(Alcoa press release)
Alcoa Corporation Reaches Early Termination Agreement for Power Contract Tied to Curtailed Rockdale Smelter in Texas
Action supports Company’s strategic priorities to reduce complexity and drive returns
Friday, October 13, 2017 7:50 am EDT
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa Corporation (NYSE:AA), a global leader in bauxite, alumina and aluminum products, today announced that the Company and power provider Luminant Generation Company LLC have terminated the electricity contract tied to Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations in Texas. The smelter at Rockdale has been fully curtailed since the end of 2008.
The termination of the contract, which had been set to expire no later than 2038, was effective as of October 1, 2017.
While the Company sold surplus electricity since the smelter’s curtailment, Alcoa’s cost of power under the contract exceeded the related revenue.
The Company expects an annual improvement to net income and adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) of $60 million to $70 million as a result of the contract termination, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017.
“Reaching a resolution on the Rockdale power contract aligns with two of our strategic priorities – to reduce complexity and to drive returns,” said William Oplinger, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “It eliminates a complex, long-term contract tied to the Rockdale location, and positions Alcoa for improved profitability and higher returns.”
In accordance with the early termination agreement, Alcoa made a lump sum payment of $237.5 million on October 10, 2017 and transferred approximately 2,200 acres of related land and other assets to Luminant. The Company will record a charge of approximately $250 million (pre- and after-tax) in the fourth quarter of 2017 associated with the transaction.
In addition to the power contract, Alcoa and Luminant terminated other related fuel and lease agreements effective as of the same October 1 date.
As a result of the early termination, Alcoa has initiated a strategic review of the remaining buildings and equipment associated with the smelter, casthouse and the aluminum powder plant. A decision on those assets is expected by the end of 2017. Separately, the Company continues to own more than 30,000 acres of land at the Rockdale site.
Alcoa (NYSE: AA) is a global industry leader in bauxite, alumina and aluminum products, with a strong portfolio of value-added cast and rolled products and substantial energy assets. Alcoa is built on a foundation of strong values and operating excellence dating back nearly 130 years to the world-changing discovery that made aluminum an affordable and vital part of modern life. Since inventing the aluminum industry, and throughout our history, our talented Alcoans have followed on with breakthrough innovations and best practices that have led to efficiency, safety, sustainability and stronger communities wherever we operate. Visit us online on www.alcoa.com, follow @Alcoa on Twitter and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Alcoa.
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