Alcan Looks To Contain Alcoa (Breakfast News) August 11, 1999


Wednesday, August 11, 1999

"If I'd tried for them dinky singles I could've batted around .600."
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Alcan Looks To Contain Alcoa

By Dave Marino-Nachison (TMF Braden)

Yesterday's rumblings were confirmed this morning, as Canadian aluminum products producer Alcan (NYSE: AL) announced that it agreed to merger terms with France's Pechiney (NYSE: PY) and algroup of Switzerland.

The deal, when completed, will create the world's largest aluminum company, toppling Alcoa (NYSE: AA).

The company, temporarily to be known as Alcan-Pechiney-algroup (APA), will be a Canadian corporation with legal headquarters in Montreal. On a combined basis, APA -- not counting American National Can (NYSE: CAN), recently divested by Pechiney, and algroup's chemicals business, to be demerged -- had 1998 sales of approximately $21.6 billion.

Alcoa reported full-year 1998 revenues of $15.3 billion.

The deal, said Alcan CEO Jacques Bougie, "will establish the new world leader in aluminum, with complementary operations and technologies, a sustainable superior low-cost position in primary aluminum, superior aluminum fabricating positions globally, and superior positioning for future low-cost growth and expansion. It will also create the world's leading flexible and specialty packaging business."

Bougie -- who will be CEO of the new company and will be based in New York -- said the combination could create as much as $600 million in annual cost savings, "over and above existing profit improvement programs already underway at all three companies."

The approximately $9.2 billion stock swap has the following terms: Pechiney shareholders will get 1.7816 Alcan shares for each Pechiney A share (or 0.8908 for each American Depository Receipt), while algroup shareholders will get 20.6291 Alcan shares for each of their company's stubs.

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