NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Alcoa (AA - Get Report) announced Thursday it is expanding its Indiana operations to capture growing aerospace demand for advanced jet engine parts. The aluminum producer will build an $100 million facility to produce nickel-based superalloy jet engine components.
The company said the 320,000-square-foot facility would expand Alcoa's business into large commercial aircraft, including narrow- and wide-body and military planes. Narrow-body aircraft engines are currently the top-selling jet engine in the world.
"Aerospace growth is soaring and Alcoa is ramping up our downstream capabilities to capture that demand," said CEO Klaus Kleinfeld in a statement.
- Compared to its closing price of one year ago, AA's share price has jumped by 52.24%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Although AA had significant growth over the past year, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock at the current time.
- AA, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 4.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 6.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
- ALCOA INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ALCOA INC swung to a loss, reporting -$2.15 versus $0.17 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.45 versus -$2.15).
- Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, ALCOA INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 219.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $149.00 million to -$178.00 million.
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