8-K 1 a19-19227_18k.htm 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 27, 2019


Cloud Peak Energy Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)







(State or other Jurisdiction of


(Commission File Number)


(IRS Employer Identification No.)


748 T-7 Road, Gillette, Wyoming



(Address of Principal Executive Offices)


(Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (307) 687-6000


Not Applicable

(Former name or former address if changed since last report.)


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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.


Amendment to Asset Purchase Agreement


As previously reported, in connection with Cloud Peak Energy Inc.’s and substantially all of its direct and indirect subsidiaries’ (collectively, the “Company”) ongoing cases under Chapter 11 (“Chapter 11”) of Title 11 of the U.S. Code, on August 16, 2019, the Company and Navajo Transitional Energy Company, LLC (the “Purchaser”) entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement (the “Asset Purchase Agreement”) providing for the acquisition by the Purchaser of substantially all of the Company’s assets, including the Company’s Spring Creek, Cordero Rojo and Antelope mines.  On September 30, 2019, the Company and the Purchaser entered into the First Amendment to Asset Purchase Agreement (the “First Amendment”). The First Amendment, among other things, amended the Asset Purchase Agreement to provide for the Purchaser to acquire certain additional assets and assume certain additional liabilities, to modify the Purchaser’s assumption and rejection of certain contracts and leases, to provide that the Company bear certain expenses, including with respect to certain cure costs and administrative liabilities related to the promissory note to be made by the Purchaser (the “Note”), and to modify certain negative covenant terms of the Note.


The closing of the transactions contemplated by the Asset Purchase Agreement are subject to a number of closing conditions, including the entry of an order by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the “Bankruptcy Court”) approving the sale of the purchased assets (the “Sale Order”).  On September 30, 2019, the Sale Order was filed with the Bankruptcy Court and remains subject to approval and entry by the Bankruptcy Court. Subject to the satisfaction of closing conditions, the transactions contemplated by the Asset Purchase Agreement, as amended, are expected to close in October 2019. The Company anticipates filing and seeking confirmation of a Chapter 11 plan in the near term.


The description of the First Amendment herein is only a summary thereof and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the First Amendment, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 hereto and which is incorporated by reference herein.


Amendment to DIP Credit Agreement


On September 27, 2019, the Company entered into Amendment No. 10 to the Company’s Superpriority Senior Secured Priming Debtor-in-Possession Credit Agreement (the “DIP Credit Agreement”, and such amendment, “Amendment No. 10”) with the lenders party thereto and Ankura Trust Company, LLC, as Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent.  Amendment No. 10, among other things, extends the milestone dates set forth in the DIP Credit Agreement by which the Sale Order by the Bankruptcy Court must be entered.


The foregoing description is only a summary of Amendment No. 10 and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of Amendment No. 10, which is filed as Exhibit 10.2 and is incorporated by reference herein.


Item 1.03 Bankruptcy or Receivership.


The information regarding the Sale Order set forth in Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated into this Item 1.03 by reference.


Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements


This Report on Form 8-K contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are not statements of historical facts and often contain words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “estimate,” “seek,” “could,” “should,” “intend,” “potential,” or words of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations, beliefs, assumptions and estimates regarding the Company, industry, economic conditions, government regulations and energy policies and other factors. Forward-looking statements may include, for example, the closing of the transactions contemplated by the Asset Purchase Agreement, as amended, the ability of the Company to sell its remaining real




estate assets, the anticipated occurrence of hearing dates on schedule during the Company’s Chapter 11 cases, and other statements regarding the Company’s plans, strategies, prospects and expectations concerning its business, operating results, financial condition, liquidity and other matters that do not relate strictly to historical facts. These statements are subject to significant risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict and could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, including risks and uncertainties regarding the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern, the Company’s ability to successfully complete a sale process under Chapter 11; potential adverse effects of the Chapter 11 cases on the Company’s liquidity and results of operations; the Company’s ability to obtain timely approval by the Bankruptcy Court  with respect to the motions filed in the Chapter 11 cases; objections to the sale process or other pleadings filed that could protract the Chapter 11 cases; employee attrition and the Company’s ability to retain senior management and other key personnel due to the distractions and uncertainties, including its ability to provide adequate compensation and benefits during the Chapter 11 cases; the Company’s ability to comply with the restrictions imposed by its Accounts Receivable Securitization Program, the DIP Credit Agreement and other financing arrangements; the Company’s ability to maintain relationships with suppliers, customers, employees and other third parties and regulatory authorities as a result of the Chapter 11 filing; the effects of the bankruptcy petitions on the Company and on the interests of various constituents, including holders of the Company’s common stock; the Bankruptcy Court’s rulings in the Chapter 11 cases, and the outcome of the Chapter 11 cases generally; the length of time that the Company will operate under Chapter 11 protection and the continued availability of operating capital during the pendency of the proceedings; risks associated with third-party motions in the Chapter 11 cases, which may interfere with the Company’s ability to consummate a sale; and increased administrative and legal costs related to the Chapter 11 process and other litigation and inherent risks involved in a bankruptcy process. Forward-looking statements are also subject to the risk factors and cautionary language described from time to time in the reports and registration statements the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those in Part I, Item 1A - Risk Factors in its most recent Form 10-K and any updates thereto in its Forms 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. Additional factors, events, or uncertainties that may emerge from time to time, or those that the Company currently deems to be immaterial, could cause its actual results to differ, and it is not possible for the Company to predict all of them. The Company makes forward-looking statements based on currently available information, and it assumes no obligation to, and expressly disclaim any obligation to, update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements made in this report, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: October 1, 2019








/s/ Bryan J. Pechersky




Bryan J. Pechersky




Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary