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March 14, 1997

Dividend Announcement

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 2, 1997.

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 without interruption."

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.