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 Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. Reports Strong Financial and Operating Results, Including Increased Quarterly and Annual Net Income and EBITDA; Maintains Quarterly Cash Distribution of $0.4375 Per Unit; and Provides Initial 2017 Guidance
   Monday, January 30, 2017 7:00:01 AM ET

Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (ARLP ) today reported financial and operating results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2016 (the "2016 Quarter" and the "2016 Year", respectively). Led by increased coal sales volumes and significantly lower operating expenses, net income for the 2016 Quarter increased to $119.6 million, or $1.30 per basic and diluted limited partner unit ("EPU"), compared to $21.5 million, or $(0.19) per EPU, for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 (the "2015 Quarter"). EBITDA increased to $208.9 million in the 2016 Quarter, a jump of 74.1% compared to $120.0 million in the 2015 Quarter. Comparative results for net income and EBITDA between the 2016 and 2015 Quarters also reflect the net negative impact of $66.9 million of non-cash items incurred during the 2015 Quarter, which are discussed in more detail below. Excluding these non-cash items from the 2015 Quarter, ARLP’s Adjusted net income and Adjusted EBITDA for the 2016 Quarter exceeded the 2015 Quarter by 35.3% and 11.8%, respectively. (Consolidated net income includes earnings and losses attributable to both ARLP and non-controlling interests. Unless otherwise noted, any reference to net income in this release represents net income attributable to ARLP. For a definition of Adjusted net income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and related reconciliations to comparable GAAP financial measures, please see the end of this release.)



ARLP’s financial performance for the 2016 Quarter also improved compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2016 (the "Sequential Quarter"). Lower operating expenses for the Partnership during the 2016 Quarter, helped drive net income higher by 33.2% and EBITDA up by 17.0%, in each case compared to the Sequential Quarter. Led by higher production and sales volumes from our Hamilton longwall operation, Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton dropped 19.3% in the Illinois Basin segment compared to the Sequential Quarter. (For a definition of Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton and related reconciliation to comparable GAAP financial measures, please see the end of this release.)

Net income for the 2016 Year rose 10.8% to $339.4 million, or $3.39 per EPU, compared to $306.2 million, or $2.11 per EPU for the year ended December 31, 2015 (the "2015 Year"). Total revenues were $1.93 billion in the 2016 Year compared to $2.27 billion in the 2015 Year, as coal sales revenues were impacted by lower coal sales prices and planned reductions in coal sales and production volumes. Other sales and operating revenues were also lower following our acquisition of the remaining equity interests in White Oak Resources LLC ("White Oak") in July 2015 (the "White Oak Acquisition"). Reduced total operating expenses and equity in loss of affiliates related to White Oak more than offset lower revenues, leading to a 3.5% increase in EBITDA to $692.7 million for the 2016 Year, compared to $669.6 million for the 2015 Year. As discussed below, comparative results between the 2016 and 2015 Years also reflect the negative net impact of $77.6 million of non-cash items incurred during the 2015 Year. Excluding these non-cash items from the 2015 Year, ARLP’s Adjusted net income and Adjusted EBITDA for the 2016 Year were lower by 11.6% and 7.3%, respectively, compared to the 2015 Year. Increased EPU for the 2016 Year reflects higher net income and reduced incentive distribution rights allocated to ARLP’s managing general partner, both as compared to the 2015 Year.

As previously announced, the Board of Directors of ARLP’s managing general partner approved a cash distribution to unitholders for the 2016 Quarter of $0.4375 per unit (an annualized rate of $1.75 per unit), payable on February 14, 2017 to all unitholders of record as of the close of trading on February 7, 2017. The announced distribution is equal to the distribution declared for the Sequential Quarter and compares to the quarterly unitholder distribution of $0.675 per unit for the 2015 Quarter.

"ARLP finished the year impressively. Significantly lower operating expenses for the 2016 Quarter and the 2016 Year, combined with coal sales volumes in the 2016 Quarter that nearly matched our record shipments achieved in the Sequential Quarter, led ARLP to another strong performance for the 2016 Quarter and Year," said Joseph W. Craft III, President and Chief Executive Officer. "This performance solidified ARLP’s industry leading financial metrics among U.S. coal companies and reflects the remarkable resilience of our employees. Faced with dismal market conditions at the beginning of 2016, our teams successfully responded by capitalizing on opportunities to strengthen our sales contract portfolio and implementing initiatives to reduce operating expenses and minimize capital expenditures by maximizing production at our lowest-cost mines."

Mr. Craft added, "During the 2016 Year, ARLP paid down $269.4 million of debt as our distribution coverage ratio improved to 2.9 times for the 2016 Quarter and 1.98 times for the full year. In addition, we recently completed an amendment and extension of ARLP’s revolving credit facility, keeping our balance sheet strong and providing sufficient liquidity to execute our plans. Through the dedicated efforts of the men and women at ARLP, we enter 2017 poised to benefit from improving coal markets. Based on our results, strong distribution coverage and expectations for the future, we are hopeful ARLP can return to our prior pattern of quarterly distribution increases in the future."

Consolidated Financial Results

Three Months Ended December 31, 2016 Compared to Three Months Ended December 31, 2015

Revenues for the 2016 Quarter decreased 2.7% to $527.4 million, compared to the 2015 Quarter, due to lower coal sales price realizations offset in part by increased coal sales volumes and higher other sales and operating revenues. Strong sales performance at the River View, Gibson South, Hamilton and Tunnel Ridge mines drove total coal sales volumes higher by 5.3% to 10.5 million tons in the 2016 Quarter. Reflecting operating adjustments made in response to market conditions, coal production decreased 2.3% in the 2016 Quarter to 9.5 million tons.

Operating expenses improved significantly in the 2016 Quarter, decreasing 12.0% to $291.3 million primarily as a result of the previously discussed reduction of coal production volumes, a favorable production-cost mix due to ARLP’s initiatives to shift production to lower-cost operations and reduced selling expenses offset in part by increased sales from the Hamilton mine and a 1.0 million ton reduction of coal inventory during the 2016 Quarter. The lower-cost production mix and higher productivity from our Tunnel Ridge and Gibson South mines contributed to drive Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton down by 16.5% in the 2016 Quarter, to $27.72 per ton compared to $33.19 per ton in the 2015 Quarter.

General and administrative expenses increased $4.4 million to $19.5 million in the 2016 Quarter, primarily due to higher incentive compensation expenses. Depreciation, depletion and amortization decreased $9.1 million to $81.9 million in the 2016 Quarter, primarily due to the depletion of reserves at our Elk Creek mine in the first quarter of 2016 offset in part by accelerated depreciation at our Pattiki mine, which ceased production in the 2016 Quarter.

As noted above, the 2015 Quarter was also impacted by $66.9 million of net non-cash items, including impairment charges totaling $89.4 million comprised of $66.9 million related to the idling of our Onton mine, $19.5 million primarily related to lower coal sales prices at the MC Mining mine and $3.0 million related to surrendered coal leases, which charges were partially offset by a $22.5 million non-cash net gain related to final business combination accounting for the White Oak Acquisition.

Year Ended December 31, 2016 Compared to Year Ended December 31, 2015

Coal sales revenues in the 2016 Year were $1.86 billion, compared to $2.16 billion for the 2015 Year. Reduced coal sales revenues were primarily the result of lower sales and production volumes due to idling our Onton and Gibson North mines in the 2015 Quarter and the planned depletion of reserves at our Elk Creek mine in the first quarter of 2016. Compared to the 2015 Year, these reductions were partially offset by additional volumes from our Tunnel Ridge, Gibson South and Hamilton mines. ARLP’s coal sales revenue was also negatively impacted by lower total average coal sales price realizations in the 2016 Year, which decreased 5.3% to $50.76 per ton sold compared to $53.62 per ton sold in the 2015 Year.

Other sales and operating revenues were $39.6 million in the 2016 Year compared to $82.1 million for the 2015 Year due to the absence of coal royalty and surface facilities revenues from White Oak following the White Oak Acquisition.

Operating expenses improved significantly in the 2016 Year, decreasing 17.3% to $1.14 billion primarily as a result of the previously discussed factors benefiting operating expenses in the 2016 Quarter. The lower-cost production mix and higher productivity from our Tunnel Ridge and Gibson South mines contributed to drive Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton down by 9.2% to $31.07 in the 2016 Year compared to $34.20 in the 2015 Year.

General and administrative expenses increased $5.0 million to $72.5 million in the 2016 Year, primarily as a result of higher incentive compensation expenses. Depreciation, depletion and amortization decreased $11.2 million to $322.5 million in the 2016 Year , primarily as a result of the previously discussed volume reductions at our Onton, Gibson North and Elk Creek mines, partially offset by increases associated with the acquisition of the Hamilton mine in July 2015 and at our Pattiki mine.

For the 2016 Year, we recognized equity in income of affiliates of $3.5 million compared to equity in loss of affiliates of $49.0 million for the 2015 Year. The change in equity in income of affiliates is due to the previously discussed elimination of losses related to our previous position as a non-controlling equity owner in White Oak prior to the White Oak Acquisition and an increase in equity earnings from our investments in oil and gas mineral interests.

Comparative results were impacted by several non-cash items totaling $77.6 million incurred in the 2015 Year, including a $22.5 million net gain related to the final business combination accounting for the White Oak Acquisition and $100.1 million of impairment charges comprised of $66.9 million related to the idling of our Onton mine, $19.5 million primarily related to lower coal sales prices at the MC Mining complex and $13.7 million due to the surrender of undeveloped coal reserve leases and related property.

Regional Results and Analysis

                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                  % Change
                                                                                                              2016 Fourth                       2015 Fourth                       Quarter /                       2016 Third                                 % Change
(in millions, except per ton data)                                                                              Quarter                           Quarter                          Quarter                          Quarter                                 Sequential
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Illinois Basin
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  Tons sold                                                                                                         8.020                            7.809                         2.7 %                                7.853                         2.1 %
  Coal sales price per ton (1)                                                                                   $  45.56                          $ 49.96                       (8.8) %                             $  47.48                       (4.0) %
  Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton (2)                                                                    $  25.39                          $ 28.33                      (10.4) %                             $  31.45                      (19.3) %
  Segment Adjusted EBITDA (2)                                                                                    $  162.0                          $ 171.3                       (5.4) %                             $  126.0                        28.6 %
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Appalachia
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  Tons sold                                                                                                         2.498                            2.163                        15.5 %                                2.855                      (12.5) %
  Coal sales price per ton (1)                                                                                   $  52.80                          $ 61.08                      (13.6) %                             $  53.22                       (0.8) %
  Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton (2)                                                                    $  33.81                          $ 47.97                      (29.5) %                             $  33.49                         1.0 %
  Segment Adjusted EBITDA (2)                                                                                    $   48.1                          $  29.1                        65.3 %                             $   57.1                      (15.8) %
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Total (3)
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  Tons sold                                                                                                        10.503                            9.971                         5.3 %                               10.757                       (2.4) %
  Coal sales price per ton (1)                                                                                   $  48.01                          $ 52.70                       (8.9) %                             $  49.63                       (3.3) %
  Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton (2)                                                                    $  27.72                          $ 33.19                      (16.5) %                             $  32.44                      (14.5) %
  Segment Adjusted EBITDA (2)                                                                                    $  228.4                          $ 202.0                        13.1 %                             $  196.6                        16.2 %
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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(1)         Sales price per ton is defined as total coal sales divided by total
                               tons sold.
(2)                            For definitions of Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton and
                               Segment Adjusted EBITDA and related reconciliations to comparable
                               GAAP financial measures, please see the end of this release.
(3)                            Total reflects consolidated results which include the other and
                               corporate segment and eliminations in addition to the Illinois Basin
                               and Appalachia segments highlighted above.
                                

Increased sales performance from the Tunnel Ridge longwall operation drove coal sales tons for the 2016 Quarter higher in Appalachia by 15.5% compared to the 2015 Quarter. In the Illinois Basin, coal sales volumes increased 2.7% compared to the 2015 Quarter reflecting increased sales from coal inventories across the region and strong sales performance at our low-cost River View, Gibson South and Hamilton operations, offset in part by the idling of our Onton and Gibson North mines in the 2015 Quarter, the planned depletion of reserves at our Elk Creek mine in the first quarter of 2016, the closure of the Pattiki mine in the 2016 Quarter and reduced sales from our Dotiki mine. Compared to the Sequential Quarter, coal sales tons decreased by 12.5% in Appalachia due to lower sales volumes at the Tunnel Ridge and Mettiki mines. In the Illinois Basin, increased volumes at the Hamilton operation drove coal sales tons higher by 2.1% compared to the Sequential Quarter. ARLP ended the 2016 Quarter with total coal inventory of 1.0 million tons, a reduction of approximately 1.4 million tons compared to the end of the 2015 Quarter.

ARLP’s total coal sales price per ton in the 2016 Quarter decreased compared to both the 2015 and Sequential Quarters as current market conditions continued to impact average price realizations in both Appalachia and the Illinois Basin.

Total Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton improved by 16.5% compared to the 2015 Quarter as a result of reduced expenses per ton in both the Illinois Basin and Appalachian regions. In the Illinois Basin, Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton decreased by 10.4% compared to the 2015 Quarter primarily due to a favorable production mix in the 2016 Quarter as discussed above and improved recoveries at our River View, Gibson South and Hamilton mines, offset in part by higher inventory charges at these mines. Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton in Appalachia decreased by 29.5% compared to the 2015 Quarter as a result of increased production and improved productivity and recoveries from our low-cost Tunnel Ridge longwall operation and our Mettiki mine. Sequentially, total Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton decreased 14.5% as a result of lower expenses per ton in the Illinois Basin partially offset by increased expenses per ton in Appalachia. Both segments benefited sequentially from favorable workers’ compensation actuarial adjustments. Lower expenses per ton in the Illinois Basin reflect increased longwall production and improved recoveries at the Hamilton mine compared to the Sequential Quarter. Expenses per ton increased in Appalachia compared to the Sequential Quarter primarily due to higher inventory charges and a longwall move at Tunnel Ridge in the 2016 Quarter.

Outlook

"Entering 2017, supply-demand fundamentals continue to point to a cyclical recovery in the U.S. thermal coal market," said Mr. Craft. "Meaningfully higher natural gas prices and a colder winter have prompted us to expect increased coal demand for the first half of 2017 compared to last year. Producers have demonstrated supply discipline as evidenced by an 18% decline in domestic coal production and an estimated 25 million ton stockpile reduction during 2016. A resurgence in the export coal markets has added further support to improved U.S. market conditions. With expectations of a stronger thermal market, ARLP is planning for increased production and sales volumes, coming primarily from our Illinois Basin operations, as outlined below. Longer term, we are hopeful the new Trump administration will remove the threat of the Clean Power Plan and further reduce the regulatory overreach which has burdened the industry over the last few years, providing clarity for stable, and potentially growing, coal demand over the next decade."

Mr. Craft added, "With our low-cost, strategically-located operations, strong market presence, robust distribution coverage and conservative balance sheet, ARLP is well positioned to deliver industry leading performance and value for our unitholders for the foreseeable future."

For 2017, ARLP is providing the following full year guidance for its operating and investment activities:

Capital Expenditures and Investments - Total 2017 capital expenditures for ARLP’s operating activities are currently estimated in a range of $145.0 million to $165.0 million. Capital expenditures for 2017 are primarily related to maintenance capital expenditures including equipment rebuilds and replacements and mine extension and other infrastructure projects at various operations. Based on utilization of used equipment previously acquired from others and re-deployment of equipment from ARLP’s idled operations to other mines, we are currently estimating maintenance capital expenditures of approximately $3.80 per ton produced in 2017. Considering its current five-year planning horizon, ARLP is estimating total average maintenance capital expenditures of approximately $4.25 per ton produced for long-term distribution planning purposes. Depreciation, depletion and amortization in 2017 is estimated in a range of $265.0 million to $275.0 million.

In addition to these capital expenditures, ARLP has recently committed to fund an additional $30.0 million toward the acquisition of oil and gas mineral interests and currently expects to fund in 2017 approximately $20.0 million to $30.0 million for this activity.

Coal Production and Sales Volumes - During 2017, coal production is currently estimated in a range of 37.9 million to 38.9 million tons and sales volumes are expected in a range of 37.9 million to 39.2 million tons. ARLP has secured price commitments for approximately 34.9 million tons in 2017 and has also secured coal sales and price commitments for approximately 18.9 million tons, 9.0 million tons and 4.3 million tons in 2018, 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Revenue, Net Income and EBITDA - Based on current expectations, ARLP is estimating 2017 revenues, excluding transportation revenues, in a range of $1.71 billion to $1.78 billion, net income in a range of $250.0 million to $315.0 million and EBITDA in a range of $550.0 million to $615.0 million. These 2017 estimates for net income and EBITDA include a contribution of approximately $9.0 million to $10.0 million related to our investments in oil and gas mineral interests. (For a definition of EBITDA and related reconciliations to comparable GAAP financial measures, please see the end of this release.)

Per Ton Estimates - ARLP currently anticipates its average coal sales price per ton at the midpoint of its 2017 guidance ranges will be 12.0% to 13.0% lower than 2016 realizations, primarily due to the deterioration in near-term coal markets. Our ongoing efforts to enhance operational efficiency and reduce costs are expected to result in further improvements to ARLP’s cost performance and, as a result, we currently anticipate total Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton at the 2017 midpoint will be 6.0% to 8.0% lower than 2016 levels. Based on these price and cost estimates, total Segment Adjusted EBITDA per ton sold at the 2017 midpoint is currently expected to be approximately 17.0% to 22.0% below the prior year.

Financing Update - ARLP recently completed an amendment of its revolving credit facility (the "Credit Facility"). The amendment was supported by ten existing and five new lenders and provides for a $479.8 million senior secured Credit Facility maturing on May 23, 2019. For extending and new lenders, pricing under the amended Credit Facility increased modestly by 85.0 to 95.0 basis points for borrowings and 10.0 to 17.5 basis points for undrawn facility fees. With respect to the remaining $50.0 million balance on our existing term loan, which will be fully repaid in May 2017, interest paid to extending lenders will also be at this revised rate.

A conference call regarding ARLP’s 2016 Quarter and Year financial results and 2017 outlook is scheduled for today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. To participate in the conference call, dial (855) 793-3259 and provide conference number 48863667. International callers should dial (631) 485-4928 and provide the same conference number. Investors may also listen to the call via the "investor information" section of ARLP’s website at http://www.arlp.com .

An audio replay of the conference call will be available for approximately one week. To access the audio replay, dial (855) 859-2056 and provide conference number 48863667. International callers should dial (404) 537-3406 and provide the same conference number.

About Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.

ARLP is a diversified producer and marketer of coal to major United States utilities and industrial users. ARLP, the nation’s first publicly traded master limited partnership involved in the production and marketing of coal, is currently the second largest coal producer in the eastern United States with mining operations in the Illinois Basin and Appalachian coal producing regions.

ARLP currently operates eight mining complexes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and West Virginia. ARLP also operates a coal loading terminal on the Ohio River at Mount Vernon, Indiana.

News, unit prices and additional information about ARLP, including filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are available at http://www.arlp.com . For more information, contact the investor relations department of Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. at (918) 295-7674 or via e-mail at investorrelations@arlp.com.

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The statements and projections used throughout this release are based on current expectations. These statements and projections are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially. These projections do not include the potential impact of any mergers, acquisitions or other business combinations that may occur after the date of this release. At the end of this release, we have included more information regarding business risks that could affect our results.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: With the exception of historical matters, any matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from projected results. These risks, uncertainties and contingencies include, but are not limited to, the following: changes in coal prices, which could affect our operating results and cash flows; changes in competition in coal markets and our ability to respond to such changes; legislation, regulations, and court decisions and interpretations thereof, including those relating to the environment and the release of greenhouse gases, mining, miner health and safety and health care; deregulation of the electric utility industry or the effects of any adverse change in the coal industry, electric utility industry, or general economic conditions; risks associated with the expansion of our operations and properties; dependence on significant customer contracts, including renewing existing contracts upon expiration; adjustments made in price, volume or terms to existing coal supply agreements; changing global economic conditions or in industries in which our customers operate; liquidity constraints, including those resulting from any future unavailability of financing; customer bankruptcies, cancellations or breaches to existing contracts, or other failures to perform; customer delays, failure to take coal under contracts or defaults in making payments; fluctuations in coal demand, prices and availability; we have made investments in oil and gas mineral interests through Cavalier Minerals JV, LLC and the value of those investments and related cash flows may be materially adversely affected by a continuation or worsening of depressed oil and gas prices; our productivity levels and margins earned on our coal sales; the coal industry’s share of electricity generation, including as a result of environmental concerns related to coal mining and combustion and the cost and perceived benefits of other sources of electricity, such as natural gas, nuclear energy and renewable fuels; changes in raw material costs; changes in the availability of skilled labor; our ability to maintain satisfactory relations with our employees; increases in labor costs including costs of health insurance and taxes resulting from the Affordable Care Act, adverse changes in work rules, or cash payments or projections associated with post-mine reclamation and workers’ compensation claims; increases in transportation costs and risk of transportation delays or interruptions; operational interruptions due to geologic, permitting, labor, weather-related or other factors; risks associated with major mine-related accidents, such as mine fires, or interruptions; results of litigation, including claims not yet asserted; difficulty maintaining our surety bonds for mine reclamation as well as workers’ compensation and black lung benefits; difficulty in making accurate assumptions and projections regarding pension, black lung benefits and other post-retirement benefit liabilities; uncertainties in estimating and replacing our coal reserves; a loss or reduction of benefits from certain tax deductions and credits; difficulty obtaining commercial property insurance, and risks associated with our participation (excluding any applicable deductible) in the commercial insurance property program; and difficulty in making accurate assumptions and projections regarding future revenues and costs associated with equity investments in companies we do not control.

Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in ARLP’s public periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including ARLP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, filed on February 26, 2016 and ARLP’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2016, June 30, 2016 and September 30, 2016, filed on May 10, 2016, August 5, 2016 and November 8, 2016, respectively, with the SEC. Except as required by applicable securities laws, ARLP does not intend to update its forward-looking statements.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND OPERATING DATA
                                                                                                                                                           (In thousands, except unit and per unit data)
                                                                                                                                                                            (Unaudited)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                                                  Three Months Ended                                                                                                       Year Ended
                                                                                                                                                                                     December 31,                                                                                                         December 31,
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                                                                                                                                                             2016                                                     2015                                                     2016                                                        2015
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Tons Sold                                                                                                                                                                 10,503                                                    9,971                                                   36,680                                                         40,247
Tons Produced                                                                                                                                                              9,485                                                    9,707                                                   35,244                                                         41,178
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
SALES AND OPERATING REVENUES:
  Coal sales                                                                                                                                                    $        504,210                                         $        525,513                                         $      1,861,788                                         $            2,158,006
  Transportation revenues                                                                                                                                                 10,379                                                    9,274                                                   30,111                                                         33,597
  Other sales and operating revenues                                                                                                                   12,811                                 7,365                                39,554                                      82,130
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   Total revenues                                                                                                                                     527,400                               542,152                             1,931,453                                   2,273,733
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EXPENSES:
  Operating expenses (excluding depreciation, depletion and                                                                                                              291,335                                                  331,099                                                1,138,848                                                      1,377,053
  amortization)
  Transportation expenses                                                                                                                                                 10,379                                                    9,274                                                   30,111                                                         33,597
  Outside coal purchases                                                                                                                                          --                                                        1                                                    1,514                                                            327
  General and administrative                                                                                                                                              19,514                                                   15,148                                                   72,529                                                         67,484
  Depreciation, depletion and amortization                                                                                                                                81,869                                                   90,983                                                  322,509                                                        333,713
  Asset impairment                                                                                                                             --                                89,435                        --                                     100,130
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   Total operating expenses                                                                                                                           403,097                               535,940                             1,565,511                                   1,912,304
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INCOME FROM OPERATIONS                                                                                                                                                   124,303                                                    6,212                                                  365,942                                                        361,429
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  Interest expense, net                                                                                                                                                  (7,283)                                                  (7,527)                                                 (30,669)                                                       (31,153)
  Interest income                                                                                                                                                              2                                                       38                                                       10                                                          1,459
  Equity in income (loss) of affiliates, net                                                                                                                               2,502                                                        3                                                    3,543                                                       (49,046)
  Acquisition gain, net                                                                                                                                           --                                                   22,548                                           --                                                         22,548
  Other income                                                                                                                                            180                                   205                                   725                                         955
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INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES                                                                                                                                               119,704                                                   21,479                                                  339,551                                                        306,192
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
INCOME TAX EXPENSE                                                                                                                                          9                                     4                                    13                                          21
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NET INCOME                                                                                                                                                               119,695                                                   21,475                                                  339,538                                                        306,171
  LESS: NET LOSS (INCOME) ATTRIBUTABLE TO NONCONTROLLING INTEREST                                                                                       (100)                        --                                 (140)                                          27
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NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO ALLIANCE RESOURCE PARTNERS, L.P. ("NET                                                                                               $        119,595                                         $         21,475                                         $        339,398                                         $              306,198
INCOME OF ARLP")
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GENERAL PARTNERS’ INTEREST IN NET INCOME OF ARLP                                                                                                                $         20,188                                         $         34,603                                         $         80,911                                         $              146,338
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LIMITED PARTNERS’ INTEREST IN NET INCOME OF ARLP                                                                                                                $         99,407                                         $       (13,128)                                         $        258,487                                         $              159,860
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BASIC AND DILUTED NET INCOME OF ARLP PER LIMITED PARTNER UNIT                                                                                                   $           1.30                                         $         (0.19)                                         $           3.39                                         $                 2.11
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DISTRIBUTIONS PAID PER LIMITED PARTNER UNIT                                                                                                                     $         0.4375                                         $         0.6750                                         $         1.9875                                         $               2.6625
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WEIGHTED-AVERAGE NUMBER OF UNITS OUTSTANDING - BASIC AND DILUTED                                                                      74,375,025                            74,188,784                            74,354,162                                  74,174,389
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                                                                                               CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                                                                                                 (In thousands, except unit data)
                                                                                                            (Unaudited)
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                             December 31,
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                                                                                                                                                 2016                                                       2015
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ASSETS
 CURRENT ASSETS:
    Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                                                         $      39,782                                         $               33,431
    Trade receivables                                                                                                                                       152,032                                                        122,875
    Other receivables                                                                                                                                           279                                                            696
    Due from affiliates                                                                                                                                         271                                                            190
    Inventories, net                                                                                                                                         61,051                                                        121,081
    Advance royalties, net                                                                                                                                    1,207                                                          6,820
    Prepaid expenses and other assets                                                                                                     22,050                                      29,812
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- -----------                      -------------------- --------------------
       Total current assets                                                                                                                                 276,672                                                        314,905
 PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT:
    Property, plant and equipment, at cost                                                                                                                2,920,988                                                      3,044,260
    Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization                                                                        (1,335,145)                                 (1,243,985)
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- -----------                      -------------------- --------------------
       Total property, plant and equipment, net                                                                                                           1,585,843                                                      1,800,275
 OTHER ASSETS:
    Advance royalties, net                                                                                                                                   29,372                                                         21,295
    Equity investments in affiliates                                                                                                                        138,817                                                         64,509
    Goodwill                                                                                                                                                136,399                                                        136,399
    Other long-term assets                                                                                                                25,939                                      23,903
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- -----------                      -------------------- --------------------
       Total other assets                                                                                                                330,527                                     246,106
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- -----------                      -------------------- --------------------
TOTAL ASSETS                                                                                                                                          $   2,193,042                                         $            2,361,286
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LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS’ CAPITAL
 CURRENT LIABILITIES:
    Accounts payable                                                                                                                                  $      64,055                                         $               83,597
    Due to affiliates                                                                                                                                           906                                                            129
    Accrued taxes other than income taxes                                                                                                                    18,273                                                         15,621
    Accrued payroll and related expenses                                                                                                                     41,576                                                         37,031
    Accrued interest                                                                                                                                            316                                                            306
    Workers’ compensation and pneumoconiosis benefits                                                                                                         9,897                                                          8,688
    Current capital lease obligations                                                                                                                        27,196                                                         19,764
    Other current liabilities                                                                                                                                14,778                                                         18,929
    Current maturities, long-term debt, net                                                                                              149,874                                     239,016
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- -----------                      -------------------- --------------------
       Total current liabilities                                                                                                                            326,871                                                        423,081
 LONG-TERM LIABILITIES:
    Long-term debt, excluding current maturities, net                                                                                                       399,446                                                        578,490
    Pneumoconiosis benefits                                                                                                                                  62,822                                                         60,077
    Accrued pension benefit                                                                                                                                  42,070                                                         39,031
    Workers’ compensation                                                                                                                                    40,400                                                         47,486
    Asset retirement obligations                                                                                                                            125,266                                                        122,434
    Long-term capital lease obligations                                                                                                                      85,540                                                         80,150
    Other liabilities                                                                                                                     17,203                                      21,174
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- -----------                      -------------------- --------------------
       Total long-term liabilities                                                                                                       772,747                                     948,842
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- -----------                      -------------------- --------------------
       Total liabilities                                                                                                               1,099,618                                   1,371,923
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- -----------                      -------------------- --------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
PARTNERS’ CAPITAL:
 Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. ("ARLP") Partners’ Capital:
    Limited Partners - Common Unitholders 74,375,025 and 74,188,784                                                                                       1,400,202                                                      1,280,218
    units outstanding, respectively
    General Partners’ deficit                                                                                                  (273,788)                                                      (258,883)
    Accumulated other comprehensive loss                                                                                                (38,540)                                    (34,557)
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- -----------                      -------------------- --------------------
       Total ARLP Partners’ Capital                                                                                                                       1,087,874                                                        986,778
    Noncontrolling interest                                                                                                                5,550                                       2,585
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- -----------                      -------------------- --------------------
       Total Partners’ Capital                                                                                                         1,093,424                                     989,363
                                                                                                                                   -------------------- -----------                      -------------------- --------------------
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS’ CAPITAL                                                                                                               $   2,193,042                                         $            2,361,286
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                                                                                               ALLIANCE RESOURCE PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
                                                                                                CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                                                                                                                (In thousands)
                                                                                                                  (Unaudited)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                     Year Ended
                                                                                                                                                                                    December 31,
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                                                                                                                                                         2016                                                           2015
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CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:                                                                                                                    $              703,544                                         $              716,342
                                                                                                                                      -------------------- --------------------                      -------------------- --------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
  Property, plant and equipment:
   Capital expenditures                                                                                                                                                (91,056)                                                      (212,797)
   Decrease in accounts payable and accrued liabilities                                                                                                                 (4,402)                                                        (3,021)
   Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment                                                                                                                    1,165                                                          2,062
  Purchases of equity investments in affiliates                                                                                                                        (76,797)                                                       (64,540)
  Payments for acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired                                                                                                         (1,011)                                                       (74,953)
  Payment for acquisition of customer contracts                                                                                                                        (23,000)                                                 --
  Advances/loans to affiliate                                                                                                                                    --                                                        (7,300)
  Other                                                                                                                                                3,313                                       4,634
                                                                                                                                      -------------------- --------------------                      -------------------- --------------------
     Net cash used in investing activities                                                                                                         (191,788)                                   (355,915)
                                                                                                                                      -------------------- --------------------                      -------------------- --------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
  Borrowings under securitization facility                                                                                                                               44,600                                                          6,500
  Payments under securitization facility                                                                                                                               (27,700)                                                       (23,400)
  Payments on term loan                                                                                                                                               (156,250)                                                      (108,502)
  Borrowings under revolving credit facilities                                                                                                                          140,000                                                        543,000
  Payments under revolving credit facilities                                                                                                                          (270,000)                                                      (308,000)
  Payment on long-term debt                                                                                                                                      --                                                      (205,000)
  Proceeds on capital lease transactions                                                                                                                                 33,881                                                        100,000
  Payments on capital lease obligations                                                                                                                                (24,456)                                                        (4,312)
  Payment of debt issuance costs                                                                                                                                          (101)                                                 --
  Contributions to consolidated company from affiliate noncontrolling                                                                                                     3,014                                                          2,147
  interest
  Net settlement of employee withholding taxes on vesting of Long-Term                                                                                                  (1,336)                                                        (2,719)
  Incentive Plan
  Cash contributions by General Partners                                                                                                                                  1,047                                                          1,595
  Distributions paid to Partners                                                                                                                                      (247,915)                                                      (346,799)
  Other                                                                                                                                                (189)                                     (6,107)
                                                                                                                                      -------------------- --------------------                      -------------------- --------------------
     Net cash used in financing activities                                                                                                         (505,405)                                   (351,597)
                                                                                                                                      -------------------- --------------------                      -------------------- --------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS                                                                                                                                   6,351                                                          8,830
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD                                                                                                                         33,431                                                         24,601
                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                      -------------------- --------------------                      -------------------- --------------------
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD                                                                                                               $               39,782                                         $               33,431
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Reconciliation of GAAP "net income attributable to ARLP" to non-GAAP "Adjusted net income" (in thousands).

Adjusted net income is defined as net income attributable to ARLP modified for certain items that may not reflect the trend of future results, such as non-cash impairments and gains and losses on acquisition related accounting.

Adjusted net income should not be considered as an alternative to net income attributable to ARLP or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted net income excludes certain items that management believes affect the comparability of our operating results. This adjusted financial measure is used by our management and external users of our financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks, research analysts and others, to assess:

-- our operational trends and performance relative to other coal companies;

-- the comparability of our performance to earnings estimates provided by security analysts; and

-- our performance excluding items which are generally nonrecurring in nature or whose timing or amount cannot be reasonably estimated.

We believe Adjusted net income is a useful measure for investors because it further demonstrates our financial performance without regard to items that may not reflect the trend of future results.

                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                 Three Months Ended                                                                                              Year Ended                                                                           Three Months
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ended
                                                                                                                                    December 31,                                                                                                December 31,                                                                          September 30,
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                                                                                                               2016                                                  2015                                                  2016                                                  2015                                                     2016
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Net income attributable to ARLP                                                                                   $        119,595                                         $   21,475                                         $        339,398                                         $  306,198                                         $               89,780
Asset impairment                                                                                                    --                                             89,435                                           --                                            100,130                                                 --
Acquisition gain, net                                                                            --                        (22,548)                        --                        (22,548)                              --
                                                                                               -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- --------                      -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- --------                      -------------------- --------------------
Adjusted net income                                                                                               $        119,595                                         $   88,362                                         $        339,398                                         $  383,780                                         $               89,780
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Reconciliation of GAAP "net income attributable to ARLP" and "net income" to non-GAAP "EBITDA," "Adjusted EBITDA" and "Distributable Cash Flow" (in thousands).

EBITDA is defined as net income (prior to the allocation of noncontrolling interest) before net interest expense, income taxes and depreciation, depletion and amortization and Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA modified for certain items that may not reflect the trend of future results, such as non-cash impairments and gains and losses on acquisition related accounting. Distributable cash flow ("DCF") is defined as Adjusted EBITDA excluding equity in income or loss of affiliates, interest expense (before capitalized interest), interest income, income taxes and estimated maintenance capital expenditures. Distribution coverage ratio ("DCR") is defined as DCF divided by distributions paid to partners.

Management believes that the presentation of such additional financial measures provides useful information to investors regarding our performance and results of operations because these measures, when used in conjunction with related GAAP financial measures, (i) provide additional information about our core operating performance and ability to generate and distribute cash flow, (ii) provide investors with the financial analytical framework upon which management bases financial, operational, compensation and planning decisions and (iii) present measurements that investors, rating agencies and debt holders have indicated are useful in assessing us and our results of operations.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, DCF and DCR should not be considered as alternatives to net income attributable to ARLP, net income, income from operations, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and DCF are not intended to represent cash flow and do not represent the measure of cash available for distribution. Our method of computing EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, DCF and DCR may not be the same method used to compute similar measures reported by other companies, or EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, DCF and DCR may be computed differently by us in different contexts (i.e. public reporting versus computation under financing agreements).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                               Three Months Ended                                                                                                  Year Ended                                                                        Three Months                                                 Year Ended
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ended
                                                                                                                                                                  December 31,                                                                                                    December 31,                                                                       September 30,                                               December 31,
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                                                                                                                                          2016                                                     2015                                                     2016                                                  2015                                                   2016                                                   2017E Midpoint
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Net income attributable to ARLP                                                                                                              $        119,595                                         $         21,475                                         $        339,398                                         $   306,198                                         $         89,780                                         $              282,500
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests                                                                             100                        --                                   140                             (27)                                    44                              --
                                                                                                                          -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- ---------                      -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- --------------------
Net income                                                                                                                                            119,695                                                   21,475                                                  339,538                                             306,171                                                   89,824                                                        282,500
Depreciation, depletion and amortization                                                                                                               81,869                                                   90,983                                                  322,509                                             333,713                                                   80,612                                                        270,000
Interest expense, net                                                                                                                                   7,319                                                    7,666                                                   31,017                                              30,389                                                    8,045                                                         30,000
Capitalized interest                                                                                                                                     (38)                                                    (177)                                                    (358)                                               (695)                                                     (47)                                                 --
Income tax expense                                                                                                                       9                                     4                                    13                               21                                     7                              --
                                                                                                                          -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- ---------                      -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- --------------------
EBITDA                                                                                                                                                208,854                                                  119,951                                                  692,719                                             669,599                                                  178,441                                                        582,500
Asset impairment                                                                                                                               --                                                   89,435                                           --                                             100,130                                           --                                                 --
Acquisition gain, net                                                                                                       --                              (22,548)                        --                         (22,548)                        --                              --
                                                                                                                          -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- ---------                      -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- --------------------
Adjusted EBITDA                                                                                                                                       208,854                                                  186,838                                                  692,719                                             747,181                                                  178,441                                                        582,500
Equity in (income) loss of affiliates, net                                                                                                            (2,502)                                                      (3)                                                  (3,543)                                              49,046                                                  (1,105)                                                       (10,000)
Interest expense, net                                                                                                                                 (7,319)                                                  (7,666)                                                 (31,017)                                            (30,389)                                                  (8,045)                                                       (30,000)
Income tax expense                                                                                                                                        (9)                                                      (4)                                                     (13)                                                (21)                                                      (7)                                                 --
Estimated maintenance capital expenditures (1)                                                                                    (45,054)                              (48,147)                             (167,409)                        (204,243)                              (40,432)                                   (163,200)
                                                                                                                          -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- ---------                      -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- --------------------
Distributable Cash Flow                                                                                                                      $        153,970                                         $        131,018                                         $        490,737                                         $   561,574                                         $        128,852                                         $              379,300
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Distributions paid to partners                                                                                                               $         53,045                                         $         88,102                                         $        247,915                                         $   346,799                                         $         53,059                                         $              212,200
                                                                                                                          -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- ---------                      -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- --------------------
Distribution Coverage Ratio                                                                                                           2.90                                  1.49                                  1.98                             1.62                                  2.43                                        1.79
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____________________________
(1)         Our maintenance capital expenditures, as defined under the terms of
                               our partnership agreement, are those capital expenditures required
                               to maintain, over the long-term, the operating capacity of our
                               capital assets. We estimate maintenance capital expenditures on an
                               annual basis based upon a five-year planning horizon. For the 2016
                               planning horizon, average annual estimated maintenance capital
                               expenditures were assumed to be $4.75 per produced ton compared to
                               the estimated $4.96 per produced ton in 2015. For the 2017 planning
                               horizon, average annual estimated maintenance capital expenditures
                               are assumed to be $4.25 per produced ton compared to the estimated
                               $4.75 per produced ton in 2016. Reflecting the anticipated
                               utilization of used equipment previously acquired from third parties
                               and redeployment of used equipment from our idled operations to
                               other ARLP mines, we are currently estimating actual maintenance
                               capital expenditures in 2017 of $3.80 per ton produced. Our actual
                               maintenance capital expenditures vary depending on various factors,
                               including maintenance schedules and timing of capital projects,
                               among others. We annually disclose our actual maintenance capital
                               expenditures in our Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange
                               Commission.
                                

Reconciliation of GAAP "Operating Expenses" to non-GAAP "Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton" and Reconciliation of non-GAAP "Adjusted EBITDA" to "Segment Adjusted EBITDA per ton" (in thousands, except per ton data).

Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton includes operating expenses, outside coal purchases and other income divided by tons sold. Transportation expenses are excluded as these expenses are passed through to our customers and, consequently, we do not realize any margin on transportation revenues. Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense is used as a supplemental financial measure by our management to assess the operating performance of our segments. Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense is a key component of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA in addition to coal sales and other sales and operating revenues. The exclusion of corporate general and administrative expenses from Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense allows management to focus solely on the evaluation of segment operating performance as it primarily relates to our operating expenses. Outside coal purchases are included in Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense because tons sold and coal sales include sales from outside coal purchases.

                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                         Three Months Ended                                                                                           Year Ended                                                                         Three Months
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ended
                                                                                                                                            December 31,                                                                                             December 31,                                                                        September 30,
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                                                                                                                       2016                                                 2015                                               2016                                                2015                                                      2016
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Operating expense                                                                                                         $        291,335                                         $ 331,099                                         $ 1,138,848                                         $ 1,377,053                                         $              347,711
Outside coal purchases                                                                                                      --                                                 1                                               1,514                                                 327                                                          1,514
Other income                                                                                                      (180)                          (205)                            (725)                            (955)                                       (293)
                                                                                                       -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- -------                      -------------------- ---------                      -------------------- ---------                      -------------------- --------------------
Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense                                                                                           $        291,155                                         $ 330,895                                         $ 1,139,637                                         $ 1,376,425                                         $              348,932
Divided by tons sold                                                                                             10,503                          9,971                           36,680                           40,247                                      10,757
                                                                                                       -------------------- --------------                      -------------------- -------                      -------------------- ---------                      -------------------- ---------                      -------------------- --------------------
Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton                                                                                   $          27.72                                         $   33.19                                         $     31.07                                         $     34.20                                         $                32.44
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Segment Adjusted EBITDA per ton is defined as net income (prior to the allocation of noncontrolling interest) before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization, general and administrative expenses, asset impairment and acquisition gain, net divided by tons sold. Segment Adjusted EBITDA removes the impact of general and administrative expenses from Adjusted EBITDA (discussed above) to allow management to focus solely on the evaluation of segment operating performance.

                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                Three Months Ended                                                                                      Year Ended                                                                       Three Months
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ended
                                                                                                                                                   December 31,                                                                                        December 31,                                                                      September 30,
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                                                                                                                              2016                                              2015                                              2016                                              2015                                                     2016
                                                                                                                  -----------------------------                     -----------------------------                     -----------------------------                     -----------------------------                     ------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Adjusted EBITDA (See reconciliation to GAAP above)                                                                                   $ 208,854                                         $ 186,838                                         $ 692,719                                         $ 747,181                                         $              178,441
General and administrative                                                                                           19,514                         15,148                         72,529                         67,484                                      18,114
                                                                                                                  -------------------- -------                      -------------------- -------                      -------------------- -------                      -------------------- -------                      -------------------- --------------------
Segment Adjusted EBITDA                                                                                                              $ 228,368                                         $ 201,986                                         $ 765,248                                         $ 814,665                                         $              196,555
Divided by tons sold                                                                                                 10,503                          9,971                         36,680                         40,247                                      10,757
                                                                                                                  -------------------- -------                      -------------------- -------                      -------------------- -------                      -------------------- -------                      -------------------- --------------------
Segment Adjusted EBITDA per ton                                                                                                      $   21.74                                         $   20.26                                         $   20.86                                         $   20.24                                         $                18.27
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SOURCE: Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.

Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. 
Brian L. Cantrell, (918) 295-7673


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