LISLE, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SunCoke Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SXC) today reported preliminary fourth quarter 2015 domestic coke production of 1.03 million tons, down an estimated 53,000 tons. The decline largely reflects 2015 Granite City volumes at contract maximum levels as well as below target production at our Indiana Harbor cokemaking facility.
Full-year 2015 estimated coke production of 4.12 million tons is down approximately 52,000 tons compared with full-year 2014, reflecting the same items discussed above and in line with 2015 production guidance of 4.1 million to 4.2 million tons.
Domestic capacity utilization for fourth quarter and full-year 2015 is estimated to be 96 percent and 97 percent, respectively, as compared to 101 percent and 98 percent for the same prior year periods.
|Preliminary Domestic Coke Production and Capacity Utilization|
|For quarter ended||For year ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|(Coke production in thousands of tons)||2015(1)||2014||2015||2014|
|Domestic Coke Production||1,030||1,083||4,123||4,175|
|Capacity Utilization (percent)||96||101||97||98|
See exhibit at end of release for domestic coke production schedule for the last four quarters.
SunCoke Energy, Inc. also tentatively plans to issue fourth quarter 2015 earnings before market opens and host an investor conference call at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Central Time) on Thursday, January 28, 2016. This conference call will be webcast live and archived for replay in the Investor Relations section of www.suncoke.com. Investors may participate in this call by dialing 1-877-201-0168 in the U.S. or 1-647-788-4901 if outside the U.S., confirmation code 22719293.
ABOUT SUNCOKE ENERGY, INC.
SunCoke Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SXC) supplies high-quality coke to the integrated steel industry under long-term, take-or-pay contracts that pass through commodity and certain operating costs to customers. We utilize an innovative heat-recovery cokemaking technology that captures excess heat for steam or electrical power generation. We are the sponsor of SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: SXCP), a publicly traded master limited partnership, holding a 2 percent general partner interest, 53 percent limited partnership interest and all of the incentive distribution rights. Our cokemaking facilities are located in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, Brazil and India. To learn more about SunCoke Energy, Inc., visit our website at www.suncoke.com.
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|SunCoke Energy, Inc.|
|Domestic Coke Production and Capacity Utilization|
|For quarter ended||For quarter ended||For quarter ended||For quarter ended|
|December 31,||September 30,||June 30,||March 31,|
|(Coke production in thousands of tons)||2015(1)||2014||2015||2014||2015||2014||2015||2014|
|Domestic Coke Production||1,030||1,083||1,049||1,090||1,047||1,059||998||944|
|Capacity Utilization (percent)||96||101||98||102||99||100||95||90|