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11/01/19

AAM Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

DETROIT, November 1, 2019 -- American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AAM), (NYSE: AXL) today reported its financial results for the third quarter 2019 and updated its full year financial outlook.

Third Quarter 2019 Results

  • Sales of $1.68 billion
  • Net loss attributable to AAM of $124.2 million, or (7.4)% of sales, which includes the impact of a pre-tax impairment charge related the announced sale of our U.S. iron casting operations of $225.0 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $265.8 million, or 15.8% of sales
  • Diluted loss per share of $1.10; Adjusted earnings per share of $0.58
  • Net cash provided by operating activities of $241.7 million; Adjusted free cash flow of $160.5 million
  • AAM's third quarter financial results were unfavorably impacted by a work stoppage at our largest customer (GM work stoppage) that began on September 15, 2019.

“AAM's financial results in the third quarter of 2019 reflect solid operating performance despite lower than expected production volumes resulting from the GM work stoppage,” said AAM’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, David C. Dauch. “The strong free cash flow generated during the quarter, along with the announced sale of our U.S. iron casting operations, position us to continue to deliver on our commitment to reduce debt and strengthen our financial profile."

AAM's sales in the third quarter of 2019 were $1.68 billion as compared to $1.82 billion in the third quarter of 2018.  AAM estimates that our sales in the third quarter of 2019 were unfavorably impacted by the GM work stoppage by approximately $57 million.

AAM's net loss in the third quarter of 2019 was $124.2 million, or $1.10 per share, as compared to net income of $63.8 million, or $0.55 per share in the third quarter of 2018.

AAM defines Adjusted earnings per share to be diluted earnings per share excluding the impact of restructuring and acquisition-related costs, debt refinancing and redemption costs, gain on sale of business, impairment charges and non-recurring items, including the tax effect thereon.  Adjusted earnings per share in the third quarter of 2019 were $0.58 compared to $0.63 in the third quarter of 2018.

AAM estimates that our net loss in the third quarter of 2019 was unfavorably impacted by the GM work stoppage by approximately $14 million, or $0.12 per share.

AAM defines EBITDA to be earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA excluding the impact of restructuring and acquisition-related costs, debt refinancing and redemption costs, gain on sale of business, impairment charges and non-recurring items.  In the third quarter of 2019, Adjusted EBITDA was $265.8 million, or 15.8% of sales, as compared to $275.0 million, or 15.1% of sales, in the third quarter of 2018.  AAM estimates that our Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2019 was unfavorably impacted by the GM work stoppage by approximately $18 million.

AAM's net cash provided by operating activities for the third quarter of 2019 was $241.7 million.

AAM defines free cash flow to be net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures net of proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment. Adjusted free cash flow is defined as free cash flow excluding the impact of cash payments for restructuring and acquisition-related costs.  AAM's Adjusted free cash flow for the third quarter of 2019 was $160.5 million.

AAM's 2019 Financial Outlook

AAM has revised its 2019 financial targets to reflect the expected impact of the GM work stoppage on our full year sales, which we estimate to be approximately $250 million. These targets also reflect the impact of lower metal market passthroughs and foreign currency translation of approximately $50 million and assume a full year of financial results from our U.S. iron casting operations.

AAM's revised full year 2019 financial targets are as follows:

  • AAM is targeting sales of approximately $6.6 billion.
  • AAM is targeting Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $950 - $975 million.
  • AAM is targeting Adjusted free cash flow of approximately $175 million.

Third Quarter 2019 Conference Call Information

A conference call to review AAM's third quarter 2019 results is scheduled today at 10:00 a.m. ET. Interested participants may listen to the live conference call by logging onto AAM's investor web site at http://investor.aam.com or calling (877) 883-0383 from the United States or (412) 902-6506 from outside the United States with access code 0766066. A replay will be available one hour after the call is complete until November 8, 2019 by dialing (877) 344-7529 from the United States or (412) 317-0088 from outside the United States. When prompted, callers should enter replay access code 10135307.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to the results reported in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) included within this press release, AAM has provided certain information, which includes non-GAAP financial measures such as Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted earnings per share and Adjusted free cash flow.  Such information is reconciled to its closest GAAP measure in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission rules and is included in the attached supplemental data.

Certain of the forward-looking financial measures included in this earnings release are provided on a non-GAAP basis. A reconciliation of non-GAAP forward-looking financial measures to the most directly comparable forward-looking financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP has been provided.  The amounts in these reconciliations are based on our current estimates and actual results may differ materially from these forward-looking estimates for many reasons, including potential event driven transactional and other non-core operating items and their related effects in any future period, the magnitude of which may be significant.

Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to management, investors, and banking institutions in their analysis of the Company's business and operating performance. Management also uses this information for operational planning and decision-making purposes.

Non-GAAP financial measures are not and should not be considered a substitute for any GAAP measure. Additionally, non-GAAP financial measures as presented by AAM may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Company Description

AAM (NYSE:AXL) delivers POWER that moves the world. As a leading global tier 1 automotive supplier, AAM designs, engineers and manufactures driveline, metal forming and casting technologies that are making the next generation of vehicles smarter, lighter, safer and more efficient. Headquartered in Detroit, AAM has over 25,000 associates operating at nearly 90 facilities in 17 countries to support our customers on global and regional platforms with a focus on quality, operational excellence and technology leadership.  To learn more, visit aam.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

In this earnings release, we make statements concerning our expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, strategies, and future events or performance. Such statements are “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and relate to trends and events that may affect our future financial position and operating results. The terms such as “will,” “may,” “could,” “would,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “project,” "target," and similar words or expressions, as well as statements in future tense, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time those statements are made and/or management’s good faith belief as of that time with respect to future events and are subject to risks and may differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to: reduced purchases of our products by General Motors Company (GM), FCA US LLC (FCA), or other customers; our ability to respond to changes in technology, increased competition or pricing pressures; our ability to develop and produce new products that reflect market demand; our ability or our customers' and suppliers' ability to successfully launch new product programs on a timely and cost efficient basis; lower-than-anticipated market acceptance of new or existing products; our ability to attract new customers and programs for new products; an impairment of our goodwill, other intangible assets, or long-lived assets if our business or market conditions indicate that the carrying values of those assets exceed their fair values; reduced demand for our customers' products (particularly light trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) produced by GM and FCA); risks inherent in our global operations (including tariffs and the potential consequences thereof to us, our suppliers, and our customers and their suppliers, adverse changes in trade agreements, such as NAFTA, or proposed trade agreements such as the USMCA, immigration policies, political stability, taxes and other law changes, potential disruptions of production and supply, and currency rate fluctuations); a significant disruption in operations at one or more of our key manufacturing facilities; our suppliers', our customers' and their suppliers' ability to maintain satisfactory labor relations and avoid work stoppages; global economic conditions; liabilities arising from warranty claims, product recall or field actions, product liability and legal proceedings to which we are or may become a party, or the impact of product recall or field actions on our customers; risks related to a failure of our information technology systems and networks, and risks associated with current and emerging technology threats and damage from computer viruses, unauthorized access, cyber attack and other similar disruptions; supply shortages or price increases in raw material and/or freight, utilities or other operating supplies for us or our customers as a result of natural disasters or otherwise; our ability to successfully integrate the business and information systems of MPG and to realize the anticipated benefits of the merger; negative or unexpected tax consequences; our ability to achieve the level of cost reductions required to sustain global cost competitiveness; our ability to realize the expected revenues from our new and incremental business backlog; our suppliers', our customers' and their suppliers' ability to maintain satisfactory labor relations and avoid work stoppages; our ability to maintain satisfactory labor relations and avoid work stoppages; price volatility in, or reduced availability of, fuel; potential liabilities or litigation relating to, or assumed in, the MPG merger; potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the completion of the merger with MPG; our ability to protect our intellectual property and successfully defend against assertions made against us; our ability to attract and retain key associates; availability of financing for working capital, capital expenditures, research and development (R&D) or other general corporate purposes including acquisitions, as well as our ability to comply with financial covenants; our customers' and suppliers' availability of financing for working capital, capital expenditures, R&D or other general corporate purposes; changes in liabilities arising from pension and other postretirement benefit obligations; risks of noncompliance with environmental laws and regulations or risks of environmental issues that could result in unforeseen costs at our current and former facilities, or reputational damage; adverse changes in laws, government regulations or market conditions affecting our products or our customers' products; our ability or our customers' and suppliers' ability to comply with regulatory requirements and the potential costs of such compliance; and other unanticipated events and conditions that may hinder our ability to compete. It is not possible to foresee or identify all such factors and we make no commitment to update any forward-looking statement or to disclose any facts, events or circumstances after the date hereof that may affect the accuracy of any forward-looking statement.

 

10/18/19

AAM to Webcast and Teleconference Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results on November 1

DETROIT, October 18, 2019 - American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AAM), (NYSE: AXL) will hold a conference call to discuss third quarter 2019 financial results and other related matters at 10:00 a.m. ET on Friday, November 1, 2019.  A press release announcing the results will be issued before the market opens on the same day and will be available at www.aam.com.

To participate by phone, please dial:

(877) 883-0383 from the United States
(412) 902-6506 from outside the United States

Callers should reference access code 0766066.

To participate by live audio webcast or listen to the briefing following the call, visit investor.aam.com.  A replay will be available one hour after the call is complete until November 8, 2019. To listen to the replay please dial:

(877) 344-7529 from the United States
(412) 317-0088 from outside the United States

When prompted, callers should enter replay access code 10135307. The audio replay will also be archived on AAM's website for one year.

About AAM:

AAM (NYSE:AXL) delivers POWER that moves the world. As a leading global tier 1 automotive supplier, AAM designs, engineers and manufactures driveline, metal forming and casting technologies that are making the next generation of vehicles smarter, lighter, safer and more efficient. Headquartered in Detroit, AAM has over 25,000 associates operating at nearly 90 facilities in 17 countries to support our customers on global and regional platforms with a focus on quality, operational excellence and technology leadership.  To learn more, visit aam.com.

 

09/18/19

AAM Announces Sale Of U.S. Iron Casting Operations To Funds Managed By Gamut Capital Management

DETROIT, September 18, 2019 — American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AAM), (NYSE: AXL) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its U.S. iron casting operations (“Grede”) to funds managed by Gamut Capital Management (“Gamut”) for an aggregate purchase price of $245 million, subject to certain customary adjustments.

Across 10 manufacturing facilities, Grede develops, manufactures, assembles and supplies ductile, gray, and specialty iron castings and machined components for automotive, commercial vehicle and industrial markets.  For the full year 2018, Grede generated $781 million in sales ($741 million excluding intercompany transactions).

“The sale of Grede will enable us to streamline our business, accelerate our debt reduction initiatives and enhance our margin profile,” said AAM’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, David C. Dauch.  “We will continue to optimize and invest in our highly-engineered product portfolio, focus on profitable growth opportunities including electrification, and further strengthen AAM’s value proposition to all key stakeholders.”

Jordan Zaken, Founding Partner of Gamut, said, “Grede is a market-leading supplier of high-performance, mission-critical castings with national scale, a blue-chip customer base and significant opportunities for growth. We are excited to partner with Grede and its dedicated employee base in its next chapter as an independent company focused on operational excellence and best-in-class delivery for its customers.”

AAM will retain its El Carmen, Mexico iron casting operations.  The El Carmen Manufacturing Facility will continue to provide significant vertical integration benefits to AAM, while also continuing to serve external customers in Mexico and other global markets.

The $245 million sale price will consist of $185 million in cash and a $60 million deferred payment obligation, subject to certain customary adjustments.  Net cash proceeds will primarily be used to repay outstanding indebtedness.  The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals. 

For more information, visit the investor page at www.aam.com for a supplemental investor presentation.

Forward-Looking Statements

This report may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, statements with respect to the transaction and the anticipated consequences and benefits of the transaction and other information relating to matters that are not historical facts.  These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these statements.  These risks and uncertainties include the receipt and timing of necessary regulatory approvals and the other factors detailed from time to time in the reports we file with the SEC, including those described under “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.  These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this communication.  We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

About AAM

AAM (NYSE:AXL) delivers POWER that moves the world. As a leading global tier 1 automotive supplier, AAM designs, engineers and manufactures driveline, metal forming and casting technologies that are making the next generation of vehicles smarter, lighter, safer and more efficient. Headquartered in Detroit, AAM has over 25,000 associates operating at nearly 90 facilities in 17 countries to support our customers on global and regional platforms with a focus on quality, operational excellence and technology leadership.  To learn more, visit aam.com.

About Gamut Capital Management

Gamut Capital Management is a New York-based private investment firm managing $1.2 billion in assets focused on the middle market. Gamut was founded in 2015 by Stan Parker and Jordan Zaken who have over 35 years of combined private equity investing experience. Gamut’s senior deal professionals have executed investments in over 30 companies in North America and Europe. To learn more, please visit www.gamutcapital.com.

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