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Form 8-K for AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING HOLDINGS INC


7-Feb-2014

Results of Operations and Financial Condition, Regulat


Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition

On February 7, 2014 American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc., (the "Company" or "AAM") issued a press release regarding AAM's financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013. A copy of this press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1.



Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure

AAM's 2014 Outlook:

AAM is targeting full year sales in the range of $3.75 billion to $3.8 billion in 2014. This sales projection is based on the anticipated launch schedule of programs in AAM's new and incremental business backlog and the assumption that the U.S. Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate of sales ("SAAR") will increase from approximately 15.5 million vehicle units in 2013 to approximately 16.0 million light vehicle units in 2014.

AAM is targeting EBITDA in the range of 13.5% to 14.0% of sales in 2014. We define EBITDA to be earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. We believe that EBITDA is a meaningful measures of performance as it is 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 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 differently.

AAM is targeting free cash flow of approximately $100 million in 2014. We define free cash flow as net cash provided by (used in) operating activities less capital expenditures net of proceeds from the sale-leaseback of equipment and the sale of property, plant and 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 our business.

AAM is targeting full year net capital spending to be approximately 6% of sales in 2014. We define net capital spending as capital expenditures net of proceeds from the sale-leaseback of equipment and the sale of property, plant and equipment.

AAM's 2015 Targets:
AAM is targeting full year sales to exceed $4 billion in 2015. This target is based on the anticipated launch schedule of programs in AAM's new and incremental business backlog and the assumption that the U.S. light vehicle SAAR will increase from approximately 15.5 million light vehicle units in 2013 to a range of 16.0 million to 16.5 million light vehicle units in 2015.

AAM is targeting free cash flow in the range of $175 million to $200 million in 2015.

Cautionary Statements
In this earnings release and form 8-K, 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," 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), Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) or other customers; reduced demand for our customers' products (particularly light trucks and sport utility vehicles (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 develop and produce new products that reflect market demand; lower-than-anticipated market acceptance of new or existing products; our ability to attract new customers and programs for new products; our ability to respond to changes in technology, increased competition or pricing pressures; 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; global economic conditions, including the impact of the continued market weakness in the Euro-zone; 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); liabilities arising from warranty claims, product recall or field actions, product liability and legal proceedings to which we are or may become a party; price volatility in, or reduced availability of, fuel; our ability to successfully implement upgrades to our enterprise resource planning systems; 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; 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 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; 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 to consummate and integrate acquisitions and joint ventures; 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.




Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
Exhibit No. Description

99.1 Press release dated February 7, 2014


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