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ALLIANCE HOLDINGS GP, L.P. Announces Quarterly Cash Distribution of $0.2875 Per Unit; and Fourth Quarter 2007 Earnings Conference Call

TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 24, 2008--Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (NASDAQ: AHGP) today announced that the Board of Directors of its managing general partner (the "Board") declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.2875 per unit for the quarter ended December 31, 2007. The fourth quarter 2007 distribution, which equates to an annualized rate of $1.15 per unit, will be paid on February 19, 2008, to all unitholders of record as of February 12, 2008.

The announced distribution represents a 15.0% increase over the fourth quarter 2006 cash distribution of $0.250 per unit and an 8.5% increase over the third quarter 2007 distribution of $0.265 per unit. Increases to the Partnership's quarterly cash distribution to unitholders are generally considered by the Board at its January and July meetings.

Alliance will report its fourth quarter 2007 financial results before the market opens on Thursday, January 31, 2008. Alliance management will discuss fourth quarter earnings during a conference call beginning at 10:00 a.m. eastern that same day.

To participate in the conference call, dial (800) 591-6923 and provide pass code 78821227. International callers should dial (617) 614-4907. Investors may also listen to the call via the "investor information" section of ARLP's website at or AHGP's website at

An audio replay of the conference call will be available for approximately one week. To access the audio replay, dial (888) 286-8010 and provide pass code 71101078. International callers should dial (617) 801-6888.

About Alliance Holdings GP, L.P.

AHGP is a limited partnership formed to own and control Alliance Resource Management GP, LLC, the managing general partner of ARLP, through which it holds a 1.98% general partner interest and the incentive distribution rights in ARLP. In addition, AHGP owns 15,544,169 common units of ARLP.

News, unit prices and additional information about AHGP including filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are available at For more information, contact the investor relations department of Alliance Holdings GP at 918-295-1415 or via e-mail at

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

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: With the exception of historical matters, any matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from projected results. These risks, uncertainties and contingencies include, but are not limited to, the following: initially, our operating cash flow will be derived exclusively from cash distributions from ARLP; the risks to the business of ARLP include: increased competition in coal markets and ARLP's ability to respond to the competition; fluctuation in coal prices, which could adversely affect ARLP's operating results and cash flows; risks associated with the expansion of ARLP's operations and properties; deregulation of the electric utility industry or the effects of any adverse change in the domestic coal industry, electric utility industry, or general economic conditions; dependence on significant customer contracts, including renewing customer contracts upon expiration of existing contracts; customer bankruptcies and/or cancellations or breaches of existing contracts; customer delays or defaults in making payments; fluctuations in coal demand, prices and availability due to labor and transportation costs and disruptions, equipment availability, governmental regulations and other factors; ARLP's productivity levels and margins that it earns on its coal sales; greater than expected increases in raw material costs; greater than expected shortage of skilled labor; any unanticipated increases in labor costs, adverse changes in work rules, or unexpected cash payments associated with asset retirement obligations and workers' compensation claims; any unanticipated increases in transportation costs and risk of transportation delays or interruptions; greater than expected environmental regulation, costs and liabilities; a variety of operational, geologic, permitting, labor and weather-related factors; risk associated with major mine-related accidents, such as mine fires or other interruptions; results of litigation, including claims not yet asserted; difficulty maintaining ARLP's surety bonds for asset retirement obligations as well as workers' compensation and black lung benefits; coal market's share of electricity generation; prices of fuel that compete with or impact coal usage, such as oil or natural gas; legislation, regulatory and court decisions; the impact from provisions of The Energy Policy Act of 2005; replacement of coal reserves; a loss or reduction of the direct or indirect benefit from certain state and federal tax credits; difficulty obtaining commercial property insurance, and risks associated with ARLP's increased participation (excluding any applicable deductible) in the commercial insurance property program.

Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in AHGP's public periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including AHGP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, filed on March 15, 2007 with the SEC. Except as required by applicable securities laws, AHGP does not intend to update its forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: Alliance Holdings GP, L.P.
Brian L. Cantrell, 918-295-7673

SOURCE: Alliance Holdings GP, L.P.