NEW YORK Alcoa Inc.
expects global aluminum demand to grow 7 percent in 2013,
chairman and chief executive officer Klaus Kleinfeld says.
The Pittsburgh-based producer
kicked off the earnings season Tuesday on a strong note,
reporting fourth-quarter 2012 net income of $242 million, a
marked improvement over a loss of $143 million in the third
quarter and a $191-million loss in the fourth quarter of
"We overcame volatile metal
prices and global economic instability to deliver on our
targets for the fourth year in a row," Kleinfeld said in a
statement. "We enter 2013 in a strong position to maximize
Sales rose to $5.9 billion for
the three months ended Dec. 31, up from $5.83 billion in the
third quarter but down slightly from $5.99 billion in the
fourth quarter of 2011.
Net income for the full year
plummeted 68.7 percent to $191 million, down from $611 million
in 2011. Total-year sales in 2012 totaled $23.7 billion, down
from $24.95 billion in the year-ago period.
This year, Alcoa is forecasting
global growth in aerospace of 9 to 10 percent; automotive, 1 to
4 percent; commercial transportation, 2 to 7 percent;
packaging, 2 to 3 percent; building and construction, 4 to 5
percent; and industrial gas turbines, 3 to 5 percent.
Although consumer demand is
looking positive, a debt ceiling resolution is essential for
continued growth in the United States, Kleinfeld said.
The debt ceiling negotiations are "literally going to kill
everyones confidence," he said in an interview with CNBC
following the release of Alcoa's results. "A lot of potentially
good things could happen, but then, at the end, you see medium
to small entrepreneurs like in the trucking businessthey
are getting scared from all these discussions and they are