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Altra Reports First-Quarter 2015 Results

April 30, 2015

BRAINTREE, Mass., April 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Altra Industrial Motion Corp. (Nasdaq:AIMC), a global manufacturer and marketer of electromechanical power transmission and motion control products, today announced unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015.

Financial Highlights

  • First-quarter 2015 net sales were $193.4 million, compared with $210.1 million in the first quarter of 2014, a decrease of 7.9%. The decrease in net sales was driven by a 5.6% unfavorable impact from foreign exchange and an organic sales decline of 3.5%, partially offset by 1.2% of growth from an acquisition.
  • First-quarter net income was $9.4 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, compared with $11.4 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2014. Non-GAAP net income in Q1 2015 decreased to $11.1 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, from $13.1 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, a year ago.*
  • The Company purchased $4.6 million in Altra stock, or approximately 171,000 shares, during the first quarter under its $50 million repurchase program. Since the program's inception in May 2014, the Company has purchased approximately $22.2 million, or 716,000 shares, under the program.
  • Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Net Income*:  
  Quarter Ended Quarter Ended
  March 31, 2015 March 31, 2014
Net income attributable to Altra Industrial Motion Corp. 9,398 11,365
Restructuring costs 1,756
Amortization of inventory fair value adjustment 2,151
Acquisition related expenses 738 426
Tax impact of above adjustments (761) (814)
Non-GAAP net income* $ 11,131 $ 13,128
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share* $ 0.42 $ 0.48

Management Comments

"Altra's first-quarter performance reflects the challenging global economic environment and end market sluggishness we projected at the beginning of the year," said Carl Christenson, Altra's Chairman and CEO. "We continued to return capital to shareholders, buying back $4.6 million of Altra shares during the quarter through our stock repurchase program. To better align our cost, we initiated restructuring and other cost reduction activities across the Company which is reflected in our guidance. These cost reduction activities will be implemented as we progress through the year."

Business Outlook

"We continue to face market and currency headwinds," Christenson said. "We experienced greater than expected negative impact from foreign currency rate translation and the agriculture and mining end markets were weaker than we anticipated. The oil & gas end market remains challenging while the European and Russian economies appear to have stabilized."

"On a positive note, the wind and turf & garden end markets exceeded our expectations during the quarter. In addition, our strategic pricing initiatives and Bauer profit improvement actions are contributing to our margins as expected," stated Christenson. "Finally, we remain confident in our strategic growth initiatives and continue to invest in equipment and new product development."

As a result of the stronger than expected U.S. Dollar and the current economic environment, Altra is lowering and narrowing its forecast and now expects sales in the range of $760 to $780 million and non-GAAP diluted EPS guidance in the range of $1.60 to $1.75 for 2015. This guidance includes savings from the restructuring actions taken to date. The Company expects its tax rate for the full year to be approximately 30% to 32% before discrete items. Altra also expects capital expenditures in the range of $24 to $26 million and depreciation and amortization in the range of $30 to $32 million.*

The Company will conduct an investor conference call to discuss its unaudited first quarter financial results on May 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. ET. The public is invited to listen to the conference call by dialing (877) 407-8293 domestically or (201) 689-8349 for international access and asking to participate in the Altra conference call. A live webcast of the call will be available in the "Investor Relations" section of www.altramotion.com. Individuals may download charts that will be used during the call at www.altramotion.com under "Events and Presentations" in the Investor Relations section. The charts will be available after earnings are released. A replay of the recorded conference call will be available at the conclusion of the call on May 1 through midnight on May 14, 2015. To listen to the replay, dial (877) 660-6853 domestically or (201) 612-7415 for international access (conference ID # 13607063). A webcast replay also will be available.

Altra Industrial Motion Corp.      
Consolidated Statements of Income Data Quarter Ended  
In Thousands of Dollars, except per share amount March 31, 2015   March 31, 2014  
  (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)  
Net sales  $ 193,361    $ 210,138  
Cost of sales 134,888   148,342  
Gross profit  $ 58,473    $ 61,796  
Gross profit as a percent of net sales 30.2%   29.4%  
Selling, general & administrative expenses 36,302   38,262  
Research and development expenses 4,762   3,889  
Restructuring Charges 1,756    
Income from operations  $ 15,653    $ 19,645  
Income from operations as a percent of net sales 8.1%   9.3%  
Interest expense, net 2,956   3,019  
Other non-operating (income) expense, net (829)   534  
Income before income taxes  $ 13,526    $ 16,092  
Provision for income taxes 4,136   4,729  
Income tax rate 30.6%   29.4%  
Net income 9,390   11,363  
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest 8   2  
Net income attributable to Altra Industrial Motion Corp. 9,398   11,365  
Weighted Average common shares outstanding        
Basic 26,280   26,733  
Diluted 26,357   27,444  
Net income per share        
Basic  $ 0.36    $ 0.43  
Diluted  $ 0.36    $ 0.41  
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Income From Operations:        
Income from operations  $ 15,653    $ 19,645  
Restructuring costs 1,756    
Amortization of inventory fair value adjustment   2,151  
Acquisition related expenses 738   426  
Non-GAAP income from operations *  $ 18,147    $ 22,222  
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Net Income:        
Net income attributable to Altra Industrial Motion Corp. 9,398   11,365  
Restructuring costs 1,756    
Amortization of inventory fair value adjustment   2,151  
Acquisition related expenses 738   426  
Tax impact of above adjustments (761)   (814)  
Non-GAAP net income *  $ 11,131    $ 13,128  
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share *  $ 0.42 (1)  $ 0.48 (2)
(1) - tax impact is calculated by multiplying the estimated effective tax rate for the period of 30.5% by the above items  
(2) - tax impact is calculated by multiplying the estimated effective tax rate for the period of 31.6% by the above items  
Consolidated Balance Sheets    
In Thousands of Dollars March 31, 2015 December 31, 2014
Current Assets    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 47,426  $ 47,503
Trade receivables, net 113,047 106,458
Inventories 127,598 132,736
Deferred income taxes 9,118 9,240
Income tax receivable 3,276 6,247
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 8,445 8,617
Total current assets 308,910 310,801
Property, plant and equipment, net 151,694 156,366
Intangible assets, net 102,579 110,730
Goodwill 97,751 102,087
Deferred income taxes 934 987
Other non-current assets, net 3,207 3,592
Total assets  $ 665,075  $ 684,563
Liabilities, non-controlling interest and stockholders' equity    
Current liabilities    
Accounts payable  $ 47,491  $ 44,298
Accrued payroll 18,085 23,254
Accruals and other current liabilities 30,598 33,591
Deferred income taxes 123 120
Income tax payable 3,028 3,189
Current portion of long-term debt 15,743 15,176
Total current liabilities 115,068 119,628
Long-term debt, less current portion and net of unaccreted discount 241,901 240,576
Deferred income taxes 51,916 53,226
Pension liabilities 9,306 9,993
Long-term taxes payable 636 629
Other long-term liabilities 808 869
Redeemable non-controlling interest 719 883
Total stockholders' equity 244,721 258,759
Total liabilities, redeemable non-controlling interest and stockholders' equity  $ 665,075  $ 684,563
Reconciliation to operating working capital:    
Trade receivables, net 113,047 106,458
Inventories 127,598 132,736
Accounts payable (47,491) (44,298)
Operating working capital *  $ 193,154  $ 194,896
  Year to Date Ended
  March 31, 2015 March 31, 2014
  (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Cash flows from operating activities    
Net income  $ 9,390  $ 11,363
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash flows:    
Depreciation 5,343 5,845
Amortization of intangible assets 2,162 2,219
Amortization of deferred financing costs 239 232
(Gain)/Loss on foreign currency, net (67) 305
Amortization of inventory fair value adjustment 2,151
Accretion of debt discount, net 892 823
(Gain) / Loss on disposal of fixed assets (26) 212
Stock based compensation 1,110 874
Changes in assets and liabilities:    
Trade receivables (10,091) (11,957)
Inventories 991 1,439
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 2,823 4,944
Other current assets and liabilities (82) 829
Other operating assets and liabilities 90 (206)
Net cash flows from operating activities 12,774 19,073
Cash flows from investing activities    
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (7,731) (5,617)
Net cash flows from investing activities (7,731) (5,617)
Cash flows from financing activities    
Payments on Term Loan Facility (2,359) (6,261)
Payments on Revolving Credit Facility (6,165)
Dividend payments (3,178) (2,696)
Proceeds from Equipment and Working Capital Notes 945 582
Payments of Equipment and Working Capital Notes (412)
Borrowing under Revolving Credit Facility 5,000
Proceeds from Bauer Mortgage 3,647
Shares surrendered for tax withholdings (128) (132)
Payments on mortgages and other debt (53) (199)
Purchases of common stock under share repurchase program (4,558)
Net cash flows from financing activities (1,096) (14,871)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (4,024) (340)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (77) (1,755)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 47,503 63,604
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $ 47,426  $ 61,849
Reconciliation to free cash flow:    
Net cash flows from operating activities 12,774 19,073
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (7,731) (5,617)
Free cash flow *  $ 5,043  $ 13,456
Altra Industrial Motion Corp.
Selected Segment Data Quarter Ended
In Thousands of Dollars, except per share amount March 31, 2015 March 31, 2014
  (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Net Sales    
Clutches & Brakes  $ 101,595  $ 113,019
Couplings 31,934 30,988
Gearing and Power Transmission Components 61,465 67,297
Eliminations (1,633) (1,166)
Total  $ 193,361  $ 210,138
Income from operations    
Clutches & Brakes  $ 11,743  $ 12,874
Couplings 2,888 3,483
Gearing and Power Transmission Components 5,402 5,535
Restructuring (1,756)
Corporate (2,624) (2,247)
Total  $ 15,653  $ 19,645

About Altra Industrial Motion Corp.

Altra Industrial Motion Corp., through its subsidiaries, is a leading global designer, producer and marketer of a wide range of electromechanical power transmission products. The Company brings together strong brands covering over 40 product lines with production facilities in 12 countries. Altra's leading brands include Ameridrives Couplings, Bauer Gear Motor, Bibby Turboflex, Boston Gear, Delroyd Worm Gear, Formsprag Clutch, Guardian Couplings, Huco, Industrial Clutch, Inertia Dynamics, Kilian Manufacturing, Lamiflex Couplings, Marland Clutch, Matrix, Nuttall Gear, Stieber Clutch, Svendborg Brakes, TB Wood's, Twiflex, Warner Electric, Warner Linear, and Wichita Clutch.

The Altra Industrial Motion Corp. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=4038.

* Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

As used in this release and the accompanying slides posted on the Company's website, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, non-GAAP income from operations and non-GAAP net income are each calculated using either net income or income from operations that excludes acquisition related costs, restructuring costs, and other income or charges that management does not consider to be directly related to the Company's core operating performance. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is calculated by dividing non-GAAP net income by GAAP weighted average shares outstanding (diluted). Non-GAAP free cash flow is calculated by deducting purchases of property, plant and equipment from net cash flows from operating activities. Non-GAAP operating working capital is calculated by deducting accounts payable from net trade receivables plus inventories.

Altra believes that the presentation of non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, non-GAAP free cash flow and non-GAAP operating working capital 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. These statements include, but are not limited to, any statement that may predict, forecast, indicate or imply future results, performance, achievements or events. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by phrases such as "believes," "expects," "potential," "continues," "may," "should," "seeks," "predicts," "anticipates," "intends," "projects," "estimates," "plans," "could," "designed", "should be," and other similar expressions that denote expectations of future or conditional events rather than statements of fact. Forward-looking statements also may relate to strategies, plans and objectives for, and potential results of, future operations, financial results, financial condition, business prospects, growth strategy and liquidity, and are based upon financial data, market assumptions and management's current business plans and beliefs or current estimates of future results or trends 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. These statements include, but may not be limited to, those relating to the Company's progress on corporate initiatives and strategic pricing, the Company's views and assessment of economic conditions, foreign currency trends, end market conditions and industrial demand, the Company's progress on executing its acquisition and organic growth strategies and new product development, the Company's progress on implementing profit improvement initiatives, the Company's progress and future plans on implementing and pursuing cost reduction activities, the impact of potential cost management and restructuring activities on earnings, the Company's unaudited 2015 financial information, and the Company's guidance for full year 2015.

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 United States 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) risks associated with a disruption to our supply chain, (8) fluctuations in the costs of raw materials used in our products, (9) product liability claims, (10) work stoppages and other labor issues, (11) changes in employment, environmental, tax and other laws and changes in the enforcement of laws, (12) loss of key management and other personnel, (13) risks associated with compliance with environmental laws, (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 restrictions contained in our Convertible Notes and Credit Facility, (20) risks associated with compliance with tax laws, (21) risks associated with the global recession and volatility and disruption in the global financial markets, (22) risks associated with implementation of our new ERP system, (23) risks associated with the Lamiflex, Svendborg and Guardian acquisitions and integration and other acquisitions, (24) risks associated with the Company's investment in a new manufacturing facility in China, (25) risks associated with certain minimum purchase agreements we have with suppliers, (26) risks associated with our exposure to variable interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates, (27) risks associated with interest rate swap contracts, (28) risks associated with the potential dilution of our common stock as a result of our convertible notes, (29) risks associated with our exposure to renewable energy markets, (30) risks related to regulations regarding conflict minerals, and (31) 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. Except as required by applicable law, Altra Industrial Motion Corp. does not intend to, update or alter its forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. AIMC-E

CONTACT: Altra Industrial Motion Corp.Christian Storch, Chief Financial Officer



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