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    AS FILED WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION ON JANUARY 24, 1997
    
 
   
                                                      REGISTRATION NO. 333-16239
    
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                       SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                             WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
 
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                                AMENDMENT NO. 1
    
   
                                       TO
    
 
                                    FORM S-3
            REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
 
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                          KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION
             (EXACT NAME OF REGISTRANT AS SPECIFIED IN ITS CHARTER)
 

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               DELAWARE                                     94-3030279
   (STATE OR OTHER JURISDICTION OF                       (I.R.S. EMPLOYER                       
    INCORPORATION OR ORGANIZATION)                    IDENTIFICATION NUMBER)                 
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                          5847 SAN FELIPE, SUITE 2600
                              HOUSTON, TEXAS 77057
                                 (713) 267-3777
  (ADDRESS, INCLUDING ZIP CODE, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER, INCLUDING AREA CODE, OF
                   REGISTRANT'S PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICES)
 
                               ANTHONY R. PIERNO
                       VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL
                          KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION
                          5847 SAN FELIPE, SUITE 2600
                              HOUSTON, TEXAS 77057
                                 (713) 267-3777
 (NAME, ADDRESS, INCLUDING ZIP CODE, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER, INCLUDING AREA CODE,
                             OF AGENT FOR SERVICE)
 
                                   Copies to:
 

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                 JOHN WM. NIEMAND II                                  HOWARD A. SOBEL, ESQ.
              ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL                         KRAMER, LEVIN, NAFTALIS & FRANKEL
             KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION                                 919 THIRD AVENUE
             5847 SAN FELIPE, SUITE 2600                             NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10022
                 HOUSTON, TEXAS 77057                                     (212) 715-9100
                    (713) 267-3777
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    APPROXIMATE DATE OF COMMENCEMENT OF PROPOSED SALE TO THE PUBLIC: From time
to time after this Registration Statement becomes effective, as determined by
market conditions and other factors.
 
    If only the securities being registered on this Form are being offered
pursuant to dividend or interest reinvestment plans, please check the following
box.  [ ]
 
    If any of the securities being registered on this Form are to be offered on
a delayed or continuous basis pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities Act of
1933, as amended, other than securities offered only in connection with dividend
or interest reinvestment plans, check the following box.  [X]
 
    If this Form is filed to register additional securities for an offering
pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act, please check the following box
and list the Securities Act registration statement of the earlier effective
registration statement for the same offering.  [ ]
 
    If this Form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(c)
under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act
registration number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same
offering.  [ ]
 
    If delivery of the prospectus is expected to be made pursuant to Rule 434,
please check the following box.  [ ]
 
                        CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE
 
   

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                        TITLE OF EACH CLASS OF                              AGGREGATE            AMOUNT OF
                     SECURITIES TO BE REGISTERED                         OFFERING PRICE     REGISTRATION FEE(6)
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Preferred Stock, par value $0.05 per share............................       (1)(2)(5)              N/A
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Depositary Shares.....................................................        (2)(5)                N/A
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Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share...............................        (3)(5)                N/A
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Warrants..............................................................        (4)(5)                N/A
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          Total.......................................................     $150,000,000        $45,454.55(7)
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(1) Subject to note (5) below, there are being registered hereunder an
    indeterminate number of shares of Preferred Stock as may be sold, from time
    to time, by the Registrant.
 
(2) Subject to note (5) below, there are being registered hereunder an
    indeterminate number of Depositary Shares to be evidenced by Depositary
    Receipts issued pursuant to a Deposit Agreement. In the event the Registrant
    elects to offer to the public fractional interests in shares of Preferred
    Stock registered hereunder, Depositary Receipts will be distributed to those
    persons purchasing such fractional interests, and the shares of Preferred
    Stock will be issued to the depositary under the Deposit Agreement.
 
(3) Subject to note (5) below, there are being registered hereunder an
    indeterminate number of shares of Common Stock as may be sold, from time to
    time, by the Registrant. There are also being registered hereunder an
    indeterminate number of shares of Common Stock as shall be issuable upon
    conversion or redemption of Preferred Stock registered hereby.
 
(4) Subject to note (5) below, there are being registered hereunder an
    indeterminate amount and number of Warrants, representing rights to purchase
    Preferred Stock or Common Stock registered hereby.
 
(5) In no event will the aggregate initial offering price of all securities
    issued from time to time pursuant to this Registration Statement exceed
    $150,000,000, or its equivalent if some or all of the securities are
    denominated in one or more foreign currencies, foreign currency units or
    composite currencies. Any securities registered hereunder may be sold
    separately or as units with other securities registered hereunder.
 
(6) The amount of the registration fee, calculated in accordance with Section
    6(b) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Rule 457(o) promulgated
    thereunder, is 1/33rd of 1 per centum of the maximum aggregate offering
    price at which the securities registered pursuant to this Registration
    Statement are proposed to be offered.
   
(7) Previously paid.
    
 
    THE REGISTRANT HEREBY AMENDS THIS REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON SUCH DATE OR
DATES AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO DELAY ITS EFFECTIVE DATE UNTIL THE REGISTRANT SHALL
FILE A FURTHER AMENDMENT WHICH SPECIFICALLY STATES THAT THIS REGISTRATION
STATEMENT SHALL THEREAFTER BECOME EFFECTIVE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 8(A) OF
THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED, OR UNTIL THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT
SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE ON SUCH DATE AS THE COMMISSION, ACTING PURSUANT TO SAID
SECTION 8(A), MAY DETERMINE.
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PROSPECTUS
    
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                          KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION
 
                                PREFERRED STOCK
 
                               DEPOSITARY SHARES
 
                                  COMMON STOCK
 
                                    WARRANTS
 
     Kaiser Aluminum Corporation (the "Company") may offer from time to time (i)
shares of preferred stock, par value $0.05 per share ("Preferred Stock"), in one
or more series, or fractional interests in shares of Preferred Stock represented
by depositary shares ("Depositary Shares"), (ii) shares of Common Stock, par
value $0.01 per share ("Common Stock"), or (iii) warrants ("Warrants") to
purchase Preferred Stock or Common Stock (the Preferred Stock, Depositary
Shares, Common Stock and Warrants are collectively referred to as "Securities"),
or any combination of the foregoing, at an aggregate initial offering price not
to exceed $150,000,000 or its equivalent if some or all of the Securities are
denominated in one or more foreign currencies, at prices and on terms to be
determined at or prior to the time of sale in light of market conditions at the
time of sale. The Preferred Stock of any series may be convertible into or
exchangeable for another series or other securities.
 
     Specific terms of the particular Securities in respect of which this
Prospectus is being delivered will be set forth in one or more accompanying
Prospectus Supplements (each a "Prospectus Supplement"), together with the terms
of the offering of the Securities and the initial price and the net proceeds to
the Company from the sale thereof. The Prospectus Supplement will set forth with
regard to the particular Securities, without limitation, the following: (i) in
the case of Preferred Stock, the designation, number of shares, liquidation
preference per share, initial public offering price, dividend rate (or method of
calculation thereof), dates on which dividends will be payable and dates from
which dividends will accrue, any redemption or sinking fund provisions, any
conversion or exchange rights, any other relative rights and whether the Company
has elected to offer fractional interests in the Preferred Stock in the form of
Depositary Shares evidenced by depositary receipts; (ii) in the case of Common
Stock, the number of shares of Common Stock and the terms of the offering and
sale thereof; and (iii) in the case of Warrants, the number and terms thereof,
the designation and the number of Securities issuable upon their exercise, the
exercise price, the terms of the offering and sale thereof and, where
applicable, the duration and detachability thereof. The amounts payable to the
Company in respect of Securities may be calculated by reference to the value,
rate or price of one or more specified commodities, currencies or indices as set
forth in the Prospectus Supplement. The Prospectus Supplement will also contain
information, where applicable, about certain United States federal income tax
considerations relating to the Securities covered by the Prospectus Supplement.
 
   
     SEE "RISK FACTORS" COMMENCING ON PAGE 7 FOR A DISCUSSION OF CERTAIN
CONSIDERATIONS RELEVANT TO AN INVESTMENT IN THE SECURITIES.
    
 
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  THESE SECURITIES HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED BY THE SECURITIES AND
 EXCHANGE COMMISSION OR ANY STATE SECURITIES COMMISSION NOR HAS THE SECURITIES
   AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION OR ANY STATE SECURITIES COMMISSION PASSED UPON THE
ACCURACY OR ADEQUACY OF THIS PROSPECTUS. ANY REPRESENTATION TO THE CONTRARY IS A
                               CRIMINAL OFFENSE.
 
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     The Securities may be sold directly by the Company, through agents
designated from time to time or through underwriters or dealers. If any agents
of the Company or any underwriters or dealers are involved in the sale of the
Securities, the names of such agents, underwriters or dealers, any applicable
commissions and discounts, and the net proceeds to the Company will be set forth
in the applicable Prospectus Supplement. See "Plan of Distribution" for possible
indemnification arrangements for agents, underwriters and dealers.
 
     This Prospectus may not be used to consummate sales of Securities unless
accompanied by a Prospectus Supplement.
 
   
                THE DATE OF THIS PROSPECTUS IS JANUARY 24, 1997
    

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                             AVAILABLE INFORMATION
 
     The Company is subject to the informational requirements of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), and in accordance
therewith files reports, proxy statements and other information with the
Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission"). Reports, proxy statements
and other information filed by the Company with the Commission can be inspected
and copied at the public reference facilities maintained by the Commission at
Room 1024, 450 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20549, and at the following
Regional Offices of the Commission: Northeast Regional Office, Seven World Trade
Center, Suite 1300, New York, New York 10048, and Midwest Regional Office,
Citicorp Center, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1400, Chicago, Illinois
60661-2511. Copies of such materials can be obtained at prescribed rates from
the Public Reference Section of the Commission at Room 1024, 450 Fifth Street,
N.W., Washington, D.C. 20549. The Commission maintains a World Wide Web site
that contains reports, proxy and information statements and other information
regarding the Company. The address of such site is http://www.sec.gov. The
Company's Common Stock and 8.255% PRIDES, Convertible Preferred Stock, par value
$.05 per share (the "PRIDES") are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (the
"NYSE"), and reports, proxy statements and other information concerning the
Company may be inspected at the offices of the NYSE, 20 Broad Street, New York,
New York 10005.
 
   
     This Prospectus constitutes part of a Registration Statement on Form S-3
(together with all amendments and exhibits thereto, the "Registration
Statement") filed by the Company with the Commission under the Securities Act of
1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). This Prospectus does not contain all of
the information set forth in the Registration Statement, certain parts of which
are omitted in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Commission. For
further information, reference is hereby made to the Registration Statement. The
statements contained in this Prospectus as to the contents of any contract or
other document identified as exhibits in this Prospectus are not necessarily
complete and, in each instance, reference is made to a copy of such contract or
document filed as an exhibit to, or incorporated by reference into, the
Registration Statement. Each such statement is qualified in any and all respects
by such reference.
    
 
                INCORPORATION OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE
 
     The following documents filed by the Company with the Commission are
incorporated by reference in this Prospectus:
 
          1. The Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
     December 31, 1995.
 
          2. The Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended
     March 31, 1996.
 
          3. The Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended
     June 30, 1996.
 
          4. The Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended
     September 30, 1996.
 
          5. The Company's Current Report on Form 8-K dated October 2, 1996.
 
          6. The Company's Current Report on Form 8-K dated October 10, 1996.
 
          7. The Company's Current Report on Form 8-K dated October 23, 1996.
 
     All documents filed by the Company with the Commission pursuant to Section
13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act subsequent to the date of this
Prospectus and prior to the termination of the offering of the securities
covered by this Prospectus shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference in
this Prospectus and to be a part hereof from the date of filing of such
documents. The Company will provide a copy of any and all of such documents
(exclusive of exhibits unless such exhibits are specifically incorporated by
reference therein) without charge to each person to whom a copy of this
Prospectus is delivered, upon written or oral request to Kaiser Aluminum
Corporation at 5847 San Felipe, Suite 2600, Houston, Texas 77057, Attention:
Investor Relations Coordinator, telephone number: (713) 267-3675. Copies of
exhibits will be made for a nominal fee, which covers the Company's copying
costs.
 
     Any statements contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be
incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or replaced for
purposes of this Prospectus to the extent that a statement contained herein or
in any other subsequently filed document which also is incorporated or deemed to
be incorporated by reference herein modifies or replaces such statement. Any
statement so modified or replaced shall not be deemed, except as so modified or
replaced, to constitute a part of this Prospectus.
 
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                                  THE COMPANY
 
   
     The Company is a subsidiary of MAXXAM Inc. ("MAXXAM"). MAXXAM and MAXXAM
Group Holdings Inc. ("MGHI"), a direct, wholly-owned subsidiary of MAXXAM, own
in the aggregate approximately 62% of the Company's Common Stock, assuming the
conversion of each outstanding share of PRIDES into one share of Common Stock.
The Company operates through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kaiser Aluminum &
Chemical Corporation ("KACC"). The Company maintains its principal executive
offices at 5847 San Felipe, Suite 2600, Houston, Texas 77057-3010 and its
telephone number is (713) 267-3777. Unless the context otherwise requires, all
references herein to the "Company" or "Kaiser" include Kaiser Aluminum
Corporation and its majority owned and wholly owned subsidiaries. All references
to tons in this Prospectus refer to metric tons of 2,204.6 pounds.
    
 
     KACC is one of the world's leading producers and marketers of alumina,
primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum products. KACC operates in all
principal aspects of the aluminum industry--the mining of bauxite (the major
aluminum-bearing ore), the refining of bauxite into alumina (the intermediate
material), the production of primary aluminum, and the manufacture of fabricated
(including semi-fabricated) aluminum products. Kaiser is one of the largest
domestic aluminum producers in terms of primary smelting capacity and is the
Western world's second largest producer/seller of alumina, accounting for
approximately 7% of the Western world's alumina capacity in 1995. Kaiser's
production levels of alumina and primary aluminum exceed its internal processing
needs, which allows it to be a major seller of alumina (approximately 2.0
million tons in 1995 or 72% of production) and primary aluminum (approximately
271,700 tons in 1995 or 66% of production) to third parties. Kaiser is also a
major domestic supplier of fabricated aluminum products, shipping approximately
6% of total domestic tonnage of such products (approximately 368,200 tons in
1995).
 
     The Company's objectives are to maintain leading market positions in its
core businesses, while developing new opportunities both domestically and
internationally which will enhance, and reduce the cyclicality of, the Company's
earnings. The primary elements of the Company's strategies to achieve these
objectives are:
 
   
     Increasing the competitiveness of its existing facilities. The Company is
continuing to increase the competitiveness of KACC's existing facilities. In
1995, KACC successfully restructured electric power purchase agreements for its
smelting facilities in the Pacific Northwest, which resulted in significantly
lower electric power costs in 1996 for the Mead and Tacoma, Washington, smelters
compared with 1995 electric power costs. The Company expects to continue to
benefit from these savings in electric power costs at these facilities in 1997
and beyond. See "Risk Factors -- Power Supply."
    
 
     KACC has also commenced the modernization and expansion of the carbon
baking furnace at its Mead smelter at an estimated cost of approximately $52.0
million. This project will lower costs, enhance safety and improve the
environmental performance of the facility. This modernization is expected to be
completed in late 1998.
 
   
     KACC continues to implement changes to the process and product mix of its
Trentwood, Washington, rolling mill in an effort to maximize its profitability
and maintain full utilization of the facility. Recently, KACC approved an
expansion of its heat treat capacity by approximately one-third, which will
enable KACC to increase the range of its heat treat products and improve
Trentwood's operating efficiency. Sales of KACC's heat treat products have
increased significantly over the last several years and are made primarily to
the aerospace and general engineering markets, which are experiencing growth in
demand. The project is estimated to cost approximately $45.0 million and to take
approximately two years to complete. See "Business -- Production Operations."
    
 
     Developing proprietary technologies. The Company has developed proprietary
technologies which present growth opportunities in the future and have enabled
it to substantially improve its operating efficiencies.
 
     The Company has developed a unique micromill for the production of can
sheet from molten metal using a continuous cast process. The capital and
conversion costs of these micromills are expected to be significantly lower than
conventional rolling mills. Micromills are also expected to result in lower
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to the ability to strategically locate a micromill in close proximity to a
manufacturing facility. Micromills are expected to be particularly well suited
to take advantage of the rapid growth in demand for can sheet expected in
emerging markets in Asia and Latin America where there is limited indigenous
supply. The Company believes that micromills should also be capable of
manufacturing other sheet products at relatively low capital and operating
costs. The micromill technology is based on a proprietary thin-strip,
high-speed, continuous-belt casting technique linked directly to hot and cold
rolling mills. The major advantage of the process is that the sheet is
continuously manufactured from molten metal, unlike the conventional process in
which the metal is first cast into large, solid ingots and subsequently rolled
into sheet through a series of highly capital-intensive steps. The first
micromill is nearing completion in Nevada as a full-scale demonstration and
production facility. KACC achieved operational start-up of the facility in the
fourth quarter of 1996. If KACC is successful in proving and commercializing its
micromill technology, micromills could represent an important source of future
growth. There can be no assurance that KACC will be able to successfully develop
and commercialize the technology for use at full-scale facilities. See
"Business -- Research and Development."
    
 
     KACC has developed and installed proprietary retrofit technology in all of
its smelters over the last decade, which has significantly contributed to
increased and more efficient production of primary aluminum. Through continuing
technological improvements, KACC's smelters have achieved improved energy
efficiency and longer average life of reduction cells. KACC is actively engaged
in licensing its smelting and other process and product technology and selling
technical and managerial assistance to other producers worldwide. See
"Business -- Production Operations -- Primary Aluminum Products."
 
     Increasing participation in emerging markets. The Company is actively
pursuing opportunities to increase its participation in emerging markets by
using its technical expertise and capital to form joint ventures or acquire
equity in aluminum-related facilities in foreign countries where it can apply
its proprietary technology. The Company has created Kaiser Aluminum
International to identify growth opportunities in targeted emerging markets and
develop the needed country competence to complement KACC's product and process
competence in capitalizing on such opportunities. The Company has focused its
efforts on countries that are expected to be important suppliers of aluminum
and/or large customers for aluminum and alumina, including the People's Republic
of China (the "PRC"), Russia and other members of the Commonwealth of
Independent States (the "CIS"), India, and Venezuela. The Company's proprietary
retrofit technology has been installed by KACC at various third party locations
throughout the world and is an integral part of the Company's initiatives for
participating in new and existing smelting facilities. See "Risk
Factors -- Foreign Activities" and "Business -- International Business
Development."
 
RECENT TRENDS AND DEVELOPMENTS
 
   
     During 1995, the average Midwest U.S. transaction price (the "AMT Price")
for primary aluminum was approximately $.86 per pound compared to $.72 and $.54
per pound in 1994 and 1993, respectively. The significant improvement in prices
during 1994 and 1995 resulted from strong growth in Western world consumption of
aluminum and the curtailment of production in response to lower prices in prior
periods by many producers worldwide. In 1995, production of primary aluminum
increased and consumption of aluminum continued to grow, but at a much lower
rate than in 1994. In general, the overall aluminum market was strongest in the
first half of 1995. By the second half of 1995, orders and shipments for certain
products had softened and the rate of decline in London Metal Exchange ("LME")
inventories had leveled off. By the end of 1995, some small increases in LME
inventories occurred, and prices of aluminum weakened from first-half levels.
This trend continued throughout 1996 as the supply of primary aluminum exceeded
demand during this period. Net reported primary aluminum inventories increased
by approximately 43,000 tons in 1996 and early 1997 based upon recent reports of
the LME (through January 17, 1997) and the International Primary Aluminium
Institute (the "IPAI") (through November 30, 1996), following substantial
declines of 764,000 and 1,153,000 tons in 1994 and 1995, respectively. The AMT
Price for primary aluminum for the week ended January 17, 1997, was
approximately $.77 per pound.
    
 
   
     Increased production of primary aluminum due to restarts of certain
previously idled capacity, the commissioning of a major new smelter in South
Africa, and the continued high level of exports from the CIS contributed to
increased supplies of primary aluminum to the Western world in 1996. While the
economies of
    
 
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the major aluminum consuming regions -- the United States, Japan, Western
Europe, and Asia -- are performing relatively well, the Company believes that
the reduction of aluminum inventories by consumers, as prices have continued to
decline, has suppressed the growth in primary aluminum demand that normally
accompanies growth in economic and industrial activity. In addition to these
supply/demand dynamics, the Company believes that the decline in primary
aluminum prices during the last half of 1996 may have been influenced by a major
decline in copper prices on the LME in 1996. See "Business -- Industry
Overview."
    
 
FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS
 
   
     The Company incurred net losses of $6.6 million in the third quarter of
1996 and expects to report net losses in the fourth quarter of 1996, compared to
net income in the comparable periods in 1995, due principally to lower average
realized prices for alumina and primary aluminum and to increased raw material,
energy, and operational costs associated with the production of alumina at the
Company's Gramercy alumina refinery in Louisiana and 65%-owned Alpart alumina
refinery in Jamaica, as compared to amounts incurred in the comparable periods
of 1995. Included in the fourth quarter results will be an after tax benefit of
approximately $17.0 million resulting from settlements of certain tax
contingencies in December 1996. Excluding the impact of these non-recurring
items, the net losses expected to be reported for the fourth quarter of 1996
would have significantly exceeded the net losses incurred in the third quarter
of 1996.
    
 
PROFIT ENHANCEMENT AND COST CUTTING INITIATIVE
 
     The Company has set a goal of achieving significant cost reductions and
other profit improvements during 1997, with the full effect planned to be
realized in 1998. The initiative is based on the Company's conclusion that the
current level of performance of its existing facilities and businesses will not
achieve the level of profits the Company considers satisfactory based upon
historic long-term average prices for primary aluminum and alumina. To achieve
this goal, the Company plans reductions in production costs, improvements in
operating efficiencies, decreases in corporate selling, general and
administrative expenses, and enhancements to product mix. There can be no
assurance that the initiative will result in the desired cost reductions and
other profit improvements.
 
   
RECENT KACC OFFERINGS
    
 
   
     On October 23, 1996, (the "Issuance Date"), KACC completed an offering (the
"10 7/8% Notes Offering") of $175.0 million principal amount of 10 7/8% Senior
Notes due 2006 (the "10 7/8% Notes") at 99.5% of their principal amount to yield
10.96% to maturity. The 10 7/8% Notes were not registered under the Securities
Act, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or
an applicable exemption from registration requirements. The 10 7/8% Notes rank
pari passu with outstanding indebtedness under the Credit Agreement, dated as of
February 15, 1994, among the Company, KACC, the financial institutions which are
a party thereto, and BankAmerica Business Credit, Inc., as agent, as amended
(the "Credit Agreement"), KACC's 9 7/8% Senior Notes due 2002 (the "9 7/8%
Notes"), and KACC's 10 7/8% Series C Senior Notes due 2006 (the "10 7/8% Series
C Notes", discussed below) in right and priority of payment and are guaranteed
on a senior, unsecured basis by certain of KACC's subsidiaries (the "Subsidiary
Guarantors"). Net proceeds from the 10 7/8% Notes Offering on the Issuance Date,
after estimated expenses, were approximately $168.9 million, of which $91.7
million were utilized to reduce the outstanding borrowings under the revolving
credit facility of the Credit Agreement to zero. The remaining net proceeds
(approximately $77.2 million) were invested in short-term investments pending
their application for working capital and general corporate purposes, including
capital projects. Pursuant to an agreement with the initial purchasers of the
10 7/8% Notes, KACC and the Subsidiary Guarantors filed a registration statement
with the Commission on November 12, 1996, with respect to a registered offer to
exchange the 10 7/8% Notes for KACC's 10 7/8% Series B Senior Notes due 2006
(the "10 7/8% Series B Notes") with substantially identical terms (the "10 7/8%
Notes Exchange Offer"). The registration statement with respect to the 10 7/8%
Notes Exchange Offer was declared effective by the Commission on December 11,
1996, and it is presently anticipated that the 10 7/8% Notes Exchange Offer will
be consummated on or about February 5, 1997. As
    
 
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applicable, the term "10 7/8% Notes" as used herein shall include, when and to
the extent issued, the 10 7/8% Series B Notes issued pursuant to the 10 7/8%
Notes Exchange Offer.
    
 
   
     On December 23, 1996, the Company completed an offering (the "10 7/8%
Series C Notes Offering") of $50.0 million principal amount of 10 7/8% Series C
Notes at 103.5% of their principal amount to yield 10.3% to maturity. The
10 7/8% Series C Notes were not registered under the Securities Act, and may not
be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable
exemption from registration requirements. The 10 7/8% Series C Notes Rank pari
passu in right and priority of payment with outstanding indebtedness under the
Credit Agreement, the 9 7/8% Notes, and the 10 7/8% Notes, and are guaranteed on
a senior, unsecured basis by the Subsidiary Guarantors. Net proceeds from the
10 7/8% Series C Notes Offering, after estimated expenses, were approximately
$50.4 million, which were invested in short-term investments pending their
application for working capital and other general corporate purposes, including
capital projects. Pursuant to an agreement with the initial purchaser of the
10 7/8% Series C Notes, KACC and the Subsidiary Guarantors filed a registration
statement with the Commission on January 2, 1997, with respect to a registered
offer to exchange the 10 7/8% Series C Notes for KACC's 10 7/8% Series D Senior
Notes due 2006 (the "10 7/8% Series D Notes") with substantially identical terms
(the "10 7/8% Series C Notes Exchange Offer"). The registration statement with
respect to the 10 7/8% Series C Notes Exchange Offer was declared effective by
the Commission on January 21, 1997, and it is presently anticipated that the
10 7/8% Series C Notes Exchange Offer will be consummated on or about February
26, 1997. As applicable, the term "10 7/8% Series C Notes" as used herein shall
include, when and to the extent issued, the 10 7/8% Series D Notes issued
pursuant to the 10 7/8% Series C Notes Exchange Offer.
    
 
   
     During October 1996, the Credit Agreement was amended to, among other
things, provide for the 10 7/8% Notes Offering and to modify certain of the
financial covenants contained in the Credit Agreement. During December 1996, the
Credit Agreement was again amended to provide for the 10 7/8% Series C Notes
Offering.
    
 
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                                  RISK FACTORS
 
     Prospective purchasers of the Securities should carefully consider the
following risk factors, as well as the other information contained in, and
incorporated by reference in, this Prospectus and the accompanying Prospectus
Supplement, before making an investment in the Securities. This Prospectus and
the accompanying Prospectus Supplement contains statements which constitute
forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements appear in a number of places in
this Prospectus and the accompanying Prospectus Supplement and include
statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of the Company,
its directors or its officers primarily with respect to the future operating
performance of the Company. Prospective purchasers of the Securities are
cautioned that any such forward looking statements are not guarantees of future
performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may
differ materially from those in the forward looking statements as a result of
various factors. The accompanying information contained in this Prospectus and
the accompanying Prospectus Supplement, including the information set forth
below, identifies important factors that could cause such differences.
 
SENSITIVITY TO PRICES AND HEDGING PROGRAMS
 
     The Company's earnings are sensitive to changes in the prices of alumina,
primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum products, and also depend to a
significant degree upon the volume and mix of all products sold.
 
   
     Primary aluminum prices have historically been subject to significant
cyclical price fluctuations. During the period January 1, 1993 through January
17, 1997, the AMT Price for primary aluminum has ranged from approximately $.50
to $1.00 per pound. For the week ended January 17, 1997, the AMT Price for
primary aluminum was approximately $.77 per pound. Alumina prices as well as
fabricated aluminum product prices (which vary considerably among products) are
significantly influenced by changes in the price of primary aluminum but
generally lag behind primary aluminum price changes by up to three months. See
"The Company -- Recent Trends and Developments" and "-- Fourth Quarter Results."
    
 
     KACC's production levels of alumina and primary aluminum exceed its
internal processing needs, which allows it to be a major seller of alumina
(approximately 2.0 million tons in 1995 or 72% of production) and primary
aluminum (approximately 271,700 tons in 1995 or 66% of production) to third
parties.
 
   
     As of November 30, 1996, KACC had sold forward substantially all of the
alumina available to it in excess of its projected internal smelting
requirements for the balance of 1996, and 89% and 90% of such excess alumina for
1997 and 1998, respectively. Virtually all of such 1997 and 1998 sales were made
at prices indexed to future prices of primary aluminum.
    
 
   
     As of November 30, 1996, KACC had sold forward at fixed prices
approximately 70,000 tons of its primary aluminum in excess of its projected
internal fabrication requirements in 1997 and approximately 93,600 tons of such
surplus in 1998. As of November 30, 1996, KACC had also purchased put options to
establish a minimum price in respect of approximately 196,000 tons and 45,000
tons of such 1997 and 1998 surplus, respectively, and had entered into option
contracts that established a price range for an additional 160,000 tons of
KACC's 1998 surplus. The weighted average price of KACC's 1997 and 1998 fixed
price contracts, and the weighted average price for KACC's 1998 put options,
approximate or exceed the AMT Price for primary aluminum for the week ended
January 17, 1997. The weighted average price for KACC's purchased put options
with respect to 1997 and the weighted average price of the minimum of the range
established with respect to KACC's other 1998 option contracts are below the AMT
Price for the week ended January 17, 1997.
    
 
   
     In January 1997, KACC has entered into option contracts that establish a
price range for an additional 29,000, 54,000 and 24,000 tons of KACC's 1997,
1998 and 1999 surplus, respectively. The weighted average price of the minimum
of the range established by these options is below the AMT Price for the week
ended January 17, 1997.
    
 
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LEVERAGE
 
   
     The Company is highly leveraged, with total consolidated indebtedness of
$867.3 million and stockholders' equity of $63.4 million at September 30, 1996.
On a pro forma basis, as of September 30, 1996, after giving effect to the
10 7/8% Notes Offering and the 10 7/8% Series C Notes Offering, and the
application of proceeds therefrom, the Company's total consolidated indebtedness
was $962.0 million. See Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial
Condition and Results of Operations -- Liquidity and Capital Resources." The
Company's leverage is substantially greater than the leverage of most of its
North American competitors, which generally have greater financial resources
than the Company. Due to its highly leveraged condition, the Company is more
sensitive than less leveraged companies to factors affecting its operations,
including changes in the prices for its products, the rates charged for power at
its various facilities, and general economic conditions.
    
 
ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS AND LITIGATION
 
     The Company and KACC are subject to a wide variety of international,
federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations (the "Environmental
Laws"). From time to time, the Company and KACC are subject, with respect to its
current and former operations, to fines or penalties assessed for alleged
breaches of the Environmental Laws, and to claims and litigation based upon such
laws. KACC is currently subject to a number of lawsuits under the Comprehensive
Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as amended by
the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 ("CERCLA"). Under
CERCLA and other related laws, past disposal of wastes, whether on-site or at
other locations, may result in the imposition of clean-up obligations by federal
or state regulatory authorities. KACC's Mead, Washington, facility has been
listed on the National Priorities List under CERCLA. In addition, KACC, along
with numerous other entities, has been named as a potentially responsible party
("PRP") for remedial costs at certain third-party sites listed on the National
Priorities List. In certain instances, KACC may be exposed to joint and several
liability for remedial action or damages to natural resources, which could
effectively expose KACC to liability for all costs associated with any such
remedial actions irrespective of its degree of culpability for the environmental
damages related thereto. Further, future environmental regulations are expected
to impose stricter compliance requirements on the aluminum industry. While
uncertainties are inherent in the final outcome of these environmental matters,
and it is presently impossible to determine the actual costs that ultimately may
be incurred, management currently believes that the resolution of such
uncertainties should not have a material adverse effect on the Company's
consolidated financial position, results of operations, or liquidity. For a
discussion of KACC's environmental litigations and other environmental matters,
see "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of
Operations -- Liquidity and Capital Resources -- Environmental Contingencies,"
"Business -- Environmental Matters," and "-- Legal Proceedings," Note 8 of the
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, and Note 4 to the Notes to Interim
Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
     In addition, KACC is subject to a number of lawsuits in which the
plaintiffs allege that certain of their injuries were caused by, among other
things, exposure to asbestos during, and as a result of, their employment or
association with KACC or exposure to products containing asbestos produced or
sold by KACC (which products have generally not been manufactured by KACC for at
least 15 years). While uncertainties are inherent in the final outcome of these
asbestos matters and it is presently impossible to determine the actual costs
that ultimately may be incurred and insurance recoveries that will be received,
management currently believes that, based on the factors discussed below under
the caption "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and
Results of Operations -- Liquidity and Capital Resources -- Asbestos
Contingencies," the resolution of asbestos-related uncertainties and the
incurrence of asbestos-related costs net of related insurance recoveries should
not have a material adverse effect on the Company's consolidated financial
position, results of operations, or liquidity. For a discussion of KACC's
asbestos related litigation, see "Management's Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations -- Liquidity and Capital
Resources -- Asbestos Contingencies," Note 8 of the Notes to Consolidated
Financial Statements, and Note 4 to the Notes to Interim Consolidated Financial
Statements.
 
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CONTROLLING STOCKHOLDER AND POSSIBLE EFFECTS
 
   
     As of the date of this Prospectus, MAXXAM and MGHI own in the aggregate
approximately 62% of the outstanding Common Stock, assuming the conversion of
each outstanding share of PRIDES into one share of Common Stock, with the
remaining approximately 38% publicly held. Accordingly, MAXXAM is able to
determine the outcome of all matters required to be submitted to the holders of
the Common Stock for approval, including decisions relating to the election of
the directors of the Company, the determination of day-to-day corporate and
management policies of the Company, the merger or acquisition of the Company,
the sale of substantially all of the assets of the Company and other significant
corporate transactions. MAXXAM's significant ownership interest in the Company
may discourage third parties from seeking to acquire control of the Company
which may adversely affect the market price of the Company's equity securities.
Mr. Charles E. Hurwitz, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive
Officer of MAXXAM, together with Federated Development Inc. ("FDI"),
collectively own approximately 61.2% of the aggregate voting power of MAXXAM.
FDI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Federated Development Company ("Federated"),
a New York business trust that is wholly owned by Mr. Hurwitz, members of his
immediate family and trusts for the benefit thereof.
    
 
OTHER SHARES ELIGIBLE FOR FUTURE SALE
 
   
     As of the date of this Prospectus, MAXXAM and MGHI, in the aggregate, own
50,000,000 shares of Common Stock (the "MAXXAM Kaiser Shares"). In December
1996, MAXXAM transferred 27,938,250 of the MAXXAM Kaiser Shares to its newly
formed, wholly-owned subsidiary MGHI concurrent with the consummation of an
offering of certain debt securities by MGHI. MGHI pledged all 27,938,250 shares
of such MAXXAM Kaiser Shares as security for approximately $225.7 million
aggregate principal amount (at maturity) of the debt of its wholly-owned
subsidiary, MAXXAM Group Inc. ("MGI") See "Management -- Security Ownership of
Certain Beneficial Owners and Management." Further, MAXXAM has entered into a
demand loan and pledge agreement with Custodial Trust Company which provides for
up to $25.0 million in borrowings, of which no amounts were outstanding at the
date of this Prospectus, which agreement contains a negative pledge on the
remaining 22,061,750 MAXXAM Kaiser Shares (the terms of which provide that
MAXXAM may sell MAXXAM Kaiser Shares upon 24 hours notice to Custodial Trust
Company). Sales of substantial amounts of the MAXXAM Kaiser Shares in the public
market, and the possibility that such sales may be made, could adversely affect
the prevailing market price of Kaiser's equity securities. On April 23, 1996, a
registration statement was filed by the Company to register 10,000,000 shares of
MAXXAM Kaiser Shares, which MAXXAM may sell from time to time. As of the date
hereof none of such MAXXAM Kaiser Shares had been sold.
    
 
POWER SUPPLY
 
   
     Electric power supply represents an important production cost for KACC at
its aluminum smelters. In 1995, KACC successfully restructured electric power
purchase agreements for its smelting facilities in the Pacific Northwest, which
resulted in significantly lower electric power costs in 1996 for the Mead and
Tacoma, Washington, smelters compared with 1995 electric power costs. KACC
expects to continue to benefit from these savings in electric power costs at
these facilities in 1997 and beyond. However, a number of lawsuits challenging
the restructuring have been filed and the effect, if any, of such lawsuits on
KACC's power purchase and transmission arrangements is not known at the current
time. In addition, while KACC has entered into long term arrangements with
respect to the power supply for its 90%-owned Volta Aluminium Company Limited
("Valco") smelter in Ghana, there can be no assurance that the requisite power
supply will be available. For a discussion of KACC's power supply arrangements,
see "Business -- Production Operations -- Primary Aluminum Products."
    
 
FOREIGN ACTIVITIES
 
     The Company's operations are located in many foreign countries, including
Australia, Canada, the PRC, Ghana, Jamaica, and the United Kingdom. Foreign
operations in general may be more vulnerable than
 
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domestic operations due to a variety of political and other risks. See
"Business -- Strategy," "-- Production Operations," and "-- International
Business Development."
 
RESTRICTIONS ON AND FACTORS AFFECTING ABILITY TO PAY DIVIDENDS
 
   
     The Company conducts all of its operations through KACC. Under the Credit
Agreement, the Company is not permitted to pay any dividends on its Common
Stock. In addition, the declaration and payment of dividends by KACC on its
shares of common stock are subject to certain limitations under the Credit
Agreement and under the indentures in respect of the 10 7/8% Notes, the 10 7/8%
Series C Notes, the 9 7/8% Notes and KACC's 12 3/4% Senior Subordinated Notes
due 2003 (the "12 3/4% Notes," and together with the 10 7/8% Notes, the 10 7/8%
Series C Notes, and the 9 7/8% Notes, the "KACC Notes").
    
 
                                USE OF PROCEEDS
 
     The Company intends to apply the net proceeds from the sale of the
Securities to its general funds to be used for general corporate purposes. Any
specific allocation of the proceeds to a particular purpose that has been made
at the date of any Prospectus Supplement will be described therein. Pending the
application of the net proceeds, the Company expects to invest such proceeds in
short-term, interest-bearing instruments or other investment-grade securities.
 
                  COMMON STOCK PRICE RANGE AND DIVIDEND POLICY
 
   
     The Company's existing Common Stock has been listed and traded on the NYSE
under the symbol "KLU" since July 1991. The following table sets forth, for the
periods indicated, the range of high and low sale prices for the Common Stock,
as reported on the NYSE. At January 21, 1997, the Company had approximately 164
stockholders of record.
    
 
   

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                HIGH         LOW
                                                              --------     --------
<S>                                                           <C>          <C>
YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 1994:
  First quarter.............................................  12 1/2       9
  Second quarter............................................  10 1/2       8 1/4
  Third quarter.............................................  11 5/8       9 1/2
  Fourth quarter............................................  12 3/8       9 3/4
YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 1995:
  First quarter.............................................  11 7/8       10 1/8
  Second quarter............................................  14           10 1/2
  Third quarter.............................................  21           13 7/8
  Fourth quarter............................................  15 3/4       10 3/4
YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 1996:
  First quarter.............................................  16 1/8       12
  Second quarter............................................  15 3/4       10 7/8
  Third quarter.............................................  12 1/2       9 3/4
  Fourth quarter............................................  12           10 1/8
YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1997:
  First Quarter (through January 21, 1997)..................  13 5/8       11 3/4
</TABLE>

    
 
   
     The Company paid a quarterly dividend of $.05 per share of Common Stock,
commencing with its initial public offering during the third quarter of 1991 and
continuing through the fourth quarter of 1992. The Company did not declare any
dividends on the Common Stock in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996. See "Management's
Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of
Operations -- Liquidity and Capital Resources -- Financing Activities." The
Credit Agreement does not permit either the Company or KACC to pay dividends on
their common stock. This declaration and payment of dividends by KACC on its
shares of common stock are also subject to certain covenants in the indentures
relating to the KACC Notes. See "Risk Factors -- Restrictions on and Factors
Affecting Ability to Pay Dividends."
    
 
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                                 CAPITALIZATION
 
   
     The following table summarizes the actual consolidated capitalization of
the Company at September 30, 1996 and as adjusted for the impact of the 10 7/8%
Notes Offering and the 10 7/8% Series C Notes Offering, and the application of
the proceeds therefrom, on the Company's consolidated capitalization. This table
should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements of the
Company and the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, and Interim
Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes to Interim Consolidated Financial
Statements appearing elsewhere in this Prospectus.
    
 
   

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                       SEPTEMBER 30, 1996
                                                                   ---------------------------
                                                                                        AS
                                                                    ACTUAL           ADJUSTED
                                                                   ---------        ----------
                                                                    (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS)
<S>                                                                <C>              <C>
Cash and cash equivalents........................................  $    21.6        $  109.7
                                                                    ========        ========
Short-term debt (1)..............................................        8.9             8.9
                                                                    --------        --------
Long-term debt (1):
  Credit Agreement (2)...........................................      131.2              --  (3)
  10 7/8% Senior Notes due 2006 (net of discount of $.9).........         --           174.1  (3)
  10 7/8% Series C Senior Notes due 2006 (including premium of
     $1.8).......................................................         --            51.8
  9 7/8% Senior Notes (net of discount of $1.0)..................      224.0           224.0
  Pollution Control and Solid Waste Disposal Obligations (less
     current portion of $1.3)....................................       34.4            34.4
  Alpart CARIFA Loan.............................................       60.0            60.0
  12 3/4% Senior Subordinated Notes..............................      400.0           400.0
  Other borrowings (less current portion of $1.4)................        8.8             8.8
                                                                    --------        --------
     Total long-term debt........................................      858.4           953.1  (4)
                                                                    --------        --------
Minority interests...............................................      119.4           119.4
                                                                    --------        --------
Stockholders' equity
  Preferred stock................................................         .4              .4
  Common stock...................................................         .7              .7
  Additional capital.............................................      530.8           530.8
  Accumulated deficit............................................     (454.7)         (454.7)  
  Additional minimum pension liability...........................      (13.8)          (13.8)  
                                                                    --------        --------
     Total stockholders' equity..................................       63.4            63.4
                                                                    --------        --------
       Total capitalization......................................  $ 1,050.1        $1,144.8
                                                                    ========        ========
          Total long-term debt as a percentage of total
            capitalization.......................................       81.7%           83.3%
</TABLE>

    
 
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 (1) Does not give effect to $93.3 million of guaranteed unconsolidated joint
     venture indebtedness of the Company and $20.6 million of other guarantees
     and letters of credit as of September 30, 1996.
 
   
 (2) As of September 30, 1996, $141.9 million (of which $73.1 million could have
     been used for letters of credit) was available to the Company under the
     Credit Agreement.
    
 
   
 (3) On a pro forma basis, after giving effect to the 10 7/8% Notes Offering and
     the 10 7/8% Series C Notes Offering, and the application of the proceeds
     therefrom, as of September 30, 1996, $273.1 million of borrowing capacity
     would have been available for use under the revolving credit facility of
     the Credit Agreement ($51.9 million of letters of credit would have been
     outstanding) and the Company would have had additional available cash
     proceeds from the 10 7/8% Notes Offering and the 10 7/8% Series C Notes
     Offering of $88.1 million.
    
 
   
 (4) The scheduled maturity of the Company's long-term debt through 2001, as
     adjusted to reflect the 10 7/8% Notes Offering and the 10 7/8% Series C
     Notes Offering, and the application of proceeds therefrom, is as follows:
     1997 - $8.9 million; 1998 - $9.1 million; 1999 - $.5 million; 2000 - $.4
     million; and 2001 - $.4 million.
    
 
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         SELECTED HISTORICAL AND PRO FORMA CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA
 
     The following selected historical and pro forma consolidated financial data
should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements of the
Company and the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements and the Interim
Consolidated Financial Statements of the Company and the Notes to Interim
Consolidated Financial Statements appearing elsewhere in this Prospectus, and
the information contained in "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial
Condition and Results of Operations." The selected historical consolidated
financial data as of and for the years ended December 31, 1995, 1994, 1993,
1992, and 1991 have been derived from the Company's Consolidated Financial
Statements which have been audited by independent public accountants. The
selected historical consolidated financial data as of and for the nine months
ended September 30, 1996, and for the nine months ended September 30, 1995, have
not been audited, but in the opinion of management contain all adjustments
(consisting of normal recurring adjustments) necessary to present fairly the
financial position and results of operations of the Company as of such date and
for such periods. However, the results of operations for the nine months ended
September 30, 1996, are not necessarily indicative of the results for the year
ending December 31, 1996.
 
   

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                        NINE MONTHS
                                                           ENDED
                                                       SEPTEMBER 30,                     YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31,
                                                    -------------------   -----------------------------------------------------
                                                      1996       1995       1995       1994        1993       1992       1991
                                                    --------   --------   --------   --------    --------   --------   --------
                                                                      (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT RATIOS)
<S>                                                 <C>        <C>        <C>        <C>         <C>        <C>        <C>
Operating Data:
  Net sales........................................ $1,652.1   $1,646.7   $2,237.8   $1,781.5    $1,719.1   $1,909.1   $2,000.8
  Cost of products sold............................  1,394.8    1,329.8    1,798.4    1,625.5     1,587.7    1,619.3    1,594.2
  Gross profit.....................................    257.3      316.9      439.4      156.0       131.4      289.8      406.6
  Depreciation.....................................     72.5       71.1       94.3       95.4        97.1       80.3       73.2
  Selling, administrative, research and
    development, and general.......................     97.4       96.4      134.5      116.8       121.9      119.6      117.4
  Operating income (loss)..........................     87.4      149.4      210.6      (56.2)     (123.4)      89.9      216.0
  Interest expense.................................     68.3       71.3       93.9       88.6        84.2       78.7       93.9
  Income (loss) before income taxes, minority
    interests, extraordinary loss and cumulative
    effect of changes in accounting principles.....     22.1       68.3      102.6     (152.1)     (208.5)      32.1      142.4
  Income (loss) before extraordinary loss and
    cumulative effect of changes in accounting
    principles.....................................     11.5       39.3       60.3     (101.4)     (123.1)      26.9      108.4
  Net income (loss)................................     11.5       39.3       60.3     (106.8)(1)  (652.2)(1)   26.9      108.4
  Dividends on preferred stock.....................      6.3       15.5       17.6       20.1         6.3
  Net income (loss) available to common
    shareholders...................................      5.2       23.8       42.7     (126.9)     (658.5)      26.9      108.4
  Earnings (loss) per common and common equivalent
    share before extraordinary loss and cumulative
    effect of changes in accounting
    principles(2).................................. $    .07   $    .40   $    .69   $  (2.09)   $  (2.25)  $    .47   $   2.03
  Earnings (loss) per common and common equivalent
    share(2):
    Primary........................................ $    .07   $    .40   $    .69   $  (2.18)   $ (11.47)  $    .47   $   2.03
    Fully diluted..................................            $    .46   $    .72
Other Data:
  Summary cash flow information(3):
    Cash provided by (used for) operating
      activities...................................     (5.0)      20.1      118.7      (22.1)       36.9       26.3      135.0
    Cash used for investing activities.............    (90.8)     (46.5)     (79.8)     (65.9)      (54.6)     (88.3)    (109.3)
    Cash provided by (used for) financing
      activities...................................     95.5       20.0      (34.6)      90.9        13.3       65.3      (33.8)
    EBITDA(4)......................................    162.9      210.7      290.8       31.9       (27.2)     191.1      309.5
Weighted average number of common and common
  equivalent shares outstanding (in thousands)(2):
  Primary..........................................   71,843     59,015     62,264     58,139      57,423     57,250     53,297
  Fully diluted....................................              71,613     71,809
Dividends declared:
  Per common share.................................                                                         $    .20   $   1.10
  Per Depositary Share............................. $          $    .47   $    .47   $    .65    $    .33
  Per share of PRIDES.............................. $    .73   $    .73   $    .97   $    .85
Ratio of earnings to combined fixed charges and
  preferred stock dividends(5).....................      1.1x       1.5x       1.6x        --(6)       --(6)      1.3x      2.3x
Pro Forma(7):
  Interest expense.................................     82.4                 113.8
  Net income.......................................      2.8                  48.0
  Ratio of EBITDA to interest expense..............     1.98x                 2.56x
</TABLE>

    
 
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<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                            SEPTEMBER 30, 1996                              DECEMBER 31,
                                        ---------------------------   --------------------------------------------------------
                                        PRO FORMA(7)    HISTORICAL      1995        1994        1993        1992        1991
                                        -------------  ------------   --------    --------    --------    --------    --------
                                                                       (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS)
<S>                                     <C>            <C>            <C>         <C>         <C>         <C>         <C>
Balance Sheet Data:
  Working capital......................   $   486.5      $  398.4     $  331.7    $  259.7    $  278.6    $  310.3    $  242.2
  Total assets.........................     2,963.9       2,869.2      2,813.2     2,698.1     2,527.9     2,172.6     2,134.1
  Long-term liabilities................       558.3         558.3        548.5       495.5       501.8       281.7       212.9
  Accrued postretirement medical
    benefit obligation, less current
    portion............................       727.7         727.7        734.0       734.9       713.1
  Long-term debt, less current
    portion............................       953.1         858.4        749.2       751.1       720.2       765.1       681.5
  Minority interests...................       119.4         119.4        122.7       116.2       105.0       104.9       108.9
  Total stockholders' equity...........        63.4          63.4         57.7        17.3        29.4       565.2       555.8
</TABLE>

    
 
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(1) Includes extraordinary loss on early extinguishment of debt of $5.4 and
    $21.8, net of tax benefit of $2.9 and $11.2 for 1994 and 1993, respectively,
    and cumulative effect of changes in accounting principles of $507.3, net of
    tax benefit of $237.7 in 1993. See Note 1 of the Notes to Consolidated
    Financial Statements.
 
(2) As a result of the conversion of the Company's Mandatory Conversion Premium
    Dividend Preferred Stock (the "Series A Stock") and the simultaneous
    redemption of the $.65 Depositary Shares (the "Issued Depositary Shares"),
    each representing one-tenth of a share of Series A Stock, during 1995, fully
    diluted earnings per share are presented even though the results are
    antidilutive. For the 1994 and 1993 periods, common equivalent shares
    attributable to preferred stock and non-qualified stock options were
    excluded from the calculation of weighted average shares because they were
    antidilutive.
 
(3) Reference is made to the Statement of Cash Flows contained in the Company's
    Consolidated Financial Statements and Interim Consolidated Financial
    Statements contained elsewhere in this Prospectus for a complete
    presentation of cash flows from operating, investing, and financing
    activities prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting
    principles. Because the Company operates through subsidiaries and the
    indentures and credit agreement governing the Company's indebtedness contain
    covenants which, among other things, limit the Company's ability to pay cash
    dividends and restrict transactions between Kaiser and its affiliates, such
    cash flows would generally not be available to service the Company's
    obligations. See "Risk Factors -- Restrictions on and Factors Affecting
    Ability to Pay Dividends" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of
    Financial Condition and Results of Operations -- Liquidity and Capital
    Resources -- Capital Structure" and "-- Financing Activities."
 
(4) "EBITDA" represents income from continuing operations before extraordinary
    loss and cumulative effect of changes in accounting principles, before
    giving effect to income tax expense, minority interests, interest expense
    (including amortization of deferred financing costs and original issue
    discount) and depreciation. EBITDA is not intended to represent cash flow,
    an alternative to net income, or any other measure of performance in
    accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. It is included
    because management believes that certain investors find such information
    useful for measuring the Company's ability to service debt.
 
(5) For the purpose of calculating the ratio of earnings to combined fixed
    charges and preferred stock dividends, "earnings" consist of the sum of (i)
    income (loss) before extraordinary loss and cumulative effect of changes in
    accounting principles of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries, (ii)
    undistributed (earnings) losses of less-than-fifty-percent-owned companies,
    (iii) minority interest share of income (losses) of majority-owned
    subsidiaries that have fixed charges, (iv) consolidated provision for income
    taxes, (v) minority interest share of tax provision (credit) of
    majority-owned subsidiaries that have fixed charges, (vi) fixed charges,
    excluding capitalized interest, (vii) equity in losses of
    less-than-fifty-percent-owned companies where the Company has guaranteed the
    debt of such companies, and (viii) previously capitalized interest amortized
    during the period. Fixed charges consist of the sum of interest expense,
    amortization of deferred financing costs, the portion of rents
    representative of the interest factor, preferred stock dividend
    requirements, interest expense related to the guaranteed debt of
    less-than-fifty-percent-owned companies incurring a loss, and capitalized
    interest.
 
(6) For the years ended December 31, 1994 and 1993, earnings were insufficient
    to cover fixed charges by $160.5 and $215.7, respectively.
 
   
(7) The pro forma information assumes the 10 7/8% Notes Offering and the 10 7/8%
    Series C Notes Offering, the application of the net proceeds therefrom,
    after estimated expenses, to reduce the outstanding borrowings under the
    Credit Agreement to zero and investment of the remainder in short-term
    investments pending its application for working capital and general
    corporate purposes as if such events had occurred as of the end of the
    period with respect to the balance sheet data and as if such events had
    occurred at the beginning of the period with respect to the operating data.
    
 
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          MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
                           AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
     The Company, through KACC, operates in two business segments: bauxite and
alumina, and aluminum processing. The Company's operating results are sensitive
to changes in prices of alumina, primary aluminum, and fabricated aluminum
products, and also depend to a significant degree on the volume and mix of all
products sold and on KACC's hedging strategies. See Note 5 of the Notes to
Interim Consolidated Financial Statements appearing elsewhere in this Prospectus
for an explanation of the Company's hedging strategies. The following table
provides selected operational and financial information on a consolidated basis
with respect to the Company for years ended December 31, 1995, 1994, and 1993,
and for the nine months ended September 30, 1996 and 1995. As an integrated
aluminum producer, the Company uses a portion of its bauxite, alumina, and
primary aluminum production for additional processing at certain of its other
facilities. Intracompany shipments and sales are excluded from the information
set forth on the following table. Interim financial and operating data are not
necessarily indicative of those for a full year.
 
                 SELECTED OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                  NINE MONTHS ENDED
                                                    SEPTEMBER 30,         YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31,
                                                 -------------------   ------------------------------
                                                   1996       1995       1995       1994       1993
                                                 --------   --------   --------   --------   --------
                                                    (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHIPMENTS AND
                                                                       PRICES)
<S>                                              <C>        <C>        <C>        <C>        <C>
Shipments: (000 tons)
  Alumina......................................   1,506.7    1,494.6    2,040.1    2,086.7    1,997.5
  Aluminum products:
     Primary aluminum..........................     262.9      184.5      271.7      224.0      242.5
     Fabricated aluminum products..............     245.4      284.3      368.2      399.0      373.2
                                                 --------   --------   --------   --------   --------
          Total aluminum products..............     508.3      468.8      639.9      623.0      615.7
                                                 ========   ========   ========   ========   ========
Average realized sales price:
  Alumina (per ton)............................  $    199   $    203   $    208   $    169   $    169
  Primary aluminum (per pound).................       .69        .82        .81        .59        .56
Net sales:
  Bauxite and alumina:
     Alumina...................................  $  300.2   $  303.8   $  424.8   $  352.8   $  338.2
     Other(1)(2)...............................      77.2       65.3       89.4       79.7       85.2
                                                 --------   --------   --------   --------   --------
          Total bauxite and alumina............     377.4      369.1      514.2      432.5      423.4
                                                 --------   --------   --------   --------   --------
  Aluminum processing:
     Primary aluminum..........................     402.8      335.0      488.0      292.0      301.7
     Fabricated aluminum products..............     861.4      929.0    1,218.6    1,043.0      981.4
     Other(2)..................................      10.5       13.6       17.0       14.0       12.6
                                                 --------   --------   --------   --------   --------
          Total aluminum processing............   1,274.7    1,277.6    1,723.6    1,349.0    1,295.7
                                                 --------   --------   --------   --------   --------
          Total net sales......................  $1,652.1   $1,646.7   $2,237.8   $1,781.5   $1,719.1
                                                 ========   ========   ========   ========   ========
Operating income (loss):
  Bauxite and alumina..........................  $    8.8   $   36.4   $   54.0   $   19.8   $   (4.5)
  Aluminum processing..........................     127.8      170.9      238.9       (8.4)     (46.3)
  Corporate....................................     (49.2)     (57.9)     (82.3)     (67.6)     (72.6)
                                                 --------   --------   --------   --------   --------
          Total operating income (loss)........  $   87.4   $  149.4   $  210.6   $  (56.2)  $ (123.4)
                                                 ========   ========   ========   ========   ========
Income (loss) before extraordinary loss and
  cumulative effect of changes in accounting
  principles...................................  $   11.5   $   39.3   $   60.3   $ (101.4)  $ (123.1)
Extraordinary loss on early extinguishment of
  debt, net of tax benefit of $2.9 and $11.2
  for 1994 and 1993, respectively..............                                       (5.4)     (21.8)
Cumulative effect of changes in accounting
  principles, net of tax benefit of $237.7.....                                                (507.3)
                                                 --------   --------   --------   --------   --------
Net income (loss)..............................  $   11.5   $   39.3   $   60.3   $ (106.8)  $ (652.2)
                                                 ========   ========   ========   ========   ========
Capital expenditures:
  Property, plant, and equipment...............  $   90.8   $   44.2   $   79.4   $   70.0   $   67.5
  Investments in unconsolidated affiliates.....        .3        9.0        9.0                    .2
                                                 --------   --------   --------   --------   --------
                                                 $   91.1   $   53.2   $   88.4   $   70.0   $   67.7
                                                 ========   ========   ========   ========   ========
</TABLE>

 
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(1) Includes net sales of bauxite.
 
(2) Includes the portion of net sales attributable to minority interests in
    consolidated subsidiaries.
 
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RECENT TRENDS AND DEVELOPMENTS
 
   
     During 1995, the AMT Price for primary aluminum was approximately $.86 per
pound compared to $.72 and $.54 per pound in 1994 and 1993, respectively. The
significant improvement in prices during 1994 and 1995 resulted from strong
growth in Western world consumption of aluminum and the curtailment of
production in response to lower prices in prior periods by many producers
worldwide. In 1995, production of primary aluminum increased and consumption of
aluminum continued to grow, but at a much lower rate than in 1994. In general,
the overall aluminum market was strongest in the first half of 1995. By the
second half of 1995, orders and shipments for certain products had softened and
the rate of decline in LME inventories had leveled off. By the end of 1995, some
small increases in LME inventories occurred, and prices of aluminum weakened
from first-half levels. This trend continued throughout 1996 as the supply of
primary aluminum exceeded demand during this period. Net reported primary
aluminum inventories have increased by approximately 43,000 tons in 1996 and
early 1997 based upon the most recent available reports of the LME (through
January 17, 1997) and the IPAI (through November 30, 1996), following
substantial declines of 764,000 and 1,153,000 tons in 1994 and 1995,
respectively. The AMT Price for primary aluminum for the week ended January 17,
1997, was approximately $.77 per pound.
    
 
   
     Increased production of primary aluminum due to restarts of certain
previously idled capacity, the commissioning of a major new smelter in South
Africa, and the continued high level of exports from the CIS have contributed to
increased supplies of primary aluminum to the Western world in 1996. While the
economies of the major aluminum consuming regions -- the United States, Japan,
Western Europe, and Asia -- are performing relatively well, the Company believes
that the reduction of aluminum inventories by consumers, as prices have
continued to decline, has suppressed the growth in primary aluminum demand that
normally accompanies growth in economic and industrial activity. In addition to
these supply/demand dynamics, the Company believes that the decline in primary
aluminum prices during the last half of 1996 may have been influenced by a major
decline in copper prices on the LME in 1996. See "Business -- Industry
Overview."
    
 
FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS
 
   
     The Company incurred net losses of $6.6 million in the third quarter of
1996 and expects to report net losses in the fourth quarter of 1996, compared to
net income in the comparable periods in 1995, due principally to lower average
realized prices for alumina and primary aluminum and to increased raw material,
energy, and operational costs associated with the production of alumina at the
Company's Gramercy alumina refinery in Louisiana and 65%-owned Alpart alumina
refinery in Jamaica, as compared to amounts incurred in the comparable periods
of 1995. Included in the fourth quarter results will be an after tax benefit of
approximately $17.0 million resulting from settlements of certain tax
contingencies in December 1996. Excluding the impact of these non-recurring
items, the net losses expected to be reported for the fourth quarter of 1996
would have significantly exceeded the net losses incurred in the third quarter
of 1996.
    
 
   
PROFIT ENHANCEMENT AND COST CUTTING INITIATIVE
    
 
     The Company has set a goal of achieving significant cost reductions and
other profit improvements during 1997, with the full effect planned to be
realized in 1998. The initiative is based on the Company's conclusion that the
current level of performance of its existing facilities and businesses will not
achieve the level of profits the Company considers satisfactory based upon
historic long-term average prices for primary aluminum and alumina. To achieve
this goal, the Company plans reductions in production costs, improvements in
operating efficiencies, decreases in corporate selling, general and
administrative expenses, and enhancements to product mix. There can be no
assurance that the initiative will result in the desired cost reductions and
other profit improvements.
 
NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 1996 COMPARED TO NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30,
1995
 
     Summary -- For the first nine months of 1996, the Company's net income was
$11.5 million, or $.07 per share, compared to net income of $39.3 million, or
$.40 per common share, in the first nine months of 1995. Net sales for the first
nine months of 1996 were $1,652.1 million, compared to $1,646.7 million for the
same period in 1995.
 
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     Results for the nine months ended September 30, 1996, reflect the
substantial reduction in market prices for primary aluminum more fully discussed
above. Alumina prices, which are significantly influenced by changes in primary
aluminum prices, also declined from period to period. The decrease in product
prices more than offset the positive impact of increases in shipments in several
segments of the Company's business, as more fully discussed below.
 
     Results for the first nine months of 1995 include approximately $17.0
million of first-quarter 1995 pre-tax expenses associated with an eight-day
strike at five major U.S. locations, a six-day strike at the Company's Alpart
alumina refinery, and a four-day disruption of alumina production at Alpart
caused by a boiler failure.
 
     Bauxite and Alumina -- Net segment sales for the nine months ended
September 30, 1996, were basically unchanged from the same period in 1995 as, on
a year to date basis, nominal alumina price declines were offset by a modest
increase in alumina shipments. The reduction in prices realized reflects the
decline in primary aluminum prices experienced in 1996 discussed above, as well
as the impact of certain short term sales of previously uncommitted alumina
production.
 
     Operating income (loss) for this segment of the Company's business declined
significantly from the prior year period as a result of: (1) reduced gross
margins from alumina sales resulting from the previously discussed price
declines; (2) high operating costs associated with disruptions in the power
supply at the Company's Alpart alumina refinery; and (3) increased natural gas
costs at the Company's Gramercy, Louisiana alumina refinery. Operating income
for the nine months ended September 30, 1996, was also unfavorably impacted by a
temporary raw material quality problem experienced at the Company's Gramercy
facility during the second quarter of 1996.
 
     Aluminum Processing -- For the first nine months of 1996 increases in
shipments of 42.5% more than offset a 16% decline in product prices from period
to period. The increase in shipments during the nine months ended September 30,
1996, is the result of increased shipments of primary aluminum to third parties
as a result of a decline in intracompany transfers.
 
     Net sales of fabricated aluminum products were down 7% for the nine months
ended September 30, 1996, as compared to the prior year period as a result of a
decrease in shipments (primarily related to can sheet activities) resulting from
reduced growth in demand and the reduction of consumer inventories. The impact
of reduced product shipments was to a limited degree offset by 7% increase in
prices realized from the sale of fabricated aluminum products for the nine
months ended September 30, 1996, resulting from a shift in product mix (to
higher-end value added products), due to reduced can sheet shipments.
 
     Corporate -- Corporate operating expenses represent normal and recurring
corporate general and administrative expenses which are not allocated to the
Company's business segments.
 
THREE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 1995
 
  Net Sales
 
     Bauxite and Alumina -- Revenue from net sales to third parties for the
bauxite and alumina segment was 19% higher in 1995 than in 1994 and 2% higher in
1994 than in 1993. Revenue from alumina increased 20% in 1995 from 1994, due to
higher average realized prices partially offset by lower shipments. The
remainder of the segment's sales revenues were from sales of bauxite and the
portion of sales of alumina attributable to the minority interest in KACC's
65%-owned Alumina Partners of Jamaica ("Alpart") alumina refinery in Jamaica.
 
     Aluminum Processing -- Revenue from net sales to third parties for the
aluminum processing segment was 28% higher in 1995 than in 1994 and 4% higher in
1994 than in 1993. The bulk of the segment's sales represents the Company's
primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum products, with the remainder
representing the portion of sales of primary aluminum attributable to the
minority interest in the Company's 90%-owned Valco aluminum smelter in Ghana.
Revenue from primary aluminum increased 67% in 1995 from 1994, due primarily to
higher average realized prices and higher shipments. In 1995, the Company's
average realized price from sales of primary aluminum was approximately $.81 per
pound, compared to the AMT
 
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Price of approximately $.86 per pound during the year. The higher shipments of
primary aluminum were due to increased production at the Company's smelters in
the Pacific Northwest and Valco, and reduced intracompany consumption of primary
metal at the Company's fabricated products units. The increase in revenue for
1995 was partially offset by decreased shipments caused by the strike by the
United Steelworkers of America ("USWA") discussed below. Revenue from primary
aluminum decreased 3% in 1994 from 1993 as higher average realized prices were
more than offset by lower shipments. Average realized prices in 1994 reflected
the defensive hedging of primary aluminum prices in respect of 1994 shipments,
which was initiated prior to then-recent improvements in metal prices. Shipments
in 1994 reflected production curtailments at the Company's smelters in the
Pacific Northwest and Valco. Shipments of primary aluminum to third parties were
approximately 42% of total aluminum products shipments in 1995, compared with
approximately 36% in 1994 and 39% in 1993. Revenue from fabricated aluminum
products increased 17% in 1995 from 1994, due to higher average realized prices
partially offset by lower shipments for most of these products. Revenue from
fabricated aluminum products increased 6% in 1994 from 1993, principally due to
increased shipments of most of these products.
 
  Operating Income (Loss)
 
     Improved operating results in 1995 were partially offset by expenses
related to the Company's smelting joint venture in the PRC, increased expenses
related to the Company's micromill technology, maintenance expenses as a result
of an electrical lightning strike at the Company's Trentwood, Washington,
facility, and a work slowdown at the Company's 49%-owned Kaiser Jamaica Bauxite
Company ("KJBC") prior to the signing of a new labor contract. The combined
impact of these expenditures on the results for 1995 was approximately $6.0
million in the aggregate (on a pre-tax basis). Operating results in 1995 were
further impacted by (i) an eight-day strike at five major domestic locations by
the USWA, (ii) a six-day strike by the National Workers Union at Alpart, and
(iii) a four-day disruption of alumina production at Alpart caused by a boiler
failure. The combined impact of these events on the results for 1995 was
approximately $17.0 million in the aggregate (on a pre-tax basis) principally
from lower production volume and other related costs. In 1993, the Company
recorded a pre-tax charge of $35.8 million related to restructuring charges and
a pre-tax charge of $19.4 million because of a reduction in the carrying value
of its inventories caused principally by prevailing lower prices for alumina,
primary aluminum, and fabricated aluminum products.
 
     Bauxite and Alumina -- This segment's operating income was $54.0 million in
1995, compared with $19.8 million in 1994 and a loss of $4.5 million in 1993.
The increase in operating income in 1995 compared with 1994 was principally due
to higher revenue, partially offset by the effect of the strike and boiler
failure. In 1994, compared with 1993, operating income was favorably affected by
increased shipments and lower manufacturing costs.
 
     Aluminum Processing -- This segment's operating income was $238.9 million
in 1995, compared with losses of $8.4 million in 1994 and $46.3 million in 1993.
Improvement in operating results in 1995 compared with 1994 was principally due
to higher revenue, partially offset by the effect of the strike by the USWA. The
decrease in operating loss in 1994 compared with 1993 was caused principally by
the $35.8 million restructuring charges in 1993, increased shipments of
fabricated aluminum products, and higher average realized prices of primary
aluminum, partially offset by lower shipments of primary aluminum.
 
     Corporate -- Corporate operating expenses of $82.3 million, $67.6 million,
and $72.6 million in 1995, 1994, and 1993, respectively, represented corporate
general and administrative expenses that were not allocated to segments.
 
  Net Income (Loss)
 
     The Company reported net income of $60.3 million in 1995, compared with a
net loss of $106.8 million in 1994 and a net loss of $652.2 million in 1993. The
principal reason for the improvement in 1995 compared to 1994 was the
improvement in operating results previously described, partially offset by other
charges, principally related to the establishment of additional litigation
reserves. The principal reasons for the reduced net loss in 1994 compared with
1993 were the reduction in the operating loss previously described and the
cumulative effect of changes in accounting principles of $507.3 million related
to adoption of Statement of
 
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Financial Accounting Standards No. 106, 109, and 112 as of January 1, 1993. See
Note 1 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
 
  Capital Structure
 
   
     On February 17, 1994, the Company and KACC entered into the Credit
Agreement. The Credit Agreement provides for a $325.0 million five-year secured,
revolving line of credit, scheduled to mature in 1999. KACC is able to borrow
under the facility by means of revolving credit advances and letters of credit
(up to $125.0 million) in an aggregate amount equal to the lesser of $325.0
million or a borrowing base relating to eligible accounts receivable plus
eligible inventory. As of September 30, 1996, $141.9 million (of which $73.1
million could have been used for letters of credit) was available to KACC under
the Credit Agreement. As of November 30, 1996, $273.0 million of borrowing
capacity was unused under the revolving credit facility of the Credit Agreement.
The Credit Agreement is unconditionally guaranteed by the Company and by certain
significant subsidiaries of KACC. The Credit Agreement requires KACC to maintain
certain financial covenants and places restrictions on the Company's and KACC's
ability to, among other things, incur debt and liens, make investments, pay
dividends, undertake transactions with affiliates, make capital expenditures,
and enter into unrelated lines of business. The Credit Agreement is secured by,
among other things, (i) mortgages on KACC's major domestic plants (excluding the
Company's Gramercy alumina refinery and the Nevada micromill); (ii) subject to
certain exceptions, liens on the accounts receivable, inventory, equipment,
domestic patents and trademarks, and substantially all other personal property
of KACC and certain of its subsidiaries; (iii) a pledge of all of the stock of
KACC owned by the Company; and (iv) pledges of all of the stock of a number of
KACC's wholly owned domestic subsidiaries, pledges of a portion of the stock of
certain foreign subsidiaries, and pledges of a portion of the stock of certain
partially owned foreign affiliates.
    
 
   
     In 1993, the Company issued 19,382,950 of its $.65 Depositary Shares, each
representing one-tenth of a share of the Series A Stock. On September 19, 1995,
the Company redeemed all 1,938,295 shares of Series A Stock, which resulted in
the simultaneous redemption of all of its $.65 Depositary Shares, in exchange
for (i) 13,126,521 shares of the Company's Common Stock and (ii) $2.8 million in
cash comprised of (a) an amount equal to all accrued and unpaid dividends, and
(b) cash in lieu of any fractional shares of Common Stock that would have
otherwise been issuable.
    
 
   
     In the first quarter of 1994, the Company consummated the public offering
of 8,855,550 shares of its PRIDES. The net proceeds from the sale of the shares
of the PRIDES were approximately $100.1 million. On February 17, 1994, KACC
issued $225.0 million of its 9 7/8% Notes.
    
 
   
     The obligations of KACC with respect to the 9 7/8% Notes and the 12 3/4%
Notes (see Note 4 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements) are
guaranteed, jointly and severally, by certain subsidiaries of KACC. The
indentures governing the 9 7/8% Notes and the 12 3/4% Notes restrict, among
other things, KACC's ability to incur debt, undertake transactions with
affiliates, and pay dividends.
    
 
   
     On October 23, 1996, KACC completed the 10 7/8% Notes Offering of $175.0
million principal amount of 10 7/8% Notes at 99.5% of their principal amount.
The 10 7/8% Notes were not registered under the Securities Act, and may not be
offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable
exemption from registration requirements. The 10 7/8% Notes rank pari passu in
right and priority of payment with outstanding indebtedness under the Credit
Agreement, the 10 7/8% Series C Notes, and the 9 7/8% Notes, and are fully and
unconditionally guaranteed on a senior, unsecured basis by the Subsidiary
Guarantors. Net proceeds from the 10 7/8% Notes Offering on the Issuance Date,
after estimated expenses, were approximately $168.9 million, of which $91.7
million were utilized to reduce the outstanding borrowings under the revolving
credit facility of the Credit Agreement to zero. The remaining net proceeds
(approximately $77.2 million) were invested in short-term investments pending
their application for working capital and general corporate purposes, including
capital projects. Pursuant to an agreement with the initial purchasers of the
10 7/8% Notes, KACC and the Subsidiary Guarantors filed a registration statement
with the Commission on November 12, 1996, with respect to the 10 7/8% Notes
Exchange Offer. The registration statement with respect to the 10 7/8% Note
Exchange
    
 
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Offer was declared effective by the Commission on December 11, 1996, and it is
presently anticipated that the 10 7/8% Notes Exchange Offer will be consummated
on or about February 5, 1997. The indenture governing the 10 7/8% Notes
restricts, among other things, KACC's ability to incur debt, undertake
transactions with affiliates, and pay dividends.
    
 
   
     On December 23, 1996, the Company completed the 10 7/8% Series C Notes
Offering of $50.0 million principal amount of 10 7/8% Series C Notes at 103.5%
of their principal amount. The 10 7/8% Series C Notes were not registered under
the Securities Act, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent
registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements. The
10 7/8% Series C Notes rank pari passu in right and priority of payment with
outstanding indebtedness under the Credit Agreement, the 9 7/8% Notes, and the
10 7/8% Notes, and are guaranteed on a senior, unsecured basis by the Subsidiary
Guarantors. Net proceeds from the 10 7/8% Series C Notes Offering, after
estimated expenses, were approximately $50.4 million, which were invested in
short-term investments pending their application for working capital and other
general corporate purposes, including capital projects. Pursuant to an agreement
with the initial purchaser of the 10 7/8% Series C Notes, KACC and the
Subsidiary Guarantors filed a registration statement with the Commission on
January 2, 1997, with respect to the 10 7/8% Series C Notes Exchange Offer. The
registration statement with respect to the 10 7/8% Series C Notes Exchange Offer
was declared effective by the Commission on January 21, 1997, and it is
presently anticipated that the 10 7/8% Series C Notes Exchange Offer will be
consummated on or about February 26, 1997. The indenture governing the 10 7/8%
Series C Notes restricts, among other things, KACC's ability to incur debt,
undertake transactions with affiliates, and pay dividends.
    
 
   
     During October 1996, the Credit Agreement was amended to, among other
things, provide for the 10 7/8% Notes Offering and to modify certain of the
financial covenants contained in the Credit Agreement. During December 1996, the
Credit Agreement was again amended to provide for the 10 7/8% Series C Notes
Offering.
    
 
     See "Risk Factors -- Leverage" and Note 4 of the Notes to Consolidated
Financial Statements.
 
  Operating Activities
 
     Cash used for operations was $5.0 million in the first nine months of 1996,
compared with cash provided by operations of $20.1 million in the first nine
months of 1995, primarily due to reduced earnings. Cash provided by operations
was $118.7 million in 1995, compared with cash used for operations of $22.1
million in 1994 and cash provided by operations of $36.9 million in 1993. The
improvement in cash flows from operations in 1995 compared with 1994 was
primarily due to higher earnings and a refund of margin deposits of $50.5
million under certain hedging contracts.
 
     At December 31, 1995, the Company had working capital of $331.7 million,
compared with working capital of $259.7 million at December 31, 1994. The
increase in working capital was due primarily to an increase in Receivables and
Inventories and a decrease in Other accrued liabilities, partially offset by a
decrease in Prepaid expenses and other current assets (principally due to a
refund of margin deposits related to hedging activities) and an increase in
Accounts payable and Accrued salaries, wages, and related expenses.
 
     At September 30, 1996, the Company had working capital of $398.4 million,
compared with working capital of $331.7 million at December 31, 1995. The
increase in working capital was due primarily to an increase in Inventories and
Prepaid expenses and other current assets and a decrease in Accounts payable and
Accrued salaries, wages, and related expenses, partially offset by a decrease in
Receivables and an increase in Other accrued liabilities.
 
     Postretirement benefits other than pensions are provided through contracts
with various insurance carriers. The Company has not funded the liability for
these benefits, which are expected to be paid out of cash generated by
operations.
 
  Investing Activities
 
     The Company's capital expenditures of $226.1 million (of which $25.2
million was funded by the Company's minority partners in certain foreign joint
ventures) during the three years ended December 31, 1995, were made primarily to
improve production efficiency, reduce operating costs, expand capacity at
 
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existing facilities, and construct new facilities. Total consolidated capital
expenditures were $88.4 million in 1995, compared with $70.0 million in 1994 and
$67.7 million in 1993 (of which $8.3, $7.5, and $9.4 million were funded by the
minority partners in certain foreign joint ventures in 1995, 1994, and 1993,
respectively). Capital expenditures during the first nine months of 1996 were
$91.1 million, which were used primarily to improve production efficiency,
reduce operating costs, expand capacity at existing facilities, and construct
new facilities, including the Nevada micromill.
 
     Total consolidated capital expenditures (of which approximately 6% is
expected to be funded by the Company's minority partners in certain foreign
joint ventures) are expected to be between $130.0 and $160.0 million per annum
in each of 1996 through 1998. Management continues to evaluate numerous projects
all of which require substantial capital, including KACC's micromill project and
other potential opportunities both in the United States and overseas. In
response to lower aluminum and alumina prices, management may consider deferring
certain non-essential capital expenditures and/or raising investment capital
(including through joint ventures), in order to conserve a portion of the
Company's available cash resources to meet incremental capital and operating
requirements and to take advantage of new investment opportunities. See
"Business -- Strategy" and "-- Research and Development."
 
   
     In 1995, Kaiser Yellow River Investment Limited ("KYRIL"), a subsidiary of
the Company, entered into a Joint Venture Agreement and related agreements (the
"Joint Venture Agreements") with the Lanzhou Aluminum Smelters ("LAS") of the
China National Nonferrous Metals Industry Corporation relating to the formation
and operation of Yellow River Aluminum Industry Company Limited, a Sino-foreign
joint equity enterprise (the "Joint Venture") organized under the laws of the
PRC. KYRIL contributed $9.0 million to the capital of the Joint Venture in July
1995. The parties to the Joint Venture are currently engaged in discussions
concerning the future of the Joint Venture. Governmental approval in the PRC
will be necessary in order to implement any arrangements agreed to by the
parties, and there can be no assurance such approvals will be obtained. At a
meeting of the Board of Directors of the Joint Venture held on January 16, 1997,
LAS reported that negotiations had begun with an investor which might be
interested in buying KYRIL's interest in the Joint Venture. In light of such
report, the directors adopted a resolution that, among other things, (i)
contained an agreement to continue until June 30, 1997, discussions concerning
the future of the Joint Venture, (ii) provided that KYRIL granted to LAS the
right to seek a buyer to purchase KYRIL's equity interest in the Joint Venture,
and (iii) provided that if a buyer to purchase KYRIL's equity interest in the
Joint Venture was not found by June 30, 1997, the Joint Venture would be
terminated and dissolved. See "Business -- International Business Development."
    
 
  Financing Activities and Liquidity
 
   
     As of September 30, 1996, the Company's total consolidated indebtedness was
$867.3 million. As of such date, $141.9 million of borrowing capacity was unused
under the revolving credit facility of the Credit Agreement. On a pro forma
basis, after giving effect to the 10 7/8% Notes Offering and the 10 7/8% Series
C Notes Offering, and the application of proceeds therefrom, as of September 30,
1996, the Company's total consolidated indebtedness would have been $962.0
million, $273.1 million of borrowing capacity would have been available for use
under the Credit Agreement, and KACC would have had available cash proceeds from
the 10 7/8% Notes Offering and the 10 7/8% Series C Notes Offering of $88.1
million. See "Risk Factors -- Leverage."
    
 
   
     During the nine months ended September 30, 1996, total borrowings and
repayments under the revolving credit facility of the Credit Agreement were
$468.7 million and $350.6 million, respectively. During the nine months ended
September 30, 1995, total borrowings and repayments under the revolving credit
facility of the Credit Agreement were $481.9 million and $426.3 million,
respectively.
    
 
   
     Loans under the Credit Agreement bear interest at a rate per annum, at
KACC's election, equal to a Reference Rate (as defined) plus a margin of 0% to
1.50% or LIBO Rate (Reserve Adjusted) (as defined) plus a margin of 1.75% to
3.25%. The interest rate margins applicable to borrowings under the Credit
Agreement are based on a financial test, determined quarterly. During the first
two quarters of 1996, KACC paid interest at a rate per annum of the Reference
Rate plus 0% or LIBO Rate plus 1.75%. During the third
    
 
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quarter of 1996, the per annum interest rates increased by .5% to the Reference
Rate plus .5% or LIBO Rate plus 2.25%. Effective October 1, 1996, the margin
applicable to loans under the Credit Agreement increased by an additional .5%
per annum based on the financial test.
    
 
   
     The declaration and payment of dividends by the Company and KACC on shares
of their common stock are subject to certain covenants contained in the Credit
Agreement and, in the case of KACC, the indentures governing the 10 7/8% Notes,
the 10 7/8% Series C Notes, the 9 7/8% Notes and the 12 3/4% Notes. The Credit
Agreement does not permit the Company or KACC to pay any dividends on their
common stock. The declaration and payment of dividends by the Company on the
PRIDES is expressly permitted by the terms of the Credit Agreement to the extent
the Company receives payments on certain intercompany notes or certain other
permitted distributions from KACC.
    
 
   
     Management believes that the Company's existing cash resources, together
with cash flows from operations and borrowings under the Credit Agreement, will
be sufficient to meet its working capital and capital expenditure requirements
for the next year. Additionally, with respect to long-term liquidity, management
believes that operating cash flows, together with the ability to obtain both
short and long-term financing, should provide sufficient funds to meet the
Company's working capital and capital expenditure requirements.
    
 
  Environmental Contingencies
 
     The Company and KACC are subject to the Environmental Laws, to fines or
penalties assessed for alleged breaches of the Environmental Laws, and to claims
and litigation based upon such laws. KACC currently is subject to a number of
lawsuits under CERCLA, and, along with certain other entities, has been named as
a potentially responsible party for remedial costs at certain third-party sites
listed on the National Priorities List under CERCLA.
 
     Based on the Company's evaluation of these and other environmental matters,
the Company has established environmental accruals, primarily related to
potential solid waste disposal and soil and groundwater remediation matters. At
September 30, 1996, the balance of such accruals, which are primarily included
in Long-term liabilities, was $32.9 million. These environmental accruals
represent the Company's estimate of costs reasonably expected to be incurred
based on presently enacted laws and regulations, currently available facts,
existing technology, and the Company's assessment of the likely remediation to
be performed. The Company expects remediation to occur over the next several
years and estimates that annual expenditures to be charged to these
environmental accruals will be approximately $2.0 to $10.0 million for the years
1996 through 2000 and an aggregate of approximately $7.0 million thereafter.
 
     As additional facts are developed and definitive remediation plans and
necessary regulatory approvals for implementation of remediation are established
or alternative technologies are developed, changes in these and other factors
may result in actual costs exceeding the current environmental accruals. The
Company believes that it is reasonably possible that costs associated with these
environmental matters may exceed current accruals by amounts that could range,
in the aggregate, up to an estimated $26.5 million and that the factors upon
which a substantial portion of this estimate is based are expected to be
resolved in early 1997. While uncertainties are inherent in the final outcome of
these environmental matters, and it is presently impossible to determine the
actual costs that ultimately may be incurred, management currently believes that
the resolution of such uncertainties should not have a material adverse effect
on the Company's consolidated financial position, results of operations, or
liquidity.
 
   
     See "Risk Factors -- Environmental Matters and Litigation,"
"Business -- Environmental Matters" and "-- Legal Proceedings," Note 8 of the
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, and Note 4 of the Notes to Interim
Consolidated Financial Statements for further descriptions of these
contingencies.
    
 
  Asbestos Contingencies
 
     KACC is a defendant in a number of lawsuits, some of which involve claims
of multiple persons, in which the plaintiffs allege that certain of their
injuries were caused by, among other things, exposure to asbestos
 
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during, and as a result of, their employment or association with KACC or
exposure to products containing asbestos produced or sold by KACC. The lawsuits
generally relate to products KACC has not manufactured for at least 15 years. At
September 30, 1996, the number of such claims pending was approximately 75,900,
as compared with 59,700 at December 31, 1995. During the year 1995,
approximately 41,700 of such claims were received and 7,200 settled or
dismissed. During the first nine months of 1996 approximately 20,000 of such
claims were received and 3,800 were settled or dismissed.
 
     Based on past experience and reasonably anticipated future activity, the
Company has established an accrual for estimated asbestos-related costs for
claims filed and estimated to be filed and settled through 2008. There are
inherent uncertainties involved in estimating asbestos-related costs, and the
Company's actual costs could exceed these estimates. The Company's accrual was
calculated based on the current and anticipated number of asbestos-related
claims, the prior timing and amounts of asbestos-related payments, and the
advice of Wharton Levin Ehrmantraut Klein & Nash, P.A. with respect to the
current state of the law related to asbestos claims. Accordingly, an estimated
asbestos-related cost accrual of $160.0 million, before consideration of
insurance recoveries, is included primarily in Long-term liabilities at
September 30, 1996. The Company estimates that annual future cash payments in
connection with such litigation will be approximately $13.0 to $20.0 million for
each of the years 1996 through 2000, and an aggregate of approximately $78.0
million thereafter through 2008. While the Company does not believe there is a
reasonable basis for estimating such costs beyond 2008 and, accordingly, no
accrual has been recorded for such costs which may be incurred beyond 2008,
there is a reasonable possibility that such costs may continue beyond 2008, and
such costs may be substantial.
 
     A substantial portion of the asbestos-related claims that were filed and
served on KACC during 1995 and 1996, were filed in Texas. The Company has been
advised by its counsel that, although there can be no assurance, the increase in
pending claims may have been attributable in part to tort reform legislation in
Texas. Although asbestos related claims are currently exempt from certain
aspects of the Texas tort reform legislation, management has been advised that
efforts to remove an asbestos-related exemption in the tort reform legislation
relating to the doctrine of forum non conveniens, as well as other developments
in the legislative and legal environment in Texas, may be responsible for the
accelerated pace of new claims experienced in late 1995 and its continuance in
1996, albeit at a somewhat reduced rate.
 
     The Company believes that KACC has insurance coverage available to recover
a substantial portion of its asbestos-related costs. Claims for recovery from
some of KACC's insurance carriers are currently subject to pending litigation
and other carriers have raised certain defenses, which have resulted in delays
in recovering costs from the insurance carriers. The timing and amount of
ultimate recoveries from these insurance carriers are dependent upon the
resolution of these disputes. The Company believes, based on prior
insurance-related recoveries in respect of asbestos-related claims, existing
insurance policies, and the advice of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges LLP with
respect to applicable insurance coverage law relating to the terms and
conditions of those policies, that substantial recoveries from the insurance
carriers are probable. Accordingly, an estimated aggregate insurance recovery of
$142.3 million, determined on the same basis as the asbestos-related cost
accrual, is recorded primarily in Other assets at September 30, 1996.
 
     Management continues to monitor claims activity, the status of the lawsuits
(including settlement initiatives), legislative progress, and costs incurred in
order to ascertain whether an adjustment to the existing accruals should be made
to the extent that historical experience may differ significantly from the
Company's underlying assumptions. While uncertainties are inherent in the final
outcome of these asbestos matters and it is presently impossible to determine
the actual costs that ultimately may be incurred and insurance recoveries that
will be received, management currently believes that, based on the factors
discussed in the preceding paragraphs, the resolution of asbestos-related
uncertainties and the incurrence of asbestos-related costs net of related
insurance recoveries should not have a material adverse effect on the Company's
consolidated financial position, results of operations, or liquidity. See "Risk
Factors -- Environmental Matters and Litigation," Note 8 of the Notes to
Consolidated Financial Statements and Note 4 of the Notes to Interim
Consolidated Financial Statements, for further description of this contingency.
 
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INCOME TAX MATTERS
 
     The Company's net deferred income tax assets as of December 31, 1995, were
$291.8 million, net of valuation allowances of $128.5 million. Approximately
$97.7 million of these net deferred income tax assets relate to the benefit of
loss and credit carryforwards, net of valuation allowances. The Company believes
a long-term view of profitability is appropriate and has concluded that this net
deferred income tax asset will more likely than not be realized despite the
operating losses incurred in recent years. See Note 5 of the Notes to
Consolidated Financial Statements for a discussion of these and other income tax
matters.
 
RECENT ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS
 
     In October 1995, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Statement
of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123, Accounting for Stock-Based
Compensation ("SFAS 123"). SFAS 123 establishes financial accounting and
reporting standards for stock-based employee compensation plans, and provides
for alternative methods for an employer to recognize stock-based compensation
costs. Under the first method, an employer may continue to account for
compensation costs for stock, stock options, and other equity instruments issued
to employees, as it has historically, using the "intrinsic value based method"
(as described in SFAS 123), and such compensation costs would be the excess, if
any, of the quoted market price of the stock subject to an option at the grant
date or other measurement date over the amount an employee must pay to acquire
the stock. The intrinsic value based method generally would not result in the
recognition of compensation costs upon the grant of stock options. Under the
second method, an employer may adopt the "fair value based method" (as described
in SFAS 123). Under the fair value based method, such compensation costs would
be valued using an option-pricing model, and such amount would be charged to
expense over the option's vesting period. Employers which elect to continue to
account for stock-based compensation under the intrinsic value based method will
be required by SFAS 123 to disclose in the notes to their financial statements
the amount of net income and the earnings per share which would have been
reported had the employer elected to use the fair value based method. The
Company has elected to continue to account for stock-based compensation under
the intrinsic value based method, and will comply with the disclosure
requirements of SFAS 123 beginning in 1996.
 
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                                    BUSINESS
 
     The Company engages in aluminum operations through its principal operating
subsidiary, KACC. KACC is a fully integrated aluminum producer operating in all
principal aspects of the aluminum industry -- the mining of bauxite (the major
aluminum-bearing ore), the refining of bauxite into alumina (the intermediate
material), the production of primary aluminum and the manufacture of fabricated
(including semi-fabricated) aluminum products. KACC is one of the largest
domestic aluminum producers in terms of primary aluminum smelting capacity and
is the Western world's second largest producer/seller of alumina, accounting for
approximately 7% of the Western world's alumina capacity in 1995. KACC's
production levels of alumina and primary aluminum exceed its internal processing
needs which allows it to be a major seller of alumina (approximately 2.0 million
tons in 1995 or 72% of 1995 production) and primary aluminum (approximately
271,700 tons in 1995 or 66% of 1995 production) to third parties. KACC is also a
major domestic supplier of fabricated aluminum products. In 1995, KACC shipped
approximately 368,200 tons of fabricated aluminum products to third parties,
which accounted for approximately 6% of the total tonnage of United States
domestic shipments. A majority of KACC's fabricated products are sold to
distributors or used by customers as components in the manufacture and assembly
of finished end-use products. The Company is a Delaware corporation organized in
1987 and maintains its principal executive offices at 5847 San Felipe, Suite
2600, Houston, Texas 77057. Its telephone number is (713) 267-3777.
 
INDUSTRY OVERVIEW
 
     Primary aluminum is produced by the refining of bauxite into alumina and
the reduction of alumina into primary aluminum. Approximately two pounds of
bauxite are required to produce one pound of alumina, and approximately two
pounds of alumina are required to produce one pound of primary aluminum.
Aluminum's valuable physical properties include its light weight, corrosion
resistance, thermal and electrical conductivity and high tensile strength.
 
     Demand
 
   
     The packaging, transportation and construction industries are the principal
consumers of aluminum in the United States, Japan and Western Europe. In the
packaging industry, which accounted for approximately 20% of consumption in 1994
in the United States, Japan and Western Europe, aluminum's recyclability and
weight advantages have enabled it to gain market share from steel and glass,
primarily in the beverage container area. Nearly all beer cans and soft drink
cans manufactured for the United States market are made of aluminum. The Company
believes that growth in the packaging area is likely to continue through the
1990s due to general population increase and to further penetration of the
beverage container market in emerging markets. The Company believes that growth
in demand for can sheet in the United States will follow the growth in
population, offset, in part, by the effects of the use of lighter gauge aluminum
for can sheet and of plastic container production from newly installed capacity.
    
 
   
     In the transportation industry, which accounted for approximately 28% of
aluminum consumption in the United States, Japan and Western Europe in 1994,
automotive manufacturers use aluminum instead of steel, ductile iron, or copper
for an increasing number of components, including radiators, wheels, suspension
components, and engines, in order to meet more stringent environmental, safety,
and fuel efficiency standards. The Company believes that sales of aluminum to
the transportation industry have considerable growth potential due to projected
increases in the use of aluminum in automobiles. In addition, the Company
believes that consumption of aluminum in the construction industry will follow
the cyclical growth pattern of that industry, and will benefit from higher
growth in Asian and Latin American economies.
    
 
     Supply
 
     As of year-end 1995, Western world aluminum capacity from 107 smelting
facilities was approximately 16.6 million tons per year. Western world
production of primary aluminum for 1995 increased approximately 1.8% compared to
1994. Net exports of aluminum from the former Sino Soviet bloc increased
approximately 240% from 1990 levels during the period from 1991 through 1995 to
approximately 2.1 million tons per year.
 
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These exports contributed to a significant increase in LME stocks of primary
aluminum which peaked in June 1994 at 2.7 million tons. By the end of 1995, LME
stocks of primary aluminum had declined 2.1 million tons from this peak level
and 1.1 million tons from the beginning of 1995. As of January 17, 1997, LME
stocks of primary aluminum were approximately 969,850 tons. See "-- Recent
Industry Trends."
    
 
   
     Based upon information currently available, the Company believes that
moderate additions will be made during 1996-1998 to Western world alumina and
primary aluminum production capacity. The increases in alumina capacity during
1996-1998 are expected to come from one new refinery which began operations in
1995 and incremental expansions of existing refineries. In addition, the Company
believes that there is currently approximately 1.1 million tons of unutilized
smelting capacity that is available for production. The increases in primary
aluminum capacity during 1996-1998 are expected to come from a major new smelter
in South Africa which began operations in 1995, two new smelters which may begin
operations in 1997, and the remainder principally from incremental expansions of
existing smelters.
    
 
RECENT INDUSTRY TRENDS
 
  Primary Aluminum
 
   
     During 1995, the AMT Price for primary aluminum was approximately $.86 per
pound compared to $.72 and $.54 per pound in 1994 and 1993, respectively. The
significant improvement in prices during 1994 and 1995 resulted from strong
growth in Western world consumption of aluminum and the curtailment of
production in response to lower prices in prior periods by many producers
worldwide. In 1995, production of primary aluminum increased and consumption of
aluminum continued to grow, but at a much lower rate than in 1994. In general,
the overall aluminum market was strongest in the first half of 1995. By the
second half of 1995, orders and shipments for certain products had softened and
the rate of decline in LME inventories had leveled off. By the end of 1995, some
small increases in LME inventories occurred, and prices of aluminum weakened
from first-half levels. This trend continued throughout 1996 as the supply of
primary aluminum exceeded demand during this period. Net reported primary
aluminum inventories have increased by approximately 43,000 tons in 1996 and
early 1997 based upon the most recent available reports of the LME (through
January 17, 1997) and the IPAI (through November 30, 1996), following
substantial declines of 764,000 and 1,153,000 tons in 1994 and 1995,
respectively. The AMT Price for primary aluminum for the week ended January 17,
1997, was approximately $.77 per pound.
    
 
   
     Increased production of primary aluminum due to restarts of certain
previously idled capacity, the commissioning of a major new smelter in South
Africa, and the continued high level of exports from the CIS have contributed to
increased supplies of primary aluminum to the Western world in 1996. While the
economies of the major aluminum consuming regions -- the United States, Japan,
Western Europe, and Asia -- are performing relatively well, the Company believes
that the reduction of aluminum inventories by consumers, as prices have
continued to decline, has suppressed the growth in primary aluminum demand that
normally accompanies growth in economic and industrial activity. In addition to
these supply/demand dynamics, the Company believes that the decline in primary
aluminum prices during the last half of 1996 may have been influenced by a major
decline in copper prices on the LME in 1996.
    
 
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<PAGE>   27
 
   
     The following table indicates the monthly average AMT Price for each of the
months from January 1993 through December 1996 as reported by Metals Week. The
AMT Price for the week ended January 17, 1997, as reported by Metals Week, was
77.049 cents per pound.
    
 
   

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                               AVERAGE TRANSACTION PRICES (CENTS/POUND)
                                              -------------------------------------------
                                               1996        1995         1994        1993
                                              ------      -------      ------      ------
        <S>                                   <C>         <C>          <C>         <C>
        January............................   75.514      100.377      57.019      56.479
        February...........................   75.100       93.847      61.641      55.993
        March..............................   76.414       88.745      62.343      53.794
        April..............................   75.517       90.388      61.890      52.345
        May................................   75.314       85.338      64.007      52.694
        June...............................   70.450       85.305      67.807      54.673
        July...............................   69.767       87.788      72.656      56.829
        August.............................   70.023       87.828      71.249      55.516
        September..........................   67.567       82.010      77.764      52.095
        October............................   65.112       78.384      83.839      51.660
        November...........................   70.019       78.000      91.926      50.365
        December...........................   72.667       78.823      91.484      53.902
                                              ------      -------      ------      ------
                  Average..................   71.955       86.403      71.969      53.862
                                              ======      =======      ======      ======
</TABLE>

    
 
  Alumina
 
   
     Western world demand for alumina, and the price of alumina, declined in
1994 in response to the curtailment of Western world smelter production of
primary aluminum, partially offset by increased usage of Western world alumina
by smelters in the CIS and in the PRC. Increased Western world production of
primary aluminum, as well as continued imports of Western world alumina by the
CIS and the PRC, during 1995 resulted in higher demand for Western world alumina
and significantly stronger alumina pricing. In 1996, however, the alumina market
softened, primarily as a result of increased alumina production and decreased
alumina exports to the CIS and the PRC, resulting in lower alumina prices.
    
 
  Fabricated Products
 
   
     United States shipments of domestic fabricated aluminum products in 1995
were approximately at 1994 levels, although in 1995 demand for can sheet in the
United States softened relative to 1994. Shipments of domestic mill products
during the first nine months of 1996 declined approximately 4% compared to the
first nine months of 1995, principally due to an approximate 10% decline in the
shipment of can sheet and a reduction of consumer inventories of other
fabricated aluminum products. This trend continued through the fourth quarter of
1996.
    
 
     See "Risk Factors" for a discussion of certain factors that could cause
actual results to differ from those that could otherwise result from the
industry trends discussed above.
 
STRATEGY
 
     The Company's objectives are to maintain leading market positions in its
core businesses, while developing new opportunities both domestically and
internationally which will enhance, and reduce the cyclicality of, the Company's
earnings. The primary elements of the Company's strategies to achieve these
objectives are:
 
   
     Increasing the competitiveness of its existing facilities. The Company is
continuing to increase the competitiveness of its existing facilities. In 1995,
KACC successfully restructured electric power purchase agreements for its
smelting facilities in the Pacific Northwest, which resulted in significantly
lower electric power costs in 1996 for the Mead and Tacoma, Washington, smelters
compared with 1995 electric power costs. The Company expects to continue to
benefit from these savings in electric power costs at these facilities in 1997
and beyond. See "Risk Factors -- Power Supply."
    
 
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     KACC has also commenced the modernization and expansion of the carbon
baking furnace at its Mead smelter at an estimated cost of approximately $52.0
million. This project will lower costs, enhance safety and improve the
environmental performance of the facility. This modernization is expected to be
completed in late 1998.
 
     KACC continues to implement changes to the process and product mix of its
Trentwood rolling mill in an effort to maximize its profitability and maintain
full utilization of the facility. Recently, KACC has approved an expansion of
its heat treat capacity by approximately one-third. Sales of KACC's heat treat
products have increased significantly over the last several years and are made
primarily to the aerospace and general engineering markets, which are
experiencing growth in demand. The project is estimated to cost approximately
$45.0 million and to take approximately two years to complete. See
"-- Production Operations."
 
     Developing proprietary technologies. KACC has developed proprietary
technologies which present growth opportunities in the future and have enabled
it to substantially improve its operating efficiencies.
 
   
     KACC has developed a unique micromill for the production of can sheet from
molten metal using a continuous cast process. The capital and conversion costs
of these micromills are expected to be significantly lower than conventional
rolling mills. Micromills are also expected to result in lower transportation
costs due to the ability to strategically locate a micromill in close proximity
to a manufacturing facility. Micromills are expected to be particularly well
suited to take advantage of the rapid growth in demand for can sheet expected in
emerging markets in Asia and Latin America where there is limited indigenous
supply. The Company believes that micromills should also be capable of
manufacturing other sheet products at relatively low capital and operating
costs. The micromill technology is based on a proprietary thin-strip,
high-speed, continuous-belt casting technique linked directly to hot and cold
rolling mills. The major advantage of the process is that the sheet is
continuously manufactured from molten metal, unlike the conventional process in
which the metal is first cast into large, solid ingots and subsequently rolled
into sheet through a series of highly capital-intensive steps. The first
micromill is nearing completion in Nevada as a full-scale demonstration and
production facility. KACC achieved operational start-up of the facility in the
fourth quarter of 1996. If KACC is successful in proving and commercializing its
micromill technology, micromills could represent an important source of future
growth. There can be no assurance that KACC will be able to successfully develop
and commercialize the technology for use at full-scale facilities. See
"-- Research and Development."
    
 
     KACC has developed and installed proprietary retrofit technology in all of
its smelters over the last decade, which has significantly contributed to
increased and more efficient production of primary aluminum. Through continuing
technological improvements, KACC's smelters have achieved improved energy
efficiency and longer average life of reduction cells. KACC is actively engaged
in licensing its smelting and other process and product technology and selling
technical and managerial assistance to other producers worldwide. See "--
Production Operations -- Primary Aluminum Products."
 
   
     Increasing participation in emerging markets. KACC is actively pursuing
opportunities to increase its participation in emerging markets by using its
technical expertise and capital to form joint ventures or acquire equity in
aluminum-related facilities in foreign countries where it can apply its
proprietary technology. KACC has created Kaiser Aluminum International to
identify growth opportunities in targeted emerging markets and develop the
needed country competence to complement KACC's product and process competence in
capitalizing on such opportunities. KACC has focused its efforts on countries
that are expected to be important suppliers of aluminum and/or large customers
for aluminum and alumina, including the PRC, Russia and other members of the
CIS, India, and Venezuela. KACC's proprietary retrofit technology has been
installed by KACC at various third party locations throughout the world and is
an integral part of KACC's initiatives for participating in new and existing
smelting facilities. See "Risk Factors -- Foreign Activities" and
"-- International Business Development."
    
 
SENSITIVITY TO PRICES AND HEDGING PROGRAMS
 
     The Company's earnings are sensitive to changes in the prices of alumina,
primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum products, and also depend to a
significant degree upon the volume and mix of all products sold.
 
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     Primary aluminum prices have historically been subject to significant
cyclical price fluctuations. During the period January 1, 1993 through January
17, 1997, the AMT Price for primary aluminum has ranged from approximately $.50
to $1.00 per pound. For the week ended January 17, 1997, the AMT Price of
primary aluminum was approximately $.77 per pound. Alumina prices as well as
fabricated aluminum product prices (which vary considerably among products) are
significantly influenced by changes in the price of primary aluminum but
generally lag behind primary aluminum price changes by up to three months. See
"The Company -- Recent Trends and Developments."
    
 
     KACC's production levels of alumina and primary aluminum exceed its
internal processing needs, which allows it to be a major seller of alumina
(approximately 2.0 million tons in 1995 or 72% of production) and primary
aluminum (approximately 271,700 tons in 1995 or 66% of production) to third
parties.
 
   
     As of November 30, 1996, KACC had sold forward substantially all of the
alumina available to it in excess of its projected internal smelting
requirements for the balance of 1996, and 89% and 90% of such excess alumina for
1997 and 1998, respectively. Virtually all of such 1997 and 1998 sales were made
at prices indexed to future prices of primary aluminum.
    
 
   
     As of November 30, 1996, KACC had sold forward at fixed prices
approximately 70,000 tons of its primary aluminum in excess of its projected
internal fabrication requirements in 1997 and approximately 93,600 tons of such
surplus in 1998. As of November 30, 1996, KACC had also purchased put options to
establish a minimum price in respect of approximately 196,000 tons and 45,000
tons of such 1997 and 1998 surplus, respectively, and had entered into option
contracts that established a price range for an additional 160,000 tons of
KACC's 1998 surplus. The weighted average price of KACC's 1997 and 1998 fixed
price contracts, and the weighted average price for KACC's 1998 put options,
approximate or exceed the AMT Price for primary aluminum for the week ended
January 17, 1997. The weighted average price for KACC's purchased put options
with respect to 1997 and the weighted average price of the minimum of the range
established with respect to KACC's other 1998 option contracts are below the AMT
Price for the week ended January 17, 1997.
    
 
   
     In January 1997, KACC has entered into option contracts that establish a
price range for an additional 29,000, 54,000 and 24,000 tons of KACC's 1997,
1998 and 1999 surplus, respectively. The weighted average price of the minimum
of the range established by these options is below the AMT Price for the week
ended January 17, 1997.
    
 
PRODUCTION OPERATIONS
 
     The following table sets forth total shipments and intracompany transfers
of KACC's alumina, primary aluminum, and fabricated aluminum operations:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                          NINE MONTHS ENDED
                                            SEPTEMBER 30,       YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31,
                                          -----------------   ---------------------------
                                           1996      1995      1995      1994      1993
                                          -------   -------   -------   -------   -------
                                                      (IN THOUSANDS OF TONS)
<S>                                       <C>       <C>       <C>       <C>       <C>
ALUMINA:
  Shipments to Third Parties............  1,506.7   1,494.6   2,040.1   2,086.7   1,997.5
  Intracompany Transfers................    662.2     546.3     800.6     820.9     807.5
PRIMARY ALUMINUM:
  Shipments to Third Parties............    262.9     184.5     271.7     224.0     242.5
  Intracompany Transfers................     97.0     171.3     217.4     225.1     233.6
FABRICATED ALUMINUM PRODUCTS:
  Shipments to Third Parties............    245.4     284.3     368.2     399.0     373.2
</TABLE>

 
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     The Company's operations are conducted through KACC's decentralized
business units which compete throughout the aluminum industry.
 
     - The alumina business unit, which mines bauxite and obtains additional
      bauxite tonnage under long-term contracts, produced approximately 8% of
      Western world alumina in 1995. During 1995, KACC's shipments of bauxite to
      third parties represented approximately 21% of bauxite mined. In addition,
      KACC's third party shipments of alumina represented approximately 72% of
      alumina produced. KACC's share of total Western world alumina capacity was
      approximately 7% in 1995.
 
     - The primary aluminum products business unit operates two domestic
      smelters wholly owned by KACC and two foreign smelters in which KACC holds
      significant ownership interests. During 1995, KACC's shipments of primary
      aluminum to third parties represented approximately 66% of primary
      aluminum production. KACC's share of total Western world primary aluminum
      capacity was approximately 3% in 1995.
 
     - Fabricated aluminum products are manufactured by three business
      units -- flat-rolled products, extruded products and engineered
      components. The products include body, lid, and tab stock for beverage
      containers, sheet and plate products, heat-treated products, screw machine
      stock, redraw rod, forging stock, truck wheels and hubs, air bag
      canisters, engine manifolds, and other castings, forgings and extruded
      products, which are manufactured at plants located in principal marketing
      areas of the United States and Canada. The aluminum utilized in KACC's
      fabricated products operations is comprised of primary aluminum, obtained
      both internally and from third parties, and scrap metal purchased from
      third parties.
 
     Alumina
 
     The following table lists KACC's bauxite mining and alumina refining
facilities as of December 31, 1995:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                                ANNUAL
                                                                              PRODUCTION         TOTAL
                                                                               CAPACITY          ANNUAL
                                                               COMPANY       AVAILABLE TO      PRODUCTION
           ACTIVITY                FACILITY        LOCATION   OWNERSHIP          KACC           CAPACITY
- -------------------------------  -------------    ----------  ----------     ------------     ------------
                                                                                (TONS)           (TONS)
<S>                              <C>              <C>         <C>            <C>              <C>
Bauxite Mining.................  KJBC(1)          Jamaica            49%        4,500,000        4,500,000
                                 Alpart(2)        Jamaica            65%        2,275,000        3,500,000
                                                                             ------------     ------------
                                                                                6,775,000        8,000,000
                                                                                 ========         ========
 
Alumina Refining...............  Gramercy         Louisiana         100%        1,000,000        1,000,000
                                 Alpart           Jamaica            65%          943,000        1,450,000
                                 QAL              Australia        28.3%          934,000        3,300,000
                                                                             ------------     ------------
                                                                                2,877,000        5,750,000
                                                                                 ========         ========
</TABLE>

 
- ------------
 
(1) Although KACC owns 49% of KJBC, it has the right to receive all of such
    entity's output.
 
(2) Alpart bauxite is refined into alumina at the Alpart refinery.
 
     Bauxite mined in Jamaica by KJBC is refined into alumina at KACC's plant at
Gramercy, Louisiana, or is sold to third parties. In 1979, the Government of
Jamaica granted KACC a mining lease for the mining of bauxite sufficient to
supply KACC's then-existing Louisiana alumina refineries at their annual
capacities of 1,656,000 tons per year until January 31, 2020. Alumina from the
Gramercy plant is sold to third parties.
 
     Alpart holds bauxite reserves and owns a 1,450,000 tons per year alumina
plant located in Jamaica. KACC owns a 65% interest in Alpart, and Hydro
Aluminium a.s ("Hydro") owns the remaining 35% interest. KACC has management
responsibility for the facility on a fee basis. KACC and Hydro have agreed to be
responsible for their proportionate shares of Alpart's costs and expenses. The
Government of Jamaica has granted Alpart a mining lease and has entered into
other agreements with Alpart designed to assure that
 
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sufficient reserves of bauxite will be available to Alpart to operate its
refinery as it may be expanded to a capacity of 2,000,000 tons per year through
the year 2024.
 
     KACC owns a 28.3% interest in Queensland Alumina Limited ("QAL"), which
owns the largest and one of the most efficient alumina refineries in the world,
located in Queensland, Australia. QAL refines bauxite into alumina, essentially
on a cost basis, for the account of its stockholders pursuant to long-term
tolling contracts. The stockholders, including KACC, purchase bauxite from
another QAL stockholder under long-term supply contracts. KACC has contracted
with QAL to take approximately 792,000 tons per year of capacity or pay standby
charges. KACC is unconditionally obligated to pay amounts calculated to service
its share ($93.3 million in principal amount at September 30, 1996) of certain
debt of QAL, as well as other QAL costs and expenses, including bauxite shipping
costs. QAL's annual production capacity is approximately 3,300,000 tons, of
which approximately 934,000 tons are available to KACC.
 
     KACC's principal customers for bauxite and alumina consist of large and
small domestic and international aluminum producers that purchase bauxite and
reduction-grade alumina for use in their internal refining and smelting
operations, trading intermediaries who resell raw materials to end-users, and
users of chemical-grade alumina. In 1995, KACC sold all of its bauxite to two
customers, the largest of which accounted for approximately 74% of such sales.
KACC also sold alumina to nine customers, the largest and top five of which
accounted for approximately 23% and 90% of such sales, respectively. See
"-- Competition." The Company believes that among alumina producers KACC is now
the Western world's second largest seller of alumina to third parties. KACC's
strategy is to sell a substantial portion of the bauxite and alumina available
to it in excess of its internal refining and smelting requirements under
multi-year sales contracts. See " -- Sensitivity to Prices and Hedging
Programs."
 
     Primary Aluminum Products
 
     The following table lists KACC's primary aluminum smelting facilities as of
December 31, 1995:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                      ANNUAL
                                                                      RATED          TOTAL         1995
                                                                     CAPACITY       ANNUAL       AVERAGE
                                                      COMPANY      AVAILABLE TO      RATED      OPERATING
              LOCATION                 FACILITY      OWNERSHIP         KACC        CAPACITY        RATE
- ------------------------------------- ----------     ----------    ------------    ---------    ----------
                                                                      (TONS)        (TONS)
<S>                                   <C>            <C>           <C>             <C>          <C>
Domestic
  Washington......................... Mead               100%         200,000       200,000          82%
  Washington......................... Tacoma             100%          73,000        73,000          82%
                                                                   ------------    ---------           
          Subtotal...................                                 273,000       273,000            
                                                                   ------------    ---------           
International                                                                                          
  Ghana.............................. Valco               90%         180,000       200,000          68%
  Wales, U.K......................... Anglesey            49%          55,000       112,000         119%
                                                                   ------------    ---------
          Subtotal...................                                 235,000       312,000
                                                                   ------------    ---------
          Total......................                                 508,000       585,000
                                                                   ===========     ========
</TABLE>

 
     KACC owns two smelters located at Mead and Tacoma, Washington, where
alumina is processed into primary aluminum. The Mead facility uses pre-bake
technology and produces primary aluminum. Approximately 71% of Mead's 1995
production was used at KACC's Trentwood fabricating facility and the balance was
sold to third parties. The Tacoma plant uses Soderberg technology and produces
primary aluminum and high-grade, continuous-cast, redraw rod, which currently
commands a premium price in excess of the price of primary aluminum. Both
smelters have achieved significant production efficiencies in recent years
through retrofit technology, cost controls, and semi-variable wage and power
contracts, leading to increases in production volume and enhancing their ability
to compete with newer smelters. At the Mead plant, KACC has converted to welded
anode assemblies to increase energy efficiency, extended the anode life-cycle in
the smelting process, changed from pencil to liquid pitch to produce carbon
anodes which achieve environmental and operating savings, and engaged in efforts
to increase production through the use of improved, higher-
 
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efficiency reduction cells. The Company has also commenced the modernization and
expansion of the carbon baking furnace at KACC's Mead smelter at an estimated
cost of approximately $52.0 million. This project will lower costs, enhance
safety and improve the environmental performance of the facility. This
modernization is expected to be completed in late 1998. See "-- Strategy."
 
   
     Electric power supply represents an important production cost for KACC at
its aluminum smelters. In 1995, KACC successfully restructured electric power
purchase agreements for its smelting facilities in the Pacific Northwest, which
resulted in significantly lower electric power costs in 1996 for the Mead and
Tacoma, Washington, smelters compared with 1995 electric power costs. The
Company expects to continue to benefit from these savings in electric power
costs at these facilities in 1997 and beyond. From 1981 until 1995, electric
power for KACC's Mead and Tacoma smelters was purchased exclusively from the
Bonneville Power Administration ("BPA") by KACC under a contract which expires
in 2001. In April 1995, the BPA agreed to allow each of the direct service
industrial customers (the "DSIs"), which include KACC, to purchase a portion of
its electric power requirement from sources other than the BPA beginning October
1, 1995. In June 1995, KACC entered into an agreement with The Washington Water
Power Company ("WWP") to purchase up to 50 megawatts of electric power for its
Northwest facilities for a five-year term beginning October 1, 1995. In
addition, in 1995, KACC entered into a new power purchase contract with the BPA
which amended the then-existing BPA power contract. Under such new power
arrangements with the BPA, in 1996, the amount of power which KACC was obligated
to purchase from the BPA and which the BPA was obligated to sell to KACC was
reduced, and was replaced by power purchased from other suppliers. KACC has
finalized contracts both with the BPA and with suppliers other than the BPA for
the purchase of approximately 75% of the power required by KACC's Mead and
Tacoma smelters and Trentwood rolling mill for the period 1997-2001. Two parties
filed lawsuits in December 1995 against the BPA petitioning the court to review
and set aside the BPA's offers of the new power purchase contracts to the DSIs,
including the offer that KACC accepted. These lawsuits have been consolidated,
together with the lawsuits challenging the BPA's transmission agreements with
the DSIs, including KACC, described in the following paragraph. In addition, the
BPA's Business Plan Environmental Impact Statement that is under review in
connection with the lawsuits challenging the BPA's transmission agreements with
the DSIs, including KACC, as described in the following paragraph, is part of
the record supporting the BPA's new power purchase contracts with the DSIs, and
an adverse decision in those lawsuits may affect KACC's new power purchase
contract with the BPA. The effect of such lawsuits, if any, on KACC's new power
purchase contract with the BPA is not known. Certain of the DSIs, including
KACC, have intervened in the lawsuits.
    
 
   
     In 1995, KACC also entered into agreements with the BPA and with the WWP,
with terms ending in 2001, under which the BPA and the WWP would provide to KACC
transmission services for power purchased from sources other than the BPA. The
term of the transmission services agreement with the BPA was subsequently
extended for an additional fifteen years, which extension has been challenged.
Four lawsuits have been filed against the BPA by various parties, which lawsuits
either challenge the BPA's record of decision offering such an extension
agreement to the DSIs or challenge the BPA's Business Plan Environmental Impact
Statement record of decision in connection therewith. Certain of the DSIs,
including KACC, have intervened in the four lawsuits. These lawsuits have been
consolidated, together with the lawsuits petitioning the court to review and set
aside the BPA's offers of the new power purchase contracts to the DSIs,
described in the preceding paragraph. See "-- Strategy."
    
 
     KACC reduced operations at its Mead and Tacoma smelters in Washington to
approximately 75% of their full capacity in January 1993, when three reduction
potlines were removed from production (two at Mead and one at Tacoma) in
response to a power reduction imposed by the BPA. In March 1995, the BPA offered
to its industrial customers, including KACC, surplus firm power at a discounted
rate for the period April 1, 1995, through July 31, 1995, to enable such
customers to restart idle industrial loads. In April 1995, KACC and the BPA
entered into a contract for an amount of such power, and thereafter KACC
restarted one-half of an idle potline (approximately 9,000 tons of annual
capacity) at its Tacoma, Washington, smelter. The Tacoma smelter was returned to
full production in October 1995. In 1995, KACC entered into a one-year power
supply contract with the BPA, for a term ended September 30, 1996, in connection
with the restart of idled capacity at its Mead smelter. The Mead smelter
returned to full production in December 1995.
 
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     KACC manages, and owns a 90% interest in, the Valco aluminum smelter in
Ghana. The Valco smelter uses pre-bake technology and processes alumina supplied
by KACC and the other participant into primary aluminum under long-term tolling
contracts which provide for proportionate payments by the participants in
amounts intended to pay not less than all of Valco's operating and financing
costs. KACC's share of the primary aluminum is sold to third parties. Power for
the Valco smelter is supplied under an agreement which expires in 2017. The
agreement indexes two-thirds of the price of the contract quantity of power to
the market price of primary aluminum. The agreement also provides for a review
and adjustment of the base power rate and the price index ever five years. The
most recent review was completed in April 1994 for the 1994-1998 period. The
Volta River Authority has allocated to Valco sufficient electric power to
operate four potlines through December 31, 1997. The Company believes that Valco
should have available sufficient electric power to operate four potlines through
1997.
    
 
   
     See "Risk Factors -- Power Supply."
    
 
     KACC owns a 49% interest in the Anglesey Aluminium Limited ("Anglesey")
aluminum smelter and port facility at Holyhead, Wales. The Anglesey smelter uses
pre-bake technology. KACC supplies 49% of Anglesey's alumina requirements and
purchases 49% of Anglesey's aluminum output. KACC sells its share of Anglesey's
output to third parties. Power for the Anglesey alumina smelter is supplied
under an agreement which expires in 2001.
 
     KACC has developed and installed proprietary retrofit technology in all of
its smelters, as well as at third party locations. This technology -- which
includes the redesign of the cathodes and anodes that conduct electricity
through reduction cells, improved "feed" systems that add alumina to the cells,
and a computerized system that controls energy flow in the cells -- has
significantly contributed to increased and more efficient production of primary
aluminum and enhances KACC's ability to compete more effectively with the
industry's newer smelters. KACC is actively engaged in efforts to license this
technology and sell technical and managerial assistance to other producers
worldwide, and may participate in joint ventures or similar business
partnerships which employ KACC's technical and managerial knowledge. See
"-- Strategy" and "-- Research and Development."
 
     KACC's principal primary aluminum customers consist of large trading
intermediaries and metal brokers, who resell primary aluminum to fabricated
product manufacturers, and large and small international aluminum fabricators.
In 1995, KACC sold its primary aluminum production not utilized for internal
purposes to approximately 35 customers, the largest and top five of which
accounted for approximately 25% and 62% of such sales, respectively. See
"-- Competition." Marketing and sales efforts are conducted by a small staff
located at the business unit's headquarters in Pleasanton, California, and by
senior executives of KACC who often participate in the structuring of major
sales transactions. A majority of the business unit's sales are based upon
long-term relationships with metal merchants and end-users.
 
     Fabricated Aluminum Products
 
     KACC manufactures and markets fabricated aluminum products for the
packaging, transportation, construction, and consumer durables markets in the
United States and abroad. Sales in these markets are made directly and through
distributors to a large number of customers. In 1995, four domestic beverage
container manufacturers were among the leading customers for KACC's fabricated
products and accounted for approximately 12% of KACC's sales revenue.
 
     KACC's fabricated products compete with those of numerous domestic and
foreign producers and with products made of steel, copper, glass, plastic, and
other materials. Product quality, price, and availability are the principal
competitive factors in the market for fabricated aluminum products. KACC has
focused its fabricated products operations on selected products in which KACC
has production expertise, high-quality capability, and geographic and other
competitive advantages.
 
     Flat-Rolled Products. The flat-rolled product business unit, the largest of
KACC's fabricated products businesses, operates the Trentwood sheet and plate
mill at Spokane, Washington. The Trentwood facility is KACC's largest
fabricating plant and accounted for approximately 64% of KACC's 1995 fabricated
aluminum
 
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products shipments. The business unit supplies the beverage container market
(producing body, lid, and tab stock), the aerospace and general engineering
markets (producing heat treat products), and the specialty coil markets
(producing automotive brazing sheet, wheel, and tread products), both directly
and through distributors. During 1995, KACC successfully completed a two year
restructuring of its flat-rolled products operation at its Trentwood plant to
reduce that facility's annual operating costs by at least $50.0 million.
 
     KACC's flat-rolled products are sold primarily to beverage container
manufacturers located in the western United States and in the Asian Pacific Rim
countries where the Trentwood plant's location provides KACC with a
transportation advantage. Quality of products for the beverage container
industry and timeliness of delivery are the primary bases on which KACC
competes. KACC has made significant capital expenditures at Trentwood during the
past several years in rolling technology and process control to improve the
metal integrity, shape and gauge control of its products. The Company believes
that such improvements have enhanced the quality of KACC's products for the
beverage container industry and the capacity and efficiency of KACC's
manufacturing operations. The Company believes that KACC is one of the highest
quality producers of aluminum beverage can sheet in the world.
 
     KACC continues to implement changes to the process and product mix of its
Trentwood rolling mill in an effort to maximize its profitability and maintain
full utilization of the facility. Recently, KACC has approved an expansion of
its heat treat capacity by approximately one-third, which will enable KACC to
increase the range of its heat treat products and improve Trentwood's operating
efficiency. Sales of KACC's heat treat products have increased significantly
over the last several years and are made primarily to the aerospace and general
engineering markets, which are experiencing growth in demand. The project is
estimated to cost approximately $45.0 million and to take approximately two
years to complete.
 
     In 1995, the flat-rolled products business unit had 31 domestic and foreign
can sheet customers. The largest and top five of such customers accounted for
approximately 14% and 41%, respectively, of the business unit's revenue. See
"-- Competition." In 1995, the business unit shipped products to approximately
150 customers in the aerospace, transportation, and industrial ("ATI") markets,
most of which were distributors who sell to a variety of industrial end-users.
The top five customers in the ATI markets for flat-rolled products accounted for
approximately 13% of the business unit's revenue. The marketing staff for the
flat-rolled products business unit is located at the Trentwood facility and in
Pleasanton, California. Sales are made directly to customers (including
distributors) from eight sales offices located throughout the United States.
International customers are served by sales offices in the Netherlands and Japan
and by independent sales agents in Asia and Latin America.
 
     Extruded Products. The extruded products business unit is headquartered in
Dallas, Texas, and operates soft-alloy extrusion facilities in Los Angeles,
California; Santa Fe Springs, California; Sherman, Texas; and London, Ontario,
Canada; a cathodic protection business located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that also
extrudes both aluminum and magnesium; rod and bar facilities in Newark, Ohio,
and Jackson, Tennessee, which produce screw machine stock, redraw rod, forging
stock, and billet; and a facility in Richland, Washington, which produces
seamless tubing in both hard and soft alloys for the automotive, other
transportation, export, recreation, agriculture, and other industrial markets.
Each of the soft-alloy extrusion facilities has fabricating capabilities and
provides finishing services.
 
     The extruded products business unit's major markets are in the
transportation industry, to which it provides extruded shapes for automobiles,
trucks, trailers, cabs, and shipping containers, and in the distribution,
durable goods, defense, building and construction, ordnance and electrical
markets. In 1995, the extruded products business unit had approximately 825
customers for its products, the largest and top five of which accounted for
approximately 6% and 20%, respectively, of its revenue. See "-- Competition."
Sales are made directly from plants as well as marketing locations across the
United States.
 
     Engineered Components. The engineered components business unit operates
forging facilities at Erie, Pennsylvania; Oxnard, California; and Greenwood,
South Carolina; a machine shop at Greenwood, South Carolina; and a casting
facility in Canton, Ohio. The engineered components business unit is one of the
largest producers of aluminum forgings in the United States and is a major
supplier of high-quality forged parts to customers in the automotive, commercial
vehicle and ordnance markets. The high strength-to-weight
 
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properties of forged and cast aluminum make it particularly well-suited for
automotive applications. The business unit's casting facility manufactures
aluminum engine manifolds for the automobile, truck and marine markets.
 
     In 1995, the engineered components business unit had approximately 250
customers, the largest and top five of which accounted for approximately 34% and
77%, respectively, of the business unit's revenue. See "-- Competition." The
engineered components business unit's headquarters and a sales and engineering
office are located in Detroit, Michigan. The sales and engineering office works
with car makers and other customers, the Center for Technology (see "-- Research
and Development"), and plant personnel to create new automotive component
designs and improve existing products.
 
   
     KACC entered into a letter of intent with Accuride Corporation ("Accuride")
in September 1996 to form a global joint-venture company to design, manufacture
and market aluminum wheels for the commercial transportation industry. KACC and
Accuride will each own 50% of the new company. KACC will receive a cash payment
in exchange for certain wheel manufacturing assets located primarily at its
Erie, Pennsylvania facility, which currently forges wheels and other fabricated
aluminum products. The transaction is expected to be consummated during the
first quarter of 1997 and is subject to various conditions, including the
negotiation of definitive agreements, third party consents, and board approvals.
Negotiations are continuing.
    
 
COMPETITION
 
     Aluminum competes in many markets with steel, copper, glass, plastic and
numerous other materials. In recent years, plastic containers have increased and
glass containers have decreased their respective shares of the soft drink sector
of the beverage container market. In the United States, beverage container
materials, including aluminum, face increased competition from plastics as
increased polyethylene terephthalate ("PET") container capacity is brought on
line by plastics manufacturers. Within the aluminum business, the Company
competes with both domestic and foreign producers of bauxite, alumina and
primary aluminum, and with domestic and foreign fabricators. Many of KACC's
competitors have greater financial resources than KACC. KACC's principal
competitors in the sale of alumina include Alcoa Alumina and Chemicals LLC,
Billiton Marketing and Trading BV, and Alcan Aluminium Limited. KACC competes
with most aluminum producers in the sale of primary aluminum. See "Risk
Factors -- Leverage."
 
     Primary aluminum and, to some degree, alumina are commodities with
generally standard qualities, and competition in the sale of these commodities
is based primarily upon price, quality and availability. KACC also competes with
a wide range of domestic and international fabricators in the sale of fabricated
aluminum products. Competition in the sale of fabricated products is based upon
quality, availability, price and service, including delivery performance. KACC
concentrates its fabricating operations on selected products in which it has
production expertise, high-quality capability, and geographic and other
competitive advantages. The Company believes that, assuming the current
relationship between worldwide supply and demand for alumina and primary
aluminum does not change materially, the loss of any one of its customers,
including intermediaries, would not have a material adverse effect on its
financial condition or results of operations.
 
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
 
     KACC conducts research and development activities principally at three
facilities -- the Center for Technology ("CFT") in Pleasanton, California; the
Primary Aluminum Products Division Technology Center ("ATC") adjacent to the
Mead smelter in Spokane, Washington; and the Alumina Development Laboratory
("ADL") at the Gramercy, Louisiana, refinery, which supports Kaiser Alumina
Technical Services ("KATS") and the facilities of the alumina business unit. Net
expenditures for Company-sponsored research and development activities were
$18.5 million in 1995, $16.7 million in 1994, and $18.5 million in 1993. KACC's
research staff totaled 157 at December 31, 1995. KACC estimates that research
and development net expenditures will be approximately $22.5 million in 1996.
 
     CFT performs research and development across a range of aluminum process
and product technologies to support KACC's business units and new business
opportunities. It also selectively offers technical services to third parties.
Significant efforts are directed at product and process technology for the can
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automotive markets, and aluminum reduction cell models which are applied to
improving cell designs and operating conditions. The largest and most notable
single project being developed at CFT is a unique micromill for the production
of can sheet from molten metal using a continuous cast process. The capital and
conversion costs of these micromills are expected to be significantly lower than
conventional rolling mills. Micromills are also expected to result in lower
transportation costs due to the ability to strategically locate a micromill in
close proximity to a manufacturing facility. Micromills are expected to be
particularly well suited to take advantage of the rapid growth in demand for can
sheet expected in emerging markets in Asia and Latin America where there is
limited indigenous supply. The Company believes that micromills should also be
capable of manufacturing other sheet products at relatively low capital and
operating costs. The micromill technology is based on a proprietary thin-strip,
high-speed, continuous-belt casting technique linked directly to hot and cold
rolling mills. The major advantage of the process is that the sheet is
continuously manufactured from molten metal, unlike the conventional process in
which the metal is first cast into large, solid ingots and subsequently rolled
into sheet through a series of highly capital-intensive steps. The first
micromill is nearing completion in Nevada as a full-scale demonstration and
production facility. KACC achieved operational start-up of the facility in the
fourth quarter of 1996. If KACC is successful in proving and commercializing its
micromill technology, micromills could represent an important source of future
growth. There can be no assurance that KACC will be able to successfully develop
and commercialize the technology for use at full-scale facilities. KACC is
currently financing the cost of the construction of the Nevada micromill,
estimated to be approximately $70 million, from available general corporate
resources.
    
 
     ATC maintains specialized laboratories and a miniature carbon plant where
experiments with new anode and cathode technology are performed. ATC supports
KACC's primary aluminum smelters, and concentrates on the development of
cost-effective technical innovations such as equipment and process improvements.
KATS provides improved alumina process technology to KACC's facilities and
technical support to new business ventures in cooperation with KACC's
international business development group. See "-- Strategy."
 
     KACC is actively engaged in efforts to license its technology and sell
technical and managerial assistance to other producers worldwide. KACC's
technology has been installed in alumina refineries, aluminum smelters and
rolling mills located in the United States, Jamaica, Sweden, Germany, Russia,
India, Australia, Korea, New Zealand, Ghana, the United Arab Emirates, and the
United Kingdom. KACC's revenue from technology sales and technical assistance to
third parties was $5.7 million in 1995, $10.0 million in 1994, and $12.8 million
in 1993. See "-- Strategy."
 
   
     KACC has entered into agreements with respect to the Krasnoyarsk smelter in
Russia under which KACC has licensed certain of its technology for use in such
facility and agreed to provide purchasing services in obtaining Western-sourced
technology and equipment to be used in such facility. These agreements were
entered into in November 1990, and the services under them are expected to be
completed in 1997. In addition, in 1993, KACC entered into agreements with
respect to the Nadvoitsy smelter in Russia and the Korba smelter of the Bharat
Aluminium Co. Ltd., in India, under which KACC has licensed certain of its
technology for use in such facilities. Services under the Nadvoitsy agreements
were completed in 1995, and services under the Korba agreements are essentially
completed although final contract closure will not occur until mid-1997.
    
 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
 
     KACC is actively pursuing opportunities to increase its participation in
emerging markets by using its technical expertise and capital to form joint
ventures or acquire equity in aluminum-related facilities in foreign countries
where it can apply its proprietary technology. KACC has created Kaiser Aluminum
International to identify growth opportunities in targeted emerging markets and
develop the needed country competence to complement KACC's product and process
competence in capitalizing on such opportunities. KACC has focused its efforts
on countries that are expected to be important suppliers of aluminum and/or
large customers for aluminum and alumina, including the PRC, Russia and other
members of the CIS, India, and Venezuela. KACC's proprietary retrofit technology
has been installed by KACC at various third party locations throughout the world
and is an integral part of KACC's initiatives for participating in new and
existing smelting facilities.
 
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     In 1995, KYRIL entered into the Joint Venture Agreements with LAS relating
to the formation and operation of the Joint Venture. KYRIL contributed $9.0
million to the capital of the Joint Venture in July 1995. The parties to the
Joint Venture are currently engaged in discussions concerning the future of the
Joint Venture. Governmental approval in the PRC will be necessary in order to
implement any arrangements agreed to by the parties, and there can be no
assurance such approvals will be obtained. At a meeting of the Board of
Directors of the Joint Venture held on January 16, 1997, LAS reported that
negotiations had begun with an investor which might be interested in buying
KYRIL's interest in the Joint Venture. In light of such report, the directors
adopted a resolution that, among other things, (i) contained an agreement to
continue until June 30, 1997, discussions concerning the future of the Joint
Venture, (ii) provided that KYRIL granted to LAS the right to seek a buyer to
purchase KYRIL's equity interest in the Joint Venture, and (iii) provided that
if a buyer to purchase KYRIL's equity interest in the Joint Venture was not
found by June 30, 1997, the Joint Venture would be terminated and dissolved.
    
 
   
     KACC, through its extruded products business unit, has entered into
contracts to form two small joint venture companies in the PRC. KACC indirectly
acquired equity interests of approximately 45% and 49%, respectively, in these
two companies which will manufacture aluminum extrusions, in exchange for the
contribution to those companies of certain used equipment, technology, services
and cash. The majority equity interests in the two companies are owned by
affiliates of Guizhou Guang Da Construction Company.
    
 
     See "Risk Factors -- Foreign Activities."
 
EMPLOYEES
 
     During 1995, KACC employed an average of 9,546 persons, compared with an
average of 9,744 employees in 1994, and 10,220 employees in 1993. At December
31, 1995, KACC's work force was 9,624, including a domestic work force of 5,946,
of whom 4,010 were paid at an hourly rate. Most hourly paid domestic employees
are covered by collective bargaining agreements with various labor unions.
Approximately 74% of such employees are covered by a master agreement (the
"Labor Contract") with the USWA which expires September 30, 1998. The Labor
Contract covers KACC's plants in Spokane (Trentwood and Mead) and Tacoma,
Washington; Gramercy, Louisiana; and Newark, Ohio. The Labor Contract replaced a
contract that expired October 31, 1994, and was reached after an eight-day work
stoppage by the USWA at these plants in February 1995.
 
     The Labor Contract provides for base wages at all covered plants. In
addition, workers covered by the Labor Contract may receive quarterly bonus
payments based on various indices of profitability, productivity, efficiency,
and other aspects of specific plant performance, as well as, in certain cases,
the price of alumina or primary aluminum. Pursuant to the Labor Contract, base
wage rates were raised effective January 2, 1995, were raised again effective
November 6, 1995, and will be raised an additional amount effective November 3,
1997, and an amount in respect of the cost of living adjustment under the
previous master agreement will be phased into base wages during the term of the
Labor Contract. In the second quarter of 1995, KACC acquired up to $2,000 of
preference stock held in a stock plan for the benefit of each of approximately
82% of the employees covered by the Labor Contract and in the first half of 1998
will acquire up to an additional $4,000 of such preference stock held in such
plan for the benefit of substantially the same employees. In addition, a
profitability test was satisfied and, therefore, KACC acquired during 1996 up to
an additional $1,000 of such preference stock held in such plan for the benefit
of substantially the same employees. KACC made comparable acquisitions of
preference stock held for the benefit of each of certain salaried employees.
 
     In February 1995, Alpart's employees engaged in a six-day work stoppage by
its National Workers Union, which was settled by a new contract which expired in
April 1996. Contract negotiations are ongoing.
 
     Management considers KACC's employee relations to be satisfactory.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS
 
   
     The Company and KACC are subject to the Environmental Laws. From time to
time the Environmental Laws are amended and new ones are adopted. The
Environmental Laws regulate, among other things, air and
    
 
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water emissions and discharges; the generation, storage, treatment,
transportation and disposal of solid and hazardous waste; the release of
hazardous or toxic substances, pollutants and contaminants into the environment;
and, in certain instances, the environmental condition of industrial property
prior to transfer or sale. In addition, the Company and KACC are subject to
various federal, state and local workplace health and safety laws and
regulations ("Health Laws").
    
 
   
     From time to time, KACC is subject, with respect to its current and former
operations, to fines or penalties assessed for alleged breaches of the
Environmental and Health Laws and to claims and litigation brought by federal,
state or local agencies and by private parties seeking remedial or other
enforcement action under the Environmental and Health Laws or damages related to
alleged injuries to health or to the environment, including claims with respect
to certain waste disposal sites and the remediation of sites presently or
formerly operated by KACC. See "-- Legal Proceedings." KACC currently is subject
to a number of lawsuits under CERCLA. KACC, along with several other entities,
has also been named as a PRP for remedial costs at certain third-party sites
listed on the National Priorities List under CERCLA and, in certain instances,
may be exposed to joint and several liability for those costs or damages to
natural resources. KACC's Mead, Washington, facility has been listed on the
National Priorities List under CERCLA. By letter dated June 18, 1996, the
Washington State Department of Ecology advised KACC that there are several
options for remediation at the Mead facility that would be acceptable to the
Department. KACC expects that one of these remedial options will be agreed upon
and incorporated into a Consent Decree in 1997. In addition, in connection with
certain of its asset sales, KACC has indemnified the purchasers of assets with
respect to certain liabilities (and associated expenses) resulting from acts or
omissions arising prior to such dispositions, including environmental
liabilities.
    
 
     Based on the Company's evaluation of these and other environmental matters,
the Company has established environmental accruals, primarily related to
potential solid waste disposal and soil and ground-water remediation matters. At
September 30, 1996, the balance of such accruals, which are primarily included
in Long-term liabilities, was $32.9 million. These environmental accruals
represent the Company's estimate of costs reasonably expected to be incurred
based on presently enacted laws and regulations, currently available facts,
existing technology, and the Company's assessment of the likely remediation to
be performed. The Company expects remediation to occur over the next several
years and estimates that annual expenditures to be charged to these
environmental accruals will be approximately $2.0 to $10.0 million for the years
1996 through 2000 and an aggregate of approximately $7.0 million thereafter.
Cash expenditures of $4.5 million in 1995, $3.6 million in 1994, and $7.2
million in 1993 were charged to previously established accruals relating to
environmental costs. Approximately $8.4 million is expected to be charged to
such accruals in 1996.
 
     As additional facts are developed and definitive remediation plans and
necessary regulatory approvals for implementation of remediation are established
or alternative technologies are developed, changes in these and other factors
may result in actual costs exceeding the current environmental accruals. The
Company believes that it is reasonably possible that costs associated with these
environmental matters may exceed current accruals by amounts that could range,
in the aggregate, up to an estimated $26.5 million and that the factors upon
which a substantial portion of this estimate is based are expected to be
resolved in early 1997. While uncertainties are inherent in the final outcome of
these environmental matters, and it is presently impossible to determine the
actual costs that ultimately may be incurred, the Company currently believes
that the resolution of such uncertainties should not have a material adverse
effect on the Company's consolidated financial position, results of operations,
or liquidity. In addition to cash expenditures charged to environmental
accruals, environmental capital spending was $9.2 million in 1995, $11.9 million
in 1994, and $12.6 million in 1993. Annual operating costs for pollution
control, not including corporate overhead or depreciation, were approximately
$26.0 million in 1995, $23.1 million in 1994, and $22.4 million in 1993.
Legislative, regulatory and economic uncertainties make it difficult to project
future spending for these purposes. However, the Company currently anticipates
that in the 1996-1997 period, environmental capital spending will be within the
range of approximately $27.0 - $33.0 million per year, and operating costs for
pollution control will be within the range of $28.0 - $29.0 million per year.
 
   
     See "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and
Results of Operations -- Liquidity and Capital Resources -- Environmental
Contingencies," Note 8 of the Notes to Consolidated
    
 
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Financial Statements under the heading "Environmental Contingencies," Note 4 of
the Notes to Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and "Risk
Factors -- Environmental Matters and Litigation."
 
PROPERTIES
 
     The locations and general character of the principal plants, mines, and
other materially important physical properties relating to KACC's operations are
described in "Business -- Production Operations" and those descriptions are
incorporated herein by reference. KACC owns in fee or leases all the real estate
and facilities used in connection with its business. Plants and equipment and
other facilities are generally in good condition and suitable for their intended
uses, subject to changing environmental requirements. Although KACC's domestic
aluminum smelters and alumina facility were initially designed early in KACC's
history, they have been modified frequently over the years to incorporate
technological advances in order to improve efficiency, increase capacity, and
achieve energy savings. The Company believes that KACC's domestic plants are
cost competitive on an international basis. Due to KACC's variable cost
structure, the plants' operating costs are relatively lower in periods of low
primary aluminum prices and relatively higher in periods of high primary
aluminum prices.
 
   
     KACC's obligations under the Credit Agreement are secured by, among other
things, mortgages on its major domestic plants (other than the Gramercy alumina
refinery and Nevada micromill). See "Management's Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations -- Liquidity and Capital
Resources -- Capital Structure."
    
 
LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
 
  Environmental Proceedings
 
     Aberdeen Pesticide Dumps Site Matter
 
     The Aberdeen Pesticide Dumps Site, listed on the Superfund National
Priorities List, is composed of five separate sites around the town of Aberdeen,
North Carolina (collectively, the "Sites"). The Sites are of concern to the
United States Environmental Protection Agency (the "EPA") because of their past
use as either pesticide formulation facilities or pesticide disposal areas from
approximately the mid-1930's through the late 1980's. The United States
originally filed a cost recovery complaint (as amended, the "Complaint") in the
United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina,
Rockingham Division, No. C-89-231-R, which, as amended, includes KACC and a
number of other defendants. The Complaint seeks reimbursement for past and
future response costs and a determination of liability of the defendants under
Section 107 of CERCLA. The EPA has performed a Remedial
Investigation/Feasibility Study and issued a Record of Decision ("ROD") for the
Sites in September 1991. The estimated cost of the major soil remediation
selected for the Sites is approximately $32 million. Other possible remedies
described in the ROD included on-site incineration and on-site ash disposal at
an estimated cost of approximately $53 million and $222 million, respectively.
The EPA has stated that it has incurred past costs at the Sites in the range of
$7.5-$8 million as of February 9, 1993, and alleges that response costs will
continue to be incurred in the future.
 
     On May 20, 1993, the EPA issued three unilateral Administrative Orders
under Section 106(a) of CERCLA ordering the Respondents, including KACC, to
perform the remedial design and remedial action described in the ROD for three
of the Sites. The estimated cost as set forth in the ROD for the remedial action
at the three Sites is approximately $27 million. In addition to KACC, a number
of other companies are also named as respondents. KACC has entered into a PRP
Participation Agreement with certain of the respondents (the "Aberdeen Site PRP
Group" or the "Group") to participate jointly in responding to the
Administrative Orders dated May 20, 1993, regarding soil remediation, to share
costs incurred on an interim basis, and to seek to reach a final allocation of
costs through agreement or to allow such final allocation and determination of
liability to be made by the United States District Court. By letter dated July
6, 1993, KACC has notified the EPA of its ongoing participation with the Group
which, as a group, are intending to comply with the Administrative Orders to the
extent consistent with applicable law. By letters dated December 30, 1993, the
EPA notified KACC of its potential liability for, and requested that KACC, along
with a number of other companies, undertake or agree to finance, groundwater
remediation at certain of the Sites. The ROD-
 
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selected remedy for the groundwater remediation selected by EPA includes a
variety of techniques. The EPA has estimated the total present worth cost,
including thirty years of operation and maintenance, at approximately $11.8
million. On June 22, 1994, the EPA issued two unilateral Administrative Orders
under Section 106(a) of CERCLA ordering the respondents, including KACC, to
undertake the groundwater remediation at three of the Sites. A PRP Participation
Agreement with respect to groundwater remediation has been entered into by
certain of the respondents, including KACC.
 
     By letter dated March 6, 1996, KACC gave notice of withdrawal from the
Aberdeen Site PRP Group pursuant to the provisions of the PRP Participation
Agreement. KACC advised the Group and the EPA that even if it were liable for
cleanup at the Sites, which it expressly denies, it had already contributed far
more than its allocable potential share of response costs. KACC has advised the
Group and the EPA that it has fully complied with the unilateral Administrative
Orders.
 
   
     In May 1996, the EPA urged KACC to rejoin the Group and indicated that it
would consider seeking penalties against KACC if it did not. On October 10,
1996, the EPA notified KACC that it deems KACC to be in violation of the
Administrative Orders. KACC and certain members of the Group have entered into
an agreement with the United States Department of Justice (the "DOJ") to enter
into a mediation process regarding an appropriate allocation of responsibility
for response costs at the Sites and to proceed with certain work at the Sites.
KACC has also agreed to fund a portion of the costs associated with certain work
at the Sites during the mediation process. On or around January 3, 1997, after a
two month period of mediation, certain members of the Group, including KACC,
entered into an allocation agreement and related ancillary agreements which
allocates one hundred percent of all costs incurred or to be incurred at each of
the five Sites. The allocation agreement will serve as an interim funding
formula for costs which the Group may be required to pay in order to carry out
work at the Sites pending entry into a PRP agreement, the terms of which are to
be consistent with the allocation agreement and ancillary agreements.
Negotiations with the DOJ and the EPA concerning an acceptable consent decree to
resolve the outstanding litigation in whole or in part are scheduled to commence
during the first quarter of 1997.
    
 
     United States of America v. Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation
 
     In February 1989, a civil action was filed by the DOJ at the request of the
EPA against KACC in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of
Washington, Case Number C-89-106-CLQ. The complaint alleged that emissions from
certain stacks at KACC's Trentwood facility in Spokane, Washington,
intermittently violated the opacity standard contained in the Washington State
Implementation Plan ("SIP"), approved by the EPA under the federal Clean Air
Act. The complaint sought injunctive relief, including an order that KACC take
all necessary action to achieve compliance with the Washington SIP opacity limit
and the assessment of civil penalties of not more than $25,000 per day.
 
     KACC and the EPA, without adjudication of any issue of fact or law, and
without any admission of the violations alleged in the underlying complaint,
have entered into a Consent Decree, which was approved by a Consent Order
entered by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of
Washington in January 1996. As approved, the Consent Decree settles the
underlying disputes and requires KACC to (i) pay a $.5 million civil penalty
(which penalty has been paid), (ii) complete a program of plant improvements and
operational changes that began in 1990 at its Trentwood facility, including the
installation of an emission control system to capture particulate emissions from
certain furnaces, and (iii) achieve and maintain furnace compliance with the
opacity standard in the SIP by no later than February 28, 1997. KACC anticipates
that capital expenditures for the environmental upgrade of the furnace operation
at its Trentwood facility, including the improvements and changes required by
the Consent Decree, will be approximately $20.0 million.
 
     Catellus Development Corporation v. Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation
     and James L. Ferry & Son, Inc.
 
     In January 1991, the City of Richmond, et al. (the "Plaintiffs") filed a
Second Amended Complaint for Damages and Declaratory Relief against the United
States, Catellus Development Corporation ("Catellus") and other defendants
(collectively, the "Defendants") alleging, among other things, that the
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caused or allowed hazardous substances, pollutants, contaminants, debris and
other solid wastes to be discharged, deposited, disposed of or released on
certain property located in Richmond, California (the "Property") formerly owned
by Catellus and leased to KACC for the purpose of shipbuilding activities
conducted by KACC on behalf of the United States during World War II. The
Plaintiffs sought recovery of response costs and natural resource damages under
CERCLA. Certain of the Plaintiffs alleged that they had incurred or expect to
incur costs and damages of approximately $49.0 million. Catellus subsequently
filed a third party complaint (the "Third Party Complaint") against KACC in the
United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Case No.
C-89-2935 DLJ. Thereafter, the Plaintiffs filed a separate complaint against
KACC, Case No. C-92-4176. The Plaintiffs settled their CERCLA and tort claims
against the United States for $3.5 million plus thirty-five percent (35%) of
future response costs.
 
     The trial involving this case commenced in March 1995. During the trial,
Plaintiffs settled their claims against Catellus in exchange for payment of
approximately $3.3 million. Subsequently, on June 2, 1995, the United States
District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order on the
remaining claims in that action. On December 7, 1995, the District Court issued
a final judgment on those claims concluding that KACC is liable for various
costs and interest, aggregating approximately $2.2 million, fifty percent (50%)
of future costs of cleaning up certain parts of the Property and certain fees
and costs associated specifically with the claim by Catellus against KACC. KACC
paid the City of Richmond $1.8 million in partial satisfaction of this judgment.
In January 1996, Catellus filed a notice of appeal with respect to its indemnity
judgment against KACC. KACC has since filed a notice of cross appeal as to the
Court's decision adjudicating that KACC is obligated to indemnify Catellus. In
February 1996, the Plaintiffs filed motions seeking reimbursement of fees and
costs from KACC in the aggregate amount of $2.8 million. On July 8, 1996 the
Court issued an order awarding Plaintiffs nominal costs, which amount has been
paid. The order also awarded Catellus de minimis costs. Catellus has filed a
notice of appeal. On August 12, 1996, the Court issued an order granting the
Catellus motion for attorneys' fees in the amount of approximately $.9 million.
KACC and Catellus have filed notices of appeal with respect to the attorneys'
fees award. Based on KACC's estimate of future costs of cleanup, resolution of
the Catellus matter is not expected to have a material adverse effect on the
Company's consolidated financial condition, results of operations, or liquidity.
 
     Waste Inc. Superfund Site
 
     On December 8, 1995, the EPA issued a unilateral Administrative Order for
Remedial Design and Remedial Action under CERCLA to KACC and thirty-one other
respondents for remedial design and action at the Waste Inc. Superfund Site at
Michigan City, Indiana. This site was operated as a landfill from 1965 to 1982.
KACC is alleged to have arranged for the disposal of waste from its
formerly-owned plant at Wanatah, Indiana, during the period from 1964 to 1972.
In its Record of Decision, the EPA estimated the cost of the work to be
performed to have a present value of $15.7 million. KACC's share of the total
waste sent to the site is unknown. A consultant retained by a group of PRPs
estimated that KACC contributed 2.0% of the waste sent to the site by the
forty-one largest contributors. KACC's ultimate exposure will depend on the
number of PRPs that participate and the volume of waste properly allocable to
KACC. Based on the EPA's cost estimate, KACC believes that its financial
exposure for remedial design and remedial action at this site is less than
$500,000. KACC has entered into a Participation Agreement with thirteen of the
respondents to perform the work required under the Administrative Order.
 
     Asbestos-related Litigation
 
     KACC is a defendant in a number of lawsuits, some of which involve claims
of multiple persons, in which the plaintiffs allege that certain of their
injuries were caused by, among other things, exposure to asbestos during, and as
a result of, their employment or association with KACC or exposure to products
containing asbestos produced or sold by KACC. The lawsuits generally relate to
products KACC has not manufactured for at least 15 years. For a discussion of
asbestos-related litigation, see "Management's Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations -- Liquidity and Capital
Resources -- Asbestos Contingencies."
 
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  DOJ Proceedings
 
     On August 24, 1994, the DOJ issued Civil Investigative Demand No. 11356
("CID No. 11356") requesting information from the Company regarding (i) its
production, capacity to produce, and sales of primary aluminum from January 1,
1991, to the date of the response; (ii) any actual or contemplated reduction in
its production of primary aluminum during that period; and (iii) any
communications with others regarding any actual, contemplated, possible or
desired reductions in primary aluminum production by the Company or any of its
competitors during that period. Kaiser's management believes that the Company's
actions have at all times been appropriate, and the Company has submitted
documents and interrogatory answers to the DOJ responding to CID No. 11356.
 
   
     On March 27, 1995, the DOJ issued Civil Investigative Demand No. 12503
("CID No. 12503"), as part of an industry-wide investigation, requesting
information from KACC regarding (i) any actual or contemplated changes in its
method of pricing can sheet from January 1, 1994, through March 31, 1995, (ii)
the percentage of aluminum scrap and primary aluminum ingot used by KACC to
produce can sheet and the manner in which KACC's cost of acquiring aluminum
scrap is factored into its can sheet prices, and (iii) any communications with
others regarding any actual or contemplated changes in its method of pricing can
sheet from January 1, 1994, through March 31, 1995. Management believes that
KACC's actions have at all times been appropriate, and KACC has submitted
documents and interrogatory answers to the DOJ responding to CID No. 12503. KACC
was recently informed that the DOJ has officially closed its investigation and
is returning the documents submitted by KACC.
    
 
  Other Proceedings
 
     Matheson et al v. Kaiser Aluminum Corporation et al.
 
   
     On March 19, 1996, a lawsuit was filed against MAXXAM, the Company and the
Company's directors challenging and seeking to enjoin a proposed
recapitalization of the Company (the "Proposed Recapitalization") and the April
10, 1996, special stockholders meeting at which the Proposed Recapitalization
was to be considered. The suit, which is entitled Matheson et al. v. Kaiser
Aluminum Corporation et al. (No. 14900) and was filed in the Delaware Court of
Chancery, alleges, among other things, breaches of fiduciary duties by certain
defendants and that the Proposed Recapitalization violates Delaware law and the
certificate of designations for the PRIDES. On April 8, 1996, the Delaware Court
of Chancery issued a ruling which preliminarily enjoined the Company from
implementing the Proposed Recapitalization. On April 19, 1996, the Delaware
Supreme Court granted the Company's motion to consider, on an expedited basis,
the Company's appeal of the preliminary injunction and on May 1, 1996, the
Company's stockholders approved the Proposed Recapitalization which was not
implemented at that time due to the pending appeal. On August 29, 1996, the
Delaware Supreme Court upheld the preliminary injunction and remanded the case
to the Court of Chancery. On September 24, 1996, the plaintiffs filed a motion
to make permanent the temporary injunction issued on April 8, 1996. On September
27, 1996, the Board of Directors of the Company adopted a resolution abandoning
the Proposed Recapitalization. On October 2, 1996, the Company filed a motion in
the Delaware Court of Chancery to dismiss the shareholder litigation relating to
the Proposed Recapitalization on the ground of mootness and filed a response to
plaintiffs' motion for entry of a permanent injunction. The Court has scheduled
briefing for both motions, along with plaintiff's petition for attorneys' fees
and expenses. The Court will schedule oral arguments after briefing is concluded
on these issues. The decision to abandon the Proposed Recapitalization does not
preclude a recapitalization from being proposed to the stockholders of the
Company in the future, including a substantially identical recapitalization
structure after the redemption or conversion of the PRIDES.
    
 
     Hammons v. Alcan Aluminum Corp., et al
 
     On March 5, 1996, a class action complaint was filed against the Company,
Alcan Aluminum Corp., Aluminum Company of America, Alumax, Inc., Reynolds Metals
Company and the Aluminum Association in the Superior Court of California for the
County of Los Angeles, Case No. BC145612. The complaint claims that the
defendants conspired, in violation of the California Cartwright Act (Bus. &
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16750), in conjunction with a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") entered into
by representatives of Australia, Canada, the European Union, Norway, the Russian
Federation and the United States in 1994, to restrict the production of primary
aluminum resulting in rises in prices for primary aluminum and aluminum
products. The complaint seeks certification of a class consisting of persons who
at any time between January 1, 1994, and the date of the complaint purchased
aluminum or aluminum products manufactured by one or more of the defendants and
estimates damages sustained by the class to be $4.4 billion during the year
1994, before trebling. Plaintiff's counsel has estimated damages to be $4.4
billion per year for each of the two years the MOU was active, which when
trebled equals $26.4 billion.
 
     On April 2, 1996 the case was removed to the United States District Court
for the Central District of California. On July 11, 1996, the Court granted
summary judgement in favor of the Company and other defendants and dismissed the
complaint as to all defendants. On July 18, 1996, the plaintiff filed a notice
of appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
 
  Other Matters
 
     Various other lawsuits and claims are pending against KACC. While
uncertainties are inherent in the final outcome of such matters and it is
presently impossible to determine the actual costs that ultimately may be
incurred, management believes that the resolution of such uncertainties and the
incurrence of such costs should not have a material adverse effect on the
Company's consolidated financial position, results of operations, or liquidity.
 
     There can be no assurance that adverse determinations and/or unfavorable
settlements with respect to the Company's or KACC's legal proceedings will not
have a material adverse effect on the Company's consolidated financial position,
results of operations, or liquidity. See "Risk Factors -- Environmental Matters
and Litigation."
 
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                                   MANAGEMENT
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
 
     The table below sets forth certain information, as of October 31, 1996,
with respect to the executive officers and directors of the Company who perform
services for the Company. All officers and directors hold office until their
respective successors are elected and qualified or until their earlier
resignation or removal.
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                      NAME                      POSITIONS AND OFFICES WITH THE COMPANY
        ---------------------------------  ------------------------------------------------
        <S>                                <C>
        George T. Haymaker, Jr...........  Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer,
                                             President and Director
        Joseph A. Bonn...................  Vice President, Planning and Administration
        Robert E. Cole...................  Vice President, Government Affairs, of KACC
        John E. Daniel...................  Vice President, and President of Kaiser Primary
                                             Products, of KACC
        Jack A. Hockema..................  Vice President of KACC, and President of Kaiser
                                             Extruded Products and Kaiser Engineered
                                             Components
        Robert W. Irelan.................  Vice President, Public Relations, of KACC
        John T. La Duc...................  Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
        Alan G. Longmuir.................  Vice President, Research and Development, of
                                             KACC
        Raymond J. Milchovich............  Vice President of KACC, and President of Kaiser
                                             Flat-Rolled Products
        Anthony R. Pierno................  Vice President and General Counsel
        Geoffrey W. Smith................  Vice President of KACC, and President of Kaiser
                                             Alumina and Kaiser Aluminum Commodities
        Kris S. Vasan....................  Vice President, Financial Risk Management, of
                                             KACC
        Byron L. Wade....................  Vice President, Secretary and Deputy General
                                             Counsel
        Lawrence L. Watts................  Vice President of KACC, and President of Kaiser
                                             Aluminum International
        Arthur S. Donaldson..............  Controller
        Karen A. Twitchell...............  Treasurer
        Robert J. Cruikshank.............  Director
        Charles E. Hurwitz...............  Director
        Ezra G. Levin....................  Director
        Robert Marcus....................  Director
        Robert J. Petris.................  Director
</TABLE>

 
   
     George T. Haymaker, Jr. Mr. Haymaker, age 59, was elected to the positions
of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and KACC
effective January 1, 1994, and has served as President of the Company and as
President of KACC since May 1996 and June 1996, respectively. From May 1993 to
December 1993, Mr. Haymaker served as President and Chief Operating Officer of
the Company and KACC. Mr. Haymaker became a director of the Company in May 1993,
and a director of KACC in June 1993. From 1987 to April 1993, Mr. Haymaker was a
partner in a partnership which acquired, redirected and operated small to medium
sized companies in the metals industry. Since July 1987, Mr. Haymaker has been a
    
 
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director, and from February 1992 through March 1993 was President, of Metalmark
Corporation, which is in the business of semi-fabrication of aluminum specialty
foils and extrusions. From May 1986 until February 1993, he also served as
President of West Coast Sales Corp., which provides management and acquisition
services. Mr. Haymaker also served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of
Amarlite Architectural Products, Inc. ("Amarlite"), a producer of architectural
curtain wall and entrance products, from August 1990 to April 1992 and from
April 1989 to February 1993, respectively. He was a director of American
Powdered Metals Company, which is engaged in the manufacture of powdered metal
components, from August 1988 to March 1993, and Hayken Metals Asia Limited,
which represents manufacturers of aluminum and metal products, from January 1988
to April 1993. From 1984 to 1986, Mr. Haymaker served as Executive Vice
President -- Aluminum Operations of Alumax Inc., responsible for all primary
aluminum and semifabricating activities.
    
 
     Joseph A. Bonn. Mr. Bonn, age 53, has been Vice President, Planning and
Administration of the Company and KACC since February 1992 and July 1989,
respectively. Mr. Bonn has served as a Vice President of KACC since April 1987
and served as Senior Vice President -- Administration of MAXXAM from September
1991 through December 1992. He was also KACC's Director of Strategic Planning
from April 1987 until July 1989. From September 1982 to April 1987, Mr. Bonn
served as General Manager of various aluminum fabricating divisions.
 
   
     Robert E. Cole. Mr. Cole, age 50, has been a Vice President of KACC since
March 1981. Since September 1990, Mr. Cole also has served as Vice
President -- Federal Government Affairs of MAXXAM, MGI, and The Pacific Lumber
Company ("Pacific Lumber"), an indirect subsidiary of MAXXAM engaged in forest
products operations. Mr. Cole is currently Chairman of the United States Auto
Parts Advisory Committee established by the United States Congress.
    
 
   
     John E. Daniel. Mr. Daniel, age 61, has been a Vice President of KACC since
January 1992, President of Kaiser Primary Products since June 1995, and has been
the General Manager of KACC's primary aluminum products business unit since
November 1990. From November 1990 to January 1992, he was Divisional Vice
President of KACC's primary aluminum products business unit. From December 1989
to November 1990, Mr. Daniel was Reduction Plant Manager of KACC's Tacoma,
Washington plant and from July 1986 to December 1989, he was Reduction Plant
Manager of KACC's formerly owned Ravenswood, West Virginia plant.
    
 
   
     Jack A. Hockema. Mr. Hockema, age 50, has been a Vice President of KACC,
President of Kaiser Extruded Products and President of Kaiser Engineered
Components since September 1996. Mr. Hockema had been a consultant to KACC since
September 1995, serving as acting President of Kaiser Engineered Components. Mr.
Hockema was an employee of KACC from 1977 to 1982, working at KACC's Trentwood
facility, and serving as plant manager of its former Union City, California, can
plant and as operations manager for Kaiser Extruded Products. Mr. Hockema left
KACC to become Vice President and General Manager of Bohn Extruded Products, a
division of Gulf+ Western, and later served as Group Vice President of American
Brass Specialty Products until June 1992. From June 1992 until September 1996,
Mr. Hockema provided consulting and investment advisory services to individuals
and companies in the metals industry.
    
 
     Robert W. Irelan. Mr. Irelan, age 59, has served KACC as Vice President,
Public Relations since February 1988. He has also been Vice President -- Public
Relations of MAXXAM, MGI and Pacific Lumber since September 1990. From June 1985
to February 1988, Mr. Irelan served as divisional Vice President -- Corporate
Public Relations of KACC, and from 1968 to June 1985 he served KACC and certain
affiliated companies in a variety of positions.
 
   
     John T. La Duc. Mr. La Duc, age 53, has been Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer of the Company since June 1989 and May 1990, respectively, and
was Treasurer of the Company from August 1995 until February 1996 and from
January 1993 until April 1993. Mr. La Duc has been Chief Financial Officer of
KACC since January 1990 and a Vice President of KACC since June 1989. He was
also Treasurer of KACC from June 1995 until February 1996. Since September 1990,
Mr. La Duc has served as Senior Vice President of MAXXAM. Mr. La Duc also serves
as a Vice President and a director of MGHI, MGI, Pacific Lumber, and Pacific
Lumber's subsidiary, Scotia Pacific Holding Company ("Scotia Pacific"). He
previously served as
    
 
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Chief Financial Officer of MAXXAM and MGI from September 1990 until December
1994 and February 1995, respectively, and of Pacific Lumber from October 1990
and Scotia Pacific from November 1992 until February 1995.
 
     Alan G. Longmuir. Mr. Longmuir, age 55, has been Vice President -- Research
and Development of KACC since June 1995, and previously was Divisional Vice
President -- Research and Development of KACC since October 1988. Mr. Longmuir
served as KACC's Director of Manufacturing Systems from January 1985 to October
1988. From September 1982 to January 1985 he acted as KACC's Manager --
Automated Systems and Electrical Engineering; and from January 1978 to September
1982 was the Company's Manager -- Metals Automation.
 
     Raymond J. Milchovich. Mr. Milchovich, age 47, has been a Vice President of
KACC and President of Kaiser Flat-Rolled Products since June 1995. From July
1986 to June 1995, Mr. Milchovich served as Divisional Vice President of KACC's
flat-rolled products business unit and Works Manager of KACC's Trentwood
facility.
 
   
     Anthony R. Pierno. Mr. Pierno, age 64, has served as Vice President and
General Counsel of the Company and KACC since January 1992. He also serves as
Senior Vice President and General Counsel of MAXXAM, positions he has held since
February 1989. Mr. Pierno has also served as Vice President and General Counsel
of MGI and Pacific Lumber since May 1989, and Scotia Pacific since November
1992, and MGHI since November 1996 and as a director of MGHI, MGI and Pacific
Lumber since November 1996, January 1994 and November 1993, respectively.
Immediately prior to joining MAXXAM, Mr. Pierno served as partner in charge of
the business practice group in the Los Angeles office of the law firm of
Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro. He has served as the Commissioner of Corporations of
the State of California and as Chair of several committees of the State Bar of
California. Mr. Pierno is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Whittier College,
and a former member and past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Marymount
College.
    
 
     Geoffrey W. Smith. Mr. Smith, age 50, has been a Vice President of KACC
since January 1992, President of Kaiser Alumina since June 1995, and President
of Kaiser Aluminum Commodities since June 1996. From December 1994 until June
1995, Mr. Smith was General Manager of KACC's alumina business unit. Mr. Smith
previously served as Co-General Manager of KACC's alumina business unit from
September 1991 through December 1994. From September 1990 to January 1992, Mr.
Smith was Divisional Vice President of KACC's alumina business unit. From August
1988 to August 1990, Mr. Smith was Director of Business Development for the
alumina business unit, and from 1982 to August 1988, he was Operations/Technical
Manager for KACC's Gramercy, Louisiana facility.
 
     Kris S. Vasan. Mr. Vasan, age 47, has been Vice President, Financial Risk
Management, of KACC since June 1995. Mr. Vasan previously served as Treasurer of
KACC from April 1993 until June 1995 and as Treasurer of the Company from April
1993 until August 1995. Prior to that, Mr. Vasan served the Company and KACC as
Corporate Director of Financial Planning and Analysis from June 1990 until April
1993. From October 1987 until June 1990, he served as Associate Director of
Financial Planning and Analysis.
 
     Byron L. Wade. Mr. Wade, age 49, has served as Vice President and Secretary
of the Company and KACC since January 1992, and Deputy General Counsel of the
Company and KACC since June and May 1992, respectively. Mr. Wade has also served
as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of MAXXAM since May 1990, and
Secretary of MAXXAM since October 1988. He previously served as Assistant
Secretary and Assistant General Counsel of MAXXAM from November 1987 to October
1988 and May 1990, respectively. In addition, Mr. Wade has served since May 1993
as a Vice President and Secretary of SHRP General Partner, Inc. ("SHRP"), the
current managing general partner of Sam Houston Race Park, Ltd., a Texas limited
partnership and subsidiary of MAXXAM which operates a horse racing facility in
Texas ("SHRP, Ltd."). Mr. Wade has served as Vice President, Secretary and
Deputy General Counsel of Pacific Lumber and Scotia Pacific since June 1990 and
November 1992, respectively, and as Vice President, Secretary and Deputy General
Counsel of MGI since July 1990. He had previously served since 1983 as Vice
President, Secretary and General Counsel of MCO Resources, Inc., a publicly
traded oil and gas company, which was majority owned by MAXXAM.
 
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     Lawrence L. Watts. Mr. Watts, age 50, has been a Vice President of KACC
since January 1992 and President of Kaiser Aluminum International since June
1995. From April 1994 until June 1995, Mr. Watts was General
Manager -- International Development. Mr. Watts previously served as Co-General
Manager of KACC's alumina business unit from September 1991 until December 1994.
From June 1989 to January 1992, Mr. Watts was Divisional Vice President,
Governmental Affairs and Human Resources, for the alumina business unit, and
from July 1988 to June 1989, he was Divisional Vice President, Public Relations
and Governmental Relations, for the alumina business unit. From September 1984
to July 1988, Mr. Watts was Manager, Human Resources for the alumina business
unit.
 
     Arthur S. Donaldson. Mr. Donaldson, age 54, became Controller of the
Company and KACC effective February 1, 1996. Mr. Donaldson previously served as
Assistant Controller of the Company and KACC since September 1992. From January
1985 to September 1992, Mr. Donaldson was Manager of External Reporting for
KACC.
 
     Karen A. Twitchell. Ms. Twitchell, age 41, was elected to the position of
Treasurer of the Company and KACC effective February 1, 1996. Prior to joining
the Company, Ms. Twitchell was Vice President and Treasurer of Southdown, Inc.,
a Houston-based company specializing in portland and masonry cement, since April
1994 and Treasurer since 1989.
 
     Robert J. Cruikshank. Mr. Cruikshank, age 66, has served as a director of
the Company and KACC since January 1994. In addition, he has been a director of
MAXXAM since May 1993. Mr. Cruikshank was a Senior Partner in the international
public accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche from December 1989 until his
retirement in March 1993. Prior to its merger with Touche Ross & Co. in December
1989, Mr. Cruikshank served as Managing Partner of Deloitte Haskins & Sells from
June 1974 until the merger, and served on the firm's board of directors from
1981 to 1985. Mr. Cruikshank also serves as a director and on the Compensation
Committee of Houston Industries Incorporated, a public utility holding company
with interests in electric utilities, coal and transportation businesses; a
director of Texas Biotechnology Incorporated; a director of American Residential
Services; and as Advisory Director of Compass Bank -- Houston.
 
   
     Charles E. Hurwitz. Mr. Hurwitz, age 56, was appointed Vice Chairman of
KACC in December 1994 and has served as a director of the Company and KACC since
October and November 1988, respectively. Mr. Hurwitz has also served as a member
of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of MAXXAM since August
1978 and was elected Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of MAXXAM
in March 1980. Since May 1982, Mr. Hurwitz has been Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer of MGI. Since January 1993, Mr. Hurwitz has also served
MAXXAM and MGI as President. From May 1986 until February 1993, Mr. Hurwitz
served as a director of Pacific Lumber. Mr. Hurwitz has also been, since its
formation in November 1996, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive
Officer of MGHI. Mr. Hurwitz has been, since January 1974, Chairman of the Board
and Chief Executive Officer of Federated, a New York business trust primarily
engaged in the management of real estate investments. Mr. Hurwitz has also
served SHRP as a director since May 1993, Chairman of the Board since October
1995, and President from May 1993 until April 1996.
    
 
     Ezra G. Levin. Mr. Levin, age 62, has been a director of the Company since
July 1991, a director of KACC since November 1988, and a director of MAXXAM
since May 1978. Mr. Levin also served as a director of KACC from April 1988 to
May 1990, and as a director of MGI from May 1982 through December 1993. Mr.
Levin is a partner in the law firm of Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel. He also
serves as a director of Pacific Lumber, Scotia Pacific and United Mizrahi Bank
and Trust Company.
 
     Robert Marcus. Mr. Marcus, age 71, has been a director of the Company and
KACC since September 1991. From 1987 to January 1992, Mr. Marcus was a partner
in American Industrial Partners, a San Francisco and New York based firm
specializing in private equity investments in industrial companies. From 1983 to
1991, Mr. Marcus was a director of Domtar Inc., a Canadian resource-based
multi-business corporation. From 1982 to 1987, Mr. Marcus served as President
and Chief Executive Officer of Alumax Inc., an integrated aluminum company.
 
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     Robert J. Petris. Mr. Petris, age 71, has been a director of the Company
since May 1995 and of KACC since June 1995. He became Special Assistant to the
International President of the USWA in June 1995. Since 1977, Mr. Petris has
been a member of the International Union Executive Board and Director of
District 38, where he has been exposed to a wide range of issues and problems in
the aluminum, steel, container and non-ferrous metals industries. Mr. Petris
plans to retire from the USWA this year.
 
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ITS COMMITTEES
 
     The Board of Directors of the Company has four standing committees,
consisting of Executive, Audit, Compensation Policy, and Section 162(m)
Compensation Committees.
 
     The Executive Committee, which currently consists of two members, meets on
call and has authority to act on most matters during the intervals between
meetings of the entire Board of Directors. Its current members are Messrs.
Hurwitz (Chairman) and Haymaker.
 
     The Audit Committee presently consists of Messrs. Levin, Marcus (Chairman)
and Petris. The Audit Committee meets with appropriate Company financial and
legal personnel, internal auditors and independent public accountants and
reviews the internal controls of the Company and the objectivity of its
financial reporting. This Committee recommends to the Board the appointment of
the independent public accountants to serve as auditors in examining the
corporate accounts of the Company. The independent public accountants
periodically meet privately with the Audit Committee and have access to the
Audit Committee at any time.
 
     The Compensation Policy Committee administers and establishes overall
compensation policies (except those related to Section 162(m) plans), reviews
and advises management, makes recommendations to the Board, and reviews and
approves proposals regarding the establishment or change of benefit plans,
salaries or compensation afforded the executive officers and other employees of
the Company. Messrs. Cruikshank, Levin (Chairman) and Marcus currently serve as
members of this Committee.
 
   
     The Section 162(m) Compensation Committee administers the Company's Section
162(m) plans, makes recommendations to the Board, and reviews and approves
proposals regarding those plans. Messrs. Cruikshank and Marcus (Chairman)
currently serve as members of this Committee.
    
 
     The Board of Directors of the Company does not have a standing nominating
committee nor does it have any committee performing a similar function.
 
DIRECTOR COMPENSATION
 
     Directors who were not employees of the Company or KACC, received a base
fee of $30,000 for the 1995 calendar year. Non-employee directors of the Company
who were also non-employee directors of MAXXAM, received director or committee
fees for serving as a director of the Company and/or KACC in addition to the
fees received from MAXXAM. In addition to the compensation payable as a director
for 1995, the Chairman of each of the Executive, Audit and Compensation
Committees was paid a fee of $3,000 per year for services as Chairman of such
committee. All members of such committees received a fee of $1,500 per day per
committee meeting held in person on a date other than a Board meeting date and
$500 per formal telephone committee meeting. In respect of 1995, Messrs.
Cruikshank, Levin, Marcus and Petris received an aggregate of $32,500, $35,500,
$40,856 and $22,209, respectively, in such director and committee fees from the
Company and KACC.
 
     Subject to the approval of the Chairman of the Board, directors may also be
paid additional ad hoc fees for extraordinary services in the amount of $750 per
half day or $1,500 per day for such services. No such extraordinary services
were performed during 1995. Directors are reimbursed for travel and other
disbursements relating to Board and committee meetings. Fees to directors who
are also employees of the Company, KACC or MAXXAM are deemed to be included in
their salary. Directors of the Company were also directors of KACC and received
the foregoing compensation for acting in both capacities.
 
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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT
 
  Ownership of the Company and MAXXAM
 
   
     As of the date of this Prospectus, MAXXAM and MGHI own in the aggregate
approximately 62% of the issued and outstanding Common Stock of the Company,
assuming the conversion of each outstanding share of PRIDES into one share of
Common Stock.
    
 
   
     The following table sets forth, as of December 20, 1996, the beneficial
ownership of the common stock and Class A $.05 Non-Cumulative Participating
Convertible Preferred Stock ("Class A Preferred Stock") of MAXXAM by the
directors of the Company, and by the Company's directors and executive officers
as a group:
    
 
   

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                                              PERCENT
                                                                                                 OF
                                                                                              COMBINED
         NAME OF                                          NUMBER OF                PERCENT     VOTING
     BENEFICIAL OWNER             TITLE OF CLASS          SHARES(1)                OF CLASS   POWER(2)
     ----------------             --------------        --------------             --------   --------
<S>                         <C>                         <C>                        <C>        <C>
Charles E. Hurwitz........  Common Stock                  2,733,542(3)(4)(5)        31.3%       61.2
                            Class A Preferred Stock         684,941(4)(5)(6)(7)      99.1
Ezra G. Levin.............  Common Stock                      1,325(4)(5)(8)         *          *
Robert J. Cruikshank......  Common Stock                      1,325(8)               *          *
All directors and
  executive officers of
  the Company as a group
  (21 persons)............  Common Stock                  2,746,951(9)               31.4       61.3
                            Class A Preferred Stock         684,941(7)               99.1
</TABLE>

    
 
- ---------------
 
 *  Less than 1%.
 
   
(1) Unless otherwise indicated, beneficial owners have sole voting and
    investment power with respect to the shares listed. Includes the number of
    shares (i) such persons would have received on, or within 60 days of,
    December 20, 1996, if any, for their exercisable stock appreciation rights
    ("SARs") (excluding SARs payable in cash only) if such rights had been paid
    solely in shares of MAXXAM common stock, and (ii) of MAXXAM common stock
    credited to such person's stock fund account under MAXXAM's 401(k) savings
    plan as of September 30, 1996.
    
 
(2) MAXXAM Class A Preferred Stock is generally entitled to ten votes per share.
 
   
(3) Includes 1,669,451 shares of MAXXAM common stock owned by FDI, a wholly
    owned subsidiary of Federated, as to which Mr. Hurwitz possesses voting and
    investment power. Mr. Hurwitz serves as a trustee of Federated. Also
    includes (a) 20,892 shares of MAXXAM common stock separately owned by Mr.
    Hurwitz's spouse and as to which Mr. Hurwitz disclaims beneficial ownership,
    (b) 46,500 shares of MAXXAM common stock owned by a limited partnership
    controlled by Mr. Hurwitz and his spouse, 23,250 of which shares were
    separately owned by Mr. Hurwitz's spouse prior to their transfer to such
    limited partnership and as to which Mr. Hurwitz disclaims beneficial
    ownership, (c) 119,832 shares of MAXXAM common stock owned by the 1992
    Hurwitz Investment Partnership, L.P., of which 59,916 shares are owned by
    Mr. Hurwitz's spouse as separate property and as to which Mr. Hurwitz
    disclaims beneficial ownership, (d) 805,692 shares of MAXXAM common stock
    held directly, and (e) 71,175 shares of MAXXAM common stock that FDI may
    acquire in exchange for 7% Cumulative Exchangeable Preferred Stock of MCO
    Properties Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of MAXXAM.
    
 
   
(4) In addition, Federated, Messrs. Hurwitz and Levin, and Mr. James H. Paulin,
    Jr., Secretary and Treasurer of Federated, may be deemed a "group" (the
    "Stockholder Group") within the meaning of Section 13(d) of the Securities
    Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. As of December 20, 1996, in the aggregate,
    the Stockholder Group beneficially owned 2,735,219 shares of MAXXAM common
    stock and 685,074 shares of Class A Preferred Stock, aggregating
    approximately 61.3% of the total voting power of MAXXAM. By reason of the
    foregoing and their relationship with the members of the Stockholder
    
 
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Group, Messrs. Hurwitz and Levin may be deemed to possess shared voting and
investment power with respect to the shares held by the Stockholder Group.
 
(5) Does not include shares owned by other members of the Stockholder Group.
 
   
(6) Includes (a) 661,377 shares owned by FDI, (b) options exercisable on, or
    within 60 days of, December 20, 1996, to acquire 22,500 shares, and (c)
    1,064 shares owned directly.
    
 
   
(7) Includes options exercisable on, or within 60 days of, December 20, 1996, to
    acquire 22,500 shares of Class A Preferred Stock.
    
 
   
(8) Includes options exercisable on, or within 60 days of, December 20, 1996, to
    acquire 325 shares of MAXXAM common stock.
    
 
   
(9) Includes (a) 9,717 shares of MAXXAM common stock, which is the number of
    shares certain officers would have received on December 20, 1996 for SARs
    pertaining to 39,000 shares of MAXXAM common stock, if the exercise of such
    SARs had been paid solely in shares of MAXXAM common stock, and (b) options
    to purchase 650 shares of MAXXAM common stock, both of which are exercisable
    on, or within 60 days of, December 20, 1996.
    
 
   
     As of the date of this Prospectus, 27,938,250 shares of the Company's
Common Stock owned by MGHI are pledged as security for MGI's $100.0 million
aggregate principal amount of 11 1/4% Senior Secured Notes due 2003 and $125.7
million aggregate principal amount of 12 1/4% Senior Discount Notes due 2003
(collectively, the "MGI Debt"). On December 23, 1996, MGHI consummated a Rule
144A offering of $130.0 million principal amount of 12% Senior Secured Notes due
2003 (together with MGHI's 12% Series B Senior Secured Notes due 2003 for which
such notes may be exchanged, the "Senior Secured Notes"). Concurrently with the
consummation of the offering, MAXXAM transferred to MGHI 27,938,250 shares of
the Company's Common Stock (the "Pledged KAC Shares"), which Pledged KAC Shares
were pledged to secure the MGI Debt. If any Pledged KAC Shares are released as
security for such MGI Debt by reason of early retirement of such indebtedness
(other than by reason of a refinancing of such indebtedness), MGHI will pledge
up to 16,055,000 of the Pledged KAC Shares as security for the Senior Secured
Notes.
    
 
                              CERTAIN TRANSACTIONS
 
   
     For certain periods through June 30, 1993, the Company and its subsidiaries
(including KACC) were included in the consolidated Federal income tax return
filed by MAXXAM. Payments to MAXXAM or refunds from MAXXAM may still be required
by or payable to the Company or KACC under the tax allocation agreements that
governed those periods due to the final resolution of audits, amended returns
and related matters with respect to such periods. The Credit Agreement prohibits
any cash payments by KACC to MAXXAM pursuant to the relevant tax allocation
agreement after February 15, 1994; however, MAXXAM may offset amounts owing to
it against amounts owed by it under the relevant tax allocation agreement, and
KACC may make certain cash payments to MAXXAM that are required as a result of
audits of MAXXAM's tax returns and only to the extent of any amounts paid after
February 15, 1994 by MAXXAM to KACC under the relevant tax allocation agreement.
While the Company and KACC are severally liable for the MAXXAM tax group's
Federal income tax liability for all of 1993 and applicable prior periods,
pursuant to the relevant tax allocation agreements, MAXXAM indemnifies the
Company and KACC to the extent the tax liability exceeds amounts payable by them
under such agreements.
    
 
     On June 30, 1993, the Company and KACC entered into a tax allocation
agreement (the "KACC Tax Allocation Agreement") effective for periods beginning
on or after July 1, 1993. Pursuant to the terms of the KACC Tax Allocation
Agreement, the Company pays any consolidated Federal income tax liability for
the Company and its subsidiaries which are members of an affiliated group of
corporations (an "Affiliated Group") within the meaning of Section 1504 of the
Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), of which the Company is
the common parent corporation (the "Kaiser Tax Group"). KACC is liable to the
Company for the Federal income tax liability of KACC and its subsidiaries
(collectively, the "KACC Subgroup") computed as if the KACC Subgroup were a
separate Affiliated Group which was never affiliated with the Kaiser Tax Group
(taking into account all limitations under the Code and regulations
 
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applicable to the KACC Subgroup), except that the KACC Subgroup excludes
interest income received or accrued on an intercompany note issued by the
Company in connection with a financing consummated in December 1989 (the "KACC
Subgroup's Separate Income Tax Liability"). To the extent such calculation
results in a net operating loss or a net capital loss or credit which the KACC
Subgroup could have carried back to a prior applicable taxable period under the
principles of Sections 172 and 1502 of the Code, the Company pays to KACC an
amount equal to the tax refund to which KACC would have been entitled (but not
in excess of the aggregate amount previously paid by KACC to the Company for the
current year and the three prior taxable years). If such separately calculated
net operating loss or net capital loss or credit of the KACC Subgroup cannot be
carried back to a prior taxable year of the KACC Subgroup for which the KACC
Subgroup paid its separate tax liability to the Company, the net operating loss
or net capital loss or credit becomes a loss or credit carryover of the KACC
Subgroup to be used in computing the KACC Subgroup's Separate Income Tax
Liability for future taxable years. The same principles are applied to any
consolidated or combined state or local income tax returns filed by the Kaiser
Tax Group with respect to KACC and its subsidiaries. Although, under Treasury
regulations, all members of the Kaiser Tax Group, including the members of the
KACC Subgroup, are severally liable for the Kaiser Tax Group's Federal income
tax liability, under the KACC Tax Allocation Agreement, the Company indemnifies
each KACC Subgroup member for all Federal income tax liabilities relating to
taxable years during which such KACC Subgroup member was a member of the Kaiser
Tax Group, except for payments required under the KACC Tax Allocation Agreement.
 
     KACC and MAXXAM have an arrangement pursuant to which they reimburse each
other for certain allocable costs associated with the performance of services by
their respective employees. KACC paid a total of approximately $2.4 million to
MAXXAM pursuant to such arrangements and MAXXAM paid approximately $2.5 million
to KACC pursuant to such arrangements in respect of 1995. Generally, KACC and
MAXXAM endeavor to minimize the need for reimbursement by ensuring that
employees are employed by the entity to which the majority of their services are
rendered.
 
     On December 15, 1992, KACC issued a note (the "PIK Note") to a subsidiary
of MAXXAM in the principal amount of $2.5 million, representing the entire
amount of a dividend received by such subsidiary in respect of the shares of
Common Stock which it owned. The PIK Note which accrued interest, compounded
semiannually, at a rate equal to 12% per annum, was paid, together with accrued
interest thereon, on June 30, 1995.
 
     Mr. Levin, a director of the Company and KACC, is a partner in the law firm
of Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel, which provides legal services for the
Company and its subsidiaries.
 
     On April 17, 1995, SHRP, Ltd. and two affiliated entities, SHRP
Acquisition, Inc. and SHRP Capital Corp., filed voluntary corporate petitions
under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Their bankruptcy plan has
since been confirmed and the transactions contemplated by the bankruptcy
reorganization plan were consummated on October 6, 1995. Since July 1993, Mr.
Wade has served as a director, Vice President and Secretary of SHRP, Inc., SHRP,
Ltd.'s sole general partner prior to SHRP, Ltd.'s bankruptcy reorganization, and
of SHRP Capital Corp., a subsidiary of SHRP, Ltd. Also, Mr. Hurwitz has served
as a director of SHRP, Inc. and SHRP Capital Corp. since July 1993, Chairman of
the Board of SHRP, Inc. from July 1993 until October 6, 1995, and Chairman of
the Board and President of SHRP Capital Corp. from July 1993 until October 6,
1995.
 
     In October 1990, Amarlite filed a voluntary corporate petition under
Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. In December 1991, Amarlite
obtained approval of its reorganization plan, which was funded and substantially
consummated on January 14, 1992. Mr. Haymaker was Chief Executive Officer and a
director of Amarlite during such period.
 
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                         DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED STOCK
 
   
     As stated below under "Description of Capital Stock," pursuant to the
Company's Restated Certificate of Incorporation, the Board of Directors of the
Company may provide for the issuance of up to 20,000,000 shares of Preferred
Stock in one or more series. A total of 9,200,000 shares of Preferred Stock were
designated as PRIDES in connection with the February 1994 offering of the
PRIDES. As of October 31, 1996, there were 8,673,850 shares of PRIDES
outstanding which were held by 77 holders of record. The Company's Board of
Directors is authorized, without any further vote or action by the Company's
stockholders, to divide the Preferred Stock into one or more classes or one or
more series within any class thereof and to determine the voting rights
(including the right to vote as a class of series on particular matters and
elect directors in certain circumstances), preferences, conversion, liquidation,
dividend, and other rights of each such series. Upon issuance against full
payment of the purchase price therefor, shares of Preferred Stock offered hereby
will be fully paid and non-assessable. The descriptions of the Preferred Stock
set forth below and the description of the terms of a particular series of
Preferred Stock that will be set forth in a Prospectus Supplement do not purport
to be complete and are qualified in their entirety by reference to the Company's
Restated Certificate of Incorporation and the certificate of resolution
establishing designation, preferences and rights relating to such series which
will be filed with the Commission in connection with the offering of such series
of Preferred Stock. If so indicated in the Prospectus Supplement, the terms of
any such series may differ from the terms set forth below.
    
 
     The specific terms of a particular series of Preferred Stock offered hereby
will be described in a Prospectus Supplement relating to such series and will
include the following:
 
     (i)   The maximum number of shares to constitute the series and the
           distinctive designation thereof;
 
     (ii)  The annual dividend rate, if any, on shares of the series, whether
           such rate is fixed or variable or both, the date or dates from which
           dividends will begin to accrue or accumulate and whether dividends
           will be cumulative;
 
    (iii)  Whether the shares of the series will be redeemable and, if so, the
           price at and the terms and conditions on which the shares of the
           series may be redeemed, including the time during which shares of
           the series may be redeemed and any accumulated dividends thereon
           that the holders of shares of the series shall be entitled to
           receive upon the redemption thereof;
 
     (iv)  The liquidation preference, if any, applicable to shares of the
           series;
 
     (v)   Whether the shares of the series will be subject to operation of a
           retirement or sinking fund and, if so, the extent and manner in which
           any such fund shall be applied to the purchase or redemption of the
           shares of the series for retirement or for other corporate purposes,
           and the terms and provisions relating to the operation of such fund;
 
     (vi)  The terms and conditions, if any, on which the shares of the series
           shall be convertible into, or exchangeable for, shares of any other
           class or classes of capital stock of the Company or another
           corporation or any series of any other class or classes, or of any
           other series of the same class, including the price or prices or the
           rate or rates of conversion or exchange and the method, if any, of
           adjusting the same;
 
    (vii)  The voting rights, if any, on the shares of the series;
 
    (viii) The currency or units based on or relating to currencies in which
           such series is denominated and/or in which payments will or may be
           payable;
 
     (ix)  The methods by which amounts payable in respect of such series may be
           calculated and any commodities, currencies or indices, or price, rate
           or value, relevant to such calculation;
 
     (x)   Whether fractional interests in shares of the series will be offered
           in the form of Depositary Shares as described below under
           "Description of Depositary Shares"; and
 
     (xi)  Any other preferences and relative, participating, optional or other
           special rights or qualifications, limitations or restrictions
           thereof.
 
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                        DESCRIPTION OF DEPOSITARY SHARES
 
   
     The description set forth below and in any Prospectus Supplement of certain
general provisions of the Deposit Agreement (as defined below) and of the
Depositary Shares and Depositary Receipts (as defined below) does not purport to
be complete and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the
forms of Deposit Agreement and Depositary Receipts relating to each series of
Preferred Stock which will be filed with the Commission in connection with the
offering of such series of Preferred Stock. If so indicated in the Prospectus
Supplement, the terms of the Depositary Shares may differ from the terms set
forth below.
    
 
GENERAL
 
     The Company may, at its option, elect to offer fractional interests in
shares of Preferred Stock, rather than shares of Preferred Stock. In the event
such option is exercised, the Company will provide for the issuance by a
Depositary to the public of Depositary Shares, each of which will represent
fractional interests of a particular series of Preferred Stock (which will be
set forth in the Prospectus Supplement relating to a particular series of
Preferred Stock).
 
     The shares of any series of Preferred Stock underlying the Depositary
Shares will be deposited under a separate Deposit Agreement (the "Deposit
Agreement") between the Company and a bank or trust company selected by the
Company having its principal office in the United States and having a combined
capital and surplus of at least $50.0 million (the "Depositary"). The Prospectus
Supplement relating to a series of Depositary Shares will set forth the name and
address of the Depositary. Subject to the terms of the Deposit Agreement, each
owner of Depositary Shares will be entitled, in proportion to the applicable
fractional interests in shares of Preferred Stock underlying such Depositary
Shares, to all the rights and preferences of the Preferred Stock underlying such
Depositary Shares (including dividend, voting, redemption, conversion and
liquidation rights).
 
     The Depositary Shares will be evidenced by depositary receipts issued
pursuant to the Deposit Agreement (the "Depositary Receipts"). Depositary
Receipts will be distributed to those persons purchasing the fractional
interests in shares of the related series of Preferred Stock in accordance with
the terms of the offering for Preferred Stock described in the related
Prospectus Supplement.
 
DIVIDENDS AND OTHER DISTRIBUTIONS
 
     The Depositary will distribute all cash dividends or other cash
distributions received in respect of Preferred Stock to the record holders of
Depositary Shares relating to such Preferred Stock in proportion, as nearly as
practicable, to the numbers of such Depositary Shares owned by such holders on
the relevant record date, subject to any applicable tax withholding. The
Depositary shall distribute only such amount, however, as can be distributed
without attributing to any holder of Depositary Shares a fraction of one cent,
and any balance not so distributed shall be added to and treated as part of the
next sum received by the Depositary for distribution to record holders of
Depositary Shares.
 
     In the event of a distribution other than in cash, the Depositary will
distribute property received by it to the record holders of Depositary Shares
entitled thereto, unless the Depositary determines that it is not feasible to
make such distribution, in which case the Depositary may, with the approval of
the Company, adopt such method as it deems equitable and practicable for the
purpose of effecting such distribution, including the sale of such property and
distribution of the net proceeds from such sale to such holders, subject to any
applicable tax withholding.
 
     Any subscription or similar rights offered by the Company to holders of
Preferred Stock will be made available to the holders of Depositary Shares in
such manner as the Depositary may determine, with the approval of the Company.
 
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REDEMPTION PROVISIONS
 
     If a series of the Preferred Stock underlying the Depositary Shares is
subject to redemption, the Depositary Shares will be redeemed from the proceeds
received by the Depositary resulting from the redemption, in whole or in part,
of such series of the Preferred Stock held by the Depositary. The Depositary
shall mail notice of redemption not less than 30 and not more than 60 days prior
to the date fixed for redemption to the record holders of the Depositary Shares
to be so redeemed at their respective addresses appearing in the Depositary's
books. The redemption price per Depositary Share will be equal to the applicable
fraction of the redemption price per share payable with respect to such series
of the Preferred Stock. Whenever the Company redeems shares of Preferred Stock
held by the Depositary, the Depositary will redeem as of the same redemption
date the number of Depositary Shares relating to shares of Preferred Stock so
redeemed. If less than all of the Depositary Shares are to be redeemed, the
Depositary Shares to be redeemed will be selected by lot or pro rata as may be
determined by the Depositary.
 
     After the date fixed for redemption, the Depositary Shares so called for
redemption will no longer be deemed to be outstanding and all rights of the
holders of the Depositary Shares will cease, except the right to receive the
moneys, securities or other property payable upon such redemption and any money,
securities or other property to which the holders of such Depositary Shares were
entitled, including any accrued and unpaid dividends payable in connection with
such redemption, upon such redemption upon surrender to the Depositary of the
Depositary Receipts evidencing such Depositary Shares.
 
VOTING RIGHTS
 
     Upon receipt of notice of any meeting at which the holders of the
applicable Preferred Stock are entitled to vote, the Depositary will mail the
information contained in such notice of meeting to the record holders of the
Depositary Shares relating to such Preferred Stock. Each record holder of such
Depositary Shares on the record date (which will be the same date as the record
date for the Preferred Stock) will be entitled, subject to any applicable
restrictions, to instruct the Depositary as to the exercise of the voting rights
pertaining to the number of shares of Preferred Stock underlying such holder's
Depositary Shares. The Depositary will endeavor, insofar as practicable, to vote
the number of shares of Preferred Stock underlying such Depositary Shares in
accordance with such instructions, and the Company will agree to take all action
which may be deemed necessary by the Depositary in order to enable the
Depositary to do so.
 
AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION OF DEPOSITARY AGREEMENT
 
     The form of Depositary Receipt evidencing the Depositary Shares and any
provision of the Deposit Agreement may at any time be amended by agreement
between the Company and the Depositary. However, any amendment which materially
and adversely alters the rights of the existing holders of Depositary Shares
will not be effective unless such amendment has been approved by the record
holders of at least a majority of the Depositary Shares then outstanding. A
Deposit Agreement may be terminated by the Company or the Depositary only if (i)
all outstanding Depositary Shares relating thereto have been redeemed or (ii)
there has been a final distribution in respect of the Preferred Stock of the
relevant series in connection with any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of
the Company and such distribution has been distributed to the holders of the
related Depositary Shares.
 
CHARGES OF DEPOSITARY
 
     The Company will pay all transfer and other taxes and governmental charges
arising solely from the existence of the depositary arrangements. The Company
will pay charges of the Depositary in connection with the initial deposit of any
Preferred Stock and any redemption of such Preferred Stock. Holders of
Depositary Shares will pay transfer and other taxes and governmental charges and
such other charges as are expressly provided in the Deposit Agreement to be for
their accounts.
 
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RESIGNATION AND REMOVAL OF DEPOSITARY
 
     The Depositary may resign at any time by delivering to the Company notice
of its election to do so, and the Company may at any time remove the Depositary,
any such resignation or removal to take effect upon the appointment of a
successor Depositary and its acceptance of such appointment. Such successor
Depositary must be appointed within 60 days after delivery of the notice of
resignation or removal and must be a bank or trust company having its principal
office in the United States and having a combined capital and surplus of at
least $50.0 million.
 
MISCELLANEOUS
 
     The Depositary will forward to the holders of Depositary Shares all reports
and communications from the Company which are delivered to the Depositary and
which the Company is required to furnish to the holders of the applicable
Preferred Stock.
 
     Neither the Depositary nor the Company will be liable if it is prevented or
delayed by law or any circumstance beyond its control in performing its
obligations under the Deposit Agreement. The obligations of the Company and the
Depositary under the Deposit Agreement will be limited to performance in good
faith of their duties thereunder and they will not be obligated to prosecute or
defend any legal proceeding in respect of any Depositary Shares or Preferred
Stock unless satisfactory indemnity is furnished. They may rely upon written
advice of counsel or accountants, or information provided by persons presenting
Preferred Stock for deposit, holders of Depositary Shares or other persons
believed to be competent and on documents believed to be genuine.
 
                          DESCRIPTION OF COMMON STOCK
 
     For a description of the Common Stock, see "Description of Capital
Stock -- Common Stock."
 
                            DESCRIPTION OF WARRANTS
 
   
     The Company may issue Warrants to purchase Common Stock or Preferred Stock,
which may be issued independently of or together with any other Securities and
may be attached to or separate from such Securities. Each series of Warrants
will be issued under a separate Warrant Agreement (each a "Warrant Agreement")
to be entered into between the Company and a Warrant Agent ("Warrant Agent").
The Warrant Agent will act solely as an agent of the Company in connection with
the Warrant of such series and will not assume any obligation or relationship of
agency for or with holders or beneficial owners of Warrants. The following sets
forth certain general terms and provisions of the Warrants offered hereby. Such
description does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and is qualified
in its entirety by reference to, all of the provisions of the relevant Warrant
and the applicable Warrant Agreement which will be filed with the Commission and
incorporated by reference as an exhibit to the Registration Statement of which
this Prospectus is a part at or prior to the time of issuance of such series of
Warrants. Further terms of the Warrants and the applicable Warrant Agreement
will be set forth in the applicable Prospectus Supplement.
    
 
     The applicable Prospectus Supplement will describe the terms of any
Warrants, including the following: (i) the title of such Warrants; (ii) the
offering price, if any, of such Warrants; (iii) the aggregate number of such
Warrants; (iv) the designation and terms of the Common Stock or Preferred Stock
purchasable upon exercise of such Warrants; (v) if applicable, the designation
and terms of the Securities with which such Warrants are issued and the number
of such Warrants issued with each such Security; (vi) if applicable, the date
from and after which such Warrants and any Securities issued therewith will be
separately transferable; (vii) the number of shares of Common Stock or Preferred
Stock purchasable upon exercise of a Warrant and the price at which such shares
may be purchased upon exercise; (viii) the date on which the right to exercise
such Warrants shall commence and the date on which such right shall expire,
including the Company's right to accelerate the exercisability of Warrants to
purchase Common Stock or Preferred Stock; (ix) if applicable, the minimum or
maximum amount of such Warrants which may be exercised at any one time; (x) the
currency, currencies or currency unit or units in which the offering price, if,
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payable; (xi) if applicable, a discussion of certain United States federal
income tax considerations; (xii) the antidilution provisions, if any, of such
Warrants; (xiii) the redemption or call provisions, if any, applicable to such
Warrants; and (xiv) any additional terms of such Warrants, including terms,
procedures and limitations relating to the exchange and exercise of such
Warrants.
 
                          DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK
 
     The authorized capital stock of the Company consists of 100,000,000 shares
of Common Stock, and 20,000,000 shares of Preferred Stock. The following is a
summary of the material terms of the capital stock of the Company, but does not
purport to be complete or to give full effect to the provisions of statutory or
common law, and is subject in all respects to the applicable provisions of the
Company's Restated Certificate of Incorporation.
 
COMMON STOCK
 
     The Company is authorized by its Restated Certificate of Incorporation to
issue 100,000,000 shares of Common Stock, of which 71,646,389 shares were issued
and outstanding as of October 31, 1996.
 
     The holders of Common Stock are entitled to one vote for each share held of
record on all matters submitted to a vote of stockholders. The Common Stock does
not have cumulative voting rights. Subject to the rights of holders of any
Preferred Stock, the holders of Common Stock are entitled to receive ratably
such dividends as may be declared by the Board of Directors out of funds legally
available therefor. In the event of a liquidation, dissolution or winding up of
the Company, holders of Common Stock are entitled to share ratably in all assets
remaining after payment of liabilities and the liquidation preference of any
then outstanding Preferred Stock. Holders of Common Stock have no preemptive,
conversion or redemption rights. All outstanding shares of Common Stock are duly
and validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.
 
PREFERRED STOCK
 
     General
 
     The Board of Directors has the authority (without action by the
stockholders) to issue the authorized and unissued Preferred Stock in one or
more classes or one or more series within any class thereof and to determine the
voting rights (including the right to vote as a class of series on particular
matters and elect directors in certain circumstances), preferences, conversion,
liquidation, dividend, and other rights of each such series. A total of
9,200,000 Preferred Shares were designated as PRIDES in connection with the
February 1994 offering of the PRIDES. As of October 31, 1996, there were
8,673,850 shares of PRIDES outstanding which were held by 77 holders of record.
 
THE PRIDES
 
     The PRIDES are Preferred Stock and rank senior as to dividends and upon
liquidation to the Company's Common Stock. The PRIDES convert automatically into
shares of Common Stock on December 31, 1997 (the "Mandatory Conversion Date").
See "-- Mandatory Conversion." In addition, the Company has the option to redeem
the shares of the PRIDES, in whole or in part, at any time or from time to time
after December 31, 1996 (the "Initial Redemption Date") and prior to the
Mandatory Conversion Date. See "-- Right to Call for Redemption." At any time
prior to the Mandatory Conversion Date, unless previously redeemed, each share
of the PRIDES is convertible at the option of the holder thereof into .8333 of a
share of Common Stock, subject to adjustment for stock splits and certain other
events. See "-- Conversion at the Option of the Holder."
 
     Dividends
 
     The holders of shares of PRIDES are entitled to receive (when, as and if
the Board of Directors declares dividends out of funds legally available
therefor) cumulative preferential cash dividends at the rate of $.97 per annum
or $.2425 per quarter for each share of the PRIDES, payable quarterly in arrears
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each March, June, September and December, provided, however, that, with respect
to any dividend period during which a redemption occurs, the Company may, at its
option, declare accrued dividends on the shares of PRIDES, in which case such
dividends shall not be included in the calculations of the call price. Dividends
cease to accrue in respect of the PRIDES on the earliest of (i) the day
immediately prior to the Mandatory Conversion Date, or (ii) the day immediately
prior to the date of redemption of any such shares.
 
     Mandatory Conversion
 
     On the Mandatory Conversion Date each outstanding share of the PRIDES will
convert automatically into one share of Common Stock (subject to adjustment for
certain events), and the right to receive an amount in cash equal to all accrued
and unpaid dividends.
 
     Right to Call for Redemption
 
     Shares of the PRIDES are not redeemable by the Company before the Initial
Redemption Date. At any time or from time to time after the Initial Redemption
Date and prior to the Mandatory Conversion Date, the Company may call, in whole
or in part, the outstanding shares of PRIDES for redemption. For each share of
PRIDES called for redemption, the holder thereof is entitled to receive the
number of shares of Common Stock equal to the greater of (i) the Call Price (as
defined below) in effect on the redemption date divided by the current market
price (as defined) per share of Common Stock as of the second trading day
immediately preceding the notice date or (ii) .8333 of a share of Common Stock
(subject to adjustment for stock splits and certain other events). The Call
Price of each share of PRIDES is the sum of (i) $11.9925 on and after the
Initial Redemption Date, to and including March 30, 1997; $11.9319 on and after
March 31, 1997, to and including June 29, 1997; $11.8713 on and after June 30,
1997, to and including September 29, 1997; $11.8106 on and after September 30,
1997, and including November 29, 1997; and $11.75 on and after November 30,
1997, to and including December 30, 1997; and (ii) all accrued and unpaid
dividends thereon (other than previously declared dividends payable to a holder
of record as of a date prior to the redemption date).
 
     Conversion at the Option of the Holder
 
     The shares of PRIDES are convertible at the option of the holders thereof,
at any time before the Mandatory Conversion Date, unless previously redeemed,
into shares of Common Stock, at a rate of .8333 of a share of Common Stock for
each share of PRIDES, subject to adjustment for stock splits and certain other
events. The right to convert shares of PRIDES called for redemption will
terminate immediately before the close of business on the day prior to any
redemption date with respect to such shares.
 
     Liquidation Rights
 
     The PRIDES are shares of Preferred Stock and rank senior in right and
priority of payment to the Common Stock upon liquidation. Subject to the terms
of any stock ranking senior to, or on a parity with, the shares of PRIDES, the
liquidation preference applicable to each share of the PRIDES will be an amount
equal to the sum of (i) $11.75 and (ii) an amount equal to all accrued and
unpaid dividends payable with respect to such share of PRIDES.
 
     Voting Rights
 
     Holders of shares of PRIDES are entitled to 4/5 vote per share. Except as
required by law or as to certain matters as to which separate class voting
rights have been granted to the holders of the PRIDES or may be granted in the
future to the holders of one or more other classes or series of stock, the
holders of the PRIDES, the holders of the Common Stock, and the holders of any
other classes or series of stock which may in the future be entitled to vote in
such manner, vote together with each other, and not as separate classes, on all
matters voted upon by the stockholders. In addition, subject to certain
exceptions, the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the shares of PRIDES actually
voting (voting separately as a class) is required to permit the Company to (i)
issue any class or series of stock, or any security convertible at the option of
the holder thereof into shares of any class or series of stock, ranking senior
to the PRIDES as to dividends or upon liquidation,
 
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(ii) modify the terms of a certain intercompany note (which provides funds to
the Company to enable the Company to make dividend payments on the PRIDES) in a
manner that materially adversely affects the Company as the holder of such
intercompany note or the holders of the PRIDES, (iii) amend the Restated
Certificate of Incorporation in a manner that materially adversely affects the
holders of the PRIDES, (iv) consummate a merger or consolidation of the Company
with KACC if certain conditions are not satisfied, or (v) consummate a merger or
consolidation of the Company with any other corporation if certain conditions
are not satisfied. In the event that dividends payable on the PRIDES are in
arrears in an aggregate amount equivalent to six full quarterly dividends, the
holders of the outstanding PRIDES are entitled to elect, together with the
holders of all classes or series of outstanding Preferred Stock as to which
similar voting rights are exercisable, voting separately as a class, two
directors of the Company, such directors to be in addition to the number of
directors constituting the board of directors immediately before the accrual of
such right.
 
                              PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION
 
     The Company may sell the Securities in and/or outside the United States:
(i) through underwriters or dealers; (ii) directly to a limited number of
purchasers or to a single purchaser; or (iii) through agents. The applicable
Prospectus Supplement with respect to the Securities to which it relates (the
"Offered Securities") will set forth the terms of the offering of the Offered
Securities, including the name or names of any underwriters or agents, the
purchase price of the Offered Securities and the proceeds to the Company from
such sale, any delayed delivery arrangements, any underwriting discounts and
other items constituting underwriters' compensation, any initial public offering
price and any discounts or concessions allowed or reallowed or paid to dealers.
Any initial public offering price and any discounts or concessions allowed or
reallowed or paid to dealers may be changed from time to time.
 
     If underwriters are used in the sale, the Offered Securities will be
acquired by the underwriters for their own account and may be resold from time
to time in one or more transactions, including negotiated transactions, at a
fixed public offering price or at varying prices determined at the time of sale.
The Securities may be offered to the public either through underwriting
syndicates represented by one or more managing underwriters or directly by one
or more firms acting as underwriters. The underwriter or underwriters with
respect to a particular underwritten offering of Securities and, if an
underwriting syndicate is used, the managing underwriter or underwriters, will
be set forth on the cover of the Prospectus Supplement relating to such
offering. Unless otherwise set forth in the Prospectus Supplement relating
thereto, the obligations of the underwriters to purchase the Offered Securities
will be subject to conditions precedent and the underwriters will be obligated
to purchase all the Offered Securities if any are purchased.
 
     If dealers are utilized in the sale of Offered Securities in respect of
which this Prospectus is delivered, the Company will sell such Offered
Securities to the dealers as principals. The dealers may then resell such
Offered Securities to the public at varying prices to be determined by such
dealers at the time of resale. The names of the dealers and the terms of the
transaction will be set forth in the Prospectus Supplement relating thereto.
 
     If an agent is used in an offering of Offered Securities, the agent will be
named, and the terms of the agency will be set forth, in the Prospectus
Supplement relating thereto. Unless otherwise indicated in such Prospectus
Supplement, an agent will act on a best efforts basis for the period of its
appointment.
 
     The Securities may be sold directly by the Company or through agents
designated by the Company from time to time. Any agent involved in the offer or
sale of the Offered Securities in respect to which this Prospectus is delivered
will be named, and any commissions payable by the Company to such agent will be
set forth, in the Prospectus Supplement relating thereto. Unless otherwise
indicated in the Prospectus Supplement, any such agent will be acting on a best
efforts basis for the period of its appointment.
 
     The Securities may be sold directly by the Company to institutional
investors or others, who may be deemed to be underwriters within the meaning of
the Securities Act with respect to any resale thereof. The terms of any such
sales, including the terms of any bidding or auction process, will be described
in the Prospectus Supplement relating thereto.
 
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     If so indicated in the applicable Prospectus Supplement, the Company will
authorize agents, underwriters or dealers to solicit offers from certain types
of institutions to purchase Offered Securities from the Company at the public
offering price set forth in the Prospectus Supplement pursuant to delayed
delivery contracts providing for payment and delivery on a specified date in the
future. Such contracts will be subject only to those conditions set forth in the
applicable Prospectus Supplement, and the Prospectus Supplement will set forth
the commission payable for solicitation of such contracts.
 
     Agents, dealers and underwriters may be entitled under agreements entered
into with the Company to indemnification by the Company against certain civil
liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act, or to contribution
with respect to payments which such agents, dealers or underwriters may be
required to make in respect thereof. Agents, dealers and underwriters may be
customers of, engage in transactions with, or perform services for the Company
in the ordinary course of business. Insofar as indemnification for liabilities
arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and
controlling persons of the Company pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or
otherwise, the Company has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission
such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act
and is, therefore, unenforceable.
 
     The Securities other than shares of Common Stock may or may not be listed
on a national securities exchange. No assurances can be given that there will be
a market for any such other Securities.
 
                                 LEGAL MATTERS
 
   
     Certain legal matters in connection with the Securities offered hereby will
be passed upon for the Company by Byron L. Wade, Esq., Vice President, Secretary
and Deputy General Counsel of the Company.
    
 
                                    EXPERTS
 
     The audited consolidated financial statements of the Company as of December
31, 1995 and 1994 and for each of the three years in the period ended December
31, 1995 included in this Prospectus have been audited by Arthur Andersen LLP,
independent public accountants, as indicated in their report with respect
thereto, and are included herein in reliance upon the authority of said firm as
experts in accounting and auditing in giving said report.
 
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                   INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 

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                                AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 
KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
  Report of Independent Public Accountants............................................   F-2
  Consolidated Balance Sheets at December 31, 1995 and 1994...........................   F-3
  Statements of Consolidated Income (Loss) for the Years Ended December 31, 1995, 1994
     and 1993.........................................................................   F-4
  Statements of Consolidated Cash Flows for the Years Ended December 31, 1995, 1994
     and 1993.........................................................................   F-5
  Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements..........................................   F-6
 
KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION -- Parent Company Only
  Condensed Balance Sheets at December 31, 1995 and 1994..............................  F-30
  Condensed Statements of Income for the Years Ended December 31, 1995, 1994 and
     1993.............................................................................  F-31
  Condensed Statements of Cash Flows for the Years Ended December 31, 1995, 1994
     and 1993.........................................................................  F-32
  Notes to Financial Statements.......................................................  F-33
 
                               UNAUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 
KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
  Quarterly Financial Data............................................................  F-34
  Consolidated Balance Sheets at September 30, 1996 and December 31, 1995.............  F-35
  Statements of Consolidated Income for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 1996 and
     1995.............................................................................  F-36
  Statements of Consolidated Cash Flows for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 1996
     and 1995.........................................................................  F-37
  Notes to Interim Consolidated Financial Statements..................................  F-38

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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 

                    REPORT OF INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS
 
To the Stockholders and the Board of Directors of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation:
 
     We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Kaiser
Aluminum Corporation (a Delaware corporation) and subsidiaries as of December
31, 1995 and 1994, and the related statements of consolidated income and cash
flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 1995. These
financial statements are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our
responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on
our audits.
 
     We conducted our audits in accordance with generally accepted auditing
standards. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain
reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material
misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting
the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes
assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by
management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation.
We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
 
     In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly,
in all material respects, the financial position of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation
and subsidiaries as of December 31, 1995 and 1994, and the results of their
operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended
December 31, 1995, in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.
 
     Our audit was made for the purpose of forming an opinion on the basic
financial statements taken as a whole. Schedule I is presented for purposes of
complying with the Securities and Exchange Commission's rules and is not part of
the basic financial statements. This schedule has been subjected to the auditing
procedures applied in the audits of the basic financial statements and, in our
opinion, fairly states in all material respects the financial data required to
be set forth therein in relation to the basic financial statements taken as a
whole.
 
                                          ARTHUR ANDERSEN LLP
 
Houston, Texas
February 16, 1996

 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
                          CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
                                     ASSETS
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                              DECEMBER 31,
                                                                          ---------------------
                                                                            1995         1994
                                                                          --------     --------
                                                                             (IN MILLIONS OF
                                                                          DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE
                                                                                AMOUNTS)
<S>                                                                       <C>          <C>
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents.............................................  $   21.9     $   17.6
  Receivables:
  Trade, less allowance for doubtful receivables of $5.0 in 1995 and
     $4.2 in 1994.......................................................     222.9        150.7
     Other..............................................................      85.7         48.5
  Inventories...........................................................     525.7        468.0
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets.............................      76.6        158.0
                                                                          ---------    ---------
          Total current assets..........................................     932.8        842.8
Investments in and advances to unconsolidated affiliates................     178.2        169.7
Property, plant, and equipment -- net...................................   1,109.6      1,133.2
Deferred income taxes...................................................     269.1        271.2
Other assets............................................................     323.5        281.2
                                                                          ---------    ---------
          Total.........................................................  $2,813.2     $2,698.1
                                                                          =========    =========
 
                             LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable......................................................  $  184.5     $  152.1
  Accrued interest......................................................      32.0         32.6
  Accrued salaries, wages, and related expenses.........................     105.3         77.7
  Accrued postretirement medical benefit obligation -- current
     portion............................................................      46.8         47.0
  Other accrued liabilities.............................................     129.4        176.9
  Payable to affiliates.................................................      94.2         85.3
  Long-term debt -- current portion.....................................       8.9         11.5
                                                                          ---------    ---------
          Total current liabilities.....................................     601.1        583.1
Long-term liabilities...................................................     548.5        495.5
Accrued postretirement medical benefit obligation.......................     734.0        734.9
Long-term debt..........................................................     749.2        751.1
Minority interests......................................................     122.7        116.2
Stockholders' equity:
  Preferred stock, par value $.05, authorized 20,000,000 shares;
     Series A Convertible, stated value $.10, issued and outstanding,
      nil and 1,938,295 in 1995 and 1994................................                     .2
     PRIDES Convertible, par value $.05, issued and outstanding,
      8,673,850 and 8,855,550 in 1995 and 1994..........................        .4           .4
  Common stock, par value $.01, authorized 100,000,000 shares; issued
     and outstanding, 71,638,514 and 58,205,083 in 1995 and 1994........        .7           .6
  Additional capital....................................................     530.3        527.8
  Accumulated deficit...................................................    (459.9)      (502.6)
  Additional minimum pension liability..................................     (13.8)        (9.1)
                                                                          ---------    ---------
          Total stockholders' equity....................................      57.7         17.3
                                                                          ---------    ---------
          Total.........................................................  $2,813.2     $2,698.1
                                                                          =========    =========
</TABLE>

 
The accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements are an integral part
                              of these statements.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
                    STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED INCOME (LOSS)
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                     YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31,
                                                                 --------------------------------
                                                                   1995        1994        1993
                                                                 --------    --------    --------
                                                                     (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS,
                                                                    EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)
<S>                                                              <C>         <C>         <C>
Net sales.....................................................   $2,237.8    $1,781.5    $1,719.1
                                                                 --------    --------    --------
Costs and expenses:
  Cost of products sold.......................................    1,798.4     1,625.5     1,587.7
  Depreciation................................................       94.3        95.4        97.1
  Selling, administrative, research and development, and
     general..................................................      134.5       116.8       121.9
  Restructuring of operations.................................                               35.8
                                                                 --------    --------    --------
          Total costs and expenses............................    2,027.2     1,837.7     1,842.5
                                                                 --------    --------    --------
Operating income (loss).......................................      210.6       (56.2)     (123.4)
Other expense:
  Interest expense............................................      (93.9)      (88.6)      (84.2)
  Other -- net................................................      (14.1)       (7.3)        (.9)
                                                                 --------    --------    --------
Income (loss) before income taxes, minority interests,
  extraordinary loss, and cumulative effect of changes in
  accounting principles.......................................      102.6      (152.1)     (208.5)
(Provision) credit for income taxes...........................      (37.2)       53.8        86.9
Minority interests............................................       (5.1)       (3.1)       (1.5)
                                                                 --------    --------    --------
Income (loss) before extraordinary loss and cumulative effect
  of changes in accounting principles.........................       60.3      (101.4)     (123.1)
Extraordinary loss on early extinguishment of debt, net of tax
  benefit of $2.9 and $11.2 for 1994 and 1993, respectively...                   (5.4)      (21.8)
Cumulative effect of changes in accounting principles, net of
  tax
  benefit of $237.7...........................................                             (507.3)
                                                                 --------    --------    --------
Net income (loss).............................................   $   60.3    $ (106.8)   $ (652.2)
Dividends on preferred stock..................................      (17.6)      (20.1)       (6.3)
                                                                 --------    --------    --------
Net income (loss) available to common shareholders............   $   42.7    $ (126.9)   $ (658.5)
                                                                 ========    ========    ========
Earnings (loss) per common and common equivalent share:
  Primary:
     Income (loss) before extraordinary loss and cumulative
       effect of changes in accounting principles.............   $    .69    $  (2.09)   $  (2.25)
     Extraordinary loss.......................................                   (.09)       (.38)
     Cumulative effect of changes in accounting principles....                              (8.84)
                                                                 --------    --------    --------
     Net income (loss)........................................   $    .69    $  (2.18)   $ (11.47)
                                                                 ========    ========    ========
  Fully diluted...............................................   $    .72
                                                                 ========
Weighted average common and common equivalent shares
  outstanding (000):
  Primary.....................................................     62,264      58,139      57,423
                                                                 ========    ========    ========
  Fully diluted...............................................     71,809
                                                                 ========
</TABLE>

 
The accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements are an integral part
                              of these statements.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
                     STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                     YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31,
                                                                 -------------------------------
                                                                  1995       1994        1993
                                                                 -------    -------    ---------
                                                                    (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS)
<S>                                                              <C>        <C>        <C>
Cash flows from operating activities:
  Net income (loss)...........................................   $  60.3    $(106.8)   $  (652.2)
  Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash
     provided by (used for) operating activities:
     Depreciation.............................................      94.3       95.4         97.1
     Amortization of excess investment over equity in
       unconsolidated affiliates..............................      11.4       11.6         11.9
     Amortization of deferred financing costs and discount on
       long-term debt.........................................       5.4        6.2         11.2
     Equity in (income) losses of unconsolidated affiliates...     (19.2)       1.9          3.3
     Restructuring of operations..............................                              35.8
     Minority interests.......................................       5.1        3.1          1.5
     Extraordinary loss on early extinguishment of
       debt -- net............................................                  5.4         21.8
     Cumulative effect of changes in accounting
       principles -- net......................................                             507.3
     (Increase) decrease in receivables.......................    (109.7)      36.4         (6.1)
     (Increase) decrease in inventories.......................     (57.7)     (41.1)        13.0
     Decrease (increase) in prepaid expenses and other
       assets.................................................      82.9      (60.6)        (5.2)
     Increase (decrease) in accounts payable..................      32.4       25.8        (10.3)
     (Decrease) increase in accrued interest..................       (.6)       9.3         19.2
     Increase in payable to affiliates and accrued
       liabilities............................................      10.6       50.8         76.9
     Decrease in accrued and deferred income taxes............      (7.4)     (68.8)       (96.4)
     Other....................................................      10.9        9.3          8.1
                                                                 -------    -------    ---------
          Net cash provided by (used for) operating
            activities........................................     118.7      (22.1)        36.9
                                                                 -------    -------    ---------
Cash flows from investing activities:
  Net proceeds from disposition of property and investments...       8.6        4.1         13.1
  Capital expenditures........................................     (79.4)     (70.0)       (67.7)
  Investments in joint ventures...............................      (9.0)
                                                                 -------    -------    ---------
          Net cash used for investing activities..............     (79.8)     (65.9)       (54.6)
                                                                 -------    -------    ---------
Cash flows from financing activities:
  Repayments of long-term debt, including revolving credit....    (537.7)    (345.1)    (1,134.5)
  Borrowings of long-term debt, including revolving credit....     532.3      378.9      1,068.1
  Borrowings from MAXXAM Group Inc. (see supplemental
     disclosure below)........................................                              15.0
  Tender premiums and other costs of early extinguishment of
     debt.....................................................                             (27.1)
  Net short-term debt repayments..............................                  (.5)        (4.3)
  Incurrence of financing costs...............................       (.8)     (19.2)       (12.7)
  Dividends paid..............................................     (20.8)     (14.8)        (6.3)
  Capital stock issued........................................       1.2      100.1        119.3
  Redemption of minority interests' preference stock..........      (8.8)      (8.5)        (4.2)
                                                                 -------    -------    ---------
          Net cash (used for) provided by financing
            activities........................................     (34.6)      90.9         13.3
                                                                 -------    -------    ---------
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents during
  the year....................................................       4.3        2.9         (4.4)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year................      17.6       14.7         19.1
                                                                 -------    -------    ---------
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year......................   $  21.9    $  17.6    $    14.7
                                                                 =======    =======    =========
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
  Interest paid, net of capitalized interest..................   $  88.8    $  73.1    $    53.7
  Income taxes paid...........................................      35.7       16.0         13.5
  Tax allocation payments from MAXXAM Inc.....................                 (3.9)
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash financing activities:
  Exchange of the borrowings from
     MAXXAM Group Inc. for capital stock......................                         $    15.0
</TABLE>

 
The accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements are an integral part
                              of these statements.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
                   NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
1.  SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
 
PRINCIPLES OF CONSOLIDATION
 
     The consolidated financial statements include the statements of Kaiser
Aluminum Corporation (the "Company" or "Kaiser") and its majority-owned
subsidiaries. The Company is a direct subsidiary of MAXXAM Inc. ("MAXXAM") and
conducts its operations through its wholly owned subsidiary, Kaiser Aluminum &
Chemical Corporation ("KACC"). KACC operates in all principal aspects of the
aluminum industry -- the mining of bauxite (the major aluminum-bearing ore), the
refining of bauxite into alumina (the intermediate material), the production of
primary aluminum, and the manufacture of fabricated and semi-fabricated aluminum
products. The Company's production levels of alumina and primary aluminum exceed
its internal processing needs, which allows it to be a major seller of alumina
and primary aluminum to domestic and international third parties (see Note 10).
 
     The preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally
accepted accounting principles requires the use of estimates and assumptions
that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, disclosure of
contingent assets and liabilities known to exist as of the date the financial
statements are published, and the reported amount of revenues and expenses
during the reporting period. Uncertainties, with respect to such estimates and
assumptions, are inherent in the preparation of the Company's consolidated
financial statements; accordingly, it is possible that the actual results could
differ from these estimates and assumptions, which could have a material effect
on the reported amounts of the Company's consolidated financial position and
results of operation.
 
     Investments in 50%-or-less-owned entities are accounted for primarily by
the equity method. Intercompany balances and transactions are eliminated.
Certain reclassifications of prior-year information were made to conform to the
current presentation.
 
CHANGES IN ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES
 
     The Company adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 106,
Employers' Accounting for Postretirement Benefits Other Than Pensions ("SFAS
106"), and Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 112, Employers'
Accounting for Postemployment Benefits ("SFAS 112"), as of January 1, 1993. The
costs of postretirement benefits other than pensions and postemployment benefits
are now accrued over the period employees provide services to the date of their
full eligibility for such benefits. Previously, such costs were expensed as
actual claims were incurred. The cumulative effect of the changes in accounting
principles for the adoption of SFAS 106 and SFAS 112 were recorded as charges to
results of operations of $497.7 and $7.3, net of related income taxes of $234.2
and $3.5, respectively. These deferred income tax benefits were recorded at the
federal statutory rate in effect on the date the accounting standards were
adopted, before giving effect to certain valuation allowances. The new
accounting standards had no effect on the Company's cash outlays for
postretirement or postemployment benefits, nor did these one-time charges affect
the Company's compliance with its existing debt covenants. The Company reserves
the right, subject to applicable collective bargaining agreements and applicable
legal requirements, to amend or terminate these benefits.
 
     The Company adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 109,
Accounting for Income Taxes ("SFAS 109"), as of January 1, 1993. The adoption of
SFAS 109 changed the Company's method of accounting for income taxes to an asset
and liability approach from the deferral method prescribed by Accounting
Principles Board Opinion No. 11, Accounting for Income Taxes. The asset and
liability approach requires the recognition of deferred income tax assets and
liabilities for the expected future tax consequences of events that have been
recognized in the Company's financial statements or tax returns. Under this
method, deferred income tax assets and liabilities are determined based on the
temporary differences between the
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
financial statement and tax bases of assets and liabilities using enacted tax
rates. The cumulative effect of the change in accounting principle reduced the
Company's results of operations by $2.3. The adoption of SFAS 109 required the
Company to restate certain assets and liabilities to their pre-tax amounts from
their net-of-tax amounts originally recorded in connection with the acquisition
by MAXXAM in October 1988. As a result of restating these assets and
liabilities, the loss before income taxes, minority interests, extraordinary
loss, and cumulative effect of changes in accounting principles for the year
ended December 31, 1993, was increased by $9.3.
 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
 
     The Company considers only those short-term, highly liquid investments with
original maturities of 90 days or less to be cash equivalents.
 
INVENTORIES
 
     Substantially all product inventories are stated at last-in, first-out
("LIFO") cost, not in excess of market value. Replacement cost is not in excess
of LIFO cost. Other inventories, principally operating supplies and repair and
maintenance parts, are stated at the lower of average cost or market. Inventory
costs consist of material, labor, and manufacturing overhead, including
depreciation. Inventories consist of the following:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                            DECEMBER 31,
                                                                           ---------------
                                                                            1995     1994
                                                                           ------   ------
    <S>                                                                    <C>      <C>
    Finished fabricated products.........................................  $ 91.5   $ 49.4
    Primary aluminum and work in process.................................   195.9    203.1
    Bauxite and alumina..................................................   119.6    102.3
    Operating supplies and repair and maintenance parts..................   118.7    113.2
                                                                           ------   ------
                                                                           $525.7   $468.0
                                                                           ======   ======
</TABLE>

 
DEPRECIATION
 
     Depreciation is computed principally by the straight-line method at rates
based on the estimated useful lives of the various classes of assets. The
principal estimated useful lives by class of assets are:
 

<TABLE>
    <S>                                                                     <C>
    Land improvements.....................................................   8 to 25 years
    Buildings.............................................................  15 to 45 years
    Machinery and equipment...............................................  10 to 22 years
</TABLE>

 
STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION
 
     The Company applies Accounting Principles Board Opinion No. 25, Accounting
for Stock Issued to Employees, and related interpretations in accounting for a
stock-based compensation plan. Accordingly, no compensation cost has been
recognized for this plan (see Note 6).
 
OTHER EXPENSE
 
     Other expense in 1995, 1994 and 1993 includes $17.8, $16.5 and $17.9 of
pre-tax charges related principally to establishing additional: (i) litigation
reserves for asbestos claims, and (ii) environmental reserves for potential soil
and ground water remediation matters each pertaining to operations which were
discontinued prior to the acquisition of the Company by MAXXAM in 1988.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
DEFERRED FINANCING COSTS
 
     Costs incurred to obtain debt financing are deferred and amortized over the
estimated term of the related borrowing. Amortization of deferred financing
costs of $5.3, $6.0, and $11.2 for the years ended December 31, 1995, 1994, and
1993, respectively, are included in interest expense.
 
FOREIGN CURRENCY
 
     The Company uses the United States dollar as the functional currency for
its foreign operations.
 
DERIVATIVE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS
 
     Gains and losses arising from the use of derivative financial instruments
are reflected in the Company's operating results concurrently with the
consummation of the underlying hedged transactions. Deferred gains or losses as
of December 31, 1995, are included in Prepaid expenses and other current assets
and Other accrued liabilities. The Company does not hold or issue derivative
financial instruments for trading purposes (see Note 9).
 
FAIR VALUE OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS
 
     The following table presents the estimated fair value of the Company's
financial instruments, together with the carrying amounts of the related assets
or liabilities. Unless otherwise noted, the carrying amount of all financial
instruments is a reasonable estimate of fair value.
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                           DECEMBER 31, 1995         DECEMBER 31, 1994
                                                         ---------------------     ---------------------
                                                         CARRYING   ESTIMATED      CARRYING   ESTIMATED
                                                          AMOUNT    FAIR VALUE      AMOUNT    FAIR VALUE
                                                         --------   ----------     --------   ----------
<S>                                                      <C>        <C>            <C>        <C>
Debt...................................................   $758.1      $806.3        $762.6      $747.6
Foreign currency contracts.............................                  1.9                       3.5
</TABLE>

 
     The following methods and assumptions were used to estimate the fair value
of each class of financial instruments:
 
          Debt -- The quoted market prices were used for the Senior Notes and
     12 3/4% Notes (see Note 4). The fair value of all other debt is based on
     discounting the future cash flows using the current rate for debt of
     similar maturities and terms.
 
          Foreign Currency Contracts -- The fair value generally reflects the
     estimated amounts that the Company would receive to enter into similar
     contracts at the reporting date, thereby taking into account unrealized
     gains or losses on open contracts (see Note 9).
 
EARNINGS (LOSS) PER COMMON AND COMMON EQUIVALENT SHARE
 
     Primary earnings (loss) per common and common equivalent share are computed
by dividing net income (loss) available to common shareholders by the weighted
average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding during the
period. Fully diluted earnings per common and common equivalent share are
computed as if the Series A Shares and 181,700 shares of PRIDES (the "Converted
PRIDES") had been converted to common shares at the beginning of the period.
Accordingly, for purposes of the fully diluted calculations, the dividends
attributable to the Series A Shares and the Converted PRIDES ($9.2 for the year
ended December 31, 1995) have not been deducted from net income, and the
weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding
includes the shares issued upon conversion of the Series A Shares and the
Converted PRIDES as if they had been outstanding for the entire period. As a
result
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
of the redemption of the Series A Shares and conversion of the Converted PRIDES
during the 1995 period, fully diluted earnings per share are presented for such
period, even though the result is antidilutive. For the years ended December 31,
1994 and 1993, common equivalent shares attributable to the preferred stock and
non-qualified stock options were excluded from the calculation of weighted
average shares because they were antidilutive.
 
2.  INVESTMENTS IN AND ADVANCES TO UNCONSOLIDATED AFFILIATES
 
     Summary combined financial information is provided below for unconsolidated
aluminum investments, most of which supply and process raw materials. The
investees are Queensland Alumina Limited ("QAL") (28.3% owned), Anglesey
Aluminum Limited ("Anglesey") (49.0% owned), and Kaiser Jamaica Bauxite Company
(49.0% owned). The equity in earnings (losses) before income taxes of such
operations is treated as a reduction (increase) in cost of products sold. At
December 31, 1995 and 1994, KACC's net receivables from these affiliates were
not material.
 
SUMMARY OF COMBINED FINANCIAL POSITION
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                                DECEMBER 31,
                                                                               ---------------
                                                                                1995     1994
                                                                               ------   ------
<S>                                                                            <C>      <C>
Current assets...............................................................  $429.0   $342.3
Property, plant, and equipment -- net........................................   330.8    349.4
Other assets.................................................................    39.3     42.4
                                                                               ------   ------
          Total assets.......................................................  $799.1   $734.1
                                                                               ======   ======
Current liabilities..........................................................  $125.4   $122.4
Long-term debt...............................................................   331.8    307.6
Other liabilities............................................................    35.6     31.0
Stockholders' equity.........................................................   306.3    273.1
                                                                               ------   ------
          Total liabilities and stockholders' equity.........................  $799.1   $734.1
                                                                               ======   ======
</TABLE>

 
SUMMARY OF COMBINED OPERATIONS
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                       YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31,
                                                                       ------------------------
                                                                        1995     1994     1993
                                                                       ------   ------   ------
<S>                                                                    <C>      <C>      <C>
Net sales............................................................  $685.9   $489.8   $510.3
Costs and expenses...................................................  (618.7)  (494.8)  (527.2)
(Provision) credit for income taxes..................................   (18.7)    (6.3)     1.9
                                                                       ------   ------   ------
Net income (loss)....................................................  $ 48.5   $(11.3)  $(15.0)
                                                                       ======   ======   ======
Company's equity in income (loss)....................................  $ 19.2   $ (1.9)  $ (3.3)
                                                                       ======   ======   ======
</TABLE>

 
     The Company's equity in income (loss) differs from the summary net income
(loss) due to various percentage ownerships in the entities and equity method
accounting adjustments. At December 31, 1995, KACC's investment in its
unconsolidated affiliates exceeded its equity in their net assets by
approximately $54.9. The Company is amortizing this amount over a 12-year
period, which results in an annual amortization charge of approximately $11.4.
 
     The Company and its affiliates have interrelated operations. KACC provides
some of its affiliates with services such as financing, management, and
engineering. Significant activities with affiliates include the
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
acquisition and processing of bauxite, alumina, and primary aluminum. Purchases
from these affiliates were $284.4, $219.7, and $206.6 in the years ended
December 31, 1995, 1994, and 1993, respectively. Dividends of $8.1, nil, and nil
were received from investees in the years ended December 31, 1995, 1994, and
1993, respectively.
 
     In 1995, a subsidiary of the Company invested $9.0 in a foreign joint
venture. This amount is included in Investments in and advances to
unconsolidated affiliates.
 
3.  PROPERTY, PLANT, AND EQUIPMENT
 
     The major classes of property, plant, and equipment are as follows:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                           DECEMBER 31,
                                                                        -------------------
                                                                          1995       1994
                                                                        --------   --------
    <S>                                                                 <C>        <C>
    Land and improvements.............................................  $  151.8   $  153.5
    Buildings.........................................................     198.5      196.8
    Machinery and equipment...........................................   1,337.6    1,285.0
    Construction in progress..........................................      59.6       45.0
                                                                        --------   --------
                                                                         1,747.5    1,680.3
    Accumulated depreciation..........................................     637.9      547.1
                                                                        --------   --------
      Property, plant, and equipment -- net...........................  $1,109.6   $1,133.2
                                                                        ========   ========
</TABLE>

 
4.  LONG-TERM DEBT
 
     Long-term debt and its maturity schedule are as follows:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                                               DECEMBER 31,
                                                                                      2001    ---------------
                                                                                      AND      1995     1994
                                                 1996   1997   1998   1999    2000   AFTER    TOTAL    TOTAL
                                                 ----   ----   ----   -----   ----   ------   ------   ------
    <S>                                          <C>    <C>    <C>    <C>     <C>    <C>      <C>      <C>
    1994 Credit Agreement (9.00% at December
      31, 1995)................................                       $13.1                   $ 13.1   $  6.7
    9 7/8% Senior Notes, net...................                                      $223.8    223.8    223.6
    Pollution Control and Solid Waste Disposal
      Facilities Obligations
      (6.00% -- 7.75%).........................  $1.2   $1.3   $1.4      .2   $.2      32.6     36.9     38.1
    Alpart CARIFA Loan (fixed and variable
      rates)...................................                                        60.0     60.0     60.0
    Alpart Term Loan (8.95%)...................  6.3    6.2                                     12.5     18.7
    12 3/4% Senior Subordinated Notes..........                                       400.0    400.0    400.0
    Other borrowings (fixed and variable
      rates)...................................  1.4    1.4    7.7       .3    .2        .8     11.8     15.5
                                                 ----   ----   ----   -----   ---    ------   ------   ------
             Total.............................  $8.9   $8.9   $9.1   $13.6   $.4    $717.2   $758.1   $762.6
                                                 ====   ====   ====   =====   ===    ======
    Less current portion.......................                                                  8.9     11.5
                                                                                              ------   ------
    Long-term debt.............................                                               $749.2   $751.1
                                                                                              ======   ======
</TABLE>

 
1994 CREDIT AGREEMENT
 
     On February 17, 1994, the Company and KACC entered into a credit agreement
with BankAmerica Business Credit, Inc. and certain other lenders (as amended,
the "1994 Credit Agreement"). The 1994 Credit Agreement consists of a $325.0
five-year secured, revolving line of credit, scheduled to mature in 1999. KACC
is able to borrow under the facility by means of revolving credit advances and
letters of credit (up to $125.0) in an aggregate amount equal to the lesser of
$325.0 or a borrowing base relating to eligible accounts receivable plus
eligible inventory. The Company recorded a pre-tax extraordinary loss of $8.3
($5.4 after taxes) in the
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
first quarter of 1994, consisting primarily of the write-off of unamortized
deferred financing costs related to the previous credit agreement. As of
December 31, 1995, $259.3 (of which $72.4 could have been used for letters of
credit) was available to KACC under the 1994 Credit Agreement. The 1994 Credit
Agreement is unconditionally guaranteed by the Company and by certain
significant subsidiaries of KACC. Loans under the 1994 Credit Agreement bear
interest at a rate per annum, at KACC's election, equal to a Reference Rate (as
defined) plus 1 1/2% or LIBO Rate (Reserve Adjusted) (as defined) plus 3 1/4%.
After June 30, 1995, the interest rate margins applicable to borrowings under
the 1994 Credit Agreement may be reduced by up to 1 1/2% (non-cumulatively),
based on a financial test, determined quarterly. As of December 31, 1995, the
financial test permitted a reduction of 1 1/2% per annum in margins effective
January 1, 1996.
 
     The 1994 Credit Agreement requires KACC to maintain certain financial
covenants and places restrictions on the Company's and KACC's ability to, among
other things, incur debt and liens, make investments, pay dividends, undertake
transactions with affiliates, make capital expenditures, and enter into
unrelated lines of business. Neither the Company nor KACC currently is permitted
to pay dividends on its common stock. The 1994 Credit Agreement is secured by,
among other things, (i) mortgages on KACC's major domestic plants (excluding the
Gramercy plant); (ii) subject to certain exceptions, liens on the accounts
receivable, inventory, equipment, domestic patents and trademarks, and
substantially all other personal property of KACC and certain of its
subsidiaries; (iii) a pledge of all the stock of KACC owned by Kaiser; and (iv)
pledges of all of the stock of a number of KACC's wholly owned domestic
subsidiaries, pledges of a portion of the stock of certain foreign subsidiaries,
and pledges of a portion of the stock of certain partially owned foreign
affiliates.
 
SENIOR NOTES
 
     Concurrent with the offering by Kaiser of its 8.255% PRIDES, Convertible
Preferred Stock (the "PRIDES") (see Note 7), KACC issued $225.0 of its 9 7/8%
Senior Notes due 2002 (the "Senior Notes"). The net proceeds of the offering of
the Senior Notes were used to reduce outstanding borrowings under the revolving
credit facility of the 1989 Credit Agreement immediately prior to the
effectiveness of the 1994 Credit Agreement and for working capital and general
corporate purposes.
 
GRAMERCY SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL REVENUE BONDS
 
     In December 1992, KACC entered into an installment sale agreement (the
"Sale Agreement") with the Parish of St. James, Louisiana (the "Louisiana
Parish"), pursuant to which the Louisiana Parish issued $20.0 aggregate
principal amount of its 7 3/4% Bonds due August 1, 2022 (the "Bonds") to finance
the construction of certain solid waste disposal facilities at KACC's Gramercy
plant. The proceeds from the sale of the Bonds were deposited into a
construction fund and may be withdrawn, from time to time, pursuant to the terms
of the Sale Agreement and the Bond indenture. At December 31, 1995, $3.8
remained in the construction fund. The Sale Agreement requires KACC to make
payments to the Louisiana Parish in installments due on the dates and in the
amounts required to permit the Louisiana Parish to satisfy all of its payment
obligations under the Bonds.
 
ALPART CARIFA LOAN
 
     In December 1991, Alpart entered into a loan agreement with the Caribbean
Basin Projects Financing Authority ("CARIFA") under which CARIFA loaned Alpart
the proceeds from the issuance of CARIFA's industrial revenue bonds. The terms
of the loan parallel the bonds' repayment terms. The $38.0 aggregate principal
amount of Series A bonds matures on June 1, 2008. Substantially all of the
Series A bonds bear interest at a floating rate of 87% of the applicable LIBID
Rate (LIBOR less 1/8 of 1%). The $22.0 aggregate principal amount of Series B
bonds matures on June 1, 2007, and bears interest at a fixed rate of 8.25%.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
     Proceeds from the sale of the bonds were used by Alpart to refinance
interim loans from the partners in Alpart, to pay eligible project costs for the
expansion and modernization of its alumina refinery and related port and bauxite
mining facilities, and to pay certain costs of issuance. Under the terms of the
loan agreement, Alpart must remain a qualified recipient for Caribbean Basin
Initiative funds as defined in applicable laws. Alpart has agreed to indemnify
bondholders of CARIFA for certain tax payments that could result from events, as
defined, that adversely affect the tax treatment of the interest income on the
bonds. Alpart's obligations under the loan agreement are secured by a $64.2
letter of credit guaranteed by the partners in Alpart (of which $22.5 is
guaranteed by the Company's minority partner in Alpart).
 
SENIOR SUBORDINATED NOTES
 
     On February 1, 1993, KACC issued $400.0 of its 12 3/4% Senior Subordinated
Notes due 2003 (the "12 3/4% Notes"). The net proceeds from the sale of the
12 3/4% Notes were used to retire the 14 1/4% Senior Subordinated Notes due 1995
(the "14 1/4% Notes"), to prepay $18.0 of the term loan, and to reduce
outstanding borrowings under the revolving credit facility of the 1989 Credit
Agreement. These transactions resulted in a pre-tax extraordinary loss of $33.0
in the first quarter of 1993, consisting primarily of the write-off of
unamortized discount and deferred financing costs related to the 14 1/4% Notes.
 
     The obligations of KACC with respect to the Senior Notes and the 12 3/4%
Notes are guaranteed, jointly and severally, by certain subsidiaries of KACC.
The indentures governing the Senior Notes and the 12 3/4% Notes (the
"Indentures") restrict, among other things, KACC's ability, and the 1994 Credit
Agreement restricts, among other things, the Company's and KACC's ability, to
incur debt, undertake transactions with affiliates, and pay dividends. Further,
the Indentures provide that KACC must offer to purchase the Senior Notes and the
12 3/4% Notes, respectively, upon the occurrence of a Change of Control (as
defined therein), and the 1994 Credit Agreement provides that the occurrence of
a Change in Control (as defined therein) shall constitute an Event of Default
thereunder.
 
CAPITALIZED INTEREST
 
     Interest capitalized in 1995, 1994 and 1993 was $2.8, $2.7, and $3.4,
respectively.
 
RESTRICTED NET ASSETS OF SUBSIDIARY
 
     Certain debt instruments restrict the ability of KACC to transfer assets,
make loans and advances, and pay dividends to the Company. The restricted net
assets of KACC totaled $24.0 at December 31, 1995.
 
5.  INCOME TAXES
 
     Income (loss) before income taxes, minority interests, extraordinary loss,
and cumulative effect of changes in accounting principles by geographic area is
as follows:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31,
                                                             ------------------------------
                                                              1995       1994        1993
                                                             ------     -------     -------
    <S>                                                      <C>        <C>         <C>
    Domestic...............................................  $(55.9)    $(168.4)    $(232.0)
    Foreign................................................   158.5        16.3        23.5
                                                             ------     -------     -------
              Total........................................  $102.6     $(152.1)    $(208.5)
                                                             ======     =======     =======
</TABLE>

 
     Income taxes are classified as either domestic or foreign, based on whether
payment is made or due to the United States or a foreign country. Certain income
classified as foreign is also subject to domestic income taxes.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
     The (provision) credit for income taxes on income (loss) before income
taxes, minority interests, extraordinary loss, and cumulative effect of changes
in accounting principles consists of:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                       FEDERAL     FOREIGN     STATE     TOTAL
                                                       -------     -------     -----     ------
    <S>                                                <C>         <C>         <C>       <C>
    1995
      Current........................................   $(4.3)     $ (40.2)    $ (.1)    $(44.6)
      Deferred.......................................    15.2         (4.9)     (2.9)       7.4
                                                        -----       ------     -----     ------
              Total..................................   $10.9      $ (45.1)    $(3.0)    $(37.2)
                                                        =====       ======     =====     ======
    1994
      Current........................................              $ (18.0)    $ (.1)    $(18.1)
      Deferred.......................................   $71.2           .6        .1       71.9
                                                        -----       ------     -----     ------
              Total..................................   $71.2      $ (17.4)              $ 53.8
                                                        =====       ======     =====     ======
    1993
      Current........................................   $12.6      $  (7.9)    $ (.1)    $  4.6
      Deferred.......................................    68.5         12.0       1.8       82.3
                                                        -----       ------     -----     ------
              Total..................................   $81.1      $   4.1     $ 1.7     $ 86.9
                                                        =====       ======     =====     ======
</TABLE>

 
     The 1994 federal deferred credit for income taxes of $71.2 includes $29.3
for the benefit of operating loss carryforwards generated in 1994. The 1993
federal deferred credit for income taxes of $68.5 includes $29.2 for the benefit
of operating loss carryforwards generated in 1993 and a $3.4 benefit for
increasing net deferred income tax assets (liabilities) as of the date of
enactment (August 10, 1993) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993,
which retroactively increased the federal statutory income tax rate from 34% to
35% for periods beginning on or after January 1, 1993.
 
     A reconciliation between the (provision) credit for income taxes and the
amount computed by applying the federal statutory income tax rate to income
(loss) before income taxes, minority interests, extraordinary loss, and
cumulative effect of changes in accounting principles is as follows:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                      YEAR ENDED DECEMBER
                                                                              31,
                                                                     ----------------------
                                                                      1995    1994    1993
                                                                     ------   -----   -----
    <S>                                                              <C>      <C>     <C>
    Amount of federal income tax (provision) credit based on the
      statutory rate...............................................  $(35.9)  $53.2   $73.0
    Percentage depletion...........................................     4.2     5.6     6.4
    Revision of prior years' tax estimates and other changes in
      valuation allowances.........................................     1.5      .2     3.9
    Foreign taxes, net of federal tax benefit......................    (5.4)   (5.3)   (2.6)
    Increase in net deferred income tax assets due to tax rate
      change.......................................................             1.8     3.4
    Other..........................................................    (1.6)   (1.7)    2.8
                                                                     ------   -----   -----
    (Provision) credit for income taxes............................  $(37.2)  $53.8   $86.9
                                                                     ======   =====   =====
</TABLE>

 
     As shown in the Statements of Consolidated Income (Loss) for the years
ended December 31, 1994 and 1993, the Company reported extraordinary losses
related to the early extinguishment of debt. The Company reported the 1994
extraordinary loss net of related deferred federal income taxes of $2.9 and
reported the 1993 extraordinary loss net of related current federal income taxes
of $11.2, which approximated the federal statutory rate in effect on the dates
the transactions occurred.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
     The Company adopted SFAS 109 as of January 1, 1993, as discussed in Note 1.
The components of the Company's net deferred income tax assets are as follows:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                          DECEMBER 31,
                                                                       -------------------
                                                                        1995        1994
                                                                       -------     -------
    <S>                                                                <C>         <C>
    Deferred income tax assets:
      Postretirement benefits other than pensions....................  $ 289.9     $ 293.7
      Loss and credit carryforwards..................................    156.1       187.6
      Other liabilities..............................................    107.8       109.6
      Pensions.......................................................     56.0        51.0
      Foreign and state deferred income tax liabilities..............     30.8        28.1
      Property, plant, and equipment.................................     22.9        23.1
      Inventories....................................................      1.8
      Other..........................................................     10.7         3.5
      Valuation allowances...........................................   (128.5)     (133.9)
                                                                       -------     -------
              Total deferred income tax assets -- net................    547.5       562.7
                                                                       -------     -------
    Deferred income tax liabilities:
      Property, plant, and equipment.................................   (179.8)     (203.2)
      Investments in and advances to unconsolidated affiliates.......    (66.4)      (63.8)
      Inventories....................................................                 (8.3)
      Other..........................................................     (9.5)       (6.4)
                                                                       -------     -------
              Total deferred income tax liabilities..................   (255.7)     (281.7)
                                                                       -------     -------
    Net deferred income tax assets...................................  $ 291.8     $ 281.0
                                                                       =======     =======
</TABLE>

 
     The valuation allowances listed above relate primarily to loss and credit
carryforwards and postretirement benefits other than pensions. As of December
31, 1995, approximately $97.7 of the net deferred income tax assets listed above
relate to the benefit of loss and credit carryforwards, net of valuation
allowances. The Company evaluated all appropriate factors to determine the
proper valuation allowances for these carryforwards, including any limitations
concerning their use and the year the carryforwards expire, as well as the
levels of taxable income necessary for utilization. For example, full valuation
allowances were provided for certain credit carryforwards that expire in the
near term. With regard to future levels of income, the Company believes, based
on the cyclical nature of its business, its history of prior operating earnings,
and its expectations for future years, that it will more likely than not
generate sufficient taxable income to realize the benefit attributable to the
loss and credit carryforwards for which valuation allowances were not provided.
The remaining portion of the Company's net deferred income tax assets at
December 31, 1995, is approximately $194.1. A principal component of this amount
is the tax benefit associated with the accrual for postretirement benefits other
than pensions. The future tax deductions with respect to the turnaround of this
accrual will occur over a 30- to 40-year period. If such deductions create or
increase a net operating loss in any one year, the Company has the ability to
carry forward such loss for 15 taxable years. For these reasons, the Company
believes a long-term view of profitability is appropriate and has concluded that
this net deferred income tax asset will more likely than not be realized,
despite the operating losses incurred in recent years.
 
     As of December 31, 1995 and 1994, $53.5 and $37.9, respectively, of the net
deferred income tax assets listed above are included on the Consolidated Balance
Sheets in the caption entitled Prepaid expenses and other current assets.
Certain other portions of the deferred income tax assets and liabilities listed
above are included on the Consolidated Balance Sheets in the captions entitled
Other accrued liabilities and Long-term liabilities.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
     The Company and its subsidiaries were included in the consolidated federal
income tax returns of MAXXAM for the period from October 28, 1988, through June
30, 1993. As a consequence of the issuance of the Depositary Shares on June 30,
1993, as discussed in Note 7, the Company and its subsidiaries are no longer
included in the consolidated federal income tax returns of MAXXAM. The Company
and its subsidiaries have become a member of a new consolidated return group of
which Kaiser is the common parent corporation (the "New Kaiser Tax Group"). The
New Kaiser Tax Group files consolidated federal income tax returns for taxable
periods beginning on or after July 1, 1993.
 
     The tax allocation agreement between the Company and MAXXAM (the "Company
Tax Allocation Agreement") and the tax allocation agreement between KACC and
MAXXAM (the "KACC Tax Allocation Agreement") (collectively, the "Tax Allocation
Agreements"), terminated pursuant to their terms, effective for taxable periods
beginning after June 30, 1993. Any unused federal income tax attribute
carryforwards under the terms of the Tax Allocation Agreements were eliminated
and are not available to offset federal income tax liabilities for taxable
periods beginning on or after July 1, 1993. Upon the filing of MAXXAM'S 1993
consolidated federal income tax return, the tax attribute carryforwards of the
MAXXAM consolidated return group as of December 31, 1993, were apportioned in
part to the New Kaiser Tax Group, based on the provisions of the relevant
consolidated return regulations. The benefit of such tax attribute carryforwards
apportioned to the New Kaiser Tax Group approximated the benefit of tax
attribute carryforwards eliminated under the Tax Allocation Agreements. To the
extent the New Kaiser Tax Group generates unused tax losses or tax credits for
periods beginning on or after July 1, 1993, such amounts will not be available
to obtain refunds of amounts paid by the Company or KACC to MAXXAM for periods
ending on or before June 30, 1993, pursuant to the Tax Allocation Agreements.
 
     KACC and MAXXAM entered into the KACC Tax Allocation Agreement, which
became effective as of October 28, 1988. Under the terms of the KACC Tax
Allocation Agreement, MAXXAM computed the federal income tax liability for KACC
and its subsidiaries (collectively, the "Subgroup") as if the Subgroup were a
separate affiliated group of corporations which was never connected with MAXXAM.
During 1991, the Company and MAXXAM entered into the Company Tax Allocation
Agreement, which became effective as of January 1, 1991. Under the terms of the
Company Tax Allocation Agreement, MAXXAM computed a tentative federal income tax
liability for the Company as if it and its subsidiaries, including KACC and its
subsidiaries, were a separate affiliated group of corporations which was never
connected with MAXXAM. The federal income tax liability of the Company was the
difference between the tentative federal income tax liability and the liability
computed under the KACC Tax Allocation Agreement.
 
     The provisions of the Tax Allocation Agreements will continue to govern for
periods ended prior to July 1, 1993. Therefore, payments or refunds may still be
required by or payable to the Company or KACC under the terms of their
respective tax allocation agreements for these periods due to the final
resolution of audits, amended returns, and related matters. However, the 1994
Credit Agreement prohibits the payment by KACC to MAXXAM of any amounts due
under the KACC Tax Allocation Agreement, except for certain payments that are
required as a result of audits and only to the extent of any amounts paid after
February 17, 1994, by MAXXAM to KACC under the KACC Tax Allocation Agreement.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
     The following table presents the Company's tax attributes for federal
income tax purposes as of December 31, 1995. The utilization of certain of these
tax attributes is subject to limitations:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                                  EXPIRING
                                                                                   THROUGH
                                                                                 -----------
    <S>                                                                <C>       <C>
    Regular tax attribute carryforwards:
      Net operating losses...........................................  $32.9            2007
      General business tax credits...................................   28.4            2008
      Foreign tax credits............................................   89.7            2000
      Alternative minimum tax credits................................   19.4      Indefinite
    Alternative minimum tax attribute carryforwards:
      Net operating losses...........................................  $17.1            2002
      Foreign tax credits............................................   83.5            2000
</TABLE>

 
6.  EMPLOYEE BENEFIT AND INCENTIVE PLANS
 
RETIREMENT PLANS
 
     Retirement plans are non-contributory for salaried and hourly employees and
generally provide for benefits based on a formula which considers length of
service and earnings during years of service. The Company's funding policies
meet or exceed all regulatory requirements.
 
     The funded status of the employee pension benefit plans and the
corresponding amounts that are included in the Company's Consolidated Balance
Sheets are as follows:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                          PLANS WITH
                                                                     ACCUMULATED BENEFITS
                                                                      EXCEEDING ASSETS(1)
                                                                         DECEMBER 31,
                                                                     ---------------------
                                                                      1995          1994
                                                                     -------       -------
    <S>                                                              <C>           <C>
    Accumulated benefit obligation:
      Vested employees.............................................  $ 753.0       $ 663.9
      Nonvested employees..........................................     28.7          41.1
                                                                      ------        ------
      Accumulated benefit obligation...............................    781.7         705.0
    Additional amounts related to projected salary increases.......     34.2          30.0
                                                                      ------        ------
    Projected benefit obligation...................................    815.9         735.0
    Plan assets (principally common stocks and fixed income
      obligations) at fair value...................................   (592.3)       (524.6)
                                                                      ------        ------
    Plan assets less than projected benefit obligation.............    223.6         210.4
    Unrecognized net losses........................................    (54.7)        (42.5)
    Unrecognized net obligations...................................      (.5)          (.8)
    Unrecognized prior-service cost................................    (28.2)        (30.9)
    Adjustment required to recognize minimum liability.............     49.8          42.9
                                                                      ------        ------
    Accrued pension obligation included in the Consolidated Balance
      Sheets (principally in Long-term liabilities)................  $ 190.0       $ 179.1
                                                                      ======        ======
</TABLE>

 
- ---------------
 
(1) Includes plans with assets exceeding accumulated benefits by approximately
     $.1 and $.3 in 1995 and 1994, respectively.
 
     As required by Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 87,
Employers' Accounting for Pensions, the Company recorded an after-tax credit
(charge) to equity of $(4.7) and $12.5 at December 31,
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
1995 and 1994, respectively, for the reduction (excess) of the minimum liability
over the unrecognized net obligation and prior-service cost. These amounts were
recorded net of the related income tax (provision) credit of $2.8 and $(7.3) as
of December 31, 1995 and 1994, respectively, which approximated the federal and
state statutory rates.
 
     The components of net periodic pension cost are:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                   YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31,
                                                                  -------------------------
                                                                   1995      1994     1993
                                                                  -------   ------   ------
    <S>                                                           <C>       <C>      <C>
    Service cost -- benefits earned during the period...........  $  10.0   $ 11.2   $ 10.8
    Interest cost on projected benefit obligation...............     59.8     57.3     59.2
    Return on assets:
      Actual gain...............................................   (112.2)     (.8)   (70.3)
      Deferred gain (loss)......................................     64.6    (53.0)    15.9
    Net amortization and deferral...............................      4.2      4.1      2.3
                                                                   ------    -----    -----
    Net periodic pension cost...................................  $  26.4   $ 18.8   $ 17.9
                                                                   ======    =====    =====
</TABLE>

 
     Assumptions used to value obligations at year-end, and to determine the net
periodic pension cost in the subsequent year are:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                      1995     1994     1993
                                                                      ----     ----     ----
    <S>                                                               <C>      <C>      <C>
    Discount rate...................................................  7.5%     8.5%      7.5%
    Expected long-term rate of return on assets.....................  9.5%     9.5%     10.0%
    Rate of increase in compensation levels.........................  5.0%     5.0%      5.0%
</TABLE>

 
POSTRETIREMENT BENEFITS OTHER THAN PENSIONS
 
     The Company and its subsidiaries provide postretirement health care and
life insurance benefits to eligible retired employees and their dependents.
Substantially all employees may become eligible for those benefits if they reach
retirement age while still working for the Company or its subsidiaries. These
benefits are provided through contracts with various insurance carriers. The
Company has not funded the liability for these benefits, which are expected to
be paid out of cash generated by operations. The Company adopted SFAS 106 to
account for postretirement benefits other than pensions as of January 1, 1993,
as discussed in Note 1.
 
     In 1995, the Company adopted the Kaiser Aluminum Medicare Program ("KAMP").
KAMP is mandatory for all salaried retirees over 65 and for USWA retirees who
retire after December 31, 1995, when they become 65, and voluntary for other
hourly retirees of the Company's operations in the states of California,
Louisiana, and Washington. The USWA contract, ratified on February 28, 1995,
also contained changes to the retiree health benefits. These changes included
increased retirees' copayments, deductibles, and coinsurance, and restricted
Medicare Part B premium reimbursement to the 1995 level for employees retiring
after November 1, 1994. These changes will lower the Company's expenses for
retiree medical care.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
     The Company's accrued postretirement benefit obligation is composed of the
following:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                           DECEMBER 31,
                                                                         -----------------
                                                                          1995       1994
                                                                         ------     ------
    <S>                                                                  <C>        <C>
    Accumulated postretirement benefit obligation:
      Retirees.........................................................  $557.6     $566.2
      Active employees eligible for postretirement benefits............    30.7       30.2
      Active employees not eligible for postretirement benefits........    61.1       98.7
                                                                         ------     ------
      Accumulated postretirement benefit obligation....................   649.4      695.1
    Unrecognized net gains.............................................    20.5       55.0
    Unrecognized gains related to prior-service costs..................   110.9       31.8
                                                                         ------     ------
    Accrued postretirement benefit obligation..........................  $780.8     $781.9
                                                                         ======     ======
</TABLE>

 
     The components of net periodic postretirement benefit cost are:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                       YEAR ENDED DECEMBER
                                                                               31,
                                                                      ---------------------
                                                                      1995    1994    1993
                                                                      -----   -----   -----
    <S>                                                               <C>     <C>     <C>
    Service cost....................................................  $ 4.5   $ 8.2   $ 7.1
    Interest cost...................................................   52.3    56.9    58.5
    Amortization of prior service cost..............................   (8.9)   (3.2)
                                                                      -----   -----   -----
    Net periodic postretirement benefit cost........................  $47.9   $61.9   $65.6
                                                                      =====   =====   =====
</TABLE>

 
     The 1996 annual assumed rates of increase in the per capita cost of covered
benefits (i.e., health care cost trend rate) are 8.0% and 7.5% for retirees
under 65 and over 65, respectively, and are assumed to decrease gradually to
5.0% in 2007 and remain at that level thereafter. The health care cost trend
rate has a significant effect on the amounts reported. A one percentage point
increase in the assumed health care cost trend rate would increase the
accumulated postretirement benefit obligation as of December 31, 1995, by
approximately $68.7 and the aggregate of the service and interest cost
components of net periodic postretirement benefit cost for 1995 by approximately
$7.8. The weighted average discount rate used to determine the accumulated
postretirement benefit obligation at December 31, 1995 and 1994, was 7.5% and
8.5%, respectively.
 
POSTEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
 
     The Company provides certain benefits to former or inactive employees after
employment but before retirement. The Company adopted SFAS 112 to account for
postemployment benefits as of January 1, 1993, as discussed in Note 1.
 
INCENTIVE PLANS
 
     Effective January 1, 1989, the Company and KACC adopted an unfunded
Long-Term Incentive Plan (the "LTIP") for certain key employees of the Company,
KACC, and their consolidated subsidiaries. All compensation vested as of
December 31, 1992, under the LTIP, as amended in 1991 and 1992, has been paid to
the participants in cash or common stock of the Company as of December 31, 1993.
Under the LTIP, as amended, 764,092 restricted shares were distributed to six
Company executives during 1993 for benefits generally earned but not vested as
of December 31, 1992. These shares generally will vest at the rate of 25% per
year. The Company will record the related expense of $6.5 over the four-year
period ending December 31, 1996. In 1993, the Company adopted the Kaiser 1993
Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. A total of 2,500,000 shares of Kaiser common stock
were reserved for awards or for payment of rights granted under the Plan, of
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
which 544,839 shares were available to be awarded at December 31, 1995. Under
the Kaiser 1993 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan, 102,564 restricted shares were
distributed to two Company executives during 1994, which will vest at the rate
of 25% per year. The Company will record the related expense of $1.0 over the
four-year period ending December 31, 1998.
 
     In 1993 and 1994, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors
approved the award of "nonqualified stock options" to members of management
other than those participating in the LTIP. These options generally will vest at
the rate of 20-25% per year. Information relating to nonqualified stock options
is shown below:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                           1995           1994         1993
                                                         ---------     ----------     -------
    <S>                                                  <C>           <C>            <C>
    Outstanding at beginning of year...................  1,119,680        664,400
    Granted............................................                   494,800     664,400
    Exercised (at $7.25 and $9.75 per share)...........   (155,500)        (6,920)
    Expired or forfeited...............................    (38,095)       (32,600)
                                                         ---------      ---------     -------
    Outstanding at end of year (prices ranging from
      $7.25 to $12.75 per share).......................    926,085      1,119,680     664,400
                                                         =========      =========     =======
    Exercisable at end of year.........................    211,755        120,180
                                                         =========      =========
</TABLE>

 
     In 1995, the Company adopted the Kaiser Aluminum Total Compensation System,
an unfunded incentive compensation program. The program provides incentive pay
based on performance against plan over a three-year period. KACC also has a
supplemental savings and retirement plan for salaried employees, under which the
participants contribute a percentage of their base salaries.
 
     The Company's expense for the above plans was $11.9, $6.1, and $5.3 for the
years ended December 31, 1995, 1994 and 1993, respectively.
 
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           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
7.  STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY AND MINORITY INTERESTS
 
     Changes in stockholders' equity and minority interests were:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                            STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
                                    MINORITY INTERESTS   -----------------------------------------------------------
                                    ------------------                                       RETAINED     ADDITIONAL
                                    REDEEMABLE                                               EARNINGS      MINIMUM
                                    PREFERENCE           PREFERRED   COMMON   ADDITIONAL   (ACCUMULATED    PENSION
                                      STOCK      OTHER     STOCK     STOCK     CAPITAL       DEFICIT)     LIABILITY
                                    ----------   -----   ---------   ------   ----------   ------------   ----------
<S>                                 <C>          <C>     <C>         <C>      <C>          <C>            <C>
BALANCE, DECEMBER 31, 1992........    $ 32.8     $72.1                $ .6      $288.5       $  282.8       $ (6.7)
  Net loss........................                                                             (652.2)
  Redeemable preference stock:
    Accretion.....................       4.8
    Stock redemption..............      (4.0)
  Conversions (1,967 preference
    shares into cash).............                 (.2)
  Common stock issued.............                                                 3.3
  Preferred stock issued..........                          $.2                  134.1
  Dividends on preferred stock....                                                               (6.3)
  Minority interest in
    majority-owned subsidiaries...                 (.5)
  Additional minimum pension
    liability.....................                                                                           (14.9)
                                       -----     -----      ---        ---      ------        -------       ------
BALANCE, DECEMBER 31, 1993........      33.6      71.4       .2         .6       425.9         (375.7)       (21.6)
  Net loss........................                                                             (106.8)
  Redeemable preference stock:
    Accretion.....................       4.0
    Stock redemption..............      (8.5)
  Common stock issued.............                                                 2.2
  Preferred stock issued..........                           .4                   99.7
  Dividends on preferred stock....                                                              (20.1)
  Minority interest in
    majority-owned subsidiaries...                15.7
  Reduction of minimum pension
    liability.....................                                                                            12.5
                                       -----     -----      ---        ---      ------        -------       ------
BALANCE, DECEMBER 31, 1994........      29.1      87.1       .6         .6       527.8         (502.6)        (9.1)
  Net income......................                                                               60.3
  Redeemable preference stock:
    Accretion.....................       3.9
    Stock redemption..............      (8.7)
    Stock repurchase..............       5.4
  Conversions (1,222 preference
    shares into cash).............                 (.1)
  Common stock issued upon
    redemption and conversion of
    preferred stock...............                          (.2)        .1         1.1
  Dividends on preferred stock....                                                              (17.6)
  Minority interest in
    majority-owned subsidiaries...                 6.0
  Incentive plans accretion.......                                                 1.4
  Additional minimum pension
    liability.....................                                                                            (4.7)
                                       -----     -----      ---        ---      ------        -------       ------
BALANCE, DECEMBER 31, 1995........    $ 29.7     $93.0      $.4       $ .7      $530.3       $ (459.9)      $(13.8)
                                       =====     =====      ===        ===      ======        =======       ======
</TABLE>

 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
REDEEMABLE PREFERENCE STOCK
 
     In March 1985, KACC entered into a three-year agreement with the USWA
whereby shares of a new series of "Cumulative (1985 Series A) Preference Stock"
would be issued to an employee stock ownership plan in exchange for certain
elements of wages and benefits. Concurrently, a similar plan was established for
certain nonbargaining employees which provided for the issuance of "Cumulative
(1985 Series B) Preference Stock." Series A Stock and Series B Stock ("Series A
and B Stock") each have a par value of $1 per share and a liquidation and
redemption value of $50 per share plus accrued dividends, if any.
 
     For financial reporting purposes, Series A and B Stock were recorded at
fair market value when issued, based on independent appraisals, with a
corresponding charge to compensation cost. Carrying values have been increased
each year to recognize accretion of redemption values and, in certain years,
there have been other increases for reasons described below. Changes in Series A
and B Stock are shown below.
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                  1995       1994        1993
                                                                --------   ---------   ---------
<S>                                                             <C>        <C>         <C>
Shares:
  Beginning of year...........................................   912,167   1,081,548   1,163,221
  Redeemed....................................................  (174,804)   (169,381)    (81,673)
                                                                 -------     -------   ---------
  End of year.................................................   737,363     912,167   1,081,548
                                                                 =======     =======   =========
</TABLE>

 
     No additional Series A or B Stock will be issued. While held by the plan
trustee, Series B Stock is entitled to cumulative annual dividends, when and as
declared by the Board of Directors, payable in stock or in cash at the option of
KACC on or after March 1, 1991, in respect to years commencing January 1, 1990,
based on a formula tied to KACC's income before tax from aluminum operations.
When distributed to plan participants (generally upon separation from KACC), the
Series A and B Stocks are entitled to an annual cash dividend of $5 per share,
payable quarterly, when and as declared by the Board of Directors.
 
     Redemption fund agreements require KACC to make annual payments by March 31
each year based on a formula tied to consolidated net income until the
redemption funds are sufficient to redeem all Series A and B Stock. On an annual
basis, the minimum payment is $4.3 and the maximum payment is $7.3. In March
1994 and 1995, KACC contributed $4.3 for each of the years 1993 and 1994, and
will contribute $4.3 in March 1996 for 1995.
 
     Under the USWA labor contract effective November 1, 1994, KACC is obligated
to offer to purchase up to 40 shares of Series A Stock from each active
participant in 1995 at a price equal to its redemption value of $50 per share.
KACC also agreed to offer to purchase up to an additional 80 shares from each
participant in 1998. In addition, a profitability test was satisfied for 1995;
therefore, KACC will offer to purchase from each active participant an
additional 20 shares of such preference stock held in the stock ownership plan
for the benefit of substantially the same employees in 1996. The employees could
elect to receive their shares, accept cash, or place the proceeds into KACC's
401(k) savings plan. KACC will provide comparable purchases of Series B Stock
from active participants.
 
     The Series A and B Stock is distributed in the event of death, retirement,
or in other specified circumstances. KACC also may redeem such stock at $50 per
share plus accrued dividends, if any. At the option of the plan participant, the
trustee shall redeem stock distributed from the plans at redemption value to the
extent funds are available in the redemption fund. Under the Tax Reform Act of
1986, at the option of the plan participant, KACC must purchase distributed
shares earned after December 31, 1985, at redemption value on a five-year
installment basis, with interest at market rates. The obligation of KACC to make
such installment payments must be secured.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
     The Series A and B Stock is entitled to the same voting rights as KACC's
common stock and to certain additional voting rights under certain
circumstances, including the right to elect, along with other KACC preference
stockholders, two directors whenever accrued dividends have not been paid on two
annual dividend payment dates or when accrued dividends in an amount equivalent
to six full quarterly dividends are in arrears. The Series A and B Stock
restricts the ability of KACC to redeem or pay dividends on common stock if KACC
is in default on any dividends payable on the Series A and B Stock.
 
PREFERENCE STOCK
 
     KACC's Cumulative Convertible Preference Stock, $100 par value ("$100
Preference Stock"), restricts acquisition of junior stock and payment of
dividends. At December 31, 1995, such provisions were less restrictive as to the
payment of cash dividends than the 1994 Credit Agreement provisions. KACC has
the option to redeem the $100 Preference Stocks at par value plus accrued
dividends. KACC does not intend to issue any additional shares of the $100
Preference Stocks.
 
     The 4 1/8% and 4 3/4% (1957 Series, 1959 Series, and 1966 Series) $100
Preference Stock can be exchanged for per share cash amounts of $69.30, $77.84,
$78.38, and $76.46, respectively. KACC records the $100 Preference Stock at
their exchange amounts for financial statement presentation and the Company
includes such amounts in minority interests. The outstanding shares of KACC
preference stock were:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                          DECEMBER 31,
                                                                       -------------------
                                                                        1995         1994
                                                                       ------       ------
    <S>                                                                <C>          <C>
    4 1/8%...........................................................   3,237        3,657
    4 3/4% (1957 Series).............................................   2,342        2,605
    4 3/4% (1959 Series).............................................  13,162       13,534
    4 3/4% (1966 Series).............................................   3,473        3,640
</TABLE>

 
PREFERRED STOCK
 
     Series A Convertible -- In 1993, Kaiser issued 19,382,950 of its $.65
Depositary Shares (the "Depositary Shares"), each representing one-tenth of a
share of Series A Mandatory Conversion Premium Dividend Preferred Stock (the
"Series A Shares"). On September 19, 1995, the Company redeemed all 1,938,295
Series A Shares, which resulted in the simultaneous redemption of all Depositary
Shares in exchange for (i) 13,126,521 shares of the Company's common stock and
(ii) $2.8 in cash comprised of (a) an amount equal to all accrued and unpaid
dividends up to and including the day immediately prior to redemption date and
(b) cash in lieu of any fractional shares of common stock that would have
otherwise been issuable.
 
     PRIDES Convertible -- In the first quarter of 1994, the Company consummated
the public offering of 8,855,550 shares of the PRIDES. The net proceeds from the
sale of the shares of PRIDES were approximately $100.1. The Company used such
net proceeds to make non-interest-bearing loans to KACC in the aggregate
principal amount of $33.2 (the aggregate dividends scheduled to accrue on the
shares of PRIDES from the issuance date until December 31, 1997, the date on
which the outstanding PRIDES will be mandatorily converted into shares of the
Company's common stock), evidenced by intercompany notes, and used the balance
of such net proceeds to make capital contributions to KACC in the aggregate
amount of $66.9.
 
     Holders of shares of PRIDES are entitled to receive (when, as, and if the
Board of Directors declares dividends on the PRIDES) cumulative preferential
cash dividends at a rate per annum of 8.255% of the per share offering price
(equivalent to $.97 per annum for each share of PRIDES), from the date of
initial issuance, payable quarterly in arrears on the last day of March, June,
September, and December of each year.
 
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           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
     Holders of shares of PRIDES have a 4/5 vote for each share held of record
and, except as required by law, are entitled to vote together with the holders
of common stock and together with the holders of any other classes or series of
stock who are entitled to vote in such manner on all matters submitted to a vote
of common stockholders.
 
     On December 31, 1997, unless either previously redeemed or converted at the
option of the holder, each of the outstanding shares of PRIDES will mandatorily
convert into one share of the Company's common stock, subject to adjustment in
certain events, and the right to receive an amount in cash equal to all accrued
and unpaid dividends thereon (other than previously declared dividends payable
to a holder of record on a prior date).
 
     Shares of PRIDES are not redeemable at the election of the Company, prior
to December 31, 1996. At any time and from time to time on or after December 31,
1996, the Company may redeem any or all of the outstanding shares of PRIDES.
Upon any such redemption, each holder will receive, in exchange for each share
of PRIDES, the number of shares of common stock equal to (A) the sum of
$11.9925, declining after December 31, 1996, to $11.75 until December 31, 1997,
plus, in the event the Company does not elect to pay cash dividends to the
redemption date, all accrued and unpaid dividends thereon divided by (B) the
Current Market Price (as defined) on the applicable date of determination, but
in no event less than .8333 of a share of common stock, subject to adjustment in
certain events. At any time prior to December 31, 1997, unless previously
redeemed, each share of PRIDES is convertible at the option of the holder
thereof into .8333 of a share of common stock (equivalent to a conversion price
of $14.10 per share of common stock), subject to adjustment in certain events.
The number of shares of common stock a holder will receive upon redemption, and
the value of the shares received upon conversion, will vary depending on the
market price of the common stock from time to time.
 
DIVIDENDS ON COMMON STOCK
 
     The indentures governing the Senior Notes and the 12 3/4% Notes restrict,
among other things, KACC's ability, and the 1994 Credit Agreement restricts,
among other things, the Company's and KACC's ability, to incur debt, undertake
transactions with affiliates, and pay dividends. Under the most restrictive of
these covenants, neither the Company nor KACC currently is permitted to pay
dividends on its common stock.
 
     At December 31, 1995, 28,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock owned
by MAXXAM were pledged as security for debt of a wholly owned subsidiary of
MAXXAM, consisting of $100.0 aggregate principal amount of 11 1/4% Senior
Secured Notes due 2003 and $125.7 aggregate principal amount of 12 1/4% Senior
Secured Discount Notes due 2003.
 
PROPOSED RECAPITALIZATION
 
     On February 5, 1996, the Company announced that it filed with the SEC a
preliminary proxy statement relating to a proposed recapitalization and a
special meeting of stockholders to consider and vote upon the proposal. The
proposed recapitalization would: (i) provide for two classes of common stock:
Class A Common Shares, $.01 par value, with one vote per share and a new
lesser-voting class designated as Common Stock, $.01 par value, with 1/10 vote
per share: (ii) redesignate as Class A Common Shares the 100 million currently
authorized shares of existing common stock and authorize an additional 250
million shares to be designated as Common Stock; and (iii) change each issued
share of the Company's existing common stock, par value $.01 per share, into (a)
 .33 of a Class A Common Share and (b) .67 of a share of Common Stock. The
Company would pay cash in lieu of fractional shares. The Company anticipates
that both the Class A Common Shares and the Common Stock will be approved for
trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Upon the effective date of the
recapitalization, approximately 23,640,000 Class A Common Shares and 47,998,000
shares of Common Stock would be issued and outstanding. The proportionate voting
power of the
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
holders of the PRIDES will increase immediately after the effectiveness of the
recapitalization until such shares are redeemed or converted, which will occur
on or before December 31, 1997. As of January 31, 1996, holders of the existing
common stock and the PRIDES had 91.2% and 8.8%, respectively, of the total
voting power of all stockholders. Immediately after the recapitalization, the
voting power of such holders of the PRIDES will increase to 19.6% in the
aggregate, with a corresponding reduction in the voting power of such holders of
the existing common stock. At such time as the PRIDES are redeemed or converted,
the relative voting power of such holders of the PRIDES will decrease and the
relative voting power for both such holders of the PRIDES and the existing
common stock will be approximately the same as it would have been had the
recapitalization not occurred.
 
8.  COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
 
COMMITMENTS
 
     KACC has financial commitments, including purchase agreements, tolling
arrangements, forward foreign exchange and forward sales contracts (see Note 9),
letters of credit, and guarantees. Such purchase agreements and tolling
arrangements include long-term agreements for the purchase and tolling of
bauxite into alumina in Australia by QAL. These obligations expire in 2008.
Under the agreements, KACC is unconditionally obligated to pay its proportional
share of debt, operating costs, and certain other costs of QAL. The aggregate
minimum amount of required future principal payments at December 31, 1995, is
$88.9, of which $26.7 is due in 1997 and the rest is due in 2002. The KACC share
of payments, including operating costs and certain other expenses under the
agreement, was $77.5, $85.6, and $86.7 for the years ended December 31, 1995,
1994, and 1993, respectively. KACC also has agreements to supply alumina to and
to purchase aluminum from Anglesey.
 
     Minimum rental commitments under operating leases at December 31, 1995, are
as follows: years ending December 31, 1996 -- $22.7; 1997 -- $21.6;
1998 -- $24.6; 1999 -- $29.7; 2000 -- $27.3; thereafter -- $187.0. The future
minimum rentals receivable under noncancelable subleases was $67.0 at December
31, 1995.
 
     Rental expenses were $29.0, $26.8, and $29.0 for the years ended December
31, 1995, 1994, and 1993, respectively.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL CONTINGENCIES
 
     The Company and KACC are subject to a number of environmental laws, to
fines or penalties assessed for alleged breaches of the environmental laws, and
to claims and litigation based upon such laws. KACC currently is subject to a
number of lawsuits under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation
and Liability Act of 1980, as amended by the Superfund Amendments
Reauthorization Act of 1986 ("CERCLA"), and, along with certain other entities,
has been named as a potentially responsible party for remedial costs at certain
third-party sites listed on the National Priorities List under CERCLA.
 
     Based on the Company's evaluation of these and other environmental matters,
the Company has established environmental accruals, primarily related to
potential solid waste disposal and soil and ground-
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
water remediation matters. The following table presents the changes in such
accruals, which are primarily included in Long-term liabilities, for the years
ended December 31, 1995, 1994, and 1993:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                      1995    1994    1993
                                                                      -----   -----   -----
    <S>                                                               <C>     <C>     <C>
    Balance at beginning of period..................................  $40.1   $40.9   $46.4
    Additional amounts..............................................    3.3     2.8     1.7
    Less expenditures...............................................   (4.5)   (3.6)   (7.2)
                                                                      -----   -----   -----
    Balance at end of period........................................  $38.9   $40.1   $40.9
                                                                      =====   =====   =====
</TABLE>

 
     These environmental accruals represent the Company's estimate of costs
reasonably expected to be incurred based on presently enacted laws and
regulations, currently available facts, existing technology, and the Company's
assessment of the likely remediation action to be taken. The Company expects
that these remediation actions will be taken over the next several years and
estimates that annual expenditures to be charged to these environmental accruals
will be approximately $3.0 to $9.0 for the years 1996 through 2000 and an
aggregate of approximately $10.0 thereafter.
 
     As additional facts are developed and definitive remediation plans and
necessary regulatory approvals for implementation of remediation are established
or alternative technologies are developed, changes in these and other factors
may result in actual costs exceeding the current environmental accruals. The
Company believes that it is reasonably possible that costs associated with these
environmental matters may exceed current accruals by amounts that could range,
in the aggregate, up to an estimated $23.0 and that the factors upon which a
substantial portion of this estimate is based are expected to be resolved over
the next twelve months. While uncertainties are inherent in the final outcome of
these environmental matters, and it is presently impossible to determine the
actual costs that ultimately may be incurred, management currently believes that
the resolution of such uncertainties should not have a material adverse effect
on the Company's consolidated financial position, results of operations, or
liquidity.
 
ASBESTOS CONTINGENCIES
 
     KACC is a defendant in a number of lawsuits, some of which involve claims
of multiple persons, in which the plaintiffs allege that certain of their
injuries were caused by, among other things, exposure to asbestos during, and as
a result of, their employment or association with KACC or exposure to products
containing asbestos produced or sold by KACC. The lawsuits generally relate to
products KACC has not manufactured for at least 15 years.
 
     The following table presents the changes in number of such claims pending
for the years ended December 31, 1995, 1994 and 1993.
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                       1995     1994      1993
                                                                      ------   -------   ------
<S>                                                                   <C>      <C>       <C>
Number of claims at beginning of period.............................  25,200    23,400   13,500
Claims received.....................................................  41,700    14,300   11,400
Claims settled or dismissed.........................................  (7,200)  (12,500)  (1,500)
                                                                      ------    ------   ------
Number of claims at end of period...................................  59,700    25,200   23,400
                                                                      ======    ======   ======
</TABLE>

 
     KACC has been advised by its regional counsel that, although there can be
no assurance, the recent increase in pending claims may be attributable in part
to tort reform legislation in Texas which was passed by the legislature in March
1995 and which became effective on September 1, 1995. The legislation, among
other things, is designed to restrict, beginning September 1, 1995, the filing
of cases in Texas that do not have a sufficient nexus to that jurisdiction, and
to impose, generally as of September 1, 1996, limitations relating to
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
joint and several liability in tort cases. A substantial portion of the
asbestos-related claims that were filed and served on KACC between June 30, 1995
and November 30, 1995, were filed in Texas prior to September 1, 1995.
 
     Based on past experience and reasonably anticipated future activity, the
Company has established an accrual for estimated asbestos-related costs for
claims filed and estimated to be filed and settled through 2008. There are
inherent uncertainties involved in estimating asbestos-related costs, and the
Company's actual costs could exceed these estimates. The Company's accrual was
calculated based on the current and anticipated number of asbestos-related
claims, the prior timing and amounts of asbestos-related payments, and the
advice of Wharton, Levin, Ehrmantraut, Klein & Nash, P.A. with respect to the
current state of the law related to asbestos claims. Accordingly, an
asbestos-related cost accrual of $160.1, before consideration of insurance
recoveries, is included primarily in Long-term liabilities at December 31, 1995.
The Company estimates that annual future cash payments in connection with such
litigation will be approximately $13.0 to $20.0 for each of the years 1996
through 2000, and an aggregate of approximately $78.0 thereafter through 2008.
While the Company does not presently believe there is a reasonable basis for
estimating such costs beyond 2008 and, accordingly, no accrual has been recorded
for such costs which may be incurred beyond 2008, there is a reasonable
possibility that such costs may continue beyond 2008, and such costs may be
substantial.
 
     The Company believes that KACC has insurance coverage available to recover
a substantial portion of its asbestos-related costs. Claims for recovery from
some of KACC's insurance carriers are currently subject to pending litigation
and other carriers have raised certain defenses, which have resulted in delays
in recovering costs from the insurance carriers. The timing and amount of
ultimate recoveries from these insurance carriers are dependent upon the
resolution of these disputes. The Company believes, based on prior
insurance-related recoveries in respect of asbestos-related claims, existing
insurance policies, and the advice of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges with
respect to applicable insurance coverage law relating to the terms and
conditions of those policies, that substantial recoveries from the insurance
carriers are probable. Accordingly, an estimated aggregate insurance recovery of
$137.9, determined on the same basis as the asbestos-related cost accrual, is
recorded primarily in Other assets at December 31, 1995.
 
     While uncertainties are inherent in the final outcome of these asbestos
matters and it is presently impossible to determine the actual costs that
ultimately may be incurred and insurance recoveries that will be received,
management currently believes that, based on the factors discussed in the
preceding paragraphs, the resolution of asbestos-related uncertainties and the
incurrence of asbestos-related costs net of related insurance recoveries should
not have a material adverse effect on the Company's consolidated financial
position, results of operations, or liquidity.
 
OTHER CONTINGENCIES
 
     The Company or KACC is involved in various other claims, lawsuits, and
other proceedings relating to a wide variety of matters. While uncertainties are
inherent in the final outcome of such matters, and it is presently impossible to
determine the actual costs that ultimately may be incurred, management currently
believes that the resolution of such uncertainties and the incurrence of such
costs should not have a material adverse effect on the Company's consolidated
financial position, results of operations, or liquidity.
 
9.  DERIVATIVE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS AND RELATED HEDGING PROGRAMS
 
     KACC enters into a number of financial instruments in the normal course of
business that are designed to reduce its exposure to fluctuations in foreign
exchange rates, alumina, primary aluminum, and fabricated aluminum products
prices, and the cost of purchased commodities.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
     KACC has significant expenditures which are denominated in foreign
currencies related to long-term purchase commitments with its affiliates in
Australia and the United Kingdom, which expose KACC to certain exchange rate
risks. In order to mitigate its exposure, KACC periodically enters into forward
foreign exchange and currency option contracts in Australian dollars and Pounds
Sterling to hedge these commitments. The forward foreign currency exchange
contracts are agreements to purchase or sell a foreign currency, for a price
specified at the contract date, with delivery and settlement in the future. At
December 31, 1995, KACC had net forward foreign exchange contracts totaling
approximately $102.8 for the purchase of 142.4 Australian dollars through April
30, 1997.
 
     To mitigate its exposure to declines in the market prices of alumina,
primary aluminum, and fabricated aluminum products, while retaining the ability
to participate in favorable pricing environments that may materialize, KACC has
developed strategies which include forward sales of primary aluminum at fixed
prices and the purchase or sale of options for primary aluminum. Under the
principal components of KACC's price risk management strategy, which can be
modified at any time, (i) varying quantities of KACC's anticipated production
are sold forward at fixed prices; (ii) call options are purchased to allow KACC
to participate in certain higher market prices, should they materialize, for a
portion of KACC's primary aluminum and alumina sold forward; (iii) option
contracts are entered into to establish a price range KACC will receive for a
portion of its primary aluminum and alumina; and (iv) put options are purchased
to establish minimum prices KACC will receive for a portion of its primary
aluminum and alumina. In this regard, in respect of its 1996 anticipated
production, as of December 31, 1995, KACC had sold forward 15,750 metric tons of
primary aluminum at fixed prices.
 
     In addition, KACC enters into forward fixed price arrangements with certain
customers which provide for the delivery of a specific quantity of fabricated
aluminum products over a specified future period of time. In order to establish
the cost of primary aluminum for a portion of such sales, KACC may enter into
forward and option contracts. In this regard, at December 31, 1995 KACC had
purchased 53,300 metric tons of primary aluminum under forward purchase
contracts at fixed prices that expire at various times through December 1996.
 
     At December 31, 1995, the net unrealized gain on KACC's position in
aluminum forward sales and option contracts, based on an average price of $1,721
per metric ton ($.78 per pound) of aluminum, and forward foreign exchange
contracts was $4.1.
 
     KACC is exposed to credit risk in the event of non-performance by other
parties to these currency and commodity contracts, but KACC does not anticipate
non-performance by any of these counterparties, given their creditworthiness.
When appropriate, KACC arranges master netting agreements.
 
10.  SEGMENT AND GEOGRAPHICAL AREA INFORMATION
 
     Sales and transfers among geographic areas are made on a basis intended to
reflect the market value of products.
 
     The aggregate foreign currency gain included in determining net income was
$5.3, $.8, and $4.9 for the years ended December 31, 1995, 1994, and 1993,
respectively.
 
     Sales of more than 10% of total revenue to a single customer were nil in
1995 and were $58.2 and $40.7 of bauxite and alumina and $147.7 and $145.7 of
aluminum processing for the years ended December 31, 1994, and 1993,
respectively.
 
     Export sales were less than 10% of total revenue during the years ended
December 31, 1995, 1994, and 1993, respectively.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
     Geographical area information relative to operations is summarized as
follows:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                  YEAR ENDED                                     OTHER
                                 DECEMBER 31,   DOMESTIC   CARIBBEAN   AFRICA   FOREIGN   ELIMINATIONS    TOTAL
                                 ------------   --------   ---------   ------   -------   ------------   --------
    <S>                          <C>            <C>        <C>         <C>      <C>       <C>            <C>
    Net sales to unaffiliated
      customers................      1995       $1,589.5    $ 191.7    $239.4   $217.2                   $2,237.8
                                     1994        1,263.2      169.9     180.0    168.4                    1,781.5
                                     1993        1,177.8      155.4     207.5    178.4                    1,719.1
    Sales and transfers among
      geographic areas.........      1995                   $  79.6             $191.5      $ (271.1)
                                     1994                      98.7              139.4        (238.1)
                                     1993                      88.2               79.6        (167.8)
    Equity in income (losses)
      of unconsolidated
      affiliates...............      1995       $    (.2)                       $ 19.4                   $   19.2
                                     1994             .2                          (2.1)                      (1.9)
                                     1993                                         (3.3)                      (3.3)
    Operating income (loss)....      1995       $   32.0    $   9.8    $ 83.5   $ 85.3                   $  210.6
                                     1994         (128.8)       9.9      18.3     44.4                      (56.2)
                                     1993         (145.9)     (11.8)     21.9     12.4                     (123.4)
    Investment in and advances
      to unconsolidated
      affiliates...............      1995       $    1.2    $  27.1             $149.9                   $  178.2
                                     1994            1.2       28.8              139.7                      169.7
    Identifiable assets........      1995       $2,017.9    $ 381.9    $196.5   $216.9                   $2,813.2
                                     1994        1,933.8      364.8     200.0    199.5                    2,698.1
</TABLE>

 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
     Financial information by industry segment at December 31, 1995 and 1994,
and for the years ended December 31, 1995, 1994, and 1993, is as follows:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                           YEAR ENDED    BAUXITE &   ALUMINUM
                                          DECEMBER 31,    ALUMINA    PROCESSING CORPORATE    TOTAL
                                          ------------   ---------   --------   ---------   --------
    <S>                                   <C>            <C>        <C>        <C>         <C>
    Net sales to unaffiliated
      customers.........................      1995        $ 514.2   $1,723.6                $2,237.8
                                              1994          432.5    1,349.0                 1,781.5
                                              1993          423.4    1,295.7                 1,719.1

    Intersegment sales..................      1995        $ 159.7                           $  159.7
                                              1994          146.8                              146.8
                                              1993          129.4                              129.4

    Equity in income (losses) of
      unconsolidated affiliates.........      1995        $   3.6   $   15.8     $   (.2)   $   19.2
                                              1994           (4.7)       2.6          .2        (1.9)
                                              1993           (2.5)       (.8)                   (3.3)

    Operating income (loss).............      1995        $  54.0   $  238.9     $ (82.3)   $  210.6
                                              1994           19.8       (8.4)      (67.6)      (56.2)
                                              1993           (4.5)     (46.3)      (72.6)     (123.4)

    Effect of changes in accounting
      principles on operating income
      (loss)
      SFAS 106..........................      1993        $  (2.0)  $  (16.1)    $  (1.1)   $  (19.2)
      SFAS 109..........................      1993           (7.7)      (7.8)         .3       (15.2)

    Depreciation........................      1995        $  31.1   $   60.4     $   2.8    $   94.3
                                              1994           33.5       59.1         2.8        95.4
                                              1993           35.3       59.9         1.9        97.1

    Capital expenditures................      1995        $  27.3   $   44.0     $   8.1    $   79.4
                                              1994           28.9       39.9         1.2        70.0
                                              1993           35.3       31.2         1.2        67.7

    Investment in and advances to
      unconsolidated affiliates.........      1995        $ 129.9   $   47.1     $   1.2    $  178.2
                                              1994          136.6       31.9         1.2       169.7

    Identifiable assets.................      1995        $ 746.0   $1,341.2     $ 726.0    $2,813.2
                                              1994          749.6    1,242.3       706.2     2,698.1
</TABLE>

 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
 
                                  SCHEDULE I
 
                   CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS -- PARENT COMPANY
                 (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                                DECEMBER 31,
                                                                            --------------------
                                                                              1995        1994
                                                                            --------    --------
<S>                                                                         <C>         <C>
ASSETS
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents..............................................   $     .2    $    5.7
  Note receivable from KACC..............................................       10.7        21.2
                                                                            --------    --------
     Total current assets................................................       10.9        26.9
Note receivable from KACC................................................        8.6        23.5
Investments -- KACC......................................................    1,521.3     1,361.0
                                                                            --------    --------
     Total...............................................................   $1,540.8    $1,411.4
                                                                             =======     =======
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities......................................................   $    3.3    $    6.4
                                                                            --------    --------
Intercompany note payable to KACC, including accrued interest............    1,479.8     1,387.7
                                                                            --------    --------
Stockholders' equity:
  Preferred stock, par value $.05, authorized 20,000,000 shares; Series A
     Convertible, stated value $.10, issued and outstanding, nil and
     1,938,295 in 1995 and 1994..........................................                     .2
  PRIDES Convertible, par value $.05, issued and outstanding, 8,673,850
     and 8,855,550 in 1995 and 1994......................................         .4          .4
  Common stock, par value $.01, authorized 100,000,000 shares; issued and
     outstanding 71,638,514 and 58,205,083 in 1995 and 1994..............         .7          .6
  Additional capital.....................................................      530.3       527.8
  Accumulated deficit....................................................     (459.9)     (502.6)
  Additional minimum pension liability...................................      (13.8)       (9.1)
                                                                            --------    --------
     Total stockholders' equity..........................................       57.7        17.3
                                                                            --------    --------
     Total...............................................................   $1,540.8    $1,411.4
                                                                             =======     =======
</TABLE>

 
The accompanying notes to condensed financial statements are an integral part of
these statements.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
                                   SCHEDULE I
 
                CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF INCOME -- PARENT COMPANY
                            (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS)
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                          DECEMBER 31,
                                                                 ------------------------------
                                                                  1995       1994        1993
                                                                 ------     -------     -------
<S>                                                              <C>        <C>         <C>
Equity in income (loss) of KACC................................  $152.8     $ (20.4)    $(537.2)
Administrative and general expenses............................     (.4)        (.3)        (.4)
Other income (expense):
  Interest expense.............................................   (92.1)      (86.1)     (115.8)
  Other income.................................................                             1.2
                                                                 ------     -------     -------
Net income (loss)..............................................  $ 60.3     $(106.8)    $(652.2)
                                                                 ======     =======     =======
</TABLE>

 
The accompanying notes to condensed financial statements are an integral part of
these statements.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
                                   SCHEDULE I
 
              CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS -- PARENT COMPANY
                            (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS)
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                         DECEMBER 31,
                                                                -------------------------------
                                                                 1995        1994        1993
                                                                -------     -------     -------
<S>                                                             <C>         <C>         <C>
Cash flows from operating activities:
  Net income (loss)...........................................  $  60.3     $(106.8)    $(652.2)
  Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash
     provided by (used for) operating activities:
       Equity in (income) loss of KACC........................   (152.8)       20.4       537.2
       Accrued interest on intercompany notes payable to
          KACC................................................     92.1        86.1       115.8
       Increase (decrease) in other liabilities...............       .2          .3        (1.0)
                                                                -------     -------     -------
            Net cash used for operating activities............      (.2)                    (.2)
                                                                -------     -------     -------
Cash flows from investing activities:
  Investment in KACC..........................................     (1.2)      (66.9)      (81.5)
                                                                -------     -------     -------
            Net cash used for investing activities............     (1.2)      (66.9)      (81.5)
                                                                -------     -------     -------
Cash flows from financing activities:
  Dividends paid..............................................    (20.8)      (14.8)       (6.3)
  Capital stock issued........................................      1.2       100.1       119.3
  Intercompany note issued by KACC -- net.....................     15.5       (13.2)      (31.5)
                                                                -------     -------     -------
            Net cash (used for) provided by financing
               activities.....................................     (4.1)       72.1        81.5
                                                                -------     -------     -------
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents during
  the year....................................................     (5.5)        5.2         (.2)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year................      5.7          .5          .7
                                                                -------     -------     -------
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year......................  $    .2     $   5.7     $    .5
                                                                =======     =======     =======
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing activities:
  Non-cash investment in KACC.................................  $   9.9                 $  15.0
</TABLE>

 
The accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements are an integral part
                              of these statements.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
                                   SCHEDULE I
 
           NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- PARENT COMPANY
 
1. BASIS OF PRESENTATION
 
     The accompanying parent company financial statements of Kaiser Aluminum
Corporation ("Kaiser") should be read in conjunction with the 1995 consolidated
financial statements of Kaiser and Subsidiary Companies.
 
     Kaiser is a holding company and conducts its operations through its wholly
owned subsidiary, Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation ("KACC"), which is
reported herein using the equity method of accounting.
 
2. INTERCOMPANY NOTE PAYABLE
 
     The Intercompany Note to KACC was amended in July 1993 to decrease the
fixed interest rate from 13% to 6 5/8%. No interest or principal payments are
due until December 31, 2000, after which interest and principal will be payable
over a 15-year term pursuant to a predetermined schedule.
 
3. RESTRICTED NET ASSETS
 
     The investment in KACC is substantially unavailable to Kaiser pursuant to
the terms of certain debt instruments. The obligations of KACC in respect of the
credit facilities under the 1994 Credit Agreement are guaranteed by Kaiser and
by all significant subsidiaries of KACC. See Note 4 of the Notes to Consolidated
Financial Statements.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
                      QUARTERLY FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                    QUARTER ENDED
                                                 ----------------------------------------------------
                                                               JUNE
                                                 MARCH 31       30       SEPTEMBER 30     DECEMBER 31
                                                 --------     ------     ------------     -----------
                                                    (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)
<S>                                              <C>          <C>        <C>              <C>
1995
  Net sales....................................   $513.0      $583.4        $550.3          $ 591.1
  Operating income.............................     32.6        63.6          53.2             61.2
  Net income...................................      3.5        23.3          12.5             21.0
  Earnings (loss) per common and common
     equivalent share:
     Primary...................................     (.03)(1)     .31           .13              .26
     Fully diluted.............................                                .14
  Common stock market price:
     High......................................       11 7/8      14            21               15 3/4
     Low.......................................       10 1/8      10 1/2        13 7/8           10 3/4
 
1994
  Net sales....................................   $415.1      $459.5        $461.1          $ 445.8
  Operating loss...............................     25.6        14.2           6.9              9.5
  Loss before extraordinary loss...............     29.3        23.6          20.8             27.7(2)
  Extraordinary loss -- net....................      5.4
  Net loss.....................................     34.7        23.6          20.8             27.7(2)
  Per common and common equivalent share:
     Loss before extraordinary loss............      .58         .50           .45              .57
     Extraordinary loss -- net.................      .09
     Net loss..................................      .67         .50           .45              .57
  Common stock market price:
     High......................................       12 1/2      10 1/2        11 5/8           12 3/8
     Low.......................................        9           8 1/4         9 1/2            9 3/4
</TABLE>

 
- ---------------
(1) After deduction of $5.3 dividends on preferred stock from net income.
 
(2) Includes pre-tax charges of approximately $10.3, principally related to
    establishing additional litigation and environmental reserves in the fourth
    quarter of 1994.
 
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                KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
                            CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                              (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS)
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                      SEPTEMBER 30,    DECEMBER 31,
                                                                          1996            1995
                                                                      -------------    ------------
                                                                         (UNAUDITED)
<S>                                                                      <C>           <C>
ASSETS
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents............................................  $   21.6      $   21.9
  Receivables..........................................................     261.6         308.6
  Inventories..........................................................     545.5         525.7
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets............................     111.7          76.6
                                                                         --------      --------
     Total current assets..............................................     940.4         932.8
Investments in and advances to unconsolidated affiliates...............     174.6         178.2
Property, plant, and equipment -- net..................................   1,126.4       1,109.6
Deferred income taxes..................................................     284.7         269.1
Other assets...........................................................     343.1         323.5
                                                                         --------      --------
          Total........................................................  $2,869.2      $2,813.2
                                                                         ========      ========
LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable.....................................................  $  160.5      $  184.5
  Accrued interest.....................................................      13.6          32.0
  Accrued salaries, wages, and related expenses........................      64.9         105.3
  Accrued postretirement medical benefit obligation -- current
     portion...........................................................      46.8          46.8
  Other accrued liabilities............................................     151.7         129.4
  Payable to affiliates................................................      95.6          94.2
  Long-term debt -- current portion....................................       8.9           8.9
                                                                          --------     --------
     Total current liabilities.........................................     542.0         601.1
Long-term liabilities..................................................     558.3         548.5
Accrued postretirement medical benefit obligation......................     727.7         734.0
Long-term debt.........................................................     858.4         749.2
Minority interests.....................................................     119.4         122.7
Stockholders' equity:
  Preferred stock......................................................        .4            .4
  Common stock.........................................................        .7            .7
  Additional capital...................................................     530.8         530.3
  Accumulated deficit..................................................    (454.7)       (459.9)
  Additional minimum pension liability.................................     (13.8)        (13.8)
                                                                         --------      --------
     Total stockholders' equity........................................      63.4          57.7
                                                                         --------      --------
          Total........................................................  $2,869.2      $2,813.2
                                                                         ========      ========
</TABLE>

 
      The accompanying notes to interim consolidated financial statements
                   are an integral part of these statements.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
                       STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED INCOME
                                  (UNAUDITED)
               (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                           NINE MONTHS ENDED
                                                                             SEPTEMBER 30,
                                                                         ---------------------
                                                                          1996         1995
                                                                         --------     --------
<S>                                                                      <C>          <C>
Net sales..............................................................  $1,652.1     $1,646.7
                                                                         --------     --------
Costs and expenses:
  Cost of products sold................................................   1,394.8      1,329.8
  Depreciation.........................................................      72.5         71.1
  Selling, administrative, research and development, and general.......      97.4         96.4
                                                                         --------     --------
     Total costs and expenses..........................................   1,564.7      1,497.3
                                                                         --------     --------
Operating income.......................................................      87.4        149.4
Other income (expense):
  Interest expense.....................................................     (68.3)       (71.3)
  Other -- net.........................................................       3.0         (9.8)
                                                                         --------     --------
Income before income taxes and minority interests......................      22.1         68.3
Provision for income taxes.............................................      (8.4)       (24.6)
Minority interests.....................................................      (2.2)        (4.4)
                                                                         --------     --------
Net income.............................................................      11.5         39.3
Dividends on preferred stock...........................................      (6.3)       (15.5)
                                                                         --------     --------
Net income available to common shareholders............................  $    5.2     $   23.8
                                                                         ========     ========
Earnings per common and common equivalent share:
  Primary..............................................................  $    .07     $    .40
                                                                         ========     ========
  Fully diluted........................................................               $    .46
                                                                                      ========
Weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding (000):
     Primary...........................................................    71,843       59,015
     Fully diluted.....................................................                 71,613
</TABLE>

 
      The accompanying notes to interim consolidated financial statements
                   are an integral part of these statements.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
                     STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS
                                  (UNAUDITED)
                            (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS)
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                            NINE MONTHS ENDED
                                                                              SEPTEMBER 30,
                                                                            ------------------
                                                                             1996        1995
                                                                            ------      ------
<S>                                                                         <C>         <C>
Cash flows from operating activities:
  Net income..............................................................  $ 11.5      $ 39.3
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used for)
     operating activities:
     Depreciation.........................................................    72.5        71.1
     Amortization of excess investment over equity in net assets of
      unconsolidated affiliates...........................................     8.7         8.7
     Amortization of deferred financing costs and discount on long-term
      debt................................................................     4.1         4.1
     Equity in income of unconsolidated affiliates........................    (7.5)      (17.2)
     Minority interests...................................................     2.2         4.4
     Decrease (increase) in receivables...................................    41.0       (86.6)
     Increase in inventories..............................................   (19.8)      (62.6)
     (Increase) decrease in prepaid expenses and other assets.............   (38.1)       70.5
     Decrease in accounts payable.........................................   (24.1)       (5.2)
     Decrease in accrued interest.........................................   (18.4)      (18.0)
     (Decrease) increase in payable to affiliates and accrued
      liabilities.........................................................   (23.1)       12.3
     Decrease in accrued and deferred income taxes........................   (18.6)       (8.5)
     Other................................................................     4.6         7.8
                                                                            ------      ------
       Net cash (used for) provided by operating activities...............    (5.0)       20.1
                                                                            ------      ------
Cash flows from investing activities:
  Net proceeds from disposition of property and investments...............     1.6         6.9
  Expenditures for property, plant, and equipment.........................   (90.8)      (44.2)
  Investments in unconsolidated affiliates................................     (.3)       (9.0)
  Redemption fund for minority interests' preference stock................    (1.3)        (.2)
                                                                            ------      ------
       Net cash used for investing activities.............................   (90.8)      (46.5)
                                                                            ------      ------
Cash flows from financing activities:
  Borrowings (repayments) under revolving credit facility, net............   118.1        55.6
  Repayments of long-term debt............................................    (9.0)       (8.5)
  Incurrence of financing costs...........................................                 (.8)
  Dividends paid..........................................................    (8.4)      (18.7)
  Capital stock issued....................................................                 1.2
  Redemption of minority interests' preference stock......................    (5.2)       (8.8)
                                                                            ------      ------
     Net cash provided by financing activities............................    95.5        20.0
                                                                            ------      ------
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents during the period...............     (.3)       (6.4)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period..........................    21.9        17.6
                                                                            ------      ------
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period................................  $ 21.6      $ 11.2
                                                                            ======      ======
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
  Interest paid, net of capitalized interest..............................  $ 82.7      $ 85.2
  Income taxes paid.......................................................    22.4        26.6
  Tax allocation payments to MAXXAM Inc...................................     1.1
</TABLE>

 
      The accompanying notes to interim consolidated financial statements
                   are an integral part of these statements.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
               NOTES TO INTERIM CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
         (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT PRICES AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
1. GENERAL
 
     Kaiser Aluminum Corporation (the "Company") is a subsidiary of MAXXAM Inc.
("MAXXAM"). MAXXAM owns approximately 62% of the Company's common stock,
assuming the conversion of each outstanding share of 8.255% PRIDES, Convertible
Preferred Stock (the "PRIDES"), into one share of the Company's common stock,
with the remaining approximately 38% publicly held. The Company operates through
its subsidiary, Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation ("KACC").
 
     The foregoing unaudited interim consolidated financial statements have been
prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for interim
financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of
Regulation S-X as promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Accordingly, these financial statements do not include all of the disclosures
required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial
statements. These unaudited interim consolidated financial statements should be
read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements for the
year ended December 31, 1995. In the opinion of management, the unaudited
interim consolidated financial statements furnished herein include all
adjustments, all of which are of a normal recurring nature, necessary for a fair
statement of the results for the interim periods presented.
 
     Operating results for the nine month period ended September 30, 1996, are
not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year
ending December 31, 1996.
 
2. INVENTORIES
 
     The classification of inventories is as follows:
 

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<CAPTION>
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                                                                   30,            31,
                                                                  1996            1995
                                                               -----------     ----------
    <S>                                                        <C>             <C>
    Finished fabricated aluminum products.....................   $ 108.4         $ 91.5
    Primary aluminum and work in process......................     190.0          195.9
    Bauxite and alumina.......................................     122.5          119.6
    Operating supplies and repair and maintenance parts.......     124.6          118.7
                                                                  ------         ------
              Total...........................................   $ 545.5         $525.7
                                                                  ======         ======
</TABLE>

 
     Substantially all product inventories are stated at last-in, first-out
(LIFO) cost, not in excess of market. Replacement cost is not in excess of LIFO
cost.
 
3. EARNINGS PER COMMON AND COMMON EQUIVALENT SHARE
 
     Primary -- Earnings per common and common equivalent share are computed by
deducting preferred stock dividends from net income in order to determine net
income available to common shareholders. This amount is then divided by the
weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding
during the period. The impact of outstanding stock options on the weighted
average number of common and common equivalent shares for the nine months ended
September 30, 1995 and 1996, was immaterial.
 
     Fully Diluted -- The PRIDES were excluded from the calculation of the
weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding for
all periods presented because they were antidilutive. For the nine months ended
September 30, 1995, dividends of $9.1, attributable to the Company's Mandatory
Conversion Premium Dividend Preferred Stock (the "Series A Shares") which were
exchanged for approximately 13.1 million shares of the Company's common stock
and certain cash payments on September 19, 1995, have not been deducted from net
income and the weighted average number of common and
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
       NOTES TO INTERIM CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
         (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT PRICES AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
common equivalent shares outstanding have been adjusted to reflect the shares of
common stock issued in the exchange as if they had been outstanding for the
entire period. As a result of the conversion of the Series A Shares, fully
diluted earnings per share for the 1995 period is presented even though the
results are antidilutive.
 
4. CONTINGENCIES
 
     Environmental Contingencies -- The Company and KACC are subject to a number
of environmental laws, to fines or penalties assessed for alleged breaches of
the environmental laws, and to claims and litigation based upon such laws. KACC
currently is subject to a number of lawsuits under the Comprehensive
Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as amended by
the Superfund Amendments Reauthorization Act of 1986 ("CERCLA"), and, along with
certain other entities, has been named as a potentially responsible party for
remedial costs at certain third-party sites listed on the National Priorities
List under CERCLA.
 
     Based upon the Company's evaluation of these and other environmental
matters, the Company has established environmental accruals primarily related to
potential solid waste disposal and soil and groundwater remediation matters. At
September 30, 1996, the balance of such accruals, which is primarily included in
Long-term liabilities, was $32.9. These environmental accruals represent the
Company's estimate of costs reasonably expected to be incurred based on
presently enacted laws and regulations, currently available facts, existing
technology, and the Company's assessment of the likely remediation action to be
taken. The Company expects that these remediation actions will be taken over the
next several years and estimates that annual expenditures to be charged to these
environmental accruals will be approximately $2.0 to $10.0 for the years 1996
through 2000 and an aggregate of approximately $7.0 thereafter.
 
     As additional facts are developed and definitive remediation plans and
necessary regulatory approvals for implementation of remediation are established
or alternative technologies are developed, changes in these and other factors
may result in actual costs exceeding the current environmental accruals. The
Company believes that it is reasonably possible that costs associated with these
environmental matters may exceed current accruals by amounts that could range,
in the aggregate, up to an estimated $26.5 and that the factors upon which a
substantial portion of this estimate is based are expected to be resolved in
early 1997. While uncertainties are inherent in the final outcome of these
environmental matters, and it is presently impossible to determine the actual
costs that ultimately may be incurred, management currently believes that the
resolution of such uncertainties should not have a material adverse effect on
the Company's consolidated financial position, results of operations, or
liquidity.
 
     Asbestos Contingencies -- KACC is a defendant in a number of lawsuits, some
of which involve claims of multiple persons, in which the plaintiffs allege that
certain of their injuries were caused by, among other things, exposure to
asbestos during, and as a result of, their employment or association with KACC
or exposure to products containing asbestos produced or sold by KACC. The
lawsuits generally relate to products KACC has not manufactured for at least 15
years. At September 30, 1996, the number of such lawsuits pending was
approximately 75,900, as compared to 59,700 at December 31, 1995. During the
year 1995, approximately 41,700 of such claims were received and 7,200 were
settled or dismissed. During the nine months ended September 30, 1996,
approximately 20,000 of such claims were received and 3,800 were settled or
dismissed.
 
     Based on past experience and reasonably anticipated future activity, the
Company has established an accrual for estimated asbestos-related costs for
claims filed and estimated to be filed and settled through 2008. There are
inherent uncertainties involved in estimating asbestos-related costs, and the
Company's actual costs could exceed these estimates. The Company's accrual was
calculated based on the current and anticipated number of asbestos-related
claims, the prior timing and amounts of asbestos-related payments, and the
advice
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
       NOTES TO INTERIM CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
         (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT PRICES AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
of Wharton Levin Ehrmantraut Klein & Nash, P.A. with respect to the current
state of the law related to asbestos claims. Accordingly, an estimated
asbestos-related cost accrual of $160.0, before consideration of insurance
recoveries, is included primarily in Long-term liabilities at September 30,
1996. The Company estimates that annual future cash payments in connection with
such litigation will be approximately $13.0 to $20.0 for each of the years 1996
through 2000, and an aggregate of approximately $78.0 thereafter through 2008.
While the Company does not presently believe there is a reasonable basis for
estimating such costs beyond 2008 and, accordingly, no accrual has been recorded
for such costs which may be incurred beyond 2008, there is a reasonable
possibility that such costs may continue beyond 2008, and such costs may be
substantial.
 
     A substantial portion of the asbestos-related claims that were filed and
served on KACC during 1995 and 1996 were filed in Texas. KACC has been advised
by its counsel that, although there can be no assurance, the increase in pending
claims may have been attributable in part to tort reform legislation in Texas.
Although asbestos-related claims are currently exempt from certain aspects of
the Texas tort reform legislation, management has been advised that efforts to
remove the asbestos-related exemption in the tort reform legislation, relating
to the doctrine of forum non conveniens, as well as other developments in the
legislative and legal environment in Texas, may be responsible for the
accelerated pace of new claims experienced in late 1995 and its continuance in
1996, albeit at a somewhat reduced rate.
 
     The Company believes that KACC has insurance coverage available to recover
a substantial portion of its asbestos-related costs. Claims for recovery from
some of KACC's insurance carriers are currently subject to pending litigation
and other carriers have raised certain defenses, which have resulted in delays
in recovering costs from insurance carriers. The timing and amount of ultimate
recoveries from these insurance carriers are dependent upon the resolution of
these disputes. The Company believes, based on prior insurance-related
recoveries in respect of asbestos-related claims, existing insurance policies,
and the advice of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges with respect to applicable
insurance coverage law relating to the terms and conditions of those policies,
that substantial recoveries from the insurance carriers are probable.
Accordingly, an estimated aggregate insurance recovery of $142.3, determined on
the same basis as the asbestos-related cost accrual, is recorded primarily in
Other assets at September 30, 1996.
 
     Management continues to monitor claims activity, the status of the lawsuits
(including settlement initiatives), legislative progress, and costs incurred in
order to ascertain whether an adjustment to the existing accruals should be made
to the extent that historical experience may differ significantly from the
Company's underlying assumptions. While uncertainties are inherent in the final
outcome of these asbestos matters and it is presently impossible to determine
the actual costs that ultimately may be incurred and insurance recoveries that
will be received, management currently believes that, based on the factors
discussed in the preceding paragraphs, the resolution of the asbestos-related
uncertainties and the incurrence of asbestos-related costs net of related
insurance recoveries should not have a material adverse effect on the Company's
consolidated financial position, results of operations, or liquidity.
 
     Other Contingencies -- The Company and KACC are involved in various other
claims, lawsuits, and other proceedings relating to a wide variety of matters.
While uncertainties are inherent in the final outcome of such matters, and it is
presently impossible to determine the actual costs that ultimately may be
incurred, management currently believes that the resolution of such
uncertainties and the incurrence of such costs should not have a material
adverse effect on the Company's consolidated financial position, results of
operations, or liquidity.
 
5. DERIVATIVE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS AND RELATED HEDGING PROGRAMS
 
     The Company's earnings are sensitive to changes in the prices of alumina,
primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum products, and also depend to a
significant degree upon the volume and mix of all
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
       NOTES TO INTERIM CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
         (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT PRICES AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
products sold. KACC enters into primary aluminum hedging transactions from time
to time in the normal course of business. Primary aluminum hedging transactions
are designed to mitigate the Company's exposure to declines in the market price
of primary aluminum, while retaining the ability to participate in favorable
environments that may materialize. KACC has employed strategies which include
forward sales and purchases of primary aluminum at fixed prices and the purchase
or sale of options for primary aluminum. At September 30, 1996, KACC had sold
forward, at fixed prices, approximately 69,000 and 93,600 tons* of primary
aluminum in excess of its projected internal fabrication requirements for 1997
and 1998, respectively, and had purchased put options to establish a minimum
price for 66,000 and 45,000 tons of such 1997 and 1998 surplus, respectively.
During October 1996, KACC purchased put options to establish a minimum price for
an additional 126,000 tons of primary aluminum in excess of its projected 1997
internal fabrication requirements and entered into options contracts that
established a price range for an additional 48,000 tons of the Company's 1998
surplus.
 
     In addition, at September 30, 1996, KACC had sold forward approximately 73%
and 85% of the alumina available to it in excess of its projected internal
smelting requirements for 1997 and 1998, respectively. Virtually all of such
1997 and 1998 sales were made at prices indexed to future prices of primary
aluminum.
 
     From time to time, KACC also enters into forward purchase and option
transactions to limit its exposure to increases in natural gas and fuel oil
costs. As of September 30, 1996, KACC had option contracts for the purchase of
approximately 40,000 MMBtu of natural gas per day during the first quarter of
1997, and a combination of fixed price purchase and option contracts for 20,000
MMBtu of natural gas per day for the period April 1997 to December 1998. At
September 30, 1996, KACC also held option contracts for 54,000 barrels of fuel
oil per month for the period January 1997 through December 1998.
 
     KACC also enters into hedging transactions in the normal course of business
that are designed to reduce its exposure to fluctuations in foreign exchange
rates. At September 30, 1996, KACC had net forward foreign exchange contracts
totaling approximately $81.6 for the purchase of 110.0 Australian dollars from
January 1997 through June 1998, in respect of its commitments for 1997 and 1998
expenditures denominated in Australian dollars.
 
     At September 30, 1996, the net unrealized gain on KACC's position in
aluminum forward sales and option contracts, based on an average price of $1,481
per ton ($.67 per pound) of primary aluminum, natural gas and fuel oil forward
purchase and option contracts, and forward foreign exchange contracts, was
approximately $46.4.
 
     See Note 9 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for the year
ended December 31, 1995.
 
6. SUBSEQUENT EVENTS
 
     On October 23, 1996, (the "Issuance Date"), KACC completed an offering (the
"Offering") of $175.0 principal amount of 10 7/8% Senior Notes due 2006 (the
"10 7/8% Senior Notes") at 99.5% of their principal amount to yield 10.96% at
maturity. The 10 7/8% Senior Notes were not registered under the Securities Act
of 1933, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration
or an applicable exemption from registration requirements. The 10 7/8% Senior
Notes rank pari passu with outstanding indebtedness under KACC's Credit
Agreement dated as of February 15, 1994, as amended (the "Credit Agreement") and
KACC's 9 7/8% Senior Notes due 2002 (the 9 7/8% Senior Notes) in right and
priority of payment and are guaranteed on a senior, unsecured basis by certain
of the Company's subsidiaries (the "Subsidiary Guarantors"). Net proceeds from
the Offering on the Issuance Date, after estimated expenses, were approximately
$168.9, of which $91.7 were utilized to reduce the outstanding borrowings under
the revolving credit facility of
 
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* All references to tons in this report refer to metric tons of 2,204.6 pounds.
 
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              KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
 
       NOTES TO INTERIM CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
         (IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXCEPT PRICES AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
the Credit Agreement to zero. The remaining net proceeds (approximately $77.2)
were invested in short-term investments pending their application for working
capital and general corporate purposes, including capital projects. Pursuant to
an agreement with the initial purchasers of the 10 7/8% Senior Notes, KACC and
the Subsidiary Guarantors agreed to file a registration statement (the
"Registration Statement") with the Securities & Exchange Commission within 30
days of the Issuance Date with respect to a registered offer to exchange the
10 7/8% Senior Notes for new notes with substantially identical terms (the
"Exchange Offer"), and to use their reasonable best efforts to have the
Registration Statement declared effective within 90 days of the Issuance Date
and the Exchange Offer consummated within 130 days of the Issuance Date. The
Exchange Offer will be made only by means of a prospectus.
 
     On a pro forma basis, at September 30, 1996, after giving effect to the
Offering and the application of proceeds therefrom, the Company's total
consolidated indebtedness would have increased from $867.3 to $910.2, borrowing
capacity of $273.1 would have been available for use under the Credit Agreement
and the Company would have had available additional cash proceeds from the
Offering of $37.7.
 
     During October 1996, the Credit Agreement was amended to, among other
things, provide for the Offering of the 10 7/8% Senior Notes discussed above and
to modify certain of the financial covenants contained in the Credit Agreement.
 
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  NO DEALER, SALESPERSON OR OTHER INDIVIDUAL HAS BEEN AUTHORIZED TO GIVE ANY
INFORMATION OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS IN CONNECTION WITH THIS OFFERING OTHER
THAN THOSE CONTAINED IN THIS PROSPECTUS AND, IF GIVEN OR MADE, SUCH INFORMATION
OR REPRESENTATIONS MUST NOT BE RELIED UPON AS HAVING BEEN AUTHORIZED BY THE
COMPANY. THIS PROSPECTUS DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER TO SELL OR A SOLICITATION
OF AN OFFER TO BUY ANY OF THE SECURITIES OFFERED HEREBY TO ANYONE IN ANY
JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION IS UNLAWFUL. NEITHER THE
DELIVERY OF THIS PROSPECTUS NOR ANY SALE MADE HEREUNDER SHALL, UNDER ANY
CIRCUMSTANCES, IMPLY THAT THERE HAS BEEN TO CHANGE IN THE AFFAIRS OF THE COMPANY
SINCE THE DATE HEREOF OR THAT THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS CORRECT AS OF
ANY TIME SUBSEQUENT TO THE DATES AS OF WHICH SUCH INFORMATION IS GIVEN.
 
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Available Information...................   2
Incorporation of Certain Documents by
  Reference.............................   2
The Company.............................   3
Risk Factors............................   7
Use of Proceeds.........................  10
Common Stock Price Range and Dividend
  Policy................................  10
Capitalization..........................  11
Selected Historical and Pro Forma
  Consolidated Financial Data...........  12
Management's Discussion and Analysis
  of Financial Condition and Results
  of Operations.........................  14
Business................................  24
Management..............................  43
Certain Transactions....................  49
Description of Preferred Stock..........  51
Description of Depositary Shares........  52
Description of Common Stock.............  54
Description of Warrants.................  54
Description of Capital Stock............  55
Plan of Distribution....................  57
Legal Matters...........................  58
Experts.................................  58
Index to Consolidated Financial
  Statements............................ F-1
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                                     KAISER
                                    ALUMINUM
                                  CORPORATION

                                PREFERRED STOCK
                               DEPOSITARY SHARES
                                  COMMON STOCK
                                    WARRANTS

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                                   PROSPECTUS
 
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                                    PART II
 
                     INFORMATION NOT REQUIRED IN PROSPECTUS
 
ITEM 14.  OTHER EXPENSES OF ISSUANCE AND DISTRIBUTION
 
     The expenses payable by the Company attributable to this offering,
exclusive of underwriting discounts and commissions, are as follows:
 
   

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    <S>                                                                       <C>
    SEC registration fee....................................................  $ 45,454.55
    *Printing and engraving.................................................       90,000
    *Legal fees and expenses................................................      250,000
    *Accounting fees and expenses...........................................       75,000
    *Blue Sky fees and expenses (including counsel fees)....................       25,000
    *Warrant Agent's Fees...................................................       10,000
    *Miscellaneous..........................................................     4,545.45
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              Total.........................................................  $500,000.00
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* Estimated
 
ITEM 15.  INDEMNIFICATION OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
 
     Reference is made to Section 102(b)(7) of the Delaware General Corporation
Law (the "DGCL"), which enables a corporation in its original certificate of
incorporation or an amendment thereto to eliminate or limit the personal
liability of a director to the corporation or its stockholders for monetary
damages for breach of the director's duty, except (i) for any breach of the
director's duty of loyalty to the corporation or its stockholders, (ii) for acts
or omissions not in good faith or which involve intentional misconduct or a
knowing violation of law, (iii) pursuant to Section 174 of the DGCL (providing
for liability of directors for unlawful payment of dividends or unlawful stock
purchases or redemptions), or (iv) for any transaction from which the director
derived an improper personal benefit. The Registrant's Restated Certificate of
Incorporation contains provisions permitted by Section 102(b)(7) of the DGCL.
 
     Reference also is made to Section 145 of the DGCL which provides that a
corporation may indemnify any persons, including directors and officers, who was
or is, or is threatened to be made, a party to any threatened, pending or
completed legal action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal,
administrative or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of such
corporation), by reason of the fact that such person is or was a director,
officer, employee or agent of such corporation, or is or was serving at the
request of such corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another
corporation or enterprise. The indemnity may include expenses (including
attorneys' fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and
reasonably incurred by such person in connection with such action, suit or
proceeding, if such person acted in good faith and in a manner he reasonably
believed to be in or not opposed to the corporation's best interests and, with
respect to any criminal proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe that his
or her conduct was unlawful. A Delaware corporation may indemnify its directors,
officers, employees and agents in an action by or in the right of the
corporation under the same conditions, except that no indemnification is
permitted without judicial approval if the director, officer, employee or agent
is adjudged to be liable the corporation. Where a director, officer, employee or
agent is successful on the merits or otherwise in the defense of any action
referred to above, the corporation must indemnify him or her against the
expenses which such director, officer, employee or agent actually and reasonably
incurred in connection therewith.
 
     The Registrant's Restated Certificate of Incorporation and By-laws provide
for indemnification of directors, officers and employees of the Registrant to
the fullest extent authorized by law.
 
     The Registrant has entered into indemnification agreements with certain of
its directors and officers which provide that the Registrant will indemnify such
individuals if and whenever they were or are a party or are threatened to be
made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding,
whether
 
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civil, criminal, administrative or investigative, by reason of the fact that
they are or were a director, officer or employee of the Registrant of any of its
subsidiaries, or are or were serving at the request of the Registrant or any of
its subsidiaries as a director, officer, employee, agent or other official of
another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, or other enterprise,
against judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement and reasonable expenses
(including attorneys' fees) actually incurred by them in connection with such
action, suit or proceeding except to the extent that (a) any judgments, fines,
amounts paid in settlement and expenses are finally determined by a court of
competent jurisdiction to have resulted from their gross negligence or bad faith
in the performance of their duties (or, alternatively in the case of certain of
the indemnification agreements, result from conduct which is finally determined
by a court of competent jurisdiction to be knowingly fraudulent or deliberately
dishonest, or to constitute willful misconduct), (b) any amount is paid without
the prior approval of the Registrant in settlement of a proceeding brought in
the name and on behalf of the Registrant or another corporation, partnership,
joint venture, trust or other enterprise for which they are or were serving at
the request of the Registrant as a director, officer, employee, agent or other
official, (c) such indemnification is otherwise prohibited by law, whether by
statute, court decision or otherwise, or (d) reimbursement of such expenses has
actually been made pursuant to insurance policies maintained by the Registrant
for their benefit. For these purposes, service at the request of the Registrant
with respect to an "other enterprise" includes service with respect to any
employee benefit plan. The agreements further provide for the advancement of
expenses incurred in defending any such action, suit or proceeding upon receipt
of a repayment undertaking if it is ultimately determined that such individuals
are not entitled to be indemnified or to the extent they recover such expenses
from others pursuant to insurance or otherwise.
 
     The Registrant may terminate the agreements on 90 days' prior written
notice to such individuals, but the indemnification provided by the agreements
continues to apply to all actions taken or failed to be taken by such
individuals prior to the expiration of the 90-day notice period notwithstanding
such termination.
 
     Subject to certain limitations and exceptions, the Company has insurance
coverage for losses by any person who is or hereafter may be a director or
officer of the Company arising from claims against that person for any wrongful
act in his capacity as a director or officer of the Company of any of its
subsidiaries. The policy also provides for reimbursement to the Company for
indemnification given by the Company pursuant to common or statutory law or its
certificate or incorporation or by-laws to any such person arising from any such
claims.
 
     The foregoing discussion is qualified in its entirety by reference to the
DGCL and the Registrant's Restated Certificate of Incorporation and By-laws, and
the referenced indemnification agreements.
 
     Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act
of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), may be permitted to directors,
officers or persons controlling the Registrant pursuant to the foregoing
provisions, the Registrant has been informed that in the opinion of the
Securities and Exchange Commission, such indemnification is against public
policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable.
 
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ITEM 16.  EXHIBITS
 
   

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<CAPTION>
EXHIBIT
 NUMBER                                        DESCRIPTION
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<C>          <S>
   *1.1      Form of Underwriting Agreement.
   *1.2      Form of Distribution Agreement.
    4.1      Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation (the
             "Company"), dated February 21, 1991 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to
             Amendment No. 2 to the Registration Statement on Form S-1, dated June 11, 1991,
             filed by the Company, Registration No. 33-37895).
    4.2      By-laws of the Company, amended as of February 26, 1991 (incorporated by
             reference to Exhibit 3.2 to Amendment No. 2 to the Registration Statement on
             Form S-1, dated June 11, 1991, filed by the Company, Registration No. 33-37895).
   *4.3      Form of Deposit Agreement (including Form of Depositary Receipt).
   *4.4      Form of Preferred Stock Warrant Agreement (including form of Preferred Stock
             Warrant Certificate).
   *4.5      Form of Common Stock Warrant Agreement (including form of Common Stock Warrant
             Certificate).
   *4.6      Form of Common Stock Certificate.
   *4.7      Form of Preferred Stock Certificate.
   *4.8      Form of Certificate of Designation for Preferred Stock.
    4.9      Credit Agreement, dated as of February 15, 1994, among the Company, Kaiser
             Aluminum & Chemical Corporation ("KACC"), the financial institutions a party
             thereto, and BankAmerica Business Credit, Inc., as Agent (incorporated by
             reference to Exhibit 4.4 to the Report on Form 10-K for the period ended
             December 31, 1993, filed by the Company, File No. 1-9447).
    4.10     First Amendment to Credit Agreement, dated as of July 21, 1994, amending the
             Credit Agreement, dated as of February 15, 1994, among the Company, KACC, the
             financial institutions party thereto, and BankAmerica Business Credit, Inc., as
             Agent (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Report on Form 10-Q for
             the quarterly period ended June 30, 1994, filed by the Company, File No.
             1-9447).
    4.11     Second Amendment to Credit Agreement, dated as of March 10, 1995, amending the
             Credit Agreement, dated as of February 15, 1994, as amended, among the Company,
             KACC, the financial institutions party thereto, and BankAmerica Business Credit,
             Inc., as Agent (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.6 to the Report on Form
             10-K for the period ended December 31, 1994, filed by the Company, File No.
             1-9447).
    4.12     Third Amendment to Credit Agreement, dated as of July 20, 1995, amending the
             Credit Agreement, dated as of February 15, 1994, as amended, among the Company,
             KACC, the financial institutions a party thereto, and BankAmerica Business
             Credit, Inc., as Agent (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Report
             on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 1995, filed by the Company,
             File No. 1-9447).
    4.13     Fourth Amendment to Credit Agreement, dated as of October 17, 1995, amending the
             Credit Agreement, dated as of February 15, 1994, among the Company, KACC, the
             financial institutions a party thereto, and BankAmerica Business Credit, Inc.,
             as Agent (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Report on Form 10-Q
             for the quarterly period ended September 30, 1995, filed by the Company, File
             No. 1-9447).
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<PAGE>   106
 
   

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
EXHIBIT
 NUMBER                                        DESCRIPTION
- --------     --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
<C>          <S>
    4.14     Fifth Amendment to Credit Agreement, dated as of December 11, 1995, amending the
             Credit Agreement, dated as of February 15, 1994, as amended, among the Company,
             KACC, the financial institutions a party thereto, and BankAmerica Business
             Credit, Inc., as Agent (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.11 to the Report
             on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 1995, filed by KACC, File No.
             1-3605).
    4.15     Sixth Amendment to Credit Agreement, dated as of October 1, 1996, amending the
             Credit Agreement, dated as of February 15, 1994, as amended, among the Company,
             KACC, the financial institutions a party thereto, and BankAmerica Business
             Credit, Inc., as Agent (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Report
             on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 1996, filed by KACC,
             File No. 1-3605).
    4.16     Seventh Amendment to Credit Agreement, dated as of December 17, 1996, amending
             the Credit Agreement, dated as of February 15, 1994, as amended, among the
             Company, KACC, the financial institutions a party thereto, and BankAmerica
             Business Credit, Inc., as Agent (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.18 to
             the Registration Statement on Form S-4, dated January 2, 1997, filed by KACC).
    4.17     Intercompany Note between the Company and KACC (incorporated by reference to
             Exhibit 4.2 to Amendment No. 5 to the Registration Statement on Form S-1, dated
             December 13, 1989, filed by KACC, Registration No. 33-30645).
    4.18     Senior Subordinated Intercompany Note between KACC and a subsidiary of MAXXAM,
             dated December 15, 1992 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.10 to the Report
             on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 1994, filed by the Company, File
             No. 1-9447).
    4.19     Certificate of Designations of 8.255% PRIDES, Convertible Preferred Stock of the
             Company, dated February 17, 1994 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.21 to
             the Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 1993, filed by the
             Company, File No. 1-9447).
    4.20     Senior Subordinated Intercompany Note between the Company and KACC dated
             February 15, 1994 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.22 to the Report on
             Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 1993, filed by the Company, File No.
             1-9447).
    4.21     Senior Subordinated Intercompany Note between the Company and KACC dated March
             17, 1994 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.23 to the Report on Form 10-K
             for the period ended December 31, 1993, filed by the Company, File No. 1-9447).
  **5        Opinion of Byron L. Wade, Vice President, Secretary and Deputy General Counsel
             of the Company, with respect to the Securities being registered hereunder.
***12        Computation of Consolidated Ratio of Earnings to Combined Fixed Charges and
             Preferred Stock Dividends.
 **23.1      Consent of Arthur Andersen LLP.
 **23.2      Consent of Wharton Levin Ehrmantraut Klein & Nash, P.A.
 **23.3      Consent of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges.
 **23.4      Consent of Byron L. Wade, Vice President, Secretary and Deputy General Counsel
             of the Company (contained in Exhibit 5).
***24        Power of Attorney.
</TABLE>

    
 
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  *Will be subsequently filed, if applicable to a specific offering, as an
   exhibit to a current report on Form 8-K or quarterly report on Form 10-Q and
   incorporated herein by reference.
    
 
   
 ** Filed herewith.
    
 
   
*** Previously filed.
    
 
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<PAGE>   107
 
ITEM 17.  UNDERTAKINGS
 
     The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes:
 
     (1) To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a
post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement:
 
          (i) To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the
     Securities Act;
 
   
          (ii) To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after
     the effective date of the Registration Statement (or the most recent
     post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate,
     represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the
     Registration Statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or
     decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of
     securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any
     deviation from the low or high and of the estimated maximum offering range
     may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission
     pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and
     price represent no more than 20 percent change in the maximum aggregate
     offering price set forth in the "Calculation of Registration Fee" table in
     the effective registration statement.
    
 
   
          (iii) To include any material information with respect to the plan of
     distribution not previously disclosed in the Registration Statement or any
     material change to such information in the Registration Statement;
    
 
Provided, however, that paragraphs (1)(i) and (1)(ii) do not apply if the
Registration Statement is on Form S-3, Form S-8 or Form F-3, and the information
required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is
contained in periodic reports filed with or furnished to the Securities and
Exchange Commission (the "Commission") by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13
or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the
"Exchange Act"), that are incorporated by reference in the Registration
Statement.
 
     (2) That for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities
Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration
statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such
securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering
thereof.
 
     (3) To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any
of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the
offering.
 
     The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of
determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the
Registrant's annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange
Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan's annual
report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act) that is incorporated by
reference in the Registration Statement shall be deemed to be a new registration
statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such
securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering
thereof.
 
     Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act
may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the
Registrant pursuant to the provisions described in Item 15 above, or otherwise,
the Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission such
indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and
is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification
against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses
incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the Registrant
in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such
director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being
registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter
has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate
jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public
policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final
adjudication of such issue.
 
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<PAGE>   108
 
     The Registrant hereby undertakes that:
 
     (1) For purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, the
information omitted from the form of prospectus filed as part of this
Registration Statement in reliance upon Rule 430A and contained in a form of
prospectus filed by the Registrant pursuant to Rule 424(b)(1) or (4) or 497(h)
under the Securities Act shall be deemed to be part of this Registration
Statement as of the time it was declared effective.
 
     (2) For the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act,
each post-effective amendment that contains a form of prospectus shall be deemed
to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein,
and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the
initial bona fide offering thereof.
 
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<PAGE>   109

                                   SIGNATURES
 
   
     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the
Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all
of the requirements for filing on Form S-3 and has duly caused this Amendment
No. 1 to Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned,
thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Houston, State of Texas, on January
24, 1997.
    
 
                                          KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION
 
   
                                          By:                  *
    
                                            ------------------------------------
                                                  George T. Haymaker, Jr.
                                                 Chairman of the Board and
                                                  Chief Executive Officer
 
   
     In accordance with the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as
amended, this Amendment No. 1 to Registration Statement has been signed by the
following persons in the capacities and on the dates stated.
    
 
   

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                     SIGNATURE                                    TITLE                      DATE
                     ---------                                    -----                      ----
<C>                                                  <S>                               <C>
                         *                           Chairman of the Board and          January 24, 1997
- ---------------------------------------------------  Chief Executive Officer
              George T. Haymaker, Jr.                (Principal Executive Officer)

                         *                           Vice President and Chief           January 24, 1997
- ---------------------------------------------------  Financial Officer (Principal
                  John T. La Duc                     Financial Offer)

                         *                           Controller (Principal Accounting   January 24, 1997
- ---------------------------------------------------  Officer)
                Arthur S. Donaldson

                         *                           Director                           January 24, 1997
- ---------------------------------------------------
               Robert J. Cruikshank

                         *                           Director                           January 24, 1997
- ---------------------------------------------------
                   Ezra G. Levin

                         *                           Director                           January 24, 1997
- ---------------------------------------------------
                 Robert J. Petris

                         *                           Director                           January 24, 1997
- ---------------------------------------------------
                Charles E. Hurwitz

                         *                           Director                           January 24, 1997
- ---------------------------------------------------
                   Robert Marcus

   *By:        /s/  BYRON L. WADE
  ----------------------------------------------
                  Byron L. Wade,
           Vice President, Secretary and
              Deputy General Counsel
</TABLE>

    
 
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<PAGE>   110
 
                               INDEX OF EXHIBITS
 
   

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<CAPTION>
                                                                                     SEQUENTIALLY
EXHIBIT                                                                                NUMBERED
NUMBER                                    DESCRIPTION                                    PAGE
- -------     -----------------------------------------------------------------------  ------------
<C>         <S>                                                                      <C>
   *1.1     Form of Underwriting Agreement.
   *1.2     Form of Distribution Agreement.
    4.1     Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation
            (the "Company"), dated February 21, 1991 (incorporated by reference to

            Exhibit 3.1 to Amendment No. 2 to the Registration Statement on Form
            S-1, dated June 11, 1991, filed by the Company, Registration No.
            33-37895).
    4.2     By-laws of the Company, amended as of February 26, 1991 (incorporated
            by reference to Exhibit 3.2 to Amendment No. 2 to the Registration
            Statement on Form S-1, dated June 11, 1991, filed by the Company,
            Registration No. 33-37895).
   *4.3     Form of Deposit Agreement (including Form of Depository Receipt).
   *4.4     Form of Preferred Stock Warrant Agreement (including form of Preferred
            Stock Warrant Certificate).
   *4.5     Form of Common Stock Warrant Agreement (including form of Common Stock
            Warrant Certificate).
   *4.6     Form of Common Stock Certificate.
   *4.7     Form of Preferred Stock Certificate.
   *4.8     Form of Certificate of Designation for Preferred Stock.
    4.9     Credit Agreement, dated as of February 15, 1994, among the Company,
            Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation ("KACC"), the financial
            institutions a party thereto, and BankAmerica Business Credit, Inc., as
            Agent (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.4 to the Report on Form
            10-K for the period ended December 31, 1993, filed by the Company, File
            No. 1-9447).
   4.10     First Amendment to Credit Agreement, dated as of July 21, 1994,
            amending the Credit Agreement, dated as of February 15, 1994, among the
            Company, KACC, the financial institutions party thereto, and
            BankAmerica Business Credit, Inc., as Agent (incorporated by reference
            to Exhibit 4.1 to the Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period
            ended June 30, 1994, filed by the Company, File No. 1-9447).
   4.11     Second Amendment to Credit Agreement, dated as of March 10, 1995,
            amending the Credit Agreement, dated as of February 15, 1994, as
            amended, among the Company, KACC, the financial institutions party
            thereto, and BankAmerica Business Credit, Inc., as Agent (incorporated
            by reference to Exhibit 4.6 to the Report on Form 10-K for the period
            ended December 31, 1994, filed by the Company, File No. 1-9447).
   4.12     Third Amendment to Credit Agreement, dated as of July 20, 1995,
            amending the Credit Agreement, dated as of February 15, 1994, as
            amended, among the Company, KACC, the financial institutions a party
            thereto, and BankAmerica Business Credit, Inc., as Agent (incorporated
            by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Report on Form 10-Q for the
            quarterly period ended June 30, 1995, filed by the Company, File No.
            1-9447).
   4.13     Fourth Amendment to Credit Agreement, dated as of October 17, 1995,
            amending the Credit Agreement, dated as of February 15, 1994, among the
            Company, KACC, the financial institutions a party thereto, and
            BankAmerica Business Credit, Inc., as Agent (incorporated by reference
            to Exhibit 4.1 to the Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period
            ended September 30, 1995, filed by the Company, File No. 1-9447).
   4.14     Fifth Amendment to Credit Agreement, dated as of December 11, 1995,
            amending the Credit Agreement, dated as of February 15, 1994, as
            amended, among the Company, KACC, the financial institutions a party
            thereto, and BankAmerica Business Credit, Inc., as Agent (incorporated
            by reference to Exhibit 4.11 to the Report on Form 10-K for the period
            ended December 31, 1995, filed by KACC, File No. 1-3605).
</TABLE>

    

<PAGE>   111
 
   

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<CAPTION>
                                                                                     SEQUENTIALLY
EXHIBIT                                                                                NUMBERED
NUMBER                                    DESCRIPTION                                    PAGE
- -------     -----------------------------------------------------------------------  ------------
<C>         <S>                                                                      <C>
   4.15     Sixth Amendment to Credit Agreement, dated as of October 1, 1996,
            amending the Credit Agreement, dated as of February 15, 1994, as
            amended, among the Company, KACC, the financial institutions a party
            thereto, and BankAmerica Business Credit, Inc., as Agent (incorporated
            by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Report on Form 10-Q for the
            quarterly period ended September 30, 1996, filed by KACC, File No.
            1-3605).
   4.16     Seventh Amendment to Credit Agreement, dated as of December 17, 1996,
            amending the Credit Agreement, dated as of February 15, 1994, as
            amended, among the Company, KACC, the financial institutions a party
            thereto, and BankAmerica Business Credit, Inc., as Agent (incorporated
            by reference to Exhibit 4.18 to the Registration Statement on Form S-4,
            dated January 2, 1997, filed by KACC).
   4.17     Intercompany Note between the Company and KACC (incorporated by
            reference to Exhibit 4.2 to Amendment No. 5 to the Registration
            Statement on Form S-1, dated December 13, 1989, filed by KACC,
            Registration No. 33-30645).
   4.18     Senior Subordinated Intercompany Note between KACC and a subsidiary of
            MAXXAM, dated December 15, 1992 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit
            4.10 to the Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 1994,
            filed by the Company, File No. 1-9447).
   4.19     Certificate of Designations of 8.255% PRIDES, Convertible Preferred
            Stock of the Company, dated February 17, 1994 (incorporated by
            reference to Exhibit 4.21 to the Report on Form 10-K for the period
            ended December 31, 1993, filed by the Company, File No. 1-9447).
   4.20     Senior Subordinated Intercompany Note between the Company and KACC
            dated February 15, 1994 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.22 to
            the Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 1993, filed
            by the Company, File No. 1-9447).
   4.21     Senior Subordinated Intercompany Note between the Company and KACC
            dated March 17, 1994 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.23 to the
            Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 1993, filed by
            the Company, File No. 1-9447).
  **5       Opinion of Byron L. Wade, Vice President, Secretary and Deputy General
            Counsel of the Company, with respect to the Securities being registered
            hereunder.
***12       Computation of Consolidated Ratio of Earnings to Combined Fixed Charges
            and Preferred Stock Dividends.
 **23.1     Consent of Arthur Andersen LLP.
 **23.2     Consent of Wharton Levin Ehrmantraut Klein & Nash, P.A.
 **23.3     Consent of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges.
 **23.4     Consent of Byron L. Wade, Vice President, Secretary and Deputy General
            Counsel of the Company (contained in Exhibit 5).
***24       Power of Attorney.
</TABLE>

    
 
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  * Will be subsequently filed, if applicable to a specific offering, as an
    exhibit to a current report on Form 8-K or quarterly report on Form 10-Q and
    incorporated herein by reference.
    
 
   
 ** Filed herewith.
    
 
   
*** Previously filed.
    





<PAGE>   1
 
                                                                       EXHIBIT 5
 
                    [KAISER ALUMINUM CORPORATION LETTERHEAD]
 
                                January 24, 1997
 
Securities and Exchange Commission
Division of Corporation Finance
450 Fifth Street, N.W., Mail Stop 3-11
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
    Re: Registration Statement on Form S-3 ; Registration No. 333-16239
 
Ladies and Gentlemen:
 
     I am deputy general counsel of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation, a Delaware
corporation (the "Company") in connection with the registration by the Company
of (i) common stock, $.01 par value per share (the "Common Stock"), (ii)
preferred stock, $.05 par value per share (the "Preferred Stock"), (iii)
depositary shares representing fractional interests in Preferred Stock (the
"Depositary Shares"), and (iv) warrants to purchase Common Stock, Preferred
Stock or Depositary Shares (collectively, the "Securities Warrants" and together
with the Common Stock, Preferred Stock, and Depositary Shares, the "Securities")
with an aggregate public offering price of up to $150,000,000, all of which
Securities may be offered and sold, from time to time, by the Company, as set
forth in the prospectus (the "Prospectus") which forms a part of the
Registration Statement on Form S-3 filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission on November 15, 1996 (the "Registration Statement"), as
 amended, and
as may be set forth in one or more supplements to the Prospectus (each, a
"Prospectus Supplement"). Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined
herein shall have the same meanings ascribed to them in the Registration
Statement.
 
     Each series of the Preferred Stock, whether or not represented by
Depositary Shares, and the Common Stock will be issued under the Company's
Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the "Certificate of Incorporation") and,
in the case of the Preferred Stock and Preferred Stock represented by Depositary
Shares, a Certificate of Designation will be filed with the Secretary of State
of Delaware (a "Certificate of Designation"). Each series of Depositary Shares
will be represented by depositary receipts (the "Receipts") and issued under a
depositary agreement (the "Depositary Agreement") to be entered into between the
Company and a financial institution identified therein as depositary (the
"Depositary"). The Securities Warrants will be issued under one or more warrant
agreements (each, a "Warrant Agreement") to be entered into between the Company
and a financial institution identified therein as the warrant agent (the
"Warrant Agent"). Certain terms of the Securities to be issued by the Company
from time to time will be approved by the Board of Directors of the Company or a
committee thereof as part of the corporate action taken and to be taken in
connection with the authorization of the issuance of the Securities, such
corporate action to be in accordance with the terms of the Certificate of
Incorporation and the By-laws of the Company, to the extent applicable thereto
(the "Corporate Proceedings").
 
     I have examined originals or copies certified or otherwise identified to my
satisfaction of the Certificate of Incorporation of the Company, the Company's
By-Laws, as amended, resolutions of the Company's Board of Directors and such of
the Company's records, certificates and other documents and such questions of
law as I considered necessary or appropriate for the purpose of this opinion. As
to certain facts material to this opinion, I have relied, to the extent I have
deemed such reliance proper, upon certificates of public officials and officers
of the Company. In rendering this opinion, I have assumed the genuineness of all
signatures, the authenticity of all documents submitted to me as originals and
the conformity to authentic original documents of all documents submitted to me
as copies.
 
     Based upon and subject to the foregoing and to the assumptions, conditions
and limitations set forth herein, I am of the opinion that:

<PAGE>   2
 
          (1) when the Registration Statement becomes effective under the
     Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Act"), and upon the completion of
     the Corporate Proceedings relating to the Common Stock and the due
     execution, countersignature and delivery of the Common Stock, the Common
     Stock, when sold in exchange for the consideration set forth in the
     Prospectus and any Prospectus Supplement relating thereto or issued upon
     conversion of any Security convertible into Common Stock as described in
     the Prospectus and any Prospectus Supplement relating thereto, will be duly
     authorized, validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable; and
 
          (2) when the Registration Statement becomes effective under the Act,
     and upon the completion of the Corporate Proceedings relating to a series
     of the Preferred Stock, and the due execution, countersignature and
     delivery of the Preferred Stock of such series and the filing of a
     Certificate of Designation pertaining to the Preferred Stock of such series
     with the Secretary of State of Delaware, the Preferred Stock of such
     series, when sold in exchange for the consideration set forth in the
     Prospectus and any Prospectus Supplement relating thereto or issued upon
     conversion of any Security convertible into Preferred Stock as described in
     the Prospectus and any Prospectus Supplement relating thereto, will be duly
     authorized, validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable;
 
          (3) when the Registration Statement becomes effective under the Act
     and the relevant Depositary Agreement has been duly executed and delivered
     by the Company, and the Receipts evidencing the Depositary Shares have been
     duly established by the relevant Depositary Agreement and such Receipts
     have been duly issued against the deposit of the Preferred Stock in
     accordance with the Depositary Agreement, and upon completion of the
     Corporate Proceedings relating to the Depositary Shares and Preferred Stock
     underlying the Depositary Shares, and the due execution, countersignature
     and delivery of the Preferred Stock related to such Depositary Shares and
     the filing of the applicable Certificate of Designation with the Secretary
     of State of Delaware, (i) such Depositary Shares, when sold in exchange for
     the consideration set forth in the Prospectus and any Prospectus Supplement
     relating thereto, will be duly authorized, validly issued and entitle the
     holders thereof to the rights specified in the Depositary Agreement and the
     Receipts evidencing the Depositary Shares and (ii) the Preferred Stock
     represented by such Depositary Shares will be duly authorized, validly
     issued, fully paid and nonassessable;
 
          (4) when the Registration Statement becomes effective under the Act
     and the relevant Warrant Agreement has been duly executed and delivered by
     the Company, and when the Securities Warrants have been duly established by
     the relevant Warrant Agreement, and upon completion of the Corporate
     Proceedings relating to the Securities Warrants and the due execution,
     authentication, issuance and delivery of the Securities Warrants, the
     Securities Warrants, when sold in exchange for the consideration set forth
     in the Prospectus and any Prospectus Supplement relating thereto, will be
     duly authorized and will be binding obligations of the Company enforceable
     against the Company in accordance with their respective terms and entitled
     to the benefits of the applicable Warrant Agreement, except as such
     enforceability may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or
     similar laws affecting creditor's rights generally and subject to general
     principles of equity.
 
     To the extent that the obligations of the Company under an applicable
Depositary Agreement or Warrant Agreement may be dependent upon such matters, I
assume for purposes of this opinion that the Depositary or the Warrant Agent, as
the case may be, will be duly organized, validly existing and in good standing
under the laws of its jurisdiction of organization; that the Depositary or
Warrant Agent will be duly qualified to engage in the activities contemplated by
the applicable Depositary Agreement or Warrant Agreement, as applicable, that
the applicable Depositary Agreement or Warrant Agreement will be duly
authorized, executed and delivered by the Depositary or Warrant Agent, as the
case may be, and will constitute the legally valid and binding obligation of
such Depositary or Warrant Agent enforceable against such Depositary or Warrant
Agent in accordance with its terms; that such Depositary or Warrant Agent will
be in compliance, generally with respect to acting as a depositary or warrant
agent under the applicable Depositary Agreement or Warrant Agreement, as the
case may be, with all applicable laws and regulations; and that such Depositary
or Warrant Agent will have the requisite organizational and legal power and
authority to perform its obligations under the Depositary Agreement or Warrant
Agreement, as applicable.

<PAGE>   3
 
     I have been informed that the Company intends to issue the Securities from
time to time on a delayed or continuous basis. This opinion is limited to the
laws, including the rules and regulations, as in effect on the date hereof. I
understand that prior to issuing any Securities, the Company will advise me in
writing of the terms thereof, will afford me an opportunity to review the
operative documents pursuant to which such Securities are to be issued
(including any applicable Prospectus Supplement) and will file such supplement
or amendment to this opinion (if any) as I may reasonably consider necessary or
appropriate by reason of the terms of such Securities.
 
     I hereby consent to the use of this opinion as an exhibit to the
Registration Statement, and I further consent to the use of my name under the
caption "Legal Opinions" in the Registration Statement and in the Prospectus and
any form of Prospectus Supplement. In giving such consent I do not thereby
concede that I am within the category of persons whose consent is required under
Section 7 of the Securities Act or the rules and regulations promulgated
thereunder.
 
                                          Very truly yours,
 
                                                   /s/ BYRON L. WADE
                                          --------------------------------------
                                                      Byron L. Wade
                                           Vice President, Secretary and Deputy
                                                     General Counsel



<PAGE>   1
 
                                                                    EXHIBIT 23.1
 
                   CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS
 
     As independent public accountants, we hereby consent to the use of our
report (and to all references to our Firm) included in or made a part of this
registration statement.
 
                                            ARTHUR ANDERSEN LLP
 
Houston, Texas
   
January 23, 1997
    





<PAGE>   1
 
                                                                    EXHIBIT 23.2
 
   
     We hereby consent to (i) any references to our firm, or (ii) any references
to advice rendered by our firm and contained in the Amendment No. 1 to the
Registration Statement on Form S-3 of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation.
    
 
                                            WHARTON LEVIN EHRMANTRAUT
                                              KLEIN & NASH, P.A.
 
   
January 23, 1997
    





<PAGE>   1
 
                                                                    EXHIBIT 23.3
 
   
     With respect to the Amendment No. 1 to the Registration Statement on Form
S-3 relating to the shelf registration of certain equity securities filed by
Kaiser Aluminum Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the "Registration
Statement"), we hereby consent to the use of our name, and to references to
advice rendered by our firm, in the prospectus included in the Registration
Statement under the headings (i) Management's Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operation -- Liquidity and Capital
Resources -- Asbestos Contingencies; (ii) Note 8 of the Notes to Consolidated
Financial Statements; and (iii) Note 4 of the Notes to Interim Consolidated
Financial Statements.
    
 
                                        THELEN, MARRIN, JOHNSON & BRIDGES LLP
 
   
January 23, 1997