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Frequently Asked Questions

[+][–] Corporate Information
[+][–] When was Alcoa incorporated?
The company was formed as a Pennsylvania corporation in 1888 as the Pittsburgh Reduction Company and has over 125 years of innovation and technology leadership. Its name was changed to Aluminum Company of America in 1907 and to Alcoa Inc. in 1999.
[+][–] When did Alcoa go public?
Alcoa listed stock on the New York Curb Exchange, the predecessor of the American Stock Exchange, in 1925. The company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 1951.
[+][–] What are Alcoa’s main areas of activity?
Alcoa has an integrated portfolio of three fundamentally strong businesses; covering every stage of the aluminum process, as well as value-add businesses that are driven by growing end markets and innovative and new products.  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 125 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.
Additional information regarding Alcoa’s business can be found in the Annual Report.
 
[+][–] How many employees does Alcoa have?
Alcoa has approximately 60,000 employees in 30 countries around the world as of the end of 2013. Additional information regarding Alcoa’s business can be found in the Annual Report.
[+][–] Who is on Alcoa’s Board of Directors?
Information regarding Alcoa’s Board of Directors can be found here.
[+][–] Who is on Alcoa’s management team?
Information regarding Alcoa’s Executive Council can be found here.
[+][–] Who are Alcoa’s independent accountants?
Alcoa's independent registered accountants are PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
[+][–] Where can I find information about Alcoa’s Sustainability initiatives?
In 2013, Alcoa was recognized as Aluminum Industry Sustainability Leader and named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the twelfth consecutive year
 Information regarding Alcoa’s Sustainability initiatives can be found here. To download Alcoa’s Sustainability Report please click here.
[+][–] Investor Information
[+][–] What is Alcoa’s common stock ticker symbol and what stock exchange does it trade on?
Alcoa’s common stock ticker symbol is AA and the primary exchange for Alcoa's common stock is the New York Stock Exchange. Alcoa's common stock is also listed and traded on the Australian Stock Exchange.
[+][–] What is Alcoa’s preferred stock ticker symbol and what stock exchange does it trade on?
Alcoa's preferred shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange AMEX, ticker symbol AA.PR.
[+][–] What is the difference between holding shares as a shareowner of record and as a beneficial owner?
If your shares are registered directly in your name with Alcoa’s registrar and transfer agent, Computershare, you are considered a shareowner of record with those shares.
If your shares are held in a brokerage account or bank, trust, or other nominee, you are considered the “beneficial owner” of those shares.
[+][–] Who should I contact if I’m a shareowner and have questions about my stock ownership including: account balances, dividend checks, 1099-DIV (dividend income statement), address changes, lost or misplaced stock certificates or other shareholder matters?
If you are a shareowner of record and hold shares with Alcoa's stock transfer agent, registrar and dividend agent, Computershare, please contact them regarding this information.  They can also be reached at 1-888-985-2058 (U.S. and Canada Toll Free) or 1-201-680-6578 (International).
 
Alternatively, if you are a beneficial owner (you own shares through a bank or brokerage account), please contact that bank or broker.
[+][–] How do I buy stock in Alcoa? Does Alcoa have a direct stock purchase plan?
Alcoa does not have a direct stock purchase plan. Please contact a bank or broker to invest in Alcoa shares.
[+][–] How are decisions made regarding stock splits?
The Board of Directors makes the decision for any stock split. The most recent split was a 2-for-1 common stock split paid on June 9, 2000. Please see Shareholder Information - Stock Split for more information for a summary of Alcoa stock splits.
[+][–] What is Alcoa’s dividend policy?
Alcoa's objective is to pay common stock dividends at rates competitive with other investments of equal risk and consistent with the need to reinvest earnings for long-term growth. Cash dividend decisions are made by Alcoa's Board of Directors and are reviewed on a regular basis.
 
Please see Dividend Information and Dividend History for more information.
[+][–] Does Alcoa have a Dividend Reinvestment Plan?
Alcoa’s transfer agent, Computershare, sponsors and administers a Dividend Reinvestment Plan for shareholders of record of Alcoa common and preferred stock. The plan allows shareholders of record to reinvest all or part of their quarterly dividends in shares of Alcoa common stock.
 
Alternatively, if you are a beneficial owner (you own shares through a bank or brokerage account), please contact your bank or broker directly.
[+][–] How do I get a copy of the Annual Report, 10-K, 10-Q, Proxy Statement, and/or SEC filings?
Alcoa's Annual Report and Proxy can be downloaded from the Annual Report page. The 10-K, 10-Q and SEC filings can also be obtained from the Financial Information – SEC filings section by clicking here. Print copies of all materials are also available at no charge by contacting Investor Relations.
[+][–] Financial Information
[+][–] When do the fiscal quarters end?
First        March 31
Second    June 30
Third       September 30
Fourth     December 31
[+][–] How do I get a copy of the Annual Report, 10-K, 10-Q, Proxy Statement, and/or SEC filings?
Alcoa's Annual Report and Proxy can be downloaded from the Annual Report page. The 10-K, 10-Q and SEC filings can also be obtained from the Financial Information – SEC filings section by clicking here. Print copies of all materials are also available at no charge by contacting Investor Relations.
[+][–] Contact Information
[+][–] Who should I contact if I’m a shareowner and have questions about my stock ownership including: account balances, dividend checks, 1099-DIV (dividend income statement), address changes, lost or misplaced stock certificates or other shareholder matters?
If you are a shareowner of record and hold shares with Alcoa's stock transfer agent, registrar and dividend agent, Computershare, please contact them regarding this information. They can also be reached at 1-888-985-2058 (U.S. and Canada Toll Free) or 1-201-680-6578 (International).
 
Alternatively, if you are a beneficial owner (you own shares through a bank or brokerage account), please contact your bank or broker directly.
[+][–] How can I receive email alerts of Alcoa news releases?
To automatically receive email alerts of Alcoa news releases, you must subscribe.  To remove your email address from these alerts, you must unsubscribe.
[+][–] How can I follow Alcoa news?
In addition to www.alcoa.com, Alcoa is an active participant in and uses social media to communicate information about the company. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn are powerful tools that allow us to connect with our customers, investors, potential employees and fans.