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American Axle Slides as Quarterly Profit Misses Estimates

April 27, 2012

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. (AXL:US), a maker of axles and crankshafts, fell the most in almost two months after missing earnings estimates.

American Axle slid 5.6 percent to $10.17 at 10:38 a.m. New York time after earlier reaching $10.08, the biggest intraday drop since Feb. 29. The shares were up 8.9 percent this year before today.

First-quarter net income rose 36 percent to $51.2 million, or 68 cents a share, from $37.7 million, or 50 cents, a year earlier, the company said in a statement today. Excluding some items, including costs to close two plants, profit was 61 cents a share, compared with 64 cents, the average estimate of 11 analysts.

Revenue rose 16 percent to $751.5 million, as the Detroit- based company boosted sales to companies other than General Motors Co. by 8.5 percent to $193.6 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Bloomberg was for sales of $751 million.

American Axle had been owned by GM (GM:US)’s predecessor, General Motors Corp. In 2009, American Axle received 78 percent of its sales from GM, according to a regulatory filing in 2010. Non-GM customers accounted for 27 percent of revenue in all of 2011.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mark Clothier in Southfield, Michigan at mclothier@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jamie Butters at jbutters@bloomberg.net


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