Altra Industrial Motion
Aug 3, 2009

Altra Holdings Announces Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2009

BRAINTREE, Mass., Aug 3, 2009 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Altra Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:AIMC), a leading global supplier of clutch brakes, couplings, gearing, belted drives and power transmission components, today announced unaudited financial results for the second quarter of 2009.

Financial Highlights



 * Operating cash flow for the second quarter increased by $4.6 million
   to $16.2 million from $11.6 million in the 2009 first quarter.

 * Quarterly net sales decreased 33.4% year-over-year to $111.9
   million, which includes the adverse impact from foreign exchange
   of approximately 500 bps.

 * Recurring diluted EPS from continuing operations was $0.01 for the
   second quarter compared with $0.39 in the prior-year quarter.

 * Recurring diluted EPS was unfavorably impacted by foreign exchange
   losses of $0.04 per share; impact of lost absorption due to
   inventory reduction of more than $10.0 million during the second
   quarter of 2009 is estimated to be $0.02. Excluding these items,
   recurring diluted EPS for the quarter was $0.07.

 * Reduced debt by nearly $15 million.

 * Cost reduction and facility consolidation initiatives exceeding
   plans

 * Lowering financial guidance for 2009

Comments on the Second Quarter

"We executed well in our efforts to generate cash during the second quarter," said Carl Christenson, President and CEO. "In fact, free cash flow in the first half of the year was $24 million, which is very close to the low end of our 2009 full year goal of $25 to $35 million."

"Aggressive inventory reduction efforts to generate cash led to lower manufactured volumes, resulting in lower absorption of fixed costs at our factories. In addition, foreign exchange losses due to a stronger British Pound Sterling unfavorably impacted second quarter profitability. On the positive side we accelerated our cost reduction actions and began to see the results of these actions in the second quarter."

"The second quarter was challenging from a top-line perspective," said Christenson. "The end markets we serve are both soft and uncertain, with customers across virtually all of our end markets continuing to reduce inventories."

"We reduced inventories by more than $10.0 million during the second quarter and reduced selling, general and administrative expenses by nearly 25% on a year-over-year basis," continued Christenson. "The result of these efforts was that our operating cash flow for the quarter was an impressive $16.2 million and now totals $27.8 million for the first six months of 2009. This enabled us to strengthen our balance sheet by repurchasing the remaining $5.0 million of our outstanding 111/4% notes and retire $8.3 million of our outstanding 9% notes during the quarter."

Financial Results

Net sales for the second quarter of 2009 decreased 33.4% to $111.9 million from $167.9 million in the second quarter of 2008. Net sales for the six months ended June 27, 2009 decreased 28.6% to $236.4 million from $331.1 million for the first six months of 2008.

Operating income for the second quarter of 2009 decreased 75.0% to $5.5 million from $22.0 million in the second quarter of 2008. Excluding restructuring charges, operating income for the second quarter of 2009 was $8.0 million, or 7.2% of sales. Operating income for the first six months of 2009 decreased 67.1% to $14.0 million from $42.6 million in the same period of 2008. Excluding restructuring charges, OPEB curtailment gain and inventory adjustments due to the economic downturn, operating income for the first six months of 2009 was $19.1 million, or 8.1% of sales.

Reported net loss for the second quarter was $1.8 million, or $0.07 per share, compared with net income of $9.9 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2008. Reported net loss for the six-month period of 2009 was $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared with net income of $18.4 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, for the same period a year ago.

Recurring diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2009 was $0.01 per diluted share, down from $0.39 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2008. Recurring diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the first half of 2009 was $0.13 per diluted share compared with $0.76 per diluted share in the first half of 2008.

Business Outlook

"The global economic downturn continues to have a negative effect on our end markets," said Christenson. "In early June we began to see many of our customers accelerate their destocking and inventory liquidation efforts. Because we believe that this will negatively affect our third-quarter performance, we are reducing our guidance for the full year. At the same time, our cost-reduction initiative has exceeded our initial estimates of $40 million and we now expect to realize $60 million in savings. We believe these additional savings will partially offset the effect of lower sales volumes. In addition, after a very weak bookings month in June, we have seen a distinct uptick in orders in July. While this gives us some reason for optimism, we remain cautious about the outlook for near-term demand. When the market does rebound, we should quickly see an impact on our sales since a significant portion of our business is short-cycle."

"As we proceed through 2009, we will continue to focus on generating cash and decreasing our borrowing levels. We now expect to report free cash flow in the range of $35 to $40 million for the year," concluded Christenson.

For 2009, the Company now anticipates net sales to be in the range of $435 million to $450 million and recurring diluted earnings per share in the range of $0.15 to $0.25. Altra Holdings expects capital expenditures in the range of $6.0 million to $8.0 million, and depreciation and amortization in the range of $21.5 million to $22.5 million. The Company no longer provides guidance relative to the tax rate.



                       Altra Holdings, Inc.



 Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss) Data:
 In Thousands of Dollars, except per share amounts

                               (Unaudited)            (Unaudited)
                            --------------------  --------------------
                               Quarter Ended       Year to Date Period
                                                         Ended
                            June 27,    June 28,   June 27,   June 28,
                              2009       2008       2009       2008
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Net sales                  $ 111,877  $ 167,893  $ 236,417  $ 331,075
 Cost of sales                 82,419    117,506    174,756    232,890
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Gross profit              $  29,458  $  50,387  $  61,661  $  98,185
  Gross profit as a percent
  of net sales                  26.3%      30.0%      26.1%      29.7%
 Selling, general &
  administrative expenses      19,938     26,448     41,681     51,161
 Research and development
  expenses                      1,494      1,766      3,061      3,497
 Other post employment
  benefit plan settlement
  gain                             --       (169)    (1,467)      (169)
 Restructuring expense          2,482        335      4,354      1,068
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Income from operations    $   5,544  $  22,007  $  14,032  $  42,628
  Income from operations as
   a percent of net sales        5.0%      13.1%       5.9%      12.9%
 Interest expense, net          6,240      7,713     12,589     15,154
 Other non-operating expense
  (income), net                 1,781       (853)     1,619     (1,479)
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Income (loss) from
   continuing operations
   before income taxes      $  (2,477) $  15,147  $    (176) $  28,953
 Provision (Benefit) for
  income taxes                   (711)     5,278        172     10,127
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Income tax rate                28.7%      34.8%     -97.7%      35.0%
  Net income (loss) from
   continuing operations       (1,766)     9,869       (348)    18,826
 Net loss from discontinued
  operations, net of taxes
  of $124                          --         --         --       (397)
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Net income (loss)         $  (1,766) $   9,869  $    (348) $  18,429
                            =========  =========  =========  =========

 Weighted Average common
  shares outstanding
  Basic                        25,931     25,476     25,911     25,474
  Diluted                      25,931     26,121     25,911     26,120

 Earnings (loss) per share
  - Basic
  Net income (loss) from
   continuing operations    $   (0.07) $    0.39  $   (0.01) $    0.74
  Net loss from discontinued
  operations                       --         --         --      (0.02)
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
   Net income (loss)        $   (0.07) $    0.39  $   (0.01) $    0.72

 Earnings (loss) per share
  - Diluted
  Net income (loss) from
   continuing operations    $   (0.07) $    0.38  $   (0.01) $    0.72
  Net loss from discontinued
   operations                      --         --         --      (0.01)
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
   Net income (loss)        $   (0.07) $    0.38  $   (0.01) $    0.71

 Reconciliation of Recurring
  Net Income:

  Net income (loss) from
   continuing operations    $  (1,766) $   9,869  $    (348) $  18,826

  Restructuring charges,
   net of tax                   1,770        218      2,923        694

  Inventory adjustment due
   to economic downturn,
   net of tax                      --         --      1,364         --
  Net discount/premium &
   deferred financing
   expense on redeemed debt,
   net of tax                      66        432         66        606
  Other post employment
   benefit plan settlement
   gain, net of tax                --       (110)      (904)      (110)
  Gain on the sale of
   securities, net of tax          --       (141)        --       (140)
  Loss on the sale of asset,
   net of tax                     160         --        160         --
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
   Recurring net income     $     230  $  10,268  $   3,261  $  19,876
                            =========  =========  =========  =========


 Recurring diluted earnings
  per share                 $    0.01  $    0.39  $    0.13  $    0.76
                            =========  =========  =========  =========





 Consolidated Balance Sheets                   (Unaudited)
 In Thousands of Dollars                          June 27,     Dec. 31,
                                                    2009         2008

 Assets:
  Current Assets

   Cash and cash equivalents                       63,644       52,073
   Trade Receivables, net                          62,267       68,803
   Inventories, net                                79,387       98,410
   Deferred income taxes                            7,704        8,032
   Prepaid expenses and other                       8,212        6,514
   Assets held for sale                                --        4,676
                                                ---------    ---------
 Total current assets                             221,214      238,508
   Property, plant and equipment, net             109,897      110,220
   Intangible assets, net                          77,905       79,339
   Goodwill                                        78,518       77,497
   Deferred income taxes                              463          495
   Other assets                                     6,771        7,525
                                                ---------    ---------
 Total assets                                   $ 494,768    $ 513,584
                                                =========    =========

 Liabilities and stockholders' equity
  Current liabilities

   Accounts payable                                24,466       33,890
   Accrued payroll                                 12,842       16,775
   Accruals and other liabilities                  19,369       18,755
   Deferred income taxes                            6,906        6,906
   Current portion of long-term debt                1,053        3,391
                                                ---------    ---------
 Total current liabilities                         64,636       79,717
   Long-term debt, less current portion and net
   of unaccreted discount and premium             246,308      258,132
   Deferred income taxes                           22,945       23,336
   Pension liabilities                             11,546       11,854
   Other post retirement benefits                     322        2,270
   Long-term taxes payable                          8,283        7,976
   Other long-term liabilities                      2,369        1,434
                                                ---------    ---------
 Total stockholders' equity                       138,359      128,865
                                                ---------    ---------
 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity     $ 494,768    $ 513,584
                                                =========    =========


 Other Financial Data:

                                             Year to Date period Ended
                                                June 27,     June 28,
                                                  2009         2008
                                                ---------    ---------
   Depreciation & amortization                  $  10,922    $  10,935
   Capital expenditures                             3,783        7,641
   Cash flows provided by operating activities     27,807        6,617
   Cash flows provided by (used in) investing
    activities                                     (3,783)       9,569
   Cash flows used in financing activities        (14,752)     (18,831)

The company will conduct an investor conference call on August 4, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. EDT to discuss its unaudited second-quarter 2009 financial results. The public is invited to listen to the conference call by dialing 877-302-0756 domestically or 502-719-4487 for international access, and asking to participate in Conference ID# ALTRA. Also the company has posted slides on its web site at http://www.altramotion.com in the Investor Relations Section in the Events & Presentations tab to help the participants better follow the discussion. A replay of the recorded conference call will be available until midnight on August 11, 2009. To listen to the replay, dial 800-752-3416 domestically or 712-432-9141 for international access.

Altra Holdings, Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiary Altra Industrial Motion, Inc., is a leading multinational designer, producer and marketer of a wide range of mechanical power transmission products. The company brings together strong brands covering over 40 product lines with production facilities in eight countries and sales coverage in over 70 countries. Our leading brands include Boston Gear, Warner Electric, TB Wood's, Formsprag Clutch, Ameridrives Couplings, Industrial Clutch, Kilian Manufacturing, Marland Clutch, Nuttall Gear, Stieber Clutch, Wichita Clutch, Twiflex Limited, Bibby Transmissions, Matrix International, Inertia Dynamics, Huco Dynatork and Warner Linear.

The Altra Holdings, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=4038

Discussion of Non-GAAP Measures

As used in this news release and the accompanying slides posted on the company's website, non-GAAP recurring diluted earnings per share, non-GAAP recurring income from operations and non-GAAP recurring net income are each calculated using either net income from continuing operations or income from continuing operations that excludes premiums, discounts and interest expense associated with the extinguishment of debt, other post employment benefit plan settlement gains, restructuring costs, inventory adjustments due to the economic downturn and other income or charges that management does not consider to be directly related to the company's core operating performance. Non-GAAP recurring diluted earnings per share is calculated by dividing non-GAAP recurring net income by GAAP weighted average shares outstanding (diluted).

As used in this news release and the accompanying slides posted on the company's website, non-GAAP free cash flow is calculated as cash flow from operations less capital expenditures.

Altra believes that the presentation of non-GAAP recurring net income, non-GAAP recurring income from operations, non-GAAP recurring diluted earnings per share and free cash flow provides important supplemental information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to the company's financial condition and results of operations.

Forward Looking Statements

All statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this release are forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based on financial data, market assumptions and business plans available only as of the time the statements are made, which may become out of date or incomplete. Forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain, and investors must recognize that events could differ significantly from our expectations.

In addition to the risks and uncertainties noted in this release, there are certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made. These include: (1) competitive pressures, (2) changes in economic conditions in the U.S. and abroad and the cyclical nature of our markets, (3) loss of distributors, (4) the ability to develop new products and respond to customer needs, (5) risks associated with international operations, including currency risks, (6) accuracy of estimated forecasts of OEM customers and the impact of the current global economic environment on our customers, (7) fluctuations in the costs of raw materials used in our products, (8) product liability claims, (9) work stoppages and other labor issues, (10) changes in employment, environmental, tax and other laws and changes in the enforcement of laws, (11) loss of key management and other personnel, (12) changes in pension and retirement liabilities, (13) the ability to achieve business plans, including with respect to an uncertain economic environment, (14) the ability to successfully execute, manage and integrate key acquisitions and mergers, (15) failure to obtain or protect intellectual property rights, (16) risks associated with impairment of goodwill or intangibles assets, (17) failure of operating equipment or information technology infrastructure, (18) risks associated with our debt leverage and operating covenants under our debt instruments, (19) risks associated with the global recession and volatility and disruption in the global financial markets, (20) our ability to complete cost reduction actions and risks associated with such actions, and (21) other risks, uncertainties and other factors described in the Company's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and annual reports on Form 10-K and in the Company's other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or in materials incorporated therein by reference. Altra Holdings, Inc. is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Altra Holdings, Inc.
Christian Storch, Chief Financial Officer
781-917-0541
Christian.storch@altramotion.com

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