SunCoke Energy, Inc. Domestic Coke Production Estimated to Be More Than 1 Million Tons in First Quarter 2013

  SunCoke Energy, Inc. Domestic Coke Production Estimated to Be More Than 1
  Million Tons in First Quarter 2013

  *Domestic coke production in first quarter 2013 is expected to be 1,051
    thousand tons, a decline of approximately 17 thousand tons versus the same
    period in 2012, which benefited from an extra day of production due to
    leap year.

Business Wire

LISLE, Ill. -- April 4, 2013

SunCoke Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SXC) today reported that domestic coke production
for first quarter 2013 is expected to be 1,051 thousand tons down from
1,068thousand tons in first quarter 2012. The year-over-year change reflects
the benefit of an extra day of production in first quarter 2012 due to leap
year, adding nearly 12 thousand tons to prior year’s production. Also
contributing to the decline was lower production at our Indiana Harbor
facility, partly offset by higher production at Middletown.

Domestic capacity utilization in first quarter 2013 is estimated to be 101
percent, unchanged from the same prior year period.

Domestic Coke Production and Capacity Utilization

For quarter ended March 31,                      2013  *  2012
Domestic Coke Production (in thousands of tons)  1,051    1,068
Capacity Utilization (percent)                   101     101
*Estimated

See exhibit at end of release for schedule of Domestic Coke Production for the
last four quarters.

Beginning in the first quarter 2013, the Company has combined its Jewell Coke
and Other Domestic Coke segments into one segment called Domestic Coke due to
the similarities of operations and contracts between the two segments. Prior
year periods have been adjusted to reflect this change.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  *SunCoke Energy, Inc. will participate in the Jefferies Steel Summit on
    April 10, 2013 at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel.
  *SunCoke Energy, Inc. tentatively plans to report first quarter 2013
    financial results before market open and host an investor conference call
    at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central Time) on Thursday, April 25,
    2013. This conference call will be webcast live and archived for replay in
    the Investor Relations section of www.suncoke.com.

SUNCOKE ENERGY, INC.

SunCoke Energy, Inc. is the largest independent producer of coke in the
Americas, with 50 years of experience supplying coke to the integrated steel
industry. Our advanced, heat recovery cokemaking process produces high-quality
coke for use in steelmaking, captures waste heat for derivative energy resale
and meets or exceeds environmental standards. Our U.S. cokemaking facilities
are located in Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois. Outside the U.S., we have
cokemaking operations in Vitoria, Brazil and Odisha, India. Our coal mining
operations, which have more than 110 million tons of proven and probable
reserves, are located in Virginia and West Virginia. To learn more about
SunCoke Energy, Inc., visit our website at www.suncoke.com.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Some of the statements included in this press release constitute “forward
looking statements” (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933,
as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended). Such forward-looking statements are based on management’s beliefs
and assumptions and on information currently available. You should not put
undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements
include all statements that are not historical facts and may be identified by
the use of forward looking terminology such as the words “believe,” “expect,”
“plan,” “project,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,”
“continue,” “may,” “will,” “should” or the negative of these terms or similar
expressions.

Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Risks
and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from
those expressed in forward-looking statements include economic, business,
competitive and/or regulatory factors affecting the Company’s business, as
well as uncertainties related to the outcomes of pending or future litigation,
legislation, or regulatory actions. Among such risks are: changes in levels of
production, production capacity, pricing and/or margins for metallurgical coal
and coke; variation in availability, quality and supply of metallurgical coal
used in the cokemaking process, including as a result of non-performance by
our suppliers; changes in the marketplace that may affect supply and demand
for our metallurgical coal and/or coke products, including increased exports
of coke from China related to reduced export duties and export quotas and
increasing competition from alternative steelmaking and cokemaking
technologies that have the potential to reduce or eliminate the use of
metallurgical coke; our dependence on, and relationships with, and other
conditions affecting our customers; severe financial hardship or bankruptcy of
one or more of our major customers, or the occurrence of a customer default
and other events affecting our ability to collect payments from our customers;
volatility and cyclical downturns in the carbon steel industry and other
industries in which our customers operate; our ability to enter into new, or
renew existing, long-term agreements upon favorable terms for the supply of
metallurgical coke to domestic and/or foreign steel producers; our ability to
develop, design, permit, construct, start up or operate new cokemaking
facilities in the U.S.; our ability to successfully implement our
international growth strategy; our ability to consummate investments under
favorable terms, including with respect to existing cokemaking facilities,
which may utilize by-product technology, in the U.S. and Canada and integrate
them into our existing businesses and have them perform at anticipated levels;
various risks and uncertainties could negatively impact SunCoke Energy
Partners, L.P. (SXCP), the publicly traded master limited partnership of which
we are sponsor; receipt of regulatory approvals and compliance with
contractual obligations required in connection with the operations of SXCP;
the impact of SXCP on our relationships with our customers and vendors and our
credit rating and cost of funds; changes in market conditions; age of, and
changes in the reliability, efficiency and capacity of the various equipment
and operating facilities used in our coal mining and/or cokemaking operations,
and in the operations of our major customers, business partners and/or
suppliers; changes in the expected operating levels of our assets; our ability
to meet minimum volume requirements, coal-to-coke yield standards and coke
quality requirements in our coke sales agreements; changes in the level of
capital expenditures or operating expenses, including any changes in the level
of environmental capital, operating or remediation expenditures; our ability
to service our outstanding indebtedness; our ability to comply with the
restrictions imposed by our financing arrangements; nonperformance or force
majeure by, or disputes or changes in contract terms with major customers,
suppliers, dealers, distributors or other business partners; availability of
skilled employees for our coal mining and/or cokemaking operations, and other
workplace factors; effects of railroad, barge, truck and other transportation
performance and costs, including any transportation disruptions; effects of
adverse events relating to the operation of our facilities and to the
transportation and storage of hazardous materials (including equipment
malfunction, explosions, fires, spills, and the effects of severe weather
conditions); our ability to enter into joint ventures and other similar
arrangements under favorable terms; changes in the availability and cost of
equity and debt financing; impact on our liquidity and ability to raise
capital as a result of changes in the credit ratings assigned to our
indebtedness; changes in credit terms required by our suppliers; risks related
to labor relations and workplace safety; changes in, or new statutes,
regulations, governmental policies and taxes, or their interpretations,
including those relating to the environment and global warming; the existence
of hazardous substances or other environmental contamination on property owned
or used by us; the availability of future permits authorizing the disposition
of certain mining waste; claims of our noncompliance with any statutory and
regulatory requirements; changes in the status of, or initiation of new
litigation, arbitration, or other proceedings to which we are a party or
liability resulting from such litigation, arbitration, or other proceedings;
historical combined and consolidated financial data may not be reliable
indicator of future results; effects resulting from our separation from
Sunoco, Inc.; incremental costs as a stand-alone public company; our
substantial indebtedness; certain covenants in our debt documents; our ability
to secure new coal supply agreements or to renew existing coal supply
agreements; our ability to acquire or develop coal reserves in an economically
feasible manner; defects in title or the loss of one or more mineral leasehold
interests; disruptions in the quantities of coal produced by our contract mine
operators; our ability to obtain and renew mining permits, and the
availability and cost of surety bonds needed in our coal mining operations;
changes in product specifications for either the coal or coke that we produce;
changes in insurance markets impacting costs and the level and types of
coverage available, and the financial ability of our insurers to meet their
obligations; changes in accounting rules and/or tax laws or their
interpretations, including the method of accounting for inventories, leases
and/or pensions; changes in financial markets impacting pension expense and
funding requirements; the accuracy of our estimates of reclamation and other
mine closure obligations; and effects of geologic conditions, weather, natural
disasters and other inherent risks beyond our control. Unpredictable or
unknown factors not disclosed in this release also could have material adverse
effects on forward-looking statements.

In accordance with the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995, SunCoke Energy has included in its filings with
the Securities and Exchange Commission cautionary language identifying
important factors (but not necessarily all the important factors) that could
cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any
forward-looking statement made by SunCoke Energy. For more information
concerning these factors, see SunCoke Energy’s Securities and Exchange
Commission filings. All forward-looking statements included in this press
release are expressly qualified in their entirety by such cautionary
statements. SunCoke Energy does not have any intention or obligation to update
any forward-looking statement (or its associated cautionary language) whether
as a result of new information or future events, after the date of this press
release except as required by applicable law.

                                                                    
SunCoke Energy, Inc.
Domestic Coke Production and Capacity Utilization
                                                            
              Quarter ended         Quarter ended       Quarter            Quarter
                                                        ended              ended
              March 31,             December 31,        September          June 30,
                                                        30,
            2013  *  2012     2012   2011     2012   2011    2012   2011
Domestic
Coke
Production    1,051     1,068       1,082   1,015       1,097   964        1,095   922
(in
thousands
of tons)
Capacity
Utilization  101     101      101    100      103    104     104    100
(percent)
*Estimated

Contact:

SunCoke Energy, Inc.
Investors:
Ryan Osterholm: 630-824-1907
or
Media:
Anna Rozenich: 630-824-1945
 
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