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Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. Increases Quarterly Distribution by 3.8% to $0.4825 Per Unit and Reports Record Quarterly Financial Results

TULSA, Okla., Jul 26, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (NASDAQ: AHGP) today announced that the Board of Directors of its general partner declared a quarterly cash distribution for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 (the "2010 Quarter") of $0.4825 per unit, or an annualized rate of $1.93 per unit, which will be paid on August 19, 2010, to AHGP's unitholders of record as of the close of trading on August 12, 2010.

The announced distribution represents a 12.9% increase over the $0.4275 per unit distribution (an annualized rate of $1.71 per unit) for the quarter ended June 30, 2009 (the "2009 Quarter") and an increase of 3.8% over the first quarter 2010 distribution of $0.465 per unit (an annualized rate of $1.86 per unit).

The declared distribution is based on the distribution AHGP will receive from its ownership interests in Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: ARLP). ARLP today announced a quarterly distribution for the 2010 Quarter of $0.81 per unit, or $3.24 per unit on an annualized basis, payable on August 13, 2010 to all unitholders of record as of the close of trading on August 6, 2010. (See ARLP Press Release dated July 26, 2010.)

AHGP also reported record net income for the 2010 Quarter of $46.2 million, or $0.77 per basic and diluted limited partner unit, an increase of 79.8% compared to net income for the 2009 Quarter of $25.7 million, or $0.43 per basic and diluted limited partner unit. For the six months ended June 30, 2010, AHGP's net income increased 35.2% to a record $87.3 million, or $1.46 per basic and diluted limited partner unit, compared to net income for the six months ended June 30, 2009 of $64.5 million, or $1.08 per basic and diluted limited partner unit.

AHGP currently has no other operating activities apart from those conducted by the operating subsidiaries of ARLP and reports its financial results on a consolidated basis with the financial results of ARLP. AHGP's principal sources of cash flow are its ownership of general partner interests, limited partner interests and incentive distribution rights in ARLP. Based on ARLP's current declared distribution, AHGP expects to receive quarterly cash distributions from ARLP of $29.8 million, or $119.2 million on an annualized basis. AHGP's primary cash requirements are for working capital, distributions to its unitholders and general and administrative expenses, including for 2010 an estimated $3.8 million in general and administrative expenses. At June 30, 2010, AHGP had no borrowings outstanding under its revolving credit facility.

AHGP and ARLP will discuss their 2010 Quarter financial results during a joint conference call scheduled for today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. To participate in the conference call, dial (866) 543-6405 and provide pass code 98054809. International callers should dial (617) 213-8897 and provide the same pass code. Investors may also listen to the call via the "investor information" section of ARLP's website at http://www.arlp.com or AHGP's website at http://www.ahgp.com.

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 11919075. International callers should dial (617) 801-6888 and provide the same pass code.

This announcement is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b), with 100% of the partnership's distributions to foreign investors attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, AHGP's distributions to foreign investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable tax rate.

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 http://www.ahgp.com. For more information, contact the investor relations department of AHGP at (918) 295-1415 or via e-mail at investorrelations@ahgp.com.

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: increased competition in coal markets and the ARLP Partnership's ability to respond to the competition; decreases in coal prices, which could adversely affect the ARLP Partnership's operating results and cash flows; risks associated with the ARLP Partnership's expansion of its operations and properties; deregulation of the electric utility industry or the effects of any adverse change in the coal industry, electric utility industry, or general economic conditions; dependence on significant customer contracts, including renewing customer contracts upon expiration of existing contracts; weakness in global economic conditions or in industries in which our customers operate; liquidity constraints, including those resulting from the cost or unavailability of financing due to current capital market conditions; customer bankruptcies, cancellations or breaches to existing contracts, or other failures to perform; customer delays, failure to take coal under contracts or defaults in making payments; adjustments made in price, volume or terms to existing coal supply agreements; fluctuations in coal demand, prices and availability due to labor and transportation costs and disruptions, equipment availability, governmental regulations, including those related to carbon dioxide emissions, and other factors; legislation, regulatory and court decisions and interpretations thereof, including issues related to climate change and miner health and safety; the ARLP Partnership's productivity levels and margins it earns on coal sales; greater than expected increases in raw material costs; greater than expected shortage of skilled labor; the ARLP Partnership's ability to maintain satisfactory relations with its employees; any unanticipated increases in labor costs, adverse changes in work rules, or unexpected cash payments associated with post-mine reclamation 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; risks associated with major mine-related accidents, such as mine fires, or interruptions; results of litigation, including claims not yet asserted; difficulty maintaining the ARLP Partnership's surety bonds for mine reclamation as well as workers' compensation and black lung benefits; difficulty in making accurate assumptions and projections regarding pension and other post-retirement benefit liabilities; coal market's share of electricity generation, including as a result of environmental concerns related to coal mining and combustion and the cost and perceived benefits of alternative sources of energy, such as natural gas, nuclear energy and renewable fuels; replacement of coal reserves; a loss or reduction of benefits from certain tax credits; difficulty obtaining commercial property insurance, and risks associated with the ARLP Partnership's participation (excluding any applicable deductible) in its 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, 2009, filed on March 3, 2010 with the SEC.Except as required by applicable securities laws, AHGP does not intend to update its forward-looking statements.

ALLIANCE HOLDINGS GP, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND OPERATING DATA
(In thousands, except unit and per unit data)
(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2010 2009 2010 2009
SALES AND OPERATING REVENUES:
Coal sales $ 385,905 $ 287,620 $ 750,064 $ 599,880
Transportation revenues 8,821 12,794 18,526 23,684
Other sales and operating revenues 5,523 3,384 12,276 9,425
Total revenues 400,249 303,798 780,866 632,989
EXPENSES:
Operating expenses (excluding depreciation, depletion and amortization) 246,702 204,477 485,969 400,853
Transportation expenses 8,821 12,794 18,526 23,684
Outside coal purchases 4,544 432 6,386 5,192
General and administrative 11,823 9,573 23,026 19,690
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 35,677 28,272 71,973 55,622
Total operating expenses 307,567 255,548 605,880 505,041
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS 92,682 48,250 174,986 127,948
Interest expense (7,439 ) (7,808 ) (15,034 ) (15,789 )
Interest income 49 296 101 944
Other income 304 202 154 428
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 85,596 40,940 160,207 113,531
INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT) 422 (201 ) 591 226
NET INCOME 85,174 41,141 159,616 113,305
LESS: NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS (38,940 ) (15,432 ) (72,354 ) (48,770 )
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO ALLIANCE HOLDINGS GP, L.P. ("NET INCOME OF AHGP") $ 46,234 $ 25,709 $ 87,262 $ 64,535
BASIC AND DILUTED NET INCOME OF AHGP PER LIMITED PARTNER UNIT $ 0.77 $ 0.43 $ 1.46 $ 1.08
DISTRIBUTIONS PAID PER LIMITED PARTNER UNIT $ 0.465 $ 0.415 $ 0.9175 $ 0.8175
WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF UNITS

OUTSTANDING-BASIC AND DILUTED

59,863,000 59,863,000 59,863,000 59,863,000

ALLIANCE HOLDINGS GP, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except unit data)
(Unaudited)

ASSETS June 30, December 31,
2010 2009
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 12,947 $ 24,361
Trade receivables 121,877 91,223
Other receivables 2,692 3,159
Due from affiliate 1,675 -
Inventories 52,931 64,357
Advance royalties 3,629 3,629
Prepaid expenses and other assets 3,759 8,889
Total current assets 199,510 195,618
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT:
Property, plant and equipment, at cost 1,510,054 1,378,914
Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization (607,406 ) (556,370 )
Total property, plant and equipment, net 902,648 822,544
OTHER ASSETS:
Advance royalties 27,768 26,802
Other long-term assets 26,983 9,303
Total other assets 54,751 36,105
TOTAL ASSETS $ 1,156,909 $ 1,054,267
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Accounts payable $ 67,306 $ 63,496
Due to affiliates 434 27
Accrued taxes other than income taxes 15,690 10,792
Accrued payroll and related expenses 27,438 22,101
Accrued interest 2,920 2,918
Workers' compensation and pneumoconiosis benefits 10,043 9,886
Current capital lease obligation 310 324
Other current liabilities 13,644 11,205
Current maturities, long-term debt 18,000 18,000
Total current liabilities 155,785 138,749
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES:
Long-term debt, excluding current maturities 427,000 422,000
Pneumoconiosis benefits 36,224 34,344
Accrued pension benefit 19,618 19,696
Workers' compensation 60,519 53,845
Asset retirement obligations 53,991 53,116
Due to affiliates 456 314
Long-term capital lease obligation 314 460
Other liabilities 9,336 9,043
Total long-term liabilities 607,458 592,818
Total liabilities 763,243 731,567
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
PARTNERS' CAPITAL:
Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. ("AHGP") Partners' Capital:
Limited Partners - Common Unitholders 59,863,000 units outstanding, respectively 302,079 269,742
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (7,220 ) (7,465 )
Total AHGP Partners' Capital 294,859 262,277
Noncontrolling interests 98,807 60,423
Total Partners' Capital 393,666 322,700
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL $ 1,156,909 $ 1,054,267

ALLIANCE HOLDINGS GP, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

Six Months Ended
June 30,
2010 2009
CASH FLOWS PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES $ 257,671 $ 163,118
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Property, plant and equipment:
Capital expenditures (174,848 ) (174,685 )
Changes in accounts payable and accrued liabilities (9,913 ) 8,364
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 102 1
Purchase of marketable securities - (4,527 )
Receipts of prior advances on Gibson rail project 1,032 1,223
Net cash used in investing activities (183,627 ) (169,624 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Borrowings under revolving credit facilities 66,500 -
Payments under revolving credit facilities (61,500 ) -
Payments on capital lease obligation (160 ) (173 )
Net settlement of employee withholding taxes on vesting of ARLP Long-Term Incentive Plan (1,265 ) (791 )
Distributions paid by consolidated partnership to noncontrolling interests (33,775 ) (31,022 )
Distributions paid to Partners (54,925 ) (48,938 )
Net cash used in financing activities (85,125 ) (80,924 )
EFFECT OF CURRENCY TRANSLATION ON CASH (333 ) 187
NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (11,414 ) (87,243 )
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD 24,361 246,708
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD $ 12,947 $ 159,465

SOURCE: Alliance Holdings GP, L.P.

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