SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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):||May 1, 2005|
PEABODY ENERGY CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
|of incorporation)||File Number)||Identification No.)|
|701 Market Street, St. Louis, Missouri||63101|
(Address of principal executive offices)
|Registrants telephone number, including area code:||(314) 342-3400|
Former name or former address, if changed since last report
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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
Item 2.03. Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.
Effective May 1, 2005, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Peabody Energy Corporation ("Peabody") and the United States Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") entered into a coal lease agreement on approximately 2,800 acres of land, including approximately 327 million tons of coal reserves in the Powder River Basin. The lease has a minimum term of 20 years and for so long thereafter as coal is produced in commercial quantities from the leased lands, subject to readjustment of lease terms at the end of the 20th lease year and each 10-year period thereafter.
Peabody is obligated to make five deferred bonus payments of $63.5 million for a total, undiscounted deferred bonus obligation of $317.7 million. The first payment was made in February 2005 on the date the bid was awarded by the BLM; successive payments are due each year on May 1 for four years beginning in 2006. Production royalties required under the lease will be 12.5% of the value of the coal produced.
A copy of the coal lease agreement will be filed as an exhibit to Peabody's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2005.
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.
|PEABODY ENERGY CORPORATION|
|May 4, 2005||By:||
Jeffery L. Klinger
|Name: Jeffery L. Klinger|
|Title: Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary|