Alcoa Q3 2014 Results Earnings Call Transcript

Edited Transcript of Alcoa Q3 2014 Earnings Conference Call..

Company: Alcoa (AA)

Event Name: Q3 2014 Results Earnings Conference Call

Date: October 8, 2014 5 PM ET

Alcoa Q3 2014 Results Earnings Call – Webcast audio

 

Operator: Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the third quarter 2014 Alcoa earnings conference call. My name is Sarah and I will be your operator for today. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, today’s conference is being recorded for replay purposes.

I would now like to turn the conference over to your host for today, Ms. Kelly Pasterick, Vice President of Investor Relations. Please proceed.

Kelly Pasterick – VP, IR

Thank you, Sarah. Good afternoon and welcome to Alcoa’s third quarter 2014 earnings conference call. I’m joined by Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; and William Oplinger, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. After comments by Klaus and Bill, we will take your questions.

Before we begin, I would like to remind you that today’s discussion will contain forward-looking statements relating to future events and expectations. You can find factors that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from these projections listed in today’s press release and presentation and in our most recent SEC filings.

In addition, we have included some non-GAAP financial measures in our discussion. Reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures can be found in today’s press release, in the appendix of today’s presentation and on our website at www.alcoa.com under the Invest section. Any reference in our discussion today to EBITDA means adjusted EBITDA, for which we have provided calculations and reconciliations in the appendix.

And with that, I’d like to hand it over to Klaus Kleinfeld.

Klaus Kleinfeld – CEO

Well, thank you Kelly. Look, I mean, most, I think, have seen the press release. So here is the summary. As you probably all can see, the transformation is delivering results. All segments have improved sequentially. Very strong operational performance, earnings increase in every one of our group’s downstream, highest-ever quarterly profits, as well as margins.

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In the midstream, the profits are up 45% year over year. On the upstream side, the improved performance now 12 consecutive quarters. We have $612 primary second metal EBITDA per metric ton. And also good news for activity. I mean $862 million across all segments year over year. As this is the third quarter, obviously we expect that we will not stop with productivity. So you will see more also coming through in the whole year. That’s very, very good, and if you look at it, that really comes from not only all across segments, all across the company, everybody is basically contributing.

So that’s one thing. The operations are really in good shape, really working well. The second thing is the portfolio transformation. And you’ve all followed it, Firth Rixson acquisition, $2.5 billion. The financing is done. We expect the close of the transaction by year-end. I’ll give a little bit more color a little bit later. Obviously happy if anybody has any questions.

The other thing in this quarter, which I’m very, very happy is that we had two multiyear contracts, both really very, very important contracts, one with Boeing and one with Pratt & Whitney. In total every one of those more than a billion, so over $2 billion combined. And both demonstrate clearly the margin materials aerospace dealership, because Pratt & Whitney is more around the engine. So it’s more around also nickel as well as titanium, as well as some aluminum-lithium, Al-Li aluminum.

And then we have Boeing on the structure side. We opened the world’s largest aluminum lithium facility in Indiana. Very, very good. And we had Saudi Arabia, our smelter, being fully operational, and generated profits already in the third quarter.

And then on top of it, we announced our permanent closure of Portovesme and safely executed our Australia smelter closures. With this, and a little coughing on the side, I hand it over to Bill.

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William Oplinger – EVP and CFO

Thanks, Klaus. Let’s quickly walk through the income statement.

Revenue increased over $400 million on a sequential quarter basis versus third quarter last year. Revenue increased nearly $475 million on higher sales in our mid and downstream businesses, higher realized metal prices, and favorable energy sales. Versus last year, revenue grew in all of our segments. Approximately half of the revenue growth is organically driven.

Cost of goods sold percent decreased by 300 basis points sequentially, and was down 460 basis points compared to a year ago quarter basis, both driven primarily by productivity gains, better prices, and the stronger dollar, somewhat offset by cost increases.

Overhead costs are down versus both periods. You’ll note that the effective tax rate of 60% includes a non-cash charge related to a tax holiday initiated in Brazil, where we received approval for a 10-year reduction in one of our subsidiaries’ tax rates. This should result in significant cash tax savings over this period.

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