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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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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.
October 15, 2014
09:02 EDTAAAlcoa to sell stake in Jamalco to Noble
Alcoa and Noble Group announced the signing of a definitive agreement that will result in Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals selling 100% of its ownership stake in the Jamalco bauxite mining and alumina refining joint venture to Noble for $140M. AWAC will continue as the managing operator for three years under a compensated service agreement and employees will remain employed by Jamalco. The Jamalco joint venture is 55% owned by Alcoa Minerals of Jamaica and 45% owned by Clarendon Alumina Production. AMJ is part of the AWAC joint venture, owned 60% by Alcoa and 40 percent by Alumina. CAP is a company wholly owned by the Government of Jamaica. The sale is subject to customary regulatory approvals, and is expected to close by the end of Q4. As a result of the transaction, Alcoa will record a non-cash loss of approximately $80M-$100M, or between 7c-9c per share, after-tax and non-controlling interest in Q4. This sale is in line with Alcoa’s strategy to create a globally competitive commodity business.
09:01 EDTAAAlcoa to sell stake in Jamalco to Noble
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October 14, 2014
16:00 EDTAAOptions Update; October 14, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 40c to 39.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD C JNJ AA NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
October 13, 2014
09:39 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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October 10, 2014
17:14 EDTAAMarket ends week lower amid global growth worries
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11:51 EDTAAUpdate: Alcoa upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Tigress Financial
Tigress Financial upgraded Alcoa to Strong Buy from Buy and added it to the Focus List. The analyst believes Alcoa's transition to a higher value-added business will drive increasing profits and shareholder returns. Tigress would be aggressive buyers of shares.

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