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Tenneco Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

April 27, 2018
  • Record-high first quarter revenue, outpacing industry production
  • Expects constant currency revenue growth of 8% in second quarter
  • Changed segment reporting to Clean Air, Ride Performance and Aftermarket

Lake Forest, Illinois, April 27, 2018 – Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TEN) reported first quarter net income of $58 million, or $1.13 per diluted share.  First quarter 2017 net income was $59 million, or $1.09 per diluted share.  First quarter 2018 adjusted net income was $81 million, or $1.58 per diluted share, compared with $79 million, or $1.46 per diluted share last year.


Total revenue in the first quarter was $2.574 billion, up 12% year-over-year, with revenue growth in Clean Air and Ride Performance. On a constant currency basis, total revenue increased 6% driven by higher volumes and incremental content on light vehicle, commercial truck and off-highway programs.

On a constant currency basis, value-add revenue increased 4% to $1.822 billion, significantly outpacing an industry production* decline of 1%.  Ride Performance revenue increased 13%, global Aftermarket revenue was 3% lower, and Clean Air revenue rose 3% compared to last year.


First quarter EBIT (earnings before interest, taxes and noncontrolling interests) was $117 million, versus $121 million last year.  Adjusted EBIT was $147 million, even with last year, driven by stronger volumes on light vehicle and commercial truck and off-highway applications and strong Clean Air incremental margins. However, steel commodity costs, the lower aftermarket revenues, and launch costs related to a major truck platform impacted margins. 


Q1 2018   Q1 2017
EBIT as a percent of revenue 4.5% 5.3%
EBIT as a percent of value-add revenue 6.1% 6.9%
Adjusted EBIT as a percent of revenue 5.7% 6.4%
Adjusted EBIT as a percent of value-add revenue 7.6% 8.4%



Cash generated by operations improved by $31 million year-over-year.  During the quarter, the company returned $13 million to shareholders through a dividend payment of 25-cents per common share.

“Tenneco delivered record revenue for the quarter, significantly outpacing OE industry production, driven by higher Ride Performance revenues, including intelligent suspension growth, and double-digit gains in Clean Air commercial truck and off-highway revenue,” said Brian Kesseler, CEO Tenneco.  “We also delivered record earnings per share despite margin pressure from last year’s tariff-driven steel cost increases, although there was a lower year-over-year impact as we continue to make progress on recovery mechanisms.”

Adjusted first quarter 2018 and 2017 results**

    Q1 2018   Q1 2017
  (millions except per share amounts) Net income attributable to Tenneco Inc. Earnings Per Share EBIT EBITDA(1)(2) Net income  attributable to Tenneco Inc. Earnings Per Share EBIT EBITDA(1)(2)
Earnings Measures $ 58 $ 1.13 $ 117 $ 176   $ 59 $ 1.09 $ 121 $ 173
Adjustments (reflects non-GAAP measures):      
  Restructuring and related expenses   8   0.16   12   12     14   0.25   15           14
  Acquisition costs   11   0.21   13   13     -     -     -     -
  Warranty charge    4   0.08   5   5     -     -     -     -
  Pension charges/Stock vesting    -      -   -   -     7     0.13     11     11
  Net tax adjustments    -     -     -     (1)   (0.01)     -     -
Adjusted Net income, EPS, EBIT and EBITA $ 81 $ 1.58 $ 147 $ 206   $ 79 $ 1.46 $ 147 $ 198
 (1) EBITDA including noncontrolling interests 
(2) Tables at the end of this press release reconcile GAAP to non-GAPP results



Second quarter and full year 2018

Tenneco expects constant currency total revenue growth of 8% in the second quarter 2018, outpacing 5% light vehicle industry production* growth forecast.  The company expects organic growth to outpace industry production* with higher light vehicle revenue, double-digit growth in commercial truck and off-highway revenue, and a stable contribution from the aftermarket segment.

The company reaffirmed its 2018 full year outlook, and expects 5% organic revenue growth, outpacing industry production* by 3 percentage points, and full year margins roughly in line with 2017.

Acquisition of Federal-Mogul

Tenneco signed a definitive agreement on April 10, 2018, to acquire Federal-Mogul, a leading global supplier to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket. Tenneco intends to separate the combined businesses into two independent, publicly traded companies through a tax-free spin-off to shareholders that will establish an aftermarket and ride performance company and a powertrain technology company.

The Federal-Mogul acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2018, subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals and other customary closing conditions, with the separation expected to occur in the second half of 2019.

The transaction is expected to be value accretive with run-rate earnings synergies of at least $200 million and one-time working capital synergies of at least $250 million within 24 months of closing.

“Our acquisition of Federal-Mogul accelerates and expands on our strategies to deliver sustained, profitable growth, positioning the new companies to capitalize on trends that are fundamentally changing our industry,” said Kesseler.  “Each company will have a unique competitive position to provide its customers with differentiated products and systems, drive profitable growth, and generate value for shareholders.”

*Source: IHS Automotive April 2018 global light vehicle production forecast and Tenneco estimates.

** Year-over-year earnings comparisons reflect revisions to prior period financial results for certain immaterial adjustments as described in Tenneco’s Form 10-Q/A for the period ended March 31, 2017.

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Attachment 1

Statements of Income – 3 Months

Balance Sheets

Statements of Cash Flows – 3 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 Revenue to Non-GAAP Revenue Measures – 3 Months

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

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

Reconciliation of GAAP Revenue to Non-GAAP Revenue Measures – Original Equipment Commercial Truck, Off-Highway and other revenues – 3 Months


The company will host a conference call on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. ET.  The dial-in number is 866-807-9684 (domestic) or 412-317-5415 (international).  The passcode is Tenneco Inc. call.  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 April 27, 2018 through May 4, 2018.  To access this recording, dial 877-344-7529 (domestic), 855-669-9658 (Canada) or 412-317-0088 (international).  The replay access code is 10119528. The purpose of the call is to discuss the company’s operations for the first fiscal quarter of 2018, as well as provide updated information regarding matters impacting the company’s outlook.  A copy of the press release is available on the financial and news sections of the Tenneco web site.


The Tenneco Board of Directors has scheduled the corporation’s annual meeting of shareholders for Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. CT.  The meeting will be held at the corporate headquarters, 500 North Field Drive, Lake Forest, Illinois. The company will provide additional information regarding the acquisition of Federal-Mogul as part of the annual meeting. The record date for shareholders eligible to vote at the meeting is March 19, 2018.

About Tenneco

Tenneco is a $9.3 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 32,000 employees worldwide.  Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of ride performance and clean air 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; and Tenneco’s status as supplier for the existing program and its relationship with the customer.  These revenue estimates are also based on anticipated vehicle production levels and pricing, including precious metals pricing and the impact of material cost changes. Unless otherwise indicated, our revenue estimate methodology does not attempt to forecast currency fluctuations, and accordingly, reflects constant currency. Certain elements of the restructuring and related expenses, legal settlements and other unusual charges we incur from time to time cannot be forecasted accurately.  In this respect, we are not able to forecast EBIT (and the related margins) on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable efforts on account of these factors and the difficulty in predicting GAAP revenues (for purposes of a margin calculation) due to variability in production rates and volatility of precious metal pricing in the substrates that we pass through to our customers.  For certain additional assumptions upon which these estimates are based, see the slides accompanying the April 27, 2018 webcast, which will be available on the financial section of the Tenneco website at

Safe Harbor

This release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, (i) all statements, other than statements of historical fact, included in this communication that address activities, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will or may occur in the future or that depend on future events and (ii) statements about our future business plans and strategy and other statements that describe Tenneco’s outlook, objectives, plans, intentions or goals, and any discussion of future operating or financial performance. These forward-looking statements are included in various sections of this communication and the words  “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” and similar expressions (and variations thereof) are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements included in this release concern, among other things, the proposed acquisition of Federal-Mogul LLC and related separation transactions, including the expected timing of completion of the proposed acquisition and spin-off; the benefits of the proposed acquisition and spin-off; the combined and separated companies’ respective plans, objectives and expectations; future financial and operating results; and other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to materially differ from those described in the forward-looking statements, including the risk that the acquisition transaction may not be completed in a timely manner or at all due to a failure to satisfy certain closing conditions, including any stockholder or regulatory approval or the failure to satisfy other conditions to completion of the transaction; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the purchase agreement; the outcome of any legal proceeding that may be instituted against Tenneco and others following the announcement of the transactions; the combined company may not complete the separation of the Aftermarket & Ride Performance business from the Powertrain Technology business (or achieve some or all of the anticipated benefits of such a separation); the proposed transactions may have an adverse impact on existing arrangements with Tenneco or Federal-Mogul, including those related to transition, manufacturing and supply services and tax matters; the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and charges related to the transactions may be greater than expected; the ability to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, suppliers or other business partners; the risk that the benefits of the transactions, including synergies, may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; the risk that the transactions may not advance the combined or separated companies’ respective  business strategy; the risk that the combined company may experience difficulty integrating or separating all employees or operations; the potential diversion of Tenneco management’s attention resulting from the proposed transactions; as well as the risk factors and cautionary statements included in Tenneco’s periodic and current reports (Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K) filed from time to time with the SEC.

In addition, the forward-looking statements contained herein pertaining to the company’s performance 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) the cost and outcome of existing and any future claims, legal proceedings, or investigations, including, but not limited to, any of the foregoing arising in connection with the ongoing global antitrust investigation, product performance, product safety or intellectual property rights;

(iv) 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;

(v) 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;

(vi) 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;

(vii) 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;

(viii) 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;

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

(x) risk inherent in operating a multi-national company, including economic conditions, such as currency exchange and inflation rates, and political environments in the countries where we operate or sell our products, adverse changes in trade agreements, tariffs, immigration policies, political stability, and tax and other laws, and potential disruption of production and/or supply;

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

(xii) 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; 

(xiii) the negative impact of fuel price volatility on transportation and logistics costs, raw material costs, discretionary purchases of vehicles or aftermarket products, and demand for off-highway equipment;

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

(xv) product warranty costs;

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

(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) the impact of the extensive, increasing and changing laws and regulations to which we are subject, including environmental laws and regulations, which may result in our incurrence of environmental liabilities in excess of the amount reserved; 

(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.

Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. Unless otherwise indicated, the forward-looking statements in this release are made as of the date of this communication, and, except as required by law, Tenneco does not undertake any obligation, and disclaims any obligation, to publicly disclose revisions or updates to any forward-looking statements. 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 annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017. 

Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed transaction between Tenneco Inc. (the “Company”) and Federal-Mogul LLC, the Company intends to file relevant materials with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including a preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A. Following the filing of the definitive proxy statement with the SEC, the Company will mail the definitive proxy statement and a proxy card to each stockholder entitled to vote at the special meeting relating to the proposed transaction. This communication is not a substitute for the proxy statement or other document(s) that the Company may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ CAREFULLY THE PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY, FEDERAL-MOGUL AND THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the proxy statement and other relevant materials (when they become available), and any and all documents filed by the Company with the SEC may be obtained for free at the SEC’s website at In addition, stockholders may obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC by the Company via the Company’s Investor Relations section of its website at or by contacting Investor Relations by directing a request to the Company, Attention: Investor Relations, 500 North Field Drive in Lake Forest, Illinois 60045 or by calling (847) 482-5162.

Certain Information Regarding Participants

The Company and its respective directors and executive officers may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered to be participants in the solicitation of the Company’s stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction, and any interest they have in the proposed transaction, will be set forth in the definitive proxy statement when it is filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding these individuals is set forth in the Company’s proxy statement for its 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 4, 2018, and its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, which was filed with the SEC on February 28, 2018. You may obtain these documents (when they become available) free of charge at the SEC’s web site at and from Investor Relations at the Company.

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Linae Golla
847 482-5162 (office)
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