Alcoa (AA)

James Dwyer Vice President, Investor Relations
Roy Harvey President and Chief Executive Officer
William Oplinger Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Satish Kasinathan Deutsche Bank
Timna Tanners Wolf Research
Carlos Alba Morgan Stanley
Emily Chieng Goldman Sachs
Michael Glick JP Morgan
John Tumazos John Tumazos Very Independent Research
Lucas Pipes B. Riley Securities
David Gagliano BMO Capital Markets
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Good afternoon and welcome to the Alcoa Corporation Fourth Quarter 2021 Earnings Presentation and Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] Please note this event is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to James Dwyer, Vice President of Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

James Dwyer

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William Oplinger

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you stocks there? San stores the you -- currently you feedstock the you those metal that run do for first How how to down question, have the inventories? And just are to how is cast run house? the expect going So primary it long you remain what in going is are to Ciprián to use after


then So Carlos. will to bring the we inventory nine in cold after metal. over using we next months, And eight that that, anticipate


bring And ask would you if and this metals, from other third from buying parties in Bill, be may European I it would you across or metals? European


don't I sense, answer makes will that an the months, I where most the metal cast think after logistically we'll we Carlos, have be the sales. XX whatever necessarily to run we'll do for continue but getting


is Alright. year? operations of melting melting increase other And that the comment, Roy, this [Indiscernible] there that comments you primary can metal add the if to you expect the you maybe yes, profitability benefit is any VIP could to is or


give Yes, you comments. I qualitative can some

basis. markets these on driven I North think and America, to in the tend annual markets at an when look we be particularly

to moved quarterly be we've a basis. tend In So redefined they annual period. on that contracting through Europe,

portfolio our And so of good we progresses, you the course capacity are capacity available -- year very can do see the then over advantage some and that what have of to then as we we that build changes can or and take prices. the add spot the our year, typically

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those was curtailments different a contracts. And for and it's even I very there will time become well, that as the would argue annual out good European we're going tighter it in to likely same Europe of so be given seeing. And all

So added we values added on on these a there and we definite qualitative upwards can much as is is; it possibly general. to just products. basis, a haptic make think in driving striving I move can And in sure we're produce as premiums much that as value


the P&L? terms in or first the throughout of year we contract or the first mostly throughout that then your mean, this of January, quarter? in the see year. reset on when And is Is half I hitting do the


Roy. ahead, go Sorry,


reset January. happen you'll again, January. in see the changes driven they're quarterly will you have And European see And American typically the then for in of on a reset that'll pricing each Yes, in North quarter. sort that

I Bill, and not as to add mix And it change change. as can simple to impact it's So on one that. know, product looks the don't it if want you depending doesn't what like also itself.


see the guidance that the first in pricing two pricing Carlos, is a provided. is add, the The We've first and we've the we there I'd in quarter. quarter, that thing only in reset benefits fact will included

is non in of quarter came down we repriced is pricing pricing in fourth so Alumina fourth that in the in the aluminum the value across the see recurrence the first. gets first quarter, And that segment second and a the won't was adds as alumina The the quarter premiums in higher negative and the prices recur the segment. negative you the block have that some fourth that


Our Chieng next question comes with from Sachs. Emily Goldman


year through there. and and on with the is around your just and XXXX. yet strategy Bill, in will I expect review guess close congratulations we progress deployed? those at should this question some reaching outline dates? but sanctioned project ban CapEx XXXX what not Good HPA are words, point first to see we be an further different stage conditional on during the Roy In other how My portfolio when evening, to update


is active because and their business. partner research Emily to perspective, there's I development the ongoing probably appreciate you're fact, venture project getting more and HPA an of important how from Yes, that joint This information in the an because question. lot is and a this

course year we'll small scale in be of with project. to what is of and consider that this right starting move whether make actually when into now actually XXXX, the over a so to relatively is it sure larger design see end that forward works. application we'll And we And coming advancements then the

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come So need the side importantly, want to. in we to market but we the cost more side, both where


returns around previous is billion question second My clear. well really you've That's well How just past. capital right leverage should cash the your above the the Roy. target XXXX? $X look And is what perhaps below net the how cash could Thanks is about capital the think throughout balance sheet? talked in could prior on level balances targets, what for about of space, allocation mean we that


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So the capital that's into behind the program. thinking what's going allocation


next with JP Our question Glick comes from Morgan. Michael


through just XXXX? up in you your buybacks. the Yes, of maybe moving did XQ. buyback dividend generally on pace just million should $XXX a increases How on follow there versus then the think thoughts about buybacks we And


coming quickly execute based Yes, situation. on and how upon see the Michael, as cash it have will guidance, market on in future we don't the any will we buyback; really be

being set the question five we about potentially an before And versus years The buybacks. should, in we as rush I the was just increasing the our an around initial quarter fourth company. consider dividend we to dividend. after dividend, As paid dividend first talk of dividend independent

comfortable be a we that the dividend cycle. at that So we could thought set level through we

buybacks. we'll of as versus future consider the additional flow, So dividend the excess cash be balancing free use we


the maybe on the see to some the and year. that's how it, And Got cost items it can as trajectory through the you into of of side, the relates key go moving cost helpful. you side raw material


I'll materials cost the very raw quarter fluid. address situation specifically the is on first

provided drivers full two year situation, on raw big haven't cost we the raw So of material materials. guidance

is second sequential of caustic is $XX and are million The first the be negative products. about impact. Those to up adding quarter carbon

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Our next Very question comes Independent from John Tumazos with Research. Tumazos John


helpful. estimate It's are capacity priced expanses Which of with most GDP grow makers demand growing, X% by very X% electrical or involves They're squarely to might can in X%. depending you slide the sales much two regions very Ball, times construction; growth or markets. X% cannibalized and and segments sales My by be that aluminum availability. to for more than uses, to grew X%. aluminum out question especially building three chip are more the on is your and to auto grow last XX that of typically or can going markets XX four many world different X% slides. very Thank internal markets; of World might the pages for year. helpful, like combustion are different times engines, EV XX% displacement than The other you XXX% grow do Bevcan PET XX. bottles to there in expect


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some sure markets see I'm the in if so much not it's that today. sitting we And weakness so as they're cannibalization as

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standpoint, And availability credit. the really of the construction Chinese is from its it So around side.

be think From that XXXX, a very very So around, think to turning could had I the if see which strong of we demand you that could argue is the this, world sharp rebound. rest start you're standpoint you with this where I stronger. going

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Riley Our next Securities. Lucas from question with comes B. Pipes


I taking my circle wanted question. for thanks And on year. a great different put a maybe on twist your for my on back footprint to Congratulations evening. first good Hey, it. smelting question,

power think it about have your located. that's Looking you also at San idle of but How markets, global assets smelters Ciprián capacity? do more the competitive, restart US of think some that relatively and capacity where still you could these sense outside make to become


Because it's pretty have that US Greenfield really a a and into come power. the road. to of brownfield the you foremost; or when you good or energy down first is absolutely And it's question. answer. so access most true important to one decisions restart a someday a it's complex Look, And also come in the

net that it sources to to portfolio, with so a XXXX. some We to a it The power and are the of to pathway relatively need go price second versus and while recent takes clear you second we is fuel? risk have by decarbonization commitments are carbon And renewables is for our sort What naturally because decarbonize source? comes access question when have simply fossil that consideration. developments, is of moving our zero it Is how away a absolutely certainly power well power. these renewable towards and to

that more The though, perhaps the the this and other is is the one technology itself. piece, US affects

jobs is at that the smelters can so the with future facilities some Pacific US at newer And we you when we in of the much Orleans, to most be have difficult Wenatchee, or hands recent jobs find really Intalco be New of labor dollar great very in look tend you you is compare a to fact more do. want what there our look that operators. is and people long enough Northwest and that the idled some very as on technology efficient, example really the significantly of less to to more and happen work there. requiring when well, to very operating to difficult investment it in that they that actually compare, good, And And don't proficient become can of be

as goals. then we our we environmental fit to then of of And all have look would that we Energy important, the across look all so any restart and about how different at very potential. think kind dimensions but against those technologies


could for and what it second. And markets for question take and I are? geopolitics for you want that. to aluminum If perspective the you much tensions that Thank very for Thank global much my very be to perspective. Ukraine, second between implications unfortunately increase a your Russia on for to aluminum


My question. a goodness, that's Lucas, big

would And because already can have impacts; is impacts is aluminum in where of of if gas there on prices And And react can, to countries? very broad kind the are of broad the so because on supply some of different coming. European global to can an of this are to and if in are were imagine energy what different you on countries inside energy power. very happening impact depends increase. seeing comments some curtailment types my Europe. It impact that of How prices quickly how from the very what's happens going because they comes I that going supply think say the of to that's aggression. can be supply supply. that? so has this How because impact tensions the to those side the I today, particularly have broad much that We're limit much also natural the where Europe tensions

even this up potential Europe supply of If further. but for some impact, could see you something you're knock elsewhere potentially indirect see you well. as the of the start thinking to And more happening even And more the on what conflict that that really through could availability end be. seeing outcome natural demand go to could because for less in then generally, start is disruption of the could projecting could just of prices and of an gasoline risks impact in be could again, And just a an impact more and impacts. be forward


I very XXXX. great perspective. you much of and have hope a appreciate Best your luck


Our David Gagliano from BMO Capital question today with final comes Markets.


I And here. a as on prorated progresses, that quarter you those flow added first and this each have the XXXX. question. clarification Great, a of point. for change couple basically thanks for basis in equally value wondering benefit questions through contract to I my just fitting EBITDA me if quick was can quarterly the at year just quantify year-over-year or


block the is see business pricing you can the recur quantify, an between quantified million fourth quarter. around benefit haven't million. But can alumina of that higher David. alumina in premiums value benefit, negatives the pricing you the the that in $XX the the quarter year-over-year around quarter can't idea we You sequential give won't $XX sequential I in And the and yet, was add

So piece sequential $XX would million $XX at put basis. the value - added on a quarter around that million

So significant.


million step behind but from you can the bit a about then helpful. little prior just years? I up I back catch think that this, Thanks second for that. for Okay, and $XXX that's speak missed And details more tax payments a


very simple. it's Yes,

the long following enough cash based following year. you taxes on that case pay from been Australia, of us in the prior to typically You've tax, know year the earnings

of So approximately $XXX is million, XX%, of XX% that out that in Australia.

quarter. specifically piece in of year, that in last the is significantly in the fourth Canada smelters that the other of end towards the Canadian grew The earnings

quarter. So in reasons. for Europe then of And piece that exact there's same over the into the that falls first a

made of the earnings year. the And we of typically bit European you little in Canada countries, when have pay strong the in So, the the cash the system this out pay earnings fact to and very we a smelting a both taxes make lag in in out. actually given that some from you when quarter cash that fourth


This concludes call our question-and-answer any session. for remarks. back I'd like to the turn over to closing Harvey Roy

Roy Harvey

everyone to of our in stay be have for Alcoa's all good like Thank again and at employees I forward today. answering everyone meantime, also evening. you, you. in Wiley, excellent their questions ahead the discussing once who road Thank healthy, the to April. enjoy and XXXX. for talking thank course call call company. look I'd a and always safe, thank We your please of joined our to our first you quarter the in to again earnings performance In performance


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