PEABODY ENERGY CORP false 0001064728 0001064728 2020-04-03 2020-04-03







Form 8-K





Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 3, 2020



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)







(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)


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(I.R.S. Employer
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701 Market Street, St. Louis, Missouri



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Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (314) 342-3400


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Item 2.03. Creation of a Direct Financial Obligations under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.

On April 3, 2020, out of an abundance of caution, Peabody Energy Corporation (the “Company”) borrowed $300.0 million under its $565.0 million revolving credit facility that is scheduled to mature in September 2023 (the “Revolving Facility”) to ensure it maintains ample financial flexibility in light of the current uncertainty in the global markets caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. While the Company does not currently expect to use the proceeds from these borrowings for any liquidity needs, the Company may use the proceeds in the future for general corporate purposes. As of December 31, 2019, no loans were outstanding under the Revolving Facility and there were $66.4 million of letters of credit issued and outstanding under the Revolving Facility. The Company believes that the proceeds from these borrowings, when combined with cash on hand (which was approximately $732 million as of December 31, 2019), provides it with adequate flexibility in the current environment.

The Revolving Facility was established pursuant to that certain credit agreement, dated as of April 3, 2017 (as amended, supplemented or otherwise modified, the “Credit Agreement”), among the Company, as borrower, the lenders party thereto from time to time and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent. The current interest rate for borrowings under the Revolving Facility is LIBOR or an alternate base rate plus an applicable rate, which is determined based on the Company’s first lien leverage ratio, which are currently 3.00% and 2.00%, respectively.

Forward-looking statements.

This Current Report on Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the securities laws. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include words or variation of words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “targets,” “would,” “will,” “should,” “goal,” “could” or “may” or other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements provide management’s current expectations or predictions of future conditions, events or results. All statements that address operating performance, events or developments that Peabody expects will occur in the future are forward-looking statements. They may include estimates of revenues, income, earnings per share, cost savings, capital expenditures, dividends, share repurchases, liquidity, capital structure, market share, industry volume, or other financial items, descriptions of management’s plans or objectives for future operations, or descriptions of assumptions underlying any of the above. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and reflect Peabody’s good faith beliefs, assumptions and expectations, but they are not guarantees of future performance or events. Furthermore, Peabody disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, except as required by law. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, a variety of economic, competitive and regulatory factors, many of which are beyond Peabody’s control, including the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and factors that are described in Peabody’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2019, and other factors that Peabody may describe from time to time in other filings with the SEC. You may get such filings for free at Peabody’s website at You should understand that it is not possible to predict or identify all such factors and, consequently, you should not consider any such list to be a complete set of all potential risks or uncertainties.


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 hereunto duly authorized.





April 3, 2020





/s/ Mark A. Spurbeck





Mark A. Spurbeck





Interim Chief Financial Officer

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