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Consol Energy Inc. (NYSE:CNX), a US coal and gas producer, announced that it has formed a master limited partnership (MLP) for its thermal coal business.

Consol Energy Inc. (NYSE:CNX), a US coal and gas producer, announced that it has formed a master limited partnership (MLP) for its thermal coal business. The company expects to start an initial public offering of the MLP in mid-2015.

The company also said it will pursue the structuring and formation of a subsidiary entity for the purpose of owning Consol Energy’s metallurgical coal properties and related mining operations, with a view to conducting an initial public offering of up to 20 percent of the subsidiary’s equity in the second half of 2015. Furthermore, Consol’s board of directors has approved a two-year share repurchase program of up to $250 million.

As quoted in the press release:

The purpose of the MLP would be to own interests in certain of CONSOL Energy’s thermal coal properties and related mining operations located in Pennsylvania, including its Bailey Mine, Enlow Fork Mine, Harvey Mine and the related preparation plant. CONSOL Energy expects to commence an initial public offering of the MLP in mid-2015. Following the closing of the initial public offering by the MLP, CONSOL Energy would own the general partner of the MLP, any incentive distribution rights and a majority of the limited partner interests of the MLP.

CONSOL Energy believes that these transactions would achieve four objectives: (i) they bring the value of its thermal and metallurgical coal assets forward, thereby increasing CONSOL’s net asset value per share, (ii) they improve transparency into the value of these assets, which will permit a more accurate sum-of-the-parts valuation, (iii) they provide additional vehicles for accessing the capital markets on favorable terms, and (iv) they allow CONSOL to retain control of these assets so it can continue to realize the operational synergies that exist between its natural gas and coal businesses. CONSOL Energy would designate separate management teams to run each of these businesses so as to most effectively maintain operational focus.

Consol Energy President and Chief Executive Officer Nick DeIuliis stated:

In addition to focusing on the steady execution of our core businesses, we have been hard at work on creating structural transparency, bringing value forward and taking advantage of opportunities for share count reduction. The culmination of the structural moves completed in 2014 and anticipated for 2015 are intended to improve CONSOL’s valuation by providing straightforward, sum-of-the-parts analytics and reducing the risk to the E&P growth plan, which we continue to target at 30% year-over-year growth in 2015 and 2016. The stock repurchase program reaffirms our belief in the value inherent in CONSOL Energy, and our commitment to returning value to our shareholders.

Click here for the Consol Energy Inc. (NYSE:CNX) press release.

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