Arconic Inc., formerly Alcoa Inc., is engaged in lightweight metals engineering and manufacturing. The Company operates through three segments: Global Rolled Products, Engineered Products and Solutions, and Transportation and Construction Solutions. Its multi-material products, which include aluminum, titanium and nickel, are used around the world in markets, such as aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation and packaging. The Global Rolled Products segment produces a range of aluminum sheet and plate products for the aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation, brazing and industrial markets. The Engineered Products and Solutions segment develops and manufactures products for the aerospace (commercial and defense), commercial transportation and power generation end markets. The Transportation and Construction Solutions segment produces products that are used in the non-residential building and construction and commercial transportation end markets.
Business Analysis of Arconic
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- Revenue Growth: Arconic reported a revenue growth of -0.2% year-on-year during 2016. Metal Mining Industry grew at -5.5% in the same period
- COGS share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Arconic spent 79.2% of its total revenues on COGS. Metal Mining industry average (COGS share of revenue) in the same period was 86.3%
- R&D share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Arconic spent 1.1% of its total revenues on R&D. Metal Mining industry average R&D spending in the same period was 0.5%
- SG&A share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Arconic spent 7.6% of its total revenues on Sales, Marketing, and General Administration (SG&A). Metal Mining industry average SG&A spending in the same period was 6.3%
- Inventory share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Arconic spent 18.2% of its total revenues on Inventories. Metal Mining industry average Inventory spending in the same period was 20.9%
- Accounts Payable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Arconic invested 15.3% of its total revenues on Accounts Payable (A/P) Metal Mining industry average Accounts Payable investment in the same period was 9.8%
- Accounts Receivable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Arconic invested 11.7% of its total revenues on Accounts Receivable (A/R). Metal Mining industry average Accounts Receivable investment in the same period was 10.1%
- PP&E share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Arconic invested 44.4% of its total revenues on Property, Plants, and Equipments (PP&E). Metal Mining industry average PPE investment in the same period was 67.7%
- Intangibles share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Arconic invested 41.5% of its total revenues on Intangibles. Metal Mining industry average Intangibles investment in the same period was 10.6%
- Net Margins: Arconic Net Margins in the year 2016 were -7.6%. Metal Mining industry average Net Margins in the same period were -3.7%
Sector and Industry Association of Arconic
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Arconic is associated with Basic Materials Sector and Metal Mining Industry.
Basic Materials sector is comprised of the following industries: Metal Mining; Coal Mining; Chemicals. The definitions for each of the industries is as follows:
- Metal Mining industry includes companies primarily engaged in mining, developing mines, or exploring for precious metals such as Gold, Silver, Platinum and base metals such as Iron, Copper, Aluminum, Lead, and Zinc. It also includes companies that manufacture alloys such as steel.
- Coal Mining industry includes companies engaged in the exploration for and/or mining of coal.
- Chemicals industry includes companies that produce and/or distribute commodity and specialty chemicals. The companies manufacture three general classes of products: (1) basic chemicals, such as acids, alkalies, salts, and organic chemicals; (2) chemical products to be used in further manufacture, such as synthetic fibers, plastics materials, dry colors, and pigments; and (3) finished chemical products to be used as materials or supplies in other industries, such as paints, fertilizers, and explosives.
Industry Ranking of Arconic
With $12.4 billion revenues, Arconic ranked number 3 of all the companies in the US Metal Mining industry. There were a total of 34 public companies in the US Metal Mining industry that had revenues greater than $50 million during 2016.
The top-10 companies in the US Metal Mining industry by revenues during 2016 were:
- Nucor ($16.2 billion)
- Freeport-McMoRan ($14.8 billion)
- Arconic ($12.4 billion)
- United States Steel ($10.3 billion)
- Alcoa ($9.3 billion)
- Reliance Steel & Aluminum ($8.6 billion)
- Steel Dynamics ($7.8 billion)
- A-Mark Precious Metals ($6.8 billion)
- Newmont Mining ($6.7 billion)
- AK Steel Holding ($5.9 billion)
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