|Arch Coal, Inc. Announces New Share Repurchase Program|
ST. LOUIS, (September 21, 2006) – Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized the company to repurchase up to 14,000,000 shares of its common stock, effective immediately. The timing of any purchases, and the ultimate number of shares to be purchased, will depend on market conditions. The shares will be acquired in the open market or through private transactions in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission requirements. The company had 143,544,602 common shares outstanding as of September 15, 2006.
"The long-term outlook for the U.S. coal sector continues to strengthen, and we believe that Arch's extensive reserve base, highly productive operations and skilled workforce position the company for future success," said Steven F. Leer, Arch's chairman and chief executive officer. "As a result, Arch's board and management consider the company's stock to be an attractive investment option, and we view share repurchase as an effective way to create value for shareholders."
Arch Coal is the nation's second largest coal producer. The company's core business is providing U.S. power generators with clean-burning, low-sulfur coal for electric generation. Through its national network of mines, Arch supplies the fuel for approximately 6% of the electricity generated in the United States.
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