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Alcoa’s 2Q15 Earnings: Key Takeaways for Investors


Jul. 10 2015, Published 11:54 a.m. ET

Alcoa’s 2Q earnings

On June 8, Alcoa (AA) released its Q2 earnings. It reported EPS (earnings per share) of $0.10. The company’s earnings excluding the impact of special items were $250 million, which translates to EPS of $0.19. Please note that Alcoa has reported restructuring charges in the last several quarters as the company has taken aggressive portfolio actions.

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Series overview

In this series, we’ll analyze Alcoa’s Q2 earnings in detail. Alcoa has a legacy of kick-starting earnings season with its release. Other companies in the aluminum value chain, like Rio Tinto (RIO), Kaiser Aluminum (KALU), and Century Aluminum (CENX), will release their earnings shortly. Investor keenly watch Alcoa’s earnings in the metals and mining space (XME), as they provide early insights into the industry’s health.

This series should help you understand what factors drive Alcoa’s earnings. The company’s earnings have been under pressure, as commodity prices have crashed over the last few months.

Towards the end of this series, we’ll also provide a valuation analysis for Alcoa. In a previous series, we discussed why Alcoa’s share price has been under pressure.

Integrated operations

Alcoa is a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering, and manufacturing. It employs over 58,000 people in over 30 countries.

Alcoa is an integrated aluminum company. This means that it  operates across the aluminum industry value chain. The chart above shows Alcoa’s three business segments.

In the next part of this series, we’ll explore Alcoa’s Q2 earnings in detail.


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