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August 25, 2014
08:31 EDTAAAlcoa to close Portovesme smelter in Italy
Alcoa announced that it intends to permanently close its Portovesme primary aluminum smelter, which has been curtailed since November 2012. The closure will reduce Alcoa’s global smelting capacity by 150,000 metric tons to 3.6 million metric tons per year. The Portovesme smelter was curtailed in 2012 because it was one of the highest cost smelters in the Alcoa system and had limited prospects for becoming competitive. “The fundamental reasons that made the Portovesme smelter uncompetitive unfortunately have not changed,” said Bob Wilt, President, Alcoa Global Primary Products. “We will continue to meet the commitments made to our employees and our stakeholders, acting in good faith as we have always done.” As committed to the government and unions, Alcoa has provided financial social support, along with outplacement and re-employment services for employees. The closure is aligned with Alcoa’s strategy to create a globally competitive commodity business and lower its position on the world aluminum production cost curve to the 38th percentile by 2016. Total restructuring-related charges for third quarter 2014 as a result of the closure are expected to be between $170M-$180M after-tax, or between 14c-15c per share, of which approximately 60% is non-cash.
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June 30, 2015
08:34 EDTAAAlcoa to close Pocos smelter in Brazil
Alcoa announced that it will permanently close its Poços de Caldas primary aluminum smelter in Brazil on June 30, 2015. The smelter has been curtailed since May 2014 and the underlying market conditions that led to the curtailment have not improved. “The closure of the Poços smelter permanently removes a high-cost smelting facility from the Alcoa system and is another step in creating a more profitable Primary Metals business,” said Alcoa Global Primary Products President Bob Wilt. Once the Poços smelter is closed, Alcoa’s total global smelting capacity will be reduced by 96,000 metric tons, to 3.4 million metric tons. The Poços mine, refinery, aluminum powder plant and casthouse will continue normal operations. As a result of the closure, Alcoa expects to record restructuring-related charges in second quarter 2015 between $100M-$110M after-tax, or 8c-9c per share, of which approximately 60 percent is non-cash.
June 29, 2015
09:04 EDTAAAlcoa estimates cut due to low regional premiums at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley lowered Alcoa 2015-17 EBITDA estimates to reflect declines in regional premiums. The firm lowered Q2 EPS to 21c from 22, below consensus of 23c, but sees drivers in place for a 2H recovery in shares. Morgan Stanley said all-in aluminum prices, including regional premiums, are near six year lows, and expects upstream performance to near a trough at current prices, and for earnings to bottom in Q3. The firm rates shares an Overweight with a lowered price target of $16.
07:40 EDTAAAlcoa estimates lowered below consensus at Stifel
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June 24, 2015
08:18 EDTAAAlcoa volatility flat into Q2 and outlook
Alcoa July call option implied volatility is at 28, August is at 26, October is 27; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 48, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q2 results after the market close on July 8.
June 22, 2015
15:21 EDTAAAlcoa slides after analyst downgrades shares due to lack of catalysts
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10:00 EDTAAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:16 EDTAAAlcoa downgraded on lack of catalysts, risk/reward at Sterne Agee CRT
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06:24 EDTAAAlcoa downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
June 18, 2015
06:05 EDTAAStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NBG AA
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; National Bank of Greece (NBG) 237, Alcoa (AA) 32 according to iVolatility.
June 17, 2015
08:37 EDTAABofA/Merrill metals strategist holds an analyst/industry conference call
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06:01 EDTAAStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NBG AA
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June 16, 2015
05:53 EDTAAStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWTR AA
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Twitter (TWTR) 32, Alcoa (AA) 32 according to iVolatility.

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