Allison Posts Profit Increase

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Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) is reporting first quarter net income of $52 million, compared to $27.5 million during the same period the previous year. Chief Executive Officer Larry Dewey says the increase is due in part to increased demand for global service parts.

April 16, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ALSN), the largest global provider of commercial duty fully-automatic transmissions, today reported net sales for the quarter of $494 million, an 8 percent increase from the same period in 2013. Adjusted Net Income, a non-GAAP financial measure, for the quarter was $108 million, compared to Adjusted Net Income of $80 million for the same period in 2013, an increase of $28 million. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $0.28.

The increase in net sales was principally driven by the continued recovery in the North America On-Highway end market, our largest, and higher demand in the Service Parts, Support Equipment & Other end market partially offset by previously contemplated reductions in U.S. defense spending.

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, for the quarter was $166 million, or 33.6 percent of net sales, compared to $141 million, or 30.8 percent of net sales, for the same period in 2013. Excluding $3 million of technology-related license expenses, Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter 2014 was $169 million, or 34.3 percent of net sales. Excluding $6 million of technology-related license expenses, Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter 2013 was $147 million, or 32.1 percent of net sales. Adjusted Free Cash Flow, also a non-GAAP financial measure, for the quarter was $91 million compared to $48 million for the same period in 2013.

Lawrence E. Dewey, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allison Transmission commented, "Our first quarter 2014 results are within the full year guidance ranges we provided to the market on February 13. Net sales improved on a year-over-year basis for the second consecutive quarter. Continued recovery in the North American On-Highway end market and higher demand for global service parts are encouraging and consistent with our full year guidance which we are affirming. Highlighting our commitment to the return of capital to Allison's shareholders we completed a $100 million share repurchase and paid a quarterly dividend of $0.12 per share."

First Quarter Highlights

North America On-Highway end market net sales were up 24 percent from the same period in 2013 principally driven by higher demand for Rugged Duty Series, Highway Series and Pupil Transport/Shuttle Series models, and up 11 percent on a sequential basis principally driven by higher demand for Rugged Duty Series and Pupil Transport/Shuttle Series models.

North America Hybrid-Propulsion Systems for Transit Bus end market net sales were down 23 percent from the same period in 2013 and 25 percent sequentially principally driven by lower demand due to engine emissions improvements and non-hybrid alternatives that generally require a fully-automatic transmission (e.g. xNG).

North America Off-Highway end market net sales were up 50 percent from the same period in 2013 principally driven by higher demand from hydraulic fracturing applications, and down 14 percent on a sequential basis principally driven by the precipitous rate of improvement in demand from hydraulic fracturing applications experienced in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Defense end market net sales were down 40 percent from the same period in 2013 and 3 percent sequentially principally driven by previously considered reductions in U.S. defense spending to longer term averages experienced during periods without active conflicts.

Outside North America On-Highway end market net sales were up 3 percent from the same period in 2013 reflecting strength in China bus partially offset by weakness in Europe truck due to fourth quarter 2013 Euro VI emissions pre-buy activities, and down 26 percent on a sequential basis principally driven by fourth quarter 2013 China bus tender timing and Europe truck Euro VI emissions pre-buy activities.

Outside North America Off-Highway end market net sales were flat compared with the same period in 2013 principally driven by modestly improved demand conditions in the mining sector offsetting lower demand from the energy sector, and up 50 percent on a sequential basis principally driven by modestly improved demand conditions in the mining sector.

Service Parts, Support Equipment & Other end market net sales were up 18 percent from the same period in 2013 principally driven by higher demand for global service parts, and global On-Highway support equipment commensurate with increased transmission unit volumes, and up 6 percent on a sequential basis principally driven by higher demand for global service parts and support equipment.

Gross profit for the quarter was $223 million, an increase of 12 percent from gross profit of $198 million for the same period in 2013. Gross margin for the quarter was 45.1 percent, an increase of 170 basis points from a gross margin of 43.4 percent for the same period in 2013. The increase in gross profit from the same period in 2013 was principally driven by increased net sales.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the quarter were $83 million, a decrease of 5 percent from $88 million for the same period in 2013. The decrease was principally driven by a $5 million reduction in intangible asset amortization.

Engineering – research and development expenses for the quarter were $25 million, a decrease of 16 percent from $29 million for the same period in 2013. The decrease was principally driven by a $3 million reduction in technology-related license expenses.

First Quarter Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $166 million, or 33.6 percent of net sales, compared to $141 million, or 30.8 percent of net sales, for the same period in 2013. Excluding $3 million of technology-related license expenses Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter 2014 was $169 million, or 34.3 percent of net sales. Excluding $6 million of technology-related license expenses Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter 2013 was $147 million, or 32.1 percent of net sales. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA from the same period in 2013 was principally driven by increased net sales and a $3 million reduction in technology-related license expenses.

Adjusted Net Income for the quarter was $108 million compared to $80 million for the same period in 2013. The increase was principally driven by increased Adjusted EBITDA.

Adjusted Free Cash Flow for the quarter was $91 million compared to $48 million for the same period in 2013. The increase was principally driven by increased net cash provided by operating activities, decreased capital expenditures and a $3 million reduction in technology-related license expenses. The decrease in capital expenditures was principally driven by lower product initiatives spending partially offset by increased investments in productivity and replacement programs.

Full Year 2014 Guidance Update

We are affirming our full year 2014 guidance released to the market on February 13: net sales increase in the range of 3 to 6 percent, an Adjusted EBITDA margin excluding technology-related license expenses in the range of 32 to 34 percent, an Adjusted Free Cash Flow in the range of $375 to $425 million, capital expenditures in the range of $60 to $70 million and cash income taxes in the range of $10 to $15 million.

Although we are not providing specific second quarter 2014 guidance, Allison expects second quarter net sales to be higher than the same period in 2013. The anticipated year-over-year increase in second quarter net sales is expected to be principally driven by higher demand in the North America On-Highway, North America Off-Highway and S