Alcoa Corporation, a global leader in bauxite, alumina, and aluminum products ,announced the completion of a transaction with private equity investment firm PARTER Capital Group AG, based in Schindellegi, Switzerland, for that firm to acquire Alcoa’s Spanish subsidiaries that own and operate the Avilés and La Coruña aluminum plants in Spain. The acquisition, effective immediately, includes the casthouses at both plants and the paste plant at La Coruña, which are currently in operation, and the curtailed smelters at both plants.
Under terms of the agreement, PARTER Capital Group will maintain the facilities’ entire workforce (approximately 630 employees) for a minimum of two years and has proposed reindustrialization projects for both sites and a potential restart of the plants’ smelting capacity.
Today’s transaction completes the sale of the plants in accordance with the collective dismissal agreement signed with the workers’ representatives in January 2019.
“PARTER Capital Group’s acquisition of the Avilés and La Coruña plants provides the workforce with continued employment and the local community with ongoing industrial activity,” said Timothy Reyes, Executive Vice President and President, Aluminum. “This is the best outcome we could have expected, and we thank the central government and those of Asturias and Galicia, as well as the workers’ representatives for their support through this process.”
“We are very delighted with this acquisition,” said Dr. Rüdiger Terhorst, Managing Partner at PARTER Capital Group AG. “Together with the extraordinarily engaged teams in Avilés and La Coruña, we intend to build a positive and lasting future that includes great opportunities for the plants in renewable aluminium markets.”
Alcoa will record charges in the third quarter of 2019 related to these dispositions of approximately $135 million (pre- and after-tax), or $0.73 per share. Related cash outlays are expected to be approximately $115 million over the next two years, with approximately half to be paid in 2019. The cash payments include $95 million of financial support to PARTER Capital Group for operating and capital expenditures associated with restarting the smelters or reindustrializing the sites. (See April 2019 release for related information.)
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About PARTER Capital Group AG
PARTER Capital Group AG, an independent Swiss investment group, has for more than 20 years successfully specialized in the takeover of spin-offs from major industrial groups that are no longer core business or are facing complex situations. PARTER Capital Group AG invests in traditional industries and manages them as industrial investors with a long-term goal to strategically realign the acquired companies and lead them to sustainable growth.