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Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. Increases Quarterly Cash Distribution by 12.8% to $0.66 Per Unit; Reports Solid Financial and Operating Results; and Updates Guidance

TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 28, 2008--Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: ARLP) today announced that the Board of Directors of its managing general partner (the "Board") declared a quarterly cash distribution for the quarter ended June 30, 2008 (the "2008 Quarter") of $0.66 per unit (an annualized rate of $2.64 per unit), payable on August 14, 2008 to all unitholders of record as of the close of trading on August 7, 2008. The announced distribution represents a 12.8% increase over the $0.585 per unit cash distribution for the first quarter of this year and a 17.9% increase over the cash distribution of $0.56 per unit for the quarter ended June 30, 2007 (the "2007 Quarter"). In addition, the Board will begin considering increases to unitholder cash distributions on a quarterly basis, instead of its historical practice of considering distribution increases at its January and July meetings

"Global long-term supply/demand fundamentals for coal remain positive and continue to support strong domestic coal markets, particularly for the markets served by ARLP's high-sulfur coal," said Joseph W. Craft III, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Supported by these market dynamics, during the first half of 2008 we successfully contracted for significant coal sales volumes at attractive long-term prices to support the development of the new River View mine and recently completed a $350 million debt offering to help finance the construction of this operation. The strong distribution increase announced today is evidence of the progress we have made on ARLP's growth initiatives to date. We are also encouraged about our future growth opportunities and, as a result, are setting a goal of increasing unitholder distributions by approximately 6% - 8% per quarter through 2010."

Consolidated Financial Results

Three Months Ended June 30, 2008 Compared to Three Months Ended June 30, 2007

For the 2008 Quarter, ARLP reported net income of $36.7 million, or $0.68 of adjusted net income per diluted limited partner unit, compared to net income of $46.2 million, or $1.03 of adjusted net income per diluted limited partner unit, for the 2007 Quarter. To better compare ARLP's operating results between the 2008 and 2007 Quarters, it is appropriate to consider the impact of several significant non-recurring items which impacted both quarters. After normalizing for these items, net income for the 2008 Quarter increased by approximately 6.8% compared to the 2007 Quarter. In the 2008 Quarter, ARLP realized non-recurring benefits to net income totaling $9.9 million from gains on settlement of claims relating to the 2005 failure of the vertical belt system at its Pattiki mine ($1.9 million) and the 2004 Excel No. 3 mine fire ($2.8 million), as well as a gain from the sale of non-core coal reserves ($5.2 million). By contrast, in the 2007 Quarter ARLP realized non-recurring benefits to net income totaling $21.1 million resulting from a final gain on settlement with insurance underwriters for claims relating to the 2004 Excel No. 3 mine fire ($12.3 million) and benefits associated with various synfuel-related agreements which expired on December 31, 2007 ($8.8 million). (For a definition of adjusted net income per limited partner unit and related reconciliation to GAAP, please see the end of this release.)

ARLP reported EBITDA in the 2008 Quarter of $65.4 million, compared to EBITDA of $70.5 million in the 2007 Quarter. After normalizing for non-recurring synfuel-related benefits to EBITDA realized in the 2007 Quarter ($9.7 million) and the above described non-recurring gains which impacted both quarters, ARLP's EBITDA in the 2008 Quarter increased by approximately 14.4% over the 2007 Quarter. (For a definition of EBITDA and related reconciliation to GAAP, please see the end of this release.)

Driven by record average coal sales prices per ton and higher coal sales volumes, revenues for the 2008 Quarter increased to $276.2 million, compared to $263.3 million for the 2007 Quarter. Total average coal sales prices realized in the 2008 Quarter compared to the 2007 Quarter increased 2.3% to $39.50 per ton sold, while coal sales volumes rose 5.5% to 6.6 million tons. Other sales and operating revenues in the 2008 Quarter fell to $3.7 million primarily due to the loss of $7.5 million in synfuel-related other operating revenues realized in the 2007 Quarter.

Operating expenses in the 2008 Quarter increased to $191.4 million, compared to $178.0 million in the 2007 Quarter, primarily as a result of higher coal production volumes, which increased 14.7% to 6.5 million tons. In addition, increased labor related expenses, materials and supply costs, maintenance costs and regulatory compliance costs contributed to higher operating expenses in the 2008 Quarter. Increased sales related expenses due to higher coal sales revenues and volumes also contributed to higher operating expenses in the 2008 Quarter.

Increased staffing levels and incentive compensation expenses resulted in higher general and administrative costs, which increased to $12.1 million in the 2008 Quarter compared to $8.3 million in the 2007 Quarter. Depreciation, depletion and amortization increased to $25.6 million in the 2008 Quarter, compared to $21.4 million in the 2007 Quarter, as a result of continuing capital expenditures related to infrastructure improvements, efficiency projects and expansion of production capacity.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2008 Compared to Six Months Ended June 30, 2007

For the six months ended June 30, 2008 (the "2008 Period"), ARLP reported records for tons produced, tons sold and revenues. Revenues for the 2008 Period rose 7.6% to $559.8 million and coal sales volumes increased 9.3% to 13.6 million tons, as compared to $520.4 million and 12.5 million tons for the six months ended June 30, 2007 (the "2007 Period"), respectively. Increased coal sales in the 2008 Period more than offset the decline in other sales and operating revenues resulting from the loss of $14.7 million in synfuel-related other operating revenues realized in the 2007 Period.

Net income for the 2008 Period was $79.9 million, or $1.43 of adjusted net income per diluted limited partner unit, compared to net income of $91.8 million, or $1.59 of adjusted net income per diluted limited partner unit, for the 2007 Period. EBITDA for the 2008 Period declined slightly to $134.2 million, compared to EBITDA of $138.6 million for the 2007 Period. Financial results for the 2008 Period reflect the loss of synfuel-related benefits realized in the 2007 Period of approximately $16.9 million and $18.6 million for net income and EBITDA, respectively. (For definitions of adjusted net income per limited partner unit and EBITDA and related reconciliations to GAAP, please see the end of this release.)

Financial results for the 2008 Period, compared to the 2007 Period, were also negatively impacted by increased operating expenses, increased general and administrative expenses, higher depreciation, depletion and amortization, and the non-recurring events discussed above.

Regional Results and Analysis

              Illinois       Central        Northern
                Basin        Appalachia     Appalachia     Total (3)
            -------------  -------------  -------------  -------------
            2008   2007    2008   2007    2008   2007    2008   2007
              Qtr    Qtr     Qtr    Qtr     Qtr    Qtr     Qtr    Qtr
            ------ ------  ------ ------  ------ ------  ------ ------

Tons sold
 (millions)  4.959  4.503   0.866  0.919   0.797  0.857   6.622  6.279
Coal sales
 price per
 ton (1)    $34.01 $34.02  $60.89 $57.00  $50.43 $41.84  $39.50 $38.60
Segment
 Adjusted
 EBITDA
 Expense
 per ton
 (2)        $24.50 $25.41  $44.57 $40.69  $42.25 $36.49  $29.55 $29.53
Segment
 Adjusted
 EBITDA
 (millions)
 (2)         $47.3  $46.4   $16.9  $26.5    $7.6   $5.7   $77.5  $78.8

(1) Sales price per ton is defined as total coal sales divided by total tons sold.

(2) For a definition of Segment Adjusted EBITDA expense per ton, Segment Adjusted EBITDA and related reconciliations to GAAP, please see the end of this release.

(3) Total includes other, corporate and eliminations.

Primarily due to higher Illinois Basin coal sales, ARLP's coal sales volumes increased to 6.6 million tons in the 2008 Quarter, compared to 6.3 million tons in the 2007 Quarter. Higher coal sales volumes in the Illinois Basin during the 2008 Quarter reflect recent expansions of production capacity, partially offset by a reduction in purchased coal sales tons. Reduced purchased coal sales during the 2008 Quarter also negatively impacted coal sales volumes in the Central Appalachian region. In the Northern Appalachian region, production of saleable tons during the 2008 Quarter was negatively impacted by adverse mining conditions, partially offset by increased sales of purchased tons in response to attractive opportunities in the spot and export coal markets.

Total average coal sales price per ton for the 2008 Quarter increased approximately $0.90 per ton sold, compared to the 2007 Quarter. Coal prices climbed 6.8% in the Central Appalachian region as ARLP continued to benefit from improved contract pricing and higher prices realized from spot market sales during the 2008 Quarter compared to the 2007 Quarter. Average coal sales prices per ton in the Northern Appalachian region rose 20.5% primarily due to the previously mentioned sales into the higher priced spot and export markets during the 2008 Quarter.

Total Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton in the 2008 Quarter was essentially unchanged, compared to the 2007 Quarter, primarily due to increased production of lower cost Illinois Basin coal and the above discussed reductions in outside coal purchases in the Illinois Basin and Central Appalachian regions. Illinois Basin Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expenses also benefited from the gain on settlement of claims relating to the Pattiki vertical belt failure, as discussed above. Partially offsetting these benefits, Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton increased at all of ARLP's operating regions during the 2008 Quarter as a result of higher labor related expenses, materials and supply costs, and maintenance costs as well as reduced productivity and higher compliance costs associated with new mine safety standards. (For a definition of Segment Adjusted EBITDA and reconciliation to GAAP, please see the end of this release.)

Outlook

"We continue to experience strong demand at attractive prices for our coal in all of the markets ARLP serves," said Mr. Craft. "With River View committed and under construction, we continue to focus our efforts on securing the coal sales commitments necessary to allow development of our Tunnel Ridge, Gibson South and Penn Ridge projects."

Reflecting results to date and current projections, ARLP is confirming its previous guidance for 2008 coal production in a range of 26.4 to 27.3 million tons, essentially all of which is committed to contract pricing, and 2008 revenues in a range of $1.03 to $1.1 billion, excluding transportation revenues. ARLP is also confirming its previous 2008 guidance ranges for EBITDA and net income of $250.0 to $280.0 million and $130.0 to $160.0 million, respectively. Guidance ranges for 2008 EBITDA and net income reflect the loss of approximately $28.5 million and $31.3 million for net income and EBITDA, respectively, realized by ARLP in 2007 from its various coal synfuel-related agreements. (For a definition of EBITDA and reconciliation to GAAP, please see the end of this release.)

ARLP has continued to increase its coal sales commitments beyond 2008 and now anticipates its total average price realizations per sales ton will increase over estimated 2008 levels by 25.0% to 35.0% and 40.0% to 50.0% in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

A conference call regarding ARLP's 2008 Quarter financial results is scheduled for today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. To participate in the conference call, dial (866) 356-4281 and provide pass code 3891140. International callers should dial (617) 597-5395. Investors may also listen to the call via the "investor information" section of ARLP's website at http://www.arlp.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 86251739. International callers should dial (617) 801-6888.

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, ARLP's distributions to foreign investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable tax rate.

About Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.

ARLP is a diversified producer and marketer of coal to major United States utilities and industrial users. ARLP, the nation's only publicly traded master limited partnership involved in the production and marketing of coal, is currently the fourth largest coal producer in the eastern United States with operations in all major eastern coalfields. ARLP currently operates eight underground mining complexes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and West Virginia. We are constructing mining complexes in Kentucky and West Virginia and also operate a coal loading terminal on the Ohio River at Mt. Vernon, Indiana.

News, unit prices and additional information about ARLP, including filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are available at http://www.arlp.com. For more information, contact the investor relations department of ARLP at 918-295-7674 or via e-mail at investorrelations@arlp.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 our ability to respond to the competition; fluctuation in coal prices, which could adversely affect our operating results and cash flows; risks associated with the expansion of our 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; customer bankruptcies and/or cancellations or breaches to 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; our productivity levels and margins that we earn on our 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 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; risk associated with major mine-related accidents, such as mine fires or interruptions; results of litigation, including claims not yet asserted; difficulty maintaining our surety bonds for mine reclamation 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 and interpretations thereof, including but not limited to issues related to climate change; the impact from provisions of The Energy Policy Act of 2005; the impact from provisions of or changes in enforcement activities associated with the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 as well as any subsequent federal or state legislation or regulations; replacement of coal reserves; a loss or reduction of the direct or indirect benefits from certain state and federal tax credits; difficulty obtaining commercial property insurance, and risks associated with our participation (excluding any applicable deductible) in the commercial insurance property program.

Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in ARLP's public periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including ARLP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, filed on February 29, 2008 with the SEC. Except as required by applicable securities laws, ARLP does not intend to update its forward-looking statements.


          ALLIANCE RESOURCE PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES

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

                      Three Months Ended         Six Months Ended
                           June 30,                  June 30,
                       2008         2007         2008         2007
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------

Tons sold                6,622        6,279       13,616       12,457
Tons produced            6,467        5,638       13,332       12,195

SALES AND
 OPERATING
 REVENUES:
  Coal sales       $   261,567  $   242,364  $   530,725  $   481,234
  Transportation
   revenues             11,007       10,606       21,627       19,285
  Other sales and
   operating
   revenues              3,650       10,339        7,460       19,861
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
       Total
        revenues       276,224      263,309      559,812      520,380
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------

EXPENSES:
  Operating
   expenses            191,363      177,968      383,981      344,957
  Transportation
   expenses             11,007       10,606       21,627       19,285
  Outside
   purchases             4,552        7,607        7,455       13,873
  General and
   administrative       12,119        8,266       20,950       16,195
  Depreciation,
   depletion and
   amortization         25,600       21,425       48,894       41,218
  Gain on sale of
   coal reserves        (5,159)           -       (5,159)           -
  Net gain from
   insurance
   settlement and
   other                (2,790)     (11,491)      (2,790)     (11,491)
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
       Total
        operating
        expenses       236,692      214,381      474,958      424,037
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------

INCOME FROM
 OPERATIONS             39,532       48,928       84,854       96,343
  Interest expense      (3,250)      (2,842)      (6,238)      (5,660)
  Interest income          197          569          295        1,103
  Other income             250          167          467        1,068
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
INCOME BEFORE
 INCOME TAXES AND
 MINORITY INTEREST      36,729       46,822       79,378       92,854
INCOME TAX EXPENSE
 (BENEFIT)                 (70)         670         (725)       1,244
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
INCOME BEFORE
 MINORITY INTEREST      36,799       46,152       80,103       91,610
MINORITY INTEREST
 (EXPENSE)                (102)          85         (243)         167
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
NET INCOME         $    36,697  $    46,237  $    79,860  $    91,777
                   ============ ============ ============ ============

GENERAL PARTNERS'
 INTEREST IN NET
 INCOME            $    11,663  $     8,326  $    20,819  $    15,937
                   ============ ============ ============ ============

LIMITED PARTNERS'
 INTEREST IN NET
 INCOME            $    25,034  $    37,911  $    59,041  $    75,840
                   ============ ============ ============ ============

BASIC NET INCOME
 PER LIMITED
 PARTNER UNIT      $      0.67  $      0.80  $      1.43  $      1.60
                   ============ ============ ============ ============

DILUTED NET INCOME
 PER LIMITED
 PARTNER UNIT      $      0.67  $      0.80  $      1.43  $      1.59
                   ============ ============ ============ ============

DISTRIBUTIONS PAID
 PER COMMON UNIT   $     0.585  $      0.54  $      1.17  $      1.08
                   ============ ============ ============ ============

WEIGHTED AVERAGE
 NUMBER OF UNITS
 OUTSTANDING-BASIC  36,613,458   36,550,659   36,595,860   36,545,600
                   ============ ============ ============ ============

WEIGHTED AVERAGE
 NUMBER OF UNITS
 OUTSTANDING-
 DILUTED            36,747,965   36,794,912   36,749,078   36,782,509
                   ============ ============ ============ ============

          ALLIANCE RESOURCE PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES

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

                                            June 30,     December 31,
ASSETS                                        2008           2007
                                          -------------  -------------
CURRENT ASSETS:
  Cash and cash equivalents                $   361,374    $     1,118
  Trade receivables                             81,028         92,667
  Other receivables                              5,180          3,399
  Due from affiliates                              207            139
  Inventories                                   28,483         26,100
  Advance royalties                              4,452          4,452
  Prepaid expenses and other assets              3,739          9,099
                                          -------------  -------------
       Total current assets                    484,463        136,974

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT:
  Property, plant and equipment, at cost     1,004,012        948,210
  Less accumulated depreciation,
   depletion and amortization                 (453,337)      (427,572)
                                          -------------  -------------
       Total property, plant and
        equipment, net                         550,675        520,638

OTHER ASSETS:
  Advance royalties                             21,700         25,974
  Other long-term assets                        16,644         18,137
                                          -------------  -------------
       Total other assets                       38,344         44,111
                                          -------------  -------------
TOTAL ASSETS                               $ 1,073,482    $   701,723
                                          =============  =============

LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
  Accounts payable                         $    54,179    $    46,392
  Due to affiliates                                  -          1,343
  Accrued taxes other than income taxes         12,376         11,091
  Accrued payroll and related expenses          17,376         15,180
  Accrued interest                               4,017          3,826
  Workers' compensation and
   pneumoconiosis benefits                       8,038          8,124
  Current capital lease obligation                 365            377
  Other current liabilities                      9,110          6,754
  Current maturities, long-term debt            18,000         18,000
                                          -------------  -------------
       Total current liabilities               123,461        111,087

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES:
  Long-term debt, excluding current
   maturities                                  479,500        136,000
  Pneumoconiosis benefits                       30,403         29,392
  Workers' compensation                         46,860         44,150
  Asset retirement obligations                  55,124         54,903
  Due to affiliates                              2,237          1,295
  Long-term capital lease obligation               962          1,135
  Minority interest                                750            507
  Other liabilities                              7,503          6,037
                                          -------------  -------------
       Total long-term liabilities             623,339        273,419
                                          -------------  -------------
       Total liabilities                       746,800        384,506
                                          -------------  -------------

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

PARTNERS' CAPITAL:
  Limited Partners - Common Unitholders
   36,613,458 and 36,550,659 units
   outstanding, respectively                   623,965        607,777
  General Partners' deficit                   (297,392)      (290,669)
  Accumulated other comprehensive income           109            109
                                          -------------  -------------
       Total Partners' capital                 326,682        317,217
                                          -------------  -------------
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL    $ 1,073,482    $   701,723
                                          =============  =============

          ALLIANCE RESOURCE PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES

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

                                                  Six Months Ended
                                                      June 30,
                                              ------------------------
                                                 2008         2007
                                              -----------  -----------

CASH FLOWS PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES    $ 150,799    $ 141,372
                                              -----------  -----------

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
  Property, plant and equipment:
    Capital expenditures                         (70,950)     (69,170)
    Changes in accounts payable and accrued
     liabilities                                   3,356       (7,315)
    Proceeds from sale of property, plant and
     equipment                                       567        3,048
    Proceeds from sale of coal reserves            7,159            -
  Proceeds from insurance settlement for
   replacement assets                                  -        2,511
  Proceeds from marketable securities                  -          260
  Payment for acquisition of coal reserves
   and other assets                              (13,300)     (53,309)
  Advances on Gibson rail project                      -       (5,888)
  Receipts of prior advances on Gibson rail
   project                                         1,023            -
                                              -----------  -----------
      Net cash used in investing activities      (72,145)    (129,863)
                                              -----------  -----------

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
  Proceeds from long-term debt                   350,000            -
  Borrowings under revolving credit
   facilities                                     88,850       23,585
  Payments under revolving credit facilities     (95,350)           -
  Payments on capital lease obligation              (185)        (151)
  Payment of debt issuance costs                    (830)           -
  Cash contributions by General Partners              50           91
  Distributions paid to Partners                 (60,933)     (54,171)
                                              -----------  -----------
      Net cash provided by (used in)
       financing activities                      281,602      (30,646)
                                              -----------  -----------

NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS          360,256      (19,137)

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF
 PERIOD                                            1,118       36,789

                                              -----------  -----------
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD     $ 361,374    $  17,652
                                              ===========  ===========

Reconciliation of GAAP "Cash Flows Provided by Operating Activities" to non-GAAP "EBITDA", Reconciliation of non-GAAP "EBITDA" to GAAP "Net Income" (in thousands).

EBITDA is defined as net income before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization and minority interest. EBITDA is used as a supplemental financial measure by our management and by external users of our financial statements such as investors, commercial banks, research analysts and others, to assess:

    --  the financial performance of our assets without regard to
        financing methods, capital structure or historical cost basis;

    --  the ability of our assets to generate cash sufficient to pay
        interest costs and support our indebtedness;

    --  our operating performance and return on investment as compared
        to those of other companies in the coal energy sector, without
        regard to financing or capital structures; and

    --  the viability of acquisitions and capital expenditure projects
        and the overall rates of return on alternative investment
        opportunities.

EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income, income from operations, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. EBITDA is not intended to represent cash flow and does not represent the measure of cash available for distribution. Our method of computing EBITDA may not be the same method used to compute similar measures reported by other companies, or EBITDA may be computed differently by us in different contexts (i.e. public reporting versus computation under financing agreements).

                  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended    Year Ended
                       June 30,            June 30,       December 31,
                  ------------------- ------------------- ------------
                                                             2008E
                    2008      2007      2008      2007      Midpoint
                  --------- --------- --------- --------- ------------

Cash flows
 provided by
 operating
 activities       $ 84,373  $ 72,367  $150,799  $141,372   $  272,000
Non-cash
 compensation
 expense              (821)     (780)   (1,478)   (1,386)      (4,100)
Asset retirement
 obligations          (710)     (613)   (1,417)   (1,218)      (2,800)
Coal inventory
 adjustment to
 market               (486)     (524)     (539)     (939)           -
Net gain (loss)
 on sale of
 property, plant
 and equipment          11       842        (1)      846            -
Gain on sale of
 coal reserves       5,159         -     5,159         -            -
Gain from
 insurance
 recoveries for
 property damage         -     2,357         -     2,357            -
Gain from
 insurance
 settlement
 proceeds
 received in a
 prior period            -     5,088         -     5,088            -
Other                  (18)      (46)      220       (93)           -
Net effect of
 working capital
 changes           (25,109)  (11,114)  (23,746)  (13,199)     (15,000)
Interest expense,
 net                 3,053     2,273     5,943     4,557       15,100
Income tax
 expense
 (benefit)             (70)      670      (725)    1,244         (200)
                  --------- --------- --------- --------- ------------
EBITDA              65,382    70,520   134,215   138,629      265,000
Depreciation,
 depletion and
 amortization      (25,600)  (21,425)  (48,894)  (41,218)    (104,700)
Interest expense,
 net                (3,053)   (2,273)   (5,943)   (4,557)     (15,100)
Income tax
 (expense)
 benefit                70      (670)      725    (1,244)         200
Minority interest
 (expense)            (102)       85      (243)      167         (400)
                  --------- --------- --------- --------- ------------
Net income        $ 36,697  $ 46,237  $ 79,860  $ 91,777   $  145,000
                  ========= ========= ========= ========= ============

Reconciliation of GAAP "Operating Expenses" to non-GAAP "Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton" and Reconciliation of non-GAAP "EBITDA" to "Segment Adjusted EBITDA" (in thousand, except per ton data).

Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton represents the sum of operating expenses, outside purchases and other income divided by tons sold. Transportation expenses are excluded as these expenses are passed through to our customers, consequently we do not realize any margin on transportation revenues. Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense is used as a supplemental financial measure by our management to assess the operating performance of our segments. Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense is a key component of EBITDA in addition to coal sales and other sales and operating revenues. The exclusion of corporate general and administrative expenses from Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense allows management to focus solely on the evaluation of segment operating performance as it primarily relates to our operating expenses. Outside purchases are included in Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense because tons sold and coal sales include sales from outside purchases.

                                                 Three Months Ended
                                                      June 30,
                                              ------------------------
                                                 2008         2007
                                              -----------  -----------

Operating expense                              $ 191,363    $ 177,968
Outside purchases                                  4,552        7,607
Other income                                        (250)        (167)
                                              -----------  -----------
Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense                $ 195,665    $ 185,408
Divided by tons sold                               6,622        6,279
                                              -----------  -----------
Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton        $   29.55    $   29.53
                                              ===========  ===========

Segment Adjusted EBITDA is defined as income before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization, general and administrative expenses and minority interest.

                                                   Three Months Ended
                                                        June 30,
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                                                    2008       2007
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EBITDA (See reconciliation to GAAP above)          $ 65,382   $ 70,520
General and administrative                           12,119      8,266
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Segment Adjusted EBITDA                            $ 77,501   $ 78,786
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Reconciliation of GAAP "Net Income per Limited Partner Unit" reflecting the impact of EITF 03-6 to non-GAAP "Adjusted Net Income per Limited Partner Unit"

Net income per limited partner unit as dictated by EITF 03-6 is theoretical and pro forma in nature and does not reflect the economic probabilities of whether earnings for an accounting period would or could be distributed to unitholders. The Partnership Agreement does not provide for the distribution of net income, rather, it provides for the distribution of available cash, which is a contractually defined term that generally means all cash on hand at the end of each quarter after establishment of sufficient cash reserves required to operate ARLP in a prudent manner. Accordingly, the distributions we have paid historically and will pay in future periods are not impacted by net income per limited partner unit as dictated by EITF 03-6. In 2009, the Partnership will adopt the provisions of EITF 07-4, Application of the Two-Class Method under FASB Statement No. 128, Earnings per Share, to Master Limited Partnerships. We expect the adoption of EITF No. 07-4 will impact our presentation of earnings per unit. We currently present earnings per unit as though all earnings were distributed each quarter. Under the new guidance of EITF No. 07-4, we believe our partnership agreement contractually limits our distributions to available cash and therefore undistributed earnings will no longer be allocated to the IDR holder upon adoption of EITF No. 07-4 effective January 1, 2009.

In addition to net income per limited partner unit as calculated in accordance with EITF 03-6, we also present "adjusted net income per limited partner unit," as reflected in the table below. "Adjusted net income per limited partner unit," is defined as net income after deducting the amount allocated to the general partners' interests, including the managing general partner's incentive distribution rights, divided by the weighted average number of outstanding limited partner units during the period. As part of this calculation, in accordance with the cash distribution requirements contained in the Partnership Agreement, net income is first allocated to the managing general partner based on the amount of any special allocations, including incentive distributions, attributable to the period. The remainder is then allocated between the limited partners and the general partners based on their respective percentage ownership in ARLP. Adjusted net income per limited partner unit is used as a supplemental financial measure by our management and by external users of our financial statements such as investors, commercial banks, research analysts and others, to assess:

    --  the actual operation of our Partnership Agreement with respect
        to the rights of the general and limited partners
        participation in distributions, and

    --  the financial performance of our assets without regard to
        financing methods or capital structure; and our operating
        performance and return on investment as compared to those of
        other companies in the coal energy sector, without regard to
        financing or capital structures.

Our method of computing adjusted net income per limited partner unit may not be the same method used to compute similar measures reported by other companies and may be computed differently by us in different contexts.

                                 Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
                                      June 30,            June 30,
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                                   2008      2007      2008     2007
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Net Income per Limited Partner
 Unit:
      Basic                       $  0.67   $  0.80    $ 1.43   $ 1.60
      Diluted                     $  0.67   $  0.80    $ 1.43   $ 1.59
Dilutive impact of theoretical
 distribution of earnings
 pursuant to EITF 03-6:
      Basic                       $  0.01   $  0.24    $ 0.18   $ 0.48
      Diluted                     $  0.01   $  0.23    $ 0.18   $ 0.47
Adjusted Net Income per Limited
 Partner Unit:
      Basic                       $  0.68   $  1.04    $ 1.61   $ 2.08
      Diluted                     $  0.68   $  1.03    $ 1.61   $ 2.06

CONTACT: Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.
Brian L. Cantrell, 918-295-7673

SOURCE: Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.