July 9, 2012

Alcoa Reports $0.00 Per Share From Continuing Operations; Income Of $0.06 Per Share Excluding Special Items

Strong Revenue, Positive Free Cash Flow, Despite Lower Aluminum Prices

2Q 2012 Highlights 
  • Earnings per share of $0.00 based on a $2 million loss from continuing operations; excluding special items, income from continuing operations of $61 million, or $0.06 per share
  • Revenue of $6.0 billion, steady sequentially despite decline in realized aluminum prices
  • Record quarterly results in Engineered Products and Solutions; record first half results in Global Rolled Products, Engineered Products and Solutions
  • Cash from operations of $537 million
  • Positive free cash flow of $246 million
  • Days working capital a record low for second quarter
  • Strong liquidity with cash on hand of $1.7 billion
  • Company reaffirms global aluminum demand growth projection of 7 percent and a global aluminum supply deficit in 2012


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) today reported $0.00 earnings per share, based on a loss from continuing operations of $2 million, which includes special items of $63 million. Excluding the impact of special items, income from continuing operations was $61 million, or $0.06 per share.

The company reported strong revenue of $6.0 billion, solid free cash flow and lower debt despite a 4 percent decline in realized aluminum prices sequentially and 18 percent year-on-year.

“Alcoa maintained revenue strength and solid liquidity by driving high profitability in our mid and downstream businesses and by reducing costs and improving performance in our upstream businesses,” said Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO.

“Although aluminum prices are down, the fundamentals of the aluminum market remain sound with strong demand and tight supply, and Alcoa is successfully capitalizing on accelerating demand in high-growth end markets such as aerospace and automotive.”

Second quarter 2012 net loss of $2 million, or $0.00 per share, compared to net income of $94 million, or $0.09 per share, in first quarter 2012 and net income of $322 million, or $0.28 per share, in second quarter 2011. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter was $517 million, down 17 percent from first quarter 2012, and 50 percent from second quarter 2011.

Special items in second quarter 2012 included reserves for environmental remediation, uninsured losses related to the Massena fire, a net discrete tax charge, and restructuring and other charges. In addition, during the quarter, Alcoa proposed to settle the Alba civil suit by offering Alba a cash payment of $45 million. Alcoa has also offered Alba a long-term alumina supply contract. Based on the cash offer, Alcoa recorded a $45 million charge. Alcoa currently estimates an additional possible charge of up to $75 million to settle the suit. In addition, Alcoa has been in dialogue with the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding their investigations. If a settlement of the government's investigations can be reached, it is probable that the amount would be material in a particular period to Alcoa's results of operations.

Second quarter 2012 revenue was $6.0 billion, steady sequentially and down 9 percent compared with second quarter 2011, primarily due to an 18 and 17 percent year-on-year decline in the realized metal price and realized alumina price, respectively.

Alcoa recorded revenue growth in the second quarter across global end markets, including packaging (5 percent), aerospace (4 percent), and commercial transportation (3 percent), compared to first quarter 2012.

Alcoa continues to project a global aluminum supply deficit in 2012 and reaffirmed its forecast that global aluminum demand would grow 7 percent in 2012, on top of the 10 percent growth seen in 2011.

Strength in the midstream and downstream businesses continued to mitigate volatility in the upstream businesses. Engineered Products and Solutions once again turned in record results, with second quarter adjusted EBITDA margin at 19.4 percent, the highest to date. Despite continued European weakness, Global Rolled Products achieved record first half adjusted EBITDA per metric ton of $409, 74 percent higher than the 10-year average, and record first half ATOI of $191 million.

For the first half of 2012, revenues were $12.0 billion, down 5 percent over the first half of 2011. Income from continuing operations in the first half of 2012 was $92 million, or $0.08 per share, compared to $635 million, or $0.56 per share, in the first half of 2011. Net income in the first half of 2012 was $92 million, or $0.08 per share, compared with net income in the first half of 2011 of $630 million, or $0.55 per share.

Alcoa continues to deliver on its Cash Sustainability Program in 2012, maintaining a stable balance sheet in a volatile economic environment. The Company generated free cash flow in the quarter of $246 million, an improvement of $752 million sequentially. Following the record low in days working capital achieved for first quarter 2012, Alcoa also achieved a record low in working capital for the second quarter at 33 days, five days lower than the previous second quarter record set in 2011. The quarterly trend in reduction of days working capital has been ongoing since first quarter 2009.

The Company continued strong productivity growth across all businesses this quarter, driven by higher utilization rates, process innovations, lower scrap rates, and usage reductions.

Debt-to-capital ratio stood at 36.1 percent, while liquidity remained strong with cash on hand of $1.7 billion. Capital spending was $291 million in the quarter, compared to $270 million in first quarter 2012. Expenditures on the Saudi Arabia joint venture project were also on track at $55 million.

Alcoa remains on track to meet its 2012 pension obligations, with year-to-date cash contributions of $352 million representing more than 50 percent of total 2012 estimated payments.

Alcoa is executing on its previously announced curtailments in the upstream business, improving competitiveness and driving toward the Company’s stated goal of moving down the cost curve 10 percentage points in smelting and 7 percentage points in refining by 2015. In second quarter 2012, 390,000 metric tons of Alcoa’s system refining capacity was taken offline. Previously announced smelter curtailments are on track and expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Segment Information

Alumina

After-tax operating income (ATOI) was $23 million, down $12 million from first quarter 2012 and $163 million versus second quarter 2011. Adjusted EBITDA was $127 million, down from $147 million in first quarter 2012. Sequentially, continued productivity gains and favorable currency offset the impact of lower volumes due to curtailments, and higher costs from raw materials, fuel oil, and planned maintenance.

Primary Metals

ATOI in the second quarter was a negative $3 million, a $13 million decrease sequentially and a $204 million decrease from the year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA decreased to $119 million from $134 million in the previous quarter. Third-party realized prices during the second quarter were down 4 percent sequentially and 18 percent year-over-year. Sequentially, regional premiums and continued strength in our value-added sales helped offset the decrease in aluminum prices this quarter. Strong performance improvements delivered sequential productivity gains, in addition to reductions in raw materials and energy costs.

Global Rolled Products

ATOI for the second quarter was $95 million, down 1 percent sequentially and 4 percent compared with second quarter 2011. Sequentially, higher volumes and productivity gains offset less favorable price/mix and increased costs. Third party shipments were up 7 percent over first quarter 2012, with adjusted EBITDA per metric ton of $390. Days working capital was a record for the second quarter at 40.3 days, down 6 days year-over-year.

Engineered Products and Solutions

ATOI in the second quarter was $160 million, up $5 million, or 3 percent, sequentially from first quarter 2012 and up $11 million, or 7 percent, from the year-ago quarter despite the negative impact of the Massena fire. Adjusted EBITDA of $276 million increased $9 million sequentially and $15 million year-on-year. The sequential increase in ATOI was driven by continued productivity improvements and improved volume, partially offset by higher costs and the unfavorable impact from Massena. Despite the Massena impact, adjusted EBITDA margin was still a quarterly record at 19.4 percent.

Alcoa will hold its quarterly conference call at 5:00 PM Eastern Time on July 9, 2012 to present quarterly results. The meeting will be webcast via alcoa.com. Call information and related details are available at www.alcoa.com under “Invest.”

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics, and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based superalloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 10 consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains statements that relate to future events and expectations and as such constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include those containing such words as “estimates,” “expects,” “forecasts,” “outlook,” “plans,” “predicts,” “projects,” “should,” “targets,” “will,” or other words of similar meaning. All statements that reflect Alcoa’s expectations, assumptions or projections about the future other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, forecasts concerning global demand for aluminum, end market conditions, growth opportunities for aluminum in automotive, aerospace and other applications, or other trend projections, targeted financial results or operating performance, and statements about Alcoa’s strategies, objectives, goals, targets, outlook, and business and financial prospects. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors and are not guarantees of future performance. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements include: (a) material adverse changes in aluminum industry conditions, including global supply and demand conditions and fluctuations in London Metal Exchange-based prices for primary aluminum, alumina, and other products, and fluctuations in indexed-based and spot prices for alumina; (b) deterioration in global economic and financial market conditions generally; (c) unfavorable changes in the markets served by Alcoa, including automotive and commercial transportation, aerospace, building and construction, packaging, consumer electronics, and industrial gas turbine; (d) the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates on costs and results, particularly the Australian dollar, Brazilian real, Canadian dollar, euro, and Norwegian kroner; (e) increases in energy costs, including electricity, natural gas, and fuel oil, or the unavailability or interruption of energy supplies; (f) increases in the costs of other raw materials, including aluminum fluoride, caustic soda or carbon products; (g) Alcoa’s inability to achieve the level of revenue growth, cash generation, cost savings, improvement in profitability and margins, fiscal discipline, or strengthening of competitiveness and operations (including moving its refining and smelting businesses down on the industry cost curves and increasing revenues in its Global Rolled Products and Engineered Products and Solutions segments), anticipated from its restructuring programs, productivity improvement, cash sustainability, and other initiatives; (h) Alcoa’s inability to realize expected benefits from newly constructed, expanded or acquired facilities or from international joint ventures as planned and by targeted completion dates, including the joint venture in Saudi Arabia or the upstream operations and investments in hydropower projects in Brazil; (i) political, economic, and regulatory risks in the countries in which Alcoa operates or sells products, including unfavorable changes in laws and governmental policies, civil unrest, and other events beyond Alcoa’s control; (j) the outcome of contingencies, including legal proceedings, government investigations, and environmental remediation; (k) the business or financial condition of key customers, suppliers, and business partners; (l) changes in tax rates or benefits; (m) adverse changes in discount rates or investment returns on pension assets; and (n) the other risk factors summarized in Alcoa’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Alcoa disclaims any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether in response to new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.
 
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