Arconic Board Affirms: Company has Right Leadership, Right Strategy to Deliver Shareholder Value

March 24, 2017

Elliott Management’s Analysis of Arconic Fundamentally Flawed, Misleading

Urges Shareholders to Protect their Investment and Vote the WHITE Proxy Card

The Independent Directors of Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) Board mailed a letter
to shareholders today in connection with its upcoming Annual Meeting of
Shareholders to be held on May 16, 2017. Additional information is
available at

The full text of the letter follows:

Protect The Value of Your Investment:


March 24, 2017

Dear Fellow Arconic Shareholder,

At Arconic’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 16, 2017, you will be
asked to make an important decision that will significantly impact the
future of the Company and the value of your investment. We write to you
as independent directors of Arconic to urge you to keep Arconic strong
by voting “FOR” Arconic’s five director nominees and Arconic’s
governance proposals on the

proxy card.

Arconic’s Board is Independent and Dedicated to Serving Shareholders’
Best Interests

The Arconic Board of Directors has 12 independent directors–seven who
have joined the Board within the last 14 months and five who have served
longer. We are committed to the interests of all Arconic shareholders.

It is our duty to oversee the Company’s strategic plan, evaluate
management and ensure we have the right leadership in place to create

We bring to this task diverse backgrounds: many of us have been CEO’s of
large and complex organizations in the same industries that Arconic
serves, others have served on boards of directors of similarly complex
companies, and still others have had successful careers in the
investment and financial services sector.
all of us, nothing is more important than ensuring Arconic is on the
best path to create value for our shareholders and ensuring we have the
right leadership team in place.

Arconic’s Management Team has a Proven Track Record of Success

Arconic was launched just five months ago, after the multi-year
transformation of Alcoa Inc. was completed and Arconic’s business was
separated from Alcoa Corporation.

Under the leadership of Klaus Kleinfeld, Alcoa Inc. was significantly
transformed. The commodity businesses that became Alcoa Corporation were
restructured to ensure competitiveness; high cost plants were closed,
new pricing mechanisms were introduced and the businesses were strongly
positioned to operate self-sufficiently. At the same time, Arconic’s
world class portfolio of assets was carefully built. Management invested
in innovation and enhanced manufacturing capabilities, entered growth
markets and exited lower margin businesses. Overall, the management team
strengthened Alcoa Inc.’s balance sheet and improved the Company’s cost
structure. The executive team delivered these results for shareholders,
while strengthening customer relationships, delivering a world class
employee safety record, further increasing employee engagement and
lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

As proof of management’s success, over the last eight years, earnings1
in the Arconic businesses grew at more than 8% per year and profitability2
more than doubled. Today, nearly 80% of our revenues come from business
lines in which we are the market leader or second in the market.

Perhaps even more significantly, following the successful transformation
of Alcoa Inc., Mr. Kleinfeld and his team recognized that the two
portfolios they had created were more valuable as separate companies.
With the support of the Board, Mr. Kleinfeld led a complex and highly
successful separation that created Alcoa Corporation and Arconic as two,
strong, standalone public companies. Since the separation, Arconic has
delivered total shareholder return (TSR) of 57%3, and we are
on track to deliver sustained shareholder value over the long term.

To break up a 128-year old company like Alcoa Inc. is a significant
undertaking. The success of the separation and the value it has created
for shareholders show that Mr. Kleinfeld both understands what it takes
to create value and has the execution capabilities to get the job done.

Arconic’s management team’s execution record
has earned the confidence of the Board. We are convinced that we have
the right strategy and the right team to deliver shareholder value both
today and over the long term.

Arconic’s Independent Directors Carefully Reviewed Elliott
Management’s Analysis and Determined that it is Flawed

As you may know, one of Arconic’s shareholders, a hedge fund named
Elliott Management, is seeking to place four people of its choosing onto
the Board and replace the Company’s CEO, Mr. Kleinfeld. We listen
eagerly and openly to the views of Arconic’s shareholders. And, indeed,
we have listened carefully to Elliott: in fact, we have held nine
meetings with Elliott’s representatives since 2015.

Over the past 14 months your Board added seven new directors, including
three directors originally recommended by Elliott. As directors of the
Company, we have unique access to internal information and a front-row
seat to the execution of the Company’s business plan. We have visited
operating facilities, spoken with many employees, heard from customers
and suppliers and reviewed countless pages of internal documents and

Our conclusion is clear: Arconic has the Right
and the Right Team to Drive
Short-Term and Long-Term Value for Shareholders

The Board has made its determination about strategy and leadership after
carefully considering the views of Elliott, other shareholders and
outside advisors.

Our extensive review of Elliott’s claims has made it clear to us that
their campaign has been largely focused on criticizing and attacking,
with few details regarding any actual alternative plan, and that they
have a fundamentally flawed view of what is needed to maximize Arconic’s
value on a sustainable basis. Their claims do not provide a full or
accurate picture of either the past or future prospects of the Company
under current management, and should be viewed with skepticism. For
example, Elliott:

  • Compares Arconic to companies that are materially different;
  • Misuses and misunderstands industry data; and
  • Fails to fully appreciate that close, collaborative partnerships with
    our key customers are a critical ingredient for our future success.

We believe that Elliott’s criticisms are
grounded in analytical work that is not accurate and does not reflect
the complexity of Arconic’s markets or the skillfulness of management’s

The Board Recommends Shareholders Keep Arconic on a Strong Path and
Vote “FOR” Arconic’s Nominees and Governance Proposals

Arconic has laid out a clear path to create value for shareholders; we
have a three-year plan to:

  • Grow revenue 7-8%4 per year
  • Increase profitability by expanding margins from 16.6% to ~19%5
  • Reduce debt by $1 billion in 2017
  • Double our Free Cash Flow from ~$350 million in 2017 to ~$700
    million in 2019
  • Optimize Return on Net Assets from 7.1% to 11-12% through
    operating performance and focus on capital efficiency

This is a plan that will deliver shareholder value, and your Board is
committed to holding management accountable for delivering that value.

We are asking you to consider that a board of 12 independent directors
is better positioned to determine the direction and leadership of
Arconic than a hedge fund.

We have had extensive engagement with Elliott; we have heard their views
and implemented changes where we thought their suggestions made sense.
We believe we would be doing our shareholders a grave disservice if we
substituted Elliott’s judgment for our own.

Your Board unanimously recommends that shareholders vote FOR
Arconic’s five highly qualified candidates – Amy E. Alving, David P.
Hess, Klaus Kleinfeld, Ulrich “Rick” Schmidt and Ratan N. Tata – which
is a vote in favor of the Company’s strategic plan and a Board that is
committed to creating value for all shareholders.


Thank you for your continued support.

The Independent Directors of Arconic Inc.:      
Patricia F. Russo, Lead Independent Director Amy E. Alving
Arthur D. Collins, Jr. Rajiv L. Gupta
David P. Hess Sean O. Mahoney
E. Stanley O’Neal John C. Plant
L. Rafael Reif Julie G. Richardson
Ulrich R. Schmidt Ratan N. Tata

Your Vote Is Important, No Matter How
Many or How Few Shares You Own

Please vote today by telephone, via the Internet or by signing,
dating and returning the enclosed WHITE proxy card. Simply follow
the easy instructions on the WHITE proxy card.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact:
Shareholders Call Toll-Free: (877) 750-5836
Banks and Brokers Call Collect: (212) 750-5833


Please simply discard any Blue proxy card
that you may receive from Elliott Management.

Submitting a proxy using a Blue proxy card – even if you
“withhold” on Elliott Management’s nominees – will revoke any vote
you had previously submitted on Arconic’s WHITE proxy card.


About Arconic

Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) creates breakthrough products that shape
industries. Working in close partnership with our customers, we solve
complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build
and power. Through the ingenuity of our people and cutting-edge advanced
manufacturing techniques, we deliver these products at a quality and
efficiency that ensure customer success and shareholder value. For more
Follow @arconic: Twitter,
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Dissemination of Company Information

Arconic intends to make future announcements regarding Company
developments and financial performance through its website at

Forward–Looking Statements

This communication contains statements that relate to future events and
expectations and as such constitute forward-looking statements within
the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Forward-looking statements include those containing such words as
“anticipates,” “believes,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “forecasts,”
“guidance,” “goal,” “intends,” “may,” “outlook,” “plans,” “projects,”
“seeks,” “sees,” “should,” “targets,” “will,” “would,” or other words of
similar meaning. All statements that reflect Arconic’s expectations,
assumptions or projections about the future, other than statements of
historical fact, are forward-looking statements, including, without
limitation, forecasts relating to the growth of end markets and
potential share gains; statements and guidance regarding future
financial results or operating performance; and statements about
Arconic’s strategies, outlook, business and financial prospects.
Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and
it is possible that actual results may differ materially from those
indicated by these forward-looking statements due to a variety of risks
and uncertainties, including, but not limited to: (a) deterioration in
global economic and financial market conditions generally; (b)
unfavorable changes in the markets served by Arconic; (c) the inability
to achieve the level of revenue growth, cash generation, cost savings,
improvement in profitability and margins, fiscal discipline, or
strengthening of competitiveness and operations anticipated from
restructuring programs and productivity improvement, cash
sustainability, technology advancements, and other initiatives; (d)
changes in discount rates or investment returns on pension assets; (e)
Arconic’s inability to realize expected benefits, in each case as
planned and by targeted completion dates, from acquisitions,
divestitures, facility closures, curtailments, expansions, or joint
ventures; (f) the impact of cyber attacks and potential information
technology or data security breaches; (g) political, economic, and
regulatory risks in the countries in which Arconic operates or sells
products; (h) the outcome of contingencies, including legal proceedings,
government or regulatory investigations, and environmental remediation;
and (i) the other risk factors discussed in Arconic’s Form 10-K for the
year ended December 31, 2016, and other reports filed with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Arconic disclaims any
obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether in
response to new information, future events or otherwise, except as
required by applicable law. Market projections are subject to the risks
discussed above and other risks in the market.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Some of the information included in this communication is derived from
Arconic’s consolidated financial information but is not presented in
Arconic’s financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting
principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP).
Certain of these data are considered “non-GAAP financial measures” under
SEC rules. These non-GAAP financial measures supplement our GAAP
disclosures and should not be considered an alternative to the GAAP
measure. Reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial
measures and management’s rationale for the use of the non-GAAP
financial measures can be found below. Arconic has not provided a
reconciliation of any forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to the
most directly comparable GAAP financial measures because Arconic is
unable to quantify certain amounts that would be required to be included
in the GAAP measure without unreasonable efforts, and Arconic believes
such reconciliations would imply a degree of precision that would be
confusing or misleading to investors. In particular, reconciliations of
forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures such as adjusted EBITDA and
adjusted EBITDA margin to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are
not available without unreasonable efforts due to the variability and
complexity with respect to the charges and other components excluded
from these non-GAAP measures, such as the effects of foreign currency
movements, equity income, gains or losses on sales of assets, taxes and
any future restructuring or impairment charges. These reconciling items
are in addition to the inherent variability already included in the GAAP
measures, which includes, but is not limited to, price/mix and volume.


Reconciliation of Combined Segment Adjusted EBITDA

(in millions)      




Net loss attributable to Arconic $ (941 )
Discontinued operations(1) (121 )
Unallocated Amounts (net of tax):
Impact of LIFO 11
Metal price lag (21 )
Interest expense 324
Corporate expense 306
Restructuring and other charges 114
Other(2)             1,415  
Combined segment ATOI (after-tax operating income)     $ 532       $ 1,087  
Add combined segment:
Depreciation and amortization 361 504
Income taxes 275 472
Other       6          
Combined segment Adjusted EBITDA $ 1,174 $ 2,063

Add: Wire harness and electrical distribution adjusted EBITDA

  (115 )

Adjusted EBITDA including wire harness and electrical distribution




Third party sales $ 14,144 $ 12,394
Add: Wire harness and electrical distribution third party sales $ 1,206  
Third Party Sales including wire harness and electrical distribution     $



Adjusted EBITDA Margin       6.9


      16.6 %
Arconic’s definition of Adjusted EBITDA (Earnings before interest,
taxes, depreciation, and amortization) is net margin plus an
add-back for depreciation and amortization. Net margin is equivalent
to Sales minus the following items: Cost of goods sold; Selling,
general administrative, and other expenses; Research and development
expenses; and Provision for depreciation and amortization. The Other
line in the table above includes gains/losses on asset sales and
other non-operating items. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial
measure. Management believes that this measure is meaningful to
investors because Adjusted EBITDA provides additional information
with respect to Arconic’s operating performance and the Company’s
ability to meet its financial obligations. The Adjusted EBITDA
presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of
other companies.
(1) On November 1, 2016, the former Alcoa Inc. was separated into
two standalone, publicly-traded companies, Arconic and Alcoa
Corporation, by means of a pro rata distribution of 80.1 percent of
the outstanding common stock of Alcoa Corporation to Alcoa Inc.
shareholders. Accordingly, the results of operations of Alcoa
Corporation have been reflected as discontinued operations for all
periods presented.
(2) Other includes a charge for valuation allowances related to the
November 1, 2016 separation ($1,267) and a net charge for the
remeasurement of certain deferred tax assets due to tax rate and tax
law changes ($51).
(3) For 2008, a reconciliation of combined segments adjusted EBITDA
to combined segments ATOI, which was the segment profit metric at
the time, has been provided. A reconciliation to Net (loss) income
attributable to Arconic is not available without unreasonable
(4) Includes the wire harness and electrical distribution business
which was sold in 2009 and reflected in discontinued operations in
the 2008 historical presentation.
1   Combined segment adjusted earnings before interest, taxes,
depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”)
2 Adjusted EBITDA margins expanded from 6.9% in 2008 to 16.6% in 2016.
2008 metrics include the wire harness and electrical distribution
business, which was sold in 2009
3 TSR calculated based on closing price from November 1st,
2016 and March 1st, 2017
4 Compound annual growth rate from year end 2017 to year end 2019
5 Adjusted combined segment EBITDA margin expansion 2016A – 2019

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