Tenneco Automotive Inc. (ticker: TEN, exchange: New York Stock Exchange) News Release

October 24, 2000

 
TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER EARNINGS; ACCELERATES COST REDUCTION INITIATIVE BY REDUCING NORTH AMERICAN SALARIED WORK FORCE

Company Earns 23 Cents Per Share Before One-Time Items; Pays Down $72 Million In Debt; Announces Cost Reductions Aimed At Generating $45 Million In Annual Savings

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Oct. 24, 2000 (PRNewswire) -- Tenneco Automotive (NYSE: TEN) today reported third quarter 2000 income from continuing operations of $6 million, or 16 cents per diluted share. These results include a $13 million pre-tax charge for a stock option buyback program and a $9 million reversal of a reserve for transaction costs related to the November 1999 spin- off of Pactiv. The company also generated strong cash flow, reduced outstanding debt by $72 million, and complied with all debt covenants for the quarter. Further, the company announced today that it is immediately eliminating 285 salaried positions in North America as part of a cost reduction plan to eliminate up to 700 positions - or 16 percent -- from its worldwide salaried work force.

Excluding the stock buyback program and reserve reversal, income from continuing operations would have been $9 million, or 23 cents per diluted share. Third quarter 1999 income from continuing operations was $27 million, or 86 cents per share. If the company had incurred the same level of stand-alone and interest costs in 1999 as it did in 2000, its income from continuing operations and earnings per diluted share for the third quarter of 1999 would have been $8 million, or 24 cents per share.

The company has reduced its debt by approximately $175 million since becoming an independent company. The $72 million in debt reduction during the third quarter was financed, in part, by the sale of $62 million of receivables in the United States.

Tenneco Automotive estimates it will realize $45 million in annual savings as a result of this worldwide cost reduction plan, which it expects to complete during the second quarter 2001. All work force reductions will be completed in compliance with all legal and contractual requirements including obligations to consult with worker committees, union representatives and others. Year-to-date, the company has already reduced approximately 140 salaried positions globally, primarily through attrition, which will generate an additional $15 million in annual savings. In addition, it has adjusted to lower production volumes by eliminating, at minimal cost, approximately 310 hourly positions throughout North America in the past 60 days.

The company anticipates taking up to a $60 million charge in the fourth quarter (of which up to $30 million could be cash) to cover many of these reductions, and for other operational restructuring activities included in the initiative. Those include consolidating its North American aftermarket exhaust production at one plant, and scrapping certain North American aftermarket inventories. The company is evaluating additional cost reduction initiatives for 2001, which will require review and approval by the Board of Directors.

"We regret the impact on our people; however, we must make these difficult decisions in order to move our businesses forward and position them for long-term growth," said Mark P. Frissora, chairman and CEO, Tenneco Automotive. "Recent market conditions and our structural costs, which are higher than the industry average, currently impact our ability to deliver stronger financial results."

Third Quarter Results

The company reported third quarter revenue of $870 million, including $48 million in pass through revenue from catalytic converter sales. Third quarter 1999 revenue was $816 million, which did not include pass through revenue from catalytic converter sales.

Reported EBITDA for the third quarter was $87 million. EBITDA would have been $91 million, excluding the one-time non-operational items, a slight decrease from third quarter 1999 EBITDA of $97 million adjusted to include the same level of stand-alone costs incurred in 2000. The company reported EBIT of $47 million. Excluding the one-time items, EBIT for the quarter was $51 million, lower than last year's third quarter of $58 million if the same stand-alone costs were included in year ago results.

"The weakness in global currencies, the continuing softness in the global aftermarket, and the significant downturn in the heavy-duty truck market have negatively affected our results by at least $12 million in EBIT," said Frissora. "Fortunately, our operational results helped to offset the impact of many of these conditions. However, we're not satisfied with these results, and recognize that we must bring more focus and efficiency to our operations, lower our costs, and continue to reduce our debt."

As previously reported in its first and second quarter 10-Q filings, the stock option buyback program was initiated to substantially lower the number of old options issued by Tenneco Inc., primarily between 1996 and 1998. The company believed that in order to keep and attract talent in the future, more options would be needed. However, the company also felt there were too many options outstanding and those options could be dilutive. Last May, employees were given an opportunity to sell their options back to the company for a price determined using the Black-Scholes financial model. As a result, the company recovered more than 6 million options.

North America

The company saw a slight decline in revenue from its North American original equipment business, primarily from a decrease in the heavy-duty elastomer business as well as slowing light vehicle production. North American original equipment revenue was $315 million, including $48 million in pass through revenue from catalytic converter sales, compared with $279 million in revenue for the third quarter of 1999.

Third quarter revenue for the North American aftermarket was $154 million, compared with third quarter 1999 results of $155 million. Despite continuing softness in the aftermarket, results were nearly even as a result of successful repositioning of the company's ride control and exhaust products, and gains in market share for both product lines.

The third quarter EBIT for North American operations was $36 million, compared with $40 million in the previous year. In the original equipment business, the decrease was largely due to lower heavy-duty volume and higher start-up expenses on new exhaust platforms. On the aftermarket side, higher promotional expense and lower pipe pricing impacted profitability.

Europe

The company reported third quarter 2000 revenue for the European original equipment business of $216 million, a 16 percent increase compared with third quarter 1999 revenue of $187 million. Revenue would have increased by 34 percent if exchange rates had been the same in the third quarter 2000 as in the third quarter of 1999. The increase was driven by strong volume in the original equipment business, particularly in the exhaust side of the business.

Revenue from the European aftermarket business was $95 million, compared with $120 million in the third quarter of 1999. Had exchange rates been the same in the third quarter of 1999 as in 2000, revenue would have declined eight percent. The decrease was primarily due to continued weakness in the broad market for both product lines.

European EBIT was $16 million, compared with $23 million in the same quarter last year. The stronger OE volumes were more than offset by lower aftermarket volumes, higher aftermarket manufacturing costs due to increased steel prices, and the currency impact.

Tenneco Automotive reported third quarter results in other geographical areas as follows:

Region Revenue Growth (Decline) (year over year)
South America $42 million 45 percent
Australia $33 million (6 percent)
Asia $15 million 50 percent
Total $90 million 22 percent

Combined EBIT for South America, Australia, and Asia in the third quarter was $8 million, up 100 percent compared with the $4 million recorded in third quarter 1999.

The company also announced, in a separate news release issued today, that it has agreed with its senior lenders to amend certain terms under its senior credit facility. These amendments primarily allow the company to begin to implement the cost reduction initiatives and relax the financial covenant ratios beginning in the fourth quarter of 2000.

Looking forward, based on a continuation of third-quarter market conditions, the company expects EBITDA from operations before restructuring charges and other non-operating items for the year to be between $355 million and $365 million. This forecast assumes a $5 million fourth quarter benefit for the restructuring actions.

Attached are exhibits that provide additional information on Tenneco Automotive's 2000 and 1999 operating results.

The company will host a conference call on October 24, 2000, at 10:30 a.m. EDT. The dial in number is 888 390-7303 for domestic or 312 470-0014 for international. Passcode is Tenneco Automotive. A recording of this call will be available from 2:00 p.m. EDT on October 24 through November 1. To access this recording, dial 800 677-7715 domestic or 402 220-0274 international, and enter the passcode 8400. The call will also be available on the Tenneco Automotive web site at http://www.tenneco-automotive.com.

Tenneco Automotive is a $3.3 billion manufacturing company headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., with 24,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco Automotive is one of the world's largest producers and marketers of ride control and exhaust systems and products, which are sold under the Monroe(R) and Walker (R) global brand names. Among its products are Sensa-Trac(R) and Reflex (R) shocks and struts, Rancho(R) shock absorbers, Walker(R) Quiet-Flow(TM) mufflers and DynoMax(TM) performance exhaust products, and Monroe(R) Clevite(TM) vibration control components.

The company's forecast in this press release of its EBITDA from operations before restructuring charges and other non-operating items for the year and the statements in this press release relating to (a) the total number of positions the company plans to eliminate as part of its worldwide cost reduction plan, (b) the total annual savings the company anticipates realizing through attrition and the implementation of its cost reduction plan, (c) when the company expects to complete the implementation of its worldwide cost reduction plan, (d) the charge the company anticipates taking in the fourth quarter of 2000 in connection with its implementation of the worldwide cost reduction plan, are forward-looking. These forward-looking statements are based on the current expectations of the company (including its subsidiaries). Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, the company's plans, actions and actual results could differ materially. Among the factors that could cause these plans, actions and results to differ materially from current expectations are: (i) the general political, economic and competitive conditions in markets and countries where the company and its subsidiaries operate, including currency fluctuations and other risks associated with operating in foreign countries; (ii) governmental actions, including the ability to receive regulatory approvals and the timing of such approvals; (iii) changes in capital availability or costs, including increases in the company's costs of borrowing (i.e. interest rate increases); (iv) changes in automotive manufacturers' production rates and their actual and forecasted requirements for the company's products, including the company's resultant inability to realize the sales represented by its awarded business; (v) changes in currency exchange rates; (vi) changes in consumer demand and prices, including decreases in demand for automobiles which include the company's products, and the potential negative impact on the company's revenues and margins from such products; (vii) the cost of compliance with changes in regulations, including environmental regulations; (viii) workforce factors such as strikes or labor interruptions; (ix) material substitutions and increases in the costs of raw materials; (x) the introduction and acceptance of new technologies; (xi) further changes in the distribution channels for the company's aftermarket products, and further consolidations among automotive parts customers and suppliers; (xii) changes by the Financing Accounting Standards Board or other accounting regulatory bodies of authoritative generally accepted accounting principles or policies; (xiii) the failure of the company's Board of Directors to ultimately approve certain of the company's currently planned cost reduction initiatives; and (xiv) the timing and occurrence (or non-occurrence) of transactions and events which may be subject to circumstances beyond the control of the company and its subsidiaries.


TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE INC. AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
INCOME STATEMENT

THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30,

Unaudited

 
2000
   
1999
 
Net sales and operating revenues
$
870
   
$
816
 
             
Operating income (loss):
             
North America
$ 29     $ 40  
Europe
  14
 
      23  
Rest of World
  8       4  
Other
  (4)       -  
    47       67  
             
Less:
             
Interest expense (net of interest capitalized)
  46       16  
Income tax expense (benefit)
  (5)       16  
Minority interest
  -       8  
Income (loss) from continuing operations
  6       27  
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income tax
  -       12  
Extraordinary loss, net of income tax
  (1) (a)     -  
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle, net of income tax
  -
 
      -  
 
 
         
Net income (loss)
$ 5     $ 39  
             
Average common shares outstanding:
             
Basic
  35.1       33.5  
Diluted
  35.2       33.5  
             
Earnings (loss) per share of common stock:
             
Basic-              
Continuing operations
$ 0.17     $ 0.86  
Discontinued operations   -       0.32  
Extraordinary loss
  (0.01) (a)     -  
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
  -       -  
  $ 0.16     $ 1.18  
             
Diluted-
             
Continuing operations
$ 0.16     $ 0.86  
Discontinued operations   -       0.32  
Extraordinary loss
  (0.01) (a)     -  
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
  -       -  
  $ 0.15     $ 1.18  
             
(a) Loss on early retirement of debt.

TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE INC. AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
INCOME STATEMENT

NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30,

Unaudited

 
2000
   
1999
 
Net sales and operating revenues
$
2,700
   
$
2,473
 
             
Operating income (loss):
             
North America
$ 103     $ 143  
Europe
  48
 
      74  
Rest of World
  15       2  
Other
  (4)       -  
    162       219  
             
Less:
             
Interest expense (net of interest capitalized)
  139       58  
Income tax expense (benefit)
  (1)       60  
Minority interest
  2       21  
Income (loss) from continuing operations
  22       80  
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income tax
  -       (99)  
Extraordinary loss, net of income tax
  (1) (a)     (7) (b)
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle, net of income tax
  -
 
      (134) (c)
 
 
         
Net income (loss)
$ 21     $ (160)  
             
Average common shares outstanding:
             
Basic
  34.4       33.4  
Diluted
  34.6       33.5  
             
Earnings (loss) per share of common stock:
             
Basic-              
Continuing operations
$ 0.62     $ 2.40  
Discontinued operations   -       (2.98)  
Extraordinary loss
  (0.01) (a)     (0.20) (b)
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
  -       (4.00) (c)
  $ 0.61     $ (4.78)  
             
Diluted-
             
Continuing operations
$ 0.61     $ 2.40  
Discontinued operations   -       (2.98)  
Extraordinary loss
  (0.01) (a)     (0.20) (b)
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
  -       (4.00) (c)
  $ 0.60     $ (4.78)  
             
(a) Loss on early retirement of debt.
(b) Loss on early retirement of debt used to finance a Containerboard facility.
(c) Change in accounting principle related to costs of start-up activities of $102 million or $3.05 per share pursuant to AICPA Statement of Position 98-05 and change in accounting principle related to costs to acquire new aftermarket customer contracts of $32 million or $.95 per share.

Tenneco Automotive
Analysis of Operating Units Results
Quarter Ended September 30, 2000
(Millions Except Per Share Amounts)
 
Operating Units Results
Stand Alone Company Expense
One-Time Non-Operationsl Items
Reported Income
EBIT
       
North America
36
(7)
-
29
Europe
16
(2)
-
14
Rest of World
8
-
-
8
Other
-
-
(4)
(4)
Total
60
(9)
(4)
47

Tenneco Automotive
Analysis of Operating Units Results
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2000
(Millions Except Per Share Amounts)
 
Operating Units Results
Stand Alone Company Expense
One-Time Non-Operationsl Items
Reported Income
EBIT
       
North America
128
(25)
-
103
Europe
57
(9)
-
48
Rest of World
17
(2)
-
15
Other
-
-
(4)
(4)
Total
202
(36)
(4)
162

External Basis
Tenneco Automotive Inc. and Consolidated Subsidiaries
Statement of Cash Flows
Unaudited
(Millions)

 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2000
 
1999
Operating Activities:
         
Income (loss) from continuing operations
$ 22   $ 80
Adjustments to reconcile income (loss) from continuing operations to net cash provided (used) by operating activities -
         
Depreciation and amortization
  116
 
    110
Deferred income taxes
  20     44
(Gain)/loss on sale of businesses and assets, net
  1     5
Changes in components of working capital -
         
(Inc.)/dec. in receivables
  (44)     (244)
(Inc.)/dec. in inventories
  (11)     (7)
(Inc.)/dec. in prepayments and other current assets
  (15)     15
Inc./(dec.) in payables
  123     44
Inc./(dec.) in taxes accrued
  (28)     (74)
Inc./(dec.) in interest accrued
  20     39
Inc./(dec.) in other current liabilities
  (5)     (62)
Other
  4
 
    (50)
Cash provided (used) by continuing operations
  203     (100)
Cash provided (used) by discontinued operations
  -     (66)
Net cash provided (used) by operating activities
  203     (166)
         
Investing activities:
         
Net proceeds from sale of discontinued operations   -     342
Net proceeds from sale of assets
  7     8
Expenditures for plant, property & equipment   (108)     (104)
Acquisition of businesses
  (5)     (36)
Expenditures for plant, property & equipment-discontinued operations
  -     (1,249)
Investments and other
  (15)     (29)
Net cash provided (used) by investing activities
  (121)     (1,068)
         
Net Cash provided (used) before financing activities
- continuing operations
  82     (261)
         
Financing activities:
         
Issuance of common and treasury shares
  13     28
Proceeds from subsidiary equity issuance
  1     -
Purchase of common stock
  -     (4)
Issuance of long-term debt
  1     1,761
Retirement of long-term debt
  (67)     (30)
Net inc./(dec.) in short-term debt excluding current maturities on long-term debt
  (25)     (360)
Dividends (common)
  (5)     (151)
Other
  (11)     -
Net cash provided (used) by financing activities
  (93)     1,244
         
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and temporary cash investments
  (5)     3
         
Inc./(dec.) in cash and temporary cash investments
  (16)     13
Cash and temporary cash investments, January 1
  84     29
Cash and temporary cash investments, September 30
$ 68   $ 42
         

Tenneco Automotive Inc. and Consolidated Subsidiaries
Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(Millions)

 
September 2000
Actual
 
December 1999
Actual
ASSETS
         
RECEIVABLES, Net
  625     571
INVENTORIES
  395     412
OTHER CURRENT ASSETS
  228
 
    218
INVESTMENTS AND OTHER ASSETS
  686     705
PLANT, PROPERTY, AND EQUIPMENT, NET
  984     1,037
TOTAL ASSETS
$ 2,918   $ 2,943
         
LIABILITIES AND SHAREOWNERS' EQUITY
         
SHORT-TERM DEBT
$ 35   $ 56
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE
  436     348
OTHER CURRENT LIABILITIES
  275     259
LONG-TERM DEBT
  1,505     1,578
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES
  129     108
DEFERRED CREDITS AND OTHER LIABILITIES
  160
 
    156
MINORITY INTEREST
  15     16
TOTAL SHAREOWNERS' EQUITY
  363     422
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREOWNERS' EQUITY
$ 2,918   $ 2,943
         
DEBT TO CAPITALIZATION RATIO
  80.3%     78.9%

CONTACT: Tenneco Automotive, Media relations
Jane Ostrander, 847/482-5607
jane.ostrander@tenneco-automotive.com

Tenneco Automotive, Investor relations
Leslie Cleveland Hague, 847/482-5042
lchague@tenneco-automotive.com

 

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