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January 10, 2000

Alcoa's Earnings Surge 24% Year-to-Year, Exceed $1 Billion for the First Time

PITTSBURGH--January 10, 2000-- Alcoa announced today that for the first time in its 110 year history, the company had over a billion-dollars in earnings for the year.

For the year 1999, Alcoa's net income was $1.054 billion, or $2.82 per diluted share, up 24% from $853 million, or $2.42 per share for 1998.

"Alcoa's excellent performance in 1999 reflects the growing success of Alcoans worldwide in aligning our processes and systems with the Alcoa Business System," said CEO Alain Belda. "Our processes are more efficient, with improved cycle time, less waste, and reduced inventories as we strive to produce what the customer wants, when it's wanted."

Net income for the 1999 fourth quarter was $333.9 million, or 89 cents per diluted share, up 53% from $218.3 million, or 59 cents per share, for the 1998 fourth quarter.

Revenues for the 1999 fourth quarter were $4.3 billion, compared with $4.2 billion in the year ago quarter. For the full year 1999, revenues were a record $16.3 billion, compared with $15.3 billion for 1998. "We continued to make progress on our $1.1 billion cost-reduction initiative," noted CEO Belda. At the end of 1999, the company had achieved $728 million in annualized cost savings towards its $1.1 billion target. Announced in mid-1998, this aggressive target is to be achieved by January 1, 2001. The quarterly run rate at the end of the 1999 fourth quarter was $182 million, compared with $159 million for the 1999 third quarter.

Results for the 1999 fourth quarter were affected positively by $31 million, or 8 cents per share, related to LIFO inventory reductions which are tangible results coming from the Alcoa Production System, and a decrease in Alcoa's effective tax rate from 32% to 29.9% for the year as a result of a decrease in the Australian income tax rate. The quarter was affected negatively by an uptick in administrative costs which is substantially attributable to higher acquisition expenses and incentive accruals for exceptional performance. Return on shareholders' equity was 17.2% for 1999 and 16.3% for 1998.

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, automotive, aerospace, construction and other markets with a great variety of fabricated and finished products. The company has 250 operating locations in 31 countries.

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