Consol sold its 49% interest in the Western Allegheny Energy (WAE) joint venture to Rosebud Mining Company. The WAE transaction included the conveyance of 63 million tons of coal reserves. This transaction closed on September 30, 2015.
Separately, CONSOL Energy sold 6.7Mt of lignite reserves located in South Texas to a private entity. This transaction closed on October 6, 2015.
Aggregate transaction-related proceeds of $101 million include: $95 million in cash, $2 million in the assumption of liabilities, and $4 million of advance minimum royalties paid under the terms of leases.
Consol expected a $6 million EBITDA contribution in 2016 related to the assets sold in the transactions. It intends to use the proceeds from these transactions to reduce debt.