Alcoa to Purchase Controlling Interests in 2 Rusal Fabricating Facilities

Alcoa and RUSAL today announced an agreement in principle under which Alcoa will purchase RUSAL's controlling interests in two fabricating facilities in Samara and Belaya Kalitva in the Russian Federation. Terms of the transaction are not being disclosed at this time. Closing, subject to government approvals, is expected to be completed by June 30.

As part of Alcoa, the two fabricating facilities will serve not only the domestic Russian market but will also focus on global customers in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

"This acquisition is part of our plan to continue to profitably grow our company by expanding our global footprint," said Alain Belda, Alcoa Chairman and CEO. "This initiative expands our business in Russia and positions us to better serve customers throughout the world."

The parties are also entering into long-term arrangements for the supply of metal to the two plants and for Samara to continue its supply of can stock and other products to RUSAL affiliates. Separately the parties are also entering into a long-term alumina supply arrangement.

RUSAL CEO Alexander Bulygin said, "This transaction arises from RUSAL's strategy to focus on its strengths upstream, as a leading producer of primary aluminum and alloys. While we saw much promise in these two plants, we felt that to truly prosper they needed to be part of a company with a strong international downstream customer base.

"We are delighted to be entering into a working relationship with Alcoa in Russia," Bulygin said. "We welcome Alcoa and regard this transaction as a vote of confidence in the future of Russia's economy. We believe that the plants will flourish under these new arrangements, enhancing and strengthening the regional economies in Samara and Rostov."

"The strong product breadth and unique capabilities of these plants - along with their very capable workforce - will enable us to integrate these facilities over time and strengthen our downstream businesses," said Belda. "Adding these assets will support our growth opportunities in the commercial transportation, aerospace, automotive and packaging markets," Belda continued.

"We have a proven track record of taking fabricating assets - such as those in Hungary, Spain and Italy - integrating them into Alcoa, and putting them in a strong position to grow profitably," said Belda. "These countries have provided additional growth opportunities to Alcoa once we began operating in them and we look forward to the chance to grow further in Russia in the future. We plan to invest capital as well as technology and know how (such as the Alcoa Business System) to strengthen the ability of these plants to compete in the world market. We look forward to participating in a vibrant and growing Russian market as well as giving our existing customers outside of Russia a broader range of products."

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