American Axle & Manufacturing Announces Proposed Senior Notes Offering

Oct 31, 2011, 08:15 ET from American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc.

DETROIT, Oct. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AXL) ("Holdings") announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. ("AAM"), is planning an offering of senior notes in a public offering, subject to market and other conditions.

The notes will bear interest at a rate to be determined at pricing and will be unconditionally guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by Holdings and certain of AAM's present and future domestic subsidiaries.  

AAM intends to use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, including the repayment of certain amounts outstanding under its Revolving Credit Agreement, as amended and restated as of June 30, 2011, among AAM, Holdings, the lenders party thereto and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent.

J.P. Morgan and BofA Merrill Lynch will be joint book-running managers for the debt offering. When available, copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying base prospectus for the offering can be obtained from J.P. Morgan toll-free at (800) 245-8812 or BofA Merrill Lynch toll-free at (800) 294-1322.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to purchase any of these securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. This offering may be made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus.

AAM is a world leader in the manufacture, engineering, design and validation of driveline and drivetrain systems and related components and chassis modules for light trucks, sport utility vehicles, passenger cars, crossover utility vehicles and commercial vehicles. In addition to locations in the United States (Michigan, New York, Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania), AAM also has offices or facilities in Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Poland, Scotland, South Korea, Sweden and Thailand.

Certain statements contained in this press release are "forward-looking statements" and relate to the Company's plans, projections, strategies or future performance. Such statements, made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, are based on our current expectations, are inherently uncertain, are subject to risks and should be viewed with caution. 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: global economic conditions;  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  produced by GM and Chrysler); 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; our ability to achieve cost reductions through ongoing restructuring actions; our ability to achieve the level of cost reductions required to sustain global cost competitiveness; our ability to maintain satisfactory labor relations and avoid future work stoppages; our suppliers', our customers' and their suppliers' ability to maintain satisfactory labor relations and avoid work stoppages; additional restructuring actions that may occur; our ability to continue to implement improvements in our U.S. labor cost structure; supply shortages or price increases in raw materials, utilities or other operating supplies; our ability to consummate and integrate acquisitions and joint ventures; 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 attract new customers and programs for new products; 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 respond to changes in technology, increased competition or pricing pressures; price volatility in, or reduced availability of, fuel; adverse changes in laws, government regulations or market conditions affecting our products or our customers' products (such as the Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulations); risks inherent in our international operations (including adverse changes in the political stability, taxes and other law changes, potential disruption of production and supply, and currency rate fluctuations); liabilities arising from warranty claims, product recall, product liability and legal proceedings to which we are or may become a party; changes in liabilities arising from pension and other postretirement benefit obligations; risks of noncompliance with environmental regulations or risks of environmental issues that could result in unforeseen costs at our facilities; our ability to attract and retain key associates; other unanticipated events and conditions that may hinder our ability to compete. For additional discussion, see "Risk factors" in our most recent 10K and 10Q filings.    

It is not possible to foresee or identify all such factors and we assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or to disclose any subsequent facts, events or circumstances that may affect their accuracy.

For more information...

Christopher M. Son Director, Investor Relations, Corporate Communications & Marketing (313) 758-4814

David Tworek Manager, Communications (313) 758-4883

Or visit the AAM website at

SOURCE American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc.