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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C.  20549

FORM 10-Q
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
 
For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2021
  
or
  
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
  
 For the transition period from  _____________ to _____________
  
Commission File Number:  1-14303
_______________________________________________________________________________

AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING HOLDINGS, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
Delaware38-3161171
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation or Organization)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
One Dauch Drive, Detroit, Michigan
48211-1198
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)(Zip Code)

(313) 758-2000
(Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
_______________________________________________________________________________
 
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AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING HOLDINGS, INC.
FORM 10-Q
FOR THE QUARTER ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2021
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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

In this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (Quarterly Report), we make statements concerning our expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, strategies, and future events or performance. Such statements are “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and relate to trends and events that may affect our future financial position and operating results. The terms such as “will,” “may,” “could,” “would,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “project,” "target," and similar words or expressions, as well as statements in future tense, are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

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:

significant disruptions in production, sales and/or supply as a result of public health crises, including pandemic or epidemic illness such as Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), or otherwise;
global economic conditions;
reduced purchases of our products by General Motors Company (GM), Stellantis N.V. (Stellantis), Ford Motor Company (Ford) or other customers;
our ability to respond to changes in technology, increased competition or pricing pressures;
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 attract new customers and programs for new products;
reduced demand for our customers' products (particularly light trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) produced by GM, Stellantis and Ford);
risks inherent in our global operations (including tariffs and the potential consequences thereof to us, our suppliers, and our customers and their suppliers, adverse changes in trade agreements, such as United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), immigration policies, political stability, taxes and other law changes, potential disruptions of production and supply, and currency rate fluctuations);
supply shortages, such as the semiconductor shortage that the automotive industry is currently experiencing, labor shortages, including increased labor costs, or price increases in raw material and/or freight, utilities or other operating supplies for us or our customers as a result of pandemics, natural disasters or otherwise;
a significant disruption in operations at one or more of our key manufacturing facilities;
negative or unexpected tax consequences;
risks related to a failure of our information technology systems and networks, and risks associated with current and emerging technology threats and damage from computer viruses, unauthorized access, cyber attacks and other similar disruptions;
availability of financing for working capital, capital expenditures, research and development (R&D) or other general corporate purposes including acquisitions, as well as 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;
an impairment of our goodwill, other intangible assets, or long-lived assets if our business or market conditions indicate that the carrying values of those assets exceed their fair values;
liabilities arising from warranty claims, product recall or field actions, product liability and legal proceedings to which we are or may become a party, or the impact of product recall or field actions on our customers;
our ability or our customers' and suppliers' ability to successfully launch new product programs on a timely basis;
risks of environmental issues, including impacts of climate-related events, that could result in unforeseen issues or costs at our facilities, or risks of noncompliance with environmental laws and regulations, including reputational damage;
our ability to maintain satisfactory labor relations and avoid work stoppages;
our suppliers', our customers' and their suppliers' ability to maintain satisfactory labor relations and avoid work stoppages;
our ability to achieve the level of cost reductions required to sustain global cost competitiveness;
our ability to realize the expected revenues from our new and incremental business backlog;
price volatility in, or reduced availability of, fuel;
our ability to protect our intellectual property and successfully defend against assertions made against us;
adverse changes in laws, government regulations or market conditions affecting our products or our customers' products;
our ability or our customers' and suppliers' ability to comply with regulatory requirements and the potential costs of such compliance;
changes in liabilities arising from pension and other postretirement benefit obligations;
our ability to attract and retain key associates; and
other unanticipated events and conditions that may hinder our ability to compete.

It is not possible to foresee or identify all such factors and we make no commitment to update any forward-looking statement or to disclose any facts, events or circumstances after the date hereof that may affect the accuracy of any forward-looking statement.

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PART I.  FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1.  Financial Statements

AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
 
 Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
 September 30,September 30,
 2021202020212020
 (in millions, except per share data)
 
Net sales$1,213.1 $1,414.1 $3,921.5 $3,272.9 
 
Cost of goods sold1,047.5 1,164.3 3,338.8 2,926.7 
 
Gross profit165.6 249.8 582.7 346.2 
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses90.5 66.5 266.7 230.6 
Amortization of intangible assets21.4 21.6 64.3 65.0 
Impairment charges (Note 4)   510.0 
Restructuring and acquisition-related costs7.4 9.7 40.8 38.6 
Loss on sale of business  2.7 1.0 
 
Operating income (loss)46.3 152.0 208.2 (499.0)
 
Interest expense(49.7)(53.9)(150.7)(160.0)
 
Interest income2.7 3.4 8.2 9.2 
 
Other income (expense)
Debt refinancing and redemption costs(31.6)(5.2)(34.0)(6.7)
Unrealized gain on equity securities19.4  19.4  
Other expense, net(3.1)(1.6)(1.3)(3.8)
 
Income (loss) before income taxes(16.0)94.7 49.8 (660.3)
 
Income tax benefit(13.6)(22.5)(2.4)(63.1)
 
Net income (loss)$(2.4)$117.2 $52.2 $(597.2)
 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (0.1)
 
Net income (loss) attributable to AAM$(2.4)$117.2 $52.2 $(597.3)
 
Basic earnings (loss) per share$(0.02)$0.99 $0.44 $(5.28)
 
Diluted earnings (loss) per share$(0.02)$0.99 $0.44 $(5.28)

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.
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AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(Unaudited)
Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
September 30,September 30,
2021202020212020
(in millions)
Net income (loss)$(2.4)$117.2 $52.2 $(597.2)
Other comprehensive income (loss)
Defined benefit plans, net of tax (a)
2.2 1.7 6.5 5.0 
     Foreign currency translation adjustments(9.6)14.0 (8.4)(30.0)
     Changes in cash flow hedges, net of tax (b)
(1.8)6.7 3.0 (19.3)
Other comprehensive income (loss)(9.2)22.4 1.1 (44.3)
Comprehensive income (loss)$(11.6)$139.6 $53.3 $(641.5)
     Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (0.1)
     Foreign currency translation adjustments attributable
     to noncontrolling interests
   0.3 
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to AAM$(11.6)$139.6 $53.3 $(641.3)
(a)
Amounts are net of tax of $(0.6) million and $(1.7) million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, and $(0.4) million and $(1.2) million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively.
(b)
Amounts are net of tax of $(0.7) million and $(2.7) million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, and $(0.2) million and $1.6 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively.

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.
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AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 September 30, 2021December 31, 2020
 (Unaudited) 
Assets(in millions)
Current assets 
Cash and cash equivalents$500.7 $557.0 
Accounts receivable, net739.6 793.2 
Inventories, net417.9 323.2 
Prepaid expenses and other163.8 203.6 
Total current assets1,822.0 1,877.0 
Property, plant and equipment, net1,992.3 2,163.8 
Deferred income taxes126.5 107.8 
Goodwill184.1 185.7 
Other intangible assets, net717.7 780.7 
GM postretirement cost sharing asset233.9 237.0 
Operating lease right-of-use assets121.2 116.6 
Other assets and deferred charges444.8 447.7 
Total assets$5,642.5 $5,916.3 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity  
Current liabilities  
Current portion of long-term debt$14.6 $13.7 
Accounts payable605.0 578.9 
Accrued compensation and benefits197.4 170.9 
Deferred revenue25.7 23.4 
Current portion of operating lease liabilities24.4 22.6 
Accrued expenses and other136.1 169.8 
Total current liabilities1,003.2 979.3 
Long-term debt, net3,104.1 3,441.3 
Deferred revenue88.2 91.0 
Deferred income taxes15.1 13.2 
Long-term portion of operating lease liabilities97.6 94.4 
Postretirement benefits and other long-term liabilities901.5 923.9 
Total liabilities5,209.7 5,543.1 
Stockholders' equity  
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share; 150.0 million shares authorized;
122.5 million shares issued as of September 30, 2021 and 121.3 million shares issued as of December 31, 2020
1.3 1.2 
Paid-in capital1,346.5 1,333.3 
Accumulated deficit(267.6)(319.8)
Treasury stock at cost, 8.4 million shares as of September 30, 2021 and 8.0 million shares as of December 31, 2020
(216.3)(212.0)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
Defined benefit plans, net of tax(304.5)(311.0)
Foreign currency translation adjustments(109.5)(101.1)
Unrecognized loss on cash flow hedges, net of tax(17.1)(20.1)
Total AAM stockholders' equity432.8 370.5 
Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries 2.7 
Total stockholders' equity432.8 373.2 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$5,642.5 $5,916.3 
 See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements. 
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AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
 Nine Months Ended
 September 30,
 20212020
(in millions)
Operating activities  
Net income (loss)$52.2 $(597.2)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities
Depreciation and amortization421.2 393.7 
Impairment charges 510.0 
Deferred income taxes(17.1)(38.4)
Stock-based compensation13.2 14.4 
Pensions and other postretirement benefits, net of contributions(9.3)(6.5)
Loss on sale of business2.7 1.0 
Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment, net2.1 16.4 
Unrealized gain on equity securities(19.4) 
Debt refinancing and redemption costs34.0 6.7 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities
Accounts receivable46.7 (88.0)
Inventories(94.1)56.9 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses37.0 5.6 
Deferred revenue3.3 (6.6)
Other assets and liabilities(36.5)(21.6)
Net cash provided by operating activities436.0 246.4 
Investing activities  
Purchases of property, plant and equipment(115.8)(146.3)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment1.8 1.6 
Purchase buyouts of leased equipment (0.1)
Proceeds (payments) for sale of business, net of cash divested0.9 (4.4)
Acquisition of business (Note 14)(4.9) 
Proceeds from insurance claim (Note 15) 23.1  
Net cash used in investing activities(94.9)(149.2)
Financing activities  
Proceeds from Revolving Credit Facility 350.0 
Payments of Revolving Credit Facility (350.0)
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt622.7 408.9 
Payments of long-term debt(999.9)(482.2)
Debt issuance costs(9.2)(11.0)
Purchase of treasury stock(4.3)(2.7)
Other financing activities(3.5)(0.6)
Net cash used in financing activities(394.2)(87.6)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash(3.2)(4.3)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents(56.3)5.3 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period557.0 532.0 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$500.7 $537.3 
Supplemental cash flow information
     Interest paid$153.5 $138.0 
     Income taxes paid (refunds received), net$17.8 $(5.2)
Non-cash investing activities: Deferred consideration for acquisition of business$10.0 $ 
See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.
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AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
(Unaudited)
Common StockAccumulatedNoncontrolling
SharesParPaid-inRetained EarningsTreasuryOther ComprehensiveInterest
OutstandingValueCapital(Accumulated Deficit)StockIncome (Loss)in Subsidiaries
(in millions)
Balance at January 1, 2020112.6 $1.2 $1,313.9 $248.6 $(209.3)$(376.8)$2.8 
Net income (loss)— — — (501.3)— — 0.1 
Vesting of restricted stock units and performance shares0.8 — — — — — — 
Stock-based compensation— — 4.6 — — — — 
Modified-retrospective application of ASU 2016-13— — — (7.1)— — — 
Purchase of treasury stock(0.4)— — — (2.4)— — 
Changes in cash flow hedges— — — — — (34.7)— 
Foreign currency translation adjustments— — — — — (48.5)(0.3)
Defined benefit plans, net— — — — — 1.6 — 
Balance at March 31, 2020113.0 $1.2 $1,318.5 $(259.8)$(211.7)$(458.4)$2.6 
Net loss— — — (213.2)— —  
Vesting of restricted stock units and performance shares0.3 — — — — — — 
Stock-based compensation— — 4.7 — — — — 
Purchase of treasury stock — — — (0.3)— — 
Changes in cash flow hedges— — — — — 8.7 — 
Foreign currency translation adjustments— — — — — 4.8 — 
Defined benefit plans, net— — — — — 1.7 — 
Balance at June 30, 2020113.3 $1.2 $1,323.2 $(473.0)$(212.0)$(443.2)$2.6 
Net income— — — 117.2 — —  
Stock-based compensation— — 5.1 — — — — 
Changes in cash flow hedges— — — — — 6.7 — 
Foreign currency translation adjustments— — — — — 14.0 — 
Defined benefit plans, net— — — — — 1.7 — 
Balance at September 30, 2020113.3 $1.2 $1,328.3 $(355.8)$(212.0)$(420.8)$2.6 
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Common StockAccumulatedNoncontrolling
SharesParPaid-inRetained EarningsTreasuryOther ComprehensiveInterest
OutstandingValueCapital(Accumulated Deficit)StockIncome (Loss)in Subsidiaries
(in millions)
Balance at January 1, 2021113.3 $1.2 $1,333.3 $(319.8)$(212.0)$(432.2)$2.7 
Net income   38.6    
Vesting of restricted stock units and performance shares1.0 0.1      
Stock-based compensation  5.3     
Purchase of treasury stock(0.4)   (4.0)  
Changes in cash flow hedges     (0.3) 
Foreign currency translation adjustments     (11.0) 
Defined benefit plans, net     2.1  
Sale of business (Note 14)      (2.7)
Balance at March 31, 2021113.9 $1.3 $1,338.6 $(281.2)$(216.0)$(441.4)$ 
Net income   16.0    
Vesting of restricted stock units and performance shares0.2       
Stock-based compensation  4.7     
Purchase of treasury stock    (0.2)  
Changes in cash flow hedges     5.1  
Foreign currency translation adjustments     12.2  
Defined benefit plans, net     2.2  
Balance at June 30, 2021114.1 $1.3 $1,343.3 $(265.2)$(216.2)$(421.9)$ 
Net loss   (2.4)   
Stock-based compensation  3.2     
Purchase of treasury stock    (0.1)  
Changes in cash flow hedges     (1.8) 
Foreign currency translation adjustments     (9.6) 
Defined benefit plans, net     2.2  
Balance at September 30, 2021114.1 $1.3 $1,346.5 $(267.6)$(216.3)$(431.1)$ 

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.
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AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING HOLDINGS, INC.
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
SEPTEMBER 30, 2021
(Unaudited)

1. ORGANIZATION AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION

Organization We are a global Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry. We design, engineer and manufacture driveline and metal forming technologies that are making the next generation of vehicles smarter, lighter, safer and more efficient. We employ approximately 20,000 associates, operating at nearly 80 facilities in 17 countries, to support our customers on global and regional platforms with a continued focus on delivering quality, operational excellence and technology leadership.

Basis of Presentation We have prepared the accompanying interim condensed consolidated financial statements in accordance with the instructions to Form 10-Q under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These condensed consolidated financial statements are unaudited but include all normal recurring adjustments, which we consider necessary for a fair presentation of the information set forth herein. Results of operations for the periods presented are not necessarily indicative of the results for the full fiscal year.

The balance sheet at December 31, 2020 presented herein has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) for complete consolidated financial statements.
 
In order to prepare the accompanying interim condensed consolidated financial statements, we are required to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts and disclosures in our interim condensed consolidated financial statements. These estimates and assumptions are impacted by risks and uncertainties, including those associated with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the semiconductor supply shortage that is impacting the automotive industry. While we have made estimates and assumptions based on the facts and circumstances available as of the date of this report, the full impact of COVID-19 and the semiconductor shortage cannot be predicted, and actual results could differ materially from those estimates and assumptions.

For further information, refer to the audited consolidated financial statements and notes included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Commencement of Lease of European Headquarters and Engineering Center (EHEC)

In the first quarter of 2021, the lease of our new EHEC in Langen, Germany commenced. This lease has a term of 20 years and is classified as a finance lease. We recognized a right-of-use (ROU) asset and finance lease liability of approximately $49 million upon commencement of this lease. The ROU asset is presented in Property, plant and equipment, net and the finance lease liability is presented in Accrued expenses and other (current portion), and Postretirement benefits and other long-term liabilities (long-term portion) in our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet at September 30, 2021.

Leases Not Yet Commenced

As of September 30, 2021, we have entered into an additional lease that has not commenced of approximately $40 million, for a lease of a facility in the United States, which has a term of 15 years. This lease is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2021 and is expected to be classified as a finance lease.

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AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING HOLDINGS, INC.
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (CONTINUED)
Effect of New Accounting Standards and Other Regulatory Pronouncements

Accounting Standard Update 2020-04

On March 12, 2020, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standard Update (ASU) 2020-04 - Reference Rate Reform (Topic 848), and has subsequently issued ASU 2021-01 - Reference Rate Reform (Topic 848). This guidance provides optional expedients and exceptions that are intended to ease the burden of updating contracts to contain a new reference rate due to the discontinuation of the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR). This guidance is available immediately and may be implemented in any period prior to the guidance expiration on December 31, 2022. We expect to utilize certain of the optional expedients and exceptions available under ASU 2020-04 and ASU 2021-01 and we do not expect the adoption of this guidance to have a material impact on our financial statements.

Accounting Standard Update 2019-12

On December 18, 2019, the FASB issued ASU 2019-12 - Income Taxes (Topic 740). This guidance is intended to simplify the accounting and disclosure requirements for income taxes by removing various exceptions and requires that the effect of an enacted change in tax laws or rates on current tax expense be included in the annual effective tax rate computation in the interim period of the enactment. This guidance became effective and we adopted this guidance on January 1, 2021. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) was enacted on March 27, 2020 in the United States. The key provisions of the CARES Act, as they remain applicable to AAM, include the following:

The ability to use net operating losses (NOLs) to offset income without the 80% taxable income limitation enacted as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017, and to carry back NOLs to offset prior year income for five years. These are temporary provisions that apply to NOLs incurred in 2018, 2019 or 2020 tax years. We recognized a tax benefit of $5.2 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and $14.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 related to our ability to carry back prior year losses, as well as projected current year losses, under the CARES Act to years with the previous 35% tax rate. We received an income tax refund of approximately $6.0 million during the first quarter of 2021 as a result of this provision of the CARES Act.
The ability to defer the payment of the employer portion of social security taxes incurred between March 27, 2020 and December 31, 2020, with 50% of the deferred amount to be paid by December 31, 2021 and the remaining 50% to be paid by December 31, 2022. At September 30, 2021, we had deferred $15.2 million of social security taxes, 50% of which will be paid in the fourth quarter of 2021 and the remainder to be paid in the fourth quarter of 2022.
The ability to claim an Employee Retention Credit (ERC), which is a refundable payroll tax credit, for 50% of qualified wages or benefits, subject to certain limitations, that are paid to an employee when they are not providing services due to COVID-19. The ERC applied to qualified wages paid or incurred during the period March 13, 2020 through December 31, 2020 and was available to eligible employers whose operations were fully or partially suspended due to COVID-19, or whose gross receipts declined by more than 50% when compared to the applicable period in the prior year. At September 30, 2021, we have a refundable ERC amount of $6.3 million included in Prepaid expenses and other in our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet.


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AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING HOLDINGS, INC.
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (CONTINUED)
2. RESTRUCTURING AND ACQUISITION-RELATED COSTS

In the first quarter of 2020, we initiated a new global restructuring program (the 2020 Program). The primary objectives of the 2020 Program are to achieve efficiencies within our corporate and business unit support teams to reduce cost in our business, and to structurally adjust our operations based on the impact of COVID-19. We expect to incur costs under the 2020 Program into 2022.
A summary of our restructuring activity for the first nine months of 2021 and 2020 is shown below:
Severance ChargesImplementation CostsTotal
(in millions)
Accrual at December 31, 2019$4.8 $7.4 $12.2 
Charges19.9 11.9 31.8 
Cash utilization(19.9)(11.0)(30.9)
Accrual at September 30, 2020$4.8 $8.3 $13.1 
Accrual at December 31, 2020$1.7 $9.8 $11.5 
Charges2.7 33.2 35.9 
Cash utilization(3.9)(39.7)(43.6)
Accrual at September 30, 2021$0.5 $3.3 $3.8 
As part of our restructuring actions, we incurred total severance charges of approximately $2.7 million and $19.9 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. We also incurred total implementation costs of approximately $33.2 million and $11.9 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. Implementation costs consist primarily of professional fees and plant exit costs.
Substantially all of the restructuring costs incurred during the nine months ended September 30, 2021 were under the 2020 Program. Approximately $3.9 million and $3.1 million of our total restructuring costs for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 related to our Driveline and Metal Forming segments, respectively, while the remainder were corporate costs. Approximately $14.4 million and $13.1 million of our total restructuring costs for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 related to our Driveline and Metal Forming segments, respectively, while the remainder were corporate costs. We expect to incur approximately $45 million to $55 million of total restructuring charges in 2021, substantially all of which are expected to be under the 2020 Program.
During the nine months ended September 30, 2021 we completed our acquisition of a manufacturing facility in Emporium, Pennsylvania, and we continue to incur integration costs related to our acquisition of MPG. The following table represents a summary of charges incurred in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 associated with acquisition and integration costs:
Acquisition-Related CostsIntegration ExpensesTotal
(in millions)
Charges for the nine months ended September 30, 2021$0.3 $4.6 $4.9 
Charges for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 6.8 6.8 
Acquisition-related costs primarily consist of valuation fees incurred. Integration expenses primarily reflect costs incurred for information technology infrastructure and enterprise resource planning systems. Total restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges are presented on a separate line item titled Restructuring and acquisition-related costs in our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations, and totaled $7.4 million and $40.8 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, respectively, and $9.7 million and $38.6 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively.


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3. INVENTORIES

We state our inventories at the lower of cost or net realizable value. The cost of our inventories is determined using the first-in first-out method. When we determine that our gross inventories exceed usage requirements, or if inventories become obsolete or otherwise not saleable, we record a provision for such loss as a component of our inventory accounts.

Inventories consist of the following:
 September 30, 2021December 31, 2020
 (in millions)
   
Raw materials and work-in-progress$352.9 $276.2 
Finished goods87.5 70.4 
Gross inventories440.4 346.6 
Inventory valuation reserves(22.5)(23.4)
Inventories, net$417.9 $323.2 



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4. GOODWILL AND OTHER INTANGIBLE ASSETS

Goodwill The following table provides a reconciliation of changes in goodwill for the nine months ended September 30, 2021:
Consolidated
(in millions)
Balance at December 31, 2020$185.7 
Foreign currency translation(1.6)
Balance at September 30, 2021$184.1 

We conduct our annual goodwill impairment test in the fourth quarter of each year, as well as whenever adverse events or changes in circumstances indicate a possible impairment. In performing this test, we utilize a third-party valuation specialist to assist management in determining the fair value of our reporting units. Fair value of each reporting unit is estimated based on a combination of discounted cash flows and the use of pricing multiples derived from an analysis of comparable public companies multiplied against historical and/or anticipated financial metrics of each reporting unit. These calculations contain uncertainties as they require management to make assumptions including, but not limited to, market comparables, future cash flows of the reporting units, and appropriate discount and long-term growth rates. This fair value determination is categorized as Level 3 within the fair value hierarchy.

In the first quarter of 2020, the reduction in global automotive production volumes caused by the impact of COVID-19 represented an indicator to test our goodwill for impairment. This reduction in production volumes began in March of 2020 and resulted in lower forecasted sales volumes in the periods included in our long-range plan as revised in the first quarter of 2020.

As a result of this goodwill impairment test in the first quarter of 2020, we determined that the carrying values of both our Driveline and Metal Forming reporting units were greater than their respective fair values. As such, we recorded a goodwill impairment charge of $510.0 million in the first quarter of 2020, of which $210.8 million was associated with our Driveline reporting unit and $299.2 million was associated with our Metal Forming reporting unit. The Metal Forming impairment charge represented a full impairment of the goodwill associated with that reporting unit. As a result, all remaining goodwill is attributable to our Driveline reporting unit.

These impairment charges were primarily the result of a decline in the projected cash flows of these reporting units under our revised long-range plan completed in the first quarter of 2020. The revision to our long-range plan was driven by lower forecasted sales volumes in the internal and external data sources used to form our projections primarily due to the reduction in global automotive production volumes caused by the impact of COVID-19. The impairment charges were also the result of changes in certain market-related inputs to the analysis to reflect macro-economic changes caused by the impact of COVID-19, including increased discount rates and lower pricing multiples for comparable public companies. At September 30, 2021, accumulated goodwill impairment losses were $1,435.5 million.

The reduction in production volumes and changes to macro-economic factors caused by the impact of COVID-19 also represented an indicator to test our long-lived assets, including other intangible assets and property, plant and equipment, for impairment. We completed this test in the first quarter of 2020 and there was no impairment of these assets.


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Other Intangible Assets The following table provides a reconciliation of the gross carrying amount and associated accumulated amortization for AAM's other intangible assets, which are all subject to amortization:
September 30,December 31,
20212020
Gross Carrying AmountAccumulated AmortizationNet Carrying AmountGross Carrying AmountAccumulated AmortizationNet Carrying Amount
(in millions)