StockCall Analysis on Dana and American Axle: A Rough Road Ahead

Jan 18, 2013, 08:00 ET from

LONDON, January 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

For companies in the auto parts industry the recent economic rebound has been a boon. As consumer confidence starts to recover and people begin to loosen their purse, StockCall has initiated technical coverage on Dana Holding Corporation (NYSE: DAN) and American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. (NYSE: AXL). These free reports can be accessed upon registration to

Americans have been putting off buying new cars during recession lows. However, this trend looks to be gradually changing as U.S. households are now estimated to be at their financially strongest in a decade as unemployment has lowered and housing values have risen. Furthermore, the average age of cars on the road has risen to a record 11 years, and it seems pent-up demand drove up annual car sales by 10 percent in 2012 and some estimate that 2013 will see sales of over $15 million.

Moving forward, automakers are reportedly planning a slew of new or redesigned models for 2013 as they look to take advantage of the positive momentum. Some estimate that as many as 61 new choices are slated to hit showrooms this year, around 50 percent more than last year. While the climbing demand and rising production plans are positives, some fear that it could challenge auto parts suppliers, like Dana Holding, which were forced to cut back drastically during the recession. Many suppliers could be guarded or reluctant to boost their manufacturing or engineering capacity. Dana has recently anticipated that 2012 sales could be at the low end of its projections mainly impacted by feeble commercial vehicle parts demand. The company which had seen its third quarter, 2012 earnings drop drastically on soft commercial sales, now estimates its 2013 results would most probably not meet market expectations. For 2013, auto part maker Dana is expecting full year adjusted earnings of $1.88 to $1.95 per share on revenue of about $7.1 billion. Our report on Dana Holding can be downloaded at

Many auto parts companies are preparing to release their quarterly results in February and it will be interesting to see how they have fared. American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. [Free Technical Report on AXL](1) announced that it will be releasing its earnings on February 8, 2013 pre-market. The maker of axles and crankshafts saw its most recent quarterly sales surge by 8.5% but posted losses on the back of restructuring and debt refinancing costs and elevated costs from releases of new products. Whilst American Axle relies heavily on auto maker giant General motors, sales on its other segments non-dependent on GM were up 14% in its last reported quarter. The company anticipates its full year sales in 2012 to be around $2.9 billion, representing a near 13.5% rise as compared to the full year 2011. For 2013, the company projects full year sales to be around $3.2 billion basing its sales estimate on the anticipated launch schedule of programs in AAM's new and incremental business backlog and the assumption that the U.S. Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate of sales ("SAAR") will increase from approximately 14.5 million vehicle units in 2012 to approximately 15.0 million vehicle units in 2013.

Although the U.S. has been putting forth booming figures, commercial vehicles have not been showing the same growth and Europe remains a drag.


  1. American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. Technical Analysis [ ]

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