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MCC Share Purchase Plan Opens Today

Macarthur Coal’s Share Purchase Plan (SPP) opens today and closes at 5.00pm (AEST) on Tuesday 5 October 2010. As announced on 24 August 2010, Macarthur Coal Limited (MCC) is offering eligible shareholders an opportunity to subscribe for up to A$14,989.59 worth of new MCC ordinary shares under a non-underwritten SPP. The SPP is being offered to all Macarthur Coal shareholders who were on Macarthur Coal’s share register as at 7.00pm (AEST) Monday 23 August 2010, with a registered address in Australia or New Zealand. The issue price of shares offered under the SPP is $11.33, which is equal to the issue price under the institutional placement completed on 25 August 2010 of $11.50 per share less the Macarthur Coal final 2010 dividend of 17 cents per share. New shares issued under the SPP will not participate in the Macarthur Coal final 2010 dividend due to the SPP allotment date falling after the dividend record date. Details of the SPP will be sent to eligible shareholders on Monday 13 September 2010. The application form will also be available online from Friday 10 September 2010 and can be accessed via the Macarthur Coal website (www.macarthurcoal.com.au ). An information line has been established to answer any questions about the SPP offer. The numbers are 1300 708 126 (within Australia) or +613 9415 4261 (outside of Australia) between 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday during the offer period