Allison Profit Rises

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Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) is reporting second quarter net income of $117 million, compared to $89 million during the same period the previous year. Chief Executive Officer Larry Dewey says the results were bolstered by the performance of key North American businesses. July 23, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (ALSN), the largest global provider of commercial duty fully-automatic transmissions, today reported net sales for the quarter of $536 million, a 5 percent increase from the same period in 2013. Adjusted Net Income, a non-GAAP financial measure, for the quarter was $117 million, compared to Adjusted Net Income of $89 million for the same period in 2013, an increase of $28 million. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $0.31.

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

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, for the quarter was $186 million, or 34.7 percent of net sales, compared to $172 million, or 33.5 percent of net sales, for the same period in 2013. Adjusted Free Cash Flow, also a non-GAAP financial measure, for the quarter was $132 million compared to $117 million for the same period in 2013.

Lawrence E. Dewey, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allison Transmission commented, "Our second quarter 2014 results are within the full year guidance ranges we affirmed on April 16. Net sales improved on a year-over-year basis for the third consecutive quarter led by the continued recoveries in the North America On-Highway and Off-Highway end markets partially offset by weakness in the Outside North America end markets. Allison continued to demonstrate strong operating margins and free cash flow while aligning costs and programs across our business with end markets demand conditions and growth opportunities. During the quarter, Allison continued its prudent and well-defined approach to capital allocation by returning capital to its shareholders through a $150 million share repurchase and payment of a dividend. We are updating our full year net sales guidance to an increase in the range of 4 to 6 percent year-over-year, due to anticipated improvements in second half demand conditions in the North America On-Highway and Off-Highway end markets, weakness in the Outside North America On-Highway end market and previously contemplated reductions in U.S. defense spending."

Second Quarter Highlights

North America On-Highway end market net sales were up 13 percent from the same period in 2013 principally driven by higher demand for Rugged Duty Series and Pupil Transport/Shuttle Series models, and up 4 percent on a sequential basis principally driven by higher demand for Rugged Duty Series and Pupil Transport/Shuttle Series models partially offset by lower demand for Highway Series models.

North America Hybrid-Propulsion Systems for Transit Bus end market net sales were up 4 percent from the same period in 2013 and 17 percent sequentially principally driven by intra-year movement in the timing of orders.

North America Off-Highway end market net sales were up 188 percent from the same period in 2013 and 92 percent on a sequential basis principally driven by higher demand from hydraulic fracturing applications.

Defense end market net sales were down 16 percent from the same period in 2013 and up 44 percent sequentially principally driven by previously considered reductions in U.S. defense spending to longer term averages experienced during periods without active conflicts partially offset by the recognition of previously deferred revenue totaling $16 million commensurate with the shipment of certain tracked transmissions at the request of the U.S. government.

Outside North America On-Highway end market net sales were down 17 percent from the same period in 2013 reflecting weakness in China, Europe and South America, and down 3 percent on a sequential basis reflecting weakness in China partially offset by Japan.

Outside North America Off-Highway end market net sales were down 33 percent from the same period in 2013 principally driven by weaker demand conditions in the energy sector partially offset by higher demand from the mining sector, and up 14 percent sequentially principally driven by modestly improved demand conditions in the energy sector.

Service Parts, Support Equipment & Other end market net sales were up 16 percent from the same period in 2013 and flat on a sequential basis principally driven by higher demand for North America service parts, and North America On-Highway support equipment commensurate with increased transmission unit volumes.

Gross profit for the quarter was $239 million, an increase of 5 percent from $226 million for the same period in 2013. Gross margin for the quarter was 44.5 percent, an increase of 30 basis points from a gross margin of 44.2 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 and price increases on certain products partially offset by unfavorable material costs.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the quarter were $85 million, essentially flat with the same period in 2013.

Engineering – research and development expenses for the quarter were $21 million, a decrease of 7 percent from $23 million for the same period in 2013, principally driven by reduced product initiatives spending.

Second Quarter Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $186 million, or 34.7 percent of net sales, compared to $172 million, or 33.5 percent of net sales, for the same period in 2013. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA from the same period in 2013 was principally driven by increased net sales, price increases on certain products and reduced product initiatives spending partially offset by unfavorable material costs.

Adjusted Net Income for the quarter was $117 million compared to $89 million for the same period in 2013. The increase was principally driven by increased Adjusted EBITDA and decreased cash interest expense.

Adjusted Free Cash Flow for the quarter was $132 million compared to $117 million for the same period in 2013. The increase was principally driven by increased net cash provided by operating activities.

Full Year 2014 Guidance Update

Our updated full year 2014 guidance includes a year-over-year net sales increase in the range of 4 to 6 percent, an Adjusted EBITDA margin excluding technology-related license expenses in the range of 32.5 to 34 percent, an Adjusted Free Cash Flow in the range of $385 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. In the second half of 2014 we expect net sales to increase on a year-over-year basis principally driven by improved demand conditions in the North America On-Highway and Off-Highway end markets, weakness in the Outside North America On-Highway end market and previously contemplated reductions in U.S. defense spending.

Although we are not providing specific third quarter 2014 guidance, Allison expects net sales to be higher than the same period in 2013. The anticipated year-over-year increase in third quarter net sales is expected to be principally driven by higher demand in the North America On-Highway and Off-Highway end markets partially offset by previously considered reductions in Defense net sales.

Conference Call and Webcast

The company will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, July 24 to discuss its second quarter 2014 results. Dial-in number is 1-201-689-84