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Tenneco Reports Second Quarter Results

July 29, 2013
  • Highest-ever quarterly revenue of $2.1 billion
  • Highest-ever quarterly EBIT of $141 million
  • Record second quarter cash from operations of $133 million
Lake Forest, Illinois, July 29, 2013 – Tenneco Inc. (NYSE:TEN) reported second quarter net income of $63 million, or $1.02 per diluted share, compared with net income of $87 million, or $1.42 per diluted share in second quarter 2012. On an adjusted basis, net income was $68 million, or $1.10 per diluted share, versus $70 million, or $1.14 per diluted share a year ago. The decrease in net income and earnings per share was more than explained by a higher year-over-year tax rate.
Total revenue was $2.067 billion, up 8% from prior year, driven by revenue increases in both the Clean Air and Ride Performance businesses. Clean Air revenue increased 10% to $1.406 billion, on stronger light vehicle production in North America, China and South America as well as revenue growth in both the light and commercial vehicle businesses in Europe. Ride Performance revenue rose 2% versus prior year to $661 million, largely driven by strong light vehicle production in China.
Value-add revenue (revenue excluding substrate sales) was $1.579 billion, up 6% year-over-year.
“We delivered another solid quarter with top-line growth in both product divisions driven by stronger global light vehicle production, higher commercial vehicle revenue in Europe and South America and a solid contribution from our global aftermarket business,” said Gregg Sherrill, chairman and CEO, Tenneco. “I am also pleased that we delivered record-high EBIT and adjusted EBIT. In addition, our outstanding effort in managing working capital drove our best-ever second quarter performance for generating cash from operations.”
Global OE light vehicle revenue increased 10% year-over-year to $1.483 billion with light vehicle growth in nearly all regions due to the ramp-up on new programs and leveraging higher industry production with a strong platform mix. OE commercial and specialty vehicle revenue increased 5% to $237 million in the quarter, compared with $226 million a year ago. The increase was due to commercial vehicle revenue gains in Europe and South America. Global aftermarket revenue increased 1% to $347 million.
EBIT (earnings before interest, taxes and noncontrolling interests) was $141 million, up from $137 million in second quarter 2012. Adjusted EBIT was $148 million, up from $139 million a year ago. The year-over-year comparison includes unfavorable currency impacts of $8 million.
The adjusted EBIT improvement reflects a 15% increase in Clean Air adjusted EBIT, driven by light vehicle volumes in North America, China and South America and effective operational cost management. Ride Performance adjusted EBIT also improved year-over-year, up 4% on stronger volumes in China.
Adjusted second quarter 2013 and 2012 results
    Q2 2013   Q22012
  (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 $ 191 $ 141 $ 63 $ 1.02   $ 187 $ 137 $ 87 $ 1.42
Adjustments (reflects non-GAAP measures):      
  Restructuring and related expenses   7   7   5   0.08     2   2   1   0.02
  Cost related to refinancing   -   -   -   -     -   -   1   0.01
  Net tax adjustments   -   -   -   -     -   -   (19)   (0.31)
Non-GAAP earnings measures $ 198 $ 148 $ 68 $ 1.10   $ 189 $ 139 $ 70 $
 * 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.
Second quarter 2013 adjustments:
  • Restructuring and related expenses of $7 million pre-tax, or 8-cents per diluted share.
Second quarter 2012 adjustments:
  • Restructuring and related expenses of $2 million pre-tax, or 2-cents per diluted share;
  • Costs related to refinancing of $1 million pre-tax or 1-cent per diluted share;
  • Net tax benefits of $19 million, or 31-cents per diluted share, primarily related to U.S. taxable income with no associated tax expense due to the valuation allowance on the company’s net operating loss position.
EBIT Margin
The company’s operational performance and ability to capitalize on higher light vehicle production in key regions drove an increase in adjusted EBIT margin on value-add revenue.
Tenneco reported the following EBIT as a percent of revenue and EBIT as a percent of value-add revenue.
  Q2 2013   Q2 2012
EBIT as a percent of revenue 6.8% 7.1%
EBIT as a percent of value-add revenue 8% 6.6%
Adjusted EBIT as a percent of revenue 5.1% 5.1%
Adjusted EBIT as a percent of value-add revenue 6.7% 6.7%
Cash generated by operations in the quarter was $133 million, up 55% from $86 million in second quarter 2012. The record second quarter cash performance was primarily driven by working capital improvements including strong year-over-year improvement in inventories.
Capital expenditures in the second quarter were $47 million, compared with $62 million a year ago. The majority of the capital spending was to support Clean Air customer programs in North America, Europe and China.
The tax rate in the quarter was 39%, up from 18% in the second quarter of last year. The higher rate was primarily due to the reversal of the U.S. tax net operating loss valuation allowance in the third quarter of 2012, and to an increase in unbenefitted foreign losses in certain countries.
For the remainder of the year, the company anticipates a tax rate between 36% and 38%, and 2013 cash taxes to be approximately $110 million.
In the third quarter, IHS Automotive forecasts a 4% increase in global light vehicle production versus a year ago with both North America and China increasing 8% year-over-year. South America is expected to be even with last year and production declines of 3% are expected in Europe.
Tenneco is well-positioned to capitalize on the stronger global light vehicle production environment with an excellent platform mix, the continued ramp-up on new programs and a well-established footprint in the fastest growing markets.
In general, the global commercial vehicle market remains relatively weak. There is modest demand improvement in certain areas; however, inventory corrections are still expected to impact production levels. The company anticipates its commercial vehicle revenues for the next two quarters will be relatively flat compared with the second quarter, bringing full year revenues within the lower end of the company’s previously announced range.
“While industry conditions globally are somewhat mixed, I am pleased with our performance through the first half of the year,” said Sherrill. “For the remainder of the year, our Clean Air and Ride Performance businesses are staying focused on improving operating performance and driving profitable growth. With this focus we anticipate continued improvement by capitalizing on stronger light vehicle production and our global position in the commercial vehicle market.”
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The company will host a conference call on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. ET. The dial-in number is 888-469-2980 (domestic) or 212-547-0154 (international). The passcode is TENNECO. The call and accompanying slides will be available on the financial section of the Tenneco web site at A recording of the call will be available one hour following completion of the call on July 29, 2013, through August 30, 2013. To access this recording, dial 888-282-0036 (domestic) or 203-369-3022 (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.
Tenneco is a $7.4 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 25,000 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.
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(xi) the cyclical nature of the global vehicular industry, including the performance of the global aftermarket sector and longer product lives of automobile parts;
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