effectuate such issuances….Any share of New Common Stock issued to a Creditor of any Subsidiary Debtor shall be treated as (a) a contribution of cash by Reorganized Patriot Coal to the applicable Debtor in the amount equal to the fair market value of such New Common Stock, followed by (b) the issuance of New Common Stock by Reorganized Patriot Coal to the applicable Debtor in return for such cash, followed by (c) the transfer of the New Common Stock by the applicable Debtor to the applicable Creditor….Among other things, the New Certificate of Incorporation will require notice to Reorganized Patriot Coal of any proposed transfer of New Class A Common Stock or other New Securities and will restrict such transfer if Reorganized Patriot Coal determines that the transfer would, if effected, result in Reorganized Patriot Coal potentially having 2,000 or more holders of record of New Common Stock or 500 or more non-accredited holders of record of New Common Stock (in each case as determined under the Exchange Act)….The Plan implements and incorporates by reference the UMWA Settlement, including, without limitation, the discharge, exculpation and release provisions contained therein, which provisions are integral to and not severable from the Plan. Upon the Effective Date, pursuant to the VFA, the Patriot Retirees VEBA shall receive the UMWA Stock Allocation and such other consideration that is contemplated by the VFA to be provided to the Patriot Retirees VEBA on the Effective Date….Upon the Effective Date, pursuant to the Non-Union Retiree Settlement Order, the Non-Union Retiree VEBA shall receive $3.75 million in Cash. The Arch Settlement shall become effective on the Effective Date….The Peabody Settlement shall become effective in accordance with its terms.”

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George notes, "We see additional upside for the stock in 2018 as management's efforts continue to bear fruit, though the gains will likely be more muted than we saw in 2017."