Alcoa to spend $2.85B on jet engine parts maker

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 26, 2014 at 9:33 am •  Published: June 26, 2014
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Alcoa is delving deeper into the aerospace industry, spending nearly $3 billion to acquire the British jet engine component company Firth Rixson.

The Pittsburgh company said Thursday that the deal will boost annual aerospace revenue by 20 percent, to about $4.8 billion, as the company continues to turn its focus away from its mining and aluminum smelting roots.

Company shares rose more than 2 percent while broader indexes slipped.

Alcoa will pay $2.35 billion in cash and $500 million in stock to Firth Rixson's current owner, the private equity firm Oak Hill Capital. It also may spend an additional $150 million based on pre-set performance targets.

Firth Rixson products include jet engine parts like turbine and compressor cases. The company brought in $1 billion in revenue last year, mostly from the aerospace industry, and sales are expected to grow 12 percent annually through 2019, according to Alcoa.

The high cost of producing aluminum and falling prices for the metal have hurt Alcoa Inc. and pushed it toward more finished products that are used in aircraft, autos and other goods.

In April, the company reported quarterly losses of $178 million. Aluminum prices haven't recovered since the recession and Alcoa has been idling smelters to reduce capacity and cut costs.

At the same time, Alcoa is shifting sideways toward components.