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

January 31, 2002

 
TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL-YEAR 2001 RESULTS
  • Company reports a net loss of $8 million, or 19-cents per diluted share before restructuring charges and other items in the fourth quarter
  • Stronger aftermarket results help company improve EBIT 42 percent and EBITDA 20 percent on 10 percent lower revenues versus fourth quarter 2000
  • Working capital, before factoring, improved $162 million in 2001 or, as a percent of sales, from 13.3 percent to 9.2 percent
  • Company to close eight facilities and eliminate 900 positions through lean manufacturing and distribution initiatives globally

LAKE FOREST, ILLINOIS, JANUARY 31, 2002 - Tenneco Automotive (NYSE: TEN) today announced that its fourth quarter 2001 performance improved versus the same period one year earlier. Before restructuring charges and other items, the company's EBIT and EBITDA performance grew 42 and 20 percent, respectively, on 10 percent lower revenues, resulting in a 66 percent improvement in earnings per share compared with fourth quarter 2000. The company reduced its SGA&E costs in the quarter by $25 million or 21 percent, and improved gross margins by .7 percent to 20.6 percent compared to fourth quarter 2000.

"Our strengthening aftermarket operations in both North America and Europe helped improve our operating performance and narrow the profitability gap in the fourth quarter," said Mark P. Frissora, chairman and CEO of Tenneco Automotive. "This is particularly significant given the year-over-year volume declines seen across the industry."

For the full year, the company improved its cash position by reducing its working capital by $162 million or, as a percent of sales, from 13.3 percent to 9.2 percent. It trimmed its capital expenditures by $19 million to $127 million. These and other cash management improvements helped the company reduce its year-end 2001 net indebtedness by $30 million, as compared to the prior year-end.

"Our progress in reducing our investment in working capital and fixed assets was very encouraging," Frissora said. "The team's over-performance on cash made a tremendous difference in this tough market."

FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS

Excluding charges and other items, the company posted a net loss of $8 million, or 19-cents per diluted share for the fourth quarter 2001, versus a net loss of $21 million or 56-cents per diluted share, for the same period in 2000. These fourth quarter 2001 results exclude restructuring charges of $32 million pre-tax ($31 million after tax), or 81-cents per share; a tax charge of $66 million, or $1.68 per share for repatriating foreign earnings; income of $4 million pre-tax ($2 million after tax), or 6-cents per share, for an adjustment of environmental reserves related to a charge taken in the first quarter 2001, and income of $3 million, or 9 cents per share, for an adjustment in the cost to complete European consolidation activity begun in 1999. The fourth quarter 2000 results included restructuring and other charges of $61 million pre-tax ($42 million after tax), or $1.18 per share.

Including these charges and other items, Tenneco Automotive reported a net loss of $99 million, or $2.53 per diluted share in the fourth quarter 2001, compared with a net loss of $63 million, or $1.74 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2000.

The company reported revenue for the quarter of $758 million, a 10 percent decline compared with $843 million in the fourth quarter of 2000. EBITDA for the quarter, before the previously discussed restructuring charges and other items, was $65 million, compared with $54 million the previous year, a 20 percent improvement.

"Clearly, the aggressive steps we have taken to reduce costs and working capital, improve gross margins and strengthen our customer relationships drove this progress," Frissora said. "As we maintain our focus on these key areas, we see significant opportunity to improve our long-term gross margin performance through the new restructuring efforts we are already implementing."

Tenneco Automotive recorded charges totaling $32 million in the fourth quarter, primarily related to new restructuring activities it is initiating in North America and Europe. The company intends to close eight facilities, consolidate or rearrange and improve the workflow in 20 others, and move production assets among some of its plants. These activities are designed to reduce existing over capacity, as well as improve standardization and efficiency in its global manufacturing, distribution and logistics operations.

The company expects to substantially complete these actions by the end of the first quarter of 2003, and anticipates they will generate $11 million in savings during 2002, and $30 million in annualized savings beginning in 2004.

Up to 900 employees could be impacted by these combined actions in North America and Europe. The company will carry out all activities, including workforce reductions, in compliance with all applicable legal and contractual requirements, including informing and consulting with work councils, union representatives, and others. The company expects to incur about $15 million of additional expense during 2002 related to these actions, which could not be accrued as part of the restructuring reserve. The total cash cost related to these actions is expected to be approximately $40 million.

"This initiative represents the next step in our ongoing strategy to optimize our global manufacturing and distribution footprint, and ensure that our business reflects the changing dynamics of the automotive market," Frissora said. "We regret the impact it may have on some of our people, but the actions are necessary to help strengthen our competitiveness and improve our financial performance over the long term."

Future phases of this initiative, which still need to be finalized, will require approval by the company's board of directors and will likely require senior lender approval as well.

The company reported the following geographical results for fourth quarter 2001 before charges and other items:

NORTH AMERICA
North American original equipment revenue decreased 5 percent during the quarter to $306 million versus $322 million in the fourth quarter of 2000. Excluding pass-through sales, revenue decreased 11 percent. North American aftermarket revenue was relatively unchanged versus the previous year at $116 million. North American EBIT increased to $20 million from $9 million in the fourth quarter of 2000. Significantly lower SGA&E expenses and improved aftermarket pricing offset the impact of lower OE revenues. The North American aftermarket improved its profitability and margins for the third straight quarter in 2001, posting a 20 percent operating margin improvement versus the fourth quarter 2000.

EUROPE
The company reported European original equipment revenue of $207 million for the quarter, a 17 percent decrease over fourth quarter 2000 revenue of $249 million. Excluding pass-through sales, revenue would have decreased 14 percent. European aftermarket revenue declined 14 percent to $61 million. European EBIT was breakeven for the quarter, compared with $5 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2000. The results were driven by lower revenues, which more than offset SGA&E savings and aftermarket price increases. The European aftermarket improved its profitability by 53 percent and its margins by six percent, despite lower revenues.

REST OF WORLD
The company's Australian operations reported revenue of $27 million for the quarter, down from $29 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2000, primarily due to the weak Australian dollar and lower aftermarket volumes. In South America, the company reported revenue of $26 million, compared with fourth quarter 2000 revenue of $37 million. This decrease was the result of $6 million in currency devaluation and soft original equipment and aftermarket volumes.

Revenue from the company's Asian operations fell to $15 million from $18 million in the fourth quarter of 2000, primarily due to original equipment volume decreases in China.

Combined EBIT for Australia, South America, and Asia increased to $7 million from $5 million in the fourth quarter 2000. Improved manufacturing efficiency and reduced SGA&E more than offset lower volumes and currency fluctuations.

FULL YEAR PERFORMANC0E

For the full year 2001, Tenneco Automotive reported a net loss of $130 million, or $3.43 per share, compared with a net loss of $41 million, or $1.18 per share in 2000. Excluding charges and other items, the company posted a net loss of $18 million or 48-cents per share in 2001, versus income of $4 million or 10-cents per share in 2000.

Revenues for 2001 were off five percent to $3.36 billion. On an adjusted basis, 2001 revenues were off 10 percent. Before charges and other items, 2001 EBITDA was $300 million, down 11 percent from $336 million in 2000, and 2001 EBIT decreased 21 percent to $147 million versus $185 million the previous year. However, EVA improved $7 million year-over-year driven primarily by significant working capital improvements.

"Current industry and global economic trends point to yet another challenging year ahead," Frissora said. "However, we intend to counter these conditions by remaining aggressively vigilant on the cost side of the business and continuing to focus on cash flow. We will also look to offset anticipated volume declines by pursuing new business in our aftermarket business, as well as by continuing to introduce advanced technology solutions for our OE customers worldwide."

FOURTH QUARTER RESTRUCTURING CHARGES AND OTHER ITEMS

The $32 million restructuring charge recorded in the fourth quarter includes the following actions:

  • Close 8 facilities and improve efficiency in 20 other facilities by consolidating and relocating production among plants and rearranging production flow in other locations. The cost of these actions included in the restructuring charge is $27 million, which primarily represents closure, severance, and lease cancellation costs as well as the write down of assets at the locations to be closed to their realizable value.
  • Complete the rearrangement of one plant in the fourth quarter of 2001 at a cost of $1 million.
  • Adjust inventory and product strategies in the company's European aftermarket business. The inventory was written down by $4 million to its estimated scrap value less cost to sell.

The company adjusted downward by $3 million the expected cost of completing the consolidation of European distribution centers, an action initiated in 1999. In addition, the adjustment of environmental reserves related to a first quarter 2001 charge was the result of the company identifying a more cost-effective environmental remediation technology to use at one of its locations, which allowed for a $4 million reduction in the expected cost of completing that remediation.

The $66 million repatriation tax charge will allow the company to manage global cash resources more effectively, and reduce cash taxes on its foreign entities in 2002 by approximately $10 million. Because the company has a substantial net operating loss carryforward in the United States, only between $2 million and $6 million of this charge will be paid in cash.

The attachments provide additional information on Tenneco Automotive's fourth quarter 2001 and full-year operating results.

2002 ANNUAL MEETING SET
The company also announced today that its board of directors has scheduled the corporation's annual meeting of shareholders for Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Peabody Hotel, 149 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. The record date for shareholders to vote at the meeting is March 22, 2002.

Tenneco Automotive is a $3.4 billion manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and 21,600 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® and Walker® global brand names. Among its products are Sensa-Trac® and Reflex™ shocks and struts, Rancho® shock absorbers, Walker® Quiet-Flow™ mufflers and DynoMax™ performance exhaust products, and Monroe® Clevite™ vibration control components.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Words such as "intends", "expects", "anticipates", "could", "intend," "will", "remain", and similar expressions identify these forward-looking statements. 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 book of business; (v) 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; (vi) the cost of compliance with changes in regulations, including environmental regulations; (vii) workforce factors such as strikes or labor interruptions; (viii) material substitutions and increases in the costs of raw materials; (ix) the company's ability to execute restructuring and other cost reduction plans and to realize anticipated benefits from these plans; (x) the company's ability to develop and profitably commercialize new products and technologies, and the acceptance of such new products and technologies by the company's customers; (xii) 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; and (xiii) 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. The company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.


TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE INC. CONSOLIDATED EARNINGS RESULTS

(Unaudited)

(Millions)

THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31,

   

     2001

 

     2000

 

Net sales and operating revenues

 

$     758

 

$     843

(d)
 

Costs and Expenses

         

Cost of Sales (exclusive of depreciation shown below)

 

623

(a)(b)

704

 

Engineering, Research and Development

 

12

 

14

 

Selling, General and Administrative

 

85

(a)

137

(d)

Depreciation and Amortization

 

38

 

35

 

Total Costs and Expenses

 

758

 

890

 
 

Other Income (Loss)

 

2

 

5

 
 

Operating Income (Loss)

         

North America

 

12

 

(35)

 

Europe

 

(16)

 

(8)

 

Rest of World

 

6

 

1

 

Other

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

2

 

(42)

 

Less:

         

Interest expense (net of interest capitalized)

 

38

 

47

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

 

63

(c)

(26)

 

Minority interest

 

-

 

-

 

Income (Loss) from continuing operations

 

(99)

 

(63)

 
 

Extraordinary loss, net of income tax

 

-

 

-

 
 

Net Income (Loss)

 

$     (99)

 

$     (63)

 
 

Average common shares outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

39.0

 

35.7

 

Diluted

 

39.2

 

35.9

 
 

Earnings (loss) per share of common stock

         

Basic

         

Continuing operations

 

(2.53)

 

(1.74)

 

Extraordinary loss

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

$     (2.53)

 

$     (1.74)

 

Diluted

         

Continuing operations

 

(2.53)

 

(1.74)

 

Extraordinary loss

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

$     (2.53)

 

$     (1.74)

 
 

(a) Includes net restructuring and other charges of $29 million pre-tax, $28 million after tax or $0.72 per share. Of the charges $4 million is recorded in SG&A and the remaining $25 million is in cost of sales. Geographically, $8 million is recorded in North America, $20 million in Europe and $1 million in Rest of World.

(b) Includes income for an adjustment of environmental reserves of $4 million pre-tax, $2 million after tax or $0.06 per share. The amount is recorded in cost of sales. Geographically the amount is recorded in Europe.

(c) Includes tax charge for repatriation of earnings from foreign subsidiaries of $66 million or $1.68 per share.

(d) Pursuant to EITF Issue No. 00-14, Accounting for Certain Sales Incentives, some incentives that were previously recorded in SG&A are now classified as a reduction in revenues. Results for 2000 were reclassified accordingly, with net sales and SG&A each reduced by $6 million with no impact on income.



 

TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE INC. CONSOLIDATED EARNINGS RESULTS

(Unaudited)

(Millions)

TWELVE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31,

   

     2001

 

     2000

 

Net sales and operating revenues

 

$     3,364

 

$     3,528

(d)
 

Costs and Expenses

         

Cost of Sales (exclusive of depreciation shown below)

 

2,699

(a)(b)

2,766

 

Engineering, Research and Development

 

48

 

58

 

Selling, General and Administrative

 

372

(a)(c)

438

(d)

Depreciation and Amortization

 

153

 

151

 

Total Costs and Expenses

 

3,272

 

3,413

 
 

Other Income (Loss)

 

-

 

5

 
 

Operating Income (Loss)

         

North America

 

52

(a)(b)(c)

68

 

Europe

 

23

(a)(b)(c)

41

 

Rest of World

 

17

(a)(b)

11

 

Other

 

-

 

-

 


 

92

 

120

 

Less:

         

Interest expense (net of interest capitalized)

 

170

 

186

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

 

51

 

(27)

 

Minority interest

 

1

 

2

 

Income (Loss) from continuing operations

 

(130)

 

(41)

 
 

Extraordinary loss, net of income tax

 

-

 

(1)

(e)
 

Net Income (Loss)

 

$     (130)

 

$     (42)

 
 

Average common shares outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

37.8

 

34.7

 

Diluted

 

38.0

 

34.9

 
 

Earnings (loss) per share of common stock

         

Basic

         

Continuing operations

 

(3.43)

 

(1.18)

 

Extraordinary loss

 

-

 

(0.02)

(e)

 

 

$     (3.43)

 

$     (1.20)

 

Diluted

         

Continuing operations

 

(3.43)

 

(1.18)

 

Extraordinary loss

 

-

 

(0.02)

(e)

 

 

$     (3.43)

 

$     (1.20)

 
 

(a) Includes net restructuring and other charges of $51 million pre-tax, $43 million after-tax or $1.14 per share. Of the charges, $14 million is recorded in SG&A and the remaining $37 million is in cost of sales. Geographically, $26 million is recorded in North America, $22 million in Europe and $3 million in Rest of World.

(b) Includes environmental charges of $2 million pre-tax, $2 million after-tax or $0.04 per share. The entire charge is recorded in cost of sales. Geographically, $1 million is recorded in both North America and Europe.

(c) Includes costs associated with the renegotiation of senior debt of $2 million pre-tax, $2 million after-tax or $0.04 per share. The entire charge is recorded in SG&A. Geographically, $1 million is recorded in both North America and Europe.

(d) Pursuant to EITF Issue No. 00-14, Accounting for Certain Sales Incentives, some incentives that were previously recorded in SG&A are now classified as a reduction in revenues. Results for 2000 were reclassified accordingly, with net sales and SG&A each reduced by $21 million with no impact on income.

(e) Loss on early retirement of debt.



 

 


TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE INC. AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

BALANCE SHEET

(Unaudited)

(Millions)

       

December 31, 2001

 

December 2000

       

Actual

 

Actual

ASSETS

   

CASH & TEMPORARY CASH INVESTMENTS

 

53

 

35

   

RECEIVABLES, Net

 

395

 

487

   

INVENTORIES

 

326

 

422

   

OTHER CURRENT ASSETS

 

167

 

165

   

INVESTMENTS AND OTHER ASSETS

 

773

 

772

   

PLANT, PROPERTY, AND EQUIPMENT, Net

 

967

 

1,005

   

TOTAL ASSETS

 

$     2,681

 

$     2,886

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

   

SHORT-TERM DEBT

 

191

 

92

   

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

 

401

 

464

   

ACCRUED TAXES

 

35

 

16

   

ACCRUED INTEREST

 

25

 

35

   

OTHER CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

224

 

202

   

LONG-TERM DEBT

 

1,324

 

1,435

   

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES

 

166

 

144

   

DEFERRED CREDITS AND OTHER LIABILITIES

 

226

 

154

   

MINORITY INTEREST

 

15

 

14

   

TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

74

 

330

   

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREOWNERS' EQUITY

 

$     2,681

 

$     2,886

   

DEBT TO CAPITALIZATION RATIO

 

94.5%

 

81.6%


 


TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE INC. AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(Millions)

 

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,


 

    2001

 

    2000

Operating activities:

     

Income (Loss) from continuing operations

$   (130)

 

$   (41)

Adjustments to reconcile income (loss) from continuing

     

operations to net cash provided (used) by operating activities -

     

Depreciation and amortization

153

 

151

Deferred income taxes

30

 

(43)

(Gain)/Loss on sale of businesses and assets, net

2

 

(2)

Changes in components of working capital -

     

(Inc.)/dec. in receivables

64

 

61

(Inc.)/dec. in inventories

75

 

(29)

(Inc.)/dec. in prepayments and other current assets

(18)

 

(14)

Inc./(dec.) in payables

(46)

 

141

Inc./(dec.) in taxes accrued

2

 

(4)

Inc./(dec.) in interest accrued

(9)

 

6

Inc./(dec.) in other current liabilities

22

 

(4)

Other

(4)

 

12

Net cash provided (used) by operating activities

141

 

234


Investing activities:

     

Net proceeds from sale of assets

11

 

26

Expenditures for plant, property & equipment

(127)

 

(146)

Acquisition of businesses

-

 

(5)

Investments and other

(10)

 

(32)

Net cash provided (used) by investing activities

(126)

 

(157)


Net Cash provided (used) before financing activities

     

- continuing operations

15

 

77


Financing activities:

     

Issuance of common and treasury shares

11

 

17

Proceeds from subsidiary equity issuance

-

 

1

Issuance of long-term debt

-

 

1

Retirement of long-term debt

(57)

 

(107)

Net inc./(dec.) in short-term debt excluding current
maturities on long-term debt

49

 

(16)

 

Dividends (common)

-

 

(7)

Other

-

 

(12)

Net cash provided (used) by financing activities

3

 

(123)


Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and

     

temporary cash investments

-

 

(3)


Inc./(dec.) in cash and temporary cash investments

18

 

(49)

Cash and temporary cash investments, January 1

35

 

84

Cash and temporary cash investments, December 31

$   53

 

$   35


Cash paid during the period for interest

$   177

 

$   186

Cash paid during the period for income taxes

$   17

 

$   18


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

Tenneco Automotive, Investor relations
Leslie Hunziker, 847/482-5042
leslie.hunziker@tenneco-automotive.com

 

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