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Altra Holdings Announces Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2009

May 04, 2009

BRAINTREE, Mass., May 4, 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 first quarter ended March 28, 2009.

Financial Highlights

  * Quarterly net sales declined approximately 24% year-over-year
    to $124.5 million.

  * GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations was $0.05. Recurring
    diluted EPS was $0.12 for the quarter compared with $0.37 in
    the prior-year quarter.

  * Cash balance increased by approximately 18% to $61.4 million as
    of March 28, 2009 from $52.1 million on December 31, 2008.

  * Cash flow from operations almost tripled to $11.6 million,
    compared with $3.9 million in the prior-year quarter.

  * Company on track to exceed $40 million in cost reductions
    in 2009.

  * Company reconfirms 2009 guidance

Executive Comments on the First Quarter

"Our quarterly results reflect the effect of the global recession and the favorable actions we have initiated to mitigate the impact of the lower volume on earnings," said Carl Christenson, President and CEO. "Weakness in customer order trends that began in the fourth quarter of 2008 continued through the first quarter across nearly all of our markets. This led to a 24% decline in organic sales, approximately 520 bps was related to the negative impact of foreign currency translation. In the face of this difficult business environment, we continue to focus on adjusting our cost structure, generating cash, and reducing our net-debt position."

"The actions we have taken to manage our working capital and to control capital spending are already evident in our healthy cash flow levels which led to a $9.3 million increase in our cash position," added Christenson. "We have implemented a series of workforce reductions, established a salary furlough, reduced executive compensation, launched a plant consolidation program and implemented a number of other cost reduction measures. We are extremely pleased with the result of these initiatives and expect to exceed our initial savings estimate of $40 million. These measures will become more fully reflected in our financial results as we move through 2009."

Financial Results

Net sales for the first quarter of 2009 decreased approximately 24% to $124.5 million from $163.2 million for the first quarter of 2008.

Operating income for the first quarter of 2009 decreased approximately 59% to $8.5 million from $20.6 million in the first quarter of 2008. On a non-GAAP basis, excluding $2.6 million related to restructuring costs, an OPEB (other post employment benefit) plan settlement gain and inventory adjustments due to the economic downturn, operating income for the first quarter of 2009 was $11.1 million, or approximately 9% of sales.

Reported net income for the first quarter was $1.4 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared with $8.6 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2008.

Recurring diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2009 declined to $0.12 per diluted share from $0.37 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2008.

Business Outlook

The company continues to forecast 2009 sales in the range of $460 million to $500 million and recurring diluted EPS in the range of $0.25 to $0.45 for the full year. The company expects capital expenditures in the range of $6 million to $8 million, depreciation and amortization in the range of $20 million to $22 million, net interest expense of $25 million to $26 million and a tax rate of approximately 38.0% compared with its previous estimate of 35.0%.

"We do not expect market conditions to improve appreciably in the near term," said Christenson. "Based on the current order demand and the reduction in our backlog we believe that we are still on track to achieve the lower end of our sales guidance. From a top line perspective, we are planning for the 2nd and 3rd quarter to be more challenging than the first. With an anticipated improvement in the rate of customer destocking we do see a possibility for improvement in the top line later in the year. We continue to take aggressive actions to reduce our expenses and maximize cash flow." Christenson continued, "In addition, despite the economic downturn, we will continue to invest prudently in growth opportunities to meet the needs of our customers and gain market share."

                          Altra Holdings, Inc.

                                                  (Unaudited)
                                           -------------------------
Consolidated Statements of Income Data:          Quarter Ended
In Thousands of Dollars, except per         March 28,     March 29,
 share amounts                                2009          2008
                                           -----------   -----------

 Net sales                                  $ 124,540     $ 163,182
 Cost of sales                                 92,337       115,384
                                           -----------   -----------
  Gross profit                              $  32,203     $  47,798
  Gross profit as a percent of net sales         25.9%         29.3%
 Selling, general & administrative
  expenses                                     21,743        24,713
 Research and development expenses              1,567         1,731
 Other post employment benefit plan
  settlement gain                              (1,467)           --
 Restructuring expense                          1,872           733
                                           -----------   -----------
  Income from operations                    $   8,488     $  20,621
  Income from operations as a percent of
   net sales                                      6.8%         12.6%
 Interest expense, net                          6,349         7,441
 Other non-operating income, net                 (162)         (626)
                                           -----------   -----------
  Income from continuing operations
   before income taxes                      $   2,301     $  13,806
 Provision for income taxes                       883         4,849
                                           -----------   -----------
 Income tax rate                                 38.4%         35.1%
  Net income from continuing operations         1,418         8,957
 Net loss from discontinued operations,
  net of taxes of $124                             --          (397)
                                           -----------   -----------
   Net income                               $   1,418     $   8,560
                                           ===========   ===========


 Weighted Average common shares
  outstanding
  Basic                                        25,911        25,472
  Diluted                                      25,943        26,063

 Earnings per share - Basic
  Net income from continuing operations     $    0.05     $    0.35
  Net loss from discontinued operations            --         (0.01)
                                           -----------   -----------
   Net income                               $    0.05     $    0.34

 Earnings per share - Diluted
  Net income from continuing operations     $    0.05     $    0.34
  Net loss from discontinued operations            --         (0.01)
                                           -----------   -----------
   Net income                               $    0.05     $    0.33

 Reconciliation of Recurring Net Income:

  Net income from continuing operations     $   1,418     $   8,957

  Restructuring charges, net of tax             1,153           476
  Inventory adjustment due to economic
   downturn, net of tax                         1,364            --
  Premium & deferred financing expense
   on redeemed 11.25% bonds, net of tax            --            75
  Other post employment benefit plan
   settlement gain, net of tax                   (904)           --
  Deferred financing expense on pay down
   of TB Wood's revolving credit facilty,
   net of tax                                      --           100
                                           -----------   -----------
   Recurring net income                     $   3,031     $   9,608
                                           ===========   ===========


  Recurring diluted earnings per share      $    0.12     $    0.37
                                           ===========   ===========




 Consolidated Balance Sheets               (Unaudited)
 In Thousands of Dollars                    March 28,    December 31,
                                              2009           2008
 Assets:
  Current Assets
   Cash and cash equivalents                   61,403        52,073
   Trade Receivables, net                      71,060        68,803
   Inventories, net                            89,762        98,410
   Deferred income taxes                        7,835         8,032
   Prepaid expenses and other                   7,517         6,514
   Assets held for sale                         1,161         4,676
                                           ------------  ------------
 Total current assets                         238,738       238,508
   Property, plant and equipment, net         109,693       110,220
   Intangible assets, net                      77,624        79,339
   Goodwill                                    76,932        77,497
   Deferred income taxes                          461           495
   Other assets                                 7,172         7,525
                                           ------------  ------------
 Total assets                               $ 510,620     $ 513,584
                                           ===========   ============

 Liabilities and stockholders' equity
  Current liabilities
   Accounts payable                            30,606        33,890
   Accrued payroll                             13,674        16,775
   Accruals and other liabilities              23,927        18,755
   Deferred income taxes                        6,906         6,906
   Current portion of long-term debt            1,050         3,391
                                           ------------  ------------
 Total current liabilities                     76,163        79,717
   Long-term debt, less current portion
    and net of unaccreted discount and
    premium                                   260,164       258,132
   Deferred income taxes                       23,160        23,336
   Pension liabilities                         11,781        11,854
   Other post retirement benefits                 572         2,270
   Long-term taxes payable                      8,087         7,976
   Other long-term liabilities                  1,976         1,434
                                           ------------  ------------
 Total stockholders' equity                   128,717       128,865
                                           ------------  ------------
 Total liabilities and stockholders'
  equity                                    $ 510,620     $ 513,584
                                           ============  ============


 Other Financial Data:

                                                 Quarter Ended
                                            March 28,     March 29,
                                              2009          2008
                                           -----------   -----------

 Depreciation & amortization                $   5,519     $   5,540
 Capital expenditures                           1,821         4,494
 Cash flows provided by operating
  activities                                   11,552         3,879
 Cash flows provided by (used in)
  investing activities                         (1,821)       12,506
 Cash flows used in financing activities         (299)       (3,458)

The company will conduct an investor conference call on May 5, 2009 at 11:00 AM EDT to discuss its unaudited 2009 first quarter financial results. The public is invited to listen to the conference call by dialing 800-895-0198 domestically or 785-424-1053 for international access, and asking to participate in Conference ID# ALTRA. The company has also 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 May 12, 2009. To listen to the replay, dial 800-374-0934 domestically or 402-220-0680 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 and interest expense associated with the extinguishment of debt, other post employment benefit plan settlement gains, restructuring costs and inventory adjustments due to the economic downturn 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).

Altra believes that the presentation of non-GAAP recurring net income, non-GAAP recurring income from operations and non-GAAP recurring diluted earnings per share 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. AIMC-E

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SOURCE: Altra Holdings, Inc.

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

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