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PITTSBURGH--March 14, 1997--
The Board of Directors of Alcoa today raised the base quarterly dividend
from 22.5 cents to 25 cents per common share. The dividend is payable
May 25, 1997 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May
Chairman Paul O'Neill, commenting on the Board's decision to raise the
base quarterly dividend, said, "This increase in the dividend is an
indication of the company's conviction that it has raised its earnings
capability sufficiently to be able to pay a higher quarterly dividend
The directors also voted a regular dividend of 93-3/4 cents per share on
Alcoa's $3.75 cumulative preferred stock, payable July 1, 1996 to
shareholders of record on June 13, 1997.