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

October 22, 2002

 
TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE REPORTS THIRD QUARTER RESULTS

Net Income and EPS exceed First Call Estimates

  • Company reports net income of $5 million, or 13-cents per diluted share
  • Reduces total debt an additional $14 million; year-to-date total debt reduction at $108 million
  • Improves working capital by $136 million year-over-year

LAKE FOREST, ILLINOIS, OCTOBER 22, 2002 - Tenneco Automotive (NYSE: TEN) today announced that the company reported net income of $5 million, or 13-cents per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2002 compared with a net loss of $2 million, or 6-cents per diluted share during the third quarter 2001. The company continued to generate positive cash flow contributing to a $14 million reduction in total debt in the quarter and a $108 million reduction in total debt year-to-date. The company also again significantly exceeded its bank covenant test ratios during the quarter.

"We are a cash driven organization and I am very pleased with our ongoing ability to generate free cash flow," said Mark P. Frissora, chairman and CEO, Tenneco Automotive. "On a year-to-date basis, we’ve generated more than enough free cash to service our debt, including making $64 million of amortization payments in the third quarter, while at the same time adequately funding our strategic initiatives globally."

The company reported revenue for the quarter of $856 million, compared with $817 million in the third quarter of 2001, a 5 percent increase. Reported EBITDA for the quarter was $75 million, flat compared with the previous year. However, the third quarter 2002 results include pre-tax non-accruable restructuring expenses of $3 million, $2 million after-tax, or 4-cents per share.

"Operationally, we capitalized on the stronger build rates in North America, delivered stronger results in our European OE ride control business, and improved our European aftermarket ride control premium mix in the third quarter," Frissora said.

The company has significantly exceeded its working capital goal for the year of $50 million, having generated $69 million in cash flow from working capital year-to-date. Year-over-year, working capital improved $136 million, or as a percent of sales, from 9.6 percent to 5.8 percent, driven by improvement in all working capital metrics.

The company recorded SGA&E during the quarter of 12 percent of sales, compared with 12.5 percent in the third quarter 2001. In the third quarter, total gross margin adjusted for non-accruable restructuring expenses was 21.5 percent, compared with 21.9 percent in the third quarter of 2001. The gross margin decrease was primarily the result of reduced higher margin aftermarket sales and increased lower margin catalytic converter pass-through sales.

"While we are a stronger company today compared with one year ago, we must maintain our sharp focus on cash management and on improving our operating fundamentals in order to continue improving our performance," Frissora said.

NORTH AMERICA
Higher overall production volumes including higher Class 8 heavy-duty truck volumes drove a 15 percent increase in North American original equipment (OE) revenue. The company reported North American original equipment revenue of $337 million during the quarter versus $295 million in the third quarter of 2001. Excluding catalytic converter pass-through sales, revenue increased 16 percent. North American aftermarket revenue for the quarter was $129 million compared with $145 million one year ago. However, third quarter 2001 revenue was impacted by a large initial order from a new major aftermarket customer.

North American EBIT increased 64 percent to $36 million versus $23 million in third quarter 2001. North American EBIT improvement was driven by higher OE volumes and improved manufacturing efficiency in both the OE and aftermarket businesses, helping offset notable softness in both the ride control and exhaust segments of the aftermarket. Third quarter 2002 results included $1 million in non-accruable restructuring expenses.

EUROPE
The company reported European original equipment revenue of $219 million for the quarter, compared with third quarter 2001 revenue of $221 million. Currency exchange rates benefited total OE revenues by $21 million. Lower volumes and delayed platform launches in the exhaust business more than offset stronger ride control revenue due to new platform launches and stronger sales on existing platforms. The company’s European aftermarket revenue increased 7 percent to $86 million, versus $81 million one year ago. Excluding the impact of the currency exchange rate, aftermarket revenues were relatively flat.

European EBIT was a loss of $1 million for the quarter, compared with income of $9 million reported in the third quarter of 2001. Lower OE exhaust volumes, delayed OE exhaust platform launches, SGA&E expense associated with the launch of the premium aftermarket Monroe Reflex® shock absorber and $2 million in non-accruable restructuring expenses impacted the company’s European results.

"We have already taken a number of steps in our European OE exhaust business to improve our operations including headcount reductions and implementing processes to improve manufacturing efficiency and flexibility," said Frissora. "We are already seeing improvement as the business unit’s gross margins strengthened both year-over-year and compared with second quarter 2002. We expect to see continued improvement going forward."

REST OF WORLD
The company’s Australian operations reported a 16 percent increase in revenues to $31 million, versus $27 million one year ago. Strong OE market volumes and a favorable currency exchange rate drove the revenue increase.

In South America, the company reported revenue of $24 million compared with $32 million in the third quarter of 2001. Unfavorable currency exchange rates negatively impacted revenues by $10 million.

The company’s Asian operations reported $30 million in revenue, an 86 percent increase versus third quarter 2001 revenue of $16 million. The company’s China operations drove revenue growth in Asia with stronger OE volumes including new exhaust pass-through business.

Combined EBIT for Australia, South America and Asia was $5 million, flat compared with third quarter 2001.

The company exceeded its bank covenant test ratios during the quarter. At September 30, the leverage ratio was 4.20, below the maximum limit of 5.75; the fixed charge coverage ratio was 1.29, exceeding the minimum required ratio of 0.70; and the interest coverage ratio was 2.23, exceeding the minimum required ratio of 1.65.

The attachments provide additional information on Tenneco Automotive’s third quarter 2002 operating results.

Tenneco Automotive is a $3.4 billion manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 21,000 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® and Walker® global brand names. Among its products are Sensa-Trac® and Monroe 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 "taking", "focused", "goal", "expect", "anticipate", "should", "believe", "plan", "remain", "confident", "continue" and similar expressions identify 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; (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) acts of war or terrorism and the impact of these acts on economic, financial and social conditions in the countries where we operate 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. 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
INCOME STATEMENT

(Unaudited)

THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30,

   

     2002

 

     2001

 

Net sales and operating revenues

 

$     856

 

$     817

 
 

Costs and Expenses

         

Cost of Sales (exclusive of depreciation shown below)

 

675

(a)

638

 

Engineering, Research and Development

 

13

 

11

 

Selling, General and Administrative

 

90

 

91

 

Depreciation and Amortization

 

35

 

39

 

Total Costs and Expenses

 

813

 

779

 
 

Gain(Loss) on sale of assets

 

-

 

-

 

Gain(Loss) on sale of receivables

 

(1)

 

(1)

 

Other Income(Loss)

 

(2)

 

-

 

Total Other Income(Loss)

 

(3)

 

(1)

 
 

Operating Income(Loss)

         

North America

 

36

 

23

 

Europe

 

(1)

 

9

 

Rest of World

 

5

 

5

 

Other

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

40

 

37

 

Less:

         

Interest expense (net of interest capitalized)

 

36

 

42

 

Income tax expense(benefit)

 

(2)

(b)

(3)

(c)

Minority interest

 

1

 

-

 

Net Income(Loss)

 

$     5

 

$     (2)

 
 

Average common shares outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

39.8

 

38.1

 

Diluted

 

42.0

 

38.2

 
 

Earnings(Loss) per share of common stock

         

Basic

 

$     0.13

 

$     (0.06)

 

Diluted

 

$     0.13

 

$     (0.06)

 
 

(a) Includes non-accruable restructuring expenses of $3 million pre-tax, $2 million after-tax. All of the costs are recorded in cost of sales. Geographically, $1 million is recorded in North America and $2 million in Europe.

(b) Includes tax adjustments of $4 million related to a change in the 2002 estimated effective tax rate and an adjustment in foreign taxes based on a filed tax return.

(c) Includes a $1 million tax benefit related to a change in the estimated effective tax rate.



TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE INC. CONSOLIDATED EARNINGS RESULTS
INCOME STATEMENT

(Unaudited)

NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30,

   

     2002

 

     2001

 

Net sales and operating revenues

 

$     2,613

 

$     2,606

 
 

Costs and Expenses

         

Cost of Sales (exclusive of depreciation shown below)

 

2,058

(a)

2,076

(f) (g)

Engineering, Research and Development

 

35

 

36

 

Selling, General and Administrative

 

285

(b)

287

(f) (h)

Depreciation and Amortization

 

104

 

115

 

Total Costs and Expenses

 

2,482

 

2,514


 

Gain(Loss) on sale of assets

 

11

(c)

-

 

Gain(Loss) on sale of receivables

 

(2)

 

(4)

 

Other Income(Loss)

 

(2)

 

2

 

Total Other Income

 

7

 

(2)

 
 

Operating Income(Loss)

         

North America

 

108

(a) (b)

40

(f)(g)

Europe

 

15

(a) (b) (c)

39

(f) (g) (h)

Rest of World

 

15

 

11

(f) (h)

Other

 

-

 

-

 


 

138

 

90

 

Less:

         

Interest expense (net of interest capitalized)

 

108

 

132

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

 

6

(d) (e)

(12)

 

Minority interest

 

2

 

1

 

Net Income(Loss)

 

$     22

 

$     (31)

 
 

Average common shares outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

39.8

 

37.3

 

Diluted

 

41.7

 

37.5

 
 

Earnings(Loss) per share of common stock

         

Basic

 

$     0.56

 

$     (0.83)

 

Diluted

 

$     0.53

 

$     (0.83)

 
 

(a) Includes non-accruable restructuring expenses of $6 million pre-tax, $3 million after-tax. All of the costs are recorded in cost of sales. Geographically, $3 million is recorded in North America and $3 million in Europe.

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

(c) Includes a gain on the sale of a UK facility of $11 million pre-tax, $5 million after-tax. Geographically, the entire gain is recorded in Europe.

(d) Includes a $4 million tax benefit related to lower-than-expected costs for withholding taxes. The lower cost of tax withholding for the fourth quarter 2001 tax repatriation transaction resulted from an amendment in the bank agreement allowing a more efficient transaction to be completed.

(e) Includes $2 million related to an adjustment in foreign taxes based on a filed tax return.

(f) Includes restructuring and other related charges of $22 million pre-tax, $17 million after-tax. Of the charges, $10 million is recorded in SG&A and the remaining $12 million is in cost of sales. Geographically, $18 million is recorded in North America, $2 million in Europe and $2 million in Rest of World.

(g) Includes environmental charges of $6 million pre-tax, $5 million after-tax. The entire charge is recorded in cost of sales. Geographically, $5 million is recorded in Europe and $1 million is in North America.

(h) Includes costs associated with the renegotiation of senior debt of $2 million pre-tax, $2 million after-tax. The entire charge is recorded in SG&A. Geographically, $1 million is recorded in both Europe and Rest of World.

 

 

 

 


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

 


TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE INC. CONSOLIDATED EARNINGS RESULTS

STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(Millions)

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,


 

    2002

 

    2001

Operating activities:

     

Net Income(Loss)

$   22

 

$   (31)

Adjustments to reconcile net income(loss) to net cash

     

provided(used) by operating activities -

     

Depreciation and amortization

104

 

115

Deferred income taxes

(17)

 

(28)

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

(9)

 

4

Changes in components of working capital -

     

(Inc.)/dec. in receivables

(25)

 

5

(Inc.)/dec. in inventories

11

 

52

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

(20)

 

(9)

Inc./(dec.) in payables

76

 

7

Inc./(dec.) in taxes accrued

3

 

2

Inc./(dec.) in interest accrued

14

 

10

Inc./(dec.) in other current liabilities

10

 

6

Other

(1)

 

16

Net cash provided (used) by operating activities

168

 

149


Investing activities:

     

Net proceeds from sale of assets

20

 

3

Expenditures for plant, property & equipment

(86)

 

(74)

Investments and other

10

 

(10)

Net cash provided(used) by investing activities

(56)

 

(81)


Net Cash provided(used) before financing activities

112

 

68


Financing activities:

     

Issuance of common and treasury shares

-

 

8

Proceeds from subsidiary equity issuance

-

 

-

Issuance of long-term debt

1

 

-

Retirement of long-term debt

(89)

 

(8)

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

(22)

 

(13)

 

Dividends (common)

-

 

-

Other

-

 

-

Net cash provided(used) by financing activities

(110)

 

(13)


Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and

     

temporary cash investments

(9)

 

2


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

(7)

 

57

Cash and temporary cash investments, January 1

53

 

35

Cash and temporary cash investments, September 30

$   46

 

$   92


Cash paid during the period for interest

$   94

 

$   121

Cash paid during the period for income taxes

$   22

 

$   10


 


TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE INC. CONSOLIDATED EARNINGS RESULTS

BALANCE SHEET

(Unaudited)

(Millions)

       

September 30, 2002

 

December 2001

       

Actual

 

Actual

ASSETS

   

CASH & TEMPORARY CASH INV.

 

46

 

53

   

RECEIVABLES, Net

 

428

 

395

   

INVENTORIES

 

327

 

326

   

OTHER CURRENT ASSETS

 

197

 

167

   

INVESTMENTS AND OTHER ASSETS

 

774

 

773

   

PLANT, PROPERTY, AND EQUIPMENT, Net

 

968

 

967

   

TOTAL ASSETS

 

$     2,740

 

$     2,681

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREOWNERS' EQUITY

   

SHORT-TERM DEBT

 

184

 

191

   

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

 

499

 

401

   

ACCRUED TAXES

 

41

 

35

   

ACCRUED INTEREST

 

38

 

25

   

OTHER CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

224

 

224

   

LONG-TERM DEBT

 

1,223

 

1,324

   

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES

 

187

 

166

   

DEFERRED CREDITS AND OTHER LIABILITIES

 

221

 

226

   

MINORITY INTEREST

 

17

 

15

   

TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

106

 

74

   

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

$     2,740

 

$     2,681


 

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