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

January 29, 2014

 
TENNECO REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2013 RESULTS
  • Record-high 4Q and full year revenue
  • Record-high 4Q EBIT and net income
  • 4Q cash flow from operations of $412 million

Lake Forest, Illinois, January 30, 2014 – Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TEN) reported fourth quarter net income of $54 million, or 88-cents per diluted share, compared with $33 million, or 54-cents per diluted share, in fourth quarter 2012.  On an adjusted basis, net income rose to $59 million, or 96-cents per diluted share, versus $40 million, or 66-cents per diluted share a year ago.

Tenneco’s results in the fourth quarter and for full-year 2013 reflect the company’s strong balance across end-markets, geographic regions, customers and platforms as the company continues to build on its strong position in its OE markets (light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway and other markets); complemented by a market-leading global aftermarket business.  Tenneco grew revenues across all segments in the fourth quarter and in 2013.  Tenneco’s total light vehicle revenue outpaced global industry production with a 13% increase in the fourth quarter and an 8% rise for the full year.  Commercial truck and off-highway revenue was up 51% in the fourth quarter and 18% for the full year.  Global aftermarket revenue also increased, up 5% in the quarter and 1% in 2013.

Revenue

Total revenue in the fourth quarter increased to $2.031 billion.  Revenue excluding substrate sales was $1.569 billion, up 15%, driven by year-over-year increases in Clean Air and Ride Performance.

For the full year, Tenneco reported its highest-ever revenue of $7.964 billion, up 8% from a year ago.  Excluding substrate sales, revenue increased 7% to $6.129 billion.

“We delivered our highest-ever fourth quarter and full year revenue by capitalizing on stronger global light vehicle volumes, launching new light vehicle platforms and growing our commercial truck and off-highway business,” said Gregg Sherrill, chairman and CEO, Tenneco.  “Our solid operational performance drove greater profitability for the year with improvements in both the Clean Air and Ride Performance businesses.”

Fourth Quarter EBIT

Fourth quarter EBIT (earnings before interest, taxes and noncontrolling interests) was $118 million, up 40% from $84 million last year.  Adjusted EBIT rose 35% to $127 million.

Clean Air adjusted EBIT increased 17% year-over-year on higher volumes and the ramp-up on new platforms in North America and China.  Ride Performance adjusted EBIT increased 70%, largely due to the ramp-up on new platforms in North America, higher light vehicle production volumes in China, higher global aftermarket sales and operational cost improvements.

Adjusted fourth quarter 2013 and 2012 results

 
    Q4 2013   Q4 2012
  (millions except per share amounts) EBITDA* EBIT Net income attributable to Tenneco Inc. Per Share EBITDA* EBIT Net income  attributable to Tenneco Inc. Per Share
 
Earnings Measures $ 172 $ 118 $ 54 $ 0.88   $ 141 $ 84 $ 33 $ 0.54
 
Adjustments (reflects non-GAAP measures):      
  Restructuring and related expenses   9   9   8   0.13     3   3   2   0.04
  Asset impairment charge   -   -   -   -     -   7   7   0.11
  Net tax adjustments   -   -   (3)   (0.05)     -   -   (2)   (0.03)
 
Non-GAAP earnings measures $ 181 $ 127 $ 59 $ 0.96   $ 144 $ 94 $ 40 $ 0.66
 
 * EBITDA including noncontrolling interests (EBIT before depreciation and amortization)
In addition to the items set forth above, the tables at the end of this press release reconcile GAAP to non-GAAP results.

Fourth quarter 2013 adjustments

  • Restructuring and related charges of $9 million before tax, or 13-cents per diluted share.
  • Net tax adjustments of $3 million, or 5-cents per diluted share, for tax adjustments to prior year estimates.

Fourth quarter 2012 adjustments

  • Restructuring and related charges of $3 million before tax, or 4-cents per diluted share.
  • Non-cash asset impairment charge of $7 million, or 11-cents per diluted share, related to the European ride control business.
  • Tax adjustments of $2 million, or 3-cents per diluted share, due to adjustments of prior year estimates.

EBIT Margin

Tenneco delivered a significant increase in adjusted EBIT as a percent of value-add revenue.  The improvement was driven by higher light vehicle volumes globally, an increase in commercial truck and off-highway revenue and stronger global aftermarket sales.  This quarter’s EBIT margin also included higher engineering investments for Clean Air customer programs.

Fourth quarter results

  Q4 2013   Q4 2012
 
EBIT as a percent of revenue 5.8% 4.8%
EBIT as a percent of value-add revenue 7.5% 6.2%
 
Adjusted EBIT as a percent of revenue 6.3% 5.4%
Adjusted EBIT as a percent of value-add revenue 8.1% 6.9%
 

Cash

Cash generated by operations in the quarter was $412 million, up 72% from a year ago.  The improvement was driven by higher earnings and working capital improvements.

 

FULL-YEAR 2013 RESULTS

Adjusted 2013 and 2012 results

 
    2013   2012
  (millions except per share amounts) EBITDA* EBIT Net income attributable to Tenneco Inc. Per Share EBITDA* EBIT Net income  attributable to Tenneco Inc. Per Share
 
Earnings Measures $ 629 $ 424 $ 183 $ 2.97   $ 633 $ 428 $ 275 $ 4.50
 
Adjustments (reflects non-GAAP measures):      
  Restructuring and related expenses   78   78   75   1.21     13   13   8   0.14
  Asset impairment charge   -   -   -   -     -   7   7   0.11
  Pullman Recoveries   -   -   -   -     (5)   (5)   (3)   (0.05)
  Costs related to refinancing   -   -   -   -     -   -   12   0.19
  Net tax adjustments   -   -   (25)   (0.40)     -   -   (96)   (1.57)
 
Non-GAAP earnings measures $ 707 $ 502 $ 233 $ 3.78   $ 641 $ 443 $ 203 $ 3.32
 
 * EBITDA including noncontrolling interests (EBIT before depreciation and amortization)
In addition to the items set forth above, the tables at the end of this press release reconcile GAAP to non-GAAP results.

EBIT

Full-year EBIT was $424 million, versus $428 million a year ago.  Adjusted for the items above, EBIT rose 13% to $502 million.  Earnings were driven by leveraging higher light vehicle volumes globally, commercial truck and off-highway revenue growth, higher aftermarket sales and operational cost management.  2013 EBIT includes $14 million in negative currency.

EBIT margin

Tenneco delivered its fourth consecutive year of improved adjusted EBIT as a percent of value-add revenue.

  2013   2012
 
EBIT as a percent of revenue 5.3% 5.8%
EBIT as a percent of value-add revenue 6.9% 7.5%
 
Adjusted EBIT as a percent of revenue 6.3% 6.0%
Adjusted EBIT as a percent of value-add revenue 8.2% 7.8%
 

Cash

Cash generated by operations in 2013 was $503 million.  Working capital improvements drove the 38% increase over last year.  Total capital spending for the full year was $254 million.

During the year, Tenneco completed a stock buyback program, repurchasing 550,000 shares of its outstanding common stock for $27 million to offset dilution from shares issued to employees in 2013.  Also during the year, the company acquired the remaining 20% of its Dalian, China joint venture for $69 million and $9 million paid in lieu of dividends owed to the partner.

Tenneco’s earnings improvement and strong cash generation resulted in a new all-time low net debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio of 1.2x, an improvement from 1.5x at the end of 2012.

OUTLOOK AND FINANCIAL GUIDANCE

FIRST QUARTER 2014

In the first quarter of 2014, IHS Automotive projects that industry light vehicle production in the regions where Tenneco operates will increase 6% year-over-year.  North America is expected to be up 6%, Europe up 4% and China up 12%.  Light vehicle production in India and South America is expected to be down 9% and 1% respectively.

Revenue from commercial truck and off-highway customers in the first quarter is expected to increase about 20% year-over-year as Tenneco launches additional content for off-highway equipment to meet the next round of regulatory changes in North America and Europe, and as the pace of commercial truck customer orders in China continues to gradually increase.

The company expects its global aftermarket revenue in the first quarter to remain at the strong levels achieved in the first quarter of last year.

FULL YEAR 2014

In 2014, Tenneco expects its total original equipment (OE) revenue will increase between 7% and 11% including both light vehicle, and commercial truck and off-highway revenue growth.

The company’s 2014 OE light vehicle revenue is expected to grow at a slightly higher rate than overall global industry production, which according to IHS Automotive is forecasted to increase 5% in the regions where Tenneco operates.  This includes IHS estimates of year-over-year increases in North America (4%), Europe (1%), China (10%), South America (2%) and India (6%). Tenneco’s light vehicle OE revenue growth will be driven by leveraging higher industry production volumes with a strong position on top-selling platforms and with customers globally;  light vehicle program launches including new technology content; and the ramp-up of volumes on platforms launched in 2013.

Tenneco anticipates its 2014 commercial truck and off-highway revenue will increase in the range of 20% to 30% despite the expectation that overall, the company’s commercial truck and off-highway markets will see relatively flat volumes in 2014.  Tenneco’s revenue growth will be driven primarily by programs with new incremental content to meet U.S. Tier 4 final and Europe Stage 4 off-road regulations that begin phasing in during 2014.  Also driving revenue growth will be the launch of new programs globally, and gradually increasing revenues in China as more cities enforce already enacted emissions regulations and low sulfur diesel fuel becomes more widely available.

The company expects its global aftermarket business to continue to be a stable contributor to Tenneco’s revenue performance.

Looking forward, Tenneco expects significant revenue growth over the next five years, largely driven by increasingly stringent global emissions regulations for light vehicles and commercial markets.  The company’s OE light vehicle revenue is expected to outpace global industry light vehicle production as Tenneco leverages its strong position on platforms, across geographic regions and with leading customers worldwide.  In addition, Tenneco anticipates its strong book of business with commercial truck and off-highway manufacturers will support further revenue growth, driven by new business, incremental content and stronger volumes as various commercial markets recover.  Over this timeframe, Tenneco expects an average annual OE revenue growth rate of about 10%.

 “Tenneco’s growth opportunities are outstanding.  Our technology, engineering and manufacturing capabilities, and global footprint give us a leading position with light and commercial vehicle customers and we are building on a robust book of business with new programs and additional content,” said Sherrill. “Geographically, our growth is well balanced as we continue to win and launch new business in both emerging and mature markets.”

In 2014, Tenneco expects:

Capital expenditures between $275 million and $300 million

Annual interest expense about $80 million

Cash taxes between $190 million and $210 million

Tax rate between 36% and 38%

2013 Q4 and Full Year release including all attachments listed below

Attachment 1

Statements of Income – 3 Months

Statements of Income – 12 Months

Balance Sheets

Statements of Cash Flows – 3 Months

Statements of Cash Flows – 12 Months

Attachment 2

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to EBITDA including noncontrolling interests – 3 Months

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Earnings Measures – 3 Months

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to EBITDA including noncontrolling interests – 12 Months

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Earnings Measures – 12 Months

Reconciliation of GAAP Revenue to Non-GAAP Revenue Measures – 3 Months

Reconciliation of GAAP Revenue to Non-GAAP Revenue Measures – 12 Months

Reconciliation of GAAP Revenue to Non-GAAP Revenue Measures – 3 Months and 12 Months

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures – Debt Net of Cash/Adjusted LTM EBITDA including noncontrolling interests

Reconciliation of GAAP Revenue to Non-GAAP Revenue Measures – Original Equipment and Aftermarket Revenue – 3 Months and 12 Months

Reconciliation of GAAP Revenue and Earnings to Non-GAAP Revenue and Earnings Measures – 3 Months

Reconciliation of GAAP Revenue and Earnings to Non-GAAP Revenue and Earnings Measures – 12 Months

CONFERENCE CALL

The company will host a conference call on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. ET.  The dial-in number is 888-469-0644 (domestic) or 630-395-0443 (international).  The passcode is TENNECO.  The call and accompanying slides will be available on the financial section of the Tenneco web site at www.tenneco.com.  A recording of the call will be available one hour following completion of the call on January 30, 2014 through March 1, 2014.  To access this recording, dial 866-516-0672 (domestic) or 203-369-2036 (international).  The purpose of the call is to discuss the company’s operations for the quarter, as well as other matters that may impact the company’s outlook.  A copy of the press release is available on the financial and news sections of the Tenneco web site.

ANNUAL MEETING

The Tenneco Board of Directors has scheduled the corporation’s annual meeting of shareholders for Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. CT. The meeting will be held at the corporate headquarters, 500 North Field Drive, Lake Forest, Illinois. The record date for shareholders eligible to vote at the meeting is March 17, 2014.

Tenneco is an $8 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 26,000 employees worldwide.  Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of clean air and ride performance products and systems for automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment markets and the aftermarket.  Tenneco’s principal brand names are Monroe®, Walker®, XNOx™ and Clevite®Elastomer.

Revenue estimates in this release are based on OE manufacturers’ programs that have been formally awarded to the company; programs where Tenneco is highly confident that it will be awarded business based on informal customer indications consistent with past practices; Tenneco’s status as supplier for the existing program and its relationship with the customer; and the actual original equipment revenues achieved by the company for each of the last several years compared to the amount of those revenues that the company estimated it would generate at the beginning of each year.  These revenue estimates are also based on anticipated vehicle production levels and pricing, including precious metals pricing and the impact of material cost changes.  Currency is assumed to be constant at $1.33 per Euro throughout the entire period.  For certain additional assumptions upon which these estimates are based, see the slides accompanying the January 30, 2014 webcast, which will be available on the financial section of the Tenneco website at www.tenneco.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements.  Words such as “may,” “expects,” “anticipate,” ”projects,” “will,” “outlook” 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) general economic, business and market conditions;

(ii) the company’s ability to source and procure needed materials, components and other products and services in accordance with customer demand and at competitive prices;

(iii) changes in capital availability or costs, including increases in the company's costs of borrowing (i.e., interest rate increases), the amount of the company's debt, the ability of the company to access capital markets at favorable rates, and the credit ratings of the company’s debt;

(iv) changes in consumer demand, prices and the company’s ability to have our products included on top selling vehicles, including any shifts in consumer preferences to lower margin vehicles, for which we may or may not have supply arrangements;

(v) changes in automotive and commercial vehicle manufacturers' production rates and their actual and forecasted requirements for the company's products such as the significant production cuts during recent years by automotive manufacturers in response to difficult economic conditions;

(vi) the overall highly competitive nature of the automobile and commercial vehicle parts industries, and any resultant inability to realize the sales represented by the company’s awarded book of business which is based on anticipated pricing and volumes over the life of the applicable program;

(vii) the loss of any of our large original equipment manufacturer (“OEM”) customers (on whom we depend for a substantial portion of our revenues), or the loss of market shares by these customers if we are unable to achieve increased sales to other OEMs or any change in customer demand due to delays in the adoption or enforcement of worldwide emissions regulations;

(viii) workforce factors such as strikes or labor interruptions; 

(ix)  increases in the costs of raw materials, including the company’s ability to successfully reduce the impact of any such cost increases through materials substitutions, cost reduction initiatives, customer recovery and other methods; 

(x) the negative impact of higher fuel prices on transportation and logistics costs, raw material costs and discretionary purchases of vehicles or aftermarket products;

(xi) the cyclical nature of the global vehicular industry, including the performance of the global aftermarket sector and longer product lives of automobile parts;

(xii) the company's continued success in cost reduction and cash management programs and its ability to execute restructuring and other cost reduction plans and to realize anticipated benefits from these plans;

(xiii) product warranty costs;

(xiv) the cost and outcome of existing and any future legal proceedings;

(xv) the failure or breach of our information technology systems and the consequences that such failure or breach may have to our business;

(xvi) economic, exchange rate and political conditions in the countries where we operate or sell our products;

(xvii) 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 and the market; 

(xviii) changes by the Financial Accounting Standards Board or other accounting regulatory bodies to authoritative generally accepted accounting principles or policies;

(xix) changes in accounting estimates and assumptions, including changes based on additional information;

(xx) governmental actions, including the ability to receive regulatory approvals and the timing of such approvals, as well as the impact of the enforcement of, changes to or compliance with laws and regulations, including those pertaining to environmental concerns, pensions or other regulated activities; 

(xxi) natural disasters, acts of war and/or terrorism and the impact of these occurrences or acts on economic, financial, industrial  and social condition, including, without limitation, with respect to supply chains and customer demand in the countries where the company operates; and

(xxii) 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. Additional information regarding these risk factors and uncertainties is detailed from time to time in the company's SEC filings, including but not limited to its report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012. 

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