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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

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LOGO   JOHN W. EAVES
Chief Executive Officer

March 19, 2018

Dear fellow stockholder:

        You are cordially invited to attend our annual meeting of stockholders on Monday, April 30, 2018. We will hold the meeting at 10:00 a.m., Central time, in the lower level auditorium at our headquarters located at CityPlace One, One CityPlace Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63141.

        In connection with the annual meeting, we have enclosed a notice of the meeting, a proxy statement and a proxy card. We have also enclosed a copy of our annual report for 2017, which contains detailed information about us and our operating and financial performance.

        If you wish to attend the meeting in person, you will need to obtain an admission ticket in advance. You can request a ticket by following the instructions set forth on page 1 of the proxy statement under the heading "How Do I Gain Admission to the Annual Meeting." I hope that you will be able to attend the meeting, but I know that not every stockholder will be able to do so. Whether or not you plan to attend, I encourage you to vote your shares. You may vote by telephone or via the Internet, or complete, sign and return the enclosed proxy card. The prompt execution of your proxy will be greatly appreciated.

        Thank you for your continued support of Arch Coal. We look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting.

    Sincerely,

 

 

/s/ JOHN W. EAVES

JOHN W. EAVES
Chief Executive Officer

   

ARCH COAL, INC.
1 CityPlace Drive, Suite 300                    St. Louis, Missouri 63141                    t: (314) 994-2700


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LOGO

One CityPlace Drive, Suite 300
St. Louis, Missouri 63141

March 19, 2018

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
To Be Held April 30, 2018

        The annual meeting of stockholders (the "Annual Meeting") of Arch Coal, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the "Company"), will be held in the lower level auditorium at the Company's headquarters located at CityPlace One, One CityPlace Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63141 on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., Central time, to:

      (1)
      Elect the seven nominees for director named in the attached proxy statement;

      (2)
      Vote on an advisory resolution to approve the Company's named executive officer compensation;

      (3)
      Ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP, independent registered public accounting firm, as the Company's independent auditors for the year ending December 31, 2018; and

      (4)
      Consider any other business that may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any adjournment(s) or postponement(s) thereof.

        March 6, 2018 has been fixed as the record date for the determination of stockholders entitled to receive notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting or any adjournment(s) or postponement(s) thereof. If you own shares of common stock as of March 6, 2018, you may vote those shares via the Internet, by telephone or by attending the Annual Meeting and voting in person. If you received your proxy materials by mail, you may also vote your shares by completing and mailing your proxy/voting instruction card. If you wish to attend the Annual Meeting, you must request an admission ticket in advance by following the instructions on page 1 of the proxy statement under the heading "How Do I Gain Admission to the Annual Meeting."

        Your vote is important. Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, please cast your vote by telephone or the Internet. If you received a proxy card by mail, you may complete, date and sign the proxy card and return it in the enclosed envelope.

    By Order of the Board of Directors

 

 

 
    /s/ ROBERT G. JONES

ROBERT G. JONES
Senior Vice President — Law, General Counsel and
Secretary

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING

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When and Where Is the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders Being Held?

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Who May Vote at the Annual Meeting?

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How Do I Gain Admission to the Annual Meeting?

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What Items Will Be Voted On at the Annual Meeting?

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What Are the Board's Voting Recommendations?

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How Do I Vote?

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May I Change My Vote?

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How Many Votes Do I Have?

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Is My Vote Confidential?

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What Are Broker Non-Votes and How Are They Counted?

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What Is the Voting Requirement To Approve Each of the Proposals?

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What "Quorum" Is Required for the Annual Meeting?

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What Is Householding?

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Where Can I Find the Voting Results?

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DIRECTORS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE PRACTICES

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Overview

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Board of Directors

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Corporate Governance Guidelines and Code of Business Conduct

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Director Independence

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Leadership Structure and Risk Oversight

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Director Qualifications, Diversity and Biographies

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Directors Nominated For Election at the Annual Meeting

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Board Meetings and Committees

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Board and Committee Self-Assessments

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Director Retirement/Resignation Policies

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Conflicts of Interest

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Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

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Nomination Process for Election of Directors

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Communicating With the Board of Directors

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ELECTION OF DIRECTORS (PROPOSAL NO. 1)

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Recommendation of the Board

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ADVISORY VOTE TO APPROVE NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMPENSATION (PROPOSAL NO. 2)

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Recommendation of the Board

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RATIFICATION OF THE APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM (PROPOSAL NO. 3)

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Fees Paid to Auditors

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Recommendation of the Board

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OTHER MATTERS

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

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Compensation Discussion and Analysis

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2017 Summary Compensation Table

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Grants of Plan-Based Awards for the Year Ended December 31, 2017

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Outstanding Equity Awards at December 31, 2017

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Option Exercises and Stock Vested for the Year Ended December 31, 2017

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Pension Benefits

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Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation

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Potential Payments Upon Termination of Employment or Change in Control

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DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

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PERSONNEL AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

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AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

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EQUITY COMPENSATION PLAN INFORMATION

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS

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SECTION 16(a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE

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CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS

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STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS FOR THE 2019 ANNUAL MEETING

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INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS

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PROXY SOLICITATION

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PROXY SUMMARY

        This summary highlights information contained in this Proxy Statement. The summary does not contain all of the information that you should consider, and you should read the entire Proxy Statement carefully before voting.

Annual Meeting of Stockholders

    Time and date:  10:00 a.m., Central time, April 30, 2018.

    Place:  Lower level auditorium at the Company's headquarters located at CityPlace One, One CityPlace Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63141.

    Record Date:  March 6, 2018.

    Voting:  Stockholders as of the record date are entitled to vote. Each share of common stock is entitled to one vote for each director nominee and one vote for each of the other proposals.

    Notice of Annual Meeting:  The notice of Annual Meeting, this Proxy Statement, the form of proxy and the Company's 2017 annual report were first mailed or made available to stockholders on or about March 19, 2018.

Voting Items (With Board Recommendations in Parentheses)

    Election of seven directors named in this proxy statement for a term of one year or until their successors are duly elected and qualified. (FOR EACH NOMINEE)

    Advisory resolution to approve named executive officer compensation. (FOR)

    Ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP, independent registered public accounting firm, as the Company's independent auditors for the year ending December 31, 2018. (FOR)

Board Nominees

        Our Board of Directors (the "Board") currently consists of seven members whose terms expire at the Annual Meeting. All of the incumbent directors listed below have been nominated for re-election to the Board:

    Patrick J. Bartels, Jr.  Managing principal at Monarch Alternative Capital LP. Director since October 2016.

    James N. Chapman.  Chairman of the Board, Arch Coal, Inc. and non-executive advisory director of SkyWorks Capital, LLC. Director since October 2016.

    John W. Eaves.  Chief Executive Officer, Arch Coal, Inc. Director since February 2006.

    Sherman K. Edmiston III.  Former managing director of Zolfo Cooper LLC. Director since October 2016.

    Patrick A. Kriegshauser.  Executive vice president, chief financial officer and a principal owner of Sachs Electric Company. Director since October 2016.

    Richard A. Navarre.  Former president and chief commercial officer of Peabody Energy Corporation. Director since October 2016.

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    Scott D. Vogel.  Managing member of Vogel Partners LLC, and former managing director at Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP. Director since October 2016.

Annual Meeting Admission Policy

        If you wish to attend the Annual Meeting, you must request an admission ticket in advance by following the instructions set forth on page 1 under the heading "How Do I Gain Admission to the Annual Meeting."

Key Elements of the Company's Compensation Program

    Pay for Performance — A significant portion of compensation for each of our named executive officers is tied to key performance-based metrics.

    Mix of Short-Term and Long-Term Incentives — Our incentive program has an appropriate mix of annual and long-term incentives.

    Stock Ownership Guidelines — We have stock ownership guidelines in place for our executive officers and directors.

    Clawback Policy — We have a clawback policy that applies to performance-based compensation granted to executive officers of the Company.

    Anti-Hedging and Anti-Pledging Policy — We have a policy prohibiting executive officers and directors from engaging in any action designed to hedge or offset any change in the value of the Company's stock and from pledging any Company security.

    No Repricing of Stock Options — Repricing of stock options without stockholder approval is expressly prohibited under the Company's equity plan.

Corporate Governance Highlights

Board Composition —

    There are seven directors, six of whom are independent, including the Company's chairman of the Board.

    All seven of the Company's directors stand for election on an annual basis.

    The average age of the directors is 52, and the average length of tenure is 2 years.

    The Board annually assesses its performance through Board and committee self-evaluations.

    The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee leads the full Board in considering Board competencies.

Risk Oversight —

    The Board is responsible for risk oversight, and its standing committees have particular oversight of key risks.

    The Board oversees management as management fulfills its responsibilities for the assessment and mitigation of risks and for taking appropriate risks.

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Open Communication —

    The Company encourages open communication and strong working relationships among the chairman and other directors.

    The Company's directors have access to management and employees.

    The Company's stockholders are encouraged to reach out to the Board and management.

Environmental and Safety Responsibility —

    Safety and environmental stewardship are core values of the Company. Additional information regarding these core values and our long-standing commitment to sustainability is available on the Company's website at archcoal.com.

    Management actively engages with stakeholders on sustainability, environmental and safety matters.

    A significant portion of the Company's executive at-risk compensation is tied to environmental and safety matters.

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING

When and Where Is the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders Being Held?

        The 2018 annual meeting of stockholders (the "Annual Meeting") of Arch Coal, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("Arch" or the "Company"), will be held on Monday, April 30, 2018. The Annual Meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m., Central time, in the lower level auditorium at the Company's headquarters located at CityPlace One, One CityPlace Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63141.

Who May Vote at the Annual Meeting?

        Stockholders of the Company on March 6, 2018, the record date for the Annual Meeting, are entitled to receive notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting or any adjournments or postponements of the Annual Meeting. On the record date, the Company had 20,824,885 shares of Common Stock outstanding, consisting of 20,824,628 shares of Class A Common Stock and 257 shares of Class B Common Stock outstanding.

How Do I Gain Admission to the Annual Meeting?

        If you wish to attend the Annual Meeting, you must be a stockholder on the record date and request an admission ticket in advance. Each stockholder planning to attend the Annual Meeting will be asked to present an admission ticket and a valid photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport. You may request an admission ticket by visiting www.proxyvote.com and following the instructions provided or by calling 1-844-318-0137. You will need the Control Number included on your proxy card, voter instruction form, or notice. Tickets will be issued to registered and beneficial owners and to one guest accompanying each registered or beneficial owner.

        Requests for admission tickets will be processed in the order in which they are received. Please note that seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

        No cameras, camcorders, videotaping equipment, other recording devices, bags or large packages will be permitted in the Annual Meeting. Photographs and/or video may be taken by Company employees or independent contractors at the Annual Meeting, and those photographs and video images may be used by the Company. By attending the Annual Meeting, you will be agreeing to the Company's use of those images and waive any claim or rights with respect to those images and their use.

What Items Will Be Voted On at the Annual Meeting?

        Stockholders will vote on the following items at the Annual Meeting:

    The election of seven director nominees to the Board of Directors (the "Board") of the Company (Proposal 1);

    An advisory resolution to approve the Company's named executive officer compensation (Proposal 2); and

    The ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP, independent registered public accounting firm, as the Company's independent auditors for the year ending December 31, 2018 (Proposal 3).

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What Are the Board's Voting Recommendations?

        The Board recommends you vote your shares:

    "FOR" each of the director nominees to the Board (Proposal 1);

    "FOR" the advisory resolution to approve the Company's named executive officer compensation (Proposal 2); and

    "FOR" the ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP, independent registered public accounting firm, as the Company's independent auditors for the year ending December 31, 2018 (Proposal 3).

How Do I Vote?

        If you are a registered stockholder, you may vote your shares in advance using any of the following voting alternatives:

        By Internet —  You can vote over the Internet at www.proxyvote.com by following the instructions provided (you will need the Control Number from the Notice or proxy card you receive).

        By Telephone —  You can vote by telephone by calling the toll-free number indicated on your proxy card or voting instruction card (you will need the Control Number from the Notice or proxy card you receive).

        By Mail —  If you received your proxy materials by mail, you can vote by signing, dating and returning the accompanying proxy card.

        Alternatively, you may vote your shares in person at the meeting.

        When your proxy is properly submitted, your shares will be voted as you indicate. If you do not indicate your voting preference, the appointed proxies (John W. Eaves and Robert G. Jones) will vote your shares FOR each of the director nominees to the Board under Proposal No. 1, FOR Proposal No. 2 and FOR Proposal No. 3. If your shares are owned in joint names, all joint owners must vote by the same method, and if joint owners vote by mail, all of the joint owners must sign the proxy card. The deadline for voting by telephone or via the Internet, is 11:59 p.m., Eastern time, on the day before the Annual Meeting.

        If you are a beneficial owner of shares held in street name, follow the instructions provided by your nominee to vote your shares. In most instances, you will be able to vote by the same methods as indicated above. You must have a legal proxy from the stockholder of record in order to vote the shares in person at the Annual Meeting.

May I Change My Vote?

        You may revoke your proxy and change your vote at any time before the voting deadline for the Annual Meeting. After your initial vote, you may vote again on a later date any time prior to the Annual Meeting via the Internet or by telephone (only your latest Internet or telephone proxy submitted prior to the voting deadline for the Annual Meeting will be counted), by signing and returning a new proxy card or voting instruction form with a later date, or by attending the Annual Meeting and voting in person. However, your attendance at the Annual

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Meeting will not automatically revoke your proxy unless you vote again at the Annual Meeting or specifically request in writing that your prior proxy be revoked.

How Many Votes Do I Have?

        You have one vote for each share of the Company's Class A Common Stock and one vote for each share of the Company's Class B Common Stock that you owned at the close of business on the record date. These shares include:

    Shares registered directly in your name with the Company's transfer agent, for which you are considered the "stockholder of record;" and

    Shares held for you as the beneficial owner through a broker, bank, or other nominee in "street name."

Is My Vote Confidential?

        Yes. Voting tabulations are confidential except in extremely limited circumstances. Such limited circumstances include contested solicitation of proxies when disclosure is required by law to defend a claim against the Company or to assert a claim by the Company and when a stockholder's written comments appear on a proxy or other voting material.

What Are Broker Non-Votes and How Are They Counted?

        A broker non-vote occurs when a broker, bank, or other nominee holding shares on behalf of a beneficial owner is prohibited from exercising discretionary voting authority for a beneficial owner who has not provided voting instructions. Brokers, banks, and other nominees may vote without instruction only on "routine" proposals. On "non-routine" proposals, nominees cannot vote without instructions from the beneficial owner, resulting in so-called "broker non-votes." Proposal No. 3, the ratification of Ernst & Young, LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm, is the only routine proposal on the ballot for the Annual Meeting. All other proposals are non-routine. If you hold your shares with a broker, bank, or other nominee, they will not be voted on non-routine proposals unless you give voting instructions to such nominee. Broker non-votes are counted as present and entitled to vote for purposes of determining a quorum at the meeting, but are not counted for purposes of determining the number of shares present and entitled to vote on non-routine matters.

What Is the Voting Requirement to Approve Each of the Proposals?

        For Proposal No. 1, the seven nominees receiving the highest number of affirmative votes of the shares entitled to be voted for them will be elected as directors to serve for one-year terms and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified. Abstentions are not counted for the purpose of the election of directors, and neither abstentions nor broker non-votes will have any effect on the voting results.

        Approval of Proposals No. 2 and No. 3 requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the shares present or represented by proxy and voting at the Annual Meeting. The vote on Proposal No. 2, the approval of the Company's named executive officer compensation, is a non-binding advisory vote only.

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        Abstentions and broker non-votes are not treated as votes cast. Accordingly, neither abstentions nor broker non-votes will affect the outcome of the voting on Proposals No. 2 and No. 3.

        If a submitted proxy does not specify how to vote, the shares represented by that proxy will be considered to be voted in favor of each of the seven nominees recommended by the Board in Proposal No. 1, and "FOR" each of Proposals No. 2 and No. 3. Unless a stockholder checks the box on the proxy card or provides instructions to withhold discretionary voting authority, the appointed proxies may use their discretion to vote on any other matters properly brought before the meeting. As of the date of this proxy statement, the Company knows of no other matter that will be presented for consideration at the Annual Meeting other than those matters discussed in this proxy statement.

What "Quorum" Is Required for the Annual Meeting?

        In order to have a valid stockholder vote, a quorum must exist at the Annual Meeting. For the Company, a quorum exists when stockholders holding a majority of the outstanding shares of common stock are present or represented at a meeting. For these purposes, shares that are present or represented by proxy at the Annual Meeting will be counted toward a quorum, regardless of whether the holder of the shares or proxy fails to vote on a particular matter or whether a broker with discretionary voting authority fails to exercise such authority with respect to any particular matter.

What Is Householding?

        As permitted by the SEC, the Company may deliver only one copy of this proxy statement and its 2017 annual report to stockholders residing at the same address, unless the stockholders have notified the Company of their desire to receive multiple copies of these documents. This is known as householding.

        The Company will promptly deliver, upon request, a separate copy of the proxy statement or annual report to any stockholder residing at an address to which only one copy was mailed. Requests for separate copies for the current year or future years, or to receive a single copy in the future for shareholders sharing an address, should be directed to the Secretary, Arch Coal, Inc. One CityPlace Drive., Suite 300, St. Louis, Missouri 63141, or by telephone at (314) 994-2700.

Where Can I Find the Voting Results?

        The Company intends to announce preliminary voting results at the Annual Meeting. The Company will publish the final results in a Current Report on Form 8-K, which the Company expects to file within four business days after the Annual Meeting is held. You can obtain a copy of the Current Report on Form 8-K by logging on to the Company's website at archcoal.com, by calling the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at 800-SEC-0330 for the location of the nearest public reference room, or through the EDGAR system at sec.gov. Information on the Company's website does not constitute part of this proxy statement.

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DIRECTORS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE PRACTICES

Overview

        Arch is dedicated to being a global leader in the coal industry and to creating long-term value for the Company's stockholders. It is the Company's policy to conduct the Company's business with integrity and an unrelenting passion for providing the best value to the Company's customers. The Company's key corporate governance materials, including our Corporate Governance Guidelines, Code of Business Conduct and Board committee charters, are published under the "Investors" section of the Company's website at archcoal.com. Information on the Company's website does not constitute part of this proxy statement. The Board regularly reviews these materials and modifies them as warranted based upon Delaware law, the rules and listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange and SEC regulations, as well as best practices recommended by recognized governance authorities.

Board of Directors

        The following individuals were appointed as members of the Board upon the Company's emergence from Chapter 11 in October 2016: James N. Chapman, Patrick J. Bartels, Jr., Sherman K. Edmiston III, Patrick A. Kriegshauser, Richard A. Navarre, Scott D. Vogel and John W. Eaves. All such individuals were re-elected to the Board at the 2017 annual meeting of stockholders for a one-year term, expiring at the 2018 Annual Meeting. All such individuals have been nominated for re-election to the Board at the 2018 Annual Meeting.

Corporate Governance Guidelines and Code of Business Conduct

    Corporate Governance Guidelines

        The Company's Corporate Governance Guidelines set forth a framework within which the Board, assisted by its committees, directs the affairs of the Company. These Guidelines address, among other items, the composition and functions of the Board, director independence, compensation of directors, and director qualification standards.


    Code of Conduct

        The Company's Code of Business Conduct is applicable to all employees of the Company, including the principal executive officer, the principal financial officer and the principal accounting officer, as well as all directors of the Company.

        The Corporate Governance Guidelines and the Code of Business Conduct are available on the Company's website under the "Investors" section at archcoal.com and in print to any stockholder who requests them from the Company's Secretary. The Company intends to post amendments to or waivers from (to the extent applicable to one of the Company's directors or executive officers) the Code of Business Conduct at the same location on the Company's website. Information on the Company's website does not constitute part of this proxy statement.

Director Independence

        It is the Board's objective to have a substantial number of directors who are independent. The Corporate Governance Guidelines incorporate the criteria established by the New York Stock Exchange to assist the Board in

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determining whether a director is independent. The Board has determined, in its judgment, that all but one member, John W. Eaves, meet the New York Stock Exchange standards for independence.

        All members of the Company's Audit, Nominating and Corporate Governance and Personnel and Compensation Committees must be independent directors in accordance with the Company's Corporate Governance Guidelines. Members of the Audit Committee must also satisfy a separate SEC independence requirement, which provides that they may not accept, directly or indirectly, any consulting, advisory or other compensatory fee from the Company or any of the Company's subsidiaries other than their directors' compensation.

Leadership Structure and Risk Oversight

        Mr. James N. Chapman has served as the chairman of the Company's Board since October 2016. The Board has no fixed policy with respect to the separation of the offices of chairman and chief executive officer. Instead, the Board retains the discretion to make this determination on a case-by-case basis from time to time as it deems to be in the best interest of the Company and the Company's stockholders at any given time. The Company's current structure is that Mr. Chapman serves as chairman of the Board, and Mr. Eaves serves as chief executive officer of the Company.

        Under the Corporate Governance Guidelines, the Company's non-management directors meet regularly in executive session without management present. The chairman of the Board presides over these executive sessions. However, the Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that, if the chairman of the Board is the chief executive officer, or is not an independent director, the independent directors of the Board shall elect a lead director to lead executive session meetings of the independent members of the Board.

        Our full Board is responsible for oversight of the Company's risk management processes. In fulfilling its risk oversight responsibilities, the Board receives periodic reports on management's enterprise risk assessment process and assessment of current and future risks. To increase the Board's effectiveness, the standing committees of the Board are actively involved in risk oversight. The committees' involvement also allows for a deeper review of specific risks. Each committee reports on its activities to the full Board.

Director Qualifications, Diversity and Biographies

        The Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that the Company's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Board will consider candidates for the Company's Board who possess the following principal qualities: strength of character, an inquiring and independent mind, practical wisdom, and mature judgment. In addition to these qualities, the selection criteria for nomination include recognized achievement, an ability to contribute to some aspect of the Company's business, and the willingness to make the commitment of time and effort required of a director.

        As described in more detail below, the Company's Board believes that each of the Company's directors meets such criteria and has attributes and experience that make him well qualified to serve. In order to find the most valuable talent available to meet these criteria, the Company's Board generally considers candidates diverse in geographic origin, gender, ethnic background, and professional experience (private, public, and non-profit),

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pursuant to the Company's Corporate Governance Guidelines. The Company's goal is to include members with the skills and characteristics that, taken together, will assure a strong Board.

        The Company's directors have diverse backgrounds and provide experience and expertise in a number of critical areas. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee considers the particular experience, attributes, reputation and qualifications of directors standing for re-election and potential nominees for election, as well as the needs of the Company's Board as a whole and its standing committees.

        The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee has identified nine areas of expertise that are particularly relevant to service on the Board and has identified the directors whose key areas of expertise qualify them for each of the listed categories. The categories identified by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee are:

    CEO/Senior Management — Experience working as a chief executive officer, chief financial officer, chief accounting officer, managing director or other senior officer of a major public or private company or non-profit entity.

    Industry — Extensive knowledge and experience in the energy, natural resources, metals and mining industries, either as a senior executive of a company in such industries, as a senior executive of a customer serving such industries or through legal or regulatory experience on industry-related matters.

    Environmental and Safety — A thorough understanding of safety and environmental issues and industry regulations.

    Finance and Accounting — Senior executive-level experience or membership on a board audit committee with an extensive understanding of finance and accounting matters such as capital markets, corporate finance, M&A, financial accounting and reporting, auditing, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and internal controls.

    Governance/Board — Prior or current experience as a board member of a major organization (private, public or non-profit).

    Government Relations — Experience in or a strong understanding of the workings of government and public policy on a local, state and national level.

    Human Resources and Compensation — Senior executive-level experience or membership on a board compensation committee with an extensive understanding of compensation programs, particularly compensation programs for executive-level employees and incentive-based compensation programs.

    Marketing — Senior executive-level experience in marketing combined with a strong working knowledge of the Company's domestic and international markets, customers and strategy.

    Strategic Planning — Senior executive-level experience in strategic planning for a major public, private or non-profit entity.

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DIRECTORS NOMINATED FOR ELECTION AT THE ANNUAL MEETING

        The following is a list of the Company's directors, their ages as of April 1, 2018, their occupation during the last five years and certain other biographical information, including the areas of expertise where each director or nominee is most skilled:

Director
  Areas of Expertise   Occupation and Other Information
Patrick J. Bartels, Jr.
Age 42
Director since October 2016
  CEO/Senior Management
Finance and Accounting
Governance/Board
Human Resources and Compensation
Strategic Planning
  Patrick J. Bartels, Jr. has served as a managing principal at Monarch Alternative Capital LP, a private investment firm that focuses primarily on distressed companies, since 2002. Prior to joining Monarch, Mr. Bartels was a high-yield investments analyst at Invesco Ltd. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Mr. Bartels contributes to the mix of experience and qualifications the Board seeks to maintain primarily through executive management oversight, finance and capital markets, human resources and compensation, and strategic planning experiences. Mr. Bartels has other board experience, including serving on audit, nominating/governance and compensation committees. Mr. Bartels has 15 years of experience serving as a managing principal at Monarch Alternative Capital LP. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


James N. Chapman
Age 55
Director since October 2016

 

CEO/Senior Management
Energy
Finance and Accounting
Governance/Board
Government Relations
Human Resources and
Compensation
Strategic Planning

 

James N. Chapman has served as a non-executive advisory director of SkyWorks Capital, LLC, an aviation and aerospace management consulting services company, since 2004. Mr. Chapman serves on the board of directors of AerCap Holdings NV and Tower International, Inc.

Mr. Chapman contributes to the mix of experience and qualifications the Board seeks to maintain primarily through his strategic planning, finance and board leadership experience. Mr. Chapman has more than 30 years of investment banking experience across a wide range of industries, including metals and mining, energy, and natural resources, as well as significant experience as a capital markets and strategic planning consultant. He has served on numerous boards of directors of publicly-held and private companies during his career.

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Director
  Areas of Expertise   Occupation and Other Information

John W. Eaves
Age 60
Director since February 2006

 

CEO/Senior Management
Energy
Environmental and Safety
Finance and Accounting
Governance/Board
Government Relations
Human Resources and
Compensation
Marketing
Strategic Planning

 

John W. Eaves is our chief executive officer, serving in such capacity since April 2012. During his tenure with the Company, Mr. Eaves has also held the positions of president and chief operating officer; senior vice president of marketing; and vice president of marketing and president of Arch Coal Sales, the Company's marketing subsidiary. Mr. Eaves joined the Company in 1987 after serving in various marketing-related positions at Diamond Shamrock Coal Company and Natomas Coal Company. In addition to his responsibilities with Arch Coal, he serves on the board of directors of CF Industries Holdings, Inc. and the boards of the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Mining Association.

Mr. Eaves contributes to the mix of experience and qualifications the Board seeks to maintain primarily through his position as chief executive officer of the Company. As chief executive officer, and as a result of the experience he has gained during his tenure with the Company, Mr. Eaves has intimate knowledge of all aspects of the Company's business and an extensive understanding of the Company's industry and customer base.


Sherman K. Edmiston III
Age 55
Director since October 2016

 

CEO/Senior Management
Energy
Finance and Accounting
Governance/Board
Strategic Planning

 

Sherman K. Edmiston III served as a managing director of Zolfo Cooper LLC, a leading provider of restructuring, financial and corporate advisory services, from 2009 - 2015. He also served as chief restructuring officer of Xinergy,  Ltd. a Central Appalachian producer of thermal and metallurgical coal, from May to September, 2015. Mr. Edmiston serves on the board of directors of Key Energy Services, Inc.

Mr. Edmiston contributes to the mix of experience and qualifications the Board seeks to maintain primarily through his strategic planning, finance and board leadership expertise. Mr. Edmiston has over 20 years of experience working with companies undergoing major transitions as a principal investor, investment banker and advisor.

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Director
  Areas of Expertise   Occupation and Other Information
Patrick A. Kriegshauser
Age 56
Director since October 2016
  CEO/Senior Management
Energy
Environmental and Safety
Finance and Accounting
Governance/Board
Government Relations
Human Resources and
Compensation
Marketing
Strategic Planning
  Patrick A. Kriegshauser has served as executive vice president and chief financial officer and as a principal owner of Sachs Electric Company, a leading specialty electrical and design firm, since 2000. From 1985 - 2000, Mr. Kriegshauser served in various executive capacities at Arch Coal, including serving as senior vice president and chief financial officer from 1996 - 2000. He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Mr. Kriegshauser contributes to the mix of experience and qualifications the Board seeks to maintain primarily through his finance and accounting, senior management and board leadership experience, as well as his substantial knowledge of the coal and energy industries. Mr. Kriegshauser has served as chief financial officer on the executive leadership teams of both Sachs Electric Company and Arch Coal. He has also served on the board of directors of another coal producer, Walter Energy, Inc.


Richard A. Navarre
Age 57
Director since October 2016

 

CEO/Senior Management
Energy
Environmental and Safety
Finance and Accounting
Governance/Board
Government Relations
Human Resources and
Compensation
Marketing
Strategic Planning

 

Richard A. Navarre served as president and chief commercial officer of Peabody Energy Corporation from 2008 until his retirement in 2012 and as Peabody's chief financial officer and executive vice president of corporate development from 1999 - 2008. Prior to joining Peabody in 1993, Mr. Navarre was a senior manager with KPMG, LLP. He currently serves as chairman of the board of Civeo Corporation and serves on the board of Natural Resource Partners LP. He is also on the board of the Foreign Policy Association.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Navarre contributes to the mix of experience and qualifications the Board seeks to maintain primarily through his strategic planning, finance and accounting, senior management and marketing experience, as well as his extensive understanding of the coal and energy industries. During his long tenure with Peabody Energy Corporation, Mr. Navarre served in many executive level positions including president, chief commercial officer and chief financial officer. He has also served on the board of directors of United Coal Company, LLC.

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Director
  Areas of Expertise   Occupation and Other Information
Scott D. Vogel
Age 42
Director since October 2016
  CEO/Senior Management
Finance and Accounting
Governance/Board
Human Resources and
Compensation
Strategic Planning
  Scott D. Vogel has served as managing member of Vogel Partners LLC, a private investment firm, since July 2016. From 2002 — July 2016, Mr. Vogel was a managing director at Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP. Prior to Davidson Kempner, he worked at MFP Investors, investing in special situations and turnaround opportunities for the private investment firm of Michael F. Price, and as an investment banker at Chase Securities, Inc. Mr. Vogel serves on the board of directors of Key Energy Services, Inc., Bonanza Creek Energy and Avaya Holdings Corp.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Vogel contributes to the mix of experience and qualifications the Board seeks to maintain primarily through his executive management oversight, finance and capital markets, human resources and compensation, and strategic planning experiences. In addition to his investment experience, Mr. Vogel has other board experience, including serving on audit, nominating/governance and compensation committees.

Board Meetings and Committees

        During 2017, the Board met 15 times, and each director attended at least 75% of the aggregate of all of the meetings of the Board and the committees of the Board on which he served. Under the Company's Corporate Governance Guidelines, each director is expected to spend the time needed and meet as frequently as necessary to properly perform his duties and responsibilities, including attending the annual stockholders' meeting, Board meetings and meetings of the committees on which he serves. All of the directors attended the Company's 2017 annual meeting of stockholders.

 
  Board of
Directors
  Nominating
and
Corporate
Governance
  Personnel and
Compensation
  Audit

Number of 2017 meetings

  15   2   5   11

Mr. Bartels

  M   C   M    

Mr. Chapman

  C   C   C    

Mr. Eaves

  M            

Mr. Edmiston

  M           M

Mr. Kriegshauser

  M           C

Mr. Navarre

  M           M

Mr. Vogel

  M       M    

C — Chair/Co-Chair            M — Member

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    Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

        The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is responsible for, among other things, the following items:

    identifying qualified individuals to stand for election to the Board at the annual stockholders' meeting and recommending candidates for membership on the Board's committees;

    developing and recommending the Corporate Governance Guidelines to the Board; and

    reviewing the effectiveness of Board governance, including overseeing an annual assessment of the performance of the Board.

        The Board has determined, in its judgment, that the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is composed entirely of independent directors as defined in the New York Stock Exchange listing standards. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee operates under a written charter adopted by the Board, a copy of which is published under the "Investors" section of the Company's website at archcoal.com.


    Personnel and Compensation Committee

        The Personnel and Compensation Committee is responsible for, among other things, the following items:

    overseeing the Company's executive incentive compensation and equity-based programs;

    overseeing the Company's non-employee director compensation program; and

    monitoring the Company's succession planning and management development practices.

        The Board has determined, in its judgment, that the Personnel and Compensation Committee is composed entirely of independent directors as defined in the New York Stock Exchange listing standards. In making its determination, the Board considered, among other things, the factors applicable to members of the Personnel and Compensation Committee pursuant to New York Stock Exchange listing standards and Rule 10C-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Personnel and Compensation Committee operates under a written charter adopted by the entire Board, a copy of which is published under the "Investors" section of the Company's website at archcoal.com. The report of the Personnel and Compensation Committee can be found under "Personnel and Compensation Committee Report" in this proxy statement.


    Audit Committee

        The Audit Committee is responsible for the following items:

    overseeing the integrity of the Company's financial statements, internal accounting, and effectiveness of financial controls, disclosure controls and financial reporting processes;

    determining and evaluating the qualifications, independence and performance of the Company's independent registered public accounting firm;

    overseeing the performance of the Company's internal audit function; and

    monitoring the Company's compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

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        The Audit Committee is directly responsible for the appointment, compensation and oversight of the work of the Company's independent registered public accounting firm. The Board has determined, in its judgment, that the Audit Committee is composed entirely of independent directors in compliance with the New York Stock Exchange listing standards and Rule 10A-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Audit Committee operates under a written charter adopted by the Board, a copy of which is published under the "Investors" section of the Company's website at archcoal.com.

        The Board has determined, in its judgment, that all three members of the Audit Committee are "financially literate" and are "audit committee financial experts" for purposes of the SEC regulations. Under the Audit Committee's charter, no member of the committee may serve on more than two other public company audit committees unless the Board determines that such simultaneous service will not impair the ability of the member to serve effectively on the committee. None of the members of the Audit Committee currently serve on the audit committees of more than two other public companies. The report of the Audit Committee can be found under "Audit Committee Report" in this proxy statement.

Board and Committee Self-Assessments

        The Board conducts annual self-evaluations to determine whether it and its committees are functioning effectively and whether its governing documents continue to remain appropriate. Each committee also annually reviews its own performance and assesses the adequacy of its charter and reports the results and any recommendations to the Board.

Director Retirement/Resignation Policies

        The Corporate Governance Guidelines require any nominee for director in an uncontested election who receives a greater number of votes "withheld" from his election than votes "for" such election to offer his resignation to the Board. In the event a resignation is tendered, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Board will evaluate the best interests of the Company and its stockholders and make a determination on the action to be taken with respect to such offered resignation, which may include (i) accepting the resignation, (ii) maintaining the director but addressing the underlying cause of the withheld votes, (iii) resolving that the director will not be re-nominated in the future for election, or (iv) rejecting the resignation. Following a determination by the Board, the Company will disclose the Board's decision in a filing with the SEC, a press release, or another broadly disseminated means of communication. The Corporate Governance Guidelines require the Board to nominate for election or re-election only those candidates who agree in advance in writing to tender a resignation letter in accordance with these terms. Each nominee for election at the Annual Meeting has agreed to follow this policy as set forth in the Corporate Governance Guidelines.

        The Corporate Governance Guidelines also provide that outside directors tender their resignation for consideration by the Board following such director's 72nd birthday.

        Vacancies on the Board may be filled by a majority of the remaining directors. A director elected to fill a vacancy, or a new directorship created by an increase in the size of the Board, serves until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until his successor shall be elected and shall qualify, subject, however, to prior death, resignation, incapacitation or removal from office, and except as otherwise required by law.

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Conflicts of Interest

        The Company's Code of Business Conduct reflects the Company's policy that all of the Company's employees, including the Company's named executive officers and directors must avoid any activity that creates, or may create, a conflict of interest that might interfere with the proper performance of their duties or that might be hostile, adverse or competitive with the Company's business. In addition, each of the Company's directors and executive officers is encouraged to notify the Company's Board when confronted with any situation that may be perceived as a conflict of interest, even if the person does not believe that the situation would violate the Company's Code of Business Conduct or Corporate Governance Guidelines. The Board will then determine, after consultation with counsel, whether a conflict of interest exists. Directors who have a material personal interest in a particular issue may not vote on any matters with respect to that issue.

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

        James N. Chapman, Patrick J. Bartels, Jr. and Scott D. Vogel each served on the Personnel and Compensation Committee during 2017. None of the directors who served on the Personnel and Compensation Committee during 2017 has been an officer or employee of the Company. None of the Company's executive officers has served on the board of directors or compensation committee of any other entity that has or has had one or more executive officers serving as a member of the Company's Board or Personnel and Compensation Committee. See "Transactions with Related Persons" below for certain transactions involving Mr. Bartels.

Nomination Process for Election of Directors

        The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee has responsibility for assessing the need for new directors to address specific requirements or to fill a vacancy. All candidates must meet the requirements specified in the Company's Corporate Governance Guidelines. Candidates who meet those requirements and otherwise qualify for membership on the Company's Board are identified, and the committee initiates contact with preferred candidates. The committee regularly reports to the Board on the progress of the committee's efforts. The committee meets to consider and approve final candidates who are then presented to the Board for consideration and approval. The Company's chairman or the chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee may extend an invitation to join the Board.

        Stockholder recommendations must be submitted in writing to Robert G. Jones, the Company's Secretary, and must include information regarding nominees required under the Company's Bylaws. Individuals properly recommended by stockholders will receive the same consideration received by individuals identified to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee through other means.

        The Company's Bylaws include a proxy access provision that allows stockholders who meet the requirements set forth in the Bylaws to include a specified number of director nominees in the Company's proxy materials.

Communicating With the Board of Directors

        The Company's Board has established procedures intended to facilitate communication by stockholders and interested parties directly with the Board as a whole, any of the Company's Board committees, the chairman of the Board, any other individual director or group of directors, including the Company's non-employee directors as a whole. Such communications may be confidential or anonymous, and may be reported by phone to the

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Company's confidential hotline at 866-519-1881 or by writing to the individual directors or group in care of Arch Coal, Inc., One CityPlace Drive, Suite 300, St. Louis, Missouri 63141, Attention: Senior Vice President-Law, General Counsel and Secretary. All such communications are promptly communicated to the chairman, lead director, the chairman of the Audit Committee or the Company's director of internal audit, as appropriate.

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ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
(PROPOSAL NO. 1)

        All seven of our current directors are up for election at the 2018 Annual Meeting. Upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the Board has nominated each of our current directors: Patrick J. Bartels, Jr., James N. Chapman, John W. Eaves, Sherman K. Edmiston III, Patrick A. Kriegshauser, Richard A. Navarre and Scott D. Vogel, for re-election for a term that will expire at the 2019 Annual Meeting, until a successor is elected and qualified or until his earlier death, resignation or removal.

        To the knowledge of the Board, no nominee will be unwilling or unable to serve as a director. All nominees have consented to be named in this proxy statement and to serve if elected. If, however, a nominee is unavailable for election, your proxy authorizes the Company to vote for a replacement nominee if the Board names one. As an alternative, the Board may reduce the number of directors to be elected at the Annual Meeting.

Recommendation of the Board

        The Board recommends a vote "FOR" each nominee.

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ADVISORY VOTE TO APPROVE NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMPENSATION
(PROPOSAL NO. 2)

        Pursuant to Section 14A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, we are seeking advisory stockholder approval of the compensation of our named executive officers ("NEOs"), or "say-on-pay" vote, as disclosed in the section of this proxy statement entitled "Executive Compensation." Stockholders are being asked to vote on the following advisory resolution:

        "RESOLVED, that the stockholders approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of Arch Coal, Inc.'s named executive officers, as disclosed pursuant to the compensation disclosure rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (which disclosure includes the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the compensation tables, and any related material)."

        The compensation of our NEOs is designed to tie a substantial percentage of each officer's compensation opportunity to the attainment of financial and other performance measures that the Board believes promote the creation of long-term stockholder value and position the Company for long-term success. As described more fully in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis ("CD&A"), the total mix of compensation that the Company offers its NEOs is designed to enable the Company to attract and maintain top talent while, at the same time, creating a close relationship between performance and compensation. The Personnel and Compensation Committee and the Board believe that the design of the program, and as a result the compensation awarded to NEOs under the current program, fulfills this objective.

        Stockholders are urged to read the CD&A section of this proxy statement, the compensation tables and accompanying narratives, which discuss in detail how our compensation policies and procedures implement our compensation philosophy.

        Although the vote on this Proposal No. 2 is non-binding, the Board will review the voting results in connection with its ongoing evaluation of the Company's compensation program. The final decision on the compensation and benefits of our NEOs remains with the Board. The Board has adopted a policy that provides for this vote annually. At our last annual meeting, our stockholders voted, on an advisory basis, to hold annual "say-on-pay" votes.

Recommendation of the Board

        The Board recommends a vote "FOR" the following resolution at the Annual Meeting:

        "RESOLVED, that the stockholders approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of Arch Coal, Inc.'s named executive officers, as disclosed pursuant to the compensation disclosure rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (which disclosure includes the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the compensation tables, and any related material)."

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RATIFICATION OF THE APPOINTMENT OF
INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
(PROPOSAL NO. 3)

        Ernst & Young LLP was the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for 2017. The Audit Committee has appointed Ernst & Young LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for 2018. The Audit Committee and the Board are requesting that stockholders ratify this appointment. In the event the stockholders do not ratify the selection of Ernst & Young LLP, the Audit Committee will reconsider its selection. Even if the selection is ratified, the Audit Committee, in its discretion, may direct the appointment of a different independent registered public accounting firm at any time during the fiscal year if the Audit Committee believes such a change would be in the Company's best interests and the best interests of the Company's stockholders. Representatives of Ernst & Young LLP are expected to be available at the Annual Meeting to make a statement if they desire to do so and to be available to respond to appropriate questions.

Fees Paid to Auditors

        The following table sets forth the fees accrued or paid to Ernst & Young LLP, the Company's independent registered public accounting firm, for the years ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016:

 
  Fee  
Service
  2017   2016  

Audit Fees(1)

  $ 2,012,264   $ 3,394,113  

Audit-Related Fees

         

Tax Fees(2)

  $ 183,038   $ 746,608  

All Other Fees

         

(1)
Audit fees include fees for professional services rendered by Ernst & Young LLP for the audit of our annual consolidated financial statements and reports on internal control over financial reporting (2017), the review procedures on the consolidated financial statements included in our Forms 10-Q, as well as the statutory audits of our international subsidiaries, other services related to Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including comfort letters and consents, accounting consultations, and accounting services provided in connection with fresh start accounting.

(2)
Tax fees consist of amounts billed for tax compliance matters, tax research assistance, routine on-call advice, and tax services provided in connection with the Company's reorganization and application of fresh start accounting.

        The Audit Committee has adopted an audit and non-audit services pre-approval policy that requires the Audit Committee to pre-approve services to be provided by the Company's independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee will consider whether the services to be provided by the independent registered public accounting firm are prohibited by the SEC's rules on auditor independence and whether the independent registered public accounting firm is best positioned to provide the most effective and efficient service. The Audit Committee is mindful of the relationship between fees for audit and non-audit services in deciding whether to pre-approve such services. The Audit Committee has delegated to the chairman of the Audit Committee pre-approval authority between committee meetings, and the chairman must report any pre-approval decisions to the committee at the next regularly scheduled committee meeting. All non-audit services performed by Ernst & Young LLP in 2017 and 2016 were pre-approved in accordance with the procedures established by the Audit Committee.

Recommendation of the Board

        The Board recommends a vote "FOR" the ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2018.

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OTHER MATTERS

        The Company knows of no other matters to be submitted to the stockholders at the Annual Meeting. If any other matters properly come before the stockholders at the Annual Meeting, it is the intention of the persons named on the proxy to vote the shares represented thereby on such matters in accordance with their best judgment.


EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

        This Compensation Discussion and Analysis describes the material elements of compensation paid to each of the following named executive officers of Arch Coal, Inc. (the "named executive officers" or "NEOs"), for fiscal year 2017:

Name
 
Title
  *Years of
Service
 

John W. Eaves

  Chief Executive Officer     35  

John T. Drexler

 

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

   
20
 

Paul A. Lang

 

President and Chief Operating Officer

   
33
 

Kenneth D. Cochran

 

Senior Vice President — Operations

   
12
 

Robert G. Jones

 

Senior Vice President — Law, General Counsel and Secretary

   
26
 

*
Includes the following years of service attributable to employment with one or more of our predecessor entities: Mr. Eaves — 15 years, Mr. Lang — 13 years, and Mr. Jones — 6 years.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

        Our NEOs' compensation for 2017 was focused on incentivizing our NEOs to create long-term value for our stockholders and other stakeholders. On January 11, 2016, we filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code ("Chapter 11"), and on October 5, 2016, we emerged from Chapter 11 as a restructured company. Following our Chapter 11 restructuring, which was focused primarily on strengthening our balance sheet and creating a strong foundation for a sustainable financial future, we accomplished the following goals in 2017:

    Returned $326 million to stockholders through two new capital deployment initiatives:

    Executed on our share repurchase program, purchasing approximately 4 million shares of common stock, representing 16% of shares outstanding, for a total of $302 million.

    Paid $24 million in quarterly cash dividends.

    Further strengthened our financial position:

    Refinanced the Company's senior secured term loan, reducing annual interest expense by $20 million, or nearly 50%, while extending the debt maturities by more than two years.

    Entered into a new inventory-only asset based lending ("ABL") facility and amended our existing accounts receivable securitization facility, resulting in $200 million of aggregate capacity.

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      Reduced collateral requirements and increased borrowing capacity, resulting in the return of over $100 million of cash held by counterparties.

      Divested our highest-cost mine, as well as two other idled properties in Appalachia, further strengthening our key metallurgical segment and allowing us to focus on our core coking coal operations.

    Continued to deliver industry-leading safety and environmental performance:

    Our total-incident rate for 2017 was more than two times better than the national coal industry average.

    We achieved a Company-best performance in 2017 in environmental stewardship, delivering near-perfect annual performance with respect to air and water quality compliance.

    We received two of the three national awards issued by the Department of Interior's Office of Surface Mining; one award for excellence in surface coal mining reclamation and the other for our leadership in partnering with industry and conservation groups to protect and enhance the Wyoming prairie landscape.

2017 Key Compensation Decisions and Actions

        Our key compensation decisions and actions relating to our NEOs' compensation for 2017 included the following:

    Base salary amounts.  Our NEOs did not receive an increase in base salary in 2016 or 2017.

    2017 annual incentive compensation plan ("ICP") payouts.  Our 2017 budget and strategic objectives, as well as our core operating values of safety and environmental stewardship, were considered when establishing our 2017 ICP. The metrics under the 2017 ICP were Adjusted EBITDA (70%), safety incident rate (15%) and environmental compliance (15%). In addition to payouts for these key metrics, the Board awarded an additional performance bonus to our NEOs and other executives in recognition of their exceptional performance in achieving the goals outlined above in the Executive Summary to strengthen the Company's financial position and increase shareholder value.

    2017 long-term incentive grants.  The LTIP component of compensation was granted in two forms of equity grants:

    performance-based restricted stock units (50%), which are based upon the volume weighted average price ("VWAP") of a share of our common stock for any 45-day trading window during a three-year performance period; and

    time-based restricted stock units (50%), which cliff vest on the third anniversary of the grant date.

    Retention program.  In 2015, our prior Board approved and we entered into retention agreements with each of our NEOs given the uncertainty and challenging times in the coal industry. The final payment under those agreements was made in November 2017.

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Overview

        Prior to our emergence from Chapter 11 in October 2016, our executive compensation programs were administered by our prior Board. Following our emergence from Chapter 11, we generally continued our existing compensation programs, which are designed to attract, motivate and retain highly talented executives, except that such programs are focused on promoting our strategic objectives following such emergence and are implemented and administered by our post-emergence Board. We believe these compensation programs encourage sustained long-term profitability by making a significant portion of each named executive officer's total direct compensation variable and dependent on our achievement of safety, environmental and financial performance. Thus, most of our executives' total compensation is performance-based and not guaranteed.

        The type and amount of compensation for each NEO is determined after considering a variety of factors, including the executive's position and level of responsibility within our organization, comparative market data and other external market-based factors. The Personnel and Compensation Committee, or the Committee, uses this information when establishing compensation in order to achieve a comprehensive package that emphasizes pay-for-performance and is competitive in the marketplace. For the 2017 fiscal year, the pay mix at target for the CEO and other NEOs is displayed below.

GRAPHIC   GRAPHIC


(1)

(1) Average of the NEOs, excluding the CEO.

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        The components of the NEO compensation program for 2017 were as follows:

Component
  Key Features   Objectives
    Direct Compensation    

Base Pay

 

Fixed annual cash amount, paid at regular intervals

 

Provides a regular source of income at competitive levels.

Annual Incentive Compensation Program

 

Performance-based cash compensation opportunity tied to annual goals of Adjusted EBITDA and safety and environmental measures

 

Financial goals focus NEOs on achieving key annual financial goals and objectives based on budgeted expectations for the year.

Safety and environmental measures focus NEOs on these important areas of performance.


Long-Term Incentive Program

 

Long-term incentive program opportunities delivered through grants of restricted stock units

 

Our NEOs received grants of restricted stock units, 50% of which will only vest to the extent that specified share price performance thresholds are attained.

 

 

Other Compensation

 

 

Benefits

 

Standard range of medical, dental, life insurance, disability and retirement plans available to other employees, as well as executive benefits described below under "Other Benefits"

 

Provide market-competitive level of support in the event of injury, illness and retirement.

Limited executive benefits are provided to address unique situations or expectations for our executives.


 

 

No tax gross-ups on executive benefits

 

 

Our Compensation Process

        The Committee, with advice and analysis from its independent compensation consulting firm, uses current compensation levels and benchmarking and other data of peer companies, individual and Company performance, long-term career goals, future leadership potential and succession planning, among other factors, in determining appropriate target compensation levels for our NEOs. The Committee does not use a formula to weight these factors, but, instead, uses these factors to provide context within which to assess the significance of comparative market data and to differentiate the level of target compensation among our NEOs.

        After the end of the performance period to which a particular incentive award relates, the Committee reviews our performance relative to the applicable performance targets and recommends payouts based on that performance. The Committee generally retains discretion to recommend payouts that are above or below actual performance levels for the applicable performance period. However, if the Committee determines that an award should be treated as performance-based compensation under Section 162(m) of the Code, then the Committee forgoes its discretion to increase the award payout. For purposes of determining the amount of a payout to recommend, the Committee may also consider infrequent or non-recurring items that are not reflective of ongoing operations, the effects of major corporate transactions or other items that the Committee determines, in its judgment, significantly distort the comparability of our actual performance against the performance targets.

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        Annually, the Committee reviews the design of our named executive officer compensation program, including whether the risks arising from our compensation policies and practices are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company. In doing so, the Committee assesses whether compensation programs used in prior years have successfully achieved our compensation objectives. The Committee also considers the extent to which our compensation program is designed to achieve our long-term financial and operating goals. The Committee has retained the independent compensation consultant referenced below under "Role of Compensation Consultants" to help analyze certain comparative market data. Certain members of management participate in this process by assembling and summarizing data used by the Committee. The Committee and its independent compensation consultant reviewed our compensation policies and practices, and the Committee has determined that the risks arising from our compensation policies and practices are not reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company. In 2017, the Company prepared "tally sheets" that summarize the past and present values of each component of each NEO's total compensation. This tool is available to assist Committee members in the evaluation and approval of changes to compensation.

    Role of Compensation Consultants

        During 2017, the Committee continued to retain Lyons, Benenson & Company Inc. ("LB") as an independent compensation consultant to advise on executive compensation matters. LB assisted the Committee in determining the compensation peer group, which is described in more detail below. LB also advised the Committee on competitive compensation practices, mix of compensation elements and comparative market data, which the Committee considered in addressing and determining the appropriate levels of compensation for each NEO relative to the marketplace.

        The Committee has reviewed the independence of its independent compensation consultant and has determined that no conflicts of interest exist. The Committee has sole authority to retain or replace the independent compensation consultant. The Committee regularly reviews the performance and independence of its independent compensation consultant, as well as fees paid. A representative of the independent compensation consultant attends committee meetings as requested to serve as a resource on compensation matters. In order to encourage independent review and discussion of compensation matters, the Committee has the authority to, and does from time to time, meet with such representative in executive session.

    Role of Management

        Our chief executive officer and our vice president of human resources receive compensation peer group information from the independent compensation consultant, and then provide the Committee with compensation recommendations for our NEOs, other than our chief executive officer, including base salary, annual cash incentive opportunity and long-term incentive opportunities. Management provides a current market value for each proposed element of compensation and for the total target value, as well as the median and other select percentile market values for the NEO's peers. Our chief executive officer does not recommend his own base salary or target or actual payout amounts under our annual or long-term incentive awards.

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management. The Committee believes that the compensation opportunities provided to our chief executive officer, while higher in the aggregate than compensation provided to our other executives, are appropriate taking into consideration our chief executive officer's overall leadership responsibilities.

    Compensation Peer Group

        In October 2016, the Committee, in consultation with LB, decided upon a peer group of companies (listed below) based primarily upon criteria including size (both in terms of revenues and market capitalization), business alignment, industry relevance and competition for executive talent. The Committee continued to use this compensation peer group during 2017, except Spectra Energy Corp. was removed from our peer group due to its acquisition. This peer group has median revenues of approximately $2.0 billion (with a range of $800 million to $4.7 billion) and median market capitalization of approximately $2.4 billion (with a range of $18 million to $29.2 billion). We recognize that the companies in this group generally are larger than we are under both of these measures; nevertheless, we view this peer group as appropriate in light of the importance we ascribe to providing competitive compensation opportunities that are sufficient to attract and retain the talented executives needed to lead the Company.

Alliance Resource Partners,  L.P.

 

Noble Energy,  Inc.

Cliffs Natural Resources

 

Peabody Energy Corporation

Cloud Peak Energy,  Inc.

 

Pioneer Natural Resource Corp.

Compass Minerals International, Inc.

 

Southwestern Energy Corp.

CONSOL Energy Inc.

 

Vulcan Materials Company

Denbury Resources Inc.

 

Westmoreland Coal Company

        When evaluating benchmark data for these peer companies, the median market data is applied to each individual pay component in addition to a total compensation analysis. In addition, general industry compensation data is also reviewed by the Committee to provide an additional reference point. This data is based on a broad spectrum of public companies (excluding financial services and retail companies) that had median revenues similar to the Company.

        The Committee assesses the appropriateness of the peer groups used to benchmark our compensation programs on an annual basis and adds or subtracts members of the peer groups as appropriate.


    Evaluation of Stockholder "Say on Pay" Vote Results

        This year we are again providing shareholders with the right to cast a non-binding advisory vote to approve the compensation of our NEOs (see "Proposal No. 2 — Advisory Vote to Approve Named Executive Officer Compensation"). Approximately 88% of the votes cast at our 2017 annual meeting of stockholders voted to approve our executive compensation programs and policies, reflecting our stockholders' support of our executive compensation program. The Committee continues to engage with stockholders and other stakeholders and take their feedback, as well as the results of the "say on pay" vote, into account when establishing or modifying our compensation programs.

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    Elements of Our Compensation Program

        The Committee believes that our named executive officers, together with our other executives who have an ability to influence the achievement of our financial and operating objectives, should have a higher percentage of total compensation that is variable and, therefore, subject to greater risk. This provides closer alignment between those executives' total compensation with the short- and long-term interests of stockholders and other stakeholders.

        In order to achieve the compensation objectives established by the Committee, the Company uses the following compensation elements:

    Base salary;

    Short-term incentive opportunities (the Annual Incentive Compensation Program);

    Long-term incentive opportunities (the Long-Term Incentive Program); and

    Certain other limited executive benefits.

        In general, as the position and amount of responsibility for an executive increase, a greater percentage of that executive's total compensation will be variable. Executives with the highest level and amount of responsibility generally have the lowest percentage of their total compensation fixed as base salary and the highest percentage of their total compensation dependent upon our performance, as reflected in short- or long-term incentive awards.

        The following table shows the allocation of total target compensation for each NEO for each of the last three years:

 
  % of Target 2015
Compensation(1)
   
  % of Target 2016
Compensation(1)
   
  % of Target 2017
Compensation(1)
 
 
   
  Performance-
Based
   
   
  Performance-
Based
   
   
  Performance-
Based
 
 
  Fixed    
  Fixed    
  Fixed  
 
   
   
 
 
  Base
Salary
   
  Long-
Term
   
  Base
Salary
   
  Long-
Term
   
  Base
Salary
   
  Long-
Term
 
 
  Annual    
  Annual    
  Annual  
Name
   
   
 

John W. Eaves

    18 %   20 %   62 %       18 %   20 %   62 %       18 %   20 %   62 %

John T. Drexler

    23 %   19 %   58 %       22 %   18 %   60 %       22 %   18 %   60 %

Paul A. Lang

    21 %   19 %   60 %       20 %   18 %   62 %       20 %   18 %   62 %

Kenneth D. Cochran

    24 %   15 %   61 %       24 %   15 %   61 %       24 %   15 %   61 %

Robert G. Jones

    24 %   15 %   61 %       24 %   15 %   61 %       24 %   15 %   61 %

(1)
For purposes of determining total compensation, we have included base salary, target annual cash incentives and the value of target long-term incentive awards (excluding, for 2016, grants of restricted stock units made following our emergence from Chapter 11, which were special one-time grants).

Base Salary —

        We provide each named executive officer with an annual base salary. Base salaries for our named executive officers depend on each executive's experience and scope of responsibilities as well as the median market data for comparable job positions at companies within our peer group. We increase base salary primarily in response to notable achievements or for additions in scope of responsibilities. In addition, we may increase base salary to remain competitive in the marketplace.

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        During 2017, as part of the Committee's annual compensation review process, the Committee determined that the base salaries for our NEOs should not be increased. Our NEOs have not received base salary increases since 2015.

Annual Incentive Compensation Program —

    Overview —

        The Committee designed the Annual Incentive Compensation Program to focus our organization on meeting and exceeding certain annual financial and operating objectives by rewarding those key employees with the greatest ability to influence our results.

        For 2017, the Committee utilized Adjusted EBITDA, which constitutes 70% of the total target award, and environmental and safety measures, which each constitute 15% of the total target award. The environmental and safety measures continue to be part of the 2017 program because these goals reflect our core values. The Committee returned to the plan design features and maximum payout opportunity in place prior to our Chapter 11 restructuring by increasing the maximum payout opportunity of the Adjusted EBITDA measure to 200% of target (for 2016, there was no above-target payout opportunity for this performance measure).

        Early each year, the Committee determines the compensation plan design for the annual cash incentives based on performance from the prior year, as well as other factors. The Committee recommends the annual plan design, as well as the performance targets, to the Board for approval. Annual cash awards contain various incentive levels based on the participant's accountability and impact on our performance, with target opportunities established as a percentage of base salary based on the median market data.

        The following table shows the target opportunities available to the NEOs as a percentage of their base salaries and the actual payouts as a percentage of their base salaries for each of the last three years:

 
  2015   2016   2017  
Name
  Target as % of
Base Salary
  Actual Payout
as % of Base
Salary
  Target as % of
Base Salary
  Actual Payout
as % of Base
Salary(1)
  Target as % of
Base Salary
  Actual Payout
as % of Base
Salary
 

John W. Eaves

    107 %   99 %   110 %   45 %   110 %   133 %

John T. Drexler

    83 %   77 %   85 %   35 %   85 %   103 %

Paul A. Lang

    88 %   82 %   90 %   37 %   90 %   109 %

Kenneth D. Cochran

    60 %   56 %   60 %   24 %   60 %   73 %

Robert G. Jones

    60 %   56 %   60 %   24 %   60 %   73 %

(1)
To expedite the Company's emergence from Chapter 11 during 2016 and achieve a consensual Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization, our executive officers agreed to reduce their earned 2016 annual incentive payouts and earned performance unit awards for the 2014-2016 performance period by an aggregate amount of $6 million. This decision resulted in a $1,651,260 reduction in the aggregate amount of the 2016 earned annual incentives paid to our NEOs.

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        The following table shows the performance measures used in the 2017 Annual Incentive Compensation Program for our NEOs, together with the percentage of the total annual cash incentive grant that such component comprises. Each of the components for the NEOs is described in greater detail below.

Performance Measure
  2017
Portion of Total
Target Award
 

Adjusted EBITDA

    70 %

Safety Incident Rate

    15 %

Environmental Compliance

    15 %

        We believe that these performance measures align our compensation packages with both stockholder and employee interests by targeting specific performance goals and operational standards. By identifying meaningful performance measures and by assigning certain measures greater weight, we are able to more closely align compensation to the achievement of those business objectives over which particular employees have the greatest impact.

        If the target level of performance is achieved with respect to a particular performance measure, the applicable payout percentage for that performance measure will equal 100%. Achievement at the threshold performance level results in an applicable payout percentage that varies based on the performance measure, as shown in the table below. If the maximum level of performance is achieved with respect to a particular performance measure, the payout percentage for that measure will equal 200% of target performance. We interpolate payouts under the annual cash incentive awards for performance levels that fall between the threshold, target and maximum performance levels. There is no payout for performance that does not meet the threshold level criteria.

Performance Measure
  Threshold   Target   Maximum  

Adjusted EBITDA

    25 %   100 %   200 %

Safety Incident Rate(1)

    50 %   100 %   200 %

Environmental Compliance

    50 %   100 %   200 %

(1)
In the event of a work-related fatality at any of our mine locations, there is no payout for the safety incident rate component.

    Adjusted EBITDA —

        For 2017, the Company established a budget, including Adjusted EBITDA. "Adjusted EBITDA" is determined based on our earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, on a consolidated basis in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and excludes items such as acquisition-related expenses and amortization of acquired sales contracts. The Committee reviewed the budget approved by the Board and set the "target" level of this component based on that budget. In 2017, "target" level was set at 100% of budget. The threshold payout value for 2017 was set at 70% of the Adjusted EBITDA budget and the maximum payout value

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was set at 130% of the Adjusted EBITDA budget. The following table shows the threshold, target and maximum levels for the 2017 Annual Incentive Compensation Program.

 
  2017 PERFORMANCE GOALS  
Performance Measure
  Threshold   Target   Maximum  

Adjusted EBITDA

  $ 282,053,590   $ 402,933,700   $ 523,813,810  

    Safety Incident Rate —

        Safety is an important emphasis for the Company and, the Board believes, each of the Company's stakeholders. Strong safety performance leads to improved employee performance and lower costs associated with regulatory citations, insurance and litigation matters, which in turn lead to improved operating performance. Because of these factors, the Committee uses Safety Incident Rate as a component of the annual incentive compensation program. "Safety Incident Rate" is determined based on the Company's historical performance and is the number of reportable injuries per 200,000 man hours. The "target" goal for 2017 was set at the Company's three-year average, while the threshold and maximum goals were set at 10% higher than the Company's three-year average and 10% improvement over the Company's three-year average, respectively. In addition, there is no payout for this performance measure if there is a work-related fatality during the fiscal year. The following table shows the threshold, target and maximum levels for the 2017 Annual Incentive Compensation Program.

 
  2017 PERFORMANCE GOALS  
Performance Measure
  Threshold   Target   Maximum  

Safety Incident Rate

    1.25     1.14     1.04  

    Environmental Compliance —

        Like safety, environmental compliance is an important goal for the Company. Improved environmental compliance can improve the areas in which our employees live and operate and reduce long-term costs and expenses associated with fines, remediation issues and litigation matters. The Committee has established an environmental compliance component based on Notices of Violation, or NOVs, received by the Company and its subsidiaries. Similar to the safety component, the "target" goal for 2017 was set at the Company's three-year average, while the threshold and maximum goals were set at 10% higher than the Company's three-year average and 10% improvement over the Company's three-year average, respectively. The following table shows the threshold, target and maximum levels for the 2017 Annual Incentive Compensation Program.

 
  2017 PERFORMANCE GOALS  
Performance Measure
  Threshold   Target   Maximum  

Environmental Compliance

    6 NOVs     5 NOVs     4 NOVs  

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    2017 Payout Under the Annual Incentive Compensation Program

        In early 2018, the Committee evaluated the level of achievement of the various performance measures for 2017 and made the following determinations:

Performance Measure
  Actual
Performance
  Applicable
Payout
Percentage
  Relative
Weighting
  Weighted
Payout
Percentage
 

Adjusted EBITDA

  $ 439,054,000 (1)   130 %   70 %   91 %

Safety Incident Rate

    1.49     0 %   15 %   0 %

Environmental Compliance

    1 NOV     200 %   15 %   30 %

(1)
Includes a $21.3 million gain on the sale of our Lone Mountain mining complex.

        Based on the actual performance as set forth above, the cumulative amounts listed below were earned under the 2017 Annual Incentive Compensation Program for the Company's 2017 performance.

Name
  Target as % of
Base Salary
  Actual Payout
as % of Base
Salary
  Dollar Amount
of Actual Payout
 

John W. Eaves

    110 %   133 % $ 1,363,337  

John T. Drexler

    85 %   103 % $ 590,981  

Paul A. Lang

    90 %   109 % $ 788,982  

Kenneth D. Cochran

    60 %   73 % $ 344,613  

Robert G. Jones

    60 %   73 % $ 326,475  

    Additional Performance Bonuses

        In addition to the amounts earned under the 2017 Annual Incentive Compensation Program performance measures described above, the Board awarded an additional performance bonus to the NEOs and other executives in recognition of their exceptional performance in achieving the 2017 financial and shareholder value goals following our emergence from Chapter 11 in October 2016, as outlined in the Executive Summary. These bonus amounts are set forth below in the Summary Compensation Table and reflect the Board's subjective determination of each NEO's contribution to our overall 2017 performance.

Long-Term Incentive Program

    Overview —

        The Committee designed our long-term incentive program to promote decision-making that creates long-term value for our stockholders and other stakeholders. The Committee believes that an effective LTIP should also create strong retention incentives for those key employees who are most likely to influence our long-term performance.

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accountability and potential influence on our performance, with target opportunities established as a percentage of base salary based on the median market data.

Annual Compensation Component
  2015(1)   2016(2)   2017  

Performance shares

    35% (4)   0     0  

Performance units(3)

    30 %   30 %   0  

Restricted stock units

    35% (4)   0     100 %

(1)
The actual values of the performance share and restricted stock unit components of the 2015 LTIP awards were less than the target values. To conserve the available equity share pool, the Company granted performance shares and restricted stock units in 2015 utilizing the 2014 grant price ($4.10), rather than the grant date share price of $1.34, as was the practice in prior years (these prices do not reflect the one-for-ten reverse stock split that occurred on July 27, 2015). This resulted in equity awards valued at 33% of the target value for each recipient.

(2)
2016 LTIP awards were reduced by 70% in light of the Chapter 11 filing during 2016. Other than grants of restricted stock units made following our emergence from Chapter 11, which were special one-time grants, only the performance unit component of the LTIP was awarded in 2016.

(3)
The performance unit awards are tied to the Company's environmental and safety performance.

(4)
These awards were canceled upon the Company's emergence from Chapter 11 without payment to our NEOs.

    2017 Grants —

        On November 30, 2017, each of our NEOs received two awards of restricted stock units ("RSUs") as follows:

Named Executive Officer
  Time-Based RSUs(1)   Performance-Based RSUs(1)  

John W. Eaves

    22,600     22,600  

John T. Drexler

    10,000     10,000  

Paul A. Lang

    13,700     13,700  

Kenneth D. Cochran

    7,500     7,500  

Robert G. Jones

    7,100     7,100  

(1)
The number of RSU awards granted to each NEO were determined based upon the 20-day volume weighted average price ("VWAP") of a share of our common stock on the date of grant, which was $79.41.

        The time-based and performance-based RSU awards vest on the third anniversary of the grant date. The performance-based RSU award is earned based on the VWAP of a share of our common stock for any 45-day trading period during the three-year performance period (the "45-day VWAP"), subject to achieving threshold performance of a 45-day VWAP of no less than $88. On the date of grant, the 45-day VWAP was $75.65. The NEOs may earn up to 150% of the target number of performance-based RSUs based on achievement of 45-day VWAP performance levels that the Committee determined were appropriately challenging.

        The 2017 RSU awards are the first regular long-term incentive awards granted since our emergence from Chapter 11 in October 2016.

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    2015 - 2017 Performance Unit Award Achievement —

        Our compensation program for 2015 included long-term incentive awards of performance shares, restricted stock units and performance units for the 2015 - 2017 performance period. The performance share and restricted stock unit awards were canceled without any payout to the NEOs upon our emergence from Chapter 11. The performance unit awards, which are tied to our safety and environmental performance and had historically paid out in cash, were not canceled. In early 2018, the Committee evaluated the level of achievement of the various performance measures for the 2015 - 2017 performance period and made the following determinations for such performance unit awards:

Performance Measure
  Target   Actual
Performance
  Relative
Weighting
  Weighted Payout
Percentage
 

Safety Incident Rate

  1.14   1.27     50 %   0 %

Environmental Compliance

  10 NOVs   2 NOVs     50 %   100 %

        Total actual amounts paid to each NEO under the 2015 performance unit awards for the Company's 2015 - 2017 performance are set forth in the footnotes to the Summary Compensation Table below.

Other Benefits

        Executive Benefits —  We provide a limited number of executive benefits such as financial planning services to our NEOs and certain other key employees. The purpose of these benefits is to attract and retain executives with a comprehensive compensation package. Executive benefits are taxable to the executives. Executives do not receive any tax gross up payments on these benefits.

        Participation in Benefit Plans and Other Compensation Arrangements —  Each of our NEOs is eligible to participate in the same health and welfare plans as our other eligible employees. These plans include medical and dental insurance, life, travel and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, short- and long-term disability coverage and participation in our qualified defined benefit pension plan (which was frozen at the end of 2014) and a 401(k) plan. The following is a summary of certain benefit plans and other compensation arrangements available to our NEOs but for which our other employees generally may not be eligible:

        Supplemental Retirement Plan Benefits —  The Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") limits the amount of qualified retirement benefits we may provide for certain employees. As a result, we sponsor a supplemental retirement plan that provides eligible employees, including the NEOs, with additional retirement benefits that would otherwise be available under our defined benefit pension plan but for the limitations contained in the Code. We froze this supplemental retirement plan on December 31, 2014, the same date that we froze our defined benefit pension plan. No participants earn any service credit after such date. For more information about our defined benefit pension plan and our supplemental retirement plan, including the accumulated benefits attributable to our NEOs, see "Pension Benefits" below.

        Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan —  The Code limits the amount certain of our employees may contribute to our tax-qualified 401(k) plan in any year. Therefore, we sponsor a non-qualified deferred compensation plan that allows eligible employees, including the NEOs, to defer receipt of a portion of their base salaries and certain annual and long-term cash incentive awards not subject to these limits. The deferred compensation plan provides higher-paid employees with the full Company matching contribution to which they

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would otherwise be entitled under our defined contribution plan but for the limitations contained in the Code. NEOs were not allowed to make deferrals under the non-qualified plan for 2017. For more information about our deferred compensation plan, including information about amounts attributable to our NEOs, see "Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation" below.

        Change in Control Agreements —  To provide our NEOs and certain other key employees with some financial security in the event their employment with our organization is terminated without cause or under certain circumstances following a change in control, we provide the executives with change in control agreements that provide for cash payments and certain other severance benefits upon a qualifying termination. We believe that the change in control agreements we maintain with our executives provide a meaningful mechanism by which to retain those individuals who are most capable of affecting our future performance. The agreements were developed and entered into in the years prior to our Chapter 11 filing and were assumed by the Company on our emergence from Chapter 11. The agreements were not modified during the Chapter 11 case, except that the NEOs agreed to waive the first trigger under the agreements, such that our Chapter 11 reorganization did not constitute a change in control for purposes of the agreements. As a result, our NEOs will only receive enhanced change in control payments and benefits under the agreements if their employment is involuntarily terminated in connection with a subsequent change in control. For more information about the change in control agreements with our NEOs, see "Potential Payments Upon Termination of Employment or Change in Control" below.

        Retention Agreements —  To maintain stability for the Company during a volatile time for our industry, in July 2015, our prior Board approved and we entered into retention agreements with each of our NEOs and certain other key employees. The agreements provided that, subject to the conditions set forth therein, each employee was eligible to receive quarterly cash retention payments for up to a total of 27 months if his employment continued. To encourage retention through the entire period, the payments were backloaded, with each of the first eight quarterly payments equaling 9.375% of the total possible retention award, and the final quarterly payment equaling 25% of the total possible award. If an employee's employment was terminated for any reason other than by us without "cause" or by the employee for "good reason" (as such terms are defined in the retention agreement), any unpaid retention payments under the agreement were forfeited. The total possible retention award originally equaled two times base salary for each of Messrs. Eaves, Drexler and Lang, and 1.5 times base salary for each of Messrs. Cochran and Jones. We paid the first quarterly installment under the retention agreements to the NEOs and other employees prior to our Chapter 11 filing. We were prohibited from making scheduled payments under the retention agreements to the NEOs during our Chapter 11 case, which resulted in a 28% reduction in the aggregate amount payable to each NEO. We resumed scheduled payments upon our emergence from Chapter 11 (excluding the 28% reduction) and made the final payment under the retention agreements in November 2017.


    Stock Ownership Guidelines

        Following our emergence from Chapter 11 in 2016, our Board adopted stock ownership guidelines, which superseded the guidelines previously in effect and which are intended to promote meaningful stock ownership by our NEOs. These guidelines specify a number of shares of our common stock, including unvested RSUs, that our NEOs must accumulate within the later of five years of the implementation of the guidelines or their first

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receiving an equity grant. The specific shareholding guidelines are determined based on a multiple of base salary, as follows:

Position
  Requirement

Chief Executive Officer

  5 × Salary

Chief Operating Officer

  3 × Salary

Chief Financial Officer

  3 × Salary

SVP, Operations

  3 × Salary

SVP, Law & General Counsel

  3 × Salary


    Anti-Hedging and Anti-Pledging Policy

        Each of our NEOs and directors is subject to the terms of our securities trading policies. Those policies prohibit entering into hedging transactions involving our stock, including trading in or writing "puts" and "calls" or engaging in "short sales," "margining" or any other action designed to offset any change in the value of the Company's stock. Those policies also prohibit NEOs and directors from pledging any Company securities.


    Impact of Section 162(m) on Compensation

        Prior to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ("Tax Reform") that was signed into law December 22, 2017, Section 162(m) of the Code generally limited to $1 million the U.S. federal income tax deductibility of compensation paid in one year to a company's CEO or any of its three next-highest-paid executive officers (other than its Chief Financial Officer). Compensation that qualified as "performance-based" under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code was exempt from this $1 million limitation. As part of Tax Reform, the ability to rely on this "qualified performance-based compensation" exception was eliminated, and the limitation on deductibility was generally expanded to include all named executive officers. Although we maintain compensation arrangements that were intended to qualify as performance-based compensation under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code prior to Tax Reform, subject to certain transition relief rules, we may no longer take a deduction for any compensation paid to our covered employees in excess of $1 million. Furthermore, although the Committee may have taken action intended to limit the impact of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code, it also believes that the tax deduction is only one of several relevant considerations in setting compensation. The Committee believes that shareholder interests are best served by not restricting the Committee's discretion and flexibility in structuring compensation programs, even though such programs may result in non-deductible compensation expenses. Accordingly, achieving the desired flexibility in the design and delivery of compensation may have resulted (and may continue to result, in light of the recent changes in law) in compensation that in certain cases is not deductible for federal income tax purposes.

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2017 Summary Compensation Table

        The following table is a summary of compensation information for our chief executive officer, our chief financial officer and each of the other three most highly compensated executive officers for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017. Amounts shown that were awarded prior to our emergence from Chapter 11 in October 2016 were approved and implemented by our prior Board. Any compensation amounts awarded following our emergence from Chapter 11 reflect the administration of our executive compensation plans and programs by our new Board appointed following such emergence.

Name and
Principal Position
  Year   Salary
($)
  Bonus
($)(1)
  Stock
Awards
($)(2)
  Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation
Earnings
($)(3)
  Change in
Pension
Value and
Non-Qualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings
($)(4)
  All Other
Compensation
($)(5)
  Total
($)
 
John W. Eaves     2017   $ 1,025,000   $ 2,021,739   $ 4,175,802   $ 2,387,087   $ 138,136   $ 42,450   $ 9,790,214  

Chief Executive Officer

    2016   $ 1,025,000   $ 192,188   $ 10,237,770   $ 1,302,173   $ 189,651   $ 40,213   $ 12,986,995  
      2015   $ 1,008,560   $ 192,188   $ 791,015   $ 2,782,146   $ 21,436   $ 106,381   $ 4,901,726  

John T. Drexler

 

 

2017

 

$

575,000

 

$

1,008,992

 

$

1,847,700

 

$

1,024,131

 

$

66,312

 

$

33,170

 

$

4,555,305

 

Senior Vice President and Chief

    2016   $ 575,000   $ 107,813   $ 3,232,980   $ 555,730   $ 94,864   $ 40,963   $ 4,607,350  

Financial Officer

    2015   $ 558,560   $ 107,813   $ 334,624   $ 1,173,939   $ 0   $ 62,977   $ 2,237,913  

Paul A. Lang

 

 

2017

 

$

725,000

 

$

1,318,903

 

$

2,531,349

 

$

1,396,482

 

$

109,228

 

$

18,458

 

$

6,099,420

 

President and Chief Operating

    2016   $ 725,000   $ 135,938   $ 5,388,300   $ 765,954   $ 152,081   $ 14,033   $ 7,181,306  

Officer

    2015   $ 708,560   $ 135,938   $ 469,424   $ 1,749,954   $ 0   $ 63,154   $ 3,127,030  

Kenneth D. Cochran

 

 

2017

 

$

475,000

 

$

640,601

 

$

1,385,775

 

$

682,113

 

$

36,125

 

$

15,900

 

$

3,235,514

 

Senior Vice President — Operations

    2016   $ 475,000   $ 63,281   $ 1,885,905   $ 393,887   $ 51,858   $ 17,610   $ 2,887,541  

    2015   $ 456,303   $ 63,281   $ 260,776   $ 868,398   $ 0   $ 46,962   $ 1,695,720  

Robert G. Jones

 

 

2017

 

$

450,000

 

$

605,254

 

$

1,311,867

 

$

645,225

 

$

63,615

 

$

24,831

 

$

3,100,792

 

Senior Vice President — Law, General

    2016   $ 450,000   $ 59,766   $ 1,885,905   $ 372,345   $ 83,787   $ 25,607   $ 2,877,410  

Counsel and Secretary

    2015   $ 431,303   $ 59,766   $ 246,386   $ 787,015   $ 16,222   $ 48,046   $ 1,588,738  

(1)
The following amounts reflect the amounts paid under the retention agreements in 2017: Mr. Eaves — $1,089,063; Mr. Drexler — $610,938; Mr. Lang — $770,313; Mr. Cochran — $358,595; and Mr. Jones — $338,670. The following amounts reflect the additional performance bonuses paid to the NEOs for 2017 performance: Mr. Eaves — $932,676; Mr. Drexler — $398,054; Mr. Lang — $548,590; Mr. Cochran — $282,006; and Mr. Jones — $266,584.

(2)
Amounts shown represent the aggregate grant date fair value of all stock awards made to each NEO during the year indicated. We have determined the grant date fair value in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718, excluding the effect of estimated forfeitures. The determination of the grant date fair value is subject to certain estimates and assumptions described in Note 19, Stock-Based Compensation and Other Incentive Plans, to our consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2017.

All of the stock options, restricted stock, restricted stock units, performance shares and any other equity holdings in shares of the Company's common stock that our NEOs held at the time of our emergence from Chapter 11 in 2016 were canceled without payment on emergence and, therefore, our NEOs did not receive any value for the awards whose amounts are shown in the Stock Awards column for 2015. The amounts shown in the Stock Awards column for 2016 and 2017 reflect the grant date value of the restricted stock unit awards granted to our NEOs. The actual value, if any, that the NEOs will realize from the 2016 and 2017 awards is a function of a value of the underlying shares if and when the awards vest and, for performance-based awards, the level of attainment of the applicable performance goal.

Amounts for the performance-based RSU awards were calculated based on the probable outcome of the performance condition as of the grant date, consistent with the estimate of aggregate compensation cost to be recognized over the service period determined as of the grant date under FASB ASC Topic 718, excluding the effect of estimated forfeitures. For these amounts, see the "Grant Date Fair Value of Stock and Option Awards" column of the "Grants of Plan Based Awards for the Year Ended

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    December 31, 2017" table below. The following are the values of the performance-based awards as of the grant date assuming attainment of the maximum level of performance: Mr. Eaves — $8,351,604; Mr. Drexler — $3,695,400; Mr. Lang — $5,062,698; Mr. Cochran — $2,771,550; Mr. Jones — $2,623,734.

(3)
Amounts shown include the following payouts:
 
Name
  Year   Annual
Cash
Incentive
Awards
  Performance Unit
Awards(+)
 
  John W. Eaves     2017   $ 1,363,337   $ 1,023,750  
        2016   $ 460,354   $ 841,819  
        2015   $ 997,146   $ 1,785,000  

 

John T. Drexler

 

 

2017

 

$

590,981

 

$

433,150

 
        2016   $ 199,555   $ 356,175  
        2015   $ 431,439   $ 742,500  

 

Paul A. Lang

 

 

2017

 

$

788,982

 

$

607,500

 
        2016   $ 266,413   $ 499,541  
        2015   $ 579,954   $ 1,170,000  

 

Kenneth D. Cochran

 

 

2017

 

$

344,613

 

$

337,500

 
        2016   $ 116,364   $ 277,523  
        2015   $ 253,398   $ 615,000  

 

Robert G. Jones

 

 

2017

 

$

326,475

 

$

318,750

 
        2016   $ 110,240   $ 262,105  
        2015   $ 239,515   $ 547,500  
(+)
Amounts shown represent payout of performance unit awards granted in 2015 for the 2015 - 2017 performance period under our long-term incentive program. The performance share and restricted stock unit awards that were granted as part of the 2015 long-term incentive program were canceled upon our emergence from Chapter 11. The performance unit awards, which are tied to our safety and environmental performance and had historically paid out in cash, were not canceled. Below is a table that lists the performance measure, the applicable threshold, target and maximum achievement levels for each performance measure and the actual performance for each performance measure.
 
Performance Measure
  Relative
Weighting
  Threshold   Target   Maximum   Actual
Performance
 

Safety Incident Rate

    50 %   1.14   1.07 plus 3-year average must exceed top three industry competitors   1.27
 

Environmental Compliance

    50 %   10 NOVs   9 NOVs   2 NOVs
(4)
Amounts shown represent the changes in the actuarial present value of the accumulated benefits for our NEOs under our defined benefit pension plans, including our supplemental retirement plan, computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 715. The present value of accumulated benefits is subject to certain actuarial assumptions described in Note 21, Employee Benefit Plans, to our consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2017 and under the heading "Employee Benefit Plans" in the section entitled "Critical Accounting Policies" included in the Form 10-K.

(5)
Amounts shown for 2017 reflect the following:
    For Mr. Eaves: matching contributions to 401(k) plan ($16,200), financial planning and tax preparation services ($15,150), and club dues ($11,100).

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    For Mr. Drexler: matching contributions to 401(k) plan ($13,269), financial planning and tax preparation services ($11,381), and club dues ($8,520).

    For Mr. Lang: matching contributions to 401(k) plan ($15,058), financial planning and tax preparation services ($3,400).

    For Mr. Cochran: matching contributions to 401(k) plan ($14,250), financial planning and tax preparation services ($1,650).

    For Mr. Jones: matching contributions to 401(k) plan ($11,077) and financial planning and tax preparation services ($13,754).

Grants of Plan-Based Awards for the Year Ended December 31, 2017

        The following table shows information relating to the grants of certain equity and non-equity awards made to the NEOs during 2017.

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
  All Other
Stock
Awards:
Number
of
Shares of
Stock or
Units
(#)(3)
   
 
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
  Grant
Date
Fair
Value
of Stock
and
Option
Awards(4)
 
 
   
  Estimated Future Payouts Under
Non-Equity Incentive Plan
Awards(1)
  Estimated Future Payouts
Under Equity Incentive Plan
Awards(2)
 
Name
  Grant
Date
  Threshold
($)
  Target
($)
  Maximum
($)
  Threshold
(#)
  Target
(#)
  Maximum
(#)
 

John W. Eaves

    2/23/2017   $ 366,438   $ 1,127,500   $ 2,255,000                                

    11/30/2017                                   22,600   $ 1,865,856  

    11/30/2017                       10,170     22,600     33,900         $ 2,309,946  

John T. Drexler

    2/23/2017   $ 158,844   $ 488,750   $ 977,500                                

    11/30/2017                                   10,000   $ 825,600  

    11/30/2017                       4,500     10,000     15,000         $ 1,022,100  

Paul A. Lang

    2/23/2017   $ 212,063   $ 652,500   $ 1,305,000                                

    11/30/2017                                   13,700   $ 1,131,072  

    11/30/2017                       6,165     13,700     20,550         $ 1,400,277  

Kenneth D. Cochran

    2/23/2017   $ 92,625   $ 285,000   $ 570,000                                

    11/30/2017                                   7,500   $ 619,200  

    11/30/2017                       3,375     7,500     11,250         $ 766,575  

Robert G. Jones

    2/23/2017   $ 87,750   $ 270,000   $ 540,000                                

    11/30/2017                                   7,100   $ 586,176  

    11/30/2017                       3,195     7,100     10,650         $ 725,691  

(1)
Amounts in the first row for each NEO represent the potential amounts payable to the NEO under the annual cash incentive awards for 2017 assuming threshold, target and maximum levels of performance. Amounts paid to each NEO under our annual cash incentive awards for 2017 have been included under the column entitled "Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation" in the Summary Compensation Table.

(2)
Amounts represent the performance-based RSU awards, which are scheduled to vest between 0% and 150% of the number of shares shown in the "Target" sub-column based on attainment of a specified share price performance goal during the three-year performance period. If the threshold performance level is not attained, the awards will be forfeited. The amounts in the "Threshold" sub-column reflect the 45% of the shares shown in the "Target" sub-column that will vest on attainment of the threshold performance level. The amounts in the "Maximum" sub-column reflect the 150% of the shares that will vest on attainment of the maximum performance level. See the information under the heading "Elements of Our Compensation Program" in the sub-section entitled "Compensation Discussion and Analysis" for more information about these performance-based RSU awards.

(3)
Amounts represent the time-based RSU awards that are scheduled to vest three years from the grant date and will be delivered in shares on the third anniversary of the grant date.

(4)
Amounts for the time-based RSU awards represent their aggregate grant date fair values, calculated in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718, excluding the effect of estimated forfeitures.

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    Amounts for the performance-based RSU awards were calculated based on the probable outcome of the performance goal as of the grant date, consistent with the estimate of aggregate compensation cost to be recognized over the service period determined as of the grant date under FASB ASC Topic 718, excluding the effect of estimated forfeitures. For the values of these awards, assuming attainment of the maximum level of performance, see footnote 3 to the "2017 Summary Compensation Table" above. The actual value, if any, that each NEO will realize for these performance-based RSU awards is a function of the value of the shares if and when the awards vest.

    For additional information on how we account for equity-based compensation, see Note 19 to our consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2017 and under the heading "Stock-Based Compensation" in the section entitled "Critical Accounting Policies" included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.

Outstanding Equity Awards at December 31, 2017

        The following table shows information relating to the equity awards previously granted to our NEOs that were outstanding as of December 31, 2017. Our NEOs did not hold any stock options as of December 31, 2017.

 
  Stock Awards  
Name
  Grant
Date
  Number of
Shares or
Units of
Stock That
Have Not
Vested (#)
  Market Value
of Shares or
Units of
Stock That
Have Not
Vested ($)(1)
  Equity
Incentive
Plan Awards:
Number of
Unearned
Shares,
Units or
Other
Rights That
Have Not
Vested (#)
  Equity
Incentive
Plan Awards:
Market or
Payout Value
of Unearned
Shares, Units
or Other
Rights That
Have Not
Vested ($)(1)
 

John W. Eaves

    11/23/2016     38,000 (2) $ 3,540,080     21,375 (3) $ 1,991,295  

    11/30/2017     22,600 (4) $ 2,105,416     22,600 (5) $ 2,105,416  

John T. Drexler

    11/23/2016     12,000 (2) $ 1,117,920     6,750 (3) $ 628,830  

    11/30/2017     10,000 (4) $ 931,600     10,000 (5) $ 931,600  

Paul A. Lang

    11/23/2016     20,000 (2) $ 1,863,200     11,250 (3) $ 1,048,050  

    11/30/2017     13,700 (4) $ 1,276,292     13,700 (5) $ 1,276,292  

Kenneth D. Cochran

    11/23/2016     7,000 (2) $ 652,120     3,938 (3) $ 366,864  

    11/30/2017     7,500 (4) $ 698,700     7,500 (5) $ 698,700  

Robert G. Jones

    11/23/2016     7,000 (2) $ 652,120     3,938 (3) $ 366,864  

    11/30/2017     7,100 (4) $ 661,436     7,100 (5) $ 661,436  

(1)
Amounts represent the market value of the time-based and performance-based RSU awards, which were calculated by multiplying the number of shares underlying the awards (assuming target attainment of the performance goal, in the case of the performance-based awards) by $93.16, which was the closing price of a share of common stock on December 29, 2017 (the last trading day of 2017).

(2)
Amounts represent the number of shares underlying the time-based RSU awards, which are scheduled to vest one-half on November 23, 2018 and one-half on November 23, 2019. The first tranche of the award, equal to one-third of the total award, vested on November 23, 2017.

(3)
Amounts represent the number of shares underlying the performance-based RSU awards (assuming threshold attainment of the performance goal), which are scheduled to vest based on the level of attainment of the performance goal during the three-year performance ending on November 23, 2019.

(4)
Amounts represent the number of shares underlying the time-based RSU awards, which are scheduled to vest on November 30, 2020.

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(5)
Amounts represent the number of shares underlying the performance-based RSU awards (assuming target attainment of the performance goal), which are scheduled to vest based on the level of attainment of the performance goal during the three-year performance ending on November 30, 2020.

Option Exercises and Stock Vested for the Year Ended December 31, 2017

        The following table shows information relating to the value realized by our NEOs as a result of the vesting of their restricted stock unit awards during 2017. Our NEOs did not exercise any stock options in 2017.

 
  Stock Awards  
Name
  Number of
Shares
Acquired on
Vesting
(#)(1)
  Value Realized
on Vesting
($)(2)
 

John W. Eaves

    19,000   $ 1,532,730  

John T. Drexler

    6,000   $ 484,020  

Paul A. Lang

    10,000   $ 806,700  

Kenneth D. Cochran

    3,500   $ 282,345  

Robert G. Jones

    3,500   $ 282,345  

(1)
Amounts shown represent the number of shares underlying time-based RSU awards granted on November 23, 2016 that vested on November 23, 2017.

(2)
Amounts shown represent the value realized upon vesting of outstanding stock awards calculated by multiplying the number of shares that vested by the fair market value of our common stock on the date of vesting.

Pension Benefits

        Defined Benefit Pension Plan.    We sponsor a defined benefit pension plan covering all of our eligible employees, including our NEOs. We froze our pension plan on December 31, 2014. No participants earn any service credit after such date. Under the plan, a cash balance account was established for each participant. Participants become vested in their cash balance accounts after serving three years with us. Upon retirement or upon termination of employment following three years of service with us, participants or their beneficiaries may elect to receive benefits in a lump sum, in installments over a period of time or at a later date. Under the terms of the plan, normal retirement occurs on the first day of the month following the date a participant turns 65. We credit each participant's cash balance account with an interest amount based on the U.S. Treasury rate, subject to an annual minimum rate of 4.25%.

        Supplemental Retirement Plan.    We sponsor a supplemental retirement plan covering all of our eligible employees, including our NEOs, whose retirement benefits under our defined benefit pension plan are limited by the Code. We froze our supplemental retirement plan on December 31, 2014. Subject to the limitations contained in the Code, benefits under the supplemental retirement plan will be paid six months after termination in a lump sum.

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        The following table shows information relating to the accumulated benefits to which the NEOs were entitled under our defined benefit pension plans as of December 31, 2017:

Name
  Plan Name   Number of
Years
Credited
Service
(#)(1)
  Present Value of
Accumulated
Benefit
($)(2)
  Payments
During
Last Fiscal
Year
($)
 

John W. Eaves

  Arch Coal, Inc. Retirement Account Plan     35   $ 1,708,639      

  Arch Coal, Inc. Supplemental Retirement Plan     35   $ 681,484      

John T. Drexler

  Arch Coal, Inc. Retirement Account Plan     20   $ 408,049      

  Arch Coal, Inc. Supplemental Retirement Plan     20   $ 262,411      

Paul A. Lang

  Arch Coal, Inc. Retirement Account Plan     33   $ 1,100,314      

  Arch Coal, Inc. Supplemental Retirement Plan     33   $ 489,599      

Kenneth D. Cochran

  Arch Coal, Inc. Retirement Account Plan     12   $ 327,370      

  Arch Coal, Inc. Supplemental Retirement Plan     12   $ 209,334      

Robert G. Jones

  Arch Coal, Inc. Retirement Account Plan     26   $ 991,515      

  Arch Coal, Inc. Supplemental Retirement Plan     26   $ 195,975      

(1)
Under our defined benefit pension plans, certain of our NEOs have been credited with additional years of service attributable to employment with one or more predecessor entities as follows: Mr. Eaves — 15 years, Mr. Lang — 13 years, and Mr. Jones — 6 years.

(2)
Amounts shown for each NEO represent the actuarial present value of the executive's accumulated benefit under our defined benefit pension plans as of December 31, 2017, computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 715. The present value of accumulated benefits is subject to certain actuarial assumptions described in Note 21, Employee Benefit Plans, to our consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2017 and under the heading "Employee Benefit Plans" in the section entitled "Critical Accounting Policies" included in the Form 10-K.

Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation

        We maintain a deferred compensation plan that historically has allowed eligible employees to defer receipt of their base salaries and/or incentive awards until the dates elected by the employees. We have not allowed deferrals under the plan since the Company's emergence from Chapter 11, and our Board does not intend to allow deferrals in the future. The cash amounts previously deferred are invested in accounts that mirror the gains and/or losses of a number of different investment funds. These investment funds are substantially similar to the investment alternatives offered to participants in our 401(k) plan. The plan has never offered any above-market rates of return to any of our NEOs. Participants are always vested in their deferrals under the plan and any related earnings.

        Under the plan, we credit each participant's account with the number of units equal to the number of shares or units that the participant could purchase or receive with the amount of compensation deferred under the plan on the date we credit the participant's account, based upon the fair market value of the underlying investment on that date. We will pay the amount of compensation deferred under the plan to the participant (or to their designated beneficiary in the event of death) in annual installments or in a lump sum, at the participant's election, following the participant's termination of employment or on the date or dates specified by the participant in his payment election. The amount we pay will be based on the number of units credited to each participant's account, valued on the basis of the fair market value of an equivalent number of shares or units of the underlying investment on the date payment occurs. We may also pay a participant the amount of

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compensation deferred under the plan prior to the date the participant initially elected to receive payment if we determine that the employee has a demonstrated financial hardship.

        The following table shows information relating to the activity in the deferred compensation plan accounts for the NEOs during 2017:

Name
  Executive
Contributions in
Last Fiscal Year
($)
  Registrant
Contributions in
Last Fiscal Year
($)
  Aggregate Earnings
in Last Fiscal Year
($)
  Aggregate
Withdrawals/
Distributions ($)(1)
  Aggregate Balance
at Last Fiscal Year
End ($)
 

John W. Eaves

          $ 440,038       $ 2,643,626  

John T. Drexler

          $ 14,793   $ (21,438 ) $ 80,608  

Paul A. Lang

          $ 128,355   $ (53,533 ) $ 836,289  

Kenneth D. Cochran

          $ 41,658   $ (59,876 ) $ 396,667  

Robert G. Jones

          $ 110,586       $ 861,050  

(1)
Reflects amounts distributed on the specified dates elected by the NEOs prior to the deferral dates.

Potential Payments Upon Termination of Employment or Change in Control

        We maintain certain agreements or arrangements with each of our NEOs and other executives that provide for the payment or acceleration of certain benefits in the event that the executive's employment is terminated without cause or following a change in control. In addition to the benefits described below, the NEOs would also be entitled to receive certain benefits under our defined benefit and pension plan, supplemental retirement plan and non-qualified deferred compensation plan. See the sub-section entitled "Pension Benefits" for more information on the benefits accumulated under our defined benefit pension plan and our supplemental retirement plan that are attributable to each of the NEOs and the sub-section entitled "Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation" for more information on the aggregate balance maintained under our deferred compensation plan by each of the NEOs.

        Our NEOs' change in control agreements provide "double trigger" payments on involuntary termination of employment in connection with a change in control. In connection with the Chapter 11 case in 2016, the NEOs agreed to waive the first trigger under the agreements, such that our Chapter 11 reorganization did not constitute a change in control for purposes of the agreements. As a result, our NEOs will only receive these "double trigger" payments if their employment is involuntarily terminated in connection with a subsequent change in control.


    Potential Payments Upon Termination of Employment

        We maintain change in control agreements with our NEOs and other executives. Under the change in control agreements, we may be required to provide compensation in the event of a termination of employment or a change in control of the Company. As a condition to each executive's entitlement to receive payments under the change in control agreements, the executive is required to execute a waiver of claims against us and to abide by certain non-disclosure, non-competition and non-solicitation requirements.

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        Voluntary termination and termination for cause —  Each of the NEOs may terminate his employment at any time. In addition, we may terminate the employment of the NEOs for cause for any of the following reasons:

    a willful and continual failure to perform his duties;

    gross misconduct that is materially and demonstrably detrimental to us; or

    the commission of a felony.

        Under the terms of the change in control agreements, if we terminate an executive's employment for cause or if an executive voluntarily terminates his employment, then we will pay the executive an amount equal to the executive's accrued and unpaid base salary.

        The RSU award agreements provide that, if an executive voluntarily terminates his employment (other than for good reason or due to retirement), his unvested RSUs will be forfeited. If we terminate an executive's employment for cause, his RSUs, whether vested or unvested, will be forfeited.

        Involuntary termination prior to a change in control —  Under the change in control agreements, each of the NEOs may be entitled to certain benefits on an involuntary termination. If we terminate an executive without cause prior to a change in control, then under the terms of the change in control agreement we will pay the executive a lump sum cash amount equal to the following:

    one times (two times for Mr. Eaves) the executive's highest annual base salary during the preceding three years;

    one times the higher of the executive's annual cash incentive award for the most recent year or the average annual cash incentive award for the three preceding years;

    a pro-rata portion of any amounts to which the executive would be entitled under our annual cash incentive awards or our long-term cash and equity-based incentive awards;

    12 times (18 times for Mr. Eaves) the effective monthly COBRA rate;

    12 times (24 times for Mr. Eaves) the applicable monthly life insurance premium rate;

    the matching contribution under our defined contribution plan and executive deferred compensation plan and the annual interest credit amounts under our defined benefit plans as if the executive continued to participate in those plans for a period of 12 months (24 months for Mr. Eaves);

    the value of any unused vacation time.

        Also, we have agreed to reimburse the NEOs for the cost of financial counseling services (up to a maximum of $5,000) for a period of 12 months (24 months for Mr. Eaves), and the cost of reasonable outplacement services for a period of 12 months (24 months for Mr. Eaves).

        The RSU award agreements provide for the following treatment of the awards if an NEO's employment is terminated by us without cause or by the NEO for good reason:

    For the time-based RSU awards granted in 2016, the one-third portion of the RSU that was scheduled to vest on the next annual vesting date will vest as of the date of such termination, and any remaining

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      unvested portions will be forfeited. The vested portion of the award will be settled in shares on the third anniversary of the grant date or, if earlier, the first anniversary of such termination.

    For the time-based RSU awards granted in 2017, a pro-rated portion of the RSU will vest (based on the portion of the three-year vesting period that the NEO was employed) as of the date of such termination, and any remaining unvested portions will be forfeited. The vested portion of the award will be settled in shares on the date of such termination.

    For the performance-based RSU award, the service condition will be deemed attained with respect to a prorated portion of the RSUs (based on the portion of the three-year performance period that the NEO was employed), and such prorated portion of the award will remain subject to the VWAP performance condition. The remaining portion of the award will be forfeited.

        The following table shows the amounts that each of the NEOs would have received if we had terminated his employment for reasons other than cause prior to a change in control on December 31, 2017:

 
  John W. Eaves   John T. Drexler   Paul A. Lang   Kenneth D. Cochran   Robert G. Jones  

Cash payments:

                               

Cash severance

  $ 4,346,013   $ 1,564,035   $ 2,062,572   $ 1,101,619   $ 1,043,059  

Healthcare coverage

  $ 27,712   $ 26,514   $ 26,514   $ 18,475   $ 18,475  

Life insurance premiums

  $ 75,120   $ 8,040   $ 22,776   $ 21,636   $ 33,804  

Incentive awards(1)

  $ 2,868,750   $ 1,238,167   $ 1,695,000   $ 860,000   $ 813,750  

Retirement benefits

  $ 931,902   $ 196,375   $ 329,929   $ 167,227   $ 186,860  

Financial counseling and outplacement services

  $ 30,000   $ 20,000   $ 20,000   $ 20,000   $ 20,000  

Accrued vacation

  $ 0   $ 0   $ 0   $ 0   $ 0  

Acceleration of equity awards:(2)

                               

Restricted stock units (time-based)

  $ 1,831,512   $ 586,160   $ 968,864   $ 346,460   $ 345,372  

Restricted stock units (performance-based)

  $ 1,230,199   $ 391,989   $ 649,683   $ 230,700   $ 230,210  

Total

  $ 11,341,208   $ 4,031,280   $ 5,775,338   $ 2,766,117   $ 2,691,530  

(1)
For purposes of estimating the amounts payable under our annual cash incentive awards or our long-term cash incentive awards, we have assumed that we achieved target levels of performance under those awards.

(2)
For purposes of estimating the amounts payable under the restricted stock unit awards, we have assumed a share price of $93.16 (which was the closing price on the last trading day of 2017). In addition, for the performance-based awards, we have assumed that the performance goals were achieved at 40.92% for the 2016 award and 45% for the 2017 award, which are the percentages that would have been achieved based on the VWAP calculations up through December 31, 2017. The award agreements provide that, upon termination for reasons other than cause prior to a change in control, the performance-based awards will remain subject to the performance condition (meaning that the actual percentage at which the performance goal is achieved will be determined based on the highest VWAP in the stated performance periods).

        Termination in connection with a change in control —  Under the change in control agreements, each of the NEOs may be entitled to certain benefits if we terminate the executive's employment for reasons other than cause following a change in control or if the executive terminates his employment for "good reason" (as defined in the executive's change in control agreement) during the two years following a change in control.

        The change in control agreements define a "change in control" to mean any of the following:

    a consolidation, merger or similar transaction in which we do not survive or in which shares of our common stock are converted into cash, securities or other property, other than a merger in which the

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      holders of our common stock immediately prior to the merger maintain substantially the same proportionate ownership of the common stock of the surviving entity immediately after the merger;

    the sale, lease, exchange or other transfer of all or substantially all of our assets;

    the approval by our stockholders of a plan of liquidation or dissolution; or

    the failure of our directors to constitute a majority of our Board at any time during any two consecutive years.

        If we terminate an NEO for reasons other than cause following a change in control or if the NEO terminates his employment for good reason during the two years following a change in control, then under the terms of the change in control agreement, we will pay the executive a lump sum cash amount equal to the following:

    two times (three times for Mr. Eaves) the executive's highest annual base salary during the preceding three years;

    two times (three times for Mr. Eaves) the higher of the executive's annual cash incentive award for the most recent year or the average annual cash incentive award for the three years preceding the date of termination;

    the full amount of any long-term cash and equity-based awards and a pro-rata portion of any amounts to which the executive would be entitled under our annual cash incentive awards;

    18 times the effective monthly COBRA rate;

    24 times (36 times for Mr. Eaves) the applicable monthly life insurance premium rate;

    the matching contribution under our defined contribution plan and non-qualified executive deferred compensation plan and the annual interest credit amounts under our defined benefit plans as if the executive continued to participate in those plans for a period of 24 months (36 months for Mr. Eaves); and

    the value of any unused vacation time.

        Also, we have agreed to reimburse each NEO for the cost of financial counseling services (up to a maximum of $5,000) for a period of 24 months (36 months for Mr. Eaves), and the cost of reasonable outplacement services for a period of 24 months (36 months for Mr. Eaves).

        The RSU award agreements provide for accelerated vesting immediately on a change in control (see below under "Potential Payments Upon Change in Control"). As a result, the NEOs would not receive any additional benefits with respect to their RSUs on termination of employment following a change in control.

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        The following table shows the amounts each NEO would have received if we had terminated his employment on December 31, 2017 for reasons other than cause following a change in control or if the NEO had terminated his employment on December 31, 2017 following a change in control:

 
  John W. Eaves   John T. Drexler   Paul A. Lang   Kenneth D. Cochran   Robert G. Jones  

Cash payments:

                               

Cash severance

  $ 9,963,039   $ 3,128,070   $ 4,125,144   $ 2,203,238   $ 2,086,118  

Healthcare coverage

  $ 27,712   $ 39,771   $ 39,771   $ 27,712   $ 27,712  

Life insurance premiums

  $ 112,680   $ 16,080   $ 45,552   $ 43,272   $ 67,608  

Incentive awards(1)

  $ 1,127,500   $ 488,750   $ 652,500   $ 285,000   $ 270,000  

Retirement benefits

  $ 1,358,210   $ 365,241   $ 596,674   $ 302,771   $ 344,977  

Financial counseling and outplacement services

  $ 40,000   $ 30,000   $ 30,000   $ 30,000   $ 30,000  

Accrued vacation

  $ 0   $ 0   $ 0   $ 0   $ 0  

Acceleration of equity awards:

                               

Restricted stock units (time-based)

  $ 0   $ 0   $ 0   $ 0   $ 0  

Restricted stock units (performance-based)

  $ 0   $ 0   $ 0   $ 0   $ 0  

Total

  $ 12,629,141   $ 4,067,912   $ 5,489,641   $ 2,891,993   $ 2,826,415  

(1)
For purposes of estimating the amounts payable by us under our annual cash incentive awards, we have assumed that we achieved target levels of performance under those awards. Payouts under performance units would be triggered under a change in control and, accordingly, we have not included those payouts in the table above. Instead, payouts under performance units have been included in the table below under the heading "Potential Payments Upon Change in Control."

        Death or disability —  The change in control agreements provide that, in the event an NEO's employment is terminated as a result of his death or disability, then we will pay the executive an amount equal to the executive's accrued and unpaid base salary, unused vacation time and all other amounts, including payouts under our annual cash incentive awards, that the executive has earned but which have not yet been paid. Any performance units held by the executive will vest based on the portion of the vesting period that preceded such termination, subject to attainment of the applicable performance goals.

        The RSU award agreements provide for the following treatment of the awards if an NEO's employment is terminated as a result of his death or disability:

    For the time-based RSU award, the RSUs will vest in full and be settled in shares as of the date of such termination.

    For the performance-based RSU award, the service condition will be deemed attained with respect to 100% of the RSUs and the award will remain subject to the VWAP performance condition.

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        The following table shows the amounts each NEO would have received if his employment had terminated on December 31, 2017 as a result of his death or disability:

 
  John W. Eaves   John T. Drexler   Paul A. Lang   Kenneth D. Cochran   Robert G. Jones  

Cash payments:

                               

Cash severance

                     

Healthcare coverage

                     

Life insurance premiums

                     

Incentive awards(1)

  $ 2,868,750   $ 1,238,167   $ 1,695,000   $ 860,000   $ 813,750  

Retirement benefits

                     

Financial counseling and outplacement services

                     

Accrued vacation

                     

Acceleration of equity awards:(2)

                               

Restricted stock units (time-based)

  $ 5,645,496   $ 2,049,520   $ 3,139,492   $ 1,350,820   $ 1,313,556  

Restricted stock units (performance-based)

  $ 4,206,789   $ 1,448,489   $ 2,289,780   $ 914,822   $ 898,053  

Total

  $ 12,721,035   $ 4,736,176   $ 7,124,272   $ 3,125,642   $ 3,025,359  

(1)
For purposes of estimating the amounts payable under our annual cash incentive awards or our long-term cash incentive awards, we have assumed that we achieved target levels of performance under those awards.

(2)
For purposes of estimating the amounts payable under the restricted stock unit awards, we have assumed a share price of $93.16 (which was the closing price on the last trading day of 2017). In addition, for the performance-based awards, we have assumed that the performance goals were achieved at 40.92% for the 2016 award and 45% for the 2017 award, which are the percentages that would have been achieved based on the VWAP calculations up through December 31, 2017. The award agreements provide that, upon death or disability, the performance-based awards will remain subject to the performance condition (meaning that the actual percentage at which the performance goal is achieved will be determined based on the highest VWAP in the stated performance periods).

        Retirement —  The change in control agreements provide that, in the event an NEO's employment is terminated as a result of his retirement, then we will pay the executive an amount equal to the executive's accrued and unpaid base salary, unused vacation time and all other amounts, including payouts under our annual cash incentive awards, that the executive has earned but which have not yet been paid. Any performance units held by the executive will vest based on the portion of the vesting period that preceded such termination, subject to attainment of the applicable performance goals.

        The RSU award agreements provide for the following treatment of the awards if an NEO's employment is terminated as a result of his retirement:

    For the time-based RSU awards, a pro-rated portion of the RSU will vest (based on the portion of the three-year vesting period that the NEO was employed) as of the date of such termination, and any remaining unvested portions will be forfeited.

    For the performance-based RSU award, the service condition will be deemed attained with respect to a prorated portion of the RSUs (based on the portion of the three-year performance period that the NEO was employed), and such prorated portion of the award will remain subject to the VWAP performance condition. The remaining portion of the award will be forfeited.

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        The following table shows the amounts each NEO would have received if his employment had terminated on December 31, 2017 as a result of his retirement:

 
  John W. Eaves   John T. Drexler   Paul A. Lang   Kenneth D. Cochran   Robert G. Jones  

Cash payments:

                               

Cash severance

                     

Healthcare coverage

                     

Life insurance premiums

                     

Incentive awards(1)

  $ 2,868,750   $ 1,238,167   $ 1,695,000   $ 860,000   $ 813,750  

Retirement benefits

                     

Financial counseling and outplacement services

                     

Accrued vacation

                     

Acceleration of equity awards:(2)

                               

Restricted stock units (time-based)

  $ 250,600   $ 86,924   $ 136,805   $ 55,239   $ 54,151  

Restricted stock units (performance-based)

  $ 1,230,199   $ 391,989   $ 649,683   $ 230,700   $ 230,210  

Total

  $ 4,349,549   $ 1,717,080   $ 2,481,488   $ 1,145,939   $ 1,098,111  

(1)
For purposes of estimating the amounts payable under our annual cash incentive awards or our long-term cash incentive awards, we have assumed that we achieved target levels of performance under those awards.

(2)
For purposes of estimating the amounts payable under the restricted stock unit awards, we have assumed a share price of $93.16 (which was the closing price on the last trading day of 2017). In addition, for the performance-based awards, we have assumed that the performance goals were achieved at 40.92% for the 2016 award and 45% for the 2017 award, which are the percentages that would have been achieved based on the VWAP calculations up through December 31, 2017. The award agreements provide that, upon retirement, the performance-based awards will remain subject to the performance condition (meaning that the actual percentage at which the performance goal is achieved will be determined based on the highest VWAP in the stated performance periods).


    Potential Payments Upon Change in Control

        The RSU award agreements provide for the following treatment of the awards on a change in control:

    For the time-based RSU award, the award will fully vest.

    For the performance-based RSU award, the service condition will be deemed attained with respect to 100% of the RSUs. The level of attainment of the VWAP performance condition will be determined based on the greater of (i) the price or implied price per share of our common stock in such change in control or (ii) the highest VWAP for any period of 90 trading days or 45 trading days, depending on the RSU award, during the portion of the three-year performance period ending on the day prior to such change in control. To the extent that the award vests, the award will be settled as of the date of such change in control.

        Under the terms of the Arch Coal, Inc. 2016 Omnibus Incentive Plan, a change in control means any of the following:

    the acquisition by any person of more than 50% of our outstanding common stock;

    a consolidation or merger in which we do not survive or in which shares of our common stock are converted to cash, securities or other property, other than a merger in which the holders of our common stock immediately prior to the merger maintain more than 50% of the ownership of common stock of the surviving corporation immediately after the merger;

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    the sale, lease, exchange or other transfer of all or substantially all of our assets;

    our stockholders approve a plan or proposal for our liquidation or dissolution; or

    during a period of two consecutive years, continuing directors cease to constitute a majority of the Board.

        The following table shows the amounts each NEO would have received if we had undergone a change in control on December 31, 2017:

 
  John W. Eaves   John T. Drexler   Paul A. Lang   Kenneth D. Cochran   Robert G. Jones  

Cash payments:

                               

Cash severance

                     

Healthcare coverage

                     

Life insurance premiums

                     

Incentive awards(1)

  $ 3,227,500   $ 1,396,300   $ 1,912,500   $ 978,750   $ 926,250  

Retirement benefits

                     

Financial counseling and outplacement services

                     

Accrued vacation

                     

Acceleration of equity awards:(2)

                               

Restricted stock units (time-based)

  $ 5,645,496   $ 2,049,520   $ 3,139,492   $ 1,350,820   $ 1,313,556  

Restricted stock units (performance-based)

  $ 4,206,789   $ 1,448,489   $ 2,289,780   $ 914,822   $ 898,053  

Total

  $ 13,079,785   $ 4,894,309   $ 7,341,772   $ 3,244,392   $ 3,137,859  

(1)
For purposes of estimating the amounts payable by us under performance unit awards, we have assumed that we achieved target levels of performance under those awards.

(2)
For purposes of estimating the amounts payable under the restricted stock unit awards, we have assumed a share price of $93.16 (which was the closing price on the last trading day of 2017). In addition, for the performance-based awards, we have assumed (as provided by the award agreements) that the performance goals were achieved at 40.92% for the 2016 award and 45% for the 2017 award, which are the percentages that would have been achieved based on the VWAP calculations up through December 31, 2017.

Pay Ratio Disclosure

        As required by Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K, we are providing the following information regarding the relationship of the annual total compensation of our employees and the annual total compensation of our CEO. We consider the pay ratio specified below to be a reasonable estimate, calculated in a manner intended to be consistent with Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K.

        We identified the median employee by examining all W-2 reported earnings, excluding our CEO, for those who were employed by us on October 1, 2017. We included all employees, whether employed on a full-time or part-time basis, and annualized the earnings for any employee who was hired after January 1, 2017 or had a break in employment between January 1, 2017 and October 1, 2017.

        After identifying the median employee based on W-2 reported earnings through September 30, 2017, we calculated the annual total compensation for 2017 for such employee using the same methodology we used for our NEOs as set forth in the 2017 Summary Compensation Table earlier in this section.

        For 2017, the value of the annual total compensation of the median employee was $96,992. For 2017, the annual total compensation of our CEO was $9,790,214. The resulting pay ratio of the annual total compensation of our CEO to the median of the annual total compensation of all of our employees (other than our CEO) for 2017 was 101:1.

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DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

        Our director compensation program is designed to compensate our non-employee directors for the amount of work required for a company of our size and scope and to align the interests of our non-employee directors with the long-term interests of our stockholders and other stakeholders.

        The Committee annually reviews the compensation structure and amounts for our non-employee directors. From time to time, the Committee may engage a compensation consultant to provide survey or proxy data on the structure and amount of director compensation for other companies. During 2016, the Committee retained LB to assist the Committee in determining the compensation structure for our non-employee directors following our emergence from Chapter 11, which structure took into account our need to attract members to our Board following emergence from Chapter 11. The Committee believes the amount of compensation provided is reasonable for the amount of work required by our non-employee directors and the elements of this program align the interests of our non-employee directors with the long-term interests of our stockholders.

        Compensation of Our Board.    Our Board adopted the following compensation structure for our non-employee directors for 2017:

Annual Board Retainers

Independent Board Member annual retainer

  $ 100,000  

Additional retainer — Independent Chairman of the Board

  $ 40,000  

Additional retainer — Chairman of the Audit Committee

  $ 25,000  

Additional retainer — Member of the Audit Committee

  $ 15,000  

Additional retainer — Chairman of the Personnel and Compensation Committee

  $ 15,000  

Additional retainer — Member of the Personnel and Compensation Committee

  $ 10,000  

Additional retainer — Chairman of the Nominating Committee

  $ 10,000  

Additional retainer — Member of the Nominating Committee

  $ 5,000  

Chairman equity grant(1)

  $ 175,000  

Non-Chairman equity grant(1)(2)

  $ 125,000  

(1)
Represents an award of restricted stock units with respect to a number of shares of our common stock that is determined by dividing this dollar amount by the fair market value of a share on the grant date. The award vests on the first anniversary of the grant date.

(2)
Due to his affiliation with Monarch Alternative Capital LP ("Monarch"), which is one of our significant shareholders, Mr. Bartels has elected that in lieu of receiving his annual equity grant, a cash payment of equivalent value be made to Monarch.

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        The following table sets forth compensation paid to each director (other than Mr. Eaves) in 2017 who served on the Board in 2017.

Name
  Fees Earned
or Paid in
Cash ($)(1)
  Stock
Awards
($)(2)
  All Other
Compensation
($)
  Total ($)  

James N. Chapman

  $ 165,000   $ 175,000   $ 0   $ 340,000  

Patrick J. Bartels, Jr. 

  $ 245,000 (3) $ 0 (3) $ 0   $ 245,000  

Sherman K. Edmiston III

  $ 115,000   $ 125,000   $ 0   $ 240,000  

Patrick A. Kriegshauser

  $ 125,000   $ 125,000   $ 0   $ 250,000  

Richard A. Navarre

  $ 115,000   $ 125,000   $ 0   $ 240,000  

Scott D. Vogel

  $ 110,000   $ 125,000   $ 0   $ 235,000  

(1)
Amounts are paid for the period beginning January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 and are paid quarterly in arrears.

(2)
Amounts represent the aggregate grant date fair value of the restricted stock unit portion of the non-employee director annual retainer granted under the Arch Coal, Inc. 2016 Omnibus Incentive Plan. We have determined the grant date fair value in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. The determination of the grant date fair value is subject to certain estimates and assumptions described in Note 19, Stock Based Compensation and Other Incentive Plans, to our consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2017.

(3)
In lieu of Mr. Bartels receiving an annual equity award and Board retainer fees, these cash payments were made to Monarch.

        Stock Ownership Guidelines.    In order to align the interests of our non-employee directors with the long-term interests of our stockholders, the Board has adopted stock ownership guidelines for non-employee directors. Each newly elected non-employee director is expected to satisfy this goal within five years of becoming a director.

        Under the guidelines, each non-employee director (other than Mr. Bartels, who, due to his affiliation with Monarch, has elected not to receive equity awards) is required to own a number of shares of our common stock equal in value to three times the value of the annual retainer. Each non-employee director's ownership is reviewed annually, with each share of common stock held by a non-employee director being valued at the Company's average closing price for the 90 days prior to the measurement date. In the event that a non-employee director does not meet the applicable guideline at any time after the initial five-year period, the director is required to hold a minimum of 67% of the net shares resulting from any future vesting of restricted stock or restricted stock units until the guideline is met.

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PERSONNEL AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

        The Personnel and Compensation Committee is comprised entirely of independent directors and has the responsibility for reviewing and recommending changes in our executive compensation policies and programs to the Board of Directors. The Committee also reviews and makes recommendations for all compensation payments to our chief executive officer and other executives, which are approved by the Board of Directors as a whole.

        The Personnel and Compensation Committee has reviewed and met with management to discuss the disclosures contained in the section of this proxy statement entitled "Executive Compensation — Compensation Discussion and Analysis." Based on that review and discussions with management, the Personnel and Compensation Committee recommended to the Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors approved, including the disclosures contained in the section entitled "Compensation Discussion and Analysis" in this proxy statement and, by incorporating that section by reference, in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 for filing with the SEC.

                        PERSONNEL AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE

                        James N. Chapman, Chairman
                        Patrick J. Bartels, Jr.
                        Scott D. Vogel

        The material contained in this Personnel and Compensation Committee Report does not constitute soliciting material, is not deemed filed with the SEC, and is not incorporated by reference into any other Company filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, whether made on, before, or after the date of this Proxy Statement and irrespective of any general incorporation language in such filing, except to the extent that the Company specifically incorporates the Personnel and Compensation Committee Report by reference therein.

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AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

        The Audit Committee oversees the Company's financial reporting process on behalf of the Board of Directors as set forth in its charter. Management is primarily responsible for the financial statements and reporting process, including the systems of internal controls, while the independent registered public accounting firm is responsible for performing an independent audit of the Company's financial statements in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States and expressing an opinion on the conformity of those financial statements with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

        In this context, the Audit Committee has reviewed the Company's audited consolidated financial statements and has met with and held discussions with management, the Company's internal auditors and with Ernst & Young LLP, the Company's independent registered public accounting firm, to discuss those financial statements and related matters. The Audit Committee reviewed with the Company's internal and independent auditors the overall scope and plans for their respective audits. The Audit Committee also met, at least quarterly, with the auditors, with and without management present, to discuss the results of their examinations, their evaluations of the Company's internal controls and the overall quality of the Company's financial reporting. The Audit Committee also reviewed with the independent auditors their judgment as to the quality and the appropriateness of the Company's accounting principles and financial controls and such other matters as are required to be discussed with the Audit Committee under auditing standards generally accepted in the United States.

        The Company's independent registered public accounting firm also provided to the Audit Committee the written disclosures and the letter prescribed by applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding the independent registered public accounting firm's communications with the Audit Committee concerning independence, and the Audit Committee discussed with the independent auditors that firm's independence, including those matters required to be discussed by Auditing Standard No. 1301, Communications with Audit Committees as adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. The Audit Committee considered whether the performance by Ernst & Young LLP of non-audit services was compatible with their independence.

        In reliance on the reviews and discussions referred to above, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors approved, including the audited consolidated financial statements in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 for filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Audit Committee has retained Ernst & Young LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for 2018.

        While the Audit Committee has the responsibilities and powers set forth in its charter, it is not the duty of the Audit Committee to plan or conduct audits or to determine that the Company's financial statements are complete and accurate or are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. This is the responsibility of management and the independent auditor.

                        AUDIT COMMITTEE

                        Patrick A. Kriegshauser, Chairman
                        Sherman K. Edmiston III
                        Richard A. Navarre

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        The material contained in this Audit Committee Report does not constitute soliciting material, is not deemed filed with the SEC, and is not incorporated by reference into any other Company filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, whether made on, before, or after the date of this Proxy Statement and irrespective of any general incorporation language in such filing, except to the extent that the Company specifically incorporates the Audit Committee Report by reference therein.

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EQUITY COMPENSATION PLAN INFORMATION

        The following table provides information, as of December 31, 2017, regarding the number of shares of common stock that may be issued under the Company's equity compensation plans.

Plan category
  Number of securities
to be issued upon exercise
of outstanding options,
warrants and rights
(a)
  Weighted-average
exercise price of
outstanding options,
warrants and rights
(b)
  Number of securities
remaining available
for future issuance
under equity
compensation plans
(excluding securities
reflected in column (a))
(c)
 

Equity compensation plans approved by security holders

    593,119 (1) $ 0     2,388,835 (2)

Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders

      $      

Total

    593,119   $ 0     2,388,835  

(1)
Represents the number of shares of our common stock underlying restricted stock unit awards granted under the Arch Coal, Inc. 2016 Omnibus Incentive Plan (assuming maximum attainment of the share price performance goal, in the case of performance-based awards).

(2)
Represents the number of shares of our common stock available for issuance under the Arch Coal, Inc. 2016 Omnibus Incentive Plan. This number does not include the shares that are issuable on vesting and settlement of the outstanding restricted stock unit awards.

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

        The following table sets forth, as of March 6, 2018, information concerning the beneficial ownership of our common stock by each director, each of the executives named in this proxy statement and all current directors and executive officers as a group. Under rules of the SEC, persons who have power to vote or dispose of securities, either alone or jointly with others, are deemed to be the beneficial owners of such securities. Each person reflected in the table below has both sole voting and investment power with respect to the shares included in the table, except as described in the footnotes below:

Name of Beneficial Owner
  Number of
Actual Shares
Owned
Directly or
Indirectly(1)
  Options
Exercisable
Within 60
Days
  Amount
and
Nature of
Beneficial
Ownership
  Percent
of
Class
  Other
Stock-Based
Items(2)
  Total
Stock-Based
Ownership
 

John W. Eaves, Chief Executive Officer and Director

    21,905         21,905     0 %   168,700     190,605  

James N. Chapman, Chairman

    1,224         1,224     0 %   2,250     3,474  

Patrick J. Bartels, Jr., Director

                %        

Sherman K. Edmiston III, Director

    874         874     0 %   1,600     2,474  

Patrick A. Kriegshauser, Director

    1,590         1,590     0 %   1,600     3,190  

Richard A. Navarre, Director

    874         874     0 %   1,600     2,474  

Scott D. Vogel, Director

    1,590         1,590     0 %   1,600     3,190  

Kenneth D. Cochran, Senior Vice President — Operations

    4,613         4,613     0 %   37,750     42,363  

John T. Drexler, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    7,316         7,316     0 %   59,000     66,316  

Robert G. Jones, Senior Vice President — Law, General Counsel and Secretary

    4,546         4,546     0 %   36,950     41,496  

Paul A. Lang, President and Chief Operating Officer

    11,780         11,780     0 %   92,400     104,180  

All of our directors and executive officers as a group (14 persons)

    66,584         66,584     0 %   487,050     553,634  

(1)
Includes shares of our common stock and, for executive officers, it also includes time-based restricted stock units that vested on November 23, 2017 but have not settled. In addition, the amounts reflected do not include 2,031 restricted stock units that were utilized to settle the time-based vesting on November 23, 2017.

(2)
Includes, for directors, unvested time-based restricted stock units. Includes, for executive officers, unvested time- and performance-based restricted stock units (assuming, in the case of performance-based units, maximum attainment of the specified share price performance goal). While restricted stock units may not be voted or transferred, we have included them in the table as they represent an economic interest in our common stock that is subject to the same market risk as ownership of actual shares of our common stock.

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS

        The following table shows all persons or entities that we know were "beneficial owners" of more than five percent of our common stock on March 6, 2018.

Name and Address of Beneficial Owner
  Amount and Nature of
Beneficial Ownership
  Percent
of Class(1)
 

OppenheimerFunds, Inc.(2)

    3,296,987     15.83 %

225 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10281

             

The Vanguard Group(3)

   
1,741,666
   
8.36

%

100 Vanguard Blvd.
Malvern, PA 19355

             

Monarch Alternative Capital LP(4)

   
1,558,732
   
7.48

%

535 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022

             

BlackRock Inc.(5)

   
1,303,726
   
6.26

%

55 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10055

             

(1)
Based on 20,824,885 shares of common stock outstanding as of March 6, 2018.

(2)
Based on its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, OppenheimerFunds, Inc. has shared voting power over 3,296,987 shares of our common stock and shared dispositive power over 3,296,987 shares of our common stock.

(3)
Based on its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, The Vanguard Group, Inc. has sole voting power over 22,737 shares of our common stock, has shared power to vote over 4,600 shares of our common stock, sole dispositive power over 1,716,259 shares of our common stock and shared dispositive power over 25,407 shares of our common stock.

(4)
Based on its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Monarch Alternative Capital LP has shared voting power and shared dispositive power over our common stock in the following amounts: Monarch Alternative Capital LP has shared voting power over 1,558,732 shares of our common stock and shared dispositive power over 1,558,732 shares of our common stock; Monarch Debt Recovery Master Fund Ltd has shared voting power over 618,591 shares of our common stock and shared dispositive power over 618,591 shares of our common stock; MDRA GP LP has shared voting power over 1,558,732 shares of our common stock and shared dispositive power over 1,558,732 shares of our common stock; and Monarch GP LLC has shared voting power over 1,558,732 shares of our common stock and shared dispositive power over 1,558,732 shares of our common stock.

(5)
Based on its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Blackrock Inc. has the sole voting power over 1,272,738 shares of our common stock and sole dispositive power over 1,303,726 shares of our common stock.

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SECTION 16(a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE

        Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires the Company's directors, executive officers and any persons beneficially holding more than ten percent of the Company's common stock to report their ownership of common stock and any changes in that ownership to the Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York Stock Exchange. The Securities and Exchange Commission has established specific due dates for these reports, and the Company is required to report in this proxy statement any failure to file by these dates. Based solely on a review of the copies of the reports furnished to the Company and written representations that no other such statements were required, the Company believes that all such reports of the Company's directors and executive officers were filed on a timely basis.

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CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS

    Review and Approval of Transactions with Related Persons

        In determining whether to approve, ratify or disapprove of the Company's entry into a transaction with a related party, our Board considers all relevant facts and circumstances and takes into account, among other factors:

    whether the transaction is on terms no less favorable than terms generally available to an unaffiliated third party under the same or similar circumstances;

    whether the transaction would impair the independence of an outside director; and

    whether the transaction would present an improper conflict of interest for any director or executive officer of the Company.


    Transactions with Related Persons

    Registration Rights Agreement

        On November 17, 2016, the Company entered into a registration rights agreement (the "Registration Rights Agreement") with Monarch Alternative Capital LP and certain other affiliated funds (collectively, "Monarch"). The Company determined to enter into the Registration Rights Agreement because Monarch is an "affiliate" of the Company as defined under the securities laws, holding 13.23% of the Company's Class A Common Stock. Pursuant to the Company's Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization, upon the Company's emergence from bankruptcy on October 5, 2016, Patrick J. Bartels Jr., a managing principal of Monarch Alternative Capital LP, was appointed to the Company's Board and is a member of the Company's Personnel and Compensation Committee and the Company's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Additionally, the Company entered into an observer rights agreement with Monarch upon the Company's emergence from bankruptcy, pursuant to which Monarch appointed an observer to attend meetings of the Company's Board and meetings of committees of the Company's Board.

        Pursuant to the Registration Rights Agreement, the Company has agreed that upon Monarch's request it will file a registration statement to permit Monarch to sell shares of the Company's Class A Common Stock. Demands for registration by Monarch are subject to (i) a minimum aggregate proceeds size of $35 million, (ii) a limit of one demand per any six-month period and (iii) a limit of three demands in the aggregate. If the Company is eligible to use Form S-3, Monarch has the right to request that the Company file a shelf registration statement. Monarch's right to sell shares pursuant to the shelf registration statement is subject to the same limitations described above for demand registration rights. If the Company undertakes a registered public offering (subject to customary exceptions), the Company must notify Monarch and offer it the opportunity to participate in such offering, subject to customary cutback rights. Monarch's registration rights are subject to customary blackout restrictions. The Registration Rights Agreement also provides restrictions on Monarch's ability to transfer ownership of its Class A Common Stock to competitors, with certain exceptions, set forth in the Registration Rights Agreement.

        The Company has agreed to pay customary expenses associated with any registration under the Registration Rights Agreement, but excluding underwriting discounts and commissions.

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        The Registration Rights Agreement terminates in the event (i) Monarch provides written notification of termination to the Company, (ii) Monarch's shares of Class A Common Stock subject to the Registration Rights Agreement have been sold and are freely tradeable, or (iii) Monarch owns less than 5% of the outstanding Class A Common Stock.

    Repurchases of Class A Common Stock

        During 2017, the Company repurchased an aggregate of 1,250,000 shares of its Class A Common Stock directly from Monarch as part of its share repurchase program. On September 19, 2017, the Company repurchased 750,000 shares of its Class A Common Stock at a price per share of $74.33 for a total purchase price of approximately $55.7 million. On December 14, 2017, the Company repurchased 500,000 shares of its Class A Common Stock at a price per share of $83.03 for a total purchase price of approximately $41.5 million. The purchase price for each share repurchase was calculated based on a discount to the closing price of the Company's Class A Common Stock on the date of the related stock repurchase agreement. Each repurchase was paid for with cash on hand.

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STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS FOR THE 2019 ANNUAL MEETING

        If you wish to submit proposals for possible inclusion in the Company's 2019 proxy materials, the Company must receive them at its principal executive offices no later than the close of business on November 19, 2018. Proposals should be addressed to Robert G. Jones, Senior Vice President — Law, General Counsel and Secretary, Arch Coal, Inc., One CityPlace Drive, Suite 300, St. Louis, Missouri 63141. If you wish to include a nominee for director in the Company's 2019 proxy statement pursuant to the proxy access provisions of the Company's Bylaws, and you meet the qualifications set forth in the Company's Bylaws, your notice must be delivered not earlier than December 31, 2018 and not later than January 30, 2019. If you wish to nominate directors and/or propose proper business from the floor for consideration at the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders, the Company's Bylaws provide that:

    you must notify the Company's secretary in writing;

    your notice must have been received at the Company's headquarters not earlier than December 31, 2018 and not later than January 30, 2019; and

    your notice must contain the specific information required in the Company's Bylaws.

        The Company will send copies of these requirements to any stockholder who writes to the Company requesting this information. Please note that these three requirements apply only to matters that you wish to bring before your fellow stockholders at the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders without submitting them for possible inclusion in the Company's 2019 proxy materials.

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INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS
Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials
for the Stockholder Meeting To Be Held on April 30, 2018

        The notice of Annual Meeting, proxy statement and the Company's 2017 annual report may be viewed online under the "Investors" section located on the Company's website at archcoal.com. Information on the Company's website does not constitute part of this proxy statement. You may find more information about the date, time and location of the Annual Meeting, as well as the items to be voted on by stockholders at the Annual Meeting, in the section of this proxy statement entitled "Proxy Summary." There, you will also find information about attending the Annual Meeting and voting your proxy, including where you may find the individual control numbers necessary to vote your shares by telephone or over the Internet.

        If you are a stockholder of record and are interested in receiving future proxy statements and annual reports electronically, you should contact the Company's transfer agent by accessing your account at amstock.com and selecting "Shareholder Account Access." If you hold shares of the Company's common stock through a broker, bank or other nominee, please refer to the instructions provided by that entity for instructions on how to elect this option.


PROXY SOLICITATION

        The Company is paying the cost of preparing, printing, and mailing these proxy materials. The Company will reimburse brokerage firms, banks and others for their reasonable expenses in forwarding proxy materials to beneficial owners and obtaining their instructions.

        Proxies will be solicited by mail and also may be solicited by the Company's executive officers and other employees personally, by telephone or by electronic means, but such persons will not be specifically compensated for such services. The Company will also pay fees of approximately $12,500 to D.F. King & Co., Inc. to assist in soliciting proxies on behalf of the Company. It is contemplated that brokerage firms, banks, custodians, fiduciaries and other nominees will be requested to forward the soliciting material to the beneficial owners of stock held of record by such persons, and the Company will reimburse them for their reasonable expenses incurred.

    By Order of the Board of Directors,

 

 

/s/ ROBERT G. JONES

Robert G. Jones
    Senior Vice President — Law, General Counsel and Secretary

March 19, 2018

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VOTE BY INTERNET - www.proxyvote.com Use the Internet to transmit your voting instructions and for electronic delivery of information up until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on April 29, 2018. Have your proxy card in hand when you access the web site and follow the instructions to obtain your records and to create an electronic voting instruction form. ELECTRONIC DELIVERY OF FUTURE PROXY MATERIALS If you received proxy materials in the mail and would like to reduce the costs incurred by Arch Coal, Inc. in mailing proxy materials, you can consent to receiving all future proxy statements, proxy cards and annual reports electronically via e-mail or the Internet. To sign up for electronic delivery, please follow the instructions above to vote using the Internet and, when prompted, indicate that you agree to receive or access proxy materials electronically in future years. VOTE BY PHONE - 1-800-690-6903 Use any touch-tone telephone to transmit your voting instructions up until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on April 29, 2018. Have your proxy card in hand when you call and then follow the instructions. VOTE BY MAIL Mark, sign and date your proxy card and return it in the postage-paid envelope we have provided or return it to Arch Coal, Inc., c/o Broadridge, 51 Mercedes Way, Edgewood, NY 11717, to arrive no later than the closing of the polls on April 30, 2018. STOCKHOLDER MEETING REGISTRATION: To vote and/or attend the meeting, go to the “Register for Meeting” link at www.proxyvote.com. An admission ticket and valid government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport, will be required to enter the meeting. Please bring the admission ticket to the meeting. If you do not have access to the Internet, you can register to attend the meeting by phone at 1-866-232-3037. ARCH COAL, INC. ONE CITYPLACE DRIVE, SUITE 300 ST. LOUIS, MO 63141 TO VOTE, MARK BLOCKS BELOW IN BLUE OR BLACK INK AS FOLLOWS: E37863-P02326 KEEP THIS PORTION FOR YOUR RECORDS DETACH AND RETURN THIS PORTION ONLY THIS PROXY CARD IS VALID ONLY WHEN SIGNED AND DATED. ARCH COAL, INC. The Board of Directors recommends a vote "FOR" all nominees listed in proposal 1: 1. Election of Directors Nominees: For Against Abstain ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! For Against Abstain The Board of Directors recommends a vote "FOR" proposal 2: 1a. Patrick J. Bartels, Jr. ! ! ! 1b. James N. Chapman 2. Advisory approval of the Company's named executive officer compensation. 1c. John W. Eaves The Board of Directors recommends a vote "FOR" proposal 3: ! ! ! 3. Ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018. 1d. Sherman K. Edmiston III 1e. Patrick A. Kriegshauser NOTE: The appointed proxies will vote in their discretion on any other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof. 1f. Richard A. Navarre 1g. Scott D. Vogel ! For address changes and/or comments, please check this box and write them on the back where indicated. The foregoing items of business are more fully described in the proxy statement accompanying this notice. The Board of Directors has fixed March 6, 2018 as the record date for determining stockholders of the Company entitled to receive notice of and vote at the meeting. Signature [PLEASE SIGN WITHIN BOX] Date Signature (Joint Owners) Date

 


Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Stockholder Meeting to be held on April 30, 2018: The 2018 Notice, Proxy Statement and Annual Report are available at www.proxyvote.com. E37864-P02326 One CityPlace Drive, Suite 300 St. Louis, Missouri 63141 THIS PROXY IS SOLICITED ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS TO BE HELD APRIL 30, 2018 AT 10:00 AM CENTRAL TIME The undersigned hereby acknowledges receipt of the Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders for the annual meeting to be held on April 30, 2018 and accompanying Proxy Statement, and hereby appoints John W. Eaves and Robert G. Jones and each of them, with full power of substitution, as proxies for and in the name of the undersigned to represent and to vote all shares of common stock of Arch Coal, Inc., a Delaware corporation, that the undersigned is entitled to vote at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on April 30, 2018, at 10:00 AM, Central time, and at any adjournment or postponement thereof, upon the matters set forth on the reverse side hereof, and in their discretion upon such other matters, if any, as may properly come before the meeting. This Proxy, if signed and returned, will be voted as indicated. If this card is signed and returned without indication as to how to vote, the shares will be voted FOR each of the director nominees listed in proposal 1, FOR proposals 2 and 3. Any one of said proxies, or any substitutes, who shall be present and act at the meeting shall have all the powers of said proxies hereunder. (If you noted any Address Changes/Comments above, please mark corresponding box on the reverse side.) Address Changes/Comments: