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): December 16, 2015 (December 10, 2015)


(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
701 Market Street, St. Louis, Missouri
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (314) 342-3400

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 Item 5.03 Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.

Effective December 10, 2015, the Board of Directors of Peabody Energy Corporation (the “Company”) modified its Amended and Restated Bylaws (the “Bylaws”) to implement “proxy access,” a means for stockholders to include stockholder-nominated director candidates in the Company’s proxy materials for annual meetings of stockholders. The proxy access process under the Bylaws will first be available to stockholders in connection with the Company’s 2017 annual meeting of stockholders.

Article I, Section 1.10 has been added to the Bylaws, and related amendments to Section 1.2 have been made, to permit a stockholder, or group of not more than twenty stockholders (collectively, an “eligible stockholder”) meeting specified eligibility requirements to include director nominees in the Company’s proxy materials for annual meetings. In order to be eligible to use the proxy access provisions, eligible stockholders, among other requirements, must have owned 3% or more of the Company’s outstanding common stock continuously for at least three years. The maximum number of stockholder-nominated candidates under the proxy access provisions of the Bylaws is equal to the greater of two directors or the largest whole number that does not exceed 20% of the number of directors in office as of the last day on which a proxy access notice may be delivered.

The foregoing proxy access provisions are subject to additional eligibility, procedural and disclosure requirements set forth in Article I, Section 1.10 of the Bylaws. The foregoing description of the amendments to the Bylaws does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the Bylaws, a copy of which is filed herewith as Exhibit 3.1.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

The following exhibit is filed as part of this report:

Exhibit No.            Description
3.1                Amended and Restated Bylaws of Peabody Energy Corporation


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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.

December 16, 2015
/s/ A. Verona Dorch
Name: A. Verona Dorch
Title: Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary

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