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Peabody Energy Prepays $75 Million Of Debt And Enhances Financial Flexibility

Monday, November 19, 2012

Peabody Energy Prepays $75 Million Of Debt And Enhances Financial Flexibility15:57 EST Monday, November 19, 2012ST. LOUIS, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) today announced that the company has voluntarily prepaid $75 million of term-loan borrowings, bringing year to date debt repayments to more than $380 million.(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120724/CG44353LOGO)The company also has amended its 2010 credit facility and 2011 term loan facility to increase financial flexibility by temporarily expanding its maximum leverage ratio covenant through 2014.  The covenant ratio has been expanded to accommodate the effects of any near-term market challenges based on macro-economic conditions. Peabody Energy is the world's largest private-sector coal company and a global leader in sustainable mining and clean coal solutions. The company serves metallurgical and thermal coal customers in more than 25 countries on six continents. For further information, go to PeabodyEnergy.com and CoalCanDoThat.com.  CONTACT:Vic Svec(314) 342-7768 SOURCE Peabody Energy