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AAM Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Detroit, Michigan, May 3, 2013-- American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AAM), which is traded as AXL on the NYSE, today reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2013.  

First Quarter 2013 Results

  • First quarter 2013 sales of $755.6 million 

  • Non-GM sales were $188.1 million  

  • Gross profit of $104.3 million, or 13.8% of sales  

  • Operating income of $44.7 million, or 5.9% of sales 

  • Net income of $7.3 million, or $0.10 per share 

  • AAM's quarterly results reflect the impact of $11.3 million (or $0.13 per share) of debt refinancing and redemption costs 

  • Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization excluding the impact of debt refinancing and redemption costs) of $86.6 million or approximately 11.5% of sales 

AAM's net income in the first quarter of 2013 was $7.3 million, or $0.10 per share as compared to net income of $51.2 million, or $0.68 per share, in the first quarter of 2012.  In the first quarter of 2013, AAM's results reflect the impact of $11.3 million (or $0.13 per share) of debt refinancing and redemption costs.

"AAM's financial results in the first quarter of 2013 reflect our commitment to deliver improved profitability and launch performance globally," said AAM's President and Chief Executive Officer, David C. Dauch.  "While we continue to take actions to improve our operating and financial performance, we remain focused on flawlessly launching several major programs in 2013.  These include products supporting GM's next-generation full-size pickup truck and SUV program, the RAM Heavy Duty pickup truck program, as well as AAM's EcoTracTM Disconnecting All Wheel Drive system." 

Dauch also stated, "In the first quarter of 2013, we took another step in improving AAM's balance sheet strength.  The debt refinancing activities successfully completed in the quarter were highlighted by the issuance of $400 million of 6.25% Senior Notes due 2021.  This supports AAM's future operational and financial flexibility, and improves our capital structure."  

Net sales in the first quarter of 2013 were approximately $755.6 million as compared to $751.5 million in the first quarter of 2012.   Sales in the first quarter of 2013 reflect the adverse impact of approximately $12.5 million related to the labor strike at General Motors' Rayong factory in Thailand.

Non-GM sales were $188.1 million in the first quarter of 2013 as compared to $193.6 million in the first quarter of 2012.

AAM's content-per-vehicle is measured by the dollar value of our products supporting our customers' North American light truck and SUV programs. In the first quarter of 2013, AAM's content-per-vehicle increased to $1,504 as compared to $1,475 in the first quarter of 2012.  

AAM's gross profit in the first quarter of 2013 was $104.3 million or 13.8% of sales as compared to $139.2 million or 18.5% of sales in the first quarter in 2012.  

AAM's SG&A spending in the first quarter of 2013 was $59.6 million, or 7.9% of sales, as compared to $61.8 million, or 8.2% of sales, in the first quarter of 2012.  AAM's R&D spending in the first quarter of 2013 was $28.5 million as compared to $30.1 million in the first quarter of 2012.

In the first quarter of 2013, AAM's operating income was $44.7 million or 5.9% of sales as compared to $77.4 million or 10.3% of sales in the first quarter of 2012.      

In the first quarter of 2013, AAM's net income was $7.3 million or $0.10 per share as compared to $51.2 million or $0.68 per share in the first quarter of 2012.    

AAM defines Adjusted EBITDA to be earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization excluding the impact of debt refinancing and redemption costs.  In the first quarter of 2013, AAM's Adjusted EBITDA was $86.6 million or 11.5% of sales.

AAM defines free cash flow to be net cash used in operating activities less capital expenditures net of proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment and the sale-leaseback of equipment.  

Net cash used in operating activities for the first quarter 2013 was $26.8 million.  Capital spending, net of proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment and the sale-leaseback of equipment, for the first quarter 2013 was $43.9 million.  Reflecting the impact of this activity, AAM's free cash flow was a use of $70.7 million in the first quarter 2013.  

A conference call to review AAM's first quarter 2013 results is scheduled today at 10:00 AM 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) 278-1452 from the United States or (973) 200-3383 from outside the United States.  A replay will be available from 5:00 p.m. ET on May 3, 2013 until 5:00 p.m. ET May 10, 2013 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 32371382.

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 information is reconciled to its closest GAAP measure in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission rules and is included in the attached supplemental data.

Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to both management and its stockholders 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.

AAM is a world leader in the manufacture, engineering, design and validation of driveline and drivetrain systems and related components and modules, chassis systems and metal-formed products for light trucks, sport utility vehicles, passenger cars, crossover vehicles and commercial vehicles.  In addition to locations in the United States (Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana), AAM also has offices or facilities in Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Poland, Scotland, South Korea, Sweden and Thailand.

In this earnings release, we make statements concerning our expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, strategies, and future events or performance. 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: global economic conditions, including the impact of the debt crisis in the Euro-zone; reduced purchases of our products by GM, Chrysler or other customers; reduced demand for our customers' products (particularly light trucks and SUVs produced by GM and Chrysler); 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; our ability to respond to changes in technology, increased competition or pricing pressures; 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; liabilities arising from warranty claims, product recall or field actions, product liability and legal proceedings to which we are or may become a party; our ability to achieve the level of cost reductions required to sustain global cost competitiveness; our ability to attract new customers and programs for new products; price volatility in, or reduced availability of, fuel; 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 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; risks inherent in our international operations (including adverse changes in political stability, taxes and other law changes, potential disruptions of production and supply, and currency rate fluctuations); availability of financing for working capital, capital expenditures, R&D or other general corporate purposes, including 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; 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); changes in liabilities arising from pension and other postretirement benefit obligations; our ability to attract and retain key associates; risks of noncompliance with environmental laws and regulations or risks of environmental issues that could result in unforeseen costs at our facilities; 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; our ability to consummate and integrate acquisitions and joint ventures; 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.

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For more information...

Christopher M. Son            
Director, Investor Relations,          
Corporate Communications and Marketing      
(313) 758-4814              
chris.son@aam.com

Liz Ventimiglia          
Manager, Investor Relations              
(313) 758-4635            
liz.ventimiglia@aam.com

Or visit the AAM website at www.aam.com.

AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited)

Three months ended
March 31,
2013 2012
(in millions, except per share data)
     
Net sales $                 755.6 $ 751.5
Cost of goods sold 651.3 612.3
Gross profit 104.3 139.2
Selling, general and administrative expenses 59.6 61.8
Operating income 44.7 77.4
Interest expense (29.1) (24.0)
Investment income 0.1 0.3
Other income (expense)
Debt refinancing and redemption costs (11.3)   -
Other income (expense), net 0.5 (1.2)
Income before income taxes 4.9 52.5
Income tax expense (benefit) (2.4) 2.2
Net income 7.3 50.3
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests - 0.9
Net income attributable to AAM $ 7.3 $ 51.2
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.10 $ 0.68
Diluted shares outstanding 76.2 75.0

AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Unaudited)

Three months ended
March 31,
2013 2012
(in millions)
Net income $   7.3 $ 50.3
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax
Defined benefit plans (1.1) (14.0)
Foreign currency translation adjustments 4.9 10.7
Change in derivatives 0.5 5.6
Other comprehensive income 4.3 2.3
Comprehensive income 11.6 52.6
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests - 0.9
Foreign currency translation adjustments attributable to noncontrolling interests - 0.2
Comprehensive income attributable to AAM $ 11.6 $ 53.3

AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)

March 31,
2013
December 31,
2012
(in millions)
ASSETS
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $             100.8 $   62.4
Accounts receivable, net 535.3 463.4
Inventories, net 240.6 224.3
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 128.4 122.0
Total current assets 1,005.1 872.1
Property, plant and equipment, net 1,043.5 1,009.7
Deferred income taxes 365.6 366.1
Goodwill 156.4 156.4
GM postretirement cost sharing asset 253.8 259.7
Other assets and deferred charges 205.2 202.0
Total assets $ 3,029.6 $ 2,866.0
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT
Liabilities and Stockholders' Deficit
Accounts payable $   454.6 $      396.1
Accrued compensation and benefits 83.9 84.9
Deferred revenue 16.0 17.2
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 96.6 102.6
Total current liabilities 651.1 600.8
Long-term debt 1,570.2 1,454.1
Deferred revenue 78.4 82.2
Postretirement benefits and other long-term liabilities 837.8 849.7
Total liabilities 3,137.5 2,986.8
Total stockholders' deficit (107.9) (120.8)
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit $ 3,029.6 $ 2,866.0

AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited) 

Three months ended
March 31,
2013 2012
(in millions)
Operating activities
Net income $ 7.3 $ 50.3
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities
Depreciation and amortization 41.3 36.7
Other (75.4) (158.5)
Net cash used in operating activities (26.8) (71.5)
Investing Activities
Purchases of property, plant & equipment (47.9) (44.5)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant & equipment 0.1 0.9
Proceeds from sale-leaseback of equipment 3.9 -
Net cash used in investing activities (43.9) (43.6)
Financing Activities
Net increase in long-term debt 114.7 66.8
Debt issuance costs (6.2) -
Purchase of noncontrolling interest - (4.0)
Employee stock option exercises - 0.1
Purchase of treasury stock - (5.9)
Net cash provided by financing activities 108.5 57.0
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 0.6 1.7
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 38.4 (56.4)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 62.4 169.2
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 100.8 $ 112.8

AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING HOLDINGS, INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL DATA
(Unaudited)

The supplemental data presented below is a reconciliation of certain financial measures which is intended to facilitate analysis of American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. business and operating performance.
Earnings before interest expense, income taxes and depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) and adjusted EBITDA(a)  

Three Months Ended March 31,
2013 2012
(in millions)
Net income attributable to AAM $ 7.3 $ 51.2
Interest expense 29.1 24.0
Income tax expense (benefit) (2.4) 2.2
Depreciation and amortization 41.3 36.7
EBITDA 75.3 114.1
Debt refinancing and redemption costs 11.3 -
Other special charges, curtailment gains and restructuring costs(e) - (5.3)
ADJUSTED EBITDA $ 86.6 $ 108.8

Net debt(b) to capital

March 31, 2013 December 31, 2012
(in millions, except percentages)
Total debt $   1,570.2 $   1,454.1
Less: cash and cash equivalents 100.8 62.4
Net debt at end of period 1,469.4 1,391.7
Stockholders' deficit (107.9) (120.8)
Total invested capital at end of period $ 1,361.5 $ 1,270.9
Net debt to capital(c)        107.9% 109.5%

AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING HOLDINGS, INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL DATA
(Unaudited)

The supplemental data presented below is a reconciliation of certain financial measures which is intended to facilitate analysis of American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. business and operating performance.

Free Cash Flow(d)

Three Months Ended March 31,
2013 2012
(in millions)
Net cash used in operating activities $ (26.8) $ (71.5)
Less: Purchases of property, plant & equipment, net of proceeds from sale of property, plant & equipment and sale-leaseback of equipment (43.9) (43.6)
Free cash flow $ (70.7) $    (115.1)

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  1. We define EBITDA to be earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.  Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA excluding the impact of curtailment gains, restructuring costs and special charges related to the closure of the Detroit Manufacturing Complex and Cheektowaga Manufacturing Facility, and debt refinancing and redemption costs, to the extent applicable.  We believe that EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are meaningful measures of performance as they are commonly utilized by management and investors to analyze operating performance and entity valuation.  Our management, the investment community and the banking institutions routinely use EBITDA, together with other measures, to measure our operating performance relative to other Tier 1 automotive suppliers.  EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as income from operations, net income or cash flow from operating activities as determined under GAAP.  Other companies may calculate EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA differently.   

  1. Net debt is equal to total debt less cash and cash equivalents.    

  1. Net debt to capital is equal to net debt divided by the sum of stockholders' deficit and net debt.  We believe that net debt to capital is a meaningful measure of financial condition as it is commonly utilized by management, investors and creditors to assess relative capital structure risk.  Other companies may calculate net debt to capital differently. 

  1. We define free cash flow as net cash used in operating activities less capital expenditures  net of proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment and the sale-leaseback of equipment.  For purposes of calculating free cash flow, AAM excludes the impact of purchase buyouts of leased equipment, if any.  We believe free cash flow is a meaningful measure as it is commonly utilized by management and investors to assess our ability to generate cash flow from business operations to repay debt and return capital to our stockholders.  Free cash flow is also a key metric used in our calculation of incentive compensation.  Other companies may calculate free cash flow differently. 

  1. Special charges, curtailment gains and restructuring costs for the three months ended March 31, 2012 reflect the favorable impact of postretirement benefit curtailment gains of $21.8 million (or $0.29 per share); these gains were partially offset by special charges and restructuring costs of $16.5 million (or $0.22 per share), primarily related to the closure of our Detroit Manufacturing Complex and Cheektowaga Manufacturing Facility. 


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AAM to Webcast and Teleconference First Quarter 2013 Financial Results on May 3, 2013

Detroit, Michigan, April 12, 2013 - American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AAM), which is traded as AXL on the NYSE, will hold a briefing with institutional investors and security analysts, news media representatives and other interested parties at 10:00 a.m. ET on Friday, May 3, 2013.  AAM will discuss its First Quarter 2013 financial results as well as other matters.  This briefing may be accessed via conference call or webcast.

To participate by phone, please dial:  
(877) 278-1452 from the United States
(973) 200-3383 from outside the United States
Callers should ask to be connected to the American Axle & Manufacturing earnings conference call.

AAM will broadcast the briefing for the general public via a live audio webcast accessible through AAM's investor web site at http://investor.aam.com.  AAM will post its First Quarter 2013 financial results by 8:00 a.m. ET on Friday, May 3, 2013 in the News Releases section of AAM's website.  Posted data will include a copy of the press release discussing the results along with the financial statements.

A replay will be available from Noon ET on May 3, 2013 until 5:00 p.m. ET May 10, 2013.  To listen to the replay please dial:
(855) 859-2056 from the United States
(404) 537-3406 from outside the United States
When prompted, callers should enter conference reservation number 32371382.

The briefing audio will also be archived in the investor's section of the AAM website for one year.

AAM is a world leader in the manufacture, engineering, design and validation of driveline and drivetrain systems and related components and modules, chassis systems and metal-formed products for light trucks, sport utility vehicles, passenger cars, crossover vehicles and commercial vehicles.  In addition to locations in the United States (Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana), AAM also has offices or facilities in Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Poland, Scotland, South Korea, Sweden and Thailand.

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For more information...

Christopher M. Son                                               
Director Investor Relations,               
Corporate Communications & Marketing               
(313) 758-4814                                                       
chris.son@aam.com

Or visit the AAM website at www.aam.com.


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