Alumina Limited (ASX: AWC) notes Alcoa Corp's ('Alcoa') quarterly earnings release. To assist readers in understanding relevant market, operational and commercial matters of the AWAC joint venture, selected information from the Alcoa Bauxite and Alumina Segments, AWAC joint venture and Alumina Limited plus other market data is attached.
Alumina Limited's CEO, Mike Ferraro, said 'AWAC has achieved record quarterly daily alumina production for the current system despite the challenges from the COVID 19 pandemic. The joint venture continues to focus on the safety of AWAC employees and the wider communities.
The strong production performance and lower caustic soda input costs and energy prices resulted in the cash costs of alumina production falling by $11 per tonne. External market factors drove the overall Alumina Segment result lower with the lagged alumina index price falling 10% from the previous quarter.
Alumina Limited received $58.6 million of net cash distributions in the second quarter, up from $31.3 million for the previous quarter. AWAC continues to focus on cash saving strategies as it seeks to navigate the challenging market conditions.
Alumina prices have risen from their lows of $225/t in April following increased importing of alumina by China and are now at $284/t. Global demand for smelter-grade alumina so far in 2020 is slightly higher than 2019 volumes. Market sentiment globally has improved and there are signs of a promising economic recovery in China. However, it is still to be seen how the economic impact of the pandemic will pan out.' This ASX announcement was approved and authorised for release by Mike Ferraro, Chief Executive Officer.
About AWAC & Alcoa's Earnings Release
Alumina Limited owns 40% of each of the AWAC entities, which form a part of the Alcoa bauxite & alumina business segments. The Alcoa aluminium business segment includes the AWAC Portland smelting operations. The operating Afobaka power station and closed operations are included in Transformation & legacy pension/OPEB. Therefore, the AWAC results cannot be directly inferred from the Alcoa earnings release. Further, unlike Alumina Limited, Alcoa reports under US GAAP.
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