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A global industry leader in bauxite, alumina and aluminum products

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Alcoa is a global industry leader in the production of bauxite, alumina and aluminum, a position enhanced by a portfolio of value-added cast and rolled products and select energy assets. Since developing the aluminum industry more than 130 years ago, Alcoa has built a legacy of breakthrough innovations and best practices that have led to efficiency, safety, sustainability and stronger communities wherever we operate.

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Alcoa’s operations encompass all major production processes in the aluminum value chain, which provides a strong platform to serve our customers in each critical segment.

Key Attributes

Pure play aluminum company with assets across the upstream value chain

Values-based organization with recognized leadership in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics

Strong operational performance with an operator-centric culture focused on continuous improvement

Global locations across five continents that are well positioned to serve major markets

Disciplined capital allocation and financial management

Operations

Alcoa’s segments focus on superior, low-cost production

Premier bauxite position

Alcoa is one of the world’s largest bauxite miners with high-quality reserves and a first-quartile cost position. Through our sole ownership and equity interests, Alcoa has access to bauxite reserves at seven global mines in Australia, Brazil, Guinea and Saudi Arabia. Alcoa owns and operates two mines in Western Australia (Huntly and Willowdale) and two in Brazil (Juruti and Poços de Caldas). We’ve earned global recognition for our comprehensive approach to sustainability and responsible mining practices.

Key Stat

Produced 47.4 million dry metric tons of bauxite in 2019

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World Class Alumina Portfolio

Alcoa operates the world’s largest third-party alumina business, and our portfolio of refining assets have the industry’s lowest average carbon intensity footprint. Our portfolio holds a highly competitive, first-quartile cost curve position. In addition, the six global refining assets that we operate in Australia, Brazil and Spain are located near key markets in the Atlantic and Pacific.

Key Stat

Over 9 million metric tons of third-party alumina shipments in 2019

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Aluminum Products Leader

Our Aluminum segment includes smelting, casting, and rolling, along with a portfolio of select energy assets. We are a leading producer of value-add primary aluminum products, (billet, foundry, rod and slab) and we have a portfolio of patented cast alloys, as well as low-carbon aluminum through our SustanaTM line of products. Our aluminum segment also includes a rolling mill that produces flat-rolled aluminum sheet for manufacturers of food and beverage cans. Our energy portfolio, which includes partnerships and wholly-owned assets, supplies power internally and also generates revenue from third-party sales.

Key Stat

Over 70 percent of Alcoa’s aluminum smelting portfolio runs on renewable energy sources

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Competitive Advantages And Strengths

A values-based organization

Alcoa Corporation is a values-based company. We Act with Integrity, Operate with Excellence and Care for People. We do the right thing, strive to do our best work every day, and place great emphasis on the well-being of our employees, protecting the environment and partnering with the communities where we operate.

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World-class assets

Alcoa is an industry leader in bauxite, alumina and aluminum products.

Bauxite: Our assets include a premier, low-cost, bauxite mining portfolio that is one of the world’s largest with ownership in seven active mines globally with a first-quartile cost position.

Alumina: Our global alumina portfolio is the largest outside of China and the largest third-party supplier of alumina with the globe’s lowest carbon footprint. Our refining system includes assets in Western Australia, which represent the world’s largest integrated source of alumina supply.

Aluminum: We continue to optimize our portfolio of assets, with plans underway to move to a 1st quartile cost position and become the lowest CO2e emitter in the industry. With our global network of casthouses, we produce primary aluminum to precise customer specifications, and our rolling mill provides flat-rolled aluminum sheet to customers for the manufacture of food and beverage cans. Within our aluminum segment, we have energy assets with the operational flexibility to support metal production and capture revenue through participation in third-party markets.

The expertise within each segment, including our global Centers of Excellence, supports continuous improvement, best practice sharing and optimized products and process knowledge.

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Key strategic markets, global customer relationships

As a well-established world leader in mining and metals, Alcoa has scale, global reach and proximity to major markets. We operate or have an ownership interest in locations on six continents, situated in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Iceland, Norway, Spain, the United States, Guinea and Saudi Arabia. Alcoa’s broad product portfolio and extensive technical expertise position us as the supplier of choice across the entire aluminum value chain.

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Experienced leadership team with substantial industry expertise

Our management and Board of Directors have substantial leadership, management and industrial experience. Please visit our Leadership page to learn more about Alcoa Corporation’s Board of Directors, Executive Team, and Officers.

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Positioned for the future

Across our company, we are focused on three strategic priorities: Reduce Complexity, Drive Returns, and Advance Sustainably.

  • Reduce complexity: A portfolio and operating model that is low cost, competitive and resilient across all market cycles
  • Drive returns: Improve commercial capabilities, invest in targeted growth opportunities, increase margins across the value chain
  • Advance sustainably: Continue to strengthen the balance sheet, transform the portfolio and leverage our industry-leading environmental and social standards for a sustainable future

We believe the long-term outlook for aluminum demand remains strong. A range of products will require more aluminum, but with an increased focus on materials that are sustainably produced. Alcoa has always been a sustainability leader, and we are well positioned for a market that is demanding responsibly sourced materials, helping our customers meet their own sustainability targets.

As a company that is active in all aspects of the upstream aluminum value chain, we have a distinct advantage to deliver sustainably produced products. In bauxite, we lead with sustainable practices that have allowed us to mine in ecosystems such as the Amazon rainforest and the jarrah forest in Western Australia. In alumina, we have the lowest carbon intensity refinery system of any company in the world.

In aluminum, more than 70% of our smelting portfolio is already powered by renewable energy, and that percentage is expected to increase as a result of our multi-year portfolio review, announced in October of 2019.

We are also leading in the innovation of next-generation smelting technology through our ELYSISTM joint venture, which is working to commercialize a process that produces aluminum without any direct carbon dioxide emissions, emitting oxygen instead.

We have set specific objectives to further reduce direct and indirect GHG emissions across our global operations from aluminum smelting and alumina refining operations from 2015 baselines by 30% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.

Through our low-carbon supply chain leadership, we are able to deliver greener product solutions to customers across the world in the form of our SustanaTM product line.

Please visit both our Sustainability and Alcoa Foundation pages to learn more about our commitment to creating sustainable value.

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Operational excellence and continuous improvement

Our history began with the world-changing discovery of aluminum, and we’ve continued to advance our industry with technology, innovation and process knowledge that has strengthened each of our segments for greater efficiency, profitability and value-creation.

We are delivering on a comprehensive strategy and to improve our position with a cycle-proof set of assets that are well positioned to succeed economically, environmentally and socially.

In bauxite mining, we are on the forefront of innovative practices on forest management and rehabilitation, including industry-leading research and best practices.

For nearly 50 years, our Australia-based Center of Excellence has been developing innovative equipment and processes for cleaner, more efficient alumina production. Technology developed by this group of scientific, engineering, and chemistry staff has steadily increased our system-wide capacity by the equivalent of a new refinery without greenfield development.

Our Aluminum Center of Excellence provides innovation in breakthrough technology and automation to maintain and improve operating performance and product quality. Based in Canada, this Center is a hub for training, developing, transferring and standardizing best practices.

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Disciplined capital allocation

We have a well-defined capital allocation framework. We first target $1 billion in cash on the balance sheet and fund capital expenditures to sustain and improve our existing assets. After that, we maximize stockholder value through using our excess cash in four possible ways (order does not indicate priority): 1) achieve our adjusted net debt target (ranging between $2.0 billion to $2.5 billion by 2024), 2) return cash to stockholders (we have an existing share repurchase authorization with $150 million available), 3) continue the portfolio transformation, and 4) invest in value creating growth projects.

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