updated 11/2/2010 3:45:22 AM ET 2010-11-02T07:45:22

  • Gross margins increase 270 BPS to 30% and operating margins grow 450 BPS to 10.5%;
  • Diluted EPS Grows to $0.25 from $0.02 in the prior year quarter;
  • Company raises top- and bottom-line guidance for 2010;
  • Distribution channel and other early-cycle markets drive demand;
  • Late-cycle markets continue to show improvement

BRAINTREE, Mass., Nov. 1, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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 third quarter ended October 2, 2010.

Financial Highlights

  • Third-quarter net sales increased 23% to $128.9 million compared with the prior-year third quarter.
  • Third-quarter net income was $0.25 per diluted share compared with $0.02 per diluted share in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share were $0.26 for the third quarter of 2010 compared with $0.06 in the prior year.*
  • Gross profit margin increased 270 basis points to 30.0% from the third quarter of 2009.
  • Income from operations increased 450 basis points to 10.5% of sales from the third quarter of 2009. Non-GAAP adjusted income from operations increased 400 basis points to 10.9% of sales year-over-year.*
  • Company raises sales and Non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share guidance on continued early-cycle demand strength, improving late-cycle outlook and strong earnings leverage.

Management Comments

"We were very pleased with the excellent results we were able to achieve in what is usually a seasonally slow quarter," said Carl Christenson, President and CEO. "We grew sales 23% over the prior year and reported a 333% increase in non-GAAP adjusted diluted EPS to $0.26. Strong sales from our early-cycle end markets, coupled with increasing demand from our late-cycle markets drove the year-over-year revenue growth. We believe that our sales growth continues to be the result of real end-user demand as our distribution order rate remains healthy and distributors are not building a significant level of inventory. Altra's 94% year-over-year increase in non-GAAP adjusted income from operations demonstrates the leverage we have gained as a result of our permanent cost reductions and productivity initiatives."

Financial Results

Net sales for the third quarter of 2010 increased 23% to $128.9 million from $104.8 million in the same period of the prior year.

Income from operations for the third quarter of 2010 was $13.6 million compared with $6.3 million in the prior-year third quarter. Income from operations in the third quarter of 2010 and 2009 included restructuring charges of $0.5 million and $1.0 million, respectively. Excluding the charges in both periods, non-GAAP adjusted income from operations increased 94% to $14.1 million, or 10.9% of sales, in the third quarter of 2010 compared with $7.3 million, or 6.9% of sales, in the third quarter of 2009.

Other income was $0.3 million in the third quarter of 2010 compared with $0.4 million in the year-earlier quarter, due primarily to favorable foreign currency exchange rates. 

For the third quarter of 2010, the Company reported net income of $6.6 million, or $0.25 per diluted share. This compares with net income of $0.6 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, in the prior-year third quarter. Excluding the items described above in both periods and the premium paid on the repurchase of debt in 2009, non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share were $0.26 in the third quarter of 2010 compared with $0.06 in the prior-year period.

Cash and cash equivalents were $72.2 million at October 2, 2010, up 40% from year-end December 31, 2009.  Free cash flow generated during the year-to-date period was $24.6 million.*

Business Outlook

"As a result of our strong third-quarter performance and the positive signs we continue to see in our end markets, we are increasing our guidance for both revenue and EPS for full year 2010. This guidance takes into consideration the inherent seasonality of our business, resulting in second-half revenues being slightly lower than the first half." 

Altra is raising its guidance and is currently forecasting 2010 sales in the range of $512 to $517 million and non-GAAP adjusted EPS of $0.95 to $1.00 for the full year. The Company expects capital expenditures to be approximately $17 million as Altra continues to fund growth opportunities, and depreciation and amortization in the range of $21 to $22 million. The Company is raising its non-GAAP free cash flow projection to $25-$30 million for the full year. The Company expects its tax rate for the full year to be in the range of 29.0% to 31.0%.

"Looking further ahead, we are optimistic about our growth prospects in 2011," said Christenson. "We expect that demand at our early-cycle markets will remain strong and that we will continue to see improvement from most of our late-cycle markets as the year progresses. Strategically, we plan to capitalize on growth opportunities in new and existing markets, increase our presence in key underpenetrated geographic regions, enter new high-growth markets and pursue strategic acquisitions. During 2010 we made great strides in increasing the profit leverage in our business model, and we will continue to focus on enhancing profitability in 2011 through our ongoing efficiency and productivity initiatives."

The Company will conduct an investor conference call to discuss its unaudited third quarter financial results on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 11:00 AM 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 & 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 after the conclusion of the call on November 2, 2010 through midnight on November 9, 2010. To listen to the replay, dial 877-660-6853 domestically or 201-612-7415 for international access, dial account # 364 then replay ID # 359424. A webcast replay also will be available at www.altramotion.com .

About Altra Holdings

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 Financial Measures

As used in this release and the accompanying slides posted on the company's website, non-GAAP adjusted diluted earnings per share, non-GAAP adjusted income from operations and non-GAAP adjusted net income are each calculated using either net income or income from 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 adjusted diluted earnings per share is calculated by dividing non-GAAP adjusted net income by GAAP weighted average shares outstanding (diluted).

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

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

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 comments regarding Altra's ability to execute its long-term growth strategy, Altra's initiatives to invest in organic growth, seek strategic acquisitions, target key underpenetrated geographic regions, enter new high-growth markets, enhance efficiency and productivity and developing its people and processes; expectations that the demand momentum at early-cycle businesses will continue throughout 2010; encouragement that Altra may see an increase in orders from late cycle markets later this year and good sales growth in 2011; and the Company's guidance for 2010.

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) 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) 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 Senior Secured Notes, (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) our ability to complete cost reduction actions and risks associated with such actions, (23) risks associated with implementation of our new ERP system, and (24) 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 Holdings, Inc. does not intend 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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