Audley Capital Issues Statement Regarding Walter Energy Annual Meeting

  Audley Capital Issues Statement Regarding Walter Energy Annual Meeting

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- April 25, 2013

Audley Capital Advisors LLP (including certain related funds and investment
vehicles, “Audley Capital”) today issued the following statement in response
to the apparent outcome of the election of directors to Walter Energy, Inc.’s
(NYSE: WLT) (TSX: WLT) (“Walter Energy” or “the Company”) Board of Directors
at the April 25, 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

Julian Treger, Managing Partner of Audley Capital Advisors, commented, “When
we began our efforts, we found in Walter Energy a substantially undervalued
company with tremendous unfulfilled potential that we believed lacked
important leadership and oversight to effect positive change at the Company.
Consequently, we put forth a slate of sophisticated, creative and dynamic
director nominees, each of whom was fully prepared to devote his experience
and expertise to maximize value for all company stockholders.”

Mr. Treger continued, “While it appears that this morning’s outcome will not
be the one that we had hoped for, we are nonetheless pleased with the result
of our efforts. We believe that our campaign was critically important and
highlighted the issues facing the Company, stimulated dialogue with
stockholders and has already resulted in some improvements at Walter Energy.
Importantly, our campaign motivated the Board to examine a number of
initiatives, including reducing debt and costs and focusing on SG&A, and we
look forward to seeing the benefits of those initiatives in the coming
months.”

Mr. Treger concluded, “We would like to thank all Walter Energy stockholders
who supported our efforts during this proxy solicitation process. We firmly
believe that the Company's prospects have been enhanced by our actions and the
changes they will have caused.”

Contact:

Investors:
Audley Capital Advisors LLP
Julian Treger, Managing Partner
+44 20 7529 6900
or
Okapi Partners LLC
Bruce Goldfarb/Charles Garske/Patrick McHugh
212-297-0720
or
Media:
Sard Verbinnen & Co
Dan Gagnier/Brian Shiver
212-687-8080
 
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