October 9, 2012

Alcoa Reports Loss From Continuing Operations Of $0.13 Per Share; Income Of $0.03 Per Share Excluding Special Items

Solid Revenue Despite Lower Aluminum Prices;
Continued Record Results in Mid and Downstream
 
Alcoa, Alba Settle Civil Litigation

 

3Q 2012 Highlights 
  • Loss from continuing operations of $143 million, or $0.13 per share; excluding special items, income from continuing operations of $32 million, or $0.03 per share
  • Solid revenue of $5.8 billion, despite 17 percent decline in realized metal price year-on-year
  • Record third quarter results in Global Rolled Products and Engineered Products and Solutions; significant sequential performance improvement in Alumina and Primary Metals
  • Days working capital a record low for third quarter
  • Cash on hand of $1.4 billion
  • Company sees global aluminum demand of 6 percent in 2012; reaffirms long-term outlook that aluminum demand will double 2010 to 2020


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) today reported a loss from continuing operations of $143 million, or $0.13 per share, which includes special items of $175 million, primarily related to environmental remediation of the Grasse River in New York State, and the settlement of a civil lawsuit brought by Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) that had been pending in the U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh. Excluding the negative impact of special items, income from continuing operations was $32 million, or $0.03 per share.

The Company reported performance improvements across all segments and solid revenue of $5.8 billion despite a 5 percent decline in realized aluminum prices sequentially and 17 percent year-on-year.

“Markets seem to be driven more by headlines than fundamentals right now, but Alcoa remains focused on the things within our control”, said Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO.

“We’re capitalizing on pockets of strong growth and achieving record profitability in our mid and downstream businesses. We’re improving performance in the upstream while optimizing our assets, and across the board we’re driving productivity gains.”

Third quarter 2012 net loss of $143 million, or $0.13 per share, compared to a net loss of $2 million, or $0.00 per share, in second quarter 2012, and net income of $172 million, or $0.15 per share, in third quarter 2011. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter was $282 million, down 45 percent from second quarter 2012 mainly due to lower realized prices and special items.

Special items in third quarter 2012 included reserves for environmental remediation, a net discrete tax charge, uninsured losses related to a fire at the Massena, New York site, the negative impact of mark-to-market changes on certain energy contracts, and restructuring and other charges.

Additionally, Alcoa confirmed it has entered into a settlement agreement with Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. ("Alba") resolving a civil lawsuit that had been pending in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania since 2008. Without admitting any liability, Alcoa agreed to make a cash payment to Alba of $85 million payable in two installments. One half was made at settlement and the other half will be made one year later. The settlement amount is within the range Alcoa previously estimated as its reasonably possible losses, which it disclosed in its second quarter 2012 earnings announcement. Alcoa said the settlement with Alba represents the best possible outcome and avoids the time and expense of complex litigation.

Based on the settlement agreement with Alba, Alcoa recorded a $40 million charge ($15 million after-tax and non-controlling interest) in the third quarter in addition to the $45 million charge ($18 million after-tax and non-controlling interest) it recorded in the second quarter. Alcoa estimates an additional possible after-tax charge of approximately $25 to 30 million to reflect an agreement between the shareholders of Alcoa World Alumina LLC regarding the cash costs of the settlement of the Alba civil lawsuit; such charge would be recognized in the event that a settlement is reached with the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding their investigations.

Alcoa and Alba have also resumed a commercial relationship and have entered into an Alumina Price Index-based, long-term alumina supply agreement, demonstrating a mutual desire to work together going forward and the significant value that Alcoa brings to customers in the region through superior quality and optimal logistics of its alumina.

Third quarter 2012 revenue was $5.8 billion, down 9 percent compared with third quarter 2011, primarily due to a 17 and 20 percent year-on-year respective decline in the realized metal price and realized alumina price.

Alcoa continued to turn in strong performance in the third quarter, despite market turbulence.

Amidst challenging market conditions, Alcoa’s upstream businesses achieved significant performance improvement in the third quarter, delivering $98 million of combined sequential operational improvements across the Alumina and Primary Metals segments as higher volume, improved price and mix, and productivity gains more than offset cost headwinds.

In what is traditionally a weaker quarter, Alcoa’s midstream and downstream businesses continued to turn in record performance. Global Rolled Products continued to deliver strong profitability despite European weakness, achieving record third quarter ATOI of $98 million, up 3 percent sequentially, and 63 percent year-on-year. Adjusted EBITDA per metric ton for Global Rolled Products was a third quarter record at $395, and year-to-date record at $405, 72 percent higher than the 10-year average. Engineered Products and Solutions achieved a record adjusted EBITDA margin of 20 percent, a third consecutive quarterly record.

Alcoa is on track to deliver against its financial and operational targets in 2012. The Company continued strong productivity growth across the upstream and downstream segments this quarter, driven by higher utilization rates, process innovations, lower scrap rates, and usage reductions.

Following the record low in days working capital achieved for both the first quarter and second quarter of 2012, Alcoa also achieved a record low in days working capital for the third quarter at 33 days, five days lower than the previous third quarter record set in 2011. This is the 12th successive quarter the Company has demonstrated year-over-year improvement.

In third quarter 2012, the debt-to-capital ratio stood at 36.1 percent, with net debt-to-capital at 32.4 percent, and liquidity remained strong with $1.4 billion cash on hand. Following on the improved working capital performance, the Company generated cash from operations of $263 million in the quarter. Capital spending was $302 million in the quarter, compared to $291 million in second quarter 2012. Free cash flow in the third quarter was a negative $39 million. Expenditures on the Saudi Arabia joint venture project were also on track at $16 million.

Alcoa continues to execute on 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 line with plans announced in January 2012, Alcoa has completed partial curtailments at La Coruña and Avilés, Spain, and the Portovesme, Italy curtailment is underway and will be complete by November 30, 2012. Additionally, Alcoa permanently closed its smelter at Alcoa, Tennessee, and two lines at Rockdale, Texas. When the Portovesme smelter is fully curtailed, Alcoa will have 14 percent of its highest-cost system smelting capacity offline.

Alcoa has moderated its 2012 global aluminum demand forecast to 6 percent, down from 7 percent, as a slowdown in China slightly impacts the second half outlook. The aluminum market grew 13 percent in 2010, and 10 percent in 2011, and is well ahead of the 6.5 percent compound annual growth rate needed to meet Alcoa’s projection of a doubling of aluminum demand 2010 to 2020.

In Alcoa’s global end markets, positive growth continues, particularly in the aerospace market where we see 13 to 14 percent year-on-year growth, and in the automotive market, where we have raised our 2012 North American forecast by 1 percent. Alcoa’s 2012 global growth outlook for packaging (2 to 3 percent), commercial building and construction (2.5 to 3.5 percent), and industrial gas turbine (3 to 5 percent) markets remains positive and unchanged. In the heavy truck and trailer market, Alcoa is lowering 2012 growth expectations (7 to 9 percent decline) in anticipation of a slowdown across all major regions.

Segment Information

Alumina

After-tax operating income (ATOI) in the third quarter was negative $9 million, down $32 million compared with second quarter 2012 and down $163 million compared with third quarter 2011. The sequential quarter decrease was driven by lower London Metal Exchange (LME)-based pricing and unfavorable currency impact, partially offset by stable Alumina Price Index-pricing, productivity gains, and higher volumes.

Primary Metals

ATOI in the third quarter was negative $14 million, down $11 million sequentially, and down $124 million year-on-year. LME-based pricing negatively impacted results by $36 million sequentially, in addition to higher alumina costs. Productivity gains, cost decreases, and improved regional premiums partially offset these negative impacts. Third-party realized price in the third quarter was $2,222 per metric ton, down 5 percent sequentially and down 17 percent year-on-year.

Global Rolled Products

ATOI for the third quarter was $98 million, up $3 million, or 3 percent, sequentially and up $38 million, or 63 percent, year-on-year. The sequential increase was mainly driven by improved price and mix, mostly offset by lower volume and increased costs. The year-on-year improvement was driven by better price and mix, higher volume, and strong productivity gains.

Engineered Products and Solutions

ATOI in the third quarter was $160 million, flat sequentially and up $22 million, or 16 percent, year-on-year. Sequentially, continued productivity improvements and favorable Massena impacts were offset by cost increases and unfavorable volume. The year-on-year improvement was driven primarily by productivity gains, partially offset by cost increases.

Alcoa will hold its quarterly conference call at 5:00 PM Eastern Time on October 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 11 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 “anticipates,” “expects,” “forecasts,” “goal,” “outlook,” “plans,” “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, 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 aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation, building and construction, packaging, 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 calcined petroleum coke, caustic soda, and liquid pitch; (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; (n) the impact of cyber attacks and potential information technology or data security breaches; and (o) the other risk factors summarized in Alcoa’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 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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