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Published on May 5, 2017

AAM Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

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American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AAM), (NYSE: AXL) today reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2017. In addition, AAM provided an updated 2017 financial outlook and 2017 - 2019 new and incremental business backlog to reflect the inclusion of recent acquisition activity.

DETROIT, May 5, 2017 -- American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AAM), (NYSE: AXL) today reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2017. In addition, AAM provided an updated 2017 financial outlook and 2017 - 2019 new and incremental business backlog to reflect the inclusion of recent acquisition activity.

First Quarter 2017 Results

  • First quarter sales of $1.05 billion
  • Gross profit of $210.7 million, or 20.1% of sales
  • Net income of $78.4 million, or 7.5% of sales
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.99
  • Net cash provided by operating activities of $62.3 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $183.6 million, or 17.5% of sales
  • Adjusted earnings per share of $1.03
  • Adjusted free cash flow of $60.5 million

AAM’s net income in the first quarter of 2017 was $78.4 million, or $0.99 per share, as compared to net income of $61.1 million, or $0.78 per share, in the first quarter of 2016.

AAM defines Adjusted earnings per share to be diluted earnings per share excluding the impact of restructuring and acquisition-related costs and non-recurring items, including the tax effect thereon.  Adjusted earnings per share in the first quarter of 2017 was $1.03 compared to $0.78 in the first quarter of 2016.

AAM's sales in the first quarter of 2017 were $1.05 billion as compared to $0.97 billion in the first quarter of 2016.  Non-GM sales increased to a record $347.1 million in the first quarter of 2017 as compared to $323.2 million in the first quarter of 2016.

AAM's content-per-vehicle is measured by the dollar value of its product sales supporting our customers’ North American light truck and SUV programs.  In the first quarter of 2017, AAM’s content-per-vehicle was $1,630 as compared to $1,611 in the first quarter of 2016. 

AAM’s gross profit in the first quarter of 2017 increased $36.7 million to $210.7 million, or 20.1% of sales, as compared to $174.0 million, or 18.0% of sales, in the first quarter of 2016.

AAM’s SG&A spending in the first quarter of 2017 was $82.8 million, or 7.9% of sales, as compared to $75.6 million, or 7.8% of sales, in the first quarter of 2016.  AAM's R&D spending in the first quarter of 2017 was $41.0 million as compared to $30.9 million in the first quarter of 2016.

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.  Excluding the impact of $16.0 million of restructuring and acquisition-related costs, Adjusted EBITDA was $183.6 million, or 17.5% of sales, as compared to $149.8 million, or 15.5% of sales, in the first quarter of 2016.

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 and settlements of pre-existing accounts payable balances with acquired entities.

Net cash provided by operating activities for the first quarter of 2017 was $62.3 million.  Capital spending, net of proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment, for the first quarter of 2017 was $34.1 million.  Cash payments for restructuring and acquisition-related costs and the settlement of pre-existing accounts payable balances with acquired entities were $32.3 million for the first quarter of 2017. Reflecting the impact of this activity, AAM's Adjusted free cash flow for the first quarter of 2017 was $60.5 million.

AAM's Full Year 2017 Updated Financial Outlook

AAM's full year 2017 financial outlook has been updated to include the impact of the Metaldyne Performance Group Inc. (MPG) acquisition, reflecting the expected financial performance of the acquired entity from April 6, 2017 to December 31, 2017.

  • AAM is targeting sales of approximately $6.1 billion in 2017, which excludes MPG sales for the period between January 1, 2017 and April 5, 2017.  This sales projection is based on the anticipated launch schedule of programs in AAM’s new and incremental business backlog and the assumption that U.S. Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate of sales (“SAAR”) will be approximately 17.5 million light vehicle units in 2017.
  • AAM is targeting an Adjusted EBITDA margin in the range of 17% to 18% of sales in 2017.
  • AAM is targeting Adjusted free cash flow of approximately 5% of sales in 2017.
  • AAM is targeting full year capital spending of approximately 8% of sales in 2017.
  • We expect to incur significant costs and payments related to restructuring and acquisition-related activities as well as significant purchase price adjustments and related effects on the income statement during 2017. The impact of these has been excluded from our Adjusted EBITDA margin and Adjusted free cash flow targets.

Pro Forma New and Incremental Business Backlog

The pro forma new and incremental business backlog for the period 2017 - 2019 includes MPG's new and incremental business backlog, including the impact of the full year 2017.

  • AAM estimates the pro forma gross new and incremental business backlog to be approximately $1.5 billion for the three year period of 2017 - 2019.
  • AAM assumes US SAAR to be approximately 17.5 million light vehicle units over each of the three years in the backlog period. AAM also assumes a moderate recovery in the commercial vehicle and industrial markets during this time period.
  • AAM's expects annual normal business attrition to be between $100 million and $200 million each year during the three year period of 2017 - 2019.
  • In the first quarter of 2017, MPG completed the exit of the KBI wheel bearing business.  The estimated impact of this exit on pro forma 2017 sales is a reduction of approximately $105 million.
  • As disclosed on January 11, 2017, AAM estimates the sourcing impact of GM's next generation full-size truck program to be a reduction of sales of approximately $175 million in 2018 and an additional reduction of sales of approximately $275 million in 2019, with the remaining impact in 2020.

The chart below shows the expected significant changes in sales from 2016 to 2017, beginning with pro forma 2016 sales of AAM and MPG through AAM's estimated 2017 consolidated sales.

1Q 2017 Results

First Quarter 2017 Conference Call

A conference call to review AAM’s first quarter 2017 results, updated full year 2017 financial outlook and related matters 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 (855) 681-2072 from the United States or (973) 200-3383 from outside the United States.  A replay will be available from 1:00 p.m. ET on May 5, 2017 until 11:59 p.m. ET May 12, 2017 by dialing (855) 859-2056 from the United States or (404) 537-3406 from outside the United States.  When prompted, callers should enter conference reservation number 87956022.

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 financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP is not practical given the difficulty of projecting event driven transactional and other non-core operating items, as well as purchase price adjustments and their related effects in any future period. The magnitude of these items, however, 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 is a premier, global leader in design, engineering, validation and manufacturing of driveline, metal forming, powertrain, and casting technologies for automotive, commercial and industrial markets.

Headquartered in Detroit, AAM has over 25,000 associates operating at more than 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 www.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; reduced demand for our customers' products (particularly light trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) produced by GM and FCA); our ability to develop and produce new products that reflect market demand; lower-than-anticipated market acceptance of new or existing products; our ability to respond to changes in technology, increased competition or pricing pressures; our ability to attract new customers and programs for new products; our ability to successfully integrate the business and information systems of Metaldyne Performance Group, Inc. (MPG) and to realize the anticipated benefits of the merger; potential liabilities or litigation relating to the MPG merger; risks inherent in our international operations (including adverse changes in trade agreements, tariffs, immigration policies, political stability, taxes and other law changes, potential disruptions of production and supply, and currency rate fluctuations, including those resulting from the United States presidential election and the United Kingdom's vote to exit the European Union); negative or unexpected tax consequences; risks related to disruptions to ongoing business operations as a result of the merger with MPG, including disruptions to management time; 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; our ability to achieve the level of cost reductions required to sustain global cost competitiveness; supply shortages or price increases in raw materials, utilities or other operating supplies for us or our customers as a result of natural disasters or otherwise; our ability or our customers' and suppliers' ability to successfully launch new product programs on a timely basis; our ability to realize the expected revenues from our new and incremental business backlog; 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; global economic conditions; a significant disruption in operations at one of our key manufacturing facilities; our ability to maintain satisfactory labor relations and avoid work stoppages; our suppliers', our customers' and their suppliers' ability to maintain satisfactory labor relations and avoid work stoppages; price volatility in, or reduced availability of, fuel; 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 facilities or reputational damage; adverse changes in laws, government regulations or market conditions affecting our products or our customers' products (such as the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations); our ability or our customers' and suppliers' ability to comply with the Dodd-Frank Act and other 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.


For more information:

MEDIA

Christopher Son

Executive Director, Marketing & Corporate Communications

+1 (313) 758-4814

CorporateCommunications@aam.com

INVESTOR RELATIONS

Jason Parsons

Director, Investor Relations

+1 (313) 758-2404

InvestorRelations@aam.com
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