Alcoa Inc. (AA: Quote) reported that its first quarter 2012 net income attributable to the company was $94 million, or $0.09 per share, down from $308 million, or $0.27 per share in first quarter 2011.
Excluding the impact of special items, income from continuing operations for the latest-quarter was $105 million, or $0.10 per share. Special items in first quarter 2012 included the negative impact of mark-to-market changes on certain energy contracts and restructuring charges primarily related to smelter curtailments. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report a loss of $0.04 per share for the quarter. Analysts' estimates typically exclude special items.
Sales for the quarter rose to $6.01 billion from $5.96 billion in the prior year quarter. Twelve analysts had consensus revenue estimate of $5.77 billion for the quarter.
Alcoa said that it continues to project a global aluminum supply deficit in 2012 and reaffirmed its forecast that global aluminum demand would grow 7 percent in 2012, on top of the 10 percent growth seen in 2011.
Alcoa raised its 2012 global growth forecast for the aerospace market 3 percentage points (13-14 percent).
by RTT Staff Writer
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