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ARCH COAL INC filed this Form 10-Q on 10/31/2017
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We are exposed to fluctuations in the fair value of coal derivatives that we enter into to manage the price risk related to future coal sales, but for which we do not elect hedge accounting. Gains or losses on these derivative instruments would be largely offset in the pricing of the physical coal sale.  During the nine months ended September 30, 2017, VaR for our risk management positions that are recorded at fair value through earnings ranged from $0.0 million to $0.8 million. The linear mean of each daily VaR was $0.2 million. The final VaR at September 30, 2017 was $0.8 million.

The Company is exposed to price risk with respect to diesel fuel purchased for use in its operations. The Company anticipates purchasing approximately 40 to 42 million gallons of diesel fuel for use in its operations during 2017 and 2018. To protect the Company’s cash flows from increases in the price of diesel fuel for its operations, the Company uses forward physical diesel purchase contracts and purchased heating oil call options. At September 30, 2017, the Company had protected the price of approximately 83% of its expected diesel fuel purchases for the remainder of 2017 at an average strike price of $1.86 per gallon. Additionally, the Company has protected approximately 40% of its expected 2018 purchases with call options with an average strike price of $1.81 per gallon. At September 30, 2017, the Company had outstanding heating oil call options for approximately 25 million gallons for the purpose of managing the price risk associated with future diesel purchases. These positions are not designated as hedges for accounting purposes, and therefore, changes in the fair value are recorded immediately to earnings.
Item 4.  Controls and Procedures.
We performed an evaluation under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our chief executive officer and chief financial officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as of September 30, 2017. Based on that evaluation, our management, including our chief executive officer and chief financial officer, concluded that the disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of such date. There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the fiscal quarter to which this report relates that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.


Item 1. Legal Proceedings

We are involved in various claims and legal actions arising in the ordinary course of business, including employee injury claims. After conferring with counsel, it is the opinion of management that the ultimate resolution of these claims, to the extent not previously provided for, will not have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.


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