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January 6, 2012
11:07 EDTAAEarnings Preview: Alcoa shares fall ahead of Q4 earnings report
Alcoa’s (AA) earnings report will unofficially kick off the Q4 earnings season on Monday, January 9 after the market close, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Analysts are looking for EPS of 1c on revenue of $5.78B. The consensus range is (7c)-17c for EPS, and $5.46B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Alcoa posted mixed results in Q3, missing EPS but beating revenue estimates. On its Q3 earnings conference call, management said market fundamentals were holding up “relatively good” and they were “cautiously optimistic” on the aluminum market short term. They cited productivity improvements, but mentioned those were being offset by slow market conditions. On a negative note, both Jefferies and UBS lowered their Q4 EPS estimates in December, citing reduced aluminum prices and rising costs. The stock has traded slightly lower since Q3 results were released, falling approximately 9% from $10 to a recent $9.11. Mixed Q3 earnings, higher commodity costs, and uncertainty in Europe have contributed to the decline. It’s worth noting that twice in December, the shares bounced off their 12-month low of $8.45, and are down nearly 50% from their 52-week high of $18.47. As such, a wealth of bad news has been priced into the stock.
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October 28, 2014
09:20 EDTAAAlcoa to host investor day
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October 27, 2014
10:00 EDTAAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:44 EDTAAAlcoa upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded Alcoa to Buy citing the turnaround in the company's upstream Primary smelting business following the company's Q3 results. Deutsche raised its price target for shares to $20 from $16. The stock closed Friday up 31c to $16.55.
October 23, 2014
16:16 EDTAAAlcoa to sell ownership stake in Mt. Holly Smelter to Century Aluminum
Alcoa (AA) announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its ownership stake in the Mt. Holly aluminum smelter in Goose Creek, South Carolina, to Century Aluminum Company (CENX) for $67.5M in cash, plus an additional potential earn-out. Mt. Holly is owned 50.3% by Alcoa and 49.7% by Century. The sale is subject to customary regulatory approvals, and is expected to close by the end of Q4. Based on current estimates, the transaction will not result in a significant gain or loss to Alcoa.
16:09 EDTAACentury Aluminum to acquire full ownership of Mt. Holly Smelter for $67.5M
Century Aluminum Company (CENX) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Alcoa's (AA) 50.3% stake in the Mt. Holly aluminum smelter. Mt. Holly, located in Berkeley County, South Carolina, employs approximately 600 people and has an annual production capacity of 229,000 metric tons of primary aluminum. Following the closing of the transaction, Century will own 100% of Mt. Holly. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Century will acquire Alumax of South Carolina, a subsidiary of Alcoa and owner of Alcoa's 50.3% interest in Mt. Holly, for $67.5M in cash less certain amounts owed by Alumax to Mt. Holly and subject to working capital and other similar adjustments. The transaction is expected to close in Q4 and is subject to customary closing conditions.

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