Alcoa Completes Acquisition of RTI International Metals, Growing Multi-Material Aerospace Portfolio
By Business Wire News
By Business Wire News
Lightweight metals leader Alcoa (NYSE: AA) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of RTI International Metals, Inc. (NYSE: RTI), a global leader in titanium and specialty metal products and services for the aerospace, defense, energy and medical device markets. The merger, announced on March 9, became effective today.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, each share of RTI common stock has been converted into the right to receive 2.8315 shares of Alcoa common stock, plus an amount of cash in lieu of fractional shares of Alcoa common stock.
With RTI, Alcoa expands its reach into titanium—the world’s fastest-growing aerospace metal—and adds advanced technologies and materials capabilities for greater innovation power in aerospace and beyond.
“Today, Alcoa takes its multi-material aerospace portfolio to greater heights than ever before,” said Klaus Kleinfeld, Alcoa Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “By combining the talent and advanced technology of RTI and Alcoa, we significantly increase Alcoa’s aerospace market reach. Through this and our other investments and innovations, we are positioning the Company to capture even more profitable growth and create greater sustainable value for our customers, employees and shareholders.”
Alcoa expects RTI to contribute $1.2 billion in revenue in 2019, up from $794 million that RTI generated in 2014, with 65 percent of revenues supported by contracts over the next five years. RTI’s profitability is expected to reach 25 percent EBITDA margin in 2019. Contracts that underpin RTI’s growth include the recently announced contract with Airbus for finished titanium structural supply parts for the new A350-1000 aircraft program. Under the agreement, Alcoa will supply titanium parts for the fuselage, among other components.
This transaction positions Alcoa to capitalize on strong growth in the commercial aerospace sector. Alcoa expects global aerospace sales growth of 8 to 9 percent in 2015. Projections for 2016 and 2017 sales growth have nearly doubled to 8 and 13 percent, from 4 to 5 percent and 6 percent, respectively, showing the ongoing strength of the sector. Eighty percent of RTI’s revenues in 2014 were from the aerospace and defense industries. With RTI, Alcoa’s 2014 pro forma aerospace revenue increases by 13 percent to $5.6 billion.
RTI is being integrated as a standalone business unit into Alcoa’s downstream Engineered Products and Solutions (EPS) segment. The new business unit, called Alcoa Titanium & Engineered Products (ATEP), will be led by Eric Roegner who has been named President of ATEP, effectively immediately. In addition, Roegner continues as Chief Operating Officer of Engineered Products and Solutions with responsibility for ATEP and Alcoa Power and Propulsion, and President of Alcoa Defense.
RTI’s titanium operations span midstream processes such as melting, ingot casting, bloom, billet, plate and sheet production; and downstream extrusions for aerospace, oil and gas applications, high speed machining, and production of integrated subassemblies primarily for aerospace. These capabilities complement Alcoa’s titanium investment casting and forging capabilities, and enable a value-creating closed titanium scrap loop.
RTI’s advanced manufacturing and materials technologies, such as high-velocity machining, forming, extruding and parts assembly operations, enable Alcoa to produce some of the largest, most complex and finished aerospace components. RTI expands Alcoa’s additive manufacturing capabilities to produce 3D-printed titanium, specialty metals and plastic parts for aerospace, medical and energy applications. RTI also grows Alcoa’s portfolio of cutting-edge materials, including titanium-aluminides, increasingly used to manufacture lightweight, aerodynamic jet engine parts for next-generation jet engines.
Holders of RTI common stock whose shares are registered in their names will be mailed a transmittal form with instructions on how to exchange their RTI stock certificates for the merger consideration. Shares of RTI common stock held in book-entry form will automatically be exchanged for shares of Alcoa common stock in book-entry form and cash to be paid instead of fractional shares of Alcoa common stock.
About Alcoa Aerospace
Alcoa has been aggressively growing its aerospace business as part of the Company’s broader transformation. In 2014, Alcoa completed the acquisition of global jet engine component leader Firth Rixson and in March of this year, finalized the acquisition of TITAL, a leading manufacturer of titanium and aluminum structural castings for aircraft engines and airframes. Alcoa also recently announced investments to expand jet engine parts production in Indiana and Virginia, opened the world’s largest aluminum-lithium facility in Indiana, and in Michigan, plans to expand its coatings capabilities for jet engine components after a $22 million investment in Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP). In addition, the Company announced plans to install advanced aerospace plate manufacturing capabilities in Iowa. In 2014 the Company announced supply deals exceeding $2 billion with Boeing and Pratt & Whitney, which included the world’s first forging for an aluminum fan blade for Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® jet engines. The PurePower engine will be used to power some of the world’s highest volume aircraft, including the next-generation Airbus A320neo.
A global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our world. Our technologies enhance transportation, from automotive and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products. We enable smart buildings, sustainable food and beverage packaging, high-performance defense vehicles across air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and more efficient power generation. We pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and today, our more than 60,000 people in 30 countries deliver value-add products made of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and produce best-in-class bauxite, alumina and primary aluminum products. For more information, visit www.alcoa.com, follow @Alcoa on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Alcoa and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Alcoa.
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