Excluding the impact of metal price lag in both quarters, Adjusted EBITDA was $238 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, up four percent compared to $228 million in the prior year. The increase was driven by higher shipments of automotive and beverage can sheet, partially offset by less favorable recycling benefits due to depressed aluminum prices as compared to the prior year. Current year results also reflect higher fixed costs associated with new automotive and recycling operations.
Shipments of rolled aluminum products grew three percent to 779 kilotonnes in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, as compared to 757 kilotonnes reported in the prior year period. Despite higher shipments, revenues decreased 17 percent to $2.4 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 driven by significantly lower average aluminum prices and local market premiums.
While average local market metal premiums stabilized during the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the company reported negative metal price lag of $26 million as it continued to turn higher average metal cost inventory from previous months. Although the company uses derivatives contracts to minimize the price lag associated with LME base aluminum prices, adequate cost-effective hedges are not available for local market premiums. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 including metal price lag was $212 million.
The company reported negative $12 million of free cash flow in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 as compared to negative $12 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Capital expenditures totaled $78 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, down from $104 million reported in the prior year period. The company continues to expect positive free cash flow for the full fiscal year and capital expenditures slightly below $400 million in fiscal 2016.