SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT TO
SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): November 22, 2005
ALLIANCE RESOURCE PARTNERS, L.P.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
|Commission File No.: 0-26823||(IRS Employer Identification No.)|
1717 South Boulder Avenue, Suite 600, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74119
(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
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ITEM 7.01 REGULATION FD DISCLOSURE
On November 22, 2005, Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (Holdings), an entity formed to hold certain of our general partner interests, incentive distribution rights, and 15,550,628 of our common units currently held by entities controlled by Joseph W. Craft III and our management investors, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the Commission) a Registration Statement on Form S-1 (the S-1) relating to the proposed initial public offering of Holdings.
The S-1 contains information with respect to the estimated minimum consolidated EBITDA necessary for Holdings to make full quarterly distributions to its unitholders for the twelve months ended December 31, 2006. For more information, please see Cash Distribution Policy and Restrictions on Distributions in Holdings S-1.
The S-1 also contains disclosure indicating that the transactions surrounding the completion by Holdings of its proposed
initial public offering are expected to result in a technical termination of ARLPs partnership for federal income tax purposes. If Holdings initial public offering is completed, this expected termination would require ARLP to make new
tax elections, including a new election under Section 754 of the Internal Revenue Code, and such termination would result in a deferral of ARLPs deductions for depreciation. For more information regarding technical termination, please see
Material Tax ConsequencesDisposition of
UnitsConstructive Termination and Risk FactorsRisks Related to Alliance Resource Partners BusinessThe Sale or exchange of 50% or more of ARLPs capital and profits interests within a 12-month period will result in the termination of ARLPs partnership for federal income tax purposes in Holdings S-1.
The S-1 also contains information reflecting the settlement of ARLPs previously disclosed contractual dispute with ICG, LLC, or ICG. Under this settlement, effective August 1, 2005, ARLPs Pontiki mine will ship coal in approximate even monthly quantities until the remaining contract obligation of 1,681,303 tons is shipped, and this contract will terminate on or by December 31, 2006. Under the terms of the settlement, the existing coal supply agreement was amended to change the coal quality specifications and to exclude from the definition of force majeure the events of railroad car shortages and geological and quality issues with respect to coal. As part of this settlement, ARLP and ICG also executed a new coal sales agreement whereby another subsidiary of ARLP will purchase 892,000 tons of coal from ICG, which ARLP expects to resell at a profit.
B. Limitation on Incorporation by Reference
In accordance with General Instruction B.2 of Form 8-K, the information set forth in this Item 7.01 shall not be deemed to be filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall such information be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing. The information set forth in this Item 7.01 shall not be deemed an admission as to the materiality of any information in this report on Form 8-K that is required to be disclosed solely to satisfy the requirements of Regulation FD.
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, thereunto duly authorized.
|Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.|
Alliance Resource Management GP, LLC,
its managing general partner
/s/ Joseph W. Craft III
Joseph W. Craft III
President and Chief Executive Officer
Date: November 22, 2005