3rd Quarter, 2000

Alcoa's Earnings up 42% from Year-ago Quarter; Nine-month Results Exceed Full Year 1999

Third Quarter Nine Months
2000 1999 % change 2000 1999 % change

Revenues $6,298 $4,052 55 $16,398 $12,070 36
Net Income 368 259 42 1,100 720 53
Earnings per share .42 .35 20 1.36 .96 42
Avg common shares outstanding 874 750 17 808 751 8
(in millions, except per share amounts)

PITTSBURGH, October 5, 2000 -- Alcoa today reported net income of $368 million (42 cents per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2000, compared with net income of $259 million (35 cents per share) for the 1999 third quarter.

For the first nine months of 2000, net income was $1,100 million ($1.36 per share), a 53% increase over $720 million (96 cents per share) for the comparable 1999 period.

"The third quarter 2000 was the second-best quarter in Alcoa's history, driven by continued deployment of the Alcoa Business System throughout our operations as well as managing costs and capturing synergies from our recent acquisitions," said Alcoa CEO Alain Belda.

As previously announced, the third quarter 2000 results were affected by softening in the transportation, building, construction, and distribution markets and higher natural gas and fuel oil costs. This quarter's results are a 42% improvement from a year ago.

"Looking to the fourth quarter, we expect to continue to benefit from recent acquisitions, our cost reduction program and the seasonal strength of our packaging and consumer business. However, we also expect the softness to continue in the construction, transportation, building and distribution markets and see no relief from the higher energy prices," Mr. Belda said.

Revenues for the 2000 third quarter were $6.3 billion, up 55% from $4.1 billion for the 1999 third quarter. Revenues for the first nine months of 2000 were $16.4 billion, compared with $12.1 billion for the first nine months of 1999.

Return on shareholders' equity for the 2000 nine-month period, annualized, was 17% compared with 15.7% for the year-ago period.

Alcoa stated that at the end of the 2000 third quarter, the company had achieved $924 million in annualized cost savings towards its $1.1 billion target. The quarterly run rate at the end of the quarter was $231 million, compared with $221 million for the 2000 second quarter. The company remains confident that it will achieve its cost cutting goal by January 1, 2001, excluding the impact of higher natural gas and fuel oil costs, which were $70 million higher for the 2000 nine-month period.

Recent Acquisitions
Alcoa noted that earnings for the third quarter 2000 included the first full quarter of operating results from both Reynolds Metals Company and Cordant Technologies. These acquisitions were completed in the second quarter of 2000. Due to accounting requirements, results for the quarter do not include earnings from those Reynolds assets (interests in three alumina refineries and part of one smelter) that Alcoa agreed to sell under the terms of regulatory approval of this acquisition. The Reynolds and Cordant acquisitions were profitable in the third quarter; Alcoa expects them to be accretive to earnings per share in the 2001 first quarter.

The company noted that approval has been received from the European Commission for the sale of its 56% of the Worsley refinery, located in Australia, to Billiton. Approval of this sale has been requested from the US Dept. of Justice.

Quarterly Analyst Meeting; Smelter Tour
Alcoa's quarterly analyst meeting and conference call will be at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2000. The meeting will be webcast via

On October 11 and 12, analysts and media will tour the company's smelter at Lauralco, Canada. At that time, presentations will be posted on

Founded in 1888, Alcoa is the world's leading producer of aluminum and alumina, and a major participant in all segments of the industry: mining, refining, smelting, fabricating and recycling. Alcoa serves customers worldwide in the packaging, consumer, automotive, aerospace, construction and other markets with a great variety of fabricated and finished products. The company has over 300 operating locations in 36 countries.

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Investor Relations:
Charles D. McLane
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